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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Shinichiro Watanabe's Space Dandy
« on: September 01, 2013, 09:44:35 PM »
So the man responsible for Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo is finally doing a news series called Space Dandy.

I personally haven't been able to get into an anime series really since I first watched Berserk aside Watanabe and Miyazaki. They are the only anime directors I can consistently revisit and still enjoy all these years later.

Here's the teaser:

As with his other stuff, it doesn't necessarily look like something I'd enjoy, honestly it looks ridiculous... but if it's like his other works once I watch it I'm sure it'll be added into my collection of great anime. So I thought I'd share the news!

To be released in 2014.

edit : (I was wrong about Yoko Kanno's involvement. It is not confirmed yet, I think, but widely speculated. :( )

I did a search for this topic as I swear I've seen at least a couple topics on it in the past but typing "humor" pulled up almost nothing. =/

Anyway I read an article recently that got me thinking. You can find it here: > Exploring Believability: Analysis Berserk

Perhaps it's been shared here before, the article is over a year old. I feel the guy doesn't really have a very good grasp of a lot of the concepts in the story, almost like he forced his opinion out lengthily to fill it, so I don't agree with it totally by any means.

Anyway that being said, my criticism started when I felt a sense of familiarity when he talked about how sometimes (with humor) Miura will straight up pull you out of the universe and remind you of it's unbelievability, which totally contradicts elements of the story where Miura has very masterfully implemented to pull us deeply into the intricately laid out universe, letting us dive in and explore it in wonderfully imaginative ways.

It's almost as if Puck is giving a Bugs Bunny little wink.

Which is fine, I love that humor, but not when something very serious is going on at exactly the same time. This really kicked into gear after the introduction of Isidro, once he was established as a member of the group, and then also some more when Ivalera and Schierke joined the scene. When they're all relaxing and we're getting some damn fine character exploration scenes I think this type of humor is absolutely wonderful and couldn't enjoy it more. At times though, it almost seems that Miura forgot to turn team Chestnut Puck and Monkey Dropey off, and let the frightening and fantastic realism elements in the story soar. It's jarring to me, personally, to go back and forth between the fantasy realism to cartoonish caricatures, then back, sometimes seemingly almost overlapping.

In contrast to the humor we got with the old Hawks, like with Judo and Pippin's buddy humor, or during Guts and Pucks duo journey, it just feels much more childish. That's where my criticism lies in the end, I feel it's gotten a lot more little kiddy and I don't like it as much. This also applies to Magnifico a bit, as a child I would laugh at an over-the-top humorously scared he is, or sick he is, or whatever. Not quite so much now though. In short I feel the humor at this stage sometimes doesn't match with the rest of Berserk.

Phew. =P

I feel a bit sheepish about this, it's one of my only small criticisms of Berserk as a whole, but while we're oh-so-patiently waiting for a new release, I felt I'd stir the pot a little with my opinion. I'm open to discuss that article too a bit, because it's a little interesting, however off-the-mark it is a lot of the time, it did reopen an old perspective I hadn't really looked from in a while.

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