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  2. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    Oh no, I like Super Mario Bros, but I still think it's a total disaster, like watching a dystopian trainwreck. Nothing pleases me more than to know that John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins thought so too, while they were in the middle of filming it, no less. They had to result to heavy drinking every night just to get through it.
  3. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    Oh, come on. The Guyver demanded Economy Size Mental Floss, but Super Mario Brothers was so bad it was good. Not as bad/good as Army Of Darkness, but that's an extremely low and high bar to pass. "The Goombas are dancing again!" It just don't get worse than that! PS. I don't remember anything about The Guyver. I remember that I watched it, and that it sucked, but not watching it. I think my brain rejected it.
  4. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    That's exactly where the problem lies. I would rather see a Hollywood movie studio attempt to produce an anime-style feature length film, in conjunction with Japanese anime studios to produce such films because I think they could have broader appeal. Transforming an anime into live-action, I never thought it ever translates well, even when the Japanese studios do it. I've always been a big fan of the You're Under Arrest anime and I did have the chance to watch the Live Action series and it simply lacked what made the anime so special. It just felt like an adaption of Police Story, that featured Jackie Chan. Those films are very good but the YUA adaption, it just lost the soul that made the anime so entertaining to watch. Such as Natsumi's mysterious superhero ability to pick up motorcycles or to stop her police cruiser with her bare feet, (the anime bears watching as this is depicted in the anime and manga series). But, you're right. I just despise watching most live action adaptions of anime. Matter of fact, the only ones I have watched are Speed Racer movie and the You're Under Arrest television series. Speed Racer was the only adaption that I actually enjoyed watching.
  5. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    Well there's no real way to translate Anime into Live Action without losing the Over the Top Anime features and Cartoon Gags that it's so famous for. Anime is an Art Form, it belongs on paper. For exampIe, I wouldn't want to see a live action Ah My Goddess movie because it wouldn't feel believable, it would just feel like a well produced cosplay film. I think it would be a total disaster like Super Mario Bros or The Guyver.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    I just don't see this film succeeding. The number one thing that Hollywood doesn't understand is that anime and manga fans are very dedicated to the genre and you just can't take such adored anime and manga and twist it into some Hollywood blockbuster by changing the characters and the story-line so you can create a new film franchise. I just don't see this film making the studio any money and I'm starting to think that these movie studios are just making these adaptions so they can claim it as a loss. Not a single anime or manga that has been produced into a live action film has ever done well at the movie theaters. The only film adaption that I did enjoy was the Speed Racer movie that the Wachowskis did a few years back. Other than that, every single film has been a total disaster because the filmmakers just don't understand the anime and manga genre and the fans that support it.
  8. Japanese Priestess Killed Over Shrine Succession

    That would promote rational thought. When someone makes the commitment to take another person's life, it's usually with the sole purpose of gaining something out of it. Whether it's for material gain or just out of a sense of revenge. Having been a victim of a violent crime, I can assure you that they do it to exert power over someone else and mostly, just so they can self-gratify themselves. I was the victim of an armed robbery and while I wasn't injured, the person threatened me with violent injury. I've had to deal with his psychopathic wife and I can tell you that it's not a position that anyone should ever be placed in. In this case, the suspect was angry that his sister was made high priestess, after he was removed from the position over financial problems that were his responsibility. Never let it be said that the Japanese are never impacted by crimes as violent as this.
  9. Winter Wonderland: It's Snowing

    Sheesh! It's been snowing here in Michigan all day and we already have at least 3-4 inches and it's still snowing. It's going to be one of those winter seasons. I'll post pics tomorrow.
  10. some of these i remember well, running across them back when i first began hitting the net at my grandma's almost 20 years ago... My Goddess, has it been that long?!?
  11. Marller Gets a Spinoff

    So Here's the Deal. While I'm still working on the materials for Ex-Driver Will Follow, I seem to be having more inspiration for Like Clockwork in terms of writing and music. I think I have a better shot of getting that episode written and photoshopped faster than that former I listed, so I'm simultaneously working on both. Stay Tuned.
  12. Last week
  13. Ah! The following day

    I know that it's been a while since I've updated this story, but the ending of "Ah! The lost contract" had messed up my schedule, making it difficult to find the time to finish chapter 63 in time. So, I'm still working it, as I didn't wish to release a poorly written chapter, just to meet the deadline. I hope that the end result will be worth the waiting.
  14. Japanese Priestess Killed Over Shrine Succession

    I always say, since the dirt-bag killed himself anyway, why not do that FIRST and leave everybody else out of it?
  15. Japanese Priestess Killed Over Shrine Succession

    I had always believed that murders in Japan were rare. Where it concerns random killings like this one, I'm not so sure about gang violence. But to murder the priestess of a shrine and his own sister to boot. What's distressing is that his wife participated in this atrocity, and all because his sister was high priestess of such a prestigious and well respected shrine? This is just senseless since he was originally removed as high priests of the shrine over financial problems, which begs all kinds of questions. Hopefully, investigators in japan can find out what set this all off in the first place.
  16. Japanese Priestess Killed Over Shrine Succession

    My faith in humanity has been taken down a peg or two. Murdering a female religious figure over her rise to power, by her own f--king brother. That has to be the most hypocritical criminal offense in the eyes of God.
  17. Ah! The following day

    Awaiting the new chapter of this legendary tale. Hope no writer's block
  18. What is being described as a brutal murder, has left one of Japan's few female Shinto priests murdered at the hands of her own brother, who used to be chief priest of the shrine before he was removed for unknown reasons. Nagako Tomioka, was returning home to the tranquil grounds when a man attacked her from nearby with an 80 centimeter samurai katana sword. She died from her wounds. Her brother, Shigenaga, was identified as the killer, aided by his wife, Mariko. She chased Nagako's driver when she finally met up with him at a supermarket and inflicted non-threatening injuries to Nagako's driver. Shigenaga was upset over his sister being appointed to the position. he later killed his wife, Mariko, after the attack, and ended up taking his own life. Nagako Tomioka was chief priestess of the centuries-old Shinto shrine in Tokyo famed for its annual festival and association with Japanese sumo wrestling. The Tomioka Hachimangu dates to 1627, one of the 82,000 such sites scattered across Japan. The particular shrine was established for the worship of the god Hachiman, the god of martial arts and war, according to JapanVisitor.com. The shrine was the site of the first sumo wrestling matches in the 17th century, and today monuments are located on the wooded grounds. The shrine’s Fukagawa Hachiman festival, held every three years, is one of Tokyo’s major events. According to Japan Times, the leadership of shrines traditionally passes from fathers to sons. Only 10 percent of the shrine priests are women, making Nagako Tomioka part of a very small minority. And the Tomioka family’s relationship to the Hachimangu shrine stretches back years. The brother and sister’s father previously served as the chief priest, Kyodo News has reported. Shigenaga then took over for his father in 1995, but the son was fired from his position in 2001. The paper cites sources who said financial problems contributed to his dismissal. At the time, the father returned to work at the shrine, and Nagako Tomioka worked in the second-highest role at the holy site. In January 2002, Nagako Tomioka consulted with police over a family problem regarding the succession. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/11/one-of-japans-few-female-shinto-priests-was-killed-in-a-samurai-sword-attack-was-it-sibling-rivalry/?utm_term=.17354275393a This really is sad news.
  19. Battle Angel Alita Movie Trailer Debuts

    Compared to Robert Rodriguez's, **ahem** "Other" theatrical output of the past few years, I would say that it's his "Serious Oscar" film.
  20. Now, many of our members know I'm not a fan of "white washing" when it comes to adapting anime or manga into live action Hollywood movies. While the trailer wasn't half bad, I was severely disappointed with the fact that the special effects team decided to use CGI to give "Alita" anime eyes. Not only is it offsetting but it's freaky as hell, leaving Alita looking like some carnival attraction sideshow freak. I'm not all that happy with how they did that.
  21. AnimEigo Announce YUA Going Out Of Print

    I had two complete sets but I ended up selling them when I needed to generate money for the site's hosting costs. That was back when we weren't generating donations for the site. That was about ten years ago.
  22. AnimEigo Announce YUA Going Out Of Print

    Did you ever get the complete set? I only have the first three dvds, thankfully all of my favorite episodes are in them.
  23. Welsper the Demon Child

    Don't Worry, Welsper/Velsper will turn back into his usual kitty self at the end of Marller Gets a Spinoff Season Two. According to the rules of BBC's Doctor Who, alternate changes in time are really more like a rug. You can make all the ruffles you want, but it'll eventually be straightened out and lead to the same place.
  24. Ah! The following day

    You're most welcome! Actually, I haven't written the story beyond what's already available. I just keep notes in my head about the whole plot, and most of the major plot devices had already been decided within the first couple of weeks (2-3) when I started writing it. Sure, there were some elements integrated into the story that weren't totally fleshed out by the time I started, but those were made in a way that their overall influence wouldn't break the rest of the story. As for the sites I'm posting, aside from Fanfiction.net, I also post on Archive of our own as a backup. You can find the links to my profiles in my signature (under each post I make). In terms of Yggdrasil's way of transforming Keiichi into a god, the human nature was taken into account. Considering that this Keiichi is mentally the same where it counts (in terms of his personality), it would've been extremely dangerous to turn his 'true' body into something vastly different from what Keiichi identifies as 'himself' even on a superficial level. Something like that could potentially cause him to question his identity, and over time lead to internal conflicts that could escalate to the point of displaying psychotic behavior. As such, it's not the amulet that keeps him in his '3D' mode, but Yggdrasil, that acts in a way to minimize chances for him going insane. Still. he did actually experience Belldandy's true form during their first night after he turned into a god, so, there are few downsides from this anomaly. Tampering with the timestream, especially when it comes to Midgard, is something entirely feasible for both gods and demons, but only done under the direst of occasions. As a matter of fact, you might see an occasion where this comes into play, especially after the gods try to clean up the mess caused by the events in chapter 62. After all, their reluctance has to do with the fact that messing up with the timestream can lead into chaotic results, and the being closely associated with chaos in general is Nidhogg. As such, if one crosses a certain line, they might inadvertently invoke a certain dragon and... let's just say that the results won't be pretty. On the other hand, Megumi will indeed manage to meet Lofn and co. during her lifetime, but even after her eventual death, Hel has the authority to keep her around in Helheim. After all, she was occasionally referred in Norse legends as being hospitable to the dead, and that's going to remain true on this occasion. However, Odal won't be allowed to do anything about it, since he lacks the proper authority. The only member of the main cast that might, is Urd as the Norn of the past, even though she's not a goddess of death (that's Hel). Summoning an immortal in this story is possible, but not in the same sense as in other fictional works. The art of summoning was primarily used during a time where mortals lacked the technological means to establish long distance lines of communications that both factions could tapped into for their own uses (contact potential clients). As such, summoning someone is the equivalent of giving them a phone call (so to speak), and whether they want to appear before the summoner or not is up to them. In another of my stories ("Ah! My license suspension" ) there's actually an instance where Ansuz is summoned by accident (it was Hild's doing of course), and she even comments how archaic such a means of reaching her was. Whether someone uses their true names or not isn't much of a concern, since every attempt to access a registered immortal passes through their respective computer system (Yggdrasil or Nidhogg mainframe) and if those determine that the summoner has other ideas, the results can be pretty unpleasant. The celestials can dispatch the Fighting Wings, while the Infernals are far worse on this regard, and have a program named Garm to deal with such problems. And considering that Garm seems pretty happy to kill whoever summons him/it without reason, you can guess what typically happens to someone who tries to trap a demon/demoness by summoning them. Hm... I don't quite use the idea of the immortals having a 'true name' aside from a true form, that's pretty much canon. Still, knowledge of that means pretty much nothings to whoever possesses it, and as a matter of fact, the closest thing to such a thing in the AMG manga is the goddesses' sigils as described during Urd's first class licence test. The sigils are described as an extremely detailed symbol that reflects their nature, personal interests and other personal information, and yet they use them as a form of signature (at least that's how Peorth simplifies it for Keiichi's sake). That certainly wasn't me, although I can't say for sure if it was Davner's concept either (I don't recall all the details from his works, since it's been a few years since I read them). However, I do have some plans for Peorth in the future, although I might keep some of them a secret for the time being. That being said, if there's anything at all you'd like to ask, don't be afraid to do so!
  25. Winter Wonderland: It's Snowing

    Well, for the past two days, it's been snowing here. It seems to come later and later each year. I remember when we used to get snow in October. Then, as the years went by, and the decades, we wouldn't get snow until November and now it doesn't start falling until December. One thing I don't look forward to? When it gets so cold that even when you have the heat turned up, it's still cold. Better yet? When the inclement weather is so bad that it knocks out your power, or the neighborhood's power for days on end. Then, there's the obligatory winter storm, or blizzard, that blocks everything in and you have to wait from anywhere from a few days to as long as a week or two before country officials decide it's bad enough to send the plow trucks out. What about you? How's the weather? Better yet, share your experiences. Turn this into a real discussion topic.
  26. AMG Winter tales 2017

    Thanks, Keiichi. FFN is acting weird, so here's a link to chapter 9. I'll post it on FFN once that site stops acting up. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WgDVHy9JvVGaUqQddCGfXUN-WKKJ-orkdCmzwgejVB4/edit?usp=sharing
  27. Ah! The following day

    Thanks for replying. It feels as though this is solidly drafted out and written somewhere already. Do you post anywhere other than Fanfiction? You're pointing... Inward? Yeah, I remember that one. Maybe having the amulet become the basis for a sting operation later on is a little too overpowered. Still, Why would Yggdrasil grant him full Godhood and still leave that one weird difference unless it absolutely secures his wish to always be with Belldandy? It's just seemed like something that should be unintentional and therefore could be an act of foreshadowing. If so then the amulet was the only real difference I knew about. Unless there is some not-so-subtle advantage that makes the difference in the greater conflict, like a seal that isn't exactly effective on Keiichi because of this difference, then there's no good reason to make that difference anything but incidental to a mundane explanation. Besides, It might spice up his love life to explore a form he never thought he could take a few centuries back? Since the immortals exist outside time as we know it, shouldn't they be able to just drop in on Midgard in any particular time frame anyway, or is that protected by treaty? I know that the idea of time passing differently between the realms is a given in the cannon work and was picked up for the first season of anime content. What if that was really just a test of Keiichi's resolve rather than an immutable fact? I mean, they did make him jump off of a tower in another story arc. Will Megumi ever get to be an Aunt within her lifetime or are we just going to drop in on the archives in Helheim to visit the mortal half of the family? Will Odal be allowed to make robotic bodies for them the way he did for your version of Celestine, or is that just going to be forbidden by Hel herself? I did have another question concerning names. I know that there are several stories about magic that indicate there is power in knowing someone's or something's true name. Here it feels as if some of the wish-granters are allowed to take a working name to use in the mortal realm, as a bit of insurance in case a mortal should ever figure out how to summon these girls at will (or worse). Some would take rune designations while others might use the names of those that have already passed or are permanently sealed. You can imagine that this gives the impression that there is next to no variety of names in Asgardian culture, the same way that dwarf names work in the Tolkien world... but I digress. There are only so many runes in the Futhark. So did Belldandy ever have such a Rune Designation or an Elder Designation, and just gave Keiichi her true name in the full knowledge of what she was potentially handing over to him? Is "Belldandy" such an Elder Designation? Or was she just unable to bring herself to have a fabricated name as a truth-teller despite being an incurable overachiever in her works? I've been thinking this over for quite some time, but when Nena did just that, giving Urd a "true name" in the scene from SS where she gave Lind that friendship bracelet (yes, I'm calling it that to keep it simple)... well, that thought felt more legitimate. Also, I can't remember if that was you or Davner who hinted that Peorth had a brother she never talks to. Is her family to be counted among the hypocrites in the sky or is there something else that created this problem - like career choice rather than her wardrobe preferences? Will that conflict ever be resolved or is she doomed to someday be besieged by hordes of family members crawling out of the woodwork to get to know her because she has somehow become so close to the ruling family?
  28. Welsper the Demon Child

    Hey, I've got a picture of Velsper, too. That's his name. He's only missing the white spot.
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