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Oh, wait, I do, it's because I think we've entered something like year nine of correspondence, so it's probably safe to say that [personal profile] branchandroot's influence on me is beyond dire, at this point. Hence watching the first 30-or-so episodes of GetBackers. Right. I know. Like a decade behind everyone else, but I guess Em can wear down even the most stubborn of dogs.

Currently it's on pause, while I watch Fate/Zero and then realize that maybe watching Fate/Stay_Night might help, which I'll probably fast-forward through all but the fight scenes, and only that so I can watch the OVA. And even then, only that because OVAs (usually) have higher budgets and therefore better fight scenes. And then I'll get back to the other, or maybe by then I'll just break down and read the manga.

Date: 18 Oct 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] branchandroot
*hearts* Hey, I just dangle the bait. And, really, is the psuedo-physics not the funniest thing you've ever heard?

How is Stay Night? I wikipedia-ed it so I wouldn't be totally lost in Zero, but it sounded like the most interesting parts of the game storylines got cut.

Date: 18 Oct 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
*winces* Yeah, I'm thinking I might just stick with Zero.

Date: 18 Oct 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist
Not quite a decade behind everybody else. I tried very hard, only a year or so ago. And that also was [personal profile] branchandroot's influence at work, amusingly enough.

I'm still sad that it didn't quite work for me, and half inclined to try again one of these days.

Date: 19 Oct 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist
I'll be interested to hear your report on the manga. I have heard both that it's infinitely better and should not be judged by the anime and that it's utterly dire and a huge disappointment, to be avoided at all costs. Since I wasn't hooked by anything I'd found in the parts of the anime series I'd seen, I put off tracking it down and seeing for myself. I've wondered about it, though.

Now that you point it out to me, I'm realizing that you're right about the art/animation style being part of what I found offputting, even though I didn't identify it as an issue at the time. It made a difference that the parts I wasn't interested in as story didn't have visuals that offered me a pleasant aesthetic distraction while the episode's inevitable fight sequence took place: if I'd had things I wanted to look at those sequences might not have registered as, 'How long has it been since anything actually happened? Is anything relating to the overall plot going to happen any time soon, or are they going to strike poses and say things like "Fourth-level vine attack!" until the end of the episode?'

I'm assuming that this is a specific aesthetic and narrative genre, this thing with the huge staged fights that take up half of an aired episode (or merely feel that way), so it's possible that with exposure and learning I could find myself enjoying it. As someone coming to it without any relevant cultural background, though, I've found it strangely meaningless, both in GetBackers and in the other places I've occasionally run into it. And I feel strangely sorry for myself over my inability to get it, because between this and my inability to love what I've seen referred to as "adorkable" leads, I'm out of fannish luck with an awfully high percentage of the canons that seem to attract a lot of interest. But your observation about the art and animation styles gives me hope: maybe as the standards in animation and art get higher, I'll start finding sources that use some of these tropes a lot more accessible. It's cheering to think so, anyway.


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