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QuantaCat
24-07-2011, 10:05 PM
Sometimes, I like to devote as much time as possible to finishing a series. Angel, I watched it in a couple of weeks. All of them. Though I have to admit, I started skipping through some bits in season 4 episodes. (but basically, it was 5 * 22 episodes (45min) in 20 days or so. Or was it eleven days? anyway, an extremely short period in time.)

So I started watching One Piece. Im down to episode 153 out of 500 and ongoing. I started on monday or sunday. (20 minute episodes, mind you)

Anyone else do crazy stuff like that?

QuantaCat
24-07-2011, 11:37 PM
Down to 157..

Lukasz
25-07-2011, 01:06 AM
Yay for One Piece. Watched the anime twice... second time tough I skipped boring fillers and few other less interesting stuff.

I managed to watch sg1 and sga in 4 months or so. not sure whether you can consider it blasted through but they were 50 min episodes. 15 seasons.

8-bit
25-07-2011, 02:01 AM
I spent about a week watching all seasons of the x files last year. madness really, I only got off the couch to eat or use the bathroom, I was a wreck by the end of it all.

I remember I watched the first fullmetal alchemist anime in about two or three weeks, and have watched a couple of full series on crunchyroll recently. I also spent an entire weekend watching the extended editions of lord of the rings once, but nothing as extreme as the x-files marathon.

icupnimpn2
25-07-2011, 02:39 AM
The wife and I did the first 250 episodes or so of One Piece in that fashion, once she opened up to it. That was a big jump for her, never having watched anime, though she lost her taste around episode 490. We did the same with the first few seasons of 24, and she regularly mainlines shows in that fashion faster than I can find them for her. I watch things at a slower pace because it's very hard for me to watch by myself. Shows we both like will be consumed quickly, but not as quickly as shows that she likes, and shows that only I like will take years. I have an easier time with computer and video games as a solo participant, since they are reactive. It's an attention thing.

Xercies
25-07-2011, 10:01 AM
I watched Two seasons of Dexter in one night, I think that is the most insane thing I did probably. I do like watching shows though quite quickly, if I love a show i will watch a number of episodes in a day. I've been going through The Wire and Oz like that recently.

QuantaCat
25-07-2011, 10:14 AM
So you basically watched in a day? Because thats 24 episodes..

Anyway, One Piece is still ongoing. (and I watch it in Japanese, with subs. The voice of Zoro is the same as the one of Mugen of Samurai Champloo, my second favourite anime so far)

Lukasz
25-07-2011, 12:57 PM
So you basically watched in a day? Because thats 24 episodes..

Anyway, One Piece is still ongoing. (and I watch it in Japanese, with subs. The voice of Zoro is the same as the one of Mugen of Samurai Champloo, my second favourite anime so far)

mugen's voice is the same as zoro as zoro was first (i saw OP before seeing SC)

it felt so weird.

Firkragg
25-07-2011, 02:30 PM
Watched the entire Friends series a little over 2 weeks once, then again I only had it going as background noise I could occassionally laugh at while playing on the pc.

Speaking of anime, you guys just reminded me of a series I've been meaning to watch because it looks interesting, Cowboy Bebop, have to see if I can scrounge that up from the collection!

QuantaCat
25-07-2011, 03:23 PM
mugen's voice is the same as zoro as zoro was first (i saw OP before seeing SC)

it felt so weird.

Dont be anal. But yes, Its part of the reason why I love One Piece. It has the same composer as Aa Megami-Sama! (oh my goddess) and the same voice as mugen of Samurai Champloo. much ohve can be found.


Speaking of anime, you guys just reminded me of a series I've been meaning to watch because it looks interesting, Cowboy Bebop, have to see if I can scrounge that up from the collection!

Cowboy Bebop is good, but I liked Samurai Champloo more. For now, my all time favourite Anime list goes like this:

FLCL>Samurai Champloo>Cowboy Bebop>Ergo Proxy>Witch Hunter Robin>Ghost In The Shell (the movie)

By no means does this mean that GITS is bad, its just fifth on my all time favourite list. Though I have to admit, I have never seen akira, nor any other bits of GITS. Havent figured out where to put One Piece into all of this. (or Oh My Goddess, for that matter)

Lukasz
25-07-2011, 04:01 PM
Akira beats gits by a mile.
Thats is all.

If you didn't see Lain I do recommend watching it. Pretty epic anime but slow (like very little action)

QuantaCat
25-07-2011, 05:04 PM
Oh I saw lain. actually, the list I put up there was just the list of my favourite animes, I have seen quite a lot more.

I hated lain, mostly because of the ending. Also, I saw Steamboy, and I didnt like it. Bits of it were really cool, but it just goes on and on and NINETHOUSAND!

Lukasz
25-07-2011, 05:49 PM
Oh I saw lain. actually, the list I put up there was just the list of my favourite animes, I have seen quite a lot more.

I hated lain, mostly because of the ending. Also, I saw Steamboy, and I didnt like it. Bits of it were really cool, but it just goes on and on and NINETHOUSAND!


awww. :( you hated lain. its such a great anime.

and i agree with steamboy. awful.

QuantaCat
25-07-2011, 06:36 PM
awww. :( you hated lain. its such a great anime.

and i agree with steamboy. awful.

Nothing will ever come close to FLCL though. All Hail FLCL!

I even went as far as to buy a Vespa 50s, one of the "remakes". (they released new ones a couple of years ago, they are pure rawk)

Ayam
25-07-2011, 08:33 PM
I think One Piece was just starting when I was living in Japan, it grew huge so quickly, I'm not surprised it's still going although I never really got into it. I do wonder if Bleach is still going, quite got into that while trying to break a year clean with no anime. My circle of friends did our best 'Bankai' impressions in a monotone on the trains, ah, such an influence it had on us. I also have the set of Gantz DVDs in my cupboard, quite looking forward to that, I lapped up the silliness of the manga on the tube there. And I ended up really disappointed with Monster, such a strong start, and it just ended up dragging on and on. After the great Nazis and Turkish prostitute plot it went downhill for me.

Anyway, anime aside if I had to race through a series (of series) it would probably be South Park - although not hilariously funny to me it explores some excellent themes every episode. Oh, and Seinfeld. (Oh why did Kramer say what he said? What a shame to go out like that.)

WitchfinderG
25-07-2011, 09:07 PM
I tried to watch One Piece, but was so hard to take it seriously after that intro.. I watched about 5 minutes.

I would probably get hooked if i watched more tho! I'm new to anime so maybe that is why the intro was so off-putting for me. So far i'm used to the darker style, like Claymore, Berserk etc.

QuantaCat
25-07-2011, 09:46 PM
I think One Piece was just starting when I was living in Japan, it grew huge so quickly, I'm not surprised it's still going although I never really got into it. I do wonder if Bleach is still going, quite got into that while trying to break a year clean with no anime. My circle of friends did our best 'Bankai' impressions in a monotone on the trains, ah, such an influence it had on us. I also have the set of Gantz DVDs in my cupboard, quite looking forward to that, I lapped up the silliness of the manga on the tube there. And I ended up really disappointed with Monster, such a strong start, and it just ended up dragging on and on. After the great Nazis and Turkish prostitute plot it went downhill for me.

Anyway, anime aside if I had to race through a series (of series) it would probably be South Park - although not hilariously funny to me it explores some excellent themes every episode. Oh, and Seinfeld. (Oh why did Kramer say what he said? What a shame to go out like that.)

I find it extremely fun to see how much of japanese I get used to after watching a series like that, especially as a fansub, because the translation is so close to the original. Also, the theme song only got good after the Arabasta story arc, about episode 116. (for the japanese version, of course, not the silly english rap)

One of my most favourite words to be said in One Piece is "Sugoi", but in the really strange way that luffy says it :D "SUU-GAIY"

Xercies
25-07-2011, 10:44 PM
I do wonder if Bleach is still going, quite got into that while trying to break a year clean with no anime

It is but...well..its turned shite i have to say. i haven't watched it or read it in ages after a momental stupid storyline was finished and it solved nothing and basically wasted about 3 years of storyline. Bleach is one of the most awesome anime series if you watch it all the way up to the end of the soul society arc and that big twist. After that I really wouldn't bother.

Though i could be wrong and it could have upswinged after that stupid storyline.

Ayam
25-07-2011, 10:46 PM
Sugeee is the way most kids say sugoi anyway, it's kinda slangy, like how omoshiroi becomes omoshireee. I assume anyway, I've not had the pleasure of hearing luffy, maybe he does say it in a genuinely eccentric way!

When it comes to Japanese media I'm not really anime-minded, I absolutely adore their comedy shows. I religiously download Gaki no Tsukai and Lincoln every week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVHlWcI6vBs I guess it is in theme with the thread, I will NOT miss an episode of either show and have hoarded them on external hard drives over the years. Check out the youtube link for a taster of Gaki - it switches up its format every week but usually equally hilarious.

Ayam
25-07-2011, 10:49 PM
It is but...well..its turned shite i have to say. i haven't watched it or read it in ages after a momental stupid storyline was finished and it solved nothing and basically wasted about 3 years of storyline. Bleach is one of the most awesome anime series if you watch it all the way up to the end of the soul society arc and that big twist. After that I really wouldn't bother.

Though i could be wrong and it could have upswinged after that stupid storyline.

I think I dropped out of Bleach around the time some vampire-related storyline came in, it didn't have the same magic as the Soul Society side of things, that was quite an apex they achieved there.

President Weasel
25-07-2011, 10:52 PM
Is One Piece any good then? I just kind of assumed it wasn't.

Worst thing for blasting through for me was Firefly, which I basically inhaled. I raced through the Wire at 3 or 4 episodes a night too, except for series 5 which was mildly annoying compared to the other series, plus I was trying to ration it by then because uh-oh, no more Wire. Oh, and Cowboy Bebop too.

8-bit
25-07-2011, 11:57 PM
the wire annoyed me because it turned from a police drama to a soap box the writer used to make political rants. I think it was the drugs free zone in season 3 where it started to go downhill for me, season five being the lowest point.

QuantaCat
26-07-2011, 08:54 AM
Sugeee is the way most kids say sugoi anyway, it's kinda slangy, like how omoshiroi becomes omoshireee. I assume anyway, I've not had the pleasure of hearing luffy, maybe he does say it in a genuinely eccentric way!


Well he says http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORZ7y6yTr6c .

Xercies
26-07-2011, 09:21 AM
the wire annoyed me because it turned from a police drama to a soap box the writer used to make political rants.

Um I think it has been a soap box for his political rants from the beginning. Most notobly Season 2 where you obviously see his opinion on how the working class is being treated and what his thoughts are on the death of manafacturing and stuff like that. Even season 1 had a few of his political views and a bit of a "Here is my political views" thing in it

Anthile
26-07-2011, 10:37 AM
Is One Piece any good then? I just kind of assumed it wasn't.


It's absolutely amazing. The first few arcs are just okay but after Alabaster the quality just skyrockets. Every time you think it can't get any better it just does, again and again. From a storytelling perspective, there just isn't anything better. It never ceases to be mostly lighthearted, though. Don't be fooled by people comparing it to Naruto or Bleach, it leaves those series far behind in the dust, where they belong. The only thing that rivals the brilliance of One Piece is Yu Yu Hakusho and maybe Hunter X Hunter. All of this regarding the shounen genre, of course.



the wire annoyed me because it turned from a police drama to a soap box the writer used to make political rants. I think it was the drugs free zone in season 3 where it started to go downhill for me, season five being the lowest point.

You come at the king, you best not miss.

Spacewalk
26-07-2011, 10:53 AM
last year when I watched all three Japanese Transformers series in a row really started to drag about halfway through Super God Masterforce but it had to be done. I damn well better have enjoyed those forty hours, give or take, because I'm not getting them back. I didn't fancy doing anything like that again anytime soon so of course a week later I started on Mysterious Cities Of Gold because I am a 28-year-old child and it's always 5 o'clock on the ABC in the year 1989 every hour of my life. That would have definitely been the end of TV cartoon binges but I just had to spy the complete Ulysees 31 on the shelf at JB Hi-Fi. All of that in one month, I'm kinda glad it's over because that was the end of my binges until April this year.

That's when I got through New Getter Robo which was much more manageable at 13 episodes. It's been a while since I've bothered with anime since FLCL so it was a safe thing to get back into with, being Go Nagai and super robots which is something that I've found hard to go wrong with. That's about it for cartoons, I'm currently halfway through series 4 of The Samurai and then there's those Hammer House of Horror DVDs that I'm really looking forward to.

QuantaCat
26-07-2011, 11:57 AM
The reason I found FLCL so brilliant, is because it parodies everything anime has to offer. And it is completely absurd. I LOVE IT!

Also, I was pretty annoyed with Neon Genesis Evangelion at the time when I first saw it, so seeing that was.. just fantastic.

icupnimpn2
26-07-2011, 12:41 PM
I tried to watch One Piece, but was so hard to take it seriously after that intro.. I watched about 5 minutes.

I would probably get hooked if i watched more tho! I'm new to anime so maybe that is why the intro was so off-putting for me. So far i'm used to the darker style, like Claymore, Berserk etc.

I've never really seen anyone else discuss it, but I've noticed that Japanese creators are much more prone to blend tone within a TV show, cartoon, movie, comic, or what have you than we are in the West. They may switch between extreme physical comedy and extreme pathos within a matter of panels, and the audience doesn't seem to notice that there's anything wrong with it. (There isn't anything wrong with it, by the way, just looking through the Western lens here where people don't want comedy in their soap operas or fist fights in their romantic comedies)

One Piece is very, very silly and cartoonish. It is slapstick. It is also heroic melodrama. And it is a great bit of surreal world-building. Go into it knowing that the physics of our world don't apply. This is not our world. Probably not our universe. You will be surprised how much you end up caring about these characters and what happens to them. It's as much Monkey Island as it is Treasure Island and Firefly.

Everything is amplified in One Piece. Imagine a bout of Marvel vs Capcom 3 where both players only spam their super moves. That's basically the combat in One Piece.


Is One Piece any good then? I just kind of assumed it wasn't.

The highs are very high, but it suffers from the same pacing issues at times as Dragon Ball Z. This is partially because the manga it is based on is being written at the same time. At times the episodes are padded or entirely new story arcs are inserted to give the manga's author time to pull ahead of the TV show's production. You can find episode guides online that identify filler episodes and skip them entirely, if you'd like.

Ayam
26-07-2011, 06:11 PM
Well he says http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORZ7y6yTr6c .
Yeah, that's pretty slangy, reminds me of pretty much all the teenagers I met when they see something awesome, it's probably how they'd react to a giant crab too! I do like the character designs in One Piece, especially the guy with the long straight nose; I love it when there are well designed characters who don't fall into the handsome/beautiful crowd.


Mysterious Cities Of Gold ... the complete Ulysees 31
I've done the complete Ulysses, I had to relive the Sissyfus (sp?) episode, that was so tragic and really struck me as a kid. Stuck on a desert planet demolishing boulders, eating sand-jellyfish, finds the boulder stream is never ending and just goes mental! Mysterious Cities I would love to track down and have a marathon of.

One other that maybe noone remembers is Alfred J Kwak - from childhood to old age following an anthropomorphic duck whose childhood rival turns into, pretty much, Hitler. That was a really deep watch as a kid. There's some online petition to release it on DVD, the first online petition I have ever signed, I loved it that much.

QuantaCat
26-07-2011, 07:37 PM
One other that maybe noone remembers is Alfred J Kwak - from childhood to old age following an anthropomorphic duck whose childhood rival turns into, pretty much, Hitler. That was a really deep watch as a kid. There's some online petition to release it on DVD, the first online petition I have ever signed, I loved it that much.

YES! Its in the same vein as those Japanese-German co productions, where they had a bunch of old stories and made them into anime. (not necessarily kids stories).

Nils Holgersson, Heidi, Niklas, Biene Maya.. Even Captain Future! (or especially)

BillButNotBen
30-07-2011, 11:37 AM
I burned through seasons of 24 pretty quick - and then always jumped on ebay to buy the next one. Did all of buffy in a week or so too.

I'm also working through one-piece, but mostly to practice japanese. I'm up to 74 (after a few months, as i don't have the ability to dedicate whole days/weekends these days).

It's ok, has more charm than many anime. Of course, it's basically Dragonball. It also has a very annoying bait-and-switch approach where they seem about to start the battle with the main bad guy for about 10 episodes running, but different side-battles keep popping up to delay things. It's very formula.

QuantaCat
07-08-2011, 02:49 PM
Why do most Manga/Anime/Games have women with ugly breasts.. egh. If these people were real, they would not look good in any kind of measure. (Im annoyed at One Piece' Nami)

More to the point: not that I expect realism, but I do not subscribe to this "omg everyone likes big breasts" standard at all.

Xercies
07-08-2011, 05:46 PM
That's...a weird complaint...lol

QuantaCat
07-08-2011, 06:16 PM
You dont care that most games/Manga/Anime seem to cater to this "ideal woman with double F cup"? Seriously. It annoys the living hell out of me. Either all developers and manga/anime writers have a serious mother issue, or they cater to a crow with mother issues. Thats the only way I can explain it.

Xercies
07-08-2011, 08:03 PM
Actually no I don't because a lot of the animé i watch has a range of boob sizes, oh sure sometimes the love interest is the woman with the big breasts but I'm not sure how common that actually is to be honest.

Firkragg
11-08-2011, 11:58 AM
Afternoon gents *taps hat*

Just got through Cowboy Bebop and for someone who has only watched Ghost in a Shell, that was quite a treat! Only now I want to watch more. Going to look up Ergo Proxy QuantaCat mentioned in his list earlier, not that FLCL and Samurai Champloo don't sound interesting, but I'd love to watch some more sci-fi oriented anime. Especially "semi" serious sci-fi if possible.

QuantaCat
13-08-2011, 08:35 PM
Well, you could try LAIN, but be warned: I hated the ending.

icupnimpn2
13-08-2011, 11:47 PM
I watched the box set of Lain in one sitting with some friends 10 years ago while robotripping. At some point I think none of us knew what was real.

My life is very different now.

Xercies
14-08-2011, 11:13 AM
I watched a couple oif episodes of LAIN and I truly didn't get it. I had no idea what the plot was or anything.

QuantaCat
04-09-2011, 06:58 PM
Made it! Now Im eagerly awaiting more episodes! (at ep511, btw)