March 25, 2009

CS1 -- mainstream

Suddenly I'm seeing posts about Cat Shit 1 all over the place on non-anime websites.

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It's kind of spooky, really. What are they doing playing in our yard?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 05:37 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Great trailer.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 25, 2009 07:21 PM (/ppBw)

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I just watched it. I hadn't before. Yeah, it's not bad.

But if the war is rabbits versus camels, then why "cat" in the title?

Oh, and camels as the bad guys isn't very subtle. (Gee, I wonder who they represent?)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 25, 2009 09:45 PM (+rSRq)

3 The "Cat Shit One" is the name of the unit. In the manga, they fought cats in Vietnam, so it was somehow related. When adapting, creators "updated" the show to modern times, and the unit now belongs to a private company, but the title remained.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 25, 2009 10:09 PM (/ppBw)

4 At the end of the first volume of the comic was the author's earlier work, "Dog Shit One" - so named because of the sobriquet often applied to the FNG Lt. just out of West Point. It was a straightforward Vietnam story done in realistic manner, without resort to bunnies. It's easy to say "making them bunnies made it good", but like most good war stories, the key was getting a good group of characters together; adding Botaski, cowardly racist idiot that he is, did a lot to make CS1 good stuff. They're "heroes" only in that they're more or less good men confronted with men who, well, aren't, and it tells.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at March 25, 2009 10:53 PM (7TgBH)

5 The wiki page for Apocalypse Meow (CS1 doesn't appear to have an English listing) lists that the various animals represent nationalities. Cats were Vietnamese, Pigs are French (*tee hee*), Rabbits are Americans, etc..

Camels in Turbans as Iranians though... The PC police are going to pop a gasket.

Posted by: Will at March 26, 2009 08:38 AM (WnBa/)

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And the only proper response to their outrage (in my book) is:  "Cry me a river."

At which point I'll condemn them for man-made alterations to the ecosystem.  (rimshot!)

Posted by: ubu at March 26, 2009 09:44 AM (i7ZAU)

7 Ubu, remember Hetalia.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 26, 2009 01:11 PM (/ppBw)

8 Hetalia question: For those that saw it, did it live up to its potential for dark, sick humor based on millenia of history, or was it just revisionist crud?

Posted by: PatBuckman at March 27, 2009 09:22 AM (h7HNv)

9 This post was not about Hetalia. Thread closed due to topic drift.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 27, 2009 09:57 AM (+rSRq)

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