May 20, 2008
UPDATE: By the way, we finally got our wish. Strike Witches is coming this summer.
But Gonzo is doing it, so I'm worried. And it's a new director -- not just new to the series, new to being a director. His first turn at the baton. So I'm really worried.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 20, 2008 09:12 PM (qNSKg)
Well, Gainax gave us the "Gainax Ending", but they later got better (e.g. the magnificent ending of Petite Princess Yucie) so maybe this kind of thing isn't forever.
One can hope that Strike Witches will be the exception, not the rule. There are a lot of ways it could go wrong, though.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 20, 2008 09:59 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: metaphysician at May 21, 2008 06:37 AM (9Lztf)
It's running this season. The first episode was a Haruhi-like joke, but the rest of the series is being played straight. Initial reactions to ep 2 and 3 in the blogs I've been following were pretty negative, but apparently it's picked up and some people have gotten hooked on it.
Which is surprising; generally, anime adaptations from RPGs have been crap.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 21, 2008 07:27 AM (+rSRq)
I followed Druaga through ep 5 so far, and on the basis of obligating myself to purchase the series, have to say "It's not worth spending money on, but if it were broadcast TV, I'd kill an otherwise empty half-hour watching it."
One thing I did not expect was the sheer size of the tower. Operating alongside the "traditional" adventurers is an entire army seeking to invade and destroy it. The "old" tower, destroyed by King Gilgamesh, was 60 floors, but it resulted in a strange curse/blessing. Major spoilers:
I will give it props for the unique OP, which mixes the modern with the medieval surprisingly well.
Posted by: ubu at May 21, 2008 09:19 AM (mUfTD)
Nonetheless, I'd find myself with bad associations. If your going to make a Roguelike game, *mark it clearly on the packaging*. *shudders*
Posted by: metaphysician at May 21, 2008 10:21 AM (9Lztf)
Most RPGs are not plot-heavy; that's the problem. Most of them concentrate on the details of growth, acquisition, and combat -- and while that's usually pretty entertaining when it's interactive, it soon becomes deadly dull just to passively watch.
Sometimes anime adaptations from RPGs give up all pretense to seriousness and spend their time making fun of the genre. That was the point of last year's Master of Epic. That series didn't really try to tell any kind of continuing story, except perhaps for "The further adventures of the Waragecha V". (Gonzo did that one, too.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 21, 2008 10:32 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Toren at May 21, 2008 01:11 PM (4ydkS)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 21, 2008 01:16 PM (+rSRq)
Actually, their first production, Royal Space Force, had a Gainax ending. Off to a good start!
It's still an amazing movie, anyway.
Posted by: Toren at May 21, 2008 03:13 PM (4ydkS)
( and more coherent than your average fighting game... )
Posted by: metaphysician at May 21, 2008 07:07 PM (9Lztf)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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