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[In which I review] New anime, Winter 2010-2011

MadMac

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Say, I've been wondering. Is there a reason why Crunchyroll refuses to subtitle the opening and closing credits? It's not like it would be an enormous amount of extra translation work. For most shows you just have to do it once, and you're set.

It really annoys me not to know what the lyrics of the songs are saying.

EDIT: Never mind. Five seconds on Google suggests that the issue is with music rights and typical IP garbage. (They can use the song, but they can't translate it?!)
Yeah. Basically, any translation has to be approved by the dude who wrote/owns the song, and that's obviously almost never worth the hassle with a speed sub. Crunchyroll actually did manage to get approved subs for a couple of Naruto/Bleach openings, IIRC.

Most people don't realize that all official subs/translations have to go through an approval process before they can be used. Getting lyric approval can be a huge pain in the ass because half the opening songs were written by some pop group or freelance musician with no direct ties to the animation company.
 
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Jhiday

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Guys, can you please refrain from detailed commentary until I've actually watched the shows ? :( It's not so bad here, as I didn't open this thread until I'd finished writing up my summary, but still... :eek:

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Rio - Rainbow Gate !

What's it about ?

Follows the adventures of the star dealer of a high-class Casino, which seems to involve high stakes duels against nasty customers. "Adapted" from a series of pachinko gambling machines.

Characters

Rio, the *BOOBIES* title character. From what little personality *PANTIES* she displays, she's a bit dim, and easygoing enough to let *BOUNCE* her pervy manager trick her into dodgy *KNOCKERS* costumes and situations. She has the superpower of *UPSKIRT SHOT* magically calming down a crowd around her, as well as *RANDOM WEDDING DRESS* making the odds favour whichever casino customers *CLOTHING DAMAGE* she wishes (to the point that clients crowd around her to benefit from her mojo).

Mint, the young granddaughter of a VIP client visiting the casino ; as the naive newcomer viewpoint character, she wanders around the setting while everyone else delivers exposition. After a while Rio is specially assigned to escort her around. Slightly brattish, but at tolerable levels.

Orlin Dunhill, our asshole villain of the week. After various unsuccessful assault attempts with his goons, he eventually challenges Rio to a poker duel... for reasons that, in a storytelling masterstroke, aren't properly explained until its end (he's after Mint's teddy bear). He's your usual charisma-deficient lech, and a moron to boot.

Rosa Canyon, a Hollywood actress and regular patron of the casino. Cue the "obaa-san" jokes. For some reason, she's the one dealing the duel, instead of the dozens of random dealers running around.

There are various other side characters, such as a couple of bunny waitresses that have so little personality they even complete each other's lines. Their main purpose is exposition and duel commentary.

Production values

This actually looks quite decent, with some nice animation for action scenes, and above all a wonderfully psychedelic sequence during the duel. But don't even try watching it if you're allergic to fanservice.
There's no OP. The ED is an annoyingly peppy JPop number that has even more fanservice than the actual show.

Overall Impression

This... is actually a bit better than I imagined (but then I had very low expectations). The fanservice is less obnoxious than I expected, and mainly concentrated on Rio herself (it steers mercifully free of Mint). The plot is obviously just an excuse, but it's all in good fun. There's even a couple of good jokes.

Is it any good ? Well, no. But if you turn your brain off, it's a semi-decent fanservice series that steers clear of harem clichés (at least so far). I could see myself trying out another episode or two.
 

MadMac

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Guys, can you please refrain from detailed commentary until I've actually watched the shows ?
Yeah, sorry. I was actually trying to be as vague as possible, but...well, it was a target rich environment. :eek:

I always fall way behind after the first week anyway, so no need to worry. ;)
 

Stryke

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Just watched Rainbow Gate and that packed in more brainfuckery than maybe even that first episode of Queen's Blade and that had exploding acidic breast milk. Seriously in the dulcet tones of Morbo GAMBLING DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! Really overbearing music to.
 

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Rio - Rainbow Gate !
haha, the stupid! okay, so it's bad; but it's not BAD, if you see what I mean. Though why any casino would employ a croupier (not dealer, show!) who makes people win, I've not idea. Unless the games are hideously rigged otherwise, and Rio just lulls people into a false sense of security. Also, why are her breasts so shiny? I wasn't aware they could be polished.

It gave me a chuckle, at least, and after the first back back at work after the xmas break, that's no bad thing.

PS: the ferret is the smartest one in the whole cast


Just watched Rainbow Gate and that packed in more brainfuckery than maybe even that first episode of Queen's Blade and that had exploding acidic breast milk. Seriously in the dulcet tones of Morbo GAMBLING DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! Really overbearing music to.
yeah, the poker sequence did reach new levels of stupid. I actually liked the music though, i thought it fit the tone rather well.
 
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MadMac

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haha, the stupid! okay, so it's bad; but it's not BAD, if you see what I mean. Though why any casino would employ a croupier (not dealer, show!) who makes people win, I've not idea. Unless the games are hideously rigged otherwise, and Rio just lulls people into a false sense of security. Also, why are her breasts so shiny? I wasn't aware they could be polished.
I can't help but picture the screenwriter, chained to his desk for three days, pen in one hand, bottle of whiskey in the other, hammering out scripts. "And then, she shows up in a wedding dress! Because...Because...*hic*...I dunno, she like loves gambling so much she wants to marry it, and THEN...uh...head...spinning...*hurc* That's it! Her clothes disappear and stuff goes spinning everywhere, and...and...fuck it, she wins. No reason, she just does. And then the little girl trips and Rio's dress falls off, just because. DONE! So...Can I go home now? Boss?...Anyone?...Anyone at all?*sob*

Still, laughably bad is always better then insomnia curing boring, so there's that.
 

Jhiday

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yeah, the poker sequence did reach new levels of stupid.
I found it more realistic than most media depictions of poker games, what with the bad guy being pictured as a complete moron for discarding his perfectly good hand in favour of his fetish hand, and Rio winning with a pair of twos.

This show is very stupid indeed, but it's surprisingly fun to watch.
 

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This show is very stupid indeed, but it's surprisingly fun to watch.
it's amusingly stupid, rather than being annoyingly or hatefully stupid. whether that sustains a whole series i doubt, but it might be good for a few more episodes
 

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A few words on the first episode of the second season of Kimi ni Todoke... Well, it's actually "Episode 0", for an obvious reason : it's a recap of the first season.

Now, there was a truly awful recap episode in the middle of the first season, bringing nothing new to the table and saddled with a tedious and downright bizarre Greek chorus. But this is different : after all, it's been nearly a year since I watched all this, so I don't mind the plot refresher.

And moreover, the whole thing is from the point of view of Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa, Sawako's unlucky bitchy rival for Kazehaya's affections. While I don't think we learn anything new here, it's a nice change from Sawako's viewpoint. And I admit I loved the gag around Kurumi's Death Note.

On the other hand, there is the slight issue that Kurumi's such an egotist that we barely get any insight into any of the other characters... and moreover, it completely skips the whole Chizuru/Ryuu thing, in which she had no involvement. But presumably all this is going to be covered in the series proper if needed.

The new OP & ED are nothing to write home about, and certainly less epic than the originals. I did get a chuckle out of the implication of Ayane/Pin in the OP, though.
 

MadMac

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Two more Crunchyroll announcements today, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas (Wait, there's a new Saint Seiya show? This includes licensing a first season I never knew existed either) and Mitsudomoe 2 which I don't think requires an introduction.
 
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