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Quote from: GSOgymrat on February 26, 2022, 03:31:08 PMI enjoyed The Haunting of Bly Manor. It is more creepy, suspenseful, Gothic romance than horror movie. It deals with themes such as love, isolation, and regret.
Quote from: Blackleaf on May 20, 2022, 12:54:10 AMI decided, for nostalgia's sake, to revisit one of my childhood favorite cartoons: Digimon. I started because someone on Reddit noticed it was being taken off of Hulu in a couple weeks. So I attempted to binge the whole original series. It was...a lot longer than I remembered it being.So for reference, Digimon was based on virtual pet device by the same name, which itself was a Tamagotchi made for boys. The creatures would evolve based on how well you took care of them, and you could connect devices together to battle them. So despite the constant comparisons with Pokemon, it's roots are a little deeper than "Pokemon clone." I was obsessed with them as a kid, although I could never figure out the mechanics for how the evolution tree worked.So on to the anime. I watched the dub, which I understand probably butchered the series, but I don't really care, because it's entertaining. The censorship is obvious to me now, as an adult. Like, there's a moment these characters get their drill sergeant drunk on "soda fizz." After drinking the "soda," the guy's face goes red, and he passes out. You know, as soda tends to do to you. The show also has a lot of toilet humor, but the dub calls the poop "sludge," so it's okay. lolThe dub is like a parody of itself. I was afraid when I revisited it that I'd find it annoying as an adult, but I think I actually like it better now. The show is actually really clever. All they had to do was make it a monster-of-the-week thing, so they can sell their toys, but the writers (the Japanese ones) really seemed to care about what they were putting out into the world. The series has a lot of interesting world building, when an emphasis on character development and drama.To summarize the story briefly, the story takes place in the 90s. Strange weather events start happening around the globe, like snow in the middle of Summer. These Japanese kids at a Summer camp find themselves pulled into the Digital World, where they find their Digimon partners waiting for them. The kids are apparently the "Digi-Destined," those brought into the world by mysterious forces to help save it. That's the basic gist of it.One of the show's coolest ideas was tying the growth of the Digimon to their human partners. Each kid has a virtue which is uniquely theirs. Tai, for example, is the courageous one. Each character has to go through a trail to develop their virtue, while the villains try to trip them up. When Tai finds out he's in a world made of data, he gets reckless, thinking himself invincible, because it "isn't real." When his computer geek friend tells him that what happens in the digital world affects the real world (sorta like the Matrix), he freaks out, suddenly realizing how much danger he's in. His friend Sora is kidnapped, and the kidnapper gets away because he hesitates. Later, he redeems himself, and that's when his Digimon partner unlocks the next stage of their evolution.Izzy is also one of my favorites, because as a computer geek, he realizes he studies the digital world to figure out how it works. He can manipulate the code, making him potentially a god in this world. He finds ways to teleport them to save time, as well as ways to clip through walls. They really could have turned him into a super villain, if they wanted to.What I also found interesting was when the kids got back to the real world. In most Japanese shows starring ten-year-old kids, the kids are an afterthought. Not very important and rarely seen. Here, they're fleshed out characters. They have complex issues. Matt and TK are brothers living in separate homes, because their parents are divorced. They don't treat this as something to be fixed, but just something they have to deal with. The parents, of course, don't want their kids to get hurt, but they also realize that they have no idea what's going on, so they're in an awkward position having to trust their kids to do what they have to do. It's handled in a well done and realistic way.It's not perfect, though. Eventually, the series starts to drag on a bit. After a villain is defeated, the next big bad, who was secretly the true villain all along, appears right away. I mean, jeez. The kids can't catch a break. It still has some good moments, but I just felt like it went on a bit too long. The ending was satisfying and emotional, though.There's also a sequel series taking place four years later. Since Hulu ended up renewing their license for the show afterall, I finished it. I was concerned at first, because I felt like it started off weak. The writing and character development wasn't as good. It was neat seeing the original Digi-Destined get older, but the newer characters sometimes got on my nerves. I stuck with it, though, and boy does it get better. The drama gets deeper than the original series at times. Fortunately, they stuck the landing, in my opinion, with a satisfying conclusion. There's even a time skip, where we get to see the kids all grown up, and with kids of their own.Overall, I'm happy I watched the show. It's surprisingly mature for children's content with its lessons and drama. There's a time in the final episode where one of the kids says something to the effect of, "I won't give up on me dreams. I just wish I hadn't wasted so much time." God damn it, kid. You're ten. You don't get to say that until you're in your thirties, and you're stuck working a dead-end job. Who was that line really directed towards? I feel attacked. lol
Quote from: Draconic Aiur on May 20, 2022, 05:15:51 PMThey made a reboot: Digimon 2020. I was excited for it because Digimon was my first anime.