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Giant Mecha News

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the not-just-gundam-anymore dept.

Anime 259

da3dAlus writes "Starting next week, Monday Feb 24th, from 4-5pm est Cartoon Network's Toonami starts a Giant Robot Week. The lineup currently includes episodes of Nadesico, Dia-Guard, Robotech, and Evangelion (yes, NGE is slated for the block, but only on Mon/Tues). Also in Evangelion news, AnimeNewsNetwork reports Gainax is finalizing the re-release of the boxed set of NGE. This set includes re-worked (audio/video enhanced) versions of the original 26 episodes, the 4 'remake' eps from laser disc, and a bonus disc with creditless opening/closing video, trailers, and live-action edition of the film. The final cut of the Evangelion movie-- Death(True)2, Air, and Magokoro wo Kimi ni--will also be included. The discs will be in a limited edition art box, and will retail for ~$322 on or about June 25th, with a reservation deadline of April 14th. After that, the new set will be released separately without the box."

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FEEL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350278)


I finally got it! (-1, Offtopic)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350285)

My lifelong pursuit of first post is over. Yes, that was me, I did not FAIL IT!! YES!


evil_spork (444038) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350581)

You fail it because you posted as an AC. Anonymous shitbags are not allowed to claim first post; only logged-in crapflooders may do so. Your lousy attempt at first post has been claimed for all logged-in crapflooders. Try again next time when you get an account, anonymous pink-skirted fuckstick cum-guzzling shit-encrusted shitstain.

Robotech (5, Informative)

AyeFly (242460) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350282)

I'm glad they include Robotech. That in my opinion is one of the best early mech shows. I actually never saw the cartoon when I was younger, but I read all the books based on them. or maybe the cartoons were based on the books.. anyway, they got me interested in Mechwarrior too :-)

I dunno... (3, Funny)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350383)

But I want to see next the tech line up... With Serial Experiements Lain, Ghost in a shell, and Armitage 3.

*News report* "Children all over the US have started throwing themselves off buildings after seeing the first episode of serial experiement Lain on cartoon network. All these children were characterized by high internet addiction. Survivors said they hoped to come back as gods on the internet.

Or who knows, for Evangeleon, "Nerds have suddenly come into style, after the hero of Neon Genesis Evangeleon made his big Debut. All hail Shinji, the ultimate geek with power."

Well, maybe not... and plus, I think Tenchi is just as socially inept than Shinji anyways...


Re:I dunno... (2, Insightful)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350534)

Well, maybe not... and plus, I think Tenchi is just as socially inept than Shinji anyways...

Though it's a painful thing to realize, Tenchi is surrounded by people at least few orders of magnitude more rational and balanced than the cast of Evangelion. And no, I don't include Eva and Angels.

Re:I dunno... (1)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350656)

I wonder if Eva will bomb, perhaps, because it's so deep, as far as character development. There's Shinji, who's got 'hedgehog's predicament' and an absent father complex, and is weak and lets himself get bullied around, the aloof and devoid Rei, the emotionally supressive bully Asuka... the slutty yet emotionally fux0red drunk, Misato, Risuko, the geeky supressed girl, Koji the manwhore, Gendo Ikari, the absent father figure who would ignore his own son, Kensuke the neurotic war technology nerd with no mom, Toji the gentle giant/avenging knight, the 5th pilot, what's his name... the angel.... Yeah.

Take that Mihoshi, Sailor Moon, and Goku! Toonami just got a lot more philisophical...

I'm still worried that the deep philisophical nature of EVA could hurt toonami and make them loose ratings... But on the other side, there is a lot of nice pleasant violence!

Re:I dunno... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350714)

The phrase is "Hedgehogs Dilemma", and the angel you refer to is Kaora.

Re:I dunno... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350751)

Kaoru, loser. Ah, the irony...

anime is ghey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350286)

ur all pedophiles

Re:anime is ghey (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350472)

anime is not ghey

But the fags who watch that shit sure as hell are!!!

The traditional business plan (-1, Troll)

onthefenceman (640213) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350288)

1. Create DVD box set
2. Post on Slashdot
3. ?????
4. Profit!

Eva? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350290)

How exactly does CN plan to show EVA anyways? Wouldn't most episodes end up being about 5 min. long after being cut to what CN would consider appropriate?

Re:Eva? (2, Informative)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350312)

Actually, there isn't -that- much in Eva that would really need to be cut. Most of the violence is nothing too special, and there's only one episode that has any nudity at all (nipple-less nudity, nonetheless). I heard (and this is just a rumor, mind you), that the only things that are actually getting cut from Eva are some religious references that might offend some people; though I can't think of what those might be offhand.

I think a far better thing to worry about is the fact that they are airing the dubbed version of NGE, which is enough to make one want to tear their eyes out. I realize that the subtitled version would probably not interest most American veiwers, but hiring a crew of voice actors from Texas certainly isn't going to do wonders for the series, either.

Re:Eva? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350334)

A lot of the stuff in Eva isn't so much disturbing due to violence or sex as the imagery. While there isn't very much blood and gore in Eva, there is a lot of cross shaped explosions and talks about what makes a human that many parents in this country would find disturbing.

I mean how many people in America would think that showing kids explosions of crosses and talks of the attacking Angels and the final battle between them and humanity is appropriate?

Re:Eva? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350449)

Not many, but is it really wise for these well-meaning parents to deliberately shelter their kids from these sorts of issues? True, they probably conflict with their theology, but it's not like everyone in the world is going to share that same theology (thank god [of your choice]). I believe those kids would turn out more open-minded if their parents would stop forcing them into the same mold their parents forced them into.

Re:Eva? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350471)

How about voice actors from Hokkaido? We could have a little Engrish with our Japanese. Set us up the bomb? Closs shaped maybe?

I'm afraid *any* religious references will offend somebody. Today "tolerence" means "shut up."

Go figure.


Re:Eva? (1)

jgerman (106518) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350764)

Hmmm cut out the religious references... we're back down to five minutes: Shinji whines about something, Asuka bitches about something, Misato drinks a beer, and then Penpen looks at everyone and wanders out of the room, end of episode ;)

Re:Eva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350318)

Word has it from ADV that they'll be uncut. So either CN's hoping it's so brief, soccer moms won't care, or ADV is (sadly) misinformed.

Re:Eva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350761)

I'd love to see Cartoon Network get away with showing End of Eva uncut. Especially that first scene with Shinji visiting Asuka in the hospital.

Re:Eva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350320)

ADV supposedly stated at Katsucon last week that Evangelion will air uncut, which, of course, does not precisely mean unedited. This should be interesting.

Sadness. (4, Funny)

Lendrick (314723) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350291)

I was hoping from the headline that someone was actually building a giant bipedal robot. Ah well.

Re:Sadness. (1)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350328)

No, sadly enough, this isn't the case. :(

But hey, I heard they built a motorized scooter that will revolutionize transportation in cities! And for the low low price of only 5,000$, it could be yours!

But someone is! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350430)

Re:But someone is! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350547)

Unfortunatley, this effort, while well meaning, seems doomed to failure. Notice:
  • No one in the group owns any welding equipment. This would seem a rather large ommision for something planning to use steel I beams as legs.
  • They are using modified I-openers as control computers. Enough said.
  • Engineering prototypes in legos. Never mind the radically different wieght and structural considerations. Legos.
  • No intermediate mechs. Theyre planning on going right from legos to full building sized machines.
Not to say the project doesnt have merit from a gee thats cool standpoint, but I would hate for someone to get killed developing this thing and the whole idea be written off that much longer.

Re:Sadness. (3, Informative)

The_dev0 (520916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350465)

Hopefully This [] might hold you over... Absolutely amazing.

FUCK ME DEAD (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350300)

grow up you childish fuckwits. this shit is for kids.

A ha ha ha ha (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350302)

I'm from Holland everybody!

Isn't that vierd?!?

Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350314)

...IT IS COMING OUT IN JAPAN (Region 2). I also don't believe there are English subtitles on the discs, although I could be misstaken. Then again, I actually happen to prefer the English dub on Eva... *dodges thrown debris*

Those looking for an updated region 1 release will probably have to wait until ADV decides to reissue them...again.

Word is that Manga is thinking of doing a box set of the two movies, but nothing has been officially announced.

Re:Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (1)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350372)

I actually happen to prefer the English dub on Eva...

I've never seen Evangelion, but I actually prefer the english dub on Cowboy Bebop. The voice acting is perfect. Sometimes they just get it right. And besides, it's annoying to read when you're supposed to be looking at the pictures.

Re:Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (3, Insightful)

argmanah (616458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350452)

Then again, I actually happen to prefer the English dub on Eva... *dodges thrown debris*
No dodging needed. There are some anime that has been dubbed over very well, and others which well, seem to be lacking.

For example, Ranma 1/2. Although I do prefer the Japanese voice acting, I have to admit the dub is done very well. As opposed to, let's say, Bubblegum Crisis, for example, where the dub was painful to watch.

YMMV, but not all dubs are created equal. I think as anime fans its more important to get the content in front of mainstream audiences so that it's more economically viable to bring more content over from Japan. Infighting over the details doesn't help.

Re:Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (1)

packeteer (566398) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350506)

What the hell does this matter. You wont buy it and you know it. I dont want to troll here but i know not many people are going to want to pay out over $300 for a dvd box set. Are they asking for kids to download this over gnutella? I personally wont pirate these but i also know i wont pay for them and dont know many people who could/would.

Re:Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (1)

Angron (127881) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350702)

*throws debris*

I found Eva's dubs to be some of the worst I've heard (though I avoid dubs as much as I can); I tried them out on disc5, around where Shinji is talking about it being a man's responsibility to go first, and it sounded to me like they were recorded in a broom closet. *shudder*

To each their own I suppose...


Re:Important note about the Japanese DVD set... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350749)

Damnit, you had to post that while I was typing my reply below... ;)

Reply to the 3 replies above (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350732)

I'm the original AC above...which kinda makes me pissed when replying to other replys, as nobody can really tell one AC from another. Wish I could remember my password... :p

Regarding the English dubs, I'm personally someone who takes each series/movie on its own, but many people either don't accept that, or don't exactly understand that without further comment (such as this). Of course, this only applies to animation (partly due to the nature of it being inherently dubbed), as I have a problem with dubbed-live action films. It was only done to prevent fellow slashdotters from chewing out some poor guy who forgot his password. =P

Anyway, I added that little bit because of the nature of many anime fans, specifically the Eva-obsessed ones. Mentioning that you watched the series in English is enough for some fans to go into a rage that could easily match some of the battles in the series itsself.

The English dub on Eva isn't perfect, but its the one I happen to prefer. The actors take a while to get into their characters, but once they do, I enjoy the job that they have done. Unfortunately, not all of the original actors returned to do the movies, leaving some of the voices quite different from the series. It does boil down to personal preference, and I'm somewhat surprised that I do enjoy it more in Japanese, being as there is plenty of "Japan" in it (ie, takes place in Japan, numerous Japanese cultural references, etc). Those shows and films tend to be harder to swallow when dubbed into any other language, but there are exceptions (Mononoke being one of them). On the other hand, I can't even IMAGINE watching something like Grave Of The Fireflies in anything but Japanese.

Bebop is another series where I definately enjoy the English dub more than the original Japanese. I'm not putting down the Japanese actors in any way, in fact, they did a great job. But when it comes down to personal preference, I believe Bebop sounds a lot better in English. I'm glad you agree. ;)

argmanah, I realize all dubs aren't created equal, but not everyone feels that way (as I somewhat stated above), hence my disclaimer (or whatever you want to call it). For every dub like Princess Mononoke, there's one like Love Hina's that makes people's ears bleed. :p

People seem to be too quick to assume that if someone mentions a language in reference to anime, that they stick by it in every situation. Therefore, many would've interepreted my comment on the English track to be a sign that I watch ALL anime (and possibly other foreign films) dubbed into English.

And to packeteer, this set really isn't aimed at most of us, its aimed at the devoted Eva fans in Japan (and when I say devoted, I mean DIE HARD FANS). Prices for stuff like this is often higher in Japan than in the US (many DVDs are close to $40), although I do have to admit that this new set is certainly filled of extras making that price SOMEWHAT resonable.

ADV released a box set of the series (which doesn't include the 2 movies) recently, and while prices varied, it wasn't too hard to get the 8-disc set for under $100. $300 may be excessive for many, but $100 isn't too shabby for all 26 episodes.

Bleh...I'm rambling...and even worse...I'm rambling as an AC. I guess that's a sign that I need to get some rest. :p

Kids stuff? (1, Troll)

ibjhb (173533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350316)

How many people seriously watch this? Am I mistaken saying that just 'kids' do? I know my tweleve year old syster does, but I didn't think anybody past say, o, fourteen watched this kind of thing...

Also shows the next generation coming up. At tweleve I was learning to program and learning everything and anything I could about computers. I guess 'kids' of today see the computer as some of us see cars or lightbulbs and don't have the excitement or interest in computers anymore.

Re:Kids stuff? (1, Flamebait)

Zelet (515452) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350358)

You are going to get Karma raped. I just happened to insult the viewers of this stuff and I was shot down to -1 in about 5 mins. I hope you don't like having an opinion or karma - cause both get shot to shit on slashdot.

Re:Kids stuff? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350397)

That's a pretty sweeping statement.

You and I may look at cars today and think, "Ok, it's a machine that takes me from point A to point B. What's the big deal?", but our opinion obviously doesn't represent the opinion of everyone else. Walk into any bookstore or grocery store and check out the magazine section -- what do you see? Dozens of car magazines aimed at car enthusiasts, who are every bit as excited about cars as their counterparts decades ago.

Similarly, there are countless teenagers and pre-teens who are more obsessed with computers as much as we are/were (maybe even moreso). Just like the car enthusiasts of our day (many of whom have completely ripped apart their stock vehicles and 'modded' them out), these kids also have the desire to break through the nice, clean exterior their store-bought computers present them to find out what really makes them tick. This drive to explore and tweak has been around for centuries, and it's not going to stop here.

Re:Kids stuff? (2, Interesting)

ibjhb (173533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350427)

I was seriously asking a question.

How many people watch this? It wasn't sarcastic at all.

Also, I wasn't blanketing the teenage population as a whole. OBVIOUSLY there are kids obsessed with computers. I knew that. I was more referring to kids that watched cartoons and even moreso indirectly asking a question as to if kids that watched these cartoons were interested in computers.

Re:Kids stuff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350531)

a lot of people. once i heard more here in america then in japan. tho more to due to population and landsize.

enough people that in nine years our local suncoast store's selection of anime consisted of probably 80 tapes, shoved in the back corner ( by employees/stock room next to the westerns across from the playboy section.

now its the largest section in the store having half a wall to itself. with no hentai. a huge dragon ballz merchindize section with couple odd other anime stuff tossed in. hell its recently started selling manga.

Re:Kids stuff? (1)

ibjhb (173533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350614)

Wow, I seriously had no idea it was that big. I mean I've heard of it, but that is about it. I could believe that more people in America would watch it because of the sheer size we are to Japan. I wonder if you could took out the population difference, where would it be more popular?

Re:Kids stuff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350587)

You can figure it out for yourself. A person can only pay attention to one thing at a time. The more television watched is less of everything else.

Re:Kids stuff? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350762)

Also shows the next generation coming up. At tweleve I was learning to program and learning everything and anything I could about computers. I guess 'kids' of today see the computer as some of us see cars or lightbulbs and don't have the excitement or interest in computers anymore.

You make a good point and it's a shame that this is an offtopic subject because it is one I happen to agree with.

Back in the day (around 1991) when I got into computers, it was something interesting because it was challenging. If you wanted to get on to a BBS, you had to install a modem, set dip switches or jumpers, install terminal emulation software and configure it. Sure, it sounds like having to walk 50 miles to school in the snow, uphill both ways, but unlike today's plug-and-play point-and-click computing world, you almost always ended up learning something new while using the computer.

Let's face it, I didn't start using computers because I could download songs and movies, or play the latest hottest games (they were all on consoles. I started using computers because they were interesting and challenging. The more I figured out how to do, the more I wanted to learn...

It's amazing how accurate you are with the car analogy. With older cars, you could pop the hood and there'd be room to work and easy tweaks you could do. Possibly you'd get interested by the appeal of the vehicle's "hackability" and become motivated to learn more about mechanics. Of course, this is before my time - my father told me all about how "back in the day cars used to be easier to work on". Nowadays, you pop the hood and wonder how they ever manged to get that engine in there, and how the hell you'll even get at the spark plugs to change them. Most teenagers that are even still interested in modifying cars either buy older cars or do "rice boy"-type appearance modifications to modern ones.

Today's Windows PCs are much the same way... All the complexity is hidden from the user. Many of my younger brother's friends know how to do the basics - they can browse the web, send e-mail, download music and porn... But ask them what kind of processor they have and they'll reply "I don't know." It's great that PCs have become easy enough to use for the masses, but I wonder how many kids are just getting introduced to Windows XP and assume the PC is just another entertainment appliance.

ehh (0, Redundant)

Chef Ramen Noodle (651943) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350321)

dammit, i wanted to see a really big fuckin robot! oh well no, that isn't vierd

You want big robot? (1)

Xandar01 (612884) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350456)

In case you didn't see the slashdot article last summer [] , here is a big robot [] for you that some guy built in his back yard.

erm (3, Funny)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350325)

Nadesico doesn't take itself seriously enough to be considered "giant robot series," methinks.

On the other hand, I am waiting for the day when US TV is open enough to air the entire series of NGE unedited - including the part right before a certain female pilot went into a multi-episode coma.

But I get a feeling that might not happen any times soon; Forces of darkness - erm, TV censoring - is still strong in the states.

Re:erm (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350567)

Nadesico doesn't take itself seriously enough to be considered "giant robot series," methinks.

It takes itself so non-serious that it has a GIANT ROBOT ANIME AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PLOT!

Re:erm (1)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350609)

you don't need to tell *me* what's it about. I watched the whole thing.

The entire story was to me (heck they say it themselves) a non-serious parody inside a parody. I think they were trying to get a chuckle out of their decscription of anime fans who takes it way too seriously.

I mean, still good, but "giant robot anime" to me would be probably ones that actually focuse on the *robots*. Nadesico focuses on *ANIME about giant robots* and also on the fans of the said genre; which is one of the reason why it's good, considering that the drawing and the storyline isn't exactly on par with many of the other series.

small difference, you might say - but an important one nontheless.

Re:erm (4, Informative)

SecretAsianMan (45389) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350661)

the part right before a certain female pilot went into a multi-episode coma.

Hallelujah! Errr, I mean I think that whole sequence is probably the best 5 minutes of animation ever animated. Quite possibly the best 5 minutes of anything you can play on a screen. People ask me "What is anime?", and I'll pop in DVD #7 and play the Hallelujah sequence. It's so good I'll burn all my karma with no regrets by posting this inane message.

If you've never seen anime or Neon Genesis Evangelion, then run, don't walk, to the nearest video rental and rent DVD #7. Watch the middle episode. Warning: may cause serious addiction.

Oh my God! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350326)

I'm peeing in my pants as I type! Wow, I'm going to jerk off as soon as I logout.

Thank you, Cowboi Kneel! I luv cartoons. I'm going to put a "do not disturb" sign
on the basement door so my Mom won't interrupt me. This is a thriller!


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350330)

Moderators are on crack and fail it. Moderators suck. They're all niggers. Fuck you. Eat shit and die.

Better idea (5, Funny)

KiahZero (610862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350337)

I'll be happier when CN decides to run a "Hentai week" featuring the best of cartoon pr0n.

Re:Better idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350404)

Yeah, showing episodes of tentacle-rape hentai in between Dexter and Scooby Doo.

~$322?!? (4, Insightful)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350340)

Over three-hundred dollars? Does it come with a geisha?

Thank God for Cartoon Network. Apparently everyone else only cares about the hardcore fans. God forbid you're a curious n00b.

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350359)

Keep in mind that in Japan, a two-episode DVD often costs over 6000 yen, or around $60. When you think about it that way, $320 for the entire series is damned good for the Japanese fans.

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350699)

Damn! Is it really that expensive? I thought we had it bad back in the VHS days with $30 for 2 episodes. DVD has actually made anime cheaper (now its usually 4 episodes per disc). I'm amazed anime would be so cheap in it's country of origin. A whole season of the Simpsons, with bonus crap, is $40 in the US.

Re:~$322?!? (1)

silne (634843) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350406)

Can I have just the geisha?

Re:~$322?!? (1)

Enraged_jawa (641736) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350442)

$322??? Is this that hentai porn I've heard about?

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350480)

well lets see it usually costs 30$ a dvd with 8 of em (might be wrong here) that comes to 320$ oh the movies after the series also cost another 30$. the intro article didn't make it clear if they were including the movie or not.

but for another 2$ you get a collectors box to put the dvd's in.

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350526)

I'm a bit surprised at the cost myself. I think $150 is quite rich for complete box sets.

Given box sets of other popular anime, it'd be smart to order a few. When they are sold out or done with the run, the box set prices skyrocket. Look at the "Perfect Collection" region 1 of Cowboy Bebop. Or (I always get the spelling wrong) Esclaflowne (when they did the 10,000 run or whatever, then ran out or misinventoried or continued selling the box set minus the serializing, or whatever the hell happened before they released more).

I like anime, but, uhh, wow.

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350712)

One word: eBay.

I got 3 Ranma box sets, which retail for $120 for between $60 and $70 each. As long as it's not out of print, you can get this stuff cheap if you bid right (i.e. at the last second).

Re: So rent first. (1)

Trunks (35615) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350535)

You're not REQUIRED to get the whole boxset at once to check out the series. If you're curious, why not just rent the first DVD seperately? If it turns out you like it, then you can opt to either get the whole thing on seperate DVDs or get the boxset and all the things that come with it.

Re:~$322?!? (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350545)

Tip: you can download a bit of anime from Kazaa, and a fuckload of Anime on Hotline. Hotline is harder for beginners though, as it usually involves trading. Once you got some trading material though, it's Chrismas all year long. I got around a hundred gigs of Anime lying around, all of it gotten in less than a year... all was nice until my ISP started enforcing download limits :(

Re:~$322?!? (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350596)

God forbid you're a curious n00b.

If you are a n00b, be sure to watch a good chunk of the series before you drop a lot of money on it.

I really like the NGE mech designs, but most of the series bores me to death. The end was especially disappointing, IMO.

The plot about the angels was interesting, but there was just way too much of the circular-logic pseudo-philosophy that I've noticed in a lot of anime.

Re:~$322?!? (2, Interesting)

BJH (11355) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350745)

Geez, don't bitch - you lot in the USA get anime at one third to a half of the price of what it is here in Japan.

Take GitS, for example - in Japan, it's still sold at the RRP of 7,800 yen (about $US65), at best with 20% discount, but in the States, you can get it for around $US25.

Re:~$322?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350769)

Maybe they'll have some Giant Robo Hentai in this drop?

In Soviet Russia... (-1)

-1bynextweek (642604) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350343)

ALL art featured giant, happy proleterian robots!

Also In Soviet Russia...

Monday Feb 24th is the birthday of ME!!!

Cool Sci-fi week. (2, Interesting)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350365)

It sounds like next week is cool sci-fi week. First, on Sunday, X-Men is showing on Fox. Then for the rest of the week, it's Giant Robot Week on the Cartoon Channel. Cool!

You'd think it was sweeps month. Oh, it is.

--sex []

Re:Cool Sci-fi week. (0, Offtopic)

ibjhb (173533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350477)

And none of it is on the Sci-Fi channel...

Re:Cool Sci-fi week. (0, Offtopic)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350523)

No, they're too busy showing Komodo for the umptyninth time.

At least their showing Crossing Over is truth in advertising. Well, except for the "science" part.


Sci-Fi having hope! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350610)

They were running several digital remasterer episodes of Battlestar Galactica each day this week. And getting to the season 6 finale of Stargate in the next week or two!

good god i'm stoned (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350391)

suck my fuck, I got FP!

Giant Mecca? (4, Funny)

foo fighter (151863) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350394)

Did anyone else think the article was about Islam's holy city suffering urban sprawl after first reading the title?

Maybe it's just me...

Giant Robots? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350407)

Honestly, how practical are GIANT ROBOTS for waging actual combat? You'd think they'd be a bit impractical...

Wellington: Come, sir. Choose your robot.

Blackadder: What's this? I thought we were dueling with pistols?

Wellington: Pistols! What do you think this is, the 20th century? Only girls fight with guns these days. Stand by your robot, sir. Hup two three. Hup two three.

Blackadder: Wait a minute.

Wellington: Stand by cockpit for ingress procedure. Activate appendage control. Motive systems online. Stoke the fusion reactor. Patching in torsional control.

Blackadder (reading manual): Congratulations on choosing the Reaver Class Emperor Titan. Please read instructions carefully and it should give years of trouble-free mecha dueling.

Wellington: Check altitude, ambient temperature, local gravitational flux. Fuel plasma cannons. Aim...

Blackadder: Look, wait a minute.

Wellington: FIRE!

Some important differences (5, Insightful)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350422)

A lot of times Adv will conform to certain America cultural stereotypes that the Japanese lack. For example, The strange wanderer caracter in the Japanese version of the Fall Guy was a morally ambigious character who was almost always shredded in self-doubt.

Yet the American version of the same character (Lee Majors, also the Six Million Dollar Man and the Incredible Hulk) always strayed on the right side of the law. I guess we Americans always have to root for the good guy. Whereas in Japan, a well developed hero will often masturbate, cry, and proclaim him/herself the Messiah. I gues they just have different types over there.

Re:Some important differences (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350508)

On the other hand we have the classic Batman, Silver Surfer, Daredevil and the X-Men.

We're not as prone to the tortured hero, but they aren't exactly absent.

Even in classic American literature we've got Twain's Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn, Melville's Ishmael (who slept with his cannibal buddy) and Hemmingway's Nick Adams (among others).

Oh, and The Incredible Hulk was Bill Bixby. Also a tortured hero who had trouble with the law.


Re:Some important differences (1)

mskfisher (22425) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350591)

ah... that got an audible laugh out of me. excellent work, Gizzmonic-san.

Warning Anime is nothing more than child porn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350429)

Anime promotes the unhealthy interaction of adults and children. It places them in awkward positions and is enjoyed by pedophiles throughout the World.

Michael Jackson watches and enjoys anime (enough said).

This sick form of entertainment must be stopped at all costs.

Why Anime is bad for geek kind... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350474)

1. Non-geeks will immediately regard it as immature and think that all geeks are stuck in their childhood (e.g. M. Jackson)
2. The characters are all stereotypes ... and geeks must know about those.
3. Chicks won't be the least bit interested in Anime and geeks definitely need to find common interests with females.
4. Viewing Anime cuts into precious porn watching sessions (see point #3)
5. The plots do nothing in terms of challenging a geek's intellect, resulting in the increase of M$ coders. Be very careful Anime lovers.

Is this one "Perfect" too? (3, Informative)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350476)

Do they mean to say the "Neon Genesis Evangelion - Perfect Collection" actually wasn't perfect? Oh yeah, must have been that glaring lack of the movies.

Of course when you compare the $170 price of that boxed set (or $145 at amazon, or $127.50 at barnes and noble) to this whopping $322 price tag, it seems a little more perfect after all. How many disks does the set have anyway? For that price it better have at least 16.

Then again i supose it beats the $12.63 they want you to pay for just the new and improved first episode.

Re:Is this one "Perfect" too? (1)

Sangui5 (12317) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350632)

8, and it doesn't have the movies.

Re:Is this one "Perfect" too? (1)

Crescens (650873) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350667)

These discs are remastered as opposed to the existing ADV discs which are from the originals. Apparently these reduce the screen jitter if not eliminate it etc. I _think_ I've read something about 5.1 sound in this version also, not too sure. And again, it's an R2 release. Discs in Japan routinely cost of equivelant of anywhere from $30-50USD.

Re:Is this one "Perfect" too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350740)


New remaster of all 26 episodes, including the "director's cut" versions (which add a few new details, most of which were seen in the first movie), 5.1 sound, both movies, trailers, commercials, scripts, etc.

Eva (2, Informative)

Grieveq (589084) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350498)

I'm really surprised they are showing Evangelion on CN. Despite what was said above, it is very violent and very sexually suggestive for kids. I'm guessing it is only the first two episodes, which are very light compared to some of the later episodes. If you haven't seen the greatest anime series of all time, I hope you get to see the two episodes shown this week!

Post #420... (-1)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350551)

I'm outta here, suckers.

The Eva boxset release is in Japan only (2, Informative)

Trunks (35615) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350553)

There's been no mention whether or not this boxset will be released here in the US. I'm not sure if it will ever be released here due to the current license agreements here: ADV has the rights to the TV series, but Manga Entertainment has the rights to the movies.

Re:The Eva boxset release is in Japan only (2, Informative)

ibjhb (173533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350627)

Yeah and it wouldn't do much good to import it because of the DVD Region difference...

Real giant mecha (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350628)

And I thought he meant the DARPA Grand Challenge Conference, [] the competitor's meeting for the Department of Defense race for robot offroad monster trucks. It's this Saturday, in LA. It's going to be wierd.

Cripsy Toasty Rhode Island Hippy Scum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350644)

Burn 'em up Great White

Dead Hippy filth. Alcoholic drug frenzied corpses.

Burned Alive. Great White Rhode Island Scum.

Get right with Jesus. Godless hippy drunks die in fire.

burn, Burn, BURN !!!

steel battalion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350649)

id rather play steel battalion

a more mature evangelion (3, Informative)

a8f11t18 (614700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350655)

try rahxephon for size.. right from the beginning you will
get the EVA-feel, and even though it feels a little too
close to being a clone, you will realize after a short while
that it is more mature in every way compared to EVA.. both
in character, story, ending, and production. Oh yeah, especially the ending is completely brilliant.

Of course, some will never get over how much it resembles EVA in many ways, but.. look past that, and you have a brilliant series that is all what EVA only could have wished to be.(EVA was simply too childish in too many ways to appeal to me)

link at animefu []
link at animenfo []

It's just starting to come out on DVD. I expect it to become a hit.

Too Much Input! (1)

know_op (539136) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350710)

I just can't take it anymore!
After religiously following lame-o Americanized Dragonball Z. and Gundam Wing for months and months, there have recently been a ton of new anime series out on the networks for me to get hooked on.

Lain, Lupin, Yuyu -- I'm trying to watch them all, and my head is spinning.

Now more GIANT robots too? It's just too much!
(picture me with anime style sweatmark on my forehead)

i'm confused (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350660)

i could swear its friday today. it on MONDAY we hate MPAA/DVD/DMCA then ?
gotta love /.

SLOW! (2, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350666)

You guys are slow.

That's been known for some time, and now CN is going to be showing SD Gundam, Kikaider, Rurouni Kenshin, and most suprising of all, Blue Gender.

Blue Gender will have to be put in Adult Swim due to the content of the show (no way in hell it could be edited to Toonami standards), but Kenshin will be in Toonami.

Whether they edit or not I don't care, as I own all the dvds for both series (legit R1 releases).

What, no Transformers??? (4, Funny)

rjung2k (576317) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350681)

Hey, where I come from, you can't yell "giant robot" and not bring up Autobots and Decepticons. And we've got several boxed DVD sets, too. This oversight is especially glaring given that Toonami is currently running that Transformers: Armada series.

(Then again, given how much Armada sucks, maybe this omission isn't such a bad thing...)

Price? (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350687)

The article states that the price of the rerelease is 39,800 yen, but Gainax's site does not have that figure anywhere on the announcement, and their online sales area lists the price as TBA. What's the source for this?

Evangelion viewers (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350696)

In Japan, we call people in the US who watches Evangelion for "står på en alpetop" or "kigger på det sner",
which shouldn't be translated if we want to stay friends. :)
Some milder expressions are sometimes used, like "nu er jeg endelig kommet helt her op" or "hvad fa'en sku jeg egenligt her!", which could be translated to a ;) smiley with no evil undertones.

Re:Evangelion viewers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5350750)

Do you frequently speak Dannish in Japan? Strange...

Eva Live Action (3, Informative)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350724)

I do not think that they are going to release a live version of Evangelion.

--Spoiler Alert--
--If you haven't seen the Eva movies don't read--

In the middle of The second Eva movie there is a trippy live film part that showed a few things from modern day Japan, trains, buildings, a cat i the rafters, and empty movie theater. But originally there was a whole scripted live action part with people portraying Asuka, Rei, Touji, and Misato in an alternate universe from the one we see in the animated parts. You actually see parts of the original live action part at the begining of the End Of Evangelion disc, but no the whole thing, and Manga did not translate it.

I hate to do this to his server, but there is a great write up of the live action part at EvaOtaku.Com []

I am betting that this original live action sequence is what they are releasing and not a live action version of the movie.

'enhanced' == 'fixed' ? (3, Interesting)

Angron (127881) | more than 11 years ago | (#5350729)

Does 'enhanced' mean that they fixed the jitter in the video sources of Eva? One of my biggest disappointments with the DVDs before was the incredible amount of jitter just before/after scene changes. I found it incredibly distracting, especially on the (large number of) slowly panning scenes.

I played for a long time with trying to make digital copies without the jitter by using various stabilizing plugins for VirtualDub or other software, but to little avail (most were targeted at shaky-handed video camera operators).

If they've fixed the jitter I would really consider picking up this set; I've found Eva to be one of my favorite media ever, and usually try getting anyone who hasn't seen it to watch with me whenever I go through it again.

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