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Three shows, one post. (DenpaOnna/Gintama/Steins;gate)

These three shows I have pictured above — Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Gintama, and Steins;Gate — have a couple of things in common.

Talking heads is one, and is the biggest time eater. The amount of action we’re given is practically zero, save for Gintama. You could say Denpa Onna and Steins;Gate have no other recourse — the action of those shows have to be character centric and information reveals. Steins;Gate has it the worst since its the closest to being an exposition festival. I’ve since gotten acclimated to the typical anime style deluge of information, but sometimes you just gotta break it up and go watch a Kung Fu movie to see some action spring up out of nowhere.

They all have one anchor character I enjoy. Cute & Spicy Ryuushi, Straight Man Shinpachi, and .. Kurisu are characters that keep me coming to watch their antics. Ryuushi would bonk me for calling her that, Shinpachi would take a jab at my inability to call Ryuushi by her proper name, and Kurisu would spout some internet meme applicable to the situation and then act embarrassed. Great characters, and great voice acting. I can’t help but admit that the seiyuu alone can force me to watch an anime.

The next thing they have in common are camera angles. SHAFT can’t help but experiment with their angles — it’s a hit-or-miss kind of thing. Fortunately, it’s not so bad that it becomes obnoxious. Gintama exploits super dramatic angles when needed. Steins;Gate needs to keep thing interesting with angle work to propel a certain mood. It’s uncommon for these shows to use a simple and head on camera angle, and when they do, it’s often used at a meta-like level, understanding the expectations of the viewer. I’m probably over thinking it. Makes me wonder what would happen if an anime utilized Western sitcom-like camera direction.

Them camera angles. For some reason I’m a sucker for it.

-maserbeam

Ginatama in widescreen. (Part 2)

Everyone was expecting it. They delivered.

Witness the glory of more Gintama.

-maserbeam

Podcast # 11 Delays and reboots

What a long time since I’ve updated. Also should have posted this earlier, but being majorly distracted due to Vindictus and studies. Mostly being lazy.

Our latest (and stupidly delayed back more than two weeks from recording date) brings topics like new Pokemon, Gintama, and various anime topics. As much as how general and vague that sounds, that’s honestly all you need to know what we’ll end up talking about. I recognize that you’d probably want a small list so we don’t waste your time.. but really, you’re listening to a podcast about 3 people talking about anime; I doubt it would sound any different from talking to your friends. Aside from us sounding more stupid.

I’ma clickin’ and a bootin’!

-maserbeam

Gintama in widescreen.

I finally managed to watch all of Gintama up to episode 201. While not as taxing as a marathon of Legend of Galactic Heroes, I often had to refrain from watching continuously due to two unavoidable factors from prolonged exposure to Gintama: vomiting from laughing too hard and having a permanent grin etched into my face. I realize that only 201 episodes are currently available. There’s no way in hell with that episode I’d believe they’re done. In which they’re not.

But I’d like to discuss something very Gintama related. The show hasn’t been in widescreen format. As far as most of us are concerned, it doesn’t need to be. But thanks to burgeoning technology, I rarely encounter a 4:3 monitor or TV these days. Should Gintama be broadcast in 16:9 come this Spring 2011 Anime Season, I’m expecting a lot of size jokes. A lot.

I’m also a fan of Kugimiya Rie, who unfortunately is typecast into using a certain voice that often pisses off some people. Sure, it can be grating. But if you need something to remind yourself that Kugimiya can do voices other than her “annoyingly high pitched” one, go watch Gintama episode 153. It’s the sleepless episode, and listening to Kagura doing dead pan deliveries is quite funny. If that won’t work.. well, just go wash your ears and eyes with gar or something.

You’ll definitely need to if you intend to watch Hidan no Aria, another show with Junji Majima and Rie Kugimiya. (Oh look, it’s Ryuuji and Taiga from Toradora.)

-maserbeam