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RR529

Expelled From Paradise (Netflix)

  • Story - Sci-fi/Mecha film in which, after a catastrophe has struck the Earth, most of humanity lives in a utopian virtual world known as DEVA. However, when an outside hacker seemingly endangers this paradise, agent Angela Balzac is sent out into the real world to find the perpetrator. Ultimately it's a story of what it means to be human, and while it's not revolutionary, I think it did enough to avoid being cliché.
  • Art/Animation - It's one of those CGI anime, and while I was worried at first, I quickly grew accustomed to it. The human characters could be a bit stiff/doll like at times, but other than that it looked really good, especially the machinery (the final battle itself was fantastic, and well worth watching the film for). Everything is polished & clean looking, with a contrast between the slick/futuristic looking virtual world of DEVA, and the more gruff design of the real world.
  • Soundtrack/Voice Acting - For whatever reason I've never really paid particular attention to music in film, tv, or games, and this holds true here. It sounded like it fit the film, but I'm not the best person to critique it either way. As for the VA, I watched it dubbed, and it used some of the same small pool of talent you usually get in American dubs. That's fine by me, but you may feel differently (I think Netflix lets you choose subbed as well, but don't quote me on that).

Overall, I really enjoyed it, and think you would too if you like Sci-Fi or Mecha anime.

Content Guide (None, Low, Mid, High, Extreme)

  • Language (Mid) - It does feature occasional foul language, around the same level of your typical JRPG. No F-bombs.
  • Violence (Low) - The most graphic it gets is some brightly colored goop from a giant centipede encounter early on. All other action features the twisted metal & oil of mechanical combat (Never shows what becomes of the humans inside mechs).
  • Nudity/Sex (High) - The most graphic scene is very early on, which features some frontal nudity of Angela. Other than that, her outfits are designed to show off her figure (and the animators' jiggle physics, occasionally), but again, this is about the same level as a character of a similar build in a JRPG.

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ShadowofSparta

@RR529 Gargantia was amazing in the first 4 episodes, setting up the universe. Still good throughout though but there was something magical about the start. Had one of the best AI companions

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RR529 wrote:

Anyhow, I watched Ghost in the Shell: Arise recently on Netflix, and am surprised I haven't heard of it more (unless GitS is too old a franchise for these kids and their One Pieces, Attack on Titans, & One Punch Mans).

It's of course nowhere near the quality of the original film, but I still enjoyed it, and think the prequel angle saves it from the fate of being "just an underwhelming reboot". The Major is a tad younger and rash (and it has more action as a result), which I think gives it a unique feel amongst the other GitS material (even if I wasn't a big fan of her being "blinded by love" in the third part, I'm glad they were trying out different things).

Worth a look if you like the series or sci-fi anime in general. In fact, while I think the original film is still the best place to start, I'd recommend newbies check this out before the two TV anime, just because it won't be as much of a commitment (each part is it's own story, although the team is slowly being put together episode by episode).

Only thing is, Netflix (US) only has the first 3 parts (they still need part 4 & the 2015 film to finish it out), and while the first two are both Dub/Sub, part 3 is Sub only (I dunno', maybe it's Funimation wanting you to go buy it too see the whole thing). Again, not a huge deal as each part is it's own story, but worth mentioning.

@RR529 I stayed away from Arise because it looked like it would be nowhere near the complex themes explored in Standalone Complex. How does it hold up to the classic series?

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WanderingBullet

@RR529 I thought both Standalone Complex and Solid State Society were good eventhough I didn't understood certain parts in them - too much sci-fi jibber jabber for me.haha

Anyone going to watch this?:

http://kotaku.com/anime-film-about-hiroshima-bombing-opens-in...

With Studio Ghibli closed (or in hiatus if the rumours are to be true), it's great to see Japan's still producing some great feature anime films like Your Name. and A Silent Voice over these past few years.

I've also read that people who went to watch the JoJo live-action movie in Japan thought it was suprisingly decent (better than expected).

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WanderingBullet

Anyone familiar with Blade of the Immortal? Haven't read the manga but I've only watched a couple episodes of the anime on YouTube before.

I'd have to say the trailer for the Blade of the Immortal live-action movie looks pretty cool, though:

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RR529

Finished up watching Aldnoah.Zero on Netflix a bit ago. Pretty good mecha series & definitely worth a watch if you like the genre. I liked how the protagonists had to win mostly through strategy rather than fighting spirit.

@ShadowofSparta, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. To your question, from the episodes I've seen Arise isn't nearly as complex as the two TV series. There is an overall narrative that branches across the series, but each part mainly focuses on it's own self contained narrative. However, while it is more action centric than previous series, I still think it's worth a watch if you know what you're getting yourself into.

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FullbringIchigo

@ZurapiiYohane you don't have to watch GT in order to watch Super, DB Super takes place after the fight with Buu but before the Z Epilogue

besides Super has changed so much that GT can't even fit as a side story anymore so you don't have to watch GT at all if you don't want to

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KisekiFan7

Would RWBY be considered an anime? It is Australian, but is absolutely done in authentic Japanese style animation. Regardless I am a big fan, though I was disappointed that Volumes 4 & 5 are a single story arc since the original three Volumes were an entire arc each, also I'm not digging the lowered emphasis on fighting scenes. If Rooster Teeth isn't careful they might lose me and other longtime fans of the series...

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@Reanfan7 depends on how you define anime, IS anime an animated show/film produced in Japan or is anime a style used for a show or film?

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Ralizah

@Reanfan7 No, it's not anime, it's "animesque." Similarly, anime designed to look like Western animation, like Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, still count as anime.

Some things, like Japanese/Western co-productions such as The Last Unicorn, are a bit harder to characterize, though.

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WanderingBullet

Batman Ninja anime created by creators of Kill La Kill, Afro Samurai and JoJo's Bizarre Adventures series. Not a huge fan of CGI animated anime but this looks pretty cool.

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KisekiFan7

Is anyone else looking forward to the new seasons of Seven Deadly Sins and Sword Art Online which are airing later this Winter?

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Ralizah

There's an anime adaptation of Junji Ito's work apparently airing in January. I'm definitely looking forward to that.

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Hapuc

@ReanSchwarzer7 I heard Alicisation Arc is the best in SAO and yes very much excited for Seven Deadly Sins as much as Fate/Extra.

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Fight_Teza_Fight

I like stacking up my chapters so I go months if not years without reading a manga.
I recently got caught back up in it. Been reading the 'Tower of God' every night for the last month straight. Currently on Season 2, Episode 242 (webtoon/manhwa). I think it's the most consistent manga I've ever read. Completely engrossing.

I've had people recommend me Seven Deadly Sins and My Hero Academia & I'm interested, because they have games coming out, but I really don't have the time anymore for TV let alone anime...

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FullbringIchigo

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(come on it's not that hard ^_^ )

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WanderingBullet

Looking forward to some of these anime this year.

  • One Punch Man (Season 2)
  • PERSONA 5 the Animation
  • Attack on Titan (Season 3)
  • FLCL 2
  • Angolmois
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (Season 2)
  • A.I.C.O -Incarnation-
  • Mary and the Witch's Flower (Movie)

Oh, and there's also a new Fist of the North Star CGI anime called Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis (Souten no Ken: Regenesis) which I've just found out about today. Looks decent.

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RR529

Looks like Kyokai no Rinne finally finished it's run with 398(?) chapters. Not sure if I'll be able to read it all, but I did enjoy what of it I have read (and watched of it's anime, which was cancelled after the 3rd season).

I'm looking forward to whatever Takahashi comes out with next, but I kinda hope she retires from long running series (she's in her 60's) and instead focuses on the occasional mini-series (I'd really like to see her briefly return to Ranma or InuYasha with a "what they're up to X years later" kinda deal, however unlikely).

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KisekiFan7

Is RWBY Volume 5 completed? There haven't been any new episodes on Crunchroll for a few weeks...

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