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26 August 2008 @ 09:39 pm
AD2  


That's going to take another couple of watchings to fully parse. There were some fascinating implications here and there. And several highly squee-able moments.

Actually, I think I got most of what I was after out of the first one and a couple of previews for the second one, so this did less for me than the first. Not to say there wasn't squee-age. Just... more action, less world building, I guess. I've got a lot of action for the series already, so I value the world building more. The glimpse into How It Is After. Actually resolving the plot? Eh, that's good too.

Randomly...

On Kanata's angsting at the beginning:

Kanata: *angst, wank*

Me: Yeah, that's gonna get old in about three seconds.

Kanata: *wank*

Me: ... two... one...

Mirai: Oh, he's fine.

Me: Dang. Right on time. Nice!



Oh my word, Ryuu flying through the air was the most dorktastic thing I've seen from the series to date and yes, I'm including the butt-wiggling giant totem pole monster that keeps saying "ja-jan!" and the giant evil god statue with its friend the demonic fish episode that has its own special rung on the cheese ladder and even the incredibly stupid mid-air circus episode (that line being the only thing that I liked about that episode.)

I'm intrigued/amused that only Ryuu's omamori's beaten up, while everyone else's is all nice and new-looking.

Continuity people? Did you have to use my suspension of disbelief as your whipping boy? Ryuu had the Gun Winger and he crashed it in the first episode. How could the rest of the Crew fly the Gun Phoenix in without it? And while we're at it, why was it flying again in this episode? Crashed in the last episode, much? Yall are usually better than that.

On a completely silly note (how else, considering?), if one is going to launch one's self through the air at the giant evil suit of armor, why would one not want to be wearing a helmet? Unless it got left in Hammer Space with Ultraman King? *imagines Ultraman King trying it on*


On Kanata... He didn't croak, so we'll see. Ryuu's last line to him's the only time he refers to Haruzaki as "Kanata". I'm assuming that's meant to parse as the word not as a name. Is it foreshadow-y? Is it just a dorky line from a kids show? Hard to say, though I remain cautiously optimistic. But seriously, Tsuburaya. If you don't do something more with him I'm going to have to be retroactively miffed. There was vastly too much time spent character developing him to just be a throw-away one-shot tie in to a novel that I can't even freaking read. (Though don't believe for an instant that I'm not going to try, oh no. It's not just for the name that I'm pondering the merits of staying at Hotel Kinki the next time I'm in Japan, not with it being located in walking distance from Osaka's used book district. (Well, that and it's got reasonable prices, is located next to a convenient major train station and will let me out of the hotel when I wake up at 4 AM thanks to jet lag. But all those practical considerations aside -- I want my novelization, dammit!))


On Ryuu's line at the end about "we joined together like we did before so I'm good" I was all, eh, dork, whatev--

CRITICAL SYSTEMS FAILURE

SYSTEM SHUTDOWN IMMINENT

FAILING OVER TO BACKUP NON-GUTTER SYSTEM, PLEASE STAND BY

*snork* Uh, yeah. Had to pause and rewind on that one. It took a while for the brain to regain some semblance of original continuity-ness.


The rest of the Crew needed to be there more. They were delightful window dressing -- but I felt that even Tori-pi upstaged them in the useful screen time category.

Need to watch a few more times. More coherent, in-depth thoughts will be forthcoming.

 
 
 
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on August 27th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
(1:26 AM) Verus: ps if ryuu's charm is all faded and stuff how come the rest of the crew's is brand new?
(1:26 AM) Verus: is it just 'cos ryuu obviously caresses it every night?
(1:26 AM) friend: I bet he does

Yeah I had pretty much the same reaction to Ryuu's line. I had system failure for a minute before rewinding at least 5 times, and then I decided to run it by my friend to get his opinion on it and make sure I was understanding correctly. The writers... couldn't be more obvious about anything could they.

What did Mirai say about the Ultrasign? I have an idea but I don't want to jump to any conclusions just in case my moon language has failed me.

Continuity and real life logic were pretty absent, but I can put that aside without too much of a grudge. Like they never showed how Kanata got out of the GunSpeeder, which last we saw was on a collision course with the armor. :|

As for Kanata, I agree that they spent too much time developing him for his character to end with Gaiden. Not to mention, we have threads hanging with Hikari, and if I understood the last part right, Mirai and technically the whole Crew.

I still need to write up my main reaction/thoughts post. Gotta re-watch it before I can phrase my questions and comments, though.
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on August 27th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
ps in case you didn't catch it, I sent you a question about DVD payment via PM. Since I've failed on immediate payment, I figure once you answer I can just combine both DVDs into one lump sum and send it your way?
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 27th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Ah, yes. I got sidetracked before replying on that. Check is good by me - particularly since that way I can avoid PayPal fees. The DVD should be attempting to deliver tomorrow (and failing since I won't be home, *grumble*), so I'll ship it out to you either Friday or Tuesday.
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 27th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
... Only every night?

Ryuu's line can be taken perfectly innocently, or could take a deep gutter dive in so many different ways. I actually took the innocent track first. Then the fanbraincell piped in and... Well, let's just say the next several lines got drowned out.

Uh, I don't remember exactly on the UltraSign, but he was basically given permission to kick around on Earth for a while.

I think part of my thinking the ending was a little to handwavey is because of all the dangling threads. It's open for a sequel or not, depending on how one wants to interpret it. It is, alas, equally possible that they just got sloppy on the writing and no badness ensued with Hikari and Mirai's just having a little vacation to catch up with old friends and Kanata's just there so that the kiddies can get lectured on what it is to have a dream. Or they could be leaving it open for more. Hard to say.

(I can say that, to the best of my knowledge, Igarashi's not working on anything at at the moment. Nishina's tied down for the rest of September, though. And I'm betting if they have something more, it'll have a lot more Ryuu than Mirai in it again.)
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on August 27th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
.......okay more like 5 every minutes.

It seems to be way too awkward a sentence even in Japanese to be taken innocently! I don't know, maybe the idea of joining with Ultraman is normal for them now... XD

Yesss so I understood correctly. Yay my Japanese is improving!

The realist in me is saying that they just had to wrap things up in the limited amount of time they had to work with, so things were left on the cutting room floor. Of course I also never dreamed they would even make a Gaiden, let alone include Mebius as a semi-critical character in another movie, so maybe there's still hope for another kind of continuation. (please, toku gods, please)

Igarashi might be working on the ROOKIES special and movie, though that could be later on. I'm never quite sure how far in advance they film things. Either way, even if they do plan something, we probably won't hear about it for a long time. There was quite a gap between the ending of the TV series and the announcement of Gaiden.
Nikki's Cornersennetari on August 27th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Ryuu flying through the air was the most dorktastic thing I've seen from the series to date...

Yeah, I agree. Though, sadly, I'm kind of familiar with it since I've seen similar things done in at least a few other Ultra series.

the incredibly stupid mid-air circus episode

I really don't remember which one that is, but 23?

I like Kanata, but his role in AD 2 seems very limited. Sad, but I think I would have forgotten him within five minutes if I only watch this episode and never AD 1. So, I really can't predict if they are going to do more with him. It seems like the writers have already succeeded (in AD 1) in making people (like you and me ^^;) hunt down the tie-in novel, so they relax and treat his character more like a guest he is in this episode.

if one is going to launch one's self through the air at the giant evil suit of armor, why would one not want to be wearing a helmet?

I don't remember seeing a helmet on Ryuu at all since the beginning of the episode, but I was already half-asleep when I watched this. Then again, he probably needs more on than a helmet as his protection since he's essentially becoming a human missile.

And thanks for pointing out all those continuity errors. I would not catch them on my own.
UltraM2000 - 外国女性熱中人: determinedmadsqueeble on August 27th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re the charm/talismans: While the rest took their charms back to their nice normal life, Ryuu brought that thing around while fighting monsters and crashing his plane and shooting stuff and Being Captain, so my guess is it accumulated a lot more damage in the same timespan.

I certainly hope that's all he's doing with it. *flee*