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27 December 2005 @ 08:22 pm
*sneak sneak sneak*

Haha! I snuck home and managed to get an extra load of laundry started before my roommate(s) arrived! *sneaky* :)

One other thing i forgot about from over christmas, i saw Donny Darko for the first time ever. Scary but interesting.

And since people were asking...

Before i spoil anyone, you _do_ know what happens to King Kong at the end of the movie right? :)

King Kong and California type mall:

So it's raining. No big surprise, we're in Seattle, it's winter. We decide to go to King Kong and according to our parents the most convenient place to do so is a brand new just opened mall at the brand new just opened light rail stop (or something like that) in Kent.

So we go down there and find... a totally open California-esque mall. Kind of like the equally stupid jr. high 2gouda4u and i went to except without even the benefit of overhangs for the walkways. They _did_ make one concession to the climate by adding a large gas-powered fireplace that you could warm yourself by. However since they only made one concession the fire was in it's own little hut in the middle of the plaza and although the fire itself had a room over it there was no extending roof for the people to stand under. So you could warm yourself by the fire as long as you were willing to stand in the rain. Or sit in the rain on the (obviously very wet) benches nearby.

Along with the architecture the stores seemed intent on giving a California feel as well, given that there was a Chipotle and a Jamba Juice there, which are both good but i tend to think of them as california places.

So anyways, as for King Kong itself. Well, it's long. A little over three hours if i remember correctly. You don't _really_ notice it. Well, up until the X-teenth encounter with monsters that need to be fought off and you suddenly think "wait, i distinctly remember this movie involving romping around in New York. Doesn't that mean that they actually need to, you know, pack up and get back to New York at some point?" And if by that you infer that there are a lot of fights with monsters in the begining (and the middle) you'd be right.

I am not a King King buff, and i'm not aware of exactly how many critters they dealt with in the original (and i remember hearing that they went back and restored some scenes that were cut from the original) but i could have done with a little less monster bashing. But eventually all the monsters were bashed (quite possibly wreaking untold amounts of enviromental havoc that later generations will curse them for,) they do get back to New York, chaos ensues, and then it gets sad :(

The special effects are of course pretty good (a certain someone was complaining about the blue screen work but i didn't notice it at all =) but the movie ended on such a downer that my overall response was kind of "eh."

As for Last Exile, well, i'll try not to be _too_ specific in the post itself, but i make no promises, and there will be no holds barred in the comments in regards to spoilers :)

Last Exile:

Like many other series, both anime and non, i thought it got off to a great start, built up really well in the middle, and then kinda coasted along to the end. Still a good series and i intend to finish collecting the rest of the DVDs for myself, but yeah, the last six or so episodes could certainly have been better.

I'm still not entirely sure what happened at the end, particularly where they ended up and where they started from (if the two aren't the same) and for that matter, how they got there to begin with. And they didn't explain nearly enough about the backstory of the character they should have explained a lot more about. Sorry, let me rephrase that, they didn't really explain _anything_ about said character =P

Okay, that's about as detailed as i can get without being totally spoilery. If you want more details poke at me about it in the comments :)
cwendy41cwendy41 on December 28th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Never seen King Kong before.
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 28th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)
Neither had i till this
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Kirinkirinn on December 28th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
There's a piece of Range Murata art that's obviously supposed to be set post-series which shows some characters smiling and an approaching shadow with a suspiciously familiar shape...

...probably not canon, of course, but hey, we never saw a body. ^_-
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: dio lostakiko on December 28th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's the R2 final DVD cover, and it's on the inside of US DVD 7. And the hand swinging into view is wearing white-and-black gloves, and the leg is white-clad as well. It's followed closely by a second shadow.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: sora eakiko on December 28th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
EXILE is an interplanetary ship. This is explained in the liner notes on DVD 7.

Which character's backstory are you lost on?

What I want to know is why the fuck Moran's still alive. (Not that I mind... Dunya's cute.) Someone tried to convince me he was the surviving Wednesday brother, but I have screenshots to prove otherwise. Somewhere.

I'd write more, but I'm about to pass out from exhaustion.
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 28th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, the fact that Exile was a spaceship was made abundantly clear in the anime. What isn't explained is, where did they come from (if earth, then what happened to the civilization on earth since they seem to have been abandoned.) Where are they now? The hour glass thing looked like some kind of weird double planet system though i've also heard the explanation that it was a space station. Where did the ship take them? And did "them" really just consist of the six or so people? If so that's really sucky.

Alvis. I somehow missed that she was from one of the other three guild families (though it was pretty obvious that she was from the guild in general) but that still doesn't explain why she's so special, or rather how she got to be that way.

And yes, either there's some kind of weird ressurection going on, or the cute girl just really sucks at checking pulses.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: curiousakiko on December 28th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
They came from the blue planet, which usually refers to Earth. Why, exactly is a matter for speculation. Did we fuck up the planet and have to move to space? Were they exiled from their home countries as criminals (and the Guild as jailers)? The thing they live on (Prestale/Prester) is a space colony of some sort, with the Grand Stream being the sort of center bit of the hourglass. If you look, in episode 1 or so, you can see GIRDERS underneath the ground, holding up the levels of Norkia.

According to the EXILE spec sheet in DVD 7 (*hint*), it requires no navigator, because it's programmed to go between Earth and Prester. It holds 10,000+.

Hamilton is one of the 4 families that has a mysterium. Al is the key, but why? Who knows. Alex was collecting them, as keys to Exile. The 4 mysteria are here: http://halo-productions.com/LastExile/mysteriums.htm
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 28th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
"blue planet" usually refers to a water world, which is often Earth but not always.

"Why" is going to be rather important to the people going back there. How did they get that farm at the end? Did they just settle down in a nice part of the planet-wide wilderness? (If so either the cause of the evacuation wasn't enviromental, or they've been living off in that colony for a _long_ time.) Or did they go on a talk show tour and use the proceeds to buy a nice place out in the country?

Yeah, i noticed the girders, although it was in one of the later episodes, but for some reason i thought those were either modern or part of some ancient ruin. (Well they were, but not in the way i was thinking =)

That does bring up the question though of how exactly industry worked there. Did the builders actually make the "hull" several km thick stocked with veins of ore and such to provide materials for use later? Or have they been ripping up the superstructure in order to build their airships? Perhaps that's why the climate control has gone haywire.

According to the EXILE spec sheet in DVD 7 (*hint*)

"Still a good series and i intend to finish collecting the rest of the DVDs for myself" *hint* "the rest" consists of more than 2 DVDs ;)

Not sure what the specs have to do with any of that though, except if it actually specifies that Earth is the blue planet.

Yes i knew there were four families. Yes, i knew there were four poems. I can even remember most of the poems myself. I didn't remember was that "Hamilton" was one of the four but i was reminded of that. The thing i don't actually know and would like to is how Al ended up being special, but apparently neither you nor anyone else knows that either.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: caffeineakiko on December 28th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
It's not explained. There's a novelization, which, of course, hasn't been translated.

That's an interesting question. Perhaps they've got a really good recylcing program.

Aren't you watching it off someone's DVDs? If you're watching the TV dub, you have my sympathy. Ugh. dub!dio is the gayest surf-stoner *ever.* The only good dub voice would be Crispin Freeman (as Alex.)

And yes, it says "Originally, Exile was developed to transport people from Earth to Prester."

It seems that Dio knew Al was special, and Delphine did, which is why she was trying to capture (& kill) her. Delphine purged a lot of families from the Guild, including Hamilton, so there could be some prophesied special child of Hamilton who will overturn the Guild's dominion and return the Exiled to Earth. And like all who face a prophecy of their own downfall, Delphine tried her damnedest to prevent it from happening.

It could (I guess) be tied into the Earth's recovery: when X years have passed, the planet will be whole again, and blahblah.