Oct. 1st, 2010

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Transformers Animated!

I have this really bad habit of getting overly invested in characters in cartoons aimed at kids, so that when they

Finally watched the first four episodes - cringing in expectation of excuciating sympathetic embarassment (am wimp). But aside from a few moments I was really just glowing with warm fuzzies all the through! They are all so adorable. Dorks, but adorable. And ahhh does it make me a bad person that I'm so vastly delighted by Prowl's pain? It might be. I don't care. Optimus is sometimes painfully earnest (speeches!) but adorable. Bumblebee is annoying, yet adorable. Bulkhead is big and adorable. Sari is outrageous and adorable. Ratchet is grumpy and (whispers) adorable. And Starscream! Starscream is - Starscream is fun. "Solemn face, solemn face," lol. I watched the first episode with my sister (traded an episode of Justice League and Batman: Brave and the Bold) and when the space bridge went up in Starscream's face she went "Awwwwwwwww, no, he was fun!" and I went LOL, no, cockroach! *cough* And somehow when he was zipping around the top of that tower he was holding the hostages on? Irredemeably cute.

And Megatron! I. spoilers )

Soukyuu no Fafner! Rewatch in honour of the new sequel due out soon. I love it so much - it's hard to pin down so much. It's really a typical young children forced to pilot giant mecha against an alien invasion with random mythological symbolism and a producer whose read way too much post-Freudian Psychoanalytical theory. But it's my favourite of the genre. And it does some really interesting thing - like the adults never forgetting that the pilots are children, always regretting that necessity has forced them to it. (I want to rub Gendo Ikari's nose in it and go: see? see? It IS possible to be the commander of mankind's only hope, forced to send your son into battle, and NOT be a massive douche about it.)

And the other thing that's different is the way the character of Minashiro Soushi is positioned. Usually there is a clear divide between the young pilots and the adult commanders. Soushi is the same age as the pilots but he's unable to pilot a mecha; he's a member of the command staff and commands the pilots in battle. Which makes for some really interesting tensions.

And then there's the relationship between Kazuki and Soushi. And the generally awesome female characters, including kick ass pilots. But that's a whole nother post.


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