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About the .hack// stuff...

...they're bastards. I love Patlabor - though knowing Patlabor I suppose expecting sense or linear storytelling from .hack// was more than a bit ridiculous.

.hack//SIGN didn't have a real ending. The "special episode" created for the express purpose of explaining what didn't make sense made it make less sense - and kind of annoyed us. A lot. The only closure we get is with Tsukasa and Subaru? mik100 and I were wondering five episodes in whether there was a "We Hate Subaru" club anywhere. Because she's just so annoying.

So we watched .hack//DUSK, hoping for some continuation. A *little*. But what do we get? Aura, Maruti, and Ginkan The Man With a Sycamore Up His Ass. Acting all dramatic and heroic. Argh. And .hack//DUSK has no ending *either*. At least nothing *I've* found.

Mind, I still *like* it. We began referring to Barumunk as Fluffy in the first episode. It's just... confusing.

*sigh* Because I'm obsessive, off I now go to find .hack//liminality. With any luck it will at least be pretty. And then I think I'll make mik100 watch Patlabor with me. But only the first one. The second one is dumb. ;)

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dawnkiller
Aug. 18th, 2003 04:57 pm (UTC)
.hack//SIGN confuses the crap out of me. I just saw Net Slums on Cartoon Network (hey, lookie, multiple floating Tsukasas), and, having heard that the ending is inconclusive, have taken to wondering if every ep I see is the last.

What really bugs me about .hack is that the concept, the animation, and the music are all excellent -- but the storytelling is crap. Pacing? What's that? Yargh. For a show set in an adventure game they sure don't use it as such for most of the show. I like it anyway, but the main reason I keep watching it is because I've invested my time in it every Saturday night for the past five months, so now I feel obligated to keep up with it.

And the most shameful thing is, the advertising worked and I want the games. Arrrrgh . . .

And I think there should be a .hack drinking game. You know, like "Take a drink every time Subaru's theme (otherwise known as "The Plot Will Now Come to a Complete Halt for Ten Minutes")comes on," or "Take a drink every time someone asks Subaru some form of the question 'Who do you think you are, a god?'", or "Chug every time Tsukasa and Subaru seem to exchange meaningful and meloncholy glances despite being several virtual miles apart."

. . . on second thought, maybe there shouldn't be. One Subaru-centric episode could result in alcohol poisoning. o.O Guess I'll stick with Fruits Basket.
dkellis
Aug. 18th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC)
Aye, much agreed.

I'm not sure if it's just me, but Tsukasa grates. He angsts. About as much as Shinji. Probably more. It's so annoying.

.hack//SIGN was basically a long, long, long series of conversations. In which the people involved spout cryptic messages to each other. And then get annoyed when they don't understand said messages. Yeah, I feel for them.

Still, I kind of like A-20. She's kinda sorta cute. In a clueless n00b kind of way.
chandri
Aug. 19th, 2003 01:14 am (UTC)
Agree with you on Tsukasa - he angsts with the best of 'em. But he's got nothing on Subaru. Subaru angsts without even saying anything *or* making eye contact with anyone. In fact, she's so goddamned useless that the other characters do her angsting *for* her. All the time. "Isn't Subaru going to fight? She's got that big axe." "No, she's too sad."

I dunno. I can let go the more-dialogue-than-action-or-air thing... but then, I'm an extremely forgiving viewer. I'll forgive anything if the idea is tempting enough. The World is tempting. More than once over the last couple of months I've uttered the phrase: "Damn... why don't *we* have The World?" or something to that effect. Even *with* the apparently epidemic occurence of comas among the players, I'd still play. And pay. ;)
dawnkiller
Aug. 19th, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC)
See, Subaru annoyed me a lot until Crim filled in a little backstory on her. It's annoying, but I guess that if your body is literally deteriorating on you I guess you've got a pretty valid reason to be sad. (Also, given what Crim said, I suspect she just, y'know, doesn't fight, since she doesn't really seem to be that interested in that aspect. She's probably more interested in wandering around and finding stuff.)

What *I* found annoying about her is how everyone who wasn't insulting her was 100% devoted to her, saying how "strong" she was and all that. Well, yeah, she's not in the deepest pits of despair that she's (probably) dying very, very slowly, but it's not like she does that much for anyone else in the series . . . except kinda Tsukasa, I guess, but I thought that was less about being supportive and more about their mutual angst canceling each other out.

And speaking of the whiny one . . . you just KNOW that Tsukasa's the sort of 13-year-old girl who fills her notebook with Goth Death Poetry. You just know it.

(Wow, I'm talking a lot here. But no one else I know actually watches this show, so ah well. :)
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