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You know one of those times when you want to go back in time to bitchslap your younger self?
That’s what I feel right now, to myself in 10+ years ago, for skipping Turn A Gundam.
It’s beautiful. Romantic. Ambitious (trying to tie all the universes will always lead to clusterfuck, and thankfully the series just went “it just happened.”) Full of believable, likeable characters without being pidgeonholed into “Good” or “Evil” sides. And it made SEED & OO much, much less special. Syd Mead’s mechanic design is, understandably, a hit and miss. But it’s also the reason why some people are skipping this. Don’t be that guy.
There are some questionable elements, like how Dianna and Kihel switched characters perfectly without anyone, even those closest to them, noticing (even more since Kihel knows jack shit about the moonrace. Explained that she learned from Dianna’s database, but still). There’s also the weird Loran/Laura gender swap thingy that really didn’t benefit anyone except confusing a few guys.
Past all that, it’s glory. Loran is the best pilot and character of all Gundam I’ve watched (admittedly not much), but my favorite character in the show was someone else–I just love characters with unwavering loyalty with his employer, and Harry Ord does this fabulously.
Because I spend too much time on side projects. It’s called the Kings of Beard, it’s a short story, it’s in Indonesian, and it’s 14 MB executable because I can’t make a HTML5 visual novel fast enough before I lose interest in the story.
It is also the third game in a non-existent eWeD Trilogy.
Call me if you want a Mac/Linux build.
Alright, after all these years I will finally start watchin Turn A Gundam. The mixed impressions toward it gave me a feeling that this will be Kamen Rider Hibiki and Ultraman Nexus’ equivalent for Gundam (or the other way around, actually) : Novel series that wasn’t accepted wide enough for being a bit too different. Let’s see if my feelings are correct, but I hope so. Hibiki and Nexus were consecutively my favorite Rider and Ultraman.
I rarely read US Comics, but I’m not oblivious to its news. I was always looking for a time to start reading, but never found one. Except until now, when I learned that somehow Peter Parker died and replaced by Otto Octavius. Then I read Amazing Spider-man #700 and Superior Spider-man.
“Otto Octavius, the villain known as Doctor Octopus, was dying. In order to cheat death, he used his skills as a mad scientist to swap minds with his greatest enemy, Peter Parker, the spectacular Spider-Man. However, the transfer gave octavius more than just Spider-Man’s great powers, it gave him Parker’s experiences as well…including the lesson of great responsibility! Now Otto Octavius is beginning a new life as a hero-possibly the greatest hero of all– The Superior Spider-Man.”
That is the official description of Superior Spider-man, right inside the book. If I didn’t know any better, it might sound like a fanfic–but remember you can describe anything by omitting the small details and it’ll sound silly. Like, “An italian plumber traverses kingdoms of evil mushrooms and turtles to rescue a princess kidnapped by a giant dragon-turtle” silly.
The power is in execution.
And Superior Spider-man is, at the very least, interesting. The obvious draw is while Otto Octavius has Peter’s memories, his method and way of thinking is way different. This creates situations where he acts “unspider-man like” which will have heavy implications as the story goes.
Is it good? I dunno. Is it interesting? Yes.
Just don’t mind Peter’s death, he’ll be back soon.
(Might contain spoilers and no, I don’t care if you care about them)
Having read the book years ago, I wasn’t too thrilled about this getting a movie. Mainly because I don’t like the book that much (and was surprised by its popularity even years after I read it). But if there’s one Indonesian book that should be getting a movie, this is a good choice. The book’s hiking second half is perfect to show scenery porn, but scenery porn without context is a cigarette ad. How was the context?
My initial criticism comes from the book’s tendency to tell its stories rather than show. We are told that the main characters are childhood friends. We are told that they are bored with their activities now. The writers tell us the story and most personality of the characters in the beginning of the book (and the movie). The book did quite well in showing each of the character’s personality and quirks later on, but sometimes it felt more like a gimmick as opposed to character building.
Then there’s the sudden infusing of the writer’s personal opinion–the most apparent ones is Ian cancelling his education in Manchester to stay in Indonesia after one mountain climb. I’m not questioning his opinion, but the inclusion felt so sudden and forced it felt like he’s constructing a relatively minor subplot just to drop that line.
Rizal Mantovani is a good choice. The second half of the movie is basically scenery porn, and he did take some great pictures of Mahameru, even though sometimes there’s too much of the mountain view and not much the characters.
Casting was fine and I particularly like Igor’s performance as Ian. For the others, the performance are usually good, but sometimes brought down by the flat and at times completely cheesy script.
And talking about cheesiness, this movie is filled with them you can almost smell it. Some movies embrace cheesy scenes as a moment of self-parody–this one takes it seriously. As a result, many scenes was unbelievable, ranging from awkward to cringeworthy. This was brought to the extreme when every character finish each other’s line, Power Rangers style. I seriously expect the backdrop to explode as they finish. The epilogue (which was faithfully adapted from the book as most of the movie) felt contrived, the same reason why I don’t like Harry Potter’s epilogue chapter.
Speaking of characters, there’s no main character to speak of. One might argue Zafran is one, since he narrated the introduction, but he’s not moving the story in a significant way. Each character has their own respectable screen time and subplot. Most of them deal with love and love triangles, though it wasn’t really a triangle until the very end (giving the impression of a plot twist for the sake of a plot twist).
Criticisms aside, I’m pretty sure many people will like this. And if it happens, it’s a victory for quality Indonesian movies (and books!). It might not be the best, but it’s a right step towards better quality movies. It’s a positively inspiring movie that is best watched with friends.
What to expect:
Scenery porn, cheesy story that just works. Lots of friendship and hiking.
I’m in the Ludum Dare compo for this weekend. That means I’ll have to create a game in 48 hours. Theme is “You are the villain”. I didn’t pick this one so I might spend quite some time getting ideas. Will update this post if I can.
Right now I’m exploring the possibility of a Monster of The Week theme, obviously inspired by my love of tokusatsu. I’m trying to make it sounds fun.
Yep, formed a basic concept. I’m not sure how to expand it, but I need to prototype it right away.
Back to the drawing board!
Yeah trying something outside my strength and interest in this jam probably isn’t a good idea.
Went sick. Progress was held for a few hours.
Fail. Hard. Yeah. Damn fever.
I have no expectations going in. I was actually looking for something cheap. Set my eyes on this book since it’s by David Mitchel, who wrote Cloud Atlas, which movie I tragically haven’t seen yet. Plus it’s 35k to boot, so why not? Well I’m enjoying it so far. I particularly like the setting–Jacob de Zoet is a VOC clerk stationed in Japan. It seems to be about Jacob, who’s trying to find wealth to win the hand of her fiancee, facing difficult choices as he met Orito, a disfigured midwife. It’s different from what I usually read but hey, can’t read the same thing all the time. Now I’ll go back to reading (and praying for Cloud Atlas to get here in some form).