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 Post subject: ALL THE ANIMATED TV!!! (2017 challenge)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:46 am 
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Who wants to watch some TV with me?

Quick fact about me: I ADORE animation. It will always be my favorite art form. One day I want to produce and direct animated features. I know I have a long way to go before I can command that kind of project, but I figure the best place to start is to study animation to death.

So as part of my ongoing study, I have decided to challenge myself to watch as many pilots to as many unique animated TV shows as possible in 2017. I would love to watch 365 unique shows, but my absolute minimum goal is 100.

Anyone want to join me? You can set your own goal--you can watch 10 episodes, 100, or all 356. You can watch any kind of animated TV (anime counts!). The only rules are:

--You can only count an episode once.
--Only the pilot episode (Season One, Episode One) counts. The first episode of subsequent seasons does not count.

Keep track of your watched episodes however you like. For the purposes of study, I am keeping a spreadsheet listing the specs of each TV show (country of origin, year it aired, etc.). You can see my ongoing spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

Later on in the year I might run additional challenges (i.e., watch a show from a specific year, watch shows from three different countries outside the US, etc.), if there's interest. Maybe we'll have some prizes and bribery. ^_^

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I'm too busy right at the moment but I might be inclined (in the future) toward a more specific challenge, maybe. Or a watch-along with discussion? I tend to prefer anime though I really haven't seen much in years. And I tend to binge shows I like.

We just finally saw all 3 seasons of Avatar over the summer (We'd only managed the first season earlier) and we just bought the Korra set so we can finally finish that one, too. (Not liking it nearly as much, though - Korra's just such a brat!) I've seen random episodes of MLP over the years and got daughter to agree to a sequential rewatch with me last week so we're working on that, too.

It'd be fun to share/compare favorites, too.

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I will probably do some specific challenges later in the year, to force myself to watch a good variety of shows. :D

So far the most surprising one I've discovered is Lolirock. It's throwaway children's TV, but it's animated nicely, the costumes are cool, the plot is decently interesting, and all in all it's secretly addicting to me. :roll:

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Daughter's watching that one right this minute. Looks interesting.

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Watched (S1:E1):

Ajin: Demi-Human (2016) ... not recommended


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Watched (S1:E1):

Ajin: Demi-Human (2016) ... not recommended


Woohoo, more people to play in the sandbox!

Why don't you recommend it?

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atpollard wrote:
Watched (S1:E1):

Ajin: Demi-Human (2016) ... not recommended


Woohoo, more people to play in the sandbox!

Why don't you recommend it?

Animation quality was fair. Backgrounds might even be good, but character movement was poor ... on a par with the old 'Speed Racer' cartoons. I found the world view too hyper-Japanese with the focus on education-standing-appearances over any innate characteristics of morality or humanity and most of the plot predictable with unfeeling government bureaucracy and incompetent adults vs too clever youth. Overall it felt like it was made to separate a target market from their money and for no other purpose.

The litmus test is would I watch S1E2?
In this case, the answer was no ... I want those 20 minutes of my life back. ;)


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Watched (S1:E1): Planetes (2003)

I really liked this one ... enough to watch the whole series. Unique backgrounds for the space based portions caught my eye. While there was still a heavy dose of Japanese culture (for a setting that is not really supposed to be in Japan), I found the characters instantly likable. They had personal strengths and flaws, like real people. As the series progresses, you get to discover deeper who they are as people.


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atpollard wrote:
Watched (S1:E1): Planetes (2003)

I really liked this one ... enough to watch the whole series. Unique backgrounds for the space based portions caught my eye. While there was still a heavy dose of Japanese culture (for a setting that is not really supposed to be in Japan), I found the characters instantly likable. They had personal strengths and flaws, like real people. As the series progresses, you get to discover deeper who they are as people.


Ooh, space! I think I might like this one. :D

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I'm still watching more episodes of Lolirock instead of watching new pilots like I'm supposed to. *welp*

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What about TV pilots you've seen in the past prior to the challenge?

I watched some Digimon with daughter before school this morning. Or was it Pokemon... She alternates between the two so often I can barely keep them straight! :rofl:

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For the challenge, you have to watch them again in 2017, but it's okay if you've seen them before. You just have to watch them sometime during 2017 to count. :D

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Watched Black Butler S1 E1.

I saw the topic about it here and decided to check it out. I loved the background and the realistic animation ... the transition to more cartoonish characters were a bit of a distraction. I am not really a fan of the horror genre so I probably would not watch the whole series, but it seemed a well done example of that genre.


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*waits for Abi to appear at the mention of Black Butler* :rofl:

I keep watching more Lolirock instead of watching new pilots. What is wrong with me. :bawl:

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Watched the first couple episodes of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on Netflix last night. It is very cute and daughter and I intend to binge the 1st season and watch the Christmas movie asap. Daughter finds the "love triangle" exceptionally hilarious (of Marinette liking Adrien who's not interested because his alter-ego Cat Noir likes Ladybug who's not interested since her normal self Marinette likes Adrien).

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That sounds unbelievably fantastic and I am definitely checking that out. :rofl:

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Another one to add: Mia & Me (if it counts)
The show has live-action openings/closings but the majority of it is animated. It's a unique one: Italian/German/Canadian production, filmed in Florence but in English.

Winx Club is another wildly popular show that originated overseas in Italy.

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