Topic Submission Thread MK III

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Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by hawk of endymion » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:53 pm

Hey Everyone;

Time for a new topic submission thread. The rules for this thread are as follows:

1. Submit only topics for Gundamn@MAHQ, you know what we talk about.

2. No show/OVA/movies suggestions here, we'll have a separate thread for that.

3. The purpose of this thread is for topics that are conversational, please no topic suggestions that require extensive or prior show preparation.

4. Please review prior submissions, so that there are no duplicates.

5. Finally, no top 5 or top 10 lists, they make "Chris Smash".

Thanks again.
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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by T.V. » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:03 pm

Here's one for you:

Has the planned season length a definite impact on the quality of the story and production values of a weekly airing gundam/mecha anime?

Could it be a case of less is more, where typically 50 episode long weekly shows are inferior to shows having less episodes to tell their story? The restriction of having less time/episodes to get from A to Z might actually push directors and writers to litterally waste less time or having their resources spread less thinly.

I'm asking this because looking back I typically enjoyed shows with shorter continuous runs better than the longer ones. Call it the Dragonball Z-effect, but a lot of the 50 ep shows feel like they're wasting relatively more time than shorter ones.

Of all the Gundam TV-series that I've seen in full (everything except G Gundam, Victory and Zeta and ZZ), I like First Gundam, Gundam X and Gundam 00 best. All of which did not reach 50 episodes in their first continuous run for various reasons. First Gundam and X were cut short, while 00 was only greenlit for a 25 episode run initially.
For First Gundam the end result is arguably better than Tomino's original draft for the entire 50 episode run. You might say that Tomino being forced to scrap his original plan for something able to fit in less episodes forced him to cut the excess fat from the story. Perhaps the same is true for the staff from X and 00.

Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny on the other hand seem to drag along during the middle parts of their respective episode counts. Even discounting the recaps, it's seems clear that problems during the production (i.e. Fukuda's poor project managment, etc.) had a definite impact on the story.

Likewise Macross (36 episodes) and Macross Frontier (25 episodes) are imho better told stories than Macross 7 (50 episodes).

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by MechaGear » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:02 pm

Hi there,

Longtime fan of the show here. This probably wouldn't warrant a whole conversation, maybe a news item, but I thought you guys might want to check out my short sci-fi film, which is directly inspired by 80s mecha anime. It's littered with references to various shows, see if you can spot them all!

"C (299,792 km/s)"
http://vimeo.com/58429056
www.c-themovie.com

Hope this isn't in conflict with the rules. If you like it, it'd be awesome just to get a quick mention, but if not, no worries! Keep up the great work you guys!!

We've been reviewed by other podcasts previously:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MTWUn7ZegY

And here's a review/interview discussing the anime influences:
http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/c-299-792-km-s

Thanks!

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Post by Furious Rodimus » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:33 pm

Who are the best and worst friends in the Gundam universe? In other mecha and general anime?

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by Robolizard222 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:43 pm

With Gundam build fighters showing to be more of the genre mashup of the sports/Kids toy show, what would you guys like to see as a genre or Story concept mashup for Gundam/mecha shows? The sillier or more inventive the better!
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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by fearjunkee » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:53 am

Personally, I'd like more guest appearances, maybe some folks who've never been on the show before. There are those cool dudes at The More You Nerd who'd probably love to talk Gundam with you guys. (Soul Bro, Drew apparently emailed you a long while back and you never responded.)

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by Dayman » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:54 am

I'd be interested in hearing a discussion on what you consider the scariest/most nightmare inducing scenes from not only Gundam but mecha anime in general.

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by YokozunaBulldozer » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:48 pm

The evolution of mecha design then and now.

Pick out what you guys think the "game changers" were based on what you guys have seen so far in the mecha genre, the notable aesthetic and design trends throughout the genre, etc. and also point out just one favorite mecha designer (i.e. Okawara, Ebikawa, etc.) and their pros and cons compared to others.
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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by zero_the_masked_knight » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:37 pm

Hello, Gundamn! crew

I'm thinking that this is more appropriate for here than the mailbag.

I was hoping that you could compare and contrast the two main styles of television storytelling - in both Animated and Live action format.

The first style is more common in Anime. Series wide story arcs where, as Soulbro mentioned, every episode is crucial. Recently, western cartoons like both Avatars, Young Justice and the New Clone Wars cartoon are starting to follow this style. Also, newer live action shows like Game of Thrones and Arrow are also made this way.

The second style is - or was - more common in western shows. Self contained episodes with occasional continuity references. IIRC, the majority of Star Trek shows followed this style. So do long running Police procedurals like NCIS and CSI. Also, older western Cartoons like BTAS, STAS and Justice league were made this way. Of course, the best example is the Simpsons.

Which style do you prefer? It was brought up in a previous topic submission that Longer running shows - the ones following the second style - tend to waste more time with filler. Do you know of any shows that were able to beat this potential flaw?

Also, do you think that the increasing use of the first style in Western productions is due to the influence of Anime on creators? At least in animation? Would you also say that - when comparing older shows like Star Trek to Newer shows like Arrow and Game of Thrones - there's an evolution taking place in live action shows? If yes, what would you say is the cause?

Hope this is still on topic.
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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by Powerman293 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:02 am

How about major retcons in mecha anime? I'd be interested to hear the types of things that people changed and for what reason. Although, i'm not sure if that could have be an entire segment's worth of discussion.

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Post by zero_the_masked_knight » Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:48 pm

The Treatment of Clones in Mecha Anime and Sci Fi in General. Specifically, your favorite clones in these genres, how the stories treated the idea of cloning, the purpose and use of clones, how the characters' being clones motivated them, whether they were seen as offsprings or siblings, etc.

Examples would be the Three Snakes, Rau Le Creuset, the Clone troopers, etc.
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Post by Powerman293 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:04 pm

With people thinking that Gundam is just recycling old plots and tropes now, discuss how you guys think the Gundam franchise could be more original. Maybe it could go interstellar, or deal with more crazy sci-fi concepts like gravity-time distortion, terraforming and the like?

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Post by MCTDread » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:32 am

How’s about a Razzie type of Segment with the worst of the worst taking home horrible prizes such as worst characters, worst moments, worst show, etc. Should be plenty of options Mecha wise and you guys could make up your own categories. Have fun with it.

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by PHILLYgundamnFAN » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:51 pm

In the past year I've started watching so many great animes, and am now constantly looking for new/old shows that are worth watching. Maybe a segment once in a while where each of you/one of you submit a series, movie, or ova that is worth watching, it could be helpful in introducing listeners to series they've never seen. Any genre, new or old, popular or obscure. I'm not suggesting an in depth discussion, maybe just a quick 2 minute recommendation towards the end of the show. Either way thanks for being consistently entertaining!
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Post by zero_the_masked_knight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:33 pm

Your top stupid/WTF inducing "Plot Twists" in Mecha Anime or Sci Fi in General - excluding the "Reveal" in Into Darkness about Kahn.

Since these "plot twists" are ideally so stupid, they shouldn't count as spoilers since the audience isn't really losing anything.
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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by YokozunaBulldozer » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:38 pm

How Did This Get Built: An in-depth deconstruction of a certain mecha(or certain mechas if you guys have the time) for hilarity purposes
Think the Death Star Contractor discussion from Clerks but with mecha.
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Post by yazi88 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:34 pm

A what if scenario to how Gundam and Macross would be like if you swapped Tomino and Kawamori.

What would Macross TV shows be like with Tomino and UC Gundam TV with Kawamori?

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Re: Topic Submission Thread MK III

Post by Mu La Flaga » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:25 pm

Yo guys so here goes my topic submission.
I would like to hear a discusion on
"Alien life forms of the non-human type in mecha anime"

So by this to elaborate a little lots of shows have had human esque aliens.
But I want to see you guys try your hand at this.

Think of say the Hideauze from Gargantia, Vajra from Macross F, Ghana from Knights of Sidonia, ELS from 00, BETA from Muv-Luv and the Festum from Fafner.

It's always interesting to see the heroes deal with aliens they can't communicate or easily relate to.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this sometime(and any others you come up with)
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