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Cblogs of 01/08/14 and DANDYISMS


In honor of Cblog Interviews coming back next week, hopefully with my entry, and Everyday Legend's self-esteem, I'll be putting Legend's duty to describing Space Dandy, the new anime he image spammed in this week's reminder post, in my Striderisms.

Cowboy Bebop is the pinnacle of moody, musical, atmospheric 90s anime. Every episode was built around a musical theme in addition to the plot. Detective's past comes to haunt him? Deep piano solos. Fast paced chase for a genetically intelligent dog? Energetic samba! While Bebop was an array of classical, moody music, especially jazz, Samurai Champloo was hip-hop somehow smashed into samurai period Japan. Don't tell me how beat boxing and record scratches work with aloof samurai sword fights, but my god it does.

Now take the creators of both series and go for something somewhere in between. Space Dandy takes the space of Bebop with the irreverence of Champloo and mashes it together with a man's man who travels the cosmos in search of adventure, mystery, aliens, and babes.

I can't exactly nail Dandy for a musical theme but Space Dandy's visual flair is much more apparent than its two previous pedigree titles. Space Dandy is a throwback, pulp-era space opera comedy. While Cowboy Bebop was an anime made in the 90s with very impressive visual design towards its technology and equipment, Space Dandy is an anime made in 2013 with very 50s-60s taste in visual spectacle. Aliens have no rhyme or reason to their biology asides being weird and different and Dandy uses very kitschy tech right out of classic sci-fi comics like a matter transporter or a weapon that's literally a ray gun in the purest sense of the word. I forgot to mention that the animators behind Space Dandy is the one and only Bones, who are known and capable of throwing all the money they can into making the visual spectacle a circus of eye candy and flashing colors.

You get a sense for the tone and comedy of the show right away. Dandy and his suffering robot partner, QT, are aware of their extremely casual narrator. Right away he describes the usual spiel of mankind encountering alien life and goes on to say how they have met aliens like, "That one, or that one, or that one. But seriously that's all I care to point out." To which QT immediately tells Dandy to get his shit together because if the narrator is phoning it in already then they gotta do double time to make the show pick up the pace and everyone doesn't just turn off their television sets.

The show does indeed pick up and while it isn't super sarcastic the entire way, we're still left with Dandy, who's a mix between a man's man, a blathering idiot, a perv, and a puckish rogue. I find him extremely likable in a very accidental way. By himself, he's not as cool as he thinks he is. But he's still just suave enough that he can spout unintentionally great dialogue.

Overall, I enjoyed the first episode for its slapstick, flavorful color palette in visuals, and blistering animation but I feel like the first episode is more of an episode 0. Still, its nice to see a revival of such an interesting design era and the return of one of my more enjoyed character archtypes: the suave airhead.

* - The Pig loved 2013 to an extent. Not these moments though

* - If you haven't heard of Katawa Shoujo by now, Makster's got you covered

* - bbain's ttop cchoices of 2013

* - Retrofaction sees into Dtoid's blogging source code and its just HTML oh ok

* - I usually topsauce Cblog Interviews for content. This reminder that it's coming back next week is just up for Space Dandy

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Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

I got this feeling about 3/4 of the way into the game. That is not good.

Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

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