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Sketchydoodle by InvertedVantage Sketchydoodle by InvertedVantage
Not sure where I think it should go yet. :)
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LoneSamuraiFox Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It remind me about Sky Crawlers, the book series (which 1st volume was forged into anime movie) about alternative version of our world, where 'wars' are rather sports between humans, but not men itself do it. They managed a genetic clones with same manners and appearance, but with different memories and stuff, called Kildrens (kill + children), who cannot grow up or die in natural matter. There are no jets, just propelled aircafts.
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I think I know about that anime. The concept seems cool from how you explain it here, but while I was watching it I felt it was too obtuse and poorly explained or characterized to be really any "good". The aircraft were cool and the fighting was fun to watch, but I wish they had gotten more technical with the planes and their maneuvers - for instance, I saw a clip recently where the silver plane (I think he was the "bad guy ace") was shooting down a lot of good guy planes, and one was on his tail; so he went 90 degrees and just kind of zoomed backwards, like he flared out and caused the other guy to shoot by him. The only way that maneuver is really possible, I believe, is with RCS (Reaction Control System) thrusters - which I think would have made the planes even more interesting technically if they had included them on there and shown the mechanism a bit. :)
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LoneSamuraiFox Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's hard to understand, I say it's all with the creator of Ghost in the Shell (yes, he did adaptation).

As I say, I think only one book was rushed, and I think, anime is more psychological, rather than war itself, you know, gestures and mimic games.
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Yea, I thought some of the psychological and philosophical questions the anime asked were interesting, but I felt the characters were really boring and cliche'd, which pulled me out of the story. Ghost in the Shell actually had a similar plight; I felt it's pacing was way too slow, it got extremely bogged down at points.
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LoneSamuraiFox Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Remember they were just kids, (kildrens?) who knew that they will day sooner or later. Could you even imagine a soldier... No... Even a war-meat, with mind of the child?
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Wouldn't the mind of a child be more questioning, playful, eccentric? The characters in the show were literally slabs of meat, they didn't really have any characterization; they just got in the plane and flew. So the whole children bit falls flat I feel, because they weren't children, or people in general. There was no interesting conflict between or inside characters, they were pretty much...nothing, really?
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LoneSamuraiFox Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think they are some kind of androids. They have no childhood in fact, just programmed fight and fight.

The one conflict would I say is that between Onoda/Jiroh and Mrs (I can't say miss, because he was... You know, used in sexual way by the Teacher, as movie would whipser).

I can't say that Sky Crawlers is easy. It took me second. third and so one times, when I got more and more things, that was unnoticed by me... The longer I watch the movie, the more questions and allusions I have.
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I might have to watch it again. :) Hopefully I can get past the (what I felt to be) poor characterizations.
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