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Teen Titans
So I'm watching Teen Titans, which premiered tonight...

- Is that Shonen Knife singing the theme? Ok, no, Puffy AmiYumi. Crossing up my J-Rock chick bands. ;-)

- Ok, so they're obviously trying for a heavy anime look, and trying to be quirky. But I don't think it really works. The look is cheap at times, and the deliberate quirkyness of the writing seems more forced than funny. Plus some of the sight gags they pull break the anime feel. And the stupid things like the building moving aro

- Starfire doesn't come across so much as alien as idiotic. Geez.

Eh, I dunno, passable, but they keep going downhill. The animated Batman series were great, the Superman series was pretty good too, but then Justice League has been iffy, and this show is kinda weak.

I am: restless restless
Current Media: TiVo: Teen Titans

baines From: baines Date: July 19th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think of Starfire as the "bad English dubbing" aspect of the intentionally heavy anime look.
chibipoe From: chibipoe Date: July 19th, 2003 07:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

It seems to me

That it might help if they actually bothered to explain who they all and how they got together. (I mean, they're clearly borrowing heavy from the very first-early Wolfman stuff(I think that was who the writer/artist/whatever was initially). Instead, we see that they're all together(with two notable exceptions, given what I remember of the original line-up).

It's like, for example, we know who Slade is, and we know who the Hive are, but this doesn't touch at all on why it is that Slade hates them so.(not that I expect they would, given the demographic they seem to be aiming at while trying to draw in those who remember the comic back when it first started.)

And Raven's a whole can of worms all together. I can't wait to see if they try and bring Trigon in. Not too sure he'd really fit into the entire style they're going with here at all.

I'll keep watching, myself. Mostly because I'm an Titans fan from long ago and, like so many other things, they -screwed- them over completely.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: July 19th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: It seems to me

Wolfman's actually on-staff for the show.

I'm diggin' it, myself. Maybe this is because I don't know a hell of a lot about the established Titans continuity. :)
chibipoe From: chibipoe Date: July 19th, 2003 09:42 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: It seems to me

I didn't know that. Must have missed it in the credits. Oh well. Thanks for the heads up! :) I am digging it, all the same, despite my nitpickings.
jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: July 20th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: It seems to me

You think the toon screws the Titans over, don't get me started on what it did to Young Justice.

That said, I am going to try and catch it tonight...
impactbomb From: impactbomb Date: July 19th, 2003 08:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
. . . I was a bit leery of Teen Titans, thanks to what the trailers seemed to be pointing to . . .

Thanks to your review, I'm even MORE unsure.

Should I at least watch it once, or just avoid it like the plague?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: July 19th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Watch it for yourself, it isn't totally awful.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 19th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Starfire doesn't come across so much as alien as idiotic.

Well, that part's accurate, at least.
From: iwascaite Date: July 20th, 2003 12:20 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I did not watch this. (Forgot to set it up and the Tivo suggestions recorded some live action drama in I-think-it-was-Vietnamese instead.)

I think Justice League is getting better. That seems to really depend more on who wrote the episode.

I kept thinking of this as being a cross between Powerpuff Girls and A Pup Named Scooby Doo. Now you're saying they've tried for an anime style with identifiable music? Thank you for clarifying that they have televised hell. I knew networks were going for reality programming... ;-)
ash_3 From: ash_3 Date: July 20th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Who would've thunk it?

Is it me, or does Raven come across as a slightly older Gaz who has gained dark gothy powers to suit her bitter personality? :)
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 20th, 2003 10:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Who would've thunk it?

to quote my old friend Seann Ives in a gaming session,