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Honorable brother Hasanhh. We were least interested to learn if one of your ex-'s liked or disliked The Hobbit. Like I mentioned, the name itself was enough to put me off from watching it in the beginning when it was released, and I had no idea it was about LotR. By mentioning that your ex loves it you have, in all probability, added a small weight in the other pan of the balance. At least for me. Now I'm not complaining, sort of. But you know what I mean.

 

Your post also obviously put the thread in comma.

 

Dear brother, you are marred and are intelligent and know how it is with such knowledge. Please think about the health of the discussions instead of scaring peoples' hiccups away like that. I hope you will sympathize and agree with my appraisal. Who knows how many more ex-'s you're going to have by the time you're done.

 

Have a nice day.

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This thread might as well be closed now, as I had the immense pleasure, on the 1st of January, to watch perhaps the greatest film that I have ever seen.

 

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I'd have to think about best-ever made, but that's only because it is a very strong contender.

 

After seeing it on a plane, I wasn't sure about buying it, but after i read the following quotation attributed to physics Nobel winner Andrew Reiss,  I did:

 

I saw it opening day and in fact took my whole research group to see it. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the movie, including or maybe especially me. I recognized a lot of well thought out physics in the movie. It was very obvious that a lot of thought had gone into the science, especially General Relativity. It was clear that the writers used what we know about the physics of the Universe as boundaries (or at least speed bumps) for where and how the plot could evolve. The movie definitely offers teachable moments which I plan to use next year in class.

 

http://qz.com/299334/shut-up-about-the-inaccuracies-of-interstellar/

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(salam)

 

Hobbit  finally saw it. Darth Vader: my ex loved it and watched it thrice --in a row finishing at 0330. :wacko:

 

Of course, I liked the graphics and the New Zealand scenery. I was more interested in those than the story line.

The best character is Smaug. Wing line of a bat with the same walkability, body of a snake, head of a wolf ... and spoke English :!!!:

Something the Pentagon would design and use.

 

I remember the Hobbit from elementary school. Some of the others talked about it then and again in college. It is very popular.

The imagined way animals are used for transportation is enjoyable.

 

I ain't trying to scar people about getting marred, but my comments should be viewed as cautions about women or men rushing into something they are not ready to do 50+ years. Getting marred is like a "life sentence" -even if you divorce later.

 

Going to watch news now because l just heard about the earthquake in Nepal and landslide on Mt.Everest.

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After seeing it on a plane, I wasn't sure about buying it, but after i read the following quotation attributed to physics Nobel winner Andrew Reiss,  I did:

 

http://qz.com/299334/shut-up-about-the-inaccuracies-of-interstellar/

 

:mad: How rude. So our gracious suggestions about Interstellar, a movie, meant nothing to you, and some physicist kid's endorsement does?? Why, I feel scarred by your insult. -_-

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I saw Interstellar yesterday. (spoilers below)

 

It was alright. It had a lot of promise in the beginning but I was really disappointed that the supernatural force that was guiding people ended up being... people. That was very lame and threw me off guard.

 

I didn't like how characters kept whispering and mumbling, especially McConahey (sp?). 

 

Also, haraam content warning (not a long one): towards the end of the movie, the daughter of McConahey kisses a dude on the lips. They don't show it from close up or anything but it was totally pointless and out of nowhere. Nonetheless, I have to respect Nolan for being the one guy in Hollywood whose movies aren't a two hour long porno. (That's all that Hollywood does nowadays).

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and yes there is indeed a lot of "eye candy" (as we geeks and nerds call it) which can not be truly appreciated enough without a proper print. The soundtrack is awesome. After Moon and Gravity, this movie is a lot bigger "must-watch" of the 21st century for not just science fiction and space exploration but all cinema admirers alike.

 

Not sure about the eye-candy comment. Hathaway spends most of her time in a hijab.

:mad: How rude. So our gracious suggestions about Interstellar, a movie, meant nothing to you, and some physicist kid's endorsement does?? Why, I feel scarred by your insult. -_-

 

You're not married are you? Buying the film without the quote meant that it was an extravagance. With the quote the purchase was for the kids' education. 

 

You'll learn.

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Two brothers (magma and Martyrdom) had been recommending Naruto to me for a long time.

 

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I watched through the pre-timeskip part of the series and now, at the request of bro Martyrdom, I am writing a review.

 

Note that I skipped all the filler episodes, so those will not factor into any of my thoughts.

 

I want to be thorough so I will divide this review into two parts. The first part is my thoughts on Naruto in general and the second part will be a comparison between Naruto and One Piece (because I couldn't help making comparisons in my head).

 

There will be some minor spoilers but I will avoid major spoilers.

 

Well let me start with the haraam content warning. (And already I can't avoid comparison with One Piece). Anyone who watches One Piece knows that it started off innocently, but then gradually spiraled downhill into a hell of fan service. It started with the Little Island and Alabasta arcs. And then it slowly became more and more common until eventually it completely violates the viewer's eyes. 

 

Naruto does not have fan service. It does, however, feature typical Japanese animated humor. Anyone who watched Pokemon as a kid is surely familiar: remember the character Brock? Remember his weakness? Naruto features that kind of humor. It comes up in maybe...1 out of 10 episodes. The worst that Naruto has to offer already shows itself in episode #1 and you won't be pestered with it incessantly.

 

Having said that... what is my opinion on Naruto? Well duh, it's friggin awesome, that's my opinion.

 

But what about it makes it good? Well firstly, the characters are all likeable. Secondly, the action is very well done. Aside from the typical anime villains' monologueing during battles, it is done flawlessly. A lot of strategic elements and interesting balance of power and intelligence.

 

Thirdly, great emotional moments. Fourthly, a kick-butt soundtrack to enhance all of the best moments.

 

And that's what makes Naruto great. 

 

However... So far I am underwhelmed by a few things. Firstly, the villains. Their motivations are so stupid and basic; power, immortality, etc. There is no nuance to it whatsoever. In fact, the motivations of characters in general seem to lack nuance in many cases. For example, Neji. Before he reformed himself and converted to Izlam, his whole deal was that you can't escape your fate and everyone in born a loser or a genius. But... seeing as his "fate" is to serve Hinata and the ruling branch of the Hyuga clan, shouldn't he have the exact opposite belief? I mean it makes no sense. 

 

I also don't find the universe to be that special. It's some kind of mythical, timeless Japanese-esque emo-punk place where military strength is determined by the strength of a country's ninjas. That's OK in and of itself, but why are the countries a first grade geography lesson? There does not seem to be anything distinguishable about them other than climate.

 

BTW if these issues become corrected later on, don't tell me. I am just at the timeskip. All of my opinions are based on this alone.

 

Comparison with One Piece tomorrow.

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There are many awesome villains in Naruto, come on! I can understand Orochimaru at first isn't really interesting, but the character overall is also awesome /me bites baradar

Now that we are talking about anime, I would like to recommend DeathParade, short and awesome anime. Also there is this new one, Arslan Senki, that is totally worth it if you like medieval stuff and wars like me :p.

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New Dragon Ball series announced to be out in July! It's called Dragon Ball Super, and takes place after majin buu saga. This is after 15+ years and it's creator will be in charge. I'm excitedddd

 

Yea, Vegeta and Goku will have blue hair from now on lol.

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 For example, Neji. Before he reformed himself and converted to Izlam

lool  

 

A lot will happen in Shippuden and things will definitely correct itself.  For me the series really starts in shippuden.

Well in my humble opinion there should be a separate thread for cartoons, animes, naruto, manga or whatever they are called.

your humble opinion is much appreciated but request DENIED 

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Anyway,

 

Chappie. Excellent movie. Sci-Fi.

 

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In case any of you kids ever wonder just what kind of a person your friendly policeman is from the inside then Denzel Washington's "Training Day" is a must watch for you. ALL cops, judges, lawyers and lawl enforcement people alive today are exactly like that. Good movie too. However, I warn you about an inappropriate scene 15 minutes before the end of the movie.

 

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And this is a fine thriller movie worth sharing. A tad horror too perhaps. What makes it stand out is that when the movie starts everyone is suffering from amnesia for some strange reason.

 

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Here it is.

 

 

The moment none of you have been waiting for: my Naruto vs. One Piece ultimate comparison.

 

 

Why am I comparing them? They are two very different shows, after all. But in spite of their differences they are both of similar length, both enjoy mainstream popularity within and outside of Japan, and they follow the same formula. 

 

 

 

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(Lack of) fan service

 

Not even close. Fan service has rendered One Piece pretty much unwatchable nowadays. Naruto wins this round handily.

 

 

Pacing

 

The One Piece anime unfortunately is infused with filler. Meaning, the canon episodes have filler. Naruto, on the other hand, consolidates all of its filler material into long arcs. This leaves the canon episodes to be much more action-packed and substantial. With One Piece you have to binge watch just to get the plot rolling, whereas with Naruto you get a good chunk of plot with every episode. Naruto wins.

 

 

Characters

 

When I first started watching Naruto, I thought the characters were bland and uninteresting. I was wrong. It's just that I was accustomed to the wacky, colorful characters of OP. Now I can appreciate Naruto's more reserved characters. If I had to choose a favorite, I guess it would be Shikamaru. But I like Rock Lee as well. Everyone has something to offer. BTW does Kiba remind anyone else of the wolf princess? Anyway... OP characters are all interesting, too. My favorite is probably Smoker, but among the Straw Hats, I am partial to Usopp. It's hard to compare OP characters to Naruto characters. But both shows offer great characters and everyone gets their moments. Tie.

 

 

Character design + clothing

 

OP just throws a bunch of crud at you. Crazy character designs, crazy clothes. As a fan of fighting games, this has a certain appeal to me. There is something to be said about a character who can convey part of his identity without saying a single word or doing a single thing. Naruto on the other hand, features clothes that you could easily see normal people in normal society wearing. Some of it is Japanese, some of it is Western, there’s even a few who dress like Chinese (like that girl from Rock Lee’s team, forgot her name). The sheer volume of stupid and/or 5lutty costumes in OP make me inclined to choose Naruto in the clothing department.

 

 

As for the characters themselves, Naruto characters all look like normal people (most of them anyway). OP’s are much more varied. A lot of them are very cool (like the original Franky), a lot of them suck, and a lot of them are just weird. I love the original designs of the major OP characters; not as much of a fan of the post-timeskip designs. I also am partial to the costumes they started out with. But since then so much has changed. I don’t know who to put here so I will just call it a tie.

 

 

Universe

 

OP’s universe is one of its big draws. An open world full of adventure and wonder. Each country has its own unique identity and feeling. And of course in the background you have the complex global political structure; highlighted by the tense relationship between the world government and the seven pirate warlords. OP’s universe is great because while OP is obviously a fantasy universe, its political structure is very realistic.

 

 

This is enhanced by the crew itself. The crew are together, on their ship, and that’s it. That’s all they have. They have their ship, each other, and all the bold adventures ahead. It’s a chaotic world but it’s a world in which Luffy’s crew has found freedom. Naruto’s universe doesn’t come close IMO. OP wins.

 

 

Villains

 

No contest here. One Piece villains are cool, awesomely designed and voiced. They have plots, schemes, plans, motivations. Some of them are really nasty, others are just misunderstood. But they’re all really interesting. Winner: One Piece.

 

 

Soundtrack

 

One Piece soundtrack is good and all but Naruto blows it away. A combination of classical Western music, classical Japanese music, and hard rock may sound terrible, but it’s not. It’s actually very fitting. The main character is a ninja who wears an orange track suit; it’s only natural that the soundtrack represent this sort of fusion. I won’t post anything on here because it may get deleted, but search on youtube “Naruto OST sadness and sorrow” to get a taste of how emotive this soundtrack is. Winner: Naruto.

 

 

Humor

 

One Piece humor is kind of dumb and arbitrary but it can certainly get a laugh out of immature folks like myself. One Piece tries to invent its own tropes and then assign these tropes to its characters. For example: Zoro has a terrible sense of direction. It was funny at first but then it got kind of old. But of course there are some very genuinely hilarious scenes, like Luffy’s island song. Naruto has some funny moments here and there, as well. I loved Shikamaru’s speech about women. (tried to find a youtube clip but failed). Overall, I guess I say Naruto’s humor is better, if only because it is much better distributed. The good humor comes in the midst of seriousness rather than in the midst of repetitive humor.

 

 

Animation

 

One Piece animation is inconsistent. Sometimes it looks great, other times not so much. The characters often look different. Naruto is much cleaner and more consistent. Winner: Naruto

 

 

Action

I gotta go with Naruto here. That's not to say the action in OP is bad. Luffy's fights are always entertaining, as are Usopp's. Zoro's fights never do anything for me. They're all the same. He gets hurt, he overcomes it, he wills himself to victory through superhuman strength. Basically, in OP, the more interesting a character's ability is, the more interesting the fight will be. OP's best fights are epic, but in Naruto, ALL the fights are cool. That's why I choose Naruto here. 

 

I can’t think of any more categories. If yall think of something let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, if you ask me which one I enjoy watching more as of right now, I would have to say Naruto. However, One Piece holds a special place in my heart, and I will never forgot all the great memories it accompanied me through. One Piece is not only entertaining, but it’s an ode to freedom. And although I wouldn’t recommend going through all 10 trillion episodes, I definitely think anyone who likes anime should watch the “East Blue Saga” (i.e. the first 50 episodes or so) and possibly more. I recommend watching the first movie, too. It's not canon but it will introduce you to the universe, the original characters, and the overall feel of the show. It's a really cool movie and it's not very long: just under an hour. 

 

 

 

You can't go wrong with either of these. I am glad magma pushed OP on me all those years ago, but I am also glad that I can appreciate Naruto. 

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Villains

 

No contest here. One Piece villains are cool, awesomely designed and voiced. They have plots, schemes, plans, motivations. Some of them are really nasty, others are just misunderstood. But they’re all really interesting. Winner: One Piece.

 

 

 

 

bro have you gotten to where the Akatsuki enter the series?

 

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Nice review baradar. I think, though, Naruto villains are awesome. Especially the latest ones whose name I won't say to avoid spoilers. I believe they are deeper than those of OP. But first villains are somewhat boring (except Orochimaru whom I like a lot xD).

Another anime I would recommend is Ao no exorcist, as a normal short shounen.

Arslan Senki, though, is becoming my fav anime of the currently on air animes :D.

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bro have you gotten to where the Akatsuki enter the series?

 

 

 

Well I've seen some of them and there have been passing references to them but obviously I don't know much about them yet.

 

 

 

New category:

 

Best moments

Long series like these rely on key moments to serve as a climax for the different story arcs. One Piece succeeds at making the most epic of such moments. Naruto is not as strong in this department. I think part of it is due to the emo nature of the show. Naruto tries to have emotional moments in every single episode, whereas in One Piece the emotional moments truly stand out. But when One Piece does an emotional or climactic moment, it really is awesome.

 

I looked on the youtubes for the "walk to Arlong Park" scene but could only find stupid dubs and/or clips that left out part of the scene. If you've seen the series, you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, then trust me: this is the reason to watch One Piece. Watching that scene gives me goose bumps to this day.

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If you guys spent 5% of the time you do on cartoons, on studying religion, you would be certified ayatollays by now...

Bro thats unfair judgement. You dont know how we spend our time. I work 60 hours a week,married, go to the gym, take care of my family and constantly reading religious books and listening to lectures. I would say 5 percent of my time goes to entertainment.  I say that with all humbleness.

 

Its called balance.  

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If you guys spent 5% of the time you do on cartoons, on studying religion, you would be certified ayatollays by now....

 

These cartoon fans can't be Ayatullahs or anything remotely useful even if they spent 100% of their time for a hundred years on studying religion. There is a reason they watch cartoons....

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Bro thats unfair judgement. You dont know how we spend our time. I work 60 hours a week,married, go to the gym, take care of my family and constantly reading religious books and listening to lectures. I would say 5 percent of my time goes to entertainment. I say that with all humbleness.

Its called balance.

If you work 60 hours a week, thats 10-12 hours a day depending on 5-6 day weeks. Say you sleep for 7 hours, you are peaking at 18-20 hours.

In all humbleness, if you have wife and kid, aaaand read books and listen to lectures, when the flippin hell do you watch cartoons?

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