Category Archives: cartoons

Science of Anime: Ludicrous Size

As I’ve said before, some anime like to have things so big that the square/cube law says they shouldn’t be able to support their own weight. But weight only applies when there’s gravity, right? So how about giants in space?

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U is for Underdog

U

No, not this guy.

 Underdog_(animated_TV_series)

People always root for the underdog. Even though it’s predictable in itself, people like to see heroes defeat villains stronger than they are, or else small groups win against larger ones. And when there’s not even a “right” and “wrong” side to begin with, the weaker team is always the one that people sympathize with.

I wrote a scene that failed pretty badly due to the plot not really allowing for the antagonist to be a match for the protagonist at that point in the story; the result, while making sense, was simply too anticlimactic for that point in the story and it’s probably the biggest rewrite I have left.

Science of Anime-ish Western Animation: Sozin’s Comet

I said examples don’t necessarily have to be from anime, and here’s my first one that doesn’t refer to a Japanese series. Though the fact that Avatar: The Last Airbender is anime-influenced isn’t really in dispute.

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Discussing Transformations

Related to something I wrote a couple of weeks ago, can you just picture a group of robots talking about their transformations:

Hound: I’m a Jeep.

Star Saber: I’m a jet.

Spyglass: I’m one-third of a camera.

Scooter: And they made fun of me. I’m a scooter.

Zero: I’m a Zero (the Japanese plane, not the number).

Tank: I’m a tank.

Sunstreaker: We get it! GoBots had lazy names. I’m a Lamborghini! I’m the awesome one! What about you shiny guys?

Nuggit: I’m a rock.

Gold Lightan: I’m a cigarette lighter.

Star Saber: I don’t want you transforming around my kid.

Galvatron (RiD): I’m a two-headed dragon. And a bat. And a batmobile. And a batjet. And a hand. And a griffin, a one-headed dragon, a mammoth, and a batboat.

Spyglass: Show-off…

Hound: What about you, Turbo Cones?

Turbo Cones: I’m an ice cream cone.

Spyglass: I feel better now.

Galvatron: I’m hungry…

Crossover Chaos: Multiverses

I’ve been writing a series of posts about crossovers, and I’m almost ready to bring it all together, but first, one more point about multiverses.

It makes sense to me that if a franchise has a multiverse, then any crossover with any part of it establishes being able to crossover with any part in a multiverse sense. Here’s a (certainly incomplete) list of franchises whose multiple continuities are established to be a connected multiverse and/or split timeline. (Notably, most “new universe” crossovers actually include at least one of these, making them effectively count the same as multiverse crossovers.)

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Crossover Chaos: Types of crossovers

Television crossovers are the most analyzed, but other media have a tendency to take things even farther.

Using the broadest definition of crossover (and still excluding fanfic, obviously), there are surprisingly few separate groups of things that are in crossovers within small groups; depending on your definitions, everything that has a crossover at all can be connected to nearly every other crossover.

Other media can be more complicated about it than television tends to be, so before getting into comic books and video games let’s divide crossovers into categories:

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Crossover Chaos: Transformers and GI Joe and…

Let’s start simple. I’ll get to how the various shared universes are connected to each other a little later, after establishing a few of them.

In the third season of the original Transformers, Marissa Faireborn is the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye from GI Joe, and in one episode, Cobra Commander himself appears.

But additionally, the character Hector Ramirez appeared in Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, and Inhumanoids.

Additionally, in C.O.P.S. (not to be confused with COPS), Checkpoint is the son of Beach Head from GI Joe.

And in the Japanese Transformers series Headmasters (a split timeline from the US cartoon), the Transformers met the Battle Beasts (or Beastformers as they’re called in Japan).

Obviously, this universe also includes all the other G1 Transformers cartoons, Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and GI Joe Extreme.

Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformation: 5-1

This is the top 5, and some of these are just plain weird.

Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

#5 – Steering wheel bot

In the 2007 Transformers movie, there’s a point where Sam drops the Allspark and several nearby machines come to life. The only one we get a really good look at is the Mountain Dew machine, who actually looks cooler than some of the main Transformers in the movie, and turned out to be popular enough that he got a name (Dispensor) and a couple of toys, though neither actually transforms into a vending machine. There’s also an Xbox 360 (still in the box, so we really don’t see much) and this one:

Steering_wheel_robot

No part of the car other than the steering wheel is moving, so it seems that there’s just this mechanical creature that turns to the steering wheel of an otherwise non-living car, which would be pretty bad for both the robot and the driver even if it didn’t look like it was about to attack her.

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