Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-28

  • Sym-Bionic Titan is one of the most brilliant shows- ever! I can't believe how well done this thing is. #
  • They just sync'd a teen girl's "singing in the rain"/I'm in love sequence with a giant robot fight to romantic 80's rock and made it work. #
  • New post: Sym-Bionic Titan- Lessons in Love http://bit.ly/d8xdQA #
  • Post Edited: Sym-Bionic Titan- Lessons in Love http://bit.ly/d8xdQA #
  • New post: Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-21 http://bit.ly/9qrxv4 #
  • It seems while I wasn't looking , in early November almost 3 years to the day it started, Kung Fu Action Theatre had it's 200,000th download #
  • Well this could be a problem- North Korea attacks South Korea with artillery: http://bbc.in/i9sImT #
  • Video of University Professor nailing a class of 200 students for cheating- http://bit.ly/eTaU3G #
  • Found out last week that Fanshawe College has a Go club. Went and played with them last night- 2 wins, 3 losses. It was a blast! #
  • World Record Panoramic Image- http://bit.ly/gh2nQS Just try zooming in on something and you'll understand. #
  • "Every Anime Opening Ever Made"- http://youtu.be/ibPCLMH1NM4 Proof they're all just cut and paste jobs. #
  • Giant Robot Spider Menaces Yokohama! http://bit.ly/hR3M4N For real! #
  • Post I-Pad computing- Concept designs- http://bit.ly/fh20Er #
  • China begins to use it's strangehold on Rare Earth Elements as leverage against other countries- http://bit.ly/eM55Gk #
  • The war to get people to accept Climate Change has found it's champion- http://bit.ly/fGKtmo! #
  • Cool pictures of retired aircraft- http://bit.ly/hS4Ph8 What's that in Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson's garden? #
  • Whoa- amazing Cat Fight Video with an avian twist set to one of my favorite movie scores- http://youtu.be/LB-ptE51ofQ Epic! #
  • あれ?まだ展開してなかったのか? RT @stcom: North Korea has deployed SA-2 surface-to-air missiles near its disputed Yellow Sea border http://bit.ly/hOAjDH #
  • Great irony -Wikileaks to release a pile of US State Department documents Sunday night, and nobody will notice because of North Korea. #

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Sym-Bionic Titan- Lessons in Love

For some reason, recently I’ve been back in the mood for watching animation. I didn’t watch much of it for a long time (with the exception of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which I love) and I think much of that was because there wasn’t much out there that could hold my interest. Recently that’s changed, as there are two new shows that I’ve actually really begun to look forward to each week. One is Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which is an actual serious attempt at doing an animated Avengers superhero series, and is actually pretty good overall. (While being surprisingly faithful to the original material, and when I say original, I mean 1963 original!)

The other show that’s sparked my interest has been Sym-Bionic Titan, the newest show from Genndy Tartokvsky, the man behind Dexter’s Lab, Power Puff Girls, the first Clone Wars TV series and Samurai Jack. We’ve known of Genndy’s love for Japanese pop culture right from the beginning, and Samurai Jack didn’t leave a whole to the imagination on that front, and Sym-Bionic Titan is no exception. If you’ve seen anything about it, you know it’s his homage to oldschool Giant Robot cartoons. Two alien teenagers and their human-sized robot companion are stranded on Earth when evil monsters overrun their civilization, and attempt to fit in by hiding in the suburbs and going to high school. Of course, the mastermind behind the evil monsters wants them dead, and keeps sending monsters each week to try and kill them, at which point all three form the super-robot Sym-Bionic Titan and kick monster butt.

It’s a cliche plot right out of 1970’s Japanese robot cartoons, and it’s been done a hundred times in different ways. When I first heard about it, only Genndy’s name made me curious, and so I decided to casually watch a random episode after it had been out a while and see if there was anything to it.

There was, in spades.

Genndy has produced one of the best shows of it’s kind- ever. While it starts out a little typical, once it gets warmed up it turns into something funny, creative, and even touching at times. Case in point is Season 1, Episode 10- Lessons in Love. The premise is that the high school’s bitchy head cheerleader desperately needs the help of the robot companion’s human form (Newton) to pass a test. She shows up at their home, pushes the poor terrified robot nerd around, threatens him, cajoles him, plays on his sympathy, and then she does this…

I can’t believe they got away with that sequence in a show that’s nominally for 10 year olds!

The whole thing (including that sequence) is a study in the psychology of the bitchy cheerleader character as she’s finding all her techniques useless against Newton, and having to face who she really is. As you might guess from the title, that includes eventually falling in love with Newton, a character that can’t really return her affections. Or can he?

All of this climaxes in this truly, truly brilliant sequence…

The rest of the episode of spot-on too, and wickedly funny. Just watch the whole thing, and then watch more episodes after that. This is easily the best new show of the year.

Rob

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