Looks like a lot of fun happened down there in the South, while I was walking through sub-zero temperature up here in the Hockey State.
I personally have NEVER attended any kind of convention, either a Transformer, GI Joe, or anime, but I do hope to find the opportunity and time to attend one in the future.
Unfortunately a human mind can produce either masterpiece or cream of the crap, not limited to just anime, but TV's, movies, and novels.
And growing up in Taiwan, I actually got the chance to see many anime, good and bad, and some that never meant for pre-teens
, YES, I saw both volume and man it is the crappiest anime you would ever see; there's boobs and blood, but the storyline and characters just kills this anime, no need to spend any second of your life on this anime. And there are plenty of bad ones that I just don't know the title.
I did see TF: Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory while in Taiwan, and yes the storyline was much more mature than the 80's TF; BUT Beast Wars was much better, though Beast Machines went into an unnecessary direction, and the Unicorn trilogy was just good, not great.
With regards to Code Geass
, I did agree it was rude to spoil the ending for audience; as much I didn't like the direction/plot of R2 (which IMO, was getting close to being a car wrack), I do reserve the judgment for others to decide once they finish the series on their own. But you guys did bring out one thing that I didn't like about R2: the leap from ground-grunt battles into over-the-waters SUPER robot battles.
And yes I do think Patlabor
is one of the most underrated mecha anime series, I saw that also in Taiwan, though it featured some adult humor that I didn't understand at the time. But it is definitely not for those seeking a HIGH-octane mecha series. Has the entire series been release on DVD for North America? Other underrated anime, how about sports anime, Slam Dunk (more realistic the Eyeshield 21) and Hajime no Ippo (what was the sales for NA DVD???), hey not a bad way to encourage people to know more about sports!
And thanks to Chris for the interview with the Funimation rep, as it was disheartening to see Genon and other various studios shut down in the last 2 years, they have been improving with their releases, and I do hope they can work it out with JP reps on continuing delivering great anime.