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Silly, silly show, all the way through - I enjoyed it, but 50% of that was because it was superheroes, and the other 50% was akin to the ahahahahah what are they doing now?! that I get from SPN. It was such blatant fujoshi bait all the way through - the eyelashes line in the penultimate ep, omgwtflol! (the bro loved it for that - he find gay chicken exceedingly amusing, whether it's guys playing it or TV shows.)

After finishing T&B, I've developed a crack theory that the show was originally meant to be something much darker than it was, and then they got sponsored by real companies and couldn't go there. I have no proof, it's just...okay, the series is supposedly set in the 1970s - we get a date at one point, I can't remember exactly what it is, but it's the '70s, and the fashion and haircuts fall in line with that. But they have futuristic technology and superheroes with mutant powers and Japanese-style costumes, and they're living in the city of Stern Bild, which has its own currency so is clearly not American, but is English-speaking (though the characters come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds appropriate to New York) and looks exactly like Manhattan, only minus Lady Liberty and plus a bunch of weird victory statues, and an extra ring level a la FFVII's Midgar.

We spent most of the show joking that Stern Bild was New York as bought out by the Japanese, but given the Germanese name, and the rest - I seriously wonder if it was originally intended to be an Axis-won-WWII AU. And then when it became a goofy semi-parody show that was deemed too dark a theme, but they kept the trappings? It makes about as much sense as anything else about the show...

Date: 2011-10-06 02:44 pm (UTC)
ext_175369: (if ever a bunny looked at the moon)
From: [identity profile] nijibug.livejournal.com
whoa, that is interesting. and now that you mention the 70's, the clothing seems to make more sense to me.

crack theory or not, it would have been interesting to see a non-corporate-sponsored version of t&b

Date: 2011-10-06 08:21 pm (UTC)
ext_3572: (Default)
From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com
Yeah - when I first saw the 1970s date I thought it was just a weird dating system, but then someone pointed out how it fit with the fashion and really just made more sense all around...

I do wonder what the show might've been originally - though I'm not sure the writers would've pulled off much even without that limit :P

Date: 2011-10-06 08:23 pm (UTC)
ext_175369: (magatama gold)
From: [identity profile] nijibug.livejournal.com
though I'm not sure the writers would've pulled off much even without that limit

Yeah, this. :\

Date: 2011-10-06 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] immicolia.livejournal.com
The date is 1977-78 (I think the only reason this sticks in my mind is because I was born in 78 so it had me going "wait, what?")

Although truthfully, I don't think I would have enjoyed it at all if it were anything other than a ridiculous corporate-sponsored mess of a parody. Especially since I spent about 90% of the show wishing that they'd get all this plot away from the characters. If it had been a bunch of gleeful one-off episodes about superheroes, it would have been the greatest thing ever. (I know I am the only one to think this XD)

Date: 2011-10-06 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gruskek.livejournal.com
No, you're not the only one. I didn't enjoy Barnaby's Batmanesque angst story at all.

Date: 2011-10-06 09:57 pm (UTC)
ext_3572: (gintama to the rescue)
From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com
Heh, Barnaby's Bruce Wayne impressions cracked me up (Broooooooding! All aloooooone in his penthouse! with classical music because emo rock hadn't been invented yet, how tragic)

Date: 2011-10-07 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] immicolia.livejournal.com
Oh god. Now you have me imagining Barnaby sitting alone in the dark listening to My Chemical Romance ten minutes flipping through my own playlist and I could probably figure out what songs he'd listen to on repeat XD Why is this the funniest mental image ever?

Date: 2011-10-07 01:08 am (UTC)
ext_3572: (too funny)
From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com

...you know he would've! Heck, the only reason Batman doesn't write gory goth poetry is because he's too busy hemming his bat-cape :P

Date: 2011-10-07 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] immicolia.livejournal.com

On an endless loop. "Welcome to the Black Parade" would be his goddamn anthem. It would be magnificent. XD

Date: 2011-10-06 04:44 pm (UTC)
ext_175369: (magatama gold)
From: [identity profile] nijibug.livejournal.com
what gruskek said

Date: 2011-10-06 08:24 pm (UTC)
ext_3572: (op rob lucci)
From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com
Ahahah, I share your birth-year but it still didn't stick for me!

I don't know that I would've liked it more if it had been a darker show - I like my superheroes fluffy! And the plotty stuff was mostly ridiculous, so...

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