Actually, I wouldn't want to see Trigun or Cowboy Bebop with a 2nd season. I thought both endings to each series were awesome.
Now, one series I'd want a 2nd season to (or have them re-make) is Hellsing. I'm a huge fan of Hellsing, however, I felt it was too rushed and there wasn't enough character development. Also, after I read the manga, I felt cheated. Oo;;; The manga is much more entertaining and reveals more of the characters. And, the villains in the manga are much more cooler than Incognito. Incognito is such a lame-arse. -_-;
I read that book in 5th and 6th grade and again in high school since it was part of the class. I found it beyond interesting. I loved it. [spoiler]As far as the "rape scene", it it supposed to potray some kind of level of rape, not necessarily sexual rape, but they were "raping" the pig...taking pleasure in causing it such pain and whatnot.[/spoiler] And, I know what ya mean by that chant, maladjusted. I've read Brave New World...it was also awesome.
I do recommend reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I hope I got the author right. >
You can see smiliar themes between Heart of Darkness and Lord of the Flies...actually [spoiler]one of the scenes with Simon and the pig are "talking" is a direct connection to Heart of Darkness.[/spoiler] Heart of Darkness is a shorter read, however, I remember my teacher spending like 2 hours for the first several pages...just dissecting the book with the class. So, yeah. ^_^
I believe anime will become more mainstream. People at school who didn't use to watch anime are into it. I see more malls with stores that sell anime merchandise (even huge retail store where they sell shirts with like Yu-Gi-Oh or Yu Yu Hakasho images). Most of my smaller cousins in my family (all under 14) love Yu-Gi-Oh, Trigun, Gundam Wing, Kenshin and other animes on Cartoon Network and other stations. I feel the younger generations will embrace anime more openly than the ones before them. I mean, when I was young and I watched anime, people wouldn't know what I was talking about and thought I was odd.
I'm not sure about other asian countries and whatnot, however, as far as CG is going...it's going to be huge. I'm not saying all animes are gonna be steered in that direction. However, it's gonna play a huge part in the future. When done right, it looks so awesome. ^_^
While I?ve seen animes where I?ve loved the good guys, I do have a tendency to prefer the bad guys. Probably because when they are well-written and well thought out, they tend to be the more complicated characters, especially when there?s a reason why they?re evil, but they do not see themselves as evil (Take for example Knives from Trigun. We all know he?s evil, but he doesn?t view himself as evil. Just remember the spider/butterfly analogy. Another example would be Gendo...anyone that?s seen Eva knows his driving force and one can almost feel sorry for him). In the end, all good guys have this moral code about them...that?s why they?re good, even if they seem really ****** up. (Though, Alucard from Hellsing...technically is a good guy...but...well read the manga. xD)
With a villain, you?re more free to do as you please, thus allowing more creativity into the character. There aren?t many limits with a villain as there are with the hero. Also, when one makes an amazing villain, you either truly love them or hate them...they invoke emotions. So do heroes, but it?s more rare to see a villain do that to people.
I admit, I love happy endings, but they become cliché...though, there have been some endings that are happy but I didn?t expect them, like Trigun. [spoiler]I really thought Vash was gonna wipe him out...even if it seemed against his nature...Knives had taken so much from Vash...but yeah.OO; *sniffs* I think I?m gonna go watch Trigun again! >
Oi...it's looking better. ^_^ The background is nice, but try to make it lighter so it's subtle.
Also, I forgot to mention...add a border around all your banners. As Baron Samedi said in a topic I had posted: [i]"Banners always need borders. Even with the most backward, anti-productive Paint program, borders can be created. It is a basic 'requirement' and can enhance the look of a banner no end. Simple black ones most often accentuate your basic banner."[/i]
I completely agree...well almost. There are a few banners that look awesome without borders. ^_^
I must say that that edited one is lots better. ^_^ Well, when I meant glow as in there was a glow around the image, not necessarily making the image brighter.
Your 3rd banner...the images used are pretty good. However, the background clashes with the images. Remember always try using colors that match with the images. The background your'e usign doesn't help to bring out the images. You want a focal image and to do that...your background has to help bring out the image. *nods*
Keep up the good work! Practice makes perfect. ^_^
Edit: I agree with naru...the iamges are bit too spread out too. Try making the banner small, but don't change the size of the images.
For some unknown reason, I love the banner. Maybe it's the chicken (it just looks funny!), maybe it's the background (I actually like the arrows and stuffies...I'm sure it would look TOO plain without it), maybe it's the text (I love how the "s" is red and the rest of the text is black. Also, the font itself looks perfect for the image)...or maybe it's all of it. lol
I'm unsure what to think. It's different from the other banners and it's very appealing. It's not outright a complicated banner that's loaded up with fiters and layers which isn't always the best route to go. I like its simplicity. The colors are awesome though. You'd think the red would contrast too much with the yellow font, however, it fits perfectly and stands out quite nicely. ^^
If I were to rate it out of 10, I really wouldn't know what to give it. Since all you did was add text and border...but it still looks awesome because of its simplicity and its colors. ^_^
A nice and simple banner. The image is VERY pretty (I have it myself...I always wanted to use it in some kind of layout. ^^). While, I can't say there's nothing wrong with it...the banner itself is only an image with text.
The font may be given an extra effect (maybe a small glow and make it..er..angely like? lol).
My thoughts for both banners mirror almost exactly like Baron's, however, something about the font background in both banner bugs me. Probably cause they stand out nastily. Does Paint do that automatically or something?
Once you moved away from Paint to other programs, try limiting yourself to 2 images only and trying to blend them together. ^^
Dunno about the first banner. It's pretty plain..only an image with text. You might want to edit the image a bit (like erase that folded part in the image).
Now, your 2nd banner is a bit better (as in it looks like ya actually tried something). First, the background doesn't clash well with the center image. The center image is light while the background...is.....er.....well...lots of bright colors. I say change the colors in the background to match with the center image (maybe shades of grey?).
While, I like the effect you tried with your font (faded and re-appearing several times scattered about), I say try to scatter them a bit more and use another font. The one you use is a bit too plain. :\
Also, you may want to add some kind of light glow around your center image to make it more focused. Dunno how that would look. Wouldn't hurt to try.