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Spoilers abound. )
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Spoilers abound. )
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Spoilers for the first two Twelve Kingdoms novels, possibly the third as well, and for episodes 1-22 of the anime.

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Anime: Twelve Kingdoms, episodes 1-13

I tried to watch this a while back, as I had really consistently heard that it was awesome. I failed to get past the first episode--it seemed so slow and dreary. Giving it a shot again now that I've begun to read (and really like) the original novels by Fuyumi Ono, but am forewarned that it deviates somewhat from the novels.


Impressions on the fly:

Spoilers for the first novel or two, and the first arc of the anime (I think that's episodes 1-13, although I wasn't keep track. )
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Graphic novels:

Slade, Christian: Korgi v. 2
(Sadly, not as compelling as volume 1, although I don't think it's precisely a crafting issue. And it's still about fire-breathing giant corgis and their human pals, which is wonderful.

Sprout, for the record, looks exactly like my parents' red-and-white Pembroke Welsh Corgi, whom I raised from a pup and helped to train).



Manga:

Yoshinaga Fumi: Flower of Life v. 4
(I recall hearing, prior to reading this myself, comments from people that this seemed like an odd left turn in the series, or a strange way to end it. I suppose I can see why people might feel that way, but it neither surprised me, nor seemed strange or inappropriate to me. The series kicked off with a shockingly upbeat introduction to a kid whose life had been derailed by a life-threatening illness; it occasionally revisited some of the consequences of the illness--light-heartedly, but sincerely. Thematically, it makes perfect sense to go back to that, and touch at some of the things we were happy to ignore at the beginning; that's also pretty standard for Yoshinaga, who loves to make you rethink your assumptions. I dig that kind of thing in storytelling, which is part of why I love her, and come to think of it, may be an aspect of what I like in mystery.

Incidentally, I'm still the only person I know who actually liked the ending of the Planetes manga just as it was, and thought it was perfectly appropriate for the material, although I won't claim I liked it better than the ending of the Planetes anime, which I adore without reserve).


Kawakami Junko: Galaxy Girl, Panda Boy
(josei manga from Tokyopop's defunct Passion Fruit line, under which they published also Mari Okazaki's Sweat and Honey, which I liked much better than this. The whole time I was reading this, I was absolutely convinced I must have read other work by Kawakami--her linework, particularly in the lines of her mouths, feels incredibly familiar to me--but I have subsequently been unable to find the name of any title by her, licensed or scanlated, that I know I've read. I went and flipped through all of my josei manga to see if maybe I was just confusing another artist's work for hers, but nothing. It's a mystery).
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Michael Gombos, the Director of Licensing at Dark Horse, commenting at NY Anime Festival '08 on scanlations:

"Most scanlators do it becase of love -- they love the series. But there's a point where there are legal measure that you have to abide by."

"It's kind of disappointing when you watch a fansub and it's better than the official version. You can see how their heart is in their work. We want to put as much love into what we do as fans do with their scanlations."



How cool is that? The man makes his living selling comics and manga; he's got a right to be uncomfortable with things that potentially undermine that. But instead of succumbing to the sort of hysterical evangelism that alienates the buying audience, he puts it like this: we get why this happens, we respect the effort you muster for it, and your level of effort represents the bar we have to match to create a product worth buying.

There's a middle ground between tra-la-la-ing about free love and free comics, there are no clouds in the sky, or going to cons and telling fans that if you watch a fansub, it's like coming into a voice actor's home, reaching down the gullet of his infant child, and stealing half-digested food from her stomach, then smashing her piggy bank and kicking the actor in the face besides, you fucking commies, you.


But let's face it, Dark Horse has always kind of been kind of cool.
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My pantry is infested with indian meal moths (this seems to happening to a lot of my Boston friends and neighbors, brought on in part by our recent humid, warm weather). I am deeply freaked out, only a little less so than when I had that infestation of black flies in my last apartment, and there were dozens of large, buzzing flies clustered on the inside of every window in the place for several weeks. The good news is, unlike flies, indian meal moths don't carry disease, and if god forbid I ate something contaminated with their eggs or larvae, it would do me no harm. The bad news is, they still freak me the fuck out; I'm terrified that every speck of dust will turn out to be an egg, that every itch is an egg that got on me, suddenly hatching. Plus, these little bastards can apparently eat through plastic and cardboard, and crawl up under the caps of sealed bottles, so if it's not canned, it might be contaminated and ready to spew forth hundreds of little insect larvae to re-infest a shelf that looks clean.

'Scuse, I need to get this out of my system: FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA FUCK FUCK FUCK OH MY GOD OH MY GOD BUGS CRAWLING ON ME FUCK FUCK FUCK.

IT'LL BE A BIT BEFORE I'M PSYCHOLOGICALLY READY TO CATCH UP ON MUSHISHI, THAT'S FOR SURE.
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Dropped:

Minami-ke:

I got bored. I have the most ungodly short attention span. With English-language TV, I can do crossword puzzles to ease myself through the dull bits, but that doesn't work with subtitled stuff.


Everything else is on hiatus because I was so hardcore about catching up on the new Doctor Who that I reactivated my Netflix account, and I can't pass my classes and watch more TV than is available with 3 discs at a time, unlimited monthly, even when the Post Office eats Season 3, Disc 3. Twice!

I have been going through my obscenely large pile of manga. I've been reading about two to three volumes a week (and buying two), but the pile started very tall indeed. I read a lot of manga. I read a lot more manga than I ever watch anime, by powers of ten. The reason I don't even try to blog about the manga I read is that I cannot keep track of it. The only thing I try to write down is titles I particularly want to read but haven't yet, and it's an awfully messy list, and very hard to decipher.


When the semester's over, I might try to marathon Ghost Hound, though, because that is more awesome than buttered bread.
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I've finally had a chance to witness firsthand the anime fan equivalent to the following scenario:

"Hi, my name is John, and I love comics. My girlfriend doesn't read them, but she loves manga, like Fruits Basket and stuff, and she's willing to try a few comics. Can you recommend some?"

"Watchmen."

"Ditto. Also, V for Vendetta. And Dark Knight Returns. Make sure she reads that one first."

"I'm a huge fan of Preacher! And uhhhh, jeez, did anybody say Watchmen?"

"Kingdom Come, I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but Marvels, Dark Knight Returns, definitely Watchman. So-and-so's run on X-Men is fucking awesome, but if she won't read regular comics, there's the latest Wolverine mini..."


Of course, I'm guilty of putting Usagi Yojimbo, Runaways, and Bone in the same headspace as Kitchen Princess ("these are all popular with kids, so thirteen-year-old girls will definitely like this!"), so I know how easy it is to do. Nevertheless, some people should probably not make recommendations to new readers, because their horribly inappropriate, blind rattling-off of fan-favorites that have nothing to do with the stated interests of the outside reader are actively counterproductive and may work to destroy the reader's willingness to sample, because after all, the cherry-picked titles they were given when they asked for a starting point at X turned out to be somewhere around the Ms.

Seriously, I see maybe one person actually answering her request for "epic fantasy anime titles" with epic fantasy anime titles. Other commentators manage a smattering (the same titles over and over again--old fan favorites like Vision of Escaflowne and Slayers, which are pretty on-target at least), but mostly just fall prey to the urge to list their favorites, regardless of how removed they are from the OP's stated interest.

On that note, I hereby declare Cowboy Bebop to be the Watchmen of anime fans (i.e. a fantastic genre deconstruction work with a moderate degree of independent appeal that really isn't as accessible to new audiences as fans think it is--the knee-jerk recommendation to the question "What do I read next?", assumed to be universal simply because it's good).
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Dropped:

Bamboo Blade:

Not on purpose. I just haven't watched any episode past the first, and it was taking up space on my harddrive, so I deleted it all.

Genshiken 2: I lost my place, and besides, I've already read the entire manga, which is better. I enjoyed the animation, but it's not worth trying to figure out what I watched last.


Still watching:

Minami-ke:

They tend to drag individual jokes out too long, and it's far too apparent that each episode is constructed out of unrelated shorter segments, but every now and then, it manages a moment of sublime comedy. Plus, it's only 13 episode long, so why not finish it?

Ghost Hound:

Honestly, it's the standout of the season for me. It's hard for a show with such an ambitious concept and understated delivery not come across as ridiculously pretentious and inaccessible, but this one clicks with me, and I love it for it. Apparently, one of the producers is Shirow Masamune, which explains the complex plotting and altered-consciousness bent, but does make me wonder where all the hot cyborg women are hiding.

Shion no Ou:

Don't judge me, okay? I know it's pandering, crime-drama trash with a disturbing moe undercurrent. I know the cross-dressing is cheap and silly and the gender politics are questionable. But it's a total soap and I like the main characters, and that's enough to keep me coming back for more, even though it's like they took Hikaru no Go and washed away everything good about it and then crossed it with some thriller movie called I Spit On Your Mom's Grave or something.


Picked up:

Blue Drop:

I delayed trying this for a long time because I only sorta-liked the manga (enjoyed it, liked the art and the shoujo-ai aspects, didn't think I'd like it enough to actually sit through an animation with my ridiculously short attention span). Once I found out it's a prequel to the manga with an original plot, I was more interested. Fortunately, I've forgotten the plot of the manga, so I don't actually know how this is going to end, nor can I even guess. It's cute! Really nice animation, good character design, great voices, amusing, sympathetic, and likable secondary cast, etc.

I also like Mari, the main character quite a lot. She's cheerful and energetic by disposition, but has normal human girl reactions to unpleasant things--sulking when she's sent away from her family to a boarding school, holding a grudge against someone who physically attacks her, etc--that make her feel much more rounded and human that your average genki heroine. (Like Mai from Mai-HiME, but without the little brother or the martyr complex.) She has some kind of truly weird connection to her new roommate, Hagino, who cavorts with pigeons and--as you will discover in the first episode, so I'm going to spoil it--is actually a space alien. The only plot point not adequately explained as of episode six is what the hell a space alien is doing hanging out at a private boarding school anyway, but if you just roll with that, it's a pretty entertaining blend of school drama, light school comedy, and spaceship fights with really awesome water special effects.
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Music: )


Lounging: )

Anime:

Ghost Hound is the best show in the latest season of anime that I've seen. Best show, not best drama; I laugh at Miname-ke, but while the individual skits that make up each episode are pretty strong, it drags as a half-hour of comedy. Ghost Hound is the only new anime I've seen in a while that I've not been tempted to pause so I could go check LJ or brush my teeth.

In tone, it reminds me of something like Niea_7 or Zettai Shounen or Serial Experiments Lain. I've never managed to finish any of those three shows, and in fact, found them inaccessible and pretentious. I'm not sure why Ghost Hound isn't turning me off, honestly. It's got all the creep factor of Lain, with a little less artistic repetition, and some of the buried mystery appeal of Niea_7 and Zettai Shounen, only nastier. (One of the recurring, dominant images of the show is the protagonist Tarou's memory of seeing a fly land on the face of his dead older sister when he was three years old.)

Lots of things seem to happen without there being a clear plot. Tarou is still traumatized by the incident that led to the death of his sister, ten years ago; he has preternatural dreams which he describes in his dream diary, and has sessions with a super-fuckin' creepy therapist at his school. His mother is even less well-adjusted than he. A Kaworu-esque new student turns up at school to harass Tarou and snoop around in Tarou's traumatic past, and he ought to be utterly hateable, but I don't hate him, possibly because the Kaworu-esque snoop has a nice humanizing acrophobia that is clearly the result of his own severe childhood trauma, and also because the symbolism of the prying outsider constantly wearing the wrong school uniform is so obvious that it's kind of funny.

There's also a really hot traumatized fellow student whose father was probably linked to the childhood trauma of Tarou, who wants nothing to do with Tarou, and a younger female student who resides at the shrine where much of the creepy action takes place, and also wants nothing to do with Tarou. The younger student has violet eyes the size of dinner plates, sees supernatural dealies, and is not traumatized that we yet know of, but is also not genki, which probably amounts to the same thing. This is one of those animes where people never want to talk about themselves, or what they're feeling, or what the hell is going on. This may be part of why I don't resent the annoying snoopy kid, since his wandering around expositing about people's traumatic pasts is practically the only way we find out anything.

I do think there's a plot somewhere in all this mystery--I'm fairly sure that the producers know what's going on and where this is headed, but they're taking their time establishing the mysteries that they're going to explore. There's really nothing I like better than being able to cast myself at the mercy of a storyteller, fully confidant that they know what they're doing. Very, very atmospheric--the setting, a small country town with mountain-and-cliffs-scenery is gorgeous, as the acrophobic snoop comments to Tarou--very creepy, with characters more likable than they ought to be, as withdrawn as they are. I'm really interested to see where this show will go.
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Picked up:

Shion no Ou:

This is kinda like Hikaru no Go, only with shogi instead of go, and instead of being a subtle, mature, intelligent story (with just a touch of the supernatural) about becoming an adult, it's a crime drama with cross-dressing and sordid--'scuse me, torrid romance. And Paku Romi! It's kind of sad, but I'm infatuated. Husky altos and gender-bending--I'm a cheap date.


Minami-ke:

With the ending of Lucky Star, I needed something to fill my comedy fix. This is slice-of-life, a school setting with three sisters who are utter cliches (maternal older sister, weird, energetic, dumb middle sister, worldly, cynical, genius-type littlest sister, and nary a parent in sight), unless they're just archetypes. Calling them archetypes will leave me with more dignity when I admit that I snicker all the way through each episode. And I totally ship Kana and that guy she keeps kicking. What this lacks in brilliant parodic Lucky Channel segments, it makes up for by not constantly referencing The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I mean, guys, I liked it too, but give it a rest already, will you?


Bamboo Blade:

I haven't a clue why I put this on my watch-list. Kendo comedy? Since when do I do kendo comedy? But it's really rather funny; it seems to be constructed by people who know what they're doing, and how to tell a joke, and it's somehow hitting all the right notes. So far, we have a clueless, albeit reasonably competent and likable kendo captain, her totally selfish, yet not despicable loser teacher, who only wants put together a winning kendo team so he can win a bet and get a year's worth of free sushi, a generic nice guy, his childhood friend, who looks like Mikoto from Mai-HiME and whose kendo skills are clearly OVER NINE THOUSAND, and some guy with an egg-shaped head, voiced by Akira Ishida.

It just clicks, somehow.


Genshiken 2:

Should this be ongoing, instead of new? I'm a big fan of Genshiken, both from the airing of the original series, and the subsequent American publication of the really excellent manga source material (Del Rey's translation is nothing to turn your nose up at). The plot isn't new to me, since it's based on manga I've already read, but the adaptation is no less enjoyable for that. If you prefer manga to anime, there's probably no need to watch this, but if you prefer anime to manga, there's no reason not to.


Finished:

Seirei no Moribito:

Kinda like Fantastic Children, this ended with such satisfactory elegance that I'm left with nothing more to say than what I've said already. Do you like a thoughtful, well-told story? Watch this. You won't be disappointed.


The latest season of Maria-sama ga Miteru:

Dude, they aren't even pretending to resolve things anymore, are they? Well, as long as they keep on returning for new seasons, I don't care. More grey-palette, pseudo-Catholic, tasteful shoujo-ai, dammit! I am insatiable! I even still secretly ship Sei/Yuri, even though Yuri and Sachiko are so close to being on an emotional equilibrium that they make a darn cute couple these days.

anime recs

Sep. 28th, 2007 01:24 am
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For [livejournal.com profile] m00nface, who asked me for some recommendations.

First of all, sorry this has taken so long. I had a hard time remembered what came out when, and what I've recommended before, and the list kept getting longer, and then mikke asked me if I could recommend some stuff for someone else, and I'm incapable of recommending something without trying to describe it, so it kept getting bigger. I'll probably keep adding to the list as I think of things, but there's no reason not to post what I've actually written so far.

Everything in this post is a show I think is so wonderful that I recommend it with any qualifiers, except that with the possible exception of Mushishi, they are all licensed for release in the U.S. (edit. [livejournal.com profile] telophase points out that Mushishi is licensed, and the first DVD is available for purchase, so for heaven's sake, go buy it)--Seirei no Moribito is ongoing, so it hasn't been released on DVD yet, but I watched most of these shows via Netflix, and they are a little bit older (I've only watched them in the last two years, though--actually, on this particular list, I've watched it only in the last eighteen months). But if you haven't seen them yet, and you can, you won't regret seeking them out.


Princess Tutu )


Kaleido Star )


Samurai Champloo )


Mushishi )


Honey and Clover )


And now, the current darling of my heart.

Seirei no Moribito )
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Still watching:

Lucky Star:

Of course. A girl needs her humor fix. And while the status quo of a four-panel joke slash sitcom show may never change (Konata is an otaku, Kagami is her straight man--and for some reason, the darling of my heart--and everyone else is kind of dumb in a different way), the plot of Lucky Channel is becoming positively epic. Plus, various new takes on the show's joke of an ending theme are threatening to displace the show proper as a source of comedy.

Rurouni Kenshin:

This is sort of on a temporary hiatus, since I've been Netflixing this one, and I recently accidentally dropped juice on the DVD player's remote, and it turns out that it's impossible to adjust the language settings on my DVD player without that. I've been enjoying it, though. Oro!


Picked up:

Seirei no Moribito:

My god, this is so good. This show is so quiet and understated, and it's beautifully crafted in every respect. It's a little like watching Mushishi, both in its sort of moody, evocative, anti-history setting--it has kind of a feel of what I believe is supposed to be a particular era of Japanese history, but distinctly sets itself as fantasy--and in the way that while I don't burn to watch new episodes of this show, it is totally engaging for each and every minute of every episode. Even when most of the screentime in an episode is literally spent with minor characters standing around and telling stories about anonymous people, I'm enthralled.

Flash burns itself out, but real craft lasts forever. Like Mushishi, like Fantastic Children, like Planetes, this is a show that I believe will stand the test of time.


New section!:

Books being read:

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction:

Okay....Rasputin. Nobody ever did that before. Will I like the plot more in books that weren't co-written by John Byrne? This is stylish and different, and the art can certainly have all my babies, but volume one didn't rock my socks enough to explain why someone was inspired enough to make a movie based on this series. Hellboy himself, I like, but as of volume one, he's more image than person.

All sorts of Georgette Heyer: Does this really require explanation? Well, the last time I was at the library, checking out yet another set of Georgette Heyer frothy Regency romances, the library assistant noted that Heyer was classic, but that she herself had never read any, and asked were, they anything like Jane Austen? To which I immediately replied, "Yes, but more frivolous."

And there you have it. If you've ever secretly wished, while re-reading Pride and Prejudice for the fifth time, that you could get the same story, but just a little bit sillier and with more fun, go to Heyer. Her romances are certainly formula, but her plots are neatly crafted, and the characters do have distinct personalities--yes, you can probably guess each pairing within the first three chapters, even without the aid of the dust jacket, but her heros and heroines are not all alike, and that's better than you can say for most romance writers. If you like ton, you'll like Heyer.

The odd Agatha Christie:

...proving, I suppose, that Josephine Tey was not unique in her love of passing judgement on people. Tey is nothing short of brilliant as a writer, but her unyielding contempt for the common person always left a sour taste in my mouth, and I marked it up to her theater background--20th century theater, finding itself so much on the rarified end of the cultural divide, always seems to need to justify its unpopularity with the masses by condemning the masses. Christie, on the other hand, is as popular culture as book writing can get--genre, formula genre, and popular formula genre; she certainly should feel no need to justify her position to people. So why the disdain for people, common people, falling moral standards, etc? The repeated observation in Hallowe'en Party that there seem to be more insane people around today, casually murdering the innocent, where are the asylums, etc, etc, why aren't mothers looking after their daughters, is, well, so ahistorical as to be moronic. It also totally puts to shame Arthur Conan Doyle's digs at Americans for being judgmental puritans; nothing, nothing, I tell you, can beat out a British mystery writer when it comes to feeling superior to the rest of humanity.
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I'd probably update more often if I did these for manga, but my wrists are too crap for my to type that much.


Still watching:

Lucky Star:

Never underestimate the power of an easy joke. And I love Lucky Channel more than my hypothetical future offspring. They never write!


Dropped:

Terra E:

Alas, the art and the voice-acting were not awesome enough to overcome my inability to sit still longer than twenty minutes if I already know the plot. (I'm running into the same problem with Rurouni Kenshin; I've already read the first three volumes of manga, and the anime does take its time...I'm only willing to sit it out for the latter because I know there's another twenty-five volumes worth of story material after the stuff I've seen. Oro!)

Kami-chama Karin:

Okay, it takes more than a cute chibi voiced by Nakahara Mai shouting, "I AM GOD!" to make me sit still for longer than twenty minutes, even when I don't know the scanty plot.


Kinda on hiatus:

Naruto Shippuuden:

An ill-fated back up-hard drive reboot ate most of this. I'll probably download a few dozen episodes and watch them all over the course of a week between semesters of grad school, if they're crazy enough to let me in.


Picked up:

Hataraki Man:

This anime is my new boyfriend. Or something. It hits the same sweet spot as Tramps Like Us, only with less fist-shaking because I like the status quo boyfriend, dammit; the status quo boyfriend might actually remain the boyfriend. And it's shorter. Moyoco Anno has been vaulted into the lofty realm of josei manga-ka that I sort of worship and why aren't there more comics available in English about career-oriented women in their twenties? I don't want chick-lit prose novels, dammit, I want comics. And an acceptance letter from grad school.
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Finished:

Sola:

It ain't AIR. Not much is. But at least it was coherent, and unlike Kanon, it was short. Bonus: Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu, alive and together at last. Girly bonding is what they do best.

Nodame Cantabile:

T'was good. T'was fun. The undoing of this anime was that it lacked Tamaki Hiroshi and Juri Ueno and had the misfortune to be made after the live action drama, which owns my heart forevermore. The saving grace was that it played the entire first movement of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto, liek, omg whoa. Chiaki's so hot. But live action Tamaki Hiroshi's Chiaki was hotter, and that's all there is to it.


Dropped:

Bokurano: The op theme is awesome, the manga art that the look is based on is great, and ever since Fantastic Children, I've been deeply in love with Junko Minagawa's voice. Nevertheless, the nicest thing you can say about the aesthetic of Bokurano is that it's pedophiliac, the worst thing you can say about the aesthetic is that manga-ka Kitoh might be a pedophile with a rape complex, and I don't think I want anything to do with him. Dropped this like a hot potato when a would-be rapist was leveled against a teacher who distributes internet videos of his sexual liason with a middle-school student. Rape v.s. statutory rape? I can't contain my excitement. And now, I go to bathe the stink from my skin.


Still watching:

Kamichama Karin: Sure, it's got way more cute than plot. But I'll take tiny blonde chibis and Mai Nakahara yelling, "I AM GOD" over pedophilia and rape-as-love any day.

Lucky Star: The amazing thing about Lucky Star is that I'm not watching it solely for the Lucky Channel segments at the end. Sometimes, I get through almost the entire episode without remembering Lucky Channel. Nevertheless, whenever I get to the end, I remember that no matter how cute and Azumanga Daioh-esque Lucky Star is, it's all for naught without Lucky Channel's snarky satiric endcap.

Maria-sama ga Miteru season 3: I love this as I imagine I might love my own children someday. Need I explain? Well, just in case I do: Maria-sama ga Miteru came out during one of the worst years of my life, it's one of my few genuinely good memories from that period. It also has a very attractive sort of grey/pastel color palette, and muted lesbian overtones. It's all very tasteful, all very pseudo-Catholic, and in OVA 3, Sachiko is able to identify, at a distance, Yumi as dressed in a giant panda suit. It's quite romantic. If you don't believe me, watch it yourself.


Picked up:

Terra E:

omwtfbbq manga. Manga is beautiful. Manga is lovely. I love the manga. I am watching this because I can't bear to just put the manga on the shelf without some kind of farewell, and because Takemiya's stunningly beautiful portraits overlaid onto a sea of stars deserve to be animated in a thousand color palette. I pray this will not be fucked up. Bonus: Sanae Kobayashi (aka Akira from Hikaru no Go, and Akira from Mai-HiME) as Physis. Dude.

Kodocha

Jun. 11th, 2007 12:08 am
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I just worked seven days in a row, and two of them constituted a turn-and-burn. I'm not up for serious commentary tonight, so I'll keep this short.

Kodocha. Oh fuck yes this is pure WIN.

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