Sunday, September 12, 2004

"Freakazoid On Crack", and other observations of late

Subject: Noir
I've watched a few more things of late besides Kino's Journey, so it's time to 'fess up.

(GreenCine's down right now, so no links)

Mashimo's "Sorcerer Hunters" -- So in my quest for trying to sample everything I can from this guy, I think I hit one I'm not enthused about. It's got a certain unusualness about it, but overall it's just rife with the standard visual cliches and jokes and annoying love-interest-triangles that pretty much make most anime difficult for me to sit through. I'll give it one more disc's worth of a try, but there's no way I'm buying this one.

"New Dominion Tank Police" -- I mistakenly got this sequel to the older "Tank Police" series that I wanted to rent. Mashimo directed two episodes of the older one, and I'm pretty sure I saw the older one a long time ago. This "New" one sucked! Argh. There was maybe one redeeming episode out of the 4, but that was quite a stretch.

"FLCL" (also known as "Fooly Cooly" or "Furi Kuri") -- Uhh, ooo-kay. It's kind of like a bunch of Japanese animators watched a marathon of all the old WB "Freakazoid" series, drank a lot of coffee, and had at it. There's a lot of worship of this show and a lot of proponents of a deeper meaning behind the silliness. And yeah, there's, well, stuff going on, sure. But maybe because I've got a long history of experimental animation and film under my belt, I'm a little jaded. I do find some of the techniques interesting, and I have an appreciation of what they're trying to do, but I'm not hooked on it. I'll rent the rest of the series (only 6 eps) and see if it grows on me. But it doesn't "click" right off, and I'm probably not going to buy it.

That's about it. I've only rewatched Madlax ep 23 a couple of times (heh), and rewatched a couple of Noir eps, but solely to judge the deinterlacing qualities of my new expensive Denon. (heh, deux!) I've got "Tokyo Godfathers" lined up next from GreenCine, and I really should start dipping into some of my neglected Criteron box sets, now that I've got a player that will make them shine.

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