Sunday, September 19, 2004

Weekend update

Subject: Noir
My order of Kino's Journey discs hasn't shown up yet., while they have great prices, is kind of slow.

That said, the first "Neon Genesis: Evangelion" disc showed up from GreenCine, so I finally got to sample that one. I liked it! I often whine in these pages about some of the typical cliche annoyances that bug me about anime, and this show had it's share of them -- giant robots and all (not that there's anything wrong with that!) -- but something about the characters and the overall atmosphere seemed more interesting to me. I haven't quite put a finger on it yet, but I definitely sense quality. It's kind of on par with "Cowboy Beebop" in that respect, at least as far as how I feel about it. So I'll bump the second disc higher in my queue, and after that, decide whether it's a "buy" or not.

I double-featured that with "Tokyo Godfathers". That was some nice storytelling. I'm glad to see the medium used in such a way that breaks out of the usual rut. Good solid cinema. Beyond that, I didn't quite take to it any more deeply. It didn't hook me. I'm not sure I'll buy it, but I would recommend it as a rental to most anyone. It's better than most of the drek on Blockbuster's shelves.

For upcoming watching, I'm faced with a dilemma. There are 2 eps of Madlax left. If I wanted to, I could avoid watching the next episode until I can get both of them in another week-and-a-half. Then, since I'm taking Friday the 1st off (for my *mumble*birthday*mumble), I could marathon the whole thing. The anticipation buildup waiting for 21 and 22 was rewarded by quite a payoff. Do I dare set myself up again? I'd have to pretty much avoid the internet in case I run into any spoilers on any of the forums.

And if I do this, you can follow this blog to track my rapid descent into insanity as I post, one after the other:
"There are 134 hours, 15 minutes before I can watch the rest of Madlax."
"There are 112 hours, 43 minutes before I can watch the rest of Madlax."

Ad infinitum.

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