Sunday, October 03, 2004

Marathon Man

Subject: Noir
Well, it's over.

A flurry in obsessivness culminated in appx. 22 hours over two days of being glued to my home theater. First, watching all 26 eps of Madlax. Then watching all 26 eps of Noir.

Needless to say, I'm in a bit of a daze. I'm also a little sad. I've experienced a kind of loss, in a way, I suppose.

You see, I kind of need to put them both away for a little while. I already noticed with Noir that it's not quite stirring up the same impact as it did the first 10 times I watched it. And since I've rewatched the individual episodes of Madlax nearly as many times in a shorter calendar span, I'm getting too used to that as well.

And I want these shows to stay special to me.

Now that I have some closure on Madlax, I think (after one last rewatch of the last couple of eps to clarify some theories I have) I can safely put it away until the DVDs come up, and still have the DVD releases be a grand anticipatory moment. Noir I can save for special occasions as well.

It still feels sad to contemplate this, though. My obsession ran pretty deep these last six months. It's a part of me now. I guess that since I always want it to be a part of me, I think I need to take a break so I don't burn out.

I know I've been pretty awful at living up to my grand dramatic pronouncements like this. It's probably a mood-swing thing. In a couple of days, I might be espousing the philosphy of "Life's too short to not be rewatching Noir."

Still, I'm trying to look forward to other distractions. First and foremost is home remodelling. I've been trying to get myself to get this project off the ground since I bought my house, and finally this year, with my roof, gutters, siding, bathroom, and kitchen in such neglectful disarray, I've given myself the proverbial boot in the rear and gotten it moving. Hopefully by the end of this week everything will be settled and underway with the bank and the contractor. It'll probably last through January. There's a lot to do.

And I'm still going to continue sampling all the anime I've missed. I'll have some reviews up of some "old skool" that I've been watching, and some newer stuff as well. And then there's Bee-Train's (or more specifically, Mashimo's) next one, which I'll elaborate on later as well. I'll be working on the fansubs for it, though I'm not 100% sure I'll be happy with it; like I said, I'll elaborate later.

Right now, though, I'm going to feel a little sad for a little longer.

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