Sunday, January 16, 2005

Weekend's watching

Subject: Noir
Watched a variety of stuff this weekend (though I should have been doing more around the house... oh well!):

"Paranoia Agent" disc 2 -- hot off the presses, I lucked out with GreenCine and they shipped it the day it released. The show continues to be quite entertaining, and almost everything you're set up to believe at the end of the 1st disc gets upended during this one. Though I have to admit, I'm getting a little more lost as to what's going on as well. Still, it's a decent psychological drama with a surreal edge and no easy answers, and it's worth the wait between releases.

"Beserk" disc 1 -- Medieval badass dude with a big sword against demonic overlords and a mercanary pretty-boy. Maybe I'll nickname this one "Bore-serk"... Okay, that was mean, but really, there wasn't anything in this one that I could latch on to, and I gave up 3 episodes in. Maybe I was tired or something, but really, the quality was mediocre, the characters were so-so, the action was okay but nothing special, and there was really no dramatic hook whatsoever to compell me to continue. This one usually gets good reviews, so there's probably some redeeming qualities to it somewhere, but right now I just don't have the patience for it -- I've got a lot more programming queued up to sample.

"R.O.D." OVA version -- A nice light bit of entertainment. A bookish, clueless girl totally absorbed in her own little world turns out to have a special power that lets her do anything with paper. Shields, blades, giant paper airplanes (?!), she can do it. Of course, she's part of a super-secret organization of, get this, librarians, who are out to save the world against someone making evil clones of historical figures. Kind of a wierd premise, but there's a neat spark of life to the characters, and since it was only 3 episodes, it was worth sticking around for. I've added the DVDs for the series in my GreenCine queue to see if that spark carries over there as well.

I finally DVR'ed an episode of ".hack//Legend of the Twighlight Bracelet" just to see what it was like. Sure enough, without the Yuki Kajiura music, and the fact that it's a bit less mature and a bit less deep doesn't really compell me to want to go out of my way to see it. Bee Train's B-team aren't any slouches, but it's a whole different intent and target audience for this one, and, like with "Arc The Lad", I'm not falling into slavish fanboydom over the studio as a whole (even though Mashimo runs the place).

Speaking of Bee-Train, you've probably noticed a lack of activity with Meine Liebe. Episode 10's raw just showed up on Saiyaman, though no sign of 11 at this point. And no scripts have come my way since episode 6. Obviously with the holidays, everyone's busy, so I don't want anyone to rush on my account. And since Meine Liebe doesn't exactly have me on the edge of my seat, I can be patient. If this were Madlax, I'd be frothing-at-the-mouth insane right now, though! Heh.

But anyway, I think enthusiasm has been waning for the show overall; there's not much activity in the various forums besides fanfiction, and I'm not particularly interested in the particular flavor of fanfiction that this show inspires. ("Not that there's anything wrong with that.")

Still, the show's nearing the end in Japan, so I hope things get back on track before my own life gets totally disrupted with remodelling and demolition and whatnot.

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