Sunday, March 13, 2005

And now the rest...

Subject: Noir
The other two discs I watched this weekend:

"Paranoia Agent" disc 3 -- Once again, GreenCine sent me the disc so I got it right when it was considered "released". And once again, Satoshi Kon weaves his psychological twists and turns. These three episodes seemed to be outside of the "main" characters' stories, and were more like individual side-stories involving Shonen Bat in one way or another affecting different parts of society. And they were funny as all get-go! Yet deeply, darkly twisted. I don't think I can adequetly describe it. But I think I'm just about ready to rate this series a "buy". I'll let it digest a little more first.

"Sorcerer Hunters" disc 4 -- The end of this earlier Mashimo series. Quite a melodramatic ending considering all of the sophmoric lead-up. In a lot of ways, if this darker thread were more dominant throughout, it might have been a rather gripping series. But as it stands, it just seems a little difficult to swallow how the lead character Carrot was so central to everyone's devotion and machinations. I mean, yeah, I get what it was saying but because he was so over-the-top ridiculous, it makes it all seem rather trite when it comes down to it. Still, it didn't totally suck, as it were. But I don't think I'll be buying it, Mashimo or not. Unless I find a really really cheap set. But probably not.

That's it for now. The interior work on my house is almost done, so I'm going to finally get to work on resuming a "normal" life around here. Woo hoo!

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