Saturday, May 14, 2005

One backlog down: "Speed Grapher"

Subject: Noir
After 5 episodes, I'm still not quite sure what to make of Gonzo's "Speed Grapher".

I've got to admit, the whole 80's vibe -- replete with the opening using Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" to drive that point home -- has that kitchy nostalgia that has no small appeal to me. But in other ways, it's gone a bit overboard with a mishmash of different dark, gritty, icky, dystopian ingredients ripped of from dozens of different sources to the point where it's a jumbled mess more than it is a vehicle to become any sort of "cool" underground cult hit. It's obviously trying to fit that mold, but it begs to be seen if it'll actually acheive it.

That said, it's still got that kitchy nostalgia to it. As "icky" as it's gotten, it still hasn't totally offended me yet. So I'll stick it out a little bit more to see if there's any actually interesting turn of events.

In other news, I ordered the whole set of "Paranoia Agent" along with disc 4, and that just showed up today, so I'll be watching disc 4 tonight, I hope. My pre-order of "Gunslinger Girl" disc 1 is on it's way as well!

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