Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Tsubasa" 12 and more

Subject: Noir
"Tsubasa Chronicle" episode 12 -- A very nice episode. A bit more backstory and a few clues as to who Sayoran & Sakura are. And, interestingly enough, what I think is really the whole theme to the show, spelled out clearly. No not the so-called "plot", or anything particularly narrative, but the essential core to the entire show that drives everything:

We want to keep Sakura smiling.

It's really that simple. And when I say "we" and not "Sayoran" or "the characters", it's because that's what Mashimo has done. He's made her smile, her sparkle, so infectious and, as the dialogue said in this episode, "heartwarming", that everything hinges on her happiness. And, because this really is a kid's show when you get down to it, he says as much, quite plainly, through Sayoran.

It's got a wonderful simplicity to it, much the way I found the simplicity in "Captain Tylor". And, in an interview with Mashimo that I read some time ago, he said to the effect that in "Noir", he wanted the viewer to literally "fall in love" with the characters, and that everything hinged on that emotional bond. I don't think he's quite going that far with Sakura, but he definitely wants you to connect with her. When she sparkles, you're going to feel it. And, when things turn darker (and I bet they will), you're going to feel that to. And when she comes around at the end, there's the payoff. Everything else is really just the icing on the cake.

Or so it seems to me. Heh.

Anyway, some other quick updates:
"Emma" episode 8 -- Ah, my Sunday morning is complete when I have both a "Tsubasa" and "Emma" episode to watch. Though I like "Tsubasa" a lot more. Still, "Emma" continues to be a straightforward character drama with a simple, classic narrative and a nice attention to detail. Hmm, is that all I keep saying about this show? I guess so. Anyway, there's only a few episodes left, and it's reaching a crossroad in the storyline.

"Twelve Kingdoms" disc 3 -- So yesterday I went on about "Harry Potter" and how it's pretty much derived from a lot of pre-existing story material and whatnot, and it didn't do a lot to hold up as it's own story for me. Now in the case of "Twelve Kingdoms", it may very well be much the same: totally derived from Japanese and Asian legends and mythology. But the difference is, obviously, I have no idea what those stories are. Seriously. Which makes the story new-to-me, and as such, it's rather interesting. This disc really only had two episodes though
(and a recap), and seemed to end one of the story arcs. Anyway, we'll see where this goes. It's a long one.

Finally, "Trinity Blood", episode 7 -- While I've not particularly found this show more than barely appealing to begin with, I'm really not finding a lot more to keep me tuned in. I mean, it was sort of clever and all, and the "Peter Pan" reference, obvious that it was, was all well and good, but really, I dunno. It's not working for me, and I don't know if I'm going to keep up with it for much longer. No sense wasting my time.

Well, enough for now.

4 comments:

Sakura84 said...

Hi,first time commenting here.^_^ I'm a Clamp fan,and I love Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle very much.And surprisingly enough,I really love Tsubasa Chronicle too...I think Mashimo is doing a good job on it,so sometimes I just feel really "lonely" in the fandom,since Clamp fans mostly talk bad about it.^_^" I've never watched any Bee Train's show before Tsubasa,so I was a bit worried about how it could turn out,but now I'm at ease,I really like Mashimo's style of telling things..and you really got the essential core of the show.Syaoran's happiness depends on Sakura's,if she smiles then he's safe,nothing else matters..It's when she's worried or unhappy that he can't find peace...I must say that I really like them,not just as a couple,but mostly for their personalities..and Mashimo is making come those personalities out in a very good way! Oh,since I always read your blog,I remember you said Syaoran is unexpressive when he's not around Sakura...well,if it's for what I'm thinking,it's supposed to be in that way,for some reasons.;)And a part of those reasons was showed in this episode 12...I'm really looking forward to see more of this anime,and your comments too.^_^ (sorry for my long comment and any mistake I could have made,English is not my first language.:P)

Fellini 8.5 said...

so sometimes I just feel really "lonely" in the fandom,since Clamp fans mostly talk bad about it.^_^"

Heh. I have to admit I'm a little baffled by some of the reactions overall. Well, maybe not too baffled, as a lot of Bee-Train work previously seems to inspire that sort of "love-it/hate-it" polarization.

I remember you said Syaoran is unexpressive when he's not around Sakura...well,if it's for what I'm thinking,it's supposed to be in that way,for some reasons.;)And a part of those reasons was showed in this episode 12...

Now that you mention it, I believe that you're exactly right! It does explain it pretty well, I think. Thanks for pointing that out! Though I still stand by my earlier frustration with him, I'm happy to finally be able to rationalize it. :)

I'm really looking forward to see more of this anime,and your comments too.^_^ (sorry for my long comment and any mistake I could have made,English is not my first language.:P)

Welcome aboard, so to speak. :) And please feel free to post as much or as little about whatever you want.

KT Kore said...

And that does it for this edition of "Bill Tries Desperately to Find Something He Likes in Tsubasa Because Mashimo's the Director!"

Nah, only kidding (sort of). =P I know perfectly what you mean. When Sakura is smiling, happy and active, it makes the show that much better.

Fellini 8.5 said...

And that does it for this edition of "Bill Tries Desperately to Find Something He Likes in Tsubasa Because Mashimo's the Director!"

Heh. Desperate indeed. :)

I can't just have a normal anime obsession like everybody else. I have to latch on to one sub-niche of a niche and make it the lens through which I see the entire universe!

I'll admit that I'm spending more column-inches rationalizing this show that I spent talking about shows I really liked -- "I am this show's bitch" comes to mind as the extent of some of my previous reviews -- but since this is a rather weak season overall for my tastes, and I can't very well spend every day rewatching my favorites (the booze costs alone are prohibitive!), I've got to rationalize this behavior somehow...