Sunday, July 03, 2005

Long-weekend watching update

Subject: Noir
"Tsubasa Chronicle" episode 13 -- Another decent episode, at least as far as an "episode to establish the next arc" goes. While I didn't eek any deep insights out of this one this time, I liked the overall flow and mood, and the look is really solid. I'm kind of surprised it wasn't licensed this weekend, considering some of the junk that was. Maybe negotiations are still going on...

"Emma" eps 9 & 10 -- a double-shot this weekend! I can't say that this one is unpredictable or anything, but like I've said, the characters and the attention-to-detail are still holding me to it. And I believe there isn't an awful lot left in this season anyhow.

"Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water" disc 4 -- Again, another show where the characters are keeping me with it. Still kind of a kid's show, but I like how the universe is unfolding. I tell you what, if I actually had access to this show 15 years ago, it probably would have been one of my favorite things on earth, seeing as I hadn't seen a lot of anime at that point, and it has a great combination of sci-fi-in-the-past with submarine-adventure. Now it's just interesting.

"Samurai Champloo" disc 3 -- I also rewatched disc 2 to refresh my memory. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it: this show is huge fun! A little silly around the edges, but otherwise dripping with "cool". The characters have a great spark, the details have both a realistic (if minimalistic and not historically-accurate) grounding and a couple of witty, funny touches. If it were a stock, I'd rate it "Strong Buy". The next one is due in a couple of weeks, and I'm looking forward to it.

I've got one more that I want to give it's own post, and attempt a slightly longer review. Or at least a more thoughtful one... A little later.

5 comments:

KT Kore said...

Hmm, you're watching Nadia. That recently became "one of my favorite things ever." Perhaps that's because it's directed by Hideaki Anno (director of Evangelion) and I somehow have the same sort of bias you have with Mashimo projects, only with Hideak Anno. Love that guy's work. He's so technical. I go nuts when I watch his stuff. I don't care what it is.

Uh oh, I feel a happy rambling about Anno coming on. Better stop. Anyway, there's a stretch of useless filler known as the Island Episodes later on -- they aren't directed by Anno. They go on from about 22-35. I hated them. More evidence toward my bias maybe? Nah, can't be. ^_~

Sakura84 said...

Hi,it's me again.^_^
What to say about Tsubasa 13?Well,first of all,it really went fast,compared to the manga and the general anime pacing...since I like this arc I was a bit disappointed but then I thought about what you said once,talking about some Mashimo's "experimentation"...it really could be that..^_^ That aside,I have to say I love the part where Syaoran and Sakura are in front of the fire..that sparkling effect in their eyes was something really nice and expressive..:D
And Sakura's will to do something and not being just a burden finally came out...I love her for that.^_^ Ow,and nice snow effect!Watching this arc now that it's summer it's really good...XD
That's all,for now ^_^ ow,congratulations for Bee Train Fan's opening!;)

Fellini 8.5 said...

Perhaps that's because it's directed by Hideaki Anno (director of Evangelion) and I somehow have the same sort of bias you have with Mashimo projects, only with Hideak Anno.

Heh. Well that's great, I can see why he's got something obsession-worthy. You should post your happy rambling over on your blog; that's what blogs are for, after all!

That aside,I have to say I love the part where Syaoran and Sakura are in front of the fire..that sparkling effect in their eyes was something really nice and expressive..:D

Ahh, a very nice detail. And luckily for me I don't have any manga "baggage" to dissappoint me in any way, but I'm glad to see that you're not holding that against the show. :) When I get a Tsubasa thread started on the new forum, you should post your observations there!

washi said...

Did you already catch Samurai Champloo subbed before you bought the discs? Because if you haven't seen the rest of the series, and you like it so far, you're in for a huge treat. Episode 11 onward it just gets better and better, until it became one of my all-time favourites.

It actually does start to take itself a little more seriously after disc two. Oh and the fight scenes improve dramatically as the series progresses, which is great because they were amazing to begin with.

Fellini 8.5 said...

No, I didn't get a chance to catch it before it got licensed. I was still "discovering" a lot of series at the time (including "Bebop"), and didn't realize that it was a no-brainer in the "should I try it" department.

I keep hearing that it just keeps getting better, and since I've been greatly enjoying it so far, I hope it continues!