Monday, July 25, 2005

Making up for lost time...

Subject: Noir
I've been subject to a bit of malaise of late -- that sort of "I-haven't-watched-Noir-or-MADLAX-in-a-long-time" listlessness, an overall laziness and lack of inspiration.

In other words, I think I'm bored. *sigh*

I watched a fair amount of programming over the weekend, and while it was all well and good, I can't say any of it really rose to the occasion to really make an impact on me.

I started of with disc 7 of "Revolutionary Girl: Utena". It just keeps on going, doesn't it? And to top it off, it starts with yet-another-absured-Nanami episode. Well, this time, I actually got a chuckle out of it (though I don't particularly remember why). But still, overall , I'm appreciative of it's unique qualities. But I've said that before. Practically everything I have to say about the series, I think I've said it before. So, I'll keep trudging onward.

And I hate to say it, but "ditto" for disc 7 of "Master Keaton". Nothing more I can really say about it that I haven't said. Nice little stories, fine characters and writing. And still going. Trudge, trudge, trudge; I'm marching on.

While somewhat less of a "chore" to get through, "Tsubasa Chronicles" might definitely start seeming that way at episode 56 as opposed to the way it is now at 16. I suspect there are some who think it was there by 6... Anyway, it was a good solid episode again, though it confused me at first because I couldn't quite tell if we were looking at a flashback of Syaoran's, or if it was an alternate-universe character that looked like him. I've been having a real hard time making distinctions between some of the walk-on characters -- the subtle differences have been escaping me. That said, I kind of liked how the episode set up the whole "well, we're lucky that we didn't have to make a serious life-or-death choice this time" foreshadowing. Though I suppose I'll be kind of dissappointed if it weren't foreshadowing at all. This show needs a bit of a dramatic-tension booster shot.

The one highlight of the weekend was disc 2 of "Gunslinger Girl". But since I've actually already seen the series, and find it both enthralling and disturbing, there's not much more I can say about it, either. The disc quality is excellent, though, and it really beats the fansubs when it comes to revealing the details of their surroundings.

Episode 2 of "Tide Line Blue" really hasn't done any more to make an impression on me. It's like it's trying too hard or something. I guess I'll give it a couple of more episodes, though.

Finally, on Marta's urging, I tried the first two episodes of "Loveless". While I generally subscribe to the "not that there's anything wrong with that" school of "I've got no problem with it, it's just not my cup of tea", I thought I'd be fair and give it's artwork and style a chance. And the artwork and style is pretty well done. But it's not quite enough to overcome the fact that I'm easily bored and put off by the usual "awkward schoolkid romance" story, be it between a guy-and-girl, a guy-and-guy, or a girl-and-girl.

Well, okay, with that last one, there was one show that I couldn't quite stop watching... But really! I mean it! *Ahem*

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