Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A few quickies

Subject: Noir
Sorry I've been so quiet lately; as it turns out, I've been making progress on the code for Bee Train Fan, and I may be able to have the functions I want, and shiny new templates done, by next week or so.

At any rate, regarding my long-awaited, long-promised "Avenger" thesis -- I'm not ready. I'm going to have to give it another watchin', and try to collect a few links to stuff I found out that might be relevant. Not that the show warrants a lengthy dissertation, mind you. But I think there's something I could say for once besides "wow, that was cool"...

And with respect to my "watching" of anything else, there's only a few that I got to for me to comment on:

"Mahjong Legend Akagi" -- I grabbed a couple of raws for this one, because I was reading a few forum reviews that, for an anime about playing Mahjong, it had a unique style, interesting animation technique, and great writing. Well, the style is unique for certain, particularly the character designs. The animation technique, well, it's kind of static, though the camera flies around a lot a la my favorite Mashimo technique, though it's not entirely working for me. And finally, it relies a lot on the dialogue regarding the game-in-play, and despite the "great writing" aspect, I can't understand a word of it! So, obviously, it's totally lost on me. I guess I'd give it another chance if it's subbed, but overall, I'm really not going to be able to stand it.

"Blood+" episodes 2 & 3 -- I tried to give this another chance. I guess it doesn't entirely suck, but it's really not doing much for me. Kind of bland, and kind of "trying too hard". Yet, "not trying hard enough". I'll probably check back again on it, but won't follow it.

"Monster" episode 66 -- Ooh, more tension, more history, more answers, more questions! I really want the rest of these, and soon!

Finally, "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" disc 7 -- *sigh* more of the so-called "forgettable" episodes. Definitely the show takes on a childish, simplistic tone, and then, to pretend to be serious, it starts getting in to the whole "learning about relationships" kind of story. Bleh. That all said, there were a couple of mildly amusing moments that got a chuckle out of me, and while most of the animation tended to be obvious el-cheapo shortcuts, every now and then there'd be an old-skool well-done lively sequence of character animation that you rarely see in today's work. So I guess it wasn't a total waste of time. Hopefully, we move back in to the "interesting" part of the story soon.

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