Friday, November 18, 2005

"This isn't baseball..."

Subject: Noir
"...this is madness!"

"Samurai Champloo" disc 6 showed up this week. So I dialed back to disc 4 for a bit of a mini-marathon. Made for a fun evening, for sure. I just wish disc 6 had more episodes, because 3 wasn't quite satisfying enough. And it'll be a couple of months before the final disc arrives. *sigh*

There's not a lot more that I can say about this series that I haven't said already. It's still really cool. There's a lot of great things going on under the popcorn-action exterior. Artwork, animation, camerawork, music: all the techniques are top-notch, even with the various shortcuts and budget constraints. But the gem of it all is the character performances. They're so alive, and that's really the core of the whole thing. Even a silly ninja-baseball episode can't derail the coolness that our trio brings to the screen.

I'm glad I pegged this one as a "buy" instead of just renting it.

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