Friday, January 06, 2006

Go figure: from "silliness" to "storytelling"... Again!

Subject: Noir
Wow, two posts in a row where the only thing I can come up with is the exact same theme.

The "silliness" starts with "Nadia: Secret of Blue Water" disc 9. Good golly, the first two episodes were unbearable! But it would seem that it is all now safely in the past, as we've finally, finally started the final arc, and get back in to the thick of the plot. Ahh.

I can't remember off the top of my head how many discs are left; there may just be the one, but it's also a relief that I might just finally get through this one and be done with it. Obviously, I stuck with it this long because it's got some great qualities, but I've been dragging it out with too much of a gap between discs and I think I'm ready for it to be done once and for all.

And speaking of "too much of a gap between discs", I've also continued along with disc 7 of "Twelve Kingdoms". The first episode of the disc was flitting back and forth between too many concurrent storylines, and I was totally lost for a bit while trying to remember why I gave a s* about any of the characters. I suppose I can finally relate to some of the critism I've seen about "MADLAX"... (ooh, what am I saying???!)

But once that settled down, there were some really decent storytelling and character moments that reminded me why I have been sticking with this series. Even though they continually try to throw new vocabulary lessons and tend to be a little bit monotone in terms of character motivations. Still, I'm getting a little weary of this one as well, and from what I hear, it doesn't really "end", per se, so even if I do rush to finish it, I don't know for sure if I'll gain any satisfaction from it. That said, I think I'm going to try to get through the rest of it as well so I can finally put this one to rest, too.

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