Halfway past the weekend....
I didn't get a chance to mention it, but DDD had another one of their big sales, so I caught up with my wishlist backlog and bought the latest round of Ghibli releases ("Howl's Moving Castle", "Totoro", etc). They just showed up today, hooray! Also in the box, at least as far as anime is concerned, was "Steamboy" and the "Wild Arms" thinpak. Interestingly enough, though the DVD credits never mentioned his name, "from Koichi Mashimo - the director of Noir" is plastered all over the box. Hmm. Anyway, I picked it up because I had the urge to, well, collect. I know, scary.
Anyway, back to the weekend. To encapsulate:
"Fantastic Children" disc 2 -- Neat. The story continues. The characters are interesting, and have what I think is a really, really old-skool look, now that I think of it. But I'm too lazy to look up what I think it is. At any rate, it'll be a while before I get a hold of the next one, but I'll keep renting.
"Read Or Die" disc 6 -- Still not done yet. *sigh* Decent action, though, but it is starting to wear thin. The last disc is on it's way.
"Tsubasa Chronicle" eps 33 & 34 -- hey, what do you know, I had an extra one laying around that I forgot about! Anyway, another pair of Mashimo-directed ones. A few of the cheesy lower-budget shortcuts were a little too obvious this time, and the CLAMP storyline for this arc is really building up rather tritely, but I don't have too much to complain about beyond that. Not too much to praise, though.
"Popolocrois Story" ep 20 was kind of trite as well, but the whole series isn't exactly Shakespeare, after all. It's a kid's show, and it lives up to that. But like I've said many times before, it has that fascinating little spark of life to it that you wouldn't expect otherwise. Wholly underrated.
".hack//Roots" ep 12 -- the story keeps on digging deeper into the mystery, and the characters as well. But at this point, it's really just "sit back and watch"; there's not a lot I find to put me on the edge of my seat. I think "//SIGN" was kind of like that too.
No more "Spider Riders" raws for some reason. The dubs from Kid's WB are showing up on 'torrent, which I suppose I'm lucky for, because my DVR didn't quite take to my "Record all new episodes" command.
That's about it. This weekend kicks off the Independence Day holiday, and I've got friends coming over for some BBQ, but I should be able to squeeze in a little time for disc 1 of "Eureka 7" (which I put in my queue for some reason).