Saturday, November 11, 2006

Wait, what?

Subject: Noir
Okay, I'm still watching "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" for some reason, even though on the surface it's got a million things that I really don't care for in anime. Or at least, that I don't want to admit... I'm even up to ep 6. Hrm.

Still, when I got that warning from wonderduck about "out of order", I didn't quite imaging this. Okay, I think I get the plot, through the confusion. And there's a certain level of satire here that continues the spirit of the 1st ep's shenannigins. And what's with the damned Tea Ceremony undercurrent through the whole thing? Dunno.

Anyway, this may wind up being my "ashamed-but-still-watching" series for the season; kind of like what "Kannaduki" was two years ago, but without the shojou-ai. *cough*

Not quite ashamed to be watching, but still no shojou-ai either (*cough*), is "Red Garden". Not as brutal in episode 4, but the performances are still interesting none-the-less, as the girls come to grips with the fact that they're Undead-Teenage-Fashion-Models From New York City (™), and start trying to figure out just why this happened to them. Just so long as this series doesn't go overboard with the gross-out factor, and keeps it at a more suspensful-horror level, I'm going to stick with it and see where it goes. Oh, and no singing this ep either. Too bad; I thought that was a neat twist. Though I could see how that would get old, fast.

On DVD, I finally got to continue "Eureka Seven" with disc 3. Not much to say about this one, except we get to have fun with Eureka's evil antimatter twin (goatee sold seperately). Supposedly the next disc will start getting a little deeper, but for now, nothing particularly striking happens. The recap episode was a little annoying though, so I skipped it.

I also finally got a hold of disc 3 of "Fantastic Children". A loooong time since I watched the previous disc, so I actually watched the recap episode on this one, which helped tie a few details together that I forgot. A neat story, and we learn more about the background of the characters, but it still seems to be missing a certain something. Not sure what. Maybe an honest sense of urgency -- there's a few points of attempted tension and conflict, but it's kind of pale and localized. As much as they say there's an impending doom over their heads, I really don't get to feel it very much. Still, it's nice, it's imaginitive, and I don't have any complaints overall, except that it's impossible to get these out of GreenCine in a timely fashion. *sigh*

I think I'm going to give Netflix a go. "Gankutsuou" and a few other series I've started are all stuck as unavailable, and I really would like to finish a few of those up. Maybe they'll turn things around faster. Hard to say. GreenCine still has a rather obscure selection of other titles, so I'll probably hang onto a minimal subscription for those, but otherwise, it's probably time to move on.

That's it for anime for now. Coming soon, I'll be catching up with the last few eps of "Tsubasa Chronicle" and "Spider Riders".

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