Saturday, September 22, 2007

Late roundup

Subject: Noir
The fansubs of series I've been following -- the very few series I've been following -- had kind of dried up for a bit, but it looks like I'll have a few built up for later now that there's some catching-up going on.

I did manage to see a couple of DVDs last weekend though. But I guess they weren't all that inspiring to write about.

"Shingu: Secret of the Stellar War" disc 2 -- I'm a bit worn down by the constant skoolkid typicality enough that the slightly amusing, kind of engaging undercurrent that reveals the broader universe bit by bit just isn't interesting enough anymore. 10-1 says that this is actually going to evolve into this "galactic federation" or whatever actually being just like that goofball spy planet, where they're unaware that there's an even bigger political storm surrounding them. Am I right? (no don't tell me...) I dunno, I guess I'll continue, but I'm in no hurry.

"Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society" -- A cool movie (OVA?) that makes up the most recent installment of the GitS franchise, picking up a while after SAC left off. The Major is "retired" and may be the "bad guy". Batou is all angsty. Weird cybercrap is going on surrounding missing children and abandoned elderly shutins. Lots of talking backstory about the political atmosphere (though slightly less expansive and slightly more on-topic than past installments).

Cool action though. Nice work overall. Strangley, the Yoko Kanno soundtrack was conciously recognizable as being hers; previous installments never really seemed to impose that identity and instead let the music just be part of the show. Or I just hadn't accumulated enough familiarity by that point. Whatever.

And, of course, I've been watching the raws of "El Cazador" as they show up on the 'torrent. Episode 25 was quite a maelstrom of bafflement in terms of what the dialogue was probably saying -- one that won't be cleared up until the fansub group catches up. But, visually, it was still pretty obvious what was going on. But what really surprised me is that it was, essentially, the end! As that was becoming obvious, I was starting to get anxious... "wait, what??" "But... but..."

Thankfully, there actually was a preview for a last denoument in episode 26. It looks like we'll either get to see origins (I hope I hope), or it'll be a "1 year later" kind of aftermath. Or both. After I finally see translations for the last of it (however many weeks from now that will be), I try to watch the batch of them together and try and come up with something to say about it all.

I'm not entirely confident there's much more I can say. Nice show, great characters, lots of rough and almost crummy patches in the technical and storytelling execution, and a far cry from what I was hoping for since I first read that there was going to be a "trilogy". Blah blah blah. I'm repeating myself, and will probably repeat myself again.

Next week is that time of the year again, and I'll be taking a few days off. It's a bit of a milestone, too, so I'm uncertain what I'm going to do to "celebrate". If all the fansubs are done by then, maybe something really extra-nerdy... (33 hours in a row of Girls with Guns... is that even possible without severe mental collapse?)

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