Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy Noir Year!

Noir is ten years old. Did you know that?

Anyway, I managed to watch from the Shao-Li episodes to the end this year. Kind of sober (though not entriely, been working on that...)

I love it as usual. But I have to acknowlege that I'm getting older and other shows are starting to encroach on my "favorite" territory.

It seems such a shock to acknowledge... but it's not really quite there yet, either. Kaiba, Xam'd... maybe more... They probably outrank MADLAX at this point at least (though it's been even longer since I've been able to bring myself to watch that).

At any rate, I did my "Noir Year's" duty. And it's done early and I don't know what else to do with myself. *sigh*

I haven't blogged much lately, but there may be big life changes ahead for me. Or not. I think that the things that started me off blogging and whatnot are probably fading for good, though, and I have to find something more substantial. But that may just be the rut I've been in talking.

We'll see.

Anyway, a great New Year to all.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Once again I'm off for family face-time. Not much blogworthy happening, though I might try to work up a Year In Review. Or not. Dunno.

Anyway, cheers and happiness to all who might happen by.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"The Evangelion of magical girl anime"

I've resisted using this shorthand here, but here goes:


(...or rather, "heh"? Naw, "heh" implies agreement; I only find it hilarious)

For the record, I enjoyed Madoka despite not being much of a "magical girl" genre fan.

But I think they had to drastically rework the ending because of the awful earthquake and tsunami tradgedy that happened right before it aired (as evident by the destruction in the flash-forward scenes). Because there are parts of that episode that don't mesh with the rest of the show at all.

Still enjoyed it though.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vegas, baybee

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Posting from overhead

I'm 36000 feet over Tulsa Oklahoma, heading for my brother's wedding in Vegas, and posting on the blog just because I can. Go me!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Live-action Noir is turning out as badly as you'd expect

Some time ago, it was announced that Noir was optioned for a live-action cable-TV series for the Starz network.

Then last week, BTF member Fluffy found the casting slides and character descriptions... which have made their way around to the usual places, spurring quite a bit of ranting and wailing and gnashing of teeth. The changes are rather jarring, that's for sure. And the detailed descriptions and sample casting scenes are even more troubling

60's Paris would be kind of cool, sure. Changing the Soldats to an ancient Muslim clan of the original "Assassins" -- kind of lame and missing the point. But the character changes seem like worst of "pont-missing". Mireille (now "Dubois" instead of "Bouquet") is merged with Altena's scant backstory. And is married. Kirika seems to have been merged with Chloe's personality. And there's more male regular characters, and a lot of sleeping around between them. There's apparently even a scene where Kirika sleeps with Milosh, only to find out he's been sleeping around himself. So she kills him.


So that's been simmering for a bit, only now, a few casting audition videos have been showing up. And my eyes have rolled so far to the back of my head that I don't think they'll ever reset themselves.


I really didn't expect much, I guess. But the things I mostly liked about the show seem to be the things left out, so it remains to be seen if I'll much bother with going out of my way for this one.

Anyway, plenty of discussion over on the 'Fan, for those that can stomach it. Feel free to add your own

Friday, August 05, 2011

Michiko to Hatchin revisited

My glowing summary of Michiko to Hatchin still stands. In fact, I think it's even better than what I said -- the flaws are trivial compared to the outstanding work by the variety of animators brought in to the project, all directed by the vision of Sayo Yamamoto (who sadly hasn't been seen since. And I really mean sadly, as I weep at her absence).

My rewatching has only reinforced -- no, superseded! -- the fact that I think this is a tremendously well-done work. That it's built of outstanding components, that it's telling a grand and universal story, that it's got the art direction and animation of a world-class offering... And yet it's gotten nowhere.

I really can't fathom why. In the "golden" era of anime licensing, I'm pretty sure this would have been snatched up, and I'm sure the producers were counting on that. But it mainly disappeared from view. A couple of European countries picked it up, but otherwise *poof*... gone. And I'm physically hurt by that fact.

There are tremendous and unique things going on in this show. The expressions, the consistency, the characterizations -- they're fun and friendly and so very much a break from the usual anime cliche dreck, that I am profoundly disappointed in the US anime import community for totally neglecting it. The crash in the economics of importation is a big factor, and maybe there were some drastic price differentials that I'm not privy to, but the result is still something that breaks my heart, especially considering some of the drek that did make it through the pipeline.

Add to that the fact that Ms. Yamamoto hasn't had another substantial project since this, and I'm so greatly saddened that I just can't express it adequately.

I've been a bit stingy with my purchasing lately (I should really buy Eden of the East and the Casshern reboot), but if this were to show up, I'd buy it instantly at full retail if I could. It's definitely in my new top-5 (whatever those shows are) and may very well be a timeless favorite when all is said and done.

Monday, May 23, 2011

You'd think I'd been raptured or something...

My 7th bloggiversary has passed, and nary a peep from me. I returned from my road trip intact.

I didn't really rewatch MADLAX on the train like I thought I would. And I'm fine with that.

Mashimo & Bee Train have Hyogue Mono going on, but I don't really find anything to blog about yet besides my initial reaction over on the 'Fan.

Still, I'm hanging on to this blog in hopes that I might start writing again. As opposed to late-night druken "inspirations" that passed for writing lately, I guess. I still love animation and cinema, and I still find great little gems everywhere I look. My muse, on the other hand, is MIA. Oh well.

Onward until next year...

Friday, May 06, 2011

Road Trip underway

While not quite an epic journey, it's maybe a little bit epic... I'm heading to Florida, with my convertible, by way of the Auto Train. 4 nights on Fort Meyers Beach, 3 nights at The Mouse.

I might wind up blogging a bit on the train, out of sheer boredom. No free wifi in any of my rooms in Florida though, which I think is a long-needed break from the internet. We'll see; I still have my tether-able phone...

Saturday, January 08, 2011

"Lost" again

So you remember how I'd get really drunk and watch Lost In Translation and then want to express my undying, unrequited love to Sofia Coppolla?

Yeah, I'm doing it again tonight.

I watched her father's recent "Tetro", which was very nicely executed (even though
Vincent Gallo rather sucked in the dialogue-delivery department, but cinematographogly, it was outstanding), and it was getting late and I had a bit of a buzz and I thought... well, why not?

Her whole film is constructed of moments. How much is what Ms. Coppalla intenteded, how much came from Jesus & Mary Chain (and Elvis Costello and whatnot in the soundtrack), how much came from Bill Murray's impeccable timing (comedic and otherwise), and how much came out of editing... well, I can't say. But the moments and the visuals and the little things that happen on screen all capture me in some wierd alien (yet familiar) construct that speaks right to my heart.

And here's the part where I propose my undying love, though, sadly, it's way too late.

She's got a new film out recently, and I don't remember what it's called, but I'll be looking for it. And in the mean time, I'll always have Lost in Translation.