Month: January 2010
I kept expecting Justin Sevakis to have written a
what I was forced to produce at Central Park Media this week Buried Garbage column about Himiko-den. It is really, really bad. The best thing that I can say about it is that at least it’s one step above the Mars of Destruction-s and Garzey’s Wing-s of the world; rather than being mind-blowingly incompetent, it’s just shockingly incompetent. Seeing how it came out in 1999, I’d say that the poor show never had a chance in the first place.
For the past 2 months my work place has been hell. I hate working for a Japanese company (the bullshit and racism level is over 9000) and I’m actively seeking new employment at this point. Due to that I’ve had no desire to really blog much, and I only watch about 3 shows a week at this point. I’ve been filling the rest of my free time with gaming so I’ve been updating my game blog more than anything. I looked at our calendar here and I’m like holy crap our blog is like dead. I mean the only recent updates really are JP’s “what he was forced to watch” and he’s starting to run low on those so that corner will probably be ending sometime in 2010.
Maybe the Spring anime season will get me going (interested in Kaichou wa Maid sama) but sometimes I’m just watching a show and moving on rather than blogging about it. I’ve been creating backlogs and just marathoning through them on the weekends and by then it’s like “why blog about a 3 week old episode?” Sorry to anyone who actually liked my episode commentary but I guess for now I’ll make like a bear and go into hibernation until better shows come out and my employment situation has improved.
I vaguely recall attempting to watch an episode or two of Trigun on Cartoon Network back in the day (and not continuing any further, as you can infer). Looking back now, I can’t remember which ones I saw exactly, but I realize now that they were definitely two of the later episodes. My worst fears were not exactly abated when I saw this at the beginning:
So after a months hiatus this show is finally back. The final episode will air on February 14th. Brief breakdown:
- Rumaty returns to Lagine and claims his throne – but he still has no idea that he’s Kajika’s cousin (and he’s probably the only one at this point.)
- Quinza doesn’t actually die and he’s basically cleaning up the details to try to greet Rumaty at the palace before he dies.
- Mustafagene realizes that Kajika x Li Ren are the OTP now and becomes a sad panda
- I don’t know where Carl is.
And that about covers it. Kajika’s all deredere for Li Ren now so it’s pretty much downhill from here. Rumaty also claimed he’d be the last king of Lagine and after that I think it would become a democracy or something. I never thought that the show’s main focus would be on Rumaty, I was always under the impression it would sorta do a little bit of each guy. So much for that I guess lol.
So um yea in case you didn’t know the anime/manga’s been adapted to a drama featuring Kamenashi Kazuya and some other bishounens (and even a shota!) I couldn’t get past the hideous character designs of the anime so I figured I’d check out the drama. I honestly have no idea wtf is going on other than Sunako and Kame’s character are obviously the focus. It almost feels as random as Hana Kimi did. The transitions between scenes are pretty terrible so it’s like one minute someone’s grabbing Kame’s ass, next minute they’re in college, then they got some rich mom who’s conferecing them from her airplane then suddenly everyone’s snowed in Hokkaido. ? _? Yeaaa it was kinda weird, but Sunako kicking everyone’s asses in the hostclub was pretty funny I recommend checking out at least the first episode to see if it’s up your alley, or if you just happen to be a fan of pretty boys.
There really isn’t much to say about Boku no Marie. It’s a 3 episode OVA (mid-90s, so there are nipples), so it can only give the barest possible promotion for its source manga. You get one episode of backstory, one episode with some conflict, and then one last episode to make it look a little bit complicated. You don’t however really get enough time to do things like tell a story or introduce interesting characters. In that mini-genre of robot girlfriend anime, Video Girl Ai, Hand Maid May, Chobits, or even Buttobi CPU (and if you want to count it, Mahoromatic) are better than this. The only thing particularly memorable about it are how atrocious the character designs are. They have the longest faces this side of Mr. Horse from Ren and Stimpy:
And the strangest part of all is that the manga designs aren’t even remotely as bad.
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? There’s no point.
Hinano picked Seraphim Call as the most obscure anime that she’d seen on one of our podcasts. It might have been, because she might not have downloaded Mizuiro Jidai yet. Looking at my MAL page, if I exclude things like DVD omake, short films, and anime I haven’t fully watched (I’ve only seen a half dozen episodes or so of Taiyou no Kiba Dougram, which has a whopping 17 votes), I’ve only seen about a dozen anime with fewer votes than Seraphim Call.