Ow. Ow! Jyu Oh Sei is so bad now that I feel pain.

June 23, 2006 at 2:51 am (Anime)

Episode 10 was so incredibly ludicrous that I have to conclude the writers had FORGOTTEN how many episodes they had left, and just started throwing things together (shitttt, need some homosexual undertones here, some pseudo-science here, MORE TIZ BREAST SHOTS ON TEH DOUBLE!!).

Thor attended an inner city public school in Detroit

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June 22, 2006 at 7:11 am (Anime)

ABe needs to make another series, dammit. Lots of people seem to know Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei, but fewer (that I’ve met) are familiar with NieA under 7, which was produced in between the other two shows, and is another ABe piece. Amusingly, the DVDs are printed with “WARNING: From the creators of Serial Experiments Lain.” Yes, I guess that is cause for warning, though both NieA and Haibane are quite divorced from Lain in genre. Lain was heavily surrealistic cyberpunk; Haibane and NieA are mildly surrealistic slice-of-life.

Chiaki is only interested in aliens, time-travellers, and espers

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Scope and Format in Anime (or Why I lurve the 13/26 episode counts)

June 21, 2006 at 7:12 am (Anime, Theory)

I guess I should check on these things when I start watching shows, but I usually don’t, so I only found out by word-of-mouth the other day that Nana was slated for at least 50 episodes, rather than 26. Normally this would be cause for alarm from me, but it’s actually not, in this case. Usually with a 26 episode count, I worry about the compactness of the story.

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Heero Shows His True Colors

June 20, 2006 at 3:20 pm (Anime)

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Melancholy of Anime Music Videos

June 20, 2006 at 12:36 am (Anime)

Music Videos are an ancient art trailing aeons back through the mists of time to the now-mostly-forgotten 1980s. Well, maybe not, but MTV was founded in 1981, the same year of the Daicon 3 convention in Japan. Scroll forward to today, the new MoSH animated music video, and a proliferation of fan-made AMVs.

It used to be that AnimeMusicVideos.org was the place to go for AMVs, and I think it still is to get the hi-res versions, but these days everything seems to show up on YouTube, as I’m about to demonstrate. There’s a lot of embedded video under the cut, so mind that.

Failed experiments in video editing

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Melancholy of Thor Klein Continuity

June 19, 2006 at 1:29 am (Anime)

I was really into Jyu Oh Sei right up until it did the time-jump. I get why they needed the time-jump, and I didn’t have an inherent objection, it’s just that I haven’t liked anything in the show *since* then. I’ve been trying to figure out why.I think a big part of it is that the character development is all screwed up after the time jump. It’s kind of amusing (to me) if I compare this show to MoSH, which should by all rights have screwed up character development with its continuity jumps, but actually does not.

Mein Gott! Teh Dracula!

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Nazis are People Too!

June 17, 2006 at 6:04 am (Anime)

Somehow I keep not noticing when new episodes of Black Lagoon come up, so I had a lot of catching up to do. The catching up ran from the 2nd ep of the nazis arc to somewhere in the mad dog meido arc. Phew. Good show. Still missing…something that could make it great, but definitely meritous all the same.

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Not So Giant Robots

June 15, 2006 at 9:13 pm (Off-topic)

There really desperately needs to be a procedural anime drama about giant robot pit crews. The side of all this Gundam and Mazinger shiznit that they never show you are the times when they can’t even get the damned things launched because a motor froze up, or they found a previously unrecognized limit cycle in the steering logic, or one of the cables has gone bad, or one of the major control processes failed to start due to disk corruption. Which brings me around to how I spent my last week or so.

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Considering the 2channelers in Densha Otoko

June 3, 2006 at 5:01 am (Analysis, Dorama)

Well it’s been like two months since I finished watching the show, but I seem to have recalled most of my thoughts on it. The most interesting part of Densha Otoko, by a whole lot, was the 2channelers.

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June 1, 2006 at 4:40 am (Anime)

A friend (and fellow student) once told me there are two kinds of grad students: ones who are working so much they seem to disappear from the Earth, and ones who probably should be. I’m in the midst of being the former type, though I did take a nice week-long constitutional in Virginia last week. Anyway, I’ve got a bit of time tonight so I’m gonna run through where I am on the series I was watching.

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