Black Lagoon was pretty much totally awesome

August 18, 2006 at 7:50 am (Anime)

There’s honestly not that much more to say. Well, okay, I got a few things. Aside from a persistant issue of not really knowing an appropriate moment to cut to the end credits (it felt sooooo random for almost every episode; like they just set an egg timer to 23 minutes and then would just finish whatver cut they were on and then start the credits), I don’t have any complaints about this show after finishing it. Originally I felt like it needed a little extra something, but that concern shifted away after I got about halfway into the show; it either got better or I got used to its style.

So, I’m excited there’s gonna be a second season, but what I really want to do now is get my hands on some of the manga. I’m really curious, because this anime felt sooooooooo much like the kind of thing I’m used to in Western action comics. For instance, rather than using totally sweet action sequences to display Anime Virtues (like Friendship, Courage, and GUTS) it tends to use its totally sweet action sequences to highlight existential and moral themes. A lot of this is really contrasting Rock and Revy. Rock isn’t really depraved so much as disillusioned, but while Revy seems sorta friendly and we laugh at how she shoots people, the show makes it clear that she is seriously fucked up. The whole thing with the kid in the Meido arc is kinda neat if been-done-a-lot-before because we’re sorta laughing at how she’s going all Terminator, but the kid is seriously terrified that this person who seemed so nice to him is actually a cold-blooded killah. So there’s a lot of emphasis on that facade, and it’s the kind of theme I’m really used to in Western comics / Graphic Novels, but unaccustomed to in anime. So I want to read the manga now. I also want Revy to take off her top.

Oh, right, I’m supposed to include a screen-cap!


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Things about Tsuyokiss 02

August 17, 2006 at 1:22 am (Anime)

Everybody likes things, right? Subbers remembered that this show still exists I guess, so I just saw the second episode. On to the things!

Honk if you love JUSTICE!”

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Mahou Shoujo Sentai Harem Rabu Rabu Adventure

August 12, 2006 at 5:29 pm (Anime)

Happy Seven is actually about a year old, but I just noticed recently that the subber had picked it back up, making me happy in all my private places. H7 is basically like the centroid of all mahou shoujo ever…and it’s HILARIOUS.

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Otakon 2006: Return of Son of Otakon III

August 7, 2006 at 6:11 pm (Fan Culture)

This year’s Otakon adventure included Fat Power Rangers Fanboys, Turkish Pop Cinema, the Goddess of Destruction, hordes of 4channers, lots of surveys, Goths, Goth Lolis, Goth Link, Communist Wolfwood, and Hard Gay.

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