Friday, November 11, 2005

anime fish

haven't babbled giddily on the realm of robots & schoolgirls with superpowers in a while, & i've finished up viewing a whole range of series, so i thought i'd offer my fishy thoughts.

as its title suggests, though it's not the only implication, Noir has a classic film-noir feel somehow executed in beautiful colors with a techno-chant soundtrack. sound dubious? it's not, it's sexy. lots of unspoken character development in this one, lots of macro shots of eyes, lips, guns. (guns? yes, chicks with guns.) lots of extended stares & silent communications, so a bit slow at times, but worth getting absorbed in. hypnotic.
in brief, amnesiac schoolgirl assassin meets sophisticated Parisian assassin to form Noir, a legendary female pair of killers-for-hire. meetings & mayhem ensue, background stories unfold, secret societies (somewhat) revealed. & where does Chloe the knife girl fit in?


lovely stuff, particularly because the locale shifts from Paris to Tokyo to Corsica & back...ah the lure of other places.


Samurai 7 is based (much like the Magnificent Seven) on Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no Samurai ("the Seven Samurai")--even the names of the samurai are the same (fun factoid).
the animation on this series is beautiful, & with a classic story like that you can't really screw up the action. highest praise: all the characters were my favorite. it wasn't even one episode, it's Kambei, next episode it's Kyozu, they were just all awesome in that little-girl-cheering-for-her-hero kinda way. beautifully beautifully done, highly recommended, even if you know the story backwards & forwards. (here's a site in English.)



check out the opening:



most recently we finished Speedgrapher, a futuristic-Tokyo anime with some unusual twists--not so much in plot or character development, but thematically. a noteworthy series will have overtones that constitute an intelligent discussion (e.g. Ghost in the Shell, Lain, maybe even Witch Hunter Robin) or an appreciation of some kind (Cowboy Bebop) & Speedgrapher definitely has both, albeit sometimes awkwardly or unevenly. still, they're big questions: what's the power of the visual medium? the photojournalist? the power of money, or desire, or the will to survive?
a strange sex-club ceremony bestows the power to destroy on Saiga, a war photographer & photojournalist investigating some high-up corruption, via his camera, now a weapon. the last thing he can photograph before his transformation is a 13-year-old Goddess carrying a virus which turns the elite who can pay for the pleasure into "Euphoria"--people who become manifestations of their most powerful, innermost desire.
intrigued yet? it gets political too--the power of the market, the role of government & the role of media...
totally worthwhile.



still absorbed in Eureka 7, which is essentially (it seems) a surfers-saving-the-world story that appeals to my youthful side, full of strangely stylized yet surreptitiously realistic animation, & have just started Black Cat (looks like an assassin series, highly appealing characters), Gantz (another life-after-death series), Shakugen no Shana (yet another life-after-death series), & Gun X Sword (a cross between Trigun & Voltron, it seems).
also just started Mai Otome, which is sort of a sequel to Mai Hime, with certain fundamental changes (like who the characters are) but with a sequel's ability to leap right into the story because the characters are already established, even if they're, er, completely different.
beside, what's not to like about warrior schoolgirls? (who, incidentally, are forbidden relations with men...you see where this is going...)

& of course still headlong into Bleach, which for reasons i couldn't possibly communicate--i've tried--is just the coolest damn anime ever.


(ICHIGO!)

9 little fish:

Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

ICHIGO!

bleach sucks

11:46 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

okokok

i'm just sulking because i'm fully caught up in that one adn they talk too much... there's three or four interesting fights going on right now and part of the last episode was about unimportant people and sake (not that sake is ever unimportant) -

i agree though jenn, i can't quite put into words how awesome this anime is - i think it has something to do with ichigo's smile

11:49 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

speedgrapher has been licensed and sad for me, i didn't get to the rest in time...

11:50 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

shinsen doesn't have it anymore?
ah well, methinks mysfit has a birthday on the horizon...& i've been known to be the anime fairy on occasion...

6:05 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

yay anime - but i would almost prefer if you sent me music

11:39 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i thought you didn't listen to music anymore.
has your musical taste resurfaced? what does it look like now?

1:30 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

it's trying to - but i have so lost touch with it that it's pretty lost (like i don't have any remy zero) i guess i'm just trying to reconnect with some old loves and find some new ones, but don't really know how to begin...

3:06 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

BANKAI!

2:00 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

ok, so the samurai 7 opening is subbed in spanish...but who cares? it's in japanese anyway...

& bleach has become the Land Of Uninteresting Filler...damn them...

3:47 PM  

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