|Random Anime Notes
||[Apr. 7th, 2008|03:48 am]
-I finished Bokurano earlier today. It went to a slightly different place than I was expecting, but that was probably because it's another one of those series where the manga it was based on is still being written. I'm glad one of my fave characters was the last one. If you like somewhat depressing shows that give an overall "We must strive through the hard times to better the world" motives, I recommend it. Also, it has children's life forces piloting a giant robot and that's always fun. :D
-Watched the new first episode of Code Geass R2 (released today) after wrapping up Bokurano. I was honestly a little disappointed with it. -And was kind of confused. I think they botched the first half's story-telling and kind of copped out of the last episode's cliffhanger which was barely referenced and not explained (to my annoyance). But... yay for more Lulu. I just hope it picks up a bit and starts making sense.
I also want the codecs to freaking work because it took me two hours to find a program to run the damn subbed file without it going berserk (Mediaplayer classic, VLC player, Windows Media Player, Realplayer, DivX, and xVid all failed me on three different versions of the episode... Zoom ended up working the best, weirdly enough considering it wouldn't run the same fansubbing group's files before at all).
-Started up a new 13 episode series today. It's called Baccano! and so far, it's fantastic. It's about mobsters in (mostly) New York City during the '30s and is told piecemeal out of order. So, you'll see someone run out of a shop really disgruntled in the background of a shot as someone else's doing their bit of the story and then later you'll be following the disgruntled person and finding out why they were so irritated as they left the shop. I'm a fan of stories that intertwine, and this one has like a dozen main characters all bumping into each other. The first half of the first episode even has two people arguing over who should be the main character of the show by discussing their merits and issues, which I thought was pretty neat and creative.
The opening sequence and the show itself reminds me of a flashier Cowboy Bebop, and I therefore recommend this series for fans of Bebop. It also has a nice sort of jazzy soundtrack going for it. So far, Mr. Tic, Luck and Firo are my favorite characters. My favorite scene so far is the information shop at the beginning of episode 3. :D