Yesterday: DVD’s 1 and 2 of Shakugan No Shana. I’ve got the full fansubs of it and the first time I watched it, I detested the ending. There were about three things wrong with it, one having to do with the some character motivations during the final arc. (I’m avoiding spoilers here, because there are quite a few twists and turns in this tale). After Steven remarked that he was watching it and had gotten hooked on the first DVD, I happened to be bored and looking for something to kind of “come down on” after watching Misaki Chronicles, so I queued up Shana and re-watched all 24 episodes. Lo and behold, I noticed something blindingly obvious that I’d missed a the first time through, and it completely changed one of the characters. In turn, that changed how I viewed that person’s actions, which impacted the last arc hugely, and in a positive fashion. (Some actions I’d thought were “wrong” for the character now made a lot more sense). I’d mentally given the series a C, maybe a C+, but it was worth a full letter upgrade. I’ll hold off doing a full review until sometime this summer (when the series is fully out) but it’s a worthwhile series, even if I still have a few problems with the ending. In part, they’re forced by (as usual) the fact that the manga is ongoing. In fact, there’s an OVA (released this month) and a movie (pending) that will continue the story of Yuuji and Shana.
Last week: Serial Experiments Lain, as a Xmas present. Haven’t begun to watch it yet; I’m saving it for after the new year.
Two weeks ago: Planetes. It may be #83 on some Top Anime list in Japan (it even got beaten out by Bobobobobobo-boob), but it’s not going on my list. Too close to home. Loaned it to DrH. and told him I’d pick it up next time I went to Dallas. Maybe I will.