So, I’m back from my trip. I tacked on a couple of extra days detouring to meet up with old friends and such, including a stopover at Dr. Heinous’ place. We amused ourselves by making fun of Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla.
“I want my own meson-beam tank”
“Tokyo on a not-so-rare Godzilla-filled day.”
Upon hearing the male lead ask the female lead about having kids, “Hey, the counter’s a flat spot — let’s breed!”
Unfortunately, Dr. Heinous made one comment that was so howlingly funny, we can’t remember what it was he said.
He has accused me of wanting to watch only light, fluffy anime. That is not entirely true. One of the shows I followed last season was Chaos;Head, which was a sci-fi psychological thriller. The ending was a bit too… um, exposition-filled, and Takeya went from uber-loser putz to super-badass faster than a drag racer doing a quarter-mile, but otherwise, not bad.
This season, I’m following Kurokami, which can only be described as dark and intense when it gets rolling. Nope. No fluffy here. It is perhaps not as brutal of a hammer to the ‘nads as the Vampire Twins arc from Black Lagoon is (my new standard by which I measure brutal and ugly in animÃ©) — but it’s still not easy to watch a cute little girl get turned into street paste — to know it’s coming, and still be stunned at how vicious it is when it happens. Kurokami has got good fighting animations, a serious, if strange premise, and the female lead isn’t bad looking at all. As Wonderduck wrote about a first-episode battle, “you have no doubt that these two are trying to kill each other.” Ditto for the second episode’s battle. The bad guys are…well, they’re evil. No two ways about it.
Then there’s Druaga, which hasn’t been fluffy since about the 8th episode of the first season. Nope. No fluffy here. No fluffy. No ffffluuuffffffffy….. um. Excuse me. I, ah, I’m enjoying the show; I figured Fatina would hit on Jill on the rebound, and I was right. It’s good to see her being a bit more serious after Neeba broke her heart, but Jil’s still carrying the torch for Kaiya, after she and Neeba betrayed everyone. Looks like Melt and Coopa are going to rejoin the party next episode. I like Coopa, she’s just too much cute & put-upon competence in a small package.
No. Fluffy. Nope. No…. fluffy….. here……
I have no fluff. NO fluff. NO FLUFF!
“AAAAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHHGGGGGGGG! MUST HAVE FLUFFY! CUTE! STUPID! FANSERVICE!”
(Downloads Rosario + Vamprie Capu2 ep. 13 in desperation.)
Fluff. Fanservice. Must have fanservice….
(Watches said episode…)
(Two hours later, shakily re-enters room; downloads and watches Akikkan! ep. 3. Shortly afterwards, commences drooling due to lack of functional braincells remaining.)
Ok, This is serious. Time to haul out the DVD’s.
Dr. Heinous loaned me another of the Tenchi stories, Ryo Ohki, the complete series. Um. Re: last episode: “WTF?” Why did they bother making it? The only outstanding questions after the previous episode were “How did Tenchi’s mother die?” and “Where did the strange girl come from.” To call the answers to those two questions lame is to insult the concept of lame. Then of course, there’s the cosmology of the sixth episode. Wait, I knew Sasami was unusual but I thought she was something else… Eh? Washu? Tenchi is what? Gyaaaaah!
Um. That really removes any possibility of there being a serious challenge to our heroes ever again right? I mean, come on,
I’m developing an all new respect for Tenchi Universe. Crap, this might send me all the way to Tenchi in Tokyo, it’s that bad. I definitely need to rewatch GXP. It makes this stuff look like weak sauce by an amateur. I mean, the whole “Noike is Tenchi’s fianceÃ©, but not really” was a bad enough jerking of the chain, but it really looks like a lot of the stuff in the original is being made up and thrown in as they go along. Bah. Nabeshin rules!
Damn, I may have to go back and finish Neo-Ranga to get the taste of this crap out of my brain. I’m sure not going to be ordering anything new for a month or two, tempted though I am to give Nanoha a shot.
Dr. Heinous has been preaching the gospel of the Last Exile lately. I looked at the boxed set at Robert’s: ~$159 for the thinpack. I looked at download-to-own at Crunchyroll: ~$52.
I mean, fuck. I wouldn’t want to be Robert, right now. That’s not encouraging, watching the studios undercut your ass like that.