I'VE been off the net lately in part because I've been working on a music video, my first, using footage from Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Hope to have it out in a day or two.
Because of this, I've been watching a lot of SKU. I am continually amazed by it. By how good it is. By how good it still is, after my having watched it countless times. About the immense care that was taken in creating its art, compared to many other shows. About its amazing staging, 'camera' work, and general production values. Ikuhara can say more with a beam of light falling sideways across the screen than some directors can with a whole episode. I watch SKU after having watched some digisubs of new shows, and everything else just seems trite, silly, and clumsy. It's dangerous to watch SKU. It will spoil you for almost anything else.
This show is deeper and truer than almost any other work of art I can think of. I really believe that all you need to know about life can be found in SKU.
I've said this before. And I will keep on saying it, dammit, until the world acknowledges SKU as the masterpiece that it is, and Ikuhara as a god.
子犬 == koinu == puppy
猟犬 == ryouken == hunting dog
|Once a pictograph of a dog rearing up and barking, now highly stylized. Henshall suggests remembering it as 'big' (大) with a 'spot', and as a mnemonic: 'Big spotted dog rearing up.'|