THOUGHTS on recent anime shows:
Azumanga Daioh: I've watched nine or ten episodes of this, and I'm just not as thrilled with it as many people seem to be. Parts are funny, parts just leave me cold. An awful lot of the humor seems to be a character staring blankly somewhere for a looooong time, and then saying, "Ah." I don't know, maybe I'm missing something. And I know Kimura-sensei is supposed to be funny, but I just found him way too creepy to laugh at. Character design and general art are okay, but undistinguished.
Witch Hunter Robin has ended with episode 26, and all the important plot lines were cleared up. They had to use a deus ex machina to finish it off, sigh. I still think this was a show that could have been a lot better than it was. Ultimately this was a show much more about style than substance.
Ebichu, the Housekeeping Hamster: My god, this show is dirty. Funny, but dirty. I know, it's been out for a while, but I had never seen it before. This really ran on TV? Hard to believe. The sex seems to happen less after the first couple episodes, but still. For those who haven't seen it, it's humor, not porn, but it skates close to the edge.
Oh! Super Milk-chan: WTF? All the seiyuu seem to speak in a whiny monotone. Character design by 1920's Disney studio. Set design by 1950's Warner Brothers studio. Events happen randomly and make no sense. A lot of it seems to be a parody of other anime genres, or Japanese pop cultural stuff. Jokes aren't funny. Lead character is irritating. No, this is not working, no, no, nonononNoNoNoNoNONONONONOOOO, make it stop!
You know, I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that an anime show that is really, really intriguing, and worth watching again and again comes along only once every five years or so. Evangelion was one. Shoujo Kakumei Utena was another. But since Utena, while there have been shows that were entertaining, intelligent, witty, beautifully produced and well worth watching (Cowboy Bebop, Princess Tutu, Juuni Kokki, for example), nothing has really come close to the level of Eva or Utena. It may be a while before anything does.
I don't know why this should be surprising. Good art of any kind is hard, isn't it? We should expect it not to come along very often.
meaning: earth, soil, ground
土曜日== doyoubi == Saturday
火木土 == kamokudo == Tue-Thu-Sat
|Originally a pictogram of a clod of earth on the ground. Henshall says that the idea that represents a plant growing from the ground is incorrect, but a useful mnemonic: 'Plant grows in earth.'|