ShoujoCon is over.
It was enjoyable, but... I think it will be my last ShoujoCon (or other anime con) for a while, possibly forever.
I have been drifting away from anime for the last several months, probably for the last year. I've been watching less, and have been less impressed with that which I have seen. I'm embarrassed to admit that there are anime DVD's I bought more than a year ago that I still haven't watched.
It's also discouraging to find that I'm not crazy about stuff that everyone else loves. I watched my first Fruits Basket at ShoujoCon a couple of days ago, episodes 20 through 24. This is a much-admired series, but I just didn't get much out of it. Maybe it was because I was exhausted and sleepless at the time, but... it hardly seemed to be a show at all. It was rather a series of psychiatric case reports. In each episode some individual (representing an animal of the Chinese zodiac) displayed his or her own neurosis in a comical manner for half the episode, and during the second half is was psychoanalyzed by Honda Tohru, and reaches some sort of resolution of his problem. There was no plot to speak of. I dunno. The 'every man in his humour' device is a venerable dramatic tool, but its execution in Fruits Basket just left me cold.
I still love anime when it's good. Evangelion, Utena, Miyazaki... but so much of the stuff that comes over the TV every year is mediocre, unoriginal, incoherent.
So, no more ShoujoCon for a while, and a lot less anime viewing. On to other things.
Let me know the next time Ikuhara directs something, though.
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