Anime Grab Bag #12

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I’ve been falling out with Kill la Kill over the last few weeks. Not because it wasn’t fun or anything. But because it wasn’t ramping things up high enough to the point I was afraid it would suffer the usual problems I come to expect in two-cour shows I’m loving at first: first cour is near masterpiece and the second cour brings it down. But yeah, whilst the latest episode didn’t fully bring back all the initial fun I had with it, it’s a step in the right direction. Not that I understood much besides Senketsu was created to fight life fibers and that there’s a reason why only humans wear clothes (which I don’t remember one bit), but I did get that I can never listen to the words “red string of fate” ever again.

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So the Fate/Stay Night anime is coming in Fall right? I’ve made my feelings for that franchise clear, but I’m still a little curious in regards to seeing it. Yeah the same was true for Fate/Zero and that didn’t turn out so well, although I didn’t hate it. Well, most of it. Half of it.

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Finally got the motivation to stop watching Nisekoi as a time waster whilst waiting for Zvezda (a bit more serious than I hoped for this week, but I still enjoyed the focus on Natasha and Roboko). Part of the reason is because of my new movie project, but the main reason was because it’s just so fucking boring! Nothing happens in that show at all, and whatever does happen isn’t the least bit creative. That scene where the two dipshits got locked in a dark room and spouted out the most cliched dialogue, as well as having the most cliched outcome to ever be written, was the final straw I needed to end my masochism streak.

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Shortly after I announced my new project, I’ve been splurging on movies that I own or downloaded, but haven’t seen. My favorite of the stuff I saw this week was, surprisingly, Barry Lyndon. I loved the directorial style. I loved the rise and fall of the title character. I loved the music and the overblown (sort of) drama. It kind of reminds me of a live-action Osamu Dezaki series compressed into a more tolerable three-hour movie. Eyes Wide Shut unfortunately did not grab me as much. The storyline was more interesting, but I wasn’t feeling the “classic Kubrick” vibe coming from it. Still, I loved it a lot and watching these films made me wonder why I wasn’t that big into Dr. Strangelove. Okay, I’m not into war stories, but I should still rewatch it sometime down the road.

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Are people really surprised that Miyazaki is a cranky old fart? I thought this was common knowledge. Anyways, I’m going to ignore the commotion caused by that just like I’m avoiding the Woody Allen commotion caused by his daughter. Instead, I’m looking at Ghibli’s new TV series and I’ve got to say I’m interested in it if just because a company that specializes mostly in films doing a TV show is intriguing (I don’t think Ghibli was around when Miyazaki did Future Boy Conan). Not so big on the fact that Goro is directing, nor the fact that it’s a 3D CG series, but the promise behind this is too intriguing not to get curious about.

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I guess if I had to pick a second surprise movie in regards to my splurge, it’d be Hamlet. Half because I managed to finish quite possibly the longest movie I’ve ever watched (Four hours long? Jesus), but half because it managed to take a Shakespeare play I only found “eh” as a kid and turned it into one of the best 1996 movies I’ve seen thus far. The script is pretty much the same as the play, but seeing it in motion through Kenneth Branagh’s eyes was definitely an experience that I doubt any of the other adaptations could ever live up to. Pretty much one of the crowning examples of a talented team elevating the source material.

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Flamenco has surprisingly become my new favorite 2013 anime over the last few weeks, and not just because America’s greatest hero (fuck Dan Eagleman) and Miami Ballerina were introduced in the show. I wanted to write something regarding one of its big pictures and why it continues to appeal to me, but unfortunately something happened and my writing was lost. Don’t feel like writing it all again at the moment. Maybe when the show ends and I have all the evidence necessary to fully support the point I want to make.

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