Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This anime was a surprise. I expected an extreme comedy or satire. There are bits of this included, but on the whole it's about alienation and withdrawal from society. Attempted suicide is even a big part of the story. Not a knee-slapper, even rather depressing, but everyone ends up somewhat healed at the end.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"Bokurano" has got to be one of the most depressing animes I have watched. And yet I was compelled to finish it. The haunting opening music "Uninstall" leads your way into a dream world where Japanese school children hold the fate of the world in their hands. They hold this fate and must confront their own deaths at the same time. Heavy stuff, man. It is all a bit ridiculous. It's very psychological and covers topics not expected like child abuse, suicide, and molestation. I was going to drop it after the second episode, but I found myself wanting to find out what happens. There are a million loose ends by the time you reach the 24th episode finale. But there is a sense of satisfaction too. War doesn't wait for you to grow up and calls you to duty even when you aren't ready. I think I'll watch "Skip Beat!" now.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"Kung Fu Panda" is enjoyable and chock full of references to old kung fu movies. Starts a little slow, but gets interesting once the training stuff starts. Less "serious" than "Ratatouille" and "WALL-E." Makes me want to see "Mulan" on Blu-ray.