Sunday, May 27, 2007

Anime — what I'm watching

This season: well MGLN StrikerS should be obvious, even though I don't think spreading the story so thinly is doing what should be a "Gosh, wow!" roller-coaster action series any favours.

From good to so-so of the rest of the current season, Seirei no Moribito, Bokurano, Marimite 3rd season OAVs (see previous review), Claymore (so-so Nihon-meets-D&D), Rocket Girls (harmless fluff), El Cazador de la Bruja (Noir in Mootxico), Moonlight Mile (lumbering cash-in of Planetes).

Catching up on older stuff: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou OAVs (cute, chill-out), Mahou-shoujotai (teeny witches!), Aria the Animation (more chill-out, with Natural queued), Busou Renkin (OTT Japan-style superheroes), GitS:SAC 2nd Gig (well stalled).

And I really need to get around to Paranoia Agent, Texhnolyze and Narutaru.

Looking to the top spots of the season to date:

Bokurano

The "art" favourite of the season, based on a manga with the motif of a mecha powered by the suffering of damaged children, I'm not sure how well the anime is going to keep up with some of the more raw parts. And as it hasn't ended the story yet, the anime is going to have to pull something out of thin air or just end unresolved.

Seirei no moribito

A fantasy set in some mythic Asia, apparently based off a novel. Not hyperkinetic, just quietly understated, and shaping up well.

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