Monday, May 04, 2009

Lost in translation — Mouryou no Hako

Late summer 1952. A chance encounter on a train. A stranger carrying a living severed head in a box. The strange friendship between a rich schoolgirl and the poor one. A detective still traumatized from the war. A girl falls under a train. A demanding exorcist. Fevered dreams in a strange hospital. An outbreak of dismemberment murders. An editor's conference. An experiment in clairvoyance.

Eight episodes in out of thirteen, no further translation in sight, official or otherwise; but according to those who have managed to follow the gist of the later episodes, undoubtedly the best series of last year.

Beautiful, haunting, enigmatic, intelligent, disturbing, based off a much adapted Japanese novel.

No wonder it didn't get any love.

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