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cokesque: Animeous

What I'm watching

  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
  • The Rose of Versailles


AKA: Jin-Roh: the Wolf Brigade
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Studio: Production I.G.

A decade after Japan’s “Great Defeat” in World War II, when the occupying forces of Nazi Germany have finally left the country, Japan is overrun by anti-government protesters, including a large, well-organized, and heavily-armed guerrilla organization known as The Sect. In response to these terrorists, the government has established the paramilitary Capital Police and its elite Special Unit.

During an operation in the city sewers, Special Unit rookie Constable Fuse Kazuki encounters one of the teenage girls—known as “Little Red Riding Hoods”—The Sect uses to transport bombs. When Fuse hesitates to kill someone so young and seemingly innocent, the girl detonates the bomb against her chest, knocking out power to much of the city. Fuse, in his Special Unit battle armor, is barely injured.

Fuse is sent back for retraining and is kept under close watch by various government factions seeking to use him in their political infighting. He is haunted by his memories of the dead girl and seeks out her identity. In so doing, he meets her older sister, Kei, and finds himself falling in love.

Completed & critiqued

Happy new year 2007!

2008-01-01 00:00

What? It’s already 2008?

Two years without a new review? What sort of cut-rate back-alley wanna-be otaku site is this?

How do you spell QED?

2005-12-03 02:33

2005’s second most popular search term on Yahoo! Japan was ‘google’. It appears that Yahoo!’s search engine is still good for something after all.

The penultimate Ghibli countdown has begun!

2005-11-21 23:21

My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart will be released March 7, 2006.

I understand that Disney wants the releases spaced out to every six months or so, but it would’ve been nice to have a Howl’s DVD available for Christmas—you know, like every other movie that premiered along side it.

Ah, well, this will all but wrap up the original Disney-Tokuma deal films, the sole outstanding one being Takahata’s Only Yesterday. I never imagined Pom Poko would beat it to store shelves.

Ebb and flow, wax and wane

2005-11-21 23:15

2002 was a stunning year for anime in Japan, producing a cornucopia of quality shows, including Azumanga Daioh, Full Metal Panic!, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Haibane Renmei, Princess Tutu, RahXephon, Saikano, and Witch Hunter Robin. I was up to my ears in fansubs every day, in a desperate attempt to keep up with over 20 different series.

2003 followed with some strong series, though not in the overwhelming abundance of the previous year, with highlights like Gunslinger Girl, Last EXILE, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, R.O.D TV, and Wolf’s Rain.

2004 rolled around, and I found few titles that interested me. That gave me the opportunity to watch some of the shows I had been unable to catch the last couple of years. The trend has continued throughout this year, as well. I don’t actually know whether 2005 has hatched much quality, for I’ve only checked out a couple of anime series, both of which are still on the “to watch” list.

So here we are during the waning phase of both anime quality and my desire to watch it. Maybe that means I’ll have more time to actually finish fleshing out my library comments. Maybe it means I can catch up on my reading.

Ghibli Goodness

2005-02-23 00:02

I picked up my copies of Nausicaa, Porco Rosso, and The Cat Returns from Best Buy today. I’m still upset that technical problems pushed back the release of Totoro and that they replaced it with Ongaeshi instead of Whisper of the Heart. Anyway, it’s great to have new Ghibli DVDs.

I posted my thoughts on the dubs at Anime Academy—they’ll show up here eventually, too.