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What I'm watching

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

Revolutionary Girl Utena

AKA: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Magical Girl
Year: 1997
Studio: J.C. Staff, SoftX

Utena is the envy of her classmates at Ohtori Academy. She has beauty, style, athleticism, passion, and a forthright sense of justice. However, she is consumed by a childhood memory of a prince on a white horse who comforted her after her parent’s death and gave her a signet ring with a rose crest. So impressed was Utena that she vowed then and there that she, too, would become a prince someday.

After her friend Anthy is insulted and assaulted by a member of the Student Council, Utena challenges him for Anthy’s honor. The rose crest opens the way to a hidden dueling arena, where a victorious Utena finds that Anthy is the Rose Bride and Utena is now her betrothed. Utena doesn’t understand what this “engaged” business is all about, but to keep her friend safe she is compelled to continue duelling members of the Student Council for possession of the Rose Bride, for Anthy is the key to revolutionizing the world and the doorway to all of Ohtori’s darkest secrets.

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.