November 28, 2007

Anime Night: Elfen Lied Ends

So the Librarian and I got together tonight to finish up Elfen Lied.  As brutal as the violence is, and it is very brutal, and as gratuitous as the nudity is, and it's very gratuitous, it can still be a incredibly beautiful show to watch.

Case in point:

Lucy, the character responsible for the highest bodycount in short-season history, and who had been imprisoned and treated like a lab rat for the past eight years, has  

This one shot, maybe three seconds long, makes the entire anime worth the price of admission for me.

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November 25, 2007

What's Wonderduck Watching (fall edition)?

So we're a few weeks into the new season, and enough time has passed for a watcher to have decided on what's made the cut and what... well, hasn't.  That can only mean one thing: another installment of "What's Wonderduck Watching?"

Click below for the whole scoop!  Warning: quite a few screenshots, so dialup users, click and go make a sandwich or something.


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November 17, 2007

Finding Alpha.

Back in July, Jeff of Hop Step Jump! posted a picture of an unnamed character from an unknown manga.  I loved it, and turned it into a wallpaper.  Understand that I change my wallpaper on a weekly basis, yet this one lasted for three months.  There was something about the young woman that just grabbed my attention.

A week or so ago, Jeff put up another picture of her... and I found out her name: Alpha.  A little bit of searching turned up the name of the manga: Yokohama Shopping Trip (Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou).  It's been very well received (and won an award for best SF manga in 2007), but hasn't been picked up here in the States... but more importantly to me, there were two different OVAs made for it... and they were listed on Animesuki.  A few quick downloads later, and I was ready to watch.

So, what was the result?


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November 06, 2007

The Return of Anime Night!

It's been a while, but The Librarian's schedule has finally slowed down enough that Anime Night has resumed!

And what did she want to watch?

Oh dear...

That's right, Elfen Lied is on the agenda!  Now, I've talked about the show in the past, so I won't go into detail about it here, except to say that it's even grimmer than I remembered... which makes our usual riffing on the show even funnier:

"Where are my pants?"  "They're cousins!"  "Um... excuse me?  Cousins, remember?"

Weird stuff in this one, folks.  Grim 'n' Gritty is too tame a descriptor for EL, by far.  But wow, what a ride... I'm quite enthralled with it AGAIN. 

The Librarian seems to dig it, too, which is good, since it was her idea.  We should manage to finish it up next week (it's only 13 episodes, plus one OVA that ADV didn't license {and might I note that it's one of the best OVAs for a series that I've seen?}), and then... well, I don't know quite yet.  We'll figure it out.          

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