September 09, 2008
Well, I finally did. During the past few days, I've watched the whole series, and enjoyed it greatly. It's not as good overall as NOIR, but there's a lot more humor in El Cazador, so that part evens out. We won't even be talking about Madlax here, as it's not even in the same league as these two. The main characters, Nadie and Ellis are very likable, and work well as co-leads. The setting is one you don't see often in anime: Mexico-ish (the show doesn't explicitly state they're in Mexico, but I'll go out on a limb here), and the animators got the look (or what they think Mexico should look like) down cold. The plot is a little weird, with some supernatural elements thrown in. There's action, drama, comedy, and for those who who had problems with the director's decision not to show blood in NOIR, there's blood here, but never excessive, and always plot-based. Unfortunately, the supernatural aspects (which to me seemed silly at times) alone knocked El Cazador down from the level of the (more or less) reality-based setting of NOIR.
Of course, saying that El Cazador isn't as good as NOIR, which is on my short-list of favorite shows, is kind of like saying that Willie Mays wasn't as good as Babe Ruth. It may be true, but you're still making a serious comparison to the best of all time, and there's no shame in not quite matching up.
I would highly recommend this show to anybody who likes NOIR, The Dirty Pair, or a bit of action with your drama/comedy mix.
I give you fair warning, though: there's an earworm 'round these parts.
I've been humming this for days...
UPDATE for Ed, who says "(You) forgot 'Tee-hee!' ":
Posted by: Ed at September 10, 2008 04:36 AM (pAgvx)
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 10, 2008 07:57 AM (AW3EJ)
But thanks for adding one, anyway
Posted by: Ed at September 10, 2008 03:16 PM (pAgvx)
Posted by: JP Gibb at September 11, 2008 06:50 AM (psafG)
Storywise and actionwise, it's not as good as Noir. But I like it better as a complete show because the characters and interactions were funner, it always kept a humorous tone to it, and I like random adventures over plot most of the time. I'll definitely buy it if it comes out here, while I'm still mulling over buying Noir after all these years since watching it.
Posted by: TheBigN at September 12, 2008 08:19 AM (lbpix)
Posted by: adam at February 29, 2012 03:45 PM (amNxb)
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 29, 2012 07:04 PM (O9XO8)
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