December 29, 2017

GD's 3WA

Something I feel I've been remiss about this... well, this whole year... is a project that my brother in feathers Greyduck has been working on.  He called it "3WA"...


...is that how we're going to play this?  No, not the Worlds Welfare Works Association, but the Weekly Word Working Assignment.  And before you ask, no, no Kei and Yuri.  In this case, GD decided to make himself write to a schedule: one post per week for the entire year, talking about, and I quote, "a bunch of the animated stuff I like best and why you might (possibly) like it, too."  And an eclectic collection it is, too.  From Aardman to ARIA to Aang to Animaniacs, he's all over the map... when he bothers to stick to a map at all. I had heard of most of the things he talks about, and understood his reasoning for many of those.  Daria, however, was a bit too far, but the fact that he talks about a MTV-based animation from the '90s in the same project as Blast of Tempest and... yes, Kanon '06... gives you an idea of the scope of this project.

While I was composing this post, I actually went back to his Entry #1 and reread the entire series.  It maybe took me an hour, tops.  This is some good, fast, reading that's entertaining as hell and might just get you to look at some shows you wouldn't have otherwise.  Not a bad way to spend a year, that.  Here's the entire category entry for you, but I'd recommend starting with the previously mentioned Entry #1 and working your way up the calendar.  Better do it quick though... he's about to start the next 3WA project, and this one will be truly special: music.

But really, GD... Daria?

EDIT:  Just to clarify, when I say "truly special," that doesn't mean THIS 3WA project wasn't special.  It simply means that I've been immensely impressed by GD's musical leanings over the years, and have learned that if he suggests a band or album to me there's at least a 50-50 chance I'll love it.  Think about it... how many people do you know that have that good of a track record with something as uniquely personal as your musical likes?  I can't wait to see what is, essentially, his Top 50 album list.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:59 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Wow, that second picture brings back memories. It lived on floppies before I had a computer even capable of displaying it properly, and I used it to test color printers and briefing software at my first job out of college. I still have it somewhere... The image, not the floppy. Although who knows....  

Posted by: Mauser at December 30, 2017 01:00 AM (h8yX6)

2 I second Greyduck's efforts; his review list was top-rate all year.

I tried a few years ago to re-visit Daria, and was pleasantly surprised that the show mostly holds up better than I expected considering how firmly grounded in the 90's it was.  The nostalgia beats would probably overcome some of the shortcomings if the original music could be used, but that's effectively impossible at this point.

I suspect you have to really wallow in the show's cynicism to get the most out of it, especially the early seasons, but that's possibly just my experience.

Posted by: Ben at December 30, 2017 01:57 AM (h8yX6)

3 Aw, man, thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

And yes, Daria. It's probably a more defensible pick than Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz at any rate. *cough* All kidding aside, this is where my disclaimer at the project's beginning comes into play. The show gave me joy, everyone else's mileage may vary.

Come to think on it, "your mileage may vary" is a phrase I quickly learned to watch out for. It applies to every single selection! My fingers would be partway through bashing out the phrase or the YMMV acronym and I'd go, "Wait, wait. We can't just write that into every one of these posts, Me."

The point behind the point of the project is to get back into the habit of writing and to improve as best I can during its run. Given that I'm actually quite pleased with #52 I think the project is bearing fruit in that regard.

Though I have a lot to learn before I'm ready to save the w-- ow ow ow stop that okay I'm sorry!

Posted by: GreyDuck at December 30, 2017 10:40 AM (h8yX6)

4 ...and yes, it's somewhat ironic that I didn't work Affair of Nolandia into the list. I decided that I had enough heavily retro nostalgia picks already. Ah well.

Posted by: GreyDuck at December 30, 2017 10:43 AM (h8yX6)

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