December 19, 2006

Still More Ducks In Anime

See, it's about a duck named Duck that turns into a girl that wants to dance ballet... and they say there's no new stories in anime.

Princess Tutu


In an unrelated note, this is the 400th post here at The Pond.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:12 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 400 sounds like A LOT. In all my blogging I only made, lessee... 375 of them:

[zaitcev@lembas ~]$ find lj -name '*.txt' | wc
375 375 7044
[zaitcev@lembas ~]$

Although it does not count Advogato... That's another 188:

[zaitcev@lembas ~]$ grep '' arc/misc/Zaitcev.Advogato.diary.xml | wc
188 188 1880
[zaitcev@lembas ~]$

So, 563 posts since 2000.

Congratulations on the 400th, anyway. What did alert you to the number? Your blog software counts them?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 20, 2006 09:15 PM (9imyF)

2 Oh ke ke ke. Make it grep "<entry>".

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 20, 2006 09:17 PM (9imyF)

3 Are you taking a look at Tutu? It has an undeservedly small audience and, as you note, a very cute duck.

Posted by: HC at December 20, 2006 09:33 PM (79VS8)

4 Pete, the software keeps track of post count AND comment count, so it makes it real easy to know which/who did what when.

If you're curious, your 'ke ke ke' comment is #738.

HC, I saw the first episode on an ADV screener DVD about 2 years ago and thought it was TOO weird for me. Now, 2 years on, I'm considering it again. If nothing else, it's quite striking visually.

What do you think of the show, HC?

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 21, 2006 01:47 AM (0Co69)

5 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1267

ANN hystogram peaks at 2, with a reasonably smooth distribution of 278 votes. This is a very good sign, basically an Azumanga-level vote by the great unwashed, albeit upon a smaller total. Seems like a sleeper hit to me all right.

The only problem is the length. At 38 eps, the SDB's Second Heuristic works against Tutu. Not to mention, it's probably expensive.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 21, 2006 06:33 AM (9imyF)

6 Actually, it's 26 episodes on DVD. There were 24 15-minute eps and fourteen 24-minute eps; they combine two 15 minute eps into one full-length ep for the DVDs.

...or so I've heard.

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 21, 2006 01:35 PM (YadGF)

7 ANN page says:
Seasons:
1. Chapter of the Egg (2002-08-16 to 2002-11-0
2. Chapter of the Chick (2002-11-15 to 2003-05-23)

This is 9 months of running, or 38 weeks. I dunno, do they show 15-minute episodes by themselves ever, or they always double them up to fill the slot (like, ahem, Dokuro-chan)?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 21, 2006 04:01 PM (9imyF)

8 OK, the collection at Neowing (aka CDjapan) has 6 DVDs, and the last one ends with ep.26.
http://www.neowing.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KIBA-862

I welcome the American density in R2, because paying 5000Y for 2 episodes gets old pretty quick. On the other hand, 7140Y is $60 at today's rate. It's still 2.5 times more expensive than we pay.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 21, 2006 04:11 PM (9imyF)

9 I liked it. It's very stylized - in some ways, nearly as much so as Utena - but if you're in the mood for a cracked fairy tale, it's quite good. Like all good fairy tales, it has a sort of dream-like logic to it. Also, ballet. And the heroine _is_ a duck, so you've got that going for it too.

Posted by: HC at December 22, 2006 01:22 AM (79VS8)

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