Friday, September 21, 2001

[Shayla-Shayla from El Hazard]
Shayla-Shayla from El Hazard

Sat down and watched a bunch of the anime I bought yesterday. Here are a few thoughts:

El Hazard: The Magnificent World (first OVA) is not amazing, but it’s good, solid escapist entertainment. It’s refreshing to see a series set in an Arabian-themed world. And, hey, the series just knows how to have fun.

Gunsmith Cats is basically Starsky & Hutch with anime babes. I found it odd to watch an anime show that is so firmly based in reality; the guns are portrayed with meticulous accuracy, and these people shoot each other. But it’s fun. I mean, heck, the first episode alone has two separate gunfights in which Rally Vincent’s in her underwear.

Hand Maid May is as enjoyable as I’d remembered from the fansub I watched. It’s definitely telling its own story, but in the course of doing that it never takes itself too seriously, and often has fun with the anime genre itself. For an anime fan, this series is a joy to watch.

I know, I use the term “fun” a lot here. They really are fun. I enjoyed myself immensely.

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