Thursday, November 1, 2001

Been sick the past few days. Cold, laryngitis. Not fun. I’m recovering now; my body’s almost normal but my brain tires quickly.

On Monday I received an e-mail from Gary Lionelli, composer for Hanna-Barbera. He’d discovered my anime music video Deathdance, which uses the theme song that he wrote for The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest. He congratulated me on the video, saying it was “really great.” It’s weird, getting an e-mail from a composer. I doubt I’ll be contacted about my other video, though, since it uses John Williams’ Duel of the Fates. Still, you never know.

I went back to work today. My “probation period” is over, and my boss affirmed that I passed with flying colors. I was glad to be back into the thick of things, working hard (9.5 hours today) for the whole day. I’m going to try to be as productive as I can possibly be from now on, no matter how it might reflect on other people working there (I tend to work fast, and I’ve always been worried that working at my peak efficiency might intimidate other people).

posted a review of Gasaraki volume 2 to Points of View today. This atypical anime mech series gets even more interesting as the war with Belgistan draws to a close in disc two.

[Boogiepop Phantom cover]

I’ve been watching the first disc of Boogiepop Phantom recently. It’s a horror anime series that’s notably primarily for its almost direct rip-off of serial experiments lain‘s style. Thankfully, Boogiepop heads off in its own direction. Not unlike a Ruth Rendell mystery, each episode of Boogiepop begins with incomprehensible images and dialogue which is explained and demystified through the course of the episode. A number of larger plot threads are still unexplained to me at this point, but each episode stands as an individual horror story. I wonder if the disparate story threads will begin to weave themselves together as the series progresses, or whether this will amount to a horror anthology. Either promises to be fascinating.

Saalon‘s editing together his short film leet, slowly but surely. It’s looking really good, too, from what I’ve seen of the scenes he’s assembled so far.

And that’s all I can think to report.

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