My cold is clearing out.
I spent much of my illness laying in bed and watching movies and anime. The list? But of course! I shall share my obsessions with total strangers.
- Children of Dune, a surprisingly impressive rendition of the second and third Dune books. The actors were quite good (mostly; Susan Sarandon was unexpectedly mediocre).
- Earth Defence Family, which I believe I’ve effused about on this journal enough. The ending lived up to the show’s established brilliance.
- Quiet Country Cafe. A beautiful, quiet show that has a lot of fans. It’s the anime equivalent of a secretive woman — coy, fascinating, and a complete mystery.
Turn-AGundam, which continues its political and character-drivenmusings. It emphasizes the human character development of the Gundam universe, rather than the typical mechs-and-explosionsaspect seen in, say, G Gundam.
- Last Exile, a fusion of early-20
th-centuryGerman technology, American Revolutionary War-erabattles, and an adventurous sci-fianime story, seasoned with deep characters. Tech TV will be airing this show in a 6.5-hour marathon of the first thirteen episodes on March 14th.
- Witch Hunter Robin, which is just plain serious adult anime. It’s essentially The
X-Files(at that shows’ best); it just happens to be animated. The characters manage to not be annoying.
On a side note, I see that CD Japan has started a new column called The Collector’s Den, where an American recommends cool products available on the site. A good opportunity for
Also in other news, Yo Saalon! Gundam Seed will air in America on Cartoon Network April 17th, or so says this report.