Saturday, March 12, 2005

Still sick, but to quote Monty Python, “I’m getting better!”

Which explains the journal blackout since Thursday. I actually have very little to report, too, since I’ve spent the past two days in bed, reading blogs and Newgrounds, and watching bits of anime.

Which anime, you ask? Two, really: One episode of Legendz and one episode of Berserk.

I have little interest in “fighting monsters” shows, but Legendz is directed by one of my favorite anime direcxtors, Akitaroh Daichi (Kodocha, Now and Then, Here and There, Fruits Basket), who has an amazing comedic sense and almost always combines real human drama with his comedy. Legendz…well, I’m not so sure about. I rarely judge an entire series based on the first episode alone—too many excellent series had mediocre first episodes. Legendz was certainly funny, and it had a great Anime Moment near the end (which the director promptly turned on its head for comedic effect). But it was just so spastic, it felt like it was trying too hard. Dunno.

Berserk…now that was plain funny. Oh, it’s not intentional; it’s all about a Dark Hero who has to fight for Justice in a Dark Land. But it’s so over-the-top that it’s laughable at times. In the first episode, we’re shown the token local ruffians who are terrorizing a barmaid. They terrorize her for four solid minutes. Ya think they could’ve made their point in two?

But it’s a fun fantasy action series. I enjoyed it more than Lodoss.

Meanwhile, here’s what my leg looks like (warning: slightly graphic).

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