Finally watched volume one of Madlax, an anime by the creators of Noir and .hack. The creators have great confidence in their stories, so much so that the first third of each series contains almost no plot, focusing instead on establishing the characters.
This is fine if you love the characters. While I like Madlax‘s protagonists more than those of Noir, with no context for their actions I have little interest in buying volume two (which may also shuffle along). It’s a perfect example of the problem of TV scheduling; I’d be interested enough to catch this every week, and the plot of later episodes would probably hook me. But releasing four episodes at a time on DVD is a different model with different forces at work.