Yea. Moving on.
I'm set to finish up Kenichi within a few days. I'm knocking off episodes of D.Gray-Man (which has much better storytelling than I initially gave it credit for), and I'm trying to work up the courage to read Bleach again (DBZ mark II).
Wish me luck!
Darker than Black was an interesting watch. It was bloody, a little gruesome even, but pulled shy of the usual lengths such anime go. It was actually a little disappointing. I had no problem at all walking away from it. I realize that a dark-haired, emo assassin is popular (I love you, Itachi and Sasuke!), but when they have all the expression of a lamp-post, it's a little hard to get involved with them. I don't really care what happens to him. I don't want to know about his life or his past. I don't even really want him to keep being cool. I just wanted the whole thing to go somewhere, and wherever that place was to be interesting. Is that so much to ask?
Okay, I'll confess: when I first heard the title, I cringed. Then, I avoided the anime like it was stationed in the middle of the New York sewer system.
Fast-forward a horrendous amount of time. I unwittingly find the anime under just "Kenichi", and not realizing which one it is, I decide to watch it.
I would like to take this moment to pause and say, "Whoo-hoo!"
Okay. I'm better. Seriously, though, for a light-hearted anime, it's surprisingly accurate. I've been watching five episodes a day now for the last week - it's a 50 episode series, ya see... - and I'm loving it. I rated it at an '8' to start, and it hasn't shown any signs of being demoted.
Of course, this means that my manga reading and other anime watching - you know, like the other ten or so titles on my Watching list - are getting neglected. I glare at that list at least twice a day, willing it to dwindle down.
On an unrelated-to-Kenichi-but-related-to-anime-note: Kenomonzume sucks. Period. The end. Give it a '1' and walk away. Don't waste the bandwidth.
I have several old anime which I consider to be "classics", which were those things that I adored while growing up. Today, I took a foray into my past to watch a few them.
This was a mistake.
As it turns out, I am no longer a big fan of the "mystical armor" genre. I don't know when or why this came about. It used to be my favorite. Maybe it was because those were the wishes of a ten-year-old girl. I'm a dozen years past that, now. Maybe it's because it was a shallow plot device to begin with, and I've just outgrown it. We're not talking about the deepest of anime, either. We're talking about things like Sailor Moon (an over-glorified love story that somehow got blown way out of proportion) or Ronin Warriors (the most tolerable of them all, but even then...). Maybe I've just gone beyond that now.
It's not that I don't appreciate them. I'll have the memories of those series with me for the rest of my life. I'll always remember how I cried during Ronin Warriors - the first time I had bawled because of an anime. Or the times when I sat in front of my television enraptured by the latest "plot twist" of Sailor Moon. It was those anime that got me into it at all, and I'm grateful. It was they that advanced anime beyond what it was. Without stories like those, we would never have gotten stories Fullmetal Alchemist or Naruto. We would have been forever stuck in kiddie land, with no hope of getting out.
Thankfully, my mind seems satisfied to only let the one genre go. I can still watch and listen to other "old" things (and isn't that depressing?). Just not those.
Farewell, Magic Knight Rayearth, Sailor Moon, and Ronin Warriors. It was fun while it lasted.
I've written a review to it already, but I have a few more thoughts on Rental Magica now that I've seen the end of it.
It was a cute anime. It really was. Touching moments, sappy moments, and a particularly adorable "threesome" moment that I wished would have gone somewhere. Of course, that's what I found myself wishing about the whole series. The plot development is in fits and starts to begin with, and the end just kind of rushes at you, though not really. Confusing? Yea, that's what the last episode was. The series wanted to go further, needed to go futher, and ended up going just a few steps from where we started. Still a cute anime, but a bit disappointing.
Of course, today wasn't entirely a bust. I previewed five new anime that I have set to get the whole series of - Seto no Hanayome, Bamboo Blade, ef, Minami-ke, and D.Gray-Man. I know, I'm a bit behind the times on a few those. There was a year there where I didn't grab or watch any anime at all. It was like I was walking through this horrible, otaku-less fog - hence so many series be semi-complete. The good news is, I'm better now, and I'm back to anime and manga habits, faithfully ignoring my work in favor of gorgeous bishies, giant mecha, and raving-lunatic nekojin.
I have one episode of Rental Magica to go. Problem: Eclipse, the gods who supply me with my anime fix the most, haven't translated the last bit yet.
One day, oh anime, one day, I shall know Japanese. Then... then, I shall not have to wait for you. Until that day...