Book Update: €25 – Blew it on Terry Pratchett’s Nation and stationery supplies. Will report later. Preliminary: Awesome. Hasn’t written a non-Discworld one in a while, and this is a spectacular work, dealing with origin themes and concepts of self he has explored in throughout the Bromeliad Trilogy, Strata and Dark Side of the Sun. Witty, clever and still able to turn perceptions at the drop of a hat, this was interesting work. Felt the Cutty Wren could have been given a little more airtime, particularly the Reservoir Dogs-esque Gentlemen of Last Resort.
And now onto the regularly scheduled Anime:
This should be a perverted show. In theory. A guy finds a computer in the shape of girl, in a world where such things are common, and hilarious antics ensue in his being by turns aroused, ashamed of his arousal, and being a really stand up guy. To be honest, the main relationship only has a slight pull on me here, and I find myself drawn on by the examination of the full scale robot workforce and concepts surrounding the emulation of humanity, with ostensible perfection, replacement and fulfilment. The outrageous coincidences and happenstances were easier to ignore than anything else, and merely examine the small vignettes they allowed – Yumi and the Baker, the Kid and the Maid, the Roommate and the Ex-Wife, etc. – I liked these in relationship and thematic terms.
Also, I liked Yohmiko. If the alarm on my phone would dance around with a tambourine in the morning, encouraging me to wakey-wakey excercises . . . well that sucker would be smashed on day two. But it might be nice once.
Not an anime first time recommendation, I imagine, but something good none the less. If you come across an Assimov-loving, cheesecake desiring, short story fanatic with ‘type A anime lead’, then try it.
Apparently there is a gentle prequel called ‘Angelic Layer’ which features the Kid’s sister.
Cowboy Bebop: SEEN
Best soundtrack ever. A little way in, you should suspend you disbelief that the bounty hunters will often be friends with the person being chased, or another bounty hunter, or find something apparently impossible, and rarely make any sort of profit. The ex-cop, the ex-yakuza, the amnesiac, the supergenius and the canine version of the Maltese Falcon – this is so noir its got a jazz soundtrack all of its very own, which alone makes it worth watching. Once you let go of the cartoonish fits of survivable explosion and space crashes being switched to people dying from a single gunshot, its just good stuff. Take them on their own.
The linking plot was beyond me for most of it. Spike’s story dominated naturally, and as I result I often preferred the stand alone and other stories. Also, Spike isn’t dead, that’d just be silly.
Silly I say.
The film was also good. I’m sure it was set during the series continuity because Spike would have had to heal for some time after the season finale, where he did not die.
Its a good show, with all the showiness of showmanship. A fun show to show people, particularly to show a good mixture of references to Western and Eastern tv shows and movies. The bounty hunter show was like a microcosm of the show overall, in that it got cancelled.
Death Note: Watching
I’m up to the Tennis episode. Excellent stuff. Very clever, and doesn’t rely on it.
Essentially, the greatest high school student in Japan, nay, the world, finds a Shinigami’s Death Note – with stipulations on name and face knowledge, this can be used to kill indiscriminately. When the student realises this, the reaction to the apparent worthless nature of life, coupled with his own sociopathic tendancies, appear to drive him to re-establish himself as God of World filled with only those he sees as just, by killing off criminals. Equally talented is the investigator ‘L’, whose methods of deduction are generally a step ahead or behind in a deadly game of shadow boxing between the two.
Overseeing this is the affable Shinigami Ryuk, who thankfully did not choose Light as his Death Note’s carrier, merely dropped for the kick of seeing who picked it up, and thus relieves the work of fate and fortune alike. In many ways he serves as the means for Light to voice his internal monologues.
Apparently the manga ending is much preferably so I shall have to WAIT AND SEE.
Devil girls with horns are born in a city by the sea. Is it a curse, an accident, an experiment gone wrong, or one gone right? Brutal, these sociopath telekinetics destroy all before them, either out of innate nature or the equal brutal nuture of the humans who encounter them. It never decides these questions, merely explores them.
The protaganist is a lot more likeable when you realises he takes in the strange girl and ignores her powers when you realise that its not because he is absent mindedly kind, but because he is that and he is suppressing memories to put off a psychotic break. That shouldn’t make you like him more, but it allows me to do so quite easily.
And that is 1000 words. Join me next week for some more anime I like.
Also: Conor Lynch Comics returns with The Adventures of Clyde! – the recent inheritor of a godsword is rather more devilish than its previous holders. Find it on the ‘Conor’ link on the right of this page. See the new comic, look through the old, visit the forums.