September 25, 2007

Bottom feeding

If there was ever a title that deserved to go out of print, it is Dragonhalf. But it seems that ADV is going to rerelease it -- in a double pack, along with Puni Puni Poemi.

Shoot me now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in linky at 02:03 PM | Comments (26) | Add Comment
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1 Pappara funi-funi,
Pappara hoe-hoe,
Pappara funi-funi tamago!
Pappara funi-funi,
Pappara hoe-hoe,
Yaitara kogechatta!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2007 04:18 PM (PiXy!)

2 I think someone's been working too hard.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2007 04:22 PM (+rSRq)

3 Come on, even if you don't like Dragon Half, you have to appreciate the closing theme.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2007 05:18 PM (PiXy!)

4
I suspect that Pixy's babbleings at the center of the universe are  inscrutable to us, but  contain all the  wisdom of the ages.

tekelili'...tekelili'


Posted by: Ken Talton at September 25, 2007 05:20 PM (V5zw/)

5 I have fond memories of Dragon Half....mainly that it was a big laugh at 3:00 AM...but I have no memory of the video itself. 

Posted by: Ken Talton at September 25, 2007 05:21 PM (V5zw/)

6 Tamago fthagn!  Ia tamago!  Ia!  Ia!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2007 05:23 PM (PiXy!)

7 I don't remember the ED. And I've been trying my best to forget everything else about DragonHalf, too!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2007 05:28 PM (+rSRq)

8 You'd best not watch this then...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2007 07:32 PM (PiXy!)

9 It's an example of how utterly wasted Mitsuishi Kotono was in that role. Actually, Dragonhalf has a quite good cast, especially for its time. But good actors can't save a bad story with lousy animation and a moronic series concept.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2007 07:55 PM (+rSRq)

10 I suspect it was a hasty attempt to cash in on a popular (at the time) manga and video game.  At least it gave us that one song - which is called My Omelette.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2007 08:04 PM (PiXy!)

11

That kind of adaptation of (European) classical music doesn't seem to show up in anime very often.

There is one other case that springs to mind, however. It's from the 22nd (I think) episode of Sakura Wars TV. I won't describe what's going on in the scene. But the music behind it is opera.

When I first heard it, I thought to myself, "That's Verdi!" But the words didn't sound like Italian. Eventually, after trying other means to see what it was, I consulted the credits (duh!) and found it that it was an aria from "Tsubaki-Hime", the Japanese version of La Traviata, and the two soloists in the performance were the seiyuu who did the voices of Sumire and Maria.

It was an interesting choice for that scene, and I think it worked. But in that case they played it straight. It's not comedy. (It's not a funny situation at all.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2007 08:38 PM (+rSRq)

12

Tamago fthagn!  Ia tamago!  Ia!  Ia!

You'd best pay heed to your Elders, Pixy.

(which brings to mind the chant from the Illuminatus! trilogy:

"There is only one god / He is the sun god / Ra! Ra! Ra!" )

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 25, 2007 09:54 PM (fEnUg)

13 It's a damn shame they ruined the Dragon Half ED by playing the episodes before it.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at September 26, 2007 07:27 AM (sxtWT)

14 Adapted classical music?

I probably shouldn't mention the horrible subversion of the Hallelujah Chorus for what is essentially a rape scene...

Posted by: BigD at September 26, 2007 03:21 PM (JJ4vV)

15 Am I the only one that actually liked Dragon Half?

Actually, no. We used to get all sorts of requests to bring it out on DVD, and IIRC it didn't do badly once it came out. (Licensing issues aplenty...)

It was a silly, stupid, bizarre show, back before many of those had been done at all. It hasn't held up to time (obviously, from you guys' reaction), but the genre has many more examples of fine foolery to point to these days. But in the olden days, this was as nutty as it got...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 26, 2007 03:47 PM (LMDdY)

16 I certainly liked it at the time.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 26, 2007 04:02 PM (PiXy!)

17

The Librarian loves Dragon Half...

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 26, 2007 04:14 PM (fEnUg)

18

Jeeze. I thought you people had good taste.

(Actually, I should know better. If you had good taste, you wouldn't be wasting your time reading my crap.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2007 04:23 PM (+rSRq)

19 What can I say? There's some old favorites that make the grade just because I didn't know any better when I was first getting into anime. Dragon Half is one of 'em, and there are others, like Ushio and Tora, or even Fushigi Yuugi (which actually almost got me killed once...)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 26, 2007 04:30 PM (LMDdY)

20 Oooh, Ushio and Tora!

If it doesn't hold up to re-watching in 2007, I don't wanna know.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 26, 2007 07:05 PM (PiXy!)

21

Fushigi Yuugi (which actually almost got me killed once...)

 

There is a story therein I suspect......

Posted by: Ken Talton at September 26, 2007 07:34 PM (YvtVW)

22 Two days of marathoning at a convention, hotel room with thirteen people sleeping in it (not counting me, as I didn't try), and a 240-mile drive home...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 26, 2007 07:55 PM (LMDdY)

23 I look back and find myself amazed that any of us survive to age 30.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2007 08:08 PM (+rSRq)

24 Well I know I didn't.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 26, 2007 09:09 PM (PiXy!)

25

Jeeze. I thought you people had good taste.

I like Ikkitousen.  The only way I'd have good taste is with garlic and basil.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 26, 2007 09:14 PM (CJ5+Y)

26 Speaking of adaptations, RahXephon had some tunes which were plainly based on some Russian classics, maybe Musorgsky. Not being a fan of classics I cannot identify it better. They were, however, credited to an original composer. At least creators of Dragon Half knew where they got it.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 27, 2007 01:27 PM (9imyF)

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