December 07, 2008
The Mushishi boxed set came in, so I just put in another order. Along with that I bought an Ayumi figurine (from Magikano) and the first half season of Nadia.
On that last one, it's a straight gamble. It's steampunk, which isn't my favorite genre, but it's considered something of a classic, or so I understand it.
With the last order (the other figurine) I also included a couple of trash titles (Itsudatta My Santa, and something called WildCardz) and I ordered the first season of Avatar.
Fledge has been saying that he really likes Avatar. He and I don't always agree on things (do I ever full agree with anyone?) but I'm willing to gamble on this one, just for the hell of it. And the description does sound at least somewhat interesting.
As to the Ayumi figurine, I wonder whether they included the Baka Neko? It would be awesome if they did, but I think it's too much to hope for. Pity.
Posted by: elenathehun at December 07, 2008 07:37 PM (30eg4)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 07, 2008 07:49 PM (+rSRq)
Avatar, though directly produced for an American audience, has many of the best qualities of a good anime series; the character development, continuity, and overall plot are all excellent, and the dialogue (particularly in the lighter parts) is frequently sharp and witty. The voice acting didn't impress me, but it's adequate. I'm hoping that you will like it.
Nadia was one of those series that I enjoyed while I was watching it, but feel no reason to revisit it.
Posted by: pflorian at December 07, 2008 07:53 PM (Fl70g)
Some non-spoiler info, though: show comes in three seasons, which together tell one story. However, the first season also comes to its own season arc conclusion, allowing it to stand on its own. Good practice, IMO, for storytelling of any kind when your not sure you'll get to tell the whole thing.
Also, the writers are merciless 'ship teasers.
Posted by: metaphysician at December 07, 2008 08:04 PM (h4nEy)
COMPLETELY inappropriate for Xmas, but fun. You'll like it.
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 07, 2008 08:37 PM (jcrUS)
Posted by: BigFire at December 07, 2008 09:28 PM (JylMM)
Posted by: Doyen at December 07, 2008 10:12 PM (99V/z)
Posted by: gaiaswill at December 07, 2008 10:19 PM (gctoU)
I will warn you that it does start out a little slow, but intensifies over time (the animation budget also clearly increases each season); also, yes, the writers are not only ship teasers, they are in some senses pure evil in a wonderful way. As a result, Avatar has racked up a *very* lengthy Tropes pages, particularly regarding how many it subverted or outright twisted a knife into; it's hard to avoid the implicit spoilers there, though, so it's probably better not to read it yet.
It also, BTW, happens to be Mako's final role; he passed away after the second season had wrapped.
Posted by: BigD at December 07, 2008 10:54 PM (LjWr8)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 08, 2008 01:02 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: metaphysician at December 08, 2008 08:34 AM (h4nEy)
Don't bother with the movie, though. The movie is just recycled footage from the TV show with a few cels here and there to tie it all together, and then an utterly forgettable ending. (Think "recap episode, but longer".)
Still, Nadia is highly annoying when she gets into her eco-nazi mode.
Posted by: atomic_fungus at December 08, 2008 01:02 PM (/gy39)
At least the actor they got to replace him did a good job with Uncle's voice.
Posted by: EvilOtto at December 08, 2008 01:02 PM (X+4PK)
Probably not as distinctive a voice as Aku.
I can't imagine anyone else doing the role of Aku. It just wouldn't be possible.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 08, 2008 01:51 PM (+rSRq)
For anyone else to even *try* Aku would require running their voice through some sort of synthesizer. I'd argue that it's been the same with Chris Latta, as well... with computers, you can make it sound close, but it just isn't the same.
Posted by: BigD at December 08, 2008 04:44 PM (LjWr8)
Posted by: metaphysician at December 08, 2008 05:13 PM (h4nEy)
Posted by: BigD at December 08, 2008 06:55 PM (LjWr8)
Posted by: Fledglig Otaku at December 08, 2008 07:27 PM (1Xag8)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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