I like how this page turned out. So now we’re gonna have some good ol’ Matrix/Ken time! Look forward to it, why not.
Let’s talk about anime! I’ve been watching Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. Fun show, love the character designs! It’s the same guy who designed Samurai Champloo, one of my fav anime. Also, Bahamut has some pretty darn great animation. The story?? Well, it’s ok, it’s FINE. The characters are funny and energetic and I definitely get a bit of Slayers nostalgia, although maybe with more melodrama and a little less slapstick. What I love about the show, and this seems to be a general trend in anime, is how it’s a a 12 episode long series. That means they keep the plot moving with kinetic energy! Another anime I saw recently that I liked quite a bit (despite a number of less likable anime cliches) was Beyond the Boundary. It had a really palpable otherworldly atmosphere, beautiful animation, and built to an emotionally impacting if not totally logical ending.
For a long time I pretty much stopped watching anime altogether because I got fed up with a lot of the shounen shows I used to watch. They were just drawn out to a disgusting degree! Even 26 episode long series often felt padded in the middle. This new breed of anime, half season long shows with tightly paced story telling and great animation, feels so refreshing, and it’s getting me back into anime again! Gods know Sword Art Online would’ve benefited enormously if it’d just stopped at episode 15, AMIRITE?? (See, because the second half of that show has got to be the most egregiously offensive ‘hero saves the captive princess’ plotline I’ve watched in recent memory.)
I may check out Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (what a mouthful!) after I’m done with Bahamut. I don’t really know anything about the Fate/Stay Night franchise other than it’s got a lot of fighting, and this most recent incarnation is like a retelling/reimagining of the original story canon. It also looks to have a lot of swords, so I’m ON BOARD.Published on by Alex Kolesar