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February 6th, 2004

The Winter That Wouldn't Die

Hey, Folks Into Anime...

Anybody out there watched "Those Who Hunt Elves?" I can't tell if it would be amusing, or just dorky. Any opinions?

-The Gneech

Right, Well, We'll Just Send Those Back...

The roads were ucky and my car was covered in ice, so I passed on Kung Fu tonight (will go tomorrow) and worked on ramalion's commission instead. While doing that, Laurie and I watched, courtesy of Netflix, the first four episodes of Escaflowne, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Escaflowne didn't really start to get interesting until somewhere in the fourth episode, but by then it was too late and we'd run out of disk. If more episodes happen to wander into my life I won't avoid them, but I'm not going to seek them out, either. It couldn't decide if it was a magical girl show, a fantasy, a period drama, or a mech war story ... so it decided to be all of them simultaneously. The story was, shall we say, muddy. And so was the musical score, which didn't help.

Charlie's Angels: FT had a few bits of interest; the highlight was the mysterious reappearance and bizarre twist behind Crispin Glover's "Creepy Thin Man" character from the first movie. Beyond that, however, there wasn't that much to recommend it. The makers apparently decided that if Over-the-Top Wire Fu was good in the first one, then Flying Angels and Indestructible Heroes are even better for the second! I liked something said by one of the writers on their commentary track: "I know the Angels defy gravity, and that's cool ... but I don't like it when they just thumb their noses at it." And it probably sounds harsh, but the opening teaser sequence, from Natalie on the rodeo yak, to the plummetting helicopter, was just dumb. It was disappointing, on the whole, because the first Charlie's Angels had been such a pleasant surprise.

So of the first three Netflix rentals, Cowboy Bebop was good. :) But then, that's the purpose of a rental, isn't it? Try before you buy. :)

G'nite. :)

-The Gneech

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