Author Archives: introspect

Last call

I’m not a fan of year in review type things in general. Maybe it’s because I’m always looking back. Maybe that’s because I’m perpetually behind. Who knows. But, I think 2008 is worth a blurb, so here goes. 2008 was a memorable year, unfortunately it was mostly of the want-to-forget-but-can’t kind. I kind of saw […]

Classical music in motion

Everyone has a reason for getting into a series, even if it can’t be articulated. For me, with respect to Nodame Cantabile, it was association. The conversation, if translated from the firings of neurons, probably went like this: “Dude, it’s a series about music. You’re a band nerd, this is right up your alley.” “I […]

An excuse to bring up Dennou Coil

Relevant documentation indeed. Although, ANN must have made a translation error. If Dennou Coil was based on a novel, that would be both surprising and awesome. I mean, if this were true, this would have been common knowledge. If you believe Wikipedia, then that novel series began one month before the anime first aired. And […]

Apsalus project goes COTS

Was taking a stroll down 08th lane and spotted the above. The first time I watched 08th MS Team was some years ago so if I did notice it at the time, I must have forgot about it. The process for choosing these terms must have been a riot. Rather than try to project into […]

The worst-laid plans of Cyclops and men

MS Igloo 2 looks set to deliver tragedies in tidy boxes, continuing in the footsteps of its predecessor. As far as the first OVA went, the most noticeable improvement over the first MS Igloo is in the characters, who used to be cold, pasty, and moved in a stiff fashion not unlike…robots. The CG exceeds […]

Misleading mix

Wikipedia gets it right and Sano(suke) elaborates: Eternally -Drama Mix- is more session/cut than mix. I concede that using “mix” or “remix” is tantamount to giving any track a new lease on life, but there’s got to be some room for creativity here. I mean, we got Final Distance out of Distance. There’s some circumstantial […]

More holes than a country full of Jags

Vexille could have been longer. Not the movie itself — which could have been shorter — but the story contained therein, which could have used an OVA to explain such things like the ability of a pariah nation to wield political influence on the world stage. And the Jags. A cross between the Borg and […]

[Meh-ta] My brain is not a pipe (but it’s okay if yours is)

In a small triumph for the community, the vague term that is “mental bandwidth” has been appropriated for the cause, at least according to Google.  I suppose that this is nothing new, in that jargon and genres go hand in hand, but this is a success of dubious merit, the term having long been abused […]

The immolated shed their light upon the world

You could say that this is the spoiler-filled part on FLAG, so reader discretion is advised. But that’s not the reason why it was split out: there are enough themes in FLAG such that even a cursory overview should receive its own entry. I claimed that FLAG can be a lot of things, and you […]

For want of a flag

FLAG is gritty, at least in a very visual way: grain, and lots of it. Artificially added, I suspect. There are a couple interesting things going for this series. With the exception of the first two episodes, FLAG was only available through web streaming. The other is the documentary style, with much of the series […]