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, Erica Friedman <alecto_fury@...> wrote:
> ...can I just borrow this review for Okazu? I'm way too lazy busy to
write one myself and this one seemed pretty coherent.
That's... the most delightful comment I've had from anyone this month.
Take that, 6th grade English Lit teacher Ms Nolan: I'm COHERANT.
(In all serious, I'm thoroughly complemented. Ain't it amazing how
random complements make you feel all... aw shucks.) ^__^
Meanwhile, don't you HATE IT when you wonder if anyone's replied to
your ramblings, and no-one has for days, but it turns out they did and
you just missed it completely?
In other news, I've started watching the HIDAMARI SKETCH anime. Fun,
but I feel lucky I read the first book, because the anime doesn't
really go out of it's way to introduce the series premise. You're not
really sure who the characters are, where they are, what they're doing
there, how they got there and why. They're just... there. Cue
But then, it's a character driven show, so there's that. Like Friends
or Seinfeld: it's just characters in a room together, so let them talk
and express and choose your favourite. Of course, a character I'm
growing fond of is the fansub group. You occasionaly get snarky
narrating comments on top of the screen, and they're often hilarious.
"Can't show that in a christian anime."
Amusement at it's finest. Especially when they run with a gag.
Right now I'm up to episode #5, and it's one of the best. Yuno has
the flu, and the whole episode takes a dreamy, surrealist drug-trip
direction. Things get quite abstract, and often veer into Utena
territory. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. Plus yuri and pervy fans
get to see Miyako do the "my best friends would NEVER do that" bit and
sweetly undress and redress a sleeping feverish Yuno. Going above and
beyond in caring for a sickly best friend without once thinking weird
of it... but I suppose where Miyako's concerned, she's the
faux-western character who would naturally do many a physical/societal
thing that would make your stereotypical timid Nihonjin uncomfortable.
The surreal atmosphere really enhanced the scene... but then, it's
enhancing EVERYTHING. For the best.
I'll get back to finishing this episode, as I'm eager as heck... but
another quick comment of yuri sproutings seen in this series before I
resume. I thought it rather eye-rollingly bold/blatant when I saw how
they included the Sae/Hiro pairing in the anime intro sequence (ie.
draped over each other, suprised to see who's seen this
"not-what-it-looks-like-scene, cue Yuno all "OMG PARDON ME"), but you
still get some cute in-episode needling now and then. My favourite is
during karaoke, when Hiro gives Sae a REALLY DEEP look and says Sae's
voice is beautiful, and she wants to listen to more... which
completely sends Sae off the rails and destroys her ability to hold a
tone and makes her go all "what what uh see hang on toilet break
toilet break scuse me bye!" Leaving Hiro to give the gang a satisfied
sly grin. Cute.
Anyway, back to Yuno's fever dreams. Damn entertaining!