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"PKK and other new anime" , posted Sun 12 Oct 04:47
Yeah PKK seems fairly promising, I definately enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward to watching more. However, I think that ultimately my enjoyment of the show is going to hinge on how the handle the manner and pacing of the main characters growth.
That said, it will be neat to have a coming-of-age story in this time period rather than the "unfolding of the mysterious past of the mysterious badass" seen in Kenshin and most of the other anime of this type that I can recall. Art style is also a nice change from typical Gonzo fare.
There are a couple of other new shows out too and I thought I'd share my thoughts on some them as well.
Avenger- I've seen two episodes and am thouroughly unimpressed. The premise seems rather silly to me and none of the characters really appeal. Volk's character design is just too mind-bogglingly stupid for words.
Tsukihime- I'm only peripherally familiar with the characters from the games in which they appeared but so far I like. It is a pretty good setting and a solid set of interesting characters. No idea where the plot is going right now though.
Gungrave- Well I have played and finished the game so I imagine I already know the rough outline of the story. The first episode certainly seems to start things off similar to the game. I will enjoy seeing more of the emotional and psychological aspects of the story only hinted at in the game. Only truly awesome moment for me was seeing Grave strug off the bullets cause damn that is exactly how it is in the game. No dodgeing for him, he takes it on the chin and the shoots you in the face. The one concern I have is that Grave is such a stoic character I wonder about his ability to carry a story through a whole TV series, could be tricky. Finally, any relation to hellsing I think is pretty superficial. Grave is a vastly different character mentally, physically, and psyiologically. There is more Godfather than Dracula here.
(Is it plural or not I've seen it both ways)
Visually pretty fantastic, some amazing lighting and movement. But, The show left me feeling pretty icky. This is the first time the "girls with guns" genre has bothered me in this way. The show seems to be cognizant of this feeling and attempts to begin addressing it but...
This show I really, really, enjoyed. The realistic sci-fi setting is great and the cast is wonderful. It really looks like a glimpse into the world in seventy years but but the treatment of space and the hints of life in orbit are just enough to keep it somewhat exotic. Furthermore, most of the cast immediately seemed like people rather then characters. Maybe I just need to expose myself to more live-action drama, but this was still pretty refreshing. In the end I laughed, I felt like crying, and I cared about the characters, all in one episode. If it keeps up it could be one of my favorites.
If you have read this far I salute you. And I want to hear your own thoughts. If you haven't read this far, then well...you suck.