Well, it’s about damn time, Netflix… I hope it’s better and smoother than the PlayOn app I am using right now to stream Netflix on my PS3. I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks… below are the details, shamelessly lifted from HighDef Digest:
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (or His and Her Circumstances) was the first shoujo I ever watched, and made me appreciate the genre so much that I veered away from limiting myself to mecha, arena-style fighting and other testosterone-filled anime titles. It was made by the same people who created Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gainax… but this one doesn’t have any robots or technological wonders in it, even though the angst is still there in some parts…
The Karekano series is undoubtedly funny, and the romance is more realistic than the tons of “loser guy gets liked by super beautiful girl(s) for no apparent reason”… More than half of the story takes place in school, which is a nice thing and has made me somewhat aware as to how some of Japan’s educational system works.
Having looked at some of the manga that inspired this work, this anime is almost a direct translation – even some of the iconic scenes are displayed almost verbatim, as well as the onscreen text. The use of SD characters in Karekano also adds to the enjoyment, as it displays comedic and ludicrous emotions across more effectively.
This was a lesson I learned in the last couple of weeks as I tried to deal with Netflix’s annoying habit of sending my queued DVDs out of order (I’ll try to explain this in another journal entry).
Anyway, I had this little trouble of picking out the anime I would like to watch. Of course, the most popular ones are a no brainer (i.e. Evangelion, Tenchi Muyo, Cowboy Bebop, various Studio Ghibli productions, etc), but lesser known ones are what I always considered a hit-and-miss proposition. Granted, I could just easily visit any anime review site and look at the synopsis, but this has also worked against me on a few occassions, where seeing the synopsis turned me off that particular DVD.
So for some reason or another, I decided to queue up three series on Netflix – The Last Exile, Full Metal Panic, and Ninja Scroll TV series. I didn’t particularly read any reviews or synopsis for these DVDs, so I didn’t know what to expect. Well, that’s not exactly true – The Last Exile was ranked highly at AnimeNfo’s top 200 list, and a quick look at the plot was kinda interesting; Full Metal Panic had an interesting trailer in the extras section of a DVD I viewed recently, and even though it’s mecha, it had a unique premise so I thought why not; and Ninja Scroll is, well, Ninja Scroll, so a TV series for a great feature film shouldn’t be too bad, right?
Sometimes they come back… (Imagine me saying this in a low, raspy voice with a faint hint of phlegm dribbling around in my throat, with the cold wind blowing outside, and a faint wolf howl in the distance, while…)
Okay, maybe that’s going a little overboard ;)
Anyway, are you prepared for one of the looooongest weblog entries I have ever made? Are you prepared to be overcome by an onslaught of incoherent musings while being drowned in a deluge of half-pondered thoughts that would violate your virginal sensibilities?
Hmmm… (checking thesaurus to see if I used any words out of context)
Oh yeah, babe, if you’re reading this, I am finished with the “Senti” CD … 18 of the mushiest sentimental songs you’ll ever hear, hehe … it reminds me of my freshman college days, when my lovestruck classmates and I would listen to these songs over bottles of beer and little platitos of mani while hanging out outside our dormitories. Ah, how naive we were…
Just spent the last couple of hours watching The Godfather on DVD (for the sixth time) …
I have been convincing my brother, Rodell, to watch it for the longest time. He has slight skepticism towards “gangster” movies, and I told him that he should try watching the movie that almost every American has probably seen in his or her lifetime. He made the first step by sitting around during the first few scenes of the movie, with me doing a little background as he watched (a’la Cliff’s Notes) … I seem to be getting his interest, although he is still understandably skeptic.
Maybe the recent interest can be attributed to a PS2 game, Grand Theft Auto III, which he has been playing for the past few days. The gangster-ridden plot seems to intrigue him, and it may be slowly conditioning his mind to accepting the dark life in the underworld.
Maybe he can finally watch it next week, or next month. It would be a shame to not experience one of the greatest American movies ever produced.
It’s a somewhat warm Saturday … here I am, doing some “power burning” – meaning I’m burning 50-60 copies of a wedding accompaniement CD. Why they would need that much copies, I don’t know – maybe they’re gonna give it away to lucky visitors in a raffle, or maybe they’d toss the CDs instead of flowers … or instead of rice … ouch.
Anyway, I got two DVDs from Netflix. These are actually at the bottom of my DVD queue, and I dunno why I didn’t replace them with something better. Anyway, one was Mystery Alaska, and the other was The Sweetest Thing. The latter is a chick flick, and I dunno what possessed me to put it in my rental queue – maybe the idea of seeing three grown women in skimpy suits all running after a guy? Damn, I’m lame.
Hmmm, seems I’ve developed a habit of listening to DVD commentaries while I work on the computer … The past three days, I have watched (or rather listened) to DVD commentaries for The Godfather Trilogy, The Thing, Star Wars Episode I and II, Stargate and even the lackluster Dungeons and Dragons. Now I’m considering buying some literature audiobooks to listen to at work and maybe on my trip back home … maybe even at the gym!
I watched Star Wars Episode II yesterday (Friday) – with and without commentary – and just now I finished watching lord of the Rings Extended Edition… and I’m currently playing it again with the commentary on! Hahaha … I have no life, it’s so pathetic…
Anyway, after this one, it’s Star Trek time once again! Season 5, baby. I guess my whole week is loaded. I’ll probably gain a couple pounds in the process. And there’s still TNG Seasons 6 and 7 coming out, as well as Minority Report and some other cool shit! It’s a great day to be alive!
One thing I can say about the Episode II – the commentary alone filled up so many holes and clarified so many scenes that I now have a new appreciation for Attack of the Clones – and makes me more eager to see the final Star Wars film in 2005…
Watched two movies at the theaters today – Minority Report and Men in Black II – back to back. Minority Report was pretty good – the story was mind-boggling, and the special effects are slick. Men in Black II was hilarious during the first half, but seemed to have lost some steam in the denouement.
When I came back home, the computer gave me a big fat scare when it seemed to refuse to go into Windows 2000. After more than eight minutes of waiting (seemed like an eternity, and I was praying that the RAID-striped hard drives were working properly), it finally went into Win2K and I heaved a sigh of relief. Further inspection revealed that the culprit was the detached CAT-5 network cable from my network card at the back… Whew…