Capsule reviews

Posted in Reviews at 8:06 am by mark

I just finished watching the third and final disc of Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku (Now and Then, Here and There). It took a long time, even though there are only 13 episodes, because it’s so unrelentingly intense that I often had to pause for a while between episodes, or even within an episode. Harsh, harsh series, but very good. Don’t watch it if you have a low tolerance for pain.

In other anime news, I’ve sort of been watching a smorgasbord lately. Caught the first episode of Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, which was fluffy and entertaining. The last two episodes of Earth Defense Force Mao-chan came out, and I watched them with my little boy; a cute ending to a cute show. And in the cute vein, I watched the first few episodes of Full Moon wo Sagashite; it’s well-executed, but for some reason the main character’s voice doesn’t click with me, and since the focus is on her singing career, that might be an obstacle. I’ll give it a few more episodes to see if it’ll grow on me.

I’ve snagged the last two eps of Stratos 4 but haven’t gotten to them yet. Like Kiddy Grade, this one started out looking like total fluff and then snuck in an intriguing plot. (I enjoyed Kiddy Grade more, though, partly due to the character designs.) The first episode of D.N.Angel was sufficiently entertaining to make me check it out further, and Scrapped Princess is off to an excellent start. Definitely looking forward to more.

Finally, Naruto and Hikaru no Go are still cranking along with fine episodes. On deck: Narue no Sekai, E’s Otherwise, Last Exile, Ningen Kosaten, Mermaid Melody, and Texhnolyze.

So much anime, so little time!