I ran through the playlist tonight and had finally run out of patience with "Endless Eight", so I ended up watching eps 6-8 of the second "Haruhi" series.
Well, for crying out loud: this stuff went on for seven episodes. There are techniques which they could have used to give us the same sense of repetition without doing seven damn episodes of this nonsense.
It was good, don't get me wrong, but come on--I was getting to the point of watching only to see what variations were introduced with each ep.
So I decided I was going to finish "Endless Eight" tonight...and I did.
My thinking had been--from about ep 4 or 5 of the series--that it was a homework issue. But I wasn't sure, and my thinking had been that Haruhi had, in fact, neglected her homework and resolved (subconsciously) to go back, do everything over, and finish it. It was either that, or it really was her wanting a "memorable summer experience" with Kyon.
But no: it was Kyon, Asahina, Nagato, and Koizumi whose homework had not been done...and Haruhi was subconsciously taking them back so they could complete their homework. "Do it all up front and then enjoy yourself!"
I approve of the story and the resolution; I don't approve of the needlessly excessive repetition--but WTF, it doesn't matter all that much, I guess; I was entertained enough to watch it.
I have decided that I do indeed like Haruhi, though. She's insane, but I guess she's all right. Kind of a weird kind of tsundere, in a way.
KyoAni did both series, so it's not terribly surprising that Haruhi is starting to resemble K-on! Not surprising, but interesting. Not unwelcome. Interesting.
As for the rest of them:
In Railgun there isn't enough of Ruiko Saten. I really like that character.
I had forgotten how much I like the style of Big O. What it makes me think of the most is the Batman cartoons with which it's contemporaneous--the overall style is very similar. There's a lot of similarity between the character of Roger Smith and Bruce Wayne, too, in several ways. (Except that Roger Smith has to work for a living, and doesn't dress up in tights to fight the bad guys. There's no point, not when the bad guys are 50 foot tall mechs and he has to strap on an equally huge mech to fight them.)
I really want to have a car like his. The profile strongly resembles a '60 Impala, only with the nose stretched out to about twice its length. (It doesn't have to have the machine guns or missiles.) It's damn cool.
Maybe someday I can build one...and maybe a monkey will come flying out of my butt and give me a winning Powerball ticket, too.
I think I saw two eps of Martian Successor Nadesico about ten years ago. I remembered exactly one thing from it: the mech pilot who's a big "Gekigangar" fan showing videos of the show when the crew of the Nadesico are locked in the mess hall. I seem to recall him and the male lead watching the little-known second season of the show, and crying over the death of a major character, but I'm not entirely sure.
Anyway, I've got the whole series, and I'm watching it, and enjoying it. I've seen through ep 3 so far; I remember really enjoying what I saw, and that at least matches with my present experience. Worthwhile.
Excel Saga is less frenetic than it has been, but it's still entertaining and Hyatt is still t3h hawt. Much less Nabeshin, too; and in the most recent ep I watched he appeared as an animation director at KC Staff, rather than in his weird "international soldier of fortune" role.
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Speaking of K-on! I made a DVD of eps 1-5, and it turned out acceptably well. I made a mistake after changing the chapter marks and lost all the "editing" work I'd done, though the episode names were saved. I don't know what I did wrong; needless to say I'm going to be rereading that part of the manual.
Well, WTF do I expect? New machine, new way of doing things, new things to learn--it's no big deal. And the chapter marks aren't really critical anyway, since I like the OP and can just skip to the next ep when the ED begins.
Once K-on! is done I'll probably do Haruhi and both Spice and Wolf series. Then move on to other things.
It has an HDMI output, and I'm kind of interested in seeing if I can get a cable which would let me use my computer monitor as an HD monitor. Oh, I bet I can; and that would be neat, though it might spoil me; my current TV is, after all, a big glass bulb.
I want to get a new TV, but it's prohibitively expensive at the moment, and will be until several months after I get a new job. *sigh* (Something else to talk to the flying monkey about?)
Well, there are worse things. Anyway, I had a pleasantly full evening of anime, so that's all right.