Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Monday, April 24


Hand Maid May

I just finished watching this series again. I watched it when it first came out back in 2000, and I've been busy since then (seriously) so I just got around to taking another look at it. It's a charming little show, with a great opening sequence.

It also has a much more complicated plot than ten (or even eleven) episodes can comfortably hold. There are significant time jumps between episodes. This is noticeable not just in the character relationships - a startling development at the end of one episode has become part of the background at the start of the next - but explicitly in that the seasons change over the course of the series; the elapsed time must be six months at a minimum, and possibly more. So there are some things that are simply never explained.

Many spoilers follow. more...

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Wednesday, April 19


From The I Have It And You Don't Dept.

Kei spends about half of episode five in her underwear. Including the scene where she is fighting the evil killbot.

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Sunday, April 16


One, Two, Five!

Three, sir!


I'll need to take a break for a bit - other things I have to attend to - but I'll have some more episodes for you next week.

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Saturday, April 15


Kei And Yuri, You Don't Know?

You've never heard of the Dirty Pair, the hottest -
Scariest -
Trouble consultants in the history of history itself?

Episode Two.

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From The Ship. Sun. Boom! Wonderful! Dept.

Episode One. No, not that Episode One. This Episode One.

Forums here. Or comment here. I'll be interested to know what the more polyglot of my readership think of the translation, which is not mine, but one I found several years ago.* I tidied it up, fixed the grammatical errors and some inconsistencies (the spelling wasn't too bad), and retimed everything, because the timing was kind of poopy. A tenth of a second makes a big difference, and some of the titles were off by a second or more. Um, anyway, the translation, from my limited Japanese, seems reasonable except for the opening song, which doesn't sound right to me. I have an alternate translation of the song - actually, two alternate translations - and also the transliterated Japanese lyrics, so I'll post those over at the Language Lab tomorrow.

Ooh, And It Makes Me Wonder...

One thing of interest - I'm not sure quite what to make of it - between 1997 and 1998, fifteen groups set out to fansub the original Dirty Pair TV series. Only one (Fuzzy Productions) completed the job, and they have vanished from the face of the net.** Makes me wonder if there is some kind of curse on Dirty Pair fansubs.

If you suddenly find one day that the whole of has disappeared leaving nothing but a smoking crater and a mile-high stack of damage claims, at least you'll know why.

*Here, as it turns out.

** I actually found a copy of the Fuzzy Production version. It's a completely different translation to the one I'm using, which might be useful for cross-checking. Unfortunately, it looks like a sixth-generation tape run through a budget 1998-era video-capture card and then later transcoded from MPEG-1 to DIVX with the quality slider set to "crap". In fact, it probably is a sixth-generation tape etc etc.

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Wednesday, April 12


So, Pixy, Whatcha Up To?

Oh, nothing much.

(I've also started uploading some AMVs.)

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No Surprise

Which Haibane Renmei Character are you?

You are Nemu! Nemu is kind of a big-sister figure, always overseeing things and helping raise the children. She reads a lot, and is always sleepy, but that's because she's always doing more than her fair share of work.
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Tuesday, April 11


Russian Roulette

The original Dirty Pair opening and closing credits.

Here. Now. Enjoy.

Oops. Aspect ratio problems. I'll have to redo them. Done!

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Worst Bonus Episodes Ever?

Everyone seems to agree that the Sugar Summer Special was extremely well done, and provided needed closure to the series. It's one of the best anime "extras" that I've seen.

But what's the worst? My nomination goes to Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden, which manages to negate every major plot point of the series. Wonderduck suggests the Elfen Lied special (which I haven't seen).


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Monday, April 10


High Fructose Corn Syrup Sugar

Just finished watching this one too. (And I found time to unpack some more stuff, do the laundry, and go grocery shopping. Gotta love long weekends.)

I was absolutely entranced when I first saw the opening credits to this show, more than three years ago. Even on a crappy RealPlayer video clip the kawaii genius of the creators came through. But then, though I bought all the DVDs, I foundered on the early episodes. The first episode is wonderful, but then it gets silly for a while. If I'd kept watching just a little longer I would have gotten to the good bit - the last 80% of the show - but, well, too much anime, too little time.

There's not a lot I like in the present anime season (Karin being the prime exception) so I've finally been catching up. And no doubt about it, Sugar is a gem. Highly recommended.

Chizumatic review here.

Some spoilers follow. more...

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