Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Sunday, December 22


That Explains A Great Deal

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Monday, December 16


Ichigo Encore

Just rewatched the original series, and then watched the OVA, which I don't think I've seen before.

A few observations.
  • This show really is that good.

  • Seeing Miu face-down on the floor is a joke that never gets tired.

  • On that subject, one wonders if Miu-chan is acting out for some reason - a younger sibling getting all the attention at home, perhaps - or if it's just Miu being Miu.

  • Most significantly, the story is not actually about the four younger girls at all, it's about Nobue growing up.  I don't know if that goes for manga version, where Nobue is 16 rather than 20, but it's certainly true for the anime.  That's why we barely see the girls' parents (Ana's mother once, and a glimpse of Chika and Nobue's parents once); that's Nobue's role to grow into.  In the first episode, she's cadging money off her younger sister to buy cigarettes; by the OVA she's willingly taking the girls for a day trip to the seaside.

  • Finally, not so much an observation as a question; Why didn't this get a second season?  Structurally, it stands on its own just fine; it doesn't need another season.  But I need another season.  (The OVA is very good, though, and I'm grateful we got that much.)
Five black-and-white ferrets out of five, recommended without reservation.

(I have three weeks off work starting today, in case you were wondering about the sudden absence of absence around here.  We'll see how long I can keep that up.)

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Sunday, December 15


Western Animation

I've been trying to think what western animation I've liked as an adult*, without going back to the classic Warner Bros stuff, and ignoring films for the moment (which actually do pretty well).  And I just can't think of that many.  But here are seven I can strongly recommend.

Adventure Time



And the video is gone already.  Thanks Obama!

Invader Zim

Kim Possible

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


* Ish.

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Saturday, December 14


I Could Do A Movies Post...

But it would just by "Everything that Ghibli has produced, plus Millennium Actress.  Oh, and the second Patlabor movie.".

So, instead, here's a little fish.

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Close Enough

So, I was watching that Secret Base 10th Anniversary video, and wondering, what the heck?  Those girls are too young to be having a tenth anniversary of anything.  Were they 12 when they recorded it originally?

Between 13 and 15, according to Wikipedia.

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Thursday, December 12


Top 40

My favourite anime TV and OAV series of all time. In alphabetical order, because it's getting too hard to sort otherwise.

Also, I'm at least two years behind in my anime-ing at this point, so no matter how great your favourite show is, if it came out after mid-2011 I haven't seen it and may not have even heard of it.

Update: Now in a new illustrated edition!


A Channel

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

Azumanga Daioh

Black Lagoon



Oh, alright then.


Bubblegum Crisis

Cowboy Bebop

Cutey Honey

Dirty Pair

El Hazard

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Galaxy Angel

Haibane Renmei

Hidamari Sketch

Ichigo Mashimaro

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu



Kimi ni Todoke

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Maison Ikkoku

Midori no Hibi


Nanaka 6/17

Oh My Goddess


Princess Tutu

Ranma 1/2


Tenchi Muyo

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tenshi na Konamaiki

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Vision of Escaflowne

Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar

Urusei Yatsura

Usagi Drop

Ushio and Tora

Zettai Karen Children

Strictures apply for some of these, like "first season only" or "OAV and movie, but not the TV series", so consider the list sprinkled with little asterisks and double-daggers and numbered footnotes.

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