I’d be in a better mood right now if this had happened to me.
I got caught in a sudden downpour on my way home from work today. The rain was coming down so strongly a stiff wind would have rendered my umbrella completely useless. In the end, there was only a weak breeze and I managed to survive the experience with nothing worse than a sodden sleeve and a dripping bag.
Nothing big to report this week; still, I felt like doing a quick write-up before turning in for the night.
NEW SUMMER SHOWS
We’re now in the second (third?) week of the summer season and the shows have been coming out in full force. It’s still pretty quiet on the sub front, though: Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho is done downloading and I have Sky Girls on queue, but the only other major title I’ve seen with a subbed first-episode release is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (as of 10 July). As expected, Random Curiosity are among the first out of the gate with detailed write-ups and screencaps of several new shows.
Here’s a list of the first-episode reviews they’ve posted so far (as of 10 July), arranged in order of publication date:
Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~
I haven’t seen anything that would lead to a major overhaul of my original summer rankings, although I’ve decided to give Sky Girls a shot after all. I’m also thinking of casting my net a little wider this season than before – time permitting – so I’ll probably give as many as ten shows a three-episode opportunity to impress me before I settle down on the five or so that I intend to follow all the way through.
I got my modest fiscal year-end bonus the other day, and with no rent/ clothing/food/utilities/housekeeping/other expenses to worry about (thanks, mum and dad!) I’m now playing around with the implications of my newfound excess liquidity. I’ve already earmarked about a third of the total amount as an addition to my Japan Excursion Fund – which, as the name suggests, can’t be drawn upon until I start making arrangements for my first trip there – and some of the rest will have to go to the obligatory dinner at some posh-nosh restaurant for the family (lesson learned: never blab about a bonus/raise/ promotion to people who are in a position to hound you into a corner and demand a free meal). As for the remainder, I’ve got my eye on a fresh batch of Region 1 DVDs: the third volume of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, of course, but also the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu complete collection and possibly a Miyazaki film. Something else caught my fancy a couple of days ago, but I won’t talk about that here – not until I get it, at any rate, and there’s no guarantee of that happening even with the second chance I’ve been given. (That’s a hint right there, and here’s another unhelpfully vague hint: Some people have just gotten theirs, and by all accounts they’re quite pleased.)
Speaking of Miyazaki, I actually need some advice on that one. I’ve never been a Ghibli fan – their character designs, for one, are really off-putting – but the famous director is an acknowledged master of his craft and I think it’s about time I gave his films a try. I’d appreciate recommendations for one film that can be described as representative of his entire body of work, preferably covering everything from art direction to storytelling as well as the all-important character design factor. (Yes, the way people look in anime counts for a lot in my book.) Or forget what I wrote and just give me the title of your favourite Miyazaki piece. In any case, something with a high rewatch value – I’m investing in a DVD, after all – and a high entertainment value; nothing too sophisticated. I’ll do my own homework on this one, of course, so make your recommendations without fear of vengeful and righteous smiting on my part; in the end, the choice is all mine, and like it or loathe it I’ll have no-one else to blame.
Okay, no time to proofread this; I’ll edit it tomorrow. G’night.