Jan 31, 2008 Comments Off
Just single volumes again this week, so only buy if you are a rich idiot, and if some of these are ADV I’m not even sure they will be out.
Four of these things belong together, four of these things are kind of
the same, but one of these things is doing it’s own thing. Now it’s
time to play our game. It’s time to play our game.
I caught some of the first episode of the TV-edited version, and frankly it bored me stupid. However Witchblade fans might enjoy it. Because they are likely attention deficient morons easily distracted by massive cleavage.
Ergo Proxy: Vol.4 – Wrong Way Home
Talking of things that bored me. Ergo Proxy though is a higher quality of boredom, and I believe there’s a smattering of stylistically interesting episodes later on. Perhaps they are on this volume.
Basilisk: Vol.5 – Shades Of Night
Unlike Manga’s Naruto release you aren’t getting your ninja value for your ninja money here.
Black Cat 3 – Cat and Mouse
Hey something else I saw the first episode of and didn’t like. Shonen Jump adaptation with terrible pacing.
Speed Grapher: Vol.6
I’ve seen more of this, and frankly the best thing about it is the complete opening with the Duran Duran theme. Which I don’t believe this release has.
Did you guess which one is the odd one out. It’s Basilisk, as that was made by Manglobe. The other four are by the cancer that is killing the anime industry through flooding the market with shows that look eminently licensable but are in fact crap.
It’s insane that 4 out of the 5 anime series released on the same day are all by the same production house. It’s strong evidence that:
a) too much anime is being made.
b) too much is being licensed.
c) and above all, there isn’t enough diversity in both what is made and is licensed.
GONZO’s series have a well documented tendency to burn out quickly in terms of quality, and when you look at just how much they make (not even counting outsourced projects they take on) it’s not surprising. I don’t know if it’s Japanese TV, local DVD sales/rental or foreign sales that are fueling this churning out of TV anime, but you can’t help but think if they cut back a bit they could make something as good as Gankutsuo again.