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A Compendium of Cool Characters

Posted in Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , on 07/22/2010 by Shinmaru

Sort of a lie. This isn’t summarizing anything massive; just a little ol’ post inspired by ghostlightning’s post on the why of favoriting characters over at THAT Anime Blog. I’m also a dirty bandwagon hopper, because Rakuen at Borderline Hikikomori has already taken the lead on this. But, hey, bandwagon hopping every once in a while isn’t so bad, right?

(P.S. Still thinking a bit on how to tackle a Macross Plus post. Just know that I greatly enjoyed the OVA and would heartily recommend it to anyone, even those who might be a bit wary of Macross.)

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Adaptation. (Or, They Changed It, Now It Sucks!)

Posted in Random Shit with tags , , , , on 06/09/2010 by Shinmaru

Adaptations are a tricky business. There are so many elements to deal with — the head honchos who want to make some coin off an (assumed) established property, the adapters who want to (presumably) put their own stamp on the story, the original creator who is curious (and maybe a bit mortified) to see a different interpretation of his or her story, and the fans who want to see justice done to a story they hold dear.

But what does it mean to “do justice” to a story when adapting it? Many fans, I am sure, would say that involves being as faithful to the original story as possible — and that means to the letter for many people. And, honestly, that is a view with which I find myself increasingly frustrated.

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Twelve Moments in Anime No. 5: That Silver-Tongued Count

Posted in 12 Moments, Gankutsuou with tags on 12/21/2009 by Shinmaru

I originally planned to write about something else today, but I’m sick at the moment (but not sick enough to miss work, damn it), so something a bit simpler gets pushed ahead in the queue.

It is something magical when an actor happens upon a role he or she seems to have been born to play. This is something a bit loftier than merely being good at a certain type of character (like Satsuki Yukino with feisty tsunderes, or Norio Wakamoto with intimidating, high-class SOBs); rather, it gets to the point where the performance resonates, strikes a chord with your soul and never in a million years could you imagine another person playing that character.

Jouji Nakata’s performance as The Count of Monte Cristo in Gankutsuou is like that for me.

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