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Anime: UTARPA, Porco Rosso

I haven't made it to UTARPA much this year, but in the last few months they've begun showing series which are more interesting to me. And, as it happens, I've been in town and not already scheduled for the showings lately. The evening began rather soberingly: one of the board members died from cancer at the beginning of April. I didn't stay for the second half of the evening so missed the monthly series sampler: would I have liked Xenosaga, had I stayed?

Azumanga Daioh, episodes 15-16. I still feel rather indifferently about this show, and it doesn't matter that I've missed numerous episodes in the series. Chiyo-chan in the Stuffed Animal Café really was incredibly cute, though.

Princess Tutu, episode 5. I am still deeply intrigued by Princess Tutu. With all of its musical, ballet, and folklore references, it's a slightly more intellectual anime than most others. Last night's first time viewers were loudly baffled by Drosselmeyer's brief appearances. Unfortunately, UTARPA won't be able to show more of the series any time soon. ADV is changing the way it releases many of its series, and going to online-ordering only for some of them. (But not direct-sales only. It will sell through Amazon and other companies, so I don't really understand where their savings will be.) Anyways, this series is the first to be affected, and the release date for Vol. 2 has been postponed.

Chrono Crusade, episodes 4-5. I seen eps. 1, 2, 4, and 5 now and I really like this series. It's set in an alternate-universe 1920s New York, where gun-toting nuns fight demon infestations. The main character is bound to a rebel demon, a good guy caught up in the fight, devoted to his contractee. In these episodes, Rosette is finally becoming more competently serious about her work, and we learn more about the role of Heaven in this world.

Earlier this week, thanks to theengineer, I saw Miyazaki's Porco Rosso for the first time. The animation and scenery were gorgeous. The plot was just abstract and melancholy enough to make me unsure of how I felt about the movie as a whole. I usually prefer slightly more resolution at the end of a plot than this provided. Still, there was a great deal of good along the way.