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Queue Karma

If standing in line for a long time can earn good karma, then my hour in line this afternoon was time well-spent. Anime North hadn't begun, although registration was well underway when I joined a nascent line in the hopes of getting tickets to some of the more hard-to-get-into events of the weekend. After all, why waste time in line during the con when I could do it before the con began? After an hour of chatting with Original Character cosplayers working from BLEACH, our whole enormous long line was dismissed. "Go away. Line up in another two hours, not now." Reluctantly, we abandoned our posts.

A few hours later, I wandered back, expecting to either be at the back of another long line, or else for the evening's ticket supply to be used up. But I was in luck! I snagged the second-to-last masquerade ticket/sticker of the evening, and had no line at all for tomorrow afternoon's j-rock concert. Whether or not standing in line was wasted effort on my part is debatable - but I got both tickets.

Oh My Goddess (Movie?) - I caught five minutes of this. Belldandy's face looked different than usual. Was this done by a different designer?
Fullmetal Alchemist - Episodes 11 and 12. "The Other Elric Brothers" - I've heard a great deal about this series but haven't seen it before. While these two episodes convey the premise well, they didn't really show me why the show has such a following.
Kamichu - Whimsical! Charming! A young girl wakes up one day and knows she's become a god. Her friends take her seriously. But she doesn't know what she is a god of, and the boy she has a crush on doesn't ever remember who she is.
Samurai Seven - When the opening sequence discusses recruiting samurai to guard a village under threat, I thought the show would be more about the village. While it is, the first few episodes look like much of the series will revolve around the city and the challenge of finding the samurai and convincing them to work for rice alone. I wouldn't mind seeing more. Also, I note that this series is as close to medieval content as I came in my day.
Fantastic Children - I saw the last ten minutes of an episode. Children escaping something. A bright pink woman. Countryside. People in black cloaks. I have no idea.
Planetes - Typical anime scifi office drama. Underfunded space garbage collection. Everyone yells at each other all the time.

This year's Anime Music Video (AMV) contest was populated by lots of Azumanga Daioh, Final Fantasy (presumably the most recent, they were all from the same one), and Weird Al music. The Fullmetal Alchemist piece set to "A Boy named Sue" was very funny. So was the "Cotton-eyed Joe" one. (No series I knew.) The Kiki/Totoro video set to "On top of the world" was lovely and lyrical. I correctly guessed - without ever having heard it before! - that "There's life outside your apartment" was from Avenue Q; funny video too. The "Viva Forever" video for Tsubasa Chronicles, was very moving. The best overall video award didn't go to an AMV set to music though - it went to an Evangelion video set to the Resident Evil: Apocalypse preview soundtrack.

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owlfish
May. 30th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Basic Anime Starter list?
I've been thinking about your request for a few days since it's not one anyone's ever asked of me before! Here's a list of things for you though, focusing on what I particularly like, and what I think you might be interested in. I've tried to stick to shorter things that are available in the US.

Read or Die OVAs. (Five episodes. Origami weapons. Detectives. The TV series could be fabulous, but I haven't seen it.)
Oh my Goddess OVAs. (Another five episodes. One of the nicer ones in the improbably-beautiful-girl-falls-in-love-with-awkward-geek-guy genre. Plus, in this case, it's a goddess, and I love her outfits.)
Rayearth, first series. (Full series, 24-26 episodes. It's a classic example of teenage-girls-plucked-from-everyday-life-to-become-superheros, in a slightly self-mocking D&D framework, and with the fantasy equivalent of giant robots.)
Trigun. (A full series - 24-26 episodes. A scifi wild west series which starts out as funny and superificial, but had some serious depth to it as it develops.)
Fruits Basket. (Full series. A teenage girl is taken in by a family of people possessed by the spirits of the Chinese zodiac. Incorporate-outside genre, plus people-transformed-by-hugs-from-opposite-gender subgenre. Lovely, sweet, loveable series, albeit with an abrupt ending since its source material hadn't finished when the anime needed to.)

I wish I could recommend to you a good everyday life anime movie, but the one I wanted to recommend doesn't seem to be available on release in the US, so I don't know how you could see it. I'll keep thinking about something like that for you, but since I mostly watch magical fantasy series to various degrees, I just don't know them as well. The important thing is that you know that anime is a medium more than a genre, and movies about everyday life with no magic in them whatsoever are made too.

Also, I don't have a good darker series to recommend to you - I've only seem samples of ones I've quite liked, so haven't seen enough to know if I should recommend the whole series or not. There's all sorts of anime that's far too disturbingly violent for me. I'm easily disturbed.
wytetygryss
May. 27th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
One of my co-workers is going to the conference this weekend too. I know (almost) nothing about anime... but it's really cool nonetheless :)
kashmera
May. 27th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Samurai Seven sounds like a remake/adaptation of the original Seven Samurai. This is pretty good but can be a bit slow/confusing. Its better if you watch it with someone, preferably someone who can explain the finer points of what is going on.
noncalorsedumor
May. 30th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Oooh, Kamichu sounds GOOD.
owlfish
May. 31st, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I want to see more of it!
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