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31 October 2007 @ 14:54
We watched a few more anime this evening. First up was "Chevalier" (two episodes), which seems to be about a conspiracy of alchemists, church leaders and zombies, featuring a man who turns into his older sister when he's angry. Okay, I tell a lie. He becomes possessed with the soul of his dead sister because of a crucifix that she gave him that he had forged onto his sword. The animation is good, done by Production I.G. Something seems a little "off" to me, maybe the zombies and French nobility lack verisimilitude. Seems okay so far though.

"Code Geass" had ONE EPISODE ON THE DVD. ONE!! I started reading the manga a couple of months ago since I wasn't able to watch the anime. I don't know if I posted about that or not. In any case, I gave up about ten pages into it because it was so trashy. And, let's face it, I have a high tolerance for trash! What I realised about the anime about ten seconds into it was that the manga was a direct copy of the anime rather than based on some of the ideas within it. The basic idea was still utterly moronic, but the dialogue had improved massively.

So. The idea is that Britannia is evil and has enslaved poor Japan, now referred to as "Zone 11". The Japanese people face a bit of an identity crisis at this point and adopt WW2-era slogans to express the idea that they are "Nipponjin" (note the slightly dated term).

One particularly memorable scene is when one of the rebel soldiers (whose side I think Lelouch is turning towards and therefore the "good" side) blows himself up shouting "banzai". I think this term is fairly well-known as being linked to WW2 kamikaze pilots, despite its adoption by Western pop culture. So that... well, I really can't explain it properly. That aspect of the anime made me uncomfortable. My country are the evil oppressors while Japan is modelled after what it was like in WW2? Huh?

I'll rent the next one, because there are certain aspects that appeal to me. It IS very pretty and I liked the way Lelouch smiled evilly just before the closing credits and think I heard mutterings on my flist about plot twists. Maybe it gets better? I wouldn't know after just ONE episode!

Now I'm at aionwatha's flat and have coffee... going to a Halloween party. Looking forward to it...
apelectroworld on 31st October 2007 06:13 (UTC)
Geass is AMAZING, easily the best anime plot I've seen in a long time. You shouldn't pass it up :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 08:31 (UTC)
Well, I'll check out the next episode. I wonder how many episodes the second DVD has...?
reichsfreiherr on 31st October 2007 09:28 (UTC)
featuring a man who turns into his older sister when he's angry.

I like that summary. Though I just object to the anime on principle for doing a grand disservice to the actual historical figure anyway. Why does it have to be a case of magical transformation sequence after all? The historical figure of d'Eon is interesting enough already.

And as far as Code Geass goes since I keep thinking the title is “Code Geese” that’s only the start of the problem. Though possibly my objection there is that if I want to ruminate on the construction of national identity I’ll just go read over my postgrad dissertation again.
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 08:34 (UTC)
Yes, I read about that. A very interesting case indeed! Everything about it seems a little incongruous.

So I'm not the only one that have issues with it...? That's a relief at least.
Thomas Vye: Code Geass Lloydthomasvye on 31st October 2007 11:18 (UTC)
You have to stick with Code Geass; it quickly gets a lot more complicated (and morally grey) than it initially appears to be.
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 08:36 (UTC)
I am giving it another go, so we'll see. :)
Mew: Geass - Lulu fallengokumew2 on 31st October 2007 16:55 (UTC)
Only one episode on the DVD? Dude. .o_O;
Why don't you just download the fansubs? .^^;;

And Geass is SO GOOD (as I'm sure you've heard X.D) so stick with it!
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 08:38 (UTC)
Well, because we fans have always claimed that we wouldn't do so if there were a quick and fairly cheap way to watch, right? :) Besides, I don't learn any Japanese if I'm watching the subs. I just switch off.

Sticking with it... giving it one more episode.
Mew: Geass - Lulu fallengokumew2 on 7th November 2007 16:07 (UTC)
Haha, you're so good. X.D
The way I learn Japanese from subtitles is actually having the subs on and matching words I don't know with words in the subs. Yeah. .^^;

Geass is SO GOOD. From around the middle, just OMG!!! If you have the time, you should try to watch the entire first season. gah~ I am DYING to see the second season!
Owenkidboomerang on 31st October 2007 18:26 (UTC)
Code Geass is extremely good. It's a bit mindfucky, but good. Lelouch is an awesome character, if you're into that sort of character. (Fans either love him or hate him.) Er. For about the first three or four episodes I kept going "WTF????" but Lulu was pretty well cemented into my affections after that. He's... I have no idea if you were into Death Note. Lulu can be best summed up as a young version of Light whose plans never seem to quite go right, sometimes with hilarious results. =) And sometimes with horrifying results. *loves the series, can you tell?*

I think Brittania itself is a rather interesting idea -- in the series, the maps show that Brittania is actually the whole of North America, and it seems that the US never managed to gain independence.
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 08:42 (UTC)
See, if anyone uses the word 'mindfuck' (or 'plot twist') in relation to an anime series, I'm SO there.

Death note... I liked the characters but, well, I asked my friend "I just need to know one thing -- Does L live?". She answered and I didn't read further. ^^ Your description of Lulu intrigues me, definitely.
Owenkidboomerang on 7th November 2007 09:06 (UTC)
Mind fuck and plot twist are pretty much the definition of Code Geass. Plus it's got lots of pretty characters and pretty seiyuu. And mecha.

WHAT. The second part of the Death Note manga was AWESOME. *really loves Matt, Mello, and Near* ;_; It makes me extremely sad how many people don't even know that my favorite Death Note character EXISTS because they just tossed the series after L died. Not to mention how they screwed the Whammy's House kids over in the movies and then cut out half of their pertinent events and characterization when the closing arc was animated.

The latter half of the manga was brilliant, and I much prefer it to the first.
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th November 2007 09:51 (UTC)
That will keep me going... so three or four episodes in then? I hope that doesn't work out to three or four DVDs...!

I didn't toss the series after L died. I tossed the series WELL BEFORE he died. :PPPP
Owenkidboomerang on 7th November 2007 18:31 (UTC)
Oh! For Code Geass, it also helps that Suzaku is WAY too much like Sena from Glühen... He even looks like him with the poofy hair and all, and his terrible habit of believing the best in things and people and then it all turning out like shit when he's got the best intentions. And the bad luck to keep ending up in very awkward situations. And trusting the wrong people.

Aw, man. Well. It was good. You'll never know, but it was good. And Matt was awesome.