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I totally agree that the whole same-sex and nudity was absolutly unnessecary. As I mentioned before, there were some really farfetched metaphores in the movie, that stretched the imagination (and patience of the viewer) to the point of breaking (and for some beyond that point). After they decided to go to the outside world, pretty much all common sense and 'normality' went out the window. Compared to the series, I did rather like the fact that the story flowed better; for one, there weren't so many fights. In al honesty after a while watching the series I sometimes had the feeling that it was a repeat performance. She fought them all, then...she fights them all again?! It's not that I hated the fightscenes, because nothing could be further from the truth, but it just sometimes felt a bit 'forced' (for lack of a better word).
I guess buying the whole Fruits Basket set would put a bit of a dent in your budget. I'm having a hard time deciding what to buy. It's either a new computer so I can play better RPG-games or dvd's (have several fantasy-series on my wishlist aswell as various anime (duh)). Unfortunately, all these are currently on hold because I need to get my teeth fixed, which is gonna cost me a lot more then all the dvd's I wanted combined.
Unfortunately, the days of being a student are behind me...and I'm definately not cut out to be a teacher >.<. I know what you mean about manga being expensive. The Twelve Kingdoms is slightly different however compared to, I don't know, Naruto or Bleach (to name some 'popular' ones). It's not so much a series of episodes published in a magazine, like Shonun Jump, but an actual book (the first novel was I think 450+ pages and the second around 320+ pages). I guess it's more like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, although The Twelve Kingdoms would consist of 12 books...is there even a name for something like a 12 part, well actually 8 (but that's just details), novel-serie? Coincidentally, the novels are sold in regular bookstores (or online bookstores like bol.com) for something like 15 euros each. Still, considering it took a year after the first novel for the second tp be released, it will take about 6 more years before the last novel of the complete set is published. Guess it will give me some time to learn some patience....yeah right, like that'll ever happen. I'm with you....I hate waiting for releases.
Utena is a just one of those series that works a lot with metaphores and all which makes it a bit weird alltogether. The series looked absolutly normal however compared to the movie (Adolescence of Utena). I liked to graphics/animation better of the movie, but the story featured some really farfetched metaphores. That dancingscene at the rooftop with all the roses (in the movie) is one of the best scenes I've seen however. The music and animation matched perfectly and gave it an incredible feeling.
I know what you mean. That was one, probably the only, 'flaw' I could find. It reminded me slightly of the ending of Revolutionay Girl Utena, where Utena is gone and Himemiya Anthy leaves to go look for her.
I guess the only hope we have left to really find out what happened to Taiki is to read the complete set of novels in the hope that an answer is hidden somewhere in there. If I had to guess, I would be either in the novel: 'The Demonic Child' (not sure if the "Sea of Wind" arc is a rewrite of that, seeing as 'The Demonic Child' is technically not part of the Twelve Kingdoms novel set because it was written before the others) or in the "The Shore at Twilight, The Sky at Daybreak" novel. Unfortunately, at the rate Tokyopop is publishing them, it will take years before they are all released and even then it will be hard to get them overhere.
There's no such thing as too much anime. There's only not enough money and not enough time ^_^
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On a side-note. I saw you where watching 'The Twelve Kingdoms". Did you already start it or planning to? I really loved that series. The first few episodes were a bit weird, but after that it was truly awesome.