Detroit Metal City: I watched it all (again) with my brother two nights ago, and laughed the entire time. Detroit Moe City is still one of my favorite shorts. After we'd finished, I wished once again that I had watched the OVA before the movie; I said to Robby, "The movie had a much better climax," to which he responded, "DMC had a climax?" Maybe to someone completely new to the series, Krausar-san's duel with Jack Ill Dark just seems like another of Negishi's unfortunate adventures. I do enjoy series of random adventures, but the movie was by far the best incarnation of the two.
Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor: I finished the series this morning and then proceeded to look on Wikipedia for more answers. I watched the first series once a couple of years ago, and I was worried I'd find this incarnation incomprehensible. While I was thrown into this vast world of contractors, fake stars, and covert government agencies, the show managed to share enough information that I got by. I wanted the series to be longer; I wanted to really get to know and understand and identify with more characters than just Suou. Why include a Norio in goodly-sized proportion of episodes to then throw him away as a useless plot device? Why make Hei out to be an alcoholic asshole and then only very briefly hint at the reason behind his complete transformation? The music was the high point for me, with the art and animation being acceptable, and the story-telling being the weakest part. Prepare for a very abrupt, poorly explained ending.
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: It says I've watched four episodes, but that was even longer ago than when I watched Darker than Black, so I've started with episode one. It's exciting to see Itoshiki Nozomu's backstory re-invented; somehow the absurd situation makes more sense (or is a better fit) in my head than Kafuka simply "rescuing" him from a suicide attempt one day ("WHAT IF I HAD DIED?"). Is each episode going to feature a new ridiculous student? I hope so. There are a metric ton of in-jokes and references that go way over my head. I think I would enjoy the anime much more if I understood half of the jokes, but the subbers do a decent job of explaining the names and including the random excerpts on the blackboards. If nothing else, the art is very pretty.
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