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It's not bad. The beginning is somewhat mediocre and the middle drags on a bit, but the final stretch (I'm entering the final arc) seems to be really good. However, theres a ton of repetitive imagery/scenes (fighting/entrances/etc.). It's also very shoujo (lots of pretty boys and naive girls falling in love with obviously bad guys/playboys).
If you want the truth, I love some of it but dislike the rest. 32 episodes in, I'd say I'd rate 10 episodes highly, and the rest average or worse. Many of the characters/events just aren't worth caring about and there seems to be a lack of any believable emotion in most episodes, despite being a series about fate and passions of youth. I'm hoping for a big payoff in the end.
Honestly though, I'd say it's worth watching just for the spectacle/theatrics of it. It's certainly unique and memorable, even if the content isn't up to par some of the time.
Heh. Yeah, good ol' British quaintness. Keep in mind, though: cool people hike, old bearded nature nerds 'hillwalk'.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will be sure to check it out!
Oh yeah, good idea about the movies. I've heard they're a better experience than the original show. I've unfortunately not had the opportunity to watch them yet. I don't believe they were ever licensed in the UK either... which is odd because Char's Counterattack is. And Starblazers I have not seen, sorry. But tell me if it's worth checking out when you do. I'm always on the look out for another classic.
PS. Your bio is a fount of truth. There is one show I like from the current season called Level E, which is based on a manga from the 90s, apparently. Slightly wacky characters, plenty of non-sequitur, and genuinely entertaining. And one from last year called Katanagatari I found excellent. Chanbara cliches + rich dialogue = unique sort of story.
As for me, I'm planning to check out Utena next. I should have got round to that much, much sooner considering I'm such a Princess Tutu fan.