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Extremes

3 AUG
2010

Haha, I thought I'd talk about my extremes of viewing today.  Beginning with the last few episodes of Maria-sama Ga Miteru ~ Haru (the second season), and ending with the first two episodes of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.  Quite a roller coaster. 

Marimite is something I stumbled upon whilst perusing the Anime Network On-Demand:  they had the third season on there for a minute a few months ago.  I am so glad that someone felt the need to portray these teenage girls having drama amongst themselves.  It is endlessly entertaining.  The characters are so deep and interesting, so multi-dimensional and varied in their motivations and personality traits.  It doesn't look like they have translated the light novels, which is a shame, although I expect there wouldn't be huge American readership for such material.  Comparitively, Strawberry Panic! is widely available here in DVD, manga and light novel form.  I guess American fans appreciate the racier Yuri content SP! portrays as opposed to the not-overtly-sexual, "Class S" content Marimite deals with.  Don't get me wrong, I loved SP!, but everything about it from the setting to the character design, to the drama itself is almost a charicature of Marimite.  But I'm not here to compare and contrast yuri anime, so, moving on...

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.  You know, I had read on a pretty good anime blog called "The Null Set" that Gurren Lagann was great.  In fact this guy has it as his favorite anime ever, and it looks like he does watch a lot of anime, so the bar was set pretty high when I approached the title.  The action, just in two episodes so far, can not be adequately described.  Not even the phrase "MAD-CRAZY, YO!" comes anywhere close (and that's a pretty strong descriptor in my world).  The characters are freaking hysterical to boot.  EVERY time Kamina opens his mouth and says a sentence, all I can do is laugh and say, "Man, this guy!?!"  Supposedly, the anime takes all kinds of wierd twists and turns as the story progresses, but each is supposed to be more astounding and awesome than the last.  I can't wait to watch the rest of this beast unfold.  But anyways, you can see what I mean about opposites.  This anime is so extremely unlike Marimite that I would assume the venn diagram of viewers who love Gurren Lagann and viewers who love Marimite would be two circles touching at a single point (Me).

I could be (and probably am) wrong.

-monkeyock

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