Hachi needs to stop overthinking things! That way, we can have happy smiley dramatic Ren Nana reunions!
Also I think I’m in love with Shizue Nana.
“The Man He Called His Right Arm”
Where better to find a man to recapture the glory of his former best friend but at a faith revival! Everybody happy! Every day happy!
My notes include the line “man, that’s stupid”, but I can’t remember what it applied to. I’m beyond caring, though, because I’m having too much fun.
“The Young Emperor”
“The Adventures of the Lazy Gay Emperor in a Time of Peace”
It’s another “peace time antics” episode of Utawarerumono, but it fares marginally better than the one before it.
“Little Girl of the Bar Pirate”
Boobs save the day in this episode that reveals that Mister and his merry band are actually the heroes. The first episode was an elaborate ruse!
“Haruhi and Hikaru’s First Date Battle Plan”
I had pegged Kaoru as the one being more interested in Haruhi, so it was a surprise to find that the one with more confused feelings for our heroine was Hikaru. It all makes sense in the end, but this episode is going to be a let down for people who watch this show for the comedy.
“A wish beyond reach”
“The Insane Princess!! Attack of the Egg Smashers!”
It’s funny: I have a friend who thinks that Kiba is great stuff. He lamented to me the other day that “Kiba is 2/3 of a great show”, because he hates Noa and thinks that all of the developments in that storyline are too obvious.
Many people say that Noa is the stand out and that Zed is the lousy good-for-nothing, but I’m starting to take the stance that they’re essentially as bad as each other.
One of my weaknesses is the “meaningless nineties OVA”. In that decade that gets further away all the time, there were so many projects based on manga that didn’t make any sense to people who hadn’t read the source material. To compound the insult to westerners, a great deal of them didn’t even complete the stories that they began.
Shadow Skill is a combination of the best and the worst of the meaningless genre. This DVD is actually four OVAs, one that was released as stand alone and three (edited into one ninety minute “movie” that has clearly defined breaks) released a year later.
The first is pointless but looks good and gives off an aura of pleasantness despite the fact that nothing happens. The sequel series not only drops one of its character designers to become a force of ugliness, it also has a different continuity to the first, which is ironic because it was made on the strength of the sales of the first.
I’ll admit that my other weakness is cheap anime: I got this for $9. At $30 I would never have thought of it. Now it goes on the pile of curios and oddities also known as the “Nineties OVA scrap heap”.
“A Day for Yukatas, Fireworks and Candy Apples”
Poor sisters clearly live in some alternate dimension where 25 minutes feels like an eternity.
Most of the psychic stuff is replaced by Kyosuke’s new penchant for prophetic dreams. Sadly, as Madoka is becoming more apparent in her fondness for Kyosuke, Kyosuke is deciding that maybe Hikaru has something going for her.
Clearly she hasn’t, but what kind of love triangle would it be if everyone got together in an expedient fashion? It would be a much more satisfactory love story. Fortunately the series does not carry itself on the strength of this relationship and has more than enough other things going for it.
Giant, twelve-strong stupidity and desperately obvious character set ups mask the fact that, at the end of the episode, Coyote Ragtime Show has some of the hallmarks of a semi-intriguing science fiction program.