40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2003

When even buildings can't be drawn correctly, you know there's going to be massive problems with content.

For the 10th entry in this series, I can probably say with near certainty that the winter of 2003 was probably my worst. I was still catching up on series I had never watched from the 90s and never really looked into anything new. The one TV series was a follow up, while the 2 OVAs were a combination of established franchise and a one-shot that I wasted 20 minutes of my life on.

I’ll start with the waste of my life that was the Green Green OVA. This is most definitely not a case of so good they named it twice. Plus, it doesn’t even give the blatant level of fan-service, depictions of erections as angles or heat stroke induced orgies of the TV series. Actually, it might be better for not having that last one. The story for just a one-off OVA is not that bad here, but the attempt to cram months of character development into 18 minutes clearly doesn’t work. It is better than the TV series though.

The second OVA, which actually began here with a finish in late 2004 was Macross Zero. As the earliest chronologically in the franchise, it pits man versus man for the first time in the franchise as the dominant theme. There’s the unlikely love stories and music that come with any other Macross series, but they have a more contemporary feel.

Finally, there’s the .hack//Legend of the Twilight series, which is technically a sequel, but only because it is set after the timeline of .hack//SIGN, though it goes more off the series of games. The art style is a lot different than either in that characters in game look more childish. While there is nothing wrong with that, it also makes it a lot harder to take seriously. It definitely fails to overcome that significant hurdle. Also, how would people still be playing that game years later with all of the players slipping into comas and being trapped in-game?

Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items

Raimuiro Senkitan attempts to explain the outcome of the Russo-Japanese war as a matter of superiority over the Russian Empire in spiritual matters. Nothing to do with stupid naval deployment, not taking the Japanese seriously or the British telling the Japanese when the Russian reinforcements would arrive because they had to travel all the way around Africa. It was down to the paranormal. Wolf’s Rain looks like a post-apocalyptic story done right, and it probably the best thing to air during this season, but I haven’t watched it.