The fall of 2001 was an eventful time for multiple reasons. With this being malaise era and all, there wasn’t all that much to watch. The number that follows pretty much falls in with other seasons.
I begin this week with Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, which had unfortunate timing when it came to its release. The opening credits are a sort of slice of life look at a city that is practically New York for all intents and purposes. The major plot line of the movie revolves around a terrorist plot with a chemical weapon. Oh and the release date was September 1st of that year. Though it took a while for me to see it here, a few weeks later via a fansubbed version of something that was shot using a camcorder, it still had a lot of impact. It’s a good movie, irregardless of the fact it never actually had to be made, it just was a little unfortunate.
Mahoromatic is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me if I’m completely honest. While nearly everything in my brain tells me that there are problems with the story and how such a seemingly inept organization could remain a secret from the public doesn’t even make sense. Yet, I keep coming back to it often enough to make it one of my favorites. Even the fanservice which makes up 80% of a lot of episodes doesn’t bother me.
Hellsing supposedly has an epic quality dub that I have never watched, though that might be because they hired a bunch of English people to do it. Anyway, this is a vampire story which does not follow the traditional vampire canon, but this was always more action-oriented. Much more Blade than Twilight obviously. There aren’t very many weak characters in this show, which I thought was a major plus, though Seras does step into that role when convenient. Ultimately, I wouldn’t call this anything more than a good action series with dated animation and copious amounts of blood.
Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items
Millenium Actress seems like quite the interesting little story, at least as far as the story of a character’s life goes. X seemed a little strange to me before I dropped it, but it was right at the point where a certain event changes things. Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 probably doesn’t include the bit about getting dumped out by Turkey in the 2nd round. The Prince of Tennis ran for a long time, and has plenty of fans. I might have been more interested if my own experience of tennis wasn’t being mercilessly killed by private school kids in high school. Hikaru no Go never struck me as something that would be popular either.