40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2004

Reliving horrible malaise era OP animations is just part of what I endure for this retrospective.

After yesterday’s appalling season, I was hoping the random number generator would give me something better with what was left. To be fair, almost anything would look like a classic compared to yesterday. In the context of everything this decade, though, the winter of 2004 is practically a nothing season.

I start today with the Leiji Matsumoto directed vehicle for Daft Punk titled Interstella5555 – The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. While it is really just a set of interconnected music videos set to songs from their “Discovery” album, it does a lot more than I expected. There’s continuity and a plot that while necessarily thin, would put a lot of stuff I have looked at from this decade to shame. Overall, I think general opinions would probably be based on how much someone liked Daft Punk above anything else.

Mezzo DSA would probably have fit in better with some of the shows from yesterday. It is basically a sort of cop drama with a girl in a tight-fitting orange jump suit as the star of the whole thing. She’s superhuman strong, and with her partners punk stereotype, disgruntled ex-cop and weak girl who doesn’t really do anything, they face a bunch of action and conspiracies. I was hoping this would be halfway decent going in, but it turned out to be just another disappointment of this time period.

Yumeria is the story of a high school student and his female friends who fight an alien force together in their dreams. There are numerous problems with this series though, starting with the first girl the main character, Tomokazu, meets. Her name is Mone, because that is all that she can say. Now one character with an annoying speech pattern is bad enough, but there is another one in there too. Also, the motivation for why the events of the series happen remain mostly up in the air. So in conclusion, this isn’t really worth the time.

I wrap up today with Paranoia Agent. I’ll be honest and say it took a bunch of times watching this before I could even come to grasp with the final episodes where it takes the Kon trademark of turning to the surreal. The OP animation featuring the characters laughing amidst tragedy about sums this series up. I do appreciate that this is a series that forces the viewer to actually think about what each of the scenes means.

Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue is most definitely not brilliant, but it is hard not to see some aspects of it rubbing off on something like Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex got another season called the 2nd GIG. It’s pretty highly rated from what I’ve seen, just a shame I’ve never had the will to get around to watching it. There was also the first season of Maria-sama ga Miteru, and from all of the subsequent series and OVAs, she will always be watching.