The late-90s were an interesting time for anime. This wasn’t an era when everything that was airing and all that came before it were bad. This was near the end of a period in Japan that would be called The Lost Decade due to economic stagnation. The animation industry, which by its own standards doesn’t have a lot of money, had even less money flowing around than normal.
By the summer of 1999, the selection of anime currently airing was in a strange state. Generally there were three different types of shows; the types of child-friendly series that celebrated cultural traditions, a 2nd type that was the exact opposite in celebrating sex and debauchery (eroge adaptations were now a thing) and finally a third group that was really about adapting to what the world had become. The Legend of Black Heaven definitely fits in to the latter category.
Given the options I was provided for this year’s Secret Santa review competition, I was provided three options. I could go with Tortov Roddle, which while available on Youtube was far too short to really get my money’s worth in a review. The next option was Kino’s Journey, which is a show that is far too good for me to review. That left me with Akuma no Riddle, a show that was widely available when it came out earlier this year. Given the feedback I got from those who had watched it, I was warned to look out for the bullshit at the end. The only question was whether I would choose to unethically watch this on the website of the licensor or follow my ethical calling.
By now, I think a number of you would know about the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa game. For those who don’t, a bunch of writers nominate a group of three shows of 26 episodes or fewer and/or movies that can be reviewed on their respective blogs. In the past 2 years, I had written on all three, but for whatever reason someone thought they could just recommend 25 episodes of Shugo Chara and have it count. No, that doesn’t work. Sorry.
This is the 2nd time I’ve participated in the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project. Last year it revolved around Christmas Eve through Boxing Day and the little matter of drinking far too much. This year I’m again reviewing all 3 I was given, but as is typical with my shopping I do it all near the end. I was given Bamboo Blade, Dennou Coil and RahXephon for the three series. I can only guess these were their personal best series that I had not yet seen. It’s a similar strategy I have employed in the 2 years (unless they mulligan and out come the terribad and disappointing shows). So here they are in one go.
The final post in the Secret Santa series sees me take on Ah! My Goddess for a second time. The day after receiving gifts around this time of year has become a much different animal over the years. The rise of gift cards have meant a rush to stores to spend the contents of said cards. Some gifts get returned, of course, but when you don’t get a receipt and you really don’t want something there is always the option of the regift.
After Sketchbook yesterday, the second of 3 posts for the Secret Santa project sees me take in Black Lagoon. As the theme of this post centers around part of my typical activities that I will be embarking on in a few hours, that being drinking heavily while watching relatives open various gifts from other family members, I felt I should blog this series in much the same way. So if many of the details in this post do not make much sense, there’s the reason.
The Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project brings you the first of 3 posts. Each will profile something that was recommended to me by some anonymous person looked over my profile on MAL and took up the challenge of finding something I would like. First up is punctuation’s Sketchbook: ~Full Color’s~.