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Every little bit helps

Fought off a cold -or something- yesterday by dint of much Fire Sauce on my lunchtime tacos and a Chipotle burrito with the hot salsa for dinner. Swilling as much water as I could stand also helped, I'm sure, as did the DayQuils...those don't dry me up like they used to, though, so I had to run out in the morning and get a new box of Kleenex too.

Finished the second disk of Dual! last night, and I like it a lot.
Spoilers follow.

Oddly, neither Geneon nor AIC have any content on their sites regadring the series, but there is a nice little Slovakian fan site with a lot of information about it. The basic plot has to do with high school junior Kazuki Yotsuda, who constantly sees giant robots battling and writes about the battles on his website. Attractive senior Mitsuki Sonoda notics this, and takes him to meet her mad scientist father, who's been dying to find someone to test out his parallel universe transport, mainly to show up his rival Hiroshi Rara. Unfortunately for Kazuki, he's sitting in the wrong place when Mitsuki accidentally activates the tranport, and he soon finds himself in the world where his "imaginary" battling robots are all too real.

Kazuki finds himself in the driver's seat of a robot while trying to save its pilot, and manages to defeat an attacking robot. He then leaves to find some first aid for the wounded pilot, but when he returns, she and the giant robot are gone. The grim reality of the parallel world swiftly closes in: his parents don't recognize him, and neither do his classmates that he encounters on the street. Not knowing what else to do, he wanders back to the deserted Sonoda house - and is taken into custody by a uniformed Mitsuki and a cohort of armed soldiers.

From there on in, Kazuki becomes involved in the war between the UN's Earth Defense Force and Doctor Rara's RaRa Army, a stylized series of conflicts heralded by bombastic previews shown on TV and fought out between the robot pilots of the EDF and those of the RaRa Army. Both types of robots (and the enigmatic bioroid "D", who pilots one of the EDF robots) are the product of alien technology found by this world's Dr. Sonoda (now commanding the EDF and playing father to Mitsuki, Kazuki, and D) and stolen by Dr. Rara. So far it's more comedy than combat, as Mitsuki becomes jealous of D, Yayoi (the pilot Kazuki saved, who becomes attached to him) and frustrated with Kazuki. The scene where Kazuki is fitted with a combat suit intended to disguise him as a girl (since Dr. Sonoda wishes to conceal his male identity) is priceless.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
Dual! Is lots of fun... I saw it a few years ago. I understand it apparently parodies Evangelion quite a bit (especially at the end, except I think the end of Dual! is supposed to make more sense). If you've seen Evangelion (as I haven't, and please don't tell me I have to) you'll have to let me know if that evaluation is accurate.

The only problem with Dual! is not so much Dual! itself but the fact that it's proof (along with all of his other work) that Masaki Kajishima is capable of only coming up with a single plotline, and he really got it right (and much better, with a better creative team around him) the first time (i.e., the first Tenchi OAV). OTOH what is original--the idea Zinv, etc.--although even that may be derivative from other mech stories--is fairly interesting.

And I _love_ Miss Rara. Not her off-screen persona as much. Just Miss Rara. ^^
wombat_socho
Nov. 18th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
I would never tell anyone that they have to see NGE. I've seen enough of it in various AMV to be mildly interested in giving it another shot after my first disagreeable exposure to it* but it's at the bottom of my "to see" list. Personally, I haven't seen the resemblance to Tenchi Muyo! that you're talking about, except that the two are both harem comedies to a certain extent. Then again, I've only seen the first two discs so far, and it may become more annoyingluy like Tenchi Muyo! in the later discs. I should be able to spot it fairly quickly since I'm also watching a loaned set of Tenchi Universe.

*Although my daughter and I did take perverse pleasure in MiSTing the series, annoying my son greatly since he thought it was the shit.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Young, seemingly normal (but with a unique special power) boy with spiky black hair gets involved in a world beyond him, and in turn is suddenly the heart's desire of a fun-loving fighter girl, a prissy bossy princess, and a ditzy-yet-older woman whose life he saved. And a strange, childlike girl who isn't what she seems. Oh, and there's a mad scientist or two, one of whom is the bad guy, and they have of course a linked past. And a manipulative queeny woman in the background (although really the parallel there is Misaki's mother Seto in Kajishima's novels/GXP/OAV3).

And you will see the ultimate Tenchi reference/tie-in episode 13 (and then a Tenchi joke in the special/ep 14, which I could extrapolate upon to explain but I don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it).

No, the setting and characters are just different enough that it's certainly its own story, but there is still ultimately the same, basic premise behind it all. What isn't the same premise seems to be derivative from other sources (it's not like the parallel universe idea is new, for example).

Don't get me wrong, as I said before, I really enjoyed Dual! It was fun. It's still just easy to see Kajishima's influence.
wombat_socho
Nov. 20th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
OK, I see what you're getting at now. I guess I don't see that basic plot as being unique to Kajishima, since variations on it are also at the heart of most of the harem comedies I've seen, even Ranma 1/2.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
Oops! And I forgot to sign my comment: DQ! :)
mesmericone
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
I found you thru condar and I am pleased to see that you are a Republican:) There aren't that many of us is our "fandom" society:) We need to stick together:) Do you mind if I be-friend you?
wombat_socho
Nov. 18th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
Why, not at all! Welcome to the friends list!
mesmericone
Nov. 18th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
coolness!!!! A person that I can have a reasonable conversation about politics. I do have friends that are more liberal but I find that I just can not talk to them about this stuff. Plus, it is easier NOT to talk to them about politics LOL
wombat_socho
Nov. 18th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I know how that works. :(
mesmericone
Nov. 19th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
Yes....that is too bad! I just don't understand people who just think their "side" is the best and espically will NOT listen to logical disscussions.....or agree to disagree and still be friends!
wombat_socho
Nov. 20th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
*nods* I understand it, but I don't like it and won't put up with it. Fortunately, most of the people I know who are politically left aren't like that.
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