November 22nd, 2004

wombat

So much for that plan

I should have gone to bed. Instead I stayed up Saturday piecing together a d-fic from alt.fan.utena into a coherent Word document only to find that one of the main authors had already done so...but I did go to bed right after dinner and watched the first four episodes of Gunparade March and Escaflowne before crashing.

Gunparade March is the kind of anime you watch because you have nothing better to do...it's mediocre eye candy with plot elements recycled from a dozen other series. Alien invasion, Earth unites against aliens who kick everybody's ass but Japan's, mecha piloted by high school kids, cute little kids with destructive psychic powers, yada yada. The art is nothing special and I've seen the reticent bitchy ass-kicking warrior chick/shy mediocre guy romance subplot enough times that it no longer interests me.

Escaflowne, on the other hand, got my attention and has a good solid grip on it. It's an odd mix of fantasy and science fiction, in that the world of Gaea is apparently a patchwork of feudal kingdoms and "pumpernickel principalities", with the major power being the Zaibach Empire. Heroine Hitomi falls into Gaea after Prince Van of Fanelia appears at her high school track just as she's about to run a sprint so that she can get her first kiss from departing track team captain Amano. Van is in the middle of fighting a dragon, which he narrowly defeats thanks to Hitomi's precognitive vision, after which he and Hitomi are zapped to Gaea. They arrive in Fanelia and are there just long enough for Van to be crowned King - and for somebody to attack Fanelia and burn the place to the ground. Van and Hitomi escape with the magically-driven mecha Escaflowne, but they're pursued by a Zaibach floating fort and the utterly sociopathic Prince Dilandau, who is under orders to capture Escaflowne. Looks very interesting, and I'm looking forward to the next eight episodes.

Also on the watch list this week: last two disks of Dual! and Spriggan, along with some more Tenchi Universe for comic relief.
wombat

The people who most need to read this probably won't.

Fortunately, none of them are on my friends list. Wretchard does another great essay that segues from Oliver Stone to the idiots ranting about Jesusland to an examination of just what National Socialism and Fascism were really all about - and why it's a really, really bad idea to make sudden moves around jumpy teenagers with automatic weapons who have just seen the worst horror conceivable this side of Hell.

RTWT. Hat tip to Professor Reynolds and his Clone Army.