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Wolf's Rain
So I've been TiVoing Wolf's Rain off Cartoon Network for the past 28 weeks or so (I think tonight was episode 28) and it is a *damn* good series, by the same studio as Cowboy Bebop.

They're in the run up to the finale now, 30 episodes total, and the past couple have been right bastards. I just watched tonight's - the damn writer's are certainly not pulling any punches.

I am: drained drained
Current Media: TiVo: Poirot

eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: October 2nd, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Even I watched a couple episodes of that. Bit confusing when you've only seen episode ~11 and ~14 though. (It was a tivo suggestion, both times.) Sounded like it was a bit grim though.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 2nd, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh yeah - grim indeed.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: October 2nd, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
So, er... not to digress wildly, but has there been any good anime lately that isn't distressing, grim, and gruesome?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 2nd, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I haven't seen much new anime that isn't on TV - I haven't been buying DVDs lately - but I rather like Case Closed. Even if it is mostly about murders and such, I find it fairly light-hearted.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: October 2nd, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That counts? Cool. I like Cased Closed very much. I've seen all of them. (I hope there will be new episodes.)

It's unlikely that I'd be looking for DVD recommendations. If I got even a handful, I'd more than double my collection.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 3rd, 2004 12:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
There are a few hundred episodes in Japan - the series is very long running, and is still running I believe. I don't know ir Cartoon Network will pick up any more though.
mephron From: mephron Date: October 3rd, 2004 07:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, Ghost in the Shell: STand Alone Complex wasn't that distressing, grim and gruesome. And it's going to be on CN at some point.

Same with Full Metal Alchemist. I've only seen the first three episodes, but there's some grim-n-gruesome stuff in the first three minutes of the first ep, and then it lightens up for a bit.
mechaman From: mechaman Date: October 3rd, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


depends on what you mean by grim and gruesome. The series is excellent, but light and dark are seriously mingled. There are some serious moments where things get darker than a lot of the gothic-tone posers get (harder than Witch Hunter Robin, for an example, though one can argue that the series there really didn't have much). It is definitely A-list, and understands very well the need for some light shining as well. There's the dark, but some moments of beauty, hope and comic breakdowns.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: October 3rd, 2004 11:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Uh...

Thanks for the warning. I just don't watch stuff that presents the world as completely hopeless. I keep hoping there is something between the inane and the painful.
mechaman From: mechaman Date: October 10th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Uh...

Sorry on the long pause. Very busy and for some reason both browsers decided to go on strike before. The inanity content on this series is actually pretty low aside from a few running gags that in more than one spot get redeemed, and the breakdown ep (was utterly necessary after the intensity before it). They don't 'just' pound the heroes. They also remind how much reason there is in life. So it's much more satisfying to me, especially since how many series love to sayt life is just pain.
seigyoku From: seigyoku Date: October 3rd, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Actually, you haven't been tivoing it quite that long. CN skipped the four-in-a-row-recap-bonanza, so only 26 episodes are being aired.

Me, I've got four eps recorded to catch up on...