healyg: (Book Reading)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews and Yuletide, Currently Reading Wednesdays has been postponed to Sunday. We're really sorry for the inconvenience.

Currently I am reading various Lupin III specials and movies.

What? They got subtitles, they count. Bro I will fight you on this.

Anyway, here's what I watched:

Got those Loops on the brain )
healyg: (scheming)
Recently, as part of my anticipation for the official release of the new Lupin III series, I've been watching some scattered episodes of the third series, AKA the "pink jacket" series. Honestly? They're not that bad. A bit on the slow side, compared to the somewhat manic second series, and I've noticed a dip in quality in the second half, but still, not bad.

I even think that if this had been the series to make it to America first, instead of the second, things might have been better for the franchise over here; the animation, while still dated, is yards better than the second series, and the character designs are a little more to American anime fans' tastes. Sure, everything gets a little uglier after episode 25 or thereabouts, but then it's not like Adult Swim ever showed more than 25 episodes of the second series either.
healyg: (apology)
More AMVs from my Youtubes. Gosh I hope I don't have to post anymore filler this week.

Under the cut... )
healyg: (scheming)
I can't think of anything good to post right now, so have some Lupin III AMVs.

Under a cut, just like last time )
healyg: (Excited)
(Note: I've only watched episodes 1 and 2 of the new series. Just in case you need to know.)

My hot take on the new Lupin III series is that it's pretty good! A rare (or at least uncommon) modern update that keeps the feel of the old while doing something new.

If you want more details than that...

Click here! )

Overall I'd recommend this one, especially if you're already a fan of the characters.
healyg: (apology)
I apologize for yesterday's April Fools Day joke; I'm guessing from the lack of response that it was way too believable for a prank. But no, there is no light novel called Stranger Idol Panic -- Managerial Stress, although I would bet that there is one like it yet to be written, or already written, or being written right now.

I have read a light novel recently, though: Kino's Journey, by Keiichi Sigsawa. (Wikipedia article.) It's a girl named Kino and her talking motorbike, Hermes (no, really!), and they travel around the world, visiting countries and stuff; I read the second volume of it about a week ago, after reading the first one, translated by Tokyopop, many years ago. Honestly, I have to say I'm not too impressed with it, for a number of reasons.

For one, I'm not sure if it's just an issue with the translation or what, but the writing for the series seems really affected in a way I can't quite put my finger on. It's a fan-translation, so the translators may not have had the time to polish it real well, but it could also be that the original text is stiff and ungainly as well. Either way it's kind of a rough read.

Also, I didn't like how thinly characterized everyone seemed to be; it feels like most of the characters Kino and Hermes meet are just props for the story's moral. That's not necessarily a problem, depending on the story, but too often the moral seems a little pat and "been there, done that". Also, the main characters are also pretty thin; most of what Kino does is done out of boredom, and she seems really disaffected from the events of the novel. Hermes works as a foil for Kino, but he's not a strong character on his own, and I still don't get why he had to be a talking motorcycle.

I did enjoy parts of it, though. Some of the stories are more dramatic and punchy than the rest, and I did like a few of the ideas that the novel talks about. Overall, is Kino's Journey worth your time? I dunno, you might be better off with the anime.

(Tune in tomorrow for a special All-Comics Edition of Currently Reading Wednesdays!)

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