Series Reviews now on the Menu

Well – two of them, so far!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m planning to do one or two reviews per year (give or take) that end up longer than my usual ones, with multiple connected posts etc.

So far, as you can see from the menu above, I’ve got Nadia and Trigun complete.

Those links under the “Series Review” heading will take you to a landing/intro pages for each show, and that’s where I’ll be adding more when I can. Next up may or may not be Cowboy Bebop, and I’ve mentioned before considering others like Ghost in the Shell: SAC and FMA, or maybe even one or two anime I’ve already reviewed.

Actually, on that note, if you’ve got an idea for a show that’s between say 20 – 60 odd episodes long that you think I should review in more detail than usual, lemme know 😀

Trigun (Toraigan)

Trigun (Toraigan) (1998)

Welcome to Trigun week!

As I did with Nadia here, I’m reviewing Trigun by breaking things up into arcs or at least sections. The plan is to once more share posts one at a time over the next 6 days or so, instead of putting everything together in a single, long write-up.

Again, also in a very similar way to what I did with Nadia, I want to note that my arcs are just ones that I’ve come up with, they’re quite obviously nothing official. I found it more difficult to divide Trigun up into various parts than I did with Nadia, and so these divisions especially might not gel with what you see as distinct movements in the series.

In time, the list below will include links but for now it’s just my arcs/sections:

The Mysterious Man in Red Arc – Episodes 1-5
The Sand Steamer Arc – Episodes 6-8
Wolfwood Arc – Episodes 9-11
The Gung-Ho Guns Arc – Episodes 12-17
‘Doubts’ Arc – Episodes 18-23
The Final Shoot Out Arc – Episodes 24-26

Finally, I should add that I don’t have a whole lot of objectivity when it comes to Trigun, as it’s one of my all-time favs and I watch it a couple of times a year compared to other favs that I might not watch as often.

More, I’ll probably end up focusing far less on the production side of things this time around, since I believe it went a lot smoother when compared to Nadia.

So, if by chance you haven’t come across Trigun before, I’ll quickly say that, like many anime out there, it’s an adaptation of a manga.

It’s also one that focuses on action, comedy and drama with a lone gunman wandering a desert-like world… at first.

Now, whether it’s a great or a good adaptation might depend on how you feel about the ending, where the adaptation and source material certainly diverge. Author Yasuhiro Nightow was still working on Trigun while the anime aired and so there had to be differences – but I plan to start at the start of course, so no more about the ending for now!

Until tomorrow!

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia)

Pretty sure this is from an Art Book/Special Edition

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia) 1990

There’s valid debate as to whether Nadia of the Mysterious Seas should actually be considered a classic or not and I understand the trepidation. There are some serious flaws resulting from a troubled production that I think would prevent the majority of folks from giving this anime that honorific.

However, I do think of the series as a classic, but then I’m a fan. (Having said that, I’m pretty aware of the problems too.)

This time around I’ve decided to split my review/discussion into seven posts (of varying lengths) that represent some of the show’s ‘arcs’ as I see them. I’ve named each arc but in a non-consistent way, partly to tie in with how fans tend to discuss certain parts of the series, but also to signal some tonal shifts, production changes or storytelling movements – and finally, ever my dream, I’m breaking it all up to make my posts shorter 😀

Here’s the lay of the land for the Nadia-themed posts:

There will be spoilers in these posts – though not many big ones like ‘specific details on exactly how the series wraps up’. I’ll try to put a little warning in at times, but there will be spots where I have to discuss certain events (again, not the ending).

Not sure when I’ll start posting – have just got to deal with the tiny detail of going through 39 episodes for images 😀