November 4th, 2004


New anime: Gankutsuou

Gankutsuou is a re-telling of the story of the Count of Monte-Cristo (which I haven't read) -- but in a futuristic setting.
Albert and Franz are on Luna to enjoy the carnival there, when they meet this mysterious Count-person. He looks like a vampire: blue skin, fangs, doesn't eat... Anyway, he takes an interest in Albert, and Franz is forced to join Albert and the Count to watch the executions. The Count has a pardon from the Cardinal, and he makes some twisted game out of it. Albert, the naive youngster, falls for his wiles and has to face the consequences of his deed.
Gonzo Digimation is responsible for this series, and again they did a great job. There is only one caveat: the patterns of peoples' clothes and hair don't move. That's right, it's as if they cut out a sheet of patterned paper in the shape of, say, a coat, and used that. That can be quite distracting, because it's sometimes hard to see where one things ends and the other begins. I can imagine lots of people being turned off by that. Other than that, this promises to be an interesting series with lots of great plot developments.
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Amber campaign

Sunday, we had another session of the Amber campaign. Things got really out of hand the previous session, and I'm ashamed to say that I made things considerably more complicated for myself than necessary. We didn't have lots of clues as to where the abducted crown princess was, and meanwhile my cousins were working on something completely unrelated.
I don't know how we pulled it off, but we did find the crown princess, and it does seem like Arin is going to get married to her, like he wanted. And it seems like there won't be too much pressure needed on all parties to come to a satisfactory conclusion of this crisis.

I'm rather relieved.
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Movie: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Yesterday, we went to see the movie "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow". An adventure movie with sets that are completely CGI -- the whole movie was shot against a blue screen.
The movie plays out in the late 30's -- and it shows. Lots of cliches of the era, along with the same visual style. It give the whole movie a strong identity, which I liked.
It's an adventure movie, no two ways about it. You're not going to watch it for the deep characterisation, you won't go to see it for the romantic plot (though there is some romance, but it's barely noticable). No, you'll go see this movie to wonder at the cool scenery, the great gadgets, the Mad Science and the great adventure-movie plot.

Watching this movie is not a life-changing experience, but a really fun way to spend an evening.

When I grow up, I want to be a Mad Scientist too. They get all the cool toys.
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