June 22nd, 2008

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Finished series: Heroic Age

We've finished watching Heroic Age. My first episode review is here.

The 'Golden Tribe' was the first space-faring species. They started some sort of SETI-program to call others into space, and the Silver (psychic humanoids) and Iron Tribes (insects with a hive-mind) answered their call. Next, there was the Heroic Tribe: big monster-like beings of awesome power. And lastly, there was the Iron Tribe: humanity.
The Heroic Tribe got into internal conflict, and they killed themselves off -- all except five of 'em. The Golden Tribe turned them into 'Nodoss': small nanotechnology devices that are able to recreate one of the Heroic Tribe. Each Nodoss was implanted into a member of a different tribe, and given a contract which specified 'labours' to fulfill. And then the Golden Tribe left this universe, and that was that.

The Silver Tribe has taken stewardship over the galaxy, and they wage war against the Iron Tribe, aided by the Bronze Tribe. One human vessel, the Argonaut, under the command of the psychic Princess Deianeira, is searching for their Nodoss -- and it turns out to be Age, a young boy who lived a carefree life on a broken planet that is almost impossible to navigate to.
Of course, the Bronze Tribe is hot on the heels of the humans, and it befalls to Age to defend his tribesmen!

And so begins an epic SF-story with many mythical undertones. Even if the tribes have access to space-age technology, they still don't understand a lot of the legacy of the Golden Tribe. This breeds conflict, and the humans are taking heavy losses in the constant push of the Silver Tribe to eradicate them.

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I have two problems with this series. The first is that everyone is almost a caricature. The princess is kind and wise and intuitive. Her brothers are stupid egomaniacs. Iolaus is brave, etcetera. There is little character development, even though around them there are huge things going on.
The other is that Age is the instant solution to all problems. Broze Tribe nest in pursuit? Just send Age out for a sortie, and he'll smash it to bits, while the rest of the humans can't do much but stand at the sidelines.
But if you approach this series as simply an epic story that wants to show you lots of cool things, then you won't be dissapointed. Because this series is really good in almost all other aspects. The CGI is top-notch, making the space battles really interesting to watch. The fights between the Nodoss are also awe-inspiring. The character designs are attractive, the voice acting inspired and warm.

If you go for action-packed epic SF stories, this one should definately be on your list.

Good points:
- Excellent CGI;
- Interesting story.
Bad points:
- Cardboard cutout characters;
- A single solution for all problems.

All in all, a 7.5.
Let's brew!

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Just started the second batch of beer. This time, it's an 'Abbey'-like beer: strong flavour, heavy beer. Not everything went as it should be during the preparations -- we'll see what happens.
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Finished series: Lucky Star

We've finished watching Lucky Star. My first episode review is here.

Basically, the series is about four girls -- otaku Kanna, airheaded and innocent Tsukasa, smart and tsundere Kagami and the clumsy Miyuki. Not much happens (if you don't count the numerous references to other anime and manga) -- after a few episodes, there's this set pattern that gets repeated over and over with some small variations.
And still it's funny -- not laugh-aloud funny or bizarre like Azumanga Daioh, but funny in an otaku, in-joke manner. There's not much plot, though there are some recurring themes like Kanna's visit to the Animate, the doujinshi she reads (and that poor Tsukasa gets to read too), etcetera.
The ending of the episodes is put in the form of the 'Lucky Channel', where an 'idol' talks about what happened, together with a classmate of Kanna's. She fancies herself quite the star, though -- and she abuses her poor sidekick. This disintegrates completely as the series progresses.

It's been described as 'extremely otaku-centric', and that is indeed the case. It does poke fun at things like fanservice, lolicon and all that sort of stuff, in a rather light-hearted manner.

Good points:
- Lots of injokes;
- Fast-paced and funny.
Bad points:
- Too in-crowd.

If you're a die-hard anime fan, then you'll like this one. If not, then chances are this series will merely irritate you. It has an extremely narrow appeal. For that, I will award it a 6.5.