Friday, August 3, 2007

Zetsubou OP

Episode 4 brings us a graphical OP sequence. To cut to the chase, it's absolutely brilliantly insane. Sparse, yet intensely fast-cutting, with a surprising dose of overt, yet repressed, sexuality (if that makes any sense). I was absolutely floored the first time through.

This is a good time to appreciate the use of textures in this show. There's this feeling of authenticity, of harmony, of just plain aesthetic coolness. I can't find the words at this hour to fully express my enthusiasm, but man, this show is hip.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Zetsubou 03

Well, we're not quite at the zillion-screenshots-plus-plot-parroting stage yet, but we're getting there.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei episode three was good, but not as brilliant as episode two. There are plenty of Shinbo moments, though. And the chalkboard scribbles -- I think I may have to end up watching each episode twice, once straight through and once frame-by-frame. Death Note parody, Jigoku Shoujou parody? I know there's a whole bunch more cultural references that are going over my head. But ah, this show is at turns deliciously morbid and deliriously chromatic.

I also ended up watching Hayate 18 last night. All I can say is: moar Hinagiku pls, kthxbye.