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Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei DVD box art

Haibane Renmei DVD box art

I just finished watching the last few episodes of Haibane Renmei. It’s not the typical anime that would normally appeal to me and I hadn’t even heard of it till I happened to see clips of it from an anime music video. It’s only 13 episodes long and it’s a sad but sweet story that I really enjoyed.

The pacing of it and the feeling I got while watching this show was similar to how I feel when watching My Neighbor Totoro for the ump-teenth time. Which is a good thing because I absolutely love Totoro.  Haibane Renmei just seems similar to me for some reason.  There’s no real action, no bad guy, no ‘obvious’ conflict. I wrote more but deleted it. If anyone is actually inspired to watch this short series, I’d hate to give away any clues as to what happens.  All I want to say is that this is the type of story that will have the more sensitive types with at least a few tears.

And for those who see the characters in this have halos and feathered wings and immediately dismiss the show then it’s your loss.  The characters may look something like angels but there’s nothing religious about the series.  It has its own mythologies and beliefs that, as far as I could tell, should offend no ones sensibilities.

If this sounds like something you’d like, I would definitely recommend at least a rental.  I watched it in Japanese with English subtitles.  I know some people are put off by subtitles but they aren’t bad at all here.  The dialog is easy to follow.

Hooked on Lost

While we were in the States and staying at my Mom and Step-Dad’s, Muse and I got to see the TV show Lost for the first time. They were just starting over with Season 1 so they could remember what happened before they watched Seasons 2 & 3 which they had just bought. I wasn’t all that enthused since I don’t like most television shows anymore, but after a couple of episodes we were both hooked. Before we left, I made sure that we had Seasons 1, 2 & 3 all packed to go back to Hong Kong with us.

Last night we finally completed watching Lost – Season 1 on DVD. I know we are seriously behind but we’re slowly catching up. They don’t show Lost on TV here so we couldn’t even watch Season 4 if we were caught up. Oh well.

Anyway, no spoilers please.

Last few nails…

And now we see the last few nails in the coffin for HD DVD.  I had mentioned a few days ago that the format war was over but the news over the past couple of days is just rubbing salt in the wounds.  Retail leviathan Wal-Mart has announced that it will no longer carry HD DVD following Best Buy’s earlier decision.  And though there were rumors of Toshiba completely dropping HD DVD over the weekend, we still don’t know if those rumors are true.  According to Toshiba today, they are still weighing their options in this increasingly Blu-Ray market.

In my opinion Toshiba should just get out while they can and before the downward spiral catches more unwary consumers in it’s wake.  Everyone knows that most people who buy technology are at least relatively clueless (much to the dismay of us obsessive research techies) and it won’t be long till stores that are still selling the remainder of their stock of HD DVD hardware and movies start looking with customers with the word “SUCKER” stamped on their forehead.  It will happen; it always does.  And those unlucky people who invest in HD DVD at this stage of the game (or later) are going to be very upset when they can’t find any more red cases floating in the sea of blu.

A few days left

Only a few days left here in St. Louis, MO before I board a plane once more bound for Hong Kong.  Only a few more days to see family and friends and shop for shoes.  Because shoes are expensive in Hong Kong.  Good ones at least.  And we bought some more DVDs today while we were out.  It can’t be helped.  It really can’t.

We went to the dentist today for our checkup and then to the gynecologist.  The latter was more for Muse than myself obviously.  Tomorrow is separate lunches with different friends.  Saturday is going to be spent visiting more friends.  Sunday I don’t know yet.  Monday I leave in the afternoon so the whole day is pretty much shot.  That’s the way it goes.

Movies movies movies!!!

We are on a movie buying shopping spree.  We’ve got eight plus months of missed DVD purchases to make up for since our last visit home.  I’d say we have well over 50 so far if not more.

Earlier today we went to see I Am Legend in an IMAX theater and we just got finished watching Wild Hogs at my Dad’s.  Both movies were great.  I picked up a copy of the book I Am Legend by Richard Matheson as well to bring back to Hong Kong.  I’ve seen most of the movie adaptations so I figured I’d finally read the book to see how the real story goes.

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