I’m not quite as tired after crashing for 11 hours. Yay! This is why the weekends rule.
Last night I got a very nice pick me up… 7 of 7, a VERY cute shoujo anime series. Props to Mandoric for providing me with a fansub and props to pockyman for tipping me off to it when it was on TV in Japan.
The basic idea is this girl named Nana has your basic kindly mad scientist grandfather, who was doing an experiment splitting the light of a rainbow into its base components (although he explained it more shoujouey than scifiey). Nana accidentally got mixed up in the experiment and was split up into 7 Nanas, each with a different favorite color and different personality aspect (Red=Aggressive/Tomboy, Green=Brainy, Orange=Lazy, Purple=Feminine, Yellow=HyperGenki, …I forget…, Blue=Original Nana).
Plus they have super powers. You can’t go wrong with super powers.
In America, this series would probably be a highly twisted blend of Powerpuff Girls and Invader Zim. In Japan, it’s just a sweet, good-hearted comic adventure that’s not TOO hyperactive — the soundtrack seems to mostly be piano music, and the scrapes they get into involve everyday concerns (Episode one: Getting chocolate to the boy they like on Valentine’s Day) rather than huge monsters or something. This could change later in the series, but… I doubt it’ll be the other extreme.
This is why I really like shoujo anime — other than a little childhood angst, it’s usually very upbeat, very sweet, and a good pick me up when I’m depressed. Yay!
…then in the morning, I got to cringe in terror at the dubbed versions of Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Mon Colle Knights. Proof positive that Mediocre Cash Cow Anime from Japan can be twisted into Sub-Par Cash Cow Dubhack Anime in America.
I’d love to see 7/7 brought over to the states, but let’s hope it’s done in unedited hybrid DVD form, mmkay?
Also, now I’m finding myself wishing I had broadband again. My desire for it has dampened a bit since I’ve learned more about the politics behind it and the crap the cable companies put you through (spyware, bandwidth locks, unreasonable cutoffs, etc) but downloading 200+ meg fansub files is murder on my modem. It took 22 hours to get the first episode of 7/7… gaah. Maybe I need to hook up with folks who mail out CD-R’s? I should stop depending on my seester to mail them and maybe buy some empty CD carriers and postage so I can just do it from here… anybody know more about the digital fansub scene?