Friday April 14, 2006

Planetes Word Game

The Wife and I recently finished watching the anime series Planetes, which is about the crew of a space ship that cleans up debris in Earth orbit in the late 21st century.  At the end of the final episode, the romantic leads, Hachimaki and Ai, are spending one last EVA together for old time's sake before he (Hachimaki) goes off to complete his training for the first mission to Jupiter, a journey that will take seven years round-trip.  As they float together in their space suits, they exchange a peculiar dialog, each in turn saying a different, seemingly unrelated word to the other.  At first, I thought they might be playing a low Earth orbit version of "I Spy" because several of the words are space-related, but then I figured it out: they're playing shiritori.

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Friday March 24, 2006

Anime Openings

Over the last few days, I've been having great fun exploring YouTube.  Remember the first time you heard about Google Video, and you headed straight to the site to search for something you're interested in, and you came up empty?  YouTube is like that, except they actually have videos.

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Thursday July 1, 2004


Via there's a two minute trailer available on the web for Hayao Miyazaki's next movie, Howl's Moving Castle. Miyazaki's movies are always worth waiting for, and I'm really looking forward to this one. I've had the (English language) novel by Diana Wynne Jones sitting on my to-read stack for a while—I need to get organized and read it before the movie comes out. Um, and also finish my thesis.

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Friday April 2, 2004

Haibane Renmei

I recently watched a newish anime series called "Haibane Renmei", and I enjoyed it more than anything I've seen since "Cowboy Bebop", and maybe even more than that. ("Witch Hunter Robin"? Meh.) The title means, roughly, "gray-feather alliance" (the official translation is "charcoal feather federation"). It's hard to describe without making it sound cute, but here goes: a group of children of various ages have been reborn with small gray-feathered wings and halos in a mysterious town surrounded by walls, but they have no memory of who they are, how they got there, or why they're there.

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