June 28, 2011
I was a bit surprised because I expected something of a change in direction midway through (after the big tournament) but it continues in the same vein with still bigger tournaments. One reason for my thinking this was that Chobbits is allegedly set in the same universe as this series a few years later. Therefore, I was expecting some, development regards sentient machines. The credits promo art and episode eycatches seemed to hint at something along those lines with the dolls. However, this is not the case.
A couple of things really stand out in the show. One is the very high degree of sportsmanship exhibited by most of the participants. Also, most of the tournament opponents are very well realized charachters in their own right. They are presented as not simply obstacles to our heroine, but sympathetic human beings with their own lives and backstories. Misaki, the protagonist, is a like-able person in her own right and does not need to learn to be a good person, she is one (this is CLAMP not Shonen Jump).
All in all I liked it. It is an episode or two too long in order to fill out the 26 episode run, but in that regard it is a FAR less egregious offender than many. It is well above average.
If one has a daughter this is probably a very good show to acquire. With that in mind the dub is decent and Jessica Boone does a fine job in the lead. However the dub does have one peculiar failing that I hadn't seen in years...about midway through the show, the direction seems to have changed and there is suddenly an emphasis on matching
in the a-
-tion to the di-
-alog. It's understandable but occasionally distracting. The actors themselves, aside from this odd direction do do a pretty good job.
I have a few other thoughts but they involve spoilers.
The Chobits connection was pretty much eliminated. Among other things, Kaede is Minoru's older sister, so there's not a lot of time for the huge tech-jump from a small number of doll-sized fighting robots to ubiquitous human-sized androids that have been around long enough for Chii's history to make sense.
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Jun 29 11:53:47 2011 (2XtN5)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Jun 29 12:07:34 2011 (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at Wed Jun 29 15:27:05 2011 (/ZaEZ)
Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at Thu Jun 30 13:53:51 2011 (7wFYN)
This was actually a shounen manga, targeted more at boys than girls
Which just goes to prove that I really don't understand teh wemmings.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Jun 30 14:43:59 2011 (EJaOX)
Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at Thu Jun 30 16:59:11 2011 (7wFYN)
...some of the male characters would be gazing soulfully at each other.
Especially since it is from CLAMP.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Jun 30 18:13:15 2011 (+rSRq)
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