Monday, March 24, 2008

Elfen Lied, the best anime I have seen in years

There was a time when I was a hardcore fan of anime (otaku if you will), but then there was somehow some decadence in the quality of the shows on 2003 so I stopped watching for a while. Recently I have been trying to catch up with what I have missed since 2004 and that's when I came up with what is possibly the best anime I have ever seen... Elfen Leid!

The show has a perfect mix between really funny stuff and an extremely sad and tragic main plot. You just can't stop feeling sympathy for the main character, Lucy/Nyu, although she is a massive sanguinary killer. The soundtrack is amazing, is like right from the opening it's art, not just another forgetable tv show. They don't follow old tired formulas, they kill even people you thought where going to be important for the plot. The animation needless to say is outstanding, you will feel guilty of enjoying so much the massacres, but it's like watching Giger's art, it can be brutal at some points but it's still beautiful somehow.

The only flaw of the show is that it's too short, only 13 episodes long. I heard the manga is way longer and has an alternative set of events. I hope I can get to check it out soon.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Flight of the Conchords

Thanks to Michel I was lucky enough to watch the best new comedy TV series that have come out in the last few years, Flight of the Conchords. This show is about a couple of New Zeland geeks that have a really cool indie folk band and immigrate to the US to find how complicated it is not only to get gigs and make it big on the music industry, but also to date. The show includes in every episode an awesome musical related to plot that will make you laugh like never before (just watch the "bowie is in space" song or the "Robot song" with the binary solo and you'll know what I'm talking about).

The DVD with the whole 1st season is only 25 bucks so I couldn't let this masterpiece of comedy go by without including it to my collection. I'm surprised how underestimated this show has been, there is really not much info around on the internet, but the cool thing is that there is some kind of underground cult going around this show. I hope the second season of Flight of the Conchords gets released soon, I can hardly wait for more songs from these guys.