Sunday, April 5, 2009

Revenge of the 80s

For no particularly good reason, I just watched the first episode of the Guin Saga, a hundred volume plus super popular fantasy epic, which is generally code for fucking terrible. General word seems to be that it starts off well enough and descends into bad yaoi slash fiction after a dozen volumes. Which is probably why is sells so well.

As you can see, it is basically every Hannah-Barbara 80s fantasy cartoon at once, only with the sort of budget and production values NHK usually spends on things that matter, like Twelve Kingdoms or Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.
And tons of emo.
At times it nearly managed to be awful enough to be worth watching - furry Conan punching a ninja knight in exactly the right trajectory so he ended up sliding down the inside of a hollow tree was fucking hilarious - but generally the embarrassing aspects of it were enough of a detriment that it ended up only being modestly watchable.

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