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Saturday, October 15, 2005

04:16:39 pm , 262 words, 969 views     Categories: Animation

Paradise Kiss 1

This text sounds awfully familiar for some reason. It's curious how there seems to have been a resurgence of interest in Midori all of a sudden. I've counted at least three different showings in different countries just in the last year.

Satoru Utsunomiya said he was directing an upcoming op a while back, and people are wondering if it might not be the new Eureka op starting soon... I was hoping it might be Noein myself.

Osamu Kobayashi's Paradise Kiss was even better produced than I'd thought it would be, even surpassing the quality of his first Beck episode. If there's one thing that is going to keep me from getting into this show it's Nobuteru Yuki's drawings (though he's a perfect pick for this material), but the parts that were done by Kobayashi (like the first minute, and little shots here and there) were just great, and overall it really felt like he'd molded it into his own creation again while still managing to keep close to the original. Impressive how he can do that. Watching the ending I thought Kobayashi had gotten a lot better as an animator, but then I realized it was Hiroyuki Imaishi and Yusuke Yoshigaki doing the animation, as I'd been told already but forgotten. Speak of the devil, I noticed Tokura Norimoto was in the op. I suppose those photos in the avant were taken by Kobayashi himself. I really liked that whole sequence. I wound up wishing the whole ep had looked like that and the ending, but he's too mature to do that.