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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

10:37:38 pm , 274 words, 2178 views     Categories: Animation

Noein 2

Went to pick up my Minori Kimura manga from storage a while ago. I don't read manga much any more, but of everything I've read, Kimura's has stuck with me, and I get the urge to revisit just hers every once in a while. I'd like to write about her some day. Feels like she deserves to be much more well known.

It's quite something when you can't even recognize the characters from one ep to another, even moreso when it's only the second ep. My hat's off to Noein for that. Satelight (or Kawamori) is already known for being accepting of ep-to-ep disparity, but it feels particularly strong here, like they're deliberately giving more freedom to each ep's AD to draw it his own way. Something almost youthful about the imperfect drawings here that felt really nice, though I missed all of the wonderful perspective and interesting movement in the first ep. And we have an op. Mostly reused stuff (to be replaced apace?) but one shot suddenly jumped out as incredibly amazing, and no surprise, it was Matsumoto. This bodes well. One thing I was pleased to see was that the whole feeling of going wild with the drawings in the action but keeping it toned down otherwise was retained in the second ep. It feels like they're trying for a new, more dynamic and visceral approach to drawing the movement in action. I was wondering how Matsumoto would adapt to that whole concept, and by god, he did it with vigor! I've never seen animation of this sort from Matsumoto before. Needless to say, I'm seriously looking forward to seeing more.

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