If you haven’t surmised already, I’ve made my picks of the shows I’ll be watching now I’m done with this latest, shorter sampling period. It’s going to be this show, EUREKA SEVEN AO, SPACE BROTHERS and then also a resumption of YU YU HAKUSHO for the final stretch to the end of “the Dark Tournament.” Keep in mind, that slate’s subject to change after I finally catch up with these series. Part of the reason I usually pick old shows for this column is that there are never any problems about waiting for a new episode.
Some of you lunatics have derided the animation in this show as being sloppy. While I’m normally not a fan of attempts to integrate CG models with 2D characters (and, for the record, the elements don’t integrate especially well here,) I’m so taken with the style here that it’s easy for me to look past all that stuff. Certainly, it’s an acquired taste, but for me, there’s a palpable sense of vitality to the art that comes with all the scratchy lines. It’s like seeing the pages of an especially-inspired artist’s sketchpad coming straight to life without any of the usual go-betweens.
I’m not deeply versed in the mythos of LUPIN III - - perhaps I’m an orange belt in terms of understanding - - so this might actually truer to the source material than I’m aware. However, it’s worth saying that this feels like one of those “alternative perspective” takes on classic stories that you see from time to time. You know, like MARY REILLY or that book that retold Beowulf from the perspective of Grendel. I suspect that Fujiko didn’t meet the players in Lupin’s gang before that gang actually, because the telling of their meeting here feels like a provocative spin on it.
Could one of you more learned lunatics in the community enlighten me here?