Is DUNE taught in Japanese in schools or something? This is the third anime (at least!) I’ve seen that features giant sandworms, yet no mention of the spice mélange nor the Muad’Dib. Somehow, these monsters wiggled their way deep into the zeitgeist there…
I really had no idea what the hell this was when I put it in my DVD player and, now, I have only a slightly better idea of what it is. I figured that, as an OVA, it’d be self-contained, but it seems like this is actually an arc of a long-in-progress series. Dropping into this felt like dropping into ONE PIECE did, only with the added complications of a metaphysical, pan-dimensional mythos that probably would’ve still been confusing even if I’d watched TSUBASA from the beginning.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but is this supposed to be like SLIDERS with a dash of emo and a whole ladle of magic? I might not have known how the hell it all tied together, but my senses could plainly perceive spells being cast, poses being struck and deep discussions of feelings, motivations and painful, hidden pasts being had.
On a more... pedestrian note (har! har!) this finally had the high-speed, high-tech segue chase I’ve been wishing and hoping so long for.
I noticed that CLAMP handled the animation for this, too, but is there any other connection to XXXHOLIC? It’s got the same sort of Ed Gorey-esque overlong limbs. Although,it was rendered a lot more three-dimensionally and the experience is maybe a lot weirder for it. It’s almost like everybody’s got some kind of birth defect.
Can any of handy lunatics give me the skinny on this show? Is it worth investigating? Should I take this journey across worlds with these posh dudes?
I don’t think this episode, “The Magician’s Message,” is streaming anywhere online. It’s on a disc I received from Funimation that includes the OVAs, TOKYO REVELATIONS and SPRING THUNDER CHRONICLES. You can find out more about it, here.