Death Note 5cm

I finished Byousoku 5cm today. I had actualy watched the first “chapter” just before Ramadan began, and then had to set it aside (I pledge to try and engage in acts of piety rather than consume mass entertainment during the holy month. I don’t exactly succeed). That first segment was just an emotional freight train, like Haibane Renmei collapsed into 20 minutes. I originally intended to blog about that chapter alone, but then never got around to it, and today being Eid I figured I wanted to see how the rest turned out. It was no less gripping, though the bulk of the emotional impact was still in the first segment. Still, as a whole, it was something truly special, making you ache in a bittersweet way that is familiar to everyone. It deserves more attention but I dunno what to say. I haven’t felt like this since watching Lost in Translation. I can unequivocally say however that I think this was by far Shinkai’s masterpiece.

After watching it, though, I was kind of on the mood for something different, so I watched the first episode of Death Note. Um. WOW. The Japanese really don’t f$%k around, do they? Were this series made in the US, the events, and character progression of the main character, would have taken all of season 1. Here thye did it in one episode. “Humans are interesting” indeed. I am hooked, and my brief foray into Fate/Stay Night a few weeks ago is suspended for now.

Death Note

Escaflowne is over, and I’ve got disc one of Death Note ready to start. I also am savoring Shinkai’s 5cm, I watched the first section and want to review it before I watch the others, to capture the emotional progression.

I have to admit that my interest in Death Note has spiked now that I’ve seen this.

UPDATE – also Tweeny Witches and Petite Princess Yucie are on my next-up list, thanks to Nick and Steven.

Death Note on the big screen

It seems that there is a live-action adaptation of Death Note coming to a select group of 300 theaters – for two days only. Here’s a review of the movie on NPR and here’s a list of theaters. Some selected theaters that may be of particular interest, ahem:

Cinemark 20 MERRIAM KS 66202
AMC Olathe Studio 29 OLATHE KS 66062
Town Cinema ASHLAND KY 41101
Hamburg Pavilions 16 LEXINGTON KY 40509
Stonybrook Cinemas LOUISVILLE KY 40220
Tinseltown Louisville LOUISVILLE KY 40241
AMC Elmwood Palace 20 HARAHAN LA 70123
AMC Westbank Palace 16 HARVEY LA 70058
Cinemark 14 LAKE CHARLES LA 70601
Tinseltown SHREVEPORT LA 71115
Tinseltown USA WEST MONROE LA 71291
Cedar Hills Crossing 16 BEAVERTON OR 97005
Valley River EUGENE OR 97401
Tinseltown MEDFORD OR 97504
Cinemark 17  SPRINGFIELD OR 97477
Pinnacle Stadium 18 KNOXVILLE TN 37922
Opry Mills 20 plus IMAX NASHVILLE TN 37214
Tinseltown OAK RIDGE TN 37830
AMC Willowbrook 24 HOUSTON TX 77064
Houston Marq*E Stadium 22  HOUSTON TX 77024
Memorial City Mall HOUSTON TX 77024

Imagine my surprise that Marshfield, WI is not on the list.