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Old 06-26-2020, 12:25 AM   #226
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OK several posts today:

I needed a halftime break because the series was almost 200 episodes and 4 movies long, but after 10-15 years I finally bought and started rewatching the Inuyasha Season 5 DVD box set. The rest of the seasons plus Final Act arrived in the mail too. Kind of embarrassing for me but one of the boxes came with some goofy action figurine, guess I will donate that to needy kids for Christmas. But I'm really way too eccentric for my own good when it comes to these DVD and Bluray covers and movie posters and stuff like that-- I really wanted to have the complete deluxe edition box set collection.





The first few seasons were great, just like I remembered, but after a handful of lower quality but necessary episodes, Season 4 was almost entirely unwatchable filler. The second movie was awful too-- hence the halftime break. When the anime catches up with the written manga there's not much else the show can do except wait for new material, just the same tired jokes and stagnant characters for 1.5 seasons, monsters of the week and meaningless sitcom episodes. They can't write anything new because it might contradict the real story when the rest of the manga comes out.

Episode 98

But then came the penultimate Season 4 climax, one of the finest episodes in the entire series! -- Kikyo and Kagome, Alone in the Cave. Minor spoilers here, but these two women share the same soul, Kagome being Kikyo's reincarnation. Sure, there's some character development when Kagome gets trapped with her boyfriend's dead-but-resurrected-ex-who-also-happens-to-be-herself-in-a-previous-life, but this episode was outstanding because the women do all of the fighting in the last epic battle scene, they don't just sit around helplessly waiting to be rescued at the last second, as usually happens in these male-dominated shōnen battle animes.

Of course those shōnen battles are the best part, but it gets old if the girls just stand around and don't do anything most of the time.


(Starts at 15:20)




Strongly recommended to watch movies and TV shows in their original language, with subtitles, that scene just doesn't seem the same without Satsuki Yukino rage screaming "Iko!" when Kagome fires off that last sacred arrow. But I'm not sure what fascinated me most about that scene -- the POV shot with animated focal shift / lens effect which was so cool to watch, or the praying that reminded me of Goku's spirit bomb at the end of Dragon Ball Z, or maybe the fact that the video was uploaded in January 2006, meaning on an exponential curve it's by far the earliest video I've ever watched on YouTube, which was then just a few months old.

But what really grabbed me about the show was the music. That was the first appearance of Kikyo no Kokoro on the soundtrack, my absolute favorite song from any movie or TV show I've ever seen.





Every major character on Inuyasha had his or her own theme song, and the melodies were beautiful or exciting but simple enough during the early seasons, but as the show progressed, keeping the same leitmotifs, the composer, Kaoru Wada, introduced second or third more complex versions with richer and deeper textures, Kikyo no Kokoro sounding exactly like you might expect the music to sound for someone who was introduced with the episode title "Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo", a woman who possessed immense spiritual powers, and who devoted her entire life to protecting other people, only to fall in love but then seemingly be murdered, covered in the bitter blood of betrayal, her restless soul unable to find peace, unnaturally brought back to life with only one purpose in mind, a holy crusade to destroy Hell himself; the sad, tragic, haunting, fatalistic, yet triumphant and ennobled music that accompanies such a person as they approach the end of the final days and hours and minutes and seconds of their life.

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Old 06-26-2020, 01:22 AM   #227
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The animation discussion is on point because I've been thinking about getting a job and maybe looking for voice acting work, especially since I haven't been able to play poker since February. I don't know anything about acting, but one of the very few things I'm certain of in this world is that I have a good voice, not because I think so, but because I've heard that from other people hundreds if not thousands of times in my life.

Right before the lockup I was playing poker at Commerce with this lady who is the assistant for a Hollywood director, she was older and hitting on me, I wasn't interested but I did like chatting with her and buying her Bloody Mary's until she got completely wasted. Even though it's been 4 months that was probably the last in-person conversation I've had. She too exclaimed about how she thought my voice was amazing and wanted me to do podcasts with her and so-and-so director. We exchanged contact information but I never heard back from her, think I mentioned earlier in this blog that happens all the time here in L.A. Everyone gives you their number and they all want to see you and meet you again as long as you have a job for them or you can help them out in some other way.

Well, I am not that kind of person, but I might contact her again or look into that kind of work.
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Old 06-26-2020, 01:25 AM   #228
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Also, I missed Ozu's centennial birthday bash, but last week would have been Setsuko Hara's 100th birthday. Let's just say I had more than a few drinks in her honor.

Kanpai to o-tanjoubi omedetou, Hara-san!



























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Old 06-26-2020, 01:30 AM   #229
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Solid update. Keep us posted about the voice acting!
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Will do, not too much to report yet however. Just a nice sunny quiet day here in L.A. Looking out my window at the Hollywood sign, too bad the beaches are closed.
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