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Oh Edo Rocket

Monday, September 15th, 2008

While waiting for the next batch of DVDs to arrive (actually, the Saturday order is not even fulfilled… Monday spike at RACS?), I watched a bit of Oh Edo Rocket. Don was instrumental in attracting my attention to it. The show is very nicely offbeat. I especially appreciated the nipponisms, such as the world of “nagaya” (row houses), or the explanation on the genesis of Kagiya and Tamaya. Music was great. But the character art I found difficult to love, although I valued it.

Sunred fails

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

I’m ready to love the formula, but Sunred does not deliver. The Ruffians in Jubei-chan were more entertaining to watch.

Obviously I was wrong to expect something as great as Oh Edo Rocket.

By the way, why half-length episodes? It’s the same size as Dokuro-chan.

Funi’s upcoming licenses

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Running out the door, cannot miss the hint-decoding post at Astronerdboy (via). Funi’s hints are incomparably better than the useless hints that The Dark Lord used to post. Unfortunately, the only title I personally look forward to in the set is Oh Edo Rocket. At the very minimum it’s a rent-DVD. I would like to see Vandread in 16:9 too, but it’s not that critical IMHO.

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam (Furthermore it is my opinion that Mahoraba must be licensed).

Ha Neul Seom on Oh Edo Rocket

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The post focuses on the evocative backgrounds, but also mentions the characters. IMHO, the best thing about Oh Edo Rocket is the portrayal of the life in the long houses in general, and not specifically anime backgrounds or other technical components. In fact, the layout of Oh Edo Rocket is quite bold this way. Long houses are often acknowledged with reverence or sit in the background, but no anime dares to make them so much of a key ingredient. Watching Oh Edo Rocket is like visiting a bigger and even wackier Edo-Tokyo Museum.

UPDATE: Avatar e-mailed that he uses “row houses”. I don’t know what’s more correct. I think they may be called “naga-ya”, or literally “long house/shop/barn”, but I am not sure.

Oh Edo Rocket begins

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Don’s very miscellaneous post reminded me about this wonderful exception to the “Funi only licenses garbage” rule. Unfortunately, stupid Funi haven’t shipped DVDs, so streaming is the only option. IMHO anything on ANN is not recommended (their player and CDN work poorly too often). The choice of the new generation is Youtube. Naturally Funi being Funi made it as hard as possible: there is no way to find the show by browsing their titles, but a search brings it to episodes, and there’s a playlist in “related”. So yeah… Honestly I’m not surprised that numbers of views are in low hundreds.

Strictly speaking, I opened Oh Edo Rocket before, but something didn’t click. Also, it wasn’t blogged, but I watched the final episode, so I know how it ends. But it was long ago, and my impression now is rather different. For example the character art does not bother me (O-Nui is rather cute, actually). Perhaps Sunred softened me up to the concept. I’m already 2 episodes in.

P.S. Speaking of the “overuse of -de”, there’s a small personal story to it. Back in Delta College, an exchange student helped out us a bit. We called him Kaneshiro-san. One of his lessons was to use the -de. Kaneshiro-san said: “We Japanese do not say: `Bla bla bla desu. Bla bla desu. Bla bla arimasu.’ That does not flow well at all. Take that desu and convert it to -de: `Yak yak-de, yak yak-de, yak yak desu.’ That flows much better!” But what do you know, Oh Edo Rocket teaches us not to overdose on this technique.

Oh Edo Rocket ends

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Seeing Oh Edo Rocket, I was suddenly ashamed to watch crass, poorly made stuff like Strike Witches and Ookami-san [1]. OER is a living proof that well-made, thoughtful anime does not have to be a sleep-inducing festival of pretentiouseness (like Mushishi, for example). And what qualifies OER as well-made the most is its villains.

Geriatric animebloggers tried to theorise around what makes a serviceable villain before. In terms of the villain section in the Chizumatic FAQ, OER does absolutely amazing job at #5. Personally I was particularly impressed with the balance, because all too often anime makes me root for wrong side badly. Akai’s heinous crimes weren’t letting that happen.

By the way, the story end leaves a lot of side characters dangling, e.g. Gin goes away again. Or more importantly, how stable is O-Nui? It would suck a lot if she were to devolve. But it’s all right, because that’s how stories overlap in life, and the main story has ran to completion.

Liked: Very
Rewatch: Quite likely

P.S. Forgot to mention playback issues with the streaming. ANN is a total loss across the board. Hulu is dependable, but is getting seriously overloaded with ads, G4 style. Youtube is generally ok, except that ep.19 was pure madness. No idea how the server and/or the stream makes Flash misbehave this way, but it was bad. My suggestion to everyone: don’t repeat my mistakes, do not try to tough it out with “legal” streaming, torrent the series and buy DVDs when they come out. The dumbest thing about my way is that I decided to buy a set anyhow, so I suffered streaming for nothing.

[1] Strictly speaking, Mitsudumoe was what I thought about here. The problem is, it’s not “poorly made”. It’s only less-well made.

Seiji Mizushima

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Accidentially noticed his name at ANN while looking at the chart for Oh Edo Rocket… Of course I knew him, he directed Dai-Guard. One click shows that he also worked on Hanamaru and old FMA. Not sure if Gundam 00 is to his credit of a genius director though.

P.S. OER also has Rie Kugimiya as Shunpei, Norio Wakamoto as Torii, and Romi Park as O-Ise. I didn’t even recognize them.

(No) Bloggers on Oh Edo Rocket

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I seem to recall quite a bit of discussion when OER just came out, but finding much now turned out difficult. Google was entirely useless, and I resorted to specific searches across the top blogs in my feedreader.

Naturally, Don had the lead with material such as the musical note:

The soundtrack is distinctive. About half of it is big-band swing; the rest is mostly swing/rock hybrids, with a bit of pseudo-flamenco here and there. I don’t know how well it will sustain repeated listenings, but in small doses it’s fun.

This sounds like a true meloman speaking, but actually he did mis-identify the style as “jazz” at first, as did just about every other blogger (except Bateszi, by virtue of being vague).

UPDATE 2010/10/03: CKS says that it was adapted from a stage play of all things.