Revisiting The World Is Still Beautiful (2014)

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I’ve been in a bit of a mood to rewatch shows recently, and since I’ve had the time to do so I ran through both Bodacious Space Pirates[1] and The World Is Still Beautiful[2].

Much of what I had to say in my original review of The World Is Still Beautiful is still true: this is a lovely show that is one change away from awesome. The romance that grows between Nike and Livi really is one of the best put to screen in anime, it feels natural, unforced, and there’s a nice balance of agency between the two in moving it forward. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): That Little Girl is Older Than Us. The Preservation Was a Success?! Sleeping Beauty!

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Kei and Yuri - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 23 - 26

Kei and Yuri – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 23 – 26

Despite a real Idiot Ball moment in the second act episode 8 That Little Girl is Older Than Us. The Preservation Was a Success?! Sleeping Beauty is a great Dirty Pair OAV episode.

Sleeping Beauty opens with a space liner emblazoned with a White Swan emblem cruising through space. Dr Gray Nea[1] gets a drink from a waiter as masked, armed men burst into the lounge with gas grenades. Dr Nea flees to a stateroom to rescue his daughter Tia as she plays with a plushy[2].

As they leave the room a chip falls from the plushy under a vent in the wall at floor level. Tia sees this, Dr Nea does not. Continue reading