Hi Ledgem. Sorry for the late reply. It's been a busy December and January.
It was definitely good to hear from you again. I'm doing well right now, and I hope you're doing well yourself.
Don't worry about the lack of e-mail reply. Looking back on things, I perhaps have a tendency to go tl;dr too often, and so I've tried to streamline my conversations some, especially online conversations.
Here's an anime recommendation in case you get some spare time in the near-future - Macross Delta.
Triple_R... it has been quite a while. I actually still have your last email marked for reply in my inbox, from what... about two years ago? It's one of those things where the reply took so long that it became kind of embarrassing, and then shameful that I was taking so long. Eventually a number of other emails built up... I know yours is still there, though, even if I'd have to scroll to get to it.
According to the forum, this is my first login in about two and a half years. Just going through my list, nostalgically looking at various profiles and seeing who's still active and who isn't - of course I had to stop by your account. I'll fade into inactivity again and may not see your response, but I hope that things are going well for you. Hopefully they have been for some time - I remember things being on the up-swing when we last spoke. And if you ever email me again, I'll do my best to not drop the ball...
It's been a while, Triple_R. Someone brought me back to AnimeSuki and while I don't intend to visit regularly, I did want to leave you a message. Your recommended The Pilot's Love Song to me a few months ago. Based on the series synopsis and genre classifications at MyAnimeList, I decided to watch it with my wife. We finished it recently.
The series certainly wasn't what I expected, but we enjoyed it. I went in expecting a series that focused more on romance and was presented in a slice-of-life fashion, but felt that it was more of a war drama. In that regard it was pretty impressive. Many anime series (and works of fiction in general) glorify conflict, but this series seemed to reflect the realities of it a bit more. There was little elation about shooting down an enemy plane, or winning a battle; instead, there was an emphasis on those who died and were injured. The series wasn't out to kill off everyone, but it also made it clear that nobody was safe from death or injury (even in large numbers); as a result, I felt trepidation over the safety of the main group of characters that had to sortie for a conflict. That's probably a more true-to-life emotion to feel over such an event. Despite watching plenty of fictional works involving warfare, I can't think of any other series or movie that caused me to feel such a thing (or at least, to feel it so strongly and with such regularity over each conflict).
Definitely a good series, thanks for the recommendation.
I probably won't log in to check visitor messages for another few months (or longer), but as usual, PMs give me an email alert and bring me back. I think I gave you my email address, too, so feel free to drop me a message whenever you like. I hope all is going well with you these days!
I recently discovered that all three Madoka movies were released, and downloaded them. It was hard making time for two-hour runs, and I admit that I had to split the first movie into multiple viewing segments, but I finished the trilogy today.
I thought it was interesting. It's clear that there are some secrets that some of the characters are clued into that we're not, though. For example, Yuzuki's and Hiteo's LRIGs once remarked that Tama represented something about Ruko, and seemed somewhat apprehensive about it as they remarked that even Tama didn't realize what a LRIG signified about its holder.
Iona being happy about finding Ruko, to me, just meant that she was somehow thrilled to have found the person that will become the Eternal Girl. My guess is that Iona may have been one of the first Selectors, and she's probably one of the strongest. She's clearly impressed by Ruko and Tama's battle capabilities, and perhaps the pair has something that Iona and Uris lack. Tama and Ruko are fairly well-aligned, whereas Iona and Uris seemed to me like a diagonal cross with Akira and Piruluk (Iona and Piruluk had very similar demeanors, whereas Akira and Uris seemed very similar). Who knows? Perhaps there's some burden associated with becoming the Eternal Girl, and Iona is happy that her wish (supposedly the same as Ruko's) will be fulfilled without her having to shoulder the burden.
I tend to get hung up on small inconsistencies, though, and this episode had a big one. Akira's appearance at the end was not consistent with what has been said about losing. One supposedly loses all of their memories about WIXOSS and being a Selector (which is what we saw with Hitoe), yet Akira was still talking about selectors and remembered Yuzuki and Ruko. Maybe there will be some convenient excuse for it in the next episode. Given Akira's glowing red "scar," I expect that we'll find out why "infected" is one of the words in the series title.
Regarding your post in the thread, it's an interesting idea. I haven't been thinking about the series in that manner, and I don't really know that battling is supposed to be symbolic for romance... but it might fit pretty well.
Not yet, but I will later tonight. I'll probably be watching it in a hour to two hours.
I've been pretty caught up with the pro hockey world last 24 hours - my team (the Montreal Canadiens) knocked off the hated rival Boston Bruins in the 2nd round. So I've spent a lot of time chatting/celebrating with other Habs fans, talking about the victory and the next round. I've dropped in and made the odd post here and there here on AS, but not much - My mind has been pretty hockey focused today. But I do intend to get back to you on anime more tonight/tomorrow.