Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,

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I started watching Arjuna last night, an anime series about a girl who is as far as I can tell fighting to save the planet. I can't tell you too much about the plot at this stage because a) it's being obtuse (like we've never seen *that* before in anime) and b) I don't want to give too much away.

It has a very shoujo feel to it, without getting cutesy. I must admit that it is quite refreshing to see an anime or manga which gives the impression of being girl-oriented without demeaning girls - it's not about being a good wife, it's about a girl being strong.

I am really enjoying it, despite the preachy Captain Planet styled aspects. It has a very Miyazaki feel to it (I'm constantly reminded of Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa). Most importantly, though, it is visually stunning. While I'm not really into the character art per se, the entire effect of the animation is mind-blowing. They have blended together CGI and standard (I assume) animation really well. The music is fantastic, and makes me shiver.

Interestingly enough, there is a strong theme of kyudo in the series. My feeling is that this is because kyudo is a very popular martial art in Japan at the moment. However, the kyudo part of the series doesn't feel tacked on at all...

If you get the chance, I highly recommend watching it.

I have a cheap and nasty Hong Kong import version of the entire series, but if you're looking for better quality I believe BANDAI has begun releasing Arjuna on DVD in places like JB.

Incidentally, all this anime has left me with the vague desire to run a short 2-3 session shoujo game....
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