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I went to Balticon for the first time in three years. It was a very good time for me in spite seeing nearly no programming. I honestly admit that much of the programming that interested me were at times when I was working the anime room. The best thing for me was the ability to socialize at a more relaxed pace. Most of the time when I'm at a convention I am so busy with doing things that I say hi and bye to people.

I did see a ton of anime. I must say the series that most underwhelmed me was Astro Boy. It wasn't the 1960's, but more recent incarnations. The 2003 television series and 2010 film really underwhelmed me. It seems like the 2003 television series was a monster of the week show. One series that did really impress me was haibane renmei. I wouldn't call it hard Science Fiction or Fantasy especially because it deals with the lives of angels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haibane_Renmei is more information to the series itself. If you haven't seen it, go take a look at this series.

Two interesting things happened that I can't talk about. One of them is an invitation I got and another is a project I've decided to research more on. I don't know whether either of these projects bare anything of fruition, but this should be educational. If either one of them works out, you all will be the first to know about it. I hope both of them come to fruition at about the same time. 

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nojay
Jun. 2nd, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Haibane Renmei
Was that your first time seeing Haibane Renmei? It's been around for a while now and it's one of the core animes a fan should watch to call themselves a fan (in my opinion anyway). Saying that I've met a couple of folks who couldn't get into it and bailed after the first few episodes.
redneckotaku
Jun. 3rd, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Haibane Renmei
That was the first time I had seen it. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it from the text writeup. I hope to get the rest of it at Otakon.
nojay
Jun. 3rd, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Haibane Renmei
It's a rarity, an original anime (based on Yoshitoshi ABe's doujinshi) with a deep philosophical background. Folks have read into it a lot of ideas, especially Western religious beliefs of Purgatory and redemption that ABe himself disclaims as his intent when he was creating the Haibane and their constrained existence within Old Home and the walled city of Glie.

The feel of the story changes as it progresses, from the bright summer of the first few episodes to the dark days of winter and year's end. It is still a joy to watch, in my opinion.
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