This. Is. So sad.
So they’re doing an animated Hellboy-series for TV. And guess what: the character-design is unbelievable lame.
Why can’t the keep the Mignola-Style like they do in »The Amazing Screw-On Head«? Again I have to say: »Please leave mainstream-animation to the Japanese guys, they know how to do the job. Americans don’t. And most other countries neither.« This looks like just another stupid’s kid animation. I really adore Mike Mignolas work but this is a shame, it seems like a sell-out of his work to me.
And what’s with that crappy pop-metal song in the intro? Man, this is so stupid, it makes me angry.
Mushishi is probably the most poetic, melancholic and beautiful anime-series I’ve seen so far. In wonderful quiet pictures the series tells about Ginko, a »Mushishi«, someone who investigates incidents that are caused by the »Mushi«, a form of supernatural, elemental life, that has strange effects on people in some cases.
Adapted from a Manga by Yuki Yoshiyama a.k.a. Yuki Urushibara that I’d really like to read someday »Mushishi« tells a different story of which tragic events the Mushis can cause in feudal Japan with each episode. The drawings are stunning, the colors are impressive and the stories leave you with a rather contemplative feeling after each episode. I like it so very much but I can’t watch it too often. Still I am gonna get the DVD someday.
Aside of the official, Japanese homepage here’s a blog with plot-summaries for each episode and wonderful screencaps (but too small, too small…). O yeah, they’re doing a Live-Action-Movie of it, directed by no one less than Master Katsuhira Otomo.
EDIT: The »Mushishi« Manga will be released in the US by »Del Ray« at the end of January 2007 according to information from animeondvd.com. The first volume is available for pre-order on amazon.com.