Heat Guy J

So, Michal and I are on the last few episodes of Heat Guy J, thanks to Joe Schmo's generosity! Don't worry, we'll get your anime back to you safe and sound one of these days. We're not holding it hostage or anything...!

We got distracted from it, first by our weekly ritual of heading down to the Independent Art Co. to watch freebie independent films, and secondly by our multitude of video games. Mostly, I blame Frets on Fire and Mike's swanky new guitaroo. That thing is just awesome! Even more awesome than a Toss'm Possum!

One thing interesting about Heat Guy J is its art style. After doing a tiny bit of reading, I discovered that its art crew is the same as for Escaflowne: The Movie. Now, this didn't surprise me that much, since there are certain similarities between the characters. Daisuke, for example, is incredibly girly! And his brother is almost a perfect knockoff of Sir Allen Schezar, girliest anime dude ever, who still kicks @$%! with perfect waterfalls of luscious blond hair. I kid you not.

There is one element which didn't carry over to Heat Guy J. Escaflowne had an incredible team of musicians working on its background music, ranging from intense drums, operatic themesongs, and ethereal songstresses. Its composer, Yoko Kanno, is also known for her work on Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, and Wolf's Rain, just to name a few. In fact, she composed my favorite anime themesong of all time, for Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight! Here's a link to it on Youtube, and a fun link of Yoko in a live performance. Sadly, Heat Guy J cycles through several themes of music, almost all of which seem sporadically placed. Yeah, there's the "I'm Excited Now!" theme, and the "I'm a Sad Guy Now" theme, and a couple strange things inbetween, but for the most part, the music remains repetitive.

Other than that oddness, it's an enjoyable flick, and we better finish it soon! Thnx, Joe Schmo! You're our animazing hero!

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