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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ooo neat.

You know, sometimes I miss not being on the pulse of all things anime and manga, like I was back as a teenager. Because this looks like it would have been awesome. (Vis)

Seriously, an anime version of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot? Awesome. Heck, an anime that has an OLDER WOMAN as a main character is surprising enough for me. Though naturally there's apparently a cute younger female character inserted too. But that's not too bad, and it seems like she's got a purpose at least.

I may have to check this out!


  • At November 30, 2008 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was actually pretty bad, largely because of Mabel, whose function is largely to say lines that would have been said by Hastings or someone else in the original.

    Mostly, though, the problem was that they chose to animate it, just because. There's nothing in it aside from the pet duck that really couldn't have been done in live-action, and that makes it seem fairly bland. Animation functions best when you use it to depict something that you couldn't do some other way, such as ohmu, anthropomorphic bears, or shiny transformation sequences, or in the event that you're doing something really stylized.

    Poirot to Marple doesn't have any of those things, so the constant presence of bland character designs standing there talking just highlights exactly how much of the show is people talking.

    Also, for some reason they thought it would be a good idea to adapt the most boring Poirot story ever for the very first episode.

  • At December 03, 2008 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What an odd concept. If you were going to pick an Agatha Christie work/character/series to adapt to anime (especially short-episode work) I would have thought the Quinn stories would make more sense. Short, tightly-written, and often with a vague supernatural air. Poirot and Marple are better known from their novels, which don't adapt well to episode tv format.

    Hmmm...for that matter, the heck with old British mysteries. Let's have a Continental Op anime series. :)


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