Everyone probably thought that I'd completely forgotten about my plans to re-launch the anime book club. Well, that's not exactly correct, but it's certainly been on the back-burner for a while. After creating my previous post about anime on Netflix, though, I decided that I really wanted to restart this column and watch/discuss some interesting anime with everyone. I went ahead and picked the next couple of series we'll be watching, based in prior feedback and availability. Without further ado, here are our selections:
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Why this was chosen: The primary reason I chose this is that it's just a really great series and stands on its own despite being an adaptation of a classic novel. I've wanted to re-watch the show and haven't had a chance to do so. I'm hoping to get a chance to read the novel at least part way before tackling the show again. We'll see if that actually happens.
I also picked this one because it's widely available. Not only is it on Netflix as previously noted, it's also available in full (I believe) on Funimation's YouTube Channel (subtitled), Funimation's website (subtitled and dubbed), and it's relatively inexpensive to buy. I already own it, so it was a no-brainer for me.
We'll be starting this series in June, and watching 2 episodes per week. The first discussion post will go up sometime in the early afternoon on Sunday, June 3rd.
The Skull Man
Why this was chosen: This series seemed to have a similar amount of interest as Gankutsuou, but it's a completely different type of story. The show is jam-packed full of plot, and while I watched it over a couple of sessions, I feel like I missed some information that a good discussion might help reveal. I wouldn't quite put it at the same level as Gankutsuou in terms of quality, but from what I remember it's definitely solid entertainment and it has some nice Studio Bones animation to smooth over its rough areas.
This isn't quite as widely-available as Gankutsuou, but it's still pretty easy to get. The DVD set is currently only 6 dollars at Rightstuf, so I'd suggest picking it up if you're not into streaming the show. It's also available in full (subtitled in kind of crummy quality) from The Anime Network's YouTube channel, and at The Anime Network's website (via Hulu).
Discussion of The Skull Man will commence the Sunday following the Gankutsuou wrap-up post, which is Sunday, September 9th. We'll be watching 1 episode per week.
In order to help everyone keep track of what we're watching/discussing when, I've set up a public Google Calendar. This will be updated in case of any changes to the schedule. You will notice that there's a Sunday off in July; I'll be a convention that weekend and most likely won't have time to post anything. We'll be nearly halfway through Gankutsuou at that point, so perhaps I'll set it aside as a general discussion week.