In and amongst a bunch of work getting done, I sat down and tried re-watching some old anime I remembered thoroughly enjoying back in high school. I was appalled at how low quality it was – way worse than I remembered.

Agonizingly slow pacing, terrible animation, cliche and hackneyed storytelling… how did I recall this stuff being so good? Stacy watched some with me and didn’t even have nostalgia keeping her remotely attached to it. It was quite painful.

After cycling through a few different shows and finding them all lacking, we zipped over to something more contemporary. Samurai Champloo still holds up, thankfully. Great character design, fantastic direction and snappy action scenes.

I don’t know if I should dig further into my anime-loving past. It may just be an exercise in pain and disappointment.

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