>I was watching episodes last night with this post open, and I think I
>prefer the EPU interpretation of things.
Well, it's worth noting that this is an extrapolation more than anything else. The assumption is that season 1 and about 80% of season 2 happened as shown (and the remainder of season 2 and the movie in altered form) before the point we're picking them up at here.
>One nitpick: Sakamoto's
>entry says nothing about her horrendous, disturbing cackle of a
>laugh. That should be classified as a treaty violation. :)
Aw, I love Mio's laugh! It's not a cackle, it's a big ol' honest Hearty Guffaw! At least in Japanese, I haven't heard what they made of it in the English dub.
>I don't know how different the movie is from the series.
Apart from higher visual production values (they have the budget to show shell casings! lots and lots of shell casings), not very different at all. Unless you mean in terms of the way it's presented in English - again, I couldn't say. I was not under the impression, having looked around for it on Amazon the other day, that it was even out in English yet.
The movie has problems in my view simply because it contains the logical continuation of the stuff I was pushing back against in New Tricks, but the parts of it that don't have to do with that are quite satisfactory. In particular, it has some of my favorite Barkhorn/Hartmann moments ever, and (unrelated to them) at approximately minute 38 there is the sweetest love scene in anime history.
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