View Full Version : Brigadoon is love!
07-13-2007, 04:13 PM
My coup for June was tracking down all of Brigadoon, and I only wish I'd done it sooner! This must be the best overlooked show out there. It's a little bipolar at times, veering between goofy cute and heart-wrenchingly depressing; and Marin, the prepubescent lead character, gets stuck bearing the burden of rather more fanservice than is necessary (although I think half the time it's intended to emphasize her vulnerability), but whooo, what a ride the show is!
Also, the moe-type best friend is actually named Moe! (But given the relentless beating down she receives, Marin is the real moe character.) Also, Moe has the most amazing scream. It's tuned more for dogs than humans.
Anyway, Funimation has the old Tokyopop stuff, right? I hope they do a rerelease of this--lots of people need it.
Sorry, just finished it, had to gush. Anyone else seen it, or is this really the most unjustly forgotten anime in R1-land?
07-13-2007, 04:31 PM
Oh, it is. I dig how the story doubles back on itself and twists into pretzel after pretzel but stays comprehensible and totally fascinating. Marin has the same kind of appeal as Sora from Kaleido Star. It's a sweetness and determination and innocence that can be downright annoying in many other stories, where writers sloppily stick these qualities on characters as an attempted shortcut to audience sympathy. In Brigadoon, you get the sense that someone behind this series genuinely cared about the characters & their suffering & their journey.
Brigadoon also has a fun eccentricity to it, which lets it be emotionally hard-hitting at the right times without taking itself too seriously overall.
07-13-2007, 04:47 PM
I watched it as it was being released and well remember the painfull wait between volumes. Excellent show but nothing in the art work or the first volumes episodes prepares you for the vicious events of later episodes. Some of it was damn hard to watch and I can't think of many characters that grab you as completely as Marin. You really feel for the kid and the series carries some tough emotional kicks and is flat out terrifying in a couple of places, not because of graphic violence and horror or phony jump-scares but because characters you care about are put in some unbelievably bad situations and you never feel that any of them are neccessarily safe. Overlooked, underrated and vastly better than any of the "hot" new series out there.
07-13-2007, 05:29 PM
Brigadoon was a bit too bipolar for me. :sd: Sometimes it even seemed like the director was changing minds about what kind of emotion he wanted to express...in the middle of scenes. Perhaps my low tolerance of hyperactive anime comedy explains why I didn't like the show so much. There'd be a nice buildup to drama...and suddenly...poof, hyperactive comedy!
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