I was a little worried that Shinbo would be a little too… well… Shinbo in directing Dance in the Vampire Bund. But thankfully the episode was mostly free from the various Shinbo-isms, like the random real-life photos and massive blocks of text. On the other hand, the whole talk show routine wasn’t terribly interesting. I didn’t think it was particularly bad either, it just seemed mostly irrelevant to the eventual show. They could’ve condensed all that into a couple minutes and revealed Mina Tepes and the vampires. For a 12-episode show, it seems like an odd waste of an episode. But Vampire Bund isn’t alone. In fact, it’s just one of the many winter shows that had oddly poor starts. Still, there was enough there to interest me. And hopefully things get back on track next episode.
Ok, I have to get this post out the door, I’ve already spent way too much time already tweaking code. I’m not happy with it, because I had grander design plans in mind. But I eventually cut out 90% of the work I originally did, because I couldn’t get things to look and function perfectly. Sadly my vision for this post was more ambitious than my very limited coding skills. But at least it’s table free, which was the one goal I was able to accomplish (for better or worse). Oh well, I’ll revisit it for the next season. (On a completely separate note, much thanks to Ryan A for continuing to help me figure out the melative plugin. It hasn’t been implemented yet, but I’m hoping to think of interesting ways to eventually incorporate information from melative here.). So without further ado (and any more bitching), I bring you… the winter 2009/2010 anime season preview – complete with cheesy header banner!