L/R episodes 1–4: Underdeveloped

[Screenshot]I don’t shop at Big Lots. But I will go in when I’m somewhere where there is one. Why? For the cheap anime, or course. There are few series which aren’t worth $4 to check out the first disc. And that’s how I ended up with a copy of L/R. It’s worth the money, although probably not much more. It’s good-natured and light-hearted, with a good overall tone, but has little else going for it. The central characters are strong and well-designed: Rowe and Jack serve as effective foils to each other, and Noelle is uncharacteristically charming. Outside of this, though, the series doesn’t have too much to recommend it. The art is adequate but hardly extraordinary, the plot is frequently absurd, convoluted, or both, and incidental characters are only sketches.

Two uncharacteristically excellent aspects of the presentation, it must be mentioned, are the music and the dub. The dub is clean with a variety of British accents—appropriate enough for a series which is set in a thinly-fictionalized Britain. Hell, the dub’s better than the original audio, and how often is that true? The music was overall an unusually pleasant surprise, with theme music by, of all people, Billy Preston, whose connection to the project I can’t even bigin to imagine. Incidental music is also Prestonesque and kind of unusually good for an anime of this obscurity.

Would I buy future discs of this anime? Not at full price, but most anime’s a gouge at full price. Would I buy it at $4? Hell yeah.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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