I hope you haven't forgotten the other recommendations from the start of the thread
I didn't get that feeling at all. The thing is, there was little reason for Balsa to trust any of the Emperor's ninja, and the arrogance of the Star Diviners meant that they weren't going to pay attention to some peasant shaman. The Emperor himself is so walled off from the world by protocol that he barely has any influence on events.And this may be the part that doesn't quite click : a big part of the plot hinges on the Emperor being a ruthless asshole as the only explanation for why the more reasonable rest of the cast spends so much time blundering about and working at cross purposes. It feels a bit like forced conflict, with the heavy-handed Message that forgetting (or worse, erasing) old knowledge is Wrong.
Well, except when they don't. There are many tales where people should have just forgotten about whatever happened and moved on as quickly as possible. It's mind-numbing after a while.Mushishi focusses on the how people live with that, how people live through that.
Already seen it. It's in my top 5 : top-notch HK movie pastiche with great characters. (Although the recent OVA was a bit below the average of the series.)Black Lagoon - 2006, 2 Seasons, 12 episodes each.
Wait, that can't be right. Is this a remake, or some sort of stand-alone sequel ?Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Endless Odyssey - 2002, 13 episodes. Space Opera from Leiji Matsumoto.