I have something very important to tell you.
I just watched the first seven episodes of Romeo x Juliet
, a new show currently airing in Japan. I've been sort of quietly dreading it ever since I first heard it was in production, largely because I HATE the "Romeo and Juliet" story, as a whole, and was sure this would be tiresome in all the same ways. But yesterday I finally broke down and torrented all the decently-fansubbed episodes out so far.
I'm actually not even sure what to say about this show, as it's now nearly seven in the morning and I haven't even slept yet. Except that...well, it's seven in the morning and I haven't slept because I COULDN'T STOP MYSELF FROM WATCHING ALL THE EPISODES I HAD.
Juliet is a crossdressing princess in hiding, the last surviving member of her family, who's also a swashbuckling masked vigilante.
Romeo rides a flying horse and first meets Juliet when he rescues her in the midst of said vigilantism, to which he is not-so-secretly sympathetic.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS A CHARACTER WHO HIDES JULIET AND THE REMAINS OF HER ENTOURAGE IN HIS HOUSE, AND HITS ON CROSSDRESSING JULIET IN BETWEEN REHEARSALS.
VERONA IS A GODDAMN FLOATING ISLAND.
I AM REPEATEDLY ASTOUNDED BY THE LEVEL AND CONSISTENCY OF AWESOME INVOLVED IN THIS SHOW?!
The trailer is below, and if any of this sounds interesting to you the series can be downloaded from Anime Suki.
(I HIGHLY recommend only watching the Shinsen Subs version, even if the other group is farther ahead. It's worh the wait.)
COPIOUS ICON MAKING MAY FOLLOW.