So, guess who finally sat down and watched Zutto special "Stitch! Perfect Memory"
? This guy did because of his Japanese DVD.
And what did I think?
...You're probably expecting me to rag on and on about how much I dislike it because I detest
Zutto Saiko no Tomodachi and consider it a separate show altogether. This is not the case, actually. And it was the same thing that happened with the previous Zutto special, "Stitch and the Planet of Sand"
With "Stitch and the Planet of Sand"
, it was more a case that I wasn't a big fan of the plot (thought it was decent, could've done more with it), but Shin-Ei's step up in the animation certainly helped it. Plus, the special had the Katuna Ambassador, whom was pretty cute, I thought.
Now! With "Stitch! Perfect Memory"
, let me get on with the plot first. The plot revolves around Stitch trying to save Zutto Yuna after she stumbles into an odd ship siphoning natural materials with BooGoo. And this is right after jail duty at the Federation, mind you. He however, is not alone in the ride, as Thira (or dubbed the Thira-3000 in full... by the way, it's pronounced thee-ra
, I learned), a Federation-grade automaton (fancy word for robot) who comes into the picture to help Stitch reclaim Yuna back, while at the same time, learning to defy her by-the-books programming and do more for others. Of course, it only gets crazier from there as Pleakley, Stitch and Thira have to hunt down where these ships are going. I'm willing to talk more about the plot if people want me to, just comment and I'll give you the 411. But the plot itself... this time it wasn't a want for more, it was actually a want for some teensy things to have worked out differently. For example, Zutto Yuna's kidnapping by the ship was something that could've easily been avoided. It was still decent enough for a Stitch special though, especially based on... well, that other
Character-wise, things are just as they would be from Zutto's lore, so nothing much has changed there. I WILL
say this though, Thira is AWESOME
. The girl-bot can do a lot, from the looks of it- using her synthetic scarf as a shield, able to extend it to the point of making it a protective ball over herself or use it as a parachute (not to mention extend out her hands). She's also got a link to the UGF's master database and some hacking and hologram abilities too. Seeing her in action in this definitely gives me more ideas for her role in
my own "Stitch Triverse"
lore, so definitely stay tuned for her in that. Outside of that though, Thira was one of those things that made the overall special that bit cooler, since it was watching this mechanical creation learn about "ohana" and what have you.
Animation-wise, HOLY BLITZNAK
. Shin-Ei apparently took some major tips over the last few years coming from Planet of Sand. Compared to Shin-Ei's previous Stitch works, which looked outright generic IMO, they were able to shine in Perfect Memory here, because the animation and the colouring looks wowing. The ship effects are some solid CGI and the team took some different colouring techniques for the characters. Props where it's due, I like this animation style better from them.
Musically, not much here... there's a new piece used for Thira, but the rest you might have heard in Zutto. Same goes for the credits song too.
But yeah, all in all- "Stitch! Perfect Memory"
, especially being based off of Zutto, is a good little step up from the norm. While its plot is a little off, its animation and of course, Thira were what made it work for me. And I have to give props for Disney Japan for keeping up with these "Stitch! New Specials"
, as compared to the rage I had with Zutto (again, my list as to why is overabundant), I've been having some fun with these, even with the flaws present. Obviously, I'm still sticking to my "original > Zutto" guns, but for what it's worth (and if you're able)? "Stitch! Perfect Memory"
is a fun little time.
Of course, now that I have both the "Stitch! New Specials"
Japanese DVDs (thus far), I might work on a way to get them out there for others to see, but... we'll see where that goes...
Not really much of an update here, work's been kicking my butt and I've been here and there on new art, but I wanted to spill out my thoughts on this in a status. So, hope you're all doing well. Haisai, folks!