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It's like it looked into my soul.
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I just found out Tigerseye and Fisheye's seiyuu were in Hare+Guu as Asio and Seiichi, lol. And Gummario the lemures was Wiggle. But Hawkseye was too busy being Piccolo, apparently, so we missed out on a real reunion.
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Excel Saga was pretty good, though overall I think I prefer the manga. Also, the last episode, entitled "Going Too Far"... yeah, that went a little too far. I remember a review on like Netflix, though, that was like, "I was enjoying watching this series with my husband and young daughter until the last episode when it turned R-rated, how dare you!" I mean, it was definitely a sharp jump up in explicit content, but, lady, did you miss the guy introduced halfway through the series who was explicitly identified as a pedophile? And the scene in every subsequent episode reemphasizing that fact? It was pretty obviously not for kids.

(Also, holy crap, Ilpalazzo's seiyuu is also Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. And Excel is Birdy, Sailor Moon, Misato Katsuragi... dang.)
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Hare+Guu turned out to be Animated Gif: The Anime, so I'm pretty much occupied for the next week or so.

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Goddammit, I just remembered why I stick to Livejournal for fandom discussion.

Spoilers for this season of The Venture Brothers )

That kind of fell apart at the end. I'll probably edit it a little once I feel more coherent, but I had to get that out.
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Ugh, I've had a pretty bad cold since Thursday. I'm ready to be better now, seriously.

I finally got around to deleting my Facebook. I never really used it that much, so it's more symbolic than anything, but, you know.

...I had some fandom stuff to talk about, but my brain is all fuzzy now.  Ugh, whatever.
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I saw a praying mantis today! It looked at my cat with its little eyes. :3 It was right next to the door when I went outside. It was pretty awesome. I've never actually seen one in person before. When you look at it from kind of behind and underneath, you can still see the little black dot in their eyes, so it really looks like it can see you from all sides. Of course it's not the dot that does it (I think?), but like with a fly there's nothing that looks like a pupil, so it's not quite the same.

I finally downloaded a couple of Miku songs I like. Her voice sounds kind of robotic, but it turns out it sounds better with creepy songs. So I like Hold, Release, Rakshasa and Corpses, and then I finally sucked it up and downloaded her version of Kutabare PTA!  ...I still like Luka better, though. :<

Also: oh my god Fire Bomber is amazing. They formed an actual band to do the music for Macross 7, and Fukuyama Yoshiki is such a good singer. Too bad the actual anime kind of sucked.  But that voooiiice. Well, I'm glad I watched the show just because the music is so good. Anyway, the Macross series is important if you want to be a ~serious anime fan~. 7 is supposed to be the black sheep, so the rest is on my to-watch list. (Maybe not Frontier, though; might be a little too moe moe for my taste.)
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I am ~down the shore~ this week with the family. I miss my cats, esp. my codependent recluse one, but they've been a little annoying with regards to some flowers I got and was keeping in my room. They're convinced any plants that belong to me are the most delicious thing ever, and when Fat Recluse Cat was alone in the room for five minutes I came back to him vomiting plantlife onto the floor. We've got a replacement vacation cat, anyway. She didn't come with the rental house per se, but she stops by in the morning and evening to meow and be fed, and she's pretty social. I think she's probably got fairly mercenary purposes in mind, but what cat doesn't. (Besides my poor traumatized recluse and his pure, stupid love.) (And our other stupid cat.)

Let's see... I got a new iPod, with more room on it than is actually left on my computer for music, but I thought that was more eco-sensitive in case I get a bigger hard drive in the future, so I won't have to upgrade a third time.

I also saw Inception, which I guess held my attention while I was watching it, but really wasn't all that engaging otherwise. It was fairly straightforward narrative-wise, while I was expecting, like, serious mindfuckery from what my friends (seeing it for the second time) were saying. The characters seemed pretty...flat, I guess. And the whole thing of "what if this is a dream right now, man?!" wasn't anything new, either. That's fairly basic philosophical stuff, right? I mean, Confucius had that thing about dreaming he was a butterfly who dreamed he was a man, or some such, and that was just ages ago. And the "moral", so to speak: REALITY IS BETTER THAN FANTASY, guys. Thanks for that revolutionary concept. The idea of dream theft/~inception~  was interesting, but in the end, that was the only thing of substance.

Also, a very minor thing, but naming Ellen Page's character Ariadne, of all things, just felt so unbearably precious. She is hired to make labyrinths, you see, and in the end it is she whose role it is to lead Leonardo DiCaprio out of the labyrinth ~of his mind~. Perhaps the cultured among you may catch a sly reference there, eh?? Speaking as a Greek nerd: that's the furthest you were willing to dig for symbolism, really? In America, at least, and I think in much of the Western world, if any mythology can be said to be entry-level, Greek is it. And Theseus and Ariadne is the entry-levelest of entry-level, for heaven's sake. It just felt lazy and pseudo-clever.

The narrative wasn't very confusing, really. But really, I watched Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse, and the various Evangelion stuff, so maybe I'm just desensitized. Honestly, though, I usually am the type of person who likes things more or less spelled out, so...IDK.

Well, I'm up a little too late. I guess I had more to say than I thought. Probably nothing too groundbreaking (MUCH LIKE INCEPTION), but what are you gonna do.
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Like a year ago I got stalled just before the final battle in Mother 3, but I finally buckled down, did the grinding, and finished it.

omg. ;_;
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LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

...8/8 is my birthday. That's a little weird.
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I had a dream that someone I knew vaguely in high school reappeared to tell me how much she hated me. It was very odd. My dreams have been hostile towards me lately.

Also, I just found, through a rather roundabout way, this Japanese webcomic called "Kyomu-chan". The comics are wordless and they're all quite darling. (Sometimes they're a little cryptic, though.) I think this is my favorite so far.

EDIT: This one  is like a horror story, good lord. But I like the ones with the little oni whose club is too heavy.

I didn't think there were characters in Kyomu-chan at first, but there are! There's a baby-creature who can turn others into babies (but only sometimes?) and its shadowy protector, a grey and green creature with a phobia of white lines, and... some kind of teary-faced machine that performs tasks singlemindedly. Once it was a lifting machine, once it was a floor-scrubbing machine. My favorite was the "Good boy, good boy" machine.
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms update: Guan Yu and Zhang Fei are totally jellin' now that Zhuge Liang has showed up.

FAKE EDIT: LMAO I WAS JOKING but then Liu Bei asks them for help and they literally go "Why don't you ask your boyfriend?" Only one of you is supposed to be a petulant bearded child, guys.

Okay, good, peace has been established.

(But hahaha that reunion episode where Liu Bei is reuniting with his wife and Zhang Fei, like, pushes her away so he can sob hysterically all over him.)
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The problem with Naoki Urasawa's works is you can't stop reading them. I just plowed through 20th Century Boys and 21st Century Boys in under 24 hours's just like, whoa. This man is amazing.
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How am I supposed to write five pages about a character I didn't really care about from a film I didn't really care about? Ugh, why does this have to be my midterm?
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More BIG Giant Robo spoilers under the cut.

Read more... )

Then I started to read the manga, Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Burned. It's in a different continuity, but even so, it's really different from what I was expecting. The Experts of Justice are kind of... well, jerks. What happened to you, Taisou?? You're s'posed to be Daisaku's daddy figure, not trying to kill him! But Chujo's evil grin makes me lol.

I assume Ogin-chan is meant to be Ginrei, in which god, what did the manga-ka do to her character?! She's not some ditzy girl who kills people! And maybe her dress in the OVA is a bit short, but she's NOT there for fanservice. Ugh, panty-shots. How I haven't missed you. And HELLO surprise clothes-destroying beam. Wasn't expecting actual nipples in this manga. True to the spirit of the OVA my ass. But you know, she might not be Ginrei, as semi-obvious from the beginning, but spoilers nonetheless ) But she does seem to have some kind of thing with Murasame, so who knows.

Basically: grinding less fun, miss bug frag battles and style changes, but like having maps. Hate time limits. Voice acting in DS version bad. Like "Blues" more than "Protoman". Laika's name is Raika in English, that's wrong because I always thought his country, Sharo, was supposed to be a Russia analogue. (In Japanese, Russia=Rosha.) Nenji's name is Fyrefox. "Thank you for your assistance, kindly web browser!" Grinding in Colonel version before final boss battle. The Traumatic Bugged-in-DS-Version point is fast approaching in Protoman/Blues version, but it shouldn't be too bad this time.

Oh and another Golden Line: Dr. Regal: "There's no firewall protecting the human soul! It's full of security holes!"
That is Zybourne Clock levels of writing, there.

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I just finished Giant Robo. The fight scenes are fantastic, and I definitely teared up a bit at the end.
Spoilers )
Oh god the gayest scene ever between Chujo and Go. I'm pretty sure now that they're seriously involved, cause ain't no other reason to have your arm around him like that, Chujo.

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It felt wrong to put this in my previous post, but I watched When the Wind Blows on Friday. If you've heard the David Bowie song of the same name, well, this is what it was the theme song for. It's an animated film from the 80s about an elderly British couple dealing with the threat of nuclear holocaust. Absolutely heartbreaking. The parallels with Grave of the Fireflies are pretty obvious, and I think WtWB definitely deserves to share the spot for "animated films most likely to make you cry". I was in tears for about half of it.
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Finished Roman History midterm and one of two essays for Gender Studies. Whew.
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Okay, things have calmed down a bit. I still have two midterms to go, and needed to ask for an extension on a third, but things feel manageable.

This week's Film Studies movie was The Shining, to my horror. It actually wasn't as violent as I expected, and I basically knew where the blood was going to be thanks to the Simpsons and MAD. One thing: there was a furry in there. It was fucking bizarre and I did not expect it, but the awful moment of "Oh god, a man with a scary outfit and mask!" faded almost immediately into "Oh haha, he's just giving someone a blowjob, what the hell?" Like, I don't... Jack Nicholson is outside chasing his son with an axe, and you cut away to that? Also there's a rotting naked woman which I could have gone my entire life without seeing. But I guess the cinematography was good.

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Ancient Greek midterm on Friday! But I'm still feeling like the god of everything after beating that Megaman minigame, so I'm sure it'll go well. Though I have to study of course. Ugh, I'm still no good at that. I'm lucky enough to test well, so I never really had to study in high school, but that doesn't work so well in college.


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