and sundry

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:32 pm
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 1.  Twice in the last 2 weeks, I have been accused by coworkers of having no sense of humor.  The first was a case of the guy sitting beside me answering the questions I was asking a customer, because distracting coworker's while they're trying to work is funny, I guess.  (This is one of those people who thinks  making semi-obnoxious but largely harmless comments at random-usually directed towards someone doing something else-is the pinnacle of humor and must be acknowledged, but he's usually less intrusive about it.)  The second was yesterday at lunch, when a coworker asked if I'd seen a plant pollen joke, then saying she'd show me and shoving her phone at me.  It was a lolcat type thing with a joke along the lines of "if plants emit pollen that we inhale without knowing it, are plants raping us every day?"  I made a noncommittal noise (keep in mind, I had food in my mouth) and when she pressed me, I commented that I didn't find things that used rape as the punchline to be funny.  She appeared to find that offensive and said i couldn't take a joke.

2.  i was going to sign up for flight rising, but I missed the window.  If anyone plays Hay Day, though, I've been playing it way too much lately.

3.  By which I mean to say that I've been neglecting reading, wiscon media binging and RareWomen fic for it.  Whoops?

4  Both the sageuk and wuxia panels are short one member, but will hopefully make the cut.  (As has been mentioned elsewhere, the lineups as they currently stand should be about like a live version of DW comment threads.  Possibly along the lines of [personal profile] oyceter  and I almost turning the Anime/Manga 101 panel last year into randomly throwing out various Kaori Yuki plotlines.)  I also volunteered for the Lit in Anime and Manga panel, so we'll see on that one.  MUst get other wuxia panelists to read Legend of the White-Haired Demoness before the con, though.

5.  Make all the "Zombie Jesus" jokes you want, you know you love Easter for the cheap candy that'll be everywhere on Monday.

Spring Anime

Apr. 14th, 2014 09:19 pm
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Akuma no Riddle eps 1-2: This is the series about the all-girls boarding school where 12 members of a class of 13 are trained assassins and in a contest to assassinate the 11th, Haru, a girls with scars on her body and a mysterious past. The assassins get only one attempt each, cannot interfere with each other's attempts, and cannot involve outsiders. One of the assassins, Tokaku falls in insta-love with Haru decides to protect Haru instead, and goes to war with her classmates. Everyone has a mysterious past (mostly angsty, of course) and this series is so incredibly into its concept (and as a result, I think it's played some of its cards too early) that I half expect a narrator to pop up squealing with glee at times.

Have the OP:

Black Bullet ep 1: A virus has forced mankind to live within cities called "monoliths," but the cities aren't able to completely block out the virus. When it infects someone, they turn into monsters and "Promoter," who use special bullets, are brought in to fight them along with their partners, young girls called "Initiators" who were infected by the virus while still fetuses and have superpowers, and are regarded as being "cursed children." So far, the main character, Rentaro, appears to be the only major male character, with the others being his childhood friend/employer, Kisara, his Initiator, Enju, and a rather morbid coroner whose name I didn't catch. Though Enju regards herself as Rentaro's fiance (Enju appears to be about 7-8 and Rentaro appears to have her pretty firmly in the "little sister" category) it doesn't look likely to turn into a harem-type setup. Rentaro and Kisara have a shared angsty past involving the death of her parents, but it will probably end up focusing on Rentaro, because he's a boy and the main character, but it also looks like it'll have a lot of focus on the nature and treatment of the cursed children.

It has the potential to end up one of those series with a lot of potential that end up disappointing in the end, but I have hopes for now.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure eps 1-2. My only previous experience with JJBA is reading the first arc ages ago, back in the Scans Daily days. (I can't recall if I actually read JJBA on SD, but establishing the timeframe and all...) I enjoyed it, but the series was way too daunting to even think about reading all of it on my computer. As far as the anime goes, I understand this is the most popular plotline by far. On the one hand, I see why it's popular and the art direction is certainly interesting, but it's taking "sea of men" to the extreme and what women there are exist to fawn over and be insulted by JoJo (including his mother). Except the one who dies to help JoJo learn as lesson about Stands. There's also enough manly posing to give any other shounen action series secondhand embarrassment.

I may just read the one arc of the manga with a female lead and skip the rest unless that blows me away.

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san ep 1: Shoujo Ai short about a girl named Inugami who likes and acts like a cat, and a girl named Nekoyama who likes dogs. I decided to give it a try because I like Tonari no Seki-kun, the only short series i've watched before this. It was cute and i'll watch more. (I attempted to watch Mangaka-san to Assistant-san, too, but will be passing on it.)

The World is Still Beautiful eps 1-2. Three years ago, the Sun King took over his kingdom, and he's taken over most of the known world since. Shocking everyone, he proposes an alliance with a small kingdom whose royal family is rumored to be able to influence the weather, in exchange for having one of the king's four daughters sent to him as a bride. As the Sun King is rumored to be a lecherous, one eyed ogre, none of the daughters are thrilled with the prospect, but one princess, Nike, is chosen because she loses a battle of rock-paper-scissors with her sisters. Travelling incognito through the Sun Kingdom before her appointment at the royal palace, Nike is surprised to learn that, despite rumors, the kingdom doesn't appear to be oppressed, and has a thriving economy. She's even more surprised to learn that the king, Livius, is a teenager a few years younger then her.

Lots of economics, lots of politics, kidnappings and assassination attempts already, and a lot of Livius being a very intelligent brat and Nike yelling at him to get over himself already and oh, act like a kid already. (Presumably, they'll eventually be love interests. Right now, though, Nike treats him more like an annoying little brother she just acquired, and who she needs to shake some sense into.) I've seen a few people comment that Nike appears to be modeled after Nausicaa, and I agree, but don't think it's a bad thing. (Not that I've seen anyone say it as a negative thing.)

Also, the OD for this one is....odd.  Yes, odd.

I'm watching Mushishi of course, which is about like reading the manga, but with sound and color, and I'm still enjoying Tonari no Seki-kun a lot. I'm very behind on Nisekoi, which is drifting away from being a fake-dating romcom and looks to be turning into more of a straightforward harem series with lots of fanservice. I dunno.

I watched bits of a few other first eps, but wasn't grabbed by them. (Sadly, not even the one with the evil unicorn and the girl who drags along a coffin filled with guns.)  I might try Baby Love again.  I actually liked the bit I saw, especially the protagonist's obsessive notetaking, but it looked to be too Sea of Men to me.

icons: Silver Spoon

Apr. 13th, 2014 02:47 pm
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 84 x Silver Spoon (season 1)

silver spoon s1 27 silver spoon s1 91 silver spoon s1 21

here )

Flight Rising!

Apr. 11th, 2014 12:43 am
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Flight Rising, aka that dragon game I keep talking about, is opening registration for April 14!

I haven't been playing it as much lately, but I am having fun collecting assorted pretty dragons and scavenging and opening treasure chests. I'm Oyceter there as well, and this is my lair (id: 35180).

Also, a few of us show off our dragons and complain about site downtime (it's getting better!) at [community profile] flight_rising.

I found tips and tricks for beginners, tips and tricks for beginners 2, and an unofficial FAQ really helpful.

Lemme know if you have questions! Also if anyone joins, I have some dragons if you want ^_^.


Apr. 10th, 2014 10:52 pm
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i decided to fight the dragon that is school
the day my period was due.
i am now bleeding

winter anime wrapup

Apr. 10th, 2014 10:12 pm
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Inari, KonKon, Koi, Iroha eps 6-10: Well, that wasn't quite the ending I wanted. Not that it was a bad ending, I was just hoping for something along the lines of a pile of giggling and happy girls and puppies. But it ended with a heavy focus on the friendship between Inari and Uka, and that is good. (And I think there's an OVA coming this summer?) It definitely warrants the comparisons to last season's Gingitsune, though that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Gingitsune had better animation and had better writing and characterization, while Inari was more prone to Drama and had the major drawback of Uka's brother (who did at least manage to be useful in the last episode) but Inari has more girls and is charming and very very earnest, and I liked that the central conflict and drama boiled down to a human girl and a goddess befriending each other and trying to keep that friendship.

Noragami eps 8-12: I started this one out of curiosity, not really expecting much, but it ended up being my favorite, mostly out of my love for the main characters and a lot of the supporting cast, but also because the plot was soemwhat different from the norm. However...

spoilers )

The Pilot's Love Song eps 8-13: So, when I said that episode seven was the show deciding that it was time for the obligatory death of a lovable supporting character, what I really meant was that episode seven was a warning that proceeding past that point meant signing up for the emotional equivalent of being repeatedly punched in the gut. (And literally punched in the gut a lot, if you're Kal.)

The ending appears to be fairly obvious sequel bait, but I'm not sure Inumura Koroko would see it that way. Mind you, I know it's set up to be a multimedia, ongoing franchise, so the ending probably was deliberate sequel bait. But, like with Remembrances for A Certain Pilot/The Princess and the Pilot, the personal conflicts and issues that drove the plot were resolved, as was the core plot in the events that took place. The fact that what was going on with these characters was only a small part of the whole conflict and that the main conflict in their world still going on is secondary, and things don't get wrapped up in a nice bow because you sorted out your issues and achieved a goal. Which, if that is Inumura's outlook, is perfectly reasonable, though not necessarily a stance that a number of devourers of fiction will want for the end of their canon.

spoilers )

I know that the series is mostly getting compared to Last Exile, and that's understandable and even fairly appropriate, but I think that both thematically and in tone, it's more in tune with Allison and Lillia. Which I now want to rewatch.

Silver Spoon: Season 2 eps 7-11: Where did all this angst come from? This was supposed to be my funny adorable culture clash series with a side of economics. Not that I object to the angst, I just wasn't quite prepared for it, even with the buildup in the first half of the season. This season was less with the humor and more with the economics and life choices in general, which is totally cool, just a bit of a change from the first season. Also, I cannot remember the last time I watched a show with this many in-canon shippers.

Now to start the new series.  When I'm not binge watching kdramas for WisCon.

icons: Nikita

Apr. 9th, 2014 07:32 pm
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115 x Nikita (first half of season 3)

nikita-s2 72 nikita-s2 79 nikita-s2 58

here )  and [ profile] screencappednet .
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A month or so back, I was poking around to see if there would be a followup to last year's ITV series Murder on the Homefront. I found no such information, but did discover that it was based on the memoir of Molly Lefebure, who worked as pathologist Keith Simpson's secretary during WWII.

Her job included not only accompanying Simpson to crime scenes, but also sitting only a few feet from corpses as they were being autopsied, typing up the results as Simpson dictated his observations. At one point, a colleague of Simpson's asked her if a nice young girl like her was fed up with all these corpses yet, and ready for a less taxing job. When she said she was perfectly content where she was, he went "Oh noes! A suffragette!" and figuratively ran up to hide. This appears to have mostly amused Lefebure, who imagined herself chained to a picket line with her typewriter, typing up descriptions of corpses. Other things that amused her were watching Simpson and his colleagues attempt to figure out what to call various kinds of women's undergarments, and observing that the women of her acquaintance had far sturdier stomachs when it came to descriptions of corpses than the men of her acquaintance did, as long as said men weren't around.

Apparently, parties with Molly went like this:

UNSUSPECTING FEMALE A: So, Molly, what do you do for a living?
TOTALLY KNOWLDGEABLE FEMALE B: OMG No don't get her started, now she's going to be morbid.
MOLLY: I'm the personal secretary of a pathologist, so I go to crime scenes and observe autopsies and-
MANLY MALE A: Molly, you know FEMALE B is a delicate creature who's nervous can't handle that kind of thing.  She's not like you and your innards of steel. Not that there's anything wrong with you.
MOLLY: Uh huh.
MANLY MALE A: I mean, if you must talk about it, I am prepared to gird my loins and listen. Like a real man. I need beer first. Do you want beer?
TOTALLY KNOWLEDGEABLE  FEMALE B: Molly, now that he isn't looking, I am winking. A lot. This wink means "You, me, lunch, all the gory details? Or is this an alcohol only description?" Oh, wait, he's looking again, back to swooning. Maybe I'll get laid.
UNSUSPECTING FEMALE A: Molly, I think I understand all that winking. I am joining in the winking, because this job sounds awesome. To hear about, I mean.
MOLLY: You people are hilarious.

So, yes, apparently Molly was the gory details life of the party. Though on that note, I should mention that, while she describes injuries and some procedures, Lefebure doesn't get too explicit in most of her descriptions. When she later set out to find a successor after deciding to quit to get married (more on that in a moment) she learned that most people who liked hearing about her work really did only want to hear about it, and thought they could take the job and stay nice and safe in an office and Simpson would just pop in after cleaning himself up to dictate notes.

(Note: potential trigger warnings re: teen girls and rape/murder in the following paragraph)

A number of chapters are pretty straightforward accountings of various cases, but many others also work in commentary about life in England during WWII, and, to a less degree, some social commentary. Most of it is pretty good and interesting, but I should warn for a couple cases of what I can only call slutshaming teenaged girls. In one instance, she describes how she and a beau attended all the hearings for a court case in which a 15 year old girl had an affair with an older man, who claimed she had told him she was older, and later accused him of rape. Lefebure sides entirely with the adult, and expresses relief when he faces no punishment. In that case, she does appear to have listened to and analyzed the evidence, but she also appears to be coming from a place of "teenaged girls who run around having sex would lie to get their way." more concerning is another instance of another girl who she describes as "a girl of fifteen and a half who had already given much trouble by running around with men." Lefebure declares the case "uninteresting," and when the autopsy reveals that the girl was strangled during intercourse, everyone involved decides that it was a case of erotic asphyxiation gone wrong, and not worth further investigation. On the flipside, another case involved a 14 year old girl who was locally known as an "unofficial prostitute" being murdered. They knew who did it but could never gather enough evidence to arrest him, something that appeared to still bother Lefebure are of the writing of this book a decade later.

(End trigger warning.)

After working with Simpson for several years, Molly and her latest beau decided to get married. Molly, after careful consideration, informed her future husband that she didn't think she had more than 8 years maximum of "hard domesticity," and so would marry him only on the condition that, after 8 years, during which time she would do all that was expected of a good wife and mother, he wouldn't object when she ditched the domestic angel role and started writing again. (She was a reporter before working for Simpson.) The copyright date for the book is 1954, so apparently, it worked out exactly how she said it would.

And now I shall take a break from memoirs, as 4 in 1 week is just too much serious reading.
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These are the books that Upstairs, Downstairs, Downton Abbey, The Grand and whatnot are inspired by. And since Upstairs, Downstairs pretty much created the British period drama as we know it, everyone should pause for a moment to thank Powell.

Margaret Powell left school in her early teens to go to work (she returned to school in her fifties) eventually becoming a skivvy and working her way through a variety of jobs until she became a cook.

Among the things Powell thinks her readers should be interested in are her jobs, her treatment at the hands of employers, her education, her family's living situation in her childhood, her long list of beaus (including her husband, though he only really gets focus, as opposed to a few passing mentions, in the second book), the lives of her coworkers, her breast cancer and later adventures with falsies, and a few fooding experiments.

Among the things Powell does not think her readers would be particularly interested in are her employers, who she herself does not appear to have much interest in (despite some amusing memories of a few), save for drawing attention to their abuses of servants and the treatment of servants as property. I feel various passages can be summed up along the lines of "So, this one employer threw a fit when I dared had her a letter instead of presenting it on a tray, and always demanded to know exactly what I did on my days off to make sure I was staying morally pure. And that was life there. Now, let me tell you about this one chap who took me home and he lived with his siblings and everything was so Victorian and I had to skedaddle because I could just see his siblings sitting outside the door and virtuously holding hands and beaming as they listened to us having our hypothetical future sex and naming our hypothetical future children. Also, I may have feared incestuous orgies. Which reminds me of this time my friend and I took the bus and this man walked up and commented that it was a waste that we lived our lives the way we do and we thought he mistook us for prostitutes, but I realized later that he thought we were lesbians."

I combined several events above, but they all happened.

There's little if any sentimentality to the books, especially when compared to the various works that could be considered her successors, and definitely no nostalgia for "the olden days," though the descriptions of the books try to evoke some. She apparently received a lot of criticism from readers saying they/their parents always took care of their servants and were kind to them, and how dare she be so mean about them. Her response to this was along the lines of "Just because you think you're taking care of your property doesn't mean you don't still think it's property regardless of what it has to say on the matter. Also, stuf u, I'm writing another book."

The three books largely cover the same time periods, though Below Stairs spends a fair bit of time on Powell's childhood, and Climbing the Stairs has more focus on her later life, while Servant's Hall was almost exclusively about the middle period. As such, there are a number of events that are mentioned in passing in one book, and in more detail in another. Reading them in rapid succession (I read all three in about a week) caused events to get somewhat jumbled and not always seeming to take place in the same sequence from one book to another, but I doubt that'd be a problem if you don't read them in a binge.
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