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Jul. 4th, 2015 04:43 pm
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 Gotta love those people setting off firecrackers at 4:30 pm in 93 degree fahrenheit heat.

And not in the parts of Texas that have been getting a lot of rain.  (Just enough to not have a ban on firecrackers in town this year.  Not that that ever stopped anyone.)

icons: Empire

Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:29 pm
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 166 x Empire (eps 1.1-1.4)

  

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Jun. 30th, 2015 07:52 pm
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 97 x The Twelve Kingdoms (eps 34-45)

  

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anime catchup

Jun. 28th, 2015 11:29 pm
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I realized the other day that I haven't posted on any anime in a while, even though I've been watching some.

Akatsuki no Yona and the second season of Kamisama Kiss I did post on a bit, I think. Both seasons covered parts of the manga that I'd already read, and pretty faithfully. Yona switched up the order of a few things, and KSK added some stuff to wrap up the season, but those were the main changes. If you like either manga or liked the first season of KSK, you'll like them. Yona is probably my favorite new anime in a while.

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is about a compulsive liar creates an imaginary boyfriend so she can one-up her friends when they talk about their boyfriends, and shows them a picture she took of a random boy when they demand proof. It turns out the boy goes to their school, and he agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend if she'll be his obedient "dog." It's weirdly addictive and I spent the first half of the season condemning myself to a Feminist Pit Of Shame for liking it so much. About halfway through, it gets the awful setup out of its system and become a more typical shoujo romance. Pretty much, I liked it and will probably eventually read the manga, but can offer no real justification.

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, which is based on a VN that I haven't played, though I did watch the series from several years ago, which followed a different game route, and the prequel series, Fate/Zero. I'm mostly watching for Rin and Saber and Rin/Archer and Rin/Saber. And Ilya and Sakura, but they aren't in this one much. This one has a more interesting plot than the first series and some impressive animation at times, but also does some things I'm meh about. It's pretty enjoyable, though. It just finished airing, but I have a couple episodes to go.

Fairy Tail is my endless shounen comfort series. That's about it, really.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which I've started several times over the years, but only made it a few episodes in each time. This time I powered through it for the Magical Girls panel and Wiscon and...still am not a fan. I get why it's popular, it's brilliantly constructed, it does what it wants and the art direction is amazing. I just don't like it. It's brutal deconstruction for the sake of deconstruction, and it's deconstruction that is deliberately NOT for the target audience (young girls). It removes the empowerment of the genre but doesn't build anything up in its place, and way too much hangs on BUT TEENAGED GIRLS ARE JUST SO EMOTIONAL. And, as tends to happen with Urobuchi, an awful, abusive system is set up and he draws attention to it and has his heroines aware of it, and...leaves it in place to continue to be an unchallenged, horrible system indefinitely.
I am glad I finally watched it and I'm glad the people it works for have it, but it wasn't for me.

Shirobako is an anime about making anime. Like most PA Works shows, it's laid back and slice-of-life. It isn't about the dream of making anime, it's about the work and the tedium and repetition, about working with creators and getting all the different views on the same page. And it's especially about how you won't make it in the anime industry unless you really, really love anime. It's a meta series, though it doesn't rub your face in it. One of the most telling bits is probably early on, when the producer of the anime they're working on in the first half announces that they have to completely rework the main character's personality, because girls will identify with her, and boys won't like her enough. It actually wrapped up a month or two back, I just haven't watched the last few episodes yet.

Ore Monogatari is a shoujo series about Takeo, a huge teenaged who looks like a thug but has the heart of a marshmallow. He always reaches out to befriend people, but they always prefer his standoffish, handsome, friend, Suna, including all the girls Takeo likes. When he saves a girl named Yamato from a groper, he assumes that she, too, likes Suna, but she actually likes Takeo, who is now trying to matchmake Yamato and Suna. It's hilarious and so sweet I'm in danger of getting cavities every episode. The manga it's based on is by the writer of High School Debut, which gives you an idea of what to expect.


Not anime, but since last Friday, I've watched the first 60 episodes of Soo Baek Hyang, The King's Daughter, a Baekje-set sageuk. It's a daily drama, so the episodes are only 32 minutes each (35 once you factor in hulu's commercials) as opposed to the normal hour+. I was off work for a couple days last week, which accounts for a decent bit of that episode count, though. It's my 4th sageuk in a row to have the "secret princess" theme (well, I suppose Hwajung is actually a "lost princess" plot, as opposed to a "secret princess" plot, but still!) I swear I'm not seeking the theme out.  The series follows the general sageuk formula that MBC seems to like.

It's incredibly addictive, though I haven't quite figured out how to put why I love it into words, aside from blathering a bit about the fake!cest in IMs. It's 108 episodes total, and I may just set all my other shows aside until I finish it.

Though, may I just say that it seems to be trying to win an award for the slowest slow burn ever? I'm sitting here going "OMG, you two, we're over halfway there! Make at least SOME progress before plot things come out and you spend who knows how long thinking you're half siblings!"

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Jun. 27th, 2015 03:40 pm
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 105 x Shirobako (eps 1-12)

  


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Jun. 26th, 2015 07:42 pm
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 Look, Texas ( which I am right in the middle of) IT'S OK.  The world isn't ending.  No one is burning your bibles or brainwashing your children (you're doing enough of the latter yourself).  I mean, it's POSSIBLE that seeing two people of the same sex kiss and put a ring on each others' fingers will cause you to have a stroke, but if so, you probably have a whole lot of other medical problems to start with that had more to do with it.

Just breathe.

(And elect a better governor next time.)

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Jun. 24th, 2015 10:00 pm
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 121 x Chihayafuru (episodes 1-6)

  

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*p

Jun. 23rd, 2015 01:38 pm
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Yet not as debilitating as usual

TeeVee...IN SPACE

Jun. 23rd, 2015 01:25 pm
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Star Wars Rebels came back for a 2 part season premiere, and then...went on hiatus again for a few months. For reasons?

spoilerish )

Hey, remember when this was the light, cute kids show about space!jedi!Robin Hood family, and GrimDark theories seemed entirely out of place for it? Yeah, me too.

Killjoys is a new SyFy series about a bounty hunter named Dutch whose Dark And Tragic Backstory appears to be the intergalactic version of MCU's The Red Room, complete with Rob Stewart. Her partner, Johnny, gets both of them in trouble when he sees a kill order for his brother , D'Avin, and uses Dutch's clearance to try to save them. And Stuff Happens. There's also an intergalactic war going on that bounty hunters are neutral in, and everyone but Johnny having Deep Dark Secrets. I liked the show in general (the pilot is exposition heavy, but that's to be expected) and really liked both Dutch and Johnny, but I couldn't care less about D'Avin and his Deep Dark Secrets, and am annoyed that the pilot seems to want me to ship him with Dutch. At least Dutch (played by a biracial actress) is set up as the central protagonist, with the brothers as her support. I really could have done without the rape threats in the opening scene, though.

Dark Matter is another new space opera show, this one a Canadian show also showing on SyFy. Six people wake up from stasis with amnesia, finding themselves on route to a mining planet, along with a large cache of weapons. They name themselves One-Six, in the order they woke up in, and try to figure out what's going on. It's very, very tropey, but I'm ok with that. Like Killjoys, this appears to be a "corporations rule the universe, Our Protagonists must choose a side" show.* There are a lot of familiar faces, particularly Zoie Palmer, Roger Cross and Anthony Lemke. Rob Stewart (non-evil version) also guest stars in the first two episodes, and Torri Higginston is in the second. Hopefully, her character is meant to be recurring, and they didn't cast her for one measly scene. The cast is pretty diverse and largely good, though I really wish they weren't acting like One (the obligatory Idealist) was so charismatic and inspiring. I mean, nothing against the character or actor, but roger Cross, Anthony Lemke, and the actress playing Two all have more charisma and screen presence in their pinkies than he does in his whole body. Though, mind you, I have yet to see Lemke play a character that anyone should look to for inspiration.

For now, though, Two is set up as the leader, and I hope it stays that way.

spoilers )

I'm a bit leery about Dark Matter, as it's by the SGA folks, and I had a contentious relationship with that show in the two seasons I watched, and didn't like much of what I heard about the rest, but Jay Firestone is also involved, and that's usually a plus.

*That said, the shows are pretty different, despite appealing to largely the same audiences. Killjoys is a very very SyFy show, kinda campy and all about buddy space bounty hunters adventures, with a side of Dark And Angsty Pasts. And an Ashmore twin. (You can tell the Ashmore twins apart by whether or not they're in a SyFy or CW show, or a SciFi movie. Unless they guest star in the same episode of a show.) Dark Matter is a more Serious Business (but not too much) show more focused on mysteries and identity.

The Astronaut Wives Club is not set in space, but is about the wives of some of the first Americans to go into space. The first episode focus primarily on Louise Sheppard, wife of Alan Shepard, and it was...ok? There was just too much going on for a 42 minute episode, and Louise's characterization relied pretty heavily on internalized misogyny. Like a lot of US shows set in the early/mid-20th century in recent years, it has a "wants to be the next Mad Men" feel to it. (And for my money, MM only worked the first few seasons.) I'll watch more people it was enjoyable enough, and in hopes that it'll improve.

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Jun. 22nd, 2015 07:27 pm
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 151 x Hwajung (eps 1-10)

  

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Jun. 21st, 2015 04:13 pm
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 Overnight, my father went from "we might keep him up to 2-3 more days and then he might need someone with him at all times for several days" to "he can go home with no restrictions."

Which, YAY, but also GEEZ.  (I gather he finally quit stressing enough for everything they were doing to him to finally kick in.)
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