[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

 
I plan trips in my spare time. But since I can plan Tokyo trips with my eyes closed now, let's add the complication of arriving later than my travelling companions due to the tricky bit about needing to stop over in Hong Kong on the way back to invade kit's place.

I finally have travelling companions who are not my aunt or my mother again. (I took you to Italy, Mum . . . And three times to Japan, Aunt!) At a certain points (two years ago and four years ago), I was willing to go travelling with complete strangers. You make more friends that way. Or travel buddies. Which is why ML (friend of a friend who knows one of my best friends--small world) is coming along again. Ad-san was not invited because he went to Japan and Turkey last December (and still has not collected his Uniqlo sweater from me). Not sure Ed-san would be comfortable with a bunch of females though.

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Casshern SINS Finale:

I knew it would depressing, but I wasn't prepared enough for that sort of thing. That is truly my idea of a downer ending.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 21 and 22:

Some people might find it a little too dark, but fact is stranger than fiction. And reoccurring characters from past seasons show up to be cryptic.

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Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo 09:

Now officially in Gintama territory, with whole AU episodes, kicking down the Fourth Wall, making perverted jokes based on homonyms, parodying various shounen series, using fandom catchphrases and highlighting the fact that certain seiyuu from another series are in this show.

This is officially my favourite anime at the moment next to Jigoku Shoujo.

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[Friday, March 13, 2009]

 
Had a day off, which was great because there always is a certain period at work when you want to climb the walls and go crazy.

PC is dying. Again. Argh.

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Casshern SINS 22:
After builfing up the Casshern/Lyuuze for so many episodes, they stuck in the Dios/Casshern UST to pander to the fangirls. Eh . . .

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Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo 8:

Leopard = Lelouch = Grell = Watanuki = Ayase (Okane Ga Nai)

Every time I remember that, I crack up. Someone give the VA another award.

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[Sunday, March 01, 2009]

 
I was almost a victim of credit card fraud. Fortunately, the credit card company caught it in time and cancelled the card before someone could treat themselves from Sears and Roebuck.

Pro: No spending on card for a week.
Con: Well . . . None, really. Too busy to shop for stuff outside of groceries.

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In less exciting news:

Casshern SINS 20 and 21:
I think I see where this is going. It's not going to be a happy ending, is it? Like Wolf's Rain.
Lyuze and Casshern are growing on me.

xxxHOLiC Shunmuki:
I never had the inclination to pick up the manga (which I heard was painfully angsty). Very content with just watching the anime.

Leverage:
Hmmm, I like this series.

Dollhouse:
Don't knock it. It's only the third episode.

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[Sunday, February 15, 2009]

 
RL:
12th Feb: Happy Birthday Darwin! Many articles here and there and all over the place, but few mentioning Wallace's contribution.

Weekend: Work, fic, work, selling off doujinshi (Rock'n'Dolless, Classic Milk Peace & Alien, etc for sale--link on your left), work, kareoke, work . . . Where was the time to exercise?

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Casshern SINS 19:
The last time I watched something this depressing . . . Hmm . . . It actually reminds me of Wolf's Rain. Except that it didn't have characters that just show up for one episode to kick the emo-suicidal-tendencies out of the female lead, then crumble into coloured flower petals. (Or did it? It's been a while since I watched Wolf's Rain.)

(Lyuze, you may need to be more proactive, shrug off the emo and jump his bones. Because Casshern may not get it even if you beat him over the head with a big stick.)

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It's-not-Firefly-but . . . :
Just watched Dollhouse. It seems to be off to a good start. Definitely on the dark side, but that's good.

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[Friday, February 13, 2009]

 
Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo: There's a plot/several plots in here somewhere and some massive world-building, but it's a bit slow in the exposition. I don't really care because it's entertaining. The quest for parts for the phallic-shaped brain colony (voiced by Fukuyama Jun) included a pair of Golden Orbers and now an Orb Warmer. (Wandering into Gintama territory here . . .)

Casshern SINS 18:
Lyuze? You spent a entire episode talking to yourself. The only time you were really talking to someone else, you disturbed the heck out of me. (But now that we know that this sort of thing is apparently possible, bring on the doujinshi!)

Kuroshitsuji: Need more of this. Butlers in this world are godmodders. I don't even mind Grell (Fukuyama Jun being gayer than gay) being in most of the episodes to bring in the fangirls.

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[Friday, February 06, 2009]

 
Casshern SINS 17:
Leda wanted children. Past tense. Wow, and I thought Dios had issues.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 16:
Please don't ever stop being the dark side of anime and portraying modern life the way it is.

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Obligatory my childhood my first fandom post:
There is CATS doujinshi. As in CATS the Musical doujinshi. From way back in 1998.

Featuring Munkustrap x Demeter, Munkustrap x Grizabella (wut?), Macavity x Bombalurina.

(Oh yes but no but yeah but no but yeah.)

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[Saturday, January 24, 2009]

 
Casshern SINS 15:

Lyuze ("the girlfriend"): Casshern . . . *heavy pause* . . . It might just be possible that Dune has more emo than you.

Friender (not!Lassie): At this rate, the universe is going to implode with all the emo before the plot gets moving.

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Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae 12: That's how anime should be deconstructed. Honestly, there are no words to describe how perfect this is. *fangirls like whoa* It does not lack an epic storyline--it has more than one evolving story woven within--it just doesn't let the backstory overshadow the weekly human drama and inevitable tragedy. Futakomori was darker than dark, not to mention depressing. Mitsuganae seems to be more about the darker side of human pettiness and trivality, often focusing on younger people like students. Which somehow makes everything even more tragic and terrible.

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Obligatory my childhood! moment:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doujinshi. BL doujinshi.

Isn't that also kind of like incest? Should I even try to get hold of one? Just for a look? (Oh no but yeah but no but yeah but no . . .)

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[Saturday, January 10, 2009]

 
Casshern SINS 14:
Casshern's emo is still at epic levels.
Dio still has a massive raging hate-on for Casshern, not to mention extreme levels of inadequacy and self-esteem issues.
Lyuze's hate-on has been official discarded as she moves into the position of love interest. No, wait--"person who isn't going to let the protagonist die yet". She still kicks ass despite not being boss level in terms of fighting ability and hopefully will save Casshern a few more times. (The thing is . . . the two of them have not actually saved each other from fatal situations and each incident only seems to serve to promote the pairing.)
Friender is still not Lassie and hopefully never will be.
Ringo is still utterly adorable and the epitome of everything Casshern wants to protect.
Leda and Braiking Boss are still being cryptic.
Despite all this, the plot has moved forwards somewhat and the ending theme has changed. Probably because of [spoilers].

Conjecture:
Leda wants Dio's babies. It was one of her original directives after all.
Failing that, she'd have Casshern's.
Casshern might actually like that, seeing his thing for protecting little kiddies.

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[Friday, December 12, 2008]

 
Hooray for 20% discounts at Kino.

I am not a fan of CLAMP, having only read RG Veda and watched the XXXholic anime. Mutuality is probably going to be the only CLAMP artbook in my collection. The cover was quite frankly a tease, but no big surprise to anyone who has seen artwork by CLAMP. Also spoilers for R2 here and in the book.

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Nothing new in terms of colour art except for three pictures. The sketches show why CLAMP gets top billing for character design as they pretty much covered everything. Favourite picture is still C.C. in the red and black kimono.

Short story by Ohkouchi Ichiro in Chapter VIII: First part had OT3 chilling in Baghdad after the events in the World of C as Lelouch thinks up what would be soon be known as Zero Requiem. Second part is about swords (yes, that one) and very gay as the boys talk about killing off their identities/personas. Suzaku is Ore!Suzaku and the sword was specially made. (Of course it was. No self-respecting weapons-maker would willing make anything like that.) It sounds like double suicide/lovers' suicide when put like that. Only they're talking about it flippantly despite the angsty subject matter. It's also hard to T__T when That Hat is on the opposite page. Anime had the passing of the mask, the short story has the super-gay handing over of the sword. Fanfic and fanart has the alteration of the Zero outfit covered. Yeah, CG has everything.

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Reading A Distant Soil. Which I should have picked up earlier except that I did not know it was available in Kino. Seren and D'mer are growing on me.

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Casshern Sins Ep 10 was a whole episode without Casshern angsting in it. But it made up for that by having someone else do the angsting for a change. Dune has issues. Dio has a huge rage-on for Casshern. Leda has a huge . . . well, she's rather obsessed with Dio and their new utopia. In the background, the plot inches forwards.

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