Whew-- Friday. This was a long, hot week.
I scheduled the window installation, which is still a month out (as expected). While this company seems relatively efficient, affordable, and I've heard very good things about the actual windows, their customer service has been just shy of atrocious. I had to beg the scheduling rep to stay on the phone to answer a couple of basic questions like 'how much space should I have clear around each window?' and whatnot. And this is after two other people coming out to measure, etc. and making disparaging and freakshow comments about my place.
Mostly, when I haven't been too groggy to do anything, I've been playing Brave Exvius. I'm not far into the story, since there are so many events to poke around in otherwise. So for every bit I progress the story, I'm burning through my energy gauge with grinding and whatnot. I did manage to score a Warrior of Light today, so I'm excited. I haven't had a chance to do much with him, though. I actually really like the BE original summons as much as anyone. There may be drabbles forthcoming. ^^;;
I want to try to do some writing this weekend. We'll see. It's been so long... I suppose I can get back to putting some stuff up on AO3 and whatnot, too? I probably have less than 5% of my total output up over there. *facepalms*
There's no time like the present!
09 -- name an anime character you absolutely hate.
'Hate' is a strong word for me. I have plenty of characters I really, really don't like. The few downright hate
s that come to mind are all from video game land...
And one definitely-anime example where a character had what could have been an endless amount of potential except it was completely disregarded and... wasted anyone on a character who had been established by the bulk of the previous canon to have absolutely no reason
Stellar Loussier from Gundam SEED Destiny.( And then whoops, like a thousand words of explanation! )
I can't even wrap my head around how this is going to happen. This sounds like a terrible idea.https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-21/one-piece-manga-gets-live-action-hollywood-tv-show/.119132
Part of the reason why I love One Piece is that it is completely ridiculous. I mean, we have a rubber man for a main character, snails for telephones, fishmen, a shapeshifting reindeer, a cyborg who runs around in a speedo, and an animated skeleton. This is either going to have an effects budget through the roof, or be completely terrible.
I was just reading veleda_k
's great post on gender in The Lego Movie
and commenting on how I worry about how messages like this affect my kids, but it put me in mind of a more hopeful recent gender moment with my son.
I've been reading him The Lord of the Rings, and we came across some line (I don't remember exactly) like whoever has the Ring, it will corrupt "him":
Son: Who's "him"?
Me: Whoever gets the Ring, whoever possesses it.
Son: But it could be a woman.
Me: That's true, but this older English from a time when "he" meant any random person, including women.
(Son looks at me like both I and the world are insane.)
Me: One day I will show you the Blake's 7 episode where Avon uses "he" (actually "his") to refer to a group of one man and two women.
(Son looks even more dubious.)
(Mom's heart is profoundly encouraged.)
(now I'm caught up!)07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?
Absolutely! The most recent, I'm pretty sure, is the newest Cyborg 009 that's on Netflix right now. I've watched straight thru some of the five-minute shows on Crunchyroll, if those count? Plenty of 3-6 episode OVAs. taichara
and I got through Star Driver in something close to one sitting, and we also did Gundam Wing in about two days once? There was definitely food/sleep involved in the latter, though. But it was still fairly impressive. Boycritter and I have also done huge chunks of Naruto and Kenshin via Netflix - it's easy enough to cuddle up together and watch ~20 episodes overnight. ^^;;
Years and years ago, a group of friends I had always wanted to do some marathon events of 'the classics' like Escaflowne. Get a ton of food, etc. and spend ~12 hours watching Escaflowne, etc. Maybe Evangelion, whatever else they were into? IDK... But it never happened.
I honestly don't have much of an attention span anymore. I can put on a disc and watch it thru, but I'm also beading or picking up in the living room or whatever.
06 -- list your Top 5 anime OTPs.
Let's not even start with shipping... I like ships, I have ships, but I am so sick of shipping as a fandom thing. Also, I literally have, like, no OTPs. Not at the level of 'anyone else with these people is wrong'-fanaticism I've seen the term described with. I have some heavily-preferred pairings, sure, but I'm not inflexible. The closes thing to an OTP I have... one half has a kid with someone else, that's cool, and whatever. (Also, not anime. Also, I can think of two examples of that floating around in my fandoms... huh. Still not anime.)
06 -- Five rescue licenses that thankfully happened.
• Revolutionary Girl Utena - with the Blu-rays coming this year after a DVD release a few years back, Utena was a wonderful rescue license to hear about, since Central Park Media has been gone for aaaages. Also, the manga version had a gorgeous reissue a couple of months back.
• All of Gundam - with Bandai NA going under a few years back, Gundam in North America was looking very rocky. Luckily, Sunrise partnered with Nozomi/Rightstuf to put out everything in lovely new sets, including series we didn't think we'd ever get. Oh, and Gundam Wing on Blu-ray very soon!
• A ton of other Bandai stuff -- Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Code Geass, etc. All rescued and recently put back in print. So many good old shows finally available.
Still waiting on Dunbine, though.
• Martian Successor Nadesico - oh, c'mon, we all knew I'd pick a lot of mecha! Nadesico is a show that never quite knows what it wants to be, but it's good to see it back in print.
• Sailor Moon & Cardcaptor Sakura - not a surprise, either of these, but still very very welcome.
One rescue license I'd love to see but probably will never happen -
pretty much everything I still have on VHS Holy shit. I was going to say the truly atrocious original Eat-Man anime, but Discotek put it out at the end of last year. I don't even words. So let's go with Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. It'll never see the light of DVD or Blu-ray, but it will never be forgotten.
I've seen a bunch of character memes going around and sure, why not~ Snagged this one from taicharaGive me a character and I'll tell you...
• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get betterETA: my characters are fair game too!
05 -- list your top 5 anime.
I can't even this prompt.
05 -- list five anime you'd show to someone new to anime
(in no order)
• Here is Greenwood
• Kino's Journey
• Generator Gawl
• Ayakashi ~ Bakeneko
Short things, which hold together, in a variety of genres which aren't entirely reliant on 'genre savvy'/knowledge of anime tropes while also introducing them.
The runner-up was Escaflowne, which is a bit long (given the lumpy bit it hits in the middle), but still came right to mind.
My plane flies out tomorrow, and as of Tuesday night I will officially be in Panama. We have a hold over flight in El Salvador for about an hour, and I'm taking my Gameboy to pass the time. I'm done packing, and today I'm just going to chill, and play a few video games. I'm really excited guys! This will officially be the first time I'm leaving the US. I will definitely post lots of pics of pics on my journal when I get back. I will see you all in a week. :)
I will be updating on my twitter
if anyone wants to follow me there. I have it locked so as soon as you add me I'll add you back as long as I know who you are. :)
Went to the small summer comic show today (and it was packed - far too packed for a church gymnasium) and picked up seven trades (from the $5 boxes) and two action figures. Trades were three TF, two Jem, a Back to the Future, and a Drizzt (since Drizzt is oddly tolerable in comic form). Action figures were a Zor Prime from Robotech (still on the card - we'll see how long that lasts) and a big Megaman NT/.EXE figure which seems to have a voice/soundbox but dead batteries. So... a better day than I was expecting!
I still need to get to the tool/hardware store if possible this weekend. The main thing I needed was a set of small hinges, because I broke my toolbox again and I'm not spending another $20 on replacing a slide that's obviously just going to break again. It's the bottom drawer, so I'm just going to do a bit of modification and it will no longer be a problem. I grabbed some cheap hinges at the grocery, just in case I don't get out shopping tomorrow. (But I would like to go buy more tools. Yay tools!)
Today I'm going to be sharing my most read fanfic authors with you. These are the authors that I consistently read new material from and whose stories I reread the most.notbecauseofvictories
links: [AO3 profile] [tumblr]
I discovered notbecauseofvictories via Star Wars - specifically by stumbling across a reblogged post from her poverty-line midwest AU [tumblr tag link]
. Her Star Wars stories are my favorite and the easiest for me to fall in love with because of my long love affair with Star Wars itself but I've also enjoyed her story wild peaches [AO3 link]
, featuring Sarah after her encounter with the Goblin King in the Labyrinth, and Short Street to Kicklebury [AO3 link]
, a short and sweet story of the Understanding and marriage of Sybil Ramkin and Samantha "Sam" Vimes.ink-splotch / dirgewithoutmusic
links: [AO3 profile] [tumblr]
Ink-splotch came onto my radar via their original writing as E. Jade Lomax and their series Leagues and Legends [author website link]
, the story of Jack Farris and his friends and what it means to be a hero in a world where heroes aren't necessarily commonplace but are definitely well known. It actually took me a while to get around to reading about Jack but, in the meantime, I did read many of ink-splotch's Harry Potter stories! My favorite is the series we must unite inside her walls or we'll crumble from within [AO3 link]
, which features stories of the ladies of Hogwarts - Cho Chang, Hannah Abbott, Parvati Patil, Ginny Weasley, Pansy Parkinson, Andromeda Tonks, Susan Bones, and Luna Lovegood.lalaietha
links: [AO3 profile]
Lalaietha is one of my favorite MCU authors; I love the way they write each character's perspective - Clint, in particular. Their writing has a beautiful flow to it and it's so easy to get lost in and I'm always excited to click the link for the next chapter. It's wonderful. My favorite series to link to people is Ten Thousand Things [AO3 link]
, which is all of Lalaietha's A:TLA stories. The depiction of Katara, Zuko, and Mai's relationship is superb.scifigrl47
links: [AO3 profile] [tumblr]
There's nothing for the itch of found families quite like Scifigrl's MCU stories. Bringing us the wackiness of the Toasterverse [AO3 link]
and the lovable hijinks of DJ Stark in Tales of the Bots [AO3 link]
, Scifigrl will have you smiling and crying before the story is over. What I love best about her writing is the characterization of everyone in the story and how their interactions feel natural.copperbadge
links: [AO3 profile] [tumblr]
Copperbadge has a knack for steamy romance in loving, respectful relationships and some of the best characterization I've ever seen - no matter what AU you drop him into his Tony will always be Tony. His White Collar stories [AO3 link]
are particularly good for steamy romance and The Foodieverse [AO3 link]
, in conjunction with Scifigrl47, is fun and interesting even if you're not a foodie. Copperbadge has so many AUs going on and is so prolific as a writer and I have no idea how he manages it but it's beautiful and I don't care.
That's a wrap for the list and thank you for your time! If you find a story by anyone on this list let me know so I can squee with you! And if you have any recommendations for me feel free to share. Looking forward to hearing from you. ^-^
I just deleted about 4000 spam entries from the Lemonade Cafe's guestbook. Considering I had one legit comment in 2016, zero in 2015, and one in 2014, I felt pretty safe just turning comments off.
At some point, I'll have to actually pull the entirety of the guestbook out (or, let's be honest, have marama
do it) and turn the old entries into an archived page to look at for fun. But not tonight. I am pretty braindead, especially after dealing with all of that, and not entirely ready to face my poor neglected website.
It's something else I need to make some decisions on. I've loved having a personal archive for all these years, but it doesn't get much traffic and probably isn't worth the effort I've put into it over the years. Back in the mid-00's? Sure! But there's not much of a place for personal archives in current fandom/web. I was slowly mirroring things on AO3 but I should probably just consider making a more permanent (as permanent as the web ever is) move.
Things to think about.
02 - has an anime ever made you cry?
Absolutely! But I also cry at the movies, over songs, at TV shows, the news, sappy commercials, books, video games, webcomics, etc. I have hair-trigger waterworks when it comes to anything sad, happy, sappy, etc. It is possibly more surprising when something doesn't make me cry.
Some series I've cried over: Escaflowne, Chrno Crusade, Fullmetal Alchemist '03 (I was inconsolable for hours after seeing the ending, deargods), Gundam 00, Fafner, Saint Seiya (Hades-den just annihilated me so many times)...
(When you totally space that it's Friday... did the trash get taken out!?)
I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to have themed days where I could work on something specific that would further whatever goals I have. This started off with me putting "Fanart Fridays" on my Habitica as a weekly task because I'm trying to encourage myself to draw more often. If I want to be an artist, someone who can draw, I have to draw, right?
And I realized that this approach wouldn't work for me because I was making it too specific in regards to fandom - would I post fics on Thursday then? Recc list Mondays? I'm not a content generating machine! Ideas, yeah, sure... but actual content? Hahah, omg, no.
So I switched it up to Fanwork Friday and now I can post anything fandom related on one dedicated day a week! (Look, it makes sense in my brain, okay?)
Today is the official start of Fanwork Fridays and I'm going to start off easy with a simple recc list in my next post.
There's a near-complete set of TP's run of Saiyuki that sits in the hallway, on the donation shelf, that I haven't been able to get rid of. It's not my original set, but another set that wandered in and while I did try to give it to the library, the librarian I was working with on rehoming manga in general up and left. I also made the mistake of reading it, and I think the problem is that I enjoy Saiyuki quite a bit but deargods, the never-ending aspect annoys the daylights out of me. It seems like all of the anime adaptations get licensed? But there's never been a rescue on the manga. And the brain weasels just don't like only having parts of the thing, dammit!
Oh well. I need to go into low-acquisition-mode for a bit anyway. When the people were here for the final measure on the new windows, they were weird about the bookroom. So I'm going to do my best to pack everything up, store it in the bedroom closet or similar, and then move back in once they're done. I just can't deal with another round of 'look at the freak' right now. It will also be a good excuse to fix some of the weird organization that came from moving here in chunks and having my assistant, at the time, organize books by size and not subject when I wasn't looking.
I also need to think about a computer desk and chair, I think, to go with the new computer.
Snagging this from taichara
, who already noted that it's an oddly specific set of questions. Well, I guess I'll do my usual and just change the ones I don't like into something different. 01: What is your #1 favorite anime?
*__* This feels like it should be the last
question on the meme, after having thought about anime for the last six weeks, not the first. I could probably narrow it down by genres, but that's about it? And those might not be shows that are necessarily 'good', but I like them anyway. Or they're horribly uneven, but that happens. Or are we doing averages? When I'd seen fewer shows, I definitely had more moments of 'this is my favorite'. I'm not sure how scientifically to take this question, because certainly nothing comes to mind. A lot of things I'm fannish about aren't my favorites by far. (That might sound a little odd?)
Well, I'll go with some fuzzy logic and say Outlaw Star. With Generator Gawl and Kiddy Grade way up there too.
(It's hard to figure out what to do with shows where the anime is an adaptation or part of a larger franchise. Like, I'd probably pick different overall series
, but going strictly with anime... yeah.)
I should ask myself again on the 41st day and see if I feel the same.
Yay, finally got to watch Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Side of Dimensions! And it was hilarious and awesome and everything I could have wanted from a post-series YGO movie. I bounced hard off the fandom yeeears ago, but I'm tempted to write a few ficlets and whatnot at some point anyway. *lalalala*
Still poking around in Brave Exvius. Eventually I'll progress the plot.
The last week was basically 'help, how does sleep?' and general exhaustion. One more week, then I'm back to night shifts. I had intended to run a lot of errands after work, since stuff is actually open, except either I was just too tired, things weren't actually open, other plans happened, etc. A lot of it is ~donations and whatnot and I'll take care of it all this week (hopefully).
Hopefully I'll be a little more lively this evening-- the weekend was 99% 'nah, gonna go flop in bed again' even when there were things I really wanted to be doing. *sighs*