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Jul. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm
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steel to rust
Rest in Peace, Chester

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 8

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:56 am
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08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

Judging solely by merchandise owned, it's some sort of unholy tie between Athrun Zala and Gundam Exia.

I feel like whoever wrote this meme didn't consider there are people who've been watching anime for, y'know, decades.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 7

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:26 pm
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(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. [personal profile] 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.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 6

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:01 pm
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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.

And:

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.

Kittenshorts Meme

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:48 am
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I've seen a bunch of character memes going around and sure, why not~ Snagged this one from [personal profile] taichara

Give 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 better

ETA: my characters are fair game too!

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 5

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:28 pm
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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)
• Pretear
• 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.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 4

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:34 am
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04 - if you could make a spin-off of any anime, what would it be?

Shockingly? not Astray!

The cheater option is 'the rest of Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas and its attached Gaidens', because I'd love to see the second half of the story animated.

Other than that - I still want the Tower of Druaga High School AU OVA, as hinted at in the series OPs.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 09:54 pm
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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!)

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 3

Jul. 15th, 2017 07:25 pm
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03 - which anime made you laugh the hardest?

I'm going to cheat and point at the outtakes for any given Media Blasters/AnimeWorks dub:

Weiss Kreuz 1-5
Weiss Kreuz 6-10
Weiss Kreuz 11-15
Weiss Kreuz 16-20
Weiss Kreuz 21-25

Twin Signal Outtakes

Ys Anime Outtakes

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Jul. 14th, 2017 05:31 pm
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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 [personal profile] 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.

*sighs*

Things to think about.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 2

Jul. 14th, 2017 04:44 pm
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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)...

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Jul. 14th, 2017 05:15 am
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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.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 1

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:27 pm
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Snagging this from [personal profile] 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.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 05:55 am
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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*