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.
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.
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.
• 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 -
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!
This movie is *very* beautiful. Truly, magnificent images and colors.
But omg, so boring.
It took me half of the movie to catch what it was about, since I barely glanced at the summary beforehand. I love nature documentaries, so I decided to go watch it without really looking it up. I mean, you should be able to understand a movie without having read a 1000 words summary beforehand, no?
Very beautiful, but. Implied philosophic ideas, which feels a bit cowardly since nothing is actually said, Cate B. says maybe 50 disjointed words during the movie with very little interest, we might as well have no narrator, it would have had the same effect. There are many time jump back and forth with zero warning.
I loved watching the space and ocean pictures, it was magnificent. (I could have done without the insects xD ) Some animals are seriously freaky, wth.
One of my biggest problem is that since there's not really a narrator, you're show many beautiful places and animals... but you have zero context, you don't know where, you don't know what.
I feel like I should have stayed at home. The most beautiful parts were the space images, which I already have since my computer's backgrounds are Hubble photos from the NASA, and there are a lot of nature docs on Youtube which would have fulfilled my ocean needs.
I liked the parallels between nature is beauty/don't fuck it up/people should care for each other and nature, but I was so bored halfway through that I ended up barely paying attention. I was writing this review in my mind *facepalm*
On the other hand, the music is awesome, I need to look it up.
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.
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.
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!)
I have had prior novel events written for the Camarian Royal family for years as Camara has been far easier for me to flesh out. Well now it's time to suck it up and do the Royalian Royal family. So I started this, however, this post only goes to 3968 so it is part 1 of 3. 3992 is the opening year of my novels and where this well eventually end. This ends up being way more detailed then Nath's family...
This is Drefan’s family history.
Emperor Taj Royale was Drefan’s Great Grandfather.
Empress Consort Galina Royale was Drefan’s Great Grandmother.
Prince of Second Rank Talkran Royale is Drefan’s Great Uncle.
Prince of the Second Rank Ademar Royale was Drefan’s Great Uncle.
Emperor Stanislas Royale was Drefan’s Grandfather
Empress Consort Maral Royale was Drefan’s Grandmother.
Emperor Robert Royale is Drefan & Thom’s Father.
Princess of the First Rank Cermaka Royale was Drefan and Thom’s Aunt.
3189-3357 The Age of Spirits:
3315 – Talkran Royale is born to Emperor Taj as a Prince of the Second Rank, the child of an Imperial Concubine, with little chance at the throne.
3319 – Ademar Royale is born to Emperor Taj as a Prince of the Second Rank, the child of an Imperial Concubine, with little chance at the throne.
3324 – Stanislas Royale is born to Emperor Taj and Empress Consort Galina as Heir Son to the Royale throne, garnering an instant dislike by his two elder, but un-inheritable, brothers.
3332 – It has been 8 years of Talkran and Ademar mistreating their brother, from denying him food to purposefully leaving him in the cold. His royal parents have yet to notice this behavior, too busy ruling.
3334 – A ten year old Stanislas, realizing that he must largely fend for himself against his brothers begins to have some of the servants teach him a much less honorable form of hand to hand combat then the swords play he is learning from the Palace’s Black Guards.
3336 – After another four years of abuse that has escalated to various attempts at murder of the Heir Son Stanislas, Talkran allows Ademar, Prince of the Second Rank, and his younger sibling to take the fall for their joint deeds. Talkran watches from the royal booth as his brother is executed for treason.
3340 – Talkran attempts to discredit his brother Stanislas who appears to have not inherited the Imperial line of necromantic arts. This does concern the provinces, whose people worried that the Heir was not as bound to the Divine of Darkness, Honor and Undead as Talkran is. Defamed by this Stanislas must prove himself to the people and peerage.
3341 – The grave of Prince Ademar, which was instated in the royal cemetery, is found to have been robbed, and a rash of city graves have been dug up.
3342 – Stanislas has taken it upon himself to finish his training with the Imperial Black Guards and has successfully passed the Exams of Merit that both officials and ministers must excel at to become peerage. He is the first Emperor to have done so.
Summer of 3343 – The first flesh sewn body is seen following Prince Talkran in the bowels of the Imperial Palace. Rumors begin to circulate through the palace that one of the dead look like the middle prince, and Talkran becomes known as a 'Fleshweaver.'
Winter of 3343 – Emperor Taj wishing to retire at 53, seats his heir in the Black Throne where Stanislas immediately forms the ‘Devotion’ with the Royalian people, and this act ceases talk that the Heir is not bound with Lord Nanqa. Forming the Devotion is a requirement to rule the Imperial Royalian Empire and to form this mental connection with every Royalian with an embedded crystal, the heir must be of the Fallen Arch-Angel Taedras’s blood. Without this bond, consolidating power of the Empire is near impossible.
3344 – Emperor Stanislas marries a Barazon woman of peerage, Maral.
3rd month of 3347 – Prince Talkran finalizes his plans, and gains the power to transform himself into a lich. He does not, however, let it be known he is now undead, and uses illusion spells to keep his human or living appearance.
5th month of 3347 – No longer afraid of any or all repercussions, Talkran murders his father once-Emperor Taj in cold blood, before vanishing the body. His laboratory and prison in the lower levels are ripped apart in efforts to find the Emperor's remains, but they cannot be found. Emperor Stanislas enraged in grief for his father and the possible desecration of the Prior Emperor’s corpse heads a military manhunt for his elder brother.
6th month of 3347 – Talkran is at last apprehended, and according to Palace records, found guilty of murder, treason, and grave robbing. Emperor Stanislas would attempt, and fail to execute Talkran by the following methods: bathing him in acid, burning him at the stake, and finally dismembering him. The lich was known to crow with laughter during his death, and return from the dead-flesh rebound and laughing once again within weeks. It takes the threat of the Fallen Arch Angel, Taedras to banish the lich from Royale for good.
12th month of 3347 – The royal couple have their first child Daegal Royale, and with each Imperial first child it is the ‘Imperial Sacrifice.’ He is named shortly before the newborn’s spirit is returned to the Amaranthine River. This is done by each Emperor in, “Royal subordination of the Heart in servitude to the Royalian People and the Lord of Darkness, Nanqa.” A physical and painful display of the royal family’s loyalty, duty and honor to a people who would return said loyalty by offering their lives and undeaths in battle for the Empire.
3348 – Emperor Stanislas makes the decision to have no concubines, which is abnormal for the reigning Emperor. He does this however to ascertain all of his children will be with his Empress and hopefully lessen the possibility of violent infighting between his children due to his own awful childhood with his half-brothers.
3351 – Robert Royale is born to Empress Consort Maral, as Heir Son to the Royale throne.
3353 – Emperor Stanislas Royale heads a contingent of Black Guard in quelling rebellion among the Vivassians swiftly.
3355 – Cermaka Royale, the Imperial couple’s only daughter and Princess of the First Rank is born. Empress Maral was a distant mother figure, finding it difficult to show any emotion towards her children due to her inflexible attitude toward her royal position. This stifled maternal affections, and it was only her daughter that she genuinely enjoyed.
3357 – Emperor Stanislas takes Imperial Black Guard forces into the south-eastern province of Hlukhiv to assist in pushing back Danu raiders from beyond the southern mountains that were pillaging Eolin towns. So impressed is he with the military excellence of the Black Guard that he requests that the Commander of the Black Guard personally instruct the heir when Robert is of age to live among them at the Citadel.
3357-3368 The Age of Lilies:
7th month of 3359 – Princess Cermaka dies of Pneumonia at 4 years of age devastating her parents and prompting the Empress to publicly retire to her family’s estates in the province of DormuKai. She is only seen after this during the yearly Royal bloodletting ritual for good harvests. Robert is only 8 when he loses his beloved sister and he is hidden from the public by his father for his breakdown. He learns early that such shows of emotion are unseemly among royalty as he is now left alone with only his Father at the Castle.
10th month of 3359 – The Dirian War begins for the Holy Camarian Empire with the northern desert lands. For the first time a treaty for peace is written between the two Empires who have off and on warred for three millennia. Emperor Stanislas is deep in personal grief and agrees to the twenty-five year terms headed by crowned Sovereign Joscelin I of Camara.
3360 – Stanislas refuses his Ministers once again on the matter of taking concubines and will not divorce his wife who he understands wishes to have no more children. The Emperor remains alone, not bothering his wife’s privacy. The Royalian common admires him for remaining faithful to his wife regardless. Unfortunately, the loss of his daughter and his wife’s withdrawal makes the Emperor that much colder, distant and strict to his heir and son Robert.
3361 – Robert has been set to a strict regimen of lessons pertaining to the eventual taking of the Merit Exams since his sister’s death. This has been in effort to curb the child’s sullenness and fickle temper that has reared its head since Prince Cermaka’s death. ‘Where sadness is unacceptable there only remains fury as an emotional response to loss.’
3363 – At twelve Robert has not inherited the Royale line’s necromantic powers and Stanislas relocates his heir to the Black Guard citadel where Robert will live among those who have returned as Undead to serve the Empire. The Undead Black Guards will drill him on The Veziput Code, swordsmanship and military discipline alongside his Imperial history and Nanqaian theology.
Early 3368 – The Heir Apparent Robert Royale takes the Merit Exams during his 16th year and excels. His father Emperor Stanislas calls him back to the Imperial Palace at this time to begin to teach him how to run the Empire. The Prince has a reputation among the people as being a studious, dutiful, well composed royal who takes his responsibilities to the Empire as seriously as his Father does.
Mid 3368 – Emperor Stanislas holds a formal ball at the Imperial Palace where the eldest unmarried daughter of each Minister in the main 6 provinces will be presented to the heir. He would dance with each one of them and spend time speaking to them that night before making his decision on which he will court. Lady Lucina of the province of DormuKai, a fellow Barazon is chosen by Heir Prince Robert Royale. A softer side of the royal is seen when he is with her, however per noble tradition they will not wed or be intimate until Robert ascends the throne.
Late 3368 – Emperor Stanislas imparts an important piece of wisdom to his son in regards to the Royalian throne, “To be an Emperor is to be an actor. Never show weakness or else someone stronger will try to take everything from you. They will deem you unfit to rule the Empire, and if you do make that mistake, use the Devotion to undo your indiscretion. The people will know no better…”
(The Devotion or ‘The Kiss of God’ is a mental connection that has kept the people safe from Camarian magics that could have potentially brain washed them. It helped the people see through illusions, glamours, charms and other such tricks. It could also be used by Emperors for less than noble reasons. It could be used to make subjects forget any and all transgressions in the fixing of memories and could also be quite suggestive or manipulative of choices made.)
So, today I decided that I needed to sit down and be productive, damn it.
Aaaaand. I wrote an outline, sort of? I don't even feel like I want to write more than that *facepalm*
But, here is the current idea that sounds fun to write:
(the image is clickable for a large version of the picture)
( Gory dental details under the fold )
I feel inclined to send the dentist a thank-you card, and the hope the rest of her day's work wasn't anywhere near as frustrating.
I'm currently on a diet of soup, pasta, and other such mush until my jaw heals up enough that attempts to chew aren't interpreted as a direct assault on and by every tooth in my head. It's not actually the socket which hurts when I chew, it's the other teeth near the socket, all of which got jostled around in the process. Clenching my jaw is not likely to happen for at least another fortnight at this rate. I'm taking nurofen (ibuprofen) on a regular basis to deal with the pain (down from every four hours on Thursday to about every six hours today, I think) and hoping things will clear up soon. I'm also on a course of antibiotics (amoxicillin) to prevent any infection, so one of those three times daily, plus rinsing 4 times a day with warm salt water.
I trust I don't need to point out this is a good reason to keep up with brushing your teeth? Trust me, this stuff isn't fun.
Hopefully I'll wind up on their maintenance schedule, and I'll be able to see about things like replacements for the three teeth which have been removed so far (as well as maybe getting a bit of work done on my right-hand incisor, which is also gradually chipping away).
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.
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)...
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.
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.
This is just such sweet vid, and makes me feel overcome by all the feelings I had when watching the show as it aired. That it's an excellent song choice doesn't hurt, either.
Field Work, a vid for the Indiana Jones series by eruthros
I will never look at Indiana Jones the same way again.
For the first time this year at WisCon, there was a drabble challenge, with results posted in a collection at the AO3: WisCon 41 Drabbles.
I particularly enjoyed the drabbles by j00j and TheAndy, but am probably biased because they are friends.
It's a small collection, but one of high quality, and I hope that they do it again next year. The idea of collecting works created in the same physical location, over a specific period of time, is pretty cool. Also, I was at the Best Superpowers for Banging panel, which inspired the "Lube Jets" drabble. To say that the panel was hilarious feels like an understatement.