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If you want to read SEVERE Battlestar spoilers for the finale (and by that I mean detailed ep summaries), go here. I can't wait. There is no mention/discussion of these spoilers anywhere in this post, so feel safe. If anyone mentions anything in comments, I will add a note to that effect.

Also, I think I am anime-d out. There are only so many bambi eyes I can take at the moment (probably because Marmalade Boy really annoyed me. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't 76 freaking episodes. It's as much as Cowboy Beebop, Trigun and Ayashi No Ceres put together. And those three manage to deal with redemption, pacifism, scifi conspiracies, not to mention love and family relationships and other complicated plot stuff in the time it takes MB to get very dull people dully together. The pace (the one that was non-existant) was killing me. This show even managed to make sibcest angst boring) so I am taking a little break.

In other news, I am re-reading Margaret Irwin's The Stranger Prince, which is a novel about Prince Rupert I read years ago and it's just as good as I remembered: intelligent, tightly plotted, angsty (and indirectly relates to [livejournal.com profile] kitsa's question: yes, I like stories with angsty heroes without OTPs, as if there is OTP I haven't gotten to it. Btw, [livejournal.com profile] ancarett, I did find and read Poul Anderson's The Midsummer Tempest and it was delightful.

I have also been thinking about Veronica Mars and the bus crash clues. Here is all we have so far. (I am sure someone else has done it, but this is for my logical thought process anyway).

1. Bus crashed on going back from stadium and seven students, plus a journalism teacher, plus driver died

1a. Meg actually survived to be in a coma (the only passenger not to die on the spot), have coma baby of Duncan's and then die. She also had crazy religious parents, but I'd imagine the chances of them crashing the bus are slim to none as they wanted daughter to repent not to keel over.

Rest behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
If you want to read SEVERE Battlestar spoilers for the finale (and by that I mean detailed ep summaries), go here. I can't wait. There is no mention/discussion of these spoilers anywhere in this post, so feel safe. If anyone mentions anything in comments, I will add a note to that effect.

Also, I think I am anime-d out. There are only so many bambi eyes I can take at the moment (probably because Marmalade Boy really annoyed me. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't 76 freaking episodes. It's as much as Cowboy Beebop, Trigun and Ayashi No Ceres put together. And those three manage to deal with redemption, pacifism, scifi conspiracies, not to mention love and family relationships and other complicated plot stuff in the time it takes MB to get very dull people dully together. The pace (the one that was non-existant) was killing me. This show even managed to make sibcest angst boring) so I am taking a little break.

In other news, I am re-reading Margaret Irwin's The Stranger Prince, which is a novel about Prince Rupert I read years ago and it's just as good as I remembered: intelligent, tightly plotted, angsty (and indirectly relates to [livejournal.com profile] kitsa's question: yes, I like stories with angsty heroes without OTPs, as if there is OTP I haven't gotten to it. Btw, [livejournal.com profile] ancarett, I did find and read Poul Anderson's The Midsummer Tempest and it was delightful.

I have also been thinking about Veronica Mars and the bus crash clues. Here is all we have so far. (I am sure someone else has done it, but this is for my logical thought process anyway).

1. Bus crashed on going back from stadium and seven students, plus a journalism teacher, plus driver died

1a. Meg actually survived to be in a coma (the only passenger not to die on the spot), have coma baby of Duncan's and then die. She also had crazy religious parents, but I'd imagine the chances of them crashing the bus are slim to none as they wanted daughter to repent not to keel over.

Rest behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
If you want to read SEVERE Battlestar spoilers for the finale (and by that I mean detailed ep summaries), go here. I can't wait. There is no mention/discussion of these spoilers anywhere in this post, so feel safe. If anyone mentions anything in comments, I will add a note to that effect.

Also, I think I am anime-d out. There are only so many bambi eyes I can take at the moment (probably because Marmalade Boy really annoyed me. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't 76 freaking episodes. It's as much as Cowboy Beebop, Trigun and Ayashi No Ceres put together. And those three manage to deal with redemption, pacifism, scifi conspiracies, not to mention love and family relationships and other complicated plot stuff in the time it takes MB to get very dull people dully together. The pace (the one that was non-existant) was killing me. This show even managed to make sibcest angst boring) so I am taking a little break.

In other news, I am re-reading Margaret Irwin's The Stranger Prince, which is a novel about Prince Rupert I read years ago and it's just as good as I remembered: intelligent, tightly plotted, angsty (and indirectly relates to [livejournal.com profile] kitsa's question: yes, I like stories with angsty heroes without OTPs, as if there is OTP I haven't gotten to it. Btw, [livejournal.com profile] ancarett, I did find and read Poul Anderson's The Midsummer Tempest and it was delightful.

I have also been thinking about Veronica Mars and the bus crash clues. Here is all we have so far. (I am sure someone else has done it, but this is for my logical thought process anyway).

1. Bus crashed on going back from stadium and seven students, plus a journalism teacher, plus driver died

1a. Meg actually survived to be in a coma (the only passenger not to die on the spot), have coma baby of Duncan's and then die. She also had crazy religious parents, but I'd imagine the chances of them crashing the bus are slim to none as they wanted daughter to repent not to keel over.

Rest behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Max White Room (by walkinthepark))
Marmalade Boy is giving me food poisoning. I have no doubt it's a fairly realistic portrayal of what average, well-adjusted 17 year olds would be like in their friendships and romance but it bores the HELL out of me.

I do not care about your boyfriend problems. I do not care whether the fact that the cute boy put his arm around you during a scary movie means he likes you. I do not care that you think it's cool when you and your crush go grocery shopping, like you live together (I remember feeling that way and it was delicious, but as to watching it? Yawn).

I do NOT freaking care.

I want angst, I want drama, I want cool characters, and issues and fights and heroism and tragedy. This? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I don't care about your teenage life unless you deal with class issues and really strong fascinating clashing personalities (a la Hana Yori Dango) or you have complicated plot, adventure, fantasy, and star-crossed angst (a la Fushigi Yuugi or Ayashi No Ceres).

Also, I want fancy artwork. And hot guys. And no 80s clothes. And the teacher-student thing is sick.

Teeniebopper version of kitchen sink is BORING.

And yet I know I will force myself to watch the whole thing (thankfully on 8x) because anal. Argh.

Where is conflict (that is actually interesting?) Or drama? Or angst. Bah Humbug. Bring on the faux sibcest!!!!

This is actually not a bad show. It's a very goo show of its genre. But not what I am looking for. I love Yuu's treatment of Miki, I love the emotional moments when they have them. But the rest of it bores me stiff and it's 90% of the show.

ETA: TPTB listened to me! Should have ranted earlier as right now Miki almost got trampeld by a horse and Yuu rescued her and freaked, and she ran crying into his arms. Much better. Keep it up.
dangermousie: (Max White Room (by walkinthepark))
Marmalade Boy is giving me food poisoning. I have no doubt it's a fairly realistic portrayal of what average, well-adjusted 17 year olds would be like in their friendships and romance but it bores the HELL out of me.

I do not care about your boyfriend problems. I do not care whether the fact that the cute boy put his arm around you during a scary movie means he likes you. I do not care that you think it's cool when you and your crush go grocery shopping, like you live together (I remember feeling that way and it was delicious, but as to watching it? Yawn).

I do NOT freaking care.

I want angst, I want drama, I want cool characters, and issues and fights and heroism and tragedy. This? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I don't care about your teenage life unless you deal with class issues and really strong fascinating clashing personalities (a la Hana Yori Dango) or you have complicated plot, adventure, fantasy, and star-crossed angst (a la Fushigi Yuugi or Ayashi No Ceres).

Also, I want fancy artwork. And hot guys. And no 80s clothes. And the teacher-student thing is sick.

Teeniebopper version of kitchen sink is BORING.

And yet I know I will force myself to watch the whole thing (thankfully on 8x) because anal. Argh.

Where is conflict (that is actually interesting?) Or drama? Or angst. Bah Humbug. Bring on the faux sibcest!!!!

This is actually not a bad show. It's a very goo show of its genre. But not what I am looking for. I love Yuu's treatment of Miki, I love the emotional moments when they have them. But the rest of it bores me stiff and it's 90% of the show.

ETA: TPTB listened to me! Should have ranted earlier as right now Miki almost got trampeld by a horse and Yuu rescued her and freaked, and she ran crying into his arms. Much better. Keep it up.
dangermousie: (Max White Room (by walkinthepark))
Marmalade Boy is giving me food poisoning. I have no doubt it's a fairly realistic portrayal of what average, well-adjusted 17 year olds would be like in their friendships and romance but it bores the HELL out of me.

I do not care about your boyfriend problems. I do not care whether the fact that the cute boy put his arm around you during a scary movie means he likes you. I do not care that you think it's cool when you and your crush go grocery shopping, like you live together (I remember feeling that way and it was delicious, but as to watching it? Yawn).

I do NOT freaking care.

I want angst, I want drama, I want cool characters, and issues and fights and heroism and tragedy. This? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I don't care about your teenage life unless you deal with class issues and really strong fascinating clashing personalities (a la Hana Yori Dango) or you have complicated plot, adventure, fantasy, and star-crossed angst (a la Fushigi Yuugi or Ayashi No Ceres).

Also, I want fancy artwork. And hot guys. And no 80s clothes. And the teacher-student thing is sick.

Teeniebopper version of kitchen sink is BORING.

And yet I know I will force myself to watch the whole thing (thankfully on 8x) because anal. Argh.

Where is conflict (that is actually interesting?) Or drama? Or angst. Bah Humbug. Bring on the faux sibcest!!!!

This is actually not a bad show. It's a very goo show of its genre. But not what I am looking for. I love Yuu's treatment of Miki, I love the emotional moments when they have them. But the rest of it bores me stiff and it's 90% of the show.

ETA: TPTB listened to me! Should have ranted earlier as right now Miki almost got trampeld by a horse and Yuu rescued her and freaked, and she ran crying into his arms. Much better. Keep it up.
dangermousie: (Anime: HYD smile by serika_san)
The four parents of Marmalade Boy are seriously severe weirdo hippies permanently stuck in a 60s drug trip. That is the only way I can explain them.

I am liking Yuu more and more. Teasing and boyish as he generally is, he is remarkably grown-up when it comes to approaching real problems. And his laid-back maturity makes a really good combo with Miki's delightful drama queen histrionics (she reminds me of Maria from Roswell). Love the scene where he climbs to her window when she is engaging in one such (admittedly well-deserved) fit and makes her see the light and calms her down by being gentle and yet very matter of fact. And he wipes her tears too. He is a really good crisis-solver.

I am also trying to figure out the bizarre arithmetic of manga to anime conversion. HYD has 36 volumes and is a 51 ep series. But granted, the anime was done and finished while the manga was still running, so fine. Fushigi Yuugi's 13 volumes are turned into a 52 ep series. But Ayashi No Ceres' 14 are turned into a 24 ep one. Then there is Marmalade Boy which has 8 volumes and 76 episodes. Heeeeeeelp.
dangermousie: (Anime: HYD smile by serika_san)
The four parents of Marmalade Boy are seriously severe weirdo hippies permanently stuck in a 60s drug trip. That is the only way I can explain them.

I am liking Yuu more and more. Teasing and boyish as he generally is, he is remarkably grown-up when it comes to approaching real problems. And his laid-back maturity makes a really good combo with Miki's delightful drama queen histrionics (she reminds me of Maria from Roswell). Love the scene where he climbs to her window when she is engaging in one such (admittedly well-deserved) fit and makes her see the light and calms her down by being gentle and yet very matter of fact. And he wipes her tears too. He is a really good crisis-solver.

I am also trying to figure out the bizarre arithmetic of manga to anime conversion. HYD has 36 volumes and is a 51 ep series. But granted, the anime was done and finished while the manga was still running, so fine. Fushigi Yuugi's 13 volumes are turned into a 52 ep series. But Ayashi No Ceres' 14 are turned into a 24 ep one. Then there is Marmalade Boy which has 8 volumes and 76 episodes. Heeeeeeelp.
dangermousie: (Anime: HYD smile by serika_san)
The four parents of Marmalade Boy are seriously severe weirdo hippies permanently stuck in a 60s drug trip. That is the only way I can explain them.

I am liking Yuu more and more. Teasing and boyish as he generally is, he is remarkably grown-up when it comes to approaching real problems. And his laid-back maturity makes a really good combo with Miki's delightful drama queen histrionics (she reminds me of Maria from Roswell). Love the scene where he climbs to her window when she is engaging in one such (admittedly well-deserved) fit and makes her see the light and calms her down by being gentle and yet very matter of fact. And he wipes her tears too. He is a really good crisis-solver.

I am also trying to figure out the bizarre arithmetic of manga to anime conversion. HYD has 36 volumes and is a 51 ep series. But granted, the anime was done and finished while the manga was still running, so fine. Fushigi Yuugi's 13 volumes are turned into a 52 ep series. But Ayashi No Ceres' 14 are turned into a 24 ep one. Then there is Marmalade Boy which has 8 volumes and 76 episodes. Heeeeeeelp.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )

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