jennaria: Chihiro from SPIRITED AWAY (Chihiro)
I might need to see it again - not so much because I liked it that much, as because I wasn't seeing it as its own movie. I was seeing it as all the bits and pieces that were the same, or changed, or in dialogue with* the animated movie, which I love with the unreasoning love of the 13-year-old Thia-let who originally saw it.

*'in dialogue with' here means 'holy crap I noticed that (e.g. why did nobody remember the castle) and they clearly noticed it as well and are saying something about it (e.g. a mention during the prologue that the memory blank was part of the sorceress's spell).'

More detail about what I liked or didn't like beneath the cut, because SPOILERS HO. No really, so much spoilers. )
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
So I finally persuaded a friend to watch YURI!!! ON ICE, and she is ded of cute. Also only through episode 5. "Rec me fanfic!" she says.

So I go to my AO3 bookmarks, and realize that pretty much everything is spoileriffic. And not just in a 'they get together canonically' sort of way (she already knows that). Half my bookmarks spoil Episode 10, and the other half spoil at least through Cup of China.

I turn to y'all for suggestions. Help?
jennaria: Woman with mask, as drawn by Brian Froud (Default)
This weekend was a staying-in, not-seeing-people sort of weekend. For wife, it was because of her ankle (and muscle strains resulting from compensating for the ankle): for me, it was sheer mental exhaustion.

Two things watched, though: the Royal Ballet's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (teaser snippet here), and first episode of MOB PSYCHO 100. Details/discussion/spoilers behind cut. Also, I have Opinions. )

Ow ow ow.

Feb. 18th, 2017 01:49 pm
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
Good news: went for a massage today. (Wife has a membership at a massage chain, which means she can invite me along for a massage every few months.)

Bad news: remembered why I do not go for a massage more often.

I have been sternly instructed to Drink More Water (the guy wanted me to cut out all soda, tea, and coffee, which haha, no, caffeine addiction is a thing and I am not cold-turkeying that shit not no-how), and Remember to Stretch, especially on my left side as the problem with my left rotator cuff has flared up again. I feel like I've gone ten rounds with a punching bag, or possibly ten rounds as a punching bag. Wife assures me that the bruised, tender feeling should subside in a day or two.

Wife, on the other hand, got a guy named Russell who was very gentle-handed but effective. I am envious. Note to self: ask for Russell next time.
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
I've mentioned a couple times that I'm trying to work through my Crunchyroll queue, with mixed success. For the idly curious (or anyone feeling opinionated), here is the entire list.

A fairly long list of Anime I Intend To Watch, put behind a cut because really. )
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
Good idea: lying in bed, listening to the rain.

Bad idea: listening to the rain when you're going to have to get dressed and go out in it not even an hour later.

(Okay, maybe not full-scale 'bad idea,' but let's face it, the magic is suddenly gone.)
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
So we went to Applebee's today (as you do). When it came time to pay our check, we got to chatting with our waitress, and we found out two interesting facts:

(1) If you pay via the little table machines they have there, the machine will allow you to give up to 1001%. (A past table of hers had decided to find out, and had kept hitting the little arrow until it gave out.)

(2) If your tip is high enough (e.g. 1001%), the manager will come out, just to make sure that you actually meant to tip that high.

:rainbow effect: The More You Know!
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
I am stepping away from Facebook and Tumblr because you cannot get away from the latest [expletive deleted] out of DC (and on Tumblr, people include screencaps and don't tag stuff, so even blacklists don't always work). I have hit the 'cannot cope' point - again. Here, everyone, have kitties. Very large pictures of my cats, and link to the sound of cats purring. )
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
So you know how I posted yesterday that we were going with some friends to see Hidden Figures?


Cut for minor spoilers. )
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
Books: The Lunar Chronicles, of which I've finished CINDER (how was that an ending! Raaar!) and begun SCARLET. The problem is that they're due back at the library tomorrow. Guess I'm going to find out exactly how quickly I can read, and exactly how invested I am in this series.

TV shows: still working our way through Usagi Drop (which is still all kinds of adorable) and Miracle Train (which gets increasing points for explicitly not resolving all its ladies' problems into a forced happy ending). Also started watching White Rabbit Project on Netflix, which is fun in a 'I can have it on the TV while working on counted cross stitch' sort of way, but also very, mmm, surface-y.

Video games: Played through an entire level of LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (which was hard enough that we had to resort to a walk-through to figure out what we were doing), and then our PS3 decided to freeze up and not save any of that. Boo! Boo I say! We're enjoying the game, but boo!
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
So I may perhaps have impulse-bought the soundtrack to YURI! ON ICE a few weeks ago, in the wake of Series 1 ending and the euphoria of SO SHINY.

Today, I checked the tracking. My soundtrack finally arrived in the US as of yesterday!

(...still not in my state even, but hey, I'll take my shiny whee where I can get it.)
jennaria: The entry-way to Bag End (home)
Hello, new people from friending meme!

I feel like I’ve reached some kind of critical mass where no really, I can’t assume that people know certain things. (For a long time, a fairly high percentage of my internet friends were also RL friends, who knew things like my RL name, for example.) So, here is Actual Information Post: which is cut to spare your space! )
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
...and not just in the sense that I, too, put my name down on [personal profile] st_aurafina's friending meme. More in the sense of trying new things, seeking out New TV Shows and New Fandoms, to Boldly Go where, uh, lots of fans have gone before generally speaking. Or very few fans, given some of my fandoms.

Most recently, this has meant wandering back onto Crunchyroll and trying new anime with my wife, because my queue was reaching intimidating lengths. The results:

OUR HOME'S FOX DEITY - recommended by a panel on 'youkai in anime' at Anime Boston a few years ago. Well, it definitely has youkai in it, but nothing else in it grabbed us. The characters felt bland, and we had no interest in a second episode.

HENNEKO - THE HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT - put into the queue because the title looked like pure crack. The anime is, indeed, on the crack side of things, but how high is your interest in a bunch of girls impressed by a guy whose head is firmly in his pants (and, in the first episode's big Plot Starter, stops being able to pretend it isn't)? Ours was...not that high. Out of the queue it went.

ANOTHER - somewhere between mystery and horror. Wife voted that she wanted to know how it turned out, but didn't want to actually watch the rest of the series. I suppose that's what Wikipedia is for.

YURI!! ON ICE - Ice skaters! Realistic psychological issues (which don't get cured in a single episode)! Realistic character development! Realistic romantic development! I adored this series. My wife adored this series. Our cats...didn't care, because they're cats. All the thumbs up.

UTA NO PRINCE SAMA - felt like it was playing 'how many anime tropes can we stuff into a single episode?' Fun, but very predictable. Wife insisted I leave it into the queue so she can watch more of it.

CUTE HIGH EARTH DEFENSE CLUB LOVE! - every year or two, someone decides to create a Magical Girl parody series, with varying success. This time, the idea is that it's boys who transform into the magical girls. The boys object to the uniform a bit, but generally take it about as well as if they'd suddenly been recruited into Super Sentai. Not so much 'funny' as 'what the heck did I just watch.' Left into the queue until I can decide whether I want to give it a second episode's try or not.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
*Saw MOANA this past weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Soundtrack has been intermittently stuck in my head every since, but at least the songs have been taking turns.

*Snagged something off the Yuletide pinch-hitter's list (again). Got it written in two days! ...just in time for AO3 to crash. Ah, well, that gives me time to get the story looked over and polished, so it's not just HERE IS A THING.
jennaria: Great Horned Owl wearing a Santa hat (Christmastide)
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: enjoyed the Beasts themselves (no seriously, so pretty) and the possibly-Jewish Muggle character. Tumblr tells me that it supposedly took place mostly in Harlem, which I can't believe - does anyone know if we have anything besides Word Of Creator on that? But my emotional investment in HP canon is low, and likewise my expectations, so I enjoyed it for what it was.

(I wanted to see MOANA, but my mother-in-law was Not Interested, so FANTASTIC BEASTS it was.)

YURI ON ICE: reactivated my Crunchyroll subscription for this (and incidentally discovered that I need to catch up on my queue: I have the bad habit of tossing 'series I might want to check out' into my queue, and then never watching even an episode :wince:) It is so addictive, although I also admit that I love figure skating in general so it was an easy sell. On the other hand:

- canonical gay relationship (still new and fragile as of episode 8)
- does not (as of episode 8) handwave away character's flaws - Victor might be an amazing skater, but he's also self-centered and vain and not good at dealing with people as equals, and I'm eyeing episode 9 warily as it might be coming around to bite him - or Yuuri - in the ass
- character growth that does not feel forced either too fast or too slow (which I realize is a very subjective thing)
- and did I mention the really beautiful figure skating

Next up: no really I need to catch up on my list of anime. Whoops.


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