jennaria: Woman with mask, as drawn by Brian Froud (Default)
02: Has an anime ever made you cry?

Yes.

This isn't actually all that impressive? I cry easily. You can have the most blatantly obvious, string-pulling, 'At least I got to see you - one last time!' tear-jerking moment, and I'll still be there crying my eyes out.

Tangent! Among the reasons why it took me a Really Long Time to get into anime: back when I was in college - late 90s - one of my friends was talking about a movie/OVA, where they had gone in with the assumption that the characters on the front cover of the DVD would live, and instead every single one of 'em had died. This, combined with an attempt to show me anime which featured the last few episodes of the first season of MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH (see the descriptions of episodes 17-20 on that link) and the first episode or two of KEY THE METAL IDOL - well, it left me with the impression that anime, as a genre, was hella depressing and why would I want to watch it. This impression did not get fixed for :ahem: a long time.
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
For Not Prime Time, I received an adorable BACCANO! fic, Chane LaForet Sorts Out Her Feelings After Breaking a Man's Arm - despite the title, there is considerably less violence than in canon, and considerably more introspection, which makes sense given Chane is the viewpoint character. But there's a gorgeous swelling emotion in the fic, like being on the top of a rising wave, because Claire might be the kind of guy who instantly falls in love (and means it), but Chane needs to think things through. (Also the writing style closely resembles that of a good friend, but she swears she didn't write it, so I eagerly await Friday and finding out who my friend's writing-doppelganger is.)

I wrote for a fandom I've never written before, and a pairing that I hadn't originally offered. Whee? But my recipient loved it, and so did other people, so I can bask in Achievement Unlocked: New Fandom/Pairing. :-D
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
There are lots of things about going to cons that I remember perfectly! (Bring water. Bring soda. Bring money (and have a clear plan as to budget). Wear good walking shoes, because you will be on your feet more than you expect. The 5-2-1 rule. Etcetera.) I'd just forgotten the following, which inevitably happens a day or so after the schedule is released:

*"Ooo, the schedule! Gotta look through that and see what we want to do!"
* :look look look: "That panel looks interesting...oh, and gotta do this...and can't skip the AMVs..."
* "...WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THEY'RE ALL SCHEDULED AT THE SAME TIME. DAMMIT."

(Brought to you by MomoCon scheduling the AMVs and the Yuri On Ice actor panel opposite each other. Along with three other panels that look fascinating. DAMMIT.)
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
I check AO3 semi-regularly for more Yuri On Ice Stories I Am Interested In, which (as usually happens) are getting thinner on the ground. Unfortunately, this means I'm hitting the stage of the fandom life-cycle where I start to get grumpy.

...specifically, dear fanfic authors: why the heck are you writing stories wherein the only trace of this being a Yuri On Ice fanfic, as opposed to Any Other Fandom Ever, is the names? I don't even mean that I don't agree with the characterization. I mean 'fairy tale retelling' wherein the prince is now named Victor, and the brave maiden who rescues him is now a boy named Yuuri, and the helpful fairy is now (depending on which retelling) either Minako or Phichit, and Russian Yuri appears for at most three sentences to yell at everyone before vanishing again.

If you're going to write a fairy tale retelling, couldn't you maybe pick (a) a non-Disney fairy tale, and (b) think about what putting the YOI characters into the roles would mean? I don't feel like that's too much to ask. Grump.
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
So Wife and I were talking about DragonCon, in sort of the same way that mountaineers who live in the Aosta Valley talk about the Matterhorn (I imagine) - namely, we want to tackle it, but it would be a really big thing.

"Part of it is just the physical toll," says the Wife (who walked with a cane before this most recent issue with her ankle). "I wish I could bring a wheelchair."

"Cosplay," I suggest. "Virtue of necessity kind of thing. Barbara Gordon as Oracle?"

"No," she says thoughtfully. "Maybe Professor Xavier - I don't mind shaving my head. And you could be Jean Grey."

"Hell no, I'll be Magneto," I say, without actually thinking this through beyond volunteering to be Ian McKellen to her Patrick Stewart.

...end result is that now she's looking up how much a Magneto helmet costs, and what exact outfits would be required. We're not even in this fandom. I have seen three out of six X-Men films (not counting any of the Wolverine films, which I also haven't seen). Dear lord, what have I done.
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: 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?

OMG GO SEE IT.

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: 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.
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
The first thing you need to know about the 1935 movie adaptation of LES MISERABLES is that it was made during the era of the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code. This required, among other things, that 'special care' be taken when portraying the history of another country, theft, sympathy for criminals, sedition, "the sale of women, or of a woman selling her virtue," and "titles or scenes having to do with law enforcement or law-enforcing officers."

Why Thia, I hear you say, doesn't that cover pretty much the entirety of Les Mis? What's left, an overview of the sewers of Paris?

What's left can easily fit into less than two hours, which says something on its own. )
jennaria: Text icon: "We're having hot lesbian sex, and by lesbian sex we mean tea, but it's still hot." (But it's still hot)
My gift to wife: flowers (see subject line) and the latest IN DEATH novel by J.D. Robb. (She is half-way through it. Only half-way, because she's getting better, see, which means she has to actually do her homework for grad school.)

Wife's gift to me: THE FORCE AWAKENS soundtrack, and Lego Rey with speeder (and random thug).

...I may perhaps have spent half the afternoon putting together Rey's speeder. And discovering that it actually shoots little Lego bricks when you press the right place. Our cats are so going to regret this. Especially because Lego helpfully included a lot of reloads, in case you (inevitably) lose the tiny Legos.

Also we stopped by the local comic book store, which also sells used books/CDs/DVDs/fun random things that Newbury Comics wishes they still had. Wife picked up two graphic novels, we agreed on an Old Who DVD (Fourth Doctor) and the AH! MY GODDESS movie, and I scored not only the 2012 LES MISERABLES (in which Hugh Jackman as Valjean is indeed, stacked like a brick house), but also the 1935 movie version (wherein Valjean gives off more sparkles than a 1970s anime), and the 1952 movie version (wherein, I am told, there is a happy ending, possibly because Valjean acquires a Sassy Gay Friend half an hour in, who will not tolerate this angsting nonsense).

Then we had a terribly romantic dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veg. In my defense, the meatloaf was shaped like a heart.

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