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I decided to try a bit of Lupin Zero and kid Jigen shooting at the bullies at his school was a bit too real for America. Doesn't look bad although I admittedly find Lupin very hit and miss for my tastes. I might come back to this later.

I also watched a bit of Aggretsuko Season 5. Way to turn this show into the Haida show. It's like the writers forgot who the main character was. They sidelined all of the more interesting characters for Main Character's homeless, jobless simp.

I tried a bit of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale. The beginning with the mom was kinda cute but I'm not feeling this show. The lead being some frail little girl who insists that she can protect herself and then buys a fairy slave to protect herself is just... eh. I think I would've liked this show more if she truly had to find other ways to protect herself. But then, you know, we don't get the trope of master/servant love between her and the hot dude-fairy she buys. This combined with the prior scene where a big burly man beats a tiny fairy while he screams for his wing sends off mixed signals about the feel of this show. I mean, what kind of show do you want to be, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale? I'm kinda confused by it tbh.

I think this might've been a better show if her mom was still alive but sick and the Main Character needs the prize money from contest or whatever to buy medicine. And maybe she has a dad or aunt or someone else who buys her the fairy for her own safety and is keeping the wing hostage. This way, she's forced into her journey prematurely and she's forced to have a slave even though she thinks slavery is wrong. (In this show, the owners keep one of the fairy's wings hostage which forces them in slavery. So if someone else had the wing, she'd had no way to free the slave.)

But here, her mom's dead. And the Main Character just pops on over to the slave market to done buy her a slave. And that slave is sassy, so she's sassy back.  "How dare you call me names, slave." And I'm supposed to, uh, like this character? Just because she's a young girl and the English dub gives her a voice that sounds two degrees above ASMR whispering?

Gotta give props to Ol' Billy pulling in those paychecks. He's just phonin' in these days, right? Sit there and be a cranky geezer so people can point at the screen and say they saw Bill Murray.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: So cold!
« on: Feb 24, 2023, 08:16:08 PM »
That fucking groundhog lied. Six more weeks of winter, my ass. It's been warm and shit. I'm so bitter.

You know, I kinda actually forgot Marvel movies are still a thing. :lol:

I can't decide if I still like The Sounds. Their first album "Living in America" was so solid and "Dying to Say This to You" was a good follow-up. I'd listen to them both on repeat in full back in 2006/2007. But nothing they've done since comes close to the lesser tracks on either of those albums.

This is one of their latest songs and I think it could've been improved by a little less repetition. The chorus could've been better with some different words. Instead of, uh, repeating "the things we do for love" thrice each time.

This song auto-played right after and this one also keeps repeating "safe and sound." I'd almost prefer they'd pop out a thesaurus just to get some different words. Maybe I'm being too hard on the repeating words. I could probably find examples in their old shit, too. But those songs had hooks and slapped. Their recent stuff sounds like they're tired.

I was bored and tried Koikimo because it was recommended to me. From somewhere. I don't remember where. And I don't know why because this show's so fucking weird. It's not bad but it's closer to bad than it ever will be to being good. Random points below.

Age gap relationship: I could've overlooked this with a better story. It's always better to go with adult age-gaps imo. She's 17, I'm not gonna nitpick it that much. He's 27 though. The show plays it off as "how cool that older, hot guy is interested in her" but he actually comes off as a bit of a stunted loser who can only relate to a child.

Womanizer Character: He's a womanizer. Fine. I think this character type can be conveyed without being disgusting. The whole "what's her name" can be funny once or with a bit of spin on the joke, although it's otherwise trite and cliche. This show has no such spins to offer. "He such a maaaaan he dun know wamen's names because he's been with soooo many wamens." Give me a break. FFS, just look at your damn phone and read the name that last asked for a hookup.

Secret Masochist: The guy likes verbal abuse and the chick being disgusted with him. It'd be funny if it wasn't clearly a kink without the girl's consent. I also find it hard to believe this guy's kink has never been triggered before. The implication from this show is that he's soooo hot or whatever that no woman's ever called him a jerk or a creep before and gotten him hard from it. I refuse to believe this. :lol:

Cool Sister: I like the dude's little sister. Seems like a nice character.

Female Love Interest: She's actually okay. I don't find her obnoxious or anything. But homegirl needs to cover her mouth when she coughs.

Boundaries: He doesn't really respect her's and she puts up with it. Irl, you wouldn't blame the victim especially when she's a child. But it's okay. This is a cartoon. It's le funny ho ho. Crossing boundaries this egregiously just means it's TRUE love, y'all. At least according to fanfics I read in 1999.

CREEPER: Male Love Interest intimidates others who don't step into line with his wants. He looms over highschool boys that don't behave the way he wants. In the first episode, he assaults a woman by grinding a napkin into her face to violently wipe off her make-up and then threatens to pull out her real eyelashes when she bemoans he pulled off her fake ones. It's supposed to be funny, guise. Because women who wear makeup are, like, vapid hos and this woman was being bitch by telling a *checks notes* highschool girl that the older man grooming her is a womanizer.

This was the most disgusting scene I have ever seen in an anime romcom and that includes any show where the female love interest was nearly r@ped. At least when the latter happens, it's done by a bad guy who is clearly wrong and gets some sort of comeuppance. But in Koikimo, the male love interest just gets to assault a woman. I get it was supposed to be played off as a gag but it wasn't actually executed as a gag. There were no zany sound effects or zingers to cap a joke. He just violently rubs off her makeup and threatens her.

I'd have more respect for this show if this behavior was called out or were indicators of a future turn into a darker show. Like he starts murderin' people and sticking them in his van. Then we'd have a dark comedy. But this is supposed to be a romcom. And in a setting of sparkling eyes full of admiration and gifting a flower a day to court his lady love, he randomly assaults a woman.

Please, just watch Love is Hard for an Otaku with adorable adult couples.

That's kinda what I mean. Like, the artwork is part of the horror. The way the images are rendered and the line work and detail he's put into them is part of the presentation. It doesn't work with a normal cheapo anime budget.

I finally saw some of that new Gundam show. It's good, don't get me wrong. I just feel like I'm not quite smart enough for Gundam. I have no idea what was going on in the prologue. At all. Like, the kid synced with the Gundam or something and just murders stuff and is all weeee, shit's dead?  HUH. And what was Villain Guy getting out of having everyone shot? Gundams hurt the pilot so lets kill a shitload of people?  Double HUH? I also completely DO NOT get the point of the student duels. How are they able to fix their mechs (time-wise, resource-wise, AND money-wise) and how aren't students frequently dying? The duels seem stupid and utterly pointless. Along with the whole "win the duel and marry the villain's daughter" thing. Shouldn't there be a higher barrier to entry for these duels if being the Holder means you get the guy's daughter? Surely, they don't want any rube taking part in these sorts of things for this very reason, right? And nobody vets the huge fuckin' illegal mech she brings to school? As if she shoved a turtle in her backpack for Show 'n Tell? Again, I actually like this show but a lot of shit don't make sense.

Nah, you get to choose the gender but it changes nothing for the plot. The girl is cuter, even if they did give her those awful sock-tits.

I was wondering who this person is since I've seen his name popping up. I've heard of R&M of course but I've never watched it and didn't know who he was.

Not playing it myself but am watching some Let's Plays of the newest Fire Emblem game. The gameplay looks cool. I'm really tempted to get a Switch. But ye Gods, the story is freakin' awful. It's a cringey mess. Like the worst Fire Emblem story in the franchise with copious avatar circle-jerking. I like a handful of character designs but most of them are no bueno. The music's great and the character movements are very fluid. The character voice-acting direction wavers between being good, passable, and terrible regardless of the actor speaking. There's tons of bullshit mini-games tossed into this game, too.

The game features past lords of other Fire Emblem games as magical "emblems" (like interactive force ghosts) and I find myself being unreasonably upset at how powerful they've made Roy from Binding Blade. Because he's an awful character gameplay-wise. In the game he comes from, he's a huge liability that you have to protect the entire time because he's force-deployed and weak as hell.

I don't think Junji Ito stories were ever meant to exist outside of their original medium.

I don't think I've seen any trailers for that first show. I did see a couple trailers for the second show and had no interest in finding out the name of the show and what it was about.

Yeah, I won't be watching Tomo-chan.  I happened to get recommended a video with clips of Carol and I've decided I fucking hate Carol.

No date on this show yet other than 2023. Again, don't know if I'll actually watch it but it caught my interest.

In-coming Jane Austen post that no one but myself will read so I should've just made this a blog post but whatever:

So I'm listening to audiobook versions of Jane Austen's works. Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are my favorites and they remain as such. I also tried Emma and Sense and Sensibility.

At least two or maybe three audiobook versions of P&P get way too ridiculous. Yes, yes, the character of Mrs. Bennet is supposed to be this brash, sorta ridiculous woman whose fears of being destitute fuel the obsessive need to marry off her daughters. But the narrators play this up entirely too much for me to be able to relax to this story.

Persuasion gets props for being the more palatable audiobook. All of Austen's stories have characters with quirks. I feel Persuasion leaves less room in the story for an audiobook narrator to get too ridiculous because it's mostly through the quiet Anne's viewpoint. The narrator can be a snob with "No one will want you in Bath" or whine about how the Musgroves did not call upon Anne as they should and then story moves on. There isn't the space like in P&P for a narrator to get too silly.

Emma I just can't bring myself to even try to finish. Emma is too damn long of a book for starters. And the conflict in Emma can be summarized as "bored, rich girl matchmaker unbores self." What is Emma's risk or stake in the plot at all? The P&P girls risk poverty (if they do not marry well; inheritance doesn't allow girls to inherit from their father) and ruin (when one of the sisters runs off with a rake). In Persuasion, the family is also running into money issues because the patriarch is a spendthrift and the main character is sad, lonely, and unappreciated. Like, this is the first line of Emma:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

And it just makes me dislike her. Fuck you and your rich, happy ass. :lol: I kept listening and it goes on about how she's sad her governess or whoever got married and left her house so now Emma and Daddy are all alone by rich, happy selves. Boo hoo. Why do I care about any of this?  Anyone remotely interested in this story is better off just watching "Clueless."

Sense & Sensibility is hard for me to rewatch as a movie or show because it makes me angry and unfortunately I find the audiobook no different. The main characters, the Dashwoods (a mother and three daughters), are supposed to be taken care of after the death of the family patriarch by his son. Instead they are let down and must leave their home; they are resented for their station in life; and the two elder daughters are meddled with by well-intentioned matchmaker. Marianne is led on by that carousing, callow jerk Willoughby who knocked up Col. Brandon's ward. Elinor must watch as Lucy the golddigger calls claim on the man she loves by virtue of meeting him first. All this story does is make me angry and it all goes on for too damn long.

I'm still trying to figure out why this book makes me angry because the Dashwoods aren't any more or less screwed over than other Austen characters. Maybe it's because this story makes the reader experience the "screwing over" too fully. In P&P, Jane Bennet is screwed over when she goes to London to visit Mr. Bingley and the latter's friend and sisters hide the fact that she's there (so she doesn't get to see her man). But the reader doesn't actually get to hear and see all of this happen. The reader experiences this through Jane Bennet's letter to Lizzy in which she talks about the Bingley sisters brushing her off and the fact she doesn't get to see Mr. Bingley. And Jane even gives the sisters the benefit of the doubt that they were only being unkind to be kind, so to speak. We don't have to wallow in the sisters being bitches to Jane and Jane feeling awkward and hurt. We are left to read between the lines of a second-hand account and don't fully grasp Darcy's involvement until he admits to it later in the book. While in S&S, we have to suffer bitches being bitches to people feeling embarrassed for it and it's tiresome.

This was a good album: Cinéma Vérité by Dramarama. I've never actually listened to the entire album before. I had purchased a Greatest Hits CD around the early 00's because I was curious about them since I liked one song. And I got the neat surprise of liking the entire CD. So I'm glad I gave this a try and I'll look for more of their stuff.

I remember nothing about Free Willy other than the whale jumping over the boy. Perhaps that's as it should be.

Oh, yeah, and the time Willy had a loud orgasm in public.

Yeah, like both of her kids are people who died. I can't tell if it's brilliant or just odd. The guy being named Aquamarine in his next life is cringe.

I tried one a couple COURS back about a yakuza raising a little girl, and the little girl was totally out of whack. It's almost like she was depressed and neurotic all the time, and while I acknowledge that small children can experience mental health issues, it really doesn't manifest the same way as it would in a teenager or an adult like the way it was depicted here.

Also, the way her head/hair/face were drawn was like... put it like this, you could have taken her head and dropped it onto the neck of any of the women characters and it wouldn't look out of place. Like, "Oh, I have to draw a kid now, guess I'll just draw a lady face like I usually do and put it on this tiny body."


I saw clips of the some show with a yakuza and a little girl. Dunno if that was the same show or not. But it was weird. The dude was acting so fucking dramatic in the clip and I had no idea what I was supposed to feel when watch it. I know it wasn't supposed to be "apathy" but... meh.

You have me curious about Tomo-chan. It was a pass for me because I didn't care for the look of the show and Tomo-chan looked straight out of the generic "Peppermint Patty tomboy in love with her best boy" mold. And maybe there'll be some jokes where she's called "young man" or "sir" and she'll be all angry and the audience is supposed to laugh.

I watched this a couple of times. Some people were calling it a short film but I legit think it's a long commercial, especially because some of the comments mentioned product placement and encouraging students on their exams. Whatever it is, it's great. From the same studio and director as "Summer Ghost."

This show looks kinda interesting.

And then there's this weird show. Which I read spoilers for and I'm even more confused than ever:

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: Jan 01, 2023, 04:03:40 PM »
And there went another Pointer sister.

Merla and I spent our year end with Chinese food, LotR, and Hajime no Ippo. Granted, it might've been the perfect time to finally watch some of Rings of Power after RotK but I actually completely forgot that was a thing. Anyway, I was already tired. I worked half the day and we were watching the extended editions so it's not like I would've been paying attention. Especially with all of the fireworks being popped around us.

I was telling Merla this morning we're gonna get at least one high-profile death to take us out of 2022 with a bang. Between Wawa and Former Pope, I gotta give this one to Wawa.

Kessoku Band's album is doing really good apparently. I hope this means we'll get Bocchi season two. For people not watching Bocchi, "Kessoku Band" is the band Bocchi's a part of in the Bocchi the Rock anime. I really like all of the songs. A good blend of pop and rock. Posting my favorite track, That Band.

Cool to at least see that first scene adapted, which I had read in a fan translation and seen in the manga.

Apparently it's just a special or something. But it's got a neat-sounding Hiroyuki Sawano song to go with it.

And I have to give props to the design style. Gilgamesh's facial profile has a forehead, a nose, and a chin again unlike in prior itinerations (see bottom of linked post). Last batch of Fate shit seriously went the flounder face route. Gilgamesh's features are more narrow and he looks more mature, which suits his character. Even the requisite "cutesy" characters look better in this style. I'm sure as with all Fate media, this special will find the most boring characters and focus on them. But at least everything looks and sounds nice.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Barbie
« on: Dec 30, 2022, 10:21:15 PM »
Yeah, Ken will come out. And it'll be powerful and brave or something. But it'd be more powerful and brave if Midge and Kira scissored.

What? What. Sorry, you're right. That was inappropriate. Kira hasn't been a Barbie character in twenty years.

Ha ha, yeah. It's like the same video game town. You could splice some of these shows together and pretend everyone's playing on different servers.

I tried to watch him play some games a while back and he was gettin' so pissed it was uncomfortable. A little rage can make things interesting but too much makes it weird.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Barbie
« on: Dec 29, 2022, 08:06:23 PM »
"I'm a strong, independent Barbie who don't need no Ken."

I love the concept but most Isekai anime don't even use that angle. As in, you could remove the isekai-ing and nothing in the story would change. I wish more was done with the general idea. Like people missing their families or going into hives because Fantasy Unicorn Land isn't gluten-free.

You delivered.

I haven't seen that vid yet. I just realized I haven't watched him in four months because my last watched video on the channel's the Goofy one.

I had no idea what movie you were talking about most of your post. I was all "what's this gotta do with Dr. Strange?" The egg in my brain hatched 3/4 into the post. Shipley or someone made a post on social media somewhere about this flick being poorly advertised. All I ever saw about this movie was Disney CG (that I'm biased and hate the look of) and Disney wanting a pat on the back for being non-white and gay. But who gives a shit about a gay Disney character? Remember that brouhaha with Le Fou? Just make a fairytale where a girl saves a princess and they get married. The most palatable gay story the mouse could ever shit out for their audience: a poor man's kiddified Utena.

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