July 25th, 2017
kalloway: (Yoyo Yoko)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 09:40pm on 25/07/2017 under ,
13 -- what is your favorite comedy anime?

Here is Greenwood is one of the most bizarre and charming series ever. It is hilarious, but it is not a straight comedy. In fact, the manga contains one of my go-to tear-jerker sequences... But when it's funny, it is very very funny.

Doujin Work is a short series based on a 4koma manga that is also hilarious. It is not afraid to go anywhere and (thankfully) often does. It chronicles the adventures of a group of doujin-making friends... working towards one of them trying to go pro as a manga-ka.
thawrecka: Kirk and Spock hand holding (this simple feeling)
posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 07:06pm on 25/07/2017 under ,
All the newer TOS novels seem to be written by men and they all seem to kind of suck, and not in the fun trashy way. They seem to be mostly lifeless, joyless continuity porn. Are men just not as good at writing as women are? There's only one thing I read these books for, and that's feelings, and if you don't give me characters I already like having feelings... why am I supposed to read them again?
July 24th, 2017
kalloway: Saito from Rurouni Kenshin who's pulled a glove off with his teeth (RuroKen Saito Yum)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 06:34pm on 24/07/2017 under ,
12 -- what is your favorite romance anime?

Wow, this is one of those questions where I'm stumped when it comes to anime, but I'll have trouble narrowing it down in regards to manga if I end up doing the meme again with the subject swapped.

So...

Actual Anime With A Lot of Romance In It Even If It Isn't A 'Romance' Anime - Vandread. Which isn't terribly romantic at all, but does have a lot of developing/established romantic subplots worth rooting for/enjoying. ^_^

Terrible Anime Based On Good Romance Manga - Alice in the Country of Hearts. The anime isn't worth watching, but the manga/games its based on are enjoyable and filled with gorgeous boys and it's fun to watch Alice's interactions with all of them (especially her love interest in each path). But the animated movie version just isn't worth it. Or only worth it if you're already a fan.

I do have some BL series like Gakuen Heaven, Sukisyo, etc. but I don't think I could list those as 'favorites'. I like Gakuen Heaven but think the main couple's romance is boring. ^^;;
thawrecka: (Poison Ivy)
posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 08:23pm on 24/07/2017 under
I remember thinking, years ago, when I first saw the trailer for Man of Steel that it looked like it would be great. And you know what, apart from some clunky dialogue, the first hour was great! The alien-ness of Krypton was genuinely impressive! The ambivalence and fear of Clark's upbringing, and his endless hopping from job to job! And there were some great bits at random moments after that first hour! But it deserves every criticism it gets for that endless orgy of destruction that comes after.

Read more... )
July 23rd, 2017
kalloway: (ToX Ivar)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:15am on 23/07/2017 under ,
11 -- what is your favorite drama anime?

This was a hard one, because most mecha anime qualifies as drama. While I don't know all the questions on this meme, I know there are a couple of mecha ones coming up. A lot of what I thought of that is very dramatic is also more romance or mecha or action or... whatever. So a straight-up 'first thought for this is drama' was really hard.

So here are two:

Planetes, which is a wonderful story about space-debris collectors. Both it and the manga made me cry so many times.

Starship Operators, about a warship of trainees basically financing their battles by being broadcast 24/7. As soon as anyone gets a name and any sort of subplot, expect them to die.

Both shows play space incredibly straight and while Planetes is the harder sci-fi, Starship Operators is the more brutal.

They are both very, very good.
thawrecka: (desired constellation)
posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 05:15pm on 23/07/2017 under
Went to see a friend on the other side of the city yesterday - ate too many carbs I'm not supposed to eat and had a good time laughing at youtube videos. Afterwards, on the train home, I watched the Winter afternoon sun setting bright across the city, even as the lights at the G were already on, striking silhouettes against the dark clouds. I got home and did nothing, no writing, no book reading, no cleaning house, but today I finally watched two DVDs I just went out to send back.

  • Hell or High Water - I didn't always pay 100% attention to the story, switching between it and browsing DW on my phone, but I don't think I really needed to. Every time I looked up was another lovely vignette about a landscape and what poverty settling in has done to the inhabitants of it. Gorgeous cinematography by Giles Nuttgens; I loved the colours and framing of every shot. Great mise-en-scene. Simple, and largely unsentimental. That bit toward the end where the guy's bloody brain matter was left behind in the hat when his body was moved was especially striking.

    Some really great acting, too; Ben Foster's character was thoroughly obnoxious, and Bridges' racist ranger was nearly as annoying, but they were capably done; Chris Pine was great and surprisingly sympathetic; I always enjoy seeing Gil Birmingham's work, even if a lot of the things he's been in make me cringe.


  • Moonlight is uncomfortable and disorienting, and I am probably the last person on the planet to watch it. As beautifully done as everyone said. I'm impressed at how each actor playing Chiron at different stages of his life evoked that sense of striking awkwardness. Obviously, the whole cast is amazing. Suffused with melancholy. Excellent use of sound.


Anyway, I clearly can't turn any of that into coherent thoughts at the moment because my entire right side hurts right now, but I'm glad I watched both.
July 22nd, 2017
kalloway: (Yoyo Yoko)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:54am on 22/07/2017 under ,
10 -- what is your favorite 'moe' anime?

Hmm. I don't watch a lot of slice-of-life/girls-doing-everyday-things shows, which is where I think a lot of moe falls. I know Oreimo had a lot of moe elements, as does Eromanga Sensei (which I need to catch up on). And I did enjoy Girls Und Panzer and Gunslinger Girl, though for the latter I'd recommend the manga over the anime.
July 21st, 2017
kalloway: (TotA Tear)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:22pm on 21/07/2017 under , ,
Whew-- Friday. This was a long, hot week.

I scheduled the window installation, which is still a month out (as expected). While this company seems relatively efficient, affordable, and I've heard very good things about the actual windows, their customer service has been just shy of atrocious. I had to beg the scheduling rep to stay on the phone to answer a couple of basic questions like 'how much space should I have clear around each window?' and whatnot. And this is after two other people coming out to measure, etc. and making disparaging and freakshow comments about my place.

Mostly, when I haven't been too groggy to do anything, I've been playing Brave Exvius. I'm not far into the story, since there are so many events to poke around in otherwise. So for every bit I progress the story, I'm burning through my energy gauge with grinding and whatnot. I did manage to score a Warrior of Light today, so I'm excited. I haven't had a chance to do much with him, though. I actually really like the BE original summons as much as anyone. There may be drabbles forthcoming. ^^;;

I want to try to do some writing this weekend. We'll see. It's been so long... I suppose I can get back to putting some stuff up on AO3 and whatnot, too? I probably have less than 5% of my total output up over there. *facepalms*

There's no time like the present!
kalloway: (GS MSV Strike Rouge)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 03:47pm on 21/07/2017 under , ,
09 -- name an anime character you absolutely hate.

'Hate' is a strong word for me. I have plenty of characters I really, really don't like. The few downright hates that come to mind are all from video game land...

And one definitely-anime example where a character had what could have been an endless amount of potential except it was completely disregarded and... wasted anyone on a character who had been established by the bulk of the previous canon to have absolutely no reason to exist.

Stellar Loussier from Gundam SEED Destiny.

And then whoops, like a thousand words of explanation! )
July 20th, 2017
kalloway: (Default)

RIP

posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:51pm on 20/07/2017 under


steel to rust
Rest in Peace, Chester

kalloway: (GS MSV Strike Rouge)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:56am on 20/07/2017 under , ,
08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

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.
July 19th, 2017
kalloway: (Xmas Lights 3 Cluster)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 06:26pm on 19/07/2017 under ,
(now I'm caught up!)

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. [personal profile] 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.
kalloway: Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin tinted orange (RuroKen Kaoru Orange)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 06:01pm on 19/07/2017 under ,
06 -- list your Top 5 anime OTPs.

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. Still waiting on Dunbine, though.

• 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.

And:

One rescue license I'd love to see but probably will never happen -

pretty much everything I still have on VHS Holy shit. I was going to say the truly atrocious original Eat-Man anime, but Discotek put it out at the end of last year. I don't even words. So let's go with Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. It'll never see the light of DVD or Blu-ray, but it will never be forgotten.
July 18th, 2017
kalloway: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:48am on 18/07/2017 under
I've seen a bunch of character memes going around and sure, why not~ Snagged this one from [personal profile] taichara

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!
July 17th, 2017
kalloway: (Origin)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 04:28pm on 17/07/2017 under
05 -- list your top 5 anime.

I can't even this prompt.

05 -- list five anime you'd show to someone new to anime

(in no order)
• Pretear
• 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.
July 16th, 2017
kalloway: Risen King Chrom (FE:A Chrom)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:34am on 16/07/2017 under
04 - if you could make a spin-off of any anime, what would it be?

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.
July 15th, 2017
kalloway: (Mmm Starscream)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 09:54pm on 15/07/2017 under
Went to the small summer comic show today (and it was packed - far too packed for a church gymnasium) and picked up seven trades (from the $5 boxes) and two action figures. Trades were three TF, two Jem, a Back to the Future, and a Drizzt (since Drizzt is oddly tolerable in comic form). Action figures were a Zor Prime from Robotech (still on the card - we'll see how long that lasts) and a big Megaman NT/.EXE figure which seems to have a voice/soundbox but dead batteries. So... a better day than I was expecting!

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!)
kalloway: (Do It Like a Robot)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:25pm on 15/07/2017 under ,
03 - which anime made you laugh the hardest?

I'm going to cheat and point at the outtakes for any given Media Blasters/AnimeWorks dub:

Weiss Kreuz 1-5
Weiss Kreuz 6-10
Weiss Kreuz 11-15
Weiss Kreuz 16-20
Weiss Kreuz 21-25

Twin Signal Outtakes

Ys Anime Outtakes
July 14th, 2017
kalloway: (Athrun Epic Facepalm)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:31pm on 14/07/2017 under
I just deleted about 4000 spam entries from the Lemonade Cafe's guestbook. Considering I had one legit comment in 2016, zero in 2015, and one in 2014, I felt pretty safe just turning comments off.

At some point, I'll have to actually pull the entirety of the guestbook out (or, let's be honest, have [personal profile] 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.

*sighs*

Things to think about.
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kalloway: (Destiny Impulse)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 04:44pm on 14/07/2017 under ,
02 - has an anime ever made you cry?

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)...
kalloway: (MF Brera/Alto)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:15am on 14/07/2017 under ,
There's a near-complete set of TP's run of Saiyuki that sits in the hallway, on the donation shelf, that I haven't been able to get rid of. It's not my original set, but another set that wandered in and while I did try to give it to the library, the librarian I was working with on rehoming manga in general up and left. I also made the mistake of reading it, and I think the problem is that I enjoy Saiyuki quite a bit but deargods, the never-ending aspect annoys the daylights out of me. It seems like all of the anime adaptations get licensed? But there's never been a rescue on the manga. And the brain weasels just don't like only having parts of the thing, dammit!

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.
July 13th, 2017
kalloway: (Xmas Lights 4 Bubbles!)
posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 05:27pm on 13/07/2017 under , ,
Snagging this from [personal profile] taichara, who already noted that it's an oddly specific set of questions. Well, I guess I'll do my usual and just change the ones I don't like into something different.

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.

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