40-anime meme: Day 36

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:57 am
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36 -- in your opinion, what makes a good anime?

See, this is one of those things which is simultaneously completely subjective (thus 'opinion', above) and also still almost completely impossible to answer -- or at least not without words and words of what would ultimately be fairly ridiculous navel-gazing by the nature of the beast. That said, a few thoughts on the matter:

- It needs to be engaging. That might mean relatable, intriguing and/or entertaining characters, preferably all of the above; it might be an interesting story premise, or a new twist on a familiar one; it might be a good hook in the built-in setting. But it needs that thing to reel the audience in.

- Preferably, pacing is a must; not blitzing through everything and not explain jack shit (even if the explanations are hilariously wat), not bogging down in staring at its own navel.

- It needs to not make my eyes bleed to watch it.

... and yet, there are always exceptions ~~

(no subject)

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:19 am
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Well that was just 60 pages of fuck in a 6-page bag ...

40-anime meme: Day 35

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:36 pm
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35 -- have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

Well, yeah? Give someone enough decades -- or not that many decades, come on now -- and they're bound to hit something that doesn't actually press so many buttons.

Why? Boredom; not interested in the story; not interested in the characters; not enough time to watch it; it just wasn't engaging enough. Because I felt like it.

Shockingly this can happen and one is still an anime fan!

Something the author of this meme perhaps could not wrap their brain around? idek, oi.

52.

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:21 pm
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Hoo boy

I've been writing too much angst lately and I'm trying to instate a 'no subtweeting' rule....

Suffice to say it's very 'one step forward, trip and somersault down the whole bloody flight of stairs' in my brainpan lately.

The weather is nice, today.

51.

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:13 pm
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Been on a electronic music binge today as with the previous few days. Went through the uni library's catalogue looking for books, found one that was an e-book, flicked through it, then read the epilogue.

It was the kind of epilogue that goes through all the people featured in the book and details that they died, often tragically and/or in obscurity (most of them were middle-aged musicians in the 1960s but still). One of them became a bitter alcoholic and when she finally got attention in the last years of her life, wallowed about in it. The other remained popular as a cult figure but never created anything new, the last thing she was commissioned to do sounded just like the thing she became famous for.

I am aware the author would've presented the fates of these people in a way according to his agenda/intent and the truth may not have been so dire... nonetheless.

It was a sobering piece of perspective! I think it did more to make me go 'wait... what am I doing?' than any sincere/cynical advice the internet has purported at me for months.

What AM I doing? A lot of my bitterness is justified but it's probably still screwing myself over, yeah? If I somehow get my goofy ass ideas off the ground and I don't get attention, what then? If I DO get attention, will I keep doing the same thing over and over to keep the attention flowing?

Nah son.

I wish it would be as simple as: from this point on I start lifting weights and magically gain the power of talking to strangers and in 6 months (pretty much overnight) I'm a well-adjusted TED Talks speaker who only gets personally sad when something actually sad happens. I doubt that. I sense something has changed, however. Not an inspired 'I can do the thing' call to action, it's not even optimistic, it's something deeper in the bedrock. Shifting plates.

climbing back on the (alien) horse --

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:22 am
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I said i wasn't going to be signing up for any more fannish exchanges, but I have changed my mind for [community profile] lionswap for one very specific reason, having debated over it briefly and being somewhat tempted beforehand.

And that reason has the same effect, really, as waving a red flag in front of a bull, ha -- because you know what's not on, folks? Seeing someone be such a miserable, petty jerk as to say that even having to lay eyes on requests (or was it actual gifts? I'm too lazy to go check again and it doesn't really matter anyway) for other Voltron series that aren't LD would just ruin~ the experience for them. No, they would want the unsullied purity~ of an LD-exclusive exchange.

Well, I sure as fuck wasn't about to let that go unchallenged after the exchange mod confirmed a pan-franchise exchange was go.

But not to worry! I do indeed sign up in good faith nonetheless <3 With multiple iterations, even, and that's going to include LD.

Some of us know how to share ;3

40-anime meme: Day 34

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:19 am
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34 -- have you ever watched an anime only because you liked a specific character?

I've certainly continued an anime only because of a certain character or characters, tekketsu being the most recent example -- while still fond of Eugene and Shino, frex, they weren't enough for me to bother with S2 after the end events of S1. Not, that is, until a certain body was heard to speak and then I had a reason again just to find out why, and it all fell out quite~ nicely ;3~

In all seriousness, though, if you aren't watching a series/reading a book/playing a game because there's a character you like (or a setting you like, or etc) ... then why the hell are you bothering?

50.

Aug. 15th, 2017 02:53 am
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The rest of this post is whining (and some legit concern) so here's the good bit and you can skip the rest: Rotterdam Termination Source playing Poing live with a mouth harp

Read more... )

40-anime meme: Day 33

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:05 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- ?)
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33 -- would you ever watch an anime with over 100 episodes?

I ... have? More than once, even?

Why is this framed as being some kind of Weird Shit[tm]?

I mean, I could understand it if this question was like 'do you have time to watch 100+ episode series' (not nearly as much as I used to), or 'have you ...' or -- well, anything along those lines, really. But 'would you ever'?

Seriously?

I question the author of this meme, I swear to fuck.

a plan

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:19 am
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[personal profile] taichara: "First they came for the Nazis, and I did nothing, for I was not a Nazi.
Then, nothing else happened, because seriously, fuck Nazis."
[personal profile] taichara: over the weekend (well, starting Fri-Sat) I shelved some other stuff and amassed a big ol' pile of Planescape stuff and etc on my floor to poke at
[personal profile] taichara: and then I didn't really poke at it because fuck this weekend
[personal profile] taichara: I think I'll go back to Shadowrun.
[personal profile] eliyes: kill nazis, get nuyen
[personal profile] taichara: yup

49.1

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:27 pm
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I caught up on the news and Justified Rage obliterated my intention to catch up on university tonight! At least, in terms of my continued existence, it's a step up from Every Subject I Think About (including things like 'puppies' [I wish that were an exaggeration]) Segues Into Me Being Wretchedly Miserable, which is what I was experiencing until fifteen minutes prior...

... but it kiiiinda justified my total news/social media blackout, even though that probably shouldn't be reinforced any further....

Anyway, I'll keep my earbuds out of my ears and stop procrastinating on volunteering.

For a change of pace: One legit positive thing (beyond music and burgers) happened to me, personally, tonight--my hair looks good right now?

This sounds so flippant I feel bad for typing it. Then I remember that I haven't had a proper haircut for at least two years, probably three? and that I was soooo irritated by how it looked just two months ago that I was [--] that close to shaving it all off. Thus: joy, something in my life has substantially improved at last!

I still need to book a hairdresser appointment because societal biases against grey hair are horseshit, but I combed it out and it's long enough that it falls down my back (rather than clump to my face all 'HEY LOOK EVERYONE IT'S A FAT PERSON'). My hair's natural wave, which usually just makes the hair on the right side of my head point right and the hair on the left side of my face also point right, is properly visible at last.

It's neat. It's also the exact same hairstyle as my mother's (albeit, she clips her hair up). We'll just call it continuity in character design. XD

40-anime meme: Day 32

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:24 am
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32 -- if you could make a game for an anime of your choice, what would it be and why?

Eh, since I can run a pretty banging game of Saint Seiya using either Godbound or Anima Beyond Fantasy (and especially the latter if you add the Dominus Exxet supplement), and I have an absolute shit-ton of options for Gundam [insert series here] -- Jovian Chronicles, Mekton Zeta, Battle Century G, etc etc -- I figure I'm pretty covered already.

Everything else I can do with with either reskinned Shadowrun or reskinned [insert D&D variant here], or just use OVA, that's what it was written for anyway ~

ahahahahahahaha

Aug. 12th, 2017 10:43 pm
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Right Stuf Details G Gundam, Gundam Wing Anime Releases

"In addition, Right Stuf will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector's Ultra Edition with the television series, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor OAV, and OVA and film versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz in December 2017. The release will include a bonus disc of video content such as the "New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop" picture drama and cast interviews. The Ultra Edition will bundle five large art cards, five tarot cards, three posters, a five-piece metal pin set, and a 180-page art book. The art book will feature key and promotional art, mecha and character designs, staff and cast interviews, and storyboards."

Wait, what was that? I didn't hear you. Yes, that bit right in the middle --

'The release will include a bonus disc of video content such as the "New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop" picture drama'

Yes, that's it.

What, Sunrise-Bandai approved the inclusion of the FT picture drama video with the big Wing special edition release? Really?

Why that sounds suspiciously like including it with the rest of the animated canon, now doesn't it --?

49.

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:34 am
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Note to self:
Stop trying to do serious work/thinking at 11PM and achieving diddly-squat then going NO I CAN NOT ART ANY MORE MY LIFE IS OVER
o͡͡͡͡͡͡╮༼;´༎ຶ.̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̨̨̨̨̨̨̨.̸̸̨̨۝ ༎ຶ༽╭o͡͡͡͡͡͡'
when you should dang well remember your meds wear off around 7PM (and also that sleep is not optional)

Besides that, things are mostly okay. I"m a bit behind on uni work, mostly due to my generally yucky feelings turning out to be a Cold from Heck. I've been busy listening to these on repeat instead


40-anime meme: Day 31

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:02 am
taichara: (ded)
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31 -- have you ever watched an anime with over 23 episodes?

ahahahaha

ahahahahahahahahahaha

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS

WHO WATCHES ANIME AND HASN'T?
taichara: (angelderps)
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... and that something is "Scream Loudly. Eat Garbage."

40-anime meme: Day 30

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:49 am
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30 -- how many anime episodes is 'ideal' for you?

Depends on the series, really, and how the plot's been spooling out -- sometimes I'd kill for more episodes because that would mean More Stuff, sometimes I pray for the magic power to slash a series down to two-thirds its size because the whole mess feels bloated. You know how it goes.

By and large, though, we're probably looking at at least one full, proper season. There's exceptions, but at least one and preferably two -- so, ~50-odd episodes, let's say, give or take a bit of wiggle room.

Doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd like these days, alas.

40-anime meme: Day 29

Aug. 10th, 2017 09:06 am
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29 -- has an anime's fanbase ever made you hesitant to watch an anime?

Replace "hesitant to" with "why in the ever-loving seven shining hells would I ever subject myself to this shite and attract its deranged cult/legion of self-designated destroyers if I so much as mention it", and sure. Also its close relative, "if this particular lot of fuckensteins are so obsessed with it, that's a good sign to stay far the hell away."

(I'm performing one of these right this moment! Except its technically for a manga (for now) and I expect the galloping fuckwitted cult of detractors to actually come from a completely different fandom altogether --)

It's only been a thing in maaaaybe the last ten years and far more common in the last five, though.

I'll leave just why that may be as an exercise for the reader.

Flash (Samurai Jack fic)

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:13 pm
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Summary: AU taking place during “Jack is Naked”; Ashi is a recurring assassin of Jack’s who finds herself in a situation where she may need to get intimate with her enemy before killing him.
Content warnings: None.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Wardrobe Wednesday.

Ashi summoned her kusarigama and peeked from behind the curtain to focus her gaze on her target.  )

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