"I have been told I've got a darkish personality. A few times."
Takahashi swings his trombone case from his right shoulder to his left. Then he says, "It's not as if our lives are divided simply into light and dark. There's shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes a certain amount of time and effort. I don't think you have a particularly dark character."
— Haruki Murakami (After Dark)
Why and how is he able to write like this. It's as though I can reach out and touch those words and feel them with my arms wrapped around them.
Review for the awesome Genius Party is here
In other news, I am:
Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.
Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.
Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
At least its a variant of green. Yeah I know I can get the job done, I just need to follow through. D:
EXCELLENT news regarding the inaugural convention. (Sadly I didn't attend the info session because this afternoon Sleep > AFA08. But from now on, AFA08 > Sleep. I can't believe I missed such an awesome session!)
May'n, for one is a huge draw. I'm going to drown my ears with the Macross F soundtrack now.
Animation Nation is back for another year! And I'm definitely going for a few screenings (there goes my pocket money D: ) Eagerly waiting for Gatecrash to open!
Must-sees: The Piano Forest, Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, International Shrots Showcase 2 + Anikuri 15 (THIS ONE HAS MAKOTO SHINKAI. APPARENTLY!), Genius Party, Freedom Project Seminar, Freedom Project 1-7.
Probably will watch if I have extra cash: Yamamura showcase, Fear(s) of the Dark, Dead Space: Downfall, One Night in One City, International Shorts 1, Idiots and Angels
are calling out to me, despite me putting a hold on my figure pre-orders. (As of now, Ryogi Shiki is my last figure pre-order of the year, unless the figure companies can convince me to open my wallet again.) I have exercised an unbelievable amount of restraint to not try to place orders for the WonFest exclusives but gosh, the above two look really well made.
I need a sugar daddy to buy these for me. D:
My timetable, if anyone is interested in making lunch-dates with me! Wednesdays are taken by my Group B lunch (I'm probably going to schedule it in anyway XD) but every other lunch is more or less free! :D I didn't get my first choices but the timetable strangely facilitates me staying in the Mac Labs more often. :D()() Strange, how the world works.
I'm going to be very busy in the next few weeks: leaving for Vietnam on Sunday with superoldgranny; Project LaMB press conference tomorrow with fellow anime bloggers (this will mainly be for Tachikomatic Days, unless I get the heads up for HOOKED to feature it); IAHGames visit on Wednesday to check out FIFA Online 2 (this is for HOOKED, and the first Gaming Article ever!!) -- I have to get these articles written by Saturday --; I have to get down and finish my Travel Journal for class by Saturday too, before I leave.
Busy busy busy! Right now, I have to go through the media-pack sent to me and try to formulate some questions for the group interview. I should charge my camera batteries too!
Today saw me, Jasmeet, Immanuel and Jeremy crowding the Mac Labs again - heh. It's an extremely amusing combination and definitely one that distracts me from my work. Seriously, the video spamming (inclduing many of GS's many many questionable videos) and the exceptionally R(A) things that are being said-- *shakes head*
I'm kind of psyched for this semester because it's turning out to be full of exciting opportunities, and everyone knows that I like opportunities (whether I take them or not, is another matter). I have big plans, as usual, but I don't know if I have the energy to execute them. We'll see how.
In other news, I walked up from the Cardiff bus-stop back home today (again, for the 3902434th time in the past two weeks) as a sort of exercise routine and also to well, make myself feel better. :D()() I cannot be this fat lump forever! No one will love a fat lump!
Anyway, off to read my assigned poetry and be a general Nerd. :D
EDIT: Aaaah, the LaMB press conference is on Wednesday!!! And I have my Ethics class during that time! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
Gasp! Someone blundered!
( Jump behind the cut )
If anyone's wondering, the mid-arm joint of Itsuki's left arm broke while I was trying to pose him. :\ Found out that the joint was recessed in the upper-arm hence the breakage.
Y'know Gacha=Gacha the... er... "anime" that's being produced locally?
Local flash superstar (well okay I exagerrate but I like his stuff) has created a lovely parody http://sgcafe.com/showthread.php?t=
Reviews get shorter as I get more excited and tired at the same time. LOL.
Oh, and cross-posted to Tachikomatic Days.
Neo Angelique Abyss: This is typical shoujo fare. Well, typical Angelique romance to be more precise. The only saving grace would be Angelique (the heroine, not the franchise)'s rather cute personality. Okay. I like her face faults. That's about it. I couldn't stand the random girls who refused to friggin' run away when told to do so. Goddamnit. The bishounen are rather stock affairs so far so I might not be following this.
Special A: Oh I love this. I'd take this over NAA as the shoujo series of the season anyday. I absolutely love Hikari even though the fact that she looks like Rahzel from Hatenkou Yuugi. It's very much in the trend of new shoujo manga with strong female leads who really take no nonsense from the usually annoying or tsundere male lead. Tsundere male leads are GOOD. Clueless female leads which make tsundere male leads go absolutely mad are even better.
Special A's looking fine for a high-school comedy at the moment. I'm looking forward as to seeing how this distinguishes itself from other shoujo goodies like Ouran, and Shiawase 3chome (which really, should be animated).
Vampire Knight: Another shoujo series for this season. Well, Spring is indeed the time for romance so it's no surprise here. The art style will take a little getting used to be for a first episode, I'm satisfied. I'm not raving about it but it's okay. Nothing much felt about it. Vampires hurray! Hot tsundere men, hurray! Decent female lead hurray! But it rubs me, well it doesn't rub me much at all. Shoujo is a hit and run affair with me. Sometimes I really go for a series (like Special A and possibly Itazura na Kiss) but other times, it's really meh.
I like the uniforms though. Plus, the humorous moments are funny, that I have to give it to them. I am a sucker for well animated funnies. Especially the whole PUNCH/PUSH scene.
Candy Boy: It's yuri. Now normally I like yuri (and I like a little BL but both in small doses please thanks) but this was... annoying. I didn't like the start of it, and I didn't like the end of it. I didn't like the middle bits too. It came across as clingy. Candy Boy, to me, is your girlfriend gone wrong. Not only has she turned into a lesbian, she's just attached herself onto your eyes and won't stop letting you see her attack other girls. Oh god. It feels very empty. Alot of fanservice but it's all fluff.
There's nothing sweet about Candy Boy. Period.
Nabari no ou: Slight BL hints were very funny and not overkill. I liked the pacing of the first episode though some of the nindo terms were lost on me because I was watching the raw. I'm quite thankful that there's finally another ninja series that made it on air besides Naruto because as much as I love Naruto (the manga), we really need some realistic portrayals of ni- Okay I know that sentence just made me sound like I'm crazy but really. At least it's portrayed in contemporary times, not some steam-feudal era with anachronistic phones and electronic systems.
Still, I do not like the choice of placing Kugimiya Rie as Rokujo. If she went for a lower-pitched voice, maybe I'd have liked it. But she sounds too feminine for a boy Rokujo's age. No, please no. I know that women can do shounen roles well - PLEASE LOOK AT PAKU ROMI AS KEY EXAMPLE - so don't botch it. I don't want to hear Shana in a boys body.
xxxHolic Kei: The first animated season of xxxHolic scared me. I never touched anything else xxxHolic animated ever again. Kei brought me back. Doumeki x Watanuki~ I hope they don't go and ruin this season. D:
Library Wars: HI. I THINK THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF MY FAVOURITES THIS SEASON? YES. INFORMATION BLOCKADE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I'm sorry but I really want to be on the Library Taskforce (and 170cm tall but that's beside the point) now and stand up for the rights of books. I love books. This appeals to the Lit major in me. <3 Hurrah.
OFF TO GET THAT GOOD GPA! :D
Kure-nai: Aside from the awesome memories it gives me of X-Japan, Kurenai has gotten off to a good start for me, at least. I like the plucky female lead, even though she's only 7. More like it's because she's 7 that I love her snotty "hey servant pick up my shoes" attitude. It's so in-your-face and a very relieving change from the huge cache of moe girls this season. Plus, I want to know what's up with her family. So, on the watch list.
Soul Eater: ...... Holy crap I wonder why I never bought the series. I only periodically read it whenever I bought my phonebooks for FMA, but gah. This is <3. I LOVE THE FIGHT SCENES. If every fight scene is like that, this is my shounen series for the season.
Itazura na Kiss: WTF THIS IS SUCH AN OLD SERIES. I remember watching the JDrama when I was in primary school. And it was hilarious. The anime series doesn't strike me as funny as the drama yet, but I'm hoping that it'll turn out okay. It'd be disappointing if Itazura na Kiss didn't live up to the sheer epic-ness of shoujo it is. Plus, the mangaka will turn in her grave.
Tower of Druaga: GONZO. YOU. <3. YOU. <3333333. Ultimate parody episode ever. I frankly like the Ura episode rather than the Hyou because of the utter crack that it is.
By request LOL,
Code Geass R2: (it's so awesome that I did an earlier post on it but I shall do it again!)
Anyways, Code Geass returns! Watching this, I remembered why I like this series in the first place - aside from the really engaging political plot line and the almost ridiculous number of political intrigues and betrayals there can be - it's the sheer fluidity of the animation. The sequence in the middle with Lelouch *SPOILER OMITTED LOL* was an eye orgasm! Very nicely done.
I am looking forward to receiving my figma Lelouch and watching CG R2 with him. Now Rollo. I have many things to say about Rollo. Firstly, from whose fatal loins did he spring forth from!!? And where is Nunally. I never liked Nunally (I'm sorry! But I don't!) but where the hell is she!? Did she get a sex change and some growth supplements to become Rollo? Is she being kept captive somewhere in the basement of somewhere?
On retrospect the first episode is an almost rushed re-entry into the series. It saves itself because its repetition is reinvented slightly, to stave off particularly rabid and observant fans. I mean, it's virtually (like everyone has said) a parallel of the original first episode. Except a whole lot grittier because we know things.