type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I haven’t watched a whole lot of sports anime, but I have watched Hikaru no Go, and I wonder if Yuri!!! On Ice is trying to subvert the idea of ~ the eternal rival~

 

also a lot of talk about Free! for the sake of comparison )
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
Ace Attorney 6 is happening tomorrow, so let's do the speculating because I found this ancient draft somewhere in an e-mail folder.

AA6, what we know without having gotten spoiled:

I. The gameworld is divided in two: Phoenix goes to the Kingdom of Kuh'rain to help out Maya and bring their court system revolution, while Apollo runs business as usual back in Japanifornia. There's no way these two will NOT end up being part of the same plot eventually.

II. Maya is back

III. EMA IS BACK OMG OMG OMG

IV. It took three games (technically, two games and a drama CD), but it happened alright: Trucy is the suspect Apollo and Athena defends in the second case of the series.

remember what we all bitched about in the previous games? Yeah. Yeah. )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
tl;dr watch them if you're a fan, but don't go to them if you want a taste of what the series are really about. This is Tsubasa on valium and xxxHolic on ACID.

Not really a review, because you don't need it )

Wish

Jul. 8th, 2016 01:41 pm
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I don't know what people normally do when passing through Paddington Station on their way to Heathrow, but I for my part picked up the novel "Billy and Me", which sounded absolute rubbish from the summary but had a pretty cover. I'm nearly halfway in, and it reads like shitty fanfic. This is interesting not so much from the perspective of story quality and what kind of nonsense obviously is deemed good enough to be published by Penguin and have four stars on Goodreads - it's interesting because I suddenly realised that that particular brand of grating narrative voice isn't necesssarily the mark of inexperienced ficwriters, it's actually something they've picked up from real, published books. It's a particularly self-absorbed first-person narrator that was similarly present the last time I tried chick-lit, too, and so seems to be a genre marker and not just the writers being unskilled. And even though my only real impression of "Billy and Me" is to find it refreshingly contemporary British and to find the heroine an idiot and god I wish she'd stop talking, I'm sticking it out because it's quick and I feel like I should have more than two books to point to when complaining about all the people who have no idea about good books. This I feel entitled to because a lot of the comics I read fall firmly into the "cute but pointless and not even very good" box, as should be obvious by how I'm apprently going through my Clamp collection anew.

I'M ON SUMMER BREAK OKAY

AKA the one that even Tsubasa ignored )


So talking about fanfic: Here's the plot of "Wish" except that the entire cast is likeable and the implications of Kohaku's fate are followed to their logical conclusion

But "Angel Egg~ For Haru And Ruri" is one of my favourite pieces of Clamp music ♥

Crossover count: None (but plays a part in Legal Drug and Kobato)
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
SooOO Tokyo Babylon, boys and girls!
I just can't judge it at all )

Crossover count: The Clamp Campus series
type_wild: (Smile - Suguru)
Oh, no, I've read Lord of the Rings before. I read it as the Jackson films came out so that I'd knew to whine about them, but the Jackson films were fifteen years ago, and I hadn't read it in its entirity since. There's a bit of story to this.

To begin with, I'd read "The Hobbit" a few years earlier, and the book was very, very dear to me. I loved Bilbo Baggins something fierce, but as we all know, there's not a whole lot of Bilbo Baggins going on in LotR, and scarcely more of the general tone of The Hobbit. It's very, very obvious that "The Hobbit" is a children's book and that "Lord of the Rings" aspires towards myth, and I think that my problems comes being in the minority that read The Hobbit first and wanted more of it. I'd tried to read it several times by the times the films came around, yet I only just managed to finish the last two parts just before setting off to the cinema to see their films adaptations, respectively.

Briefly told: "Fellowship of the Ring" always went down fine. I loved the bits in the Shire, I loved Tom Bombadil, I loved the bits in Moria and the bits in Lórien. I loved "Fellowship of the Ring".

Then came "Two Towers", where I struggled. I didn't finish it until my third attempt at getting through it, and if you asked me to describe it to you before my recent re-read, the most detailed summary I could've given would be "Merry and Pippin meet the Ents, Strider and Legolas and Gimli run around doing IDK and meet Gandalf, Sam and Frodo and Gollum spend five hundred pages walking through some mire and I think they meet Faramir or was that in book 3".

And from "Return of the King", which I got through on my first try on sheer willpower, my memory was "they destroy the ring, Sam marries Rosie Cotton and sires his own football team, Eowyn gives up being a warrior and becomes a healer and marries Faramir, Legolas and Gimli are so totally a couple".

I assumed there was something wrong with my othwerwise capable reading abilities, aaaaand... yeah, in a way? Having become fifteen years older and professionally trained in the science behind reading comprehenseion, I'm pretty certain that my problem with reading the last two parts of Lord of the Rings was because "The Hobbit" had given me some genre expectations, and when LotR moved way beyond the genre, I was mentally unwilling to follow it there. I was there for the goofy dwarves, goddamnit, and if the book insisted on being difficult, then I wasn't about to follow it!

That, however, wasn't all. Lord of the Rings was an attempt at writing a mythology, which is reflected in its style. The Lord of the Rings is told to an audience that presumably lives in the same world that the story takes place (ref. The Hobbit, where the narratee is explicitly said to live in the same world as hobbits). Thus, the "author" (Bilbo, Frodo, Sam) makes references to Tolkien's mythopeia as naturally as a work of western fiction might refer to classical mythology. The enormous difference, of course, is that any reader who hasn't read the Silmarillion won't have the foggiest idea who Feänor or Eärendil are; will have to confer with the maps to figure out where the hell Anfalas and Anorien lie. At some point, it was mentioned that Aragorn and Eomer went into Minas Tirith with Imrahil, and I just went "Imrahil? Who the hell is Imrahil?" I can only assume he had been mentioned at some point before since he's obviously got some clot in Minas Tirith and leads one of their armies in the final battle, but yeah, that kind of thing. There are a lot of very casual references to past mythology, and a lot of landscapes and places mentioned in a manner that takes it for granted that the reader knows the map of Middle Earth like their native country.

Then there are the names. Forget about Sauron and Saruman, try with Denethor and Theoden, who besides being summarised as "allied ruler of questionable allegiance w. inheritance issues" have names that are fucking anagrams. Whenever I was reading about one, I couldn't remember the name of the other.

But that said: Having grown older and more open-minded re. genre, it went down just fine this time around. More than just fine, at that: I really, really love it and can actually see myself reading it again at some point when I don't have a 100+ list of unread books lying around at various locations.




And some complaining about the (Jackson) films:

First of all: I mostly like them very much, but don't do what I did and force people you love into maratoning them with you. Note that the problem was the maratoning, not that I did it in company; she suffered without complaint, but 3 times 3 hours is too much. I'm pretty sure Game of Thrones wouldn't exist if Peter Jackson hadn't made Lord of the Rings, but I'm also pretty sure that Lord of the Rings is a story of a scope that would be told better in TV-sized bits.

There is a lot of sillyness happening here, more obviously so after watching Jackson do it to the Hobbit too, I guess. Legolas-on-Oliphant action is one thing, but I don't actually think Rohirrim vs. Oliphant army was a whole lot better. There was a lot of pointless fighting going on here. Did we really need thirty minutes of Faramir going at Osgiliath? And Gollum jumping Frodo and Sam at Mt. Doom's doorstep, FFS.

In general, there was a lot of moments being blown out of proportions that didn't need to be - see Pippin with the palantir for the prime example, compared to the book. I just feel that a lot of those things would've been more, well, believable if they hadn't been so obviously dramatic when in the book they weren't.

I find it more annoying than I thought I would to revisit Jackson's films and be reminded about how he pretty much turned Merry and Pippin into one singularity. It's expected, I guess, but good God: Merry is the smart one out of all four of them, yet his first appearance in the film is to utter "no no, the big one!" while he and Pippin are filching Gandalf's fireworks. I'm also none too fond about the, uh, modernisation of Sam and Frodo's relationship. I don't like Sam a whole lot in the films in general. I'm oddly not bothered by the doe-eyed youngster Frodo - I guess Wood just makes it work. It bears some comparison to the BBC radio drama, particularly at the point where he starts ordering Gollum around. It might be that I'm subconsciously doing some Ian Holm = Bilbo thing in my head, but goddamn was that weird to listen to.

Legolas and Gimli: Ugh. Legolas lost his merry ways to become Aragorn's BFF, Gimli was reduced to comic relief.
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
This is so pointless, but we're all fools for love.

Magic Kaito 1412 is an adaptation of a late eightes/early nineties manga of the same name. It is mostly interesting today because its protagonist would become a ridiculously popular recurring character in the much more famous Detective Conan. Magic Kaito 1412 tells his story as it is told in the little-known manga, and as it is not told in Conan.

Gentleman thief shenanigans and how it probably won't be worth your time )
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I initially felt like I should watch it again before I did opinions Unfortunately, it did not invite to instant re-watch, like some Ghibli films have. It's got a lot in common with Only Yesterday, in that aspect: For being one of the most profound films I have ever seen, it was storywise uneventful.

But fascinating, and never boring. And I stayed home from work due to a bad cold. )

Analysis BS because it's there )
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I refuse to be the person who told that you X was a good anime, but one thing that struck me as odd about it was how quickly it went by: it was a good twenty-four episodes, and yet they all felt so short even though the show for all intents and purposes was ridiculous. Fine, I binge-watched it in good company, but still: if it wasn't at least good at what it was doing, we wouldn't have been able to spend two days doing that.

Compare The Galaxy Railways, which at twenty-four episodes took me - what, a year and a half of on-and-off watching to finish?

All I needed to know about the Leijiverse I learned from Interstella, and so should you )
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
I read Blue Is The Warmest Colour and got into thinking about the whole thing with first person POV in comics, because it seems to be such a... kinda contradictory thing? The purpose of first person narration IS the extreme intimacy and subjectivity of hearing a story from a character's mouth, yet the comic as a medium necessarily robs us of that subjectivity by also giving us a view of the action that is only limited by the panel's focus.

You don't get to see a comic through a character's eyes because comics can't do the handheld camera bullshit and even film long since realised that an entire film emulating someone's POV would kill the audience

Anyway, I went over and did the count.


STATUS OF MY SHELVES, CA. NOW:

Maus (biography, ca. mid-seventies to mid eighties?): First person voice past (the father telling of his story) and present (Spiegelman's reflections upon his re-telling of it)

Hugo Tate (fiction, roughly nineteen eighties): First person voice used in journal entries and letters to friends and family that are so self-centred that they obviously are just journal entries in disguise (that is: present)

Odilou (fiction, mid-eighties to mid nineties?): First person voice present

Palestine (documentary, early to mid nineties): First person voice present

Understanding comics (documentary, mid nineties): First person voice present

Strangers in Paradise (fiction, mid-nineties to late noughties): First person voice of various characters, on different occasions, present except for in the epilogue

Persepolis, Embroideres (autobiography, early noughties): First person voice retrospective

Blankets (autobiography, mid-noughties): First person voice retrospective

Daisy Kutter - The Last Train (fiction, mid-noughties): First person, but sparingly used and mainly seems to substitute thought bubbles; retrospective in the epilogue

Elfquest: The Searcher and the Sword (fiction, late noughties): First person voice retrospective

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (fiction, late noughties): First person voice used in diary entries read within a frame story

Herr Merz (biography, coupla years ago): First person voice used by quoting letters and other writings on the subject

Are You My Mother? (biography/autobiography, coupla years ago): First person voice present



Very quick thoughts to this:
- Documentary is overrepresented, with well over half of the titles here being either non-fiction or lightly fictionalised real events (Maus, Persepolis, Blankets)

- Mainstream comics are also underrepresented, with only three titles whose open and stated goal is to be light and entertaining instead of some degree of "deep" (Daisy Kutter, SiP and that Elfquest one). The rest of them do clearly have various degrees of special audience that does not include the normal comic-reading lot. More telling about my comic tastes than anything, I guess: the non-artsy-fartsy titles are all independent.

- The topic-oriented documentaries on my list (Maus, Palestine, Herr Merz) dwell, to a surprising degree, on the artist's struggle with telling the story. Seriously: How often do you see documentary films, far less non-fictional book, that spend a good third of the story detailing how the documentarist is being torn about the topic they're uncovering? Understanding Comics is the one exception, but that one's more like a textbook anyway.

- Palestine and Understanding Comics are the only titles on this list that ultimately isn't focused on the life of one human being.



One interesting thing to note is that the only time I've found first person narration used in manga would be in four of the stories in Kaoru Mori's Anything and Something, all short and two of them instances of a one-sided conversation between a fictive, off-screen part through whose eyes the story is seen, and the on-screen, speaking part. This is probably where someone should comment on the creepy thing with this being scantily-clad women speaking indirectly to the reader of seinen manga, but that someone won't be me because Kaori Mori so very clearly loves women for something else than their butts even if she does have a thing for bunny suits.

Free! 2.0

Oct. 26th, 2014 04:39 pm
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Free! has a really banal plot: will swimming prodigy Rin make up with his childhood friends? There's only one possible ending to a story like that.

This also left it wide open for a sequel, because sure, why not make another twelve episodes about dreams and friendship and handsome boys who spend 60% of their screentime in skintight swimsuits? It's not like it was the clever plot that made people watch the first season either.

Let's talk about the failures and successes of that ambition, at absurd length )
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I watched Weiss Kreuz, mostly just to cross it off the list. And in conclusion: it has the makings of something that could be a truly awesome guilty pleasure thing. It could've stood as an interesting precursor to Death Note. It could've been a mass-marketing franchise - well, I guess it was, in its time? But sadly, it's too overwhelmingly awful to get even close to that potential. I've read AU fanfic that writes Weiss Kreuz ten times better than Weiss Kreuz is written.

That said, I watched all of it in less than a week without having to force myself to, and hey, if you want to familiarise yourself with one of the staples of the late nineties anime, I might as well tell you what to expect so that you won't get your hopes up. But the thing is, I think I might've liked it better than I want to admit, because dear lord did this get long.

It's super awful unless you're smack in the middle of Free!'s target group, in which case it MIGHT be merely 'pretty bad' )

And then the irony of it it all: you should just skip straight to the sequel. Maybe. )

Find a drinking game and watch Weiss Kreuz drunk, and then you can watch Glühen sober? I don't know. In the end, I didn't regret watching it. Hell, I might even watch it again some day if I seriously haven't got anything better to do. I don't doubt that the fandom might've been awesome.

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