type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
The fact that Goodreads has a reading challenge at all is proof that for a not inconsiderable amount of us, reading isn't just pleasure, but some variety of self-improvement project that's enough of a duty to be something we procrastinate about.

For some of us, of course, the question isn't the action of reading, but of reading the right things. I'll be the first person to admit that there's fic out there that have a lot more literary qualities than most of the what's given the best shelf space in physical bookstores around me, but that's no excuse for reading it instead of the truly good stuff you'll find in your library. The fact that you find the occasional gem on some old LJ account doesn't make up for the fact that fanfic is an extremely conservative genre what form and content concerns. It doesn't hurt anyone to read something that will surprise you, and in my personal case, there's that whole bit about all the classics of some three different literary traditions that I feel I should be familiar with beyond having classes on them.

I'm currently torn on whether or not I should add the No. 6 novels to my reading list on Goodreads.

The answer should be given, really: they're proper novels that have been published in some three different formats and were adopted into two other media. They're individually short and written for a young audience, but they're real books with ISBN numbers and stuff. They're as "real literature" as it gets.

But the part of me that rates my literary experience on whether or not it was at least deemed worthy of being published by a real publishing house at some point (just liek fifty shades!!!!11) keeps on insisting that it's cheating, because

1) I'm reading unofficial translations of unverifiable quality
2) I probably wouldn't have gone looking for them if I hadn't seen the anime and really liked it, meaning that
3) My motivation for reading this pretty much equals fanfic, and thanks to the notably literal feeling of the translations and how I'm already familiar with an adaptation, the reading experience is likewise a case of "well I'm not here for the pretty prose anyway"
(Bonus: 4) They're really short and adding all nine of them would feel like using comics and plays what the reading challenge concerns - it doesn't count if you can finish it off in one afternoon)

Who knew I had such staunch moral standards for my consumption of prose fiction. Certainly not me.
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I've been on the internet since 2000; this story is not even close to the most effed up erotica I've encountered. I've... read some manga. I'm not entirely surprised that it was picked up by a professional publisher. I will admit that I didn't expect it to be animated, but well - it's Japan.

What I did not expect was to find it dubbed to German.

I can only agree with one of the commenters over at YT: If I were one of the VAs, I'd spend more time crying from laughter on the floor than on reading my lines. Because this? This is exactly what the title tells you that it is, and of course I had to watch it.

I guess I should tell you all about it, huh. )
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I totally didn't just spend twenty minutes going through the Elfquest online archives trying to find that one AU ten thousand years into the future where they totally do this in order to find recognised couples.

Wonder if this was a deliberate shout-out or crazy coincidence.
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
Just head over to tumblr for

1. My thoughts on ep. 12

2. Some ramblings on Yuri's thing with Yuko and one of the ways they wasted a metric ton of potential

3. Running commentary on episode 8-11, while drunk

But in summary: I liked the ending well enough, but this anime is a mess and nowhere as good as the people are screaming it is
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 )

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