Apparently Kyoko has been getting even more awesome roles recently.
SO! Does anybody think that the most recent ~55 chapters are a good use of my time around now?
(Er, sorry if anybody has trouble trudging through those sentences.)
I don't know; have I gone entirely off the reservation here? I just want to make sure I have not in fact been driven insane on the nails of my own inborn asceticism or something.
(Something weird happened with my journal so I've had to do this post twice. I don't know what exactly but the formatting was odd.)
I've been out of the loop.
Anything I should do to prepare my ass before watching the last two episodes of Doctor Who season fnarg+1?
What's been going on with everyone? How are we?
So, does this idea sound interesting to anybody? I'd probably start writing it around early September, when I get back from my family's road trip and knock off an original short story idea that I have.
- Current Mood: working
WORSE THAN I FEARED IT COULD POSSIBLY BE DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THIS SHIT.
So. Altena is gone. Chloe is gone (or warped into an unrecognisable straight caricature of herself called Alice, it's not really clear where in the development process that came in). Mireille is (1) straight, (2) ten years older than Kirika, (3) MARRIED, and (4) apparently involved with at least a few men who aren't the bullshit generic male lead she's married to. Also she has Altena's backstory for some reason even though there's no Altena. Kirika is also straight. Milosh, remember him? That weary old Foreign Legion vet who just wanted to forget and paint pictures and who befriended Kirika because he liked her watercolours? Well here he is her age and her boyfriend, to whom she loses her virginity and who she then kills in a jealous rage (Kirika is a lot more of a nutcase than she is in the real version). The whole thing is set in the sixties, God only knows why exactly. The Soldats have been completely changed; they replaced the white terrorists with their own weird cult in the Pyrenees with brown terrorists from the Middle East (CLASSY). The script excerpts in general (you have to pay for them in that link, but they were posted on 4chan) are absolutely awful, like a cross between All-Star Batman and Robin-era Frank Miller and one of the more unwatchable Roger Moore 007 flicks.
As somebody on /u/ said:
'The core concept of Noir is how two women who are essentially completely alone and only barely connected to society manage to find some glimmer of light in their otherwise utterly dark lives....I may even go so far as to suggest that shit like this is going to destroy what made Noir Noir.'
I am not a happy camper about this fuckery.
This is probably my favourite show of the year so far since Madoka Magica finished up. The past six or so episodes have been especially good--for a while the show was kind of aimlessly trying out different tones and genera between episodes in a way that was fun to watch but didn't really leave much of an impression, particularly after the promise of the first episode and a half or so. But later on it became clear that all that was to connect us to the characters so that when the heart-wrenching drama that we were promised starts up in full force, it doesn't seem maudlin. It also helps that the show keeps its sense of humour. The episode before the most recent one was a fairly serious look at the relationship between two characters who had until that point been to a great extent pretty much jokes, but it was still hilarious, because Enishi and Takako remain absolutely ridiculous people even when their issues are played seriously. But you care about them qua ridiculous people by this point, so the episode works in the dramatic as well as the comedic arena. Another example is when the main character's mother, who's fairly one-note initially, gets some major character development. This works well as a herald of the show kicking into higher gear precisely because this character wasn't originally the sort of character you'd expect the type of development for that ends up happening. The only problem is that you do have to sit through ten or so episodes worth of stuff that might not be interesting (I actually liked the early part of the show but a lot of people didn't and it's obviously nowhere near as good as where it's been going more recently). Probably there would have been some better way to do this buildup if somebody had looked hard enough for it earlier in the going, but as it is Hanasaku Iroha is coming to stand as a very good understated drama that never throws comedy out the window.
This may well be in the running for 'biggest disappointment of 2011 so far'. Not because it's a bad show by any means, but because for the first nine-tenths of the first episode it looks like we'll be getting a hitherto nonexistent genre--basically 'This is Spinal Tap with cute idol singers'--which seems pretty relevant to my interests, but then at the end of the episode they introduce a generic male lead (he doesn't even get a name) and it turns into 'haremshit with unusually endearing characters'. The loss of the mockumentary aspect is actually even more annoying than the completely unnecessary male character (Ritsuko would have been a perfectly fine producer for the girls) and I considered dropping the show. I'm actually glad I didn't, though, because while it's haremshit in the broad sense it's not haremshit in the sense of the girls fawning over their producer for no discernible reason. I'm having fun watching the dynamics between the idols and the producer isn't actually a bad character (he's really almost a nonentity, which is on the other hand part of what makes it so annoying that he's there. The director of the show said that he didn't want to have a male producer character and in fact promised that there wouldn't be one, but then the production company or the televison station or some focus group or something forced him to put one in anyway, because as great as a lot of the artsy stuff that comes out of Japan is, the country's mainstream is just as moronic and tasteless as the mainstream anywhere else). My favourite character is probably Chihaya, because she's basically me in terms of her attitude to this whole asinine business she's in (Creepy frog puppet mascot on a variety show: 'You're not very good at banter, are you?' Chihaya: *glaaaaaaaare*). I'd gladly watch a show that was just 'Chihaya tries to make it in a completely stupid industry (with interludes with Haruka, Takane, Hibiki, Ritsuko, and the resident yuri fangirl Otonashi)'.
I have nothing cogent to say about this so far except for (1) HE'S BACK, (2) Ringo is a total creeper and I kind of love her a lot, (3) Himari/Ringo is relevant to my interests, and (4) SEIZON SENRYAKUUUUU!!!!!!!!!
- Current Mood: irritated
I'm still reading A Dance with Dragons. Ramsay Bolton needs to die a horrible screaming death, preferably at either Stannis's hands or (somehow, not sure how exactly this would go) Arya's. Speaking of Stannis, he is actually pretty awesome in a terrifying way. Also awesome is Davos. And Lord Manderly. And Bran and Meera and Jojen. In fact the entire North plotline is full of awesome people.
Dany's lust for what's-his-name continues to be so tiresome. I like the Essos plotline okay but honestly if this is how Essos is going to go I could just as soon read a whole book about the North and wait for Dany to just show up on Dragonstone after doing whatever. I don't see where this is going. I want Tyrion to go to Braavos, not Meereen. I'm actually enjoying what's going on with Victarion, so I'd like more of the Iron Fleet and less of some Dornishman who to the best of my recollection we'd never seen hide nor hair of until this book.
It's almost a hundred degrees Fahrenheit here. The Stark house words are seeming less like a warning and more like a promise that I'd like to hold them to.
That is roughly the sound I was making starting about eighteen or nineteen minutes into the first episode of Mawaru Penguindrum and continuing through the second.
Ikuhara, you crazy-ass diamond bastard, welcome back.
The last book I finished was Shizuko's Daughter, by Mori Kyoko. I liked it a lot, and cried throughout to be honest, though I wish that a particular character had been a different sex. If you have read the book you will probably be able to guess who I mean. If not, it would be a spoiler. I'm currently reading The Snow-Image by Hawthorne, a Flannery O'Connor collection, and A Dance with Dragons. I'm going to start on Time and the Other by Levinas soon.
So I guess what I'm saying is more paid time would be a really nice present and I'd appreciate it a lot. Sorry if I'm out of line~
With the impending release of A Dance with Dragons, I have a few things I'd just like to clear up.
- Am I the only person who loves Sansa Stark?
- Am I the only person who loves Catelyn Tully Stark?
- Am I the only person who not only hates Petyr Baelish and Euron Greyjoy but does not find them interesting at all?
- Am I the only person who wishes that we could see slightly less of
Arya Cat of the CanalsWesterosi Mattie Ross (though not NONE of her, since I do like her) and more of Bran and the Reeds (particularly Meera, whom I adore)?
- Am I the only person who wants to know considerably more about the children of the forest/giants/wildlings/et cetera, beyond just their interactions with the Night's Watch and the Seven Kingdoms?
Because somehow, I've never really noticed very much of any of these sentiments. The idea that Littlefinger's motivations are those of an interesting character is particularly baffling. He reminds me of the villain in the first Peter Wimsey book.
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I'm actually pretty upset about this. I really hope it's in my room somewhere.
Title: Mireille and Kirika’s Magical [Possibly Poisoned] Mystery Tour
Pairing/characters: Mireille Bouquet/Yuumura Kirika
Disclaimer: I do not own Noir or any aspect of Noir except for a set of the DVDs.
Prompt: Noir: Mireille/Kirika: The Soldats taught her everything about death, but nothing about what it means that she loves another woman.
Summary: Kirika explores some gaps in her knowledge, and her heart and other areas of her body ache a little.
Notes: Some cleaning-up of the text by the always amazing judamacaby .
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Somebody please hold me...
*The last one is Nanci Griffith and Emmylou Harris singing, but that is because the entire point of 'Across the Great Divide' is that Wolf was on death's door and knew it when she wrote it...She reminds me of a cross between Higuchi Ichiyo and Stan Rogers. And there are no words for how tragic that concept is.
Title: To the World of Love
Fandom: RPF (See-Saw)
Pairing/characters: Ishikawa Chiaki/Kajiura Yuki
Disclaimer: I do not own Ishikawa Chiaki or Kajiura Yuki. Slavery is illegal in Japan. You may also treat the ladies here as fictional characters with the same names and professional histories, since I don't claim to know the specifics of Yuki and Chiaki's personalities beyond things like 'they are very close' and 'Yuki is said to be capital S-T-R-A-N-G-E strange'.
Prompt: RPF – See-Saw: There's a reason all the anime they do songs for are yuri…
Summary: Yuki winds up Chiaki out of love when Chiaki expresses concerns about the…blatantness of their choice of subject matter.
I have to say, it's a little weird thinking about a piece of fiction whose title begins 'A Good Man' without mentally filling in 'Is Hard to Find'. I've been on a bit of a Flannery O'Connor binge lately, since I raved about her to a friend the other day in a discussion of good vs. bad books we had to read in elementary/middle/high school (it felt a bit awkward for me, being from New England, to be raving about O'Connor to somebody actually from the South, but at least she's marginally more universal than, say, Faulkner). But I digress.
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'Let's Kill Hitler' is, I have a distinct suspicion, going to be an incredibly sick and twisted episode. That's the most amazing title for the second half of such a dramatic two-parter I've ever heard. In fact, that's one of the most amazing titles I've ever heard, up there with 'You Can't Be Any Poorer than Dead' and 'Legend of the Legendary Heroes'. Let's just bask in the sheer kickasstacularness of that title for a while, shall we?
- Current Mood: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Pairing/characters: Kranosuke and Tsukimi
Prompt: 'Kuragehime : Kuranosuke, Just because he crossdresses, it doesn't mean he wants to be a woman. His identity is more complicated than that.'
Summary: Kuranosuke is upset; Tsukimi wonders why; conversation about the habits of ziphonophores ensues.
Author's notes: Many, many thanks to my lovely beta and friend judamacaby .
Disclaimer: If Kuragehime was my intellectual property, Chieko would be a secret agent and Jiji would be in a relationship with Bob Balaban's character from Gosford Park. Obviously this is not so. Feels bad, man.
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