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The last few days have been eventful and productive, media-wise. I went to see the Welcome to Night Vale live show "Ghost Stories" on Friday night in LA, and it was great. The weather guest was Erin McKeown, who provided the weather for the most recent episode of the podcast. She played that song ("The Queer Gospel") as well as several others. I decided that I really like her music. She has a good voice, but what I really appreciate is the lyrics of her songs. Just that night, she played songs about LGBTQ self-love and acceptance, immigration, and the beauty and wonder of living the creative life.

The show itself... Spoilers because it was so good )

On Saturday, I watched the first few episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix. I'm on episode six, and it's really great so far. I wasn't even alive in the majority of the 80s, but it really hits the nostalgia spot. I also watched the Fellowship of the Rings movie for the first time ever and fell in love with it. It was very well done, and it made me fall in love with the story all over again. It's kind of a shame that I didn't see these movies when they originally came out, but I'm trying desperately not to be pop culture illiterate anymore.

Speaking of which, I also watched Moulin Rouge for the first time ever this weekend. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't so convinced by the insta-love. I didn't really connect to the characters as much as I thought I should. On the other hand, I just loved the fact that Kylie Minogue and Placido Domingo were the fairy and the man in the moon respectively. Watching it reminded me a lot of Phantom of the Opera, and I suppose that both musicals have a lot of crossover appeal. I guess that it's partially that same operatic form of storytelling as Moulin Rouge has elements of La Boheme, La Traviata, and Orpheus in the Underworld. Aside from the fact that they both take place in France, they both involve creative types putting on a show and a musical within a musical. One of the characters unexpectedly takes the place of another on stage a la "The Point of No Return." Plus, both musicals begin in the future when all the action is over and done with and tell the story in flashback. Come to think of it, I bet they have a lot in common if I were to sit down and think about it some more.

So, in short, I became less pop culture illiterate this weekend. It's nice not living under a rock for a change.

I also watched Toonami on Satruday evening. I love how it has become a fixture of my week again. Not since the days of Yu Yu Hakusho have I been so eager to catch every episode. I think it'f fitting that Hunter x Hunter is the main reason why since they were both created by Yoshihiro Togashi. I've meant to check out Hunter x Hunter for years, but it's on Toonami now and all of those teenage feelings are coming flooding back. The team dynamics remind me a lot of those from the main cast of YYH. Kurapika is my obvious favorite, and I'm getting all kinds of Kurama flashbacks from him. My second favorite is probably Leorio, but they all have their own charm. Somone once said that if you liked the puzzle-like parts of the Maze Castle arc in YYH, you would also want to check out Hunter x Hunter. I will say that the Hunter Exams are definitely giving me a distinct Maze Castle type vibe.

That pretty much covers everything except my reading and writing habits, but that can wait for another time. I also got a new mattress on Saturday, so that's something too.


Jul. 10th, 2016 12:19 pm
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I was up half the night reading a Night Vale fic. I can't even remember the last time that I was so addicted to a fic. I'm guessing it was back in my POTO fandom days because I don't think I've read anything as long since then. This one was over 50K, and IMHO, Cecil was a little OOC in parts, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it. I read all of the available chapters, but it's a WIP, so I'll probably be reading it for time to come.

Fic Under here )

Despite being up late, I managed to miss Hunter x Hunter twice on Toonami. Unfortunately, I had to go out and eat Mexican food with family at the time I would normally watch it. I just decided to wait until it is rerun instead of recording it. I have really been enjoying it for the past few weeks, though. The dynamics between the characters are really starting to remind me of YYH, which is always a good thing.
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I can't even recall the last time that I finished an anime, but I'm guessing that it must have been years ago. The one that comes to mind is Deadman Wonderland--another short series--but I can't even remember. I checked MyAnimeList, but I never even updated that to show that I finished FMA: Brotherhood. D: I don't think Durara is even on there!

At any rate, I spent the last two days binging Madoka Magica. That's not saying much because it's only twelve half-hour episodes long. However, that was just the right length to encourage me to scarf it up like dark magical girl candy. I finished it late last night and immediately hopped over to TV Tropes to see what others had thought. Naturally, I have some thoughts I'd like to share. Spoilers )

Was it worth the hype? Yes, I think so, and I am glad to finally know what everyone was talking about. It only took me five years to do so, but I'm just happy to be watching anime again. When I have more time, I want to read fic for this. I feel like I could have more to say if I think about it more. I have the movies to watch as well.
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My presence on the web has been almost nonexistent as of late. Sure, I'll pop in every now and then to answer a writer's block question or post a status update on facebook, but overall, my online activity has severely dimininished. Life has neen uncommonly complicated and troubling
for awhile now. Fortunately, it seems the bright side has revealed itself! I could be in college before this year is through. So, why don't I take these quiet moments while cat-sitting to illuminate what my life has been like for the last year or so? After all it has been many moons since this journal has seen a proper update! :3

yes, I am cat-sitting for my aunt's old neighbors. This means staying at their house with my grandmother to keepthe kitties from getting lonely while their owners are in Europe. It is the ideal time to focus on my reading, but I haven't even felt up To that now. Staying with the cats is a definite plus, though! I just hope that I can feel good enough to enjoy my little vacation before it ends.

I appreciate this little vacation very much because my own travelling has decreased. Don't get me wrong, I still love to travel, but this is not a good time. I will admit that I miss the anime cons. I still want to attend them and even cosplay for once, but I foresee less chances for that in the near future. I doubt I will attend many cons outside of California anytime soon.

I seem to be remarking about change a lot, but some things have stayed the same in good ways. Although anime is no longer my priority or greatest obsession, I still find myself in love with the medium. I think that, besides writing, anime is the one art form that expresses my inner self best. I can’t think of a day when that style of art or storytelling won’t appeal to me. Moreover, I’ve been getting into FMA: Brotherhood big time! It’s such a treat to have adventures in the world of alchemy with the Elrics again. Out of all the anime I’ve watched, this story seems to take place in the world I like most. It’s encouraging to know that this world can still be so enthralling that it takes my breath away. I hope to talk more on this subject at a later date.

I also got back into Inuyasha! :D Yes, the endless sage still holds fascination for me. I won’t deny that a good chuck of that fascination comes in the form of one Sesshomaru. I think I might like him more than I did when I first watched Inuyasha all the years ago. Not that I was ever too disdainful of his type of character back then, but he suits my tastes even better than before. I should probably turn to the manga instead, but I’ve just been watching Adult Swim’s reruns for the time being. Anyway, I hope to finally watch all of the original anime and get my hands on the Final Act as well!

In other news, I’ve been focusing on reading more than anytime in recent memory. This is ideal because reading provides a comfort for me like nothing else. What’s more, it is a great help to spark my imagination for my own writing. There is nothing quite like finding someone who tells the stories that seem to come right out of my own dreams. I have a dishearteningly long list of books that I should read, and I want to get through all the classics eventually. I had a nice schedule worked out for this year, but I’ve only managed to conquer Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, and Twilight. The latter modern offering was obviously gobs of fan girlish delight, but I get annoyed with myself for liking ti when I think about it too much. There is really not enough that I can say about Jane Eyre besides this: it deserves its own entry, and I am still kicking myself for missing the chance to see the 2011 movie adaptation in theaters. As for Sense and Sensibility, I prefer the movie version! I never thought I’d say that, but I’m afraid that Jane Austen’s writing is just not my cup of tea. I do like her, but I doubt that I can rave about her the way that every other girl can. I don’t see enough of myself in her work, especially when you consider the story and character of Jane Eyre. I want to finish off the rest of her works sometime soon and return to them at a later date to see if my opinion has changed. Until then, I will search for what I’m looking for in the writing of other authors.

In the end, I recognize that life can and will improve. Still, I feel everything is in a very precarious situation right now. One mishap could set me back seven years. The only defense against this is to be ready and to trust…


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