October 30, 2014

Post Forthcoming

Was originally going to add my next Tenchi post tonight, but I lost the post and I have to retype the whole thing.  My fault really.  I really should type these things up in notepad or something and then post them up here.  So...yeah, tomorrow maybe?  Should be Sunday at the latest. 

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October 27, 2014

No need for clever titles! A look at Tenchi Muyo: Part 1

So...Tenchi Muyo...anyone remember Tenchi Muyo?  I do.  And that is because Tenchi Muyo is fucking awesome. 

Anyway, up until the last couple of weeks I hadn't actually watched Tenchi since back in High School when it was on the Toonami roster so what...twelve/thirteen years ago?  Well, I had watched the movies more recently than that but it has probably been at least five or six years since the last time I had seen them.  Also, I had never seen the completion of the OVAs.  Which...yeah, after having seen OVA 3...okay, not really missing anything there.  Still, either I had forgotten how much I loved Tenchi in the past or, more likely, I simply like it more than I did before.  Whether that is because something about it speaks to me more now that I'm older or simply nostalgia I can't say for sure, although I think it is likely a combination of both. 

I'm just kind of rambling here because I'm not quite sure where to begin,  But I guess, I'll go ahead and return to my old three tier grading scheme and take it from there.  Various spoilers of various severity in the reviews.
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October 22, 2014

A quick note.

The Doctor Who episode "Kill the Moon" is the stupidest thing I've ever seen.

That is all. 

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October 20, 2014

Well, this is strange.

Have you ever been on the internet and found your old blog that you haven't updated in three years, and been like: 'Hey, I want to do something with this?' 

Well, I haven't.  Actually what happened is I have started collecting the Tenchi series (So far the three OVA series and the Tenchi Universe series).  I started watching them (So far the OVAs...going to start on Universe after I finish this post) and it made me somewhat nostalgic and I happened to think of this place and my top anime females list and wondered if this was still a thing.  So...yeah.  Over the course of the the upcoming weeks, I'm going to make one last attempt at reviving this even though I am certain that absolutely no one will read this.  Who knows, convincing myself to update a blog periodically may get me in the habit of writing again, and I may actually get around to finishing that novel I'm 60,000 words into. 

Upcoming are posts on Tenchi.  Possibly also post something on Log Horizon.  Maybe I'll do something about the Dallas Cowboys surprising success so far this year, and maybe some thoughts on Rangers baseball.  I never really had a thought on what this blog was supposed to be, and apparently that is going to continue. 

Random update:  Oh, and it looks like at least some of the blogs I used to read when I was around this neck of the internet are still around.  I might have to check in on them again. 

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August 31, 2011

Upcoming posts:

There were a couple of animes that I watched while I was away from this blog.

I'll do a brief post for each, likely in the next few days. 

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August 13, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

Finally saw it tonight.  And it was pretty good.  I don't know that I enjoyed it quite as much as Thor.  This despite Captain America being better paced, better written and despite it feeling like it had more of a point. The main difference is that whereas Chris Hemsworth was amazing as Thor, Chris Evans was merely good as Steve Rogers.  In nearly every other way Captain America was superior, and yet in the end it just isn't enough.

I will draw particular attention to Peggy Carter being a far more entertaining character than Jane Foster.  That's not the fault of Natalie Portman who I honestly feel was doing well with a character who felt poorly written to me. 

And although I am kind of looking forward to The Avengers…I actually kind of wish that instead Captain America and Thor were actually just getting their own sequels. I think it is entirely too possible that the movie will just be too busy. I do not see any conceivable way that each of the characters can get the treatment they deserve.

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August 06, 2011

Catherine

So, yeah, I got Catherine Tuesday (the same day I picked up Seven Samurai), and I finished it Thursday. 

I have never in my life played a harder game.  Now, I admit, I'm not great at puzzle games, but I have never before felt the need to put a game on easy, which I did for Catherine after stage 3.  On easy, well, most of the regular levels were too simple, being no challenge whatsoever, but a few of the bosses were still fairly difficult.  But once I had it on easy I stayed consistently right at 99 retries remaining.  I wish that there would have been a difficulty setting between easy and normal. 

Story wise, I enjoyed the game.  I identified with the main character mainly because of one thing; neither of us really have much drive in our lives.  I don't want to go all emo again, like I was the last time I put posts up on this blog, because that's really not me.  But the game did make me somewhat sad about the direction of my own life, since I think the odds of a supernatural event convincing me to finally start to make the effort to get my life moving is relatively low.  However, as much as I enjoyed the story overall, I was a little dissatisfied with the way that things shook down with the ending I got.  Mostly, certain revelations came out of nowhere with little provocation, and things just kinda fell into place in odd ways.  I don't want to say much more than that as to avoid spoilers, since I really do recommend the game for those who can handle the frustrations of it's absurd difficultly.  And despite my complaints about how the ending (I wonder how many endings there are in this game--is it just one for each girl or are there more?) came together, it did end in a satisfying place. 

I probably won't play through it all the way again, unless I end up deciding that I have to reclaim my gamer card by going back through and beating it on normal.  I will likely never see any of the other endings.  Like I said, the one I got finished in a satisfying place.  

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Utena re-release?!

I just saw that Revolutionary Girl Utena is getting re-released.  The first two box sets are out now, and I'm just going to go ahead and order them.  I'm a little disappointed that it isn't getting a Blu-Ray release since I'm trying to stick to Blu-Ray purchases (although I did get a DVD copy of Seven Samurai the other day).  Still, that is totally awesome.  I mean, I still have all of my DVDs, but still to have new box sets will be totally awesome. 

I'm just babbling, but fuck yeah!  Utena! 


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July 14, 2011

Alright, I'm going to try and revive this blog.

I have no idea what I have to say, or what I'm going to talk about.  But, well, I'll figure something out maybe. 

Maybe. 

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February 12, 2010

Gah, I haven't posted in awhile...

Don't really have anything to say now, either, just putting some kind of post up.

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October 04, 2009

Death Note (Live Action) Pt. 2: Light

This is so driving me crazy.  I can't even get enough of a post up to get my thoughts on L and Light up in one post.  Oh well

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September 30, 2009

Death Note (Live Action) Pt. 1

I actually had no interest in Death Note initially.  It just did not seem that it would be terribly interesting to me.  But my roommate put the Death Note live action movie on in the living room while I was out there.  I was sick at the time, and for some reason my room was making me feel a little claustrophobic, which was a new experience for me, so I just stayed in the living room figuring I would just go to sleep and it would not be an issue.  However, something about the show hooked me, and not only did I stay awake, I watched it largely fascinated.

Death Note is a good anime to be done live action.  There are almost no special effects and none of the big fight scenes that tend to show up in a lot of anime.  The only special effects there are the shinigami, and I thought they were handled very well in the live action.  The actors do a good job with their roles, and I have no complaints there (not even after now having seen the anime also).

Actual observations with spoilers in the next post.

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Those Death Note Posts:

Okay, since I cannot get the longer posts to go up, I'll put it up in smaller pieces.
And no, I don' know why the posts won't go up.  It has to be the crappy internet connection at this house.  There are just some sites that won't work properly.

Next post will be how I got to watching Death Note.

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September 27, 2009

Finished: Maburaho

Middle Tier:  And very near the bottom of the middle tier.  I just read Steven den Beste's review, and this is one of the few times I'll agree pretty much whole heartedly with him.

His review: http://denbeste.nu/Chizumatic/reviews/Maburaho.shtml

The show had potential at first, but squandered it with all the issues that he mentioned.  The only thing that saves this show from being bottom tier is Rin.  I do really like her, and she'll probably debut on some later version of my favorite anime females. She is so socially awkward, but she is very sweet.  And though she looks flat when dressed, she's got probably the best figure of the girls in the show.  Kuriko's breasts are larger, not the too huge of some characters or some shows, but still larger than my ideal. 

By the way, I do still want to get those Death Note posts up.

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September 20, 2009

Cowboys lose

And two people are responsible.  Tony Romo and Jason Garrett.  Fuck them both.

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September 18, 2009

Testing

My first Death Note post refuses to go up.  Fortunately I have it saved on my computer.  I'll get it to work eventually.

But this works.

...are you freaking serious?

I do not understand why this post went up, but the Death Note post won't. Is there a timeout or something on the network before the post uploads?  The internet access has been shit at this house the whole time.  That isn't even including the times it has been fucked up completely.  Fuck.

Seriously, this is starting to piss me off.  I'm sure it isn't this site.  It has got to be the crappy internet access as a whole.  I'll try again later.  Maybe I'll have more success.

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Finished: Black Cat

Middle tier:  Black Cat was a largely entertaining, fun show with enjoyable characters.  But it could have been better than that.  The show simply does not take itself as seriously as its subject matter suggests it should be.  It is too lighthearted for much of what happens.  Not that that means everything necessarily works.  Creed utterly fails as a villain.  He is so far beyond bat-shit insane that he often fails to be a threat.  But he is the main thing that fails.  Otherwise, it is a pretty entertaining show. 

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Internet again

Internet again...sorta.  I tried to post my opinion on Black Cat earlier but failed.  I'll try to rewrite the post later. 

Upcoming posts include (if the internet will oblige):
Black Cat
Death Note (Live Action)
Death Note (Anime)

I do actually have some things to say about each of them so maybe I can actually work up more than my usual half of a paragraph posts.

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September 04, 2009

Ah My Goddess

Thanks to Ubu, I had to find my copy of the Ah My Goddess movie and watch it again. 

I don't have much to say except it is a very pretty show.

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August 26, 2009

Finished: Noein

So I have internet again.  Yay. 

Noein: Middle tier- I enjoyed Noein the whole way through, but nothing stands out as really exceptional except the visuals.  Noein is a very pretty show, and it has, I think, the best looking CG I have seen in an anime. 

Oh, and I like Atori.  He's probably my favorite character.  But even he isn't all that great.  Just a solid show.  Not bad.  Not amazing.

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