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    Thursday, July 15th, 2010
    5:08 pm
     posting so LJ wouldn't blow up this account. lol
    Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
    5:20 pm
    Legend of the Galactic Heroes 11 & 12
    I really have to mention that I really like the OP when it's an Empire episode, Engrish singing notwithstanding; it's so melodramatic and really highlights the difference between the two nations.


    Episode 11 The Actress Exits

    More intrigue in the Imperial arena, with crazy former mistress trying to call Anna, Reinhard's sister. It's pretty much an indicator of the sort of society that exists in the Empire.

    Episode 12 The Imperial Invasion Plan

    Back to the Alliance, we see preparations for an invasion attempt, which by all indications is going to end badly - you can see all the foreshadowing happening on the screen. ^_^

    One of the things I love about this series is the humanity of it; good and bad people on both sides with equal amounts of idiocy; a fact which this episode highlights.

    Next time, another Empire episode.
    2:16 pm
    Legend of the Galactic Heroes 9-
    Back to the saga; damn projects keep piling up anyway so might as well take a break.

    Episode 9 The Klopstock Incident

    A nice little interlude about the sort of society the Empire and a look at the back story of the Goldenbaum Dynasty. A former supporter of one of the former princes of the Empire attempts an assassination attempt which is unwittingly foiled by a stomach ache and a lady fainting. ^_^

    Episode 10 Jessica's Fight

    Back to the Alliance as we see more asshole politics. Also, a return engagement for Jessica Edwards who manages to get elected this time around. This episode is more of a character episode than anything else as it looks at Yang's days in the War College and his friendship with Jean and Jessica.

    More entries to follow.
    Saturday, December 9th, 2006
    11:02 pm
    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
    8:49 am
    It's back!!!

    The Nippon World Animation Theater, a classic from my childhood that had a yearly tradition of animating an obscure European classic a year is back and is it back with a bang!

    They're doing Les Miserables! God, now that is something you won't see on American TV: an animated story of an escaped convict doing it good under a fascist regime -though judging from the title it will probably be more about Cossette who has more kawaii value than Prisoner 4601.
    Thursday, August 31st, 2006
    12:54 am
    Musashi #9: Full Metal Panic as a shoujo manga

    Shinozaki Kou, for all intents and purposes, is a normal Tokyo high school boy. The truth, however, is that he doesn't exist.

    "He" is actually a she - a secret agent for Ultimate Blue, the world's last line of defense from terrorists and rogue nations seeking to cause havoc all over the world.Her code name is Musashi; her designation number: 9 - one of the single digit agents - both human and non-human - of UB, agents with skill and power enough to affect worldwide events. She has been fighting the shadow war that lurks beneath the surface of international politics sine she was eight. She's only here in Tokyo to protect Tachibana Shingo.

    Tachibana Shingo is a normal Tokyo high school boy - until the day he got dragged into the world of international crime and espionage by accident. Only Nine's protection has saved him from death several times. He's the only person that know that his classmate in the private boy's school that he goes to is really a girl - a fact that has gotten him into trouble a few times. He is also her neighbor, since Ultimate Blue arranged it for her to protect him better.

    For the most part, the two face life-threatening situations on a semi-regular basis and have a multitude of problems between them.

    But there's two problems that stand out.

    The first problem is that he's in love with her.

    The other problem is, though Musashi #9 is a cold emotional machine at times, she is falling in love with him.

    This is their story.


    CMX manga's "Musashi #9" will probably be the only other manga I will buy from CMX other "Emma". It's a weird FMP like situation with Musashi being Sagara and Shingo being Chidori - except without the harisen smacking; Shingo settles for nervous breakdowns and screaming at his erstwhile protector when she does something crazy, like changing clothes alone with him or following him into the men's room.

    The art style is positively shojo - long limbs and thin frames. I kind of like that the heroine is not big breasted or wears revealing clothing - Musashi wears stylish clothes, both in and out of his male guise.

    I think I made it sound better than it is. Make no mistake, this is shojo and the action is not as good as a shonen manga; the primary focus of the series are the emotions and themes being presented, simplistic as they may be. There's no overarching plot; slice-of-life and occasional missions populate the series. It makes the series a bit disjointed but it still manages to rock, since it's still not there where the pay-off is; it's the emotional content that hits the jackpot.

    It's notexactly great - you can literally see the room for improvement in it, but hey, it's fun.

    I wouldn't exactly recommend it to anyone - if you couldn't get hooked by the first 2 books then you won't be hooked. But still, I like it and I think it deserves a few more fans out there.

    There are no scanlations of the series available so you'll have to really buy them.

    Anyway, try the series out and hopefully you'll like it.
    Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
    8:32 am
    Now why didn't they do this?
    Lurking around Wikipedia when I read up on Natarle from SEED. Here's what I found:

    In the above-mentioned game itself, there is an option to get an"alternate ending" to the TV series. While in Orb, the Heliopolis kids can opt to help Arnold Neumann with his little unrequited crush (on Natarle), by setting up certain situations throughout the ship to force Natarle and Neumann to spend significant amounts of time within close proximity of each other (as well as dropping hints about Neumann's feelings for her). If successful, this side-event will culminate in Neumann working up the nerve to confess to Natarle, with the latter returning his affections (although not in an overly emotional way).This alternate outcome affects the final scenarios of the game, wherein the point that Natarle orders Fllay Allster and the Dominion's crew to abandon ship following Murata Azrael's violent outburst, she quickly follows then before sealing the bridge doors locking Azrael inside(instead of the canon where she locks them both in). Then in a transmission from her escape pod, Natarle gives Murrue advance warning regarding Azrael's increasing instability, beating the Blue Cosmos leader "to the draw" by having the Archangel fire its Lohengrin cannons at the Dominion first, effectively negating Mu La Flaga's sacrifice.(Fllay still dies as per the canon). Afterwards, a far more emotionally-wrought Natarle is welcomed back by Murrue. From there,Natarle would most likely have continued on the newly-formed relationship with her adoring subordinate Neumann. (This may well be the very reason she does not opt for the suicidal choice of the canon.)

    Now why didn't they make that canon? Nice little romantic subplot in ORB and Natarle being smart. Gaaaaaah - I really should have been controlling the kids. -_-;;;;;

    Current Mood: blah
    Monday, August 28th, 2006
    10:39 am
    Something I read on the Internet
    There are four phases you have to go through when you're out saving the world: optimism, depression, rage, and maturity.

    I've been stuck in phase three for years now. That's why I'm out killing people - I sure as hell am not giving that up to be mature.

    - I forgot who.
    8:45 am
    Emma Bangaihen is out!!!
    Kaoru Mori's Emma was probably the finest piece of historical manga in recent years - though it may have ended on a deus ex machina note.

    However, Mori-sensei hasn't ended her stories about Emma and WIlliam's world completely; the first of the "Further Tales" is about young Miss Stowner and her husband during the Great Exhibition.

    And iichan's got it scanlated - check them out now!!!
    8:43 am
    Addendum to Kidou Senshi Gundam/SEED comparisons
    I also realized that you won't exactly get the same sort of sidestories we got from the UC timeline: Stargazer, Astray and their ilk do not compare to War in the Pocket, MS igloo, Stardust Memories or the phenomenal 08th MS Team.
    Sunday, August 27th, 2006
    1:27 am
    The badassness of Kidou Senshi Gundam and why SEED is a pale reflection
    Seriously, after watching SEED, I can definitely say that the original was superior. If SEED had more of the original's chops, I'd have respected it more.

    Well not exactly chops but... Kidou Senshi Gundam was a war story; SEED is more like a heroic saga, with a single person mowing through armies. Amuro Rei may have been a New Type but he didn't bring down Zeon with a single mobile suit: it took a coordinated attack by the Federation, which cost them a lot of people. Heck at the end, RX-78 was scrapmmetal and the White Base went boom.

    I think someone else said it better: SEED's post-Gundam-Wing approach of Gundams being able to literally destroy ordinary MS with a negligent flip of the hand ruins much of the original Gundam's message - war is hell. Yeah, SEED has a lot of casualties in the characters but body count doesn't make it more _real_. I have to admit that SEED's story is good - intrigues etcetera flying all over the place; but doomsday weapons and superhumans destroying armies make it less Kidou Senshi Gundam's descendant which are "mecha operas" and more into a "giant robot show".

    I know, I know, remake - but I would have really liked to seen what Kidou Senshi Gundam would have been but more streamlined - and a full 52 episode run. But what I got was angsting pretty boys, super mobile suits, crazy megalomaniacs and "Nazis".

    In essence: SEED was good but it could have been better.

    Current Mood: thoughtful
    Friday, August 25th, 2006
    3:46 pm
    Legend of Galactic Heroes 7-8
    Enough time to watch two episodes.

    More Space Opera actionCollapse )
    Monday, August 21st, 2006
    4:16 am
    December 20, 2015 Grantville, West VirginiaCollapse )

    I've actually been working on this for _years_ now - I've only set this to writing solidly in the past few days.
    It's technically a Drunkard's Walk type of thing - world-walking without the self-insert factor - and lots of meta.
    More later.
    Sunday, August 20th, 2006
    11:54 pm
    The Batman Strikes!!!
    The new Batman series sucked at first... but then Babs showed up instead of Dick as the first sidekick. ^_-.

    Don't get me wrong, the hokeyness that I disliked when it began but the flashes of genius and crack!- like Selina's portrayal and Bat-Gundam have come more often.

    I'll probably pick up the second season - by actually paying for it rather than just pirating it. ^_-
    Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
    5:09 pm
    Legend of The Galactic Heroes Episodes 1-6
    With work slowing to a crawl since the Swedes are reconsidering _how_ they want their subtitles, the Americans are not sending us anything and the British are ... I dunno, having tea or something; I decided to finally take the leap and try out this old series, which I've been wanting to for some years now.

    At work, no less. Hopefully no one peeks in. ^_-

    Central Anime has them up at scarywater and they're up to the 84th episode of a 110 episode series - with 3 movies and a 52 episode Gaiden series still not being subbed.

    Ginga Eiyu Densetsu, or as the fake German on the sub has it Heldensagen vom Kosmosinsel, is essentially a story about a centuries long galactic war between the Free Planets Alliance and the Galactic Empire, the soldiers who fight it, the admirals who lead them, and everyone else in between. The sensibility it projects is that of The Romance of The Three Kingdoms but set in the future. But that's an oversimplification.

    Anyway, let's cut for spoilers. Though I'll try to keep the summary's light since most of the fun of the series is the story.Collapse )

    The first 6 episodes are much more than that actually, with hints of intrigue, plotting and layered history hinted at by a large secondary cast ranging from Julian Munci, Yang's teenaged housekeeper to Kaiser Frederich IV of the Galactic Empire.

    And the soundtrack is beautiful - I can count on one hand the times where modern tracks are used and not the classical music of Mahler, Mozart and their peers. The climactic battle sequence of Episode 1 is set to Ravel's Bolero. This is truly a space _opera_.

    I'll keep on putting the details here on my lj as I progress through it.

    Current Mood: thoughtful
    9:28 am
    Granado Espada
    I love MMORPGs though I rarely have the time to play them, but once in a while I just sit down and break out the folding bed by the computer and play a very _long_ time. I'm a binge player. After that I just luxuriate for a few months then play again.

    Yeah, majority of it's The Grind(TM) but hey, I like it.

    One of the MMORPGs I'd like to play is City of Heroes but we don't get that in the Philippines.

    Granado Espada is the other one taht I've been waiting. And Singapore is gonna open it up in English!

    Anyway, it's probably the closest thing I'd have to a 7th Sea MMORPG so I'll take what I can get.
    Saturday, August 12th, 2006
    11:26 pm
    I just lost my new cellphone!

    Crap. Everytime I lose something I get equal parts depressed and angry and I hate that.

    Next time, I invest in those damn cellphone holders.

    Again, crap.
    Sunday, April 30th, 2006
    2:16 am
    How long was I supposed to be away!?!

    I really should keep my promises. ^_^

    Anyway, Life went into overdrive and I am now firmly ensconed in a _paid_ translator/subtitler position in a new company. Pay may be a bit low but heck: free movies, free TV series, free animation! And we get on the average one season of a series and a movie per week.

    The disadvantage of this is, of course, I get to watch a lot of movies and cartoons and, god, did you know I got to watch Full House and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air again! Weeeeee!!!

    Anyway, I'll try to set aside some writing time for myself.

    On other news, my weekly hunts through the detritus of the First World's publishing industry that got dumped in my country yielded me several gems that I intend to read/re-read and put into the Library:

    Steven Brust and Emma Bull's epistolary historical magical conspiracy novel Freedom and Neccesity
    Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays a book edited by A.C. Cawley
    K.W. Jetter's proto-steampunk Morlock Night
    An omnibus collection of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat
    Spider Robinson's tasteful romp yet irritatingly... I dunno, Spider bugs me for some reason, in Callahan's Lady
    Robert O Brien's rodent masterpiece Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH
    Orson Scott Card's first book in his Alvin Maker series Seventh Son
    Mary Gentle's Rats and Gargoyles which I had to settle for since the Ash collection was spirited away when I was not looking
    Katherine Kerr's Deverry Quartet

    and my current pride and joy -

    a very old printiing (it has cracked ribs and yellowed paper and smells oh-so-divine) of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! More stories to eat!!!!
    Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
    1:03 am
    And utterly badass...
    Finally, have a copy of the Hellsing OVA trailer - I know, totally late but I live in the Third World, people! ^_^

    Got it from here:

    Erin is cool - she draws this nice funny webcomic which I read occasionally since I like taking it in large doses.

    Anyway, I am really going to love the series. The anime was a bit of a flip-floppy thing and had that totally incomplete feeling - yeah, I know, I'm using it for Pulp Hellsing - but, hey, there was some stuff in the anime I liked. Besides, I am so totally going to wreck Hirano's world with the way I've plotted everthing out.

    Which comes around to the last ten chapters of "Under the Shadow of Hell" - it will come out before the New Year, this I swear. ^_^ It's there - I promise - heck even the cliffhangery ending that segues to "Rake at the Gates of Hell" is there. All it needs is me getting off my ass and cleaning it all up, damnit and resisting the urge to rewrite everything when I stumble on something cool.
    Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
    10:12 pm
    Back from the grave...
    ... or rather hospital.

    I spent a majority of last week asleep, in a pristine white bed, hooked up to IV. Damn hospitals. At least, it had the positive effect of stopping my Civ 4 addiction. ^_^

    With the amount of samples the doctors take, they most likely have a shelf reserved for me tracing all the way back to when I was ten years old. *sigh* Anyway, I'm supposed to be resting everything - especially my eyes. Obviously they were right as the radioactive glare of the screen on my optics equates to a dull burning sensation that seems to escalate to a sizzling heat.

    Well, have to get more rest. At least, I can rest at home and get to eat mostly-solid foods now.
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