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Chopper Goes To Newport   Leave a comment

We went to Newport, RI for a two-day trip back in May
(or maybe June…I forget)
and we took a small friend with us.

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A Day Not Wasted   Leave a comment

Today was my day off. I had tentative plans; maybe I’ll go to the mall, maybe I’ll go see Riddick. Maybe.

But then I found myself without a vehicle for the day, and it was muggy with occasional thunderstorms.

So instead I watched a complete 13-episode anime, Code:Breaker, and read the first 15 chapters of Zombie Powder.

I feel quite content.

Ah, hell, Zombie Powder only has 12 more chapters. I think I’ll finish it before I go to bed.

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Code:Breaker – original manga by Akimine Kamijyo, who also wrote Samurai Deeper Kyo.

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Zombie Powder – by Tite Kubo. Yeah, that one. He’s the creator of Bleach. 😀

From Up On Poppy Hill   Leave a comment

I was lucky enough to go see Studio Ghibli’s latest, From Up On Poppy Hill, last week. It’s been released to a limited amount of theaters, which generally means the closest city would be Boston or New York, but for some odd reason it showed up on the list as playing at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY.

I had checked the theater list about a month prior, and Millerton wasn’t listed. Then I saw a post on Facebook saying they had added cities, so I checked, thinking maybe Hartford would be there. Instead I saw Millerton, which is not only near, (about 40 minutes) but a much nicer drive than into Hartford. The catch? It was only playing there for two more days. I happened to be off from my paying job that day, but had to work the next day. So it was then, or never.

I texted my daughter to see if she wanted to go. If not, I would go to an earlier show, but she did, and her best friend was able to come as well. Her best friend is a HUGE Hayao Miyazaki fan, just like me. So that afternoon, we headed out.

As I said, it’s a gorgeous drive, and it was one of the first really nice days we’ve had. The girls had been separated for a couple of weeks due to an out-of-state vacation, so they jabbered and talked non-stop the whole way while I enjoyed the scenery and kept the car window down.

I think I’ve only been to Millerton once before, a long time ago, so I had to drive up and down Main Street twice before I saw the theater. The picture on their website didn’t prepare me for how tiny the entrance once. Then I had to turn around and come back to find a parking space.

They had four movies playing, so they must have four theaters. Poppy Hill was playing in what was called The Screening Room, up this steep, wide staircase to the second floor. Outside in the hallway was a coffee bar, so the girls bought a coffee something-or-other. I sent them downstairs for popcorn, but felt guilty once we got in the theater. It’s for artsy-fartsy films, I’m guessing. It’s a small, living room-sized room with couches and chairs. Big windows, and one nice wall with speakers along the bottom. Not made for popcorn eaters.

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At first it was just the three of us, and we naturally sat on the couches. A bad choice, it turned out later, because the backs were far too low for comfort when you’re tilting your head to watch the screen. They were wide enough to slide down and get comfy, but I don’t slide well. Then we were joined by two elderly women, and I think two men came in just before it began. The manager (?) came in before the movie started and told us what would be playing next week and so on, and we felt even more out of place with our tub of popcorn.

This was not a theater made with anime fans in mind, and they might have been slightly horrified at Rachel’s pink hair and Kethry’s trans style, accompanied by my white hair, Black Butler t-shirt, and our back packs. But this was Miyazaki, and this was Studio Ghibli, and no way were we going to miss it.

If they issue it in a wider release take yourself to see it. It was just what you’d want from both Miyazaki’s and Ghibli. Not as childlike as Ponyo or Kiki, no fantasy elements like in Princess Mononoke or Spiritied Away, or my two absolute favorites, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle.

It’s described as a ‘coming of age’ story, and it is, but it is also a nice, gentle love story. It had that slice-of-life feel that so many Japanese films have, where not much really happens, but what does happen fills you up. And in Umi and Shun’s lives, the little that happened meant everything to them.

Rachel pointed something out that I hadn’t realized before. In nearly every movie from Miyazaki or Ghibli, there is always a major house cleaning scene. I have no idea what the significance of that is, but thinking back, she’s right. I wonder what it means. (I did search for that one damned piece of popcorn I know I spilled, but I couldn’t find it, I swear.)

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I think a lot of us can relate…   Leave a comment

I saw this on imgur and though it was slightly clever. This guy knows his Shikamaru. (Click the image and it will open larger so you can read.)

I find it funny, and yet somehow truly appropriate, that Shikamaru would listen to K-pop.

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Though the flag should be:

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Incidentally, the title of the post refers to one of my favorite Shikamaru graphics:

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Posted April 27, 2013 by Fran LaPlaca in anime, daily

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Not Enough Time   Leave a comment

I won’t even mention my TBR pile.

Ok, I will.

I can look to my left and find 40 (I just counted, and that’s the real number) FORTY volumes of manga I haven’t read yet. And that doesn’t count the one I bought yesterday, nor my e-subscription to Shonen Jump, where I am three or four weeks behind.

E-books? Let’s not go there. 100? That I haven’t read yet? That’s a fair estimate.

Tree books? Let me count…one, two, fifteen, two more there, two shelves in the bedroom…45?

So. Not enough time. But this post isn’t about books or reading. It’s about one of my favorite time-consuming obsessions, and the most likely excuse for why my TBR piles are so neglected.

No. Not Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr.

Anime.

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I once had a list of all the anime I’d watched, and another list of all the anime I still wanted to watch. I’m trying to take it in lumps, watching only a few shows at a time (of the older, completed ones), until I finish them, and then moving on to another. Trying is the operative word.

Currently running shows that I’m watching right now include One Piece and Naruto. Bleach was cancelled, which made me mad, because the next arc, with Zaraki and Unohana’s story would have been fantastic animated. Maybe they’ll do a movie? (hint hint) I also catch an occasional episode of Gintama.

Older shows that I’m watching:

Black Butler – they’re making a live-action movie soon, and I want to be caught up!
Darker Than Black – I’m almost through the first season. Very good anime.
Fairy Tail – yes, I know it’s a current show, but I only just started watching it. I’m only about 10 episodes in so far.
Hero Tales – by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist. I don’t like how they translate ‘Hagun’ to ‘Alkaid’. It makes no sense. They do that with a lot of words in this show, and it’s very distracting.
Rurouni Kenshin
Gundam AGE – I love anything Gundam, I must say
Tegami Bachi – takes being a mailman to whole new level
Yu Yu Hakusho
Dragonball – yes, the original. No, I’ve never seen it before.
and every now and then an episode of Sgt. Frog, which has the cutest theme song EVER, and I’m including the themes from Lucky Star, Ouran High School Host Club and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Sgt. Frog wins the cuteness award hands down. I have it on my iPod. (Of course, I also have the theme from Ninja Turtles. Explain THAT when you have it on shuffle in the car with someone in the passenger seat you don’t know all that well…!)

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And though not anime, but still taking up my time, I’ve been watching Endgame on Hulu, a seriously good show, and Long Way Down with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

I’m also re-watching, in occasional bursts – Bleach, Prince of Tennis, Mushi-shi, Trigun, Doctor Who, Firefly and The A-Team.

So, those of you that know me, now when I say in a braggy voice about how ‘I don’t watch TV’, you can slap me across the face (Well, not really).

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20th Century Boys   Leave a comment

My favorite manga by far is and has been 20th Century Boys, with the follow-up two volume 21st Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa. I read it in its entirety one weekend about a year or so ago on one of those online scanlation sites. I couldn’t stop reading. I remember having a huge headache, and staying up far too late, reading again before work the next day, and coming home and diving right back in, until the story was finished. It was one of those stories you want to read again, but it’s so long and twisty-turvy you hesitate to begin again too soon.

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Then the movies came out. Three of them, and I bought them immediately. I wanted to wait until I had all three before watching them, but I gave in a month before the third one was released, and watched the first two. Then had to sigh and wait – and wait – and wait…until the third one came out.

On a side note, it began an obsession with the actor who played Otcho, Etsushi Toyokawa.

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(Otcho – the Shogun)

Which led to the amazing movie, Face, which starred the even-more-amazing Naomi Fujiyama. I’m still convinced that Masako swam straight into…well, never mind. You should watch it. And while you’re at it, watch The Man Behind the Scissors and Hula Girls as well.

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But back to 20th Century Boys. I began collecting the manga, and in yesterday’s mail came the final volume. My collection is complete, and now I can start reading it again. As many times as I want.

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(as you can see, the precious pile of books is being guarded by not only a band of kick-ass ninjas, but by Colonel Roy Mustang as well, and he is not going to let anyone get past him.)

Oh. Wait. Mustang is the Flame Alchemist. And the books are made out of – paper.

Maybe I should re-think my guardians. I’ll let Shikamaru think of a better strategy. Meanwhile, here’s a picture of two Kakashis with an apple. Kakashis love apples.

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(New, current Kakashi and younger, Anbu Kakashi. And an apple.)

Don’t Try To Explain Things   Leave a comment

Watching an old episode of Bleach.

“What’s that thing?”

“It’s a Hollow.”

“What’s it doing?”

“It spits leeches. Then it uses its tongue to make them explode.”

A moment of silence.

“Does it lick them?”

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Shrieker the leech-spitting Hollow, getting punched in the teeth by Ichigo.

Posted February 28, 2013 by Fran LaPlaca in anime, daily

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