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September Bookshelf   Leave a comment

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I was on a Pern kick last month:
Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums, The White Dragon, and The Masterharper of Pern – Anne McCaffrey
Dreams of Steel – Glen Cook
Full Black – Brad Thor

and for manga:

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Naruto – Vol. 59

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July Bookshelf   Leave a comment

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Coyote Waits – Tony Hillerman
December 6 – Martin Cruz Smith
For Fukui’s Sake – Sam Baldwin
Rainbow 6 – Tom Clancy
Sacred Clowns – Tony Hillerman
Son of Heaven (Chung Kao) – David Wingrove

and for manga:

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20th Century Boys – Vol. 7 & 8
Black Butler – Vol. 5
Black Lagoon – Vol. 2
Naruto – Vol. 58
Summer Wars – Vol. 1 & 2 (watch the movie!)
Tiger & Bunny – Vol. 2

June Bookshelf   Leave a comment

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A Dance With Dragons, G.R.R. Martin

and for manga:

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20th Century Boys 6, Black Butler 4, Naruto 57

May Bookshelf   Leave a comment

Meant to post this a month ago….

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Executive Orders – Tom Clancy
Gods of the Steppe – Andrei Gelasimov
Shadow Games – Glen Cook
Talking God – Tony Hillerman

And for manga:

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Black Butler 4, Black Lagoon 1, Naruto 56, Rurouni Kenshin 10, 11 & 12, Tiger & Bunny 1, and Trigun Maximum 2.

 

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.)