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Idiot Control Now
bees on pie, burning rubber tires
like a son of a gun
Man, and all our anime was depressing this weekend, too. Even the ones with "happy" endings had their depressing moments, like SAO (I love you, Asuna, and thank you, show, for remembering that she and Kirito and Yui are my OTFamily; they're best together, and they've been segregated into separate plots too much) and Donten ni Warau.

Can we keep dark!Mamo-chan on Sailor Moon though? It's like he got exponentially hotter.

Of course last weekend we had the last episode of Akame ga Kill, and I knew it was going to be bad, but wow. Bastards for teasing Tatsumi/Mine, like, "Haha, wouldn't this be funny?" then actually doing it, then killing them both! BOTH! I knew pretty much everyone would die, but didn't think they'd kill Tatsumi too, since he was ostensibly the main character. Pissed me off that Esdeath thought she had any claim to him even in death. And my Leone! Just when I thought she'd made it through. Congratulations on probably the highest main character body count since Fushigi Yuugi. Damn.

At least tonight we've got Sanzoku no Musume Ronja. Ronja is just about the cutest girl of all time. Even D was like, "I need some cute and loose characters. Why are my shows bringing me down?"

I guess Log Horizon wasn't too bad yesterday. I've missed my Team Drink* this year, though.

*Team Drink: A subset of supporting characters in a series, usually younger than the main characters, often seen as a group and occasionally having their own storyline or focus episode. See: Azusa/Ui/Jun on K-ON or Minori/Touya/Rudy/Isuzu/Serara on Log Horizon. Usage: "I wasn't crazy about the way Gou, Nagisa, and Rei got kind of Team Drinked in Free!Eternal Summer."

"Team Drink" is an old inside joke around here from a time D and my dad played golf with two guys who called themselves "Team Drink", and it's stuck as an expression, though I couldn't tell you why/how we started using it in this way.

Current Mood: cranky cranky
Current Music: run run rudolph--kelly clarkson

6 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 22nd, 2014 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
That's why I didn't watch Akame; even beforehand I knew the story was notorious for "Like that character? Too bad she's DEAD!"

I only watched Amagi Brilliant Park and Mushishi this season. People are praising Shigatsu no Kimi no Usou, so I will go back to that.

Aside: You've written at least... three fics longer (much longer) than most romances. The Kaho entries from TD standout; each entry was basically a stand-alone chapter. I thought those were your most emotionally invested pieces of prose, and good enough to sell.

It doesn't need to be long; there's no required length. If you're wondering about to end the story, that's easy: make it happy.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 22nd, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Akame a lot more than I thought I would. The characters were great and there was quite a bit of humor sprinkled in. I'm glad I didn't know anything about it. The fun for me is watching the story unfold and not knowing what's going to happen next.

Ugh, but I don't like the piano boy show at all, but D does, so I'm stuck watching it, bleh.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 23rd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Just watched episode 2. It was beautiful! Beautiful artwork, great music, love square, what's not to like?

I think you just don't like piano boys. Sakamichi no Apollon also had a piano boy as the lead, and you didn't like that either.

D has good taste.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 23rd, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
It relies way too much on voiceover, which is one of my least favorite dramatic devices, it's heavy-handed and subtle as a sledgehammer, the dialogue can be repetitive, and I don't connect to the characters at all.

I've never heard of Sakamichi no Apollon.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: December 23rd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I grant you the voiceovers were somewhat overdone. If there is one weakness of film as a story-telling medium compared to print, it's probably that. Film can't express character's unspoken thoughts and feelings without a voiceover (Shawshank Redemption). In print, there's italicized thoughts and third-person omniscient narrative or first-person narrative.

Also known as Kids on the Slope.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: December 23rd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Except the great thing about film/tv is you have tone of voice, facial expression, body language, that you would have to spell out in print. I never needed voiceovers to tell me about Rin and Haru's struggles. I got it from the art, their expressions, their reactions. It wasn't forced. When I see a character laying on the floor in front of a piano, asleep, sheets of music scattered everywhere, I don't need another character's voiceover telling me he was up all night playing; I got that from the visual. Have faith in your storytelling. Stop hitting me over the head with it.

Whatever it's called, I don't know what that is. You've got me mixed up with someone else, I guess.
6 pathetic excuses or justify your existence