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So Rowdy C reviewed a dead baby comedy known as "Mr. Pickles," and as I watched the review, I wonder if he feels the same way about that show that I feel about Shittted! Because the stories do seem like they could be fairly similar on some levels (though I have NO interest WHATSOEVER in testing that theory--the review of this thing alone made me want to cry in a corner).

I mean, I've encountered quite a bit of sick and wrong and horrifying over the ages, but this is like, "can't sleep, monsters under the bed will brutally murder me" grade sick and wrong and horrifying here!

Oh, and I'm not providing a link to the review. I refuse to go near that review again. If you really want to watch it you can go to Rowdy C's homepage and look it up on your own time. Just keep in mind, I sporked Shittted! and "Elfen Lied." That should tell you something about how bad this is.
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 Mayamada is a London-based clothing and comic company for nerds, which is based around anthro characters the designers have come up with. I first got acquainted with them at the Hyper Japan Christmas market I went to in London last weekend, when I bought a copy of their graphic novel for a secret Santa present. If you're like me and you enjoy anthro characters but never really got into the sexual aspects of the furry fandom this is the website for you (we see all manner of furry and not-so-furry creatures but virtually none of them are sexualized in any obvious ways).

The only comic they have that seems to be available on the market is called "Samurai Chef," which is a pretty clever little twist on the Iron Chef concept, with two teams preparing dishes--but the object is not to eat them but to see how well they stand up to being attacked by the judge, the Samurai Chef in question! Obviously this isn't a comic that provokes thought or makes bold artistic statements, but it's cute and wildly entertaining. Pretty much all the anime AND all the chef archetypes you care to name are in this comic and are all instantly recognizable: the strong, silent type; the motor-mouthed, overeager announcer and his meeker assistant; and so on. I'd say it was light-years better than Twisted! but that would be damning it by faint praise. What I will say is that it pretty much ended up being everything I had hoped Twisted! would be--a tale of wacky anthro creatures having fun, creative adventures that you could just relax and enjoy.

If you want to buy these people's stuff, I wouldn't know how easy that is because I haven't actually tried ordering British things from America. You're welcome to give it a try if you want to get something, though. And if you ever do happen to be in England and at one of the events they attend, I would recommend checking them out.
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All the anime I've watched so far, and where I think they fit throughout the year!

See the calendar )
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Reading Cori Falls' "Never Too Late" gets hilarious if you go to school about an hour away from the city of Rochester, NY....
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 And you know what? When I started watching this show I was expecting it to be some sort of light-hearted, wacky action/adventure story, like "El-Hazard" or "Slayers" or somesuch...but it's actually pretty dark (for what it is, anyway)! I'm six episodes in and already at least two characters who had seemed rather important have been killed (technically a third has been turned to stone, which may or may not equate to death since he's still able to communicate with the heroines telepathically)!

The English dub bears commentary as well--overall it isn't that great, but it does have some interesting spots, like a young Wendee Lee as the blue magic knight Umi, and Lex Lang of all people (who also played Sano in "Rurouni Kenshin," for the record) as the evil emperor Zagato.

I'll be watching "Slayers" later this summer too, so I'll be interested to make comparisons (I know both shows are very girl-power heavy, which is pretty damn awesome).
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 So, on the loooooooooooong bus ride back to Upstate New York from the Forward on Climate rally in DC, I decided to do something I haven't done since my last trip to California (several years ago now), and that's listen to Smash Mouth's album Astro Lounge from start to finish.

 

Read more... )

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 It's official. The latest piece I've been assigned to by Project Team Beta is the third piece in a row where the author has demonstrated a complete ignorance of how injuries and/or emergency medical services actually work!
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So I was exploring the “Shiki” fandom recently and I stumbled across an interesting observation, which I'm pretty sure is relevant to many fandoms all over the place.

 

Read my thoughts )

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Sooooo, I have here my current year-end Anime Calendar!

 

The Anime Calendar is my scheme for which anime I watch at which time of year (as well as when I'll be most likely to write fanfiction, say, for any given anime). I created this scheme when I was a senior in high school, based around certain things I noticed about my favorite anime; and I've been using it for my own amusement ever since. Of course, since then there have been a lot of things that I've added, moved, and subtracted as I gain and lose interest in watching certain things and as my thoughts and feelings on anime change. I'm hoping that by next year I'll have this calendar finalized based on the best of the anime I've seen. Here's the current lineup:

 

The calendar )

Added This Year )

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 So, there are a few resolutions I made for this New Year. Here they are:

1) Actually friggin' FINISH my long fanfics about my favorite Pokemon characters
2) Actually friggin' do any other creative projects I've had in the works for awhile now
3) Actually friggin' decide how to best participate in the environmental movement
4) Draft my perfect Anime Calendar and track down all anime in it to add to my collection
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 By this time tomorrow, I'll be in Costa Rica! I'll be spending two weeks there, brushing up on my Spanish and helping children in San Jose, the nation's capital. Hopefully I'll get to visit the rainforest or volcanoes while I'm there too!
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 So... since it's the holiday season and all I thought I'd jump on the gift-giving bandwagon. The environmental-protection organization Defenders of Wildlife is selling wildlife adoptions, and all proceeds go to causes to help animals. If you give me your name and address I'll get one for you and you'll get a cute little stuffed toy of your choice out of it. Comments are screened.

The animals you can adopt are as follows:

See list of animals )
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 Everyone who participates in fandom, no matter if they do it casually or religiously and no matter if their fandom is big or small, should read this article.

And maybe its follow-up too, for completeness.

The author principally focuses on Harry Potter, but these same ideas can be said to apply to every fandom everywhere, so no matter if you're in Harry Potter fandom or not, you should read it.
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Sooo... I decided to rewatch "Baccano!" this year. My first experience with "Baccano!" came when I was a college freshman. It was the first show I watched with my school's anime club, and from the moment I saw the first episode it was love at first sight (so to speak). I watched the entire show my freshman year, but now I want to watch it again.

Anyway, there's a couple of things I'm looking out for that I think I might have missed the first time around. First of all, I intend to determine conclusively this time whether or not I think Lua Klein is my favorite character. It's been a suspicion of mine for a little while that she is, but I've never had the guts to actually say it because her role is relatively minor. However, now that I've confessed to liking the most unlikable character in all of "Shiki" I think I can fess up to my having her as my favorite, if indeed this is the case.

Speaking of "Shiki," I'll also be tracking Todd Haberkorn's and Ian Sinclair's characters, Firo and Dallas (respectively). I've only rewatched one episode and already I'm fangirling Dallas like crazy, so I wonder if I've developed a genuine soft spot for loser characters or if I'm just turning into an Ian Sinclair fangirl in general. Firo, meanwhile, is just as fun and badass as I remember him; but after the shock (in a good way) of seeing Todd Haberkorn turn over a new leaf in "Shiki" I'm not sure if I find Firo refreshing or boring since he plays those kinds of roles so often. And then there's J. Michael Tatum, who provides the voice of Seishiro in "Shiki" and Isaac in "Baccano!" Now, what's interesting is that in both of these shows his characters have fairly similar mannerisms--but they're treated very differently simply because of the overarching tone of the show (heart-wrenching horror drama vs. twisted black comedy).

So far I've only rewatched one episode, but already I'm seeing things I didn't catch the first time around. For example, Luck and Firo actually mention the Rail Tracer in the very first episode--though they don't reveal who he is or what his business is. Additionally, for some reason, I did not remember ever getting to see the Daily Days's Vice President's face. But apparently you do see it quite a lot in the first episode. For that matter, I'd also forgotten just how sexy Kent Williams's voice is in that role!

So... yeah. BACCANOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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So, tonight, after one of my most stressful Halloween seasons and election weeks to date and just before I leave on yet another trip, I decided to unwind a little by watching Redline with my family!

I just happen to own a copy of Redline since I asked my mom to get it for me, and, well, it was just as much fun as I remembered it from Genericon this past year. I'm virtually certain my parents and sister loved it too (because how could you not?). It really is one of those shows that's just more fun to watch in a large group, so you can all laugh together.

I find this hilarious, because this Halloween I watched a ton of really deep, meaningful, serious anime; and Redline, let's face it, is a far cry from being a show that provokes thought. But you know, sometimes it's just good to kick loose with something fun.
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Pick a character and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them. Any and all characters welcome (including ones I haven't written but might know about...)
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 So, the hurricane's passed by my New Jersey home and it looks like we weren't damaged at all. I'm so grateful.

I'm so sorry to anyone who was hurt. You have my deepest sympathies.
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 So I visited the Ask Peta!Ash tumblr a bit ago and posted something about how his methods were against the rules, in the hopes of getting him to say "Screw the rules, I have money!" (since this Peta!Ash acts so much like Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged).

This was the result.

It's not the exact wording, but it'll do XD

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