redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)

So, now that I've gotten back from the (belated) Halloween party at my old martial-arts school, I think it's finally time to bring this year's Halloween festivities to a close. So I'll just end by sharing my final thoughts here.

Read my final thoughts on Halloween )

So, that's the note on which I end Halloween this year, I guess. It's time to put away the Halloween decorations and costumes, roll up my sleeves, and face what the rest of the year will bring. Here's hoping that Halloween as we know it is still around next year.

Well, at least I still have the Pokemon holiday fic exchange to cheer myself up.

redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)
 Because I just can't let go of "Shiki" just yet....

Warning: Spoilers )So, in conclusion, I'll just leave you by reiterating: I love you, you're awesome, you're amazing and underappreciated and everything a "Shiki" character should be and... and... never change. Just... keep doing what you do. I just hope I can play with you some more next Halloween. 

You win! <3
redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)

Three to four years ago now, I first started watching episodes of the original “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series. Less than two years ago now, I attended an Anime Boston panel where I got to meet cast members of the “Evangelion” remakes coming out, including Spike Spencer (Shinji), Brina Palencia (Rei), Trina Nishimura (Mari), and J. Michael Tatum (Kaji). However, it was just this October that I finally got around to picking up copies of the remakes currently available on DVD. Even now, watching the DVD's really brings back the excitement and wonder I experienced when I first discovered the original series as an older teenage girl.


Read on (WARNING: spoilers of original  )



redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)

Holy crap, this got long!

Aah, “Shiki,” how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that “Shiki” is probably my favorite horror anime ever, and I've seen a lot of horror anime in my time, including such heavy-hitters as “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Elfen Lied,” and “Hellsing” (the original series, anyway). So, it was a little hard for me to decide how to write this without giving in to the temptation to gush all over its face, but I'll do my best.

Additionally, there's really no way to discuss the plot or characters of the story without giving it away, so you were warned.

See the rest (WARNING: SPOILERS!!) )

Go on; you know you want to watch it!

redwoodalchan: Silly Drifloon from "Red Sun" fic (Default)

I'd just like to preface this by relating a bit of background here. Since Otakon 2011, which I volunteered at, I knew that the dark magical girl show “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” existed and was coming to the States. This past summer, at Otakon 2012, I went to a celebratory panel with Christine Marie Cabanos, Sarah Williams, and Lauren Landa, who provide the English voices of Madoka, Sayaka, and Kyoko, respectively. And although I hadn't actually started watching “Madoka Magica” at that point, I had such a great time at the panel and autograph session (where I was ecstatic to have Lauren Landa say two whole sentences to me that didn't have to do with the show) that I decided I just had to watch “Madoka Magica” this very Halloween.

Fortunately, “Madoka Magica” turned out to be fairly short, which meant it was easy to fit in—and, if anything, I found myself having to pace my viewings of it so that I wouldn't finish the entire thing in a single night (then “Shiki” came along...). This is a good show. It's compelling, it draws you in, and it really makes you feel for all the various characters. I'm not sure if I'd say it's quite as good as “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” or even that it's as groundbreaking as it's been made out to be—though more on that later. But there's a lot it does well.

WARNING: There's really no way to talk about the plot of “Madoka” without giving away the story, so if you haven't seen it yet (and you want to be surprised) DO NOT READ ON!!



redwoodalchan: Artwork lifted from Pokemon wiki; character belongs to Pokemon (pic#4865891)
I've recently become frustrated with this vampire anime I've been watching (which will go nameless so I don't spoil anything for the time being). A couple of episodes ago I got a bit attached to this one character, and now I think he's dead. And not just in the way the vampires are (un)dead (though there is also that), but actually killed off for real. And that just makes me sad.

See, I really thought this character was going to be important. He was a viewpoint character, both as a normal human and as a vampire. He was also an annoying asshole whom nobody liked, either in universe or out--though in-universe, whether he completely brought this upon himself or deserved all of it is not entirely made clear. But once he turned into a vampire, I really saw the potential for him to get a whole lot less annoying and more interesting as he grew into this new role in the story. It wouldn't be the first time a character got cooler and less annoying after being turned. What if he became a legit villain who kicked ass down the road in the interest of getting (what he assumed would be) his due?

But now I haven't seen or heard from him since that first scene of him as a vampire, and he hasn't appeared in any crowds I'd think he'd appear in. So either he's being very carefully hidden for some reason, or he's dead. That's the other thing: I don't actually know for a fact that this character IS dead, because he was never actually killed onscreen (or if he was, I missed it). It's possible that he may resurface at some point (no pun intended) but I suspect he won't. And I feel cheated. Yeah, that's it--cheated.

Ah, well. It's still a rockin' show regardless.


redwoodalchan: Silly Drifloon from "Red Sun" fic (Default)

February 2016



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