tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
Oh yeah, I forgot to add in my last post that I gave one last attempt to try to read 07 Ghosts, but gave up again due to the inability to ever tell what is actually going on in an action scene. Half of the time, I can't tell whether people are fighting or just jumping around. This is particularly disappointing because Frau and the other bishops are really interesting characters, but I am not going to strain my eyes trying to interpret whether someone hit someone, used magic or just extended their hand every single time. I'm sorry, Frau. :( Our affair is just not meant to be.

In contrast, PH has sometimes confusing fights, but I can mostly sort out what's going on or when people explain a few pages later, I can follow along without having to flip back and forth like a crazy person. Dear shoujo/jousei manga, if you really want to do a fight, save the plot-talkings for before or after, especially when your fights involve battles with word magic.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
Thus is the theme of this year's Otakon experience.

Aside from Gabi's shameful run-in with fate via After School Charisma and thus dooming us to a fire at the convention (which only lasted about an hour and a half) and Graham's equally horrific bout of food poisoning via our favorite sushi place, Otakon was enjoyable. Meet-ups went down as planned, time spent with [livejournal.com profile] yzak and [livejournal.com profile] anatari was awesome, Todd Habercorn and the Voice Actors After Dark panel was mind-blowingly hilarious, X-Japan was properly fangirled and I was able to blow most of my money on Durarara fanstuffs. Though we were all horribly sad the yaoi was a lie.

I also picked up Red Garden, Nabari no Ou and the final R2 set, along with the Vampire Knight artbook (because I am a sheep) and silly fanarts. Gabi got to learn what it's like to play with Nayami's whacky con schedule and even critiqued the Lelouch cosplayers... from a distance. Masquerade was hit or miss but the advanced set did have some magic in the form of "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" for Hetalia, "Telephone" for Utena: Black Rose Saga, "What's This Feeling" for Roy and Ed vs. fangirls, great Street Fighter demonstrations and sexy ninja break-dancing. Also, some great AMVs.

I think I will be waiting another day to return to the real world since Rachel and I have been mass-marathoning Avatar and I kind of want to watch Book 3 now. I enjoy remembering how much I used to love Avatar and shared with Rachel all of the fan reactions and crazy theories that followed all of the major episodes. Since she was only familiar with the movie, it was quite an experience!

In other news, I prefer the manga version of R2 to the anime, I think. Though I still haven't seen the last volume.

Oh yeah, for some reason Gabi broke down and bought the Night Class Vampire Knight outfit and we have since resigned ourselves to cosplay Zero and Aidou at Katsucon. I PREDICT AGONY. Now, to find me a weapon. *insert evil laugh here*
tempestuously: ([terra]look and see her how she sparkles)
I really hate that my room is an embarrassment to God and man and I need to clean it like yesterday, but I'm too damn lazy to put forth the motivation. I'm definitely going to have to have it done by Wednesday night somehow.

It scares me that I came to visit Gabi so we could go see more theater, but it was so hot that we ended up staying inside and talking about XXXholic, writing and sometimes Geass. UNTIL 4:30 A.M. I just. I don't even know where my time went. I meant to watch LLL. Something tells me theater may not be happening today. Fail on every possible level, self. It did at least make me realize that I need to get back to writing ASAP, although now I'm afraid I put too much thought into my plot/characters and they will feel forced. I can't win.

Also, my cat bill was like $400 for both cat. I love my babies, but damn that hurts my funds, especially with Otakon this week. I will actually have to limit my spending. But I guess it's okay because there is not anything I'm super obsessed with. I might look for some Durarara merchandise and of course manga and probably buy some more anime. But I think my days of nutso purchases may finally be behind me. At least I hope so. I'm sure I tell myself this every year.

And I'm having thoughts but not entirely sure where I want to go with them. I just suck at time management, and it gets in the way of so many things I want to do.

Writing meme time! This time with bonus Psychosis fanart that I've dug out of my old folders. We're getting down to wire on this meme. :( )
tempestuously: ([not!kamui] what fools these mortals be)
After taking a peak at the end of "Nightmare of Nunnally," I've decided I might actually buy it. It's not really Geass, but it's also not that far distanced from it anyway. I really like some of the creativity that went into it, even though it's clearly a girls fighting manga and the names for the various geasses are ridiculous. But it has some fun twists with Euphie, Lelouch and even Nunnally that I think add interesting layers to the story. I do wish it could cut down on the creepy loli-obsession. At least the final volume had none of that. And Rolo vi Britannia is fucking nuts.

"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" did not immediately endear itself to me, as it committed the worst possible error for me when it comes to fantasy. DO NOT INFO-DUMP YOUR WORLD BUILDING. As I have said countless times, I despise world-building, and it's one of the reasons I stray away from fantasy fiction. I can warm myself up to it if it's handled gradually and properly integrated into the story. Using a word/place you made up every other sentence? THAT'S INFO-DUMPING. I seriously wanted to throw the book out the window for the first chapter. Luckily, things got more interested in Chapter 2 and I calmed down. But yeah, the tribes, cities, royals, gods and whatever else they were rambling about every ten seconds definitely raised my ruff a bit. I have this nagging problem about needing to know what the hell people are talking about in the first chapter. Good example of word-building? Hunger Games. Take your time. Ease the reader into it. Don't expect me to know what the hell a Amn or Darre is because I don't care.

Second writing bit went well. I managed to make Lucian much less forgiving and irreverent and generally fixed the mood so it doesn't read like bad fanfic. It's my favorite writing piece I've done in a while. I want to poke a bit more at my first piece since I think the beginning still reads forced, but then I might get back to more social things. Here's hoping.
tempestuously: ([lestat] this night was made for me)
Yesterday, I tested out Chicago's L for the first time. I really enjoyed riding amid the tall buildings and getting to see the city instead of being stuck in dark corridors, as happens with Maryland's Metro system. I was less cool on L's reliance on the bus system and dropping you off a good 15-20 minutes away from anything resembling touristy. Also, Chicago street signs need to actually exist for walking maps to work. But we did manage to find both Navy Pier and the weird silver bean thing. It helped that it was a really nice day and I could take many pictures of the water and the boats. I am a bit sad I missed out on Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but I did get my ramen near the convention center so I guess it evens out.

I have a feeling the run-through of "Deadly Premonition" is reaching its epic close. Wow, Thomas, just wow. And I have no idea what to think of the Guy With Glasses' anniversary special. Though my mind is totally blown and enchanted by CFUD's anniversary plot.

Still slogging through Berserk. I will be sad when the flashback is done because young Griffith and young Guts are terribly cute. I'm torn on the mangaka's style because the way he draws smiles gives me the willies, but he can also draw adorable expressions. I don't know, maybe all of Griffith's smiles are supposed to be unsettling. Griffith is so gay for Guts and almost vice versa; it's amazing.

Now, to see whether I can pull off a miracle tomorrow.
tempestuously: (Default)
Eee I has cookies! Thank you happy gifters! They still make me want to bake real versions. I planned to come home and send more, but then I forgot that LJ in the Grinch at all things. So no more cookies. Sadness. Oh and the new Best Buy ads popping up on my unpaid journal are also not cool. No, LJ, I am not buying an account. And if you keep up this shit, I'm not going to use your service for my non-RP postings either.

More sadness comes from the new Code Geass manga being done by the Nightmare of Nunnally person. Granted, my only real issue with NoN is its art, which is, to put it bluntly, god-awful. And I'm cool with new main character, as long as Suzaku has a prominent part. HE BETTER HAVE A PROMINENT PART, CG. Ah, History of Geass backstory, well I guess we'll just see how it goes.

Random PSA: Christmas song should not reference the following. Child sexual abuse. Child prostitution. Drug abuse. Gang violence. No, Shania Twain, JUST NO. That is not a Christmas song; it's an "I want to sing about random issues and make you all feel guilty" song. Adding "Hallelujah" to the lyrics doesn't help. Now, if I want a song about ISSUES that's actually a CHRISTMAS SONG, I will listen to "My Grown-Up Christmas" list which manages to reference wars, abuse, hate and fear but with an overall message of hope. I want this "God Bless the Child" trash off my Christmas rotation music. Ugh. It's worse than that damn "Christmas Shoes." Seriously, here are some of its precious lyrics: "This child is homeless. That child's on crack. One plays with a gun, while the other takes a bullet in his back" and "Some have daddies who make them play games they don't want to play." NO. It doesn't even sound good.

King made me cry again. Sob. )
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
I love how I forgot to pay the county for my speeding citation. I am so boned. At least I sent the check today.

Also amid my Wiki-hoppings at work, I learned that Anthony Rapp played the sex-obsessed teen in Adventures in Babysitting. That is absolutely hilarious. I have also shared my David Tennant kissing John Barrowman at Comi-Con findings with more people. Apparently I am actually ahead-of-the-curve on the fan-news for once. Yays.

Dark Tower taunts me with Roland/Eddie now. Their conversations, man. I started reading the prequel comics, and I kind of love young Roland. But Cuthbert, while so very hot, is not as quite as amazing yet as the book promised. This could be my Eddie love pushing him aside since Roland is always talking about how they are so similar. But the art is still astonishing. Speaking of art, I also read the first two volumes of Karneval. It's a lot different, darker, than I expected. Unfortunately, I'm not so hot on translations + raws so we'll see if I pursue it. I'll probably just read a chapter a day to spare my eyes.

Re: VK 52

Jul. 24th, 2009 10:51 am
tempestuously: ([vk] the art of topping)
Ummm, dear sweet Matsuri, you do realize there's a Twilight anime coming out, right? You might want to ixnay on the blatant Twilight atmosphere you give to Kaname and Yuuki, yes? That said, I want to know more about Kaname's secrets and less about how PSYCHOTIC he is around Yuuki. Though her practicing her balance was cute. And Zero and his not!daddy are seriously the duo from HELL. I like! Slight spoiler. ) I want more Takuma too! Also, color pic of Zero with his one red eye: hot.
tempestuously: ([cs] someone looks FIERCE)
Good: Listening to Crispin Freeman talk about voicing Tsume without a shirt!
Bad: Standing in line for an hour and not getting Crispin's autograph. :(
Good: Getting Lelouch and shaymin plushies from the dealer's room.
Bad: None of the manga dealers had Pandora Hearts.
Good: Awesome fun hanging with the CFUDers, partially due to some quick organization tricks.
Bad: Having to compete with the hell bitch within my personal group on Thursday night.
Good: Finding awesome tapas restaurant.
Bad: Spending an hour literally walking down memory lane of Baltimore City, looking for food.
Good: Finally buying the final Geass S1 Special Edition DVD.
Bad: Evil spoilericious Geass AMV. To be fair, both Geass AMVs were gorgeous, just the first made me waaaah. This is a bad lite.
Good: Getting a picture of a gorgeous Dietrich cosplayer.
Bad: Having two friends get conned on the Baltimore streets while this was happening.

AND THE ULTIMATE GOOD/BAD INSTANCE.

Good: Overall fun con and awesome weather. (minus the randomly "buttscratcher" screaming morons who I will hunt down and slaughter like the dogs they are.)
Bad: Car is dead and I will probably have to take another day off work to deal with the madness tomorrow. :(((


List of Nayami's terrible impulse buys. )

Also I think this pic best illustrates the manic nature of my con experience. I got it whilst I was standing in line for Crispin. Baw. Every other hour, I felt like one or the other of them. )
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
I have neglected on my political ramblings. I may catch up tomorrow or not. They're entirely SARAH PALIN IS AN IDIOT oriented so nothing earth-shattering.

In the meantime, I have been catching up on Pandora Hearts. Catching up meaning that I had to read the entire thing from the beginning and hope to be done with the scanlations tonight. I love a good marathon. And some thing has come to my attention. Mainly that people do not recognize how awesome the Alice and Oz relationship is. Now, I am a slash fangirl at heart and Gil/Oz does give me those little leaps of joy whenever they have their moments. Gil is my favorite character after all. But Gil is also the knight. Whereas Alice and Oz have something very special. The scene where he explains what she means to him, describing her as his sun, and the scene where she explains to everyone else that simply "Oz is right here" shows how much they understand each other. Even without all the Jack and Will of the Abyss plot to give their relationship even more complexity, these two are just astounding around each other. Whether Alice is tormenting him or Oz is calling her shy or they both are realizing that they can be friends. He helps her develop just as much as she helps him develop. It's fascinating, and even the die-hard slash fangirls should pay more attention to it. Alice/Oz is what makes Pandora Hearts. And I don't mean that romantically either. Just the power of that relationship and how it effects everyone else.

In other news, Eliot is the most fantabulous character ever and vies with my Gil love. He will never take it because you can't ever surpass the "knight" when it comes to my types, but he does come damn close with his jesusing through rage. I also like his relationship with Gil more than Gil/Vincent, even though Vincent is quite a piece of work on his own. Of course, I love the hotness that is Jack.

I don't plan on joining any chats, comms or the like. I toyed with the notion. But then I remembered that my view of fandom and other's tends to clash and that I'm probably less likely to get into trouble if I keep my fangirling around those who know what a crazy bitch I can be and are willing to accept me for it. I need more PH icons.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
orz Threesome scenes are much harder to write when one of the group has thought another one dead for several years and is just seeing said person (who was also an unresolved crush since they were like 12) again while visiting the third party (boyfriend), who has been kidnapped and tortured for the last several months. I DON'T KNOW WHO SHE SHOULD GO TO FIRST. My dramawhore says "dead" boy, but my realist says "trauma-ridden" boyfriend. I just don't know. Though I do have an adorable fanart commission idea. I need to write less complicated plots.

Also finally reading the first Dogs manga. Badou is hilarious, but I feel dumb that my favorite character was Ian. Haven't gotten to Haine (Heine?) yet, but he'll probably be another favorite.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
Well, now I suffer from post-vacation slump. This is where I don't want to do anything because I already miss my vacation.

I do have some great wolf pictures that I might post later and others from the Hancock Building, which I also visited. I need a bookcase for my manga, I think. I seriously had to stick my newest hoard in a shoebox.

I'm enjoying 07 Ghost and want to get more into the Ghosts since Frau's my favorite. Actually I love all of the bishops. Not crazy about the military yet. I also read the second Geass novel, which was nowhere as good as the first but had a lot of interesting Cornelia insight and great scenes between Lelouch and C.C.

I already miss Rache's cats because they were so lovable and squishable. I want a ginormous cat that crushes me every time it lies down. D'awww. All I have is the evil Sasuke-neko. I have more to ramble on about my exciting trip, but I'll probably only bore the usual suspects with those details. Now to catch up on LJ. Sob.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
To get over my issues, I've been reading Alive: The Final Evolution. At first, I was a bit turned off by the boring art style, but the story is really engaging. I find myself fascinated with almost all of the characters, especially the baddies.

Last night's Lost has been described as character-centric, I really was bored. I cared remotely about Juliette and Sawyer, but that was it. I also didn't like the annoying timeswitch they kept doing. Episodes without Ben or Locke blow.

Taylor Swift is coming to the area. Part of me wants to see her, but part of me also fears the tweenie audience she may attract, which I will then have to slay. Taylor is cute though. Now if it were Rascal Flatts, I'd cut off my right foot to see that. Mmm Rascal Flatts.

I've been hearing mixed reviews on Watchmen, but I'm still stupidly excited about seeing it. Even though I've only sparingly read the book. I won't lie; that many words on a page hurt my eyes and confuse me. I'm less cool about hearing how damn gory this thing will be. Synder, why must you do these things?
tempestuously: ([geass] if I catch you I'm going to...)
Finished Shinshi Doumei Cross. It got super angsty to an almost ridiculous point at the end, but in doing so managed to make me like Haine. Point to you, SDC. Point to you. I had some issues with the resolution of Ushio's storyline; I think things were a bit rushed. And I like bitchy Ushio. I did end up liking both brothers and am glad the story didn't end the way I thought it was going to end for a while there. But I also think there was some fast-talking going on to redeem people, which didn't exactly match up or make sense but nothing's perfect. *cough*Haine's dad*cough*Shizumasa*cough* Said fast-talking would have worked out just fine had it been brought in at a better pace instead of just conveniently plunked at the end. Good ideas, bad execution. Same for introducing characters like Haine's gang friend. We barely even got to know her. Overall though, I liked it, and it really did keep me hooked for the last 15 chapters or so. No change on favorites. But I like both Shizumasa and Haine now so there's that.

Party was fun. We ate the cranberries inside the centerpieces. I don't think we were supposed to do that, but it was fun anyway. I dipped mine in chocolate. Mmm chocolate fountain.
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
Got all the car stuff taken care of. It took entirely too long, but I finally managed to finish "Wish' amid all of it. Kohaku and Shuichiro do absolutely nothing for me, and the end was way rushed. Still, I love all the other characters, especially Kouryuu and Kokuyo. My coworker told me Kokuyo was the Seishirou clone, and I have to admit she was right. I think if "Wish" had been one volume longer, the end wouldn't have felt so blah and narration-y. Also, I would rather Kouryuu be with Kohaku than Shuichiro. Kouryuu has a personality.


Speaking of personalities, I am almost finished Shinshi Doumei Cross and hope to be done by today or tomorrow. I'm not Haine's biggest fan, but I love almost everyone else. My favorites are Maguri and Maora, although Takanari and Haine's little brother hold special places in my heart. As does Ushio. I'm so happy that for once the gay couple doesn't get screwed in shoujo. That said, Maguri and Takanari's relationship is precious.

I have a party tonight so I have to prettify myself later one. I want new Casshern.
tempestuously: ([vk] the art of topping)
Why oh why do I continue to read VK? Maybe it's the same reason I'm watching Star Wars III right now. Way to screw over my character, VK. And yes, I admit I'm whiny about my pairing. It's all I like about VK anyway. Wah. The only redeeming factor is the weapons that eat blood; now that is cool.

I'm going to read me some Shinshi Doumei Cross now.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
... I was going to nap because I was completely unproductive today and in post-election bliss.

But then I got Counterattack! And Knight 5! This is officially my favoritest day ever! Let the horribly gay canon AU reading commence!

... And color page of Counterattack 2 has Lelouch with a supersoaker vs. totally unsuspecting Suzaku/Schneizel/Lloyd. The levels of awesome this encompasses cannot be measured. And is that Suzaku with a hose inside... When did you turn this gay, Counterattack? When? Was I just not paying attention in Volume 1?
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
I'm amused so many people are entertained by my extremely important political message in the post below.

Rebellion 5 came early. I AM STILL DEPRIVED OF SUZAKU SHOVING A GUN IN LELOUCH'S MOUTH. I am beginning to think this scene was made up. I did however get to see the white knight riding a horse, Lelouch getting shot IN AN UNKNOWN LOCATION it figures, Suzaku looking mad hot in a bloody knight uniform and Zero looking even more like an ass when he shoots Euphie as she's turning around to see Suzaku. Way to be sportsmanly, Zero. I could convince myself it's because he knew Euphie would shoot Suzaku immediately, but I'd rather just think Zero was an ass.

The final Queen was mostly a disappointment, but I did get some Schneizel/Kanon, Guilford porning on Cornelia in his mind, adorable witch!Shirley and adorable LuluShirley. I didn't much care for most of Queen 5's art or stories. Pity.

I want my free Chic-Fil-A.

ETA: ... The Chic-Fil-A is a lie! Damn you, Internet. I have put up with so many things from you (spoilers, anons, trolls, bad fanfiction and generally stupid people) but this time it's personal. You do not mess with the Chic-Fil-A! Now you are going to force me to kill again. And it's a known fact that I have stabbed people in the face for lesser insults. Damn you.
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
So I am contemplating writing an essay about Geass, women and fandom. I probably won't post it until after Sunday since I imagine I will have to add/revise things. But it should help me wrap my head around how I feel about the way Geass treats its female cast. Read: I do not approve.

I'm saving my return trip for the 4th for tomorrow since I need to figure out how to feed my childrens and I don't want to mess with the hell traffic. Plus, I am having too much fun reading spoilers for the movies out in the theaters. It's how I procrastinate cleaning the rest of my clothes.

I want more Fairy Cube. So so badly. I might break down and go to the Barnes & Noble this weekend.

Wow, this post had no point.... Wait did my account just expire? DAMMIT.

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