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As I've gotten older certain anime tropes have started to annoy me more and more. So Andy watches a lot of crap and then wades through it and says, "hey, let's watch this together" or "I want to get your feedback on this one."

And thus we watched Erased together, and it's one of the most innovative anime concepts I've seen in awhile that also managed to avoid all of the tropes that annoy me. The plot is a young man (age 29) has the ability to go back in time and stop fatal events before they happen. When a serial killer who murdered some of his classmates when he was eleven starts killing again, he goes back in time to his 11 year old self and tries to stop the original series of murders from ever happening.

Read more... )
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1. Your child bringing you a DVD of something, that while a cartoon, is not age appropriate. Sorry kiddo, I don't care how much you bat those big beautiful eyes at me, you ain't watching "Princess Mononoke" until you're 13.

2. Knowing an anime that would be perfect for getting your kid into anime, but living with the sad knowledge that the dubbing company gutted it so thoroughly that everything that made it great was lost. I am thinking specifically of Cardcaptor Sakura. And unfortunately kids can't read subtitles.
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This has been brewing in my head for oh, about a year and a half now. A few years back at A-Kon 21 they had an awesome panel about censorship in manga and comics. Let's say, it pitted a lot of conflicting feelings and beliefs within me. This got kickstarted again last night by a discussion in the Slayers community about censorship in the novels, and here I am finally writing this.

Basically, on the one side there is my solid belief that censorship is abhorrent. I may not agree with what someone says, but I will defend their right to say it.

On the other hand, I realize that there are intrinsic problems with translating something that comes from a culture so vastly different then the one it is being introduced to. Jokes that make sense in Culture A go over the heads of the people in Culture B. Things that people in Culture A wouldn't bash an eyelash about would scandalize people in Culture B.

I can think of nothing witty to put here. )
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My husband has recently gotten into Spice and Wolf. He's gone hard core, watching the anime and reading the novels. When we got back from our vacation, there was a package at our door. DH is paranoid about online ordering, so I handle anything purchased online. I was confused because I knew I had not ordered something before leaving for our trip.

DH lit up as he saw them. He explained that the Spice and Wolf novels come with jackets, but for whatever reason when he bought his they did not have them. So DH asked the publisher about them. Yen Press apologized profusely for the lack of book jackets and sent them to him...for free!

Wow! Good customer service from a company that is importing Japanese media to America! A few years ago this seemed to be unheard of.

It made me think of the great Slayers DVD fiasco with CPM and Software Scultpors.

Funny anecdote below! )

Another thing that makes me happy, and on a personal note, is that I'm going to be teaching two classes at the local community college in the fall! General Psychology and Human Development! I'm so excited! I've been wanting to teach adults for awhile and this will be a great opportunity for many reasons. And massive thanks for Gabs who will be watching B. while I teach!
alexeia_drae: (caress)
My husband has recently gotten into Spice and Wolf. He's gone hard core, watching the anime and reading the novels. When we got back from our vacation, there was a package at our door. DH is paranoid about online ordering, so I handle anything purchased online. I was confused because I knew I had not ordered something before leaving for our trip.

DH lit up as he saw them. He explained that the Spice and Wolf novels come with jackets, but for whatever reason when he bought his they did not have them. So DH asked the publisher about them. Yen Press apologized profusely for the lack of book jackets and sent them to him...for free!

Wow! Good customer service from a company that is importing Japanese media to America! A few years ago this seemed to be unheard of.

It made me think of the great Slayers DVD fiasco with CPM and Software Scultpors.

Funny anecdote below! )

Another thing that makes me happy, and on a personal note, is that I'm going to be teaching two classes at the local community college in the fall! General Psychology and Human Development! I'm so excited! I've been wanting to teach adults for awhile and this will be a great opportunity for many reasons. And massive thanks for Gabs who will be watching B. while I teach!
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Well, after seeing A Good Man Goes to War, I can tentatively ship River and the Doctor. Spoilers for A Good Man Goes to War below. )

Also, started watching Beelzebub with my hubby. We saw part of it in the viewing rooms at A-Kon and thought it was hilarious. We are now four episodes into it. Basically it's an anime where a juvenile delinquent finds himself raising a baby, but not just any baby, it's a demon baby! Let's just say, when we've had a bad day with B. it'll be nice to watch Beelzebub and say, "Well, at least he doesn't do that!"

Basically it's cute, funny, and very, very wrong. If you're looking for something feministic, this is one to miss. But for two tired parents who need a break, it's perfect. It's also available on Hulu, though I can't find any info on whether or not it's been licensed by any companies (though if it was being shown at the con the someone must have been interested in licensing it!) The opening is here.
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Well, after seeing A Good Man Goes to War, I can tentatively ship River and the Doctor. Spoilers for A Good Man Goes to War below. )

Also, started watching Beelzebub with my hubby. We saw part of it in the viewing rooms at A-Kon and thought it was hilarious. We are now four episodes into it. Basically it's an anime where a juvenile delinquent finds himself raising a baby, but not just any baby, it's a demon baby! Let's just say, when we've had a bad day with B. it'll be nice to watch Beelzebub and say, "Well, at least he doesn't do that!"

Basically it's cute, funny, and very, very wrong. If you're looking for something feministic, this is one to miss. But for two tired parents who need a break, it's perfect. It's also available on Hulu, though I can't find any info on whether or not it's been licensed by any companies (though if it was being shown at the con the someone must have been interested in licensing it!) The opening is here.
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Well, it wasn't a bad con, and it wasn't an extraordinary con like A-Kon 21. It was just so-so. In some ways this was good. They really didn't have a lot of interesting panels, but since I had the leave B. with my folks and I'm still breastfeeding and had to pump every few hours, it made the logistics of that easier. And I got to catch up on some sleep. Yet compared to last year where there was so much to do that we had to pick and choose, there just wasn't much there this year.

The good and the bad below. )


OK, looking at the pros and cons in that form it was a good con, just had the problem of being a good con trailing on the heels of a great con, so it just pales in comparison. Still, next year I hope they get some more interesting panels. And they fix the cosplay issues.

Animes I am going to check out now:


Andy and I buy and anime series we've not seen before every year to watch it. This year the one we picked up was Noein. Hopefully it's good!


-Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: Heard about this one in the destruction of Tokyo panel and thought it sounded interesting. And tragic, in light of the tsunami.

-And from watching AMVs, going to viewing rooms, and browsing DVDs, we decided these looked interesting and hopefully will be able to check them out sometime. Has anyone seen these? Any non-spoilery feedback :-)
Soul Eater
School Days,
Kaze no Stigma,
and Beelzebub
alexeia_drae: (cool zel)
Well, it wasn't a bad con, and it wasn't an extraordinary con like A-Kon 21. It was just so-so. In some ways this was good. They really didn't have a lot of interesting panels, but since I had the leave B. with my folks and I'm still breastfeeding and had to pump every few hours, it made the logistics of that easier. And I got to catch up on some sleep. Yet compared to last year where there was so much to do that we had to pick and choose, there just wasn't much there this year.

The good and the bad below. )


OK, looking at the pros and cons in that form it was a good con, just had the problem of being a good con trailing on the heels of a great con, so it just pales in comparison. Still, next year I hope they get some more interesting panels. And they fix the cosplay issues.

Animes I am going to check out now:


Andy and I buy and anime series we've not seen before every year to watch it. This year the one we picked up was Noein. Hopefully it's good!


-Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: Heard about this one in the destruction of Tokyo panel and thought it sounded interesting. And tragic, in light of the tsunami.

-And from watching AMVs, going to viewing rooms, and browsing DVDs, we decided these looked interesting and hopefully will be able to check them out sometime. Has anyone seen these? Any non-spoilery feedback :-)
Soul Eater
School Days,
Kaze no Stigma,
and Beelzebub
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I've been going to A-Kon for eight years. There have been good years and bad ones. I am happy to report that this one was exceptional. So here is what will probably be a not as brief run down of the weekend as I would like.

Our camera broke so I don't have any pics. Sorry! )
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I've been going to A-Kon for eight years. There have been good years and bad ones. I am happy to report that this one was exceptional. So here is what will probably be a not as brief run down of the weekend as I would like.

Our camera broke so I don't have any pics. Sorry! )
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Tomorrow the fun starts! Four days in geeky anime bliss at A-Kon 21, which is the anime convention in my area. Cons have kind of gotten a lot of bad press lately, which is unfortunate. Last year at A-Kon over 10,000 people were in attendance. I don't know about how many people attend other conventions, but that it a lot of people, and you're going to get some real scumbags in groups of that number. Fortunately, though, most people who attend are decent people.

As a woman, where else can I go in real life, have another woman ask me what me what my favorite show is, give a totally geeky reply and have her respond, "Oh, I love that show!" instead of, "Oh...my boyfriend likes that I think." Or where can I give a random Kenshin reference and have complete strangers pick up on it?

Usually I'm shy. I don't like talking to people I don't know, mostly because I know that our interests won't overlap and I don't want to get flak for liking something offbeat. That's not a problem at A-Kon because everyone else there is the same. I go there, and I know that there's 10,000 people there who have a common interest with me: anime. And I don't have to worry about being judged negatively for liking it.

So for one weekend out of the year I get a break from being the outcast and get to be surrounded by people with similar interests. Which is the true magic of cons, and why I think they got started in the first place and why they're endured and grown for so long.
alexeia_drae: (yay)
Tomorrow the fun starts! Four days in geeky anime bliss at A-Kon 21, which is the anime convention in my area. Cons have kind of gotten a lot of bad press lately, which is unfortunate. Last year at A-Kon over 10,000 people were in attendance. I don't know about how many people attend other conventions, but that it a lot of people, and you're going to get some real scumbags in groups of that number. Fortunately, though, most people who attend are decent people.

As a woman, where else can I go in real life, have another woman ask me what me what my favorite show is, give a totally geeky reply and have her respond, "Oh, I love that show!" instead of, "Oh...my boyfriend likes that I think." Or where can I give a random Kenshin reference and have complete strangers pick up on it?

Usually I'm shy. I don't like talking to people I don't know, mostly because I know that our interests won't overlap and I don't want to get flak for liking something offbeat. That's not a problem at A-Kon because everyone else there is the same. I go there, and I know that there's 10,000 people there who have a common interest with me: anime. And I don't have to worry about being judged negatively for liking it.

So for one weekend out of the year I get a break from being the outcast and get to be surrounded by people with similar interests. Which is the true magic of cons, and why I think they got started in the first place and why they're endured and grown for so long.

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