40 Day Anime Meme - Day 15

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:04 pm
kalloway: (Starfoxy)
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15 -- what is your favorite harem anime?

Oh, I have so many smart-ass answers for this... I've seen some of the classic 'harem' series - Love Hina, Tenchi Muyo, etc. And a lot of reverse-harem shows, too, which might be a later question?

I'm not sure Kyou Kara Maou counts in either direction, but it springs to mind. *laughs* Also Angelique, Pretear, Hakuoki... I definitely have acquired a lot of 'pretty boy love interests galore!' shows. *laughs more*

Tenchi probably has had the most influence on me, but I know it's a series that hasn't necessarily aged well. ^^;; Any remaining art for Kalloway (the character) shows a strong resemblance to Ryoko and that's not accidental.

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Jul. 27th, 2017 12:59 pm
taichara: (Phantasm Demon General)
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YST has been chewing on my hindbrain for something like a week now, no matter what other things I'm actively poking at.

Maybe I should just give in ...

40-anime meme: Day 15

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:36 am
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- hehehe)
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15 -- what is your favorite harem anime?

I'm going to blatantly "cheat" here, because 1) the series that should be going here as an answer isn't, since I want it for a different category *lol* 2) what I'm about to name I've only watched animated in bits and snips despite having the whole thing on my drive oops, unlike having the manga snugly on my shelf and having made lolariously terrible attempts at untranslated and barely-translated ROMs back in the mists of fossil time.

That's right, folks, today we're talking about Angelique! Original flavour if you please, not that new cast/reboot/whatever it was that came out a few years ago. I've been scaring up bits of this series about as long as I was stalking Terra e and Earthian, which is to say pretty much as of when I first got off the Rock and discovered life was easier with an internet connection, lol.

Angelique also, alas, was my first encounter with the absolutely creeptastic fanon that can and will get applied to a character no matter how goddamned nonsensical it is. Seriously, Lumiale, you do not deserve that kind of wtfery ...

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 14

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:47 pm
kalloway: (Dex & Sin 2)
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14 -- what is your favorite action anime?

How the fuck are we actually defining this? This is like 95% of what I watch...

You know what... since I haven't had a chance to really talk about it yet, let's go with Kiddy Grade. I adore Kiddy Grade, a fact that usually confuses anyone who is peripherally aware of the series but hasn't actually seen the whole thing. But Kiddy Grade is basically everything I like in anime, rolled into one. Action, drama, intrigue, pretty girls, pretty boys, robots, space fighting, humor, plenty of UST, amazing amounts of room for poking at the universe, etc. It is basically my anime happy place. ^_^


Jul. 26th, 2017 11:08 am
taichara: (Merak)
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The Problem With Mighty No. 9's Game Manuals

I could write commentary on all this, right here, but I won't.

No, no. You need to hit that link and see the jaw-dropping level of LOLWHAT yourself, because there's not a thing I could say or add that would improve on the sheer mind-blowing ahahahahwhat of the reality.

... Well, maybe there is one thing:

taichara: (Zor Derelda)
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Through the power of the intertubes I snagged a digital copy of Robotech #1 last night at work, because I wanted to read it damnit and the dead tree version is delayed a week because of a distributor gaffe.

So snagged it was (go Google Play go) and I have to say, I liked what I read. Which was a pleasant surprise, let me tell you, because I have a looong history of being ferociously cranky about First Gen for maaaany reasons all of which have been ranted about on here at various times, lol but no, I enjoyed this.

Some observations, positive, not so positive and just kind of neutral:

- Roy being brought to the crash site of Zor's ship/"the Visitor" by someone with a Hayes nameplate is iiiiinteresssstiiiing and I can't help but wonder if that's Lisa's arsehole father.

- We don't see anything else of the exploration, so the Genesis: Robotech story with Roy/Lang/Gloval/Edwards and discovering Zor's recording and etc etc isn't here. But that's okie, because it would probably muddy the waters ... Gloval makes a few mutterings that make me think he Knows Things[tm], though.

- Rick is still a tool, and no one is surprised. He's a tool in trying to get any contact with "big brother", though, which is a little more sympathetic. (kind of.) He also seems a bit older. (good.)

- Minmei -- also seemingly older -- has been given (what can be discerned from a single issue) a personality and behaviour overhaul and therefore I tentatively declare that this may be the first Robotech with a Minmei I didn't want fed slowly to sharks. I do wonder what these changes will cause re: tweakings to her cousin.

- A loooot of characters in this one issue! It might or might not be overload for someone not already familiar, but I think the breakneck "we are being invaded!1!!11" pace helps, weirdly enough. You get the impression that we'll see more when the cast has more time to breathe.

- Important Things Called Out Immediately: include Lisa's rank (Lieutenant Commander), Roy and Claudia's relationship. I approve. Make sure the readers are aware of these things.

- The art's kind of fug in that Scroffy Western Comics 'Realistic' Style[tm], but not unbearable. Roy looks a little weird without the lantern jaw but I'll cope ;3 I really like how they tackled Lisa's hair.

There's probably more, but I've only read the thing once so far; give me a dead tree copy to pore over and I'll have more to say, I'm sure.

But the driving point is that I legitimately enjoyed this, and I want to see what happens in the next issue even though I know Robotech like the back of my hand -- and this, from someone who hasn't had a good thing to say about First Gen anything in something like two decades.

So, yeah. There's a sign, if you want one?

40-anime meme: Day 14

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:18 am
taichara: (Camus!)
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14 -- what is your favorite action anime?

"Action" is it --?

Saint Seiya.

I mean come on the entire thing revolves around duders with amazing hair and shiny armour who are all superhumanly able to take out and dish out damage tearing the bejeezus out of each other with awesome powers and occasionally their bare hands.

Sometimes for Love And Justice In This World By The Will Of Our Goddess Athena, sometimes because it's a goddamn fighting tournament and that's what you do, yo, (my kingdom for more of the Galaxian Tournament ahahaha), sometimes because fuck that guy.

What's not to love? 83

aside from the disappointing lack of blood splatters in more recent iterations, alas ~

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 13

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:40 pm
kalloway: (Yoyo Yoko)
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13 -- what is your favorite comedy anime?

Here is Greenwood is one of the most bizarre and charming series ever. It is hilarious, but it is not a straight comedy. In fact, the manga contains one of my go-to tear-jerker sequences... But when it's funny, it is very very funny.

Doujin Work is a short series based on a 4koma manga that is also hilarious. It is not afraid to go anywhere and (thankfully) often does. It chronicles the adventures of a group of doujin-making friends... working towards one of them trying to go pro as a manga-ka.

40-anime meme: Day 13

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:00 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- goober)
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13 -- what is your favorite comedy anime?

On a certain level, I would have a much easier time with this if we were talking about manga, not anime.

But on the given level, Bakuretsu Hunters is a thing that exists and it will never not be my platonic ideal of hilarity wrapped up in a very pointed package. And with one hell of a punch at the end for all that. It veers away from the original manga somewhat plot-wise and in some cases very much so characters-wise but it is very much its own thing and I love it. I love it to pieces.

There's also not a single goddamn element in it that wouldn't have modern fandom shrieking for the hills and I think I love it even more because of that fact.

Not the characters.

Not the character designs.

Not the background, nor the setting, nor the special powers (ahahahahahahhahahahaa no), nor the plot. Not a single goddamn thing and I love it so <3

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 12

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:34 pm
kalloway: Saito from Rurouni Kenshin who's pulled a glove off with his teeth (RuroKen Saito Yum)
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12 -- what is your favorite romance anime?

Wow, this is one of those questions where I'm stumped when it comes to anime, but I'll have trouble narrowing it down in regards to manga if I end up doing the meme again with the subject swapped.


Actual Anime With A Lot of Romance In It Even If It Isn't A 'Romance' Anime - Vandread. Which isn't terribly romantic at all, but does have a lot of developing/established romantic subplots worth rooting for/enjoying. ^_^

Terrible Anime Based On Good Romance Manga - Alice in the Country of Hearts. The anime isn't worth watching, but the manga/games its based on are enjoyable and filled with gorgeous boys and it's fun to watch Alice's interactions with all of them (especially her love interest in each path). But the animated movie version just isn't worth it. Or only worth it if you're already a fan.

I do have some BL series like Gakuen Heaven, Sukisyo, etc. but I don't think I could list those as 'favorites'. I like Gakuen Heaven but think the main couple's romance is boring. ^^;;

how things get done(?) in my life

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:11 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- WAT DO)
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[personal profile] taichara: oh gawd
[personal profile] eliyes: ?
[personal profile] taichara: I was going to go to bed but the FATAL And Friends goonthread is talking about the old Sailormoon rpg and how terrible it is (and all the other old Guardians of Order terrible fanbook/rpg supplements for BESM, etc) and I wanna read the thread before I snooze
[personal profile] taichara: I also wanna dig out my book lol
[personal profile] eliyes: XD
[personal profile] taichara: and/or hit up ebay and see if I can't find the never-grabbed badwrong Fushigi books. or the other Utena book, I have one actually kicking around. none of them were as comprehensive as the Sailormoon one though, which was a complete rpg in and of itself and not a supplement
[personal profile] taichara: and duuuuuude I can do TERRIBLE THEEEEEENGS with this + Anarchy
[personal profile] taichara: TERRIBLLLLLOOOOO
[personal profile] eliyes: protosammy: *really strong considers a sord in that case!*
[personal profile] taichara: why, protosammie ~? 83
[personal profile] eliyes: protosammie: seems to be the only melee weapon that really shows up?
[personal profile] eliyes: protosammie: ...okay, and there's someone with a whip
[personal profile] taichara: you can change it up some!
[personal profile] taichara: (... oh gawd I could go through and write shadow amps for everything)
[personal profile] eliyes: (DOO EET)
[personal profile] eliyes: somewhere Kythi senses life is about to get sparkly
[personal profile] taichara: moohaha
[personal profile] taichara: so now I'm smashing together Shadowrun, Sailormoon and knowing me probably Gunvolt.
[personal profile] taichara: booya
[personal profile] eliyes: 8D

40-anime meme: Day 12

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:16 am
taichara: (third king)
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12 -- what is your favorite romance anime?

For lack of a concrete definition of a "romance anime" and, for that matter, much of an interest in "romance" in general, for this one I'm going to take the shortest, simplest and easiest route:


I mean granted, as far as members of the cast I'm most fond of go, I'm not overfond of some anime additions as far as ~romance goes (looking right at you, Saphir), but it's still by far the most qualified for this one, I'd say.

Besides it's right in the opening theme: a "miracle romance" ;3~

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 11

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:15 am
kalloway: (ToX Ivar)
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11 -- what is your favorite drama anime?

This was a hard one, because most mecha anime qualifies as drama. While I don't know all the questions on this meme, I know there are a couple of mecha ones coming up. A lot of what I thought of that is very dramatic is also more romance or mecha or action or... whatever. So a straight-up 'first thought for this is drama' was really hard.

So here are two:

Planetes, which is a wonderful story about space-debris collectors. Both it and the manga made me cry so many times.

Starship Operators, about a warship of trainees basically financing their battles by being broadcast 24/7. As soon as anyone gets a name and any sort of subplot, expect them to die.

Both shows play space incredibly straight and while Planetes is the harder sci-fi, Starship Operators is the more brutal.

They are both very, very good.

40-anime meme: Day 11

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:44 am
taichara: (Soldier Blue)
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11 -- what is your favorite drama anime?

These categories, honestly ... *sighs* *lol* How are we defining "drama" here, anyway? Does it even matter?

I'm deciding it doesn't matter, regardless, and my choice for this one is:

Terra e.

Because frankly if that's not some classic storytelling wrapped up in a dramatical package I don't know what is. There's a reason this series is still a Thing in Japan -- and had the anime version in question aired in 2007 -- despite being as old as I am.

I do prefer the manga on basically all counts, but that's fine, lol. It's weird to see Blue as long as he's seen, though ;3~

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:55 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- smug)
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ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Goes to Second Printing

Apparently they were wiped out of copies at SDCC also.


40 Day Anime Meme - Day 10

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:54 am
kalloway: (Yoyo Yoko)
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10 -- what is your favorite 'moe' anime?

Hmm. I don't watch a lot of slice-of-life/girls-doing-everyday-things shows, which is where I think a lot of moe falls. I know Oreimo had a lot of moe elements, as does Eromanga Sensei (which I need to catch up on). And I did enjoy Girls Und Panzer and Gunslinger Girl, though for the latter I'd recommend the manga over the anime.

40-anime meme: Day 10

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:48 am
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- NO.)
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And now we hit the genre gauntlet and let's see what I wind up dredging up -- except --

10 -- what is your favorite 'moe' anime?

I don't watch moeblob bullshit and I would rather pour battery acid in my eyes than start, thank you very much.

Robotech -- maybe miracles DO happen?

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:59 am
taichara: (Zor -- smirk)
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Well, Robotech certainly woke up.

So hot on the heels of the Ghost Fleet Saga clarification/reveal/whatever came the announcement of volume one of a bloody set of art/reference books from Udon. And new merch (most of which I was not and am not interested in -- but I just had six tshirts and a wallscroll arrrive from the Robotech Store so I guess they got me anyway? lol). And of course there's the new comic about to start --

SDCC hit this week and holy crow I think the floodgates are about to burst open. Just off the top of my head:

- well, the comic, of course
- even more merch/toys/collectibles
- a board game and a dice/card game
- the live-action movie has its director and producer set and is supposedly getting fast-tracked

And, possibly most significant in my own opinion, after having been moribund ever since Shadow Chronicles and literally nonexistent except for the shop for at least the last several years the official Robotech site has come back to life.

I wish they'd wiped the old forum content though because I'm petty

The new site is spiffy and shiny and is already packed with character bios and mecha information and a clickable timeline (that I should take a closer look at to see if there's been yet another overhaul, lololol) and ship/mecha size comparisons and etc etc.

But most importantly of all?

When you go into the setting encyclopedia section of the site, Sentinels is right there along with everything else. And it has its share of character bios and suchsort.

I haven't been alive enough to dig out every detail and see just what they have there, but I know the important part immediately. And that important part is that Sentinels is restored to Robotech canonicity.

I am going to die of fucking joy.

Aside from that, of course 99.9% of all this new stuff is for First Gen. But starting at the beginning only makes sense with what they're doing, and who knows, maybe in the face of possible changes and new things altogether (Ghost Fleet Saga!), I can start paying some~ attention to First Gen without too much bitterness.

besides Roy is calling me

I'm going to be really curious as to whether Edwards turns up in the new comic and when and what context, if he does, though ...

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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:22 pm
kalloway: (TotA Tear)
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Whew-- Friday. This was a long, hot week.

I scheduled the window installation, which is still a month out (as expected). While this company seems relatively efficient, affordable, and I've heard very good things about the actual windows, their customer service has been just shy of atrocious. I had to beg the scheduling rep to stay on the phone to answer a couple of basic questions like 'how much space should I have clear around each window?' and whatnot. And this is after two other people coming out to measure, etc. and making disparaging and freakshow comments about my place.

Mostly, when I haven't been too groggy to do anything, I've been playing Brave Exvius. I'm not far into the story, since there are so many events to poke around in otherwise. So for every bit I progress the story, I'm burning through my energy gauge with grinding and whatnot. I did manage to score a Warrior of Light today, so I'm excited. I haven't had a chance to do much with him, though. I actually really like the BE original summons as much as anyone. There may be drabbles forthcoming. ^^;;

I want to try to do some writing this weekend. We'll see. It's been so long... I suppose I can get back to putting some stuff up on AO3 and whatnot, too? I probably have less than 5% of my total output up over there. *facepalms*

There's no time like the present!

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 9

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:47 pm
kalloway: (GS MSV Strike Rouge)
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09 -- name an anime character you absolutely hate.

'Hate' is a strong word for me. I have plenty of characters I really, really don't like. The few downright hates that come to mind are all from video game land...

And one definitely-anime example where a character had what could have been an endless amount of potential except it was completely disregarded and... wasted anyone on a character who had been established by the bulk of the previous canon to have absolutely no reason to exist.

Stellar Loussier from Gundam SEED Destiny.

And then whoops, like a thousand words of explanation! )
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