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19 November 2006 @ 01:40
The latest film I want to see is Kisarazu Cats Eye. One of my students described as a Japanese parody of Field of Dreams, but then added that she hadn't seen that movie, so it was just a guess. kuroe added that people were queueing overnight in Ikebukuro for it.

Anyway, I read a review on a movie site and it said that the director of Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (AKA Yaji-san and Kita-san The Midnight Pilgrims) was the scriptwriter. That clinches it. I have to see this movie.

When Pez visited us, we showed her that movie and I think she was... quite taken with it? Anyway, it's about gay Edo-era bikers on crack. I realise that the '...on crack' addition is quite the cliche, but I feel that it's acceptable in this case, since they are quite literally on crack. And mushrooms. You'll find a torrent on Pez's journal (the last link I typed). I recommend it if you are both difficult to offend and easily amused.

One of my students told me this story last week and it's too good not to pass on.

His father passed away about ten years ago and he and his family chose a wooden cross to represent his father in the graveyard. It rotted away very quickly and they had to consult the monk to find out where his grave was.

Around the same time, on the anniversary of his death, his father started visiting him at night. He wasn't frightening, just kept asking how he was and how people were keeping. My student was scared anyway, since he was a ghost. He also added that he was a 'Western-style ghost' with feet and everything. His siblings were also seeing the same thing at the same time.

They decided to hire a Buddhist monk to pray over his grave and got him a traditional Buddhist headstone once the haunting had being going on for a few years. However, being Christians (his father wasn't), they were against it.

The visitations stopped, but the man found that he could see ghosts and capture them on film. He's a professional bodybuilder at a gym and his coworker died after overdosing on steroids. He has many pictures of the coworker long after he died. I asked if he had any on him and he did. He showed me this picture of him and two other friends who were linking arms. In the space between their hands, slightly out of perspective, is the face of someone. There's no space behind them, just a wall. And on my student's shoulder was the shadow of a hand...

(In the same picture frame, there was picture of my student and his friends doing their jobs as bodybuilders, all greased up and in posing pouches. He's about sixty, by the way. :))

I've kind of been losing touch with the latest anime recently. It's kinda difficult to keep track when you have neither a TV or your own internet connection. I haven't even finished Juuousei. That should be changing very soon as kuroe sent off a form for internet and we may well be getting it. But it takes a notoriously long time over here.

Code Geass
Death Note
d. grayman
Marginal Prince
Princess Princess D

Poll #870549 Anime

What current anime or other downloadable media are unmissable?

What older anime are unmissable?



One of my favourite anime was Gilgamesh. The art style initially attracted me because it was so different, but I wouldn't have seen it if Semishade hadn't put it onto CD and sent it to me. Forget complaining about the art style (a lot of people did) -- the tight plotting and spectacular twists are superb. Please see it if you can, because the story is worth it.

Another one of my favourites was Ai no Kusabi. I cannot begin to understand why they haven't licenced it. It is, without a doubt, the finest BL anime ever. Now, admittedly, the contenders for that title are neither great in number or quality, but the voices are beautiful and the animation is amazing for that time period. It's just a beautiful, heartbreaking story.

Another vaguely BL anime (actually, I believe it was definitely BL in its time, but wouldn't be considered such if released today) that is worth checking out is Kaze to Ki no Uta (Song of the Wind and the Trees). You'll be crying from start to finish.

I guess I like anime with emotional impact and twists.

I started reading Tennis no Oujisama from almost the beginning. I actually only bought volume two at the second hand bookstore in order to hide my real purchase, which was a copy of the Japanese X-Men manga.

When X-Men: The Animated Series first aired, they licensed the idea in Japan. This isn't actually the same one as was published in America; it's been drawn by a Japanese artist and is in black and white. Marvel actually translated it back, along with Spider-Man, but to limited success. I don't think they got beyond the first volume. The problem with X-Men that it was pretty much a translation of a translation of an animation which already existed in comic form.

The Spider-Man manga was a little more interesting as it was a complete reimagining. Some things, like villain's identities, caught me by surprise even though they were fairly obvious since they had a different relationship to Peter Parker than in the American comic. That, too, didn't last very long.

In any case, I have volume two of the Japanese attempt at the X-Men. I'm so proud.

(All of this obscures the fact that I BOUGHT TENNIS NO OUJISAMA TO LOOK RESPECTABLE.)

Which reminds me -- the regular Tenimyu tickets go on sale tomorrow, don't they? I probably won't get any since I have to work. One of the staff rang me yesterday and asked me to come to work a little earlier, which -- while it's about forty minutes after the tickets go on sale -- is still not an adequate time-frame for all the machine-hammering you have to do. I'd refuse, but I've NEVER successfully got Tenimyu tickets through the Loppi machine, so it hardly seems worth it.

It was my one year anniversary in Japan on the sixteenth! I went to karaoke in Ikebukuro with kuroe until about 1.30am. I don't know why I'm good at some songs and terrible at others. I can't do Buck-Tick's 'Dress' at all (basicblack sings it very well though!). But apparently 'Chichi wo moge' is my song, silly voices in the middle and all.

On the same day, WARD came out! It was a little difficult to translate since the sound of pages turning is Very Exciting to cats. A couple of pages have tiny bite marks in them...

Weiss Side B #34 Emissary of the Devil (text translation)

As we predicted, Christine!Chloe was killed in a suitably dramatic way. It was nice to see something happen after last issue and the lead up to it was Weiss-style melodrama!

There's also an ad for a related magazine called 'Arcana' which features work from Kouga Yun-sensei and Minekura Kazuya-sensei. The first issue's theme is gentlemen-that-assist-you (yeah, that's my best attempt at translation -_-;;) and the cover by Minekura-sensei is gorgeous.
..imaginary forces..: belovedbriarwolf on 18th November 2006 17:34 (UTC)
I bought Arcana thanks to seeing it on Amazon Japan recently. (Being such a sucker for Minekura-sensei made it irresistable. ^^;;;)

It's actually a book, rather than a magazine, with several short stories. It's listed as volume 1 on the cover, and also has the word "Butler" in English on the cover, which seems to be what they were going for in the gentlemen-that-assist-you catergory. The color insert by Kouga-sensei is also lovely. There are several manga-ka that I'm not familiar with in it, but after this I'll be looking out for more of their work. And engaging in being jealous of WARD, as I can't find a single place to order it from within the US.

Oooh. Living in a haunted house myself, I find your student's story fascinating. We haven't managed to catch our ghost on film, though I did see him once.

And, the Ai no Kusabi novels have been licensed now, though still no sign of the anime yet. Considering how much I cried at that anime, I think I may steer clear of The Song of Wind and Trees.

Congrats on your one year anniversary! Has it been all that you'd thought it would be?
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:07 (UTC)
It looks really beautiful, so I'm very tempted to get it. I could see if I could get you WARD. I already buy it for Nekojita.

I'd love to hear more about your ghost...! I love true ghost stories!

There have been some difficult times, but generally it's been wonderful! I'm signing up for another year!
The Devil's handmaiden: angstwing bwinterseraphim_grace on 18th November 2006 17:36 (UTC)
I am a DC fangirl rather than Marvel although it took years to make that switch, but DC are more open to manga, if they release it in the east, they release it in the west, including a wonderful batman tankoubon by the man who did Steam Detectives (can i remember his name) about identity, that they flopped for the main audiences and then got lots of letters saying "two face is backwards"
they have lots of them, and have started publishing "manga" as well as comics, but Marvel are either well ahead of the times, or well behind them.
there is a joke at the moment that Marvel has black people but DC has gays. DC is darker, less soap operaie, but MArvel is more fun and less heavy.
ah well, the death manga DC released through vertigo is sucky by the way.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:11 (UTC)
I've always been more into Marvel. The X-Men cartoon in the 90s definitely started me down that path! I have occasionally dabbled with DC, but only new, standalone titles like Transmet or Young Heroes in Love.
zafiro_v on 18th November 2006 17:42 (UTC)
Scary ghost story...
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:12 (UTC)
But I love stories like that! :)
(no subject) - zafiro_v on 19th November 2006 11:19 (UTC) (Expand)
nekojitanekojita on 18th November 2006 18:02 (UTC)
Many thanks for the translation!
菖蒲: оружия и орудияeye_ame on 18th November 2006 18:40 (UTC)
And I do hope to see scans of #33 and #34 sometime soon... please!..
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菖蒲: фонтан бесконечного отчаяньяeye_ame on 18th November 2006 18:39 (UTC)
Aaaah!! Thankee!! ♥
Yes, Christine/Chloe's death was quite predictable, and I was pretty sure none of the KB will suffer.
It is good to see some action finally!
*runs off to read*
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:13 (UTC)
Well, Chloe's yet to react to her death. I can't wait!
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Stella: ayaxkenstella_owned on 18th November 2006 20:41 (UTC)
Thanks a ton for the translation!
I wasn´t surprised that Christine!Chloe was dying, actually. Now there´s plenty of time for Chloe angst. *headdesk*
I only hope he doesn´t go Yohji and starts seeing Christine!Chloe in every woman, which´ll cause him to break down sobbing and tearing his hair out...

And I keep hearing about Gilgamesh. I was looking for it a few months ago, but it´s kind of hard to get. All the pics I saw looked beautiful, though.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:16 (UTC)
Yeah, I can't wait to see the fallout from what he did!

Definitely get Gilgamesh if you can -- I believe it's been licenced, so it should be easy!
Pez }}morning.maple{{yuki_scorpio on 18th November 2006 20:44 (UTC)
According to the official tenimyu site, it's possible to buy the tickets online here (http://info.pia.co.jp/et/promo/play/tenipri.jsp), although I haven't looked at it in detail...
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:17 (UTC)
They keep asking me for my Pia login, so I don't really understand... Well, it was too late by the time I tried it anyway.
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tgreywords on 18th November 2006 23:03 (UTC)
Here's where to get the anime I recommended:

Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:17 (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
Nia Jonestakuropop on 19th November 2006 10:41 (UTC)
Kizarasu Cats Eyes was also made into a TV drama in 2002. It had a lot of the popular young idol-actors in it (and lots of cameos)


If you're interested ^__^
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:18 (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's why it was so popular. But I'm shallow enough that the gay Edo bikers are what's spurring me on to watch it. ^^
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: got chinko?dilettantka on 19th November 2006 11:00 (UTC)
Heh.. we have very similar taste in anime. I would love to rewatch Ai no Kusabi sometime.

and I hate trying to get tenimyu tickets so much.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th November 2006 11:20 (UTC)
You should visit sometime, when you're not busy! We could watch... stuff.

Every time I get so angry at the management. But it's not like I'm going to boycott it or anything. *sigh* They know that...
nekonexus on 19th November 2006 18:24 (UTC)
That's an awesome ghost story! ^_^

and... this may sound odd, but... could I borrow it (with credit)? See, the character I play over at domino_effect collects this sort of thing, and although he's not writing about ghosts at the moment, it's great to have a stockpile of stories for when he does want to do an article. ^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on 20th November 2006 12:45 (UTC)
Sure, feel free. :)