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18 January 2007 @ 21:11
On Wednesday night, I went to the cinema with kuroe to see Casino Royale. I thought it was a fascinating deconstruction of the Bond mythos, even though I'm sure that most people will just look at me funny if I say that.

Take the idea of the "Bond Girl". In the past, she's been a beautiful woman in very little clothing who can't help falling in love with Bond's charms. In this, the first woman who could be seen as fitting this description is the almost silent wife of [Villain Whose Name I Can't Remember], who's verbally and emotionally abused and goes to Bond when her husband loses a nice car to him. Bond then makes out with her purely for information. More realistic, perhaps, but very interesting when you put the "Bond Girl" template over it.

Additionally, Bond is really quite a nasty and arrogant bastard who's out to prove something. Once again, contrast with the suave Bond who sometimes accidentally comes across in that manner, but is never acknowledged as being as such in the source material.

Finally, I thought one of the first scenes with the free-running was very, very cool. Much more interesting than the standard climactic battle.

I managed to get some nice trousers for work from UNIQLO on Wednesday. Near the store, there was a huge book fayre with lots of antique Japanese books, old copies of Jrock magazines, children's books, random issues of Fantastic Four, idol magazines and Potato and manga. In the end, I bought two doujinshi. The first was a fluffy-but-hardcore golden pair doujinshi. I liked it because Ooishi and Kikumaru switched and both seemed very happy. The second started with Yamato selling a little Tezuka-rabbit to Inui. I really liked the second one!

From Moonphase:
  • A few screenshots and snippets of information concerning Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
  • After-recording comment and photos from some of the women involved in ICE.
  • I haven't really got into Code Geass yet (no space left on my comp!), but these look so cute! They're chibi statues (about 60 mm tall) with real voice samples.
  • Yasuda Tsuyoshi-sensei's Over Drive is going to be made into a TV anime.

    I was meaning to ask, what would you guys make of either a Weiss Kreuz fanfic exchange or a contest timed to end on White Day? Which would you prefer, if any?
    nekojitanekojita on 18th January 2007 10:36 (UTC)
    Sounds like a good shopping expedition for you!

    I might be interested in a fanfic exchange. *pokes muse*
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2007 10:54 (UTC)
    Yeah, it was. And one vote for a fic exchange! ^^

    Btw, I SWEAR I WILL GET WARD TO YOU. ^^ Last month was a little difficult. It's all packaged and everything.
    nekojitanekojita on 18th January 2007 16:00 (UTC)
    Ah! As long as it's not lost in the mail, that's fine. ^.^ Last month was pretty much hectic for everyone so don't worry.
    Thomas Vye: Code Geass Lloyd's Cute Facethomasvye on 18th January 2007 10:54 (UTC)
    Aren't the mini statues so cute! I want the little Lloyd! XD He's such a funny character. :)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2007 10:59 (UTC)
    Like I said, I don't really know CG, but it's number one on the list of anime I want to watch once I sort out my hard drive!
    キャラ エンスイ: Kotengu // @__@kyraensui on 18th January 2007 11:08 (UTC)
    Wow.. FFXIII looks quite amazing and somehow, reminds of Resident Evil 4.....
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:20 (UTC)
    I don't know much about it, unfortunately, just the handful of articles I've read...
    Pez }}morning.maple{{: Yamato - Tezuka-kun *hearts*yuki_scorpio on 18th January 2007 11:24 (UTC)
    Yamato selling a little Tezuka-rabbit to Inui

    That sounds too cute to be true!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:21 (UTC)
    It's true! I immediately thought of you, but figured you must have a doujinshi like that already.
    Rae: Ayame//Shake it!guiltyschu on 18th January 2007 11:55 (UTC)
    I thought it was a fascinating deconstruction of the Bond mythos, even though I'm sure that most people will just look at me funny if I say that.

    AGREED. I really enjoyed Casino Royale and I've always hated Bond films. ^^; I found the new one to be a lot more mature and interesting than any of the other films in the series I've tried to sit through. I thought Bond was actually more likeable as a cocky brat, and that it was a billion times more hot for him to hook up with an intelligent, sophisticated and capable woman. If any of the future Bond films continue follow the same formula I might actually pay to see those too, because I think that by turning the James Bond stereotype on its head they finally got it right.

    And yeah, the free running was awesome. :D
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:22 (UTC)
    Yeah, what you said. Casino Royale is the only Bond I've paid money for. :)
    The Devil's handmaiden: aya time by fiesty_redseraphim_grace on 18th January 2007 12:17 (UTC)
    i went with my mum to see casino royale as she;s a huge bond fan and had this to say - you shouldn't have to have a master's degree to understand it - she was a little drunk and stopped paying attention but i loved it, he is the second best bond since Timothy Dalton.

    i'll be up for a white day exchange.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:24 (UTC)
    I liked Timothy Dalton too, but everyone thinks I'm strange for that too!

    Okay! I think there might even be enough people interested now!
    strawberryjoy on 18th January 2007 15:16 (UTC)
    A White Day contest for the best fic featuring Ken.^^

    Not that I'm trying to take advantage or anything.

    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:25 (UTC)
    Well, if it was a fic exchange, you could request any Ken pairing you liked.
    strawberryjoy on 20th January 2007 10:45 (UTC)
    but I'd have to write something and =/= writer
    Fluffymaru: Hatorifluffymaru on 18th January 2007 15:48 (UTC)

    I think a fic exchange would be best, since I find it difficult to think that the guys would do anything for White Day.

    What kind of rules/set-up would you have for it? Something like yuletide, so did you have something different in mind?
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:26 (UTC)
    Well, it's more like Weiss=White, so it's taking over a holiday that was only invented to sell chocolate. Using the name, rather than the occasion.

    Something like Yuletide, yeah, or Spring Fluff.
    Sharon: Chevalier d'Eon Strengthsharona1x2 on 18th January 2007 17:35 (UTC)
    I was never that interested in James Bond... until now. I love the direction in which the Bond franchise is going.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:27 (UTC)
    Yeah, I really hope it continues this way. :)
    yoinkmyspleen on 18th January 2007 22:15 (UTC)
    I can certainly see why Casino Royale has been getting the raves it has been. But what with this being the film about him not actually being "Bond" yet, I'm not surprised that it's so different ^^;

    I think a lot of people might be mistaken if they think that the bond films are all going to follow this route though. It seemed to me that because this film was about the fact that he hadn't developed his persona yet, it was so gritty and "real" (as if XD) and distinctly not what Bond was really about in the film franchise.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th January 2007 08:29 (UTC)
    I really want it to continue this way and lots of other people seem to as well, and I think "they" will notice that. Also, since it's the first Bond, they're essentially restarting the francise. Having said that, they've filmed all the novels now (in name, at least), so they're kind of free to do what they like with Bond.
    yoinkmyspleen on 20th January 2007 19:39 (UTC)
    I really wasn't being snarky. I'm sorry if it came across like that.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd January 2007 12:37 (UTC)
    Huh? I didn't think that at all! Sorry if I sounded strange. ^^