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08 October 2007 @ 20:13
Like I said yesterday, I signed the forms I needed at nine on Saturday morning at Shinjuku Head Office to get my visa paperwork. It looks like my area manager rushed it through. ♥

Before I knew about any of this, crabsushi kept me company with chocolate and coffee until I felt sick. This isn't a complaint! ♥

The head office is on the twenty-third floor of a building straight out of a sci-fi epic. Although it's an oblong, the centre is hollow and you can look straight down to the black-tiled courtyard below from the inner corridor. From the offices themselves, you get a good view of Shinjuku and the rest of Tokyo. There's also a pendulum clock around 27 metres tall that stretches from the ground upwards. The pendulum itself makes up at least half of that height. I heard that Shinjuku (specifically Kabukicho) was used as inspiration when designing the sets of Blade Runner and you can understand that completely.

Speaking of Blade Runner, I watched a bit of Ghost In The Shell: Innocence the other night, which often has the same kind of atmosphere and 'feel' to it, I think. The blurring of the boundaries between human and machine, the sense of alienation, even the soundtracks have similar qualities. It really hit me when Batou is in his apartment with his dog. The lights are flashing in from outside and you can even see a tiny fan in the corner. He also briefly flashbacks(?) to a scene with a clockwork dog. It's so sad, but I don't know why!

The difficulty with Innocence though is that the dialogue is really, really hard to follow (luckily, the plot's very simple). They're making up words and the officials are sprouting military & police terms which are sometimes five kanji long and beyond -- I had to put the Japanese subs on! Even so, I'm only watching half an hour at a time since it's too depressing otherwise. Stunning visuals, though!

This or this?

Poll #1067767 WIN or FAIL?

Does Warner Brothers win or fail overall?


I went to the final showing of the Shounen Onmyouji musical today. I bought the ticket a long while ago...

I feel a lot happier now! The musical was lots of fun. One thing I didn't know was who was playing who, although I knew Juri was in it. But if you have an anime musical with a tall, hulking, hot biseinen and you have Juri in your cast... well, who do you think he's going to play?

They seemed to drop the songs as the finale approached, but I thought they were really catchy. I guess they are best described as combining Shinto-style chants and disco music. Seriously, how is that not awesome?

While watching Juri was enjoyable, I really liked the woman playing Mokkun. I thought that was going to be the character that would either make or break the musical. I mean, a talking rabbit-cat-thing? It's going to take a lot of convincing! But she did it well and had a strong singing voice.

The shikigami were very easy on the eye (Guren and Seiryuu!), although I was a little concerned by a few of the really young cast members -- specifically the pink demon kid. Too young, really.

The DVD will be released on the 25th February, so maybe I'll have money by then?

Koyasu's blog:

2nd October 2007 (Tuesday) // Many things.

I bought a Shingata PSP. It's really only because I wanted to play Mon-Hun, like on TV. I could see them on there many times. But I decided I couldn't do that yet since I'm currently playing Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon on the DS. It's a deeply moving story, so it might make you cry. Ah, they had my admiration because of the way they showed there are still pure things in this world, but afterwards a huge number of my Pokemon died and their experience points were wasted. Agh, such fleeting life! (_´Д`)ノ~~
Well, Kirin The Gold is delicious anyway.
When there's something I can't do, I become a beer alien. (●^ー^●) Mwahah!
I watched Terminal on DVD. If you're careless, it might make you cry. Aren't I pure? But I was still thinking about how my Pokemon were murdered!
Keith was murdered.
Koumei was murdered.
Travel-Rabbit was pretty.
Thanks to everyone for your help.
Although saying goodbye is a lonely task, I loved them. (●^ー^●) We had many stories to tell.

Well, "Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro" will be broadcast very soon. Whether you're able to watch it or not, let's celebrate. ゜+。(*′∇`)。+゜ GO GO FESTIVA~~~~~L!! ヾ(=^▽^=)ノ I want to enjoy it in real time~~! o(^∇^o)(o^∇^)o

  • A Shingata PSP literally means "Newtype PSP", but I think it's being used as a brand name, so I didn't translate it.
  • Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon means "Mysterious Dungeon of Pokemon". Also the game's name, so not translated.
  • Kirin The Gold is a heavily-advertised type of beer.
  • His listing of all his characters that have died is hilarious in Japanese because the sentence are shorter, more overblown and more uniform. If I told you that "wa" means "is" and "mo" means "is as well" (basically...!), perhaps you'll be able to able to understand it in the same way I did, since he used English for everything else!
    "Keith mo genocide. Koumei mo genocide. Travel-Rabbit wa pretty."
    Sorry if you think the translation I used was pretty poor after reading that and laughing your head off, but I found 'genocide' difficult to use and still keep the sincere brevity of the sentence.

    Still, I wonder, after the beer reference...

    Poll #1067768 Hail Koyasu!

    Did Koyasu-sama post this drunk?

    Thomas Vye: Hidan Forkingthomasvye on 8th October 2007 12:18 (UTC)
    Hmm. SO DIVIDED! Sweeny Todd is inevitably pretty, because Tim Burton makes such pretty films. And Sondheim is just a genius. But...sorry, Johnny Depp. You just aren't George Hearn. And why oh why do people have to keep casting Helena Bonham Carter in things? If she's as bad in this as she was in Harry Potter (replacing David Tennant in the 'I have mistaken pulling faces for acting' situation) it will quite spoil it. ;_; I just don't know about it. *mew*
    golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 8th October 2007 14:50 (UTC)
    He posted it drunk, but he's cracked normally so it's hard to tell the difference... %^D

    BTW, there's a new director's cut of Blade Runner coming out on DVD around Xmas. It cleans up a few things (e: before you could see film crew when Batty's chasing Decker in The Bradbury). I can see how Shinjuku was a model for it.

    And Warner Bros... if you think Robinov is the only one thinking that, well,... He's the only one to vocalize it. But I still want to see Sweeney Todd. I want to see Sweeney Todd on Broadway with Angela Lansbury starring, but it's a little late for that. %^<

    This may also be an attempt to get some publicity, or reflect some internal turf war. It's kind of hard to tell where this is coming from.
    strawberryjoy on 8th October 2007 21:18 (UTC)
    My favourite chick flicks are Aliens and Terminator 2. Both of which I understand were Massive Failures at the Box Office...