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15 November 2008 @ 13:41
I climbed Takao-san again with kuroe. You can now see red and yellow leaves everywhere, so it's a good time to go. I also tried hascap icecream, which is derived from the Ainu word for edible honeysuckle (Thank you Wiki!). Apparently it's linked to eternal youth and life.

We also got to see Fuji-san at sundown, as you can see from the picture. That meant that we had to make our way back down in the dark over uneven terrain, over ridges with gulfs either side. It was fun.

Later, I attended the weekly Kuroshitsuji viewing without a waistcoat, aionwatha wore white and the anime in question was mysteriously crap.

That's what happens when you deviate from the manga, huh? It turns out that the real appeal of the anime was seeing the best scenes coupled with seiyuu and background music. The plot was boring and Sebastian didn't get to do anything except state his hatred for dogs. Um, yeah. Probably one of the most damning things is that it seems to just be ripping off the plot of Hound of the Baskervilles. And yeah, there's a Sir Henry in that book, too. Seems like an obvious homage, until you wonder how many Japanese fans are going to be able to identify the source material. Needless to say that the same would be true if the situation were reversed and a Western show was 'paying homage' to Japanese lit.

We also ordered pizza. aionwatha asked me what store I wanted to order from and I replied that it had to be Pizza Hut. You win, Code Geass, you win.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 15th November 2008 05:00 (UTC)
Ooh was that from the same place that sells the famous grape ice cream? I'll have to try it! *wants to live forever*
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th November 2008 05:17 (UTC)
Actually, no. It was around that area with the pay binoculars that I think I remember you saying was a popular place to commit suicide (ironic, huh?). It's a little past the chair lift and has lots of vending machines and vendors.
reichsfreiherr on 15th November 2008 14:35 (UTC)
I’ve only skimmed the first episode of Kuroshitsuji enough to be impressed by the chap put into the furnace and then unimpressed with the fact that he was apparently let go. This is making me wonder if it’s worth my even bothering with the rest, especially since the million and one versions of Hound of the Baskervilles already annoy me without the plotline being applied elsewhere. On the other side of things though I really wouldn’t mind seeing an anime version of The Picture of Dorian Grey because it seems like a concept that could work. It certainly managed to work in black and white with Angela Lansbury after all and animation would give it a wider scope.
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th November 2008 14:40 (UTC)
I think the manga is worth your time and, should you like it, then maybe the anime will be too. I'm not entirely sure what people are getting from watching just the anime anymore. The plotting is atrocious.

The Picture of Dorian Gray would be fun... XD
凱pyrrhic_victoly on 17th November 2008 18:31 (UTC)
Pretty, pretty mountains <3
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2008 05:56 (UTC)
Thanks. :)
Gray: Doctor Horrible / Happenstancegraymm on 31st December 2008 14:15 (UTC)
OMG! How come I didn't see this before?

I miss Takao-san like woah. And I've NEVER seen Fuji from the viewing platform because the weather's always been crap when I climbed. XD The photo of yours = awesome.

And they DO sell grape ice cream. My mom and I tried it one Saturday in July. It's pretty powerful stuff. :D

Sorry to reply more than a month late. XDD; Oops.
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st January 2009 00:56 (UTC)
I've seen it a couple of times from there (including two days ago!), but never as clear as this one time. I also see it on my way to work, in Saitama. The one place I've never seen it is Hakone, which is famous for its view of Fuji. :)

Ah, yeah, the grape icecream. It's actually grape vinegar, I believe. It's being sold in a different place to the hascap stuff though.