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11 April 2011 @ 17:38
Anime: Blood C Designs by Clamp
Anime: Tenipuri Movie ...They're going to England?
Earthquake: Landmarks Lit Up For Japan
LJ DOS Attack: Check Your IP (via sorion)
Nature: Cat and Dolphin Become Friends (Video)
Weiss Kreuz: AU Weiss Kreuz Fanart (via balljointedomi) I have almost no idea what's going on, but - to my surprise and shame - I CAN read the Russian in the title.
Weiss Kreuz: Youji/Schuldig Fanart (NSFW) (from indelicateink)

I went out for hanami with some friends yesterday. The park was crowded despite there being no extra toilets or rubbish pits -- which actually made it more pleasant.

I start work tomorrow, but not looking forward to it. It's going to be tough for the next seven months, both in terms of workload and pay. And here I thought I was being honest... I'm going to start making bento to take to work. I'm not sure if it's cheaper than school lunch, but a lot of the ALTs are concerned about food quality this year. Quite reasonable, since even at the best of times you hear about stuff like repackaged chicken being sold to schools. And I'm not happy about drinking so much milk right now either. But don't worry, I'm not going to get all LOOK AT THIS BENTO I MADE IT HAS SCHULDIG'S FACE ON IT HIS HAIR IS MADE OF TOMATO SPAGHETTI at you.

Mainly because I don't have the time. ;)

I'm going to be selling some anime/myu/goth goods very soon by the way, although it's mainly to get them out of my apartment before I leave Japan. Should be some awesome stuff that's just not my thing.

Going into media overload now -- partly because it's something J and I can do together, partly it's because it's cheap, and partly because I don't want to think too much these days. Oh, and it's the start of the spring anime season. We've just finished watching every episode so far of Venture Bros, a US cartoon. Despite the name, the focus is not on the boy adventurers of the title, but the "supporting" cast -- that's part of the joke. It revolves around a bitter ex-boy adventurer, now super-scientist, who's (accidentally?) raising his sons to be like him. My favourite character is Henchman 21.

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi ep1: Onodera Ritsu is a man stuck in a josei anime about being stuck in a shoujo editorial department. The result is an anime so meta that it cannot be over the top, for that is its very trope, and it owns it nicely. The only bit which didn't (initially) work for me was the opening -- when two high school boys meet in the library using every single cliche in the Be-Boy book. Since I didn't know anything about the anime before watching, I didn't know that was the intention until a little later.

What's nice about this is that I'm not even particularly invested in the seme/uke pairing, but more interested in Onodera's work life and learning about the world of publishing. Midorikawa Hikaru makes an appearance too as Mino, but I'm not sure who that is since the official site only has pictures for the two main characters. If my guess is correct though, he plays a very Fuji Shuusuke character in the shoujo department. Whoever does this character has a very gentle voice with an evil edge, which I like very much. Midorikawa?

Summary: Definitely continuing with this one. Love it for the same reasons others will hate it though.

Tiger&Bunny, ep 2: Seriously love this anime so far, due to the strong leads. The main character (Kotetsu) is probably my favourite. He's impulsive but kind-hearted like many a mecha hero, but that's actually shown to be a problem. In fact, he's kind of a loser, despite being basically a nice guy. There's this brilliant bit this episode where he calls Barnaby 'Bunny-chan' and takes the piss out of him in frustration.

I'd like to see more on Blue Rose, who has the potential to be a fascinating supporting character. She's marketed as sexual and a performer when she's made it clear to TV executives in private that she doesn't like that at all. She has the potential to be the most subversive voice on the show.

Summary: Bright colours and strong leads. Love this show so far!

...Just had another aftershock, which registered as a four here. Was bad enough to start pushing the cat into the cat carrier, but it stopped. The floor is still swaying though and I've never really been sure if that's my imagination. It's a bit like being on a boat.

Apparently it was a six in Fukushima and Ibaraki (My phone told me a strong 6, others are reporting a weak six). Tsunami warnings around the coast and the workers have temporarily been evacuated from the power plant. No change in radiation reported yet.

(EDIT: Tepco have lost external power of 1~3 Reactors in Fukushima Daiichi and are trying to switch to diesel pump.)

And we've just had another one (tiny rattling of the screen door) while I was writing this. Aren't these interesting times?

(EDIT 2: The earthquakes haven't stopped for the past hour, although they've got smaller. External power was lost for fifty minutes at Fukushima Daiichi, but they've restarted them around ten minutes ago.)
Thomas Vye: Daken and his strawberrythomasvye on 11th April 2011 09:31 (UTC)
I'm seeing about the quakes on Twitter - scary times, please take care. -x-

Tenipuri should come to England - Wimbledon is a very famous tournament! :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 14:58 (UTC)
I will. I'm extremely on edge about earthquakes right now...

I would imagine that's a plot point, even if it's not called 'Wimbledon'. :)
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 11th April 2011 09:34 (UTC)
I would have recommended the fanfic that goes with the AU fanart to you but the story is very upsetting... Probably much less to those who don't care about Omi though... ;)


Too bad... I would be looking forward to it ;) My pancakes often look like WK characters... raspberry jam is great for Aya's hair ;)

Off topic...
Could you tell me if 'Omi' is a popular name in Japan? I know about the Gakuen Heaven chara with the name, and one other Japanese boy. What about 'Ran'? And should the characters in the WK universe go wtf when they hear a male is named 'Aya'? 'Ken' and 'Youji' seem like more common names to me but I am not 100% sure...
(feel free to ignore me if you don't feel like chatting about WK!)
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:28 (UTC)
I'm not really in the mood for epic fanfic right now, but thanks for the suggestion.

My bento consist of half a pack of yakisoba followed by three random frozen mini-snacks. This week it's been a fish nugget, breaded ham and cheese nugget and a spring roll. Nothing special, I assure you!

It might depend on the kanji. Omi seems to have the closest to what might be described as a meaningful name -- his name uses 「臣」, resulting in something which could be rendered as 'servant of the moonlit night'. I've never seen anyone with that name with that kanji though. I've met a couple of kids named 'Ran', no adults.

Youji and Ken are interesting names. 'Youji' sounds so plausible as both 'you' and 'ji' are extremely common elements in boys' names. But together? I've only met one person with that name. 'Ken' is also a common part of names, but it's less common for it to appear on its own, unless as a nickname. I've still met a handful of Kens though, of varying ages.

I've never met a boy named Aya. It's definitely a girl's name, although I've seen a few fans argue otherwise in the past. Funny enough, 'Shion' is very popular right now for both boys and girls. Or rather, was popular around 6-9 years ago.

And, for what it's worth, Hidaka (kanji and reading combo) looks really weird to me.
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 15th April 2011 16:06 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the info! I also thought Omi is a meaningful name, but then I noticed that Omi from Gakuen Heaven has the name written with the same kanjis... so I thought every Omi would be written with those. But then again the GH character is also a servant... (as far I remember, it's been a while since I watched the series)

Do you mind if I link to your reply from my journal? I think more people could be interested :)
^_^ /*: fuji/tezuka - damn you tezukawhite_cross_b on 11th April 2011 11:53 (UTC)
If you make bento that looks like Schudig, I WANT TO SEE, DAMMIT.

Is real tennis a popular sport there? Kei Nishikori is almost the highest ranked player of all time and I love watching him play. He's also doing a hell of a job fundraising for Japan right now. <3

I hope you stay safe!
^_^ /*: Chloe colorwhite_cross_b on 11th April 2011 15:05 (UTC)
By the way ... If you have any Weiß Side B stuff you're going to be parting with (other than manga), send me a PM. I'll gladly take it off your hands.

I also saw the first ep of Tiger & Bunny and found it pretty hilarious. I'm waiting for the second ep to get subbed.
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:32 (UTC)
Oh, I won't be making any of those adorable bento I see online. It's tough enough making something halfway decent every day!

Tennis is fairly popular, I think, but eclipsed by baseball and soccer.

I won't be selling most Weiss B stuff. This will all be stuff I'm genuinely ready to get rid of. :) It's possible I'll get rid of some Ward issues, but only ones that have already been collected as tankouban.

I'm glad you liked Tiger and Bunny!
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Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:32 (UTC)
I know! Can't wait for the next ep.
Jesshideincarnate on 11th April 2011 21:18 (UTC)
My IP is thankfully safe.

Also that animal video was adorable.

Now I need to watch that other anime, and the next episode of Tiger & Bunny!

And these earthquakes need to STOP.
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:34 (UTC)
I hope the earthquakes stop soon. They won't but... I just hope that they don't get worse and the energy dissipates somewhat.
indelicate ink: schwarz all your baseindelicateink on 11th April 2011 22:32 (UTC)
Haha! Joining the others who would love to see Schuldig!bento, man.

Yay hanami! But aaargh earthquakes. :/ Interesting times indeed. Take care!
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:43 (UTC)
Thanks... but I really can't do that kind of stuff. It takes, like, effort. And money.

tirwolftirwolf on 12th April 2011 17:33 (UTC)
Loved the Russian fanart! Is there a story that goes with that? It looks like art for a manga.

Saw the 1st ep of Tiger & Bunny. Like it & will probably continue watching. It's a nice switch from all of the HS kids type anime out there. Have you seen Toriko? The 1st ep is a 3-part crossover with One Piece & is pretty funny. I started looking at the new stuff being featured on gogoanime.com as some of the others that I had been following just finished up.

It seems like Tepco has done a good job of messing things up nicely with its effort to keep the true state of the reactors hush-hush when all of this started. (At least that's what I glean from the news stories I've read & the video I've seen on the net thus far.) Or did they just not know how bad things really were? Truly hope that things there get straightened out soon for everyone's sake!
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th April 2011 15:49 (UTC)
It looks like something balljointedomi would know about -- maybe ask her?

I saw a preview ep of Toriko and didn't like it all that much, to be honest. It seems to be pretty popular right now as it's got a theatrical release and everything though.

Well, there are a lot of conspiracy theories surround Fukushima, but TEPCO's data is constantly being cross-checked by other organisations. And when even Greenpeace agree with their readings, I think it's fairly safe to say they're accurate for the time being!
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 15th April 2011 16:11 (UTC)


I recemmend the story. It's awesome, but heartbreaking (just a warning!)