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24 April 2011 @ 21:00
Links, Sakura Photos and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi #3  
Links:

Earthquake:
Do folk beliefs about disasters have something to teach?
Earthquake: Shirakawa Castle After The Earthquake
Earthquake Science: Experts Sent to the Ring of Fire
GLBT: Obituary for Alfred Freedman, who fought to have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders
Urban Exploration: Photographs from the Underground Post Office Railway

Spam From Japan: Cherry blossom photographs 2011 Graveyards, lake-side, birds and an unusual variety of sakura called 'Taiwan Cherry'.

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi #3

Yokozawa (Horiuchi Ken'yuu) appears on the scene who is tough on Takano during work hours, but a fine drinking(?) buddy outside them. He and Takano get along well, which would make Onodera jealous if he were interested. There's an over-the-top 'I'm going to fall on you while you protest to prove my love' which I guess might be an attempt at BL rather than a mockery of it, but it's all equally funny. J and I had a good laugh either way.

There's a lot more on editing and I really hope they keep pushing the work-life aspect of this anime. Apparently, a storyboard is called a 'name'. How did that come about?

Summary: It got a little sillier, but I'm still watching.
 
 
 
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 25th April 2011 11:27 (UTC)
I've heared about that 'don't have hanami parties' thing, but I thought it's because of radiation or something... wtf, of course hanami parties help to recover financially which is very important now... Thank you very much for sharing the beautiful pictures!!

I will take a look at Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi... Although I am not fond of Junjou Romantica. I've seen both seasons, but I only watched when I was bored. I only cared about one pairing, and the one that got the least episodes (about the guy who was in love with his sensei, then his ex-wife's little brother fell in love with him)... but if there would be more of this pairing, I could have liked it much more...

Do you mind if I ask you another silly Weiss Kreuz-related question? XD Feel free to ignore. Youji calls Omi bishounen in Kapitel and First Mission, and my question is connected to this... I know that in the English fandom pretty much all young handsome guys get called 'bishounens', but I think that 'bishounen' orginally only applied to girly/asexual adolescents? I am wondering how is it seen in Japan ie. when Youji calls Omi 'bishouen', is it just because Omi is a pretty guy, or because Omi looks girly/asexual? Would he call 'bishouen' Aya or Ken?... XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 28th April 2011 06:01 (UTC)
And that's just one of the reasons he should never have said it -- people get the wrong idea too. The radiation levels in Tokyo are minimal -- they're the same or lower as those in New York City!

I never saw Junjou Romantica, but Hatsukoi seems pretty good so far.

I'm always up for a WK-related question. Sadly, I don't think I can help you with this one -- I have never heard the term 'bishounen' used outside of anime, so I don't know what people intend it to mean when they use it. My instinct is to say that Youji means to embarrass Omi and it has no deeper meaning (apart from it being a little meta, I guess!). Kids often come up to me and tell me stupid things about friends.
balljointedomi: Yomiballjointedomi on 28th April 2011 11:31 (UTC)
In Kapitel it really looks like Youji is just teasing Omi, but in First Mission he asks Aya what is bishounen up to? and Omi can't hear it :) This is why I though Omi could have some certain type of looks/vibe that would make him a bishounen is Youji's eyes...

btw, are you working on translating First Mission? Just wondering :) I think Eye_ame asked you to translate it? But it was some time ago, before things got a little crazy...