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30 June 2011 @ 00:35
Ego: Translation of a Foreigner's Comments on "Catch The Lion" into Japanese Someone read my Tokyo Toy Show review, I guess. ;)
Japan: TEPCO Holds a Shareholders' Meeting
Japan: Temporary Workers in Fukushima
"Photography": Backstage at Men's Fashion Week
UFOs: The Plane Truth Behind Area 51

Playing with Google's new(??) image search feature. You give it a URL and it tells you if there are any other copies online, a list of similar pictures and where it thinks it is.

This can have some amusing results. I gave it the URL of a photo I had taken of all these red super sentai rangers lined up and it returned an image of a row of red tulips. I put in a black temple and it returned an image of an old-fashioned typewriter. Hours of fun for someone like me.

Sometimes it was uncanny though. I put in an image of a ferris wheel and it correctly identified it as 'view from landmark tower'. It also recognised Nokogiri Yama as well.

And then I tried putting in Weiss Kreuz characters. The results were even better. And yeah, it knows who Schuldig is.

I watched Tiger & Bunny 13 yesterday. Spoilers under the cut.

It seems that Mr Jake sent both Sky High and Rock Bison off to the hospital, not just Kotetsu. That was nice of him. Speaking of the other heroes, I feel a little protective towards Dragon Kid and Fire Emblem. I dunno what to make of the girls' team sequence -- it was okay, I guess. It's not really worth speculating on a character's gender identity unless it's been overtly stated and the fandom just hasn't caught up (Hello, Grell!). But Dragon Kid...

The series really went a long way to drag out the "reveal" that Jake had two powers. Everyone knew that already... Everyone! It was more a matter of debate as to what it was. Interestingly, both telepathy and super-hearing were top of the list on LJ. I believed Kotetsu when he said it was super-hearing, because I couldn't imagine they'd have him screw everything up at such a crucial point. I figured that the Next Academy showed there were all kinds of powers and super-hearing wasn't out of the question.

I didn't quite get what I wanted, which was recognition for Kotetsu on the same level Barnaby received. But we're only half-way through the series, so that's actually good. Same with their relationship, which is better but not perfect yet.

The next episode (14) looks kind of filler-ish, and ep 15 is that the one the director has gone on record that it 'made him cry'.

Poll #1757146 Episode 15

What's up with that?

He's trolling the fandom.
He was crying because Bunny's backstory is revealed in more detail.
He was crying because Bunny and Kotetsu really started to understand each other and it was All Too Beautiful.
He was crying because Kotetsu's backstory is revealed.
Character death.

I'm thinking number 4, actually, with it connected to Kotetsu's wife. There's not a single (hero) character I want to see die, so here's hoping.

Summary: Tiger & Bunny // I used to wonder what friendship could be // Tiger & Bunny // Until you all shared its magic with me // Big adventure, tons of fun // A beautiful heart, faithful and strong // Sharing kindness, it's an easy feat // And magic makes it all complete! // You have NEXT superheroes // Do you know you're all my very best friiiiiiiiiends?

We also watched an ep of Deadman Wonderland, then marathoned the next five until we were all caught up over the course of two evenings. I had to. And the thing is... I can never recommend it to anyone. You must never know how much I love this series -- it's that level of sick, twisted and violent. There's now been three scenes where I've thought that I probably couldn't deal with seeing any more detail. Yeah, I realise I'm not exactly selling it here. But I love how corkscrewed the plotting is and how all the character revelations pile up. And there's the music! You know how some shows kind of programme you to expect total coolness where the theme song plays (Weiss Kreuz, Yami no Matsuei and Saiyuki spring to mind). This is pretty similar, except it's a Final Fantasy-esque track. They layer character revelation, violence and this theme music on top of each other and it gets me every time.

Out of curiosity, is anyone else watching it like I am, having not read the manga and so with every revelation being new for them?
^_^ /*: Kotetsu making earswhite_cross_b on 29th June 2011 13:08 (UTC)
I'm picking #5 on the poll, but I'm hoping for #3.
Williamgenkischuldich on 29th June 2011 18:22 (UTC)
I think maybe #5, but there's reasonable hope for #4.
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 29th June 2011 13:41 (UTC)
OMG Lily Cole as Schuldig XD XD (I love the girl)

The pictures from the Backstage at Men's Fashion Week link? Fascinating, stunning. The guys are beautiful (I don't care what anyone thinks, I find fashion models beautiful). Thanks for sharing!
Williamgenkischuldich on 29th June 2011 18:23 (UTC)
I think it's a very stylised beauty, which is why it's interesting to look at. They do kinda start to look the same after a while though!
Sharon: Bleach Gin Trust Mesharona1x2 on 29th June 2011 15:47 (UTC)
I'm watching (and enjoying) Deadman Wonderland the same way you are. I don't know that I want to tell people that I'm liking it, since it's so twisted and violent. I just can't get into cutesy anime. :-)
Williamgenkischuldich on 29th June 2011 18:27 (UTC)
I know. And I actually find it really enjoyable, even funny, because it's so over-the-top. Like the recent revelation regarding what's in Nagi's locket was awesome - the script, the storyboarding, the actual meat of the reveal.
我が愛しき修羅: Asterix > Hell to the nobemysty on 29th June 2011 16:06 (UTC)
I'm hoping and PRAYING there won't be any character death and I really, really hope for simple trolling... but they've come close with Ivan, and Jake... well. I think I couldn't stand to see any of the Hero characters, Kotetsu's family or the Hero TV staff die, it would just kill me x_X
Williamgenkischuldich on 29th June 2011 18:31 (UTC)
They can kill the mayor. How about that?

I think probably Rock Bison is the most likely candidate if there is to be someone -- he and Kotetsu are friends, but he's hardly had any character development. But even so, no.

(It wouldn't be Kaede, right? Right.)
我が愛しき修羅: Asterix > Hell to the nobemysty on 30th June 2011 01:46 (UTC)
I think if they DO kill Kaede, I will flip some major tables :/

It could *work*, I guess, this being a show about Tiger and Bunny's relationship, but killing someone - anyone - off to bring them closer together strikes me as very cheap.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: je veux ton amour et je veux ton revengedilettantka on 29th June 2011 17:33 (UTC)
I saw a clip of the shareholders conference on TV last night. Wow! There was a lot of angry yelling and chaos going on, lol.

The other article looks kind of interesting if, presumably, rabble-rousing, but I don't think I can bring myself to read an entire document all in italics.
Williamgenkischuldich on 29th June 2011 18:37 (UTC)
I hate TEPCO so much. I just wish I could have some indication that they understand what they've done (really, truly GET it) rather than merely understand how far their stock has fallen.

It's more or less a repost from a news feed, so not classic Debito. I'll try to get a link to the original.
ext_254817 on 30th June 2011 16:57 (UTC)
::raises hand:: re. Deadman Wonderland.

(It's Tiger and Bunny I can't get into.)

Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2011 01:07 (UTC)
Another person! I feel bad for liking it, but it seems that way for a lot of people.

No problem regarding Tiger & Bunny. It's not for everyone. :)
Owenkidboomerang on 2nd July 2011 10:19 (UTC)
Does this mean I' a terrible person for recommending Deadman Wonderland to you since I love the manga? LOL At any rate, I'm waiting for it to be completed before watching it. I have class and stuff so ... probably not until winter break, ergh.
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2011 01:13 (UTC)
Does this mean I' a terrible person

Yeah, basically. :P

I probably wouldn't have watched this if you hadn't said it was good. The overview on Wiki over-emphasised the 'Ganta Gun' and bloodpowers, so I wasn't that interested at first because it sounded like 'Naruto in a prison'. Any other recs?