There's always somebody out there. "There's nothing to watch," they'd moan and kvetch. "
anime season, they aren't. Here's a look at what I think is a remarkable Winter!
It's a winter of their discount tents...
My soul needed more Yuru Camp
, and Horimiya
is the show I didn't expect to love but damn
do I love it a whole lot. I think what's surprises me most is the relationship between Miyamura and Toru, who are presented as rivals but immediately (also) become good friends (in an off-kilter way).
Vyx bought the first three manga just before the series started, so I knew most of what was going on up to the previous episode, but the latest ep is new material for me. I definitely want to read more because there's a lot of little text gags and inner thoughts stuff that the anime glosses over (though its presentation of emotional states is often rather clever; I like the "colored cut-out" motif) but I don't feel like the anime's lacking in any way. It's faithful (if a bit out-of-sequence, in ways that make sense for the adaptation) but on par with its source material at this point.
We're also sticking with Yashahime
out of pure stubbornness (oh yeah, now I remember why I never fell in love with Inuyasha
in the first place), and I'm catching up on Adachi & Shimamura
(which is a firmly cute-but-not-spectacular little yuri-fest).
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 09, 2021 09:40 AM (rKFiU)
Adachi & Shimamura
is a wonderful little series, that I discovered via the light novels. Shame about the spacegirl though...
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 09, 2021 09:57 AM (Bkp4m)
is quite good. They used their massive budget well.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 09, 2021 11:36 AM (LZ7Bg)
Hey, fellow Pond Scum, I bring news from Wonderduck. He has been suffering from pain in his thigh, and it finally reached a point that he needed to get it checked out. He's in the hospital overnight; official diagnosis: Blood Clot. Scary as that is, his communication to me indicated the doctor saw it as imminently treatable and not necessitating any emergency procedures or concerns.
So, keep him in your thoughts; and he should be back with us soon.
Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2021 09:36 PM (9Wcjc)
Wonderduck, good luck and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at March 01, 2021 07:36 AM (lTtXP)
WD, good luck and hopes for a quick and easy recovery.
Posted by: Really Bored at March 01, 2021 11:45 AM (cp/J1)
Get well soon!
Pond Scum gets stagnant without a Duck to stir it up...
Posted by: mikeski at March 01, 2021 12:16 PM (P1f+c)
Just heard from Brickmuppet. Get well soon, Wonderduck!
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 01, 2021 09:05 PM (MqQvv)
Gah, nobody told me. Get better!
Posted by: Mauser at March 01, 2021 10:37 PM (Ix1l6)
Get well soon, my friend!
Posted by: Ed Hering at March 01, 2021 11:38 PM (/cXdK)
Posted by: Rick C at March 02, 2021 08:49 AM (eqaFC)
Get well soon, Wonderduck! It's cold again, so you're not missing anything at the moment. There's supposed to be another warm spell in the next few days, so hopefully you'll be out of the hospital in time to bask a little.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at March 02, 2021 10:06 AM (sF8WE)
It could be worse. They'll put him on blood thinners like my father and he'll be okay. Still, it's a bit too soon. Wonderduck and I are about the same age. Glad it wasn't a clot in a coronary.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 02, 2021 02:06 PM (LZ7Bg)
Get better soon, Wonderduck. The pond isn't the same without you.
Posted by: JT at March 02, 2021 07:43 PM (0EkmO)
I hope that you have a safe and speedy recovery, Wonderduck. I've enjoyed reading your blog over the years, and I hope that you'll continue with it again, once you have more fully recovered.
Posted by: Blue Crab at March 06, 2021 11:53 AM (fieDC)
Update on Wonderduck:
He is still in hospital. He still has a blood clot, and the blood thinners are still working away. He has added "kidney stone" to his hospital experience, and will hopefully have it removed on Tuesday, the old-fashioned way. It can't be lasered because of the blood thinners.
So, keep him in your thoughts, and he expresses his appreciation for the messages he has received here and elsewhere.
Posted by: Ben at March 08, 2021 06:47 PM (9Wcjc)
Is anyone able to smuggle him a laptop with his current watchlist on it?
Posted by: Mauser at March 08, 2021 09:48 PM (Ix1l6)
I know he has family that have access to his apartment in an emergency, but I don't think anyone that could do such a thing locally, ATM. I will check on the feasibility. If the kidney stone is successfully removed, then he is already scheduled for a short stay with a live-in PT facility before returning home.
Posted by: Ben at March 09, 2021 11:58 AM (9Wcjc)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 09, 2021 04:39 PM (LZ7Bg)
A little something that I think you might enjoy when you get released. It's a series of images following the adventures of a bunch of young nuns and the flock of ducks (and other animals) that live with them. They're released on Twitter, but this image site has collected them all into a Pool of images. This isn't the first image in the series as the ducks don't get introduced until a few images in. Link is to the SFW version of the site: Pool: Original - Little Nuns (Diva)
Posted by: StargazerA5 at March 17, 2021 10:01 AM (if4Ti)
Update on Wonderduck:
After a handful of misadventures and paperwork snafus, Wonderduck is finally in the physical therapy facility. I gather it is not impressive, and may in fact be barely livable. But he is out of the hospital and will hopefully be back in hurdle-jumping
observing condition in no time, or at least a week or two.
Posted by: Ben at March 20, 2021 01:39 PM (9Wcjc)
Thank you, Ben!
Get well soon, Wonderduck! Physical therapy is indeed a pain in the everything, but it's better than being flat on your back and stuck there.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at March 21, 2021 07:14 PM (sF8WE)
Thank you Ben! Good luck with the physical therapy Wonderduck! I doubt it will be fun be we want you back and healthy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 21, 2021 09:29 PM (MqQvv)
Oh good. Ben beat me here. Thanks Ben!
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at March 22, 2021 03:59 AM (5iiQK)
A one-month anniversary get-well-soon message on April Fools' Day? I guess that's how it is. No fooling, though; get well soon, your Duckness!
Posted by: mikeski at April 01, 2021 01:35 PM (P1f+c)
Wonderduck! Get Well SOON! Another season is here, and I need my duckfix!
Posted by: skyhack at April 01, 2021 05:07 PM (KrC5e)
Best wishes for a thorough recovery, Wonderduck!
Posted by: Kathryn at April 01, 2021 07:34 PM (G6Lqs)
Any recent word on Wonderduck? It's been most of a month since the last update on his health.
Posted by: jabrwok at April 26, 2021 06:39 AM (iyhH7)
Sorry for not keeping everyone updated. Wonderduck had to deal with a bout of illness in the hospital, which set back his recovery. He is indeed now in Physical Therapy; a live-in facility. He is working on rebuilding strength in his hip and leg, and it's been a slow processes. Brickmuppet and I have both talked to him a few times.
Posted by: Ben at April 28, 2021 11:48 PM (cLJSt)
Man, sounds like my life. Hang in there WD. Got a pic for you on my site when you get back online; see today's post. :-)
Posted by: ubu at May 02, 2021 07:49 PM (UlsdO)
To a successful recovery and no more bad surprises!
Posted by: DougO at May 04, 2021 02:04 PM (kqK5x)
I finally was able to reach Wonderduck
again today. He is having issues interfacing with his blog via his phone, but is still alive. He is still in the re-hab center but is making progress. He's now tackling that transition between sitting and standing without using the hands. Those of us who have been in re-hab know what an unpleasant surprise the existence of that hurdle is, but it's among the last.
His spirits are good and the prognosis is encouraging.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at May 26, 2021 10:54 AM (5iiQK)
Hooray! Prayers for a speedy final stretch of your recovery, Mr. Duck!
Posted by: mikeski at May 26, 2021 02:11 PM (P1f+c)
Good to hear. I am healthy and yet I'm having some issues standing up. No surprise Wonderduck has to work for it, considering what he's been through. Laying in a hospital and a rehab house will drain one's strength.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 26, 2021 08:20 PM (LZ7Bg)
Good luck, duck! Get better soon!
Posted by: Rick C at May 27, 2021 05:05 PM (eqaFC)
Go, Wonderduck!!! Get out of rehab jail soon!
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at June 02, 2021 09:46 PM (sF8WE)
Wonder if we can slip him a body debit card so he can get back home....
Posted by: Mauser at June 11, 2021 09:37 PM (Ix1l6)
I have not been able to contact Wonderduck
by phone for
several days, but he did
reply to a text and indicated that he had made much progress in therapy and can now do bendy and move-y things he could not do before. However, the rehab facility will not release him until he clears one final hurdle.
This is probably good news.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at June 16, 2021 10:47 AM (5iiQK)
Hope we see you soon, Wonderduck!
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at June 17, 2021 04:43 PM (sF8WE)
Thinking of you, Wonderduck. Hope you can get home soon!
Posted by: Kathryn at June 22, 2021 09:57 AM (8548M)
Fellow Wonderduck readers -- he posted over on Brickmuppet. Unfortunately Brickmuppet is feeling poorly and is in the hospital for something serious, but Wonderduck sounds better. So go check in over there if you haven't already.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at August 07, 2021 11:55 AM (sF8WE)
Wonderduck, you've got to get back soon. I forgot Tuesday was the beginning of "Endless 8"! I need the reminder every year!
Posted by: Ed Hering at August 18, 2021 10:32 PM (/cXdK)
So I know it's not anime, but the trailer for The Matrix 4 has a brief shot of Keanu Reeves in a bathtub with a rubber ducky on his head.
Posted by: Rick C at September 10, 2021 11:07 AM (eqaFC)
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