January 09, 2007

Even Still More Attack Of The Ducks In Anime

Dive!  Dive!  Ah-OOOOO-gah!  Ah-OOOOO-gah!

Strike Witches

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January 08, 2007


I've got a bad feeling about this...

Dear Dad... more...

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January 07, 2007

It Ain't ALL Japanese Animation, Folks...

Your Title Screen For The Day.

This isn't going to be a comprehensive review of Cars, but more of a "I've enjoyed this film, and here's why you probably will, too" sort of thing.

WARNING: This is going to be awfully graphics intensive, so I'm going to hide them 'beneath the fold,' as they say in the newspaper business... clicky-clicky! more...

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January 06, 2007

Jigoku ni ochiro Jiantsu!

SDB is talking yakyuu today: 20070106.2110...So, it's about baseball. But instead of beesubouru or yakyuu; I hear them saying kaachibouru "catch ball". Why would they call it that? (Later I do hear yakyuu.)

I haven't seen the episode of Shinobuden 2x2 that he's talking about so I don't know the exact context, but kaachibouru is often used the same way we'd simply use 'catch.' Not in a description of The Game, but more for the act of catching the ball.

Leastwise, that's what I've picked up from books I've read and the (few) Pacific League games I've seen (Orix BlueWave, yatta! And yes, I know they've turned into the Orix Buffaloes. They'll always be the BlueWave to me).

Anyway, I could EASILY be wrong on the kaachibouru thing. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me in the least, but I THINK I've got it right. I should dig up my fansubs of 2x2 and watch that episode... the cute girls in baseball caps have NOTHING to do with it, I swear.

Let me take this opportunity to seriously push the works of Robert Whiting, such as 'The Meaning of Ichiro', one of his books on Japanese Baseball. I've three in my collection, "You Gotta Have Wa," "The Chrysanthimum and the Bat," and "Meaning", and highly recommend them to any baseball fan (though the first two are somewhat dated these days, having been published in the late Eighties/early Nineties).

Oh, the title of this post? *heh* Kinda like saying "(Bleep) You, Yankees!!!" in English.

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January 04, 2007

I Gots Plenty o' Nuthin...

...but I gots lots in the hopper. For example, I'm working on a review of the Pixar/Disney film Cars ("I don't care who you are; that's funny right there."). Hey, it ain't ALL Japanese animation, folks.

Of course, there's... Japanese animation. There's a few AMVs I want to give a hat-tip to, and I REALLY want to review what is, possibly, the greatest OAV of all time, Sky Girls... at least if you like lolis and mecha and stupid plots and a ridiculously overblown alien threat. I also want to just shred episode 2 of 009-1 (yes, I know I said I wouldn't watch another episode of the show... but then I read that it's ALREADY been licensed).

Then, for those who don't like anime, there's F1, and I really need to start paying more attention to what's going on in that world. I mean, when Sebastian Bourdais (three-time indy-racer champion) is on the verge of announcing that he'll be driving in F1 in 2008, that's kinda important, neh?

Sooooo... this weekend may very well prove to be quite post-ridden. Thankfully, it's a three-day weekend for me; I can get used to that.

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January 03, 2007

Anime Night, CardCaptor Sakura, and me.

With the holiday hell behind us, The Librarian and I got together to continue Anime Night, and jumped right back into Cardcaptor Sakura. After a false alarm with my pulse (nothing happened, but I freaked a little bit... which is why this report didn't go up on Tuesday night; I spent the night at my folks' place... thanks, Momduck!), we hit the DVDs hard... and are now, officially through the first broadcast season! Woohoooo!!!

...which means we only have 11 more episodes to go before the first story arc concludes. WOW, this is a long series.

I don't know how The Librarian felt about the four episodes (32 thru 35) that we watched, but I for one was kinda disappointed. The last of the bunch, Sakura's Wonderful Christmas was the highlight, but the other three were just... meh. Lots of funny, but the spark seemed to be gone. Hey, it took them 32 episodes to really go flat... most series would KILL to go that long without a clinker.

So, anywho, still enjoying the series... though the MST3K-style riffing didn't happen much last night.

Here's hoping all is better next DVD!

And how are YOU?

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