laceblade: Tifa of FFVII, fists up, fighting (FF7: Tifa fight)
[personal profile] glass_icarus wrote, "Favorite female characters and why you love them? Any fandom :)"

Not only is she half of my all-time favorite ship (Pezberry), but Santana is a sass-queen and a great singer to boot.
If you fell off the Glee wagon early (I certainly would not blame you), Santana was initially a sidekick character to Dianna Agron's white/blonde Quinn Fabray. Santana almost always appeared with Brittany, but it was usually Santana making the devastating one-liners as well as their characters' decisions. Because the show almost always presented Santana together with Brittany, they first presented a potential sexual relationship as a non-sequitur in a multi-party phone conversation - a joke that worked because of the other characters' surprised reactions.
But Naya Rivera wanted the camera on her at all times, and her background reactions in the choir room and in hallway scenes, usually hilarious as well as on-point, led her to bigger storylines, in part because she was one of the strongest actors on the show. [I'd say second only to Cory Monteith.] Her relationship with Brittany served as an opportunity to explore Santana's sexuality, and Rivera was there able to present a vulnerability that many fans latched on to.

In a show of self-centered teenagers, Santana is the one character who is always willing to GO THERE, to say what no one else will say. This was convenient for writers looking to push a plot forward, as well as viewers seeking vindication. She pointed out plot holes, hypocrisy, and uncomfortable truths. Even when the writing plummeted as the show continuously tried to take itself seriously for representing marginalized teenagers while also excorciating viewers for expecting anything but cutting comedy, Santana Lopez was reliably hilarious.

After having her vulnerability open her up, her character is also one of the few who has a clear progression on the show into self-acceptance and ability to love and care about other people. She learns how to have real, actual friends.

Many fic authors have given her the characterization and storylines that the show-runners never thought she deserved. She is my favorite character to write in A Song is a Weapon, and she's also my favorite character to read in this fandom.

Utena Tenjou [Revolutionary Girl Utena/Shoujo Kakumei Utena]
I'm not sure how accurate the translation was for the first sub I saw of this show, but when relaying the [first version of the] backstory, it said something like, "So impressed was she by him, that she decided to become a prince herself." This BLEW MY MIND. WHOA! A tiny girl gets saved by a prince AND THEREFORE DECIDES TO BECOME A PRINCE HERSELF. WHAT KIND OF AWESOME FUCKERY IS THIS.

Utena. Utena is that awesome. Her pink hair, her refusal to take sass, her tenacity in telling Anthy Himemiya that she's in a fucked up situation and no matter how many other people think it's just fine, it's really not okay.

I want to be Utena. I aspire to her chivalry.

Tifa Lockhart [Final Fantasy VII]
You spend the first half of the game knowing that Tifa's Cloud's childhood friend, but in the second half it's revealed that since before the start of the game she's been holding back the truth and waiting to see what happens because she knows Cloud ought to be dead, and she's not sure if the protag you're playing as is really him, or a clone - if her memories are real, or fake. This reveal is one of the biggest WTF moments in video game history, but it also gives Tifa some real depth that often gets glossed over in FF7 fandom.

In addition to that, she runs her own bar in the Sector 7 slums, and allows it to be the secret headquarters for a terrorist organization dedicated to taking down an environment-destroying corporation that's responsible for the death of her father as well as burning her hometown to the ground.

At the age of 15, she picked up Sephiroth's own sword and tried to get her revenge even though she had to have known there was no way she could succeed. And after that, after recovering from her wounds and re-learning her martial arts skills, she joins AVALANCHE to work on getting revenge in the long-term. She's supportive, she's brave, and at a point of high drama in the game, she chooses to stay by Cloud when he's incapacitated and take a break from saving the world. It's a selfish choice, and I kind of love her for it. She refuses to give up on Cloud's hopeless ass throughout the game. I was first drawn to Tifa because I over-identified with her for falling in love with her childhood friend, but I've stayed a devoted fan because of her complexity and strength.

If you want me to post about something some time this month, leave a comment on this post.
laceblade: fanart of Utena Tenjou, headshot (Utena fanart fierce)
Panel Description: Some works of shoujo anime or manga (works which are marketed to females 10 to 18 years old) incorporate fairy tales. What are your favorite anime or manga that use fairy tales, either Western or Japanese? Which ones take fairy tales and play with them to achieve narrative brilliance? Works such as Revolutionary Girl Utena, Princess Tutu, and Natsume Yujin-cho may be considered.
Sunday, 2:30-3:45pm
Twitter Hash-Tag: FairyTaleShoujo
Panelists: Lisa Blauersouth (moderator), Kelly Peterson, Megan, Andrea Horbinski, Jackie Lee (me)

These notes are pretty sparse, but I thought posting something was better than nothing! I hope other people took some, too.
There were about 15 people in the audience; this panel was in a sixth-floor room.

LB: Western and Japanese fairy tales are different, but Western fairy tales do get used a lot in anime/manga.

AH: Described premise of Natsume Youjin-chou. It's not about fairy tales, but it is about spirits, it's definitely set in Japan. The protagonist can see spirits. Similar premise to Mushishi, xxxHolic, Kamichu! All of these are set in Japan.

KP: A lot of anime/manga that focus on fairy tales devolve into prince/princess roles, but are not retellings of specific fairy tales. They play with the tropes, not with the stories.

(I forgot who brought this up!): Spirited Away is very Japanese, but still a fairy tale.

Audience: There's a k-drama called Secret Garden that expects the viewer to be familiar with the original Little Mermaid fairy tale - like, it wouldn't make sense if the viewer didn't know it. In the U.S., I think 90% of people would be familiar with the Disney version.

(?): The Ghibli movie "Ponyo" is also a retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Me: (I can't remember where this mentioned, but it happened!) The basic premise of the anime Scrapped Princess is that the protagonist, Pacifica, has a prophecy that says she'll destroy the world when she turns 16. So she's thrown off of a cliff. But in the present, she kind of goes around and her foster brother and sister have to protect her because she actually has no magic powers. I think everyone in the entire series is named after a gun; it's, they're instruments of power. The series is very much about agency. The episode-to-episode writing leaves a lot to be desired, but it's good.

KP: There's this thing that Utena does with repeated scenes that reminds me of how Western fairy tales are told. In Nanami's first episode, this scene keeps playing over and over with slight variations in Anthy's bedroom, where a random animal gets found. Nanami says the exact same things each time, it's a fairy tale structure.

Utena: There is religion in it, but just imagery: the graveyard, the coffins, a church. Utena the series makes up its own fairy tale.
There are also elements encompassing Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty.

The show is a beauty contest, and at the end especially, they're competing to be the prince.

M: Pretear is a series I watched for this panel. It has the same director as Princess Tutu, but it is not a post-modern deconstruction like Utena and Tutu are. It's just a "regular" modern adaptation - the heroine is passive but "kicks ass." (I didn't take detailed notes here, but Megan described the henshin/transformation sequences. The series is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the protagonist and one of the attractive boys become naked and then merge - it's her source of power. The merging is extremely sexualized, and one of the boys is 4 years old.

LB: Jin-Roh is a really good movie. It's very violent, and it's about suicide. It plays with Little Red Riding Hood, that's its context. In the series, Germany conquered Japan in World War II.

AH: In another panel, Alexis Lothian was talking about how the expectation of a happy ending is oppressive. In anime and manga, the endings are frequently not. The same is true for the source material of Western fairy tales.

(I think AH:) described premise of Princess Knight. Lots of later anime/manga drew on it - Rose of Versailles, Utena, etc.

(various panelists:) describe premise of Princess Tutu.

I think someone in the audience noted that each episode structure of Tutu matches with the Utena episode structures.

(Panelists:) What does the fairy tale structure add? They're not really retellings, but tellings of the ballet version of each fairy tale.
Ahiru wants Rue to have a happy ending, too. It's not enough for just her (Ahiru) to be happy.

Me: On Friday night, I attended the Princesses With Swords panel, which focused somewhat on Disney movies, Lisa, you were on that panel. The panelists struggled with the fact that these retellings sometimes have a heroine like Belle, who's valued for things other than her beauty, but in the end, the stories are still reinforcing heteronormativity. The stories still almost always end in marriage. I think that anime and manga are filling a gap in Western fandoms in that they don't always/often don't end in marriage.

AUD: What about Buddhism?

LB: These series do show that everything ends; things are impermanent.

AUD: Twelve Kingdoms series. The protagonist isn't a princess, she's a king.

Sakura Hime manga mentioned.

As is Night Parade of 100 Youkai, which people mentioned could be found on Kickstarter or Amazon.
laceblade: Juri of Utena anime in middle school uniform; Shiori's hand covers her eyes. (Utena: Juri eyes covered)
Panel Description: Fifteen years ago, the anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena was released into the wild. Utena rapidly became the poster child for feminist anime fans in the U.S., a role that she continues to play today. This anime asks the same basic question posed by Joanna Russ's The Female Man: Do you want to be a girl or do you want to be human? It encourages us to question a society in which we cannot be both. Let's talk about RGU and its contributions to our own lives and to feminist discourse. We'll also touch on other anime series that approach the same topics, though perhaps without the same zest and creativity as RGU does.
Saturday, 1-2:15pm
Twitter Hash-Tag: #FeministUtena
Panelists: JoSelle Vanderhooft (moderator), Jackie Lee (me), Jude McLaughlin, Kelly Peterson

I uh, took these notes while on the panel! So the notes about what I said aren't very good and the transcript is definitely incomplete because I sometimes needed to not type in order to listen better.
There were about 12 people in this audience; the panel was held in Conference Room 4.

JV & the audience noted that there were many good panels scheduled in this time slot!

JV: This year is Utena [the series]’s 15th anniversary. (The panel description was read out loud.) A panel about Utena could go anywhere and last forever. I love the show, it was the first anime I ever watched at age 19, I was catching it on fansubs, and then MediaBlasters tapes. It had a weird dub but I liked the show, hooked. I want to talk about shows influenced by Utena, and Muwaru Penguindrum.

JM: I found it at an anime store, which was kind of illicitly renting fansubs. I'm [personal profile] heavenscalyx – I have posts with fanfic recs, also have a fanfic! Currently writing original fiction, which is ongoing.

JL: I'm laceblade, [ profile] mystickeeper Uhh, I like anime, and Utena is my favorite series of all-time, I think.

KP: I found Utena through my gaming group. Duelists were MCs in an amber campaign (I am probably mauling these terms, as I am not a gamer). After being shown the opening sequence, I started with the movie! (laughter) Utena is not my all-time favorite, but it is my favorite to discuss. I started going to cons at the 10-year anniversary of Utena panels. There's so much to talk about, I think that an Utena panel should happen at every con.

JV: It's one of the best series of all time.

KP: It's worth discussing, there are so many ambiguities and multiple theories.

JV: Saoinji is one of my favorite characters. Certain characters, I like them more or less as my own life changes. I like Nanami a lot, too. As for the panel, I don’t like to have us talk and then take questions at the end; I like to play off the audience. Want to go with that model. Is that okay with everyone?
(assent from audience and other panelists)

JV: Does anyone know some of the cultural influences and how feminism progressed in Japan? Utena is not something that our culture created (the panelists were all from the US, I believe; none of us were of Japanese descent).

JM: I know a bit about culture that led up to it. Takarazuka is a location in Japan, and has a style of theater that is done all by women actors. The women who play male characters study to make their voices very deep, and they hold themselves with like, their hands on their hips, etc. The actors who play women characters keep their elbows tucked in, and it's very different. You can see these katas being played out in the show by the way the characters hold themselves, particularly Utena and Anthy. Their body language draws on the theatrical tradition.

AUD: Geisha quarters. Kabuki = all male theater. Geisha were similar – they were actors and singers. Kabuki was called "Oh, like Shakespeare!" by outsiders. The geisha took on roles because they were all women, and outsiders said they were whores. In Japanese folklore – crossdressing is a sign of resistance and has been for centuries.

JV: The director of the series really wanted to work with the series composer. He wanted music of the 1960s/70s, when there were lots of feminist changes.

Me: I think that Rose of Versailles was very much an influence on this, too.

JV: (I did not write down what she said!)

Me: For audience members who haven't seen it, Rose of Versailles takes place during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette is a main character. Oscar is the protagonist, whose father wanted a boy and raises her as one. She ends up being like, the captain of the guard and is assigned to protect Marie Antoinette.

JM: Rose of Versailles saved the Takarazuka, part of what propelled their success.
Oniisama e also influenced Utena.

AUD member: Princess Knight/Ribbon Knight influenced it, too. Written by Osamu Tezuka. Princess Knight is about a girl born with a man's heart. Due to political reasons, she dresses like a man and acts like one, (plot description). Tezuka was in love with a woman who trained for takarazuka, and died. Princess Knight was written for her, it was the ultimate takarazuka role of a lifetime.

JV: Turning back to the panel description, this question of, do you want to be a girl or human? Do you want to have agency? = do you want to be human? Depending on how you view the ending tells you how optimistic you feel about women/power/etc.

KP: Explaining Nanami episodes to other people is fun; I rewatched the series for this panel. Another question posed by the series is, do you want to be a princess or a witch? If you're not loved just to be loved, then the only other option is to be the witch. Anthy’s only choice. This gets subverted by Juri. She has her own agency/etc. She is obsessed with her appearance/etc., though. She’s the only duelist who Utena never beats, she has to give it up.

JV: Juri I never liked.

KP: Juri's reasons for dueling in the manga version of the series were different. She does things for love of Touga, didn’t like that version of her as much for that.

JM: I identified with Juri.

Me: Juri is my favorite!

JV: I don’t find it (her) relevant/compelling.
The Western equivalent of the "princess or witch" choice is = virgin or whore. Anthy is defined by her sexuality, while Utena by a sexual ambiguity that is very platonic/contained. You can watch the series and interpret their relationship as a very close friendship. You can also see movie as retelling or conclusion.

JM: Utena is sexually clueless.

JV: She's innocent, which is why she falls prey to Akio. Doesn’t have life experience.

KP: She’s in middle school!

JV: They always feel older to me. Utena feels 16, others = 17-20.

JM: General aging of anime. 14-year-olds not portrayed as such, not awkward or etc.

Me: Except in Evangelion.... (laughter)

JV: There are hints of time functioning in a different way. Akio’s done this with these people over and over.

AUD: Agency. Twist at the end. You think of Utena as powerful/feminist. She’s fundamentally powerless, can’t change situation she’s in, but she can. Anthy chooses to submit to her brother. Utena has to build it up with failures. No concept of forces she’s dealing with. Her defiance comes off as very juvenile. Twist...resolved w/her leaving, has the strength. It’s an impotence struggle.

JM: She’s trying to rescue someone, but the lesson is, you can’t rescue anyone.

AUD: Arc of first season = trying to free Anthy, what she thinks Anthy wants (freedom). My friends and I say it's like she’s stuck in second wave feminism and needs to move to third wave.

AUD: The car thing [from the movie] is fascinating. It’s a symbolic message – freedom through appropriation of masculinity. The car looks like a uterus, then phallic. Disliked that, as a trans woman.

AUD: Lot of people at Ohtori who turn into cars. Utena, Wakaba, Shiori, Kozoe – all women.

Me: I'd kind of like to talk about princes....Utena wants to be one, Dios represents this prince of the past who's ideal, Akio is the prince of now/the future, and he's pretty Machiavellian.

JV: The show is about how the men in it don’t make good princes.
Utena louses to Touga (~episode 11), gets slapped by a girl (is this Wakaba?), takes her identity back.

AUD: We've done a drinking game for slapping in RGU.

JV: I hope nobody had to go to the hospital!

Me: I like that Utena wants to find Dios, but doesn’t let it take her agency, she wants to BE a prince.

AUD: Black Rose Saga! Theme of abuse of psychology, abuse of the role of the therapist to turn people into something that you project on to them instead of releasing them.

JM: Unsettling theme.

AUD: As a trans woman, there’s a history of that – idea of reparative therapy, where therapists can become villains. Role of them doing something for the wrong reasons.

JV: Doesn’t plan the suggestion, just keeps pushing at them to talk more. Not necessarily holding a dialogue, then enables them when it gets to the right point. I like the [Black Rose] saga for so many reasons. It develops all the characters a lot more. Their shadow sides. Shadow self of each duelist. Wakaba and Saionji. All duelists except one are women, (except Nanami). Gender binary. Very much a shadow side. Really love this arc.

JM: One of the theories is that the Black Rose duelists are dead after this arc, or Kanae is dead.

JV: We see everyone afterward, they seem to be doing okay.

JM: Except Kanae. There's a brief glimpse of Akio and Anthy feeding popping apples into her mouth.

JV: Kanae felt controlled. Persephone/Hades. Seems like she’s killed. Most that Mikage talks. Mikage is a shadow side to Utena, he wants his Rose Bride, he’s trying to be Utena/the prince.

AUD: Episode w/subversion of that. Character is too good/innocent to be turned in that way.

AUD: Also doesn’t have duelist to draw a sword from.

AUD: Akio kept Mikage around to create more duelists.

JV: Partner says it’s filler arc.

JM: It’s the next step in the series.

JV: Her confronting what could be worst in her.

KP: Saionji’s hakama is a dress-profile.

JV: Different ways to be a woman. Juri wears pants, but femme. Nanami femme, wears trousers on student council. Both ways can be different and are strong.
Utena has influenced a lot of other shows. Or shows that influenced Utena. I highly recommend is Mai Otome. Magical girl mech. Can only be an Otome if queer, or abstain from having sex with guys.

Muwaru Penguindrum, Ikuhara's new series (director of Utena).

AUD: Princess Tutu and Utena: In both, the school is its own world, none of the normal rules apply.

KP: Also the attention to animals.

KP: Ahiru (protagonist of Princess Tutu) is pre-pubescent. Her love is pure.

AUD: Madoka Magica. Deconstruction of mahou shoujo shows and breaking them down.

AUD: Princess Tutu never walks, always does ballet.

AUD: Very hard to walk normally when wearing ballet shows!

JM: Erica Friedman suggested Nanoha and Tutu. No successor because the market has changed. Anime is made for young kids and men in Japan these days. Women in Japan are consuming manga and light novels.

JV: Strawberry Panic.

AUD: Was it a critique/mockery of the things it plays on, or was it sincere? IE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was parody, but then it was sincere because it had a good writer.

AUD: Twelve Kingdoms is one of the best deconstructive animes. Grim, deconstructs magical world things completely. Interesting things done there. Hard to get through because no humor relief.

AUD: Moto Hagio (manga-ka). She writes hard SF manga. Genetic engineering experiments. Gender = difficult/impossible to determine, can change. What happens when it does change? [There were a few comments about gender here that I didn't write down because I was having trouble parsing what was meant].

AUD: Hourou Mousuko. Dealing with a kid who is dealing with gender dysphoria. Anime picks up after the first story arc of the manga. They fill in gaps w/flashbacks.

Me: I just finished this, it was so great! Available on Crunchyroll...the manga is out in the US, but the anime is not.

JV: How has Utena influenced your own life?

JM: In 1999, I identified most with Anthy. I had just left an abusive relationship. Everything she went through, I could identify with really heavily. Utena has been therapy for me.

JV: I identified with Saionji at first, after his initial introduction. I've felt overshadowed by friends, wanted something eternal/fixed.

Me: I guess for me, I really just identify with Utena and the theme of being your own can do your own thing, but like, nobody's going to save you, and you're either going to get your own shit done or not. Maybe along the way you can save someone else or try to...just, the agency of being your own prince is appealing to me.
(to JM) I have a friend who had a similar viewing experience, with Anthy's storyline.

KP: I had to learn how to be a woman in a man’s world. Naval deployment, how to be taken seriously. It ended up not working out for me.

AUD: Second arc was beyond “yay!” to being, “This is about me.” It’s about all the people who aren’t protagonists. Second string prince, second string rose bride trying to become the protagonists, preying on everyone’s feelings of inadequacy.

JV: Wakaba and Utena grow apart, Utena makes no effort to repair that.

AUD: I watched Utena in January 2010. At the end, I had a breakdown from the end of it, it just happened. A year later, I watched Strawberry Panic. At the end of it, I had to stop watching before final ending. There were other things that happened that day, but it was then my decision to transition, Utena/etc. Breaking the gender rule.

JM: Simoun (anime series). Everyone’s a woman until they decide to become a man. If they do decide, then their body changes over time.
Haibane Renmei. No actual lesbians, but lots of love between women, and it can change the world.
laceblade: Ed of Cowboy Bebop, goggles glowing, grinning (Ed)
Inspired by [personal profile] raanve's post, these are vid ideas that I've written in a Google Doc! I currently don't know how to vid, and I probably won't learn how to do it any time soon. BUT I HAVE IDEAS.

1) I am a Vampire (Juno Soundtrack) with Spike, from Buffy/Angel. This could be heinous, or serious. For sure the shot of him using his fingers as fangs must be used. The song is so ridiculous that I sometimes envision this as a study of Spike constantly trying to assert his masculinity/dominance (and usually being undercut when doing so).

2) My Sweet Prince (Placebo) to Revolutionary Girl Utena. I really would want this vid, but the song is so slow that it might not be too great? It'd have to be visually awesome to hold the viewer's attention, for sure.

3) Johnny and Mary (Placebo cover) to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Not many notes for this one, except that John is obviously John Connor (but could also be John Henry if you run short on time), and "Mary" might probably rotate between the women characters - Sarah, Cameron, etc.

4) Kings of Medicine (Placebo) to Neon Genesis Evangelion. IDK. Mostly when I hear the lyrics "They're pickin' up pieces of me," I see Rei's arm falling off her body and cackle to myself. "Put you in a bag before the day is over" could also be people/parts floating in LCL. IDK, I see the opening verse as being literal interpretations of the lyrics, but that usually bores me in vids (even though it's done ALL THE DAMN TIME with AMVs), so it could be more abstract after that.

If anyone makes these vids (or if anyone has already made them, #1 has to have been made, right?!), let me know!

ETA: In the comments at the LJ post, [ profile] etrangere notes that #2 has been done! Link!
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Default)
A magnificent Revolutionary Girl Utena essay!
One of Shojo Kakumei Utena's most fascinating feminist critique is the study of the role of power and inequity in human relationships – especially but not only romance between men and women – and the harm it causes people. Some of it is explored through the core political concept of Princehood and Revolution.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Default)
I know some of you don't like YouTube clips, but I really think it's the best way to showcase animation style, music, and quality, which I feel are essential with any series I spend my time with.

It's happened at least twice in the past few months, so I figure it's worthy of its own post. People are interested in anime, but don't really know where to start. "I've seen Spirited Away/Princess Mononoke/all of the Ghibli movies, but I don't know what else to watch." So, here's a list of what I consider to be good places to start. For the most part, these are movies and series that have been around for a while, and are loved by just about everyone who's seen them. For the sake of ease, I chose only things that are available on DVD in the US.

While most of the items listed do a pretty good job with humor, but overall this is a list of dramas. I did this because a fair amount of anime humor is based on tropes commonly found in anime storytelling, or is "weird" in that one has to be a bit more comfortable with the medium to fully "get it." Evangelion and Utena probably have some of the more stereotypical humor found in anime out of everything on this list, but I think it's manageable to a newcomer.

The possible exception to this is Revolutionary Girl Utena. Its use of recycled animation and rampant presence of implied incest will come off as a bit WTF, especially to newcomers. But since most readers of my blog/LiveJournal are feminists, I think it'll be very easy to find other things to appreciate. Additionally, you guys are probably more willing to deconstruct and ask, "Why is this happening in the story?" as opposed to just freaking out. Utena could be analyzed endlessly, so if you start it and are dubious, I promise that the pay-offs make everything worth it. Of course, I might just be pre-preemptively apologetic and pushy because it's my favorite, :D

All of the Studio Ghibli movies
Lots of people have seen Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, but Studio Ghibli has a treasure chest full of achingly beautiful and poignant films. I've seen all but one, and adored all but two (Laputa and Pom Poko). Watch them all! I know that Netflix has all of these except Only Yesterday, and most video stores let you rent "kids' movies" for free.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Grave of the Fireflies
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
Only Yesterday [I LOVED this. Does anyone know how to obtain a copy?]
Porco Rosso
Pom Poko
Whisper of the Heart [This is my absolute favorite Ghibli movie]
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
The Cat Returns [I actually haven't seen this one, :( ]
Howl's Moving Castle

Descriptions and clips for Cowboy Bebop, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Samurai Champloo, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Satoshi Kon movies lie behind the cut. )

ETA: For locals, here's what I own that you could borrow if you give my shit back (lest I publicly shame you on LiveJournal):
All of Cowboy Bebop on DVD, also movie on DVD
Most of Revolutionary Girl Utena on DVD (and the rest on fansubs)
Most of Neon Genesis Evangelion on DVD (and the rest on fansubs)
All of Samurai Champloo (on fansubs)
Millennium Actress on DVD
Perfect Blue on DVD
Tokyo Godfathers on DVD
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Default)
I found this by way of a Revolutionary Girl Utena (anime) LiveJournal community, and thought that I would spread the link. It is a fanmix, called "Apocalypse, Please." The page contains links to the songs, screencaps of the series, and quotes from both the series and the songs. IT WORKS SO WELL FOR UTENA, my favorite anime series of all time! Please, though, do not click the link if you wish to avoid spoilers. And believe me, Utena is one of those series best viewed without knowing spoilers, even if you are the type who usually doesn't mind. I've been listening to the songs for about a day straight now.

Yesterday, I began reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. Before cracking the book open, I assured my co-workers that I was only reading it so that I could take notes and make fun of it in my blog. And I did exactly that for the first 50 pages. But suddenly, I was 100 pages in, and I couldn't stop reading. This book is SO TERRIBLE, but I couldn't tear myself away! Or at least, I was engrossed. Now, I'm about 100 pages from the end, and constantly rolling my eyes. How do I describe the heinousness that makes up this book? The protagonist's name is Isabella Swan. She has literally fainted after being kissed. The voice of her love interest is described as "velvety" EVERY OTHER PAGE. This books has vampires in it. VAMPIRES THAT SPARKLE IN SUNLIGHT. I shit you not, Internet. Also? Isabella Swan (aka, BELLA) is a total bitch! I refer you to something like page 29, where she laughs at the poor boys who are so nice to her, and obviously have crushes on her.

I couldn't put the book down because I knew it was absurd, but once the vampires became integrated with the plot, the book became too heinous to bear. I might finish this first one, and read plot summaries for the rest.

Also? The treatment of the protagonist as a female was AWFUL.


Feb. 9th, 2008 02:12 pm
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I've never gone, but if you live in Madison, Cinematheque seems like a nice way to spend time. Good, obscure movies for free, on various nights of the week. I actually only thought they showed movies on Saturdays, which is why I've never gone (Anime Club), but looking at their schedule, it seems like there are various nights on which movies are shown.

As you might remember, Bob, I spent a couple of days per week this summer being an intern at Bleak House Books. Several Bleak House books have been nominated for some Edgar Awards (a big deal in the mystery genre). Articles are here and here. I just think that's so cool. I highly recommend Head Games - I think it's probably the best thing I read at Bleak House during my summer there. I corrected a lot of the Spanish from the original manuscript! Awesome.

To nobody's surprise, when the Mystery Writers of America announced the finalists for the 2008 Edgar Awards last week titles from the large New York houses dominated the eight (out of a total of 13) categories dealing with books. But one small Wisconsin press is more than holding its own among the 35 books and five short stories selected as this year's Edgar Awards nominees. Three of the 15 titles released this past year by Bleak House Books in Madison, an imprint of Big Earth Books, have been nominated for 2008 Edgar Awards in three different categories: Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Best Novel), Head Games by Craig McDonald (Best First Novel), and "Blue Note" by Stuart M. Kaminsky from the Chicago Blues collection (Best Short Story).

I don't know where I originally found the link to this page, but I know it was somewhere on LiveJournal. Anyway, a trope-wiki has a list of all of the tropes found in Revolutionary Girl Utena here. Yes, all of those things really are part of the show. PS: You should watch Revolutionary Girl Utena! One of my favorite shows of all time.

Lastly, everyone needs to see why I was excited about Christian Kane's singing in the last episode of Angel that I watched, EVEN THOUGH IT'S COUNTRY. There are only spoilers in this clip if you don't know who makes up the main cast of the show Angel. Please enjoy the cheesy dialogue that is a staple of Angel filler episodes (and sometimes the dramatic ones, too!).


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