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Dec. 16th, 2014

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 The only non-awful thing about the flu is that you can get a lot of TV watching in when you aren't knocked out because of meds.

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I woke up this morning all eager for my 3 day weekend, went to Wal-Mart, started getting the chills, got back home and barely managed to take care of perishable before collapsing. Got up about an hour later and had a 102.2f temperature. Whee! At least I didn't have to call in sick to work? It went up to a littler over 103 but has gone down a bit since, and I've managed to stay mobile for about 15 minutes, so maybe I'll get lucky and whatever it is will pass as quickly as I came down with it.

Anyway, I typed this up a couple days ago and hadn't gotten around to posting, so I'll post it now before collapsing again.

1. Flight Rising is having another open registration window next Monday. I guess it's officially a monthly thing now. As always, I will be giving dragons to friends who join, though possibly not until later in the week, as site competitions this week might wipe me out of all dragons that aren't permanent residents in my lair.

2. Related, your pet dragons can now have PET ROBOTS. Though they were created for the highest difficulty level (so far) in the coliseum, but there are other ways to get them. But I repeat YOUR PET PIXEL DRAGONS CAN HAVE PET PIXEL ROBOTS.

3. The newest version of Return of the Condor Heroes is apparently as awful as one would expect a series advertising itself as choosing to make a rapist adorable to be. (I mean, the rape plot in ROCH has problems all over the place, but at least it doesn't think the rapist is sympathetic or likable or fassscinating, so it has that over quite a few rape plots. And also the bit where the person who was rapes finds out who really raped her and hunts him across half of China and kills him. Which probably won't happen with an "adorable" rapist.) It's ok, my backlog of shows to watch is enormous as it is.

4. Kevin Kostner's comments on racism may not be as blatantly horrific as Kevin Sorbo's, but maybe Hollywood needs to make a rule about past-their-professional-prime actors named Kevin aren't allowed to talk about race in public without someone there to kick them in the shin when they go wrong.

5. I started watching the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic anime on Netflix a couple weeks ago out of boredom, and really enjoyed it. It's a shounen adventure series very, very loosely based on 1001 Nights (loosely=It uses some names and the settings sometimes look vaguely right). The main characters are Aladdin, a child magician, Ali Baba, a wanderer with A Secret Angsty Past, and Morgianna, a former slave girl with super strength and speed. It does a better job than a lot of shounen with the grander scope of things and handling a coming war between three major countries. Unfortunately, season 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic splits up the 3 main characters and separates them from their other friends. Ali Baba and Morgianna are MIA for most of the season (Morgianna is considerably more MIA that Ali Baba, or course...) and most of it is Aladdin learning more about magic in another country. Unfortunately, while I like Aladdin, he's way, way less interesting than Morgianna and Ali Baba (and the other supporting characters who are also mostly MIA), and the 2 friends he makes are nice and all, but the actual kingdom is BORING, as is the characters who (as of ep 20, where I am) appears to be the main antagonist. I mean, I'm still enjoying it, just a lot less than the first season, and hoping that if there's a third season, it'll be better. There are some events that are making things more interesting going on, but it's in conjunction with my caring even less about the magic kingdom and being more annoyed by the antagonist.


6. Madame Secretary is on hiatus, but at least it was given a full season. Maybe State of Affairs will seem less horrible when I'm not also watching a far superior female-lead political thriller show? (I mean Madam Secretary's politics and conspiracy plot are just as awful, but the show itself is much better written, as are the characters and their relationships.

7. I've been reading "cozy mysteries" lately, and I'd really like to know how a genre about multiple murders in a small town over a relatively brief period of time not only came to be called "cozy," but also gained a reputation for being comfort reading. I mean, they are comfort reading, and I should write up my thoughts about why some time, but you have to admit, it's a bit odd. (I suspect Agatha Christie and Rex Stout having had dozens and dozens of such books consistently in print for decades contributes some there. I mean, not just them, but they're the big ones that immediately spring to mind.


8. Taraji Henson's new series starts soon! I deliberately have not watched the preview for Empire, but based on what I've read, I'm hoping that her character is on an epic revenge quest and steal her ex-husband's music empire. *hopes*

9. I watched the pilot of The Librarians (or rather, the first 2 episodes, which were aired together because networks don't like 2 hours pilots anymore and air episodes together and confuse everyone about episode numbering). It was entertaining. Christian Kane looked very confused every time he didn't beat up 10 guys at once and Noah Wylie looked very tired thanks to his day job of fighting off alien invasions (though I'm sure he's happy that he has this lined up if it lasts, since Falling Skies's next season will be the last) And Rebecca Romjin made "WTF?" faces a lot. And, I mean, of course Matt Frewer and John Larroquette are running around being...well, themselves. It VERY much felt like a pilot for a series based on a franchise most people forgot exists, and as others have noted, it seems to want to appeal to Warehouse 13 fans, so it was a bit...off, but I'll watch more.

10. Star Wars: Rebels is on midseason hiatus, and I'm not sure who else is watching, but a few comments:
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Continuum, The Wind Rises

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 Not sure how many people are still watching it, but Rachel Nichols confirmed on twitter that Continuum is getting a final season of 6 episodes.  Which is disappointingly short, but after waiting this long for news, it's better than I expected.  (Despite its myriad of problems, I do think it's one of the better SciFi shows in recent years.)

Today I watched Ghibli's The Wind Rises, which was a beautiful movie about which I have very mixed feelings  due to the subject matter.  Viewed in isolation from world events and what came next, it's a touching movie about creation and imagination.  Viewed in context of the world outside the movie, it's a touching movie about the creation of WWII Japanese fighter planes.

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I knew what to expect going in, which is good.  Miyazaki has always had a fascination with destructive technology and war machines, but in previous movies, the protagonists have dealt with the aftermath of destruction, not the creation of the machines themselves.

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November 2014 media log

covert affairs: gimme tv
I did very little reading last month, but consumed an almost frightening amount of TV.

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telenovela: Gran Hotel

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Gran Hotel is a telenovela from Spain set in a Spanish luxury hotel in 1905. I watched the first season sometime last year and really enjoyed it, but hadn't realized that it had had an official release in the US until prozacpark  told me she was watching it on Netflix. You can watch the first season on Hulu or Netflix, and season 2 on Netflix. (But, I mean, why watch on Hulu unless you don't have Netflix? No commercials on Netflix!) Both sites use the English translation of Grand Hotel. There's a third and final season that aired in Spain last year, but nothing on an English subtitled version yet, as far as I know.

The series is about Julio, a young man who goes to the hotel his sister, Christina, worked at to investigate her disappearance. He gets hired on as a waiter and quickly befriends another waiter, Andres, the son on the housekeeper, and Alicia, the daughter of the hotel owner. It's a telenovela and turn-of-the-century and there are major class differences (and Julio's criminal past) so, naturally, Julio and Alicia fall in oh-so-forbidden love while trying to find out what happened to Christina, and learning about the hotel's secrets.
Alicia is generally considered to be the only decent person in her family, and is even referred to as "The best of the Alarcons," even by people who haven't seen her since she was a small child. (People are pretty much right about this, though Alicia isn't always thrilled to be called such as she actually does love her family very much.) Alicia generally falls on the virtuous (but not self-righteous) end of the moral scale, but does reluctantly cross into murkier and outright dark waters on behalf of her family, despite disliking doing so quite a bit. Andres is very sweet and earnest and loyal, but not very bright, and is tied to the hotel's secrets in ways he doesn't know about. Julio is one of those characters who seems mostly nice and good on the surface, but when you think about it, he probably isn't actually that good of a person, we just primarily see him interacting with or acting on behalf of the people he loves (Christina, Alicia and Andres) and when the less-than-savory parts of his personality come out, it's often in the context of trying to protect them. So I like usually like Julio, but I don't think I'd like him at all without the influence of Alicia and Andres.

A lot of the plot is Alicia and Julio running and sneaking around and trying to solve mysteries and generally not being very good at all at lying or sneaking, but usually getting away with it anyway, frequently dragging poor Andres into their schemes. The romance between Julio and Alicia is...well, it hits all the right points for the pairing type and the show sells me on them and that they should be together, but they aren't terribly interesting as a couple in season one, though I think they work better in season two.

Then there's the rest of the cast. Andres's mother, Angela, is the housekeeper of the hotel and very, very tied to it's secrets. Angela is mostly a decent person, but has spent so many years keeping the Alarcons' secrets and covering for them that she's a bit murky there, to say the least. Alicia's mother, Teresa, owns the hotel and is cold and ruthless and devious and very devoted to her children, though it doesn't always manifest in ways they'd like. I really enjoyed Teresa in the first season, but there are some things she does in the second season that made me stop enjoying her as much ,though she does still have her highlights. The hotel manager is Diego, Teresa's scheming (look, almost everyone is scheming, ok?) co-conspirator who wants to marry Alicia. Your instincts will initially make you think Diego is evil and awful and misogynistic. He will sometimes do things to make you think that maybe you slightly misjudged him, but don't be fooled. Your instincts underestimated him. He needs to die horribly, and hopefully will in season three. Despite being in love with and wanting to marry Alicia, Diego regularly has affairs with the hotel maids.

The most recent maid is Belen, a scheming maid who Andres is in love with. I tend to get very judgey about the show when it comes to Belen. Despite her scheming, the show is fairly sympathetic towards her, and least in season 2, and wants us to feel bad for her when bad things happen to her, but it keeps punishing her for doing things not nearly as bad as some other characters do with little or no repercussions. Alicia's brother, Javier is...ok, there's no nice way to put it. The guy can be very, very loyal to his sisters and come through for them when they absolutely need it, but that's...about the only redeeming quality he has. He pretty much exists for his family to bail him out of trouble, which they do very, very frequently. Some of his exploits are amusing, but any time he notices a woman who isn't related to him, get ready for a LOT of annoyance. On the other hand, there's Alicia's sister, Sofia, and her husband, Alfredo, who is a nobleman. Sofia is clever and scheming and devious and ruthless when she thinks it's needed. Alfredo is...not incredibly bright, but very noble and honorable and honest. Sofia and Alfredo have very very different worldviews and moral standards and know it and are pretty much completely incompatible save for the fact that they're very, very much in love and usually committed to making their marriage work. (I say "usually," because Alfredo can only take so much scheming.) Their relationship and attempts to make it work are, IMO, more interesting than other romantic plotlines in the show. Teresa can't stand Alfredo, but is (usually) committed to helping Sofia keep their marriage intact because sofia loves Alfredo. Alfredo's mother thinks he's slumming and hates the Alarcons, and only appears to try to find a way to break Sofia and Alfredo up. The mother's really don't get along. There's also Ayala, an investigator sent to investigate a local serial killer, who also gets caught up in the goings-on of the hotel. Ayala very frequently gives Alicia and Julio looks that say "I know you are lying and trying to get away with something but I'll let it slide for now because I kind of like you kids. Usually." Unless it's "HOW DARE YOU MEDDLING KIDS INTERFERE WITH MY INVESTIGATION RAWR" when they're REALLY misbehaving. Ayala is very, very long suffering and likes to play cat-and-mouse games with Teresa in which they both think they're the cat and are doing their very best to rip the mouse into shreds. But politely. He also has a bumbling sidekick whose name I forget. At one point, a teenaged Agatha Christie shows up and decides to base Poirot and Hastings on them.

Most of the rest of the cast are the servants of the hotel, mostly in bit roles, but a few have larger roles. Sadly, with one exception, the most endearing of the rest of the servants take off after having their hearts broken. Kinda.

Season 1 primarily revolves around solving the mystery of what happened to Christina, and whether she's dead or alive. Season 2 revolves around the secrets Christina was keeping coming out, and the mystery of whether or not Alicia's father was murdered, and what extra secrets he may have been keeping, as well as solving a murder attempt that took place in the final minutes of Season 1. Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger, but one which left me content to wait (but hopefully not too long) for Season 2. Season 2 ends on a cliffhanger that makes me go "OMG NO WHY WHERE IS SEASON 3?"

As a heads up, the original episodes were 70-90 minutes each. Hulu and Netflix have them reformatted to be about 43-47 minutes each. As a result, an episode sometimes seems to end in the middle of a scene (because it does) or an obvious cliffhanger/climax happens in the middle of an episode. Gran Hotel tends to often end the original episodes by quickly switching between all the plotlines of an episode, which is hectic, but works very well in the original format (which is how I watched the first season) but is a bit odd when it suddenly happens mid-episode, only to calm down again.

11 things to last until next week

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1. Like many people (and I assume everyone reading this) I'm angry and outraged about the decision to not indict Darren Wilson. I'm also aware that the fact that my main emotion being anger and not fear for myself or my family is very much a privilege, and that's something that's easy to lose sight of.

2. I love my family, but every Thanksgiving, I start to reconsider being a lifelong tee-totaller because more than two of them in a room and suddenly I'm choking on extra-Conservative Republican sentiments. I do more non-committal grunting on Thanksgiving Day than I do the entire rest of the year.

3. The problem with the subbed telenovelas that I've been watching is that they're from Spain. Which is, in fact, not actually a legitimate problem at all, but while I'm far from fluent, the Spanish that I'm used to is Mexican-Spanish, which is a different thing entirely from the Spanish spoken in Spain, and a couple times an episode, I'll catch a language difference that breaks my stride a bit.

4. Also, when you watch telenovelas on Hulu, you get Spanish commercials, including for telenovelas. My favorite commercial is one where these two guys are very seriously and slowly stripping of their shirts in the rain on a beach to have a duel. Though I have to pause to laugh for 5 minutes every time.

5. Relatedly: Internet, I love Jane the Virgin, you love Jane the Virgin. Jane the Virgin is not the only show on US TV with a Latina lead. I know most people haven't heard of Happyland (the poor souls) but I know you know about Devious Maids because you're happy to tear it down to build Jane the Virgin up, even though I'm pretty sure you never bothered to watch it. (I mean, I quit listening to you any that point anyway, but...)

6. Also relatedly, I love it when people criticize shows for having female characters who are better developed than the male characters, like its actually a serious problem that needs to be fixed.

7. Also also relatedly, Nicholas Gonzales (or his twin) was in this week's Jane the Virgin. Which I watched right before this week's Sleepy Hollow, making me extra bitter about Hawley's continued presence.

8. The last 2 episodes of Sleepy Hollow have done a lot to help the show recover from...well, most of the episodes after the season premiere, but it's still not nearly as enjoyable as the first season. Here's hoping the back half of the season (or even next week's episode) is better.

9. Trailer for the upcoming live action Cinderella movie:



Unlike some other fairy tales, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of exploring left to do with Cinderella, but it's certainly one of the most popular ones. For the most part, it looks like a fairly straightforward adaptation of the animated movie, but with more character development. i'm glad to see that there's going to be focus on Cinderella's mother, but not so much that it seems to tie into Cinderella being going and sweet and virtuous in her suffering. That said, I am looking forward to it, though not as much as some of the other recent fairy tale movies.

10. I'm still really, really enjoying the Akatsuki no Yona anime, but i'm starting to get a bit worried. Aside from the flash-forwards in the first few episodes, the anime has, so far, been very faithful to the manga, and it's very fast paced and a ton of stuff happens every episode, but we're 1/3 through the anime (unless I'm mistaken about it being slated for 24 episodes?) and still on I think volume 3 of the manga. At this rate, we won't have Yona having gathered the 4 dragons until the last few episodes of the anime, not leaving room for much else to happen after unless they start cutting things out. Ideally, i'd like the series to be 3-4 24-episode seasons with a few months off in between to let the manga stay a bit ahead, but I doubt that will happen.

11. Is anyone else watching Star Wars: Rebels? I think it's starting to pick up with the last couple episodes introducing more of a meta-arc. Though, being set a few years before A New Hope, I'm concerned that this is going to be a ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES thing.

Nov. 23rd, 2014

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 Hulu has Juana la Virgen, the telenovela that Jane the Virgin is based on, streaming.  But without subtitles, I believe, hopefully saving me from temptation.  (I say "hopefully" because I have enough context and can follow some Spanish [well, Mexican-Spanish, not so much Spain-Spanish, which is both very similar and totally different] so I might actually be OK without subtitles, but I'm already watching a few telenovelas as it is.)

But someone who can follow along should watch it and tell me if it really is as faily as I've heard.  From other comments I've read about Juana la Virgen, CW apparently looked for  the failiest telenovels it could find and rewrote it to be both a glorious sendup to all things telenovela, and a deconstruction of perceived gender and cultural roles.

ETA:  Based on the picture Hulu  is using to promote Juana la Virgen, it looks like rumors may be true that Juana is a teenager and Rafael-or whatever his name is in that- is 30-ish.

Madam Secretary 1.4-1.9

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I'm also current on Jane the Virgin, Happyland, The 100, Sleepy Hollow, State of Affairs and How to Get Away With Murder, but don't feel up to writing them up right now.  Feel free to ask me any questions about my thoughts on whatever in comments.  (Ok, i've gone on EXTENSIVELY about one thing in The 100 on twitter, but sometimes you have to get ranting out of your system.)

Nov. 19th, 2014

ombria in shadows
 Has anyone who uses Android upgraded to Android 5.0 yet?  Is it a good upgrade?

(I ask primarily because for a couple weeks after the last upgrade, my Nexus's power drained a lot faster than it had before, but that did eventually stop.)

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

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This was a somewhat awkward book, primarily because it's the book that marks the end of part one of the series, and also because it's the book that marks the series switching over to hardcover format. There's a character list at the beginning and a narrative prologue in the form of (IIRC) Barabas writing a journal entry to catch people up, but the book is burdened down not only by having to wrap up most of the plots that were building up to this point, but also having to explain what's going on to people who picked it up in hardcover but hadn't read the previous ones. So it's good, but awkward and/or clunky in places.

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For a bit of amusement, I was looking at Amazon reviews earlier and there was a reviewer very put out because she hadn't know Andrews was a husband/wife team and declared it "subterfuge" because it hadn't been spelled out in previous books. Except that it was officially declared after...what, the third book? And has been part of the author bio everywhere (including Amazon) since then. And it wasn't exactly a secret before then, it just wasn't official.

And I get not knowing if you don't go to author websites and blogs and online review sited and haven't read other reviews (because quite a
few have mentioned it over the years). I mean, it's a bit of a stretch for me, but, I mean, SUBTERFUGE. I wonder if they get put out every time they learn an author's name is a penname, and not the author's real one. (And if they realize how many authors have written under more than one name, and how many pennames are for collaborations.)

Nov. 16th, 2014

flight rising
These are dragons that I'm giving to friends in tomorrow's registration window for Flight Rising. They're all currently for sale on the site, but I'll take them down as soon as someone expresses interest. If you see more than one that you like, I'll most likely post what's left to [community profile] flight_rising Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can ask again there.

(Shoud such things sway you, most of these dragons are the offspring of characters named for Studio Ghibli, Clamp, Skip-Beat!, Angel Sanctuary and Samurai Deeper Kyo characters.)

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Nov. 16th, 2014

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 I just finished watching season 2 of Witches of East End and I really love that show (despite the fact that literally everything about it when it comes to race makes me want to bash my face into the keyboard) however...


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And then I went to see when season 3 was going to start, only to learn that it was cancelled.  Off to be sad now, as opposed to posting actual thoughts.  (But for those who were still watching, feel free to comment about anything in the show that you want my opinions on.)

The Good, The Bad, and The Good again

emilia: eat your brains
 1.  Flight Rising is having another registration window next Monday.  Which seems to be very close to the last one, given how long the wait was between the window I enrolled under, and the last one.  Once again, if you join (and you should) I will give you a dragon and STUFF.  And be available to you for questions.

2.  Two of my shows in as many weeks have had a woman who is a main character falsely accuse a man of assault to further her own ends.  Because, I mean, we don't have enough problems with society and the law judging and condemning abused women as it is without acclaimed media actively enforcing the idea that women fake assault charges.

If you don't know which shows I'm talking about, I can tell you in comments.

3.  Neither show, though was The 100, which I binged on last week and really like, despite a lukewarm start.  I should blather at you about it, except that I have an episode to watch as soon as I post this...

Nov. 12th, 2014

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What are you currently reading

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

What did you recently finish reading?

The Foundling, and Other Tales of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Several short stories set in the world of the Chronicles of Prydain, but before the main series. Mostly backstories about characters in the series and stories that were told during it, all pretty enjoyable. My favorite was the story about Eilonwy's mother.

The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal. The fourth Maggie Hope mystery, and one with a title which only relates to about the last 50 or so pages of the book. Centered around the days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this one was a bit odd. MacNeal's audience is primarily American, as far as I know, so Pearl Harbor takes a fair bit of narrative priority in this one. The mystery that Maggie is involved in is almost perfunctory (I would have rather spent the time dealing with her PTSD after the previous book, and her Baby Spies seeing her as a demonic taskmaster) and most of the rest is setting things up for future installments, which look to be changing things up some. Not a bad or disappointing book, but a bit different from what I was expecting.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom. It's been long enough since I read a superhero crossover event that I had forgotten how inconsistent characterization and costuming can be with them. Errr...I was mostly confused by this. If I were caught up with X-stuff in general, I think I would have been into it, but as it is, I was mostly left with irritation at "Jubilee will grow up to be just like Woverine! But angrier and shriekier and irrational. I mean, she is a girl."

X-Men: Muertas by Brian Wood and Terry Dodson. I followed this one more easily than I did Primer and Battle of the Atom, mostly because most of the events were directly related to events in those two volumes, though I have no idea where Rogue went off too. I'm glad there was a mini Gen-X reunion this quickly into my dipping my toes back into superhero comics after years away, but wish there had been more Jubilee/Monet interaction.

Toradora vol 1-4 by Yuyuko Takemiya. Romantic comedy light novel series about a boy who looks like a scary gangster but is actually a sweet and harmless pacifist addicted to cleaning, and a tiny cute girl who's actually extremely rude and violent. They have crushes on the other's respective best friend, and join forces to help the other out. What I've read is entertaining and usually cute, but I don't see myself reading another 6 books about it, especially since it's starting to veer into fanservice territory and having an increasing "cute and helpless" aspect to the heroine ,despite her forceful personality. I do think I'll watch the anime, though.

Coffin Hill Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda. Eve Coffin is a police officer who returns to her hometown after being shot and leaving the force. The catch is that Eve comes from a long line of dark witches, and a monster she let loose as a teenager is back and abducting teenagers in the woods. I thought it was a minseries when I picked it up an the library, but it's an ongiong series. It's a bit bloody for my taste, but I like Eve and the mythology, and am interested in seeing what happens next.

</em>Ao Haru Ride/Blue Spring Ride</em> Vo l1-4 by Io Sakisaka. Enjoyable but sometimes frustrating shoujo who meets her junior high crush in high school, only to find him with an entirely different personality. for the most part, it's very enjoyable with lots of friendshipping with Futaba (the heroine) and the other girls who join her in the student council. The romance is...also enjoyable, but also irritating. A lot of it is sustained by "something is about to happen, but isn't yet" and Futaba's love interest, Kou, is prone to "standoffish shoujo jerk moments. He's far from the worst about that, but a bit of a disappointment after Ren from Strobe Edge, who was really refreshing in that regard, and there's at least one time when his treatment of Futaba made me angry. I've heard some things about future volumes that make me leery, but I've enjoyed it so far, so I'm sticking with it. The anime adapts the first 4 volumes of the manga, minus the last chapter of volume 4, and is extremely faithful. The OAD is about Kou and Futaba's quasi-relationship in junior high, but only the last few minutes has anything significant that wasn't covered in flashbacks in the main anime/manga.

Barakamon Vol 1-2 by Satsuki Yoshino. Handa Seishu is a young calligrapher who gets exiled to an island by his father after he punches the curator of an exhibition for saying Seishu's work is boring. On the island, he constantly gets caught up in the goings on of the locals, particularly the local children and teenagers, when he's supposed to be working on making his calligraphy not-boring. And learning how to not punch old men for offering criticism. He very quickly becomes that guy who sits down to work after lunch and goes out to get a toy out of a tree so the local kids will stop yelling, and then suddenly it's getting dark and he didn't notice because the kids kept him that busy. The main local he interacts with is Naru, a 7 year old girl, and one of the children who used Seishu's house as a hangout while it was abandoned. (The youths collectively decide that occupation is no deterrent.) I find it a sad commentary on a lot of anime that there was zero sexualization of of a young girl being overly attached to the much older male protagonist. It's a very entertaining series. The first 5 or so episodes follow the first two volumes of the manga pretty faithfully, though some events are moved around a bit, based on my recollection of early anime episodes, and a few scenes didn't get animated.

And I think that's everything that i haven't posted on separately since I last did this.

What do you think you'll read next?.

The rest of Magic Breaks, probably start reading Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.

Continuum: Season 3

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Well, that didn't go where I was hoping it would, but I mostly enjoyed this season.
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