40 Day Anime Meme - Day 40

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 8:49 PM
kalloway: (Default)
40 -- thoughts on live-action adaptations?

About like any other adaptation? Could be good, could be bad... What I've seen of the Here is Greenwood live action is spot-on perfect, but then some, like Princess Princess, fall flat with the medium change. I look forward to a potential Saint Seiya live action, even if it's terrible! And I'm still tempted by the Ghost in the Shell movie with ScarJo even though I think she was a terrible choice for the role, because I like GitS. (Heck, I still want to see some of the other awful live action adaptations, like the Dragonball one and the Dead or Alive movie. I should get on this...)

I've actually never seen anything other than clips of various musicals, but those all seem great, too, and I love that they're a thing that exists.

So the answer is... sure, why not? Gonna be about the same hit/flop ratio of any other media~

omg this meme is finally over

[Fic] Candles Lit at the Doors

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 7:26 PM
branchandroot: pen with burning ink (ink burns)

Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Nirvana in Fire, In Every Time and Season
Characters/Pairings: Jingrui/Yujin, Lin Shu | Mei Changsu, Meng Zhi, Xiao Jingrui, Yan Yujin
Summary: Jingrui is finding himself drawn back toward a military position, after fighting at the northern border, and Yujin follows along, as he always has, despite his own reservations. Along the way, the two of them get into trouble, politics, and eventually a deeper understanding.
Meta: Drama with Politics and Romance, and also a Sprinkle of Porn, I-4
Wordcount: 18777

Very few of Yujin's reservations had ever held up in face of Jingrui's smile. Not when they were little and stealing sweets off Aunt Jing's table (with her amused connivance, Yujin had realized years later); not when they were a little older and Jingrui had dragged Yujin everywhere after their glamorous, if also sometimes alarming, older cousins; not when they'd come of age and Jingrui hauled Yujin out onto the roads to wander the country with that very same smile. He could barely imagine leaving Jingrui's side, at this point. So there was really nothing else to do but elbow him back until they managed to shove each other into the shallows, laughing.

Candles Lit at the Doors )

The Monday Checklist

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 10:15 AM
darthneko: Firefly/Serenity River Tam ([fandom] dresses and combat boots)
Traditional Adulting
Get a home warranty (Choice Home Warranty)
Call about ordering tires for car (Mon)
▹ WED - Call Dad if haven't heard from him already post-op
▹ Measure mattress heights - what size boxspring?
▹ Pull everything that's already packed out of closet
Order more boxes
▹ Remember wasp spray next trip to new house
▹ Pack downstairs books (after getting boxes)

Non-Traditional Adulting
▹ Patreon - troll
▹ Patreon - kittens
▹ Patreon - abyss
▹ Patreon - tweak/revamp tiers (y'all are paying too much for my inconsistent ass)
▹ BLP.com - update front page, remove dropped books

Remember the Backburner
▹ DM.org - still busted
▹ Self - material studies
▹ Self - chapter headers

Don't Forget
★ NEXT MONDAY - Drive Pro, new tires + headlights (7:30am-12pm)
★ NEXT MONDAY - Frontier internet setup at new house (1-5pm)
★ Mythic+ Dungeons - Fri 7:30
★ Tomb of Sargeras Raid - Sat 8:30 (make more flasks!)

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 38 & 39

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 7:40 PM
kalloway: (Default)
38 -- name a popular anime you hate.

Nah. I don't hate the anime; I hate the fandoms.

39 -- is there an anime you wish was more popular?

Hmm... I feel like my usual flippant answers of Hyperspeed Grandoll and Tekkaman Blade II fit in here pretty nicely. David/Dead End smut I don't have to write myself? Yespls.

One more day and then I'll try to just, y'know, talk about anime on my own and hopefully, idk, better?

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 37

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 6:33 AM
kalloway: (Destiny Impulse)
37 -- name a popular anime you love.

Gundam. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Gundam - and mecha anime in general, but specifically Gundam - changed my life. While I've liked and watched Gundam since I started watching anime, I got really into it just under a decade ago and, thanks heavily to [personal profile] taichara, spent a lot of time in various Gundam universes, building Gunpla, etc. I spent so much time with the characters and machines that I started learning more about space, space colonization, mechanics, robotics... to the point where I was reading non-fiction books about real-world robotics, space, etc. When my job (at the time) announced they were going to stop offering healthcare to part-time employees and there continued to be no hope of ever getting a full-time spot, I decided to go back to school and do something better with my life. Picking a program was easy, and I excelled at it. Now I actually work with large machinery and robots on a daily basis. So if I ever fell through a mysterious portal into a Gundam series and had to do some emergency repairs on someone's mobile suit, no problem!

(And I am healthier, happier, have more time, have more money, and have more overall stability in my life. Thanks, Gundam. ♥)
darthneko: ([writing] ley lines)
Hopefully last of the really LONG prompts! Also possibly the last structured prompts - there's too many of the rest of the list that don't really apply, I'd be better off funneling the energy into actual words for this.

16) Magic )


Nagori Worldbuilding
Terre Prime Worldbuilding
darthneko: ([writing] ley lines)
I'm totally cherry picking the applicable prompts at this point and ignoring the rest. Because yeah - flora and fauna sort of got mostly covered under food, and make no real sense to try to detail when you're talking about one race on spaceships and one race spread over multiple planets with different native whatevers. And I drew a blank at traditions (not as in there aren't any, but as in detailing them felt too static to my brain, so you don't get a write up there.)

11) Language )


14) Food )


15) Technology )


Next up - Magic as seen from these two races in particular and by the Galatics in general (as opposed to the rather messed up Terren take on it), and then I feel like I *might* have enough groundwork laid to start writing.

Also.... I need an icon for this 'verse, dammit. hrm. *goes to browse pics* Icon has! (no, that's not cybertron. or the death star. it's a mandala-esque fractal over a space scene, but the tiny version loses a lot of detail.) Title... not so much. 'Bugs and Bears in Space' is not really going to work, not even as a working title. XD

Nagori Worldbuilding
Terre Prime Worldbuilding

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 36

  • Aug. 17th, 2017 at 8:20 AM
kalloway: (Default)
36 -- in your opinion, what makes a good anime?

If I can answer 'yes' to 'Do I want to watch it again?' and/or 'Do I want to own a copy of this?'

Of course, I can answer 'yes to those questions over some real hot messes, too. ^_^

I mean, if I made it to the end as was entertained in some way, then it did its job. That alone should qualify as 'good', right?

I feel like 'good' has lost all meaning.


(I am so glad this meme is almost over.)

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40 Day Anime Meme - Day 35

  • Aug. 16th, 2017 at 4:11 PM
kalloway: (Default)
35 -- have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

All the time-- let's see... timeslot changed, financial reasons (can't commit to $30/3 episodes for a 75+ episode show), moved to somewhere without television/cable, had to work instead of going to anime club, dropped anime club, fell out of contact with friend who was loaning out series, library doesn't have full run and doesn't order in optical media, series was never fully released in NA/English, subbers dropped series and no one picked it up, um... should I go on?

And that's ignoring shows that weren't my cuppa - didn't like the plot, characters, direction show was headed, art style, etc.

That's like asking 'have you ever not finished a book? why?' when sometimes... you just don't.

I'm not sure what the last anime I actually dropped was. There are a lot of things I want to go back and finish, but it'll take awhile. My slow internet makes streaming iffy sometimes so I'm a lot better off with physical media, but that often requires more cash. And some things aren't legally available on physical media yet, so~ *handwaves*

The last manga I dropped (from my library-borrowing spree) was JoJo's. It was interesting but I just couldn't get invested in the story.

The mythical wishlist

  • Aug. 16th, 2017 at 11:15 AM
darthneko: purple cartoon bunny (Default)
Aka, things I wish exist, that I can't find anywhere.

* Standing drafting tables (like the old beat up ones the art institute of seattle had, dammit)
* Standing drafting table where half of the surface is covered in some sort of grippy rubber, like shelf liner, so my pens and stuff stop MOVING (GLASS topped drafting tables? what crack are you people ON?)
* iPad stand that holds it at a good DRAWING angle, not mimicking the angle of a laptop for screen viewage. Like, 10-25degrees, not 45.
* Still looking for an Apple Pencil holder that will attach it to my iPad securely while traveling, but will also work with having a cover on the iPad. And a pencil grip on the damned pencil. =P
* A damned all-in-one social media dashboard for reading the feeds from my social media. I don't care about metrics, I don't care about how popular my posts are, I just want to be able to read my friends list feeds from instagram/twitter/facebook/pinterest all in one damned place.

There's tons of other things, but those are the ones peeving me right now. =P

bleagh

  • Aug. 16th, 2017 at 9:32 AM
darthneko: hiding cat ([personal] i iz not here. try back latr.)
Gave myself a phenomenal case of food poisoning yesterday - pro tip, if you cut into a new avocado and it looks like it has black oxidization already in it, DO NOT EAT IT. Not even the perfectly good looking green bits. It's a sign of internal rot in the avocado, and will give you food poisoning. =P So yeah, that was fun, and yesterday I managed two pieces of bread with a little bit of peanut butter, and a can of ginger ale, and that was it after violently throwing up everything from about noon the day before. >_< Mostly just passed out and slept a lot (like, I'd think "oh, I should get up and get something to drink", and I'd throw off the covers, and then fall asleep again before I could actually finish getting up).

In other random news, there is no better way to piss me off and make me not use your product than by trying to force that product on me. =___=

Case study - company #1 (fieldbook database), which advertised customization, failed to produce said customization, failed to provide any simple way of deleting an account with them, and has now gone 5+ days of very slow response emails with me wherein I asked politely to delete the account as I won't be using it, they (waited 2 days) asked why, I said because the site doesn't do what I want it to, they (waited another 2 days) and asked what I was looking for, and I have rather sharply told them it doesn't matter and delete the account please. It's been 3 days and I have no reply and no confirmation that the account has been deleted.

Company #2 (scruddle social dashboard) - advertised a lot more features than they actually deliver, has no easy account deactivation on their site, AND pushed my account into billable premium immediately, when I had specifically clicked on the free account button. Something which I would never have found out until they were asking me for payment info in a month if I hadn't gone looking all over the account tab in order to delete the damned account. And now I've had to write them a letter, and the letter is polite but damned right I mentioned that underhanded premium bullshit as part of why I won't be using them.

UGH. Stupid ass marketing monkeys. Look, let me try your shit out because nobody likes to buy before trying, see if it does what I want, and then DO NOT fucking make me complain my way up your chain of command in order to delete my account info from your fucking database when it turns out you don't do anything I want. I'd be a lot more likely to recommend places for what they DO instead of spreading their names far and wide as underhanded slimy dipshits if they'd just make setting up a trial account and then deleting it a painless person-interaction-free process.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 34

  • Aug. 15th, 2017 at 5:47 PM
kalloway: (Default)
34 -- have you ever watched an anime only because you liked a specific character?

As in, only hung on because I really wanted to know what happened to one of the cast? Or started watching something because of one character (like I'd seen art or something and was curious)?

Sure. Isn't that sort of how it works sometimes? If it's not a stellar premise but a character has an interesting design or something, I'll check it out. And then there's usually some reason to keep going... I can think of more games that I've finished for a character or two compared to anime... But I definitely know where there were times that the plot was a mess or fell off and I kept going because of an attachment or curiousity about the cast. I think that's pretty natural.

I'm quite fond of the whole things, now, but... the first time through Tekkaman Blade II was pretty painful until all of a sudden Dead End showed up and wait, what-? and I would have watched another fifty episodes to see how that was going to play out.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 33

  • Aug. 14th, 2017 at 8:28 PM
kalloway: Sayla looking back over her shoulder (Gundam Sayla FTB)
33 -- would you ever watch an anime with over 100 episodes?

I think [personal profile] taichara already gave my answer-- wtf, meme writer and I have and I'll do it again, though sometimes there's a question of time, not inclination.

I wonder if the person who wrote these questions knows there's been an anime series airing weekly since 1969... Now that's a lot of episodes.

huh, so this is being an adult...

  • Aug. 14th, 2017 at 9:14 AM
darthneko: siamese kitten reaching for toy ([personal] shiny!)
It is slowly sinking in that by this time next month I will be in a Real House, which is All Ours, and we can do ANYTHING we want with it.

Like, I'll have my own office, which is not just somewhere to put all of my worldly belongings, but an entirely separate room that is an office, for working on things, and I can do anything I want to. I'm not restricted to sedate tiny nail holes and pushpins to hang posters. Anything at all, sky in the limit, and I'm encouraging my dragon to think of her office the same way. We can have customized to us spaces. There is no "this is sufficient, this is good enough to work on", there is our space, our house, and if we want to paint the interior Stormwind blue and gold, we can.

I need to live there for awhile. I need to see how the light falls in my office, whether it's morning or evening, what it looks like. And then... I'm pondering bamboo wainscotting, a small corner computer desk, a larger table for doing art on, the papasan chair because it's mine, me and the cats are the only ones who use it, and it needs to go somewhere. bamboo stalk&leaf raised plaster above the actual bamboo slat wainscotting, painted in blues and greens along one accent wall, and moroccan patterns in purple and warm colors on the rest. hanging my moroccan tea light lanterns from the ceiling, along with custom dyed scarves. The papasan might eventually be replaced with a loom stand and my spinning wheel (it's the smallest of the bedrooms that I'm claiming for office space).

Basically a bohemian adult pillow fort, with my computer and art supplies. And I can totally do it, and not even worry about whether it can be restored to the original "bland marketable white" look. *wiggles* Ok, all the adulting might totally be worth it.

Aug. 14th, 2017

  • 8:45 AM
darthneko: Firefly/Serenity River Tam ([fandom] dresses and combat boots)
Birthday was steak for lunch, and icecream for dessert, and lots of playing on the computer. Also the hilarity of both me and my mom failing to do the math - our respective wives, who are more math inclined than we are, had to do the math for us and assure us that yes, I am one year away from being halfway through my forties. XD The math fail is genetic, obviously.

The stupid scraped knee continues to heal and look gruesome while doing so - it's now healing faster than I'm actually generating new skin, which is making the scab peel back from the edges and yank hard on all that brand new skin, and it's generally ow and can stop leaking sticky clear crap any day now. The ankle that I DID NOT sprain, dammit, can also stop being just ever so slightly swollen (enough that it hits my shoes weird) and full of random twinges of ow. Stupid body.

Cleared out the garage with the boss neighbor's help (and his truck) and took all of that over to the new place. More packing this week, but it sounds like his fuel injectors on his truck are going rapidly downhill and the agreed on idea of another load on wednesday might not happen if his truck won't start. =P oh well, it all needs packing anyways, whether we do it in a U-Haul truck or in his pickup.

Mostly I'm pondering what I can wear for the rest of the week to work - I have a profusion of jeans, but I need, like, loose lightweight pants, or shorts, or even skirts, and I don't have many of those. I just can't even contemplate having denim rubbing on this knee right now. =P

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 32

  • Aug. 13th, 2017 at 9:22 AM
kalloway: (Gundam Char FTB)
32 -- if you could make a game for an anime of your choice, what would it be and why?

Not for a single anime, but at one point I was working on a yaoi-themed Fluxx deck with characters from anime, games, etc. I don't know whatever happened to all of my notes or rough cards (good thing with Fluxx - you can just use index cards), but I had hoped to eventually finish it to play at a Yaoicon some year. (whoops)

I'm now sort of wrongly tempted to try to finish it... if I can remember how it began.

(The problem is play-testing, I think. I don't have a lot of IRL friends I'd necessarily subject to that...)

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 31

  • Aug. 12th, 2017 at 8:59 AM
kalloway: (Athrun Epic Facepalm)
31 -- have you ever watched an anime with over 23 episodes?

That is such a weird number to choose, considering a large percentage of series are 24-26 episodes, if not more. I know shorter 12-13 episode series are becoming more common (or at least it feels that way), but...

...

For a long time, other than with OVAs, I'd be surprised if something was only 12-13 episodes long.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 30

  • Aug. 12th, 2017 at 6:20 AM
kalloway: (TF Decepticon Cheer)
30 -- how many anime episodes is 'ideal' for you?

Exactly as many as it takes to tell the story competently.

In the case of adaptations, as many as it takes to tell the story competently without gratuitous filler (arcs), removing or highly truncating arcs, and to keep a decent sort of pacing without the middle falling out.

I do wish Tekkaman Blade II had been about twice its length, though.

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