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Mexi-Kon Oct 20, 7:18 PM
I got my license in the mail, and as I predicted it looks terrible (not only the picture but the whole design of it is awful). There's a "authentication" translucent blue leaf that sits upon my neck in the photo. It makes me look like I have goatee and a neck tattoo. It is kind of amusing that I failed so many times, but it's also comforting to see the adults there fail, and then break out into a frenzy.

Being self-aware of something doesn't make it good or subversion—"ironic shitposting is still shitposting". To subvert is to go against the formula, just mentioning that you are "doing the thing" isn't subverting anything because you still are "doing the thing". That being said, I don't remember anything like that happening in Adachi to Shinamura. Though honestly I don't remember much of anything that happened in the show. Looking back it seems like they packed a lot into that first episode. I think it was kind of melodramatic and I didn't really like either of the characters. I dreaded having to see the astronaut girl, she seems unnecessary. I'll continue watching it though and it did get me in the mood for more yuri.

I was actually going to watch the new season first, but then I saw something saying that it wasn't a remake but somewhat of a sequel thing. Since it's halloween season I wanted a spooky anime to watch and it's the most popular one I haven't seen. I'm not good with horror (though I do find it fascinating) and anime tends to never go too scary, they usually keep light elements like comedy or sol. I haven't been the biggest fan of Higurashi's sol parts, I can see where the criticism of "moe pandering" comes from. There are a lot of dumb slapstick elements.
This may seem like a strange thing to latch onto but the first time they play Old Maid, the way they cheat is by looking at the scratches on the back of the cards. First of all, it seems unlikely they would all be able to perfectly remember the scratches; secondly, why doesn't he just hide the backs of the cards with his hand, or line them up in a stack; thirdly, how could that even be fun, playing like that? I think that game may be emblematic of the sol elements, just kind of dumb.
Episode 8, which is the end of the second arc is god awful. Both Keiichi and Rena forgive Mion for murdering multiple people, including their friends and then they both agree to give 30 minutes (a long time for just a talk) for Keiichi and the murderer. Then Keiichi walks arm and arm with the murderer, followers her into this labyrinth and watches as she closes the door behind them. Goes deeper past all the torture equipment, then once he finds Shion, literally turns his back to the murderer then she bludgeons his head with a rock. Later, he goes outside his house to meet with the murderer and is within arms reach of her, acts none the wiser when she goes psycho, then gets stabbed. The episode was also very confusing. I didn't realize Mion was the killer until they were in the house speaking to her. Then there's the "twist" at the end. The show is very convoluted, along with the time loop thing, it keeps introducing new concepts and doesn't really explain any of them well.
There were some parts that made me shiver, which would be when it creates paranoia. In episode 2~ where Rena stands outside of Keiichi's room ease dropping without him knowing and when he goes to school suspicious of everyone. It reminds me of Shiki, not just that specific part but the whole show does. The small village, the paranoia. Higurashi just seems like a worse Shiki. It's less unnerving, has worse art and animation, the characters are less interesting.
I'm not even half-way through the show yet, so my opinion may change and it's not like I dislike it. I know it gets gorier later on but I hope it emphasizes the more psychological side of horror as gore doesn't really scare me. I've noticed the cicadas in the show are very annoying (Keiichi even recognizes it) and on that note I don't remember any music either. Shion is my favourite so far.

I just watched the first two episodes of Majo no Tabitabi. I don't see the similarities between it and Kino besides the surface level observation that they are both about traveling. It isn't thematically, tonally, or atmospherically similar to Kino at all. I did enjoy it though. The second episode more than the first. I feel like I've seen the "my teacher hasn't taught me anything and only makes me do menial tasks" cliche a thousand time, it's very tired. I liked Elaina's "breakdown", it may have made up for the lackluster first half. I liked Sayu and Elaina's relationship in the second episode, it was fun and the resolution was very nice. There seems to be a lot going on this season.

Don't worry about responding on time, I'm not the most punctual person myself. You're writing a book? Like a novel? If so that's really cool, what's it about? Despite my grandiose plans for an artistic career, I've never tried to write a book, but I'd love to.
Kebuki Oct 20, 7:17 PM
I got my license in the mail, and as I predicted it looks terrible (not only the picture but the whole design of it is awful). There's a "authentication" translucent blue leaf that sits upon my neck in the photo. It makes me look like I have goatee and a neck tattoo. It is kind of amusing that I failed so many times, but it's also comforting to see the adults there fail, and then break out into a frenzy.

Being self-aware of something doesn't make it good or subversion—"ironic shitposting is still shitposting". To subvert is to go against the formula, just mentioning that you are "doing the thing" isn't subverting anything because you still are "doing the thing". That being said, I don't remember anything like that happening in Adachi to Shinamura. Though honestly I don't remember much of anything that happened in the show. Looking back it seems like they packed a lot into that first episode. I think it was kind of melodramatic and I didn't really like either of the characters. I dreaded having to see the astronaut girl, she seems unnecessary. I'll continue watching it though and it did get me in the mood for more yuri.

I was actually going to watch the new season first, but then I saw something saying that it wasn't a remake but somewhat of a sequel thing. Since it's halloween season I wanted a spooky anime to watch and it's the most popular one I haven't seen. I'm not good with horror (though I do find it fascinating) and anime tends to never go too scary, they usually keep light elements like comedy or sol. I haven't been the biggest fan of Higurashi's sol parts, I can see where the criticism of "moe pandering" comes from. There are a lot of dumb slapstick elements.
This may seem like a strange thing to latch onto but the first time they play Old Maid, the way they cheat is by looking at the scratches on the back of the cards. First of all, it seems unlikely they would all be able to perfectly remember the scratches; secondly, why doesn't he just hide the backs of the cards with his hand, or line them up in a stack; thirdly, how could that even be fun, playing like that? I think that game may be emblematic of the sol elements, just kind of dumb.
Episode 8, which is the end of the second arc is god awful. Both Keiichi and Rena forgive Mion for murdering multiple people, including their friends and then they both agree to give 30 minutes (a long time for just a talk) for Keiichi and the murderer. Then Keiichi walks arm and arm with the murderer, followers her into this labyrinth and watches as she closes the door behind them. Goes deeper past all the torture equipment, then once he finds Shion, literally turns his back to the murderer then she bludgeons his head with a rock. Later, he goes outside his house to meet with the murderer and is within arms reach of her, acts none the wiser when she goes psycho, then gets stabbed. The episode was also very confusing. I didn't realize Mion was the killer until they were in the house speaking to her. Then there's the "twist" at the end. The show is very convoluted, along with the time loop thing, it keeps introducing new concepts and doesn't really explain any of them well.
There were some parts that made me shiver, which would be when it creates paranoia. In episode 2~ where Rena stands outside of Keiichi's room ease dropping without him knowing and when he goes to school suspicious of everyone. It reminds me of Shiki, not just that specific part but the whole show does. The small village, the paranoia. Higurashi just seems like a worse Shiki. It's less unnerving, has worse art and animation, the characters are less interesting.
I'm not even half-way through the show yet, so my opinion may change and it's not like I dislike it. I know it gets gorier later on but I hope it emphasizes the more psychological side of horror as gore doesn't really scare me. I've noticed the cicadas in the show are very annoying (Keiichi even recognizes it) and on that note I don't remember any music either. Shion is my favourite so far.

I just watched the first two episodes of Majo no Tabitabi. I don't see the similarities between it and Kino besides the surface level observation that they are both about traveling. It isn't thematically, tonally, or atmospherically similar to Kino at all. I did enjoy it though. The second episode more than the first. I feel like I've seen the "my teacher hasn't taught me anything and only makes me do menial tasks" cliche a thousand time, it's very tired. I liked Elaina's "breakdown", it may have made up for the lackluster first half. I liked Sayu and Elaina's relationship in the second episode, it was fun and the resolution was very nice. There seems to be a lot going on this season.

Don't worry about responding on time, I'm not the most punctual person myself. You're writing a book? Like a novel? If so that's really cool, what's it about? Despite my grandiose plans for an artistic career, I've never tried to write a book, but I'd love to.
Craftysoran Oct 19, 3:16 PM
Even though the OG Higurashi visual novel has abysmal art, I strangely like it. I find the designs kind of funny and cute in an ugly way. The characters have a lot of personality with their color choices and expressions, the proportions are just bad. Akio Watanabe is an interesting choice for the new show. The designs are much more consistently drawn, but I'm still getting used to the difference. Considering its a show full of mostly cute girls though, I don't think he was a bad guy to bring on board.

Sticking with the King film adaptations is a solid choice, the ones I have seen are very well done. Stand by Me is a great summer movie, as well as a great coming of age movie. It was my favorite film for most of middle school, I really like the characters and even though the story is very simple, it had a lot of impact on me. Lots of well done and memorable scenes. I really love young River Phoenix too. Definitely recommended. I watched The Shining with a friend in 8th grade too, we were both absolutely horrified and couldn't finish it since we were watching it at night. We ended up finishing it though and it became another favorite and my gateway into horror. Its excellently directed and cast, and with an amazing soundtrack. Colorado is my favorite place, and I'll always take an excuse to see the Rockies in any movie. Plus its about a smart child with pseudo-physic powers, probably my favorite archetype. I read the novel too, which is very different than the movie. Just as you predicted though, it adds in a lot of extra scenes, but I do think that those moments raised the stakes significantly in contrast to the movie. Both versions are worth checking out, but the movie is easier to consume obviously.

I am the type of person that enjoys horror but will cover my eyes (and ears) during intense moments in anything. I do like the horror genre a lot though, especially when supernatural or psychological elements are thrown in. I'm kind of a pussy with everything else, so at least I enjoy watching weird shit and freaking myself out.

I would like to watch Katte ni Kaizou. Doesn't Hidamari end with Sae and Hiro graduating? I guess there was never a graduation for Miyako and Yuno, right? That's disappointing. I know SZS has a interesting ending like you said in an earlier message, so the manga will definitely be my go to when I finish the show.

Today was weird and long, I had my first in person band meeting since the pandemic. Aka we stand in the parking lot for two hours and march in place. We're not even doing a field show this year, so I don't get the point. I'm an awkward section leader, my underclassman ended up helping me with commands and stuff. At least I get to see familiar people and get out for once, I guess that's the point of it anyway. I have all school online, but I also zone out. Sometimes I scroll danbooru for the whole hour before realizing I haven't retained any of the information on the call in the background. Don't take my advice either.
Craftysoran Oct 19, 6:06 AM
I'm a big fan of Higurashi's facial expressions too, despite the obvious jank. I distinctly remember a scene where Shion is muttering yet her facial expression looks overly violent and angry, which was hilarious. I feel like season two is a lot better from a production stand point. Sakai Kyuta is one of my favorite character designers, they worked on the Steins Gate and Ichigo Mashimaro adaptation designs plus a ton of yuri shit. The designs in Higurashi really pop, even if they are drawn inconsistently. Satako came around for me towards the end, I found her mannerisms funny and her revealed relationships with other characters felt more meaningful. Rika is my favorite girl, she starts off as an adorable loli who drinks alcohol and likes spicy food and becomes more powerful and interesting as the show proceeds. I like Keichi, Rena and Mion a lot too, they are fun and I like a lot of their interactions with each other, even if they are formulaic. I've read a lot of Stephen King. His writing could be described as having meaningful characterization but often being overly violent or even indulgent. His books tend to be very long but full of many moments which feel there to raise the entertainment factor. That being said, some of his stories and their adaptations are amongst my favorites; in specific Stand By Me, The Shining and Shawshank. I feel like his best quality is writing likable characters and good interactions (particularly in Stand by Me and Shawshank) plus solid conclusions to a lot of his stories. My mom once described his style as fun to read but thematically straight forward; I read of lot of his books in middle school and there's no like hidden meaning or meta or anything, often the statement of the story is pretty easy to comprehend. If you are curious in his work, his novella omnibus "Different Seasons" is a good starting off point, with 2/4 of the stories being fantastic and the other 2/4 at the very least being interesting and weird. You said you aren't a horror fan though, so read with caution, even if I'd describe that particular novella as being more just strange and unsettling over outright horror.

Akudama Drive seems to be earning a lot of praise, I wonder if its worth checking out. Seems like its some sort of sci-fi?

SZS was fantastic, its a close 9 for me but just as you said, some of the jokes were overly repetitive and a minority of the humor didn't always work for me, feeling dragged out. The characters, most of the dialogue, and the aesthetics were great though. I had to work on a art project yesterday and watched it during so, laughing quite frequently and watching it all in almost one sitting. Each episode flowed into the next really well, making it easy to binge. All of the girls were great (Chiri Kitsu, Fuuka, Matoi and Abiru were my favs), and Itoshiki was obviously really goddamn funny too. SZS really seems like a series with a lot of repeating concepts but it was still able to keep my attention and be interesting for me through most of my watch. Some of the scenes were gut busters too, the one with Meru texting mean messages to everyone comes to mind as well as the one in Itoshiki's house when all the girls were trying to make eye contact with him. The scenes with Chiri Kitsu never failed to make me laugh (as I find her obsessiveness relatable and endearing), the one with her rewriting a yaoi doujin in four koma was really great. I had already read up to this point in the manga so I was aware of a lot of the plot points, but I certainly think this is a strong adaptation. Good production all around. I would like to finish the manga too but just as you said, its long and often full of so much text that it took me a while to read what bit I had read. I like the blocks of text too though, they often throw in really hilarious statements that make it worth reading. I agree that this is among Shaft's best, though Shaft usually is able to impress me with a lot of their work that I have seen.

I would like to watch the next few seasons of SZS asap but I also really want to finish the Monogatari series and Hidamari Sketch's remaining seasons I still have now. Good old Shaft, great for seeing a series through and making multiple seasons.

Hope you have a good day today. School is sort of holding me down right now.
Craftysoran Oct 17, 11:00 PM
Good Lord. When I was at the DMV a man likely in his 20s failed and was freaking out a little bit. He kept asking the woman there how he could fix his answers for next time to get them right. Meanwhile I was just sheepishly standing in line to sign the documents for my own permit. I remember being really worried that he would say something to me; nothing scares me more than angry men confronting me. Fortunately he didn't, hopefully he ended up getting his permit by now though. In my state, you can get your permit at 15 3/4s I think. I got mine a few months after my 16th birthday; I just randomly decided on Christmas Eve that that following Friday I would go get it done. I had had a falling out with someone and felt like it would be "empowering" or whatever to go get this done. You don't want to hear my life story, I'll stop. But most of the people at the DMV testing alongside me were older than me, so I felt like a shithead when I got it right on first try.

I was initially not crazy about the first season of Higurashi, at least not at first. There are a lot of stupid moments, and just as you said, a lot of stuff that will send a chill down the spine, not always in a pleasant way. Rena's facial expressions from the first arc are engrained in my mind, as are some of the gore scenes. Personally, I like the unsettling mysteries of Higurashi, the annoying repetition and unanswered questions included. I can't really remember every single arc but I do remember feeling annoyed at the one you complained about. I also initially disliked Satako, I found her obnoxious and I hated her constant whining about her brother. She did improve a lot for me throughout the course of the show though, as did the other characters, the biggest example being Rika as I felt a deep empathy and engagement with her involvement within the show as it goes. I'd say just hang in for the ride. Higurashi is insane, pop-corn entertainment madness, but I really like it. Its one of the most entertaining shows I have seen, even if I do think it is deeply flawed. Rika's journey through the second season made me happy I had stuck with the first season, even if half of the arcs were face palming. But speaking of Shiki, I would like to watch that soon. I've heard its based on a Stephen King story, and I really love his writing (even if a lot of it is also madness).

There is a lot going on this season. I want to binge Gochiusa and Strike Witches to see the new respective seasons. Its kind of fun keeping up with a seasonal, although I consider myself a binge watcher, getting to see a new episode each week is nice to look forward to. On the other hand though, if the seasonal is continuously bad week after week, I feel far less motivated to keep watching.

My novel. I have had a novel idea in my head since early middle school, though its obviously evolved and changed a lot. I would describe it as a horror-based sci-fi, it takes place in a kind of barren future where people are taken into an alternate dimension with intent of serving a purpose within it. Only a minority of people actually survive the journey, and those people's bodies take on different forms when slipping through. The new place is largely undiscovered and time does not pass there (therefore people do not age, and there are people from centuries apart living among each other). There is a "government" within the new state of Earth, but it is largely corrupt, with people completing their assigned jobs only for personal gain and out of fear of being persecuted if not participating within the built society. Every person within the new state is looking for an ambiguous man named Basil, who is the theorized creator of it and seen by many as God himself. People believe different things about Basil but the most widely agreed notion is that he has the ability to aid whoever has found him in creating a new world with new guidelines based on that lucky person's values. I want there to be multiple different narrators; there's a guy who does not remember anything about himself except that he is looking for his girlfriend in this world, a woman who mentors him and has been attempting to reach Basil for centuries without success, an extremely powerful diplomat who is the only one able to reason with everyone within the state, a greedy woman who exploits children to help her find Basil, etc etc. My biggest problem is that I have been building these characters for years and understand a lot about them but still only am able to envision them in very specific scenes/situations within my story's timeline. A lot of the plot and order of the story I still need to work on because I want it to be a long-spanning story but still have a lot I need to decide will actually happen. Its definitely a trip, I've only written a little bit of it, mainly from the first mentioned guy's perspective. I want to get better at digital art and have it drawn out, as I can't imagine being able to write it without having some visual representation too. To be honest, even though I described this story as serious, it still has a lot of trashy, self-indulgent elements to it. I often use it as a form of escapism, thinking about the characters and their interactions and sketching them, creating massive Pinterest boards for them, playlists, etc etc. I'm basically describing my fantasy universe to you, but at least you asked to hear about it. Maybe soon I'll have a real physical thing to give you that can impress you, but for now, convoluted rambling.

I don't think you need to achieve anything to be considered an artist, you're an artist if you just have an interest in personal creation. At least that's what I think. I listened to your songs on SoundCloud a bit ago, and found them cool. I wanna play around with mixing and try and make some experimental stuff, too. Consider me inspired.
Craftysoran Oct 17, 6:11 PM
To be honest, I did not really associate her with Asuka; but now that you say it, I can see the connection. They do have like the same hair and the Burn The Witch girl feels like a washed out version of her personality. I literally don't remember anything about that film now, except the part with the dragon.

Its good to hear that you earned your permit. I hate to say that its kind of funny that it took you three tries, but its good that you went back repeatedly to retry instead of waiting too long. My permit photo is awful too, I needed a haircut, and I have one huge bang covering the middle of my face. The woman at the desk also told me to have a straight face when she snapped the photo, so I look pissed off in it. I really hope that they retake photos for licenses, for both of our sakes.

What are your thoughts on Adachi and Shimamura? Personally, I found it kind of bland, and it annoyed me that the main girl kept bringing up archetypes of the other characters/breaking the fourth wall (stuff like: "now this girl will fall on top of her boobs and she will scream"). Weird how I'm such a Haruhi nerd, in which the main guy will sometimes monologue about stuff like that, yet roll my eyes when it happens in other shows. I feel like calling out a trope isn't a subversion or whatever, and although self-aware/meta characters are my favorite, I feel bored seeing it happen in so many anime now-a-days. (I just watched Saekano, which kicked up the calling out the other's character's tropes to an extreme). But back to A+S, the character designs are cute, and the show looks decent. Plus I only watched the first episode of course. I hope the show isnt just yuri pandering, and there's some actual romance/acknowledged feelings.

I'm also watching a seasonal called Majo no Tabitabi since a lot of people were comparing it to Kino. (I think I can officially call myself a Kino nerd now, I even read a bit of the first novel). Although I can see that connection (as they are both about girls traveling to different locations; Elaina even has something similar to the three day rule) Tabitabi is a lot more laid-back and with far less striking moments so far. Its certainly pleasant, and I'm hoping it can win me over with the self-contained town stories like Kino did. Elania as a character is less complex with her morals than Kino is for sure, but she's a witch, and witches are usually fun.

Also, its nice to see you're giving Higurashi a try. What are your thoughts so far? The first season is quite different than the second; the first is full of shock and lots of unanswered questions while the second feels more like a straight-forward mystery/thriller. I still like the first though, its really entertaining and I enjoy the characters' slice of life scenes a lot. Many complain that they're "moe pandering" or whatever but they definitely allow you to become more warm with the characters and later in the show there are visual callbacks to the softer moments. I've actually really enjoyed the new Higurashi series too believe it or not, its an interesting spin on things, despite me definitely thinking the OG series should at least still be watched first. I won't spoil what the new show is, but its not a direct retelling.

If you're wondering why I'm responding to your comment two weeks later, its because I needed more topics to bring up, plus I (somewhat selfishly) strike a conversation with you on here when someone disappoints me in real life and I feel like typing big texts on my computer. I should probably use that spirit to actually work on writing my book, but you know how it is.
exitbagged Oct 16, 9:46 PM
Saw your comment on Kadono's page and now I've stolen your bio. Thanks kiddo.
OH wait. I have my comments disabled so you can't even reply. Fuck.
Craftysoran Oct 5, 5:42 PM
Burn the Witch was lame, it had a few solid animation chops but I found everything else bad. The characters were kind of annoying and I had trouble paying attention to the story, which was badly underdeveloped. Not much is cooler to me than dragons but I barely remember their designs or anything, which is unfortunate, because I got excited when one of the girls sliced the dragons' head and it showed some weird gore in the first episode. Then again I was exhausted when I watched it last night and probably wasn't paying full attention.

Not much happens in my life, and I often send you long texts, so they remain prominent in my subconscious.

Hope you had better luck with your test today. Is it multiple choice? If you're having to type actual numbers then that is horrible, mine was just a five option m/c on the computer. If I can make you feel any better, I passed it on first try but due to my butter-fingers had trouble clicking the signature buttons and stuff for my ID, even on repeated try. I guess its a child lock or something because I seriously stood there for minutes struggling. The girl had the front desk had to do it for me and she did not seem amused.
Craftysoran Oct 3, 2:34 PM


You've probably already seen this, but when I saw it on Gelbooru it was so cute that I had to send it to you.

Also to say that I had another dream featuring you, except this time we were in a anime goods shop. I don't really remember what either of us got, but my little brother wanted me to buy him a FMA artbook, since I got him and his friend hooked to that show. Then we watched what I can assume is Ghost in the Shell, since Motoko was in it. Super weird, but I do know it was you there with me, as it was a recreation of some of our convos on here.

This also gives me an excuse to tell you that the guy I told you about being in band isn't gay purely bc hes in band; though that is a truthful generalization. He plays the violin, which is the least gay instrument ever. The louder the instrument, the more homo the person.

How was your permit test?
Craftysoran Sep 29, 8:22 AM
I just thought that one shot was a funny concept. I agree with you, it would get old quickly unless it turned into an actual shounen-ai with more to it, since its sort of a one-trick pony joke. Reminds me of how there's a cute guy in my band that a lot of girls liked and asked out, but he always declined, and a lot of us (including his younger brother) think that he's probably gay. He showed absolutely no interest in female companionship, it was really funny, girls would ask him out and he would end up telling them to leave him alone for good.

Wearing a mask with glasses does suck. I remember in the summer when I would come in from outdoors the AC would make them fog up immediately, so I would just take them off and hoped I didn't have to read anything. I usually gets masks that have a bendable part on the nose because of that reason. I feel like wearing a mask with sun glasses would look like a typical disguise/paparazzi or something, kind of a funny image in my head.

I have not gone back to school in person. There's speculation that next quarter we will go back some days a week, but right now everything is online. Online school has a lot of problems, but I like the added free time. Still hope I have in person school at some point this year though, as its my senior year. Outdoor sports are apparently starting back up again though, so I will have marching band, even though I doubt we can actually play (spit). How about you? My state's corona cases are dwindling, but I can assume Canada's are at an even better rate.
Craftysoran Sep 28, 4:34 PM
A lot of Denkigai is about porn. Brace yourself.

The only important one shot: https://aminoapps.com/c/all-harem-amino/page/blog/im-the-main-character-of-a-harem-but-im-gay-so-every-day-is-hell-for-me-oneshot-manga/lXN6_4pduQugQX0MGLWLMwM62ZrkvK5YpWY

The American permit test was the same. I got two wrong on the test, as a lot of it was common sense. My greatest recommendation besides studying is paying attention to everything next time you ride in the car. A lot of the questions had to do with road signs and labels.

Man I am actually jealous of you with the perfect eyesight thing. I have had to wear bifocals since middle school. Glasses can be such a pain, if it weren't for my height, I would be mistaken for a 14 year old (and have before), and the big glasses that cover my face are a contribution. I also have to clean them constantly. Still, I have a weird attachment to being a Megane, its just part of my image, and the thought of sticking my fingers into my eyes for contacts makes me wanna vomit. I'll probably get the surgery that corrects your eyesight when I'm older, I've heard its painless and super beneficial. Also, next time I go to the eye doctor, I wanna get the glasses that change into sun glasses outdoors, so I can prevent drastic problems like that running lights from happening again. Anyway, $500 sunglasses through prescription? What? I doubt that sort of thing exists in America, its weird enough trying to get medical insurance as it is.

Are the Kara no Kyoukai novels any good? To bring up Digi again, they said that they were a clusterfuck due to Shiki's usage of both female and male pronouns. I am a little curious though, especially now that I've been seeking out more light novels. Should really rewatch the KnK movies too.

I'm not one for airing anime either, but as we discussed a little while ago, the new season looks stacked. I'm holding out hope that my anticipated shows turn out to be alright.

Well thank you, I applied for a test in November today. Gotta fix my three point turns, so I don't reverse into a building or something.
Craftysoran Sep 27, 7:44 PM
Denki Gai is a definite recommendation from me, I ended up really enjoying most of it a lot. Spent my entire day reading it instead of doing schoolwork even. The characters are simple but fun, and the comedic bits made me laugh quite frequently. Similar to Genshiken, there are lots of different otaku interacting with each other, and even more of a comparison, the characters feel realistic and have actual issues that don't feel overly-forced. It has solid romance as well, and good development. I would like to check out more of the author's works, the way he draws his characters is adorable and I like his style. I have actually read •rec but don't have it marked (tend not to save one shots as I feel like they clog up my list) just based on the cover catching my eye [as I assume is the case for you, as well :3]. Its kind of a sob story that definitely does not go in the direction that the cover would suggest. Its worth checking out though, as its short.

Good luck on the written test. The permit test in America was on the computer, I just went to the DMV and had to answer some questions. Its intimidating, but the actual test is mostly common sense. Just study a booklet for the rules where you live prior and you will be good. Unfortunately for me, now I have to do the provisional test, which involves actual technique and driving. My brain sort of turns off when I drive, so I should be good if I focus enough on the verbal instructions. Its absolutely bizarre, usually I can't escape my intrusive thoughts, but I become much more stagnant driving, and now that I have been doing it so long its less intimidating. Though, I see have a lot to fix, just the other day the sun was beaming so bad into my car that I couldn't see a thing in front of me, and I almost ran a red light. So be better than me please. You know, I also want an erotic sticker. I'll get one with yaoi for one side and one with lolis on the other and drive around my mostly conservative neighborhood.

Its an absolute shame that the Boogiepop adaptation is so poor. I watched Digi's series talking about it and I remember them saying that they would love for a Boogiepop ova series with five hour long parts chronologing each narrator in the first novel. The thought of that makes me drool, it would work too well and be too cool to have a well directed and on point aesthetic adaptation like that for Boogiepop. Wish it got the Kara no Kyoukai treatment. I actually watched an interesting six episode series recently called Mnemosyne, and although I do owe some of my enjoyment to its characters, themes, writing and aesthetic, its six long episode long ep format certainly contributed a lot. The one off stories being contained in long episode chunks made it much better than I can imagine a typical formatted anime would have been. I'm really going off in the weeds here, but I wish that there were more ovas now-a-days, or that more anime would play with formatting outside of 13 episode 24 minute timeslots. I think a lot of series would contribute from being freed from those restrictions, and Boogiepop is the biggest case.

No rambling is too autistic for me, so you're in luck.
Craftysoran Sep 26, 6:51 PM
I understand that complaint, I’d say not every episode of Sakura is as good as the next. The show def builds towards a more linear narrative arc in the last 25 or so episodes, though you’ll start noticing more trends/more important scenes that’ll happen the more you watch. It took me 6 months to finish it I think, I just watched an episode or two whenever I was sad. Just throw it on to relax and enjoy the ride.

Meiling is actually an anime only character, she’s not in the manga at all. I don’t mind her personally, but she is a little obnoxious at times, especially initially. I remember wanting her and Tomoyo to get closer, but that’s neither her nor there. I always found Shaoran adorable though, so I don’t mind hearing her gush over him.

I actually haven’t watched anything great lately, other than rewatching my favorite arc/the climax of FullMetal Alchemist with my brother every night. I think I’m enjoying it even more the second time, certain characters that I didn’t pay much attention to before are more memorable now. Sadly I’ve been having trouble watching anime lately, nothing has really caught my attention and made me want to binge it, hence why I’ve been reading more manga. I binged the first few volumes of a manga called Denki-gai last night too, which is adorable and funny and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so far. It’s surprising mature for a silly rom-com, reminds me a little bit of Genshiken with the interactions and humor. Oh, and as for done anything? I’ve actually been trying to get my license lately, and driving a lot. It’s a bizarre feeling, but I like the freedom. What have you been up to?

PS: Adding this an hour later, as I assume you are asleep, but I completely forgot to mention Boogiepop. I loved the first novel! Particularly Akio and Kamikishiro's part, actually, as it felt strangely nostalgic and I loved their conversations. I was also fond of Keiji and Boogiepop's interactions in the beginning, obviously. I'm really excited to read the other books, and watch the Phantom anime too. Strange how invested I was in the characters within only that first novel.
Craftysoran Sep 26, 9:34 AM
Are ya still enjoying Cardcaptor Sakura? We haven't talked in a lil while, hope you've been well.
Craftysoran Sep 8, 4:21 AM
Happy happy birthday! Hope its a good one :)



Also, I ordered both of the Boogiepop omnibus books yesterday, so those will def be on my radar soon :P