In the name of Justice, Love, Truth, and Food...
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wSaturday, May 24, 2003


Started Serial Experiments Lain, more about that in a few minutes.

Right now I'm watching Slayers Premium, which is hilarious. It's all couply, where Gourry speaks in only octopus language - one line of which is him constantly saying "I love you" to Lina in English. She can't understand him, but everytime he says it she blushes. She knows what he's saying means something, but not exactly what he's saying.

When Amelia and Zelgadis just first appeared, she's waxing eloquently about not being able to eat any of the town's famous octopus dishes and he deapans: "I'm going to act like I don't know you." Teehee, it's really only funny if you've seen it, and if you're a Zelgadis fan.

Unfortunately, the "movie" is only 30 minutes. I'd just hit the halfway mark and hit pause to post about it, thus prolonging the joy I have of new Slayers material.

posted by Beatriz at 11:41 PM




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Well, Oh My Goddess! was certainly a waste of my time. At least it was only 5 episodes, and a movie (currently on download, and which I probably will watch - the plot sounds better).

I watch anime for screwed up scifi/fantasy/cyberpunk, whatever. Not little cutesy couply romances. Gag me. And a "twist" in the end made me feel like I'd just watched an anime version of Splash!. Which I didn't like either.

I'm not saying either OMG! or Splash! are unworth of viewing, just that I prefer action, scifi, fantasy, adventure. Comedy is ok if it's mixed in, but not if it overtakes the whole show. At least I can clear out some space on my computer.

I'm way excited for the current download of Slayers Premium, which is a full length movie with Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis and Amelia. Now, that I'm looking forward to.

posted by Beatriz at 6:55 PM




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... And just a few minutes later, the introduction to "Mirror, Mirror" is hilarious.

posted by Beatriz at 2:43 PM




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Slayers: Book of Spells
Is horrible. I hope no one ever got this movie thinking that it was a condensed version of the series or something. The first two episodes are worse than the weakest filler ep of Slayers Try. Yes, even the geriatric Power Rangers episode was better.

I'm about to watch the third part, and if this is as bad as the others, I probably won't get the other Naga/Lina movie from Netflix. I like completion (...says the girl who never finished Babylon 5, H:TJL, X:WP, BtVS, Angel, and all the other obsessions I had). It's just not worth wasting a whole rental on an hour and a half of bad anime, when there are other decent series I can get into.

posted by Beatriz at 2:27 PM




wFriday, May 23, 2003


Noir Soundtrack
I talked a bunch about this series, mostly going back and forth between liking it and finding it incredibly boring. What I forgot to really push was the soundtrack.

The soundtrack is incredible.... if you like anime music, which I do. I guess it's kind of kiddie-clubby in some parts, but it's such an eclectic mix in each song. I'm reminded of vineyards in Italy, the mafia, operatic arias like in The Fifth Element. Combine that with images of anime characters running around with guns and knives and slaughtering hundreds of people, and it's all pretty impressive. The piano music isn't as good as RahXephon, but the melodies are appealing. I've printed a number of them at work and driven my neighbors nuts playing the Melodie/Salva Nos piano version 4+ times in a row. Daily.

So after Noir, I started .hack//sign. I have about half of the series from an IRC person, who stopped sending them to me because I hadn't watched them. I don't blame him - when I give people things, I want them to watch them immediately. Apparently the same composer did the music for .hack//sign, so I was way enthused to start the series.

After 2 episodes, I've become unenthused. I just got through Slayers, which was a fantasy series in every sense of the word. Although this series is technically cyberpunk, it's about a player in an online virtual reality RPG who can't log out. So I'm stuck watching swords and sorcerers again.

And the music? Yeah, it's good and all - but wtf was the director thinking putting it where he has? There's a serious, or calm, dialogue going on, and crazy techno/battle-type music playing in the background. It's distracting. Then again, maybe it's supposed to be, and everything will make sense later.

So, plan for the three day weekend (yes!): Slayers: Book of Spells, .hack//sign, and if I get through all of that, I have Oh My Goddess! and Crest of the Stars. Although OMG might come before .hack//sign since it's only 5 episodes long.

posted by Beatriz at 1:32 PM




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Bear
What Is Your Animal Personality?

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Hmm. The lazy part certainly fits. But I'm impatient, and not very lovable.

posted by Beatriz at 11:53 AM




wThursday, May 22, 2003


Link Love
Apparently, some poor unfortunate soul discovered my page, dug through my archives, and has now been sucked into my world.

Congratulations, Jimmy! Welcome, and hope you can survive the stay.

And in the interest of proving (?) I have actual friends, you've been added to the links over <--- there.

posted by Beatriz at 4:03 PM




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Thoughts on Slayers
I'm sad the series is over. I have a couple of Slayers movies to watch, coming via netflix, but they're prequels to the three series which means there's no Gourry, Amelia and Zelgadis. I agree with an IRC acquaintance that Slayers Next, the second season, was definitely the best. Slayers Try reminded me of the Cowboy Bebop movie - it was great to see the characters again, but the plot didn't do much for me. It didn't even move the romance part of it along, which was one thing I hoped for. There was a great episode where the regular couples got mixed up, and it was really only Amelia who got upset. Zelgadis didn't particularly care, Gourry's too stupid, and Lina too blind about her own feelings.

Another neat ploy was the writers' poking fun at their own plot lines. Since the first season, there's been a big thing with the villains about revenge. Lina and Co. killed one bad guy, and his next in line came after them to get revenge. In the third season, this plot was taken way too far - but tongue-in-cheek as the revenger moved lower and lower down the scale in terms of ability. In the end, it was this little wimpy character with no magic trying to gain vengeance on them for killing his boss - who'd gone after the group in revenge for killing his boss - who'd gone after the group in revenge for killing Lord Gaav in the second series. While it was clear that the writers weren't taking it very seriously, and made it a bit amusing, it still grew tiresome by the third generation.

The filler episodes were pretty bad, unfortunately. Second series, there were some funny ones - and I usually don't like fillers, I tend to go for the overall arc. The fillers in Try got ridiculous - a fish person and human in love (even Amelia and Gourry had to fight their shock and disgust to help them out), a parody of Power Rangers with geriatrics. And the main plot was weak, too, in my esteemed opinion. Although, that marriage episode with the exchanged couples almost induced hyperventilation, I was laughing so hard. "Well, Zelgadis, looks like it's you and me this time! Glad to have you." "Be gentle with me." It's really only funny if you've seen it. And you're me.

Next up from Netflix: Serial Experiments Lain. Recommended by the person who got me started on all of this madness by giving me RahXephon, episode by episode. He's seen a lot of stuff, and he says Lain is pretty twisted. It's been a while since I've seen something really screwed up, and I'm looking forward to it.

posted by Beatriz at 10:59 AM




wWednesday, May 21, 2003


Live Action Evangelion Movie?
Even with Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) on board for the CGI, I don't think they can do the series justice.

To me, a live action movie of a cult series like Evangelion is a push to make it more mainstream, to get others on board, to make money by getting more viewers. Evangelion is not a mainstream series at all, which is most of its appeal. It's a complicated, complex story told in 13+ hours of animation - and they didn't even tell the whole thing. I can't see how the movie can possibly be made without mangling the plot and flattening the characters. To appeal to the lowest common denominator like a number of movies tend, it's going to seriously disappoint the original fans.

In terms of characters, the main people in Evangelion are not appealing. Shinji is a whiny, horny little brat who runs away from everything. Asuka is a proud, vain, obnoxious bitch who thinks only of herself. And those are only 2 of the 14-year-old pilots. There's the entire organization behind them, the people behind NERV, the people behind SEELE, and the layers of deception as each group wends its way towards... what it is they want to accomplish. A number of people I've recommended the series to have asked me at the end, "Why did they want to do that?" What they want to do is rather incomprehensible to people not anime-driven, and people are going to find the ending ridiculous. If the geniuses behind the movie even follow the plot.

I actually hope this movie doesn't go anywhere beyond the developmental stage.

posted by Beatriz at 1:16 PM




wTuesday, May 20, 2003


Eerie
It's 6:00 a.m., my cat woke me up making crazy noises kicking around all the junk in my apartment, so I woke up and decided to clean. Of course, I have to mess around on the computer first.

I'd let kazaa run last night, because I'd set up a huge queue to download Evangelion songs even though there's really just one song I'm looking for: the instrumental piece played behind Asuka and Shinji's battle in episode 9, With One Accord in a Flash/Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win! Since you really never can tell with anime song titles, I'd gone to trusty Anime Nation, kept open the track listing for the OST, and started downloading songs. (Un)surprisingly enough, there was a song called Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!, which of course started downloading immediately - only to cut off and Look for More Sources. So, I let it run all night, hoping the source would sign back on.

No luck as of now.

But, a certain number has once again reared its head.

I spent some time ago looking for some information on The Eighteenth Angel in terms of apocalypse and Evangelion - which, by the way, never panned out. One time there was a strange occurrence concerning the number 666 in connection with The Eighteenth Angel, even as I'd made my own connection. This morning, in frustration over not having the one song I want off Kazaa, I re-processed the search, hitting "Search More" like a maniac, trying to get the name to come up again.

In the lower left hand corner, the number of songs found comes up. After a few searches, how many results did I come up with? 666, of course.

Coincidence? I think not!

posted by Beatriz at 6:21 AM




wMonday, May 19, 2003


I feel the need to give backstory for my new title.

There's one character in the Slayers series who always does things for Justice - with a capital J. Her little magic things are like the Hammer of Justice, and she's always against the villains. She's very young, very idealistic, and annoyed the living hell out of me for a good season and a half before I got used to her. Now she cracks me up.

The characters on this show love food. They eat as much as possible in every town they go to. It's a big source of contention among them, especially if they hear that two restaurants are really good - the group actually split up in a Slayers Next episode because they were fighting over where to go. Most other times, they eat an entire restaurant out of its stores and then head to the next one.

In one of the early eps in Slayers Try, Lina Inverse and her lackeys were on a boat for almost a week with like no food. Gourry, the big beefy dumb-as-dirt warrior was even drawn way gaunt and starved to show how hungry they were. They finally got to land, and all they could think about and say was "Food!" Unfortunately, there's these bandits raiding the town, the people are begging them for help, and the bad guys are blocking them from the restaurants. The entire group was totally indignant because they were delayed in eating. Lina wouldn't even tell them who they were, because "Anyone who stands between me and food does not deserve to know my name!"

So, Amelia, who always fights for Justice, goes on her rampage for a minute, and says they will defeat the bandits, "In the name of Justice, Love, Truth, and Food..." - Hence, my new title.

Even the bandit leader looked at her and said, "Food? Why food? Where does that fit in??"

posted by Beatriz at 2:08 PM




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I Don't Need Promises (Yakusoku wa Iranai)
Say, when they're in love
Does everyone get this lonely?
Say, do they embrace the pain
That's even deeper than the darkness?

It's all been so that we can shine,
I just know it!

I love you, I love you,
I'm gazing at you with my heart.
I believe in you, I believe in you,
Even on the coldest night.

Say, even if they're in love,
Could the end someday come for them, too?
Say, could a feeling that's even
Clearer than the blue sky end up being abandoned?

The season-changing winds
Running along the streets forever.

I love you, I love you,
I'm gazing at you with my heart.
I believe in you, I believe in you,
Even on the coldest night.

Even if I lost tomorrow,
And even if I lost you, too,
I want to shine,
Smiling my best possible smile.

I call out to you now with my tears.
I don't need promises or such things,
Because of the precious strength that you've given me.

I call out to you now with my eyes.
I don't need promises or such things.
I reach out to you now with my eyes,
Even on the coldest night.

- Maaya Sakamoto, Opening theme to The Vision of Escaflowne

Not my favorite series, not my favorite anime theme. No, I'm not in love - but this song makes me very happy. It's very cheerful and sweet-sounding, it's sung by Maaya Sakamoto who has one of the best voices - especially fitting for a song like this. Very young and pure.

I love the words, at least what comes through to me in translation (the original is in Japanese. And yes, I can sing most of it along with her). Trials and tribulations aren't to break us, they're to make us stronger, to make us shine. "Even if I lost tomorrow / even if I lost you, too, / I want to shine, smiling my best possible smile. . . . I don't need promises or such things, because of the precious strength that you've given me." Hitomi and Van didn't even realize they were in love until the end of the series - and two seconds later they decided not to be together. I thought it was directed poorly, and I still do, but one theme of the show and of this song conveys inner strength and knowledge of oneself. Two things I'm fighting really hard right now to find within me. Listening to this song, and thinking of what the words mean, almost never fail to make me somewhat optimistic. I've found myself putting it on repeat a number of times at work.

Plus, I love the looks that I get when people come into my office and I'm blasting strange, j-pop-like anime themes.

Translation provided by Anime Lyrics. I took a few liberties and grabbed other meanings they put in footnotes, or some diction I remember from the dvd translations. My site, I can do whatever I want with the song.

posted by Beatriz at 11:17 AM




wSunday, May 18, 2003


If I were a Slayers character, I'd be Naga the White Serpent!  Who would you be?

Too bad I haven't seen the movies yet, so I have no idea who this character is, or if she fits me.

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There's very few series where I was actually sad to see it end. Neon Genesis Evangelion, I knew there was a movie afterwards, and after watching End of Eva I felt like my mind had been blasted open by some strange theological N2 mine. I didn't feel much of anything.

RahXephon was the first series I saw, and I expected many other cool series afterwards. Plus, there's a movie coming out, with 20 minutes of new footage that will hopefully give some explanation to parts of the series that weren't cleared up. At least, I didn't see it.

I was sad at the end of Vandread: Second Stage. That was such a happy little series, it had some good twists, likable/lovable characters. I was sad at the end of Cowboy Bebop, but the end of that was a bit depressing.

The point of this rant? I was pretty devastated at the end of Noir. I wanted it to go on more and more. The last few episodes were so good, the music is so fabulous - I hated that it was over. Although I hope they never make a sequel, because most things just don't need a sequel.

(Vandread did need a sequel, the first series was only 13 eps and didn't finish the story it set up in the opening.)

posted by Beatriz at 11:48 AM