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I Am Legend by Richard Mathetson

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wThursday, July 24, 2003

Um. I thought it got cool with the sword thing. Hah! That was nothing compared to the next episode. Everything got turned on its head.

There's also a type of moral dilemna - while there's a good side and a bad side, the choice isn't as clear cut. At least, not in terms of the Apocalypse.

Most of the series I've seen so far involve some sort of Apocalypse. People trying to bring it about, people trying the stop it. Their reasons behind wanting the overhaul of civilization. While the average person would say, "Hey, that's bad" - some of the people in these series have some pretty compelling reasons.

I liked the way this (fansub) series puts it. Kamui's aunt, who birthed the second sword, spelled it out to him. On one side are the Seven Seals, lead by the Dragon of Heaven - himself, should he choose to accept the mission. That's the keyword here, "accept." If he accepts his fate as the Dragon of Heaven, then "Humans will continue to shower the Earth with filth, and through human wisdom, you will avoid the breakdown of the world and it's destruction of Earth."

But he can change that fate. He can decide not to let mankind all but kill the planet before bringing it back: he can change his fate and become the Dragon of Earth, leading the side of the Seven Angels. In this future, "The civilization will collapse but Earth will restore itself in time."

There's also other Christian imagery, lots of crosses; in fact, someone I thought was a main character was just crucified, then impaled on a sword. Before which Kamui made his choice, Fuma immediately became the other Dragon - and the subtle slash I saw earlier is now full blown (pun intended).

posted by Beatriz at 12:36 AM

wWednesday, July 23, 2003

For the first time in a few days, chilling, watching anime. X TV just got way way cool. The slash is fantastic. The cookie-cutter blond school girl turns out to not be so perfect after all: Katori's a bit disturbed after seeing her mother die, a sword exploding out of her body and splattering blood all over the room.

And I just found out why that happened - as well as witnessing the birth of another sword from the male protagonist Kamui's aunt. Turns out Kamui's mother was really supposed to die from delivering the sword, but Katori's mom took up the burden. Of course, Katori and Kamui are the same age and were kiddie sweethearts.

I hope the story keeps weaving together more plots like that one. There's also a ton of other characters in the show - the 7 Seals (Sorato, Arashi, Yuzuhira, Subaru, Aoki, Karen, + 1 as-yet-unrevealed) and the 7 Angels (Yuto, Satsuki, Nataku, Sakurazuka +3), the mystic at the head of the Seals (Hinoto) and her sister - less talented, but much hotter - who works with the Angels, and Katori's brother - Kamui's "Gemini" in this whole affair, and the source of most of the slash.

Sound complicated? Yup. I even have a spreadsheet going to keep track of the characters. I never could've named all of them out of my head.

posted by Beatriz at 11:40 PM

wMonday, July 21, 2003

If you don't have enough money for a sex change...
Then murder someone, and have the taxpayers pay for it!
A convicted murderer wants the state of New York to pay $500,000 for his sex change and a key ruling in his case has moved him closer to his dream of serving the rest of his sentence in a women's jail.

Mark Brooks, 34, who calls himself Jessica Lewis, and claims to be "a girl inside," sued New York almost three years ago for treatment for his Gender Identity Disorder but has not received medical treatment.

In a 19-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn said Brooks should be allowed to talk to doctors about requests for hormone therapy, breast implants, and "genital reassignment."
At least the ruling just says, "should be allowed to talk to doctors" and doesn't insist on the procedure going through. But, in this day and age, I wouldn't be surprised if it does. I'll find it sickening, but unsurprising all the same.

posted by Beatriz at 4:58 PM