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December 29th, 2009


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11:15 pm - Am back from Christmasing
And so that was Christmas. And, um, Adelaide.

Christmas lunch was at Mum's, with her and The Sister and Mum's friend Robyn. Which was entertaining and hey, we got to hear about someone else's family drama for once. (The Sister's BFF - who is also Robyn's daughter - woke her mum up at 7am, having just come from the town jail. No, she hadn't been in jail, some dude beat up her brother and got arrested for it. On Christmas morning.)

Presents were:
- New computer chair from Dad. Which is still at Mum's place, since I didn't fancy taking a freaking chair on the train to Melbourne.
- Sister got me some Body Shop stuff, chocolate, and a copy of the book Where's Bin Laden? (3D version). Cue lulz.
- From Mum there were a bunch of lollies, some flavoured margarita mixers, and a Pandora bracelet. I entirely expect to be getting charms for it for about my next ten birthdays.

Then on Boxing Day we headed off to Adelaide. Which was... Adelaide. It apparently dies at like 5pm in the evening.

We did, however, get to see Sherlock Holmes at the cinema, which was quite a bit of fun.

The Panda's at the zoo were cute! I shall upload pictures, if any of mine actually turn out decent.

Oh, and I am currently boggling over the fact that I didn't get sunburnt at all in Cambodia or Singapore, but I did in freaking Adelaide. WTF, universe?

Next on the schedule: New Years.

Actually, on a vaguely related note, anyone want to go to the movies tomorrow or on Thursday before whatever NYE thing you have going on? I have two free movie tickets that expire at the end of December.
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From:robotlove
Date:January 6th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Said bracelet and some of those beads/charms actually look rather pretty!

And would you recommend Sherlock Holmes to someone looking for wit, slash potential and good'ol Britain besides the action? I've been wanting to watch it for ages, but now that it's actually out I've somehow.. still not watched it yet.
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 6th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Compared to some of them, my bracelet and charm were quite plain - just in silver and all, but the charms are cute. I got a cat and a suitcase.

And yeah, I would recommend Sherlock Holmes. While it's rather more actiony than most Holmes adaptations, the trailers made it seem like a much bigger part of the film than it was. And there is wit and slash potential aplenty.

ETA: Your icon is making me LOL.

Edited at 2010-01-06 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From:robotlove
Date:January 7th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
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Okay, must set a date to watch it then.

A suitcase for a charm sounds adorable. And LOL YES ICON. Nicked it from someone else. Pity, I would've liked Geass R3 to be about this. And aww, Ouran icon.
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 7th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
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It is quite cute. I must go to a jewellery store, and see what charms the local shops have in stock.

What would you call that version of Code Geass? And what would all the other characters have?

I just finished watching Ouran yesterday! Which means I should be posting a new anime review post soon. Ish. Also, I'll need some recommendations of new shows to check out.
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From:robotlove
Date:January 7th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
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Oh goodness, I haven't thought about that. So far the best parody on the Code Geass title I've come up with is Code Geese: Lelouch of the Reformation (where we have "WARE WARE WA KURO NO ODETTO DAN" )
Suzaku will probably be Watson though.

Ahaha, I've watched scattered episodes of it, but I haven't finished the show, and the storyline of the manga puts me off (Too much girly stuff and romance going on here and there). I will finish the anime someday though, since it does seem decently funny. The twins are my favorite xD

Recommendations: Casshern Sins. Geass is a personal top favorite, but THIS is one show that's met almost all my preferences in many many ways. If you like post-apocalyptic slice-of-life/journey shows, and if you want "OMG!SUZAKU!" references in almost EVERYTHING about the main character, this is for you. He cries more than Suzaku though, I'll warn you first. The poor thing.
I highly recommend it - but the fanbase is small, so expect limited fan material/resources. Also be warned that it may give you tons of warm fuzzies one moment and then make you utterly depressed the next.

Recs from other friends which I haven't watched but intend to watch include Darker than Black and Blood+. I can't remember what else there is on my list at the moment.

Edited at 2010-01-07 06:17 am (UTC)
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 7th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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...Suzaku as Watson makes an almost distressing amount of sense. What with the whole soldier thing. And like Holmes, Lelouch gets jealous when a girl looks to be taking his sidekick from him.

From what I've heard, the anime plays things for a comedy rather more, and the manga drags out the romance drama a little more. The anime does have a rather lovely ending though.

I can't say I've really heard of Casshern Sins before. It sounds rather interesting, if somewhat on the depressing side. Which I don't necessarily mind, but it tends to be something I need to be in the mood for.

I've heard of Darker Than Black before - there's at least one fan on my flist. Blood+ is another one I know nothing about.
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From:robotlove
Date:January 7th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
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FFFFFFFFFFFFFF LELOUCH GETTING JEALOUS I haven't really read Holmes or watched any other adaptations, actually. All I know is the famous "elementary my dear watson" line XD He never struck me as someone who got into physical fights though which is why I was ?? at the trailer until you cleared things up.

Yep, I watched the ending of the anime already lol spoiler queen that I am. I'm looking to slowly watch the rest of it that I missed out on.

It IS interesting. The warm fuzzies almost balance out the depressing stuff but I guess it could always depend on you. I can provide more details and spoilers if you'd like xD

Blood+... I'm interested in this more for its soundtrack than anything else. The male lead plays a cello and the score is produced by HANS ZIMMER.
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 7th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Well, OBSCURE HOLMES CANON FACT: Sherlock Holmes does actually know martial arts. It's not like he beats people up all the time, but he is canonically competent at defending himself if necessary.

That'd probably be a good idea - not so much from a plot POV, because most of Ouran is fairly stand alone, but there's a lot of backstory episodes and knowing what the Host Club has done for the characters makes the ending feel more heartwarming, I suppose.

It very well may depend on what mood I am in at the time I watch. But I would not be opposed to a few more details.

HANS ZIMMER DID ANIME MUSIC?
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From:robotlove
Date:January 8th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
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Lelouch + Martial arts = Do not compute OR Sayocopter That's interesting though, I never knew that 8D

Yeah, I've watched up till episode 11 in sequence, and then I watched a couple of those more toward the end.. though I already can't remember much. I shall drop by your latest post to read it properly soon.

Casshern Sins... Well let's see. It's depressing mainly because of what Casshern did (DUN DUN DUN). Which is, considering the consequences (lol apocalypse), worse that what Suzaku did. To make things worse, he doesn't even remember doing it, or why. To make things even MORE worse, he can't die. And he's trying to be a good person but when provoked, he generally goes berserk and destroys almost everything in his path (is this starting to sound familiar?)
Spoiler: Almost everybody in the show is a ROBOT.
More spoilers: All the robots who look like humans do and feel EVERYTHING humans do - except eating and crapping. This means that they also do things like crying, and having sex (mentioned, but not really shown). Oh, making their own babies is a problem though. They are (or were) working on that, as you'll soon see if you watch it. (Lmao these aren't central themes, just side tidbits which I like to tell everyone just to see their reactions. I once got called a crack dealer for this.)

Main story: Casshern journeying to find out why he did what he did, and how to rectify his "sin", and meeting various robots along the way. Expect tons of *A* -worthy fighting, lots of cutesy awws (especially with the little robot Ringo) and a smidgen of romance (errr... "het robot romance" which btw is also responsible for my LJ rename to the current one) toward the end.
I also recommend this due to its beautiful scenery and backdrop despite the post-apocalyptic theme. The flowers, landscapes, hues etc. are all very pretty and are excellent in setting the various moods.

FWOOO, I talked more about it than I thought I would. Hope you find this useful! Also a late warning: the Casshern icon I'm using is "dangerously OOC", as rainbow_cnxn told me when SHE was introducing me to Casshern xD

YES HANS ZIMMER. That was my initial reaction too upon finding out. I think the score was written mostly by Mark Mancina, but Zimmer helped produce it at least, which makes this a must-try-watching-eventually for me. So far I've already listened to the series' grand theme and yes, it is BRILLIANT. The show itself looks very dark and violent though, hence my putting it off.
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 8th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
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You have a point there. It was something I was only vaguely aware of, not having read all the Holmes stories. I know a few hardcore Holmes fans, though...

Well, you can read some of the other anime comments if you want, and skip the Ouran section. Oh hey, the 2nd R2 ending just came up on shuffle

That actually sounds rather interesting. (And yes, I can see the character parallels) What's the pacing like? Shows that are too slow often lose my interest, and this sounds decent. And pretty stuff is always welcome. (Though it might have to wait until I have some cheerier stuff lined up as well)

It's a Caramelldansen icon. I don't think those are ever in character, even if they are fun.

Yeah, I can see why one might be put off by excess dark and violent stuff. That sort of thing needs to be ridiculously well written - or at least have some decent other selling points - for me to really love it.

Incidentally, Hans Zimmer did the Sherlock Holmes music, if you didn't already know. It was quite good.
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From:robotlove
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:01 am (UTC)
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Hmm. Pacing for Casshern Sins can be quite subjective. It's a journey show, so if you watch the first episode and like it enough (or if you like Casshern himself enough), then chances are you'll stick through all 24 episodes and not really feel it. Generally the characters he meets in the first 10 episodes are all interesting enough. After that, the show moves on to the more important stuff and you start seeing the main characters constantly.
I would describe the pretty stuff and landscape to have a very... Land Before Time feel, actually. Since it's a complete (and prettier) franchise reboot from a VERY OLD anime, also expect it to pay some homage to retro styles here and there e.g. in the opening song, and in the overall feel - though the art and character design is definitely more modern (lol bishies).
Don't worry if you choose not to watch it just yet/not to watch it at all though - I feel I've done my part ^A^

Oooh, he composed for Sherlock Holmes too, eh?? That's it, once I'm done with my work here I'm calling up a friend to insist that we go watch it.
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From:drakyndra
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
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Hmmm... maybe I'll watch an episode or two online and see what I think from there. But not just yet (Busy with the change over of housemates, amongst other things).

And I have had other people recommend a lot of things at me, which I need to go through and decide which appeal most - so far, the proportion of animes I love out of the animes I have chosen to watch is very high, so I am trying to keep this up and stick with things I know I will at least enjoy.

Have fun when you do!

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