October 18th, 2009
|10:17 pm - What I did on my weekend|
Well, that didn't go too badly at all. Didn't even end up with epic sleep failure like I expected, either.
But yes, there was a weekend! And I actually did things! I am astounded, too.
On Friday was fa11ing_away's thing. Which initially looked like it was going to be a washout, because of all the piking pikers, but people did eventually show up. Gradually, and mostly quite late, but hey. There was chatty funtimes and silly and pizza and alacamahols. I drank my blackberry vodka I got in Jordan! Um, all of it. Which may kind of explain why fa11ing_away cut me off at like 11.
Though I'm not sure anything can explain why she made me wear that pirate hat. Such is life.
But 'twas fun.
Then on Saturday, I went to Armageddon. Which was also fun, though I think I have been to better cons, even in my limited experience. The panels I went to were alright, though there weren't many I was interested in, and yet again I ran into That Person I Run Into At Conventions, which makes three for three conventions this year (Her name is Matty... I think. I hope it is, because she remembered my name) I caught up with frabjously at the end of the day, and we hung out for a bit, and had something to eat over at Crown.
I ended up buying some comics and a few manga volumes (Utena and Detroit Metal City, to be precise, and yes I can see the contrast there). And a Dr Horrible DVD.
And some cat ears, because they made me dawww. Considered buying some DVDs from Madman, but the ones that interested me were still a bit too expensive for my liking. Maybe I'll wait until JB Hi-Fi has a sale (or Anime shop of dubious legality gets some new stock)
As for the signings, I got Nicola Scott to sign the trade of Secret Six I just bought (She was fun, actually). Over at the animation signings, I got autographs from Laura Bailey aka Lust, and Travis Willingham aka Roy Mustang, who is very nice but spelt my name wrong. Incidentally, I chatted with them both about Brotherhood, and recording has started. Oh, and Travis has watched up to episode 19, and he is very much looking forward to recording that. Really. There was evil laughter involved.
Oh, and in what is becoming a convention tradition, I got photographed by some random dude, and I also got asked who I was cosplaying as. Which is slightly more justifiable than previous times, since I was wearing a kimono and a top hat.
...You know, one of these days, I am actually going to do what I have been tempted to, and claim that I am actually cosplaying as a character from some incredibly obscure (and completely fictional) anime no-one in Australia has heard of. Of course, that would entail having to come up with a name for it. And the character I am pretending to be. And possibly a plot if anyone asked.
Flist, you are totally welcome to help me invent a bullshit anime.
And today, there was the horror of having to go into Uni to complete our group assignment. Which actually went quite well (apart from the "going into Uni on Sunday morning" part of things). I basically just had to redo my work so I was citing things in footnotes rather than in text, and then help write the intro. And someone else is going to hand it in tomorrow, so that's that completed. Took less than two hours, even.
And that was my weekend. Onto reading that new Hitchhikers-Book-that-isn't-written-by-Douglas-Adams. Thus far, I don't hate it. It's not Douglas Adams, but I don't hate it. Any further opinions are pending.
So... hows about that new FMA:B episode? I hear Shit Went Down.
Current Mood: calm
FMA:B looked awesome, at least. Though there's this weird thing going on. Greed isn't even half as awesome as Ling is. His voice actor, on the other hand... Damn, they've got good guys for both.
As for bullshit anime... hmm, let me think on that one for a bit...
Mmm, the screencaps look nifty, and the live reaction post was ...interesting (Father apparently looked a bit molesty). But yay for good VAs. And now I am once more wondering who will Ling's dub voice.
I needs to star someone who is invariably wearing a top hat, since I always seem to end up wearing it to conventions.
I may actually have the hots for Yuuichi Nakamura (Greed's VA)'s voice... And I can't even understand half he's saying!
Dawn of Roses (Shoubi no Asahi), about Don Akegata, second generation British Japanese, who gets sent back to Japan by his parents (who are gardeners at a great estate) because his uncle needs an heir for the family business, which sells flower arranging supplies. Of course, before he can take over the business, he first has to learn about flower arranging...
What follows is, basically, flower arranging treated as if it's a shounen fighting series. In between expressions of awe at the bold, original, nay, exquisite choices for flower, we of course get treated to the history and traditions of Japanese flower arranging.
There's a wide range of characters, all with different styles of arrangements. One particularly awesome character is Tenmei Asahi, a girl/young woman who has specialised in European-style flower arranging. Oddly enough, she doesn't really care for Don, mostly because he doesn't fit her idea of what a British gentleman should be (and, of course, he initially sucks at flower arranging). Her idea being formed mostly by reading 18th and 19th century English literature. Whenever she makes a special arrangement, she puts on a top hat, for inspiration and to get in the mood. She occasionally crossdresses, too, and speaks English that's probably supposed to be good, but the VA does a terrible job of it (So does Don's VA, but oddly enough we hardly ever hear him speak English anyway)
Or it could be Don's aunt, Akegata Reimei, who is just pretty much the traditional Japanese lady, right until you come near her flowers or her family, when 'mother lion' would pretty much sum her up. She only wore the top hat once, but it was such a memorable sight most of the fanart about her has her wearing it.
Should I go on?
I sense a little *backing away from the crazy lady* in that... ;-)
I had bus trip for 2*1.5 hrs after I first commented, and you'd struck a spark of inspiration. Once I came back, it was only a matter of looking up a few words to use as names in an English-Japanese dictionary.
It's all in the tradition of for instance Yakitate!Japan (baking), Hikaru no Go (Go), and Saki(Mahjong), and I'm sure those aren't the only ones...
I like it, though. If it wouldn't be trolling, I'd almost like to start up a fake fandom (that, and it'd be too much work :-))
Re: FMA, it really was awesome. And I got the right gist with what Ling said when he stopped Ed from interfering, even if I didn't actually understand what he said. But I'm still glad I watched the subs, too, because otherwise I would have missed Ed's comment at the end of the ep. There's hope yet...
No, honestly, I am impressed. Maybe also a bit frightened, but impressed. But a long trip on public transport with nothing better to do kind of explains a bit. God knows what I've come up with on trains and the like.
I would totally start up a fake fandom. (I have actually been in fake fandoms before, but they never lasted long, or involved many other people)
My subbed version is still downloading, because it is inexplicably slow today. Hmph.
For the bullshit, just mix up different plot elements from different series. The more absurd the better- anyone who knows anime/manga knows that Japan is just crazy
sometimes all the time.
Oh Japan, you bring teh lulz.
>>..because of all the piking pikers...<<
Yeah got to stop doing that. Sorry :S
Scott, Scott, Scott, whatever will we do with you?
Well, if you want to go for what will actually happen...