Akito

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So after a few  months of putting it off, I finally watched episode 5 of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled.

I …. I don’t even know right now.

{{  Spoilers – Code Geass: Akito the Exiled }}

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Aqours

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I ship it.

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Code Geass BD!

At long last, FUNi announced Code Geass bluray details.

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  • Collector’s Edition bluray features both seasons, and the art cards pictured (from the R2 endings)
  • “Picture dramas” but no word on which ones; no word on audio dramas.
  • Standard editions will be individual seasons.

To be honest, I’m not really into their art choices. Well, they didn’t really make choices with the cards, which is probably good, since their choices probably wouldn’t have been great, going by the box art choices. Okay, Lulu looks good on the cover. He looks elegant, and I love his hips. The rest…

I think they’re marketing it as the show a lot of people want it to be, not the show that it is. It’s not some massive stabby mindscrew action Evangelion knockoff. From a marketing standpoint, I can understand why they’d try to sell the show to people who want that, if they think there are more of those people (which, unfortunately, there are), but it’s not that show. I don’t know why I’m surprised, though. I just wish enough people would give this show the respect it deserves…

{{    pictures under cut  }}

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The Romance Problem

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{{  warning – a bit of K spoilers    }}

I’ve never liked romance genre stories. Even ones that have elements to the story that are similar to the elements I like in other things… I just could never get into them. Yet at the same time, I always had a decent amount of interest in shipping for non-romance-genre shows that I did like – not crazy about it, but not completely averse to it either. I always thought that part of it was that I’m just not into boyfriend-drama – things like a character worrying about whether or not the other character “cheated,” or a character being unable to tell the other person their feelings.

But I read a couple of romance-genre things that are popular recently – not going to name names – and I realized what it was that I like about shows like Code Geass and K, that these things didn’t have, which is this –

In the romance-genre stories, the central couple is everything, and everyone else’s lives revolve around them. There’s the main character’s ex, who exists just to contrast with the love interest and show why the love interest is so much better for the protagonist. The adversaries don’t have lives of their own – they’re formulated so that neither protagonist can defeat them alone, but if they work together they have the exact right recipe. All of the supporting characters exist to show one of the protagonists something about the other. They don’t exist for themselves.

Meanwhile, K has three central couples, but not only that – there’s a whole ecosystem of great, well-developed characters who all matter, and all influence the story, and the central characters. There’s also things like Saruhiko’s relationship with his King, which is as important to both of them as their relationships with their love interests – {{SPOILER}} it’s actually crucial to Saruhiko’s relationship with Misaki, since Misaki’s forgiveness and approval of Saruhiko comes from when he sees how loyal Saruhiko is to the Blue Clan, and realizes that he really wasn’t a traitor. {{SPOILER}}

This is just something I was thinking about. I’m curious to know what you think. (And no, I’m not saying that something is disqualified as a romance if it has more than two well-developed characters, it’s just a pattern I noticed… )

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Those sticker pocket thingies.

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These.

 

Apparently, they go on the inside of the leather cover. Not on the inside of the individual notebook covers. I had no idea.

Though, they can go either way. I looked on a few different sites – GouletPens  has example pictures that use them like I’ve been using them.  JetPens doesn’t have pictures, but their description says to put them on the leather.

Honestly… in my brown regular-size TN, the way I use it, I feel like it would seem sort of tacky to have them that way. But I want to get a black passport size later this year, and if I do that, I think I’ll put the two small ones on either side.

Though, if I don’t like them, I wonder if I can take them off…?

{{  under cut – TN ramblings  }}

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Giving Effort or Staying the Same

Just thoughts about the concept of whether it’s best to put effort into improving yourself, or decide you’re “perfect just as you are” and stay the same.

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{ art post } Watercolor and copic

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{ art post } more watercolor

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3 original + 1 SuzaLulu

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{K} Seven Stories

So they’ve announced a new K anime. They haven’t announced a format or length, or story, just the title – K Seven Stories. From the title and the picture, it seems like it’ll be a prequel – or at least mostly prequel – since the picture features more dead characters than surviving ones, not to mention the guy in front… but they haven’t said that it would have absolutely no post-season 2 story.

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This raises the issue of whether or not they can continue the story past the end of Return of Kings.

{{   Spoilers within – K: Return of Kings  }}

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La fleur que tu m’avais jétée

So Elina Garanca is amazing. She’s an amazing singer, but also, watch her acting in this scene. She doesn’t sing/say anything, but just watch her.

Context: Carmen seduces the soldier Don Jose and he ends up going to jail for her for two months. He gets out and meets her at this bar, which they’d arranged for. So he gets there and she sings and dances for him, but then he hears the bugle calls to report for military roll call. She goes off on him about how he wouldn’t even think of leaving if he really loved her. To her surprise, he reacts by getting serious like this and singing this song.

So he sings to her about how he kept the flower she gave him when she first picked him out of a crowd and went for him. Even though Carmen doesn’t say or sing anything… watch how she reacts. She’s maintaining her composure, even though she’s feeling a little bit about what he’s saying, she starts to smile, but doesn’t. Then at about 2:30, when he sings that even though he’d begun to hate her and wish he hadn’t met her, he realized that his only wish and his only hope was to see her again. Watch how she’s touched, and she likes hearing it… but then she’s also scared that he’s making her feel that way…. and then she’s also scared by how intense his passion is. Watch how she looked towards the door for that one point. This whole time, she’s trying to regain her composure. And then he says, “I am completely yours,”… and watch how her expression becomes calculating. She decides she can still manipulate him. Then watch how she softens again … how much of her decision is calculating manipulation, and how much of it is desire to hear these things from him again?

Just… how much she says with just her face.

Honestly, if I ever get to the point in drawing comics where I can communicate that much emotion without words… that’s a goal.

(This recording was done in 2010. There is a DVD available, or you can watch it on the Met Opera streaming app, which I recommend because it has a lot of great videos and audio recordings. I need to make a list of my favorites and post that here. That app is definitely worth subscribing to, but if you don’t want to do that, definitely get a free trial and watch this. The 2010 one. There’s also a 2014 recording of the same production, but this one is better. And see it live, if you’re around New York. It’s coming back next season, though not with the same singers.

also this

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Here she is as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Renee Fleming, in a new production which is coming next season. Needless to say, I’m ridiculously excited for this. It looks amazing.

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