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January 20 - Favorite recent (as in the past five years or so) manga and/or anime! I am about five years or more behind and trying to catch up... ( [personal profile] oyceter  )

I may actually not be the best person for this, as I haven’t been keeping up with them well myself! I think the only new-to-me manga that’ve really jumped out for me in the last couple years are Ancient Magus Bride and Kamisama Kiss. Both are “semi normal girl and immortal magic guy” type stories, though AMB is more mythological and soul searching while KSS is more fluffy shoujo fun (with iffy parts in recently licensed volumes) with reverse-harem elements. Between the two, AMB is probably more your style and it’sthe better of the two, but KSS is a nice bit of entertainment. I also discovered 7 Seeds in that time period, but I’m petty sure you read that.

Akatsuki no Yona/Yona of the Dawn is one that I discovered in both anime and manga form, and need to catch up on the manga, and isprobably The Big Deal for me of the things in this post. It’s an “exiled princess seeks to reclaim throne” shoujo action series set in fantasy-ancient Korea. It’s a full blown reverse harem series, which usually turns me off, but not this time. The anime fllows th first 2 major arcs and few side things from the manga pretty faithfully.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime/Snow White With Red Hair is the other recently popular shoujo series with a redhaired heroine in a pseuho-historical world, this time medieval Europe. It’s much calmer and combines adventure and slice of life pretty well. The heroine, an apothecary, has to flee her homeland after it’s prince decides to force her to marry him, and ends up befriending the younger prince of a nearby kingdom. It’s less exciting than AnY and a little more prone to sometimes have the heroine play the secondary lead, but still very fun.

Shirobako is an anime about an anime studio making an anime. Very worth watching for the premise. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is a comedy series about making shoujo manga. The initial premise had me going in with low expectations (girl confesses to her crush and he mistakes her for a fan because he’s a shoujo mangaka in secret, and she ends up becoming one of his assistants) but it ended up being a wonderful meta series.

After trying and failing to get into Durarara!! several times over the years, I fell in deep just before the 3rd part of the second season started airing. Urban mythology, social media, street gangs, a headless woman and stalkers everywhere. If ou liked Baccano! you’d probably like this after you got through the first couple episodes. People I thought would hate this like it, and a couple who it seems would don’t, so this one’s individual success rate is a bit hard to judge.

Sports anime has been big lately, though Chihayafuru, about a girl who wants to be a professional karuta player and starts a karuta club at her school, is the only one that I’ve been into. It’s also noteworthy for being one of the few Josei series that got adapted into anime. I haven’t watched them, but Free, Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu are other sports anime that have been popular among some mutual friends.

For a not-quite-anime rec, Thunderbolt Fantasy is the only series that I stuck with for more than a few episode since last spring. It’s not anime, but a live action show featuring puppets by Pili, and it’s a great wuxia deconstruction series that has a happy ending in spite of also being from Gen Urobuchi. (Which is probably the biggest spoiler possible for the series in the Urobutcher context, but possibly a needed one.)
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Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest movie from Laika, the stop motion animation company behind Coraline and ParaNorman (and at least one other movie that I haven’t seen, and can’t recall the name of.

In ancient Japan, Kubo is a young boy who lives in a cave on a mountain with his mother, Sariatu. During the day, he travels down the mountain to the nearby village to play his shamisen and retell the stories his mother tells him. While he does so, origami papers fold themselves into figures and act out the stories he tells. Sariatu has always told him that he must return to the cave by nightfall so that her father, the Moon King, and her sisters will not find them, and he does so until one night, the villagers invite him to attend the Obon festival. Kubo does so, hoping to communicate with the spirit of his father, Hanzo. Hanzo does not answer his pleas, but his aunts find him, and destroy the village, causing Sariatu to lose the last of her power to send Kubo away. The rest (and bulk) of the movie is Kbo’sadventures to find Hanzo’s armor and escape his aunts. He’s joined by a talking monkey assigned to protect im by Sariatu, and an amnesiac, anthromorphic bug ho claims too be a retainer of Hanzo’s who is under a spell.

The movie is beautifully animated, and both charming and creepy, as well as being stuffed full of Japanese folklore and mythology. It appears to be at least partially inspired by the tale of Kaguya-hime, or a story like it (I want to say I’ve read a story that’s a more fitting comparison, but cant remember what it is). The only downside is that, while it had Japanese consultants and a numbr of Japanese actors in minor roles, all the major characters are voiced by white actors, and I believe the same is true of the major behind-the-scenes creators.

Trailer:


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talk to me about Satine  Kryze and Bo-Katan! ([personal profile] musesfool )

Under a cut for spoilers for both Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars.  I forgot with the Ahsoka post that a coupe of people who follow me are still catching up with both.  Apologies if you saw unwanted spoilers.



here )
meganbmoore: (badlands: butterflies)
Trailer for season 2 of Into the Badlands



Between this and Underground, Spring TV is looking good for me.
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what do you think Ahsoka Tano's legacy is to Star Wars ([personal profile] grimorie ).



This was delayed so that I could finish my rewatch of season 5 of The Clone Wars

cut because at least one person is still watching the show )
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New trailer for season 2 of Underground:

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 I watched the first 2 episodes of Emerald City earlier and while I want to see what happens before I comment much on the plot, and disliked certain things, I mostly enjoyed it.  Can given trigger warnings if needed.  The trailers played it as fantasy with a bit of mystery and darkness but it's a horror-fantasy and occasionally played up the horror more than the fantasy. It's possibly even more diverse than the trailer made it look, we have a latina lead with curly hair who speaks Spanish with her adopted family in Kansas, another WOC with natural hair, and several other POC as well.  Some things have been flipped around from the books, while other elements that don't don't normally make it into adaptations are in it.

It's directed by Tarsem Singh which means it's the most incredibly lush and visually stunning TV show you will ever see on American network TV.  And that I really hope it's either a miniseries or intended for each season to be self-contained because there's no way NBC can afford a second season unless the ratings are amazing.  (Not to mention that I'm pretty sure the supporting cast is very costly.)

The internent is annoying me with it's inability to let me have a fantasy show (or historical drama with swords that's produced by the US or UK, though I've started seeing this crop up in sageuk and cdrama tags on tumblr) without comparing it to Game of Thrones, but that's another matter.
meganbmoore: (labyrinth: reading)
 I'm reading The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher's book about  the making of A New Hope.  It's my first of her books and it's as funny as expected, but there's one passage that really made me uncomfortable.
spoilers I guess )
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39 books
45 Graphic novels, including manga

Pretty low for me with a high percentage being "cozy mysteries" and the fusion romance/mysteries/historical fiction (is there a genre name for those yet?  They don't really fit in any one of those categories.) books that have gotten popular the last 10 or so years, as those categories fit into "light comfort reading" for me.  Most of my book posts are at litsy (an app that's kind of a tumblr for books), which I like more than Goodreads, which always felt a bit like a chore to me, and my ID there is Meganbm123


list here )

Unrelated to books, I don't know if anyone but the person I got it for uses Line for online chatting, but if anyone ever wants to chat there, I'm happy to give you my ID.

meganbmoore: (swe7 rey + desert)
There are so may things in this trailer that have me excited.


meganbmoore: (nikita: nikita + gunroom)
I think most people I follow have seen this so far, but there's a DW (and other social media) friending meme going on with the latest LJ exodus.





I am still somewhat undecided on my end. There are a few people I follow there who haven't said anything about finding them on tumblr, and I have approximately 10 years worth of icons stored in their galleries and would hate to lose that. Am open to recommendations for another site that will let me bulk upload 100+ pictures at a time.

For people who have added me from the friending meme, January posting meme.
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First episode of TV watched in 2017: Goblin, episode 10 (KR)
First movie watched in 2017: Kubo and the Two Strings
First book finished in 2017: A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde*

*Possibly cheating, since I read all but about 80 pages of it in 2016
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I've been at my brother's the last 2 days and just started reading up on the LJ goingons. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do anything about my account there, but for people reading this there, I have the same ID at dreamwidth and am swordsandparasols at tumblr.

Updated January posting meme:



Taking a page from several people (most recently from [livejournal.com profile] grimorie  / isagrimorie @ tumblr who I am 95% copying). I'll be doing the talking meme on January. I most likely won't actually be able to do all in January if it fills up, but any prompts will be filled.
Pick a date in January and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever.

You don’t have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
If you’re doing the meme, I’ll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one. (And link me to yours if you're already doing it)
Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I’ll fill it in.
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January 10 - what do you think Ahsoka Tano's legacy is to Star Wars ([livejournal.com profile] grimorie )
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January 15 - talk to me about Satine and Bo-Katan Kryze! ( [personal profile] musesfool )
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January 20 - Favorite recent (as in the past five years or so) manga and/or anime! I am about five years or more behind and trying to catch up... ([personal profile] oyceter )
January 21 - fav books of the year ([personal profile] chaila )
January 22 - your favourite book! ( [personal profile] jazzfish )
January 23 - talk to me about cdramas you think i'd like! (daughtersofthe dragon @ tumblr)
January 24 - Favorite types of parasol, if any?( [personal profile] yifu )
January 25 - Guinevere in adaptations! (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 26 - Suffering in heroines. (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 27 - Mansfield Park! (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 28 - Heroines with unusual, unfashionable personalities in general. (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 29 - Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners.  ([personal profile] coffeeandink )
January 30 - I remember you used to read a lot of comics in the past. What were your favorites and least favorites? What drew you to the genre?([personal profile] saturnofthemoon )
January 31 - Any date--tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )
meganbmoore: (Default)
Taking a page from several people (most recently from [livejournal.com profile] isagrimorie who I am 95% copying).  I'll be doing the talking meme on January.  I most likely won't actually be able to do all in January if it fills up, but any prompts will be filled.

Pick a date in January and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever.

  • You don’t have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
  • If you’re doing the meme, I’ll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one. (And link me to yours if you're already doing it)
  • Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
  • Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I’ll fill it in.

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January 10 what do you think Ahsoka Tano's legacy is to Star Wars ([livejournal.com profile] isagrimorie)
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January 15talk to me about Satine and Bo-Katan Kryze! ([personal profile] musesfool)
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January 22your favourite book! ([personal profile] jazzfish)
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January 24 Favorite types of parasol, if any?([personal profile] yifu)
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January 30I remember you used to read a lot of comics in the past. What were your favorites and least favorites? What drew you to the genre?([personal profile] saturnofthemoon)
January 31Any date--tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi)

 

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