meganbmoore: (12k: youko + sakura petals)
For the first time in well over a year, I managed to stick with a new anime all the way to the end. (Unless we count Thunderbolt Fantasy, but I'm still unclear as to whether or not it's considered anime.) There were other series that I started, and some I enjoyed more than the ones I finished, but everything else I watched for anime ended up feeling like a chore to continue with. Moving on:

Sakura Quest: The latest "slice of life/unusal-in-anime-career" series from PA Works. The backgrounds and cinematography were as gorgeous as all their other series, though the character designs for their female characters are getting less distinctive (Nowhere near as bad as some other studios though. I feel I've checked out a number of series lately where hairstyle is the only way to tell characters apart.) This time, a country girl who wants to work in the city accidentally signs a contract to spend year as the "queen" (pretty much public face of) a failing tourist town. A bit slow at times, but nice and relaxing, and certainly a bit different from most slice of life series. Blessedly light on fanservice given that it's a series about a bunch of young women (and a cranky old man) pulling all sorts of stunts to boost tourism.

Grimoire of Zero
: Kinda-stereotypical fantasy anime about an anthromorphic white tiger who ends up the bodyguard of a witch who promises to make him fully human in a world where witches are outlawed. TBH, finished it a few weeks ago and have already forgotten half of it, but I was entertained throughout. The big downside is that it joins the legion of series with an adult female protagonist who gets sexualized despite looking like an adolescent. (Why must you keep doing this, anime)

Princess Principal: My favorite of the bunch. One of the many pseudo-early 20th century Europe anime, this time about a young princess who aspires to become queen of her small country, aided by a group of female spies, all but one of whom is an agent of a foreign country initially sent to work against her. If an action series about teenaged female spies with tons of angst and baggage and secrets (Princess has all those too) could be called an introspective slice-of-life series, this one would qualify. 99% certain there were no panty shots despite the premise, which includes on girl who flies with the aid of an anti-gravity device, and another (older) girl who regularly seduces guards to distract them.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome
OVAs: A leadin 3 part series for the anime that started airing this week. This was a backstory about Chise's childhood bookended by scenes in the "present".  I don't know if the story is from the manga or an original for the anime, since I've only read the first few volumes of the manga, but I am always here for stories about lonely kids stumbling across magic libraries.

This season looks promising to me.  The Mahou Tsukai no Yome is pretty much a sure deal for me, as is the Kino no Tabi reboot/sequel (not sure which) unless they end up being just badly done, and there are several other series that I plan to check out.

The Gifted

Oct. 3rd, 2017 12:09 pm
meganbmoore: (jubilee)
So, the last name of the main family in The Gifted is named Strucker, there are 2 blond mutant teens close in age with complementary powers (they both appear to have a form of telekinesis) and one is named Andy. I have no idea if this is foreshadowing, comic nerd trolling, or pure coincidence.

Anyway, I liked the pilot. It’s set in the present or near present and is in one of the early-ish stages of one of the many Very Bad Terrible Futures from the X-Men comics, but scaled down for a TV budget. They seem to have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing. I suspect if there are narrative problems, they’ll stem from the “what can we and what can’t we do because of movies and licensing” that plagued Supergirl’s first season.
meganbmoore: (girl k: training)
I think about once a week, I see another post on tumblr about “oh, another kdrama this year about taking on corruption!” and, I mean, it’s true, tackling corruption and classism is The Big Thing in kdramas this year. (Based on information regarding the recent strike, it could be an attempt at damage control for KBS and MBC.)

What I find interesting is that, at least for the big three networks, they’ve each chosen a particular type of drama for that.

cut for length )
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Madam Secretary


The Gifted*
Star Wars Rebels


Brooklyn 99
The Mayor*




The Good Place

I’m not sure when Elementary or The Librarians will air, but I assume both will still be on Sunday. There are only 3 kdramas that have been announced for the last quarter with set air dates that I'll almost definitely be checking out (Andante, The Package and Black) and only a few that I might if feedback sounds like something I'd be interested in, and there's no point in planning to watch cdramas in advance since we never know if they'll get English subtitles before they're underway anymore, so maybe I'll make some serious progress with my backlog by the end of the year.

Empire, Jane the Virgin, Supergirl and How to Get Away With Murder are shows I’m a half season or more behind on but do intend to catch up with someday. Riverdale is a maybe-I need to watch the first season first.

* = new show

meganbmoore: (why trick icons are rare)
 I watched the first season of The Good Place a few weeks back when Netflix added it and the season 2 premiere last night.  It's excellent, but it really is a show best watched knowing nothing but the general premise.  I actually did go in spoiled, due to tumblr fandom's need to gif one actor's perfect comedic timing in the season 1 finale, and it was interesting to see all the clues as I watched it, but I also wish I'd gone in unspoiled.

I'm not usually a fan of sitcoms (including this, I just barely need two hands to count the US sitcoms I've watched as an adult) and this one is rightly loved both by sitcom fans and people who don't usually watch sitcoms.  Season 1 is on Netflix and season 2 is on Hulu, and I think NBC's website has all episodes.
meganbmoore: (hwajung: jeongmyung revealed)
I've been watching MBC's latest sageuk, The King in Love, which is also the latest in the recent trend of youth fusion romance sageuks, though that little subgenre seems to have run its course.  (Hopefully the fact that Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People is the only sageuk this year that's really considered a success will influence future sageuks, though they seem to be over and done with for the year, unless we count Live Up to Your Name, which is very good, but also a time travel drama set more in the present than in the past.)  For the most part, it's been enjoyable, though I'm a couple weeks behind because it looked like it was headed toward one of several endings that I would have considered dealbreakers for the whole show.  (I haven't watched it yet, but I do know it does have my preferred ending, so I should catch up with it this week.)  The one area where it completely fails, unfortunately, is in one of its central conceits:  presenting a love triangle in which a woman loves  two men, and it's unclear which she loves more.  Discussing possible endings with a friend reminded me of the love triangle in one of JTBC's few sageuk outtings, Maids, which also had a triangle in which a woman is in love with two men, but does it much better.

spoilers for both series )
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PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT: I am here to address rumors that there is a gas shortage in Texas due to the state of some oil refineries in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TEXAN: OMG the apocalypse is coming.



PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT: Even if there was a temporary local shortage, the US keeps over 200 million gallons of gas in reserve for cases like this. But that reserve is not needed because there is no gas shortage.

TEXAN: I only have 3/4 a tank of gas! What do I do?

PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT: What there is is a temporary logistics issue in delivery that should be resolved within a few days, after which, regular delivery routes and schedules should resume. We recommend only getting gas if you need it between now and the middle of next week. Only areas already affected by the hurricane should be affected by this.

TEXAN: I can’t hear you because I’m sitting in line at the gas station and the line is spilling into the street and maybe causing a tiny bit of a traffic jam because I only have 3/4 a tank of gas and I don’t want to run out before the shortage ends.

PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT: Ok, so, I know I said there was no gas shortage, but you kinda...created one yourselves by purchasing more gas in 2 hours than is usually purchased in an entire week.

TEXAN: I’m so glad I was able to get that 1/4 tank us gas before that big shortage reached us. Thanks for the heads up, PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT!


(Ok, the 2 hours part is an exaggeration, but not by too much.)
meganbmoore: (emilia: eat your brains)
 I've never liked Greg Abbott and hate having him as a governor but reading about him praising Trump for his "response" to Harvey and then Trump praising him and saying what a bestie he is with a figurative "tee hee, but we shouldn't praise each other TOO much or people will think we don't care" is nauseating.

And then it seems every update I read (esp on twitter) that has comments has half  the comments from "openminded liberals" talking about how they don't want their money going to Republicans or a red state and I wish I could reach through the internet and strangle people, which is not a level of anger I'm used to having.

I'm too far inland to be affected much-just some of the showers on the outskirts (a number of states are small enough to fit between where I am and Houston, including almost the entirety of Texas Hill Country) and all my family/friends from Houston and Corpus have safely checked in as of yesterday, so I've just spent the last several days frantically keeping up with news, none of which is good.
meganbmoore: (when princesses grow fangs)
 57 x Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
42 x Painted Skin: The Resurrection
63 x Memories of the Sword

here )
meganbmoore: (book of life: elena)
 70 x The Book of Life
58 x Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

here )
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here )

I've barely had tie to more than speed skim any social media the last few weeks. Too tired from work to give it or reading the time and energy I used to. Hopefully that changes soon.


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