ariad: (mucc // tatsurou)


Tonight, I went to see Misty Boyce, Jay Stolar, Charlene Kaye, and Alexz Johnson at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco with [personal profile] sanau_du and Doc Ray. The venue was one of the smallest I'd ever been in, which was great. I love the intimacy of small venues.

We hit the merch booth before the show started. The drummer, Dave Heilman, was manning the booth, which included t-shirts, posters (designed by Charlene!), and CDs from each of the artists, as well as a Charlene Kaye tote bag with a note from Charlene stuck on it that said that anybody who bought the bag would get a doodle from Charlene of whatever they wanted. (She'd offered the same last year at Apocalyptour, which I attended with Doc Ray, but the two of us didn't want to deal with the hoards of Starkid fans at that concert, which is part of why, as much as we both like Starkid, we were so glad she was back in SF without Starkid.) Doc Ray bought a Charlene Kaye tote bag and Charlene's three albums, and I bought the tote bag, Animal Love Remixes (having previously bought Animal Love already), and Misty Boyce's For the Grace of Odd EP.

Since the four artists are all fairly unknown (though I've seen Alexz Johnson on a fanmix or two), the three of us managed to be front and center, along with group of other Charlene fans. Doc Ray ended up swing dancing with one of them for a bit as people trickled into the venue.

All four artists were amazing.

in which Misty and Jay have the most lovely harmonies, Dave spits on us, Charlene invites us onstage to sing with her, we make an Alexz Johnson fan emotionally overwhelmed, and Charlene draws herself as the Hulk )

It was a fantastic night. (The Burger King stop we made afterward didn't hurt.) All of these artists are on Spotify, but I will link here to their official websites and, for Misty and Charlene, a couple of my favorite songs on YouTube, as well.

Misty Boyce - "Dutch Girls" & "Regrets"
Jay Stolar
Charlene Kaye - "Magnolia Wine" & "Dress and Tie" (ft. Darren Criss)
Alexz Johnson
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Welp, time to give it a go. I'm mostly in it for James Purefoy. I have no idea what this show is about, by the way.

Some of them want to use you / some of them want to be used by you )
ariad: (btvs // go hand in hand)
Everybody was so bored with Britta Perry vs. Hermione Granger and Martha Jones vs. Joan Watson (the former because Hermione has been winning without even trying and the latter because everybody who loves Martha also loves Joan), that the comments were filled with campaign posts for people who were never in the running.
Plus like a thousand campaign posts for good ol' disqualified Queen C.

Meanwhile, Joan MY QUEEN Watson is killin' it. Awwww yeaaaaahhhhh.
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Will hopefully update soon with a more exciting update about my Comics Studio class and the Ultimate Spider-Man comic I am trying to do, but for now, because I have blocked every other website I could possibly want to visit, I am going to liveblog revising my thesis prospectus, which is due today.
  • It's 1:30 AM, and I've just started, haha. Oh God, I'm yawning. I need some caffeine.
  • Have no Coca-Cola. Tea will have to do.
  • *sniffs* What the hell kind of tea is this. I stole it from my dorm at Oxford. I had thought it was English Breakfast Tea, but now that I only drink EBT, I know this is absolutely not EBT. Well, I made it pretty weak. Should be okay.
  • I'm writing my thesis on the relationship between the professionalization and rising prestige of gladiatorial combat and beast hunts, or venationes, in the Roman Empire, and the expression of fan culture in regards to these amphitheatral sports. Keep in mind that I know almost nothing about amphitheatral sports. I haven't even watched Gladiator all the way through.
  • I also am not great at using Dreamwidth in Rich Text mode but want to be able to see my bullet points as I'm typing them.
  • Procrastinating by e-mailing an Art History professor about mosaics. Reading over e-mail ten times and triple checking the spelling of his name. It's still work on my thesis!
  • Sent. *freaks out* But in his e-mail address he goes by Chris instead of Christopher or C or just his surname, so that means he's cool.
  • Why oh why is the Classics Library open only from 9 AM to 5 PM? Don't they know I do all my research and writing between 12 AM and 5 AM? Also, why can't undergraduates check out books from the Classics Library? I don't know whether to hate the Classics Library for all these reasons or to just be happy that I can get these books at all. (Probably the latter.)
  • Meesely: "do you think doing all these readings is a waste of my time. I CAN'T TELL. TEACH ME HOW TO BE A HISTORY PERSON." Me: "yes I've done like. three readings for my roman empire class and we have two or three a week BUT I AM A BAD EXAMPLE" She & I, simultaneously: "Reilly said I should do my readings." & "i think reilly does all of them"
  • Wow, I am so ashamed now of how bad a student I am. It's called prioritizing. I'm the favorite intern at both my workplaces, okay.
  • My tea is cold.
  • I need to clear off this table, fuck.
  • Shit, my topic is vaguer in this revised prospectus than it was in the first draft. First draft thesis: "The questions I hope to explore in my thesis are whether the increased prestige of gladiators and venatores influenced and/or reflected changes in public or elite attitudes toward the stigmatized groups of people who largely made up the gladiators and venatores, and what, if any, consequences the social statuses of famous gladiators and venatores had for the established social hierarchy of the Roman world." IT WAS SO GOOD but fan culture.
  • I can't believe I haven't started my annotated bibliography either. I definitely have six to eight secondary sources, but do I interact with them? Hard to say. It is now 2:32 AM.
  • Meesely just pinned down my thesis for me: "The questions I hope to explore in my thesis are how Roman 'fan culture' reflected and enacted the increased prestige of gladiatores and venatores, and how this change in status influenced and/or reflected shifts in attitudes toward the stigmatized groups of people who largely made up these amphitheatral entertainers. If possible, I hope to broach the topic of the consequences the social statuses of famous gladiators and venatores had for the established social hierarchy of the Roman world."
  • Damn it, I went to bed at 6:15 AM having finished the prospectus but not the annotated bibliography, and now it is noon. I had meant to spend today working on my comic project that is due tomorrow. DAMN IT. But hey the Classics Library is open now.
  • Why can't I connect to the Internet on campus? Ugh, I've been having this problem for two weeks now. I should really figure out what's wrong.
  • Art history professor is going to Europe for five weeks, noooo. Welp, I've got my book. Perhaps I'll see him when he ges back.
  • Okay, done and sent at 5 PM. Wow, this is terrible.
Next time, on Life of a Fake History Major: Fred continues to suck.
ariad: (pierrot // kirito)
Prime time television, you need to stop using Chinatowns as ~exotic~ locations for mystery and crime when you don't even have the decency to write substantial roles for Asian-Americans.
ariad: (btvs // go hand in hand)
As some of you know, I am leading a Buffy the Vampire Slayer course next semester at my university. I'm a senior at UC Berkeley, and we have a program that allows undergrads to design and facilitate pass/no pass courses. A couple of examples that will be offered next semester are Intro to Soviet Animation and The History of Queer Comics. The DeCal program also allows courses designed around television series, and my Buffy the Vampire Slayer course, which I am inheriting from this semester's fabulous facilitator who laid the very impressive groundwork for the class, is one of them.

My co-facilitator and I are currently gathering readings to go with our chosen episodes. These readings come mostly from Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and Rhonda Wilcox's Why Buffy Matters, with a few essays from Lorna Jowett's Sex and the Slayer, James B. South's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, and Rhonda Wilcox and David Lavery's Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

When we finalize our list, I'll post it on this journal, but for now, I'll recommend a few of my favorite readings that come immediately to mind. I don't agree with all of them 100%, but they make damn good cases. [edit: The descriptions below say what the essays argue, but as with all things, I recommend reading them very critically before subscribing to their interpretation.] Most of these are from Slayage, and the links are all to PDFs.

Stacey Abbott, "A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun: The Modern Vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Abbott examines the transition of depictions of vampires from a traditional, pseudo-religious representation of the “old,” as seen in the Master and his cult, to the anarchic, pop culture-referencing modern vampire that is Spike.

Michele Boyette, "The Comic Anti-Hero in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Silly Villain: Spike is for Kicks"
Boyette argues that in order for Spike to be redeemed, he had to first be comedic. In doing so, she provides a wonderful examination of the evolution of Spike's portrayal.

Kevin K. Durand, "'Are You Ready to Finish This?': The Battle Against the Patriarchal Forces of Darkness"
An essay about how Caleb is an unsubtle character but that he is a lens through which we can interpret other patriarchal, hierarchical figures, particularly the Watchers' Council and the Shadow Men, and see them as instantiations of the First.

Greg Forster, "Faith and Plato: 'You're Nothing! Disgusting, Murderous Bitch!'"
A chapter from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy. Argues that Buffy is a eudaimonist text and that this is expressed especially through the character of Faith in Season 4. Great analysis of the series' moral code.

Gert Magnusson, "Are Vampires Evil?: Categorizations of Vampires, and Angelus and Spike as the Immoral and the Amoral"
I've actually not read this yet because it came out as I was writing one of my term papers, but look at that title! We necessarily spent a lot of time this semester discussing Angelus' and Spike's morality, and I am eager to have this essay change the course of that conversation for next semester.

Em McAvan, "'I Think I'm Kinda Gay': Willow Rosenberg and the Absent/Present Bisexual in Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
McEvan discusses the potential problem of bisexual erasure in the depiction of Willow's sexual orientation but does so in a way that does not discount the legitimacy of how she identifies. Also discusses how the show codes bisexuality and kink as evil.

Rhonda Wilcox, "I Think I Can Name Myself"
Chapter 3 from Why Buffy Matters, about identity formation, especially in the characters of Anya and Spike.

Rhonda Wilcox, "Fear: The Princess Screamed Once"
Chapter 9 from Why Buffy Matters that focuses on the episode "Hush." Wilcox hits a number of different topics in this chapter, including depictions of successful and unsuccessful communication in the episode and Riley Finn as a representation of the patriarchy.

Enjoy! Later on, I'll also post some of my reading responses from this semester, including responses to Durand, McEvan, and Wilcox.
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Over the weekend, I started and finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, a novel with so many holds in every library (41 on the copy in my hometown) that I didn't even remember having placed it on hold myself when I was emailed by Berkeley Central. It was my first John Green book, and because I'd seen passages from his various books all over Tumblr, I knew it would be good.

I did not know that it would be so important.

The story is about Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl with terminal thyroid cancer, whose parents, convinced that she is depressed because she spends most of her time thinking about death and rereading her favorite book (the fictional An Imperial Affliction, by the fictional Peter Van Houten), forces her to attend a support group. There, she meets and falls for Augustus Waters, who until recently had osteosarcoma. The book follows their relationship with each other and with Hazel's favorite book.

It is also the most existentialist book ever to use both third-person shooters and the movie 300 as metaphors for life.

The characters are charming beyond charming. Hazel is intellectual without being pretentious (well, maybe a bit), and Augustus is pretentious without being insufferable. Their eccentricities are amusing in the beginning and heartbreaking in the end because it becomes clearer, as the novel progresses, how much these eccentricities say about the characters, and nothing in a novel about a terminal cancer patient can last.

It's the type of book that makes you come away with a different outlook on life. There's nothing like terminally ill, intellectually curious, empathetic teenagers in a thematically tight and realistically grounded narrative to bring you to some realizations about the kind of life you want to live.

But mostly, it made me want to love a book the way Hazel loves An Imperial Affliction. I want to love a book so much and so deeply that it is both a part of me and something sacred, desperate both to be shared and to be kept a secret. I want to read it over and over and memorize it and breathe it in like Scripture. I want to pursue a greater understand of the book the way Hazel does hers, or the way Alexander did The Iliad. I feel like Susan Orlean when she wrote in The Orchid Thief that "I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately." But as much as I love my favorite books, I've never come close to feeling so religious about them. I think the only writing I carry so deep inside of me is the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I wonder, though, how much of Hazel and Augustus' obsession has to do with AIA's lack of an ending. And given no ending, I am inclined to accept that as the ending. (See: Angel the television series.)

Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] ipsius has begun reading TFIOS. I am hoping this will mean that when we go to Europe together next summer, I will be able to look out the window on the flight and say that "NOTHING HAS EVER LOOKED LIKE THAT EVER IN THE WHOLE OF HUMAN HISTORY," and she will understand my meaning.

Verdict: I really like it.
ariad: (btvs // go hand in hand)
Spoiler-free reaction: It was all right. It is definitely one of the most gorgeous movies I have ever seen, encompassing mise-en-scene, visual effects, cinematography, actors (Charliiiiiize~), make up, and costumes (Colleen Atwood + gunmetal = aaaaaah!). And though logic is sometimes sacrificed for beauty and the character development left me wanting, the story isn't too bad. In fact, I love the very last scene and have only four problems with the movie (listed under the cut), and if those four problems were fixed, and most of them are easy fixes, I think the movie could be really good. Trouble is, those four problems are not going to be fixed and so I can only consider the movie to be mediocre at best.

Verdict: Watch it for the eyegasm, which may be worth it by itself. Don't watch it if you are immune to beauty. Also don't pay more than $12. Don't watch a cam or a low- to medium-quality stream because beauty is the main thing this movie has going for it.

My four problems with the movie (contains spoilers) )

edit: J/K I thought of another that is kind of a huge problem. Can we have less of the Madonna-whore dichotomy, please? It turns a potentially feminist movie into a decidedly not feminist one.
ariad: (regina spektor)
The StarKid show at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco was definitely the lolziest concert I've ever attended and will probably prove one of the most memorable. Because StarKid, what are you.

☆ Concert Report ☆ )

IT WAS GREAT. Here's the set list:

☆ Set List ☆ )

☆ Listen ☆
Download StarKid's music on their website! (Some is free. Some is not.)
Watch StarKid's musicals on their YouTube channel!
Sample Charlene Kaye's music on her website!

edit: Videos of the show are up on the Apocalyptour Videos Tumblr!
ariad: (ffx // anima)


Oh, dear. Ultimates. I've read the first series and two issue of the 2004 series and I am enjoying it so much. The cohesiveness of the storytelling is something that I've not gotten from Marvel so far except in Marvel 1602. It's nice. The characters are very different from their counterparts in other continuities, and they're very difficult to love given that most of them lack any redeeming qualities, but I can appreciate these grittier, nastier versions because I kind of enjoy fuckfests of terribleness. And I tend to count characters' flaws as merits anyway.

Thoughts on the characters; spoilers )

YESSSSS. Has anybody else around here read Ults? I want to read Ultimate X-Men, as well. What else in this universe should I read?

edit: OKAY WOW I FINISHED VOLUME 2 LAST NIGHT AND UGH ALL MY FEELS. This series is seriously contending against Marvel Adventures as my favorite. I HURT.

edit2: Ugh, I hate the writer/penciller change after Ultimates 2. The art in Ultimates 3 was pretty sexist, and the story didn't go anywhere. Ultimatum is even more sexist and is just depressing. This series has turned into one misery after another, and I feel like Loeb is more concerned with racking up a body count than with actual storytelling. Why are these characters even dying. How does this serve the story. And can Finch stop drawing women in ridiculous poses. Come back to me, Millar+Hitch. Uggghhhh.
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Today I started reading The Ultimates, Marvel's reimagining of the Avengers launched in 2002. I'd tried reading it back in December, before I'd started on Earth-616 or Marvel Adventures, but I was put off by the giant Hank Pym prancing around everywhere, and I think it was hard to get into something so serious when I didn't know any of the characters. This time around, I both know and care about a majority of them, so I'm enjoying it a lot more.

Darbles will be aghast, though. She despises Ults and spends a lot of her time trying to convince people to avoid it, myself included. I hope she realizes, though, that Bruce Banner having a Buffy the Vampire Slayer poster in his quarters means that I have no choice but to continue.

I'm four issues into the series so far. I've yet to encounter any of the craziness Darbles used to try to deter me from reading, but tbh I was sort of intrigued by a lot of it, and I love grittiness, so I suspect I'll actually enjoy Ults quite a bit.

Spoiler warning for The Avengers for this next part

I have a problem with fix-it fic. )
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Overall, liked it a lot, but I thought it was way too short for the size and power of its cast of characters. There isn't anything I would want taken out of the movie (though perhaps moved or altered), and yet there's so much more I wanted to be in it. So I came away feeling a little disappointed but also loving every moment of it.

Things I Loved & Things I Wish Had Been Included, mostly in caps )
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Adaptation
Watched this in my film class, and it is amazing. The backstory is that the screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), was commissioned by Columbia Pictures to adapt the bestselling book The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean, into a Hollywood film. The problem is that The Orchid Thief, which I am reading now, is not a novel; it's a non-fiction book about an orchid poacher, with no real plot and a sprawling structure. Finding himself unable to adapt the book in a conventional way, Kaufman wrote Adaptation, a film about a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, who is attempting to adapt The Orchid Thief. The script that he ends up writing over the course of the film is, in fact, the film Adaptation, which can itself be considered an adaptation of The Orchid Thief. On top of all that, the movie is meta on about five other levels. It is the most metafictional thing in existence, holy crap. And I love it.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Errrrgh. This is the movie of my favorite novel (also called Corelli's Mandolin in the US), by Louis de Bernieres. I watched it only so that I could use it for a paper on literary adaptation into films. Although it was very "faithful" to the novel in a lot of ways—it is structured very much the same and a lot of the scenes from the novel are reproduced with dialogue taken verbatim—in my opinion, the filmmakers pay lip service to the book without understanding it. Both of the novel's major themes are absent from the film, and many scenes seem to be included for the sake of the plot and lack the deeper significance that they hold in the novel. A large part of this is that many scenes are totally off-tone, and the tone of those scenes is ultimately more important to the novel than what occurs in them. I would have preferred a looser adaptation with a greater mind toward what the novel was actually trying to say.

Legend of Korra
I had a minor freakout today because Nick.com seemed to have temporarily taken episode three off of their site, and the only other stream I could find was extremely low quality, with the sound cutting out quite often. But the episode went back up, and although it was amusing and had some cool fight scenes, I wasn't as impressed by it as I was by the first two (which were PERFECT). Other thoughts: I was under the impression that creating lightning is difficult to learn, seeing as how Zuko, who was supposed to be a very good firebender in the first series, never managed to do it, so those workers at the power plant must be super pro. Also, I noticed that Korra, Bolin, and Mako all have eye colors to match their dominant elements! I found it kind of silly when I first noticed, but come to think of it, that was true in the first series, too. It was just less blatant because there weren't any mixed-element families.

LOST
Started watching this again. I'm up to 2x08 "Collision" now and, boy, is Ana Lucia irritating. I almost never dislike characters unless they're racist or misogynist or otherwise abhorrent in some very obvious way. Granted, this episode gave some insight into why she is the way she is, so I'm starting to appreciate her, but I would still rather not have her around. I hope her personality improves soon because she is driving me up a wall. The end of the episode nearly moved me to tears, though. I think I have a couple of ships for this show.
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On Friday night, I saw The Cabin in the Woods with Bonnie. As a huge admirer of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, I'd been pining for this movie ever since it was announced over three years ago. I mistakenly thought I'd have to go to San Francisco or Emeryville to see it, as Fandango didn't list it as showing at any theater in Berkeley, which wouldn't be so bad if I had many friends who didn't abhor horror movies. (Hey, I can't handle horror either, but the reviews for The Cabin in the Woods were off the wall. As of right now, it has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.) Turns out, I was wrong about it not showing in Berkeley. After Bonnie and I made plans over dinner with Canadia to see the movie in Daly City on Saturday, we were walking back to Canadia's apartment when Ankur pointed and said, "Look!" Above the entrance of the indie California Theater read, "THE CABIN IN THE WOODS."

SO WE WENT TO SEE IT THAT NIGHT. AAAAAAAAAAH. AAAAAAAAAAH.

There seems to be an unspoken agreement among reviewers and other audiences not to talk about it because it is such an impressively unpredictable movie, so I'll not say much except that I had thought that the film would have me rocking in my seat from fear, but it was actually not very scary. More than anything else, it was just badass and awesome.

I'm hoping that reviewers' unwillingness to talk about the film doesn't deter people from seeing it, but I have a feeling that it will. After Bonnie and I saw it, our friends kept asking us what it was about, and when we kept mum and just told them to go see it, I got the feeling that they wouldn't. Welp, their loss.

If you are considering seeing the movie, just go. Don't watch the trailer, and don't look for plot synopses or promotional photos. The movie has a lot of twists and turns that are best if you don't see them coming. SO JUST GO. ♥

AND THEN TALK TO ME ABOUT IT BECAUSE AAAAAAAAAH.

In closing, here is a snippet from a Rolling Stone interview with Fran Kranz (Marty) about co-star Chris Hemsworth (Curt) and whether Fran and Joss had any more projects lined up (besides Much Ado About Nothing):

"No. I did tell him, though, that I wanted to be killed by Thor in [his upcoming film] The Avengers. I just wanted to be a random bad guy who gets a hammer to the face, but he didn't come through. I imagine there might be a second Avengers, and if he's at the helm I'm really gonna be persistent. I don't need to be paid, I don't need credit, I'll bring my own lunch to set. It's more for me to say, 'I was killed by Chris Hemsworth!' Joss is well aware of the sort of love affair Chris and I have, so I'm confident it'll work out."
ariad: (ff7 // i want to be forgiven)
This is the last segment because I finished the game! This makes Final Fantasy VII the first Final Fantasy game I have actually finished. (I've made it to endgame for another three. What can I say? I love playing the games and don't typically feel compelled to put and end to that.) Screenshots from Caves of Narshe, as always.



I do not have much to say about Disc Three because it consists of side quests and the final dungeon. A nasty glitch locked me inside the Northern Crater, though, so I didn't get to tackle Emerald Weapon or Ruby Weapon, despite all of my preparation.



Getting final weapons and final limit breaks in this game is mainly a matter of finding the right treasure chests or talking to the right people. I obtained all of the final limit breaks, but Cloud was the only one to actually learn his since none of the other characters had learned both of their Level Three limit breaks. Cloud's is also the trickiest to get.

in which I talk at length about the Battle Arena )

When I wasn't in the Battle Arena, I was raising Chocobos. Colored Chocobos are needed to access the game's best Materia. I imagine Mime and Quadra Magic would be useful for fighting against the Weapons, and I think Quadra Magic could have been a boon against Bizarro Sephiroth, too, but the only one of these Materia I found really critical was Knights of the Round, which dealt something in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 damage to Bizarro Sephiroth, which only has 40,000 HP. Nothing else I was doing was making any progress against its frequent healing spells.



Speaking of the final battles, they were a bit disappointing. I'm used to final battles not being difficult, but not once was I ever in danger of losing. Even when Safer Sephiroth used math to destroy our solar system—yes, this was a real attack—my party was merely reduced to 200+ HP each. Even if Tifa hadn't had a Level 2 Final Attack linked to a Level 2 Phoenix summon, which would have twice revived the entire party in the event that Tifa died, Cloud had FullCure and both Tifa and Cait Sith had Cure3 linked to All. I didn't even get to use Omnislash.



Of course, then followed a battle in which Cloud could only use Omnislash (or Limit Breaks in general? I'm not sure).

I don't know what to say about the ending. It was pretty amazing seeing the Lifestream spill out over the planet, but otherwise, it ended sort of awkwardly, and after all that the FF7 team had done to integrate Yuffie and Vincent into the team, I was sad not to see them in the final cutscenes.

I leave you with a picture of Zack and a quote from Yuffie.


Yuffie: [upon reluctantly handing over the Megalixer she found] But I'm the one who found it, so you better give it back to me when you're done with it!

Forever Yuffie, up till the last battle. ♥
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That, my friends, is the first appearance of Iron Man, in Tales of Suspense #39, March 1963.

Raise your hand if fat tears are rolling off your face the way they are rolling off mine.

I began reading classic Marvel a few weeks ago, after [personal profile] yuji gave me The Invincible Iron Man for Christmas. That book is a recent release, but it is preceded by the crossover arc Civil War. I started to read the first part of Civil War, The Amazing Spider-Man #529, but I became confused two pages into the issue about the relationships between the characters and decided to dive all the way back to 1963 instead.

I'm skipping most of the stand-alone issues and not following all of the heroes. So far, I've made it to around The Amazing Spider-Man #30, Journey into Mystery #90 (second appearance of Thor), and The Incredible Hulk #5, and I had just started Tales of Suspense #39 when I saw that abomination up top and had to share it.

Stan Lee has a sort of sarcastic sense of humor that I really like, and he seems aware that his own sensational style is ridiculous. My favorite epithet that he has used for Spidey so far is "the most dramatic superhero!" Until recently, Hulk was my favorite classic superhero for the hilarious way that he abuses Rick Jones, but then I got to page 7 of TOS#39 and Tony Stark became so unbelievably sexy that I had to change my mind.



I'm eager to see how the characters change as the decades pass, but for now, I'm enjoying the strange humor and overdramatic style of the early comics.
ariad: (btvs // go hand in hand)
Overall, I liked it, which was great because I'm automatically cautious of anything Steven Moffat writes (although I will admit that I typically like his stand-alones, so it isn't all that surprising that I liked this one). I liked Lily and Madge a lot. Moffat is always good at writing children, and although Moffat often writes the wife/mother-with-a-gun, I felt he pulled it off with more gusto than usual this time. The female = strong, male = weak seemed like an extremely forced reaction to accusations of sexism in Moffat's writing, however, like something to which he can gesture to say, "Look! I'm not sexist!" without actually addressing the issues, although, like I said, Lily and Madge were very likable characters.

Kind of boring, though. Probably won't watch it again unless I do a complete rewatch (which lol why would I even subject myself to that).

edit: Okay, the more I think about this episode, the more I never ever want to watch it again. Really, it was just embarrassing how much Steven Moffat does not understand that you can't just say "women are strong, men are weak because" and be done with it while writing a female character whose role is, like that of so many of his other women, just to be a mother and a wife. These are both great, honorable roles. I love mother and wife characters. But Moffat makes it so clear that that is all he thinks a woman is. And it was uninteresting overall. Come on, Moffat, can't you even do good self-contained stories anymore?
ariad: (ff7 // i want to be forgiven)
This is a short entry because Part III ended so close to the end of Disc Two. But except for the the frustratingly slow shuffle through the tunnels beneath Midgar, the events of this entry were NON-STOP EPIC. Screencaps are from Caves of Narshe.

spoilers for disc two )

THIS HAS BEEN A BOTTOMLESS BUCKET OF EPIC. FRED OUT.
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I played so much FF7 this weekend, but I don't actually have much to say. This entry goes up to the defeat of Diamond Weapon. Screencaps are from Caves of Narshe.

spoilers for entire game )
ariad: (ff7 // i want to be forgiven)
Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Discussion with director Yoshinori Kitase, character designer Tetsuya Nomura, scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, and art director Yusuke Naora. Very enlightening behind-the-scenes info, especially about the writing process, as Kitase, Nomura, and Nojima all worked on the story.

interesting parts )

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