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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 R and I started watching this with the plan to finish it before WisCon. We’ve watched 4 or 5 episodes so far. At this point this season is goofier and lighter than season 1 and feels a bit more like other Treks I’ve watched. There’s more focus on ethical dilemmas and such witch is very Star Trek focus. Also there are many many awesome older women. Some of them are mothers though none of them raising small children. Still it's good to see more fictional moms. I hope some of the awesome older ladies get to interact with each other.

Golden Kamuy up vol 8 by Satoru Noda This all that’s currently been translated into English so I have to stop here for the moment. I’m still really enjoying the historical setting and all food details. However these volumes got pretty gruesome and also spent a lot of time alway form core character hanging out with less nice people. And there were some villainous tragic queers. So that wasn’t great. But I do like the main characters and will probably read more when it is available.

Yotsuba&!, Vols 8-9 by Kiyohiko Azuma Still very cute! I have few more volumes out form the library.

Not For Use In Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma I am working my way very slowly through this. "Akbar learns to Read and Write" was lovely meditation on learning. I have one novella "Quarter Days", left I've read it before so I know its really good. But I’ve gotten sick and this isn’t the kind of thing I can read when sick -- to much detail to miss. So something to look forward to when I feel better.

I also got a couple of the Hugo shortlisted art books out of the library. I wouldn’t have called The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition an art book but it sure is pretty. Makes me want to do an Earthsea reread. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History is fun to look at for nostalgia but not really my favorite kind of art.

And I’ve read quite lot of Guardian fic. Maybe I need a way to keep track of the fic that I read? I don’t k
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There are two aspects of Danganronpa V3 I haven't been able to stop thinking about recently:

- the optional scene where Kokichi pushes Shuichi onto a bed, and Shuichi is simultaneously terrified and turned on, and Kokichi goes 'lol just kidding' and runs away, and Shuichi's reaction is 'oh my God COME BACK YOU COCKTEASE.'

- a detail about Kokichi's bedroom that [personal profile] keltena brought to my attention.

Here is the fic I was morally and legally obliged to write.

Title: Crowded
Fandom: Danganronpa V3
Rating: somewhere on the PG-13/R border
Pairing: Kokichi Oma/Shuichi Saihara
Wordcount: 2,200
Summary: Kokichi manages to tempt Shuichi into his bedroom. Shuichi is unsettled by what he finds there.
Warnings: It's hard to work out how to warn for this. Dubcon elements? Less dubcon than it looks like it's going to be at first.

Crowded )
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On the docket to discuss today: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. We may or may not go see Captain Marvel again on Tuesday; since I haven't really written up my thoughts on that film in any detail, it deserves its own post, and I want to get down my Infinity War feelings while they're still fresh.

I don't have much to say about Ragnarok that I didn't already say when I first saw it. It was the only Thor movie we watched for this project, and I do think some of the things I love about it come out more strongly in comparison to the other two. Maybe I'll need to have a separate Asgardian marathon one of these days.

And then, there is Infinity War. Let's put this one behind a cut. )

Unsorted linkspam

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:19 am
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I've surely shared this classic Easter story before, but if you haven't read it, please do: "The 1969 Easter Mass Incident". The hilarity, it burns. "Content Warnings: Religion, food, symbolic cannibalism, symbolic gore, penis mention, Blasphemy, SO MUCH BLASPHEMY, weapons, war mention. Mind the warnings and your health always comes first. Its a HILARIOUS story, I promise."

Unsorted linkspam:

"‘Ugly Delicious’ Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice’: On his Netflix show, David Chang looks at the state of Chinese food in America".

"Layers of Deceit: Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?" [2012]

"Autism Self-Diagnosis is not Special Snowflake Syndrome". [2015]

"The Myspace Dragon Hoard (2008-2010)". "A wide-ranging collection of 490,000 mp3 files from, accomplished using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010."

"Do People in an Arby’s Know About “Sir, This Is an Arby’s”? Investigating the internet’s favorite joke on the front lines".

And a small heap via [personal profile] conuly:

--"Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie".

--"Why there’s so little left of the early internet". [BBC]

--"The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines".

--"How A Seed Bank Helps Preserve Cherokee Culture Through Traditional Foods".

--"Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad".

--"These ballroom dancers teach a gender neutral way where both people lead". [CBC]

--"How Social-Media Surveillance of Teenagers Led to a New Kind of Policing".

--"The world’s happiest people [note: the Danish] have a beautifully simple way to tackle loneliness".

--"The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze".

--"Webcomics: an oral history: Featuring the artists behind XKCD, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics, and more".

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*

--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.

--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/

--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.

--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.

--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

I'm Talking About You, Satoru.

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:16 am
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[personal profile] rionaleonhart
After I first watched ERASED, back in 2016, I said I wasn't sure I'd ever watch it again. I really enjoyed it, but it was so intense I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle a rewatch.

I'm glad I came back to it. It is very intense, but it's also very good. And it's only twelve episodes, so it kicks you in the gut with DRAMA and EMOTIONS and then politely leaves to let you patch yourself up, rather than continually kicking you in the gut.

If I had to recommend an anime series to someone who'd never seen one before, I think ERASED would probably be the one I'd choose, with the caveat that it deals heavily with child abuse.

Full-series spoilers for ERASED. )

I think ERASED has my favourite opening sequence of all time. Not just because of the part where the protagonist is clutching his head and writhing in emotional agony under a bridge, although that is very good.

I've been thinking fondly recently about Higurashi and how much I love watching Keiichi slowly losing his mind with terror. So I ordered the two-volume manga of the first arc (Onikakushi, called the Abducted by Demons arc in the manga).

I think this is the first time I've read a manga that's an adaptation, so I didn't entirely know what to expect. Fullmetal Alchemist, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Death Note, DN Angel, Full Moon o Sagashite, they were all manga to begin with. But Higurashi started out as a visual novel. Would the manga adaptation be good? Would it feel too compressed?

My reservations turned out to be unfounded. I enjoyed the Higurashi manga a lot! Even if it suffers slightly from going TITS TITS TITS too much before getting down to the business of psychologically pulling its characters apart. (The manga changes the early scene where Mion and Keiichi are playing 'hey, Keiichi, show me your dick' chicken to be about Mion's breasts instead! Outrageous.)

When the manga does start ripping Keiichi to shreds, it does it very effectively, although of course I can't say how it would have impacted me if I'd read the manga before the visual novel. In some ways the visual novel portrays the horror more effectively by having less to work with visually and more to work with in terms of sound, and by having more time to really dig into Keiichi's mind, but it was still really cool to see the characters having more expressions. And to see Keiichi's face!

(Keiichi's increasingly petrified, sleep-deprived, conflicted face. These poor kids.)

Reading the manga when I've played up to Tsumihoroboshi, and therefore have slightly more of an idea of what's going on, absolutely ripped me apart. Everything is agonising!

Spoilers for the Onikakushi/Abducted by Demons arc of Higurashi: When They Cry. )

This has prodded me into beginning a replay of Higurashi. I'm doing some sprite editing this time around, though, because a few of the Steam sprites bother me; I wasn't a fan of Rena's embarrassed/anxious expression, for example, so I've changed it from this to this. I was going 'I wish I could play a version with a few of the sprites altered' and then 'wait, I have access to the game files! I have the power to do this!'

Bits and Bobs

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:14 am
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Bits and bobs is my many small things make post category. Feel free to comment on only some of the things.

*After no one in the household being sick for several weeks, the kid brought home a nasty cold that we all got. I have very mild case and am still up and about but R and E where pretty wiped out. I've been doing quite a bit more around the house the last couple of days to make up for it.

*I was listening to an episode of Be The Serpent,, one of the Hugo nominated fancasts, about personality taxonomies and it made me realize that my trouble with people using Hogwarts houses as shorthand for personality types is that everyone means different, sometimes very different, things by the different houses so its not actually a useful shorthand at all because I have no idea what any one person means. But then I did go read some Sorting Hat Chats and think about different morals systems. I'm definitionally someone with a felt moral system even I can't quite figure out if that makes me a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff primary in that system.

*This morning I did a big Passover shop. I bought lots of veggies and three kinds of matzo (normal, spelt and whole wheat) and chicken for the soup. I have so many people coming to my Seder. Its going to be awesome! There will be mulitple kids to look for the afikoman. I will feed people. Do you have plans for Passover or Easter? Or just fun things to do this coming weekend?

working from home

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:37 am
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[personal profile] seventhe

so in addition to my commissions (which are, yes, still coming) i've taken on some content writing work for with two different clients. It's easy stuff, for reasonable amounts of money - not a survivable income yet, but making enough for me to slide along until 01 May - and while some of it can be fun, i'm realizing that i don't want to be an online content writer for money.

no, it isn't meant to be interesting work. and there's a certain -- not pleasure, but the sense of having gained a skill, i guess, to be helping my brain learn how to do dumb work for money. if you all remember, i was severely overinvested in my career to the point where it was used abusively against me, so there's a good lesson for my head to learn on how to be detached.

but it isn't what i want the sabbatical to be like. i want my sabbatical to be writing, working on my own original fiction, building an audience in fandom, trying to actually go for it before i have to turn back and find a corporate job again.

it's funny cause i fucked up my money and that's why im here, pumping out silly 500 word articles for bit cash, so it isn't a complaint, more an awareness. I need the cash, but it also takes up so much of my time?

i feel like there are stories in me, stories i can tell, stories that would sell, and i want to reach for that - jump for it, have nothing to do all day except let words come out; i feel like i really could do it if i could settle down (and defeat ADHD and executive dysfunction, and depression, and my dumb body, of course) and have a month or two to really bang it out. in november i wrote 57K in 10 days because i did nothing else. i can do that.

anyway for now lol i need paid so i'm off to write some really ridiculous stuff, yay

rionaleonhart: umineko: battler smiles nervously because what the fuck else is he supposed to do (i have no idea what's going on)
[personal profile] rionaleonhart
Time to round up some commentfic bits and pieces I've written here and there!

Higurashi, 150 words, prompt: first kisses. )

Until Dawn, 300 words, prompt: getting along with someone in your friend group that you don't particularly like. )

Zanki Zero, 100 words, prompt: no going back. )

Zanki Zero, 250 words, prompt: bondage. )

I really want to write a full Higurashi fic about Keiichi being haunted by memories from other timelines, but for some reason it's not taking root. It's one of my favourite types of fic, and it's such a good canon for it!

(I'd also love to write a full Zanki Zero tentacle bondage fic, but I doubt I'd be able to do the concept justice.)


Apr. 16th, 2019 12:11 pm
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[personal profile] rionaleonhart
I found a copy of The Sexy Brutale for £5, so I picked it up. Interesting game! The title is terrible and gives absolutely no impression of what the game's actually about. (You're at a time-looping party where all the guests keep getting murdered, and you have to try to save their lives.)

I was going 'this is diverting enough, but I'm not especially emotionally invested' for most of The Sexy Brutale, and then startled myself by getting tearful at the ending, which was extremely up my street. It makes me like the entire game more in retrospect.

Spoilers under the cut:

Spoilers for The Sexy Brutale. )

Always good to make an addition to my Time Loops and Murder videogame collection.

The current Time Loops and Murder collection, in case anyone else is a fan of this oddly specific genre: Ghost Trick, Higurashi, The Sexy Brutale, Umineko, Zero Escape. Life Is Strange and Oxenfree might also qualify, although they're a bit less about murder than the others. I suppose NieR Automata might fit, but frankly I was a bit too confused by that game to say so with confidence. (Some of these games deal more in alternate timelines or short-jump time travel than actual time loops, but the spirit is similar.)

Notre Dame

Apr. 15th, 2019 06:14 pm
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[personal profile] owlmoose
Like many people, I spent today transfixed by horror and sadness as Notre Dame de Paris burned. As of this writing, it seems that the main stone structure has been saved; there are conflicting reports as to how extensive the damage to the interior might be. The wooden roof is definitely gone, along with the iconic spire and at least one of the rose windows. (I was particularly struck by this photo of the fire, a moment of surprising beauty in a time of deep sadness.)

I went to Paris once, in 2001. Our hotel was just down the river from the Louve, so also quite near Notre Dame, and we saw it from the outside pretty much every day, just walking around. We also toured the inside, and although it wasn't the cathedral I was most excited to see at the time (that would be our day trip to Chartres), I was still moved and overwhelmed by its beauty, and by the sense of history. We always meant to get back to Paris someday, but we never have so far. Now it's hard to imagine it. As a former student of architecture, I experience a city through its buildings, and it's impossible to picture Paris without Notre Dame -- just as I can't think of a Rome without the Colosseum, or a London without Big Ben, or a San Francisco without the Bay Bridge. Notre Dame isn't gone, but it is forever changed, and it's okay to grieve what's been lost.

(I mistyped the subject line as "Notre Damn", and I almost kept it that way, but decided it would be too disrespectful. Yet it seems an appropriate sentiment in a way. So I immortalize the typo in this note instead.)
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I was convinced that it was worth our while to watch all of Doctor Strange, so, fine, we watched all of Doctor Strange. Also Ant-Man & the Wasp, except for the post credits scenes. (Two of our watching group haven't seen Infinity War yet, so I suggested that we skip those for now because 1. it's a major, major spoiler and 2. they wouldn't understand it anyway, which is about the worst possible combination. We'll watch it when the time comes.)

Watching Ant-Man & the Wasp solidified our sense that the Ant-Man movies are the least scientifically plausible of the MCU films that claim to be grounded in science -- and given how low my bar for plausibility is in a superhero movie, that's saying something. In this particular case, there is also a chain of fairly stupid decisions (mostly, but not all, made by Scott), and several points where the main conflict could have been solved by everyone sitting down for three minutes and having a reasonable conversation. And yet I still think they're a lot of fun. Maybe because they don't take themselves terribly seriously. Even the more serious bits. The fight scenes are fun and inventive, I genuinely like all the characters (even the irascible and imperious Hank), and the humor strikes me in just the right way (unlike the humor of the Guardians movies, which I often find mean-spirited). And since we didn't watch the post-credits scenes, they didn't ruin my mood, and I found I enjoyed it very well.

I also liked Doctor Strange a bit better this time around, now that I know that Strange is never going to entirely redeem himself from being the entitled and arrogant asshole that he is at the beginning. He does grow and change somewhat, but not as far as he would need to go for me to really like him. I mostly appreciate this film on an aesthetic level -- the folding landscapes, the depiction of the multiverse, the beauty of the glowing glyphs in action.

Thor: Ragnarok on Tuesday, and then we watch Avengers: Infinity War on Easter Sunday, which is weirdly appropriate to me. And then we're done with almost a week to spare (except we might try to catch Captain Marvel again), and I can't quite believe we made it.


Apr. 14th, 2019 04:05 pm
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[personal profile] onlystories
Welcome to Only Stories, my new blog about, unsurprisingly, stories of all kinds. I'm a bit of a story addict, and a great believer in the power of narrative to surprise, delight, alter, and teach. I love stories, and at this blog I want to share why, with you, by taking a close look at stories, and trying to explain what makes them work for me.

On to my tastes! After all, how will you know if you're interested in sticking around if you don't know what I like? I used to describe my reading tastes as 'wide-ranging' but being a bookseller, and being online, really shows you just how many genres, categories, and stories exist you've never even thought of touching. Now, I'd call my tastes 'varied, and ever expanding'; another consequence of being a bookseller is that everything sounds too fascinating to leave on the shelf.

I read from a range of age categories: adult fiction, young adult, and children's fiction. I like quite a few genres including lit-fic, science fiction, fantasy, crime, historical fiction. I've been known to read a bit of chick-lit and horror as well. SFF is my one true love though, so expect to see a lot of posts about SFF novels, stories, and comics here. I mostly read fiction, but I do read a little bit of non-fiction (ok, I buy more non-fiction than I read - I'd call myself an aspirational non-fiction reader). And I read across a few different formats: graphic novels, novels, short stories, novellas, and flash fiction.

My viewing tastes are similar - a big mixed bag. I love TV, and I watch a lot of it - SFF, documentaries, cooking competitions, crime dramas, historical dramas, comedies. If someone can convince me it's good, I'll give it a go. I'm always trying to find a way to watch more films, although time seems to be against me and I'm always behind on new releases and classics. One day, Citizen Kane, one day!

To help you get to know my tastes, I've picked out a selection of stories that I love, and that are pretty representative of the kind of stories I gravitate towards. They're some of the books and shows I'd try to shove on you as soon as we started talking about stories.

Some of my favs )

If you see something you like on these lists why not stick around a while, and see what I've got to say?
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As I'd suspected, Fruits Basket episodes do appear to be made available to non-subscribers a week behind the initial release. Episode 1 is now available, for anyone who wants to check it out! (Subtitled version on Crunchyroll, dubbed version on Funimation.)

Over on Twitter, Sean Gaffney* noted, "Trying not to spoil Furuba 2, but so far I'd say the series is excellent at the dramatic and emotional beats, but lacks the humor of the manga. I suspect this may be deliberate." I likewise think it's probably deliberate--an attempt to smooth out the tone of the overall story, which goes to some deeply painful places. This anime isn't humorless, mind you, but it's not comedic. (I keep wanting to say "compared to the first anime", but that's clearly not where Gaffney's coming from. *gestures at footnote*)

(I only realized tonight that I could add Fruits Basket to my 2019 media-consumption list. I'm still wrapping head around this show's existence.)

*Who, I only discovered in the last few days--despite having known him for 20 years now--never saw the original Fruits Basket anime, only read the manga. This probably shouldn't have surprised me as much as it did, as he's always been primarily a manga reader, not an anime watcher.

Casual Job finished up its spring bout yesterday, although it was getting well into the day before some of us fully believed it was actually wrapping up. Now I shift into the sort of mixed mode where I have twenty days of work at the office (which I work through quickly, but I do wind up taking at-home days here and there between office days so I'm not still cramming all of my manga work into the evenings and weekends), and then things are back to freelance-only normal for however long.

The universe has been conspiring to make me want grilled cheese sandwiches for several days now! (Spoiler: [personal profile] scruloose and I had them for supper tonight, and [personal profile] scruloose tried the "put some mayo on the outside" thing for the first time. It was tasty, but also it'd been so long since I'd had grilled cheese that I couldn't readily compare it to our usual with-butter method. Science is called for.)

The universe's methods were as follows: 1) Popping up some amazing-looking grilled cheese pics from local restaurants when I unwarily delved into the local-food scene side of Instagram, 2) [personal profile] kore's recent poll on the subject (and follow-up post, and 3) the fact that I finally got back to reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and within the first couple of pages of the Heat section (which was all I had left; I'm now finished the book) it was using grilled cheese sandwiches as the perfect illustration of how heat affects things.

Happy Episode IX Day

Apr. 12th, 2019 05:36 pm
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[personal profile] owlmoose
I sat down at my computer do to other things, and then somehow ended up watching the Star Wars Celebration panel on Episode 9 instead. (YouTube isn't letting me share a link that starts partway into the video; the content proper begins at about 18:59.)

I have also watched the teaser trailer several times, and, well. Yay!

A few reactions, mostly to the trailer but some informed by the panel Q&A )

I am excited!

Love Ya, Stupid.

Apr. 12th, 2019 10:26 am
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[personal profile] rionaleonhart
Watching a Let's Play of Zanki Zero, I was astounded that it kept getting more and more tailored to my interests. A group of strangers are thrown together and forced to bond by shared adversity! Haruto and Mamoru discuss the nature of love and Haruto concludes, blushing furiously, 'I think... I love everyone here,' in an outright invitation for me to write the character/everyone fic I write in every fandom! Tentacles! Who the hell filled this game with things I love and then gave it gameplay I hate? I'm so frustrated!

I thought at first that Mamoru would be my favourite character, but I think my top three are actually Ryo, Minamo and Haruto. I'm fond of everyone in this cast of traumatised bisexual clones, though (even Zen, who I initially wasn't expecting to care about at all). I ship everyone in a big poly mess, and I feel the game supports me enthusiastically in this.

Ryo sort of reminds me of Prompto from Final Fantasy XV: passionate and friendly and fun, bit of a cowardly streak, enjoys photography, wears his heart on his sleeve, slightly in love with everyone. (If Prompto were in the same situation, he would definitely also be taking imaginary photographs with his inoperable camera.) Both Ryo and Prompto took me by surprise; I wasn't expecting them to be my respective favourite characters in their games, but they're great. Plus Ryo easily has the best hilariously sparkly pin-up CG of the Zanki Zero cast. (NB: the image linked to, although it's not graphic, is not very safe for work. Also, I promise there's a good reason he has a D-pad on his stomach.)

I can't explain my fondness for Haruto. My weakness for bland Spike Chunsoft protagonists strikes again! But characters like Haruto and the various Danganronpa protagonists do have just enough character to distinguish them and make me feel they're not just a blank slate. Haruto's pretty reserved; he cares, but he gets embarrassed if things get too intimate or sincere. He's interested in the world; he wants to understand everything he encounters; he likes to listen to people talking about things they're knowledgeable or passionate about. They're not very flashy traits, but they're enough to make me feel there's a person to get to know there.

In this fucked-up situation - one of the last eight survivors of humanity, short on food, trapped in a cycle of endlessly dying - I think Haruto is happier and more at ease than he ever was in his regular life, and that sort of breaks my heart.

Zanki Zero is flawed, even if you disregard the gameplay. It's very backstory-heavy, but a lot of the backstory bits don't really feel like they have much impact on the plot, making the story feel a bit unfocused. But I really just wanted a bunch of characters suffering and struggling and coming to love each other, and it more than delivered on that. I hope it gets a fandom.

The biggest way this game let me down: I can't believe one of the characters of Zanki Zero is a bondage artist who can manifest tentacles and yet never ties anyone up with his tentacles. This is an outrage.


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