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Hooo, where did that week go?

The past seven days have been peculiar: rainy days when I was curled up under the covers with a book, reading and snuggling with the twelve-inch Eeyore plushie which I adopted (while I was shoe-shopping with my mother at Kohl's). Work days when I just felt too tired to post, plus I doubt you really want to hear about the eedjit customers bitching about the rain, even though We NEEDED Rain BADLY. And days when I've been by tagging RP tags and watching marathons of anime.

Finished watching Revolutionary Girl Utena, and I think Ohtori Academy has Gormenghast beat for sheer weirdness per square foot. (Also trying not to crush on Akio; what is it with me and White Haired Pretty Boys??)

Finished watching Black Lagoon and enjoyed it way more than I expected I would. It was one of those cases of watching a series to familiarize myself with one RP character's canon and coming away from it as a bit of a fan. I may even pick up Rock as a character someday, though I know our Eda will be all over him (I love that, though, and hey, she's got every reason to hit on him: he's a good guy and a good catch).

Rewatching Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, after watching it through once, and I have to say, this is one of my favorite adaptations, right next to the version with Jim Caviezel. The plot pretty much follows the plot of the original (aside from it being told largely from Albert's POV), but the conceits have been science fictionalized and given an often classic anime upgrade as well: the Chateau D'If becomes a futuristic prison IN SPACE, the Carnival in Rome becomes Carnival in a city on the Moon, Haydee becomes an exotic alien princess from a planet in "Eastern Space", and classic anime fans are gonna love the riff on the duel at the turning point of the narrative. And I utterly love the riff on Edmond Dantes (which put me in mind of an explanation I made on a creepy character whom I brought the Mansion); sure it puts it in the realm of fantasy, but hey, there's references to Dantes being somewhat vampire-like in the book, so it seems the writers and the director (who also did "The Animatrix: Second Renaissance", as I suspected, since it has the same 3D CGI background/cel-shaded characters scheme, though I suspect the wacky patterns in the costumes were rotoscoped in) decided to run with the idea. I've got the DVDs on order from Amazon (used), which is sheer proof of how much I love this anime.

Friday, after accidentally getting on the wrong bus, I ended up going downtown and hung out at Brew'd Awakenings, a small coffeehouse I've been meaning to hang out in to get some writing done, though they also have Wifi, which may not be a good thing, since I'm likely to tag instead of write. I did manage to get a couple more Gormenghast fics written there, including a character sketch of Mr. Flay and the Wild Thing, and a Fuschia/Prunesquallor ficlet that I'm still revising, since I'm not sure how well it turned out as I kept giggling and feeling awkward about it.

Date: 2010-08-29 11:02 pm (UTC)
ext_221084: Beautiful landscapes and delightful poetry (Gormenghast:Steerpike|Creepysexy)
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Would love to read Prune/Fuschia, of course ^^

And your critique of Gankutsuou certainly makes me more curious - I love a good alternate interpretation, and I do love me my crack AUs. ^^ (Also, ZOMG it's the guy from one of the Animatrix clips? WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS EARLIER?)

I'm done. &hearts

Date: 2010-08-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yesssh, this is a very cracky AU/future-U version of the Dumas classic, but a very exciting one (if you can get used to the almost psychedelic color scheme in the costuming: took me a few eps to get acc). It wasn't till I checked the Wikipedia page that I confirmed the director (Mahiro Maeda), but on the first few episodes, I kept thinking, "There is something familiar about this animation style: where have I seen it before?".

I've got the Prune/Fuschia fic drafted, it just needs to be polished (Prune's voice is haaaard -.-), and re; the other fic, I'm rather stunned at how well I have Flay's half-sentences and quarter-sentences down pat (Christopher Lee says the lines were some of the hardest he had to deliver, because of their weird structure.).

Date: 2010-08-29 11:46 pm (UTC)
ext_221084: Beautiful landscapes and delightful poetry (Gormenghast: Steerpike | Perfect Tonic)
From: [identity profile]
Yiiiiis, Prune's voice is haaaard, that's why I never tried (also why I'm so excited to see you attempt it!) And same goes for Flay <3 <3 <3

And heee, thanks for the info - I'll certainly keep that in mind iffen I start watching. ^^

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