joiedecombat: (music)
This show gets its own post, because it's an anime about jazz music, directed by Shinichiro "Cowboy Bebop" Watanabe and with music by Yoko "everything good about anime music" Kanno. It is not another Cowboy Bebop by any means, but - judging by the first two episodes, at least - it's shaping up to be a really, really good show.

Now that I have set your expectations appropriately high... )

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joiedecombat: (let's believe)
I said I would, so here's some Tiger & Bunny fanart links.

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joiedecombat: (bunny-chan)
Haven't done one of these in a while, so why not?

What I'm Watching: Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & Bunny is sort of Japan's take on what would happen if superheroes started emerging in the modern world. The answer, if you were curious, is a reality tv show starring coporate-sponsored heroes.



I can't wait for a commercial in this situation! )
joiedecombat: (*sparkle*)
Just got back from seeing Up, and earned my not-a-robot credentials. Adorable movie. Clearly made by people who know dogs. ♥ ♥ ♥

Go see it, but bring tissues.
joiedecombat: (Sasuke)
Taking a break from Nodame Cantabile mostly because the end of episode 13 was way too cute and I want to draw it out longer.

Instead I am watching Sengoku Basara. I could tell you about it, but, well, this video pretty much sums it up:

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That is pretty much everything you need to know about Sengoku Basara right there. Come for the crazy samurai antics, stay for the twisty Warring States-era battlefield politics. Or vice versa. Most of the main cast are actual historical figures like Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura, but, well, the series doesn't actually give much of a rat's ass about historical accuracy. Historical hero upgrades and historical villain upgrades are handed out like candy and Masamune's horse has Harley Davidson exhaust pipes, and that's just the beginning.

My favorite so far, though, is Sarutobi Sasuke (see icon). Is this because he is Yet Another Takehito Koyasu Character, or is it because he's such a priceless straight-man to the epic HOT BLOODEDNESS of Yukimura and Shingen (seriously, only sane man in Kai) and he has a schoolboy crush on fellow ninja Kasuga which he chooses to express in a combination of constant teasing and very good advice given in moments of genuine concern?

Probably both.
joiedecombat: (ambitious)
Have an anime recommendation post! This one's for Pumpkin Scissors.

Yes, it's another one of these. )

Next, I will probably watch Princess Tutu, and after that, either Nodame Cantabile or Saiunkoku Monogatari. Either way I'm sure you can all expect me to natter about them afterwards.
joiedecombat: (Aya)
Haven't caught up on the last new NCIS episode yet. Probably tomorrow. In the meantime, anime night's gone to twice a week: Tuesdays we watch Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Thursdays we watch Black Lagoon. I've been watching a bunch of anime lately, so have some thoughts on all of it.

Tsubasa )

Black Lagoon )

Other stuff, including Mushi-Shi and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time )
joiedecombat: (RTFM)
So, I've been a bit hooked on Mass Effect lately.

It's easily the best game I've played in a while, and I heartily recommend it to the RPG players on my flist. I finished one play-through and then immediately started a second one; that's how good this is.

It helps that there are approximately six billion different choices you can make during the course of the game, with various entertaining effects. And by 'various entertaining effects' I mean things like 'talk your way through an entire sidequest and resolve it without anyone firing a shot,' 'punch out a reporter in the middle of a recorded interview,' and 'sexually harrass your subordinate.' Among many others. Every time you turn around.

(I find that last one in particular hilarious for reasons I can't entirely explain. It totally is sexual harrassment, too. "I don't believe I've had the pleasure of you serving under me yet, Lieutenant." Bwah.)

I haven't had the heart yet to more than dabble with the Renegade options, but even playing as a Paragon, Shepard is pretty damn badass. Jennifer Hale's voice acting has a lot to do with that, probably - it pleases me to be able to play her as a woman, especially since doing so means that the party has more women in it than men. Although all the characters are mostly pretty cool. I am much more of a characterization / storyline gamer than I am a gameplay gamer, so it's really the characters and the epic space opera storyline and the depth of the setting that make the game for me... especially since Shepard's characterization is tweakable and the storyline is coherent - even cinematic - but not 100% linear.

With regards to the gameplay, however, I don't have any complaints about it. It's basically a third-person shooter, which I was not expecting and which took some getting used to, but I haven't had a lot of patience for the bog-standard RPG whoosh-to-combat-mode everyone-glued-into-formation turn-based stuff ever since games like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XII proved it wasn't necessary. I am always in favor of more seamless gameplay/storyline integration.

So, yeah. Mass Effect = good stuff, and people should play it. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel, which promises to draw information from your old saves. But in the meantime, there's a lot of replay value left.
joiedecombat: (approval)
This is a reccomendation post for any of the anime fans on my friendslist who might be interested. Just for fun, this one is illustrated with screencaps. Because I am that bored.

Illustrated recc post: Full Metal Panic! )
joiedecombat: (:C)
Finally finished watching Blood+. It was not nearly as bad as I feared. I will admit, however, that a large part of the entertainment value of the series had by this point become watching people on the TVWoP forum explain what was going on to those who were having trouble following:

snipped for Other People's Words )

Other things that are amusing me lately: Saiunkoku Monogatari, which I am too out of it to properly explain at the moment, but it's kind of like Ouran High School Host Club in feudal fantasy China with politics and open bisexuality. Srsly.

Also the Legion Abstract, which I recommend to the LSH fans on my flist. Reviews and synopses of all current ongoing Legion storylines, including threeboot, the stuff going on in Action Comics, the cartoon, and the comic of the cartoon, but more interesting than these are the writeups on signature moments of each Legionnaire and other random Legion-related stuff. I live in hope that he will eventually get around to a writeup on Magno, because thus far it's taken characters on the level of Atmos, Visi-Lad, and Calamity King to reduce him to "yeah, he was here, he didn't really do anything, we don't care, moving on," and any kind of appreciation for Magno as a character makes me happy.

Plus, he's funny:

snipped again )

Not to mention that he actually went to the trouble of explaining the entirety of Mon-El's continuity, which, dear God. Anyway, Legion fans, check it out. Makes for some interesting reading.
joiedecombat: (approval)
Point the first: I desperately need an LJ icon made from the Pet Shop of Horrors cover art featuring Leon surrounded by D's humanized animal girls, for use in pimping posts.

Point the second: if there are any Doctor Who fans on my flist who haven't already seen The Ten Doctors, this should be remedied.
joiedecombat: (approval)
This is really [livejournal.com profile] evilbeej's fault, since she was the one who mentioned shepherd's pie while I was at work yesterday and got me craving some. What I really wanted was the shepherd's pie they make at McGuire's - along with some of their home-brewed root beer - but since that's a bit far to swing by for dinner after work, I settled for attempting to make some myself. Shepherd's pie, that is, not root beer.

This is what I ended up with.

Read more... )

I still feel stuffed this morning. Mmmm.
joiedecombat: (happy)
I don't do pimp posts very often, but in this case, I feel it's deserved. I've just been introduced to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou ("Record of a Yokohama Shopping Trip"), a manga thus far not picked up for US distribution and, thus, only available here via scanlations. I'm not a big reader of manga most of the time, but I'm really enjoying YKK. It's got a feel to it that really appeals to me.



YKK follows an android named Alpha who spends her days tending a coffee shop, her owner having left for parts unknown. The world seems to be a future world, almost post-apocalyptic; the ocean is rising steadily and has submerged places that were once inhabited, creating visuals of streetlights underwater. Roads are mostly abandoned to the elements, and cities like Yokohama have become smaller, quieter towns. Alpha calls it a "twilight age," in which things seem to move at a leisurely pace. Town council meetings seem to be simply an excuse to gather and drink sake, and Alpha can close up her coffee shop for a few days to go on a shopping trip.



It's a slice-of-life manga with an unhurried pace; the things that happen in it are small things. There's a sense of tranquility, and of wide open space, created by the visuals and by Alpha's narration. It feels like it ought to have a Joe Hisaishi piano score; like the pages should be painted in watercolors. It's too relaxed to be saccharine; it's just... mellow, and the world its set in is interesting in its own right. I'd like to wander its crumbling roads and explore its abandoned buildings myself, some long summer day.



You can find scanlations at http://ykk.misago.org/. I encourage my flist to give it a try; it's a mellow, relaxing read, good for unwinding with and de-stressing.

FYI:

Jan. 21st, 2007 05:59 pm
joiedecombat: (yay!)
The Dresden Files premieres on the Sci-Fi channel tonight at 9 EST/8 CST, and airs again at 11 EST/10 CST. Yay Harry!
joiedecombat: (Buh?)
For [livejournal.com profile] annwyd, some angsty pretentious lyrics to play with, if you so desire.

Blue Mask.
God Hurts Those I Love
No Reason
Stone Roses
Tiny Little Song
Tonight

And I can't see straight now, so I'm going to bed.
joiedecombat: (Default)
I've recently picked up Rogue #6, the final issue of the first arc of the Rogue ongoing. It's been pretty underwhelming thus far. I am not impressed by Richards' artwork; the heavy outlines make it stiff. Worse than the art, though, is Rodi's writing and his poor characterization. The story depends mostly on everyone involved behaving as though they've been brain-damaged, and over the course of six issues not a whole lot happens... yet for all that nothing much happens, they managed to wrap up Rogue's family history so that it doesn't seem like there's much room to expand on it further - and what was established is pretty piddling after over twenty years of secrecy on the subject. Not much of a big revelation.

On the bright side, both Rodi and Richards are off the title. The new team is Tony Bedard writing and Karl Moline penciling, and judging from what Bedard has said, the outlook is a little more promising. Bedard at least seems to think of Rogue in terms of her potential as a powerhouse, and the issues he names as favorites are old classics like UXM #172 and #173, when Rogue was rampaging around Tokyo with Wolverine beating up Yakuza. His first arc is supposed to involve Rogue's history with the Brotherhood, and he's promising some new developments with her powers - of course, we've heard this before. But I am hopeful.

I'm also going to pick up X-Men #166 to check out the new writer, Peter Milligent, and the start of his arc "Golgotha." I love Salvador Larroca's art, and since Rogue and Gambit are both actually in this issue, I'd like to see how it turns out.

And, on an even brighter note, there's Quantum Leap. My brother, smart boy, gave me season two on DVD for Christmas, and I am struck once more by how excellent the series really is. I don't think I appreciated just how good it was when it was airing. I just teared up watching the episode "Jimmy," in which Sam leaps into a mentally handicapped man. Seriously teared up. It's amazing how well it holds up; it doesn't look over twenty years old. Anyone who hasn't seen it, my God, people, you have no idea what you're missing.

I also picked up X-Men Legends, which is also good stuff. Finally, an X-Men video game that's more than just two characters beating up on each other. It's not perfect, but it's very good. I had a great deal of fun tromping around the Sentinel factory as Rogue, throwing trucks around and breaking everything that would break, which was pretty much everything. When Cyclops announced, "X-Men, it looks like we're going to be putting in some overtime," I felt like the game had succeeded. My only complaints is that the enemies, aside from the bosses and the Sentinels, tended to be too generic... some characters you unlock too late to make much use of them, and though there are fourteen to choose from by the end, they're not evenly balanced. Cyclops, Storm, Jean, Wolverine, and Iceman have skills and advantages that make them almost necessary to whatever team you try to put together, while Gambit, Jubilee, and Beast wind up being pretty superfluous. And both Gambit and Colossus had terrible, terrible accents. But I'm looking forward to Legends 2 and, with luck, a few new playable characters. In the meantime, it's got at least one more play in it; I want to see how I make it through with Storm instead of Cyke for my leadership bonus and some other alternate characters.

Edit to add: Something else that is awesome is Robin McKinley's Sunshine. [livejournal.com profile] funwithrage was very right. McKinley has, of course, never let me down yet.
joiedecombat: (Me)
Largely inspired by [livejournal.com profile] annwyd's post of a very cool mp3...

I'm on the hunt for some new music, and fishing for recommendations. Particularly I'm on the lookout for lullaby-style songs. Anyone have any favorites they'd like to point me at? C'mon, you know you do. Share.

My personal contribution, to get things started, is Takehito Koyasu's "Tiny Little Song." Because.
joiedecombat: (Default)
In honor of Recommend A Little-Known Movie Day...

...a recommendation.

Two, actually, because they go together.

The Man From Snowy River
Inspired by a poem by Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, this is a very underrated movie set in period Australia. The cinematography is a little dated at points - it was filmed in 1982 - but it's one of my favorite movies and worth watching, especially for fans of Westerns, horses, gorgeous scenery and Australian accents. There's also a careful bit of romance, a fistfight or two, some madcap stunt-riding (by actual Australian stockmen), a wonderful soundtrack by Bruce Rowland, and an appearance by Kirk Douglas having a whole lot of fun playing two separate roles. This movie is also the source of one of my favorite quotes: "Male company will be a pleasant relief in this hothouse of female emotions." Good times.

The Man From Snowy River was followed by a sequel, Return to Snowy River, which is a little glossier and a little more Hollywood in some respects but also one of my very favorite movies, and keeps everything that made its predecessor so good. It continues the story that The Man From Snowy River began and digs it a little deeper. Among other things, it features Brian Dennehy taking over Kirk Douglas' part from the first film, which is not a call I would have made but he's too good at the role he ends up playing for me to begrudge it. Also a sadly underrated movie, and one that never fails to make me tear up at least a little.
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[livejournal.com profile] atrocity!

I am mailing your next fix of Weiss Kreuz tomorrow. The rest of the first series, plus the first episode of Gluhen.

I'd send you the whole thing, but there's still some space on the last tape, and I'm debating filling it with an episode or so of Inuyasha, but I'm not sure if that would be a palate-cleanser or a slap to the face, after the ending of Gluhen.

Anyhow, getting episode 1 first means you get the chance to brace yourself for the rest of it.

It won't help, but you'll get the chance.

Am I thoughtful or what?

Have also ordered the OVA. I'll let you know how it is.

...Lawsy, but it's been a while since I posted anything of substance. More content soon, honest.

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