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So I guess I haven't posted in a while or whatever?? I'll just mention a few things.

First thing: I got a lot of great presents for Christmas! Among the best: ten cases of Dublin Dr Pepper (that is, Dr Pepper made with pure cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup). My parents actually drove up to the part of Texas where they sell it in stores (everywhere within a 44-mile radius of Dublin) to get it for me ;w;!!

Second thing: I TOTALLY MISSED THE INAUGURATION. I-I thought it was going to happen in the evening!! oAo I youtube'd it later, though. Besides, I was too busy being at the dentist to have watched it live, even if I had known it was going on. :x

Third thing: My granddad passed away Wednesday morning. His health had been failing for a while, and he was able to die peacefully with all his children around him. As a sickly teenager, he was told by a doctor that he wouldn't make it to twenty, and it's taken seventy years for the "screw you" to finish loading. He managed to live long enough to achieve his last major goals--to vote for Barack Obama, and then to see his inauguration--but not so long that he was forced to move in with my aunt Izzy and her obnoxious husband Doug.

Obviously, it hasn't hit me yet at all. I guess 'denial' can last a while. :|
Still, thoughts and prayers (especially for my grandmom, my mom, and the other kids) are always appreciated.

Other crap:
I've finally gotten around to watching Avatar straight through instead of just catching a few episodes here and there; I'm almost to the end of season 2, so here is the requisite unordered list of my thoughts thus far:

  • Zuko is moe
  • Season 2 Katara is a huge bitch
  • Ty Lee's measurements are apparently 36-15-36
  • I really like the way everyone, including elite soldiers/special forces/etc., sucks ass compared to any named character.
  • wait, did I type "really like"? because I meant to type "can barely stand"
  • Although it is really cute the way they always show Zuko beating legions of NPCs to re-establish that he is totally a badass even though he constantly loses to every other main character!
  • Zuko and Azula's mom is addicted to painkillers
  • Azula is magnificent
  • Apparently Appa was the source of Aang's Jesus mojo, because he stopped being Jesus as soon as Appa was kidnapped.
  • Iroh is the new Jesus.
  • It really irritates me when Zuko's fucked-up ear is drawn looking normal!
  • I shat bricks when the owl librarian debuted.
  • His completely non-creepy voice spoiled the effect, though... :(
  • I find it hard to believe that Jet reformed, given that he didn't seem the least bit repentant or as though he'd learned anything at the end of his debut episode. (The fact that everybody condemned his actions by more or less saying "H-hey! Good guys shouldn't do bad things! STAY GOOD!!" instead of ever making the obvious argument that he was about to do to every kid in the valley the exact same thing the Fire Nation had done to him might have contributed to the fact that he never appeared to "get it.")
  • Of course, I guess his subsequent actions of Fighting the Powah, stalking, and making a scene don't really necessitate his actually having reformed.
  • underwater silhouettes of Unagi and the Serpent's Pass monster = nightmare fuel. :(
  • After they leave the Northern Water Tribe, Team Avatar heads for Omashu so Bumi can teach Aang earthbending... why didn't it occur to anyone to ask Bumi to teach him anything when they were there in the first season? They didn't seem to be dead-set on his learning the elements in order, since Aang immediately asked what's-his-face (the exiled Fire Master guy) to teach him.
  • The guy was like "I had heard that some of the Water masters had healing abilities!" when Katara miraculously and for no reason gains healing powers, but then when they reach the north pole, it turns out that... healing is just a normal, everyday part of what Waterbenders can do?
  • Okay, so the system was deeply flawed, unfair, sexist, etc. but seriously, Katara, screw you for that "whatever, who the hell would want to learn a dumb skill like HEALING anyway!!" attitude. ... Although, given that NOBODY GETS HURT IN AVATAR (except when it's a Plot Point, at which time everyone is always duly shocked and appalled) even though everyone's throwing rocks and fire and shit at each other all the damn time, I guess I should sympathize with her feelings a little more.
  • ...Seriously, though, her entire objection was portrayed as "Girls should be able to fight too, RAR!" And that's a fair point. But the fact that men never learned to heal is an equal and opposite injustice/stupidity, and nobody ever pointed it out.
  • ...of course, once again, NOBODY GETS HURT IN AVATAR. so... whatever, carry on.
  • Katara's difficulty with waterbending (and envy of Aang's natural talent) rang really true and was, y'know, interesting. But then they get to the north pole, and she... masters it in two days and never has any trouble again. WEAK SAUCE. B|
  • I LOL'd when she was all "See you later, Pakku! Give my regards to the woman who SPURNED YOUR LOVE AND ABANDONED YOU 8D!" though.
  • I used to hear people talk about Avatar characters before I ever watched or knew anything about it, and apparently the result of that is that I'm always accidentally calling Sokka "Zuko" and Azula "Katara." (I never call Zuko "Sokka," though, nor is Katara ever Azula.)
  • Wow, episode, you just showed the heroes abandoning a dude to die in the sinking library! Would you like to deal with that at all? ...No? Well, okay. :B
  • Who the hell makes insulting remarks to the faces of complete strangers on the street? Wouldn't most normal people at least wait until they'd passed and then giggle/deride the complete strangers amongst themselves--possibly so that the complete strangers overhear, but not by design (at least not overtly)? This isn't a movie set at a high school, ladies!
  • Toph is a badass though.
  • Does Ty Lee have X-ray vision, or does she just assume that guys in big robes are muscle-y?
  • I like Sokka even though apparently I have nothing to say about him!
  • George Takei has such an awesome voice. Too bad his character was just a Monster of the Week.
  • okay, so the fortuneteller looks at the clouds and predicts that the volcano will not erupt. Later, Aang and Sokka climb to the volcano and discover that it is, in fact, on the verge of erupting. So instead of telling what they've learned to the fortuneteller, they... sneak into her house, steal the book that explains what different cloud shapes mean, manipulate the clouds into the "Volcano Is Erupting" shape, and have her come interpret the clouds again. For god's sake, kids! What the hell is wrong with you?
  • Dug the "Oh, yeah? Well, can your science explain why it rains?" "YES! YES IT CAN!" exchange, though.
  • I love badger-moles and pig-chickens and pig-cows and pig-sheep and wolf-bats and urban panthers and flying bison and winged lemurs and cat owls and pentapus and that horrible adorable smell monster that the bounty hunter chick had and sea lion turtles and also all the other adorable cuddly animals!!
  • Okay, I can't think of anything else right now!!

Go through the list and check off the titles you have watched. For our purposes, "watching" a title means that for TV and OVA series, you have to have seen at least one episode. For one-shots, you have to have seen the whole thing. At the end of each genre/category, add up your sub-total. At the very end, add up the sub-totals to come up with your grand total. If your grand total is 80 or over, congratulations -- you are an obsessive anime watcher!

Action and Adventure
(x) .hack//SIGN
() Airmaster
() Battle Arena Toshinden
(x) Bleach
() Blood+
() Burst Angel
() City Hunter
(x) Cowboy Bebop
(x) Dragonball
() Flame of Recca
(x) GetBackers
(x) InuYasha
(x) Lupin III
() Mai-HiME
() Naruto
() One Piece
() Tenjou Tenge
() Saiyuki
(x) Yu Yu Hakusho
Total Here: 9/20

II. Comedy and Parody
() 2x2 = Shinobuden
() Adventures of the Mini Goddesses
(x) Azumanga Daioh
() Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
(x) DiGi Charat
() Dragon Half
(x) Excel Saga
(x) Fruits Basket
() Galaxy Angel
() Here is Greenwood
(x) Kodomo no Omocha
() Kyou Kara Maou!
() Midori Days
(x) Ouran Koukou Host Club
(x) Pani Poni Dash
(x) Project A-ko
(x) Tenchi Muyo
() Those Who Hunt Elves
() Urusei Yatsura
Total Here: 9/20

III. Drama and Miscellaneous
() Beck
(x) Full Moon wo Sagashite
() Gankutsuou
() Genshiken
() Glass Mask
() Haibane Renmei
() Hitsuji no Uta
() Honey & Clover
() Kaleido Star
() Last Exile
() Le Portraite de Petite Cossette
() Monster
(x) Paradise Kiss
() Princess Mononoke
() Read or Die OVA
() Speed Grapher
() Twin Spica
(x) Weiss Kreuz
() Wings of Honneamise
(x) Yakitate!! Japan
Total Here: 4/20

IV. Ecchi/Mature
() Agent AIKa
() Cutey Honey
(x) Ebichu
() Golden Boy
() Grenadier
() Hand Maid May
() He Is My Master
() Iketeru Futari
() La Blue Girl
() Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose
() Mahoromatic
(x) Mezzo Forte
() Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
() My Dear Marie
() Najica Blitz Tactics
(x) Negima
(x) Puni Puni Poemi
() Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend
() Wicked City
() Yumeria
Total Here: 4/20

V. Fantasy and Supernatural
() Angel Sanctuary
() Aquarian Age
() Berserk
() El Hazard
() Final Fantasy Unlimited
() Fullmetal Alchemist
(x) Howl's Moving Castle
() Magic Knight Rayearth
() Mushishi
() Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
() Record of Lodoss War
() Scrapped Princess
(x) Slayers
() Tales of Eternia
() Trinity Blood
() Tsubasa Chronicle
() Vampire Hunter D
(x) Violinist of Hamelin
() Vision of Escaflowne
(x) X: TV
Total Here: 4/20

VI. Historical and Alternate History
() Anne of Green Gables
() Basilisk
() Barefoot Gen
() Chrono Crusade
(x) Grave of the Fireflies
() Fire Tripper
() Kaidomaru
() Legend of Condor Hero
() Millennium Actress
() Nadia - Secret of Blue Water
() Ninja Scroll
() Otogizoushi
() Peacemaker Kurogane
() Porco Rosso
() Rose of Versailles
(x) Rurouni Kenshin
() Samurai 7
(x) Samurai Champloo
() Steel Angel Kurumi
() Victorian Romance Emma
Total Here: 3/20

VII. Kids and Family
() Angelic Layer
() Astro Boy
() Beyblade
(x) Castle in the Sky
() Detective Conan
(x) Digimon
() Doraemon
(x) Hamtaro
(x) Kiki's Delivery Service
() Kimba the White Lion
(x) Monster Rancher
(x) My Neighbor Totoro
(x) Pokemon
() Samurai Pizza Cats
() Sazae-san
() SD Gundam Force
() Sonic X
() Speed Racer
(x) Spirited Away
() Yu-Gi-Oh
Total Here: 8/20

VIII. Magical Girls and Boys
(x) Cardcaptor Sakura
() DNAngel
() Earth Girl Arjuna
() Elemental Gelade
() Hime-chan no Ribbon
() Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
(x) Magic Users Club
() Magical Girl Pretty Sammy
() Magical Stage Fancy La La
() Mahou no Star Magical Emi
() Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
() Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
() Ojamajou DoReMi
() Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo
() Pretear
(x) Sailor Moon
() Saint Tail
() Tokyo Mew Mew
() Ultra Maniac
(x) Wedding Peach
Total Here: 4/20

IX. Romance
() Ah! My Goddess
() Ai Yori Aoshi
() Air
() Ayashi no Ceres
() Boys Be
() Chobits
() Fushigi Yuugi
() Hana Yori Dango
(x) His and Her Circumstances
() Kimagure Orange Road
() Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
() Love Hina
() Maison Ikkoku
(x) Marmalade Boy
() Peach Girl
() Piano
(x) Please Teacher!
() SaiKano
() To Heart
() Video Girl Ai
Total Here: 3/20

X. Science-Fiction
() Appleseed
() Blue Seed
() Bubblegum Crisis (2040)
() Crest of the Stars
() Galaxy Express 999
(x) Gundam (any)
() Macross (any)
(x) Outlaw Star
() Patlabor
() Planetes
() Please Save My Earth
(x) RahXephon
(x) Saber Marionette (any)
(x) s-CRY-ed
() Soukyuu no Fafner
() Space Battleship Yamato
() Stellvia
() Transformers (any)
() Voices of a Distant Star
(x) Xenosaga: The Animation
Total Here: 6/20

XI. Shounen-Ai and Shoujo-Ai
() Ai no Kusabi
() Descendants of Darkness
() Earthian
() Fish in the Trap
() Galaxy Fraulin Yuna
() Gravitation
() Haru wo Daiteita
() Kannazuki no Miko
() Kizuna
() Lesson XX
() Loveless
(x) Maria-sama ga Miteru
() Mirage of Blaze
() Oniisama E
() Seikimatsu Darling
() Song of the Wind in the Trees
() Sukisho
() Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
() Zetsuai/Bronze
Total Here: 1/20

XII. Sports
() Ace wo Nerae
() Ashita no Joe
() Ayane's High Kick
() Baki the Grappler
() Battle Athletes
() Buzzer Beater
() Captain Tsubasa
() Eyeshield 21
() Ginban Kaleidoscope
() Hajime no Ippo
() Hikaru no Go
(x) Initial D
() Major
() Monkey Turn
() One Pound Gospel
() Prince of Tennis
() Princess Nine
() Slam Dunk
() Suzuka
() Wild Striker
Total Here: 1/20

XIII. Surreal and Psychological
(x) Akira
() Betterman
(x) Boogiepop Phantom
(x) Elfen Lied
(x) FLCL
() Gantz
() Ghost in the Shell
() Hellsing
() Jigoku Shoujo
() Karas
() Madlax
() Melody of Oblivion
(x) Neon Genesis Evangelion
(x) Noir
() Paranoia Agent
() Perfect Blue
(x) Princess Tutu
(x) Revolutionary Girl Utena
(x) Serial Experiments Lain
() Texhnolyze
Total Here: 9/20

Total = 65

and I miss being an obsessive anime watcher by 15 titles! go me?
lol @ fruits basket under comedy/parody and yakitate!! japan under drama. ¦D (and .hack//SIGN under 'action/adventure'. MOAR LIKE 'conversation/standing around' AMIRITE.)
Also, old list is ooooold. Other than Ouran, I don't think there's a single title on here that came out after 2005. ._.

Final thought: Is there anything more insufferable and masturbatory than poems about poetry?
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Date:January 22nd, 2009 - 02:49 pm
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:22 pm
thank you. :)

(this is the closest thing I have to a solemn icon.)
Date:January 22nd, 2009 - 03:40 pm
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:23 pm

I know right? he's the best.
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Date:January 22nd, 2009 - 09:23 pm
Who the hell makes insulting remarks to the faces of complete strangers on the street?

I know women who've had total strangers make insulting propositions to their faces. I have black friends who've had total strangers walk up to them on the street and call them by various racial slurs. I've heard Asians talk about being insulted by strangers in public. I know gay people who've had insults yelled at them (and worse), and I know straight people who've been taken for gay and insulted that way. I've had strangers insult me for my fatness.

It's a big old insulting world out there.
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Date:January 23rd, 2009 - 06:42 pm
But in this case, it was teenage/young adult women making insulting appearance-based (makeup, in particular) remarks to other young women. Nothing racial or sexual about it. :/
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Date:January 23rd, 2009 - 10:55 pm
Doesn't sound implausible to me.
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:23 pm


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Date:January 23rd, 2009 - 06:14 am
I'm sorry about your grandfather. *hugs*
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:23 pm
thank you!!
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 03:52 am
* Season 3 Katara is a huger bitch
* Azula gets more magnificent
* The owl librarian really is one of the high points of the whole show.
* I don't think not having heard the right argument yet was Jet's problem :\
* I might be remembering wrong, but isn't the water tribe sort of reclusive at this point, where maybe the rest of the world wouldn't know too much about them? Although, yeah, if healing is that big a part of their culture, you'd think that would be one of the details people would remember about them. I don't know :c
* seriously, Katara, screw you for that "whatever, who the hell would want to learn a dumb skill like HEALING anyway!!" attitude. <-- Welllll, it was more just about being told 'no,' wasn't it?
* "Gosh, my cultural mores ARE stupid! Why didn't anyone tell me!" <-- NOT HOW IT WORKS, THANKS
* Wow, episode, you just showed the heroes abandoning a dude to die in the sinking library! Would you like to deal with that at all? ...No? Well, okay. :B <-- Still laughing at this.
* Does Ty Lee have X-ray vision, or does she just assume that guys in big robes are muscle-y? <-- W-what? I forget this one.
* I love Sokka! He's so well adjusted. He's like the only person on the show who can take a joke at his own expense and can live with people not telling him how awesome he is all the time. Well, him and Iroh. But yeah, I watched it with my brother when I was getting him into Avatar, and one of his biggest things was how Sokka got no love at all.
* I think whoever did Koh was my favorite voice.
* I also think I might want "Can your SCIENCE explain why it RAINS?" on a shirt or something.
* "It just says... 'bear.'"

Anyway. I'm sorry about your grandpa. I'm proud of him though, if that doesn't sound weird.
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:38 pm
* Right?! I mean, Iroh was amazing and wonderful right from the start, but it wasn't until Aang got all attitude-y and Iroh started saving the futures of people who tried to mug him that I completely noticed it.
* in re: arguing with Jet.
...well, yeah, fair enough. But even so, it was just such an obvious point to make, it was galling when nobody made it. :( (Maybe they figured it was so obvious, there was no need to say it...?)
* Welllll, it was more just about being told 'no,' wasn't it?
Well, yeah, but it still offended me on behalf of support characters everywhere. ;_;
* "Gosh, my cultural mores ARE stupid! Why didn't anyone tell me!" <-- NOT HOW IT WORKS, THANKS
what are you talking about that is totally how it works and how all societal progress in the history of the world has ever been made.
(Along the same lines was Katara's trying to rile up the Earthbenders on the metal prison rig. I don't think she ever figured out that it was wrong for her to view their reluctance to fight as a moral failing.)
* in re: Ty Lee's X-ray vision: on the episode where they're drilling through the wall of Ba Sing Se, someone makes a comment along the lines of "nothing will get in our way now" and she says "What about those muscley guys?" But when they cut to the dudes, their muscles are all hidden! D:
* Sokka is great, and season 1 definitely... walked on him a bit. I think the way he gets all the chicks from then on was the creators' way of making it up to him.
* KOH'S VOICE WAS AWESOME. I had to look him up on IMDB, and then when I saw that he wasn't in any other episodes, I was like "WHAT."
* bear ♥

Thank you. It doesn't sound weird.
Date:January 24th, 2009 - 07:14 am
I'm so, so sorry about your granddad.
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Date:January 24th, 2009 - 10:24 pm
Thank you.

Hey, crazy idea: we should try talking sometime. :>
Date:January 26th, 2009 - 08:27 pm
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Date:January 28th, 2009 - 12:15 am