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I seem to be in a Haruhi kick these days especially when I learned a tidbit about one of the voice actors (seiyuu).

Yuko Goto who voices Mikuru is actually a biker chick.

This might not be an extraordinary discovery but it is to me since Yuko Goto's been stereotyped to play helpless, clumsy girls with high pitched voices.

Her role as Mikuru is actually the best example since she's almost always helpless in Haruhi and prone to be bullied by the title character. I have no strong feelings for Mikuru as a character since most of the time she's just there although lately I am feeling a wee bit more suspicious of Mikuru because no one can be that helpless and incompetent especially an operative from a Time Agency.

This is an example of Yuko Goto as Mikuru, the characters are shooting a student film (hence the really amateur 'shooting' and acting):



And then this is Yuko Goto guest starring in Lucky Star parodying herself:




According to wiki people do actually call her Gotouther-sama. Heee.

Then to top it all I found this (c/o TV Tropes), where Yuko Goto plays a Canadian exchange student with surprisingly good English and spectacularly bad Japanese accent.




I cannot stop laughing. SOU NAN DESS KARR!

And this is Gotouther-sama herself:



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I'm also currently trying to catch-up with K-ON and watching To Aru Kagaku No Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun), a spin-off of A Certain Magical Index.

It follows the story of Mikoto Masaka and Shiroi Kuroko, two powerful ESPers living in Academy City for anyone who knows me, it's would be no surprise that one of the things that caught my attention about this show was the city itself a futuristic styled city whose conceit was that it was a home for both students and scientists and all the students are measured for their ESP abilities. There are five levels, the fifth level being the strongest and in a city of over 2.3 million citizens there are only seven Level 5 people in the city and standing as the third strongest among the seven Level 5 is Mikoto Masaka, a person capable of commanding electricity and lightning in anyway she chooses earning her the nickname the Railgun.

The Railgun and the Teleporter who loved her )
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  • First of all, I'm aliiiiive! Sorry for falling off the radar but things have been a lot busy here but thanks for all the support and concern.


  • Apparently our section of the world is the go to spot for storms with one particular storm stubbornly over staying its welcome for ten straight days. Dammit.


  • In fannish news I'm trying to get reacquainted with a few series and picking up some new ones. Although, um, most of my new ones seem to come from the anime/manga spectrum. Although its mostly for the slice of life variety than anything else.


  • Sometimes I don't get fandom. Some vitriol towards a few anime/manga series seems so... out there. I mean, there's hate for Toradora, who would hate Toradora??


  • Usually I like sunny days but after the storms I find myself suspicious of sunny days. Sunny days are usually followed by torrential rains.



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We have finished the endless recursion of time. We have finished the endless recursion of time.

I think I'm a bit more patient than some fans but the Endless Eight in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya episodes tested me. I have no problem with groundhog day episodes but only if it tells me something new but the whole thing was just literally one episode over and over and OVER again.

Even the director and the voice actors thought it was excessive (and the original director attempted to fight the Execs on it and was... fired. Yeah.) but Executive Meddling still wanted to go through the whole Endless Eight by dedicating eight episodes to what could essentially be done by the third time loop.

Then I hit my boiling point when I learned a movie was coming out, it was an arc that was supposed to be included in the second season. It was in the trailer but it seemed midway the Executives changed their minds and thought to milk the franchise for all its worth and instead of getting just three episodes of Endless Eight we got EIGHT episodes just so they could fill the season 2 episode quota.

It is frelling annoying.

I've also been reading the Wild Mass Guess entries in TV Tropes annoyed spoilery rant )

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Haruhi Light Novel thoughts )
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I don't post as frequently as I used to. It's not that I lack time (although, that's an issue but not all the time) and I always think of posting but somehow... I never get to it. I mean, I have time to join [community profile] fandomhigh (the most time consuming thing on the net next to TV Tropes, OMG!) but my posting frequency has gone down. I don't mean to but days would pass and I'd realize I haven't posted in a week/s.

I've consumed a lot of media since the start of August and I hope to write-up my impressions on the books, shows I've read/watched.

Let's start with the most recent.

Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I started reading the books because I stumbled into [personal profile] lizbee's rec post on the Attolia trilogy. It's a bit spoilery but I think if I hadn't read the spoilery bits I would have continued to put the books in the back burner rather than go on a one woman book hunt for MWT's books.

(Sidenote: For some reason or other I always mistake Queen of Attolia for one of Tamora Pierce's books. I also plan to read TP's books one of these days.)

As a nice change of pace from all the fantasy series I've read, the Attolia books are set in the Mediterraneans, or something close to it since MWT's world is not our own. Actually, the only other book I know set in a similar are Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantium duology.

Kay and MWT even share a similar way of handling the fantastic in their books. There's no outright magic but you know the fantastic and the mythic could occur in the stories.

The adventures of Gen the Thief )

Queen of Attolia

This, this was the reason why I wanted to start in the first place. I read [personal profile] lizbee's description of the Queen and sort of... fell in love. Apparently I really do have a place in my heart for ruthless rulers.

(Okay, okay, my first thought was: ZOMG, It's like Azula as a main protagonist! Only maybe not so evil! They're really nothing alike but it was the impression I had when I read Attolia's description and like I mentioned, it was the main reason why I went around bookstores to get copies. So, yay?)

You look like a vulpine )

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I've entered several book stores in a hunt for the Attolia books and I only have one thing to say: I am pretty damned tired of vampires. I really, really am. Every book store I went to had vampire books on prominent display and I got pretty tired of looking at the same thing over and over and over again.

I like vampire stories as much as the next person but dammit, how about some variety, huh?

I blame Twilight for this.

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NaNoWriMo is fast approaching again and I'm wondering if this is the year I actually get to finish a WriMo. One of my biggest problems aside from the worldbuilding is I don't write in order, I jump from scene to scene, sometimes I write a scene from the middle or sometimes I write the end and most of the time I don't know the plot. I mean, I try to plan for it but even if I do I find myself bogged down with the plotting because I suddenly realize I've plotted myself into a corner and I don't know how to proceed from there.

I have story ideas, lots of them but I don't know if it's enough to materialize into something.

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BTW, the Endless Eight arc of Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya finally ended and while I'm pretty patient not all fans are and I really feel like they pushed this repetition arc too far although I suppose I understand why but I think eight is far too many for a repeating arc. I do appreciate the animation studio tried to put different scenes each time but I think there's a problem when even the director has expressed concerns about the number of episodes and was... summarily dismissed.

One thing watching and reading Haruhi Suzumiya taught me is that I can be spoiled for the ending of a story but I can still appreciate and be surprised by the journey towards the outcome maybe because of that I'm now a little more lax with spoilers. I mean, I can know the vague outlines of what will happen as long as I don't know the exact details of how the ending came to be.
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Boy am I glad to be back home. Our family went on a beach trip and for three days I found myself without internet, not even the mobile kind surprisingly I enjoyed myself except for the part where the waves started battering me against the shore.

Okay, that's partly my fault since I was trying attempting something foolish and the waves in the beach were surprisingly big (sometimes it looks like the waves were 7ft tall!) and the thing of it was that the waves break really close to the shore! Usually the places I go to are calm and nice, the beach we went to was like witnessing a storm at sea. It didn't help that eventually storm clouds did appear.

And now my back really, really hurts!

But I had fun! And in pain.

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Heh, I've been reading my reading list and I think I reached page 700. My flist is prolific liek whoa!

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It seems that anytime anyone mentions a series/book/movie in LJ I would eventually come around to reading/watching whatever it is. This time the series in question is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I've seen it mentioned in a few journals but I think it was [personal profile] redbrunja's icon that spurred my curiosity.

I started watching the series knowing nothing about the MoHS except that the heroine (Haruhi) really likes to threaten the hero (Kyon) and show him who's boss.

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, complete series )

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Haruhi Suzumiya novels vol. 1-6 )


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