...okay, so I admit it. I suck at going to the gym. I went one time, nearly passed out and then never went again. I'm cancelling my membership at the Y. From now on, I'm going to be working out at home.

I swear I will. I swear!

Is anyone on my flist a member of Gaia Online? I know [livejournal.com profile] maechi is, but I'm not sure about anyone else. I stay away from the forums because the majority of the members are preteens (or act like preteens), but it's a fun way to kill time when you're bored. I love dressing up my little character. My flist probably wants to kill me for changing my outfits every day. ^-^; If anyone is a member, please say so and I'll add you!

Currently my avi looks like this:
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Inevitably, however, that will change. Probably tomorrow! But today it is Ninja Girl in honor of Shippuden.

SPEAKING OF SHIPPUDEN! Was I the only one who didn't love it? It seemed like the drawing wasn't the best, and I didn't like the character designs very much either. I thought since it was the first of the new series, they'd really try to wow people. As it is, I almost don't want to bother downloading the next episode when it comes out. I haven't really even been into Naruto lately and Shippuden didn't do much to get me back. Anyone have similar thoughts?
The worst part about being so pale and a klutz is that my legs generally look like patchwork quilts. Blue, purple, yellow and green against my super pale skin is very ugly. Hm, also maybe a sickening sort of brownish black? Still, patchwork quilt with really uneven blocks.

Plus, lately, I've had this thing where along with the bruises of all shapes and sizes, I get them in two tiny dots right beside each other. What's with that? I have no idea what's causing it. I've got two dots on the front of my right thigh, two dots on the back of my left thigh, and I had two dots on my left forearm, too, but they're mostly gone.

I never remember what I did to get the bruises, because I bump into stuff all the time and it's hard to keep track of half a dozen bumps a day. But two tiny dots? What in god's name could cause two tiny dots, and why in such varied places? Totally bizarre.

I guess I'm just annoyed because right now it's particularly bad. When I was younger, I never got bruises ever, but now I do and currently, I've got half a dozen on my left leg and at least three on my right, plus a few on my arms. Argh! One of the ones on my left leg is GIANT, too, and it's right under my knee.

I need to tan just so the bruises aren't so obvious.

I also need to start posting about all the anime and manga I've been going through. I have so much to say and yet, no words come. Prince of Tennis and Hunter x Hunter and Ouran High School Host Club and--...well, I think that's actually all, but I'm doing anime and manga both for all three of those series so it is actually a lot. Someone remind me to at least squee about Host Club sometime, because that series is just a breath of fresh air, and so very funny.
...okay, it's been what, a week? A week and a day? The only typing I've done is the two posts I've written and the occasional website url and other such things. I can't stand it anymore! I'm typing again and I'll see how it goes. It's not like I do a whole lot of typing anyway, and it was killing me to see entries and want to reply so badly but being unable. Yeah. If my wrists start to hurt more, I'll stop.

I'll stop for a bit, anyway.

So! Still not sure how much I'll be on MSN and AIM because I'm back at school for two days to take exams and I only have my crappy laptop. Why, oh why did the last episode of Ueki come out when I can't download it? It's like they're purposely trying to torture me.

But I shall survive, rly. Nothing can keep me down for long! Even if I can't continue downloading Prince of Tennis and Hunter x Hunter EITHER.

...zomg my life is hell until I get home tomorrow evening.
I've just looked over my previous entry, and just realized that one could interpret something I said very, very wrong.

That is to say that I've finally gotten around to Hikaru no Go and I'm in love. Again. It's almost too typical, practically my cliché!

I meant that for me to start liking a series long after it's over is typical and cliché, not that Hikaru no Go is typical and cliché. I'm sure most people understood me (especially if they know me well and understand my quirky brain), but I can't stand the thought of anyone thinking it was an insult.

It's slow going on the downloads. It drives me nuts that I was so excited to come to college and have a fast connection... only to get here and find out that my home connection is actually a great deal faster. It's enough to make me want to scream. I was hoping to finish up the series before I went home this weekend, but I'm not sure I'll make it. It'll be close, but I'm guessing I'll probably finish up episode 73 or 74 tomorrow before I leave, and I'll have to download the rest on my crappy home computer. I really should've gotten a laptop instead of a desktop.

In the meantime, I've been contenting myself with rewatching episodes while waiting for the next episode to finish downloading. It's really amazing to watch the first few episodes and see Hikaru's cute round face, and then go back to the later eps and see him so tall and grown up. It's really amazing how his character design changes as he ages; most characters don't actually visibly age no matter how much time supposedly passes. It's the same for the other characters in the series too, but it's most apparent in Hikaru just because he's the character that we see the most. (Or... well, the character that we see the most that actually ages, seeing as Sai is dead and therefore isn't getting any older.) Obata-sensei really is amazing.

Oh, and I also went through all thirty pages of FF.N's Hikaru no Go section, and months and years worth of lj community entries. Look, a pretty icon as proof!
It's so like me to find a fandom two or three years after the series is over.

That is to say that I've finally gotten around to Hikaru no Go and I'm in love. Again. It's almost too typical, practically my cliché! Gah.

I've got the first six volumes of the manga, and I just finished watching episode 69. I took a long break right after Hikaru made pro just because I knew what was coming up and I didn't want to see it.

...as evidenced by how I started babbling hysterically at people when I finally gave in and continued watching. Episodes 60+ hurt so bad. I felt like my heart had been ripped out! Gah, it's so not fair.

Good thing that was Sunday, because I was babbling dramatically (shut up, I can babble dramatically, it's not mutually exclusive, it's not!) at Netta and Nathan until I got it out of my system. If I hadn't gotten it out of my system, there'd be a three page entry about the tragedy and emo pain.

Oh, the emo pain. Er, yeah. Hahahaha. ^-^;

There's a lot of things I want to see in fanfic, but they haven't been written. It's almost enough to make me want to write myself, except after six volumes of manga and nearly seventy episodes of the anime, I still have no idea what the point of Go actually is. Something about territories? Whatever. I can't bring myself to actually consider writing if I don't know a single thing about the game.


I love my Political Science class. From now on, whenever I need to study I can just hit up Netta for the information. This Israel/Palestine unit is going to rock. I've already got all the information I could possibly need for the election assignment I need to do next Monday. Actually, I probably have too much information. I somehow think my professor isn't really going to want to hear about the "wtf parties," as Netta called them...


And you know, when I start to lose feeling in my fingers, it kind of makes me wonder whether leaving the window open all day was really a good idea. But seriously, I'm sick of sweating to death at night. Hopefully now my room won't turn into a SAUNA when I'm trying to sleep!

Instead, it will turn into an icebox. :D Definitely an improvement!
ikarit: (team seven/ sparks)
( Feb. 17th, 2006 01:33 pm)
I really need to pay more attention to seiyuu. I know a lot of people put a lot of value on seiyuu, but pretty much all I know I learned from hearing other people squee about them. Pretty much the only seiyuu I can recognize no matter what (so far, anyway) is Kappei Yamaguchi.

There really is a point to all of this. I was watching more of The Law of Ueki and a new character was introduced near episode 30 (one of the more recent--the last episode released by the subbers is 36)... and it took me about two seconds to realize he was voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi. His Ryuuichi voice from Gravitation! I love that voice. It's kind of disturbing to hear it come out of a character who looks like a monkey, but!

Recognizing him led me to wonder about other seiyuu. While looking through the pathetically nonexistant Law of Ueki fandom, it wasn't uncommon for me to find someone claiming they only started watching the series because Ueki is voiced by Paku Romi.

"Um, okay," I thought. "Who's Paku Romi and why do they care?" When I downloaded all the Law of Ueki music I could find, I saw that Ueki's character song is really awesome, and she also sings the fourth ending song. A few minutes ago, I finally got around to looking her up.

Paku Romi voiced Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist! That explains it. FMA is really popular, so it makes sense that FMA fans might check out Law of Ueki because Ed's seiyuu voices the main character. It really amused me that she also does Temari! She did some minor characters from Gundam Seed and Bleach, too, but I'm betting it was the Edward Elric thing that brought some people to Law of Ueki.

That got me curious about other seiyuu from the series. I've only checked out Mori so far, but her seiyuu (Kawakami Tomoko) has... um... a very, very varied resumé. She voices Mori, of course, but she also did Sasaki Rika from Cardcaptor Sakura! There are no words to express just how funny I think that is. Rika is really quiet and polite, and Mori is... LOUD. Best way to describe Mori is very LOUD... but also opinionated and bossy. To add to my amusement, she also did Hikaru Shindou from Hikaru no Go, Rosette Christopher from Chrno Crusade and Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena. HOWEVER, the real icing on the cake, in my opinion, is that she did Noelle from I'm Gonna Be An Angel!

I think I'm gonna pay more attention to seiyuu from now on, just for the pure wtf factor.
I've gotten up to episode 26 of The Law of Ueki, and I'm liking it more and more. It's not a very popular series, so there's no fandom to get involved in (if I were the type to get involved with fandom, which I established a few posts ago, that I am not), and it's really just an amusing way for me to pass the time. I really do like it, though. It's a cute series that's completely hysterical. Even in the serious moments, there's usually a little comedy, and I really need that right now. I've been way too bogged down by my own follies lately.

I do tend to get annoyed when there's continuity errors, though. The most annoying error (and naturally, most obvious) is that--well, I suppose I do have to do a little explanation first. It's a shonen tournament series, where characters have a power and use their powers to fight battles. Each power has some sort of limit on it. One of the characters, Sano, has the power to turn towels into steel. His limit is that it only works when he's holding his breath. That's where the mistake comes in: Sano constantly talks when he's using his power. He has long conversations with mocking taunts and everything!

What. The. Hell.

I'm far from a biology expert, but even I know that you have to breathe to talk. Right?! That's kind of a requirement. It might not be entertaining to have a silent fighter, especially when there are constant character monologues explaining their omgsoawesome powers while they're using their powers (for the benefit of the audience, of course), but couldn't someone else do the explaining in Sano's case? If it's really all that important that he talk, then his limit shouldn't be that he has to hold his breath. Geez!

I was planning to post about the incredible emotional impact that several of the later episodes had on me, but Sano took precidence just because it irritated the hell out of me.
ikarit: (sousuke/ absolutely innocent)
( Feb. 4th, 2006 02:59 pm)
I just started watching The Law of Ueki yesterday. So far, I've seen the first two episodes and I'm not quite sure what my opinion on the series is. It's... very crack, but I knew that going in. It's like the defining point of the series: Law of Ueki is crack, period.

I just can't decide if it's good crack or bad crack. It's certainly funny enough, and I'm already seeing that Ueki is a complete shonen retard, but it's really so very stupid. So very stupid. Kobasen is just plain weird. I do like Mori. She reminds me of... me. Only worse and somehow better. I love when she gets all spastic.

Ueki does amuse me, though. His expressions just crack me up, and I love the way his eyes are drawn! I think I'm gonna keep watching for now... if nothing else, it's certainly a way to keep myself amused!
I spent most of today watching Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It was a nice way to spend the day, turning myself into an utter wreck after each episode. It's been a long while since I've seen anything quite that emotionally powerful. The fear, the horror, the gore, the violence, the devastation and then of course the happy resolution. I was so choked up throughout most of the series that I couldn't cry or laugh, I was stuck somewhere in the middle and about to burst from the suspense of wanting to know what would happen next, and how they would fix it all up.

So it is with great pleasure that I just finished watching the last episode (only thirteen episodes? Felt like a lot longer...) and can give my decisive ending thoughts.




Why? Why do they always do this to me? Can't they give even just a little resolution? Okay, they did, but I wanted more! More! Or at least keep out that last bit with Sousuke and Tessa, because that was annoying. But whyyyyy couldn't you give me something with Sousuke and Kaname? Just... just... he could've hugged her back! That would have been good enough for me! I don't ask for a lot, just returning a hug. He's done it before, so it's not even revolutionary! I hate anime, I really do. They always do this to me. *weeps*
I just finished up a drabble for [livejournal.com profile] naruto100 and another theme for [livejournal.com profile] 3measures within a few hours. Most prolific I've been since like... July of 2004. Geez.

I was focusing on downloading Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, but I've been distracted by Full Metal Panic! I've spent the past... oh, two months trying to download GS and GSD and out of one hundred episodes, I have about twenty. Two days into FMP! and I've got the first five episodes halfway downloaded and I'm making good progress on FMP? Fumoffu! and FMP! The Second Raid. Yeah, that's definitely annoying. Nice, but annoying.

I'm really excited to start watching it, though. I think I'm going to love Sousuke.

I've also just finished talking to my friend, Tiffi. She's agreed to lend me all the Saiyuki manga and anime she owns, which I'm hoping is a fair bit. I know she loves the series, so I'm fairly sure she has a lot. Unlike me, she actually goes out and buys anime and manga. She's so honest... or maybe she just isn't able to download it. I don't really know. In any case, I've heard Saiyuki is really good and I've seen two episodes. I think it'll be interesting to watch and read. In light of this, I've made plans to go home this weekend (I hadn't decided if I was or not) and meet up with her on Saturday evening.

Oh, and I made Katie jealous. On Thursday, a mutual friend of ours (more Katie's than mine) invited me to the bible study group's Christmas party on Friday evening. I thought Katie was going and I had nothing better to do, so I agreed. It was only after I'd made the plans and hung up that I found out that Katie was not going because she was heading home for the weekend. For a time, I felt like slamming my head into the wall.

But despite an onset of nerves for hanging out with a group of people I barely know, I went to the party. And it was so much fun. I was there from just before 7pm until past midnight. I haven't laughed so hard in ages. It was kind of awkward at first, but once everyone arrived and we started the games and such... very nice. I think since Katie wasn't there as a safety net, I was forced to interact with people or else sit around bored all night. I think I made a few friends. In any case, it was tons of fun and when Katie came back today, I made her incredibly jealous because she'd wanted to go, she just had responsibilities that she couldn't avoid back home. So ha! It was awesome fun and she was sick with jealousy and disappointment that she missed it and all is well with the world. :D :D :D
I'm really getting sloppy with my schoolwork. I waited until the last minute to do my French homework, and ended up doing the wrong chapters. I didn't realize it until I got to class, either. No use crying over spilled milk, though. I managed to do a bit of studying for my Astronomy exam, but I don't think I'll get an A.

A few months ago, [livejournal.com profile] cowgirled linked some torrents for Gundam Seed, and I just now got around to watching the first few episodes. It wasn't laziness, first it was because I was still at home with my slower connection and my really bad computer. Not only that, but it was shortly before I was supposed to move into the dorm, so it was totally pointless to download onto a computer that I wouldn't have access to in a short while, and off which it is very difficult to burn CDs. Then, at school, my computer had that freezing problem. Really, I started downloading the first moment it was possible for me, but so far I've only got the first four or five episodes. This morning, I watched the first three, and it seems pretty good.

Well, good enough that I'm dying to watch more. I was almost late to class because I wanted to watch just one more, and then I almost decided to wait to drive home, to watch just one more, and seriously considered not coming home at all to finish watching all the ones I've got so far. I'm not madly obsessed with it, but I'm definitely very intrigued. I can't wait for Sunday, to finish watching.

Usually, when I start watching a series, I have to seriously remind myself to keep watching it. It takes me a while to really get into a series, so to speak. For example, my favorite series to date, Naruto! I hated it at first, thought it was disgusting and stupid. I forced myself to watch the first sixteen episodes or so just because I'd heard it was that good, and then I couldn't take it anymore. At that point, I'd already downloaded the first fifty episodes, so I burned them to CD and basically forgot about them. It wasn't until I had a fluke internet disconnection--I think after a thunderstorm--that I got so bored I decided to continue watching the series out of sheer boredom. It figured that it got good just after the point I stopped watching, and I was totally hooked by the time my internet came back. :D

So yeah, I think it's significant that I'm that interesting in continuing to watch the series. God only knows, however, how I'm going to get the rest of it. I don't know if I can FIND anymore of it. The torrent I'm downloading now is the first twenty-five episodes and I don't know anything beyond that. *crosses fingers* It'll be a while before I get through those, though. It took about... ah... god, definitely longer than two weeks to finish downloading even the episodes I have now. So it'll be a while before I'm finished. I don't have anything really to say about it, because nothing significant has really happened so far, but... I think I'll like it very much.

After I got home, I went to visit Grandma at the hospital. Dad suggested it, originally, because he and Mom couldn't go up there tonight because it's the last football game, so they want to see Jimmy in the band one last time. So it was Dad's idea, but I was delighted because I hadn't thought of it and I knew Grandma would be so happy if I did. I stayed for a few hours before coming home. It was... scary. Definitely pretty scary. I know she's going to be fine, and that she's just recovering, but she looks so... so... frail. Her lips are white, and her voice is soft and thready, and she seems so infirm and it's scary for me to see her like that. But she's fine, and... she's fine. She's an eighty year old woman who just had her kidney removed! She's doing about as well as is possible for someone in that situation. It's just that seeing her really drove in that she's... she's not always going to be there. But she's still here now, and that's what I need to be focusing on. She's absolutely fine.

I've got a chiropractor appointment tomorrow morning at 9:45. I'm dreading getting up that early, but living with the neck and back pain is just not acceptable anymore. I'm going to keep going back every time I come home until it's gone. It's interfering with my schoolwork, and my health, and I'm not going to put off getting it fixed any more.

I'm really exhausted, actually. It would be a good idea for me to go to bed in the next half hour, and it's been a really long day, so I'll probably end up doing that. Too bad, though, I haven't gotten to see Mom or Jim yet at all, because I left to go visit Grandma before they got home.
Finally was able to attend a meeting of the anime club. It was okay, though Lain was boring as boring can be, and I didn't entirely understand what was going on in Last Exile, and therefore was bored with that, too. But Saiyuki and Bleach! Two series I have wanted to see for a while!

Seeing Bleach animated was weird, but interesting. The first thing I noticed was that I was not expecting Rukia's voice to sound like that. Ichigo is very Ichigo, though. And Chad is definitely very Chad. Chizuru, Tatsuki and Orihime are fine, too. I didn't like the animation very much, either, and the way they switched between scenes. It was very jerky, it seemed like. I definitely like the manga better, but I won't mind watching more of the anime.

Augh, it's 11:30 already and I have to meet at parking lot 13 at 7:30 for the Habitat for Humanity project tomorrow morning. I am going to be so dead.

Oh, and I was right about my math exam. :) Missed two questions and ended up with a 96%. I could just kick myself... I should've gotten one of those missed questions right. I knew that stuff like the back of my hand, and I just... ugh, I don't know how I could've missed it. It's enough to make me want to scream. I have GOT to pay more attention to what I'm doing. Oh, well. I still did very well and my parents are ecstatic and I should be happy.
I'm trying to do more fandom related posts (more? Have I ever done any?), but bear with me because I think I'm rusty. *wince*

The trailer was... not too bad. That's really hard for me to say, because I hate dubs. I don't bash dubs, but I hate them just the same. I get too attached to the Japanese voices, and can't accept anyone else taking their place. It doesn't help that American voice actors are generally not as good as Japanese seiyuu.

I'm really happy about the way they pronounced the names. The thing that most anti-dub people complain about is name pronunciation, but the Naruto dubbers did an incredibly good job keeping as close to the Japanese pronunciation as is possible with an American accent. There were a lot of names I couldn't find any fault with at all, and that is something I have literally never said about a dub before.

Mostly, the only voice heard is the narrator, but if the actors can do half as well, I will be incredibly pleased.

Not that I'll watch more than one or two episodes.
I finished Hannibal just before I went to work this afternoon. I'd heard from a couple people that it wasn't so good, but I started reading with an open mind.

It was... okay. Not really gripping like the first two, and it seemed almost pointless to me. There should have been something more to the story, it seemed like. And the ending was weird. It came out of nowhere, and it was kind of creepy. A lot creepy.

I guess I just think there needed to be more build-up, and explanations and... given us more on what Clarice was thinking, because what the hell? Came out of nowhere!

I didn't dislike it, though. Just left me sort of uneasy. It was a good read, but not a great one. I enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn't reread it, despite that.

IN OTHER NEWS~! Kyou Kara Maou is at 99.0%, so it should all be finished when I wake up in the morning! Wheeeee! Won't be able to watch more than one or two episodes (maybe three), because I have to work at 10, but still. It's been a week and a half of download time, so this is good. This is very good!
Brian came in my room last night to ask if my internet was really slow lately too. AHAHAHAHAHA. XD;;; Um.

Kyou Kara Maou is at 71.5%! I don't care what they say, I'm finishing that download. They can just LIVE WITH THE SLOW INTERNET UNTIL THEN. In, er... completely unrelated news, I mean. Ha. Hahaha.

I really, really, really need to make an appointment with the Financial Aid offices at UT. If I don't find another loan, I won't have enough money for school, and thus, will not be able to go to school when it starts. It starts August 17th.


Why is time going by so quickly?
It's been a week, and the first season of Kyou Kara Maou is at 65.6%. I don't know whether to be excited or rip my hair out in frustration. Most likely, I will go with ripping my hair out, because it's difficult to be excited over something that will take another week to be finished.

Most likely.

I'm catching up on Inuyasha! I'm really bored. Fandom-wise, I'm completely over Inuyasha. I have no idea when or how or why it happened, but it was a long time coming. I've been a fan since... god, I don't even know how long. The anime came out in... August of 2000? Fall, at least. I'm not even sure if I'm right on the year. But I got into it before that, because I can remember obsessing over it when there was a tiny little fanbase, and vague mentions that wow! There's going to be an anime! This fall! Wow! I was super excited.

I feel so old...

But not as old as I feel if I remember my Sailor Moon obsession... and then my Ranma 1/2 obsession... Inuyasha came after both of those. o.o

I think Inuyasha just got boring. Nothing ever happens. What little that does happen... means absolutely nothing in the long run. Yay. Boring. As an example, I have no idea what chapter I read last, so I just picked one. I have no idea what's going on, but it doesn't matter because Inuyasha's waving Tessaiga at some Naraku detachment (no idea what this detachment's name is, I just know it's a detachment because... well, it looks like one). And that's just like a million other chapters, so it's all good.

Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru are still awesomely sexy, though.

Mosquito bites are annoying. I suppose I'm lucky to only have two, despite the fact that I didn't go near insect repellent, and spent 75% of my time outdoors. And one's on my foot, the other's on my ankle. Hardly even noticeable. Except when they itch, and god, is that a bitch.

Jimmy makes really good brownies. I know this because I ate nearly the whole batch this weekend. I feel like a blimp.