Tag Archives: Lucifer (TV show)

In which I go to probably unjustifiable lengths for my anime fix

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All this grumbling I’ve been doing about the new house? Lay to rest with a touching eulogy folks for we have found the true evil! My new internet provider and its terrible habit to block websites -in the distance sirens and screams-. All those lovingly bookmarked streaming websites that I can no longer use! Mind you, I’m all for buying the product and supporting the franchise and/or artist in question, but when the product happens to be an anime from the early ’90s… Well, good luck finding a decent sub that’s not gonna cost an arm, a leg, and possibly your liver to buy.

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And no, the gif was not chosen arbitrarily. I haven’t watched Sailor Moon since I was seven and got my first taste of anime through a godawful Greek dub of the godawful American dub. (And I swear, I tried so, so hard to like it but some of the voices were just…wrong!) Anyway, I only watched for that one summer and even then only if I happened to turn on the TV when it was on. By now any recollection of it has been covered in the golden mists of nostalgia (and the fact that I remember how cringe-worthy some of the voices were despite that goes to show). Yet recently, for no apparent reason, I was suddenly in the mood to see what was it about that show that made it so good at the time. It may have had to do with the fact that Sailor Moon Crystal started showing up randomly on my YouTube recommendations and, vague memories or not, stylised drawing or not, I just KNEW that the girls were not supposed to look this thin. I mean look at them!

These are the original designs. Thin, yes, but not frighteningly so.

These are the original designs. Thin, yes, but not frighteningly so.

And here's the new version....

And here’s the new version….

Considering one of the running jokes of the show is how much Usagi (that’s the blonde in the middle for the uninitiated) is capable of eating, why the heck does she look like her arms and legs are made out of spaghetti in Crystal. (That being said, I WILL watch Crystal once I’m done with the original show… If only because I hear it’s closer to the manga and I’m curious to see the differences…)

But I digress. It took some digging until I manage to find a streaming site that a. was not blocked, b.had the original show, c. had it subbed. Unfortunately it did not include the movies and while technically they are filler-stuff and not 100% canon, I’d like to watch them only for the extra interactions. That I can’t get enough of the opening sequence song. Unfortunately for me the only site that was not blocked and had the movies was YouTube, and unfortunately they were the dubbed versions.

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My solution? Find a different network to stream the movie of course! And since I don’t have Charlie Bradbury’s epic computer skills (kudos to those who get the reference! 😉 ) I decided to relocate at Starbucks. I study better when I’m surrounded by white noise anyway, so while I have the movie loading (in an agonisingly slow pace at that) in one tab, I’ve been working on my TEFL coursework on another (yeah, I’m doing the TEFL course too on top of everything else. Have I mentioned this here before? Can’t remember.) Of course all this will have been for naught if I go home, wake up the laptop from its hibernation (gods I love that they actually call it that on the menu!) and get instantly blocked, BUT! No jinxing it! As far as I can understand the webpage gets blocked as it tries to load. But if it’s already loaded then there shouldn’t be a problem, right? Right?

I’ll see if I remember to add a note here to let you folks know the result of my herculean labour to load a 1993 Japanese cartoon…

 

P.S. Lucifer season 2 is starting next week. I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!!!!!

(Spoiler-free) Deadpool and other bizarre internet nuggets

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Originally this post was going to be my impressions from the Deadpool movie (which I saw earlier than I planned if only because spoilers were cropping up my facebook feed already. Not cool people!) Then I found out that there is a Spaceballs animated series. For real. HOW DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT IT??? I mean, I tend to gravitate towards the bizarre part of the internet all on my own, but still! A Spaceballs cartoon? Next you’ll be telling me that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is not canon any more. Oh, wait…. -sigh- At least the new Darth Vader comic looks promising. I’ll wait until another issue comes out and then read it in bulk. Why you ask? Because I’m already watching Lucifer one episode per week (only) and that is enough anticipation as it is! I like to follow something with the assurance of several following issues/episodes ahead of me. It’s like a security blanket for a very impatient five-year-old.

But yeah, Deadpool. Watched it. Liked it. A lot. And as somebody who only knew of the comic through hearsay, I was in the delightful position of not having all that many preconceptions walking in the cinema. (Also, by virtue of that blessed XX chromosome, I got a laugh out of the incredulous looks a group of boys gave me when I sat near them. Apparently women not dragged along by boyfriends is not the expected demographic? Who’d have thunk?) True, the movie had its flaws and some parts of it might be considered predictable (especially the ending). On the other hand, it riffed at the already established conventions of the superhero movies and the 4th-wall breaks were really well incorporated. Honestly, that was what I was most anxious to see done right. Playing hop-scotch with genre-saviness is very easily done wrong -and has been done wrong so very often-. But no, the breaks were actually incorporated in the story. On top of that, and in a happy coincidence, I had been watching the last few episodes of X-Men Evolution, so seeing Colossus rendered so well in the big screen was a pleasure. He’s hardly my favourite Acolyte (that’d be Gambit for the record) but he’s a nice counter-balance to the loose cannons he’s usually pitted with. And let’s be honest, you can’t get more loose-cannon-y than Deadpool….

So, if this were a proper review I’d have to do some sort of analysis right about now, right? Well, tough. I already have some coursework in the form of reviewing looming ahead of me. You, my friends, get me rambling over my favourite scene: hands-down the laundrette scene. I’m keeping this spoiler-free so I will not say what happens but suffice to say that it’s the sort of reality check that every superhero movie needs. Even if most of them do not want it. (Yes, I went there!) Final verdict? Go watch it. Drag friends or significant others if you fancy sharing the laughs and popcorn. It is definitely worth the price of admission! And yes, I will CERTAINLY be watching it again when it is released on DVD.

On a completely unrelated subject, I was looking up some information on TV Tropes (shut up, it’s a good site! :-P) when I came across this little nugget. Usually the sight of anything remotely related to the Periodic Table brings back some very unpleasant High School flashbacks. But this one? If I could I’d pin it above my desk! I rarely feel the need to get technical when I wrote. It’s usually a spur-of-the-moment, body-slammed-by-inspiration thing. Sometimes however, especially when I -yuck- edit, I need to keep track of tropes, archetype characteristics, precedent of motifs and all the other nuts and bolts of storytelling that I find fascinating (and hardly find anyone to discuss with…)

And hey! Bloglovin finally decide to acknowledge the existence of this humble blog! I’ll have some customising to do tonight! For now however I will have to sign out. I am sadly entering the pointless rambles mindframe and it is lunchtime anyway.

Till next time,

Lia the bookworm!