gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (GRR ARGH)
Currently rewatching Angel season 4; it truly is the best season of any television show ever, as far as I'm concerned. I sat down this evening, meaning to just watch one episode, and ended up watching four because the cliffhangers were so good. Even knowing what comes next, I still have to watch to see it! I totally remember, during the first run of this season, going on IRC and squeeing with [livejournal.com profile] enkiae over the ending of each new episode, being all "ZOMG DID YOU SEE THAT [spoiler] JUST KILLED [spoiler] AND TURNED OUT TO BE EVIL, HOLY CRAP, I CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK!" (Or NEXT MONTH in the case of those evil, evil end-of-sweeps cliffhangers. A certain Oedipal tryst, for example?)

I'm almost up to the season-ending Jasmine story arc, which of course features the awesomeness that is Gina Torres (a.k.a. Zoe from Firefly/Serenity); currently, [livejournal.com profile] enkiae's favorite character (who is also one of my favorites) just lost her head temporarily, and a certain Sunnydale resident just returned to deal with Angel's personal demons. WHY IS THIS SEASON SO DAMN EPIC
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I scare me)


I OBEY MY DALEK OVERLORDS

...so, memeage.

This is one of those "assign a pairing to each number, then answer questions about each number" memes, so here's the list:

SIX PAIRINGS I LIKE:
1. Tatsuya/Jun (Persona 2: Innocent Sin)
2. Doctor/Rose (Doctor Who)
3. Nathan/Peter (Heroes)
4. Buffy/Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
5. Angel/Cordelia (Angel)
6. Katsuya/Maya (Persona 2: Eternal Punishment)

THREE SHIPS I'VE ABANDONED:
7. Veronica/Logan (Veronica Mars)
8. Anya/Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
9. Wesley/Lilah (Angel)

THREE SHIPS I'VE NEVER LIKED:
10. Tru/Harrison (Tru Calling)
11. Scott/Emma (X-Men)
12. Squall/Rinoa (Final Fantasy VIII)

TWO SHIPS THAT HAVE PIQUED MY INTEREST:
13. Akihiko/Junpei (Persona 3)
14. Chase/Victor (Runaways)


(If you're planning on doing this meme, make your own list before you click on the cut and get spoiled for the questions.)

Questions and answers )
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (RAISE TEH ROOF WOOO)
HOLY SHIT I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (RAISE TEH ROOF WOOO)
Yay, my Overstock package came today!

...though I kinda wish it had held off a day, because I find myself casting lustful looks at Digital Devil Saga 2 and The Wizard of London, but I CAN'T PLAY/READ THEM because I have a paper/presentation due tomorrow that I have to finish, not to mention the last 200 pages of Mansfield Park. x_x

I AM listening to my new Angel score soundtrack - "Live Fast, Die Never" - and enjoying it immensely. I loved the music in that series, and I only wish they'd release a score soundtrack for Buffy too (so far they've only had a couple of bonus tracks on the musical album and a couple on the normal soundtrack album). They even include some demon karaoke! :D

In my neverending quest to break brains (and spurred on by [livejournal.com profile] jokersama's shining example) I proffer to you Homestar Runner pr0n.

Let's Positive Linking, Political Edition!
- In case of disaster, save rich people first! I'd like to see this bigot try to make it by on $5.50 an hour. (From [livejournal.com profile] ahebert.)
- Onion: Dick Cheney dropped by White House HMO. IF ONLY. Maybe then he'd be a little more sympathetic and less assy. (From [livejournal.com profile] ryuusama.)
- Kid's class project on the Bill of Rights gets the Secret Service called in. Featuring your friendly quisling neighborhood Wal-Mart! (From [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon.)
- Man passes counterfeit $200 bill. What I find funny is that the cashier TOOK IT. We are talking about someone seriously gifted here, folks. XD

Edit: *looks at subject line* Hmmm, looks like someone was predicting Season 4 in their song. XD
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (RAISE TEH ROOF WOOO)
Well, I just got back from Serenity. OH. MY. GOD. I laughed, I cried, and damn Joss Whedon for making me laugh again even AS I cried.

First, the non-spoilery stuff. (And don't worry, any spoilery stuff is under the cut.) The audience at the showing I went to was pretty good-sized (like, the theater was packed), which is especially good for a 12:30 Friday matinee. It was pretty clearly primarily Firefly fans, but there were non-fans there too who seemed to really enjoy it.

I can now say definitively that you don't have to have seen the series to see the movie. Joss sets up the few things you need to know about the backstory pretty well, and then just goes to town. (This is not to say that you shouldn't see the series if you have a chance, though, because a lot of the moments are just SO MUCH MORE EMOTIONAL than I think they would be to a non-fan. I don't know if non-fans would cry, but if you're a fan you will choke up if you have ANY VESTIGE OF HUMAN EMOTION AT ALL.)

And for the Firefly fans, let's just say that Joss takes everything you expect from a Firefly movie, and ramps it up like times a thousand. Everything you hope for, or secretly fear, he gives you and gives it a million times more emotional impact than you expect, and then adds stuff you'd never expect.

I have to give Joss and the cast credit - he takes your emotions and swings them around like a dead cat on a ceiling fan; he puts the characters through eighteen different kinds of hell, and the cast sells it like you wouldn't believe. It helps that they'd already done the series before, and so the chemistry and emotion is all already there, but still...DAYUM.

Oh, and stay for the end of the credits if you want to hear a poignant version of the Firefly theme. :D

Now, the spoilery stuff. If you plan on EVER watching Serenity, do NOT click on this cut, or any comments this entry may spawn, until you've seen it. I'm a self-confessed spoiler whore, but this is NOT a movie you want to be spoiled for. )

...seriously, this movie is SO GOOD. Is it wrong that I want to go back tomorrow and see it again? XD

But I mean, seriously, I hung around the mall for another 20 minutes after the movie, had a 35-minute walk home, spent 10 minutes writing this entry and I'm still kind of sniffly.

Speaking of the walk there and home though, it was better than I expected except for the FUCKING BEES. Seriously, I'm not sure whether it was a) that I had just washed my hair with orange-scented shower gel before leaving, or b) was wearing a black and gold T-shirt, but seriously, it seemed that every fucking bee between here and the Sycamore Mall was intent on divebombing me and molesting my hair. Seriously, DO I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING FLOWER?

...I must have looked hella funny on the way home, though. Flailing wildly around my head, occasionally breaking into a run to try and outpace the bees, and occasionally roaring "get the fuck AWAY FROM ME AUGH," all the while looking about this far away from bursting into tears again. XD
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Finally finished Firefly in preparation for Serenity tomorrow.

...DAMMIT, KAYLEE, HE"S EITHER NOT INTERESTED OR GAY. Seriously, it gets painful watching her throw herself at Simon time after time and getting nowhere. I understand diffidence, but at this point it seems like the only way she could even get to first base with him would be to show up at his door wearing a whipped cream bikini. And even then, he'd probably be all, "aren't you cold? Let me get you a blanket!" And then he'd make some stupid comment about how she's the only woman he has a chance with, and she'd get offended. >_<

Zoe and Wash are the cutest couple ever though. They are officially my OTP with regards to this fandom.

It could have been Mal/Inara if they weren't both PIGHEADED AND STUPID BEYOND WORDS when it comes to their relationship or lack thereof.

Also, after the finale I'm totally looking forward to what they do with River in the movie. It's pretty clear that the movie centers around her in a way, and in light of her capabilities (and more apparently in reserve, as the trailers show) I'm hoping they do some interesting stuff with River.

Though, since this IS a Joss event, I'm deathly afraid he's going to kill someone. But if he does, NOT JAYNE WASH OR ZOE PLZKTHX.

...is it sad that I'm totally counting down the hours until I go see the movie tomorrow? XD
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Seifer's wide open (by flashbulb_icons))
Finally got around to watching the first few eps of the Fruits Basket anime. I have much love for the manga, so I was worried about the anime (especially since the series is so short), but my concern turned out to be unfounded. It seems to have done a pretty good job of things so far.

I am greatly amused by the fact that Yuki has a higher voice and sounds more feminine than Tohru, though.

Also, an article EVERYONE should read: TIME interviews Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman in a joint interview. Two of our greatest pop culture treasures for the price of one! It's worth it if for nothing other than to hear Joss and Neil snarking about Catwoman. XD

Though there was an interesting thing mentioned in the interview: apparently Neil Gaiman is doing a Death: the High Cost of Living movie. (New Line will be starting it next year, under the title Death and Me.) *insert a very manly SQUEEEE*

And a meme:
Chances are people you don't even know are being introduced to your journal every day, either randomly or through someone else. In addition to recent entries, people can get to know you better by what you posted in the past. With that in mind post a link to your entries on this day three months ago, six months ago, nine months ago, a year ago, and two years ago. If there was no entry on that day, link the closest date.

[Three months] [Six months] [Nine months] [One year] [Two years]

...Wow, I'm boring. XD

Edit: ...funnily enough, in looking at the post after that "two years ago" entry, it turned out to be about the announcement of Advent Children. It was titled "Just as long as they DON'T REVIVE AERIS."

...

...damn, sometimes I hate being prescient.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Fursuit Mario (by Sam of VGR))
You know, if they do a PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII, what I'd be most looking forward to seeing? How they handle the Honeybee Inn sequence. XD

Anyway, this weekend [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 came up to Iowa to visit. And you know, I totally had not realized how much I missed either of them until they got here. I was like "...DAMN, but it's good to see you both." XD

We mostly just hung out at my apartment and tried some of the restaurants in Iowa City (the Airliner, the Hamburg Inn, and someplace even I'd never tried before, Joe's Grill). We did go out to a movie theater and see Corpse Bride though, which was really good (and a testimony to the fact that that execrable remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a momentary glitch).

I showed Advent Children to Vinnie (whose thoughts on the plot ran similar to mine). And We Love Katamari was a hit with them as well. Also, they brought up my Gamecube, so we played quite a bit of Super Smash Bros.: Melee. (And now I can pick up Tales of Symphonia in the near future, since [livejournal.com profile] vaulted_eel's posts have made it sound so tantalizing.) We also tried to watch part of a MST3K episode, but it was sadly unfunny (atypically for the series) so we skipped watching the rest in favor of some Greg the Bunny.

It was a really fun time, but all good things must come to an end, right? So they headed out this afternoon, and I spent several hours working with polymer clay (it's harder than you'd think) and reading voluminous academic treatises on literary theory. Bleh. I also watched an episode of Firefly - I'm trying to watch the last few episodes before Serenity comes out this weekend - and was reminded that GODDAMN THIS SHOW IS GOOD.

And speaking of Serenity, a quiz result )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Two of the scariest things in the world are united: evangelical Christians and mimes. ph34r. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.)
- Apparently, Akira Toriyama felt the need to put Super Saiyans into Dragon Quest VIII. XD
- Here's a new Konami game I'd heard nothing of before [livejournal.com profile] jokersama talked about it in her LJ: OZ (Over Zenith): Rhythmical Combination. Apparently it takes place in "a world oppressed by gods and their envoys," and features a little girl named Dorothy in distress (along with her little red demon Toto). Three main characters set out to save her, who I'm sure correspond with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion: Feel (apparently the main character), Almira, and Leon. The "rhythmical combination" battle system seems pretty cool - basically you play catch with the enemies or something along those lines. (I hope it has support for 3P play.) I also really like the music in the first and last trailers, but that's not the thing that has me most intrigued. The last trailer shows the heroes apparently summoning the Flame Champion and Koroku from Suikoden III (at about 5:45) and Robbie the Rabbit from Silent Hill (at about 8:35). HOLY CROSSOVER BATMAN
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Boy genius (by biteme65))
What would y'all do without me to draw your attention to retarded fan drama? (Link is to IMDb "Serenity" board.) Basically, a guy claims that Serenity is a cheap ripoff of Star Wars. He also claims that Star Wars is OMG SO ORIGINAL, which, no. Just, NO. (I love Star Wars, and it was groundbreaking in many areas. Plot was not one of them.)

This time, though, I have to come down firmly on the side of the Whedon fans. I love Han and Leia as much as everyone else, but (even pushing aside the mostly disappointing prequels) complexity was never the series' strong suit. Comparing Star Wars to Serenity is like comparing Marmalade Boy to The Wallflower - technically they're in the same genre, but there's really no comparing them; they both have very different aims and ways of achieving those aims; they both have quality in their own right, but in comparing them, one or both are definitely going to suffer. x_x

Also, in completely unrelated news, I think I'm actually getting the hang of this grad school thing. For the first few weeks I was meek and quiet, because I was totally "everyone else is saying such intelligent stuff, and my ideas are all like DUH LOOK AT ME I R STOOPID!!!1!" but now I've gotten to the point where I've regained my MAD LIT-READING SKILLZ as well as some confidence that what I'm saying isn't completely irrelevant and might, in fact, be actually worth saying. So, yay for me?

Edit: Let's Positive Linking, Gamer Edition!
- New publisher to localize Wild Arms 4, Shadow Hearts 3. Overall this doesn't look too bad - there's a WA4 in-battle typo, methinks ("exection"?) but the story text seems to flow well. Supposedly there are English SH3 screenshots as well, but they seem to be MIA. (Fear my gratuitous acronym usage!)
- No SuikoI+II for you? Apparently the Suikocompilation will not be released over here. ;_;
- Dragon Quest VIII to be released with FFXII playable demo! Looks like someone's pulling a Brave Fencer Musashi - was there anyone who honestly bought that game for itself and not for the playable FFVIII demo? I know I bought it solely for the demo, and then was like, "hey, there's a pretty fun game packaged along with this demo!" XD

Edit 2: Whoa, this is my 800th entry. x_x
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Default)
Just finished watching the Rhapsodia trailer at Suikox.com. And all I have to say is...holy shit, this looks like it might be the best Suikoden game EVAR. With a shit-ton of returning characters, SRPG gameplay and even goat-people, how can this game not be good? (Now let's just hope it has the Iron Chef cooking contest from SuikoII!)

And dude, the trailer ends with Brandeau, Kika and Edgar getting ready for the big fight in which Edgar dies and passes on the Rune of Punishment to Brandeau. :D :D :D

Also, Suikoden V has been announced. With an astonishingly feminine-looking male protagonist, dressed in an off-the-shoulders outfit. Quelle surprise. Ah, Konami, it's nice to know there are constants in life: water will always be wet, the IRS will always insist on its pound of flesh, and Suikoden protagonists will always be gay.

Edit: And, in case you've forgotten, Serenity (aka The Firefly Movie) is coming out at the end of the month. And I know you're all going to see it, right? RIGHT? T_T

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