zhadrani: (luffy pwns enel)
So. :|a

I reacted, let us say, Not Well to the Zoro section of OP 597, and it's only been through much ranting to [livejournal.com profile] whiteadelphi and soul-searching and awesome conversation that I've been mostly reconciled to it. Not entirely! There remain issues, but at least I'm not making lineface every time I think about it, now. Instead of reiterating, I'm just going to link to the post WA made that contains basically our whole IM conversation on the topic.

To clarify before we even start, my problem wasn't at all to do with the plain fact that Zoro asked Mihawk to train him and humbled himself terribly in the process. In fact, that hardly comes up in our massive combined tl;dr AIM conversation, and I'm surprised that a lot of people seem to have issues with it. Not like he hasn't shown that he'll sacrifice his dream for Luffy at this point, after all. And yeah, it's painful and shaming and he had to throw away his pride to do it, and he doesn't care, he'll get on his hands and knees and press his forehead to the floor and hold there, bleeding all over Mihawk's carpet until the man agrees to train him, and then look so thrilled and happy when he finally does (>.> socute). I thought that was awesome, actually, it hammers in just how far he'll go—he won't just die to protect Luffy and his dream and the rest of his crew, he'll humiliate himself in front of his ultimate rival and live and get stronger in order to better support him, too.

...Which is the thought which sparks my ACTUAL problem. >_____> So here are the links.

Links and more stuff under the cut )

Edit: Now with links actually added, derp.
zhadrani: (smiley ace)
Vil—while on exams hiatus!—drew a short MallowMateys Straw Hat doujin featuring Michiko and Zoro that I've been meaning to flail about for days. I will also take this opportunity to flail about Zoro+Michiko in general, as a warning, haha.

I got permission to post the doujin here, too, in order to better facilitate flailing. And also so I can just have it on here forever. :D It's read right-to-left, Japanese-style. (...Vil is the person who plays Michiko, btw, haha)

Doujin and Flailing )

Other Stuff, including reaction to OP 587 )
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...By some standards, perhaps I'm completely unqualified to remark upon the last episode in Season 5 of Supernatural, "Swan Song". In October of last year I got frustrated with the online fandom and aspects of the storyline and, without making any particular decision about it, quietly stopped watching. The last episode I saw before tonight was 5x04, "The End", which I enjoyed a great deal.

So I've missed whatever problems that I've heard the edges of, that fandom had with the rest of the season. Monster-of-the-week hunts in the middle of the Apocalypse, too much heated strife between the brothers, the twists and turns and reveals of the myth-arc, etc. I also missed the impassioned, highly polarized, and by turns euphoric and venomous opinions of the individual fans as the episodes aired. Their understandable preoccupations with certain characters, the squeeing, the dissecting of every scene.

And, naturally, the details of what happened.

However. By and large, I consider this to be a good thing, and regardless of my own qualification to speak on the matter, I'm going to say a few words about "Swan Song", having watched it clear-eyed, blank of the layers of bright colors and emotions of immediate context, save for a quick Wikipedia look-up for the episode summaries of the span that I'd missed. I went into it with no expectations on my mind other than, "I want to see how this ends. I want to see what the boys do. I want to see who they are, at the end of this."

That said.

SPN 5x22 )
zhadrani: (AGH OH NO Shanks)
So. I've said a few times in the past that I didn't know if I'd keep reading OP after Ace's death. And I still haven't read that chapter, nor do I ever anticipate doing so. Thinking about Ace being dead still makes me feel sick to my stomach and my heart hurt, so. I just avoid thinking about it.

That said, I've found myself continuing to read. Because as much as I still love Ace, there are other people in One Piece whose fates I'm pretty damn invested in as well. People who we haven't seen in a while, and whom I yearn to see again, as well as people who are on the battlefield right now, fighting for their lives. Not to mention the mysteries whose answers are being dangled before us.

So. Onto this week's chapter.

Seconds of Courage )
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Ah, thank you so much for the gift, [livejournal.com profile] fashi0n_mistake!!

...I just typed out this HUUUUGE, point by point reaction post to One Piece Chapter 0, and this week's White Collar, and Glee, and then accidentally went to another page and it was GONE. X_____X. ASKJL;LDK.

I'm not doing that all over again, DAMMITALL, SO. Highlights.

One Piece Chapter 0, White Collar, Glee, and life )

Glee

Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:33 am
zhadrani: (Default)
Y'know, I really liked the pilot ep way back, but the second one bored me and I stopped watching. In a fit of crazed procrastination I caught up recently, and I kinda...well, it's kinda entertaining, XD.

NOT the parts that most people seem to like, though. I mean, I don't know what everybody else is smoking, but I find pretty much all of the main (white, straight, able-bodied) characters boring as hell and/or complete assholes. Um, yeah, even the vaunted Mr. Schu, I think he's a fucking jerk for continuing to lead Emma on, and despite good intentions he screws up a lot with the Glee kids. Finn, Quinn, Rachel, Puck, Terri, all no-goes for me. Pretty much the only "main" characters I like are Emma--guh, Jayma Mays with the Bambi eyes and red bob and germ phobia, she is adorable--and Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch is freaking hilarious in her utter evil.

But...but the side characters are awesome. I mean, my favorite of the whole bunch is the precious, dorktastic, "Other Asian" pop'n'lockin' football player Mike Chang, who has so far had one line and some kickass dance solos, and whose every scene I have re-watched far too many times (HOTTEST CHARACTER ON THE SHOW, ZOMG).

But all of those crazy side-characters are great, from Asian Tina (whose stutter is totally not believable, LOL) with the gorgeous voice and far too little screentime to Artie with his guitar and his one-liners (and much better voice than Finn, haha), to Mercedes with her take-no-shit attitude and adorable relationship with Kurt and rockin' pipes, to Kurt himself, that brave, adorable, fabulous boy, even through Matt Rutherford (still no lines?!), Santana Lopez, and Brittany.

Man, I think it's that I didn't really do the whole high school angst and drama thing when I was in high school, I just had a really tight, diverse group of friends that had a blast, and I think that the side-characters could be that kind of awesome group of friends. I would totally watch an entire show devoted to those friends and their glee-club shenanigans! I REALLY hope we get to see more of them, later, and they get better development!!

Otherwise I will be continuing to fast-forward through a lot of this show. >_>

...OK, so some of the musical numbers are awesome. I repeat, some! More than a few suck. But the ones that are awesome...whoa, mindblowing! 0_0 Kristin Chenoweth ep for the musical win! \o/

The End

Oct. 1st, 2009 11:00 pm
zhadrani: (YAAAAAY)
I have no words. I just wanted to jot my initial reaction down quick before I check my flist and other people's reactions inevitably harsh my squee, but SPN 5x04 )

More coherent thoughts later, maybe.

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Had alcohol for the first time tonight. Legally, since it's six months past my 21st birthday, because I am such a straight-laced white hat on the issue. Just a half a glass of champagne, which was both better and worse than I thought it would be. Didn't taste particularly good (no surprise), but I finally understand the phraseology I've always heard/read used with regard to alcohol--that it goes down warm. Because it does, even though the bottle was cold, and isn't that an odd sensation to feel down your throat. Friend remarked that this was why she ended up drinking vodka at 6 AM in the freezing morning in Russia this past year, XD.

I think the resulting good feeling and ease of conversation was due to good company and fun circumstances, and perhaps the placebo effect, because I don't think even a first-timer like me can be much affected by half a glass of champagne, but all around it was a very enjoyable night.

On Supernatural 5x03, I could say more, but I'll (try to) be brief.

SPN 5x03! )

zhadrani: (YAAAAAY)
Listen to a Lesson about 弟妹
!!!

This chapter has killed me. I am writing to you from beyond the grave. )

ONE PIECE IS THE MOST AWESOME STORY EVER TOLD. EVER. THE END.

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