Mar. 6th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Marathoned it over four days. My heart. I cannot imagine waiting for it an episode per week. The tension would kill me. I feel so lucky to get to watch it at once and then go backread all the forums and relive all the squee.

I love that it's about someone trying to find his confidence again and someone trying to find his inspiration again. I love the tender unfolding of their relationship. I love the gorgeous ice skating. I love the opening theme. I love that there are no bad guys, only people struggling with their own fears and doubts. I love how much it surprises us, over and over.

Now that I've finished it:

(1) I want to throw my money at DVDs and CDs but where are the English releases?!!

(2) I'm really hungry for katsudon.

I'm almost afraid to watch Season 2 when it comes out because Season 1 was just so good.

"No matter what the real world thinks of this work, in the world of this work you will not be discriminated for what you love. I will definitely protect that kind of world." - Mitsuro Kubo
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Let's party like it's 2009.
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Last weekend, I watched Lawrence of Arabia, for the very first time.

It is something I have been meaning to watch for years.

And now, just like after Hikaru no Go, and after Avatar: The Last Airbender, I feel like running around, waving my arms, and telling everyone who will listen how COMPLETELY AWESOME it is.


Why did no one ever tell me this? (Except for all the people who awarded it seven Oscars and called it bigger than Ben-Hur and gave it 98% on the Tomatometer.)

Do I even need to talk about why it's so awesome? Or are you all eating popcorn and thinking, "Um, we know, it only came out, like, fifty years ago?"

Peter O'Toole is brilliant. If he never did anything else in his life, he would be remembered for this. His Lawrence is riveting to watch, by turns awkward and passionate and charismatic and arrogant and anguished. A man who fits in his homeland as poorly as in his army uniform, who acknowledges, "I'm different", who has "a great hunger for desolate places". The movie is a psychological portrait of a complicated man in an impossible situation, and I cannot imagine anyone else doing the job he did.

The script is brilliant. Some of the lines are electrifying:

"I think it is far from Damascus."
"Nothing is written!"
"They're going to get it, Mr Bentley. I'm going to give it to them."
"Do you think I'm just anybody, Ali? Do you?"
"The best of them won't come for money. They'll come for me."

The direction is brilliant. People talk about the match blowing out into the sunrise, but what I will never forget is his shadow running ahead of the cheering army, his feet striding across the roof of the train, his silhouette against the sun.

Why isn't there a comm for this? There ought to be a comm.

I have read my way through Yuletide and am working my way through A03.

I am hunting down A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia next. Though I don't know if I can bear to watch someone else play Lawrence now.

I've started reading Seven Pillars of Heaven:

I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands
and wrote my will across the sky in stars
To earn you Freedom, the seven pillared worthy house,
that your eyes might be shining for me
When we came.

New fandom. Fallen hard.

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You graduate from law school. You become a defence attorney. You get to run murder trials! You get to question witnesses and investigate crime scenes and collect evidence! You get to fight for justice! Best of all, you get to bang on the table in court and shout "Objection!" Who wouldn't want to be a lawyer? XD

It reminds me of the Sierra adventure games I loved as a kid, where they knew how to tell a good story: one with characters who mattered, emotional highs and lows, and a deeply satisfying ending. Here the stakes are always high, with an innocent person wrongly accused, and the real murderer roaming free. The cases are like brilliantly plotted detective mysteries, with as many mindbending twists as Jonathan Creek. That is the real highlight of the game - the chain of revelations, each overturning all our previous assumptions, done to great effect in the courtroom confrontations. And then there is the continuity, character histories woven in so that the cases are personal, and this link between past and present makes it feel almost epic.

It seems impossible that it could get better than this. I am awed that it apparently does.

(Postscript 1: I am pleased that this is a very forgiving game, which simply doesn't allow you to clear the stage until you have completed all the necessary tasks. Unlike some other games where you can hit a dead end, because of a key you missed picking up six hours ago and have no way to go back for.)

(Postscript 2: Edgeworth was such an ass to begin with! Every time he smiled that supercilious smile and wagged his finger rebukingly, I wanted to punch him in the face. (Who the hell *does* order a second autopsy report anyway?) But, well, I guess it turns out he's a poor woobie after all.)
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On Saturday, I went over to [livejournal.com profile] leenabeans's place for her birthday, and caught up with [livejournal.com profile] houkoholic, [livejournal.com profile] sentxd and [livejournal.com profile] ruri_strife. We climbed Mount Annan (192 metres above sea level!), checked out the sundial (right before the sun set), and had dinner in The Outback (well, the restaurant).

Also, [livejournal.com profile] leenabeans lent me the first game of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

And, er, that was kind of the rest of my weekend. >_<

Okay, I finally get what everyone is on about.
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It's kind of like Hikaru no Go all over again.

Five years after everyone else has already discovered the series--

after they have laughed, cried, and cheered their way through it--

after they have packed away their Go boards with fond farewells--

I'm running in, waving my arms, shouting, "Guys! Guys! Guess what--!"

So, um, yeah. I've been watching my way through Avatar: The Last Airbender, after some initial delays (Sister: "I've looked and looked, but the only episodes I can find are the English dubs!" Me: "Uh, so I didn't mention it's an American show?" Sister: "...").

And wow. Guys! It is even better than I had expected, even after all your rave reviews.

I went in knowing three things:

1. Asian fantasy world! With actual Asians!

2. Big story arc!

3. Everyone loves it!

(Well, and the fourth thing, which is that the upcoming movie has been shamefully whitewashed by Hollywood.)

Now I can add: complex characters, great relationships, solid stories, moral dilemmas, and witty humour. Animation so fluid and backgrounds so lovely you can *see* the time and money poured into them. Elemental bending that is real martial arts. Flying bison and platypus bears and other bizarre and wonderful creatures.

If I had watched this when I was a kid, it would have been my Mysterious Cities of Gold and Monkey Magic and Dungeons and Dragons all rolled into one. And that Season 1 finale, man, as dramatic and satisfying as any I've ever seen, east or west, kid or adult, with a fantastic part one not let down by part two but instead paying off to the max. And then Season 2 getting darker and more intense, until I'm thinking, "Whoa, they did *that* in a kid's show?" And now Season 3, which is sadly close to the end of the journey, but still an fantastic journey, so damn well put together, and so much fun to watch.
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I've been trying for days to work out how to post about this without sounding completely insane. But maybe that's impossible. So I'll just have to tell it straight. If you're wondering where I've been for the past month and a half, I've been immersed in another world. The world of Hikaru no Go.

What is Hikaru no Go? It is 23 volumes of manga. It is also 75 episodes of anime. But most of all, it is one brilliant, absorbing, wonderful story.

Half of you are probably thinking, "Um, yeah, where were you three years ago? Under a rock?" And the other half of you are probably thinking, "What's so fascinating about Go? Isn't it, like, a board game?"

For those who aren't already familiar with the story, this review at the Anime News Network provides an excellent summary. I'm going to quote from it:

I will not try to hide my unabashed love for Hikaru no Go, the story of a young boy, Hikaru Shindo, whose mind becomes the home for a Go-playing ghost named Sai. Set free when Hikaru stumbles upon the Go board in which he had been inhabiting, Sai is a master Go player whose love for the game, and desire to play the "divine move" has kept him in the world for over 1000 years. Sai’s enthusiasm for the game slowly draws the hitherto uninterested Hikaru into the exciting world of Go.

Volume One quickly establishes what will become the central conflict of the series, the rivalry between Hikaru and the young prodigy Akira Toya. Akira is the son of the best Go player in the world, and even though he is only a sixth grader, he can compete with many professionals. Hikaru stumbles into a Go salon in order to indulge Sai, and picks out Akira for a match since he is the only kid around. Although Hikaru says he never has played before, aided by Sai he defeats Akira. Akira is shocked, not believing he could be beat by the likes of Hikaru who cannot even hold the pieces correctly. Akira demands a rematch which Sai wins, but seeing Akira's passion for the game sparks a similar feeling in Hikaru's heart...

To quote [livejournal.com profile] supacat, apparently also one of Those Who Came In Late, "I really feel like the last one to arrive at the party with this fandom, sort of like if I just read Harry Potter for the first time yesterday and wanted to run around telling everyone how great it was, and everyone was like, look we told you to read it like two years ago, come on."


Touya, how can you be so intense...?

Is Go more than just a game...?

Are you trying to play 'the Divine Move' just like Sai...?

- Hikaru, Chapter 6


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