Because everyone knows that it’s true…
(via archaical)Source: awutcomic.blogspot.com
I started watching Junjou Romantica when I found it scrolling through a list of shows on Aarinfantasy.com. At first I really didn’t think I’d like the show too much, and I found the art a little too different for my taste. I started watching the first few episodes slowly, stopping around the fifth or sixth episode before starting a different anime.
When I decided to finish the anime series that I had started, I put Junjou Romantica on the top of my list. What started as a task to get the series over with became an enjoyable watching of the show, and I really got into the series. I came to love the art, and I find myself with the fans wondering about a season three.
I love the characters, and the show always found a way to make me laugh. However, the entire show wasn’t comedic - there were plenty of romantic scenes sprinkled with tension. I also love the way tells multiple stories in the same series - there’s a main couple, and other couples that have ties to some of the main characters in one way or another. That same style is shown in Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi, which I am still fangirling over, by the way.
Story: This series does revolve around more than one couple, so besides the main plot there are a few subplots here and there. However, since most of the characters’ relationships overlap, this isn’t too confusing for most people. This does have some episodes completely dedicated to certain lesser couples, pulling away from the main storyline, but it is a refreshing break from some of the main couple’s drama. The beginning is fast-paced and strong in its romance, but lessens a bit as the series goes on, focusing more on the dramatics and comedic sides of the show, along with multiple obstacles that cause most of the tensions later in the episodes.
Lovability of characters: I really do get into each of the storylines, despite all the characters, but I sadly can’t remember all their names. It’s not that the character’s aren’t memorable, but once you get sucked into the story, it just starts playing itself out and you don’t really bother to remember names anymore. Obviously Usagi and Misaki are the easiest ones to remember, since they are the main couple, but after awhile the faces are easiest to recognize rather than names. The characters all have their own personalities, however, and no ‘main’ character seems to be flat or unmemorable.
Art/Animation: The animation was pretty smooth, there was no real unique form of animation that stood out from typical anime. Whenever there was a joke or a humorous moment, the style shifted to a chibi art form, and when there was a romantic moment the shots were mainly face close-ups. There were a few extra animations in certain parts to emphasize movements.
Ending: I actually found the ending to be a little disappointing. I felt like the last few episodes were leading up into something big, and then the last episode not only felt like it was only a few minutes long, but it felt like a typical episode. I mean, it was good, but not nearly what I expected. Honestly, I felt like the first few episodes of the first season had more action and tension than the last episode of the second season did. Some fans are holding out hope for a third season, though.
BL Factor: This show is all about the BL. While there are many BL moments throughout the entire show - thanks to the multiple story lines - I believe most of the sexual tension between the two main characters occurred more in the beginning of the series and gradually died down throughout the length of the show. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but while I kind of missed the crazy first episodes, I feel it was the right way to go with the fan base and everything.
All in all: 4/5 rating
So now that I’m done with Junjou Romantica (for now; I haven’t heard of a release for a third season), I was referred to a new anime done by the same artist: Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi.
I have to say to that I absolutely LOVE this show. Like freaking ADORE it. Take my feelings for Antique Bakery and Loveless and multiply them by three, and you get my love for this show.
First of all, it’s about editors in the publishing business, so that’s pretty awesome. Then they go from literature to manga, so that’s another nice point for me. Also, Usagi-san from Junjou Romantica happens to cameo in the first episode, so I squealed a little bit there. (Yeah, I should get the squealing under control when I watch stuff by myself.)
I’m not going to say anything else about the plot; I’ll save that for my rating. But I just started the show, so I have a few episodes to go before I’m near the end. Next time I hope to have my ratings for Junjou Romantica and Antique Bakery, up in that order, so look for that. Till then, I’m off to watch more episodes!
So I have a wonderful friend that was generous enough to allow me to borrow her collection of Host Club DVDs. (I love you so much!!)
I started watching it when an ex-boyfriend of mine showed it to me on a Netflix DVD and my neighbor showed me a few episodes on his On-Demand. I had been hearing about the series for years, but never had much incentive to read the manga, especially since I was into so many series at the time.
But I’m glad I got into it. It certainly paid off: the series is wonderful! I did watch the series in English (I gotten into watching more anime in English lately) but I still found it very well done. I love the storyline, and every episode makes me laugh in some way. My heart throbbed more than once during the series, and it’s definitely a show I would love to fan-girl about with other fans.
I hate giving spoilers, but basically, if you’ve never seen the show or read the manga before, the series is about a girl who has gotten into a prestigious, rich-kid show on scholarship. One day, she stumbles into the Host Club’s room and accidentally knocks over a very expensive vase. The Host Club then decides to allow her to work for them to pay off her dues. The funny part is that (most) of the club does not realize at first that she (Haruhi Fujioka) is a girl, and has her work as a male host!
The show does not disappoint on humor, and I highly recommend it to any shoujo fans. The art is pretty shoujo, but even fans of shounen might enjoy the series as well.
Here is a link to the show’s Wiki page, as well as a place where you can watch the show online:
Also, you can read the manga here: http://www.mangareader.net/211/ouran-high-school-host-club.html
Story: As with any story, there are a few episodes that go a little off-topic, but they all tie together to add to the character’s backgrounds.
Lovability of characters: OMG THE CHARACTERS! I have to say that I love the characters in this series. While Haruhi is the main girl, she is very laid-back. She’s not very girly, but she’s not too tomboyish either. The other characters are mainly pretty boys, but of course those are the kind of boys that I like so… :3
Art/Animation: I love the effects used in this series. They’re all lovey and girly, totally appropriate for this show. There is also a live action drama based on the show, and they actually use exaggerated, anime-like effects in their show as well!
Ending: I found the ending very emotional, and very cute. I kind of wished there was a little bit more, but oh well. It was satisfactory for me, and made me ‘aw’ and have goosebumps all over.
BL Factor: This show isn’t really a BL story at all, though it is commonly referenced amongst yaoi fans. The biggest factor contributing to that, I would have to say, is the characters’ pairings in the Host Club activities. Honey-sempai is always with Takashi-sempai, Kyoya and Tamaki pairings are frequently brought up amongst fan girls, and of course the twins Kaoru and Hikaru have a very ‘close’ relationship in the show. I think that the twins add most of the BL factor, and if I was grading just based on them the rating would be higher… Garh, I love those twins!
All in all: 4/5 rating
I’m convinced that RDJ knows exactly what slash is and purposely promotes it in all of his films.
And his wife fully supports it.
Just for funsies I’m going to remind everyone that RDJ told Rolling Stone
“A lot of my peer group think I’m an eccentric bisexual. That’s OK. Being relaxed about sexuality is something you’re born with…[My bisexuality] was manufactured. I didn’t have an identity. I was playing around. I expressed it. I grew up in the Rocky Horror Picture Show world, where even my butch friends turned out to be androgynous on Saturday nights.”
Robert Downey Jr. is kind of the perfect human being.
I figured that since this is a blog for my fan girl-ness, I might as well rate the things I watch/read, you know, for anyone who actually reads this who is interested in my opinions. I decided to rate based on story, lovability of characters, writing/art, and the ending. Also, for my yaoi business, I will rate on how high the level of BL is in each show/manga.
If you think I’m taking this too seriously, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this in the first place. But if you need a new show to watch or a new manga to read, I hope my ratings help!
I know I said I was going to start watching Antique Bakery… but I finished it yesterday. I know… I watch things too quickly.
But I totally got into this one! I mean, a story about a bunch of beautiful guys running an antique-turned-cake-shop, throw in that one gay guy and some drama and it’s like the life I want to live, lol. It definitely climbed to the top of my favorite anime list.
However, it’s more of a BL show than yaoi, and hardly that. The only thing that steams up the setting is the existence of one gay guy, Ono Yusuke the pâtissier, who happens to be the ‘gay of demonic charm’. Not much happens, and there is one kiss in one episode (which aggravated me because there were quite a few ‘almost-kisses’), but one of the straight guys does end up falling for Ono-san eventually.
All in all, it was a cute, adorable show relationship-wise, but also held an air of maturity with the storyline of the main character, Tachibana Keiichiro, who had to be my favorite character. I won’t talk about everything that happens, but I have to say, while I loved the ending, I wish there was more. I plan on checking out the manga to see if that’s the case, but I did hear about a Korean movie based on the manga, so I want to go see that as well to see if it is as good. According to reviews it is a pretty great movie, but I’m used to watching Japanese dramas, so I’m not going to be familiar with any of the actors. Ah well.
If you want to know more about the series, either go read the manga, or you can watch the episodes starting with one here: http://www.lovemyanime.net/anime/antique-bakery/ (Aarinfantasy has the videos too, but their website seems to be acting up.)
Or if you just want the info, here’s the link to the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antique_Bakery
Yeah, so for those who know me, you know I’m a huge yaoi fan, whether you like it or not.
I tried to get out of it once, actually, and spent a whole year yaoi-less. It was working until… Well, I dunno, but I got back into it again. Seems like this addiction is a little harder to break than some of my other ones.
Anyways, I decided to go back and finish all the animes and mangas that I had started but had never finished - because I’m tired of doing that. I went back and finished watching all the episodes of Junjou Romantica 2, so I was pretty excited. :3
Actually, I must say that the eleventh episode held more excitement for me than the twelveth one; the last one just seemed to be a little fast, and had an abrupt ending. Perhaps this means there will be a season 3, but that’s uncertain.
So in it’s place, I’ve started a new yaoi (since I can’t seem to find anymore episodes of Princess Princess) called ‘Antique Bakery’.
Actually, it has a way longer Japanese name, but I don’t feel like typing that right now. (It apparently was also made into a live-action movie that I have to go see now.) Anyway, I love anime that has a bakery involved; I’ve just always been like that. I’ve only seen episode one, but I like it so far. It’s a different art style than what I’m used to, but the opening and ending sequences are pretty amazing and I love the music. Also, I love how this series blends in the CGI and the 2D anime style, though it was done in 2008, so it’s pretty noticeable if you don’t like that sort of thing.
As far as I can tell, this series is more BL than yaoi, so it’s not as hardcore as, say, Gravitation or something like that. That’s fine with me; easier to explain to anyone of my family members who walk past when I’m watching it. (They just always assume that because of the way they’re drawn, one or both of them is a girl. Except my eleven-year-old sister; somehow she can always tell. It’s creepy.)
The 7th gif in your folder is how you felt this morning:
The 30th gif in your folder is how you will feel ten minutes from now:
The 25th gif in your folder is how you will feel 10 days from now:
The 12th gif in your folder is how you will live 10 years from now:
The 3rd gif in your folder is how the same sex sees you:
The 20th gif in your folder is how the opposite sex sees you:
The 2nd gif in your folder is what you will dream about tonight:
The 10th gif in your folder is how your children will act:
The 15th gif in your folder is what your parents thought when you were born:
The 13th gif in your folder is how you will act at your wedding:
The last gif in your folder is how people will feel at your funeral:
Yeah… My gif folder is kind of a whore for Supernatural pics, I guess. :3
Okay so I reached 2,600 followers yesterday and I’m in a good mood so I’ve decided to do a giveaway for all my lovely followers!
The giveaway consists of the following:
- Sherlock: Sign of Four - book
- Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet - book
- Sherlock The Hound of The Baskervilles - book
- The Adventures of Sherlock Homes - book
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - book
- Merlin Series 3 - DVD
- Thor - DVD
- War Horse - DVD
- Iron Man - DVD
- Iron Man 2 - DVD
- Captain America - DVD (not shown in picture as it has not arrived yet)
- JVC GC-FM1 Camcorder - worth £70! (giving it away because I have 2)
- And last but not least - a dancing monkey speaker. What more could you want!? It’s a monkey that dances to your music! holy cow.
Oh and I’m also throwing in a giant Loki poster -
- Must be following me - (x)
- You can reblog as many times you want.
- Likes do count.
- Have your ask box open so I can contact you if you win.
- I will post anywhere in the world.
- I will pick at random.
It will end 8pm 1st July GMT.
Good luck! :)
If the winner is outside region 2, the DVDs may not work so I will replace them with a different gift so you don’t loose out.
You know I’m very busy. Whether you know me IRL, or just online as Tempest, I have a lot of projects I work on (even if they all aren’t so important). Just for those who know me on one site and would like to see my other works, or those who know me IRL but not on the Internet, or if you don’t know me at all and would like to, here are some links to the sites I am most active at. (I am not including my FB; my Facebook is only for those I know IRL.)
GaiaOnline(Under Construction): http://www.gaiaonline.com/profiles/t-e-m-p-e-s-t__x-v/27748715/
I am also an avid Literate Role-Player; I began doing role-play on GaiaOnline, but I also have a few sites I am currently active on.
Paradise Academy (InvisionFree Forum): http://z13.invisionfree.com/ParadiseAcademy/index.php?act=idx
Coexistence: A Pokemon RP (InvisionFree Forum)(Under Construction): http://z15.invisionfree.com/Coexistence/index.php?
God Help The Outcasts (InvisionFree Forum): http://z15.invisionfree.com/GodHelpTheOutcasts/index.php?act=idx