The subs for episodes 4 and 5 of GOLD came out recently. THANK GOODNESS. It's the perfect palate cleanser I needed after finishing Jyuui Dolittle. GOLD is just fantastic. Yuuri is amazing and it's the first time I'm even a little annoyed Nagasawa Masami (there is something about her mannerisms that can just drive me up a wall) but she's actually pretty funny here. And I live for her and Amami Yuki's interactions. They are, pardon the pun, GOLD.

I also finally got around to watching the Liar Game movie. I'd put it off for quite some time, because I was less than impressed with the second season. But I really liked the movie. Where I just trudged my way through the episodes of the second season and got annoyed with the non-ending, I actively enjoyed the movie. I laughed out loud more than once, too. Picspam and Spoilers, SPOILERS I SAY )

HOLY CRAP

Jan. 27th, 2011 10:06 pm
OK, so... I watched episode 8 of Jyuui Dolittle and... I don't even know what to say.

THE SCENE IN QUESTION )

(ONLY ONE EPISODE LEFT, THANK GOODNESS)

Dolittle 6

Jan. 21st, 2011 09:05 am
Because I want my flist to suffer as I am, I've decided to do a picspam/recap of sorts for Jyuui Dolittle episode 6. In this week's A Plot, Tottori is recruited by his mentor to help a town being terrorized by a wild boar. Apparently it busts through plate glass windows, rips plastic bags out of shoppers' hands, and makes a get away into the forest.

The plan is to capture it and release it back into the wild far away. That, or, you know, shoot it's ass.



A veterinarian is a business... and part time boar tracker )


Well, I'm still slugging my way through Jyuui Dolittle and I can't even tell you why. I'm not particularly enjoying it but I so desperately want to that I'm holding on for dear life. My issue is that the show isn't about the three actors that gave me reason to watch it in the first place. It's about the owners of the week and their pets that happen to have the exact same issues as their owners, or, you know, another person who happens to be appearing on the show that week. It's like being hit over the head by a giant metaphorical hammer. Repeatedly. It's painful.

Let's look at episodes 4 and 5...Spoilers )

Totally off topic, but I'm really enjoying Pretty Little Liars. My only issue is taking Ian seriously. Because, when I look at him all I see is Young Jarod from The Pretender and can only assume this is some temporary alias.
So, instead of posting on a genuinely excellent drama (Joseon X-Files - I just watched episodes 7 and 8 last night and WOW. That was some excellent television right there. This show is just really fantastic from the stories to the camera work. It's more like a movie than a drama), I'm going to post some random screenshots from Jyuui Dolittle, which is.... not an excellent drama.

They do take their hamster health VERY SERIOUSLY though.



Spoilers for ep 3 )

Mockingjay

Jan. 4th, 2011 01:42 pm
Finished the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. I haven't been that affected by a book, since, well... The Hunger Games. But that also probably has more to do with the fact that when I get around to reading, I read more romance novels than other genres. In fact, after finishing Mockingjay I immediately finished the last of Lisa Kleypas's Hathaway books and have moved on to Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. What with all the tv watching I do, what's a bit more brain-rotting? Besides, they're fun. Lord of Scoundrels is turning out to be just as funny and charming as everyone said.

Back to Mockingjay and The Hunger Games books in general... SPOILERS, OMG. )

I really can't recommend this series enough. Has anyone read anything else by Suzanne Collins? Is it all as good as these books were?

I'm pretty psyched for Eona: The Last Dragoneye to get released in April. Besides that, I don't have much on my plate as far as reading. Probably just some more romance until I burn out on it, as I do once in a while.

Finished watching the first episode of Jyuui Doolittle and... I'm still not sold on it. I want to love it, because it has Mao, Shun, and Narimiya Hiroki with BONUS ADORABLE ANIMALS. But I keep finding issues in everything, like how Tottori has this huge veterinary complex and does all these complex tiny monkey eye surgeries by himself. Or why Asuka suddenly needs to find a place for her horse after the surgery. Um, where were you keeping the horse before that it can't go back? I know she can't sell it, because who is going to buy a horse who might never recover from it's leg surgery and need to be put down. But seriously, the horse had to live somewhere before. Her father had been dead for a while, so someone was helping to pay board for it. I know it's a small thing and often with dramas you have to turn your back on logic, but it really bothered me.

Speaking of the horse. I think it's hilarious that they kept calling it "her" when it had a big old horse penis hanging out there for everyone to see. Just make the horse male, what the hell.

Plus, that cat puppet. OMG. The cat puppet. I still can't get over that thing.

The monkey was pretty freaking adorable though.

More complaining, this time about anime. I finally watched Cowboy Bebop a while back (yeah, a decade+ later than EVERYONE ELSE) and I feel like a horrible anime fan (though I baaaaarely watch it anymore) when I say: I just don't get it. The animation was cool and the music was awesome, but the story? I couldn't get into it at all. There were episodes here and there that were fun or interesting, but the overall arc of the show left me cold. I liked Spike, but I really didn't give a rat's ass about his past.

Anyway, I watched the first episode of Samurai Champloo last night, though I'm not sure why, since it's pretty much going to be the same thing. I'll give it four episodes and we'll see.

I think my main issue is that I'm a shoujo girl at heart. I watched the first few episodes of Princess Tutu and am way more interested in finishing that, though right now it's pretty silly.

I also watched the new ep of Pretty Little Liars last night, because everyone seems to be crazy over this show. I liked it, I just had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on. I guess I need to play catch up on the first half of the season.

ETA: WAIT, MORE DRAMA STUFF! I want to know what everyone is watching this season. Right now I think I'm only going to check out Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta (aka that hopefully completely ridiculous one with Toda Erika and Miura Haruma. Though TimelesSubs is fansubbing it, so it might take foreeeeeever). Nothing else has really sparked my interest, which is probably for the best because there is older stuff I'd like to watch.
1. I hate printers. I have a daily sparring match with the one in my office. I think it forgets how to be a printer every night.

2. I hope all my fellow Americans had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I know I did, except for the getting stuck in Chicago traffic for three hours. But, I was hitting the city at rush hour Wednesday night, so I really only have myself to blame. My sister and I used our down time to make a list of all the different state license plates we saw (28 + Ontario) and attempted to find a decent radio station. We did, however, learn (to her horror) that there is such a thing as flying snakes.

Random story regarding my extended family. Apparently two of my uncles aren't speaking to each other after an event that occurred back during the summer. We had a cookout for my Grandparent's anniversary (and because my grandpa suffers from ever progressing dementia). The uncle who hosted the event has a dog, a pit bull, named Rufus, who is just a complete sweetheart. A second uncle asked if it would be OK to bring his dog, Walker, a labradoodle, a curly-haired, adorable, idiot, over. Uncle #1 OKed it, but said they would have to keep an eye on him. And they did. As long as Walker was on his leash, he and Rufus got along great. It was only when Walker was off his leash that he got a little over-excited. Note, we're talking about the labradoodle, not the pit bull here. But on a whole they got along pretty well.

Well, one of my cousins, daughter of Uncle #3, who is a complete princess, but I'm not going to get into that here, decided she'd go get her dog and bring him over. Her dog, Yogi, is a French Bulldog. So, quite a bit smaller than the other two. Well, the second she set him down, Yogi goes after Rufus. Rufus, understandably so, I think, bites Yogi. He drew blood, but Yogi is fine. My family had left by this point, so everything I know is second hand. But apparently there was much yelling and Uncle #3 blaming Uncle #1 aaaaand... now they aren't speaking.

This just supports my belief that we may graduate from high school, but we never leave it behind.

3. Saw Deathly Hallows and looooooooved it. I've only read the book once (when it first came out), so I feel a great desire to read it again now. Though, I think this may be the first time that I like a movie version better than the book. It may even unseat PoA as my favorite HP movie. The only downside is that it's so serious, it doesn't lend itself well to multiple viewings.

It's a beautiful film and I loved everything about it. I also cried like a freaking baby at Hedwig and Dobby's deaths, just like I did when reading the book. So, obviously afterwards I had to go watch this:

Go here for the better quality version (with captions!) that I couldn't embed.

4. Another year of NaNo fail. I was moving along pretty well for the first half of the month. Then I got occupied by other things and generally lost heart with the story. I need to do some more research so I can get more comfortable with my story. I should also probably decide on the rules for the universe I'm creating. :/

5. What is everyone watching right now?

My Can't Miss TV Schedule includes Community, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead. I'm going to attempt to pick up Jyuui Dolittle. Maybe I can get through the first episode this time? Secret Garden also looks promising. At some point I need to go ahead and watch the Liar Game and Nodame Cantabile movies. Crap! I need to watch Unubore Deka as well.

Better hurry up so I can include these in my year-end drama countdown!
Watched the first twenty minutes of Jyuui Dolittle and had to turn it off because:

1. I'm not starting anything new until after NaNo, dammit!
2. He was about to perform major surgery on a horse by himself
3. Shun's whole look. I know it's for the part, but damn. Mao is adorable as always.
4. The cat puppet. OMG. THE CAT PUPPET.

I really hope things get better when I return.

Vampire Diaries 2x06 - "Plan B"

THIS SHOW. It just doesn't stop. There is no down time. If there is ever an episode that's a little slow I'm disappointed, which totally isn't fair because NO show can go full throttle 100% of the time. TVD does its best to prove me wrong though. DAMN SHOW.

First, let's mourn the pretty that was Mason Lockwood. It needed to be done, though Damon is starting to tilt over the line for me. He did acknowledge he was wrong to provoke Katherine at least. But he's starting to annoy me more than he amuses me.

Poor Stefan! I honestly can't remember a scene like that one where the girl gets to do the breaking up and the guy is just so heartbroken. I loved it.

Caroline is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, though Bonnie took a step in the right direction for me. I've always supported her stance on vampires, because it's good to have someone on that side of the argument. But it never sat right with me the way she treated Caroline. It wasn't Caroline's choice to become a vampire and she just became one. Yes, she killed a guy, but it kind of broke my heart that Bonnie reacted the way she did. I could see it if she didn't know the person, but Caroline's been her friend for years. I'm so happy they spent some time together.

Also: Katherine is so evil! Granted, Matt's kind of been on my list since he broke up with Caroline. I mean seriously, he goes from one day professing his love for her and then turns around and decides that she's too crazypants? Not cool, dude. Not cool. Though I do hope he makes it out alive, because Caroline would be super sad. And she already had to wipe her mom's memories after they reconciled :(

TV!

Aug. 24th, 2010 09:50 am
rosdrise: (mad men - betty is PISSED)
I stalled on Ashes to Ashes a while back as it wasn't really holding my attention, but picked it up again recently. Episode 5 was great and the first 14 minutes of episode 6 are shaping up to be a repeat performance. This is really such a solid show, I only wish I understood more of the slang used. I feel like I'm missing out on a lot.

Leverage 3x11 - "The Rashomon Job" was A.MA.ZING and easily my favorite episode ever. What a stand-out effort. I love when shows play around with story-telling formats. The running gag around Sophie accent was spectacular and only one of so many great moments. Good job, show.

True Blood 3x10 - "I Smell a Rat" - Not a terrible amount of action in this episode, but I still enjoyed it. Lots of pieces being moved around and set in place. Sookie kind of cracked me up this episode, but if I were her I'd be a hell of a lot more wary of Bill, especially after Tara came clean about what happened to her on top of the secrets he's been keeping. Bill may love Sookie, and he was trying to keep her safe, but that doesn't excuse letting Franklin terrorize Tara. Speaking of Tara: I loved the scene between her and Jason. Fantastic acting by both parties. Also, I love Pam.

Mad Man 4x05 - "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" - WOAH. This show. I can't even. I know pretty much all of fandom hates Betty Draper, and understandably so. She's an awful woman-child who is front-runner for Worst Mother of the Year. Yet, I can't help but be really invested in her story and I'm not even exactly sure why. Maybe it's residual pity for what I felt towards her in the first season? I don't know. By all accounts I shouldn't stand her, she doesn't have any admirable qualities. But when she just started laying everything out on the table for the psychiatrist without any prodding all I could think was "Oh, Betty." She really needs someone to talk to and I really REALLY hope they go more into her childhood. They've hinted at it so many times up till now, I'd love to see a flashback like we get for Don.

Also, that scene with Joan in her red dress and Roger in his stark white and gray office was so beautifully shot. I love the way this show looks.


QUERY! - My music selection is in desperate need of some revitalization. Anyone have any suggestions for good work-out songs? What do you guys listen to when you want to get PUMPED UP!?

ETA: HOW COULD I FORGET TO MENTION THIS? I am very excited about the upcoming Oguri Shun/Inoue Mao (with bonus!Narimiya Hiroki) drama. It does my little Rui/Makino shipper heart good (as much as I love the Domyouji/Makino endgame, I can't help but ship R/M in the beginning). But... the title. QUESTIONABLE CHOICE, JAPAN.

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