Mar 16 2009

Revolutionary Girl Utena, eps 1-2

No, I’ve never actually watched it before! I just read the manga. I’d heard the general population of LiveJournal saying it had influenced Princess Tutu a lot, but I didn’t realize it was that much. Tutu’s fairy-tale narrator openings are a direct visual rip from the opening of the first episode! The shadow puppets’ voices are like the crows’ voices!

The music is deeply insane.

So far, I’m liking Wakaba and Utena’s relationship more in the anime than in the manga. In the manga Wakaba’s feelings for Utena were set up as being pitiable, because Utena herself didn’t do anything to indicate she felt anything for her, and because Wakaba was so jealous and insecure. Here, they actually seem to be friends – Utena teases Wakaba without Wakaba freaking out! (Though Wakaba doesn’t know about Anthy yet, so there’s still time for the dynamic that bugged me in the manga to develop, I guess.)

(I’m very smug how much of the Japanese I can understand. I turned away from the screen to check on something for a few seconds, and understood nearly all of the dialog without looking at the subs. It wasn’t a scene that used many complicated words, but still! I kinda speak Japanese! (Working for a Japanese company does not do much to convince me of this, because whenever they want to tell me something important, they have the English-speaking guy do it.))


Nov 03 2007

Phenomena

1) There is a Rue-san in my class. She even looks like Rue. I keep having to exert myself not to call her “Rue-chan.” She is six or seven years older than I am, so it would possibly not be appropriate.

2) Sometimes grouchy, disdainful cats wander around in public places in Japan. People crowd around them to pet them and take pictures, ignoring the huge flock of crows sitting on Nagoya castle in the background, or the Daiso employees trying to get across the aisle with a cartful of ceramic bowls. The cats merely walk on, slowly, tolerantly, reminding themselves that these creatures, too, have their place in the world.


Oct 31 2007

People who are not me need to start using Second Life.

Because Silver Rose Designs, which I already liked due to its very nice free clothes, has Kraehe’s dress from Princess Tutu. And this is important information about which, at present, no one but me cares.

The designer also has outfits from that one show with, like, the alchemists, though she has sneakily called them something else. They’re not quite as impressive, though.