Whimsy Wednesday :: in which a boy has a genius-crush on Ami and the monster of the week paints romance novel covers or something.

29 Oct

I was just thinking about this episode yesterday. It’s the one with the boy who’s Ami-chan’s academic rival and crush.

OH! Since we’re into the Jupiter segment, the intro has changed again. There’s Crystal Tokyo lighting up, and they’re skipping already into Venus being in the intro too I guess so they don’t have to change it when she shows up since there’s not as much of a timegap. And it’s all full of Crystal Tokyo stuff and the, uh, mysterious Moon Princess in her pretty, gigantic dress.

I’m not sure why the intro is so focused on Mako’s earrings. But apparently they’re a big deal.

Urawa, his name is here. And he’s psychic. And Ami’s academic rival. Except for they’re friendly rivals. Because he has a crush on her and her academic prowess. “No matter how I feel about her… nothing… forget it.”

And meanwhile Rei-chan is hitting on Mamoru and he’s uncomfortable and having angry internal monologues.

Usagi, giving Urawa a picture of Ami without her permission is sketch. Don’t do that thing.

And Urawa has a Rainbow Crystal

Also I really enjoy that it’s called the OK Cram School.

But he’s psychic so he knows this is going to happen. Ohhhh. Dark Kingdom, I don’t think you knew what to do about the fact that your monsters have magical powers.

“I’d rather die than become the servant of a demon!” “Accept your fate like a good boy.”

“Likewise, Sailor Mercury… is also here!” Yes, she is.

Zoisite is kind of an arrogant ass.

And Urawa is kind of Bruce Banner, except in junior high and psychic. But there’s a little bit of that in here. Urawa doesn’t want to be a monster because he doesn’t want to use his pocketknife arms to strip Ami-Mercury’s uniform off while she hovers midair in front of some evil doilies.

“If I turn into a monster, please kill me without hesitation!”

He just turned into the monster. And why is it that monsters always say their own names. But the monster ~still has a human heart~ so he attacked Zoisite and now Mercury has the crystal and now the monster is growing in size to fight and Sailor Moon is here to fight.

Also he spits razors. I’m not even sure.

This is a very silly attack and Moon Tiara Action just planted the tiara on his head. Now he’s dancing funny while he refreshes.

Where did Mercury hide the Rainbow Crystal? Down her top? No she’s still holding onto it.

Tuxedo Mask just showed up to whoosh his cape and “quietly withdraw for today.”

Now Urawa is changing schools and the girls took him to the train station. He’s also referring to Ami by her last name. And she says no refer to me by my first name. And she just gave him a better picture of herself. Aw. The only time Ami will ever even fleetingly express clear interest in anyone.

“Those meddlers.” Queen Beryl occasionally sounds like a Scooby-Doo villain. Also, “Zoisite, will you take responsibility for this situation?” Queen Beryl says. After Zoisite talks some she adds, “You know what will happen if you fail, don’t you?” This vibe is so vibey.

And Usagi nearly drops the Moon Stick.

Aw, the mousy painter with giant glasses.

And there’s a painting that looks like the Moon Princess and Tuxedo Mask. Because the painter has been having… visions or something. I forget exactly but the girl is asking them to model because she reminds her of something.

The poor lonely painter girl who’s okay not having friends because she’s, uh, drawing good paintings. “Whenever I’m drawing, I make a wish in my heart.”

“Those who can’t make themselves happy can never make others happy,” Mamoru grumbles. He’s an asshole.

Also, saying that she can’t reveal herself because she’s not beautiful… uh, the artist girl is kind of adorable. Yumemi. She’s cute.

“He’s so pretty. But I’m scared.” That is a wonderful reaction, Yumemi. And Yumemi turns into a monster that’s a weird angel thing. They’re going to battle on an abandoned construction site. Those are convenient in action settings.

It always interests me which monsters Sailor Moon finds scariest. Although the fact that Veena can use a feather to draw rocks in the air that can then fall on Sailor Moon is scary, I guess.

“Sailor Moon! You handled things very well on your own!” Thanks, Luna.

Now Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon are having a ~moment~ over the Moon Locket.

Moon Healing Escalation still makes me laugh. I don’t remember the translation I grew up with but it’s funny.

Awww, Yumemi is going to come out of hiding to show her paintings and she’s painted such pretty things because Usagi has given her the courage to be herself. It’s pretty adorable.

–your fangirl heroine.

she said sarcastically

Television Tuesday :: Deadwood and relationships, part five.

28 Oct

I can’t settle tonight on one specific theme, so I’m just doing a few different things.

One.  Trixie (Paula Malcomson) and Sol (John Hawkes).  This is the first of the explicitly non-platonic relationships that I’m going to discuss during this series, but it’s important.  I pretty much always forget how early into the series that this relationship starts, but it’s only a few episodes in that they meet, really.  And there’s something endearing about the way that Sol treats her: he doesn’t exactly treat her like an angel, he’s aware of what her profession is, but he has a sort of schoolboy air about her.  “Do you think she’s pretty?” he asks Seth (Timothy Olyphant), in a way like he’s sort of looking for Seth’s validation for his little crush; he later goes to the Gem and all he does is talk to her.  He doesn’t even proposition her, he just invites her to come shopping at his store.  Trixie is embarrassed by this attention, because it’s far from the sort she’s used to; Trixie’s reaction to kindness tends to be abrasiveness, because she’s used to expecting that people only do things with ulterior motives, and that continues to be true with Sol for their whole relationship, really.  But sometimes there are these adorable little moments where they’re just so cute.  The exchange about her purchases (I can’t find the exact quote anywhere), for example.

Two.  Charlie (Dayton Callie) and Joanie (Kim Dickens).  I go back and forth about which relationships are my favorites, but Charlie and Joanie are definitely at the top of the list.  They first meet and for a while it’s the dance of politenesses and stilted half-admissions that she feels necessary and he goes along with because it’s how you get by in that society even though he’s not the “type,” but then gradually the conversation gets more natural.  He asks her about his coat, she offers that she’s going to run a business, he mentions his new business, she not-so-subtly subtly tells him about the meeting that other business owners are having.  Their relationship looks on one hand like the authors just drew two names out of a hat and wrote a scene with the characters, but it builds the foundation for this relationship that is so important and so pivotal to Joanie’s character and to Charlie’s role in the camp and the narrative.

Three.  Sofia (Bree Seanna Wall) waiting in the doctor’s cabin while Alma (Molly Parker) talks to Trixie, not understanding what’s going on because she doesn’t speak English but figuring out that something is wrong and going over with her tiny little mouse-voice and sharing with Trixie her name.  It’s the first time that Sofia says her name in the series, and Trixie is also the one that she told the names of her sisters to in episodes prior.  Alma may be Sofia’s mom, but Trixie is her cool aunt for sure.

–your fangirl heroine.

pretty girls

Monster Monday :: defense of monster metaphors in haiku

27 Oct

Many monster tales
Endure because they serve as
Transformation tales

People become them:
Zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts
And in doing so

They force the viewer
To examine human fears
Through inhuman means.

Sometimes this is more
Effective than other times,
This is very true.

Other times it is
Easier to look at our
Anxieties thus.

It’s not a perfect
Form, but monster narratives
Are not just scary

If they are handled
With care.  They cannot just be
Totally dismissed.

–your fangirl heroine.

i scienced the thing

Sundry Sunday :: the essential me nonsense activities

27 Oct

This is just a list of ten activities that make me happy.  Because that seems important.  And I’m compiling all of my essentials, apparently.

  1. Baking cupcakes that are infused with alcohol.  Or baking normal cupcakes and then pouring alcohol in the batter.  (I do this with a basic red velvet recipe I found online once, I add crème de cassis, I call it my bloody red velvet and mostly what it does is make the cakes look marbled when they’re done and makes them a bit denser.)
  2. Pondering fictional analogues (my favorite since last summer has been Eric, Godric, and Nora as Melchior, Moritz, and Wendla of Spring Awakening; I also recently came up with A Song of Ice and Fire analogues for all the sailor senshi; the __ as __ posts I do here occasionally talk about it).  I am disturbingly good at this, and it usually overwhelms people when I talk about it too much.
  3. Alphabetizing things.
  4. Color-coding things.
  5. Otherwise finding ways to organize things.
  6. Painting fingernails (usually my own, because they’re there and it’s something I can do while doing other things that has a pleasant end result, but I enjoy doing other people’s too) or faces (well, not face paint, but in the way of costume makeup and makeup makeup).
  7. Painting anything.  I’m not kidding.  I paint fabric for cosplay and occasionally I paint actual paintings (apparently I have a “style,” which I didn’t realize; I paint more or less like I draw, which is cute and probably mediocre but that’s not really the point).  But I also enjoy painting things as basic as walls sometimes.  It’s soothing.
  8. Driving alone or with the friends who won’t judge my singing voice and blasting music really loudly (rock musicals with friends, more often or not; anything from Kate Nash to Delta Rae to MS MR to who knows what else when I’m alone).
  9. Watching reality television shows about clothing with my mother (usually shopping for wedding dresses or designing clothes, i.e. Project Runway).
  10. Doing spontaneous recreational research on subjects that interest me.

–your fangirl heroine.

minimal patience

Spoiler Alert Saturday :: my thoughts on The Book Of Life

25 Oct

In the form of a series of random observations, because… well, I really think it’s important for y’all to see this, it was a lovely and refreshing film.  I won’t summarize the plot; the plot isn’t stunningly surprising or anything, that isn’t really the point.  It’s just so beautifully crafted and sweet and it’s in the telling, sort of, I guess that’s the way to put it.

So.

One.  I really, really enjoy Spanish guitar.  I always forget how much until I hear it again and I just feel so happy.

Two. Xibalba (voiced by Ron Perlman)…

xibalba

…looked a hell of a lot like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic‘s Discord.

I’m not sure… why this happened.  But Xibalba was unnerving me for like half the movie before I had that revelation and then had to work really hard not to laugh.

Three.  I really like that Maria (voiced by Zoe Saldana) was sent to nun school to get “tamed” probably in her dad’s opinion and came back a more outspoken feminist than ever.  Who could use swords and rallied her town to fight the pirates.  And actually said “men” at one point, highlighting the predictability of machismo-driven behavior.

Four.  In a post-movie discussion, my dear mentioned that Zibalba and La Muerte (voiced by Kate Del Castillo) had a Gomez and Morticia vibe, and that was true and is a lot of fun.

Five.  I really enjoy that the message of the story was basically “don’t be an asshole.”  Maria didn’t choose Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) because he was sensitive and a nice guy, she chose him because he wasn’t an asshole and he was presenting interest in and care for her.  Joaquin (voiced by Channing Tatum)… gave her a photograph of himself and wanted her to settle down and cook his meals for him and whatnot.  And he eventually learned not to be an asshole, too, so that’s nice.  And Carlos the dad (voiced by Hector Elizondo) learned not to be an asshole, and the general dad (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) learned not to be an asshole.  And etcetera.

–your fangirl heroine.

mannerly snark

Film Friday :: the essential me filmography

24 Oct

So I realized last night that while there are a lot of key elements to understanding “the essential me” the medium that I rely on most heavily for casual referencing purposes is film.  These are not necessarily my favorite movies (though lots of those are on this list) but they’re the movies that I (and my friendgroup) would be most likely to reference in casual conversation.  Please don’t judge me for this list, incidentally.  I judge myself enough for everyone as far as some of it is concerned.

The majority of these date back to high school/early college, because that was when our primary cultural reference was apparently created and cemented.  There are inside jokes and horrible “remember when we watched the thing” stories.

  1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  2. The Room
  3. Sleepaway Camp
  4. Grindhouse
  5. Repo! The Genetic Opera
  6. Almost Famous
  7. Kill Bill
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. Serenity
  10. and… okay, so Spring Awakening is not a movie (and gods willing never will be) but I can’t think of anything else more appropriate to round out this list, all considered.

–your fangirl heroine.

you don't say

Things in Print Thursday :: and someone else’s list of top children’s historical fiction.

23 Oct

This is just based on the first 100 items on a list found on goodreads and I wanted to go through and see how much of it I had read.  Bolded titles are ones I have discussed before in this series.  Underlined titles are ones not about little girls.

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Felicity: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp
Samantha’s Boxed Set by Valerie Tripp
Kirsten’s Boxed Set by Janet Beeler Shaw
The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
Molly: An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
Kit’s Boxed Set by Valerie Tripp
Josefina: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Addie: An American Girl by Connie Rose Porter
Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
The Little House collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery

36 items or 36%, only 3% of which is not primarily about girls (and two of those items I didn’t read until later in life).

–your fangirl heroine.

ahaha no

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