Month: February 2013

Sally Beauty February Mini Haul (Sale!)

Everyone run, run, run to Sally Beauty right now (especially if you’re a Beauty Club member) and take advantage of these fabulous nail polish deals before they expire.  I believe these sales are only available through tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?

If you’re a Beauty Club member, you should have received an email coupon for $1.50 off China Glaze polishes.  There is a two polish limit, and you’ll pay just a little more than if you purchased them through an online distributor, but if you like to look at polish in person before you buy it, then it’s still a pretty good deal.  I picked up these two beauties:

China Glaze Mosaic Madness and Grafitti Glitter

From the new(ish) Glitz ‘N Pieces collection (Bits & Pieces?  I don’t know, everywhere it’s listed differenty), Mosaic Madness (blue) and Graffiti Glitter (green).  Sidebar: graffiti is spelled incorrectly on the polish bottle.  I was going to snatch up the silver one, but then I realized I have at least three polishes that look exactly like it, so I passed on it…for now.

Next up was the Orly 2 for $11 sale — which is still sort of high, but whatever, I wanted to get my coupon for next month — so I put these two on the counter:

Orly Hot Shot and Gilded Coral

Say hello to Orly Hot Shot (super neon red) and Gilded Coral (the very work appropriate pink).  What do you think of the new bottles?  Personally, I’m not a fan.  I could always tell my Orlys by the purple cap but now…eh.

I was immediately drawn to the new Finger Paints collection, so I had to pick up this shade:

Finger Paints Fishin' for Fun

Finger Paints Fishin’ for Fun.  Love the glitter, hate the name.  Then I brought it up to the register and surprise!  Free coupon bonus!


Any Finger Paints purchase came with a free bottle of Finger Paints top coat!  I am never one to turn down something for free okay.

And finally, my bottle(s) of Seche were at that horrible point in their lifespans where they have about 1/4 of the bottle left but they just turn into disgusting, thick mush.  I have no idea why this happens.  I’ve added thinner and you just can’t salvage it.  So, I had to get a new top coat and it came with another coupon surprise…

Seche Vite top coat and base coat

A free Seche Vite base coat!  I’ve never used their base coat, but I needed a new one anyway since my bottle of Orly Top 2 Bottom was biting the dust, so I’ll see how it works out.

For all of these treasures, I only paid $30.96 before tax, including my Beauty Club savings.  Plus, I got a 15% off coupon to use between now and March 10 on my receipt.  Annnnd I spent enough to earn my 15% off reward for next month.  I approve, Sally Beauty, I approve.  Hope you can catch these sales before they’re gone!

Disney Movie Marathon #3 – Dumbo (Where Everybody Gets Wasteddd~)

I’m skipping ahead a couple films in the Disney Movie Marathon just because I watched Dumbo for the first time in years and years and years over the weekend, and well…there’s a lot to talk about.  Dumbo was never my favorite movie as a child.  In fact, I can’t remember if I ever even watched it the entire way through.  What I do remember is the fact that I would play those Disney Sing-Along Songs videos over and over until little me knew the words to every Disney song by heart and didn’t even have to look at the screen anymore.  Do you remember those?  They were the shit, my friends.  Basically, for thirty minutes at a time, you were immersed in the wonderful world of Disney music, where this owl from “Fun with Music” and sometimes Ludwig von Drake (who is one of my favorites) would go through songs from Disney movies according to theme, karaoke style.  Oh lord, did I play the shit out of those tapes.  Well, anyway, every single song from Dumbo was featured on one volume or another, so even though I didn’t really know the plot, I could sure sing along to the Casey Jr. song or be extremely immersed into the psychedelic universe that had pink elephants.

So, over the weekend, I got this odd desire to watch whatever Disney movie had the Heffalumps and Woozles song in it, and I couldn’t remember if it was Dumbo or Winnie the Pooh.  It turns out, what I really wanted to hear was “Pink Elephants on Parade,” but for some reason, kept interjecting it with the “Heffalumps and Woozles” lyrics…yeah, so much for my great memory.  But Netflix Instant had Dumbo and not the Winnie I wanted to see, so I guess I chose correctly.  Now, for those of you like me who can’t remember shit about this movie other than a flying elephant, let me recap it for you.

Every mommy in the circus decides to have babies on the same day, and all the storks are super busy dropping off cute little animals into their new homes.  However, one elephant in particular, Mrs. Jumbo, doesn’t get her precious bundle of joy, so she pouts awhile.  Luckily, one stork was just lost as hell, so he drops off her package the next morning, and little Jumbo Jr. was born.  Yes, Jumbo Jr.  Anyway, all her elephant friends are talking smack and want to see the baby, but when one particularly witchy elephant tickles him, he sneezes, and out pop these gigantic ears.  Of course, everyone decides to make fun of him, and the baby is nicknamed Dumbo, instead of his given name.  What a bunch of animals.  Literally.

Mrs. Jumbo loves her baby so much, she doesn’t give a shit about his ears, but oh, when people make fun of him, especially these bratty kids who are somehow allowed to touch a baby elephant and yank on his tail and shit, Mrs. Jumbo goes postal, her eyes turn red, and she spanks one of the kids with her trunk before raging in an attempt to bring down the circus tent.  You go girl.  This leads her to be quarantined in solitary confinement for the rest of the movie, so she can’t see her kid.  Now, the rest of the elephants start talking more crap ABOUT A NEWBORN BABY ELEPHANT, what the shit, and Timothy the Mouse goes and scares the shit out of them to get them to shut the fuck up.  He then befriends Dumbo and helps him see his mommy, as well as tries to plot a way for him to become the star of the circus so everyone will stop making fun of him.

A couple of failed attempts happen, enough to where Dumbo is demoted from being an elephant to being a clown.  Yes, you heard me.  An elephant is demoted from being an elephant.  The fuck.  And did I mention Dumbo doesn’t say a word throughout the entire movie?  While all the other animals, and even the freaking circus train, can talk and sing, Dumbo just makes little elephant noises.  God, give this kid some way to defend himself, geez.  Anyway, the clowns think that Dumbo jumping off a “burning” building into a washtub of water is such a great act that they all get drunk and try to go to the ringmaster to get him to make the building even taller and ask for raises.  At this time, Dumbo and his little mouse friend start inhaling the beer bubbles and enter this blackout drunk fantasy sequence where they imagine pink elephants going around everywhere in their freaking parade.  Yes.  You heard me correctly.  Disney characters get wasted.  They get so wasted, Dumbo wakes up in a tree the next morning.  I bet you even Ke$ha hasn’t even gotten so fucked up that she ended up in a forest at the top of a redwood.  Way to go, Disney, way to go.

So, now that my faith has been restored in that everyone wants me to go drink around the world and get wine flights in every World Showcase pavilion in Epcot when I go there in October, Timothy and Dumbo wake up in the tree with these massive hangovers and this gang of crows makes fun of them.  However, they’re just reading like the queens on Rupaul’s Drag Race, and it’s all in good fun.  But, how the hell did Dumbo get up there in the first place?  These smart crows come to the conclusion that he must have flown up there.  Seriously?  Well…I guess I’ll buy it because it’s Disney.  They, of course, want to see if Dumbo can do it again, so they give him a “magic” feather and push him off a cliff.  No joke.  But, hooray!  Dumbo really can fly!  And even though he loses his magic feather, he realizes he can still fly, and he becomes the star of the circus, Mrs. Jumbo gets her own private train car, the mouse makes millions of dollars, THE END.






I think I was better off just singing along to “Baby Mine” from my VHS tape.

Do I really need to say anything else here?  Dumbo is barely an hour long, and if I had remembered watching this the whole way through when I was a kid, I probably would have been traumatized.  WHY DID THE MOUSE GET DRUNK?  I can’t get over this.  I’m totally all for Disney not censoring things (can we talk about how they took the cigarette out of Pecos Bill’s mouth? because really, I wasn’t about to light up just because a cowboy did it on tv) because of moments like these alone.  In the 21st century, where everything has to be so cotton candy fluff for our little babies because they aren’t allowed to live in the real world until they’re 12 and having sex and going on Maury to find out who the father of their illegitimate child is, let’s just go back to the 1940s and revel in the fact that cartoon characters could get blackout drunk and have crazy trip-outs.  Time to go party with a flying elephant.  Too bad you can’t bring beer on the ride, even if it is in the spirit of this classic movie.

Featured image from tumblr.

Anime I’ve never seen (but I should probably watch)

Yes, I did look at the calendar today, and I’m aware that it’s Monday.  However, I didn’t really watch a whole lot of anime this week (ie: I only had time to watch about four episodes total), so I’ll make a double post next Monday.  I didn’t want to go without one, though, so I present to you this wonderful list of anime that I should probably watch in order to call myself a super fan of the genre.  Please keep in mind, I don’t like robots.  In fact, anime with robots (or mecha or whatever the hell they’re called) is something I’ve just never been into.  I’ve seen a couple shows with robots thrown in there at the end for no apparent reason (here’s looking at you, Magic Knights Rayearth), but I have never and will never sit down to watch a show with giant metal things shooting the crap out of each other.  There might be one title or so on this list with robots in it, but I’m trying to include shows that have massive followings or are considered classics that are ones I could actually enjoy…maybe.  Anyway, wordpress is acting really funky today, so let me get into this before it conks out on me for good.

Pictures below are all from MAL, squidoo and tumblr.

1.  Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop title

I know.  I’m ready to get crucified for this one, which is why I’m putting it out there first.  I’ve never had the desire to watch Cowboy Bebop.  I never saw it when it was on tv.  I have absolutely no idea what it’s about.  I don’t even think there are cowboys in it.  But everyone (no, legit, absolutely everyone) seems to think that this is the quintessential anime.  This is the show that will bring non-fans into the genre.  The dub is supposedly fantastic.  The story is great.  The animation is wonderful.  I just…haven’t seen it.  Consequently, I’ve avoided all reviews for it because if I do ever decide to watch it, I don’t want to get spoiled, and seeing as everyone and their mother thinks the entire universe has seen it, nobody cares and just goes through the whole plot without fail.  Ugh.  I’ve actually tried to track this down to buy it, but since Bandai’s gone under, it’s ungodly expensive.  I put it in my Netflix queue, but with the rate I’ve been watching shows lately, who knows when it will show up at my door.  Is there anyone who can let me know what this is about without ruining the whole show for me?  I just want an idea to know if I’m going to watch this and enjoy it or just watch this to mark it off that I’ve seen it.

2.  Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion title

To be fair, I’ve actually seen a few episodes of this years ago when it was available on demand.  But I was completely turned off by it, and not just because there were robots.  The dub is atrocious.  I didn’t have the option of subtitles, and maybe that will make a huge difference, but I could not listen to these characters speak.  I lived for the moments they were in the robots just so I could mute the tv because nothing important ever gets said while someone is piloting a death machine.  It’s also one of the very few anime I have dropped entirely.  Does it get better past the first three episodes?  I know this is hugely popular, but, for the life of me, I can’t understand why.  From what I saw, it was just some whiny dude jumping into a giant robot.  This franchise is so intense, and I guess the movie would be right up my alley because it’s a fantastic mind fuck, but I won’t watch that either unless I can see the stuff leading up to it.  Let me know if I should track down the Japanese audio on this one or if I should just leave well enough alone and not bother.

3.  Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Sailor Stars title

This is not a case of not wanting to watch this.  Trust me.  I’ve been wanting to see this anime since the advent of dial up internet.  I actually downloaded the final episode of the series and watched it in this tiny avi file OFF MY DIAL UP, entirely in Japanese, no subtitles.  It took about 12 hours.  It was worth every second of waiting.  I had no idea what was going on, but I cried through the entire 20 minutes of it.  I have this series (subtitled, thanks internet) and it’s sitting here, mocking me, waiting for me to watch it.  However, my OCD is not letting me skip Super S, and I’m currently on the Chibi-usa episodes from S in my Sailor Moon re-watch of doom, so I don’t know when I will ever finish it to get to there.  But one of the Starlights has my birthday.  I need to see this.  I need to see Eternal Sailor Moon in all her angel wings glory and all the new attacks and I want to see the finale make sense before the new Sailor Moon show comes out this summer.  I NEED TO FINISH SAILOR MOON.   It’s been out for ten plus years, and I am a total fangirl, so you’d think I would have done it by now.  This is on my must watch list for this year, for sure.

4.  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya haruhi

SO MUCH HYPE.  I purchased this very recently and I attempted to watch one episode, but I must have gotten interrupted by something and I never finished it.  Is this a good title, or is this just all hype?  Because honestly, once I found out it was about aliens (along with robots, I’m so not down with outer space creatures, either) I kind of checked out.  I own it, so it means I’ll get to it eventually when I start to clear out the giant pile of unwatched DVDs I have, but…I don’t know.  What are your thoughts?  Should I make time and marathon this immediately or should I just wait until the mood hits me?  I guess there’s a dance or something?  Maybe I should learn it before I go to my con this summer…

5.  Naruto Naruto cover

Despite it being one of the longest anime I could ever challenge myself to watch, I haven’t ever had the desire to rent this/start this/anything this.  I’ve heard both that it’s boring as hell and that it’s the best thing to ever grace television screens.  It would be a huge undertaking to even begin this and I’d have to finish it along with all the sequels/prequels/etc., so what’s the verdict?  Try it out?  Lord help us all if I do.



There are many more shows that I’ve never checked out that I’ve had recommended to me over and over again, so tell me, what am I missing out on?  Leave a comment, email me, at reply me on twitter, send me a message on MAL, etc. (all info is in the “About” tab at the top of the page) and let me know.  If I watch your recs, I’ll link you in the review!

Anime Mondays #11

For all intensive purposes, I really, really didn’t intend to skip a post last week.  I got off work on Monday and was laid up with the stomach flu.  Ugh.  It was so not cute, guys.  I’m better now, though, and now you get twice the anime AND a little surprise at the bottom of the post.  Hey Monday!

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers below!

[C] Control: The Money and Soul of Possibility – Episodes 1-11 C Control Cover

I actually marathoned this series in a week, even with the utterly slow menu lag times on the Funimation Roku Channel.  Ugh.  Seriously.  The lag is almost unbearable.  However, since I watched it all in one go and the series is still fresh in my mind, I’m going to write a proper review on it.  For now, think of [C] like this: it’s Pokemon with money instead of hit points and instead of catching them all, you only get one or two.  Oh yeah, and it finishes it off (not so) nicely in a quick 11 episodes.  I ranked this anime 7/10 on MAL.



Master of Martial Hearts – Episodes 4-5 Master of Martial Hearts Cover

Oh boy.  Here we go.  Let me start off with the reason I started this series in the first place: I liked the title.  Yeah.  I’m really that cheesy.  But I knew nothing about Master of Martial Hearts, saw the show on Netflix Instant and was like, “Oh, what a cute name!  I bet it’s some cute little Funimation romance title like Peach Girl and I’ll love it!”  Yeah….no.  It’s definitely not a cute little romance ANYTHING.  I watched the first episode and was utterly appalled.  Thankfully, the audio track on the Netflix stream for episode 2 was screwed up beyond comprehension (like screechy noises and high pitched sounds everywhere for no reason) so I never felt compelled to finish it.  Months, possibly a year, later, I saw the thing on the Funimation Roku Channel (how does this bring me both so much joy and so much pain all at once??) and was like, “Fuck it, it has to get better, right?  I’ll see if the audio track is messed up here, too.”  Luckily (or unluckily, I suppose), the audio worked and I watched the next two episodes.  Guys, let me tell you, this is fanservice, ecchi garbage.  The plot is so convoluted, there’s not even any sense in trying to explain it except to tell you that it’s a tournament fighter where every time one girl lands a blow on another, her clothes fall off.  If that’s your thing, have fun, but I couldn’t take it anymore.  But then…then…I was trolling around on youtube for some anime reviews to watch and I came across this gem.  Okay, after a lead-up like that for the final episode, you know I had to see what the fuss was all about, especially since I felt entirely compelled to watch part two of her review immediately.  So, I braved the lag time again and turned this shit on while I was cleaning.  Episode 4 was more of the same bullshit, but 5…oh, episode 5.  Oh my god.  I love me a good twist ending.  The more out of left field it comes, the more I like it, as long as it has something to back it up.  But this…this…what in the fuck did I just watch??  I literally put down my Swiffer and stared at the television, mouth agape, for a good fifteen minutes while the entire “plot” of the anime was spun in a whole new context that didn’t make a shred of sense.  Okay…it may be passable at least for the writers to think that it could have made sense, but there wasn’t enough back story in the anime to make it work for me.  And then the last two minutes or so…just, fuck you, Master of Martial Hearts, with your convoluted, leaves no closure even though you spent the last twenty minutes attempting to give the viewers closure, ending.  Newsflash: it’s fucking ridiculous.  However, at least they tried to salvage what little shred of credibility this show could ever possibly have by giving it one of the most ludicrous twist endings I have ever seen.  I gave it a whole extra point and rated it 4/10 on MAL because of it.  Honestly, though, don’t watch this crap.  Watch the second part of JesuOtaku’s review instead.  It’ll save you about 90 minutes of your sanity.

Blood-C – Episode 4 Blood-C Title

The goddamned song is back.  Other than an extended fight sequence in this episode where a character who I actually gave a shit about is either critically injured and/or killed, it’s more of the same crap.  I’ve officially given Blood-C a pass on my Saturday morning cartoons list.  Next.




Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 5-6 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love to watch the Mizusawa kids play in tournaments.  I’ve never seen any movie, anime, tv show, etc. where the characters all love the game they’re playing so much.  It’s the passion behind these characters that make me so passionate about this show.  Porky loses his match in the final, which means that the team is down one at the start.  But Taichi pulls one out for the team.  Score!  Literally.  However, then the other side pulls some dirty karuta dealings and splits the cards so that it’s almost impossible for Mizusawa to win…and they don’t.  Chihaya loses her last card to their ace in a tie because they touched it at the same time, and the gang loses 3-2.  However, since the top two Tokyo teams would advance, they are still moving forward.  Even though she lost her match, at the end, Chihaya can’t stop talking about how much fun she had playing karuta, I cry, the end.  Except it’s not.  Then Arata texts her, asks her if she had fun, and SHE cries because she completely did and Arata knows her so well and Taichi gets all red and wants to punch him in the face because Arata made her cry happy tears while he didn’t….lord.  My rambling skills get a workout with this show.  I just love it so, so much.

My Sister Is an Osaka Mama (Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”) My Sister Is an Osaka Mama Cover

Episodes 1-5

In my bouts of stomach flu insomnia, I needed something to pass the time.  This lovely series streamed nicely on my Kindle Fire and was only three minutes an episode.  Perfect.  It’s pretty much a bunch of cultural reference jokes, which really aren’t my thing, coupled with crappy animation, though.  Not so perfect.  It’s fine if you need something to pass the time, but it’s really not a show I’d go out looking to watch.


Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria) – Episodes 1-12 Aria the Scarlet Ammo Cover

Once again, I marathoned this show during bouts of illness insanity.  How’s that for alliteration?  I liked it enough to keep watching, which is something that’s hard for me to say about a show that’s ripe with fanservice and poorly executed literary allusions, and I ranked it 7/10 on MAL.  A full sized review is forthcoming.



You did it!  Congrats!  You made it through the entire post, even with a Master of Martial Hearts review!  Because you’re so awesome, here’s a free crunchyroll guest pass to the first reader who can snatch it up:


I’m still trying to figure out the whole youtube review thing.  The possibility is there, but so is my hatred of editing.  I don’t know which will win out.  Don’t worry, there won’t be a Martial Hearts tournament to the death to decide or anything.  I may be a mean girl, but I’m not THAT cruel.

Anime Mondays #10

Time to piss a lot of anime fans off this week with some unpopular opinions!  If you read my previous post, you’ll know why.  I swear, I need to make a list of all the anime I like that nobody else does.  You’d be so surprised…or not, if you stalk my MAL ratings.  Hey Monday!

All images are from MAL and there are TONS of spoilers below!

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 3-4 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

Remember last time I watched this and was like, “Where the hell is Arata??”  Hooray!  He’s here now!  Unfortunately, he’s only in a couple minutes of each episode, but if that’s how I have to get my Arata fix, I’ll take it.  The poor kid loses a karuta tournament, too. What a bummer.  However, back on the Chihaya side of things, it’s time for her first tournament of the season!  Thank God.  This show gets so many more brownie points when the kids actually play karuta instead of just talking about it all the time.  Plus, episode 4 is almost entirely focused on Taichi.  Oh, Taichi.  I just want him to move up to Class A.  And then Chihaya launched herself over someone to give him her towel.  Excuse me, I need a second to swoon.  ………..  Thank you.  Was it good for you?  It was great for me.  Hurry up and get here, Friday!  I need to see if the team wins the tournament right now.

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple – Episode 1 kenichi cover

Okay, I had to check to make sure the Funimation Channel was working on my Roku because it has this horrible problem lately of NOT WORKING.  Seriously, like, it takes ten minutes for the channel to boot up if it boots at all.  If I wanted to watch anime on my laptop, I would, but nay, I want to watch it on my television, AND I PAY FOR THIS SO IT SHOULD WORK.  Ahem.  Sorry.  Rant over.  I thought this show was on Netflix, too, but in another Toriko-like scandal, it wasn’t.  What the shit?  Thankfully, the Funimation Channel was working, so I got to watch the first episode of this.  As far as I can tell, Kenichi is about this dude who has no friends and uses self-help books to get him through life.  Something happened (I wasn’t really paying attention, but I’m sure this will be brought up at a later time, so I’m not fretting) and now he thinks he needs to be trained in some sort of martial art.  This girl tells him she knows of a place and when he gets inside, it’s full of freaks.  Like, martial arts masters, but still….freaks.  So Kenichi is sufficiently weirded out and wants to leave until the girl says it’s her grandfather’s training dojo/camp/whatever.  Obviously, he wants to make out with her, so now he’s caught in between hell and a hand basket.  It’s no Ranma 1/2, but it’s long, so clearly I’ll have to continue watching it.

Is This a Zombie? – Episode 3 Is This a Zombie? Cover

Well, now that the Funimation Channel was actually working, I had to exploit this to the best of my abilities.  Apparently, that meant watching another episode of Is This a Zombie? which I had started a couple months ago and stopped because I was zoning out.  Basically, this dude is a zombie (yes, it IS a zombie, problem solved!) and he lives with three girls who have paranormal/magical abilities: a necromancer, a magical girl and a ninja…I think.  It spells it out for you in the opening credits, which I thought was really cool…but I still promptly forgot.  In this episode, the zombie dude goes bowling with his bro-friend, and they make a lot of horrible puns about chicks/sleeping with chicks/hot chicks, etc.  They also go to visit this (human) girl in the hospital who was attacked by the same person who killed the main dude in the first place.  Scandal!  Plot!!!  This show is pretty mindless, so it’s nice to watch when I need a distraction.

Sword Art Online – Episodes 23-25 Sword Art Online Cover

Please scroll down or click here to read my overall thoughts on the series.  But, yes, I liked it.  In fact, I rated it 9/10.  It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching it…except for the tentacle parts and when Kirito’s sister/not-so-sister started going all Koi Kaze on his ass.  Let’s talk about the ending, though.  In a nutshell…fucking PERFECT.  If it weren’t for this ending, I would not have given it such a high rating, because you know how pissed off I get if something doesn’t end the way I want it to.  Sword Art Online had the perfect final episode.  Kirito didn’t become a murderer in real life by slitting Sugo’s throat (although for more than a few hot seconds, I thought he was completely going to go there).  Asuna woke up and was still madly in love with him.  And best of all, ALL THE LOOSE ENDS WERE TIED UP.  NOTHING WAS LEFT UNRESOLVED!!!  Oh my god, you don’t even know.  It made my LIFE to have this perfect ending, where I felt completely fulfilled with the 25 episodes.  The last episode left the plot open just enough in case there is ever going to be a sequel, but everything I cared about was resolved, so sequel away!  They had just better show Kirito and Asuna getting married or something and having little virtual reality babies.  Adorable.  Just adorable.

Blood-C – Episodes 2-3 Blood-C Title

Thank you previews for the next episodes that showed me how to pronounce the name of this anime (the dash is silent, for those of you who were wondering).  But I do not thank you for having the main girl sing that GOD AWFUL BEAUTIFUL DAY SONG again.  Seriously.  They animated that AGAIN.  And she sang it AGAIN.  With new, even more stupid, lyrics.  About doing laundry.  Or some-what-the-fuck-ever.  WHY?  Why is this happening??  Is it because I like anime nobody else does?  Who do I have to pay to keep her from singing anymore?  I mean, a character calls her on it and she gets all embarrassed, so at least it wasn’t all in my head, but Christ.  These two episodes are more of the same.  School, school, school, school, MONSTER, credits.  Does this get more interesting?  I’m not a fan of all these tentacles.

Love Live! School Idol Project – Episodes 2-3 Love Live! School Idol Project Cover

Yes, I went from a show about blood and guts to a show about a girl group.  This is my life.  Goddamn, this show is cute.  It reminds me a little of K-On!, except there’s actually some music involved.  The red-haired girl who can sing and play the piano is by far my favorite.  She’s all, “I want nothing to do with this stupid Idol group!” and then she writes them a song in secret.  Love her.  And I feel for these girls, I really do.  They have such a good-hearted goal, and nobody comes to hear them sing.  They promoted and everything!  They just picked the wrong day.  When people are signing up for clubs and stuff, they wouldn’t have time to go watch a concert, would they?  Anyway, this show makes me happy.  It’s the perfect amount of fluff.

ex-Driver – Episodes 4-6 Ex-Driver the Movie Cover

You know how I said I was going to pay attention the next time I watched this?  Yeah…I didn’t really.  I mean, I got the gist of it, but I was booking my trip to Disney World at the same time, and background noise it is!  Even though I wasn’t that interested in the show, I could have done with a couple more episodes.  I have NO idea how this went straight from an OVA series to a movie, however.  Is it that popular in Japan?  I’m just not getting it.  Even with one of the girls in the hospital to cause some tension, it wasn’t that great.  Due to apathy alone, I rated it 5/10.  Sorry, ex-Driver, I’m just not that into you.


That’s all, folks.  I want to start some [C] Control before I crash out for the night.  I also want to decide if I want to move some of these reviews over to youtube because that seems to be where the action is.  I absolutely despise editing videos, though.  It’s why I dropped out of film school.  For real.  Someone do it for me?  I’d say I’d pay you, but that would be a lie.  Maybe in anime dvds.  How’s that for a trade-off?

Why I like Sword Art Online…yes, I’m being serious.

I finally finished watching Sword Art Online this weekend after a whole month of putting it off because I was busy.  When I turned off the television and went straight to MAL to update my list, I also started checking out all the posts about the series that I had ignored while I was watching it in order to stay spoiler-free.  And basically…well…they weren’t so great.  Of course, then I was hooked.  I had to check out a bunch of reviews and nicely edited youtube videos about the show.  And while I got a lot of inspiration from all the bloggers/youtubers I checked out, the consensus was clear: nobody likes this show.  At least nobody liked it enough to say, “YES THIS SHOW IS SO GREAT, I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!!11”

Well…I liked it.  And I would recommend people to watch it, and not because it’s a train wreck.

Apparently, you have to be a gamer to really love (or really loathe, depending on who you’re talking to) this show.  But I’m not a gamer.  I’ve never played one of those MMORPG games in my life.  I don’t even know what MMORPG means.  I don’t even know how to pronounce it.  Still, I liked this show.  Do you want to know why?

I felt something for the characters.

I hear you already.  You’re rolling your eyes at me while saying, “Hey, Glitterbots!  The characters were the WORST PART other than the time skips/plot holes/second half of the series!  Are you a moron?”  I didn’t say I liked the characters, I said I felt something for them.

Take away the gaming plot.  Take away Kirito attempting to be the best SAO player ever~.  Take away the fact that Asuna dumped her independent nature and became a love sick puppy dog.  Do you want to know what Sword Art Online is?  It’s a freaking love story.



Let’s be real.  It’s not about being trapped in a game.  That ended once the sense of urgency for having people die in real life stopped.  It’s not about some dude’s quest to be the very best (like no one ever was…).  It’s not about some creeper obsessed with getting with some girl in a hospital who is in a coma.  It’s about Kirito and Asuna falling in love and staying in love despite their situation.

Yes, most of their development had to have taken place during time skips.  But you know what?  We don’t need to see their third date or the twentieth time they kissed.  Sometimes you just know you’re in love and when you’re there…well.  You get this:

From this point on, all Kirito wants to do is protect the one he loves.  When Asuna remains trapped in the game, he doesn’t let her go.  He uses any method he can to not only bring her back to the real world, but to keep her safe from Sugo.  He almost slits that creeper’s throat!  He is a boy in love, and nothing is going to hold him back.  I don’t really care that he has to jump into some bizarro fairy land to be with his girlfriend again.  I’d watch him reading to her while she was in the hospital bed if that’s what the producers decided to animate.  Once Kirito and Asuna fall for one another, forget the adventure and the game and even the ridiculous subplot with his sister/not-so-sister.  Sword Art Online is a straight up romance, and I want Kirito and Asuna to be together forever.

I’m not going to get into the ending until I hit my Anime Mondays post for the week, but for now, I’ve said my piece.  Call it shit all you want, but I like SAO for what it is.  Maybe I’m a hopeless romantic or a firm believer in chivalry.  Or maybe I’m just a moron.  But I could give a crap about hit points and dragons and fairy wing acceleration.  I just felt my heart thump a little bit harder every time Kirito shed a tear because he was so smitten with his girlfriend.  I’m a sap, I’ll readily admit it, and I was crying every time he did.  I realize that I am looking past a great many flaws, here, but I’ve yet to see anything that’s perfect.  This may be less perfect than most, but I still enjoyed it.  So, yes, I like Sword Art Online.

There you have it.

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