Are These Quick Takes On Time or What?

— 1 —

So finally, I’m on time with this! For once! I used to be a very punctual person. I’m still on time for things, but nowadays I tend to cut things much closer than I used to. I suppose that’s good in some ways, right? Shouldn’t be too uptight.

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There are SO. MANY. LANGUAGES I want to learn. Firstly, I want to learn Latin and Greek because they’re essential. As an English major and lover of words, how can one NOT study those languages? They help us understand our own language better and enable us to read the originals of all the works we study, to better appreciate them.

The same goes for stuff like Italian and French. I just like Romance languages to begin with, and, well, I’ve had a smattering of both, so I’d like to finish what I start. At least the Italian could help me with Dante.

I guess I should technically throw Spanish in here, but to be honest, as much as I like it, it kind of ranks at the bottom of my favorite languages. Maybe it’s because everybody studies it. I mean, I had it in 4th and 5th grade. Not that I remember much.

The other languages I desperately wish to learn are Welsh and Japanese. Welsh–because I got interested in Welsh mythology and the language intrigued me. I even got a Rosetta Stone program to help me learn it, but then my stupid Mac had to update to Lion and stop supporting the Rosetta Stone software. *Tch*

Japanese I want to learn because of my interest in anime. And let’s face it, it’s so different from Western languages for so many reasons, including the fact that it uses characters to write words. That concept is so foreign to me that I want to try to get my brain around it. The fact that there’s three different categories of characters (kanji, hiraganakatakana) used in varying situations, and that writing characters is pretty much an art amazes me. Even if I could just learn to speak it…

I feel somewhat the same about Korean, just not as strongly. I thinks it’s really cool that though both cultures use characters they are quite distinct from each other and easy to tell apart.

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So I now have 6 fics for my Levi/OC ship and 2 in planning stages. Three one-shots, two two-shots and one five-page fic that was supposed to only be a two-shot. I want to write an actual story, but for now everything is coming out in flashfics! I guess that’s because I put together a playlist, with specific songs to go with certain events and situations, and so I’ve been writing those situations. But in a particularly flashfic way. My main fic is going to have a different tone.

Though maybe I’ll continue my practice of not using dialogue tags. That could be interesting.

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Oh and did I mention I’m watching “Lost”? My bff and I started watching it when someone recommended it to us, and now we’re hooked. I’m trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and why the heck people have the pasts they have. Spoilers ahoy–we just watched the episode that starts to reveal Shannon and Boone’s past, and let me tell you that has made me hate Shannon. I don’t usually want to kill people, but what she did, manipulating her step-brother and capitalizing on his feelings for her, then further using him for sex and saying “Let’s pretend nothing happened”–what she did makes me want to at least smack some sense into her. Very hard.

I didn’t hate her at first. It’s not like I really liked her to begin with, but I just thought she was young and spoiled. But Troll “Lost” said NOPE YOU MUST HATE HER.

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I also wanted to take a minute and mention Natsume Yuujinchou. I finished the first season not too long ago, and I’ve found it a refreshingly quiet anime. When I found out it was shoujo I was rather shocked, but that just goes to show that I still have very little idea of how anime/manga genres (for lack of a better word) work.

Anyway, it’s about a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi who can see yokai (spirits, demons, etc. etc. Supernatural creatures). The only other person he knows who had the power was his grandmother Reiko who is now dead. His parents, now also dead, were repulsed by him and thought him weird, just as his peers did. This has led to Nastume being a quiet, withdrawn young man who now lives with his foster parents. After going through his grandmother’s belongings, he finds a book full of yokai names that his grandmother had stolen from their owners. This makes him the target of many yokai, some who just want their names back and others who want power over other yokai. Natsume decides to return all the names.

And that’s the premise of the show.

The art is beautiful–now that I know it’s shoujo I can see how the art style shows that. It’s extremely soft; not undefined but not harsh. The stories keep you interested but there’s not the same level of action you would find in a shonen. It has more of a slice-of-life feel to it, even with the yokai.

I’d recommend watching it, especially when you’re in the mood for something peaceful and quiet. It’s unlike any other anime I’ve encountered. Hopefully the fact that there are four seasons means something good.

— 6 —

I’ve started watching Kyoukai no Kanata and I find the story really interesting but…Hiromi? REALLY? I don’t mind a character being eccentric, but the whole imouto thing never goes anywhere good. And Akihito’s glasses fetish didn’t bother me at first because it didn’t seem to be that much of a fetish but then came the maid pictures. There’s been enough of that to make me uncomfortable and combined with other fanservice (that might not bother me as much otherwise) it makes me think I should drop the show. The preview for Episode 6 didn’t make me feel any better either.

*sigh*

I HATE when the ruin something good with fanservice. And squicky fanservice at that.

— 7 —

And for an anime-heavy quick takes:

I just rewatched some episodes of Kamisama Hajimemashita. Now I really must read the manga because I doubt the anime is getting a second season and there’s so much more to the story.

It’s your typical shoujo, complete with bishies, bishie sparkles, bubbles, and flowers (flower kimonos and this absolutely LOVELY butterfly kimono at the end. ME WANT). The art is very nice and clean; the plot is rather well put together; and the characters are funny, even if they’re not always the most interesting. But Tomoe was my first introduction to kitsune, so…yeah. A nice, relatively harmless show that’s also light and can help you relax.

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