Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024
The Bookworm

There was a nice list of  The 15 Character Types That Describe Every Single Girl In Harem Anime by Jonah Dorrance on Anime Underground today. They consist of: the athlete, the young lady, the bookworm, the one with the ambivalent gender, the airhead, the first girl or fateful encounter, the sweet and innocent one, the teacher, the lewd one, the family member, the yandere (violent one), the tsundere (standoffish one), the childhood friend, the emotionless one, and the loli. That sounds about right; I don’t think they’ve left anyone out. Examples were given for each, like the classic High School D&D, though there were animes I didn’t know. The list also included notes about each one’s chances of bagging the MC. It’s a handy and humorous reference, and I think I’ll keep it mind next time I’m watching a harem or ecchi anime, which could be anytime soon knowing my proclivities.

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I watched the last two eps of those Icons Lord of the Rings docos, though this time the focus was on the Hobbit movies. There were apparently no less than five different studios involved in the making of those films, which goes a long to explaining why they turned out so bloated. The bloat meant more profits for the studios. The main take away therefore was that the blame for stretching the relatively short story over three films lies with the studios. It was not so much a creative decision that could be blamed on Peter Jackson, but a corporate one. Jackson basically had no choice. As the doco made very clear, he was told by the suits he had to direct (after Guillermo Del Toro bailed) or they would give it to someone else, and the films possibly would not be made in New Zealand. The other interesting tidbit was the fact that the original actor who played the dwarf Fili was sent packing because of his lazy on-set attitude and preparation. His departure required some reshoots, and the other dwarf actors had to adjust to having a new actor in their company. It was a damn fine series, adding much important detail to the ever-growing body of Lord of the Rings movie lore.

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New Car Saga

Did some more car searching, mainly just online at carsales.com. So many of them have comments like ‘ideal first car’ that really piss me off. I’m way beyond being a first car owner. Do they think it’s only young people who want smallish cars because they equate to cheaper cars that they could afford? Me, I’m downshifting from a larger car to a smaller car, because I don’t need the larger car any more. Then there’ll be assumptions like ‘two owners, both female’, like that’s supposed to comfort me, because women are much more careful drivers. I know certain people who think female drivers are the worst.

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Now that I’ve finished Rewrite, I’m reading the book Sonic Life by Thurston Moore. It makes an interesting comparison to his former wife, Kim Gordon’s account of life in Sonic Youth, which she detailed in Girl In A Band. So far it’s just the early stuff, with young Thurston milling around CBGBs and New York in the mid to late seventies, and it’s enthralling. He sees all the great artists from around that time: Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, and provides a clear-eyed view of the scene. I like his comment about drugs, how he used because his friends used, but he’d rather spend his money on records and books. This section also details his friendship with and then growing estrangement from his friend Harold, his partner in crime in exploring New York. There’s a random though revealing detail of Thurston and Harold hanging out in Harold’s home and knowing that Harold wants to come on to him, because he’s gay, but Thurston’s very straight. Instead, they spend the day listening to albums of the greats of the day including, incongruously, Skyhooks. That might have been the Straights In a Gay Gay World album. Thurston was into everything – except queerness, it seems. Can’t wait to get to the Sonic Youth section of the book.

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