Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

I finally got around to watching the first two episodes of the anime Yashahime season two. Based on the Rumiko Takahashi manga and anime, Inuyasha, it continues the story with Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter Moroha, and her cousins Towa and Setsuna in feudal (and sometimes modern) Japan. As a big Rumiko fan I’m heavily invested in this new iteration of her work, and am finding it a pleasant experience indeed. It’s been nice revisiting the show (I saw this series on Crunchyroll a couple of years ago now) and the colourful characters and their ongoing quests. I really liked the second episode, where the girls encounter a seaside village that is threatened by an evil gorgon-like creature. Turns out the creature has its own sad story to tell of how it had once been a benevolent spirit, helping the people of the village, until some village fisherman, including the man she loved, killed her when she assumed the shape of a snake. I’m pretty sure this is an old Japanese or Chinese fairytale that’s been woven into the narrative. Rumiko’s work often features such tales, which is one of the things I like about it. I really love the end credits sequence of this show, featuring a wonderful song by Little Glee Monster. For a mostly wholesome show, it can be surprisingly scary at times.

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I’ve been listening to the new RM album, Right Place, Wrong Person, in the car on the way to work. I have to, since I haven’t had much time to listen at home. It seems to have more hard raps than the last one, and there’s not as much sweetening with female vocals, like that great track Wild Flower that was on Indigo. I have to say, rap and hip hop albums are not my forte. I have only a handful of them in my collection, so not one of my favourite genres. I’m liking RM’s stuff because it’s so different to what I usually listen to. Anyway, there’s so much love left over in me from the previous album I’m gonna give this one a good listen, and already the vibe is nice, so I know it’ll be a grower. I also watched a good video on Youtube of RM doing the song Nuts, seemingly with a live vocal as he cavorts around his very organic, cabin-like studio. Very impressive. The man, like the band BTS, has charisma to burn.

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Today I was working at a library that’s near one of the old high schools I used to work at as a teacher. It being Saturday (no students around), I figured I’d go and have a look at the old place and reminisce. What I wrote was a little too long form for these Diary entries, so I put it up here as a blog.

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I read more about the Tarot from the Tarot Directory by Annie Lionnet. This time it was last section about Case Studies and the different spreads. These include the Celtic Cross, the three card spread, the Horoscope spread, the Triangle, the Star Spread and five-card Horseshoe spread. The three card spread might be a good one to start with, simply featuring as it does past, present and future. The readings for case histories featured seemed a little obvious but made their point of illustrating how readings of spreads can be applied to people’s situations. It doesn’t look easy. I also checked out the next card in the Major Arcana, The High Priestess card. This one’s about intuition and working with our subconscious drives. It inspires stillness and contemplation. It has a female power and is associated with the moon and dreams. I interpret it as the thing I’m looking for when I’m not sure about something or how to proceed, and I search for signs to show me the way.

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I saw a post on Twitter/X that advertised the coming COD3 OF P3RFUM3 Z0Z5 Asia Tour 2024 by Japanese group, Perfume. I so want to see it – they’re one of my faves – but the closest they’ll be to Australia will be at the Bangkok concert in Thailand next month. I had the thought that it wouldn’t stop me: I’ll buy a ticket, take a plane to Bangkok and see them. I could do it. People do do that kind of thing, you know. The only problem is the concert tickets have been sold out. I’m still thinking of it though. Maybe I can get resale tickets. Should I be applying for leave from work for those days now? Can I afford it? I dunno. The Fool is strong with this one.

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I played one of the other games on that Journey Playstation 4 collection, a game called Flowers. I’ve played it before and it’s fabulous. You begin by choosing from a row of flowers on a window sill, and as with the Journey game from yesterday, I inadvertently chose the last flower to play. This had me playing the final triumphant stage where our flowers revive the city that had fallen into a kind of industrial torpor. You feel a bit like Mary Poppins, or a fairy, making everything right with the touch of your wand – or in this case, as Lou Reed once sang, you hit them with a flower. I like the physicality of tilting the controller, your thumb on the action button to move them forward, or off to make them pause. It makes for an enormous tension-relieving impact as the flowers hit and destroy metal, complete with musical cues. There’s nothing difficult or even subtle about the game, but it’s enormously enjoyable. Now for a replay, but this time with the first flower!

 

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