Jul 23

Staying entertained when stomach flu visits

I developed a rather annoying* case of stomach flu over the weekend and was laid up on the couch for most of the time. Unfortunately this prevented me from any blogging at all, and I’ve been steadily trying to catch up on everything I missed over the weekend. I’m feeling better now and close to normal (if there were ever such thing) but I really hadn’t plotted out a blog entry for today. Since I hadn’t really had time to think about it, instead of my usual review or editorial or random geeking we’ll talk about what I did while cooped up on the couch under my blankets.
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Jul 19

Rinne no Lagrange: Saving the world in a jersey!


There are many stereotypes in the world of anime. Anytime we see mecha in anime we go back to the Gundam or Macross series. Magical girls are equated to Sailor Moon. Giant spaceships? Space Battleship Yamato. I propose that there should be a new stereotype: Characters named “Madoka” who are destined to do extraordinary things.

Rinne no Lagrange marked the third series I have seen in which the main character is named Madoka, and where she turns out to do extraordinary things. (For those curious, the first Madoka was from Angelic Layer and the second from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica). Though she did not psychically manipulate a doll into battle or become a “magical girl”, this Madoka went above and beyond founding one of the most unique school clubs in the history of high school anime series: the Jersey Club.
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Jul 18

A Game of Thrones: Not your average fantasy novel


During a recent trip to southwestern Missouri I had a chance to listen to the unabridged audio book version of A Game of Thrones. Before this I had watched several episodes of the HBO mini-series but I had really wanted to experience the written version for myself before continuing on with the version that was “made for TV”. It was a wise choice; as often is the case, the book contained much that was left out of the televised series. In the process of reading (or in this case listening) to the book I came to the realization that this is not your average fantasy novel. Continue reading