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Ilona
11 February 2012 @ 08:53 pm
UN-GO: One episode to go, frankly I've been too distracted while watching this to know what's really going on, which is a damn shame now that everything is wrapping up nicely. Probably warrants a second watch. Minor diet member Shady Bob-Cut with her deliberate enthusiastic clumsiness and veiled&top-notch sense of humor is the best character, and I'd gladly watch a show focused solely on her.

Gundam Unicorn: production values

The Millennium trilogy: Impossible to put down after the first hundred pages as advertised. Too much focus on everyone's sex lives.... was my first reaction, but since it was one of the major running themes, I guess it's not my place to complain. I wonder if the movies are worth watching if you've already read the books?

A Dance with Dragons: Stuck on page 300 since October, what went wrong.

Damages: Ellen and Patty play against each other perfectly. Period. I had my doubts in the first season, but Ellen has really gained presence since (and the process has been completely believable, kudos to the actor).

Etrian Odyssey: Passed the point of the clitch from previous attempt at playthrough, victory!

T&B Miracle JumpCollapse )
 
 
 
 
Ilona
31 December 2011 @ 11:19 pm
Due to a four-month exchange period and various reasons and un-reasons this journal has been effectively dead for some months. But I've been keeping up with my reading list... even though I haven't commented much.

Year in picturesCollapse )

Happy new year everyone!
 
 
Ilona
08 December 2011 @ 11:12 pm
-read fancomic (exceptionally in character)
-frown upon a fictional character's behavioral flaw
-five minutes later notice self doing the very same thing irl

it keeps happening
what if i don't want to be this character anymore


Completely and utterly unrelated, why not check out this gorgeous, heartwarming and seasonal T&B fancomic. Bonus points for noticing the behavioral flaw.
 
 
Mood: way too amused
 
 
 
Ilona
04 December 2011 @ 03:41 am
Characterization/art/fic pet peeves and deal-breakers.

It's a cut!Collapse )
 
 
Ilona
03 December 2011 @ 03:04 am
holy shit

that's all



No, wait, that's not all: for a moment I thought it was going to pull a Turn A and teleport. But maybe that would have been a bit too overpowered for the first episode...

(ahahaha)
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Ilona
23 September 2011 @ 04:06 am
That festival
That old cast
That new cast
That animation
That Chocolat
That war drama
That human drama
That Festum drama
That action
That Hazama Canon
That soundtrack
That last scene
THIS WHOLE MOVIE
 
 
Ilona
17 September 2011 @ 09:45 pm
Holy shit, spoilersCollapse )
 
 
Ilona
I'm even putting it behind cuts.Collapse )

And I think MY problem is that my posting threshold usually only gets crossed when I'm feeling uncomfortable. Positive thinking, positive thinking.

eta: Positive thinking, a.k.a reactions to episode 19Collapse )
 
 
 
Ilona
29 July 2011 @ 04:50 pm
After a bumpy beginning*, Tiger&Bunny has eaten most of my life. Everything is so well thought-out! And entertaining! OMG!

*the characters had layers that were very much not apparent from the start, the story had layers that worked out much better in the long run, and I formed my opinion after watching episode four, which, even after falling head over heels for this show, I still dread to watch again because it's just that boring

But really I'm here to talk about my favourite character. Whom I love as I haven't loved a character since Amano Maya. Dangerous levels of love, if you will. Also I may have written this around episodes 12-13 but failed to post it back then, so the contents reflect that.

Why is he so perfect?Collapse )

Oh, and I'm in Kyoto at the moment. Might post some updates on that later on as well.
 
 
Ilona
21 June 2011 @ 09:17 pm
is this a spoilerCollapse )
 
 
Mood: oh /a/
 
 
Ilona
19 June 2011 @ 03:27 am
no.  
Some Vincent guy will be Heather's boyfriend in the movie Silent Hill Revelations, loosely based on the survival horror game Silent Hill 3.

Silent Hill, as in the rare franchise that doesn't do unnecessary love interests.

Vincent, as in the creeper nearing thirty whose antagonistic relationship with the game's 18-year-old player character Heather cannot, in any way, be characterized as "sexy".

A WHOLE WORLD OF DO NOT WANT


In other news, I'm currently watching Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo, and holy wow, this thing is badly acted even by J-drama standards.

Loving it.
 
 
Ilona
30 May 2011 @ 11:21 pm


Dear.... Japanese BL manga author I am reading at the moment, Finnish does not work that way!

('My music', except to form a possessive for first person singular you need to add "-ni" to the end of the noun. "Minun musiikkini". The way it's written in the picture is somewhat acceptable in spoken language but not in writing, but it's started to worm its way into so-called formal language as well. Language is constantly changing etc etc, but it's still at the stage where it sounds like Bad Grammar. why, yamashita tomoko)

I SWEAR I'LL HAVE A REAL UPDATE SOMEDAY

man, I never thought I'd have this tag
 
 
Ilona
16 May 2011 @ 12:38 am
Finland wins World Championship in ice hockey, 6-1 against Sweden. The first goal - twenty or so seconds until the end of the second period, Sweden in the lead - was pretty amazing, I must say.
 
 
 
 
Ilona
03 May 2011 @ 11:42 pm
Episode 1: D'awww

Episode 2: Bawwww

Episode 3: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 
 
Listening to: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 
 
Ilona
30 April 2011 @ 09:25 pm
Because it's Walpurgis night.Collapse )
 
 
Listening to: touhou;; judgement in the sixtieth year
 
 
Ilona
25 April 2011 @ 07:02 pm
Started and finished Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Here's something appropriate for the ending.

Spoilers for the feel if not for the particularsCollapse )
 
 
Ilona
22 April 2011 @ 12:05 am
Wow. It seems you can't swing a cat in any given Star Driver fan space without hitting a large, vocal group of Wako haters. Shit it's a female character, diss for your lives!!!1!!! I thought these kinds of mythical fans only existed in internet cautionary tales.



(I've come pretty much 180° in my feelings for this character, lol.)
 
 
 
Ilona
19 April 2011 @ 06:19 pm
For all that I glamour Iain M. Banks, I'm bothered by many of his main characters. I guess it works out since his books don't really depend on them being likeable, but the lack of basic human courtesy starts getting old after a while. Asking a Banks protagonist for a simple favour like, say, closing a window is met with minimum of two pages of internal monologuing about how the task is stupid, the asker is stupid, and the social system that has lead to said request is stupid. And they are all so oddly sympathetic to all sorts of horrible ideas. I guess living in a utopia does that to a person.

The Culture's approach to gender identity and sexuality is also so strange. Banks speculates from the perspective of a straight cisgendered male (making assumptions here, but that's certainly what it feels like) and manages to get so many things dead wrong. (Assuming that the general Culture citizen is modeled after your everyday human being, which looks to be the case everywhere else.) People change sex (and "gender") according to a very strong binary model, and somehow almost all the sex anyone ever wants is heterosexual? You'd think that a people able to genetically alter themselves at will would be a bit more adventurous, but all of that seems to be limited to polygamy.

...Strangest of all, I don't actually find his portrayal offensive. It's naïve yet sophisticated enough if that makes any sense whatsoever, and it's not hateful at all, just biased and uninformed. Haven't seen much critique from the sci-fi community either, but apparently people think Forever War is sexually progressive, so who knows what the standards for this sort of thing are over there.

THAT SAID, I'm enjoying his works immensely. Just finished Excession yesterday, which leaves me with only three more Culture novels before I run out of things to read. DDDDDDDD:!!! It seems that every new book I read becomes my newest "best Banks book ever", and Excession is no exception. You can really see how far he has come from the haphazardly written Consider Phlebas: it's tightly-plotted and perfectly timed and lyrical and, best of all, has an extensive AI cast that plays off against each other rather than against any of those old, boring meat sacks that nominally carry the story. All those ships! The Anticipation of a New Lover's Arrival was my favourite, though Meatfucker and Killing Time (in its brief appearance) were also strong contenders, and the latter half of the book made me grow almost dangerously fond of Sleeper Service.

(...I wonder what it says about me that the characters I sympathize most with are sociopathic yet charismatic AIs. Somehow I find their moral code more relatable than that of many of the protagonists.)

I'm a bit puzzled at amazon reviews though. Everyone warns that you have to pay attention while reading. Isn't having to keep up with all of the plot threads to keep track of the plot the ideal reading situation?


While on the topic of BOOKS, I'm also currently finishing A Room with a View for a course. Forster, you crazy whimsical bastard, I'm almost having trouble trying not to get lost following the narrative. I love it so far, a lot. It's nice to see characters actually address and discuss social issues rather than make thinly veiled jabs here and there. Which has been the case with some earlier authors (*cough* Austen *cough*) (ok ok, different era, different style, but Sense and Sensibility was frustrating to read). Also:

"There is much that is immortal in this medieval lady. The dragons have gone, and so have the knights, but still she lingers in our midst."
This book was written in 1908. Why is this still relevant?


Game of Thrones premiere: I had avoided most of the hype because I didn't want to get my expectations up, so I got preeetty surprised by holy production values. The opening sequence!! And all the actors are so perfect (lol viserys). I might have to buy this on DVD when it gets released omg

[eta] This is not related to anything, but. Wat.

 
 
Listening to: kimi no shiranai monogatari (still)
 
 
Ilona
19 April 2011 @ 04:21 pm
is somehow... really good? It's a pretty generic J-pop piece, but it's catchy and upbeat and summery and a bit melancholic, and the singer's voice is so clear and fresh somehow (reminds me of Star Driver's maidens' voices actually). There's a translation over here.

I can't get it out of my head. ;Д; Wait, maybe this is a good thing.
 
 
Listening to: kimi no shiranai monogatari
 
 
Ilona
17 April 2011 @ 09:19 pm
Half of all votes counted. One in every five votes for True Finns.

Finland, Finland
what are you doing

[eta] true finns in the lead now
 
 
Ilona
08 April 2011 @ 08:15 pm
Dear Star Driver fans,

Please stop producing hordes of grossly OOC Takuto/Sugata fanworks and opinions that completely ignore the existence of Wako and their actual relationship with each other. It's creeping me out greatly.

Greatly creeped out,
me


To my complete inability to concentrate on anything productive, including school, work and life,

please go away

D':,
me
 
 
Listening to: you are my only shining star
 
 
Ilona
07 April 2011 @ 03:10 am
Whoa.