Weirdly related to that set, I like that (as ridiculous as the SuperS movie is) it did have that bit of “people grow up - that’s what they do and it’s natural” and by extension any other story that has that message.
IDK, guess it’s trope I’m tired of or something, but I’m starting to get really fucking tired of stories that fetishize childhood and make childhood all about ~INNOCENCE~ ~MAGIC~ and ~GOODNESS~ and ergo portray being a responsible adult as being dull, gray, dead, and omg don’t believe in magicccc.
Growing up IS NATURE. IT’S WHAT PEOPLE DO. And you can be a responsible adult AND live an imaginative, magical life too.
Okay, so, Persona 4.
Are we not going to talk about this?
The game begins with you making a contract with a mysterious, unexplained, always-smiling being.
This involves the manifestation of your will into a souped-up alternate self that can perform all kinds of magic.
And then you use this alternate self to do battle with seemingly inhuman beings that spread despair and nihilism.
Except some of these beings are the shadow-selves of humans.
And these shadows-selves create elaborate mazes that resemble twisted versions of real-world locations based on that person’s inner psychology.
And when that person is confronted with all that they hate about themselves, the shadow-self transforms in a giant, dangerous monster, again, resembling a twisted version of the self based on said person’s fears and insecurities.
DO I NEED TO SPELL OUT THE ALTERNATE TIMELINE??? WHO SAYS THAT THEY ALL LOOK LIKE THIS:
So Leslie/Ben from Parks and Rec is pretty much the live action version of Ahiru/Fakir from Princess Tutu.
TRY AND TELL ME I’M WRONG.
Looking at status after status about football on Facebook, it finally dawns on me, “So this is what people who aren’t in fandoms have feelings about.”
Stupid thing probably amusing only to me: Midnight in Paris is on TV, and I remember when I saw it in the movie theater I’d never seen or heard of Tom Hiddleston before and the thought never crossed my mind that he wasn’t American, but now I watch him in this movie and it’s so obvious that he’s working to make his vowels sound American instead of English and it’s weirdly adorable somehow.
Pretty sure the Animorphs series prepared me for the eventuality of PMMM.
I mean is there any other story that takes the ultimate form of escapism (you can turn into EVERY ANIMAL EVER and that includes ALIENSSS!) and then turns it into NEVERENDING TRAUMA YOUR LIFE IS RUINED FOREVER THERE IS ONLY SUFFERING.
Because I’ve always wanted to be able to turn into a bird or a wolf or whatever but I NEVER wanted to be an Animorph (then Harry Potter and animagi came along and yeah you might’ve been limited to just one animal but I thought it was a fair trade for NEVERENDING TRAUMA).
I didn’t really have a point about that. Just an observation I suddenly had.
It’s a good thing that Fuu is such a polite and accepting person because if I was the archer of the group and my “new weapon” was suddenly a sword I’d probably be pretty pissed about it “LIKE SERIOUSLY, the other two are sword ladies, HOW DO I USE THIS, did you really not think that maybe a ranged weapon would be useful???” Of course I wouldn’t actually do that because I WANT A SWORD SO BAD, but I’m speaking theoretically here, Fuu is an ARCHER, let her ARCH.
WTF ASCOT BROUGHT THIS EARLY 90s VIDEO GAME SYNTH MUSIC WITH HIM WHAT.
Seriously this doesn’t sound like the rest of the score where the hell did this come from?
In super-unpopular opinion land I CAN’T with Mokona, I just can’t. I know, he’s supposed to KAWAII DESU~~~ but I just can’t. I like my cute anime critters to come in one of two flavors: either they are super important to the plot and therefore can talk (all the Digimon, Luna, Kyubey), or if they’re going to only talk like a Pokemon they’d better just be comic relief (Chu chu). I can’t deal with the fact that one second we’re supposed to take Mokona seriously while having Umi threaten to eat him or for Presea to threaten to pull his ears off the next second and WOW maybe some people find all the “PUU PUU!” endearing but I don’t, he might as well be Navi for all that I can tolerate him (LET THE HATE COMMENTS COMMENCE).
In the realm of things I like, I love that Presea’s method for making weapons involves changing into a gorgeous flowy dress and dancing around like a hot shoujo lesbian while all the girls stare and go “SUGOIIIIII.” I like that part.
I just realized that I ship pretty much every single combination of the 4 lead characters of Princess Tutu.
Okay, a couple are ever-so-slightly more OTP (Ahiru/Fakir, Mytho/Rue, Ahiru/Rue), but I legitimately ship EVERY COMBO.
God bless you, Princess Tutu.
My completely spontaneous Utena movie-meta
I was askbox yakking with the-world-is-a-corner as I do, and we got on the subject of the Utena movie and why the hell does Utena turn into a car anyway. So I sent this answer completely off the cuff and in retrospect I felt a little proud of it, so I decided to post it for real (it’s unedited and spontaneous so sorry about the lack of polish here):
“WHY THE CARS IN THE MOVIE (my own personal interpretation):
Okay, for one thing, this makes the metaphor of the series (that Utena is the ‘vehicle’ of Anthy’s liberation) more literal befitting the movie’s much more surreal avant-garde approach to the story. It allows Anthy to be directly physically active and not just symbolically active - she must get behind the wheel and drive.
Also it fits in heavily with the movie’s overriding theme in the title - adolescence. Driving and cars are associated with adulthood (in the series only Akio has a car and it is very much coded as a part of his adult identity. When Touga failingly tries to emulate him he can only drive a moped. lol Touga). One must be of a certain age to be able to drive a car, and usually the obtaining of a license is a major symbol of coming of age in our modern day where cultures sometimes lack old customs that used to delineate the ending of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.
And part of why the car represents growing into adulthood is the independence of it. Cars can also represent freedom (think of Captain Jack Sparrow in the pirates movies and the Black Pearl - his ship is freedom to him). With a car you can go wherever you want to go and it is an expression of independence because a car can only be operated by one person.
So yes, to me the cars are directly connected to the theme of adolescence and to Anthy’s arc of growing past the false childish illusions of Ohtori as she takes control of her life to go into the real world, free from Akio’s influence and control.
The actual reason they turn into cars? Ikuhara felt like it and that’s just how he rolls.”
Random out-of-nowhere post about Madoka music
So, you know “Connect” the opening song for Puella Magi Madoka Magica?
I didn’t like it for a while.
In fact I was quite disappointed in the opening when I started watching the show.
See, I was pretty spoiled for the show already when I watched it for the first time and I found myself annoyed with the opening, mostly due to my own expectations for the show based on the spoilers. “This is it? I guess it’s okay for a typical shoujo J-pop opening, but really this show should have something much better for the opening.” (it may help to know I had already heard the ending song “Magia” and I FUCKING LOVED IT because that song hits so many of my musical sweet spots, so that’s probably a very revealing insight into my taste in music right there)
But then when you watch the episodes in a row long enough … it starts growing on you …
And the you get to episode ten …
Now I 1. really fucking love “Connect” and yet 2. I can’t listen to it without wanting to fall to the floor because FEELINGS.
THIS DAMN ANIME. I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOU.
I HAD MORE IDEAS FOR THE SAILOR V HOT FUZZ AU
CURSING MYSELF FOR NOT ACTUALLY BEING A FIC WRITER.
Putting the rest under a cut for spoilers for Hot Fuzz. (but really you should see it it’s one of my favorite movies)
In “Other Things You Don’t Care About,” I had an Avatar marathon on in the background (as if I don’t have the entire series on DVD), but then it skipped right over Ember Island Players, so I turned to a channel playing Iron Man instead out of pure spite.
BECAUSE WHY WOULD YOU EVER SKIP EMBER ISLAND PLAYERS, IT’S THE BEST DAMN EPISODE OF THE ENTIRE SHOW, “FILLER” MY ASS.
This one’s for you, Bree - in which I am an obnoxious fan-woman about my favorite scene in The Avengers
Sort-of continuing a conversation I was having with thescentofwhiteroses today, I HAVE DECIDED TO RAMBLE ABOUT MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE AVENGERS.
I was going to wait to make this post as a celebration for when I get the DVD, but nope! It is 1 AM and I don’t feel like sleeping!
But seriously, don’t read this if you’re expecting quality meta, this is mostly belated squee here.
Insignificant Thing That Shouldn’t Annoy Me But Does, #3,405:
In movie trailers where they’ve edited a line to make it seem like a character is saying it in one scene but it’s from a completely different scene and you can pretty much tell that anyway because the lip movements don’t match at all.