nintendoh: (Knackered)
GETTING THIS THING STARTED. This covers roughly the last two weeks. I don't expect most entries to be as long as this one.

What I am: Reading, Playing, Watching, Listening to )

Academic

Nov. 11th, 2015 12:28 pm
nintendoh: (Ness strumming)
  • Got New Order's new album Music Complete off iTunes over the weekend and I adore it. Def will have to get off my ass and look into their back catalog.

  • Started (re)reading the Evangelion manga, with hopes of finally reading the last couple of volumes. Also considering a rewatch of the TV series and movies. The next (and final, right?) movie is coming out pretty soon here, and I need to get myself stoked!

  • Katsushi and I finally sent off the two boxes of books to Book Off that we put together ages ago. I sold my Japanese Ranma manga, y'all. Still love the series, I just need some space (both in a mental and a physical THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH SPACE ON MY BOOKSHELF sort of way).

  • I will be in Okinawa in three days! Hear it's going to rain Saturday but trying not to think about that too much.

  • Fell off course in coursera. Not going to be able to complete the CSS3 course. Way to go, self. :/ I should try to catch it next go around. Or the one after that, cuz let's be real: As the holidays approach it's only going to get harder for me to focus on academic pursuits.

  • Oh my...did Nintendo just announce their first direct in almost six months? I will definitely be setting my alarm early Friday morning so I can get out of bed, shower and make some coffee before the 7am start time. Not going into this with any expectations, really, I just want to enjoy the experience. It's been so long!

  • Related to the Direct, a stranger jumped down my throat on Twitter over a tweet I made related to it this morning. After I responded he apologized immediately, because it was honestly silly. It was quite timely for me though, as it kind of illustrated a point brought up in an article I read over the weekend, The Decay of Twitter.
nintendoh: (Knackered)
Well, hi there. It's been a week. Unfortunately I seem to be doing this more often these days. Social media and I are not seeing eye to eye these days. But mainly I think it's just that I've been fighting a wicked cold since last Thursday. Much physical fragility and sore throatedness was experienced, all coming to a bursting point on Sunday, leading me to spend the whole day (and most of Monday) in the house taking it easy.

This means for most of the time since I last posted, other than a little coursera, I've been in MEDIA! CONSUMPTION! MODE! and that is what I have to share with you. SO LET US DO IT.

manga, anime, games, tv, etc )

...and with that I've got about 1 minute before I have to leave for work. Not even finished (wanted to talk about Sakanactionnnnn, also wanted to check/edit), but oh well. Talk to you later!
nintendoh: (dat red hair)
[personal profile] torachan was nice enough to give me an invite to jpopsuki, and wow, it has changed a LOT since the last time I used it years and years ago. So much obscure stuff, and because of the bonus point system there are dedicated seeds for like everything? They even had some Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe stuff! Been listening to a pretty basic Best Of and I am totally swooning. Before I was mostly listening to their up tempo songs, but ugh the ballads are so great. Wonderful 80s cheese, and UGH CARLOS'S VOICE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SOOTHING. Boooooooooy T_T


Anyway, moving on! [personal profile] nanslice has been talking about Heroic Legend of Arslan recently, so I decided to check out the new anime and now I am kind of addicted. Gotta love them tragedies. Everything is terrible but I suppose the pity you feel for Arslan is what makes him so endearing.

Went to the bookstore on Monday for some reading material. Read volume 6 of A Bride's Story and happy to say that series is good as ever. Also started on Silver Spoon and the new Arslan manga because now that I have finally finished reading FMA I feel like I am allowed to read Arakawa Hiromu's other stuff. Still trying to get into the Arslan manga but oh man Silver Spoon is so cute!

So I tried to pick up Xenoblade X again this weekend, the first time in a few weeks, but I think I have to face the fact that it is not for me. This got a little long )
nintendoh: (at the bech)
Down to the last two days of Golden Week and wondering what I really did? I usually have relaxed GW holidays, but I feel like this was the laziest one I ever had? I could blame it on the fact the game I'd been hyped for 2+ years about being released on the first day, but I dunno.

Yesterday Katsushi and I did get out and had lunch with Melissa and Keita. They got back from their honeymoon in Thailand last week, so we got to hear all about that. We had Mexican food then afterwards went to one of those self serve frozen yogurt places and it was all wonderful and soul-foody. My mind felt as refreshed as my stomach satisfied.

I've been doing a fair amount of reading over the holiday, which is worth mentioning I suppose. Granted I've mainly been reading manga, but since it is in Japanese it is totally the same as reading books for me okay. Got through all of Katsushi's Naruto stuff, been plucking through a reread of Yotsuba (which I have to reread at least once a year? I just love it SO MUCH), and also started two new series: Urusei Yatsura (FINALLY!) and A Bride's Story (Otoyomegatari).

In Xenoblade land, things are thinging. More pics and Miiverse wonkiness )
nintendoh: (Ryuji)
Had a nice, relaxing weekend. My friend Donna came over Sunday afternoon. The excuse was to watch some Full Metal Alchemist, but in the end we just snacked, drank Sangria, and chatted. It was nice. Monday was really simple, and I kind of didn't leave the house? Didn't even realize it til now. I spent my morning chatting with the family on skype, mainly making plans for the Disneyland stretch of the trip. We have officially decided on three days in the park. Disneyland on the first and third day, California Adventure on the second. My sister and her husband will be joining us on the California Adventure day. I'm so excited!

Other than those two things my weekend was a mix of Xenoblading and reading. Katsushi bought some massive, convenience store editions of Naruto manga (such editions are commonly sold on the cheap, a mix of older and newer titles, often used as a promotion for upcoming movies/events), and I started reading the first, 700 page brick yesterday. I haven't given much thought to Naruto in ages, but I did enjoy it for a bit in high school and it's giving me some nice, fuzzy nostalgic feelings. Don't think we'll be reading this through to the end, but it's fun for now.

The weekend is over and I have to leave for work pretty soon, but once my shift is finished I'm off again because Golden Week will begin! Going to a party tomorrow, but other than that my schedule is pretty open. Here's hoping my week will be fun and relaxing. :D
nintendoh: (Saturn rising)
  • The past week or two I've been in slumpsville, generally just not feeling very good about myself. Ugh. Seem to be beating it, though.

  • Katsushi was out of the house Saturday night, so I had the night to myself. I ate Thai curry, had some wine, and had feelings about music. It was wonderful.

  • Went to the bookstore on Sunday and got the final volumes of Full Metal Alchemist, as well as the final volume of Kuu Neru Futari Sumu Futari. Finished them both up over the weekend and indulged in some happy tears at their conclusions. Such good series. Both are keepers that I know I will be coming back to again and again.

  • Randomly found instant hummus mix at an import/gourmet store on the same outing. I was a bit skeptical, but curiosity won in the end, so I stopped in at my favorite bakery and got a nice baguette to go with. We've been eating it this week, and it's just...alright. Has a powdery texture, but the flavor is close enough to the real thing. Not bad considering you can't really BUY fresh hummus here. Next time I want to try and just make it myself, though.

  • I started watching Steven Universe last weekend. WHY IS IT SO CUTE? I can't stop, and have a feeling I'll be all caught up by the end of this coming weekend. It makes me so happy.

  • Monday I walked to Esaka and got some delicious cream pan (cream filled sweet bread). The bakery Katsushi and I like there has THE BEST cream pan, the cream being closer to what you find in a cream puff than the standard custard. The cream is overflowing and EPIC. UNF.

  • So I've currently blocked the game news blogs I have a tendency of over-reading (and that often post click-baity not-really-news news), but I'm still letting myself hear news through the grapevine. Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised on twitter to hear that Star Ocean 5 was announced! That's something to look forward to. It's supposed to take place between 2 and 3, so maybe that'll give me the motivation I need to go back to 1 and 2 and actually finish them this time? XD

  • Survived my first day of kids yesterday mostly unscathed, though I made a sensitive girl cry over my no Japanese rule. Whoops.
nintendoh: (Drank those games)
Felt really exhausted after the end of the work week. It wasn't a particularly rough week, maybe it's just the awkward time of year (temp fluctuations from winter and spring duking it out)? I dunno. Woke up this morning feeling kinda bad, so Katsushi insisted I just take it easy today.

Some points of discussion:

  • Finished up Zero no Kiseki last night! I had so much fun with the thing that I didn't really want it to be over. There is a direct continuation, Ao no Kiseki, but I'm currently battling with myself over whether I think I should try to undertake it now, as XENOBLADE MONTH draws so near. Zero took me close to 80 hours, and I hear Ao is even bigger a game. Playing that right before two massive games, plus the fact the last couple games I played (P3P, PQ) were also quite massive as well, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to play something a bit light this month instead. But on the other hand, if I don't do the sequel now I won't get the chance for a while. CONFLICTED.

  • Last night Judge! was on TV. It was a pretty silly movie, but for some reason made me feel kinda sad. The main character is treated like shit and taken advantage of by the people he works with (such is the premise of the movie, essentially), and basically everyone in the movie is an asshole or gleefully dense. Even though the main character gets a kind of hollywood ending (helps do the right thing at the international competition, earns the respect of many, gets the girl etc), the people that took advantage of him in Japan are still shitty people who will probably try to take advantage of him again. :/ But whatever, it's just a comedy (and not a particularly smart one), right? That's not the point, right? Right?

    In any case, it starred my boy Tsumabuki Satoshi, who was as cute as ever. Plus there's a scene of him in nothing but his undies, which I suppose is all one really needs.

  • Spanish review on Duolingo is going well! I'm on a ten day streak, so yay to that! The same time I started doing duolingo I also thought I'd try to reteach myself the hangul alphabet and listened to a couple Talk to me in Korean podcasts, but that's not going well. Haven't touched it in a week. Think I'll just focus on Spanish for the time being.

  • Been reading FMA this afternoon. :D Decided to start the series over before going on to the new books I picked up last month, but with the way Zero no Kiseki CONSUMED ME that month, didn't make much progress. But with the game done, now I can! :D

  • My gmail has been a mess for years (partly due to me being lazy, and also because back when I used an email client/program to check my mail, me deleting it off my PC's inbox somehow didn't translate to it deleting from my web inbox), and I had quite an intimidating amount of stuff tucked away in my "All Mail" folder. But today I went through it all, picking out the few emails I needed to keep and deleting the rest. This amounted to 5 or 6,000 messages getting the boot. @_@ It was a pain in the ASS, but my inbox has been completely cleaned out and I feel great about it!
nintendoh: (機神界)
I feel like I've kind of been half assing on posting since getting back from the States. Just kinda dropping in and dumping thoughts/feels (often in a rush, which def effects its readability), and not talking a lot about everything else.

As such, here is a big list of talking points:
Cut for length! Life, games, manga, and more! )
nintendoh: (eating ice cream)
  1. Tsumabuki Satoshi love intensifying. Spent all morning searching the web for stuff about him, and just found out that he's going to be in a new drama starting this July called 若者たち (Wakamonotachi). Depending on what time/day it's on, I think I may try to watch it as it airs on TV! This is his first drama in like 5 years? Eita is also going to be in it too, which is pretty awesome. Two of my favorite Japanese pretty boys in one show! Looking forward to it!

  2. I'm out of Sailor Moon manga to read. Just finished vol. 6 of the new Kanzenbans last night. D: The last story was the Kaguyahime side story, which was super cute. Luna falling in love was adorable. :3 Now I have to decide if I want to buy the last couple volumes new or wait to see if they will appear at my local second hand shop.

  3. In other manga land stuff, I finished Patlabor last week. It was a really sweet manga. Also waiting for the next volumes of FMA kanzenbans to appear in second hand shops. These are less likely to be limited runs that go out of print (and get expensive) quickly than Sailor Moon, so I can afford to be patient.

  4. I watched Ghost in the Shell last weekend. Finally. Finally! Can't believe it took me that long. Haha....

  5. Last weekend I took down the main story final boss in Persona 4. Game's not over though, as I have to take on the bonus dungeon and I'm hoping to do the epilogue stuff, though. Think it's going to take me forever and a day to get through. Despite wanting to see the true ending, I'm not exactly looking forward to what I have to do. And I'm at that point that despite LOVING the game while playing it, whenever I'm not I'm just feeling like I can't be bothered.
nintendoh: (Niiii)
Not a whole lot to report since my last entry. Work. Rest. Comics. Games. One of my dumb nostalgia kicks were I pretend I wish things were like they were in junior high.

1. Check out this blog that scans and posts highlights of old issues of Animerica (and other classic anime rags). Looking at some of the issues I had back in the day, I can still remember the fanart and ads and news bits and stuff. ~Memories~. Make this instance number 23498320 where I regret tossing all my old mags in the recycling bin after moving home post-college/pre-Japan.

2. Getting close to the end of the main story in Persona 4! About to start the last main story dungeon, though considering I'm planning on doing some of the extra junk (want dat true ending), I feel like I'm still a bit of a ways of from finishing the game....

3. Been quietly continuing to read Patlabor over the past month or two. Getting to the final volumes (only 2 wide bans aka 4 regular sized vols left), and I've been enjoying myself greatly. I love the illustration style, and ugh for whatever I have a manga character crush on Asuma. I just love his face.

4. Very much considering actually buying the Nier Soundtrack. I mean T_T

Anyway, it's getting late. Not sure why I decided to write this now. I'm really not an evening updater anymore and this is kind of ruff.
nintendoh: (Just like all the other boys)
My Golden Week holidays appear to be off to a solid start. After work on Saturday I went back to Sakuraen ( sake brewery with fancy restaurant attached) with Katsushi and his mom. We had a delicious kaiseki style meal, equally delicious sake, and live music! Super nice.

Sunday I walked to Esaka by myself and got myself some treats at Kaldi Coffee, a chain import store(/coffee bean specialty shop, as the name implies). Highlights include a box of Honey Bunches of Oats, which tastes like my childhood, and Lion's Toasted Coconut Coffee, which is divine. The aroma alone is staggering, and while the coffee itself doesn't have a strong coconut flavor, the aftertaste left in your mouth after taking a sip, curiously, does. Unf.

Monday my family finally figured out how to do three way video calls on Skype, and because of that I was able to talk to my parents and my sister and brother in law all at once! This might become the norm from now on, which is pretty rad. Isn't technology wonderful?

Other than that my vacation so far can basically be summed up in three points.
  1. Manga. FMA, Mushishi and Patlabor, but soon to be joined by Sailor Moon and the latest Shingeki no Kyojin

  2. Pizzacato Five Finally found a CD at book off that had Baby Portable Rock on it! YESSS!

  3. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Curtain Call. The Theatrhythm sequel came out in Japan last week. Been looking forward to it for a while and it's pretty awesome. So many songs! XD


I for some reason woke up at six this morning and couldn't really get back to sleep, hence the time of this update. Think it's time for some coconut coffee!
nintendoh: (Saturn rising)
The contract is over. My last day at Katsura was bittersweet. Still don't really know how I feel about leaving, and I'm finding myself wondering if I made the right decision. :/ I had my last day at Senri Chuo school as well, which was also sad, but since 1) I was only there a year 2) my friend Anri, the school director, is being moved to another school I'm going to next year and 3) her replacement for school director is a staff member from a school I used to work with that I had major problems with, I'm not nearly as bummed. I got a few more thank you notes from kids on these last two shifts, and I also got some presents: a DKNY hand towel and a Burberry handkerchief. Pretty snazzy!

The weekend has been nice and peaceful, but that's kind of how my weekends always are? Saturday, Sunday, Monday! Music and shopping, mostly. )

Tomorrow starts the new contract at work. I have my first ever morning shift at Tennoji school. Really excited about the shift time, less excited for the school itself, but I'm trying to be optimistic. Hopefully it turns out all right!
nintendoh: (Eating your feelings?)
Second to last shift at Katsura left me feeling really sad and nostalgic. I came home from work last night an unhinged bucket of feels, and I can tell that Friday, my last day there, is going to be a bit tough. It's for the best (for reasons I will explain later), but it's still depressing.

The Ranma 1/2 season 1 Bluray is officially out now! Woke up to some tweets from Viz celebrating this fact. I love seeing Viz pushing the series again, and it's been fun to see people on the internet getting excited about the series. I'm getting flashbacks of the 90s! So different than one year ago where there were rumors Viz had basically abandoned the series, losing the license and having no interest in trying to get it back. Anyway, I can't wait to watch it myself, but as I said a while back it's probably going to be a while before I can actually do that.

In the meantime, I figured I would indulge in some other old school goodness. I've been watching the Yawara! boxset I got at Cyber Monday sales back in 2012 (probably the only thing from that mass purchase I hadn't gotten around to yet? Quite silly, seeing as how that deal is what prompted me to crack and put together an order in the first place) and I've been enjoying it a hell of a lot. Between this, Ranma, and my recent taking to the Patlabor manga, I've been getting all excited over and into that late 80s/early 90s vibe. So fun!

Anyway, it's been raining since I got up today. Not helping me get into a good mood before I head off to HQ for an education workshop. X_X In the past this has been a very relaxed 3 hour workshop, as there really isn't a whole lot to cover, but because personnel has ideas, they are making Education do a 6 hour workshop despite the agenda seeming no different than years past. I have no idea what we are expected to do all day, and it seems like it's going to largely be a waste of time. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay....
nintendoh: (Mog looking up)
Katsushi is back, and he came bearing a box of Tokyo Bananas, my favorite Tokyo treat. It's good to have him back, and yummy to have the sweets. :3

Fannishly this week I've been mainly reading manga? Got through vol 5 of Eden, finished the first wide ban Patlabor, started on All Rounder Meguru vol 2, and read Matsumoto Taiyou's GOGO Monster (so awesome!). Yay manga!

Anyway, meme time! From [personal profile] fujicori.
Here's a meme for us to get to know each other a little better. If you're interested and have the time that is. If you don't that's fine, I'll still love you. (Old friends welcome to give it a go too.)

1. Leave me a comment saying "love love umbrella".
2. I'll respond with 5 questions.
3. You'll update your journal with my questions and your answers.
4. Include this explanation.
5. You'll ask five questions to anyone who wants to be interviewed ♥

Alternate for 3-5: just reply to my comment with your answers and we'll keep it between us.


my 5 questions )

Dorky post

Feb. 20th, 2014 12:21 pm
nintendoh: (Farewell painted self)
Yesterday one of my Junior high kids brought in homemade nama choco (basically fudge) into class and it was sooooo delicious!

Been doing some silly hobbyish stuff as normal over the past week. Let's talk about it.

Dorky stuff under the cut! )

Forgot!

Feb. 14th, 2014 09:36 am
nintendoh: (miyamoto being a badass)
I love how in my last entry, when I said I didn't do much, I was completely forgetting Sunday. As I mentioned two entries before, my friend was planning to come over, and she did! We had a nabe party, using a seseme seed and soy milk based soup and it was awesome. Melissa, who is quite the fan of baking, brought over cookies for dessert too. Yum!

Woke up this morning to snow! It's snowing enough to actually build up on the ground, which is a rare occurrence in this city. It's supposed to snow until the afternoon, and then turn into rain. Not so keen on that, as it could get kind of icy. I don't have any snow boots, as you really don't need them here, so I hope I don't fall on my ass. D:

Anyway, my package of games I ordered with Christmas money came yesterday! Hooray! With those games and X-2, I should be busy for a good while. I'll talk about them as I play them, no doubt.

Speaking of games, there was a Nintendo Direct this morning, and while there isn't too much exciting to talk about, there was a new gameplay trailer for the new Monolithsoft game! The battles look exactly like Xenoblade and I am 1000% okay with that. They are still forecasting the game for 2014 in Japan, so we'll see! I keep saying I'll get a Wii U and never do, but this game could finally be the personal system seller I've been waiting for. Excited!

Game talk aside, I'm kind of actually more in a manga mood this week, which is good and something I never fight (because reading in Japanese: it's like studying...but more exciting!). And after an intense month or two being obsessed with Zelda and FFX I feel like it might actually be good to take a slight break from games. I've been rereading Yotsuba, and I also went to a second hand store and picked up a couple Volume 1s of series I want to check out. Don't expect I will continue them all, but that's the magic of second buying hand. Cheap, and easy to trade in. Again, I'll talk about them as I read them, maybe.

The weekend is almost here again. Katsushi feels like crap (and is actually taking today off), so I expect another quiet weekend of hanging around the house, cuddling up with blankets and staying warm. But hey, that's winter!
nintendoh: (A very Mario and Yoshi Christmas)
  • The number of shifts separating me and my vacation has officially fallen into the single digits!

  • Made myself a silly Christmas icon! Found the image thanks to an ebay auction of a sign for a Pepsi holiday contest from the 90s. Pretty fun stuff! Wanted a retro style image, and I got one! :D

  • Continuing the Christmas theme, does anyone have any favorite Christmas specials? I'm going to be on my own until the evening on Christmas day, as Katsushi has school. Once I get done skyping my family in the morning, I'm going to have a good chunk of time to myself. So, I've been thinking I should have a silly Christmas marathon! I'm thinking mainly about 90s toons/kids shows I grew up with, but anything is fine as long as it's fun!

  • Moving away from Christmas, when I was at the bookstore picking up SnK Vol 12, I also spotted a strange looking manga called Donyatsu, a comic about round, bakery goods shaped animals (mostly cats) living in a post-apocalyptic world where humans appear to have been wiped out. It's about as silly as it seems, and the strange setting helps set it apart from other cutesy gag manga. Cats and sweets totally do it for me, so I will definitely be picking up the next volume sometime soon!


Anyway, that is it for today. I've got another entry planned for tomorrow, so until then!

Failing.

Dec. 10th, 2013 12:22 pm
nintendoh: (Itsa me!)
So, the weekend. The IKEA trip was put on hold, as 1) We haven't exactly decided what it is we need yet and 2) I was really pooped and wanted to have a lazy morning. So, a lazy morning was had! In the afternoon we walked the 20~25 minutes to the local Nitori and EDION and looked around. We found a good sofa at the interior shop above the Edion, so we will probably go back sometime soon to buy it. Yay SOFA!

Even better is that in the evening, our combination microwave/oven came! So excited to make Christmas cookies this year. Definitely going to try making Sandies, but currently thinking about what else I should attempt. Anyone have any favorites they want to share?

Monday I went shopping by myself in search of a winter coat, which I failed miserably at. Not that I didn't see a bunch of good coats, I'm just not so great at clothes shopping when not in the mood, and I am the WORST with jackets and coats. Probably because I grew up in a place that never gets properly cold, so come winter I usually stuck to sweatshirts and sweaters and made use of layers.

I did get some cronuts and manga though. Hooray silly things! I'd been craving the cronuts all week, and Shingeki no Kyojin volume 12 came out on Saturday, so I had to pick it up! Read it all in one sitting and UGH I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL VOL 13. Only 5 more months! T_T I actually spent a good, long while paroozing manga yesterday and saw so many interesting titles! Perhaps I'll have to do some reading over the holidays!

I also spent a good amount of time looking through some icon communities looking for Nintendo-y and/or 16-bit era stuff. The search was less fruitful than I expected, so I will probably just have to make some myself. Guess that can be another little holiday vacation project, yeah?

Crawl

Nov. 21st, 2013 10:25 am
nintendoh: (I AM SO DISTRESSED)
I still haven't started packing! Ugh. Honestly it probably won't take much time, so I don't need to panic or anything, but compared to my last move where I was super excited and almost entirely packed by now, I feel behind. But I can't start. Because of nerves. Yay nerves! It's been so long since I've had pre-move jitters, but I guess this move is a particularly big deal so it's probably natural. I'm tired of living by myself, but I'm also afraid to say goodbye to this lifestyle. How does one live with others? I'm not sure I remember.

Anyway, the 23rd is a public holiday and it is falling on a Saturday this year. Sucks for the people that always have the day off, but it means a four day work week and a three day weekend for me! Yay! I've got a Thanksgiving party to go to on Saturday and a housewarming party on Sunday. Then Monday I will pack and try to enjoy my very last day off spent in my current place, because the following weekend is the move! It's going to be a good weekend, if not a tad bittersweet.

Other junk in the form of bullet points, as you probably expect from me by now )

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