Welp

Nov. 30th, 2012 06:34 pm
taotrooper: The Norse god of mischief insists he's not trolling on the Internet (Marvel / Internet Jotunn)
It's been a while... ahem.

I think I've been more active in Plurk and Tumblr than here in the journals out of laziness. Plus, this month was a total festival of spammers in almost every post in every LJ community I've ever made, so that really threw me off.

I'll try to be more active. However, I'm going to try to think of the DW mirror as the main one from now on. Because of how gross LJ is (and will be) right now, I'll still crosspost and read my flist because of the comms and few people who aren't on DW; other than that, it's really hard for me to keep thinking about Livejournal as something serious anymore.

Anyway, I'm also:
taotrooper @ Plurk (there are a lot of Spanish posts because most of my friends there are my RP buddies.)
taotrooper @ Tumblr. That's the main one. I also have two fandom-centric blogs:
→→ celestialbrush (Okami)
→→ journey-into-mystery (Thor comics but mostly -obviously- Journey into Mystery)

I got really into the JiM fandom this year, which hangs out mostly at Tumblr. Hell, even the writer got really into the Tumblr JiM fandom and makes our lives miserable out of the pages. It's curious that there are fandoms now where the main thing is happening over there, while there's little to no presence on LJ/DW or AO3/FFnet/dA/Pixiv. Ghost Trick fandom was also like that, a lot of anime series and games and cartoons too. It seems, for obscure stories or little fandoms/subfandoms, it's just easier to hang around the tags and find coherent people there. Meanwhile, the huge fandoms are usually stupider on Tumblr. Just to keep in-topic, the comic!Loki fans (in either reincarnation, although I mostly chilled with the Kid Loki peeps) are most times much cooler than the majority of Hiddleston!Loki fanbrats on Tumblr (which tend to be noisy and sometimes cray-cray.) And you can say that about most fandoms that are big on Tumblr. And then there's the Percy Jackson fandom who isn't that huge but it's just mostly repulsive. So yeah... I think Tumblr fandoms works better, weirdly, with little stuff. I wish this wasn't the case because it's almost impossible to befriend and talk to these people normally in that site.

Anyway, some short reviews of stuff I've read and watched this Autumn.

Journey into Mystery, Doctor Who, The Mark of Athena, Wreck-it Ralph, Brave )
taotrooper: It's a 15 year old midget smirking at you (Edward / smirk)
SO, LEGEND OF KORRA! I'll get this one first so you can skip the spoilers and read the other nonsense if you want. You gotta deal with it )

In compulsive buying news, I have acquired Kid Icarus: Uprising. I've only played the first level a few times because I think my consoles give me the flu as soon as I touch them :[ I watched the anime clips and dude, they're really amping the Palutena-is-moe and it's not just SHAFT. So as annoying as the VAs are, I like her and Pit so far. They're big dorks. About the gameplay, it's confusing at first but maybe I'll get the hang of it. I'm feeling some anxiety over weapon fusion like I always have when I have to fuse shit up in games (I didn't dare to screw with Personas for half of my first P4 playthrough)

I don't really get why the OMG MUST GET THEM ALL around the AR cards. Is it a collector TCG thing or do they actually affect the game experience in a relevant way? Honest question here.

I also bought Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files which isn't that interesting besides the short stories. I already had html versions of them, but it's Festus' intro and I have a lot of feelings over a bronze mecha dragon. Shuddup.

I couldn't find the Moribito books in Spanish and I've been looking for them for months. In the end I bought them off Amazon.es. Last copy they had. Dammit, I'm in no economical shape to spend all this money.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Persona / amused Yosuke)
I'm really liking the first episode of Persona 4. It is really rushed and it probably gives a different vibe to non-gamer people, but you know what? It was still lots of fun, fairly faithful, and props to the animators for making this many visual references to the gameplay. Besides, if they had gone on and on about the school life before the first TV excursion, that episode would've been boring as fuck. Cutting just after Tutorial Fight was perfect from a narrative point of view. I do worry that the characters will stay too shallow if they run too much to get the plot done, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt as it's just the intro episode.

Also, I never found game!MC or Souji physically attractive, but Yu? DAYUM SON.

But nevermind that, because yesterday I finished Son of Neptune. I loved it ♥ I puked rainbows. I didn't hate Camp Jupiter at all; the differences were fascinating, and the fact it's not just direct children of demigods is also pretty cool. I loved the new characters (Reyna, Hazel, Frank, Ella, Hylla, Arion, etc. Even if Octavian was a douche, he was interesting.) I loved the returning faces from PJO too. It was nice to have Percy back in the narrative and I'm glad he didn't steal the spotlight from the other two main characters. Honestly, I didn't find any of them a canon Sue. It's true that Riordan is making the Seven exponentially more and more speshul snowflakes, but I think that's the point? This is a gigantic (durr hurr) quest, they need extraordinary people with really freaky abilities and weapons. If anything, I think Jason is looking blander and blander as we meet more characters. Percy was still very Percy, so it's not the amnesia dulling him. And while Frank and Hazel's powers were as overhyped and underused compared to, say, Piper and Leo's, at least their personalities were very endearing and well shaped.

And while I did curse because of the cliffhanger, it was for the wrong reasons. As I'm not a huge Percy/Annabeth shipper (I just didn't ship anything with kids until this book), I don't give a shit if Riordan trolled people re: Percabeth (actually, let me look for the popcorn and drink the salty tears of the fandom). No, I wanted to see both trios meeting at last, especially Leo's reaction to the looks on Hazel/Percy/Frank's faces! Man, this is going to be sooooo awkward.
taotrooper: A fat cat youkai is posing sexy and making a Titanic reference (Nyanko-sensei / ou la la)
Long time no see :o

→ Raaaaaah, I'm sure that I won't get my copy of Son of Neptune until a week or two after it's out! Why? Because book store is slow and uses the slowest British Royal Mail option. My order included two other books, and they sent them on the 19th-20th. I still haven'y gotten them yet. Whenever they arrive, I'll count 10 days after it. Welp, I guess I'll have to hunt for the ebook copy anyway... /impatient

→ The season start of the ponies was quite good (despite the fact no one explained where IS Luna). May I say I loved Discord? I'm a sucker for trickster troll villains, and he managed to be terrifying and funny at the same time. I'll miss you, magnificent bastard.

→ Related to the above. Is it wrong I want to retake Star Trek: TNG because of My Little Pony? I really liked Q in the one episode I saw with him, and Discord was pretty much Q meets Drosselmeyer from Princess Tutu, so.

→ Back to cartoons, my jaw dropped when I saw how the Adventure Time fandom on Tumblr is basking on femslash. Granted, I do ship Bubblegum/Marceline as well and I'm loving the fanart, but the whole explosion was just astonishing. I shake my head at the Mathematical youtube channel wank, and I really doubt this would ever be made canon no matter what anyone does. Except maybe Natasha Allegri, bless her.

→ I'm glad there will be a fourth season of Natsume Yuujinchou, if only because I can now marathon this one without feeling bad. This is one anime I'm okay with endless fillers because of its nature.

→ Welp, Who season finale tonight. Might or not post again, depending on the mess that happens.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
Something I've been thinking because I'm currently rereading The Lost Hero. Only a spoiler for the first chapters )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Anise / looking for a fight?!)
In my eternal search for well-written mythology butchery fiction, I might have stumbled into what might possibly become this subgenre's very own Twilight. Just the description really, really, REALLY annoys me in several areas.

→ They paid HOW MUCH for this?! To a newbie, no less. Man, either this woman writes like a god, or it's very Meyer-esque with Romeo-and-Juliet shit they recognize it's automatic cash cow. I lean to the latter, knowing the YA industry.

→ The Iliad in High School. WHY WOULD YOU EVEN.

→ Making a novel about a reincarnation of Paris/Helen, which is just terrible in general.

This then begs the unfortunate question: should she be with the boy she loves even if it means endangering the rest of the world? LET ME GUESS, IT'S GOING TO BE THE CLAMP WAY, ISN'T IT? Instant resolve not to read this ever.

pitched it as "a Percy Jackson for teenage girls"

...........................there is SO much wrong in this sentence.

Noonononono. No, dammit. You know what is Percy Jackson for teenage girls? IT'S PERCY JACKSON ITSELF, YOU ASSHATS!! Titular boy aside, this series is filled with amazing and BAMF teen girls to look upon! And there's a balanced male-female hero ratio, so there are many to choose from. And even more amazing? Many of them get love lives too! So being in wars and dating isn't mutually exclusive, and they don't get to risk the world for Soulmate Hottie like this Helen chick who just sounds kinda psychotic if you ask me.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Raine / the texture of these tiles!)
I think I've survived to at least 3 possible apocalypses in my lifetime. Bring it on, end of Mayan calendar! I dare you!

I had a fun Saturday last weekend. My brothers and I went to the local anime con. It's nothing extraordinary and the name is so embarrassing (really, Expotaku?!) but this year it was a large improvement compared to last year's. More people, more shops, more variety on cosplays, more events, more geekdom. I also tried Street Fighter on 3DS (the 3D actually looks okay, but I go cross-eyed XD) and archery (and I was TERRIBLE!).

Of course, more shops = compulsive buying like a boss.

→ two Suzumiya Haruhi novels, now I'm only missing one from the relased here
Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt (I'm madly in love with this book, you guys, it is witty and visually appealing)
Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey DVD boxset
→ three pins: the FMA cross-and-snake symbol, a pokéball, trollface
→ some fanart postcards for charity
→ a Fullmetal Alchemist T-shirt with Ed and Al which I'm still waiting to see if it shrinks in the drier (it was the smallest man size and I'm a petit woman but I dun curr)
→ a box of strawberry Pocky (tasted good, but wasn't as delicious as I thought)
→ a Boo Buddy-shaped rubber ball keychain (best thing I bought)
→ three cellphone charms: a red koopa shell, a Totodile, a Piplup
→ two Pokémon plushies: a Darumaka and a Sandile. Totally overpriced but I couldn't let them rot in a sea of kawaii blobs. The ones on my team are fierce.

As for my brothers, Ale spent his money on four new video games, but he's not playing them yet. Danny actually bought a fancy State Alchemist watch. As much as an asshole he is and as different as he is from me, I love that he likes FMA (he watched Brotherhood but one day I'll convince him to read the manga). The most amazing thing is that his favorite character is Alex Louis Armstrong. Goes to show that you can love a character who's the opposite of yourself!

Then I spent two days of extreme pain from carrying weight and wielding a bow. And that day of the month. And emotional exhaustion. Sunday sucked as much as Saturday ruled.

Oh, and my copy of Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero came on the mail today. Finally! Also, that bastard of a book is huge like a J.K. Rowling novel. Reading it on ebook first, I didn't realize how verbose Riordan has become.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
Actually I finished it over the weekend, but I was feeling too lazy to put it into teal deer. So consider this my first reaction post to The Lost Hero. Particularly, about the new characters and what I think of them, now that we're stuck with them for four more books.

Spoilers in post and comments, of course )

But about the book itself, I squeed and enjoyed it a lot. Haters to the left, I say. And while I'm not entirely keen on the new plot or what it's doing to the Percy Jackson characters and universe? Hell yeah, I want more. Mostly for moar Leo the characters.

Welp

Oct. 13th, 2010 01:00 am
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
associate me!

I'm taking a break from spoiler mongering Okamiden. Yeah. I'll spoiler monger The Lost Hero instead! Well, not all of it, I just want to know who the new kids' parents are so I skimmed through a PJO wiki. I had my suspicions after pondering a lot about it and rereading the two online chapters. By the way, I turned out to be OH LOL SO RIGHT.

Let me elaborate. Spoilers about that regard. )

That's it. Don't spoil me further about the book, I just wanted to know those three things and now I do.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Guy / The horror!)
Welp, I just recovered from a really nasty flu that destroyed my family.

Autumn 2010 shall always be remembered as the Season With The (Most Likely) Crappier Sequels of Mythology Butchery Stories I Loved (tm). That means that next week comes out the new Rick Riordan book, The Lost Hero, and last week Okamiden was released in Japan. I'm giving TLH the benefit of the doubt, but you all know I expect the very worst from that spawn of a game.

It doesn't mean I'm going to avoid it like the plague like a reasonable person. Heavens, no. I want to know everything and complain when it's due. This means I actually went and downloaded a ROM for Okamiden, language barrier be damned. Except No$GBA doesn't read the game, and there were anti-piracy measures in the original game so patches had to be released. I thought I was spared of the torture, but then I tested it in DeSmuME and it fucking worked. Whoopie doo.

Well, I'm still not sure if I'm going to play the thing even though I can. Action games in emulators are impossibly slow, JSYK. Cutscenes take ages. Just beating two imps was a nightmare. And my laptop was all heated after 15 minutes. I don't want to burn my computer for Okamiden (my braincells, on the other hand...) I hope someone does a full playthrough/Let's Play. In any case, I'm stalking forums in gaming sites for spoilers. At the very least, I want news about Kurou's origins and if anyone of the original cast dies. The rest I don't give that much a damn. (Oh, who am I kidding!)

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Aug. 28th, 2010 10:53 pm
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Crossover / broom vs. honest wind)
For [livejournal.com profile] lalita_b, top favorite female characters in books.

My god, it's full of plot fetishes )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
So I just heard today that Rick Riordan is writing a sequel series for Percy Jackson, called Heroes of Olympus. Not the one with Egyptian setting, but another one in LOLGREEK that actually takes off from the open oracular cliffhanger by the end of the book.

So in my search I'm first directed to the Amazon page (ah, it's about a new trio of demigods :oo ), then the cover (OMG MECHA DRAG-- wait, which one is Jason and which one is Leo? No wait, what do you mean 'familiar demigods'? Oh brother). Finally, a link from the author's blog to the first two chapters (*reads blog post* ...seriously? bummer!)

Spoilers for the beginning of the book )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
So, I finally finished Percy Jackson and the Flashback Fest. Er, I mean, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian. I shall describe it as

INTENSE


I've really enjoyed this book series, and the last installment was satisfying. Lots of action, lots of sadness, lots of win. I spoiled myself about the twist in the prophecy, but I liked how it went. The only thing is, I could do without all that Achilles emulation, but then again this book's theme sort of was LOL TROY.

One day I'll make a larger post about the series itself.
taotrooper: A baby pegasus eating grapes (Fantasia / I brake for grape)
I hadn't heard that Sean Bean (aka Boromir) did Zeus in the Percy Jackson movie until I watched it last night!

So it begged for this...



...I want a pair of Converse talaria. So cute.
taotrooper: This wank deserves an icon with people eating popcorn (Persona / popcorn.gif)
So, monthly shopping~ I told myself not to burn all my money on comics/books and none of it in video games. I ended up looking at the DVD section, so I got the second season of Dead Like Me. There was a promotion of shitty cheap editions, 4 for 20 euros, but since it's been going since new year's there wasn't much to get. Two movies were random picks for pretty people in it*: The Departed (which is apparently fucking good) and Troy (which is known to be hilariously bad, I'm all for mocking). The other two I really wanted to buy, and they're two of the feeeew Burton films I remember fondly: Beetlejuice and Mars Attack.

Oh, and I also got the fourth Percy Jackson novel and the second Ocarina of Time manga, which together with the DLM boxset are things I truly needed in my life.



* I assure you, my inner sixteen-year-old is ironically cackling at me. Fuck you.

~~~

Mar. 16th, 2009 02:36 pm
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Sokka / beautiful day)
What a pretty, sunny, warm day! ^_^ *is happy*

I even walked around the city after class. To be precise, I went to the FNAC to see if they finally had the manga I was looking for on January. They had Mushishi #9, but not XXXHOLiC #13. So I got that one plus the third Percy Jackson book. I've been in the mood for mythology recently, so it's fitting. I got a discount since it's Father's Day this week in Spain. Then I went to the Gamespot in the same street; didn't buy anything there (not that I could! I'm broke!) but I saw some interesting things on second hand. Then I remembered I can now download PS2 games instead, so I just made a mental note and moved on. Afterwards, I walked to the bus station, which I NEVER do. Yet even though I was carrying my jackets and it was uncomfortable, I was still in a good mood and wanting to do exercise.

So that's it. Now I'm going to have pizza for lunch, yay.

BTW, give me more characters for the headcanon meme.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Default)
Bought today:
- Textbooks for the language courses
- Pocket dictionaries; one English, one German
- "Witches Abroad", Terry Pratchett
- "The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson 2)", Rick Riordan

Either way, the German textbook looks so... cryptic, because everything is in German. *pokes* I guess I'll have to study/translate at least a couple of pages beforehand, just in case the teacher doesn't explain a thing either.

And I'll try to memorize how to pronounce letters, too. I feel like a dork when trying to read it aloud.

ALSO: I refused to touch the Gamecube today. That son of a bitch gave me this headache and I couldn't sleep well tonight. Oh, as soon as I get through, I'm so going to level up like crazy ;_;

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