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Sherlock Holmes (2009) )
Gosei 6 )
W 27 )

I also watched Mulan in Mandarin in this weekend, and dudes! I could understand very short sentences!! I guess I am not completely hopeless in Chinese after all :Db

I also WILL at SOME POINT type up all the V6 lyrics translations I've been doing in preparation for READY?. So, you know, hold me to that.

In other news, have been thinking about moving to DW... we'll see.

EDIT: [ profile] megthelegend wrote me a really awesome and hilarious Carranger fic! Go read it!!
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So, I was nearly late for the test yesterday, because getting up to leave 10 minutes in advance, I somehow missed the train (????) and had to take the next one. Anyway, I think I might have a chance of passing the jun-4-kyuu, but NO WAY on the 4-kyuu. Mostly because you need to pass both sections to pass the test, and for 4-kyuu I seriously had no idea WHAT they were saying at ALL in the listening section. Oh well, I didn't exactly expect to pass given how I can't speak Chinese, but. Now, it's just the JLPT!

Anyway, to halfway-celebrate my tepid results, I went to the bookstore in the station to look for a cool magazine. Except... The train ones were cool and all, but they were pretty thin, and there's no way I could begin to pick an idol/TV magazine, and they appear not to carry Hero/Heroine Vision (;_;), so I ended up with Terebi-kun. Which, despite being SUPREMELY EMBARRASSING to buy, was at least a really easy read :Db It also came with a kit to make my own Ushi Origami :Db

The thing that sticks out most in my mind (other than Double's Christmas tree lololololol) was, there was a SECRETS book that gave all the stats for Double's various forms, and... Just thinking about it logically, wouldn't you think that Cyclone would be the lightest memory? And yet it is apparently Luna. This makes NO SENSE, because wouldn't Luna have to be made of super dense particles to stretch like that? I mean, come on.

I am also still unclear as to what Joker's power is supposed to be. The magazine was like "HEY DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S AWESOME? CYCLONE/HEAT/TRIGGER/METAL/LUNA!" and didn't touch on what exactly Joker is supposed to be at all.

Shinken 39 )
W 11 )

And now to :< over my family making fun of how I can't spell/remember people's names.
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So, one of the first things I heard when I got to Japan, in a conversation about what things you probably should get your family to send you, was about how horrible Japanese maxi-pads are. (Yes, this is what I'll be talking about until the cut, you know how to scroll if you're that much of a wuss.) I had never had to use them before (I brought my own in '04), so I believed her as she went one about how many centimeters they were and how that was unbelievable (My thoughts at the time: 23 centimeters? That's as long as.... a ruler? ???), because they came up to, like, your belly button. Or perhaps she said "navel." The point is, I had enough to last for a while, so I filed away the information and figured I'd ask my parents to mail me more (they're light enough).

And then... Okay, I know I should be ashamed that I'm 22 and yet after 10 years I still don't know my own cycle... but I don't. So I had an unfortunate incident in Aomori this summer where I found myself completely unprepared and was forced to brave the convenience store. (Aside: The convenience store always puts it in a brown paper bag for you, but just that, so EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS ANYWAY. Geez, Japan.) Now, I'm not going to lie that Japanese pads don't seem... modern, to me. American pads are like, idek, plastic? Or something? While these things are cotton(-y). But they worked okay, and so I wondered just what, exactly, they had done to make my co-worker hate then so.

BUT THEN. MY FRIENDS. I have a very bad problem with leaks (I apparently do not move in ways a human being should). And aside from learning new and interesting ways to get blood out of fabric, it makes me hate my uterus even more than just plain why-are-you bleeding hate, or my normal low-levels of hate. It did not help why my parents perplexingly sent me only regular length pads but long panty liners (what? Why do they even make long panty liners?). So I was forced to the convenience store again, and that's when I found them. An inch thick out of the package, 36 centimeters (that's 14 inches) long with airbags and two sets of wings. Last night, for the first night in ten years, I was able go to sleep the day I got my period and not have to scrub my sheets the next day.


Thank you, Japan. I shall be stuffing a suitcase full of your maxi-pads when I go home.

And now, for people who don't care about my moral victories, thoughts on W and its Japanese fandom (and also Shinken and maybe some other riders too) )

And now to figure out if I actually can watch W and still make it on time tomorrow morning (I'm pretty sure I can, as long as stupid Ohayou Tochigi isn't coming through right then.)
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Translation: AnS Staff Blog 3/9/09 )

(yeah, I know)

So, sick since Monday. We'll see how that goes.

Decided in a fit of insanity to try taking some more tests, so my Sundays in November will be pretty (not) busy. Tests! )
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I was reading an essay involving Batman when I came upon this:

Bruce Wayne is a Prince. He is the scion of a family that has lived for generations right outside of Gotham City in Wayne Manor. The Waynes have always been wealthy and influential, raised with a sense of noblesse oblige.

(If you do not understand, please go watch Kamen Rider Kabuto and then read this again.)

I never did the year in review meme~! 4th Annual! Yes, let's! )

I finished Chinese! As long as I didn't tank the final (which I don't think I did) I got an A! I finished making that agedashi toufu. Unfortunately, I didn't finish *eating* it. Leftovers, anyone? I finished Kaitou St. Tail, but the end was kind of anti-climatic. I also finished

RnK 10 (End) )
Mendol 10-11 (End) )
Can!Jani 9-11, VSA, Oshareism Aiba & Jun )


So I thought to myself, you know, it would be nice to finish all of 2008's prompts in 2008. I have four left I'm *going to write* ([ profile] estirose, [ profile] anzupeach, [ profile] mariko_azrael, [ profile] beckerbell, wait for me~~!), three other prompts from when people gave me more than one, and two stupid, stupid ideas. And a partridge in a pear tree. Which is exactly the same as the number of days left in the year. ...Hmm...

Title: Godliness is Unlikely
Fandom: Juuken Sentai Gekiranger
Characters: Gekiranger Team
Word Count: 771
Rating: PG for questionable hygiene
Disclaimer: Gekiranger belongs to Toei, so don't look at me.
Summary: It was a complete disaster the morning Retsu forgot to set his alarm clock. Gen as Gekiranger gets.
Author's Notes: For [ profile] kurifurinkan who requested Gekirangers - Hygiene. I suppose it is lucky for them I watched Geki in between when the prompt was given and now :P

Godliness is Unlikely )


Dec. 10th, 2008 09:08 am
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SO. MUCH. TO WRITE ABOUT. But I have not been doing it.

Mostly because I have been on a fanfic binge of a pairing that makes no sense~ (for me). AND YET. It was like. It had a plot other than the massive angst/UST of the two main characters! There was fighting! And explosions! AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THE STORY BEING AWESOME. It's been such a long time since I got to read something like that. *sigh*

But also because OMG JLPT. Especially because, you will never guess what word was on it. As for how it went... it's hard to tell. I think that kanji and vocab went basically the same as last time (which isn't good because you need 70% to pass, not 60%). But I nailed the listening section (OH WHAT A SURPRISE.) and I actually understood all the passages in the reading. Or should I say, I understood the words in the passages. Reading comprehension (or rather, tests of reading comprehension) has always been my downfall. So, I dunno. I do have to say, I'm sad I wasn't taking level 2.

Also got praised by Laoshi :D

RnK 8 )
Mendol 9 )
Bengoshi no Kuzu 7-8 )
Translation: AnS Staff Blog 12/8/08 )
5LDK 8, AnS 112-113, HnA 33, GnA 18-19, VSA, Narutomo, AneCan 09.1 )
MnA 2-26 )
Go-On 41 )

I need to get out of this reading stage, and quick, because I keep forgetting to do FAB when I'm not posing myself orz
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Apparently, whilst my computer was being fixed, Hugh (the technician) told my father that the network card was damaged, and I should call Dell again to have them send a replacement.


My Chinese test was unbelievably difficult. This would be because she was asking for all sorts of crazy things we didn't know. Luckily I'd read the next chapter and have been watching dramas with Chinese subtitles, because without them I would have really been lost. Geez, Laoshi, how hard is it to read the book?

Utahime 1-11(End) )
Go-Onger 40 )

I cannot believe November is almost over. I am SO DOOMED.
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So, as you may know, I've been busy at work and school. And instead of spending my limited free time translating so I could get this out today... I watched a drama. It's a good thing it only takes me, like, two days to watch one, sheesh.

Security Police 1-11 (End) )
HnA 31 )

In Chinese class, Laoshi suggested one of my classmates say something rude to his [Chinese] wife and then tell us about the outcome. Laoshi sounds like my kind of person.

Also, does *every* language have a word that used to mean something bad that young people co-opted into something, well, awesome?

Also, Gmail, I am not happy with you and your new colors. This means I'll have to go to the trouble of picking a color scheme, doesn't it? *shakes fist*
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HEY JAPANESE SPEAKING FRIENDS: Does anyone know anything about this book? Because, I could reaaaaaally use something like that, if, in fact, it teaches you what it says it does in the subtitle. I have laid eyes on one other book by the author (Essential Kanji), but never looked inside. But, as I recall, Tuttle published the Kansai-ben book I love so, so...

Um, I also want to remind everyone to not get complacent with dangerous conditions on the road. I was in an accident yesterday because I got careless in a situation that I forgot was dangerous because I drive through it everyday. Just because you get through it fine 99% of the time, you still need to be prepared for that last 1% when the poor situation will come back and bite you in the rear end.

A lot of people have been putting up holiday things, either sending cards or wishlists. (Or signing up for holiday ficathons orz). I have to say, I've been too fail with cards in the past to commit to anything, and the only thing I want from the internet is for Kakushi Toride to get subbed quickly so I can give my ex-Army, foul-mouthed, coaches three football teams, smokes *and* dips, good ol' Southern Boy officemate a copy of a movie with Matsumoto Jun in it. (Don't try to pretend like you don't find it hilarious too, Internet.) So.

Work has been okay. I finally spoke to that guy you may recall me trying to call, like, three weeks ago, on Friday. Other than that... I need to overcome my inertia. Put some acceleration back into my life.

Chinese I have not talked about in a while. I am three characters away from completing all the "work" (workbook and characters) for the entire class, which is nice. Even that one guy hasn't been so stupid lately. And Laoshi says I've gotten a lot better, so, I'm hoping that's true. I may just be crazy enough to try watching another TDrama before finals. (HEY, YOU KNOW, ACTUALLY. My avid drama watching helped when she sprung on us to find all the TV dramas on this simple TV schedule, since I had learned this one character that I think means "serial"; I actually found one she missed :Pv)

In other Chinese news, let me talk to you about hen. No, not that hen, this hen: 辺 (Kun readings atari and be). Do you know what this guy looks like before simplification?? 邊 ...Yeah, idek. But! What is interesting is that China simplifies it like this: 边 (Mandarin: bian1). And the REALLY cool thing is that flowers around the edges (花邊) means "lace." XD

And... I'm done now. Baibi.

EDIT: VSA will be delayed until Friday/the weekend; something at work just came up that I'll probably have to spend tonight doing. That said, if someone wants to sub it, I could send you 28 so you could get a head start~ :D?
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Another season has come and gone, and as we look to the next one, let us take a minute and update this gigantic drama list.

Dramas Seen List )
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Oh, New Zealand Soap Opera! I give you way too little credit sometimes.

Shortland Street 24-25 + Asexy Stuff )

Go-On 33 )

Nothing exciting happened in Chinese class, either, aside from me realizing that 机 is the simplified 機, which means it is not a desk. (Laoshi: This is wrong. Me: No, it's Japanese. Laoshi: Where does it say desk? Me: [Points] It says it right here. Me: [Thinking] Not like you can read it. Laoshi: That's strange.)

In conclusion, way to many articles, way too little time:

MISS (Aiba)
Baoa (Jun)
SEDA (Nino)

Fineboys (Nino)
...V6 on Channel a? :D?

Follow up with that V6 article that I may have to just translate

Wish me luck.

Soredewa, Lunch with co-workers! :D
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This. Do you see this?

Kate: Haha, who was answering?
Me: Satou Takeru
He was last year's Kamen Rider
Kate: Hahaha
Kate: Sure''


(...I definitely didn't do this just because the RnK articles in Potato and Wink-Up were exactly the same stuff as every other interview they've done and so I decided not to waste my time. No.)

MSta and That's Enkai-tainment )
Arigatou, Okan )
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 3 Special )

My Chinese presentation in translation:
My family has four members. My father, my mother, my one younger brother, and me. My father is a soldier. My mother is a manager. My brother is a high school student. My father and mother are both from New York. This pirate is not a member of my family.

Wish me luck :D

EDIT: A meme? Why not! From [ profile] lazulisong

I want everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions, no more no less. Ask me anything you want (though I reserve the right to not answer or to answer evasively). Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this allowing your friends (including me) to ask you anything.
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I discovered today, the Maou soundtrack goes well with the newspaper.

Chinese was... yeah. There was some whining, as per usual, but mostly it was her teaching us almost everything about telling time ever. Also, we discussed what not to give at weddings (clocks; umbrellas) and what are lucky/unlucky numbers. And then went home to watch the debates :Dv

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 3 5-9 (End) )
TFP2 Ryuusei no Kizuna Cast )

So, while I was watching ROOM OF KING, I posted to Twitter:

When I saw Jun's new haircut, I thought, I've seen that on someone recently. IT WAS MIZUSHIMA HIRO. And I don't like it on either of them.

And then [ profile] nicocoer wanted pix, so, here you go, have some horrible hair: )

Ah, I'm so behind on dramas and stuff~ How can that even *be*?? *sigh*
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ASLFKALSFKM wagatomo Ka~GA~mi has finally gotten a gig! Igarashi Shunji is also in this drama, Giragira, about a married middle aged guy who returns to being a Host to teach those young whippersnappers what being a Host is *really* about. So I think that brings the count to five, sports fans (the other four being Cat Street (Ishiguro Hideo), Bloody Monday (Sato Takeru), ROOM OF KING (Mizushima Hiro) and Salaryman Kintarou (Nagai Masaru)).

(thx to wagatomo (verus)~MA~ya(ii) for the head up :D)

Chinese class was... GEEZ. It turned into a whining session starring everyone's favorite, Mr. Epic Kid-Who-Would-Not Shut-Up. I agree, she can be kind of ambiguous about when there are quizzes/tests, but this is *not* too much. He was like, "My friends had to drop out last semester." SO THEN WHY DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE EASY? I didn't say anything because I didn't know how not to sound condescending, but another kind in the class was like "Well they better suck it up," and I was so grateful. FIVE CREDITS, SIR. FIVE. Welcome to a college level language course.

AnS 103 )
VSA Special )
Handoku!!! 5-11 (End) )
Romantic Princess 5-8 )

So, the problem with wanting to see all of someone's filmography is that they were inevitably in something that will be hard to find for one reason or another. So now that I only have ~four left~ (well, three now) in Nino's filmography, this is inevitably where it starts to get difficult. I decided to look for Nekketsu Renaidou (incorrectly listed as "Nekketsu Renai Michi" in dramawiki). Unfortunately,I went to all my usual haunts with no success (although I am getting Minami-kun no Koibito right now), and even people in Italy and Spain and Thailand didn't know (from what I could puzzle out, anyway). But. BUT. Do you know who does know? CHINA. ILU CHINESE INTERNETS. Lesson learned here: always look on the Chinese internets first.

Nekketsu Renaidou )

My last thought on this one: In Toma's story about being a Gemini, he almost messes things up with the girl, so he calls her, and she's like "I hate you," and then he's like "I'm coming to see you!" AND THEN HE DRAMATICALLY RUNS ALL THE WAY THERE. I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD I WAS AFRAID I WAS GOING TO WAKE UP MY FAMILY.

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You guys! I won the solicitation! Which means I am now proud holder of the ~crown~ :P (It's on my cow.)

Chinese test was fine, although I did forget how to say "repeat after me." It was a weird test, though, b/c the questions would be, like, the same. I know it's only a chapter's worth of material, but. Also, who holds class after a test? Like, I guess she didn't want us studying through the lesson, but. Geez.

I watched a lot of news! I'm... tempted to cut it, but, can you have spoilers for news?

Firstly, Sho told me about the recall election that I guess Japan is actually having? For those not paying attention, in a repeat of Abe (why would you copy Abe?), Fukuda bugged out earlier this month, leaving Japan trying to find a new PM. Aso was mentioned. Of course. (This is his third or fourth bit for LDP head and, by extension, PM.) But he actually did it this time! And at first I was all ":/" but then! Sho tells me elections will be on October 3rd, and the LDP is in really bad shape, so it's possible Aso will only be Prime Minister for nine days. I would laugh SO HARD, you guys. There were also lots of graphics explaining how you dissolve the House of Representatives, who the other failures at PM were (four other PMs who all served for a double-digit number of days), and the cute names for dissolutions in the past, such as the "You're Stupid" one in 1953. Apparently they all have cute names, so Sho asked Murao to come up with one for this dissolution, but it was LAME. (Sho is also going to be getting a text from his mom about messing up :P) Also, apparently, something about Japan's food being poisoned? The uploader only put Sho's part up, so I only got the commentary on that, and the Beeb didn't say anything.

Next, Jon Stewart informed me about OMG HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE TREASURY'S BAIL OUT BILL. I JUST. CAN YOU. NON-REVIEWABLE???? The US Gov. is SERIOUSLY SCARY recently. (The scarier part is that the Today Show had two senators on to talk about why the opposed the bill and neither mentioned that was in the bill.) Also, Bill Clinton was on! I don't really... have... an opinion on Bill Clinton. Which I guess is because, he's new enough that there isn't much in the way of "lookbacks", and so all my info comes from what people say and what I remember from the news growing up, which was mostly about his sex scandal(s?). But anyway, it was a good interview, I really did think so.

And finally, the Today Show told me it is vitally important that I convince my parents to vote for Obama, because apparently McCain can't with without Virginia(?) They went to Williamsburg, so it was linked on [ profile] william_mary (which was the only reason I watched it). What was hilarious was, most everyone had a McCain or Obama sign but one guy had a WARNER sign. Just. What. Nobody cares about Senate elections!! Also, I don't even know who he's *running against*, and I literally just looked it up in Wikipedia. That's how much it's not even an issue. The Today Show also told be about some woman who's toddler is "missing" (but she apparently probably killed her), Palin (ugh) and the French First Lady be-bopping around New York, and Clay Aiken coming out, which, aside from me having already heard from [ profile] metaquotes (Your source for news!), I thought, wasn't he the A one? ALAS.

Now, yesterday, I watched Go-On 31 and New Zealand Soap Opera, which, it was really interesting, because as a woman, it had me reacting very differently to kind of the same thing.
No, please, tell me about this apparently selective feminist lens )

I also saw the new Ryuusei no Kizuna CM, and I am reminded of those roles Nino *used* to play. You know, the crazy serious overdramatic people? SEE: Ao no Honoo, Akimahende, the beginning of Namida wo Fuite, Abunai Houkago. So, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing what he does with it *now*, now that he's had so much more experience, if it does indeed turn out to be that way. And, um, also three new interviews can out and I might have to translate them. orz. At least I can't do the one where Ryo calls Nino a cloud and Nino marvels at how Ryo gets along with Jun, because there aren't may people outside Arashi who can deal with him because the words are cut off. Even if I do find it hilarious Ryo accuses Nino of being popular with the ladies, and Nino being like "huh??" (It's the magic.) Or how Nino scares Ryo a little before informing him, don't worry, I won't be like Nagase. Or Nino reading idol magazines to get info about Ryo. ...Basically Nino is very awesome, and I would be very scared if I were Ryo. But I'm not, so :D:D:D

This is going to be a GRATE drama :D:D:D

I may be going to DTRA for a meeting tomorrow. I REALLY hope not.
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Not because I went to Chinese class and made up grammar that happened to be right, and not because for some reason Caps Lock will now only turn off if I press shift. But because I got to watch TFP2 and then MY MOST FAVORITE ARASHI ANYTHING EVER**

**That I can think of right now.

Ultramen on TFP2 (Nagano, Igarashi Shunji, Yoshimoto-somebody) )

Chinese, Day...7? )

In closing: Nakamaru Yuuichi is surprisingly adorable.
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Well, since Go-Onger 18 is TAKING ITS SWEET TIME loading, I suppose I should start writing about my massive watchings.

Maou 11 (end) )
HnA, VSA, DnA )
Gekiranger 26-49 (End) + Movie )
Go-Onger 4-17 )

Other things:
-Got Chinese text support! Kind of at a loss for how to use it... But 老师 has promised us a tutorial, so I'm not too worried.
-Speaking of my computer, it keeps downloading trojans every ten minutes? I'm not too terribly worried, because my virus scan promptly catches them and puts them in the SLAMMER, but I think this must be symptomatic of some larger problem...

Chinese, Day 6 )

And for those of you on Twitter, you may have noticed that I mentioned Gekiranger distracted me from ranting about my father. I don't really... Obviously I'm not as upset now as I was four days ago, but, you know, I just *knew* he didn't actually get the asexuality thing.

So apparently asexuals can't love. )

I also worked really hard yesterday, guys. See what withholding the finale of a drama from yourself can do? :P
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YOU GUYS. [ profile] dimmie is often provider of amazing things, but if you are like me and too lazy to d/l the Geki v. Bouken Making Of, I feel like this is probably all you need to know.

Chinese Day Four )

Good idea: sleeping.
Okay idea: Watching the finale of a drama OR reading the new chapter of DDG.
Idea you're going to regret in the morning: Doing both.

One guess as to which I picked.

Namida wo Fuite 6-11 (End) )
Romantic Princess 2-4 )
HnA + A million YamaTaro appearances/interviews )

I was going to finally get around to scrying for meaning in "truth" (like I've been meaning to for weeks), but in actually sitting down and looking at the lyrics... There's not much to scry. By which I mean, they're pretty straight-forward, particularly for a drama where 90% of your main character's lines have double meanings. The only thing I caught was a possible reference to death, but even that... *shrugs* (A lot of the time dramas like to hide stuff pertaining to the second half/ending in later verses of the theme song because they know the song will not be released until halfway in. And while I guess I could see it in "truth"....)

So I guess that means I'm forced to watch Romantic Princess until I can watch Maou. Woe is me(?)

Also. Am thinking of replacing OTP icon. Not sure with what yet, though. Maybe that Kagami one I've wanted for a while....
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Things tone deaf people should probably not do: try and learn Chinese.

But I'm the Class Captain anyway? :D? )

In other news, have you seen these lyrics? I'm not really sure how I feel about them. Well, I'm not really sure how I feel about the song in general. I've been lurking in the comments, but so far it's mostly just "lol thx" and not any actual thoughts on the song. WHY WILL NO ONE GIVE THEIR 感想s?? (I realize this may have something to do with it not being in English yet, but.)

My tl;dr 感想 on 'Re(mark)able' )

Speaking of DnA (well, I did up there), I was so sad, I only got through one episode of C and one of D before I was too tired to go on. I wanted to watch an episode of Namida wo Fuite D: That said, Ohno can be... interesting when he wants to be, can't he? I also loved the music choice for the barber shop. Oh yeah.

Erg. Too tired of writing to do anything more. I guess I'll go watch Romantic Princess and wait faithfully for the calls of the masses. orz


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