Eye candy

Do you dream much, Will?

I've been watching the Hannibal TV series on call with my partner, Tat. I initially put off watching it for a while because...everything I'd heard about the show sounded like it would be so, extremely, my kind of brand that it'd take over my brain and I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it to the point of embarrassment on my own behalf.

And that's exactly what happened.

We're almost finished with season two, and I've been in need of fixes between our watches (because I am a sad, sad man) so I've been looking into more of the Hannibalverse. I finished reading Red Dragon yesterday and I have thoughts.

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Kaiji - Sunset

Election Day

I submitted my ballot last month and got confirmation it was received.

I'm calm, but only because the 2016 election broke me so thoroughly that I don't think I have anything left for this one to break.
Umineko - Battler and Beatrice

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Kamikakushi - A Reigen x Mob Yokai Zine, is now available and free to view!

It's safe for work, over one hundred pages pages long, and contains contributions by more than twenty artists and writers. The mods did an amazing job putting this together and I hope you have a look at it. 

I'll be posting my own fic on AO3 in a bit. Hope you've all had a safe and happy Halloween!
Silent Hill - Probably a doghouse

Finished Reigen's spinoff manga

I'd been spoiled on a couple things going in but on the whole it surprised me. I remember, when hearing it wrapped up at 7 chapters, thinking, "That soon? It seems like a series that could go on for as long as Mob did." but it quickly becomes clear why. And that was also a surprise--what easily could have been a monster-of-the-week series ends up buckling down on some of the themes introduced in Mob Psycho and exploring them from a different angle. It's not a sequel that was needed, but it succeeds in justifying its own existence.

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Digimon - surprise

Mob Psycho 100 manga ch. 95-97

I've been reading up on health tips and one that stuck out for me was (roughly paraphrasing) “log off of social media/disengage with anything that may cause tension at 8PM so you can calm your body two hours before you go to sleep.” I’ve been doing my full sleep cycles and wake up feeling anxious, even when I save checking social media for after I’ve done my morning exercise, so I’m giving this a shot...while also sort of breaking the rules by posting here. My rationality is that Livejournal isn't readily active like Twitter or (to a lesser extent at this point) Tumblr so it "doesn't count" but uh. We'll see with how well-rested I am come tomorrow.

Anyway, Mob Psycho time. Picking up where I left off.
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Berserk - Ready for battle

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I broke the first ever bone in my life at work--my fingers were wrapped up in one of the longer, cord-like leashes we use for our trickier and more energetic dogs and the lab I was handling pulled hard enough to break the bone, I guess. In retrospect, it's amazing this has been the only injury I've sustained in my five years of working here, because I've wrangled with numerous other ridiculously strong (stronger than this one, I'd wager), energetic dogs that felt like they'd dislocate my arm as I walked them out to the yard to be played with.

Fortunately, it was not an arm that was broken, but a finger on my non-dominant hand, and fortunately, I'm covered by workers comp. Unfortunately, this leaves me one-handed due to the recovery and the splint, which I can't take off for the time being.

This naturally leaves me with a lot of time on my hands, which I've mostly been using to to watch things. Right now I'm watching Defunctland, a YouTube series covering the history of closed-down theme park attractions that I highly recommend if that subject is of interest to you. I'd seen a couple episodes out of order before and was suddenly overcome with the desire to just watch them all.

I also finished watching the 2004 anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix series a couple days ago. I haven't checked out the original manga, but this anime still felt a bit constrained both by the time it was made (when anime was trying to figure out how to use digi-paint in a way that didn't look overly-polished or shiny) and by the lack of a creative direction, which is a shame because the concepts it presents are fascinating. The final story, "Future", was largely devastating and disturbing, a lot like if the ending of the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last" were stretched out to an additional twenty minutes. Collapse )

Outside of that, Winter Wonder Festival 2020 happened, I hoped to see Mob Psycho figures of any kind and got none, but I'm ultimately ok with it because: a) we're getting a Reigen figure this year, and b) my other wish came true: CASCA'S GETTING A NEW STATUE. What's wild is that I was joking on my Twitter about her not getting a figure (Berserk figures have been coming practically every year and nothing of Casca since her figma in 2012) and she gets, not a figure, but a beautiful statue. I weep for this miracle, and my wallet.