Digimon - dark ocean

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I've been saving my thoughts on The House in Fata Morgana for when I've finished the entire game, including its companion entries, but last night I finished the "Assento Dele" side story from Requiem and it hit me emotionally in a way I had to make a separate entry about it.

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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.
Silent Hill - Waiting for you

Watching Twin Peaks

I've seen the pilot many times, watched up to episode four of the first season about three years ago, and am now finally sitting down to watch it the whole way through. I just finished episode 9 of season 2, the last one David Lynch worked on before returning for the last episode of said season.

Here's what I've "known" about the show prior to watching it:
  • It's really good.
  • It's really weird, but that comes with the territory of it being a Lynch work.
  • It's amazing until Lynch leaves, then it's terrible before it becomes amazing again when he returns.
  • Agent Dale Cooper is an adorable ray of sunshine.
  • James sucks.
  • Lynch originally conceived Laura's murder to be a neverending mystery before the network made him wrap up the plotline.
I'll address the validity of these point by point:
  • It's good, but...it hasn't scratched that itch for me yet. Hasn't resonated. It's not something I love to the point of longing to own a physical copy of it.
  • It can get weird, though sometimes I feel it doesn't get weird enough, or at enough times.
  • I can't vouch for the quality of where season two goes as of writing this, as indicated at the beginning.
  • Agent Dale Cooper is an adorable ray of sunshine. His scene with Audrey in his hotel room in season one is so sweet and one of my favorite scenes in the series. I also loved the scene of him holding Leland, stroking his hair and tenderly giving him words of reassurance.
  • I don't feel strongly about James's character either way. He's not very interesting on his own, but his plotline working with Donna and Maddy trying to solve Laura's murder was, so it mostly evens out for me in the end. I don't know what Donna sees in him after he cheated on her though.
  • It certainly feels that way. The conclusion felt rushed in a way that felt out of sync with the show's slow, deliberate pacing, the way the answers were found felt too convenient and clean, and while it had its moments (see: the scene with Cooper and Leland) I can tell this wasn't the story Lynch wanted to tell. He wanted to tell a lot more, and I wish I could have seen more of it. I'll be getting that in the third season, I know, but it would have been interesting to see where he'd have taken things from there at that time.
I'm not looking forward to powering through the rest of the season if it's as much a chore to finish as I've heard, but hopefully I'll be entertained.
Kaiji - This memo is awesome

Mob Psycho manga ch. 1-94

Patience is a virtue, and I consider myself a patient person...but Dark Horse is alarmingly slow with releasing volumes of the manga here, I don't expect an anime adaptation to come out for another couple of years, I need more canon material, and I need to read fanfic without being spoiled. I think I can allow myself to unwrap a present early.

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