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26 September 2007 @ 08:42 pm
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Ooh, my aching sense of disbelief. An Englishman in Japan in 1687? Oh, honestly. I'd buy it if he were... well, if he were Dutch, and very, very dead. (Particularly with such an excreble accent.) Or in Nagasaki. He could be on one particular island in Nagasaki Bay and that would be okay.

Surprisingly, they did get some random geography right. I was kinda stunned. Otsu is located near Kyoto. It's on my list of "places I haven't been to yet that are starting to piss me off for their unvisited-ness."

I suppose it really would be asking too much that the Japanese spoken in 1687 not be modern, huh? Masi Oka needs to watch more taiga doramas.

Yes, that is the main thing I remember about the episode. Hey, it's me!

I first listened to Mother Earth a few years ago and remembered not being impressed. After going and seeing Within Temptation in concert last Friday I decided to pull it out and give it another try.

Well, I know why I wasn't so impressed the first time. It's not Silent Force. There are a lot more slow songs, and the hard-hitting songs aren't as hard. I was looking for more Silent Force, so yeah, I was disappointed.

Now, I love it. But for its own strengths, rather than looking for it to be a prequel of something else. The musical styles are fairly different. One song reminds me a lot of Heather Alexander. Another reminds me of Lorena McKennitt. (See what I mean about slower?)

It's ironic that I pulled this out this week, given that "Our Farewell" is a song about someone dying, and last week was the Week Of Death. Not sure what black mood's taken me that I keep listening to such a depressing song at such a time, but there you are. It's track 3 which is just about how far into a CD I can get on my commute, so it ends up being played a lot.

So my summary: It's good. But don't go in expecting Silent Force, or you'll be very disappointed. It's a dark and moody CD, so if that's not what you're after, this may not be the CD for you.

In completely unrelated news, I got one episode pretty much completely edited/done, and sent out the initial drafts for two more. Go me. By the time one of those two is in the can I think I will hiss and stab things any time it is mentioned in my presence. I knew there was a reason I didn't re-watch it, but had not previously hit such depths of loathing. It is now tied for second place as my second least-favorite Mebi episode. And there's a chance it will edge out its competition once I translate that other one. (Not for many, many months, thank heavens!)
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on September 27th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
I was irritated with the Englishman in Japan thing too. But it's not like Heroes has ever been known for excellent, well-researched writing anyway.
Cirdancirdan_havens on September 27th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
And now for me to comment on the unrelated stuff: Go you! Oh, and every time I rewatch ep 9 and see Ryuu push Konomi, I want to punch him. *grumbles* Hm, I think Ultrapapa ep was supposed to be your least fave or second. Wonder who edged it out. I wanted to try to guess but then realized that there's a whole chunk of eps in the middle that weren't posted on youtube. Oh, I also noticed that they had a Document MAT and finally realized it was referring to Monster Attack Team in Return of Ultraman. Pretty cool slowly picking up these random things.
Sandpanther: Generationssandpanther on September 27th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Least favorite is the super mama episode (39, I think it is), followed by the Ultra Papa one (butt-waggling totem pole monster, ick), which is currently tied with the episode they pick up the Gun Booster in. Though I suspect that by the time I get around to doing the UltraPapa episode I'll find some vague merit in it that will push it up to third least favorite.

I'm going to try and get back to writing up historical notes for episodes which will tell where which things come from. Oh! And it turns out the UltraPapa episode is historically based. Something similar happened in Ace with the Ultra Kyoudai.
Cirdancirdan_havens on September 27th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
Alas, those Ultra parents just get in the way. Might be this Ace episode. o_O
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Sandpanthersandpanther on September 27th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think the things about the episode that annoy me won't be as obvious to anyone who isn't translating it. One character has a very specific speaking style that's hard to render to English. Oh, and the writer uses a different vocabulary set than usual, so sometimes characters say things that I think are borderline out of character.

Oh, and the episode contains a ridiculous amount of Ryuu randomly yelling. Which was amusing back in ep. 6 but is just tedious here.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ryuu yelling is always tedious. :p