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06 January 2008 @ 05:35 pm
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I had something I was going to post, but now I've forgotten what...

Oh, right. The best thing about the new KR Den'ou opening is that the "in your hands" bit sounds a good deal less like "in your pants". That's just disturbing to hear every time I hit that point in the song.

(And yeah, it's also disturbing to realize that "hands" and "pants" sound about the same when spoken with a Japanese accent.)

New episode downloading. *waits impatiently* Five and a half hours of proofing subs and smacking in titles means I deserve a reward. Or a break. Or... dinner. Yes, definitely dinner.

Ah, dinner reminds me, I was going to post about yesterday.

Yesterday was a strange and somewhat confused day. Started with discovering a nice puddle of water under the washing machine. *grumbles* Just what I need right now. More water. How about putting it in the reservoirs instead, huh?

After spending several minutes trying to track down the source of the problem and debating the relative merits of practicing a little recreational snaking vs. paying someone else to deal with it (paying winning out by a looooong shot), I figured out that the problem is there's a slow leak on the connector going into the washing machine. Ah. That I can live with. Or at least, fix sometime when it's not already pouring rain and freezing cold out.

(It is, in fact, quite literally freezing out. The snow up on the mountains is quite pretty -- in the times when the rain clears enough to see that far.)

My plans of spending the day finishing up some subtitling were put to wash by an electrical storm puttering through for the majority of the day. Lightening + no grounded outlets = everything gets unplugged at the first rumble.

So I decided to do a little cleaning instead, and found yet another puddle. Seriously, enough with the water already. Man. I think I need to get myself an alter to Benten along with a pond for her accompanying dragon and tell them that the ongoing water problems are their purvey, not mine, thankyouverymuch. I'm a fire sign fer cryin' out loud; I don't want to be wet all the time!

New puddle was, happily, small, and traced to unloading the dishwasher.

Frustrating day was saved from utter hopelessness by cirdan_haven and
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I had something I was going to post, but now I've forgotten what...

Oh, right. The best thing about the new KR Den'ou opening is that the "in your hands" bit sounds a good deal less like "in your pants". That's just disturbing to hear every time I hit that point in the song.

(And yeah, it's also disturbing to realize that "hands" and "pants" sound about the same when spoken with a Japanese accent.)

New episode downloading. *waits impatiently* Five and a half hours of proofing subs and smacking in titles means I deserve a reward. Or a break. Or... dinner. Yes, definitely dinner.

Ah, dinner reminds me, I was going to post about yesterday. <lj-cut text="About yesterday. Somewhat frustrating.">

Yesterday was a strange and somewhat confused day. Started with discovering a nice puddle of water under the washing machine. *grumbles* Just what I need right now. More water. How about putting it in the reservoirs instead, huh?

After spending several minutes trying to track down the source of the problem and debating the relative merits of practicing a little recreational snaking vs. paying someone else to deal with it (paying winning out by a looooong shot), I figured out that the problem is there's a slow leak on the connector going into the washing machine. Ah. That I can live with. Or at least, fix sometime when it's not already pouring rain and freezing cold out.

(It is, in fact, quite literally freezing out. The snow up on the mountains is quite pretty -- in the times when the rain clears enough to see that far.)

My plans of spending the day finishing up some subtitling were put to wash by an electrical storm puttering through for the majority of the day. Lightening + no grounded outlets = everything gets unplugged at the first rumble.

So I decided to do a little cleaning instead, and found yet another puddle. Seriously, enough with the water already. Man. I think I need to get myself an alter to Benten along with a pond for her accompanying dragon and tell them that the ongoing water problems are their purvey, not mine, thankyouverymuch. I'm a fire sign fer cryin' out loud; I don't want to be wet all the time!

New puddle was, happily, small, and traced to unloading the dishwasher.

Frustrating day was saved from utter hopelessness by <lj user=cirdan_haven> and <lj-user=z107m> tempting me away with cheesecake. Which turned out to be, while pleasant, also in line with the rest of the day. I ordered an innocent-looking hibachi steak. Little did I know (since they didn't put it on the menu, grr) that it comes with a cilantro garnish. Ick. Can't stand the stuff. Will pick every last fragment of it off my food before I will eat it. If I'm trying to pretend that I'm not being four I'll offer as an excuse that it's been known to upset my stomach. But, really, that doesn't happen all that often since I rarely let the stuff get into my stomach.

M'friends thought the sight of me picking off every single morsel of cilantro was pitiable, and insisted to the waitress that they take it away and get rid of the vile weed. A few minutes later dinner re-appears with all my veggies taken away (hey! Those were barely contaminated and were tasty!) and much of the evil weed scraped off. Much =/= all, and see note re: I will scrape every last bit off before I will consume the food. Oh, and a new set of mashed potatoes which claimed to be wasabi potatoes but in reality land only had a wasabi sauce on them, alas.

Again, it was sent back. The manager came over an apologized. It didn't bug me too much that it was there (though give a girl a little warning, huh?) and after a while another waitress brought over a fresh plate, proudly declaring it to be "cilantro-free". I surveyed my new, much-anticipated dinner only to find -- eek! -- a suspicious-looking green sauce on my meat. They didn't...

Oh, yes. They did. My cilantro-free dinner was garnished with a lovely cilantro-wasabi sauce. The wasabi, alas, does absolutely nothing to drown out the flavor of the cilantro. I nearly cried. ;_;

In the end I told them just to box it up as is and I'll wash it off at home. Fortunately I can just remove the stuff, it's not like with peanut allergies where anything that's touched it is contaminated.

To be fair, other than taunting me with my dinner the staff there were very nice about it. The manager came over and apologized -- it turned out the cooks didn't realize their wasabi pesto contained cilantro, and she was very embarrassed about this. It was just the part where they happily described it as "cilantro-free" when it was still coated in the stuff that made me want to pound my head on the table.

We did, at least, get cheesecake. And it was cilantro-free. Yay!


Afterward we watched the Red and White Singing Contest that's held at New Year's in Japan every year. This year, sadly, featured no Ultramen waving flags (though that artist did appear with the same song -- and a less entertaining backup group). There was still a couple of outfits that were really so remarkable they left me speechless, the shamisen brigade (most impressive!), and a horde of armor-clad, sword-waving samurai. Most entertaining!


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I found another random bit part for Sakomizu's actor. He played a priest marrying off the main characters in one of my dramas. Kinda made my brain break, particularly when crossed with certain alt-verses.

There's a random bit part in an episode of UltraSeven that I'd swear was done by Nishina Masaki -- if for no other reason than that his "Waaaaaaa!"s sounded exactly like Ryuu's. (Yeah, I've had to listen to that too much.)

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I handed Jan the first 36 episodes of UM when she was up here last. She's requested the rest of the series -- and all the subbed episodes I have, since one of the folks who lives above her also has a taste for the fine cheese. *rubs hands* Mwahaha! More people to join in the toku-love!

I'm pondering what else to hand her while I'm at it. She's specifically asked for <i>Kabuto</i>. (Which means I guess I should stop holding off in hopes that someone else will watch it with me and just finish crashing through it. Hrm, and subbing stuff's coming up to a point where I can probably have my brain eaten by something else for a bit -- and a break would be good anyway.) Likewise, I was thinking of passing on 555. (Again, with the "need to finish watching" :P <i>Agito</i> and <i>Kuuga</i> being the only KR series I've managed to see all the way through -- not because I don't like them, but because I like them too much to watch in fragmented chunks and I run out of time.) I should pass along the vampire bunnies series too, but I've only got the one copy, and I've promised to loan it out to <lj user=sakon76> first. I suspect she'll appreciate the cheese, so I'll probably also burn off copies of what I have on <i>Gekiranger</i>.

Hmmm... If I loaned her Kuuga I wonder if she'd be interested in helping translate...? Particularly if she's got someone to watch it with who's Japanese-impaired...?


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*notes that grey text with a white drop-shadow is just about impossible to read in subtitles. Really.*

Man, it is really annoying on the Den'ou episodes that T-N messes up the timing on the first several lines 'cause of their episode intro bump. Makes me frustrated that I can't fix it. It would take so little!

There. Done rambling. Going to fix dinner now.
 
 
 
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on January 7th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Hahahaha I'm disappointed that I never noticed that.
Sandpanthersandpanther on January 7th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I think you're probably happier that way. It catches me every time I listen through the OP. :P
z107mz107m on January 7th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
... plot gets really good at around this point huh? righto...
Nikki's Cornersennetari on January 7th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
I found another random bit part for Sakomizu's actor. He played a priest marrying off the main characters in one of my dramas.

Are you talking about Tantei Gakuen Q? Even if not, I think I'm probably going to watch that drama since apparently he is in it, as well as a few other actors (from WataKyou, Agito, etc.) I've seen before.
Sandpanthersandpanther on January 7th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Nope, Kaze no Haruka, last episode.

Tantei Gakuen Q is well worth watching, though, IMHO. Though... who else is in it? I don't remember seeing anyone in the four-odd episodes I've seen so far.
Nikki's Corner: Book Voyagesennetari on January 7th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ah well, okay. In your opinion, is Kaze no Haruka worth checking out?

Since I haven't yet watched Tantei Gakuen Q, I can only go by what is written on the drama wiki and the Japanese Wikipedia, so I might not be accurate. This is probably not a complete list either (I looked up only to about episode 4 or so), but here goes, in no particular order:

Mirai Shida (Megumi Minami a.k.a. Megu) - Was Asuka from WataKyou.
Kasumi Suzuki (Maya Asabuki; eps. 4-5) - Was Yamada from WataKyou.
Minoru Tanaka (Kyosuke Benijo; ep. 10) - Well, you know who he is. :)
Jun Kaname (Kinta) - Was Hikawa from Agito.
Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kyuu) - Was Mysterious Boy from Agito.
Hoshino Gen (Keiji Nekoda) - Was Taiki, someone from Akihabara@DEEP, another drama I haven't yet watched either but wanted to.
Yoko Moriguchi (Ryouko (or Yoshiko) Yoneyama (米山良子, which I may have read incorrectly); ep. 1) - Was Nanba's mother from HanaKimi.
Ayami Kakiuchi (Ritsuko Okada; ep. 1) - Was someone (probably not a regular character) from Toshiie and Matsu, yet another drama I haven't yet watched but wanted to.
Satoshi Jinbo (Takumi Igarashi (seeing that combination of first name and last name just makes me feel kind of weird); ep. 2) - Was Hideyuki Kagawa, someone (possibly a rider) from Ryuki, more toku I haven't yet seen.
Erika Yanagita (Ayaka Suzuki; ep. 2) - Was Ayaka Suto (one of the students, don't remember which) from WataKyou.
Anna Nagata (Yuki Tamura; ep. 3) - Was Misaki from Kabuto.
Motoki Ochiai (Masashi Tominaga; eps. 4-5) - Was Tetsuo, the contract holder from Den-O eps. 1-2.
Kensho Ono (Junya Kameda; eps. 4-5) - Was Toshinaga Maeda (a character played by several people, it seems) from Toshiie and Matsu.


This list is probably more than you want to know and more like my whim dictating. If nothing else, having many familiar actors would recommend this drama to me. :)

Edited at 2008-01-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
Sandpanthersandpanther on January 15th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Your list of actors from Tantei Gakuen Q is cool! Thanks for looking that up and posting it!


I liked Kaze no Haruka -- to the extent that I'm going and downloading the episodes now so I can keep a copy. (It aired on a local TV station, which is where I was watching it.) The time slot it aired in usually shows a drama series that follows a definite formula about our heroine growing up and figuring out what to do with her life/career -- while finding a guy who initially annoys her but later she falls in love with. She'll typically meet the guy in the first few episodes (sometimes as a child) but then he falls out of the story for a while only to come back as an important character in the end.

Now that it's ended there's a new series that's started up that looks like it isn't going to follow the formula. (For one thing, our heroine is already married.) But our heroine is obviously a toku fan (or at least a sentai one), so I'm happy! :)

Toshiie and Matsu was cool. Well worth checking out if you get the chance.

puddlemizutamari on January 7th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
New puddle was, happily, small, and traced to unloading the dishwasher.

I am pretty happy, I wish I were new instead of getting one year older this month, and I DEFINITELY wish I were smaller....

So I guess this means.... *drumroll*

I'm under your dishwasher, floodin' your floor! XD

*runs before she is chopped in half with Sandpanther's katana*
K. Stonhamsakon76 on January 7th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Feel free to loan the vampire bunnies series to Jan first. ^_^ She needs conversion. ^_^