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"Garrick, why has the 'current audio' for so many recent posts been 'Fly High!!' by BURNOUT SYNDROMES? Was it a copy+paste error?"

"No, I bought the MP3 the other day, and that's how much I've been listening to it."

"Is this because you liked 'Good Morning World!' that much, or did you just fall into Gay Volleyball Manga Hell 3700 years after everyone else?"

"Yes"

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They've released the anime-specific variant cover for the new Dr. Stone OP single, "三原色" [Three Primary Colors], and I like it. A particular detail is that it has prominent red, green, and blue circles (rather than the common red, yellow, and blue). I'm happy with this choice because I have beef with RYB, but the RGB color model also fits better with Dr. Stone's topics and themes. And, well, obviously Onion Man...(looks at smudged writing on hand) "Senku" is green.

Once upon a time, Doctus wrote a forum post that suggested putting the actual color-coding aside and looking at the first Sailor Moon anime as a toku-action story where the protagonist is The Yellow One -- the lax one who prizes good food and friendship over hoarded gold -- instead of The Red One. There is still a Red One, but she's not the main character, and Sailor Moon's values are not hers. Looking at it that way, maybe Dr. Stone is a shonen manga about The Green One.

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In Japanese, bread crusts are パンの耳 [lit. bread ears]. The Galaxy Angel Z ending theme "Happy Question" includes the lyric:

パンの耳たぶはどこにあるの?

(lyricist: Tanabe Chisa)

which asks where the bread's earlobes are.

We don't call them "bread ears" in English, so a purely literal translation of this passage wouldn't make sense. Thus, the R1 English release from Bandai rendered the line as "where are a monkey's earlobes?" to get the approximate feel across. But Galaxy Angel as a franchise has a recurring food/cooking motif (all the characters are named for ingredients, and the other rhetorical questions in the song are also meal-related); "monkey" unfortunately loses this connection.

Hindsight is 20/20 and all, but I do wonder why they didn't just swap out "bread" for "corn"...

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I'll eventually get used to the new Dr. Stone OP, but I (a millennial) made "Good Morning World!" the one physical CD I buy this year, set it as my phone's alarm clock tune, and put the poster from the limited anime edition in a spot where it would be the first thing I saw when I, myself, said "good morning, world!" in real life each day. I like the song. I'll miss it.

The new ED, on the other hand, has:

  1. purple
  2. stars
  3. Senku

This hole was made for meeee.

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[Review] Fruits Basket 2019 11-13

Here we are at the end of Froob's first cours already, after only about twenty thousand words! Now let's add half that much again for three episodes, because it turned out I had a lot of feelings about these three.

Now that we've reached the mid-point of the series, I'm thinking of compiling these Fruits Basket posts into an e-zine (sans screencaps, maybe with my own drawings to replace them) and putting it up on itch.io sometime. So watch out for that!

Content warnings: discussion of abuse and sexual assault

Continue reading "[Review] Fruits Basket 2019 11-13"

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I'm not...entirely happy with the new Fruits Basket's choice to, like the first anime, rearrange everything so that the Big Dramatic High Note goes at the end -- I know why they're doing it, but I feel like it undermines a major theme of the series, which is that Big Dramatic High Notes happen but life still goes on. Still, Ritsu is a really really important character for me and I feel like this anime's version of that story has such marked improvements that I can't complain too much.