It’s a little early for Thanksgiving, but having finished my workweek after only two days, I can’t help but feel a bit thankful for some of the people and things around me. I’ll leave major items for later in the week, but for the moment, I’d like to link to a few things that have made me feel happy (and thankful) today:
1. Azumanga Diaoh, episode 7. This episode features a cultural festival at school, and our girls’ class has decided to have a room full of stuffed animals on display (and a few for sale), including a life-sized mascot. At the end of a successful festival, several of the girls go on a “victory march” with the mascot in the lead. Now, I spend pretty much every episode of Azumanga Diaoh helplessly grinning from beginning to end, but I seriously teared up during the “victory march.” I can’t really tell you why. It was just unbelievably moving for some reason. *snif*
2. Danielle Leigh’s True Anime & Manga Confessions. Reading these today filled me with delight. Not only do I agree with many of them (thank you, Danielle, for admitting that you don’t find Nana and Ren’s relationship romantic at all, and if Kyo over Yuki makes you boring, then so am I) but they are just delightfully written in general. Kind of made me want to write my own, but I suspect it would be redundant.
3. Tom McRae’s blog entry, musing on the potential of ubiquitous guitar teacher Dan Smith as a serial killer. This may be the funniest thing I’ve read, uh, ever. Or at least the funniest thing I’ve read this week.
4. Lucky Star at Comiket. I began a sentence earlier that went something like “I was thinking about Comiket…” but the real truth is that I was thinking about the episode of Lucky Star that takes place at Comiket, and once you’ve admitted that, really, it is difficult to maintain any kind of credible argument. So, okay, everything (or most everything) I know about Comiket comes from that episode of Lucky Star. But it made me think about dōjinshi, and how I wish that fanfiction in this country could ever attain the level of legitimacy that dōjinshi seems to have in Japan. Then I realized that I really have no idea of how legitimate dōjinshi is considered in Japan, and that perhaps using Konata as the standard is somewhat flawed. I really loved that episode, though. :D
5. Neil Gaiman. I wouldn’t have thought I could love Neil Gaiman more, but his efforts on behalf of Christopher Handley (who most of you know well as the guy who is being prosecuted for owning manga that a postal worker considered obscene) have significantly increased my already-substantial admiration. I’ve often wondered if a famous guy as kind and graceful as Neil Gaiman could actually be real. Today I don’t even care. I’m just thankful he’s out there lending his kindness, gracefulness, and irrefutable good sense to a cause like this.
Now I have a sweet, warm doggie curled up on my legs, a tummy full of popcorn, and the blissful knowledge that I am not expected back in my office until Monday. Yep. Feels like Thanksgiving to me. :)
Danielle Leigh saysNovember 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm
hee! Thanks in return for the kind words!
Frankly, I can’t imagine someone more distant than Ren as a lover (Yasu probably would be as well, but the whole point of Yasu is that as a friend he really is solid, supportive and generally kind. And Ren is none of those things.) Even Takumi you can trust with your *life* even if you can’t trust him to leave his damn zipper up.
Melinda Beasi saysNovember 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm
That was incredibly well-said. And kind of sickening really, right? I mean, I hate Takumi, but I have to admit you’re right!
Melinda Beasi saysNovember 25, 2008 at 10:26 pm
Oh, hey, btw, I admit I’d really love to know more about why you despise Fushigi Yugi. I haven’t read it, and it keeps looking vaguely uninteresting to me, but I keep thinking I *should* read it because it is so popular. I even have it on my list of comics to buy. I would love to know why I *shouldn’t*. :D
Grace saysNovember 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm
fwiw, I liked Fushigi Yugi. But I also read it at a time when I was *much* less discerning, so I can’t vouch for it in any way.
Melinda Beasi saysNovember 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm
Mmmmm good to know, good to know.
Danielle Leigh saysNovember 26, 2008 at 7:41 am
oh, basically girls can’t be supportive of each other, can’t be real friends, ’cause god forbid one of you should be brutally raped while the other should NOT be and therefore the one who escapes such a horrible experience must suffer for it. Also the mensfolk are too precious! Who cares about some chick I’ve known and loved for years if I’ve got this cool guy around?
So. Um. Yeah.
I’ve got major issues with how Watase portrays female friendship — which always must suffer if one falls in love. Heterosexuality always comes at the price of renouncing all of one’s homosocial bonds.