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Hitting a brick wall then going sideways [Feb. 6th, 2005|12:03 am]
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So it's another Saturday night. This evening I was supposed to be writing four or five letters of various degrees of urgency. At least two of which I should have written last year. So what happened? I found myself unable to even think straight, and so watched the fourth of my "Inuyasha" disks instead.

So we finally get to meet Miroku. Very amusing Miroku / Kagome / Inuyasha character interaction. Half demon boy still has all the charm and sensitivity of a brick. And he's still pining over his old girlfriend, fifty years in the grave (and a few weeks as a zombie) by now. Kagome seems to be realising she can't compete with the ghost of a memory, so if she has any sense she'll be looking at either Miroku or her present day potential boyfriend by now. Actually Miroku would make sense... seeing as just about the first thing he did when they first met was pinch her bum, they could be just about made for each other. All he needs is to get a set of Inuyasha ears and they could have hours of fun together.

Would that "Coronation Street" were even half as amusing as this.

Sesshomaru still needs to get over himself in a major way and we get to see who's pulling his strings. Some baboon who, seeing as the mayoralty of Auckland didn't exist back in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, had to settle for playing games with demons and priestesses instead. (Then again comparing a certain immediate past mayor of Auckland a baboon could be considered offensive to other baboons...)

I'm really enjoying the story so far. The animation is good enough... there are a few stylistic touches to the visuals that seem a bit odd, but as I noticed some of them while watching the (also very good but otherwise very different) "Trigun" I suspect they are anime conventions that have to be adhered to for some reason or other. I can't say I'm a great fan of the new end credits though... the old ones had a definite air of farewell and sense of melancholy that quite often fitted the ending of the episodes. And I still haven't seen the girl with the humongous boomerang in the show itself. The new end credits just aren't the same...

Heard the first broadcast of episode 6 of "Enzology" Saturday afternoon. They've got up to an era I actually remember - they've just recorded and are just about to release "Waiata", and have all played a really nasty practical joke on the producer - so there's not as much information in the show that is completely new to me. But it was really interesting to hear how "I Got You" was put together. And also very amusing to hear how Sony Records was rather peeved with the band... Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was number one on the charts just about everywhere that kept records of how many records sold, except for Australia and New Zealand, where "True Colours" and "I Got You" had a mortgage on pole position in the album and single charts, respectively.

Otherwise today is the local national day. And as it falls on a Sunday I don't even get a long weekend out of the deal. Grrrr.

[User Picture]From: aeb
2005-02-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
What's this national day and how do you celebrate it? {curious SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2005-02-07 07:41 am (UTC)
The name alternates between "Waitangi Day" and "New Zealand Day" every few years.

Basically on 6th February 1840 a treaty was drawn up and signed at Waitangi in Northland by a British governor and a handful of local chiefs setting out some basic ground rules for European settlement of New Zealand. It's had a rather chequered history since then.

It's normally celebrated with a day off work, except when it falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise the only people who do much are the politicians and dignitaries and suchlike people who have to look as if they're enjoying what rather low-key festivities are going on (generally just a traditional formal welcome and speeches notable only by more Very Self-important People in attendance than usual).

This year the Prime Minister only showed up for the most important bit of the festivities (it had been a bit of a fiasco for the last few years) leaving the Leader of the Opposition to sit around being bored speechless (not a bad thing where a politician is concerned). The most amusing picture I've seen of the festivities is a very dour looking Leader of the Opposition flanked by a couple of other no-hopers: Brian Tamaki (leader of the local God Hates Fags cult, most notorious for leading a group of black-uniformed followers in a march on Parliament, said followers happily making Nazi salutes) and Tama Iti (local one-man Rent-a-Mob and general professional protester, most notorious for currently being out on bail on firearms charges).
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