tv shows I did not expect to like: gdgd fairies

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I’m not really a big anime watcher…in fact, most of the anime I have watched has been Miyazaki movies. I’ve seen a handful of shows and dabbled in manga, but usually I find that my grasp of Japanese culture makes me always feel like I am missing out on too much to really appreciate the stories.

Then, while browsing Crunchyroll with my boyfriend (who is an anime fan), we randomly clicked on a show labeled “gdgd fairies”. I cringed almost immediately at the chibi fairies in short skirts with pink hair. I braced myself for some ridiculous plot line…but none very came. Because this show has little to no plot. It was plain just weird.

And, somehow, mesmerizing.

Seriously, we laughed SO HARD at the oddness of the first episode, we had TEARS streaming down our faces. It was just 15 minutes of WTF AM I WATCHING!? But in a good way.

It is just these three fairy BFFs who meet up and talk over tea. pkpk is the most naive of the group, shrshr is a bit of a spaz, and krkr is sorta emo/dark. Eventually the fairies finish tea and move into the magic room and play with spells, usually with hilarious results. And then end by watching the “dubbing pool” and talking over random footage they see in the pool.

Oh, and did I mention they spend a lot of time mocking popular anime shows, video games, and other random aspects of Japanese pop culture? You can still enjoy the show knowing as little as me, but the seasoned anime fan will get an extra kick out of it.

It is strangely addictive even though it doesn’t have any story arc and even the stories are loose. And, yes, there are jokes that do NOT translate at all. But it’s 15 minutes of just cute, adorable fairies being really random about whatever (how to say “deja vu” in Japanese, or what if you could save up sleep and get it later).

gdgd Fairies – Full episodes available on Crunchyroll

Favorite shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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I still can’t believe that today marks the 10 year anniversary of the finale of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Many will debate whether it is one of the best shows or if it is THE best show — but for me, it is one of the most satisfying seven seasons ever to air on television. It’s not perfect, but the creator and writers of the show respected the viewers and gave the fans a series that they could go back to again and watch from episode one to the finale and cherish the journey each time.

I’ve told this story before but I will tell it again: BtVS renewed my faith in storytelling on television. I had been an avid X-Files fan and was still sorting through the rubble of that disaster. The show had no regard for it’s own past and the so-called “clues” to the conspiracy were quickly debunked by the show as writers came and went and the creator stopped caring. My friend took me aside after one bad episode too many and showed me the Angel/Angelus arc from Season 2 (available on VHS! LOL). It was 4-5 key episodes from the end of the season and in those few hours, I fell in love. The show had everything I wanted in my entertainment – great story, great characters that I cared about, a good mix of humor, and heart. You could feel the heart of the show, the message about empowerment and being strong and surviving growing up.

I started watching the show in real-time during Season 4, which synced up nicely with me starting college along with Buffy and the Scooby gang. And I was a faithful viewer up until the final episode aired.

That was a rough night.

Season 6 and 7 hadn’t been as light as previous years, but the show still had that strong heart beating behind it and it was hard to stop. I’m so happy I stayed with it. The finale made me so happy and broke my heart at the same time. I cried because I knew these fictional friends were going away and I would not get to have any more adventures with them. I cried because the show ended as well as it had started. I cried because there was no other voice like this on television and I didn’t want it to go.

It’s been ten years now and Buffy still holds up for me. I’ve rewatched it several times and each time I pick up on some other subtle nuance of the writing. Foreshadowing here, a sly wink to a previous episode there – it doesn’t get old. The humor and wit is still strong enough to bring in new viewers all these years later — I managed to get my co-worker to watch the entire series this year and when she would come in to work after a long weekend of marathoning episodes, and I would listen to her talk about the show, the characters, her feelings about everything going on — I could still hear that heart beating. Even beyond the grave.

movies and memories: “He can live with us, mom!”

Old friends, new friends

So this is how the story goes:

When I was little, my parents took me to see E.T. in the theater. I liked the movie, but like any child, I was very upset to see E.T. leave. My mom tells me I left the theater with tears in my eyes, telling her that E.T. could have lived with us. At some point, maybe later that day or later in the week, I was given my very own E.T. plush to love and squeeze and take care of.

A few years ago when E.T. celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary and Universal released a whole new set of toys, my parents got me the life-size doll in this photo.

And this year, I played Bioshock:Infinite. I adored the game and especially “my” relationship with Elizabeth. As the credits rolled, all I could think was how much I was going to miss her, that I didn’t want it to be over, that maybe there were more adventures to be had.

So last week, in a moment of retail therapy, I stumbled across the Hot Topic 25% off sale and there was the Elizabeth action figure, just calling to me. I had to have her!

Now Elizabeth and E.T. can live here in my apartment of misfit toys and continue having adventures here…

and they will. 🙂

The bird or the cage? #colorcap Elizabeth meets a fellow time & space traveler... #doctorwho #bioshock Elizabeth and the Time Lord #doctorwho #bioshock

WTF NO – “Equestria Girls”


‘Equestria Girls’, a My Little Pony offshoot, will have a movie-length premiere’

WTF is that.

Seriously, I’m not sure what they are supposed to be. I guess they are half pony/half human but they look there is a bit of feline in there as well.

When fans say they try to figure out which pony they are most like, they are not imagining the ponies in a human form, but in the ADORABLE PONY FORM!

This is some kind of abomination.

(Also, should we even start in on the super-tiny wastes and the fact that this form makes them easier to sexualize? Yeah, let’s just not go there right now).

And what is Hasbro thinking in terms of marketing? Are these going to be creepy Barbie doll style toys? Do they really think teens will watch this? Who is the market? This is not for the “Bronies” or the “Pegasisters”.

**sigh** someone at Hasbro clearly does not understand the appeal of MLP:FiM. It’s adorable and cute and they are ponies in adventures. I do not understand this current TV trope of aging up the characters into tween/teen form. It just creeps me out.

I hope this bombs and I hope it bombs hard.

Community renewed. Yay?

ImageSo, surprising everyone, NBC renewed Community for a fifth season. 

For the previous three years, Community was one of my top shows.  I would get so excited on Thursday nights, knowing a new episode was airing and made a point to watch it on Hulu Friday as soon as I could. 

This year has been…different.  We all knew that with the removal of Dan Harmon from the show, there would be some changes.  Then NBC kindly bumped the show’s premiere date.  The actors seemed to tweet less about how much fun they were having on set.  Chevy Chase announced he was leaving.  But, the fan in me said, hang in there and just maybe it will all be okay.

Then the new season premiered and it was sorta…meh. 

Though honestly, every season of Community (apart from the first) starts sorta rough but then it finds it’s footing and gets better.  So I kept watching…

The next episode was the Halloween episode, airing in the middle of February, sorta throwing off the whole vibe.  It was amusing but it felt like we had done this 3 times already and the writers were grasping.  It made me think of Matt Groening talking about what a giant pain in the butt the Simpsons Halloween episodes are because it started out as a fun joke and then people DEMANDED it.  Which sorta sucks the fun out of it. 

‘Conventions of SpaceTime’ had some strong points, focusing on the relationships between the characters while sprinkling a healthy dose of pop culture and geek references throughout, which has always been the shows strong point.  And the season sort of rise and fell like this until the final 3 episodes which were getting close to the Community I remembered, but never quite making it there.  You could tell it was missing that (oh so twisted) Harmon touch.

For next season, I IMPLORE the writers of the show to lay-off the Dean cross-dressing.  It is funny when it’s a surprise but any episode where he wore a dress for more than a few seconds tended to be not funny.  I love Dean Pelton, but the creepy stalker thing got old really fast.  He went from a fun background character to someone I dreaded seeing on screen. 

Chang – I assume he will be the new Pierce.  I’m fine with that.   Just no more crazy Chang please.

Also, let the holiday and “themed” episodes go unless you really truly find some inspiration.  I was excited about the puppet episode but felt the writing just never got there.  What made Community such a great show from the start was how much is could surprise us with what kind of things it poked fun at, what sort of jokes they went for, and how we loved all the characters in the end.  By “playing it safe” this season, you did the show a disservice because it’s following was earned by not playing it safe and doing the same over and over.

Don’t worry about your audience – we are smart, we can handle subtle, sly humor that skates by us quickly.  It’s what made the earlier seasons of the show so rewatchable.  Every time I made a friend watch the first paintball episode or the timeline episode, I would catch another one liner or inside joke and it made me appreciate the show that much more.  Mock those tropes, mock them mercilessly.  If you aren’t sure if you should go there or not, GO THERE  We can handle it, we can keep up.  It is why we are here.

I guess I am happy about the renewal.  I’m hoping this will give the head writers and showrunners another chance to show us they “get it” and raise the show back up to where it was before.  I think they can – I feel like they were *so close* with those last three episodes.   

 

 

gender and entertainment

I know this topic is discussed and beaten to death all the time but I found it amusing that today in my blog feeds I had a female author lamenting the “girly” book covers forced upon her work and a male gamer lamenting a publisher pushing a gender-neutral game as “for girls”

Marketing is a scary thing.  I am happy that, as a librarian, I tend to try to market everything to everyone.  This is probably because my goal is not to make money but to educate patrons in the joys of reading, researching etc.. 

I feel bad for guys because it seems their entire existence hinges upon them showing that they are “tough” and “manly” at all times.  It feels like they eventually can move beyond that,eventually but only if they are really lucky…

Think for yourselves.  Remember that a book cover is not chosen by the author but created by a marketer, scientifically crafted to appeal to a demographic chosen at random, not a demographic the author was trying to write for.