bluelovesorange: (the duelist)
Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear,
No where
Lives a woman true and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet,
Though she were true, when you met her,
And last, till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two, or three.

--- SONG, John Donne

I'm going to go see Stardust. And possibly a write up, along with pimping Howl's Moving Castle (no, not the Miyazaki film, though that's quite nice as well) as well. Later.
bluelovesorange: (swan red)
I've been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] nomanymore for the 8 facts/habits meme, so here it is, [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain style.

The rules:
* Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
* People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
* At the end of your blog, you need to choose (8) people to get tagged and list their names.
* Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


1. I break rules. All the time. ;)
2. My hair is purple at the moment. Before that, it was blue/violet/turquoise, with pink undertones. Before that, it was atomic pink with reddish highlights. I've dyed my hair since my senior year in high school.
3. I am the tallest member of my immediate family at five feet six.
4. I am the only child.
5. Mandarin is the first language I learned to speak, but due to aggressive ESL lessons and my mom's insistent cries of "Assimilate! Assimilate!" and dreading Sunday Chinese school, I'm more fluent in English than I am in Mandarin now. My listening comprehension is better than my verbal skills, and I've been told I have a 'not bad' accent for a foreigner.
6. My immediate blood family is based in Taiwan, on good days, we are Taiwanese, on bad days we are Chinese and 'what is Taiwan coming to now, it never used to be like this when I lived there,' apparently Taiwan is like Vegas. I'm bitter because I haven't been back since I was 4 or so, and the boys I knew all had shaved tennis ball heads and coke bottle glasses. Now pretty boys are exploding off the mainland.
7. I took Spanish, French, and Chinese classes throughout high school and college. No, not all at the same time.
8. Places I've traveled to within the past three years are: London, England, Wales, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Scotland, New York City, Rome & Florence & Pisa, Italy. I've been to London a total of three times, Edinburgh three times, and though I lived in London for about 5 months, I prefer Edinburgh.

what this LJ is lacking is more poetry )

I'm pondering doing screencap reviews for another summer series in between the downtimes between each Hana Kimi episode - I might do Coffee Prince, though the fansuggestion that it is what Hana Kimi should have been annoy me (ooh, there's a surprise), as I think they're fundamentally two different things, the only common denominator is that there's a girl dressing as a boy to acheive a certain goal. Hana Kimi is a high school romance comedic story with crack based on a manga, Coffee Prince is a twenty something romance/slice of life comedy, and it's a kdrama based on a novel. But I am loving CP in its own special way.

Perhaps Tantei Gakuen Q? Though it seems almost too easy to take potshots at this series instead of lovingly snarking at it like I do with Hana Kimi - it's a slick little slice of candy mystery with a adolescent cast of FUTURE STARS written all over them, and the ubiquituous 20 something old character actor playing a teenager to keep up with them. It features weak mysteries, patchy acting from the child stars, and lots of chewing the scenery from the established older, comedy actors. I guess mystery shows are a popular genre in Japanese broadcasting, I can only think the glut of lawyer/police shows in America as a matching equivalent. Damn you, CSI! I'm currently watching it out of a novelty sense, but it's kind of flagging - kind of how I never really got all that into Liar Game even after it got subbed. How does the chain work? Kindanchi - > Trick - > Kurosagi - > Liar Game -> Tantei Gakuen Q? But it has an excellent theme tune and ending credit song, and in a few more years, we'll probably be seeing said child stars being the next break out FUJI 9 featured artist or whatever. And it's getting kind of creepy/funny how easy it is to spot a JE boy, even in chibi form. Really, they just do produce robots, don't they?

I was discussing this with [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 the other night - how the older statesmen JE groups, SMAP, TOKIO, V6 - have more or less settled into their skins comfortably and in direct light, appear to be 99.8% heterosexual and even sport the facial hair to prove it. Less rainbows, more talent and drive, and not just an endless wishbone parade of taut abdomen and shiny pleather, these men eat, laugh, drink, and don't have to try as hard as their kohais do. Like...they go through the metamorphosis of asexual larvae, then very gay caterpillars, then into a cocoon of maturity and actually interesting scandals, and emerge.....manly butterflies! The rainbow afros and glitter hot pants are a TEST OF FIRE. MANLY VALIDATION AWAITS YOU!

ETA: I'm not really into the JE fandom hardcore. I like Arashi's music (YES, SHUT UP.) and that's about it, so I'm sure there's much more knowledgable fans out there willing and ready to prove examples of the FLAMING GAY that the older JE groups still provide. It's cool.

I don't know. Me and D tend to get into long philosophical debates about everything and nothing, and mostly nothing, with crack on top.

Back to dramas, if I don't pick a new summer show, I might do either Sexy Voice and Robo (so criminally overlooked by fandom in the wake of ProDai squee and HAHAHAHA, that was such a waste of time.) from the spring season, because it's been subbed completely, or go even further back and screencap review Kurosagi. Because Yamapi's get ups in that one....defy words. Or maybe a movie - I've recently watched NANA 2, and Waterboys. Oh, the level of cheesy bad in both.....
bluelovesorange: (mastermind)
Do you think that popular culture accurately represents the environment it reflects? For example, America's on going love affair with mostly crappy reality tv shows, game shows, and the 100 ton behemoth that represents the Law & Order franchise? I predict, 20 years later, Law & Order: In Hyperspace will be running, with reanimated heads as the actors. (Futurama said it, so it MUST be true.)

I'm only pondering this because of my recent immersion in asian pop culture (reclaiming the other half of my hyphenated existence, one could say) and trying to see the truth among all the pretty, shiny lies/entertainment, and trying to interpret it through the Western filter. Pop culture is escapism or satire waiting to be written, but what is commonly loved and hated among the masses - isn't it also a reflection of our ideals/expectations?

Then again, I could just be over-reaching or oversimplifying. I do that sometimes.

Also, I have now firmly decided that Japan is a nation full of virile young men (read: Pop stars/actors/models) waiting to marry the slightly more experienced older woman. Maybe all those office-lady dramas had something more than just wish fulfillment going on.

While I'm being 89% facetious, the other percent notices that for the most part, courtships among the cognesceti often span years, and usually marriage occurs when the lady gets pregnant. (See: Kimura Takuya defense.) This also happens with brooding British musicians.

Oguri Shun's best friend (and really, he has a name and I know it, but I just like calling him Oguri Shun's best friend) Tsukamoto Takashi (that blond Casa Nova in Stand Up!, the love interest in Teppan Shoujo Akane, etc, etc.) is getting married/is married to his significant other, she's apparently five months pregnant, and seven years older. Love is love, after all - and when you're ready, you're ready.

I am not ready. I'm still at that delightful, "Let's make out, and have a conversation about Sartre, and I'll make you a mixtape!" phase.

It's a pretty awesome phase.

But one day, I'd like think I'd be at the Margaret Atwood - Variations on the word 'Sleep' phase - I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed & that necessary.
bluelovesorange: (light sky)
But it's the cuteoverload rule - a thing is automatically cuter if there's a small version of it attached. Substitute 'thing' with small adorable animal, etc, etc.



Maki Horikita from her PB Cinematic, a tie-in with her movie Argentine Hag, based on the novel by Banana Yoshimoto.

The Day Dreamers )
bluelovesorange: (meh)
I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
Or English poets who grew up on Greek
(I'd have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek.)

How well her wishes went! )

"I KNEW A WOMAN" --- Theodore Roethke

I bought my tickets to NY, bags are far from packed, but my small world tour (NY to UK) is now a real thing, and not just a careless conversation starter. March seems so close yet so far away. I'm writing again, still only fanfiction, as the drive for original characters has temporarily dried up. It's easier to play in someone else's sandbox, sometimes. Anyway, things to do with Cedric & Cho and Hana Yori Dango later.

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