I've been tagged by nomanymore
for the 8 facts/habits meme, so here it is, calledinvain
* 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 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.....