It’s here, it’s here! My weekend! Time off! Rest! Recovery! Hooray!
Things are more or less looking up. Other than the Coming of the Great Evil (known as Wednesday, the Day I Go Back To Work) I have no dark clouds or obligations or other things tying me to predetermined events, and that feels damn good.
Working with Hojo in e-mail to make custom LJ animated moods. Little Twoflowers! So cute! The ‘busy’ one is particularly cool.
Oh, and three things about .hack Sign:
1. It’s being released stateside. The games/OVAs are definitely coming and the TV series is a no brainer after that, since Bandai does have an active interest in anime ported to Usians. I don’t know how this’ll affect the fansubbing since there aren’t any specific release plans announced for the anime, though.
2. It’s directed by the same guy who did Noir, which explains the “Vague and Annoyingly Slowly Paced” plot design. Dear god, it’s like watching paint dry… and yet I feel more compelled to watch this than Noir, which is okay. And bizarrely, he also directed Irresponsible Captain Tylor, my third favorite anime of all time which is absolutely NOT slowly paced. What gives?
(For the curious, the three greatest animes of all time, the Holy Trinity, are Otomo’s “Memories,” Gainax’s “FLCL,” and Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I don’t count Slayers since while it was very entertaining and I fanficed it a bunch, it’s not really Truly Superior. Whereas Memories is duking it out with Fight Club for ‘Best Movie Ever, Animated or Not’ in my book. If you’re interested in more of my crackbrained opinions I’ll post more Best Evers later. But anyway…)
3. .hack Sign #7 is actually a really cool episode. My big complaint, that there was nothing concrete and day-to-day in the game we could latch onto, was addressed. Mimagi bumps into a level three n00b, teams up with her to attack a high level dungeon, and ponders the reason she continues to play the game. MMORPG humor and story aspects combined with character development? Go figure. Hopefully we’ll get more of this; folks, you can have a slowly developing uberplot as long as you give us SOMETHING to chew on while waiting for the next major development!
I’m learning a lot about storytelling style from the anime I’ve been watching lately… both good and bad aspects I wanna try emulating or working against. I think it helps my writing a lot to take in as much new creative work as I can, movies, anime, TV, games, what have you. Anything that attacks the problem of “How do I tell a story?” in different ways.
For instance, I’m re-reading an old Star Trek franchise book that helped define my writing style early on in life. They made 50+ of these damn things and a lot of them are mediocre… except this one. It’s by Peter David (who single handedly saved Batman Forever by writing a novelization of it that jives with the animated series characterizations!) and it’s called ‘The Rift’. It’s loaded with comedy relief, some intense action, even some hentai jokes… and it has some of the best snappy dialogue and comebacks I’ve ever read, many of which have been subconsciously copied in style or content into my own writing. ^^; If you wanna give it a read, it’s available as an eBook from amazon.com and obviously in print as well. It’s TOS Trek and it’s pretty fun.
I’m gonna try to soak in the creative stuff this weekend; anime, movies, some reading, and so on. Once the mood’s right it’s off to UE08. I may put off the issue of “Well, how best do I end UE07?” for now in favor of getting some of UE08 in bits. Excelsior!