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I seriously think this is like... some repressed craving that resulted from not playing it for so long.

This has happened with me with WoW. At least twice. It happened last semester when I got my druid to 85 and starting doing dungeons with her and then started getting back into doing stuff with my main and, then it happened a while ago (I forget when), when I brought my shaman and my warlock up to 85 and leveled their professions and started healing with my shaman...

Don't know when it'll die out. Probably when school starts and I'm swamped with work and club stuff and studying and hopefully a job somewhere and friends to visit and ahng out with and... stuff. Also LSAT studying and things.

Also maybe when Pandaria comes out. Although maybe not, cause I'm kind of leery of another xpac. Competition is crazy and there's bugs everywhere.

One of my favorite blogs on tumblr is the Eschergirls blog. It's just so hilarious. As an artist, feminist, comic book fan, and writer... it's interesting in many ways.

So I was rereading some "Yu Yu Hakusho" (oh yes, I do call myself a feminist and I read that) and then some of the republished Sailor Moons. I was thinking about the art. The art in YYH is kind of... meh. Most of the time. It's okay a lot. But, well... it's not very amazing. There's a lot of missing backgrounds, bodies follow action lines more than actual body lines... Demons are, well... odd. Like an assortment of costumes stolen from an old Hollywood props stage. I suppose that fits the whole "demonic" bit, but well... they're a little over the top and just... not drawn very well.

[Doctor Who] So they're trying to get manacles off Ian. So they've got a rock. I was assuming this was to break the chain in the middle. So he smashes the rock twice downward, and then tugs the leather cuff off.

...

So anyway. Art. I was looking through the "Sailor Moon" comics and I thought that thought I've thought before when reading through Eschergirls. "Someone drew this, then sent it along to the next-stage person, whoever it was, and thought it was satisfactory."

Now I know that the manga wouldn't be the same without the art. There are quite a few scenes that are downright beautiful.

That doesn't mean that the majority is good. Because it really isn't. I would have loved to seen it redrawn. I don't know that I would have enjoyed it as much. But I would have liked it in some way. It would be EXTREMELY interesting to see things in proper proportion.

I know asking for the senshi to be given some sort of practical fighting uniform is a ridiculous request that will never be granted in cannon. Or, you know... using powers that are actually related to the god or goddess or planet named and not some generic ability that probably just sounded cool at the time or matched cookie-cutter team story design. Or maybe making the senshi actually intimidating or... mostly intelligent.

You know, there are a lot of things I could ask for. The thing I see as easiest and most easily gotten is better art.

[Doctor Who] They're making slave girls empresses now? The emperor makes EVERY slave girl he has a dalliance (or possible dalliance) with the empress? Really? No, it's just sexism and women being vindictive. THIS SHOW!

I'd love to see all the characters with proper body proportions. I'd love to see them standing in relatively possible positions. I'd love to see elbows stop disappearing and legs stop stretching endlessly and hands breaking and fingers popping out of their sockets and hairlines matching faces and faces looking like actual human faces.

Yes, it's cartoony and manga. That doesn't mean faces have to be completely unlike normal faces and make no sense. Sorry but every book I've read on drawing and art included how to draw in proportion and how to draw real body parts. It looks right, for starters. I don't know that many people who like animating Picassos or Dalis or people who enjoy repeatedly drawing that type of body or face other than, well... Picasso, Dali, or surreal and abstract artists. I don't recall Sailor Moon featuring Picassos or Dalis in particular. I thought they were supposed to be ordinary people. I understand individual artist style, but this is a little ridiculous.

So looooong

There are so many things wrong with this image. It accomplishes the original purpose: at first glance, it looks kind of pretty, and it fits the story.

And then you look at it for a little more than a second or two.

We'll ignore the sound effect "glow" (because that's a sound, yanno), because it's the lame translation that was better written than the new translation with fewer typos but was less accurate.

- In what direction exactly is the wind blowing? I'm assuming there's a wind. It could be coming off of Usagi's scepter, if there's some sort of power spreading out from it. Then I can understand things. Because otherwise there's some wind that's making Usagi's hair blow in the opposite direction of Hotaru's hair and her... butt ribbons. I have no idea what else to call it. Butt bow ribbons?

- It's highly unlikely but not entirely impossible for a scepter to be that long. One might even call something like that a spear with a mace head screwed on top. What's unlikely is that Usagi would be able to hold it with one hand. Even if it were incredibly light, the weight would be too much at that length. Also, it makes no sense for it to be that length in comparison to her height. Yes, the scepter is supposed to be taller than her... but this is WAY too tall. She'd be holding it at least by that knub a ways down rather than where she's holding it now,a nd possibly lower.

Plus, if it's that long, the top couldn't be on there for the lightness. The top would break off. Sure, it's "magic", but actually not really. The Silver Imperium people are supposed to be greatly technological. They'd have built and designed this thing, whatever it was. Designing something ridiculous like this is just... stupid.

- Assuming that the scepter is accurate, the arm holding it is not. Her lower arm is far too long and too large for her upper arm. Her arm should probably be thicker overall in the first place, but it's just completely inaccurate drawn like this. It's more likely to fall off than hold anything, let alone something like that god-awful long scepter.

- At this point, Usagi is supposed to be in Middle School (from what I can remember - they get into high school next arc). I'm somewhat certain that her legs are far too long in comparison to her upper body (hard to tell with an empire waist dress)... but she's far too tall for someone who's probably fifteen or sixteen (MAYBE seventeen) at best. Yes, there are really, really tall people in the world who happen to be in Elementary, Middle, and High School. I know quite a few. But Usagi isn't especially tall. She's actually one of the shorter members of the SM cast. According to this one entry she's... 4'11". Wow. I thought she was at least five feet.

Drawing height accurately is probably very hard. Drawing a rather short person in comparison to a tall person is... not. Or at least someone who draws professionally should know how.

Hotaru isn't all that tall either - she's supposed to be a bit younger than Usagi. But they actually could be rather close in height, according to this image.

- Now there's Hotaru. Hotaru and her poor "I eat one cube of cheese a day" diet. I didn't realize the senshi were wearing stiletto heels, either. Poor girls. And tutus. I thought they were wearing skirts, not tutus. Miniskirts, it's true... but not tutus.

Kneeling woman 1Kneeling woman 2

Kneeling Woman 3Kneeling Women

Here's a number of kneeling women for comparison in the general position Hotaru is in. The last one even looks Asian, like Hotaru is supposed to be. Yes, they're from... wherever the Moon people are from, but they're living in Japan. They're supposed to be Japanese. The live-action show features Japanese actors. None of the characters are considered unusual for Japanese citizens.

Sailor Moon has a problem where the characters have legs that are far too long. Beyond that is the problem that her lower legs are too thin. Her left lower leg is terrifying. It's like all she has is bone. I don't know how she walks on that foot. And where is her right foot hiding? And why is the bow on her chest showing in its entirety when she's supposed to be in profile?

Something funky is also going on with her butt bow. It looks a bit screwy.

This also suffers from that fun artistic technique of removing facial features for certain shots. Both characters have no mouth or eyes. Both don't even seem to have fingers, really, beyond vaguish scribble. Missing facial features is an artistic choice. For this frame, it's probably fine. It only annoys me because I've been staring at it too long. Unfortunately there are many moments where the artist uses this technique very badly. Characters are missing eyes or half their faces are gone for no reason (it's supposed to be artistic but honestly makes no sense) and noses are often gone.

This isn't ALL the art. But, well... it has a number of the problems that a large portion of the art has. Legs and arms tend to suffer. Positions make no sense. In the original the sound effects were rather stupid but that's just a translation decision. I haven't the faintest idea what the new translation effects are supposed to be because they're in Japanese. They could still be just as ridiculous, and only the laughter has changed.

My idea for this is that someone, somewhere, maybe Takeuchi, drew a general sketch for how the scene was supposed to look. And then someone started to fill in the sketch with actual drawing. And didn't try all too hard to make things fit accurate body dimensions. Because I can see this as the outline of a sketch, demonstrating body movement, positioning, outfits, and what's generally going on in the scene. I see this as people adding detail to a sketch, not creating a drawing based on the suggestion.

It's sad. And it really, really makes me look forward to the new anime. I wonder what the art will look like. Hopefully it will be a big improvement from the original anime, which was an improvement from the manga, at least (although still problematic in many cases).

Whatever. BACK TO DIABLO!

Ta.
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So on the list for the afternoon rant: new Pandaria cinematics, Diablo 3 WTF, music, and deviantart. And maybe other stuff, if I'm THAT bored... I do have a lot of Harry Potter to listen to, yanno.

They released some more Pandaria cinematics. Two involved when the Pandaren pick a side and enter the main government building of Orgrimmar/Stormwind, in preparation to meet Garrosh/Varian. The Garrosh one was... ehh... it was okay. I really liked the Varian one. It was quite interesting to see how they've advanced in technology use.

For some reason I've actually been a mood to play Diablo 3 lately. The mood quickly dies whenver I try to make much advancement in my Demon Hunter's progression... but, well... eh. Basically I've ended up focusing on my monk and creating yet another new character. This time I tried out the... warlock? Wizard? Whatever the magic caster is who isn't the witch doctor. She's pretty fun, actually (although I am very not impressed, again, by the armor skin for the women. It's bad enough that the demon hunter is ALWAYS wearing heels, the poor woman, but I keep seeing the "pants" my wizard is supposedly wearing, and then looking at her character model, and all I see is a sort of sash thing, like she's wearing a badly mangle sweathshirt around her waist. And then nothing but thigh between her waist and the top of her boots -headdesk-). She has this really neat attack where she throws like... balls of power of some sort, and it looks like a mini galaxy. It's really pretty! She also has a sort of icy-ray attack that makes me think of the Sailor Moon R movie  when the senshi are killing off the plant masses on the meteor and, well... I find it very funny. Also, when I first hear her voice I thought "OMG IT'S AZULA!" (from "Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Aang"). She's voiced by Grey DeLisle, who has voiced not only Azula, but also Vicky ("The Fairly Oddparents"), Daphne ("Scooby-Doo"), quite a few characters in "Samurai Jack"... and quite a few other cartoon voices that it's just... wow...

So that was amusing.

I'm trying to clean out my iTunes because I keep getting reminded that I have all of this music on there that I never listen to. I understand the point of having it so that if I feel like I will listen to it. But there's stuff on there I put on there that I have never listened to anywhere else. I don't even know what it sounds like. I've gotten rid of like five or six CDs this past month by going through the stuff. MORE DISK SPACE WOOT!

Well let's see... almost a full Britney Spears CD (between two CDs I chopped out half of each disc; DON'T JUDGE ME), at least one Babylon 5 CD, an entire audiobook that was just unbearable and I'll just grab the library book itself sometime rather than listen to that, and about an entire Now That's What I Call Music CD (or more, since those are long), since I chopped out at least half of the two CDs I had. And never listened to full way, even before iTunes was around. An entire Spice Girls CD that was just... weird. A number of duplicates. Some Doctor Who. Fringe. A couple other soundtracks. Also finally got around to listening to some stuff to at least make sure I liked them enough to keep them, like "Atonement", a few Babylon 5 soundtracks... some other stuff. Did I mention that this is a PAINFULLY slow process?

So now I'm tackling the Harry Potters. I know that I like at least some of the music. The original theme is something I've always loved, and I remember liking one of the last two movie soundtracks. I also seem to recall that I looked book 4's soundtrack, but that might have been because Dad played it so damn often in the car on my way to school (or wherever we drove) that it just stuck there. Have I mentioned that he traumatized my childhood through that movie?

So, for some reason, I finally decided to go to my deviantart and update my pointless journal. I can spend hours updating here and I don't post anything. I don't see the point of having something there.

And then I decided to go through the archives, which were far more extensive than I had previously thought.

And then I realized that, at least initially, the journal hadn't been entirely pointless. I'd been posting writing there. Quite bad and incomprehensible writing, to be honest (beyond the grammar and bad writing style, I hadn't bothered using spell check, hadn't looked over my work, and seemed to believe 'doubt' has a 'gh' instead of a 'b'...), but writing, nonetheless.

So I went through to see if there was anything worthwhile. And so I deleted about half of it and edited most of the rest so it was comprehensible.

I should really be working on my LSAT homework. Or trying to get this police volunteer application in (because it's evil and I can't seem to get it to work). But I want... to play... Diablo 3...

ARGH.

Ta.
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It really doesn't. There are other things I would rather discuss than some of the things that happened today.

The majority of the day was fine. I spent a lot of time with my mother. We hung out. I played with my cats. I made progress in my book. A new episode of CodeMent came out. Two new episodes of Hank & Katherine & Michael & Charlie Play Super Mario Bros Wii came out.

So my stepfather went batshit crazy. We were going to take my mother out, and, walking out, she reminded him of something he forgot to do in the house. This somehow made him completely lose it. He ended up forcibly holding the door closed from the inside in an attempt to stop me from getting out and joining her in the garage, even when I told him to move.

It was rather scary. So far, these arguments haven't been physical. That's the only reason the police haven't been notified. Today he nearly stepped over that boundary.

Not much else has happened. I've been playing a lot of Diablo 3. Now that I know how to play it... it's actually enjoyable. I've been doing a lot of achievement completion while I get through Nightmare mode. While it would twenty times easier and more sensible to just go back and do it on Normal... I'm planning to do Nightmare difficulty anyway, so I might as well get two birds with one stone. Or like... 10,001 birds with one stone. There are a ridiculous number of achievements, even when you're just looking at the ones I'm focusing on, which include exploration (dungeons, principally), event completion, book reading (there are three book achievements in every act, as far as I'm aware, and I've completed a grand total of one out of twelve), conversation achievements (I've completed... I think two out of eight), dye achievements (one of which requires five dyes from every difficulty; I suppose I could POTENTIALLY finish it, assuming all I need to do is get to New Tristram at the beginning of Inferno difficulty)... and a weird achievement where I need to buy certain items from merchants. Which sucks because, as in WoW, items lose SIGNIFICANT value once you buy them from merchants. For example, items costing around 5000 gold sell back for about 238 gold. It's annoying.

Anyway. Later.

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Jun. 6th, 2012 12:36 am
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I'm going to start using feelings as titles. Cause I can.

So my cat, at about 11:40 PM, decided that it would be a GRAND idea to, I suppose, grab the cable for the phone on my mother's nightstand and tug on it, causing the phone to fall from its cradle and knock the cable remote control and Mom's Sobe bottle onto the floor. A Sobe bottle which then lost its top and spilled onto the floor.

I blame myself for this. I don't know for certain (since this requires my absence to confirm), but I think that the cat only stays awake this late when he can sense that someone in the house is still awake. Since I'm the only one awake this late when I'm here (admittedly I don't know how late Mom stays up - apparently she has insomnia too), typically with a light on, he still thinks that it's time to be up and about, and, well... he's got all that energy to use up since he doesn't do all that much during the day (and really fails at playing with things, even though it REALLY shouldn't be hard to chase a toy on a string). So he runs around and knocks stuff over.

So he basically wouldn't be awake if it weren't for me.

So I volunteered to clean up the spill. I ran downstairs and got the paper towels. I threw them away when I was done. I pushed the nightstand back in place. I dried the remote and the phone. I put everything back.

So now I'm in my room, with the door open. So I have no light on. I'm now quite certain that I'm very good at typing without looking at the keys because all I can see is a big thing of white buttons. I was pretty certain before, but this just confirms it. Typos I'm too lazy to go back for to the contrary.

I apparently liked Game of Thrones (the novel) a lot more than I thought I would. Or else I just REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read Intruder... cause I have zero interest in reading Throne of Fire, The Left Hand of Darkness, or Green Rider. Or to finish The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, even though I've only got a couple chapters left.

The last is something I'm not surprised about. I really don't care enough to read that series. That's why I got the audiobook, so I wouldn't ruin my eyesight and waste time sitting for it. I could put it on with WoW in the background, or something else like the Internets.

I've been reading "The Left Hand of Darkness" instead of continuing "Intruder", because the former has to go back to the library. I can just take "Intruder" back to school. I really don't like "The Left Hand of Darkness". I know that it's Ursula K. Le Guin, but, well... I guess I need to reread "The Earthsea Cycle" or something because she didn't deal with gender and sexuality as much in those books. I know that this is SORT of the point (since it's a thought experiment), but uh... I think this should be rewritten. Or something. Or I guess this had a time and I wish it were written now? It's not just the outdated technological terms. It's the way the protagonist views the world. I completely understand that this could actually be legitimate for the world of today. It very well could. And the things it makes you think about are, well, the whole darn point... but I still think some of it is outdated. For example:

"women don't make war"

Some of the similes and comparisons and descriptions are just... well, anyway.

I find it amusing that I'm critiquing "The Left Hand of Darkness" for being outdated and insulting to women, when "Game of Thrones" was actually far, far worse. Like... a LOT worse. I don't think it's intentional on the author's part to be that cruel to women (otherwise he wouldn't write strong wom... you know, I need to think about that). I think it's just a "genre trait". No, I don't agree that it's NECESSARY for the genre. I think it's just a relatively common factor in the genre.

It would probably help if I cared about the story. But I really don't. At least it's short, anyway. I hope "Green Rider" is worthwhile. It's certainly lengthy enough.

And honestly, I do like "The Kane Chronicles". I think it's an interesting series, and who am I to pass up something this involved with Egyptian mythology? It's like someone gave me a birthday present I never got until way, way after the fact.

Now that I think about it, it's amusing that I started to read the series right after I read Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark-Hunter book, which concerns a son of Set. Very amusing.

I beat Diablo this morning. Well, last night, but it was really this morning. Insomnia and such. First try, too. I was afraid I'd have to retry, but I pulled through.

Hate the ending. It's okay, but I still hate it. If you saw it, you would understand.

So I was bored and I was rereading through some stuff in my notebook, and I found a passage I wrote that critiqued "Inheritance". It made me laugh a lot as I remembered what I was reading.

Honestly, I don't feel bad critiquing stuff like that. Besides the fact that I'm an English major and it's KIND of expected of me, I want to be a published author. I don't think it will happen, but I'd like it to. Or I'd at least like to write a story that I am personally proud of, even if I'm the only one who reads and/or likes it. Learning about what makes a good story and what doesn't is very important, and when I critique stuff the way I do, it's a learning process. I actually learned a lot from the failures of the "Inheritance" series, so I guess I have to be thankful to Paolini. He's made me a better author through his extremely bad writing. But hey, he's got all the money (presumably) and fame, and they even turned his book into a movie (even if it was REALLY bad) and merchandized the crap out of it, so I guess I should just quit while I'm ahead.

Anyway, gonna go play some more Diablo 3. Ta.

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