sailor moon

And so…

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My power supply frying, Hurricanes, Final Fantasy XI, Cashiering.. A whole lot of everything. I haven’t had much time to watch any anime, save for Mawaru Penguindrum which is getting very interesting now. On the Final Fantasy XI front I got Red Mage to 36ish, White Mage to 42ish and unlocking many other jobs as I go. I got my Boyfriend playing now and he’s working on getting Warrior to 50. I also dragged a friend back into the game who played way back when it came out.. I play on Shiva and I’ve met a handful of very kind people who make the game very worth it to me. When I played World of Warcraft the people were mean and never helpful, so this is a black and white difference.

In anticipation for Skyrim, I’ve played a lot of Oblivion the past few months.. Still so much I have left undone, but I love coming across other small quests I hadn’t done previously. Though I’m usually an Assassin type character, this time I made a Mage and tried to better understand the magic system, with somewhat success.

I’ve been with my job for almost 4 months now.. Working on 5. Not a bad place, sometimes it can be a little stressful but so is any other job where you deal with the public. The only major complaint I have from it is that sometimes my wrist starts bugging me when I’m off. There’s a lot of repetitive motion in what I do so that could have something to do with it. Just gotta keep an eye on that..

I’ve also been extremely lazy art wise, the most I have done are some sketches here and there I am too lazy to finish coloring. Coloring is a lot harder than I remember it being, I have no idea where to start or how to make it look good… It’s a real problem, I remember a time when I could color at the drop of a hat, I was good at it and I enjoyed the end result. I guess it’s a sign I haven’t done it in a long time. Last time I spent any extended time coloring something and liked it was over 3 years ago. Looks like I have to force myself back into the swing of things.

I have been slacking on my Japanese learning but something tells me that will surprise no one. I have post-it notes up on the wall to help me remember some katakana, such as スレイヤーズ for Slayers, alongside a picture I drew of Lina Inverse’s face… セーラームーン for Sailor Moon with a drawing of Usagi.. and then ドラゴンボルZ for Dragon Ball Z, naturally. Just some series I am familiar with and they’ve been very helpful for me remembering certain Kana. I’ve gotten Hiragana down to a science now and no longer need a reference for them but I can tell it’s going to be a long road before I learn any major Kanji… I was hoping I could meet some kind people to practice Japanese with but it seems the one person interested in assisting me has disappeared, so that’s still on the table. I am lucky to have the internet for things like that.

At any rate, it’s been a while since I posted and I never meant to wait so long but procrastination is possibly one of my biggest flaws. But here I am! Once again, if anyone plays on the Shiva server on FFXI, send me a /tell if you ever see me on, my name is Alleviour.

Until next time~

Japanese & Other Stuff

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Been teaching myself Hiragana the past week and a half, I already memorized them all though I think I should take it slow and keep practicing them before I rush into Katakana. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do for myself and finally have the drive to try.. I just hope I can find enough good resources to help me along once I start getting closer to Kanji. <_< It’s actually pretty fun, although it can be a bit tricky at times. ^^ It’s really fun to look at some of my belongings and be like “hey, I know what that kana is!” But enough about me being a dork, kek.

I’m really impatient about the release of the re-translated Sailor Moon manga.. One thing that has me really sitting on the end of my seat is the fact I’ve never actually read more than 2 volumes of the series. You can count on me having every volume this time around though, no way am I missing out on that. I love Sailor Moon to pieces. :)

I mentioned last time Mawaru Penguindrum has a heavy Utena influence.. Which I like, a lot. I loved Utena but that aside, there’s another anime I want to look into that I have heard people call Utena it’s “Spiritual Successor” called The Rose of Versailles. I don’t know too much about it other than it’s from like 1979, though the Manga is like ’72, ’73, and that I like shoujo.. And if Utena is considered a spiritual successor then I am definitely interested.

I have yet to watch an episode of Usagi Drop yet, and Mawaru is the only new anime I’ve actually been keeping up with aside the things from last season like Hanasaku and Ao No Exorcist. Still burning out on Nichijou but I won’t stop watching it yet. It still has it’s moments. I’ve read the manga for Ao No Exorcist a little past the point it’s reaching in the anime now but I’m still excited to see it in action. Somehow I find it more exciting to see things animated after reading it.. Otherwise, between playing Final Fantasy XI a little & practicing my Hiragana, I haven’t done too much anime watching as of late. Work keeps me busy too, but at least it feeds my hobbies? :D

Also, soon, SOON, I will have some art on here. T_T When I stop being a lazy ass.

So for now, here is a picture of my character in lame clothing because I am not a pro high level yet. They get all the good gear. /pout

My Mithra on Shiva
Alleviour - Shiva server. :D Let's be friends?

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

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Back in 1999, there was a time in my life when 4 pm meant everything to me; Just getting home from school and finishing homework as fast as I could to tune into Toonami. When I first discovered Cartoon Network, it was newly added to our Comcast plan and by that time, Nickelodeon was lacking in good shows so I thought I’d check it out. I was only 11 years old at the time and while I still liked cartoons, I wanted a bit more than zany antics, so when I turned on the channel and first laid my eyes on Sailor Moon, I was hooked.

Sailor Moon, known by Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon in Japan, was probably not my very first anime, but it is the first one I really remember watching religiously. Though many will argue the English Dub is so terrible, they wouldn’t give it the light of day, for a kid my age it was perfect. The big eyes, the flashy transformation sequences, no matter how repetitive each episode was, I always made sure to tune in. I was damned if I missed an episode, and if I wanted to go out and play, I’d set my VCR to record it. Sure, I loved the other shows that aired, including ReBoot and Tenchi Muyo! but to this day none of them compare to my love for Sailor Moon. Even as an adult, this show still holds sentimental value for me and manages to get me teary eyed at times.

When I was about 13 years old, I got my hands on two Japanese VHS movies, Sailor Moon S and Super S, and for the first time I got a taste of what Sailor Moon was meant to be. While as a kid, I didn’t mind the corny jokes and changes to the anime, I didn’t exactly know what I was missing either. The two movies were a great treat for a fan, which so far had only seen what TV had to show. It would be nearly 8 years before I ever got to watch the series in its entirety, untouched, and with the original audio. Watching it again, I felt a sense of excitement as I watched each episode again, it was like watching it for the first time and I couldn’t get enough. I laughed, I cried, and wanted so much to see more of it.

The first season of Sailor Moon was one I was most familiar with, although I had watched the other two series, I didn’t completely remember all of it. Admittedly, I watched each episode using Sailor Moon Uncensored to see just what was changed in the English version I had seen first. Many of the episodes had a much stronger impact on me now than they had previously, though I suppose to be fair, one could chalk that up to age. The consecutive seasons were no exception to censorship, some of it silly, while the rest may have been to cover up plot holes from previous edits. The most drastic change I can think of is the way they handled the ending. In the English Dub, the last two episodes of the season were squished into one episode, omitting many elements that just made it so much more emotional and intense. Granted I cried watching both, but eh heh, what can I say?

It wasn’t until the final season of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, that I felt I finally experienced the series. I felt as if girls who grew up watching the Anime would feel the same way I felt as I watched how much the heroine, Usagi,  had grown from the first series till now. When it ended, I cried so hard, not necessarily at the ending itself but the fact that from now on, this was it. There would be no more Sailor Moon to watch. While this was devastating, I never forgot what I had watched and how much it affected me. The fondness I hold for Sailor Moon couldn’t be overcome by any other series and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Once I finished the anime, the only thing left for me to do is watch the Live Action series put out in 2003, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. The Live Action takes many elements from the manga and reworked them into a unique retelling of its own. The show relies heavily on special effects, which is known as a Tokusatsu in Japan and it’s used for many of their attacks and transformation sequences. The series only features the 5 Inner Senshi and Tuxedo Mask and covers the first arc of the Manga, and as an adaptation, I feel on its own it’s great, despite the sometimes cheesy acting.

Overall, I feel Sailor Moon is a great show for young girls, as a typical Magical Girl anime. I loved it, I still love it and frequently crave more. Usagi, though she is a crybaby and a ditz at time, also has a compassionate loving side to her which warmed my heart and gave me a deeper appreciation for the character. If you’re interested in the Magical Girl genre, this is the place to start.