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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Beginnings & Conclusions

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
- Anonymous

Greetings All! You you guys having a great day? I know you can't necessarily answer that question, but it's worth asking at least, right? Heh heh! My day has been just fine thus far. Nothing really of great consequence. But, Sunday actually did have something of interest. The day started fine, I slept in 'til about 11 or so, got up, took a shower, and went to lunch. Lunch was what ended up making Sunday notable. Nobody I knew that well was in there so I just sat down at a table by myself and ate my lunch. But, as sometime happens when you sit in a university cafeteria by yourself, somebody decides that you look lonely and comes and sits with you. This happened today with me. A guy named Tim came up to me, introduced himself, and sat down. He began asking me all sorts of questions like where I'm from, if I went to church this morning, and what year of school I'm in. Simple questions that somebody would come up and ask a freshman. As it turns out, Tim himself is a freshman. He saw me a lone, thought I was a freshman as well, and sat down to try and make me feel included. I thought it was nice, but very assuming. The only problem with just walking up to somebody the way he did is that maybe that person just wanted to be alone. But, we had a small conversation for about five minutes and then he got up and left. It just made lunch today a bit more interesting than normal. Kinda nice.

A Conclusion to "Perpetual Antagonist"
For those of you who actually read my novel of a post entitled "Perpetual Antagonist" you might be interested to know how things have been going for the past week or so. The anime club has kept going as usual. This whole dispute did not halt the schedule of showings. It has made things a bit awkward when it comes to interacting with those six women, but that doesn't bother me that much. Posting on this issue did help me sort things out in my head. I have come to a conclusion on the subject. The reason why it irritated and hurt me so much that they were acting the way they were towards me was because for the past two years I have been trying to become friends with them and this event basically proved that becoming friends was going to be impossible (long sentence ^_^). There are very few people on campus who actually enjoy anime. We're already the minority, so if we're going to be the minority, the let not that minority be divided. That used to be my mindset. But, after this most recent turn of events, becoming friends with them is not something that I can see ever happening. I just don't think they want to. So, I have stopped eating lunch with them, and we don't really talk that often anymore. It was a good effort on my part to try and bridge the gap between the predominantly male side of the anime club and the female side. I tried my best, but you can't become friends with somebody who doesn't want to be friends with you. This is something I have reluctantly accepted. I still think they can be nice girls. When they aren't biting my head off about one issue or another we actually have good conversations. I think it's a pity they are so exclusive.

Even with this whole dispute revolving around Genshiken, I had figured they would still show up for the anime that they suggested I play. But they didn't. This past Saturday I played an anime called Prétear. This was an anime that was suggested by them as something that they would prefer to watch. Out of the six of them, only one showed up to watch it. This was more than discouraging to me. If they are going to make such a big fuss about what I choose to play then they should at least show up for the stuff that I compromised on. It makes me feel unappreciated to think that the effort I go through to reconcile with these women is completely ignored. Prétear was a very good anime and definitely one that all six of them would have liked, but when only one of them shows up I start to think what the point was to compromising in the first place? I'm not going to change the schedule. I have made my decision about what to play and I want to keep it that way, but to not show up for an anime that they suggested I play is more of an insult to me than just complaining. They might as well have just slapped me in the face. Physical pain I can take, but to be insulted in such a way is beyond my tolerance.

Round is Not a Shape
People say "round is still a shape" when they are accused of being out of shape. I disagree. Round is not a shape, it is shapeless. I am starting to get to a form of roundness and I am not liking it. Therefore, I have begun a regimen of exercise. Three times a week I am going to the gym to cycle and lift weights. I've only been going at it for a week now, but so far things are going well. I know some of you might remember a post I did about 8 months ago in which I spoke of doing something similar to this. The goal I prescribed myself at that point was reached, but I didn't continue much longer after that. Then over the summer I didn't have access to a gym so I didn't do any exercise then either. But, I figure, now that I'm back at school and my weekly routine has been settled, it's time to begin exercising again. Let's hope I can commit better this time. ^_^

Heroes Returns
Yes, I was a bit more than excited about that news. One of my two favorite shows on television has returned to weekly releases. I don't want to go into any details about the actual episode since I'm sure there are a few of you out there who haven't see it yet, but it looks like this season is going to be an amazing one. Hiro has been transported back to feudal Japan, the bombing of New York has been averted, and Sylar is M.I.A.. There are a few more plot elements which promise to bring some interesting TV time, but I won't give those away. Just know that Monday night was an amazing one for me.

This whole topic actually brings me to a related subject, Lost, which is my favorite show on television. The new season of Lost isn't beginning until FEBRUARY! This is painful. I panicked about this for the first time when I received the fall TV preview issue of Entertainment Weekly and saw that Lost was not mentioned anywhere in the entire magazine. After that I did a bit of research and discovered that this god of shows wasn't airing this fall. Personally, I don't know what ABC is thinking. The viewership of Lost went down when they postponed the second half of last season. But to completely write off an entire half season of programming? That's not just stupid, that's suicidal. ABC is being as stupid as Fox when they cancelled Firefly and Family Guy. ABC is going to be the downfall of this amazing show, and I'm really going to hate them for it. If Lost gets cancelled due to low ratings, ABC has nobody to blame but themselves.

Another Reason Why I Love Anime
At AnimeFest a few weeks ago I watched the first five episodes of a new show entitled Bokurano. It blew my socks off. It is BY FAR the best new anime I've seen all year. It's exactly the sort of anime that I love; a dark drama driven by characters rather than plot. It's about these 15 middle-schoolers who discover a man working at a bunch of computers in the back of a cave. He informs them that he has been working on a new "video game" about a giant robot who fights off 15 alien invasions and that he would like them to be his test subjects. Naturally, being the kids they are, they jump at the chance. As the "game" unfolds they discover it is more real than first indicated. They really are in a giant robot fighting off other robots come to destroy the world. I don't want to inform you of anything more than that for fear of giving away major plot developments, but take it from me it is the best anime I've seen in a long while. It's worth taking a look at. Below I have posted the promo released by Gonzo, and if the series interests you then you can see everything that has been released by going here. Again, if you like the series, I suggest you actually buy it when it comes over here (I know I will), but for now enjoy the fansubs.

Well, with that I'll call my post complete. Thanks for reading. I know I haven't been posting that often lately, but I'm going to try and make at least one post per week and I'll try to make it around to your sites at about that same rate. I don't want to disappear completely again like I have been. So, I really hope you all have an amazing day and I'll see ya 'round TheO! Sayonara!

Caesar1280's Anime Ticker

.hack//Legend of the Twilight, Air, Air: The Movie, Akira, The Animatrix, Appleseed, Aquatic Language, Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror, Beck, Black Lagoon, Blame!, Blood the Last Vampire, Bokurano, Burst Angel, Castle in the Sky, Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express, Egao, FLCL, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala, Gankutsuou, Gatekeepers, Genshiken, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Gin-iro no Kami no Agito, Grave of the Fireflies, Grenadier, Haibane Renmei, Hellsing, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, Hikaru no Go, Howl?s Moving Castle, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Jyu Oh Sei, Karas: The Prophecy, Last Exile, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Midori?s Days, Milennium Actress, Mushi-shi, My Neighbor Totoro, Naruto, Naruto: The Movie, Nausicaa, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death And Rebirth, Ninja Scroll: The Movie, Other Worlds, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Pet Shop of Horrors, The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Prétear, Princess Mononoke, Read Or Die, Read Or Die: The TV, Samurai Champloo, Samurai Seven, Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal, She and Her Cat, Spirited Away, Steamboy, Tide-Line Blue, Tokyo Babylon, Tokyo Godfathers, Trigun, Voices of a Distant Star, Witch Hunter Robin, Wonderful Days, Wrath of the Ninja, X

Anime I've Seen

- .hack//Legend of the Twilight
- .hack//Sign
- 5 Centimeters per Second
- Air
- Air: The Movie
- Akira
- The Animatrix
- Appleseed
- Aquatic Language
- Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
- Baby Blue
- Beck
- Black Lagoon
- Blame!
- Blood the Last Vampire
- Bokurano
- Burst Angel
- Castle in the Sky
- Cowboy Bebop
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
- Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express
- Doorbell
- Egao
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala
- Gankutsuou
- Gatekeepers
- Genius Party
- Genshiken
- Genshiken OAV
- Ghost in the Shell
- Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
- Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
- Gin-iro no Kami no Agito
- The Gokusen
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Grenadier
- Haibane Renmei
- Happy Machine
- Hellsing
- Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
- Hikaru no Go
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Innocent Venus
- Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
- Jyu Oh Sei
- Karas: The Prophecy
- Karas: The Revelation
- Last Exile
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
- Midori?s Days
- Milennium Actress
- Mushi-shi
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Naruto
- Naruto: The Movie
- Nausicaa
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death And Rebirth
- Ninja Scroll: The Movie
- Other Worlds
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Paprika
- Perfect Blue
- Pet Shop of Horrors
- The Place Promised In Our Early Days
- Prétear
- Princess Mononoke
- Read Or Die
- Read Or Die: The TV
- Samurai Champloo
- Samurai Seven
- Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal
- Serial Experiments Lain
- Shanghai Dragon
- She and Her Cat
- Spirited Away
- Steamboy
- Tekkonkinkreet
- Tide-Line Blue
- Tokyo Babylon
- Tokyo Godfathers
- Trigun
- Trinity Blood
- Vampire Hunter D
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
- Voices of a Distant Star
- Witch Hunter Robin
- Wolf's Rain
- Wonderful Days
- Wrath of the Ninja
- X

Total: 93
Anime I Haven't Completed

- .hack//Roots
- Ah! My Goddess
- Angelic Layer
- Avenger
- Baccano!
- Bamboo Blade
- Basilisk
- Binchou-tan
- Black Cat
- Bleach
- Blood+
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Case Closed
- Le Chevalier d'Eon
- Chobits
- Chrono Crusade
- Code Geass
- Coyote Ragtime Show
- D.Gray-Man
- D.N.Angel
- DearS
- Death Note
- Dennou Coil
- Desert Punk
- Digimon
- Dragon Ball Z
- Ergo Proxy
- Eureka Seven
- Excel Saga
- Fighting Beauty Wulong
- Final Fantasy Unlimited
- Flag
- Freedom
- Full Moon
- Gantz
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- Gintama
- Glass Fleet
- Great Teacher Onizuka
- Gundam Seed
- Gundam Wing
- Hayate the Combat Butler
- Hellsing OVA
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Ikki Tousen
- InuYasha
- Jigoku Shojo
- Kage Kara Mamoru
- Karin
- Kino's Journey
- Love Hina
- Loveless
- Lovely Complex
- Lucky Star
- Makai Senki Disgaea
- Marchen Awakens Romance
- Meine Liebe
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Mononoke
- Monster
- Moon Phase
- Mr Stain on Junk Alley
- Naruto Shippuuden
- Negima?!
- Negima!
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
- Nerima Daikon Brothers
- NHK ni Youkoso
- Night Walker
- Ninja Nonsense
- Noir
- Peacemaker Kurogane
- Pokemon
- Prince of Tennis
- R.G. Veda
- Ragnarok
- Rec
- Red Garden
- Robotech
- Romeo x Juliet
- Rosen Maiden
- Rurouni Kenshin
- Saikano
- Sailor Moon
- Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Sci-fi Harry
- School Rumble
- Scrapped Princess
- Shin-chan
- Shingu
- Shion no Oh
- Shuffle!
- Shrine of the Morning Mist
- So Long, Mr. Despair
- Solty Rei
- Sousei no Aquarion
- Speed Grapher
- Spice and Wolf
- Super Milk Chan
- Tales of Phantasia
- Tenchi Muyo
- Tenjhou Tenge
- Texnolyze
- The Third
- Tsubasa Chronicles
- Urusei Yatsura
- Venus Versus Virus
- Welcome to the N.H.K.
- Winter Cicada
- X-1999
- Xenosaga
- XxxHolic
- Yu Yu Hakushou
- Yume Tsukai
- Zero no Tsukaima
- Zipang

Total: 116
Manga I've Completed

- Cowboy Bebop
- Manga Messiah
- Manga Metamorphosis
- Q*Ko-chan
- Saiyuki
- Shirahime-Syo

Total: 7

Manga I Haven't Completed

- .hack//Legend of the Twilight
- Black Cat
- Blame!
- Chobits
- D.Gray-man
- Darkside Blues
- Death Note
- The Demon Ororon
- Desert Coral
- Disgaea
- Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl
- Fruits Basket
- Getbackers
- Hayate the Combat Butler
- Kamunagara
- Legal Drug
- Love Hina
- Loveless
- Megatokyo
- Naruto
- Negima
- Read Or Die
- Rurouni Kenshin
- Tactics
- Trigun Maximum
- XXXHolic

Total: 26

Anime I'm Currently Watching
Samurai 7, InuYasha, Samurai Deeper Kyo,
Boogiepop Phantom, and Shrine of the Morning Mist

Manga I'm Currently Reading
Read Or Die, Hayate the Combat Butler, and Megatokyo.hack//Roots, .hack//Sign, 5 cm per Second, Ah! My Goddess, Angelic Layer, Avenger, Basilisk, Binchou-tan, Black Cat, Bleach, Blood+, Boogiepop Phantom, Case Closed, Le Chevalier d'Eon, Chobits, Chrono Crusade, Coyote Ragtime Show, D.Gray-Man, D.N.Angel, DearS, Death Note, Dennou Coil, Desert Punk, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, Ergo Proxy, Eureka 7, Excel Saga, Fighting Beauty Wulong, Final Fantasy Unlimited, Flag, Full Moon, Gantz, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gintama, Great Teacher Onizuka, Gundam Seed, Gundam Wing, Hayate the Combat Butler, Hellsing Ultimate, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Innocent Venus, InuYasha, Jigoku Shojo, Kage Kara Mamoru, Karin, Kino?s Journey, Love Hina, Loveless, Lovely Complex, Lucky Star, Makai Senki Disgaea, Marchen Awakens Romance, Meine Liebe, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Mononoke, Monster, Naruto Shippuuden, Negima?!, Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion, Nerima Daikon Brothers, NHK ni Youkoso, Night Walker, Ninja Nonsense, Noir, Ouran High School Host Club, Peacemaker Kurogane, Pokemon, Prince of Tennis, R.G. Veda, Ragnarok, Rec, Red Garden, Robotech, Romeo x Juliet, Rosen Maiden, Rurouni Kenshin, Saikano, Sailor Moon, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Sci-fi Harry, School Rumble, Scrapped Princess, Serial Experiments Lain, Shingu, Shuffle!, Shrine of the Morning Mist, So Long Mr. Despair, Solty Rei, Sousei no Aquarion, Speed Grapher, Super Milk Chan, Tales of Phantasia, Tenchi Muyo, Tenjhou Tenge, Texnolyze, The Third. Trinity Blood, Tsubasa Chronicles, Urusei Yatsura, Welcome to the N.H.K., Winter Cicada, X-1999, Xenosaga, XxxHolic, Yu Yu Hakushou, Yume Tsukai, Zero no Tsukaima, Zipang

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