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Because I am forgetful/lazy and don't always post links to the meme/the grand list, I'll put them all in this header post.

alg's book meme )

Anime Meme )
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Nurarihyon no Mago Chapter 0
Whole Show Synopsis:
Japanese demons/monsters live among us (to varying degrees) in Yakuza-like group structures. Many of the groups, sensing weakness in the young heir of the grand daddy of the groups, decide to try to take over. Thus gang warfare ensues. Mass generalization here.

Chapter Synopsis: An introduction to the main house, the main characters and what not. Not the most exciting but more stimulating than the anime.

Wow, manga!Kana and manga!Nura have distinct personalities! More characterization in one chapter than in 7 episodes of anime. So uh, huzzah to deciding to read the manga. Also the demons do more things! :D

Anime isn't all bad. But ngl, Yura and THIS IS MY INDOOR VOICE really steal the show. Kana and Nura are boring shonen leads.

Day 26 - OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
His Dark Materials & Blood and Chocolate. Already talked about HDM so B&C time.

ending spoilers for Blood and Chocolate )

Actually this book is making me think of the whole human/monster divide. Like how much you can suspend your disbelief before you start mentally seeing vampire/werewolf/other as humans w/ superpowers as opposed to a different species. B&C tried to do the 'monsters are super different and must stick to their own kind' yet the werewolves came off as superpowered people to me, so it became a morals dissonance rather than 'this was a really cool spin on old ideas'.
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Life
Finished Howl's Moving Castle. The ending was pretty cute and cheesy. Though NGL, I do like in the movie how the protag and witch became friends. But the romance makes more sense in the book so~

Rereading through Girl Genius. It is amazing how well written and drawn this comic is. I've reread it several times and keeping finding new little hints and stuff on the pages or in the panels. I really should buy some volumes.

Also, apparently Squenix is launching an online site to read manga. This interests me greatly as I can finish Full Metal Alchemist/start on Soul Eater and not have stacks of books just sitting around.

BookMeme
Day 24 - Best quote from a novel
Already did this in Day 9.

Day 25 - Any five books from your "to be read" stack
  • The entirety of the Sally Lockhart series
  • Chris Wooding’s Broken Sky series
  • The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle by Deva Fagan
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan

Anime Meme

Day 15 - Post a cute Neko-girl
Day 16 - Post a kigurumi cosplay of your favorite anime character

Don't care for either. Weeaboo heresy I know.

Day 17 - Favorite tsundere

Altessa (the one with the subtle tiara) from Fushigiboshi no Futagohime. Aside from her tsundereness (aimed at pretty much anyone besides her family); she's also a loving sister, perfectionist, determinator and a bit of a cuckoocloudlander (but she tries to suppress her power level). She grows up a lot over the course of the show without completely becoming a different person. Its a natural growth that's really fun to watch. She has many crowning moments of awesome after the halfway point of the show, but my favorite is the Best Artist Princess episode.
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BookMeme
Day 20 - Favorite kiss

Can't really remember. All my favorite romance is unrequited/super duper chaste/ends before it goes anywhere/or lots of stuff off screen/assumed. Or just plain not canon.

Day 21 - Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
I liked Fablehaven's Gavin and Kendra. Gavin's like a lost puppy with badass dragon controlling skills while Kendra is a nerd coming into her own. Its cute kid's stuff with a tragic end. book 4 spoilers ) Sad yet adorable at the same end.

IDK. Does unrequited/super duper short count? Cause Viktor Krum's thing for Hermoine in the Harry Potter series was probably the closest thing to a relationship that I cared for in the series. (At least canonwise~)

Lyra's parents in the His Dark Materials series also have a pretty complicatedly awesome relationship.

For a couple that actually gets together is Eugene/his wife. Though its kinda complicated. And because I never finished the Tears of Artamon series it could very well have a bad end (no clue).

Y do I have a soft spot for messed up relationships?

Oh, oh wait! There's Jack and Myrtle, a mostly upbeat (though troubled at times) relationship that ends well (if only for the fact we only see a few years of it). Essentially its a cheesey teenage romance between an uptight British lady teen girl and a rough space pirate. Probably one of the more realistic (and hilarious) depictions of teen romance I've seen in awhile. While they both seem to care for each other, personal differences and immaturity are big obstacles. Typical opposites attract with a bit of slap, slap, kiss. Well they do get together so its not prolonged and obnoxious. Yet the 'lol teen romance' vibe the narrative has makes it much easier to swallow than ~zomg the one tru teen romance~ that a lot of books have. Which is probably why I hate 9/10 romantic subplots, or like the tragic ones.

Day 22 - Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Ranger's Apprentice series - Will and Halt, Will and Horace. The first is an entertaining grumpy and harsh trainer with stubborn kid. The latter is Horace being a former bully but eventually risking his life for Will. Friendship = risking death, trufax.

Fablehaven - Kendra and Seth's sibling relationship is pretty neat to read. Its interesting how it grows according the the development of each character.

In Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smokestack, I really liked the relationships between the main cast. Its kind of the only reason I finished the book since the mystery was a bit odd to me.

Silver Phoenix - Li Rong and Ai Ling. Well Li Rong is pretty awesome, but Ai Ling's straight man part does help make him funnier. Actually Li Rong's relationship with his bro is pretty spiffy too.

Its weird, logically I know I've read a bunch of adult books but I can't for the life of me remember any of them. I always pick the bland ones I guess.
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BookMeme
Day 19 - Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)



The best of American patriotism?

Anime Meme
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime


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BookMeme
Day 18 - Favorite beginning scene in a book

To avoid another Arcadia Snips reference (which begins with a lady scientist one upping her cohorts with a pig-shaped dirigible, when pigs fly indeed) is the beginning to...

One of the funniest vampire slayings I've read. Which means a lot as I generally am not a fan of the vampire/werewolf mythos.

Anime Meme
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever

*insert gratuitous Gurren Lagann reference here*

To this day I hear the song that goes with this in my head.

Gunbuster/Top wo nerae spoilers )

Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
FMA, old school - does this count as a spoiler anymore? )Shikabanehime death spoiler )
This kissing in Birdy the Mighty Season 2 (too lazy to get a pic). Basically its where you know everything is going to hell. (Actually even the kiss scene in season one is kind of sad. Never kiss in this anime!)

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Day 13 - Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

Stinky Cheese Man picture

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. This was my gateway into fractured/retold fairytales. There's a 70% chance this book is still in my attic. The art (its a picture book) is actually pretty spiffy too.

Day 4 - Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed


Probably the bulk of the stuff I watched in the early 90s since it was terribly cheesey, horribly dubbed, awful writing, and the art/animation wasn't that good. But I'll pick my top choice.

Shinzo/Mushrambo


Basically Planet of the Apes Furries with Superpowers with time changing shenanigans. Not as cool as it sounds.
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Day 3 - Your anime crush



Minai Ruo of Shikabane Hime. She's a kind, quiet and sweet girl. And she fights undead demon spawn by PUNCHING them in THE FACE. Unfortunately she tends to get stuck with shitty guys. Apparently the 13th DVD special episode is about her so I must go watch that now (didn't realize it was out yet).



Adele of Victorian Romance Emma. Reserved, serious, and dedicated to her job. Her moments of opening up are pretty awesome in a subdued way.
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Day 11 - A book that disappointed you



About to commit some scifi heresy here, but Herbert's Dune. IDK, I really loved the first half, but I always get bored by the second. You know who's going to win, you know how, House Atreides bores the tears out of me, and I was rooting for the Harkonens. Basically there's little incentive to read unless you really like the Atreides family/desert folk. And I didn't.

Day 12 - A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times




Phantom Tollbooth. I read this thing more times than I can count. Probably my favorite book as a kid. I really loved the whimsy and the creative ways that abstract concepts came to life. Its a simple, fun kid's adventure book.
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Anime Meme
Day 2 - Favorite anime you’ve watched so far

I'm going to do my top 15 because I really can't pick just one. If that makes me a big cheater than so be it.

To be honest, the biggest criteria of these picks is if I feel emotion just by thinking about it years later. My list is in alphabetical order as opposed to numerical.

Aim for the Top! Gunbuster (Or just Gunbuster in some parts of the world)

Two lady leads (and one super awesome dude), mecha and a space operaish touch (though only 3 episodes long so not sure if it counts?). A bit dated in some regards (can you imagine a black hole at the center of the galaxy? pure chaos!) but there's still a lot of heart and moving moments in this anime. We see the growth of two young women and their awesome kickassness. The pace is a bit slower than much of the following, but this OVA is a classic for a reason.

Birdy the Mighty: Decode (Second Season)

Season one creates the world, the various plot strands and what note. Season two picks up the pace, brings everything to an end, but as we know everything circles back on itself so its not really the end. The action, the story, the characters, its all amazing. And probably one of the best examinations of racism (albeit of the fantastic kind) that I've seen in awhile.

Digimon Tamers

Lol Digimon. While this show is either one you love or hate (at least according to Digimon fandom), I wholeheartedly loved this show. It shook up a lot of the conventions set in the previous two series (so if did like those conventions you might've hated this season). It started with a smaller cast, allowing more character development. And I loved those characters so. A sensitive leader, a cool nerd, a tsundere girl not afraid to be extremely aggressive and strong. Also the plot was more cohesive, darker, and thoughtful. Digimon heresy here, but this was my favorite season, shortly followed by the fifth (which is also darker and plays with conventions). Also this cartoon taught me the meaning of girl crushes (Ruki) and OTPs (Ruki and Ryo) which is the most important lesson anyone can learn. And it also drew me into the dark world of subs. Actually this show is probably what started me on the path of anime fandoms and fangirling.
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Day 10 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. I really should hate this book since its really just a man fishing. But idk I just really like Hemingway's writing style. I also got caught up in the manly struggle and what not. I wish I could write more but its been a lifetime and a half since I read this book and I could very well hate it now. I just remember tensing up since it was English class and all, then bam! Manly tears.

Anime Meme


Day 1 - Very first anime


Its a toss up between this:


Speed Racer/Mach Go Go Go for the uninitiated.

Or this:



I watched the G-Force version (original is Gatchaman if I recall correctly).

Its official, I'm an anime geezer. On a serious note, its funny how these series have shaped my anime tastes. I generally love stuff with mech, fight scenes, tenable grasp on reality, and a certain amount of cheesiness.

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I really just loved the last few episodes. I liked Shyamalan as a villain. And the tension held throughout. Muroto was pretty badass in his own way. I also really loved how tight Birdy and Tsutomu were. I really love their friendship. Two characters I wish had more screentime were the spy Birdy punched out and her former teacher. They just seemed like very interesting characters, though admittedly this is a short, actiony cartoon. But the ever cursed Yakuza boss keeps appearing so maybe they will too.

Just started season 2. Its starts off pretty exciting although I'm a bit worried about Birdy getting a bad "end like" Tsutomu did. Also why is the Altan bad kid now working for Birdy's source? Does this ever get explained.

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Missed a bunch of days so cramming it all here.

Day 07 - Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise


Everyone's in Love/A decent percent of the cast has love as a motivator and its unrealistic or boring

example ) since they had build up. Like I don't even get the main couple as they had about 2/3 conversations before epic love followed.

Day 08 - A book everyone should read at least once Books I dropped one year (2008-2009) and why.


I am a firm believer in one person's personal classic is another person's personal hell so here's a list of books I dropped when I was trying to do a 50 book challenge (but stopped around college) and why.

list cut )
This list should probably be longer, but I have a habit of reading about 5 pages into a story, getting bored and forgetting all about it. Save for the Monster Blood, these were ones I got to around the halfway point before giving up.

Day 09 - Best Scene Ever


"Professor Von Grimskull's monocycle roared beneath him
as it thundered through the crimson night-sky, the wheel forged
from sheer awesomantium snarling its way across the flaming
dirigible's upper frame. The legion of steam-powered zombie airpirates
had all ready taken control, their engine-ladened frames
churning out thick choking whorls of vaporized smoke; soon, the
zeppelin would crash into the swirling energies of the temporal
anomaly, completing the necrocthulthic ritual and fulfilling the
eldritch prophecy — bringing an end to the universe.

"The bronze-nosed Von Grimskull made a low, deepthroated
snarl. "The Doctor is in... VINCIBLE!""

Taken from Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium.

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Day 06 - Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time

Another Fablehaven blab. My favorite book in the series is Rise of the Evening Star. This is where the story moves away from the slow, whimsy of a kids discovering fantasy creatures and turns into a fantasy, action-adventure. The first book felt sort of like the early Harry Potter books where a decent part of the action was put at the end. Now the series makes its own pacing but putting action and some breathers throughout. This is also where we get our 'big bad', ancient conspiracies (and ancient anti-conspiracies), and other cool stuff. Also the story feels more proactive on the part of the two kids, and less they messed up and have to clean it up. Seth improves loads. I hated him in the first book, but begin to like him around this time. Considering half the story revolves around him, its a good thing.

Basically this is where I feel the series came into its own. I also promise to blab less about this book in the upcoming prompts!

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Day 05 - A book or series you hate

About half of the Chronicles of Narnia. The other half I adore. I generally hate the ones where Aslan acts like a deus ex machina and makes me feel like I wasted my time reading the story. (I'm looking at you The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.) I really liked the ones with Eustace Scrubb oddly enough. He actually felt like he had a personality compared to the Pevensies (even if the personality was huge jerk). I also liked The Horse and His Boy but there's one part I can't stand (spoilers )). TBH, I have no clue how this book rates on the offensiveness or not (it was written in the '50s) about the Middle East, since I read this book at 12 and I was pretty ignorant then.

I also did not like Neil Gaiman's Stardust. I wanted to but I pretty much knew the ending from the get go and really did not care about anything or anyone. I hated the protagonist and really did not care if he got laid or not. I was actually kind of hoping the lady protag. would kick him in the nuts and have awesome adventures on her own. But it was not to be. To be honest, I feel like the side stories and characters had potential, but I honestly can't remember what happened about that stuff.

I've actually read a few stories like this but can't remember any of the titles so here's a description. Any fantasy adventure book that has the first hundred pages of the hero putzing around his/her hometown. And it has zero plot relevance once the hero leaves. Like it doesn't even build character or anything other than the protag. has the hots for some character or is bored with their dung ages peasant life. I mean, you could just put in some throw away sentences about this part since its so stock and it'll save us all the boredom.
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Day 04 - Your favorite book or series ever

The Fablehaven series
. I did a brief blurb here, so now I'm just going to fangirl over the parts I loved to avoid being repetitive.

The characters. I really love them all. There's Seth who I hated at first, but now I love him because of his continuing struggle with his impulsiveness. IDK, I think it takes some talent to make an obnoxious character, well not. Then Kendra. She's kind of just awesome all around. She is basically the smart, sensible girl but she learns that sometimes you need to take risks to get ahead. My top three side characters are Vanessa, Sphinx, and Gavin massive spoiler alert ). All of them are clever in their own rights. Though Sphinx is probably at the top. One concern I do have is massive 4th book spoilers ), but up until the reveal I like how there are hints here and there so you can figure out the ~mystery~.

NGL, its probably not the best piece of writing. Its pretty decent on pacing and making every scene count. Though the feel of the first book along with the rest of the series is a bit different. Mostly I just like the mixture of gritiness yet hopefulness. Heroes succeed and fail. Villains succeed often. Bad things happen yet good too. Its generally uplifting even when things hit the fan.
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RL got in the way so this'll be in one post. Meme here.

Day 02 - A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about


Uh, there's a bunch so I'm going to spam this a bit.

The Braided Path trilogy. Its an Asian fantasy by Chris Wooding and a pretty good one. And a lot of the main players (including the protagonist) are ladies that do things, so that's a plus. Basically Kaiku is nearly killed one night, and must get behind the mystery of who killed her and how she can survive. The story expands to continent wide battles, political intrigue, and mutants. TBH, I didn't really enjoy the last two books, but that's more personal taste than the actual quality of these books.

Fablehaven series. A kids modern fantasy (not exactly urban, although there are some parts). Two kids visit their grandparents farm only to discover that its a secret preserve for fantasy creatures! Cue ancient conspiracies, more double crossing than you can shake a stick at, a Magnificent Bastard of a villain, and a faery-dragon! No really. Pretty mindless action-adventure, but good at it. Actually I will give it props to realism since there's mentions of a fantasy creature black market and other little details that make the premise seem less ridiculous. Actually, I will also give it props to actually making the fantasy creatures their own beings, with their own wills, desires, and what not. Too often in kidsbooks you'll see a fantasy creature whose job it is to serve the nearest person with little reason whatsoever. Here the kids have to negotiate, often with creatures that think little of eating them. Its awesome.

The Larklight trilogy. More kids stuff, but Steampunk this time. Its an action-adventure/comedy that's pretty tongue-in-cheek every step of the way. Even the romance isn't taken seriously, which is refreshing in a glut of 16 year old romance is tru wuv. Actually what's funny is that in the comedy of the romance, you often get a more realistic look at how two very different people clash than in romances that take themselves too seriously. Though since the story is typically from Art's perspective (and he's still in the girl's have cooties phase) most of the romance is in side snippets. Also, space pirates!

Day 03 - The best book you've read in the last 12 months

I'll have to put Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium, which I hope isn't cheating since I did a big old post about it here. The pacing is good. Not a scene, not a description, not even a line of dialogue is a waste. The prose is amazing (though more on the side of funny than deep/meaningful). The plot itself is both exciting and silly (something I really love). The cast is full of awesome characters. Its both a good story and good writing, which is something I find really rare (especially since my tastes are rather odd).
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Day 01 - A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

ETA: Spoilers are in white text.

Hilari Bell's The Goblin Wood. Its a single book that I wish had spawned a duology or something. spoilers, including the ending! ) Goto 1

Non spoiler version: The ending felt abrupt to me and I always wondered about the interesting protagonists and their new life and adventures. I especially like the heroine and wished I could've seen more of her. Goto 1

1: While technically the book was a complete tale, I was always left wanting more.

As for ending too late, I suppose I'll blather on about my mixed feelings about the Golden Compass trilogy (His Dark Materials?). I loved the first book, was eh about the second and was mixed about the third. I really could go on and on how disappointing this series became for me. How the ending of the first book had me thinking there'd be some epic holy war. How there's going to be some decent analysis of the complexities of faith, organization, and how doing the right thing can be vastly different based upon beliefs. But instead its a mostly hollow religion is bad, everyone else is good. The most complex you get is Mrs Coulter, a woman who wants to do the right thing but is torn by her family. However, 3rd book spoiler ) and it kind of deflates this tension. She's pretty awesome until the end though. That and the epic tru wuv romance shoved in at the last five minutes. This is even more empty after you've seen the reuniting of more 3rd book spoilers ) which just has much more emotion, complexity and believability to it.

I have a million and one more complaints, but in the end most of me wishes the Golden Compass had just stayed one book. A small part finds two side characters redeeming though.

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