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I'll just assume you know the feeling of having found a bright shiny new thing that you want to tell everyone about but somehow it's really hard to find the words, and also writing why you like it also takes away time from consuming more of it. I just finished watching the "Akatsuki no Yona" anime (+OVAs) and I'm taking a brief break for some barely organized notes before I go and read all the manga chapters. (Also I should eat dinner, that would probably be good.)

Where to start? It has so many of my favorite tropes, especially when it comes to loyalty&betrayal. (A premise is not really a spoiler, right?) The dynamic between Yona, Hak, and Soo-won is fantastic. Yona herself is pretty great, and so is the whole team she assembles. And it looks like things will only get more and more political, yay.

With spoilers )
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I saw several people in my dw circle post about "The Good Place": apparently the season finale had an amazing twist, and that made me curious. It's very short so far, 13 episodes with half an hour each, so I decided to check it out.
Now some people, knowing that there was a twist coming, might try to watch carefully for clues and try to figure out what was coming. But I decided not to because it made watching more relaxed, and I wouldn't get attached to any theories that might turn out to be wrong and might spoil the surprise twist. It worked out well.

Spoilers )
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I caught up with the Noragami manga (instead of doing what I should be doing, i.e. editing my Yuletide fic and finalizing Christmas presents.) I started with chapter 40, since I read that's approximately where it continues from the story told in the anime, and read all of it in one afternoon/evening, and then I had emotional hangover. The cruel cliffhanger made it worse.

chapter 71 )

Thoughts about all of it – I don't even know where to start )

Monthly updates, this is going to be a long wait every time.

Noragami

Dec. 15th, 2016 10:14 pm
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I had a job interview today and it went very well! I feel good about my chances.
To celebrate, I binge-watched season 2 of Noragami, after I watched the first season in the past few days. I don't even remember who told me about it but it was on my list of shows to watch, it's short, and I liked the opening. Some people are literally other people's weapons, my loyalty kink sat up and took notice. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the second season.


Season 1 )


Season 2 )


My grandparents are currently visiting :) Please, muses, convince me not to scrap everything I've written for Yuletide so far and start from scratch just because I had an idea that might work better, I don't have the time for that.
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New episodes of Natsume Yuujinchou have become the highlight of my Fridays (together with D&D, but there was no session yesterday because too many people cancelled.) It's so nice.

Spoilers )

YoI

Dec. 8th, 2016 09:41 pm
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I haven't written anything in weeks and I really hoped I'd manage to pick it up again today, but instead I spent hours reading fans' reactions to the latest Yuri!!! on Ice episode with a huge smile on my face. I don't even watch the show! I watched I think three episodes total and concluded that while it's cute, the skating is very pretty, and the opening song catchy, it hits my embarrassment squick too often for me to truly enjoy it. (How sensitive I am about that tends to come in phases, so maybe I'll try again in a few months.) I vaguely followed what was happening via reactions and Tumblr gifs, just enough to appreciate the newest plot twist. Not as much as the fans though. They're so happy! This is the best. The last time I saw an entire fandom be so happy about something… maybe YoI fans after episode 7, or Young Justice fans when season 3 was confirmed, and definitely Pens fandom after the Cup win in June, but it's a rare and beautiful thing. I'm not in the fandom but this cheers me up.
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The fifth season of Natsume Yuujinchou has started and I like it a lot :) It had some of everything so far: Tanuma and Taki, Nishimura and Kitamoto, the Fujiwaras, Reiko, Natori and the exorcists, youkai of the week. I hope we'll get to see some of the neighbour youkai again, Misuzu and Hinoe and the others.

spoilers )
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I have terrible timing. Tomorrow I'm leaving to visit my grandparents for a few days, before my summer ticket runs out; it's not for long but why not take the chance to see them when I can (and don't even have to pay for it.) However, the day before yesterday I read a fic I saw recced on pinboard, then I looked up the canon on wikipedia, and now I've started watching "Nirvana in Fire" and I don't want to stop. I most likely won't have time while I'm at my grandparents' though, very annoying.

"Nirvana in Fire" is a revenge drama taking place in fictional Imperial China, and it's so good. Plots and conspiracies and politics and court intrigues, fantastic identity porn with bonus loyalty kink, great characters, competent characters, and so much more. I've just finished episode 12 (of 54) SPOILERS )


D&D yesterday: we finally entered the haunted library! There was a big fight with many minions and three of our NPC allies died, including the Lawful Good demon. (The other two will come back to life sans body, probably, eventually, it's complicated. Fortunately we weren't too attached to them.) Twice I managed to hit 6-8 bad guys at the same with an area spell and do 20/21 points damage, that was frustrating because they had 22 hit points. Oh well, everybody from the main party survived. Barely, but survived. Actually my character was doing pretty well: Fly is a great spell. Even my beetle familiar managed to kill a few bad guys.
Next time will probably be mostly information gathering in the library. There should be so much information there :) Other parties get rewarded with money or magical items, we get information, and hopefully spells.
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I forgot where I saw the rec, but I just finished watching all four seasons of "Natsume's Book of Friends", or "Natsume Yuujinchou." I loved it. It's about a boy who can see spirits, or youkai. He's moved in with a new foster family and is very lonely at first, but he acquires a youkai "bodyguard" and slowly makes human and youkai friends and becomes closer with his new family and it's all beautiful to see. There are a lot of "youkai of the week" storylines, and he eventually meets other people who know about youkai too. He also received a heavy legacy from his grandmother: a book with many youkais' true names, which he could use to control them, but instead he gives the names back.
The anime feels a bit slow at times (maybe just because I'm sometimes impatient), but it's very warm and nice.

Spoilers, non-ordered thoughts about many characters )

I'm going to request this fandom for Yuletide, I already have fic prompts to use.

Season five comes out soon! I'm very much looking forward to it :)
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Today:
- I bought a freezer! They had them at Hofer since yesterday and DD and I had to go to three different stores until we found one left. Soon I can finally buy ice cream reserves!

- I finally tried out the Citybike system. The bikes are nothing special, but there's a stop two minutes from my house and I think it'll be convenient on occasion. I should get my mom's bike helmet, she doesn't need it in Bolivia.

- I wrote almost 2k and finished the D&D session summary, the longest so far. Someone has to do it, and I don't mind, but it's cutting into my story-writing energy. Sure I know what happened, but I still have to put it in words.

- Someone almost ran me over with a car at a crosswalk and my first reaction was to shout "Oida!", that made me feel very Viennese. (Especially as someone who is usually terrible with Viennese dialect. My parents are both from further West, and I'm not good at imitating dialects in general… I do speak Vorarlbergerisch though, which has some similarities with Swiss German and is always fun to surprise people with.)

- I finished watching "Yowamushi Pedal." It's adorable! The rec that made me watch it. I was literally flailing and making high-pitched noises at some points. Team! Friends! Singing!
Some of my favorite things, apart from everything, was spoilers )
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The NHL season is over! In theory that means I have more time to watch other things now. I've already started rewatching a few episodes of Leverage.
Last year's Festivids had two "Great British Bake-Off" vids that I enjoyed, All Rise by [personal profile] cosmic_llin and Cake to Bake by [personal profile] ohvienna. I watched a few episodes on the flight back from the US to Europe and they were nice.
I have a sudden urge to check out more cooking shows, because the dishes look nice and maybe for inspiration and maybe just because. But there are many of them! Which ones are your favorites, any you would recommend?

Last D&D session I got 300 extra XP for creative problem-solving approaches, I'm quite proud of myself. Illusion spells really lend themselves to tricks quite nicely. Unfortunately none of my original plans worked because one party member didn't want to play along and we ended up in a fight, but luckily my estimation of levels was wrong: our DM said our opponents looked like elite soldiers, but apparently after almost two days of being animate our characters had already leveled up enough to defeat them. Both people we wanted to help died though, and the only surviving opponent escaped, so we don't even have more information about what the hell is going on than we did before. (We had to hurry in the end because one player had to leave and the DM ended with "yes okay it's obvious that you're going to kill the remaining two, here's your loot list"; only afterwards I realized it would have been smarter not to kill them and interrogate them instead. Missed opportunity.)
I'm very appreciative of the fact that we play living statues and therefore don't have to eat. Makes the question of supply a lot easier. I really liked how in the last two Temeraire books it was emphasized how much in warfare is about having sufficient supply (especially when it comes to dragons!)

It looks like the wisdom tooth surgery spot is infected again, nooo :( It's swollen and it hurts. Ugh. I've also been tired the whole day, this might be related.
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I wanted to watch the Pens-Lightning game yesterday and had to stop after the first period because I was too upset about the injuries. (and why the FUCK did they let Tanger come back and play.) This is the side of hockey I dislike the most. And no supplemental discipline wtf that is exactly the wrong signal. I'm no longer excited for this series :( and I'm angry that I'm not.

I watched the Eurovision Final again! I liked Cyprus best, also Austria (no really), France, and a few others I already forgot (I think Bulgaria?) Germany didn't deserve last place, but I guess better than last year when they got zero points. Idk why Sweden got so many points, the guy barely had a voice. My favorite conspiracy theory is that Australia stole our votes (again!)
I hope the light technicians are paid well, some of the light shows were spectacular.
There must be voting analysis of Eurovision, and now with the jury/public separation this could become even more fun. (Poland!) Ideal would be having the details of both, of course. Austria gave twelve points to TranssylvaniaPoland, I guess people here like vampires. I enjoyed the Austrian commentator, sometimes he had fun comments and sometimes completely random ones like "and by the way what happened to the balloon from Felix Baumgartner's jump?"
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I finished season 1 of "Underground" yesterday and it's amazing. So good. At times I was almost scared of watching the next episode because characters I liked kept dying and so many bad things happened, but it's so compelling that I never waited very long. So many fantastic characters.

Spoilers )
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Vienna City Marathon was today! I had a stitch after five minutes, was hungry after ten, and had to walk several times. I usually go running in the afternoon, after lunch, and I knew there was a reason why but I didn't think the difference would be so big. Lesson learned, I guess. But I'm still glad I suggested we do the family relay because I had fun preparing for it. Maybe I'll even keep running after this, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have happened if not for the event.


I started watching "Underground", a show about the Underground Railroad, a network to help escaped slaves in the 19th century US. It's really good so far, I like it a lot: the characters are great and the plot twists are very interesting. I don't know details about US history but it seems to do a good job at portraying that era. These things actually happened, and not that long ago. The portrayals of the difficult decisions people have to make are brutal. It's framed in part as a heist show and I like that aspect, and I have a vague sense of that they're probably doing specific things to make the storytelling work as well as it does but I can't articulate details.

Some of my favorite scenes )
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The Pens won 7-2 against the Red Wings! Fun game to watch, especially because I missed the first period (I forgot it was an afternoon game) and only saw the good parts. Dumo and Kuni though :( This team and injuries, incredible.

Women's Ice Hockey World Championship Div1 Group A started! (overview) Last year Austria got its best result so far, second; the first place is promoted to the main group each year. Last year Germany was relegated, so it could come down to an Austria-Germany game for first place on the last day, wheee.
Austria won 4-3 against Denmark on a SH GWG with 45 seconds to go, and yesterday they won against Norway in the shootout after being down 0-3. They like to make things exciting!


I started watching "The Expanse" because I hoped it was as good as the concept had the potential to be and better than the trailer. I almost stopped watching after the first episode, then continued on a friend's rec until episode five and now decided to stop and only read the rest of the episode summaries on Wikipedia.

Spoilers )
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Last weekend DD and I were both sick, so this Sunday we watched two episodes of The 100. In hindsight we were lucky, because 3x07 would have been frustrating to stop at. I was spoiled for the big thing that happens and I thought I was prepared, but I was wrong. I'd be fine with that it happened, but I hate how it happened.

3x07 Thirteen )

3x08 Terms and Conditions )


DD and I started talking about a D/s AU and realized that it's basically canon. tiniest step to the left only )
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More fun! I already wrote some earlier episode reactions, under the cut reactions to the second half and the season as a whole.Spoilers )

To sum up, I enjoyed the series a lot! If there's a third season that'd be fantastic, and if not there's a lot of fic I want to read and some I want to try to write.
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If I liveblogged or livetweeted it would be for episodes like this. These last two were FUN.

Spoilers )

Going to bed now instead of watching Pens-Islanders because every time I watch a night game I'm reminded that sleep is great. Sleep is wonderful. Currently I regularly wake up before my alarm goes off and then don't manage to get out of bed for an hour, sometimes more; not ideal but I'll figure something out.
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I watched episode 4 of season 2 of "Agent Carter" tonight and it reminded me of a Tumblr post I saw today about heroes and villains. Includes spoilers )

In other character-related news, Spoilers )
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It's 1:30am and I just finished binge-watching the first season of "Agent Carter." I watched the first episode the day before yesterday, the second one yesterday, and I had a vague idea of watching an episode a day but then stopping became difficult. I enjoyed it a lot.

Spoilers )

I'm looking forward to watching season 2 soon :)

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