May 31, 2010

Well, I did warn you…

So far I’ve failed to track down any barbecue pictures, or attempt a female version of my awesome-meh chart. I’m too busy trying to catch up on anime, while at the same time raging about ongoing internet problems. I may get around to these things, but don’t hold your breaths. 😛

This weekend my grandad and uncle visited us. Which meant roast lunches on Sunday, fried breakfasts in the mornings, and all the other traditional stuff that my mother doesn’t usually bother with. It also meant a daytrip to Barmouth, which has been a constant tradition every time grandad visits (except Christmas), whatever the weather. The weather this time was thankfully quite sunny, if a little windy. We followed the usual pattern of driving around the carpark for an hour until finding a free space, eating at Rosie’s Diner, giggling in passing at the (to use it’s former name) Carousel Cafe, stopping at the antiques shop (grandad collects WWII cap badges among other things), grabbing tons of sweets at the Weigh Out (like Pic ‘n’ Mix, but more awesome), and then on to the Lobster Pot, which is the only place I’ve ever been that sells whelks (I’ve yet to track down the legendary 24 hour whelk stall in Aberystwyth). The rest get exported to Korea, apparently, not enough demand here in the UK. I can’t get enough of them though. :mrgreen: I was the only one out of all my siblings who went to Barmouth this time, the others seem to have ‘grown out of it’, but TBH I probably look forward to it more nowadays than I did as a child. 😛

In completely unrelated news, it is almost June. Which is a pretty pointless month if you think about it, because stuff like my birthday and the summer anime season don’t happen until July. 😦 But when the new season does come along, I’ll be starting some sort of episodic blog for a series of my choice. Won’t decide which until I’ve sampled the first episode. Don’t expect a huge amount of detail or consistency from these blog posts; like my other posts they’ll probably vary in length and tone depending on the episode and my own mood.

Two days of anime!

February 14, 2010

I knew I’d have the house to myself all day Friday; what I didn’t know was that the same thing would happen on Saturday as well! So the last two days have been dedicated to anime even more than an average day, when I have to compete with my brother’s loud music and help my technologically challenged family do pretty much anything computer related.

The thing I watched that sticks in my mind most was episode 6 of Baka Test, which was pure Hideyoshi fanservice. This character has almost taken over from Jun as my favorite trap. Almost, but not quite. The series is pretty formulaic, and I fear it could get repetitive if they don’t get back to the plot or at least throw in some new gags, but for now it holds the rank of AJ’s 2nd favorite series of the season (first being Durarara!!).

The thing I watched most of was One Piece. Roughly 6-7 episodes over the two days, spanning the end of the Arlong arc to the beginning of the Logue Town arc if I’m not mistaken. An epic climax to a long fight, followed by two slow episodes where nothing happened, and ending in the return of one of my favorite villains (out of the small handful I’ve seen to date). So pretty good overall!

The thing I watched and thought ‘why am I watching this?’ was Dance in the Vampire Bund. Not my favorite ongoing series at the moment, but I keep watching in hopes of it eventually getting good. And I know I’m not the only one still watching and hoping, so there must be something there that’s keeping us hooked…

I watched other series (Kurenai, Ookamikakushi, Sora no Woto etc) as well, all entertaining. So all in all it was a good weekend!