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I haven't made any sort of general post for ages!  I am generally behind in such things, for which I will blame FFXIII - which continues to be amazing, by the way - and move on. 


No, seriously.  I am one of those animation snobs who generally looks down on Dreamworks animated films (mostly because of this, which I think sums it up pretty nicely).  But How to Train Your Dragon was just amazing.  It was thoroughly entertaining, and though the story was in many ways cliche, it was the good kind of cliche, the kind that makes you remember why it became cliche in the first place.  I've already flailed about it to a few people in chat but I need to rec this to the wider audience.  And yeah, the adults have scottish accents and the kids have american but most importantly THE DRAGON IS JUST SO CUTE OMG LOOK AT HIM.  Here, take these screenshots!


(He's just so happy and excited by that fish asdflkjaslfkj)

THESE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING THE CUTEST MOMENTS.  THE INTERNET DOES NOT YET HAVE ENOUGH SCREENSHOTS TO FULLY CAPTURE HOW ADORABLE THIS MOVIE IS.  I swear, Dreamworks, you're marketing this all wrong.  This is not about Vikings and a struggle to be accepted and cool action scenes involving explosions and fire.  This is about a boy and his ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE dragon.

In other exciting news, the new season of Oofuri has started airing!  How cool is that?  I like it when these things pop up and surprise you.  Perhaps it will make the weekly journey to the next episode of Durarara a little more bearable.

On a completely unrelated note, Tokyo Times put up this picture recently, and I immediately thought of Bokurano:


Viz has started releasing that!  I have faithfully preordered every volume available for pre-order.  Hopefully they don't pull a thing like they did with the Tenipuri and Hikago animes and just randomly stop releasing new volumes halfway through.  Seriously, Viz, what gives?

Anyhow, as you might guess, a good portion of my Easter weekend was spent either on the internet, playing Final Fantasy, or at the movies.  But I also went to the museum!  There was a butterfly exhibit on, but it was actually rather disappointing, in the respect that it was quite small and there was a significant lack of scientific information about the displayed butterflies - such elementary things as where they might be found and which varieties are male and female.  But then they mention in an aside 'the six butterflies down the bottom of this arrangement are poisonous, but the four identical butterflies at the top are actually a non-poisonous variety that evolved to mimic their pattern as protection from birds.'  SCROLL BACK, QUEENSLAND MUSEUM.  This evolutionary mimicry business is fascinating in its own right, but I want to hear more about poisonous butterflies.  I did not know such a thing existed until this moment!  :O  MY WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER.

I searched out the giftshop for books that might contain more information, but my quest was tragically unfruitful, and I was sad until I remembered that the internet probably has twenty books worth of information on the topic lying around for free.  The time in the shop was, however, well spent as I found my now second favourite shirt ever (The first, of course, being the one featured here):

And yes, that is the number itself printed in the shape of Pi.

This is, of course, best worn while listening to this song and sipping weird and exotic beverages.


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Apr. 6th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)



Okay, enough sparkles. XD

I've heard that butterflies are poisonous so that when birds and other animals eat them, the animals will get sick and barf them up. Then they'll remember not to eat those particular type of butterflies by remembering their markings. The butterflies get their poison from the plants they're feeding from-- in the Monarch butterfly's case, milkweed. Then the other butterfly species that can't stomach poisonous shizz just cosplay as the poisonous ones so that predators would mistake them for the real thing. There aren't any know butterflies or moths that are poisonous to the touch, though. /end geek
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, ISN'T IT AMAZING? I've been hitting wikipedia so hard. *___* I was sort of hoping there was a species that was poisonous to the touch, though. Like frogs!

ROFL - cosplay the poisonous ones. I LOVE YOUR CHOICE OF WORDS.
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bokurano. ;; Oh Tokyo Times. ;; His posts about the abandoned buildings always make me sad. Also makes me want to go explore here too for those kinds of places, except uh, I'd want someone with me in case a murder was living there. :|

sldkjfsd, PI t-shirt is v. awesome. Does it have all the decimals on it? *_* How many decimals does PI have anyway?

I WISH MY CHEAP CINEMA HAD 'HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON'. But I am going to see Mic Macs tomorrow instead. (It's the same director who did Amelie! It sorta looks interesting and quirky, heh.)
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
I love abandoned buildings! I found one in Hakone! It was pretty awesome. But I hear about the 'murderer's lair' part. I kept expecting some vampire to emerge from the basement to eat me or something. :|

Pi is an irrational number. IT GOES FOREVER. 8D

Awwww. Mic Macs should be good though!
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
I hear there are sites that tell you abandoned areas! I haven't actually gone looking but you could easily find out. I will go with you when we go to Japan. And I'll bring a clove of garlic. :P

:O I thought it had something like thirteen. This is because in some movie someone was boasting about knowing the first 13 off the top of his head. :| I HAVE BEEN DECEIVED.

*__* Hopefully!
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN! We'll have a haikyo excursion! And it's cool, if we run into trouble we can gaijin smash our way out of it. :D

XD Thirteen! Oh P-chan. <3 You never heard Inui's song before? You've learned something today!

Let me know how the movie goes!
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Apr. 8th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
XD Except I can't think of any situation where you would ever need more than the first ten digits of Pi, seriously. You might need 50 if you were working out the exact circumference of the sun.
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
How to Train Your Dragon was COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY AWESOME! *flails with you* I have the poster hanging in my room and my roommate thinks I'm crazy, but it's so cute!
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
A poster! *__* I HAD NOT YET CONSIDERED MERCHANDISE, that's brilliant! I need to get me one of those too, so the cuteness is available for flailing at all times.
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Apr. 7th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
*___* I want a Toothless! *readies pokeballs*

XD That's an epic Pi shirt design! I'd be suspicious of your teacher - she probably printed it up and is making a small fortune in some distant European country.
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Apr. 8th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
...This is actually an interesting idea. *_*
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, that shirt is epic. I want one to wear on Pi Day. *__* And, of course, every other day. XD;

Oofuri season 2! I'm definitely looking forward to watching that~~
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
flsadjflsjdf I missed Pi day this year! It rolled right past without being marked. :( The shirt is penance.

Yes! *___* Have you been following the manga? I hope it focuses more on the Nishimura boys, because the current opposing team is not so interesting. Lots of sitting in the bleachers talking.
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I remembered it, but I didn't DO anything...

I haven't read the last probably...5 chapters? But yes, Nishimura boys >> bleacher-talking!!!
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
OH GOD. IT'S TRUE. (Except Kung Fu Panda had a plot. And it's perfect for little martial artists.)

WAAI TOOTHLESS IS ADORABLE! I thought Tasha was over-exaggerating, but he is!!
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
True, Kung Fu Panda is a cut above their other properties, BUT THE LOGIC STILL STANDS.

Apr. 7th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
PS: this is my CUUUTE icon.
This is true. But oh man, I never even noticed those were all Dreamworks. (And Prince of Egypt was okay... it made church not suck for a little while when I was too little to be as cynical as I am now...)

♥__♥ I need to see this movie now~~
Apr. 8th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
THIS is my CUUUTE icon.
Ah, well, you see, Prince of Eygpt was 2D. ;) That's a whole different ballgame.

You do! Go see it! You'll love it, I promise! Everybody I know has liked it. Grumpy tough-guys and five year-olds and snobby art students alike. ♥ *will nag you until you do*
Apr. 12th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
HOMG TOSHIROOOOO~ (my other CUUUTE icon. Which you've already seen.)
This is true. I am rather amused by their 2D stuff.

OMG I wicked wanna gooooo, but I have nobody to go with, and no means of transportation....... *will respond to every nag until I can*
Apr. 7th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
I can't believe I never noticed about those faces. But it's all true! O__o

What, Viz is dubbing bokurano? For srs?

Awesome shirt is awesome ^^
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry, not the anime. :( I did not mean to give you false hope! But they're releasing the manga. Nice larger edition, too!
Apr. 28th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
about a month late but I have to comment.
You have a long way to go, my friend! When I took the national entrance exams, I saw a guy wearing a shirt that had the letter pi upside down as if it were a smiley, and underneath it: "Have an irrational day". :D How awesome is that?
Apr. 29th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
That is incredibly awesome and I'm filled with admiration and envy. *___*
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