Apr. 19th, 2019 07:45 pm
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Tulips From the 2019 Bloomfest
Tulips From the 2019 Bloomfest

My company makes it very easy for us to participate in the annual Bloomfest fundraiser for Easter Seals. Across the campuses there were locations which sold the tulips. The closest location to me was the nearby cafeteria, and on Thursday at lunchtime I bought a bouquet of 10 tulips. Many of the bouquets were ten of the same color flower, but there were a few mixed color bundles. I was very selective and got what I think was the prettiest mix. The tulips currently grace my kitchen island.

Star Words: Episode IV, Part 5

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:45 pm
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While Threepio luxuriates in his oil bath and Luke cleans up Artoo, their conversation reveals more of our young hero's character. He's not just hoping for a trip to the local station. He wants to escape the humdrum farming life entirely.

Oh, this scene is replete with quotable lines. Why not echo Threepio's relief whenever you're lowering yourself into a bath, murmuring about your bad case of dust contamination? Or if someone asks if they can help you, offer the sarcastic, Not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock. If someone asks your name, tell them they can call you Luke, adding with a self-effacing laugh, Just Luke. But perhaps the most eloquent is Luke's reply to the droid's inquiry of what planet they've stumbled upon.

"Well, if there's a bright center to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from."

I don't think we give Luke (or Lucas) enough credit for his snark. What a marvelously sardonic way to describe the middle of nowhere in every sense of the phrase. Also, it's curious to me that Tatooine is never actually named in this film. Not till the end of Episode V do we hear it spoken. But this description works quite as well as any name. The planet farthest from the bright center of the universe.

And what an archetypal paradigm we have. A scruffy boy from nowhere, longing for greater things, knowing somehow that he is destined for so much more. Straining against the authority figures of childhood, yearning to become a man. It is a transformation that will enact far more suffering than he could ever imagine, but in this moment he cannot think of anything he wants more.

Next, a sober exchange between aunt and uncle...

Infinity Renewed

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:19 pm
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I have the cheapest photo stand with infinity curve that one can imagine – a sheet of white paper curled onto a folding TV table. I use the stand for everything, like the Aria Blu-ray photo and the Alabaster Bibles photo.

Over time, the paper acquires marks. Once one side gets stained with marks, I turn the paper over and use the other side. Eventually, both sides become unusable. I don’t remember the last time I had to replace the background. It’s been several years. I’ve replaced the background at most one time since I went to the large sheet of paper back in 2013.

Last month I bought a replacement sheet of paper during a sale at Blick Art Materials, but it turned out to be the wrong size – only 26" x 40". I tried to use it, but the size difference was noticeable. Today the store was having a 20% off everything sale for members, and I took advantage to get the correct paper: Legion Stonehenge White 120# 30"x44" Paper. Since 2013 the list price has gone from $5.80 to $12.29. Still, it’s a really cheap infinity curve. I’d considered getting a roll of white paper, 36" wide, but the weight and texture of the Stonehenge paper is really nice. The paper is not shiny (i.e., no glare), and the paper thickness is a nice base for objects – no wrinkling or creases.

I considered buying two sheets – but then realized I didn’t have a good place to store the backup sheet while preventing it from bending or getting dirty.

Photo Stand with Infinity Curve
Photo Stand with Infinity Curve

System Map Update

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:47 pm
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Home System Map • April 2019
Home System Map • April 2019
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I was reading some old posts today – and I realized I did not update my home system map after acquiring Hinata. So I’ve fixed that today.

Doing More With Longer Days

Apr. 14th, 2019 06:17 pm
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A Plant in My Yard
A Plant in My Yard
April 14, 2019

An overcast, drizzly weekend... not uncommon for April in Oregon. Days like this are good for doing work inside the house, and I’ve been tending to the chaos here in lots of little ways, one box or pile of stuff at a time. Baby steps.

The days continue to get longer. It’s not completely dark when I go to work at 6:30 am. The evenings are longer, of course. It’s the time of year when I have to think about what I’m going to get accomplished on spring and summer evenings. Mostly it will be work on the house, including the disaster in the garage – a consequence of the kitchen remodel. But there will be other projects, including photography projects, that need attention with the longer days.

The intensity at work continues to be a drain on my energy, and there are many evenings – sunlight or no – that I can’t really do more than collapse and do nothing. I’ll have to keep that in consideration while I’m planning. For now, the weekends are an important time for me to catch up on sleep, drive away the headaches, and recharge in general.

Studio Gear Takes Up Space

Apr. 14th, 2019 05:47 pm
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A daunting mess remains everywhere in the house. I’ve been tending to other things for the last month and a half, but I’m finally turning my attention into putting things back in order. As I’ve said before, I think it’s going to take all of 2019 to complete this mission.

I needed to address the aftermath of the studio equipment I purchased in February. The new items have never been put away – there wasn’t a place for them. I’ve restructured the area in the living room where I’ve been storing the studio equipment. Today I did the following:

  • Move go board from living room into family room under console table. Move sakura pillows to the sides of console table.
  • Stow backdrop stand (in storage bag) behind family room TV
  • Pack Angler black muslin backdrop into storage bag
  • Stow Angler backdrop bag behind family room TV
  • Remount reflector & barn doors onto monolight
  • Coil monolight power cord
  • Move monolight from family room into photography studio storage area
  • Pack softbox & monolight cap into black Nike box. Label. Stow in bookcase
  • Recharge 4 batteries for Genaray E-360 LED lights
  • Download Genaray E-360 LED instructions
  • Relabel Genaray E-360 accessories box, add power cords & return to bookcase
  • Pull Genaray E-360 boxes from steel shelving and set aside for trash
  • Pack snoot gels into new plastic bag then into snoot box
  • Pack snoot back into box and stow into bookcase
  • Stow reflector gels (boxed) into bookcase
  • Bag backup black backdrop cloth and stow in garage on steel shelving
  • Stow tripod case in garage on steel shelving

I’ve put the rarely used items near the wall and kept the frequently used items closer to the center of the room. It looks like:

Photography Studio Gear
Photography Studio Gear

Returning to Aria

Apr. 14th, 2019 01:13 pm
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Super Deformed Aika, Akari & Alice
Super Deformed Aika, Akari & Alice
Aria the Natural, Episode 2

I’ve started watching my new Aria the Natural, Part 1 Blu-ray set. As expected, the video upscaling to Blu-ray was excellent, and I love having this series in Blu-ray format.

It’s been so long since I’ve watched the second season of Aria, that I’ve nearly forgotten what happens. The first two episodes were fresh-feeling. I knew ultimately what would happen in each, of course, but with Aria, it’s the journey, not the destination. I will say that the middle season of Aria, while the longest, is the least memorable of all three seasons. Perhaps that’s because all the really significant events are shown in season 1 and season 3.

Even in watching only the first two episodes of Aria the Natural, I was pleased to hear a few servings of hazukashii serifu kinshi!. (Oh, hey... someone compiled all the Aria ni kinshi into a YouTube compilation.) I never get tired of these.

I remember the first time I watched Aria’s second season. I was faintly disappointed with the new OP song, not being as perfect as “Undine” from the first season. Since then, I’ve listened to both OP songs many, many times – and I love them both nearly equally. I can’t believe I ever was disappointed with “Euforia.”

Pleasantly, all seasons of Aria are still available on Crunchyroll.

Anime Spring Week 2

Apr. 14th, 2019 12:23 pm
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Nanako Yukishiro
Nanako Yukishiro
Senryū Shōjo, Episode 1

At the beginning of each anime season, I try to sample all the new shows (excluding sequels of series I haven’t watched) at Crunchyroll and Amazon Prime. Here are the shows that I watched…

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki: Episode 1
I don’t know if this is picking on or honoring Nagoya... and I’m sure regional dialect comedy is going to go over my head... but the dialog here is not funny to me. The episodes are only three minutes long, but I’m afraid I don’t have the patience for this one. Dropped.

Dororo (Amazon Prime): Episode 13
Standalone story with substantial changes from the original. This series does an excellent job adding focus and depth while expanding the story. The second cour continues with strong art, animation, and direction – and there’s a new OP & ED song+animation.

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill: Episode EX03
This was the final OVA. Nice way to wrap things up was an onsen trip. Nothing these guys do follows a standard trope, so the trip was entertaining. Sure, Kay was wrong in overscheduling the weekend – but we hardly ever get to see Kay do anything – and her motive was touching. (A nod to my girl, Yuri!) And they did manage to throw in a mystery. Seeing the gang again was fun, and I liked the photo montage at the ED song. Pleasant filler.

Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero): Episode 14
Naofumi’s party remains on the run and did get safe refuge, until Idol Rabier showed up. The torturer from Raphtalia’s past has our heroine in a fierce stance. We’re starting to get Raphtalia’s backstory.

Sarazanmai: Episode 1
I expect no less than this wild, surreal, insanity from director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum). Sarazanmai feels a lot like Penguindrum, although I like the aesthetics of Penguindrum better. There’s absolutely no way of knowing where this series is headed. Buckle up.

Bungō Stray Dogs: Episode 26
Sooooo nice to see Dazai back in action! Or inaction, as the case may be. I’ve missed this series. The season kicks off is a flashback to when young Dazai and Chūya first became partners in the Port Mafia. Dramatic direction and great action. Very nicely done episode.

Senryū Shōjo: Episodes 1–2
Competent, cute high school romantic comedy. Half-length (12 minute) episodes – 10 minutes if you exclude the 1 minute OP and ED songs. I like the characters, and this seems like a harmless way to spend time. Bonus: shy protagonist Nanako is voiced by HanaKana. Sweet! Added to the watchlist.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai (Ao-chan Can’t Study): Episodes 1-2
Another half-length episode high school romantic comedy. This one has a lot of ecchi overtones and misunderstandings. And this mess puts the show behind Senryu Shoujo, even though the art and animation are better. Ao’s assumptions and misunderstandings are annoying. What saves the show is that Takumi is a genuinely innocent and nice person. Deduct points for Hanasaki Horie, Ao’s lecherous, invasive, and insensitive father. I’m on the fence with this one. I’ll probably keep going until I get ticked off by something.

Namu Amida Butsu!: Rendai Utena: Episode 1
I couldn’t get even halfway through episode 1. 13 pretty boy Buddha/gods doing mundane things in today’s world. The show teased us with early action – but then went stupid on us. Also, the animation looks to be CG or something very close. Plus there’s klunky comedy background music. There’s nothing worth watching here. Dropped.

Nande koko ni sensei ga!? (Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher?): Episode 1
Another half-length episode high school comedy. I’ve refrained from calling it a romantic comedy as it seems to be made of awkward ecchi situations. I don’t think this sort of stuff is funny, so there’s no point in me watching this “comedy.”

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Episode 2
An encounter with a demon... and the initial meeting between the Kamado siblings and the trainer, Sakonji Urokodaki, was handled well. It was the standard mentor assessment of a candidate pupil; we’ve seen this many times before in shonen manga. I’m still trying to figure out how much control Nezuko has over her demon side. And while last week I noted the essential absence of Kalafina, this week I saw that the ED song ("from the edge") is sung by FictionJunction, which is the next best thing to Kalafina. I suppose this performance is from FictionJunction LiSA. It’s good that Yuki Kajiura is a musical contributor to this series.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, a.k.a. Bokuben: Episode 2
The arrival of the third pupil, Uruka Takemoto, a childhood friend of Nariyuki. I think the triangle of pupils is reasonably balanced. Uruka is the most annoying of the three, but I think some of her loudness can be toned down. Nariyuki is surprisingly patient with all three of them. And each of the pupils does try. This was a decent episode.

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants): Episode 2
As with most occult series where the protagonist is new to the scene, Arata is a clueless dolt, easily stumbling into trouble. Let’s hope he starts being more sensible and aware as the series progresses. It does help that Arata’s seiyuu is the versatle and popular Jun Fukuyama (Souta in Working!!, Lelouch in Code Geass, and Shinra in Durarara!!). Yuki, the white nekomata, is a nice addition. The story is currently ramping up into an interesting occult mystery.

Hyakkimaru and Dororo
Hyakkimaru and Dororo
Dororo, Episode 13

Time Permitting
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (caught up through episode 102)
Fruits Basket (caught up through episode 2)(Sweet OP song/animation BTW)
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine (caught up through episode 2)

Star Words: Episode IV, Part 4

Apr. 11th, 2019 01:47 pm
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After a significant series of scenes with minimal dialogue -- just Threepio's complaints as he wanders through the desert, Artoo's chirps and warbles as he's captured by Jawas, and the stormtroopers' continuing search for the droids -- we are introduced at last to Luke, our hero.

Who enters the movie to act as messenger boy from his aunt to his uncle, and then whines about having to do his chores.

"But I was going to go to the Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"

Episode IV Luke has a reputation for being whiny, and it's probably this line that gets cited most often. And yeah, it's a bit whiny. It's also quite appropriate. Star Wars is a coming-of-age journey for Luke. He has to start out a little immature. Otherwise he has no journey. As Yoda will observe in the next film, Luke struggles to be patient, to focus on the moment instead of potentially more exciting times on the horizon. He will learn. He must.

And it's so relatable. We've all chafed at having to do our chores, having to obey our elders instead of going out and having fun all the time. Wanting more independence without really understanding the subsequent responsibility that must accompany it. It's a fairly universal stage. Luke will grow out of it -- in some ways, he'll be brutally forced out of it when his uncle and aunt are murdered -- but he has to start somewhere.

Also, let's not forget that this is a highly quotable line for so many occasions. Anytime someone asks you to do something, you can protest by reminding them of your plans to pick up those power converters. If it's a fellow Star Wars fan, they will sternly reply, "You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done."

Next, more frustrated words from Luke....

Software Updates, Round 3

Apr. 9th, 2019 05:29 pm
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Yesterday and today I did the following software updates on Belldandy, my iMac Pro:
  • macOS from v10.14.3 to v10.14.4
  • macOS Server from v5.7.1 to v5.8
  • Apple Pages from v7.3 to v8.0
  • Apple Numbers from v5.3 to v6.0
  • Apple Keynote from v8.3 to v9.0.1

Earlier I did the same updates (except for macOS Server) on Hinata, my MacBook Pro.

Also, both Kanna (my iPad Pro) and Meiko (my iPhone 8) got updated to iOS v12.2.

I don’t actually remember the last time when all four of my computing devices were fully current with their operating systems – at the same time.

A Peel

Apr. 9th, 2019 03:43 pm
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EXO Cherry Hardwood Pizza Peel

My wooden pizza peel is over 10 years old – and it’s doing quite fine. However, things get complicated when I’m trying to prepare two bread loaves at the same time. I decided to simplify my baking by getting a second pizza peel.

The one I chose is an EXO Solid Cherry 14" Pizza Peel. It’s roughly the same size as my old pizza peel – but it’s thinner, and the bevel is more aggressive – more bladelike. I’m not sure what wood my old pizza peel is – perhaps maple. The new one is cherry – and I love cherry – my entire kitchen is dressed in cherry. The new peel is more than twice as expensive as most being sold online, but it’s made in the USA – an unusual thing nowadays. I think this peel is worth the extra money.


Apr. 8th, 2019 07:14 pm
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Alabaster Bibles
Alabaster Bibles

These came out of left field.

In March there was an article at Vox, Will Bibles designed for the Instagram generation get millennials into religion? As a graphic designer myself, I thought the bibles were interesting – and beautiful. I checked out the Alabaster site.

At the time, Alabaster was taking preorders for a new, yet-to-be-published volume: The Book of Proverbs. (YouTube Video Promo) There was one day left on a 30% off sale for the preorder. I thought about it – and decided to place an order for two copies – one for myself – and one for Jenni. 30% off was a great deal. I did play it conservatively, though, and order the softcover edition.

At checkout, Alabaster offered me 30% off everything in the entire order. I could order as many items as I wanted. I stopped the checkout process and went back and reviewed the other books. And then I followed my heart and ordered All The Remaining Bibles at 30% off.

Sure, there was a fair amount of risk. I’d never seen an Alabaster bible in person. Let’s just say I had faith. I mitigated the risk a bit by telling myself that I’d use my income tax refund to fund this whim.

The scheduled publication date was June, but the company finished early, and the books were shipped last week. I received my entire order today.

This was a good gamble. The books indeed are beautiful. These will be a joy to read. I’m glad I did this.

Aria the Natural, Part 1

Apr. 8th, 2019 06:10 pm
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Aria the Natural Part 1 Blu-ray set
Aria the Natural Part 1 Blu-ray set

The Aria the Natural Blu-ray Part 1 from the Kickstarter Campaign arrived today! The current anime broadcast season is looking light, so maybe I’ll get a chance to rewatch these Aria episodes in the next month or so and confirm that the Blu-ray discs are OK. Aria makes me smile!

Act is Not Together

Apr. 7th, 2019 07:59 pm
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Salt & Pepper
Salt & Pepper

It’s been a rainy weekend, and although I’ve run a couple of errands and have gone to church, most of the time I’ve been indoors. I didn’t reach far to get a photo today – just my desk in my home office. These salt and pepper shakers always make me smile. I think I bought them at Soko Hardware in San Francisco in the 90s.

My life remains messy. I have complicated paperwork to fill out requesting a setback variance for construction. I thought I was almost ready to collect signatures – but then the city agency pointed out that I have to fill out a narrative section. I looked. It’s like six essay questions on an exam. I have to answer essay questions?? The questions are tough, like how the proposal meets all the requirements for specific development codes (for example, “as specified in Section 50.25.1 of the Development Code”) – which means I have to find and read these codes and figure out exactly what they’re saying. Then write a justification. Ick. I’m dragging my feet on these “narratives.”

Last week was exhausting at work, and I have no idea how the coming week is going to be as I’m in a class for two days. This means my schedule for deliverables is compressed. I’m a bit apprehensive. My sleep continues to be erratic.

At church I’ve been flattered by someone in my congregation who loves how I do the readings at worship services – and she’d like to know when I’ll be reading again. I don’t know myself, as I simply do it when I’m asked by the Diaconate Committee. I do highly respect the opinion of this church member, and she thinks I ought to be doing production work for audiobooks. This is very flattering – and certainly unexpected given my unusual background. However, it’s nice to get an ego boost once in a while.

It’s taken a long time, but today I’ve finally finished All These Wonders. Maybe because this was the Second of The Moth compilations that I’ve read, I think I liked Occasional Magic better. The difference is slight, though; both books are excellent. I’ve reread most of the stories in Occasional Magic. I’ll probably do the same for All These Wonders.

I’ve run out of time for this weekend. I really could use another day off. If I could, ask for Monday off. But I can’t, as I have a presentation to give to a VP tomorrow. As I said, my life remains messy.


Apr. 7th, 2019 04:23 pm
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Autographed Metal Photos
Autographed Metal Photos

Friday I had lunch with my ex-boss who had Purchased Three Metal Photos from me. We had set up this lunch so that I could affix Stickers to each photo and sign each photo with Oil-based Paint. I forgot to take a photo afterwards, so I asked my ex-boss to when she got home. She was kind enough to send the above picture.

The sticker and signature are on the back of each print. I also put the date of the print and the edition number. (They were all 1 of 1.) The paint marker wasn’t easy to write with, so my signature came out choppy and irregular.

Of course, having a 90 minute lunch with one of my favorite people at my workplace was something of an intentional side-effect.

Anime Spring Week 1

Apr. 7th, 2019 03:25 pm
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Giyū Tomioka
Giyū Tomioka
Kimetsu no Yaiba, Episode 1

At the beginning of each anime season, I try to sample all the new shows (excluding sequels of series I haven’t watched) at Crunchyroll and Amazon Prime. Here are the shows that I watched…

Dororo (Amazon Prime): Episode 13
Dororo is on hiatus this week and returns April 8.

Mob Psycho 100 II: Episode 13 (Season Finale)
Full-blown, over-the-top, grand battle finale that we all expected. Incredible animation. Can’t ask for more. Amazingly happy ending for all involved – a powerful ending to the season and nice setup for the next. The only thing that’s missing is Tsubomi.

Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero): Episode 13
More plots against the Shield Hero. More obnoxious scheming and lying by Malty. I can’t stand Malty, so it’s something of a torture whenever she has scenes. I like the Shadows agent. (My favorite archetype: smart, serious, dark, quiet) New OP and ED songs and animation... they’re OK.

Fruits Basket: Episode 1
What can I say? It’s Fruits Basket. I watched and own the original anime series – and have the complete manga set. So everything is going to be very familiar. I already recognize foreshadowing. I’ll watch this series, but I doubt I’ll have it in my weekly summary. It would just feel weird running commentary on a series I already know well. I’ll add it to the Time Permitting list. This reboot is said to follow the manga closely. I’ll have to get used to the character designs; I don’t care for them very much. I was happy to see my two favorite characters from the series – Tohru’s mom, Kyoko – and Hana-chan (Saki Hanajima). My very favorite character in the series is Hana-chan – you know, the smart, serious, dark, quiet one. Bonus points for psychic powers.

Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu: Episode 1
Not a bad show... but Bocchi isn’t a likeable character in my book. Nako is a much better character. Obviously Bocchi is going to continue to make friends, but this seems like a painful process. I’m not sure I want to stick around to watch. I’m going to decline this show for now. If the series gets lucky (that is, I don’t have enough to watch otherwise), I might revisit the series at a later date. I wouldn’t bet on this.

Chou Kadou Girl 1/6: Amazing Stranger: Episode 1
Meh. I don’t like the otaku Bouida, so the episode was not funny. Nona, the 1/6 scale figurine, was OK. I don’t see any reason to return to this show, even though the episodes are just half-length (12 minutes).

Joshi Kausei: Episode 1
Well, nice try, anyway. Three high school friends in some silent comedy vignettes. The episodes are only three-minutes long. Still too long. Production values were good for a three minute short, but the scenes were not funny. Dropped.

Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma (Nobunaga-sensei’s Young Bride): Episode 1
Nah. Outlandish premise for a comedy that’s not surprisingly not funny. Episodes are only 7 minutes long – but that’s seven minutes of dumb attempts at comedy. Sure, it could get better with the introduction of more characters – but I doubt it. From the OP animation the show looks more like a harem comedy. On top of this, the manga author (Azure Konno) is known for his ecchi works. Pass.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Episode 1
High expectations were met. Demons and demon slayers, blood and swords... heroes and victims... the stuff of shonen sagas. We expected a lot because – Ufotable. The folks behind the gorgeous Kara no Kyōkai: The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works are highly regarded in the action genre. Kimetsu no Yaiba appears to follow in that tradition. The manga started in 2016... enough material for 1 or 2 cours maybe? Probably. But if this is intended to be a long-running series, it’s going to have to take long breaks. (I can’t imagine Ufotable would go the filler route.) Music was good – but not Kalafina good. (We’ll never have Kalafina again.) I expect this to be one of the top five shows of this season.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, a.k.a. Bokuben: Episode 1
I watched a few episodes of last season’s Go-Toubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets)... and the earlier Ōshitsu Kyōshi Haine (The Royal Tutor)... and neither one made as strong of an impression as Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai. For one thing, the protagonist, Nariyuki, is earnest, positive, and likeable. The second thing is that the students requiring tutoring are also earnest and likeable. I’ve found the other tutor-theme anime to be tedious and annoying, but this one feels good, somehow. I like the writing and direction. Definitely this is in my watchlist for the season.

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants): Episode 1
There’s nothing special about the art, animation, and direction... and the story setup seems tropefull, even though it’s full of fairies, angels, tengu, and monsters... still, the storytelling was reasonably entertaining. I think this show might end up being OK. The intro episode has certainly earned at least a three-episode trial.

Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine (Cinderella Nine in August): Episode 1
1) I don’t generally care for sports anime and 2) I especially do not like baseball anime and 3) I’m not of fan of series featuring the super genki girl that sets out to form a complete team, club, band, whatever from zero – and then aims for a national championship or equivalent and 4) anime based on mobile games tend to be kinda terrible. So... four strikes already? Maybe. The introductory episode runs pretty much how one would expect. The good news is that Tsubasa Arihara, the genki girl, isn’t annoyingly pushy and does have a little charisma. Her longtime friend, Tomoe Kawakita, is a genuinely nice person on equal footing with Tsubasa. The show does a good job bringing in two club candidates simultaneously. There’s a lot to like about Yūki Nozaki – humble, attractive, and earnest. The only annoying character is Akane Ukita, who is too withdrawn and flustered. Obviously building confidence in her will be a big part of the series. Still, this is a baseball sports anime, and I’m not going to add it to this weekly summary. The show goes into the Time Permitting pile.

One of the shows I wanted to watch this season, Fairy Gone, looks as though it will be streamed at Funimation, so it doesn’t seem like I’m going to be watching this show. (I’m not subscribing to FunimationNow. And performance at the Funimation site is so poor that I doubt I’ll be able to watch the show even if there’s a free ad-supported version.) Disappointing. All I’ve been able to see is the OP Animation at YouTube.

Anime series on Netflix probably won’t be released for a while. The big title going to Netflix is Carole & Tuesday .I don’t see any show slated for Amazon. We don’t yet know where Bungou Stray Dogs 3 will end up next week – but I’m hoping for Crunchyroll. Coming up the rear on May 18 is Zoku Owarimonogatari.

UPDATE: Good news! Crunchyroll will be getting both Bungō Stray Dogs 3 and Sarazanmai!

For me, tracking 16 shows in a season is a full load – 12 is a light load. It’s possible this season will be very light – which would be a nice break. Maybe I could catch up on shows in my backlog. We’ll know more next week.

Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi
Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, Episode 1

Time Permitting
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (caught up through episode 101)
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (a.k.a: Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me)(caught up through episode 12, season finale)
Fruits Basket (caught up through episode 1)
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine (caught up through episode 1)

Good Fortune

Apr. 6th, 2019 06:40 pm
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Rose Brand Fortune Cookies • Sesame Seeds
Rose Brand Fortune Cookies • Sesame Seeds
iPhone 8 photo

How long has it been, I wonder... last summer? A year ago? Uwajimaya hasn’t had Rose Brand Fortune Cookies in stock for a long, long time. I had to go there to get sesame seeds today, and I checked specifically for 1) Rose Brand Fortune Cookies and 2) Umeya or equivalent Hana Arare. One out of two is better than I expected.

I stocked up, of course (although one tub is a gift). Aaaaand I didn’t have to pay for any of this – because Debbie gave me an Uwajimaya gift card for my birthday.

Deflated Bread

Apr. 6th, 2019 06:30 pm
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Flat Multigrain Bread
Flat Multigrain Bread
iPhone 8 photo

Ooops. I guess I overproofed my bread dough today. I’ve not done this before. I haven’t had problems with my white bread – but for my multigrain bread, I’ve been having trouble getting back into the groove. I used to have no problems with multigrain bread – but that was a long, long time ago. This bread tastes fine but is otherwise unusable except as weird little snacks.

I won’t get to do a redo until next weekend. Let’s hope I can get my act together.

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