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HappySoda: Pretty anime things.: Page 43

Cheese Biscuits

I had not been to a Red Lobster in like fifteen years.  A couple of days ago, one of my friends got a gift certificate to Red Lobster from his job, so off we went.  The best part of the meal were the cheesy biscuits.  That’s not meant as a slight to the food, which was decent for a family chain restaurant.  These biscuits just totally rock and they give you as many as you can stuff in your face.  So I ate six.  I’d go back again for the biscuits.  They’re that good.  Seriously.

Breakfast Salad

After eating a couple thousand bagels and a million truckloads of breakfast cereal, I lost interest in breakfast often enough I’d skip it.  Why is breakfast food so bland?  Anyway, it’s supposedly bad for you to go long stretches without eating something, especially if you need to regulate your blood sugar levels like I do.  For a while I’d gotten hooked on fast food breakfasts loaded with cheese and salt, but that brought the number of fast food meals I ate a week from five to ten fast food meals a week.  Crazy, but tasty, and most likely unhealthier than skipping breakfast entirely.

About a month ago I decided to eat a salad for breakfast and ever since I’ve had salad for breakfast four or five times a week.  I’ve mentioned it to a couple of people and they look at me like eating a salad for breakfast was like breaking some kind of law or I’d joined some weird cult.  It’s funny how some simple things like eating a bowl of lettuce instead of a bowl of corn flakes first thing in the morning can seem odd, when it isn’t.  Anyway, if you get those pre-bagged salads like I do, it’s just as easy to prepare as a bowl of cereal, and tastier.  I skip the croutons and cheese, but do add some chicken along with a vinegrette dressing.  I’m sure it’s mostly psychological, but since I’ve been doing this I feel less like a zombie on my way to work.

Starship Operators

I finished watching Starship Operators last night and was really taken by how it ended.  My opinion of the show changed quite a bit this last disc, from seeing it as a decent show to being most definitely impressed.  The show does have some problems, which I’ll gloss over before getting to the good stuff.

Neither the Japanese dub nor the English dub is exceptional.  I normally watch in English, but switch to Japanese if the English is not good, except this time I had to switch back to the English again since the Japanese dub didn’t catch my fancy either.  A couple of episodes could have been used more effectively to build up some of the characters before taking them down and some of it will ask you to turn off your critical thinking circuit.  These things keep it from being an ”A” show, but wasn’t enough to keep me from being glad I saw this.

Starship Operators is a 13 episode science fiction series about a group of cadets who take their training ship to fight “The Kingdom” after it had taken over their home planet.  To finance their rebellion, the cadets sell the rights to their story to a reality TV-show producer.

There’s alot of things about the show that are different from current releases that add to its appeal.  First thing is it introduces all of the main characters in the first half of the first episode, instead of dragging out character introductions over five, six, seven, or eight episodes.  Dumping all of the characters in your lap can be a lot to keep track of and makes it difficult to get to know the characters, but it’s refreshing to break out of that formula of character introductions.  Another thing I found refreshing is the show is not a harem type show where every girl fawns all over a character.  There are romance elements in the show, but these elements don’t ask the plot to stop moving while it goes for a fanservice gag.  The romance elements that are there are more like background information about the characters rather than their primary goals. 

It’s very external storytelling.  We see the characters in pain, rather than hearing them think about their pain.  This avoids a lot of internal monologues where characters tend to dwell on their turmoil.  As such, emotional expanses are compact.  This is not to say it glosses them over, but rather you’re the fly on the wall.

I guess one of the things Starship Operators does, or rather doesn’t do, that I liked a lot was that I didn’t feel like the show was pandering to me.  Some shows just feel like the marketing department has taken over, telling them to give glasses girl extra time because the last survey shows 43% of anime fans voted girl with glasses as their favorite fetish.  The telling of this story feels a little more straight than that.  Sure it uses the reality show angle as a gimmick, but it incorporates it into the story itself and uses that angle to service the story rather than to service the fans’ cynicism, angst or libido. 

Starship Operators probably won’t be your new favorite show, but it’s a pretty good way to tide you over until you do find it.

The Most Annoying Dog in the World

I took like 50 pictures of my dog and only two of them were in focus.  She was laying around and not moving at all for a good ten minutes while I was puttering away at my drafting table, which has basically become my tabletop figure studio while I do all my drawing on the computer now.  Anyway, I’ve got the camera handy so I turn it on and she begins to move constantly.  I’ve got over forty shots of this blur running across the picture frame.  She looks a little annoyed in this picture because you can’t hear me telling her to sit, stay, and all that other stuff just so I can get a freaking picture at least somewhat in focus.


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