We've been having a bit of a...um...I'm not sure how to describe it, because it's sort of a dilemma, but I feel like that word is a little too strong for it. Some of you may remember that our neighbor's patio has basically become a hangout for all the neighborhood strays, and that one of those strays--we call her Bamboo--has developed an especial fondness for the inside of our apartment.
She used to just come in whenever Page wanted to go outside, ask for us to pet her, eat some food, explore for a bit, and leave with everybody else. Then she developed a habit of walking away from the door whenever it seemed like we were going to try to herd her out of it, so we'd close the door and let her stay, and about half an hour to an hour later, she'd be ready to go when we opened the door again. Now she likes to stay for a few hours. She knows to give Page her space, so that's not really a problem, but today we left her to hang out in the living room while we came into the office to watch anime. A little while later, she seemed to want to join us, but Page protested and she was like, "Oh, okay, sorry to bother you," and she left. And I felt so bad, and I wondered if she wanted the company. She has plenty of friends and family outside, but...I just don't know.
But anyway, speaking of anime, we watched another couple of episodes of Yuri on Ice.
This time we watched episodes four and five, and actually episode four almost started to get interesting in the first half. I don't know if it was my knee-jerk reaction to the realization that I was maybe interested in what was happening that killed the interest in the second half, or the launch into exposition that did it. A friend just posted a video on Facebook of someone explaining "why Yuri on Ice works", and one of the things it mentioned was how they don't bore the audience with long explanations of ice skating, and we were like, "Uhhh...I don't know about that."
It's kind of weird, though, because they have similar explanations of things in UQ Holder!, and the only problem we have with that is the fact that we have to translate it. I think part of that is the subject matter--UQ Holder! explanations are more scientific, like about magic theory and stuff, while Yuri on Ice explanations are about sports. I always tune out when I'm watching Athena play video games and the tutorials come up. The other part of it (UQ Holder! vs Yuri on Ice, I mean) is the ratio of explaining how stuff happens to stuff actually happening. UQ Holder explanations come a lot less frequently, is what I'm saying.
The fourth episode is also where they establish that Yurio is to become a prima ballerina, and you can guess how excited we are about that.
The fifth episode was more skating, which is great if you like the skating aspect of it. I don't know if we just don't know skating that well, but it does sometimes seem like they're just reusing animation. Or maybe that's just because Yuri started out by skating the same routine. He was a horrible jerk to Minami, and then he wasn't, so I guess that's the point in the series where he starts to act on the realization that people don't look down on him as much as he thought they did. I would probably be happy for him if I wasn't so tired of him. I'm realizing that, as important as I think love is, when it's the theme of some piece of entertainment, I tend to not really like that entertainment. Even Final Fantasy VIII--it has its good points, but I just don't sense a lot of love from the story. Athena says that this is because usually when the theme is love, it's about someone who knows nothing about it, and is very self-centered.
We also noticed that Minami's routine was pretty feminine, too, and since Yurio didn't really skate in that episode, and the girl skater's name came up in the credits again, they probably based his skating on her. Again, this isn't technically a flaw in the series; it just makes us a lot less interested because of the desire for hot male ice dancers.
I think the only other comment I have is that Victor was talking about how Yuri's performance wasn't even that impressive but the audience was really into it, probably because it was so in sync with the music. And we were like, "Just because you tell me it's true doesn't make it true." His choreography barely matched the music at all. There was like one
part where it matched (in the intro, the music swept up and stopped, and Yuri did a jump in time with that), and the rest of it was just whatever. The whole thing is making me want to watch Fantasia to remind myself how it's done, but that movie is like three hours long. (Okay, maybe only two, but since there's no dialogue, it feels a lot longer if not watched in the proper intervals.)
Today I'm thankful for having new Nestle Tollhouse Strawberry Shortcake cookie dough to try at some point when we feel like putting things in the oven for a while, having a nice new corner of the floor with a blanket for Page (we put our Christmas tree away today), the yummy strawberry donuts we had today, getting to sleep in this morning, and Bamboo and Page not fighting.