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Alethea & Athena
Playing hooky 
4th-Jan-2018 09:15 pm
We're currently working under the illusion that we can stop working at dinner time. I'm hoping this turns out to be true, but we won't really know for about a week. As a result, we've been binge-watching Kantaro: The Sweet-Toothed...I don't know what the full English title is. Athena thinks it's "salaryman," but that doesn't make sense because "salaryman" isn't a real English word, and what's the point of localizing a title if you're not going to go all English? (Says the girl who translated Maid Sama! and My Darling! Miss Bancho.)

Anyway, it's about a guy who skips out on work so he can visit famous sweets shops in Tokyo, but only after he's done enough work that he can get away with it, which is why we like to call it "adulting like a boss." And then he has really bizarre hallucinations about the desserts he's eating, kind of like Food Wars, but not as pornographic. And it's all about desserts, which makes it doubly more appealing for us and our big sweet-tooths, except that it's all Japanese desserts, which means they have gross things like real fruit. (I'm sorry, real fruit! I'm sure you're amazing!) But the first episode was like, "What am I even watching?" and then with the second episode it's like, "Okay, I'm kind of into it," and then by the third episode, we were hooked. I wouldn't call it a guilty pleasure, so much as a "I'm not sure why I like this" pleasure.

I will say that one of the reasons we like it is that the guy works in sales at a publishing company, and the office looked a lot like the one we saw at Kodansha, and somehow even the view outside the window looked familiar. Then we read the credits and found out that that is not an accident; the series is based on a Kodansha manga. For all we know, they even filmed it in the Kodansha building.

We actually skipped out on work ourselves today. Our friend from church who drives us places is on vacation because she works at a school, so we called her up and all went to Michael's to look around and see all the crafting possibilities. Actually, I wanted to buy a bunch of wool so I could practice spinning, because I have a drop spindle, but all the wool that came with it is dyed in such pretty colors, I don't want to practice with it because I don't want to ruin it. But then Michael's only had wool for felting, and I think you probably maybe can use that for spinning, too, but as a super beginner (by which I mean I am very much a beginner, not that I am in any way a superior sort of beginner, because oh my goodness I am very much not that), I wasn't sure. So we went home and looked stuff up and ordered online.

But anyway, those are our adventures. And I still haven't reported about Harry Potter Land. I haven't forgotten about it, though!

Today I'm thankful for having a weird new show to watch (sort of; we're already through eight episodes out of twelve), having a fun time with our friend, discovering that Michael's has a surprising variety of crafting possibilities (they even had a kit that looked like it was an introduction to motion capture...or stop motion animation...or both), learning that tomorrow's project is not going to be doomful (it was either going to be not doomful or completely doomful, and fortunately it turns out it will be the former), and having Ideas for creativity.
6th-Jan-2018 05:15 am (UTC)
Those obscene sweets fantasy sequences... I watched that one a while back with my husband, and it leaves you permanently squicking. LOL

I think my favorite part was the Buddha of Sweets ( 阿弥陀仏 ➡️ あめだぶつ). I was freaking out with that one. Think I’m going to need to get a thangka of him for a shrine myself.
6th-Jan-2018 11:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't think they were so bad. Just like pie-in-the-face humor taken to extremely over-dramatic levels. Sometimes they got to be overly long and boring, but there were a few with dance sequences, too, and those were the best. None of them were anywhere near as obscene as what you can get in Food Wars.
7th-Jan-2018 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh! No, no- “obscene” for me isn’t a thumbs down. LOL (^o^) I thoroughly enjoyed the warped naughty bits.
7th-Jan-2018 04:39 am (UTC)
I know; that's part of why I mentioned Food Wars, in case you wanted to check it out. I mean, if we're talking series that take the term "food porn" way too literally...
7th-Jan-2018 05:27 pm (UTC) - My Darling! Miss Bancho
Me: What the...I wonder what that title is
>Looks up the history
Oh. Ohhhh. Um. I'm sorry ;_;

7th-Jan-2018 09:52 pm (UTC) - Re: My Darling! Miss Bancho
It was a really good one. We recently started re-reading it because the artist finally started drawing it again. We have a brand new volume six just waiting for us to make the time for it...
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