In her defense, she did say that she didn't mind not watching any if we had to work. I think it was a good thing, because we watched the last four episodes of the first box-set, and that made me all teary, so the thing that's been bugging my eye for the last couple of days isn't as irritating anymore. I've felt like I've had something in my eye for like two days now, and whenever I check in the mirror to see if I can get it out, I can't find anything. Maybe I should watch something like Lilo & Stitch, and then it'll go away.
On Sunday we were back to KH2, of course. Since we just finished the giant battle at Hollow Bastion, Olympus Coliseum was closed off, much to our annoyance. You'd think we would have remembered from last time. Oh well.
So then we went back to the Land of Dragons. I'm not sure if I like that part for having Riku, or if I hate it for being evil and taunting. But I do like it because it was one of those parts where we were on the same wavelength as the characters. Like when Mulan says, "I was tracking him until you came, and then I lost him." And Athena was like, "Oh. Sorry." And Goofy's like, "Sorry!" Then all the Heartless showed up behind Riku, and I was like, "Again with the giant horde of Heartless..." And Donald was like, "Again?" It was awesome.
We were very excited when Riku pulled out his weapon the first time, because we still weren't sure it was him, and we were like, "It's Riku!! ...Isn't it?" But this time Athena was like, "This battle is stupid," and "I don't want to fight you!" and all that stuff. Especially because he wasn't trying to kill her at all (Athena: just because he was pretty successful at it anyway...) It occurred to me after they showed Riku fighting Shang that they were trying to make us think that Riku was evil again, but I don't think that thought occurred to me the first time.
I also think this was the part where the translator wasn't quite paying attention. Because when you run into Xigbar at the palace, and Sora says, "Riku?" then Xigbar takes off his hood and says, "Never heard of him." But it was Xigbar that told Sora in Twilight Town that, "You don't want to end up like Riku." At least I'm pretty sure it was. It might have been Saix.
But there was another part where Mulan says, "I can't stay. I'm worried about Shang." And then you all go to the throne room together. It just doesn't sound natural.
And I still just can't reconcile Xigbar's voice with his face. They really just don't match.
I also think it's unfair for the emperor to ask Mulan what she wants for a reward and not let Donald and Goofy ask for anything separate than what Sora got. And I figured out why the pictures in Jiminy's album aren't always very good. At first I thought he had some secret photographer, that was in some way connected to whoever he gets his character information from, but then I realized that obviously he's taking the pictures himself, and it's hard to get the angles right, because he's so small he has to hop around to get high enough.
Then it was off to Beast's Castle. I really don't have much to say about that bit. It was really fun, though. I like how they did Xaldin's hair. They probably did it so they could show off their awesome animation skills, since he's the wind guy. But I hate his sideburns. Fighting Xaldin was the first time we were saved by Mickey. That was the most confusing thing ever. Suddenly, Sora died, so we're like, "Oh, game over." But then the options were different than "continue" and "load game." The obvious choice then is "I won't give up!" It's so obvious, in fact, that neither of us remembers what the other choice is. And then Mickey's there and he's fighting and it's awesome!!! It kind of reminds me of the Yoda battle in Attack of the Clones.
And then Mickey brought Sora back to life, and she died anyway. But this time, Mickey saved her again! I love Mickey. The first time, Mickey didn't save her again, so she re-equipped everybody and beat Xaldin without Mickey's help, so when she beat the game, it said she was saved by Mickey zero times. Now it will say three times (at least), because she was also saved while fighting Cerberus. This time through, she's also ended up in the anti-form a lot more times, but I don't know if that's because she's more susceptible to darkness, or if she's just trying to transform more often.
Then we remembered we'd started the next episode in the 100 Acre Wood, so we finished that. They call it the Expotition, but after watching The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, we think it should be called the Explore. That just sounds neater, and it's what they called it in the movie.
Then it was back to Port Royal. I liked this part better because Sora wasn't being as stupid and he and Donald and Goofy fit into the story a lot better. And I like Luxord a lot. Will Turner's dramatic scene in Elizabeth's arms sounded just a touch overdramatic, but I might just be more critical because we found out he's being played by Crispin Freeman. No, I think it really was.
Also, after seeing the special bonus ending, we're hoping the bit where Jack tries to take the keyblade is foreshadowing for Kingdom Hearts III. That would be awesome, on the one hand, but on the other hand, we're not sure how we feel about going back to Port Royal. Either way, it was a pretty awesome bit.
I still haven't decided whether or not I think it's ironic that, of the four voice actors in Sanzo Ikkou, Gojyo, the most R-rated, has the voice actor who first appeared in Kingdom Hearts. But he does play Jack Sparrow, so it's difficult to say. And Yohji was the first of the Weiss boys, which is more ironic because he's Aladdin, but not something I really considered until I didn't care.
Finally, it was back to Atlantica for more finny fun. Prince Eric is totally the best prince. I like to think his swimming is better than indicated by his one line at the end of that chapter, and that he needed rescuing not because he couldn't swim, but because he was knocked unconscious. But it was a cute line. He was probably just joking around. That must be it.
Sora was so cute watching over human Ariel!! I love how he found out Ursula was Vanessa and just zapped her. That was awesome. And I really like Ursula's song. Usually I like original versions better, but this time I like the English version better. Though I'm sure most Naruto fans would be amused to think of Orochimaru singing that song, which is probably more amusing when taking into account that Eric is played by the voice of Kakashi. I know that the English voice of Ursula was in the version of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella with Leslie Warren. She was one of the stepsisters and sang "Why Would a Fellow Want a Girl Like Her?" That's a fun song, too.
And now I have a ton of songs fighting in my head, after talking about musical adventures and taking a phonecall from Mom in which she sang to me as much as she knew of the "guess I'll go eat worms" song, in the hopes of my being able to tell her the rest. That song was always a little too gross for me to learn all of.
But now it's time to try to get some work done, after giving the monitor a break. Today I'm thankful for peanut-butter chocolate chunk Chips Ahoy!, having received shipping confirmation on our Akadot order, getting to watch the end of the first half of Kaleido Star (now we just need to figure out how we can afford to get New Wings), finding out that there's a guy in our ward who likes Gundam Seed and is showing it to all his friends, and ordering a subscription to the Liahona magazine in Japanese.