June 12th, 2005


Pre-emptive reactivation

It's kind of funny how God makes sure jokes don't get too serious.

This morning, we're waiting for Mom to come pick us up and take us to church, and the phone rings. It's Steve telling us he's almost at our place so we can go wait outside for him. Yippee.

So while we're waiting for him to arrive, Athena says, "That's it. I'm going inactive, starting today." Not, of course, that she actually meant it; more like, if going to church meant getting a ride from Steve (we confronted him about the sword thing, as we hadn't really seen much of him since then; when we explained that what he did could be considered assault, all he did was say, "No wonder you're mad at me; you thought I assaulted you. But I didn't," and changed the subject), she might rather be a sinner. She was joking. She has no intention of going inactive, even if it does mean she sometimes has to get a ride from Steve.

So while we're waiting for Sacrament Meeting to start, the missionaries come up to us and say, "It's good to see you in church this week." I kind of laughed to myself, thinking, "Duh, we're in church every week," and then Athena reminded me of what she'd said earlier. And we got to tell one of the elders (a DBZ fan) a little about Ueki no Housoku, so it was all good.


I'm bored and my brain is tired, which means I'm going to write a LiveJournal entry. Athena suggests that perhaps the reason my brain is tired is that it's overloaded with stuff, so I need to get it off my mind and into, say, LiveJournal. At any rate, reading manga at this point would be more tiring, and I don't want to watch TV.

Anyway, I've been wanting to post about how amused I am that apparently it was no accident that Pretear is Fushigi Yuugi does Snow White. I was reading the afterword by Junichi Satou in volume 2, and he said the one thing he learned talking to female animators is that they like bishounen. In fact many of them became animators because they liked a certain "○○○○○," which specifically has lots of bishounen. Now if I can think of one anime that would fill five marus and has lots of bishounen, that would be Fu-shi-gi Yuu-gi.

So, upon realizing this (that female animators like bishounen), Satou-san looked at all the anime he's directed (Ojamajo Doremi, MapleTown, etc.) and, seeing that everyone's super-deformed, he thought he needed to do something about that. He decided to create a series that all the female animators would enjoy working on, and to make it easier for small children to understand, he decided to base it on a fairy tale. Thinking about Snow White, he thought, "What if the seven dwarves were bishounen?" And thus Pretear was born. Yay!

Of course, it's possible that everyone already knows this from reading the English version of the Pretear manga that's out, but it was news to me, and I wanted to share.

And now I'm done with the story, and must find some other way to occupy my time.