October 6th, 2008


The dangers of net-surfing

We don't usually do a whole lot of net-surfing, mostly because wandering around aimlessly in any form (walking around town, channel-surfing, etc.) isn't really our idea of a good time, but after watching Tide-Line Blue, we had an hour before we normally go to bed last night, and what were we supposed to do with it? Get extra sleep? Yeah right.

So we had just been watching Tide-Line Blue, and I was noticing something about the character designs: they look a lot like the character designs for Avatar. This might be because we haven't seen Avatar in a pretty long time, so discrimination powers were lower, but there was one scene with Aoi and the really important lady in Tibet that looked like it could have been in Avatar, except for Aoi's hair. And even the random extra characters were looking like they could have been in Avatar. So, since we had extra time to look things up, we decided to do some research. We couldn't find any information connecting the character designer from Tide-Line Blue (Teiichi Takiguchi, if I remember correctly) to Avatar, and actually looking at a bit of the art from Avatar, it was easier to see that it was more American. I still have my suspicions (because I like to entertain crazy conspiracy theories), but getting information on Avatar was starting to be kind of irritating, so we decided it was time to move on.

The first place I could think of to go was the Square-Enix website, where we found the link to GanGan Online. We tried and failed to read the free online manga several times (our digital object reader doesn't work; apparently we're missing some Flash codecs or something, I guess) before giving up and looking to see what other news they might have. I don't remember why, but we kept going back and forth between the Japanese and North American versions of the Square-Enix site until we discovered the Trailer of Ultimate Shiny at the Dissidia Final Fantasy Site.

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Hm, I don't think that was quite as dramatic as it was last night. Ah well.

And then there was sadness. But then we listened to Shining Tears, and we were happy again. Can't wait for the game to come out! Except that we still need a PSP, but we can work that out. Now to go check out this "Kingdom Hearts coded" website that apparently just opened in the last 18 hours and think about cell phone plans.

Today I'm thankful for happy casting choices, Negima checking going faster than we were afraid it might, Mimsy's new favorite spot (it's in a drawer!), trailers of ultimate shiny, and See's sour bats, even if they're a little hard to eat.