February 16th, 2009


Manga and giant squids

So our friend lyschan was reading W Juliet, and she discovered Collapse )

I was going to try to be all mysterious and say, "If you read I Hate You More Than Anyone, you'll know what this is a reference to!" But then I realized that just by telling everyone what to read, I gave away the secret. But then again, without giving the title, I can't get everyone to read it, so... *sigh* You can tell that the creator of W Juliet thinks it's worth mentioning, anyway. Plus, the "Maruri" part, I'm sure, is much funnier if you've read I Hate You♥. One of these days, maybe we'll get a hold of some W Juliet ourselves...

We finally saw 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea last night. It wasn't really the type of movie that holds our attention very well, but we're glad to have seen it. The guy who played Captain Nemo sounded so familiar that sometimes I missed the content of what he said because I was so busy trying to match his voice with characters I might have heard him play. So we looked him up just now and it turns out he hasn't really been in anything we've seen. Go figure.

Anyway, it was pretty nostalgic to watch, because the Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea is practically Jules Verne land. It has two attractions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's also designed to look like a prettier version of Volcania. We thought that might be the case as soon as Nemo mentioned Volcania, so we were really eager for them to get there. But the DisneySea version really is prettier. And now we know that the submarine docked there is the Nautilus. What!? We claim to be Disney fans and we didn't even know that much!? I know, I know. Sometimes we fail as fans. But now we know, and knowing is half the battle.

Also, there's that one room in the Nautilus that has the windows with the velvet seats looking out? That's how they designed the ride vehicles for the ride 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (only with vinyl instead of velvet; go figure). Typing it up, since the ride is named after the movie, that seems like it should be pretty obvious, but it was new to us, so we were excited. We were like, "Gasp! It's just like the ride!" and kind of also like, "The ride's just like that!" since we knew the movie came before the ride. The ride is actually much different than the movie, though, except for the giant squid. But really, I think most people only care about the giant squid, so it all works out.

Today I'm thankful for the very yummy carrot roll cake my visiting teacher gave me yesterday, I Hate You♥ parodies in other manga, manga artists who share their inside jokes with everyone, getting to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea.