In the meantime, life is still pretty darn exciting. And we got almost halfway through Negima! in just one day of work! Amazing! Unbelievable! It almost feels like a trap. But I think it's just that after all the stress we had, we're being blessed with books that happen to have less text. This one does have a lot of action scenes, after all.
We also watched Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray last night. It was interesting because we don't have an HDTV or a plasma TV or whatever kind of TV you need for the Ultimate Experience, so it was nigh impossible to read the menus. They were so tiny! But we managed them anyway, and after the movie, we watched their crazy little "dragon encounter audio-sensory experience" thing, which would have been awesome if it wasn't so very very wrong.
It starts out where you find yourself in this dungeon, and all the torches down the hall light up two by two all creepylike, and Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather show up and they're like, "Oh no, what are you doing here!?" and so you go down the hall, and it's a dead end, so you turn around and go the other way and come to some bars that would open out into this big room, except that you don't want them to. Why? Because there's a giant hole in the room's floor, and a chain is coming from it, and that chain is pulling a giant bouldery thing that was keeping the enormous dragon inside. Of course the rock is removed (why? how? the world may never know), and out comes dragon-form Maleficent. She's all computer animated and three-dee and stuff, and she looks around the room trying to find a way out, of course coming dangerously close to breaking the bars that are keeping you safe (and also keeping you imprisoned). She starts getting all violent and breaking walls and stuff, until the whole place collapses on her. I don't remember if she ended up back in the hole or squished, because frankly I don't care because the whole thing is completely Wrong.
First of all, Maleficent very clearly died in the movie, and all that was left was a black splatter. It would be very difficult to take that into custody, even if you are trying for the, "They only thought she was dead" angle. But it's true that they brought her back for Kingdom Hearts II, and that didn't make any more sense than this, so I can give them that. But I can't give them that Maleficent is a mindless beast. Did they even watch the movie? She's an evil genius. Okay, so she did rely too heavily on the intelligence of her clearly brainless minions, but still. She herself would never go on a mindless rampage like that. She'd use her brains to get out of there. And maybe blow stuff up too cuz it's fun and she would be angry.
I might be able to let it pass if they'd said something like how being killed and stuff affected her mind, which they easily could have done with the three good fairies saying random stuff all over the place. But all we get is a, "Maleficent didn't know her own strength!" at the end. That's another thing I have a hard time buying. Oy.
Oh right! I almost forgot. We heard back from our boss at CMX today, and we officially have permission to keep the extra comp copies of I Hate You♥ 4 and 5. So now the question is deciding what to do with them. We thought of having a contest, but we didn't really know what kind to have, so I thought we could give one set of copies to whoever came up with the best contest, and another to whoever won that contest, but I don't know. I don't even know if that many people care about it. We don't even know if the people who would be interested in the free copies would be paying enough attention to our journal to read this paragraph! (which is really the main reason we don't want to just give them away; we're desperate for attention.) So I guess we'll just see what happens.
Today I'm thankful for permission, still having plans to go to Disneyland, certain Negima! action scenes (this volume is pretty intense!), the Kingdom Hearts people paying careful attention to what the Disney characters are actually like, and cute nicknames.