Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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Bitter and jaded

There's a thing we occasionally see on Facebook that says, "Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that you're stupid and make bad decisions." That's kind of what we were feeling yesterday, and why we didn't update LiveJournal. Not that we made a super terrible decisions. In fact, it's not even that great a story. Mostly what it boils down to is that if we ever want to have time to not be working, we have to stop accepting more work. But we want the work! But we also don't want to be working.

So what happened was this: We checked our email in the morning and we had one from one of our bosses saying basically, "Hey, we've got this new simulpub we want you to do! And sorry for the rush, but we need the first chapter tomorrow morning." We thought, "One chapter? No problem! Let us just finish this other thing and we'll have it for you in a snap!" Can't be more than like, thirty or forty pages, right? Wrong. It's a first chapter. First chapter tend to be more than sixty. And there was an extra amount of research, AND puns. Sigh.

Anyway, it should be starting around the 26th, so more on that then.

We also had to finish our translation of My Little Monster, so we ended up working a lot later than we originally planned. And then we were like, "Let us leave this place of fatigue and braindeadness and go play Kingdom Hearts." So we did! And now we're feeling better...

...except that we watched that new magical boy anime, and that and discussions of Galavant on Facebook have us wondering if we ever really like anything. Not that we think either of those shows is bad, just that they're not as hilarious as they seem to be trying to be. It's like the creators of both think that certain situations are inherently funny...and that's true. For example, a polar bear--and not an anthropomorphic polar bear, but a realistically drawn polar bear--running a cafe is a pretty funny situation in and of itself. But it can't carry the comedy all by itself! Polar Bear Cafe works because it has more jokes than, "Oh hey, a polar bear running a cafe. That's funny."

We did like the second episode of the magical boy anime better, maybe because it had more of the student council. That's right, we did watch more than one episode, for two reasons. First, the student council, and second, the monsters of the day seem to all be played by super famous voice actors that we really like. So part of the fun is hearing who plays the new monster of the day! ...It's really the most fun part, but that might be because we're bitter and jaded. (Gaston is always commenting about how we're so negative and hate everything.)

Oh right! Athena just reminded me that we watched the first episode of the new Durarara!! anime...and even that has us wondering if we really do hate everything. It wasn't bad! It really wasn't bad. We've just fallen prey to the inevitable snootiness that comes from having read the book first. We were like, "But Yuhei wouldn't talk like that!" and "That is SO not how I imagined Hollywood to move." Also, we were impatient to hear Aoba talk and then he wasn't even in that episode! He was, but he didn't say anything. On the bright side, Yumasaki was in it, of course, AND! we understood at least half of the light novel references! So we felt special. We can't remember if Kadota said he really liked A Certain...whichever Certain thing they mentioned, or The Irregular at Magic High School, but if it was the latter, that would be really funny, because Kadota's voice actor is the main guy in that anime. Of course, we haven't seen any of the Certain animes, so we don't know if Nakamura-san is in whichever one they mentioned.

Also, it's a little bittersweet, because there's still a possibility that Durarara!!2 is the anime we didn't get to translate because we didn't know the going rate for anime translations. Le sigh. But that's probably fine, because there was so much talking, and maybe it wouldn't have been worth the going translation rates.

And the Durarara!! rambling is brought to you in part by the LJ Writer's Block prompt about TV binges. Why? Because of the three things we remember binge watching, Durarara!! is one of them! We finished the whole first anime in a week...which might be kind of a long time as far as binge watching is concerned, but we imagine we have these things called "responsibilities." The other two shows are The Elephant Princess (first season; the second season we watched more slowly, partly because it wasn't nearly as fun after it started taking itself sooooo seriously) and Saiyuki. But the Saiyuki binge was more a matter of expedience than "I can't pull myself away!", because at the time the only way to watch it was via bootleg DVDs owned by a friend of a friend who lived in Virginia. We visited for a weekend to go to Otakon, and then we had just one day left to watch almost the whole second half (twenty-two episodes). So that was fun.

We also might have kind of binge watched Soul Eater, but I think we took that one more slowly, too, because we had to watch it on the computer and by the end of the day, we need to get away from the computer.

Okay, I'm done rambling now. Today I'm thankful for remembering that we do like some things, having a shiny new series to work on, being done working on it until the next chapter (it's in a monthly magazine; that was a relief to discover, let me tell you), remembering that we still have some Pirouette cookies, and getting to play Kingdom Hearts last night.
Tags: durarara, love busters, saiyuki, workaholism
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