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Today's Manga: I got to the store and realized that I hadn't marked up my sheet with the purchases from last week, but there was only one I wasn't confident about, and I didn't buy the book. It turned out that I did, indeed, already have it. So instead, I bought Hell Girl 7-9, The Wallflower 22-24 (hooray triple-books), Soul Eater 4, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (the novel), Fairy Navigator Runa 2, and Grand Guignol Orchestra 1. I've been an on-and-off fan of Kaori Yuki, but this one looks entertaining enough.

Otherwise, I spent most of the day editing together a Space Quest video to see how much footage remains in the game. Between the two versions, and discounting a few minutes of "bonus" footage I wanted to hang onto, it comes out to just over an hour. So I'll definitely have to artificially split it into two again. I think I can manage that. But tonight, I'm looking forward to some solid non-LP gaming for a change. I could even potentially play Dead Rising 2, although part of me wants to try to finish Other M, and another part wants to continue with Crackdown 2.

Day 1 - Very first anime
Day 2 - Favorite anime You’ve watched so far
Day 3 - Your anime crush
Day 4 - Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character
Day 7 - Favorite anime couple
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - An ecchi picture from your favorite series
Day 13 - Cosplay of your ‘waifu’ or Husbando’
Day 14 - current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - Post a cute Neko-girl
Day 16 - post a kigurumi cosplay of your favorite anime character
Day 17 - Favorite tsundere
Day 18 - Something moe
Day 19 - Mandatory swimsuit post
Day 20 - Favorite shoujo anime
Day 21 - Best yandere character
Day 22 - Favorite boy’s love couple (or yuri couple, if you don’t like that sort of thing)
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intrigueing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villian
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite pokémon
Day 29 - Favorite school uniform
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intrigueing art

Wow... I don't usually pay much attention to the art in anime. Aside from noticing that series like Urusei Yatsura and Super Milk-Chan seem to be fun more in spite of their art than because of it, I don't think I've ever paid much attention to the art style. It's all "anime" style. Heck, I don't think I even noticed that Saber Marionette J Again was all-digital the first time I watched it. But there was one examination of art style that not only intrigued me, but entertained me as well, and it was one of the usually brilliant omake segments in Blue Seed. The Susana-Oh-No segment was probably the funniest, but I love the meta quality of the detective story. "What we're looking for must be in the middle drawer!" "How can you tell?" "Well, the top drawer is part of the background, not a cel, so it can't be animated opening." "But what about the bottom drawer? It looks like a cel!" "But it's got such an intricate handle that it would be expensive to animate. They won't spend that much on an omake!" And the punchline was one of the most beautiful things in all of anime.

The manga with the most intriguing art is much easier - Great Teacher Onizuka. I need to get around to watching the anime, but the manga actually has two distinct art styles that can vary from panel to panel. One is the sort of art one normally expects from a serious manga, and the other is rough and - dare I say it? - ugly. I didn't start reading this series until the second book was out (partly because I was confusing it with GTX and thought it was about racing), which is a good thing, because most of the first book was in the ugly style. I didn't care for it much, but I went ahead and read the second book, because I had it, and there was a lot more of the traditional style, and the story got better as well. Not that I wouldn't have kept reading if I'd hated it - I got through Real Bout High School, after all - but it became one of my favorite series for a while, and I'm not sure I would have taken it very seriously if I'd finished my first experience without seeing that much.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")

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