Fushigi Yuugi: Mysterious Play review

What I’ve done this week is work, and watch anime. I finished up watching Fushigi Yûgi once more, at least the 52 episodes of the original series, and I noticed something about it I hadn’t previously. The second season is much slower than the first. There are some parts in the beginning that were really moving, but then it was a boring drag until the end.  Then they rushed the ending. It happened really quickly. Everything was resolved in the last two episodes, then they threw in a happy ending that made little sense.

There are OVA’s out there that try to do a better job of wrapping things up, and I own them, but I’m not sure I want to invest the time to rewatch them again. Certainly the series remains one that I’m fond of, but after watching it again I think it’s mostly because of the first season. You could tell the second season had budget issues, as they reused animation over and over again and it wasn’t as well animated. Though admittedly the final episodes were still beautiful. Perhaps they just saved up all their money for the ending.

Miaka is annoying, that’s kinda who she is, but at least in the first season she seemed like a strong person. As the series continued she was always crying out for rescue as opposed to trying to get out on her own. Heck in the first few episodes she takes on a street gang and almost singlehandedly defeats them. Later on she goes off on her own, but then just kinda gives up instead of defending herself. And don’t get me started on Yui. I was sympathetic to her plight up to a point. Then she goes off and just becomes an idiot.

Now I watched all this from my mismatched collection of VHS’s I got years ago. It’s half in english, while the other half is subtitled. The only thing of value in my mind to the dub is the voice of Tasuki. I have a special fondness for that particular voice actor. My first exposure to him was in the amazing dub of Bastard. I love that anime so much everytime I hear his voice I get giddy. Then later I found out he did the voice for Cosmo from the Fairly Oddparents. Tasuki’s voice is like a mashup of both characters, and it’s amusing to hear him go from serious and broodingly violent, to silly slapstick.

There is also the english voice for Miaka. The woman who does her voice is also one of my favorite voices from anime. She’s Mahoro from Mahoromatic. She’s just the sweetest thing ever. I can’t help but tear up thinking about that show. You’d understand if you even just watch the first episode simply because the end of each episode they give the number of days left she has to live. Now that anime is one that has affected me greatly. It may not be for everyone, being a romcom and a bit ecchi, but I find it something amazing. The second season of it may not be as good as the first, but the ending is something I’ve never seen before. That all being said I don’t think she was well cast as the voice for Miaka. She didn’t come off being the same zany and food crazy girl Miaka is in Japanese.

So in conclusion for Fushigi Yûgi I have to rate the seasons separately. The first one is a funny exciting adventure, and I’d give it a good solid 8 out of 10. The second on the other hand wasn’t well paced, and it lost some of its humor for that. There are a few moving scenes, and those deserve props, but mostly it was a drag to get through. I’d give it a 6 out of 10 at most. Putting those two scores together I wind up rating it a 7. Still good, but not something to go out of your way for.

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

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Poetry

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Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: I’m now ready for chapter 11 out of 13 in my edits.

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The Handlebar Outing

Another week just flew by. It didn’t seem like any time passed as I went in to work and then returned home to sleep. It could be that I’m more tired after working, or it could just be I’m once more unable to feel time.

I’ve done this for years, a week feels like a few days or sometimes less any more. There were even months that felt like days, and even years did the same. Each holiday would surprise me at its arrival, and soon the same one would appear again. Perhaps I’m just getting older, and as we live we grow more and more used to the world less memories are stored for their uniqueness. This is one explanation for why our childhood seems to have lasted forever though it really isn’t all that long. In those years everything is new.

But as luck would have it I feel younger and more full of energy with each passing day I work. Perhaps there is something to be said for physical exertion. Not just exercise, though that has its benefits, but from doing something for a purpose. I worked out nearly everyday for a year, and while I did lose weight, I never felt more youthful. Though the air sometimes is filled with dust at my job, I feel like I’m contributing to something. It may be a silly notion, but I feel like I’m helping. Not just to get a task accomplished, but more in motivating, or entertaining those who are around me.

Any job can be boring after a time, but with the right environment we might even look forward to leaving our homes to see what the new day might bring. I can’t say I’m exactly there yet, but I don’t dread this place like I have others in the past. Sometimes it can be gruelling or depressing to see so much left to do, but if I just focus on the next step it doesn’t seem to slow me down.

Heck there were days that I dreaded getting up even though I was setting my own schedule writing. It was my life to write, but I had to make a pattern to my day, otherwise I’d get distracted or unmotivated and never write a single word. At first I wrote everyday as much as I could, but that really burned me out. Luckily I started giving myself days off. Now I’m stuck with a single day a week to write/edit. I’m still moving ahead, but of course at a much slower rate. At this point I would have been through my book a few times, and probably started a new one.

I have an idea germinating in my head for yet another book, a new one aside from the list that continues to grow. Always they seem to come from dreams, though I have one that is just a satirical look at a libertarian notion of what the future might be like. While I may have idea’s that could be construed as libertarian that won’t protect it from criticism. Apparently nothing is safe from my cruel mind, not even me.

That all being said, I would still like to highlight a single day from last week. Last Sunday I had been invited to go out on the town. Now I’m not one for venturing forth at all, especially when it means interacting with strangers, but I was convinced to go because of my love for human-powered vehicles.

There is a thing in Indianapolis called the Handlebar. It is a vehicle where by several people are given seats on either side of a bar and are tasked with peddling it for its forward momentum. Through the streets around downtown we flew, well perhaps flew isn’t the word. Luckily it didn’t seem as though we obstructed much traffic as we slowly made our way around, and even the few police officers waved and smiled at us as we went by.

While they do not provide alcohol, you are allowed to bring along your own, as long as it is not hard liquor. A gentlemen(who works at Great Fermentations) brought with him two small kegs of his home-brewed beer, and I in my inability to turn down a drink sampled them. The first was what I believe to be an oatmeal stout. I very much enjoyed this, and sipped it as I peddled along the first stretch. Later I requested to sample his Pumpkin(IPA?) beer. I know it wasn’t what I usually like, as I’m more fond of my beers being darker than light. However, it turned out to be very tasty and not nearly as bitter as other pumpkin beers I’ve tried in the past.

Of course as our trip was nearing its end I found myself feeling very pleased with the world, and perhaps with a word from me, or others, the individual in charge of the music selection began to play Bohemian Rhapsody. A glorious ending to an outstanding outing.

While I knew a few of the people there, mostly through others, one person especially made me feel welcome. Apparently as I was able to sing along to every song selected(From the 80’s), I was deemed worthy. She gave me a smile, and I found myself warming up to the whole venture, whereas at first I was nervous and insular. By the end I was belting out every song, and wound up head-banging to a particular section from Queen, as you do.

It is days like this that make me feel less self-contentious about my own particular nervousness around new people. I’ve been doing I think very well interacting with others lately, whereas in the past I would just be the silent one. Now I try, yes I have to force myself, to talk to other people. It may not seem like it to those who haven’t known me for years because I think I come off as very gregarious anymore, but it is one of the most difficult things for me to do. But now I’m trying to embrace my inner extrovert. I think I’m doing so, and am enjoying myself without making a spectacle of myself most times. I still have an issue deciphering when I’ve gone too far, as I’m quite willing to say just about anything. Luckily it seems most people either find it charming/funny, or simply put on a smile to assure me that I’m okay.

Well, it seems I’ve written nearly enough here now. Let me end this by saying thank you. Thank you for the invite, thank you to the friends that I have, and thank you to that charming girl I’ll probably never see again. You all make wandering out into the world worthwhile.

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: I’m now ready for chapter 10 out of 13 in my edits.

“I was just shy of reaching my goal. My goal was to be more extroverted, so being just shy meant I completely failed.”
― Jarod Kintz

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Nerding out about anime, and talking of work

It’s been another week since the internet was installed. I’ve watched so much YouTube just catching up on my favorite channels, but I apparently couldn’t put aside the anime I was watching.

I’m in season 3 of Ranma 1/2 again, and I’m still entertained. I recall at some point it all seemed repetitive, but so far I’ve not reached that again. The quality of the VHS’s isn’t great but they’re good enough for me to enjoy the show. It’s been years since I’ve wanted to watch an english dub of an anime, but the cast they have for this show is actually quite good. The only other shows I can think of that I would want to watch dubbed are Tenchi Muyo, and Trigun. Everything else seems better to me in Japaneese. Though I am partial to the original Dub of DBZ, and it happens to have been done by the same company that did the Ranma 1/2 dub, so I suppose that’s no surprise. Ocean Productions has done a fair number of good dubs, and they will always have a place in my heart for their work.

Speaking of work, it was yet another week of hard labor. I’m not complaining, but my body is rather more sore than last week. However I’m feeling stronger most days, though I may reek of Icy-Hot many mornings. This is one of my favorite jobs in recent memory, I just hope to be able to continue there for a long time. I’ve no plans of leaving, but life has a way of kicking you down sometimes. I like who I work with, and I feel I do an excellent job at what I do. If at any point I don’t it’s mostly because I’m waiting for direction. Not anyone’s fault there, and luckily I can mostly move around at will to make sure everything runs smoothly, at least to my own eyes.

Now onto what perhaps some of you are interested in hearing, my book. Yes I’m working on it, and in fact I was able to complete another chapter of editing today. Mostly during the week I’m far to exhausted to want to do much but eat dinner and go to sleep. So it appears Saturdays, when there isn’t weekend overtime, may be my only chance to do so. However you’ll be happy to know I’ve someone who is going through some of my own, and others, edits. They haven’t gotten very far, mostly because they somehow work more hours than a human should, but at least they got some looked through. Looking over her shoulder I saw there were a number of things she changed/corrected, and some questions marked in red. I’m going to let her do her thing until she gets through a bit more. Then I’ll jump on it and try to make things even more palatable.

The only thing stressing me out is some of the bills. I’m making money, (yay), but at times it seems I’m spending more than I should. I’d give you a list, but that’d be tedious. Luckily one worry seems to have been alleviated. There was a sound of running water in the bathroom, but the first bill wasn’t very much. At least it’s not this apartments problem. I’m guessing it just happens to be the sound of the entire building’s drain behind my wall. Fingers crossed that it isn’t something more problematic.

With that I leave you to your week, unless I come back sooner. Have a wonderful one!

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: I’m now ready for chapter 9 out of 13 in my edits. Another editor has stepped up, and things are moving forward.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Anonymous

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I’m back!

As I said, I do have internet again. It feels funny to be using a keyboard once more, as I’ve been used to just my phone for the last month. That sounds strange since I still edit, but it’s different when you edit compared to when you are sitting down for hours to produce a thousand words.

Instead of listing the update below, I will just do it here. What have I been up to? Well I of course have been editing my latest book, and it progresses at a steady pace. I’ve also been enjoying living in an apartment that has air-conditioning. Also Since I’ve not had internet I’ve been reliant upon my collection of DVD, and yes, even VHS’s. So far I’ve watch a few of my old movies, and rewatched Tenchi Muyo. I’m currently in the middle of my hundredth rewatch of Ranma 1/2, and also watching Fushigi Yugi again.

Also I’ve been… well not enjoying, but watching normal broadcast television. It seems there is a lack of anything new and original for the most part, and any movies they play of from at least a decade ago. All the new stuff must be filling the cable channels. At least PBS has one show that I like to watch. Of course it’s a cooking show, Cooking with Nick Stellino. I like his flair and way of talking. I find him charming and humorous. That is how I usually spend at least one morning of the week before I head off to work.

Speaking of work, I rather enjoy the job, though it can be strenuous at times. At least I’m getting a bit of a work out, but my appetite is rather large anymore. I worry a little that I might be over eating, then again I should be working most of it off. It’s pizza Monday and Fridays, but otherwise it’s my usual fare every other day of the week. While I did loose and initial 5lbs the first week, I’ve remained steady ever since. I’ve got that going for me at least.

I’ve also had to frequent a local vape shop in Indy. Indy e-cigs. They have a large selection for you to sample to make sure you get the right flavor. I tried many, and wound up with Cereal Milk, which to me tasted like Fruity Pebbles in milk. Luckily it was in the strength I desired, because previously I had to rely on a shop in the town I moved from. Their weakest was 18mg, and I had reduced myself to 3mg. So putting that in my Mech mod was rather intense!

Also I would like to give a special thanks to the person who came out today to install my internet. It was a pleasure talking with you while we waited for it all to work. Thank you Andy!

What I’ve published

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: I lied, I’ll give a little update here. I’m in chapter 8 out of 13 in my edits. My editors on the other hand a little behind me because of the move. So it might be some time before this one comes out, but I’m hopeful.

 

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