One of my favorite types of pudding.Actually, I love butterscotch in any form. Good stuff. Too bad we don't have any in the house.It's also Talk Like a Pirate Day. Also, in Japan it's Respect for the Aged Day or Keiro no Hi.
Watched the last special for Nodame Cantabile. It was really good. The only bad thing was the last part wasn't up.So, I missed the last 10-15 of it. But, I read in some of the comments that Chiaki finally kisses Nodame. About time! He wasn't being honest with himself most of the time. Nodame's first recital at the castle was pretty funny, nice, and interesting. Her dress wouldn't fit her, so she decided to wear something like Mozart's outfit, since she was playing Mozart. She even made people laugh at times. She added a song at the end. But, did a great job. She was getting a ton of offers after her performance. It was cute that when Chiaki had gone back to Japan on tour, he 'secretly' wanted to buy Nodame a ring. But, he didn't know her size and was talked into buying a necklace instead. My guess is he gave it to her at the end. I'll miss their hilarious antics, and the emotional heartfelt moments.I still strongly recommend this series!
Ao no Exorcist was just too awesome!I read that this Sunday might be the last episode. It can't be.Feels like they've just started. And, at least Yukio finally got to know the truth about his mother and Satan. Plus, they just opened the gate to the other world (maybe permanently?). So, there's no boundaries anymore. Maybe this is just the end of the season. A lot more believable if it is.A lot of shows end their seasons on or around their 24th episode, so makes sense. Almost done with translating the next sentence about the cherries article in You Maga.
Yesterday, I started a cute anime called Ikoku Meiro Croisee or Crossroads in a Foreign Labyrinth. It's basically about people coming from 2 different cultures and trying to understand each other. It takes place in the 2nd half of the 19th century, when Japanese culture was starting to become popular in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, on his journey back to France. And, offers to help at the family's ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar's nephew and shop owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune. They slowly start to learn about each other's culture and come to an understanding. There's actually quite a bit of French in this series. They even have the episode titles in both Japanese and French. Very cool to someone who studied French, and is studying Japanese currently. This seems more 'real' with the many cultural differences and the time period, compared to most animes. Yune's so cute, and tries to understand as much as she can about French life. She already knows French, but is afraid to speak it in front of actual French speakers. Very interesting, and has a lot of potential.
Also started Beelzebub on Saturday. I got tired of Sket Dance. They seem to just do the same type of jokes over and over again. Gets old.So, noticing how popular this series is, I decided to test it out. It was hilarious and bizarre!I can see why it's so popular. Not sure how it can be a long on-going series. But, I only know from the 1st episode what it's like.Tatsumi Oga is a first year student at Ishiyama High School. It's a school for delinquents, where he's called the 'strongest juvenile delinquent'. One day while sleeping next to a river, Tatsumi sees a man floating down it. Tatsumi pulls him to shore and the man splits in half, revealing a baby boy. This boy, Beelzebub, is the son of the demon king. And, Tatsumi, along with Beelzebub's demon maid Hilda, has been chosen as the one to raise him. This baby's crazy! He'll electrocute people when he's angry, bored, or in some form of distress.He likes to pee a lot, too.
Did some cleaning today. Swept and mopped my bathroom floor. Wahoo! Watched D no Arashi. I'm really liking this series so far. The stories are interesting. This time they did documentaries on a transgendered woman, and on a mangaka (manga author/creator/or artist). The transgendered woman's name was Marie. She wanted to know if things had healed correctly after her surgery about a year ago. Turned out everything from the x-rays of the chest up, looks like any other woman would. The only thing that looks different from a woman born female, was a metal object down below. It's to keep things open. It was interesting. For the mangaka, they wanted to see what it was like to be around him 4 hours before his deadline. I don't think that was too wise.But, it's actually their fans that suggest these things. It's whatever gets the most points each week. The only thing I haven't liked so far is the parts on the guy who calls himself 'the largest man in Japan'. That's difficult to watch, I'm sorry.I can take the plastic surgery and prosthetics segments, more than I can take watching the segments on him. I'm open, but that's just unhealthy to watch.
Gintama was really nice this time. I like when they do stories like these. Gintoki was thrown in jail by an 'evil' warden. His cellmate had kept writing letters to his son for years. And, pretty recently he started getting responses back every week. So, he would write everyday, and then the warden would mail it, and give him the next letter. And it went on like that for a while, until Gintoki showed up. He eventually found out that the warden was the one replying to the old man. And, that the old man's real son died 10 years ago. He never knew. This warden was considered evil and extremely violent. It shocked everyone towards the end that he would even think of helping the guy out. Or give him some form of hope. Those letters were what kept the old man going. At the end, the prisoners rioted and beat the crap out of the warden. Gintoki comes to the rescue just in time. Then, once things settled down, he retired from being the warden. But, just as he was about to hobble out, Gintoki told him to see the old man. Since the old man finally earned the right based on good behavior to see people, and to get his sentence reduced. The old man knew the warden's scheme the entire time. But, I don't think he knew about his son actually being dead. The warden promised to write more letters to him. And the old man turned into a father figure for him. This was one of the few episodes that showed how wise Gintoki is. He seems like an idiot, but that's just a front. I like that about him. Without him 'meddling' with things, the warden would still be abusing prisoners and the old man would have never known the truth. And, the prisoners wouldn't have had such a positive role model.
Finally got to playing my clarinet again.This time I played some more of the songs in my new solo book, a couple of Jewish tunes, some Beatles songs, and finally some Duke Ellington songs. I decided to play in a different area and way. Instead of sitting on the bed, I sat in my chair in a different place, towards the end of my bed. Sitting on the bed, made me feel like I had sloppy posture for playing. I kept sliding, too. I also added my book lamp to my stand so I can see better. Although, the new area has more light. It echoes more too. Felt kind of funny.But, I think I played pretty well. Makes sense, since I had better posture, I could see, and heard myself better. Yay!
In Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, a group called Gossip was introduced. They're considered an 'observation' group. They don't directly do anything to the authors. They administrate any info they can to encourage killing the Queen. Iwai and Kiri went to an orienteering camp with the rest of the school during Golden Week. Someone tried to drown Iwai. But, when she woke up she assumed she was in the high school's cabin lounge. But, there was a threatening letter left on one of the doors addressed to her. She seems to be trapped there. Earlier, Kiri was hoping Iwai would confess her love to him, but when she didn't he ran away from her. He doesn't think she shares the same feelings now. And he ended up moping around the next day. So, he wasn't with her to protect her. Not that he'd have any motivation to do so. Sad.
deviantART faves: Belgium Waffles calendar Theme 86 Stuffed Pretzels Just Be Happy I did not make these! First, a pic of some really good looking Belgium waffles. Second, possible calendar with Prussia from Hetalia in the background. Nicely done. I think it would be cool as a calendar. Third, a funny comic featuring the artist's oc's. Fourth, as it says, stuffed pretzels. Really good looking. They're stuffed with banana, chocolate, and cheese. Another great thing from an artist I watch. She always posts the recipe links in the author's comments. Fifth, a really cute LOLcat.
Sougo and Hijikata, from Gintama, directing traffic:
Fitting tribute to Toshi, from Gintama:
Another hilarious Gintama amv:
Perfect amv for the Benizakura arc in Gintama:
Yamazaki's, from Gintama, anpan (azuki/red bean bun) phase:
Gintoki gets his Valentine's Day chocolate, from Gintama: