England because his tsundereness is currently on my mind. It would’ve been General Winter but I can’t find a nice enough picture. I hate you General Winter. T_T;
(I can’t believe I’ve managed to do this already three weeks in a row. I’m a day early en plus!)
Eh. I don’t know what to write for opening notes aside that it’s the Grand Cold right now. Yeah, Quebec pwns yo! -rolls eyes- It’s not often we get -30 to -40 degrees celsius temperature for days and day on end. It’s been like over ten years probably since we had such a long streak of extremely cold weather. That said, getting to school on overly full trains was no fun. Waiting for the damn train and bus was even less fun in this weather. Between freezing and smelling other people’s sweat, I go for the sweat. My body isn’t exactly in a very good condition under extreme colds. I get back pains and muscles pains like and old woman despite being too damn young. Well bah, I’ll be 16 in a few months now.
(There’s one reason I like Quebec and that’s Poutine. Rien bats une bonne poutine ~)
Okay, useless intro rant over onto the post.
This week presents;
CLANNAD ~ After Story ~ [13-14]
Are you Alice?
Zoku Natsume Yuujincho [1-2]
Hetalia Video Corner
CLANNAD ~ After Story ~ episode 13-14
Well, things certainly are progressing quite quickly. We haven’t even seen Tomoya and Nagisa kissed and Nagisa’s already pregnant. Hm. Okay, well, this is awfully hilarious and odd but I’ll ignore it. That’s what fanfics and doujins are for … I guess. Still, I think I’d like a proper wedding ceremony. Please?
Okay, deep down, I know it. Nagisa and Tomoya are married now. They love each other. Nagisa’s pregnant. Bla, bla. And yet I still slash Akio and Tomoya. Even moreso since it’s like Akio had to take Sunohara’s place as comic relief. Though, Akio’s a cool idiot instead of a moron like Sunohara. Haha! The best thing about these two past episodes were the Akio and Tomoya scenes. Honestly. Well, the Sunohara scene and Drunk Nagisa scene were awesome too. Ah! MC Akio and Batting practice Tomoya owned my soul too. Waitress Nagisa was adorable. Tomoya going deliquent for five seconds with Akio was great. Haha. Basically, CLANNAD was filled with awesomeness lately. Soo, um, when is the drama coming?
Okay. So I knew about this series for months now. It was one of those non-BL series that have been rotting in my “to listen to” list. Basically, I wanted change from the usual listens and decided to finally listen to this series. And just great, I’ve fallen completely in love with it. The characters, the setting and the story even though it’ll take another listen to really undertand. Are you Alice? gave me a total headache. I’m still quite lost about certain parts but I got the story in general. Very tragic.
Long story short, it’s based off Alice in Wonderland. It can work as an other take on the story or even a sequel. I’d like to think it’s some sort of fairytale sequel gone horribly wrong in a good way. Are you Alice? is about a guy who doesn’t remember his name and finds himself in Wonderland (Fushigi no Kuni). He ends up being coerced into accepting the name Alice as well as the responsibility that comes with the name. In other words, the power and mission to kill the White Rabbit.
After I found that part out, I told myself “Hm, this shouldn’t be to complicated a listen then ~” … Well, I was alright after the first drama (Are you Alice? Drink Me) but after the second one (Check Mate) I had a major headache. No spoilers but, the story gets actually pretty heavy and depressive. Somehow, it doesn’t come across as angsty though. I gotta hand it to the writer’s skills. The drama was very flowy and easy to follow.
One word; Sakurai Takahiro. I knew about Are you Alice? for a while but I didn’t know that the main character “Alice” was voiced by my prince. Yes, he’s the prince amongst my favorite seiyuus. Anyways, that was enough to make me click the download button in a heartbeat. I love this guy’s voice no matter what and his character “Alice” was absolutely awesome. He was the “go with flow without any particular goals” type. Well, actually, all the characters in the drama was great. The drama progresses through a bunch of heavy/seemingly ordinary conversations. One second they’re talking about something completely useless and the next we get plot progress. It’s a very strange experience. I loved it.
Alice: Oi, say something.
White Rabbit: Idiot.
Alice: Don’t get ahead of yourself or I’ll shoot you!
White Rabbit: Isn’t that what I’ve been telling you to do since the start?!
Alice: And I said I wouldn’t shoot you! You really don’t understand anything do you?
White Rabbit: Well didn’t you just said “I’ll shoot you”?!
Alice: Shut up!
Above is an example of a meaningless conversation. It’s my favorite one actually. Right after Alice’s line, the seriousness kicks right back in and it doesn’t feel the least bit out of place. Very odd but oh so awesome. The Mad Hatter’s (Boushiya) and Alice’s interactions were entertaining as well. They got even funnier when the Cheshire Cat (another cat to add to Inoue Kazuhiko’s list) showed up too.
One last thing I’d have to say is how much Nakahara Mai’s Alice Lidell (oh hur?) scared me. It’s especially scary when I think of Nagisa. The voice Nakahara uses is incredibly similiar. It’s like a Rena version of Nagisa. Very very scary. The last scene of the drama (in Call Me) was absolutely … wow. Nakahara you scares the crap out of me now.
(The only dramas I listened to were: Are you Alice? Drink Me, Are you Alice? Check Mate and Are you Alice? Call Me … in that order. I believe those are the dramas for the main story, right? Well, at any rate, there’s still a bunch of other dramas in this series I haven’t listened to yet so … hurray!)
Because a friend found them, told me about it and now I like them too. Plus their music went with the whole mood I was in this week because of Are you Alice? My favorite album so far is Lost. Thanatos and Leviathan are awesome too.
That and because I really really love Liet and Russia. But no, I still have not decided on a favorite hetalia character or pairing.
Zoku Natsume Yuujincho episodes 1 and 2
I don’t get it. It’s freezing cold out there. And I’m serious, it’s been in the minus 30s (celcius) for four days now. Man I love Quebec -rolls eyes- … But anyways, it’s freezing cold and yet watching Natsume still makes me feel all warm inside. I missed this soft melting feeling. It’s absolutely soothing. I’m so happy Natsume’s still as relaxing as before.
I don’t have much to say about episode one actually since it wasn’t really anything but an intro back into the series. But that Riou-sama angel guy was a very shiny and beautiful bishie. Ah ~ bishies …
Episode two, on the other hand, is what made me feel like “Ah ~ Natsume’s back in business!” … A soft story, a sweet ending, the warmth and slice-of-life-ness … It’s all absolutely refreshing. Plus, episode two featured the “intimidating snow bunny” … I’m sorry, but that’s enough to own my soul. I’m cheap aren’t I? Sui and Gen’s story wasn’t anything unpredictable or special so really, it’s the excution that made it so beautiful. Or maybe my saying that is the effect of selling my soul to Usamimi-boy;
Ah ~ Usamimi-boy.
I’m still unable to get over Hetalia. Looking up APH MADs on youtube’s becoming very addictive … there are so many good ones! I’ve decided to share a few to spread the Hetalia love some more! It’s about one week before the anime airs! Ah ~ I totally can’t wait!
America x Canada // Alfred x Matthew
The song in this video is one of my favorite Ren songs … except I listen to it in a completely different light now because of the MAD. I was hesitating between showing it or not because it made me sort of teary eyed. -sob-
APH x Bleach OP
Okay. Like even know what OP they’re talking about. I loved the video though. Of course, since it’s here. The little HRE x Chibitalia probably did me in. I did choose to post this over the APH version of Kimi=Hana (which was an awesome MAD too, look it up) after all … and besides, anything with that America and England angst scene owns me soul. The only thing missing was a bit more Russia. That is all.
APH x Lucky Star
Moe overload. Drunk England going all deredere ~ for America is win. Enough said.
And that’s it for this week’s Hetalia corner! I hope to survive General Winter.
Turns out the weather will go back to normal on Monday. Thank goodness. After a week of -30s, -15 is nothing! At least, I hope so. Anyways, I still haven’t watched any of the winter anime aside Maria Holic. Sounds like White Album is complete crap but that makes me wanna watch it. There isn’t much I’m interested in this season aside Hetalia and Natsume so I don’t think I’ll be able to force myself to watch anything. Maybe Druaga since I watched the first season though …
Anyways, since I begun the post with England, let’s end it with him ~
(Top priority on my to-do list; improve my french. Je suis d’la merde en français maintenant que je ne pratique plus.)