Month: April 2016

Goal Review April 2016

Posted April 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Oh, wow, April… kind of got away from me. I had so many plans and exciting things to look forward. (Okay, so largely it was looking forward to Sailor Moon Crystal being renewed and getting lots of changes and being every bit was wonderful and awesome as I’d hoped the first two seasons would’ve been.)

And then… Well, life happened and, truly, it has been pretty much non-stop bad news for my family throughout April. Let’s not dwell on it and just hope for better things. (Well. I’ll be trying to have a hand in making them better.)

Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction
  • 10,000 words of non-fiction

These were my goals. I think I didn’t make the fiction writing one, but I’m honestly still playing catch up on what I did and did not do this month. I know I breezed past the 10K of non-fiction because the reaction posts to Sailor Moon Crystal all turned out pretty long and those alone were more than the 10K I’d set.

I didn’t, technically, make my reading goal either because I didn’t finish The Letter of the King. I did finish On the Edge of Gone and should actually finish my ramble of it. (Short version: ZOMG! FLAIL. THIS WAS AMAZING!) I also read a little more, but, um, I honestly can’t tell you anymore where the month went. I have this little ability to remember what happened this month beyond a flurry of activity and anxiety.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 29

Posted April 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 29: Infinity 3, 2 New Soldiers

Due to the issues described in the previous instalment, there are as of this writing no pictures to accompany the post. I’ll add an ETA when that’s changed, though the picture above the cut will probably already tell you.

Last episode’s final moments saw me flailing and screaming (er, all-capsing) a lot. I expect this episode will contain more of the same given the preview. I think we’re reached the part of the season where I go “I have no clue what is going to happen now. Everything is entirely new. I hope you enjoy my flailing wildly in awe and excitement!” at everything.

Also, I suspect I’ll end up messing up with word usage. My apologies for that in advance and please correct me if I have.

ETA: Look! Now there are images. HUZZAH!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 28

Posted April 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Hey, Lynn! Why is this post over a week late and why doesn’t it have any pictures like you said you’d add this time around? Well. You know that saying about when it rains it pours? It’s kind of pouring on my family at the moment. My parents had a massive health scare last week and while things are looking much better, we’re still more or less recovering, reeling and the like. I don’t particularly want to talk about it, but this post is so late and has no pictures because I’ve been pre-occupied and you’re getting these posts without pictures because I aim to add them later. I figured it was better to get the reaction posts out there and shared than hold off and get a massive backlog of posts that I need to do.

So… Now that I have a little bit of breathing room and an idea of what I want to do/how I want to handle this, I figured I’d catch up on the episodes! I’m really sorry about the missing pictures. I hope to have them added soon, but it’ll probably be a while. May is, so far, also looking exceedingly busy and I’ll undoubtedly end up frazzled at the very least. (Whoo.) So, for the foreseeable future… Text-only is what you get just so I can stay on top of things as best I can.

Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 28: Infinity 2, Ripples

ETA: As you can see from the title card above, images have now been added for your viewing enjoyment! WHOOHOO!

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 48

Posted April 26, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 48 (PGSM 48)Plot Recap: Minako decided to go through with the surgery. Beryl reckons Metallia can’t be stopped anymore, Endymion has hurled himself at Metallia, Kunzite is wandering around looking lost, Rei and the senshi throw Minako a farewell party.

And that’s about it.

Oh. Wait. That’s right. The ending of the episode made me BAWL MY EYES OUT. That was also a thing. THIS IS SHOW IS MEAN.

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 47

Posted April 19, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 47 (PGSM 47)Plot Recap: Minako has decided to undergo surgery after all. She reached this decision after watching Makoto pay the price for the mindset Minako is in and after realising that Minako is not a lesser person to Venus and her life as Minako is worth living.

Usagi is still being kept out of the loop of everything, even though this is something that makes her visibly unhappy and at least one of the senshi isn’t happy about this.

Also Mio kidnapped Rei and took her to the Dark Kingdom because Reasons and Rei learned something from Mamoru and Mamoru is almost entirely dead because of that stone inside him. Oh, and Jadeite tried to kill Rei, but Mamoru didn’t want anything to do with that.

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Book Talk: The Letter for the King

Posted April 17, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Letter for the KingThe Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Series: Unauwen #1
Pages: 460

A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril.

It is the dead of night. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day.
But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.

A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood.
Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places.

He must trust no one.

He must keep his true identity secret.

Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter...

I admit that I didn’t finish The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt. I may have skipped the middle. In my defense, I was very annoyed with the book and spent the first two hundred pages talking back at it out of sheer annoyance.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 27 Part 2

Posted April 14, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal: Act 27, Premonition, Part 2. A stylised silhouette of Princess Serenity.

Episode 2 of Sailor Moon Crystal: Infinity (or Season 3, if you insist, title.) Whoo! Today you get a two-for-one, partially so I can get caught up with the series and not be behind on the episodes. And largely because, since this is part 2 of a longer arc, I think tackling both at once makes a nice opening to the series as a whole.

Like the first part, I’ve actually already seen this episode, so you’re not getting the very-very first reactions. You probably still don’t want those because they’d still be fairly incoherent and not very insightful or entertaining.

Anyway! No long intros. Let’s get to the episode!

As a reminder: I’m screencapping bits this time around, so these posts are image-heavy and not necessarily bandwidth-safe. Tread with caution if bandwidth is a concern. And let me know if the alt text works for you or needs changing!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 27 Part 1

Posted April 14, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Title card for Act 27, Premonition, Part 1. A stylised silhouette of Princess Serenity.

Welcome to the very first reaction post for Sailor Moon Crystal, Infinity. This introduction (and the one for next week) will be slightly different from the others. I’m writing this after having seen the episode and writing up the reaction posts rather than before, so there’s no pre-episode excitement to discuss.

I did want to remind everyone that I’ve seen this episode before and these are not my very first reactions. If you’d seen my very first reactions, I suspect you’d appreciate it. It, um, wasn’t very coherent. It generally consisted of the letters O, M and G. Either that or just squeeing with joy. The post below is more coherent than that at least.

As a reminder: I’m screencapping bits this time around, so these posts are image-heavy and not necessarily bandwidth-safe. Tread with caution if bandwidth is a concern. And let me know if the alt text works for you or needs changing!

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Upcoming Reaction Posts: Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 Infinity Arc

Posted April 14, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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The title of the Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (in Japanese and English) backdropped by a full, white moon and rose petals blowing in the wind.

Surprising absolutely no one (probably), I’m back for another round of reaction posts for Sailor Moon Crystal! The third season has just aired its first two episodes, has many changes from the first two seasons and promises us explicit confirmation that Haruka and Michiru are a couple. (And not, as some dubs insist, cousins.)

Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (which I will henceforth probably stubbornly refer to as SMC: Infinity) will consist of 13 episodes (I gather) and subtitled episodes are simulcasting on Hulu, Neon Alley and Crunchyroll. Sadly, they’re only available in the US (and, on Crunchyroll, in various other areas I do not at present reside in). I am equal parts feeling guilty and annoyed about having to resort to streaming to get to view the show at all. (I imagine keeping up as many translations as they did for the first two seasons was a nightmare, but was it really impossible to simulcast the English subs in other regions? Really? It’s not like there’s a massive international following or anything.)

Anyway! So there you are. I will stop grumbling about it now. It is what it is.

This season around, I’m tackling the reaction posts a little differently. They’ll take much longer to finish, but it’s only one a week so it should be fine. I’m not sure when, exactly, the posts will appear yet, but starting episode 3, I aim to have posts up at some point during the week after the episode first aired. You get 1 and 2 later this week in preparation. Given that it’s technically a single Act split across two episodes that’s probably a nice way to start the posts.

So what changes can you expect?

No more plot recaps above the cut. Or anywhere. I was never entirely happy with including them, but I felt like I ought to for people who’d accidentally missed an episode. No, okay. If necessary I may add plot recaps below the read-more cut occasionally.

Screencaps. Yes, I’m going to experiment with doing reaction posts that include screencaps, so it’s easier for people to know where I am in an episode and what I’m responding to. I haven’t done them originally because I was worried they’d take masses of time that I didn’t have. They do take masses of time, so this season is going to be an experiment in including them. (A good chunk of the time investment is making sure the images all have useful alt text, so please let me know whether they work and how I could improve on them.) I won’t be screencapping everything I comment on or respond to, but it should be more than enough to follow along more easily. (The first post has, what, 28 images not counting the title card?

I think that’s about it as far as changes are concerned?

Other things of note are…

1) My reactions to the first two episodes are not actually my very first reactions. I’ve seen both episodes at least once before deciding that yes, yes I do want to do reaction posts for this season as it airs. I’ve left some time between viewings to allow me to forget the details, but I have seen them before. (My memory is a sieve, though, so you might not even have noticed if I hadn’t told you.)

2) Out of all the narrative arcs Sailor Moon has, this is actually the one I know least well. I know the general outline of the arc in the first anime, but that’s about it. I’ve only read the manga once or twice and remember absolutely nothing about it. (I find reading manga, or any graphic novel/comic, incredibly difficult, so combined with having, say,  a collander for a memory I forget a lot. It’s a wonder I retained so much information on the first arc in the manga.) So I suspect there’s going to be a lot of things in this arc that will be a complete surprise to me. There are some things I hope for regarding Haruka/Michiru and Chibi-Usa/Hotaru, but I think that’s about it in terms of what I’d expect and like to see?

3) I may fail at not diving for the manga to have some clue about what’s going to come up in this arc, but so far I’ve managed to refrain.

And that covers everything I can think of! Welcome back to the reaction posts for Sailor Moon Crystal! Welcome back to a new and exciting season. A lot of fans absolutely love and adore this season (with good reason) and the first two seasons left many a bit, well, soured on the whole experience of Crystal. Issues with release dates changes, art style issues, 3D animation, lack of personality, pacing issues, a biweekly schedule, bad and stilted translations, a sense of… misunderstanding about what made Sailor Moon so beloved to so many… But mostly from what I’ve seen it was just a feeling that the source material was handled poorly and sometimes even fairly disrespectfully. (I am looking at you, episode 12!)

The trailer and preview event for season 3 showed us the show has tried to address some of those issues and offered us reassurance that the show will do right by Haruka and Michiru, so we’ll see what’s in store!

If you’re interested in watching the season, remember to check whether it’s available to you on Hulu, Neon Alley or Crunchyroll!

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 46

Posted April 12, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 46 (PGSM 46)Plot Recap: Makoto exploded herself and a youma! OMG! First Zoisite, now Makoto and Venus has slowly been dying throughout the show. At least Nephrite somehow survived. That’s something. Venus can’t transform either. Oh noes!

Also Usagi is seemingly using the ginzuishou and Mio wants something from Rei and Motoki knows something is up with Makoto because the charm he got her fell and Nephrite is slowly starting to adjust to life as a regular human. Also he may have a thing for Ami.

DID I MENTION YET THAT THE LAST EPISODE ENDED WITH MAKOTO EXPLODING?! Or imploding. Somethingploding anyway. Oh, yeah, and Metallia is now possessing youma.

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