alory_shannon: You can only lie for so long. Eventually the masks all fall away; and after a while, you simply are what you are. (Maybe I'm damaged and interesting;)
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So yeah, saw Thor about 2-3 weeks ago, and despite my initial reaction of Natalie Portman WHAT are you doing in my superhero movie? B| I actually rather enjoyed it. It was fun, at least, and then of course, I…well, the way someone over on Tumblr said it is the only way to really say it:

“…That awkward moment when you fall in love with the main character’s evil brother instead of the hero of the story.”

…Yes, I confess. I’m a Loki fangirl. I’ve always liked the character in Norse mythology--he’s always been my favourite mythological character, because, really… “The Trickster God”? How awesome of a title is that? (ANSWER: TTLY AWESOME.) And in this movie he was EASILY the character with the most depth, and I tend to like intelligent, complicated, slightly-broken characters best of all.

But yeah, the movie--I even went to see it a second time, which I don’t think I’ve done for a movie since LOTR back in HS, and when it hits the dollar theatres I might just have to go see it again. ..And I am writing fanfiction for some of the prompts over at [livejournal.com profile] norsekink. 8| Which, despite the name, is NOT only for porn and such; there’s good Genfic (like what I’m writing, lmao) and G/PG-rated stuff, and it’s all super-clearly labeled, so it’s REALLY easy to avoid whatever you just know will sear your eyeballs straight back into your brain or have you wishing you were born in the past when there was no Internet or at least that brain-bleach was an actual thing, which is nice. :

...........And I'll post links to my stuff if anyone's interested.


In other news, quick reviews of a few things I’ve been reading (and watching) lately! Under a cut so as not to fill/kill your Friends Pages. )
alory_shannon: Mr. Bilbo Baggins is about to go on An Adventure, whether he likes it or not. & without even a pocket-handkerchief! ("In a hole in the ground there lived...;)
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...SO what with the online manga sites being shut down…like, TODAY/TOMORROW/EARLY THIS WEEK I decided that NOW IS THE TIME to read some of the things I’ve been meaning to.

And I won’t get to half of it, I know, but…I finally sat my ass down and got to work on the series at the top of my list: D.Gray-Man.

And. And I just love it. So, so much. As soon as I have money again, I’m buying the anime, because heeeeeee SO MUCH FIGHTING. <333 And I think Kanda is probably my fave, because I love me my swordsmen, and the Perpetual Grumpiness amuses me, but NO it has to be a tie since I absolutely cannot pick between Kanda and Lavi, and I love brave little Lenalee so much too, and Allen--ohmigosh ALLEN--he is just SUCH A BIG DAMN HERO ALL THE TIME and ahahaha did I mention that I love it? |D Plus SO many of the secondary characters are wonderful as well, and I think I’ve teared up…three or four times now, and I’m in the 140s chapter-wise SO I MUST HURRY AND FINISH CATCHING UP AAAA CANNOT SLEEP YEEEET. DX

But. Yes. Yes it’s every bit as good as I’ve heard.

I haven't seen much of the anime (aside from a few clips used in funny things and some AMVs), but this scene...I had to look up, because I wanted to see if there was music, and...there is and it is beautiful. The whole scene is beautiful.


…And now I want an exorcist’s coat. And character models of the main four. But mostly that exorcist’s coat. <33
alory_shannon: Patrick Jane is an EPIC level troll. (The Best Medicine; TROLLOLOL)
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rapidfix. :]

Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/comic books/literary works/television series and put their summaries from Better Than It Sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

1. A pair of fast-flying couriers get dragged into a war against their will. Last Exile, [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1
2. Some farm kids discover that they are main characters, and that they have to stop Satan and his crones before one of them goes mad and destroys the world for them.
3. Laser tag is Serious Business, Real Time Strategy games even more so. Ender's Game, [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1
4. A ten-year-old girl helps and is helped by a spa employee with partial amnesia after her parents’ bad table manners nearly cause her to fade from existence. Spirited Away, [livejournal.com profile] cynchick
5. An assassin becomes a Technical Pacifist, then spends half the series trying not to kill the Big Bad but just teach him a lesson. Black Cat, [livejournal.com profile] irishmastermind
6. In a horrible world, two wonderful children experience horrible horrors before dying horribly. The critics go wild. Personal note: Haaaated this one. Grave of the Fireflies, [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1
7. Magicians who work for the British government regulate magic, travel to parallel universes, and die. A lot. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, [livejournal.com profile] navielflourish
8. Superweapons are given to mentally unstable children while the adults plot to destroy the world. Anyone who claims to understand it is a liar. Even the creator. Evangelion, [livejournal.com profile] lone_gothic
9. Years after an eccentric philanthropist goes missing, it is learned that his most prized possession must be destroyed. Lord of the Rings, [livejournal.com profile] irishmastermind (after a pretty big hint XD).
10. Everyone is an immigrant and spends their time forcefully displacing the natives. The local government is powerless to stop it since the immigrants will just come back in greater numbers.
11. A misogynist addicted to smoking and cocaine lives together with an ex-army doctor with a mysteriously migrating injury. Together, They Fight Crime! The Big Bad is a math teacher. Sherlock Holmes, [livejournal.com profile] lone_gothic
12. A callow orphan joins a princess leading a resistance against an evil empire. They're joined by a roguish pilot/pirate and his tall, furry partner. A guy in full, black body armor gets in the way a lot. There are twins and daddy issues, but no R2-D2.
13. Skill at sport bestows ability to defy physics and commit genocide against the dinosaurs. Prince of Tennis, [livejournal.com profile] peace_piper
14. A hooligan goes on a quest to fix a fountain, but ends up in everyone else's quests. His friend disapproves. Tales of Vesperia, [livejournal.com profile] rapidfix
15. A guy who eats vampires acts like a complete idiot while occasionally eating vampires and making a scythe out of his blood. Nanomachines started it. Trinity Blood, [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1
16. Winged Humanoids battle for the fate of a universe where there is no ocean, and cards dictate almost everything. Baten Kaitos, [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1
17. A girl learns philosophy from a book about a girl learning philosophy to escape a book about philosophy being read by the original girl, who as the reader knows, is also a character in a book about philosophy.
18. You fight against angels led by a legendary hero and ruin his plans for world peace. Tales of Symphonia [livejournal.com profile] its_game_time
19. Brave heroes join up to hunt down the source of the world’s air pollution. They argue over who gets stuck with a bucket.
20. A hero’s attempts to slay a dragon are delayed when everyone makes him/her solve their problems first.


...And yes, I have played, read, and/or watched all of these. :]
alory_shannon: Patrick Jane is an EPIC level troll. (The Best Medicine; TROLLOLOL)
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SO [livejournal.com profile] laura_writes and I went to Ohayocon last weekend, and it's taken me this long to do a semi-decent write up of it, but OH WELL. Here goes~

Waiting for the elevator is a part of EVERY Ohayocon, and the worst time is always RIGHT when you get there and have to take all your stuff up to the room. Laura and I must've waited 15-20 minutes, but we were on the 18th floor, and there was just no way that we were gonna make it up all those stairs lugging all our crap. But about 10 minutes into the wait, some random guy came out of the stairwell and said to the waiting group as a whole "HELLO ~LADIES~!" And there was a pause as he left, then the girl standing beside us deadpanned, "...Aaaaand now the weekend has officially begun."

All pics taken by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] laura_writes, the bestest BFF EVAR, & used with her knowledge and full permission. <3333

General Con Pics :D (a.k.a. OH SO IMAGE HEAVY SRSLY) )

Aaaand here are the Sync pics )
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (AWESOME TO THE EXTREME.)
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So today I went with my bro to Best Buy to check out the laptops, since he's going to be getting one for college/with his graduation money, and while I was there, of COURSE I couldn't resist looking at the anime. And who is now the proud owner of the complete series of Trinity Blood, and the first half of Yu Yu Hakusho? That would be me. :DDD I don't normally cave and impulse-buy things like that, but I have a thing for the slim, nice-and-neat complete series packets of anime, and I've been wanting to see the rest of Trinity Blood for ages. And it was only $36, which I'm sure most of my f-list knows is an EXCELLENT price for a complete series, since a single disc with four episodes can often cost $20-$25 depending on the series and how new it is. ...And is TB really considered shoujo? Mangafox lists it as such, but...lol that's a LOT of blood and fighting and not-really-romance for shoujo. I am unconvinced.

And as for YYH, I know it's really not the BEST anime out there by any stretch of the imagination, but it's nice when you just wanna watch cartoon people beat on each other (which I often do, shounen fangirl that I am :3), PLUS THEY ACTUALLY FINISH A TOURNAMENT HALLELUJAH IT'S A MIRACLE, which in my mind makes it VERY much worth owning. -^____^- ...Now I need to get my mum to go back and buy me the rest. I don't care if I don't get it until Christmas, I still want it. 8|

In other news, I finally had the time/energy to finish off FFXII (ORZ it took longer than it should've since I had books to read and other people hogging the TV and have just been so tired all the time lately and ESPECIALLY because I was trying to do all 500 million side-quests. But last night I just said SCREW IT I AM SICK OF THESE RIDICULOUS QUESTS and fought the final boss, and just. Totally trashed him so, so easily, because I had like...15+ levels on him from doing all those stupid side-quests, ARGH lol.) But yes, YAY, DONE.

.../plays ToS forever since she told Phase she would after she finished FFXII, s-sob Ffffff GTFO Colette, you're trying too hard to be cute and I want the hot momma Boobzilla Sheena to get with Lloyd so just go be an angel or smth already k
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (CRACK OTP FTW. <3)
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I meant to post this a week ago, but oh well--OHAYOCON '08 PICTURES/REPORT.

VERY IMAGE HEAVY--YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED )

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