alory_shannon: Kitty says CURSES, WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE FOR OPPOSABLE THUMBS! (WHAT EVEN IS THIS; IDK)
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SO I just got done watching the first episode, and....now I have to go back and read through the whole series again, LMAO. I really rather liked it, and I don't have much to say that hasn't been said elsewhere. The change in pacing is what I noticed the most, really--this first episode was like the first three episodes of the original anime crammed into one. Which is fine, really, though I did sort of go "buh?" at the total lack of Kaito/Kite. I thought this first episode would be more, like, establishing who Gon is and how he behaves and how he's lived his whole life as a ~Nature Boy~ and have the whole thing with Kaito, then put him on the boat as the episode draws to a close and maybe give us a glimpse of Kurapika and Leorio, then end with OH NOES, THERE'S A STORM APPROACHING! But meh, this works fine, and as I said to both [livejournal.com profile] atiko and [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1, I love this series so much that I am really just thrilled to see HxH getting ANY sort of new attention, so I am unlikely to be very critical of much of ANYthing, really.

Looking around a bit, I've seen the OP/ED (particularly the ED) catching a lot of flak, musically-speaking....but y'know, I actually sort of really LOVED the new ED. TBH I guess it hits all my music-kinks just right, I can dig some well-done screaming/Screamo music ALTHOUGH ALSO ALSO ALSO now that I think about it, it also reminds me a LOT of VOCALOID-style music! Which I also love, SO. Here it is, if you'd like to see/hear it!



Three more things of note RE: this ED--

-0:35 Kurapika's Past -- HEARTSTRINGS SNAPPED, HOKAY, and I had to run it back IMMEDIATELY and pause it, because it was one of those alsdkfjalsjdWHATdidIjustseewhatIthoughtIsawNOWAYAUGH ;~; moments.
-0:36-0:44 ......I SERIOUSLY laughed aloud at 0:41. |D I sort of........cannot believe that they included that, LMAO And just--OH that is just such a skeevy creepy scene, FFFFFFFFFFFFFF...
-1:07-1:08 KILLUA YOU HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN INTRO'D IN THIS VERSION AND ALREADY YOU ARE KILLING MEEEEE D': The--the PERFECTLY lip-synced 'wasurenaide' ("Don't forget [me]") and that teeeear... (..or drop of blood? Or both..) KID, YOU MAKE MY HEART HURT AND YOU DESERVE ALL THE COOKIES, YOU HEAR ME, ALL OF THEM

The art is fine, it looks...better than the old one, sort-of? Somewhat cleaner and definitely "newer", but like someone else said, shounen anime art does tend to be ~quality~ and this show is no different. I was really hoping for something more along the lines of FMA/FMA:B, but...well, we'll see. It's CERTAINLY not bad enough to keep me from watching it every week, haha, but as I said, I absolutely adore this series, so. YES, I LIKED IT JUUUUUUUUST FINE.

And~ I took some screenshots, so icons should follow tomorrow! ...Though they will almost ALL be of Kurapika with maybe one or two Killua, hahahaaaaa character bias what is that. Made the icon I'm using for this entry from one of those screens, so if you like what you see there, check back tomorrow to snag yourself something. ;]
alory_shannon: THIS IS WHAT JOHN THINKS OF ALL YOUR CREEPY SLASH FIC. (HO DEER GAWD;)
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SO I beat Dragon Age II (not last night but the night prior to last), and…man. I don’t remember the last time I played a game that intensely, or beat an entire game so quickly. I played after work until 5 in the morning, like…four or five times, and that was enough to finish it with nearly every single possible quest aside from the DLC ones completed (and the three that weren’t were being glitchy, and two of them were just 'talk to this companion' quests anyway, and it was Merrill, so whatever, no big loss). Less than a week all told, hoo-yah! Or maybe I shouldn’t be proud of that. Hmm. Oh well, I am anyway. |D

There was some goofy RL drama in relation to me playing this game. )

ANYHOO, instead of a straight-up game review, Imma do a Dragon Age II meme I swiped from deviantArt. And since I’m no artist, text-only answers shall have to do. ;]

WARNING: EPIC-LEVEL SPOILERS AHEAD. And a little ranting too, hah. )


TL;DR, I beat DA:2 but…I sort of am not ready to be done with it. I want to go back and replay it all, even though I did just about everything that I COULD do…and I liked being smart-mouthed, so I wouldn’t want to change that, and I also really liked being a mage, so…I…would just be replaying the whole game exactly the way I did it before, lmao. Maybe I’ll just do that anyway, WHO KNOWS, WE’LL SEE. But first, my D*C costumes must eat my life. 8|;;
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
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WE DID IT OH MY GOD OH MY GOD THE US TEAM IS INTO THE NEXT ROUND. \o/ \o/ \o/

I WAS SO WORRIED no one had scored and it was getting SO close to the end of the game and I knew we would be OUT if we didn't win because England already had a point in their match and we didn't WIN that last game because of that stupid ref, so a tie wouldn't cut it unless Slovenia got a point and tied with England too which didn't seem likely, but OH my God, THANK HEAVEN FOR LANDON DONOVAN. 91st MINUTE GOAL FTMFW. I, I don't even HAVE an icon happy enough for this, but this is roughly what is happening in my heart right now


only with balloons and streamers and 400x the energy


OH and what's more, we won our group! That hasn't happened in...forever, ahaha. 1930, according to some news articles, but YEAH same thing. Oh, but seriously guys, I am in tears right now, I am so, SO happy, and I almost never cry over anything.

Plus England is second in the group, which also makes me happy! Though I'm sure they're rather annoyed to be second to the Yanks, especially since they are ALL about the football over there, and we...are still sort of not...at all. COME ON AMERICA, TAKE THIS GAME MORE SERIOUSLY, IT IS AWESOME!! But then again, the idea of a grumpy England makes me...mostly amused, but also a little happy, too, so. |D

AND NOW I SHALL CROSS MY FINGERS AND ROOT FOR MY SECOND FAVOURITE TEAM, GERMANY. YOU GOT THIS, GUYS. GET OUT THERE AND KICK SOME ASS.
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (*coughs to disguise laughter*)
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...Well. I don't NORMALLY go posting my fanfic here, because a) I doubt most of you care to read it and/or want that clogging up your f-lists since I generally post at least one a week, and b) I have a writing journal where I sort of file away all that sort of stuff, but. I'm posting this one here, because it is warm and fuzzy and it made me happy to write it. BFF OT3 awwwwww~

...I'll be sad if you don't read it. :C And despite the title it's not at ALL smutty, I swear. )
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (Default)
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...It really was late, and I kinda thought it needed to be done.

Cut for image size. )

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