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23 May 17

Do you like cryptic cabals convocating to spout cryptic mumbo-jumbo that may or may not foreshadow the entirety of the secret behind-the-scenes plot that you won't catch until a second go-through? If so, then you're in luck. We've got Chapter 4 of TBP for you today. Surely there can't be anything plot-relevant going on here. Nothing to see. Just planning the semiannual ice cream social. ^o^ And we've still got more CeleKing1 and some reviews bound by the common thread of the music of Yoko Kanno (or as much as I can manage in the time limits). Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 10:24:25

21 May 17

I've got a variety for you this week. We start with a couple of new additions courtesy of my visit to the Ghibli Museum during Golden Week, the graphic novel The Journey of Shuna and the animated short Mei and the Kittenbus. I've been watching a lot of anime lately since Golden Week and while I'm getting the slow weekly drip-drip of new series, I'm also starting to binge some old favorites as well. More will follow in the coming weeks, but we kick things off with the Record of Lodoss War OAV series. (I may decide to revisit the TV series as well in the near future, but I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about that prospect.) Those of you following my Gab feed know that I ended up beating the game accidentally two weeks ago, and though I'm barely scraping a 30% completion rate, I've decided to go ahead and post my review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which should have Zelda fans everywhere jumping for joy. Lastly, because I like to have at least five items for review, I randomly picked 300 because I like to fight in shade and then dine in Hell once I'm done, I guess. As for the centerpiece of next week's reviews, look up the song "Dance of Curse". ^_^ We've also got more TBP and CeleKing1. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 12:26:53

16 May 17

Someone's sneaking around in Chapter 3 of TBP. We've got a grab-bag of reviews on the horizon yet. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 10:18:03

14 May 17

Our theme this week is idol-based anime. We've got the contentious Macross Delta and both Season 1 and Season 2 of THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS. By American standards, it'd be considered one season with a mid-season hiatus between them, but the two are different enough for me to preserve the separation. We've also got a new release, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (Yes, I know it came out last week in the States, but it just came out here in Japan.) And for funsies, let's pretend the backstory of the film is detailed in 1984's Starman. We've got more TBP and a mix in store for reviews, to include Breath of the Wild. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 13:16:13

11 May 17

Batista and Masako get a bit of a breather this week in Chapter 11 of CeleKing1. We've still got reviews coming up. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 10:03:51

09 May 17

A girl and her Dragon, what can be better? Or is it a Dragon and his girl? Decide for yourself in Chapter 2 of TBP. Look for more CeleKing1 and anime reviews in the coming days. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 09:34:19

06 May 17

Here are the reviews I was supposed to deliver last week. We connect George C Scott to Paul Newman in 1961's The Hustler and from there we have the PI film Harper and one of his collaborations with Robert Redford, The Sting. We then bridge to Robert Redford (as I haven't seen the obvious choice of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for review purposes yet) with 2001's Spy Game. Lastly (and definitely least), we have a film that I feel Newman should regret more than The Silver Chalice, that blight from Pixar, Cars. (Though, in its defense, it's not Cars 2.) We're going to break the chain next week and review some anime and stuff. We've also got more TBP and CeleKing1. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 06:14:24

02 May 17

We get a glimpse of medieval CSPAN in Chapter 1 of TBP. Luckily for you guys, there's no unabridged transcript of the filibuster on the motion to appropriate 7% of the tax revenue toward improving the roads between Brodheim and Ostvin. We've still got reviews to come. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 17:34:33

01 May 17

I know I haven't posted the week's movie reviews and those are just going to have to wait until the end of this week. For some reason I imagined myself spending three or four leisurely hours winding down after each day's adventure rather than crashing and burning hard night after night until I finally dragged my beaten and bruised carcass back to home base. But enough about me.

Tempting as it is to not do anything while I recover, I can't fail to make note of International Ayame Jellybean Day. The plan was to update the gallery, something that's long overdue, but that will have to wait until later in the week. In the meantime, you're looking at the last picture I took of the mascot before making my way to the Orient. Everyone raise your glass to the one and only Ayame Jellybean.

While you're enjoying the festive atmosphere, look forward to more TBP and those reviews I missed last week. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 02:17:35

27 Apr 17

The two ladies featured this week would probably like to have a convenient hidey hole like that mascot, but, alas, there's no escaping their terrible experiences and now they get to dig all that right back up on pain of unspecified unpleasantness. It's Chapter 10 of CeleKing1. Look for Paul Newman in the next couple days. (I'm crazy enough to still try to get updates out even as I embark on my Golden Week adventuring.) Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 10:06:49

25 Apr 17

It is my great pleasure to present the debut of The Brothers Pendragon, starting with the prologue. It has been nearly 20 years since I jotted down the first notes that would develop into this story. Ten years ago, I launched this website with the prequel short story "The Stranger" as a teaser. I wrote and serialized the entirety of The Trident War Chronicles over the course of seven years just to get warmed up, I'm working on my own adaptation of the Arthurian mythos to bolster the canon, and now I can finally bring you the story I've been wanting to tell for so long. I certainly hope it proves to be worth all this anticipation.

In other news, we've got more of the recently completed CeleKing1 coming up plus some Paul Newman reviews. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 12:24:09

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