April 2022 media round-up

What I watched and read in April 2022

I changed my website's flatfile CMS to be Automad! I have installed so many different CMS on my domain hahaha. I wanted more flexibility to showcase different projects on my main page. It was nice to re-evaluate what to keep on my website. I have some super old stuff on there that I still like, and some more recent stuff that I no longer like, so I took off. It's turning more and more into a strange repository of stuff! Like my OC page!! If I had all the time in the world I'd start to compiling my plush, tamagotchis, and meromeropark characters too.

My brain only has so much capacity to store short term ideas/info before it's replaced by other things. One idea out, one idea in. I forgot the standalone comic I wrote for a while because I had to write/draw a bunch of other things (Yakuzine, Poss, etc.), but then I was reminded about it again when some communications about it arrived in my inbox.

I survived April, but May is shaping up to be equally busy.

I didn't write down my specific thoughts for some of the titles below so this entry is a bit more sparse. Sometimes I screencap things as I read them as visual reminders for my round-up post later. Most of the time I forget. I've been reading a lot more manga titles because I know they're things that I can finish in a shorter period of sitting. I've deferred so many longer text-only reads and I've hit my max holds at the library!

Soul (2020)

Recommended by Powerswithin and Schen! I think the lessons in this film are ones that I'm familiar with, having worked with a lot of people who are chronically or terminally ill.

22 vs. Earth (2021)

22 trying so hard...

Inside Pixar (2020)

Creeping the life of people inside Pixar. I like that they included staff that wasn't directly involved in production, like the pastry chef!

Marvel Studio Assembled: The Making of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

I was surprised at how many fake sets were made!! And the amount of detail in the costumes.

Living-Room Matsunaga-san #1-10 by Keiko Iwashita

Ursula Ku / Kevin Gifford (translation), Dawne Law / Ean Scrale / Jan Lan Ivan Concepcion (lettering), Mike Martin (additional lettering), Ean Scrale / Tiff Ferentini / Thalia Sutton / Dawne Law (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

LBR I picked this up because the guy has glasses! Which is kinda rare in shoujo manga (probably because glasses obscure the eyes, and glasses are also super hard to draw...)

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The main character pulls her hair like this in frustration and it makes me laugh!

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Why do you have so many glasses? Don't your eyeballs get messed up when you have to readjust to a new frame/lens ?!

The author really paid attention to fashion and it shows in how the characters all wear different things and are styled differently every day! I think some people might feel a bit ick because of the very prominent age gap. I was kinda sad that the character that I thought was aro turned out to not be...!!

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Sometimes this character reminds me too much of me in spirit and appearance. Though my bangs only do this if it's super greasy.

Blood on the Tracks #1-7 by Shuzo Oshimi

Daniel Joseph (editor), Daniel Komen (translation), Risa Cho / Evan Hayden / Lorina Mapa(production)

Recommended by Ben. Very messed up and uncomfortable, so very effective...!!

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It's uncomfortable enough that I kind of don't want to keep reading...but...

Go with the clouds, north by northwest #3 by Aki Irie

Daniel Joseph (editor), David Musto (translation), Grace Lu / Tomoe Tsutsumi (production)

I gave this series another chance after my weird feelings about vol 2. The main plot has picked up again. I just have to readjust my expectations about what to expect and what kind of storytelling style this author has! More meandering than I'm used to, but that's just how it goes!

With a dog and cat, everyday is fun #1 by Hidekichi Matsumoto

Kumar Sivasubramanian (translation), Risa Cho / Eve Grandt (production)

Very accurate to the dog and cat stereotypes and matches my (limited) experience with them. Cute and short!!

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I see no lies.

You in the Window by Kumota Haruko

Translation: Angelique Millard Devereaux / Lea Hisatake, Channon A. Dishman-Flores / Jennifer Zahorchak (editing), Hailey Phelan / darla (lettering), Vulpecula (DMG Group)

I picked this up on a whim. Short, unrelated stories. My ereader fooled me for a while because it auto-defaulted to reverse/inverted colours, and I thought I was reading an extended flashback scene.

10 dance #1 by Inouesatoh

Karhys (translation), Brndn Blakeslee (lettering), Lauren Scanlan (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

The scene where the latin dancer turns into a shoujo maiden in the emperor's hold made me laugh so much!! Image description

Haikyu!! #9-10 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

Continues to please. I love...Shimizu (glasses!!) and how everyone else thinks she is gorgeous and the best too...

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Today's music post: Kiseki no Umi by Maaya Sakamoto (from Record of Lodoss Wars Chronicles of the Heroic Knight). I'm not sure why this was the first song that came to mind when I was typing this post! I watched the TV show and followed the comic by Masato Natsumoto for a short period, but I only remember fragments of the original Lodoss war OVA. Lodoss and Shining Force were definitely formative in building what I like about medieval fantasy genre.