Jun. 8th, 2012 10:41 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Gaiden: Japanese term used to describe a side story or spin off from an original source. Often not used in prequel or sequel context; instead, it's treated as a tale concurrent to the main tale.

In the case of Prometheus, however, it's a prequel loosely connected to the Alien canon which allows for ample room for a gaiden saga.

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I might be out of school, but I'm not done studying these things. (For those of you who are new to my blog, bakemono translates to 'monsters' in Japanese and is one of my favorite topics which I studied during my year abroad.) Netflix happened to have two interesting films for me to view: House and Hiruko the Goblin, both of which feature malevolent creatures preying on humans.

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Since many of my friends are mystified by Japanese mythology, I've got a NSFW link provided by i09 that covers the devious Tanuki and their magical testicular powers. Below that is a series of questionable artwork featuring human genitalia. At least the Tanuki knew how to party; "I'm a scary pile of dicks" just isn't as impressive.
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[ profile] dr_tectonic and I finished watching Troll Hunter and I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised. Sure, one could say that it's basically The Blair Witch Project in Norway, but that's an unfair comparison. TH dips into a redefined mythos for trolls, political issues, and a sense of conspiracy that makes it a completely different film. Yes, I'm obviously biased as I'm all about a good monster film, but here I actually cared a bit about the characters, especially the hunter himself with his loneliness. If you happen to get the chance, I do recommend this one.
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On my last day of the vacation, [ profile] tdjohnson and [ profile] rlegters took me off to Ballard to see the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. These locks allow large and small boats to switch from salt water to inland fresh water via a mechanism of increasing and diminishing elevations of water levels. It's neat to see it in action.

Fans of boats will appreciate the variety of ships that come through here: tugboats, yachts, pleasure boats, etc. Fans of the guys on those boats will find a wide variety of seafarers to admire: stocky guys in Carhartts, slim guys in thermals, and of course the burly lock attendants. Those who enjoy marine life will enjoy seeing how the variety of fish in the area adapt to the presence of the lock as adolescent fish will pass through one side to reach the salt water, while adults will try to return to the freshwater to spawn. You can often see little fish being sucked (mostly harmlessly) through the powerful tubes which keep the waters balanced.

Should you decide that you've had enough of the salty air, you can head over to the Botanical Gardens and adore the variety of trees and plants which come from many countries. I eyed the Japanese and Chinese ones, naturally, but that's not all to see.

Afterward, we zipped over to Fremont to view the curious collection of artisan shops and soak in the local feel of the place. It strongly reminded me of Boulder, but without all the pretention and college kids. There's a rocket planted atop the entrance of a shop that has this lengthy and comical history that you can find under the following link. I'm told that it lights up and blows smoke at a certain time of the evening as if were lifting off, which makes for a great tourist event.

We wander around a bit more when we wind up under a rather tall bridge. I notice that the road is called Troll Lane, and I chuckle that this area would indeed be perfect for a troll to live. Actually, one does...

Oh, to see my own face light up with glee as R & T give me this final surprise, facing down one of America's own bakemono made real. I was instantly giddy, and my two infinitely patient hosts snapped a pic or two of the gentle giant while I performed my own version of Shadow of the Colossus.

We're home now, and I'm finishing up my packing for the evening while reviewing my itinerary for my return trip home to the guys. This has been a completely awesome vacation, and I thank everyone who offered me a hand or a place to stay during my travels.

Now let's see what I can't do about finding a career...
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I love my guys!

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I am not watching the Oscars. I have never watched the Oscars, and I highly doubt I will ever do so willingly. As such, I have a nice chunk of time to address the influence of Neo-Confucianism in the Tokugawa period regarding my monster studies thesis paper. La la.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
[ profile] saintpookie added a few new anime to our Netflix queue, one of which is a series called Mushishi. Essentially it revolves around a wandering man who specializes in dealing with the 'mushi' spirits; insect-like beings that live just on the borders of our perception which can cause numerous illnesses if people get infected by them. Mushi, in Japanese, means bug (though snails, tentacled horrors, and other small critters also qualify), but it can also refer to an infestation, swarm, or decay.

While watching the series, it became immediately apparent that this is almost precisely what much of my Monsters and Mythology class included, making me terribly happy to share this title with you.

For the few of you who were there with me, the main character has almost direct comparisons to GeGeGe no Kitaro, as well as the monster classification that happened in Early Modern Japan. It's a bit on the slow side, but it's a well done anime that shouldn't be missed.


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