Tale as Old as Time…

That’s right, you guys knew this post was coming.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ was one of those movies that I was really nervous about when I heard it was going to be done. I thought that it had the potential to be really good or really bad. I can say personally, after having seen it two times already, that it is an incredible adaption. Perhaps not everyone will agree with me, especially with all of the crazy controversy out there, but I thought it was very well done and there was nothing in it that is unsafe for children. It’s just as wonderful as the original and I would love to see it a third time. I’m going to highlight some of the major points that I enjoyed most.

Plot holes cleanly paved over. There were several ‘plot holes’ in the original animation that, as I grew older, made me scratch my head. Was the Beast really 11 years old when he was cursed? How did Mrs. Potts have a son at her age? Where is Belle’s mother? These things are all solved and doesn’t leave you scratching your head, trying to do some serious math. I’m not going to elaborate too much because not only is it spoilery, but a couple people have already touched on this very subject and I don’t want to risk imposing too much on their topic.

Flawless filmography. Everything about the filming and editing was perfection. The shots were so well done and even with all of the singing, I never noticed an editing slip. Everyone working together behind the camera did such a grand job. The scenery was beautiful, the acting was great, and the finished product was, in my opinion, a grand success.

The most amazing casting I’ve ever seen for an adaption. Whoever did the casting for this movie needs about 50% of the profits because holy cow patties. I know some people still aren’t fond of Hermione- I mean, Emma Watson as Belle, but I think it’s a perfect fit. As with many of the other actors, Luke Evans and Josh Gad in particular, not only did they visually match the animated version of themselves, but their voices were spot on. There were many times in the songs that I had to do a double take because it almost sounded like they had pulled straight from the animation. The accuracy was absolutely breath-taking.

Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the controversy about the ‘gay scene’. If that’s something you have a problem with, please, do not let it deter you from going to see this movie. Unless you’re absolutely looking for it, it’s not something that’s in your face. Sure, it’s there. But you’re really only going to notice if you either want it to be there or if you’re watching desperately in the hopes that it isn’t.

Go see the movie. If you don’t like it, then don’t go see it a second time like I did. At worst, you’re out ten bucks and two hours. At best, you’ll have a new favorite film.

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

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The Shortest Post of the Week!

Ah, Saturday’s. Perfect for laying around and doing nothing. Such a wonderful treat. While you guys are (hopefully) resting up for the new week to come, here’s a musical suggestion for your entertainment!

This week, the genre is Japanese rock music. Why? Because I’m obsessed with foreign stuff right now, that’s why.

‘Inside of Me’ by the Vamps.

I absolutely love this song. There’s no Japanese in this particular song, but it’s still part of the ‘Japanese rock’ genre. I came across this one by accident in a K-Rock vs J-rock video and I have not been disappointed. If you ever need good music suggestions, just go to Youtube and look up something like that. You’ll be glad to did.

So go forth, look it up, and enjoy!

Today is My Friday

And so it’s Wednesday again. I’m actually excited about it this time because tonight is my last work night of the week. I put in for a nice, long four day weekend because ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes out tomorrow night and I will be there to see it the first showing available. I’ve had my tickets for well over a month now. There may be an extra post this week specifically fangirling over that movie (or sobbing over how they destroyed it, depending on how it goes, I guess) so keep an eye out. If not before, that will likely be the topic of ‘Random Sunday’ this week.

Anyway, on to the updates! (The part probably no one reads, but hey, it’s fun to keep track of.)

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’ currently episode 108. Look, I made some progress! I’m almost  halfway there! This weekend, I plan to push past that halfway mark. It’s my birthday Sunday and since I’m saving my funds for MomoCon, why not spend it relaxing and watching anime?

I’m currently in quite a state of distress because it seems as though some characters I love dearly are dead. However, if there’s one thing I learned about this show, it’s that it is incredibly difficult to kill a member of Fairy Tail. Even when you think one of them is dead, even if you see the body, it’s no guarantee they’re gone.

 

Reading: ‘The Choosing’ by Rachelle Dekker. I was really excited about this series. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors and since Rachelle is his daughter, I figured the apple couldn’t fall very far from the tree. It is a good book, don’t get me wrong. However, it touches on one of my personal biggest pet peeves and that’s making it incredibly difficult to get through. I started it last Friday and I just reached the halfway mark yesterday. That’s painfully slow progress in my case. Considering the fact that they’re due back to the library Monday and I’m only on book one out of three, I doubt I’ll make it through the entire series even with four days off. At this point, I’d much rather focus on my anime list.

Important note: The fact that this book isn’t my cup of tea DOES NOT mean I do not recommend it. In fact, I would highly recommend it, because she’s a new author and very talented. It simply touches on my pet peeve of a girl believing she’s nothing without a man, or being a wife and feeling she has no other place in the world. I know a change of heart is coming (at least I hope it is), it’s just a long road getting there, apparently. And I also know the main character’s reaction is completely realistic with how she was raised, it just grates on my nerves. THE BOOK IS STILL GOOD, OKAY? Read it and let us discuss.

 

Cosplaying: Might as well throw this in here, right? I’m super excited because I have all of the pieces I need for my Winry cosplay, minus the wig. That was shipped yesterday and should be here within two weeks, so the email says. I cannot wait to put it all together! I’m honestly more excited for this than I was for the ‘Attack on Titan’ cosplay I did. Wish me luck!

 

That’s all for this week. Time to get back to work and adulting and all that ‘fun’ stuff us nerds try to avoid. Until next time, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

I’m Going to MomoCon!

I’m going to MomoCon 2017! To say I’m excited would be a vast understatement, because I honestly didn’t anticipate going. One look at the guest list, however, convinced me that I needed to work some extra overtime and snag those tickets. It’s a bit of an adventure for me because I’ll be going out of state for this one, but I’m ready for it!

 

What am I looking forward to? J. Michael Tatum and Josh Grelle, these two being the main reason I decided I needed to go after all. I absolutely love them both and the fact that they’re going to be there solidified my resolve to go! However, they aren’t the only thing I’m looking forward to with this event. There’s supposed to be a ‘MomoCon at the Aquarium’ thing and that sounds like a ton of sun. Of course I’m also looking forward to making new friends and just exploring in general! Maybe find some more animes to add to my extensive ‘to-watch’ list.

 

Am I cosplaying? Yes. Totally. 100%. I actually got a few pieces that I’ll need today and I ordered the rest offline. Almost complete!

 

What am I cosplaying? Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I have wanted to cosplay her for a long time. I thought it would be easy (HA!) but I’m finding it’s actually very difficult to find some of the pieces I need, since I’m going for the less cosplayed version of herself. I’ll be wearing her casual black skirt, white tank top, black jacket combo. Finding that jacket was almost impossible and I still didn’t find a perfect one. I have a few days to return it, so if anyone knows of a place I can find an exact replica, let me know!

But that’s just for one day. I’m still debating on this, but I would like to do a crossover cosplay. Depending on how it works out, I’m going to crossover Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. That’s right, Winry Rockbell is going to be a Scout. Not sure yet if I need to get anything else to enhance the similarities between the two, but it’ll be fun figuring it out.

 

Sorry this was such a fangirly post, guys. I couldn’t think of anything else to write about today because this has been on the front of my mind. I honestly can’t wait! It’s not my first Con, but it’s the first full weekend event I’m attending. Wish me cosplaying luck!

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

Look, I Made It On Time!

It’s a beautiful, rainy Saturday and you know why it’s a beautiful day? Because I don’t have to work. That’s why.

Happy weekend, my friends! I hope you’re having a great one so far. Here I am with another Song Suggestion Saturday, the shortest post I make by far. But hey, if something I write helps people find their new favorite song, I’m happy.

My suggestion for this week is ‘Shatter Me’ by Lindsey Stirling, featuring Lzzy Hale. If you have never heard of Lindsey Stirling (or Lzzy Hale), you need to check them out. They’re both amazing!

My suggestion has been on repeat for a while now, so if you like violins, dubstep, and a super epic vocalist, this is the song for you! The lyrics, personally, say a lot to me and if I had to pick a song that I felt summarizes my life at this point, it would probably be this one.

So check it out, have a nice mini jam session, and enjoy the weekend!

Another Week, Another Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! That means it’s time for another (almost pointless…) update! Once again, it’s been a busy week and once again the only real progress I’ve made in the fictional realm is from reading, and most of that has been done on breaks at work. But progress is progress, right?

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’, currently on episode 98. There were three whole days in which I was too busy to even work in one episode while eating, like I usually do. Most of what I watched was done Sunday night after I finally gave up adulting and just decided to relax. It helped, let me tell you.

I think this show is getting more and more interesting as I go along. I was starting to get bored with it again and then along comes a plot twist. Now I’m hooked once again. Only 179 episodes to go… right? Someday, I’ll be able to manage a full review of this show. Someday.

 

Reading: ‘Game Over’ by Andrew Klavan. I’m nearing completion of this series and let me tell you, this has been one wild, amazing ride. When I read the summary of it I was thinking it would be much more like Sword Art Online. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that while it has the whole virtual realm similarity, that’s about where it all ends. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of SAO, but I’m very glad that this book series took a much different, almost more realistic turn.

The building in this novel has been great and the character development perfect. The main character, Rick Dial, has come so far from what he began as, but he didn’t progress too fast. His reactions were realistic and there haven’t been any ‘plot holes’ so to speak, at least that I’ve noticed. The development of the other characters has been great as well and I’m thoroughly satisfied with how everything has gone. I am at that part of the book where I’m sitting on pins and needles to figure out what’s next. After all this poor guy has gone through, I’m honestly unsure how he’ll get himself out of the situation he’s found himself in now. But I’m sure he will. He’ll be fine. (She said to herself fearfully…)

 

That’s about it for this week! I haven’t started on any Attack on Titan videos yet, or any other videos, but maybe by next week I’ll have some progress done on one to share with you guys.

Finish the week strong, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

My Top Five OTP’s

What’s the most feels-inducing thing I could possibly write about? OTP’s. Be ready for fangirling, which can include a variety of virtual screaming, crying, laughing, and strange dying animal noises. Here it goes: my top five OTP’s. I’m limiting myself to five because that’s all my emotions can handle. Also, I am not counting the OTP’s in which I ship myself with fictional characters, because that would be weird.

 

5) KirisunaKirito and Asuna from ‘Sword Art Online’  I stated before in a post that I liked season 1 of SAO but not so much anything after it. That holds true, but the show still has one of my top OTP’s. I remember beating the heck out of my best friend when Kirito kissed Asuna the first time. It made me so happy and at first I couldn’t exactly explain why. I’m not sure you really need to have an explanation with fangirling, but I think I’ll give it a shot.

One of my top criteria for a good couple is that both people in the relationship need to have goals beyond just being together. I find it pretty pointless if both parties are like ‘nothing else matters but him/her!’. Also, the ‘love at first sight’ thing is just redundant to me. Their relationship builds from acquaintances trying to get through this game to allies when they’re both strong, to friendship, and then (quite suddenly) romance. They appealed to me because while they do develop emotions that border the whole world revolving around each other ideal, it makes sense. They’re stuck in this game, fighting for their lives. All they want is to get out and live their lives together in a real setting. They fight for each other, are willing to sacrifice everything for each other, which shows just how much they do care about each other. And that’s why I love them so much.

 

4) RivetraLevi Ackerman and Petra Ral from ‘Attack on Titan’  This one hurts. If you haven’t seen ‘Attack on Titan’, I would still recommend it, but skip to number 3 right now, please. Spoilers ahead.

Honestly, there aren’t many ‘ships’ in the AoT realm if you look at it from a realistic perspective. You see Levi/Eren and Marco/Jean and Eren/Armin and just so many strange ships that just aren’t even there that I’m not sure there are any real ones. If I’m perfectly honest with myself, Levi and Petra may never have been a thing either, but I still ship it just like everyone else ships their relatively creepy ships. I mean come on, Levi is double Eren’s age. It’s creepy.

Here’s my reasoning behind Levi and Petra and where I think it might actually be canon. After they come back from the mission where Petra is (most depressingly) killed, in which Levi is more deadpan than usual, Petra’s father comes up to Levi. He’s rambling as he’s talking to our favorite little corporal, and if you listen closely, he mentions something about marriage. Back it up. He’s speaking to Levi, Petra’s commanding officer, telling him that he thinks his daughter is too young for marriage. Now why would a commanding officer, no matter how high up the chain, have any say in whether one of his subordinates gets married or not? He wouldn’t. Therefore, I have a suspicion that Petra was engaged to none other than Levi himself. We never really get to see them alone together so we don’t get to see how they speak to one another.

Another factor is that Auruo clearly had feelings for Petra, unreturned feelings. However, it’s pointed out several times that he’s trying to emulate Levi, noting his hair and how he sometimes speaks and acts. I suspect that he was trying to emulate the person that Petra had feelings for, in an attempt to turn her attention his way. This is technically just a theory, unless I’ve missed some important interview, but it’s one I will hold on to as canon until the show and/or manga proves otherwise.

Also, they’re both short. And she’s a little spitfire. And she can clean. If any woman could turn Levi’s head, I have a deep feeling it’s Petra, which is what makes that one horrifying episode so very sad to me.

 

3) Luca Forelli and Lia Betarrini from the ‘River of Times’ series by Lisa T. Bergren  As far as I know, they don’t have a ship name. It’s a lesser known series and I can never find anything on it. The fanfiction for this series is so depressingly few it physically hurts sometimes.

This isn’t the main couple of the series, but it’s still my favorite. Technically Luca breaks my rule of ‘love at first sight’, but in his defense, aside from Gabriella (who was clearly already falling for Marcello, his best friend), he had probably never seen a beautiful woman ready to defend herself tooth and nail like that. For a while, he faces unrequited love and he struggles to get out of the medieval Friendzone. It’s never exactly clear the moment that Lia begins to turn his way, or at least I don’t remember if there is one, but Luca slowly draws her heart in. He’s so loyal to her and so incredibly patient that the guy really deserves a medal. It takes him years to win her over and even when he does win her over, she’s still too terrified of what she knows is coming to agree to marriage. And then when she does agree to marriage, all heck breaks loose. He just can’t catch a break.

But in the end, it comes together nicely and they live happily ever after, so to speak. Their relationship is just so realistic in how patient he is and how Lia reacts to everything. It’s not just ‘girl gets thrown into the past, turns away from all she knows to leap into the arms of the handsome knight’. No, she handles it like a girl would actually handle it. She’s wary of staying in the past, she misses their mother, she’s logical about it all. When crap hits the fan five books later, she has an incredibly realistic breakdown and it takes her time to get over it. And through it all, they have each other. That’s why I absolutely love this series and this couple in particular.

 

2) Edwin and RoyaiEdward Elric X Winry Rockbell and Roy Mustang X Riza Hawkeye from ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ I literally can’t pick between these two and since it’s the same anime, I count it as one. Both couples mean so much to me. I shall now explain why, individually.

Edwin. This is a couple that builds up from a friendship as children to eventual marriage. And yes, it is indeed canon. Watch through to the ends of the credits and you’ll see a picture of all of the characters older. Ed is holding a little boy that looks just like him and Winry is standing close by with a baby girl that looks just like her. The picture is reminiscent (on purpose, I believe) of the picture their mother had taken with Ed, Al, herself and their father. It shows how Edward has taken a different path and has chosen his family over alchemy. Of course, Al and Mei are there in the final credits picture as well, which is another OTP entirely.

I always admired how Winry handled everything in ‘Brotherhood’. She took her own path in life and even as she suspects that she’s beginning to fall in love with Edward, she continues doing what she has to do believing that they’ll reunite later. Her constant fear that something will happen to both him and Al breaks my heart for her but she doesn’t let it slow her down. Then you have Edward who is completely focused on getting his little brother’s body back. He doesn’t have time for romance and I don’t think he ever once stops to evaluate how he feels toward Winry. He just feels it and that’s very clear in how easily defensive he becomes of her. When he calls to make sure she’s okay. When he jumps between her and Scar, even though Scar’s nearly killed him once already and Winry has a gun. When he doesn’t even have to act angry at Kimbley for Winry getting ‘kidnapped’ by Scar, because he’s legitimately that angry she got put in that situation. He cares for her, deeply, and for the longest time I don’t think even he realizes it. And let’s not forget he seeks solitude in her room when they’re hiding out in Resembool. To summarize, their relationship goes way back and there’s a great number of layers to it, which is what makes it so great.

 

Royai. If ever there were a true contender against the number one OTP on my list, it might be these two. I honestly don’t even know if I can fully explain what I love about this ship but I will try.

Roy and Riza go way back. Not as far as Edward and Winry, but Riza is part of Roy’s past and a big part of his future, and vice versa. They’re war buddies, so to speak, and Riza loyally follows Roy just about everywhere to make sure he stays out of trouble.

At first, I think Riza begins following him because she sees that spark of leadership in him. She sees what he’s capable of and she wants to help him get there, keep him safe in the process. So she becomes a super awesome sniper. My personal opinion is that Roy probably had a crush on her before the war, from meeting her after her father’s death. I think she ends up becoming his ideal woman, though, because she’s not only beautiful but actually terrifying. If there’s one person who scares Roy Mustang, I think it would probably be Riza Hawkeye. She’s not afraid to tell him what’s up and to butt heads with him when need be. That’s exactly what Roy needs and what makes them an incredible power couple. And if you have any arguments about whether they have feelings for each other, go back and watch how they look at each other after Mei heals Hawkeye. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

(Also, you can watch the AMV I made for these two here! Please enjoy. The above mentioned ‘look’ is at the very end for reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OHvzoRIsnA )

 

1) PercabethPercy Jackson and Annabeth Chase from the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series by Rick Riordan

Read the series. You’ll understand.

Honestly, I could leave it at that. From start to finish, these two are relationship goals. They start off as barely even friends. They aren’t even supposed to be friends, because of who their godly parents are. They should be natural enemies, but they’re not. Somewhere along the way, they become best friends. And sometime after that, Percy begins to realize he sees her as more than just a friend. They’re each other’s first kiss and first relationship. In the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series, Percy is very clearly thinking of a future with Annabeth in it and not just going to college with her. Everything about these two is perfect because their relationship isn’t perfect. They argue but they make up. They disagree but they find compromises. They get thrown into life threatening situations and find a way to get out together. It’s truly beautiful. Beyond that, there isn’t much I can say about this OTP to beat all OTP’s. The Percy Jackson world has completely taken over my life so it’s no surprise that these two are the top in my OTP book.

 

And I think that’s about it! If you read through all of that, I commend you. May you all have a great week! Until next time, nerd dudes and nerdettes!