I would remiss to overlook the series which gives this tumblr its name. Lain is another series which is very significant to me, exploring the boundaries between real life and life in the Wired (or internet, as we’d call it) as well as the entire concept of self-perception.
New CDs in my collection - July 2014
I must briefly interrupt my “Anime A to Z” feature for my monthly music library update! I didn’t forget to post this last month, I just didn’t buy any new CDs in June! In the few years I’ve been doing this, I don’t think I’ve ever gone a complete month without something new until then. That drought was not to last though, as July brings more new CDs!
» Depeche Mode: Violator Dark and atmospheric synth-driven music with a few familiar songs to get me started on Depeche Mode.
» Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall A fantastic show from the second round Genesis Revisited II tour, with a slightly different setlist and different guests than the previously released show from Hammersmith, on the first round of the tour.
» Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual Replacing my original CD with the remaster from 2000 with a few live bonus tracks. Found it for a few dollars, so I’m okay with getting it despite the 30th anniversary edition which was recently released. This will hold me over until I may get that edition later on.
» Richard Sherman & Roger Sherman: Mary Poppins The most complete edition of the soundtrack ever released, featuring many music cues released for the first time, and restored sections to songs previously edited down for earlier soundtrack editions.
» Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair Superb UK ’80s art pop.
» “Weird Al” Yankovic: Mandatory Fun Another good collection of parodies and originals, made better by the fact that I actually knew a few of the songs being parodied this time, in contrast to his previous album Alpocalypse, where I didn’t hear any of the songs parodied until after hearing Al’s versions.
Anime A to Z -R- Revolutionary Girl Utena
It’s impossible for me to sum up Utena in a short paragraph, being my all-time favorite series. It simply carries so much weight for me that in some ways it has etched itself into my very being. Symbolism, music, art; this series speaks to me like few others can even begin to, the film version even more so.
Anime A to Z -Q- Queen Serenity
Ruler of the Moon Kingdom in the Silver Millennium and mother to Princess Serenity, Sailor Moon’s previous incarnation. Sailor Moon, of course, being a series instrumental in paving the way for me becoming an anime fan.
Anime A to Z -P- Primera
Seen here with Mokona, Primera is the feisty fairy from Magic Knight Rayearth. She loves Lantis and hates Hikaru, and Mokona is often her foil. Yuri Shiratori gives her a great voice in the anime. (Coincidentally, Shiratori also voices Mokona in MKR!)
Anime A to Z -O- Osaragi, Hazumu
Hazumu was a boy until a passing UFO crashed right into him and ended his life. Or would have ended it if the occupants on board didn’t revive him. But there was a mixup when they were reviving Hazumu; he was returned to life as a she, biologically 100% female inside and out. It sounds silly, but this is actually the setup to Kashimashi - a very well-done yuri series. Once a boy, now a girl, Hazumu has to figure out how to deal with the affections given to her by the two girls in her life.
Anime A to Z -N- Nagato, Yuki
After yesterday’s entry, it should come as no surprise that I prefer Yuki with glasses. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, she is my favorite character from Haruhi.
Anime A to Z -M- Meganekko
Girls with glasses, as Kisaragi from GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class above is a class A example of. Maybe it’s because I wear glasses myself, but I can’t resist a cute girl with glasses. Often this character type is shy, quiet, and bookish, but not always. All I know is that more often than not, if a character in a series wears glasses, I will probably gravitate towards them. (Ironically, my all-time favorite character - Mayuko Chigasaki from NieA_7- doesn’t even wear glasses.)