- Willerverse: Dark-Dystopian Supehero universe with an underground network of social/medical supports (features: mental health, kink, psi-based powers)
- InterGalactic Urban Search and Rescue (IGUSAR): Hallows: Science-Fantasy Search and Rescue/Emergency Services Team, features: magic causes invisible disability and gender swapping, a system of oppression for a particular branch of magic (a rare form of in-born magic, rather than trained), a ghost as a co-captain
- InterGalactic Urban Search and Rescue (IGUSAR): Heartbeat: Soft-SciFi Search and Rescue/Emergency Services Team, features: a lot of human-to-non-human relationships and social exploration
If the poll isn't accessible feel free to vote in the comments for one of the above listed universes. Also feel free to leave a comment with an optional prompt so i have a bag of them in November. :) Comments are not screened.
Saiyuki Reload BLAST E11 (9/10) → Slightly disappointed with how Goku acted in E13 once the situation escalated; ( spoilery? ) I defended the anime's portrayal of him in E02 but I'm siding with the disappointed peeps on this one.
I can't believe that the episode this week is gonna be the last. Part of me still has trouble believing that we even got a BLAST anime in the first place, and now it's already ending :( I have no idea how the finale's going to go or if we're even going to have a S02 somewhere down the line.
Saiyuki Reload BLAST E10 (9/10) → I found the equivalent manga chapters for this episode confusing so I was pleasantly surprised when the episode wasn't. I'm chalking that discrepancy up to official translation vs. fan translation. ( Spoilers. )
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 (8/10) → I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that a local mall chain had decided to pick up the movie and screen it. Much yelling with friends ensued and plans were quickly made. ( Spoilers. )
Overall, a strong movie with good casting despite the pacing feeling a bit off. I like that Jotaro looks older than he does in the manga (I will forever wonder why they didn't just make Jotaro Josuke's dad and Josuke be Jolyne's dad) but that's probably just me being biased towards more hot oyaji.
Random note: Why was everyone ridiculously attractive in this movie? Angelo's supposed to be an ugly fucker, not some dude who looks like he just needs a warm bath to look hot again. I couldn't handle it when they'd zoom in on Keiicho's face augh ;_; too pretty.
Only two of the ten songs are "new" songs ("Hawaii" and "Give Me Strength"), but I'd only heard a few of the songs before (different versions, of course). There's a stripped down version of "Powderfinger" on there that's really nice!! It's the second track. I also really loved the title track, which I'd never heard before!
I mean, really though, every track on this album is great! I've heard a fair amount of his albums, but I think I'm going to make it a point to listen to all 38(!) of them, even the ones that aren't as popular. I just love Neil Young! Can't get enough! Even have thought about getting a Neil Young related tattoo! Not a portrait or anything like that, but like some sort of reference? I adore his music that much!! ❤🎶
Anyway, if you like Neil Young, you can listen to Hitchhiker on Spotify!
I have about 5 friends who actually still post there, who I left behind. But I'm at peace with it now. I mean, they know where to find me (here, on DW), I made sure of that, trust me! 😂 I practically begged them all to follow me over to DW, but hey, what can ya do? The ball's in their court.
It's sort of like when you're courting a dude. Like, if he likes you, he'll call. That sorta thing. And if they like me, they'll come find me. And if they don't like me... Well then what fuck?? 😂😂😂
See ya LJ, wouldn't wanna be ya!!! 👋
*Nothing serious, just ignoring my comments - very nice comments too, I thought! Maybe I was just a little too forward? I really don't know what the deal is... Maybe that person is just a jerk! Oh, well! It happens!
Summary on the back: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
My thoughts: This book had a slow start, and at first glance Alosa had most of the characteristics I dislike in a YA protagonist - too young, far too talented for her age, a violent, unnaturally good fighter, and annoyingly sassy - but I enjoyed the setting so I kept on reading. And before long it captured my interest. Yes, Alosa is all of the things I thought she was, and she is full of herself, but she does improve, and get layers - a tragic childhood of abuse, and a revelation as to exactly why she's so talented and unnatural - that helped change my opinion of her, and even grudgingly admit she wasn't so bad by the end. Similarly Riden starts out as relatively unlikable, but quickly grew on me, with layers of his own to uncover, and some impressive moments of self-sacrifice and honor.
The writing isn't perfect - a bit cheesy and occasionally bland - but there is some witty humor and several moments had me giggling or emotional. The darker moments don't blend well with the overall story - the writer couldn't seem to decide if she wanted a light-hearted swashbuckler or a gritty tale of a very unique girl trying to navigate a man's world - and the brief instances of torture and blood seemed entirely out of place. The real strength of the book, to me, was it's delightful concept, putting a fresh spin on the interactions of pirates and sirens. I'm actually surprised that both don't have more of a presence in YA fiction, but I'm always pleased when they appear, especially with the creativity in this plot. It was also refreshing to see a dash of the darker side of pirate and siren life, even if unpleasant - dubious consent/treatment of both women and men by the opposite gender, and violence. I did have one major issue with the way the topics were handled: while the violence/unwanted behavior of the male pirates to Alosa (and hinted at regarding other women) is rightfully and strongly condemned, the rape/murder of male sailors by female sirens is strangely romanticized as merely the way they reproduce (and one character is praised within the narrative for not trying to fight them off), which made me very uncomfortable, despite the briefness of the scene. But hopefully it's something that will addressed better in the sequel.
Despite its occasional side-eye worthy moments and imperfections, Daughter of the Pirate King was a mostly entertaining, relatively fun read that, if nothing else, left me wishing for more YA pirate books. Particularly ones with sirens.