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Below are the 19 most recent journal entries recorded in cordless_sugar's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004
4:37 pm
Been taking a break from fansubs...
But I promise you, pretty soon we'll be back with more reviews than you can imagine. Or maybe not, but we're still gonna try!

Oh, and I highly recommend anyone interested in music in the least to check out the downloads over at http://www.bannedmusic.org. All they have so far is a compilation CD and two Jay-Z remix albums, but I assure you that both remix albums are worth the download.

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, May 6th, 2004
2:01 pm
Tenchi Muyo episode 6...
...Kinda sucked. Maybe it was just the costumes, or maybe it was Ayeka's unnecessary nude scene. Anyhow, it just wasn't the greatest. However, a new character was introduced (Ryoko's creator Washu) so not all hope is lost. And besides, now that the Kagato arc is over maybe Tenchi and the girls might not have to don their hideous spacesuits ever again. We can only hope...

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, May 4th, 2004
3:45 pm
Not quite sure why, but on page 3 of the first chapter in Ichigo Mashimaro, Miu's room is decorated with an Aphex Twin "Windowlicker" poster. Weird...
3:33 pm
Ichigo Mashimaro...
Whoah. While managing my ample manga collection with ListerX, I stumbled upon a cute-looking manga by the name of 'Ichigo Mashimaro'. Now, just for the hell of it, I decided to do some research on the title and found a link to a wonderful page with scanned and translated versions of the manga (http://www.edric.net/Akatsuki-Manga/Akatsuki-manga.htm). Now, while I was skeptical at first, the translations on that page are nothing short of amazing. Hell, even Viz' official Yu-Gi-Oh! translation isn't that flawless.

However, while the translation and editing are both of professional quality, sadly Ichigo Mashimaro has to be one of the most horribly-written manga I've ever ran into. Confusing doesn't even begin to describe the plot.

Current Mood: scared
Sunday, April 18th, 2004
11:07 am
Fruits Basket episode 6
OK, I was going to try and watch all the way through episode 6, but I just couldn't. I mean, I've lived through a whole lot of really damn bad anime episodes in my life, but this was just the absolute worst. The countless jokes about Shigure being a pervert (SO FUNNY!!!), the completely nonsensical scene where Tooru's friend with the blonde hair explains her origin (was it supposed to be funny? Sad? Interesting? All I know is that it sucked), Tooru's ecstatic reaction to the fact that Shigure is a novelist (HA HA HA!!! IT'S SO FUNNY I JUST PEED MYSELF!!!), the use of 'huggling' (OMG!!! KAWAII!!! *^_^*!!!), it all came together to provide the single worst episode in my anime-watching history.

What a piece of crap.

Current Mood: content
10:48 am
Oh my god...
OK, so I'm watching Fruits Basket episode 6, right? Well, I'm not quite sure why, but in the beginning of the episode Tooru decides to give us all a recap of what's been happening in the series, acting like it's all completely strange and new to her, even though she's been with the Souma guys for 5 episodes already.

Anyways, that's not the point. So, remember how much I hated the idiotic translation on the other episodes, what with how they left some terms purposefully untranslated, just for those idiotic anime fanboys and girls who like slipping in random Japanese phrases into their conversations to earn geek points. Well, this is worse. Instead of using the perfectly acceptable term of 'hugged', the slightly weirder 'embraced' or even 'touched', BakaMX used the phrase 'huggled'.


OK, let that soak in. HUGGLED. Not hugged, not embraced, not touched, not anything that makes sense. Huggled.

While it is nice that the 'baka's are starting to become less frequent, at least they're somewhat excusable given that that is the correct Japanese term. 'Huggling', on the other hand... BakaMX, I hate you.

Oh yeah, and Shigure writes perverted novels.


....God I hate this show.

Current Mood: frustrated
Saturday, April 17th, 2004
10:55 pm
Neon Genesis Evangelion
I'm not sure if I should act on these impulses, but I have a strange urge to re-watch Evangelion, even though I distinctly remember it being pretty damn bad. Maybe too much Fruits Basket has rotted my brain...

Oh yes, and soon I will unleash my first-ever fanfiction on the unsuspecting people browsing fanfiction.net. The poor fools.

Current Mood: creative
Friday, April 16th, 2004
2:13 pm
Tenchi Muyo! episode 4
Ryoko naked. Naked Ryoko. Ryoko... Naked.

Yes, there's nudity. Ryoko nudity. And lots of it. And she has weird off-pink coloured tits that appear and reappear at random. And she's naked. Yes, I know I already said that, but she's still naked. Oh, and Ayeka is too, but only for about 2 seconds. Ryoko, on the other hand, is naked for just about the entire episode.

Oh well, maybe that'll be the last time we see her tits... Or should I say 'hopefully'?

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, April 15th, 2004
5:10 pm
Tenchi Muyo!
A while back I downloaded the first three episodes of the classic shonen OVA series Tenchi Muyo!, which I must say I enjoyed quite a bit. However, for some reason I have yet to explain, I quit watching after those first three episodes. Well, recently I decided that maybe it would be a good idea to download the episodes I've yet to see, and from the looks of it that was definitely a wise choice. Oh yes, and instead of the worthless DVD rips I grabbed the first time 'round, these are actual fansubs, which makes me happy.

Now, if only the Tenchi Muyo GXP spin-off didn't suck so much...

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, April 13th, 2004
10:17 pm
Fruits Basket episode 4
Great review of Scrapped Princess there... Anyways, I'm here to review episode 4 of Fruits Basket, which I must say is really an improvement for the series. You see, before episode 4 Fruits Basket was a boring, unfunny 'comedy' with some supremely unlikable characters and a weird premise. And now, with episode 4 it's turned into a mildly interesting shojo series with a grand total of one likable character (Kyou), a weird premise and 'comedy' which, while it's usually excessively stupid, at times actually borders on funny.

OK, so that isn't much of an improvement, but it doesn't really take much to be better than the first 3 episodes. Oh yeah, and the new character introduced in episode 4 (whose name I've already forgotten) is really, really annoying because of her all-consuming love for Kyou, and it seems quite clear that Tooru (who used to be called Honda up until this episode) is in love with her.

One last thing: While the content of the episode was good enough to make up for it, the translation on this episode was probably the most annoying I've seen so far, if only because the translator felt the need to leave certain phrases such as 'baka', 'kawaii' and 'neko' untranslated. While I can understand leaving the honorifics (-chan, -san, etc) being left intact, leaving phrases like that untranslated is just obnoxious and lazy. Grr.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, April 12th, 2004
11:03 pm
Scrapped Princess (review)
So far, out of all the (downloaded) shows I've watched, Scrapped Princess is my favorite. Ok, theres not TOO much competition, but still... you get the picture. Anyways, Its about a princess who the 'prophecies' have told that once she is older, she will destroy the world. Total bummer. But nobody would really trust what some old fogies sitting around playing checkers would say right? Wrong. So everyone is out to kill her. Whats interesting though, is while the story goes on, you see how she has damaged peoples lives, even if she doesn't mean too. A few things I can predict though, but what isn't predictable? Its not like you couldn't predict the plot of 'What A Girl Wants' from beginning to end. So yah. All around, if you are a sucker for fantasy, Scrapped Princess might just be for you! I personally enjoy it, and can't wait till the next episode. SO much better than the Cosby Show.

Current Mood: impressed
Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
11:36 am
Downloading files on KaZaA takes forever
Believe me, it does.

Current Mood: bored
Tuesday, April 6th, 2004
9:07 pm
FLCL, Excel Saga, Comic Party...
OK, first things first. While I know it's nothing unusual for a highly-rated anime to suck (see Fruits Basket for a good example of this), I was actually surprised with how bad FLCL turned out to be.

When most people talk about FLCL they say it has a hyperactive pace, an kickass soundtrack and is one of the most insane anime you'll ever see.

Well, they're right on one account... While anime music usually is tolerable at best, I actually found myself liking some of the music in FLCL, and if I ever find what the first song featured in the series is, you can bet I'll grab an mp3 without hesitation.

However, I really don't understand where the 'insanity' and 'hyperactive pacing' comes from. The voice cast in the show all clearly suffer from terminal boredom (their voices also happen to fit their respective characters as well as I fit a shirt my mom knit me when I was 3), and the 'insanity' seems terribly tame when compared to even the most regular Nickelodeon cartoon.

Oh yeah, and while it still has a while to go before it's finished downloading, I can tell from the AVI preview that Excel Saga isn't going to disappoint. Most. Addictive. Anime theme song. Ever.

One last thing: it seems that somebody out there really doesn't want me reviewing Comic Party, because they keep on pulling their files the second I start downloading. Which is a shame, because it looks quite promising. Oh well, maybe I should just save up for the DVD or the manga...

Current Mood: blank
Monday, April 5th, 2004
11:11 pm
Fruits Basket...
OK, after watching most of episode 3, I'd have to say this series has just headed straight down the crapper. While episode 1 had some promise and 2 showed that perhaps all was not lost after all, episode 3 reveals the series for what it truly is; a steaming pile of shit.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, April 1st, 2004
7:08 pm
I was just adding my 2 cents. However, I realize now that I failed to mention the complete lack of anything even remotely funny in the series, which is especially crippling to Fruits Basket because it tries so hard to be a comedy.
7:04 pm
Um.. Are you dissing my review??

Current Mood: shocked
6:55 pm
Fruits Basket
Actually, I didn't find it too repulsive, but it's still far from good. However, you are right that there isn't much to say about it without degenerating into stupid jokes about how it has one of the most absolutely godawful names to ever taint the already fairly dubious name of anime.

Current Mood: content
6:52 pm
Fruits Basket
Well, the current topic is Fruits Basket. Well, uh... there really isn't much to say about Fruits Basket. For those who don't know, Fruits Basket-i'm getting REALLY tired of typing that-is about 4 guys who if they get hugged they turn into animals. Of coarse it only happens if they hugged by the opposite sex. Why? Because it wouldn't be enbarrassing for them when the change back naked!! Duh!! Anyways, I don't really think its worth wasting good time on, but it can be slightly entertaining if you are so bored that your brains are falling out. Then you might even ENJOY watching Honda, the air-headed lead be well.. air-headed! Fruits Basket could be a very good series, and sometimes is, but then it just go's ahead and kills itself again. Thats the really bad part, because its not always bad, in fact sometimes its good! But then it just all turns to worthless crap again. ARG!! Oh well. For now i'll just wait for the next painful episode to finish downloading.

Current Mood: frustrated
5:57 pm
Welcome to Fun with Fansubs, a wonderful place where my sister and I sit around and discuss our wonderful adventures in the world of fan-subtitled anime.

The first topic today will be Fruits Basket, a comedic shôjo anime from Studio Deen which has been the cause of much head-scratching among the FwFS crew as of late.

Current Mood: happy
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