Friday, November 12, 2010

Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess) and Belated Update

So, let's see...the last time I posted to SMC I was remarking on the death of Walter Cronkite, the voice of Benjamin Franklin on DIC's "Liberty's Kids" - I have actually been talking about this show in one of my graduate seminars this semester.  Yes, my professor thinks I'm a complete doof, now, because so far I've expressed my love of "1776, the Musical," my preference for Hall of Presidents at Disney World over real presidential history, and now my comment that one of the themes of Liberty's Kids is about the obstacles of slaves and freed black people (my seminar with this professor is looking at Antebellum slave narratives).  I think if he knew about this blog he would be rather dismayed that he had provided me with a letter of recommendation for graduate school.

Anyway, so I'm finishing my second year of grad school and then...?  The economy is so bad I'm not really sure what my next move is; I just know that I'm not continuing in the PhD program because I cannot continue teaching freshman English for $7.80 an hour.  Well, actually, I could keep doing that, but not teaching AND writing a dissertation for eleventy years. 

My son is still watching Scooby-Doo; he doesn't like the newest addition to the canon, however; It's something that Cartoon Network came out with recently (he watches cable at the G-rents').   Not having seen it, his resistance to it tells me that it either has too much real supernatural stuff going on, or it's somehow grittier than the other incarnations.  Wait, let me look for it...It's called Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (this link will take you to the CN page for the show) - it looks pretty standard issue, so I'll have to watch an ep and see if I can figure out this SD anomaly with my boy.  He's watching a lot of CN's other offerings for kids (and the Total Drama series, even though it's for a somewhat older crowd); Scooby-Doo has become a sort of mental comfort food for him, like the old Popeye and Looney Tunes cartoons were for me. 

I started this blog when my son was still little, as a way to write about my experience with reacquainting myself with the old cartoons I watched as a child, especially now that I was introducing these works to my son.  Now he's moved on to the stuff he likes but he still has an appreciation for the old Fleischer stuff and that makes me happy. 

So, I'll sit with him and watch the stuff he likes, and for the most part it's stuff I can reasonably tolerate, like Johnny Test; while it's not stuff I would go out of my way to watch on my own, I'm still appreciative that I get a chance to sample what the hip youngs are watching these days.

Anyway, so that's as much of an update I can reasonably give without getting completely boring, so I'll just move onto the next subject, which is also somewhat of an update. While my son has been blazing his own path of cartoon experience, I'm continuing down this rabbit hole of anime (and now manga) that I started up when introducing my son to some of the old anime that I watched (when it was still called Japanimation).  After I went through all of the old stuff I watched, I started looking at stuff I had never really watched but was from the same time period (and had not entered the U.S. market in any translatable way), then I moved onto new stuff.  I think the first recent anime I started watching was Bleach, and it's been all downhill from there. 

Does my obsession with Japanese animation make me otaku?  Haha, no - I've actually tried to engage otaku in online forums and was immediately tossed out, so either my online social skills are really, really bad or I just haven't gotten "it" (whatever "it" is).  I realized recently, however, that I've watched so much anime in the past couple of years that I'm getting a little jaded and can now start looking at the different offerings with a more critical eye.  So, I won't automatically obsessively watch a series if I don't like it or find it too ecchi or fan-servicey.  I guess that's a good thing?

One show I've started watching that deserves some mention is Kuragehime, and I'll continue with those thoughts in another post - I've already eaten through way too much time on this one meandering post.

Swiped the picture from Star Crossed Anime Blog

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