April 2015 News

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This is the April 2015 edi­tion of the Gw­ern.net newslet­ter; pre­vi­ous, . This is a sum­mary of the re­vi­sion-his­tory RSS feed, over­lap­ping with & ; brought to you by my donors on Grati­pay.

Writings

  • Noth­ing fin­ished

Media

Books

Fic­tion:

  • The Sagas of Ice­landers

Non­fic­tion:

  • The Hall of Use­less­ness: Col­lected Es­says, Si­mon Leys (re­view)

Man­ga:

  • Tsu­tomu Ni­hei: Blame!, Blame! Acad­emy, Noise!: beau­ti­ful non­sense. Ni­hei can­not write plots, co­her­ently world-build, or do di­a­logue, and I find my­self re­gret­ting the com­mon­ness of manga writ­ten by man­gaka whose strengths lie al­most en­tirely in one do­main (writ­ing vs art); if he had been yoked to the same plow as a writer like Gen Urobuchi or Ryuk­ishi07, what could they have cre­at­ed? As it is, Ni­hei re­mains a vi­sual styl­ist on­ly. Prob­a­bly not good works to marathon, be­cause after a few chap­ters in a row, the vi­sual en­joy­a­bil­ity of the ar­chi­tec­ture and the skulls starts to pal­l—he uses the same mo­tifs over and over.

Film/TV

Live-ac­tion:

  • (re­view)
  • (2014); an at­tempt to do a lit­tle world­build­ing in pro­vid­ing a back­story for all the an­tics, and close the fran­chise (tem­porar­i­ly?) with a theme of ma­tur­ing and pass­ing on the ba­ton, clos­ing the loop with the first movie; un­for­tu­nately it comes off as com­pletely stale, with no gags we did­n’t get tired of in the first two movies.

Ani­me:

  • Atama Yama: cu­ri­ous short story about a greedy miser who grows a small sprout on his head ap­par­ently as pun­ish­ment, is an­noyed by the even smaller vis­i­tors to the tree, and then ap­par­ently drowns while try­ing to get rid of it. The story is­n’t much, but it’s much more in­ter­est­ing to lis­ten to the nar­ra­tor re­cite it to the tra­di­tional mu­sic and watch the ec­cen­tric an­i­ma­tion.
  • (re­view)

Music

Dou­jin:

Touhou:

Kan­tai Col­lec­tion:

Vocaloid:

  • “Yume Rock­ets” (Miku; OKUMEIKIBOUNOTOKYOTOZAIJYUU; Vir­tual Songs {2009}) [electronic/Jpop]