Friday, 13 February 2009

Kawaii and I

Something that has always been a part of me is a liking for kawaii or otherwise cute things that may or may not be be linked with cartoons, childrens tv series or the like so I wouldn't collect them in a collecting sense
With me this has everything to do with being a coping mechanism that pulls me out of anxiety and also a part of the child-like brain damaged me that needs to see, feel and play with tactile objects especially small ones as handling them helps me stay 'in the moment' and concentrate on that situation.
I really like the Sanriotown characters such as Twin Stars, My Melody, Chococat and of course Hello Kitty.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Playing in the woods

Winter usually is a time where I tend to go walking through the local woods quite a bit because I do enjoy being out of doors taking fresh air although though my social anxiety makes it hard at times to feel confident by myself.
Equally, with my physical disabilities not least cerebal palsy, I find walking about difficult even in flat shoes so I could never wear heels to walking never mind actually run around in although believe me I do so enjoy trying to hugging trees cos they they make me feel good and also it's part of game I've played since childhood starting in the school playground that had a big tree at the corner near a gate where played our games as they boys had the upper area.
That was the most fun I could have then and still love now.

Monday, 2 February 2009

The Slayers!

MVM in the UK have recently began re-releasing the classic Slayers TV anime series on four DVDs starting with Volume 1 in January.
The series is set around the adventures of Lina Inverse (pictured above), a happy go lucky mid teen sorceress, who liberates stolen treasure from assorted bandits and offers protection to villages from such menacing things as dragons and trolls - at a price!

For the anime series she is joined by Gourry (above), a valiant knight who early in series schemes to rescue Lina from some bandits -including Zelgadis - with a view to taking her to bed until he realized she's too young for that. In a vow to protect her, he follows Lina to the next village without suspecting he would be destined to be her sidekick.
Much of the comedy within the series arises from the interactions between the pair of them - who just seem to rough each other up - fighting over food, joking each others expense or dropping each other in trouble.
Personality-wise Gourry is a little slow witted but brave being more than prepared to take on foes when the need arises whereas Lina - well I just love her - is clever and very manipulative.
Her powers with magic are exceptional eclipsing Gourry's swordsmanship.
To avoid this getting rather boring storylines are written and quirks added to give him some action an example of which in this volume where Lina finds herself without any magical abilities because it's 'that time of the month' leaving her powerless when Zelgadis (the major villain in this volume) catches up with her. Zelgadis knows the true value of the objects Lina has taken.

The Opening Theme: YouTube - The Slayers Opening Theme

Stylistically this anime is so mid nineties with the villains have large clocks denoting their status, the ladies have huge saucer-shaped eyes and shoulder pads.
There are three newer series made for Japanese TV that have yet to be issued over here.
I found it very entertaining and look forward to the other volumes.