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[Review] Fruits Basket 2019 11-13

Here we are at the end of Froob's first cours already, after only about twenty thousand words! Now let's add half that much again for three episodes, because it turned out I had a lot of feelings about these three.

Now that we've reached the mid-point of the series, I'm thinking of compiling these Fruits Basket posts into an e-zine (sans screencaps, maybe with my own drawings to replace them) and putting it up on sometime. So watch out for that!

Content warnings: discussion of abuse and sexual assault

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I'm not...entirely happy with the new Fruits Basket's choice to, like the first anime, rearrange everything so that the Big Dramatic High Note goes at the end -- I know why they're doing it, but I feel like it undermines a major theme of the series, which is that Big Dramatic High Notes happen but life still goes on. Still, Ritsu is a really really important character for me and I feel like this anime's version of that story has such marked improvements that I can't complain too much.

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"ロザリオ" [rozario] is the regular Japanese word for "rosary". The concept entered Japanese culture through Portuguese missionaries. It's not "ロザリー" or the like.

If you encounter "rosario" in an anime or game, it was almost certainly supposed to be "rosary". Keeping it as "rosario" adds a flavor to the text that was almost certainly not intended -- and even if it was, it should be "rosário" (with an acute accent), the actual Portuguese word.

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On Humble Comics Bundles

I buy ebooks and comics through Humble Bundle on a semi-regular basis -- far more often than I so much as look at their video game bundles, in fact. They're a great bargain, D.R.M.-free, and typically excellent stuff.

But whenever I'm downloading my comic purchases, I don't bother with the CBZs and only get the .torrent files for the PDFs. This is because Humble Bundle's CBZs are fucked.

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[Review] Fruits Basket 2019 7-10

This post's episodes are a cavalcade of seasonal events. I'm including one more episode than usual this time around. It's just to make the numbers match up. Ha ha, that's a joke that'll make sense in, like, a year or two.

Content warnings: blood; discussion of abuse and suicidal ideation

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A while back, Clementine's tag library corrupted a couple of my OGGs. It wasn't a catastrophe or anything because I just re-ripped the offending files from my CD of "Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town" and went about my business, but I subscribed to the GitHub thread about it. Recently, some folks were trying to figure out if the corruption could be reversed...and the example file one of them used was "Uragirimono no Requiem".

I'm not saying it's the work of an enemy Stand, but it's the work of an enemy Stand.

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Living Game is an interesting manga because it was supposed to be a Very Relatable romantic comedy about life during the asset price bubble...which, of course, burst not too long into the manga's run. The result was a story that captured the feel of the times extremely well, as both the author and the fictional characters scrabbled to orient themselves and stay afloat in chaotic times.

(I also like the art and cinematography quite a bit. The plot is pretty damn skeevy, though.)