I have a weakness.
No matter what form; be it a book, a manga, an anime, a film or a television series- so long as it touches a subject that I’m interested in, of which there are many, it would get at least get half an hour of my life.
Of late, I’ve become a tad too devoted to Saki, a mahjong themed anime series, designed for a (probably) largely male fan base. Admittedly I nearly threw in the towel within the opening minutes of the series after seeing shots focusing and lingering on a female lead’s overtly-well endowed, bouncing chest.
(For the record, I appreciate and embrace in equal parts, both BL and GL and forms of fan-service. However, focused cut aways on over-sized breasts and voyeuristic shots catching high school girls’s panties lines are simply not my cup of tea even within the yuri genre so I tend to avoid material with too much such emphasis.)
So, why watch Saki if there were so many doubts?
I feel almost a little sheepish for admitting this, but I really enjoy TEDtalks.
If you’ve never watched one, they are a non-profit outfit sharing and spreading ideas via a wide and varied range of speakers. TED equates to Technology, Entertainment, Design, necessary factors in making a winning presentation.
With that amount of material, I think you would be hard-pressed not to find a subject matter that would interest you. But as always, all good things come with a little catch. Sometimes with so much information, you don’t know where to start or what to see.
Presenting my recommended female-biased three Tedtalks:
1)Mary Roach: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm.
I attempted to do a real-time English to Mandarin translation for my friend, D during a drinking session one night, but alas a poor memory for vocabulary proved to be my undoing. Then I discovered how the main site has subtitles in many languages. Win! (But not for me and my alcohol-infused brain that night.)
While I’ve spent so much time squealing about the cuteness of my OTP in Majisuka Gakuen 2, it occurs to me that I’ve never talked about the first Majisuka Gakuen that got me into the whole AKB franchise.
Unlike the recently concluded sequel where I only hung around to roll my eyes at the “friendship” of Center and Nezumi, the first Majisuka Gakuen worked so well because of Atsumina’s back story driving the main narrative, making it on the whole, a much more satisfying viewing experience.
(If you haven’t seen the original series, read spoilers of the arc after the cut at your own risk!)
Over dinner with fellow-j-drama connoisseur, Alien:
Alien: What are you watching nowadays?
Me: I haven’t seen anything new this season yet.
Alien: Trying to impose some limitations? But you are watching something?
Me: Er, well, kind of. I’ve been er, watching this midnight drama…
Alien: Really? What is it about?
Me: Er… well, it’s an old midnight drama you know? Madcap, lame, low budget sort of thing… It’s kind of an idol drama.
Alien: *suspicious* What do you mean by “kind of”?
Me: Well… It features three members of AKB… And you know, I’ve recently become really fond of the group and Takamina (although she’s not my oshimen) because of her variety show appearances…
Alien’s reaction (and possibly many of my gal friends when they hear about this):
(Note: All Mendol moving gifs on this post were scooped from Takaminas Please direct all fan love to the talented individual there. The stills screencaps of the show in the post were done by me but copyright reserved to all parties; please refer to Brittle Peanut’s Disclaimer for full disclaimers.)
Onwards to the show!
It’s been a long and bumpy ride to the finale of Majisuka Gakuen 2, but all corny midnight dramas must come to an end.
What else can I say? Ye drama gods are flightly and frivilous so roll with the punches!