II. Speaking of those other things...I have discovered another reason TVTropes is bad for me. It makes me go, "ooh! This is so my kind of thing! *DOWNLOADS*" Acquired so far for this reason: Red Garden (twenty-two episodes) and Murder Princess (six episodes). I may watch the latter soon, since...it has an ass-kicking princess and lesbian subtext. How can I resist? I also have Mnemosyne, which is similarly short and also has lesbian subtext.
I tried to watch another episode of Princess Tutu last night, but I couldn't get sound from my DVD player. Dammit.
III. Am I the only one who genuinely ships Kureha/Shinbashi (in that order)? I made the mistake of venturing into fandom while looking for scanlations, and it seems like most of fandom either ignores Kureha, hates on her, or sideships her with Shinbashi (even though he's "creepy" according to them...and Sou isn't?) to get her out of the way of the glorious, perfect Sou/Mashiro.
I know Shinbashi was around for what, less than two volumes? But I loved him anyway. I don't usually go for the "guy pines for a girl from afar" thing, but somehow it seemed perfect with him and Kureha. And their relationship was actually developing, even though she couldn't face up to him in person! I loved that.
...And then he got written out of the story. Just like Shinonome, who, while not as likable as him, was certainly interesting. I'm starting to think that this happens because Mizushiro realizes she's written a male character who is infinitely cooler than Sou in one way or another, so she gets rid of them in a panic. No one can be as good as dreamy rapist-kun!
IV. I recently discovered my old copy of Garth Nix's Sabriel, which I read as a kid and really liked. I barely remember any of it, though, and I've heard lots of good things about the whole trilogy, so I'm considering rereading it and then picking up...the others are Lirael and Abhorsen, right? I haven't actually read those; by the time I even heard they existed, I'd long since forgotten most of Sabriel.
V. I was deeply weirded out by today's Penny Arcade. For a while I thought I actually had the same birthday as Gabe, but then I looked it up and realized that his is actually the 25th. So I guess I'm safe.
I'll be getting chocolate from the fancy place after dinner, too!
VI. And now I'd better get back to watching "The Western Air Temple" before I get any more distracted. It's just too good.