Nov. 28th, 2016

patchawful: (misao)

Awesome sauce!

In our quest to watch more up to date anime, we've moved on to Love Live. So we're about a decade further than we were before at least! It's actually been a couple weeks since we watched the first two episodes, but luckily they had a 'Previously On' before the opening, to make sure everyone's up to speed. I'm not used to anime this plot intensive!

But continue the plot does, with or without us, as the trio (still a trio, despite what the opening wants to tell us) prepare for their first idol performance! It doesn't go entirely well, but then hey, they've still got a lot of episodes to get it right. And to fill out the rest of the cast. I'm enjoying it so far, it's decent if unspectacular. There's one or two things I'm still not too hot on, but we'll see how it goes. And yep, I'm aware I'm half a decade behind the rest of the world here!

So yeah, looks like I don't have a whole lot to say about Love Live just yet (it being so long since I saw the first episode probably plays into that!), but I'll probably have more to say once we're further along. Until next time!
patchawful: (hex)
Went to Hyper Japan Christmas Market today! I enjoyed it. It was mostly stalls, because market and all, but there was a few cultural events, and even a stage they had bands on! I didn't get to see any of it though, as I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend more on the extra tickets. Maybe I should've, a couple of the events looked kinda neat, like needle felting. There was a Jpop stand too. I always think I should get into Jpop when I go to these events, but then never do. Maybe now I will!

Overall, I spent most of the time checking out the vendors, and that was a blast in itself. I guess the good part of being very out of the anime loop this year is there's less temptation. There's only so much Sayaka stuff I can really justify getting! I did almost get a Patchouli Nendo though (I think it might be the same one they had at summer Hyper Japan), but I didn't because of price. Now, if it had been a Sayaka Nendo...

I can always buy online. Maybe.

I did get some knick knacks though, which I'll go into more detail in in another post. Overall it was a pretty good way to spend a Sunday!
patchawful: (princess)
So ballet is over for the term, which is pretty sad. I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to keep doing it next term though, and right now I'm trying to decide whether I want to continue with the beginners for another term, or move up to the next level. I think I've improved a lot, and I'm really proud of my barre work, which makes me think I should move up, but then there's always things that need improvement (I still can't turn right, wah), and besides that, another term in beginners will help me retain it better. On the other hand, I don't have a lot of money just now, so there's always that to consider. Hopefully I'll have some time to practise in December and make a decision.

I hope there's still places available when I do either way.

Anyway, for our final lesson, we did a short part of the peasant's dance from Giselle, a ballet I've always wanted to see. It wasn't entirely the same as the real thing, as this was an introduction class, but it was kinda cool how we put together various things we'd learnt over the course of the term into something that had some form. As an example of it not being exactly the same, the music we did it to was the Hornpipe, as that was what the teacher started humming when counting off our moves and pianist just went with it. Not that that's a bad thing. I love the Hornpipe. There was only a handful of people in the class today, which was quite good, small class sizes always help in organising these things. Overall it went well, with a couple hiccups. In the middle we'd split into pairs and do short moves we'd practise before. I chose to do the Pas de Chat for mine, because what else would I have done? It was one of the easier ones (well, for me at least) so I did alright, even if I fluffed slightly on the changeover.

So yeah, I've really enjoyed learning ballet, and I'm looking forward to where I can go with it in future!

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