Posts Tagged ‘Television’

Last week I posted about my wedding to Kane. My wedding dress was made by my Mother. She is supremely talented and has always made the most beautiful dresses for me. I still have some of my childhood dresses that were made by her hands. While I was recovering from pneumonia, my husband and I were devouring anime. We found Jellyfish Princess and I blew through the whole series in two and a half days. The show touched me. It made me think about my Mom and how much I love her. I don’t know what I would do without her in my life. I had to share this anime with her because I felt that it would speak to her on the same level it spoke to me.

So, I talked to her about Jellyfish Princess. I probably talked about it non-stop for a month. I also probably talked about it way more than I should have. Then I rewatched, several times. So what’s it about? (Warning: some spoilers ahead)

Tsukimi loves Jellyfish. She went to school for art but hasn’t found a job. Living in Tokyo, she moved into an all women’s building that is called Amamizukan. She spends her days hanging out with her friends and drawing jellyfish. They call the building the nunnary as a joke because all the residents are unmarried women, mostly in their 30’s. Tsukimi is the youngest, she’s only 18. One night on her way home, Tsukimi makes an unusual friend, Kuranosuke, who is one of the “stylish”. Everyone at Amamizukan are female Otaku and Fujoshi. They have their hobbies and they all work for Juon Mejiro, who is a yaoi manga artist that lives there with them. Kuranosuke helps Tsukimi save a spotted jellyfish from a local fish store when it’s put in a tank with a jellyfish that will kill it. After that, Kuranosuke keeps coming around, even after Tsukimi finds out Kuranosuke is actually a guy. Befriending Tsukimi, even against her wishes, he finds out that Amamizukan is being threatened with redevelopement and hatches a wild scheme. They are going to make jellyfish dresses and sell them! The money will be enough to buy the building and save it from being torn down. In the mean time, he’s also trying to help them all learn a few things about being stylish.

Tsukimi is always thinking about her Mother. She misses her so much because she died when she was a little girl. Her Mother used to take her to the aquarium and they would watch the jellyfish. Her Mother would say, when you are all grown up, I’ll make you a wedding dress that looks like a jellyfish. She also told her that every little girl grows up to be a princess. It’s sad, sweet and hits me right in the feels. Kuranosuke can relate because his Mother is not allowed to have contact with him. He happens to be the illigitamate son of a politician. He misses his Mother and her dresses. (/spoilers)

The anime and manga are written and drawn by Akiko Higashimura. She based the comic off her own office. The Amars, as they call themselves, being her single unwed assistants. The Manga artist is based on herself. The manga is a little different than the anime, but the heart of the story really comes through. The focus is on taking Tsukimi, learning to trust in her abilities and relying on her friend. Also, Kuranosuke wants to show her that everyone can be a princess. That is the same in both the manga and the anime.

Why did I share this with my Mom? I thought we could really bond over this anime. She made my dress, which sort of looks like a jellyfish. She loves fashion, I love Japanese fashion. Secretly, my Mother loves cartoons too.

We’re still working our way through the series together. We get together and watch an episode at a time. She can’t do marathon’s like Kane and I. That’s all  I care about though, spending time with her and relating on common levels. Even though she doesn’t understand some of the references, like one of the characters is obsessed with the Three Kingdoms, she gets most of the context. While we were watching the show, she actually mentioned how much the main character reminded her of myself.  Part of me already thought that and wanted her to watch it because I could see the comparison.

If you are looking for a short series, there are only 11 episodes take time on netflix to watch, Jellyfish Princess.

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Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time, has a new bi-weekly cartoon Bravest Warriors. bravest_warriors_gif_by_emi_hellaven-d5xjbfk  

This is a humorous take on the next gen hero team made up of the children. Remember the comic Gen 13? It’s the same basic concept.

You start off with the parents being called for help but the kids pick up and explain their parents are missing. That is when you are introduced to the Bravest Warriors. Each episode is a series of seemingly unrelated events, just like in Adventure Time. There are threads running through each episode though that are building up to season two, so pay attention.

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I love Pendleton Ward. I have watched all of Adventure Time and last night watched season one of Bravest Warriors in one sitting. The episodes are only five minutes long but somehow tell a good story in each one. Most of the voice actors from Adventure Time are back. He’s added some interesting support characters like paralyzed Horse, Cat Bug and Wankershims. Paralyzed Horse is paralyzed because he realized the meaning of the universe. Wankershims is a holographic elf that moves out of the Holo John and into the real world. Then everything becomes one with Wankershims. Cat Bug is an adorable, child like side kick that can move between our realm and the shadow zone. These odd side kicks help our heroes escape improbable situations.

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There is a romance story line of course. Beth and Chris are best friends and can’t come to grips with their attraction for each other. Classic Pendleton Ward romantic tension. 

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It’s a very solid show. Check it out on YouTube.

If anyone figures out the easter egg in each episode, don’t tell me. In Adventure time there was a tiny snail in every episode.

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I am a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This show is math. Growing up I loved the original My Little Pony. I still have my original Apple Jack. Needless to say, that was the 1980’s and everything was different back then. Animation didn’t really work on two levels. You either had a cartoon for adults or a cartoon for a certain age demographic of children. There were no in between cartoons at the time.

(Although, cartoons were originally created for adults. Reference Betty Boop.)

The new My Little Pony was developed by Lauren Faust. Her previous projects include the brilliant Power Puff Girls, Code Name Kids Next Door and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. These cartoons work on two levels, there are jokes kids just won’t get. She also makes a Big Lebowski reference in each one of her shows.  (Fosters ; MLP: FIM ; Powerpuff). I knew My Little Pony was going to be awesome, and it is. Then they came out with the summer movie that bridged the season break, Equestria Girls.

There had been rumors for a long time about this movie. A secret show  was being developed involving the ponies as humans in high school was being developed. Drama ensued on the Facebook and fan pages for My Little Pony. Everyone was up in arms that they would change our ponies into human girls! How dare they!

The movie was released in theaters and on DVD as short time afterwards. Slowly, the community took a chance and were won over. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls has been embraced by the community. Here is the plot.

Twilight Sparkle is having a hard time adjusting to becoming an princess. When she is asked to meet up in the Crystal Empire with Celestia, Luna and Cadence, Twilight’s crown is stolen. The thief, Sunset Shimmer, takes the crown through a portal to another realm. Celestia owns up to knowing the thief. Sunset Shimmer was Celestia’s former student gone evil and banished to the other realm for her own good. Celestia sends Twilight Sparkle through the portal with Spike but none of her other friends. On the other side of the portal Twilight Sparkle learns she has to win the crown as part of the fall formal. To do so, she needs to reunite the fragmented social groups of then entire school and get back through the portal before the moon changes!

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I bought this on DVD and I don’t regret it. The music is great, the story actually works really well. The movie has the same great story telling and characterization and voice acting that the MLP:FIM has. It was like watching a long episode of the show! It was also fun trying to pick out the different characters in their human forms. Everyone looked so familiar! There were a number of cameos. My favorites were Derpy in the lunch room and Trixie at the vending machine.

The fans were hilarious when this came out because Twilight Sparkle gets a boyfriend. Turns out he has a pony version on the other side of the portal. He’s the new palace guard named Flash Sentry. Thousands of Bronies had their hearts broken. No one wants to accept she might have a love interest in the new season. Oh boys. She’s not your waifu!

I loved this movie. I also used it while babysitting to occupy my friends daughter. It was awesome, she stared at the TV comatose. She loves Monster High and she just couldn’t handle the excitement because the character figures are really similar to Monster High. She enjoyed it as well. Watch it with your kids or younger siblings!

The new season of MLP: FIM starts at the end of November.