Saturday, February 11, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

We all have them, right? I have the kind of personality that compels me to completely immerse myself into something I find that catches my imagination. I can become so focused on something that I hardly turn my mind to anything else. It can be that way with writing or reading, and it usually is, but lately I've rediscovered my love of cartoons.

Okay, okay, to be honest, I've always loved cartoons. I'm really just a big kid. But my daughter loves anime, a thing which I have always avoided and disliked since the early Pokemon years (gods, that show drove me nuts). BUT, I will now admit, I have found a FEW anime series that I really enjoy, so I have spent far too much free-time catching up with series on Netflix.

Much like what I choose to read or write, I am very specific in what I want in this form of entertainment, and I am only interested in Victorian Era style anime that has no ninjas or tiny-outfitted girls who have been 'blessed' shall we say in the chest department. There is murder and conspiracies and complicated plots, all of which are right up my alley. The few anime I enjoy are based on the manga series of their namesakes, so I have had to learn how to read manga. It... takes some getting used to, reading backwards.

How about you guys? What are your guilty pleasures?


Roland D. Yeomans said...

I grew fond of the anime NOIR about a school girl who wakes up without any memory save for the face of an assasin, her email address, and a feeling she is to be trusted. She finds two possessions in her room : a pocket watch and a gun.

The pocket watch as it turns out was at the murder site of the assassin's parents. And the schoolgirl proves to be a better killer than the assassin.

The girl is haunted by her lack of remorse for killing. The hit woman tells the girl that when they learn the secret of why she has the watch, she must kill her for she knows the hit woman's face.

The girl says, "When we find out, I will let you."

It was a TV series in Japan : mystery, plots, secret societies, and short skirts. The perfect anime for high schoolers! LOL. Roland

Christi Goddard said...

You had me up until the short skirts, Roland ;-)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

LOL. It really is a good mystery. And the reluctant, budding friendship between the two desperately lonely young women who grow to be sisters makes it worth enduring the creators' pandering to the need for ratings with the short skirts. Besides NOIR has the most innovative, rocking soundtrack I have heard on any anime.

I am not actually a great anime fan. I kept trying out different series to see if I could find another NOIR. I never did. Happy Weekend, Roland :-)

Christi Goddard said...

Roland, replied on your blog. And wow, I had no idea you were doing so well. Congrats!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I cannot stand anime. But I definitely don't begrudge others their right to enjoy it. Personally, my guilty pleasure is late 90's/early 00's pop. That's right. The teen pop wave. :P

I haven't been to your blog in a long time but I'm adding "Four in the Morning" to my anticipatory purchase list!

Christi Goddard said...

Yeah, Emma, until a few months ago, I'd loathed anime, and I can't just watch anything. A lot of it is not to my tastes at all. Thanks for being interested in my book. I hope you like it! :-)

Matthew MacNish said...

We love the anime on Netflix at my house! You're right though, some can be very bad, too.

Christi Goddard said...

Netflix is the best thing since sliced bread, seriously.

vic caswell said...

i know nothing of the anime stuff.
have you watched avatar the last airbender (cartoon of course)???
amazingly brilliant! it takes a few episodes and then- WHA-BAM! the characters are just really, really moving.

and buffy, supernatural, firefly, veronica mars, my so-called life, roswell, and "talent-reality" shows have eaten away too much of my time here on this little rock in space, but what can i say? i've loved every repeated moment of it!

Christi Goddard said...

Buffy and Angel were two of the best things to happen to television. I enjoyed Firefly, but not as much. Whedon is amazing. I've not watched the other shows you mentioned, but I hear they are good.

Margo Berendsen said...

Victorian anime? DIdn't know such a thing existed - now I'm tempted too!

Lola Sharp said...

Dude, just copy and paste Vic's comment here, because it's exactly what I would have typed. (minus Roswell, because I've never watched it. And, the only reality show I watch...and So You Think You Can Dance.)

also, CONGRATS on your books coming out. :)

Christi Goddard said...

Margo - yeah, it's Victorian and full of demons and magic, too. I have to have fantasy as well :-)

Lola - I used to watch all sorts of sci-fi/fantasy shows on television, but I gave up on TV when they cancelled Angel for no good reason. But Netflix has brought me to a couple new shows I would have missed otherwise. And thanks regarding the book!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Awww, you already know mine, right? Vampire Diaries. Damon to be precise. ;D

Christi Goddard said...

Lisa - My mom and sisters love that show, but I've not watched it yet. I hear it's pretty good.

Christine Danek said...

New shows are hard. I have watched a few and Grimm seems to be the only one that I care about. David Greenwalt (one of the producers of Angel. I think he was a producer)works on Grimm. Interesting, and sort of Buffy/Angelish, which were the best shows on TV so it's hard to find anything new.
I've watched some anime and find it interesting.

Elana Johnson said...

I love cartoons too! And not the new ones, but like Looney Tunes.

My guilty pleasure is reading in bed. Late. And reality TV.

Alleged Author said...

I love eating anything with butter. So bad!

Aubrie said...

I love watching The Bachelor....I know I bad.

Julie Dao said...

I always disliked Japanese animation and Sailor Moon and all that anime stuff where the characters are written by Asian writers/animators but don't even look Asian. But ever since a friend introduced me to "Spirited Away" and"Howl's Moving Castle," I've been more open-minded - there is some beautiful artwork and terrific stories there!

Christi Goddard said...

Christine - I quit cable in 2005 since I didn't see anything worth paying a monthly cable bill for. I fully agree that Buffy/Angel was some of the best television ever. I own all seasons of both shows.

Elana - I used to live for Looney Tunes, the Animaniacs, Muppet Babies, and a few others.

Penname Pauline - I will always call you that. And I love butter, as my thighs will testify.

Aubrie - I've never watched reality television, but I hear those shows are popular.

Julie - Those are actually the movies that got me watching anime. My kids loved Spirited Away, and I went to watch it on Netflix and they didn't have it. But they offered Howl's Moving Castle and I was blown away at how beautiful it was. That led to clicking to other things, and it takes some digging and a lot of wikipedia, but I have found some things that are really amazing.

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تهتم شركة قمم التميز باعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات المنزلية فمهما كانت المعاناة ومهما كانت كمية الحشرات التى تعانى منها فتعاون مع افضل شركة تهتم بهذه الخدمة الان ارخص شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل
الحشرات المنزلية من المشكلات التى تعانى منها البيوت ، وخصوص فى المناطق المرتفعة فيها الحرارة ، وحيث تنشر الحشرات فى المنزل وقد تسبب متاعب كثيرة وأمراض خطيرة .
وللحماية منزلك من الحشرات ومنع دخولها ويمكن ان نطرح بعض النصائح :
*الحرص على النظافة الدائمة للمنزل ،
*التهوية الجيدة لغرف المنزل ودخول أشعة الشمس لقتل الحشرات التى لا ترى إلا بالعين المجردة . مكافحة النمل الابيض بالجبيل
*التخلص من القمامة أول بأول حتى لا تكون عرضه للأنتشار الحشرات .
نتظيف خزانات الطعام وتهويتها جيدة، والتخلص من الفضلات ، وغلق المحكم للبرطمانات للطعام التى تواجد فى خزانة حتى لا تكون مصدر لتسرب الحشرات .
*وضع سلك شبكة صغير الحجم على النوافذ والأبواب ، وسد الثقوب والشقوق بالأسمنت اوجبس ،لكى لا تتسرب الحشرات منها .
*تنظيف الأطباق وأوانى الطعام بعد استعمالها مباشرة ، لأنها قد تسبب فى خروج الحشرات من المكان التى تعيش فيه .
*عدم ترك فضلات الطعام على مائدة الطعام ، وتنظيف بصفة دورية تمنع من أنتشار الحشرات والوقاية منها .
وهناك حشرات متعددة قد تسبب للأنسان أزعاج دائم ومنها : النمل والصراصير والبق والذباب والناموس والفئران .
النمل نوعان * النمل عادى مصدر غذائه فضلات الطعام ويعيش فى ثقوب وشقوق المنزل . شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالجبيل
والنمل الأبيض يسمى ( العتة) وهو يحتاج إلى طعام الدائم لكى يبقى على قيد الحياة ، مصدر غذائه السكر (الجلكوز) الموجود فى الخشب ، و المتواجد فى الأبواب والنوافذ والأثاث ، وقد يسبب خطر كبير على منزلك فالنمل الأبيض يعمل ممرات ويقوم بتأسيس بيت له أسفل المنزل ، ويكون دمار بمرور الوقت وأضرار فادحة لايمكن اصلاحها إلا بعد فوات الآوان . شركة رش مبيدات بالجبيل
ويمكن التخلص من النمل الأبيض برش مبيدات كيمائية مخصص لها أثناء بناء الأثاث فى الأرض ، وعند تركيب الأبواب التأكيد من أغلاق جميع الفتحات فى جوانب الباب وألأفضل تركيب الأبواب بالمفاصل وليس بالمواد اللزقة ، وعند شراء الأثاث الضغط على الخشب وتأكد مدى قوتها وعدم أصابتها بالنمل الأبيض .
أما النمل العادى التى يتواجد المطبخ يمكن التخلص منه بقليل من الصودا المخلوطة بالسكر وضعها فى الثقوب والفتحات التى تخرج منها فالنمل يموت فى الحال .