After watching Ooyama Anza’s famous performance of Namie Amuro’s hit “Body Feels Exit” again (from the unreleased SeraMyu “Rock n’ Rock” live event between SuperS Kaiteiban and Sailor Stars), I decided to check out Namie singing it. I watched a live performance of her singing it since Anza’s performance was also live. And I got to say, Anza got it pretty spot on. Her voice is similar to Namie’s too, which is probably why they picked her to sing it. (Also the fact that Namie can sing AND dance simultaneously like that is pretty good. Not all performers can do that, cause you get winded from the dancing usually).
If you know Anza’s myus, you may notice that the tune of this song is similar to the SeraMyu song “Knockin’ Down Hesitation.” Since Anza’s performance of “Body Feels Exit” happened before the myu “Knockin’” was in started, it’s possible they borrowed the melody. “Body Feels Exit” WAS a really big hit song at the time, and Usagi was supposed to be singing “Knockin’” at a school festival, so maybe that was the myu writers’ way of suggesting Usagi was a Namie Amuro fan. :)
I showed my best friend the Lauren Cooper/David Tennant Comic Relief clip last night cause she hadn’t seen it. (She’s a Whovian but not really part of the online fandom). While I showed it to her, I learned that she didn’t even know David Tennant was actually Scottish! (Then again, if you’ve only seen him in Doctor Who, you would never know I guess).
Cause gosh darnit I’m on vacation and I have like the whole season to watch. Cause thanks to my marathon for ClassicWhoWatch, I haven’t been able to watch much normal TV.
Cedar Cove is an awesome show, and very well done for being Hallmark Channel’s first original series. (Usually they do TV movies). Great cast, and easy to follow everyone’s storylines. It’s a romance, and I don’t usually read romance novels, but strangely I don’t mind. And I’ve seen Andie MacDowell in several other things. So glad it got a second season!!
Read this poem again this morning cause my assigned reading for today for my Bible Reading Plan included the passage in Isaiah that relates this story. A great poem by one of my favorite poets, the magnificent Lord Byron.
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They do! Ohica in particular looks a lot like Karen Gillan’s priestess character.
Now that I am in the midst of watching “The Brain of Morbius,” I am having second thoughts about The Linguist spending time with the Sisterhood of Karn shortly after leaving Gallifrey. Then again, if “The Night of the Doctor” is anything to go by, they seem to have gotten less weird and scary by the time of the Time War.
There’s a new Phoenix Wright game coming out…and it involves Sherlock Holmes! It seems to be set in Victorian England and involve a protagonist named Ryunosuke Naruhodou. It’s possible he is related to Phoenix somehow (Phoenix’s Japanese name is Ryūichi Naruhodō…which is possibly a pun, as “Naruhodō” in Japanese means “I see” - as in “Ah, I see” or “Yes, I see”…you can also hear Professor Layton call him “Mr. Naruhodō” [with “Mr” in English] in the main Japanese trailer for Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright). Anyway, sounds interesting!! Well timed too, as Sherlock Holmes just became public domain. At any rate, I imagine they will do the famous character proud; not only is Holmes quite popular in Japan (if animes like Milky Holmes and Detective Conan are any indication) but the guy creating the game is a Holmes fan too, according to this article.
Great works of Western literature are not unknown in Japan; the famous World Masterpiece Theater series, which came back in 2007 from a long hiatus (it had previously run from 1969 to 1997), is entirely made up of anime series adapting great Western literary works, including Anne of Green Gables (Akage no An) and Heidi (Heidi, Girl of the Alps). Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli fame got their starts working for WMT, in fact. (Which also explains why several of Ghibli’s films are based off Western works - namely Laputa - Castle in the Sky [Laputa is an island in Gulliver’s Travels], Howl’s Moving Castle [based off the novel of the same name by the late British author Diana Wynne Jones], Ponyo [a loose retelling of “The Little Mermaid”], Tales of Earthsea [based off the Earthsea novels of Ursula LeGuin], The Secret World of Arietty [based off the novel The Borrowers], and their recent film When Marnie Was There [based on the novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson]).
Alice in Wonderland is also VERY popular in Japan. You see it referenced in anime and manga a lot. It was one of the first foreign works to be published in Japanese. And Japanese people are also apparently familiar with fairy tales and myths from outside Japan, as they get referenced often. One of the animes I’m watching now, LilPri, makes a lot of references to Snow White (Shirayukihime) and Cinderella (Shinderera).