Random: Today my teacher gave me $20 as "appreciation". He thinks his free lessons don't compensate for how much I help out. I was and still am thoroughly bewildered. I of course did the asian thing and refused it as many times as possible but he wouldn't hear of it. Now I don't know if I should deduct volunteer hours from my total (since I shouldn't get paid!) or if I should just accept it as a gift. thinks hard
I told him that the money would probably go towards buying the new Layton game. He said he doesn't care and "likes to share money." o.O
Besides that, all last week I decided to stop being an unsocial otaku shut-in and called over a bunch of friends. It was really nice since I hung out with someone practically every other day. The only downside was that I kept putting off my extra summer work (math :P) and therefore irritated my parents greatly. ^^; But I caught up in about 20 mins, listened to a 2 hour lecture, and it's all good. :D I should take care not to do that this week though, since my friends are planning to get together at my place this Friday.
Last Friday, I went with a friend to watch Toy Story 3! That's the second movie I've seen in theaters all year which is most likely a record since I normally see 0 ~ 1 movies in theaters every year. I don't know why. That's just how our family rolls. Besides, it's much more comfortable to sit on the couch with a blanket like you can do with rented dvds. XD
So about the movie (We saw it in 3D btw), I really enjoyed it! The 3D part was kind of lame imo. It was hard to detect most of the time. It was only during the previews that I noticed it the most! xD But I'm glad the glasses are cooler and not those interesting half red/blue lenses.../rambling SO THE MOVIE! I only saw the first movie years ago but when this one started I became very reminiscent and started remembering all these little details such as "Where's the Etch-a-Sketch?!" The whole film was very cute and PIXAR did a great job at showing everything from a toy's perspective.
-- The first time the Totoro doll popped up, I couldn't contain myself and kept pointing at it (even though I was "spoiled" about it beforehand). XD Everytime after that, I kept internally squee-ing every time it came up. And it got a surprising amount of screentime. <3
--- The ENDING. I'm actually a pretty big softie. I've noticed that I cry pretty easily, especially when I read books and watch movies. So when Andy started giving his speech about Woody being a great friend...I couldn't help myself. Hooray for theaters being really dark! :D
--- The ENDING ENDING a.k.a the credits. "You've Got a Friend in Me" sung in Spanish just about killed me. XD
---And I loved the whole full circle effect from the cloud wallpaper to the clouds in the sky.
I don't think this'll be my last trip to the theater this year though...I still have to see HP7! >:D
(Inception will probably wait till it comes out on dvd...sorry. :P)
I basically spent the entire weekend staring at a screen and learning the basics of shading from an incredibly artistic and talented friend (via IM). The result is the picture is the previous post. /says no more.
And YESTERDAY, thanks to my friend's constant fangirling and lack of new episodes to watch, I decided to go watch the Black Rock Shooter OVA. Please don't hurt me, but I've never actually seen/heard the Black Rock Shooter PV until AFTER I watched the OVA xD. While I do enjoy Vocaloid, I'm not a fanatic and I'd take the Nico Nico Douga singer covers over the originals any day. XD At one point I probably did listen to the first 2 seconds of BRS, get paranoid about how earsplittingly high Miku's voice could get, and shut it off. XD At the very least, I can recognize her with that distinctive outfit. Anyways, I decided to watch the OVA to see if it would help me understand the hype just a bit. :P
I LOVED IT. Even though I plunged into it without knowing much, I guess I didn't need to since it starred an OVA original character (I think?). Starting with the well known situation a girl starting high school helped me settle in with ease and helped me watch through the BRS vs.
I don't want to give much away so I'll just say this:
-- The star motif surrounding the main character Mato was really cute! It was such a subtle way to say "Look, she's important. See the stars? She's definitely connected to BRS somehow." LOL But really, the stars looked good. *3*b
-- My favorite character is probably Takanashi Yomi and her AU counterpart...probably because her personality is more like mine and I easily sympathize (or is it pity?) with those quiet, socially awkward characters. (Hey~~ remind you of anyone? xD)
--- The story was told in a very fresh way....as in the way the OVA was structured....I don't really want to give it away...
--- I would definitely watch a sequel!!
So, I highly encourage you to check it out if you have the spare time. As you can see, you need no prior knowledge of Black Rock Shooter to enjoy it. ^^
Oh, and I watched the PV after I finished the OVA....I didn't miss much. Miku's voice isn't particularly amazing and I didn't understand the deeper meaning of the lyrics AT ALL. ^^;;;
Expect another post to come shortly containing a surprise!
Originally it was scheduled for this post but I'm on the wrong computer and I need to upload the file and blah