Long Time No Write

More than a month between posts.

It’s not that I haven’t thought of things to post, either. It’s just that I always think of them during the hour and a half – two hours each day that I waste driving in the car, and by the time I get home or to school, I’ve already expended all of the effort composing them and no longer have the impetus to actually write them down.

Anyhow, I am now sick, or becoming sick, or whatever. So I’m lying on the couch like a lump and angsting about the fact that I’m too apathetic to care that if I don’t do this extra credit assignment, I’m going to get a B in one of my classes.

Meh.

In other random news, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently watching downloaded anime. Why? Because it’s easier than doing any of the more productive things which I ought to be doing. And also because, while I adore shoujo series and even shounen series like Trigun or Slayers where there’s kind of a mysterious background plot, neither of them has the power to horribly addict me like a good old stereotypical battle anime. Kenshin was the first one to do this, followed by, I’m almost ashamed to admit, Dragonball and Dragonball Z. And now, most recently, it’s been Prince of Tennis.

I knew before I started to watch it that it was one of those series that had been slashed to high heaven and back. Given the mad gayness that pervaded most of Get Backers, I’m not sure what I expected going in, but — the slash vibe, such as it is, is extremely low key. These boys are not hot for each other. They want to play tennis. It was not until the late teens that I was even willing to admit there was a vibe at all, and even now (at episode 80+) it’s just… not there.

In any case, it’s the first anime series in a while where watching it has made me want to purchase the manga. I think I’ll look into that after Christmas. I don’t know anything about the manga, so I’m not sure what’s different, but I can’t imagine it’s -too- dissimilar.

Of the boys, of which there are really none that I hate (a first, I think!), Ryoma and Kaidoh are my favorites. Yes, a series in which one of my favorite characters is actually the main character. Ryoma is arrogant and smug and not the least bit concerned with the feelings of others except as they may affect himself. He is a jerk. But I like him anyway. And Kaidoh is just adorable. What few glimpses we’ve seen of him outside of the tennis court have all been very sweet.

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