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¡Lucharaan!

I was trying to get on with unit plannning today but unaccountably each time I start to try my brain tries to crawl out through my eye. (Huh? What's that supposed to mean? Maybe I have a migraine coming on?)

Woke up (in an unaccountably good mood) to discover that skanky stink-powered almost Bad Guy The Flea! has a suggestion for me. "The Flea suggests that you should stay in bed for another hour, Jeremy." The Flea always talks about himself in the third person, but in his case it seems less an affectation and more because he is not entirely sure that he and The Flea are the same person.

Fortunately, champion of truth, justice, family and doughnuts Buena Girl is there to save me from my sloth. "No, Jeremy, that is not buena!"

I compromised, and walked quickly into work instead, meaning that I got in a bit late but feeling energised and ready to work.

Then I opened up the attachment on D's urgent Unit Plan email. Gzzzzzzzoink. I'm sure that the Code of Masked wrestling would have something to say about the situation, but what? Ricochet? Buena Girl?

But damn! my whining brain is fully awake now, and Ricochet, The Flea and Buena Girl (stars of ¡Mucha Lucha!, NEW on Cartoon Network) have gone the way of all liminal hallucinations.

Maybe, "a true luchadora knows when she is fighting in the wrong ring!"

Comments

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badasstronaut
4th Mar, 2003 08:45 (UTC)
Is that the spring good mood you got? I got a bit of that walking to work this morning. It's a long, more hilly walk from the new house, but the house I pass are older and more cottagey, and there's all this cool spring stuff like crocuses and miniature daffodils and many other unfamiliar and wonderful flowers I don't recognise because I'm foreign. And several times I overtook a red Corolla. Hurrah for pedestrianism! It's much more fun than driving at and being shouted at by scary men in BT trucks.
cleanskies
4th Mar, 2003 09:34 (UTC)
it was raining
and for some reason that put me in a really good mood

flour-fine rain, like you get by the sea
mzdt
4th Mar, 2003 09:12 (UTC)
It is a great thing indeed, Mucha Lucha. Are you taping them for posterity?

I must point my friend Rona at it - she'd love it, if she doesn't know about it already.

Oh, and great post, too. ;-)
cleanskies
4th Mar, 2003 09:32 (UTC)
no, Tivo's doing all the running
And since we got it we seem to have stopped taaing things mostly. I might grab Mucha Lucha, though, before it disappears into the armpit of the unknown along with I am weasel! and Ned's Newt.
mzdt
4th Mar, 2003 10:02 (UTC)
Re: no, Tivo's doing all the running
If you commit a few to VHS, that would be great - I'd love to see more, and might even turn a couple into quicktime files on CDr. Think I might only do that because I can rather than any more tangible reason; what would a masked wrestler do in this situation?
badasstronaut
4th Mar, 2003 23:58 (UTC)
Re: no, Tivo's doing all the running
I've watched I am Weasel and I ave to admit it doesn't have the kind of appeal to me that a really cool cartoon [such as Powerpuffs] has, I kind of like the idea of the name of it, and in fact often when I think of myself as my Teacake self I say I am Teacake to myself in sort f the same way.
cleanskies
5th Mar, 2003 02:35 (UTC)
Re: no, Tivo's doing all the running
It wasn't all great, but when it was funny, it was funny ... and it isn't on any more. Powerpuff Girls is on all the time and will probably never go away, so I don't need to tape it. But if ¡Mucha Lucha! should be only around for a season or so (like Samurai Jack was) and I never got around to taping it it would be gone forever...
jinty
4th Mar, 2003 09:13 (UTC)
!Mucha Lucha!
Wow, you really got into that, eh?

(It should really be 'Lucharan! not 'lucheran' but then the level of Spanish on the show is not 100% anyway so who cares. Except me cos I'm anal about such things.)
cleanskies
4th Mar, 2003 09:36 (UTC)
Re: !Mucha Lucha!
cheers for the correction, I was hoping you'd pick up the spelling where I messed it up. Did I do OK otherwise? Buena looks all *wrong* to me to me somehow ...
applez
4th Mar, 2003 12:36 (UTC)
Re: !Mucha Lucha!
Por que to eres una 'ella,' si, 'buena' es correcto.

Or in the broken English translation ...

Because you're a 'she,' yes, 'buena' is kosher.

:-)

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applez
4th Mar, 2003 12:39 (UTC)
Cartoon Network???
OK, I know we began to talk about this, but I was much too drunk/Great Western-overwrought to remember the conclusion ... but is the Cartoon Network you have in the UK that same as the Cartoon Network I get over here?

'Adult Swim' and all that? i.e. 'Samurai Jack,' 'Futurama,' 'Powerpuff Girls,' and more?

If so, I do recommend Samurai Jack; and wonder if you've been catching 'Cowboy Bebop' on the Adult Swim. (yes, they have Gundam 0083 too ... but if you aren't willing to sacrfice the part of your brain that concentrates on script-writing and plot quality, I suggest staying well away)

Inuyasha is fairly good, incidentally.

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cleanskies
5th Mar, 2003 02:45 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
It is the European branch of the same company, meaning that shows may vary, spots and promos are different, and the extra channels probably have different names (what is this Adult Swim of which you speak?) Unfortunately, we do not get the extra channels on our terrestrial digital setup, so I miss some of my favourites. Well, I miss Samurai Jack and Gundam Wing mostly -- though the first series of Samurai Jack I did see, it was shortly after that they pushed all the adult-ish shows onto their own channel (possibly as a direct result of all the beheadings?) and I lost them forever (sob)

I actually quite like Gundam Wing, it's a great demonstration of how such irrelevancies as plot, characterisation and comprehensibility are as nothing compared to the combined forces of stroppiness, implausible hair and obsessively-drawn giant robots.

I got Neal to tape me up Cowboy Be-bop (he gets all the channels) but they had some timing problems and I fetched up seeing all of it except the endings! Aaargh!

Wait ... you actually get Inu Yasha ???? [hands clench in uncontrollable envy]
(Anonymous)
5th Mar, 2003 03:19 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
Sorry to be pedantic, but our TV is neither terrestrial nor digital, but more towards the cable and analogue and of the spectrum...
cleanskies
5th Mar, 2003 04:22 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
er, yeah, like he said.
applez
5th Mar, 2003 07:29 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
Adult Swim - well, they keep shifting the time slot around, but generally its from 11pm into the wee hours, the content is animated features not deemed suitable for the kiddies (TM). Hence the Gundam Wing, Gundam 0083, Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop, Futurama, and others. Including some of those more crudely-drawn ironical anti-sitcom sitcoms ... which I generally don't watch.

'Samurai Jack,' 'Powerpuff Girls,' are still in the 'kid-friendly' timeslot, along with the Dragonball Z and the like. This makes me think it has few hard and fast rules, and is more about targeting age-brackets of the market.

(incidentally, the younger-age set of anime is being mixed in with resurrected 'Transformers' and the like in the 'Toonami' timeslot on Cartoon Network)

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/

Be forewarned that there's a fun-looking Samurai Jack game available on that site, specifically here:

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/play/action/samjack_wayofwarrior/index.html

and that they also have DVD sales...

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re: Gundam Wing ... too true! :-) Incidentally, 'Gasaraki' is a weird bastard offspring of the Gundam creative crew mixed with the Patlabor creative crew, and a few others. They make it work, albeit in a slightly plodding way. The characters are a bit stronger, and the addictive mecha rendering *is* somewhat leashed to realistic plot concepts.

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re: Inuyasha ... well, don't kill me with your clenched fist of envy, I've only seen *a few* episodes, and now I can't find it in their schedule. :-)

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applez
5th Mar, 2003 07:35 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
The thing is though, that these Western-audience channels are still funneling shows deemed suitable for Western audiences, in spite of the rabid popularity of some of the less-fantastical Japanese anime series out there ... like 'GTO' (loser teacher toughguy makes his comeback mark!) or 'Princess Nine' (female sports drama).

Whatever their reasons, they must figure they cannot risk it yet. The popularisation and distribution of these shows though, it's happening at a really accelerated pace. I'd give it 3 years before these sorts of things are aired.
cleanskies
5th Mar, 2003 08:07 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
Ah, well, that's it then. TCM and Cartoon Network share a channel on our setup, so Adult Swim is being drowned out by old movies.

We get Futurama on Sky, though -- but I think I've seen it all now.

I'll see your cartoonnetwork.com and raise -- http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk -- all the same games, yet somehow much more annoying. One of the few websites anywhere I've actually complained about.

Hmmm, Tenchi Universe DVD box set, only $199.98 ... OK, I'm leaving this website now.
applez
5th Mar, 2003 13:15 (UTC)
You like Tenchi?
I suppose i shouldn't mention www.planetanime.com or animenation.com or my ready access to Japantown and Chinatown (HK hacks), should I? :-)

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cleanskies
5th Mar, 2003 15:14 (UTC)
Re: You like Tenchi?
Well, you could, but since I shall probably just stare at you blankly, it wouldn't make much difference.

Of course I like Tenchi, everyone loves Tenchi (except when they have no time for him, of course).

The purple mobile phone monster episode is one of the funniest things I've ever seen -- no, wait, that's Sailor Moon -- gone but not forgotten! Okay then, the cross-dimensional caper stuff, that's brilliant and bonkers.

Yay Tenchi. We don't do so badly on anime here, really, I suppose. I always seem to have more stuff than I can watch, anyway.
applez
5th Mar, 2003 18:58 (UTC)
Re: You like Tenchi?
Blank stares are quickly brightened with lightning Web surfing...

Tenchi is cute to a point, but now has been cloned to death (there's even some freakish Tenchi in sppaaaace).

If Tenchi and Sailor Moon float your boat, you are going *to love* 'Kiddy Grade' - the deadliest, most powerful lipstick in the universe!

Follow the adventures of two uber-powerful female galactic enforcers (very girlish, naturally) who work for G.O.T.T. (Galactic Organisation of Trade and Tarriffs)...imagine a cross between peacekeepers and repossession (wo)men. Incidentally, there's a strong undertone of E.U. sensibilities. Geopolitically, anyone can do what they like, but there are stiff limits set by the larger political-economic entity of GOTT that are strictly enforced. Oh, and yes, two girls make quick work of an entire illegal armada!

:-)

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cleanskies
6th Mar, 2003 02:46 (UTC)
Re: You like Tenchi?
I *like* Tenchi Universe !

Hmmmm. Not sure about Kiddy Grade. It doesn't sound like there'd be enough plot to keep me interested. Blowing up stuff in space is all very well, but you haven't even mentioned any relationships. If it's just skimpily-clad girls with big guns, I'd probably drift off -- no matter how interesting the Geopolitical background ;)
applez
6th Mar, 2003 09:32 (UTC)
Re: You like Tenchi?
Well, I've only seen a few episodes, so don't know how far the character development goes ... but didn't you say that wasn't of vital importance a la Gundam? ;-p

To give slightly richer description -

These agents always act in pairs. In our particular dynamic heroine duo, they have to deal with obnoxious rivals, suspicious political reps, and then their own pasts. In the pair, one girl is rendered thin/conservative and has massive geek powers - specifically able to take over and control all complex systems within a particular radius (whilst also having some ongoing relationship/link to the ship's computer). The other girl is the more stereotypically rendered action femme with large dynamic bosom (TM)...though not at ludicrous hentai levels. ;-) She's the muscle of the duo, and is the one who wields the quantum macromodifying lipstick. *g* Oh yeah, she's cybernetically enhanced or something to be stupidly fast.

They are issued guns, but I've only seen one episode when they actually use them, since their other abilities are far more useful and disarming...so the weapons seem more ceremonial than anything else.

Honestly, I think you'll get a kick out of it.

I didn't sway you wrongly with Love Hina did I? :-)

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applez
6th Mar, 2003 09:36 (UTC)
A link
http://www.deliriumsrealm.com/delirium/reviews/animeview.asp?ID=41

They review the series relatively poorly, and I would agree to a point - namely that it is definitely not 'great' or groundbreaking like Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, or Love Hina. But it is fun - a la Tenchi.

crazycrone
8th Mar, 2003 07:48 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
There is new (series 5 ) FUTURAMA on Sky Sundays at 6:30. I thought series 4 was gonna be the last, so this gives me great pleasure. Last week Richard Nixon's Destroy All Robots plot was foiled, largely by a colossal emission of Bender-wind.
cleanskies
9th Mar, 2003 15:20 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
Yeah, I saw it -- and Angry Beavers is back, too! I may just die of joy.
crazycrone
9th Mar, 2003 23:48 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
I CRIED over Fry's dog last night: haven't wept over a cartoon since Willie the Singing Whale.
Sign of early-onset dementia, no doubt...
cleanskies
10th Mar, 2003 14:31 (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Network???
oh, no, that's completely reasonable. It really was the saddest thing.

And so typically Fry.

Er, I cry over cartoons all the time, but then I think I'm already demented.
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