Notes from the Library

Sun, 24 May 2015

I just finished watching the final season of Legend of Korra, which finished in the final quarter of 2014. The franchise has received a lot of positive commentary for its strong female characters and willingness to tackle serious ethical and political issues: it looks at the struggles of individuals and of whole societies. I don’t think that the first three seasons of Legend of Korra achieved very much, but it came together in the final season.

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Sun, 24 Feb 2013


Three and a half years ago a friend and I started watching our way through the original Japanese version (with subtitles) of Cardcaptor Sakura, comparing it along the way with our memories of CardCaptors, which was a heavily edited version, in English, which we'd both watched at school. We didn't get very far and recently I picked up the series again, and I've now reached the end.

The Japanese version combines all the cute elementary school crushes stuff with the adventure of saving the world (or at least, the local area) which is the only thing you get in the American version. I think part of this is that American children's TV audiences probably couldn't have coped with the various homosexual relationships/infatuations and one of the supporting character's infatuation with her teacher. Also, the American version cuts out a lot of references to Japanese culture; it might as well be set somewhere in the West. I don't really know why they did this.

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012

The Loves of Lena Dunham | NYRB

Sun, 02 Dec 2012

I just finished watching the new HBO series Girls written and directed by Lena Dunham. It follows a group of recently graduated university students, with arts degrees, as they fail to figure out how to live. I just had a search of reddit and found that many people think the show is just a shallow comedy, but being in a somewhat similar demographic as the characters from the show, I thought it insightful. Worth a look.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012

The Problem With The Big Bang Theory… | Shouting Into The Void

I've never seen an episode of The Big Bang Theory, but I thought this piece had some interesting things to say—about the show, its audience, and about the class of people the piece is appealing to.

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