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Read down another 100 chapters of Naruto. Read the recent chapters of Tsubasa RC, xxxHolic, and Bleach. All interesting continuations of the story. It's hard to get much from a single chapter of any of those anymore, sometimes it's more fun to go back a few chapters and take a rush at it again.

I got a chance to watch the first four chapters of Escalflowne and really enjoyed it. It's simpler and sweeter than Samurai Champloo and Mushi-shi and Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. But what's not to like about an arrogant prince with a kitty girl pet, and a high school girl with a crush on her sempai? Not to mention the Giant Fighty Robots!!

I keep tending to compare it to Twelve Kingdoms, though, and it's an unfair comparison. Escalflowne is very straightforward, so far, and nice. And I kind of like that the high school girl is just kind of taking it and her visions mostly in stride. Thanks, ross_teneyck, for the chance to get to see this!

I got to see the rebirth episode of Mushi-shi and had to rewatch the episode Sea of Writing several times. *laughs* It was so good, about a calligrapher, writing down stories of how mushi are destroyed in order to bind her own mushi away; but what was best about it was her relationship with Ginko.

I also got to see Paprika and I really, really liked it, especially after all the dream work I did last year and in the terms of some research that was done, recently, on dreams.

There was a dream researcher on Talk of the Nation a few weeks ago, and the researcher found that the body is shut down during dreams by a tiny nodule in the brain, that the frontal visual centers are shut down, but the secondary visual layer is very, very active. The purely logical centers are shut down, but the rest of the brain can be very, very active. Also that there's a high level of activity in the fear/anxiety center of the brain, which might account for 70% of our dreams being 'negative', usually having to do with anxiety or fear. Though only a much smaller percentage are "nightmares", i.e. dreams so bad that we wake up because of them.

The research showed that dreams are likely to be the way our minds deal with fear or fearful situations, allowing us to work through those situations in a completely physically safe way. Taking the teeth out of things that scare us, by letting our minds work out that they just aren't that bad and, sometimes are laughable.

What's interesting is that bad dreams don't start until kids are five or six. Then the frequency goes up all the way through young adulthood. There are just so many things to be anxious about or scared of, it seems, until one gets experience with them. Turns out a fifty-year-old will have a quarter the nightmares and only a third the number of bad dreams a twenty-year-old will have. That's pretty interesting to me.

Especially given what my dreams have been like, it's very interesting, as I have built up a body of dreams where I am very competent even in really horrible situations.

Paprika was like the embodiment of those dreams in some ways. She always seems to find a way even in the most bizarre of circumstances. It's a beautiful movie about a renegade dream therapist and what happens when someone or something goes nuts amid other people's dreams... it's beautiful and bizarre and much of it feels very much like a dream.

I'll highly recommend it if you can find it.
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But what's not to like about an arrogant prince with a kitty girl pet, and a high school girl with a crush on her sempai? Not to mention the Giant Fighty Robots!!

Believe me, you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet :)
*eyes the pile of the rest of the tapes*

I believe you. I do. *grins*

*hugs happily*
Paprika was absolutely wonderful. I have a feeling I'll see a lot more in it the next time I watch.

(Also, did you realize that the voice actor for the detective also does the voice for Shunsui?)
I had no idea! I'm so bad about tracking voice actors, but that makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. Wow.
Escaflowne remains one of my very favourite anime, with one of my absolute *favourite* characters. There's one certain thing about it, though, IMHO, that annoys the heck out of me. Ask me what when you've finished the series. ^_^

Paprika was fantastic, but then, I think everything Satoshi Kon does is amazing. I really wish I could read, even in translation, the novel it's based on. Just to see if the language is as surreal as the images.
Folken. He was my favourite anime character until I watched Gundam Wing, after which he was summarily bumped to number two by Treize Kushrenada. Doubtful either will ever get dislodged from the places they hold in my fascination.
Oooo... I shall.

I need to find more Satoshi Kon, I believe.

And, yeah, the novel sounds fascinating. *grins*
I can't recommend Tokyo Godfathers and Millennium Actress highly enough. And I really should rewatch Perfect Blue, because I don't think I was a sophisticated enough anime fan way back when I watched it.
I love going back and reading whole volumes or mini-arcs of Bleach. I don't really do it with any other manga, but that's probably because Bleach is such an obsession. :D

I loved Paprika. It's on Starz every month or so, subtitled even if you can believe that. I think I've seen it 3 or 4 times now and I love each new little thing I find that I missed previously. ;)
Heh. It's good to have obsessions.

Mmmm... neat to be able to watch it multiple times!!