Jet and I have been watching Avatar the Last Airbender from the very first episode all the way through, since we just bought season three from iTunes. It's been as wonderful as I remember. We've also been reading Whistle! and I'm remembering all my delight at the Guardian Deity of Musashinamori and the high spirited Seiji, their star striker along with how much their rivalry really shapes Sho and his team.
I also have been watching the second season of Ghost in the Shell and have been really liking the backstory episodes very, very much. It was also really interesting listening to an interview with the elderly seiyu for Aramaki, and how he liked the cybercomm sections much more than the regular dialog because he didn't have to match his breathing with what the character was doing on the screen.
I'm like Woah... he actually matches his breathing and phrasing with what's animated up on the screen! They don't do it the other way there. Holy smokes. I mean, it seems that Pixar's process is such that they have the voice actor's do their thing first with rough-ins of the animation, and then they animate to the voices, not the other way around. So, basically the Japanese seiyu has to speak to the way the film is animated, just as the dubbed actors have to do it, but it's so much better in the japanese it just amazes me.
I should look up what regular cartoons do, if they animate to the voices or the other way around, but the whole concept of the seiyu paying so much attention to his character that he actually breathes with him, just... amazes me.
The final scanlation of Tsubasa RC came out a few weeks ago, and I am very, very satisfied with how it ends. It's very cool, and given how CLAMP has often ended some of their series, this was very wonderful and really showed how far they've come, I think, in how stories develop and grow. The ending really did close off a lot of the things that the series started with and really used nearly every stage of development they had during the whole series. I enjoyed it a very great deal.
I'm looking forward to seeing where xxxHolic finishes, now.