Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

Lounging About... Well... Not Really...

Though I probably should be doing more of it, but John had meetings all day and Jet really, really wanted to go sledding and play with some other kids for just a little while. He's much better now, even as I think I've bottomed out. We walked out to the sledding hill and stayed until I couldn't anymore, and Jet was great about coming back then and working on his costume for tomorrow and for Halloween.

The snow is nearly a foot deep, fluffy and white, but it got warm enough today that it started to pack pretty well, so Jet had a fun time throwing snowballs and making snow angels, and it really was just too beautiful to stay inside all day. But I was very tired after that little outing, so I am definitely not all well, yet. Lungs still seem to be clear, even though the upper respiratory tract is pretty gummed up.

Jet has decided to call all the stuff he coughs and sneezes up, "Gack." I don't blame him. *laughs*

John gave me a little time yesterday, and I read books 2-8 of After School Nightnare, and finally finished the second Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex series. Mixed in with all the Avatar: The Last Airbender that Jet and I have been watching, and I've been having interesting dreams.

Got to the last chapter of Bleach, too, and it's intriguing how Byakuya insults Ichigo in any number of ways before reminding him of his duty. *laughs* And Kenpachi's and Unohana's style of encouragement are so very, very them. I enjoyed that. I guess it's one way to get Ichigo to make some kind of dramatic entrance.

After School Nightmare is a little odd in that the protagonist is a male student at a high school who has female genitalia. Throw on top of it the fact that a bunch of the students are in a 'dream class' where they have to kill each other to graduate and it only gets bloody weird as well as intriguing in all the ways that only symbols and symbolic actions can get.

The odd thing is how closely it touches on a lot of my own weirdness about gender identity. I mean... as an engineer, I pretty much had to pass as a logical, highly intelligent engineer, pass for male on the most part, and pretty much get accepted as a boy, but get all confused about having girl-parts and stomping on all the stupid girl feelings because they have no place in a high speed technical environment was like... woah.

Well, not that their high school is high speed technical, but the whole guy/girl thing is so much more strongly delineated in Japanese manga, and the expected roles are all confused by this whole mess.

It's been a really intriguing read for me.

Especially given how many women now read this journal and how many women I interact with on a daily basis since my retirement, when nearly all my interactions were with men before that. Having my identity change to "Jet's Mom" and to "the artistic one" rather than "the engineer" is still an identity struggle for me.

There's just three more books. It should be interesting to see where it leads me.

The second Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex didn't quite have the same plot satisfaction that the first one did, though the political powers were just scary strong and the Tachikoma was just a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the backstories on Saito, the Major, and even Batou. I also liked meeting Proto, and seeing a tougher side to Togusa than I'm used to seeing. I was really intrigued by Kuze Hideo, and in the ending episode the Major's little statement about always being depended upon by everyone but having no one to depend on was an intriguing bit of insight.

Made me very glad of myJohn. *laughs*

The combination of loneliness and extreme competence is intriguing. Carl has also lent me the OVAs so I should watch them as well.
Tags: anime, manga
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