Of Fannish Things: Sleepy Hollow, Attack on Titan, and Welcome to Night Vale @ 02:22 pm
As you probably have noticed, LJ, I've mostly left you to get swept up by Tumblr. It's been a torrid affair and I'm afraid I've fallen deeply for Tumblr. I do hope, LJ, that you can I can still be friends.
But, now I have to rave a little annoyingly about my new friend, Tumblr.
Do you know what Tumblr introduced me to? Attack on Titan (aka "SNK," which is the abbreviation of its Japanese title, which I have yet to memorize.) I've started watching SNK, while doing the dishes. I think I'm up to episode 16. I just finished watching the "Female Titan" episode, which means I may be ready for some big ass trees. It's interesting to me the extent to which I've been spoiled/not-spoiled by all the various bits of clips and screen shots and fan art about this show. All the fan activity drew me in to try it, while giving me the warning that it's... bloody. War has consequences and the Titans eat us. So, I'm not invested in ANYONE. Actually, at one point I had to check Wikipedia to make sure the MAIN CHARACTER actually lived, because it looked very much like he didn't. I thought that maybe the show was going to break out and be the first shonen hero story where the hero who gave all the rousing speeches died early and the entire show/manga was about avenging him. But, no (and I'm okay with that. I did the Wiki search after realizing that no, I would not go on watching if the good-hearted brave one bought it.)
But, because I know better than to invest, I've been having fewer 'feels' as the kids call it. It fun to watch and addicting in the way of these shows, but it's not going to replace Bleach any time soon.
The other thing Tumblr got me interested in? Welcome to Night Vale. Welcome to Night Vale, of all things, is a podcast. The clever thing about it, is that it's set up to be a story about a guy on the radio, so it has an immediacy to it that I'm enjoying. I'm only up to the "Management Negotiations" episode (the one following the Glow Cloud, number 4, I think,) but it amuses me. The radio station is in a desert town somewhere in the US where weird is somewhat commonplace, you know, like how old woman Josey just happens to have angels changing light bulbs for her and things like that. But, in between bizarre public service announcements, advertisements for strange places, there's a story about the radio DJ and his attraction to a new scientist who comes to town (with PERFECT hair) named Carlos.
It was the cute fan art of these two that got me enchanted. I have a harder time finding time to listen to the podcasts, but I've been making time because the story is that interesting.
That leads me finally to "Sleepy Hollow" which I enjoyed tremendously. Tumblr didn't find this one for me, alas. I also thing that "Sleepy Hollow" is far too clever and cheesy-goodness-y for network TV. I predict it's going to go the way of "Firefly" and be over before it really gets started. For one, the main character is a black female police lieutenant and, you know, female leads? Not a lot of them, really, it's sad to say. I mean, I suppose Ichibod Crane is technically the hero of the show, but she's the one through whom a LOT of the mystery is being solved. Things I liked--the headless horseman is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Ichibod Crane nearly lost his sh*t when he saw the Freemason pyramid symbol on the back of the US dollar. Masonry symbols have been popping anywhere you look for them, but they aren't given a lot of play, yet, which makes me extremely hopeful that beyond the good witch/bad witch stuff they've set up, there may also be a third magical group--the Freemasons, which would crack me up. Between the Biblical stuff and this, I'm so 100% sold, it's not even funny.
Also, there are creepy demons.
"Sleepy Hollow" FTW.
Okay, got to run, but I promise I'll be back, LJ. I'm really sorry I've neglected you for my new lover, Tumblr (s/he is prettier, though. Sorry!)