Instead of writing more about
I spent all weekend home, some of that cruising Google Video (which, of course, is in Beta. Like Google Groups has been for the past five years).
Anyvay, I came across some fun little videos. Tripod’s Song is a perfect pop song about, um, love in the modern age. Matrix Dance features what looks like a bunch of stunt men showing off their stuff; they wouldn’t look
I’ve also been watching some Gundam X. Most Gundam shows are pretty heavy fare; stories of gritty battles and almost unwinnable wars. This is a lighter show, oddly enough helped by its
Also been watching Shinsengumi, a
What’s amazing about the Shinsengumi is that they were formed as a response to the revolution occurring around them, despite the fact that the revolution had some fair points. And the Shinsengumi eventually imploded in a
Also watched (thanks, again, to Google Video) some clips of Hello! Morning, which is another story in and of itself. Years ago, a Japanese music producer held auditions for a female lead singer for one of his popular acts. It was narrowed down to six girls, and though one of them won, the producer was intrigued by the other five and offered them a break: They could record a single, and if they could sell 50,000 copies of it within five days, he’d give them a record contract. They sold out in four days, and he formed them together as the band “Morning Musume.” When he auditioned for another girl, he got five thousand applications. The band then got their own weekly TV program, Hello! Morning, which is sort of in the style of The Mickey Mouse Club; the members sing and dance, but also perform in skits and pretend game shows. They’re incredibly commercialized, too, and it’s a bit weird to see
Our world is far stranger than any SF or fantasy world I’ve ever experienced.