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Warning: If you stay here long enough you will gain weight! Grazing here strongly suggests that you are either omnivorous, or a glutton. And you might like cheese-doodles.
BTW: I'm presently searching for another person who likes cheese-doodles.
Please form a caseophilic line to the right. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Sometimes this blogger goes into youtube first thing in the morning. The algorithm that suggests what next one should watch is, at all times, artificial intelligence, and does not correspond in any way to human logic.
It's as if one has space aliens living in one's laptop.
Heed the lizard-bots; they mean well!
At least today they did.

What they recommended today was a scene from Taisho Baseball Girls (Taishō Yakyū Musume), which is an anime set in early twentieth century Japan, where the young ladies at a middle school have formed a team.
The Japanese are, as you know, passionate about baseball.




If you watch this and similar clips several times each, eventually without even realizing it you may be speaking passable Japanese.

Other anime worth studying intensely are Ranma½, Midori Days, and Chibi Vampire. Respectively: a gender-bending martial artist and his unwilling fiancee plus a panda, a high school boy whose hand has transformed into a woman, and a shy teenage vampire who shoots huge torrents of blood out of her nose once a month and her normal depressed love interest.

One suspects that conversations in Japanese are, necessarily, surreal.

Many of them no doubt revolve around junior lesbians, baseball, breasts, blood, and garlic.


By the way, in case you're wondering, all of these are good clean fun. My apartment mate even rented all the video discs for Midori Days and found it witty and sweet, and she's also read Ranma½ and part of Chibi Vampire, which she considers too girlie and consequently doesn't like as much.
I think it's touching. But I'm a softie.

And it goes without saying that you should watch Azumanga Daioh.
Your life is not complete if you don't.

Hontoni shinjitsu des'.

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