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28 January 2011 @ 02:02 am
The Warriors of the Win-...no, wait, the other one.  
Lately, I've been finishing 風の谷のナウシカ, aka "Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind." I'd read the beginning of it before, but I hadn't managed to find the other volumes until recently. I'm finding the background of the Sea of Corruption, the insects, etc. really evocative, and I think I'd love an Elder Scrolls-style sandbox RPG set in this world, or a world with similar themes and locations. It actually would slot pretty well into Fallout, I think. It's like a lot of other Miyazaki stories, with magical unspoiled nature which is happy and peaceful until humans come along and fuck it up, but I like the various societies and the fungal ecology depicted a lot.

As an aside, I laughed a lot when I saw that they had translated the sound of banners waving in the wind on one page as "fap fap fap fap." That's, er, an entirely different sound.

We went to Funky Tonky last night for dinner. We ran into the owner's younger sister at the Tondo festival (they look nothing alike, but the owner[1] told us that she was the elder) and mentioned that we would be leaving, and she said she would miss us and started crying. It was quite bizarre, for me, because when Miki-san cried at the Tondo festival, she was someone we interacted with frequently. We've been to her house for dinner, teach English to her and her daughter etc. But the owner of Funky Tonky, while we have given her presents occasionally and she gives us vegetables a lot, is the owner of a store we go to maybe once or twice a month.

Maybe it's because I'm an anti-social hermit who needs a few hours alone per hour spent in the company of others, but even after the last post I didn't realize we were that popular.

[1]: I feel somewhat bad that we don't know her name. We know her last name--Horikawa--but her first name has never come up. softlykarou just calls her "Chiyoda okaasan," after a talk the owner gave her about how she kind of sees us as like surrogate children in a sense, and that's why she's always giving us excess vegetables, to make sure we eat right. :p
 
 
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Jeb Boytarmadillo_king on January 28th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Lately, I've been finishing 風の谷のナウシカ, aka "Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind." I'd read the beginning of it before, but I hadn't managed to find the other volumes until recently. I'm finding the background of the Sea of Corruption, the insects, etc. really evocative, and I think I'd love an Elder Scrolls-style sandbox RPG set in this world, or a world with similar themes and locations. It actually would slot pretty well into Fallout, I think. It's like a lot of other Miyazaki stories, with magical unspoiled nature which is happy and peaceful until humans come along and fuck it up, but I like the various societies and the fungal ecology depicted a lot.

Oh yeah. Plus, it reminds me of Bakshi's Wizards.

I started work on a post-apoc RPG setting based on such a fungal apocalypse that quickly grew into a novel. One that I need to get back to.
dorchadas: Slimedorchadas on January 28th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I just finished it today, and while the ending annoyed me, it was still quite good overall.

softlykarou showed me Wizards back when we first started dating. It was...bizarre.

Edited at 2011-01-28 04:39 pm (UTC)
meadowyravinemeadowyravine on January 28th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
When are you guys leaving? It sounds like it will be hard to leave there! Also I love the name Funky Tonky for a restaurant :) What kind of food do they serve?
dorchadasdorchadas on January 29th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I will be really hard. :( We want to move back basically as soon as softlykarou finishes grad school, though probably not to Chiyoda.

Funky Tonky does a Japanese version of American food--hamburgers, steak, pasta, etc. Hamburgers with oroshi and teriyaki sauce, tarako spaghetti, and so on. The decor inside is kind of old West saloon style, with dark wooden panels, a railing around one part, an old rotary telephone, a metal bull skull on the wall, etc.

The owner's son Hiroshi also works there, and he's a certified by the Italian Sommeliers' Assocation sommelier, so they have a lot of wines too.