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Where did the last 2 weeks go? I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion. So, I Maxed the levels of all my Dynasty Warriors: Gundam pilots. :P Now all I need to do is grind up all the skills for them, and all the levels and items for all the Gundams. :P I also tried playing Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, but since I dont really know any of the characters (and since all those asian names look the same to me anyway) I just say things like "I wanna play the pretty boy with the longsword" or "We should take the chick with the winged headdress". :P

Since getting my AnimeDVD collection back in close proximity I've been sampling of all the old shows I used to know and love, watched 1 disk of Nadesico, 1 disk of Super Gals, 2 disks of CCS, 2 disks of Maze (and still going), 2 disks of Initial D 1st, 1 disk of old BGC, I disk of New Cutie Honey... and I've been thinking of grabbing Esacflowne and Lodoss Wars off the shelf too. :P

Finished reading the 5th book of Earth's Children, which I think probably stretches the bounds of historical fiction but was an fairly good read nonetheless. I did get a bit bored by the prolific landscapes that would take pages to describe, but that was mostly in the 4th book which took me probably twice as long to read as the other books (measured by the start and finish dates).

Some may know that I have followed my sister and Riven onto Jenny Craig. Saturday will mark the end of my third week and there is no way that having three BBQ's in my first three weeks will mark stupendous progress. :P That said, I'm more concerned with my waistline than actual weight, which means I probably have to take up the gym eventually. :P Also, doing the basic maths, If i hit my target weight, I will have lost just under 15% of my body weight. I find that a large number. :P

In car news, what about the numberplate "WAIMOBILE"? :P
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Was getting out of work and looking for a place I could buy a drink on EFTPOS and get some cash out, when I stopped in at one of the ubiquitous newsagents run by asians that litter the CBD. While trying to make up the $10 minimun I needed to get parking money, I noticed a magazine, full colour and glossy, featuring the large text "TOTAL ANIME", with headlines about the new Eva movie, Afro Samurai and Death Note. Considering the longevity of any dedicated print publications on anime, I decided to pick up a copy, and a Goulburn Valley Banana milk to go.

Having just skimmed over it, it seems that "Total Anime" is just a special edition of a magazine called SFX. Doesn't list a website, but the publishers in Ozland are Derwent Howard. Anyway the content seems pretty interesting, while I haven't read a full article, I got partway through the Evangelion Movie report, and plan to read the editorial columns once I get better at Guitar Hero on Hard.

One of the articles that caught my eye was about Magical Girls, including the history and some well known examples. Another comedy (I hope, anyway) article was subtitled "Develop instant superiority to people who only watch anime with our easy guide to becoming an instant manga bore...". While it wasn't much of a how-to, it showcased some popular new and old anime who's manga was clearly superior, and the fraudulent conversations of "Newbie fan" and "Manga bore". :P I can totally see some of these lines coming in handy, especially the Nausicaa ones. :P

Almost forgot to mention, the magazine came with a DVD, but it seems to be another Madman Sampler. I havent even taken it off the cover yet. :P

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