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Small screen suggestions? [Feb. 10th, 2014|04:51 pm]
Marissa Lingen

I watch a bunch of TV to get me through my workouts, and right now I don’t have a default thing of the right length that I’ve got momentum on, so I thought I would take the opportunity to ask for recommendations. I’ll list a bunch of things I’m in some sense “currently in the middle of,” and you can either suggest other stuff you think I might like or else ask what I like about the things I’ve listed. I am not current on anything: I watch DVDs or Netflix, so “current season” stuff will be spoilers for me.

Oh, and: I am a tough sell for sexual violence. It’s not a hard, fast line for me–for example, I watch Criminal Minds–but it’s pretty easy to hit my “this is no fun any more and I’m taking my marbles and going home” threshold on things like a certain popular soapy historical drama this season.

Shows I’m watching: Arrow, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, The Bletchley Circle, Elementary, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Inspector Lewis, The Killing, The Mentalist, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ripper Street, Scandal, Sherlock, White Collar.

I am not at all limited to English language stuff, but the pacing of 22-minute episodes has to hit me right–some anime does and some doesn’t. Almost no live-action English-language stuff does. 55-minute shows can work, but they frustrate me because they’re pretty much exactly the wrong length for what I need for workouts. 40-to-44 are great, as are the 80-to-90 blocks.


Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux


[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-02-10 11:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Anime

Giant robots, swords, sweet stories of horrible people finding each other (okay, that's mostly just His and Her Circumstances), random magic, screwball comedy without too many panty jokes....

I have liked Twelve Kingdoms and Fruits Basket and Honey & Clover and Evangelion and Kenshin and Full Metal Alchemist and...stuff that everybody knows about mostly? I think? alecaustin will know. Oh, I love Last Exile. I need to watch LE Silver Wing.
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[User Picture]From: nojay
2014-02-10 11:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Anime

I push Haibane Renmei at a lot of folks, it's my #1 anime series... it's a mystery play, a puzzle box set in a world not quite like ours with protagonists who are not *quite* human but who may have been in a past life. It's funny in places and heart-wrenchingly sad in turn with love and loss and quite beautiful.

Random magic and screwball comedy -- Eccentric Family is a recent anime series you might find fun, a family of shape-changing tanukis in Kyoto fighting to stay out of the stewpot among other shenanigans.

Scenery porn -- Non Non Biyori is set in a country school in Japan where there are only five pupils of different ages, and that's about it as far as story goes. Saying that there are 35 seconds of the best anime in years buried in there (I timed it).
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