So with my break in full swing, tons of work to do, and crappy weather all around, I decided to finally start Aria. I thought I would include my thoughts on it here, at least until I have enough thoughts for a proper post on the subject (re: I’m writing a paper and full-length SF.c posts are kinda rough right now).
My first thought as pigtails comes flying into the city — this was Mars, once. Now it’s just gentrified. Terraforming is a destructive process — see Star Trek II.
Oh, that’s a bad callback to a Delany book… Someone stows away in a boat in City of a Thousand Suns… But the grenade… Yeah… Bad thoughts.
Creative networking skills. Blackmail is probably a better tool than we know. Wait, Kare Kano. So we knew about it already. Done.
So, you can’t cook your own food back on Earth? Hmmm… Tension in the setting. It’s interesting that a very old-world setting (Venice) has been transposed into the place of the new-world “frontier” (not in the wild west sense, but in the boundless possibility sense — I guess not so much “new world” as “1800-early 1900s America).
It’s also interesting to be watching a show about terraforming Mars now — as there’s speculation cropping up that the last Mars lander might have destroyed evidence of microbiological life when it landed.
This terraforming job would be immense. I read Red Mars, I know the speculative effort that would have gone into it. The sky’s blue, even, just like Earth.
Sigh. It’s pretty typical in anime, but I dislike it when someone puts in a lot of effort, would succeed, and some random happenstance puts the better, more awesome (supposedly) person in the position to invalidate all the effort.
Also, yay for moralizing?
endnotes: interesting. the first episode introduces characters, the setting, and a lot of uncomfortable glosses about the planet that hints at a disconcerting underbelly. Unfortunately, I know from Pontifus’ posts they won’t go too far into that directly. Oh well.
Oh god no, the windmills! They’ll destroy us all!
I think, traditionally, this super-high tide is due to both the sun and the moon pulling in the same place? The sun’s impact on the tides is minimal, given its distance, but it does stack with the moon’s pull.
On second thought, of course, no. That should happen once a day. My Achilles Heel, when it comes to astronomy, is that I have trouble visualizing things. Also, I ran into what Scalzi described at D*C as the “math wall.”
Sailor hats make everything better.
Okay, not everything.
And the foot fetishists explode. BOOOOM!
I will never remember anyone’s name… they all sound the same. Assonance for the… uh… ?
There’s something generally interesting about watching people do their stuff. What I mean by that is, at a job that’s not quite mundane — as compared to office clerk, fry jockey — we derive a kind of pleasure from seeing a skilled or learning person go about their job. It’s usually much more interesting than writing about writers, or filming actors. Curious, as I certainly don’t aspire to be an oarsman anywhere.
Though my GF is currently wafting down a river on her way to dry dock her family’s barge. Huh. Guess this was a good day to start Aria.
Yesterday I experimented, and came up with the best teriyaki pork… damn it was good. I learned recently that meat, in the cooling process, will absorb fluid surrounding it, as the cells swell up again. Good time to add the teriyaki. SCIENCE!
“Orange Planet?” Venus?
That’s good old fashioned family sexism.
Also: character development is DEVELOPING.
It’s interesting that Aika’s (I guess) motivation is to better herself, but she’s not going off to school, or reading philosophy. She’s learning a job that fits with what she’s looking for. I mean, the whole show’s a bildungs-roman to begin with, but still, it’s neat.
Aika’s faces please me.
Much better end on this one.
endnotes: Fun times. The theme of altered settings reflecting altered behavior calls back to the change in scenery both Akari and Ai went through in coming to Aqua, as well as the changed scenery/behavior of the terraforming itself.
Dunno if I’ll do more of these blow-by-blow posts. I’ll probably come up with something in the next handful of days — at any rate, I think I’m a few days away from finishing my paper, at least.