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a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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Over the past month or so I have been making my roommates watch Sunkyunkwan Scandal with me. We're about halfway through the twenty episodes now, and at this point it is FILLING ME WITH DELIGHT, which means that it's time to tell you guys about it to preserve this feeling of joy in case it takes the kdrama nosedive over the next ten episodes into gloom and misery!

Sunkyunkwan Scandal is basically a lulzy college-hijinks drama! . . . set in eighteenth-century Korea.

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a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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On my way up to Boston last week I found myself rewatching one of my oldest favorite movies, Cradle Will Rock. It's basically about art and revolution and class and Communism in the 1930's (I realize that is a pretty long basically) focusing on the Federal Theater Project of the Works Progress Administration, and a pro-Union musical that was shut down by the government on opening night and (spoiler!) managed to have a performance anyway, and about Diego Rivera angrily painting a mural for Rockefeller, and a lot of artistic people of various stripes being very dramatic and artistic and very often hilarious.

Cradle Will Rock is far from a perfect movie, but it might as well have been tailor-made for me - giant ensemble cast! 1930's period costumes with bonus random eighteenth-century costume party for no reason except to add some MORE neat costumes! theater people being ridiculous except when it comes time to talk about the power of the theater and then being awesome! Orson Welles chewing every piece of scenery he can find! lots of hugs and dancing and more hugs! - so I have decided to do a picspam in honor of how happy it makes me.

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a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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Last time, the polls went to Sachiko, who finally pulled out a win with her fabulous array of feathers, sparkles and polka dots:



As you may or may not know, this takes us to THE FINAL EPISODE. And we have some tough decisions before us! And not only costume-related decisions. As you may have noticed, I have been enjoying myself a little too much with this costume polling. And now that we're out of Capital Scandal, I have been deciding whether or not I want to maybe continue this polls with another show? Would you guys have fun with that? PLEASE REGISTER YOUR OPINIONS.

First, though, let's get back to sending off Capital Scandal with a bang! (Or . . . several bangs, if we're being literal. Looots of guns in this episode. Great accessories for suits.)

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So the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 16 is . . .

That lucky extra in the prom dress
3(6.2%)
Woo Wan's mom in sequins
4(8.3%)
Sachiko in classy white
2(4.2%)
Lee Su Hyun in sexy revolutionary black
6(12.5%)
TEAM DORKY REVOLUTIONARIES, DRESSED TO KILL
33(68.8%)

Our revels now are ended! Should Becca . . .

stop dedicating too much of her time to picspamming my flist with ridiculous costumes and do something useful with those hours of her life
0(0.0%)
GO AGAIN, GO AGAIN!
46(100.0%)

Okay, if there is a Round 2 of costume picspammery and polling, it should focus on . . .

another kdrama! (most likely to be You're Beautiful, because AMAZILARIOUS KPOP FASHION)
29(55.8%)
something USian! (possibly early seasons of Buffy; OH NINETIES FLASHBACKS)
20(38.5%)
I have a write-in suggestion that I will take to the comments!
3(5.8%)


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a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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So answer me this: why are all the most depressing anime also the prettiest ones?

If you follow anime news at all, you are probably aware that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a deconstructive magical girl show that aims to stomp up and down on the genre and also the viewers with enormous spike-heeled boots. I too was aware of this, which is why I watched it, because I cut my anime-watching eyeteeth on deconstructive magical girl shows; they are my kryptonite. (Though I have now actually seen some non-deconstructive magical girl shows too! Expect a post on these at some point in the future.)

Anyway, I knew this, but I was not prepared for the ridiculous stylistic gorgeousness, which honestly is the most overpowering reason I want to rec this show. Musically and visually, it's completely arresting. Collapse )

The character designs are deliberately cutesified and simplified by contrast ([profile] elspeth_vimes has a good character primer post here, so I'm not going to do it!) which is for meta reasons, but also I am pretty sure it's also because the animators were just so proud of their backgrounds that they wanted people to PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. And justly! My praise for the style is one hundred percent wholehearted.

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baby shot you down

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Okay, I am going to do my best to remain straightfaced and unspoilery for the rest of the costume poll, but let me just say upfront and get it out of the way: THIS EPISODE WAS REALLY HARD TO DO.

But first let's go back to the joy of last week's victor:



This is going to be one of my benchmarks for cunning disguises going forward. The dapper fake moustache! The glass-less glasses! Never change, Woo Wan. Never change.

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And the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 15 is . . .

Lee Kang Gu, EVIL NEWSIE
2(5.1%)
Pastel dots everywhere!
14(35.9%)
Pink stripes everywhere!
8(20.5%)
Cha Song Joo's hanbok
6(15.4%)
Cha Song Joo's white dress
9(23.1%)


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seal of approval

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Last time the polls were tied nearly neck-and-neck between Cha Song Joo and . . . Cha Song Joo! Shocking everyone, Cha Song Joo ended up the victor with this demonstration of BAMFitude:




As for this episode - okay, I'll admit that at first I thought it would be a slow one for costumes, but . . . well, YOU WILL SEE.

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And the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 14 is . . .

Woo Wan's beloved suspenders
5(12.2%)
Cha Song Joo's stripes
2(4.9%)
Cha Song Joo: Dread Pirate Roberts
10(24.4%)
Cha Song Joo: TOTALLY CONVINCING DUDE
10(24.4%)
WOO WAN'S MOUSTACHE
14(34.1%)


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a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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Last episode Se Gi revealed that his relatively drab showing over the past few episodes was all saving up for . . . THE NEON FLORAL HAT.



Which quite rightly swept the polls, defeating even Woo Wan's array of dazzlingly eye-burning suits. I'm not sure anything in this episode can quite live up to that magnificence, but then, what could.

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And the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 13 is . . .

Woo Wan's pink and plaid
2(6.2%)
Cha Song Joo's sparkles and blue and purple
13(40.6%)
Cha Song Joo's sparkles and red and GUNS
16(50.0%)
Se Gi: return of the floral
1(3.1%)
Tak Gu: stealth plaid
0(0.0%)


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kdrama punch!!!!

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It's been a while since we had one of these, but don't worry: the show has been saving up some awesome in anticipation. >:D

Last time, Cha Song Joo cleaned up for the third time in a row with this amazingly dramatic ensemble:



Blindfolds and visual analogies are in for the well-dressed revolutionary this year!

HOWEVER, this week the dudes are making a comeback with a vengeance.

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And the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 12 is . . .

Woo Wan Wears Lemon
11(27.5%)
Woo Wan Wears Plaid And Various Other Confusing Items
1(2.5%)
Woo Wan Wears Plaid: Electric Boogaloo
2(5.0%)
Se Gi Wears A HAT
22(55.0%)
Cha Song Joo Wears A Very Nice Dress
4(10.0%)
a life less ordinary, calcifer magic

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Last week, Cha Song Joo rocked the polls with a fantastically gorgeous (and coordinated!) outfit:



That makes this her second in a row; just one more and she will be challenging Se Gi's record of three straight wins. And she is bringing some strong wardrobe contenders this week, but she is not the only one.

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And the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 11 is . . .

Miyuki: pretty in fluorescent pink
4(10.3%)
Mrs. Sun: elegantly adorable hostess
6(15.4%)
Woo Wan: EXTREMELY DIGNIFIED partygoer
8(20.5%)
Cha Song Joo: victim of wanton fashion destruction
4(10.3%)
Cha Song Joo: BLIND JUSTICE
17(43.6%)