FullMetal Alchemist: The Movie

Fullmetal Alchemist
Genre:
Science Fantasy
Directed by: Fumihiko Sori
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Release Date: 2017 December 1st

Based on manga of same name by Hiromu Arakawa

In a world of alchemy, alchemy is what defines the rules of said world. First of all, there ought to always be balance. You get what you give: equivalent exchange. It’s hard to break such a rule, for by giving too little, you will simply get less back. It’s the kind of rules that are defined by “shouldn’t” that are tricky. Like, you shouldn’t attempt reviving the dead. Shouldn’t doesn’t mean you couldn’t. Truly, shouldn’t merely means the price is mighty steep, and that there are no guarantees on the result. Right?

When Edward, and Alphonse lose their mother, the heartbroken orphans resign to the last hope they seemingly have. Edward, overconfident in his knowledge of alchemy persuades his brother where he still had doubts. They’ll get their mother back. That’s the only way. So they pay the unspeakable price. And received a nightmare in return, a nightmare that has become their life.

I cannot wait for this movie!

Summary: Death Note, The Wolf Among Us 2, and Oscar Wilde

Eh, alright, I’ve been having real rough couple of weeks. Depression kicked my ass hard, and just some general bad things keep happening all over. Like my kettle broke (I fixed it, but I was real worried for a good hour), grandma had a bad spell, my sleep got all messed up, where I’d wake myself due to whiny noises I’d make in my sleep, and so on and on. But I can’t really say all things are bad either.

For one, there’s a lot of great previews, like trailer/teaser for [Death Note] (as my friend said, the actor who plays Light doesn’t seem to know what’s acting like, but otherwise it might still work), and trailer for [Full Metal Alchemist].

Netflix did release [Castlevania] at last, and I think I skipped writing about it, because I was so bummed out, but yes, I’ve already watched all 4 episodes, that make under two hours of goodness. No, I have not played all the games, and I would love to, but 2D side-scrollers are often too hard for me, ever since I’m like 20 years out of the skill range (no, really, I’m sure every kid can beat those games, but not my dumb ass). I have two newer ones on Steam, and I’ll come around to playing those. So as someone with minimal knowledge, I’ll say this: it’s easy to follow, and it’s amazing.

Then there’s [Cyberpunk 2077] update, where they talk about the classes: rockstars, journalists, etc. Great, guys, can we maybe get the game before 2077 tho? Because you telling us for 5 years how it’s going to be groundbreaking is kinda pointless. Much like my grandma claiming those shoes are brand new, never worn, and expensive. But they’re 25 years old, and for less you can get better at any shop now, you know?

Best of all were the news on [The Wolf Among Us 2], that game was something epic, I played it over, and over, and when I felt stressed at work, I’d just turn on the intro screen, and allow that to be my bg music. The neon lights, clouds of cigarete smoke, wonderful music, good story, and superb characters are all I want right now. And Telltale must be my fav games in general.

Yesterday I cleaned my little corner up, making everything a little bit worse, but at the same time, it’s progress towards making it a little bit more usable space-wise. I’ve stacks, and stacks of written material, books I wrote, or am still writing, translations, studies, literal studies data, book reviews. And then hundreds upon hundreds of paintings. So I shoved things around a bit.

As a reward, or so I feel like Universe might have wanted to reward me, friend gave me a cup today, a nice tall white mug with Oscar Wilde quote to it. She had a few, showed me, and said I will probably like this one, pointing at it, and I did. She merely guessed I might like Wilde, and she could not have been more right.

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde

All I’m missing right now is freedom. ❤

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Iorveth and Yrdenne

I’ve a friend from Germany, Yrdenne, who writes beautiful stories (in English) of Iorveth, and a few other elves from the Witcher Saga. I only read a few so far, but I like them enough to hurry my work in hopes I can spare another hour for reading. The stories are interesting, and Iorveth is undergoing some real serious adventure. And, well, let’s just face it, Sapkowski’s elves were serious deal.

To add to that, she recently crocheted Iorveth doll too, and commissioned me to make his badges!

You can start reading here: [Iorveth and Yrdenne – Prologue]

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Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Netflix keeps luring me into these wonderful series, foodie comedies mostly. Remember I watched that Samurai Gourmet one? Well, now I watched Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, and am currently full-on starting Cravings, Korean series, for a change.

Midnight Diner is set in this restaurant-bar that opens at midnight, and you can eat there until morning. The chef will make you anything, if he has products for it, but otherwise the menu is very basic and simple. It is aimed at people who work through the night, or are going from work, and just want to stop after a hard day, have a meal, and reach their bed. Thus, as one can guess, it attracts a wonderful little crowd.

Stories change, taking in new characters as main objects every time, but at the same time, with each new episode, we get to know master better too. Sometimes one word from him is enough to allow you full insight of what just happened, and what are his views on it, and it’s just beautiful. This is honestly the thing I love the most about Asian media.

Some episodes were funny, others were a bit sad, but each one had a resolution afterwards, and some characters then re-occurred as regular visitors. I was a little surprised at the diverse, and controversial topics they took, and am impressed at how it was handled. Good job, really.

So, all in all, I really recommend, especially if you watched and Liked Samurai Gourmet. This one is definitely 5 out of 5 too.

King Mindaugas name’s day

We celebrate this name day of King Mindaugas, which happened to be on 6th of this month. Imagine my joy, when one day – American clients didn’t reply, and the next day you knew – Lithuanian clients won’t, since it’s a national holiday. Had to do the work for 3 days in a single one. But let’s talk about the good stuff instead.

A friend came to visit me on that day, and we went out. Weather was pulling all kinds of tricks. One moment we’re cooking, the next we’re being rained on, then dried by the merciless sun again. At some point it rained into my sunglasses. Someone explain me how?

We walked past this fenced off piece of Elektrenai, my hometown, of the less used, but nice, wide, and flat street, together with a park that had ramps made out of packed dirty some years before, due to road not being used, and being in a very good place for any rally’s, bike-shows, and so on. Yes, being a small town, we do get a lot of those.

When we walked forth, bikes were going in laps, roaring madly. Some promo girl gave us non-alcoholic beer. Neither of us drinks, beer is definitely not for everyone, alcoholic or not, so in unison we both took a can each, and packed them away to bring back home, to someone who would drink it. Why take it if you won’t have it? Because the girl carrying that beer through the crowd looked like she’d gladly throw it out if she could get away with it. I doubt it was easy, for she definitely had a few six-packs on her.

Then we went through the forest, picked some herbs up for my jewelry making, and headed back, and what perfect timing we did. Lorry trucks (without the parts that carry produce in it, just the fronts) were drifting on the road, and it was amazing. There was smoke, colored smokes, and so much noise! At one point wind blew away the inflatable ark, but it did not stop the show.

So all in all, the day was good, and the show was pretty cool too.

Patreon Sneak-Peak!

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Patrons saw it a while ago. And if patrons said “hey, Quinn, save that one for me, will you?” – that’d be done, like woo, puff, it is done, consider me your djinn.

People who are not part of my flock get finished products only, when time comes to post all the things. So I guess you now must come and be my patron. It’s 1$ a month to be the first to see!

[Patreon]

Sense8 returns for a bit

One day I sat down and turned on this Sense8, just to see why Netflix keeps fussing me about it. Next thing you know I’m a senseit myself, invested deep into all these characters, unable to express friends how great this thing is, how these people here are on the other ends of the world, but together, how they fill each other out, and so on, and on, and on.

I watched the second season when it came out, and was absolutely in love. But then all these things happened! For one, I kept seeing disappointment here, and there, claiming there was no plot. What do you mean there was no plot? Going after a cluster cannibal is not a plot? The guy who never ever asked for help is ASKING for help silently appearing, unable to speak up, is that not plot? Aren’t lives of these people – not plot?

And then it was canceled. They ended the series with “we’re coming for you, be very, very afraid”, and they canceled it! I was heartbroken! I joined my voice into the others, asking, pleading to at least finish the wonder that this was. And Netflix kindly apologized for not being able to do that. I appreciated it, but couldn’t help wanting some kind of finale.

Guess what? 2 hour long finale is in the works!

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[Sense8 Twitter]

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Have I told you that my umbrella’s aluminum handle rod broke in my hand and sliced my finger open? Well, it happened. As of today, my finger stopped hurting, and I can continue with all of the work as before, without flinching at the stinging sensation received due to pressure of holding a pen, or pliers.

The cut was not deep, but it took a broad enough area, chumming off skin, and digging into the meat. I bled like a piggy.

Currently I’m doing a commission painting, of this adorable little girl, and her baby brother, all updates of that will end up on my Patreon first. I’m mentioning this case as an exceptional one, because this was the first time someone asked me to paint their children. We’ll just have to see how that goes. I asked about colors and style, because let’s face it, I rarely deal with realism (althou there was once this young man with a very nice smile who asked me to paint him, I tried to keep realism there, and I hope he’s happy with the picture), and will proceed to coloring when I get the reply.

Commissions are fairly simple, and depending on situation, we can agree whether I get paid before or after you get the painting. Scans are always same price, it’s always 15 euros a piece, unless it’s a monochrome, then we can go down to 10 euros. I mostly prefer dealing with it by personal messages over facebook, but anywhere you write me will be fine in the end.