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Baby crack

M, 20 months, has come to toddling into my room in the evening or late afternoon. Because I'll be on my netbook, and she's learned from S's iPad that that means entertainment. Of course, I don't have a touchscreen, which she had trouble with -- though I tried running xneko and secretly moving the cat to her finger. But I've played songs with Totem's visualization on -- she clapped to Cam Ye O'er Frae France which I may have said already, and liked Monster's Lullaby -- but I've also started showing AMVs. The weird sounds and weirder graphics hypnotize her, and I'm entertained too. She's too young probably to realize she can't understand the Japanese. Even so, I've wondered what impression some of the wacky visuals make on her brain. Tutu, Macross Frontier, Mahou Shoujoutai, Sora no Woto AMV.

Tonight the older girls wanted to watch, and despite everyone being able to see the baby got angry and pushy and wandered off. mlc23 has written privately about how her 4 year old gets stroppy with TV exposure, and after a TV-less day the kids really wanted more of even my bizarre offerings. So I get to try to infect them with anime. Added Tutu Hold Me Now, a 12K English cover, and Mushishi One-Eyed Fish to the list. They might be fertile soil... though I don't know about reading subtitles, even for the 7 year old. Though she's (still) reading Fellowship.

"They're talking German" (no)
"The mountain is so tall."
"The princess is the beautifulest."
"Does Japan look like that?" (satellite view of the 12 Kingdoms. So, uh, no.)


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 27th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the opening of Paprika or Paranoia Agent? I especially love the former, but the latter is energetic and reasonable cracktastic, too.
Dec. 27th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
No, I've never seen those. I'll try to look, thanks.
Dec. 28th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Have you seen anything by Satoshi Kon? Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers I think both got good critical reviews and are also reasonably accessible to the general population. I liked Perfect Blue, but that is possibly too dark for some. I liked Paprika, but was maybe expecting too much, so I was mildly disappointed. Searching YouTube for [Paprika opening] should find hits for you. Here is a 720p version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0v-NuudQw&hd=1

Those are all movies. Paranoia Agent is a series, and I thought it started off really strong. But I thought the payoff at the end was weak/missing. However, I retain a fondness for the opening. This is not such good quality, but it is okay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ayOpF-D-ZQ&hd=1
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