I've only read Chobits straight through, although I've seen bits of their other work. I've read one book of 'Wish' and then a little of two other series by them. I can't remember what the other two were called, though.
CLAMP's books are on my list of things to get, once I'm ready to start collecting books again. I'm probably drawing question to my masculinity with them, but oh well. *shrug*
I'm glad that you've never been on 4chan, I honestly don't think there is much there for you. Granted, some cool memes and some potent activism comes out of there, but it's also populated by some pretty messed up people. Not the fun kind of messed up, either. Just... bizarre (and often gross.)
The anonymous correspondence favored by that community has a strange effect on the way that people interact with one another. There is a doctorate level paper in psychology (possibly several) just waiting to be written about that site and the way it changes the processes and goals of conversation.
One of the many indulgences that certain parts of that site allows its predominately male usership is the communal acceptance of a sort of institutionalized sexism. This allows them to play out their personal frustrations with male/female relationships without suffering any real-world or "virtual world" repercussion because everything is totally anonymous. The down side to that is that young women seeking to gain acceptance or attention from the "bad boys" that lurk around that site often make a lot of bad decisions.
Long story short, I'd dodge that site. If you want something that has a lot of content and the capacity for the generation of memetics and real-world activism, check out reddit.com. The recent Colbert/Stewart rally began as an idea from a user on that site. It's pretty well known that Stephen Colbert lurks on there as well as a lot of other famous people.
Eli is also an Inuyasha fan and likes all kinds anime and nerdy movies in general. I'm not sure about Lamar. I am guessing not. He is a techie and loves some video games and science, which is pretty nerdy, but I think he is pretty normal, he is just totally surrounded by nerds all the time and they are rubbing off on him. There are a lot of nerdy things that he doesn't seem to have a natural proclivity towards, but he's a good sport about it and will play nerdy games and stuff with the rest of the dorks with no complaint.
I have not seen the one's you mentioned yet. To be honest, I haven't watched much anime in the last couple of years. I'll have to check them out.
The only anime that I have seen with dubs as good or better than the original voice acting was Cowboy Bebop and the last couple of Studio Ghibli flicks. I think Bebop was localized by Bandai, so I don't know how the dubbing ended up so good because they have cooked up some real turds.
Princess Mononoke's dubbing reads like a who's-who of Hollywood, so it's not surprising it ended up fantastic. Billy Cruddup, Gillian Anderson, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinket Smith, Billy Bob Thornton. That these people did dub work for an anime is pretty unheard of. Only Ghibli seems to be able to pull it off. I guess they recently released an adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's "Earthsea" novels and the main character is voiced by Timothy Dalton. Not that the guy has a whole lot going on these days, but still... pretty awesome--I think I need to check that one out.
That I am anyone's idol is both flattering and terrifying. And there is nothing wrong with being a fangirl. I am a fangirl! Err... fanboy. Whatever.
I am currently on Episode 70-something of my second run through all 167 episodes of Inuyasha. My son was curious about it because of the Sesshomaru figurine I have on my desk and now he's hooked, so we pile into my office chair and watch it on my computer if he gets his homework done quickly enough.
Soon after we started watching I found out they had a 26 episode extension to the series that came out last year.
I *squeed* and made =^.^= faces. It was awful. Even my son was a little freaked out. I think he thought I had cut myself or something.
If you haven't watched Inuyasha, I highly recommend it (although it looks like we might have slightly different taste in anime.) But Jesus-Monkeybutts don't watch it dubbed! Subtitle only, the dubbing is effing awful.
Anyhow, I should get back to work, Peace out, homie.
Weeeeellll, some sects of Buddhism can get a bit intense when they're in power, too. Buddhism just doesn't have a real theocratic home, right now, ever since China went Communist and soaked up Tibet. Historically, Buddhism has had it's psycho fundamentalists, too.
Oh, and yeah, I've heard of the Austin bat cruises on The Atheist Experience, many times. That would be cool to check out, sometime when I can make it down that way.
Ah, gotcha. So, you've got no deities of any sort, but you've still got some of the background residual stuff left over from religion. No worries. I know several Buddhists. Far more decent people and much less hypocritical than your average Christian. Heck, we've got a few highly held ones, like moJoe mentioned.
Thanks for the kind words, Elizabeth. Speaking out for change and helping people is why all of us started with podcasting and blogging and the other projects we work on. It's always really nice to hear that we've done some good for someone. You seem pretty sharp, though. I have no doubt you'd have been OK one way or another. You seem to have a pretty kick-ass mom, too.
If you like Buddhism, you might want to check out some of Sam Harris' talks in which he mentions naturalistic explanations for transcendent experiences. Granted, it wasn't a terribly popular sentiment among his fellow atheists, but he maintains that what are called "higher states of consciousness," "transformative experiences" or "transcendent experiences" can be real even if they are not supernatural in nature and that they can be attained through meditation, among other things. Here is one article he wrote on the subject:
Ah, that'll do it, yeah. Heck, I view Buddhism more as a philosophy than a religion, anyway, unless you include the reincarnation and a few of the other bits. Some Buddhists don't even believe in that, apparently.