April 22nd, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

To categorize or not to categorize...

I'm interested in getting opinions on another feature I'm thinking of adding to the list of Medievalists with Weblogs. I know of a few blogging communities (such as middle_ages, or Blogalization), but I don't currently have them listed, since every other site I have listed is a personal one.

Should I...

  1. create a separate list for community weblogs?
  2. include them without differentiation in the main list?
  3. or include them, but tagged as a community, in the main list?

Possible complications: If I include communities, this project could snowball. I don't mind that, but I know there are lots of just LJ communities (without even getting into communities hosted elsewhere) which at least tangentially have something to do with the Middle Ages. Alternately, I could just put less work into the communities material and only include the material which is directly sent to me, for example. If I do the latter, it would be easier to integrate and only have one list.
Fishy Circumstances

Princess Tutu

cliosfolly recommended Princess Tutu a month or so ago and last week I had a chance to see the first three episodes. I love this series! I would love to see more of it. It's elegant and quirky, and features a very charming duck.

Before I describe the premise, I'll tell you about the audience reaction. During the opening credits and first few scenes, there was much groaning about the cuteness factor and sheer strangeness of it from the audience. By the end of the second, when a different video was going to be put on, the audience demanded that the third episode be shown.

The plot revolves around a girl (who might be a duck dreaming she's a girl) who lives at and attends a ballet academy in a German-style fairy tale town, where most things are real and normal, but there are strong fairy tale elements and aspects to life there, exacerbated by the interference of the storyteller Drosselmayer (yes, right out of the Nutcracker), a writer who died hundreds of years ago but was brought back to partial life when some of his characters escaped from the story he was writing when he died. That's the premise, not the plot.

Each episode is themed around music and elements from a different ballet. Improbable as it sounds, it's very, very well done.