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Reply #20 on: October 14, 2008, 04:10:53 PM
I adored this one.  It's so nice to have a gentle sweet story that we can share with our children.  Thanks for the lovely selection from Eugie Foster!

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Reply #21 on: October 14, 2008, 11:37:15 PM
I don't think I've commented on this one yet, possibly because I just don't have any bones to pick about it.  Great light fun story.  Good reading.  No complaints.   :)



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Reply #22 on: October 15, 2008, 09:10:47 PM
<lemming> I really enjoyed this one, but I, too, had a hard time not picturing the enormous testicles described in the intro during the story. :)

And I did wonder about the opening. I listened while doing something mindless at work, and kept thinking I'd missed something, and "rewound" the file twice before realizing that I hadn't.

Still, very enjoyable. I like Eugie's stories. </lemming>

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Reply #23 on: October 16, 2008, 12:18:58 AM
Fun, delightful, heartwarming, and utterly predictable. In this case the predictability scarcely detracted from the enjoyability. I could easily imagine this as an animated short film, possibly for children.

Teste drums? Err, OUCH!  :o

P.S. While the reading was generally good, I found the reader's "Tanuki Voice" extremely grating.
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Reply #24 on: October 16, 2008, 02:45:46 AM
I really enjoyed this one, but I, too, had a hard time not picturing the enormous testicles described in the intro during the story. :)

Yeah, thanks to the intro I went into this expecting Big Nuts.  But no Big Nuts were to be had. 

Next time, I want Big Nuts.  (And Pom Poko is now on my Netflix queue.  I think she said there were Big Nuts in that.)

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Reply #25 on: October 22, 2008, 04:11:52 PM
 ;D Tanuki Kettle, you make me laugh!!

Although I have to wonder what your serving those people  :-X



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Reply #26 on: October 22, 2008, 08:22:11 PM
I started off wary at another fairy tale, another oriental-esque fairy tale, but this quickly won me over.  The lightness of touch was delightful and the reading brought out the best in the story.



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Reply #27 on: October 22, 2008, 09:10:12 PM
I started off wary at another fairy tale, another oriental-esque fairy tale, but this quickly won me over.  The lightness of touch was delightful and the reading brought out the best in the story.

I'm actually predisposed to like stories set in feudal Japan.  Motto onegai shimasu.

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Reply #28 on: November 24, 2008, 07:17:37 PM
This was a cute story.  It would make a great little animated piece for kids. 
though it got a bit side-tracked.

It started out with a seer telling the mother that the child would be wild.. but then turned into a romance story??

If you pull out the beginning and just started the story with the girl at the tea-house.. it would've been complete.   

Unless the story had a twist at the end where the seer was the Tanuki... that might have brought the story together.. otherwise, it didn't make sense.

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Reply #29 on: January 05, 2010, 07:38:44 PM
Cute, and I liked the Tanuki, a little guy I could easily root for.

And, I hadn't realized it until hearing the intro, but I've come across these Tanuki creatures before!  In 2 separate video games, it turns out.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
One of the best side-scroller games of all time.  One of Mario's rarer power ups is the "Tanooki" suit (that's how it was spelled in the game strategy guides and stuff).  The more common "raccoon" suit gives Mario a raccoon tail and ears, and he can smack enemies with the tail, and can use the tail to fly or to slow a fall.  The Tanooki suit is similar, but is a full raccoon outfit covering everything but Mario's face.  It can do everything the Raccoon suit can do, but Mario can also turn into a statue for a few seconds which is invulnerable to damage.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Super NES)
This is a really fun game set in Japan which has the ninja character traveling through various regions of Japan to rescue a princess.  This has a lot of elements of Japanese culture sewn into the plot and setting, which I thought was a fun way for kids to come across it.  The raccoon-dog (which is what he's called in the game) shows up from time to time, I think it was just a speaking character to give the player information.  Surprisingly, his giant testicles are there and uncensored.  It's surprising because the censors in the U.S. rarely have let nudity slip by in kid's games.  Final Fantasy III, for instance, had some summon magics that had some nudity in the Japanese versions that was covered up for the U.S. releases.  Anyway, when I played this game, I couldn't tell on the game screen that they were supposed to be testicles.  I did, however, subscribe to Nintendo Power magazine at the time and in their article showcasing the game they showed the characters including the raccoon-dog drawn as cartoons and his testicles were obvious in that rendition.




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Reply #30 on: January 11, 2010, 01:07:28 AM
I'll happily join the chorus on this one. Very enjoyable story.

After listening to the story, the Tanuki-Kettle reminded me a bit of the fire demon in Howl's Moving Castle. Why do I find these Japanese-style stories so compelling?

This is really late, I know, but...
You do know that Howl's Moving Castle is an Occidental story written by British author Diana Wynne Jones, right?

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Reply #31 on: January 11, 2010, 04:01:09 AM
This is really late, I know, but...
You do know that Howl's Moving Castle is an Occidental story written by British author Diana Wynne Jones, right?

Although -- to be fair -- Miyazaki's Calcifer was not the same as DWJ's.

(Says the reader who vastly prefers book!Calcifer.)



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Reply #32 on: January 11, 2010, 04:58:25 AM
This is really late, I know, but...
You do know that Howl's Moving Castle is an Occidental story written by British author Diana Wynne Jones, right?

Although -- to be fair -- Miyazaki's Calcifer was not the same as DWJ's.

Hell, Miyazaki's story was not the same as DWJ's.  One wonders why he bothered to "adapt" the book at all.  If he'd just renamed some characters and changed a couple of other small details, he could have saved whatever he spent on the film rights.  ???

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Reply #33 on: January 11, 2010, 06:50:53 AM
Well, I was trying not to wear my purist colors TOO obviously on my sleeve. :-)  But yeah, round about where it got to Wizard Suliman, I said to the screen, "you're supposed to be a man, and dead," and that was pretty much the last anybody saw of the book's plot.



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Reply #34 on: May 23, 2013, 08:41:31 PM
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