tosh: toe-shh (n. adj. adv. v.) Any positive definition imaginable.

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Yeah, you got that right.

Today, some good things surprised me. Somehow, in a matter of four hours, I managed to raise my expectations from “so low I didn’t even want the good thing when I found it out it could actually happen” to a feeling of “angry, even though I had a good time, because I wanted more.” I gotta learn to separate what I want from what I expect. And, in line with my previous post, that makes me sad.

Looking back on the day here’s a list of the good things that happened:
-I got to go somewhere fun with some people from school
-A guy in my major who I find really cool drove me and we had so much time to talk one-on-one
-He took me to lunch too
-We talked about sports and video games
-I think we’re friends now
-I called my boyfriend (that’s right, CALLED. On the phone!)
-He didn’t turn me down when I asked him to go do something with me on campus – and I guess I should be happy for him for not being sick, right?
-He was cute all night
-We’re almost done with Avatar

And THAT, friends, is what he meant when he said, “We’re almost finished!” with so much enthusiasm (mind you, some of my unwarranted disappointment may be due to the fact that we talked about finishing it today). I heard a whole different meaning in those words. It might be time to start distancing myself emotionally. I think we’re almost finished, and I don’t know who or what to blame.

– K-Tosh


Ouran High School Host Club is nothing like what I thought it would be.

I do not read shoujo manga.  I just glanced at my manga shelf.  Shonen Jump on Shonen Jump on Shonen Jump.  I subscribe to Weekly Shonen Jump’s American edition.  I read all of Fullmetal Alchemist and watch Cowboy Bebop late on Saturday nights.  My knowledge of the HST is at the very least satisfactory (not to mention, I know what the HST is).

So why did I start reading Ouran?  Well, it’s all because of J. Coco.

When Coco told me she was watching an anime, I flipped out.  I probably jumped and screamed and everything because I was really excited.  I have been trying to get this girl into anime and manga for years because she loves to read, and watch television, and she becomes so invested in series!  It’s so perfect for her!  But she refused every time.

“Pritz!” I refuse, says Joanna.

I guess she just needed to warm up to the idea…she says she doesn’t like the way you read from right to left… Which I guess explains why she started with an anime.  And once again, we have Netflix to thank for something good in our lives.  First, she told me she was watching Clannad: After Story.  Well, I’ve already seen Clannad so I told her to start with the beginning (a.k.a. not the After Story) and after several occassions full of feels where I tried to relate to her the power of that series, she told me she was also watching Ouran High School Host Club.

I have to say, I judged her instantly for that.  It’s like a cliche that people who like shoujo must be fans of Ouran High School Host Club…and it’s got “host club” right there in the title.  Plus “high school.”  I had to wonder what exactly Coco was getting herself into.  Innocent little Coco…

But I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ouran isn’t about a morally questionable lifestyle filled with entertaining/exploiting women for money…but then it kind of is.  Ha…  I thought I would be dealing with cheesy flirting and the awkward modesty of the Japanese when it comes to romance…but then I totally am.  To use what might be English’s oldest expression, you cannot judge a book by its cover.  I’m literally talking about a book and its cover.

It’s the kind of thing I would avoid wholeheartedly if I saw it in the store.

Here’s the thing: I was so excited about Coco liking an anime that I started reading the manga (at the time I couldn’t find the anime on the internet for free.  No Netflix for me. D’: #firstworldprobs).  I was a bit hesitant…but I did it anyway…

And Ouran is AMAZING!  Even though it has all those things I have disliked in shoujo manga before…they’re presented in a way that doesn’t make the story boring, or sexist, or gushy.  I’m pretty sure it’s actually making fun of shoujo manga.  So I didn’t get any of this, or this, or this (I actually own volume 1 of that…ay caramba…), but I did get this:

And Coco gave me this on my birthday

The characters are developed so well.  The timing of the comedy is impeccable.  And the plot that develops is strong, honest (dare I say realistic?), and gripping.  I could talk in detail about the reasons I love it, but that’s another post.

In the end, I think I’m still prejudiced against shoujo.  But I tried Ouran and liked it.  I can’t wait to watch the anime, now that I’ve almost finished the 91 chapters of manga and found the episodes on Hulu.  And I tried it because Coco tried it.  So maybe this extends past manga.  Putting a little effort into starting with something outside your comfort zone might very well be worth it.  Hot guys might be involved!

To think of what I would have missed out on…

Boyfriend? Psh…nah, I have Tamaki-sempai. 😀

– K-Tosh

Shucks Howdy! Once again, it’s time for Big Shot! Time to inform all ya’ll 300,000 bounty hunters in the solar system about what’s been goin’ down in JPT’s world!

Back to School! 

  • The fact that we’ve gone back to school means that (I’m guessing) we will have less time to write! Yay! (of course, it might bring on a whole new variety of topics we can pollute the internet with our thoughts on…stay tuned.)
  • I’ll be bringing you an all new super-fun back-to-school related edition of the Otaku Files in the coming days/weeks/months/years! (it will certainly feel like that last one) And yeah, I know I introduced that enigma in which “back-to-school” and “super-fun” are included in the same sentence. Just go with it.

I Am Currently Obsessed with the Band fun.

  • Love their song Some Nights.
  • And their entire album, Some Nights.
  • Don’t get me wrong. I love those on all nights.
  • Stosh claims this means I’m going indie.

This Girl Is Awesome

  • We three here at JPT have been known (if only to ourselves) to do some pretty eccentric things to solve some pretty odd problems. This here, courtesy of Passing Otaku, sounds exactly like something one of us would do. And since I’m too lazy busy to write my own posts, I bring you: Cookies, And A Hidden Agenda. The title says it all.

That’s it this week on Big Shot!! Tune in next time!!!

– K-Tosh, regretting that that was all she had to share with you.

p.s.: Imagine all this with a country-western theme and you’ll see what I was getting at. Maybe.