I'll leave the whole Reacts transcript here, but a few additional notes to turn it into a proper post first...
Today I'll be watching the first episode of season 1 of Anne with an E as part of a new live reaction and, because it's an entirely new one, everyone is getting the copy a week early. (That means that, yes, there will be a gap between this post and that of next week.) And this applies to all the live reacts described below. There are five different ones. I'm fairly decided on doing more of them and I suspect that watching entirely new-to-me things will result in much better reaction commentary in this format, but we'll see how it goes.
In any case, for the next couple of months, Mondays are going to be Anne with an E days and maybe, someday, I will catch up on my To Watch list and branch out into different things. We'll... see how that goes. But wow. I did rather adore this episode. I hope you'll all enjoy seeing my reaction to it. :D
And soon I hope to have sorted the What To Watch aspect so you can all help me decide what to prioritise. :D (Speaking of that, this is my TBR pile, more or less, so don't hesitate to request any of those for next Saturday!)
Beginning of Discord transcript:
Surprise live reaction watch!
I have a long, long list of things that I want to watch (and read and play and listen to) and so I thought "Well, I have some time every day, why not do a live reaction things every day of the week and see if I can't catch up on a lot of the things that I've been meaning to watch (or rewatch).
So far, this is unannounced because I'd like to give it a week to try out before committing to it, so experiments are happening!
I've set up a preliminary schedule that will, I hope, end up being a nice mix of things for me and all of you to enjoy.
Mondays are going to be dedicated to Anne with an E. I haven't watched it at all. I just heard relatively good things about it and season 2 especially. I also didn't grow up with a love for the books. I didn't read Anne of Green Gables until I was, like, 25? I do recall bits of the plot, but very little and anyway as a tv adaptation I expect it to be changed in ways I wouldn't even know to pick up on.
For now, I'm dedicated to watching the first season only and I'll decide if I want to watch season 2 as well. (Unless I really, really hate it in which case I will spare everyone my wailing and switch it out for something else on my list.)
Tuesdays are, for the fureseeable future, dedicated to Steven Universe, which is a rewatch and, given the short length of the episodes, is something I'll probably speed through. Currently I have easy access to the first 52 episodes, so that's about two months' worth of live reactions.
This is something I started and then aborted because of a lack of legal access to the episodes at the time. I have absolutely no memory and it'll be really good to watch it with some of the latest reveals in mind. That said, the commentary there will definitely be spoilery because of those revelations and my desire to see how many references to them I can spot.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Record of Lodoss War OVA and despite its age, this is not a rewatch. I never had access to the show before and it's on my list of "anime that I really, really want to see some day".
I'm starting with the OVA because it's chronologically set earlier and the longer tv show is a continuation. Again, I'll be watching the first 'season' (i.e the OVA) and then deciding whether I want to continue on. The last time I tried rewatching an old anime I'd always wanted to see when I could (Fushigi Yuugi, if you're curious) it went... very badly and I wound up abandoning it as something I would have adored as a teen and no longer cared for now as an adult.
Thursdays are dedicated to My Only Love Song. I know absolutely nothing about this save the description on Netflix and the thumbnails/trailer, but it sounds like exactly my type of show. So I'm including it! (No, really. Other than that all I know is that it's a South Korean drama series and involves a magical van because, uh, reasons.)
Fridays are, for a short while at least, dedicated to catching up on films I want to watch. I don't have too many films that I want to see and have access to, so I may end up substituting this for something else later. I'll have to see and I'll likely consult you all about it at the time.
This week's film is going to be Carrie Pilby, though. It's a film based on a book of the same name and it sounds fairly interesting, although I'll admit that the main reason I want to watch it is because I've seen Carrie Pilby (as in the book) included on lists of ace rep and I want to see why and/or whether the film kept the why. I haven't read the book, though.
Part of the reason I'm picking the film over the book is because it's available via Netflix and, as such, I can afford it.
Saturdays will be dedicated to book reading! I have no idea what books right now or whether I'll end up reading a whole book for however long it takes (within reason; I do need sleep) or whether I'll treat it more like a book club and divide the book into sections.
I do know that I'm likely to start this Saturday with shorter novellas and novelettes just so I can clear off some of my immediate TBR pile (at long last).
Sundays are still dedicated to Princess Tutu. It's likely that, if I like this set-up, I'll end up shifting things around so one of the days ends up being a day off from live reactions, but that's at least a week into the future.
For now, though. It's time for the first episode of Anne with an E: Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny.
Which is a really cool title that I'm totally on board with!
What a pretty opening sequence!
IT IS SO PRETTY!
I'm going to take forever picking out all the details in that opening.
Did... did... you not go off to meet who you wanted to adopt?
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's ooooooooooooooo preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty.
Sorry, I have a thing for landscape shots in films and the like. They're just so beautiful.
Awwwww, poor Anne.
No. No, she's very clearly not all right.
That is a silly question.
Look, just chat with Anne.
awwww, she's stuck at the station waiting.
Miscommunication. The bane of people everywhere.
I think I'm going to adore Anne.
Bless you, Anne. You do chatter.
Anne, has anyone ever taught you that there are times people want to be quiet?
Matthew just can't get a word in. Although given that he set out to adopt a boy to help around the farm (or seems to) that's probably a good thing because -- Anne is naming the horse because it doesn't have a name.
Anne said goodbye to a tree.
As I was saying, though, it's probably a good thing because now he might be less inclined to break Anne's heart by telling her they never meant to adopt a daughter.
Also how does that work anyway when they're brother and sister? [nosy]
Yes, Anne, sweetie. You're talking too much.
Anne: People laugh at me when I use big words, but they're exciting and descriptive words".
I LOVE YOU ANNE YOU ARE A CHILD AFTER MY OWN HEART.
I AM TOO ANNE.
Your concern is touching, Rachel.
LOOK AT THOSE CLIFFS OMG
CAN I BE ANNE
ANNE YOUR HAIR IS LOVELY
NO ANNE I CANNOT SEE WHY YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY WITH RED HAIR
NO ONE ASKED FOR YOUR ADVICE RACHEL YOU KNOW IT SO SHUSH AND KEEP YOUR ADVICE TO YOURSELF.
I DON'T LIKE RACHEL
[throws a pillow at Rachel] BE QUIET
THE AVENUE IS SO PRETTY
ONLY KIND OF PRETTY, MATTHEW?!
I CONCUR ANNE, IT IS WONDERFUL
That is a perfect name.
ANNE SHOULD NAME EVERYTHING
Awwwwwwww. Matthew and Anne bonding is adorable.
I did not expect to see child abuse in a flashback.
Oh dear. Marilla is about to discover they didn't get a boy.
That is the most adorable shot.
The way Anne grabbed Matthew's arm.
Marilla is like "WTH?"
Oh, poor Anne.
Look at her face fall.
WHY DID YOU BREAK HER HEART, MARILLA?!
Marilla, you fail at soothing children.
FAIL AT IT
And by "conversation", Matthew, you mean "Anne told you all her hopes and dreams and happiness".
I LOVE ANNE
Awwww. Anne's got no appetite.
She's such a polite willful child.
Marilla, you FAIL at soothing crying children
FAIL AT IT
I like Matthew
YES, HE MEANS TO SAY YOU OUGHT TO KEEP HER
[screams at Marilla]
Awwwwww. I don't think I've ever seen a show include children's playacting this faithfully before.
Anne, do you have a bird skull in that bag?
STOP PLAYING THE SAD MUSIC I AM SAD ENOUGH ALREADY
Good grief, Marilla.
Why the hell would you toss the poor girl's cherry tree branch in the fire?
Anne, did you even check to see if Marilla was done with those dishes?
These flashbacks of Anne's are heartbreaking. T_T
Marilla, do you have a heart somewhere in you?
I think he's lovely too.
Anne, you are nicer to Marilla than I am. Bless you.
Pretty wild roses!
That... is not an answer to Anne's question, Marilla.
Awwww, Anne got to show off how level-headed she is when she needs to be.
Well, at least Marilla is willing to take responsibility for messing up.
I call this a horrible idea.
NO KEEP HER MARILLA
OH THANK YOU SENSE YOU ARE PREVAILING
Marilla, it is decided you just refuse to admit it.
The little locking gesture.
Matthew realising that Anne's stayed.
Marilla, you don't need any convincing, you just need time to wrap your head around the idea that you want to keep her.
Awww, bless Anne not knowing how to say prayers.
She's so adorable.
Her asking for assurance.
I love you, but you really need to learn to read social cues when people want you to shush. This is adorable.
Anne, what are you up to?
Anne's reaction to being offered a new dress
Three bets that she's making Anne a puff-sleeved dress.
Rachel, you are the worst snoop in the world.
Wow, Rachel, you're rude.
I hate her too, Anne.
TELL HER, ANNE.
You tell her too, Marilla!
Oh, god, I hate Rachel.
Rachel, shut the heck up.
Also, my theory is that if Rachel thinks something is a good idea, it is an absolutely dreadful one and you should always do the opposite.
Matthew you're adorable.
Anne really doesn't like Rachel.
I'm not surprised and I love and adore Anne for calling her out (and, honestly, I think she was actually pretty mild in the way she did it), but wow.
I love how it takes only an hour for "I can't even imagine this" to be the way to tell Anne is really, really, really, really feeling strongly about a thing.
Matthew is best dad.
This ought to be good.
Anne the Drama Queen.
[ded of laughter]
Was the girl with red hair Marilla by chance?
Oh, Anne, what are you planning?
Anne, stop being rude.
[chuckles] I like Jerry.
I don't trust William.
No, William. No, I can't understand. You're a prick.
I... am not a fan of these flashbacks.
I appreciate that Marilla notices that Anne isn't all right and explicitly asks what's wrong instead of whether something is wrong.
No puff sleeves.
You see, Marilla? You're set on keeping her. You're giving Anne a treasured ribbon.
Marilla, you've already fallen hard for Anne. Just admit it.
Awwwww, Anne trying to be quiet is one of the most painful things in this episode so far. She's trying SO HARD.
Awwww, Anne giving a language lesson through example.
Anne is so hpapy.
Anne. Anne. Leave the shawl on the chair.
Anne, this is a recipe for disaster.
Oh, thank you. It was not a recipe for disaster.
Oh no. It was.
The brooch was lost.
SHE DID NOT, MARILLA. SHE TOLD YOU LIKE THREE TIMES.
GIVE BACK THE BROOCH, SHOW
I do appreciate how this scene is just silent.
Just all of them. Silent.
And Marilla realises what a mistake she's made.
Oh, this is what the beginning was about!
GO MATTHEW GO!
HE LOST HIS HAT
BE ON TIME
The episode just ended.
I mean, yes, it's good narrative cliffhanger goodness, but NO.
That, though, is a wrap for today.
Maybe I should've set myself a "one episode per day" schedule, but I worry people would get sick of if that way. Anyway variety allows people to look forward to different things so if they hate Anne with an E, there's still other things they might enjoy seeing my reactions to in its stead.
But still. I can tell I'm most likely to adore this show every bit as much as I thought I would because of how strongly I feel about this episode.