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Just started FtNW (I have no impulse control). Soooo good, though I'm not seeing the Erin connection. Granted, I only vaguely remember Erin. The episodes end at the weirdest times, though.
Leafie is pretty easy to find if you search for torrents (it's also on bakabt if you use that site). I watched Kono Danshi here, there's probably a better quality version floating around somewhere, but I had no luck finding it.
Oh yay, both of those sound really neat. Especially the Empire trilogy- I always have trouble finding adult fiction with good female leads. I'm not sure if I'm just exceptionally bad at hearing about/locating them, or they simply don't exist. I get the feeling that a lot of female fantasy writers that want to write about women go into young adult or middle grade writing instead- both sections have oodles of awesome female leads, but the stories tend to be a bit too simplified and/or contain too much angsty romance for me.
Re: Daenerys- apparently the internet claims she's supposed to be 16, but this is never said in-show, and the actress doesn't pass as a teenager at all, so I'm going to continue pretending she's 20. Whatevs. (Also Martin's reasoning for making her 12 in the first place was because "that's what it really was like back then", which is such a shit excuse in a book about dragons and magic zombies. tch).
I don't think many people would argue with you on the Daenerys thing. The show aged her up to 20ish (thank god), which made the whole thing a lot less blech. I'll have to look into Jordan's stuff- I usually don't have much tolerance for your wimminfolk, but I just read the first two of Rothfuss's (very disappointing) Kingkiller series so I think my standards are low enough to put up with that if the story is kickass enough.
Aw man, super excited for FtNW. Gotta finish off some of my watching list first, though, it's starting to get out of hand. I doubt I'll be much help for recs, I think you've seen most of my favorites that you have any chance of also liking (except possibly Himitsu. Get on that). A couple of months ago I watched this Korean animated film called Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild, which was pretty swell. It's full of bishounen ducks (which are unexpectedly way better than boring human bishounen), and it made my friend cry.
http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/kono-danshi-ningyo-hiroimashita was also pretty neat- it was made entirely by one lady, which I've decided is badass, and it has a gay merman.
Yeah, I disappeared for a bit. Now I get to play catch up, but I don't seem to have missed anything other than Psycho-Pass and FtNW.
Basically I blame my watching GoT on the lack of interesting anime lately. Well, that and because these eyebrows are on one of the main characters' faces: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilia_Clarke (SWOON). I've only read the first 2, but I'm preeeeetty sure Martin said there will only be seven- though the man is taking his sweet time writing them, so I guess it's possible he'll up and die before then. Personally I'd find that hilarious- fanboy rage is the best, and I've never been bothered much by perma-cliffhangers.
Viv! Are you wathing Game of Thrones? (you should be)