About the 2019 Australian federal election.

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The previous Australian federal election in 2016 was that rarest of beasts a double dissolution. As a result the next half-Senate election must take place by 18 May 2019[1] due to the expiry of the 3 year Senate terms, and is highly likely[2] to include a House election making it a “normal” election.

So. What does this mean for my Australian readers[3]?

Close of Rolls

The electoral rolls will be closing remarkably quickly, potentially in as little as 3 weeks.

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Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018

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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up, Kodama Naoko (2018)

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I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up by Kodama Naoko is a sweet Yuri romance. At only one volume I Married My Best Friend will leave you wanting more of Machi and Hana.

The title is almost longer than the manga is. 🙂

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Fruits Basket (2001, 2019): Invincible Friendship vs Perhaps We Should Invite Ourselves Over

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Even when they overlap Invincible Friendship and Perhaps We Should Invite Ourselves Over are dramatically different episodes.

Where Invincible Friendship has significant comedy elements to break up the drama, Perhaps We Should Invite Ourselves Over is essentially played straight with new material that I don’t think came up at all in the Fruits Basket Deen version.

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Fruits Basket (2001, 2019): A Rice Ball in a Fruits Basket vs I’ve Been Fooling Myself

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These two episodes are very similar but there are three key changes, one of which I liked a lot, the other two I was less comfortable with.

One structural note that I’ve observed with Fruits Basket Deen is that it tends not to use pre-credit tags to each episode[1]. Each episode tends to be OP – 1st half – 2nd Half – ED – Next Ep. Fruits Basket TMS does use tags before the OP, and seems to be doing so consistently. Continue reading