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Being the T.A. for an anime/manga college course has its ups and downs-- I think I've mentioned that I'm doing that? Yes, I must have somewhere in between my recent ramblings about Sherlock Holmes. *Checks* Okay, maybe not, but I am! And this week included a major up!

My first time manning the class all on my own went a little shakily thanks to a particularly annoying student and thanks to the professor for putting me in charge of a ridiculous, experimental, class-wide group project that even he expects to fail-- "So I thought of putting you in charge of it!" he tells me. Yeah, thanks, dude.

But my second time up was simple as pie since I basically just had to put them into their various groups, keep them on task, and throw out the occasional bone. Took advantage of what will no doubt be the only opportunity I will ever have for showing college students clips of Bleach. What? I had to make sure they understood the difference between a RAW, a dub, and a fansub! Well, I guess I didn't really have to... Oh, hush! Don't judge me!

Anyway, I can now say that I adore those rascally little nerdlets (with some notable exceptions). Never has there been a nerdier class, y'all. I had a blast whilst wandering around the various groups and basically geeking out like whoa with them. When I showed random clips of Bleach, I even got several groans to the tune of, "But that's from the filler arc!" or "That's a spoiler!" D'awwww, nerdlets.

I have about two weeks to prepare an entire class on Ouran High School Host Club. Lord help me.
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Haha, I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to write a 20-page paper on Ouran High School Host Club. Probably something along the lines of, "Ouran so pretty. Make good paper. Yes." *FacePalm*

Ah, well. I have a surprising amount to say about shoujo parody and gender/class issues in that manga, so it's all good. I just wish that the damn thing were finished so that I could move on with my life. I'm pretty much going to be writing this thing for a week straight.

Did I ever mention that I was taking a grad course on Graphic Novels? It's kind of the greatest thing in the world, the 20-pager notwithstanding. My professor and I have bonded over manga, though we differ greatly in our appreciation of Frank Miller (possibly because I think Miller is everything that is bad about the comics industry: misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.). I'll be very sad to be finished with the course, but I'll probably get to work in some capacity with my professor in the future, since he offered as much. The benefits of bonding with your professors! Huzzah!


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