meganbmoore: (boti-magatsu)
Just for fun.  Was going to be 10, but I had troubles narrowing it down.

This is favorite male characters, not biggest crushes(for example, much as I love Manji, I could never ever crush on him...actually, I don't really crush on a lot of these...most of the ones I do aren't even here...very strange...)

In no order whatsoever, aside from the fact that Magatsu IS number one and Shuri is number 2(manga/anime characters period, actually).  Pics are just a quick google search and not really the best in many cases.

 
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Just for fun.  Was going to be 10, but I had troubles narrowing it down.

This is favorite male characters, not biggest crushes(for example, much as I love Manji, I could never ever crush on him...actually, I don't really crush on a lot of these...most of the ones I do aren't even here...very strange...)

In no order whatsoever, aside from the fact that Magatsu IS number one and Shuri is number 2(manga/anime characters period, actually).  Pics are just a quick google search and not really the best in many cases.

 
meganbmoore: (sdk-kyo-leaves)
  • Apparently they're making a sequel to The Thomas Crowne Affair called The Topkapi Affair.  No details yet beyond Brosnan as Crowne.  Not sure how I feel about. TTCA was a pretty complete story, and a large part of what made it good was Rene Russo, who isn't listed for TTA (yet, hopefully.)  With a good screenwriter and bringing Russo back, it could be good, but it's not really a movie I ever pictured having a sequel.
  • I'm reading one of the Dark Hunters books, Unleash the Night, and in this book and the last one, Sins of the Night, the writing seems to have improved.  Still far from Mary Sue-free or high quality, and still rather emo, though.  I also have something of a thing for characters like Wren, even with the emo.  I kinda miss the pure cheese and camp of the earlier books, though...
  • Being stingy w/ LJ posts and almost all IM-ing buddies going to bed early leads to my plaving Amazon orders before the last order has even arrived...
  • Poking around fanfiction.net yesterday reminded me of 2 things: 1)  Most Wolf's Rain fans seem to have completely missed the plot and entire point of the thing and seem rather clueless about Kiba and Darcia's personalities and motivations (I saw one where a young-pre sick-Hamana-Darcia  had captured and tortured a younger Kiba...) and 2)  Most Wolf's Rain fans seem to be obsessed with the idea of a "special" female wolf join the pack who's crucial to finding paradise.  Said she-wolf seems to  get paired off with Kiba most of the time, of course...

ETA:  Talking about the WR part of the post with [profile] kingcrankycat reminds me of all the ficwriters who seem to think that Kiba can't stand Cheza...I guess treating a girl like your personal goddess is proof of disgust.  There's a fanfic of things Kiba would hate the most and being locked in a room with Cheza ranked high...hard to think of anything that would make him happier than alone time wit Cheza...

 

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  • Apparently they're making a sequel to The Thomas Crowne Affair called The Topkapi Affair.  No details yet beyond Brosnan as Crowne.  Not sure how I feel about. TTCA was a pretty complete story, and a large part of what made it good was Rene Russo, who isn't listed for TTA (yet, hopefully.)  With a good screenwriter and bringing Russo back, it could be good, but it's not really a movie I ever pictured having a sequel.
  • I'm reading one of the Dark Hunters books, Unleash the Night, and in this book and the last one, Sins of the Night, the writing seems to have improved.  Still far from Mary Sue-free or high quality, and still rather emo, though.  I also have something of a thing for characters like Wren, even with the emo.  I kinda miss the pure cheese and camp of the earlier books, though...
  • Being stingy w/ LJ posts and almost all IM-ing buddies going to bed early leads to my plaving Amazon orders before the last order has even arrived...
  • Poking around fanfiction.net yesterday reminded me of 2 things: 1)  Most Wolf's Rain fans seem to have completely missed the plot and entire point of the thing and seem rather clueless about Kiba and Darcia's personalities and motivations (I saw one where a young-pre sick-Hamana-Darcia  had captured and tortured a younger Kiba...) and 2)  Most Wolf's Rain fans seem to be obsessed with the idea of a "special" female wolf join the pack who's crucial to finding paradise.  Said she-wolf seems to  get paired off with Kiba most of the time, of course...

ETA:  Talking about the WR part of the post with [profile] kingcrankycat reminds me of all the ficwriters who seem to think that Kiba can't stand Cheza...I guess treating a girl like your personal goddess is proof of disgust.  There's a fanfic of things Kiba would hate the most and being locked in a room with Cheza ranked high...hard to think of anything that would make him happier than alone time wit Cheza...

 

meganbmoore: (wr-darciahamona 1)
I posted on Darcia and his angst before, and this post is very similar to it(and reuses a lot of the pictures), but I figured that, as it's pertinent to discussions I've been having with a few people lately it bore repeating.



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I posted on Darcia and his angst before, and this post is very similar to it(and reuses a lot of the pictures), but I figured that, as it's pertinent to discussions I've been having with a few people lately it bore repeating.



meganbmoore: (boti-magatsu-hero complex)

In my Soul Hunter  posts, [info]crumpeteer and I got to talking about how a lot of villains in anime and manga tend to actually be good guys, or at least, understandable, something that never really happens as much in western literature. (and she made her own post on the subject here)  Which isn't to say we don't have more than our fair share of cackling, scenery chewing, out to destroy the world villains, we have plenty of those, it's just that good and bad in manga and anime tend to be many shades of gray with a little black and white at opposite ends of the spectrum, as opposed to black and white dominating the spectrum, with a bit of grey in the middle.  There are exceptions, of course, but they're exceptions, not a common theme. 

Quick note:  While the 2 characters that prompted this post(and thus, everything outside the cut) are cases of good guys stuck working for bad guys, that's not the entire post.  Most of what's under the case is more cases of good and bad not being as black and white as western fare.

In anything that came out over here, a protagonist, such as Kougaiji in Saiyuki or Bunchu in Soul Hunter would never be allowed to stay on the wrong side through the bulk of the series.  What's more, they (and others like them) are, technically, on the wrong side by choice...they are both operating of free will, fully cognizant of their actions and the consequences of their actions. 

Kougaiji, however, is arguably the nicest guy in Saiyuki.  If he doesn't work as the chief enforcer of the villains, his mother will die, period.  In addition, the villainess is actually his father's lover, and she's the mother of his half-sister, Lirin, who she has bad plans for.  It's very clear that Kougaiji's good behavior is the only thing standing between Lirin and regular experimentation(and even that isn't a sure thing) and his two friends, Doukugaku and Yaone are, in many ways, completely dependent on him.  Only their loyalty to him and his to them keeps them from succumbing to the madness other youkai suffer(and for that matter, while she's not exactly a pushover, Yaone would be a goner without his protection)  As far as strength and power go, the only ones really on a par with Kougaiji in the series are Goku and Hakkai, both good guys, if he wanted to, he could walk, but if he did so, everyone he cared about would suffer, and with the exception of Lirin, either be driven mad and sent to kill him, or just killed off.  Because of this, he's trapped, and likely will be until the end of the series.

Like Kougaiji, Bunchu is one of the most powerful people in Soul Hunter.  However, while Kougaiji is trapped on the wrong side because of his emotional ties to those dependent on him, Bunchu is held captive by his sense of honor and duty.  He swore generations ago to always uphold and protect the Yin Dynasty.  He's well aware that the current ruler is corrupt and beyond redemption, but he is, however, the CURRENT ruler...who has two children.  The princes, therefore, ARE the Yin Dynasty to him, and his hope for the future.  Like Kougaiji, his honor and goodness is used against him and he's manipulated to be forced to wage war against Kou Hiko, the only man he's ever called friend in three hundred years.  He knows he's being manipulated, but he has no choice...Kou Hiko has become a rebel, and has to die.  Bunchu's choices are to let Dakki's people kill him or his own, and if it's his own, then he can ensure it's an honorable death, and that others won't be killed in the process, especially the princes.

In a western fantasy, in either Kougaiji or Bunchu were allowed to remain themselves and not eventually revealed to be evil or be portrayed as weak or comedic, then early in the story, Kougaiji's mother would be either killed or free, allowing him, Lirin, Yaone and Doukugaku to switch sides, and Bunchu would have chosen to turn against his corrupt ruler as opposed to try to maintain the dynasty he had served for so long early in the story. The idea of having a good guy serving the bad guy without brainwashing or direct control, or their being a weak character, for the bulk of the series, simply wouldn't happen.  The idea of "right and wrong" tends to take precedence over obligation, honor, loyalty, etc. in western literature...the good guys fight for the good guys, and the bad guys fight for the bad guys, and never the two shall meet.  Neither Kougaiji nor Bunchu-or many other characters, some of which I'll get to in a minute- would ever exist with the complexity they do, and wouldn't be nearly as interesting or appealing.  Yes, there are exceptions in western literature, but they're the exceptions, as opposed to a common theme.

On the flip side(which would be a whole other post if I really wanted to get into it, but I will a bit under the cut) just like the bad guys aren't always necessarily bad, the good guys aren't necessarily all good, and it's not uncommon for a person who starts out good to become bad, or vice versa..

Note: consider anything listed in the tags as spoiler fodder.  I'm actively trying to avoid direct spoilers, and especially for anything I know that hasn't been released yet and largely stick to motivations and roles, but some spoilers are a necessity. I think it's MOSTLY safe though, except for Wolf's Rain.

ETA: LJ is playing havok with formatting again.  *growls*
ETA 2:  Not saying either approach is superior, really, just that it makes things interesting, as long as it's done well.

meganbmoore: (Default)

In my Soul Hunter  posts, [info]crumpeteer and I got to talking about how a lot of villains in anime and manga tend to actually be good guys, or at least, understandable, something that never really happens as much in western literature. (and she made her own post on the subject here)  Which isn't to say we don't have more than our fair share of cackling, scenery chewing, out to destroy the world villains, we have plenty of those, it's just that good and bad in manga and anime tend to be many shades of gray with a little black and white at opposite ends of the spectrum, as opposed to black and white dominating the spectrum, with a bit of grey in the middle.  There are exceptions, of course, but they're exceptions, not a common theme. 

Quick note:  While the 2 characters that prompted this post(and thus, everything outside the cut) are cases of good guys stuck working for bad guys, that's not the entire post.  Most of what's under the case is more cases of good and bad not being as black and white as western fare.

In anything that came out over here, a protagonist, such as Kougaiji in Saiyuki or Bunchu in Soul Hunter would never be allowed to stay on the wrong side through the bulk of the series.  What's more, they (and others like them) are, technically, on the wrong side by choice...they are both operating of free will, fully cognizant of their actions and the consequences of their actions. 

Kougaiji, however, is arguably the nicest guy in Saiyuki.  If he doesn't work as the chief enforcer of the villains, his mother will die, period.  In addition, the villainess is actually his father's lover, and she's the mother of his half-sister, Lirin, who she has bad plans for.  It's very clear that Kougaiji's good behavior is the only thing standing between Lirin and regular experimentation(and even that isn't a sure thing) and his two friends, Doukugaku and Yaone are, in many ways, completely dependent on him.  Only their loyalty to him and his to them keeps them from succumbing to the madness other youkai suffer(and for that matter, while she's not exactly a pushover, Yaone would be a goner without his protection)  As far as strength and power go, the only ones really on a par with Kougaiji in the series are Goku and Hakkai, both good guys, if he wanted to, he could walk, but if he did so, everyone he cared about would suffer, and with the exception of Lirin, either be driven mad and sent to kill him, or just killed off.  Because of this, he's trapped, and likely will be until the end of the series.

Like Kougaiji, Bunchu is one of the most powerful people in Soul Hunter.  However, while Kougaiji is trapped on the wrong side because of his emotional ties to those dependent on him, Bunchu is held captive by his sense of honor and duty.  He swore generations ago to always uphold and protect the Yin Dynasty.  He's well aware that the current ruler is corrupt and beyond redemption, but he is, however, the CURRENT ruler...who has two children.  The princes, therefore, ARE the Yin Dynasty to him, and his hope for the future.  Like Kougaiji, his honor and goodness is used against him and he's manipulated to be forced to wage war against Kou Hiko, the only man he's ever called friend in three hundred years.  He knows he's being manipulated, but he has no choice...Kou Hiko has become a rebel, and has to die.  Bunchu's choices are to let Dakki's people kill him or his own, and if it's his own, then he can ensure it's an honorable death, and that others won't be killed in the process, especially the princes.

In a western fantasy, in either Kougaiji or Bunchu were allowed to remain themselves and not eventually revealed to be evil or be portrayed as weak or comedic, then early in the story, Kougaiji's mother would be either killed or free, allowing him, Lirin, Yaone and Doukugaku to switch sides, and Bunchu would have chosen to turn against his corrupt ruler as opposed to try to maintain the dynasty he had served for so long early in the story. The idea of having a good guy serving the bad guy without brainwashing or direct control, or their being a weak character, for the bulk of the series, simply wouldn't happen.  The idea of "right and wrong" tends to take precedence over obligation, honor, loyalty, etc. in western literature...the good guys fight for the good guys, and the bad guys fight for the bad guys, and never the two shall meet.  Neither Kougaiji nor Bunchu-or many other characters, some of which I'll get to in a minute- would ever exist with the complexity they do, and wouldn't be nearly as interesting or appealing.  Yes, there are exceptions in western literature, but they're the exceptions, as opposed to a common theme.

On the flip side(which would be a whole other post if I really wanted to get into it, but I will a bit under the cut) just like the bad guys aren't always necessarily bad, the good guys aren't necessarily all good, and it's not uncommon for a person who starts out good to become bad, or vice versa..

Note: consider anything listed in the tags as spoiler fodder.  I'm actively trying to avoid direct spoilers, and especially for anything I know that hasn't been released yet and largely stick to motivations and roles, but some spoilers are a necessity. I think it's MOSTLY safe though, except for Wolf's Rain.

ETA: LJ is playing havok with formatting again.  *growls*
ETA 2:  Not saying either approach is superior, really, just that it makes things interesting, as long as it's done well.

meganbmoore: (sdk-akira-hotaru-whatfic?)
Actually been trying out some fanfic lately instead  of just reading summaries. Nothing really new here, but...

(pretty much all anime/manga because hey, it's my life lately, though a few other things get mentioned)

I like canon.  I'm not quite a canon nazi, but unless canon is flatout BAD(in which case, why bother with the fandom anyway?) I see little point in fanfic that opposes it...seems to me that once you're writing AGAINST the story, you aren't even really writing about the characters or world anyway.  I have no problems with stories that add to the canon, as long as they don't contradict canon. 

That said, most characters tend to be defined by their relationships, romantic or otherwise.  In other words, if you want to pair A with B and neither is paired off in canon or indicated to have preferences elsewhere, fine.  But if A is paired with C, then by pairing A with B you really aren't writing about the same characters anymore because you're contradicting who and what they are. On the flipside, certain ships I get.  I mean, sure Clark/Lex in Smallville are straight, but any time they fight it's like a lover's quarrel...and Lana...if I didn't know Clark would be with Lois in the end, I couldn't bear to watch the thing.  And, while it's not MY ship(insert obligatory Kyo/Yuya squee) I get Yuya/Akira in Samurai Deeper Kyo because it likely WOULD happen if Kyo died(I mean, seriously, can anyone REALLY see Akira ending up with someone not directly associated with Kyo?)

Then there's rewriting the stories...I don't mean AUs, but completely rewriting the stories so that having the characters do and act completely differently from how they do in canon makes sense...again, not even writing about the same characters anymore.

Genderswapping? Scares me.  So do pregnant guys.  I mean, both inspire nothing but a huge "HUH?????" from me.

And child/guardian ships?  *shudder*  I don't mean ALL of them.  Handled right, they can be the best thing ever.  I'm all for Rin/Manji(Blade of the Immortal) Sesshomaru/Rin(Inu Yasha) and Kazuya/Kanami(S-Cry-ed).  If it weren't for Inara, I'd be all for Mal/River(Firefly-but again, hey, I love the canon ship, so...) However, none of those cases are of a paternal/sibling style guardian and a child.  Manji/Rin is actually no greater of an age difference than Kenshin/Kaoru or Kyo/Yuya(older-20s samurai, younger girl seems to be the thing for samurai manga)-in fact, I think it's less.  She's 16 and most of the "too old, guardian instead of lover" is because HE thinks she's too young(though for their time period, she'd actually be doing well to get a guy only 10 or so-if that-years older than her) and it would be a bad thing for her right then...it's very clear he's never going to leave her side or stop protecting her regardless of what happens in their lives as long as he's alive, and every character but Rin(who clearly fell for him pretty quickly) is well aware that if she's not technically "his woman"(as virtually every character-including Manji-refers to her) it's only because he's waiting until their lives aren't nuts.  In the case of Sesshomaru/Rin, she's literally the only thing that keeps him human and the relationship isn't remotely paternal...he takes care of her because she's the only one he cares about, she all but worships him.  The idea that they'd eventually be separated by anything but death is silly.  Kazuya/Kanami isn't even much of an age difference-12/13 and 17 or so-and is much like Rin/Manji in that she's someone he takes care of, only with him completely oblivious to her crush(Manji is WELL aware of Rin's) but their future is obvious once she gets a couple more years under her belt and he realizes she's not the kid he first took in anymore.  In all these cases, though, I'm all for it when she's OLDER and age appropriate, not at the current stages in their lives.

Those are also all not REMOTELY paternal or sibling(though Manji initially compares Rin to his sister, that's more an age/guilt-over-his-sister's-death thing than any real fraternal feelings) and are all simply a case of a guy taking care of a younger female who needs protecting.  Except for Manji/Rin I'd be completely opposed to anything romantic or sexual with  them in the timeframe of the story.  What gets to me is when it's still in the adult/child timeframe and turns anything remotely sexual.  ESPECIALLY when the canon relationship is paternal or fraternal...sets off my squick factor like nothing else.

And slash/yaoi...I have no inherent problems with it, I just hate seeing female characters sacrificed to slash their love interest with another guy, and again, back to the relationships defining characters thing.  (Same thing with Mary Sues and the rarer Gary Stus, too.)  If a character isn't indicated to really have one preference over the other in canon, have fun(respectful fun, please, but have fun)  For example, though I don't see it personally, I don't run from the idea of Hakkai/Gojyo in Saiyuki because there's nothing to really oppose it and, frankly, the 2 are good for each other regardless of the context(Sanzo/Goku and Kougaiji/Dokugaku, OTOH...)

One other thing I never get is being into a fandom when you hate the main character...preferring other characters to the main character, yeah, but plot generally centers around the main character, so it just always seems odd to me when someone loves a show, series, book, movie, etc. but hates the main character(I say that despite loving Eragon the book but disliking the character...though that could explain why Eldest has been sitting here unread for a month or so now. *is all about Murtagh*) because it seems that that would naturally lead to hating the story and themes of the series.  Buffy, Angel, Veronica Mars, Bones, etc. come to mind.



I could cover plenty more fandoms, but it's almost 3:30 am...

I KNOW there's good fanfic out there, and that there are good fanfic writers on my flist, and I trust the opinions of the people on my flist who have recced fic to me(though, [personal profile] chomiji, I don't think you'll ever get me to read that one Saiyuki fic...) it's just that actually reading a few fics reminded me of why I haven't touched fic in years.

My sleep deprived mind has decided to blame this post on [personal profile] dangermousieas I hadn't even THOUGHT about fanfic in years until I started reading her fanfic posts.

*heads for bed as she should have an eternal post ago*
meganbmoore: (Default)
Actually been trying out some fanfic lately instead  of just reading summaries. Nothing really new here, but...

(pretty much all anime/manga because hey, it's my life lately, though a few other things get mentioned)

I like canon.  I'm not quite a canon nazi, but unless canon is flatout BAD(in which case, why bother with the fandom anyway?) I see little point in fanfic that opposes it...seems to me that once you're writing AGAINST the story, you aren't even really writing about the characters or world anyway.  I have no problems with stories that add to the canon, as long as they don't contradict canon. 

That said, most characters tend to be defined by their relationships, romantic or otherwise.  In other words, if you want to pair A with B and neither is paired off in canon or indicated to have preferences elsewhere, fine.  But if A is paired with C, then by pairing A with B you really aren't writing about the same characters anymore because you're contradicting who and what they are. On the flipside, certain ships I get.  I mean, sure Clark/Lex in Smallville are straight, but any time they fight it's like a lover's quarrel...and Lana...if I didn't know Clark would be with Lois in the end, I couldn't bear to watch the thing.  And, while it's not MY ship(insert obligatory Kyo/Yuya squee) I get Yuya/Akira in Samurai Deeper Kyo because it likely WOULD happen if Kyo died(I mean, seriously, can anyone REALLY see Akira ending up with someone not directly associated with Kyo?)

Then there's rewriting the stories...I don't mean AUs, but completely rewriting the stories so that having the characters do and act completely differently from how they do in canon makes sense...again, not even writing about the same characters anymore.

Genderswapping? Scares me.  So do pregnant guys.  I mean, both inspire nothing but a huge "HUH?????" from me.

And child/guardian ships?  *shudder*  I don't mean ALL of them.  Handled right, they can be the best thing ever.  I'm all for Rin/Manji(Blade of the Immortal) Sesshomaru/Rin(Inu Yasha) and Kazuya/Kanami(S-Cry-ed).  If it weren't for Inara, I'd be all for Mal/River(Firefly-but again, hey, I love the canon ship, so...) However, none of those cases are of a paternal/sibling style guardian and a child.  Manji/Rin is actually no greater of an age difference than Kenshin/Kaoru or Kyo/Yuya(older-20s samurai, younger girl seems to be the thing for samurai manga)-in fact, I think it's less.  She's 16 and most of the "too old, guardian instead of lover" is because HE thinks she's too young(though for their time period, she'd actually be doing well to get a guy only 10 or so-if that-years older than her) and it would be a bad thing for her right then...it's very clear he's never going to leave her side or stop protecting her regardless of what happens in their lives as long as he's alive, and every character but Rin(who clearly fell for him pretty quickly) is well aware that if she's not technically "his woman"(as virtually every character-including Manji-refers to her) it's only because he's waiting until their lives aren't nuts.  In the case of Sesshomaru/Rin, she's literally the only thing that keeps him human and the relationship isn't remotely paternal...he takes care of her because she's the only one he cares about, she all but worships him.  The idea that they'd eventually be separated by anything but death is silly.  Kazuya/Kanami isn't even much of an age difference-12/13 and 17 or so-and is much like Rin/Manji in that she's someone he takes care of, only with him completely oblivious to her crush(Manji is WELL aware of Rin's) but their future is obvious once she gets a couple more years under her belt and he realizes she's not the kid he first took in anymore.  In all these cases, though, I'm all for it when she's OLDER and age appropriate, not at the current stages in their lives.

Those are also all not REMOTELY paternal or sibling(though Manji initially compares Rin to his sister, that's more an age/guilt-over-his-sister's-death thing than any real fraternal feelings) and are all simply a case of a guy taking care of a younger female who needs protecting.  Except for Manji/Rin I'd be completely opposed to anything romantic or sexual with  them in the timeframe of the story.  What gets to me is when it's still in the adult/child timeframe and turns anything remotely sexual.  ESPECIALLY when the canon relationship is paternal or fraternal...sets off my squick factor like nothing else.

And slash/yaoi...I have no inherent problems with it, I just hate seeing female characters sacrificed to slash their love interest with another guy, and again, back to the relationships defining characters thing.  (Same thing with Mary Sues and the rarer Gary Stus, too.)  If a character isn't indicated to really have one preference over the other in canon, have fun(respectful fun, please, but have fun)  For example, though I don't see it personally, I don't run from the idea of Hakkai/Gojyo in Saiyuki because there's nothing to really oppose it and, frankly, the 2 are good for each other regardless of the context(Sanzo/Goku and Kougaiji/Dokugaku, OTOH...)

One other thing I never get is being into a fandom when you hate the main character...preferring other characters to the main character, yeah, but plot generally centers around the main character, so it just always seems odd to me when someone loves a show, series, book, movie, etc. but hates the main character(I say that despite loving Eragon the book but disliking the character...though that could explain why Eldest has been sitting here unread for a month or so now. *is all about Murtagh*) because it seems that that would naturally lead to hating the story and themes of the series.  Buffy, Angel, Veronica Mars, Bones, etc. come to mind.



I could cover plenty more fandoms, but it's almost 3:30 am...

I KNOW there's good fanfic out there, and that there are good fanfic writers on my flist, and I trust the opinions of the people on my flist who have recced fic to me(though, [personal profile] chomiji, I don't think you'll ever get me to read that one Saiyuki fic...) it's just that actually reading a few fics reminded me of why I haven't touched fic in years.

My sleep deprived mind has decided to blame this post on [personal profile] dangermousieas I hadn't even THOUGHT about fanfic in years until I started reading her fanfic posts.

*heads for bed as she should have an eternal post ago*
meganbmoore: (lj-stray kitty)
Finished the Wolf's Rain rewatch.  Excellent, of course, but I'm not posting on it because there's no way to talk about ity without completely spoiling it and I'm not doing that.

Also watched Those Who Hunt Elves, about three people from our world who get transported to a fantasy world and have to strip elves to find pieces of the spell that will take them home(and-despite the description-it's almost completely non-pervy or risque) It's a very fun anime, and one that'd be good to randomly pop an episode of in(something I'm prone to do) but not one that'll stand out after a bit.

I also watched my firt episode of Inu Yasha in a long while(meant to get back to it-and some other things-back in the sumer but got sidetracked by these things called "doramas"...) It was a filler, but an entertaining one.  Downside?  It was a Shippo-centric ep. Bah.  Don't passionately hate him like some I know, but easily my least favorite of the main cast, and I prefer a fair number of the  supporting cast to him, too.  I mean, couldn't it have been a Sango/Miroku ep, or one with Sesshomaru or Koga?  Ah well.

I've had the first three seasons of Charmed in my backlog for a while and finally got started in on them(finished season 1 today)  While still quite fun, it isn't as engaging as I remembered it being back when I first discovered it and Angel on TNT a few years back...but then, before finding those 2 shows, my main exposure to urban fantasy was Jim Butcher and Mercedes Lackey, so maybe I just have different expectations for the genre now.  I AM enjoying it quite a bit and will start season 2 shortly(likely after a few more eps of Inu Yasha) but I doubt I'll get the later seasons.  If I were obsessively loving it like when I rewatched the Gargoyles, Angel, Dark Angel(will not admit to "EEEEE!!!"-ing when Michael Weatherly-aka, Logan Cale-showed up here as a warlock born to be evil who was trying to escape his destiny and be good) and Hercules episodes I'd already seen, yeah, but at just the "enjoying" level...well, I'm one of the few people who VASTLY prefer the show with Prue than with Page...not so much because of the characters themselves as the change in tome they bring with them.

But most importantly, I have a bright new shiny to fill up the Dresden Files sized hole that just opened up in my life: the jdorama, Liar GameLiar Game is about Nao, a sweet and VERY dim girl(and well aware of it) who receives a package with 100 million yen, a note, and a videotape informing her that she's been chosen to participate in a game where two opponents are each given 100 million yen and have to swindle the other out of theirs.  They have to give back the original money at the end, but anything over the 100 million they get to keep...anything underm though, is a debt they owe.  Nao's opponent is a favorite teacher from middle school, and she assumes he'll help her get out of the game, but instead she finds herself taken within about 5 minutes.  When she asks the police for help, she's told there's probably nothing they can do one the record, but off the record, the best way to get a swindler is with another swindler, and is told about a con artist, Shinichi, who's about to get out of jail.

Now, they BEST way to get me to check something out is to tell me it has an angsty guy with a sword, but the second best way is to promise me a GOOD romantic mystery/thriller, preferably with logical and mind games and so far, this is one.  It's being referred to(including by me when asking if anyone was checking it out) as "Kurosagi-lite," and that's pretty accurate...and is far, far from a bad thing.  Toda Erica is seriously doing her best to be the most adorable thing ever in doramas, and Matsuda Shota...well, I swear, that boy found some sort of magic pill or something between Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango 2, and he kept taking it for this. It's more about why Shinichi is doing what he's doing in his games than any actual mystery in this episode(and I like that, unlikeKurosaki in Kurosagi, Shinichi fills us in on what he's up to by telling poor lost Nao, instead of voiceovers and recaps after...which is not to say that one is better than the other, just that the different type of story makes explaining things easier)  

Shinichi and Nao are, seriously, the most squishable dorama OTP I've come across since Remote(which, come to think of it, also has an insanely cute heroine and a removed-from-the-world(though much more so) hero who tells us what he's up to by filling the poor lost girl in...bah, now I want to rewatch Remote, which ranks right beside Kurosagi for me...) I love how she was viewing him as her bright and shiny savior before she even met him(girl was getting a head start on that "blind faith" thing) and how he looks at her like this stray kitty he doesn't want to take in, but keeps checking up on, asnd then keeps, because only a big old meanie would leave a poor little kitty out there alone after it waited all night for him

But, seriously.  New shiny.  Happy Megan.
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Finished the Wolf's Rain rewatch.  Excellent, of course, but I'm not posting on it because there's no way to talk about ity without completely spoiling it and I'm not doing that.

Also watched Those Who Hunt Elves, about three people from our world who get transported to a fantasy world and have to strip elves to find pieces of the spell that will take them home(and-despite the description-it's almost completely non-pervy or risque) It's a very fun anime, and one that'd be good to randomly pop an episode of in(something I'm prone to do) but not one that'll stand out after a bit.

I also watched my firt episode of Inu Yasha in a long while(meant to get back to it-and some other things-back in the sumer but got sidetracked by these things called "doramas"...) It was a filler, but an entertaining one.  Downside?  It was a Shippo-centric ep. Bah.  Don't passionately hate him like some I know, but easily my least favorite of the main cast, and I prefer a fair number of the  supporting cast to him, too.  I mean, couldn't it have been a Sango/Miroku ep, or one with Sesshomaru or Koga?  Ah well.

I've had the first three seasons of Charmed in my backlog for a while and finally got started in on them(finished season 1 today)  While still quite fun, it isn't as engaging as I remembered it being back when I first discovered it and Angel on TNT a few years back...but then, before finding those 2 shows, my main exposure to urban fantasy was Jim Butcher and Mercedes Lackey, so maybe I just have different expectations for the genre now.  I AM enjoying it quite a bit and will start season 2 shortly(likely after a few more eps of Inu Yasha) but I doubt I'll get the later seasons.  If I were obsessively loving it like when I rewatched the Gargoyles, Angel, Dark Angel(will not admit to "EEEEE!!!"-ing when Michael Weatherly-aka, Logan Cale-showed up here as a warlock born to be evil who was trying to escape his destiny and be good) and Hercules episodes I'd already seen, yeah, but at just the "enjoying" level...well, I'm one of the few people who VASTLY prefer the show with Prue than with Page...not so much because of the characters themselves as the change in tome they bring with them.

But most importantly, I have a bright new shiny to fill up the Dresden Files sized hole that just opened up in my life: the jdorama, Liar GameLiar Game is about Nao, a sweet and VERY dim girl(and well aware of it) who receives a package with 100 million yen, a note, and a videotape informing her that she's been chosen to participate in a game where two opponents are each given 100 million yen and have to swindle the other out of theirs.  They have to give back the original money at the end, but anything over the 100 million they get to keep...anything underm though, is a debt they owe.  Nao's opponent is a favorite teacher from middle school, and she assumes he'll help her get out of the game, but instead she finds herself taken within about 5 minutes.  When she asks the police for help, she's told there's probably nothing they can do one the record, but off the record, the best way to get a swindler is with another swindler, and is told about a con artist, Shinichi, who's about to get out of jail.

Now, they BEST way to get me to check something out is to tell me it has an angsty guy with a sword, but the second best way is to promise me a GOOD romantic mystery/thriller, preferably with logical and mind games and so far, this is one.  It's being referred to(including by me when asking if anyone was checking it out) as "Kurosagi-lite," and that's pretty accurate...and is far, far from a bad thing.  Toda Erica is seriously doing her best to be the most adorable thing ever in doramas, and Matsuda Shota...well, I swear, that boy found some sort of magic pill or something between Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango 2, and he kept taking it for this. It's more about why Shinichi is doing what he's doing in his games than any actual mystery in this episode(and I like that, unlikeKurosaki in Kurosagi, Shinichi fills us in on what he's up to by telling poor lost Nao, instead of voiceovers and recaps after...which is not to say that one is better than the other, just that the different type of story makes explaining things easier)  

Shinichi and Nao are, seriously, the most squishable dorama OTP I've come across since Remote(which, come to think of it, also has an insanely cute heroine and a removed-from-the-world(though much more so) hero who tells us what he's up to by filling the poor lost girl in...bah, now I want to rewatch Remote, which ranks right beside Kurosagi for me...) I love how she was viewing him as her bright and shiny savior before she even met him(girl was getting a head start on that "blind faith" thing) and how he looks at her like this stray kitty he doesn't want to take in, but keeps checking up on, asnd then keeps, because only a big old meanie would leave a poor little kitty out there alone after it waited all night for him

But, seriously.  New shiny.  Happy Megan.

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Apr. 16th, 2007 02:24 am
meganbmoore: (12k-yoko 3)
16 x  Wolf's Rain
4 x  Samurai Deeper Kyo
13 x  Fruits Basket(spoilers for chapters 105-108)

*a lot of variants

Teasers:

  

shinies )

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Apr. 16th, 2007 02:24 am
meganbmoore: (Default)
16 x  Wolf's Rain
4 x  Samurai Deeper Kyo
13 x  Fruits Basket(spoilers for chapters 105-108)

*a lot of variants

Teasers:

  

shinies )
meganbmoore: (wr-darcia 2)
Watched the first episode of Those Who Hunt Elves, which is about several humans from modern Japan who, through a process that we don't learn in the episode, have ended up on a fantasy world and are looking for 5 elves who ended up with pieces of a spell somewhere on their body after a spell gone awry.  As elves tend to wear clothes, they have to strip every wlf they come across so they can see if they have the spell piece.  In this episode, at least, they don't play up  the nudity angle and mostly portray it as the characters being extremely embarassed by what they're doing.  I have no idea if this show is actually GOOD, but the episode was quite fun, and I think the last cracky anime I watched was Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! a couple months ago, so I'm due for one.

Also, on the subject of Wolf's Rain, one of the things that makes it stand out to me is that it has very, very flawed-and often really not that nice-characters, and it doesn't apologize for it.  They are what they are, good or bad.  And the thing of it is, the only the only character that isn't, at the least, good at their core is Jagara, and even that's debatable.  


*is still eyeing ep 12 like it'll bit her because it's the first uber-angst ep and it's hard to watch Darcia like that*
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Watched the first episode of Those Who Hunt Elves, which is about several humans from modern Japan who, through a process that we don't learn in the episode, have ended up on a fantasy world and are looking for 5 elves who ended up with pieces of a spell somewhere on their body after a spell gone awry.  As elves tend to wear clothes, they have to strip every wlf they come across so they can see if they have the spell piece.  In this episode, at least, they don't play up  the nudity angle and mostly portray it as the characters being extremely embarassed by what they're doing.  I have no idea if this show is actually GOOD, but the episode was quite fun, and I think the last cracky anime I watched was Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! a couple months ago, so I'm due for one.

Also, on the subject of Wolf's Rain, one of the things that makes it stand out to me is that it has very, very flawed-and often really not that nice-characters, and it doesn't apologize for it.  They are what they are, good or bad.  And the thing of it is, the only the only character that isn't, at the least, good at their core is Jagara, and even that's debatable.  


*is still eyeing ep 12 like it'll bit her because it's the first uber-angst ep and it's hard to watch Darcia like that*

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