meganbmoore: (bhool bhulaiyaa: window)
Teaser trailer for the Blade of the Immortal live action movie:

meganbmoore: (manji/rin)
This light novel, loosely based on several of the first few arcs of the manga, has a rather irritating translation.
Well, the translation itself is ok.
Though, like many light novel translations, the prose ends up a bit awkward at times.
The real problem, though, is the formatting.
It tries to “preserve the experience” by making every sentence a paragraph.
Almost two hundred pages.
Just like this.

Some sentences were longer, but many were simple sentences, and the effect is often more abrupt, jerky phrasing than anything else. The plot is rather rushed, covering as much ground as it possibly can and reworking it into a similar story with one storyline instead of multiple arcs. For those unfamiliar with Blade of the Immortal’s plot, it centers around a young woman named Rin who, seeking revenge for the death of her parents, hires an immortal man named Manji to kill the killers, who call themselves the Itto Ryu. The central inclusion is another killer hunting the Itto Ryu, though some characters are also rather idealized versions of the manga characters. It’s a decent read, but not as good as I’d hoped for.

The formatting, incidentally, is gorgeous. The dimensions are a bit smaller than the manga volumes, but clearly designed to look good on your shelf beside them. The cover is a new illustration, as are the interior illustrations, which are some of Samura’s finest work. My favorite is a spread of Anotsu and Makie near the end.
meganbmoore: (manji/rin)
After volume 20’s rather plot and character driven scenes wrapped up most of the almost-neverending prison arc, this was a rather low key volume. Which, for Blade of the Immortal means everyone fought their way to a conclusion in a bloodbath.

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (xxxholic)
I somehow ended up with my current and original favorite manga characters for this. Possible conspiracy?

Though neither one is in the icon.  )
meganbmoore: (no justice)

Hmm…I thought Vol 20 was supposed to wrap up this arc. Or is that just the Japanese editions?

This has been an interesting arc for Rin. The thing about Rin is that she’s never going to be conventionally “badass.” Blade of the Immortal isn’t the kind of series where you go off in a cave/on a mountaintop/under a waterfall with a master for two weeks and come out five levels stronger, and it isn’t the kind of series where you’re born an amazingly awesome fighter. Unless you’re Makie. In which case, being naturally, amazingly gifted makes your life hell. Not to mention a bit on the whiny emo side. But unless you’re Makie, you have to fight and train and sweat and bleed for years to get good. And if you start out years behind everyone else, then you have to do something to compensate and catch up. If you’re Hyakurin, you do this with poisons, a distance weapon, and a lot of confidence. If you’re Rin, you do this by being smarter (and often crazier) than the person you’re fighting.

Rin without Manji (or, for that matter, Anotsu) is a very different creature than Rin with Manji. She is, very simply, better. In complete honesty, I think she’s just a sixteen-year-old girl (or is she seventeen now?) who knows that vengeance quests and a life on the run aren’t what she’s supposed to be doing, and who was raised with the expectation of having someone to take care of her. But we’ve seen Rin on her own before, and we’ve seen Rin having to take care of someone while being hunted (if largely against her will) but now we have Rin on her own (or at least, without her relative support system) having to be the leader, having to be the planner, and having to figure out how to save someone. And it’s very intersting to see the length she’ll go to to accomplish her goals, especially when almost anyone would label her crazy for it. Actually, people we’d normally label crazy do call her crazy.

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (Default)
Dear Rightstuf:

Do not tell me that the new Blade of the Immortal is reserved for my order!  Send it!  Send it!  Don't you realize that 13 months ago, I went from lovely monthly fixes to being cut off cold turkey and forced to wait for this volume after Dark Horse cancelled the monthly comics and switched to trades only?

Everyone else got their fix in June!  My last fix was last November!  Please have mercy on me!  Even if there probably won't be Magatsu.  But I'm used to that.

Love,

Me

Dear Dark Horse:

Please to be licensing the artbook before I cave in to international shipping.

Love,

Me

P.S.-Beloved f-list, should you spoil me, even so much as hint, I will be forced to hunt you down and do unpleasant things to you.
meganbmoore: (supernatural-jo)
Earlier today, someone(I forget who...if it was you, tell me!) linked to an article about long-suffering women of prime time TV.   One thing it briefly touches on is that some women are victims and some aren't, despite suffering the same-or worse-hardships as the "victims."  On the one hand, with the characters I recognize, I wholeheartedly agree in the case of which women are victims, and which aren't.  The article, though, never really delves into this, and barely mentions it more than in passing.

So, I'm wondering, what makes a female character a victim, and what makes her not be a victim?

For me, I think a lot of it can be explained with Makie, Rin, and Hyakurin in Blade of the Immortal. 
ETA:  And the reason I used this icon instead of Rin was because I was originally going to talk about Jo, too, but ran out of time before I had to leave for work.  I suspect I'd have MUCH more to say here if I'd seen season 3 and Bela's arc, but for now, just Jo.



TL;DR?

I think a lot of it has to do with whether the character sits there and mopes, or gets back on her feet and tries to punch what knocked her down in the face.

Anyway, what's everyone else's opinion on this?  What's the line (not including the experience itself) between what makes a character a victim, and what keeps them from being a victim?
meganbmoore: (Default)
Earlier today, someone(I forget who...if it was you, tell me!) linked to an article about long-suffering women of prime time TV.   One thing it briefly touches on is that some women are victims and some aren't, despite suffering the same-or worse-hardships as the "victims."  On the one hand, with the characters I recognize, I wholeheartedly agree in the case of which women are victims, and which aren't.  The article, though, never really delves into this, and barely mentions it more than in passing.

So, I'm wondering, what makes a female character a victim, and what makes her not be a victim?

For me, I think a lot of it can be explained with Makie, Rin, and Hyakurin in Blade of the Immortal. 
ETA:  And the reason I used this icon instead of Rin was because I was originally going to talk about Jo, too, but ran out of time before I had to leave for work.  I suspect I'd have MUCH more to say here if I'd seen season 3 and Bela's arc, but for now, just Jo.



TL;DR?

I think a lot of it has to do with whether the character sits there and mopes, or gets back on her feet and tries to punch what knocked her down in the face.

Anyway, what's everyone else's opinion on this?  What's the line (not including the experience itself) between what makes a character a victim, and what keeps them from being a victim?
meganbmoore: (boti-rin-justice)
Really poor quality(someone holding up a camcorder to a screen, I believe) but at least you can get a fairly general idea. Hopefully a better version will crop up soon. The animation in the fights reminds me of another anime, but I can't place it.


meganbmoore: (Default)
Really poor quality(someone holding up a camcorder to a screen, I believe) but at least you can get a fairly general idea. Hopefully a better version will crop up soon. The animation in the fights reminds me of another anime, but I can't place it.


meganbmoore: (boti-manji-rin)
+Manji, Rin, Magatsu, Anotsu and Hyakurin here. Also, official site that I cannot read here.  You can see several other characters on the front page, including an obscured Makie.

Personally, I'm kinda more worried about what Giichi will end up looking like.

ETA:  Uploaded design sheet for [personal profile] chomiji, and anyone else imageshack hates.


Also, am now pondering a reread before the anime starts.

Upside:  Refresh memory so I can better compare.

Downside:  Refresh memory so any problems and changes are only that much more obvious. 
meganbmoore: (Default)
+Manji, Rin, Magatsu, Anotsu and Hyakurin here. Also, official site that I cannot read here.  You can see several other characters on the front page, including an obscured Makie.

Personally, I'm kinda more worried about what Giichi will end up looking like.

ETA:  Uploaded design sheet for [personal profile] chomiji, and anyone else imageshack hates.


Also, am now pondering a reread before the anime starts.

Upside:  Refresh memory so I can better compare.

Downside:  Refresh memory so any problems and changes are only that much more obvious. 

BotI

Dec. 29th, 2007 02:35 pm
meganbmoore: (boti-manji-rin)

So, apparently,there are rumors of both a Blade of the Immortal anime, and a live action movie.

I...do not really know how confident I am in an anime.  It seems it would have to either be completely gutted, or end up really heavily censored and with an adult label.  Then there's the fact that I can't beging to picture the art style transferring well to animation(though maybe something like Ayakashi/Mononoke could work...)

I have a little more confidence in a movie, though(though I'd rather not see one until the series is actually over, but maybe it will be by then.)

Ever so heavily circulated AnimeonDVD thread about it.

BotI

Dec. 29th, 2007 02:35 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)

So, apparently,there are rumors of both a Blade of the Immortal anime, and a live action movie.

I...do not really know how confident I am in an anime.  It seems it would have to either be completely gutted, or end up really heavily censored and with an adult label.  Then there's the fact that I can't beging to picture the art style transferring well to animation(though maybe something like Ayakashi/Mononoke could work...)

I have a little more confidence in a movie, though(though I'd rather not see one until the series is actually over, but maybe it will be by then.)

Ever so heavily circulated AnimeonDVD thread about it.
meganbmoore: (bourne)
This has been going around the f-list a bit in various forms.  My fictional likes/crushes tend to remain relatively constant, as I'm really stubborn and generally end up comparing other characters to these, all of whom have been here for a year or longer(ok, technically, Bourne came back when the new movie came out...but he was there earlier)

In no order whatsoever.


meganbmoore: (Default)
This has been going around the f-list a bit in various forms.  My fictional likes/crushes tend to remain relatively constant, as I'm really stubborn and generally end up comparing other characters to these, all of whom have been here for a year or longer(ok, technically, Bourne came back when the new movie came out...but he was there earlier)

In no order whatsoever.


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