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|Tuesday, May 4th, 2010|
|Thursday, January 14th, 2010|
|Better late than never
I'm sure you've seen it 20 times on your flists already but better there be 21 times than somebody missing it.bethbethbeth
links to various non-profit organisations accepting help for Haiti
Fandom rallies forces via lots of auctions in help_haiti
Go see where you can help!
In my life: the new job is trying to do me in, I think. I wake at 7.30 in the morning, have breakfast, wash up, go to work, then work-work-work, then back at about 8.30-9.00 in the evening, food, wash-up, a brief chat with a friend, and sleep. No life at all and completely exhausted.
|Thursday, May 7th, 2009|
This is my last post here
Hi, faithful reader (or two),
I'm posting to inform whoever's out here that I'm closing shop on JF. I'll keep this journal up to name-squat and have access to FW if I ever want to comment there (haven't happened yet but who knows...). But I'm not going to cross-post here anymore. You can find me under the same name on LJ, IJ, or DW. Or make an RSS feed of my LJ/DW (have no idea how but I'm sure there are ways) if you adamant on reading your friends on JF.
Goodbye and thank you!
|Thursday, April 23rd, 2009|
|Have a bit of funny
Ever been puzzled that people don't comment on a Very Important Post you made? This is why
I laughed until I cried. Brilliant thing :)
Found via a friend's post on my flist.
On an unrelated note, I'm almost not here. Am very busy and when not, so tired I'm unable to make myself do anything productive. Have been lazily playing online adoptables instead: dragons
Am still watching Bleach and rereading Let Dai. That is, nothing new. Let me stay a vegetable for a while longer :)
Am going away tomorrow to visit my granddad with my parents. Back in four days. Behave! :)
|Friday, April 10th, 2009|
|Kyou Kara Maou final
So, I mini-marathoned the last 8 episodes of Kyou Kara Maou
and OMG, now I'm so terribly sad it's ended! Waah!
To avoid spoilers, ( a few impressions behind the cut )
This is for sure one of the loveliest and kindest series I've seen. Now I desperately
want some good
fic with the following:
- Berias/Saralegui, best of all serious D/s 'cos come on, the man placed himself into the hands of a small child and has been faithful like a dog ever since :)
- a long and serious Jenies/Shinou: come on, it needs to be written! It's love so desperate that it must be ficcified!
- And a happy and dramatic Wolfram/Yuuri/Saralegui threesome. With a happy end :)
And of course Gwendal/Gunter or any-of-them/Yuuri is always welcome.
, why don't you finish watching it and get awfully inspired?? :))
|Tuesday, April 7th, 2009|
|HP recs: three Harry/Draco fics
Bet you didn't expect this
, by Calanthe 
Harry/Draco, NC-17, ~6K words. PWP. Kink. Warning(s): A bit of swearing, watersports, humiliation. NWS image at the end of the fic.
This is a kink!fic, plain and simple. If watersports or humiliation squick you, don't read. If you think watersports is about diving or polo, google it first. I can't say it's my kink but it's not a squick for me either; it's one of the kinks I find interesting to see explored in fiction. And nobody writes kink OR things to do with bodily functions and sensations better than Calanthe. I don't always agree with her view of characters but written sex? She's a goddess. This fic is hot and surprisingly enough, funny, at least the detention part. I enjoyed it. Could do without the visual aid though.Between Conspirators
, by Mahaliem #
Harry/Draco, R, ~10K words. Summary: Someone tries to recruit Draco to help kill Harry. Fortunately (?), Draco has a plan to stop the mysterious would-be assassin. Written for hp10k_showcase
to raise awareness of Diabetes.
As usual, a fic by Mahaliem makes me guffaw. I don't even want to analyse how she does it. It's magic, honest. Just, her wave of humour is perfectly synced with mine or something. Nobody else's fics make me laugh so much or so consistently. This one is no exception: Lucius' gags, Dean's repeat performances, "de-aged!Draco" lol Just read it! Read it if you need a bit of cheer especially. One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This
, by Geoviki 
Harry/Draco, PG-13, ~9K words. Summary: Secrets and imp magic make a bad combination, and Draco will never, ever forgive Blaise for any of this. Written for hp10k_showcase
to raise awareness of Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes.
I can't say everything in the story was quite to my tastes: for one, I expected it to be more dramatic -- that might have something to do with the allowed fic length vs the one most comfortable for the author? Or maybe just with my expectations which are overwhelmingly based on her epics A Thousand Beautiful Things
and Delicate Sound of Thunder
? I don't know. The second thing, it ended faster (or maybe more abruptly) than I expected. That, again, probably has more to do with my expectations than with the actual story.
BUT! The magic! The magic! Draco was [spoiler]! Just how bloody brilliant it is?! I loved how the way Harry thought of Draco influenced [spoiler]. How much power that gave Harry, brrr! This is what I love in Viki's fics best. She takes a seemingly simple plot and turns it into something intelligent and very humane, forcing her characters to make choices and take responsibility and whatnot. Anyway, I'll be thinking of this or that thing from this story for a while, and this is the best a story could do, as for me! Ack, wait! All those words of mine might make you think this fic is some sort of gloomy monster. It's not. It's actually quite light and pleasant.
|Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is out!
My notes: this is so bloody awesome!
||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ♥ ♥ ♥ :) |
Genres: adventure, comedy, drama, fantasy
Themes: alchemy, fighting
Status: just started!
Summary (taken from gossymer): Long-awaited and rumored second TV series of the anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s ridiculously popular manga. One hopes none of you require a detailed description of the series, but one is provided below nonetheless. Unsurprisingly, scant information has been released regarding the story of this new series. What is known, is that the seiyuu for Ed and Al will remain the same, while almost everyone else will change.
After losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body. Ed is able to seal Al's soul inside of a huge suit of armor, at the cost of his arm.
Years later, Ed (now with two mechanical limbs) and Al (still trapped in the armor) leave their childhood home, each brother concerned with the other's happiness. Ed, who has a natural talent and skill for alchemy, becomes nationally certified and is soon known everywhere as the "Fullmetal Alchemist."
Their true objective is to search for any information on the fabled Philosopher's Stone, hoping it will allow them to regain their old bodies. All of their hopes rest with this mythical stone, which may not even exist at all. However, the brothers soon learn that they are not the only ones after the powerful stone.
Download: all over the net, direct and torrents :) Check some links via fma_herald.
I love the manga
, I loved the first version of the anime
. I thought animation there was exemplary. BUT! I think animation here, in FMA2, is even better. Awesome backgrounds, the character drawing is closer to the manga than in FMA1, even if it's still a bit glamorised if to compare to Hiromu Arakawa's seemingly untidy (but bloody awesome!) drawing. To put it in a few words, I LOVED
the visual side of ep. 1 to bits and pieces. I do hope the rest of the series doesn't disappoint, meaning that the quality of the drawing/animation doesn't drop in the middle. But it's the most awaited anime of the year, so I think they have the money and hope it keeps up to the quality level it set in ep. 1.
The plot, well, it's a sort of prologue, sort of teaser, sort of statement of intent. The authors packed lots and lots of information into it, which you will decipher if you've read the manga. I don't know how one unfamiliar with the story could perceive it, whether it would be too plotty/full of important details or quite all right for them. Not that version #1 wasn't plotty or packed with dramatic events, but episode 1 of FMA2 seems to be underlining the plottiness even more. It also hints to lots and lots of important things.
Anyway, for me, it looked like a fantastic re-introduction to the characters I love. I'm SOOOOOOO looking forward to ep. 2.
Funimation is streaming ep. 1 for several countries around the world
on April 9. I couldn't wait three days of course. Because it's FMA!
And just how cool it is that they are doing version #2 to make it closer to the manga source?! More FMA, oh yesss!
|Fresh veggie salad AKA vitamin attack
Takes 10-15 minutes to make a large bowl, depending on how fast you peel and cut your veggies.What:
1 medium carrot, 1 smallish beet, 2 smallish cucumbers, 1 large apple (Fuji my love :D), half a smallish stalk of celery, 1 lemon. A splash of olive oil.How:
Peel the beet like a potato, scrub the carrot. Cut off ends of celery ribs and throw away the yellowish inner parts. Leave cucumbers and apple be; don't peel them.
I grated everything (RAW!) except lemon on this grater
(the front side, with larger graters). After that, squeezed the lemon all over it and added some nice olive oil.Result:
juicy, crunchy, mmmm! Ideal for those who are watching or aiming to lose weight.( Looks like this )
Warning/additional note: this thingie, because of high fibre contents and because of raw beet, is/can be a laxative. So be careful. You can vary the proportions depending on what you like best. I just took what was lurking in my fridge.
The other half of the celery stalk, 3 carrots, and half a head of cabbage are stewing now (with a bit of tomato paste and a couple of sausages, cut) for dinner. Vegetables are ♥
|Saturday, April 4th, 2009|
|Tuesday, March 31st, 2009|
|Let Dai, love, and continuity errors. Part 3 Part 1
. Part 2
Now I understand. Dai and footwear? Not a continuity error. It's Dai's special abilities or something. He IS very special, right? So it's no wonder he regularly manages to change flip-flops to trainers without moving a muscle. ( Here he does it again )
And while I'm amusing muself, it bears repeating. I LOVE THIS MANGA SO FREAKING MUCH!!! I squid it, even :)
|Monday, March 30th, 2009|
|Pork in pomegranate sauce
. Found via friendsfriends list.
Of course I made a few modifications since I can't cook by recipe to save my life. Firstly, I didn't have any rosemary (and wouldn't want it there anyway), so I skipped it. Besides, the final taste of the dish is so rich, aggressive, and fruity that IMO no herbs are needed.
Secondly, my gall bladder often gives me trouble so I avoid frying things when possible. Thirdly, I don't like big chunks of meat so I cut the pork into bite-sized cubes.
Instead, I marinated pork in the mix of pomegranate juice and orange juice/zest for an hour in a Tupperware box with no-spill lid. Then dumped it all into the deep pan where garlic was just becoming golden, and stewed for about 2 hours. I had to balance the taste adding a bit of juice then sugar then juice again. As a result, I had a lot of liquid in the stew so I added a bit of flour to thicken the sauce.
The end result doesn't look as nice as the original but tastes divine. As I said, very fruity, rich, and strong. So I ate it with plain white rice. Very yummy.
If I cook it again, I might add ginger.
|Sunday, March 29th, 2009|
|Let Dai, love, and continuity errors. Part 2 Part 1 is here
I'm compensating for the posting break, SPAMMING you :) Wouldn't expect much from me next week 'cos I haven't been reading anything and I have about 150 more episodes of Bleach to watch :D
So, now, a couple of very adventurous watches. I realise that this is not so much an error as random detail. Neither Dai's nor Jaehee's watch play any part in the sense-building of the manga. They aren't important in any way, unlike Dai's wound I talked about it part 1. They are just random elements of décor. But still... Once you notice it while reading, the proper reading goes out of the window 'cos you begin following the jumps of the watch from arm to arm and its disappearances and appearances. And keep laughing.( Adventure #3. Travelling watches. MIND THE SPOILERS for one of the most moving scenes in the entire manga, as for me, in vol. 4 )
Sorry for the silly pseudo-analysis :) I couldn't resist :) The story of the watches doesn't end here; I just got tired. It goes on for the entire volume and probably longer. It awfully amused me the day I was carrying vol. 4 on me :)
|Kyou Kara Maou has been done
For those of you who watch KKM but don't watch updates, KKM season three has finally been subbed to the end, by atelier_thryst
. OMG I can now watch the last five episodes I put on hold to mini-marathon, oh yesss!
Grab it here, via BU torrent updates
, here via AT torrents
, or here at Aarin
(registration required) via direct download (leaf to the last page).
Wondering what I'm squealing about? THIS
|Let Dai, love, and continuity errors
I haven't posted in more than a week. A rare thing for me. And I didn't even notice; I wouldn't have if furiosity
didn't poke me to ask if I was alive. Hah! Who's to blame if not her! It's her who sold me on Bleach
, the manga (first) and now the anime that ate my brain. It's huge! I haven't been reading much else, except reading Let Dai
when on the train. Which is, coincidentally, the topic of this post :)
You all know that I'm totally in love with Let Dai
. I got my paper copy a few weeks back and have been rereading it -- more like, admiring, drooling over, and so on -- on the train and during lunch. I'm really, really in love with this manga.
But even being so head over heels, I can't help having paroxysms of laughter every once in a while that have nothing to do with the author's humorous talent (which she does have, IMO, but that's not what I'm about). Because even the best artists make continuity errors (and I do think Woon Soo-yeon is an awesome artist and storyteller!). This is what editors must be for. Not that they are always worth the money paid to them...
And it's not that I'm so petty. One just can't help noticing those things if they read the thing they love for the third time and if they love it so much that they spend hours admiring details :D
Anyway, here they are. Remember that this manga reads left to right.( Adventure #1. How to get a new footwear in a dozen steps, without any special effort on your part. )( Adventure #2. A wandering wound. MIND THE SPOILERS )
I don't know why I find it so amusing. Next time, the adventures of the travelling watch. Stay tuned :)
|Thursday, March 19th, 2009|
Various Bleach-related things
- Only 30 more chapters of Bleach left to catch up with. Taking into consideration the length of those chapters, it's for one evening :(
- Say, Bleach-savvy people, does Turn Back the Pendulum arc only have chapters, from -108 to -97 (and -15), so far? I want more of it. It's my favourite. 'Cos I never thought Urahara would be such a ♥ ♥ ♥ :)
- Not very happy with fanfiction so far. I mean, discarding those fics that I throw away almost at once because of spelling errors, information dumps, FFnet-like premises and such, I still haven't found one that would take my breath away among the decently written ones. One that would make me "OMG WOW GLEE!" I mean, I follow recs and links and all, but even when nothing whatsoever irks me on the style/language level, the stories fall flat. Either they don't hold my attention, or I don't think the characters are in character. Don't take me wrong; I don't even think they are out of character. But I've read no less than two dozens decently written Bleach fics by now where I thought while and after reading, "Hmm, are you sure it's them?" or "How come it's Ishida and not your, I dunno, college mate?"
I thought I was just tired until I stumbled upon a HP story, of all things, that completely stunned me.
It's as frustrating as wondering through KKM fandom. I wish though that it were more like HikaGo or FMA. Must search harder :D
|A few animanga fic recs: Bleach and KKM The Monkey and the Moon
, by imadra_blue 
Byakuya/Renji, PG, ~1800 words. Summary: "Let me tell you about the difference between you and me. It's like the story of the monkey trying to capture the moon." – Byakuya Kuchiki to Renji Abarai, Bleach Chapter 142. Notes: Takes place after Aizen's theoretical defeat and refers to the speculated fates of a few characters. Will no doubt be rendered AU when Tite Kubo finishes the Aizen storyline.
Lovely and lyrical. The story is told via thoughts and small but significant gestures rather than grand action or talks. I loved how awe-struck and humbled Reiji is before Byakuya, how wanting and courageous at the same time, and how they don't really speak to express it all. Works well here, as for me. Wonderful short story.Best Worst Day
, by Mosh
Renji/Ichigo, R, 5,300 words. Summary: Renji misunderstands the meaning of Valentine's Day, which leads to revelation.
I enjoyed this story, especially the moment when Renji explained what he was doing and the date, lol :) And it was hot! But mostly I liked that what was happening was intriguing enough to keep my attention. I liked the way Mosh ended it, too.Kyou Kara Maou, 20 Themes
, by Mousapelli 
Various, PG-13, collection of drabbles, about 6k words total.
As usual with a fic that consists of drabbles, some of them seem better than others. I particularly liked #6, 9, 14, 15, and 16. The fic makes a pleasant, mosaic-like impression, not unlike KKM itself. I enjoyed it.
|Wednesday, March 18th, 2009|
|HP rec: The Path of Least Resistance, by Snegurochka (Teddy/Albus) The Path of Least Resistance
, by Snegurochka #
Teddy/Albus Severus, past unrequited Teddy/James, R, ~11K words. Warnings: Substance abuse. Grieving after a major character death. Albus is 18. Summary: Teddy had been clean for barely thirteen weeks the night Albus landed on his doorstep, reminding him of everything he'd tried to leave behind. It's hard to mourn a loss when you can barely acknowledge it's happened. It's even harder when you think you're responsible for it. Written for hp10k_showcase
Oh my, this is such a painful story! I'm terribly scared of addiction, be it in real life or in fiction, so I'm feeling as if a dog chewed on me or something :( But I think it says a lot for Snegurochka's skill as a writer that I didn't even once thought of quitting. She managed to lead me through lots of things that should have made me bolt, so vivid, real, and painful they were. But instead, no, I can't say I liked it or anything like that. I sort of lived it
? So here I am, telling you about it because I think it was a valuable experience, one that makes something shift inside you, reading this fic.
|Friday, March 13th, 2009|
|FMA rec: two fics by E. E. Beck (Roy/Ed, NC-17) Play to Win
, by E. E. Beck #
Roy/Ed, others off screen, NC-17, 12,000 words. Summary: Ed loses his virginity, and then his inhibitions. Roy loses his mind.
Found this fic on lyssaphra's rec and fell in love, not unlike Roy :) The author managed to write a slut!Ed that is totally believable. I mean, a character can become anything; one just have to make readers believe in it. So if Ed becomes a slut, how will he behave to still remain Ed? This is how. This is perfectly Ed, as for me. Think of Ed's view of the world. There's thing huge thing that is Al and then this much smaller thing that is everybody and everything else, right? So how would a person who is one of those small everybody elses go about winning Ed? Well, when they get a clue themselves that this is what they are doing. The answer is: as only Roy can do, meticulously plotting and scheming, very patiently. Loved the writing, loved the story! Would love a sequel very much too. Prognosticate
, by E. E. Beck ##
Roy/Ed, others off screen, NC-17, oneshot. Spoilers: Last third of the series and the movie, vaguely. Summary: “Divination alchemy,” Ed said scornfully. “Also known as complete and total bullshit.”
And this one, as for me, is bloody awesome. The ending in particular. So poignant and piercing and OMG perfect. I loved-loved-loved it. The story is about love and the allure and dangers of looking into future. There's a sort of paradox that always comes up when we speak of fiddling with time: does Roy fall in love because he looks or would he anyway if he didn't? But the fact is, Roy falls hard. Poor bastard :) Ed is also perfect here. Mouthy, loud, brilliant, and very Ed on the whole. Loved it!
|Thursday, March 12th, 2009|
|Three animanga fandom recs: HikaGo, Bleach, Antique Bakery HikaGo:Preliminaries
, by stirring_still 
Touya/Shindou and Waya/Isumi, NC-17, novella. A/N: Spoilers for the entire series.
I can't say this fic is completely to my tastes. For one, I don't envision either Hikaru or Akira this way. There are small things in this fic that contradict my view of them as characters, my ideas of how they would/should be behaving in various situations (say, at the end, I think Touya would either
be more loud and obvious about that or
much more private), and also some details of the life of a Go pro or life in Japan. But while I think that some scenes could be more precise characterisation-wise, some others are spot-on, as for me. For example, when Shindou accidentally tells Waya about Touya. That's so Shindo! Another thing not to my tastes was the beginning of the relationship that seemed too fast (or is it easy?) to me. For yet another, I didn't like what I consider a fan service moment when Akari reacts to their relationship. But that all sort of fades because I believe it's one of the hottest fics I've read in HikaGo. Awfully hot! Guh how hot :) And I loved it. There are a few very amusing scenes there, too. "There are no manga about Go, and so manga is worthless!" Morishita said, "Concentrate!"
So on the whole, I enjoyed the story. Not bad for somebody's first try in a new fandom :)Bleach:Infamy- 20 Myths and Legends about Zaraki Kenpachi
, by Pero (peroxide_fic) 
Kenpachi, Eleventh Division; Gen, PG-13, ~3,000 words. Summary: The mysterious Zaraki Kenpachi.
Not "OMG wow" but it's lovely and entertaining, even if (or maybe exactly because) it's rather fanonish. I want to understand a character when I read fanfic, especially one as awe-inspiring and fucked-up as Kenpachi, not to read a number of words about how mysterious he is, even if underneath it we are still given some understanding of him. But this story is pleasant to read anyway and amusing. I enjoyed it.Antique Bakery:Learning to Fly
, by afrai (or here
Ono/Chikage, PG-13, short. Summary: In retrospect, thought Ono, kissing Chikage had been a bad idea.
It's a story of one ill-considered kiss (can you imagine anything else from Ono?) and how it turned out. I can't even tell why I liked it. There's just something in it that seems to me to fit the manga very well. Pleasant story, as for me.