Yurikuma Arashi, impressions

  • Feb. 19th, 2017 at 11:25 PM
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
I liked it, but not as much as I'd have liked to have liked it.

I'm not learned enough for this. No spoilers. )

No. 6

  • Feb. 18th, 2017 at 10:26 PM
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
This story starts sometime in 2014, I think, when see this one image of what I think is two boys.



I don't know the series, I *think* it's fanart but can't be sure - and there's something about it that really captivates me. I save it, and wonder if I'll ever know where it's from. It's not something I ever feel strongly enough about to go plastering up all over social media going HAVE YOU SEEN THESE KIDS BEFORE. But I remember it, from time to time, and wonder what kind of story it was from.

Come 2016 and the Yuri on Ice discourse. Specifically the part about how uh no, they didn't "hide the kiss because of censorship" because there's been gay stuff in anime since the nineties at least and IF that thing in YoI was a kiss, then it sure as hell wasn't the first time a same-sex kiss had been shown between main characters in a non-BL anime. Guys, No. 6 happened like five years ago.



I probably wouldn't have ever gotten to know where white-haired kid and is-it-a-girl-or-a-guy came from if a certain subset of the anime fandom hadn't believed in Yuri!!! on Ice like middle America believed in Donald J. Trump, and for that reason alone, I guess I'm grateful for it.

I mean, and JJ.

but was it GOOD )

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type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
School update:

1) No, there's no extra reading for writing the 5big paper, that was the uni webpage lying (they're also lying about the due date, but that was a matter of three days - I mean, just to note how they're being Very Professional)

2) Thus far, the part about the dialects has been repetition of what I did this autumn, just in my native language and in far more detail. So it's somewhere between "convenient repetition" and "wow I knew all of this already", and let's hope it continues like that.


INSTEAD, let's talk about how my incentive for finally learning Japanese arrived in the post



cut for pics )

I should probably write something about that, I guess, but the long and short of it is that ever since I discovered this half-scanlated masterpiece three years ago, I've been kinda serious about learning Japanese, because - I guess - I finally have an excuse.

So yeah, those things I said about fic in the last post? My prejudices and internalised resentment of the fangirl was not limited to that. I'll claim to be into comics and cartoons (no, I'll never call it "sequential art" and "animated film"), but the truth of it is that at least half of what I've consumed of those artforms since I was sixteen or so has been from Japan, and if that had been in any other language, then I'd sat down to learn it years ago, for sure. My ambitions about learning French might've started with some studies I read for my MA that didn't bother translating the French excerpts it used to illustrate the evolution of a certain novel format, but these days? Sure, I still want to learn French, but that's mostly because of the infuriatingly slow translation of Spirou et Fantasio around here.

But French has, well, it has history, it has class, it has a number of things to say about half of Europe's languages but English most pressingly, but Japanese is weabo and certainly when you're doing it because of the comics. The hilarious part is that I have absolutely no prejudices against other people learning it just for the comics, but desperately want to distance myself from it even if people IRL can clearly witness my FMA thermos mug.

And now I've paid enough money for Takemiya Keiko - oh, you don't want to know the story of me and the DVDs for Towards The Terra - for this to be justified.

Hiragana level: Practiced the s-row today
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
The fact that Goodreads has a reading challenge at all is proof that for a not inconsiderable amount of us, reading isn't just pleasure, but some variety of self-improvement project that's enough of a duty to be something we procrastinate about.

For some of us, of course, the question isn't the action of reading, but of reading the right things. I'll be the first person to admit that there's fic out there that have a lot more literary qualities than most of the what's given the best shelf space in physical bookstores around me, but that's no excuse for reading it instead of the truly good stuff you'll find in your library. The fact that you find the occasional gem on some old LJ account doesn't make up for the fact that fanfic is an extremely conservative genre what form and content concerns. It doesn't hurt anyone to read something that will surprise you, and in my personal case, there's that whole bit about all the classics of some three different literary traditions that I feel I should be familiar with beyond having classes on them.

I'm currently torn on whether or not I should add the No. 6 novels to my reading list on Goodreads.

The answer should be given, really: they're proper novels that have been published in some three different formats and were adopted into two other media. They're individually short and written for a young audience, but they're real books with ISBN numbers and stuff. They're as "real literature" as it gets.

But the part of me that rates my literary experience on whether or not it was at least deemed worthy of being published by a real publishing house at some point (just liek fifty shades!!!!11) keeps on insisting that it's cheating, because

1) I'm reading unofficial translations of unverifiable quality
2) I probably wouldn't have gone looking for them if I hadn't seen the anime and really liked it, meaning that
3) My motivation for reading this pretty much equals fanfic, and thanks to the notably literal feeling of the translations and how I'm already familiar with an adaptation, the reading experience is likewise a case of "well I'm not here for the pretty prose anyway"
(Bonus: 4) They're really short and adding all nine of them would feel like using comics and plays what the reading challenge concerns - it doesn't count if you can finish it off in one afternoon)

Who knew I had such staunch moral standards for my consumption of prose fiction. Certainly not me.

Papa to Kiss in the Dark

  • Jan. 16th, 2017 at 12:46 PM
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I've been on the internet since 2000; this story is not even close to the most effed up erotica I've encountered. I've... read some manga. I'm not entirely surprised that it was picked up by a professional publisher. I will admit that I didn't expect it to be animated, but well - it's Japan.

What I did not expect was to find it dubbed to German.

I can only agree with one of the commenters over at YT: If I were one of the VAs, I'd spend more time crying from laughter on the floor than on reading my lines. Because this? This is exactly what the title tells you that it is, and of course I had to watch it.

I guess I should tell you all about it, huh. )

Today's story of I Have Too Much Time

  • Jan. 9th, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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I totally didn't just spend twenty minutes going through the Elfquest online archives trying to find that one AU ten thousand years into the future where they totally do this in order to find recognised couples.

Wonder if this was a deliberate shout-out or crazy coincidence.

YoI, the end

  • Dec. 22nd, 2016 at 1:45 AM
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
Just head over to tumblr for

1. My thoughts on ep. 12

2. Some ramblings on Yuri's thing with Yuko and one of the ways they wasted a metric ton of potential

3. Running commentary on episode 8-11, while drunk

But in summary: I liked the ending well enough, but this anime is a mess and nowhere as good as the people are screaming it is

On the trope of the Eternal Rival

  • Dec. 18th, 2016 at 2:50 AM
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I haven’t watched a whole lot of sports anime, but I have watched Hikaru no Go, and I wonder if Yuri!!! On Ice is trying to subvert the idea of ~ the eternal rival~

 

also a lot of talk about Free! for the sake of comparison )

My only demand from AA6 is this

  • Sep. 6th, 2016 at 11:15 PM
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
Ace Attorney 6 is happening tomorrow, so let's do the speculating because I found this ancient draft somewhere in an e-mail folder.

AA6, what we know without having gotten spoiled:

I. The gameworld is divided in two: Phoenix goes to the Kingdom of Kuh'rain to help out Maya and bring their court system revolution, while Apollo runs business as usual back in Japanifornia. There's no way these two will NOT end up being part of the same plot eventually.

II. Maya is back

III. EMA IS BACK OMG OMG OMG

IV. It took three games (technically, two games and a drama CD), but it happened alright: Trucy is the suspect Apollo and Athena defends in the second case of the series.

remember what we all bitched about in the previous games? Yeah. Yeah. )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
tl;dr watch them if you're a fan, but don't go to them if you want a taste of what the series are really about. This is Tsubasa on valium and xxxHolic on ACID.

Not really a review, because you don't need it )

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Wish

  • Jul. 8th, 2016 at 1:41 PM
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I don't know what people normally do when passing through Paddington Station on their way to Heathrow, but I for my part picked up the novel "Billy and Me", which sounded absolute rubbish from the summary but had a pretty cover. I'm nearly halfway in, and it reads like shitty fanfic. This is interesting not so much from the perspective of story quality and what kind of nonsense obviously is deemed good enough to be published by Penguin and have four stars on Goodreads - it's interesting because I suddenly realised that that particular brand of grating narrative voice isn't necesssarily the mark of inexperienced ficwriters, it's actually something they've picked up from real, published books. It's a particularly self-absorbed first-person narrator that was similarly present the last time I tried chick-lit, too, and so seems to be a genre marker and not just the writers being unskilled. And even though my only real impression of "Billy and Me" is to find it refreshingly contemporary British and to find the heroine an idiot and god I wish she'd stop talking, I'm sticking it out because it's quick and I feel like I should have more than two books to point to when complaining about all the people who have no idea about good books. This I feel entitled to because a lot of the comics I read fall firmly into the "cute but pointless and not even very good" box, as should be obvious by how I'm apprently going through my Clamp collection anew.

I'M ON SUMMER BREAK OKAY

AKA the one that even Tsubasa ignored )


So talking about fanfic: Here's the plot of "Wish" except that the entire cast is likeable and the implications of Kohaku's fate are followed to their logical conclusion

But "Angel Egg~ For Haru And Ruri" is one of my favourite pieces of Clamp music ♥

Crossover count: None (but plays a part in Legal Drug and Kobato)

Legal Drug AKA Gohou Drug AKA Drug & Drop

  • Jul. 7th, 2016 at 10:41 PM
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
AKA Clamp Goes Gay )
Crossover count: Suki, xxxHolic, Wish

Tokyo Babylon, re-read

  • Jul. 5th, 2016 at 6:54 PM
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
SooOO Tokyo Babylon, boys and girls!
I just can't judge it at all )

Crossover count: The Clamp Campus series