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Barrel! [Sep. 25th, 2010|05:02 am]
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Atelier Rorona arrived in the mail. Guess what I'm doing this weekend! =D
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the social cost of katamari [Sep. 8th, 2010|12:52 pm]
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Recent illustration from the Sentence Game. This is the game where one person writes a sentence, the next person illustrates it, the third person describes the picture in a sentence, and so on. Of everything we drew, this is the one I'm proudest of (and is generally appreciable on its own merits, without having been there.)
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made of nya [Jul. 28th, 2010|04:41 pm]
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execharmonious: Also, I love Japan. http://pinktentacle.com/2009/03/yubi-nya-cat-ring-turns-hand-into-remote-control/ It's a calico cat ring remote control. FOR NO APPARENT REASON.
rubyprism: XD!!!
'researcher Saori Noda says, “We are working to make it smaller and less noticeable.”'
Maybe, oh, I don't know, NOT PUTTING A CAT FACE ON IT?
execharmonious: out of the question
this is japan after all
EVERYTHING MUST HAVE A CAT FACE ON IT
but other than that we'll make it discreet
rubyprism: I love Japan.
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Kingdom Hearts Map Card FAQ [Jul. 6th, 2010|01:22 am]
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Kingdom Hearts Map Card FAQCollapse )
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I do not think it means what you think it means. [Mar. 7th, 2010|08:58 pm]
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Heeeeey fanartists. If you want to nickname Ritsuka, try "Ricchan" or "Rikka" or some other sensible, canon-sanctioned-anyway substitute. Please don't use the name of another character? It really messes with the search engine not that I was looking this time.
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o translators no [Mar. 4th, 2010|09:18 pm]
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The translator for Ace Attorney: Investigations, while generally pretty good, has just made a pretty big flub. Mild spoilers for the second case, Turnabout AirlinesCollapse )
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The Story of Agatsuma Soubi: a Loveless manga remix. [Feb. 23rd, 2010|06:15 pm]
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Large image under the cut.Collapse )
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zelda break! [Feb. 13th, 2010|04:55 pm]
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execharmonious liked it, so we said he could have it: Link Link: A Link to the Picture. Not to be confused with Like Like.
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oh wait, right [Jan. 29th, 2010|07:26 am]
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We were looking at recent Loveless volumes tonight...

Two panels with, um, minor unintentional issuesCollapse )
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distilled closeness [Jan. 7th, 2010|02:39 am]
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This is the face of a happy Soubi.




The sacrifice/fighter bond in Loveless makes me happy, and not because it gives the characters a gratuitous excuse to shounen-ai/bondage all over each other. I mean, if I merely wanted to see that, I wouldn't need such a fantastic excuse.

It makes me happy because of the closeness. Like Soubi, I am drawn to vows and bonds, to things that are meaningful to people, and to the ties between them.

"I'd rather have a thick chain."

Soubi will blissfully sign his autonomy away for closeness. The tragedy is that every time he thinks he has something permanent, it throws him out: from his parents' death to Ritsu to Seimei, until he has a preteen kid who didn't ask for and can't handle the responsibility of the role. Soubi will belong to anyone-- will mould himself to any owner in yet another rebirth-- for the promise of being close. He'll give himself to anyone if it means he might have that bond.

"We wait here until the sacrifices are ready. We wait for the one. We dream of the one."

To me, this is much more than an excuse for pairing off couples. I don't read it as a shounen-ai setup for romance. I read this bond as something more important, more real. I don't think Soubi would ever date Kio because Kio's not a sacrifice. Soubi only likes sacrifices. He aches for the other half of the bond he was born to feel. Whether that means a sadistic teacher, a psychopath, a confused child-- he'll accept anything if it might fulfil that bond for him. He doesn't even want anything other than that bond. He's no doormat to anyone else; he only wants it because that bond, "stronger than any other", is the single satisfying thing in all the world.

For me, too. I understand the imagery-- I feel it. Loveless is a singularly eloquent and satisfying expression of it. And that's why I'm interested in this manga.
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