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Yuletide Requested!

Actually, about 2 days ago, now.

  • Barry Hughart - Master Li series
  • Gouhou Drug aka Legal Drug
  • R A MacAvoy - Black Dragon series
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo (anime or manga)

So, I have two manga and two fantasy fiction. Thanks, f-list, for encouraging me about SDK. I did hedge my bet by requesting a couple of characters that show up late in the manga, in the hopes of avoiding an anime-only author, although I would probably be happy with fic involving anyone but Mibu Tokito! I will explain as much in my "Dear Yuletide"post.

And this year I am wise educated enough not to say what I've offered ... .

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magicnoire
Nov. 11th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
We get our assignments tomorrow! Can you believe it?
chomiji
Nov. 11th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)

I know ... wow! And I'm just putting the final corrections in the thing I've been working on the past 2 months, too.

jedishampoo
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Aah, just the reason I didn't offer to write SDK: I've only read the manga vols. 1-3. (And didn't know there was an anime.)

I requested Howl's Moving Castle, Porco Rosso (think I may be the only one there! it was under "unrequested fandoms"), Ranma 1/2 and LMB Vorkosigan. Wow, I was almost all anime this year in my requests!
chomiji
Nov. 11th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)

OMG, you've only barely reached the part of SDK when it starts not sucking! (For me, it's when Sanada Yukimura shows up at the end of vol. 3.)

The less said about the anime the better, from what I understand.

I know Porco Rosso is a Miyazaki film, but I've never seen it. I've tried to like the Vorkosigan books - but I don't.



Edited at 2008-11-11 05:20 pm (UTC)
jedishampoo
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ha, I was just saying I'd stop at #3 of SDK because it was sorta repetitive...

Porco Rosso I saw on the plane home from Japan, and cried like a baby. I thought it was jetlag until I watched it again a couple months later, and wept again. ;) Miyazaki does that to me, and sometimes I don't even know why-- like it bypasses my consciousness completely. It's very sedate but sweet.
chomiji
Nov. 12th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)

If you can bring yourself to do it, I'd give SDK a chance through vol. 5. What happens in Edo, with Yukimura in particular, gives you a glimpse of the complicated political interactions and angsty back stories that Kamijyo will use to great effect throughout the rest of the series. It's pretty clear that the original complex story was re-plotted for only 10 volumes when it started. Then when it began selling well, they let Kamijyo continue with her original concept for the saga - roughly, vol. 11 through the end, which is sometimes called "the Mibu arc." So through vol. 10, it's very standard-ish shounen, but you start getting angst and complexity in backgrounds and character interactions. Once they're out of the Aokigihara Forest arc and the whole Mibu thing - with its implications for who Kyo really is and what he means to the Mibu clan, with its supernatural powers and weird science - starts coming down, you still have crazy long shounen fight scenes, but there's tons more to it than that.

Miyazaki made me cry too - in Spirited Away, when Haku turns into the dragon and flies Chihiro back to the bath house. It was just all so strange and wonderful that I cried because someone had put such a beautiful. dreamlike thing onscreen for me to see.

sanada
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Eeeee, any of those series would be good! (Although I'm kinda hoping for Master Li, because I just reread it a month or so ago).

(And I'll send you your beta-ing tomorrow! I've spent the past few hours forcing myself to read the painfully dry material in my GRE study book, which is enough to make me curse the invention of written language).
chomiji
Nov. 11th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

So would that be "today-tomorrow" (Tuesday), or "tomorrow-tomorrow" (Wednesday)" for the beta comments? Today would be awesome, because I'm off for Veterans Day.

I'm sorry about the GRE's tediousness! But think how wonderful it'll be once it's all done! ("Why are you hitting your head against the wall?" "Because it feels so good when I stop!")

sanada
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Haha, I just sent you some of it now. I run on a bizzarely skewed schedule... staying up to 5:30-6am with insomnia will do that to you after a while.
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