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Anime Tropes etc. website

I have no idea how good or accurate this site is, but it's pretty entertaining, and of course most of it is valid (or invalid, as the case may be) for manga as well. You can find entries for things like the ever-popular paper fan of doom (wielded with such authority by Sanzo in Saiyuki, among others), individual shows (including Fruits Basket and Bleach) - with notes about which tropes each includes- , and character types, like the Wrench Wench and the Idiot from Osaka.

It's also a Wiki, so if you're into that, you can help build it better, deeper, and more complete.

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fmanalyst
Jun. 5th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
That is a great site!
chomiji
Jun. 5th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)

Isn't it fun? The evening after I re-discovered it (I first found it when I had just started reading manga last fall, but then I forgot about it), I got to a part in Ouran High School Host Club where the club members encounter a wayward little moppet whose nanny has been reading her a steady diet of shoujo manga instead of picture books. She names each one of boys by their "character type," most of which matched entries on that website. So I actually understood the joke for once!

fmanalyst
Jun. 5th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I've spent most of yesterday evening and today just surfing the site, reliving classic scenes from favorite shows.
chomiji
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)

Hee ... these days, I hardly watch TV at all, but I used to watch it all the time, including while doing my homework in high school ... . And the anime stuff on the site has been very entertaining. (I need to make an icon that says something like "Manga saved my sanity" because it's been such a welcome distraction recently.)

fmanalyst
Jun. 7th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Something silly, commented to you because I think you might appreciate it. I got a haircut today which turned out remarkably like Yukimura's in your icon (with red-brown hair on a 40-something white woman, but still -- it's got that flip). :-) Kind of funny when I realized that was whose hair it looked like.
chomiji
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)

Hee! How cute! Mine won't do that - it's too curly/wavy. Hmmm, maybe it would if I combed it out hard when it was wet ... but my ideal haircut is one where I don't have to do squat to it!

So do you know Yukimura-san just from the stuff I throw around about him here, or have you read Samurai Deeper Kyo?

fmanalyst
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
My hair is fairly straight until it gets to a certain length and then it starts wanting to flip various ways. It just so happened that the layers she cut today flipped just right for Yukimura.

I've been an SDK fan for quite awhile. I have the thinpak of the anime and all of the manga that Tokyopop has released so far. In fact, I think it may have been a post you made about manga using the Yukimura icon that brought me to your page in the first place. There don't seem to be that many people posting about SDK, and you were the first I came across. In fact, at this point, I probably need to go ahead and friend you, rather than just keeping you in my bookmarks.

I'm trying to remember how I got into SDK in the first place. It was through the anime. I've always been kind of sucker for the two people in one body kind of story. I think I kept seeing it on the shelf and then netflixed it at some point and later bought the thinpak. Then I saw people talking up the manga on the animeondvd forums as being better than the anime, so I started buying it. One of the things I like is that most of the characters are adults. While I like the shounen adventures, all the teens start to get boring after awhile. I also like that Yuya has a real personality, unlike a lot of female characters in action anime.
chomiji
Jun. 8th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)

I have started loving SDK with the passion that I reserve for my favorite books. I was unable to resist temptation, and have found translations/scanlations for the last 9 volumes. But most of what happens in volumes 23-29 is a mystery, except that fans who can read Japanese have alluded to events therein. All I can say is that it gets even deeper, more intense, and more tragic. I have this irrational fear that Tokyopop will give up publishing English volumes before the series ends ... it was huge in Japan and still is in France, but it doesn't seem as popular over here.

It was my first manga series. My husband brought home the first few volumes one evening last fall when he got marooned in traffic near his office (he works in an office at in Tysons Corner, but we live in Takoma Park, MD), went to kill time in a bookstore, couldn't find any SF&F he liked, and asked the young clerk for manga recommendations. I didn't think much of the first few 2 or 3 volumes, but once I was well into the Shogun's tournament, I was hooked.

I love the huge ensemble cast, and how the characters seem to start out as simple ciphers but gain more and more depth as the story goes on. Look at how that process has gone with Hotaru already, for example, from Mibu assassin to traitor (twice over, if not more) to something rather more complicated than either.

And of course Yukimura is my favorite. I love his fight with Kyo early in the series, the flashback where he finds Sasuke II, his background story, his scene with Taihaku - the one where he says he's always dreaming, and lost more ... .

But really, I like most of them: Yuya (she's just indomitable, isn't she? Even though she really is in over her head ... ), Akira, Bon, Muramasa, Shinrei, Akari ... . They are just great characters, and their interactions are just enchanting and sometimes heartbreaking (Muramasa's last scenes come to mine, for example, and Saisei's death also).

>happy sigh<

fmanalyst
Jun. 8th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about Akari. I'm waiting for more depth there. Right now, he's a bit too much of stereotypical queen. And I was hoping for more when Yuya was finally healed, that is, more directed at her rather than Shinrei. Dammit, I wanted Kyo to say something to her, not just silently think about her and get new resolve to fight Shinrei. But I suppose Kyo is too much of the strong, silent type. Sometimes I feel like going through the series and counting up how many "..." dialogue balloons he has. :-)

But I was dissatisfied with that scene. Somehow it ended up being more about Shinrei (which is natural, I suppose), but the girl just sits up, all better now.
chomiji
Jun. 8th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)

You'll get more about Akari, which will give her a lot more depth. And some of what is going on there is stupidity in the translation. You might want to compare Sanada's translations of issues 176 and 177 with what the published book has.

fmanalyst
Jun. 8th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. It especially cleared up the conversation between the Mibu guys, which I'd found hard to follow in the TP version.
chomiji
Jun. 8th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)

Kamijyo does tend to move the emphasis from character to character. Right now, the fact that Shinrei has gained this slight doubt is hugely significant for future events, as is the glimmering of a relationship between the half brothers. Yuya really does tend to live in the moment - she is only 16. The one time when she broke down about the fact that she was nothing but a burden to them was especially poignant because usually she does bounce right back. Remember, for example, that she didn't make much out of the incident where Akira left her in the cave with the ice-encrusted Shindara and Antera - in fact, far from being freaked out, she acted with bravery, decisiveness, and compassion. You'll recall that Akira was quite surprised that she saved her enemies that time.

fmanalyst
Jun. 8th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
I started thinking about what Muramasa said about Yuya being the glue that holds the rest of them together. She's in way over her head as a fighter, which is kind of disappointing. The same thing happened to Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin. But she hold her own as a person and a character. It's almost like she's there in that miserable world to represent the indomitable spirit of the ordinary person.
chomiji
Jun. 8th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)

>>the indomitable spirit of the ordinary person<<

Hold that thought ... ! But at the rate Tokyopop is going, you'll be holding it for quite a while ...

fmanalyst
Jun. 8th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wish they'd speed up the release schedule.
chomiji
Jun. 11th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)

They've supposedly speeded it up "for the summer," so we're getting vol. 23 next month instead of August, and vol. 24 in September. I hope they don't go back to quarterly after that ... .

There should be some good stuff in those volumes, anyway - more with Shindara (remember him?) in 23 and Kotaro (and remember him?) in 24 ... plus lots of background bits about the others and of course more dastardly Mibu plotting. (I'm picking bits out of the descriptions in French on http://www.sdkpowaaa.com, which also has lovely art galleries.)

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