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In a recent interview, C.J. Cherryh says that she likes ... Saiyuki.

OK, she mentions it as an anime ... but still! That makes me happy!

(She says she likes Bleach, too. And Kyo Kara Maoh.)

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flemmings
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
I can't quite reconcile Cherryh with Saiyuki, and *especially* not painfully animated filler-filled anime Saiyuki.
chomiji
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)

What, you don't think Nii and Ariane Emory I would have lots of things to discuss?

But yeah, there is that little problem. (I'm not sure I can picture her watching KKM, either.)

I'm going to pretend it's Saiyuki manga that she likes. I girl can dream, yes?

smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
The anime was just good enough to work as a gateway drug to pique my interest in the manga -- so it could happen!
lady_ganesh
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
It's entirely possible! And I just started one of her books, perfect timing.
chomiji
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)

Which one?

estara
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
At Wave without a Shore she just had a thread this week about anime recommendations.
http://www.cherryh.com/WaveWithoutAShore/?p=2313

The only downside to that is that some people hijacked it to ask about her reactions to Elizabeth Moon having been disinvited as GoH by Wiscon. So we get lots of name-calling of commenters among each other.
smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Heh, interesting! The Saiyuki/Bleach/KKM connection makes definite sense now, given her talk of preferring more mythic stuff with complex storylines and good-looking older characters rather than cutesy little kids, and having avoided the genre for ages due to a perception that it was just shallow cheesy kiddy stuff, and having trouble with some of the visual conventions. (Boy does that sound familiar! I've had similar conversations over the years trying to get through to F&SF-loving friends who were convinced anime was nothing but giant robots and magical schoolgirls and dudes kicking each other in the head for half an hour.)
chomiji
Oct. 29th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)

Heh, maybe I should dig out my login info for that board and rec Black Lagoon.

smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
I see folks have already recced her Cowboy Bebop -- I wonder if she'd go for Wolf's Rain too, although it's one of those where the mythic edge leans far enough into ambiguous/unexplained territory that some folks get really frustrated at not being totally sure exactly what the hell is going on. (I'm happy to roll with it as working on a subconscious/emotional level, but someone who gets hung up on the "GIVE ME A LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR THIS!" worldbuilding angle would have a lot of trouble with it.)
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estara
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Did you see that rachelmanijaanswered us both on your birthday post?
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chomiji
Oct. 29th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)

Thanks for pointing that out! She seems aware of a lot of the Gaiden plot and appreciates Saiyuki from that level. She also said she and Jane have "stacks and stacks" of Bleach, which gives me hopes that maybe she means manga as well (although it could just be recorded video - she comments that anime is very re-watchable).

I am not surprised that warriorofworry jumped in on Wiscon - I actually agree with her (so does writer Ann Leckie, who used to post on Shejidan using a nom de Web). But it did not need to be brought up in that space. I wonder who that character is who first brought it up. I don't think I know him from the Shejidan board (if he's there, he must be using a different handle).

I see that someone recced Mushishi along with Saiyuki, which is all to the good.

I think I have an account on Wave Without a Shore, but I've forgotten my login info. Also, I can't even keep up with Shejidan, which is less prolific ... .

smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I read that as meaning stacks of DVDs/videos myself -- she goes on enough talking about subtitles and soundtracks, and doesn't seem to mention anything manga-specific at all, that it sounds like she's focused purely on anime to me. Do you know if she has any background in reading Western comics? It sounds like she was put off from even watching anime in the first place due to that perception that it was all like the most visible and commercially popular sorts of kiddie fare, if she's not a comics person (with the similar common perception that it's all cheesy superhero schlock), then she may perhaps not have explored print comics much either. Or she may just prefer animation to comics, of course! And since it sounds like a lot of the Japanese visual conventions are a little unfamiliar and offputting to her, having color and movement and music and excellent voice actors bringing a little extra life to things may be helpful in bridging the gap in adjusting to a new genre.
chomiji
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)

Re: CJC and Western comics.

(Having pointed that out ... I don't really know how much reading she's done in comics! I guess I really should start following the new blog, but I sort of have my hands full as it is. I added several new blogs to my LJ recently - authors who came out sounding sensible about the Moon situation.)

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smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
(Also on the Gaiden front, I wonder if she watched the Genso anime rather than Reload? That actually had essentially an ultra-condensed recap of the earlier part of the Gaiden storyline over about two episodes late in the Homura arc; how it all ends is sort of glossed over since sensei hadn't written that far yet, but by the end of the series it's all pretty clear to the viewers that our boys were connected in their past lives. Heck, even the rather fanservicey opening sequence points it out -- skip to about 1:09.
lawless523
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
The blog reads very much like she watched Gensomaden and not Reload, which makes me shudder a bit -- she actually thinks that's visually attractive -- but whatever. Her recitation of Gaiden and reference to the War Prince (I think she means Homura, not Nataku) are from Gensomaden, not Reload, and it seems pretty clear she's not familiar with the manga.
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