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Icon Meme!

From telophase!

The directions:

  • Reply to this post with the word MEME and I will pick six of your icons.
  • Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.
I got this one from meganbmoore. It's Shiina Yuya (blonde) and Mahiro (brunette) from Samurai Deeper Kyo, shown in a light-hearted and - sadly - completely imaginary moment. In the series, Yuya and Mahiro are essentially enemies. However, like the mangaka, I think the two young women could have been friends. I use this icon in posts to people I know well, when I want to emphasize that what I'm saying is meant in a friendly way.
This is Koumyou, Sanzo's master - and some might say, adoptive father - in Saiyuki. The quote is based on the caption of one of Brian Andreas' "Story People" prints, and I liked it for Koumyou, who is unflappable and seems to find hate futile. The full quote: "Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero." This is for discussions of people who are unusually fine human beings.
Daisy Parker is an extremely precocious, obnoxious little girl who is the cousin of Jack Bagthorpe, protagonist of the over-the-top hilarious Bagthorpe Saga, a children's series by Helen Cresswell. Daisy's parents indulge her in all sorts of antisocial behavior, including writing on walls - which is where Jack found this statement scrawled. I usually use this when things don't make sense!
Kuro Karatsu, an average student in an average Buddhist university, is the impoverished, long-suffering, and mystically talented lead of the manga Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. I hand-colored this image scanned from vol. 1, and I think that statement is his first line (or close to it, anyway). I use this when I'm being forced to be philosophical whether I want to or not!
The Roman Emperor Augustus is a cool dude, no? Especially in expensive Italian shades lifted from an ad and Photoshopped in ... minus the caption, and originally a bit larger, this was put together for a human interest article about the month of August - history of the name and so on - for our agency's intranet site. I sometimes dig this out for other fine dudes, or to punctuate discussions about someone pompous.
Saiyuki's sexy half-breed kappa (water sprite) Gojyo meets the popular line of ever-so-cool clothing boutiques, and the store logo suffers a train wreck ... sadly, no one ever seemed to get the joke on this one, and I'm considering dropping it. Gojyo is just about my favorite Saiyuki character. I used to use this one regularly in my many obsessive discussions of the series, but I now have a couple of other Gojyo icons that I like better.

I can't make any guarantees how fast I'll pick stuff out for you ... but I'll do my best!



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Oct. 29th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)

OK ....



Edited at 2008-10-29 02:47 am (UTC)
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Oct. 29th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

BTW - Some thoughts/warnings about Saiyuki .... one, as a femslash fan, you will no doubt note the dearth of female characters (which is not to say that MInekura-san is totally unaware of the concept); two, it takes a while to get up to steam (if you don't love it by vol. 5, though, give up); and three, her drawing style changes radically in the first few volumes, although it starts to settle by vol. 3 and is in good shape by vol. 6 or so. But you won't see the spiffy look that usually shows up in peoples' icons for a while.

Oh, and I really love Rangiku also - but my attempts at immortalizing her in an icons have all failed thus far ... >sigh<

Oct. 29th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Notice anything familiar about Rasetsunyo's hairstyle? Ahhh, there are just so many beautiful, kinky layers to that pic, it makes my brain explode in the nicest possible ways...
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)

Ummm ... that's Dr. Hwan (or whatever her name is), not Rasetsunyo, isn't it? I never thought it was Kou's mom.

(And um, shit yes ... good thing her hair's so dark or someone would start insisting that somehow Kanan had survived and turned into a youkai and ended up working for Nii ... . )

Oct. 29th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Duh, I meant Gyokumen...brain is slowing down early tonight, the hannya mask had me thinking of her obvious vicious jealousy towards Rasetsunyo as the legitimate wife and there went the typing. *facepalm*
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Rasetsunyo / Gyokumen / Dr. Hwan

I'm glad you explained about the mask! Really, so many of the works of modern lit and comics are devoid of nifty symbols. (Did you see emungere's story for my auction win? The connection is, she did symbolic names - and some other stuff - in there.)

Oct. 31st, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Rasetsunyo / Gyokumen / Dr. Hwan
It's also really telling that her hairstyle, kanzashi and red nagajuban are all screaming "high-class prostitute". And the hannya is one of the most famous Noh masks, and another great example of canon human-to-youkai transformations -- in this case, a beautiful woman who becomes a horned, fanged demon out of jealous rage.

Hwan's shibari even isn't something Minekura made up -- that's a very traditional kikkou body harness ("tortoise", named for the hexagonal pattern formed by the rope, reminiscent of a turtle's shell -- compare to that delicious (and not quite worksafe) picture of Hakkai in a similar karada, but in the simpler hishi diamond pattern.)

And oooooh, story? *scampers off gleefully to read*
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Rasetsunyo / Gyokumen / Dr. Hwan

Oddly enough, I was looking at that Hakkai pic last night ... on my saiyuki_time story, macavitykitsune had an icon that sharpeslass was admiring. mac didn't know where it had come from originally, but s0hmam0miji stepped in and said she'd made it, from art on that site! So I've bookmarked it ... I think I was there once before, when you linked the pic of Gojyo with the traditional tattoos.

And you can find some strange things looking up those shibari terms on Google pix ... I didn't quite expect the cutesy cartoon diagram of how to tie yourself up like that!

Nov. 1st, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Rasetsunyo / Gyokumen / Dr. Hwan
EGS is one of my favorite doujinshi circles. A couple of warnings if you haven't poked too far through the site, though --

- Not entirely worksafe (like that's a big surprise): the art covers pretty much the whole spectrum from G to NC-17. I'd say that the overwhelming bulk of it is in the more Minekura-artbook-tease style, where they're lounging around decoratively dressed (or partially undressed) and very much in each other's personal space, but it's all subtext and no action. There are some kisses and embraces, and a little bit of bondage, nudity and a few completely explicit images (mostly in the last subsection -- there's a scorching one of youkai!Hakkai with vines going everywhere...), but all in all there's more romance and atmosphere than overt smut.

- There is some disturbing content imagery, like Minekura herself they do seem to enjoy drawing the boys bloody and bandaged at times! That doesn't bother me so much in the ones where they look like they're relaxing with each other after one of the canon battle scenes, but that tends to bother me a bit more in a bedroom scene where I can't read any context to go with it, so it's harder to get to that mental state I can read darkfics -- it's rough but it's OK because it's ultimately consensual and trusting and it's all going to work out. Art with no context, I can't do that as easily. Unless they've revamped their galleries yet again, there's also one inexpicable picture of Hakkai in an SS uniform...another case where I really, really wish I knew if the context was some kind of serious dark AU piece, or if it's just like some of those crazy Harajuku kids who are so devoid of historical context that they think Nazi uniforms make for fun street fashion. o_O

Now, don't let me scare you off -- there's really only maybe about three or four pictures out of all that huge gallery that I'd say are on the disturbing side, and really the overall tone of the gallery as a whole skews much more strongly to sweetness and friendship and romance than to violence, darkness or overt porn. But that's really the main reason why I think a warning's in order, it can blindside you hitting one of the odder bits when it's been preceded by so much stuff with a lighter tone!

Oh, yeah, and unlike Treasure, this is yet another one of those circles where there is never, ever any doubt about who tops. They are strictly about the 58, even when Hakkai's gone youkai he's still the uke here.

And heee! I know exactly the little cartoon you're talking about...and that it leaves out a couple of the more interesting optional knots that can make that harness pleasantly functional as well as decorative. *shakes head and laughs* Next time you're flipping through my random coffee-table books you should check out fd_midori's pretty guide to Japanese bondage... ;)

(You see why I simply *had* to buy that Treasure DJ? Hair, vines, period costuming, shibari, elaborate textiles...PUSH MY KINK BUTTONS HARDER, WHY DON'T YOU? *laughs*)
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
(EGS doujinshi art .. WAS: Re: Rasetsunyo / Gyokumen / Dr. Hwan)

The pictures are cute/hot, but Hakkai's face is too weak in the jaw and delicate, which goes along with their insistence on 58. I notice they have him just as pale when he's youkai, which isn't canon, but that may have been before that "double exposure" pic came out in SD V - it's much more clear there.

Yeah, that one picture of Hakkai tied up and bleeding and 2 out of 3 limiters gone is kind of whack.

(Sorry this is so late ... I couldn't answer it at work, and I already carried on about how evenings at home have been lately.)

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Oct. 30th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
(icons of Rangiku)

meganb tells me that it's the boobage, but I'm beginning to think it's her hair ... I'll just have to cut heartlessly close to her face. I see that most of yours seem to be from the anime rather than the manga - anime artwork has stronger, more simple linework.

Oct. 29th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Bwa-ha-ha, Toph as Leonidas FTW!

(I should really resurrect my "nasty, brutish, and short" Toph icon...)
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)

(Yuya and Mahiro are over the enemies thing after the first meeting pretty much, though. It only lasts as long as Mahiro is trying to kill Kyo.)
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)

(Errr, that was my primitive attempt at being un-spoilery, I think.)


Hai, dozo!

Oct. 29th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
(Well, Mahiro's pretty clearly not going to stay a villain-or even antagonist- from prettymuch her first scene...)

telophase got the third and fifth of those...do you want 2 others?
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)

Ooohhh noooooes~!


All better?

Oct. 29th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
(sorry getting too excited ^_^)
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)

Here you are!

Oct. 29th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
sure, why not? meme^^
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)

Exactly! Why not??

Nov. 2nd, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)

I really must read Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)

Kurosagi has gruesome humor, a sense of justice, and a warm, compassionate heart - a weird mixture that I find really appealing.

And ... here you go!

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