liri: (Kotetsu)
So as those of you follow me on Tumblr are unavoidably aware, I've been playing the first Phoenix Wright game and I'm completely enchanted with it. 

So when exactly do Phoenix and Edgeworth get married?

liri: (Nightcrawler)
Another recent-ish fandom: Welcome to Night Vale.

WTNV is not one I thought I'd get into.  It's an audio drama -- dramedy, really, but hey -- in English, structured as a radio broadcast; I overload very easily on NPR (the husband's an NPR junkie, so I get the opportunity frequently) and that's exactly what WTNV is based on.  I don't like listening to audiobooks or podcasts in any way; if it's words and not music I want to just read the words.  But I kept enjoying the quotes I saw on Tumblr, and figured, hey, it's free.  So I gave it a try. 

And I fell in love instantly.

I've made at least one convert by likening the show to "Chris In the Morning," from Northern Exposure, had Cicely been located in Lovecraftian horror (or maybe in Area 51; depends on the episode) rather than magical realism.  The horror isn't really the point, though.  The point is the humor that comes from local news and community announcements for a place where it's taken for granted that the sheriff has a secret police force that everyone knows about, there's this shape in the park that no one talks about or acknowledges, and that you should count yourself lucky if you survive an encounter with a librarian.

Here, just have some quotes.  Delivery is a significant part of it, sure, but I love the writing on this show.

The first dozen episodes are mostly episodic, but there is some plot, including narrator Cecil's slow-building relationship with Carlos, a scientist from outside Night Vale who's way less calm about all Night Vale's weird shit than Cecil is; Desert Bluffs, a nearby city that turns out to be, um.... an interesting foil to Night Vale; the civilization under the bowling alley and Night Vale's preparations for war against it; and various other Night Vale fixtures and recurring figures.  The Cecil/Carlos romance is the plotline that's had the most narrative payoff so far (and has also resulted in wanky controversy despite being canon, but the less said about that the better if you ask me.)  It's the biggest and most active fandom I've ever been in, and there are portions of the fandom I do my best to avoid, but that doesn't change the fact the canon is great.

Basically, it's a really good show, and I say this despite actively disliking its medium.  Check it out.

liri: (Nightcrawler)
Explaining another thing I'm into recently: Dangan Ronpa.

There are a couple of delivery methods for Dangan Ronpa. The original flavor is the game, which NIS America licensed for the PS Vita (announced at this past AX) and which can at the moment be played via a fan-translation patch for the PSP. It's also available via a Let's Play by Orenronen which is an excellent LP in that it doesn't have a bunch of obnoxious editorializing by the writer (more on that in a bit.) That's how I first experienced it. There's also an anime series, which is kind of a frustrating adaptation that's had to compress the first case, at least, pretty severely, and will probably skip over a fair amount of character development for approximately two-thirds of the cast.

The thing about Dangan Ronpa is that I'm not really interested in the game-ness of the game. I'm interested in it as a delivery system for the characters. The premise of the game is that all the characters are students at an elite, nationally-renowned school that collects students who are the best of the best in their fields; their fields can be anything from sports (a baseball player, a swimmer who was on the Olympic team) to more academic pursuits (a girl who's a best-selling author at 16, a computer-science genius) to just plain weird shit, like the best-selling doujinshi artist or the gambler or the bōsōzoku gang leader.

(And then they all find themselves trapped in the school by a bizarre bear-robot that explodes when attacked, and ordered/forced/incentivized to murder each other; when murders start happening, the survivors have to solve each case.)

The thing is, virtually all of these characters could be main characters in some other series or game. Aoi, the swimmer, is from a sports manga; Sakura's from a Street Fighter game or some kind of fighty tournament manga; Yamada's from some geek-culture series like Comic Party or Genshiken; Celestia (nicknamed Celes; it makes for some confusion on my blog) for various gambling-themed series like Kaiji, or possibly Liar Game; I think I've heard it mentioned in connection to her. And so on. And this is where my Tumblr habits kick in, because I kind of want to just include a whole bunch of pictures of Sakura, all "LOOK AT HER LOOK SHE'S WONDERFUL."

I've fallen hard for several of the characters and a couple of ships (okay, mostly just Sakura/Aoi) and so, to me, one of the big goals is getting access to as much of the canon as possible so I can feel comfortable writing fic. I want to get a feel for character voices! I want to be able to play it so I can get the Free Time events (an optional character-development cutscene) that Oren skipped over! I... don't actually give a crap about playing through the trials or anything! Maybe I can convince the husband to team-play it with me when the English translation comes out.

There is also a sequel, which is available (the first two chapters, that is) on the Something Awful forums or mirrored here, and there are some other translators on Tumblr summarizing/translating/LPing the later chapters. These can be a mixed bag at times; speed is good, translators periodically being so overwhelmed with their adoration for a particular character that they must carry on about it in Tumblr-ese ("babiesssssssssssss *pole-vaults into the sun*") is... unnecessary. But Kuzuhiko has made a point of including Easter-egg scenes that Oren always saves for the end, and, to my delight, completed the Free Time events for a couple of characters I really wanted development on, while Birdmanronpa has completed the game and transcribes pretty much everything, so I don't feel like I'm missing relevant parts of the mysteries.

Again, the draw is the characters; again, I want to write fanfic but don't want to be tripped up by getting something completely wrong about someone, so I'm trying to inhale as much of the canon as I can, through any means available.

liri: A kitten typing enthusiastically (typing)
So there are a lot of things I like about Tumblr: Ease of putting your thoughts/posts out there (no need to go to a community to self-promote,) ease of posting graphics/art, the ability to draw visual parellels, the wealth of cute kitten photos... but there are also things that don't work so well on Tumblr, and one of those is "I want to talk to an audience of people with no clue about this subject."   If, say, I decide to post about Dangan Ronpa, or Vividred Operation, odds are that most of the people following me will just skim it or overlook it, and the only people interested will be those who are already aware of the subject and don't need the noob's guide. 

Not that anyone's necessarily going to be interested in any of these subjects over here, either, but it feels less silly posting something like that here somehow, rather than putting it on the tag for everyone to read and ignore. 

So the simplest and most straightforward new show I picked up recently:Vividred Operation )

And I would post about Dangan Ronpa here too, but instead I just really want to grump about the discussion I'm having on this post right here, where, frustratingly, any and all attempts at introducing tropes from anime involve either assimilating the trope where it doesn't exactly fit ("Could 'lost in the wilderness' fit into 'going native/primitivism'?") or sanding them down to unrecognizability ("Let's turn 'magical girls' into 'empowerment!'"  God knows what "mechs" would have been made into.)  I mean, if you just want to stick to western-fandom tropes, say so, don't solicit J-fandom input just to reject it all!

I admit, and admitted there, I have a knee-jerk negative reaction to "empowerment."  Any word that gets used for everything from wearing lipstick to educating women in countries where that's not a priority has been reduced to meaninglessness.  More than that, though, if coffee shop AUs, the most boring and Western-fandomy idea I have ever heard of in my life, can be on the trope list, I don't see why magical girls can't.
 

liri: (Kotetsu)
The visuals from the lastest T&B: The Rising trailer are really striking… and suggest some really interesting things about the movie plot, about Stern Bild itself, and the world’s backstory.

Beneath the cut, screenshots, the trailer itself, and some analysis. )
liri: Blue Rose (Blue Rose)

Music To Her Ears (1493 words)
Fandom: Tiger & Bunny
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Kaburagi T. Kotetsu/Karina Lyle | Blue Rose/Wild Tiger
Characters: Karina Lyle | Blue Rose, Kaburagi T. Kotetsu | Wild Tiger
Summary:  Karina and Kotetsu stay in touch after he retires, which doesn't do anything to end her crush on him.

A treat for jedishampoo, set during the ep. 25 timeskip.


Live and Learn (4093 words)
Fandom: Tiger & Bunny
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Cis/Keith Goodman
Characters: Keith Goodman | Sky High, Cis (Tiger & Bunny)
Summary: Cis wasn't exactly malfunctioning when she got away from Rotwang, at least not in the way he thought she was.

A treat for notboldly50295, who asked for Cis having feelings pre-demise; I basically wrote it around canon, and was surprised at how little stretching it really took.


Out of the Ashes (5237 words)
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Locke Cole, Edgar Roni Figaro
Summary: Locke helps create Gerad, but for his part, he has a bit of a complicated relationship with hope.

A treat for deadcellredux, set during the WoR timeskip, in which I narrowly avoided unconsciously plagiarizing a place name from the Gentleman Bastards books.  Though I'm not sure I really escape the charge by changing one letter.


The Joker and the Thief (5141 words)
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Locke Cole, Edgar Roni Figaro
Summary: A chance encounter five years before the game begins sows the seeds for an eventful friendship for two young men whose lives haven't gone the ways they hoped.

My assignment gift for Domingo Ocelot (docelot), who asked for Locke and Edgar.

Wisdom (1154 words)
Fandom: Cinders
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Sophia, Cinders
Summary: Sophia knows better than to trust easily.

Treat for Ember_Keelty; a conversation between Sophia and Cinders about Basile.

liri: Greatfather Winter (Winter Veil)
A bit late, and by the time anyone reads these (even on Tumblr) they'll no longer be anon, but I felt like getting them out there before reveals.

First, my three amazing gifts, all for FF6:

Armor (1126 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Terra Branford/Locke Cole
Characters: Locke Cole, Terra Branford
Summary: Locke took a few moments longer than the others to leave Terra behind in Zozo.

In The Nuclear Season (14575 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Terra Branford/Locke Cole
Characters: Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Katarin (Final Fantasy VI), Duane (Final Fantasy VI), OC - Character
Summary: Terra in an uncharted world.

That Which Was Beside You All The Time (805 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Terra Branford/Locke Cole
Characters: Celes Chere, Relm Arrowny, Setzer Gabbiani, rest of ensemble cast, Kefka Palazzo
Summary: Terra and Locke: allies, friends...more?

And then the rest: FF6, Justice League/JLU, Northern Exposure, Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Incredibles...

Ace-Queen Blackjack (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Daryl/Setzer Gabbiani
Characters: Daryl (Final Fantasy VI), Setzer Gabbiani
Summary: It's nice to keep an ace up your sleeve, but watching her fly is even better.

Perdendosi
(2336 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Relationships: Miki Sayaka/Sakura Kyouko, Kamijou Kyousuke/Miki Sayaka, Miki Sayaka/Tomoe Mami
Characters: Miki Sayaka, Kamijou Kyousuke, Tomoe Mami, Sakura Kyouko
Summary: Or: Three people Sayaka loved and one she never managed to

New York Is a State of Mind, but Cicely Is a Way of Life (6005 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Northern Exposure
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joel Fleischman/Maggie O'Connell
Characters: Joel Fleischman, Maggie O'Connell, Ruth-Anne Miller, Ed Chigliak, Chris Stevens, Marilyn Whirlwind
Summary: In which Joel and and various Cicelians meet in a dream, a moose gives advice, Maggie's in denial, Ed visits the Big Apple with a purpose, and Joel makes his long-awaited return to the great state of Alaska.

walking in babylon (8449 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Waver Velvet, Rider (Fate/Zero), Tohsaka Rin
Summary: In which Waver Velvet goes on vacation, pays his so-called debts, and forms an unlikely alliance.

Rub-a-Dub Dub (A Bunch of Capes in the Tub) (1156 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Justice League & Justice League Unlimited (Cartoons)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Wally West, Gorilla Grodd, The Joker, Amanda Waller, Oliver Queen, Diana (Wonder Woman), Shayera Hol, Selina Kyle, Alfred Pennyworth, Lex Luthor
Summary:
“Holy cats!” Oliver said, dropping the sponge. There was still conditioner in his beard.


“I think you mean, holy bats,” Bruce intoned.

A bunch of times Batman ambushed people in the shower, and a time or two someone ambushed him.

The Head That Wears a Crown (2863 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Justice League & Justice League Unlimited (Cartoons)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Audrey/Diana (DCU)
Characters: Audrey (DCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Bruce Wayne
Summary: It is not an easy task, rebuilding one’s country, but Queen Audrey of Kasnia is up for the challenge—especially since she has Wonder Woman as a confidant.

Still As Sweet (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Incredibles (2004)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Violet Parr
Summary: Violet goes by the codename Invisigal for exactly two weeks.

The Birth of an Empire (1093 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Incredibles (2004)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Edna Mode, Original Characters
Summary: Edna Mode makes her first super hero costume.

liri: snikt (snikt)
2012, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. 

This was the year my family exploded.

 

Family drama, mental health crap, etc. )

So yes, here’s to 2012: Nobody I loved is actually dead of missing a limb.  May 2013 be better than this asshole of a year was.

Yuletide!

Dec. 25th, 2012 02:45 am
liri: (Terra and roses)
AKA "OMG OMG THIS IS THE BEST XMAS EVER"
(and not just because I went an entire year without setting foot in Oklahoma)

I just.  FICS.  Omg!  What did I do to deserve so much awesome?  There's even a Madness treat waiting for me!  Tomorrow or the next day?  I don't remember how things work anymore!  It's nearly three in the morning!  Usually I can brain at this hour but not right now!


In The Nuclear Season (14575 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Terra Branford/Locke Cole
Characters: Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Katarin (Final Fantasy VI), Duane (Final Fantasy VI), OC - Character
Summary:

Terra in an uncharted world.



Armor (1126 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Terra Branford/Locke Cole
Characters: Locke Cole, Terra Branford
Summary:

Locke took a few moments longer than the others to leave Terra behind in Zozo.

Yuletide!

Dec. 24th, 2012 06:53 pm
liri: Greatfather Winter (Winter Veil)
YULETIDE YULETIDE OMG I HAVE THREE FICS WAITING FOR MEEEEEEEEEEEE
liri: Greatfather Winter (Winter Veil)
Yuletide!

General preferences: There are always exceptions, but in general, I prefer hopeful endings; that doesn't mean everything needs to be tied up neatly into a bow, just that I'd prefer my fic not to end on a dark note.  Angst is fine, despair isn't.  Genre-wise, just about anything other than darkfic is fine by me; domestic fluff, plotty whatever-you-want, plotless character study, PWP smut, explicit sex of the "this is more awkward than sexy" variety (the only kind I write!) or whatever else.   Any rating is fine! 

Note: Updated as of Sunday, Nov. 4th.  In the wee hours of the morning, Pacific time.

On holiday fic )

Final Fantasy VI )

Tiger & Bunny )

Justice League/JLU )

Suikoden III )
liri: (oro)
So now it's time for the OH GOD WHAT TO PICK drama!  Turns out Tiger & Bunny made it in, so that complicates my decision a little bit.  So did most of the mainline Suikodens (I think IV didn't?)  III's nominated characters, in addition to my Zexen nominees, includes Dios, Sasarai (is that you, Suzume?) Queen, Aila, Albert Silverberg, Nash, Thomas, and Cecile.  Interesting mix.

So the nominees I might want to request:
  • FF6
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • Suikoden I
  • Suikoden III
  • Justice League
  • Cinders

FF6 and T&B are practically gimmes, so my third and fourth slots are the real challenge.

Others that made it in that are relevant to my interests: Madoka Magica, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, several DWJ series (Chrestomanci, Howl, Dalemark, Magids, Fire and Hemlock) and Revolutionary Girl Utena.  The Incredibles, too, which got my attention since I just finished writing my T&B/Incredibles crossover.

Offers, of course, aren't nearly as much of a problem, since you can pretty much OFFER ALL THE THINGS if you feel the need.
liri: Greatfather Winter (Winter Veil)
My Yuletide nominations have all been approved, and are as follows:

Final Fantasy VI

  • Terra
  • Locke
  • Setzer
  • Cyan

Justice League (DCAU)

  • Hawkgirl
  • Green Lantern
  • Flash
  • Wonder Woman

Suikoden III

  • Chris
  • Salome
  • Percival
  • Borus
liri: An orc cookie attacks gnome cookies (cookies!)

I've pretty much packed up and moved to Tumblr, but I think of Yuletide as an LJ/Dreamwidth thing, so I figure I'll crosspost or just post here only about all of that.

The part people actually care about first: I nominated FF6, because hope springs eternal; Suikoden III; and Justice League/JLU, despite the crazy-making organization of the DC tags on AO3.  Whether I can participate is going to depend on how many of those get approved (and whether Young Justice, which I didn't nominate, makes it) and how I'm feeling at the time, because I've never written for either of the superhero cartoons and I'm really rusty on the Suikoverse.

Beneath the cut, pre-nomination natter. )

Brave

Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:28 pm
liri: (Hawkgirl)
So, Brave, the first thing I watched today.

I liked it a lot. )
It'd be nice if it did well enough to steer Disney/Pixar movies to more of a middle road, so you don't have the Girl Movies with princesses, ballgowns and weddings and the Other Movies with toys, things to do, and "gender-neutral" appeal with no female characters to speak of; as we were leaving I noticed a little Merida in her Official Disney Princess Dress and bow.  (Like... archery bow.  Not hair bow.)  I don't know if it'll work, but it'd be nice.
liri: snikt (snikt)
This is a crosspost from Tumblr, where I've been more active in posting about the series.  Short version is that I've found the series pretty frustrating to date.  Not coincidentally, I also shipped Korra with Bolin, and felt like her feelings for Mako were underdeveloped and came out of nowhere. 

Cut for spoilers and wrath. )

Short version: Too much unearned drama, many stupid writing decisions. 
liri: (Hawkgirl)
Still trying to catch up with Young Justice and OH MY GOD could Captain Marvel be ANY more perfect?  I am reduced to giggling like a loon whenever he's onscreen.  I just want to buy him ice cream and and a puppy and hug him. 

And just when I thought I couldn't love him more, the episode where the world of kids and the world of adults get split comes along, and he's pwning as a kid, too! 

"Doesn't she have the power to enthrall most men?"
"And some women."

Nice. :D 

I'm more and more impressed with the show as it goes along, and I think it got off to a much stronger start than my beloved Justice League did.  I'm really enjoying Conner and Megan's relationship, both the problems - poor feral Conner, completely freaked out at the idea of anything happening to her and unable to express it except through caveman snarling - and their teenage cutesiness.  I also appreciate the fact that both Wally and Artemis handled their romantic disappointments without all the overblown heartbreak Legend of Korra is throwing around!  I mean, Bolin had plenty of reason to be so upset - the girl he likes kissing his brother - but both he and Korra have been getting way too invested for the level of relationship development that's happened to date.  I mean, come on, Korra, "I think we're meant for each other"?  You barely know him!  

Err, sorry.  I just feel like "aww, man!" or "ugh, I'm going out and beating up criminals" are far more appropriate responses to romantic disappointments at that age than "I WILL MAKE THAT BOY MINE" or "I WILL GO GET DRUNK ON NOODLES."  ....at least beating up criminals is appropriate in the context.  Not so much in real life.

I've finished up through episode 23 - which explained a lot about Megan, daaaaaamn - and hope to finish the first season and be caught up shortly. 

Also saw Avengers for the second time - never take an elderly aerospace engineer to a superhero movie, btw - and could not ship Clint/Natasha harder if you paid me.
liri: (oro)
I'd been using my Tumblr mostly to blog cool fanart I found, since doing that kind of thing on DW is pretty cumbersome.  I was thinking I'd start posting fic there once I hit fifty followers, like, to celebrate.

Earlier today, when one of my Tumblr posts topped 400 notes and I'd gained about 8 new followers, I was a little surprised to be such a big hit.  That put me over fifty.   When I realized I'd gained another hundred, I kind of freaked the hell out.  Then I sat there staring slack-jawed for an hour as the number just kept climbing,

And it just KEPT GOING.  The post that went viral - is that even the right word? - is now at nearly 14,000 notes.  I'm at over 1300 followers. 

I just... what?  This is so weird. 

Avengers!

May. 5th, 2012 05:46 pm
liri: (Excalibur)
Mostly cross-posted from Tumblr.

In Tiger & Bunny, the superhero anime about which I will not shut up, a young, good-looking blond hero and an older, dark-haired, bearded superhero are forced into a reluctant partnership in which the blond man repeatedly addresses the dark-haired, bearded one as "old man."  In Avengers, a young, good-looking blond hero and an older, dark-haired, bearded superhero are forced into a reluctant team-up in which the dark-haired, bearded guy repeatedly refers to the blond one as an old man.

It was just sort of freaky, that's all.

I got to see it this morning (I'm on the West Coast) as a perk of the spousal unit's employment.  Despite it being limited to employees, or "cast members" (guess where he works!) the lines were around the block, but they started the movie only about 40 minutes late.  No trailers, just straight into the film.

 

ALL THE SPOILERS. )

 

Also the first time I've spotted the Stan Lee Cameo unassisted, which means I'm starting to doubt I got it right, but meh.

cartoons

Apr. 28th, 2012 08:34 pm
liri: A kitten grooming herself (Chii)
Neglected to mention it here, but I'm watching Legend of Korra, and a little sad that the show's so transparently going Mako/Korra; Bolin is AWESOME and if you ask me Korra should go for him, because funny guys are FAR superior boyfriends to the brooding angsty boys who think they're too cool to show enthusiasm.  Especially when said angsty boys go and find themselves girlfriends, while their brothers bring you suspiciously romantic-looking "thanks for saving my life" gifts.  Just saying.

Also, Tenzin's family is the best part of the show, every time.  I want a whole show about them.  The face his wife made when... Tarloc? Karloc? invited himself to dinner was the highlight of the episode.

Meanwhile, in Young Justice news, I'm glad Artemis swung a better code name than the other sidekicks.

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