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30th-Jan-2007 12:22 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Passed! my most recent Japanese exam! To my shock! And this time I did better on the oral component than I did for the written! Elementary student NO MORE! >D

I have good memories of learning Japanese, actually. The first one I ever made was in a tiny hotel room in Chiba, with risax teaching me hiragana and basic words from Doumeki/Watanuki doujin. I have to say that since the beginning I've had to force myself to read doujinshi - looking at the pictures is easy, but actually figuring out the words, now, that's hard. But I think that it was compulsively reading Abyss anything every other night during my first semester that made me get familiar with it faster. Recently I was listening to Shounen Onmyoji (massive gap in raw episodes and subtitled ones: Subs 9 Raws 17) and realised I could actually understand parts of it without realising it.

Also one of the new Onmyouji-in-training remind me and risax of Asch. *smirk* And is voiced by Fukuyama Jun.

But there is this indescribable joy when you look at something that five months ago you could not understand, and find you now know every word of it. I find it the most striking when I read farfello's gift - I remember so vividly how I didn't understand it, so the feeling of comprehension now is all the more striking.

Thank you Tales of the Abyss for making me familiar with about 40% of all katakana before I even started the course.





At nescienx's behest I tried the seme/uke quiz during a law lecture, and, well. I typed as a sadistic seme. Which goes to show that I'm a different person when I'm in school. Thinking it must be some kind of fluke, I tried it again, and even at my gentlest, I'm:

Don't Fuck With Me Seme
Don't Fuck With Me Seme
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... And this on a quiz where I said (which is true) that I listen to light and happy pop music, wear canvas shoes, take the bus, and eat ice cream out of a cone. It must have been that part when I laughed when they asked if I'd ever taken advantage of anyone. And here I was thinking that several of the questions had options that weren't evil or cruel enough.

sistaofpeace1 found the second Tales of the Abyss Manga novel! souya located the March 2007 Degenki Maou special - which looks like it's going to have an Ion-and-Arietta extra.

Went over to anyasy's house to try out the PS3 - I must say that just looking at it makes me go all soft and distant with wonder, even if SY does say it looks like a waffle iron. We spent most of the afternoon on FFXII, which is very pretty and exactly the way I wish Abyss had been rendered. To her great horror I decided I liked Vaan, but that is probably due to his Niisan complex and the fact that the Galbana lilies amuse me deeply. It may have something to do with Reks being voiced by Yuri Lowenthal (... that man is everywhere I turn). Then we went for Abyss. >D I always love playing this game with someone who's playing it for the first time - it makes everything new again to me, and it's like I rediscover it all over again. It's much the same when I bring someone around whichever country I'm living in at the moment - the same feeling of discovering the new in the old, of seeing something you see every day for the first time.

This meant I ran off to read, among other things, Balthier/Vaan, Reks/Vaan, and Basch/Asche fic (I've wanted to read that pairing ever since discovering that they existed for chiefly Abyss motivations). ff_press is a recent discovery courtesy of SY and I am still exploring it. >D

And also, for elvaron, in deepest happiness for an extremely fun afternoon: here are more amusing provisions I found in the Penal Code. I must say having a Penal Code that was handed down from Britain and heavily influenced by the Indian Penal Code yields the most amazingly hilarious moments. The amazing thing is that this is all actually applicable law in my country.



Z is carried off by a tiger. A fires at the tiger, knowing it to be likely that the shot may kill Z, but not intending to kill Z, and in good faith intending Z’s benefit. A’s ball gives Z a mortal wound. A has committed no offence.

Z attempts to horse-whip A, not in such a manner as to cause grievous hurt to A. A draws out a pistol. Z persists in the assault. A, believing in good faith that he can by no other means prevent himself from being horse-whipped, shoots Z dead. A has not committed murder, but only culpable homicide.





Z is riding in a chariot. A lashes Z’s horses, and thereby causes them to quicken their pace. Here A has caused change of motion to Z by inducing the animals to change their motion. A has therefore used force to Z; and if A has done this without Z’s consent, intending or knowing it to be likely that he may thereby injure, frighten or annoy Z, A has committed criminal force to Z.





A kidnaps Z, intending or knowing it to be likely that Z may be sacrificed to an idol.





“Man”. “Woman”.
10. The word “man” denotes a male human being of any age; “woman” denotes a female human being of any age.





A incites a dog to spring upon Z, without Z’s consent. Here, if A intends to cause injury, fear or annoyance to Z, he uses criminal force to Z.

(i) A, a schoolmaster, in the reasonable exercise of his discretion as master, flogs Z, one of his scholars. A does not use criminal force to Z because, although A intends to cause fear and annoyance, he does not use force illegally.

A attempts to pull Z’s nose. Z, in the exercise of the right of private defence, lays hold of A to prevent him from doing so. A is moved to sudden and violent passion in consequence, and kills Z. This is murder, inasmuch as the provocation was given by a thing done in the exercise of the right of private defence.

And imagine A saying, in court, "But your Honor, he provoked me by stopping me from pulling his nose."



Sometimes I really do wonder which era I'm living in.



If any person under 18 years of age, any insane person, any delirious person, any idiot, or any person in a state of intoxication"
... this was unfortunate. D< That said when we say "idiot" in the Penal Code we almost certainly have a legal definition for it that isn't the ordinary meaning of the word.

Kidnapping from lawful guardianship.
361. Whoever takes or entices any minor under 14 years of age if a male, or under 16 years of age if a female, or any person of unsound mind, out of the keeping of the lawful guardian of such minor or person of unsound mind, without the consent of such guardian, is said to kidnap such minor or person from lawful guardianship.

But what if the kidnapper was the victim's lawful guardian? Then you could argue that the offence wouldn't have been committed, as the kidnapper could not have by any act removed the victim from lawful guardianship.

Of course that shouldn't be allowed to fly in court if the parents are the child's lawful guardian and anyone else removed the child.

Abduction.
362. Whoever by force compels, or by any deceitful means induces any person to go from any place, is said to abduct that person.

Comments 
29th-Jan-2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
i am appalled at the proportion of ffxii hetfic in existance. how the hell is larsa/penelo canon? same goes for balthier/ashe. where's the attraction in those pairings! i despair!!!

and with the number of hot gay men and inconvenient females (one annoying and underlevelled rinoa-clone, one widow who by all appearances is still rather hung up over her dead husband and one who isn't even human), you'd think that there'd be more slash fiction out there. or slash fanart. D<

grarh. and i wish someone'd write al-cid+larsa stuff..
29th-Jan-2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
... wait! WAIT! Penelo! Is that a GIRL? :|
29th-Jan-2007 06:46 pm (UTC) - omedetou gozaimasu~! :) (I'm treating this comment like it's my LJ)
I did better on the oral part last year, too! O.o; *laughs* I think it is definitely the Abyss/anime influence on you! I knew you'd pass, though! *g* I hope you're going to be more confident now, kuzu.

I have some nice memories of studying Japanese, too... Though mine involve you (sex! xD) and green tea cake. *laughs* It was also really fun both times my classmates all met up for dinner! I should organise one this year, too. *g* Receiving the certificate at the end of last year is a good memory, too (though it was SO HOT outside and no trams going to my school! I got there so late! xDDD). I hope I can still manage to turn things around and get my next certificate this year. ^^; I doubt that's possible after failing the last exam so horribly, though... There's no retake moment, so I'll have to do really well on the one at the end of the year. *worries*

Eh, I'm going to let you inspire me to work harder. :) I want to be able to still 'help' you with your homework in 2007! xD I think I'll have my last exams for TKO and CVO this week, I should have a study-Japanese-weekend! :D I'll write you a letter and... refresh all the things from last year. Then next week I can try reviewing everything we did this year. xD Ganbarimasu! *dies*

Romantic Seme
Romantic Seme
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You are the lowest level seme. A true gentlemen, don't even think of approaching the Badass Uke unless you want your ass kicked. You're safest sticking with a partner who is gentle and can appreciate your mature, loving ways and protective nature. Most often found with a handful of roses and wine, you are committed to your partner and their happiness, which makes you a perfect match for the Innocent Uke.


xD I also take the bus, eat ice cream from a cone and listen to pop music! *laughs* It must be some of the other answers you've given. What are canvas shoes? O.o I was all happy about being seme until I read the part where I'm the lowest (pun?) seme. *facepalm* (DELETE COMMENT? YES! xD but hey, I'm still seme!)

Heh, I love the amusing part of law. xD I probably shouldn't get into any law conversations with you, but sometimes I really want to. *laughs* I wonder if there's a Dutch-English-Dutch dictionary out there specifically for law/business related phrases and words? That'd be a gift from heaven. I'm studying for my next law exam (it's on Wednesday) and sometimes I just want to run to hotmail and tell you about something but I can't do it in English. T.T

Oh! If I passed the Dutch Business Correspondence module, I can start the English one! :D Maybe that will improve my English a bit. :D

/epic (I've been doing this a lot lately...)
29th-Jan-2007 07:00 pm (UTC) - O.o
I should just copy/paste this into my LJ and voila: a new post.

WTF.

FAIL.

xD I am so sorry! I talk too much.
29th-Jan-2007 07:58 pm (UTC) - *ROLLS*
Z attempts to horse-whip A, not in such a manner as to cause grievous hurt to A

"You horse-whipped me!"

"Yeah, but I didn't mean it to hurt!"

A++ WOULD READ AGAIN
30th-Jan-2007 03:09 pm (UTC) - WHY YES INDEED XDDD
EXACTLY. I cannot imagine ANY individual who would horsewhip another individual GENTLY. Maybe the drafters of our Penal Code were secret S&M fetishists, what with all the references to flogging and all. XDDDD

CERTAINLY AND YES INDEED ♥ Such are the JOYS of our profession. *grin*
29th-Jan-2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Abduction.
362. Whoever by force compels, or by any deceitful means induces any person to go from any place, is said to abduct that person.


Oh noes! Verily doth plenty of females in this f-list have induced people to go to other places has committed abduction!! Especially on birthdays.
30th-Jan-2007 03:48 pm (UTC) - KIDNAPS YOU. >D
HEHEHEH. You know, in Cineleisure, I did once see a group of girls leading another blindfolded girl around. Said blindfolded girl was wearing a placard saying "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!" so I yelled HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)))) and she said :D THANKS! XD

So yes, her friends? ALL GUILTY. AHAHAHAHAHA.

Victim appeared to be quite a happy abductee, though!
29th-Jan-2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I redid that quiz upon knowing everyone around me were thrown into the seme category and no matter what I chose I still ended up as the BADASS UKE who needs a DON'T FUCK WITH ME SEME. OMG WHY IS little_ribbon A SEME AS WELL. *DIES*

A and Z seem like a platonic pair.

What is this law I do not understand!
29th-Jan-2007 11:19 pm (UTC) - THE TEST IS CRUEL TO YOU, MAE! xD *laughs
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! xD

... Okay, I'm done. :)

Eehh, sometimes I find it a little offensive when people say I'm "so uke"? =/ I'm never going to be a dominant person, but I can still be bossy and demanding! If I want to get something my way, I will. xD I don't think that's a very uke-like trait. ^^;

There should be a Freelance Uke option. That'd be me. :)
29th-Jan-2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the test! :D :D :D ♥

Tried the test too 'cos I don't want to study and omg...

I got - CHIBI SEME. WTF. CHIBI?! O.O

"You are the seme in disguise. Able to fit in and get along with uke and seme alike, you are able to get close to the uke on their level before exerting your dominance. This makes you at times manipulative and able to fool others about your true seme nature. Because of your harmless appearance, it takes the flamboyantly gay Flaming Uke to really bring out your aggressive side and expose you for the seme that you are."

I think it must have something to do with the waiter questions and me choosing the "smile and explain politely while killing them in your head" type options...

But damn, I'm an evil of the chibi variety. That is depressing. o.o
29th-Jan-2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I meant congratulations on the japanese test, not the seme test thing... whoops. :D
30th-Jan-2007 12:21 am (UTC)
... Okay. Thinking about the legal ramifications of Van kidnapping Luke is just... wow.

... Now I'm thinking about the legal ramifications of Tear "abducting" Luke accidentally. (Is it just me, or do the Grants/Fende family like their redheads? XD)
31st-Jan-2007 04:17 am (UTC)
*grin* I know! It's FUN. XD Unfortunately when I look at them, I realise I can defend Van quite easily. Even though I love Luke more.

*griiiin* Accidental abductions? ;) That's another point I didn't consider. But she can say it was entirely unexpected and unintentional - although it certainly wouldn't LOOK that way, especially because Luke was kidnapped before and she did sneak in and attack them. ;)

(Oh, the Fende family loves its redheads. ;) That's why the game's set up so that you can love Van/Luke as well as Tear/Luke. xD)
30th-Jan-2007 02:55 am (UTC)
congrats!! *glomp!*
31st-Jan-2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *griiiin* XDDD I was really happy about this one! :))))
30th-Jan-2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Interesting way you put the Flogging and Nose-tweaking next to each other XD Congrats on passing the exam! Now I wish I could pass mine....>_<
(I put this icon because Ion so semes Luke rawr)
31st-Jan-2007 04:21 am (UTC) - Ion and Luke would make the perfect power couple.
You're most welcome! And hey - this exam is elementary 2! *grin* I've got ages to get up to where you are now! If I learn nothing else from Japanese, it at least made me able to gauge people's abilities with regard to Japanese, and you are pretty darn good.

Ion and Luke would have made the perfect power couple when Luke grew up. The future Duke Fabre and the Fon Master and intercontinental romance. It would be the perfect political-religious alliance. Oh Ion, the funny thing is, were you a girl, I would've shipped Luke/you even more than I do now.

I love the way those two are in Cheegle Woods. That's when I seriously started shipping them.

I put those odd sections together because they were ODD. *grin* Not as outrageous as being carried away by a tiger. Told my brother that at the dinner table and he laughed nonstop for five minutes.

30th-Jan-2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Congratulations on passing your exam! May I ask, how long have you been learning japanese?

And, oh man, Lowenthal is in something else? He's...everywhere. XD
It's gotten to the point that because of Abyss I have realized he was in things I actually own (like anime). But his voice is hot so it's all good. XD

>> Kidnapping from lawful guardianship.
361. Whoever takes or entices any minor under 14 years of age if a male, or under 16 years of age if a female, or any person of unsound mind, out of the keeping of the lawful guardian of such minor or person of unsound mind, without the consent of such guardian, is said to kidnap such minor or person from lawful guardianship.


And kidnapping by lawful guardians has become so common nowadays...in fact, just a few months ago there was a story in Colorado where a father kidnapped his son (I believe he was 3 or 5). Both were found dead.
Don't they update those things?
31st-Jan-2007 04:54 am (UTC) - *smiles* Thank you! ;)
Thank you! *beams* I was so happy to pass it! *grin*

*grin* How long I've been learning Japanese? Four months. XD

Not very long at all! I started learning Japanese in late September last year - which effectively means that I've been learning it for four months. I've been told that I learnt to read doujin/manga a lot faster than most people, but that's because my school teaches at breakneck speed and examines us every two months, which forces you to be competent. Also I read doujin obsessively, and I think years of listening to anime helps certain catchphrases and verbs filter in to one's mind. Also I know Chinese, which makes it easier.

*GRIN* He most certainly is! Thank you, Mr. Lowenthal, for being so hopelessly prolific. He's also the voice of the Prince of Persia in the XBOX Games, which horrified my brother because he does love the Prince of Persia games. I still love the fact that he voiced Sasuke. It makes me laugh. >D

The Penal Code in my country is so old that marital rape is still legitimate. Yet postpartum depression is a valid defense for infanticide.

That really is a horrific case. In fact, very many abduction cases are by people who would otherwise be a child's lawful guardians - notably separation/divorce cases, where there are issues with child custody. The law doesn't always move with the times, much to my annoyance.
30th-Jan-2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Congrats on passing the exam :D:D:D *gives you some Mieu cookies*
31st-Jan-2007 05:00 am (UTC) - Mieu loves you for that! *grin*
Thank you! *griiin* I'm so glad! ;) Still a long ways to go, but I'm glad I got this far! *beams*

Mieu cookies are love! *griiin* *And happily eats them all*
30th-Jan-2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS~ ♥ ^_____^

Z attempts to horse-whip A, not in such a manner as to cause grievous hurt to A.

because OF COURSE it is an act of TRUE LOVE, this horse-whipping thing. 9.9

A, Z and Z's chariot reminds me of ben-hur.... perhaps the law makers were fans?

and of course, i shall abduct you on sunday for dinner XDDD
31st-Jan-2007 05:02 am (UTC) - I am terribly amused at that icon. XDDD
That icon sometimes describes the way I feel when I'm on LJ. XDDDD *laughing* Very very rarely. *laughing*

XD EXACTLY. Z was only attempting to horse-whip A in order to show his love!

I think it is highly likely. *grin* This is a Penal Code dating from the colonial times, but even THEN I find it difficult to see how there were chariots then!

*snug* I can't wait for Sunday! *beams* And I can't wait to see you again! *beams*
30th-Jan-2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
*HUG* congraturation!

see, el and i were totally (w)right on calling you as seme. ♥ (...i can just see you in a cravat already...)
31st-Jan-2007 05:05 am (UTC) - Asch smiles at you!
*hugs back!* Thank you so much! *griiin* I wish we could share Japanese minds - your intuitive grasp of Japanese (which is stronger than mine!) combined with the hours of drilling and conjugation!

*griiin* Phoenix Wright, eh? ;)

Secretly, when I'm alone, I write a book called Unleash Your Inner Seme. *griiiin*

The both of you knew me for what I was all along! Even down to the closeted-Asch-fan thing. xD

Oh, I love cravats. *grin* I would actually wear them - but the only problem is my height and the fact that I radiate chibigenki, so in an outfit like that, I'd look like a cheegle with a cravat.
31st-Jan-2007 05:03 am (UTC) - I got "Badss Uke"
According to my results, we're a perfect match. :D
31st-Jan-2007 05:07 am (UTC) - MY ONE TRUE LOVE
Badass uke is the only kind of uke I'd want to be, and clearly the sort I'm meant to be with. ;) *grin*

We were meant for each other! ♥
31st-Jan-2007 05:35 am (UTC)
FFXII~~

I have no idea why you like Vaan. T__T but then I am greatly put off by his sort of character (and very attracted to the amoral mischievous sorts like Balthier... or the hot blonde emo sort... like Basch... hmm)
31st-Jan-2007 06:33 am (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH ♥

Oddly enough, I think Vayne/Vaan would be terribly amusing. But I seem to think this way for all the Vaan/anyone surprising pairings.

I don't have much of an idea of why I like Vaan, either. I think he's cute and stupid. The objective and evil part of me says that I'm attracted to stupidity, and that the reason I don't like Balthier and Basch that much is that their IQ points are double that of the characters I ordinarily go for. But I'm really warming to Balthier, especially in the light of all his history I've discovered. The recs you gave me were really really good! Half of Sorrow is damned good and I'm not even a fan of the pairing! The Gabranth one was great too! :D
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5th-Feb-2007 08:13 am (UTC) - YOU ARE?! *WILD GRIIN!*
WHY HELLO THERE YOU! *hugs tight* I'm so glad to see you! *griiin*

Many thanks! *grin* Japanese exams are always a nerve-wracking experience for me - I think I always take a while to recover from them! *grin*

... NOT AT ALL!! Not at all! In fact, my love for KKM is one thing that WILL NEVER DIE. I was just watching the episodes with a friend just the last Saturday past, and it reminded me of how much I still love this series! ME, LAUGH? NEVER. WELCOME TO KKM!!! *beams* I'm so happy! *hugs you tight* CONGRATULATIONS ON DISCOVERING THE JOY OF KKM!! XDDD Tell me what you find, or if there's anything you need to ask just let me know! XDD
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