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3rd-Nov-2006 03:36 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
This month's issue of Degenki Maou, which serialises the Tales of the Abyss manga, is utter love. Not only do they introduce Natalia this issue, but it also has the Asch-Luke fighting-in-the-rain scene, and an Asch I could seriously love. Now that really is something, because if you know me, you also know that saying I'm not usually an Asch fan is an understatement the size of Markt and Kimlasca combined, but this issue was absolutely brilliant. CURSE YOU Asch, WHY weren't you like this in the game? I would have been an Asch fan if manga canon was like game canon!

Oh, Natalia. If I was a Kimlascan boy, I'd ask you to be my girlfriend.

Look at that, young lady, you've rendered both Luke and Tear speechless and sent Guy running to hide behind Luke! You're one in a million, I tell you. ♥

That face in sore dake desu ne is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.


When I saw THAT FINAL PANEL, I was, YOU IDIOT, ASCH! That is the you I have been waiting to see all along! That is the you I would have loved! WHY did you have to make me wait so long to see this side of you?!

I have to warn you before we go on, I am actually...

a very big Luke/Natalia fan.


And the biggest payoff in the entire issue:


Forgive me for this, Asch, but I can see right up your skirt.

Have I ever told you how much I am a sucker for the ON YOUR KNEES, LUKE! kind of thing?

Asch, did I read you right? Did you say obocchan? DID YOU? Because, that is the you I would have loved. You can be mean to Luke! You can be angry! You can be emo and anything you like! But you have to do it in style! Like this! And THEN I will love you!

This came free with Degenki Maou. xD I haven't watched it yet, though, so I'm not sure what's in it, but if I'm not wrong it's the Tales of Everybody video which you can find quite easily on youtube.

Back of DVD:

tortau helpfully translated this list here: Apparently this DVD contains:

- trailers from the recent and upcoming releases (I can read Tales of Destiny and Symphonia up there)
- a digest version of the Abyss drama CDs
- gaiden comic from July's issue of the magazine.

Latest Abyss novel is part one of the extra stories: Guy and Jade get their turn in this one. souya already did a brilliant job on translating really good scenes and posting the pictures, so I won't duplicate her efforts, but here's a really good Jade artwork on the novel I didn't see:

Chibi Dist, officially. *grin*

I didn't read the Frings and Cecil parts because I am all about the Dist and Jade and Peony, but it had this utterly lovely scene where Chibi Dist and Chibi Nefly are waking Chibi Jade up, and it was adorable. Nefly calling Jade Oniisan is damned cute. And it's heartbreaking to see how happy Dist is to see Jade (all the better for Jade to crush his heart later, of course). Dist's face literally lights up when he sees Jade. It made me want to hug him tight and keep him safe.

And unless I read the novel really badly, Nebilim's house was between Jade and Dist's. And she was such a lovely person - a truly good teacher, for whom education didn't stop at minds alone. The scene where Jade makes Dist cry and she patches things up is truly lovely. I can't help reading it as a KISS AND MAKE UP!! scene. *grin* And she makes Jade smile, for real.

Apologies for this one, souya, but I'd scanned this one before I read your post, and just thought I'd like to put it up:

Also, narugami linked this gorgeous set of Abyss figurines.

Incidentally, this Abyss website is really good - so much endearing comic art! Well, and this one has good comics, too. This had a really sweet Halloween Guy and Luke comic, when Luke was a kid.
3rd-Nov-2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for uploading all these!! When is the next volume of the manga coming out?? I hope it comes soon ;_;

LMAO @ Natalia XD

And I agree, I would have loved to see Asch like that too <3 But NOOO, we get someone who sounds like he's always ready to rip someone's head off >.>
3rd-Nov-2006 05:07 am (UTC)
No problem. *grin* This was just too good not to be shared. ; ) I don't know when the next volume is coming out, but I'm hoping it's soon. *grin* I do want so badly to see Dist as this mangaka draws him. It took me a while to get used to the art style, but I must say I quite like it now.

I AGREE on Natalia. *grin* Anybody who can put that look on Anise's face is brilliant, basically.

*grin* I quite like him sounding like he's going to rip someone's head off, but when he sounds like that all the time it gets very boring. I'm a very big fan of more-than-one-expression, and I don't see enough pictures of Asch smiling. Smirking is absolutely fabulous, in my books.
3rd-Nov-2006 04:51 am (UTC)
And what's that Tales of Everybody video?? I'm trying to find it on YouTube but with no luck ;_; I must know!! >.
3rd-Nov-2006 05:02 am (UTC)
I think it's probably these videos. It's a Tales collection, pretty much, but when I finally watch the DVD I'll let you know?
3rd-Nov-2006 04:52 am (UTC)
These are SO LOVELY!!

3rd-Nov-2006 05:08 am (UTC)
You're most welcome. *grin* I'm glad you liked them as much as I did! *smiles*

For once, I AGREE. ♥
3rd-Nov-2006 05:41 am (UTC)
ASCH IN RAIN FTW ♥ I want to fangirl more but i'll do that in my own journal XD

And Luke seems less shocked than he was in the game D:
3rd-Nov-2006 06:27 am (UTC) - WHY YES XD

Luke actually seems like he has more of his senses with him than in the game. The manga feels different from the game - this scene is handled quite differently, actually. They didn't talk so much in the game, either.

HEHEHEH, AND JUST FOR YOU: (oh Y are you always being kena'd by my lousy translation skillz XDDDD):

the accurate version:

the aefallen version:

3rd-Nov-2006 06:11 am (UTC)

Omg I love the last image. *snuggles little!jade and little!dist and sends massive hearts to sensei*
3rd-Nov-2006 06:30 am (UTC)
WHY YES, IT SEEMS AS IF HE DID ♥ (In the last panel, at least, Asch seems to be saying that in the hiragana). Oh darn, I'm not on my usual computer that can type Japanese, or I'd hopefully be able to tell you more.

But ASCH calling LUKE obocchan KIND OF RULES THE WORLD in many different ways. I could really get to love sarcastic!Asch.

*beams* Me too! When I saw the last image I melted. Sensei loves them and wants them to be HAPPY TOGETHER ♥. xD
3rd-Nov-2006 06:57 am (UTC)
Hi! Just wanted to say "omg post!" before falling back into a life with no internets.

*skims through scans* They look "..."
3rd-Nov-2006 07:07 am (UTC) - HIIIIIIIIIII THERE :D
OMG why have you no Internets? :(((

I sent a postcard to the mountain while I was in Kyoto. I hope it wings its way there AS FAST AS IT CAN. Hopefully it will get there before you are in Melbourne? There are sinister promises of Abyss in it. XD

because I love you and want to make you HAPPY, here's something even more ... for you ♥

"... It is NOT a girl's pastime," snapped Asch. "I JUST LIKE KNITTING. And fixing stuffed toys."

dorkodile finishesd her Ratal character sheet! I WILL WORK HARDER ON MINE!!!!
3rd-Nov-2006 07:12 am (UTC)


Also, I love Natalia as well, but I lean towards the Natalia/Asch side of things. :Db I hate that a lot of people in the English fandom seem to dislike her.

Oh man oh man I want to see more of that novel so very badly. Because I am a totally obsessed Guy fan and I want more canon so I can write mooooore.
3rd-Nov-2006 07:31 am (UTC)
WHY YES ♥ Oh, Asch, in just ONE PANEL you managed to make me feel for you what 70 HOURS OF GAME PLAY COULD NOT. That obocchan moment was OUT OF THIS WORLD PRICELESS.

God, I love sarcastic bastard!Asch. NOW WHY isn't he like this all the time?

*grin* Heh, everyone I know is Natalia/Asch. I'm the only Luke/Natalia person I know. Usually I'm very quiet when people start talking about Natalia because my Luke/Natalia streak will invariably CHARGE FORTH and start clamouring, and I must quiet it down. Heh. But this issue - I could love this Natalia, and THIS Asch. They'd be perfect for each other, really, and I would have so much fun watching them interact.

I don't get the Natalia dislike. She's one of the very few female characters I actually like, so maybe that's why I'm privately very protective of her.

D: I CAN DO THAT - you can read Japanese, right? I'd scan the novel in for you, if it'd help. There is this whole section on Guy and Cecil and Frings, and Guy starts the entire section off in the Alvior thinking I was from Hodo?. It's more about Cecil and Frings, really, and the family history, which is why I really didn't pay attention to that section of the book, but I'd put it up if it helps.
3rd-Nov-2006 07:29 am (UTC)
That's alright lol, you don't have to apologize XD.
I f-locked my entry just to stop people from picture stealing and direct linking it to forums etc. Anyway, I don't think I have most of the people on your flist (LOLZ I AM A LONER, WHAT CAN I SAY).

Anyway, if anyone needs those translations or whatever, please feel free to reply to me; that or if I am too slow, maybe I should just spam the Abyss community if there are a lot of people asking for my crap translation 8D;;;;
3rd-Nov-2006 07:39 am (UTC)
A-actually, if it's not too much trouble, could I take a look at the entry or the translations or whatever~? I'm sort of curious.
3rd-Nov-2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, Natalia. If I was a Kimlascan boy, I'd ask you to be my girlfriend.

xDD I'm starting to wonder about you. *laughs* I'd go out with Natalia if she was a boy! ;)

Heh, I think a lot of Natalia-haters are just jumping on the bandwagon, or something. They're being very unoriginal. :P I just don't like Natalia much because a) she's not aboy, and b) she gets in the way of all my other pairings. xD But I do think she's very cool! I don't really know why I let Luke get away with being a wagamama, and not Natalia. =/ Maybe I haven't seen enough of her yet. *hides* I've been thinking of Luke/Natalia as Yuuri/Wolfram lately. O.o I didn't pay any attention to what she's yelling at Luke, so it almost looks like she could be going "YOU HENNACHOKO! CHEATER! THAT GIRL STILL CARRIES AROUND A TEDDY BEAR. SHE IS WAY TOO YOUNG FOR YOU, BAKA! AND STOP LOOKING AT THOSE MELONS!!" xD

:D Hee, Asch looks really amazing there! I'm so happy it's yours! It almost sounds like manga!Asch was designed just for you. *g*

LOL that DVD cover. xD WTF happened to Tear's face? xD Sometimes it really looks like they slack off on her. O.o Poor Tear. T.T

GAAH. Those Abyss figurines are so gorgeous!! That reminds me, I said I would order the porny Tear figurine in November. *facepalm* We'll see. ^^;
3rd-Nov-2006 11:32 am (UTC)
... uhm, plz to be reading over all my typos? xD *small*
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7th-Nov-2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Same here! I can't wait for the new volume to come out. Natalia's entrance is definitely more spectacular here than in the game. Natalia didn't make Guy run to hide behind Luke in the game, and the dialogue is definitely different. *grin* And Natalia has a lot more expression and wicked!I'm-so-much-better-than-you attitude in the manga.

*grin* The novels are love. I can't help but want them translated, even though I have seen manga-spinoff novels translated, and ... didn't like them very much.
3rd-Nov-2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
a friend of mine wants to know "if the skits have voice in the japanese version" of Tales of the Abyss. O_o;
7th-Nov-2006 01:43 pm (UTC) - I can answer that question! :D
Yes! ; ) The skits are voiced in the Japanese version, and voiced quite well, at that! XD


The English skits aren't voiced, sadly. But there are around 500 of them. ; )
3rd-Nov-2006 01:17 pm (UTC) - WOW...

Normally, I am not a fan of yaoi (with the exception of YuuRam^^), but this just takes the cake!

Love the layout, the images, the scans, the everything BTW! More fonons to you!

-a745.... desuno~!
7th-Nov-2006 01:46 pm (UTC) - *beams*
A Yuuri/Wolfram fan and and an Abyss fan, too? You get instant love ♥

*grin* Thank you so much! I'm so happy you liked this. I'm always surprised whenever anyone finds my fangirl rambling interesting, really. That's quite a compliment.

Thank you for writing fanfiction! *smiles* I was quite happy to find yours. *grin*
4th-Nov-2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Sigh. There's something about the way you write about Tales of the Abyss, and the pics you post, that cause a complete stranger to the fandom to squee over it when I come across it elsewhere.

DAMNIT! *is unwillingly dragged into a new obsession*

(In case you're wondering, we met at the Jap fair last month. ^^)
7th-Nov-2006 01:49 pm (UTC) - *beams and emits hearts at you*
*beams* I certainly remember you *griiin* Anyone who can identify which set of schools I came from within hours of meeting me is pretty memorable! *grin* It was great meeting you, and I look forward to seeing you again someday soon! : )

DAMNIT! *is unwillingly dragged into a new obsession*
!!!!!! SUCCESS! *beams* Heh, y'know, after the exams, if you want to come over and try this game out at my place anytime, just let me know. *grin*

Thank you so much! *beams* If you want to know/see/anything! more about Tales of the Abyss, just let me know *grin* It's the great thing about being here! ; )
4th-Nov-2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Your comments are so precious!!! >D XD
7th-Nov-2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
You're precious. *snug* Heheheheh. XD It was so good to FINALLY meet you the other day! *griiiin* ; )
5th-Nov-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
OMG!XDXDXD Thank you for the Manga scans! And also the novel!<3<3<3 *huggles* Asch seems more cooler in the manga.*o* I hope there'll be more AschXGuy suggestiveness once he joins the team.XDXDXD *gets smacked for ranting weirdness*
7th-Nov-2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
*beams* You're most welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them. Asch is definitely way cooler in the manga. *grin* And I wouldn't rule out Asch-Guy moments. *grin* Pity we'll have to wait to find out!

HEHEHEH, if I smacked people for that I'd have to be constantly abusing myself. *grin*
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