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18th-Dec-2006 12:10 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
So much great Abyss news turned up over the past week!

souya posted scans of the 13 Abyss figurines that are going to be turning up: I didn't know there were going to be collectibles for coin-operated vending machines! The scans are in Chinese and refer to "Yajima-sensei" and also has all the Abyss character names in Chinese. GREAT FUN - I have always found Abyss in Chinese to be intensely amusing, not least because Tales of the Abyss is 深渊传说. You could translate it as "Legends of the Abyss". I love that the article ends with "Interested friends, please take note!"

pic_murasaki posted about the 5th Dash Abyss novel - got to say I'm already in love with the cover, not to mention that she was right about me also loving the featured picture - a cheegle and his Master! Thank you for the heads up! *grin*

meimi has also written what I do believe is the best Luke/Asch I've ever read: What He Liked Most (NC17). Any story that has me smiling by the end of the first paragraph has gotta be one for the memories. I'm by nature Asch/Luke to the core, but this one is conversion material! *grin*

The 10th episode of the Tales of the Abyss Web Radio featured Guy's seiyuu, and was absolutely brilliant, and was translated/summarised by pic_murasaki here. Can't stop radiating love at this one. XDDD

Tales of Popularity results up! And here. Luke's second, which took me by surprise, Jade third, Guy fourth, and Asch sixth! I honestly never expected so many Abyss characters to make top ten. maiki has a GREAT post on the announcement of the results - Suzuki Chihiro appears, SO MUCH LOVE.

Also, the Tales forums had an unofficial Tales Popularity poll, and this is the video of the results. I laughed so much watching this video- the maker is clearly a massive Symphonia fan, and even more biased than me. *grin*

sistaofpeace1 transcribed the Contamination Event Subquest - and here. WHOA. Now I can see why harajukufuuri HAD to do this one.

It was an article in Empire that made me realise why so many Abyss fans were watching Gankutsuo - in both the English and Japanese versions, there's a lot of love for those who follow Abyss seiyuu. Guy's English VA's the Fukuyama Jun role (and my heavens, he did Ichigo and Wolf Rain's Kiba, too?), even Yuri Lowenthal's in it (I admit, I go for the English version of KKM for the love, and also to hear Asch being flushed down the toilet and declare himself a MAGISTRATE OF LOVE), and, WHAT?! Yuri Lowenthal is the English GUNXSWORD Joshua?!
18th-Dec-2006 04:48 am (UTC)
would you believe that i've barely touched ToA since i got it? :[
i'll have to play it more during winter break or something.

sdgkjshdjgk@the popularity poll.
if luke was up there, i was expecting lloyd to be up there, too
they're kinda like each other.
only lloyd is less spoiled/whiny-ish.

lol@kratos and zelos being up there though.
that's pretty much a nobrainer, i guess.
18th-Dec-2006 05:36 am (UTC)
You have TOA?! ♥

XDDDD At the rate I'm moving through this game, I'll finish when you finish. Although it's breaktime for me now, I seriously do not see any time in which I'll be able to actually complete this game.

I expected Lloyd to be up there too! I expected a lot more Symphonia and Legendia people up there, actually. Maybe the Abyss fans are obsessive voters. I only expected one Abyss character to break top ten, if that.

*laughing!* I'm with you on Zelos. XDDDDDD
18th-Dec-2006 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing all this stuff! :D It's like getting updated about all the Abyss stuff going on. XD

And do you know where to buy those novels? I'm not that good when it comes to find where to buy things on the internet. xD;;;
18th-Dec-2006 05:41 am (UTC)
*grin* You're most welcome! All I did was just list what was already out there, actually - it's just that there was so much good news in the past few weeks I wanted to radiate happy at it.

I don't actually know where to buy the novels on the Internet - although I think this question was posed in the TOA community maybe two/three weeks ago? I don't know what the answers were on that one, unfortunately.
18th-Dec-2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Okay, thank you! :D I'll go look there, I think I saw that post but I don't think it was seen, or know one knew where to get them. xD Thanks again! *smile*
18th-Dec-2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I saw those Abyss figurines advertised last month! And then I saw the release date and thought "damn, Feburary!"!
18th-Dec-2006 05:42 am (UTC)
*laughing* Last month law was pretty much the most important thing on my mind. *grin* XDDDD I HAD NO IDEA YOU collected Abyss figurines TOO, PADAWAN. XDDDD I vaguely wish I lived in Japan and could have those vending machines to play with. xD
18th-Dec-2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Me collect Abyss? No, I was thinking of them more for you XD

Aefallen's mind:

November: Law
December: Abyss!
18th-Dec-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
I also have the first two contamination scenes typed out, so if you need to see those I can show you those too ;)
18th-Dec-2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Actually, that would be utterly brilliant, if it wasn't too much trouble? I wouldn't have known why the Contamination event was such a must do if not for your transcriptions! *grin* Thank you so much! *grin* It would be great to see them! :))))
18th-Dec-2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Of course, no problem ;)

The first scene actually isn't too important; it's more like an "intro" of sorts to the concept of contamination but I'm putting it here anyway. Things start getting rather interesting in the second scene.

Scene #1

Man: Die!
Luke: What the hell?! What do you think you’re doing?!
Man: I heard you talking at the port! You’re Jade the Necromancer! I will avenge my brother!
Guy: If you were listening to us, then you should know these people have come as emissaries of peace!
Man: …I know. But they couldn’t even find my brother’s body. The Necromancer took it and used it in undead experiments for the emperor.
Guard: M-my humblest apologies! I’ll arrest this man at once!
Luke: What’s with that guy? What an idiot.
Guy: …Luke, don’t talk like that. What he did was wrong, but he doesn’t deserve to be mocked for it.
Luke: Huh. If you say so. Anyway, Jade, there’s something I’ve been wanting to know.
Jade: …What is it?
Luke: Your spear just suddenly comes out of nowhere. How does that work?
Jade: It’s a fusion arte that utilizes the contamination effect.
Luke: The contami-what?
Tear: The contamination effect. It’s an effect where the fonons and elements of matter separate and refuse together.
Guy: Ah, like the fusion property materials used in synthesis.
Jade: Yes. Not only are the fonons in living things and inorganic materials different, but so are the elements that comprise them. Utilizing that difference, I temporarily fuse my spear into the outer layer of my right arm.
Luke: And then you take it out when you need it, huh? That’s convenient.
Tear: Don’t say you want to try it, too, Luke. Normally, the body rejects the effect, and it can cause mental damage, even insanity.
Guy: Yeah. It takes an old man like this one to use it.
Jade: Yes. Over the course of mastering it, I’ve become an old man. Hah hah hah. Now, shall we be going?
(Jade and Luke walk away)
Guy: About those rumors that guy mentioned…
Tear: Yes, it’s famous amongst the military. The story goes that he collects corpses on the battlefield in an effort to revive the dead.
Anise: There’s even a rumor that says the Malkuth’s Forces’ Third Division is made up of living dead. When I actually met them, it turned out it wasn’t true, but.
Guy: …Reviving the dead, huh…

Scene #2

Mieu: He says his name is Star.
Jade: (light bulb)
Jade: I’m sorry, would you all mind if we stayed at the inn here tonight?
Anise: What’s up, Colonel?
Jade: It must be my age…My back is hurting me, and I don’t think I can walk today.
Luke: Yeah, right. Oh, well, sure. Let’s go to the inn.
Jade: Go on ahead.
Guy: Don’t tell me you don’t think you can walk to the inn.
Jade: No, my glasses have been acting up, so I’d like to borrow the lab here. Oh, I’ll need fire. Mieu, would you stay with me?
Mieu: Okay!
Natalia: Then, we’ll go on ahead.
(everyone leaves)
Jade: Mieu, before we begin the work, please lend the sorcerer’s ring to Star. There’s something I’d like to ask him.
Mieu: Mieu? Okay.
Jade: Star, are you an original? A replica test subject?
Star: Yes.
Jade: Did they make a replica--a copy of you?
Star: Yes. An icky man named Dist did it to me.
Jade: I thought so. And when was this?
Star: About half a year ago, I think.
Jade: If he learned at Choral Castle that Luke and Asch are perfect isofons, then the timing matches…
Jade: One last thing. What happened to the other you?
Star: …I think he died.
Jade: …You think?
Star: Actually, I died once. And then after that, I felt something flow into me, and then I wasn’t dead. And then the other me was gone.
Jade: (!)
Jade: Does this mean Dist completed the perfect isofon research? Then those research results weren’t just a coincidence…?

Jade: Mieu, you mustn’t tell anyone what you heard here.
Mieu: Mieuu? Even if I wanted to, I don’t understand any of it…
18th-Dec-2006 08:48 am (UTC) - I, like Mieu, emit hearts at you. *griin*
Thank you, thank you so much for this! *beams* Transcribing is occasionally painful work - thank you so much for the effort and time you put into this! *beams*

Oh, this is priceless! Now I completely get why people want to do this one so much. I'm amazed that this game seems to have so much in it to unlock and do and play around with.

I love that Star called Dist "that icky man". *laughing so hard* And what Star said about "the other me" dying was heartrending.
18th-Dec-2006 09:40 pm (UTC) - Re: I, like Mieu, emit hearts at you. *griin*
Lol no problem XD After only hearing a summary about what happened in the sidequest in the Japanese version I made sure to do this in the English one. And after finally reading them in English and understanding the skits, I think I'm more sure than ever now about what happened in the ending.
18th-Dec-2006 07:09 am (UTC)
*evil laugh* Be careful, it's very difficult to not be converted to Luke's new religion when he's waxing poetic about it... or you know, just giving visual aids... and stuff. Personally, I would just like for him to shut up for a little while so I can get some stuff done. >.>;;
18th-Dec-2006 08:45 am (UTC)
You're the head of his new religion. *grin* Luke/Asch Master meimi! I do so like him when he's waxing poetic about this. *grin* And I'm sure that even when Asch complains, he doesn't really mind. Not really. XD
18th-Dec-2006 09:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the news!

13 Abyss figurines - Man, now I MUST get the figurines >_> Luke with short hair + Key of Lorelei and Guy + Jewel of Gardios. I am getting my fingers crossed that the hidden figurine would be Asch :P

Tales of Popularity - Honestly, I did not expect Asch to make it to the 6th place :P
4 out of the top 10 are redheads, and only 1 female in the top 10, are we seeing a tread here? XD (Hooray fangirls!)
I do feel bad for Natalia though, even Suzu from TOP made it on the list this time XD
18th-Dec-2006 09:35 am (UTC)
This is your cue to PIMP SHIT AT ME. 8DDDDDDDDD
18th-Dec-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, I didn't realize the novel covers made up one big picture! That's interesting :) And the figurines still look so nice...

I guess the Contamination scenes were more optimistic than I thought; I saw the scene with Star and felt like banging my head against the wall. So I'm glad :)

My sister actually bought the English version of Abyss yesterday! I think the voice acting is pretty good - I like Luke's English voice a lot. XD (As expected of me.)
18th-Dec-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the english voice acting, myself. To tell you the truth, I began playing .hack//G.U. after Abyss (Lowenthal is Haseo, the lead, and Bosch is Kuhn) and was laughing hysterically at hearing Lowenthal telling people to "shut up," or "stop being annoying," or whining, and saying the word "n00b." It's priceless! :D
20th-Dec-2006 03:12 am (UTC)
haha omg there are going to be 13 figures OMG that's wonderful now i need to start saving up so i can ge them (i already own a few from ToS and ToP)

and i've seen that Tales of series populaity contest way way back XD i was like wow i was surprised to see who was first @_@ wasn't expecting that at all.

btw hun have you checked my lj post recently for the ToA Dj's i got XP?
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