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Tales of the Abyss: Ion and Arietta Extra Scans 
6th-Apr-2007 09:11 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Long, busy day today: That is also aingeal_isilme's birthday! ♥ If you're reading this, sweetheart, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *grin* Though we've already talked on the phone, I wish I could be there in person! ;) DON'T WORRY, THAT'LL BE TOMORROW. ♥

Scanning Ion-Arietta makes me very sleepy because there isn't anything much there to keep me interested. I'd have scanned this sooner if Asch, Luke or Guy appeared in it. Whoops, looks like being tired makes me honest, too.

This Abyss extra is drawn by the Abyss mangaka (who, I've recently discovered with risax, also illustrates yuri novels), and it's about original!Ion and Arietta. Present!Ion and Van make the occasional cameo appearances. Van and original!Ion were clearly partners in crime and evilness.

Still, I liked the original more. He was completely more kickass. And psychotic into the bargain, which only endeared him to me.

Ion and Arietta Extra
43.4 MB (I scan at 200dpi)

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Original!Ion. So cute! And... so evil!

Sweet, innocent Arietta. I think she's being presented as a Fon Master Guardian in this panel. Such a startling contrast to who she used to be:

Snarling, savage, wild-child Arietta: before being tamed by the original Ion.
I liked her more the way she was.

And she bit original!Ion. Which only says how much more kickass she was before being domesticated. >D

This and other panels reveal to you how psychotic and manipulative the original!Ion was. *evil grin* He and Van were clearly partners in crime and cooking up every conspiracy in the book. The original Ion refers to Arietta as his "pet" - in the scans, there's a scene where the original!Ion is attacked by furious citizens. Arietta tries to stop them and is knocked aside. Ion reacts by killing Arietta's attacker and saying, "No one but me can touch my pet." (Or a rough approximation)

I do think this is baby!Arietta.

And this is baby!Ion - the version we get in Tales of the Abyss.

Rough approximation of what goes on:
Original!Ion: "Ah - read that. What does it say?"
Replica!Ion: *holds up book* "You will die at the age of 12."

If I may say so in so many words: the original was a real bastard.

Happy Arietta! She gives a raiga skull to Ion, saying that this was her elder sister (from the time when she was adopted by the Raiga Queen), and that this elder sister was strong and protected Arietta, just as she would protect Ion.

Clearly, then, as now, Arietta suffered from a major case of separation anxiety. But then again when you see how important Ion was to her, you can understand that.

Van makes several cameos!


Apologies, seki_yumizu, your Guy-Luke present/reward should come soon! ;) I didn't expect scanning this to be so exhausting.

And you have got to check out narugami's new post on Tales of the Abyss: an explosion of Namco updates! My favourites are the official Peony anime art, introduction of Cantabile (whose outfit, in my opinion, looks like Van's, Asch's and Dist's ripped up, sewn together at random, and dyed). Thank you so much, Adi! ♥
6th-Apr-2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh God. So cute.

By the way, Chris, I've got something on tomorrow, so LC trip tomorrow is cancelled?
AND!!! Mark your calendar, 17th April is Ben & Jerry's free cone day, from 12noon to 7pm. ;___; I wants, but it's on the first day of my exams. ;____;
6th-Apr-2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
XDDDD If only I was as interested in these people as I was in Asch and Luke. *grin*

! OHMYGOD I actually forgot we had a trip tomorrow. *buries face in hands* 's okay! We'll meet up another Saturday! I should see Sarah and Rae soon, actually. *grin* Oh my heavens, we totally need to meet soon. ;)

THANK YOU FOR THE NEWS!! No one ever says no to free ice cream! *griiin* XDDDD

Come after the exam? No better time, and no better reward! *grin* Unless your exams are 6 - 9 pm - in which case I will TAKE you out for ice cream one of these days, because you deserve it for having exams at that ghastly hour. ;)
6th-Apr-2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
This is awesome... I like this rendition of Original!Ion. It's very close to what the Japanese depict him as in fanart, and it just made him waaaaay way more interesting to have him as a complete manipulative bastard. I bet he never took shit from Mohs, either. Constantly made him make sandwiches for him and stuff. XD

It also creates a fine little link to Sync, too, since I always loved the idea of Original!Ion having a personality closer to Sync's than Replica!Ion's. You know, just to burn up Sync even more that he wasn't the chosen replica for replacing Ion despite being similar in personality.

And :O @ Arietta's hardcoreness. Manga does wonders for these God Generals~ it opens up SUCH a lovely can of worms here.
6th-Apr-2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
*beams!* I'm glad someone feels the same way about him as I do! *grin* I'm not familiar with Ion in Japanese fanart, but it's good to hear that their fanart has come that much closer to canon. *grin* I actually preferred the manipulative bastard Ion to the sweet innocent one we have - maybe precisely because he's such a contrast.

Original Ion? *grin* I bet Mohs was his bitch. And enjoyed it.

Constantly made him make sandwiches for him and stuff. XD
I can totally get into that scenario! XD

I always loved the idea of Original!Ion having a personality closer to Sync's than Replica!Ion's.
Yes, exactly! *beams* It was what I thought the first time I read the extra - how very much Sink was like the original Ion. You thought a lot about this. *smiles*

Arietta's hardcoreness
AND. OH. ABSOLUTELY. YEAH. I was so impressed with that single panel of vicious!Arietta that I wished we'd had that Arietta instead of the SUPEREMO version we have on our hands. She was so much more interesting. BITING THE DOUSHI, how hardcore is that. *grin*

This comment was a real joy to read! *smiles* Thank you! ;)
6th-Apr-2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I... uh... think I prefer wildchild!Arietta. :3

♥ Thank you for the scans! *lovelovelove*
6th-Apr-2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
So did I! *grin* This version is so much better than the weeping willow version Anise had to contend with. ;)

♥ *loves right back!* *beams* You're most welcome! Least I could do, and I'm glad you enjoyed them! ;)
6th-Apr-2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Take your time ^^;;;;
If you're exhausted, sleep! DX Or rest. Whichever.
T___T omg...i gotta download this DX
*needs to re-write planning for Original! Ion/justborn!Luke story again*
6th-Apr-2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
*grin* It's just mental exhaustion: I think scanning Guy-Luke will be fun in comparison simply because I love them both so much. ;) The material affects the scanner, too. I usually scan a lot faster if Luke is involved. *grin*

DL away! *beams* Hope you have fun with it! And I hope this adds to the story you're planning: or if it requires too many changes, just go ahead with the story you originally planned! *smiles* It may have been better!
6th-Apr-2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hee~<3 Thanks for putting these up, Arietta was so adorable. Funny, I never that original!Ion being in cahoots with Van and Mohs...
6th-Apr-2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! *beams* Glad you liked! *grin*

Same here, actually. I'd always assumed that the original Ion was as much a doormat as the present one. Nice to see that he isn't. *grin*
6th-Apr-2007 02:12 pm (UTC) - LJ won't let me log in here! >.>
*gasp* You are totally ignoring my reward! xD HOW MEAN.

I know Ion never registered to me, but does this post really mean there was a character called Arietta in ToA? *sparkles with evil*
6th-Apr-2007 02:39 pm (UTC) - HELLO MY DEAREST :D
I actually do not know what you want for your reward! I was meaning to ask you! ♥ Is there anything you like? :D Or give, me a pairing/an idea, and I'll see WHAT LIES in my scary pile of unscanned Abyss everything? ♥

... HAHAHAHAHAHA. You just reminded me why I love you. *laughing* XDDDD Oh yes, dear, there was an Arietta. ;) And she didn't even need to sleep with the producer to get on this cover! ;)
6th-Apr-2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
So adorable :D *downloads* Thank you vary much for uploading this!
6th-Apr-2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
*grin* You're most welcome! Hope you like it! *grin*

And if you haven't already, check out this new post! :) I think you'd be really interested. *grin* Official Peony art and new Dist art and everything!
6th-Apr-2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
*waves in the middle of fandom* Hello hello! Long time no see! though i don't quite understand the fandom filled rant of prev post, hope you're feeling better now! *HUGZ!* Good luck for your exams! Nasty, but necessary stuff. ^____~
8th-Apr-2007 06:37 am (UTC) - HEY THERE! :D
HI THERE! *grin* Long time no see indeed! *grin* And don't you worry! *snug*

All the best on your exams too! *beams and cheers you on* HEY THIS IS THE LAST LAP (save for LPC!) for all of us! ♥ HANG IN THERE!! XDDD

Heh heh, expect even more frequent LJ posts as the exams approach. My way of destressing when I shut myself indoors to study. xDD
6th-Apr-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, now I know what that whole manga was about XD Sheesh, it didn't seem like the original Ion respected Arietta much, did he? o_O I mean, he almost sees her like another animal O_o And people like to pair him up with Arietta >.> I'm not sure if they would if they saw this side of him <.<

Oh, and I saw you scanned that card that came with the sixth Abyss dash novel; are you planning to scan the other illustrations? Because my scanner, well, sucks XD
8th-Apr-2007 06:53 am (UTC)
*grin* Glad to help! *smiles* ;) That manga was such a mind trip. And such a messed-up one at that!

*grin* I don't think original Ion respected Arietta: but he did think she was useful to him, and to that extent protected her. I'm not even sure if he saw her as a person.

He probably respected Van a lot, though. *Evil grin*

XDDD Certain people might want to pair him up with Arietta even more, now that the sick twisted side of their relationship is exposed! I think Arietta loved him very much and would have died to protect him - though his feelings for her were quite, quite different.

Why yes! *grin* I've already scanned all the other illustrations, it's just making up the post that's to come. You'll be seeing them very soon! *beams*
6th-Apr-2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
--HAHAHA so it's finally canon that original!Ion was a little bastard. That's really kind of awesome.

Thank you so much for posting this, as always. ♥
8th-Apr-2007 06:59 am (UTC)
OH YEAH. Such a bastard. Really, it's a miracle the Abyss version turned out the way he did.

And yep! Completely awesome. *grin*

You're most welcome! *beams* Glad you liked! ;)
6th-Apr-2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for scanning this!

Reading this chapter makes me think the Oracle are like Shinra, only worse. :/ *wants to finish her fic so Anise can become Doushi and kick all their asses*
8th-Apr-2007 07:01 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! *beams*

... Why... yes. Yes, indeed! Worse than Shinra, even. I'm quite sure the original President wasn't quite so much on the LET'S EXPLOIT THE PEOPLE and LAUGH AT THEIR STUPIDITY side.

And I wildly encourage the fic finishing. *beams* ♥ You write very well. Your Luke stories are still my favourite in all the fandom. ♥
7th-Apr-2007 12:11 am (UTC)
(hehe, funny, today is my bro's bday, too!)

I know you might have thought this was boring, but that makes me want to thank you EVEN more. <3<3<3<3<3 /lovebeam
I have to admit...the story, when I first caught wind of it, did not interest me. I was like, meh. But...but now I'm just so amazingly intrigued and drawn into this that I wish it were in english. I mean, I NEVER would have possibly imagined that original!Ion was SUCH a prick! Holy crap...
And Arietta, oh...she is so cute. :/
I feel so bad for her now...and like her a whole lot more.
Seeing Van look kinda crushed...almost made me want to give him a hug...despite his jerk-ness.

I don't know whether to HATE original!Ion or think he's cool...but one thing is for certain...baby!Ion is TOO DAMN CUTE. <3

These character gaidens are turning out to be really interesting and giving SO much more insight to these already fleshed out characters. I love this!

And OMG you were not kidding about Cantabile's outfit. I just busted out LAUGHING when I saw that picture. <3
I appreciate the...rather uplifting gift after I've had a blah week. I feel so pumped now!

Thank you so~ much for all of your hard work. <3
8th-Apr-2007 07:56 am (UTC) - Aw, whenever you use this icon I want to give you or the person in your icon a hug.
! *grin* Though this is a little late: Happy Birthday to your brother! *beams* I seem to know an awful lot of April babies IRL - maybe April's just a good month? *griiin*

*beams* Thank you so much! *RADIATES LOVE AT YOU ♥*
*grin* Heh: I won't pretend: I found it incredibly boring at first, too. I was, "... no Luke, no Asch, no Guy, no Natalia..." And I have less than zero interest in Ion, let alone the original, Arietta, and Van. All my "favourite" people, so to speak. xDDD

But actually it turned out pretty fascinating in the end! And yes, original Ion is a MASSIVE prick, despite being so tiny. It must be a variation of the Napoleon complex: trying to make up in evil for what he lacks in SIZE!

Arietta was so cute, too. :( You can see how much she lost after Ion died - and she kept trying to get that back. She lost everything, poor girl: Ion, Mommy Raiga, everything.

*grin* The character gaidens have been great! ;) I still think the Asch one wins. *smiles* HEH. XD Though it makes the manga go slower, I'd rather have the character gaidens and wait longer for the manga.

*GRIIIN* So true, isn't it? Oh, Cantabile. Why didn't the same designer who made Regret's and Tear's outfits get to handle yours?

*snugs tight* I'm so sorry to hear about the blah week. I'll be getting more stuff up soon, so I hope that helps! *snug* If there's anything at all you want me to scan, let me know?

*hugs you tight!* You're most welcome. *smiles!* I'm glad you liked it: it completely makes scanning all this worthwhile. ♥
7th-Apr-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
And again, thank you very much.ToT I've been waiting for forever for this. And I think I can continue with some of my stories now cause the truth about the original Ion is revealed.X3 It'll be a great help.<3
8th-Apr-2007 08:01 am (UTC) - heh. Guy is so uke in your icon.
In fact, it looks like sleeping beauty!Guy and Prince Charming!Asch.

You're most welcome! *beams* I'm so glad this helped you. *grin* Hope it was worth the wait!

Good to hear that this helps story continuation! *grin* I LIVE TO FEED THE FANFICTION WRITERS. ♥
7th-Apr-2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Original!Ion is a psychotic bastard... I still remember when we were waiting for the bus and I was reading this and was completely shocked at how Ion was and how Arietta was practically throwing herself at his feet. D: Anyways, I am downloading~
8th-Apr-2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Original!Ion is such a complete bastard it takes my breath away. *grin* Present!Ion is so very different from him! And argh, Arietta! At least she doesn't make me as D8 as she did in the game. She's... marginally more kickass here. XD

*grin* I remember waiting for the bus too! Man, great times! *beams* I was at Liang Court the other day and thinking, the next time you come here - you're definitely coming to my place. HEH. ;)

Hope you liked this! ;)
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