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8th-Apr-2007 05:44 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Today was the youngest sibling's Army Open House: I think it's terribly fun having both siblings in the army at the same time. Besides being endless material for new Asch fic/ideas, it's also just plain fun. Crawled out of bed at the most unholy hour of the morning to get to sibling's camp (at the End of the World, in my opinion). One of the most hilarious moments of the day happened when the wing commander was talking about the army school's sleeping arrangments and said: "The bunks are shared on a two-to-one basis+ - to give your sons the opportunity to get to know themselves."

The inner Asch instantly yelled, "I don't want to get to know YOU, KUZU!"

Other sibling finished Gears of War in two days. Is this actually normal? No wonder he thinks Japanese RPGs take all eternity to complete. (Am very happy, now we can go back to FFXII!)

And this week, Koutetsu Sangokushi is out! It's a Japanese anime adaptation of the Three Kingdoms classic, with one of the most impressive cast lists I've ever seen. (Here's hoping it isn't going to be another Harukatoki no Naka de: great cast list... abysmal plot) I've been looking forward to his very much since smilbe brought it to my attention: The cast list has Miyano Mamoru as Lu Xun, Takehito Koyasu as Zhuge Liang (reason enough to watch the show). This and this tell you on who voices who, using the Chinese names.

Visual and plot summary of the first episode, in case you're interested. I haven't been able to watch it yet, but general opinion among those I know appears to be unrelieved horror. :D Lu Xun and Zhuge Liang (Miyano Mamoru and Takehito Koyasu) appear to be involved in what I can only describe as a Van/Luke relationship set in historical China instead of Tales of the Abyss. This post explains all.
risax would probably agree, as the first key scene goes like this:

Miyano Mamoru: SENSEI WHAT SHALL I DO T_____T
Takehito Koyasu: Listen to me, Little Boy! *PLOT PLOT PLOT*

Watch this space for a post someday entitled Cultural Adaptations: When Japanese Anime Gets It Very, Very Wrong. It will give me great vindictive joy to write that post. I've spent so much of my life flinching as attempts to Anglicize anime (read, dubs) get universally condemned. How I'll love the opportunity to scream, They're raping the original source material! for once.

The recent anime adaptation of Romeo and Juliet appears to have fared a little better despite taking greater liberties with the original source material (or perhaps it's because we're all already accustomed to rather outre adaptations in present pop culture). I may watch this, not least because Juliet's a redhead. *grin*

Incidentally, I love Anime Nfo: while Anime News Network is much better when exhaustively listing seiyuu roles, Anime NFO actually has the seiyuu names in kanji.

+Wing Commander meant that the bunks are shared two boys to one room (which has two beds). Though I thought it sounded an awful lot like the guys got to share two guys to a bed. :D And: Japanese fonts.

The Politics of Good Touch, Bad Touch: When badtouching is an absolute no-no. Wonderful article by the NY Times about badtouching!Presidents. I think Putin wins my award for Most Compromising Badtouch In All Political History.

Public Service Annoucement

If you have Master Van predilections: please molest someone your own age.

Having being almost groped in a crowded train just yesterday (wanted to punch him, but there wasn't room, and perhaps it is good that I gave him the benefit of the doubt: maybe he was just squeezing past me to get out of the train, but there was no reason for his hand to be THERE), I think that it is PAST TIME for such a post.

I did actually once read this very amusing article about how to handle molestation on Japanese public transport (apparently over there, there are a shocking number of molestation incidents on trains) - and the author said that the way it should be handled (I thought this was rather a tongue-in-cheek statement) was that the outraged girl should seize the offending hand and demand "DARE NO TE?" (Whose hand is this?!)

8th-Apr-2007 10:34 am (UTC)
T_T Wha-!? sharing between 2 only? what kinda class did your brother get into? O_O A? The potential to go through torture class? I think my brother was sharing 6 to 1 or something.

WTFFFF NOOO WHY LU XUN XD I ship original!Liu Bei/ Zhuge k thx *SHOT* But it's abit shocking to see Zhuge looking...er....evil @_@ Why is Lu Xun the protaganist!!!??? *needs to go read through her novels again*
8th-Apr-2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Hee, he's in OCS now. The strangest thing is both brothers got into OCS, so they were wandering around and the older one was teaching him shortcuts and everything. *smiles* My brothers were originally sharing 6 to 1, then when they go to OCS the rooms are 2 to 1.

I ship original!Liu Bei/ Zhuge k thx
I think I may know someone who ships this pairing! XDDDDD! I consider it the intelligent pairing! And also more interesting (classic-canon wise) than Lu Xun and Zhuge Liang.

XDDD If you're planning on watching the anime: I'd suggest not reading the novels. ;) The anime works better if you... divorce it from any sense of the novels that you remember. In my experience those who knew the novels best had the most D8 reactionst to the anime.
8th-Apr-2007 10:36 am (UTC)
...When you said badtouching Presidents...

*points to icon*
8th-Apr-2007 10:47 am (UTC)
But you see, if that particular President was the one responsible for the badtouching, there would be queues encircling Midgar twice over. *grin* And "Please Badtouch Me!" placards. And newspapers would read "The World Needs More Badtouching." ♥
8th-Apr-2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha! I will so approve if you write the post on Cultural Adaptations: When Japanese Anime Gets It Very, Very Wrong. Though I don't have anything against Saiyuki and Houshin Engi, but when I look at the Chinese myths they were adapted from I can't help going O_o.

I kinda like Romeo + Juliet anime! The setup they have is pretty interesting, so I'm hoping that it pans out.

Ha ha! And people wonder why I always carry a file or book. Preferably a file. If someone tries to sleep on me or get too close or try and brush me as they go past, they get the SHARP CORNER OF A FILE. I think the worse one was when I was in a crowded bus where this guy was practically leaning on me when the bus rounded sharp turns. Oi.
8th-Apr-2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Ack, that is such a cute icon. I want to take it home and bite it. ♥

I didn't know until this moment that Hoshin Engi was an adaptation of an original Chinese classic! And ah, Saiyuki. I honestly do believe that many of these purported adaptations are actually best (and cause least offence when) viewed as being utterly independent of the original source material. I understand the need to tread new ground and do something refreshing and all that: but there's a fine line between inspired deviation and bastardisation.

I'm more familiar with English adaptations as I know much more about Western literature than I do about Chinese literature, and two adaptations that I thought were very badly bloodied were Gankutsuo (an adaptation of Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo) and Top Cow's Witchblade. Gankutsuo was a lovely anime, and it did bring out the themes of betrayal and revenge excellently, but it was distinctly psychedelic, and the Count in the anime had made a bargain with a demon (and thereafter became distinctly vampiric) in exchange for his freedom and revenge. It's one of the better adaptations. Witchblade was incredibly fan-service-y even in its original incarnation, but the Japanese adaptation made it so blatantly pornographic that my soul wept to see it.

Hee! I agree with you on the Romeo and Juliet anime! XD Though I kind of cringe that the Japanese language required the name "William" to be so very... mangled.

HA! YOU ARE WISE! It has been very long since I have carried files anywhere.

... EW. I believe in SUPPORT your fellow man and all that, but just - ew. It seems like too many men take the overcrowded conditions of our public transport system as a heaven-sent opportunity for a really good grope. D<
8th-Apr-2007 11:00 am (UTC)

was that the outraged girl should seize the offending hand and demand "DARE NO TE?" (Whose hand is this?!)

Well, I can't see it happening in Singapore, but I would highly encourage it! Random molestation hasn't happened to me yet, but it has to my youngest sister, and the poor guy probably couldn't walk afterwards. (She had an umbrella and knew where to stick it.)

Also the cast list looks amazing and I am mildly pissed because there are no subs for the two shows mentioned, which are (exactly) the only two shows I want to watch. :x
8th-Apr-2007 11:42 am (UTC)
HEH HEH. They're in different camps, and sharing rooms with different boys. ;) But it is an interesting thought. It'll be awfully like Asch and Luke sharing a room. So many of his friends were incredibly curious about the family's visit today because they wanted to know what we looked like. Every time I and the family visit either sibling's camp there are always so many people telling us how alike we look.

HA, smart sister of yours. I OFFER MY WILDEST CONGRATULATIONS and thank her for her valiant effort. Hopefully that's one less man who'll want to put his hands where they don't belong.

In Singapore: AAAAAAAAAAA!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! will probably be the most vocal response one gets to molestation. No surprise, really: it tends to come as rather a shock, unless the victim is incredibly self-possessed. And the offender will probably have swiftly slipped away before any reinforcements show up. *wry smile*

Dude, I sincerely hope that random molestation never happens to you. It's not an experience that anyone should have to go through. But you are FIT and work out and will probably make them VERY VERY SORRY they even THOUGHT about coming near you. ;)

Don't you worry! I'm quite sure that this anime will get subbed: just look at the cast list! *grin* I may be getting my hands on the Chinese sub soon, so if you really, really want to see it just yell! The OP is all I can find on youtube at the moment, though. Romeo and Juliet... that one I'm less certain of, but if I see subs I'll let you know! Everyone I know who's watching it now is watching Chinese subs.

Koutetsu is like watching Jade X Riku - (or perhaps Jubei X Riku is more up your alley?) in a VanXLuke situation. I suddenly feel that if Van had been prettier, I might even have embraced the whole badtouching thing. But unfortunately, Van's eyebrows had to get in the way of our love.
8th-Apr-2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
we finished gears in 2 days. it's normal. the game is that incredible. XD Also I love Dom.

World of Warcraft has a boss encounter that takes great liberties with Romeo and Juliet. It's called Romulo and Julianne, and... first you kill her ("Sweet Romulo, oh! This, I drink to thee!" *poisons self), then he appears ("What devil art thou, who dares offend me thus!") and you kill him, and then she resurrects ("Come, gentle night, and give me back my Romulo!") and then you must kill them both within 5 seconds of each other. -_-;;
8th-Apr-2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
My brother's favourite, predictably, is Marcus.

I thought the game would take so much longer! But the brother mastered the controls in maybe half a day, and then he was zipping through the game. Even he was surprised at how fast he finished it.

*BURSTS OUT LAUGHING* MAN. That is TOO funny. My favourite was the resurrection, and the following punchline. *ROLLS IN THE AISLES* Thank you for letting me know. That was GOOD FUN. xD
8th-Apr-2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh god, groping on Japanese trains. Wearing a skirt in Japan, on the train is a very dangerous thing to do. It was very scary when some old guy tried to feel me up and I was like "Yameru da zo. Ore no sukaa-to wa kouyuubutsu janai yo. =_=" (Stop it. My skirt is not public property.) I think he backed off after hearing that, lol.

And any attempt to anglicize anime is just wrong. D: The only I have seen it done right is the american adaptation of Gainax's FLCL. But at least when the Japanese try to put a new twist on the original material, by either making it so awful that you start laughing or crying or it's good enough but very far from the source material. xP
Stop it. My skirt is not public property
One small remark by woman, ONE HUGE STEP FOR WOMANKIND. ♥ I love that reaction! *beams* YOU WIN THE What to Do If You've Been Badtouched Award! *grin* But that was some pretty quick thinking. ;) And a great put-down!

I shall remember your advice! And stick to my practice of always wearing jeans.

You refer to yourself as ore? Interesting! *grin* I want so badly to be a Boku but I'm the wrong gender for it.

Heh heh. ;) I think slightly differently on attempts to anglicize anime: if you mean changing the language alone, sometimes compromises have to be made, and as long as it brings new fans into the series, I am happy! ;) Subs/Dubs wise, I do think that the Hayao Miyazaki films get better treatment than most in the adaptation department, but it's probably a matter of money.

I didn't know Gainax adapted FLCL, though: interesting! ;)

I'm personally not exactly forgiving when the Japanese adapt the original material, and heh, I've seen the situations you described more often than I want to! XDDDD I know what you mean! XD Sometimes it's just awful: it doesn't make me laugh or cry, I just get very turned off. ;)
8th-Apr-2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
At least he wasn't looking at you and masturbating. Now that would really be disgusting. I'm not saying being molested was not horrible, mind you, just less gross than being the fantasised object of someone's wanking. >.<


Koutetsu Sangokushi is actually sounding quite good. (And hey, KOYASU TAKEHITO!! XD WHY IS IT THAT HE SOUNDS SO GOOD, BUT OMFG WHY DOES HE DRESS SO BAD?) Given that I actually have a problem with Chinese tales being gacked off and sometimes, badly murdered, that's saying alot. I think I will go check it out desu~
9th-Apr-2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Oh, man, you know, when that happened to me, one of the first things I thought of was what happened in the bus you were on. ;) Though I'm not entirely sure what's worse: I'm of the opinion that being molested is worse because in that case, you were touched. Or groped, as the case may be. If all the guy did was look, then at least the victim wasn't touched. I just have this great big thing about not being touched in the wrong way. I smacked a child once because his hands went where they shouldn't, and he was behind me, so I thought he was a pervert.

But it's just me. ;) It may well be possible that once I discover myself to be the object of wankage I will be utterly revolted and agree with you. ;)

HEE HEE HEE! XD I love that we had the same wrong thoughts. *HAPPINESS* ♥

IT IS ACTUALLY GOOD FUN! Show it to you one day maybe if you don't get to it first? XD AND YESSSS!!! Koyasu sounds great, but kinda dresses like a beat hip-hop guy: but is maybe thirty years too old to carry off the look. xDDD

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! ;) I think it's not as bad as I originally imagined. ;)

But there is a scene of Zhuge Liang combing Lu Xun's hair in a very predatory way.
8th-Apr-2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
If you have Master Van predilections: please molest someone your own age.

How about just molest no one at all? >.>
8th-Apr-2007 03:40 pm (UTC) - WELCOME HOME, SAMMY! :D
Because you know those men, sweetheart. They can't molest no one at all.

One day, I will!get a pouty!Dean icon. ;) The only one I have ATM is of Dean not wanting to wake up. xDD

Welcome home from the cat fair! ;) Did kitty rub off on you? :)
8th-Apr-2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
...I think I'll just go over there and have a seizure. WHAT THE HELL JAPAN. And it's so pretty too. ;_;
9th-Apr-2007 11:40 am (UTC)
WHY YES YES! XDDD WHAT THE HELL INDEED! My favourite was the cheapskate animation moment that had two attacking armies represented as, I KID YOU NOT:

Although there was much to be said for the moment in which Zhuge Liang combed Lu Xun's hair in a very predatory way.
8th-Apr-2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Putin definitely wins that award. I saw that on the news and couldn't comprehend why he did that, at all xD
9th-Apr-2007 11:41 am (UTC)
I AGREE! ME either! I was, "... that is public paedophilia."
8th-Apr-2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
>> "The bunks are shared on a two-to-one basis+ - to give your sons the opportunity to get to know themselves."
>> +Wing Commander meant that the bunks are shared two boys to one room (which has two beds). Though I thought it sounded an awful lot like the guys got to share two guys to a bed.
...Oh. *smacks forehead*
But don't you get lonely having both you rsiblings gone? :o
*hates not having her brother around*

No...I can see Luke and Asch sharing a room and they would KILL each other. I imagine Luke to be the kind of person who, like, snores and drools in his sleep (at least that's how I write/RP him) while flopping around on the bed like a fish out of water. Luke would be difficult to wake up, too. While Asch...he's quiet when he sleeps and doesn't ever toss or turn. He would also be easily woken up by Luke's noisy sleeping habits...and...then...he would slowly walk over and beat his replica mercilessly with a pillow because he told him a thousand times to, "SHUT UP, DRECK!" Poor Asch...yet highly amusing. :D

Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I keep running into this title...I wonder if it's worth checking out? I know I keep getting it mixed up with Twelve Kingdoms, another anime that I loved. XD;

I hear so many things about groping on subways...but I thought it was all a joke. :o
Should I ever visit Japan...I shall take a cab. t.t

See...only Master Van is allowed to badtouch. ONLY. D:
9th-Apr-2007 11:50 am (UTC)
HEH HEH HEH. I just laughed like mad inside because Wing Commander is clearly innocent of all my WRONG THOUGHTS. ;)

I lived half the world away for the past three years, so I think I got used to it ;) Now I'm just happy whenever I get to see them. ;) It's funny: I only think about missing them when they're actually with me, or when we're out somewhere and one of them is missing. But yes, I miss them sometimes, and I'm so happy that your brother is close enough to you that you miss him too. ;)

I think Asch would kill Luke first XDDD And I like the idea of Luke being a messy sleeper. >D Luke would be IMPOSSIBLE to wake up, and that would rule, especially since it'd be Asch responsible for waking him up. (I almost wrote "getting him up" but there probably wouldn't be a problem there < / filthy > )

AH, what you just described is the kind of Asch torture that I find the most amusing. ♥

*grin* Wait a little while and the subs should start to turn up! *grin* As well as the amusing fans. ;) I'm actually not at all familiar with Twelve Kingdoms, but I've heard good stuff about it! *grin*

Usually the subways should be all right, in Japan, if you dress conservatively and make sure to keep on the lookout for would-be Mister Badtouches. And I think usually the cab fares are prohibitive. ;) Think of all the doujin you could be buying with the money you save! ;)
8th-Apr-2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
okay, everytime i hear ANYTHING about badtouching in RL, i kind of laugh.


(p.s. hi, i was just thinking i haven't commented to you in forever.)
9th-Apr-2007 11:51 am (UTC)
HI THERE! ♥ The Presidential badtouching was hilarious, but I'm not sure I would have felt the same if I'd been the badtouched. ;)


*snuuug* Hi there! ;) No worries, 'S ALL GOOD! Glad to see you around! ♥
9th-Apr-2007 04:43 am (UTC) - Abyss and RL
Oh, I think i'm missing a whole butt of abyss jokes here, haah kinda makes me curious...

and I'm with you on the Putin one.. Now if it were MJ doing that, he'd be sued for child molest.


Hope that bad bad person get his due..
9th-Apr-2007 11:53 am (UTC) - True indeed! ;)
I HOPE THE BAD PERSON GETS WHAT'S COMING TO HIM TOO. Great time for karma to work!

Heh, Abyss is great fun! But takes up a lot of time. ;) No worries there! ;)

I AGREE COMPLETELY. MJ would be sued for child molestation if it were him.
... oh man, now I've gone off thinking about law and whether the previous evidence of MJ's child molestation charges could be admitted as proof he was guilty. Probably not. SIGH. TOUGH CASE. ;)

*snug!* Thank you so much! ;) Totally needed that. *grin*
9th-Apr-2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
T__T Between you and dusksnowdancer, I'm going to have to download and watch Koutetsu Sangokushi aren't I?
9th-Apr-2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
heheh, another one bites the dust ^_^

give in to tempation.
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