Geass - BITCHSLAP

give me 24 hours and I will FANGIRL THE WORLD

... oh god I haven't posted in forever. Have been literally eaten by life: on the highly dubious upside I finally got the Millefiore/Spanner case I always wanted, in early August -

And it has, true to form, kept me chained and handcuffed in the basement for the past two and a half months. And looks set to keep me there for more! I took 70 megabytes of documents home to work with over the weekend, am trying very hard not to think about them now (and obviously, failing equally hard). (Had to turn down morning with adorable dogs today because I am genuinely exhausted and need to conserve energy T___T)

That said! tinted_glass linked this hilarious It's Always Sunny video, and it made me laugh so hard because it contains a great deal of hysteria about not reading contracts before you sign them. *still laughing*

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mangy_mongrel is travelling Europe and is very sweet and sending postcards from all over (much love!) ♥ - also this is probably a measure of how used my family is to me; my Dad was going through the mail, found a postcard from Italy addressed to 'Gokudera Hayato', and without blinking passed it to me with an unconcerned, "This is yours".

maiki! The Rolo doujinshi arrived! ♥ IT MADE ME SO SO SO HAPPY. ♥ Thank you for the gorgeous and lovely Rolo stickers! They are making me smile in a most disturbing manner! ♥ It is so clear which your art is (I want to take your Rolo home and love him forever)! milk_of_lime's artwork is also incredibly distinctive and also makes me smile like anything. Thank you so much for putting the book together, every single page and word and line of it is made of pure love. ♥

Had an immensely fun time yesterday with hemera_oneiroi (BEST SHIFU EVER), julineci (♥!!!), snowykiss (thank you so much for everything, and I really hope your feet feel better~), kateriya (pretty lady! ♥ *is shot*), chiiyo (omg why are you so cute when you look so sad), haruko_o (AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER), and aslah (THANK YOU SO MUCH for MAGICALLY FINDING THE book! ♥)

Amazing Things of Note
☆ TALES OF THE ABYSS ANIME: I really need to make a separate post for this BUT WHERE IS THE TIME? D: Suffice to say it is amazing and lovely and is gradually giving me the culmulative WANT to replay the game (oh god no, I gave up 100 hours of my life to this game and I don't want it back; but I ALSO do not wish to give up any more)
☆ TALES OF THE ABYSS MANGA VOLUME 5: why so cute and so excruciatingly adorable GUY/LUKE LOVE UP 100%.
☆ DARREN SHAN MANGA: FINALLY! FINALLY! ADULT!STEVE AND DARREN MEET AGAIN in the September '08 release of Darren Shan! ♥ I have only been waiting since December 2006 for this (... wow. In comparison I have only been waiting for Gokudera and Tsuna to reunite since February this year). Adult!Steve looks AMAZING. ♥
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

HAPPY TEACHER'S DAY!

First things first:

To every wonderful teacher on my list:
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haha. And it's kind of really silly, but I felt like saying this: so this week has been a real nightmare on every imaginable front, and I really do mean every imaginable front. I was staggering out from the office tonight and thought I should ring one of my teachers to wish him Happy Teachers' Day (I've got my teachers' home numbers on my cellphone, and now I've started working I wonder why on earth would they give their home numbers to me, when I was in school I assumed it was something all teachers did). This was my previous form teacher, who taught me history. So I called, and I happened to get his voice mail, and there was something in just hearing that familiar voice, so unthinkably clear as if time had never passed at all, saying,

"This is [HIS NAME]. I think I've finally fixed this thing so you can actually leave a message after the beep.

that made me feel instantly, completely, better.

It's not only around Teachers' Day that I think about my teachers and how I simply wouldn't be here without them. I think my time with them, although it was just two years, as, simply, a time in my life where my intellect made the greatest advances and developments. Crazily enough, even university didn't measure up to that. And you could argue that I learned the most in university, but dear God, for sheer PSYCHIC TORTURE BREAKING YOU IN THROUGH TO NEW AND AMAZING HORIZONS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WERE CAPABLE OF, and making you so much FASTER BETTER STRONGER SMARTER MORE THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU COULD BE, nothing could beat my junior college; nothing.

Except maybe my job.

In other words, torture is essential to effective learning.

SO TO ALL TEACHERS ON MY FLIST! HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY.
lots of love to those of you working @ 萌え. < / iamsolame.>

Words cannot express my extreme sadness at being unable to attend Teacher's Day at my old school this year. Since I left in 2002, I've attended it and/or visited the school around that time every year until... now. And it is such great irony that I can't attend this year because - guess what? I'M BEING EDUCATED. There's a seminar on the use of and new trends in expert evidence testimony which I simply cannot miss, which is a great tragedy because, work, you know, I could take leave for, but a one-and-only-seminar? Can't be missed. The timing clashes BEAUTIFULLY with the teachers' day celebrations, too. HENCE MY EPIC HEARTBREAK.

also in stupid news:

Q: "What is that sound?"
A+Q: ... "Silence. Why?"
A: "It's the sound of someone no longer paddling up that old Egyptian river."

Behind the cut is the most pathetic thing you will ever see in your entire life.
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MIEU LOVES YOU, - Mieu

The Entry That Was Supposed to Be [Abyss, Boys with Spanners, and GEASS LOVE.]

Warning: THIS POST IS 屑, 屑 and THEN SOME MORE 屑:

ahahahaha today I created a document chronology until I made myself quite sick from all the document-to-screen-to-document, and I brought more of them home. BUT I was going to say something:

There was this story my Mom told me which I found hilariously funny. My mom was talking to her technician one day, and her technican was telling her about how she despaired of her little boy, who was about five or six years old, and according to his mother, demonstrated (in her opinion) negligible conversational skills, especially when talking to other people. But that wasn't all. "I hope he'll be all right," she said, to my Mom, "He wants to be a mechanic when he grows up. He's already wandering around the house with a spanner trying to fix things."

And all this at the age of five or six.

Younger inclinations don't always lead to the child's future profession, but sometimes, it is said, you can just tell. I am not entirely sure this sort of career prediction-based-on-childhood-predilictions worked with me, but just maybe...

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ANYWAY. I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT contrary to my beliefs, NOT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT ABYSS IS NOW AN ANIME, SO I MUST SAY SO NOW. SO HERE GOES:
- The Abyss anime will have 26 episodes.
- Go check out the Abyss teaser trailer: it has FLAILING SCREAMING GUY RECOILING from the Fabre maids. And PRETTY LUKE. ♥ (but then I am weak to Luke like Rolo is weak to Niisan)
- The Abyss anime PV: which has baby!Luke (goddamn you Sunrise, my heart wrenched), a really handsome Guy ♥, and all the amazing stuff you only saw in game CG coming to life in anime.
- Also raethes made this awesome Mieu icon for this OH-SO-ADORABLE scene in the PV where he's BREATHING FIIIIIRE at Luke's enemies, and doing it in such an adorable YAY!!! MIEU IS BEING USEFUL TO MASTER!! fashion. I-want-to-eat-him-all-up. (I have even more love for the icon and Rae's icon-making skills than Mieu is emitting in this icon, which is saying. A LOT.)
- eternal_rena put up these lovely Tales of the Abyss anime character sketches/previews from the Tales Magazine on the community. It's public, so accessible by all, and so pretty. The Luke character sketches and the Guy character sketches made me laugh the hardest. Oh Guy. You and your priceless expressions.
- Tales of the Abyss scanlated on OneManga! ♥ It's by the Wings of an Angel group (they have always been incredibly sweet when asking permission to use scans, and I would TOTALLY scan more if only I had the time T_T)
- Tales of the Abyss Chapter 13 is up, which makes me so happy, because it's one of my favourite chapters. It's the Asch-and-Luke MEMORIES IN THE RAIN chapter. ♥

Also, milk_of_lime did this ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ROLO ARTWORK OVER HERE. No spoilers. But omg, so pretty I COULD CRY WITH JOY.

AH, AND, speaking of which, maiki, your Brave Story doujinshi got here! ♥ I've given Kura her copy, and omg. ♥ The cover is gorgeous, and my favourite story is, um, yours, actually. Because Mitsuru totally needed that. ♥ AHAHAHAHAHA. I kind of grinned like a maniac when reading it, so YEAH. ♥ I'm so happy to be able to own doujin drawn by you. ♥
MIEU LOVES YOU, - Mieu

this post is a typical example of 'once you get her started about law, she won't stop.'

As I wade through forests of paperwork for this new case, I can't help but think about words, and the meanings thereof. It's quite amazing how you can see one letter, and the world will take three different views of it (yours, mine, and the judge's).

But then again, the first let's-prepare-them-for-adversarial-practice and let's-play-at-lawyering exercise we were given in the bar course was one conducted by an actual lawyer, setting you up against a fellow student who'd play counsel for the opposing party. And basically what would happen in the fight for damages would be this. Your lawyer would tell you, "I want nothing less than $8,059." Then he or she would go and tell your opposing counsel, "I refuse to pay anything more than $59,27."

Then you go in for the mock hearing, not realising that the both of you have entirely different figures to fight for. (This happens in practice, only that this time, you know)

And then the judge (played by the same lawyer who gave you the Figures Whose Twain Shall Never Meet) goes :D :D :D, "I AWARD YOU $6,927." (Which means nobody is happy, so the case goes on appeal.)

Speaking of two different views of the same thing: I used to analyse literature in school; it was the kind of arrangement whereby they give you a sixteen-line poem and want you to write a four-page essay on authorial intent and what you think the poem is saying. I suspect that this is why I'm a particular way with commenting on fic; any of you whose stories I've left comments on would probably know.

nemesis happened to mention literary analysis (they called it practical criticism where I came from), which made me recall what happened during my first lesson with one of my Literature teachers. He was teaching us how to analyse a poem, and I will always remember what he told us.

"Every poem is about drugs, or sex. Just make sure you get a reference to drugs or sex in, and you'll be just fine. When I say drugs or sex, it doesn't have to be drugs or sex. It can be, preferably, both."

(I can't help but think, now, If Reborn's Shamal was a Literature teacher)

So! Three poems, For Your Consideration:

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And this is the stuff I got:
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Poetry is never one thing to two people. I leave you now with a poem Niisan loves, but one which, back then, I did the mental equivalent of softly scribbling a question mark. I read it differently now, of course (and would totally post it uncut, but it is ten stanzas and approximately fifty lines long.

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Geass - we all have secrets

saw it coming but I'd do it all over again.

I started following Code Geass R2 back in June, when Reborn was going too slowly for my liking. And it just so happens that Geass belongs in the category of, "The viewers are but toys in the hands of Sunrise, and Goro plays with us all for sport". Geass should come with a warning that says: Cliffhanger, Playing-Mind-Games-With-Viewers, Constant Heart-Breakage Expected.

I still don't regret it.

I have several very specific character Types I like (they usually come in two categories: the Cute Idiot, and the Cute Overprotective Obsessively-Loyal Character), but the other one I tend to have Instant Love for is the Small, Cute Thing with the Nii-san Complex (see FFAC's Kadaj and GunXSword's Joshua Lundgren). So my Geass favouriite was not only completely unexpected, but also entirely predictable.

Spoilers for Episodes 1 - 19 of Code Geass
Warning for an avalanche of screencaps


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Mieu Emits Hearts At You

8D

to the people I heart, a lot:

dorkodile: WELCOME HOME! ♥ ~ AT LAST! ♥

farfello: Do you know I kind of stared at the LJ coding and could think of nothing to type but KAASAN ♥ ♥ ♥ I, HAVE BOOKMARKED DATES OF YOUR RETURN, AND WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN!! ♥

rukia and lacewood: I NEVER THOUGHT THE DAY WOULD COME WHEN I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THE BOTH OF YOU FORCING ME TO SIT THROUGH TMNT, but GUESS WHAT. It helped me HELP MY FIRM get into the top five for the Society Quiz.

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warmperky: CONGRATULATIONS ~ AND CELEBRATIONS! ♥ *THROWS CONFETTI!!* ♥

cynic_in_charge: DINNER SOON OKAY. ♥

seki_yumizu FOR THE MOST AMAZING SPANNER-TSUNA COMICS AND CHIBI TSUNA IN A JUMPSUIT EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE WILL USE ICON FOREVER.

risax: I MISS YOU! ♥

little_ribbon, SEE YOU VERY, IMPOSSIBLY, INCREDIBLY, AND I-CAN'T-BELIEVE-IT'S-ALREADY, SOON ~ ♥

TO THE REST OF YOU: PLEASE MODERATE ALL THIS FILLING MY FRIENDS-LIST WITH SPANNER SPANNER AND MORE SPANNER AND THEN SOME MORE JUMPSUITS, IT MAKES ME KIND OF SIT HERE LIKE AN IDIOT GRINNING AWAY AT THE COMPUTER LIKE A MANIAC AND I CANNOT STOP OR WIPE THE STUPID SMILE OFF MY FACE.

... more QUIZ EVENTS ROFL! So basically, it was WHOLE BUNCH OF HILARITY AND MORE HILARITY, especially where people DID NOT KNOW THE ANSWERS and therefore started MAKING UP THEIR OWN. HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST:

All names involved have all been changed to protect the identities of those involved.

MC: "On which day and where is the Society Dinner and Dance Held?"
Famiglia X: "Friday, at Gokudera Hayato's house."
Millefiore Conglomerate's answer: "Irie Shouichi will sleep with anyone to win this question. Just say the name."
The Poor Victim, I assume, to the General Uproarious Laughter and Universal Mockage: "WHO WROTE THAT?!"

[In the Cartoon Category]: MC: "The next question... I know some of you are of A Certain Vintage and may not be watching these cartoons, but you may have children who do."
An Eminent Lawyer: *STANDS UP* *points to one of the lawyers at his table* "THIS IS MY SON!"
MC: ".... Name all the eight official Disney Princesses."

And when the answers for the Disney Princess question came around:
MC: "No, 'S.P.G.' is not the right answer; 'Aladdin's girlfriend' is not her name; ... and... who is this Gokudera Hayato person whose name keeps appearing all over the place?"

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Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

REFEREE KAYUUUUUUUUUUU

So, okay, I got ABRUPTLY VOLUNTEERED FOR this legal clinic on Wednesday. It was on Thursday night, and then they were HERE YOU GO THE CASELIST ♥ and that's when I realised I had to prepare seven entirely new cases between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening. I went into PANIC LOCKDOWN and then I thought Hell, if I can do this, there is going to be so little that is going to scare me after that.

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BUT PLEASE I MUST ADVISE YOU. If you are ever attacked by someone with a can of insecticide, please do not under any circumstances open your mouth.

Ladies and gentlemen,
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Also I got these amazing quizzes from adayume:

GUYS YOU HAVE TO TRY Wordle.

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ALSO THE NEXT ONE. I am always of the opinion that these seme/uke classifications never put me in the right place, ever, but in particular I demand a retrial for HIS ONE Seme/Uke quiz. I tied so perfectly in my result that the quiz had to give me a tiebreaker question to settle it once and for all, and EVEN THOUGH MY PERCENTAGES STILL WERE PERFECTLY EVEN, AND STILL I GOT:

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Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

BABY YOU'RE MY ONE TRUE PAIRING

From narugami, That OTP Meme:

Name a series and I'll tell you the character(s) I would:

1. Bake cupcakes for:
2. Trust with the keys to my car:
3. Put thumbtacks on the chair thereof:
4. Have a crush on:
5. Pack up and leave if they moved next door:
6. Vote for President:
7. Pick as my partner in a buddy movie:
8. Pair up:
9. Vote off the island and into the volcano:
10. Wheedle into fixing my MP3 player:

Adi asked me about

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Of course, there's the other OTP Meme that everyone's done:

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Reborn - SPANNER TO HEAD, Baccano - BONK BONK BONK

Coherence doesn't live here anymore. [AKA HEAD MEET SPANNER]

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And then I realised that if I began that way the ENTIRE POST would be all about law and it was VERY VERY SCARY and there really, really is something else I would rather talk about.


Reborn Chapter 202
...oh, my God. Amano hasn't made me this happy since Chapter 187.

ohgod, world. You can keep your Hibari, I only have eyes for Spanner.

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so where was I - oh yes.
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also. while I'm on the topic.
Why did no one see fit to inform me that Graham Spectre (or Spektor) of Baccano
IS, BASICALLY, SPANNER -
AS A RAVING PSYCOPATH


Okay, fine: this is probably because not many people watched Baccano, to begin with, and Graham only turned up in Episodes 14 - 16, which were released on the DVDs, and therefore not part of the 1 - 13 arc that was Baccano proper. BUT STILL.
Listen, does this sound familiar?

wow image explosion in here, guys
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Also when he really likes someone, he shows his love by telling them that THEY CAN USE HIS WAREHOUSE ANYTIME. He's like my visual Spanner until Spanner gets animated, but I don't know if Spanner will get animated as PRETTILY as Graham did.
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- comics - fly fly away

you're walking on sunshine

AHAHAHA. I SHOULD, YOU KNOW. SLEEP. So that I won't be Largely Unconscious Tomorrow. But THIS COMPLETELY HAS TO BE WRITTEN DOWN otherwise I will never write it. If I even thought that Day 1 couldn't be topped by Day 2, I was so wrong.

COMPLETELY AWESOME THINGS ABOUT COSFEST

1. There was a really awesome Spanner.

With everything! Discovered said Spanner (dani3lr), another Shouichi (♥ - sagaraice) and a Leonardo Lippi (xiaobai7988), all with lollipops, minutes after changing into costume. I grinned like a maniac and thereafter was Made Happy by everything in olive green that I saw thereafter, whether they be waitresses at the sushi restaurant we went to for dinner, people who just happened to be wearing clothes in that shade of green, and, yeah. ♥

ALSO. Everybody who turned up as Spanner for this event was a Spanner/Tsuna fan. XDDDDDDDDDDD I GUESS IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY?!

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2. atorii and ariesdraco, who were COMPLETELY WONDERFUL, even atorii WHO SOMEHOW MANAGED TO GET ME ON STAGE for the closing Caramelldansen despite my constant protests of NO I CANNOT DANCE, NO I DON'T WANT TO GO ON STAGE, AND NO I REFUSE, because I cannot say no to her, and also it turned out that it was VERY VERY FUN and I was happy I did it (especially since I managed to wedge self three rows deep and therefore virtually invisible).

3. THE. REBORN. EVERYTHING.


MY GOD. Towards the end of the event, Nia and Viral and I sat at the tables next to sarahcoldheart and just watched the event, and I was fed ENDLESS HAPPINESS by the constant stream of Reborn passing by. THERE WERE SO MANY CHARACTERS THERE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE COSPLAYED. There was a Gola Mosca (MY GOD ♥) with a TINY HAND-SIZED CHIBI MAMMON, a Lancia complete will ball and chain, a Chikusa, a Chrome with a Muku-owl, a Lal and a Colonello, BASIL ♥, Byakuran and Shouichi, Spanner and Leonardo Lippi and Shouchi as mentioned above, MORE LAMBOS THAN I EVER IMAGINED POSSIBLE (WHAT THE HELL, REALLY, WHAT THE HELL), and a Gokudera and Tsuna I never saw apart (♥). And of course there was a TYL!Tsuna, Hibari with a tiny tiny Hibird, Mukuro, and, and - SORRY TOO HAPPY TO REMEMBER THE REST.

Oh oh oh and one of the best parts was the MASS CARAMELLDANSEN at the end of the event, and Gola Mosca being on stage to participate. ELIZABETH FROM GINTAMA WAS ONSTAGE TO DO THE SAME THING DEAR GOD I DO NOT KNOW HOW IT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE. And then there was the HILARIOUS CONSTANT CONGA LINES (led today by Anon from 4chan what the hell XD), and my favourite lineup included Lancia (WITH BALL AND CHAIN), Belphegor, and Lambo BACK-TO-BACK.

4. FOR SHEER WTF: that. that. onstage skit where Ichigo was the HORRIFIED RECIPIENT of a personal serenade of When You Tell Me That You Love Me from one of the lesser Soul Society arc's enemies. Ichigo reacted by beating the guy up, and I reacted by suffering a horrific attack of SHUDDERS DOWN MY SPINE and HELP MY EARS ARE BLEEDING. STILL WORTHY OF A HONOURABLE MENTION FOR BEST BRAINBREAK-INDUCING MOMENT. (They also got a hell of a lot of applause).

5. AHAHAHA saw mushrooms in Eyeshield! ♥ And despite SEEING THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE COSTUMES as 80 + 21 shirts, I stared at them for MINUTES before looking away and thinking that I must have had the wrong people, because I was SO DAMNED SURE THAT THE NUMBERS I SHOULD'VE BEEN LOOKING AT WERE 80 and 27. When I told mushrooms this I was conclusively eyerolled and told that she'd just known I would do that. (ohcomeon I love the pairing!)

Had dinner with amarukei, sarahcoldheart, ariesdraco, atorii and kiellne after, and then we went for bubble tea and sketching and laughing at this hilarious OTT Korean drama that was being shown there. On the way home we rickrolled the entire train we were on and OHNOES'd them too.

ALSO dorkodile I MISSED YOU SO MUCH. :((((( We were talking at the table about Gintama cosplay and it's just that there are so many people I saw today that know you BUT YOU WERE NOT THERE. SO WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK FROM GERMANY, OKAY, I MISS YOU. ♥

THAT WAS AWESOME WOULD DO AGAIN. ♥