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Insta-rec! And Saiyuki fic. [Sep. 12th, 2010|09:38 am]
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But first a rec: Escape without running, Yozak-centered gen. Recced by [personal profile] threewalls, and amazing.

And now, for [community profile] au_bingo: 585 Saiyuki vampire AU! Thanks to [personal profile] emungere for betaing.

Overnight )
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If you haven't seen these already... [Aug. 22nd, 2010|11:00 am]
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A nice rundown of the Avatar: TLA movie and its horrible suckitude. There is color coding.

Real yakuza review Yakuza 3.

If you're not reading the stories at [profile] 7thnight_smut, you really should be-- at least if you like Saiyuki. All the stories are locked, but membership is open. I've been working my way through them for days. (I confess my current favorite is the one where Goku's a chef and Sanzo's the world's bitchiest restaurant reviewer, although the space AU with the OT4 is fighting for top place.)
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Hakkai/Gojyo fic! [Aug. 17th, 2010|09:59 pm]
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More for [community profile] kink_bingo, prompt bondage (wrists/ankles). Futurefic, though that's not super-relevant here. The usual 'this fic contains Hakkai' sort of warnings apply. Thanks to [personal profile] emungere for betaing.

The Leaf and Vine )
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I bet you were wondering what the Kou-taichi were up to in the cyberpunk AU [Jul. 17th, 2010|11:33 pm]
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Weren't you? Here's the answer. [personal profile] emungere is my awesomest beta ever.

Previous installments of the Steamverse are here.

The Client )
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Yeeeeessss. [May. 23rd, 2010|03:26 pm]
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REMIX IS UP. Go read it, it's good.
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More fic, and a meme! [Apr. 2nd, 2010|03:38 pm]
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In celebration of my [info]springkink fics getting done:

Ask me a question about one of my fics -- characters, plot, what happened before or after, what the writing process was like, what scenes I cut or changed, other ways the fic could have gone, relevant bits of backstory/headcanon/worldbuilding, what a certain line or scene meant or was in reference to, what various characters were doing offscreen.

And if you haven't seen them, the last two fics are both Saiukyi:

Goku and Hakkai

Hazel and Gat
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Miscellany~ [Feb. 2nd, 2010|10:09 pm]
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A Western journalist living in Haiti at the time of the earthquake tells her story, and her perspective on the island. Really beautiful.

Please check out [info]savetheproject! It's a fan auction to save the Virginia Avenue Project, an awesome afterschool arts and academics program. 100% of participating kids graduate high school, most go on to college and are the first of their families to do so! I am offering a Box of Vermont and may well throw in something else. I know we've all been asked to give a lot, but it's a wonderful program and really effective. Please check it out at least!

Also, even when somewhat poorly animated and terribly dubbed the Kami-sama arc takes my heart and shreds it into tiny emo pieces. BE CAREFUL GOJYO~
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Love Song [Jan. 26th, 2010|08:15 pm]
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A companion to yesterday's story, The Other Side. This one is about Zi and Jin, because Jin won't shut up ever they needed a little attention too. Warnings are essentially the same as the last story.

Ten )
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The Other Side, Saiyuki [Jan. 25th, 2010|09:49 pm]
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The long-promised Saiyuki reincarnation story! 58 het (female Hakkai), 3/surprise, set between Gaiden and Gensomaden. Not exactly deathfic, but you can't reincarnate without it, and I hope you don't mind age differences....

Author's note at the end, and much love to [info]emungere for betaing.

She wasn't pretty, exactly. She'd gone beyond pretty, if she'd ever been. But she was beautiful. )
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Basically, no one should ever talk to me. [Aug. 12th, 2009|06:38 pm]
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This is all [info]darknightrain's fault. She knows why.

Rated NC-17 for seriously underage sexuality and dubious consent at best; nothing explicit, but definitely skeevy. References to canon events; Nii/Kami-sama. Double drabble.

'What will Koumyou think of you?' he asked the room. )
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Kazyua Minekura, Saiyuki (more IBARW!) [Jul. 30th, 2009|09:05 pm]
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Once upon a time, oh Best Beloveds, there was a baby. And this baby, due to a complicated series of circumstances we won't get into right now, got put into a basket and sent floating on a great river. So great was this river that it gave life to the people and towns around it for many miles, and so it held the little boy (for a little boy it was) as he went floating off.

Now babies can sleep through anything, but just as babies sleep, so do they wake. And this boy woke, and cried out. And-- because this is how the stories always go-- the boy was heard. And the boy was gathered into the arms of a kind, loving caretaker, who wiped his snotty nose and changed his diaper and smoked pot and hung out with....

Oh, I'm sorry, did you think I was talking about Moses?

In fact, there is another Famous Spiritual Figure who got sent floating down A Great River, and that's Tripitaka, of Buddhist legend and the great Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. (The best translation is a four-volume juggernaut, translated by Anthony Yu; I still haven't finished it, but I can testify to its high quality and readability.) Journey to the West is just what it says on the box: A story about a road trip from China to India, starring a holy monk and his three disciples/followers/bodyguards. Journey to the West has been ripped off by West and East, left, right, and sideways, and its most popular character-- Son Goku, the Monkey King-- has starred in many, many stories, in many, many forms.

One of the many interpretations is Gensomaden Saiyuki, by Japanese mangaka Kazuya Minekura (a comic artist and writer). Minekura took many of the bare bones of the story-- the baby in the river, the four travelers, the journey itself-- put them in a box full of crack and awesome, shook the whole mess up, and came out with something extraordinary. It has damn near everything: myth, monks, magic, monsters, mad scientists, martial arts-- and that's just the "m"s!

I could, and have, talked about Saiyuki all day. But here are a few things that, for me, take Saiyuki from ordinary to extraordinary:

-- The four lead characters. They are drawn together by shared tragedy (child abuse, neglect, loss of a guardian) but they will never let those tragedies define them. They express affection by yelling, teasing, and smacking each other around. They refuse to apologize for themselves. They protect others but never stop respecting people or treating them on their own terms. Also, best. dialogue. ever.

-- The world. The author's Japanese. The main characters are Chinese. The main antagonists live in India. Along the way, they meet Westerners, criminals, madmen and zombies (well, one zombie. technically.); they stay in inns, homes, and temples; they have cigarettes and guns and newspapers and none of it's really explained. And somehow this scratched-together universe works, and works beautifully. Oh, and the food. The food!

-- The art. Holy cow, the art.

-- When Minekura deals with The Big Issues (genocide, racism, abuse) she does it so damn well. So many stories-- pro and fan-created-- slide the plot completely off the rails whenever The Big Issue comes up, or uses it as an excuse for Drama and Angst. Minkeura never does this. She respects The Big Stuff by treating it as what it is-- Big, and Important, but another part of the bigger tapestry of her world rather than a derail or a plot device. (It makes Harry's terrible childhood, for example, look like the cheap stunt it is...IMO of course!)

Is Saiyuki perfect? No. There's not enough women, the women there are don't get to do enough stuff, and sometimes the story has dragged a bit (although the payoff is usually amazing). But it's worth it. So very worth it.

Other Minekura works translated into English include Wild Adapter, the story of two young men and their entanglement with the Japanese yakuza, and Bus Gamer, which has one of my favorite female characters ever.

The manga's also been adapted into an anime. It's not as good. Oh, and there's a musical. I leave it to someone else to pimp that.
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Fic: Saiyuki, mostly gen [Jul. 19th, 2009|01:47 pm]
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Sanzo-centric. Cause that's how I roll. Some sex, some intimacy, not necessarily at the same time. 400 words.

Embraced )

Also, when I said I lost my 'pilot' last night? I meant WALLET. Seriously kids, PRAY TO THE FSM FOR ME.
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Some Saiyuki thoughts (spoilers for V. 8 and the last Reload chapter) [Jul. 14th, 2009|09:31 pm]
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Everyone's always adding their shit to my pile )

ALSO I threw the two-page Reload Blast image in Photoshop and just put the left and right side together. Nothing fancy just WOW THE FULL EFFECT IS AWESOME.

Image may be spoilery, depending on how much you care about spoilers )

Assume comments are SPOILERY AS HELL.
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Linkblogging, stuff, and OMG SAIYUKI [May. 29th, 2009|11:13 pm]
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1. Okay, for those of you not in the know: Gaiden is ending, as planned. It is going to be replaced with the ADVENTURES OF YOUNG KOUMYOU. No, really.

There's not enough squee in the world.

2. More importantly, please spread the word and contact your political representatives about protecting blind people's access to written material. There's a big treaty negotiation going on, and Americans are on the wrong fucking side of it, among others. Please check it out-- this applies to a lot of people, all over the world.

3. It really scares me that sometimes I look at TMNT fandom and think 'needs more het.' I NEVER SAY THIS.

4. I watched Green Hornet earlier tonight, for the same reasons anyone does (Bruce Lee), and every time the Hornet screwed up, I found myself thinking, 'you should've sent Kato in.'

5. On Cartoon Network, Bleach is finally a) out of filler and b) up to Grimmjow! Whee!

6. Regarding latest Saiyuki Reload raws: HOLY SHIT I LOVE MINEKURA. Not that you didn't already know that. I just needed to say it again.
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Today, I am a slacker. [May. 1st, 2009|10:51 pm]
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It's blogging against disablism day! And I got nothing. But check out the awesome things other people have to say!

On other, unrelated notes, Enver Gjokaj is Joss' latest discovery, I think. My issues with Dollhouse continue to mount, but he does find some damn good actors. I want a show where he, Dichen Lachman and J. August Richards fight crime. With Tahmoh Penikett as their buttoned-down but softhearted boss. And Reed Diamond could be their FBI liason who has unresolved sexual tension with Tamoh Penikett OH GOD THIS IS HOW PEOPLE START WRITING RPS ISN'T IT.

I am friending people back on Dreamwidth, but pretty much randomly choosing whether or not to add you to the reading llist, so don't take it personally. And there's still one space left on the request-a-drabble meme! Posting without a Dreamwidth is simple and easy, I swear!

And a meme about characters! [info]chomiji gave me Kougaiji.

More under the cut )
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HOLY SHIT GUYS [Apr. 25th, 2009|12:19 am]
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Do you know that Dreamwidth has a simple, easy-to-use way of managing tags RIGHT UP IN THE MAIN MENU?

Shut up I am impressed I remember the SHEER HORROR of trying to straighten out the [info]livelongnmarry tags oh man

On another note, I am getting killed by [info]ship_manifesto. Has anyone written/read Goku/"Pippi" fic? Does anyone have any idea what the Japanese fans call the poor girl?
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Fic: Storytelling [Mar. 25th, 2009|08:09 pm]
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Gen, Hazel, Sanzo, Gat.

Telling stories with Sanzo around was like this; there was a narrative, and it was straight, and true and simple, and Hazel would be happily building to the dramatic, satisfying, and necessary conclusion when Sanzo would suddenly interrupt with something completely tangential to the subject at hand )
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Busy bee, or something like that [Feb. 28th, 2009|09:51 pm]
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[info]chash, did you know about [info]whitepawns? BECAUSE IF YOU KNEW AND DIDN'T TELL ME WE WILL HAVE WORDS, LADY.

Also! I wrote a TMNT drabble and [info]loolaa made an illustration to match! It is SOCUTE. Go look!

And I wrote more Saiyuki. Cause that's how I roll.
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Manga, we loves it. [Feb. 22nd, 2009|08:56 pm]
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Today's Saiyuki statement: HAKKAI FUCK YEAH. Probably more later.

I have the second volume of Kyou Kara Maoh! Where Gwendal HEROICALLY SAVES A KITTEN and is compared to a Godfather character. And Yozak is there, mostly naked and with very few lines! We get to meet him properly next volume, I assume. The manga is way more Conrad/Yuuri-y than the anime. I am choosing to JUST IGNORE IT JESUS CHRIST CONRAD.

More reason for people to complain about official translations: In the "meet the characters" page, most of the captions are completely fuxxored. It's actually pretty funny.

Anyway! It got me thinking a little bit, because Yuuri goes off on his 'MY NATION ONLY USES DEFENSE' speech and I, as always, start giggling, because YEAH, HISTORY OF JAPAN here, but that's not really fair to Yuuri. Because he's grown up in a world where that is how Japan works, and has worked for many years and my country's been at war for years now and it's interesting to think that Yuuri just has...no experience of that. One of my friends from the former Yugoslavia was saying it makes her sad that kids now will literally grow up not knowing the country she grew up in. And this is, I guess, the positive side of that, that Yuuri has grown up differently. And I assume that-- light comic work that this is-- the author was thinking of that when she created Yuuri.

Temari Matsumoto, the mangaka, says she likes drawing Gunter best. She keeps doing awesome things with his hair that crack me up.

There's a somewhat akward but cute prose story at the end about the boys on the cruise ship. Wolfram, as always, gets the best line.
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Surfing about the Internets.... [Feb. 7th, 2009|10:34 pm]
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Send some love to awesome and unloved female characters! Highlights include Max from Dark Angel, Sakura from Naruto, and lots of women from Supernatural.

So that's what the Kou-tachi have been up to.

I wrote fic for [info]saiyuki_time.
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