For the first two weeks of August, I went off to Taiwan~. Been back from the trip for around a week (busy busy trying to settle in with work and catch up with stuff). It's been 17 years since I've traveled there. Boy, do I remember very little of Taiwan. Some things haven't changed though, while some stuff has changed a lot. But what's different about this trip is that I had places and events I wanted to cram in, with a shorter stay than any of my previous trips to Taiwan, so it was a trip with a super full itinerary. Went out bright and early every day and didn't get home until around 11 pm every night. Walked my feet off. XD There was no rest at all. I became very familiar with the public transit. I also got to see my relatives who I haven't seen in just as long as I haven't been back to Taiwan. 17 years!! (I was so tiny back then.)

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The never-ending saga.

So, I saw that Conan is getting a super cute nendoroid (love the speech bubbles) and then I ended up pre-ordering that and looking up other Conan stuff. There's actually a Kaitou Kid figma! I feel like ever since the 20th anniversary of the Detective Conan anime, there's been a lot more merchandise. XD Well, I'm pretty happy about that~. No complaints here. I also ended up buying some other stuff too. The Prince of Tennis clips were too cute.

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Latest manga I bought!

Dear Boys Overtime V2: I have V1 and V3 already, so this should complete my collection of Dear Boys. Never did I think the story would end up so long. XD I might be missing a volume from Season 3 though (not sure). I started collecting Dear Boys around 2003 when the anime (that was pretty badly animated, hahaha) aired. At first, I checked out the Dear Boys manga from the library (the library had all of Season 1), while I bought Season 2 as it was released. But then I went back and bought the bunkobon version of Season 1, because a collection that's missing an entire season isn't a collection! Even though I now have the entire series, I actually haven't read Season 3 yet. Season 2 was the one that had an arc that focused on Ayumi Fuse, my favorite character. I don't know if he shows up much in Season 3. XD I should finish reading the series sometime.

Oresama Teacher V24: I'm quite behind on reading this series too! Still hoping it'll get an anime~. Though, where I stopped reading, it was getting confusing with all of the new characters. I'll have to play catch up with this series too. I mean, a review on one of the fics I wrote in this fandom kind of told me that something happened in canon regarding a certain character's background. XD (I'm thankful they didn't spoil what it actually was~)

Buddy Go V8: The latest crossdressing manga I've been reading. XD It has all the usual cliches, haha. Girl crossdresses as a guy and forms a dancing unit with the guy she idolizes as a dancer.

Hattori Heiji x Tooyama Kazuha Fanbook: Whoa, a fanbook all about Heiji and Kazuha! I saw Kazuha first and was thinking that she looked a lot like Kazuha, and what do you know, it really is Kazuha. A fanbook all about her and her relationship with Heiji. Wow. (Conan is just there on the cover so we all know this is still Detective Conan, lol) I guess they're really being marketed now because of the 21st movie, The Crimson Love Letter, that focuses on them. The fanbook includes tidbits about them throughout the series, each chapter/episode they appear in, their character designs, their outfits, scenes from the movie drawn by Aoyama Gosho, and interviews. I like the interviews the best~. I read through two interviews so far, the one from Aoyama Gosho and the one from Heiji's and Kazuha's seiyuus. There's also an interview from Takayama Minami, several other seiyuus, and the director of the movie. Lots more to read. :3
Stuff I bought from Anime Expo!

Day 1, I spent a good chunk of my time lining up for Yamamato Sayo and Kubo Mitsurou's autograph, while Days 2-3 were spent on trying to attend panels (and often failing). Day 4 was my shopping day! I wrote up some notes on the panels that I did get to attend, so I'll at least be posting about those.

Got myself another Arslan Senki poster. o/ My favorite one is the one shown on the box though. Haven't come across that one yet. Arslan looks gentler there~.

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More on Fanime, starting with the rest of the stuff I bought~. Quite a shopping trip this year. XD

Arslan Senki poster was from Friday's swap meet~

close ups )

I find it very cool that Fanime has official photographers. :D They've also already uploaded photos! Here are some that I was in.

Re:Zero gathering on Friday
All I can say is that the photographers pretty much asked the cosplayers to do the dab at every gathering I went to. I was the Emilia on the right.

Shounen Jump Sunday Gathering
I was Kayano on Sunday, and I was very much hoping there would be a Koro-sensei around. There was! *____*

Shounen Jump girls beating Mineta from My Hero Academia. A specific request. XD;;

The albums have a ton of pictures from all the gatherings, if anyone's interested in what cosplays there were at Fanime this year. o/

some other pics of lucathia )

I might do another post with cosplay pics of other people and some thoughts on events I went to. If I get around to it.

BTW, I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy v2 yesterday, and let me tell you, I cried buckets. ;__; (I'm quite pleased to see many Yondu fics crop up in the fandom though. All my feels.)

I've changed my layout on livejournal because I can no longer make changes to what the comment links look like with my account level, so I ended up with a lot of broken images with that layout. This one is clean enough, I suppose, though it also means that commenting will bring you to livejournal's default pages. Boo. Oh well, it's functional, if not pretty.

Fall anime

Dec. 26th, 2016 02:15 am
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Fall anime I recently finished watching (or am almost done watching). Haha, 5 out of 7 of these series have exclamation points in the title.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go
I love that more Natsume is getting adapted, despite the gap between season 4 and this new season. It makes me hopeful that there will keep being more Natsume anime. Also, it's just really touching seeing how far Natsume has come since season 1. My favorite episode was the one with Touko. The Fujiwaras are just great~. Getting to see Natori's past was also a pleasant surprise. Sometimes though, the episodes with the ayakashi and fleeting human lives were a bit heavy for me, so I didn't watch the episodes right away.

Haikyuu!! Karasuno VS Shiratorizawa
Even though the entire season was focused on a single match, it was beautifully done and kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, Tsukki. ;asdkf;adf This season was so good for Tsukishima fans like me! He really got to shine. :D I'm not following the manga weekly, but I did end up reading ahead of the anime in the middle of this season. And then I went off looking for Tsukishima fic.

Yuri!!! on Ice
The first episode was beautifully animated. The skating in the rest of the series couldn't compare to the first episode, but each episode sure was packed with emotion, and I almost can't believe how many different skating routines we got to see. All the research that must've gone into creating this series! Although there were tons of characters, I found them all pretty memorable and likable. Even JJ grew on me, haha. My favorite was Yurio though~. Gotta love how he can skate so well while pissed off. XD I especially loved the flashback in the last episode, finally showing his POV of what happened in episode 1. So much happened in just 12 episodes. Also, I absolutely love Victor with long hair. XD

Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Legend Star
I liked this season more than season 3, and I liked that we got more of the dancing in 2D, with the 3D looking a bit more natural than the previous season's. I didn't like Ren much before, but I gotta say, I loved his outfit this time. A suit plus a ponytail! The duet project was fun, though even after it, I don't feel I know the Heaven's members very well. But it did give more development to STARISH. And dang, Otoya's episodes were dark. Haruka has pretty much faded into the background, with only a cursory thought given to her in the 1st and last episodes. As for the final songs in the concert, I did actually like STARISH's the best. I liked Heaven's previous song better than their new one.

Magic-Kyun! Renaissance
Even after watching the entire series, I still don't get it. What exactly is a magical art, and what use does it have??? Is it just for showing how good you are at your art? More sparkles = you're really good at your chosen field? It doesn't seem worth it for Kohana to risk her life over it. The pacing of the series was weird. I thought the festival thing would be the final goal, but nah. And the staircase. All that buildup about the staircase, but they don't even really go on it. Weird little series. :'D Aoi was cool though. Voiced by KENN even~. Also, Minagawa Junko voiced Kohana's very handsome roommate Juri. XD

This was so fast paced, with couples everywhere, but the pacing was actually pretty refreshing because things were definitely not dragged out. I really liked Adachi's character design. XD (It's the ponytail, hahaha) Higashida was a funny protagonist with how deadpan he was. The skits with Saiki (who doesn't know much Japanese) were great fun. Hosoya did such a great job with Saiki, and his English wasn't bad. :D Nagata was cute, and good for her for scolding both Higashida and Miyakoshi. XD

Hibike! Euphonium
I have one episode left of this, though episode 12 already covered the final performance. The animation is beautiful~. This season seems to be more about other people than Kumiko, yet she's in the middle of everything. What a meddler. XD;;; Or, what convenient timing she always has, to be in the middle of everything so we get to see what's happening. XD I didn't care much for Asuka in s1, but this season changed that, and I loved how Mamiko's story connected with hers. Also, Kumiko was such a cute kid, so excited about music, wanting to be just like her sister. Looking forward to the last episode.

Detective Conan: Episode One - Chiisaku Natta Meitantei
Conan special~. I definitely didn't feel we needed a remake of episode 1, but it was still kind of nice to see episode 1 with updated animation, and to have it fleshed out more. It's cool seeing more of Shinichi before he shrank, though he actually felt younger to me. XD I guess he kind of is, since he hasn't had to become more mature because of danger. It was cute seeing Shinichi and Ran interact so naturally without any worries. Also, it was really funny seeing Shinichi in those clothes again. No matter how many times we're shown the amusement park date, it's always that green jacket. By now, it must be a traumatizing outfit for him. I also still can't get over how bloody the roller coaster case is.

I watched 2 episodes of Trickster. Don't know if I'll continue. I still might give Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari, Sangatsu no Lion, Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, Girlish Number, and Fune wo Amu a watch.

Fanime 2016

Jul. 11th, 2016 08:31 pm
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Belated Fanime post! Fanime was back in May, during Memorial Day Weekend. Overall, it was a relaxing convention for me. I didn't have any major events planned, just shopping and meeting up with people. The complete opposite of AX, which was hectic, haha.

picture dump )

Stuff I bought at Fanime.

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A belated post about all the stuff I bought in Japan. I bought... a lot. XD;;; (How did all of this fit in my luggage? Good question...)

All the Prince of Tennis stuff I bought. Really amazing how Prince of Tennis is still popular with so much merchandise. I guess the merchandise will keep the series going. Even though I'm not currently following Shin Tenipuri, I'm still buying the merchandise. :'D;; I won the huge towel from a UFO catcher. :3;; (It is now hanging on my wall.)

Prince of Tennis stuff )

other stuff )

manga and doujinshi )
Purchased some stuff yesterday. Now to wait for them to come to me. *rubs hands gleefully* Bought myself the the 9th LSK bundle, the extra volume of the Human Doll Contract verse (Kiyutsuna pointed out that the golden haired guy is most likely Grisia klajsdfla;sdjf;a; I didn't even notice), 1/2 Prince manhua volume 14 (I couldn't tell who the characters on the cover were, but most likely Winter Triumph and Nan Gong Zui? ...You know what, I still have no clue), and more volumes of Detective Conan, haha... Only Japanese manga I buy the Taiwanese version of now, since my parents also read it! Otherwise, all my other manga, I usually buy in Japanese now.

I'm really curious about the Detective Conan light novels. I wonder if they're any good. :3; Tempting...

Parallelsfic works are live! \o\ I have a total of one fic in the collection this time, and I am not very anonymous, hahaha. I received a lovely Haikyuu fic~. Reveals are on the 22nd!

Next weekend is Japan Expo! It's the first time the convention will be held around here. I'm super excited because there are some great guests attending. I'm especially interested in Kozaki Yusuke who did character designs for Fire Emblem Awakening and Iwadare Noriyuki who did music for Ace Attorney, Lunar, and Grandia~. I'm so going to bust out my FE:A Henry cosplay and my Maya cosplay. XD; Hopefully the gatherings for the two series are on different days! Must bring some stuff to get signed~

back from AX!

Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:33 pm
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I'm back in LJ land and responsive again, but I have a lot to catch up on... good thing my inbox isn't ridiculous this year, because I have been checking it and sorting my email into folders! XD;

I read the latest Detective Conan chapter on my phone (chapter 824) while I was away and could not contain my excitement, ahhhhhh. While I was somewhat not wanting this turn of events, when it happened... I still very much liked the outcome.

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AX write up, to come tomorrow! Gotta first finish up some editing for Prince Revolution, and then do [ profile] colors_tcg stuff (which I am so, so behind on).

If I've missed any LJ posts I should know about, kindly point me toward them. I opened up a bunch of tabs to answer when I got home yesterday, but I got too sleepy and closed them all to go to sleep, OTL. But, first let me say, congratulations on getting your NaNo printed, [ profile] absolutehymn007! ♥

Ohhh, new Noblesse chapter is out after the one month break. Will be a treat for myself after I catch up with things. :3;;

2011 in fic

Jan. 1st, 2012 11:22 pm
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A ridiculous long reflection about my 2011 writing! Here's last year's reflection.

I told myself last year I would not start new multi-parters this year without finishing my previous WIPs, but apparently I forgot all about that in the face of my LSK obsession, hah...

talk about my fics in chronological order )

fic meme )
I can almost see the end of the prologue! *_____* The prologue wasn't meant to be this long. OTL /dislikes the boring prologue. I mean, if the prologue turns out to be 10,000 words, then what does that leave the rest of the chapters...? I plan to wrap this novel up in 50k!

I didn't get much farther with advancing the story today. I just... expanded on scenes. I'm barely at the recommended word count at 5006 words! (I left the last sentence hanging, haha, because I'd passed 5000 words.)

I feel I'm getting a better feel for Tekatme's voice now. But I still need to get a better handle on the plot. And I haven't managed to describe Tekatme's hair at any point in the story yet. *pouts* This needs to be fixed because I find the two tufts of his hair that always fly up very adorable... XD;

distractions for today:
- reading Detective Conan theories and reading recent chapters (ahhhh, mysteries are complicated. no way I can weave something this complicated...)

- reading Noblesse chapter 208, Skip Beat chapter 182, Hunter x Hunter 323 (it is getting exciting again, and yayyy, Killua's family!), Junai Labyrinth v5 (I think I might nominate this for Yuletide...*loves shoujo, which gets very little fic usually* I'm still undecided about what to nominate...)

- deck making (still need to finish)

Will be prioritizing [ profile] colors_tcg stuff now (baaaacklog!), which might mean I won't be able to reach my Day 4 word count. We'll see.

No True Pair

Sep. 11th, 2011 03:25 am
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Listing out all my possible prompts for [community profile] no_true_pair and narrowing them down later. :3 This will be fun! Some match-ups are more plausible than others while some are just crack. XD; My comments are in parentheses. Posting starts October. I hope my muse will give me some short oneshots. Not sure if I'll actually get anything written, but I gave each one some passing thought. Was fun just to think about the prompts even if I don't end up writing them.

Legend of Sun Knight List )

1/2 Prince List )

Noblesse List )

Prince of Tennis List )

Kimi to Boku List )

Naruto List )

Oresama Teacher List )

Detective Conan List )

Ace Attorney List )

Random Crossover List )
I looked forward to watching this movie since I went to watch Captain America. I didn't think I'd like superhero movies this much? The movie didn't interest me before, but now it's caught my interest. ;) Anyway, I finally got around to watching Iron Man and quite enjoyed it. Looking forward to watching Iron Man 2, hopefully over the weekend!

Am also looking forward to catching up with some anime. I haven't been watching anything at all. Kind of just fell out of it. I've been trying to watch Natsume Yuujinchou San weekly, but I didn't manage to do that! When Kimi to Boku and Bakuman 2 start airing this fall though, I'm so following those as the episodes come out. Getting an anime really does make a series more popular, and gets the series more advertising too. Already, Kimi to Boku is getting more merchandise, it's been on the cover of G Fantasy quite a lot (which means I've been buying it every month...), has more color pages, etc! And I've been seeing more people talking about the series. I'm excited to see KtB get more popular because when I first got into the series, almost no one had heard about it before! It is lonely to like a series and have no one to talk about it with. [ profile] kimitoboku_fan is also getting a bit more activity now~

(This is why I will be forever sad that 1/2 Prince and Legend of Sun Knight and Noblesse might never get an anime since they're not manga from Japan, though I do love that they're not from Japan. But if they did ever get an anime, the popularity boost!! I so wish these series would become more popular in English speaking circles.)

August was quite a Kaitou Kid month (that made me gleeful, the fact that he took over Conan episodes for 4 weeks) but I've only watched the first episode that aired (and took a whole slew of screencaps). I suddenly have this urge to watch Conan from the start, though that'd be a huge undertaking. XD; The new Prince of Tennis ovas must also be super squee-worthy, but I've yet to watch them. Watching them is very high priority for me though. ;)

Today I started reading a webtoon called Pinocchio about a ghost and a girl who can see him. I am in love with the art style. ♥ Also started reading The God of High School. I sense interesting fights up ahead. Sometimes I really wish I can read Korean too... I enjoy reading things in the original language. :3

Fanfiction in Chinese?
Does anyone know of any archive sites for fanfics in Chinese? I'm starving for Legend of Sun Knight fics especially, and I know that they have pretty big followings in Taiwan. I randomly surfed around in baidu and came upon a hilarious fic about rumors regarding Earth and Sun and how Earth was spreading rumors about Sun being gay, so Sun tells his platoon to make Earth appear gay, and somehow it all ends with people believing that Earth and Sun are gay together. Now I want to write some kind of rumor fic too! I think Storm would fit such a fic well...

I did search around Yu Wo's site and saw that quite a lot of people post their fanfics for her series there. It seems to me that many people post their fics in forums. I wonder if that's the practice most follow? Long, long time ago, I used to read Chinese Yu Yu Hakusho fics whenever I ran out of YYH fics from the English fandom to read, though I've forgotten the site I frequented back then. I wonder if it's even still around. It was a YYH specific site though. :3
Title: Too Large an Earring
Day/Theme: 2. The biggest he’s ever seen, bigger than his hand
Series: Detective Conan/Magic Kaito
Character/Pairing: Kid
Rating: PG
Words: 100
Notes: for [ profile] 31days_exchange, 31_days masterlist.

He thought he'd done his research... )
This week is catch up with Detective Conan week for me. XD;

Conan sure gets hugged a lot )

Also, movie 14, I finally watched it. I squealed )
It's also known as "Kid the Phantom Thief". It is so cool to finally see Kaito's back story animated. Kaitou Kid is usually cool and collected in Detective Conan, and he seems much more grown up. Here he feels a lot younger. He's goofier and well, still learning his past and deciding his path from now on. My favorite character from Conan now has his own anime!!! *____*

This is the best eyecatch ever. XD

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Every year's DC movie shows in theaters during Golden Week and the DVDs come out around autumn. I used to follow the movies mostly because it was the only animated DC I could get my hands on by buying importing the DVDs from Taiwan. Anyway, it's become sort of a tradition for me, but my favorites will always be the first two movies (both of which I've rewatched a lot)...movies after that are a bit hazy for me.

As movies go, movie 13 was interesting enough. There are two major plots going on at once--one is trying to find the serial murderer who's been leaving hints with mahjong tiles, and the other has to do with watching out for the Black organization. Oh, and the Detective Boys do their own little thing too, so you could say there are three plots going on~. The murder plot kind of takes a backseat in this movie. There's not much a sense of emergency in comparison with what's happening with the BO. Oh, and guess what? This is DC's turn to damage Tokyo Tower. XD;

I thought this was cute. :D

some screencaps )

Eeeeek. There were lots of beetles in the movie (the kids were capturing beetles). NOW THERE'S ONE ON MY DESK. A small one but where did it come from??


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