taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Okami / draw a circle and get praise)
So I was thinking about a post regarding a couple of Epic Mythology Romances~ where the man really pisses me off, but then I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] lepluvium and got a better idea.

Let's go Japanese today, and we're particularly going to talk about youkai. Yup, the folklore monsters on crack!

They did the monster mash! )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / sea turtle)
Oh man, my paid LJ account is expiring soon!

Also, I promise I'll reply to your comments in other posts soon. I've been really lazy...

Not a lot to say, besides that I watched The Avengers the other day and had a blast! I'm not sure if I'll make a post about it, but it's really hard to move on with this movie because Tumblr won't shut up about it. And I don't even follow Avengers-centric blogs! This fandom is eating everything up, even the mythology tag. Which brings us to today's post, kinda.

Because I realized that if I start talking about Norse myths now, people who have no idea but watched Avengers and/or Thor will be confused as fuck. So I'm not going to make a long list of differences between mythology and Marvel movies, as you can google it if you want. But I'm bringing a graphic of relationship differences that will be useful.

Not exactly family trees; you can google for those too )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Klavier / rock this legal system)
Okay, okay, I swear that this time I'll make a post about something nicer. Here is a story that has a happy ending or at least it's happy if you're not the random old guy who saw it all. This is one of my favorite myths because the main character not only is a trickster, he actually gets away with it without a scratch and gets his life made because of his trolling. If you've read tales with more traditional tricksters (Loki, Coyote, Anansi, etc.) you'll be aware that it's a rare occurrence. Even Bugs Bunny loses sometimes. This awesome dude only loses when he lets you win.

This is the only story where Hermes of the Greco-Roman pantheon gets the leading role. They probably were too scared to let him be main character again when he got older, so from now on he's only the best support character. But that's a topic for another day, how Hermes is such a strange trickster. For now, let's go on with the story.

Turnabout Cattle )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Default)
Nope, I haven't forgotten! I've just been sick lately and I wasn't feeling geeky enough to do it. I was going to make more graphics too, but in the end I thought it was too bleagh of an idea. So anyway, here's the disgusting conclusion to the Norse creation myth.

Warnings: bit of gore again, dwarf bashing, lack of cheerful LEGO

More Ymir products and the Nine Worlds )

So anyway, welcome to anyone who came here to read this posts. I hope you enjoy them or learn something from this mess :D
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / Wings on your feet)
Since you guys seemed more interested in learning Norse, we'll go focus on a bit of Norse too. So let's go with the beginning, literally the beginning. Creation myth!

Warnings and triggers: A bit of gore and gratuitous violence, sweaty armpits, and cows with a licking fetish.

The original Song of Ice and Fire )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Ammy and Issun / slicing fruit)
I'm sorry if you saw that and I apologize for the damage in your flist. I thought that crossposting plugin was turned off.

In case you missed it: I'm trying to resurrect the mythology blog in my domain, now with reviews. I posted one for Okami today because area of expertise and stuff. But yeah, technical difficulties and that bullshit got accidentally crossposted without LJ-cut.

Man, I didn't want to plug it like this...
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Tamaki / read more)
Feliz cumpleaños, [livejournal.com profile] hamsterfactor! :D

Yesterday I watched How to Train your Dragon and it was sweet. Am I one of the only people who thought it had potential since the trailer? I see almost everyone was all wary because it was Dreamworks, while I was all 'VIKINGS AND DRAGONS, they have to mess up pretty badly to get it wrong."

I also started the fifth season of Doctor Who, even though I skipped the whole run of Ten. Eleven is adorable so far. Nothing against Amy and the others, but why is it that all companions in the 'new' series are adult straight females from the XXI century?

ANYWAY! Today is Saint George and Book Day in Spain, so I went on a haul to get books with 10% off. It was awesome! I spent nearly 100€ in shit, also. Here is the loot:

Video games (okay, not everything was books)
Beautiful Katamari
Madworld

IT stuff
→ one about PHP 6 and MySQL development
→ one about webapp development, useful for my project
I wanted to get more, like one for CSS and one for Struts, but reference books are so expensive!

Fantasy lit
Percy Jackson 5 in English, fuck yeah
→ Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum

Mythology nerd cred
→ a children's compilation (well, 14+) of stories from Ovid's Metamorphosis. It has pretty illustrations and all!
→ a small one analyzing Dionysus, I thought it seemed interesting
→ a generic one on Egyptian mythology because I didn't have any

ETA: Crap, I forgot the Manga
→ Fullmetal Alchemist 23
→ The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
→ The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
taotrooper: A baby pegasus eating grapes (Fantasia / I brake for grape)
So the director of the remake of Clash of the Titans is a Saint Seiya fan.

Let's repeat that again!

SAINT SEIYA FAN

..............Should I laugh until my sides hurt or be very terrified he might've been influenced by it? I MEAN, it's not like the original movie is that faithful or anything, but Saint Seiya takes the cake in waitwhut.

But the point of making this post isn't talking about a bad movie based on a so-bad-it's-good cheesy cult movie from 1986. It's showing that they got Kurumada to make manga posters for the film in Japan! Scans here.

...Dude, that guy doesn't look like Sam Worthington at all XDDDDDD This is like being asked to draw a space marine in a Greek armor, and instead you give them a JRPG shounentard. If anything, the stuck-in-the-80's hairdo makes me think this is fanart for the original and not this one.

*aaaaaaand insert several jokes about pegasus and Andromeda and Hades (!?) here, of course*

ETA: From Misión Tokyo: "Last week, during the premiere of the remake of Clash of the Titans, director Louis Letterrier declared he did a tribute to Saint Seiya in the film, having the Olympians to wear armors like in the original story of Masami Kurumada." Well, that's CotT's excuse, but what's Percy Jackson's?
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
→ Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] outou! Hope you're having a good time.

→ Well, the first episode of Arakawa Under the Bridge was funny. I went to check the manga later and thankfully it was scanlated until 75% of this episode. I prefer to watch a comedy anime not knowing the jokes in advance. So far the anime is funnier, which is odd considering how much the mangaka makes me laugh with Saint Young Men, his other manga.

→ Speaking of which, I stumbled into the fact there's a Danish comic series a la Asterix art-wise called Valhalla, based strongly in Norse myths and it's mostly about Thor and Loki's bro adventures. Man, do want to read this so much, but it's not in any language I can understand. Bummer.

→ Does anyone know any good pages about Norse mythology, by the way? Greek-Roman has even entire domains dedicated to it, but I have yet to see that level of dedication with other pantheons. The more detailed, the better. Oh, and same with Celtic and Egyptian, for that matter.

→ Some quizzes. Dungeons and Dragons character and hero archetype )

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