taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Crossover / moon won't stay up)
You know what, I'm so disappointed at P4A I can't even. I can't believe they turned Yu into a big douchebag and as much as a homophobe. The bathhouse episode was pretty bad, but like Kanji did, I assumed he'd accept this and get over it. So imagine when the camp pseudofiller has him saying those things to poor Kanji. UGH!! I was enjoying this anime, really! I liked how they handled Yukiko and Chie, for instance. Rise is going good, if we ignore Yu being too present because I can't see his fucking face anymore.

Fuck it. The game's MC is the only protagonist that exists, and he's pretty tolerant and cool, and I consider this OOC travesty just an icon fodder. The main reason I'm not dropping this? I want to make pretty icons for my RP account and they still haven't gotten to Teddie's alter form. Whatever.

Hmmmmmm, let's go with happier things. I'm giving my 3DS good use. Ocarina either is easier than I remember, was watered down a bit, or I've played this too much and I remember more than I thought. It's not a bad thing! I like easy because I'm a cheap idiot! And the sooner I finish, the sooner I get Master Quest mode.

Abyss goes slower, but then again this is an RPG with a lot of shit to do and characters to grind. OMG, I had forgotten that Ion was such a cute nice kid ;A; Pre-Akzeriuth Luke gets more unbearable the more times you play this game, too. Saint Binah is a gorgeous town and I wish I could go back later. Why are your cities so beautiful, Malkuth?

Oh, and my brother bought Skyward Sword! It's the special edition with the golden wiimote motion plus and the 25th Anniversary orchestra CD. I finally tried it today for a bit, and my arm was tired before I had even saved my bird. If can't even imagine how my bro can stand it, considering he's a lefty and he's having problems to adapt to the controls. Maybe that's why he hadn't played in a couple of days? Maybe he's ragequitting? I don't blame him, Nintendo did a dick move by alienating the left-handed clients.

I still have to write a mythology fanfic for a challenge. I have decided the story, but I haven't felt inspired yet with my family being pests or "improving" my mood. Nnnng.

So, how are you guys doing?
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Ocarina of Time / this is a song of hope)
What? It IS.

Remember my nerdgasm over the Zelda-themed 3DS pack? I BOUGHT IT. It arrived yesterday morning and fdhjsgfssdfg.

I also bought Tales of the Abyss whose European release date, incidentally, was also November 25th. So now I have the pretty console and a very nice 25th Anniversary of Zelda golden poster with several Links, Ocarina of Time, and this one, which makes the early Christmas present well justified.

U MAD, AMERICA? |D *puts sunglasses and trollface on*

It's a little sad that the only things I really needed to buy this otherwise useless gadget were ports of favorite games of mine. Nintendo needs to hurry up with the good new games.

So, the software that comes with the Wii-- I mean 3DS, is interesting but a one trick puppy. Once I played the AR games twice, I kinda lost interest. I've never watched a movie in 3D, but I like the 3D mode in this thing... as long as it's in a very soft setting, just enough to make the objects and characters pop. To the max it's just a fucking blur to me. But one milimeter is cool.

The battery is as dreadful as I was told. I remembered last night, when it died on me, that one of the reasons I was waiting for a lite version was a better battery life. Nothing I can do, I guess.

I'm in the middle of Lord Jabu Jabu so I'm finishing with young Link soon. In Abyss I'm in the Cheagle Woods. It really makes me happy to be able to play again these games that meant so much to me, in new ways. Hell, I'm just glad I can actually PAY for Abyss as I had to play a pirated NTSC PS2 copy (this statement probably makes me a bad Latina). Of course Spaniards are whining and not buying it because it's in English, which is no surprise at all.

But yeah, Ocarina is fun and even pretty in 3D. There's still not much of a point for Abyss being 3(DS) yet, but then again I still can't set shortcuts on the touch screen. But fuck that, I love both games.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Ginko / the sore feet song)
Livejournal has been giving me a lot of errors lately. No idea if it's an issue of them or my Firefox acting up. Sorry if I haven't been reading my flist well.

Can't say I have a lot to say:
♥ Finished My Little Pony, it was okay. Now to Adventure Time, and when [livejournal.com profile] laurus_nobilis returns I'll try some more Transformers Animated.
♥ Missed the lunar eclipse because it was a thick cloudy night. I was looking forward to it, bummer.
♥ My brother bought an iPod Touch and it's sweet: all the iPhone benefits without the phone bullshit. I kind of want one, but my faithful Nano is healthy and ~purple~ so there's no real need for that.

Ah, I found on my inbox these questions [livejournal.com profile] lunelight asked me a gazillion years ago. I'm so sorry!

Fullmetal meta, Abyss, gaming for the survivor, seiyuu )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Anise / looking for a fight?!)
Hey, you know, I like ports of old games! I've bought/gotten my fair amount of games I really enjoyed but never finished, or I'm too lazy to replay, or I don't have the original console anymore. Most of them are Zeldas, but dudes, I feel a sort of homely comfort knowing I can replay Ocarina in at least two (soon three) consoles other than NINTENDOSIXTYFOUUUR.

True, when they add new shit or remove old shit beyond improves to gameplay it's a bit YMMV for me, depending on the game, but then I watch a gif of a dog putting on sunglasses and I deal with it.

But yeah, like them ports. Even better, I love ports to handhelds! I discovered I'm more consistent playing on a GBA/NDS than a control/keyboard. I can play tiny chunks on bed or while I wait for something. This is several kinds of useful when it's a JRPG and it boosts my productivity, to the point I can actually reach the ending. I rarely finish games in consoles, I have to love it too dearly to give it dedication. But handhelds are magical like that for RPGs. And I honestly don't care about equal/loss of quality: I want to (RE)PLAY IT!

So when I hear that those bastards at NAMCO are porting Abyss to 3DS, my thought is "and how many lambs do I have to sacrifice to which pagan god for this to come to the West?"

I'd LOVE to own this one legally. I couldn't find it in a fair price at eBay and, since I had to mod my PS2 to play it either way, I shrugged and went pirate. Undubbed for extra fangirling. But really, this game and canon has given me so much joy, I'd happily sink my money on it. Even if it's the same game with the same graphics. But you have to translate it, NAMCO! I'm not even counting for it to get to Europe because it's you, but at least bring it to USA. Hopefully Nintendo doesn't decide to region-lock like those Sony wankers.

So when I hear that the fandom is whining about being trolled, my thought is "...you guys wouldn't survive a day in an ATLUS or Squeenix fandom, wouldn't you? lol wait, the Tales series is already portalicious, what the hell guys."

Haters to the left. PORTS ARE NORMAL BUSINESS. NO ONE ASKS YOU TO BUY A 3DS. IGNORE IT. Unless they do a Vesperia, then any wank is more than justified (and frankly, unless it's metacanon about the Keterburg gang or mindless sidequests, I'd prefer they don't add anything beyond new costumes), but we still don't know that so CHILL, OH MY GOD.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Stock / wings on your feet)
  1. Can you name the Animes by Opening? Got 87/101.

  2. Holy shit, Adidas talaria!! To which I say:
    a) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    b) Someone in this company is a huge Greek mythology geek!
    c) H-how much is it and does it come in more colors?
    d) Did someone send this to Rick Riordan?
    e) Meanwhile, Zelda fans are all "OMG Pegasus Boots!" but those were based on talaria so.
    f) I wonder if Nike would do winged shoes, too. That would be so meta.

  3. There's a Japanese date for Okamiden now, and their website now looks like one. There's this project thing I don't what's about, but there's new merch such as a fucking giant Chibiterasu plushie. Fuck you guys, where's my medium-sized Amaterasu plushie? Also, who are those girls below? Are they game characters or some sort of mascots? Because the outfit of the one on the left is worrying me.

  4. Oh right, TotA manga 22. YOU SCARED ME FOR A WHILE WITH THE SRS BSNS, YOU BASTARDS. Even the official mangaka can't manage to have Peony that OOC for such a long time unless it's the gaiden, ugh. *sigh* Thank god he was okay, not TnJ!awesome but okay. The highlights: cute Noelle is cute, Guy in a corner shipping Ion/Anise. The WTFs: Luke actually being cheerful because Peony praised him, while Ion was having an angsty self esteem crisis (it's like opposite replica day, what the hell!)
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Tales of / Fuck yeah Malkuth!)
Oh, okay. Hi to everyone from the F!S meme! *waves*

Now a couple of notes:

i. This article on the similarities of the Japanese legal system and the one in Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban is both interesting and quite creepy. There are even further notes on the comments. Perhaps I feel they're being a bit harsh on the game's prosecutors, but that might be me and my gut reaction to point out Gavin. Don't mind me.

ii. With 107 eating our brains, I didn't notice that scanlations of Tsuioku no Jade 4 were out! ♥♥ Finally I know what it says! I wasn't expecting that Peony was actually moving to Grand Chokmah (it might be because Peony here looks younger than in the Gaiden when he moved out, but it's the drawing style because he's *counts* 21-22, so yeah). In the end the experiment is what I thought it was. Oh, and Miyajima does say the manga is made out of rejected game events, so I guess that officially makes it an official AU.

LOL at the notes on Jasper's design. He looks nothing like a worn out Brad Pitt XD I did find it funny that she sort of added that he looks old because Jade and Peony don't look their age so in comparison... XDDD And of course Saphir would open his uniform neck, haha.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Jade / why yes I am awesome)


taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Peony the IX / a thorn in the throne)
Complaining works! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! My Tsuioku no Jade volumes arrived yesterday! ♥

Man, why is this an AU? Because yes, it is an AU. I can go and take metacanon as personal canon (i.e, Tales of Fandom) if they don't interfere with the original canon. This, however, completely rewrites the Nebilim sidequest. It's a pity because the flashbacks are really spiffy.

I won't comment on chapters 1-3 since they're already scanned and translated. And I can't read Japanese beyond katakana so I don't get the dialog :(

What's in the rest of volume 1? )

I'll make a summary of volume 2 later. It's not bad, but it is rather different.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Tear / must poke)
Hey, I'm on the verge of yet another compulsive online shopping over here? Second one this year! These would be the contenders to get my money:

On eBay:
Oh hi, remember that Okami storybook? THEY JUST RELEASED ANOTHER ONE. This one is in Kamui and seems to be Okikurmi-centric. Waka pops in, as usual. Either way, there's a seller with a few copies and the price is much better than in my usual place. US$23 total if I choose airmail.

On YesAsia:
Tales of the Abyss: Tsuioku no Jade #1-2. DO WANT SO MUCH. US$10 each.
Revoltech Mini Danboard (Amazon Japan edition). US$26.

NOW, this is 34€ total because I get the free shipping discount. The manga is self explanatory, it's fucking Jade. I finally found a shop with it that isn't painfully harsh on S&H. The Danbo... it's kind of expensive, but that's the cheapest I've seen one. I'm not one to buy toys, but the internet is FULL of cutesy photographs of Danbos and well, I want one now ;; A part of me thinks it's stupid and that I could buy a couple of good books with that money. So I'm still deciding on this one. It's on preorder here, meaning it might be out of stock afterwards. This might be the only chance to get one at all so...

Sooooo, I want all this shit and the prices are all fair for them all. Do I go for it? They might be gone if I blink.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Sheena / facepalm)
WHAT'S UP WITH THAT. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS I'VE HAD SEVEN BOT ACCOUNTS, ALL FROM RUSSIA, FRIENDING ME. GET AWAY FROM MY USERNAME.

Anyway. I'm doing belate memes. Here are some words for that "I'll give you 5 words I associate you with" one I've been collecting. Explanations come now:

Apollo Justice, IJ RP's, Spain, Xing, tsundere, Jade Curtiss, rain, video games and gamming, web design, smart sparkly blonds, Fullmetal Alchemist )

You might notice I skipped ONE COMMON WORD I got from everyone. I get tl;dr about my love of Okami, so I'll try something new in a different post for that.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Anise / fangirling)
tl;dr: main TotA manga FTL, TnJ FTW!

a. I guess it's no secret I find the main manga boring and lazy in characterization. These last two chapters are odd to define: On one hand, they skipped Grand Chokmah. I'm all for manga changing game events; I love the Zelda ones ffs. It's just that I fucking love Grand Chokmah. On the other hand, they introduced the Sheridan old brigade and Noelle early, and that was about the only good part of this. Oh, and I can't believe the fight with Dist was this unfunny.

b. But OMG Tsuioku no Jade #3 was out, too! ♥ So fucking awesome. Cut for spazz in bullet points )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Ryoji / it's time we saw a miracle)
Sooooooo, real life was sucktacular like always, but fandom was awesome this new year's. Let us count the ways:

  • Raw of Tsuioku no Jade #5. NEBILIM'S BACKSTORY HELL YEAH. And my God, is she hot in her Order of Lorelei uniform. I feel like doing a picspam of this chapter sometime this weekend.

  • For those interested, there are scans of that storybook in [livejournal.com profile] okamigame. It's so cute! It's so pretty! Great timing, since I much needed an icon with Waka drinking sake for RP. Him and the imps stole the show.

  • [livejournal.com profile] hiimdaisy does P3's December 31st 2009 and it's hilarious. Her Ryoji is comedy gold.

That's about it for my spazzing. Ah, I forgot to tell last month some bad news. I let my first domain, hiiragizawa.net, to expire. It's not so much for my issues with CLAMP, like what happened with kimihiro.net. The real reason is that two domains were a little too much for me. I'm planning to host all my sites on mercury retrograde from now on. However, I'm still deciding which of my old websites in H.net I'll re-upload.

Incidentally, many of my oldest icons are now broken images because they weren't with the others and I didn't notice. I guess I'll have to change the URLs, sigh.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Jade / better than most of his designs)
Tiny grammar question for English-speaking natives, since I'm now confusing my mom. Is it correct to say "So beautiful eyes!"? To me it sounds awkward and I'd use 'such' of 'what' instead of 'so', but I'm not really sure if that's actually wrong. Alright, got it. Thanks, guys! ♥



No one had told me Koyasu Takehito voices Scar's brother in Brotherhood! That makes him even hotter in my eyes and now I can't unhear it.

Yeah, from all the fine guys and gals in FMA, I go and crush on a minor manga flashback character who dies. Shut up, he's nerdy and nice and pretty. And now with a Jade voice, too!

*writes down more FMA/Abyss (impossible) crossover ideas*
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Raine / Geeking over obscure things)
Wait, wait. Isn't this Nebilim in her Locrian Colonel uniform?! *_*

Incidentally, Asuka has a new website and TnJ has a minipage, which is pretty much a list of characters (ffff, the Jaspar dude is there and Saphir|Dist isn't). But the interesting part is that they have the first ten or so pages of the current chapter. Hey, it's better than a complete lack of raws. I do wish I knew what happened with that flashback in the academy.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Jade / why yes I am awesome)
This has been a Shitty Day, but something amusing came out of this on lab class.

Professor: ...So you make the .jar file like this, and later you can find it in the dist folder of the project. *shows, inded, a folder called like that*

Me: ...Fff.
I mean, I know it must be short for distribution or distro or whatever, but my mind went automatically to Saphir Neis. At least I'll never forget where the .jars will be?

While Tales of Graces does look like it'll be shiny, I wish the characters would look more charismatic. I read the descriptions and few backstory that's out, and I don't really feel much interested in any of them. Especially the girls, man: the main one sounds incredibly annoying and cliche, the butler's daughter while cute so far is only love triangle fodder, and the mage girl sounds like a genki ripoff of Rita. And what's left with the males? Mentor that might or not be evil (AGAIN, NAMCO?), stern megane guy, and pretty foppish prince. Just barely more tolerable, yet still not that cool. Asbel's basic plot sounds pretty neat, but I get the feeling I'll end up hating it as soon as he gets more involved with whatever Sophie is into.

Ah, very important!! I'll try to make an icon post somewhere this week. Any suggestions? Any requests? Any images you want to give me (that aren't porn or random fanart you picked on pixiv/4chan)? I did a request post at my [livejournal.com profile] icondork a long time ago, but either I'm too lame and no one cared, or I was too strict. Oh well, I mustn't feel bad about it. Anyway, I have very few pending requests to do, so I might as well do something pretty (or as pretty as I can) for either of you guys.

ETA: Note to self. Stop doing LJ accounts for your shiny new RP muses, when you're still too intimidated and busy to join anything. Somehow I suspect you just want to see if any canonmate poke you at dear_mun, and then feel sad that everyone -even you- forgot all about it the next morning.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Jade / better than most of his designs)


Title: Cartagra
Circle: Yagibe
Fandom: Tales of the Abyss
Genre: Gen, bittersweet
Rating: PG-ish
Characters: Jade-centric, heavy on Nebilim and Peony. Saphir|Dist, young Nephry, Luke.
Notes: This is the first time I scan a full doujinshi, my scanner is not so good, and I'm bad at cleaning scans. I'm sorry if it looks crappy around the edges.

download (10.8 MB)

(x-posted: @ [livejournal.com profile] abyss_doujin)
taotrooper: A wizard with a T-shirt that says "actually I am a rocket wizard" (Ponder / nerdy T-shirt)
So out of the loop lately. By the way, hi to everyone checking this out from the Small Fandoms meme. I hope you don't get too bored with me.

Right, I still had to finish the words meme! Let's go with that.

From [livejournal.com profile] arcadia_ rain, magnolias, tangerines, Peony, Okami )

From [livejournal.com profile] daniela_lynx, random, numbers, Mansión, fantasy )
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Alphonse / Take this)
Maaaan, why am I so sporadic in my posting lately?

I've been at my mom's performing some lame catsitting while the rest of my family is on holidays. The plus side about this is that I've been able to play in my brothers' 360 and watch some cable channels I don't have back home. Also, I'm all alone except for the nightmare with fangs and claws -ask how my legs are!- so I can do and eat almost whatever I please.

Incidentally, I own Tales of Vesperia now! Guess what I've been playing for the last few days.

(I strongly suspect Raven will end up being my favorite character, just by the fact he's the annoying mysterious older guy who pops in and out, so only one more trait I like to yell bingo.)

Oh, and I also got the pretty Abyss doujinshi I was expecting. I bought this pack of eight Keterburg-centric doujin (which I now affectionately call 'the keterburgers') on eBay for 30€, which was ridiculously cheap. I'll scan them one day. I'll post pictures when I get back home because I forgot the camera USB cable.

Anyway, I've just skimmed my flist for the last past days. If I missed something important, please poke me? I'm too scared to read pages and pages back.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Ling / Host club)
BECAUSE MAMORU MIYANO IS LING. I can't get over that.

Okay, right, I've been saving up words from that "comment and I'll give you words to ramble about" meme like a squirrel. So it's time to gush.

[livejournal.com profile] colonize gave me The Legend of Zelda, Peony/Jade, Good Omens, Raine Sage, and Howl/Sophie )

[livejournal.com profile] telrunya gave me web pages, Ling, Tales of the Abyss, CLAMP, caparashon )

[livejournal.com profile] sha_chan gave me turtles, baddass colonels, Ace Attorney, sparkly blonds, snarky pairings )

I still have two sets to do. Will go with that tonight or tomorrow.
taotrooper: It's a polar bear dancing the hula; your argument is invalid (Teddie / puntastic!)
I... don't even remember what I've been doing for the past days. I've been mostly exhausted and lethargic and depressed and I have no idea what else. I did play a good amount of video games after I returned home.

→ I spent a whole day on Tales of the Abyss, going from the second visit to the Tower of Rem to Eldrant. I attempted to fight Nebilim in very hard and failed extraordinarily. THE SHAME.

→ Finished Void Quest in Persona 4 a couple of days back. The same day I went to spoil myself about a character's s.links in youtube. Yes, feel free to gasp at me and call me things for spoiling myself a SMT game. But I regret nothing. And he broke my heart a lot.

→ Oh, and I found a place where I could download Tales of Fandom vol. 2! Yeah, the Phantasia/Symphonia/Abyss crossover with tons of minigames and extra stories, also a goldmine for my Tales OTP (really!).

Ah, and I bought Tales of Vesperia online in a British store, 8 euros cheaper than it would be here. No, I still don't own a 360, but if it arrives soon I can take the chance and play at my brothers' while I'm catsitting next week. I'll probably get a second hand console because they're cheaper.

And now I must ponder on whether to bid this extremely cheap doujinshi auction at ebay or not!

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