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December 9th, 2009


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01:01 pm - Back in Australialand!
And so the holiday is ended. Woe. It was rather fun.

Anyway, back to Ye Old Australia, and feeling much better after a shower. Forgive me if I get confused about what day it is, I spent an entire day in Singapore shopping doing things, then caught a plane at 9pm, and arrived back here local time at 7am. There was no sleep at any point.

Also, my apologies to robotlove to the lack of reply to her email, or texts while in Singapore. The hotel in Singapore didn't have free Internet, and I had better things to spend my money.

On that note: What's all this about new Code Geass? No, seriously, what's all this? I am very confused at the mixed information being thrown around, and I do not know teh moonspeak to be able to go direct to the source myself. But I so called it that any new info would come out at the birthday thing.

And while I'm on that, what's new in my other fandoms? Or in non-fandomness for that matter. I'm feeling out of touch with both reality and fantasy right now.

ETA: Also, thank you to everyone who left a snowflake gift thingamy for me. ♥

Also, WHY AM I NOT GETTING COMMENT NOTIFICATIONS?
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From:shannonsequitur
Date:December 9th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
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There's been a load of epic Harry Potter stuff at F_W over the last week or two. It's the fandom that keeps on giving!
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 9th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
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Oh God, still.

...I'm going to need more time to read. It's Snapefen, isn't it?
From:khallandra
Date:December 9th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
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I have no idea what is going on with Code Geass either. There is apparently something new that is going to be new anime, books and all the gear and it is signed 'Zero' other than that, it's not clear.
I'm personally hoping a sequel series hundreds of years in the future where something happens an the character of Zero, 'Hero of the Rebellion' or something like, is revitalised. Oh and of course Geass is involved with it. That's what I'm hoping for but people seem to be under the impression Lelouch is coming back and hence the wank continues.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 9th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I got the merchandise/new manga/video stuff, I'm just curious as to what actually animation type thingies we have. Shorts, OVA, movie, new series? And what content.

Your idea sounds nifty, though. I'd personally prefer to avoid post-series stuff (AUs or prequel/filling in gaps would be more preference), but a sequel set a long way in the future could be interesting. 'Specially if it's the first major war/conflict since Zero Requiem. Plus it enables lots of reference to Lelouch et al without requiring his presence. Also: characters decended from canon characters = epic shipper wank bait.
From:khallandra
Date:December 9th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
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Yeah that's what I'm thinking. Or they could just do more of those crazy Picture Books instead :)

If you want to get more into CLAMP skip TRC, it is fun and all but a little irritating at times. I'm a big xxxHOLiC fan but haven't read much of the manga but Tokyo Babylon is now my second fav manga :D
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 9th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
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Personally, so long as there's a steady supply of new pictures and the occasional bit of amusing crack, I'm satisfied.

xxxHolic has looked rather interesting when I've flicked through copies of it in the past. However, I've heard that the manga ties into TRC a lot in the later stages. I don't know all that much about the anime.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 9th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
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Heh, s'no prob. I didn't get to text anyway, but I did see some of your tweets. DID YOU ENJOY YOURSELF? 8D I haven't even taken a ride on the flyer. Woe.

And TEEHEE, I'm also a bit ?? about the new Geass. As regards moonspeak, I'm sure you've seen the latest translations by gg (that trusted, ballistic fansubbing group whose subs I watched for the whole 2 seasons of Lelouch of the Rebellion -oh damn lookit that, I just realized we'll now have to speak about CG in terms of LotR and RotD GOODLOOOORD LOOK HOW FUNNY AND IRONIC THOSE INITIALS ARE- ) If not, it's here: http://www.ggkthx.org/2009/12/07/new-code-geass-manga/

But in any case, I'm saying thumbsup to YES LELOUCH IS STILL DEAD but boo to lack of CLAMP. I'm a sucker for CLAMP art, can't change that... Kudos to you for the suspecting they'd announce something during the birthday bash. I remembered to check for updates on 5th December precisely because of that!
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From:robotlove
Date:December 9th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
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as an added note, following you on twitter, though I guess 'tis a little late for that xD
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 9th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
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YES, IT WAS LOTS OF FUN. Although I ended up with sore shoulders from carrying bags, and spent way too much money.

Yeah, I saw that link. Hopefully, they - and the LJ comm - will remain updated as news breaks. There's a few more anime magazines out in the next few days, right? If it's Edo era Japan, do you think a Kururugi ancestor might make an appearance?

Agreed with your thumbs up, and tentatively agree to your boo. I haven't actually been in any other CLAMP fandoms, but their art is very, very pretty, and very, very tempting. Of course, when someone tried to explain the plot of TRC to me, it made my brain explode.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 9th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
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LOL everybody's comment notifications kinda went bust over the past few days. They're working through the entire mountain they have to mail out now. Or maybe they're still working out the glitch.

Also I laughed at your brain exploding on TRC. TRC and xxxHolic have the prettiest art by far IMO, because I can't help but giggle at the older art styles, but TRC is a hell annoying and completely responsible for my love-hate relationship with CLAMP. Especially if you end up shipping Syaoran/Syaoran like me!
In a nutshell, I see it in three parts: Part 1 - happy fluffy family action nonsense which doesn't require much brain power and is just there for you to smile at. Part 2 - BOOOM SUDDENLY DRAMA, ANGST x 109892 AND HELLO PLOT. Part 3 - flashbacks, time warp, time warp, time warp, dimension warp, time warp and more... uh.... HUH? HUUUHH??????
Yeah. That's TRC. Recommended if you have time, are not going to get srsbzness about it, and LOVE CLAMP's current art/characters (or if you just want to poke fun at how much Suzaku is like Syaoran or drool over Syaoran's clone... I could go on about that hilarious kink meme request involving all 3 of them, but that's for tomorrow, or later).
Otherwise, forget it. I haven't even finished catching up with the last few chapters because I was quite, quite pissed off with that one time warp/twist they pulled. Oh wait. You're into HP fandom aren't you? If you get that one time loop that was in there (kinda forgot what that was, Harry saving himself or something), then maybe TRC won't be so bad.

I suspect both Lulu's and Suzaku's ancestors may make appearance. But hey it's Geass. AND Sunrise. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Not sure about those anime magazines though, sorry. I'm just keeping my eyes on the comm for now.

Seconding the steady supply of new pictures and the occasional bit of amusing crack request! That's all I need, actually. Unless of course they plan to redo the entire Lelouch of the Rebellion...
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 9th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
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That figures.

And it was the multiple Syaoran thing that did my head in - that and the clone/time travel/whatever the hell else deal. Which was a pity, because the initial premise sounds like something I'd enjoy, even up to when the drama kicks in. xxxHolic sounded a lot less brain-scrambling, but then I heard it tied heavily into TRC...

(And do share the details of that kink meme request)

Oh, and I can better HP: I'm formerly of Doctor Who fandom. And I've read the Faction Paradox books; I've seen some damned screwy time loops. I watched The Girl Who Leapt Through Time on the plane back to Australia.

I look forward to ancestors, and how amusingly messed up they are going to retroactively make the relationships. Because you know people will ship them.

I can't see them redoing the whole thing. Tweaking a few things, maybe - and they did some of that on the DVDs - but I am skeptical of a complete reworking. Unless they go the Eva/Gurren Lagann route and redo it as a movie series.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 9th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAH THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME IS ANOTHER FAVORITE OF MINE. But there weren't any time loops there that were as confusing as the multiple Syaoran deal.
Actually if you look at it, it's frustrating but not *too* confusing, given your experience with time paradoxes - and IF you follow the story enough. It works like the chicken and the egg debate. I could do a condensed explanation if you want which hopefully won't break your brain.

xxxHolic is sort of TRC's sister piece in the sense that.. They have the same dimensional witch involved, and... [SPOILER] ITS MAIN CHARACTER IS ALSO A SYAORAN OF SORTS!!! OY VEY. The story basically spans over both series, but I actually have yet to read xxxHolic. Though you see some characters from TRC briefly in Holic and vice versa, each has its own focus on different characters (many don't even appear at all in the other series), and I presume that, with a little fandom general knowledge, you don't need to read one to understand what's going on in the other. I'm still fine... more or less xD

(LOL kink meme requests. If I remember correctly it was: Have Clone!Syaoran come across Suzaku while crossing dimensions and proceed with raep, and then have Real!Syaoran cross dimensions and walk in on the sex, see Suzaku and go "OH GREAT. NOT ANOTHER ONE!!!")

Good heavens, the things I would DO to see Geass made into a movie. That would be awesome if done right. Also I must mention, before I forget, that I adore that particular Suzaku icon of yours <3
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
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CLAMP HAS TOO MANY SYAORANS! Seriously. ...I suppose Suzaku looks the way he does because CLAMP couldn't bare to have a fandom without him.

(Oh, that's kind of hilarious. Not that rape is hilarious, but LOL doppelganger porns)

I wondered about it for a bit, but then I started wondering how they'd condense the plot down enough to fit it all into a couple of movies. And then, just how many movies they'd need. Personally, I'd adore an OVA/Movie set in the two month timeskip in R2 25, but I sincerely doubt that'd ever happen.

I am rather fond of it, too. I saw someone else using it, and decided it was a must have.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
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HEH! Can you blame them, though? I mean Suzaku's look DOES work after all xD

(Hooray for Syaorans/Syaorans! \o/ After some thought I think I've come to like that pair even more than Kurogane/Fai)

Me thinks Geass can somehow be adapted into a nice three-part hollywood blockbuster movie a la Lord of the Rings - someday, a good few decades from now. If we're still around by then (lol 2012 8P). Though it's a bit difficult to perceive them filming it with real people, unless they change some hair colors around so the characters look less ridiculous. OR, they could animate it like Final Fantasy. And make the animation smoother. (Because as bootifool as I find FF, I still find the movements really awkward at times.)

I would love OVAs about the timeskips too ;_; But I'm willing to let it go, since currently, we're allowed to assume whatever we like about those. *wiggles eyebrows suggestively*

And actually I doubt I'd be as interested in this new manga, ancestors or no, because I'm not too fond of the art style (I'm very picky, unfortunately). Videos, though - now those still sound tempting, whatever they are.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
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It is a rather nice look...

(I'd have to see how they interact before I decide if it's shipworthy, rather than just kinkmeme smut)

Well, Japan does seem to have a pretty big market for animated movies, and like I said with Gurren Lagann and Eva, they seem to like redoing popular series, and squishing the entire thing into a couple of hours of movie(s). Live action or CGI Geass is sort of... mind-fucky.

Even with OVAs, there'd always be moments something could be included. I kinda want more of Suzaku and Lelouch in the last couple of skips, so we can see more of them as friends in private, rather than the public face they put on.

Depends on the plot. And the actual art, since magazine scans, can be rather unreliable in comparison. Yeah, the video stuff sounds interesting.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
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(Oh, Clone!Syaoran/Real!Syaoran DOES get a fair deal of feature from CLAMP themselves inside TRC, so it's not all senseless kinks. See angsty icon for instance - 'twas the scene which got me shipping them in addition to the traditional/must-ship SyaoSaku. The boys have uh... how should I say this? Tons of UST, especially since they're always fighting and staring at each other.
...All of which went to waste because Cloney ended up reincarnating with Clone Sakura in a time loop, such that he became Real!Syaoran's DAD... See? It's not that hard... Just a question of OH BLOODY HELL SO WHO CAME FIRST!?!? And also orz my ship kinda got sunk. Meh.)

That's true, though. I would've loved to see more of "friends in private". I trust you've seen the CLAMP Mutuality artbook scanlations? There was a decent short story by Okouchi on the timeskip before they seized the throne in there.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
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(Yeah, I suppose that's possible. From what I've heard, CLAMP is big on adding the subtext for everyone and every ship, so...)

LOL Chicken and Egg Syaorans.

Yeah, I've seen that. Backreading through code_geass, someone had a rather nice scanlation of the new art and the two short stories. I was almost tempted to buy the Mutuality Artbook and Kinokuniya, but I'd spent way too much money there already.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
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CLAMP - that bunch of "delusional old women", as some of my friends like to put it.

Fffft, that shopping list - do share xD

I got both Illustrations Relations and Mutuality from there at 20% off earlier this year (or last year. It's been awhile). You're not missing much from Mutuality though, considering there are already scans of almost everything.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
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They really are such fangirls.

Well, for one I also got Illustrations Relations, which was my one expensive-ish book. Plus I've been in love with the cover art like, forever. (Current desktop wallpaper, huzzah!) Plus the Perfect Turn fanbook thing, which I can't understand half of but it's fun to look at (Though I wish someone would translate, like, all of it. Including the stupid quizzes and games at the end.) The character Tarot cards on the back cover are interesting. Oh, and the Knight books, which were amusing and cheap.

Also, some non-Geass translated manga - The rest of the Utena manga, Volume 9 of Hellsing, and volumes 21 and 22 of FMA. Speaking of which, I would like to inform you that I hate you. Not only are the manga volumes and Kinokuniya literally half the price they are in Australia, but it's also about 6 months ahead in releases.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
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Fangirls with fabulous artistic talent, and the ability to come up with brain-breaking plots upon getting drunk.

And teehee, yes, that's true - I think all the stuff here arrives within 2 - 3 weeks of their Japan releases /o/ (In terms of original Japanese volumes, that is.)
Translations take longer - we do have our own manga publishing company, Chuang Yi, that does English and simplified Mandarin releases for the local market, mainly. The translations are sometimes a bit lol and over the top (judging from my Tsubasa Vol 2) but the paper quality is much better than those of their original Japanese counterparts. --Does Kino in Australia bring in Chuang Yi's releases too?? o_o

I caved for Illustrations Relations due to the cover as well o/ *guilty*
AHHH the Perfect Turn fanbook. I don't have that, but sounds like a great purchase. I sometimes also look longingly at that other book with that adorable oh-so-gay cover where Suzaku has a blushing Lelouch in a headlock... omg Lelouch's face has got to be the most ADORABLE THING THERE SKJFHEKJGH- /smacks self before she goes into screaming fangirl mode.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
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Do you think they come up with all their stuff in advance, or make shit up as they go?

I wouldn't know about Kino in Australia - their only store is in Sydney. I get most of my manga from Borders, conventions or Minotaur. That said, we do get some Chuang Yi releases, as well as the American ones, though it depends on the series and the store (probably what distributors they use). It's like how they also vary in American vs English copies of books.

You're still ahead on release dates, though - I said I got 21 and 22 at Kino, but 21's not out in Australia for another month, and 22 will be another three months later.

It looks like so much fun, both the series stuff and the complete and utter crack. I just wish I knew what it all said! ...And I saw that cover too, d'aww.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
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I'm going to go with 20% planned in advance, 80% let's make up this shit as we go.

well, you guys only get awful heat in summer, if that's any compensation... here it's hot almost all year round ):

omg, CRACK. I'D LOVE TO KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT CRACK ;_;
And I'm beginning to wonder why I don't have an icon of that cover.
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
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Making shit up might explain some of the WTFery that I've heard so much about.

Yeah, I suppose I'd get rather fed up with the heat after too long. Or I'd end up ducking between air-conditioned buildings continuously.

THERE ARE WHICH CHARACTER ARE YOU QUIZZES! AND A BOARD GAME THING!

As you can see, I have several.
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From:robotlove
Date:December 10th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
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FFFFFFF, I'm a little afraid to take those. I'd probably end up as either Euphy or Kallen o_o

Also I hate you too B|
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From:drakyndra
Date:December 10th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
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I have honestly no idea who I'd end up as. Which is one reason I am mildly curious about taking it.

Let us form an alliance of mutual hatred.

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