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Haha, don't have much to update but.... [08/28/06]
Well, I've gotten a bit too busy (and lazy *cough*) in the countdown to college, but I'm going to spread the luv for some much-underrated shounen manga that I'm reading right now, so more people can write fanfiction and make me happy ^^; And I suppose Eyeshield 21, Yakitake!Japan, D.gray-man count as mainstream in Japan (not quite in America *wince*) so I won't mention them here, wonderful series though they may be.
Dangu (Nexgear) and Shin Angyo Onshi are two manwha with really stunning artwork (very realistic, kinda like Vagabond's artwork except less scratchiness and more delicate, detailed inkwork) and shounen storylines, both in the fantasy/adventure/fighting genres. Bishies of every gender abound *cheers* and the pacings are quite slow and careful (the fight scenes tend to be long but interesting) but you get the sense that they have very lush storylines, intricate worlds, and rich characters. Not intentionally "meaningful" and blah-blah "deep", just really great storytelling.

I've always wondered why 20th Century Boys (Manga-Heaven) doesn't get a bigger fandom. Granted, I can't see myself doing fanfiction/fanart for it, probably because the story is sooo freaking good and complex that I'm at the edge of my stool speed-downloading chapters. The only reason I'm not reading it right now is because I've heard that the ending, quite frankly, sucked (there were rumors that the mangaka just got bored with the story and no one even found out who "friend" was). But go read the first 20-something volumes anyway, the storyline feels spielbergian (except with truly evil kids and less sentimentalism) and the plots are amazing. No pretty bishies in this one I'm afraid, which might be why the fandom's limited.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn (KEFI - direct dls are available) is a shounen series that nevertheless caters chivalrously to yaoi fangirls, despite the one really-hot-chick-on-a-motorcycle next door. Basically, the story revolves around the wacky misadventures of a loser high school student (think Sena, only even wimpier) who, in the course of a day, gets told by a baby with a giant head and suspicious weapons(supposedly his new tutor) that he's actually the 10th heir to a famous Mafia family and that the hitman baby is going to train him to become a Mafia head, and then gets shot o_o. Much funnier and randomer than Bleach or Naruto, I can see a lot of possible fanfiction for this series because of its random bishies (OMG LAMBI-TEN-YEARS-LATER IS SOOOOO HOT XDDDD).

For an INSANELY funny manhua series from Taiwan, YOU MUST MUST MUST READ BOWLING KING (from Null, I can give the website address if you can't find it). The artwork ain't pretty and neither are the "bishies", but the story's just so f'ing hilarious that it's impossible to describe. Think bowling is for creepy old men in ugly shoes? Don't think at all! (I can guarantee you won't be able to after reading this manhua.)

For a better-drawn, not-quite-as-insane, very-shounen sports manga, hop on over to Over Time (KO-scans and Jump-scans). There's only a few chapters so far but it looks promising, bishie-wise, and the theme is pretty obvious (blahblahKoushienblahblah), but it reminds me a cross between Mr.FullswingxES21xHikarunoGo. I love Hikago and ES21, so I'll always be biased towards them and say OverTime isn't nearly as realistic or "refined" in storytelling techniques, but the promise of bishies is always enough to make me latch onto a fun series with decent artwork.

That's it for now, I'll update more later. Oh, and might I rec reading "Legend of the Condor Heroes" and its sequel "Return of the Condor Heroes" (which I'm reading and watching now)? The translations are decent, considering these are online, and they're fun reads!! The books themselves, by Jin Yong, are of course beloved and very popular series. I love wuxia novels and martial arts manga, so I'm always on the lookout for more. =^^=
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What Colour is Chomesuke's Hair? o_o [08/21/06]
[ mood | sleepy ]

A quick midnight drabble for the credits page for 86th Night. Check out my scanlation, there are some neat fonts! ^o^
(argh wtf is chomesuke's pretty hair color) My poor baby....*sob*
But this was a neat chapter, whose ending I really liked. It would have had more emotional impact though if Chome had hung around longer so we REALLY would have cared if she lived or died (I was kinda like, "ehh"...."oh well, she was pretty"). Like, if Kanda suddenly died right now (NOOOOOOO!!!) but then this chapter's death would have been too short and unmelodramatic for such a major chara (must...drag out...death).

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Sorry I've been gone so long...I blame the following: [08/10/06]
[ mood | enraged ]

ARGH I AM SO PISSED OFF.
My NEW laptop, which I received the grand total of ONE WEEK AGO, decided to contract a virus from my freaking IPOD. HOW DOES AN IPOD SPONTANEOUSLY GENERATE VIRUSES?! .....

IT'S....MAGIC!!

Improbable. Nevertheless, the virus was apparently both high-risk and new(ly manufactured by Norton) and decided to rape my NEW laptop. Like, graphic, brutal prison gangrape. After panicking for a few days (;_; NO YAOI! NO MANGA! NO DRAWING!) and snarling at Norton "Antivirus" which was as useless as my seminar essays (because apparently they only do ODD numbered courses in the fall sem, and 66% of my choices were...neither odd, nor prime), I decided I had no choice but to lug my victimized slave to Best Buy. Having spent $300 dollars assuring that, should I choose to run over laughing it insanely in a hummer (hypothetically speaking), I would not regret it two seconds later (at least for the next three years), I promptly discovered that my warranty covered only HARDWARE.

WTF?!

I don't drink alcohol, I don't do pot, I don't whore myself to starbucks...why would my hardware ever suffer? And then the BB Geek Squad dude (who was actually quite cute, but I was still fuming at the time and didn't notice), with a bored how-stupid-are-you look on his (sort of cute) face, smeared his fingerprints all over my shiny NEW laptop while telling me that he couldn't touch the software unless I dished out $200.

Well, mea culpa, I'm BROKE. I have no relation to Bill and/or Melinda Gates, nor to any rich Chinese Communist Party Leader, nor am I married to Kubo Tite (who I'm not sure is rich....he looks really starved, maybe he's poor -_-;;). After inventing creative expletives mentally for a while, I was forced to hand it over ;_; to save the life of my NEW laptop. Because apparently, exchanging is twenty-five-fucking-percent. Even in yaoiland or my numerically challenged imagination, 25% of the obscene amount of money my NEW laptop cost is still > than $200.

NORTON DELENDA EST. I piss in the milk of thy nonexistent mother and thy alleged antivirus. I...do bad things....to nine generations of your edition. YOU SHALL NEVER ESCAPE MY WRATH!!! *cough* And my fudgy mutilation of Elyssa's curse, which I can't remember: ON...SHARP ROCKS YOU SHALL DRAIN THE CUP OF PUNISHMENT WITH MY NAME FOREVER IN YOUR CODE; I WILL FOLLOW YOU WITH THE FIRES OF HELL WHEN I AM FAR AWAY; WHEN DEATH SHALL HAVE SEVERED YOUR (NONEXISTENT) SOUL AND PROGRAMMING, MY SHADE SHALL HAUNT YOU EVERYWHERE. YOU SHALL SUFFER, WRETCH. I SHALL HEAR IT - THE NEWS SHALL REACH ME AMONG THE...GLEEFUL.

Argh, whatever. The first thing I did when I got it back was catch up on D.Gray-man (Tiki Mick is so freaking hot! He makes my heart whimper....I kinda like him as an uke though, since he's so slender and metrosexual, so now I have to find a seme, and not Mr. Sweet Tooth or Fatty).

To make myself feel better, I randomly drabbled what started out as an original sketch, but ending up looking rather like Allen Walker in gay clothes with no widow's peak. Oh well, at least I can post it in a dgm comm now.


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[DOUJIN] coda_in_grayscale: 4-6 [08/01/06]
[ mood | tired ]

Title: coda in grayscale
Author: Me. *yaoi sparkles*
Disclaimer: Ain't mine.
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: GrimmUrqui. Yay!
Warnings: Fairly worksafe in this post; a bit of nudity. Still tablet, but cleaner than usual (okay, it's obsessively clean. Grr. -_-;;)
Summary: So why was Grimmjow screwing the (not entirely consensual) *beep* out of poor Urqui in the previous installment? Investigating backstory through Urquiorra's flashback. Mostly Urqui-centric.

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Long Drabble [07/31/06]
[ mood | morose ]

Title: Kind Like Crucifixion
Author: Me. *facepalm*
Rating: G
Pairing: slight IshiIchi/IchiIshi.
Disclaimer: Neither the hair product nor the series is mine, damnit.
Warmings: First Bleach fic. Unbetaed. Depressing angst. Sentimentality. Death. Very surreal AU. A bit of poetry (not mine, fortunately). My writing, which is suspected of causing allergic reactions in some people....and extensive eye-gouging in others.
Summary: Based fairly faithfully on a dream I had (yes, I dreamed I was Ishida pining for Ichi...because I'm strange). Rather surreal. Ishida has left the group and lives alone in some old European city. It makes more sense to pretend they lost the winter war and Aizen has taken over the world, but to stick to my very strange dream ...the soldiers are Nazis. -_-;; So I tried to make it as ambiguous as possible. So, erm, let's just say that they're some random bad people.


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Puppy luv!! [07/30/06]
[ mood | confuzzled ]

I really don't have anything to contribute today since I have to write an essay and buy a laptop, so I thought I'd post up some photos of my naughty puppy. These are all rather old and he's a bit bigger now (though not by much -_-;; he's around seven months old now,  born on Jan 1) and the camera was really crappy, but you can still see him ^^
He's bounced right back from the surgery - I thought he would mope around for a few days since the vet said 10 days, but after sleeping for a day he's as pleased and annoying enthusiastic as ever, and running/scratching/gnawing/pooping around the house as usual.

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Original Doujinshi: coda in grayscale, PGS 0-3 [07/27/06]
Title: coda in grayscale
Pairing: GrimmUrqi
Rating: M
Disclaimer: Not mine! (But the doujinshi is. ^^)
Warnings: NOT WORKSAFE. Non-con, angst, depressing stuff, sappiness. Sketchiness because art is all done in tablet.
Summary: Um, it's an excuse for smut, angst, and GrimmUrqi.

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Ishida ishida ishida....*yum* [07/26/06]
Variations on Windswept (different hues). All tablet drawn.






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*drool* Ishida... [07/25/06]
I saw Pirates of the Caribbean. ^^ I adored the costumes...heheh, now I'm planning cosplay PotC fanart (Renji would quite dashing as a pirate...*drowns*). But today I come updating with Ishida, whose appearance I apparently forgot. I've never drawn him before so this turned out quite interesting.
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But Gin, I don't want to.... [07/20/06]
More practicing with teh Photoshop today. I wouldn't mind a few good CG/coloring tutorials. Anyone? Many thanks. I color too slow, it's taking me fooooreeeevvveeerr....But I come  bearing one fanart plus a BONUS. Yes, a BONUS!!! Mwahahaha. Anyways, a bonus sketch, for me, is either a doodle or a drabble or (as with this one) a page from a manga or doujin that I probably will never finish (therefore it's still rather useless).
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Anestiel, ai adore azure [07/20/06]
I seem to be having an obsession with blue. Witness the practice sketch  below:
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Of currency and hollow butterflies... [07/18/06]
[ mood | crazy ]

Rupi is so damn cute and I keep thinking he's a travestite because of his ridiculous outfit (and the hair! the hair! *points screeching*) and the snarkiness. If he were a hollow type, he'd seem to be a plant-type or a tentacle monster but let's not go there

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Oh Photoshop, you slay me [07/17/06]
[ mood | bored ]

I got Photoshop yesterday and now get to play with it *pleased look* Take that, indigence! So I'm gracing my first post with variations on a remarkably bad drawing of Rupi. (I prefer the middle one, though I spent waay too much time attempting to color in PS)

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