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February 6th, 2012
Yeah I know... too many stories from me, ne?

Well, THIS particular one is about Genesis Rhapsodos AND it's a chapter story.

Go check it out!

(btw it's Rated R)
Posted by Ashuri | Feb 6, 2012 12:08 AM | 0 comments
January 24th, 2012
Anime Relations: Gosick, Gosick Recap
So I wrote up a short one-shot that is from the perspective of Brian Roscoe's souls. If you haven't seen/read "Gosick" then it won't make any sense to you and will probably spoil a couple of things.

But if you HAVE seen/read "Gosick", then feel free to enjoy.

To be honest, I really liked Brian Roscoe. He was, to me, the most intriguing character in the series.

So, head over and read it. Should only take you a couple minutes. Like I say, it's short. Kind of like a last thoughts sort of thing for both souls of Brian Roscoe.
Posted by Ashuri | Jan 24, 2012 9:48 PM | 0 comments
December 11th, 2011
Okay so I thought the dream I had the day before yesterday was awesome because it involved GACKT... but the dream I had last night just totally blew that one out of the water in terms of epicness!

To start, the dream I had day before yesterday involved myself and some friends going to a resort spa with GACKT. There we discovered some poor little boy who was unconscious outside in the snow. We took him inside and he eventually woke up but had no memory of who he was or how he got there. This, of course, was inconvenient because suddenly there were soldiers breaking into the resort all looking for this little kid. Somehow we were able to hide him and at that point everything was okay because yeah, the kid still couldn't remember who he was or anything but GACKT agreed to adopt the kid in order to keep him safe.
I'm going to add in here for posterity that at one point... I was relaxing with GACKT all cuddly like. Mmmm... fangirl dream come true right there I tell you.

To be honest, I think this dream was a manifestation of an on-going RP plot that Kaiko came up with, wherein her musician character Shou adopts this boy named Ko in order to protect him. I think the RP just merged with my love of GACKT and my love of onsen and just turned into one crazy dream.

But the dream last night... it's gonna get violent here, let me warn you...


So picture a futuristic military school. Keep in mind that I'm like an observer over the shoulder of the main people for this dream. You've got a group of guys who are partnered off into pairs in order to run through a training exercise. Or at least what they thought was a training exercise. Turned out... it was a sudden first wave of alien invasion (and when I say alien I mean like "Alien" aliens only their heads weren't THAT big, nor were their bodies, but they had tremendous destructive power). The main character is actually... Graham Acker from "Kidou Senshi Gundam 00" except a real-life version of him and not an anime version. He and his partner are going through this apartment complex where the "training" is taking place. Every once in a while they hear the sound of gunfire or a scream or an alien howl, but for their part they haven't seen anything yet. After a few moments they spy around a corner, one of their comrades getting literally torn apart alive by this alien and so, naturally, both men are completely freaked out. They decide to try and come around to take the alien from behind but another alien spots them and this wicked tail goes lashing out, snapping around Acker's partner's waist and hauling the man into the air then repeatedly slamming him into a wall until he actually goes through the wall. Acker takes the opportunity to shot the alien, which killed it, except that he was shooting it while it was falling through the wall and thus it crashed to the ground far below, killing both the alien and his partner. Other aliens descend on the carnage and start ripping both soldier and alien apart and Acker takes the chance to just get rid of the whole lot of them by tossing some grenades down, blowing the aliens all to bits.
Then, my dream flashed forward to another group of soldiers, all young like Acker had been, going through a similar exercise. Except it turned out that the aliens in this exercise were holograms and the soldier cadets were using some sort of sensor bullet to "kill" them. The first group back to the base is the new main character, who has an extra sensory sixth sense and his partner who is rather bookish. At the base is Graham, who had been watching the training exercise on some tv's via camera feed. Confronted by the pair, the extra sensory one being Acker's deceased partner's younger brother, the bookish one is appalled at how Graham can sit there and watch a reenactment of the very invasion which had claimed his friend's brother, and Acker's partner's, life. Graham confesses that even though they run this simulation with every group of cadets who enter their academy, very few make it through the course to actually join. He tells them that a days doesn't go by that he doesn't remember his deceased partner and best friend, and that if he had done something differently, his friend might still be alive. The bookish cadet tells him that from the reports given, there was no possible way for Acker's partner to have survived, because the only soldier to have come out of that skirmish alive in the end had been Graham himself. The two cadets are told to meet at their new assigned dormitory in two hours, leaving Acker alone with his self-condemning thoughts (yeah, Graham cried... that... was just weird...).
Back at the new dorm, the extra-sensory cadet stood there in front of a bed just staring at it. The bed was assigned to him specifically, but he refuses to use it. Going downstairs he asks Graham if he could sleep anywhere else, even the floor. Acker asks why this is so important and the cadet tells him that the bunk was cursed. It was the same bunk his brother had occupied prior to his death and he could feel the death roll off it in waves. Graham agrees to let him sleep elsewhere and they find a sofa in the common area that can fold out into a bed.
Everyone had just bedded down for the night in the dorm, when an alarm began to ring. Acker receives a call that this isn't a drill and that the invasion they had been training men to defend against had occurred again. Rallying the cadets, Graham dashes downstairs, putting on his uniform, when....

I woke up.

Why did I wake up?
Because Guenhwyvar needed to go outside and go to the bathroom... -sigh-

It was such an epic dream full of dialogue that I don't remember but I feel was there and a background score of music. There were intricate relationships between the characters and murderous aliens and Graham!!!
To be clear, Graham Acker is awesome... Mister Bushido is NOT awesome... just for the record.

Anyway... epic dream... I wish I could have finished it... -sigh-
Posted by Ashuri | Dec 11, 2011 11:58 AM | 0 comments
October 11th, 2011
Okay so... here's what I am planning on watching this season (not counting OVAs, shows still running like Nurarihyon, or movies):
  • Bakuman 2
  • Ben-To
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
  • Chihayafuru
  • Guilty Crown
  • Hunter X Hunter 2011
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam AGE
  • Kimi to Boku.
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
  • Mirai Nikki
  • Persona 4: The Animation
  • Phi Brain
  • Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2
  • Sengoku☆Paradise Kiwami
  • Working'!!

Out of all of those, I've watched at least the first episode of everything EXCEPT...
  • Bakuman 2 (still finishing season 1)
  • Guilty Crown (because it hasn't aired yet)
  • Mirai Nikki
  • Phi Brain
  • Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2 (still finishing season 1 and the 2nd ova)
  • Sengoku☆Paradise Kiwami

So... I thought I'd do a little blog to kind of um... rate what I think of shows so far that I've watched!

BEN-TO - 5 (undecided)
Um... this show confuses me... because it's about a guy who gets beat up when he tries to buy half-priced bentos at a certain store. I mean... I understand the whole 'race to get it' thing... but then there's this girl 'The Ice Witch' who has a HS club for Half-Priced Bento lovers... and I think there was some yakuza... and a timid girl with megane...
So yeah...
Not sure what to think of this from the first episode. It's... an odd premise...

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - 5 (undecided)
Aside from the fact that this show made me go through hell to upgrade everything so I could watch 10-bit anime... it's um... weird.
I'm not even sure what it's about except the guy says he has no friends and yet he's hanging out with a harem-worth of girls.
I can tell you that nabe should never be eaten that way though... and the fact that the chicks puked everywhere was... weird...
But the first ep was only like 11 minutes or something so who knows, maybe it'll be a nice reverse harem. The two main chicks kind of remind me of Ryoko and Ayeka from Tenchi Muyo in the way that they fight with each other in regards to the guy.

Chihayafuru - 9 (YAY!)
This is by far the most interesting of the animes that I wasn't looking forward to (I was looking forward to Bakuman 2, Persona 4, Gundam AGE, and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2).
The story revolves around a girl who loves this competitive Japanese card game called karuta where you have to memorize 100 poems and then the first line of the poem is read and you have to be the first to pick the card with the 2nd line of the poem on it.
The art's gorgeous, the idea is refreshing because it's a card game that isn't retarded and childish like Yu-gi-oh. It's not a TCG, which is also nice. Monsters don't pop out. People don't have wacky hair and outrageous attitudes. It's a game that actually takes a lot of work and skill.
The girl's the younger sister of a model but she's a tomboy and kinda clumsy and her friends are a good looking guy and a megane-clad guy. Good looking guy now goes to her school and neither have heard from megane-clad guy who was who got the girl into karuta in the first place because he'd been playing it on a professional level.
Anyway, I liked it and I'm eagerly awaiting the 2nd episode!

FATE/ZERO - 8 (Hehe)
Aside from the fact that I was confused as to why the episode would never END... cause it's like 45 minutes or so, I liked this show!
But I was sooooo confused because you're thrown in and meeting all these people all at once and it's like name name name name name name BUGS name name....
Yeah... bugs... -shiver- don't get me started on the bugs under the skin thing...
But this show has Seki Tomokazu as Gilgamesh!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?! Sorry... I get excited when Seki-san's in things these days... hehehe.
Okay so the idea is it's a war every 60 years for the holy grail and the grail chooses 7 people who are magus to summon heroes of old to fight for possession of the grail. The art's freakin' SWEET and I'm really looking forward to watching this show.
I'm pretty sure it's related to fate/stay night... but since I haven't SEEN that show yet (wanting to), I can't say it is or how it is etc.

Hunter x Hunter (2011) - 3 (Eh...)
Ummm... I'm really only watching this because of Keiji Fujiwara. Seriously. I mean, I had a friend who tried to get me to watch the OLD one but I watched like 3 episodes and got bored. It's shounen fight so... I can ONLY take so much of that, man.
I may drop it, may not... I just really get tired of "who's the bad guy today" all the time.... but if it doesn't have fights that last a freakin month then I may stick with it. Just depends.

Kidou Senshi Gundam AGE - 3 (Eh...)
Where to begin on this...
Well... the art pisses me off. Freakin chibi-ish features... and I'm used to Gundam giving us bishies (WING and 00 and... well maybe kinda sorta SEED).
The Gundam design itself is VERY basic and I'm not sure where it fits into the Universe of Gundam as a whole...
I just... freakin little kid piloting a Gundam again. I mean he looks 10 even though I think he's like 16 or so!
I'm really just watching cause duh, it's Gundam and because Daisuke Ono plays THE ONLY REMOTELY BISHOUNEN CHARACTER IN THE ENTIRE THING.
Oh and where's our masked person, damn it?!

Kimi to Boku. - 7 (-thumbs up-)
I don't know if they're gay or if they're just friends or what the hell's going on in this show. All I know is it's 4 guys hanging out, 2 of which are identical twins with social issues (kinda like the Hiitachin brothers in Ouran), one has glass and dark hair (looks a lot like Otori from Ouran too), and one has long hair and a feminine feel to him.
The show's slow, but it's VERY slice-of-life so it's a nice change of pace from action anime and harem anime floating all over this season.
I'll keep watching it because I need something grounded with all the insanity of the anime season this time. I mean seriously, half of what I'm watching classifies as harem this time!

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon - 2 (Ew)
Look! More flamboyant characters! More harem! More ecchi! More fighting!
-sigh- Really?
So the show's very pretty in 10-bit... and the characters are odd. I mean hell there's a dude who's a succubus who isn't really a dude cause he runs around stark naked and has no boy or girl parts! (yes I decided to go the cleaner route when describing that)
But it has a LOT of good seiyuu in it... and thus I'm watching.
It's something about an Apocalypse / End of the World thing though so... that might be kinda interesting.
Did I mention they're on a floating/flying ship/city?

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! - 2 (Ew)
Freakin' holy swiss cheese Batman! LOOK! Even MORE fighting and MORE harem!
Kamiya Hiroshi, if I didn't love you so much I really wouldn't be watching this... It's like how I only watch Dog Days because of Mamoru Miyano and Koyasu Takehito... otherwise I wouldn't watch that either!
The thing here is P.E. classes turned into all out war between different classes. I don't know WHY they're doing it yet or anything... but it's like freakin Fuurin Kazan (Taigo NHK J-Drama - I love that show with a passion btw) with high schoolers who don't kill anyone!
Oh wait, and don't forget everyone's in love with the male strategist... -sigh-

Persona 4: The Animation - 10 (SQUEE!)
-bounces up and down-
-fangirl squee-
Okay okay so I LOVE the video game. NOW I GET TO HEAR THE REAL VOICES!!! -dances-
Seki Tomokazu!!!!!!!!!!!! -dies of happiness-
Can anyone tell I was REALLY looking forward to this show?
Anyway, it does the game justice! Everything looks like it's supposed to! The characters are just like they are in the game, except FINALLY the protagonist has a name and he talks! Even the days pass with the little game screen calender!
I don't know though if the main gets multiple Persona or just the one... but the second the next episode is out... I AM THERE!
Then play the video game... or watch it AND play the game!
It's freakin' fantastic!

Working'!! - 10 (SQUEE!)
So this show is officially on my top 5 list of animes now because seriously... I LOVE WORKING!!
Not only do I get to hear Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Fukuyama Jun throughout every episode, but the characters are so likeable and hilarious!
Souma's still as mysterious as ever! Saitou still hasn't convinced Yachiyo to stop fawning over Kyouko! Takanashi is still Inami's punching bag! Popura is continuously being teased by Takanashi (unknowingly) and Saitou (on purpose) about being so short! And Aoi still lives in the attic wanting to be adopted by Otoo who, by the way, is still searching for his missing wife!
The Wagnaria staff are just as insane as ever!
Though why the US release of this series is being called Wagnaria instead of just Working!! is weird...
I expect good things to come here! And it's the only show this season that I've watched both episodes of so far hehehe.
THIS was one of those shows that I was WAITING and WAITING for for what seems like forever!
Posted by Ashuri | Oct 11, 2011 1:25 PM | 1 comments
September 7th, 2011
Anime Relations: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed MSV Astray, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Special Edition, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Movie, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Special Edition, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: After-Phase Between the Stars, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Seed Supernova - Tanekyara Gekijou, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season, Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Tenshitachi no Kiseki, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
I don't know why, but since MAL is really the only place I can blog that loads properly *coughhugesnetsuckscough* (aka Facebook and LiveJournal won't load right... and that's where I tend to reside) I felt like blogging.

Only... I had no idea what to blog about.

Except... I MISS GUNDAM 00!


I mean, lets face it, at least the kids in WING could kick ass on and off the mech! The brats in SEED and SEED DESTINY make me want to shoot my foot! The only reason I put up with watching that show is because it has Seki Tomokazu and Koyasu Takehito and Seki Toshihiko in it!!!


In GUNDAM 00, I mean yeah Setsuna was a kid but fuck he was like... assassin boy! I even think he could take on Heero Yuy and pound his face into the dirt!
And yeah, Allelujah WAS kind of like the love child of Quatre and Trowa rolled into one, cause lets face it, Quatre was a nutcase and Trowa... he didn't win points for being sane either.
Tieria is like... like... hell I don't know what Tieria's like in season 1 and then in season 2 sometimes I wonder if he's going to go all Quatre weepy on us... I guess he's the Wufei... the guy no one really wants to hang with but you have to (sorry Tieria, you know I adore you!).
And then Lockon's the Duo. He's everyone's buddy... except Setsuna's cause, you know, Lockon 2.0 had to go all medieval on his ass for the pride of his woman (okay that's not entirely why he did it but bare with me it's late and I'm REALLY bored).

So I guess what I'm trying to say is...



I said it.

End of story.


Random Announcer: This has been a non-profit message from the depths of Ashuri's mind.

I am Ashuri, and I think I approve this message... maybe... -yawn- Damn I need to watch the new ep of Ao no Exorcist... -wanders off-

Random Announcer: It was not in Ashuri's intent to offend anyone, especially not the seiyuu, except for the people who keep thinking it's -air quotes- 'cool' to put crying kids in Gundam. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program...

TV: OMG! What is The Situation going to do tonight? Find out when Snookie and...

-gun shot and the tv blows up-

-looks up from her laptop, colt in hand- That's better... -puts gun away and yawns, commencing anime viewing-

(((BTW... Yeah... I felt REALLY RANDOM TODAY!)))
Posted by Ashuri | Sep 7, 2011 10:42 PM | 0 comments
January 31st, 2011
Anime Relations: Monochrome Factor
Has anyone else noticed that, during the 2nd ending theme to the anime "Monochrome Factor", there is a very obvious phallic symbol?

I did.

In fact, I noticed it the first time I saw the 2nd ending. And it bugged me ever since. Especially given that the shounen ai implications of this anime are so strong.

During the beginning of the 2nd ending, we see a large white door. That door, itself, is an obvious phallic symbol.

AND if you don't know what a phallic symbol is then you really shouldn't be reading this blog entry.

For those of you who DO know, let me expand on that.

Not only are these doors a phallic symbol, but they start out small and as you get closer, they grow. Meaning that the symbol gets bigger...

Then there's the fact that the doors of this symbol open. They're allowing entry.

Take into reference the colors as well. The doors are white. White tends to represent Light, and Akira is a Royalty of Rei (Light) whereas Shirogane is the opposite, dark.

We next see an expansive sea, blue and sparkling and white with foam... If you're on the same track as me, I don't need to elaborate.

Lastly, we see Shirogane's hat fly through those doors, thus entering this image that represents Akira.

Needless to say, those doors are a phallic symbol and the frames after regarding them opening, the sea, and the hat... are all representations of a sensual relationship between Shirogane and Akira.

Did I think too hard on this?

No... it's just late, I'm tired, I'm watching "Monochrome Factor" and that damn phallic symbol of a door just got to be too distracting...
Posted by Ashuri | Jan 31, 2011 10:03 PM | 0 comments