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Change's here! And it made me - that is to say, the account with the name of naye - lose all my friends. Which is sad. I like my friends.

I've set about re-friending people, but I don't know how noticeable it'll be, as anyone on my flist will naturally have been friended by a naye already. ^^;; But now you know, anyway? (And as I'm doing it all manually, I might miss someone. Just give me a yell if you feel you've been left unfairly un-friended.)

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I'm a lousy LJer. At least with this account. It all comes from having started blogging on two separate locations - one was LJ, the other was a Swedish site. Then I moved from the other site here, but kept posting in Swedish, and it didn't cross my mind to just switch languages combine the two accounts. I was still doing kind of okay with keeping up until Japan happened, and I went six months with no reliable internet connection. I could hardly get on-line for long enough to mail family and friends, and LJ suffered even more neglect. I never did get back on track with my LJing, not even after we got internet, not even after I got back to Sweden.

And that sucks. I like LJ. Every single person on my f'list is there because I felt they were interesting; because I liked reading their entries; because we had something in common. But if I'm not even around to read stuff, much less comment or post anything remotely interesting of my own, all of that is wasted. All those missed opportunities, the fun posts that I glimpse and then forget about until two weeks later, the fascinating discussions, all of it, it's driving me nuts!

Which is why I'm changing it. I'm not quitting LJ - I'm starting over. I'm going to switch my accounts around, so this poor neglected thing becomes an archive, and my much livlier Swedish accounts becomes my main account. I'm going to keep the username of naye, and I'll be moving my old posts to the new joint LJ over time. Of course, I'll be writing in English - that's one of the big limitations for me right now, that so much of what I have the energy to communicate and get involved with can only reach people who speak Swedish. A rather tiny selection, all things considered! I did have some kind of point way back when I started keeping separate language blogs in separate places, but now it just feels stupid.

All of this to say - things are going to look different here soon. The username will be the same, but it'll be filled with a lot of old Swedish posts, and anything from here will end up under the username of ex_naye. I might even have to re-friend people, depending on how the technical aspects of the switch work out, but I'll see about that when it happens.

It's finally time for a change - time to poke some life into this zombie account!

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Listening to: Blind Guardian - Time Stands Still (At Iron Hill)

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Odacchi~~!! Genius! The awesome amazing the PLOT the metaplot, it's moving and changing and then there's all of the rest and waaaaaaaaaaaah why is he so brilliant?!?

erhune, if you're reading this, this is your cue to get your butt in gear and CATCH UP WITH THE MANGA. Because it's kind of. Um. Exploded in a whole new dimension. Again. ^___^

I'm late, I know. But I only just got caught up now, and I don't have anywhere else to squee, and this DEMANDS squee. And analysis, but that'll have to wait until I'm back from work!

A quick, non-spoilery thought - is it just me, or is this time of year kind of like sweeps? Except that this is Shounen Jump, and there's no sweeps season because every issue has the voting cards, but... This time of year, a couple of months before Jump Festa... That seems to be when the plot picks up pace and throws the audience a few of those bones we've been waiting for for so long. At least that's what it feels like after last year and this year. I have no clue at all about the years before that (2004 summer was big on the emotional stuff), and it could be completely random. But. Is it possible?

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Stockholm, November 1:

November snow November first

Yeah. Snowstorm. In November. I'd forgotten how much I never really cared for November in this country... This being the first day of winter, there were huge traffic problems too. Public transport was a mess - busses couldn't get anywhere because of the bad roads, and the trains and subways still have half their cars in for repair after leaves on the track messed up their wheels. Private transport was almost worse, because the roads where in complete chaos. Out in the country, trains further than about an hour and a half north of here stood completely still all night.

It's completely surreal. First the "leaves got on the track" which apparently wrecks the wheels of every other train. Happens every fall, without fail. And then winter happens, and this is reported for days in advance - "big storm coming in, we'll get lots of snow" - and responsable parties everywhere react as if they've never heard the word "winter" before. What, SNOW? Here? Now?! ...sigh. It's the same thing every damn time. I'd laugh if I wasn't so grumpy about it.

I would've posted this sooner too, but apparently winter now means I get our lovely winter vomiting disease. Kind of like a 3-day stomach flu, which is flying around here for November - April, hence the name. If you haven't got it where you are - good for you! You don't want it. It's nasty and disgusting and all around a bad idea... though the hallucinations where kind of interesting. (I suddenly saw connections to everything I had never seen before, I was one with the world, and somehow this involved very complicated cubes. Don't ask, I have no idea.)

I was sick, then I got vargen sick, and now we're both much better, but still kind of wrung out and pathetic, and so sitting around on the couch watching MASH all day. Not a bad way to spend a November day, actually...

We also watched Supernatural, somewhat later than usual.
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ETA: Ooh, more Supernatural - today's the day Swedish TV 1 starts airing the series! Couple of random observations from re-re-watching the first ep. Sam's voice is different!Collapse )

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Listening to: Hagalaz' Runedance - Wake Skadi

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Today I finished watching all of Odoru Daisousasen for the second time. The eleven episodes, two specials, and two movies. We saw the second special and the two movies in one sitting, which was all kinds of awesome. ♥

But now it's over. Again. And it's one of those series I just hate that it has to finish. My crazy doujinshi-shopping for it in the last few weeks I was in Japan proves it, and if I were in Japan right now, I'd go out and double my collection on the spot. No fair, ending things that good! (Fortunately, my doujinshi are very, very good, and will keep me amused for quite some time...)

Now I want to see the two spin-offs. The Muroi-movie and the Mashita-movie. It'll break my heart that Aoshima isn't in them, but I want more. Of what Odoru is. And if I can't have the real deal (because Odoru is Aoshima and Muroi and Sumire and Mashita and all the others, and having just one of them with a new team isn't the same thing), something connected to the real deal will have to do! I'm just afraid I'm going to be terribly disappointed.

That's the reason I don't know if I would want an Odoru Movie 3. It would be fantastic to see the cast together again, but at the same time - after Movie 2, there's no real need for a sequel. In Movie 2 they tie up the loose ends, they find closure. The best kind of closure, not with "happily ever after", but with things changing and developing, in the directions the characters have worked for so hard all these years. Movie 2 makes me ridiculously happy. ♥

At the same time - the thought of seeing something more, with that cast... something new. Well. I can't deny it does have an immense appeal, and sends a little shiver of excitment down my spine as I imagine it! Though I think a really good doujinshi could do that to. Has, actually, on several occasions. So I just have to be strong, and resist the temptation that is on-line doujinshi stores... ^^;; That way Odoru can still have the perfect conclusion, at the same time as the characters live on in my mind, and that of all the other creative fans.

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Oh. OH! This is my first time watching one of these - a short clip from the upcoming Supernatural episode. But I finally managed to find where they were on the CW page, and I was curious, and... um. Oh. This had me laughing out loud at the same time as my brain was informing me that oh, this can't be good.

But. So funny!

Director's cut -> Supernatural.

Oh, Dean. ♥

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No, not writing more right now. Because that right there? Is overshadowing everything else about the episode in my mind right now.

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What X-parrot said, that and a whole bunch of OMGSHJKHGSKLHL SQUEEE WTF WHAT ODACCHI WHAT?

...I might write something more of my own, coherent, but for now I'm just squeeing like mad in xparrot's comments. (Damn. Miss Kyoto, and being able to sit down and discuss One Piece metaplot for two hours at a Mos Burger with another fangirl...)

Um. Yeah. Wow. Again. Odacchi. ♥

Links to colorspread and chapter download and translation and stuff.

PS - Oh, Zoro.

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First two things I think various people would be interested in reading:

An interview with Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural. Fun, fun reading! Vaguely spoilery in the way that he does answer reader questions, but only by answering "yes" or "no" or "we'd like to see that". Want more Supernatural now! Not tomorrow, now.

And, from fanthropology: creating reality. Quoting from windtear's original post:

(For those who don't/can't follow the link: A live-action RPG was hosted in the 1990s in an area near a wedding. Two mildly inebriated wedding guests stumbled into the LARP area. As the LARP scenario was basically 'people from Earth stumble into a magical world' all the players they encountered thought they were other players, and the guests thought they'd fallen into the twilight zone. The post is written by one player who encountered them, realized that they really weren't players, and tried to show them the way to leave without breaking character.)

The point of the post is that it only took two hours to convince two sane and reasonable people that the nature of reality had completely changed, simply by surrounding them with people who denied the possibility that it was not as they believed.


Read it. It's way cool stuff.

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Not even a real rant, just one of the many reasons I love fandom, but stay far away from most on-line gatherings of fans. It's the same thing, every single time, and it drives me nuts.

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Lots of premiers right now! Have been eagerly awaiting D.Gray-Man (out subbed already) and Death Note (raw, for the moment).

I have to say I'm rather pleased overall with D.Gray-Man - I like Allen's voice, I like the intro, I like the character design and the animation. It's... nice. Because of Hoshino's art, I was kind of expecting a more interesting color palette - brighter, maybe. But it was just one episode, and a lot of it took place indoors, in the dark, so it's not like the animators had a lot to work with. It'll be fun to watch the series develop, though - in my opinion it gets more and more interesting the more you see of the rest of the cast.

Death Note - Death Note isn't just "nice". Death Note blew me away. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since this is Death Note, insanely popular; practically an industry in itself. But even with knowing that, I wasn't really prepared for the absolutely stunning opening and ending sequences, and the amazing art. (Now there they've got some good, creative use of color!) It's simply fantastic. So far only Light and Ryuk have had spoken lines, but my first impression is that Miyano Mamoru owns Light. Ryuk could have been a bit more... imposing. But that's just me needing to adjust to hearing Ryuk outside my head, and nothing that detracts from my general enjoyment of the show. The music too, is gorgeous and perfect - especially the choral music to go with themes of life and death and gods. I know the story; I know the ending - I'm still going to be following this anime religiously. If they keep this quality up for the duration, it mightwell turn out to be one of the best series I've ever seen.

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LQ version out for download .

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Listening to: Iron Maiden - Blood Brothers

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Second season! First episode! Just watched! Must LJ cut! For abuse of exclamation marks and caps!

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Still alive. Back in Sweden, and - totally overwhelmed by the reverse cultural shock, very much not helped by the fact that my year abroad made me start questioning the point of my studies, and the only answer I can come up with is that there is no point. There is a point to the result, but not to the actual studies. So dedicating time to them - or anything that takes mental effort - is not going so well.

Communication is not going so well, because words are one of the most exhausting things right now. But I miss... being around, I guess. Miss people. So I'll... try to catch up. Starting by catching up with myself and my runaway life.

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The new One Piece chapter is out for download in low quality, here, and - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

There are no words. There can be no words. There's just. Yeah. ODACCHI! ♥♥♥

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Reason #3 I'm actually glad to be home: I have the best gaming group. ♥ Which is bigger than I thought, since the two sometime-players living in different cities are both interested in joining my game! Definitely time to get on with the planning!

Uh. And also reading the new rules. Damn you Shadowrun, and your shiny new edition. Damn you! *shakes fist*

(I love the world - it's like coming home! But rules? Anything with numbers makes my brain fall asleep, and the 3rd ed Shadowrun rules were ones I actually knew. But then they went and changed it all, and now it's all... new. And I'll have to study. Siiiigh.)

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Back in Sweden! Safely! With no problems on my end. Even got my overweight suitcase and over-legal-limit carry-on through with no problems. So that was me.

That my fiancé and mother both managed to make the calculation that leaving Japan on Friday morning = returning to Sweden on Saturday evening... well. That's not really that important anymore. It got sorted out, because if I can handle a year by myself in Japan, I can handle being stranded in Arlanda airport!

But rather than talk about the move-in cleaning we're doing now (gotta make space for my manga & doujinshi!) - One Piece! The new chapter! The SQUEE on my end, reading and flailing and squee~! I'm so so grateful to whoever scans and shares the whole of Shounen Jump, 'cause - good reading. Great reading on a day when I also found out that my lovely little shounen Mieru Hito is (finally) getting kicked out. (It made me a bit sad, but at the same time - it's kind of... fitting. I knew it was going to end sooner or later, but to have it end just as my time in Japan does? It almost feels like it means something.)

Odacchi's a genius. His characters are genius. His writing is genius. That big panel, with Luffy and "Usopp" and... I don't really have any words anymore, it's all coming out as verbal keyboard mashing because of the perfect, and FINALLY, and it's making me so happy. ♥

...I still need sleep, yes.

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I've been going on about this show for a while now, but only said that it's really really good and has me fanning like a mad squeeing thing. Here's a bit more on what else it is! (If you don't read anything else, at least click on the video at the end, because that really will explain a lot of what it's all about.)

The long of it. With lots of babbling.Collapse )

The movies were actually released internationally, under the title of "Bayside Shakedown". The Japanese title 踊る大走査線 can literally be translated as "dancing great investigation line", but the fansubs probably say it better when they go for "The Spirited Investigation Line". On top of this, the Japanese fandom has decided it's actually called Rhythm and Police, after the title of the (quite awesome) soundtrack.

And that was the long of it. This is the short - and it has pictures!

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And if that's too long, this is the really, really short. It's the first four minutes of the ninth episode of Odoru. They're funny. It's how how I was introduced to the series by xparrot and gnine. There are no spoilers for anything, and it kind of explains what kind of police we're talking about. Sadly there's no Muroi in this, but you get Aoshima and Waku, and quite possibly the best way to talk down a jumper ever.


(If the video doesn't show up, click on one of the cuts, and it should be on the bottom of the page. There's some kind of problem with videos embedded in some of LJ's layouts. Or go straight to YouTube.)

Finally - the entire series can be downloaded from D-Addicts, with subtitles and all, so - go get it! It's just eleven episodes, it's cute and funny and good. And it's guaranteed to be different from your usual cop shows! Go, get.

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Listening to: Yuji Oda with Maxi Priest - Love Somebody

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I bought the second Odoru Daisousasen movie today. I never buy movies. But Odoru owns me. ^^;;

I had a few seconds of buyer's regret, and then I opened the pretty box and found not just one, but two shiny discs in it, and pretty pictures of the cast (Aoshima, stop being so cute!), and then I squeed and flailed and... I've got it bad. So bad.

...the First Movie DVD claims that the Second Movie's remastered version has "previously unseen scenes". I got the remastered version. Sitting up now to check if I can spot those new scenes is not a good idea, right? Right. Thought so. Stupid needing sleep.

In other news, I now have a fangirl o-mamori. Which is a real o-mamori, but also fannish. Because I visited Seimei Jinja and got one. Seimei Jinja, dedicated to Abe no Seimei, where they've got posters from the Onmyouji movie up. Pretty much in the shrine, yes. And also posters from the new anime Shounen Onmyouji. I'm so, so amused. Oh, Japan! ♥

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Feeling: peaceful peaceful
Listening to: Rythm and Police - Moonlight

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Leaving Japan in  a week. Not coping so well with this fact. Not at all. It's not just Japan - after almost a year, I'm used to not  being a continent or two away from xparrot and gnine! And I know for a fact that the continent + ocean divide sucks, and makes it surprisingly hard to get together for watching and talking and general cuddles.

I'm dealing with my not coping by falling crazy in love with a Japanese drama/police series called Odoru Daisousasen, which I have a feeling will come up at greater length very soon. Because - yeah. It's love. stitcher2ficcer will probably have heard about it already, and - yes, it really is that good!

It's also the only thing I can focus on that doesn't make me go WAAH DON'T WANNA LEAVE, and so I've spent an inordinate amount of time on Japanese fan sites (have found a total of zero Western fandom for the show). Or trying to access Japanese fan sites. I'm getting the very, very strong impression that the Japanese are just a tiny bit more paranoid about protecting their privacy on-line than western fans, because... The lengths they go through to keep people away from their sites are quite amazing.

To date, I've had to: hunt hidden links (hidden behind words), hunt camouflaged links, open the source code to search for links, and scroll. A lot. I've also had to pass quizzes proving I'm really a fan to get usernames and passwords, or relevant parts of a URL. Like – take the two main characters birthdays and add the numbers. Or… what is the abbreviation of the third police organization beside Wagan and the Metropolitan Police. Random stuff like that. Which is all kinds of fun when you're trying to figure out what on earth it is they actually want, because – it's not phrased as simple as that. Oh, no. That would be too easy! No, they never use characters' names, instead choosing to use a combination of adjectives that only make sense if you're a fan. A Japanese fan. Um. At least I can recognize the kanji for the area between the eyebrows now? (眉間. And it does make sense that it comes up so often, yes.)

One site even had a question about the three major doujinshi events in Tokyo, and I fail, because I can only come up with Summer Comiket and Winter Comiket… is there a Super Comic City in Tokyo…?

Um. Yeah. This is me, ignoring reality, because I'm kind of not happy with reality right now. (Though it will be very very good to get back to my love - I haven't seen him since January 2!) And me ignoring reality is also me ignoring LJ, because I suck. Yes.

Reality isn't very happy with me either, and is making its displeasure known by flooding my tiny apartment with open boxes and mysterious piles of doujinshi and dishes where new forms of life are developing and an insane mess that has to be sorted into "throw away", "bring now", and "send home by ship". Ah~, I'm going to make the Japanese Post so rich soon. ^^;

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Listening to: Blind Guardian - Otherland

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