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Wild Adapter
So. Minekura kick. And now I'm flailing because I don't know anyone who's into Wild Adapter, and it's EATING MY SOUL.

This isn't even a pimping post. This is just an "OMG so full of love I hardly know what to do with myself" post, because I'm four volumes in and haven't reacted in more than a couple of comments to friends that they need to read this. Yes, you DO.

The character dynamics. The characters. The art and the language and the story and the moments that just make your heart stop because they're so... intense. It's Minekura - I shouldn't be surprised! It's pretty much exactly what I love about Saiyuki after all, though it's impressive to see how much Wild Adapter is its own story. Darker, maybe, although Saiyuki can be pretty dark too, so. Just - different.

The character dynamics. I'm not repeating myself - I'm just not over how much I love the character dynamics. They're deep and intense and maybe slightly twisted, but it's the kind where they're twisted around each other, which isn't just one of my weaknesses, but also interesting. I thought Ban and Ginji were co-dependent, but really, Kubota and Tokitoh have them beat. Especially Kubota, who -- oh. These characters. They're incredible, and so broken, and they need each other to hold the pieces together, and maybe become more whole. Kubota and Tokitoh - it's a familiar dynamic - Goku and Sanzo, Hakkai and Gojyo - but still unique to the two of them. Unique in how you look at them and think you know how they work, but then you get to know them better and realize that, oh. They need each other, yes, but Kubota's need for Tokitoh is... something else.

Wild Adapter's published in Chara, a boy's love magazine, but the relationship between the two is never openly sexual, which just makes it that much more interesting to me. They live together, they are clearly each others "most important people", but they're not involved in anything like a "romance". They're just - all the other has. Basically.

Each one of them on their own is a fascinating character. Screwed-up and tough and hurt and quirky and smart, they're almost impossible not to love. (Kubota I want to spend hours analyzing, and Tokitoh's so wonderfully cat.) And together, they become irresistible. They have this way of being together that is... much more physical than in Saiyuki, for example. With each other, they both give and take comfort through touching - they need the arm around their shoulder, or hold on their hand. But they're also very casually comfortable with each other, with touching each other... And the things they say to each other, and about each other! I often find myself at a loss for words other than oh, or maybe squee. Ah. And that's not even including the fake gay. Which. Is quite special! And hysterical. And also on the drama tracks, which is distracting, to say the least... mmm.

And! Now I've finished the first four volumes, and only have one left, and there's nobody around that I can go be incoherent on concerning that scene, or what he said there, or the whole with the plot and the - YEAH. ...I should probably try pimping, but Wild Adapter just got licensed by Tokyopop, and also, my brain is too full of happy fangirl fluff to manage to write anything Deep and Meaningful (or at least vaguely serious and useful). Damn. Damn my fangirl soul, and how I succumb to the being totally incoherent from everything to the lyrics to one of Kubota's image songs (written by Minekura!) to the ending scene of the story arc in the fourth volume which I can't even think about without automatically switching to mental capslock...

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Feeling: bouncy fangirly
Listening to: Wild Adapter - Jouyatou

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xparrot From: xparrot Date: July 7th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh how do you have time, girl??? I wanna get into this but I don't even have the time to try to read my djs, much less manga, what with work *whine*...and I gots writing I needs to get to (instead of watching Tactics w/ J-chan. Or playing sudoku. Umm. That would also explain why I don't have time. Ooops? I'd rather blame work...)

...actually I'd need to buy WA anyway, as we don't have any volumes. Add it to the list when I get paid next week...they sound cute (in that angsty Minekura way ^^)
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: July 7th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Note how it's 3.10 AM. Note how I'm still not asleep. There's a connection there. As in - I've given up a lot of sleep for WA. Especially since I didn't just read them - I read them, and then I listened to the dramas while looking at the manga and looking up words I skipped when reading... Because it's good to understand what's going on. Though Aestheticism have translations, which is fantastic! But only up to volume 3. Um.

Yes! You do need to buy them, you really do! ♥ With a bit of luck, they won't take too much out of your paycheck - I got three of the four for 105 yen at Book Off. Could look at the Iwakura Book Off if they have it there - I'm tempted to bike up there tomorrow and check for a few things.

They are cute. Which is kind of mindbreaky in the context of Kubota, at least, but they are. So. Cute. Tokitoh's adorable, in some way I can't quite put my finger on - he's not chibi!Goku kawaii or anything, but I every other panel, I get an overwhelming urge to hug him. Has to be the cat thing... I want to hug cats too, even though they have five sharp ends and glares that say "touch me with your filthy hand and DIE, human". And together, they are cute, really, really cute. (They hold hands. They're domestic - they play video games where the loser has to do the chores! And they have full-panel holding/hugs/touches going on.) And also insanely co-dependent, did I mention that? ♥

Everything that and a large helping of Minekura angst on top - I know you won't be disappointed! ^___^
shayera From: shayera Date: July 7th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear ye. I will, I will. I just feel like I need to finish Fruits Basket first ^^;;
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: July 8th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Fruits Basket! Should remember to pick it up before I leave (I have this HUGE SPRAWLING LIST of manga I want to own... it's not organized, but it should be).

Have you got many volumes left? ^^ (And I was kind of guessing you'd read WA eventually, if nothing else then to make me stop pestering you about it. ^^;;)
shayera From: shayera Date: July 8th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm in the middle of volume 15, so four and a half. And I like it! There's lots and lots of angst, and then there's hope, and love (but not necessarily romance) and cuteness, and lots of characters that I really like. ^_^

Hee. My experience with shoujo is rather limited, but I do enjoy it once in a while.
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: July 8th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Fruits Basket I actually want to read, despite not being into shoujo. Might get HanaKimi too - there are enough full sets of it around - but... Ah. I'm so hard to please. ^^;;
hei_da From: hei_da Date: August 13th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Random comment.- God I LOVE WA!! It has such a small fan base it makes me sad.more people need to read it, RIGHT NOW!I'm not as far in as you are, since I only have Emerald Eyes for the scans, but i plan on buying the manga when it finally arrives...Just thought I'd give you a comment...>_> Hope you don't mind.
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