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31 October 2010 @ 07:24 pm
Happy Halloween everyone!

[credit for fanart]

And of course, Happy Birthday to L! I always wonder if he would ever go out trick-or-treating just for the free candy... or if he'd just send a horde his minions to go get candy for him. Sounds like it might be a job for Matsuda. :P

"But Ryuzaki, I don't understand what this has to do with the case..."
"It is of utmost importance to the case. Now take this sack and don't come back until it's full. I'm counting on you."

I'm dressed as L at the moment and as soon as the trick-or-treating dies down, I'm totally going to go get a mocha frapp. ;)
08 April 2010 @ 03:05 am
I was flipping through random pages of the Death Note manga (as usual) and came upon a startling revelation: L does not sweat.

It's especially prominent during the tennis match scene in vol. 3, where you can clearly see Light sweating profusely and L's stays completely dry. And it's not like L isn't experiencing exhaustion in the scene, which the puffs of air show. There's some weird spray of spit/sweat droplets that are in some of the panels, but I'm not counting those because it's not clear where the hell those are even coming from. I assume it's kinda like shoujo bubbles... but with spittle-sweat. D:

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I was trying to generate possibilities as to why this would be.
Why yes, I am completely bored and lacking in mental stimulation.

- It was done to create one more contrast between Light and L
- To overemphasize that Light is the one who's metaphorically "sweating" in this scene because he's the one who's under the most pressure
- To add one more element to emphasize L's weird and unhuman-seeming qualities, especially his overly calm and unemotional exterior
- Requisite speculation on some kind of medical disorder (or the man's just dehydrated from drinking too much coffee)
- L is an alien and his species does not sweat
- ???

I was trying to think of other scenes where he might be sweating, but in every single one I could think of, he wasn't. Even during the scene where he freaks out and falls out of his chair over shinigami -- no sweat. Thinking back to the anime, I think there might be some sweat on him during that scene, but I'm not sure.

Conclusion: I think this might be the most ridiculous entry I've ever made.

Anyone else have any ideas? :P
10 March 2010 @ 12:20 am
Over the weekend I made a new character in WoW.

A Blood Elf shadow priest.
His name is Raito.
Shhh, the names Light and Lightkun were already taken

I'm going to have so much fun with this.
05 February 2010 @ 12:05 am
Huuuuge snowstorm coming this weekend. If they don't close the library early on Friday, I'm going to shake my fist in the air very, very violently.

The other night when it was snowing, I pulled myself outside at around midnight and just stood out in the yard for about a half hour letting it fall all over me. There were no cars on the roads, no people around. It was so peaceful... the only thing that could be heard was the whisper of flakes falling to the ground. I think it was honestly one of the more beautiful experiences I've had in the past few months.

I like trying to identify the individual snowflakes in a pile of snow, if it's possible. The intricate patterns of the little ice crystals that form are just incredible. I know it's cliché, but it's true.

I love snow. :D

Note to self: Reconstruction of Chained Heart begins this weekend. It's been far too long. Minor changes already in progress. Will commence shameless begging for translators.
11 November 2009 @ 02:51 am
Would you believe that I can not read the word "necromancer" correctly anymore? I keep seeing it as my username. Yes, that was what the joke was at first, but... it's become a MONSTER.

I am promising to scan a doujinshi in the coming week. Because I desperately need to find something constructive to do with myself.

Some weeks ago I was trying to edit, touch up, and color some panels from the original manga. Most of them actually didn't turn out so well, but I like how this one ended up:

Original panel for comparison:
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I have an affinity for this panel because of the calculating look on his face and the downpour of dots around his head. I almost didn't want to edit them out, but hey. I went with a green background because I just kind of like him in green. I think it might be the froggy associations I have with him. ;)
Current Mood: discontent
31 October 2009 @ 11:25 pm
Better late than never...

Fanart by Rotsurechiriha

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! :)

And Happy Birthday to my favorite detective. ♥
He'd be 30 years old today, it's so hard to believe.
30 October 2009 @ 05:31 pm
Last night I had a dream that I was playing something, like, World of L-craft. It was just like WoW, except I was an agent working for L. All the quests had to do with infiltration, gathering information, killing people for some reason, and... collecting sparkly candy.


I want this game to exist.

This reminds me, I really wish they could release the Death Note games for Nintendo DS in English. I'd seriously buy a DS just to play them, no joke. ;(

*sigh* October seems to always be a difficult month for me to get through because of the seasonal change affecting my overall mood. I only hope it gets better. At least I have tomorrow to look forward to.
Current Music: "The Process" - Skinny Puppy
06 October 2009 @ 11:04 pm
And spoilers ahoy from said alleged script.

I think I've come to a level of acceptance about this Death Note remake.

Obviously it's not going to be the Death Note we all know and love. It will be reinterpreted and it will most likely be watered down to appeal to a mass audience. In the end, the movie is really not for us, but for people who haven't seen the series before. As fans, we want to see the best treatment possible; we're so afraid it's going to be misrepresented. And yet it's hard to say how it's going to turn out at this point. When I first read the alleged script I admit I found myself cringing and raging: the name changes, the change in Light/Luke's motivations, the disappearance of any sort of tension between Light and L, the strange insertion of shinigami lore even though the remake takes place in New York, the omission of Ryuk and Misa (not to mention Naomi), reusing the same exact ending as the first Japanese movie...

I don't quite like L being made into a profiler with the FBI. My first reaction was literally, "He's not with the FBI, he's with the fucking L!" I always liked the fact that he was portrayed as being outside (and above) the law, but still working with it to achieve his goals. He still performs some of the same illegal actions in the remake script as he did in the original series, so at least his morals are questionable enough. :P

It also bothers me that, since they omitted Misa and Naomi, there are even less major or notable female characters than before. What's left is a girlfriend, sister, and dead mom. And many female victims. This just does not sit well with me.

Of course I'm likely going to find the manga and anime better since that's what I fell in love with first. And that's perfectly fine. In the end, I'll be seeing the movie anyway no matter what because I'm very curious like that. Lots of changes are bound to be made to the script. And I think there's enough material from the original series that it may work, if it's done properly. If it turns out to be good, then that will wonderful. If it's bad, I still have the original. No worries either way, right? ;)

I can't promise my opinion will stay at this state though, depending on what actually happens with the movie... ^^;;

That said, the script has plenty of lines that can be used for entertainment purposes:

- "I know he's a cowboy, but he's the best there is." (in reference to L, pg 34)
I don't even know, this made me laugh so hard. I am just waiting for someone to shop the "BANG" scene with him in a cowboy hat.

- "In Eastern cultures Kira is like the four horsemen of the apocalypse." (pg 45)
I can't even make sense of this. Kira is a part of Eastern mythology now? Just as planned

- ON SCREEN REVEAL: "Kira was here" written above the dead drug dealer. (pg 70)
Hay L, try to figure this one out: Did you know that Kira was here?? LOL
I get the feeling that Luke may not be quite as clever as we'd hoped.
29 September 2009 @ 03:53 am
THE "i've always wanted to tell you" MEME

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24 September 2009 @ 03:23 am
I was recently asked on chainedheart_dn about doujinshi and copyright laws. Inevitably many people will ask: is doujinshi legal? This question applies to any fanwork that can be made like fan art or fan fiction, but I'm going to concentrate on doujinshi specifically.

I am no expert on the subject, but from what I've read it looks like it comes down to a different attitude towards the subject in Japan vs. the Western world. (This is coming from the perspective of someone living in the United States, so if it's different in, say, other areas of Europe, feel free to call me out on it)

In Japan, publishers will turn a blind eye when it comes to fan works like doujinshi. In the Western world (and especially in the US) people are much more likely to take legal action against a copyright violation. However, there is little difference in copyright laws; they are still technically illegal in Japan. So why the difference? It seems the publishers eventually adopted the attitude that fan works are a positive thing and that, in the end, it might be giving the original works increased exposure, which would lead to more profit rather than less. There is not much doujinshi-making in the Western world, which I'm sure is influenced by the highly prevalent fear of being sued. I know that occasionally I've seen doujinshi being sold at the artist alley at conventions (I've bought a Death Note one before), but since it's under the radar, nothing is really done about it. Heck, this applies to all fan works in artist alleys and art shows period, which I know have been contested before.

As for profit... most doujinka really don't make a lot of profit. Generally they price djs at just the right amount to cover their printing fee (self-publishing isn't cheap) and maybe (and only maybe) make a tiny bit of profit for their materials and time spent. In fact, it's not unheard of for doujinka to lose money from publishing a doujinshi. This goes to show that most of them are in it for the love of the characters, not to claim a character as their own or to make money off of it.

This subject has so many gray areas. Personally I would love to see a thriving doujinshi scene in the west. The creation of fan works is a great component to encourage and nourish the fandom community. I do wonder what would happen if doujinshi-making became more common in the West...

Here's a very interesting article that further explains the attitude in Japan towards doujinshi (talk about doujinshi starts on the second page):

"Japan, Ink: Inside the Manga Industrial Complex" by Daniel H. Pink

The original comment that inspired this entry here.