[Saturday, July 31, 2004]

 
Slept in--sleep is good. Was lazy today. May have little chance to be this free in the future.

*wince* I am so out of shape--my knees and thighs hurt after just 45 minutes of Boxercise yesterday.

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[Monday, July 26, 2004]

 
Five-Minute-Fangirling/Fanbitching:

: Oh dear, look who just popped up . . . Have not read fanfic from that fandom before--here's another good reason not to.

Kyou Kara Maou: Konrad! (Was predisposed to like him anyway--he's voiced by Tatsumi and Homura's seiyuu.)

Enzai: Look, I don't have the time to argue and get into a fan discussion (i.e. an uncivil brawl that I will avoid by not saying anything), but at least I know the difference between schizophrenia and MPS/MPD and their associated symptoms.

Death Note: Is on crack. Need volume 3--soon. LRaito isn't likely, true enough, but it's pretty (seeing that only Raito alone in the series can be considered pretty and alive) and makes for good dounjinshi. I want dj by Cross now . . .

Escaflowne: A chorus of chanting monks--how I missed it . . . ^^

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[Sunday, July 25, 2004]

 
Sleepover! With sake (wine and other beverages fermented from honey, rice, potato skins, persimmons and I don't know what else . . .) and gag BL anime (Kyou Kara Maou).

Was definitely slightly drunk. It took me about five minutes to realise what those pirates were wearing. *Five minutes*.

Still tired. Have no energy as it gets sapped out of me during the rest of the week.

Retail therapy: Some clothes. My sapphire Graphire 3. ? Less mouse-hand-stress. ? *strokes it* Overindulgence, I am guilty. (No more spending for this month . . . T_T)

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[Thursday, July 22, 2004]

 
Heavy Fangirling
Got the Gakuen Heaven game. But I'm not done with Enzai yet . . .

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I do believe I have seen Magic-Boy anime.

Kyou Kara Maou (literally "Demon King From Today Onwards") . . . There are some similarities and differences when one compares it to traditional Magic Girl Anime.

Potential spoilers. Scroll down if you're bored.






































Magic Girl Anime (e.g. Escaflowne) Magic Boy Anime (Kyou Kara Maou)


  • Girl in a fuku falls into another world/alternate universe via a book/mirror/magic gateway.




  • Boy in a uniform winds up in another world/alternate universe after being flushed down a toilet. (No, dignity is obviously not a consideration here . . .)




  • Destiny calls--one minute a normal junior high school student, next minute potential Saviour of the World/magic girl/Priestess of Zog.




  • Destiny calls--one minute a normal high school student, next minute King of the Demons/potential Saviour of the World.




  • Practically everyone, especially good-looking male cast members, loves her or falls in love with her.




  • Practically everyone, especially good-looking male cast members, loves him--or they would if the fangirls had anything to say about it.




  • She gets hitched or engaged or practically fated by deus ex machina to be with one of the good-looking cast members. The fans know it's true love from Day One despite the two of them desperately denying their feelings for each other.




  • He gets hitched or engaged or practically fated by deus ex machina
    to be with one of the good-looking cast members. The fangirls know it's true boi-love from Day One despite the two of them desperately denying their feelings for each other.




  • Clueless, they stumble about, occasionally fighting and getting on each other's nerves.




  • Clueless, they stumble about, occasionally fighting and getting on each other's nerves.




  • Each member of the main couple winds up saving the other several times before the series is over.




  • Each member of the main couple will probably wind up saving the other several times before the series is over.




  • Despite all this, fangirls can still come up with yaoi fanfics involving two good-looking male cast members--one of them was fated to be in love with the main female character--who do not usually get along.




  • Despite all this, fangirls can still come up with alternative yaoi pairings and yaoi fanfics involving two good-looking male cast members--one of them being the main male character--who do not usually get along.




  • Yaoi fangirls make up a hefty percentage of the fandom.




  • Yaoi fangirls make up 99.9% of the fandom. The remaining 0.1% is comprised of the clueless fans who will write Mary Sue fics.


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[Saturday, July 17, 2004]

 
New shelves, yay! Which I have paid for. And Dad only told me about them today at lunch, just when I was leaving to go to BV. Naturally, I wasn't *expecting* the dusty contents from the old shelves and the top of the shelves scattered on my bed. Daaaaaaaddddddddddddddddddddddddddd . . . (He could have said something about expecting furniture today--like yesterday at the very least. Then I could have moved out the stuff onto the floor and he wouldn't have to worry about bending and straining his back either . . .)

*grumbles and changes sheets* And when Ellie gets back tomorrow she's so going to bitch and moan (and not pay up for her shelf until 10 years later because she's blown her paychecks from the daycare centre on Germany and she makes me look thrifty). Though I ought to bitch and moan about her 'A' Level notes still occupying most of the space and stacks of Time and Newsweek occupying the rest . . .

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Eh, have not posted much this week, as kit noticed . . .

Don't want to talk about work. It is crappy. Not the job itself, I mean I hate the politics of this place. What do you mean that it sounded rude? I'm the one feeling miffed for having my name spelled wrongly in several notes, memos and the like. Look, I'm just saying that if you can't friggin' spell my name (like 99.99% of the population, despite the fact that it is a legitimate, real name that I've had since Day One and not a newfangled, made-up, outlandish one with "creative" spelling)--though there's no reason why you shouldn't get it right since it spelt right on official documentation, the phone list and all that--use the other one. And sometimes I can't remember that I'm supposed to go by that other name--which I have never used in my life because 99.99% of the population cannot spell or pronounce it--as well. Oh I'm so sorry that I feel like this--after all it's just my *name* and identity, that's all . . .

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Ange, you are a Death Note fangirl now, aren't you?

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[Friday, July 16, 2004]

 
"Yay!" for . . .

The weekend. Not waking up at 5.45am.

Getting rid of the virus from the PC. (It was Backdoor.Doster--even the viruses I get have dodgy names . . .)

Getting over the cold and stuffy nose in less than a week.

The Psycho Bunny charm necklace that Delilah sent me.

Bonus! (Finally paying off incurred debts.)

Getting Escaflowne aka my-all-time-favourite-fantasy-shoujo-series on DVD. (Granted, it was retail therapy, but my sister loaned out my Odex VCD set to her friends too often and I have no clue where it is. People should watch this before viewing the tripe overdone dramady that is Fushigi Yuugi. Escaflowne the anime is better than the manga, which was a tad confusing. And neither series appears slashable--not even with Nuriko and Dilandau. To me, at least . . .)

Now all I need to do is get a Playstation II and I'm set.

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Fanfic_hate. Ah, it's like the dropout-lists of American Idol, only with more venom and less tact.

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[Tuesday, July 13, 2004]

 
Good luck to all friends who are settling into their new jobs or are currently "in transition".

Good luck to sister, who is in Bremen, Germany, competing in the Choir Olympics with the rest of her choir (and having a good time overseas to boot).

And I could use all the luck that can be spared for this job.

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[Sunday, July 11, 2004]

 
I just *had* to get a cold on a weekend. *grumbles*

Hair is now six inches shorter, waaaahhhhhhhh . . . T_T (It still falls below my shoulders--but that doesn't matter because it took *ages* to grow out.)

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[Friday, July 09, 2004]

 
Sign #42 that I've gone off the deep end . . .

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(BL) Fangirl Paradise
(To be rapped or sung along to Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" or Weird Al's "Amish Paradise". If you're drunk enough, that is.)

As I scroll down my mailing lists and drive my RPG characters to certain death,
I take a look at my life and realize there ain't much left,
Cos I've been surfing and gaming so long that
Even my mother thinks that my mind is gone,
But I ain't never bought overpriced dj that wasn't worth it,
Me paying $50 for doujinshi, you know that's unheard of!
Gotta watch what I'm surfing, hide the games I'm playing,
Or the family will go into shock.
I really hate bad fanfiction but we've all got to cope
Face it, we'd read crap fanworks until we croak . . . (fool)
I'm the kind of BL-lovin' gal most fangirls are like
Surfing deep into the night, sniggering at glowing cones of light.

Been spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise
I've used WinMX more than twice
Living in a fangirl paradise
Wrote fanfic many a time
Living in a fangirl paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise

Look at the situation, convention's got me facing,
I lead a normal life, I can't afford to trip,
So I gotta fly under the radar to survive.
Too much yaoi-viewing got me spawnin' ecchi dreams.
I'm an overeducated fool with doujinshi on my mind,
Got my credit card in my hand and a gleam in my eye.
I'm a semi-literate hardcore BL gamer
And my Japanese skills are cruddy so don't ask for translations! (fool)
Altavista Babblefish is just a mouse-click away . . .
I'm living life my own way, so what can I say?
"I'm 24, this is going to continue beyond age 25,
These *really* aren't the cartoons you think you know, Dad . . ."


Tell me why are we
So blind to see
That yaoi
Is actually the same as hentai and yuri?

Been spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise
I sell doujinshi at quite a reasonable price
Living in a fangirl paradise
Second-generation burned TeniPuri raws will suffice
Living in a fangirl paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise

Doujinshi or the money, saving money or the buying power?
Minute after minute, hour after hour,
Everybody's searching, most of them are looking
At what's going on Y!Jp auctions, but I got my own little ways.
Got to learn more Japanese but that's no guarantee!
If the sellers can't understand it, how can they sell to me?
I guess they can't
Most of them won't
It's back to square one
That's when my attempts at auctions run out of luck . . .

We been spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise
BitTorrent sure was nice
Living in a fangirl paradise
Signed up with eBay in a trice
Living in a fangirl paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise

Tell me why are we,
So mean and bitchy
To other fangirls like you and me?

Ever wonder why do we,
Find boy-on-boy, S&M, Non-Con and shota fantasies
Just so pretty?

We been spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise
P2P sharing got me into trouble once or twice
Living in a fangirl paradise
Porny doujinshi are my vice
Living in a fangirl paradise
We keep spending most our lives
Living in a fangirl paradise . . .

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[Tuesday, July 06, 2004]

 
Japanese test in less than 5 hours. Freaking out now. Benkyou wo shinakatta. T__T

So many things to do, so little time. (I haven't even had time to read those library books I borrowed.) I go to work at 7am and come back at 8pm. My time management must suck. Or maybe this is just a busy week . . .

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Death Note:
No, you two don't really look like good friends when you play tennis. You look like you're about to jump each other after the match. (Or so every other fangirl who watches animated PoT would think.)

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Post-test:
Yes, Neffy-Poo, but my memory circuits were shot after a whole day doing SPA (not the relaxing one).

It's 9pm, do you know where your brain is? Certainly not here with this test . . .

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[Monday, July 05, 2004]

 
Got work done. Easier to do work outside the house for some reason . . . Could it be the PC with it's games and Internet? Why I do believe it could be so, Holmes . . .

Should not visit kit at work too often. Will grow fat on cinnamon buns.

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Death Note volume 2: This is *so* much fun despite the fact that this manga is warped and the main character is turning into a psychopath.

Death Note Scans: (Yes, I cheated. I am a bad fangirl. But I will buy Death Note volume 3 all the same.) *dies laughing* Ahhh, tennis! Who needs BL when L and Raito are doing such a fantastic job of mindfucking each other? With tennis for foreplay . . .

Yay, I'm glad I started my DN dj collection early . . .

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Enzai:
Dammit, I got the ending for Vallewida and it's the only thread I want to play now because he's apparently the most intellectual, spiritual and sensitive inmate in the block (not that this is saying much, but the others look like such weenies compared to him--no one else could retain that sort of dignity after being horribly victimised)--i.e. angst-ridden. And he's the prettiest one to boot. Unfortunately, it's not Guys I like him paired up with . . .

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[Saturday, July 03, 2004]

 
Work makes me feel like getting a large stiff drink. I drank loads of green tea last night instead.

Have managed to get the first real virus in all eight years of being online. Icky script has changed my default/home IE page to go to some spam site where they auto-direct you to a porn site that dumps viruses on you. (Again, the wrong kind of porn lah!) Am avoiding popping open IE and using my favourites bar from other windows instead while I figure out how to get it fixed. Bah.

Besides I already have the right kind of porn beside me. ^^ (Okay, so I'm playing a hardcore BL game with a dictionary at my side. I'm actually reading most of the text and not bothering to get on with the other endings. This is bad--very, very bad . . . )

Met kit today and bugged her at work for once. Got manga! Death Note volume 2 is insane. Raito is insane. Or as kit put it, Raito is Hikaru gone intelligent and insane after Sai went bye-bye.

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Travel Log: Fresh fish . . .
19/06/04--Takayama to Kanezawa
Took the ran from Takayama to Kanazawa. The ryokan was right in the middle of a shopping district and there was even an *Animate* there. (Not that we went there--had plenty of it in Tokyo already.) The lady who ran the place was so nice and we were feeling dreadfully guilty about it when she made us tea in the lobby because she had a bad back of sorts.

The Kanazawa Loop Bus card gave excellent value for money as we trotted off to the old samurai houses, the Omicho Market, the old geisha district and the gold leaf shops.

Have learned that the Japanese wet markets smell a lot nicer than the wet markets here despite the volumes of fish and seafood that go through them every day. And the freshness and variety of food was amazing. Even the packaged sushi we got for lunch there was fresh. Bought wasabi nori from a friendly vendor as it was one of the few things that could keep without refrigeration--yummy!

Have tried octopus sushi. Fresh as it was, it was still chewier than abalone. Will stick to maguro and shake.

20/06/04--The day the humidity broke us all
Made our way unhurriedly to Osaka, totally unsure about what to do. Vague plans were made even vaguer by the weather, which was so humid, I thought I was back home at one point.

There was a free showcase of bands when we arrived at Osaka-jo koen. Strolled around Osaka-jo for the lovely view but did not go in. Went to Namba afterwards for shopping and cool, welcoming shops with air-conditioners on full blast.

Met kit at the hotel. Apparently, the immigrations people sensed her evil vibes at the airport.

Note to self, While in Osaka, do not stay in Shin-Osaka despite the closeness to the Station. Osaka itself is a lot more happening.

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Cheesecake? Beats me, Neffy-Poo san . . . Maybe because it's "soft" as in softcore and not hardcore "hard" like a solid block of dark chocolate? Like cheesecake is all well and good, but you'd rather have the chocolate?

Tabun . . . ^^

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[Friday, July 02, 2004]

 
You know those free calendars they give you when you start work? Most places have something provided by sponsers or the like. We got stuff from the contractors apparently. And when all my colleagues got Chinese Zodiac animals on their calendars, I got the one with the cheesecake pictures of semi-naked women.

I prodded my friend at the next cubicle and we had a good snigger over it before surrending it to the administration, who was a good deal more offended by it than I ever was. Yes, offensive in this enlightened day and age, but porn is porn. Equal opportunities for ogling--I wouldn't have turned in a calendar of semi-nude guys, I'd have saved it for drawing references. (It's not even the right kind of porn . . . Where are the whips and chains?)

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Previously, I used to edit fics for my own sites (until I crashed, burned and died). Not the brightest thing I ever did, but I had (and still have) anal standards for stuff going on my pages. It required sitting through eye-burning piles of ungrammatical, incoherent, unparagraphed, illogical and just plain bad fic in order to tweak them into generally grammatical, somewhat paragraphed illogical bad fic.

The current job actually draws on that experience. Must . . . restrain the urge . . . to tweak grammar . . .

Work calls. May need to go in for a heavy dose of BL gaming to get me through it.

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Fangirling:
I know I'm a fangirl when . . . I start churning out fanfic one week into the fandom.

Current anime series: None. Animation for a lot of series seem to suck.

Current telly: I don't watch television any more. I have Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. (Not that I have much time to watch it . . .)

Current manga(s): Death Note and anything pretty. (Plot was never very important for me, but art was--hence things like Yami no Matsuei. Death Note actually has a plot and it's pretty! Despite the fact that Raito looks like Hikaru in his genki moments, which is just wrong . . .)

Current dj fix: Saiyuki, TeniPuri and Death Note

Current game(s): Enzai on the PC (got Endings 4, 8, 9 and 10 down) and FF7 on the PS (which is not going anywhere because Enzai has stolen my brain).

Current soundtrack: the sCRYed OST I bought secondhand from Mandarake Nagoya because it's still one of my favourite action animes and one of those rare beasts where the anime is better than the manga (Drastic my soul, All I need is love, Reckless Fire, Magma, Alter)

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[Thursday, July 01, 2004]

 
Have figured out how to display Japanese text on Enzai within two nights--yes! Am learning new vocabulary--granted, it is the wrong kind of vocabulary but still, knowledge is knowledge . . .

Man, this game is porny. And it looks much better than the OVA, which has not that great art and too much Guys in it.

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Enzai by Langmaor
(Supposed to be set in France, but the subtitle is in German . . .)
Like Les Miz, but with pretty boys. Wrongly accused of murder, Guys is chucked into a hellhole of a prison and trying to get a fair hearing through his drunk of a lawyer. Action guaranteed--which is why it has a 18 years and above sticker on it. ^^;;;

Guys: Eh, the protagonist and all that, but *seriously* . . . the kid looks 12.

Evan: The only close-to-normal person that Guys can have a relationship with (i.e. he's an ideal seme). There has to be something wrong with him though--he's actually *genki*. Has a past with Lusca.

Vallewida: Ex-soldier, Guys' neighbour and the intellectual of the bunch. Has heaps of past angst and secrets, not to mention the unwanted attentions of both Durer and Bollanet. He copes by developing a split personality and selective amnesia. Can't blame him really.

Jose: Sociopath doing time for murder. He copes by doing Io.

Io: Uber-uke who looks as young as Guys--his sole existence is to give Guys a chance at being seme for once and to be Jose's punching-bag. He copes by . . . eh, I don't really know.

Belbet: Weirdo who's six cans shy of a sixpack. He copes by thinking that he's Emperor Napoleon.

Shiion: The only other bright and cheery ray of light in the place.

Lusca: Guys' lawyer who needs to join the French Chapter of Alcoholics' Anonymous before Guys can even consider him for seme-material. All that alcohol would seriously impede the important seme-functions . . .

Guildias: Evil man in spectacles. Most creatively sadistic villain in the game though . . .

Durer: Head prison guard and probably a walking encyclopaedia of veneral diseases from the number of people he's done. Fans actually like his character . . .

Bollanet: Governor of the prison. We see where Durer gets it from. Urgh. (Durer obviously inherited his mum's looks and his dad's sadistic streak.)

Prison Dudes A, B, C and D: Side characters to give Guys other people to talk to.

Random Prison Guard: Actually just Durer with different hair.

Grim, depressing and angsty. The funniest part of the game (so far) was the one where Jose and Guys proclaim their preference for the opposite sex. *And a thousand fangirls mutter "yeah, riiiiggghhhht"* This is a BL game, why even bother?

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