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16 May 2006 @ 10:49 pm

I finally got off my lazy ass and actually ordered the translations of Viewfinder and Love Mode some time ago.  Guess what was waiting in the mail for me when I got home from work?  Wheeeeee........  Takaba in my hands ^__^

Watched episode 5 of Jyu Oh Sei tonight.  I'm fully committed to the series now.  It's proved to be quite interesting and I must now see it to the end.  It's not the best I've seen, but it is far from being the worst and the animation is quite lovely.  We'll see how the characters develop.  I'm already quite intrigued by Third...he's the kind of character that I want to dissect and see what makes him tick.  Check it out if you're interested.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Franfranwi on May 17th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hee. I just got Love Mode 1&2 today - along with Embracing Love. I haven't checkedout Jyu Oh Sei yet. I might wait until you've watched the whole thing - so you can tell us if it's a worthwhile ending! LOL. That might be a long wait, though. Right now I'm crying my eyes out watching Winter Sonata. I'm so hooked right now in the worst way, but I'm praying it will end soon before my eyes swell up so much I can't see. It's insane how emotional Korean dramas can be while remaining so extremely chaste. Very different than U.S. soaps! :)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 17th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yaoi all around. I can't wait for vol. 3 of Love Mode...that one was my favorite. You're gonna love the delicious eye candy that is Haru (I can't call it Embracing Love...lame ;P) Youka Nitta draws wonderfully masculine men....who are still mofo pretty^^ Hawtness.

Korean soap operas? Can't say that I've ever seen one.

And I'll let you know about Jyu Oh Sei. I pray to not have a WTF? ending. I realize that anime doesn't always wrap everything up into a neat package at the end, but come on...have it make *some* sense at least.
Franfranwi on May 18th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Embracing Love is a very corny/cheesy title! But yes, the art is sexy and the story is fun. If only it didn't sound like some Harlequin romance novel. Unless you're feeling annoyingly manic and need to come down off a cheery high, I suggest avoiding Kdrama. Unless you're already on anti-depressants. ;)

LOL at that potential WTF? twist in anime. I'm trying to think of more good examples of that. Let me know if you have some, although Wolf's Rain seems to top the list. FLCL was sort of an opposite twist, where I only understood the ending and the rest of the series was the WTF? part. Hee. Crossing my fingers for you and Jyu Oh Sei!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 18th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Haru wo Daiteita translates as "He embraced spring." I've heard that it's some Japanese euphemism for sex. Nothing has been confirmed. I haven't checked out the US release of Haru...I'm afraid. Does Kato call Iwaki "Iwaki-san?" If he doesn't, then I'm definitely not gonna. The magic would be gone for me.

Ever see the anime, Gantz? That WTF? ending is right up there with Wolf's Rain. And LOL at FLCL. I loved the fact that nothing made sense...it was just so messed up. But you're right, only the end kinda made some sense.
Fran: mtriofranwi on May 18th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
I love this little part in HwD/EL where they go to Sawa's place and he answers the door (not in drag) and they don't recognize him. K: "Iwaki-san, you were in a moive with him! Didn't you see him at least once without makeup!?" I: "Um... without pants, sure. But without makeup? I don't think so..." HA! Yes, Katou calls him Iwaki-san, although it seems to be the only honorific, and only Katou uses it. Everyone else is Mr. So-and-so.

It is crummy when translations muddy the story. Like in Fruits Basket anime where Haru calls Shigure by his first name, instead of addressing him as Sensei - which was a major point in the manga later when you find out why he always calls Shigure "Sensei." Anyway, not even sure if you're familiar with that anime. LOL.

Never saw Gantz - so I shall stay away. I also hate it when some animes just end abruptly, leaving things feeling odd, like Kare Kano ending on a side-story. Or Angel Sanctuary ending the way it did. Not to spoil things with A.S. but gee, am I supposed to be glad he got to **** his ****** before she *****? Um, okaaaay. Hehe.

FLCL was bizarre, then that ending was like, "Oh! Wow! I actually UNDERSTOOD something!" It was like taking a very long Rorschach test then finally seeing a clear picture. ;)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 18th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Katou calls him "Iwaki-san" throughout the whole series. He does it to show respect to his *cough* older partner, but it becomes almost an endearment as their relationship deepens. I'm a little worried that the US release will take out a lot of the uniquely Japanese idiosyncracies that both men possess. I think I'll just stick with my scans for the moment.^^

Never saw Fruits Basket, but it looks cute.
Franfranwi on May 18th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
I wish they would keep the manga (and anime, to a point) more true to the culture. It's a lot easier to discern relationships between characters with the use of the original honorifics and endearments. Plus it's just fun to learn a few things while reading/watching.

Aw, I wish you read FB. Even the anime was cute. Lots of sweetness and angst and some darker moments with evil Akito. But I guess most of the manga I pick up tend to be shoujo reads. That or yaoi, lol. There are some great characters in Fruits Basket, though. And the manga sticks with the honorifics! ;)

Franfranwi on May 19th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
I really thought it would be a tearless day for me yesterday, seeing that I had some geat yaoi fics to distract me from that Kdrama I was so caught up in. But then I read volume 2 of HwD/EB and OMG! That part with the Katou scandal and Iwaki.... tears! The way their pain was expressed was just awesome. So sad and depressing but GOOD. I can't believe I was crying during a sex scene! When Katou had Iwaki on the bed and was begging for a response, for Iwaki to call out for him... wow. Very emotional moment. I see why you'd certainly recommend the manga over the OVA (which is actually on youtube this week.) The anime isn't nearly as powerful - it's pretty, but somehow not as expressive.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 19th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Grrrr...don't get me started. I was so disappointed in the OVAs. It was such a watered down, tepid story. There was almost no passion between Iwaki and Kato. The "sex" scenes were just plain laughable. The manga is so close to reality sometimes that you forget you're reading a piece of fiction. Good stuff^^
Franfranwi on May 18th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
This manga is just great - hilarious and cute and sexy. It's such a crazy relationship, but I'm really rooting for Takamiya now! And I love Izumi's temper and that he'll lash out at him at times but still seems to be falling for the man, despite his reluctance. I'm definitely laughing aloud at times, especially when Aoe comes into play - the different personalities playing off each other is such fun. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I'm just finishing the first volume. ;)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 18th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Your welcome! Just wait...this manga is a huge soap opera. After the first 2 volumes, Izumi and Takamiya take a back seat and pop up now and again, but trust me, you will love the rest of the characters just as much.^^
Franfranwi on May 19th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
Got to the second volume. I really like Aoe and Naoya. That was a very touching relationship. The poor boy was in such a mess. But I suppose Aoe was, too. ;) Also love the additional moments (fan service!) at the end of the volumes, . Sometimes it's so irksome to pick up a manga and find that half way into the story, it's bulked up with one-shots I usually have no interest in, since I picked up the book for the title story. Sigh. But to have the bonus stories sprung from the actually story really made me happy. :)

I loved the part where Naoya decided to accept Aoe's kindness, after being so afraid to get his hopes up.

I'm looking forward to more, and finding out about the other characters, like Aoe's brother. Thanks again!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 19th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh, the road is just beginning for Aoe and Naoya. Buckle up for the ride^^ And Kiichi....I love Kiichi. He's sooo much fun, but he too, has his own story. It's 11 volumes long...god only knows how long it will take for all to be released. Years probably. *whispers* IRC ^__^
Franfranwi on May 19th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaaa! You know I freak on IRC. But 11 volumes?! OMG I love that!! Now comes the waiting impatiently part. But it's so cool to know this isn't just a 3 or 4 volume series. Yay! :)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 19th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
come on...it's easy^^
lycheelycheedreams on May 18th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
love moooode. such good, good, goood angst. I don't know which one is my favorite volume. I'll have to go back and review. Possibly when Aoe finally tells ukeboy that he loves him. aww.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 18th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Well, as you know, the 3rd volume will always be my favorite, but I did love the whole back story on Haruomi and Kiishi. *cries* It's all good really...and Aoe is just so nummeh.
Franfranwi on May 29th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
I had to go back a ways to find a more appropriate place to post this, lol. Since you turned me on to VF, I had to share.

evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 29th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Purrrrr....sexy ^__^