August 2, 2006
Yes, Im finally moving. Although the new site is still in progress, I thought I would move now and prevent unnecessary bother in transporting extra commentage over from here every day…Therefore, all new postings will be made at http://www.yuribou.net/blog
The blog itself is almost done, I think I’ll have to add a few minor tweaks before its really ready, a banner rotation and such. Also, I need to change the font to the same one on this blog, but I don’t know what it is O_o. Need some kind of “font recogniser” or sommat.
Oh yes, and for the record, php is an absolute arse
August 1, 2006
God its been a long time since I did one of these, hasn’t it ^_^. Actually, I’ve been avoiding it, since I know that eventually I’m going to run out of pairings, or, more importantly, good fanfiction to recommend. If anyone has any pairings that they would like covered, then please leave your mark in the comments box below.
Anyway, on with the show…ahem…article. Battle Athletes’ Victory and its OVA predecessor Battle Athletes are one of the true yuri source anime and a classic to boot. Back in the old days when it wasn’t a rule that all anime should involve a high school cam Battle Athletes, an anime that did not hide its yuri tendencies in subtext, oh no. If you’re going to imply girl/girl loving, then why not go all the way?
This kind of pioneering spirit seems to have been lost today, with heavy “subtext-so-sub-its-almost-not-there” yuri storylines (Marimite being prime example). Are we to believe that these girls who are so touchy feely with each other and who care about each other that much are not also practising for the world tribadism championships behind our backs? Only the appearance of Strawberry Panic can serve to show that the canon yuri relationship has not truly been lost between CG animation, Mikuru’s rather ample cleavage and 5 litres of creme caramel.
My favourite relationship for this series is the first relationship that I fell in love with – Akari, the main character, and Ichino, her best friend and tsukkomi extraordinaire. As if making fun of what I just said above, Ichino and Akari’s relationship starts off very subtext and it almost looks like it is going to end up yet another “Kaorinesque” unrequited damp squib. However, in Episode 10 or so, we get the confession.
For those of you not aware of “the confession“, it is a common anime device that is very rarely used in yuri relationships. The effect when used is always to make the yuri fan’s hopes for the relationship to soar only to be quashed in an instant. The confession in yuri anime usually goes something like this:
A: (thinks) Arg, she’s going away, like forever and ever and ever! If I don’t tell her I love her now then I’ll never see her again!
B: What is it, A-chan? You look funny.
A: (mustering all courage evar) I..I…I Love You!!
B: I love you to, A-chan, you’ll always be my best friend, even when I’m billions of miles away and we’ll never see each other again.
Guess what happens in BAV. Don’t send your answers in on a postcard, there’s no prizes -_-. I’ll give you a clue…It’s not this:
Anyway, Akari goes off to try and become Cosmo Beauty and she meets Kris, the other yuri love interest, carried over from the OVA. Kris is a great character, especially since she owns a cow, but I’ve always found that her advances toward Akari were a bit vulgar and spoiled the potential that the relationship had to offer. However, on the flip side, the relationship is extremely amusing and a good comedy counterpoint to the Akari/Ichino angst-driven relationship of the first half of the series.
And so the final arc of the series sees the two: Kris “I can feel you nside me, Akari” Christopher and Ichino “The tsundere childhood friend love interest” Yanagida face off for Akari’s affections and thankfully, Ichino gets another chance, and for that I actually liked the rather aspartame ending. The basic problem with it that the writers never really sorted out was that Akari probably-isn’t-gay. Oh well; some threesome yurirape will probably sort that out ^_^.
Anyway, fanfiction-wise, for such an old show with multiple canon pairings, there is relatively little english fanfiction written for Battle Athletes. Paradoxically, there are quite a few fictions written for Kris/Ichino hanging by the thin canon thread that competitors must also be clam-jousters. I am not very enamoured by these. A lot of fanfiction also covers the other side characters in Battle Athletes, the best one of which I should mention.
Pariah by Vosburg deals with the relationship between Mylandah and Lahrri, one of the subtextual couples in the show and takes the “future” storyline and executes it with unerring grace.
Another recommendable fanfiction is Revelations in the moonlight, by SailorDoc, the only objectionable feature of which is that it deals with Akari/Kris rather than the far more kawaii Akari/Ichino. Poor Ichino. She really doesn’t get a look in edgeways. And poor Akari, she keeps getting killed off by those violent Ichino/Kris ‘shippers. Akari/Ichino is a pairing I’ve always vowed to get round to writing, but then, my fanfiction sucks, so its probably a good thing I never got round to it.
And so there we have it. Another one of my favourite pairings with only a smattering of fanfiction to prove its existence. Write more people. Write more and better.
July 31, 2006
| o/’ Heathcliiiffff….it’s me, I’m Kathy I’ve come ‘ome. Put the kettle on ‘ave a luvverly cuppa tea, Ey! o/’
The other half and I were enjoying a session of piano duettage yesterday courtesy of Josh from Josh’s anime sheet music, when it occurred to us that his version of Sentimental Generation (The opening to School Rumble Nigakki) reminded us a lot of traditional Cockney piano music, as re-popularised by comedian Bill Bailey.
For those of you unlucky enough not to be familiar with Cockney music, let me explain.
Cockney refers to the accent from people who live in or in the vicinity of London. Strictly, it referred to people within earshot of the Bow Bells (On St. Mary of Bow church, Cheapside), but now the accent is far more widespread and it is basically “London accent”. Now, in addition to Cockney music, London has also gifted the world with Cockney rhyming slang, possibly the most complex and illogical set of colloquialisms in the entire universe.
Cockney piano music is basically characterised by a tempo of about 120-150 bpm and a basic rhythm where quaver chords alternate between hands and words are sung over the top. Inbetween song parts there are various trills and flourishes, such as the “Cockney intro” and “Full pearly king” as named by Bill Bailey. For those of you truly unfortunate enough not to know of the genius cockney comedian Bill Bailey, and those of you that arealready familiar with him, a good basing in Cockney music may be found in this clip from “Bewilderness”, and this extra track from the same tour “Cockney medley”
The basic rhythm of the left hand of “Sentimental Generation” is classic Cockney rhythm with the left hand playing the sung part on top and it is absolutely hilarious. Especially the part:
o/’ Kizutsukiyasui sedai dakedo/ Sen-ti-men-cha-ru! COCKNEY Generation! (Do do do do do do…Hey!) o/’ (followed by full cockney intro).
Good job Josh ^_^. Not sure if you meant it to be that way or not, but I approve of the result!
I think I’ll go crawl back into my hole now…
‘Lo everyone, it’s been a while ^_^. My computer is all fixed and lovely, so I thought I would get up out of my bed of laze and do something imaginative for once…
So I wrote a short fic about one of my favourite alternative pairings, Evangeline and Chachamaru from Negima. Its pretty short, so it probably borders on relationship crack (short storyline-less fragments of story about relationships) rather than an actual fiction.
Since people seem to object to me posting “Not Safe for Work” material on my main page, I have placed the fiction on a separate page which you should be able to see in the sidebar to the right…
If you can’t, then the link is here.
Please leave some comments, good or bad ^_^. I might well extend it to a few more parts if I can be bothered and am struck by a few more particles of inspiration. Also working on a script for my take on a Strawberry Panic H-Game, though I think that may not see the light of day O_o.
Tell me what you think people. (If enough of you have stuck with my site through the many days of non-posting, that is…)
July 22, 2006
Turned the computer on today and the power supply exploded. Until I can get the problem sorted, Yuri to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito will probably not be updated quite as frequently >_<
Sorry for the inconvenience minna-san.
Now everyonewho reads here will know that I have an extremely bad taste in anime (c.f. 10 anime I am ashamed to have watched), for instance, I have watched all the episodes and specials of Love Hina O_o). Usually, though, when I start to watch a series, I tend to stick to the end. I mean, I watched all 26 episodes of NGE for crying out loud. I also braved all 52 episodes of Full Moon wo Sagashite and all of the awful third series of Cardcaptor Sakura. However, midway through watching some anime, I sometimes get so bored with it moving through plot points that I give up, or I felt that they were just so mediocre that I forgot that I was even watching them and forgot to watch the end.
For extremely bad series such as UG: Ultimate Girls, this perhaps is an acceptable, nay common practise. However, for me this also tends to overflow into the domain of what is considered “classic anime” and it raises a few eyebrows.
Have your flamewars at the ready for a list that would cause instant ostracisation from any respectable anime society in the land…O_o
Cowboy Bebop – Episodes watched – 22
| Because Faye is hot
This is probably the big one. For some reason, I never really got into Cowboy Bebop and I found myself watching them just out of curiosity about why it was branded as such a classic anime. Somewhere around episode 22 I forgot I was watching it and I never touched the series again >_<. Although the characters were engaging, I found the story rather slow, disjointed and episodic rather than the long running arcs that I am used to following, and so I often got lost as to what was actually happening in the series. I think there are some people shouting “BLASPHEMY!!!” over there, so I must run…….
Air – Episodes watched – 6
I went through this already here. Although I braved the entire series of Kanon which I thought was rather mediocre itself, I was only able to stomach 6 episodes, although I have been reliably informed that things actually happen in the latter half of the series.
I believe Air was suffering from what I will call “Sunrise syndrome” that so afflicted Mai HiME and Mai Otome. If you spend the first half of the series introducing the characters andfluffing around and put all the exciting stuff in the last half, then you will lose some of your audience before the exciting stuff starts. Also, it gets harder to pack all the necessary story into the latter half and things start getting left out. However, in contrast, the fluff episodes in Air were dull, which is what put me off the series.
Sailor Moon S – Episodes watched – 1
Actually, this should probably go on my “Anime I can’t watch without tearing my eyes out” list. I got introduced to Sailor Moon S as a classic (and possibly the first) yuri anime. However, after one episode, it was clear that I would not be able to stand the stereotypical “monster comes, fight it, end of episode” style that so plagues mahou shoujo anime of that era. Also, I was not keen on the art style and so gave up, which is a shame, because I wanted to see Uranus and Neptune get it on. Oh well.
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu no koto – Episodes Watched – 4
This used to be a “dinner anime” for me and the other half (to watch while eating dinner, of course), but was quickly replaced by Speed Grapher. I think we both agree that it’s trying too hard and has ended up cute but dull.
Shoujo Kakumei Utena – Episodes watched – 1/2
This one is kinda similar to Sailor Moon S – Since it was a classic yuri anime, I was trying to watch it and…actually, thinking about it, I got interrupted in the first episode and then never picked it up after that, so it might still be good. However, it is very long, so I’ll have to wait till there is a lull in “good” current season anime to watch it ^_^
FLCL – Episodes watched – 3
Even though FLCL is only 6 episodes long, I have failed to finish it -_-. Although some would also consider this blasphemy, I have to make it clear first that I despise Gainax. Although they make acclaimed animes, they almost always spoil them by “Going Gainax”, i.e. ending with some artsy bullshit that’s so confusing that you wonder whether you’re satisfied or not. Well, I’ll tell you the answer: You aren’t. Nothing got resolved! Ever! The only really notable exception to this rule is probably Mahoromatic which sort of had a proper ending with Gainaxy edges.
FLCL is pretty much the embodiment of Gainax endings in an OAV, and I just got so unbelievably confused that I couldn’t really be bothered to watch the end. End of Story.
Samurai Champloo – Episodes watched – 5
Actually, since I left Samurai Champloo, I have wanted to go back and finish it, but there’s always been better fluffy anime to watch at the same time, so I’ve never really bothered. The best way of describing the series is “Cowboy Bebop, with katana”, so I guess I’m afraid that it’ll turn out the same way. Might well get back round to watching though…
Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Episodes Watched – 1
To the chagrin of Adam, a friend of my girlfriend, who is heavily into Ghost in the Shell, I’m not really that keen on the series. I can’t really place exactly why I can’t get interested in it. Maybe I just need encouragement from commenters swearing that the series is awesome. Come on people!
Any mecha series ever – Episodes watched – 0
Cause mecha sucks.
PS. Actually, that’s a lie. I did watch all of Kannazuki no Miko and NGE.
July 19, 2006
| No fapping on company time!
According to Metro newspaper this morning:
Channel 4 is expected to show coverage from Britan’s first marathon masturbation event, which is expected to take place in Central London next month and involve many hundreds of exhibitionists.
A 60 minute documentary eititled W***athon will then be screened in the autumn. Channel 4’s Andrew MacKenzie said “Masturbation is something many people do, but is not something people talk about. This is exactly what we should be showing in our 11pm time slot”. Scotland Yard commented that it would be unlikely to intervene, as “Obscenity laws are always open to interpretation”.
The event is the brainchil of the San Fransisco Centre for Sex and Culture, which has held many of these events for safe sex in the US. Prizes will be awarded for number and length of orgasms, though inviligators have not disclosed how they would be spotting fakers ^_^.
Britain, stepping into a bright new era of…err…something sticky.