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I've been neglecting dreamwidth lately; I didn't really do a lot of fanfic reading in the past year (mostly due to geopolitics--it felt kind of weird to read about Cold War pairings when there's actual political tensions going on lol); instead I became more active on the r/babymetal and r/sakuragakuin sub-threads on reddit--which has been pretty unexpected. I even went to Japan to catch a concert. :) It's a completely different type of fandom (hey, it's music and idols! -_-;;) but fandom nonetheless; and the threads make it so much easier to keep up with conversations. Sorry, Tumblr; you're pretty but my attention span is zilch on your platform.

Also, if you haven't seen the awesomeness that is Dragon Age Inquisition do consider checking it out; I predict that quite a number of femslash fics will be based off of this one--mostly because some characters have no in-game options for F/F romance. :) I appreciate that. If you wanted to hear some witty (well--maybe snarky) conversation while checking out some of the gameplay I would recommend checking out Geek Remix's Let's Play of it. They're pretty good at figuring out what would feel like stale gameplay for the viewer and showcasing some of the more important dialogues and/or scenes. They dive right in after doing the character creation off screen. They did finish playing it, so I felt like it was a good time to share it. :D And here's their DA:I bingo card while you're at it.

Since I'm posting this I'll post some manga recs here too...

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The only yuri manga that I've been quite excited about in the last few weeks have been Samba's Fluttering Feelings. It's so good, I wish she had an official English translation subscription so I can support her and subscribe to her updates. ^_^ There's 22 chapters out at the moment but I think this site has linked to only the first 5 (I think the fanpage has more). If you understand Korean, here's the official site for this series. [Update 25 June 2015: Someone created an overlay guide and visual guide on how to register and read the chapters on Comico itself!]

As for others...

5 Centimeters per Second by SHINKAI Makoto (artist: SEIKE Yukiko)
"A tale of two people, Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, who were close friends but gradually grow farther and farther apart as time moves on. They become separated because of their families yet continue to exchange contact in the form of letters. Yet as time continues to trudge on, their contact with one another begins to cease. Years pass and the rift between them grows ever larger. However, Takaki remembers the times they have shared together, but as life continues to unfold for him, he wonders if he would be given the chance to meet Akari again as the tale embarks on Takaki's realization of the world and people around him."

By the same creator of "Voices from a Distant Star;" it's very good. Prepare tissues for this one.

Real Clothes by MAKIMURA Satoru
Kinue is a saleswoman in the futon section of a department store. Despite her plain clothes and poor makeup, she ends up being transferred to the women’s clothing department, where she has to be trained by her extraordinarily fashionable boss.

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Not really reading much besides yuri these days as I'm pretty busy in RL, but I thought I'd post a few series (works in progress) that I've been enjoying:

Fragments of Love by Takemiya Jin
Ohana Holoholo by Shino Torino
Their Story by Tanjiu
Prism by Higashiyama Shou
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(Above, L-R): Li Changge, Mimi

I was reading Chang Ge Xing last night and started having some femslash feels for the tragic Li Changge / Mimi pairing. (T^T) Does anyone know of any good fanfics (in English) regarding this pairing?

Background to the pairing (warning: spoilers!) )
Story Links

English Scanslation by EGScans | Chinese raws
I find that the English scanslation tends to lose a lot of the subtleties and nuances of the dialogue that can be found in the work. If you understand Chinese, try the Chinese link. The raw site has the added benefit of having voice overs so that if you press 'play' on a particular page, the dialogue bubbles and/or sound effects play like an ebook (this usually works except for the most recent chapter). Sometimes it's a little bit disconcerting if there are multiple voice actors, but overall I find it useful as my reading comprehension is nowhere near my listening comprehension.
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I thought I'd have time to write a few words for each fic but this will have to be a drive-by reclist instead as I was distracted by a reading marathon of Kingdom chapters. ^^; Hope you enjoy the reads.

Recs: Avengers (10), Glee (5), Harry Potter (4) (warning: adult, not work-safe) )

Works in Progress Recs: Avengers, Glee, Pitch Perfect (11) )

Curently Listening to a free download:
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7 Seeds by Yumi Tamura (WIP, sci-fi, dystopia, romance)
"The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future long enough after a meteorite hits Earth that new species have evolved, and follows the struggles to survive of five groups of young adults after they are revived from cryonic preservation. The title comes from seven caches of supplies, called 'seeds,' laid down by the Japanese government. In 2007, the series won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga."

I did a marathon through the available scanslated chapters just this past weekend and found it to be a rather gripping read. There were some scenes which were a little difficult to believe but I still feel like the manga is worth reading. I'm also a fan of her previous work, Basara. I would recommend trying to read past the first couple of storyline arcs, which merely introduces the groups.

Planetes by Makoto Yukimura (heavy sci-fi)
"The story of Planetes follows the crew of the DS-12 "Toy Box" of the Space Debris Section, a unit of Technora Corporation. Debris Section's purpose is to prevent the damage or destruction of satellites, space stations and spacecraft from collision with debris in Earth's and the Moon's orbits."

I read this maybe three weeks ago and was amazed at the depth of the storylines. Worth a read.

Natsu no Zenjitsu by Yoshida Motoi (romance, slice of life, WIP)
"Natsu no Zenjitsu is a sweet and somewhat melancholic story about Tetsuo Aoki, a 4th-year student at Hiyoshigaoka Arts University who works part-time at an art supply store, and Akira Aizawa, an older woman who works for a local art gallery."

I love the illustrations in this, and I'm also a big fan of his previous work, Koi Kaze. I hope the scanslators continue with this one.

All Rounder Meguru by Endo Hiroki (action, martial arts, WIP)
"Hiroki Endō’s latest series tells the story of two old friends, Meguru Takayanagi and Takashi Yamabuki, who after a long time meet each other again at an amateur shooto mixed martial arts contest. While Meguru only practices MMA for fun, Takashi is pursuing a serious goal. Even though each of them has their own reason to fight, both are becoming stronger with each match… Universally praised for its realism and accurate depiction of martial arts, All-Rounder Meguru is one of the first manga to provide a glimpse into the energetic and exciting world of modern MMA."

I am a big fan of Kenji and Ashura and was looking for another martial arts manga when I found this one. XD Also check it out for the hints of femslash... lol

Kasa no Shita, Futari by Junko (yaoi, drama, angst, NSFW)
"Mio Keisuke is a high-schooler who leads a rather dull, boring life. He can’t keep a girlfriend—because being a kept man’s too much of a hassle, and he can’t bring himself to fall in love and want to please his woman. Then—one day he seeks shelter from a sudden downpour under the awning of an apartment owned by Yugi Kakeru… and suddenly his life isn’t so dull anymore as he finds himself falling for his aloof and yet obviously lonely friend."

This one surprised me with its plot twists; I thought I knew where the plot and the characters were headed (with typical yaoi bluntness) but none of it happened the way I expected.
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Via [syndicated profile] drawn_feed: "Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant" by Tony Cliff

The Story

In 19th-century Turkey, an officer in the Janissary army must struggle to repay a brash adventuress for saving his life, even though she was the one who endangered it in the first place. The webcomic unfolds with four or six new pages each Saturday. The number of pages varies each week in service to the story, usually determined by which page would make a more cruel, heart-wrenching cliffhanger.

This reminds me of Tintin and Miyazaki...the illustrations are so beautiful. :D

RSS Feed on DW: [syndicated profile] delilahdirk_feed

This was also x-posted to [site community profile] dw_feed_promo
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Managed to complete a few projects within their deadlines, but that means that my brain is fried; there's no commentary for this week's batch of recs. Please enjoy nonetheless!

*parties down with Go Go Bizkitt!'s latest french house track, "Touch that!," well into the weekend...*

Bill to restrict sex in Japanese manga likely to pass (kudos to [livejournal.com profile] khaoskomix)



If You Can't Stand The Heat by [livejournal.com profile] scurvyknavery (Olivia/Kate Beckett) (x-over with Castle)
"Agent Dunham and the FBI go to New York to investigate one of Detective Beckett's cases. Later on, Agent Dunham investigates Beckett's case."

*Warning: Het!*
In This Day and Age by [livejournal.com profile] p_persistent (Judy/Finn) (kudos to [personal profile] thelastgoodname)
"Taking a stand, based on principle, hardly makes you any stronger; any better, or any different. Nor does it mean you know how to help yourself. A character examination of Judy Fabray, with Finn Hudson, Terri Schuester, and Quinn Fabray."
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I just learned that one of my current favorite ongoing manga series, Otoyomegatari (The Bride's Stories), will be published in English in 2011 by Yen Press (source). It's an Orientalist story that takes place possibly in Kyrgyzstan (as Mori's blog mentions the Epic of Manas) and has very beautiful and careful illustrations (just watch the illustration videos). This means that iichan will not be releasing any new chapters, and mangafox will probably take it down soon. So, if you haven't previewed it yet, try to do it before it does disappear.

I hope they find a good translator for it. *excited* I already know 2 people I want to give this series to as a present if they do a good job! This will join Ooku as part of my purchase list for next year.
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Picked these up from my travels. Yet more escapism.
Cesare and Iliad )

More Ôoku

Jun. 12th, 2010 09:24 am
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I mentioned Ôoku: The Inner Chambers before I moved to DW. Finally got volume 3 delivered through my favorite local bookstore yesterday. They said it would take 6 weeks but only took...3? Pleasantly surprised and pleased nonetheless that I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping from amazon. I'm loving the quality of the printing. The storyline is EPIC.

If you want to preview the series, a fan put up the chapters on Manga Fox. I bought it because it's so awesome. It's even going to become a live-action movie! *excited* lol Volume 4 comes out in English from Viz on August 17, 2010.

Description again:
"Drawing on themes found in such diverse works as Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man comic-book series, and James Clavell’s Shogun (1975), Ôoku envisions an alternate history in which a plague decimates the male population of eighteenth-century Japan. Mizuno is a healthy young man who grants his seed to the poor women of his village, who would never be able to afford the courtesans that provide such a favor. But he must leave his good deeds and his true love behind when he is inducted into the Inner Chamber, the female shogun’s private “stash” of healthy men. Fending off the aggressive advances of the other concubines and proving his intelligence and fencing skills, Mizuno is maneuvered into the position of the secret swain, whose duty to the new and contemptuous shogun is both a sacred and deadly one. Opting for slow-building intrigue and character development, Ôoku explores themes of commoditization and gender with intelligence, and the graceful, uncluttered art creates an elegant world of privilege and duty. An exceptionally strong beginning to a very intriguing manga series. --Jesse Karp" (booklist)

Manga plug

May. 12th, 2010 11:15 pm
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Not a femslash post. Came across these two manga recently and thought they were worth a plug.

Tsuki to Mizuumi and Hoshi no Koe )


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