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Right, so…I’m gonna talk about Young Justice a little.

This was a show I initially was only peripherally aware of; I heard it was a thing that was going to exist, and while at first I was like “… :D!” when I heard it was A) like an AU re-imagining with B) NO BART ALLEN, my interest waned. Cut to several months later, after it’s begun airing, and word of mouth is good! Now I am intrigued again. However, it was finding out Greg Weisman was involved (I only found this out like…a week or two ago, haha) that sold me on definitely watching it. It all goes back to Gargoyles being my first fandom, man. There’s a lot of great things I can say about Greg, but we’ll just leave it at: I know he has respect for intelligent/sophisticated storytelling, for strong female characters, and for the DC canon in general. So yeah. When I found out he was producing, I knew I was going to start watching.

I’ve been watching since…Monday, I think? (took me longer than intended, because I kept passing out early the last couple nights, so wouldn’t even make it through an entire episode sometimes, oops) Anyway, just last night I finished catching up, watching the last two episodes that’ve aired. For one, I wanted to be ready for the new one tonight. Now, though, I have some Thoughts that have been rattling around in my brain, and since, you know, I’ve been wanting to actually USE my LJ again, throwing them all up here seems like a good idea. Plus I’m hoping to get some discussion. I haven’t really looked at the general fandom at ALL yet, (besides a quick glance at the anon fic meme), nor have I looked at spoilers for upcoming episodes. Basically, some of this may be old news/rehashed in the general fandom, but it’s new to me.

First, some general thoughts, bullet point style!
  • Sooo. As of right now, Kaldur is my favorite character. I pretty much love everything about him. He’s capable, kind, level-headed and intelligent, a good friend, and just…a nice person. He actually reminds me of Chad a lot, haha. So it’s probably not a huge surprise that I like him. Plus his VA is just. Um. Awesome?? I’m seriously attracted to his voice and delivery.

  • I also love M’gann a whole ton. She’s amazing and also adorable, haha. (I do wish they would stop throttling her catchphrase, though. It’s fine when it makes sense, but there are times when it just feels shoehorned in.) Superboy is cool too, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing him evolve as he becomes more socialized and learns how to deal with people, and what it means to be friends. Initially he was so angry, which of course made sense given the circumstances, but if he hadn’t developed from that, I would’ve been so not interested in his character. Gladly, his development has been handled in a realistic and interesting way; nuanced, even, which I LOVE. And he and M’gann are so cute together. Not necessarily as a pairing (though ngl, I totally ship it), but even just as friends. It’s clear she’s special to him, even if not in a romantic sense from his end (yet; haha, I’m pretty sure it’s heading that way). When he SMILES at her, his face is becomes more open; his brow unfurrows. Aaahhhh, I love it!

  • And that seems like a good way to segue into GUH, DIS ANIMATION. It’s amazing. I have some minor nits with a few of the character designs, but the actual animation has been FABULOUS, and the quality has remained solid, and IT’S SO NICELY DONE. Fluid; consistently on-model; NUANCED FACIAL EXPRESSIONS dfshkjdf In general it’s been well-blocked and also has some amazing fight choreography. Though, tangentially, I really don’t like the way they’ve chosen to do the running effect for the speedsters. It doesn’t look fast at all and is actually one of the things that bothers me most in the show. But again, that’s more of a design decision and doesn’t reflect on the continued excellence of the actual animation.

  • Back to the other characters, I’m liking Artemis so far; am mostly ambivalent regarding Dick and Wally. It actually kind of KILLS me that Wally is hard for me to really like, because the Flash books were always my favorite DC, and Wally is one of my favorite Speedsters (Bart is #1 forever though). He definitely has his moments, but there are aspects of his character in this that just really rub me the wrong way, and he seems to be the most static of the characters so far, WHICH IS IRONIC. I’m hoping I’ll have a reason to change my mind about him (and Robin too), once a few more episodes have aired.

So one of the things I have been turning around and around in my brain since last night when I watched the episode and would really love to discuss with people… Collapse )

But, yes, these are just some possibilities I’ve been thinking about and I would love to hear other people’s thoughts!

(Incidentally, I’m writing this at work, so while I can post it, any replies to comments will probably come later. I’ll try to reply as soon as I can, but work stuff has priority, so…)

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I have been meaning to post for...well. Since my birthday. Which was back at the beginning of November. Whoops. Better late than never? I'll get the hang of using my LJ again, honest. I refuse to give this place up.

Some things:
  • My sister had her baby in October (FINALLY. He was late, and twice she was scheduled to be induced and she canceled it.) So now I'm an aunt thrice, once with each of my younger siblings. Oh, and my other sister is pregnant again. Collapse )

  • My mom surprised me by making me the BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE EVER. Collapse )

  • I started a new treatment for my psoriasis. Basically, I have to give myself shots twice a week, which I was initially VERY VERY nervous about, because, while I don't really have a problem with having shots when a doctor or nurse does it, the idea of doing it to myself was a whole different animal. BUT. I am doing okay with it, and while I still have to psyche myself up a bit before doing the poke, I'm getting better! And the best part is, IT'S WORKING. I've only been on this treatment for about three weeks, and I was told I probably wouldn't see any improvement for at least a couple months, but I ALREADY CAN. At first I thought it was just wishful thinking, but at this point there is no denying the fact that I am showing real improvement. You have no idea how exciting this is to me.

  • I might as well link some of my other hang-outs in case anyone wants to add me.

    • my twitter - where I am probably the most active, honestly. Still, I don't think it's too terribly spammy.
    • my plurk - I don't post much on here; I mostly just have it for other people who primarily use Plurk.
    • my tumblr - used sporadically. I mostly spam One Piece fanart (with a slight emphasis on genderswitched stuff).

  • ...I swear there was at least one more thing I had planned to talk about, but it's escaping me now.
futch - time to be alone

Remember me?

Meme the First
from puffs

Reply to this post, and I'll tell you at least one reason why I like you. Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love.

Meme the Second
from flashily

There's this Female Character Flowchart out there that I'm sure most of you have heard of already. If you haven't, let me sum it up for you: basically, all fictional female characters fall into stereotypes and aren't "realistic." Also, this flowchart is done in a way that basically anyone can be crammed into one of their categories, as long as you ignore the more three-dimensional aspects of her characterization and focus on the most two-dimensional details available.

Seriously, people who are much more articulate than me have ranted on this subject and explained why it's such a bad thing. That's not what this post is about. You see, this post? Is simply a chance for me to go through my DW/LJ icons and post the ones that I have that feature female characters, whether by themselves, with other women, with men, or simply as part of a group (which wouldn't be whole without them).

Why? Because the thing is, these women are all awesome, in their own unique ways.

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I'm gonna try and use my LJ again for reals, you guys.

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Yeah, been forever again, I know. Still working on that. For now, another meme, stolen/modified from puffs:

The first five people to comment in this post may request a character/pairing of their choosing, and I will produce a fanwork (drabble/sketch/icon/etc) featuring the character/pairing. In return they have to post this in their journal, regardless of ability. <--this part is optional.

1. indefiance - Rukia/Byakuya
2. faemous - girl!Luffy/boy!Nami
3. hallowd - Chad
4. danbi - Yoshimori/Hiura
5. the_firefly Gray/Lluvia

So, yeah. This is me, trying to be productive again. I don't think I've written anything at all since January, haven't drawn in...forever. We shall see what this results in.
take my revolution

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Have a random meme. I need to post in here more often again.

This is a good multishipper meme, though.

Give me a character and I will tell you:
+ Favorite pairing for them.
+ Runner-up pairing.
+ Honorable mention(s).
+ Crack pairing(s).
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't.

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What's up?

I never post any more, partly because I feel like when I do it should be ~worthy~ or something, since it's been so long. Which is dumb.

However. This prompted a post out of me, because it filled me with impossible glee. I mean. What could possibly make One Piece even more amazing that it already is?

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People who were on AIM last night before I went to bed already witnessed my spazzing, but THIS IS JUST SO GREAT, YOU GUYS.

I expect lots of art on Pixiv based on this too. DON'T DISAPPOINT ME, JAPAN.

ETA: Now the picture isn't showing up. IS THIS TOO EPIC FOR LJ?? *re-ups somewhere else*

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Okay, people are leaving me happy birthday comments on the one and a half-month old meme that is the last thing I posted, so it's probably high time to actually update again. I've been distracted, what can I say. I have a new power cord again, yes. So that's good! Also, autophanous arrived, crashed on my couch for a couple weeks, and now we've rented a bigger apartment together, in the same building (which reminds me...updated address, again--it's just a different apartment number). So as moves go, it was relatively easy, since it was just down the hall. Still, moving apartments twice in the span of like three months isn't exactly awesome, and I'll be glad not to have to do it again for (hopefully) a good long while. We JUST got the internet hooked up again here.

Ugh, and it's been such a while since I've updated, I feel like there is a lot to say, and yet nothing terribly important that warrants livejournaling. Or maybe it just feels like that because I tend to tweet about things while they happen, and then it feels like I've already talked about them, so I don't in LJ. Meh.

Right now I am trying to decide if I want to sign up for Yuletide this year, and kind of cursing that I didn't nominate fandoms, because a few of the ones I searched for aren't in there. Blast. Kekkaishi is, but so far that's the only one I'd really like to request in (though I'm still making my way through the list). And it occurs to me that the fandom I'd most like fic for is still One Piece, which wouldn't qualify for Yuletide in the first place, so...I may just opt out this year.

I am just kind of generally headachy and anxious-feeling and blah right now. My laptop wasn't starting up properly earlier and it took forever to get it to, and I still haven't figured out what's causing it. Today was really underwhelming in general, which is a little depressing. I dunno. I'm in kind of a funk, I guess.WHAT A GREAT TIME TO CHOOSE TO UPDATE.

Hm. Well. autophanous and I totally saw They Might Be Giants on Tuesday, so that was amazing and exciting. There are probably other things I could mention, but they all slip my mind just now, and TMBG is probably the most important thing anyway, so just focus on that.