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P is for... [Jan. 31st, 2006|10:05 pm]
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ladyofthethread
[mood |okayokay]

I couldn’t think of much for P other than YGO characters so I’m doing another Kaleido Star person. ^_^; P is for Passel, Rosetta. She’s pictured on one of the DVD covers for the series: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002VKZQG/qid=1138759427/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_10/102-8014562-3143341?s=dvd&v=glance&n=130

Rosetta Passel is the Belgium born world diablo champion. (The thing that she’s holding in the picture is a diablo. There’s also a set of sticks joined by a rope and you’re supposed to spin the center of the diablo along the rope and do tricks with it.) When she first came to the Kaleido Stage, she was supposed to be a special attraction for a week or so. However, after the first performance, Kalos the owner told her he wasn’t happy with the show. Rosetta rarely smiled and thought that the most important thing about a performance was doing everything right and never making a mistake. Despite her skills, the audience was bored because it was like watching a machine.

Despite initial resistance, she’s given a week to come up with a new performance along with the protagonist Sora. Eventually, they come to work together and do a “diablo battle” with the two of them juggling diabolos back and fourth on swinging platforms. Although Rosetta makes a mistake during the show, she learns to enjoy performing again.

Rosetta leaves afterwards but later returns to help out Sora and her friends after Kaleido Stage is taken over and they’re out of work. Together, they put together their own performance group and get a job as entertainers at an amusement park. However, thanks to interference by Yuri (the new owner of Kaleido Stage), they’re soon fired. At this point, Rosetta suggests that they travel to Canada to compete in a performance festival there. The others are enthusiastic but Yuri manages to ruin things again.

During the second season, Rosetta runs away from her mother/agent and goes to Sora at Kaleido Stage. She tells Sora that she has inspired her; she wants to join the troupe and become a trapeze artist, too, although her agent doesn’t approve. Sora agrees to help her but before they can speak to Kalos, Rosetta’s mother arrives and we learn that she was worried Rosetta would push herself and become like a machine again. In the end, she agrees though and Rosetta is allowed to stay. I’m not sure how she does after that though since only the first volume of season 2 is out so far. ^_^;

Rosetta isn’t one of my favorite characters from Kaleido Star but she’s okay. She rather reminds me of Rebecca from YGO. She was the youngest diablo world champion ever. Plus, she was rather stuck up when she first appeared but eventually became friends with the other characters. And I found it pretty amusing that when she opened her bag in Sora’s room after running away, the first thing she pulled out was a huge teddy bear. XD
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O, the woes of getting O.... [Jan. 31st, 2006|12:52 pm]
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mousse4me
I am going to make this very short paragraph. I am going to Oliver, from Beyblade. I thought I did him once before, but according to the archives, it was Odion i did. (Must've talked to Daisy that night...LOL). Oliver is the represents the French beybladers on his team, The Majestics. He's a very talented artist, cook, and beyblader. His father owns a very popular restaurant chain. He has green hair, and I think amber eyes. It's been so long since I've seen a picture of him, I forget. The Majestics was the team I enjoyed following in my Beyblade stint, and consequently, Oliver is the one who gave me the idea for Victoria's school to go off to Paris...heh...getting off track. I'm sorry. So yeah. I will try to find a pic of Oliver if anyone is interested.
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Fruits Basket Fanart [Jan. 30th, 2006|10:08 pm]
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ladyofthethread
[mood |fullfull]

I already posted this in my own journal but forgot to share it here yesterday. ^_^; For Chinese New Year, I decided to draw Shigure from Fruits Basket since it’s the year of the dog. Happy Chinese New Year!

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Anime Essay: The Getbackers [Jan. 30th, 2006|09:32 am]
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mousse4me
This essay focuses on the show, the Getbackers, and three character analysis. First the background for the show. Get Backers is about two friends nmed Ginji Amano and Ban Midou, who run a recovery service. They promise to find anything from lost keychains to lost memories. These two friends aren't just your average detectives though. They each have very special powers. Ginji has the power to charge electricity through his body. Ban has two powers, thanks to his grandmother being a witch. He has what is known as the Jagen Eye (yes, spelled like Hiei's.)With just one glance, he can cause his opponent to have a 1 minute nightmare. The draw back is he can only use it once a day. The other power is more of a physical nature. He has a really really good grip. Though the exact level of exertion escapes me at the moment, I know it's pretty strong. It is called the Snake Bite. Throughout their different cases, the duo has some pretty interesting adventures, and have plenty of chances to visit their various pasts.

The characters I am going to analyze from this show are Ginji,Makubex and Jubei. I have chosen these three characters for their intense pasts, and the choices they've made as a result of them.

First to explain Makubex. Makubex is a child of the Limitless fortress. (More about that later.) He was abandoned as a baby, and then taken in by a kind old man. It is soon discovered that Makubex is a computer genius. This would later lead to some rather dangerous circumstances. As a young teen, Makubex joins up with the prominent Voltz, which is led by the Lightening Empoeror, Ginji Amano. When the Voltz disbanded after their leader left them, Makubex is very angry. He then spends all his time trying to bring those who are on the lower levels of the Limitless Foretress to the top, known as Babylon Tower. In doing so, he causes the Getbackers, along with a host of other former Fortress occupants to join up, to retrieve the IL (Infraction Lense) to keep him from making an Atom Bomb.

One might ask why he would go through something like that, if all he wanted was to have Ginji back. My reply is that Makubex felt abandoned. After he joined the Voltz, he didn't feel the need to go back to his old foster father. He wanted to take over for the Lightening Emperor. Some of the old Voltz members followed him, but many more left, feeling that he didn't have the same ability to bring change that Ginji had had. Thus, Makubex set out to prove them wrong.

Ginji Amano is/ was the Lightening Emperor. Like Makubex, Ginji is a child of the Limitless Fortress. His power to generate electricity bought him the popularity he needed to become the leader of the most prominent gang, the Voltz. As the leader, Ginji stood for change, and rights. The Voltz weren't exactly a bad, rough and tough type gang. In fact, they were quite the opposite. Ginji, and those who followed him wanted equality among the sections of the Limitless Fortress. Like all good things, Ginji's time at the Limitless Fortress ran out. Things changed for him when he met Ban Midou, who showed him what life was like on the outside world. (For you see, the Limitless Fortress was like a world on it's own. It had it's own government, and everything. It is basically a building that went unfinished, and it took on a life of it's own!). Ginji made a difficult choice when he decided to leave the Voltz, and athe Limitless Fortress. Little did he know, that he would be fighting some of his former friends years later.

Jubei was another former member of the Voltz. His loyalty has always been divided. He and Kazuki (See an upcoming essay for more on the Thread Master. He is one of my favorite characters in this series!) have been friends since childhood, and years later, it would be that friendship that is challenged. His choice to follow Makubex may or may not have been out of anger with Ginji. He more than likely believed that Makubex could, and would bring about the changes Ginji would have wanted. Jubei's loyalty to Makubex was probably out of desperation. Luckily, he realized that Makubex's way of "bringing about change" was the wrong way.

That is my essay on the series, and the characters of The Getbackers. I hope you've found it intriguing, and maybe get interested in taking a peak at it.

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Anime Essay:Rozen Maiden [Jan. 29th, 2006|10:23 am]
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mousse4me
So, I've got a new anime that I really really like. Not that it's totally new to me. It's called Rozen Maiden. It's about a boy named Jun, who has a had a traumatic experience in school, and so he's not beeen to school for a long time. Instead, he spends his time shopping at home online for mostly useless junk. One day, he orders online, and the website tells him to place the order in his drawer. Thinking it's a joke, he does. Later, a trunk arrives, and inside it, an esquisite doll arrives. Once wound up, the doll comes to life, and makes Jun her servant. Throughout the course of the series, the doll Shinku and her various other friends help Jun to overcome his fear, and come to terms with his past. At first glance, this anime may seem a bit weird, probably something out of a Stephen King comic (ie: the talking dolls with powers), but it really is a lot deeper than that. This series has a lot of meaning, and honestly, I could write a deep fanfiction or poem about it if I wanted to.

I feel really bad for Jun, and often wondered what he was like before this so-called event took place at school. He reminds me very much of Max from Pokemon, or Mokuba, but a much more tragic character.

His sister Nori is almost like Serenity Wheeler. She's very quiet, and submissive.She does everything she's told to do by Jun, until Shinku appears. Then she starts sticking up for herself later. But mostly, she's worried about her younger brother.

If you haven't seen Rozen Maiden, I highly suggest you finding a way to see it. It's good, and sweet.
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I is for Iruka [Jan. 24th, 2006|07:51 am]
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mousse4me
Well, this time I have an I, and I decided to go with Iruka from Naruto. Iruka is the main teacher at the Ninja academy. He has black hair, and brown eyes. He cares very much for his students, but he knows how to get down to business when duty calls for it. (Like when Naruto defaced the statues of the great Hokages to get attention. OOh boy, did he get it!!) On the flip side, Iruka has had a past similar to Naruto's, and therefore can sympathize with the ninja in training. He loves Naruto like a son, and it's proven when he nearly dies for the sake of saving Naruto in the very beginning against Mitsuki. As a teacher, Iruka tries his best to prepare his students for the world outside of the villiage. As a friend, he can relate to his tudents in ways no one else can. In a nutshell, Iruka may seem like an old softie, but he can definitely be a formidable opponent when necessary.
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K is for Kalos [Jan. 20th, 2006|11:59 pm]
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ladyofthethread
[mood |okayokay]

K is for Kalos Eido from Kaleido Star. Kalos is a former magician and the owner of the Kaleido Stage. Ten years ago, he injured his fingers and they never recovered well enough for him to perform magic again. So, he retired from magic and used the money he received from the insurance to build the Kaleido Stage. There, the company performs amazing spectacles that combine drama with acrobatics, trapeze work, rope walking, etc.



His first appearance in the series is during a chance encounter with the protagonist, Sora, who has traveled to America from Japan to audition for the Kaleido Stage. Sora catches Kalos’s attention at a newsstand when she asked for directions to Kaleido Stage. Without warning, Kalos bends down and starts scrutinizing her legs and grabs a shin, saying that she has good muscles. Sora freaks out and scrambles away, thinking he’s a pervert. XD; It comes as quite a shock to her when Kalos shows up later and one of the Kaleido Stage workers calls him “boss.”

Despite being late and missing the audition, Kalos decides to let Sora stay. However, he does some things that can make him seem like a jerk, such as not giving Sora a role in Cinderella at first although all the other trainees were included. He does strange things like that a few times during the series, apparently testing Sora.

Later on, after Sora has gained some recognition and the opportunity to co-star with Layla (the company’s top female star), many people begin leaving Kaleido Stage to join a new troupe that’s starting up. It turns out the person behind it is the Kaleido Stage’s leading man, Yuri, who wants revenge on Kalos. Yuri’s father had also been a performer at Kaleido Stage and died attempting a difficult trapeze maneuver. Yuri thinks Kalos forced his father to do it and considers him responsible for the death.

Despite a good effort by Sora, Layla, and the others that remained, the major investors pulled out of Kaleido Stage and Yuri was able to take it over. However, his new company fails to draw audiences and he announces without consulting them first that Layla and Sora will perform the great legendary maneuver in one month. (It’s supposed to be so dangerous that everyone who had attempted it had died and was the feat that Yuri’s father had been training for when he died.) As a result, Layla and Sora make a bet with him. If they are able to pull off the performance, Yuri will have to return the Kaleido Stage.

Kalos who had been quiet since losing the Kaleido Stage reappears to supervise Layla and Sora’s training at the Grand Canyon. In spite of difficulties, Layla and Sora are able to win their bet and the Kaleido Stage is restored to Kalos’s control.

I don’t particularly care either way about Kalos although he does seem a bit harsh at times. It somewhat amuses me though that his hair seems to have similar coloring to the main part of Yugi’s, black with red ends. *laugh*
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L is for.... [Jan. 20th, 2006|02:24 am]
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insaneladybug
[mood |okayokay]
[music |Restless---Within Temptation]

I had kind of a Well, duh! moment here. XD; I was pondering over L characters and it dawned on me that I could do Leonhard von Schroider from Yu-Gi-Oh! That's him in my icon, along with his elder brother Siegfried. ^^

For my piece on Leonhard, I will draw from something I wrote at the forum where LOTT and I RP. I don't think anyone else here will have seen this. ^^; It's a good write-up, so I figured I might as well use it instead of writing another one.

Leonhard is a sweet, untainted child with a deep admiration and adoration of his brother Siegfried. He is also insecure at times and fears angering his brother. He has a strong sense of honesty and cannot stand to go against it, even at the possible cost of making his brother angry. He is polite and kind, and addresses Siegfried as "Elder brother."

The way I see it, Leonhard grew up happily playing with his brother in the von Schroider family castle. Siegfried may have told him fairy tale stories, igniting the child's interest in them for the first time. (This makes sense to me, because if the brothers were not close, I don't think Leonhard would have tried so hard to get Siegfried's attention later on.) As they grew older and as Siegfried's harsh training began, Leonhard found himself alone most of the time. Sad and lonely, he turned to books and found the fairy tale stories that he had loved when he had been younger. Eventually this interest led him to Duel Monsters, and he started secretly entering tournaments under the name "Leon Wilson." His parents never seemed to notice, as they were much too busy training Siegfried to take over the company, and Siegfried was much too busy being forced to study.

It was not until Siegfried was the CEO of the family business that Leonhard's cover was blown. He feared that his brother would be angry with him for the deception, but as it turned out, Siegfried was greatly pleased. He felt that this would help the company's reputation, and that Leonhard would be able to assist him with his plans on getting revenge on Seto Kaiba at the Grand Prix, if necessary.

When Siegfried was found out by Seto Kaiba and disqualified, this became a reality and he gave Leonhard a card infested with a destructive virus. Once the boy would play it, the virus would spread throughout the KaibaCorp computer system. Leonhard accepted the card, as he wanted so desperately to please his elder brother and to be noticed more by him again, but he felt sick about doing something so dishonest. His will to go through with the plan steadily decreased during his duel with Yami Yugi, and after he finally played the destructive card, he made what was probably the hardest decision of his short life and tried to destroy it so that the virus would stop. Even though he loved his brother, he could not abandon his moral principles. However, the card refused to be destroyed and the virus continued to spread. While Yami Yugi tried to help Leonhard find a way to get rid of the card, Seto Kaiba worked to stop the virus. Both of these things were eventually accomplished and Yami Yugi won the duel.

Siegfried was ashamed of his treachery then, especially what he had tried to make Leonhard do "for the honor of their family." He fell to his knees, feeling unworthy of his brother. But the forgiving Leonhard went to him and told him that he did not have to give up his dreams for the von Schroider company, and that Leonhard wanted to help him in any honest way he could. Siegfried was overcome by emotions and hugged his brother, vowing to change his ways---though he still does not like Seto Kaiba or KaibaCorp.

Since then, Leonhard has been accompanying his brother much more often, and even helped to arrange the business deal with Pegasus.

I like Leonhard very much, and he is perhaps my most favorite child character from Yu-Gi-Oh! He seems very realistic, wanting so desperately to have his brother's love and attention, and giving in to those desires before realizing that he cannot bear to go against his moral principles. I think part of what makes him seem so real is that he does not have any magical powers (nor does his brother), and he's also not so terribly emotionally messed up like Mokuba was in the original YGO mangas. He and Siegfried both seem like real people that one could easily meet.
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A is for Abarai Renji [Jan. 19th, 2006|03:11 pm]
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yamiskuribo
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Time to Know ~ Cowboy Bebop Movie OST]

Abarai Renji from Bleach:

As a kid Renji was an orphan and lived in the 78th 'area'. He explained to us that there were 80 areas where people lived, the first being the most peaceful while area 80 was the worst. So 78 was obviously not the best place to be living. He and a few other orphan children in that area would have to steal to get food and water. Later another girl, Rukia, joined their group of friends too.

After just living like this for a while the other children died and Rukia told Renji that they should both become Soul Reapers. If they became soul reapers they thought that they would be able to eat better food and have a better place to live.

The two of them entered the soul acadamy. Renji was put into the higher class, although he wasn't very good at first.(XD;; see picture)He became friends with some other class mates, Kira and Hinamori.

Rukia was then adopted by one of the Soul Reaper captains. Renji congratulated Rukia on this thinking she could be happy finally having a family. All Renji ever wanted was for Rukia to be happy.

It must not have been much later after that when Rukia met up with Ichigo (Ichigo, main character in Bleach) and gave him her powers which caused the soul society to come after her and order her execution.

Renji at first blamed Ichigo for stealing her powers, but now it seems like Renji is going to help Ichigo to try and save Rukia from being executed. During Rukia's absense from the Soul Society, Renji got promoted to rank of vice captain to Rukia's older adopted brother, Byakuya Kuchiki. (See SK's post.)

And that is really all I know about Renji, from later pictures I've looked at it looks like we get to see more of his past later. ^.^!

Pictures of Renji:
Only one Tatoo: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/darkocean/bleach_renji0212.jpg

After trying an attack in class: http://ccsx.twbbs.org/top%20pic/bleach_renji_01.jpg

Renji lots of Tattoos: http://www.bleachsp.com/media/Comunidad/Varios/images/renji_edbyRina.gif

Renji Beat Colection Cover: http://www.jbook.co.jp/member/img/product/02959/M02959828-01.jpg

Renji Plush: http://www.hoaoutlet.com/contents/media/t_2739e.jpg

Well, there you go! ^_^

~OrO~
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D is for Doumeki [Jan. 19th, 2006|12:07 am]
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inspired_mind
[mood |contentcontent]

Sorry for the delay, people. School was being evil. Alas, here is D-chara. D is for Doumeki, a character from CLAMP’s XXXHOLiC manga. Since I suck at writing summaries, copied the following text from Anime News Network.

 

Yuuko is a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious. Watanuke Kimihiro, a man who has visions, encounters Yuuko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return Watanuke must work in Yuuko's shop and help her grant other people's wishes.

 

There isn’t an anime yet, but there is a movie, which I haven’t seen yet. Also, XXXHOLiC, is closely related to Tsubasa (Resevoir) Chronicle. It’s like a sidestory of one of the minor chara’s from TRC, namely Yuuko. Sometimes you even get to see small events of what happens in TRC. It’s a tad complicated to explain. I suggest you just see for yourself ^^;;

 

Anyways, Doumeki Shizuka appears for the first time in the volume 2. He is a fellow student of Watanuki and  a member of the archery club. He is also rather popular among the girls and is somewhat reserved. Although he's not mean, he's very to-the-point, and therefore he often appears abrasive. This often results in verbal fights between him and Watanuki (as Watanuki considers him as a rival for the love of a fellow student girl, Himawari).

 

Doumeki lives with his grandfather at a temple. From his grandfather he has inherited the power to exorcise spirits without any training. As a result of this amazing power (which he isn’t aware of at first, since he can't see said spirits), Watanuki does not see spirits when he's in the presence of Doumeki. Yuuko and a fortune teller both advise Watanuki to set aside his aversion to Doumeki and befriend him if he doesn't want to see spirits.

 

A lot of fans consider this ‘friendship’ between Doumeki and Watanuki to be hints of shounen-ai. I’m not sure what to think of it, since Watanuki is very much obsessed with Himawari, always trying to be with her, being jealous when she is giving Doumeki more attention and such. However, there are some hints that it could be shounen-ai indeed.

First of all, Yuuko warns Watanuki several times of Himawari bringing bad luck (which actually happens a lot when he is close to her). Also, Doumeki and Watanuki act sometimes like a married couple, bickering about the smallest things, especially when being forced to work together. Doumeki also steals Watanuki’s homemade lunch (and Valentine’s chocolate!) in non-bully way (rather amusing actually), which later results in Doumeki expecting Watanuki to make lunch for him. And hey, it’s typical CLAMP to come with a shounen-ai pairing anyways (Cardcaptor Sakura anyone?).

 

So yeah, D is for Doumeki. A character I mainly find interesting for the interaction between him and the oh so noisy Watanuki (resulting in the infamous ‘So noisy’ quote). For a piccy of Doumeki, Watanuki and Himawari, check this url.

 

The XXXHOLic manga can be found at Be With You Scans (along with other CLAMP manga)

Other D-chara's:
-Dabura (Dragonball Z)
-Dante (Full Metal Alchemist)
-Duke Devlin (YGO - done already, I believe)
-Duo (Gundam Wing)

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