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05 June 2002 @ 07:47 pm

All right. Silvermask started talking to me today about his icons, and goshdarnit, I couldn't help but changing all ten of my own. ^^;;

We've got some NieA_7 ... some FLCL ... some Rurouni Kenshin ... some Five Star Stories ... some Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. I wanted to use one of the pretty Gackt icons that Bara made me for my birthday, but I ran out of space. o_o

Sho, you have all the RK manga, right? Could you help me? ::big sparkly shoujo eyes:: The Kaoru image that I used is really the only one on the Internet I could find that even remotely matched the "confused, eheh, sweatdrop" that I wanted ... I kind of wanted one of her weirder super-deformed/spaz moments, if you know what I mean, but couldn't locate a single thing beyond this one. It isn't my dream icon. TT

I couldn't help but stick in the "conversational norwegian" Freakazoid icon ... I loved that show. ^^;;;

I posted this at a group blog. I'm posting it again here, because I'm feeling it over and over and over lately. I know I've been really moody recently with recent events and subsequent entries, but I've been trying to get out of the funk. I want to.

"I'm getting really frickin' sick of dealing with depressed people. I hate all the sighs and the silences, am tired of the endless nothingness that they seem to think their existence to be. I'm beginning to despise the freaking fatalism that I guess accompanies depression, and I'm tired of hearing how they can't control this or that, or that it's not up to them, or that they're just blown in the wind. I'm REALLY sick of them shooting down every damn one of my suggestions when I try to help, and I'm exasperated when they sigh again and can't come up with any on their own. I am nauseated by how they feel things will never change, how they cannot change. I hate the one word responses I get to typing out all my adventures. I hate trying to be cheery when I really want to scream and cry at them, I hate trying to be nice when all that some of them need is a good solid kick in the pants.


I'm trying so damn hard to be a happier person. I really am. I feel like they're dragging me back down to where I was, and I don't want to go there again. I want to be happy, but I want to be a good friend - but I can't be a good friend if they NEVER CHANGE."

And now I'm going to proceed to talk about Rurouni Kenshin, and spoil some things, so tread with caution if you care. I got the next RK TV series DVD, which I think is the beginning of the Kyoto Arc, so I can't help but comment on it.

Ohmygosh! It makes perfect sense now! I had always wondered who the shadow assassin at the end of the RK OAVs was, the one who took Kenshin's place ... I had figured out all the rest of the people that would later come back and play a part again in Kenshin's life, but I never figured out who that was. But now I know! It's Shishio!! Right? I'm pretty darn sure. o_o

OMG. I'm now in love with Rurouni Kenshin's tv series. I was really not enjoying it too much except for every now and then at the beginning, but damn, this was one great DVD. The animation has picked up in quality and that quality has picked up in consistency, it's edgier, and wheee, Saitou-sama!!!

I'm beginning to like Kaoru more (I can accept her being with Kenshin and not Tomoe, heh), and I've decided that I share similarities with her. When Kenshin ... when he left (T_T), she pretty much did exactly what I would do. ^_^; Start crying!

Ok, so that wasn't as coherent as I had hoped, but oh well. /SPOILER TALK

I've made major decisions in RO as of late. ^_^ I've put Poppy's stuff in storage and deleted her (she was a sad thief ... she was only starting to get good at level 14/something, and then came the rollback which took her all the way down to 11/something, and I couldn't bear to go back that far), replacing her with Jonquil. Jonquil's going to be a merchant, I think. ^_^

I'm going to spend a lot of time leveling up kowaiyo. ^_^ I'm going to be a warp acolyte! I only wish I hadn't leveled up the undead defenses so much, but oh well - at least I'll have some protection against them, which is good, because I don't like the undead. o_o

Cecily's got a cat headband now, thanks to Shoten. ^^ She looks so cute! Now to get one for Estelle, somehow ...
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: ... silence
Piccolopicc on June 5th, 2002 09:05 pm (UTC)
Freakazoid ruled! "Well smack me with a handle!"

I totally feel what you do about dealing with depressed people. To meet someone who actually listened to me when they were sad was great.

The Kenshin Kyoto arc is awesome. Saitou is the man. Shishio is a great villian, when they start focusing on him more.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on June 6th, 2002 02:37 pm (UTC)
choccy and I have came to the foregone conclusion that you play RO too much

One Who Wanders: thoughtfulabiona on June 6th, 2002 05:46 pm (UTC)
Well ... duh? lol XD
Heishiro Shotenshoten on June 6th, 2002 11:21 pm (UTC)
Kaoru it is
See my latest post, preferably at http://www.livejournal.com/users/shoten, but I suppose anywhere will do. ^^v

SD: Lazulisado_nishi on June 9th, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge RK fan too! And, I've always liked Kaoru better than Tomoe... Tomoe actually bugs the hell out of me. Have you read any of the manga? The OAV story actually takes place after the Kyoto Arc... As for the TV series, I've only watched up to around episode 75 (after Kyoto). I stopped after that, cause I've already read all of the manga, and I didn't want to watch any stupid filler episodes. ^_^;
One Who Wandersabiona on June 10th, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure why I like Tomoe so much (I used to spend a lot of time defending her via private memos at AGV, an old anime community, lol) ... it may have something to do with the fact that I saw the OAVs (the first anime to ever make me cry. TT;) when I had only seen maybe under the first ten episodes, and I wasn't too impressed with Kaoru ... but here's silent Tomoe, who has an immeasurable impact upon the assassin who is crumbling ... I dunno. She struck a chord with me that Kaoru missed the first ep. ^^; I guess I like tragic characters. >.>;

I haven't read any of the manga, sadly ... I buy very little manga, because I tend to gravitate towards the anime section first (and the "grapic novels" section at the stores here, though improving, still stinks. o_o;) ... has it been translated into English yet? If not, then I have no chance of getting it except at next year's A-Cen. ^^; Just like Pocky. T_T; ::wants to go to more cons:: o_o;

::chants:: Saitou! Saitou! XD Although I love Kenshin when he goes into his battousai mode. o_o

... I kind of wish that AnimeWorks would have translated "hitokiri battousai" (probably horribly misspelled there) as something other than "Battousai the Manslayer." o_o; I'm kind of training myself not to see the "Manslayer" bit ... it sounds really cheesy, for some reason. o_o'
SD: Lazulisado_nishi on June 10th, 2002 06:40 pm (UTC)
lol, It's all cool, I know several Tomoe fans myself. ^_^ From what I've seen of the pro-Kaoru-anti-Tomoe people, I think it's because you get a good whoppin' 18 volumes of RK manga before Tomoe even shows up... So it's like, they make Kenshin and Kaoru's 'relationship' so sweet, then after 18 volumes, all of a sudden there's Tomoe in his past now. x_x; That's not the reason why I don't like her though, but I think that's why a lot of people don't... Cause it seems like her story just popped up out of nowhere.

The reason I don't like Tomoe is cause she's way too disloyal for me. I like a lot of tragic characters too, but she's just not my type... She falls in love with the murderer of her childhood friend and fiance, whom she did love dearly, well, that's a bit too unhuman. It's true that when someone's lover dies, she'll eventually find someone else to love... But for this person to be the one who killed her lover, just annoys the hell out of me.

Don't get me wrong though, I love Kenshin/Battousai, and Tomoe does have her good points. For one... If it weren't for her, Kenshin wouldn't be the oro-ful samurai we love today. lol. Another thing that makes her cool to me is that she's Enishi's sister. (Enishi is my FAVORITE character!)
One Who Wanders: calmabiona on June 10th, 2002 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well, as the one guy said (I've forgotten his name, heh, and this quote is mere approximation), "the line between love and hate is no thicker than a whisper."

I think its interesting how she falls in love with Kenshin despite what he did. It seems as though during that time Kenshin was displaying nearly a split personality - he was two different beings, each taking dominance at a different time. The battousai side surfaced and overpowered the other when he was killing (not really an environment in which his kinder side could survive intact), but when they went to go live together, his other side began to come out in its more natural environment. Perhaps she doesn't fall in love with his battousai side - the side that killed her fiancee - but rather his calmer side, the side she gets to see and come to know during the time they spent living together alone.

In addition, he's pretty much the only person she saw or talked to, I assume. o_O There's something to be said for proximity. o_o
SD: Lazulisado_nishi on June 10th, 2002 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ack, forgot to answer some of the questions! >_<

Anyway I don't think RK manga is translated to English... If it is, then I don't know about it. I always read Chinese versions manga cause that's my language, and cause my Japanese pretty much sucks ass. >_< I think you might be able to find text translations in English on the net though, or translated scans of the manga (that seems to be pretty popular nowadays).

And yes I agree about the "manslayer" thing! Funny thing is... that's the most literal translation. ^_^; So it's correct... But the problem is a lot of Japanese/Chinese translated into English always sounds cheesy! It sucks, cause it does sound really cool in Chinese. Kenshin's moves, too. They sound so cool, but if you translate them literally: "Dragon Hammer Flash!" (Ryuu Tsui Sen) or "Earth Dragon Flash!" (Dou Ryuu Sen). LOL! Now I don't know Japanese, but they're the same characters/kanji as in Chinese, and well... it sounds cool. x_x;

Oh yeah, one more thing I was going to say about the whole tragic characters thing... I said Enishi's my favorite character, and he's pretty much a tragic character too. In fact I don't even think he should be considered a villain. I mean, true that Kenshin didn't mean to kill Tomoe, but Enishi having to see his beloved sister (who was also a mother figure) killed in front of his face? I'd be traumatized too!

Okay okay enough babbling from me. ^_^;
One Who Wandersabiona on June 10th, 2002 07:23 pm (UTC)
Speaking of babbling, here are some random comments from me. ^_^

I think you can find translations for just about anything on the web these days. o_o It's merely a matter of patience (and quality, heh). Some day, I'm going to learn Japanese myself ... it'd help my progress a lot if my school actually offered it, lol. -_-; They stopped offering it after the semester before I came. >.>

I felt sorry for Enishi at the end. TT;
SDsado_nishi on June 10th, 2002 07:47 pm (UTC)
Revenge is Justice!
I KNOW! Tomoe didn't smile! I was totally expecting her to! Aaaahhh! ;_;

I'm just a rabid Enishi defender, probably like how you defend Tomoe! ^_^ I think Enishi's revenge is not evil, but being fair!
SDsado_nishi on June 10th, 2002 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh crap... Did you mean, the end of whole story, or just end of OAVs?