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 I'ma gonna rec this fic! 

Summary: A year after Sai's disappearance, Hikaru returns to Innoshima. And gets possessed once more by a Go-playing ghost – this time, Honinbou Shuusaku.Except Shuusaku doesn't want to play Go, and frankly, Hikaru doesn't know what to do with that.

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levels of investment by skittidyne 
It took me a while, but I finally found a fic with lots of volleyball in it! Tsukishima POV, which means lots of delightful meanness, but basically all of Karasuno is featured here. Very fun short fic about the team goofing off and thinking about what Karasuno will look like next year.  

(BTW did anyone watch the Serbia v.s. USA and Serbia v.s. China women's volleyball matches during the Olympics??? So good!!) 

Hikaru no Go 

Paper Cranes by spontaneite 
"Two years passed before Hikaru admitted, reluctantly, that possession by a spirit seemed to have long-lasting side effects which probably wouldn’t go away on their own." Took a while for me to get into this, but great premise and great Hikaru voice. Five chapters so far.   

Caught in a Thousand Strings by Thai_Tea_Addict  
"Sai wakes up to find everything he'd gone through to be a dream." Again, this took me a while to get into, but there's a reason this fic has 380 comments on it. The plot is pretty damn gripping. Read the warnings though--child abuse, child prostitution, etc. 

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I have a few TMNT fans on my friendslist, right? Read this fic: 

Captive by Amicitia Revenant.
Author's summary: We are all prisoners of our past, our bias, our fear. But for a twist of fate, things could have ended almost before they began. AU from the opening episodes of 2k3. Warning for violent deaths.

It's mainly based off the 2003 cartoon, but it doesn't really matter if you've seen that particular iteration of the turtles--the story is really about the origin myth of TMNT as a whole, and the assumptions we have about it. 

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Some awesome soul remixed my sad little ficlet The Silent Path into a beautiful, perfect full-length story. It is the best Akari story ever. Read it! 

Hikago Day!

May. 4th, 2015 10:38 pm
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A few random things to enjoy on May 5: 

1. Blind_go fics are up! My fic is in there somewhere. It is, er, kind of still in first draft form. 

2. This general resource on the manga and anime is amazing. Seriously in-depth, detailed notes on everything and everyone in and about Hikago. Look at this page on Hikaru's grandmother who is only ever mentioned once, not even pictured, in the series. 

I know everyone but me probably knows about this website already, but WOW. 

3. A haunted goban on eBay. Ooooohh.

4. Hikaru no Girl (on Ao3 and ff.net), crossdressing fanfic, which I haven't finished reading yet but which I am finding awesomely hilarious, and Ao3 has been talking about genderbending lately, so. 

5. Agh, I need a number five so I will just ramble. I have been reading the official Viz manga of the Sai arc and Hokuto arc for the first time, and there are a few bits of commentary by Hotta Yumi that I hadn't seen before. The main thing that made me go OMG was the page where she explained the process of checking go stone accuracy: 

"After the manga pages are completed, Yoshida-san the editor and Obata sensei go over the illustrations panel by panel to make sure they match the game record...After that, the Japan Go Association checks it and we make corrections as needed. 

"Even so, sometimes a mistake will slip through. Once, a misplaced go stone was caught by someone operating the press at Kyodo Printing.

"Hikaru no Go has been a labor intensive manga. 

"To Obata sensei's assistants--thank you for your hard work all this time." 

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I've been noticing lately that a lot of skilled fanfic writers utilize, whether consciously or unconsciously The Rule of Three rather a lot. 

Here's an example from an awesome Vagrant Story/FFT/FFXII fic:

She shifts, and even that slight movement brings fresh agony to wrists rubbed raw against their coarse bonds. She sighs, and even that faint exhalation triggers some excitement among her unseen watchers, for she can hear them rustle against one another with renewed energy. She waits, and the waiting stretches on.

In general, actually, this author used a lot of three-sentence paragraphs in this fic:  

There are monsters in the dark. She can hear them as they creep just beyond the light of the solitary candle. Their toenails clack against the rough stone floors; their scales slide against the damp walls. (3 sentences)

No, Merlose has no doubt that there are monsters in the dark. (1 sentence)

She shifts, and even that slight movement brings fresh agony to wrists rubbed raw against their coarse bonds. She sighs, and even that faint exhalation triggers some excitement among her unseen watchers, for she can hear them rustle against one another with renewed energy. She waits, and the waiting stretches on. (3 sentences)

Merlose is not sure which she prefers: long waits in Lea Monde's uncertain oubliettes or the brief encounters with her captors. Shall she choose the monsters in the dark or the ones who speak with the sweet tongues of men? It is not an easy decision, and Merlose has the leisure to consider its every facet. (3 sentences)

Time passes. Merlose concentrates on the steadily dripping candle and the endless whispers in the dark. Eventually, the boy wakes up. (3 sentences) 


I've occasionally made conscious attempts to use The Rule of Three in the past in my writing, but...it seems to me, after thinking about it, that the bam-bam-bam threeness produces a rhythm that might be overused in fanfic. It's lovely, certainly, but there are other rhythms out there. 

But it's interesting, isn't it, how three seems to be the magic number in so many things. In visual media, there' The Rule of Thirds. And one of my teachers in high school used to say that doing groupwork in threes seems to be the most effective; two is too few (not enough ideas), four is too many (someone wil slack off). Actually, I'm not sure I believe that rule, but my teacher did.  

Anyway, I think the only way to break out of a reliance on The Rule of Threes is to read fewer fanfics and more published novels.
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The Good Friend by [livejournal.com profile] corbeaun makes me so so happy and I can't stop re-reading my favourite parts!! Features Waya, Isumi and Le Ping and messy relationships up the wazoo. Read it!!
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I totally don't have time for this right now but can anyone recommend fics centered on Teddy Ruxpin Lupin?

Is there such a thing as Teddy Ruxpin fics?
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Heart Funnel, by [info]seraphitus. Set pre-game, Celes, Kefka, Cid, Leo. Author's summary: Celes Chere has grown up in a world of half-truths, and Kefka Palazzo is the only one who has never lied to her.

It covers Kefka's slow descent into madness, but it is more a story about the disintegration of a relationship than the disintegration of a personality. A relationship that really never had a chance to be, come to think of it. Which makes it all the sadder.

I often find that pre-game fic set in Vector is a bit dull, or too obviously tragic, or too smarmily moral, but this fic hit all the right buttons for me, even with all the prejudices I had going into it.

I always feel so abominably happy when I find great FFVI fic. :)
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The ever-lovely [profile] zoesque  has opened up a can of Hikago meta that has provoked a lot of thoughtful responses. The subject: will Hikaru ever tell Touya about Sai? Does he need to?

Fic Recs: FF6 and Ender's Game
Went trolling around the Pit of Voles in a fit of boredom and [community profile] blind_go procrastination. Found some excellent fics, which actually pisses me off because it means I'll have to go back to the Pit some time.

Season of Grace by Lirillith
Final Fantasy 6
, all characters. This story is so, so good. The plot: our heroes do their best to celebrate Christmas (er, Yuletide) in the World of Ruin. Hope among bleakness...isn't that what the game is about? Absolutely beautiful characterization, and the best job of world-building I've ever seen in an FF6 fic (I love how she integrates real-world cultures).

Brothers by Kage Chikara
Ender's Game. What if Ender had asked to see Peter instead of Valentine when he was at the lake? Intriguing concept, a great look into Peter and Ender's characters (I'm not too hot on Graff though), and the author has Orson Scott Card's style down pat.

What Wikipedia says about Easter WTF

"In Norway, in addition to skiing in the mountains and painting eggs for decorating, it is tradition to solve murders at Easter. All the major television channels show crime and detective stories (such as Poirot), magazines print stories where the readers can try to figure out who did it, and many new books are published. Even the milk cartons change to have murder stories on their sides."

"In the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, a tradition of spanking or whipping is carried out on Easter Monday. In the morning, males throw water at females and spank them with a special handmade whip called pomlázka (in Czech) or korbáč (in Slovak). The pomlázka/korbáč consists of eight, twelve or even twenty-four withies (willow rods), is usually from half a metre to two metres long and decorated with coloured ribbons at the end. It must be mentioned that spanking normally is not painfull or intended to cause suffering. A legend says that females should be spanked in order to keep their health and beauty during whole next year. An additional purpose can be for males to exhibit their attraction to females; unvisited females can even feel offended."

I was convinced some joker had creatively reworked the page, but apparently it's all true. Unless the internet is playing a huge joke on me.

FF6 stuffs

Oct. 26th, 2006 09:03 am
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First off, my computer attempted to commit suicide tonight so if I suddenly disappear off the face of the net (more than usual, I mean), it's because my computer succeeded in its attempt.

Now on to the FF6 goodies:

th3newblack does niiiicce art. I especially like this one of Locke and Celes at the opera and this KH2-inspired comic.

New Yoshitaka Amano art for FF6 Advance!
Group shot
Box art

Ganked the links from [livejournal.com profile] th3newblack

This fanfic at ff.adultfanfiction.net is intentionally hilarious, which is a nice change. It's a gem among the turds, or some other metaphor that means "good shit." Author's summary: Terra, depressed, finds her way to Edgar. Then they have sex.

Um, don't ask what I was doing at the Pit of Perverted Voles.
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Everybody should read Ju's absolutely fantabulous Yakitate! Japan fic Alternatives that she wrote for me, because Ju is a goddess of the written word and the story is DAMN FUNNY. It features Kuroyanagi, Kanmuri, and Cathy (Kuroyan's girlfriend from Harvard). It's worth a look even if you don't know Yakitate! Japan (and if you don't know Yakitate! Japan YOU SHOULD).

*goes back to stalking Ju.*
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Touya Kouyo isn't even on my list of HnG loves, but this fic about him is:

Waiting for by [livejournal.com profile] chapter_house

It's not perfect--there are some minor typos and awkward phrases--but it comes as close to perfect as possible to expressing how I feel about this series. And HnG is all about imperfection, so that's just perfect. Er.

Anyway, read the fic. It is the best Touya Kouyo character study I've ever read, and it's got just the right amount of gut-punching to make me flash back to reading the manga. Oh, and it has spoilers.

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