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Title: Dou ni ka Naru Hibi
Author: Shimura Takako
Number of Volumes: 2
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: A collection of (mostly unconnected) short stories.

Review: If you like Aoi Hana or Hourou Musuko, you'll probably like these short stories. They are generally slice-of-life stuff, with that same slow pace, focusing on small moments, that is the hallmark of her longer works. Many are relationship-focused (though not necessarily romance), and feature m/f, m/m, and f/f couples. My favorite was the story about a woman who gets a wedding invitation from a girl she dated in high school, and meets another wedding guest, who dated the bride in college. Neither of them are completely over the bride when they meet each other, but their drunken, bitter one-night stand after the wedding ends up turning into something more. It's always nice to find yuri stories that aren't the typical high-school girl stuff, and I like this even more because it actually starts in a way to make you think it's exactly that sort of story.

Dou ni ka Naru Hibi has been completely scanlated by Kotonoha (though it's not one of the ones I translated, so idk about quality).

Title: Kawaii Akuma
Author: Shimura Takako
Number of Volumes: 1
My Rating: 3.5/5

Summary: Another collection of short stories.

Review: One multi-part story dominates this book, followed by several one-shots. I honestly wasn't that thrilled with the title story. It was okay, but eh. I enjoyed some of the shorts more, though none were too memorable. I actually had to download the volume again (I read it a week or so ago) to refresh my memory as to what was in it. My favorite was the one where a girl is obsessed with a certain manga and when a new boy moves in next door, she tries to make it fit the manga (which also starts with a new boy moving in next door). Of course reality doesn't happen like a manga, but she does find out that the boy is also a huge fan of the same series.

I've scanlated one of the one-shots, Unworthy Son (Fushou no Musuko), but no one else seems to have scanlated the rest.

Title: Route 225
Author: Shimura Takako & Fujino Chiya
Number of Volumes: 1
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: A teenage girl and her brother take a wrong turn one night and find themselves in a parallel world where everything is just a little bit different. And their parents are missing. Using her brother's phone card, they're occasionally able to call home to their mom in their own world, but will they ever be able to find their way back?

Review: This is based on a novel, so Shimura Takako just drew the manga, didn't write the plot. That said, it does feel somewhat like something she'd write, sort of dreamy and slow (and while her longer works are all realistic, after reading a bunch of her short stories, it's clear she likes supernatural stuff, too). Anyway, I enjoyed this quite a bit, especially the ending (which from reading reviews of the comic and the novel on Amazon Japan wasn't a big hit with some readers).

This one has been fully scanlated, too, though again, I didn't take a look at it myself, so no idea whether or not it's actually readable.


Jun. 29th, 2010 12:23 am
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[ profile] sadynax: Four Holmes chibis and four Watson chibis
There are so many great chibi artists in Holmes fandom! These are chibis of the various Holmeses and Watsons over the years and are all super adorable.

[ profile] sga_kinkmeme: Kink Meme Post #1!
SGA finally has a kink meme! I am not a big fan of kinkmemes in general, but it's about time SGA got one.

For my own reference, prompts I'm eyeing (some/all could be combined with [community profile] kink_bingo squares):

John, masturbation with sex toys, John isn't willing to risk his career to have sex with other guys in Atlantis, where everyone knows everyone else's business, but he's not about to go five years without getting fucked.

Jennifer/Rodney, FtM!Jennifer, wax-play

Jeannie, masturbation. You're really not supposed to be attracted to your brother from an alternate universe. (I...was immediately hit by a bunny inspired by this, but actually about non-AU!Rodney, so I'm not sure if I would try to work AU!Rodney in, too, or just write it separately.)

John/Ronon, highschool AU, making out behind the bleachers

[community profile] asexual_fandom: Asexual Comment!fic/Kink Meme!
The kind of prompts I'd like to see here:

Any prompt that is centrally about an asexual character or the experience of being asexual. Any character who self-identifies as asexual or their equivalent is included, regardless of what asexuality means to that character. However, the character does not have to explicitly identify as asexual in the fic, as long as the story is about their experience of lacking sexual desire and/or attraction. Stories about romantic relationships, or characters experiencing sex or sexual pleasure, or stories where a character's sexuality is fluid, are fine, as long as asexual experience is foregrounded.

What I'd rather not see:
Stories about how all sex is immoral, sinful, frightening, traumatic, or disgusting.
Stories where asexuality is something that needs to be, or is, "cured" or "fixed".

[site community profile] dw_biz: Question of the Day/Writer's Block
Poll and discussion on whether DW should use the QotD feature or ditch it. Things seem to be coming down on the "get rid of it" side, of which I approve.

[ profile] aesc: "it's just a story": an argument for getting rid of the 'just'
I'm somewhat at a loss to explain why "just a story" is both a desirable position for some and so ubiquitous, given the important role narrative plays in everything from personal identity to group identity to the existence of bookstores. Maybe it's because stories are everywhere, and the only way to handle their multiplicity is to say none of them matter, as opposed to saying all of them do. But more than that, I think "just a story" can be explained by the ease with which its position can be taken up; it doesn't require all that pesky heavy lifting and scrutiny, particularly with reference to "lighter" fare like fanfic and transformative work.

But, you know, the same worlds that produced Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners and Hollywood blockbusters have produced us too, the narratives we tell ourselves and our friends, and those we publish or keep in our own heads.

Where Are My Keys I Lost My Phone
Post about what it's like having ADD.

[personal profile] wistfuljane: Thank you for continuing to dehumanize us
The thing is you don't see me or other chromatic/non-white/fen of color like me as human. It's more than that we're invisible to you. It's more than a lack of empathy or an excess of centricism. I can be as mocking, as wry and as cynical as I want about it, but the truth of the matter is you'll continue to not see us and it's time for me to honestly acknowledge that it's because you don't see us -- me -- as human, that white Western privilege has kept and will keep you seeing us so. To you, we're incapable of feeling anxiety. We're incapable of feeling scared, of feeling hurt, of feeling exhausted, of feeling burned out, of emotionally breaking down.

[ profile] prozacpark: Fiction, gender, women's pain, and MAN PAIN.
I've seen the phrase "man pain" used a lot and never understood what it was supposed to mean. I couldn't understand why people seemed to be saying that it was inappropriate for male characters to have any sort of pain or why it was mock-worthy, but this explains it well. It's not the pain of any male character, but rather a certain type of pain (most commonly seen in privileged characters) that makes everything All About Them. (Applicable to RL as well. See also: White Women's Tears.)

[personal profile] amazonziti: The J2 Fail Post, cont'd
Part 2 of her linkspam of doom + commentary. I...cannot pull out a sample quote because the commentary is really just all so good and so necessary to read, but I think this especially cannot be said enough:
I have seen absolutely no proof of any personal attacks on the author since, oh, the first several hours of the community's reaction to her fic.


And here is the thing: none of the posts I have linked to -- none of the posts I have seen, period -- have been abusive towards the author of the fic. I have seen people criticizing the fic and her apologies, and people venting their feelings, and people protesting racism and silence, and people speculating on how she came to write such a fic, and people choosing to ignore the author and talk about the fic, and people choosing to put the fic aside and talk about fandom, and people putting fandom aside to talk about their own experiences, and people putting that aside to talk about anti-racism more generally. More than one hundred posts, you guys? Several thousand comments? And none of it has descended into personal attacks or cruelty. Criticism and discussion are not abusive.

[personal profile] parentheses: BIG DAMN HEROES (DREAMWIDTH EDITION)
DW version of the Awesome Ladies Ficathon. The LJ one got so big so fast, I can't even look at it anymore. It's just too overwhelming. But this one is still small and has some interesting prompts. I need to go back through myself and see what's been left since the last time I looked.

Scientists are "normal" people, some children discover
Very interesting look at drawings 7th graders did of scientists before and after they took a field trip to a lab.
It looks like a visit to Fermilab has no impact on boys’ gender stereotypes about scientists, but it has a strong impact on challenging girls’ gender stereotypes about scientists. For girls, there was a 58% increase in female scientist representation in their drawings; for boys, there was a 0% increase in female scientist representation in their drawings.

In the comments, some people say the reason boys only drew male scientists was that they were thinking of themselves as scientists, so it makes sense for them to draw men and girls to draw women or that boys that age may be uncomfortable drawing women. But as someone else pointed out, if you asked them to draw a nurse or some other traditionally female job, you can bet they would draw female nurses without hesitation.

[personal profile] aris_tgd: Someone is Wrong on the Internet
Kink, and moreover, greater service to a story, to an individual story, is definitely okay, because that story which you are burning to tell and which has forced itself on your consciousness? Obviously, that is a kind of need--a need to create, to express, to communicate. But the question needs to be asked, if you're creating a story based on the prevailing narrative? If you're again writing about the straight/cis/white/male/able-bodied/neuro"typical" and consuming the "other" as a stereotype or as a service to the plot, if you're reducing people to stereotypes and reducing actual lived experiences to plot elements and tropes and (WITHOUT THOUGHT) sexual fetishes (people as objects, rather than parts of fully realized people as sexually exciting parts of fully realized people)?

The question I have, then, is: Why

are you writing that story


Because that story is already part of the dominant cultural narrative. That story has been told an awful lot.

[personal profile] telesilla: Ignorance!=Bliss
Being ignorant doesn't mean that you're of the people or that you're closer to some kind of folk wisdom ala Forest Gump or that you're somehow more innocent or better at keepin' it real.

To flaunt it as some kind of badge, to insist that meta discussions are elitist and that they harsh your squee strikes me as standing up and saying "I don't know shit about this and I don't care about what that says about me!"

[community profile] queer_bodies: Community Profile
This community is meant to celebrate the uniqueness of our bodies. Not being lumped into cultural expectations of beauty it can be difficult for some of us to find value in ourselves. The aim here is to make a comfortable place for queer people to see pictures of other queer people presented by our posters in the way they want to present themselves. We are welcoming to the exploration of our bodies.

Looks like a possibly interesting comm. At first I just watched it, assuming it was new and stuff would appear soon, but nothing did, so I went back to the userinfo and oh hey, the stats showed three locked posts. So I joined and saw there actually was some activity. Anyway, I sent the mod a PM advising an unlocked welcome post so people don't just assume it's an inactive comm.

Mimi-kun no Boy no Kisetsu
[personal profile] pulchritude pointed this faily manga out to me and I just wanted to warn others off it as well. It is a one-shot about a trans woman who falls in love with a gay guy and even though she says she has known she was a girl for twenty years and her only goal has been transition, she chucks it all to be with him. This could be a very interesting story if handled thoughtfully, but obviously if it were, it wouldn't be a happy story, but a very sad one. Here, though, it is presented as happy fluff. Because being trans is something you can just turn off at will because it interferes with the hot boysex. I am saddened, but totally not surprised that it has a high user rating. I am thankful I have not seen a story like this in fandom, but I am sure it's only a matter of time.
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Title: From 701 Goushitsu
Author: Fujisaki Kou
My Rating: 1/5

I used to read a lot by Fujisaki Kou and vaguely remembering her as being one of the better BL writers at the time, so I was curious what I would think of her now. She does rely really heavily on a lot of annoying BL tropes, especially physically (her semes are always really tall and muscular and older, the ukes are always short, thin, and younger, and she usually has one light-haired and one dark-haired, because God forbid the pairing both have the same color hair!), but one thing I do like about her stuff is that her ukes enjoy sex. Even if it's their first time and they're not sure about it or even think they'll hate it, they end up loving it right away, no crying and protesting.

As for this particular volume, I honestly wasn't that thrilled with the stories. There are four, focusing on two different pairs (which is her usual method, IIRC). The first two stories are about a guy who starts having sex with his brother's friend because he thinks the friend is after his brother. It turns out that the friend had a bet going that he could get this guy to sleep with him, so of course there are hurt feelings and angst and then finally they realise they both like each other and get together for real. It's a cliched plot and not one of my favorites, but over and above that, I really disliked the uke saying he could no longer get it up for anyone else because the seme had "made him this way". Ugh. Also the uke was rescued from a gangbang by the seme and then comforted with sex, which again, really cliched and not a favorite of mine.

I liked the second set of stories a little better, because while it was also a cliche, it's one I like: fuck buddies who start having feelings for each other. Unfortunately, I really didn't like the way it played out, so I still didn't enjoy it that much.

Title: Hadaka no Shougun!
Author: Fujisaki Kou
My Rating: 0.5/5

The first story is about two cousins competing to see who will take over as head of their family's ryokan. I wasn't that into the plot and one of the guys raped the other because he just lurved him so much and couldn't hold back! *eyeroll* At least the guy who got raped was angry, but of course in the end they still got together (and his anger seemed to be more about thinking the other guy just wanted him for sex rather than the fact that he'd been, you know, raped).

The second story is about a guy who puts an ad in a magazine for a sugar daddy and specifies no sex. I could totally get on board with this plot if it were written differently! I like the set up, but the execution, ugh. He thinks the guy who answers his ad is using him as a stand-in for his dead lover, because his friend saw this guy leaving flowers by their school everyday. But no, it turns out that the flowers were really for him, and this guy had a crush on him for years and never said anything. In fact, he'd been taking pictures and had a bunch of albums of stalkery photos. And of course this was presented as cute and romantic (though weird). Not only that, but he continued his stalkery ways once they were together!

I had downloaded two others that were new to me, but after reading these, I decided to skip them. My tolerance for BL is just not as high as it used to be.


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