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I've been meaning to post these pics for over a week now. My brother and one of my friends ([livejournal.com profile] demonalchemist9) and I did an Avatar cosplay group at Megacon weekend before last, and I thought the Avatar fans on my flist might enjoy seeing them. My bro and I dressed as Sokka and Katara (both costumes made by me, with a little help from [livejournal.com profile] demonalchemist9 and [livejournal.com profile] nessabutterfly), and [livejournal.com profile] demonalchemist9 dressed as Toph.

Avatar cosplay at Megacon 2009 )

And here are a few other pics of me and my friends at Megacon:

More Megacon 2009 )

Also, we finally got access to pictures form a photo shoot we did at JACON last year done by Wasabi Anime. The photographer was fantastic, and these turned out to be some of my favorite cosplay pictures I've ever had taken:

Risa Harada from DN Angel )

Rozen Maiden )

Sailor Moon )

Also, some quick notes about my Avatar re-watch posts and Furuba chapter discussions:

I have not forgotten my Avatar re-watch posts! I've been very busy, and it's sort of ended up on the back burner, but I have another post 90% done and should be posting in the next few days, and I do plan to finish up the rest of the series (and the season 3 bonus features).

Also, I wanted to let my friends from RandomFandom.com know that I've pretty much given up on the Furuba chapter discussions. However, when I finish my Avatar re-watch, I do plan to make similar Furuba chapter reaction posts on my own LJ (picking up where we left off, with "Sorta Cinderella"), and I hope that the Furuba fans on my flist will read them and leave comments, so in some way the discussion will go on. I just don't see the point in continuing at RF.com anymore, when it seems like no one besides me and [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi and maybe one or two other sporadic visitors was even reading the threads, much less commenting.

Joie
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Chapter 86: In which Yuki makes up his mind

Yuki continues to explain his feelings for Tohru to Manabe. He says that he ached for maternal love, and that was exactly what Tohru's behavior provided. But he also realized that she was a girl he could be attracted to. Confused, he tried to hide the maternal need and act on the attraction instead. But now he realizes that it isn't like that between him and Tohru…

We've already talked a bit about the "mother" revelation and how it fits into the story. This chapter explains it further; also, this is the chapter where the apparently romantic Tohru/Yuki interactions are undercut. Does this explanation ring true to you? Does it seem adequate to dismiss a Tohru/Yuki romance?


(Follow the fake cut for more!)

We still need volunteers to post several of the remaining threads for vol. 15-16, so if you're interested, please go sign up!

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Joie
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I've really fallen behind on the chapter discussion links, so here's a round-up of the last three threads. Instead of quoting the opening posts on these three threads (which were all great), I've decided this time to quote from my own replies because I'm narcissistic like that since this post is not so much an announcement as a recap of some slightly older threads (and since this is my own journal, after all). Honestly, I'm mainly hoping to provoke a response from the "real life" Furuba fans on my flist. COME ON, BAKA ROSIANS!

Chapter 83: In this chapter, Yuki comes to an important realization about his feelings towards Tohru…

5. What are your thoughts on Yuki’s revelation at the end of the chapter? Did you see it coming?

I can't remember if I suspected what was behind his feelings for Tohru or not. The interesting thing is, I've heard a fair bit of criticism of using this technique to resolve a love triangle: explaining one person's feelings for the other as being like a familial relationship. But I really think it works in this case, because Yuki's need for a mother is so much more powerful than his need for a love interest, and the way it's gradually built up and then finally explained in this and the next two chapters is very believable. It just fits his character arc so well. Rather than being a cop out to just get rid of one side of a love triangle and seal the deal between the other two characters, this revelation is an important part of the story in its own right. And goodness knows having Yuki "out of the way" is hardly enough to seal the deal for Tohru and Kyo anyway.


(Follow the fake cut to read the discussion and answer questions!) (Spoiler version here.)

Chapter 84: In this chapter, we get a glimpse of some of the pivotal events of Yuki’s past, and we see a complex web of relationships being sown.

6. Many of the other Juunishi think of the Rat as an exalted being, but we see in this chapter how horribly bleak Yuki’s life is. Do you have any thoughts on this contrast?

Yeah, I remember feeling a sort of emotional shock in these chapters, similar to what I felt at the beginning of the last vol. with the Rin flashbacks. With two volumes in a row having such sad openings, I remember feeling like the once peppy and fairly comical series was becoming quite dark and serious. I don't mean that as a criticism in the least. I've always felt that the best stories have to go through some deep valleys before they can achieve the sort of mountain heights that will win my heart. I'm a big fan of eucatastrophe. So I liked the way the series was going, but it caught me a little off-guard in a lot of ways.

Anyway, I think it's ironic that Yuki's supposedly charmed life—according to Kyo, especially—was so sad, and that Kyo himself had dealt Yuki a pretty rough blow when he was already down. Mind you, I was very annoyed to find a group of Yukiru supporters saying as much on another forum. Heh. They did sort of have a point, though, that in some ways, Kyo suffered less than Yuki (and some of the other "legit" 12shi, too). But no, it isn't that he suffered less; rather, he received more comfort from his suffering than most of the others did.


(Follow the fake cut to read the discussion and answer questions!) (Spoiler version, which contains the quote above, here.)

Chapter 85: In this chapter we finally hear the whole story of Tohru’s encounter with the “red hat boy”; and Yuki comes to some important realizations about life in general, and his life in particular.

6.Why do you think that Yuki gives Tohru the hat?

Mainly, because he wanted to congratulate her for making it home. But I also think deep down he knew that he couldn't return it to Kyo, so he was doing what seemed to be the most noble alternative to simply keeping it himself: giving it to a little girl who had made quite an impression on him. In terms of the story, of course he had to leave it with Tohru in order to catalyze later events.

8.The theme of darkness vs. light seems very prevalent in this chapter. Discuss if you wish.

I love the poetic language that comes up in the narrative in this chapter: "The world is more than darkness. It isn't only black." I just like the ring of those lines. It's also striking to me that Yuki describes the world using the darkness and light metaphor in a way that shows that he clearly believes it is more darkness than light. Yet, he chooses to focus on the light, small though it may be.


(Follow the fake cut to read the discussion and answer questions!) (Spoiler version here.)

Also, we still have several chapters available for vol. 15-16, so if you're interested, please go sign up!

<3
Joie
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[livejournal.com profile] ginnytoo has posted a new discussion thread at RandomFandom.com. Thanks for starting the new thread, mom!

Chapter 81: In which the School Defense Force returns!

As Yuki and Kakeru approach the student council room, Kakeru is excited to hear there is a disturbance taking place inside. He thinks this is an opportunity for the “school defense force” to spring heroically into action against “the enemy.” However, upon opening the door, they see that the only person in the room is Machi, inexplicably trashing the room as she did once before in an earlier chapter…What do you think about Machi’s rampages?

(Follow the fake cut for more discussion!)

A new schedule for volumes 15 and 16 will be posted soon, and we will need people to sign up for the next round of chapter threads, so please stay tuned!

<3

Joie
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Chapter 80: In which a wall comes down.

Rin wakes up after her collapse at Shigure's house to find Tohru caring for her and Hatori waiting to take her to the hospital. She refuses to go, and when she nearly jumps out a window to get away, Shigure and Hatori decide to let her stay where she is for another day or so…I remember being very startled when Tohru fights back during her argument with Rin, esp. since they hardly know each other. Very un-Tohru-like, as is Tohru's moment of intuition that Rin is also trying to break the curse. Unlikely friends, but they already seem to have some gut level understanding of each other. What do you think?

(Follow the fake cut for more discussion!)

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Joie
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Chapter 79: In which more history comes to light

Rin continues to remember/dream about her past, beginning with her memories of what it was like living with her parents after they turned on her. We see that one day it was finally too much for her: she remembers collapsing in the street and being hospitalized after Haru finds her and calls Kazuma to help…Kazuma continues to be a contender for the Best Parent Ever award. This is his first meeting with Rin, and I think it raises the question of what their relationship was like in the years between this meeting and the scene in volume 12 where she storms into his house and chews him out for talking to Tohru (which wouldn't have been her intention when she went there, since she ran into Tohru on her way in). Later volumes give us more hints, but what's your impression at this point?

(Follow the fake cut for more discussion!)

Also, I'm still seeking a volunteer to start the discussion for Chapter 83 (July 28th). Please leave a comment if you would like to sign up for it!

<3

Joie
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Chapter 77: In which Yuki WILL NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN!

This chapter is Yuki-centric. It starts out with another brief flashback where Yuki asks the two younger council members, Machi and Nao, if they'd like souvenirs from the school trip. Both say no. Yuki thinks that his fellow council members are unique….Manabe is always asking questions about Tohru, prodding at Yuki. What do you think he's trying to get Yuki to do?

(Furuba fans, please follow the fake cut to read the full post and make a reply!)

Also, I'm still looking for a volunteer to post the thread for Chapter 83 (July 28th). Anyone interested?

<3

Joie
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To my Furuba friends: chapter discussions are back (after a bit of a hiatus) on a new bi-weekly schedule. I posted the new thread for Chapter 74 today. Also, I've been adding replies to ch. 69-71 over the last couple of days, with more to come on ch. 72-73. I hope some of you will return to the discussion--or join in for the first time, if you haven't been part of it before.

Tomorrow I'm going to start pimping it a couple places, including two LJ comms ([livejournal.com profile] fruits_basket and [livejournal.com profile] fb_spoilerland), and possibly the Rosetta Stone mailing list and a couple of other message boards. Any help in advertising the discussion to other fans would be appreciated.

Also, several chapters, including the next one, are still up for grabs.

Joie

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