Jan. 25th, 2015

flesheatingammonite: (Kohaku)
It's true, I can't.

Today was my *very first* day of work ever! I'm pretty pumped. I go back in Sunday to finish up my training, and hopefully from there I can get a regular schedule. The little dollar store I'll be working at is getting a new manager so things were a little hectic! The office only has one computer, so I ended up in a weird kind of roulette the minute I got my login info sorted out. Shuffleing on and off from my training vids between other employees counting cash, the manager and manager-to-be handling other applications and manager stuff. Didn't help that I ended up watching a bunch of unnecessary training vids that didn't apply to my position by accident, but still, I'll have them all wrapped up tomorrow and I think the assistant manager likes me!

It's a little stressful and frustrating not being able to get myself read properly, but I really don't want to shoot myself in the foot, most of the people working there who aren't five years younger than me are all at least ten or twenty years older than me, so I've resigned myself to a fate of being closeted while in the work place like other folks like myself I suppose. Oh well, everything in due time.

Oh right! While I promised myself last time that I would go write some kind of review series on Wish, I sort of ended up writing a ton of fan-fiction instead, woops! Most of it turned out to be crossovers with Legal Drug/Drug and Drop anyways, but I really can't help it, I'm just so excited about the recent developments in Drug and Drop ever since I've caught up with the chapters! Maybe I'll post some of the fic later tomorrow, we'll see!

I've kind of been on a huge CLAMP-binge lately. Ever since picking up the Kobato anime this past december I've been picking up on lots of CLAMP titles I'd been holding back on or been unable to read or watch for whatever reason. Generally, the hey-day of my interest in CLAMP works was back when I was a huge weeb in junior high and completely addicted to Tokyopop's releases. Of them, I mostly picked up their books in thrift shops and second hand book stores, it was probably this by-chance purchasing that I ended up falling so hard for the works of their that promoted Nekoi's artwork most heavily.

Like any good collaboration, it's often hard to tell which member has done what part, even with notes on their production style, lists of who has what role or job most commonly, CLAMP's manga always feel very solid and seamless in the end, or at least I like to think so. Every work looks unique and has a slight or extreme variation of CLAMP's combined artistic talent giving any given series a rather unique look unto itself. However, Nekoi has always stood out in my mind, maybe it's the characters and stories attached to her art, or how her emphasized touch has made them differ from the rich dark details of say... Chobits versus the airy and definitive look of Cardcaptor Sakura.

Either way, I've gotten my hands on a lot more of their works since my last post and I'm practically vibrating with excitement. So far I've:

Caught up on Drug and Drop, read through all of Clover, finished the xxxHOLiC anime's first season a la Funimation's youtube channel (Thank you so much Funi, your free to watch subs and dubs have sold me at least five series I would have over looked before!) ended up finding it pretty cheap on ebay the next day, and sumarrily I bought it because I wanted to check out the full dub. Yuuko's voice actress does a wonderful and enchanting job and Watanuki is too cute in English. In addition to that I managed to buy the first half of Del Ray's release of Tsubasa off my ex who never really read them any ways for super cheap. I also picked up the first to volumes of Kobato while I bought school books for my history class!

2015 is basically the year I swoop in and try to pick up every CLAMP title for dirt cheap. It seems I've waited just long enough for it too, depending on where I look I can find books for almost 1/4th of the original sales price! Aside from hunting down the last 14 volumes of Tsubasa, I'm planning on getting the new re-released Omnibus for Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Clover, Legal Drug, and hopefully xxxHolic!

I feel kind of weird only just now jumping on the crazy train that is CLAMP's most ambitious and hotly debated project to date: The big ole Tsubasa/Holic clusterfuck. I'm miraculously unspoiled for both series, and have never known enough to join the conversation, but the idea of it has always intrigued me, especially since I've been trying to "piece together" the CLAMP multiverse for years now ever since I noticed the little cross overs and cameos from series to series! I've already blitzed through 13 of the Tsubasa books, maybe after 'll go back and re-read them again more slowly and write some of my thoughts on it.

And lastly in my giant CLAMP spree: I've located not one, not two, but THREE WISH RELATED CD's! Haha I was honestly looking to find a cheaper version of the Wish Artbook, since I don't own any of CLAMP's art books (for shame!) I figured I might as well start with the one concerning the series most closest and dearest to my heart, right? It's pretty damned expensive on Ebay and I'd really love to have it, but I'd also really love not to spend that much money all in one place, you know? The only reason I've even spent so much in the last month has been because of all the amazing deals I've been finding.

Seriously, I got two history-related comics for class, (Maus and Trinity for anyone interested!) and added like five manga to the cart ranging from the price of shipping to two bucks plus shipping. Add in my college student discount and I got about seven books for less than $30!

So, what did I find while snooping around Amazon Japan? Sadly, no art book, but three Wish albums!

One is a single produced by Ali Project, the lovely band responsible for the music used in the Wish music video from 1997 (incidentally they've been responsible for the openings and endings to a NUMBER of anime series these days). Another looks like something of a "sound track" that would be used in an anime production. Once again my heart breaks in knowing that things look like they were so close to getting an anime for this manga but instead settled for everything but producing actual episodes! It's a beautiful looking CD with a hefty 20-somthing tracks on it.

Lastly, for anyone who knows me, I love Japanese anime CD Dramas. It all started with the Pokemon CD Dramas a million years ago when I walked among the dinosaurs, and to this day I've downloaded, hunted down and moonlighted as a quality checker for Drama translation projects for a few years now. So now that I've found a Wish CD drama I've been kind of freaking out.


Freaking out so hard.

You guys don't even know.

So I've ordered the latter two albums, the drama and the "sound track"! Sadly I couldn't find a version of the little Ali Project EP that shipped to the states but I'm detirmined to find a way around that. I must have it. Wish feels so obscure here in the states, so I'm incredibly surprised to see that it even has CD's let alone a DRAMA CD in Japan! I guess it did somewhat better than I thought! |3

When I get them in I'll throw up a track list and samples and probably rabble on about it forever and ever.

Well that's all for tonight, oh yeah, I guess I'm babysitting mom's dog this week, so it's been pretty nice having her around, she's a brat and a huge pan in the butt, but it's really nice to have a dog in the house. My mousie, Hoodabie is great but there's nothing like having a dog of any size to just goof off with. :D

flesheatingammonite: (Wish)
Like I promised, one of the few Wish themed fanfics I managed to pump out last week! I really enjoyed how this turned out!

Contains spoilers up to the most recent (as of writing this) chapter of Drug & Drop, and allusions to the ending of Wish. If you're behind on or have not read either of these I suggest you skip this one or get crackalackin on some manga, they're good reads I assure you!

Title: Age Before Beauty* Special thanks to my cousin Krystal for the title! You're the best cuz!
Fandom: Wish/Drug & Drop (AKA Legal Drug)
Pairing: Hisui/Kokuyo, by extension Kakei/Saiga because.
Word Count: 2,688
Rating/Warnings: G, look out for The Son Of Satan being a total tsundere!
~ A certain couple who run a drugstore reminisce on the subject of change and how experiencing it as mortals has effected them. Set during the “Legal Drug” portion of Drug and Drop, right in the middle of volume two, prior to Kazahaya and Rikuo’s return with the cat.

Not at all a thinly veiled excuse to write ageing fluff. )

And now for some notes I guess!
Sometimes I put a little too much thought into things... )

I've still got tons more ideas for writing, hopefully I can get a few more stories out! X3


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