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When We Were Three {12k}


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Forever Blonde {Baccano!}
This is a translation of Owari no Kakera, or, in English, Fragment of the End, one of the two official Persona 3 light novels (the other being Shadow Cry). As a disclaimer, I don't pretend to be a professional translator. My Japanese is pretty basic, and above all, this is translation practice for me, and its main goal isn't perfection (though I'm trying to be accurate) so much as to create a serviceable translation so that people who don't have access to the novel or understand the Japanese language can read it. So this translation is probably imperfect, and others could probably do better.

This book mainly revolves around Akihiko, though Mitsuru, Shinjiro, and (to a lesser extent) Yukari also play a pretty hefty role.

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25th-Jan-2012 08:52 pm - LEDE — Part II — Incomplete
Wind {Homestuck}
Title: LEDE
Fandom: Homestuck
Chapter: Part II: Life
Rating: PG-13. Same language warnings as before apply.
Alt Links:: You can also read the chapter here at AO3.
Previous Chapters: Part I: Time
Notes: Well. I apparently can't estimate the number of chapters there are going to be in a story unless I have a firm outline in hand. So yeah, this isn't exactly out of two anymore. Probably eight if my outline goes as planned.
Summary: You were never supposed to remember. That's not how the game was supposed to work. The scratch is called a hard reset for a reason. It means starting over from square one with a clean slate. Memories don’t come with the package, but you guess the game made some kind of special exception for you, because you remember. You remember everything, and you don’t know what to think.

Except that something must have gone terribly wrong.

(You chase the meteor like it's a falling star.)
1st-Jan-2012 09:29 pm - LEDE | Part 1 | Homestuck Fanfic
LOHAC {Homestuck}
Title: LEDE
Chapter: Part 1 of 8
Series: Homestuck
Outside Links: AO3 | FF.net.
Prompt: Written as a fill for this prompt.
Characters: Scratched Alpha!Dave (with memories), Alpha Guardians, Dave, Davesprite, Jade, John, Rose, Bro, D??? Strider.
Rating: PG-13, assuming you're all ready used to Dave's particular brand of language. Otherwise, there's nothing to warn for.
Summary: You were never supposed to remember. That's not how the game worked. The scratch is called a hard reset for a reason. It means starting over from square one with a clean slate. Memories don’t come with the package, but you guess the game made some kind of special exception for you, because you remember. You remember everything, and you don’t know what to think.

Except that something must have gone terribly wrong.

(It takes only seconds.)
12th-Mar-2011 03:03 pm - Help Japan
Oh My Dog {Okami}


I'm sure all of you by now have heard about the terrible earthquake/tsunami that happened in Japan. I know not everyone has the time/means to donate money or anything else, but for those of you who are able/interested, help_japan  is organizing a fundraiser/auction/exchange to help raise some funds for Japan. This includes auctioning writing, art, fanvids, music, etc. Basically, it's whatever you can think of. And yes, any type of fanwork is included. 

So, if you're interested, auctions/exchanges start Monday, March 14th.
4th-Mar-2011 10:57 pm - Video Game Meme - Day 5 & 6
The Art of Evasive Action {DOGS}
Day 5 - Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

I can't honestly think of one either way. Sure, there might be some traits characters possess that I wouldn't mind having, but on the whole, there isn't a specific character that I really would want to be/am like. Though gaining praise while running around slaying demons in a wolven incarnation of the Japanese sun goddess sounds pretty fun.

Day 6 - Most annoying character.

It generally takes a lot for a character to really grind on my nerves, so the characters that the majority of people hate I usually tolerate  just fine. Still, I can think of a couple characters that have really annoyed me over the years. First was probably Tingle from Majora's Mask. He was creepy, stupid, and I just wanted to punt him. I also really, really disliked Meryl Silverburg from the first Metal Gear Solid. I found her to be really shallow and just... annoying in most of the scenes she was in more often than not. Granted, she fully redeemed herself in Metal Gear Solid 4. She's actually one of my favorite characters in Metal Gear Solid now, having gained cool-points and a spine in the fourth game, finally turning into someone actually respectable.

However, the girl that really, really takes the cake of "most annoying character ever" would probably be Shirley Fennes from Tales of Legendia. This beautiful little rosebud is probably the most universally hated character amongst the English-speaking Tales fandom. The entire game more or less consists of chasing her around because she gets kidnapped—or seemingly allows herself to be kidnapped, even better—so many times you almost lose count. There really is no point to the plot for the first 2/3 of the game, because it's just "save Shirley," rinse and repeat. I'd probably be okay with it if she were actually likable, but she's not. She's really whiny. Her character was also very selfish.  Anyway, in the end, she basically tries to commit genocide because dear Senel—whom had been in love with Shirley's (dead) sister previously, and now was taking care of Shirley as a "sister"—had the gall to reject her the first time around.

Yeah, that really is world-ending. Senel doesn't love me back! Might as well kill everyone off!

Funny that I still quite enjoyed the game, despite it being a subpar RPG. Hmn.

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2nd-Mar-2011 12:40 am - Video Game Meme - Day 4
I <3 u 2 {Pokémon}
Day 4 - Your guilty pleasure game.
Soooo yeah, basically anything that starts with "P" and ends in "mon." They will always be my guilty pleasure games until the day I die. I even have a particular fondness for the Pokémon game spin-offs. I love(d) Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64 back in the day; it's the Bejeweled-type game I could play forever. The Pokémon Trading Card game for GBC was rad and I can recall wanting a sequel to it for years after. Heck, I think I still do. Hey You, Pikachu!, meanwhile, will never not be able to make me laugh in childish glee. Watching the rodent ransack the player's bedroom with Kleenex before smacking headfirst into the nearest glass door was only the best thing ever. I'd ignore Pikachu on purpose just to see what s/he'd throw at me next.

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1st-Mar-2011 12:46 am - Video Game Meme - Day 3
Dot Dot Dot {D.Gray-Man}
Day 3 - A game that is underrated.

To be quite honest, the games I normally play I don't really consider underrated. "Obscure" would be the term I would preferably use. Even so, I guess if i were to pick one, it'd probably be the game I got for $5.00 over Christmas. And I bet most of you have never heard of it.



Never heard of it? Thought so. It's a DS RPG made by an obscure independent Canadian company, and it was pretty obvious this they were operating on a tight budget and/or with a severe lack of actual staff—the ending especially seemed to show this, as it seemed like they had to quickly put it together. The game deserved more attention than it got. I bought it on a whim, despite some pretty negative reviews that made it seem like whatever redeeming qualities it did have, it still did not make it a worthy purchase.

I disagree.

I actually quite enjoyed the game despite its numerous faults. (And yes, there were many.) The things you'll read in the reviews are more or less true at their foundation. The random battle frequency is astounding and quite annoying at first. You can't go three to five steps without hitting a random battle. The good thing is that it gets better once you level. Then you can dispatch monsters in a more timely manner. But the best solution to this problem is to borrow your dear brother's an action replay and turn off the random battles and set the experience gain to high, which I did three-fourths of the way through after I discovered the method. Then you can fight when you want. Even so, I could have made it through the game even with the damn ridiculous encounter rate. Also, while the writing in itself was fine, their proofreaders deserve to be shot, and all the extraneous exclamation points in the script shoved down their throats. Hell, they can't grasp the basic use of a comma before a direct address. It made their serviceable script look unprofessional. Kind of like putting an average, if thoughtful, gift in a plastic bag and calling it wrapping paper.

However, I thought  the reviews tended to grade the game too harshly. It had a lot of faults, and it's certainly not going to win any awards, but it really was an enjoyable game, and the creators did try. The graphics were great for what style it was going for, and the main characters were actually quite likable, or at least guaranteed not to chew on your nerves. (The secret characters did get shafted a bit though.) Kairu wasn't your emo protagonist. Crap happened to him that normal MCs would moan about, but he really didn't complain or whine. Aurora and Nephi were also great characters. Aurora was never an annoying female and she didn't feel flat at all. She also wasn't ditsy or naive. She could take care of herself, was independent, yet obviously cared for her friends and family. And no, she wasn't a "tsundere." They're over-the-top. Aurora was balanced and seemed like a realistic character.  Nephi, meanwhile, was also balanced, enigmatic, and just fun to watch all around when he wasn't off ditching the party and doing whatever the hell he wanted to do.

Sooo while this isn't a spectacular game by any means, it was a fun RPG that I actually quite enjoyed playing despite its numerous faults, and I feel it's underrated.


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27th-Feb-2011 06:17 pm - Video Game Meme - Day 2
The Pleasure is Mine {FF XII}
Day 2 - Your favorite character.

I have a lot of characters I really like in video games, and I tend to have a really hard time picking favorites. However, as I thought about it some more, my mind finally settled on one in particular. It's this little guy right here. Or, alternatively, just see my current icon.  He is, for those of you who don't know, Larsa Solidor from Final Fantasy XII.

At first, I thought he was a girl. Once that assumption was dispelled a few minutes after his introduction, I thought he was just a very short teenage guy, only to find out later he was little but a twelve-year-old boy. No, he doesn't really act like it. He's a lot more mature than the actual teenage characters in the game in fact. As for why I like him—I think it's because of his personality. He's just a really cute kid. He has a very kind, noble nature, and he's not naive, per se, but he still believes in the best in people. He's very idealistic and nonjudgmental, and treats everyone equally. ...Which is saying something, considering he has to deal with Ashe on a continual basis, not to mention Vaan, who's a complete and utter moron. I also admired his steadfastness, and his willingness to go down the path he thought was best, even though it meant going against his older brother whom he sincerely admired.

Tl;dr: Larsa is awesome, and had Vayne succeeded in dominating Dalmasca and bringing it under Arcadian rule, I believe Larsa would have made a better ruler over it than Ashe.
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