Friggin' mid-point reviews...Had to gather a portfolio together and give it to the head of illustration. Wish me luck. I'ma need it....

I should be doing homework, but I'm taking a break damnit.

Also! It turns out that one of my coworkers liketh the animu! That's right! And she knows of the latest stuff too, like Claymore and Loveless. It seems that she likes bishounen...a lot. She wants me to draw one for her. I jokingly asked for $10. She's like "OK! I know you're a staving art student." Not one to argue too much with getting moneys, I accepted. HOORAY FOR COMMISSIONS!

Kay, so I owe [profile] rhap_chan answers to this meme:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Animal Cops: One of the more entertaining shows on the Animal Planet network. It is what it sounds like: the mis-adventures of various animal control officers. One of my favorite seasons was the one in Miami 'cause of the crazy crocodile wrangler they had. :)

Asteroid Senshi:
The fan-name for the Sailor Quartet who is, in turn, the 'true' forms of the Amazon Quartet. Hmm, to put it simply, bad girls who were originally good, turned good again. Oh the wonderful world of Sailor Moon. Never change. The girls in this quartet are: Pallas, Ceres, Vesta and Juno. They are cool-looking and awesome. The end.

Black Cat:
While black cats in general are cute and awesome and slightly scary, I'm referring to the anime/manga called Black Cat. It's about an assassin-turned-bounty hunter with a Deep Dark Past who gets over his bloodlust. The anime suffers twhat many anime do: it has a bad/odd ending and the manga is better. It started out so good too! D:

Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose:
A hentai parody of Sailor Moon. Seriously. That's it. However, it's only had one OVA out and an anime that cut out all of the sexual attacks. ...The character designs are cool. Why yes I do look at Playboy for the articles. :|

Oban Star-Racers:
A French-Japan cartoon about a girl named Eva who likes to race. She has a Tragic Loved One (yay for random capitalization) in the form of her mother and a father who abandoned her because he's an idiot because he thought he wouldn't be a good enough parent for her. But she had been waiting for him as he continued to manage racing teams. Eventually, Eva (who calls herself Molly to
fool her stupid dad) ends up hitch-hiking on to the ship that was taking her dad away to an intergalactic race. Yep. It's that awesome. The ending though...I'd say it suffers the same thing Black Cat did, only not as bad. Still give it a shot.

Othello (the manga):
One of the best parodies of the shoujo genre EVAR. You've got the girl who has crappy 'friends' and has a crushed childhood dream. There's the split-personality issue throughout the whole thing that gets properly resolved. There's the 'bad' boy love interest. AND IT'S ALL HUCKING FILARIOUS. It never really takes itself too seriously, which honestly, kills a lot of stories out there.

Sukisyo:
HEY IT'S LIKE STAY NIGHT FOR GURLS HUR HUR. This anime was based off of a hardcore yaoi game/novels. It actually is a good story on its own, without much sex in the show at all. A slice-of-life with a dash of sci-fi weirdness in it, it does what Gravitation could never do: stay CONSISTENT with the story's mood. That's a rant for another day. 

Ooh! Ohh! I wanna do this meme! Step up folks!

Pick as many fictional characters as you want from a anime/manga/book/video game/etc. I know and I'll answer the following questions to the best of my abilities.

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?


From: [identity profile] rhap-chan.livejournal.com


You're making me interested in your interests, lol.

Characters:
CCS: Kero
CCS: Clow
CCS: Meiling

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

KERO


1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE KERO. HE'S SO MANLY~ *fangrrl sigh* Anyway, I like Kero because he's good at knowing when things need to be serious and when to have fun. His connection with Sakura is absolutely perfect given both of their characterizations. I also like the fact that he likes video games and is easily distracted by sweets.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- I'd say so since without him the story wouldn't have progressed much at all.

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- Another thing to like about Kero: the way he copes with Clow's 'death'. He's saddened, but he moves on. He gets angry at the whole Eriol-is-kinda-Clow thing but he understands why Clow did what he did. That's how I would have dealt with the situation if I were in Kero's...er...fur? OH SNAP, FURRY! LOLZ

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- ...Not much. Sorry, CCS fandom, but I'm very verrrry disappointed in you. D:<

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- No romance really. It's platonic not just 'cause he's a giant lion-wolf thing but I just can't see him with anybody at this time. I like the dynamic he has with Suppi, the whole annoyance thing going on. Likewise, with Yue, only that it's more brotherly. His relationship with Sakura is adorable-overprotective love. For her, he's like a young uncle who shows her the ropes...to me at least. XD

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- As much I like how Kero gets over Clow's well-meaning deception, I would have liked to see more of his feelings on the subject and not just Yue's.

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- He'd probably annoy me at first, but eventually get me to like him via letting me borrow some games for my DS lite. XD Seriously though, we'd become acquaintances at least.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- He'd be in the top 30 of my favorites. :) Sorry Kero, but I have so many fav. characters.

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- I warn those who dislike 'genki' characters but I'd mention him to people who like those types.

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- Like I said, I'm very disappointed in you, CCS fandom. Very.


From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

Clow


1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- He annoys me, I'm sad to say. I don't hate him but the plans he had to make and the way he when about them bother me for some reason.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- Nope :B...lolz. Of course he is. Without him, there's be no CCS manga/anime.

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- I think one of the reasons why he bothers me so much is that...I would probably have done the same thing. I would have tried to get through to Yue, though, so he wouldn't have been so heartbroken but in the end you just can't calculate living-being's hearts.

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- ... D:< Next question.

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- I kinda ship him with Yuuko (from xxxHolic for the newbs) but other than her, no other pairings.

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- One of the interesting things about Clow is the mystery that surrounds him. Even though it's one of the reason he annoys me, I wouldn't change a thing. A backstory still would have been nice, CLAMP. D:

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- I'd respect him, but not like him very much. From a far, because he'd totally be one of those popular people that I don't get.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- He'd be in the list of characters-I-don't-know-what-to-make-of. There's more on that list than you'd think.

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- Eh. For Clow, I'd let people figure it out on their own. It was a bit of a surprise for me so...

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- *sigh* Well in some circles, he is. It's just that those circles are so small.

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

Meilin~


(Keep in mind the fact that I watched all of the god-awful English version and only some of the original. I've seen enough of the latter to make up my mind...kinda like filling in the blanks.)

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- At first she annoyed me, then slowly I grew attached to her. Meilin made the later part of the first season fun! As much as I hate love triangles, she made it interesting. I can't imagine the anime going on for the rest of that season without her. She gave it a freshness that following the manga exactly couldn't have. Sakura needed a real foil, someone other than Shaoran who was difficult to get along with. She got it in Meilin. I love that she was so over-protective of Shaoran and, eventually, of Sakura too. ...whoa. That got long.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- As much as I like her, nope. Meilin was a good add-on for the show to stay lively but she doesn't push the plot along all that much.

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- I can relate to her protectiveness and the whole unrequited love she deals with.

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- *insert disappointment here* ______.

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- I've been getting re-interested in Tomoyo/Meilin and I used to read a couple of Meilin/Sakura fics back in the day. Truthfully, Meilin may have been Sakura's foil but she was more of Tomoyo's. Opposites in every way and I like 'opposites attract' pairings so it intrigues me. The one thing that keeps me from shipping it is that it feels too much like a rebound. (However,
I have to consider that with the way both girls loved their unrequited love interests, any coupling after seems like a rebound to me.) And I forget (it's been years since I've seen either version of the anime) did she and Kero get along? That would be the best friendship EVAR.

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- Well, I would have given her more character development outside of Shaoran and Sakura's effect on her. Come on, they had like 2 seasons with her in them. We could have gotten more than one backstory and a couple of centric episodes. We know more about Rika and Terada's relationship (in the manga) than we know about Meilin's thoughts outside of Shaoran. And speaking of the manga, yes CLAMP I'd like a ministory (during or after the story) with her in it. (If you know of any fanfic that does it, let me know~)

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- She'd be that girl that comes into the room all cheery and I couldn't help but feel happy too. We don't have much in common though so unless I start up martial arts or/and she turns out to like cartoons, we'd only be passing acquaintances.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- She's in the top 30 favorites too. :D

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- Same as Kero.

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- *sigh again* She's probably one of the most bashed characters other than Kaho and (sometimes) Shaoran. It's easy to see why people might hate her at first, given the horrible voice actress they gave her in the English dub...and how horrible the dub was. Then there's the belief that she's in the way of their OTP~ Boo-fricking-hoo. She gets over it, people! Geez. Finally, she is a 'genki' type. Some folks just don't like those characters. *hunches shoulders*

From: [identity profile] rhap-chan.livejournal.com

Re: Meilin~


I love Tomoyo/Meiling... even if it is, as you said, quite dysfunctional. I've never read any Meiling/Sakura fics, though... you've piqued my interest!

Meiling got along with Kero about as well as Syaoran did... which is to say, not incredibly good, but I can see them becoming friends a lot easier than I can see Kero and Syaoran calling truce. ^_^

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

Re: Meilin~


Yeah, a couple of years ago there were a couple of Meilin/Sakura fics on shoujoai.com. And by 'a couple', I do mean about two fics. They were actually pretty good!

Now that I recall, yeah, she and Kero didn't get along. However, she's such a sunny character herself, I could see them eventually becoming friends. Some bonding fic of those two would be awesome~

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

*Kimiko*


1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- One of my favorite characters in this show! <3 She's so obviously 'The Girl' (Must. Stop. Random Capitals. Too. Much. TVtropes.com!) in XS, but I usually end up liking those tough girl characters anyways. She's such a great older sister-like person for Omi. Also, she kicks butt with style~

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- Indeed. She is one of the main characters.

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- I like Kimiko a lot, but she (and Clay) got the end of the characterization stick. I do, however, feel very much for her being surrounded by a bunch of boys. XD

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- The fandom is either dead, obsessed with who she's dating, or dead. I liked its former madness before it died, but I stayed out of it.

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- Nope! Not really anyways. Her with Rai solves a lot of UST. I like the thought of her dating outside the temple, as rocky as long distance relationships are. Keiko/Kimiko anyone? :D

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- MOAR KIMIKO-CENTRIC EPISODES. You know, that DON'T have to do with her being the only girl. I'm glad, however, that they didn't make her turn go to the dark side (I'm not counting Sibini or however it's spelt). I'd also force the animators to make up their minds of WHETHER SHE'S WEARING WHITE TIGHTS UNDER HER ROBES OR NOT. And she would. This ain't anime, people. No upshots for you! D:

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- Hmm...she's so fashion-wise though and I couldn't give a care about fashion. On the other hand, she's obviously an anime fan so we could probably get along. We'd cosplay together and stuff.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- In the top 30 favorites~

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- I'd totally hype her up. "Hey look, it's a girl! Who's power is fire! And she enjoys it! ...no not Rei from Sailor Moon. Kimiko from Xiaolin Showdown, a WB cartoon! ...H-hey, don't walk away!"

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- Yep! She is the only girl amongst a bunch of guy monks. She's reeeal popular with the fandom. hurhur. Outside of pairings, she does have a pretty good fanbase and only a couple of haters.

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

Corni~


1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- Though she's not my favorite in the group (Irma is), I like her enough. She's dependable, cool, and self-assure...most of the time. However, she's so sensitive, or maybe, touchy in both the cartoon and comic. It seems to be easy to get on her nerves (or Irma's just that good at it! lolz!) or even hurt her feelings a bit. At the same time, she's very distant. It's an interesting combo.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- Yes, she sure is. To some people, the first season made her seem too important. I disagree though. :p

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- Not really. I get the whole annoyed older sister, though.

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- I like it but it's a fairly quiet one. But geez, if you bring up the cartoon, people act like it's the second coming of Cardcaptors. It wasn't that bad!

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- W.I.T.C.H is one of those shows that I ship almost everyone with everyone. Her relationship with Caleb bored me in both versions. A pairing with Elyon and her is rather cute though. ;D

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- Naw. She's fine as she is.

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- She's another fashion-y type character. We'd probably never come in contact that often.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- Eh. Top 50 favorites.

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- Sure! I'd rec the whole damn show while I'm at it!

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- Uh huh! In fact, I think she's one of the most liked of the group.

From: [identity profile] abyss-of-colors.livejournal.com

Mako-chan!


1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.
- YAAAY! I loves the Makoto! She's so strong in various ways, yet so insecure. She's so nice to random people, giving them some food. If she were real, I'd give her a great big hug!

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
- I can't see the first three senshi progressing very far without her. She's the one with the strongest attacks in the Inners. Very needed with youma on the run.

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?
- Kinda, with the loneliness in particular. Not at all with the whole 'Sempai' issue. XD

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
- It was one of my first fandoms. I have sooo much loyalty to it~ But that doesn't stop me from lol-ing at the godawful Mary Sues that inhabit it.

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
- In the beginning, I shipped her with Ami. TRU FAX. It was an OTP for me, for a minute at least. It has faded over the years though. This is another fandom where I ship almost everybody with everybody else.

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
- Eh. She's fine I guess. But you can never have enough Makoto-centric stuff~

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)
- I'd totally ask her for food. That would be the first time I meet her. I swear. ;^^ We'd turn out to be one of those types of friends that no one can figure out why we're friends.

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
- Definitely in the top 20 favorites! I'm gonna have to make a list someday, aren't I?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?
- YES. I'd hype her up so much. She needs the hype.

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
- Not popular enough. D: Seriously, it seems that a lot of fanfic writers forget she exists. *pout*
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