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Well, Otakon time has come and gone, and it was absolutely weird not to be there. Seek and I decided not to go this year as it was the convention's first year in Washington, and we expected there would be some bugs to be worked out. Although, reading about it, the biggest problem I'm seeing is long lines for bag checks. Ugh. Not sure how to avoid that. At the bare minimum, I feel like I need a bottle of water, sunscreen, and an umbrella. Even with the wonderful seven pocket jeans Seek found me, I don't think I can pocket all that. There's also the matter of increased fees everywhere. Though we have half-seriously discussed staying in our usual (cheap) Baltimore hotel and getting a ride into Washington every morning. Eh, details to be considered for next year.

I did make con-ish purchases though. The entirety of Ao no/Blue Exorcist's "Kyoto Saga" has been pre-ordered because I've been saving my money since the series was announced. I really, really love the Kyoto/Impure King Arc.

And, more seriously, it's been a good thing that we didn't have Otakon locked in for this year since Mom was diagnosed with colon cancer in the last couple weeks. She starts treatments soon, and everyone's optimistic and praying hard for a good outcome. Still, if I'm not around or slow to reply for the next few months, that will be why.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
And, yes, the SWAT Kats Fanfic Archive has been updated again! On a semi-regular schedule! We've got the start of a new crossover story by new author E.R. Fulner and a new chapter for Sage's ongoing "Mayday".
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So, I've been in a watching mood lately and bouncing between following new anime Chronos Ruler while catching up on My Hero Academia and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Click for Rambling )
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I read two of these months to over a year ago. But, the last one is new and reminded me that I should post some recommendations again.

Click for Fic Recs... )
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, yes, it's a tiny update with a new oneshot from Tom Wilder and a new drabble (well, it's the last one I posted here) of mine. But, the SWAT Kats Fanfiction Archive has been updated!
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Yet another SWAT Kat drabble inspired by re-watching the series.

Campaign (SWAT Kats) )
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So, I finally finished the 90's Gamera trilogy. And, you know what? It was really good.

No, I'm not kidding. It's well-made, the special effects by and large hold up, heroines Nagamine and Asagi as well as poor luckless Osako are engaging, and it's generally like watching a good sci-fi/fantasy anime. Because I can't not think anime when Gamera goes all shounen Determinator toward the end of the third movie, blasts off his own hand to free himself, and then absorbs his opponent's attack to make a new hand out of fire. And, all that rather than use the hand in which he was holding a rescued girl who hated him and who had caused much of the movie's trouble.

So, yeah, I've been pulled down the kaiju rabbit hole. Honestly, "Pacific Rim" probably started it. From there, it was off to the adorable "Gamera the Brave" then the excellent trilogy, and then... Well, yes, I did take a peek at the first three of the 60's Gamera movies. Because the entire original run came on the same bargain basement set as the 90's movies, and I figured, why not? The three older entries I watched can't compare to the later movies, but I found "Gamera vs. Gyaos" to be pretty fun in its way.

Anyway, I'm all outta Gamera now*, so, there's only one place to go from here. Godzilla. And, Amazon with their $5 add-on DVD's has been merrily enabling me. I figure I'll eventually work my way through the 80's/90's Heisei series and some of the 2000's standalone movies, and then come back and gabble some more.

...No, none of this has given me a fanfic bug, so you can stop worrying. This is a fandom like the MCU, which I love, but only occasionally gabble about because, for whatever reason, it doesn't demand art and fic from me.

(* Unless the proposed new movie happens. Warning: trailer includes some violent/unpleasant imagery.)
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Another small entry for my "Ed's Rules" series. The theme/prompt for this one was suggested some time ago by [personal profile] jordannamorgan.

Rule #18 (Fullmetal Alchemist) )
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So, shortly after watching "Pacific Rim", I had these crossover ideas occur to me. They started with the below contrasting summaries. I was able to write the first idea easily, but the second got stuck. Then, inspiration struck tonight, and here's the set.

Of all the pilot pairings in the Jaeger Program, there had never been a pair of brothers more likely to sync perfectly. (FMA) )


Of all the pilot pairings in the Jaeger Program, there had never been a pair of brothers less likely to sync at all. (AnE) )
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, yes, the SWAT Kat Fanfic Archive has been updated! There are two new chapters of existing stories, and a couple new stories too. It's nice to see the Archive getting more attention lately.

And, I know things are starting to seem all-SWAT Kat, all the time around here, but I do have work for other fandoms going on in the background. In particular, my multi-chapter Ao no/Blue Exorcist project, "Split", which has some previews up on [ profile] mindtwins.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
So, I paid [ profile] mintysage a visit and was finally able to collect THIS.

...Excuse me. I need to go make teakettle squealing noises again.

It's probably a good thing this didn't happen when I was younger. I might've exploded. ...I still might.

Also, I'm kicking myself for not wearing my SWAT Kat T-shirt. No one mentioned photos!

Again, many thanks to everyone - MoDaD, the Tremblay Brothers, Sage!
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
This was inspired by a comment made during mine and [ profile] mintysage's SWAT Kat re-watch as we noted that the PastMaster emerges from his sealed casket and already knows precisely 800 years have passed.

Time (SWAT Kats) )
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
I'd been meaning to do this ever since my epic marathon re-watch of SWAT Kats with [ profile] mintysage. These are the things I learned or re-learned about SWAT Kats (and similar series) while watching:

- Much of the series is one giant tribute to 50's/60's sci-fi movies. And, that is awesome.

- MegaKat City was used to weird long before the series started. Sorcerers, four-eyed mutants, and lampreys large enough to duel Godzilla are no big surprise to anyone.

- In fact, the SK world is possibly a Death World with everything trying to kill its inhabitants given that the subway cars appear to be armored, the biochemical labs have permanent gun emplacements out front, nuclear reactors are guarded by small private armies, and even cars from the space center have guns in the back. And, all of this is completely necessary and, in fact, usually not enough.

- All civilian she-kats know Blunt Object Judo. Given they live in a Death World, being able to use anything as a weapon is only sensible.

- Mutation invariably leads to megalomania or heroics.

- You know any scientist going on about, "THOSE FOOLS!" is bad news.

- For that matter, calling people, "Fools!" is a sure sign of evil in general. Note how being evil caused the Dark SWAT Kats to pick up the habit.

- Every series/movie that introduces a cute robot is apparently contractually obligated to destroy it. *sobs* Why?! Cybertron, Johnny Five, the Iron Giant, what did they ever do to you people?!

And, some additional gabble:

- There is some seriously amazing animation in SK. Particularly in the test flight sequence from "Night of the Dark Kat" and the entirety of "The Deadly Pyramid" and "Unlikely Alloys".

- The two Enforcers who find the PastMaster and his undead minions at the opening of "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" are surprisingly witty, tossing off a one-liners like, "You have the right to remain buried," and actually looking cool doing it. Did the Enforcers become identical drones in later episodes to make their deaths more palatable? (Goodness knows episodes like "The Ci-Kat-A" certainly imply that they killed off quite a few.)

- I'm pretty sure half of the extras with speaking parts are Charlie Adler and the other half are Jim Cummings. And, I approve this.

- Razor's "Mondo mummies from Ragsville" comment is epically 90's. Which means I love it.

- The world needs more giant mummies wielding laser guns.

- Any "return of Zed" storyline really, really needs to be titled "The Heart of Zed".

Now I'm going to go poke at some of the fanfic ideas this has given me. Possibly including "The Heart of Zed", but don't hold me to that one.

Oh, and, speaking of which, the SK Fanfic Archive saw a tiny update on April 25 with the start of a new story by new author LadyDaisys.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
So, I love the Ao no/Blue Exorcist manga. I really do. I love the main cast and how they interact, I love the way the story has developed everyone, and I even love Kato's tendency to subvert all expectations. But, I've got to say: the current arc is leaving me a little adrift.

Manga Spoilers Ahoy! )
kristensk: smile (fma brothers happy)
I was cleaning out my email and came across this meme my brother had forwarded to me:

His comment was, "One of these things is not like the others."
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
So, Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Arc was amazing. All the way through. And, even though I'm a bit sad that the inclusion of the Rin and Yukio dialogue from the Kraken Arc likely means we'll never see that animated, it was at least expertly done and flowed naturally off the Kyoto events. Though I hope they find a way to work Shiemi's awesome moments in somewhere else in the future. With Rin and Yukio covered, her role is the only real loss with the Kraken Arc.

At any rate, the amazingness of the animated Kyoto Arc inspired icons:

kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, there's suddenly a lot going on in SK fandom! Including, right now, a live stream featuring the SWAT Kats' creators and series writer Lance Falk answering some fan questions and whatnot. You can find the recording of the live stream here and here.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
And, now for some slightly belated fangirling over things I've watched recently:

How can there be only two episodes of Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Saga left?! Nooooo! I don't want it to be over yet. It's been such an incredible ride. I loved this arc in the manga, and I love it even more animated.

The last few episodes in particular have been amazing. And, not just because they touched on favorite moments like Yukio's brief display of demon powers and Rin and Suguro cementing their Vitriolic Best Buds status before Rin finally unlocked his sword and awesome happened. (Though those were a treat. Seriously, there's so much win right here.) But, even moments that never really stood out for me in the manga have been given new life through the voice-acting, the music, and the fantastic animation. Toudo dueling Juuzou's squad is a special highlight. That glorious full-body fight animation!

Please, please let this season be a hit so we can get more!

And, in a complete change of pace, I've been re-watching SWAT Kats with [ profile] mintysage. Not all of my old favorites have stood the test of time, but SWAT Kats does. Maybe some of the first season animation is a little... off, but then episodes like "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" and "Night of the Dark Kat" make up for it. Storywise, each episode still sucks me right in, and it's fun to see it all over again with fresh eyes after putting it away for a few years.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
First update of 2017 for the SWAT Kat Fanfic Archive! It's a small one with just two oneshots, but there you go.

Also, while I'm making SWAT Kat chatter, I'd completely forgotten to mention, but the ever-amazing [ profile] modad sent me a copy of the rumored SWAT Kat poster. In reality, it's a two page spread from the Daily Variety trade magazine, which was published in an over-sized format. It's about the size of the small posters you used to find in magazines or some of the anime posters I've received with DVD's, but it's not a true poster. All the same, it's a fascinating little piece of SWAT Kat history. Many thanks to [ profile] modad!
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
Just a random "Ao no/Blue Exorcist" drabble I've been poking at ever since seeing a certain moment animated in the Kyoto Saga. So, this references the Kyoto/Impure King Arc, but is set post-Illuminati Arc.

Uncool (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )

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