dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)
In manga news, I bought volume 19 of Red River. It's one of those rare manga with pregnancies. Yuri is pregnant with Kail's child. Now if it wasn't for those pesky invading Egyptians.

But my biggest, happiest new manga discoveries is actually a Korean manhwa Bride of the Water God. Take some gorgeous art-work, throw in some mythology, awesome characters, and a pinch of 'MeruPuri' and we are set. Our heroine is chosen to be sacrificed to the Water God Habaek, so that the drought be over and the village has water. However, when she is led to be drowned, instead of drowning, she finds herself in the mythical realm of her 'husband.' Her husband? A grumpy 10-year old. Except that at night (the only time he can assume his true shape) he turns into a gorgeous, brooding hottie. Of course, our heroine doesn't know it, and he doesn't want her to know it, so he pretends to be her husband's cousin. Can our heroine be all unknowingly falling for her own husband? What's with the gorgeous, mysterious Hyoe, a friend of Habaek? What happened to Habaek's previous ceremonial/sacrificial brides? Can the politics of celestial realm get any more complicated? Oh, and what is with the future hints of delicious, angsty, massive hurt/comfort? Also,can Habaek get any hotter? Unlikely. Bring it on.



But the main love is the art, which is gorgeous beyond belief. This unspoilery MV shows just how gorgeous the art is:



Some samples of gorgeous art:

Art behind cut )
dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)
In manga news, I bought volume 19 of Red River. It's one of those rare manga with pregnancies. Yuri is pregnant with Kail's child. Now if it wasn't for those pesky invading Egyptians.

But my biggest, happiest new manga discoveries is actually a Korean manhwa Bride of the Water God. Take some gorgeous art-work, throw in some mythology, awesome characters, and a pinch of 'MeruPuri' and we are set. Our heroine is chosen to be sacrificed to the Water God Habaek, so that the drought be over and the village has water. However, when she is led to be drowned, instead of drowning, she finds herself in the mythical realm of her 'husband.' Her husband? A grumpy 10-year old. Except that at night (the only time he can assume his true shape) he turns into a gorgeous, brooding hottie. Of course, our heroine doesn't know it, and he doesn't want her to know it, so he pretends to be her husband's cousin. Can our heroine be all unknowingly falling for her own husband? What's with the gorgeous, mysterious Hyoe, a friend of Habaek? What happened to Habaek's previous ceremonial/sacrificial brides? Can the politics of celestial realm get any more complicated? Oh, and what is with the future hints of delicious, angsty, massive hurt/comfort? Also,can Habaek get any hotter? Unlikely. Bring it on.



But the main love is the art, which is gorgeous beyond belief. This unspoilery MV shows just how gorgeous the art is:



Some samples of gorgeous art:

Art behind cut )
dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)
In manga news, I bought volume 19 of Red River. It's one of those rare manga with pregnancies. Yuri is pregnant with Kail's child. Now if it wasn't for those pesky invading Egyptians.

But my biggest, happiest new manga discoveries is actually a Korean manhwa Bride of the Water God. Take some gorgeous art-work, throw in some mythology, awesome characters, and a pinch of 'MeruPuri' and we are set. Our heroine is chosen to be sacrificed to the Water God Habaek, so that the drought be over and the village has water. However, when she is led to be drowned, instead of drowning, she finds herself in the mythical realm of her 'husband.' Her husband? A grumpy 10-year old. Except that at night (the only time he can assume his true shape) he turns into a gorgeous, brooding hottie. Of course, our heroine doesn't know it, and he doesn't want her to know it, so he pretends to be her husband's cousin. Can our heroine be all unknowingly falling for her own husband? What's with the gorgeous, mysterious Hyoe, a friend of Habaek? What happened to Habaek's previous ceremonial/sacrificial brides? Can the politics of celestial realm get any more complicated? Oh, and what is with the future hints of delicious, angsty, massive hurt/comfort? Also,can Habaek get any hotter? Unlikely. Bring it on.



But the main love is the art, which is gorgeous beyond belief. This unspoilery MV shows just how gorgeous the art is:



Some samples of gorgeous art:

Art behind cut )
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
I’ve been reading Life and Society in the Hittite World by Trevor Bryce which is totally fascinating as I know little of that society and the book is really well-written. I want to get the companion history volume now, actually.

Ramblings on Hittites, Royal OTPs and Red River manga )

Apparently Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Bachchan and Aghishek Bachchan took time out of their honeymoon to come for some premiere at Cannes.

Now, normally, I have zip interest in celebrity couples. Very few exceptions:

(1) Vic Zhou and Baribie Xsu. They are both totally gorgeous and I really really like their dramas. Plus. Mars! I love them in Mars. It’s complete RPF wish fulfillment that I normally mock. But whatever, it’s a little like Ling and Qi Luo :P

(2) Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung: They are scarily pretty. Apparently she is expecting so propagation of pretty genes will continue, as it should. Mainly I am amused at the fact that the villain ended up with the damsel (that they were together in The Promise where he was the sexy, fan-wielding villain and she was the persecuted heroine).

(3) Lee Dong Gun and Han Ji Hye. Kdrama cuteness. Seriously. They are adorable separately and together and I just want to squish them into a squishy ;) Plus, there is something really cute about happy idols happy together. Wakes my not-so-inner fangirl. Plus, My Boyfriend is Type B (the only thing I’ve seen them in together) was just bursting with chemistry.

(4) Aishwarya and Abhishek.

Though honestly, I only really am ‘into’ Vic and Barbie :D Because Mars owns me.

But anyway, back to Aishwarya and Abhishek. I love their movies, and they look awesome together (on and off the screen) and…sigh. I am a sap at heart. Also? They are scarily pretty.

And just look at the pics, they look gorgeous.

A little taste:



Large and gorgeous pics )
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
I’ve been reading Life and Society in the Hittite World by Trevor Bryce which is totally fascinating as I know little of that society and the book is really well-written. I want to get the companion history volume now, actually.

Ramblings on Hittites, Royal OTPs and Red River manga )

Apparently Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Bachchan and Aghishek Bachchan took time out of their honeymoon to come for some premiere at Cannes.

Now, normally, I have zip interest in celebrity couples. Very few exceptions:

(1) Vic Zhou and Baribie Xsu. They are both totally gorgeous and I really really like their dramas. Plus. Mars! I love them in Mars. It’s complete RPF wish fulfillment that I normally mock. But whatever, it’s a little like Ling and Qi Luo :P

(2) Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung: They are scarily pretty. Apparently she is expecting so propagation of pretty genes will continue, as it should. Mainly I am amused at the fact that the villain ended up with the damsel (that they were together in The Promise where he was the sexy, fan-wielding villain and she was the persecuted heroine).

(3) Lee Dong Gun and Han Ji Hye. Kdrama cuteness. Seriously. They are adorable separately and together and I just want to squish them into a squishy ;) Plus, there is something really cute about happy idols happy together. Wakes my not-so-inner fangirl. Plus, My Boyfriend is Type B (the only thing I’ve seen them in together) was just bursting with chemistry.

(4) Aishwarya and Abhishek.

Though honestly, I only really am ‘into’ Vic and Barbie :D Because Mars owns me.

But anyway, back to Aishwarya and Abhishek. I love their movies, and they look awesome together (on and off the screen) and…sigh. I am a sap at heart. Also? They are scarily pretty.

And just look at the pics, they look gorgeous.

A little taste:



Large and gorgeous pics )
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
I’ve been reading Life and Society in the Hittite World by Trevor Bryce which is totally fascinating as I know little of that society and the book is really well-written. I want to get the companion history volume now, actually.

Ramblings on Hittites, Royal OTPs and Red River manga )

Apparently Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Bachchan and Aghishek Bachchan took time out of their honeymoon to come for some premiere at Cannes.

Now, normally, I have zip interest in celebrity couples. Very few exceptions:

(1) Vic Zhou and Baribie Xsu. They are both totally gorgeous and I really really like their dramas. Plus. Mars! I love them in Mars. It’s complete RPF wish fulfillment that I normally mock. But whatever, it’s a little like Ling and Qi Luo :P

(2) Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung: They are scarily pretty. Apparently she is expecting so propagation of pretty genes will continue, as it should. Mainly I am amused at the fact that the villain ended up with the damsel (that they were together in The Promise where he was the sexy, fan-wielding villain and she was the persecuted heroine).

(3) Lee Dong Gun and Han Ji Hye. Kdrama cuteness. Seriously. They are adorable separately and together and I just want to squish them into a squishy ;) Plus, there is something really cute about happy idols happy together. Wakes my not-so-inner fangirl. Plus, My Boyfriend is Type B (the only thing I’ve seen them in together) was just bursting with chemistry.

(4) Aishwarya and Abhishek.

Though honestly, I only really am ‘into’ Vic and Barbie :D Because Mars owns me.

But anyway, back to Aishwarya and Abhishek. I love their movies, and they look awesome together (on and off the screen) and…sigh. I am a sap at heart. Also? They are scarily pretty.

And just look at the pics, they look gorgeous.

A little taste:



Large and gorgeous pics )
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Rain is coming to New York in June! [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian and I are getting tickets and going. EEEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Is kdrama Alone in Love any good? YA just released it on DVD.

Oh, and Red River. It kills me that it’s 28 volumes but only 17 are currently out in English. I just finished volume 14 and must have more. I love it with a burning love. There is one scene in 12 (?) that might bug you, meganbmoore, but seeing that Kail got shot through the chest as an indirect result of trying to atone (and no, it’s not Haou Airen stuff, things stop before they get anywhere near that level :D), I don’t mind.

I love Yuri. She is awesomely kick butt and take charge. Fight in battle? Hell yeah. Face head on the reality that her significant other will have to marry not her but someone politically connected? She can deal, telling him she knows he must take a wife but she gets to be his only concubine. (Of course, Kail plans to marry her no matter what). I mean, how many mangas have the heroine dealing with the problem of the hero’s out-of-control harem (he doesn’t want those women and he is certainly not touching them, but he can’t send them back right away as it’s insulting to the ahem…donors. So they have to stay put for a bit). LOL.

Awesome. I still am amused at the fact that he is a real historical person with a wiki entry (as Mursili II). And he is really really successful Hittite king. And he did have a conflict with his stepmother. And at least some of the wars the mangaka describes are historical. Interesting…

Also, Kail and Yuri finally did it (in vol 14). EEEEE. Took them two flipping years and 14 volumes. I was going to expire myself. I severely crack up at the whole comment by Yuri that when she is in Kail’s arms, she is so happy she feels numb. My reaction was ‘Really? The two of you haven’t left the bed for four straight days. I think you are numb for other reasons :P”

LOVE.

I am going to be in withdrawal shortly as volumes run out so I will read Basara for a historical type tough fighter heroine fix.

In other news, oh Veronica Mars. It’s seriously the act of mercy to just cancel you now.

And no, it’s not the disappointed shipper in me, trust me. To make a Buffy comparison, I was a rabid Buffy/Angel shipper (much much more invested than in Veronica and Logan) but I continued to love Buffy all the way through early S6, years after Angel left for his own show. Despite having no interest in Riley whatsoever and in Spike as a partner for Buffy, I found the two+ years after the end of S3 very enjoyable even if I wanted Buffy and Angel to be foreveah!evah!otp11 through to the bitter end. Heck, ‘Once More with Feeling’ will make into my Top 5 Buffy eps and it ends on a cinematic, awesome Buffy/Spike kiss. So yeah. VM lack has nothing to do with shipping but everything with the fact that the writers forgot how to write.
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Rain is coming to New York in June! [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian and I are getting tickets and going. EEEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Is kdrama Alone in Love any good? YA just released it on DVD.

Oh, and Red River. It kills me that it’s 28 volumes but only 17 are currently out in English. I just finished volume 14 and must have more. I love it with a burning love. There is one scene in 12 (?) that might bug you, meganbmoore, but seeing that Kail got shot through the chest as an indirect result of trying to atone (and no, it’s not Haou Airen stuff, things stop before they get anywhere near that level :D), I don’t mind.

I love Yuri. She is awesomely kick butt and take charge. Fight in battle? Hell yeah. Face head on the reality that her significant other will have to marry not her but someone politically connected? She can deal, telling him she knows he must take a wife but she gets to be his only concubine. (Of course, Kail plans to marry her no matter what). I mean, how many mangas have the heroine dealing with the problem of the hero’s out-of-control harem (he doesn’t want those women and he is certainly not touching them, but he can’t send them back right away as it’s insulting to the ahem…donors. So they have to stay put for a bit). LOL.

Awesome. I still am amused at the fact that he is a real historical person with a wiki entry (as Mursili II). And he is really really successful Hittite king. And he did have a conflict with his stepmother. And at least some of the wars the mangaka describes are historical. Interesting…

Also, Kail and Yuri finally did it (in vol 14). EEEEE. Took them two flipping years and 14 volumes. I was going to expire myself. I severely crack up at the whole comment by Yuri that when she is in Kail’s arms, she is so happy she feels numb. My reaction was ‘Really? The two of you haven’t left the bed for four straight days. I think you are numb for other reasons :P”

LOVE.

I am going to be in withdrawal shortly as volumes run out so I will read Basara for a historical type tough fighter heroine fix.

In other news, oh Veronica Mars. It’s seriously the act of mercy to just cancel you now.

And no, it’s not the disappointed shipper in me, trust me. To make a Buffy comparison, I was a rabid Buffy/Angel shipper (much much more invested than in Veronica and Logan) but I continued to love Buffy all the way through early S6, years after Angel left for his own show. Despite having no interest in Riley whatsoever and in Spike as a partner for Buffy, I found the two+ years after the end of S3 very enjoyable even if I wanted Buffy and Angel to be foreveah!evah!otp11 through to the bitter end. Heck, ‘Once More with Feeling’ will make into my Top 5 Buffy eps and it ends on a cinematic, awesome Buffy/Spike kiss. So yeah. VM lack has nothing to do with shipping but everything with the fact that the writers forgot how to write.
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Rain is coming to New York in June! [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian and I are getting tickets and going. EEEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEE!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Is kdrama Alone in Love any good? YA just released it on DVD.

Oh, and Red River. It kills me that it’s 28 volumes but only 17 are currently out in English. I just finished volume 14 and must have more. I love it with a burning love. There is one scene in 12 (?) that might bug you, meganbmoore, but seeing that Kail got shot through the chest as an indirect result of trying to atone (and no, it’s not Haou Airen stuff, things stop before they get anywhere near that level :D), I don’t mind.

I love Yuri. She is awesomely kick butt and take charge. Fight in battle? Hell yeah. Face head on the reality that her significant other will have to marry not her but someone politically connected? She can deal, telling him she knows he must take a wife but she gets to be his only concubine. (Of course, Kail plans to marry her no matter what). I mean, how many mangas have the heroine dealing with the problem of the hero’s out-of-control harem (he doesn’t want those women and he is certainly not touching them, but he can’t send them back right away as it’s insulting to the ahem…donors. So they have to stay put for a bit). LOL.

Awesome. I still am amused at the fact that he is a real historical person with a wiki entry (as Mursili II). And he is really really successful Hittite king. And he did have a conflict with his stepmother. And at least some of the wars the mangaka describes are historical. Interesting…

Also, Kail and Yuri finally did it (in vol 14). EEEEE. Took them two flipping years and 14 volumes. I was going to expire myself. I severely crack up at the whole comment by Yuri that when she is in Kail’s arms, she is so happy she feels numb. My reaction was ‘Really? The two of you haven’t left the bed for four straight days. I think you are numb for other reasons :P”

LOVE.

I am going to be in withdrawal shortly as volumes run out so I will read Basara for a historical type tough fighter heroine fix.

In other news, oh Veronica Mars. It’s seriously the act of mercy to just cancel you now.

And no, it’s not the disappointed shipper in me, trust me. To make a Buffy comparison, I was a rabid Buffy/Angel shipper (much much more invested than in Veronica and Logan) but I continued to love Buffy all the way through early S6, years after Angel left for his own show. Despite having no interest in Riley whatsoever and in Spike as a partner for Buffy, I found the two+ years after the end of S3 very enjoyable even if I wanted Buffy and Angel to be foreveah!evah!otp11 through to the bitter end. Heck, ‘Once More with Feeling’ will make into my Top 5 Buffy eps and it ends on a cinematic, awesome Buffy/Spike kiss. So yeah. VM lack has nothing to do with shipping but everything with the fact that the writers forgot how to write.
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
OK, Red River manga owns me.

I just got to the scene in volume 8 which made me die. Prince Kail has to remove the arrow from Yuri’s back and of course back then there is no anesthetic or anything so he has to cause all this pain to the woman he lurves. So he gets a heated dagger and then he holds her tightly and tells her to bite his shoulder because otherwise she’ll clench her teeth so hard she’ll hurt herself, and so OMG, he is cutting the arrow out of her so she is bleeding and in huge pain and she is biting down and so there is blood coming out of his shoulder now too and…seriously. Crack.

Did I mention that she got this wound because she was there during the assassination (by evil minions of the Queen) of Prince Zananza, Kail’s favorite brother and the closest friend Yuri had in the place? Angst. And then she wakes up all bandanged after a few days, in Kail’s gigantic bed and he comes in and she is all ‘sex, now? eeek’ and he is all ‘I am not the type to take advantage of a wounded woman, but I can’t sleep since Zananza’s death but with you in bed I can maybe fall asleep’ and there is kissing and sleeping (not of sexual variety) and seriously. Crack. And the best part? I am on volume 9 now and you know what strikes me? All the adventures, scheming etc aside, Kail and Yuri have an incredibly strong and functional relationship.

Speaking of crack, I just came across this upcoming mainland China drama, The Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Ying Tai). It sounds like a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet and how could I not love a period drama about angsty lovers.

Plot: A beautiful girl disguises herself as a man and lives under one roof with a young male scholar for three years without revealing her true identity. They become "sworn brothers," soul mates and then lovers. In a world in which marriage is determined by social status and arranged by parents, what is their inescapable Romeo-and-Juliet-type of fate?

*dies*



Some more pictures )
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
OK, Red River manga owns me.

I just got to the scene in volume 8 which made me die. Prince Kail has to remove the arrow from Yuri’s back and of course back then there is no anesthetic or anything so he has to cause all this pain to the woman he lurves. So he gets a heated dagger and then he holds her tightly and tells her to bite his shoulder because otherwise she’ll clench her teeth so hard she’ll hurt herself, and so OMG, he is cutting the arrow out of her so she is bleeding and in huge pain and she is biting down and so there is blood coming out of his shoulder now too and…seriously. Crack.

Did I mention that she got this wound because she was there during the assassination (by evil minions of the Queen) of Prince Zananza, Kail’s favorite brother and the closest friend Yuri had in the place? Angst. And then she wakes up all bandanged after a few days, in Kail’s gigantic bed and he comes in and she is all ‘sex, now? eeek’ and he is all ‘I am not the type to take advantage of a wounded woman, but I can’t sleep since Zananza’s death but with you in bed I can maybe fall asleep’ and there is kissing and sleeping (not of sexual variety) and seriously. Crack. And the best part? I am on volume 9 now and you know what strikes me? All the adventures, scheming etc aside, Kail and Yuri have an incredibly strong and functional relationship.

Speaking of crack, I just came across this upcoming mainland China drama, The Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Ying Tai). It sounds like a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet and how could I not love a period drama about angsty lovers.

Plot: A beautiful girl disguises herself as a man and lives under one roof with a young male scholar for three years without revealing her true identity. They become "sworn brothers," soul mates and then lovers. In a world in which marriage is determined by social status and arranged by parents, what is their inescapable Romeo-and-Juliet-type of fate?

*dies*



Some more pictures )
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
OK, Red River manga owns me.

I just got to the scene in volume 8 which made me die. Prince Kail has to remove the arrow from Yuri’s back and of course back then there is no anesthetic or anything so he has to cause all this pain to the woman he lurves. So he gets a heated dagger and then he holds her tightly and tells her to bite his shoulder because otherwise she’ll clench her teeth so hard she’ll hurt herself, and so OMG, he is cutting the arrow out of her so she is bleeding and in huge pain and she is biting down and so there is blood coming out of his shoulder now too and…seriously. Crack.

Did I mention that she got this wound because she was there during the assassination (by evil minions of the Queen) of Prince Zananza, Kail’s favorite brother and the closest friend Yuri had in the place? Angst. And then she wakes up all bandanged after a few days, in Kail’s gigantic bed and he comes in and she is all ‘sex, now? eeek’ and he is all ‘I am not the type to take advantage of a wounded woman, but I can’t sleep since Zananza’s death but with you in bed I can maybe fall asleep’ and there is kissing and sleeping (not of sexual variety) and seriously. Crack. And the best part? I am on volume 9 now and you know what strikes me? All the adventures, scheming etc aside, Kail and Yuri have an incredibly strong and functional relationship.

Speaking of crack, I just came across this upcoming mainland China drama, The Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Ying Tai). It sounds like a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet and how could I not love a period drama about angsty lovers.

Plot: A beautiful girl disguises herself as a man and lives under one roof with a young male scholar for three years without revealing her true identity. They become "sworn brothers," soul mates and then lovers. In a world in which marriage is determined by social status and arranged by parents, what is their inescapable Romeo-and-Juliet-type of fate?

*dies*



Some more pictures )
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Somewhere between volumes 3and 4, the Red River manga went from 'I like' to 'must feverishly mainline more.' I am now on volume 6 and basically bought out every volume (through 17) available in the local Borders.

As I mentioned earlier, RR is a story about a Japanese high school girl, Yuri, who gets catapulted back in time to the land of ancient Hittites. There she gets involved in the politics and wars of the time and also catches the interest of one of the Hittite Princes, Prince Kail (a real historical figure which amuses me to no end).

Why is it so awesome? Unlike the usual shoujo this isn't just 'does the cute boy like me?' No, it's more of 'yeah, the cute general Prince likes me. Now how shall I return back to my time? And how will I survive the Queen who seems to want to have me as a human sacrifice in her black magic rituals so her son could inherit? And how will I be involved in the battle between Hittites and a neighboring empire for dominance? And deal with political backstabbing?'

It's really great. How to explain it? Think Fushigi Yuugi, only if Miaka annoyed you (I adored her but I know some don't care for her) you'll like Yuri as she learns sword-fighting and comes up with clever schemes and rescues herself as often as she yells for Prince Kail to rescue her. Though if Kail is like anyone in FY, he is much more of a Hotohori than a Tamahome. My favorite scene is where he gets himself invited to an enemy town and makes a grand entrance with concubines all over him and an air of an utter idiot :P

I also don't mind the whole 'she is staying in the past' thing as she does want to get back to her time but she can do it at a particular time of the year so she has 10 months to go (Kail promises her to get her back to where she needs to be by accelerating the war. Roses? Candy? Passe. Beating the enemy in 10 months so your OTP can return to the capital and depart back to her world? True Love). Even the usual cliche of 'he wants sex but she isn't so sure' doesn't bug me as it's clearly a cultural thing. He is a guy from 3000+ years back. To him it's pretty simple. They love each other and she's his officil concubine and why not. She is all 'I am a high school student.' Heh. This not being the awful Haou Airen he is all 'blah, this sucks, off for a cold shower' and not 'rapey now.'

Oh, and good news, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. Since I fell in love with this despite the artwork, and the artwork is actually very similar to Basara, I decided to get all the Basara volumes out there, now that I know that a good story can overcome my dislike for this particular art style.

I bought a whole bunch of books actuall, manga and non, including Matt Ruff's Sewer, Gas, Electric: Public Works Trilogy, a boo about vampires in Austin called Tantalize, Jasper Fforde's Fourth Bear etc etc and two first volumes of W Juliet.

EEEEEE

Oh, and I stole this MV of Summer x Summer from [livejournal.com profile] autumn_yaar. I think I just added a drama to my currently airing roster back again :)

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Somewhere between volumes 3and 4, the Red River manga went from 'I like' to 'must feverishly mainline more.' I am now on volume 6 and basically bought out every volume (through 17) available in the local Borders.

As I mentioned earlier, RR is a story about a Japanese high school girl, Yuri, who gets catapulted back in time to the land of ancient Hittites. There she gets involved in the politics and wars of the time and also catches the interest of one of the Hittite Princes, Prince Kail (a real historical figure which amuses me to no end).

Why is it so awesome? Unlike the usual shoujo this isn't just 'does the cute boy like me?' No, it's more of 'yeah, the cute general Prince likes me. Now how shall I return back to my time? And how will I survive the Queen who seems to want to have me as a human sacrifice in her black magic rituals so her son could inherit? And how will I be involved in the battle between Hittites and a neighboring empire for dominance? And deal with political backstabbing?'

It's really great. How to explain it? Think Fushigi Yuugi, only if Miaka annoyed you (I adored her but I know some don't care for her) you'll like Yuri as she learns sword-fighting and comes up with clever schemes and rescues herself as often as she yells for Prince Kail to rescue her. Though if Kail is like anyone in FY, he is much more of a Hotohori than a Tamahome. My favorite scene is where he gets himself invited to an enemy town and makes a grand entrance with concubines all over him and an air of an utter idiot :P

I also don't mind the whole 'she is staying in the past' thing as she does want to get back to her time but she can do it at a particular time of the year so she has 10 months to go (Kail promises her to get her back to where she needs to be by accelerating the war. Roses? Candy? Passe. Beating the enemy in 10 months so your OTP can return to the capital and depart back to her world? True Love). Even the usual cliche of 'he wants sex but she isn't so sure' doesn't bug me as it's clearly a cultural thing. He is a guy from 3000+ years back. To him it's pretty simple. They love each other and she's his officil concubine and why not. She is all 'I am a high school student.' Heh. This not being the awful Haou Airen he is all 'blah, this sucks, off for a cold shower' and not 'rapey now.'

Oh, and good news, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. Since I fell in love with this despite the artwork, and the artwork is actually very similar to Basara, I decided to get all the Basara volumes out there, now that I know that a good story can overcome my dislike for this particular art style.

I bought a whole bunch of books actuall, manga and non, including Matt Ruff's Sewer, Gas, Electric: Public Works Trilogy, a boo about vampires in Austin called Tantalize, Jasper Fforde's Fourth Bear etc etc and two first volumes of W Juliet.

EEEEEE

Oh, and I stole this MV of Summer x Summer from [livejournal.com profile] autumn_yaar. I think I just added a drama to my currently airing roster back again :)

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Somewhere between volumes 3and 4, the Red River manga went from 'I like' to 'must feverishly mainline more.' I am now on volume 6 and basically bought out every volume (through 17) available in the local Borders.

As I mentioned earlier, RR is a story about a Japanese high school girl, Yuri, who gets catapulted back in time to the land of ancient Hittites. There she gets involved in the politics and wars of the time and also catches the interest of one of the Hittite Princes, Prince Kail (a real historical figure which amuses me to no end).

Why is it so awesome? Unlike the usual shoujo this isn't just 'does the cute boy like me?' No, it's more of 'yeah, the cute general Prince likes me. Now how shall I return back to my time? And how will I survive the Queen who seems to want to have me as a human sacrifice in her black magic rituals so her son could inherit? And how will I be involved in the battle between Hittites and a neighboring empire for dominance? And deal with political backstabbing?'

It's really great. How to explain it? Think Fushigi Yuugi, only if Miaka annoyed you (I adored her but I know some don't care for her) you'll like Yuri as she learns sword-fighting and comes up with clever schemes and rescues herself as often as she yells for Prince Kail to rescue her. Though if Kail is like anyone in FY, he is much more of a Hotohori than a Tamahome. My favorite scene is where he gets himself invited to an enemy town and makes a grand entrance with concubines all over him and an air of an utter idiot :P

I also don't mind the whole 'she is staying in the past' thing as she does want to get back to her time but she can do it at a particular time of the year so she has 10 months to go (Kail promises her to get her back to where she needs to be by accelerating the war. Roses? Candy? Passe. Beating the enemy in 10 months so your OTP can return to the capital and depart back to her world? True Love). Even the usual cliche of 'he wants sex but she isn't so sure' doesn't bug me as it's clearly a cultural thing. He is a guy from 3000+ years back. To him it's pretty simple. They love each other and she's his officil concubine and why not. She is all 'I am a high school student.' Heh. This not being the awful Haou Airen he is all 'blah, this sucks, off for a cold shower' and not 'rapey now.'

Oh, and good news, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. Since I fell in love with this despite the artwork, and the artwork is actually very similar to Basara, I decided to get all the Basara volumes out there, now that I know that a good story can overcome my dislike for this particular art style.

I bought a whole bunch of books actuall, manga and non, including Matt Ruff's Sewer, Gas, Electric: Public Works Trilogy, a boo about vampires in Austin called Tantalize, Jasper Fforde's Fourth Bear etc etc and two first volumes of W Juliet.

EEEEEE

Oh, and I stole this MV of Summer x Summer from [livejournal.com profile] autumn_yaar. I think I just added a drama to my currently airing roster back again :)

dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
Yeah, I am spamming. I am still reading Red River manga, slowly but steadily. I don't love it (yet) but I do like it. I think the fact that I can just read it at the bookstore really helps (the biggest problem with Basara was that I liked it well enough but not enough to invest in a bunch of volumes sight unseen).

Oh, oh, oh. And THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain. I started Her Majesty's Dog. I would have never checked it out because cover for first volume looked weird but now I am almost all the way through the first volume and I love it beyond words! I can see marathonning it. And you are right, it is so easy to pictur Yamapi and Maki in the leads. But HMD deserves its own post which is coming so I'll stop. For now, though, I want to talk about my not-too-guilty pleasure of late.

Oh, Sensual Phrase! I can feel my brain cells die a little every time I read it, but I can’t stop! I have finished volume 13 and seeing that I just purchased the rest, will be done with the thing pretty shortly. Btw, [Bad username or site: ”meganbmoore” @ livejournal.com], that scene your friend(s) mentioned. I think I know which one it is. It looks like that’s what’s going to happen, him sleeping with someone else, but he doesn’t and says forget it. Heh. Twu Wuv.

Ahhh, the unbearable angst of being a rock star. Ahhhh, the unbearable angst of being rockstar’s one true love. Who knew. LOL. I got to say that Lucifer has to be the cleanest living band ever, outside of Christian Rock. They don’t stagger home high or drunk. They don’t have orgies. True, Sakuya (our sexy hero) used to be a child whore with a really messed-up back story, but since he seems to have not done it with anyone except Aine, his OTP, since the manga started (though to compensate, there is a lot of THAT :D), I’d mark him under clean living. And Atsuro is dating his stepsister, but come on, after Korean drama, they’d have to be blood related for me to flinch. And Yuki is freaking married with a kid!

I was especially amused by the storyline where some girl is jealous of Aine being Sakuya’s gf (btw, is it a manga cliché that fangirls in Japan are VICIOUS or is it true? Seeing the scary people posting on various forums, I am not sure that’s too much of an exaggeration). Anyway, the jealous girl gets her friends to rough up Aine which drives Sakuya (who is uber protective) up the wall. So what does he do? He takes the girl to his house. She wants sex and he offers but in such an impersonal way, she freaks and doesn’t take him up on the offer. She is like ‘I thought there’d be love’ (girl, you are a groupie, get over yourself) so he is ‘Fine, I love you’ which freaks her more ;) And then he goes out with some other model or something and it’s all over tabloids and the girl is all jealous but he is all ‘whatever’ and then…best part, the girls (in her group) saw her with him (he made sure) and are all like ‘Beotch, you are with him, now we’ll beat you up really badly’ and he is walking by and the girl is ‘Sakuya, help, tell them you love me blah blah’ and he looks at her, without stopping and goes ‘Kid, you wanted to know what it’s like to date me, you got your wish’ and walks on, leaving her to be roughed up. Mmmm…bad boys :D

ETA: OMG OMG OMG! The irresistible manga continues. It’s so trashy yet I cannot fight my love.

Aine gets raped by the evil bad guy who wants to punish Sakuya. OMG. So she won’t tell Sakuya what’s wrong but she can’t bear to see him (or anyone) so she takes sleeping pills to kill herself. You knew things were going to go baaaaad when Sakuya bought an engagement ring :D So Sakuya finds out she is in a coma and finds out why and he gets all EMO falling apart-wise and he quits the band on air, and goes to the hospital and is all ‘blah blah why did I think daring to feel this time would end any different’ and is all ‘I failed to protect you, so sorry’ and being all weepy-waily by her bedside and leaves the ring there and walks off to kill the evil bad guy. AWESOME. And he is like ‘I don’t have my band any more [ok I can’t type that without laughing] and I’ve given up her, so I have nothing now, so I can kill you with a knife, slowly and painfully. I thought having no family and a screwed up past would come in handy.’ OK, I added that last sentence, but not the rest :D And the bad guy is all ‘Instead of acting like a rational person and screaming heeeeeeeeelp when I see this mad-eyed nutter with a sharp knife coming at me, and no one around, let’s remind him I raped the love of his life and also gloat about how he himself is a product of his Mom’s rape and thus has never forgiven himself so here’s a bit of his worst nightmare mark 2.’ Yeah. I don’t think our angsty hero needs to kill him, the guy will die of the stupid by himself.

But he doesn’t die as bad guy gets hauled off by the cops on an unrelated charge and Sakuya’s friends are all like ‘enough about you and the mad temper tantrums with sharp implements. You wanna protect your hot though now messed up gf, go take care of her.’ Heh. They should have added ‘You are too hot to go to jail. We all know what happens to pretty boys there’ So we get some huge angst and what not, and he talks her into taking him back because she is being all ‘no, can’t be with anyone in any fashion, you can’t love me any more, right’ (his response? *beg beg beg*) and takes her to some small town and they get to do fun things together like shop, and have dinner, and slit their wrists.

Yup. Indeedy. She is all (understandably) still messed up so she goes to the bathroom, locks the door and tries to kill herself again at some point, which he sees and goes nuts and is all ‘fine, let’s slit our wrists together’ and slits his own. Good thing he is a singer not a guitarist :D And he is all ‘I don’t want to be without you’ which is sweet and all but the floor is going to be a bitch to clean. So they sorta move on past the wrist-slitting and are forming a future together or something. And the manga does address the issue (I was surprised) that after the assault their sexlife won’t be the same automatically and they’ll have to deal with the trauma. YES.

Gosh, I love this manga even though is has intellectual value of a tomato. So trashy, so awesome.

Btw, is it wrong that every manga I read recently, I picture Yamapi and Maki as the leads? I have no idea what’s with that. I am not an RPShipper (yikes!) and couldn’t care less about them in RL but I have such a thing for seeing them on screen together. Even though I didn’t love Nobuta Wo Produce, I loved their scenes so much. And they made Kurosagi not only of the most intense and emotional UST experiences, but turned it from good to mind-bendingly awesome. Now they need to do an OTP with kissing.

ETA2: OMG Volume 18 is so EXPLICIT. Unbelievably so. Whoa. I’ve never seen something like that in a mainstream manga. Whoa.

And because I was thinking about Kurosagi which is so my second favorite jdrama (only behind Pride), here is a Kurosagi MV.

Oh GOD. Yamapi. *dies* Kurosaki/Tsurara. *dies*

*revives briefly to post this*

Kurosagi MV )
dangermousie: (Kurosagi by cherishcolors)
Yeah, I am spamming. I am still reading Red River manga, slowly but steadily. I don't love it (yet) but I do like it. I think the fact that I can just read it at the bookstore really helps (the biggest problem with Basara was that I liked it well enough but not enough to invest in a bunch of volumes sight unseen).

Oh, oh, oh. And THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain. I started Her Majesty's Dog. I would have never checked it out because cover for first volume looked weird but now I am almost all the way through the first volume and I love it beyond words! I can see marathonning it. And you are right, it is so easy to pictur Yamapi and Maki in the leads. But HMD deserves its own post which is coming so I'll stop. For now, though, I want to talk about my not-too-guilty pleasure of late.

Oh, Sensual Phrase! I can feel my brain cells die a little every time I read it, but I can’t stop! I have finished volume 13 and seeing that I just purchased the rest, will be done with the thing pretty shortly. Btw, [Bad username or site: ”meganbmoore” @ livejournal.com], that scene your friend(s) mentioned. I think I know which one it is. It looks like that’s what’s going to happen, him sleeping with someone else, but he doesn’t and says forget it. Heh. Twu Wuv.

Ahhh, the unbearable angst of being a rock star. Ahhhh, the unbearable angst of being rockstar’s one true love. Who knew. LOL. I got to say that Lucifer has to be the cleanest living band ever, outside of Christian Rock. They don’t stagger home high or drunk. They don’t have orgies. True, Sakuya (our sexy hero) used to be a child whore with a really messed-up back story, but since he seems to have not done it with anyone except Aine, his OTP, since the manga started (though to compensate, there is a lot of THAT :D), I’d mark him under clean living. And Atsuro is dating his stepsister, but come on, after Korean drama, they’d have to be blood related for me to flinch. And Yuki is freaking married with a kid!

I was especially amused by the storyline where some girl is jealous of Aine being Sakuya’s gf (btw, is it a manga cliché that fangirls in Japan are VICIOUS or is it true? Seeing the scary people posting on various forums, I am not sure that’s too much of an exaggeration). Anyway, the jealous girl gets her friends to rough up Aine which drives Sakuya (who is uber protective) up the wall. So what does he do? He takes the girl to his house. She wants sex and he offers but in such an impersonal way, she freaks and doesn’t take him up on the offer. She is like ‘I thought there’d be love’ (girl, you are a groupie, get over yourself) so he is ‘Fine, I love you’ which freaks her more ;) And then he goes out with some other model or something and it’s all over tabloids and the girl is all jealous but he is all ‘whatever’ and then…best part, the girls (in her group) saw her with him (he made sure) and are all like ‘Beotch, you are with him, now we’ll beat you up really badly’ and he is walking by and the girl is ‘Sakuya, help, tell them you love me blah blah’ and he looks at her, without stopping and goes ‘Kid, you wanted to know what it’s like to date me, you got your wish’ and walks on, leaving her to be roughed up. Mmmm…bad boys :D

ETA: OMG OMG OMG! The irresistible manga continues. It’s so trashy yet I cannot fight my love.

Aine gets raped by the evil bad guy who wants to punish Sakuya. OMG. So she won’t tell Sakuya what’s wrong but she can’t bear to see him (or anyone) so she takes sleeping pills to kill herself. You knew things were going to go baaaaad when Sakuya bought an engagement ring :D So Sakuya finds out she is in a coma and finds out why and he gets all EMO falling apart-wise and he quits the band on air, and goes to the hospital and is all ‘blah blah why did I think daring to feel this time would end any different’ and is all ‘I failed to protect you, so sorry’ and being all weepy-waily by her bedside and leaves the ring there and walks off to kill the evil bad guy. AWESOME. And he is like ‘I don’t have my band any more [ok I can’t type that without laughing] and I’ve given up her, so I have nothing now, so I can kill you with a knife, slowly and painfully. I thought having no family and a screwed up past would come in handy.’ OK, I added that last sentence, but not the rest :D And the bad guy is all ‘Instead of acting like a rational person and screaming heeeeeeeeelp when I see this mad-eyed nutter with a sharp knife coming at me, and no one around, let’s remind him I raped the love of his life and also gloat about how he himself is a product of his Mom’s rape and thus has never forgiven himself so here’s a bit of his worst nightmare mark 2.’ Yeah. I don’t think our angsty hero needs to kill him, the guy will die of the stupid by himself.

But he doesn’t die as bad guy gets hauled off by the cops on an unrelated charge and Sakuya’s friends are all like ‘enough about you and the mad temper tantrums with sharp implements. You wanna protect your hot though now messed up gf, go take care of her.’ Heh. They should have added ‘You are too hot to go to jail. We all know what happens to pretty boys there’ So we get some huge angst and what not, and he talks her into taking him back because she is being all ‘no, can’t be with anyone in any fashion, you can’t love me any more, right’ (his response? *beg beg beg*) and takes her to some small town and they get to do fun things together like shop, and have dinner, and slit their wrists.

Yup. Indeedy. She is all (understandably) still messed up so she goes to the bathroom, locks the door and tries to kill herself again at some point, which he sees and goes nuts and is all ‘fine, let’s slit our wrists together’ and slits his own. Good thing he is a singer not a guitarist :D And he is all ‘I don’t want to be without you’ which is sweet and all but the floor is going to be a bitch to clean. So they sorta move on past the wrist-slitting and are forming a future together or something. And the manga does address the issue (I was surprised) that after the assault their sexlife won’t be the same automatically and they’ll have to deal with the trauma. YES.

Gosh, I love this manga even though is has intellectual value of a tomato. So trashy, so awesome.

Btw, is it wrong that every manga I read recently, I picture Yamapi and Maki as the leads? I have no idea what’s with that. I am not an RPShipper (yikes!) and couldn’t care less about them in RL but I have such a thing for seeing them on screen together. Even though I didn’t love Nobuta Wo Produce, I loved their scenes so much. And they made Kurosagi not only of the most intense and emotional UST experiences, but turned it from good to mind-bendingly awesome. Now they need to do an OTP with kissing.

ETA2: OMG Volume 18 is so EXPLICIT. Unbelievably so. Whoa. I’ve never seen something like that in a mainstream manga. Whoa.

And because I was thinking about Kurosagi which is so my second favorite jdrama (only behind Pride), here is a Kurosagi MV.

Oh GOD. Yamapi. *dies* Kurosaki/Tsurara. *dies*

*revives briefly to post this*

Kurosagi MV )

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