timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
FMA pairings, regarding Alphonse/Winry:

From a fanfic: She whispers the name that is never beyond their thoughts as they cling together, trying to keep some part of themselves alive. They both want him back so much... so they try to bring him back in these lonely midnight hours, trying to wash the pain away in the wrongness of this moment.

EEEEEWWWWWWWWWW! Okay, that's not how the pairing is in my head.

In my head, they're sweet and fluffy and they eat pie, and have hot kitchen sex, and own chickens or something. Alphonse and Winry are nice people, fun people, genuinely sweet people. They'd be happy, not depressed and both thinking about Edward while they have resentment!sex.

FMA 2x02

Apr. 13th, 2009 01:48 am
timepiececlock: (Between the Bars)
FMA 2x02

Wow...that was a lot of info condensed. Read more... )
timepiececlock: (Default)
Any mouth-frothing anime fans on your flist may have heard of a little innocuous title (re: raging monster of awesomeness) called Fullmetal Alchemist.

"Not only is FUNimation announcing the acquisition of ‘the most anticipated series of 2009′, we’re also going to be streaming the subtitled episodes within days of the Japanese Television Debut. Crazy, huh?! The fans wanted more FMA - the fans got more FMA. What’s not to like?"

On April 9th, about as many days as one might wait anyway for a crappy-ass, poorly spelled amateur fansub, salivating American FMA fans can watch a professionally translated version of the new show for free, on FUNimation's website. I've suffered the dregs of bad fansubs enough to treasure this gesture for the good fortune it is. FUNimation is not only winning future consumers who will want to by the DVDs, but they're acknowledging that the vast majority of the same people who will buy an anime series on DVD have already seen fan-made subtitled versions of it as much as a year or two in advance. They're honing in on the fansub market, and good for them to think of it. That's using the fluidity of digital media transfer as a marketing tool instead of prosecuting it as a threat.

I'd happily sit through a 15 second commercial or two if it meant that the subtitles I watched were translated correctly and could be trusted to [mostly] accurately convey the Japanese dialogue. I suspect a lot of other people would, too. I have no idea if FUNimation's web content is available to folks outside the US, but I suspect these things get around somehow.

In the last few years, FUNimation has become my favorite dubbing studio. I loved the dubs for FMA, and Fruits Basket. They've come a long way since the craptastic DBZ dubbing of the 90s. I've always enjoyed the extras they put on the DVDs, and the verve and sense of fun they bring to fans at cons and such. I thought they put a lot of effort into the first FMA dub, and I expect them to treat this new FMA with the same quality.

Spread the good cheer!
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)

It premiers in April, 2009.

Holy shit dudes!

The teaser looks like old footage from the series, but I'm not sure. I am amazed at how tightly clamped the anime industry is about spoilers compared to US television industry. It airs in two months and even now nobody knows if it will be a continuation of the movie storyline or a total AU version that follows the manga. I hope it follows the manga, for two reasons.

1) I feel strongly that the story of the Elrics and alchemy was concluded in the movie. The story of their lives is just beginning (gypsies! world war! whee!) but as far as what we need to see in terms of their quest, the journey is done. They have their lives ahead of them, and they don't need alchemy any more.

2) I haven't read the manga, and I'm almost totally unspoiled for it, so it would be a completely new storyline for me. I also get a little squealy at the idea of a totally separate adventure that's got all the characters I love... an AU fanfic version of my favorite anime. Except, of course, that "AU" is a term to be used judiciously when discussing anime canon or things get very confusing very fast, and in a way the original anime series is already more like the AU fanfic of the manga. Sort of? It's confusing. But either way I'd love to have two separate but parallel anime series both featuring my favorite anime cast, with different versions of the same quest. Like giving two authors the same bookjacket paragraph to work from, and the result is two unique novels filled with the same flavors of awesome.
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
Pick up to 10 ships.
Describe them in less than 16 words.
Have your flist guess the ship.

1. In the end, we both get left behind, but I got your back no matter what. -- Kakashi/Sakura, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] flibbergibbet

2. I love you even if you're the evil sexy zombie of my sister in law. -- Lust/Scar, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] _nepthys_ and [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja

3. They rescue each other a lot, and they're the best MSR since MSR. -- Brennan/Booth, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] zebeckras

4. We've been friends, enemies, victims/abusers, drinking buddies, lovers, partners, and done courtly romance too. -- Buffy/Spike, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar and [livejournal.com profile] zebeckras

5. What happens when the villain accidentally ends up as the epic love interest, cue slow dancing. -- Veronica/Logan, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar

6. She's supposed to fall for quirky guy A, but she's around quirky guy B too much. Oops. -- Penny/Sheldon, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tapas_girl

7. They work not because they're opposites, but because they're so similar underneath. And so hot. -- Katara/Zuko, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] misora

8. Role-reversal and fictional reincarnation has never had a sweeter love story. -- Ahiru/Fakir, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] zebeckras

9. They backed away from commitment so quickly they bumped into each other. -- Barney/Robin BroTP, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tapas_girl

10. How long are you going to stay with me? Forever. -- Doctor/Rose guessed by [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
Warning: I haven't read the manga, am not spoiled, but plan to some day when it's completely finished.

I have this really strong desire to talk to someone about FMA anime pairings, specifically Ed/Noa, of which like 7 people in the entire internet ship and I'm one of them. I have other pairings I ship (Roy/Riza, Scar/Lust), but this one hardly anyone ever wants to talk about.

Noa was only in the movie and, if you've seen the movie, you know how she has a complicated relationship with Edward that isn't precisely romantic but certainly has sexual undertones, and you know how it ends.

I am sort of vaguely aware that the entire fandom hates her. I get why... she is a passive character in many ways, and she takes up "valuable screentime" that could have been used on Mustang or Winry, and in the end her role in events is somewhat negative (gray-area at best) and ineffectual.

So why do I like her? Why do I ship her with Edward? Even though the shipping is really just in my head because I've only ever written a drabble for them, and there's like no fanfic whatsoever to read.

I don't know precisely why I like her, instead of being pissed off at her for being a damsel in distress, but I just do. I have, however, figured out why I like her with Edward: she's not perfect, and Edward is drawn to imperfect people. I think this is why it works for me. Not only did I like the vibes in the movie, and what Ed represented to Noa and what Noa represented to Edward, but I can just see it happening, you know? Edward's character throughout the series (and Alphonse's too) has been drawn to imperfect people. A lot of the "good guys" in the show that he allies himself with are morally suspect or outright killers themselves, or are reformed killers, or will be later. Edward manages to be extremely moral while also being intimately familiar with sin, guilt, responsibility, and death. He navigates a world of imperfect people who make mistakes and suffer extreme consequences for those mistakes.

anime and movie spoilers, but not manga please )
timepiececlock: (Dragon lives forever-- not so little gir)
nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] jaina

If you make up titles for stories I didn't write, I will respond with details of those non-written stories.

fandoms covered so far:

Fullmetal Alchemist - Freedom Kittens
Princess Tutu - Reconstruction (spoilers!)
Harry Potter - Lazy Days (spoilers!)
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Nightblindness (spoilers!), Girl With The Weight Of The World On Her Shoulders, Five Buildings Zuko Didn't Burn Down (spoilers!)
Naruto - In a Forest Without Trees
timepiececlock: (River)
Potential Epic Fics I've Yet To Finish

Our Cartography: [Avatar: The Last Airbender] My post-first season AU epic friendship/UST/adventure fic for Katara and Zuko, that got derailed after the season 2 premier stole one of my climax ideas and sent me into a crushing spiral of envy-angst. As [livejournal.com profile] akavertigo said, most writers are jealous, maniacal, and possessive about our ideas. Having them stolen by canon is almost worse than having plaigarized by another fan, cause I've nobody to be properly mad at. I'm still getting over this, and there are very strong chances I'll get back to this fic.

Salience & Synergy: [Avatar: The Last Airbender] My season 1 AU fic, with Iroh teaching Aang to firebend while he sits in Zuko's ship on the way to the Fire Nation capital. I still have hopes of finishing this one, actually. I love the idea of writing something trancendental, something that has nothing to do with romance and everything to do with philosophy and spirituality. Aang and Zuko have such a heavy dynamic, as do Iroh and Zuko.

The Mindwalker Ninja: [Naruto] My epic Ino Yamanaka life-fic, an AU that would span 20 years and see her through relationships with Shikamaru and Sasuke. This one has a lot of outlining done, particularly with regards to Ino's part in the final battle with Orochimaru, and with Sasuke's future. I stopped writing it because Naruto came off haiatus after the age jump, and I began to lose interest in the fandom, and the Ino that came out of more manga began to differ from my idea of Ino, who was half OC anyway given that we knew so little about her. Still, there's a lot of potential for writing more with this.

Mon Autre Vie: [Fruits Basket] My would-be epic Tohru Honda / Sohma family drama fic, which was based on a damn cool premise, if I do say so myself. Again, I began to grow distant from the fandom, particularly when I stopped reading the manga scanlatioons and subsequently had to give up on fanfic for fear of being spoiled. I had a good deal outlined for this fic, though not as much as the two above, and I wish I could write more even though I somehow doubt I'll get back to it.

Dane: [Harry Potter] A result of my Shakespeare crush, a massive epic based on fusing Harry Potter and Hamlet, a post-book 5 AU that would have had the students of Hogwarts unwittingly play out the entire play all the way to its tragic ending. It would have been really fucking cool, if I hadn't lost the massive outline I did for it. A full break down of character roles and plotlines, incredible amounts of detail... all gone. I was pretty upset about it, trust me.

Orpheus Child: [Cowboy Bebop] The closest thing I've done to outlining a complete novel, and it would have been one of the best fics I'd written. A post-series fic about Spike rediscovering his life, about family ties and blood and love and friendship, about the horrors of adulthood and childhood. Somewhere I have an outline for this SOMEWHERE I DO. I just don't know where it is right now. But it was a great outline, plotting the major events of each chapter, the emotional arcs of each character, the themes, allusions, and metaphors of the story, the thrilling climax, and even chapter titles pulled exclusively from poems by e. e. cummings and Shel Silverstein, as part of the mythology/children's story motif. And now it's been so very long since I watched CB... I wouldn't even remember how to write Spike's dialogue, or Jet's or Ed's dialogue.

51 Ways To Draw A Perfect Circle : [Fullmetal Alchemist] My once grand idea to do a drabble for every episode of FMA, each in a different character (50 total). I only got so far as 10, but I selected the main characters for all 51. Next time I sit down to watch an FMA marathon, I might take it up again and finish.

It's kind of depressing that "I lost the outline" the major reason for most of these fics dying, isn't it? And for the rest, it's lost interest. My interest wanders too easily, I'm sad to say, when it comes to fiction writing. Hopefully I'll get over that one day. You'll notice that neither of my two ATLA long drabble series, Night Has Come or Culture Clash, are up here. That's because they're too skimpy in word count to be called epic, and also because I plan on writing more for them, beyond all doubt.
timepiececlock: (Doctor/Rose kiss [B&W])
Being that I'm one of the few fans out there who HAVEN'T broken down and watched the two new spoiler episodes of Avatar floating through the internets, I'm forced to find other ways to occupy my time.

I got to thinking about ships and cahracters based on fanon or OC characters or random what-if AUs, particularly for shows I've been fans of for a long time, or were older fandoms. Ideas that I never wrote about, or only read random snippets for by other ficcers. Example...

Inu Yasha: Inu Yasha and Kagome have a daughter, and their daughter grows up to marry Shippou. SHUT UP YOU KNOW ITS TRUE. SHE DECIDED IT WHEN SHE WAS FIVE.

Avatar TLA: Jet is the bastard war-rape son of Commander Zhoa, who probably sent the order for his village to burn. Their sociopathies have disturbing similarities. YES.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Marta and Greed were totally sleeping together. And Greed was once Dante's husband, whom she killed because she couldn't control him. Also, I am one of the maybe 11 people on the internet who ship Noa/Ed.

Doctor Who: Don Cheadle should be the 11th Doctor. IS THIS NOT BRILLIANT. Also, Rose meets Nine in her AU, while carrying 10's secret child. We all know that's what that last conversation on the beach was about.

Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel: all camera crews + me = 4 eva big love

Stephen King's The Dark Tower hypothetical future movie: Jake Gyllenhaal in 15-18 years, or Christian Bale in five.

Princess Tutu: Drosselemeyer is the Wizard of Oz, and one windy day Fakir too will know how it feels to lose a heart.
((IF MY F-LIST LOVES ME, SOMEONE WILL DRABBLE SERIES THIS. memlu? akavertigo? octopedingenue? flutingfrenzy? anyone?))
timepiececlock: (Hughes - hope is a good thing)
I love it when fanfic writers I've put on AuthorAlert from one fandom start writing in another fandom I'm part of.

For example, Victoria Hughes did some nice angsty Fullmetal Alchemist fics a while back. And now she's starting an A:TLA season 3 chapterfic. That's damn cool; I'll have to read it later.

Jumping fandoms, I thought I had read all the decent Kakashi/Sakura fic in the Naruto section of the pit, excluding the latest chapter of Silvershine's fic which I'm saving for later enjoyment. But anyway, much to my delight I found one more: Fourteen Dates, by sakura_haru. Unfortunately I think that really was the last one, and now I have nothing to read again.

'Nother thing: I created a secondary FF.net account: Rashka the Demon. This name is taken verbatim from Kipling's The Jungle Book, of which Rashaka is partially drawn as well. I could have thought of a totally new name, but what the hell I'm lazy. Anyway, I've posted the first 4 chapters of my fic "Lucid" up there, in the hopes that if it gets reported, I won't get my entire Rashaka account erased.
timepiececlock: (Ed and The Question)
I posted this poll nearly two years ago, and got 160+ votes. Since Naruto has aired in English for a while now and most of FMA is out on DVD with a movie coming out soon, I thought it time to bring it to attention again, and see if the numbers change with any new fans.

*WARNING: when discussing your comments, MARK WARNINGS FOR ALL MANGA SPOILERS, for both Naruto and FMA. I've still seen only the anime for FMA, and don't wish to be manga-spoiled.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] chuunin and [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist.
timepiececlock: (Boom baby Greed!)
A fan trailer of FMA, set to the Pirates Of The Caribbean trailer music. Je suis amused and...tickled.
timepiececlock: (Dr Who - so many aliens)
Curse you [livejournal.com profile] donna_c_punk, for pointing me toward the Doctor Who Multifandom "Choose Your Own Companion" Ficathon.

Now I want to write a fic about Nine inadvertantly travelling with Tohru Honda.

Tohru Honda.

The brain, it boggles. Tohru would drive him absolutely bonkers, but she'd be so earnestly sincere that he wouldn't be able to hate her.

I'd need a prompt though. A situation/place/time/idea... something for them to react to.

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue? Where are you? ::booming voice:: I have a task for you. (see comments below!)
timepiececlock: (Evil Edward)
[livejournal.com profile] mustangactor replied to my FMA episode 51 dub comments! And in my response to his response I actually suppressed my squeal tendencies, kudos for me.

::dance of fangirl squee::

Is it wrong of me that I am so very, very delighted by this?

I guess I am not immune to the rush of glee that comes with having even a very minor minor celebrity realize on some level that you exist. Er...exist-ish (internet and all.)

Um... a fair amount of said glee can probably be attributed to the fact that he is less than three years older than me. But that goes back to the weird glee I get on a weekly basis now, every time I realize that, at 22, I'm actually "grown up" and hot actors in their 20s aren't slightly creepy to admire anymore, but actually perfectly logical objects of my tv and movie watching fannishness.

You're probably scratching your head at that and going "Yeah...so?" but, weird as it is, I feel like I can actually feel myself aging this year. I'm hyperaware of it, both how old I am now and how young other people are. Is that strange? It's probably because it's my senior year.
timepiececlock: (Ed is super!)
Especially [livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue, who informed me first and provided links. This is the first time I've ever watched anything for Fullmetal Alchemist in raw, un-subbed form. (Except movie trailers, which don't count.)

Hagaren OVAs... the last best dose of FMA canon I'll ever see... ::grabs with grubby hands:: MY SHOW! MY LOVE MY DARLING SHOW!

Chibi OVA: it was.... ADORABLE! I need subtitles! Now! I love how the various bits of dramatic music flared up whenever certain characters spoke. But you know what stuck in my mind the most? TRACK SUITS. Dude. Track suits! Also, Hawkeye wins x10.

Kids OVA: OMG teenage-- )...and, in conclusion... I don't know WHAT the fuck that was about, but I love it so. And...[livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue I can't believe your META CRACK THEORY for FMA canon actually appears to be ...Read more... ). The verse is a strange and mysterious place, indeed.

State OVA: I have no words except... ) ..and... KIMBLY MY EVIL LOVER, YOU'VE COME BACK TO ME. STILL CACKLING!

...oh wow. Read more... ). That's whacked. I love my show.

As someone said before me and surely someone will say after me.... FMA you are the only, only one.
timepiececlock: (Izumi...still the prettiest)
I'm over at the AdultSwim.com boards watching people's brains explode because of the FMA finale.

Particularly the thing that happens at the 9 minute mark. The evil, evil thing...with its...thingyness. It was like horrible and yet wonderful for how horrible it was.

GAH! Why is it not midnight yet! I WANT MY FMA!
timepiececlock: (FMA that character lives!)
Episode 50 discussion, page 10: the exact page on the AS boards where people blow their tops. Aahhh, I remember that viewing experience. There was screaming and freaking out galore.

Fantastic performance with the dub, just like the last few episodes. My only sadness is that Ed's line "Don't fuck with me!" was changed to something a little more tv-safe. Will it be on the DVD, one hopes?

To my great pleasure, they didn't cut out either of the two really bloody scenes in this episode, the one with Wrath and the one at the end. I'd been wondering how they were going to handle it considering you simply CAN'T edit those scenes out and expect the episode's events to make sense, and AS had edited things weaker than that before. I guess by the time they got this far they just threw their hands in the air and said "Aw, screw it! This show's too gorey to fix. We'll just have to play it as is."

Ooh, and a very amusing/traumatic link: Click here only if you've seen episode 50 and need to scream. This is the spoiler of all spoilers. Well, the second-best spoiler of all spoilers cause nothing tops alternate universe zepplins.

EDIT: This is either the best or worst FMA shirt I've ever seen.

My favorite dubbie reaction )

WARNING! Spoilers for episode 51/finale in the comments below!
timepiececlock: (Elysia is evil)
FMA dub episode 50 tonight!

Episode title:


::insert evil laugh here::

You know, it's scary how appropriate this icon is.


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