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Fri, Jan. 6th, 2017, 04:06 pm
Sports anime meta

I've been having a lot of meta thoughts about sports anime lately, thanks to Haikyuu!! and Yuri!!! On Ice (what is it with exclamation points in anime titles nowadays). Also Chihayafuru, which feels like a really underappreciated series grumble grumble.

Anyway, today I want to talk about the idea of "Real Life" in sports anime and manga. Ha ha. I'm going to identify some series that are so focused on sports that they are almost escapist, and then sports series that have a lot of Life in them, and then I'm going to talk about how some sports series let you escape for a while and then inject a dose of Life in them through what I call "Life Intrusion Moments." And then I'm going to relate this to other genres, and to writing in general. 

Note: I haven't done enough research to write a real essay here, and I'm going to only cut out the worst spoilers, so yeah, this bit of meta will mainly be for me me me me me. Also, I've never seen some of the really important sports series out there (like most of Eyeshield 21, Hajime no Ippo, and pretty much all of the baseball and soccer ones, yikes), and I haven't seen any series with female stars, so this is going to necessarily be a limited analysis of whatever I feel like and know. Wah. 
 
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Thu, Dec. 29th, 2016, 12:16 am
The other Karasuno

I was asking a couple of my volleyball-playing relatives how realistic Haikyuu is (short answer: 85%) and one of them, this big hulking guy who's somewhere around forty years old, revealed that his team's name is Karasuno. 

...AHAHAHAHAHAHA best. Christmas. present. ever. 


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Fri, Dec. 16th, 2016, 05:49 pm
Get Your Words Out

I have pledged to write 75,000 words (the lightest goal) as part of Get Your Words Out 2017. That's 6,250 words per month, or 205 words per day, not counting work writing.  

This is the lightest possible goal in the community. The highest is 500,000! Yee!  
 

I will mainly work on fic, original short stories, and my silly fantasy novel, but maybe I'll do some journaling too. We shall see! 

205 words doesn't sound like a lot! I can do that on the bus or something, right??? 



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Mon, Nov. 28th, 2016, 10:20 pm
Tohoku update

I haven't talked about the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster (東日本だ震災)in a while. Since I live in an area where a big disaster is very likely to hit in the next 50 years, I think I ought to be doing a bit more to learn from what happened in Tohoku. I also feel like I kind of owe it to my friends in Fukushima to keep talking about it.

Some observations/facts:

1. When I went back to Fukushima in May this year (2016), I found out that my town, which is 65 km away from the Dai-ichi power plant, has actually replaced the topsoil in the town in order to lessen the radioactivity.

2. On the same trip, I met my friend who moved away from Fukushima to Hokkaido in the wake of the earthquake because her adult son had strange red marks on his neck and was possibly getting sick due from the radiation. She's part of a group that is trying to get compensation from the Japanese government for having to leave the area; they believe that the 20km exclusion zone wasn't big enough, and that people in a larger radius from the reactors should have received aid. My other former students think she is crazy and don't talk to her anymore. (On a perhaps not-unrelated note, it's really sad, but my former students' English club only has two people in it now...and it's a group that had studied and travelled together for maybe 10 years? Some of them have just moved on to other interests, and they still talk with one another outside the club, but it saddens me.)

3. I don't think my student who moved to Hokkaido is wrong, and I don't think my students who stayed behind are wrong either. 

4. There are people still living in temporary housing. If you look at Western media, it's pretty bleak. If you watch Japanese TV (I don't read Japanese papers because it's too hard), it looks a lot better. Same as during the earthquake itself.

5. Japan's ability to respond to natural disasters is still miles above any other country I know of. 

6. There are way too many earthquakes still happening. There was the big one in Kumamoto this year, of course, but plenty of other smaller ones seemingly constantly. 

7. Today I watched a pretty interesting episode of a Japanese show called "From Tohoku: Lectures for the Future." The fact that such a show exists shows that Japan is crazy good at learning from natural disasters and making sure the knowledge is passed down. The episode I watched focused on a coastal village called Fudai (普代村)in Iwate Prefecture, which, despite being hit by the tsunami, damage was minimal and no deaths occurred due to the massive seawalls + floodgates built to protect the town. One of the old mayors, Wamura(和村), had long ago convinced the village council to build those walls despite the enormous cost--$30 million USD in today's money. I'd heard about this "miracle" town before, but the episode of "From Tohoku: Lectures for the Future" went into more depth about the lessons we can learn from Fudai. Here's what the lecturers, about three of them from different fields, had to say:

(a) The intersection of science and history here was important. Wamura was so insistent about building those walls because he lived through another tsunami as a child. He said we needed to learn from that experience. 

(b) It took a buttload of work and hardheadedness for the walls to happen. Wamura's family showed his old daytimer books, which they had carefully collected in a box; Wamura wrote notes to himself that he had to convince people on the village council one by one. He was apparently a very persuasive person. 

(c) It was a combination of "hard" and "soft" measures that saved the town. The "hard" measures were the walls; the "soft" measures were drills and mental preparation. The people of Fudai were told that the walls did not guarantee their safety, and they did indeed run for safety when the tsunami came. In fact, they were told this: "The fact that we need such big walls should tell you how precarious our situation could be if a tsunami hits."

(d) Unfortunately, according to one of the lecturers, most outsiders have taken away the wrong message from Fudai: "hard" measures--"if we build a wall then we don't need to worry about tsunamis!" The "hard" measures only.

p.s. I don't want to imply that I regularly keep up on the news in Japan or that I'm fluent, because no. 


...So what can I, personally, take away from this? Well, here in Vancouver, where we are woefully unprepared for the Big One...we don't have a Wamura. And I don't think any politician would be able to rise to power around here on that platform. (Right now, the hot topic is tell our Prime Minister where to stuff his oil pipelines.) We just don't have a recent enough disaster in our history to impel anyone to do anything much to prepare. And we kind of suck at organizing. Hell, I was supposed to get some free emergency preparation package from the Canadian Red Cross and I never did. Welp, I will try to help my own family and workplace try to be prepared at the very least. I'm pretty lazy myself, but I'll keep reminding myself...which is why I'm recording my thoughts here. 


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Sun, Oct. 30th, 2016, 11:54 pm
[Hikaru no Go] Art: Halloween Pic!


Happy Hikago Halloween! by skays on DeviantArt

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Sun, Oct. 30th, 2016, 11:24 am
[Hikaru no Go] Fic: The Best Zombie Apocalypse Ever

Happy Halloween (in some time zones)! Here's a silly zombie apocalypse fic to celebrate.

Title: The Best Zombie Apocalypse Ever 
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Genre: Humour 
Characters: Ochi, Shindou, Ogata, Waya, Touya,
Wordcount: 4661 words 
Summary: In the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Ochi learns that Sai was...undead? Time to go Sai-hunting! Contains some gore and a lot of silliness.
 
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Sat, Oct. 15th, 2016, 09:10 am
[Hikaru no Go] Fic: The Games of Spring

Title: The Games of Spring
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Genre: Drama, Romance
Characters: Waya, Isumi
Wordcount: 1845
Summary: Waya and Isumi spend May 5 like old farts: drinking beer (even though Waya is technically underage), playing the slowest game of go in the world, and not paying any attention to the Hokuto Cup that Waya failed to qualify for, no sirree. Submitted to Blind Go Round 18. Comes after "The Games of Summer" and "The Games of Winter." 

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Mon, Oct. 10th, 2016, 04:05 pm
[Hikaru no Go/Ender's Game] Fic: Yose

Title: Yose
Fandoms: Hikaru no Go, Ender's Game
Genre: Drama, Crossover, Space opera
Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Nase Asumi, Hong Suyong
Wordcount: 12,360 words
Summary: The last story in my Hikago/Ender's Game crossover series, which started with "Hikaru's Game" in 2006. (Holy crap.) It is the Third Invasion, and Hikaru is the captain of a starship on the way to the war front. But along the way he comes to understand just how much he's been lied to about the nature of this war...

Here's the fic (link to Dreamwidth entry)

Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2016, 05:57 pm
Imzy

Got an Imzy invite thanks to ukefied, signed up as flonnebonne. Haven't really figured out how to use it yet. Interface on phone is kind of bad right now, but we'll see how it goes. It fandom migrates over there I'll go. I am tired of Tumblr. 

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Mon, Aug. 29th, 2016, 09:16 pm
Haikyuu and Hikaru no Go fic recs

Haikyuu 

levels of investment by skittidyne 
It took me a while, but I finally found a fic with lots of volleyball in it! Tsukishima POV, which means lots of delightful meanness, but basically all of Karasuno is featured here. Very fun short fic about the team goofing off and thinking about what Karasuno will look like next year.  

(BTW did anyone watch the Serbia v.s. USA and Serbia v.s. China women's volleyball matches during the Olympics??? So good!!) 



Hikaru no Go 


Paper Cranes by spontaneite 
"Two years passed before Hikaru admitted, reluctantly, that possession by a spirit seemed to have long-lasting side effects which probably wouldn’t go away on their own." Took a while for me to get into this, but great premise and great Hikaru voice. Five chapters so far.   

Caught in a Thousand Strings by Thai_Tea_Addict  
"Sai wakes up to find everything he'd gone through to be a dream." Again, this took me a while to get into, but there's a reason this fic has 380 comments on it. The plot is pretty damn gripping. Read the warnings though--child abuse, child prostitution, etc. 

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