May. 2nd, 2011 10:40 pm
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9. Tell me about your default icon.

I change default icons all the time, which is why I freak out when WisCon rolls around and I need to pick one by which people can identify me.

This is Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro, looking for her sister Mei. I think it's a pretty gorgeous icon, I love the grass, the sky, the lighting.

10. Pick 10 random icons from your userpics and tell me about them.

This is from one of the windows at St. Norbert Abbey, icon made by me. Their windows are gorgeous, you can look at pictures of them here, or better yet go there.
The text is what Jesus said when dying on the cross.

I can't figure out if this is official or fanart of Korra, who will be the star of the next animated Avatar series. In the full-version of the image, she's clasping hands with the spirit!Aang - he's the white that's reflected in her eyes.

Icon made by me, art by Japanese fanartist, her site is here. This is Sailor Moon, but in the Princess transformation outfit from the live-action show (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon). Because in this transformation, she gets a fucking sword.

Sailor Venus, mid-transformation sequence. Text says: "Henshin: To change or transform." I like this a lot. Henshin sequences are common in anime series about magical school girls. I also like using it when I'm posting about self-improvement or etc.

From the John Adams mini-series. I loved this mini-series, especially the dude playing Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson (smirking): LOL OUR BAD
George Washington (intense frown): DAMN KIDS

Mai of Avatar: The Last Airbender, with throwing knife. Because Mai is a badass who rescues her boyfriend even when he is a dumbass.

Albus Dumbledore/Grindewald from Harry Potter. Because it is the single time in my life that I saw the subtext, joined the LJ comm, and then had it confirmed by the author. VINDICATION. [Also, I totally missed a pairing in Game of Thrones, so this makes me feel better.]

Zack and Cloud escaping from Mako tubes in Final Fantasy VII. Because in FF7, you find out halfway through that the protagonist is an unreliable narrator and everything is THROWN TO SHIT AND IT IS AMAZING.

Because Tifa Lockhart (of FF7) is probably my favorite character of all time. I have a poster of her on my wall. ....And four figurines.

From Sailor Moon: Minako and Usagi (Sailors Venus and Moon) in their civilian high school uniforms, giggling 'til tears come out the corners of their eyes.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Rei)
Staying home sick means an icon post.

If you like the art used in the icons, please visit the artists' websites:
Here and here.


The rest lie under the cut. )

For those unfamiliar with Sailor Moon....the femslash potential is basically endless.
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This post was written for [ profile] halfamoon.

Misato is one of the primary characters in the 1995 anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Evangelion is one of the most famous anime series of all time, having also spawned off at least two manga series, a movie, and is currently in the midst of a 4-movie retelling of the story.

In a post-apocalyptic world on the cusp of another apocalypse, Misato seems to be the sole voice of reason while everyone around her is falling apart (psychologically, although in some cases, literally).

She combats a multi-year episode of mutism, a father complex, and taking control of her life. While always calm and collected at work, she spends her evenings drinking beer and eating instant food from the microwave.

Spoilers if you haven't seen the series, but if you don't care about spoilers, I highly recommend them! )

Bad-Ass Misato Quotes
MISATO: Giving up halfway is worse than never trying at all. Come on! Get up! MOVE IT!
SHINJI: I want to die. Just leave me here.
MISATO: Stop talking like a stubborn little brat! Like it or not, you're still alive. Get moving and DO something! You can die later!

Only those who have the will to live get to survive.

I’m not going to feel sorry for you. If you don’t like feeling pain, then you can just sit here and let them kill you!

So fucking what if I’m not you?! That doesn’t mean its okay for you to give up! If you do, I’ll NEVER forgive you as long as I live. God knows I’m not perfect either. I’ve made tons of stupid mistakes and later I regretted them. And I’ve done it over and over again, thousands of times. A cycle of hollow joy and vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time I learned something about myself.

Misato icons! I am not skilled in the art of icon-making, but please do credit if you use them.

laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Default)
x-posted in [ profile] halfamoon

Sailor Moon is a manga series created by Naoko Taekuchi. It ran from 1992 to 1997, and has spawned a 5-season anime series, three movies, a musical, and most recently a live-action retelling of the story.

Many people are familiar with the anime version of Sailor Moon, as it aired on Cartoon Network for a number of years.

What many people don't know is that the original manga version of Sailor Moon, crafted by Naoko Takeuchi, is a fantastic and mature manga series. In the English dub version of the story especially, many things are "dumbed down" from the original source material. For example, the homosexual relationship between Sailors Neptune and Uranus is erased in the English dub. Instead, they are referred to as "cousins."

Usagi Tsukino is a lazy middle school student who loves video games. One day, she finds a talking cat, who tells her that she is actually a champion of justice, Sailor Moon. Usagi is incredulous, but when her best friend is attacked, she does not hesitate to save her. Throughout the course of the series, Usagi finds other girls who are Sailor Senshi just like her. While fighting various incarnations of evil, they also deal with school, entrance exams, families, and boys.

Sailor Moon is one of few manga series to highlight a lesbian relationship without making it into a huge deal. Normally, for a manga or anime series to have a homosexual relationship, the story focuses exclusively on the relationship. In the case of Sailor Moon, the genre is very clearly "magical school girl," but Takeuchi allows her characters to interact naturally without detracting from the main plot.

Also, Takeuchi's art books sometimes contain slash-tastic drawings of her characters. She seems to love paring Sailors Mars and Venus together, with their arms around each other, etc. There are some examples of this in the icons below!

Art styles used by manga-ka (people who write/draw manga) are always evolving, but it is difficult to find consistent quality artwork from the mid-1990s. Takeuchi's artwork is a massive exception, and to this day, I think that this series' artwork is the most beautiful I've seen.
Also, Takeuchi makes adorably cute chibi versions of all her characters.

As for the [ profile] halfamoon angle, almost the entire main cast is female, as well as the supporting cast. Girls are everywhere, and they save each other and kick ass.

38 Icons! I apologize for not being very good at making icons. )

In the U.S., licenses have lapsed on both the anime series and on the manga series. The anime is still relatively easy to find on DVD, but the manga series is becoming increasingly rare. It was published by Mixx (which later became TokyoPop), but I would love to see a re-issuing here, much like they are currently releasing in Japan. Mixx did not do a very good job at binding the pages together. I own all 18 volumes, but many of them are falling apart!


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