Aug. 8th, 2007

piranha: red origami crane (Default)
what i really don't grok, is how a story i don't even understand can get to me so i feel all weirdly touched inside.

i've been listening to 裏刀神記 (ura katana kami no ki) by ogasawara uki (which i translate to something like "chronicles of the spirit in the sword" -- we'll see how dramaqueen translates it when the english version comes out, since they just licensed it). it's a brutal story judging from the art; there seem to be 2 people (plus the spirit in the sword, by name of shiba), whose destiny is entwined across several reincarnations / transfigurations, one of them (shinkai) pursues the other (ryoutarou/tsunaie), who always kills him. at least that's what i think happens. it's an "eternal rival" story where they can't really live without each other, but these guys can apparently not live with each other either for some centuries, *wry grin*.

i got the drama CD first because it has one of my favourite seiyuu (masutani yasunori, of fujimi orchestra fame), who has done so little leading work that i've been trying to find everything by him. also, okiayu-buchou as the spirit; always a treat, and sakurai takahiro -- great cast. after i figured out that it was based on a manga, i found the japanese raws for it, and most of the story i've pieced together from that. which isn't really much more than i've already told. after realizing that everybody romanizes the title differently, i figured out that there is scanlation of the first volume, but only two chapters of that are the main story, and you know, it's no clearer to me after reading the translation either; the timeline jumps back and forth between at least 3 different periods, the scanlator's english isn't the best, and half the story is in the second volume which i don't have. i've ordered it from japan, because i Must Have It. the art is gorgeous, btw. the sex isn't to my taste (too much tying up, non-con, and yeah, dying during), and i don't care; i'm not looking at it for the sex.

but somehow the emotion of the drama CD gets to me even though i am incredibly hazy on what actually happens. tonight i've been listening to it over and over, trying to translate bits and pieces. which is hard -- i usually don't even try with stories that have samurai in them, because they tend to use some archaic language that completely stumps me, of course. i think there is actually a happy ending, but what the heck happened with the spirit in the sword? he had a thing with shinkai at some point, but shinkai clearly has The Thing for ryoutarou, and yaoi never does polyamory.

anyway, i am all weird inside. i feel like i am not really here, but somewhere in a different place where this story is real. i listen to a lot of drama CDs, but i don't remember this happening to me before, not even with stories i like a lot (and actually understand because i have full translations). the music might also have something to do it. heck, i should buy the CD, that way i get a booklet with it and can look up who wrote the music; i keep finding myself humming along.
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http://community.livejournal.com/lj_biz/241884.html

"* How do these policies apply to images of minors who are not real?

To ensure that we are compliant with child pornography laws, we have decided to treat any content which contains a graphic visual depiction of a minor (anyone under the age of 18, as defined by Federal and California state law) engaged in sexually explicit conduct as a violation of our policy regarding illegal content (see this link for definitions of graphic, visual depiction, and sexually explicit conduct). We feel this approach creates the clearest guidelines possible for users to follow and for the Abuse Prevention Team to enforce, and minimizes the risk of an incorrect evaluation of material. In short, we want to eliminate child porn from being hosted on LiveJournal."

"* How is LiveJournal determining whether figures depicted in drawings/artwork are underage?

A number of factors are involved in making this determination. Any stated age of the individuals present, the apparent age of the people or characters present in an image, and outside knowledge of the person or character's age are all taken into consideration. The only one of these factors which can be evaluated alone is how characters present in the image are drawn, and this is only done when there is simply no other information available to help determine age."

though the lightning rod for this was HP slash, this is the end for not only shota (over which i won't weep much, except as regards freedom of expression, dammit), but also for any yaoi taking place in high school. much other yaoi will be in danger as well unless each image is clearly marked with the age of the character (and that can't just be trumped up). considering how much younger manga characters tend to look (and we all know how i feel about girly uke and why -- they all look underage).

good for LJ; this is a much clearer policy than the previous muddle and will be easier to apply, and they've finally come out and stated their true agenda: "In short, we want to eliminate child porn from being hosted on LiveJournal." ([ed:] and anything that might possibly be mistaken as child porn by mainstream community standards). it's not a good policy for yaoi enthusiasts, but it's pretty clear that LJ cares a lot less about freedom of expression these days than about appealing to the mainstream. told you so when 6A bought the place; going corporate does tend to have this effect.

i think i will stop paying for my account; let pepsi make up the difference. i don't know whether i will leave altogether; haven't decided yet. the policy doesn't affect me directly because i don't post even remotely underage-looking smexy art anywhere, since i dont care for it. but i don't like how LJ is sliding down this slippery slope, how heavy the hammer has become (permanent suspension for a single violation), and i might as well throw my $$ behind a different company, who's as yet more supportive of freedom of expression. also, i am feeling like expressing solidarity with people who are directly affected. egads, over "child porn" of all things. who would have thought... contrary to conventional wisdom i seem to become more liberal as i get older.
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so i am on record about being willing to listen to the tokyo phonebook being read by some of my favourite seiyuu. or any other phonebook, for that matter, as long as it's thick.

today i found something that is even worse.

my favourite seiyuu counting sheep (200, i believe) so as to make it easier for fans to fall asleep.

hitsuji de oyasumi 4, suzuki chihiro and toriumi kousuke. no sex tonight for mr gayboy, we're counting sheep in japanese.

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