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Arai Haruka
07 April 2016 @ 03:56 pm
Specifically Chinese/Japanese/Korean bellflowers, Platycodon grandiflorus. Anyone coming around here will know them as the flower on the Akechi kamon. These are five-petaled perennials (though Google has shown some four- and six-petaled mutations) that typically balloon up before the petals spread out like a star (hence another name, the balloon flower). The flowers are typically purplish-blue, though white and light pink variants also exist, and they bloom from late June to late August. They're hardy plants, but they don't like being moved once they've been planted. Vase life tends to end the same day it begins if precautions aren't taken.

More importantly, though, the symbolism. These represent honesty, obedience, and, well, ENDLESS, UNCHANGING LOVE, and if that doesn't sound like Mitsuhide in a nutshell idk what to tell you. But another thing that these flowers symbolize is a reunion between old friends. Or, as a rather Engrish-y article put it, "the return of a friend is desired". So really, the only appropriate choice for this reincarnation AU I'm writing is to have Nobunaga plant them and have Mitsuhide show up like the forlorn puppy he is.

I get the whole mono no aware thing that those two have going on, but I need to have them actually be happy and together, too. Nobunaga accepts transience way too easily. I need him to have something to lose.
Mood: pensivepensive
Music: Specter of Death (Akechi) -Yamazaki- ~ Sengoku Musou Chronicle Series OST
Arai Haruka
So I've been contemplating my dead gay samurai OTP (Musou 2 version) and my fatalistic time-traveling undead OTP, and I'm getting the feeling that even if SenBasa hadn't predisposed me to shipping Nobunaga/Mitsuhide, it would still be my I-will-go-down-with-this-ship OTP because of how similar it is to Kain/Raziel. And goodness knows that I shipped them from the start.

Both ships follow a similar pattern. So there are these two guys. One's an ambitious lord trying to unify the land under his rule through might, though their intentions ultimately benefit the land despite their ruthlessness. The other is said lord's proud, bordering on arrogant, and devoutly loyal lieutenant who genuinely believes that their lord's rule is for the best. Eventually, the lieutenant is "betrayed" by the lord and goes off to kill him. In the process, the lieutenant realizes that their lord's death isn't what they really want and they spare him. The post-Honnouji scene in Mitsuhide's Tale shares a certain resemblance to Kain and Raziel's encounter in Avernus (the lord is lost after a duel with their lieutenant due to the intervention of outside forces), while the ending of Nobunaga's Tale and Raziel choosing to be absorbed into the Soul Reaver mirror each other similarly (the lieutenant is lost despite the lord's intent and their sacrifice changes the lord for the better).

Really, I'm either going to end up writing fic where a pre-Okehazama Nobunaga shows off that he's essentially on the same level as elder Kain, one where Raziel basically tells a rounin Mitsuhide that lords are So Not Worth It (even though they are), or an out-and-out fusion fic. Hopefully all three.
Mood: sillysilly
Music: Ozar Midrashim ~ Information Society
Arai Haruka
18 December 2013 @ 08:21 pm
Can. You. Not. Can you not. Your relationship is ridiculously unhealthy. Mitsuhide, you need to get over this dependency on Nobs. I get that you're in love with all of the horrible things that he does. I get that you would do things just as bad or worse if you weren't so obsessed with him, you do even when he is around. I even get that you really enjoy it when he hurts you himself. But don't you see? You're so wrapped up in him that it would be easy for him to break you. Nobunaga, for your part, you could clarify whether or not you see Mitsuhide as anything more than a mad dog to set on your opponents for the entertainment value up until he finally turns on you and you put him down.

Why are you two my OTP, again?
Mood: distresseddistressed
Music: A Commanding Cold Look (feat. Akechi Mitsuhide) ~ Sengoku Basara Ongaku Emaki
Arai Haruka
12 February 2013 @ 01:15 am
Or, "I'm too lazy right now to write a proper ship manifesto."

TL;DR: Both are fundamentally broken in a way that the other would be great at fixing.Collapse )
Mood: annoyedavoidant
Music: Rhapsody of the Forsaken ~ Order of Ecclesia OST
Arai Haruka
03 November 2012 @ 03:25 pm
... it occurred to me that I didn't expect to like DekaRanger. I knew that it was Blade's partner for Super Hero Time and that Ban was AkibaRed's favorite character, but it still didn't really leave much of an impression on me. I think it was I was mainly judging it by the DekaRanger episode of Gokaiger, and that episode didn't really get me the way that the TimeRanger episode or Decade's Blade arc did; it didn't make me feel like I'd love the series if I watched it. And with the way that TimeRanger and Blade turned out, along with the way that some of the ones that I didn't get that impression from turned out (I'm looking at Kabuto and Kiva, mainly), I suppose I learned to trust my initial instinct with these kinds of things. The main reason that I decided to watch it first was because it was the first of the Sentai consistently subbed by T-N and I wanted to stay on top of the crossover movies and I would have a hard time choosing between Boukenger and Go-Onger otherwise and AkibaRanger may have also influenced me a little bit, but it wasn't really my first choice because of the impressions that I already had of it.

I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly mistaken this time. I loved DekaRanger, I loved Ban and Hoji's partnership, I loved how Jasmine/Umeko was even noted in canon, I loved Tetsu in all of his bubble-bath-taking, crossdressing strangeness, I loved how Sen served as the voice of reason, I loved that Doggie and Swan were practically the parents of the rest of the group. I'm certainly going to miss it. Oh well. That's why I have Asuka; to rewatch toku on the pretext that she needs to watch it, too (and, don't get me wrong, she does because not having watched Deka and Blade is crying shame). So, I hope she's ready to put up me trying to recreate Super Hero Time 2004 once we finally finish Fourze, because that all I really want to do, right now.
Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Music: Girls in Trouble! DekaRanger ~ Tokusou Sentai DekaRanger Song Collection
Arai Haruka
06 October 2012 @ 02:39 pm
As I'm watching through the Decade/Shinkenger crossover episodes, I'm little confused as to why Narutaki is making such a big deal about there being a new Kamen Rider in that world. You see, way back when, in the days of J.A.K.Q., there was a crossover movie between it and Goranger that established that they, V3, Amazon, and Kikaider all coexist in the same universe. Gokaiger shows us that all of the Sentai take place in the same universe, so Narutaki is essentially complaining about there suddenly being Kamen Riders in a world that already had them. And not only did they already have them, these are V3 and Amazon we're talking about. They're classics. I mean, from a Doylist perspective, I get that Gokaiger had yet to come out and establish the whole massive universe, but, from a Watsonian perspective, shouldn't Narutaki already know they're in the same 'verse, given that he, Daiki, and Tsukasa all seem to have encyclopedic knowledge of all things Kamen Rider? It's not like it could be a case of team Decade going to an alternate Shinkenger world since they make cameos in Shinkenger itself, so what's so wrong with there being Kamen Riders there?

I think what I'm trying to get at here is that Narutaki is an idiot and a pointless character.
Arai Haruka
29 September 2012 @ 11:55 am
So, I'm a little more than eight pages into my compressed short story version of the previously mentioned Blade/Decade crossover, and it's probably on its third or fourth draft, but that's fine. Here's the problem. I got this wonderfully terrible idea to write a bunch of fusion fics based around the other Kamen Rider series', e.g. a universe where Kendate and Tachibana take the places of Godai and Ichijou, one where they play Akiko and Terui to Kenzaki and Hajime's Shoutarou and Philip, etc. And I like it a lot, it's just. I don't have the time for it. I need to finish this fic, I need to finish my Natsumi app for [community profile] wishingscales, not to mention all of the stuff that coming up as far as school goes. This idea won't leave me alone, and I have no skill in managing my time. Someone help me, please.
Arai Haruka
16 September 2012 @ 08:56 pm
Blade finale. I want to start by saying that you were fantastic, a lot better than most of the endings that came afterward. But at the same time, I have to fix you. Because that is just too painful for words. Even if I wasn't a Hajime/Kenzaki shipper, it would still be too painful for words. I hope you're happy.
Arai Haruka
31 August 2012 @ 11:55 am
Here are two WIP ideas I'm working on at the moment.

The "I love Kendate Kazuma far too disproportionately to the amount of time he's actually in the series" idea. Or, alternatively, the "I've had this in the works ever since I watched the first episode of Blade" idea. Or, even more alternatively, the "Blade/World of Blade crossover" idea, in which post-series!Kendate goes to the original Blade World and kicks ass, cooks poorly, and flirts with Tachibana, not necessarily in that order. And then it gets convoluted... Anyway, I've started the first chapter, and it's going pretty well, but I feel like I should, you know, actually finish the series first. Oh well, that's what drafts are for.

The "Double/TWEWY fusion" idea. Because Kirihiko deserves so much better, and TWEWY has the best afterlife scheme. This one's going to stay on the back-burner while I work on the above-mentioned fic (especially since I've watched fewer episodes of Double than I have of Blade!), but I've got a bit of planning for it done. I intend to have it more accurately reflect how the Reaper's Game normally works as opposed to the weirdness that came from the circumstances surrounding the Game in TWEWY. So far, I've got Kirihiko's partner pretty much confirmed as well as two good ideas for characters in the Producer/Composer/Conductor roles (though I'm not sure who'll have which role yet). I also have some ideas for other Players, but I have no clue who would make good Reapers and I'd rather not use OCs. Any suggestions?
Mood: chipperchipper
Music: Give Me All Your Love ~ The World Ends With You OST
Arai Haruka
29 July 2012 @ 03:51 pm
Maybe, one of these days, months won't past between these entries. Yep, that'll be the day... Mostly, this is just a reminder to myself about all of the toku I need to watch and to order my priorities.

Toku that I'm working on:
Kamen Rider Amazon (01/24)
Dengeki Sentai Changeman (08/55)
Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger (24/50)
Gosei Sentai Dairanger (08/50)
Denji Sentai Megaranger (04/51)
Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (18/50)
Kamen Rider Kuuga (24/49)
Mirai Sentai Timeranger (15/50)
Kamen Rider Agito (36/51)
Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger (17/51)
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (10/51)
Kamen Rider Faiz (19/50)
Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (10/50)
Engine Sentai Go-Onger (00/50)
Tomica Hero: Rescue Force (00/51)
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (00/49)
Tomica Hero: Rescue Fire (00/51)
Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (00/50)
Garo: Yami wo Terasu Mono (15/25)
Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger: Season 2 (03/13)
Garo Gaiden: Tougen no Fue
Kamen Rider Gaim (23/47)
Ressha Sentai ToQger (26/47)
Zero: Black Blood (00/06)
Garo: Makai no Hana (00/25)
Kamen Rider Drive (00/48)
Kamen Rider Ghost (19/50)
Doubutsu Sentai Jyuohger (02/??)
Kamen Rider Amazons (00/13)

Toku that I'm done with:
Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue
Kamen Rider ZO
Kamen Rider J
Kamen Rider World
Super Sentai World
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Kamen Rider Blade
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
Kamen Rider Hibiki (pre-retool)
Mahou Sentai Magiranger
Kamen Rider: The First
Kamen Rider Kabuto
GoGo Sentai Boukenger
Chou Ninja Tai Inazuma!
Garo Special: Byakuya no Majuu
Kamen Rider Den-O
JyuKen Sentai Gekiranger
Chou Ninja Tai Inazuma!! SPARK
Kamen Rider: The Next
Kamen Rider Kiva
Kamen Rider Decade
Kamen Rider G
Kamen Rider W
Kamen Rider OOO (unfinished)
Garo: Red Requiem
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
Kamen Rider Fourze
Kiba Gaiden
Garo: Makai Senki
Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger
Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie
Kamen Rider Wizard
ZyuDen Sentai Kyouryuuger (unfinished)
Garo: Soukoku no Maryuu
Ultraman Ginga
Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (unfinished)
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Music: Hard-Boiled ~ Kamen Rider Double OST