0010 - I really enjoyed this interview with the people behind aang_aint_white.
0011 - Answers to questions from yesterday! :D
Q: Would you ever dye your hair silver and green? :D
A: No. >.>
Q: Any pairing at all would be good, but just tell me: who buys the handcuffs?
A: Yamamoto. :D And then he ends up wearing 'em, because Gokudera is just that persuasive. >.>
Q: Bleach question: Have you ever skipped an arc or felt like giving up watching completely at any point? Explain!
A: I don't watch the Bleach anime in the sense that I'm a fan who watches it for more canon. I watch it to see my favourite manga characters move and speak, but my main source of "canon" in Bleach is the manga. So I can't really answer this question. I even watch the fillers in the anime, but it's like the movies in HP for me. Nice to see, but not necessary. I've never been tempted to skip a manga arc, though. (blasphemy.)
Q: DID YOU NOTICE IN THE LAST BLEACH THAT THERE WAS A RATHER UNFORTUNATE FRAME WHERE INOUE LOOKED LIKE HER BUM CRACK WAS SHOWING?
A: HAHAHA YES I DID AND I LOLED SO HARD DESPITE MYSELF. I BET KUBO DOES THIS TO HER ON PURPOSE; THERE WAS A PANEL IN ONE OF THE RECENT CHAPTERS WITH A VERY UNFORTUNATE CROTCH ANGLE, TOO.
Q: What is your favourite HP fanfiction and why?
A: Transfigurations by Resonant. It was written after GoF and it's STILL GOOD, even though character personalities and histories have changed significantly and the story is now completely AU. 'Nuff said.
Q: Are you going to add Bleach to your fandom-y tattoo?
A: No, but I'll probably get a Bleach-related tattoo at some point in the not-too-distant future. Said acquisition may or may not coincide with certain events taking place on the West Coast this summer...
Q: WHERE DO I LIVE?
A: IN MY POCKET! WHY DO YOU EVEN ASK! :D
Q: HOW ARE YOU SO ADORABLE?
A: IT'S THE MIDICHLORIANS! I THINK. MIGHT BE THE TANGERINES! >.>
Q: WHEN WILL MISS ALBIE TAKE OVER THE WORLD?
A: RIGHT NOW, OKAY! NINJA PIRATE BATTLE KITTENS ARE IN POSITION OVER ORBIT!
Q: WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST AWESOME OF AWESOME?
A: BLEACH! ♥_♥
Q: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF ICHIGO MET HARRY?
A: HE WOULD TOTALLY KICK HARRY'S ASS. :D
Q: DOES THIS FONT MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG?
A: POSITIVELY ENORMOUS. TRY ANTI-ALIASING.
Q: COOKIES: 1) OMENS OF THE ANTICHRIST OR 2) TASTY AND DELICIOUS?
Q: Would you draw a Salvador Dali moustache on your face with a black sharpie for £1,000,000? Assume you must redraw it each time it washes off/wears off, every day for one full year, and you may not cover it with makeup or any kind of hijab-esque garment. For added amusement, if your answer is yes, would you still do it if you were NOT allowed to explain why you were doing it? (You could give any number of false reasons, but could not reveal the REAL reason.)
A: Yes. £1,000,000 can buy me COMPLETE SOLITUDE for that year. Even if I don't get paid until the year is up, that's what having good credit is for. HA! >:D
Q: Roughly how many chapters do you expect To Hell and Back to be?
A: incapricious and I have outlined 20 (so 18 more). This may change -- we don't anticipate it will, but I've learned never to say never when it comes to longfics.
Q: When are we meeting for post-work dinner? :P
A: Have your people call my people. :DDD
Q: What manga (if any) are you thinking of starting next?
A: I'm kind of stalled in the middle of Saiyuki right now -- no time to read, and I'm not so into it that I can't put it down. I gave up on Fairy Tail, so next on the list is Rurouni Kenshin, whenever I get to it.
Q: Have you ever met someone on the internet you really got along with, only to find you didn't in person? Or the other way around? Why do you think that was?
A: Yes to both. In the first case, it's usually because the online personality is different from the RL personality -- not necessarily because the person has deliberately misrepresented themselves, but the nature of the internet is such that it can hide things from view. In the second case, it's usually because the online personality seems different from what it actually is due, again, to the flawed nature of the medium.
Q: So, how many more arcs do ya think Kubo's got in store for Bleach before we reach an eventual end?
A: An end? To Bleach? LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU! >.>
Q: If, as Empress of the Cyberverse, you could ban one annoying type of behaviour on the Internet, which one would you choose?
A: Failing to use Google.
Q: Plz name my new robot vacuum! YES, THIS IS A QUESTION.
A: Ken-chan! XD
Q: One character you wish Kubo would kill off asap?
A: ULQUIORRA. DIE ALREADY, YOU OVERGROWN COCKROACH. >:|
Q: Biggest pet-peeve about Harry in fan-fic?
A: Nice Guy!Harry. Grargh. Harry is a bit of a jerk. It's part of his charm! >:|
Q: What's one of your happiest fandom memories?
A: Sitting in the Sheraton lobby during the Witching Hour with a bunch of fen and all of our laptops, talking about the most inappropriate subjects and scaring the hotel staff. Pretty much all of my happy fandom memories are from fan gatherings, actually. :)
Q: Okay, so having been into only one anime series so far, and sports anime at that, what is your favorite series so far, and why?
A: I'm not into any anime series, actually. Bleach is my favourite manga; I watch the anime as a supplement to the manga, not as a series in its own right. Because Bleach is AWESOME (see below :D).
Q: Also, are you as glib in RL as you are when you write? ;)
A: ...No? Maybe? I don't know! I would probably say no, because writing entails editing, and speaking doesn't, and English is not my first language. I'm known to go "man, I know the Russian/Hungarian/both, but how do you say that in English?" when speaking. :"> I think other people would be better judges of my "live" communicative abilities, in any case.
Q: What are your top three favorite novel-length Harry/Draco fics of all time?
A: Transfigurations by Resonant, Oscillate Wildly by Marks, and A Wave in Windless Water by Ociwen.
Q: What's your favorite snack? :D
A: Watermelon! :D
Q: If you could be any character for a day in the Harry Potter universe AND the Bleach universe, who would you be and why? How would you spend the day?
A: I would be Yoruichi! Awesome captain-level skills and the ability to turn into a cat? Sign me up! I'd spend the day exploring Seireitei and Hogwarts!
A: No, thank you, we already have a refrigerator.
Q: In 50 words or so, what makes BLEACH this existential epiphany oozing homoeroticism?
A: I don't know about homoeroticism, as that's never the reason I get into any fandom (though there's certainly buckets and buckets of subtext >.>)... let me recycle an answer from a meme I did a few months back: the charm of Bleach is all in the characters -- the way they're drawn, the way they interact, the relationships they build (or rebuild). The blend of angst, typical shounen heroics, and humour (which often is, or borders on, slapstick) fills me with childlike joy that I never thought would return to me.
0010 - Two of the questions up there and a few posts I've seen from people recently are making me wonder: do people generally consider anime and manga equivalent? o.o Because aside from them being, well, completely different media (the difference is roughly that of cartoons vs comic books, I think, though I don't think Western comics have ever had the cultural pull that manga did/does in Japan)... Plus anime is a team effort, in which (in case of manga-based anime), the original creator[s] generally does not even participate! Manga-based anime that I've seen always gets things wrong, too, and the story is not necessarily the same -- like, Bleach has whole filler arcs spanning dozens of episodes, and if you watch the Bleach anime, you're not going to have the same view of the series as you would if you read the manga (unless you read the manga first). Pretty much all of the original FMA series plotline had little to do with the manga at all. I just. *hands* THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, no matter how I look at them! :P