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Adventures in Making Jibril (NGNL) [The Sock Search]


A fair warning, this is going to be mostly a series of ranting posts about me getting angry at my Jibril cosplay.

Looking at Jibril, one would think that she’s rather simple to do, except maybe the wings.

One would be right.

One would also not believe the incredible frustration I had when looking for socks the correct shade of purple. I went to Akiba’s thigh high store and couldn’t find any. Of course, I turned to the reliable source that is eBay and taobao for my footwear needs.

Holy shit; there was literally nothing that fit the criteria when I was searching for them a few months ago. It was incredible. A pair of thigh high socks of a solid colour? Easy score there! But no- until my more recent searching, there was nothing to be found even on those icons of miscellany.

More elusive are her white and pink striped over the ankle socks. Let me tell you, I’m convinced that they do not exist. Like you, dear reader, I assumed this would be an easy find. After all, it’s a standard pattern on a standard sock length. What’s so difficult?

What is difficult is not finding the pattern; it’s finding the pattern on an appropriately length sock.

So let me warn you, future Jibril cosplayers, search early, search hard. These socks are a pain in the ass to find.

(Cuz shipping time is usually about a month.)

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Fanfiction Peeves


Because I need to collect these and express them in a more effective way than ranting at a quickly flattening can of cream soda.

1) Lying Reviewers

When a really bad fic has a completely disproportionate review count. Especially when they’re all positive. >:C

 

2) Terrible Capitalization

Why are your “I”s dotted? I was certain that was a period. Why is there some convoluted geometric sequence in the seemingly random capitalization?

3) Emoticons

What are you doing. It is proper writing, not chatting on skype. If you can’t describe ^w^ properly, that should tell you something.

4) RP A/Ns

Stop talking to your characters, especially in the terrible script RP format so often applied.

Aurua: What, but I thought you liked talking to me? WHY ARE YOU SO MEAN? QQ

Maya: Holy shit, all the OOC. Hold up… I’m speaking to a figment of my imagination. *runs off sadly*

Maya: *comes back* Aurua, move to the next one. *rushes off again*

5) Self Insertion

There are some fandoms utterly plagued by this for no reason at all. Most of the time, it’s some sassy modern minded female that has the same skillset as the characters.

Of course, there is no alteration to the storyline, nor relationships.

6) POV Hopping

WHO THE FLYING FU-

I mean, how do we get a emotional attachment to a character if you’re interrupting flow every 200 words to POV change?

6) Herding Sues

Because, apparently, if everyone’s a Sue, no one is!

This only works in certain settings, and most often, this is not done well. (We all know I love a good curb stomp battle, and generally OP and Godmoding from characters. I love them.)

7) Bolded Paragraphs

Just… No.

It burns my retinas (or what is left)

8) Text Walls

I can’t figure out where the next line starts by the time I’m 120 words in. Just unable to get through it.

Bonus tears if used in junction with 7.

9) Rebellious Attire

NO ONE. NO. ONE. WEARS BLACK CARGO PANTS WITH CHAINS HANGING FROM THEM, TRENCH COAT WITH LARGE BUCKLES, CHOKER, AND GOTHIC MOTIF T-SHIRTS AND STILL WALK AROUND A TRAIN STATION.

Oh my god, who does that except for the intellectually unsound?

10) Arbitrary Foreign Language

I once witnessed a fanfic set in reality AU (aka, Hunter X Hunter verse) where a tribal people used Japanese honorifics.

And injection of Japanese (and others, but my fandoms are anime ._.) into English speech when it is understood they are speaking in native tongue when English is used.

I’m not against using random languages in fics. After all, I’m totally in love with a vampire who swears up a storm in Romanian and no one understands anything he says when he does.

11) Misusage Overdose

I saw some pretty terrible uses of “vis a vis”.

T’was accentuated by it’s application seven times in 8000 words.

12) Obscurity Overdose

“Akimbo”

I saw this used properly, but way too much. It’s too uncommon a word to use so much. Geez. Twice in a paragraph is horrifying.

13) Thought Indicators

/THIS INDICATES THOUGHT/

\THIS INDICATES MY DISPLEASURE\

|THIS INDICATES FLOW DISRUPTION|

14) Misfitted Naming

Because in ancient China, who the flying flip names their child Alexis?

And, “Alexis” was related to canon, Liujing named characters.

15) Word Dye

Bluenette is not a word.

Nor is pinkette.

16) Misleading Summary

The summary, beautiful grammar, passable syntax, interesting plot.

BAM!

The actual writing quality is so much worse.

17) Uninformative Summary

“Read and find out”

No.

18) Ready-Made Outfit/Ready-Made Outfit, With Sharpies

Her clothing looked just like ________!

Her clothing looked just like ________ but blue and a little ripped at the ends!

 

It’s like a template they’re getting this shit from.

19) Bashing

Don’t do it obviously, anyway.

Besides, 90% of the time, the descriptions of the the bashed character are just narrow minded conceptions by the author and are generally false or unproven.

I’d just kill them off quietly in a corner. They don’t deserve screen time anyway.

20) Terrible Usernames

I think BrokenDemonessAngel speaks for itself. If not, I will give you a lengthy paragraph on the shortcomings.

21) Egoless Summary

They claim to be bad at summaries, what is to stop them from being bad at other things?

And saying “first fanfic!” makes it seem like you’re a noob, rather than a newbie.

And just claiming that it’s not that good, how is it worth my time if you don’t believe in it?

22) Naturally Occurring Wigs/ Contacts

Shifting colours is not allowed.

Shades? Fine. Tones? Where applicable. Hues? In the same family.

Colours?

HELL. NO.

Special Mention to:

~ Outgrowing Fanfics

I remember loving a fanfiction, and loving it. Something that sailed a ship or dragged me into a fandom, or that one story that had me addicted to fanfiction.

And here I am, feeling old, and wanting to make myself feel all sentimental and nostalgic when suddenly, I realize that I can barely read the piece anymore. I’m finding flaws in the grammar, in prose, in plot. It all was so much more beautifully worded in my head.

So, feeling even older, I click the back button.

 

This shall be supplemented by subsequent posts as I come up with more irritants.

~Maya


I Felt Obligated


To show you all that I’ve recently gone back to the depths of despair that is Death Note. 30 Days is too much work, and too much spam for me. (Plus, I’ll be vacationing for a week, and internet won’t be a big thing to do, y’know?

So, Death Note 30 Day Challenge, IT’S ALL HERE, IN ONE POST.

Day 1 – Why you like/love Death Note

It’s not shallow. Seriously, it’s well written, well structured, and not cheesey like so many of the newer manga/anime. Just it comments on society and introspects on human nature, not to mention the art is excellent too. 🙂

I’m also forced to like it since it was one of the first manga I ever read. Heh.

Day 2 – Favorite character 

Yagami Light. That’s right. Light is still my favorite character even after that disgraceful death. Why? He’s flipping dynamic, that’s why. In any case, I’ve always liked the anti-hero, and dammit, I think light fell off the edge of heroism by chapter 2. Besides, I love this kid’s name. 夜神 月? Night God Moon? My Chineseness showed through when I watched the anime with a few friends.

He’s pretty too, so that doesn’t hurt xD

Day 3 – Favorite Light Yagami moment

Well, I liked the part where he lost his memories and became a good person. (This beat out when he killed Raye Penber and Naomi by only just a little bit.) The reason being, it was cute we got to see what his life would have been like if he never picked up Ryuk’s Death Note and it was a very telling collection of moments. QQ

Okay, it was also really funny too.

Day 4 – Favorite L moment

Refer to picture above. I loved the fake friendship between these two. It was hilarious, and the two smartest people in the world being childish and using violence to solve their differences just cracked me up. Besides, it’s nice to see L move.

Day 5 – Character you feel you are most like (or wish you were) 

I’d like to say Light, but… Ryuk. *cough* I’d be the person to start the problem, and lean back, and watch the chaos while I’m the one who has most of the facts. Trade in his apple obsession for something a little less healthy, and I’ve got a pretty good match.

In other words, I’m a Ryuk who eats like L. o.o

Day 6 – Most annoying Death Note character 

Near.

I hate this brat. (Especially his little finger puppets.)

But the final scene where he acknowledges the genius of L and Light made me forgive him a little. Just a tad.

Day 7 – Favorite couple 

I don’t have one. But fanfictions, there’s so many LxLight that I’ve learned to live with it… I guess that counts as something O.o

Day 8 – Most epic scene ever 

I was all “OHFUCKNO.” QQ

Bunch of trolls.

Day 9 – Saddest scene 

Again, I direct you to the previous day.
Day 10 – Favorite screen cap

This.
Day 11 – Favorite Death Note Cosplay

Like this? ;D

I was just kidding. I like this one the most xD Light’s like: Cupcake… Wait for me…

Day 12 – Your favorite L successor (BB, M, N, Matt…) 

Matt. WHY DID THIS KID GET SUCH A SHORT LIFESPAN?

Day 13 – Your favorite Kira excluding Light (Misa Amane, Teru Mikami, Kyosuke Higuchi, Kiyomi Takada)

No brainer. Teru. Honestly, he’s the only one that had a logical background. Plus, he’s pretty tew.

Day 14 – Favorite Official Art 

GDFSHGFKAJDKJVSHINIGAMILIGHTWITHASCYTHEYESPRESE.

Day 15 – Favorite Fan Art 

Every single Death Note comic by SilentReaper?

Or this beautiful thing by a fellow Canadian? QQ I DON’T KNOW.

Day 16 – Favorite Death Note merchandise

The death note replicas. :<

whatisthisidon’teven…

Day 17 – Favorite Death Note Light Yagami quote

Screw originality.



I don’t even need to tell you what the quote is.

Day 18 – Favorite Death Note L quote 

Well, it’s a chain quote…

Misa: I wouldn’t dream of living in a world without light!

L: Yes, that would be dark.

Day 19 – Death Note character you’d like to date 

… THE MAN WITH THE CHIPS. THAT ONE.

Day 20 – Death Note character you’d love to strangle (or punch or kill) 

NEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEARNEAR- HE’S AFTER MEEEE~

"She is a danger to my position as L. Get rid of her."

Day 21 – Favorite Police/FBI agent (Soichiro Yagami, Touta Matsuda, Kanzo Mogi, Souichi Aikawa, Hideki Ide, Hirokazu Ukita, Naomi Misora, Raye Penber, SPK members)

MATSUDA. HE’S HILARIOUS.

Day 22 – The best Kira Kill (Kira tactic)

Raye Penber and his fill in the blank trick. It was lovely QQ

Or the chips…

Day 23 – The best L tactic

I would have to say…

LiND.L.tAYLoR.

Day 24 – A Death Note video 

FOR GOODNESS SAKE, YOU TWO ARE ATTACHED.

Day 25 – Favorite Death Note theme

The World.. QQ

Day 26 – Favorite Shinigami (Ryuuk, Rem, Gelus… etc.)

Ryuk. I mean…

Dat dance.

Day 27 – Favorite Death Note Rule 

Those with the eye power of the god of death will have the eyesight of over 3.6 in the human measurement, regardless of their original eyesight.

Because… I’m blind…

Day 28 – L vs Light (take your side. Why take that side?)

I’m a Light supporter. I don’t know. I liked him first and that’s how it goes. I don’t switch sides easily (or at all).

He’s one of the most badass main characters that I’ve ever witnessed. :<

Day 29 – If you picked up a true Death Note would you use it? For what end?

LOL, I’d use it. I’m also the sadistic type, so I’ll likely write down gruesome and painful deaths for the people I don’t like.

That’s right; no delusions of justice, no lies about how I’ll use it for good. I’m going to destroy whomever I dislike and use it for my own profit.

Day 30 – What comes after Death Note? Your manga/anime recommendation with Death Note in mind.

In other words…

There, THAT’S IT~

~MayaYume