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09 July 2006 @ 12:22 am
Radioactive squee  
Seeing as I've sated my HP flist (see: Fic) and hardly anyone here shares my bountiful love for PoT, I'm just going to ramble on about it to my heart's content. If people are inclined to be annoyed by this, see: Fic.

But on to Tezuka, or Voldemort as I like to call him, and his merry band of Troubadours. I think it would be most excellent if they started a band, actually. You can get a pretty good sound out of a tennis racquet. He could call it Tez and the Racquets.

Speaking of Tez, and you can bet I will, the diminutive of his name is eerily close to that of Taz, the Tasmanian Devil. I think I will suggest to Konomo-san that he add this in as one of Tez's 'moves'. C'mon, they have an Australian formation (… what is this supposed to imply about Australians, incidentally? Apart from liking to see Eiji's arse, which we do). Why not a Tasmanian Devil serve? Tez could go to ballet class for a while -- because I am really digging the idea of him in a pink tutu -- and learn how to do those seven million frappes from Sleeping Beauty (or is it the Sugar Plum Fairy). Then, BA-ZAM, he has a scary new move with which to bedevil his opponents! Particularly if he retains the tutu.

I think I'm up to about Volume 12 of the manga, which is no mean feat considering how tempting are my other daily occupations. These can be found under the heading 'The Kidney and Mean Arterial Blood Pressure: the Greatest Love/Hate Relationship of Our Times'. Only not, because that's completely all I want to say about the kidney. The following is my impression of Seigaku (I know -- 'Troubadours' is far more appropriate) and its male tennis team.

(On a side-note, I've never understood why male and female teams couldn't be mixed up. I mean, they do it to martinis, and alcohol is far more dangerous than sport. Meh. Thus far there's been exactly four female characters featured who aren't related to the team members, and believe me they're nothing to write home about. I guess slashers are similar to little boys in this sense. Read my lips: Girls Are Ewie. And They Have Cooties.

Anywhat.)

As far as I can tell, your average chapter runs like so.

Tez the Tasmanian Devil: *is enigmatic and sekritly emo and leans against trees. a lot.*

Ryoming: *is The Lord of the Dance Snark*

Fuji: *has yet to develop a personality, thus explaining why he's called after a camera*

Eiji Tiger: *is band-aided, due to his wandering hands acne*

Kaidude: *is ANGRY**and doesn't like snakes*

Momosurething: *is burnin', laydeez. pity he kills people dead*

Oishi Kiboshi: *is somewhat Jewish, I feel*

Kawamura: *has DATES with GIRLS, homg*

Inui Wasabitgai: *is 99% sure he's Hermione*

Horio and other poolfanboys: *are awed and go 'ooh' a lot and wet their pants every time Ryohomeontherange twist serves*

Sakuno: *represents the Japanese answer to Rapunzel and all fangirls everywhere. break down that fourth wall, sister! girl powah!*

Ryuuzaki WakkoAndDot: *is old and stuff. and female*

Racquets: *are Hufflepuffs. it's about tennis, but nobody cares*

I really should go friend me some PoT people.

Which reminds me of how faintly disturbing it is that all my fandoms can be condensed to 'POT'. Harry POTter. Prince Of Tennis. Pirates Of The (Caribbean).

But I'm liking the look of this fandom. Given the cracked canon, t can't possibly contain any of the following:

uber-angst
darkfic
taking it srsly
subconscious justification of obsession with racquet-wielding pre-adolescents using pseudo-academic meta on how Snape Isn't Evil, Just Misguided
incest

(At least, I trust there's not. Then again, it's those who read the canon who make for darkfic et al, not the canon itself. I'm sure there are people out there who could find angst in My Little Pony. Still, hope springs eternal.)

I mean once you're an anime fan, that's it. There is no more hitting rock bottom because you are rock bottom. Ergo, a happy existence in a world of candyfloss and furries and chibis and an wholesome absence of nipples, safe in the knowledge that there is no further to sink. Is nice here in the pit to end all pits. Come see.

As for the incest, really no. Please? The sole option there is the Fujis. And there are only two ways that could go: Goosebumps and Say Cheese. Or Wyclef Jean and Hips Don't Lie (But Mizuke Does).

AKA: Ewie, Cooties.

I didn't pull this all out of my arse, at least. I was an Ash/Misty shipper when I was fourteen. Considering that I found out what a shipper was when I was seventeen, it would seem that I early sealed my fate. All my latent anime love is gushing to the fore, like an eruption of … wait for it … Mount Fuji!

I'm sad that the manga scans fail at numbers 103 to 115, because it falls just during a match between wee Ryo Ferdinand and exciting eyeliner/psychotic bastard guy.

I also must know why Eiji is called by his first name. Do they disrespeck his people? Is it because they know about the teddy bear? I can imagine that every fanfic in this verse somehow shows building trust by the use of first names, compared to which strict Japanese culture the whole Draco/Harry v. Malfoy/Potter thing is be total pants.

My favourite character so far is Echizen Nanjiroh. He's a badass. A chain-smoking, porn-reading, tennis-playing monk. You couldn't come up with a better character if you actually tried.

Although the cat comes close.

I presume that Nanjiroh is Ryohry's daddy, or at least his uncle. It's never quite spelt out. Personally I think if my dad took up tennis-playing and monk-being he'd be 5% cooler. Because of the following facts:

Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet as Nanjiroh.
Nanjiroh does not sleep. He waits.
Nanjiroh counted to infinity -- twice.
There is no such thing as global warming. Nanjiroh was cold, so he turned the sun up.
Nanjiroh can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
Nanjiroh gave Mona Lisa that smile.
Nanjiroh once ate a whole cake before his friends could tell him there was a stripper in it.
Some people like to eat frogs' legs. Nanjiroh likes to eat lizard legs. Hence, snakes.
When Nanjiroh falls in water, Nanjiroh doesn't get wet. Water gets Nanjiroh.
When Nanjiroh has sex with a man, it won't be because he is gay. It will be because he has run out of women.
Nanjiroh can divide by zero.
Nanjiroh invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Cruise invented pink.
In the beginning there was nothing ... then Nanjiroh roundhouse kicked that nothing in the face and said "Get a job". That is the story of the universe.
Nanjiroh ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.
Nanjiroh and Mr. T walked into a bar. The bar was instantly destroyed, as that level of awesome cannot be contained in one building.

Random thoughts (as if the previous ones weren't random enough)

- the Seigaku team have arse taste in shoes.
- except for Oishi, who looks like he's wearing Converse. Go Oishi.
- they're apparently about fourteen years old, except for Ryoyo's twelve-year old self.
- this makes shipping a bit
- evil
- depraved
- and similar
- but nothing that a quick shot of Ageing Potion wouldn't fix.
- I have the same haircut as Eiji
- so now I want a band-aid too.
- everyone's brilliant at tennis.
- this is implausible
- but if I wanted plausibility I'd watch Wimbleton
because that's just such a plausible film.
- Fudomine should also start their own band.
- Tachibana and the Cracks of Doom.
- Tachibana must be a common word, because spell check isn't busting a gut over it.
- Maybe it's a make of car.
- Fuji is like Smith. Granny Fuji.
 
 
Current Location: SEIGAKU
Current Mood: weirdeven weirder
Current Music: April Fools (Rufus Wainwright)
 
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Harryscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, it wasn't so much a 'rant' as a 'joyous celebration of CRACK, complete with confetti'.

But fic, fic's good too.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Seme Golden pairscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm a recent convert. To which I add, I've only read some of the manga -- getting hold of the anime is gonna hafta wait till I get a faster connection than 40 kbites/min. :D

But it sounds SO GOOD. I'm diverting my eyes from that paragraph. My favourite bits are when they're not playing tennis, to be honest, although to be fair they're good enough to have held my interest AND made me laugh a lot. At a sports manga!

Yes. Aging potion all round. Yuk, I already have far too many fic ideas for this.

That's GOOD, I need more people who are ... but it took me two years to build up even this many people in HP, and the thought of soliciting new friends in another fandom strikes me as exhausting and disappointing. :{ But am to friend your journal, yesss, precioussss.
not your typical annihilatrix: General: sim!Fred + weedfuriosity on July 8th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
not you too D:
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eggsscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
a) I have a 70,000 word H/D to be posted in the next fortnight.

b) If it gets really bad I'll make a filter.

You pick. :D
(no subject) - furiosity on July 9th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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someone's always looking for DB Cooper: feels goodnumena on July 8th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
"I mean once you're an anime fan, that's it. There is no more hitting rock bottom because you are rock bottom. Ergo, a happy existence in a world of candyfloss and furries and chibis and an wholesome absence of nipples, safe in the knowledge that there is no further to sink."

It's a good life isn't it? ^__^
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Chibi Ryomascoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Damn fine, m'dear!
Rose Wood: movie [hocus]: Castle of enchantment!rozillla on July 8th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
You know the incest worked for me in Angel Sanctuary, lol.

I haven't gotten far in Prince of Tennis at all. I've been meaning o but I have these on and off stages with anime and manga. Though I hear there is a live action Prince of Tennis which has sparked my interest. =)
like a disco: not fred and georgeravyn_ashling on July 9th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
the incest worked for me in Angel Sanctuary

I got too distracted by the KiraxSetsuna slash. XD
(no subject) - rozillla on July 9th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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jehntjehnt on July 8th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, your average chapter runs like so.

You have now saved me the trouble of finding and reading PoT, which I have been meaning to do for about a year now.

Which reminds me of how faintly disturbing it is that all my fandoms can be condensed to 'POT'. Harry POTter. Prince Of Tennis. Pirates Of The (Caribbean).

Marijua-- Oh, sorry, that's not a fandom.

And damn, now I must look up and read more Facts About Chuck Norris this Nanjiroh fellow.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Rabbit with swordscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, but there's other stuff too. They play tennis an awful lot. Moon volleys and Boomerang snakes and all sorts of things.

No need -- I just c&p'ed.

I hardly even know who Chuck is, just that every boy I know worships him like whoa.
(no subject) - jehnt on July 9th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
i'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly: PoT - Yuuta is exasperatedtakewing on July 9th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Oh, there is DEFINITELY INCEST. *_*

Not much of that other stuff though. >.>
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pornscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
[sigh] I'm totally going to write about them photographing each other and then disappearing. Or whatever happened in that book.

Heh.
karadin on July 9th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
Okay, your comment I mean once you're an anime fan, that's it. There is no more hitting rock bottom because you are rock bottom. Ergo, a happy existence in a world of candyfloss and furries and chibis and an wholesome absence of nipples, safe in the knowledge that there is no further to sink. Is nice here in the pit to end all pits. Come see.

was brilliant, it is true, because I am a recent Yaoi convert. So, where should one start if they want to read Prince of Tennis?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Gauzyscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Give me thy email, and I'll share some secrets about that. :D
(no subject) - casually on July 10th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on July 10th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
let's keep it casual: Richie Contrast (MbN)casually on July 9th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Eiji is the youngest of a bunch of kids so he wants to be referred by his given name rather than his family name.

My favorite character? Echizen Ryoma. And Nanjirou is indeed his father. ^^ My tenipuri OTP? TezuxRyo. EijixFuji at second (omgbff).

Oh, and I have the tenipuri-all chibi filler episode. Do you want?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Girl facescoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. [nods wisely in the manner of wise old man] I guess I haven't read that far, or missed it, or something.

Ryoma is excellent. I haven't words -- I mean, he's so snarky and arrogant and yes, he lives up to his rep but you can boo for him as easily as cheer for him. He's the antithesis of cute, which is why he is so cute, I suppose.

OTP ... I doubt I'll ever settle on one. Right now I'm liking Momo/Kaidou, Tez/Ryo and Eiji/Oishi (although I guess I'll have to use little xs now).

DO I WANT? DO I EVER! I've heard tell of this ultra-chibiness and it makes me froff at the mouff, I can tell you! ♥
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Luce Redissen4 on July 9th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Loved your comments on PoT (the tennis one, not the pirates), and yay for love of Nanjiroh!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Rincewindscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Or, you know, Chuck Norris.

Thanks! I quite amused myself with it, I fear.
like a disco: edmund happyravyn_ashling on July 9th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Know that this girl adores posts(es) on any POT fandom. *cue anime face* u_u n_n (~"~)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eggsscoradh on July 9th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine a pirates/Hogwarts/Seigaku crossover?

Well, fandom's a big place, so I'm sure someone already has. [shudders]
(no subject) - ravyn_ashling on July 10th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
let's get the seven lines.: such great heights.bookshop on July 16th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
There is nothing subliminal about this icon.
OH OH and. I know you said you probably won't go all OTP, but I would just like to remind you that your very astute observation about the letters "P," "O," and "T," also clearly mean that all fandoms are an anagram for OTP, which means you clearly must have one for Tenipuri.

Just saying. Not that I'm trying to, you know, influence you or anything.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: So ... yeahscoradh on July 16th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ryoma is still smirking! Excellence.
I can have an OTP. It just won't be the same OTP all the time. Like, HP, ran thuswards: Draco/Hermione Harry/Draco Remus/Sirius James/Sirius Terry/Michael Harry/Zacharias Harry/Ron.

Fickle is not the word.

Except it is.

The first time Tezzie and Ryo played a match I was heartily struck by the uber-UST, but my shipping has to match with my writing. I'll ship them if I write them. I can't say fairer than that.

Tez does seem monstrously evil, and I do like that in a man. [beams]
let's get the seven lines.: kiss kissbookshop on July 16th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)

Tez could go to ballet class for a while -- because I am really digging the idea of him in a pink tutu

You will, actually, when you manage to watch all glorious 178 eps of the anime, witness a member of Seigaku in a pink tutu dancing ballet. Just saying. :D

ALSO INCEST. Omg. Fujicest. I have hated incest pairings in every fandom I've ever met, but Fujicest is apparently the sole exception. The things Tenipuri does to my brain. I have written crossover fic for it, MPreg fic for it, and incest fic for it, not to mention shipped multiple pairings. All things I had never ever done in any other fandom before this one. It's like there aren't limits to the way it invades my brain. There are, however, ample opportunities for incest in Tachibana and An (FUDOMINE. OH MAN OH MAN. FUDOMINE.) and later in a minor pair from different teams called the Kisarazu twins.

But mostly it's about the Fujicest. *nods*

My favourite character so far is Echizen Nanjiroh. He's a badass. A chain-smoking, porn-reading, tennis-playing monk. You couldn't come up with a better character if you actually tried.

Although the cat comes close.


And, yes, yes. That's basically the Tenipuri appeal in a nutshell. The characters. The idea of so much inventiveness residing in one brain enthralls me. Oh, Konomi. His characterizations have such a Dickensian quality about them, in that they are zany, colorful, and largely unforgettable. All of them. *_*

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Cooler than youscoradh on July 16th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
I await that with bated breath because these boys have the most excellent legs. I wish my legs bore more similarity to theirs. Sadly this would require me to e.g. play tennis not read about it and that's only going to happen about the same time Her Maj puts on a black wig and starts doing Elvis impersonations.

Hmm. I doubt even the uncomplicated love (and I don't like any other kinds when it comes to fandoms) I hold for PoT will inure me to incest. I have to draw the line somewhere. Not but that I'm sure it's as tempting as Fred/George and all. However, I am slowly developing a theory that Fuji is actually an alien, in which case he ... actually, perhaps I won't share that one.

I really dig that he called one of the -- I think it was St Rude's -- players 'Duckface' because OMG Four Weddings and a Funeral! He does take an awful lot of care with each and every character while not taking himself too seriously. It's not surprising that he's on to a winner.

I mention this to everyone, but the manga insert about Inui's grape juice (I call it that not because there's any proof that it's made from grapes but because I currently like the word 'grape.' A lot) and how Eiji loved it was just ... yes, it's an easy comic trick to turn but you have to think of it. Like Leonard da Quirm and the ball bearings.

So I am not making any sense, but the whole thing is so refreshing. It's like a citrus fandom. And I can see tonnes of slashy overtones and it's not just me, because I can't find them in Firefly or Pirates or SGA and people slash those like crazy.