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the thing about having a favorite outfit is that you can only wear it once per wash cycle. [Aug. 30th, 2007|01:48 pm]
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Ooh ooh, I learned a new word! And by "Learned" I mean the classic definition: I recognize it on sight, I know how to pronounce it, and I know what it means. Not just "I looked up a word in the dictionary and comprehended the definition." What I mean is, it's in my brain's catalogue now yey! Whateva, it's not very useful... the word is 不安. Why can't it be 絶対. I can't remember that one for anything if it's in kanji.

That's not what this post is about.

OK, I went back and read chapters 40-48 so I could remember who everyone is in Bijou (I still dont' remember) and remember better what was going on game-wise, you know, stuff like that.

The first thing I have to point out is that Hamada's yey is so overpowering that the vice principal was IN TEARS. (that was the vice principal, right? o my reading skillz .___.) IN TEARS, from being overwhelmed by Hamada's awesomeness. IN TEARS!!! I've felt like that often.

I forgot how much I LOVE Abe+Abe discussion at the dinner table. And then Abe's self-reflection in the mirror. He's really SUCH A GIRL. Also, he might be the main character instead of Mihashi. (Even tho we all know the main character is Hamada.)

Kazu has been kindof a whiny bitch during the whole Bijou game. I mean, with regards to Nishiura. Tosei, like, lost, in a fair and tactical way. Not to a fluke or a miracle or something. I dunno, during the Tosei game I was like "Wow Kazu is so uber!" but everything he's done since then is kinda like, "Oh. Ok." I don't DISlike him, at all, just, you know, he hasn't maintained a level of uber that I guess I had projected onto him. Roka's bitchy, too, but I understand why. It's because he doesn't get any luv in fanarts, and he wishes Kazu would let him touch it. セクハラ!!

Anyway, that just reminds me that catchers, as depicted in this manga, are angst whores. Also as depicted in my 2 favorite baseball movies evar, "Major League" and "Bull Durham". Pitchers are Delicate Flowers, and catchers are angst whores XD
So that kinda brings up the question on whether or not Tajima will be able to do well at the position. He's kinda the opposite of an angst whore.
(also, dont' go watch Bull Durham if you haven't seen it, it's really so 80s and so Costner that it's just not worth it unless you're watching it for nostalgic purposes. "I believe in the soul....")

So, before I post pics that remind me of the good parts, here's what the Bijou game has given us so far: IzuMizu. Uberseme!Mihashi. Nishihiro. And... even more IzuMizu (this makes me happy). So far the people I like from Bijou are ... coach (I forgot his name already) and Takumi. It really sucks not having tanks to refer to when I forget stuff. Is coach Takiiiiiii? Or is that someone else? Or did I interpret that name wrong? That figures!
Anyway, he's not as funny as Delicate Flower Dork Takumi.

Abe is so going to cry. Is it wrong for me to want him to cry? O WOW I just thought of a good & cute story involving Abe crying... I might make a ... something. With that idea. But... it kinda depends on the outcome of the Bijou game. So I guess I have to sit on that one for a few more chapters. Or I might assume that Nishiura wins, because it won't be as interesting if they don't get into Koshien. Is there a wildcard option for Koshien like in TeniPuri, how Hyoutei got into Nationals as the wild card? If so, there's a chance they wont' win this match game. But I might assume they win and... do something. I don't know what yet.

ANYWAY, here are some pictures of begoodness from this arc.

I'm trying really hard not to spaz like hell Hamada's uber baseballness in that one chapter which I forgot which one it was, but here are some pics I forgot to grab first time thru the chapter.

*exercising restraint*
*shoving manga in the cat's face "LOOK!!"*

(note to self: restraint!)
He was helping them practice. He.. was wearing this. I liked it. I like it.
I'm cool. Rly.

Hama-chan Ume-chan. Beach-kun and Plum-kun. Pffff ftw lol.
I'm cool.

Here's the best Mizutani segment in the whole series. Not just because it's an uber spaz he's doing, but check out the little heart. That heart? Is for Izumi. (true!)

And here's my favorite Hanai face evar. Mihashi scares the crap out of Hanai. He has been such an adorable dork the whole Bijou game.

Look behind Hanai. I didn't notice that the first time I read this chapter. Oh lol, it's the little things like that what make this manga so worth reading every page closely! Which... I almost never do. Eheh.

Possibly Mihashi's greatest moment. You know, there was a time when I wondered why someone would make a search site of "Miha Uke", because almost nobody has him dominant, but... I think they're wrong. I think Mihashi tops everyone on the team except Izumi and Tajima.

See, this right here, this dorkiness? That's what's awesome about Takumi. I LOVE the face he's making here. He's like "Ooh. That sucked."

See what a dork he is? I guess he has a huge crush on Naomasa. But every time I read this game, I skip reading loads and loads of dialogue during the gameplay sequences, so I may not know a thing about them. I probably skip all kinds of stuff. Probably anything with a 4-character kanji at the beginning in which I don't know any of the letters. LOL.
Anyway, there's Takumi, he's amusing me a lot, and also check out an awesome face he made when Izumi got a hit. I didn't grab that pic, tho.

How about some crack captions? Whateva, it's only marginally crack ;D

Izumi? Is HOTT.
So, I wonder who tops if it's Tajima and Izumi. I'm gonna say Izumi.
Moar ouendan plz.
I'm not insanedrop trou!

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Date:August 30th, 2007 - 08:23 pm
HEY I KNOW HOW TO READ FUAN TOO. the second one got me, though. This is me:

Ze... zetsu... zzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........... /wwwjdic/

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Date:August 30th, 2007 - 09:35 pm
Haha, that's further than I get. You'd think with all the sports manga I read that I could recognize it without furigana, but... failure!!

Fuan snuck up on me, I didn't realize it was actually committed to memory until I went "Hey, wait, am I really reading that correctly? HAVE I LEARNED???"

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Date:August 30th, 2007 - 10:42 pm
My aunt Mika gave me all of monster to read. Only problem... NO FURIGANA AND SUPER COMPLICATED KANJI. Much too hard for 2nd year japanese Spork. :(

I've learned alot from mixi and all my japantsy music.

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 05:24 am
Oofuri doesn't have furigana, either :/ But, it's about sports, and I know about sports, so ... really the truth is it helps me know when I can skip something and not lose sight of the characters or the plot ¬¬ And it's not even like, a series for adults!! It's about HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL, ffs! ;__;

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 12:28 am
Uh, prepare yourself for extra long comment of doom.

First off, Hamada in uniform = hawt beyond hawt. ♥ And the ponytail. I'm a sucker for that too. XD

Abe's dad makes me lawl. He looks like a fat Oki-kun (it's the nose). And that whole scene was made out of super duper win, 'cause Abe-dad knows how much of a girly, clingy woman his son is and he was just having a ball making fun of him. Abe's mirror scene was really awesome. I got some sort of sick, moe-affiliated satisfaction at watching him realize he doesn't have any friends.

I kind of resent how Bijou used Tosei's data against Nishiura so much, blah. Kazu loses points for talking about pitchers other than Junta. DX
And of course Roka's bitchy, he's had to live his life being sexually abused by Rio.

Yeah, Bijou's coach's name is Takii.

I WANT ABE TO CRY. I am SO moe for emo!Abe it's not even FUNNY. That PANEL where you can't see his eyes and everything. Ohhhh my god.

Mizu bottoms to everyone (like Abe). I LOVE the heart during that scene XDD It's canon proof from Higuchi that the tickling has a sexual meaning!! Speaking of hearts, there are at least a couple occasions where Sakaeguchi uses them in his dialogue XD

I love that shot of Hanai's face too. He always gets the best expressions when dealing with Mihashi XD

Mihashi does top everyone except Izu and Taji, mwahaha.

I don't know who would top in Izumi and Tajima. Both of them being on bottom just seems so excruciatingly WRONG to me... but I have a slightly harder time imagining Izumi being on bottom in that situation, just because of their interaction in class.

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 03:41 am
Hamada + baseball uniform ... I could just ... spaz all over my LJ over that one tiny little manga frame. I was trying so hard to not have this post turn into another ZOMGYEYHAMADAAWESOMEWIMFRLZWUB post, but yeah. I had to stare at those pics for a long time the first time I read that chapter. That's why I forgot to grab the pics and put them on the internet. I was THAT DISTRACTED by Hamada's ZOMGHOTTTTTTTNESS. And that ponytail, which is in doujinshi all the time because it's so sexeh XD THAT SCENE WAS FULL OF SEX. (not really, but... maybe.)

Abe's dad pwnz so hard for making Abe squirm. I think my favorite pic of Abe is when he's looking in the mirror with a toothbrush in his mouth and his expression is like "WTF. WTF!!! WTF...."

I think it would have been easier to take, Bijou using Tosei's data, if they'd given them a little more credit. I feel like the attitude of the coaches was more like "Heh, we scammed some info from Tosei." But by the time I got there Roka was already pissing me off, so I may have read more or less into those scenes ;D
Also? Kazu is A WHORE. (Shingo's whore. lol)

My brain has the perfect bizarre crack pairing set-up for Abe crying. HE HAS TO CRY.

I've been thinking about Sakaeguchi, and I figure he sends all his txt msgs and emails and adds <3 to all of them. BECAUSE HE'S A GIRL.
Who would top if it was Mizu + Abe? I figure it would be kuso left. Because he's not an angst whore ;D

See? It's Izumi. It's totally Izumi. Because Taji is a slave to his chinko, and he does whatever it tells him to. And if it sed "let Izumi top", he would. (I can't help thinking that might be sorta... uber hott.)

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 05:27 am
Heh, I tried to avoid reading this post because I am trying to stay away from spoilers but I don't have much will power when it comes to Oofuri. I haven't decided if that is a good thing or bad thing yet.

Hmm. So Abe gets really emo later on, huh? Can't say I am too surprised. I'm looking forward so see him angst. Angst is fun. I love how Hanai is so intimidated by Mihashi. I don't quite understand why Mihashi scares Hanai so much, but it's really funny. LOL! ^o^

And OMG! Hamada with a ponytail! So cool! Was his hair always that long? It doesn't look like it in the anime. I love how Hamada looks in the Ouendan uniform. It's ribbons I think. Ribbons = cool for me. XD

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 06:23 pm
Ahhhh, you read... wow, I managed to keep all the GOOD spoilers out of this one, amazering ;D I'll refrain from mentioning what Abe is all emo about ^____^

I used to think that Hanai was just intimidated because Mihashi's social skills are kindof lacking and that makes Hanai nervous. But the truth, as seen above, we now know that Mihashi plans a SURPRISE TICKLING of Hanai!! (I hope that happens, so so so so so bad. Uberseme Mihashi pwnz.)

Yeah, Hamada's hair is longer in the manga. That was one of the things I was a little disappointed in when he was introduced in the anime. It was a bit of a shock. But... we're really very close to the release of Hamada's intro in the manga in raep_time, so you'll get to see him in ALL HIS SEXEH SEXEH-NESS!!!!!

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Date:September 1st, 2007 - 03:16 pm
One side of me wants to read spoilers but the other side knows that it's best that I shouldn't. Both sides are fighting constantly so I may comment on some spoiler-y posts but not in others. ^^

Wah, so Mihashi gets really uber later on? Cool! I am SO looking forward to that! And I wonder why the animators shortened Hamada's hair. It's not like it's taboo or anything. Lots of male anime characters have long hair. Weird. But yeah, I'm eagerly anticipating Hamada's intro in the manga! It will be full of so much yay! :D

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Date:September 1st, 2007 - 07:48 pm
I'm kinda glad you haven't read some of my other spoilery stuff, because I think it will have a bigger impact if you read it in the manga (or see it on the anime, whichever comes first).

I dunno if Mihashi gets UBER, but he *is* a pitcher, and he's finally starting to act like the Team Ace, rather than apologizing for his existence. It's very refreshing to see characters actually evolve throughout a story, rather than like, on Dragonball, how Gohan was a wimpy whiner for like, 12 volumes or more, and then suddenly badass-ness sprung up out of nowhere. Mihashi's been slowly getting more and more confidence, and it's awesome.

As for Hamada's hair, look here:

See the difference? I think they just weren't thinking right, or the model sheets were based off a full-face view in which you can't quite tell he's got some longer hair in the back. In most of the ouendan scenes he's definitely got longer hair, but in the manga that is accentuated because of the headband-thingy.

Damn, Hamada is awesome. I am distracted by that manga pic. ♥

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 04:01 pm
Ahaha, I can read 絶対, but I fail at writing it from memory. I always remember it's the 糸 radical + something + 対, but the 色 element... never.

Abe/mirror is the best Abe scene ever. I mean, the emo in 48 is awesome, but the mirror is just a class of its own.

Roka does get love in fanart~ Well, some. But he always bottoms. Might be the reason of his frustration.

My bet is they'll go to Koshien and lose early on, lol. Just like the team that inspired Higuchi in the first place. But then again, I would rather they didn't win in Saitama because I want to see freshmen enroll and kick Mizu out of the regulars, and there will be no point in continuing Oofuri if they go to Koshien in their first year. xD.

I think Mihashi tops everyone on the team except Izumi and Tajima.
I would add Haruna. Also, Miha/Hanai is so canon. SO canon. (So is IzuMizu. But I think I'd already said that.)

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 06:37 pm
I fail at writing ALMOST EVERYTHING in kanji if I'm not looking at it. Similarly, I fail drawing most things unless I'm looking at it, until such time as I've drawn it enough to have memorized it. I don't think visually at all. I just feel especially st00pit about zettai, because 絶対勝つ is such a common phrase in sports manga -_-;;

It's so totally in a class all it's own. I'm so so so SO MUCH looking forward to Abe crying. It's gnna be awesome.

lol, Roka. I almost never see any fanarts of Roka except if it's something in which he looks like a dumbass. Lol.

Hrm, that's an interesting way to see it... altho I don't think they should win Saitama at all, I think they should make the Koshien cut. I can't remember how the Koshien selection is done, tho. I was thinking they would *not* win Saitama, but get into Koshien anyway, but lose early on in Koshien, with room for improvements in their 2nd year. In that case I think it would be worth continuing Oofuri. But if they win Saitama, then you're right, it wouldn't be interesting to continue the series. For some reason I'm thinking best 8 can get into Koshien, but when I extend that out to the whole of Japan it seems like too many teams.....

I hadn't considered non-Nishiura people, because that would have taken a long time, but you're right, Haruna tops Mihashi XD

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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 05:37 pm
geh kanji, the thing with me and kanji is...I can read a whole bunch of it, but tell me to write it and we have a problem XD!


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Date:August 31st, 2007 - 06:53 pm
I AM THE SAME WAY. Hell, I can't write "kimi" without looking at it ¬¬ I absolutely do not have a visual memory in that sense. I can tell what it is when I see it, but I can't remember how it looks if I'm not looking at it. If I was a Japanese high-school student? My worst subject would totally be Japanese writing -_-;; All the kanji I can actually write (which is a strange mix because I only learn the ones I want to) I have to make up some dumb mnemonic to remember. (neko = curly striped tail + nekomimi + litterbox. DUMB.)

I think it's unanimous. We want emo-girly-emotionallyunavailable-Abe to CRY LIKE A LITTLE GIRL.

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Date:September 16th, 2007 - 03:33 pm
Those shots of Mizutani were SCREAMING for it.
I am still a bit shaken, but I am loving the development of things.
Even if I am very, very sad for Abe.