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anonymous asked:

bsd really got me into learning about the rl authors, but ive been having trouble finding stuff about the japanese authors. do you have any recommendations for where i could start?

Ahhhh, I’m flattered you came to ask here for suggestions!  I don’t think I’m the best person to ask, honestly, but I’ll do my best to help! Since you said it was BSD that got you interested, most of my recommendations will be from the Japanese authors featured in the series~

Short Stories

This is only to get you started, a bit of a sampler for what some of the literary greats have to offer.

Rashomon & In a Grove by Akutagawa Ryuunosuke

– Akutagawa is the master of short stories, so there can be no better starter when it comes to dipping your toes in when it comes to Japanese literature. Most of Akutagawa’s works deal with exposing the egotism of man and the flaws of the human spirit. His writing may be elegant and refined, but to others it comes off as unfeeling and cerebral; you’ll have to find out for yourself where you stand.

Beneath the Cherry Trees by Kajii Motojirou

– “There are bodies buried beneath the cherry trees!” This line from one of Kajii’s most famous works is often quoted, probably because it associates the ephemeral sakura with the grotesque. Sakaguchi Ango also wrote a story with the same title, but I find Kajii’s to be the more memorable one between the two.

Separate Ways by Higuchi Ichiyou

– BSD may have you fooled, but Higuchi is actually an extremely popular literary figure in Japan, due to both the quality of her work and her all too short life. “Separate Ways” is quite a short read, but it has a heartbreaking realism most stories twice its length can’t even hope to touch.

The Human Chair by Edogawa Ranpo

– And now, we enter the surreal. Though more known for being the originator of modern mystery stories in Japan, Edogawa was also considered a master of gothic horror. Be warned, this story can be disturbing so skip this if you have a faint heart! (As an aside, Ito Junji put a spin on the tale and published a oneshot inspired by “The Human Chair“ a few years back.)

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Homestuck 7/8/15 Upd8: Gondor Calls For Aid

I’m so,so, sorry for the TVTropes reference in the title but that’s really what I got from this. AHH! Didn’t see that coming.

Reaction and speculation below:

And Vriska is back out in the Lomax treasure bubble.

Though it looks to be a different area.

What Meenah doesn’t say is that its more respectable then the six sweeps ghost!Vriska is. According to Hussie’s Twitter, Meenah and the A1 trolls are about 19 human years, or 9 sweeps. Alive!Vriska is closer in age to Meenah then Griska was, which is what Meenah is thinking about here.

Its more subtle, but this is another callback:

Next:

That’s strangely relieving, showing Vriska is open to other ideas besides the army if they are out there.

Guess what the weapon does?

Which means the B1 kids will, in fact, be released when the weapon is used? Hm. I keep bouncing between them being from the timeline we’re following, or another timeline created by the other zappy John we saw. It all depends, and a lot is up in the air right now. I guess we’ll have our answer in good time.

Is that an army??? How? What’s going on?

Is that who I think it is?

Hey, the characters here are using the sprites from the Ministrife! Also, that’s PRE-RETCON Tavros! The one we last saw ditching Vriska back on the pirate ship!

Next:

Whelp, this is our first real ‘cliffhanger’ in a while. Bet there’s an interesting story behind THIS. It makes me think of the trope referenced in the title. To quote:

The heroes may have The Plan, but they just don’t have the manpower. So, against all hope, they have to call on the sorts of people who may not want to help or even like them.

Then the help comes. Whether or not it’s successful, it’s a good show of the ultimate community spirit. It’s also a nice Continuity Nod if it features characters the heroes have helped in the past.

I can safely say I didn’t see that coming. Knowing Hussie, we’re probably going to get a perspective change next. I think…Give me a sec. 009754-009349=405. And the remaining 'true’ Acts were said to be 400-500 pages long. And there aren’t any horses scheduled after the 10th.

Which means…The 10th upd8 is more likely then not the END of this Act!

Whoa…

What’s going to happen after that? Well, Hussie has said this is the last 'traditional’ act, and I’ve heard people say the rest is animation/flashes, but that’s just what I heard.

Holy shit, we’re almost at the end of Homestuck. I don’t think I’m really grasping the gravity of this. It’ll probably sink in over the next couple days and then I’ll freak out during one of the upd8 posts.

Hope you enjoyed!