obscure-fandom-week

IT’S STILL OBSCURE FANDOM WEEK RIGHT

enough for me to barf stupid colors on a page and say it’s out of dedication to an amazing book.

Basically Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce is an outstanding story about a very kind, brave, and slightly misguided 14-year-old girl who just wants to be like the character in a book she loves, but is constrained by the militant structure of her society (her mom is off being general, and her dad has serious PTSD, so she ends up staying home and being upgraded to Chief Home Caretaker Person).

Eventually she discovers the banished demon butler and is all “HEY, help me with the housework so I can be a Ranger!” and he, of course, being a demon, is all “Of course… with a price.”

Shenanigans ensue, she has a super flamboyant bff named Udo, her dad has a Crowning Moment of Retired Badass, there are vaguely Aztec-ish overlords, and it’s magnificently written, hysterical, and amazingly heartwarming. And this piece is kind of dreadful at conveying that.

I’ll do better next time.

(tried to post this mess yesterday but my internet was seriously broken. day 2 coming in a couple of hours!)

Obscure Fandom Week, Day 1: Law of Ueki

One of my favorite shows of all time. I suck at writing summaries so I’ll be copying and pasting from wikipedia:

“The story starts out with the Battle of the Supernatural Powers, a tournament to decide who will be the next god of Heaven.

Each God Candidate (100 in total) is required to choose a middle school student to act as their fighter. The student is given a unique power and told to eliminate as many enemies as possible. The winning God Candidate will become the new God of Heaven and the winning student will receive the Blank Zai (or talent), a talent that can become anything they choose.

While this leads many students to thoughts of greed and selfishness, Kousuke Ueki decides to take it upon himself to win this tournament to keep that power away from those that would abuse such a gift.”

That’s kind of a shitty summary also, but basically it’s about Friendship and Justice. This show is absolutely bizarre and the humor is off the wall. When I saw the first episode, I thought it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. But the characters and their development and general are seriously amazing. Also, if you’re a person who loves side characters (like me) you’ll adore this show. There’s a TON of really endearing side characters.

Watch it online HERE

My Obscure Fandom Week last minute contribution! At first I wasn’t sure, then I forgot, remembered again and there you have it.

Anyway, Maurice Hall from E. M. Forster’s Maurice. To be perfectly honest, I suppose it’s Forster’s best-known book but then again, Forster fandom in general is… Ah, let’s just say it’s hard to find fanfiction/fanart for most of his works. Coming back to Maurice, I believe it’s a book that anyone interested in LGBT themes should be acquainted with; its protagonist struggles to explore his own sexuality, meets many obstacles in the homophobic society, has his heart broken and made whole again, all the time guided by his childhood dream of having a very special Friend somewhere in the world. It’s a sweet story, and beautifully written to boot.

YOU HEAR A SPLASH.

I made a little thing for Obscure Fandom Week !

The quote is from Photopia, an amazing interactive fiction which was 1st Place in the 1998’s Interactive Fiction Competition. It tells a story through small scenes which seem to have nothing to do with each other, but then it gradually starts making sense. And it has ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

Drill Dozer is a game I simply like a lot despite its relatively tiny amount of content. This is one of those very rare occasions Game Freak got the chance to try something new besides Pokemon, and it delivered pretty darn well.

The character designs are very swell, the platforming style is entertaining, it managed to get pretty challenging, and, unfortunately, it just begged to have a sequel.

I really wiiiiiiiiiishhhh they could make a new game for a console, say the WiiU. But that would be too unlikely…

Alien Nine
i guess it’s obscure fandom week?

did anyone else watch Alien 9?? it was an anime, with a deceptively cute opening song, about a group of young girls who are called to fight a threat against earth. episode one is pretty standard school moe. and by the end of the series the blonde dies to some fucked up monster that swallows her and everyone suffers mental scars as a result. Sounds pretty familar………….

also i cosplayed a character from it once so have fun imagining that

So, it’s the last day of Obscure Fandom Week, and I figured I might as well include something.

So, the name of this Anime is called Kaiba (no, not THAT Kaiba), and the premise is of this person who wakes up just from Amnesia, and he has nothing except a picture of a girl on a pendant around his neck, and a growing hole where his heart should be. 

In this world, memories and people’s consciousnesses are stored in chips that can be inserted into ones head. It’s a dystopian society where the higher ups enjoy the luxuries of switching bodies and all sorts of other pleasures while the lower class struggles every day, with more and more people without bodies. This person (Kaiba), roams many worlds, losing and attaining bodies on the way, and trying to find his identity in the world.

Kaiba, despite its child-like art, is a very adult show. It’s deep, diving into the philosophies of people and how neither the government of the aristocrats nor the rebellious factions of the poor are truly righteous. It analyzes various people and their relationships; their back stories, their wounds, and their motives. 

At its heart, Kaiba is a love story of a man who is chasing his lover through worlds, through universes, and through the conscious realm. A story of misunderstanding, betrayal, but also of hope, for the story doesn’t end on a dark note.

The art in this is just beautiful too, with a surreal touch. All the songs are actually sung in english by a Canadian-japanese artist Sierra, and they really reflect the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvQwAdR25lk&feature=related

I really thought I should draw something for Obscure Fandom Week, and even though I’m not sure if classic novels count as fandoms, I know there are at least a few other folks out there who love Crime and Punishment as much as I do.

Granted, I haven’t read it since high school but I loved it so much then. If I ever ever get caught up on my school reading, I really need to sit down with this book again.

There are lots of fascinating characters in this book, but I just adore the main character, Raskolnikov, and his best friend, Razumikhin. Just…man, I cannot resist quality bromance and ugh Razumikhin is so great for Raskolnikov; he sticks by him even though he’s an utter head case and is kind of his voice of reason and…yeah.

Apologies for not really researching their clothes…idk what Russian men wore in the late 1800s…but I was mostly focusing on getting their faces down anyway. This is basically who I saw in my head when I was reading it.

Can we do Obscure Fandom Week again?

Because it didn’t happen last year and it was pretty much me posting to an empty tag. So, if nobody’s going to organize it for this year, I will make an organizational post and try to raise awareness… but I don’t have many followers, so it should probably be somebody else.

In 2011, it ran from Oct. 16-22. How about we have it run from Oct. 13-19 this year?

Obscure Fandom Week, Day 4: Muhyo to Rouji no Mahouritsu Soudan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation)

Summary from wikipedia:

“Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation follows a young genius Magical Law Executor, Toru Muhyo and his assistant, Jiro Kusano as they track and find ghosts, then send the spirits to heaven or hell depending on the account of their lives in his magical law book.”

I couldn’t find a longer summary, but that is pretty much the gist of it! Muhyo to Rouji has a great balance of silly and serious, endearing characters, and great art. It’s a JUMP manga so I’m surprised more people haven’t heard of it…  I’ll be honest that I’ve only read through volume 8 because I haven’t had a chance to buy more of it, but despite that it’s been one of my favorites for years. I’m definitely going to be collecting the whole thing!

Read it HERE!

Buy it HERE!

For Obscure Fandom Week I swallowed my pride and posted my terrible Ashley fanart from like over a year ago sob

Anyways. Vagrant Story! It’s a JRPG by Squeenix, and it’s basically about Badass McAssless Chaps investigating a scary city filled with zombies because Sydney is a jerk and won’t zip up his pants. The plot is better than my horrible summary, and the game is really difficult and complicated. I haven’t beat it yet AND NO ONE WAS SURPRISED!

BUT YES THE WRITING AND CHARACTERS ARE SO VERY EXCELLENT. GO PLAY IT OR WATCH AN LP!