Inspiration Post IV

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Picture courtesy of rural-revolution.com

I seem to be on time today. This week’s Theme is Creativity.  I hear it’s National Write Month. I’m going to have to look into that.

Deviant Art         Light by GunnerRomantic

Subject                 Hypergraphia

Subject II             Surrealism

Song                      Sakura Drops by Ayumi Hamasaki

Manga                  Arata Kangatari

Plant                      American Beech Tree

“Can you hold back the movement of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion? Can you ensure the proper sequence of seasons or guide the constellation of the bear with her cubs across the heavens?”

~Job 38: 31-32

Character Spotlight – Shi-Woon Lee

the-breaker-new-waves-1528537I was disappointed when I started reading the Breaker and found out that Shi Woon was the main character instead of Chun Woo… It’s never a good sign when you think of Shinji Ikari from the original Evangelion anime.  Shi Woon was a wreck. He was beat up in school by a Chang Ho and his group, quite frequently.

His mother was too busy for his problems and his father was out of the picture. His childhood friend, Saehee was also a tad dense and unaware that these people fighting him in a four against one fight were not his friends whom he had a falling out with.

Eventually Chang Ho overplays his hand by demanding Shi Woon pimp out Saehee to him. Shi Woon even optimistically pondered that he might not do anything to her on the same school grounds where he and his group beat him up with no interference. But when it came down to it the answer was no. In fact, that was the last straw.

From that time he decided he was done being stepped on by Chang Ho and his groupies and that he was going to have to do what had to be done and after fighting back and losing, blackmailing His temporary English teacher Chun Woo into teaching him how to fight with some inconvenient footage of him in a bar fight seemed like a great option.

Chun Woo warns him several times that he doesn’t want what he’s asking for. I don’t think he became a substitute teacher at that school just to get in that other lady teacher’s pants.

But despite the obvious red flags Shi Woon follows Chun Woo anyway because he’s at the lowest point of his life he’s ever been in and he’s not thinking like a person in a normal state of mind. He just wants what he wants. This was not an easy process even with “dying will” in the form of a horse pill called the “Illwallsindan.”

Shi Woon has a surprising amount of nerve and he just gets bolder and bolder and he has to be. He has less room to let his guard down even after he learns how to fight.

Chun Woo was really vague about what the Murim was (as in didn’t tell him until after the fact) so Shi Woon got in a lot of trouble in a town that was practically crawling with Murim people. It doesn’t help that some people can’t keep a secret. I mean when your coworkers jump up all “Nine Arts Dragon! How are ya?” and no one wants to say why you’re called that, it gets suspicious… except to Shi Woon because he has to learn the hard way not to be so trusting of people.

But it’s hard to teach him. He has his own will and he is very stubborn. Even with the times he’s told “If you do that, you’re going to die,” or “there’s no way you can…” he does it anyway and even if he loses the dialogue in some variation of the following.

“I’ve been doing martial arts my whole life. This kid who’s been training less than a year and flattened an army of people with more training than him has no chance.”

“He blocked that! How could he with (Insert handicap here?)”

“I can’t believe I must use (Insert secret technique here) against a mere kid. “

“There’s no way he survived…”

“He’s alive?”

“Holy $#!+”

“How did he?”

“Phew! I nearly got my butt handed to me by a novice!”

Now as the reader I don’t even pat attention to the “Warnings” he gets. He’s already weighed his decision of “I know there’s a high probability of death but nobody lives forever and a coward dies a thousand times before their death.”

Besides, he recovers really quickly from injuries that would otherwise be crippling. He seems quite aware of this. What does he have to fear?

I like that they made being the nice guy work for him when he lives in a dog-eat-dog world that steps on people like him. He’s not a character I can relate to or understand well but I respect him as a main character for being out to do the right thing when there are so many easy ways out. Doing the right thing is what a hero needs to be about. If you don’t care what the right thing is, you’re not a hero. You’re just the main character.

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This was actually the most difficult one to write. I guess it’s because of how long the series has been running and I’m trying not to spoil anything either. Unlike Zelda where if you click on something about Midna, chances are you know who she is and you beat the game. That’s how us Zelda players are sometimes.

Next week’s character Spotlight is Jack Carter from Eureka. I don’t watch much TV but I liked that show.

Inspiration Post III

Courtesy of abandonedNYC.com

Courtesy of abandonedNYC.com

I wrote this so far ahead of time and yet I’m still posting it really late. It’s Halloween so I guess that works just as well. Even though it’s Halloween, I really think December is the best month for horror related media.

Deviant Art        Tales of Darkness by Asuka111

Subject              Night terrors

Subject II           Sleep paralysis

Song                  Higurashi no Naku by Eiko Shimamiya

Video Game      Yume Nikki

Manga              Uzumaki by Junji Ito

                          It definitely influenced the name of this blog.

Plant                 Hibrid Tea Rose

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

For the wise person sees, while the fool is blind. Yet I saw that wise and foolish people share the same fate. Both of them die. Just as the fool will die, so will I. So of what value is my wisdom? Then I said to myself, “This is all so meaningless!” For the wise and the fools both die, and in the days to come, both will be forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 2: 14-16

Inspiration Post II

Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia

Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia

I’m late with just about everything but when it rains it pours… Well, the point is that I have some catching up to do. From now on I’m just going to write this stuff ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about being behind when stuff comes up. Being late immediately after setting a deadline is really bad form.  I’m still going with the October theme.

Deviant Art        Meltdown by Yuumei

Subject               The Cordyceps Fungus

Song                    Marionette by Ayumi Hamasaki

                               It’s available on I tunes from her album Guilty.

Game                   The Legend Of Zelda Majora’s Mask                      

Plant                     Japanese Maple Tree or Acer Palmatum – Bloodgood

                                A dwarf tree named for its deep red color

Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that light is dark and dark is light; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

Destruction is certain for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.

Isaiah 5:20-21

Midna From Twilight Princess

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Picture Curtesy of Zeldawiki.org

I didn’t like Midna when she first showed up. She was both smug and condescending, a great combination. My reaction to her was similar to my reaction to all of those “Sassy” types I encounter in Zelda games. “How dare you talk to me, the almighty Link that way?! You insolent cur!” I usually get over it but Midna was a special breed of sinister and potentially backstabbing. Then there was this whole “Slave” dynamic which really rubbed me the wrong way.

There were plenty of comparisons to Navi but I never had a problem with Navi. The fact that Navi dared speak to me from time to time about irrelevant or completely useless stuff didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I appreciated the company while I was running around in a mass grave left over from a recent genocide having taken place.

Midna was more useful than Navi. I hated to admit that. The game actually made you rely on her rather than question her existence. It took from being just my “glory” to save Hyrule so my sue radar went off shortly after my b!+c# radar went off. I had to share the spotlight with a “Tsundere” who seemed to have a resentment towards Zelda that while unstated was so obvious she might as well have had a neon sign over her during their first meeting.

I was especially suspicious when she referred to her as “Twilight Princess.”

The “Twilight” is definitely at odds with Hyrule. How is Zelda the level headed, non treacherous beauty of Hyrule their princess? She’s the Princess of Hyrule being held captive by their “ruler.” I subconsciously knew what was up then but it didn’t add up to what I saw. I figured she’d tell me the truth when she was stabbing me in the back.

My suspicions ran deeper when Larynu told me what kind power it was that Midna had me chasing after. I figured that after that temple it would be her time to betray me in some really underhanded way.

But they went a different route here. Zant, the villian who she’d been ranting about having a false power and not being the true king showed up, took the fused elements, turned me into a wolf and nearly killed Midna. Perhaps I’d come not to hate her a while ago, but it was that moment in the game that made me actually realize it. Despite how much I couldn’t stand her initially I had learned to appreciate her company and she brought an element of humor to even the worst of Zelda water temples yet.

Fortunately Midna was not randomly killed in the middle of the game as that would have taken away several really crucial elements of the game-play and story. Zelda gave her current form to revive Midna which also gave her the ability to go out in the sun. But it wasn’t just my end of the relationship that changed.

Midna actually became more trustworthy and less caught up in her own feelings and agenda. She was even up front and honest about the fact that she only intended on using us and dropping us like we were hot when she was done. So despite her animosity towards Zelda, I think she was somewhat humbled by this experience and more understanding of Hyrule not being a dog-eat-dog world. She genuinely changed for the better while still keeping her usual sense of humor about things.

Midna is a character archetype that doesn’t work nearly as often as she’s tried. I won’t say any names but andone who’s heard of this type already knows. The “tsundere” types are frequently aggressive but mostly self-loathing. They don’t always learn. They don’t always get over themselves.  They don’t always respond to kindness by taking a good hard look at themselves and saying it’s not up to the world to pay for their pain.

But Midna did that without becoming someone else in the process. She was still sarcastic, humorous and slightly mean-spirited but she wasn’t bitter and resentful. She  also stopped treating me like dirt. That really helped even though by then I didn’t really  expect it. So this type of character can actually be pulled of well, but I still think we should stop while we’re ahead. Not everyone can make this kind of character and pull it off well and it would lose a lot of significance if they could.

Next week I’ll try doing a character spotlight on a guy… Shioon Lee (might be spelled Shi Woon Lee) from the Breaker.

Note: for all intents and purposes let’s just say that Tsundere while having a deeper meaning for the most part translates to jerk who needs to say “It’s not like I’m doing it for you,” anytime he or she is not being a jerk. I’m not a fan of this type of character.

Inspiration Post I

Cactus Dahlia

I’m going with an October theme for the month… even though I’m posting these every Tuesday.

Deviant Art           Black Dragon by Sandara

Subject                 The Sedlec Ossuary

Song                      Show Me Love (Not A Dream) by Utada Hikaru

It’s on Youtube (for now) but if anyone knows

where to buy it please tell me.

Manga                   Cradle of Monsters by Sanbe Kei (Poseidon with zombies)

Plant                      Cactus Dahlia (In bloom June through October)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the king’s privilege to uncover it.”

Proverbs 25:2

Joan Watson from Elementary

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Picture courtesy of race-bending

This may come off as sounding pretentious but these are just my opinions. I don’t count them as facts. I feel that since Arthur Conan Doyle is the original author of Sherlock Holmes and owns the characters just like Katsura Hoshino is the author of D.Gray-Man and owns the series and characters. Any other works on it are fan-fiction. I do not look down on fan-fiction. I really like the practice. I also think that if you like a show you will respect how it was done.

That does not mean keep everything exactly the same. That would just be repetition.  I’d never watched or read anything related to Sherlock Holmes based on the cliché cameo appearances they made in so many other shows. Sherlock sat around smoking his pipe saying “Elementary, my dear Watson. The lady wasn’t wearing a wedding ring when she checked into a hotel with the man yet she had a print on her ring finger, clearly she was having an affair,” while a fat, bumbling Watson sits there like “That’s my pal!” with his teeth practically hanging out of his mouth.

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I’d never intended to watch anything based on Sherlock Holmes but I rather liked the show even though I was rather suspicious of the decision that Watson should be a girl. I thought something along the lines of Really? Are they serious? Not one of these. Does everything have to be about…

My apprehension did not subside when she was introduced as his “Sober-companion.” Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to believe that Sherlock Holmes was ever involved in drugs because I never knew that he was smoking cocaine in that pipe. It might have been legal then but it’s kind of a crime now.

 Watson is the only sane man (or woman) in Sherlock’s world. Everyone else is used to his antics when she shows up. Holmes is immediately rude to her, like he is to everyone else in his usual clueless way. He seems to think she’s got good intentions but isn’t quite up to the task.

Watson however self-conscious as she may be is not going to be belittled insulted or toyed with into leaving her post. She is impressed with his intelligence and has a great assessment of his abilities but she is not in awe of him. Sherlock is tactless, has no manners and in the first episode repeatedly rammed his car into the culprit’s car because he was frustrated with the fact that it looked like he was going to get away with it. She thought that this was part of some brilliant plan he had. And then she found out he was just mad. She knows that he’s just another person under it all.

As she spends time with Sherlock he can see that she’s brilliant even though she can’t. She’s very conscious of her mistakes where as he has a great ability to not dwell on his unless he’s at a dead end. She develops her perception but also she develops insight into her own intelligence and in her new career as Sherlock’s sober companion she’s exposed to many ways to develop her perception while using her medical knowledge in new ways. She adds to the show because she has the ability to pick up obscurities but with a different perspective.

Why it works

 I didn’t know just how well they pulled this off until I saw the movie(The recent one with Iron Man in it) and did a bit of “homework” on it. The relationship between Sherlock and Watson was almost exactly the same. Watson, now a female, Asian sober companion who recently quit from being a surgeon was still the same person as the male Caucasian Watson who was still in his profession as a doctor. Someone, genius in their own right yet gets dragged into crazy shenanigans by his intelligent but crazy thrill-seeking ,friend.

I think it’s a great thing for someone to make a character who can be the same person under any circumstance but with a natural reaction to the circumstances, especially over one hundred years after the original story.

Consistent

                Watson is a doctor

                Watson is actually pretty smart, possibly on par with Sherlock

                Watson isn’t nearly as confident of his/her own abilities

                Watson understands Sherlock better than others around him

                Sherlock relies on Watson as a friend and partner

                Sherlock trust Watson with more than he’d trust others with

Difference

                Watson’s a girl

                Watson’s Chinese

Thank you for reading

I forgot to put a Haiku at the end of my last post, or two.

Don’t be jealous of

Others around you for what

You already have

I’m pretty sure I’m missing what the actual gist of a haiku is here. Next week I’m going to do a character spotlight on Midna from Twilight Princess.