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Purple Library Guy
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I used to fight heavy in the SCA. It was fun. Never got any good, though, mostly because I didn't own a car. Seriously, packing that armour on transit is no picnic.

My home (Seashire at the time, Barony of Ruantallan now) was known more for its cooks than its fighters. Best garlic bread in the Eastern Kingdom!

Makes sense. Everyone knows Easterners don't know how to fight properly--bunch of roll-blockers. :p

Having fun reading it, got to the end of the chapter and-- What dishonour is this?

Yeah, well you're the one drinking our superior mead and ruin. Shame if something....happens to it.

Heh.

Funny you should mention mead . . . I actually have a friend in the SCA who makes mead. She's been experimenting with different flavourings (and of course can talk one's ear off about the vagaries of yeast).

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Having fun reading it, got to the end of the chapter and-- What dishonour is this?

I hope she just says screw it to the Agrippina school and founds her own dojo to train with people who actually keep their word. But then again, this is Japan, where social conformity beats everything, and heroic characters must join existing institutions to remain so. :-(

...I'd think up and starting a new group from the ground up would be something of a tall order for a mere highschooler anywhere actually...

Though given Kanade's raging idiosyncrasies (or what my young friends on teh Internets might term "best autism"), and the Agrippina sempais sounding like they'd be happy to have her if they could, she's probably just overlooked some minor detail... like actual transfer paperwork.

Or not being enrolled in that school in the first place.

That seems pretty plausible. But it still might be neat if she goes to the smitten maiden's school and starts an order of knighthood there, where the blushing maid can . . . cheer her on . . .
Random, that stuff about the field of the cloth of gold etc. was really interesting.

last edited at Mar 24, 2017 12:04PM

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Age 15 discussion 24 Mar 01:52
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Looking at the reactions makes me think this manga falls into a sort of storytelling version of the "uncanny valley". It has too much characterization and pretensions to story to be easily laughed off as cartoony ecchi fluff, but too much gratuitous sexy stuff and hentai-like logic for it to make any sense if you try to take it seriously as a realistic story.

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I used to fight heavy in the SCA. It was fun. Never got any good, though, mostly because I didn't own a car. Seriously, packing that armour on transit is no picnic.

That really only happens if you get steel armour. Steel is cool and I personally prefer it, but recently more and more people get ABS (i think) plastic gear, which is lighter, cheaper and easier to manufacture.

Mine was sort of pieced together--some plastic, some boiled leather, some steel (and as far as I know, non-steel helms aren't SCA legal)--but really it's less about weight and more about volume. When you add together all the bits, it's just really unwieldy.

(There was a story about a guy who made a helm out of titanium--it was gorgeous, and when he tried walloping it a bunch with a big polearm it just scuffed when a steel helm would have dented. So he tried it out. He was a major league marshal in his kingdom, so when he regained consciousness he immediately declared titanium helms illegal for that kingdom. Y'see, the problem was it was too light. There wasn't enough inertia stopping it from moving, so if someone hit it a good hard shot the whole helm would be jolted sideways; it would just smack the wearer's head and ring their bell. Light isn't a problem for most armour as long as it distributes the impact, but for a helm that isn't good enough.)

Also, if you have an established group that you can trust, one person with a big enough car can carry gear for a lot of people.

Yes, that's very true, but I was not really in that position. There were a group of us, but we were all relatively-impoverished university students, and fighting practice was in a somewhat awkward direction. Look, just bloody trust me OK? It was aggravating as hell, if there were an easy way around it I would have used it.

Also for anyone wondering, under SCA rules, the weapons are strictly blunt, and the tips have to be either folded back, or covered with a plastic tip, as well as said tip must have three different colours, so when it inevitably falls off during combat, the marshall can spot it and call hold. (By three colours I mean white/black for the plastic tip usually + coloured duct tape + the gray of the steel although I have seen black swords.) Which, in the manga did not appear at all.

Your kingdom allows steel weapons? In the West and An Tir as far as I know it's strictly rattan--similar weight to an equivalent steel weapon, but waaay less dangerous. No edge, but doesn't splinter like most wood. So you can hit full strength with no worries. And there are elaborate rules about how to build a legal thrusting tip on a weapon. Typical broadswords didn't tend to have pokeys at all.

Purple Library Guy
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I used to fight heavy in the SCA. It was fun. Never got any good, though, mostly because I didn't own a car. Seriously, packing that armour on transit is no picnic.

My home (Seashire at the time, Barony of Ruantallan now) was known more for its cooks than its fighters. Best garlic bread in the Eastern Kingdom!

Makes sense. Everyone knows Easterners don't know how to fight properly--bunch of roll-blockers. :p

Having fun reading it, got to the end of the chapter and-- What dishonour is this?

last edited at Mar 23, 2017 9:23PM

Purple Library Guy
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I used to fight heavy in the SCA. It was fun. Never got any good, though, mostly because I didn't own a car. Seriously, packing that armour on transit is no picnic.

last edited at Mar 23, 2017 7:00PM

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Image Comments 21 Mar 18:28
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@Ropponmatsu -- are you sure that was the actual original? I had to read the book and I don't remember anything nearly that interesting happening in it. I don't actually remember Crusoe having any dealings with the presumed cannibals other than hiding from them like crazy. He had this ingenious concealed, inaccessible house and stuff. The book also spent huge amounts of space giving blow-by-blow accounts of all the tools, nails, boards, yadda, yadda, and yadda that Crusoe salvaged from the shipwreck. Literal boatloads of crap itemized in excruciating detail.

God it was boring. I'm sure a yuri version would be much, much better.

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I can basically understand why the primary focus of the arc was about how the three of them could be in a relationship at all, since that's probably the part most people would have the hardest time swallowing. It's just unfortunate that it came at the expense of fully establishing why any two of them have feelings for each other at all.

That's kind of how I felt about this. I don't mind a story about polyamory, but it just didn't really bring the doki-doki for me. The whole thing seems a bit hollow . . . actually, no. Most of the negative emotions ring pretty true. Most of the positive ones seem pretty hollow. I'm a sucker for a sappy romance, but this just did not deliver enough sap to feel like it made any sense for any of the frustrations and tensions to be overcome.

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It occurs to me that far from "the yuri you can't get without sex", unless doujins are made of it this is in fact the yuri you can only get without sex.

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I know that some parents are irresponsible and leave their kids alone at home. but this trope is much too present in manga. I just can't take it seriously.

Whenever an author needs to make a sad lonely kid, they whip out absent or abusive parents.

Or else bullying. But what else are they going to use? In real life, there are as far as I know (aside from extreme poverty or living in a war zone or like that) only two main factors that make kids sad or lonely: Parents and peers. So if someone came up with something else, it would be perhaps innovative, but it would also probably be unrealistic, or at least unlikely.
It isn't really "whipped out" either--it hasn't been overt, but her personality has definitely hinted at isolation since the beginning.

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I knew the name of one of the authors rang a bell:

https://youtu.be/CKCgDAV16b4

Very cool.

Also . . . this may feature non-moe art, but they're moe as hell in real life.

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Well this just proves that even 100 million years ago, falling for a straight girl will always lead to pain.

I dunno. Tyra-chan might just be confused. She's young, new to these kinds of feelings, clearly hasn't learned to tell the difference between her "desire to devour" and her, um, "desire to devour" . . . and she's certainly not afraid to transgress against societal norms for the sake of love. I mean, a herbivore!
I say Spino-chan has a chance and it could work out just fine.

I hate to explain a joke, but I wasn't referring to Spino-chan as the recipient of the pain...

D'oh! Good one.

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Maybe it is because Korean yuri stories seem to focus much more on adults, but after getting into this story I'm finding it hard to really enjoy regular Japanese manga again. It's always the same thing with school girls and high school kids, versus adult relationships. It is kind of boring for me now. Does anyone else feel the same way? I don't mean to knock on Japanese manga that people enjoy, but just wondering if others feel the same. I started to feel similar after reading the Beloved series as well (the one with good art, think it's Chinese).

Two things. First, I really love me a bit of vanilla schoolgirl/schoolgirl romance and I do not plan to start apologizing for that. Morinaga Milk, Morishima Akiko, Kase-san, all those . . . they're cute and sweet and they bring the doki-doki and I will never let go of them.

Second, I suspect this is to a fair degree a contrast between published manga in a settled industry on one hand, and webtoons, which are getting much more commercialized than when I first started reading a few but remain somewhat more artist-driven. In Japan, yuri is dominated by publishers. Not all of it is published manga, but it's generally written by people who want to become published mangaka or, even if not, they are operating in an ecosystem that is sort of built with published manga at the core. So the writers accept the assumptions and conventions of published manga to a fair degree. And published yuri tends to be demographically aimed younger, the girl/girl equivalent of shoujo, although certainly not always.
In Korea, there basically is still no such thing as a published yuri manhwa. So it's all webtoons, with artists (in the absence of publishers insisting otherwise) tending to "write what they know"--typically the world of young adults around the stage of college, finding their feet in terms of job/career, and in Korea military service, because that's who the artists generally are. If the manhwa publishing houses decided to start doing yuri . . . based on what I've seen of shoujo-type-stuff in published manhwa, it would be more formulaic than the Japanese stuff. And yet significantly less heartwarming.

last edited at Mar 6, 2017 2:09PM

Purple Library Guy
Two Spirals discussion 06 Mar 13:36
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Am I he only one who wants to see a dramatic reading of this by Brian Blessed?

Oh, sorry. I misspelled that. I mean BRIAN BLESSED!!!!!!!

...maybe it's just me.

And! William! Shatner!!!

The former as Minami, the latter as Kita?

So why aren't there any really "large ham" female actors? Clearly we need some.

Purple Library Guy
Scandal discussion 06 Mar 13:34
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I find it strange that the people who are going off on Nagisa because her (justified) jealousy had potential implications for Misaki's idol career, seem completely undisturbed by Ayane deliberately crushing it entirely.

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as i wonder why yuri as a genre is so repetitive and filled with generic drama, being nothing more than a romance subgenre... then i see comments like these once in a while... and makes me realize... it might not get any better any time soon.

Um...hate to tell you this, but yuri is a romance subgenre. So is yaoi. At least when they're not being porn subgenres. Being invested in the characters' love lives is sort of the point.

Not that this says it has to be bad or repetitive, that's on the individual authors, and I definitely agree that the (sub)genre could use a lot of work expanding the subject matter. It is happening, far as I can see from stuff going up on Dynasty, but it's slow going.

When I think about it, it's actually been a while since I remember seeing the start of a new series that's just high school girl falling in love with high school girl (I don't think an SF one where they're making science babies counts). There was a period when that was all the yuri there was.

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Two Spirals discussion 06 Mar 00:46
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Am I he only one who wants to see a dramatic reading of this by Brian Blessed?

Oh, sorry. I misspelled that. I mean BRIAN BLESSED!!!!!!!

...maybe it's just me.

And! William! Shatner!!!

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Scandal discussion 06 Mar 00:24
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i disagree. Nagisa did have some mistrust, but she moved to resolve it, albeit poorly. She tried to address an issue. I found it preferable to letting it fester. The mistrust is arguably reasonable as well. I'm sure most people would feel some kind of unease if their significant other spends a lot of time with another person who happens to be very hands on.

I think Misaki's situation is getting "lost in translation" so to speak. Being an AKB48 fan, I think I can understand where she's coming from. Misaki's close friendship with Ayane is part of her "character," the way she presents herself to her fans. It's like the friendship between Mayuyu and Yukirin from AKB, to name an example you can google. Can you imagine what would happen if Mayuyu suddenly stopped being close with Yukirin? It would definitely have a negative impact on her career as an idol, since that friendship is part of her "character." Likewise, Misaki can't really stop being close to Ayane. The only possible solution would be to quit, which is why Misaki says Nagisa basically wanted her to quit being an idol.

This situation is similar to date an actress and complain she has to kiss other people on camera. That's part of her job, and she can't possible refuse any roles that include kissing if she hopes to have a successful career. As her parter, you have to suck it up. Or you shouldn't have gotten together with an actress to begin with.

Likewise, if you're gonna date an idol, you gotta know what you're getting into. Otherwise it's best if you don't even try. Heck, idols can't even date openly, so you wouldn't be able to go on dates or even walk around. Dating an idol is not easy, and Nagisa clearly wasn't ready for it.

This is all no doubt true. But what is also true is that among show-biz people, that good-looking hot co-star who is all over one's girlfriend (oh, but it's just for work, don't be paranoid) often does actually steal them. It's practically a real-life cliche it happens so much; there was a time when Angelina Jolie barely went a movie without breaking someone up. And indeed, in this case said co-star had been planning all along to do so. So really, how trusting should Nagisa have been?
And she didn't necessarily need Misaki to change her behaviour. Just, acknowledge that this is something that can be hard on a person--a bit of understanding. Which was not offered.

last edited at Mar 6, 2017 12:25AM

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Scandal discussion 05 Mar 15:26
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Still thinking that Ayane played her cards really well.

All is fair in love and war.

No, not really. Not for either, really--there are ways to win war that lose the peace.

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Scandal discussion 05 Mar 14:22
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Ew. That was horrible.

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Yes. Her sister probably wasn't as good at playing the role of her sister as she remembers, either. They may actually be more similar than she realizes.
Man, there's been some really thoughtful, smart commentary around here.

last edited at Mar 3, 2017 4:23PM

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On the whole body image thing, I love the looks of these girls, love their curvy bodies; they're healthy and gorgeous. But I see some people going maybe a bit overboard. There are thin people too, and they look fine too. My wife and two of my daughters have ectomorph body types and a couple of the comments would have it that they look terrible and their legs are twigs and stuff. They don't, they look great. They're not on a diet, they're not anorexic, they just have a different body type and I think there's room for everyone without hostility. People should be what they are.

last edited at Feb 28, 2017 4:24PM

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fun fact: it's actually not the red color of the cape that makes the bull attack the Matador, but it's movement. The cape is only red so you don't see the bull's blood on it.

So bulls are just like cats, they pounce on sudden movements? There's got to be something about that relevant to this manga.

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Well, that other girl claims that there isn't any big underlying condition and she just tends to have poor health. Hard to say . . . I've known people like that, and even seen a couple of people in manga who were sickly but not actually dying at all.

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Syrupy Love discussion 14 Feb 13:34
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Please please! Make her pick up the phone, so they can make-up! (OvO)

Oh, we all know who will answer the phone, hee hee hee...

This series is rocky, but it's terrific. If the writing and art stay this good it will be a real winner!

People always complain "everything's the same" but when a mangaka does something different (like this series) they complain how weird and hard to read it is... sigh! I like it a lot.

Well, both impulses are reasonable. When it comes to romance, there are not that many basic story lines that make people feel emotionally satisfied. And yet people like variety. So there's always going to be that tension between "The same old stuff bores me" and "NOT the same old stuff usually turns out to suck".