tephra: Fluttershy reading a book. (Reading)
Especially amusing if you are a fan of both strains of the crossover.

Q assists with an away party in Equestria (click for full size)

GLaDOS writes to Princess Celestia

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tephra: (fangirl squee)
She wrote a bit in her House of Red Fireflies universe today. So go read about The Mandrake Girl.

There are images of the girl here and here on DeviantART though if you aren't a member only the second will be viewable because the first has a mature rating (I don't think it needs one, but that's Ursula's call.) Both images are also on her website, Metal and Magic.

For those that don't click a link without a sample:

The House of Red Fireflies

The House of Red Fireflies is easy to find.

It shouldn’t be, being tucked in one of the illogical corners of the otherworld, but if you’re running a brothel, inaccessibility is a bad thing. So despite the winding road and the woods patrolled by small, grumpy, spear-carrying mushrooms, despite the narrow eyed black storks lurking at the crossroads and hitting up passers-by for small children and cigarettes, despite the swift currents and sudden backwaters of the Feverstream that runs by the House, despite the labyrinthine limestone passages deep underground that lead from the tastefully decorated maw of Hell to the somewhat less tastefully decorated sixth sub-basement of the House, the House remains paradoxically easy to find.

Practically all you have to do is set out in any reasonably enchanted woods with the intent of going there, and the next thing you know, the red lanterns are twinkling in the distance, like the fireflies from which the House takes its name.

The House is built in the Grandmother Tree, a tree so old that its dryad requires a wheelchair on the rare occasions she manifests at all, and this has given rise to the euphemism “going to Grandmother’s house.” Somebody even wrote a song about it once, and occasionally you can get one of the sleek-voiced seal women that perform in the evenings to sing it for you.

[Go read more]

The Mandrake Girl

At the edge of a dark and dreary forest, on the slope of a hill crowned by a dead oak tree, in earth churned by the writhing bodies of worms and slicked with the secret secretions of slugs, there was a hole, and in the hole was a mandrake root.

Mandrake roots are prized above all others by the more objectionable sort of witch. They have powerful gifts of both healing and destruction, and they are the chief ingredient in flying ointment, (along with a great many nasty things like henbane and nightshade and others that I will not mention here.) But the greatest of their gifts is that of transfiguration. A mandrake root can be enspelled to take on human shape, for seasons at a time, and though they are dour and dangerous servants, they are far superior in wit and power to any other plant. (Laburnum runs a distant second. Only idiots try to make familiars out of petunias.)

Pulling the mandrake root, however, is a nasty business. The plant shrieks when it's pulled from the earth, a terrible, mind-tearing shriek that can bring deafness and even death, the sort of shriek that chills the soul and occasionally shakes blood clots loose from veins to wreak havoc in the dark reaches of the brain. There are a number of methods of harvesting mandrake, many of which involve unfortunate dogs and unwitting neighbor children, but at the end of the day, it’s just a bad business all around. And because of this, the mandrake pried shrieking from the earth is a bitter servant, and will turn on the witch if it can, in vengeance of the rape of its roots from the clotted and familiar soil.

This particular mandrake root, however, was somewhat different.

[Go read more]
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ARGH! You can't do that to the politically clueless long haired bishie geekboy!
tephra: (fangirl squee)
So I'm watching Tsubasa Chronicle ([livejournal.com profile] toshirodragon is like my anime and manga crack dealer or something) and I'm enjoying it immensely. I'm also geeking out on a few levels, I'm picking up the meaning of yet more Japanese (yay!) and picking out some Japanese accents (or rather, realizing that when I'm having "WTF, that doesn't sound like anything like what the sub says" moments it's because it's a very different dialect). But the niftiest part is noticing some folklore themes. *geekyfangirlysquees!*

On the first world the kudan of the three main characters take the forms of a dragon, phoenix, and what I think is a kirin (it's not a form of it that I'm familiar with, but a fox/wolf thing with a horn seems to fit the bill). On the second world you find a hijutsu master (mistress) that uses a fan to amplify her power and her daugther uses a mirror. This is niggling at me as some folklore I'm probably missing out on. Inuyasha fans will recall that Naraku's first two incarnations, Kagura and Kanna, use a fan and a mirror as well.

I so need to find a good, comprehensive, book on Japanese folklore and superstition! Not getting the references yet knowing, or strongly suspecting, they are there in several anime that I watch is driving me freaking NUTS!
tephra: (fangirl squee)
Thanks to Cartoon Network, Saturday is Anime Day. Since there are a few shows I don't care for in the line-up I generally come back to my PC and futz for a bit. This time I happened to have the latest episode of Loveless downloaded and unwatched.

So I watched it.

Engage spoiler evading fangirl mode.

Youji!! Stalker network! Kio/Sensei! Kio/Yayoi! Yuiko's tiny dress! Does everyone see the same shrink?! ARGH! Evil next episode preview!

Disengage fangirl mode. Laters. :)
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] joisbishmyoga:

"List five songs that you are currently digging ... it doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words or even if they're any good but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your five songs. Then tag five other people to see what they're listening to."

[Insert my standard "Only five?" response here.*]

1. Yoko Kanno featuring Origa - Rise (Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, 2nd GIG opening) This one owns me...
2. Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
3. Fear Factory - Descent
4. Alice Cooper - Pick Up The Bones
5. Godsmack - Voodoo

It occurs to me that none of those are particularly happy songs....

And I'm not tagging anyone, if someone wants to do this they'll do it.

*As [livejournal.com profile] hafoc can tell you, I rarely do not have music playing. I spare him my singing along with it most of the time though.
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Yoko Kanno currently owns my soul. The openings for GitS:SAC* and GitS:SAC 2nd GIG (and the ending theme of GitS:SAC) are just.... *squee!*

*Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
tephra: A furry liger-ish dragon portrait in profile (Default)
Wow, I seem to have lost about six hours....

But I got smut out of it. Bishie smut. Male on male action smut. Threesome smut. Demon smut.

Yu Yu Hakusho gay bishie demon threesome smut, YAY!

Okay, I should consider sleep now, seriously.

This image dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] joisbishmyoga, who puts up with far too much crap from reviewers, [livejournal.com profile] wikinger_elfe who I just met and spent some time fangirling Hiei with in [livejournal.com profile] toshirodragon's journal, and all the other cool YYH fangirls that I've met through LiveJournal.

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