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Belladonna Lee
01 February 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Title: Still Life
Author: Belladonna
Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, mentions of Scorpius Malfoy/Albus Potter
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: The world of Harry Potter and its characters are not mine.
Summary: The weeping willow on the grounds of Malfoy Manor is Harry's favourite haunt.

A/N: This is an expansion of the drabble I wrote for last year's HP Halloween Fest.

In the space between memories and reality, he heard the sound of rain.Collapse )
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: DIR EN GREY - Dozing Green (Before Construction ver.)
Belladonna Lee
01 February 2017 @ 03:51 pm
For hp_halloween.

Title: A Season's Ending
Author: Belladonna
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, mentions of Scorpius Malfoy/Albus Potter
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: The world of Harry Potter and its characters are not mine.
Summary: The weeping willow is their meeting place, where Harry and Draco hide away from the world.

A change of seasons.Collapse )
Current Mood: tiredtired
Belladonna Lee
31 January 2017 @ 08:17 am
Apparently Final Fantasy is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Today also marks the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. SquareEnix has released a new piece of visual art for the FFVII remake. Wonder if it will take them another ten years to finish the remake -- just in time for FFVII's 30th anniversary...

Yamamoto Takato drew the cover art for MUCC's new album, Myakuhaku. I'm not a MUCC fan, but anyway...
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Belladonna Lee
29 January 2017 @ 10:44 am
A line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 73.

I know I'm a day late, but Happy Lunar New Year to anyone who celebrates it.

Been reading Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. "The Year of Spaghetti" has left an impression on me. Here's a quote: "Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was really loneliness?" Another story I quite like is "Chance Traveler", a story about coincidence, where Murakami himself asserts in the beginning that what happened in the story did happen to him.

I like that it's possible to experience his stories in different ways. You can accept the supernatural/stranger element in his stories as it is, or you can read it as a metaphor for something else. I don't have a fixed view on how a story should be read; it's more fun that way.

An aside: Thinking up a good title for a story is hard.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: sukekiyo - nine melted fiction
Belladonna Lee
22 January 2017 @ 08:15 pm
The temperature has been above the freezing mark lately, so we've been having several foggy mornings and foggy nights. I have not seen a single patch of dry ground outdoors for close to a week.

Aoki Yutaka of downy has released his first solo album Lost in Forest, with Morrie, Kaoru and Sugizo as guest musicians. I like it a lot; it makes me want to write something with this album as the soundtrack.
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Aoki Yutaka - Fury
Belladonna Lee
19 January 2017 @ 09:06 am
Watched Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress. In a way, these two films are like two sides of a coin. Both films feature an actress as the main character. In both films, the actresses' professional work is bleeding into their personal life, and the line between reality and illusion is blurred, albeit to different effects.

Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller. As the main character becomes unable to tell what's real and what's not, the story, already unsettling to begin with, takes on an increasingly terrifying and paranoid note. Millennium Actress, on the other hand, takes on a whimsical approach. There is some fourth wall breaking in the process, which leads to some genuinely funny moments.

Of the two films, Millennium Actress is a lot easier to swallow. Perfect Blue has several disturbing scenes that are very uncomfortable to watch. The film also exposes the sexism and the objectifying of women inherent within the entertainment industry, as well as the ugly reality of the idol business. As a thriller film though, it works.

Millennium Actress has none of that (or very little of that). It's a charming and light-hearted film detailing an actress' life story. And yes, I cried at the end of this film.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Belladonna Lee
13 January 2017 @ 11:41 am
Nintendo did a live stream promoting their new console, Nintendo Switch, but I'm not interested in that.

What's been happening lately? Uchouten Kazoku 2's first PV is out, and it's good to see the loveble tanuki family again. The TV anime will air on April 9th (not sure why they announce the airing date so early).

A new Amano Akira exhibition will be held in Kyoto later in the year. There are also talks that a 10th anniversary Katekyo Hitman Reborn seiyuu event will be held at some point. (There's never any doubt that ēlDLIVE will be getting a seiyuu event of some sort, seeing as the TV anime is airing right now.)

Watched Patlabor 2, a 1993 anime film that deals with the topics of war, peace and terrorism. The relationship between Japan and the U.S. is complicated to say the least. Anyway, I really need to watch the movie again; the movie is packed with so many ideas that one viewing isn't enough for me to understand everything. After that, I suppose I'll watch Patlabor 1 and all four Kon Satoshi films (and maybe Paranoia Agent as well).
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Belladonna Lee
05 January 2017 @ 09:26 am
Read Takeuchi Tomo's Ballroom e Youkoso, a shounen manga about competitive ballroom dancing. It's very good; it reminds me a bit of the film Shall We Dance? (the original, not the Hollywood remake). Production I.G. will be handling the anime adaptation that will air this summer.

Ryukishi07 has announced that the next instalment in the When They Cry visual novel series will be released in 2017, and it will be different from Higurashi and Umineko.

Nitro+Chiral is working on their next game, Slow Damage. They've released a teaser, and it sure looks dark. It seems to be the norm for N+C's odd-numbered games (Togainu no Chi, sweet pool) to have a darker look than their even-numbered entries (Lamento, Dramatical Murder).

Fate/Apocrypha, the 5-volume light novel series written by Higashide Yuichiro, is getting an anime adaptation in 2017. A-1 Pictures will be handling animation production, and Higashide himself will be handling series composition.

Fate/Extra Last Encore (adapted from one of the spin-off games) will air next winter; I assume it means the winter of 2018. Shaft is handling animation production, and Nasu Kinoko is handling series composition.

The one Fate anime adaptation I'm more interested in, however, is ufotable's Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy. The first movie will be in theatre in 2017.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Belladonna Lee
01 January 2017 @ 09:13 am
Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope this year will be a better one than the last.

On the music front in Japan, Buck-Tick is celebrating their 30th major debut anniversary later in the year with an outdoor live, a best album and "The Day in Question" tour. A new album is set to be released in the spring of 2018. (They've been releasing a new album every two years, so that sounds about right.)

There is news that DIR EN GREY is collaborating with Pierrot on something. This year also marks their 20th anniversary, but other than the tours they've been doing since last year, I'm not sure they'll do anything special. (Fingers cross for a new album, maybe?)

Tokyo Jihen (phase 2) regrouped for one night only at last night's NHK Kohaku, and it felt good seeing them perform together again.

Shiina Ringo herself will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her solo career next year (maybe another Ringo Expo?). She's also collaborating with Hayashibara Megumi on the OP theme song for season 2 of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. The single, titled "Ima wa no Shinigami", will be released on Feb 22.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Belladonna Lee
26 December 2016 @ 10:42 am
Winter is here, and a new anime season is upon us. All the series I've listed below are adaptations. GoHands' latest, which is an original anime, might have made it onto the list, but I can't get past the awkward 3D animation in the trailer.

2017 Winter Anime Season Preview.Collapse )

OVAs and films.Collapse )
Current Mood: blahblah