[ bang ]

May. 4th, 2007 01:02 pm
[personal profile] winterlive
FINALLY, the claims have been revealed at the big bang. we won't be turning 'em out for over a month, but. BUT. i can finally share with you all the premise of the 80K monster that's been eating my brain for months on end.



Monogatari


In the 1600's, the world as we know it changed. Instead of adopting a policy of isolationism, Japan chose to expand their contacts with the rest of the world. Certain alliances they made and certain crucial technological developments allowed the country to expand fast and wide. In the modern day, the Empire of Japan rules the Pacific Rim.

The Empire's influence extends throughout Southeast Asia, the Chinese coast and the Russian steppes. Indonesia and Australia are its protectorates, and each major city on the western coastline of North America has a governmental pagoda. The Rocky Mountains and the deserts beyond are a natural border between the empire and the rest of the Americas. The only area in which this is not the case is in the south - the Empire discovered large oil and mineral deposits further inland, and expanded their borders to protect it. That's the north and west of what was, in another world, called Texas. Though the eastern coast of the area is dominated by the Caribbean Republic, most of the flat, arid, oil-rich lands which abutt the desert are controlled by the Empire. There has been a strict border guard there since 1803, treaties have been signed, and conflict is almost non-existent.

It is not unknown for non-Japanese to find a place in the Empire. Some have risen so high as to become recognized as ministers, businessmen - there are even some that have completed the samurai training and become one of the Empire's respected knights.

Now, in the last twenty years, there is one such man - a Japanese citizen, born in Tokyo - who has risen past his peers, straight through the ranks. He is known for his honor above all, his devout loyalty to his shogun. It is said, in whispers between the towers of Tokyo, that if you wanted to point to the most Japanese of all the mainlanders in the world, you would point to him. His sword can cut one hair on your head and leave all others untouched. His aim with a pistol is unsurpassed. When he strikes with his fist, it's like watching the wind blow. In Japan, he is called Daiki Nihonjiro, samurai-sama, and there is not a soul who does not bow to him, save Emperor Kurosawa himself.

In Dallas, where he grew up, his name was Jensen Ackles.

~


The sound of the Gion Shôja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sâla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.

- The Tale of the Heiki, Kakuichi







i know, i know. it's totally insane. but trust me. you all trust me, right? of course you do. *holds your hands*

and, AND, out the rest of the entries [ here ]. there's some really quality-lookin stuff in there, too. *rubs hands*


eta: i have been recieving this ad on my gmail for MONTHS NOW: "Do you wanna buy Japanese Fundoshi? You can find dandy loincloth here!"

hee.

Date: 2007-05-04 07:27 pm (UTC)
ext_16562: <lj user="black_balloonxx"> (j-sqaured - jared & jensen are in love)
From: [identity profile] kashmir1.livejournal.com
Hi, uh. I've been lurking around your LJ for forever and finally decided to friend you today so thought I'd stop by and say hey.

So. Hey! *waves*

And that I can't wait to read your fic. :)

Date: 2007-05-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
hi!! i clearly recall seeing you many times, and as such, i squish you in welcome. :D

Date: 2007-05-04 08:05 pm (UTC)
ext_16562: <lj user="black_balloonxx"> (Default)
From: [identity profile] kashmir1.livejournal.com
*is squished*

I figured it was about time to finally come out of lurkdom and introduce myself. ;)

Date: 2007-05-04 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
introducing yourself with michael hetfield will ALWAYS score you points around here. :D

Date: 2007-05-04 08:09 pm (UTC)
ext_16562: <lj user="black_balloonxx"> (Default)
From: [identity profile] kashmir1.livejournal.com
Woot!

Huge fan of the muttonchops. Can't help it. ;)

Date: 2007-05-04 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apocalypsos.livejournal.com
HA. I read that summary and I though, "Homigod, that's awesome."

Date: 2007-05-04 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
it is j2.

and EPIC.

and i include most of the cast of japanese cinema, plus masi oka, plus i borrowed a tinsy bit from china because my brain has a huge, obscene budget.

and jason momoa as a ronin. BECAUSE.

Date: 2007-05-04 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giggleloop.livejournal.com
okay yeah that sounds fucking UNBELIEVABLE -- I can't WAIT. :D

Date: 2007-05-04 09:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-05-04 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mona1347.livejournal.com
I am SO ALL OVER THAT SHIT when we can finally read them! \o/

Date: 2007-05-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
NOT SOON ENOUGH FOR MY LIKING. :D

i am hearing from the organizers that the posting will start june 11.

Date: 2007-05-04 08:51 pm (UTC)
ansku: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ansku
Sounds intriguing :) I'm looking forward to this!

Date: 2007-05-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
hee. picture a big gong after that. :D

Date: 2007-05-04 10:40 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (all american badass)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
HOMG DANNERS YOU = BRILLIANT.

Date: 2007-05-04 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
BANG BANG, BABY

Date: 2007-05-04 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavenderfrost.livejournal.com
*grabby hands* GIMME FIC. NOOOWWWWW. XD

I actually might be able to convince some of my anime buddies to cross over to The Dark Side J2 (and SPN by extension) with this fic. XD *cackles and rubs hands together*

Date: 2007-05-04 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
YOU SHOULD DO THAT. <3333

Date: 2007-05-05 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joosetta.livejournal.com
IT'S ON NOW :D!!!

Date: 2007-05-05 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
oh IT'S ON, BABY. i want your exams to be over so you can draaaaaw. *paw*

Date: 2007-05-05 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joosetta.livejournal.com
GOD me too. I want my exams to be over so I can LIVE. All I want to do is curl up with Monogatari and draw and draw until I don't have any fingertips left.

Date: 2007-05-05 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
YOU SHOULD DO EXACTLY THAT.

except for the part where i like your fingers! *hugs them*

Date: 2007-05-05 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-rational.livejournal.com
*wide-eyed* Oh, no you didn't! Ninja Samurai Jensen?!

*FLAILFLAILFLAILFLAILFLAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!*

OMG OMG OMG!!!

*hyperventilates*

Ok, ok, I gotta find a paper bag!! *breathes*

*breathes*

*breathes*

...


Oh. My. God!!!!

*hyperventilates AGAIN*

*grabs paper bag again*

....

..

Ok, I think I'm good. *nods*



Ok, ok, ok. So, now-- when, where, how, why, and I just might have to give you my firstborn and order you a real, live '67 Impala (and not the animal) from somewhere, mmkay?

*worships SHAMELESSLY*


And THANK YOU!!! :D *HUGS TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT*

Date: 2007-05-05 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
i'm not saying anything. but if i were, it would be this (http://pics.livejournal.com/winterlive/pic/002k64eg/g185).

*beams at you*

Date: 2007-05-05 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-rational.livejournal.com
Forbidden. *pouts*

But again-- fic! \o/ *butt-wiggle*

*grins happily*

Date: 2007-05-05 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
fixed now! :D

that's what he wears. what they both wear, i mean. it's j2.

Date: 2007-05-05 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-rational.livejournal.com
You're trying to kill me, aren't you? You so are, you-- you-- ENABLER! *pouts*

*mutters* Not enough that your fics really got me into RPS, now you go and mix my two biggest interests-- all things SPN and all things oriental-martial-arts action-y... *sniffs*

Date: 2007-05-05 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
recommended viewing is "hero", "fearless", "memoirs of a geisha".

*makes hai-yah hands*

i think you might actually die. i have totally raided asian cinema. utterly. i may have included toshiro mifune.

Date: 2007-05-05 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-rational.livejournal.com
Watched "Hero" (cool), the last one is on my to-watch list for ages already, and "Fearless" looks like something I'd enjoy immensely! God, Jet Li! *swoons* "Danny the Dog" (*sniffle*), "Lethal Weapon 4", "Cradle 2 Grave" (cute movie, awesome role)-- dude, it's like.. *FLAILS* Jet Li! *dreamy sigh* *makes mental note- get "Fearless" STAT*

Ok, I'm embarrassed now. *googles 'toshiro mifune'*

Oh, wow. I think I will die! *wide-eyed*




But (and I do have a point, and I don't usually act like this, I'm so sorry, but you BROKE ME! :P), other than the action-movie geekage (God, I think I've watch more trashy, lame action movies than I can count-- I'm such a shameless fangirl it's ridiculous! *hides*), I was talking 'bout the literature too-- Lustbader's Ninja novels (though often long and tedious, they describe japanese culture beautifully) or general Orient-themed novels. I'm a little stuck on Ninjas (as you probably noticed-- it's the clothes, I swear. ..and the secrecy. I'm a sucker for secrecy. *nods sadly*), but the samurai suit your fic perfectly. The honor code alone is giving me the shivers, and if I'm not mistaken, they could kick ninjas' asses-- they get more-or-less the same training. Minus the assassin part. And the no-honor-code part. O.o

...and oh God, I gotta stop rambling at you! Sorry, so sorry, shutting up now! *runs away*

Date: 2007-05-05 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
in my world, ninja do not follow bushido, the samurai honor code, but they DO have a certain honor. six respectable ninja clans exist, and each one is attached to one of the six shoguns. they are loyal to that shogun no matter what. under torture, under anything, they are loyal to that shogun and their orders, no matter what those orders may be. ninja function not only as assassins, but more commonly as spies. exceptional ninja work for the emperor, and function internationally.

samurai do not get ninja stealth/concealment training, but they do have the right to bear firearms, which gives them a significant advantage in a fight.

i have a powerpoint presentation.

your squee is matched only by my own mania. :D

i would nail jet li in a shanghai minute.

Date: 2007-05-05 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] too-rational.livejournal.com
*wide-eyed* And it just gets better! *stuffs pillow over face not to completely embarrass herself and wake up the whole freaking dorm since it's 2 am*

God, I wanna see the presentation. *nods rapidly* And read the fic. Very, very much. And -- you know what? Can I just, like, come live in your brain? Just for a little while, please? I'm low maintenance, you won't even notice me there, I swear. *puppy dog eyes*

Date: 2007-05-05 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/lady_alatariel_/
Oooooh, I wanna read now!!

And as I recall, the crazier your ideas, the better they turn on!! *SMISH*

Date: 2007-05-05 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
THAT IS TOTALLY CORRECT YES

Date: 2007-05-10 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
OH, OH GOD, THIS SOUNDS SO AMAZING! (And you scored JOOSETTA THE AWESOME!!!)

*is DYING of anticipation*

*DYING, I tell you!!!*

*pants*

Date: 2007-05-10 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
hee! easy, presh. eeeeeasy. *pet*

although she IS pretty awesome. it's true. :D

Date: 2007-05-10 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
*deep breaths*

*deeeep breaths*

*vibrates with anticipation*

Date: 2007-05-10 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlive.livejournal.com
*slips you a link to some mor info* (http://winterlive.livejournal.com/359068.html?thread=9141916#t9141916)

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