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Honto no Shiawase / Episodes They Could've Done
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:51:22 AM »
So, for all its flaws and its (IMHO) inferiority to the manga, the anime did give us some interesting concepts. I'm particularly fond of the beast episodes and the Knights getting captured myself.

My question is, what other kinds of episodes do you wish they'd tried? I'm not talking about stuff that was in the manga but got cut for Mokona knows what reasons, I'm talking missed opportunities for new character development/interactions or world building. Perhaps we could call this an episode wishlist? I'll start.
  • A flashback episode or two about stuff that happened during the season gap.
  • An Ascot+Caldina team-up in the first season where they actually combine their talents against the Magic Knights. Illusions mixed with a few real beasts? Not only is there danger that can't be avoided by just closing their eyes, there's also the added uncertainty that comes with having to distinguish between real and fake, and consequences for guessing wrong ("I just wasted my breath fighting this whole team cause I couldn't tell which one was the original!" or "Please, that's so obviously fake- OH GOD IT'S NOT!").
Other ideas?

Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Plot Mokonas
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:14:19 PM »
Another Fuu Plot Mokona: Fuu's the Game Master for her and some of her school friends' regular Tabletop RPG night, but so soon after getting back from her first time in Cephiro, she finds her heart's really not in it at all.

Honto no Shiawase / Re: Which canon is your default?
« on: January 03, 2017, 05:51:14 PM »
I've been sorta developing my own alternate anime canon. It keeps a lot of the newly introduced characters/concepts but also includes a lot of the good manga elements that were needlessly cut, as well as some things that the anime could've improved/expanded upon but didn't. Some examples:
  • Debonair doesn't exist, but Nova and Innouva do. In fact, Innouva barely survives the first season and is actually the main villain in the second
  • Presea does die, but Sierra does not pretend to be her. Instead, she comes to the castle looking for answers about how her sister died, but doesn't get the complete story until Alcyone tells her
  • The orchard scene is there, but occurs before Umi and Fuu get kidnapped by Chizeta and Fahren.
  • What happened in the shrines mostly follows the manga, retaining the original challenges and villains and villain character moments that happened there
  • There are actual flashbacks to some of the stuff that happened during the season gap. Notably development of Caldina/Lafarga and other things mentioned only briefly in the manga like Clef teaching Ascot magic or Lafarga and Ferio going on scouting missions together.

Honto no Shiawase / Re: Episode Titles and Summaries List
« on: January 03, 2017, 05:12:15 PM »
(A few random Mokonalord observations)

Episode 6: Someone dies who didn't die in the manga but it was appropriately dramatic and made sense in the story so you gave it a pass until they tried to retcon it without actually retconning it in the second season

Episode 7: Ferio learns valuable life lessons about not trying to bullshit everyone at once

Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: Which character...
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:06:43 PM »
I think it's mokona maybe because he doesnt want to get wet. (i think he doesnt like water like most of the cats..)

Which character would be most likely to be a cry baby over a drama movie?
Zagato. (Though Eagle gets very sentimental over Hallmark commercials and both Ascot and Hikaru blubber uncontrollably over emotional scenes featuring animals)

Which character is most likely to be caught singing showtunes to themselves? (and do they actually sing well?)

Honto no Shiawase / Re: How do we solve a problem like Sierra?
« on: December 27, 2016, 06:02:32 PM »
Personal Conclusion: Their biggest mistake with Sierra was having her pretend to be Presea. On top of her motivations for doing so making no sense, it also kept her from actually having a character of her own other than 'Presea-lite' and made it painfully obvious just how shoehorned the concept was.

It's just another example of what I feel to be the biggest flaw of the anime: Wasted potential. Many of the changes they made had the potential to be interesting, but because they didn't actually give them the time and consideration those kind of changes deserved, we're left wishing they'd just have stuck with the original entirely.

Kill off a character that didn't die in the manga? Well, okay, I'll hear you out- Wait, come second season, you're just gonna have her identical sister show up pretending to be her and have almost everybody else basically acting like it didn't happen save for a few short scenes? Sure about that? You've got the person who killed her right there, supposedly reformed now, is her sister really okay with being around him? I mean, it's not like he killed Presea on accident, it was pretty cold-blooded at the time. Really just gonna ignore all that possible development for characters that don't get much actual screen time in the main story? Could throw in stuff like Alcyone trying to convince Sierra to get revenge, Caldina stubbornly refusing to let Sierra anywhere near Ascot once the truth comes out (even if she's just looking for confirmation of what Alcyone told her), Clef having suspected that one of them was responsible but choosing not to delve into it while the country was in shambles, rifts forming at a time they can't afford them to… No?

Such wasted potential… *sighs*

Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Plot Mokonas
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:28:02 AM »
A Lantis prompt for someone else, because I have the worst time trying to write either Lantis or smut:

Lantis keeps accidentally interrupting people in the heat of the moment while going about the castle. (Brought to you by that one scenario collection comic)

Well you know, the way his happy ass just waltzes into my fics, I might as well get around to him waltzing in on somebody doing it, piff A part of my brain thinks an Eagle/Umi fic with this would be hilarious, but maybe set in the AU I share with royalblk on tumblr, haha but then I also think the more awkward the pairing, the more hilarious him walking in on them might be, IDK This is going right up there on my list with Eagle and Fuu getting drunk!married in Vegas fic I still must write.
5 times Lantis walked in on people and 1 time people walked in on him (whatver that means).
And, of course, one of those times has to be a situation that looks naughty at first glance, but actually has a perfectly SFW explanation if only Lantis had stuck around long enough to hear them out.

Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Plot Mokonas
« on: December 14, 2016, 12:55:23 AM »
A Lantis prompt for someone else, because I have the worst time trying to write either Lantis or smut:

Lantis keeps accidentally interrupting people in the heat of the moment while going about the castle. (Brought to you by that one scenario collection comic)

Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Re: a big miscellaneous AU dump?
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:41:05 PM »
As a result of a Let's Play I've been watching…

Phoenix Wright!AU with Umi as the newbie defense attorney and Fuu as rival experienced prosecuting attorney. Because Umi making overdramatic objections and Fuu with a ruffled cravat. Just think about it.

Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Holiday Fanfic Swap 2016
« on: November 05, 2016, 11:12:55 PM »
Dude. I never join because I'm shit at deadlines.
*looks away, whistling as suspiciously unsuspicious as possible*

Mmm… Ascot sandwich... ;)

Of course, my own contribution to this pairing is Freakiest of Fridays, a ridiculous triple body-swap fic which will get only more ridiculous and more shippy as it goes on. And yet, with any luck, it shall remain plausible. ;D

Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Holiday Fanfic Swap 2016
« on: October 31, 2016, 06:14:58 PM »
Let's try this again!

tumblr: mokonalord
where can I contact you?: either tumblr or email are fine

which characters/relationships would you most like in your gift?: Ascot. Ascot is necessary.
any characters/relationships you want avoided?: Clef/Umi on its own. Clef/Umi/Ascot, however, is a-okay.
general Likes: Ascot
general Dislikes: stalkers, non-con
approximate max rating you’d be comfortable with: I'm okay with explicit if it's something you're confident you can do well.
list up to five prompts for your gift!
  • Ascot and Dragon!Umi
  • Ascot and Zazu fighting over whose cakes are better, Umi's or Geo's
  • Ascot, Caldina, and Lafarga being familial
  • One of Ascot's beasties causing him trouble
  • Others stealing Ascot's hat

characters/relationships you’re most comfortable writing: Well, obviously, Ascot and Caldina are my specialties. I'll give anyone else my best shot, though.
tropes you’re most comfortable writing: Humor, introspection, angst
characters/relationships you’re NOT comfortable writing: Straight-up Clemi. Also, Sierra and Debonair, because to me, those two aren't just pointless additions to the story, they're pointless additions whose contributions only serve to needlessly undermine so much of what was good about MKR in general. Thankfully, neither of them seem to be in high demand.
things you absolutely will not write: stalkers, non-con, smut.
are you willing to write any gifts that will need filled last minute?: Unless I can do Ascot or Caldina or maybe Lafarga, probably not. I know I'm unreliable about that sort of thing.

EDIT: Yes, fan art is also fine! I accept Ascot in any medium.

When I play with Ascot/Umi/Clef, I like to somehow incorporate the two canon manga moments in which all three of them are somehow involved.

First, we got this scene when they're heading away from Selece's Shrine. Umi's feeling really bad about Ascot's whole situation/leaving him behind in the Shrine, but then she gets the brilliant idea to enlist Clef's help. Which, had everything actually turned out well in the first season, it would've been hilarious to see her persistently demanding that Clef help Ascot.

And then there's this scene, where Ascot mentions to Umi that he's been learning other kinds of magic from Clef. It's a good bit for Ascot's character, showing how he's consciously avoiding risking his friends' lives now. It's good for Clef, too, showing how he will make time for a pupil even in the middle of an apocalyptic crisis. Also, considering Zagato, Emeraude, and Alcyone are dead, and Lantis is doing his own thing, there's a fair possibility that Ascot's the only one Clef's been instructing during the season gap.

In other thoughts, the threesome partially works for me because even when there's deliberation between Umi/Ascot and Umi/Clef, I don't see Ascot and Clef really being rivals over it. In fact, the outcome with the most resentment between the two would probably be if Umi liked just Clef, but it was unrequited. Then I could see Ascot getting offended on her behalf ("What, she isn't good enough for you?").

It's also fun to imagine Umi low-key shipping the two of them. ;D

Yami no Yume / Re: Introductions
« on: September 25, 2016, 03:04:01 PM »
Welcome! Cannot speak for the rest of us, but I for one am not dead, just sporadic. By all means, share your thoughts/fanfics/whatever.

So, lost my job recently. They said it was budget issues. I'll buy it, since in my experience, both the head of facilities and the supervisor really suck at budgeting, and beating myself up over what I could've done better has never really helped me in the past.

The worst part is this means applications, aka #1 Anxiety Trigger. And job interviews, which us autistic people tend to do poorly. In addition, I have awesomely green hair now, which, while it is completely awesome and I have no desire whatsoever to go back to brunette, I am entirely aware it will limit possible job prospects. Then again, any place that can't accept me with awesomely green hair is probably too closed-minded a working environment, anyway. I mean, if they really want all their employees constantly pretending to be bland kiss-asses to keep a steady paycheck, I'm fine letting those employers run themselves into the ground from lack of innovation and too many yes-men. Just a shame so many of the consequences fall on the employees. (/tangent)

Anyway, that shit's happening. It sucks. Bleah.

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