ranuel: (Damn it Miroku)

Monk Accused of Secretly Filming Nude Women

(June 29) -- A Cambodian Buddhist monk with more than Zen on his mind has been charged in Phnom Penh with secretly filming naked women bathing in a temple's holy water and then sharing the clips.


ranuel: (Fangirl)
I finally managed to see it! Damn! That was good! Much better than I had hoped. I experienced multiple fangasms at the new material and how they handled the manga stuff!.

Look carefully in the wedding scene, is that little Shinta??? And all the other cameos at the end had me squeeing nearly as much as that certain moment with Inuyasha and Kagome did.

This more than made up for the manga ending.
ranuel: (So What Sess)
Still having intermittent moments of sqeee over the first episode of the new Inuyasha series and I got to thinking about some of the questions we never got answered in canon. Just about every fandom with a big following comes up with things they are dying to learn about the characters or the world and sometimes we even like the answers when we get them. When we don't we can have fun debating them. [Poll #1468333]
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I found a reference a few weeks back to the twelve heavenly generals (Juuni Shinshou); Yasha (nature spirits) who were each associated with one of the twelve zodiac animals who are defenders of the Buddhist faithful.

So, if there really was a dog general and there were also eleven others how cool would it have been to have seen some of them? And is Sesshoumaru now the dog general or is the position even hereditary? Each of the twelve were present to hear Buddha speak so it might not be a hereditary position.

After a little more digging I found a list of the names of the generals:


The dog general is

ranuel: (Reference Library)
I've been trying to figure out which sect of Buddhism Miroku belongs to for nearly as long as I've been reading the series so that would be something like four years. My best guess was some variety of Jodo (Pure Land) but we don't get a lot of details in canon and repeated attempts to find clues based on the design of his clothing via Google were just confusing.

I should have known that [profile] scribefigaro, author of THE guide to what the clothes in IY are would have figured out the answer.


If you go to the main page of her recently updated Hagakure Productions site you will find the clothing guide, the article on Miroku's faith, and the two articles that he recently posted to her Live Journal that I've previously recommended as well as several other really informative and helpful articles. You'll also find links to his excellent fan videos and fanfiction.


Edited 3/31/08 to fix gender.

ranuel: (Muppet News Flash)
Well, I think it's cool.

According to Martin Schumaucher in his entry about tanuki over at Gods of Japan, A tanuki figure commonly appears in front of restaurants in Japan in the same way that the lucky cat is used by shops. These ceramic figures show the tanuki holding a sake bottle in one hand and an IOU promising to pay for it later in the other. Tradition says that the IOU is never redeemed.


For the last several hundred years most of these have been made in Shingaraki and on these the sake bottle often has the emblem of the Nagoya clan who ruled that area in the feudal era.

Eight          It's the character for eight referring to the eight districts they ruled and eight in Japanese is hachi!

And for my readers who've made it this far in the entry without being IY fans (Hi, Christina) Hachi is also the nickname of Hachiemon, Miroku's tanuki friend.
ranuel: (Default)
Title: Inuyasha's Sweetheart
Author: Suki

The author tries too hard to be coy about the identity of the title character but that's the only nit I can pick with it. A nice quiet dose of WAFF it's like a nice cup of hot cocoa for the heart.

Title: Holding Them
Author: Quillwing7171
Fandom: Inuyasha

Summary: It's one of the most important things they'll ever do together, and InuYasha's not sure how to react to it all.

This one just blew me away. By the end I had a huge grin and tears in my eyes and a nice warm glow in my heart. There are no battles, and no lemons, just Inuyasha dealing with the birth of his first child. It's universal enough that non-fans should like it too.
ranuel: (Default)
But wait, there's more...

By My Side, In Your Hands
by Jenbird
Series: Rurouni Kenshin
Kenshin has a bit of a PTSD meltdown and Kaoru gets him through it.

I really like the way the author shows us what is going on in Kenshin's mind as he loses it. I think that someone who doesn't follow the manga would be able to appreciate that as well.

What non-fans need to know:
Kenshin is one of the two best swordsmen in Meiji era Japan. When he was 14 he was recruited by the rebellion against the Shogunate and became their top assassin within the year. As a result of his activities, his enemies set him up by sending a young woman to get close to him. She volunteered because Kenshin had killed her fiance but she ended up falling in love with Kenshin and they were married. She died during the fight with the men who had used her.

Kenshin is a gentle person by nature who was raised to protect the weak and who thought he was serving that purpose by agreeing to be an assassin for the side he believed in. What he did nearly drove him mad and it was both his wife's love, and her death, that paradoxically helped him hold things together until the end of the civil war.

After that he wandered for 10 years like Bill Bixby in the Hulk, moving on whenever he thought old enemies might find him. He stopped when he met Kaoru.

They go through a lot of adventures together and each nearly dies before they fend off all the ghosts of the past and are able to make a life together.

Note: The manga and the anime are often very different in characterization and some key events from each don't crossover. This seems to be based on the manga.


Game of the Gods
by Limyaael
Series: Tolkien's Middle Earth stories
Morgoth and Varda are playing a little game. Morgoth's weapon: Mary Sues. Varda's weapon: Reality.

No matter what the fandom Mary Sues are seldom original to their creators, as Limyaael proved in her articles posted to her Live Journal they can be classed into types. In this story many of those Sues are sent to Middle Earth by Morgoth as part of a game that he is playing against Varda (AKA Elbereth). Each chapter features a different Sue, and her horrible death, while advancing a framing story that is absolutely hilarious.

You need to know a bit about Mary Sues to get this and you will need to know more about Tolkien's characters than you can get from watching the movies to follow some of the framing story. Google might be your friend if you decide to give it a shot.


by MissMusicality
Series: Inuyasha
Every moment is more beautiful when you know it is your last. OneShot on Miroku

Non-fans should be able to enjoy this one. It's about human feelings and that's pretty universal. I was a bit afraid at one point that this would turn into a Miroku/Kagome thing and ruin everything but it doesn't. Well writen stories that focus on Miroku are rarer than I'd like. He gets a bit more emotional in this than he normally does but concidering what's been happening him recently in the series he's allowed.


by MissMusicality
Series: Inuyasha
Inuyasha and Sango die in the last battle against Naraku. With the well closed Kagome and Miroku have to find a way to go on with life

Need to know who the main characters are and what their relationships are to one another and if you are reading this you've dealt with my obsession long enough to know that even if you've not read the series. This made me misty, whether that was hormones or not is your call. Or it could be the bit about how we have to live on after those we care for die hits a bit close


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