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First time poster Apr. 23rd, 2007 @ 10:23 pm Next Entry
Hi there...long time Shadow Skill fangirl, first post. I fell in love with the anime from the moment I caught the first episode on AXN-Asia, more than two years ago. Since then, series have come and gone, but it's only this one that has really captured my creative interest - or what passes for it, anyway.


I'm pretty sure the very talented Megumu Okada never knew what he unleashed in my imagination with this series! When the main story arc was turned into the anime series, trying to reconcile the manga timeline with the anime timeline was a challenge that made climbing Mt. Everest look easy. (I decided to stop trying, in the end.)

There's also the fact that some characters' distinctive features morphed somewhat -- usually in very interesting ways. The most glaring example would be Crimson Kai Sink's hair. It's basically reddish-brown in the manga; in the anime it turned wasabi green. Fortunately his eyes remained blue, which was a relief. Let us not take into account the romanization of the character and place names, to spare ourselves headaches, shall we?

A comment made by Scarface in the last episode of the anime series made all the fangirls on the ML sit up rather abruptly. It had to do with Crimson being a "womanizer." Now, until about that point, our man had come across as quite the rules-enforcer, so to hear him named as a womanizer came as an interesting surprise.

On my part, the comment set fire to a concept that has entertained me immensely over the years that I've enjoyed the series. The concept, basically, was to settle down our Crimson after the tumultous events of the anime series...assuming that there could be found a woman in the length and breadth of Kuruda who could capture his heart. Vy Low was already claimed by Faulstis, Dias was in suspended animation by series end, and Kain, alas, was well and truly in the next life as well.

Enter Fort Ly'valle, my alternate universe. Because no sooner did this concept take root in my brain, than various bits and pieces began falling into place. Based on various bits of information from Okada-sensei's character profiles, I began sketching out the character of Shavra Lyvalle, the heiress of a landholding in Kuruda that's almost as old as the kingdom. Once Shavra started assuming a concrete form, her back story started to fill out as well, and the adventures of Fort Ly'valle are taking life in one of my fic blogs. Naturally, the timeline of this AU is just as confused as the one for the animanga, so establishing consistency is going to be one heck of a challenge over there.



I recently had the pleasure of downloading the English-dubbed episodes from YouTube, and listening to the dialogue has raised a whole crop of interesting points, which I'll be posting here. For now, I'll sign off here, be back soon!

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From:kohii_temple
Date:April 24th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
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Heya! *waves*

Yes, that part about Crimson being a womanizer? Sorry I haven't read the manga, but I watched both the dubbed and subbed series on AXN and it got me scratching my wiffle ears. I just assumed the dubbers/subbers got the dialogue mixed up somehow and assumed that Vy Low is actually the one referred to as the womanizer.


Is the story officially over? Does this mean they won't bring back Dias from his suspended state? *sniff*
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From:cindyg
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)

::waves back::

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I have seven (or is it eight?) manga volumes. Of those, I have English translations for about five, which cover practically all of the anime episodes, and a few other stories besides - the one where Folli's adorable husband appears is an absolute gem. So is the one where Faulstis goes chasing after Vy Low with that monster broadsword she carries around, because he stole the household money, or something like that...

Reviewing the anime is fun. Darkness said he'd be keeping Dias, body and soul, sealed in the Dark Eye for as long as Crimson wanted. ::coughinneryaoifangirlmomentcoughcough:: And Crimson seemed pretty shocked that Lunalis Umbra would turn back/suspend time for Dias. Gods, the man was *loved*, I'll tell you that much. ::grin::

The story goes on after the anime part, though I can't tell you exactly what goes on. Don't have translations for my remaining volumes, but I'm going to try and find some. Wish I knew if there were scanlations running about. ::sigh::
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From:kohii_temple
Date:April 25th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)

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Heehee... Vy Low is such a character. ;D

::coughinneryaoifangirlmomentcoughcough::

*happily coughs with you*

And Crimson seemed pretty shocked that Lunalis Umbra would turn back/suspend time for Dias. Gods, the man was *loved*, I'll tell you that much. ::grin::

Apparently, the Sword of Ashliana isn't awarded posthumously. Hehe. They came out with an OVA [Sorry, forgot the title!] where Gau and Elle fight for one last time and Gau finally understands the essence of Shadowskill. It also hinted of a showdown between Gau and Vy Low. Is that in the manga? :)

*grateful bows*

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From:cindyg
Date:April 25th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)

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I think I have that OVA...::makes mental note to dig through video library::

The manga doesn't have a showdown between Gau and Vy Low that I remember...::makes mental note to dig through manga:: See, the thing is, once I start digging, I'm going to lose myself in this wonderful universe, hoyay!

There was a DVD that came out, with a side story involving Vy Low as the guardian of a friend's daughter. Talk about mind-boggling. I mean, could you honestly have seen Scarface watching over a young girl, teaching her how to fish?

It only ever came out in Japanese, but I *had* to have it - it's such a sweet story, and Elle appears at the very end to rescue the young lady from imminent danger - together with Scarface, of course. There seems to be a young edition of Darkness in there, too...seems to disappear in the same manner as the Darkness we know from the anime.

I'm rather glad the manga left the issue of a Gau and Scarface showdown hanging. Although, given the number of sevalles alive and well when we first meet them, I'm pretty sure Scarface wouldn't die!

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From:kohii_temple
Date:April 25th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Vy Low? Being parental? And RESPONSIBLE? *blinks* hehehe

I'm rather glad the manga left the issue of a Gau and Scarface showdown hanging. Although, given the number of sevalles alive and well when we first meet them, I'm pretty sure Scarface wouldn't die!

I feel it's already a given that Gau will eventually become a Sevalle. What's delightful is his journey to become one and how the wiser and more experienced combatants [friend or foe] always have a thing or two to teach him. So yep, no complaints here either! :D
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