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SO APPARENTLY I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED THIS...SOMEHOW? I'm so, so sorry. If I could get backdating to work without glitching on me horribly I would definitely be doing that, but I can't, it hates me. It hates formatting. It hates everything. I'm sorry.


The dangers of manga and anime, illustrated.

"Oh," I say several days ago, poking around old files and interests in a gentle nostalgic haze, "look at that, it's Lee from Naruto; I remember when I loved that show. Hey, I wonder what's been happ-"

*SUDDENLY TAKEN OUT AT THE KNEES BY A STAMPEDE OF FRICKING ANIME SHOWS.*

It's like they were just waiting for a crack in the armor and they all rose up from the dead at once, I swear. Lesse, I've had my attention captured by Gundam Wing (Gundam Wing gjfkh;ja Wufei), Naruto, One Piece, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, and now Eyeshield 21 is hovering around the edges like it can't decide whether or not it wants to pounce. I haven't been really interested in anime or manga in ages, for Christ's sake.

Gdit, Japan.

Well, there was also Havemercy, but that one's kind of out of left field so...

Also, here, since most of you probably don't care as much 8D:

Name a character from a series you know I like and I will tell you:

(a) three facts about them from my personal canon
(b) a reason he/she sucks
(c) a reason he/she is awesome
(d) five things that never happened to that character and/or
(e) five people that character never fell in love with and why


This entry was originally posted at http://rixkey.dreamwidth.org/28641.html. Comment there or here as it suits you. It matters not to me :)

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playswithworms
Jul. 19th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Hooray it's back!! \o/ *glomps post*

Anime things! :D I hear about them all the time, but I am woefully ignorant. Someday I will watch All The Things *nods*</p>

Hm, how about some Slingshot?

therixkeycopy
Jul. 19th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
NO. NO, DON'T DO THAT.

IT WILL NEVER LET YOU GO.

And Slingshot it is!

Slingshot

(a) three facts about them from my personal canon

1. He names every single gun that passes through his hands, even just one he picks up off the ground during an emergency. The only people who know this are the other Aerialbots (for obvious reasons) but even they don't quite know what the names are. He never actually says them out loud. These names are pretty much the only way to reliably chronicle Slingshot's growth in maturity and experience, as he tends to change them with every upgrade and occasionally he gets a new one or swaps one out. They tend to reflect his mindset at the time and have grown more subdued the older he's gotten.

2. Even in the 21st century he still prefers the old side-scrolling video games like Mario and Donkey Kong. He doesn't like RPGs or shooters, and even if he survives to see the renewal of Cybertron he won't like their idea of virtual games and entertainment.

3. He's actually a really good teacher (for things he's interested in like flying and shooting), just first you have to convince him to teach and then he has to actually like the student. And they had better have some fairly thick skin, especially for that first lesson.

(b) a reason he/she sucks

Slingshot. Is. A jerk. He might have the excuse of extreme self-confidence issues but that doesn't change that he's a jerk, and that usually the people he's taking his insecurities out on are the people he cares about and who care about him. From personal experience, no matter how much you love someone there's usually only so long you can go around making excuses for their behavior when all that vitriol is directed at you before you have to throw up your hands and leave...or start hating them. Or they give first. Hopefully for Slingshot, he ends up closer to the latter than the former, since otherwise he'd have no one to blame but himself.

(c) a reason he/she is awesome

He's very good at what he does, whether that be being a member of a gestalt group, a gunner, a soldier, or a member of the Autobots' premier aerial squadron. He takes his duties seriously and always pushes himself to be better, even if it's only because he doesn't believe he's good enough already. Slingshot basically embodies the values of hard work and gritted-teeth determination against what he sees as insurmountable odds (his own inadequacy).
playswithworms
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
(I AM IMMUNE! THEY CANNOT TAKE ME I'M NOT AFRAID!)

*happy sigh* I do love your character...whatsits. Character studies? Anyway, always so many fun amazing insights and details. <3

Slingshot names his guns! Hee! And the jerk part, yeah, even if you know where and why the behavior comes from, there's only so much you can take. I think I have trouble writing Slingshot as obnoxiously as he should be, because it makes me sad - the best I can do is allude to previous jerkish behavior that he's overcome since. *pins Slingshot down and snuggles him thoroughly*
therixkeycopy
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
I love doing this and this meme is just pinging all my appropriate buttons right now and it's all just so much fun. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING. It's an itch, honestly.

I like to think he matures out of it, too. I don't think I could write him as obnoxious as his bio says he can be, either. I'd be getting second-hand mortification all over the place.
playswithworms
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Moar, then! :D Next Fireflight, then all the Aerials, then all the P-bots, then all the Constructors, and then all the Constructicons, and then...whoever you'd like *waves hand graciously* :P
therixkeycopy
Jul. 19th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
(d) five things that never happened to that character

1. There's not enough lift beneath his wings, which throws him for a few precious moments when he leaves the cold, dead metal ground for the first time in his life before he adjusts to conditions the form he mimics hadn't expected.

Flying is easy, automatic, even with the four others flitting close beside him, but the world outside that room, the first room, is filled with light, fire, sound all around him, and it's (beautiful? frightening? exciting? worrying?) confusing.

They don't know what to do, so they plunge ahead because it's all they can do. Slingshot doesn't know who gets hit first, where the pain comes from. Maybe it's him. All he hears is ("I think I'm...Silverbolt?" "Climb on!") shout in terror, a responding cry from his left ("Who are you?" "Oh, right, I'm Fireflight!") and-

"Let them think for themselves-" ("And I'm Air Raid!") "To grow in knowledge and wisdom-" ("I'm Skydive.") "to always value life-" ("Used to be a speed shuttle!") "freedom-" ("Somebody say somethin' about a miracle?")

Falling. Falling, they're all falling. All of them. Why-?

There's the ground beneath them-
Pull up, pull up!; what hurts; pull up!; this is...pain?; where are you; it hurts!; where are you!; don't go away-; it's happening again-!

Falling. Screaming metal. Pain, yes, this is pain.

Blackness.


2. Silverbolt's saying something about going back, taking over, which sounds like an almost all right idea. Slingshot could nearly get behind something like that.

But-

"Why?" he says, shifting his weight to stand up straighter. Silverbolt was bigger, but he hadn't been the one to get up the nerve to leave, had he? And he wasn't the one the others had followed out that door. Slag, even he'd followed Slingshot eventually. "If they want to be friends with humans and hang around like chumps when they could actually be doing something, why bother? They say they're fightin' a war, but I haven't seen them doin' much of it, have you? They keep saying the Decepticons are these big, bad guys who keep attacking humans, but it looks to me like they're
letting it happen. Don't want to have to actually do anything until shit hits the fan, do they? I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to deal with taking over a bunch of losers like that. We could do better on our own if we wanted to."

He turns on his heel and the others arrange themselves around him after a moment. Slingshot takes quick stock of them. Fireflight looks nervous and keeps flicking glances between him and Silverbolt, Air Raid looks sort of disappointed and is staring at Silverbolt all contemplatively, but Skydive looks like he'd relaxed a little. "Come on," he says firmly, mostly to Air Raid, and he takes two steps to start take-off before pausing and glancing over his shoulder at Silverbolt, who looks stiff and tense and not at all happy, and almost a little pole-axed. He hesitates, because there's something- "You too, if you want," he offers. Generously, if he says so himself, but Silverbolt had shown sense in the end so it's not like he's a total lost cause, even if he is a nervous stick-in-the-mud. It makes Fireflight look a little happier, anyway.

If Slingshot's going to be leading them, he's probably got to start thinking of slag like that.


3. Silverbolt's falling, transformed and too close to the ground. Even from here Slingshot can see him bracing for impact and it makes him feel tight and cold inside.

Slingshot strains his engines, makes himself as aerodynamic as possible, bleeding every ounce of alien speed from a human machine.

And-

He doesn't make it.
playswithworms
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
It's a thing that never happened! He catches Silverbolt, he does he does *lalalalalalalala* Oh golly, and that first one, hardly made it off the ground poor babies D:

Heh, Slingshot the leader though, hmmm. It never happened, but it maybe sure could've.
therixkeycopy
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
*pat pats* That episode had me sitting up and going- WAIT. WAIT A SECOND. THEY'RE BRAND NEW, OPTIMUS WHAT THE HELL. But it was the eighties so of course they were okay. But still.

There is still a chance Silverbolt coaxes them back to the Autobots! Just...not the way it happened in the show. Or that Silverbolt takes over anyway if only because he gets Skydive on his side eventually (when he stops trying to manipulate them (read: Slingshot) with talk about going back and taking over an army with significantly more experience than all of them because that is not strategically sound thinking, Silverbolt).
therixkeycopy
Jul. 19th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
4. "Sorry I was so rough on you guys before," Ironhide says, gruff and uncomfortable, but sincere in a soldier's way, facing them full-on with straight shoulders.

Slingshot feels his face make the same expression he'd pulled seeing that human television program and he turns away without saying a word. "You guys comin'," he calls over his shoulder to the other Aerialbots, ignoring Silverbolt's stiff look of stunned disapproval. He hadn't seen anyone else out there saving Silverbolt's rear. Definitely none of these guys on the ground.

He can deal with protecting these Autobots if he's gotta, but he's not one of them. He's an
Aerialbot. He doesn't have to make nice.

5. The Aerialbots are a blend of two of the most effective weapons at Decepticon disposal. The strength to rend cities to rubble in minutes, enough of a threat to warrant a large response from Optimus and his lackies, pulling them from their tunnels and their hideaways among the nooks and crannies like vermin, and a skill in the air gleaned from learning under the most effective and talented air warriors of Cybertron's history - to tear them to pieces before they had a chance to run.

Or they would be, eventually.

But right now the sun is high and the waiting officers are expectant as Slingshot steps forward, grinning darkly and tilting his wings to test the desert breeze, first steps firm and focused with all the assurance he doesn't quite feel yet. "And I'm Slingshot," he says.The Decepticons had never
needed anything more than air superiority to defeat the Autobots. "The fastest, smartest, hottest jet you ever saw."

Edited at 2012-07-19 05:37 pm (UTC)
playswithworms
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
The world according to Slingshot: Aerialbots rule, everyone else drool!

Yikes, Aerials on the Decepticon side O_O
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