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so sleepy... [Oct. 13th, 2010|05:32 pm]
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I need to stop doing the "I'm just going to read a little bit before I go to sleep" thing. Not working! I'm now into "Funky Monkey Gang S"...

I'd forgotten about Kei's sister. I think she has a whole book from her POV? From what I can remember (which is, sadly, not much), she and Kei are *so* related. ^^;

Lots of good meaty stuff in the first part of the book that I've gotten through so far. I loved the conversation with Niko-chan (I can't call him by his last name, it just doesn't seem right). Kei's passion about making Fujimi into his own Cleveland Orchestra, and Niko-chan's initial reaction to laugh at Kei's youthful passion. I love how he admits that he must still be young at heart because he wants to dream with Kei. You could really see his age and experience in this whole conversation.

I love how Kei urges Yuki to strive to be all that he can be in a really supportive way. He clearly gives his opinion on Yuki's potential, but knows that in the end Yuki has decide--to want it--becuase Yuki will have to work for it. He doesn't have the delusion that he can shape Yuki, he can only provide advice, support, and love (and lots of healing sex??). It's interesing how Yuki's motivation isn't only to see how far he can go since he's always been dissatisfied with his current level and has always had to tell himself to be happy with what he has. He wants to be a worthy and equal partner to Kei. It's lovely to see how their musical and romantic relationship intertwine at moments like this. I think what I adore about these two are their insane love of music and their relentless pursuit of their vision of perfection. It means a lot of hard work and heartache, but that feeling of pure exaltation when everything clicks is fabulous. Some of my favorite parts in the series are when Yuki struggles really hard to master some piece (for a competition or a recital) because the payoff is so great.

I was highly amused by Yuki's interaction with the bow maker. His lack of confidence is rather endearing since I can totally relate, but it must be a bit annoying to deal with if you can tell he's much better than he thinks he is. Also, there is almost no bad with eccentric artisans/craftsmen in this kind of context. They always kick ass (sometimes the character's ass to get them moving). XD;

I keep getting thrown off by the katakana for "Mommy," マミー. I read it as "Mammy," from Gone with the Wind.

While I don't mind all the English thrown in for the most part, I snicker every time I see メイクラブ (make love). Especiallly since it's used as a noun.

[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2010-10-14 11:24 pm (UTC)
Also, hahaha, "He thought nobody knew about us." LOL KEI

I am continuing to enjoy your reflections! But you're going to outpace where I am in my reading soon -- I need to get cracking! (I made a lot of progress in Japan but have kind of been taking a break since then.)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-10-15 08:38 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to take a break on the Fujimi. I've been inhaling the books and ignoring things I need to be doing. But...I so want to read some stuff I really enjoyed later down the line, too. *sighs* There's just not enough time in the day.
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