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Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] lyric_nonsense for taking first place in the dotmoon.net UFO awards in the Fullmetal Alchemist category with "Scars and Consequences" (her last year's EdWinry Fire and Ice Challenge piece, IIRC). Further congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae for taking the Members' Choice award in the same category for "From Here On." You go, people!

And I leap for joy that my own "So a Cat Walks Into a Bar" earned third place overall and Members' Choice in the Princess Tutu category. I didn't think it had much of a chance, given what it was up against. So yay!

Nominations are open for this year's UFOs over here and I am proud to have seconded [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog's Marking Time in the unfinished works category. Must begin considering what to nominate this year ...
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The 2007 UFO Awards at dotmoon.net are open for voting now. I mention this because not only do I have a couple of dogs in the hunt in the Princess Tutu category, but the Fullmetal Alchemist category contains nothing but entries by people on my f-list. And a number of other good writers have submitted work, as well. So go forth, read and vote!
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Over at dotmoon.net -- a multifandom fanworks archive based primarily around Sailor Moon, AFAICT -- they're holding their annual UFO Awards for fanfiction. It seems that some discerning (or possibly deluded) soul nominated my Princess Tutu 'fics "The Machine Unmakes the Man" and "So a Cat Walks Into a Bar", but since entrants aren't apparently notified until their pieces have been both nominated and seconded, I wasn't aware of it until yesterday. (You can't nominate or second your own works. Dang.) But since every contest deserves to have some entries I really like in it, I'm working on getting some of my favorites from last year into the ranks. Someone else will have to second them, though, so if you liked "From Here On" or "Scars and Consequences" or "Sun Goes Down" or "And After" or Catalyst ... or any of the other things I nominate by the deadline as I sift through all the stuff I read and enjoyed in 2007, please drop by the contest site and second my nominations, or other people's nominations. Or make your own. But there's a catch --
Nominations close today, February 29!
-- so hurry on over before it's too late.
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Title: Seven Nights: A Sequence
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Duck, with cameos from various others
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: ~740
Warnings: Spoilers for episode 13.
A/N: I've been holding off taking Duck's POV in any of my Princess Tutu 'fic, because my usual narrator is more ... intellectual, or at least self-reflective. I also had trouble finding a place in the story that hadn't already been mined clean of significance either by the original authors or other 'ficcers. But then I remembered the week between episodes 13 and 14 and wondered what Duck might have been doing then ... and the drabbles started popping up like mushrooms after rain. (The tasty kind, of course. :-) Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst, who gets all my Tutu drabbles (happy birthday!), but also for my dear friend das Milochen, who dances still.



On the first night, she dances ...

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Title: Drabble: Home Is Where the Heart Is
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Mytho, Charon
Pairing(s): None
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Spoilers for the premise of episodes 14 and following.
A/N: Every once in a while my imagination presents me with undeniable evidence that I'm all too able to make the sympathetic leap into the mind of a villain. True cruelty isn't always about guts and gore; sometimes it's about quietly maneuvering people into untenable situations and watching them writhe. Or about love -- which, as John Le Carré has said, is whatever you can still betray. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst, though perhaps less blithely this time.



      He stands upon the doorstep, in the shadow of the weathered signboard, listening. Read more... )
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Just when I thought s/he had fallen over the Fandom Event Horizon, the incomparable [livejournal.com profile] tobu_ishi returns with a small gem. IMO, FMA needs more well-written, silly genfic, so I must recommend "Pointless": a first-person narrative from Al's POV as he mother-hens Ed through an unexpected visit to the infirmary. The character voices are dead-on and the joke beautifully constructed (with bonus points for the comic deployment of accurate period detail). Delightful stuff!

Another recent discovery in the Princess Tutu fandom: [livejournal.com profile] voodoobob's post-series piece "And After". With a few notable exceptions, I don't normally enjoy stories that bring Duck back as a human after the dénouement, because they tend not to engage fruitfully with the series's final thematic point (post-series Escaflowne 'fic gives me similar headaches). "And After," however, just slides right past my objections by, first, being quite smoothly written, rejecting sloppy sentiment in favor of poignant detail:
And then, just to make matters worse, one night she begins to itch, her feathers falling out in clumps, and doesn't it just figure that this would be the time she finally begins to molt? Fakir, his arm heavy with weariness, reaches out to console her, but all she can do is peck irritably at his hand and retire to a corner, miserable and picking at her feathers. She falls to a fitful sleep, squirming and itching, and comforts herself with the thought that at least now she'll finally grow that lovely white plumage she's been waiting for.
-- and second, by grasping onto one of the other themes of the anime and using it to justify the plot:
Once upon a time, there was a story. It was a good story, with a knight and princesses and a perfect prince, and it was also a tragic story, with an ending that left everyone in pain. But the characters in the story did not want a tragedy, and refused their fate. And so, against the storyteller's wishes, they lived happily ever after.
And so they do and I can't say, while I'm reading, that I mind a bit.

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Title: The Machine Unmakes the Man
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Edel and Fakir
Pairing(s): None
Rating: PG (for implied character death and the manner thereof)
Word Count: ~1625
Warnings: Spoilers for episode 13
A/N: I would not pry a minute out of episodes 12-13 of the Princess Tutu anime, but it has always troubled me, artistically speaking, that the animators failed to storyboard in even a hint of [spoiler]'s rescue. That character's abrupt reappearance seems more cheaply theatrical than it ought to be in a story which is otherwise much better about managing plot consequences. So here, for anyone interested, is a deleted scene from episode thirteen to fill in the gap. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: For Katie the Elder, who also feels the lack.



Once upon a time there was a man who had no children.
One day he tripped over a piece of wood that groaned when he kicked it.
So he carved it into a puppet and called it his son.

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Title: So a Cat Walks Into a Bar ...
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Mr. Cat, of course; various OCs
Pairing(s): Oh, doesn't he wish ...
Rating: PG (for double entendre and the consumption of [gasp!] spiritous liquors)
Word Count: ~2000
Warnings: My ticket to Writer Hell. Don't say I didn't warn you ...
A/N: Before the shades of Raymond Chandler and Chuck Jones haul me off to meet the worm that dies not, I'd like to point out that [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst proposed I take Mr. Cat as a subject and [livejournal.com profile] haleysings and [livejournal.com profile] mangaka_chan egged me on. If there's any justice in the cosmos, we'll all roast together for this. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: For the above-mentioned persons. May the Muses have mercy on your souls.



      It was a quiet café in the basement of an old hotel on the Strandgasse with the down-at-heel elegance of an exiled grand duchess. The food was good, but the drinks were better, and a jazz trio played set after set in the corner, rolling out standards as if they were new. It was the kind of place to which a beleaguered ballet teacher with memories of finer things could retreat on a Friday night -- a place where he could knock himself in the head with a Velvet Hammer and forget his troubles until closing time.

      Except tonight it wasn't working.

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Title: Drabble: Helpmeet
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Raetsel and Charon
Pairing(s): Early, one-sided Raetsel/Charon.
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: I've never been that fond of Raetsel for some reason (her character design, maybe? or the way the story has her infodump Fakir's past on Duck?), but I found that looking into her backstory, when she first began running up the street to Charon's house, made her more sympathetic. Hence this drabble. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst, who hasn't complained (yet).



      Raetsel's house overflows with family; her visits to Charon's smithy go unmarked at first in the bustle. Read more... )
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Title: Drabbles: Gloriously Ever After; Pas Seul
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character(s): Piqué; Fakir
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Warnings: None.
A/N: More Princess Tutu drabbles: these have been sitting as ideas for a while, but I finally managed to reduce them to text this morning. I hadn't planned to repeat anyone in this ongoing drabble sequence (collected together here), but my muse appears to have determined otherwise. I'm also venturing into the ballet student's mindset on minimal research; corrections and concrit welcomed with wild leaps back and forth across the stage. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst, until she gets bored or annoyed and tells me to stop.



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Title: Drabble: Jackdaw
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character: Autor
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Yet another Princess Tutu drabble: I wasn't expecting Autor to jog my elbow, but he did, at once entrancing and horrifying me with visions of old books recycled to bind new ones. I think him a jackdaw; he considers himself a scholar. We compromised on slightly demented antiquarian. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst.



      He haunts Goldkrone's secondhand shops, almost a byword for oddball acquisitiveness. The merchants of Nikolausstrasse call him (not quite behind his back) Herr Dohle, but as long as they take his money, he ignores their jibes. Read more... )
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Note: Spoilers ho for the entire anime! Read with caution!

A couple of weeks ago, in a discussion of classical music in Princess Tutu, I mentioned that the animators seemed to be cribbing some of their dance passages from the real-world choreography of (for instance) Swan Lake. These "quotations," along with the soundtrack's appropriation of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven and so on, add depth to the story by creating subtext for the viewer in the know: if you're familiar with the piece being quoted, you can compare its original form to the use being made of it in Princess Tutu and sometimes see additional meanings in what's going on. My first "aha!" moment in that vein was to see Rue, in her "Dying Swan" dance, perform moves previously associated with Princess Tutu to the major motifs from Swan Lake. This happens just as Rue is beginning to move into the Odette role with respect to Mytho/Siegfried -- a role which Duck/Tutu is simultaneously in the process of abandoning for something else. Ding! It's all symbolic!

That led me to wonder whether Fakir and Duck's pas de deux in episode 25 was borrowing any choreography from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, which provides the music for it. So I went off to watch the ballet and find out. Short answer: yes, the animators are cribbing again, and in ways that make that scene even more interesting than it already is (to me, anyway). Longer answer follows behind the cut.

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Title: Drabble: Original Sin
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character: Kraehe
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: And the Princess Tutu drabbles just keep on coming. The inspiration for this one arose out of my job: I work with rare books and am being initiated into the lesser mysteries of fine bindings, so the idea of someone leaning against a particular kind of cover cross-pollinated with an earlier idea I'd had about Kraehe, and voilà! Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst; welcome home! :-)



      Once a king decreed that his seven sons wed his brother's seven daughters. Read more... )
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Title: Drabble: Tea and Sympathy
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character: Lilié
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Yet another Princess Tutu drabble. This one attacked me at a bus stop, off the realization that Lilié's rhetoric sounded unnervingly similar to another character's. I already found her disturbing as well as amusing, so ... Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst; all for you. :-)



      She wakes each morning to the glorious certainty that man is at the mercy of the gods, his end inevitable from his beginning. Read more... )
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Title: Drabble: Whisper Who Dares
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character: Fakir
Pairing(s): None (okay, maybe some implicit Fakir/Duck)
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Another Princess Tutu character drabble. This inspiration for this one actually preceded that of the other I posted; it just took longer to mature. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: Still for [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst; I think you get all the drabbles this anime decides to cast up. :-)



      He walks in a circle of silence bounded by whispers.Read more... )
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Title: Drabble: Rebirth
Fandom: Princess Tutu (anime version)
Character: Mytho
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Branching out a bit from my usual fanfiction inspirations, I come bearing a Princess Tutu character drabble. This woke me up at dawn to get itself scribbled down before it faded. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] princesstutu and [livejournal.com profile] tutufic.
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst, whose recommendation of this series weighed heavily in my decision to acquire and watch it, which I am now very glad I did.



      His body remembers movement, so he moves.

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