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  1. 4 points
    What is the right way to review Fan Fiction that is found to be lacking in readability? Step 1. Hold your nose. OK, I’m sort-of joking there, but in a lot of cases it’s good, even necessary advice. Many, many people seem to want to write Fan Fiction without ever taking the trouble to learn how to write anything. Some of them have good, interesting story ideas which they proceed to bury under lousy, sloppy writing. A number of such examples have motivated me to write a kind of general-purpose review that points out the most common lapses I’ve found. Since I have no desire to be bitten by Muphry’s Law, I am submitting my review for review before I start using it. (Yes, I do mean Muphry’s Law, which refers to pointing out someone’s writing errors, and then making similar errors in your complaint. Very red-face-making.) So here is A General-Purpose Review For Badly Written Fan Fiction. Let me know what you think: ————————————————————————————————— You are probably not going to like this review, but you need it. I want to read more good stories, but so far yours is not one of them. I’m not trying to insult you. I’m not trying to discourage you from writing. I’m trying to encourage you to write stories that people will want to read. Do you want a lot of Favorites, and Follows? Do you want good reviews? If so, your writing will have to change. It’s not easy, but it can be done. A story is not about the writer. It is about the reader. If you write a story that nobody wants to read, you have just wasted your time. If you do not convey your meaning in a way the reader will understand, have you really told your story? ALWAYS keep the reader in mind. NOTE: I spent hours composing this article, and made it general-purpose, so it can be re-used. I want everybody to read this, and maybe gain something from it. Your story may not have all the issues noted here, so ignore those that you are SURE don’t apply. I have found these problems to be depressingly prevalent in Fan Fiction, and most stories I drop this on as a review exhibit all of them to at least some degree. I have only one piece of advice to give on story construction: Don’t start it off with a history lesson. Start with something happening, even if it’s an event as mundane as a character getting out of bed, or eating lunch. Drop the readers straight into your first scene. It gives them questions — who is this, why is he/she important, what will happen? Fill in background as it becomes relevant. I can’t give advice on plotting, pacing and characterization. I’m not certain of my own ability in those areas. However, when it comes to the mechanics of writing literate English, and expressing ideas clearly — I have got that DOWN. All those pesky rules they taught us in English class exist for a reason. Language is a tool, and if it is not used correctly it will not achieve its purpose. That purpose is to accurately convey ideas from a speaker, or a writer, to a listener, or a reader. In order for that process to work, both parties have to use the same protocols, the same rules, and represent their ideas in similar ways. If people ignore the rules, or make up their own, none of them can communicate. Unfortunately, that is a wide-spread problem in Fan Fiction. I call it ‘The Infinite Number Of Monkeys School Of Writing’ and find story after story ruined by its influence. I think it’s an aspect of Sturgeon’s Law: ‘Ninety percent of everything is crap’. It takes a lot of care, and hard work, to lift our writing out of the crap and into that golden ten percent. So, here are my Five Rules For Better Writing: 1. Spelling. Check it. Then check it again. Then check for commonly swapped words: you’re - your, who’s - whose, its - it’s, lose - loose, that - than - then, and about 40 others. 2. Punctuation. Use it! Correctly! 3. Sentences. Don’t just string a lot of words together. They have to make sense, too. That's what grammar is for. 4. Paragraphs. When you start a new theme, for extra emphasis, or every time a different character speaks. 5. Tenses. Don’t mix past and present tense in your exposition. Past tense works best in a narrative story, and most stories are narratives. Dialog can be present or past tense, depending on what your character is talking about. Sentences. I could go on all day about sentences. They are the building blocks of a story, and it’s critically important to get them right. A sentence should have structure. It should relate to the sentences before and after it. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to start a new paragraph. Your sentence must express your idea in a way the reader will understand clearly, and it should end when its task is complete. The next sentence should express your next idea, and so on. There are no prizes for atrocious 300-word run-on sentences that should have been split up into six paragraphs! I have seen that. I would like to never see it again. Looonnnng sentences are tiring. The poor readers have to remember how the sentence started and everywhere it goes until they get to the end of it — only to embark upon another word marathon after finally reaching that long-anticipated period. Do that a few times and most readers will just up and quit on you. You can’t stop them. You can’t force them to keep reading. You only write the story once. If you make it readable, if you make it enjoyable, it might be read thousands, even hundreds of thousands of times. That’s worth a little hard work. Spend some of that work on your story summary. It’s the first example of your writing that your prospective readers will see. You have 384 characters to write something that causes people to think, ‘I want to read more’. If the summary sucks, they will think your story must also suck, and not even bother to click on it. Take care with your first chapter, too. It’s the second example your readers see. Work that thing over and polish it until it shines! Your second or third chapter may be a timeless literary masterpiece, but nobody will ever read it if your first chapter didn’t hold their attention. Your writing represents your thinking. If my writing were careless, sloppy and confusing, most people would conclude that I was too stupid to do any better, and wouldn’t waste their time reading it. I always take care with my writing so people won’t have a reason to think that about me. You never know who might read it. Good writing takes practice. Everything you write is an opportunity to practice writing it readably, understandably, and correctly. That’s what I do. I always take a little extra time to ensure that everything I write expresses what I want it to say clearly and accurately in grammatically correct, properly punctuated English. The more I practice, the easier it becomes. Now that you’ve read this message, read your story again and ask yourself: Which one is easier to read? Which one conveys its ideas most clearly and effectively?
  2. 4 points
    I asked my 13 year old daughter to draw me Belldandy, this is what she posted: And apparently, according to her, that was just a mindless warm-up sketch. Stay tuned.
  3. 4 points
    Couldn't decide if i posted this here or in the art gallery. Since it's SS related, here it goes. I did not make this drawing. It was made on request by EastCoastCanuck user, from DevianArt. Cookies for those who can immediately tell which scene this belongs to.
  4. 3 points
    Riiight... Scarred survivors season 1 finale... Peorth entering Tyr's chamber. Have another one in the works, but it will only be posted when a brave soul discover where that door model comes from... The runes in the door mean "Tyr" and "Ansuz" btw...
  5. 2 points
    Dear fellow members, I am starting this just to reintroduce myself. I created an account many years ago and while I don't think any1 would remember me, it's good to be back. Lot of crap has happened in my life but this anime and this wonderful community has always been a source of joy. Thought I'd start visiting and posting again. Props to K1 for keeping this site dedicated to our wonderful goddesses running. Look forward to reconnecting. Thanks
  6. 2 points
    Yet another winter fic where I write 500 word chapters. Tempted to expand on the sister switch, like replacing one of the norns with Lind, Chrono, or Peorth. Maybe I should go wild and even expand it to Sora, Chihiro, Shiho, Sayoko, Megumi, Mara, Hagal, Thrym, or the other demons? Keep in mind that Hild, Ansuz, and Takano would be excluded, as those kinds of switches would be too far complicated for me or this story.
  7. 2 points
    A magical girl inspired side story for the younger goddesses? (well... two of them are half goddesses). I suppose some of those elements can be integrated into either some later chapters, or depending on how I plan this story out, I might make this into a one shot special story. (Fun fact: I did have plans where chibi Hild ordered Logi to test the kids' combat readiness, since the trio acts like carefree normal girls. It could be fun to see how these ideas can be combined). Now, I did have some plans to have Welsper be somewhat friendlier towards the youngsters (he still holds a grudge towards Keiich, but he's too powerful now to pull anything on him), although some of the kids scare him (namely Aegir, Hild's second son, since he's a demon of the sea). In addition he's in a way make amends for past mistakes by helping the kids, and to a certain degree that improves his reputation amongst the Morisatos. In terms of physical growth, the immortals age at a much slower rate than their mortal counterparts (even if their power awakens earlier and develops faster). However, due to reasons I cannot explain here, the kids will spend part of their earlier lives back in their respective realms, and while the three girls (Lofn, Isaz and Brunhild) will grow at a 'normal' pace for their kind, some others will be stationed in realms that currently run on a faster 'clock' than the rest. This results in Logi being visibly older (almost in his teens) than Lofn, even though the latter is chronologically older than him. Still, by the time they're introduced into the second part of this story, they're indeed pre-teens, with Lofn being the oldest of the trio, while Brunhild looks the most developed. Odal's involvement with the kids might be somewhat different in a way, as he's clearly the oldest of the group (considering that he should've been one of the group, yet he's actually older than anyone else in this world), so he might try to construct a disguise for himself. Still, Hagall might not involve herself directly, and simply task her subordinates to keep an eye out for her husband's avatar, so to speak. In terms of Loki's gift, it's no longer possible to affect Keiichi's body. After all, Keiichi's been transformed into a god by Yggdrasil, making him as much of a god as anyone else alive. This means that he's got a 10-D form, although he's abnormal in the sense that his 'real' appearance is almost the same (from a 3-D perspective) as his human shell. And he did actually experience the effects of seeing in 10 dimensions when Urd asks him how many fingers she's holding up, and he's surprised (and confused) that some point in directions that sounds impossible). I'd like to thank you for all those ideas, and I'll see what I can do with some of them, especially since they kind of overlap with a few of mine, too. So, I'll see what's the best to do and aside from some bits here and there, I might actually make a special chapter/story for one of them (since it would be much better to devote the time for it).
  8. 2 points
    The more I watch certain classic TV shows that may have been inspired the idea behind Ah! My Goddess, the more I'm convinced that's exactly what Fujishima-san did. I've recently been watching Bewitched over again and Fujishima-san has used a lot of the abilities that Samantha uses in that series. Take, for instance, Belldandy's "Jealousy storms". In the pilot episode of Bewitched, Darren and Samantha get married, setting up the premise for the entire show. In the episode, Darren and Samantha get invited to a dinner date with an ex-girlfriend of Darren. After a short while, his ex-girlfriend keeps showing up Samantha, who has decided she has had enough and begins to turn the scales on his ex-girlfriend. She causes the exes teeth to be disfigured, forces her hair to plop out of place and even forces a huge storm gust that blows open the front door, blows her hairpiece away and strips away her dress, forcing her to run for cover. The more I look at Belldandy's jealousy storms, it seems this is just one of the powers that Fujishima-san has used where it concerns Belldandy. I've also noticed that he uses a particular power from I Dream of Jeannie. Where Jeannie shrinks herself (mini-Belle) and disappears inside her bottle. While Fujishima-san altered it to allow Belldandy to disappear inside a mirror, it represents the same thing. The whole "mini-Belle" seems to be identical with Jeannie. While the core basis for the series seems to be on Norse mythology, he seems to have borrowed other aspects for the powers of these characters from cult television shows that were produced in the United States. Even Keiichi-chan's clumsiness seems to have been lifted out of the episodes of Three's Company, where it involves Jack Tripper.
  9. 2 points
    From my perspective, I think that the way the series ended wasn't actually the originally intended one. If you recall, there was a mention of Keiichi's birthday, and I seriously doubt that the whole thing was brought up just for Belldandy to buy Keiichi a watch. It's entirely possible that he intended to finish the series with the conclusion of Hagall's coup, but probably realized that the way the whole thing was set up, more or less lacked the climactic sense of an ending. As such, he dropped the Gate as a means of providing the series a final antagonist (of sorts), especially after we found out that Hagall wasn't actually the Big Bad. As KM mentioned above, the Judgement Gate was meant as a pretext to end the series with a marriage, and as such, he needed a plot device to wrap everything up, as well as to answer a few remaining things about the series (such as the situation between Tyr and Hild). The main problem is that the way it was handled created several plot holes when such a thing wasn't even necessary. If you look at how the same plot device was introduced in the Movie, it's an example of good use of this idea, while the same can't be said about the manga.
  10. 2 points
    Wait a sec. Let me get this straight. Hold on. So..the guy was married and divorced in 2014. He has a child from this marriage. Ok He re-married with the 20 years old girl he got pregnant in 2016. Which means that he had an affair for 15 yrs during the time he was still married with a third woman. This i understand is the woman whom he promised to marry after he got the divorce. (and got his plans screwed when the 2nd girl got pregnant.) This is the woman whom he misled with promises for 15 years, only to dump her without many explanations when he had to run away with a 20yrs old chick. And you don't think that screws over a person? You think that is something as mundane as 2 highschool lovers breaking up? Unless i got some fact're saying a guy who has an affair for 15 years while still legally married and empregnated a third woman who could very well pass for his daughter to boost, has any understanding of "ethics and values"? Are you saying this man is "family-oriented" when it comes to values? That he "stepped u p to the plate", like he was a brave, righteous man? Like...really? Am i the only one reading this? Are you actually putting this guy as a victim here? The 20 year old girl who got pregnant is a gold digger for me, and the woman who spent 15 years with him being fed of promises of marriage after his divorce is naive, at the very best. But him? There's a lot of words that might fit with the kind of person he is, and none of them is safe for this forum.
  11. 2 points
    A scorned woman who still spent 15 years or so of her life with him. I know for sure i would be devastated if someone whom i dedicated a decade and half of my life to would publicly (sp?) deny everything. And also, since we're on a roll, what to say about a 51years old man who gets a 20 years old pregnant? We have a few names for that in portuguese, but it wouldn't translate well, so i'm not gonna try. Point is, don't throw rocks so fast. They all have glass ceilings.
  12. 2 points
    Truth to be told, I'm not so sure about who's exactly the victim here, but there's a lot going on to make a manga out of it. To begin with, we're not talking about a woman who just showed up out of nowhere, but someone who's been in a relationship with him for 15 years. And not only that, but said man just went ahead and married someone entirely different because he apparently got her pregnant. While I may not know all the details about this story (nor I care, as I hate celebrity gossip stories), I can't quite say that this is merely the woman's fault. Also, Mr Fujishima's attempts to hide the fact that he was even married seems kinda weird to me. Almost as if he knows that part of what he's doing is problematic, and merely tries to cover it up. Again, this isn't my place to condemn anyone from a moral point of view, but at the same time, that's what happens when someone bites more than he can chew. Of course, that's just me, and in the end it's a ongoing legal dispute that's going to get settled regardless of our opinion, but I can't quite say that I'm terribly sympathetic to Mr. Fujishima on this occasion.
  13. 2 points
    Based on the progress I've made so far, I believe that I'll be able to have it done by this weekend, or at the most, at some point next week. I suppose I should've worked faster on this, but one of my other stories (The Lost contract) had been the cause for a lot of these delays (the rest being my lack of free time as of late).
  14. 2 points
    Grayfox, that is, in all honesty, an amazing analysis based off what happened to the others. Thank you for sharing. Also, some additional good news: The next chapter is currently in the beta and has undergone the first round of edits. Hopefully we'll have the chapter up in the next day or two. Thanks for the patience, guys.
  15. 2 points
    Well 1.Keep in mind that goddess physiology isn't exactly the same as human physiology... 2.For Lind, she needs intensive care, plus a chest tube inserted into her chest (most likely in her upper chest since she may have what we medics call a pneumothorax..air in the chest due to an injury). The chest tube will be connected to what we call an 'underwater seal' (a special bottle filled with fluid) to allow air escape from the chest. ). (For the interested....chest tube insertion: The aim of all that is to allow the lung to re-expand while the chest wound heals.(so that the patient can breathe properly again eventually If the lung does not re-inflate after five days, Lind might need an operation.A chest op. 3.For Urd...if the seizures last longer than 30 minutes , it's intensive care, and a long period of rehab, depending on how well she does neurologically once she regains full consciousness Assuming the seizures just happen for a few minutes , well, she might recover fully...hopefully (But since we don't know much about ten-dimensional being neurological physiology...). 4.Word of Elegance...hmm...if the wound does not reach a major vessel or spinal cord...yes, the answer is that it is possible she might live . BUT If the wound hits a major vessel...because hanging around the back is a giant vessel called the aorta which is responsible for pumping blood all over your body...speed is of the essence (as in...get a chopper down there to take her straight to the nearest good hospital, with a full surgical team on standby.). And if the spine is affected...well...let me say that the hole better not be anywhere near the back of the upper neck...because death is certain if it is.Lower down, disability is a major risk...depending on the level of injury to the spinal cord.
  16. 2 points
    Alright... I'm getting on my soapbox a bit, so listen up. This is serious. Type 2 isn't hereditary. Only Type 1 is, and it's rare in comparison to Type 2 nowadays. Type 2 isn't about your family history, as it's more liable to occur when the body is overworked processing artificial sugars and saturated fats. I can't get into the medical aspects of it because I'm not a subject matter expert on it, and if your Doctor is worth his or her deploma, they'll have already explained that to you already. The main thing to take away from it is that it most often happens to people with an unhealthy diet. Introducing fruits and vegetables while getting rid of processed foods-like, say, fast food, ready-to-eat meals, junk food, and sugary drinks, allow the body to safely loose weight and stabalize blood sugar while also filling you up so that you aren't as hungry. Fruits and vegetables are low-calories, vitamin-packed, and are usually high in either water content or fiber, which make you feel full faster. Listen to your doctor, Keiichi. I can't stress this enough because I saw my father go through the same thing before he started exercising more. If you're borderline, than you can still change for the better and prevent yourself from developing Type 2. But it all starts with you, Boss. You need to take a long, hard look at your diet and recognize that what you're living off of right now is hurting you, and take those steps to change yourself for the better. Ditch the sodas, ditch the fatty meats, and ditch the junkfood. Start drinking more water. Get outside and exercise-not just a walk, but going to a gym and getting some anerobic/aerobic workouts in conjoined with weights-it'll help you shed pounds and will make you overall healthier. Take note of what your Doc said you could and could not have and toss the junk food in the trash. Start making a list of the things you need to buy from the grocery store and try to limit them to the produce section with lean meats and lentils, as they have less saturated fat. Stick to the list so you don't go browsing for the items you crave and don't go shopping on an empty stomach. You can do the Mediterranean diet, Keiichi. You still have the opportunity to overcome this, however it needs to start with you. I don't want to say anymore out here. If you would like though, send me a message and we'll talk off-line.
  17. 2 points
    Sorry guys, my idea of what happens to gods/demons when they die (and connected via a horrible soul-joining event to a complete stranger) is a little different from everyone elses. Regardless, it's not something this story was ever really intended to address, and not really something I intend to pursue. I'll duck out of that kind of conversation and let you guys duke it out form here on out. It's okay to ask about the progress of a chapter. I'm 3600 words right now, which roughly equates to around 7 pages. Based off current schedule limitations and a sudden and intense desire to go to a 'snake cafe' and play with snakes, we're probably looking at a two-week update. I'd been waiting for almost a year to write that last chapter, and I was in the zone with that one, but this chapter is going to require a bit more careful consideration given the players involved. Just don't continuously harass me about chapter updates and 'expecting' a chapter release every week. Not saying anyone specifically is guilty of it, but it's a pain in the butt when people whine. You forget what Lind was doing to the rabishu before the ceiling came down on her? She was literally ripping it apart with her bare hands. By the time rescue forces discovered her, they found Lind coated in a mysterious substance that looked and smelled like blood, but for some reason drove their angels absolutely batshit insane. (shi ka ka!) One angel even went so far as to surface without being called, and almost attacked the unconscious POW before her host was able to call her back. Further revelations found what was left of an alien corpse nearby, and because of the negative reaction from the angels, rescue forces took the safe route and treated both it and Lind as biohazard. Upon retrieval and further investigations, evidence of the rabishu and documentations of what it was designed for began to surface and were translated, while scientists began investigating the angel eater itself. Nebo in particular, upon word reaching him that the thing ate angels, got himself involved-something he could only do as a BelTic. He took a vested interest in the creature's designs and how they affected the angels, as he wanted to design a way to counter it as a threat-something that might make the angels upappealing to the rabishu or null the affects of its screech on its prey. He actually began to reverse-engineer it, to an extent-just to give you an idea of his capabilities as both a Tic, scientist, and bio-engineer (don't forget who/what he created). Part of that involved a lot of experimentation and a lot of failures. Part of that included a small bit of madness. Most of it included imagination: if a 'man-made' creature could feed off another 'man-made' creature and obtain nutrients from it, was it possible to reverse the process somehow? Perhaps use that same mechanism used to ingest a magical entity and process it as energy for an angel? ...Maybe, say, regrow a wing? Perhaps even regenerate the bare, lingering, threads of RNA and DNA from an angel that was previously destroyed? LETS FIND OUT KYZ! ...needless to say, Cool Mint, in all her apparent normalcy, was the last thing he expected. He'd expected anything from absolute failure in which nothing happened to strange and horrible mutations that would have left Spear Mint crippled and Lind (possibly) mad. He sure as shit hadn't expected another angel to grow and make up for what Spear Mint lost.
  18. 2 points
    Sugoi! That brings back so much nostalgia! Spam-spam-spam. God, we treated these forums like a chatroom. We wasted kilobytes of data, KILOBYTES!
  19. 2 points
    It's about time I started participating in these fanfic forums. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the great content everyone has been creating for the community. Will post my comments on your work, @HotelKatz.
  20. 2 points
    That feeling when a new chapter is released and you're about to leave for work...and you're already running late....and you have this great idea of locking yourself in the bathroom, claiming to have diarrhea, just so you can quickly read SS on your smartphone... Oh god... The things i do to read this fic. Anyway, on with the review-thingy already. I sometimes hate how painfully slow things happen around here. Which sucks, because it's also one of the things i like most about SS. Sooooo....seems my crystal-ball is not that off-tuned. It does seems as some sort of mega-operation is happening from the Matrix side. But why? It can't be a coincidence. I don't think it has anything to do with Hagall. My radar is poiting it has something to do with Stuart-little, and Aiko, in consequence...Hmmm Almost like the demons are trying to "protect their investment" or something of the kind. I dunno. Something is off here. Urd must know why all the John's Smith's are there, and since i'm ruling out it being a coincidence...the thing is, Urd is not acting angry, offended, heck, not even surprised that the Demon Convention is taking place. If it IS indeed something related to Stuart-Aiko, then Urd fucking knows that her raping had demonic influence in the background. And she never told anyone. Not Belldandy. Not Aiko. Not Keiichi. Almost like "hey, what can i do? What were you expecting? Demons are supposed to be mean, it's what they do" style... Which would be a veeeeery douche move from Urd's part, since she got ready to start Ragnarok when something similar happened to her sister... Let's see. Also, think it's the first time i've seen Urd being to put it...careless. Taking Deb for a harmless person is going to be the death of her pretty soon, in a manner of speaking. Unless she only said that to have Mara off her back, and is planning to do the investigation on Deb herself. Still, she's leaving plenty of clues for a detective like Deb to sniff her out. Deb already started making questions (all the time she was texting on the car and whatnot...she already started inquirying who the sisters are..and is intrigued by the answers someone from her work provided her with.) Deb: soooo...Urd, how was your evening? Urd: oh, it was alright. Spent all day sleeping in my bedroom. Very relaxing. Deb. I see. (already did a check and has cameras tapes of Urd and a blond woman drinking by the pool. That or managed to find about the bar bill of a whole afternoon drinking expensice whiskey.) Point is, something is going to happen because Deb is bound to ask, and Urd is probably going to lie about it. Moving on. God dammit, with all the childness going around, i'm starting to root for Deb. Ok, ok, so Bell is traumatized by 10 years of abuse, but Jesus fucking god, she's still some centuries old! And acts like a 19 years old around her highschool boyfriend and cheerleader "friend". Heck! You guys are really going to have to come up with some redeeming aspect of Belldandy, because, the way i see things, Deb is a MUCH better match to Keiichi than Belldandy! She's more stable, doesn't bring a shit ton of problems and drama with her, doesn't need an older sister tagging along to keep her on the line, never tried to choke him during sex, has a job, is intelligent, doesn't level the house when she gets angry and is a MORTAL who can atually age with him and have kids with him. Ok, so she left Keiichi before, but it's not like he was being "husband-of-the-year" material to her anyway. Throw in a few excuses, a night well spent and the rest is history! On the other side, Belldandy has provided Keiichi nothing but drama ever since the first moment she arrived in his life. Like i said i don't know how many pages ago, i would say Belldandy needs to get her head out of her ass and get better soon, or she's going to loose the man she loves. And it's all going to be HER fault. So Keiichi is really a wimp! Yey for a character flaw!!! I'm totally with Aiko on that one. He has some nerve to be angry about their (Bell and Deb's) attitudes when he's the one encouraging and justifying them in the first place. Wanna see how exactly he's going to tell Belldandy what happened between him and Deb and then how he is going to tell Deb that what happened between them was a mistake. Because ALL of that requires some "manning up" from Keiichi's part. Something he has never EVER done since the start of SS. If he did, maybe he would have adressed Urd already. Nope. Can't see Keiichi creating balls and assuming his position anywhere soon. Nope. Especially when he has the excuse of "being there for Aiko" (even if Aiko already told him she can face Stuart by herself) and not wanting to create a scene and/or upsetting everybody on such an important date. Which will probably lead to Deb being the one to break the news to Belldandy in a fit of rage over something. I wonder if it's going to be at the same time she's going to throw in her face the fact that Belldandy (and Urd) don't really "exist"... or exist in the other side of the world...where there's proabably a "missing person" sign under her ex-husband's name... Sweet times ahead. EDIT: i forgot about the fish. I would never think that demons find fish sacred. Maybe it's because i can't bear to think of people killing cows for beefs, but i'm quite ok with people fishing. A cow seems so much...sacred than a fish XD. But yea, fish comes from water, water brings life, i see where the demons are coming from.
  21. 2 points
    i think i can finally pronounce this costume well and truly finished to my satisfaction, now that i've just completely remade the Apron from scratch, the original Apron once being the last remaining element carried over from the original factory costume. now, almost everything's handmade, save for the shoes, -highly modified TAKARA "Jenny" Pink Pumps- and the Cat Ear hairband - hairband taken from MegaHouse MOON PHASE "Hazuki" also highly modified- and i've finally well and truly made the "Sweet Lolita" Maid costume of my mind's eye for my sweet, gentle Miss Asahina♥
  22. 2 points
    Tell me about it. In the first chapter of the manga series, Keiichi is seen smoking a cigarette but that Fujishima-san stepped away from that obvious character flaw. Plus, starting with the second chapter, which is Belldandy's true first appearance in the series, it's obvious that the portrayal of their kindergarten-style romance seemed to be aimed at bringing more younger fans, teenagers, into picking up on the manga series and why the two never seemed to get to the kissing stage. I've talked about this at length, about how this series to be fashioned after the Doris Day Show and Bewitched, both shows that broadcast on American television during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's, when the most broadcasters could get away with was a couple holding hands or a married couple kissing each other on the cheek. Back then, it was also taboo among television broadcasters to show a married couple sleeping in the same bed. This was why you always saw such shows as I Love Lucy, Gilligan's Island, The Honeymooners, I Dream of Jeannie and other similar shows with the married couple sleeping in separate beds. This was mainly due to the broadcast censors, who rarely let anything besides hand-holding be broadcast on television. This has been an area of confusion among fans of the anime and manga series, who grew frustrated because Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship never seemed to evolve or mature beyond hand-holding and I suspect that the introduction of Urd was a way of trying to test those waters. I suppose that someone must have complained which might explain the introduction of Skuld as a plot device to prevent Keiichi from getting too friendly with Belldandy. The manga series actually debuted in September 1988 and it was published bi-monthly in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine. My guess is that when Fujishima-s artwork started to improve, Kodansha decided to start promoting the manga more often in their magazine, which is why it started to get published monthly. I'm thinking that the manga series took a year or two of this type of publication before it was promoted to a monthly status. Back then, Fujishima-san's artwork was very rough but eventually, you can see his style of drawing manga evolve over time. Dark Horse Comics would begin publishing the manga in 1994. Note: If anyone is wondering why I refer to anime producers and manga creators with the 'san' title, it's because it's offered as a sign of respect. When a friend to the community saw I wasn't doing that, she asked I started posting that way because it's shown as respecting the Japanese. While I don't use the title when using their full name, I do employ that technique when I just use their last name.
  23. 2 points
    Fans have been creating fan fiction for Oh My Goddess dating as far back as the late 1990's, back when Dark Horse Comics was publishing the manga series in a comic book style format (only a select few of us are aware of the publishing format for manga back during the 1980', 1990's and early 2000's. Back then, every publisher released manga in a 32-40 page comic book format. Manga published as TPB's really wasn't a desire and it was Tokyopop who only published manga in TPB's, along with the manga publisher, Seven Seas. It wouldn't be until around 2004-2005 when publishers would ditch that format and start publishing manga in TPB form. I remember when the first comic book copy of Appleseed Book 1 Volume 1 was fetching for $35-50. Even though price guides didn't value manga that high, comic dealers started to clue into that fact. Even Oh My Goddess #1 was fetching for around $15-25. Eventually, monthly price guides periodicals started recognizing that there was a collectors market for comic book formatted manga titles. I just remember when fan fiction back in those early days was an underground community and there's a lot of classic Oh My Goddess fan fiction that most fans aren't aware of. I'll see what I can do about posting links to some of them.
  24. 2 points
    Chapter 9 is on FFN:
  25. 2 points
    This reminds me of a story idea I had quite a while ago. I posted it on my profile. It even has a tentative name in case I ever got around to writing it. Defending His Life – Keiichi is killed in a freak accident. Afterwards, he discovers what REALLY happens after you die. In a place where the System Force has no power, can he still get his ‘Forever’ with Belldandy? Or will he have to start over from the very beginning?
  26. 2 points
    Unfortunately, we have lost a large majority of Ah! My Goddess fansites, message forums and more since I first created my site back in 2004. It's only through the miracle of donations from our members and other supporters that we've been able to keep this community going. For me and Sugoi, we started out at another Oh My Goddess fansite and community called Noble Scarlet, which is now defunct and I got my inspiration for my site while a member of that community. While that site has long since disappeared, this site has went through many changes (one thing I'm planning to do is bringing back a lot of the articles, image galleries and features that were a highlight of this fansite. I still have all of that content, which I'll be bringing back to the site over the next few days. But, with gigabytes of images and other content, it may take some time to get them all back online. I'm always taking suggestions on how to make the fansite and the community better and I'm always open to feedback on this issue. If you have any suggestions, send them my way. I might even scavenge older fansites through archives and bring that content here.
  27. 2 points
    I laughed so hard when I saw this I just had to share it. The AMG tag on deviant art has really strange fanart hahahaha. Artist link: muscle-fan-comics
  28. 2 points
    Urd: “Now, you’re both sitting at a table, it will be a while before a waiter brings the food, so it’s time to talk. What are you going to talk about?” Lind: “Um, I don’t know?” Urd: “Come on, Lind, work with me here. You can’t really talk about Asgard, or Niflheim, so what do you know about Midgard?” Lind: [ticking items off on her fingers] “There was the battle in that Japan place. The…barbecue, where Brian saw me. I see you here a couple of times every Midgard month. I put up that barrier when you and your angel threw a tantrum. Errr…I guess that’s about it.” Urd: “Jeez, you haven’t even finished one hand there. Isn’t there anything else?” Lind: “I met Aiko. Twice.” Urd: “You’re killin’ me, Lind. The good news is, most mortal men love to talk about themselves. It’s their favorite subject. The bad news is, most of what Jackson does is classified, so he can’t talk about it. Kind of limits his end of the conversation.” Lind: “How about that, ah, Brazilian Joo-Jitsu? I’m really interested in that.” Urd: “No! Bad Valkyrie! Not on your first date!” Lind: “Why not? It’s something we have in common, right?” Urd: “I give up. This is hopeless. You’re destined to be an old maid for the rest of eternity.” ——————————— Lobbest thou thy Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.
  29. 2 points
    Lol This interlude thingy is going to be better than i expected, it seems =) My turn! **The dancing queen** *A SS spin-off* Urd: Ok Lind, time for one last lesson before your date. Lind: another? After learning how to sit, eat and talk like a lady, what else is left to re-learn? Walk? Urd: that too, you walk like a soldier on a forced march! Lind: **grumbles** Urd: Anyway, no girl should ever go out on a data with a man without knowing how to dance! Lind: Dance? Urd: Dance! Lind: Dance, as in...dancing? Urd: like in moving your body while holding another person. Lind: So. Dance then... Urd: yes! Lind: **tries to run for the hills** **urd catches her by a foot** Urd: oh nononono...You're not running away from this! **ties her up** And now, for your dancing teacher, i present you Bell! **Bell enters the room** Lind: There's no way in hell i'm learning how to dance. Belldandy: Yes you are. Do you want to make a fool out of yourself and step on poor Mr. Jackson's feet all the time? Lind: **grumbles** Belldadndy: sorry, i couldn't quite hear that dear. Lind: I said NO! Belldandy: good. Now, shall we begin? Lind: **is untied and is looking miserable** I have 2 left foot. I'll never learn how to do this on time. Urd: Lies. If she could teach Mara how to waltz, she can teach you too. I'll let you know my sister is the best dancer in all Asgard! **Belldandy smiles,** Lind: who's Mara? Urd:**sweatdrops** Err...old friend. No one you ever met before. Has lead for feet and still learned how to waltz nonetheless. Lind: **is suspicious, but let's it drop** Yea. And i'm a freaking Valkyrie! I just doesn't work! Belldandy: Nonsense! Now, let's stop this argument and start already. Time is running short. **Grabs Lind and places her hands on her arm and holds her hand** Belldandy: this is where you should place your hands. Now just follow my lead and try to relax. **5 minutes later* Urd: and 1,2,3, 1,2,3, that's it girl, i've told you! My sister is the best dancer in the whole Asgard! and 1,2,3. Belldandy; thank you Urd. **winces as Lind steps on her toes...again** Lind: I feel like an idiot. Urd: You're doing ffiiiiiiine! Just keep going! and 1,2,3, 1,2,3. **Keiichi opens the door and takes a look at the scene. Urd: oh hi there Keiichi! Keiichi: What's going on? Urd: Bell's teaching Lind how to waltz. For her date with Brian. Keiichi. Fuck my life. I'm still having a hard time imagining it. Urd: **winks** me too. Keiichi: Anyway, since we're all here, care to teach me too? Never been much of a dancer, might as well stop looking like an idiot anytime i have to waltz. Urd: Sure, i'll pair up with you! **light bulbs break over their heads, the window glass starts to break** Belldandy: NO! Lind: I'm sorry, have i stepped on you again? I did it, didn't I? Belldandy; No! I mean, yes...that's not what i mean! Lind: what then? Belldandy; **points at Urd** You can't dance with Keiichi! Keiichi: Why not? You're busy with Lind, i'm sure she can-- Belldandy: I'll pair up with you. Urd, you're taller than me and will make for a better Jackson's manequim. Let's switch. Urd: You're sure? Lind was doing fine with you. Belldandy: And she'll do it even better with you, i'm sure. You can dance as well as me when you want to. Urd: **raises eyebrow** Ooooook. Lind: (whispering): your sister has a bad temper when it comes to Keiichi. Urd: tell me about--ouch! Lind: sorry! Urd: Nononono, this just won't do. Stop trying to get away from me like i'm cotton candy melting and hold on. Then just follow my body's movement. It's not hard. Lind: I'm trying! Urd: No you're not. Imagine this is a kata or something. Whatever makes you move your feet! Lind: if this was a kata, you'd be on the ground already. Urd: Really? Wanna take this to the garage? we have a sparring mat over there and we can-- Belldandy: **raising her voice and looking mean** No fighting! Urd and Lind: **grumbles** Keiichi: Thanks for teaching me Bell. Belldandy: It's nothing Keiichi. Had i known you wanted to learn before, i would have taken time to teach you. Keiichi: yeaa.....well, it's not something i get to do very often you know. But i'm tired of looking like a clown when i do. Belldandy: You tease. Look at you, you're doing great (he's doing miserable...) Urd: Look at them! He's even worse than you! Lind: **grumble** Shut up and keep dancing Urd.
  30. 2 points
    Hey guys, I began to write this thing. I posted the second chapter just today. I'll truly appreciate any feedback you have about the story, and of course you can use this thread to discuss it as you see fit. Hopefully you will enjoy what I have written so far and will enjoy what is to come.
  31. 2 points
    I wouldn't be surprised if I was probably one of the more open-minded about doujinshi here. Most of the time, I figure it's either money or an opportunity to put one's own fanfiction into pictures and get paid for it. I go and read what strikes my interest. I stay away from the hardcore stuff. So yeah... most of the time whenever I see doujinshi, I make a little prayer in my head for it to be a humorous little story, even if it does get a little vulgar. I admit to a 50/50 record or so for it. I tend to throw away that prayer whenever I see A!MG doujinshi, as I recall Rule 43 of the internet, "The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt it." I do admit to looking at a few, as some of the artwork for a very small number is good for a few panels and covers. But that's about it. Most of the A!MG doujinshi stuff follows that internet rule to a sick degree.
  32. 2 points
    ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT*** Scarred Survivors Temporary Hiatus Hey guys, so I figured I should be the one to make this announcement since it mainly concerns me. I'm going to be taking a break in writing for a bit for a couple of reasons, the big one being that my husband is due back next week, and I'm very, very distracted right now in preparation for his arrival. A little too distracted to give Scarred Survivors the attention it needs right now. The other, smaller reason is that 'My Angel's arc took its toll on me, and I may have overexerted my creative capabilities when it comes to writing. Because of that, it was decided to take a quick break from the story and come back in a few weeks when I'm a little less distracted and can better focus my attention on the Interlude and the following arc coming right after it. That arc is going to be another long marathon, most likely, as there's going to be a lot of moving pieces doing a multitude of things all at once, and it's going to be important that we have all our bases covered for that segment, as that will be the official start of 'Part 2' for Scarred Survivors. The break won't be long-maybe two or three weeks, tops, given the fact that I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to this story and its characters and will most likely keep trying to come back to it during the break time.The next chapter is already complete, however we figured it'd be better to hold off and start afresh with the whole Interlude segment rather than stop between the interlude's chapters. My Angel stopped at a pretty solid spot, and it's better to leave it there so that we can play proper 'catch-up' with the series. I want to thank you all for your patience with this and the support you've been giving the story along the way, and I'll see if maybe I can't throw in a few piece of fan art as the days progress. See you with a fresh interlude in a couple of weeks, guys!
  33. 2 points
    There you go. EDIT: this would be sooo much easier if the pic wasn't compressed by the website...
  34. 2 points
    Based on something from the Scarred Survivors topic, pretty much this post Got me thinking. How would a fic where Belldandy is a crime boss, but still having her personality unchanged go? The cheap-n-easy way is to use the GTA games as a reference, but I suspect those kinds of fics are a dime-a-dozen. As for how and when Belldandy would have time to go and be a Yakuza boss... well, fanon tends to have her be able to do anything, so she probably could make the time or use some sorta spell to split herself in duplicates. It'd be kind of funny to have Urd and Skuld confront Belldandy on it. Urd: Bell, how could you? You come to Earth and become a crime boss... Again! Skuld: Yeah!... Wait, what? You mean this isn't the first time big sis has done this? Belldandy: Come on! You have potions and Skuld has machines! Can't I have a hobby?! Cleaning and cooking get so boring after awhile!
  35. 2 points
    If there is one thing I will always love about OMG fics, is that Bell and Keiichi always somehow find a way to be together regardless of the circumstances. Really like this fic, along with The Following Day. Really looking forward for more.
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  37. 2 points
    If you want some inspiration check out this web comic: It's about the real misadventures of an English Teacher in Japan and what she at times faces with both faculty staff and her young students. Its absolutly adorable, and I could picture you finding some great material for this fic. Make sure you read the notes at the bottom of each comic strip-they provide some good insight into what it's like being an English teacher in Japan.
  38. 2 points
    Sup guys, this is the mastermind speaking. So yeah, I've been to this forum before in the past, but left a few years ago. Only really got back into Oh! My Goddess after browsing through fanfics on FFnet and well, stumbled upon this one. I was really taken with the fanfic, so I decided to make a trope page for it seeing as it lacked both a review on the site, and I do truly believe the story is good enough to warrant its own page. Seeing as making pages for fanfics on tvtropes is a completely free action, I said why not. I do apologize if I got some things wrong while picking tropes. Do feel free to edit the page however you like. I after all, made it all on my own without any checking or editing from anyone else so it is bound to have mistakes. I don't mind if you even remove some entries. I made it because I really think the story should have one. It is just that good in my eyes. I plan to add tabs that keep track of the awesome/heartwarming/funny/tearjerking/nightmarish parts of the story. Many people like to read those too as well. So yeah, hi there.
  39. 2 points

    From the album IdiAmeanDada's gallery

    Found this on Pinterest of all places.
  40. 2 points
    Since 2 can play a game, here's my own 15min version of WoE guarding the door.
  41. 2 points
    Maybe this one isn't so distorted.
  42. 2 points
    This figure was announced a few months ago, and looks really nice: Good Smile typically does nice work, and I'm looking forward to this one. I decided to order a few for my store (plus one extra I may decide to keep for myself ) It's nice to see that, among all the new stuff coming out, there's still demand for the classic manga and anime that we enjoy too. I hope they follow up with some other characters like Urd.
  43. 1 point
    If you haven't heard about this yet, it's a western indie game featuring an open world setting that's still in development for PC and Mac. The art style is anime-esque. You play the "heroine" Yandere-chan and have to make sure that your potential rivals don't get to confess to your love interest (Senpai). And since the heroine is a yandere it means she won't play fair... According to the description the gameplay is similar to the Hitman series. So far I haven't played any Hitman game yet (shame on me?). So I can only assume what the gameplay of Yandere Simulator is like. The concept, however, I find very interesting. It's definitely something you don't see every day. But that's coming from someone who likes yanderes... (in manga) ^_^;;
  44. 1 point
    Belldandy fanart drawn by Just a Shadow Source: I did not create, nor do i own this image

    © just a shadow, kosuke fujishima

  45. 1 point
    Chapter 30 is on FFN:
  46. 1 point
    Artwork of Skuld and her angel Noble Scarlet. Image Source: Skuldchan's bucket...photobucket. I do not own this image, nor create it.

    © Skuld-chan, Kosuke Fujishima

  47. 1 point started as soda. Then evolved to beer. Now it's champagne...Ok. I can live with that. Don't mind me today Idi. I'm babling and bitchy and touchy and jumpy and whatever else you can imagine after spending the weekend at base.... In the meanwhile, i've ended up in the dark side of the Internet ( know when you're looking for apples and end up watching funny cat videos compilation or a girl popping a pimple at 2a.m? That's me...) Anyway, i've found this: Waardenburg Syndrome It's a rare condition where, among other things, ppl get eyes with 2 colors, and patches of white hair. Wonder who it reminded me of...
  48. 1 point
    A Belldandy fanart made by 白琳@TO.sp参加中 on Link:

    © Fujishima Kousuke (original character), 白琳@TO.sp参加中 (image)

  49. 1 point
    Gotta go with Keiichi's bike. BMW RS Series with the side car attachment also. For a while now I've been looking for that bike in the market to see if I can purchase one lol. After watching AMG for so long I've been wanting that bike for a while now.
  50. 1 point
    If it helps, that's how I've always felt about that scene. And I've been waiting a LOOOOng time to finally see it. Bell does indeed look very relaxed in the hot spring, but it could also be considered thoughtful and having her thoughts on other things. And her look as the curtain blows away is almost that of exagerated inocence, a look you can never tell if it's real or she's putting you on. I see this as another Mr. Fujishima mind twister, does it mean something or doesn't it? Also for what it's worth, the blindfold in hand in hand was Skuld's idea. And the act that it slipped without Keiichi's efforts is very suspicious. And again we saw Belldandy with the exagerated look of innocence. She is Urd's sister, we know she has it in her, so is this her way of flirting with her boyfriend? I don't think she would be trying to arouse him to any action, just liking the feel-good sensation that she can get a response from Keiichi.

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