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A comic strip I made of Gon and Killua!

Which Hunter x Hunter anime should I watch?
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I really like the relationship between Gon and Killua. I watched a few episodes of the old anime a while ago, such as when they were being interviewed before the final phase of the hunter exam, that I liked a lot because Killua was really cute and shy about his friendship with Gon. I just watched a few episodes of the 2011 anime. During that same part of the series, Killua didn't say anything sweet about Gon or even talk to him. I'm considering just watching the old episodes since they seem to be rather cute (and there are less episodes), but I'm worried I might be missing out on cute scenes in the new one! Comments or suggestions?

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An interesting thought had just occurred to me. I wonder if perhaps Oscar Wilde shipped Johnlock. What if he was the first Johnlock shipper ever?

How Doyle Doesn't Care About Holmes
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I would probably have read all of the Sherlock Holmes series by now if it wasn’t for the fact that Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t care about the stories. I had felt so deeply for the characters and thought that Doyle was so brilliant and thoughtful to put so much depth into Sherlock Holmes’s personality and his relationship with Watson. When I learned that Doyle didn’t really put any thought into the stories, I learned that all my deep thoughts about the depth and psychological meanings about the characters were not intended by the author; therefore they were just my imagination.

I had thought that Doyle was a wonderful creative writer who cared about making meaningful stories, but it turned out that he just wrote the first thing that came to mind in order to make a living. I feel as though a good creator should care about his art and love it as if it were a child to him, and not treat it as simply a tool to make money. I loved these stories and I still do, but its saddens me that Arthur Conan Doyle did not have any love for them. It’s amazing how we can see so much psychological and emotional meaning in a story that was not meant to have any meaning besides solving a simple mystery. Despite knowing that Doyle didn’t intend to make the stories seem this in depth, I would like to still use my imagination to pretend there are more to these stories than meets the eye.

The next time I read Sherlock Holmes, I’m going to forget about the Arthur’s intentions, and I will read it as I feel a great story should be read, in a way that will leave me wondering what the characters really think and feel and how their minds work. I will use my imagination to see what isn’t there. I will pretend Sherlock Holmes has psychological difficulties when it comes to caring for others and seeing the beauty in life, and I will pretend Dr. John Watson is absolutely infatuated with this fantastically unique human being with whom he lives and of whom he writes about daily.

A Comment on Sanzo's Virginity and Sexuality
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This is probably an unusual topic to start my journal with, but I'm doing it anyway. There have been many instances when I've read a description of Genjo Sanzo online where the writer says something such as "He smokes, drinks, gambles, and kills, and he's most likely not a virgin". I find it surprising when people think Sanzo isn't a virgin. The fact that he doesn't follow other priestly rules doesn't mean that he isn't a virgin. Personally, I think Sanzo is a virgin. He obviously doesn't like being close to people. He keeps his distance both emotionally and physically. His fear of getting close to people emotionally started with the death of Koumyou, and his "hold nothing" motto adds to Sanzo's avoidance of intimacy. It's been pointed out to me that he could still be physically intimate with someone without being emotionally close. I feel as though Sanzo wouldn't take part in a physical relationship with someone without being emotionally intimate. Even among his close friends, while he's becoming emotionally closer, he still keeps his distance physically. Sanzo has never shown the slightest sexual interest in anyone they met on their journey, male or female. I really don't see Sanzo as the kind of person who would sneak out of the inn in the middle of the night to sleep with a prostitute.

If Sanzo did in fact have sex before, it would probably have been some time between when he left the temple after his master died and when he found Goku. During this time, Sanzo was essentially soulless and didn't seem to care what happened to him. However, despite seeming careless, he still had respect for his body as well as having a really sturdy wall up to keep people away from him emotionally and physically. It seems to me that he has plenty of reasons to be afraid of sexual contact. Even when Koumyou was alive, monks would hit on him (and I'm pretty sure Ukoku hit on him at one point). The first person Sanzo murdered was a man who was trying to rape him. Although I've read that that's probably not enough to make him want to avoid sex forever, and the thing that was tormenting Sanzo all these years was the fact that he killed someone rather than the fact someone tried to rape him, I find it likely that the attempted rape had some sort of impact on him. (I'd like to point out the scene in the burial arc where Sanzo was bathing and a monk came in. Perhaps this scene had nothing to do with sexual assault, but I'd like to point out the possibility. Sanzo seriously lost it when the monk saw his naked body. Considering how paranoid Sanzo was back then, I feel like it's possible that Sanzo was afraid the monks would try to do things to him when he's naked and weaponless. It's likely that he just didn't want them to see his scars, but even the scars hold significance to this topic, since they were the result of Sanzo fighting off the bandits who tried to assault him. Then again, he could've just been really tired and irritable from lack of sleep when the monks came into the room.) Even though that one scene in volume 3 of Reload where Sanzo was 13 was the only one that showed attempted rape on Sanzo, I have a feeling that wasn't the only instance where Sanzo was sexually attacked. Even years later the occasional character would make a perverted comment towards the priest (usually including a comment on how feminine Sanzo's face is). There was this one scene, I believe it was in volume 5 of Saiyuki, where a thug in a bar tried to molest Sanzo before Sanzo shoved his gun in his face. I feel like all of these instances are at least reason enough for Sanzo to not be interested in sex with men.

Let's go on to women, shall we? There are rarely any moments where Sanzo goes anywhere close to women. The one and only scene I remember in which Sanzo touches a women is in the part (I believe it was in Reload), where Sanzo is fighting his clone. There's a girl who gets in the way when he's fighting, and he holds her close for one panel as if to protect her, only to shove/kick her aside in the next frame. I can't think of any instances where Sanzo pushed a woman away for trying to flirt with him, but then again, I don't think any women were brave enough to even try. Anyway, Sanzo never shows any sexual interest in women whatsoever (unless I am missing something, in which case I'd like to be informed of this). In the second volume, Sanzo is even teased by Gojyo for not finding the girl they met attractive. I find it hard to imagine Sanzo secretly lusting for any women. And I definitely can't see him secretly having sex with anyone either. To me, he just doesn't seem to have any interest in that kind of physical relationship. Since Sanzo doesn't have any apparent interest in sexual encounters (he's probably asexual), and he blew off the head of anyone who even tried to do anything to him, it seems obvious to me that Sanzo is a virgin. I also think I remember Gojyo calling Sanzo "cherry boy" at one point, but Gojyo always teases Sanzo like that.

Well, that's all I have on the topic for the moment. I hope to hear your comments and opinions on the topic.

Hakkai Stealing Gojyo's Cigarette
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I suddenly had the idea to draw Hakkai smoking his first cigarette. Cigarettes have symbolic meaning in Saiyuki. Here, I decided to draw Hakkai stealing Gojyo’s cigarette when he wasn’t paying attention. Hopefully you can see the surprise in Gojyo’s face. I feel that Hakkai making the choice to start smoking would be symbolic of two things. First, cigarettes are symbolic of Gojyo and Hakkai’s relationship. In their previous lives, Kenren and Tenpou would often smoke while enjoying each other’s company (and I believe they mentioned something about being happiest when they were smoking… or that’s when they feel the most alive). Second, I feel as though Hakkai’s decision to make a change such as this is symbolic of him moving on and no longer dwelling on the past (just as Sanzo’s first cigarette was symbolic of his life going in a new direction).

I hope this picture doesn’t look too sloppy. I finished it fairly quickly, and digital drawing isn’t my forte. I don’t draw these two nearly enough.

I like drawing Gojyo in a white tank top for some reason. And I thought Hakkai would look nice in white, but I decided to make his shirt black for two reasons: 1) I wanted some contrast between their clothes, and black was the best contrast for white, and 2) I feel as though Hakkai wouldn’t feel right wearing white, since white is the color of purity. Black seems to suit his blood-stained past better. As to Gojyo wearing white, I feel as though he is the most “pure” out of the four main guys. Unless I’m mistaken, I don’t believe he has killed as many people. While the other three have histories involving them committing murder, Gojyo’s history is of his mother almost murdering him. For this purpose, he’s the better choice of the two to be wearing white.

This isn’t really relevant for the picture, but I love the fact that their eyes are complimentary colors.

(This was originally posted on my tumblr blog: mariewings493.tumblr.com)
I feel like I should apologize for my badly written description. I really thought I'd be able to describe the symbolism behind this picture better than this, but I suppose my writing skills aren't the best right now.

New to livejournal
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I just recently got a livejournal account, and I really don't know how to use this. I'm guessing not many people go on this website anymore, because of tumblr, but I hope to join some communities and whatnot.

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