Tokyo Vice

So I got the book for Christmas. It’s already finished, therefore passing the “it’s a page-turner” test. It’s given me much food for thought on several matters, including my J.E.T. Program application, my carreer path thus far, and–just to bring this post more in tone with the blog (not that my nonexistent readership would care)–how I plan to portray the Japanese Foot Clan in my stories. For one, it’s lowered my opinion of Karai considerably.

But anyways…

All in all, it’s a good read. It starts out funny and light, with plenty of “oh, Japan, you’re so weird” moments, before heading into “Really, Japan? Really?” territory, and finally into “you suck in so many different ways, Japan”. Granted, the account is anything but umbiased, but it confirms a lot of misgivings about the country–not enough to stop me from going there, but enough for my desire to improve things to kick in. Unfortunately, I am in no way equipped to effect large-scale change, or even small-scale change. However, I’m now interested in checking out Polaris Project Japan, to see if I can help out in some way while I’m there–maybe they need Spanish speakers. If I’m chosen, of course.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Tokyo Vice is the autobiographical account of author Jake Adelstein’s tenure as the only American reporter to work for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, and whose work often took him to Japan’s underworld. The Daily Show has an interview with Adelstein here.



Goliath and Leo, looking all leadery.

First things first: I’m a huge fan of both Disney’s Gargoyles and 4Kids’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ‘toons.  Given the crapload of similarities between them–moreso, even, than one usually expects from shows in the same genre–I sort of consider one to be the spiritual successor or the other.  It also became the most natural thing in the world to try to cross them over. This is where I try to do so.

Unlike the usual crossover fanfic, part of the aim of this project is to intertwine both properties as seamlessly as possible–which means, that among other things, I have to explain stuff like why the Gargoyles aren’t around in 2003 (aside from the obvious) and appearance of the pyramid/Eye of Providence iconography is used by both the Illuminati and in C.F. Volpehart’s (TMNT, “The Darkness Within”) mansion.  It also means that anything canon remains canon–the Gargoyles had their canon adventures from 1994 to 1997, while the turtles had theirs from 2003 to 2009.  Why do it this way?  Cause the restrictions make it more fun.  It also means that you’ll have to be familiar with both stories in order to make sense of it all–if you’re a TMNT fan who knows nothing about Gargoyles, watch it–I’ll wait.  If you’re a Gargoyles fan who knows nothing about the TMNT…ditto.  It’s worth it.

The first fic, which I intend to post soon-ish, will be titled “Lies”, and features everyone’s favorite little conflicted ninja girl, Karai.  Read and comment, ‘kay?

Legal stuff: Gargoyles and related characters are trademarks of Disney Enterprises, Inc., and was created by Greg Weisman and a host of other talented people. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc., and were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.    No copyright infringement is intended.

Finally, credit where credit is due time: the image above was photoshopped from official art from both series.  Leonardo is, I believe, by TMNT character designed Adrian Barrios, while I think Goliath is by Greg Guler.  I’m also pretty certain the background is by Keith Conroy.  If anybody knows for sure, I’d appreciate the confirmation/correction.  Thanks!