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01 April 2010 @ 06:54 pm
Title: Ripples
Focus: Tamura Reiko from Parasyte
Owner: Todd (yeerk)
URL: http://nightbringer.net/reiko/

You should visit this shrine because... I didn't mean to go for two Girl Mode shrines in a row, but so many fantastic dedications were made for the project that I'm just getting around to enjoying them all now. Todd doesn't have a background in anime/manga fan sites, but as a first foray into this world, "Ripples" is proof that a dedication to an obscure series can still be just as fulfilling as one to a more mainstream character/title. Parasyte, while having been available in English through two separate publishers for many years, is still a fringe manga title. The character Todd focuses on, Tamura Reiko, is an engaging anomaly. Rather than a human dealing with the parasitic invaders, Reiko is herself a parasite and Todd delves into her story with a comprehensive assortment of articles and essays. Is Reiko perfect? Not by any means, which is where Todd's desire to probe the depths of her inhuman mind really comes into its own. Her story is not a happy one, but it's certainly one worth exploring.

Sections like "Series" and "Parasites" give very accessible information about Parasyte and its scenario. While it is generally helpful to have an understanding of a series when exploring fan sites, Todd has really made "Ripples" accessible to anyone with a desire to learn. You won't get left behind with these articles if you don't own the manga, it's very much the kind of shrine that makes you want to pick the series up if you haven't already. Todd is passionate about Reiko/Parasyte and his enthusiasm is contagious!

"Ripples" challenges its visitors to rethink preconceived notions about humanity, while at the same time inviting them to explore a relatively unknown world. Todd should be commended for tackling his first manga project with genuine passion and finesse.

Highlight: "Mother" which deals with the absolute core of Reiko's character in an expressive and personal style.
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: Apples In Stereo - Told You Once
19 February 2010 @ 02:17 pm
Title: No Quarter
Focus: Anna Milton from Supernatural
Owner: Barbara (monophobia)
URL: http://anna.persephone.nu/

You should visit this shrine because... Supernatural isn't exactly known for its expansive female cast, nor indeed for its variety of fansites online. Barbara tackles both of these issues head-on with her delightful dedication to Anna, a character introduced in the fourth season of the series. Anna's story is complicated (despite her status as a fairly secondary character) but Barbara never shies away from the complexities that make this woman whole.

In engaging articles like "Full of grace" and "Go your own way", Anna's various lives and interactions are dissected in a manner that will leaving you longing for more. Barbara's writing flows beautifully and you are never left feeling as though you've digested anything dry. There is a fluidity to the content here, a lightness mixed with depth that makes for a very enjoyable experience indeed.

There aren't a whole lot of shrines dedicated to television characters online, but Barbara fights the good fight with "No Quarter". She manages to both represent and endear a wonderful secondary character to her audience through an articulate break-down of Anna's personality and role. Just lovely.

Highlight: "Heavenly host" because damn, the Supernatural angels/mythological angels issue is an interesting one!
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: Rats With Wings - Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran Cover)
27 January 2010 @ 10:17 pm
Title: Tears of Sunlight
Focus: Kuronuma Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke
Owner: Teri (pistacchios)
URL: http://sawako.paper-clouds.org

You should visit this shrine because...: Tears of Sunlight is a wonderful fan tribute to Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke, a lightheard shoujo love story/drama series. Sawako might seem like a simple person on the surface, but she is actually quite complicated and misunderstood. Teri takes the reader through a delightful journey what are the "facts" of the series as well as her own interpretation of said facts. By the end, you're left wondering what else there is to know about Sawako. If you haven't read or watched the series, Tears of Sunlight will make you want to. This shrine will hook you in and you'll want to see Sawako in action for yourself, for sure!

Highlight: The "relationships" section was the most captivating. A person isn't complete without the interactions he/she has with others. The essay section ("within the girl") is also a nice treat, with Teri's personal commentary on Sawako.
17 January 2010 @ 11:08 pm
Title: Save The Queen
Focus: Quistis Trepe from Final Fantasy VIII
Owner: Tamisa (carbon)
URL: http://limit-break.net/quistis/

You should visit this shrine because... There are very few dedications to the lovely Quistis Trepe left online from the golden days of Final Fantasy VIII. Thankfully, "Save The Queen" still stands in all its glory. Tamisa gives Quistis a fantastic dedication, one which fans and non-fans alike should find engaging.

At "Save The Queen", Quistis is presented as an upwardly motivated young woman, with both passion and ability in her SeeD career. Tamisa writes positively about these characteristics, but acknowledges equally the character's shortcomings and growth through out the game. This is what makes "Save The Queen" such an enjoyable dedication. Tamisa absolutely revels in the various paradoxes that define Quistis. The articles housed at "Save The Queen" express this complexity in a manner that simply bewitches. Once you start reading this site, you'll find it difficult to stop.

All and all, "Save The Queen" is one of the most compelling Final Fantasy VIII dedications available. It is a site I would not hesitate in recommending to others, regardless of their familiarity with the game itself. Tamisa covers all things Quistis (gameplay and in-depth delights) with genuine affection for the character and her role in the series. Lovely.

Highlight: "Training Center", which deftly covers a defining moment in the character's progression. I also rather enjoyed the gameplay section, probably because it's been so long since I've looked at the game I'd almost forgotten how to play Triple Triad.

Additional: My apologies for the lack of recs here lately, my life is quite hectic at present. I will try to post recs more regularly in the future. Cheers!
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Franz Ferdinand - Twilight Omens
14 November 2009 @ 12:22 am
Title: Drift
Focus: Roxas from Kingdom Hearts series
Owner: Chrissy (ashe)
URL: http://roxas.reflera.org/

You should visit this shrine because... It shocks me somewhat that we haven't covered a Kingdom Hearts dedication here before! The fandom certainly doesn't lack solid sites, but only this particular shrine really piqued my interest. "Drift" is Chrisy's exquisite dedication to Roxas, the mysterious youngster whose "light shines as bright as the setting sun". From the offset Chrissy has captured the beauty, isolation, and confusion of the character in her breath-taking layout. A little difficult to read on larger monitors, the design nonetheless adds to the shrine's content rather than distracts.

And my, what content this shrine has.

Chrissy takes the time to cover all bases in detail, but always manages to enliven her content with a wry remark or an interesting tid-bit. Even something as simple as a "Name" section comes to life with both fact and opinion, interwoven to form an engaging piece of text. Roxas's story is expressed in a compelling manner in the various subsections of "Chronicle" (though to discuss them in any detail would be a little too telling). Chrissy's attention to detail and frank approach to her subject matter are delightfully apparent in the relationship section of the shrine, where she exposes the nuances of Roxas's interaction with others.

While the media section has room for growth (at present it is limited to streaming music and a single scan), with the release of 358/2 Days there's little doubt that media additions are on the horizon. It is in the lovingly constructed written content however, that both Chrissy and her character of choice shine. I found it difficult to resist getting swept up in Roxas's emotional journey as I pawed through the various sections, each more enjoyable than the last. Overall, "Drift" is moving shrine experience.

Highlight: "Voice". As much as I enjoyed the sections that tugged on my heartstrings, who can resist the pull of laughing at Jesse McCartney?

Additional: This week marks the second birthday of Rainy Monday. I honestly can't believe we started posted recs here two long years ago. Thank you all for your support, particularly visitors (for helping this blog grow) and site owners (for giving us such wonderful dedications to visit). Here's hoping we can continue to post here for some time to come. Thanks xoxo.
Current Mood: exanimate
Current Music: Robbers On High Street - The Fatalist