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18 August 2009 @ 21:58

I rewatched the first episode just now (That would be the Nagasaki arc, where I just spent the weekend) and I'm going crazy about it. I said that it made Nagasaki seem magical and amazing, but what I didn't realise was that *every* *single* *location* really exists in Nagasaki. Also, Konoe asks Tsuzuki to buy castella, which was almost completely edited out of the fansubs I watched all those years ago. In fact, a lot of things were.

But wait, there's more...! I maded you a map!

Locations in Yami no Matsuei ep1

That's probably the sound of WAY TOO MUCH fannish effort being expended, but I had fun trying to remember where everything was.

Here's another view of Nagasaki (with some great photographs, even if I do say so myself!):

Spam From Japan: The Ruins of Gunkanjima

And a random post about Japanese words being used in English conversation:

Random Japanese words
It´s all about passion.mishi_chan on 18th August 2009 15:27 (UTC)
I read the manga! Like it a lot!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2009 15:30 (UTC)
Yeah, so did I. I didn't realise how much cultural-specific information it had in it. Need to reread it, I think!
r e i: oriya_advisoryrei_desu on 18th August 2009 16:05 (UTC)
YnM holds the distinction of being THE anime and manga series that got me hooked onto all things Japanese. I loved (and still do) how it blended the supernatural, culture and shounen-ai into one very entertaining package. It still kills me that the manga's been abandoned D:
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2009 16:09 (UTC)
Yeah, that's really what kills my interest in it. There's unwritten, never-to-be-written backstory.
indelicate ink: schwarz fabulousindelicateink on 18th August 2009 16:34 (UTC)
This map is AWESOME. It really makes me want to come to Japan and go to all these locations! *saves* Must rewatch now.

Thank you!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2009 16:36 (UTC)
Thanks! You know, it wouldn't be too hard to make one for Weiss Kreuz. *lightbulb* I have to watch that again. It's been (literally) YEARS...
indelicate ink: schwarz all your baseindelicateink on 18th August 2009 16:41 (UTC)
Oooh, a WK map would be wicked! :D
Owenkidboomerang on 19th August 2009 05:50 (UTC)
There was a Weiss map! In one of the fanbooks! I can find it and scan it for you! =P

Also: We might get internets soon!
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:05 (UTC)
It was All That Weiss and I have it, so it's okay. I actually brought it to Japan, believe it or not.

Great! Look forward to talking to you on AIM, or at least more posts. :P
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 18th August 2009 16:51 (UTC)
The anime is even more decadent than the manga due to delicious voice actors, colours, and spooky music^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:08 (UTC)
I liked the manga more for the plotline, but the anime wins for atmosphere.
Thomas Vye: Shigurui Gatesthomasvye on 18th August 2009 17:26 (UTC)
Noein, which was set in the port of Hakodate, features many real world locations too, especially the cable car up the mountain and famous view over the bay. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:10 (UTC)
Really? I never watched that anime, but I want to go to Hakodate. I bet you could make a really interesting map of historic locations in Japan.
athena: arima no mikoathena8 on 18th August 2009 17:31 (UTC)
Cool map! YnM was really great, though regretfully unfinished...

Actually, there was a map in the back of All That Weiss. I don't remember how detailed it was though.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:13 (UTC)
Yeah, that's the problem with it. There's so much backstory we'll never know.

Yeah, I have it with me. Tokyo was pretty detailed, but the rest of Japan (and the Philippines?) were just city names. Sendai is somewhere I've always wanted to go just because of WK.
Taylestayles on 18th August 2009 19:21 (UTC)
Ooh, interesting to know. And I enjoyed the map. Been meaning to rewatch Yami for ages (because Hisoka's such a cutie, and really reminds me of Ciel XD).

And now I want castella :/
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:15 (UTC)
There's so much cake in Yami no Matsuei, and now I know they were using identifiable shops...
Iczer6iczer6 on 18th August 2009 20:23 (UTC)
I liked the manga but the anime seemed more a long love letter to Muraki and intent on negelcting every character that wasn't him.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:31 (UTC)
They also seemed very Tsuzuki/Hisoka focus, which I didn't like much. Love the anime simply because of the atmosphere. Having said that, it's one of the few anime/manga where I actually prefer the good guys.
Iczer6iczer6 on 19th August 2009 07:01 (UTC)
I thought they were pushing Tsuzuki/Muraki far more but I haven't seen it in years.
amelia cavendish: motive_icons tsuzuki lieyami_tai on 18th August 2009 21:17 (UTC)

I do actually! I have a total craving for watching the anime again now, or maybe reading the manga...

Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:41 (UTC)
I recommend it! Just hearing the opening theme and monologue is fantastic.
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 19th August 2009 01:00 (UTC)
I never saw / read it! Oooh, something to go check out.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:45 (UTC)
You should! Definitely worth it.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 19th August 2009 01:18 (UTC)
...damnit now I have to go dig up the manga somewhere. It was one of my first loves, but I couldn't read it at the time XDD
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th August 2009 06:47 (UTC)
It was probably my second, after WK. I want to reread it myself. It has SO much cultural information in it -- even the cherry trees surrounding Meifu are relevant!