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Viggo Mortensen promotes his film A la Triste in...Wings?! 
18th-Jan-2009 12:31 pm
Mortensen was the last person I was ever expecting to land a feature in the February 2009 issue of Wings. The highest profile people the magazine ever seems to get on a regular basis are TV actors and seiyuu doing anime- or CD drama-related dreck.

But why does the feature's photograph make me giggle? It's gotta be the bemused look on the guy's face:

"I can't read this crap for shit...but I'll humor you."

Too bad, really, that the cover artist (Tsuda Mikiyo) gracing the issue he's holding never did Lord of the Rings yaoi doujinshi. Now that would have been an image for the ages! XD
18th-Jan-2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
18th-Jan-2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
This is batshit. And awesome. And the fruits of globalization. Hooray!
18th-Jan-2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
And the fruits of globalization.

Wings has one of the more interesting perspectives on global content of the all the shoujo manga mags. I mean, it's been serializing licensed Korean content for years now...
18th-Jan-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, and don't knock drama CDs. They're not all dreck. ^_^ The Young Magician ones, although flawed, were still better than I was expecting and loads of fun.
18th-Jan-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
My patience for CD drama-related voice acting is typically even shorter than my patience for anime voice acting...and I'm allowed to knock all I want!!! *bwa ha ha ha ha*

Seriously, though. Seiyuu fandom just grates on my nerves, and "dreck" refers to the Wings articles themselves, anyway.
18th-Jan-2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: seiyuu fandom, we're--er, I mean THEY'RE not all that bad. I will agree that there are few things worse than a terribly acted drama CD...and some of the one-shot CDs they release based on long series are stupid original comedies that aren't funny. CDs based off actual manga chapters are usually much, much better.

Actually, BL lends itself better to the drama CD format than just about anything...most stories are complete in one volume (and thus one CD), the dialogue is where all the action is, and the same dozen or so seiyuu do the vast majority of the roles and thus have gotten the skill down to a science. Also, audio BL sex scenes = pure hilarity.
18th-Jan-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh God, don't get me STARTED on BL drama CDs. There has not yet been one that I've been able to listen to all the way through...I must've given up circa 2003. ^^;;; Every time I tried, my eyes would start rolling, and I'd end up hitting stop in disgust. ^^;;;

I remember listening to some CLAMP-related drama CDs back in the day (like Tokyo Babylon), but I ended up only liking the music. Really, if it's just retelling the manga, I'd rather read the manga. From a cultural standpoint, how Japanese people think characters should sound isn't hope I think characters should sound...so the effect ends up feeling viscerally jarring.
18th-Jan-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm...if you can brave one more, I really, really liked Kotonoha no Hana, which only came out a few months ago...genuinely sweet BL and more understated than the usual. Daisuke Ono x Hiroshi Kamiya, http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PLTMJU3W
18th-Jan-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

Only for you. ^_~
18th-Jan-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but the look on his face says 'I'm going to kill my publicist when I get out of this photoshoot.'
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