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Fell off the posting wagon, oops. I'll do days 13 and 14 later, but today, from [personal profile] skygiants I present: the unwritten Utena crossover I would most like to see!

You did this to me on purpose, didn't you. I can tell.

There's a lot of Utena crossovers that would be really great; I've always wanted to see a Ranma 1/2 crossover where Kodachi and Nanami meet. And there's all kinds of interesting stuff you could do with the Utena movie and things that are either in a totally different genre but similar visually or things that are technically in a similar genre but visually completely different. Even—maybe especially—in a written medium. So stuff like Sailor Moon/Utena would be pretty cool. Actually, the idea of 'student from thing x transfers to Ohtori Academy' is pretty winning all by itself.

But AS I'M SURE YOU, BECCA, ALREADY KNOW my favorite unwritten Utena crossover is the Gokusen one I promised to write you and then never finished because i was in a bad place emotionally to be writing humor at the time.* (It is still in the works, though! How could I not write such gems as 'Shin, grown-up law student, is constantly mistaken for a middle schooler' and 'Yankumi makes up elaborate plan that involves kicking Akio in the face'. How could I deprive myself of that.)

I just adore the idea of Yankumi putting together one of her complicated undercover disguise plans to root out bad stuff going on in a school, and the idea of her going after somebody like Akio is really satisfying. The idea of her vs. Akio specifically is GREAT, because if Akio is vulnerable to anything it is a) really sincere people who can't be seduced or distracted and b) physical attack.

There's also the aspect of Yankumi and Shin as a grown-up team running their own operations, where Shin is either in or just out of law school. They're on their own, without backup, in a very dangerous place—but because of their personalities and history, you'd never have to be too afraid for them. Yankumi is kind of uniquely placed to be able to deal with or avoid the particular pitfalls of Ohtori Gakuen, and while Shin is less so I do feel like the things that would be aimed at him are things he could deal with.

Except for being mistaken for a middle schooler when he's a graduate student disguised as a high schooler. he is not equipped for that.


*I still feel like I'm not quite ready to sit down and write it yet. It's hard for me to be whole-heartedly, genuinely funny—I find that weird dadaist humor that's popular on Tumblr right now to be much easier.


December meme post is here.
esmenet: three-frame .gif of Shin and Yankumi. Shin is in a fundoshi, and Yankumi is staring at him. (shinkumi)
This show gives me all the feelings. ALL OF THEM. I was going to say 'all the good feelings', but then I ran headlong into the crushing despair you get when you're drawing close to the end of a story you love with all your heart and soul. FOUR EPISODES LEFT.

I haven't been this badly gored by the approaching ending of a story since Gokusen. Then again, this show reminds me of Gokusen in a lot of ways. The quirky yet ultimately human and relatable characters! The humour! The main characters who I feel kind of bad about shipping!

Ever since Gokusen (and possibly even before) I haven't been able to resist the (over)enthusiastic hero/cynical-yet-loyal sidekick ship. On the one hand, platonic F/M relationships as the main focus of a story are extremely rare and I should treasure the ones I get like the precious gems that they are. On the other, Yankumi/Shin dynamic! Thus far I am settling this problem by a) shipping them like FedEx, and b) being utterly glad they are not canon.

So, all one of you who has watched this show, tell me what crossovers I need to write once I finish watching it! Everyone else, ask me why you should watch The Middleman, and I will tell you in great detail.

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