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art: Fuukatei August 25, 2008

Posted by chiisai_hana in : doujinshi , trackback

I can still remember when I learned about doujinshi. It was back in the good old days of Gundam Wing, when I was finally reaching out past dubbed anime and getting acquainted with ‘fandom’. At the time, doujinshi was a new concept for a lot of my online friends and I ended up introducing most of them to it. Now, doujinshi is popular and its availability online has made it easier for me to indulge in the hobby (both in scanned and hardcopy form).

One of my long-time favourite artists has been ふうか亭. Their 2003 Gundam Seed release Cosmopolitian was one of my first doujinshi purchases; they’re also now the circle I own the most books of. There has been a nice improvement in Ryo Yazaki’s art in the past five years, and the latest Code Geass books are gorgeous. Yet Fuukatei hasn’t reached the same popularity among English-speaking fans as other suzalulu circles, such as Cou or Dalc Rose, have. It’s a shame really, because they have so many books released and their stories are begging for translations. While a lot of yaoi Geass doujinshi will have a dark, angsty approach, Fuukatei’s books seem to multiply the effect. In a lot of their books, for example, Suzaku often looks down right evil and it really makes me wish I had a better grasp on the text.

The circle’s latest releases have been an anthology of their suzalulu stories, and a short Rolo book. I haven’t convinced myself to buy the anthology yet, but the Rolo book is my latest purchase. The story deals with Rolo’s conflicting emotions about playing the role of Lelouch’s brother; it ends with a confrontation with Suzaku, who seems to doubt Rolo’s ability to carry out his mission.


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