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I'm gonna wear a Gengar hat(like I've been doing for the past few days already), and watch horror animes all day and all night. Maybe eat some candy too if we happen to have any since my mom is going grocery shopping tomorrow. There are a few good ones on Netflix and I own Elfen Lied on DVD as well. The rest I can watch online. So far the line-up is like this: Elfen Lied, High School of the Dead, Soul Eater, Deadman Wonderland, probably Another, Death Note, and if there is time, Blue Exorcist. Higurashi Kai has been a bit too non-horror lately.... WHY AREN'T THEY KILLING EACH OTHER ANYMORE?!!?!!! XD
  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Watching: Higurashi Kai (Higurashi season 2 basically)
  • Playing: Pokemon Emerald (on Vizzed.com)
  There was once two little girls who often played in the woods. One was named Sue, and was the younger sister. The other was named Gina. They were very close and rarely left each other's side. Sue was 6 and Gina was 8. The sisters loved wandering through the woods, but were never allowed to play there at night. And for good reason. Their parents had heard of the multiple cases of child disappearances that happened in those woods at night. Their parents may have watched the news, but the children never did. They didn't know about the disappearances....
  One night in Autumn, the children were once again told to come home. They still wanted to play though. However, these two were good children who listened to their parents. So Sue and Gina headed towards their house as the sun was setting. As they got to the edge of the woods, Sue got her foot caught in a tree root and tripped. Naturally Gina went back to help her up and make sure she wasn't hurt. Then the sun set and night had begun to fall upon them. Worried, their parents grabbed a lantern and went looking for them the second it started getting dark. As they entered the woods they immediately found their daughters. But then vines grabbed the two adults by the feet and pulled them further into the woods screaming and struggling against the vines.
  Afraid of losing their mommy and daddy, the girls ran after them in tears. But they couldn't run fast enough and the adults had vanished into the darkness. Scared, sad, and alone in the dark, they just sat there crying for a bit. But Gina thought that they should at least get the lantern that had been dropped by their dad. It was perfectly intact and functioning, so it wasn't hard to find. Gina handed it to her sister to hold as they walked towards the direction they saw their parents dragged in.
  The light cast strange shadows on their surroundings, but they pressed onward. They were still crying a little bit and felt nervous that they'd suffer the same fate. They decided to rest on a fallen log along the way. The elder sister hugged her sibling as she cried, despite being just as scared herself. When Gina looked up, she saw a little boy sitting on a stump, clearly just as afraid as they were. Carrying the lantern, they approached him. When they got close, he turned around suddenly to look at them. His face was horrified, but that was to be expected. What was weird about him was the fact that he had branch-like horns growing from the sides of his head. He jumped up and hugged the two girls and they dropped their lantern in surprise. As it rolled away, in the dim moonlight coming through the trees, they saw the boy's true face, and his true form as well.....a Phantump. He was spiriting them away from the light and into the dark woods. Scared beyond what they thought possible, they screamed in unison and passed out from fright. When they woke, they felt strange, like they were in another body, a much much lighter form and a smaller one as well. Confused and dazed, they looked in front of them and saw two little girls lying lifelessly on the ground. It was them! Even more confused and afraid, they looked at each other and discovered that they were now ghost pokemon! Sue was a Pumpkaboo and Gina a Gourgeist. And then a young boy's voice came from behind them. They turned to face the Phantump that had brought them there. He said "Welcome to your new home. You will not spend eternity here with us in our Forest of Lost Children. We know who you are, and that you know these woods very well. All we ask is that you help us find peace by escaping the forest and returning to our families. Please say hello to the forest guardian and our group's Patriarch, Trevenant."
  A towering figure walks out to greet them, his presence intimidating. He looks upon them ans says "You are now one of us. Your bodies lay there as you can see, but it was not I who killed you. You, much like many of us, had been poisoned by a fearless man who lives in these woods. He is not afraid of ghosts, so our attempts to scare him off have failed time and again. He preys on children, doing unspeakable things and then murdering them. I would know, I am his brother.... Our family was rich and he was greedy. Sure that I would get the money from our fatally-ill father, he killed me in this forest. I don't hold a grudge, but I am worried for his actions. He must be upset and plagued by guilt after learning that the money in the will was meant to be split between him and I as well as given to charity. I do not understand his odd fixation on children, but he is clearly not the same younger brother I had once known...."
  The girls looked again at their deceased bodies and found no signs of any injury nor even a single missing article of clothing. Though dead, it is clear that the man Trevenent spoke of had not found them. That Phantump had saved them front a much more horrible end in fact. The full story was explained by Phil. Phil was the Phantump's name from when he was alive. Apparently he looked horrified because he saw the man approaching them and grabbed them to spirit them away to this unknown part of the woods. That man had already poisoned Sue by placing a root with poisonous thorns near the entrance to these woods. The poison had spread to Gina when she helped her sister up. The poison also spreads into the air if the root is snapped, which tripping over it had done. The poison's effect is what made then fall unconscious and the poison killed them several hours later.
  Now with the help of the forest pokemon and other ghosts, they can help find peace for each other. Knowing how they died was not enough to make them pass on, but now they had a purpose, to help the others as well as say good-bye to their parents who were alive, but had little memory of the events that occurred that night. Being ghosts as well as pokemon, they could not communicate freely with pokemon both ghost and otherwise. This gave them an advantage. Knowing these woods well, they easily located the man's house since it was part of the small area of the woods they had never been to.


THREE YEARS LATER
  It had taken a long time, but most of the ghost pokemon were either at rest or caught by caring trainers whom they could enjoy their eternity alongside. But Sue and Gina had still not helped Trevor, which is what they nicknamed the patriarch, with his brother. Nor themselves with their parents. Phil was also the only other remaining ghost pokemon. They'd found his family.....in the graveyard outside of town. His parents had passed on peacefully and they were gone. Now all that kept him here was a desire to be remembered somehow by the living.
  One day, a strange deer-like pokemon approached them and offered the girls a choice in return for their good deeds and sactifice to pokemonkind: Stay as a Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist to retain communication with pokemon, or be resurrected as they would look had they lived within this forest as humans over these past three years. they had to make a hard decision, but they'd grown up over these three years. So they turned to their friends Trevor and Phil. They promised to tell their stories to the humans and find a way to help Phil be remembered. The goddess of the forest that stood before them, Xerneas, had told them that she'd have to wipe their memories of the spirit world and replace them with false, yet happy, memories of what living in these woods would have them remember. To this condition they asked for one single alteration to that rule......simply give them the memories of seeing what that man has done to report and reform him for Trevor as well as a memory of meeting a young boy named Phil who they befriended and had been killed by that man.
  Xerneas considered this proposal and replied with a smile "I would not be as benevolent a goddess as I claim to be if I did not allow you to finish your mission from death within your new resumed life. Therefore, I grant thee thine wishes for this arrangement. As well as an extra thank you for proving your unselfish humanity." And with a loud melodic cry, Sue and Gina transformed into a couple of forest-dwelling human girls, dressed in clothing of leaves and vines. Still looking upon Xerneas' beautiful form they stand stunned as she canters away into the woods. Then they hear a couple of amazed gasps to their right...
  Looking to that direction they see a weak-looking man and his pregnant wife holding flowers while looking at the girls in awe. They look back in equal surprise. None of them speaks or even moves for a few seconds until Sue breaks the silence by saying "Mommy? Daddy? Did you miss us? We always missed you!" And with tears of joy in their eyes, the girls hug their parents joyfully a they do the same as well.
  Then Gina asks one more question before they go home...."Mom, have you already chosen a name for your baby? Because if it is a boy, you should name him Phil!" Looking at her daughter's smiling innocent face she says "Of course we can name him that. Great idea! Now girls, let's all go home together!" As they walk their father turns to Gina and says "You two must have learned a lot of survivalist stuff, you're gonna have to tell me some stories when we get back! Who knew you could learn to hunt on your own at age 11! I'm proud of you two!" That reminded them of something.

ONE YEAR LATER, LOCAL PRISON
  "I know I've done many unspeakable things brother, but I feel somewhat relieved now that I can atone for my sins. If only you could hear my prayers Trevor, you would see that your lost brother has found his way. But I cannot return home until my time is up, I deserve this punishment for my cruelty and greed. I miss you so much brother.... May you rest in peace." The prisoner returns to his cell with the rest of them and tries to sleep that night.
  While he sleeps, he dreams that he is in that forest where a Trevenent looks down upon him with worry in his single eye. He speaks to the man and says "I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive.... But I will always wish for your happiness. When this trial of suffering you rightly deserve is done, you will be glad to know that your brother is watching over you, from the dark corners of the forest, he shall protect you from straying further from the path of righteousness. Because brother, you deserve to be happy simply because you can live for us both. I wish you luck on your road to redemption dear brother...." He suddenly jolts awake and whispers the name of his brother while remembering the dream very clearly. He sheds a few tears and goes back to sleep.
How Lost Souls Find Their Place
I just wanted to do a Halloween-themed fanfic story, but not make it depressing or scary or anything. Just a story of how even the dead can touch the lives of the living and perhaps be rewarded in some way. I believe in ghosts, but I also believe that not all ghost are bad or vengeful, simply lost and stuck on Earth until they find their place....
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Does anyone else watch The Dex on Youtube? If so, their latest episode is on a pokemon I've been ranting about for a while now....Lapras. Finally, its plight is being addressed! But I had nothing to do with them choosing Lapras for the latest episode. They just did, and it so happened that I had been talking about their sad fate. Here is the video if you want to watch it.: 

SAVE THE LAPRAS!!!!!! NO QUESTIONS! JUST DO IT! XD
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Higurashi Kai (Higurashi season 2 basically)
  • Playing: Katawa Shoujo
I like visual novel games. So, when I heard about this one called Katawa Shoujo, I wanted to look into it a bit. The premise is......intriguing I guess you can say. At least to me it seemed like that. It is basically a dating sim sort of thing. I'll say this now to get it out of the way: It involves adult content, but that can be turned off in Options. Not sure how it turns it off(does it censor it, exclude the image but not the text, ect.), I haven't used the option. Before anyone judges me about it, it was(at least partially) because I wanted to see the game in its entirety, bad endings and all. Yes it involves sex, but those scenes don't come up until later into each path(except Shizune, where there is one in Act 2, but nothing explicit is visible since apparently it is covered by her dress.). Now that that is out of the way, I'll tell you a bit about it.

   It is about a guy named Hisao Nikai who discovers that he has Arrythmia, a heart condition that is rare but serious. Upon hearing that a girl he liked loved him back, his abnormal heartbeat quickened to the point of giving him a heart attack. So after some time in the hospital, he is sent to this school called Yamaku Academy, a highschool for disabled students. While there he meets 8 students that will be recurring characters across all paths. One of them is your "friend" who lives in the dormroom next to yours. Another is an older university student who works at the school part-time but occasionally offers advice. However, only 5 of the girls actually have their own paths towards falling in love with you.
   It isn't so much about making them love you, as it is more like just going through the natural process of getting to know them, meeting people they are associated with, and letting events unfold. Of course, there are some choices along the way that dictate certain scenes, events, and story progression. There is three types of endings for each of the paths: good, neutral, and bad. Now here is a bit about each of the girls(excluding Yuuko, the university student):

Shizune- Very smart and sometimes kind of mean, everything is a game to her and she plays to win. She is the student council president. Despite being deaf and not able to speak, she can still get her insults out just as easily through her friend Misha.

Misha- She is Shizune's interpreter and is the excitable girly girl that is always happy. Also a member of the student council and rarely seen away from Shizune's side. She has no disability, and no individual path. Can be a bit of an airhead, but funny.

Hanako- Extremely shy and scared of crowds in general thanks to the obvious scarring of being a burn victim. Apart from her scars, imo she is very cute. Loves to read. She clings dearly to her best friend, Lily.

Lily- Very prim and proper. Her calm and kind demeanor are one of the reasons why Hanako is so attached to her. Another is the fact that she is blind. Very independant, but enjoys having company. Drinks tea quite often.

Emi- Token loli character. Part of the Track Team and loves to run despite having to do so on prosthetic legs. Sometimes doesn't watch where she's going. Her friendship with Rin is an example of how opposites attract in more ways than one.

Rin- An artsy girl who paints with her feet since she has short stump arms. Always seems to have her head in the clouds. Very confusing to talk to, as well as alluringly mysterious. Occasionally makes sexual references.

   I have finished 3 of the 5 paths so far. The one I'm currently doing is Lily's. I'm going through them by how much I liked them from the first meetings. So it is going Hanako, Shizune, Rin, Lily, and finally Emi. The game is free to download and is translated to English quite well. It has very nice music and a few animated scenes. A lot of CG and hand-painted images are stored in a sort of collection in the Extras part of the menu as well as the music and other stuff. 
   I've been playing it more than anything for the last week or so. That's why I haven't been on too often. I'm also watchin g the second season of Higurashi as well. Btw, the title of this journal is Bandaged Heart because that is the symbol used for the game, a heart with a couple of bandages on it.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Higurashi Kai (Higurashi season 2 basically)
  • Playing: Katawa Shoujo
Mega Steelix looks even cooler than before! How awesome can he get?! XD And Mega Glalie, I was hoping for this one. I KNEW they'd give him a beard of some sort! Especially after they gave one to Mega Aerodactyl. I'm quite glad to see that they went back to making awesome ones more awesome. The last few were great, but the pokemon chosen were a bit random in some cases. I just hope they don't keep making so many legendary Megas. Those pokemon are already overpowered as it is! I'm trying to think of another one that is awesome that I think they should do a Mega for(besides Lapras of course...). One that looks awesome usually, but could be even better.... One that is great in battle but not already at a point that makes them on par with a legendary. One that is used and mentioned sometimes, but not as often anymore..... Gliscor. Or maybe Zangoose. 

But if they want another random pick to make mega, they should go with Tropius. He deserves it! He has potential, I've known that since the moment I saw him. But he is too vulnerable in his current state. Ice is murder, Fire is a big problem thanks to the abundance of Fire-types, Flying is sad since he is Flying himself, Poison is also super effective with the chance to poison if he survives, and Rock is not so bad as long as you are careful. And moves like Ice Fang can be troublesome too since so many pokemon can learn it. I don't know what ability or type change could help it and still make sense except for maybe Thick Fat if the Mega was more brontosaurus-like. But since Mega Venasaur has that I doubt they'd use it for him.... It's a shame, it could be much more useful to Tropius than to Venasaur..... Maybe if they changed one of his types, but I don't know what they could do with that. Besides, the only thing I could think of that they could use in the appearance change would be to make a lot of bananas form a beard and make him look sage-like. He is just one of those forgettable pokemon that isn't used often and isn't great when he is. But there is just so much potential... I'm just not sure how they could bring it out. But they did it with Lopunny, so why wouldn't they be able to do it with Tropius?

Sorry if this got too much like a rant. ^^;
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Higurashi Kai (Higurashi season 2 basically)
  • Playing: Katawa Shoujo

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Joshua Snow
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I have very little skills with art in general. Although, I am not too bad at writing poetry. My emotions need to be expressed and it is a great way to do it. Seeing the final product of working on a poem that I wrote always takes me out of the bad mood the poem was most likely based on. There are many different sides to me. Good and bad. I hope people will appreciate the better ones.

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Current Residence: MA, United States of America
Favourite genre of music: I either like the song or don't, category doesn't matter
Favourite style of art: Anime, anything awesome or interesting
Operating System: Windows XP (I think...)
Favourite cartoon character: Most of the characters from Adventure Time
Personal Quote: Reality is boring, that's why I love anime.
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I'm gonna wear a Gengar hat(like I've been doing for the past few days already), and watch horror animes all day and all night. Maybe eat some candy too if we happen to have any since my mom is going grocery shopping tomorrow. There are a few good ones on Netflix and I own Elfen Lied on DVD as well. The rest I can watch online. So far the line-up is like this: Elfen Lied, High School of the Dead, Soul Eater, Deadman Wonderland, probably Another, Death Note, and if there is time, Blue Exorcist. Higurashi Kai has been a bit too non-horror lately.... WHY AREN'T THEY KILLING EACH OTHER ANYMORE?!!?!!! XD
  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Watching: Higurashi Kai (Higurashi season 2 basically)
  • Playing: Pokemon Emerald (on Vizzed.com)

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Bysc Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconmugi-sugokuiiplz: :iconmahfeelzplz:Thank you very much for the Watch! :iconakirakogamiplz:
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snowjoe72 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
You're welcome! I'm glad that there is another guy who appreciates cute anime stuff like I do. :) Btw, since you have one of the characters in the message you sent, you've probably see it.... But if not, if you want to watch an adorable Lucky Star-esque anime with an innocent yuri twist to it, you should watch Yuru Yuri. 
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Bysc Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't watch it, But I'll look up for it ^-^ :iconhappygrinneplz:
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snowjoe72 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
It's funny and adorable! :)
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Vanegasphotographer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Time without been around here :'D
How are you,huh?
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snowjoe72 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I've been okay, my computer had completely stopped working, I got a new Zelda-themed Wii U(deluxe package) because of the disc-read errors of my first one, I've watched a few more animes, and I will be getting my new laptpp later today.

I don't know how long it has been, so you probably knew a few of those things already.... But there are probably more things that I forgot to mention..... How have you been though?
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Vanegasphotographer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you asked some one to Help You fix Your computer? That would probably help C:
Cool, I've stopped watching animes Because Of school And things like that. I've Also started to read more books. You Know, its always Good to step into a good Reading some time,huh? :'3 So yeah, I've Been fine. I'm glad You Are too.
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snowjoe72 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I FINALLY GOT A NEW COMPUTER!!!!!!! This was one of the first sites I went on once everything was set up. And btw, the problem with my last one was that the disc drive was broken. It was an internal problem, therefore had to be repaired. Repairing it would've costed more than what I paid for this shiny new laptop.

The only books I read these days are manga.....^^; But I do have some non-manga books I've read too.
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AugustOfMidnight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, so you won't believe this, I finally encountered a wild shiny of my own! It's an Aipom, and the best part is, about 20 minutes ago I encounted shiny MAGMAR. Modest with H/A, two perfect IV's, and superior overall potential. :) Friend safari is SO good for shiny hunting.
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snowjoe72 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I told you it was great! I did tell you about the Nincada and Pyroar shinies I got there right? Technically the Nincada counted as two since it only needed one level-up to evolve into 2 pokemon at once, both shiny of course. Also don't forget about the higher probability of hidden abilities. A shiny female Braixen with a beneficial nature and the hidden ability Magician would be amazingly useful in online battles! It will let you steal an item without using a move! Teach it the trusty Flamethrower or Mystical Fire signature move plus Shadow Ball for type-coverage and maybe Drain Punch for a bit of healing as well as taking out pesky Rock or Dark types. To top it off teach it one more move that can confuse or boost stats. Or if you are worried about status conditions, Facade is a great move to have as well. Since Flamethrower has a chance of burning, you probably won't need to inflict a condition with a status move such as Will-o-Wisp.

With all that on a Delphox, you'll have a near perfect one in my opinion! As long as you also Super Train the right stats and don't give it an item anyway. A lot goes into training, breeding, and stuff like that if you want to play competitively. I try to use my own style as well as using some competitive tactics too. So I'd love to have something like that, except I wouldn't worry too much about getting great stats as long as the ones it has are good enough. I also don't use many status moves either.
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