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PostSubject: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   23rd July 2011, 10:32 am

Well, OK, I'm not always that shy. But Hi, I'm Toft. I'm in my mid 20s and I live in Sweden. I'm really, really queer, tentatively identified as a lady, and came to Sailor Moon via a kind of roundabout route through 70s shojo, which is really my first anime/manga love. (I'm afraid I've been into anime & manga for a long time but never thought Sailor Moon would be my kind of thing. I have learnt better. But this does mean I came to the series really recently!)

Not completely surprisingly considering the above, I'm in it above all for Haruka and Michiru. Also for ladies doing it for themselves and the Starlights being delightfully confused & confusing. I spend a lot of my fandom time on a) gender-based/queer/feminist analysis of stuff I like and b) coming up with really strange fic ideas (and occasionally writing them).


I've watched the anime and read parts of the manga, although mostly to pick up outer senshi canon; I'm saving the rest for the re-release, which I'm super excited about!


It's been ages since I was really active in any fandom, but I thought I should give it a shot with Sailor Moon, so here I am, feeling rather nervous. (You can also find me as Tofsla on both Dreamwidth and Archive of our Own, where I'm feeling equally wobbly - hopefully I'll find my feet soon!)
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   23rd July 2011, 11:53 am

Oh no need to be shy what so ever!! Smile We are all extremely friendly and would love to make friends with you!

It's so wonderful to see more variety in our members!

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   23rd July 2011, 12:34 pm

Thank you! Glad to hear it! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   23rd July 2011, 12:37 pm

It is wonderful to meet you, Toft! I must say, I absolutely adore your name. It is such a fanciful word to say. Smile

I am glad that you decided to join our little abode! And do be sure to jump right into the threads -- you do not need to be any kind of Sailor Moon scholar to participate. ^^

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   23rd July 2011, 12:46 pm

Hi! Smile It's actually the name of a character from one of Tove Jansson's moomin books - a little creature that dreams things so hard they become real. (Or it's the name of a part of a boat in more general Swedish use.)

Just as well! Very Happy I really got around to Sailor Moon when I was researching a presentation on much earlier shojo and wanted to throw in some examples of things it'd influenced other than the blindingly obvious (AKA Utena). And then I met Sailor Moon and we've been getting along fine since!
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 12:11 pm

Hallå. Welcome to the forum Toft. No need to be shy, you're among friends. I, myself, am trying to get into older shoujo anime but I'm having a hard time since the animation styles are so different from those of the 90's and 2000's. I wanted to watch The Rose of Versailles but I've only managed to watch the first episode. I'm sure you've heard of the series since you're into 70's shoujo. My favorite character is Michiru and I absolutely love the relationship she has with Haruka. Just like you, I'm waiting for the manga to be re-released so I'll have the opportunity to read the manga in it's entirety. I'm also interested in the areas of gender/sexuality/feminism, so it seems that we have a lot in common. I also saw that you mentioned Utena. I just recently finished watching the series and the anime and I love the show. My favorite character is Juri. Did you have a favorite character? Well it's nice meeting you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you post around the forum.

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 12:39 pm

Hej hej! So cool! Nice to mee you. Smile

Rose of Versailles is one of my all-time favourites, so I'm duty-bound to say that you really should give yourself a chance to get used to the (lack of) animation! Oscar is basically my personal hero. You can also check out manga from that period, but while 70s anime tends to be really slowly-paced the manga tends to go so fast that there's probably some adjustment needed there too. There are some really brilliant stories around from the 70s, though. And I totally grew to love the style, after some initial confusion.

My love for Utena is deep but pretty complicated? I guess I have a hard time picking favourite characters, though I think Utena and Anthy are pretty awesome. Juri is definitely high on my list as well. Everyone else I think is interesting but don't really love, or something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 12:48 pm

LOL It sure does lack animation but I won't be quick to give the series up. I might watch another here in a minute. If the anime fails, I'll be sure to try reading the manga though. I love Juri the most since I think she had the most dramatic background story. I also liked Miki. Utena and Anthy were great as well. All the characters were interesting. I think I should make an Utena thread here in a minute. LOL.

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 12:58 pm

It's also worth noting that the anime changes director and picks up speed somewhere around 18 episodes in, and the style gets a lot better with that. It's something I go back to often, but usually just the second half...
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 1:00 pm

Good to know I'll keep that in mind if I reach episode 18 xD

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   25th July 2011, 3:21 pm

So happy to have another old shoujo fan here ; Versailles no bara especially hold a great place in my heart.
Oscar!... (Add Haruka and Utena, and you get an idea of my ideal female characters.)

A bit late, but welcome here Toft!
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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   26th July 2011, 1:24 am

Sounds like your taste in characters is pretty similar to mine. *laughs*

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   27th July 2011, 9:19 am

I'm very sorry I'm late, but welcome!

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PostSubject: Re: A shy little toft (which is really the only kind) creeping in   27th July 2011, 11:02 am

Thank you! Very Happy
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