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04 January 2009 @ 03:05 pm
Near Day  
Yes, it's Near Day at last.

We've been waiting for Near Day since November twenty-seventh-or-so.

If you're not a Death Note loser fan, you should probably run screaming in the other direction... now.

*Spoilarz Liek Whoa*

It's strange to me that a lot of people hate Near. (I also ran into a Mello/Near girl the other day who rants about how Matt doesn't have a character, which I would like to emphasize is the whole damn point, because we get just enough to extrapolate wonderfully, and that's what fanfiction is all about, but I think I'm preaching to the choir here, so I'll leave that for another time. It's NEAR DAY, after all; Matt Day is in February.) A lot of people do, though; ship wars in this fandom aren't as bad as they were in Harry Potter, but the issue is there.

Which I think is stupid, which explains why it's diverting me from Near in the first place.

Near is the reason I kept reading after L died. He's flipping adorable, and the way he shows up, like some little curly-haired saint in white -- I seized onto that. eltea and I have talked a zillion times about how the thing we love about Mello and Near is that they do feel like successors, though a lot of stupid other people who can't grow up and deal with losing L call them cheap rip-offs. They're not, and that's exactly it. Mello is as obsessive, but there's a wild unpredictability to him that L lacks, and he's rather more hands-on (and clothes-off! >D). And Near has the detachment, but to an extreme -- Near would never walk up to Light during the To-Oh commencement speech and announce himself, because he knows how vulnerable he is.

I think that's fantastic, personally.

So... Near.

It's fascinating looking at L develop as the drawing and the writing started to settle -- he starts out with eyebrows, of all things. XD Near's almost as good. These are the first two panels we see him in:

I'D TAP THAT. (And it'd be perfectly legal... *waggles eyebrows*)

As I probably don't have to highlight, the emphasis quickly starts falling on his childishness. He ends up looking like he hasn't changed at all since he was thirteen at Wammy's, when we were introduced to him after L's death. Mello, interestingly, doesn't noticeably change until he gets the scar, but he doesn't regress the way Near does. This is Near at Yellowbox Warehouse:

These I've shown before -- his puppy eyes, his Christ Figure pose (as eltea pointed out, one of the few times we actually see him on his feet; and even more interesting if you think about (a) the implications of Mikami redoubled on the screens, and (b) the fanservice symbolism of the L/Light foot-washing scene in the anime), and a panel where he's in an incredibly L-ish position.

One of the things that really struck me when I was scouring the manga scans for pictures for my L collage was how often the focus of the panels is on L's eyes (or just one of them, fairly frequently XD). Perpend:

Anyway... you guys are absurdly smart, the lot of you, so you can draw your own conclusions before I lose my train of coherent thought entirely. XD

At any rate, the whole point of this entry was first to get those pictures off my desktop (they're all up in L's face at the moment, since my desktop is the aforementioned L collage XD), and second to announce the beginning of "Shades of White." It was born when eltea was mentioning how it drives her crazy when people remember only Near's cuteness and forget that this boy smirks at Light when he knows L's killer is going to die.

And you can find the first chapter here.

In conclusion...

Feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
On the Radio: "Los Angeles" - Sugarcult
Rex: DN - L + smirkicequeenrex on January 5th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Woot! *runs around in circles*


Mm, he is so lovely that my mouth can't even procure words acceptable enough to describe him XD I love his deviousness *cackles*

Yeah, I don't get either why so many people hate Near ?_? And they call Mello 'gay' like it's a bad thing...pfft!
Vitamin C: Mello - Mihaeltierfal on January 5th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Happy Near Day! XD Arbitrary holidays are the best kind. :P

I flipping love Near; I don't understand the haters. XD He's adorably cute and amazingly evil in all the right ways! XD

lol!! XD Yes, Mello's gayness is an inextricable part of his identity! XD
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Vitamin C: Neartierfal on January 5th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I love them aaaaall. XD I love L and Light, too, but there's something about the three of them, particularly the way they all interact with each other, that's just... something else entirely. XD

It's terrible, but it has some hopefully-redemptive moments of Near being fantastically awesome. XD (And yeah, I've thought about that before -- English is so bizarrely symbolic like that sometimes, oh my. O_o)

Oooh, I want to hit up grown-up Near. Er. As in writing about him, obviously. 8D
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Vitamin C: Neartierfal on January 6th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly. 8D The funniest is that immediately after I'd read, I was like, "*SCANDALIZED* How could anybody EVER pair that sweet, innocent child with someone?!", and now I ship him with everybody and their mother. XD
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Vitamin C: Neartierfal on January 7th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Paradoxes are always what fascinate me the most about characters, and the integration of this adorable little puffball kid and the evil genius is just... perfect. XD
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Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on January 5th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
I lol'd! XD

I was listening to a song the other day, and the lyrics are like, "The end is near, I can feel it, dear, but I am not afraid," and I was just like HAHA! XD

The eggy eyes are an interesting look. 8D

...as usual, you rock my world. ^^
goddess of this and thathappy_mystic on January 5th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Dude! I never noticed the Christ-figure pose! And I'm a sucker for pointing out all the religious symbolism in DN!

Plus, like the avatar state goin' on at the bottom. Happy Near Day!
Vitamin C: L - Bluetierfal on January 5th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
It's easy and fun for the whole family! 8D

lol, pretty legit, innit? XD

Happy Near Day! XD
richelle2972richelle2972 on January 6th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
NEAR PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!! I think I've just died and gone to heaven. :D I'm definitely steal one of those and using it in that drawing I'm supposed to do for you...I mean, what? ; )
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on January 6th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I looooove Near. :3

And I condone this! 8D