I think I've noticed some people comment about the opening pictures to the chapters, and Soushuu (Amayadori's site) also mentioned that Ch 122's pic is meant to go with Ch 120's piccie. The thing is, I get the feeling there's another part to the picture that hasn't been revealed yet; perhaps with Yuki? If you actually put the pictures together, they match up perfectly with Kyo on the left and Tohru seemingly in the middle since the flowers in the background get cut off on the right-hand side.
BTW, for those people thinking she's dead from that image... traditionally, Japanese dead wear white. (And while I'm at it, for those who don't know, if you look at all the images of Akito or Shigure in kimono / yukata, it's always left over right. Dead bodies are right over left when wearing traditional wear and is reserved strictly for dead bodies. Trivia for the day...). As to whether she's actually dead or not, that's another story. ^^;
A part of me wants to say she's alive because of the hopefulness of her character, but a part of me also wonders if she mightn't die too. It's hard to say and really depends on what Takaya-sensei wanted to portray in the scene from which she created the whole series from. One of the lines that came to mind when considering Tohru's possible death was Arisa talking to Saki about how much Tohru had really hung in in the year following her mom's death to be able to laugh a year later (first trip to the cemetary). At that time IIRC, either she or Saki mentioned how they wondered, if Tohru died, whether they'd be able to do the same a year later.
And does anyone know what flowers are in the background for the opening images? Was it the French boards where someone said it might be chrysanthemums? Depending on colour, chrysanthemums mean: white = truth; red = love; yellow = ...infatuation perhaps? light love of sorts; general = nobility, refinement, brightness, purity. Some other weird bits for the flower; it's the revenant's (dead spirit's) flower; it's believed to have the power to ward off demons. (How the two can go together is beyond me but... whatever).
Part of Tohru's monologue makes me wonder if she's "saying good-bye" in a sense. There was part that was in past tense that took me a bit aback. What was it? ... ah yes, how Kyo's awkward kindness and his smile were so delightful to her. However, the rest of the dialogue slowly switches to present tense which is much more hopeful. How those things that were delightful slowly changed into something that was very dear to her, and how she came to love him before his third form was revealed, and how she loves him and doesn't want him to go anywhere, how she wants him to live, go forward, and not to give up. Yes, she says she wants it even if she's not there, but that's also Tohru's character accepting that while she has feelings for him, it's up to him whether he returns them or not. Which is why it's so hard to decide which way things will go with the story next. How often do you see a story kill off the main character before the end but have their presence felt to the end? I'm not sure, but it could work just as beautifully as if things went much more positively. Hence I'm fenced. On one hand you have things pointing to her possible death (her stopping in her dream while Kyo moves forward, away from her), and at the same time you have her dialogue which starts off very much in the past tense and looking back to something that becomes more forward looking and positive.
So, um yeah. Definitely rambling. I simply can't decide. Otherwise..
I think I still have no idea so... my pens arrived from stylo.ca the other day. ^^; I tried out the reed pen I picked up from Mona Lisa's and the quill from stylo.ca. I think I'll get myself some more (real) quills from pendemonium. They're interesting and even without a reservoir, they can write a fair amount. The reed as expected can't write much without constant dipping. (Maybe if there's some way to attach a reservoir to it). Quills are interesting in how they feel and the sound they make on paper. It's an interesting way to write but it is slower than a fountain pen, but not as slow as a fine dip pen (or maybe it's the nib I was working with). I suspect the Shakespeare's Den order will arrive later this week so I'll see how the glass pens and styluses are. ^__^ And I have some Herbin inks and especially cartridges. I have to do an ink test later but I thought I read that Herbin's aren't colour-fast? Shall see. Apparently some of the ink cartridges I picked up were scented. ^^; Hopefully not perfumed since that could be bad. Scented might be okay though.
Ugh! I just remember the election is tomorrow! >_<;; There's no way that the idiot isn't going to get in in this riding. I just hope we can at least see a minority government because anything else will be far too frightening to contemplate. Unfortunately if that idiot is at the helm, this country could be going to hell in a hand basket awfully fast. >_<#