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Day 3 - In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I'm a big fan of re-reading and re-watching, so this is actually kind of hard to narrow down. I've accumulated an /awful/ lot of favorites in forty-six years.

But let's take one that stands out a bit because it has a few things that would normally turn me off: Dantalian no Shoka.

Premise: there's a magical library of forbidden books that can twist causality, and this library is maintained (therein lies a tale) by three 'reading princesses', each of whom secures a human partner to assist her as her 'key keeper'. Many tales of their adventures ensue.

As for the things that are often my deal-breakers... First, this series has a significant dose of horror, and I'm not a fan of that. Second, it gets /awfully/ Gainax about the women. (Death. Doom. Mental dissolution.)

For me, the saving grace, and the hook that keeps me coming back, is that the horror isn't left dangling. It gets closure, and often justice of some kind, and the resolutions are sometimes quite thought-provoking. I like that. Then too, the men are often just as Gainaxed, and there's a really strong emphasis on consent, at least between the princesses and their key-keepers. I like how that plays out quite a lot.

Plus? It's just so pretty.

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