1997 release


Disney’s Hercules was first released on June 27, 1997.

The film was released due to backlash against the previous two Disney releases of ‘Pocahontas (1995)’ and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)’, major criticisms where that they were too “dark” and dealt with “serious issues” that Disney shouldn’t use in their animated films. Hercules was released to lighten things up. (x)

On October 7, 1997, Janet Jackson released her most raw and authentic album, The Velvet Rope. The Velvet Rope back then would become the equivalent of today’s Lemonade by Beyoncé. The Velvet Rope would introduce themes of self love, depression, masturbation, same sex relationships, BDSM, online/long distance dating, domestic violence, homophobia and celebration of the LGBT community. Janet coming from a dark place in life would release this gem to to the world for it to break into the Billboard 200 making it her fourth consecutive album to do so. The album would top over five major countries and sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

In The Eye Abides The HeArt

FINALLY a great PLL episode. I have so many thoughts and theories about this one! 

Make sure to enable pictures, they are critical to the theories. It gets better the further you read!!! Enjoy!


  • I’ve said it many times, but I would really hate if there was twin reveal. This was the case with Courtney DiLaurentis in the book version, and its been done with Jessica and Mary DiLaurentis. It would be a cop-out to do it again, so i sincerely hope it doesn’t happen; but lets explore all the twin hints in this episode, because there were so many.
  • ARIA- The first time AD FaceTimed Aria, it was just a hooded figure with a black face, but in this episode it was what looked to be Aria’s facial features on Paige’s face. Weird and off-putting
  • SPENCER- Everyone is thinking and writing about this- but the Spencer we see at the airport with Wren was acting very suspicious. She also is not wearing the white jacket or watch she had on in the previous scene, nor is it draped over her chair. There are also girls wearing matching shirts in the background.


  • ALISON- Alison says something VERY interesting when Paige asked her if she loved Emily. Ali says this about Emily, “She looks at you and sees who you really are. Maybe that’s the scariest part-You want to be who she sees.”  The second she says this all I could think was WHAT IF IT IS SO SCARY BECAUSE YOU AREN’T THE REAL ALI BUT HER TWIN?! If this Alison that we have been seeing is in fact -lets call her Courtney- then maybe she is feeling remorseful because Emily has been so in love with Alison for so many years, and Courtney wishes she REALLY was Alison. Courtney has taken over Ali’s life but deep down she knows she isnt the real Alison DiLarentis. The title of this episode was “In The Eye Abides The Heart,” which could also connect to this theory. Emily is in love with Alison, and always has been. The person she is seeing now-looks like Alison, but it is really Courtney. But Emily doesn’t know this and believes its Ali because they are identical. Her EYES see who she believes is Alison, which causes her HEART to love her (even though its Courtney). IN THE EYE ABIDES THE HEART.



  • I think the biggest reveal of this episode was that Archer Dunhill is not the father of Emily’s baby. So who is it???
  • Charlotte- I am STILL holding out hope that CeCe is not the real Charles, but if she is, what if it was her sperm that she had frozen from before her sex change? She had her boyfriend Archer pretend to be a doctor, and had her cousin Alison implanted with Emily’s eggs and her own sperm. Her cousin gives birth to her baby as a surrogate- this would be the only way she could have a baby now because of her surgery. Even if she is dead now- Archer decided to continue with the plan even after her death so she could “live on.” Confusing and crazy but definitely possible in Rosewood.
  • AD- I have been praying that AD is male, so maybe it is AD’s sperm. Why? Maybe AD is impotent, which is common for sociopaths and people who have severe mental illnesses. If AD is a relative of Alison, he is having his sister give birth to his child, using Emily’s eggs (not Alison’s eggs because of incest). It’s also a way to psychologically torture Emily&Ali as well- which he loves doing.
  • Anonymous [Sperm] Donor (which is an AD anagram)- I also think it’s possible that Alison is still the manipulative bitch she has always been and stole Emily’s eggs and had someone implant them in her with a random sperm donor, as a way to bond her and Emily for life and get Paige out of the picture once and for all. 



  • So now we know that Lucas and Charles go WAY BACK. They attended the same camp together for troubled boys where Pastor Ted worked as a counselor since he is Charles’ father.
  • Remember how Alison used to call Lucas “Hermie,” and say that he had both girl and guy parts? Sometimes babies are born with both male and female sex organs. What if Lucas was sent to this camp because he really is a hermaphrodite. (I just want to say as a side note that Marlene has not done a good job of portraying these sensitive subjects before (Charles as transgender and Emily as a lesbian) so I hope if they go this route it is done in a respectful and tasteful way)
  • What if Lucas is Bethany Young??? Maybe that is his female persona. 



  • The A is very pronounced in Lucas’ signature.
  • Lucas and Charles wrote and illustrated a comic book. I LOVED this reveal; it was CRAZY and really cool.
  • Emily & Hanna summarize the comic book: “The hero is this boy who gets picked on by other kids and by his own family. He meets this alien woman in the woods and she becomes his protector. Shes this all powerful shape-shifter that helps get revenge for the boy- by torturing his enemies. And sometimes the boy turns into Arcturus, so he can experience the payback she gets for him.”
  • There is a heavy metal band which goes by Arcturus. In 1997 they released “Master of Disguise” and in 2015 they released a song titled “Game Over”. (PLL.wikia) 
  • Charles used elements of the comic book in the Dollhouse:
  • This obviously proves that Lucas is part of the A Team, and has been since (probably) the very beginning. But I dont think he is or has ever been Head A or AD.



  • In comic books there is always a superhero and an alter ego. 
  • Batman is Bruce Wayne. Spider-Man is Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. 
  • Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. 
  • His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.
  • Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race. (kill bill)
  • Look at how similar the boys comic book cover is to Superman’s comic book cover: 

  • They both have a yellow background and red lettering.
  • They both wear a RED CAPE. Which is quite obviously a RED COAT parallel. Maybe this is AD’s homage to his comic book- putting his female A team members in a RED COAT, since his comic book protector wore a RED CAPE.

Now….who wears GLASSES? 

Is TOBY our Clark Kent???? Is Toby AD?!

  • Remember the scene a few episodes back when Spencer visits Toby in the hospital (Remember AD forced her to go. Which makes a lot of sense if Toby is AD) Toby says: “Maybe this town needs to disappear before we can leave”

Maybe that is Toby’s goal. If Toby is AD, maybe he needs to destroy everyone in Rosewood before he can move on with his life.

Then Spencer says, “You should probably try PUTTING ON YOUR GLASSES”

I wrote about this in a previous post but- Spencer says “We beat on, boats against the current.” Which is a quote from The Great Gatsby, and the “all seeing eye” billboard is the most famous imagery and symbolism from that book. 

The title of the episode is “IN THE EYE ABIDES THE HEART.”

When Mona is studying the Board Game, she says that it was LOVINGLY HANDMADE with levers and pulleys. Its NOT a computer, its a construction project. Toby built the Game Board and the Dollhouse. 

I think its seriously possible that Toby is our Clark Kent…sees himself as Superman. He is AD, Lucas & Charles’ avenger.


Quirks: The idiosyncrasies of DBK : 
The Chemical Brother’s T-shirts

“Dig Your Own Hole” t-shirt

This is a promotional tee for The Chemical Brother’s album titled by the same name and released 1997.

Dylan can be seen wearing this shirt:

• At Devon’s 16th birthday party

• Dylan’s ‘98 Junior class photo

• Filming the Pulp Fiction” video shoot w/ Dustin Gorton

• Sitting behind Blackjack’s talking

• Walking down steps on building unknown

It is presumed that this shirt was sold at TCB’s Dig Your Own Hole Tour ‘97 (and that Dylan attended - probably with his best friend, Zack, and purchased both the ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ and “Setting Sun” prom t-shirts at the April 29 1997 concert held at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO.) 

On 7 April 1997 The Chemical Brothers released their second album,
‘Dig Your Own Hole’ which is classified as genre style: Big beat,  electronica and psychedelia

Listen to the Full Album on youtube:

Index of ALL of Dylan’s (publicly known)  t-shirts

statuesihaveknown  asked:

Like everyone else, I’m enjoying the heck out of your ‘Dead Fandoms’ post. Please keep them coming. I was fascinated to read about the declining interest in Star Wars between 1986 and 1991. With that in mind, why do you think interest in Star Wars started to re-emerge in the early 90s (given that the Special Editions weren’t released until 1997)?

Thank you for reading! Although I’m a bit concerned you’re asking…I sincerely hope the Star Wars supplemental materials and novel-sequels aren’t starting to be forgotten, now that we have true film sequels. For a long time, the books were where you had to go if you wanted continuing Star Wars adventures. 

1991 was the year Heir to the Empire was published by Timothy Zahn. This was an absolute game changer that was a New York Times bestseller and created a flood of Star Wars novels that 90s kids spent their childhood/teen years reading. It basically brought Star Wars back from the dead. There was never a time, after this, a Star Wars novel wasn’t in the New York Times bestseller list.

There were always Star Wars novels, and most of them were very good, like the amazing Brian Daley’s Han Solo at Star’s End, or the under-read and also very good Lando Calrissian novels, which were basically Lando as a travelling card player like Maverick, only he ran into a starfish robot from outside the galaxy and fought an actual sorcerer. 

These books were good, but Heir to the Empire had several things that took it to another level, that changed everything. 

1) it was an official sequel, and since it looked like there weren’t going to be any more Star Wars movies ever, this was where you would have to go if you wanted to read about the further adventures of Han Solo,   Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and the rest. 

2) Heir to the Empire totally, absolutely, and perfectly captured something as elusive as “voice.” This is hard to define and subjective, but if you read the book, you can practically hear Harrison Ford’s voice delivering the dialogue. It never felt off, it never felt that “this wouldn’t happen” or “Han wouldn’t do that.” It had an authenticity that transcended the charge many people give to tie in novels, that they are glorified fanfic. 

I always heard that the reason Timothy Zahn was so good at voice was that, to amuse his kids on long car rides, he tape recorded the audio of the Star Wars movies for the kid to listen to, so he just listened to Star Wars on audio for dozens of hours on family car rides.

3)  It’s so hard walking a thin line between things that are familiar and things that are new, but the new characters and concepts were wonderful additions. The novels were both authentically Star Wars but also had their own identity. If I have a critique of the very good Marvel Star Wars comics, it’s that it sticks so close to the “original formula” that it’s easy to be bored. Zahn, though, gave us a totally new kind of villain and a totally new situation - Grand Admiral Thrawn, who in looks and brains was just like Helmuth, Speaker for Boskone, the blue-skinned genius strategist villain in the Lensman novels, but in personality, was like an evil Sherlock Holmes, who could figure everything out based on one clue that was out of place. People are still crying over the movies leaving out Thrawn, Talon Carrde, blue haired, spacy computer hacker Ghent, and so on. 

Now, if you asked us scifi novel guys about Zahn’s work, none of us would be surprised the Zahn books were as good as they were. He’s a top tier writer long before he was tapped to do Star Wars, and it’s somewhat unfortunate that his Star Wars work has overshadowed his other output. I personally love his Blackcollar books, which is set in a future where earth is conquered by aliens, and a young man wants to join the Blackcollars, special forces agents who use low-tech weapons like nunchaku (since advanced ones can instantly be detected) and a drug that slows down time to give them superb reflexes. Good stuff and definitely worth reading too. 


Don’t ever forget where you read this first, Bandai Japan is officially re-releasing the original Tamagotchi P1 & P2 devices on November 23rd to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi.

This. Is. Huge. The device that started it all is being re-released and we couldn’t be more excited! Both P1 & P2 from 1996, and 1997 respectively are being released! Bandai Japan has put up a webpage that goes over the differences between the P1 & P2 to give you a better idea of each device along with the different shell designs. Notably the P1 designs are the same shell designs the 2017 Tamagotchi Mini features.

You’ll also see the character chart so you have a better idea of which characters are obtainable on each version. Other differences between the two models include the mini game and minor differences such as food and snack items.

“To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi release, a long-awaited reprint version of Tamagotchi fans has appeared!
Aside from playing such as raising rice, shedding down, getting sick, of course, Tamagotamagotchi, discipline function, mini game, and that nostalgic character will also appear.
Along with memories of those days, you can enjoy nostalgia and games!”

In Japan, the product will be available anywhere toys are sold, including novelty shops, toys stores, the toy departments of electronics stores, department stores and big box retailers, and e-commerce websites.

Did we mention how HUGE this is? If you’re a Tamagotchi fan in Japan, or even just a toy collector this is EVERYTHING! These devices are set to be released NEXT WEEK on November 23rd!


DIR EN GREY that has produced a number of songs with the theme of ‘pain’ since their formation in 1997, will release a Best Album 'VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES’ on January 2nd 2018. The album will contain songs spanning from their 1st MINI ALBUM 'MISSA’ to the latest single 'Utafumi’ that were requested by their fans choosing from all of their work, and with that base 44 songs were chosen and remastered by the members themselves, 3 discs in total. For this release 3 from 44 songs will be re-recorderded, as well as including precious music that show the DIR EN GREY of today.
It’s a culmination of the TOUR16-17 FROM DEPRESSION TO ________  that span over one year and four months, that will finally end on October 12th, a tour that had album titles as its subtitles.

First Press Limited Edition will include a bonus footage of documentary of roughly 20 years from their indie times until today, footage from the re-recording of the songs for the main discs and interviews with band members.

<preorder bonus>
preorder period:2017/10/11~2017/11/19
who qualifies:all fans who order the First Press Limited Version (SFCD-0211~214 / SFCD-0215~218)
bonus present:a replica of the staff pass sticker
※one present per one item
※offer is only valid for the First Press Limited Edition (excluding Normal Edition)

<original bonus presents from shops>
・TOWER RECORDS (some stores not included)
rubber band
・TSUTAYA (some stores not included)
B3 poster A type
・HMV (some stores not included)
B3 poster B type
A postcard
※the number of bonus presebts is limited, once they are gone there will be no adding more.
※please contact shops directly about the availability of the bonus presents.

2018.1.2 RELEASE

【First Press Limited Edition】
4 discs (3CD+Blu-ray) SFCD-0211~214 ¥6,800 (tax out)
4 discs (3CD+DVD) SFCD-0215~218 ¥5,800 (tax out)

【Normal Edition】
3 discs (3CD) SFCD-0219~221 ¥3,700 (tax out)

Manufactured by FIREWALL DIV.
Distributed by Sony Music Marketing Inc.

※The content, title etc. are subject to change
※The number of First Press Limited Edition will be limited. To ensure the purchase please order the release before November 19th.

anonymous asked:

Is Trevor Alucard's son with Sonia Belmont?


And no!

It depends entirely on which version of canon you choose to go with. Gather round, class, for a brief history of Trevor Belmont and Alucard.

Trevor and Alucard both appeared first in Castlevania III: Dracula’s curse, released in 1989. There was no indication the two were related in this game - at the time CVIII was released, Trevor was the first Belmont, chronologically, and we weren’t given any information about his parents.

In 1997, Castlevania: Legends was released, and set out to tell the origin story of the Belmont family. The game’s protagonist was Sonia Belmont, who killed Dracula, but also hooked up with Alucard, later giving birth to Trevor as a result. This made Alucard Trevor’s father, as well as making all of the Belmonts related to Dracula.

This was canon for several years, but in 2005 (I think it was 2005? someone yell at me if I’m wrong), the series’ primary producer decided to remove Legends from the official canon. So, Trevor and Alucard were once again not related in his version of the series’ timeline.

In 2010, the series’ lore was rebooted entirely with the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow trilogy. In this timeline, the Dracula family and the Belmont family are one and the same. Gabriel Belmont, the progenitor of the Belmont clan, eventually became a vampire named Dracula. He then transformed his son, Trevor, into a vampire against his will. As a vampire, Trevor took on the pseudonym of “Alucard,” so they are the same person.

(This, by the way, is why using “Trevorcard” as a ship name is a bad idea. Most people use Trevorcard to denote LoS Alucard, as opposed to classic timeline Alucard.)

So, really, Alucard’s relation to Trevor depends entirely on which version of CV canon you’re talking about.


Gothmog - A View Into My Abyss (1997)  

Medieval / Black Metal / Ambient / Dungeon Synth from Germany

From the “Rehearsals” demo released in 1997