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Reasons why I love Static

A good hero works well with others

Look at how the other heroes smile at him, they are genuinely happy to meet him. When Superman saves him, he isn’t upset. He’s happy. He asked to be saved and he was

And it’s not the last time either. You see it here

and here

he works well with the justice league members even though his interactions with them are rare and in between.

He’s literally never afraid to ask them for help

I mean, look at that. He made the bat signal, he was outright asking for help as publicly as he ever could.

and in “Fallen hero” when he thought Green Lantern really had become evil…

Just look at his face. He is shocked. He can’t believe one of his heroes would do this, he tried to figure out why, tried to come up with a reason to explain it, so it would make sense.

And the moment Sinestro, disguised as Green Lantern, hurt Gear. He knew it was true, and he’s horrified that the person he looked up to did this and he’s angry, angry that he didn’t see this.

Static knows when to fight

but he also knows when someone just needs a helping hand

and sure, he jokes around

but he also knows how important the work he does is

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and he also knows what happens if he messes up

His family knows what it is he does and they all support him in whatever way they can.

and that’s why I love Static shock. Yes, they touched upon some serious issues

they didn’t dumb it down for the audience, or treat the issues with kiddie gloves, they addressed the issues and those were also the same episodes that they broke the fourth wall. Dyslexia, gun control, gang violence, racism. They didn’t pull their punches on this show.

They showed us a still very much grieving teenager who almost joins a gang in the first episode, who gets powers that he uses to protect other people without a moment of hesitation, not even thinking of getting revenge on his bullies. Even as a superhero, he still volunteers at the community center his dad runs.

Yes, Virgil makes mistakes, he’s still a kid after all, but he’s so genuinely kind and sincere that we can’t help but love him.

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I don’t know if it actually is Static shock appreciation week officially, but it is for me

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and, because I can’t help myself

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So this is really my top gripe about anime at the moment, so succinctly summed up by an episode in the show Shirobako. So many times you will see a decent character “moe-ified”, that is, given a heavily amplified kawaii/tsundere/kuudere/nadeshiko/whatever type of personality, and then given awkward proportions in order to fanservice the audience. Cuteness and male-gazeworthy proportions trump everything else. Do the folks in that industry not realize just how derivative it all is when female characters in every show start looking the same?

Last year world famous director Hayao Miyazaki gave an interview in which he said that the anime industry was declining in quality due to it being full of otaku who didn’t observe real people. He also said that the content creators entrenched themselves in the tropes they were used to instead of observing real people. I happen to agree with him. It’s becoming more and more amplified as the characters get less and less relatable. Everyone seems like a carbon copy of each other. And women are represented worse than ever in a lot of these shows, which is highly disappointing. In a lot of ways, with a few exceptions like Fullmetal Alchemist, women in 90s anime were treated far better than their contemporary counterparts. They were far more realistic. Watch an anime like Blue Seed and then compare it to any anime that’s on air today and the difference is noticable.

A new concern of mine that I’m noticing is starting to creep into modern anime more and more is production teams re-interpreting characters and relationships from the original work and showing favoratism in certain areas while bashing others. For example, I just finished watching The Devil is a Part-Timer and I found the Emilia character really interesting. When I did some research into the series, I discovered that the anime director of the series liked another moe female character named Chiho more, so he played Chiho up in the anime and put down Emilia by purposly exaggerated Emilia’s negative qualities. Chiho was featured prominantly throughout the show and was pretty much exclusively featured in the ending credits. I didn’t mind Chiho as a character but I wasn’t intrigued at all by her like I was with Emilia. The director cranked Emilia’s tsundere-ness up to 11 in order to make her less appealing, and although Emilia a main character in the light novels, she was more or less demoted down to an extra in the anime. If you read the translated light novels of The Devil is a Part-Timer, it becomes apparent that Emilia is a lot more subdued and far more likable. She’s still a tsundere but she’s not her anime counterpart. It’s stuff like this that annoys me. When character bias creeps in the story loses. And I’m seeing it a lot more than I used to in anime, which is so disappointing because it means you’re not getting a good adaptation of the source material. I’m not saying that anime has to be 100% true to the source material but I am asking that today’s content creators try to keep their personal biases out of the story. It hurts the message when it becomes super apparent that the storytellers don’t like certain characters or a certain pairings.

I love anime, but lately I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with it. After awhile I get bored seeing the exact same tropes played out again and again ad nauseum across the different genres. They need to shake it up and stop pandering to the lowest common denominator. This is what makes series like Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist so captivating; in the anime world they’re very unique and the characters are far more multidminensional and realistic.

anonymous asked:

can you write some pharmercy for canada day (either angela or fareeha treating the other ;) )

Happy 4th of July, here’s a Canada Day drabble. ;) I hope you meant pharmercy /of/ Canada Day, and not general pharmercy … in honor of Canada day ^^;

(I’m not Canadian, so I apologize if this is wildly inaccurate. Also, thanks to @turtleduckdates for helping me out; I veered off, but I appreciate the info - and (belated) happy 150th birthday to Canada!)

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When Angela wakes up, Fareeha is already gone, her side of the bed is cool to the touch from her absence and the air vent above.

It isn’t unusual - Fareeha is often the first to rise … but on off days, she has been known to lay awake for a bit, wrapped up in Angela.

Angela groans, throws an arm over her eyes to ward off the streams of sunlight filtering in through the blinds and laments the isolation of their bedroom; just a bit. She knows it’s selfish, considering Fareeha’s equally taxing job, but she still catches herself thinking that she deserves a day to wake up beside her girlfriend.

With one last sigh of resignation she rolls out of bed, throws on a pair of shorts, and shuffles into the cramped kitchenette-living space of their small dorm room; ready to start the day alone.

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Fareeha hums quietly to herself as she stacks another batch of pancakes on the already very full plate on the island counter behind her. She stops when she hears Angela’s socked feet hobble out of the bedroom and tries not to think too hard about how the other woman can wear socks to sleep. It is ridiculous, and uncomfortable. But love requires sacrifice…

“Good morning,” Fareeha says, turning, and smiles at her girlfriend. Angela stares at her, rubs her eye with the palm of her left hand and squints.

“Good morning,” Angela replies, for a moment looking very pleased, and then very confused. “What,” she begins; falters, “what are you wearing…?”

Fareeha doesn’t need to look down to know her attire is … unusual. She grins, grabs the plate of pancakes and walks towards Angela. The red and the white may be a bit much, but then, maybe not as much as the maple leaf temporary tattoos on her cheeks. And regardless, it is a special occasion.

Angela watches Fareeha skeptically, her joy at the other woman still being around tampered a bit by her confusion, as Fareeha leads her towards the couch, they both plop down ungracefully. Fareeha sets the pancakes on the coffee table before going in to kiss Angela.

“Happy Canada Day,” Fareeha chuckles, shedding light on the entire situation.

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Switzerland is … old. Its independence isn’t widely celebrated, but Angela knows a lot of countries in the Americas often do celebrate independence. This is the logic that plays through Angela’s mind as Fareeha withdraws - a waft of something sweet follows her departure - and turns on the television; flipping to a livestream of some parade in Vancouver. Fareeha has a lot of pride for her heritage, Angela knows, the Egyptian and the Canadian… this is just her first time Angela is seeing it manifested.

She watches as Fareeha grabs a pancake from the stack and dabs it in a dipping bowl of syrup; taking a bite. She’s gaudy, it can’t be denied, but breathtakingly adorable, too. Angela blushes scarlet with love and adoration. What a dork.

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Fareeha focuses on the parade as Angela watches Fareeha, and then after a time, Angela clears her throat and asks, fighting a smile:

“… are those tattoos scented?” Her tone is a little perplexed; more than a little amused.

“Yes,” Fareeha replies simply, once focused on the television, and turns to grin at Angela. The action is breathtaking.

Angela laughs to herself, filled with humor, goes in for another kiss, and after a time, resigned to her girlfriend’s antics, follows Fareeha’s lead, taking a pancake off the pile before them.

She does not need to understand to be supportive, she figures.

Favorite bits of Stanchez fanon

Rick made the bet about dying in a cage with Stan.

Stan has Morty’s “human cloaking device” ability despite not being related to Rick, their brains just somehow sync up that perfectly.

Stan is at least passingly aware of all the other Ricks from other dimensions and treats it the way he treats 90% of supernatural/weird stuff: by ignoring it unless it interferes with his life.

Rick and Stan watch The Duchess Approves and cry together.

Rick speaking Spanish in front of Stan because he thinks he doesn’t speak it and so he says shit that’s way more emotional and honest than he normally would but guess what buddy Stan’s been semifluent since Columbia.

Rick and Ford being bitter enemies/science rivals who try to get along for Stan’s sake.

Mabel absolutely losing her shit when she learns about Rick and adopting Morty and Summer into the Pines family.

Stan’s hawaiian shirts.

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who actually qualifies as the worst defense against the dark arts teacher harry potter ever had? because we have:

quirrell - probably an average teacher, was also literally voldemort
lockhart - taught them nothing but more for vanity reasons than anything?
lupin - obviously the best, no contest
moody - literally a death eater who used people’s fears against them and once turned a kid into a ferret but i mean nobody complained so?
umbridge - taught them nothing but for evil reasons, torture and abuse
snape - i mean i’m not even digging into that minefield of moral complexities; he wasn’t the best teacher generally but also that was more cos he treated 90% of students like shit rather than not teaching them so idk