Lemme just start off by saying 2010 was a great year in animated shows. Unreal great. Like, seriously.
To put this in perspective, about 2007-2009 wasn’t a stellar time for animated shows. The best one by far was Phineas and Ferb, and maybe … El Tigre (which had so much personality andlife, but I haven’t seen since it aired so I can’t tell you how it holds up), but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff that lived up to the top contender.
Also important to remember is that in 2009, Cartoon Network briefly went insane and wanted to transition to more live-action shows or live-action/animation mixed like Out of Jimmy’s Head. None of these really held my attention, and it took airtime from the cartoons that could’ve come out.
We also could point out that Nickolodeon was well on its way to airing basically only Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents forever amen (as much as I love those shows).
Disney Channel hosted P&F, but other than that, pickings were getting slim.
So, realizing that, you’ve gotta understand how remarkable it is that we were getting so many good shows all at once again! It was unreal!
But it didn’t stop there, not even for a year.
2011 gave us families.
2012 gave us blends of story and comedy.
2013 gave us stellar characters in interstellar adventures (also the Mickey Mouse shorts, but that might not count).
2014 gave us surprises.
2015 gave us heart.
And this year? A return to form. What with the Loud House finally breaking Nickelodeon’s streak of poor nicktoons, Voltron keeping the action cartoon alive from the Avatar team we love, and the upcoming Milo Murphy’s Law from the creators of Phineas and Ferb.
There’s also shows like Mighty Magiswords and Long Live the Royals on the way that could just as easily make this list.
So the question remains. What the hell happened in 2010?
Well, I don’t know what caused all this, but I’ll tell you what happened.
Sym-Bionic Titan happened on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. And nobody told me.
When I stumbled on it way after the fact, I thought I remembered seeing something like that advertised when I was a kid. You know, early 2000s action show. I figured it got lost in the Beyblades, Ben 10s, and Yu-gi-Oh ripoffs, and I could at least make peace with that.
But then I find out this aired just a few years ago and I’m shit-pissed. aND MY OWN BEST FRIEND APPARENTLY WATCHED IT AND NEVER?? TOLD?? ME??
how dare you I instantly forgive you.
What I’m getting at is this is a high quality show. Really high quality.
The basic premise is summed up best here:
The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.
When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.
If that sounds great, it absolutely is. The characters are well-devloped, the story is front and center, there’s continuity between episodes– everything we’ve come to love in some of our modern favourites. So, my point is … why the hell was this left out of the cartoon revolution?
Well … honestly, I can’t figure it out. Advertising? Not enough cross-promotion in the daytime? Weak word of mouth? It’s certainly nothing the show did wrong.
Why Watch It?
Reason 1: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS A STORY
I’m not gonna spoil much more than the summary, but despite the fact that it takes place on Earth for the most part and focuses on week to week stories, the overall story is very much in the forefront at all times– and you know how rare that is even for shows that do story well.
Reason 2: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS GREAT CHARACTERS
I’ll let you discover them for yourself, it’s too much of a treat, but I’ll just say, you might fall in love. Again.
Oh, and Voltron fans?
We found their son.
Reason 3: This Guy
So, even if you’re too young for some of these, you might’ve heard something called Samuri Jack is getting a fifth season after 10 years … and it’s going to be on Adult Swim.
Yeah, it’s gonna be badass.
The important part to all this is that this dude does awesome design, awesome shows, and if you have respect for any of these properties, you know you’re in for a good time.
Which leads me to
Reason 4: The Animationjfsfksnfksafafsj
Between the lighting and the angular designs, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Is bootiful.
Watch the first few minutes there. You see what I mean, right?
Reason 5: It Deserved Better
We’ve championed so many great shows in the past few years, but for whatever reason, we missed one. A great one at that. If you have any love for the shows I listed, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Who knows? You might just find another favourite.
-diverse families (same sex/single parents/mixed race/etc)
-there’s a baby whose name is ‘Diamond Destiny’ and she was literally born with martial arts skills and pink hair
-^like half the babies had blue/pink/green hair
-even the WOLVES were gay I mean omg
-shows that it doesn’t matter what gender child you wanted, you should still love them for who they are
-friends are also family
-the parenting jokes
-shows that 'falling in love’ doesn’t always mean romance
I was born with a strange gift, the ability to see what no human being has ever seen before. It’s all mixed up in my head. The images, the sound, the smell. I need to remember, put things in order right up to this moment. Remember who I am. If I had to say how it all began, I might just as well start here.
New digs for Oscar Perry! Finally had the time and materials to put this together. So far he’s rather suspicious of this strange new world but I hope he’ll enjoy it once he settles in.
Excavator clay with some sand and soil mixed in. Caves are supported by stones, old hides, a piece of tupperware, bits from the hardware store…. whatever worked! He’s got six hides in total including two humid ones. A couple go down to the bottom of the tank, allowing for the use of a UTH, while the rest of the heating is supplied by a CHE overhead. UV is also provided.
Request: “63 and 67 separately jughead x reader please if its too much then could you just do 67 thank you”
Prompts: #63 “I really would’ve liked it if you told me your parents were coming to town.” - “I really would’ve liked it if you put underwear on before coming into the kitchen.”
A/N: I changed the prompt slightly because I had an idea and just couldn’t completely fit that line into the mix (but it’s only slightly!!!!). if you want to send in a request, feel free, but my requests are closed which just means your request won’t be reaching my radar until the ones I already have are finished!
// a collection of ‘90s dance songs for all your nostalgia needs.
1. we like to party (the vengabus) - vengaboys // 2. get ready for this - 2 unlimited // 3. barbie girl - aqua // 4. macarena - los del rio // 5. what is love - haddaway // 6. be my lover - la bouche // 7. rhythm is a dancer - snap! // 8. this is your night - amber // 9. show me love - robin s. // 10. cotton eye joe - rednex // 11. blue (da ba dee) - eiffel 65 // 12. scatman (ski ba bop ba dop bop) - scatman john // 13. gonna make you sweat (everybody dance now) - c + c music factory // 14. the power - snap! // 15. doctor jones - aqua // 16. boom, boom, boom, boom!! - vengaboys // 17. mambo no.5 (a little bit of…) - lou bega // 18. so strung out - c-block // 19. the sign - ace of base // 20. around the world (la la la la la) - atc
Soo… I was @ this museum the other day, and they had this great exhibit on race and racism, but then I noticed something that put me off… part of the exhibit was a series of photos called “The Hapa Project”, which consisted of portraits of mixed race people. For those of you who don’t know, Hapa is a pidgin word meaning “half”. It’s commonly used by mixed race hawaiians. For example, I am hapa haole, “half white”. Anyway, the reason why this project upset me is because the photographer wasn’t Hawaiian, and nor were all the subjects in the photos.. there were only two mixed Hawaiians in the whole line up… I was pretty steamed, bc like… so much of my culture has been consumed by non Hawaiians, and nothing we create FOR OURSELVES is ever left alone.. literally our own word for our people, “kanaka”, was turned into a slur for us!!! Just… if you’re not Hawaiian, don’t use hapa for yourself!! Literally just use half or mixed!! Our culture was almost wiped out by haloes, and we don’t need you stealing what’s left of it! Sorry this got so emotional, but this means a lot to me… Thank you, this has been psa…
Nathaniel’s heart skipped a beat. The heat that gnawed at his chest was an ugly mix of gratitude and shame. He tried to speak but had to clear his throat before trying again. “But why? I’ve done nothing but lie to them. I willingly put them all in danger so I could play a little longer. They got hurt last night because of me. Why would they protect me now?”
“You are a Fox,” Andrew said, like it was that simple, and maybe it was.
I’m enjoying making these! Had a bit of trouble with photoshop for this one. For some reason the fill tool wasn’t working like it had with Nora, so I had to go back and recolour this with a mix of fill tool and brush tools. Still worth it in my opinion, I haven’t felt this productive in a long time. I might do the whole of Team RNJR and put them together in one composition. If I have time.. Studies must come first!
This is a mask that my sister gave me the recipe for, she’s in school to become a skin care specialist. I told her I needed a mask to shrink my pores and get rid of my black heads and she sent me this. It’s all natural which is why I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make it into a spell.
Things you‘ll need:
Raw virgin coconut oil (make sure it’s non-gmo)
A bowl & a spoon
What to do:
Put 2 tbs. of coconut oil, 1 tbs. of honey, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, and ½ a teaspoon of turmeric into a bowl and mix.
Charge with intent
Apply to face (it gets kind of runny)
Wait 10 minutes or more before washing off
I took a ritual bath with a bath bomb I made and put a spoonful of this into the water. The bath bomb had purification powder in it, and this mask’s ingredients are heavy with purifying properties. My skin feels amazing and I smell pretty amazing also. I don’t know where she got the recipe from, so I’m not claiming to have made it up on my own. I may put instructions for the ritual bath!
I suggest storing it somewhere cool, so the coconut oil stays solid.
I charged the mask with the intent of purification and to draw in a lover (the honey).
This is also a super low-key spell for witches who are in the broom closet.
*EDIT* Lemon is a natural toner / astringent, and it also lightens skin. So if you are darker complected and don’t want your skin to lighten. (though I don’t think that would happen with this) Replace the lemon with something that would appeal more to your skin tone! :)