built five hundred feet into the permafrost of a norwegian island located some six hundred miles from the north pole (and twice that from oslo), the svalbard global seed vault is the world’s largest and most secure seed bank. 

safe from earthquake and flooding, and designed to last a thousand years, its mission is to serve as a backup for planet’s agriculture in the event of a catastrophe, be it from drought, floods, disease, war (see: syria) and/or the slow moving disaster of climate change.

known as the doomsday vault, it has amassed over 840,000 seed samples since the first deposit, that of rice seeds, was made in 2008 by the late kenyan environmental activist and nobel peace prize winner, wangari maathai. 

since then, all countries, save japan and china (the later of which is believed to have already lost 90 percent of its rice varieties) have entrusted the site with their agricultural heritage, and the collection, as of now, covers about half of the world’s known crop diversity. 

Underrated Anime

Here are some titles that I feel deserve more love than they get!

From the New World - This anime was a masterpiece. Paced and well-planned, the show entangles you without you knowing until its too late. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to sink their teeth into a psychological fantasy that leave you with a strange mix of innocence and uneasiness. 

Princess Jellyfish - A love story between a confident and fashionable crossdresser and an awkward, introverted girl. This is golden!

Welcome to the NKH! - Just the right amount of humor and psychological torment to keep every viewer enthralled. Is it a conspiracy? 

Monster - What happens when a promising young doctor saves the life of a boy who was fated to die? A gripping thriller of justice and revenge!

Bokurano - A group of kids become the chosen pilots of a robot faced with saving the planet, a beyond awesome experience for them!…or so they think. They sign the binding contract and now each one of them must pay the price. 

Wolf’s Rain - As legend has it, wolves will open the gate to Paradise in a dying world. This anime is a gripping, heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely pack of wolves searching for promised Paradise. Out of any of the shows on this list, Wolf’s Rain is worth watching. It is a legend it its own right. 

Samurai Champloo - THE MUSIC. The music alone should be enough to draw you into this epic tale, but in case you need more persuasion, know that this show revolves around the two most badass fighters in town and their quest to help a girl they are indebted to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Ugh its so gooooood. 

Mawaru Penguindrum - Weird and comical sum up this anime pretty nicely! It is a fun watch that you will find hard not to binge on once you start. Stay with me people: An alien penguin-hat grants a girl her life back in exchange for her two bothers’ help in acquiring the Penguindrum (whatever that is). I know what you are thinking, but please give it a try! You won’t regret it! 

Eden of the East - “This nation faces a great crisis. One among you must save us. I cannot tell you how. I cannot tell you why. Should you fail, you will be eliminated.” 12 people have been chosen to save Japan, each given a phone with 10 billion yen on it and the simple instruction to save Japan–their lives are on the line. Despite this harsh description, the actual show also has an element of humor, so don’t be afraid to jump in! Noblesse Oblige.

Steins;Gate - Many of you have probably heard of this and thought that is was too stuffy or complicated for you, but I’m here to tell you that you will watch this show, make it to episode 22, and then thank me. YOUR WELCOME. Sure, this show takes some getting into, but once you delve deeper into the plot, you will find things falling into place. It has unconventional characters, a really great romance stuck in there, and a pretty refreshing, sciency tone. Enjoy. 

Nodame Cantabile - To think that so many people have not seen this gift to humanity sickens me. Nodame is most assuredly the most interesting and unique anime character to walk this little anime earth. There is music! There is romance! There is SO MUCH HUMOR! There are 3 seasons!!! You can’t really pass up this opportunity to watch a legend.  

Hunter X Hunter (2011) - This is the only long-running shonen series I will ever watch. This is a series for those of you who like action but not fight scenes that span multiple episodes and like actual character development and good animation consistently throughout the show (I swear its perfect the whole way). Gon wants to be a Hunter just like his father and he meets Killua, the boy-assassin (an resident cinnamon roll), Kurapika, the last of the Kurta clan hell-bent on revenge, and Leorio, a guy who wants to strike it rich. Follow these four on a journey you won’t forget!

[Major Spoilers] “Follow your true feelings!”: My Musings on P5′s Wildcard Couple

Can we talk about Morgana’s astute observations regarding Akechi’s true feelings for Akira? Can we talk about how (Morgana’s words–not mine) Akechi’s smile when he was hanging out with Akira had been genuine? This boy– who had distanced himself from everyone, who had wrapped himself up in layers upon layers of lies that he wears like a second skin, who had made revenge his one and only goal in life – had also, in spite of himself, serendipitously found kinship in the one boy whom he has decided that he has to kill. 

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Here it is y'all…full version of “Save Rock and Roll” in Japan. THIS IS MY SONG. Patrick does some ad libbing I haven’t heard him do before. Magical, as always.

anonymous asked:

I hope they get "food" poisoning, and die.

im just…. i know that dan and phil are milking content. like…. they aren’t even denying it. but……….. the thing is that there are so many games people are suggesting and genuinely want them to play and they say they are starved for content. like? what kind of content are they looking for? this video was so vapid and so thinly funny and i get it! they might need money to get a dog or house or literally anything else! paying for the tour! buying expensive clothing! saving for a japan trip! they are allowed to make money! but for the sake of their gaming channel can they at least play games people are asking for instead of licking game cartridges. i have a very low bar for dan and phil content because i am so far up their asses but this video made me frown. making content like this is fine as long as they are fine losing part of their viewer base which i assume they really don’t want to do. they are alienating viewers because of the boring and easy content. if they want money whatever but at least do it with videos you’re proud of and know your audience will like just sayin.

[SPOILERS] NDRV3 - Killing Harmony Chapter Summaries

Alright lads, time for me to get crackin’ down and write this for all of you who may still be confused but please, do note that my knowledge about what happens is limited to translations provided by people I share a Discord server with and though I’m summarizing what we all collectively figured out, all of the credit for this goes to the amazing translators in the server made by @officialamami who did a wonderful job providing leaks for the fandom and whether right or wrong, they really do deserve credit for their tenacity and determination. With that settled though, I think it’s finally time for me to start writing. Now everyone do like Juzo Sakakura’s dub VA says and hold onto your ass because we’re about to go to fuckin’ trippyland, hope you bring something to eat and/or drink because there’s going to be walls of text below the Read More… If anyone has a more clear understanding of what happens, please PM me or put it in the notes so I can fix the information accordingly.

NOTE: I am constantly editing this post as I learn more information so by the time someone else is reading this, there may be new information. What I’m basically saying is, until we get official English translations, I’ll keep coming back to this post and editing it so there’s a 100% clear understanding of everything that happens. If you read this post before, I advise you read it again, there may be new information. 

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I looked at this and this and went Oh, Anime Man doesn’t like a popular anime and otakus are pissed, what’s new.

But there is actually something new about this!

In this case, people aren’t pissed because someone simply doesn’t like their fav anime, they’re pissed because Joey recognized Y/OI exactly for what it is: an anime aimed at Yaoi fangirls. 

I think that if he’d just said that he thought it was boring, or complained about pace and characterization, people wouldn’t have minded. 

But he went for Y/OI’s fandom’s throat and said THIS SHIT IS BL! IT’S FOR YAOI FANGIRLS! And then comapred it to Free!

That’s the uncrossable line in Y/OI fandom, where apparently everyone seems to believe this is a groundbreaking, history making anime saving the gays in Japan through amazing representation. Oh, and it’s not just for fangirls! Men love it, too!! Lots of them!! Gay men, straight men, it’s a hit with eeeeeverybody.

Joey the Anime Man pointed out that the emperor has no clothes. 

Originally posted by creativefandomname

Am I the only one who’s convinced Yurio went to Japan to save Viktor and Yuuri from themselves?

I think it’s obvious that the only reason Viktor’s decision to fly to Japan didn’t blow up in their faces is because they’re actual soulmates who were meant for each other no matter what.

And here’s what Yurio knows: desperate, lonely, inspiration-less Viktor (and yes, Yurio knows about at least some of this; he ’s the one who told Yuuri that Viktor had no inspiration) his entire life and career plans to go coach a man who hero-worships Viktor. Yurio knows Viktor’s public persona, but he also knows, at least to some extent, Viktor and Viktor’s flaws: he knows he’s forgetful (or “knows,” since I’m of the team that believes Viktor’s not actually all that forgetful and pretends), rude, straightforward, reckless, and stubborn. He knows that Yuuri…doesn’t know most of that. And he knows both of them are clinging to this coaching idea working out.

So here’s what Yurio is thinking: Yuuri, this fragile creature that cries in the bathroom, may not have even been serious about this coaching thing. If that’s the case, Viktor’s going to end up even more depressed and not only not compete (something I believe Yurio probably wanted on some level), but won’t even choreograph anything anymore. If Yuuri was serious, Yurio knows that Viktor probably isn’t going to be what he expected and wanted from his idol and coach, and then Yuuri will be suffering from a miserable situation and a terrible coaching environment, and either quit competing again, or just be utter shit.

So Yurio went, “No, fuck no, I’m dragging Viktor out of there before this ruins both of them.”