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Summer Anime 2016

This summer we have so many anime with an all-male cast, I was so happy I decided to to a rec/ranking/review/summary. Note: I only watch anime with mostly males I’m sorry it’s just what I like lol so this list may not match yours. (I cannot stand female leads - except maybe Gintama? - because they will escalate into romantic relationships and they annoy me to no end. It’s like the only purpose of females is romance and I hate that.) And a warning is that I’m kind of shallow so I normally look at the guys’ looks and then their character. But good character and relationship developments are definitely essential to me too.

1. Fukigen na Mononokean

I’ve rec it so many times I feel like I’m part of the official publicity comm but it’s really good :) My favourite character is Abeno cause he’s really adorable and tsundere (?) haha. If you like youkai, friendship and touching moments, do try this out!! It’s a little similar to Natsume Yuujinchou too.

2. Servamp

It looks really interesting so I watched it and when I saw the OP I screamed cause all-male cast! Compared to Spring 2016 this season does look more appealing to me. And I’ve ran out of anime with all bromance (other than sports anime) and no romance. So anyway for Servamp, Kuro was a really cute cat, and the setting seems interesting enough for me to chase. I feel like I might not like the main character as much though but we’ll see. 

3. Fudanshi Kokou Seikatsu

Ahh this is really cute I can relate so much to the main character as a Fujoshi myself :D and I can hardly find friends who can fangirl with me. It’s really sad to be embarrassed for liking gay ships ;n; The only bad thing about the series is that it’s too short each episode haha.

4. D.Gray-man Hallow

I’ve read the manga but didn’t understand most of it. Still, it’s likeable and I like Allen and Kanda. I felt like this season they beautified all the characters and Kanda definitely looks better with his new hairstyle/fringe :DD I hope they can animate most of the manga and I hope we can finally understand what is going on with the 14th.

5. Handa-kun

I just watched the 1st episode today and all I can is that it’s really good and hilarious omg. Only it’s too short with the first 9min trying to break the fourth wall and I couldn’t understand the humor at all. Still, the rest of the episode was worth it! Can’t wait for the rest!

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the magicians 2x07 - “she has a hundred spoons”

not to be dramatic but if Eliot isn’t okay by next week I’m going to commit a murder myself

  • Alice is giving me serious Lucifer from Supernatural season 7 vibes
  • “our garbage fire of a relationship that ended with Eliot’s dick in your mouth” has to be the most iconic line ever uttered
  • Niffin!Alice caused me serious pain in the magician’s land and she’s hurting my soul here too
  • Pour one out for… Haxen Paxen?? was that his name idk but damn killed by a wooden spoon
  • Eliot and Margo are still mad at Julia for all her arrogant shit and I haven’t forgotten it either, she left them all to die remember
  • “help us rob a bank” “ohmygod yes”
  • The Ocean’s Eleven music lmaooo
  • Margo robbed a bank as a high school senior and I for one demand this prequel
  • Invisible goblins and spoons covered in menstrual blood, only on The Magicians
  • I’m not even going to get into the finger magic thing fam
  • The heist music and the beekeeper suits has to be an aesthetic of some kind
  • okay Quentin trying to take off the suit and his struggle taking off his sweater in the pilot episode …. he’s such a dork
  • Where can I get a wrecking ball, I’m  uh,, asking for a friend
  • Quentin sacrificed his bodily autonomy to save Penny who says Penntin isn’t real bc they lyin
  • ELIOT SACRIFICED HIMSELF TO SAVE QUENTIN WHO SAYS QUELIOT ISNT REAL BC THEY REALLY LYING
  • I’m not kidding I’ve seen Eliot die hypothetically a few times now and it always fucking sucks please do not do this for real
  • “It’s clay, Eliot’s fine!!” BUT CLAY DOESN’T BLEED PENNY i’m,,   really worried

7/10 for ‘Plan B’ which had a funny punny name but which put my children in danger yet again. The heist was fun while it was fun tho

True to Self

Bryson Tiller returns with his Sophomore album True to Self. This was a very enjoyable album to listen to. In aspects of comparing it to Trapsoul it is definitely not a slump at all. He still provides us with the same transparency that we got in Trapsoul and the same high quality sound. Bryson takes us on a journey telling a story of what life has been like for him since Trapsoul changed his life.  


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“Stevie Nicks is more than a rock icon: She’s the high priestess of her own religion, ruling a world of prancing gypsies, gold-dust princesses and white-winged doves… On Enchanted, she still has that soulful ache in her voice, and you can hear how faithfully Nicks has followed her vision.” — Rolling Stone 

“The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks” was released on April 28th, 1998

Now Playing: b. by BOSCO

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BOSCO’s vibe is and always has been ambient and relaxing. Production has always been her strong suit and throughout this project it takes lots of different turns.  She’s got some cuts on this EP that show her more pop side, but she sticks to her strengths in electronic and alternative R&B. The tone of the album is consistent even though every song has something that stands out about it. It’s a short 8 track project, none of the songs feel dragged or too short, but it’s nice concise body of work. I really enjoy the features on here. I think this is one of my favorite EP’s of the year. 

FAV TRACKS: Cigarette Sex, Luv U & Free

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anonymous asked:

7, 22 and/or 45! Whichever you feel like :P

combo platter! this also spiraled way out of control

7. fake relationship & 22. two miserable people meeting at a wedding

[read on ao3] [should also establish this is comics!chuck, not tv!chuck]

PART ONE

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The hitching goes off without a hitch.

As in, an adorable toddler rumbles down the walkway as the ringbearer and everyone coos, vows are shared, tears shed, people clap, and Betty is in the back, chugging champagne.

Which is probably not so all well and good, considering this is just the practice round.

It’s not so bad, really, Betty thinks, as she watches the new bride and groom gently sway across the dance floor. Considers that maybe she’s being dramatic.

After all, she’s happy for Nancy, her best work friend. She looks beautiful tonight, she’s been beaming all day, and Betty knows that her own anxiety around weddings is not fair to project around onto others.

And while she doesn’t know much about Nancy’s choice of husband, save for the fact that Chuck has done a couple of children’s books for the publisher for which they both work, their relationship certainly seems solid and cute, and Betty once again thinks that, alright, maybe she is being too dramatic.

But then she watches Chuck and Nancy share a kiss so tender and beautiful it feels wrong to have seen, and she curses. Apparently out loud, because a moment later, from a dry voice across the table comes, “You’d publish your mother with that mouth?”

She lowers her glass from her lips and glances over at the guy a few seats over. It’s just them at the table now, everyone else having gotten up to mingle, dance, or let themselves eat cake.

That is, just her and someone with dark hair, a downturned mouth that thus holds a frown with ease, and an angled face. Even in formal wear, something about him vaguely, dimly screams I was once a disaffected youth.

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  • Title: Dear Martin
  • Author: Nic Stone
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Publication: October 17, 2017
  • My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 

Official synopsis:

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

This book punches you in the gut, teaches you to check your privileges, and makes you open your eyes to a hard reality impossible to deny, because “walking arround pretending inequality doesn’t exist won’t make it disappear”.

Dear Martin is a very important book that talks about racism, racial profiling, and police brutality. It’s a very interesting read, because it shows different levels of racism: from the most evident ones (shooting deaths of unarmed black teenagers) to those that are more subtle (jokes, racial slurs…). They might be different, but all of them are important, all of them affect people, and all of them are acts of racism.

This book also makes you realise that PoC always find themselves in this kind of situations and it helps you understand the rage of marginalised groups, because sometimes it seems like things are never going to change, no matter what you do. However, Dear Martin is a story that gives you hope, too, and makes you want to keep fighting to make the world a better place.

My only problems with this book are that it was too short, and I wasn’t very keen on the dialogue format, but it is a must read and I recommend it to everybody, specially to those who enjoyed The Hate U Give. If you’re looking for a story that’s easy to read (even though it’s hard) and makes you think, don’t doubt it and go for it!

*I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

If we’re being completely honest, this is my favorite one. It was made after the year 2000, obviously, so special effects are spectacular. It also pits Freddy and Jason against each other. Horror movies between 1996 & 2006 are the best. They weren’t all super gory, or about ghosts, or stupid “found footage.” I feel like they were all monsters and slasher films. This was also the last time Robert Englund played Freddy, which sucks because he was the best Freddy. He didn’t have a mask, it was just his face. He was frightening without giving me nightmares. I guess that’s not a good thing, but for me it is. This movie is about Freddy needing kids to be scared of him again so he wakes up Jason and sends him to Elm Street to scare everyone back into remembering him. And then they compete in killing them all until they just try to kill each other instead. Really Jason is the villain in this movie and Freddy is the hero. It’s just a good campy horror movie.

Rating: B. This was the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie I ever watched when I was a kid…. Ok when I was like 12.

Now Playing: Audiology by Elijah Blake

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I was already familiar with Elijah Blake before this album. What I heard was really bland and cookie cutter R&B for the radio and that may work for some people, but I ain’t trying to spend my own time listening to it, so when I saw that he had a new album, I immediately thought it was gonna be more of what I heard. There’s definitely some of that on here (which slows the album down a lot for me), but to my surprise this album feels like a mixing pot of a lot of different sounds of R&B. There’s even some Pop on here. It gives me the idea that this is the album that Elijah’s been wanting to make. I want to applaud Blake for his branching out his sound. I think theses songs can make the radio, but for the music head like me can find something to appreciate here, whether it’s the variety of the production or his voice. Although this is my first Elijah Blake album, I can’t help but feel as though there’s some growth here.

FAV TRACKS: Occupied, 11:59 and Stingy

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The American writer Dorothy B. Hughes, who was born in 1904 and died in 1993, was one of the most successful crime novelists in mid-century America, with several of her books turned into Hollywood movies.  The best-known of these is In a Lonely Place, which became a film with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame.  A new edition of the novel has just come out from New York Review Books, and our critic at large John Powers says Hughes’s version of noir is excitingly radical.

If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking ‘In A Lonely Place’

5x05 Review-Part B

Oh boi this is probably going to be my biggest cophine analysis? Yeah something like that..

Well.. you have been warned

COSIMA X DELPHINE ANALYSIS : 5X05

So first things first, I want to be honest: this episode scared me before the screening.I knew from the beginning that it’s going to  be a lose-win situation.Like any episode-ship or storyline based-that is highly anticipated, there’s always the chance of underwhelming yourself because of high expectations or overexposure. I tried to be nonchalant about it but the whole excitement  and positive vibes didn’t help at all to balance my emotions..still, i can’t quite believe  that this episode was THAT good.

Cosima and Delphine were emotional, sensual, and so very desperate.Part B of my review is totally dedicated to this beautifully flawed ship.

(ps.the screencaps are mine, tho the gifs are not mine,  if there’s a problem in reposting for review-explainer purposes,don’t hesitate to msg me guys i would wholeheartedly  respect it and delete them if you want to :) )

  • THE FLASHBACK

Cos just told Del that she’s sick.I heard a lot of people saying that they found the make out scene a tiny bit awkward and anticlimatic. Well imo it  should ‘ve been exactly like that.Think about it.


Cos just learned that she’s intellectual property and she’s basically owned ( tbh i think she knew something like that was coming from the moment she learned she was a clone). She’s shocked and confused and totally freaking out. In addition to all of this came the knowledge of her sickness, a sickness  she knew  too well how it was gonna end.

Delphine reacts instinctively in Cos’s desperation and tries to comfort her in every way she knows.She gives promises she’s totally willing to pay (even if she doesn’t understand the weight of them at the moment) and pours out her heart.

Her love is palpable even if she doesn’t say it. It’s too early and everything happens so fast for them to cope.For Del, nothing matters more  than Cosima’s well-being.And she doesn’t even know why.Why would she help a girl she barely knows?Why risk her job,her life for a charming stranger?Is this rare,undefined, chemical thing that connects us,  enough to alter our everyday life?Is intuition only good enough when everything else falls apart?

Delphine is one of the brave ones.

They don’t own you.

Not your integrity, she says.

Not your  intellect.

Not your humor.

Delphine really fights for Cosima. She swallows her own worries and fears, giving  her own body as a shelter, engulfing her, protecting her, if only for the night.

Ands that’s what makes Cosima come undone.

DIRECTION

Helen Shaver’s directing style was really, magical. Totally fitting and capable of capturing a whole spectrum of feelings. From sadness, to doubt, to arousal. In a couple of seconds everything came out perfectly.The narration and  raw cuts were spot on. I loved the fact that it took a little time for Cosima to be in the moment.It felt real, natural and authentic.

Shaver’s directional choice was very interesting if you think it’s a dreamy/ subconscious memory from Cos when she’s sleeping/dozing off .Other than the main argument of cophine (you were paid to lie to me) everything else was not in sequential order. Delphine kissing her neck, hugging her, whispering to her. Everything feels out of focus and it’s like this scene is shot from Cosima’s POV. Exactly like a dream or a fainted thought with no beginning or end.

This scene.So small and unfortunately so underrated .No more than 4 seconds yet, it captured the feeling perfectly.

A bizzare feeling of happiness - totally unmatching with no coherence or  relevance to the previous scenes and still in a peculiar way, overly perfect. Oxymoron.Sadness, euphoria, arousal, all dancing together. It probably wasn’t even scripted and it’s pure Tat and Ebro working their magic.

Delphine’s face depicts so many emotions.Cosima simply mesmerizes her.Fascinates her.It’s just the way it is.Completely natural.

And then the moment we died:

Defy them.

Live your life with every ounce of passion that I know you have. They’ll never own you.

Probably the best quote out of 5x05.Sensual,defiant, rebellious.

At this moment i would like to post a quote of  Lisa Weidenfeld in regards to them:

“These two have lied to each other for the entire duration of the show, and their connection has proven to be something that overturned both their lives, often for the worse. The flashback to Cosima’s initial discovery of her patented genes, and her admission of her illness to Dephine (who is the first person she tells) also provides a glimpse into why she’s stuck with this thing so long. The bond is tied up in a heady cocktail of sex and love and rebellion and the person who was there for her at what was probably the worst moment of her life. Who wouldn’t get hooked on that?

-AV Club

really, really loved everything about this.Cosima’s worst life experience was in lockstep with her most beloved person.What a contradiction.

after Delphine’s motivational speech Cosima got hooked. I mean just look at her face.


yeah yeah i know, she’s indeed very much aroused but it’s not just that. Cosima melts for affirmation.Wants and needs desperately Delphine’s words to keep it together. Cosima has the sassy tongue and clever remarks but Delphine’s words are wild,colourful and disarming.Her mouth is her most dangerous asset.


should at this point say a big effing THANK YOU to Tatiana and Evelyne?

Cause they really did their fucking best and it showed.All i ever wanted from this episode was to feel that Cosima finally accepted Delphine and reciprocated her feelings.Body language was fucking inconceivable like WOAH DUDE! mad respect for the whole team.

  • COPHINE FINALLY REUNITED

Finally.At fucking last.Case closed.They wraped this whole “i can’t trust you” chaos.It was about bloody time.

After a whole lot of a time Cos and Del talked about their issues.Admitted their faults.Made peace with eachother

-I push too hard

-you do things without my consent

This is what they do.

Listen.The first step for a healthy relationship is to accept your faults.And that’s exactly what they did.Under those dreadful  circumstances they made a huge step forward.

They re-evaluated their faith and trust in each other.

Cosima accepted the fact that, no matter what, Delphine’s sole purpose is to keep Cosima safe.She is willing to do whatever it takes. Lie,  lose contact, kill or even be killed.She prefered to be the ‘bad guy’ and broke up with Cos just to keep her damn promise.It needs guts to do something like that.

Delphine  on the other hand has accepted the recklessness of Cosima. She knows that until this whole thing is over she’s going to live with the fear of Cosima pushing too far, going in places that she can’t help her escape (* COUGH LOCKED CAGE COUGH COSIMA BABE DEL LITERALLY LEFT FOR 5 MINUTES WHY*)

both are living with the fear of each other’s mortality, but they prefer this than nothing. if love doesn’t teach you endurance i don’t know what does tbh.

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I don’t know what else to say.This episode was so fulfilling in regards to Cophine and Cosima.A perfect character centric episode.Let’s see what 5x06 will bring folks.

Again thanks for reading (that was WAY TOO LONG I’M SORRY)

Now Playing: Morning After by dvsn

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For some reason, Daniel Daley (the vocals of dvsn) has subdued himself. The first track of the album of the album he had this Michael Jackson-ish raspiness to his voice and I thought he would have displayed an even more soul gripping vocal talent on this album, but he’s coming very subtle throughout the project. I should have known when I head his singles. They aren’t bad. On the contrary, even when Daley isn’t showing you he has lungs, dvsn is still making better slow jams than what you would usually on the “Hot Tracks” of the R&B page on Apple Music. It’s just that when Daniel isn’t putting his vocals on full display, the songs don’t give me the same oomph. They end up feeling lack luster as an album. However, OH MY GOD CAN YOU FUCK TO THIS. Obviously this project was made for fucking in the morning and maybe by the end of the year I’ll feel different, but right now, this is some above average R&B from a duo that can put out even greater music. 

FAV TRACKS:  POV, Keep Calm, and  Mood

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