but i found them really developed

Things I really loved about Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in earnest

Spoilers!!!!!

1. Yondu’s “I’m Mary Poppins y'all!” after Peter says he’s cool. Because yes, it’s a hilarious line, but it’s also such a DAD thing. Like, who can’t say that their dad wouldn’t be so proud to be considered cool by their son and it’s so unexpectedly sweet because of it.

2. The fact that Baby Groot cries like an actual baby once. Because it’s like it’s stabbing you in the heart, but it’s so effective because you really forget that he really is a baby with all the things he can do until then, and that brings you right back.

3. The symmetry in Yondu’s redemption. Yondu is damned because he brings Ego’s children to Ego and his planet to be sacrificed, and he’s redeemed by sacrificing himself to save Ego’s child (who really is HIS child) and bring him away from Ego’s planet.

4. Drax’s interaction with Mantis, especially him holding her while he drowns in Ego’s planet. Because Drax is like this big murderous comic relief character, but his screen time with Mantis was this lovely way to remind the audience that Drax has this soft side and this tragic past without shoving it in your face. Drax might laugh at your pain, but he’d also try to save you even as he was drowning, and it’s a perfect way to frame his character.

5. Ego’s “For the first time, I am truly not ALONE!” and his alieness in general. Because don’t get me wrong, Ego is absolutely a non redeemable wonky bonkers genocidal jerk off, but he’s got this great alien quality to him that I feel this series really needed. It’s not in how he looks, but his motives and how he acts. Ego is a millennia old being; a god in a world of mortals. His view point of the world and his actions are so very true to that idea that we almost can’t relate because no one can imagine what it must be like to be that old or that powerful. But when he yells that one line out, we really get it. Ego, for all his power, is just like us; he just doesn’t want to be alone. Coupled with his god like alien superiority, his ego - get it? ;) - he sees the expansion as the way to answer that feeling. If everything is him, after all, then he can’t be alone, see? What makes him a great villain is that he actually had the real answer all along - love, family - but he chose to destroy it because he felt it was beneath him; because of his subconscious disgust at his own desire to be “just like the rest of them.”

6. Nebula’s “You wanted to win and I just wanted a sister!” And how it turns the tables on how we view her relationship with Gamora. Because Nebula is clearly set up to be the ‘bad sister’ to Gamora’s ‘good sister’ and that one line really throws that on its head and shows that neither one of them are good or bad. I also love how it’s Gamora that ends up apologizing to Nebula, after everything, and Gamora who finally returns Nebula’s offer of sisterhood after all of those years.

7. “You shouldn’t have killed my mom and squished my Walkman!” Like, this line right here; the essence of Peter Quill in 10 words. Perfection.

8. The batteries as they relate to the parallel of Yondu’s and Rocket. Because them as a parallel is basically smashed over our heads, but I liked the subtle batteries parallel in that Rocket steals batteries he doesn’t need and Yondu steals Peter, who is used as a battery by Ego. It’s just a little thing but I found it really neat.

9. Rocket’s “I can only afford to lose one friend today,” line and how although it’s clearly framed to be about Peter, it’s also possibly about Yondu. Because no matter what, Rocket is losing a friend and it’s a great line to add to his character development from a guy who started trying to push his friends away to a guy who can’t lose them.

10. The contrast between how Peter reacts to the death of Ego and Yondu. He holds both as they die but he’s just silent and unaffected by Ego and he’s distraught and trying desperately to save Yondu, trying to pull off the suit to give to Yondu and save him instead. Can you say tears?

11. Don’t even talk to me about the Ravager funeral.

12. That the movie really was truly about family. Drax and his family and Mantis, Gamora and Nebula, Rocket and the Guardians, everyone parenting Groot and Peter realizing that the dad he’d wanted all along was actually the one he’d had. Often these superhero movies pull the “we’re family” card and it doesn’t feel earned, but man it does in this one. This movie is like Marvel’s “The Fast and The Furious IN SPACE” and it’s just great.

Positivity Post

Listen, I get that there are some issues with Andromeda. The first few hours of the game really feel like they’re trying to find their footing, which isn’t hard to understand - it must have been really hard and stressful to create a game that measures up to the trilogy.

But I’m really sick of the constant posts shitting all over the game and I’ve talked to lots of people who feel the same. It seems like a lot of people are worried about posting anything positive at all for fear or retribution.

So here, have a nice happy post about some of the AMAZING things about this game, which in my opinion totally holds up as a new addition to the series.

  • Awesome hair animation. I’m totally in love with how natural the hair looks. It moves around, looks great, and flows naturally.
  • The dialogue system. This is probably the first time in a video game that I actually feel like I can develop my own personality and have a truly unique OC. Plus, you can develop different relationships with different characters, which truly makes you feel invested in the world.
  • The side quests. There are some fetch quests, sure, but I’ve never found them to be boring. They’re always grounded in a story. I find the quests to be meaningful and interesting and engaging.
  • SQUAD MATES! This might be the first game where I absolutely adore every single person on your crew. The characters feel real and they all experience really touching character growth over the course of the game.
  • FRIEND DATES!! Maybe my favourite detail that’s been added to this - the nice outings you get with your squad after you earn their loyalty. Every single one was so touching and I treasure those moments.
  • ALIEN SEX okay so I’m obviously biased on that one…
  • Beautiful landscapes. I’ve come across some small landscape bugs, but in general each world feels unique and realistic. I love parking the Nomad on top of a hill and just admiring the scenery.
  • THE NOMAD BANTER! They absolutely nailed the banter in this game, I’ve teared up a few times while listening. I love it when squadmates can help each other with things that you can’t because they have different experiences than you. It feels realistic and wonderful.
  • Truly touching moments. I don’t want to say more for fear of spoiling anything, but I’ve cried so much at this game.
  • RYDER. Holy lord in heaven I love Ryder. They’re so well-written and totally hold their own against Shepard. They experience character development over the course of the game, the voice acting is fantastic, and basically I just really love Ryder holy shit

Please feel free to add your own, I really love this game and I’d love to see more people focusing on the things that make it so incredible.

Also if you see this and absolutely need to be negative, please keep it far away and make your own post. I understand that people have complaints, but I’m 150% done with hearing about them.

Much love to my fellow Andromeda explorers!

Character Planning Printables!

All I ask is that the copyright mark is not removed, and that nobody tries to sell these to make a profit. Please enjoy using them, this system works really well for me and I hope it works for you too! If you do print these off and use them please send me a message, I would love your feedback on how you found them! 

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‘’tea with koogi’’ event news and curiosities! cr to : ilosteverythingandfoundmyself.tumblr.com

Hey girls, as you already know koogi held a signing session in Italy. During the fansign period there was also this private event called ‘’a tea with koogi’’ where 10 lucky fans had the chance to chat with koogi over a cup of tea. (of course I wasn’t lucky enough to be chosen but ok).  All of the ladies who attended this private event didn’t talk about it, but the lovely @ilosteverythingandfoundmyself​  betrayed the illuminati and told me what koogi answered them. I found another person who attended the event and she kindly made a really detailed fanccount but she’ll post it herself latern on …so have a little more patience :(

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My Two Cents: The Gay Talk

Excuse me while I generalize here, but something that annoys me most about the modern parent is their need to make “The Gay Talk” with their kids a thing. I appreciate that you want your child to know that I’m here and I’m queer and “gay is okay,” but the truth is, telling your children that there are gay people in this world should not be significant enough of an event that it needs to be a moment. Save that for telling your kids why the family dog is never coming home, or explaining why the Holocaust happened — not why it’s okay that I exist.

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reasons to watch dark matter:

- poc bisexual female lead who is loved and respected by her crew

- the main crew also involves a teenage girl and a female android, who both are important parts of the team and never talked over

- other recurring members include a black and an asian man

- the main character supports other women wholeheartedly and calls out people who dont respect them or their choices

- found family trope being the most important aspect of the show

- really good character development 

- wacky scifi time travels and alternate universes

- space conspiracies

- a sentient android who is treated with love and respect 

- the seemingly stereotype “trigger happy asshole” is the biggest softie and he learns to open up to and support his crew 

- the Nice Guy character was written off

ya’ll... we gotta talk about this.

Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall~

ALL ABOARD THE FEELS TRAIN TO FEELSTOWN… FEELS TRAIN BOARDING NOW!

So, I just finished playing through every good ending for every route in Nameless. I accomplished this in a matter of three days. Three. Days. That’s how phenomenal this game is. I never thought anything would ever come close to my love for Mystic Messenger. Nameless blew me away. Everything about this game is beautiful. Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack, beautiful voice acting, beautiful characters. I didn’t expect anything less from Cheritz. For those who aren’t familar with Nameless, it is a fully voiced visual novel-style game from Cheritz, the developers of the extremely popular mobile game Mystic Messenger. With Christmas basically here, I REALLY WANT EVERY ONE TO PURCHASE THIS GAME AND PLAY IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I PINKY SWEAR. I’M GOING TO TRY AND CONVINCE YOU. 

The game description as found on Steam is:  “Eri (the name is replaceable) is a high school student and everything about her seems ordinary except she has a special hobby. Eri is into collecting ball-jointed dolls made from the doll company, Crobidoll. Although she treats her dolls like her real family, she cannot talk about them to even her "normal” best friends. With her parents living overseas, she was left all alone after her grandpa’s death. She started to rely on her dolls to escape from her loneliness. Then, one day, she had a dream about feathers coming out of her diary and when she woke up, she heard strange sounds coming from her kitchen…”

Now, let me just tell you. This game was full of emotions, just like Mystic Messenger. To be corny, it’s a literal roller-coaster of emotions. This game has made me feel really happy, this game has made me literally laugh out loud, and I have shed actual tears due to this game on multiple occasions. The characters are so precious and dear to me, and they all have their own individual problems. They are not perfect, they are flawed. Just like in reality, no one is perfect. I absolutely love games, ESPECIALLY otome games, that embrace that. And Cheritz is extremely good at this, as much in Nameless as in Mystic Messenger. I’ll tell you my opinions on the characters, of course with no spoilers, to further convince you to buy this game. I hate comparing characters, but for Mystic Messenger fans (AKA all of my followers), I will compare since I saw a lot of similarities.

Nameless’s MC, Eri | You can change the name to whatever name you wish in the beginning of the game. She is a freshman at her school, and she lives by herself in her grandfather’s house. Her parents are extremely busy and work overseas, so she lived with her grandfather from an early age. I really, really like this MC. I found her extremely relatable. She has such a gentle heart, but she has pessimistic tendencies and is mature for her age.

Lance | I really enjoyed Lance. He was Eri’s first ball-jointed doll, and the only one that was around when Eri’s grandpa was alive. He’s very smart, but he can be pretty cold at times. He is in the same freshman class as Eri, and is popular against his wishes. He doesn’t really express himself well in front of others. He acts like he doesn’t care about you, but actually cares a lot. He’s a classic tsundere. I couldn’t really compare him to anyone in MysMe personality wise, he’s his own person. I cried during his route.

Yeonho | Yeonho was Eri’s second doll. He had an owner before Eri, but he was sold at auction, with Eri as the winning bid. I absolutely LOVE Yeonho. He is so so so so so sweet. I want to love and protect him forever, the precious angel. I would definitely call him the Yoosung of Nameless. His voice even sounds similar to Yoosung. He is also in the same freshman class with Eri and Lance. He REALLY loves Eri, and is really attached to her. He’s 100% a yandere. He is also really popular at school and he is known as the Yellow Chick. I can’t really get to much into his character without spoiling anything.

Yuri | I like to call Yuri a Jumin-Zen hybrid, with some differences. He is very narcissistic and flirtatious, ESPECIALLY towards Eri. He is very fashion forward, and spends a lot of money on clothes and material items. Out of all the dolls, he appears the most mature physically. He enjoys music, and plays the drums really well. He teaches music at Eri’s school. He appears frivolous, but is actually pretty serious when is alone with Eri. Again, I can’t go into detail without spoiling. I cried during his route.

Tei | I think Tei is probably my favorite route, for many reasons that I can’t disclose without spoiling. I would compare him most to Jumin. He acts like the “mother/father” of the group, but he is actually very complicated. He is the most popular of the group at school, a sophomore, and works in a cafe part-time. I think that he has such a kind heart. I would say that he loves Eri the most out of everyone. Also a yandere. I definitely cried during his route.

Red | And lastly, we have darling Red, warrior of justice! Yes, I said “warrior of justice.” That wasn’t an error. Sounds like our dear defender of justice, Seven Zero Seven, doesn’t it? He reminds me SO MUCH of Seven sometimes, even his voice acting. He’s definitely his own person though. He’s innocent, kind of naive, and very slow at times. That just adds to his cuteness. He is full of energy and is bright like the sun. He loves online games and watching action shows about justice warriors. He believes that he will one day gain special powers. However, is his smile just a mask to hide how he really feels? His route… gosh. So many feels I felt like I was drowning. I definitely cried during his route. A lot. His route is also easily tied as my favorite with Tei’s.

IN CONCLUSION,

Please consider purchasing this beautiful masterpiece. It would make me so happy if you did. And Cheritz, 정말 고맙습니다. 사랑해.

Doubling Down (Real Rant)

Okay so my previous post technically is a real rant too, but just a summary that I created IMMEDIETELY after the episode was over. If you do not like long analyses and posts or you have not seen the episode, then skip this post. I will divide this analysis by characters.

Heidi Turner

For the longest time we all loved Heidi. She was a very happy girl when she was first with Cartman, and I am referring to the previous seasons before the manipulation etc. However, Heidi is symbolism of real relationships. That is probably why this South Park episode has the strongest impact out of all the others in Season 21. There are legit girls out there who do not have the heart to just leave someone in a bad state no matter how shitty of an asshole that person is. Girls (not all, but most) are the compassionate counterpart amoungst the two sexes and we have a tendency to save those in need. I went through it, and I know people who went through it. Heidi truly believes that there is a way to redeem Cartman. However, us the audience as well as Kenny, Stan, Kyle and all the other boys know Cartman’s true nature and he will obviously never change as sad as that is. I can’t come to fully hate her, because her personality just allows her to be so compassionate to the point where she doesn’t realize how much she’s hurting others instead of helping them. However, I do hate her for the fact that she knowingly insulted Kyle and led him on just to hurt him in the end. I can no longer defend her and say she’s clueless. She has clearly chosen her path and I am honestly really sorry for her. She was a great character and I hate to see her go down this path. Hopefully future episodes will give more hope to Heidi being in a healthier relationship.

Originally posted by marrjorine

Eric Cartman

Where do I begin? Eric Cartman has been the biggest icon of South Park for 21 years now, and we all have known him for childish yet sadistic behavior. Personally, from the moment he killed Scott Tennerman’s parents (technically his own father as well) I knew this kid was evil. However, he is likable at the same time for his humor. Matt and Trey honestly did an excellent job developing such a complex antagonistic character.

Now the part about Heidi:

Not only is he the most manipulative character I have ever witnessed in a cartoon, he is also bipolar. No joke. There is two sides to him.

Side A: Cartman is exactly what Heidi wants. He is sweet and caves into her healthy habits such as “veganism”. Side A is an illusion that is meant to solely fool Heidi or whoever he is trying to manipulate. For example, if he wants something from his mom badly he resorts to “Mom please…” and proceeds to cry. He knows people have a hard time ignoring compassion, especially from his own mother.

Side B: This is Cartman’s true side. All his sadistic thoughts rest in this side as seen with the scene where he was eating with Token and his family. He sees Kyle as a threat, and taking away what is his. Really though, Cartman doesn’t see that he is taking away Heidi’s entire LIFE. Her healthy habits, her self respect and her friends. He is abusive in all forms. He may not be physically strong, but his mind is the strongest weapon. He blames all his problems on everyone but himself as Kyle pointed out. Everything that Cartman says is the opposite of what is really happening. His intentions on why exactly he loves Heidi is unclear, but I can officially conclude that now it is for the sole purpose of hurting Kyle.


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Kyle Broflovski

Kyle is more of the verbal characters of South Park. He is known for his speeches and reality checks and although it doesn’t always work out, you have to admire the fact that he tries to take the pacifist route regardless of any situation and he is very mature for his age.

It is also clear now that he is an advocate for women’s rights. While all the other men sat there and stood out of Cartman’s way, Kyle was not afraid to take a stand even knowing how sadistic Cartman can be. He manned up and actually confronted Heidi about the situation even despite Heidi defending Cartman. He believes all women should be respected, and all women should respect women. This can be defended by what he said at the gym to Bebe, Red, Wendy etc. I was actually really surprised that they did not develop more respect for him because of his words. You would think that these girls would “stick together” even after that whole wieners our incident. Nope. They just accepted the fact that Heidi was in a shitty relationship.

Kyle didn’t give up. He still went for it. He knew what he was getting himself into, and honestly I have a new found respect for him because of this episode.

As for the girls, shame on them. Shame on them all, especially Wendy. Kyle literally said that shaming Heidi for her decisions would just make Heidi wanna prove them wrong. They’re idiots, and honestly this is reality. Girls sometimes bash on girls more than guys bash on girls. It’s terrible. This episode is so real it hurts. None of this would’ve happened if they were supportive. Heidi would’ve never wanted to check up on Cartman.

This episode was very well written and reflects reality sadly. Poor Kyle honestly. I want him to just be happy with someone and to just be rewarded for his pure ways. I think there will definitely be a continuation of this plot. Cartman doesn’t deserve shit.

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anonymous asked:

Do you watch any game analysts/reviewers/critics/game dev channels on YouTube? Any of them you particularly like or dislike?

There are a few youtube channels I do watch regularly, but I tend to bypass analysts, critics, or reviewers. I don’t really find that sort of content to be particularly useful to me, as I tend to look at games differently than most of them and would usually rather form my own opinion based on footage of the gameplay without their commentary. Stuff I tend to watch tends to be stuff that deals with development on some level, rather than finished products. Here are some of the channels I tend to watch:

  • [Extra Credits] - Most of you probably know what this is. Some of you probably found this blog through their kind mention of me. 
  • [3Blue1Brown] - A great place for understanding complex mathematical concepts visually
  • [GDC] - The youtube GDC video vault, where they post talks given at previous conferences.
  • [Kristjan Zadziuk] - An industry animation director that has some great videos on motion capture and advice on animation reels

There really isn’t a lot I dislike, because that requires a greater emotional commitment than I’m willing to give. I don’t necessarily dislike Total Biscuit, Angry Joe, Jim Sterling, Yahtzee, or whoever else, but that’s because I only give them attention commensurate with how much I care about their commentary: very little.


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“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson

I strive to associate tangible goals to intangible blocks. I need to be able to vocalize solutions to the often obscure, invisible walls that land in front of me.

These walls, often based in fear, are anxiety inducing. I let them do that sometimes. It makes everything harder, more daunting, and seemingly impassable.

These fears are important, however. It’s important to recognize them, and to acknowledge them. They’re shedding light on something that’s very real to me. But once I’ve acknowledged them, I’m done, and it’s time to move on to the next step.

The next step is the most important one: action.

For some reason I always think about the trip I took to watch the eclipse. I sat on my bed wondering: what if I don’t pack the right things? What if I have car troubles? What if I have problems at the border? What if I can’t find a place to camp? And the list went on and on and on. I did this for well over an hour. I paced, I checked my phone to distract myself, I did everything but what I needed to do. Eventually, I knew what I had to do. I started packing everything I thought I needed for Momo and I and reassured myself that if I forgot something, I could find a solution then. I brought my toolkit incase something happened to the car. I packed my passport and reassured myself that there was no reason for border problems. I found a spot on a map to camp that night, and before I knew it I was on the road, headed to my destination. I saw the eclipse. It was pretty great, but that trip, for me, was really about facing fear with action.

The most liberating thing I’ve found in the face of fear is to make a plan and follow through with it. And give yourself room to screw up, cause it will happen.

Have you conquered fear? What tools have you developed? Feel free to share some of them below.

There’s a lovely character study video on Youtube about Newt Scamander called ‘The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander.’ I think everyone should see this! But it also made me worry if the studios decide to change Newt’s character or diminish him because of his unusual main character traits. I found him absolutely endearing, brilliantly acted and believably flawed, and I just really hope we do get to see his developement over the next movies without the studio or anyone putting a stop to it.

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) - Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

5 bullets on this film:

  • I think this movie deals with the topic of mental illness very well, without being too heavy, but in a sensitive way. It’s deep and it makes you think a lot, but there are some funny scenes as well. If you ever feel sad, watch this, it’ll make you feel better.
  • Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts are great, they really got into their roles. I loved how all the characters were well-developed  and how each one of them represented different mental illnesses.  
  • The musical interludes basically made the entire movie.
  • The setting is basically the same during the whole movie: a psychiatric hospital. However, the colors and the nice cinematography make everything seem cute and not-boring.
  • When I was around 14 I used to get really sad sometimes, so I watched this film and it really helped me. I also read the novel written by Ned Vizzini, which was based on his own life. I recently found out that he commited suicide in 2013 and I am devastated. When you feel sad, please don’t do anything stupid. 

anonymous asked:

I know this is a Utena central blog, but have you seen Ikuhara's other shows Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma Arashi? I'd like to know your thoughts on them! In my opinion Penguindrum had a lot of good themes and amazing concepts & designs but some of the plot lines were questionable.... same with Yuri Kuma but with even more questionable plot lines and overall both shows just didn't have the genius that Utena has to me. What did you all think?

I think that Chiho Saito and Enokido played much bigger roles in the development of Utena than the fandom as a whole would like to believe. Ikuhara has got some awesome ideas and he seems like one of those people with that overactive pattern recognition thing that makes for very unique artists– but if you actually look at the interviews, Enokido is associated with most of the gutpunch moments in the anime. You know, the ones that make you gasp and wince, like Touga’s backstory (even though that one in particular never made it into the anime).

Chiho Saito is a whole damn thing on her own. The English-speaking fandom doesn’t seem to like her much and she’s constantly accused of “not understanding her own work.” This latest manga chapter has brought all that up to the surface again– to which, honestly, I have some very damn sharp words in answer. Accusing one of the creators of a work of not understanding it because you don’t agree with how she understands it is short-sighted at best. But honestly, I’m coming to believe that she probably made the biggest contribution of all to SKU– restraint.

Let me say that again:

restraint

Because, taking both Penguindrum and YuriKuma as evidence, Ikuhara has that great pattern recognition thing going on, but no one is holding him back and saying “okay look how does this make sense, how does this fit together, where is the internal logic?” And as far as Gio and I can tell from the interviews, that is exactly what Chiho Saito did. Constantly. Probably to the point that he hated her at times. But that’s exactly what Ikuhara needs.

Circling back to your original question, I enjoyed Penguindrum, but it lacked the gutpunch moments and the underlying logic of SKU. The ideas were there, and there were some really great trippy moments, but it didn’t have that kick, you know? And the characters didn’t really show a lot of depth, which was disappointing. I still enjoy it. In fact, I’m making my friend @mrsrobichek (hey baby (ΦзΦ) ) watch it with me and we’re having a blast. Also, Grey Wednesday is a gorgeous song and I listened to the whole soundtrack bunches when I was on a cross-country road trip a few years ago. Gio isn’t really that fond of Penguindrum, but eh, she has questionable taste anyway XD

On the other hand, YuriKuma… sigh. I feel like a bad fan or something? Or at least a bad consumer of related “literature.” I couldn’t finish it. I actually couldn’t even get past episode 3. I hated it that much. And I know exactly why– the characters were flat and just kept flattening further. I’m told that changes later on, but at that point a) I don’t have time to spend waiting for something to get better and b) that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back, it was still missing that same underlying logic and that darkness that made things feel important instead of just wacky, or not-so-wacky, anime hijinks.

I feel so bad! I wanted to like it, but I just straight up couldn’t. A lot of the moments I enjoyed felt like they were pulling heavily from SKU, and in that case, I’ll just go watch SKU again. What makes me feel worst is that I found a couple episode synopses talking about Takarazuka influences and the role of men in women’s media that were really excellent and that I really enjoyed, but… well, I stopped reading them because I would have to watch the show to know what was being referenced and I just do not have time for that shit.

Aaaand here’s what ties all of this together– I think Ikuhara needs the right team to be effective as a director. I think he needs someone to develop his characters and add the dark bits (Enokido), and I think he needs someone stopping him and making him figure out what it is that he’s doing and why (Saito). And I think without those things, he’s not going to make another classic. Sure, I think he’ll make enjoyable stuff, but without at the very least someone like Chiho Saito to hold him back and make him figure out what the hell he’s trying to say and how to make it understandable to his audience, the underlying logic of his stories comes out garbled at best.

In summary, plz come back and save anime, Be-Papas ;_;

Writing a Musical - Step One

Pairing: Lin-Manuel Miranda x Reader

Word Count: 1,984

Trigger Warnings: None yet

A/N: I’ve been MIA for awhile because of senior activities and things like that, but I’ve been working on this series for awhile now, and I really wanted to post the first part. I’m about four parts in, so hopefully I’ll be posting the next part soon. Enjoy!

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Step One: Get Inspired

Lin could never admit when he was bordering on creepy. There had been plenty of times when he’d scroll down, say, someone’s Twitter profile and just get lost. Next thing you know, he could tell you the name of their prom date and what color they wore to it. He figured everyone does that once in awhile. Not on purpose, of course.

Well, this instance was on purpose.

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Cam’s Voltron Fic Rec 2/∞

Cam’s Voltron Fic Rec Lists:  [1] [2] [3]

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**Beacon by glitteringconstellations

Word count:  17,223 (5/?)

Summary:  An emergency mission to answer a distress call wasn’t unusual. The urgency in Allura’s voice wasn’t necessarily unusual, either—she was very much of the mind that Voltron was obligated to answer every single distress call brought to their attention. Being the defender of the known universe came with a certain number of responsibilities, after all.

But seeing the pinched, pale look on both Allura and Coran’s faces when they converged on the bridge was unusual. “The universe is vast even in terms of those planets still yet beyond the grips of the Galra. But…. the distress call came from the Terra Firma Quadrant.”

Earth.

Comments:  Back to Earth AU. Reunion fic. This one occasionally flips pov to some characters on Earth so we get to see their reactions to the gang’s initial disappearance and then the realization that they are not alone in the universe. This fic is so different from the other Back To Earth ones I’ve read, all the little details make it feel so real.


don’t go (i can’t follow) by My_King_And_Your_Lionheart

Word count:  10,670 (5/5)

Summary:  Keith’s shirt falls to the floor and Shiro gets so distracted by the ink on his skin that when he finally realizes Keith was trying to flip him, he’s already on his back. With the mismatched ‘Never tell me the odds’ pressed against his throat, Shiro thinks he could fall in love like this.

Comments:  Part 1 of the series blame it on the stardust which is partway through its second installment just pretending to know. This is a Sheith fic featuring tattooed!Keith. Also, my favorite part is the OG GARRISON TRIO AKA Matt/Shiro/Keith bonding bc they are my favorite friendship group ugh. Also Keith’s adoptive parents are super awesome like seriously I love them so much. This one ends with the start of season one basically, and Part 2 kinda picks up from there.


i want your heaven and your oceans too by mothpoem

Word count:  11,622 (1/1)

Summary:  “Not—not that you’d be my rebound! I mean, you’d be helping me take my mind off of this guy, but to be a rebound, I’d have to have dated him first, I think, and he doesn’t even know I like him, so. You wouldn’t be a rebound. At worst, we become badass partners-in-crime with a grudging respect for each other, at best, we’re soulmates for life and this is fate trying to help us find happiness. So. Um.” Lance swallows and looks up at the Blade of Marmora soldier through his lashes. “What say you?”

They look down at their hands for a moment, fingers twisting together in deep thought. Then they’re pulling their gloves off, revealing pale, half-bruised knuckles of the human variation, and their mask is dissolving, giving way to big blue-purple eyes and an achingly familiar jet-black cowlick. “Who,” says Keith Kogane, in that low-pitched rumble that makes Lance’s stomach roil in the good way—holy fuck—“is this guy you’re trying to get over?”

Comments:  Lots of Lance whump. And obviously this is Klance endgame. I just love how far this goes before Lance finds out its not just some random bom guy. Lance is such a sassy guy when he’s in danger and it really comes out in this fic. Add in a heaping tablespoon of protective Keith and you’ve got yourself the perfect post-s4 voltron fanfic right here.


Burn Break Crash by NaryCanary

Word count:  36,891 (7/?)

Summary:  When Katie "Pidge” Holt arranged a special road trip with her boyfriend that doesn’t go according to plan, she somehow throws herself in an unexpected predicament and now must take responsibility for it. What is it she must do? Take Keith Kogane - an attractive, mysterious, arrogant guy from school - on the road with her across the country.

Growing up, Pidge was always taught to look both ways before crossing the street to avoid accidents. Nobody ever told her what to do if her life happens to go up in flames.

Comments:  Slowburn Kidge roadtrip AU. Background Shallura. This is a college AU that feels very raw to me idk. Like its not just all fluff and comedy, its also angst and comfort and thrilling in all the ways. The way their conversations flow and relationship develops is so natural and un-forced. This fic really made me like Pidge a lot more after reading. Even if you don’t ship it romantically, it really makes you appreciate the fiery, explosive bond between them. Platonic Kidge is also something I started exploring because of how much I loved the interaction with these two.


**Entangled by Purpleneutrino (mackerelmademedoit)

Word count:  101,859 (12/12)

Summary:  When Keith found himself mentally linked to Lance of all people, he never thought that it would end in anything but irritation and misery on both sides. He certainly never imagined that it would be a useful asset in team Voltron’s fight against the Galra Empire. Now if he can just keep his feelings in check, they might actually have a chance at defeating Zarkon.

Needless to say, when he’d wished for a ‘bonding moment’ with Lance, this wasn’t exactly what he’d had in mind.

Comments:  Klance with eventual mature content. Whump for both parties in this fic, and lots of angst. Also super-protective-over-Keith Shiro, which is my fav. A warning that this is very slow burn. I mean look at that word count. It’s amazing tho bc we get so much of this goodness. I love Stuck-Together and Forced Co-Dependency Tropes and this satisfies both. These two are forced to show so much vulnerability to each other and get so much closer as a result.


**Kieth’s ‘Physical Contact’ Initiation Program by alisayamin (sh_04e)

Word count:  26,522 (6/6)

Summary:  Keith didn’t move and neither did Pidge. It was a little awkward until Keith finally said, “Maybe we could officially officiate this..?”

“What do you mean?”

“Fist me.”

Pidge recoiled and sputtered, “Keith, what the f-” She was cut off by Shiro’s bellowing laughter from the observatory deck.

With his straight face unchanged, Keith lowered his left hand with the stopwatch and lifted his right hand, fisted.

Pidge actually sighed with so much relief, “OH. You mean fistbump! Right.” She slapped her forehead to remove the very very wrong image her imagination drew for her, “Holy shit, Keith, we need to work on that but yeah sure, I’d be honoured to officiate your physical contact program whatever.”

Or

That one time Coran realized Keith was too distant and decided to make him undergo the 'Physical Contact’ Initiation Program which then led to –> 5 times the paladins realized Keith was an actual cat.

Comments:  I. LOVE. THIS. STORY. ugh. Keith bonding with everyone through hugs and cuddles, man. That is all that needs to be said. Oh and also Keith whump plus lots of comfort. Also Matt&Keith bros and Pidge&Keith bros is life. And super-protective-over-Keith Shiro. LITERALLY EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT ALL IN ONE GLORIOUS FIC. But seriously in this one, Keith unashamedly knows he wants physical affection, he just struggles with how to ask for it.


**Antidote by salineshots

Word count:  53,759 (8/?)

Summary:  Based very loosely off of @eyugho’s lovebug AU, which I love more than anything?? Thanks to them for starting this wonderful AU!

Keith’s bitten by a lovebug, but this one doesn’t make him all cuddly. Instead, every moment he spends away from Lance is physically painful for him, and every moment he spends touching him is really, really nice. That’s frustrating enough already without Keith having to hide his massive crush.

Lance just wants to help, but he knows that Keith doesn’t like to be touched. Also hiding a massive crush, because these two are horrible at communication.

Comments:  Slowburn Klance with so much Keith whump and comforting and supportive Lance. I really like this version of the Lovebug AU, especially bc it basically doubles as one of those Stuck-Together Tropes, and also they become super co-dependent on each other which is also nice because we get to see all their vulnerabilities and insecurities forced into the spotlight.


Muzzled by Emls479

Word count:  5,181 (1/1)

Summary:  The blade of Marmora aren’t the only ones with time altering technology. Days on the outside can be months within. Keith finds this out a little too late.

Comments:  This is more than a little dark and also I cried so watch out if you don’t like hardcore whump on our boy keef who really needs more hugs.


Yes, Sir by mikkimouse

Word count:  8,302 (1/1)

Summary:  “Are you all ready to get started?”

“Yes, sir!” twenty voices answered in unison.

Shiro’s stomach flipped at the words. Oh, no.

The soul mark on his right wrist burned, confirmation that his soulmate was one of the twenty people who’d just uttered the phrase.

Oh, shit.

Comments:  All 3 Works in this series are so great. Not just bc its a Sheith Soulmate AU, but also bc its just the perfect mix of funny, angsty and fluffy.

Yuri on Ice interview translation - Otomedia 2017/02 (p19-20)

I’m thinking that I might just finish off this Otomedia so that I can put it aside… There’s two more interviews in it but I didn’t have much time tonight so I just translated these short comments by the voice actors of JJ, Otabek, Phichit and Chris. They are still cute though. Also, I super agree with what Yasumoto said about Chris… I want to see Chris going all out! He’s supposed to be just below Victor in skills so I’m sure he will do better when Victor is back too..

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Jean-Jacques Leroy
Special comment by Mamoru Miyano

Q. What did you pay attention to when playing JJ and what was fun?

JJ made a shocking appearance and caused a sensation among the viewers (LOL). JJ appeared for a short while, but he has the personality of a star and, at the same time, we could see his hesitation, suffering and comeback. It was quite a dramatic development. I did my best to understand all the subtleties of his heart and, together with him, I was able to experience a whole lot of beautiful feelings. There were many instructions I received from the directors which I found impressive, and it would take a long time to mention them all so I’ll refrain from listing them (LOL), but I really had a lot of fun in the scene where everyone sings JJ’s theme! (LOL)

Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?

I’m really happy to have been able to take part in this compelling series. The story was thrilling and exciting, the characters have varied personalities and are all fascinating, during recording I was surrounded by amazing colleagues… I always had a great time. We discussed about our love for the series, we enjoyed it ourselves, we talked about a lot of random stuff, we talked about a lot of random stuff, we talked about a lot of random stuff… (LOL) It was really a wonderful workplace!!

Q. What would you like to see about JJ in a possible sequel?

More than JJ doing something… I want to see “JJ!!! on ICE”, a spin-off story with JJ as the protagonist, showing from his childhood onwards. I’m sure JJ wants to see it too (LOL). And I’d really like to see it myself…! (LOL)


Otabek Altin
Special comment by Yoshimasa Hosoya

Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?

I was able to see once again how every series and workplace has a different personality, color and way of doing things. It made me think that I want to keep on doing my best and experience lots of different workplaces.

Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Otabek?

Since I was going to play Otabek I was curious to see what people from Kazakhstan normally look like, so I searched for pictures and happened upon pictures of a very beautiful athlete. I thought that it was really nice. That was my first impression. I think that at first sight Kazakh and Japanese people look similar, therefore I felt a sense of closeness when I played Otabek.

Q. What was fun about playing Otabek?

His line “Will you become my friend? Or not? Decide” was simply amusing.

Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?

I was struck by the line “Will you get on? Or not? Decide” because it reminded me of Schwarzenegger in “Te*minator” (LOL).

Q. What would you like to see about Otabek in a possible sequel?

As long as the viewers are happy and I have fun playing it, that will be perfect. I can’t think of something concrete right now, but I will do my best to act out any kind of development.


Phichit Chulanont
Special comment by Kenshou Ono

Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?

I wanted to do more! It was so much fun that it felt like an instant.

Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Phichit?

I remember clearly that I was told Phichit-kun is a cheerful character until the end.

Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?

I was impressed by the scene of Yuuri and Yurio in the toilet in episode 1. If someone did that to me I’d get depressed (LOL).

Q. What was fun about playing Phichit?

I thought that his monologues while he performs perfectly portray his nice personality. It really impressed me how he skated thinking that he wanted everyone to have fun.

Q. What would you like to see about Phichit in a possible sequel?

I want to see Phichit-kun skate in Thailand and also increase the number of quadruple jumps he can perform and become stronger. I want him to win the Grand Prix Final!! In the end your character is the one you want to cheer on the most.


Christophe Giacometti
Special comment by Hiroki Yasumoto

Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?

I had fun. Lots of fun. I really like aggressive workplaces.

Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Chris?

He seems straightforward and he’s not, but he has more passion than anyone else. I guess I paid attention to keep that balance. From the directors I was told… “you can come more” (LOL).

Q. What was fun about playing Chris?

He has a peculiar balance, so he was fun but at the same time difficult to play. However, he has lots of fascinating sides like the “toughness” we could catch a glimpse of in the last episode, so he’s definitely a character I would like to interact with more.

Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?

I guess the scenes with JJ. They were just amusing. And I like how he’s not only amusing but had an important serious development too.

Q. What would you like to see about Chris in a possible sequel?

I want to see him win. This time I had the feeling that there weren’t many scenes showing his strength. I want to see a strong Chris too.


anonymous asked:

I don't know if it's just me or not but one thing I love about Yoonseok is how they managed to ground each other and change each other in a way for the better. (Does that make any sense?) because of Hobi, Yoongi became more sensitive and more in touch with his soft side and because of Yoongi, Hobi became stronger and dealt with things thrown his way in a strong manner. They both love each other so much and gravitate towards each other that it physically pains me..

have you watched this video? the sope timeline? 

i found it thanks to @1rapman​ while looking through the yoonseok tag and like i was around for all these moments i saw their friendship develop and even though i talked about it a lot i haven’t actually realized just how much they’ve grown you know????? it really hit me just now. the adoration i had for them??? it just skyrocketed. i didn’t know it could be possible to love them even more but lasmjcfdsfjkdsnkj the concept of them overcoming their awkwardness around each other, learning to accept their flaws and adjusting to them, learning how the other person works and how to make them smile, learning from them when to be softer and when to be tougher, finding strength and energy in each other..

heartlikethunder  asked:

I have a few questions about subplots: How do you weave them into your main story line? What are some ideas for subplots that compliment the story? How do you come up with an idea for a subplot? Thank you for all your hard work on this blog and the wonderful amount of information you have provided to the writing community.

You’re welcome! I never know what to blog about so your questions always give me great ideas :)

Plotting the Subplot

So I did do a post about subplots like a year and a half ago, but I’m going to use this opportunity to expand on the points I brought up in that post and hopefully add some additional comments (and try extremely hard not to use the word “plot” too many times). 

Dictionary.com definition of a subplot: a subordinate plot in a play, novel, or similar work.

Okay, yes, a subplot tends to be subordinate to everything else that’s going on, but I like to think that they also serve as diversions. They sometimes act as red herrings to keep us distracted from the main mystery of the story, and often times they appear insignificant when we first meet them. 

A good subplot appears innocent, unimportant, unassuming…until we reach the pivotal point of the story where it all comes together. 

Subplots can surprise us in the best possible way, because it’s often unpredictable yet totally, completely believable when we stop and think back to all the clues we might have glossed over before, because we were so focused on what we thought was the “real plot.” 

How do I find my subplot/subplots?

You shouldn’t have to look too hard to find a potential subplot. They shouldn’t just be “mini-plots;” they should be born from the main plot. You think about the narrative arc of your story, and you ask yourself, how can I enhance it? How can I deepen it? When it comes to the climax or the big reveal, what could help give it more clarity or believability? 

Let’s say you have a secondary/minor character sacrifice themselves for the protagonist in the climax of the story. A great subplot might follow an arc of that character that might explain why they’re able to make this sacrifice, or why they feel it’s necessary. A subplot also might explore the relationship between the two characters, so that this sacrifice is not only the climax of the conflict with the antagonist, but also the climax of their relationship. Without this character’s journey included in the story, this sacrifice might seem lackluster, or even convenient/out-of-the-blue. 

Telling this other character’s story does not necessarily mean you use their point of view. Subplots can be told from any POV; in fact, sometimes they work better from someone else’s. If we’re seeing this other character’s story through the eyes of the protagonist, it stays relegated to the subordinate, ensuring that we pay it little attention until the moment it finally steps into the spotlight. 

Basically, subplots should come organically. They should come to you as you’re figuring out the main conflict. Subplots are often the answers to side-questions that a reader might be curious to know more about, but the side-questions must have some kind of significance to the overall plot. Once you’ve chosen a subplot that stems from the main plot, you’re able to brainstorm ways to connect it more intrinsically. 

Harlan Coben wrote a YA mystery series featuring the character Mickey Bolitar, and his cunning, clever friends. In the third book of the series, Mickey has a mystery surrounding the guys on his basketball team, while his friend Ema is concerned when her online boyfriend suddenly disappears. Mickey’s plot seems more important, simply because we’re from his point of view, but when the mysteries are solved, we learn that the two plots were actually more interconnected than we initially thought. 

A subplot also might be the cause of something important later on, or it might serve as a parallel to the bigger problem the character must face down the line. 

There was a comment on my last post involving subplots, where @jackalediting briefly mentioned the importance of Quidditch to Harry Potter. Quidditch is unarguably a subplot throughout the entire series, but the first snitch that Harry ever caught playing Quidditch ends up playing a key role in the final showdown in the last book.  A smaller scale example sits compactly in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry developing his skills as a Seeker served as a parallel to the task set before him beneath the trap door when he had to use a broomstick to grab one specific key out of hundreds. These are just a couple instances where a seemingly innocent subplot found a way to contribute to the climax of the story.

How do I incorporate them into the story?

If you’ve developed your subplot well, scenes surrounding the subplot should fit nicely into your chronology. You should be able to look at main events and think, “Well, this subplot scene needs to happen before this main plot scene, and you really need to understand this aspect of the subplot to appreciate its significance in this later scene.” 

Rather than two colleagues working independently side-by-side, they should be working together

If you’re at a complete loss for how to outline a subplot into a story, try writing your subplot independently first. Brainstorm all the scenes that contribute to the subplot, and then see how they might fit in to the rest of your outline. It might be more seamless than you think. 

-Rebekah

On the subject of shitty romance novels:

I attempted to make a terribly cliched romance novel once because I thought that it would make a lot of money to pander to a particular audience and do you want to know what I found from that experiment?

I liked writing it. 

Oh my gods. 

Once I put myself to work, once I had the characters and the plot developed, once I took a step back and found where I could put my own cleverness into it- I fucking loved it!

Like, I was looking at it from the standpoint of ‘anyone can write a love story. Yeah, anyone can- but why would you do something if you didn’t enjoy it? 

And some people really enjoy cookie-cutter romance novels and some people enjoy erotica about time-traveling vikings and some people enjoy fluffy romance novels that make them feel good. 

I once knew an author who wrote romance novels because he thought it would make him money. He was shocked, shocked, to find that he wasn’t an immediate best-seller.  

People can tell if your heart’s not in it. It is plain on the paper that you did not enjoy one second of the creative process of this piece.  Romance presents all the same challenges as any other creative piece and if you’re going in with the attitude that it ain’t, you’re gonna make a shitty novel.