chang is my favourite character of all time

My Top 5 Root Moments

Shoot Week Day 1 - Favourite Root Moments

(All gifs are mine. They took forever and they’re Not Good, and I’ve developed such a massive appreciation for everyone who spends the time making these things.) 

1. Root’s view of the universe (317)

This scene perfectly encapsulates Root’s misanthropy. The idea that she presents here is Camus’ Absurdism, which describes the conflict between the universe’s inherent meaninglessness and our need to find a purpose. Camus argued that the only true way to resolve this conflict is by embracing the Absurd – acknowledging the chaos of the universe while defiantly searching for meaning anyway. This episode, which is the springboard to Root’s redemption arc, concludes with Root doing just that. The Machine gives Root’s life meaning, but She encourages Root to make her own choices. Root also admits that she cares about Shaw, Finch and even “the helper monkey.”

2. Shapes and symphonies (510)

Can you believe that Root discussed philosophy and metaphysics and made a joke about Shaw’s glorious ass all during a lethal shootout? Legends only.

This entire speech was great, but I particularly like the lines in the gif above. It’s such a contrast to Root’s previous thoughts about the universe being “infinite and chaotic and cold.” Instead, she indicates that we forge our paths in the universe – which, as I discussed earlier, sounds very similar to the idea of “embracing the Absurd.” 

I also appreciate how meta this line is. Root and Shaw, aren’t real, but they still mean everything to me, both individually and as a couple. And even though they are no longer on our TV screens now that POI has ended, we can still keep them alive in our imaginations through our fics, art, gifs and so on.  

3. Root’s newfound sense of belonging (510)

Root spent the majority of her life alone, shunning humanity. This moment in which she admits to Shaw that she’s finally found a family and a sense of belonging was hard-fought, which makes it all the more gratifying. She had to earn Team Machine’s trust. She risked her life for them repeatedly and even endured brutal torture. But as she said, she wouldn’t change any of it. 

4. Root and the truth (301)

I loved Root from the moment that she pulled a gun on Finch in 123, but this is the scene where she became my favourite character of all time. This monologue is incredibly chilling and really conveys Root’s power. Her voice shakes from the thorazine that she’s being forced to take and from rage (at her confinement and at this psychiatrist, who easily fits her definition of bad code). It’s a tremendous performance by Amy Acker. 

5. “Maybe someday” (411)

In Prophets (405), Root says that a good end would be a privilege for her. Here, she gets what she would probably feel is a “good end”.  As Root knows that she is about to die saving the world, all she wants is confirmation that there could be something between her and Shaw someday. The way her face lights up at the mere possibility of them having a future together absolutely breaks my heart.

I‘m getting sick of all of the drama going on at times in the Mystic Messenger fandom… *sighs*

Can we all:

  • Agree to disagree with who our favourite characters are
  • Accept that some ships are not for some people
  • Try not to hate on characters/ships in their tags
  • Accept that different people like and dislike characters for their own reasons
  • Not pressure somebody into changing their opinion on some aspect of the game because it doesn’t fit into your view
  • Leave people be if you have differing opinions!!!
  • And stop. sending. anon. hate.
  • Just be happy that Mystic Messenger has been able to bring people together from all around the world, has supported people, and that there is a fandom! Be happy that Cheritz even made the game!!!!
Emotion and Pacing in comics

One of the reasons that I love comics so much is that there are many valid ways to approach the medium. When I make comics, the parts I’m most concerned with are character and story. Everything I draw on the comic page is in service to character and story. Because of my focus on those two elements over, say, experimenting with my art and page structure, I will sometimes get criticism that my work is safe or boring. This is probably fair criticism! I don’t do a lot of experimenting with paneling or challenging storytelling or explicitly challenging artwork in my comics, because right now that’s not what I’m interested in. Maybe I will be more experimental someday, but not right now, with the kind of stories I want to tell. :)

When I make a comic, my goal is for my readers to be engaged with the story I’m telling, and the characters in that story. That’s also what I look for when I want to read a good comic. I want characters to love, I want a story to be engaged with.

For the most part, I struggle with drawing comics (most artists do, if we’re honest ;)), but there are some parts of comics I think I have a good handle on. I feel like I’m strongest when portraying emotion on the page, and I’m good at drawing those scenes out and making the reader feel what my characters are going through. Some of the techniques I use to convey emotion came from being obsessed with movies when I was a teenager, and some techniques are stolen from my holy trinity of influences: Jeff Smith (Bone), Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys). 

Of the three artists I’ve mentioned, I consider Urasawa especially to be a master of emotion and pacing. When I first started reading his comics, it was like light struck my brain; finally I saw what I’d been trying to do for years right there on the comic page in front of me! I like the way he lays out his emotional scenes a lot. Here’s an example (read right to left): 

Urasawa uses repeating panels and decompression to draw out the emotions of a scene. In this single page there isn’t a lot of movement. It’s literally just two characters staring at each other, but the tension rises going from panel 1 to panel five. Gesicht (the man)’s expression doesn’t change between panels two and five, but we literally feel his anger rising off-panel, concluding in the close up in panel 5.

There’s an excellent You Tube channel called Every Frame a Painting (I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but if you haven’t, please go watch all the videos! There aren’t many, and they’re all really informative). My favourite video is this one, about editing:

This video hit on something that I strive for in my comics: emotion takes time. When I draw a scene that is emotional, when characters are struggling with something, or celebrating something, or being challenged, I want my readers to feel what the character is feeling, and one of the best ways to do that, for me, is to take my time. To give that emotion time to breathe on the page. 

I’m going to use some scenes in my graphic novel The Nameless City to illustrate how I use decompression and pacing to underscore the emotion in my comics. To avoid spoilers and because this is getting a little long, I’m going to put it under a cut. Please read on! :)  

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puzzlepeacenotart  asked:

Do you have any tips for writing villains turning good? I'm having trouble thinking of valid ways for a bad person to have a change of heart that don't feel abrupt or unnatural.

Hello puzzlepeacenotart,

A villain switching sides can be a very satisfying character arc when done well. In movies and books the ways in which this is presented can vary, but the two ones that seem to be the most effective are:

A) The slow change, after a series of events

This is the classic “redemption plot” (a while back I talked about the different standard plots when asked about there being “no new plot-lines” to write. This was one of them I spoke about). Think stories like: Scrooge, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (apparently xmas is a good old time to change), and one of my all time favourites: Mean Girls.

In these stories the Villains: Scrooge, The Grinch, Regina George, all start out “evil” their motives are selfish, and they want to hurt others. It’s not but for a slow series of events: A visit from three ghosts, the realisation that xmas is in people’s hearts, or the loss of ones “Hot Body”, “Hot Boyfriend”, and “Army of Skanks” that one can the see true change in their hearts.

I get the feeling this is more the way you want to go with your villain character. I understand you don’t want it to be abrupt, which means you will have to give the villain “small loses” throughout the story. Think of what your villain values the most and take that away from them. Think of what your villain would dislike as an outcome to a scene, and have their lowest desire come to be. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. For this to work well, you should do a thorough character profile. Knowing them inside and out would be the best way to know how to change them.

B) The villain was always a secret “goody” we just never got to see and evidence of that.

This plot twist always makes me smile for a while when done well. Think Snape, or Darth Vader.

In Harry Potter, there is so much evidence against Snape being good. I mean, the guy killed Dumbledore FFS. Though, we know the acts to be evil, the reason behind them wasn’t always evil. Their true stories are often revealed through subplots and with revelation lines: “Luke, I am your father.” or “After all this time?” “Always.”

I think these are satisfying because they make everything change, including the past as we know it, when revealed.

Happy Writing :)



My favourite Gintama Characters - 4/∞

“New Deva of Kabuki District” Shimura Tae - “You’re not the only one… who ages with time. No matter how beautiful a person may be, they will still age and eventually die. But even so, even if appearances change, don’t you believe that we have things in us that don’t change? Even as our bodies crumble, even as the months and years take their toll… Don’t you believe that we all have something that time can’t spoil? Even if you cover us with winrkles, we won’t lose to you. That’s because we know what beauty truly is.”

there are 50 [ fifty ] six word stories. i’ve picked my favourite ones of all the time. as for me, they are perfect for character ideas or secret ideas, as they have some actual history behind them that i always love playing out in many different ways. these are mostly angsty ones, because i’m slut for angst. idk, i hope they will help you somehow and inspire you! plase like and/or reblog if you’ve found this uself, thank you <3

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Thinking about Branwen Eyes

So at first I thought that Raven must always have red eyes

And Yang’s just change red when she’s angry because that’s when she’s most like her mother.

But then I remembered that Qrow’s eyes went red during his fight with Winter and during the Battle of Beacon.

But they aren’t red most of the time, they’re brown.

But they don’t change back as quickly as Yang’s. As soon as Yang’s takes a breath her eyes are purple but during the Battle for Beacon Qrow was basically joking around and his eyes were still red. 

This makes me wonder if Raven’s eyes were always red all the time or if that has something to do with her lifestyle choice.


They can go more red, glow red like this:

Which reminds me of her:

And these:

Qrow is one of my favourite characters and some part of me wants him, Ren and Nora to be involved in something that reveals their backstories connected to the bandits. 

I need to know.

anonymous asked:

Do you happen to have any headcanons of les amis as mixed race..? Keep writing you beautiful gift to the world

Aw, thank you so much!

My headcanons for what the Amis look like change and switch around all the time, but here are some that are hard to budge:

Joly: South Korean and French- His parent’s met in Nice at a Dentistry convention. Yes, like Hermione’s parents they are both dentists. (Part of the reason why Hermione is Joly’s favourite HP character) Joly has had perfect teeth since age 19 when his braces finally came off and has a rigorous brushing schedule. 
Bossuet: Jamaican and Italian- He doesn’t know anything about his father but has a very strong connection with his mother, who moved to France after raising him in Italy for ten years. When Bossuet calls his Mama (weekly) he speaks to her in Italian.
Bahorel: Pacific Islander and Maori- Bahorel moved to France from New Zealand on an international scholarship for law. After two months in law school he said “Fuck that” and dropped out, but decided to stay in Paris and fund his own stay there. He skypes his huge family frequently and they are constantly nagging him to come home and bring Feuilly with him.
Musichetta: Romani and Northern Indian- Her parents met in Wales and travelled all over Europe. They eventually settled in France halfway through their planned trip when they realised her mother was pregnant with her. They continued travelling after she was born but their compass always found their way back to France.
Cosette: French and Chinese- Tholomyès (ew) is French, but Fantine’s parent’s were both born in China. She came over to France on her own at a very young age.
Combeferre: Southern Indian and German. His parents are both hard working but were never well off. He grew up learning 5 different languages, but has never travelled outside of France. Has a huge extended family on both sides of his parents. It’s a bit hard to keep up sometimes and his relative’s phone contacts have cliffnotes. 

anonymous asked:

6, 13, 26, 50

6 - 1993 Gillian or 2017 Gillian?

It’s like choosing between an innocent puppy or a fierce leopard. I CANT.

13 - Favorite season(s)? Why?

Season 1 - hits and misses but it’s all CLASSIC. A must-watch and rewatch. The cinematography is so ON POINT.
Season 3 - the MOTWs, the mytharc, it’s all so well-written and paced.
Season 4 - One word: character development. Paper hearts, Never Again, Memento Mori, … Probably my favourite season.

26 - List some season 7 MSR headcanons

The night Scully told Mulder his mother killed herself is the night they conceived William (more here).

Mulder loves using Scully’s shampoo. It smells amazing and makes his hair so soft but he cannot be found out. She makes a vague comment about the level changing dramatically recently but his answer is “aliens, Scully”.

(NC17) Scully didn’t have an orgasm the first time. It was nice but it was quick and emotionally overwhelming. Mulder thought it was the reason why she left in the morning without a word… it’s an awkward conversation standing too close to each other between the file cabinet and the desk, Scully evading Mulder’s look because he’s asking if he did something wrong and she can’t get the words out. He just says “show me” to let her know he understands and she does just that later that day. It’s quite the epiphany for Mulder.

50 - Any X-File blogs you would recommend? MANY! @perplexistan / @crossedbeams / @dangerscully / @scienceandmysticism / @thegilliantimes / @medicaldoctordana / @kateyes224  and many more but I am so tired I can’t think 

Analysis of Kidge
  • When i watched VLD for the first time i was simply amazed by quality. The fact that Dream Works did such a great job on this reboot made my heart skip a beat.
  • All the characters have very nice designs and I.Love.It. Must say i like how they change Pidge into a girl - she is my favourite character(so far) and the possibilities for ships in this show are incredibly. Problematic. For me.
  • Or at least were.
  • When it comes to shipping, i'm usually waiting until the last episode to judge, if those characters could work for me as ship or otp. I love to turn on my analytical thinking on. (that's just how i roll lol) You know - "interaction quality". At first i (what's suprising) din't focus on Klance, the most popular and loved ship or any other ship in particular. My attention drew Pidge x Shiro.(i know, don't get triggered now ok? let me explain)
  • They were just adorable leader - haker team, linked by the situation with Matt and their father. I need to say this, i did ship them romanticaly... But, i found out that she is a litlle younger than him and then Shiro just dissapeared in the last episode of season 2. Poof. Heartbroken lol jk.
  • So my hart was a little confused but i moved on quickly.
  • I decided to rewatch Voltron, just for fun, look for things i did not notice before or just animation errors. Or ANALYSING PLOTS DIRECTION.
  • Guess what happend. Ironically i found fanart of the last couple i could think of. Kidge/Peith.
  • My first reaction was really stupid and bad like :
  • "what is this, who made this, why them together, i don't understand this at all, they don't have much screen time together, did i missed something, must check it out myself and judge"
  • I was really suprised. Like, i don't know why actually.
  • Turns out i was not paing enough analytic attention.
  • It really bothered me so i ended up rewatching voltron just to UNDERSTAND why some people ships Kidge. Seriously.
  • (At that point i was shipping everything BUT KIDGE)
  • And it was good choice to check it out.
  • I was analysing literally EVERY little thing. Like some frikin' conspiracy theory fanatic. And i put my shippers google on.
  • Thats the irony of this situation. Because i find more quality in Kidge than i was expecting. It's true, for some reason they really don't have much time-bonding on screen and i hope it will change in season 3. I don't understand why.
  • If we take a look at things from 80s - they were like ... Best Friends forever.
  • BUT let's go back to VLD. When Keith and Katie do have time on screen together. Ooh. Dude. It's... Really something interesting to watch and think of.
  • Not just because it's suppouse to be cute or whatever, but to understand deepness of the whole show and characters.
  • Both, Pidge/Katie and Keith had someone close to them who was tooked by Zarcons force - Katies brother and father, Keiths dear friend Shirogane Takashi, who (acording to scene where Keith is talking to Shiros hologram) was like brother to him.
  • (brother-zone, thanks Keith for breaking my dreams of Sheith. Still gona ship platonicaly though.)
  • Katie joined the academy, Keith dropped out. Both were devoted and driven by need to search for the answers.
  • Both are inteligent, stubborn and could be daring.
  • Both are not really good when it comes to socialise with people, althoug Pidge is slightly better at this than Keith, who usually plays the role of the lone wolf of Voltron. (not really, he is emo cinnamon roll)
  • Both become voltron arms, side by side working as Sword and Shield of Voltron.
  • It's not just comparisson. They are different in some aspects which brings great balance between them as a duo.
  • Keith is the intuition and feelings, Kaite intelect and logic of Voltron.
  • Just like human left and right side of brain, lions of Voltron working together making it whole.
  • They interactions are not like the rest of palladins, and im not biasing right now to prove my point. There is much more to it than that.
  • It's just pure neutral analysis. When Keith and Lance were showing sings on certain mission it was problematic at first for them to understand each other.
  • While the Keith and Pidge needed only ONE nod to know what is the other one thinking, able to cooperate in case to attack the intruder.
  • That's exacly what makes me interested in this ship.
  • Not sweetness of them. Not becuse it look good/bad. Not the single moments, fanarts, fanfics,of them. But the wonderful pleasure and possibility of analising it just for fun and thinking about the future episodes.
  • Disclaimer :
  • 1. a)they are not my only otp/brotp/ or whatever. I'm a multishipper, and i respect all of the opinions.
  • If you don't like it. I understand and not gonna hate you becuse of that.
  • b) Simply becuse i like all of the characters. Yes, even Galra race needs some love.
  • 2. English it's not my first language, so sorry for every grammar mistake i did in text. Hopefully it's not that bad.
  • 3. I like to draw fanarts of different ships in Voltron, so if you have a problem with that, i'm sorry but it's not gonna change. After all we are all part of the one big fandom. Just like Voltron. We should at least respect each others oppinions.

I think that Mullet Stan is one of the best character designs in the whole show. like:

I can’t even describe why? Maybe its how the colour scheme fits the situation Stan was in so well? Maybe it’s because it’s fun to draw this Stan?? Maybe its because of how well it fits the whole situation of the portal incident??? I honestly don’t know. Mullet Stan is probably my FAVOURITE of all of the outfit changes throughout the show, and that’s saying something as Stan isn’t even my favourite character. I love him too don’t worry

I mean, I also really adore Ford’s design at the time

The whole Long coat and dress shirt is so pleasing to look at? Almost as pleasing as Stan’s hoodie and beanie. The fact that it was winter too probably makes me adore both designs a lot more. Winter is my favorite season of course, and the winter storm going on in the back miiiiight have given me some bias. But still!

The colours of the outside of the shack and the inside are so nice. Yeah, they’re dull (and don’t get me wrong I’m big on bright colours) but they fit both character designs really nicely! (Also in this pic we get to see just how much of a mess Paranoid Ford made in his house. I’m talking about the LITERAL MESS by the front door. JFC man) 

Now that I’m making a post about it I’m realizing JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS WHOLE PART OF ATOTS! I’m gonna end this before I start rambling any more. This isn’t even a train of thought leading up to a theory, just me gushing about My favourite Stans haha

Tag game <3

i was tagged by @arandomgirliam thank you so much for tagging me <3

Rules: Answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers you would like to get to know better!

Name: Laura
Nicknames: Laurie
Zodiac Sign: leo
Height: 5′4″
Ethnicity: half spanish half ? 😂
Orientation: demisexual
Favorite Fruits: tomato, lemon and raspberry
Favorite Season: i always think my favourite season is whichever one it is at the time so right now its spring and i think my fav is spring but thatll probably change when summer rolls around 😂
Favorite Books: i dont really have any tbh but i really love @dorcasdeadowes fic bloody shangrila
Favorite Animals: i love them all!! but if i had to choose i guess dogs, wolves, deer, foxes and frogs
Favorite Beverage: anything caffeinated 
Average Hours of Sleep: it used to be 4 but now im getting old its more like 12😂 
Favorite Fictional Characters: lucy heartfilia, natsu dragneel, juvia lockser, buffy summers, spike
Dream Trip: japan
Blog Created:  i have no idea haha just over 2 years ago i think :D
Number of Followers: 296 

im gonna tag:

@dorcasdeadowes @serawasnever @loveandlucky @aessire @nalu94 @hilli98215 @faelise @fairyghibli@margherine @c0smicguardian @deepdowncrazy @luce-dragneel @s-a-r-a-r-a @oldfriend7876 @illustraice @doublepasse @sanguine-fairy @toomusiccheesecake @seulil @nalu-natic

only do it if you want to :D

wizard-of-oz87  asked:

What's your all-time favourite Mon-El scene so far?! GIVE ME ALL THE DETAILS!


ARGH I am so late to this but here goes anyway. I was tagged by @disappearing-rose and @ghivasheluh so I’ve combined their questions. Sorry both that I am so utterly slow!

Rules: (1) Always post the rules. (2) Answer the questions asked by the person who tagged you.(3)Write eleven questions of your own. (4) Tag eleven people (or however many you like).

From @ghivasheluh

1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Procrastinate less. It causes me so much fucking anxiety, and yet I do it anyway.

2. What’s your favourite character of all time (or the type you have for favourite characters)? What do they say about you and your personality? (as in, why do you like/identify with them)

My favourite character is probably still Jo March from Little Women. I love her because she’s strong and she doesn’t conform to expectations and she’s a writer - all things I would love to be myself

Originally posted by profoundlysweetcrusade

3. Recommend me a book and give me a brief (without spoilers!) summary of it.

Outlander - I freaking love these books. Time-travel lady goes back to 18th century and falls in love with a gorgeous Scottish bloke and gets involved in dangerous politics. What’s not to love?

Originally posted by moan-s

4. If you could have ANY animal for a pet, which would it be and why?


Originally posted by nootsdaily

5. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

I really desperately want to go to one of the islands of the Maldives where it is super quiet and you are right by the ocean and it is sunny and beautiful. Preferably at a high end hotel with my own pool - but basically anywhere quiet without lots of people

6. Who is/are your celebrity crush? (show me a pic, maybe? ;)

Erm I guess that would have to be Jared… shocker.

Originally posted by sammysbrow

7. What’s your comfort fandom/ship and why? (As in, when you’re feeling stressed and need to relax, which fandom/ship you like to read/see things about?)

J2 - there is something intensely comforting about two people who are so supportive of each other. Less stressful and traumatising than Wincest…

Originally posted by wellcometothedarkside

8. What’s a dream you wish you could achieve in the next three years? How close to achieving it are you?

I would like to own my own home and potentially live outside of London. On a practical level, I could do it easily (depending on where I’d like to move to) but it’s a big scary thing to uproot myself because this time it would be for keeps (not just for a couple of years, like when I lived in Spain).

9. What do you usually do to relax?

Read fanfic? Is that too simple? Look at pictures of Jared? I always love watching the con videos, they always put me in a good mood. But fandom aside - being somewhere quiet without too much background noise always works for me.

10. What’s your favourite book genre? And for fics, is it the same? What tropes you like best for books and/or fics?

I’ve also loved historical novels and adventure stories. Not as much for fics though - with them I tend to like hurt/comfort fics. I also love anything dystopian in fics but not so much in book…odd. I’ll also read straight up romance in fics but romance novels are a big no for me … not sure why that is.

11. Who is someone you’d love to meet in real life (actors, writers, online friends, Obama, etc) and why?

Obama would be cool… J2 would also work for me ;) But I guess JK Rowling so I could ask her my millions of questions about HP.

From @disappearing-rose

1. What is your guilty pleasure? It can be anything.

Cheese. I eat far too much cheese. I could eat cheese every day for every meal.

2. Which side of the bed do you sleep on? Do you sleep on your back, or on your stomach?

On my side! On the side nearest my glasses because I’m super blind and want to be near them in case I have to get up in the night.

3. If you could bring three things with you to a deserted island, what would you bring?

A teddy bear, a stocked up kindle and a kit to help me make cheese.

Originally posted by 0811erina

4. What is your favorite place in the world?

Venice, probably. It’s like Renaissance disneyland.

Originally posted by dailyhappylife

5. What is the last book you read?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I feel almost blasphemous saying this but I wasn’t thrilled with it…

6. What is your idea of the perfect day?

Sitting by the beach with a book and something to write, on a comfy chair listening to the sea, with something nice to eat and drink and nowhere I have to be (not at all influenced by the fact that I’ve just been on holiday…)

7. In your house/ apartment, what is your favorite room?

My room, the only place I can guarantee to be alone.

8. Do you prefer summer or winter?

Am I allowed to answer spring? I like being warm but not too hot…

9. If you had to choose between peeing glass or crying glass , which would you choose?

Weirdest question ever! Crying, because I don’t do that very often…

10. Dog or cat?

DOG! I love dogs. Mine passed away a couple of years ago and I still miss her.

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

11. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation - travel would be so much easier!

My questions!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you most like to go?

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Favourite historical period?

What was the first fandom you were involved in?

If you could change just one thing about SPN what would it be?

If money wasn’t an issue, what would your dream job be?

How long do you think you could exist without social media?

If you could see one band live, who would it be?

What was your first OTP?

What unusual animal would you like to own (e.g. not dogs, cats, fish, birds)

Tell me one interesting/unusual fact about where you are from.

tagging: @nisaki-chan @wetsammywinchester @jerksarehot @flyy0ufools @nerdygeekypastrychef @glass-closet

Feel free to ignore if you’ve done this, don’t want to play, have a reali life to live etc…

Gelphie Fic Rec List

So this was requested by @alwaysholdingout a while ago and this is just me getting round to it, sorry. I’m going to put them into categories, completed, in progress and one-shots. P.S those in bold are my personal favourites.

(Just click ‘keep reading’, the list got longer than expected)

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♥ p3r5on4′s Endless List of Favourite Characters (3/?) ♥

Tales of the Abyss - Luke fon Fabre

“Up till now, all I ever paid attention to was myself… And I’m not even sure I saw myself clearly. I want to change. I have to change.”

The Moonlight Witch’s Top 10 anime of 2016: Part Two

6. Go! Princess Precure

Go! Princess Precure is perhaps the most obscure show on this list. Precure is a big franchise in Japan but its target audience is young children and its licencing history outside of Japan is spotty, meaning it doesn’t attract too much attention in the west. Nevertheless, this show is, in my opinion, one of the best shows that ended in 2016 and a very personal favourite of mine.

In the past Precure has been something of a rocky franchise. While all Precure shows have very similar premises and plots they tend to vary wildly in quality. As such my enthusiasm level coming into Gopri was not high. The two shows preceding it received a mixed reception and it’s premise didn’t exactly enthral me. So while I decided to watch it I wasn’t expecting much from it.

Ho boy did I end up being wrong.

It says something about this show that I started it with such a low enthusiasm level and ended with it being not only my favourite Precure show but also as one of my favourite shows of all time. The transition didn’t happen quickly. It started with me liking the characters and being impressed with the animation, graduated to me getting deeply involved in the story and character development and finished with me sobbing over the ending. Unlike a few previous Precure shows which have started good and then declined as they went on Gopri just kept getting better and better. The last cour, in particular, was a triumph of storytelling and I was continually impressed with the shows choices.

The show’s handling of its characters impressed me the most. Lots of Precure shows have run into the problem where the show is dominated by the lead (pink) cure to the exclusion of all others which can lead to disappointment as likeable characters get their stories short changed for a character who might not be all that interesting. Gopri however, split the focus among the four lead characters with remarkable evenness. All got their own plots, personalities and character development and by the end, I had difficulty picking a favourite character or whose story was the most satisfying. The side characters are likewise appealing, all with their own quirks and stories. The show’s villains were particularly fun - and a good Precure show always has entertaining villains.

I wasn’t expecting much from Go Princess Precure but it ended up being one of my all-time favourite shows. If you’ve been interested in trying out the Precure franchise but have no idea where to begin this is an excellent place to start: with a show with an engaging plot, well-developed characters and stellar animation. I loved Go! Princess Precure and I hope the Precure franchise has more shows as good as this in store for me in the future.

5. Lupin the Third: The Italian Adventure

Much like Precure, Lupin the Third is a large and popular franchise in Japan, however, Lupin is a much older franchise than Precure. The first Lupin tv show aired in 1971 and there are over two hundred tv episodes and countless movies and specials preceding this show. Fortunately for those wanting to get into the franchise, however almost every piece of Lupin can be viewed as a standalone.

The Italian Adventure isn’t the first modern incarnation of Lupin the Third - it’s preceded by the excellent 2012 show The Woman called Fujiko Mine. The Italian Adventure is, however, a much more typical incarnation of Lupin as Fujiko Mine did not star Lupin himself and took the franchise to a much darker place than it has ever been previously. The Italian Adventure is much more light hearted with more upbeat and occasionally completely ridiculous stories, but it also dips into the darker places that Fujiko Mine took the franchise on occasion. And it’s with that blending of tones that The Italian Adventure shines.

I’m not sure that I would recommend this show as the first step for a newbie. While you don’t need any prior Lupin knowledge to enjoy this incarnation of the franchise it’s a lot more enjoyable if you’re already familiar with this story and it’s characters. (Here’s a handy guide if you’re not sure where to get started). However, I am sure that this show is a near-perfect example of what Lupin has to offer. The show is uplifted by stunning animation and direction which act as a perfect delivery for its frenetic fun and energy, and the writing is stellar as well. The show slides smoothly from darkness to silliness between episodes and The Italian Adventure is not afraid to get really silly. Lupin has never been a particularly serious series (the franchise has featured cloning, time travel and vampires in the past among other things) and I’m glad the show’s writers understand that - and I’m also glad they know when the right time to get serious is.

The writers clearly know how to do the characters right as well. One of the most fun parts of Lupin has always been watching the way the cast bounce off each other and that is executed extremely well here with it being clear how much the writers love the characters they’re writing. Each different member of the cast gets a turn in the spotlight and each turn is handled with care.  (For example, I’d like to highlight episode 5 as not just one of my favourite episodes of this show but also as one of my favourite Fujiko stories ever). In addition newcomer, Rebecca Rossellini slots into the cast as naturally as if she’d been there all along and I was surprised by how much I ended up liking the other new character Nyx.

All-in-all The Italian Adventure stands as possibly my favourite incarnation of Lupin, with stellar animation, direction and writing. If you’ve seen any Lupin before check this version out! If not I would highly recommend watching some of the franchise.

4. Gintama°

Gintama is another long-running franchise on this list, and it’s different from both Lupin and Precure in that it’s faithfully adapted from a manga which is written by Hideaki Sorachi. Gintama° is the most recent adaptation and features the most lengthy step from comedy into drama the Gintama anime has offered so far -  not surprising given that it was recently announced by the mangaka that Gintama is approaching its end.

Gintama is a difficult franchise to get into. Over three hundred episodes have aired and while the series is not particularly heavy on continuity a lot of the appeal rests on familiarity with the characters, and there are a few overarching plotlines that are required to know what’s going on. Once you’re invested in it, however, Gintama has a lot to offer. If you like humorous anime Gintama is the gold standard, with each episode packed with absurd comedy fuelled by endearing characters, and a few darker or more touching stories sprinkled between them. While this season of Gintama has its own share of comedic episodes, however, it also has a much stronger focus on plot than previous seasons.

Personally, I feel that Gintama is at it’s best during its serious arcs. The show’s writing is strong enough to sustain drama and its characters are deep and complex enough to deliver it. Furthermore, Gintama’s particular brand of screwball comedy works well when it’s mixed in with the shows more serious storylines providing an unexpected moment of levity to lighten up a serious moment. The show also knows when the right time to stop joking around and get serious is, and that happens multiple times throughout this season.

As Gintama approaches its climax things change. Previously Gintama operated like most comedic shows largely on a semi-reset button basis. Whatever happened during a particular serious storyline, by the end of it everything would be back to normal, perhaps with a few extra characters hanging around. Gintama°, however, is different. By the end of this season characters that I previously thought untouchable were gone and the status quo has been shaken up beyond repair.  The writing reaches its peak in emotional and dramatic arcs, and there were many moments that had me blubbering uncontrollably or yelling at the screen. Gintama may be approaching its end but it’s not going out without a bang.

Gintama° is undeniably the best Gintama has been to date. The writing reaches its peak blending humour and drama and reaching several emotionally fulfilling climaxes. I’m looking forward to the new season airing soon, but I’m keeping my tissue box handy as well.

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i’ve said it a few times but i am going to say it again.

if jon watts pulled some ‘michelle jones is my name, but call me MJ crap’ i will be infuriated. it’s insulting to mary jane watson fans.

it’s like a certain web head swinging into civil war named patrick pepper… that wouldn’t be okay so why would making some weird hybrid, frankenstein monster character out of MJ be any better?

she’s my favourite character and if they completely change everything it is about her (because ‘michelle’ is described to be awkward, incredibly smart, loner) which is NOTHING like MJ at all… AND her name, i’ll be so bummed.

i just ksadofglegokjeld please stop with this theory i just want mary jane watson on the screen, because she has never been done accurately.