Not trying to be bitter or anything but why are kpop fans calling every single kpop group who didn’t blow up in popularity underrated? Groups like Infinite, b1a4, block b, vixx, btob, beast, and shinee (forgive me if I forgot any) are definitely not underrated. They may be underappreciated internationally but they’re not underrated. Just because they don’t have a huge international following, or aren’t talked about like exo or bts doesn’t mean that they’re underrated. All of these groups are extremely respected in Korea and they also have a dedicated and solid fanbase so stop categorizing them as underrated. It’s not only disrespecting the fans, it’s also disrespecting and undermining the groups hard work as well.
battery - thoughts after seeing the finale (spoilers?)
[edit: nvm after reading that reddit link i feel really stupid and this post is pretty irrelevant. how did i fucking missed all of that?? very unlike me wtf]
i just caught up with battery and i can’t say i’m not a little disappointed with how it ended. the pacing was slow throughout the entire anime but i have to admit i stuck with it because i expected at least the finale to be a bit more.. dramatic? idk, it was kind of anti-climatic. i expected some drama with seiha’s health condition and takumi’s shoulder (i thought maybe it was being foreshadowed but guess i was wrong). i’m all for open-ended stories, and it felt as if some of the characters and relationships had some sort of closure, but it wasn’t enough, for me at least. i guess reading the novel would shed some light on things (i’m betting the anime left out some subtext that is curcial for understanding the characters better).
that being said, i still feel this anime is underrated as hell. tbh i believe most of the people who watched it were either sports anime fans who expected the usual exciting plot with tons of cute and likeable characters, or no.6 fans who hoped to see another gay relationship being portrayed realistically in anime. i’m a bit of both, but mostly i wanted to watch this series because of atsuko asano’s writing and i did feel that the writing was good and realistic. the characters felt very real to me, they weren’t perfect and they had more than one main personality trait and more than one motivation (in that sense i think mizugaki was the best character and i really enjoyed trying to understand him, though kaionji and takumi were pretty interesting as well) - but what felt even more realistic was the fact that i couldn’t completely understand all of the characters’ actions and motivations, just like you can’t completely understand real people - sometimes the things we do or say simply make no sense and are just said and done on a whim. characters that are like ‘i’m a super confident person so my resolution can’t be crushed no matter what’ or even 'i love my friends and will do anything for them’ - who are predictable and always react the way you expect them to - are fun to watch in anime but you can’t honestly relate to them. unlike the characters in battery to whom i could actually relate to. i also liked how the anime explored the reasons for the different characters to play baseball (because honestly you don’t always do something simply because you enjoy it, and when you have a group of people being so commited to something you can be sure that they have different reasons to do it), and i found it interesting how takumi (guided by other characters) kept subconsciously quiestioning his own reason for playing. so i enjoyed these aspects of the anime (it even reminds me of mushishi in a sense), and i don’t think it deserves the low score it got on myanimelist or the complete lack of attention here on tumblr. i guess there just aren’t enough people who watch anime for realistic drama (and this is why the anime industry mostly produces shit). that being said, battery was good but not great.
Annnnd we’re back! This time with PWF, which in my opinion is rather underrated? Definitely not the best book in the series, but I like it better than the other middle books. YEAH, GET READY FOR UNPOPULAR OPINIONS. Also, apparently almost every country universally decided the main character gets to appear, so this time there’s lot of Val! Yay!
Anyway, this list has some weird mixups. Let’s go.
In my opinion? The best Skulduggery Pleasant cover, ever. It’s beautifully drawn, the compositions great, the PERSONALITY!! the font is not the greatest (that blue is… out of nowhere) but good god I will forgive for that BEAUTIFUL val. this is the only official art i’ve ever seen that actually looks like a pretty teenage girl, so, props. I also love the hand tucked into her jacket. “yeah, im shooting fire, but it’s not a big deal.”
also, indonesian artist learned to draw skeletons!! it is kinda weird to see him standing far back not doing anything, but it works better here than other places…
This and #3 are really close, but this is probably one of my favorites of the original hardcovers. I like the lemon/lime color scheme, and the composition is great - maybe the best of all of them. The hands popping up out of the frame really work, and the splatter effects actually look good here! Yay! I … kinda suspect someone else did the composition here, lol. Not sure how I feel about the bats, but. Eh.
im sorry about the sticker/website, this is the biggest I could find :,(
ANYWAY! DAMN! Once again, love the framing, and especially love the hand creeping out! The chains are great, the fiery background is great … also the grotesquery is creepy as fuck, much scary then any of the art Percival’s done of it. thoo…. why put the villain on the front cover, is my question?
It’s okay. Playing wirth fire, so… Skulduggery plays with fire. Composition is good, colors are good. Not much to say.
Yay, Val!! And Skul lurking protectively in the background. This one mostly comes down to me not liking the art style much. Also val’s weird very ooc (and age inappropriate??) top. Aight.
You know how I said the Indonesian/Bulgarian covers with Skul standing back worked? Yeah, this is an example of one that.. doesn’t. Seriously, there are vampires coming at them and Skulduggery is … actually, I’m not sure what Skulduggery is doing. What is he looking at? … SKULDUGGERY, SHE’S 13.
Speaking of that background, it’s awful. I can’t believe we’re only about halfway down the list and it’s already this dismal. Oy vey.
This is a cute Val, though. Yay. Why does Val never age in Percival’s covers? Questions, questions.
this is hilariously awful to me in the way the czech cover of book 1 is. it’s just so HIDEOUS, I LOVE IT. i bought a copy of this in powell’s and it’s my ugly baby
people do not run like this. I mean, for one, they do not hover off the ground like this, but the arms should be opposite the legs (so right leg forward, right arm back). Both of them are wearing brown, for some reason? Val’s coat is super short? i don’t know, man. I don’t know.
It’s a massive improvement over the last cover, though it’s still a mess. Their photoshopping is a bit more coherent, at least. Look at val’s emo bangs. And I’m sure she’s very proud to be 2 inches taller than Skulduggery.
Also, the bats return. Were there bats in this book??
I’m impressed that they did worse.
it’s like Skulduggery cosplaying billy-ray sanguine, I don’t even KNOW.
Exec #1: “well, the skeleton cover really didn’t work here… We think it might have been too scary. What should we do for this reboot?”
Exec #2: “what’s the title?”
exec #1: “Playing with Fire.”
Exec #2: “Hand. Fire. DONE, BOOM”
at least they TRIED with the first one by making a scepter. ths is just… utter laziness.
“Vampires are just part of the problem!” what was wrong with don’t try this at home?? IT MAKES EVEN MORE SENSE HERE. it’s the only one of these covers with a tagline, too. lord.
This is a really unpopular opinion I guess but I really enjoyed it when dnp reacted separately on fine bros. Its not that they both don't give their opinions when theyre together its just that they are much more playful and get distracted by each other?? (gross couple amirite) There was this one episode where phil was alone and was talking in such a soft voice and giving a really long opinion about something and I kinda miss that cause hes rarely pushed to give his opinions and he rarely does.
I totally agree! I really love little things like this. I also feel this way about the gaming channel and their independent gaming videos (which we’ll probably never get again RIP) which I enjoyed so much and are definitely underrated.
FLitz from Smosh Games joins the gang for Drunk Disney #20, The Princess and the Frog!
This one was a lot of fun because this movie is so great. Definitely underrated, it’s got some of the best songs and characters out of any Disney movie.
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