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Girls Need Heroes, Too: In Defense of Magical Girls

Of all the different types of anime, the magical girl anime is probably the sub-genre that is most looked down upon. Magical girl animes are bright and colorful, they always involve middle- or junior-school-aged girls gaining superpowers and having dramatic transformation scenes, and there’s plenty of fan service in terms of skimpy outfits and simpering looks.

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People, even the more open-minded anime watchers, have a tendency to dismiss magical girl animes due to what they perceive as a standard storyline and stock characterization; they’re blinded by the plethora of pink, the frills and short skirts, and the girlish laughter, and they miss the more serious and frequently dark side of these shows.

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Like any television show, anime or otherwise, magical girl animes have stories and messages that are both entertaining and relevant. Few shows have as much optimism and determination as magical girl animes, yet these shows also provide a realistic (at least as realistic as you can get on shows where girls are granted magical powers to fight the forces of evil) look at the sacrifices and pain that heroes must face. Magical girl animes are able to blend important lessons with joy and levity, and there are a number of reasons that they’re worth watching.

One of my favorite things about magical girl animes is the way they portray friendship. Even if a magical girl starts out on her own, it’s inevitable that she’ll end up surrounded by a team of other magical girls and occasionally a token magical boy. Like any story involving teamwork, there’s going to be some conflicts and some drama, but ultimately, it’s the strength of the team and their friendship that helps them save the day.

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Magical girls don’t always start off as friends-in fact, they sometimes start off as annoyances at best and flat-out adversaries at worst-but there are few things that bring people together quite as well as having to save people (or the city or the earth or the universe or all of space and time; you get the idea).  

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But despite the task of working together to save the day, the friendships in magical girl animes are always realistic. As I said, magical girls don’t always get along with one another. Becoming a magical girl is rarely a choice; it’s typically the result of some outside circumstance such as a perceived aptitude for being a hero, an accident, or a grand destiny, and as a result, the chosen girls are very different types of people with different personalities, motives, and attitudes towards their new role.

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The resulting clashes are typically the direct result of these differences, yet as the girls work more and more as a team, these conflicts become less and less common. It’s hard to rely on someone to have your back without forming some sort of more personal bond, and eventually, even those magical girls who would rather work alone find themselves forming friendships with their fellow magical girls. There are still plenty of ups and downs, but that’s true of any friendship, magical or otherwise, and these shows aren’t afraid of portraying the good times along with the bad, giving viewers a well-rounded look at the personal relationship of magical girls. Yes, there may be more makeovers or shopping trips or sleepovers than other animes, but these types of scenes go to show that magical girls and other heroes have lives outside of saving the day, and they enjoy the time they have with their friends doing things they enjoy.

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But that doesn’t mean these magical girls don’t enjoy kicking some bad guy butt. They’ve got superpowers and awesome weapons and they know how to use them. Magical girl animes are really at the top of the list in terms of girl power. These ladies can fight, they can strategize and plan, they can work as a team and take down any villain or monster that stands in their way, and they look cute while doing it.

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In the world of superheroes, there are infinitely more men than women, leaving young girls at a bit of a loss in terms of role models. Magical girls provide female heroes for people to look up to and admire. Magical girls fight for a cause, they don’t compromise their values, and they’re willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. They’re just as capable and worthy of admiration as any guy hero, yet they’re often brushed aside because of their girlishness.

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Which is really a shame, because these magical girls are proof that you can be girly and still totally kick butt. Whether it’s straight-up physical combat, mastery of weapons-everything from guns to swords to archery to a yoyo- or actual magical powers such as control over an element, these ladies are fearsome and powerful. 

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But sometimes they’re powerful enough to hurt more than they help, particularly when it comes to getting hurt themselves. Magical girls sometimes find themselves in situations that their weapons and skills can’t overcome, and they must sacrifice some part of themselves, be it their magical girl status, a physical ability, or their humanity itself. These are frightening and painful decisions to make, yet magical girls never seem to back down from making them. They know what has to be done, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to save the day. 

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Knowing that being a magical girl of any kind would have its downsides might deter some from accepting such a role, but those who do become magical girls always do so because they believe in what being a magical girl embodies. Even more, they have hope that their sacrifices and pain will make the world a better place. No matter how dark things may get, it seems like magical girls have an ability for endless hopefulness: hope that evil can be overcome, hope that people can change, hope that their choice to do the right thing will be enough.

Their hope is not always realistic and it’s not always rewarded, yet their unfailing willingness to hope for something better even when all seems lost is admirable. Just seeing magical girls pushing back against their enemies no matter what makes viewers believe that their own problems can be overcome. Even when everything seems to be falling apart, there’s hope that tomorrow will be better, and people have a tendency to forget that. Luckily we have characters like magical girls to remind us to be hopeful and to do whatever we can to bring hope to others.

Magical girl animes truly have a lot to offer everyone. There are complex characters, twisted and dramatic storylines, and epic fight scenes. Many of the shows have fantastic animation as well, along with great scores and visually-stunning transformation sequences.

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Critics aren’t wrong when they say magical girl animes are usually fluffier and more lighthearted than other animes or other animated shows, but that’s not what makes these animes so good. These fluffy moments provide a brief respite between the truly hard choices, the sacrifices and the losses.

Magical girl animes show that girls can be just as good as the boys. They can be just as tough, just as powerful, just as heroic. And they can do it all while wearing a combat skirt and heels, something I’d love to see their male counterparts attempt. Magical girls and magical girl animes deserve the same acknowledgment and appreciation as their contemporaries for being unabashedly what they are: celebrations of the great things girls can do with hope, determination, and a bit of magic.

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Ceratopsian Month #29 – Regaliceratops peterhewsi

The Triceratopsini branch of the chasmosaurs first split off somewhere around 75 million years ago, with Titanoceratops being the earliest known member. But they don’t seem to have really diversified until several million years later, towards the very end of the Cretaceous 70-68 million years ago, around the time the centrosaurs had already mostly disappeared.

Regaliceratops (“royal horned face”) dates to about 68-67 million years ago, and is estimated to have measured around 5m long (16’4"). Known from a single near-complete skull discovered in Alberta, Canada, the fossil specimen was nicknamed “Hellboy” for both its stubby brow horns and the immense difficulty of removing it from the surrounding rock.

It had highly unusual ornamentation for a chasmosaur – a long nose horn, short brow horns, and large crown-like spikes ringing its relatively short frill – convergently resembling the sort of arrangement seen in many centrosaurs.

Cutesy Cuddles

Request:  Heyyy could I request a Cheryl x fem! Reader where they have a sleepover and the reader gets to see Cheryl’s cute side and they cuddle and stuff!☺

It took you by surprise when she asked you to have a sleepover at her house, and it took you by surprise when you said yes. Well you didn’t have chance to get any words out when she ambushed you in the hall, telling you a time and what to bring before walking away with her friends. It was pretty intense actually.

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Ceratopsian Month #27 – Kosmoceratops richardsoni

Kosmoceratops (“ornamented horned face”) was discovered in Utah, USA, and had one of the most ornate skulls of any known dinosaur.

Living about about 75 million years ago, it’s known from a partial skeleton and an almost complete skull and is estimated to have measured around 5m long (16’4”).

Its frill was relatively short and wide for a chasmosaur, topped with a “fringe” of eight long folded-over spikes and a pair of sideways-curving hooks. Its brow horns curved sideways, and its nose horn was thin and flattened into a blade-like shape.

Overall it had a total of fifteen large horns and spikes – ten big frill spikes, two brow horns, a nose horn, and two cheek spikes – along with sixteen additional scallops along the sides of its frill.

daddys-girl-2-1-4-7  asked:

16 travlyn

“Just shut up and kiss me”

title: strawberry champagne

a/n: tbh you wanna know my aesthetic for Travis and Katelyn? Them loving each other. That’s what I’m about. This fic was a little self-indulgent and it takes place in the Hatch Marks Universe. Also, this is also highkey inspired by this drawing @crybabytime made forever go of Travis, don’t judge me okay. I’m weak for the sonshine in suits.

song inspo: That’s what I like, Bruno Mars

warning(s): fluff, kisses, Travis being the Mosttm

Cadenza clapped her hands in excitement, as she appraised Travis’s outfit. “This is it! You and this outfit was meant to be,” she announced, stepping aside with arms outstretched as she struck a pose, “Everybody, I present you, our beloved Travis.” 

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Scientific Name: Aquilops americanus
Diet: Tough plant matter, including nuts, seeds, small branches and even tree bark. And the occasional mealworms
Projected Natural Lifespan: 10 years
Length: 60-100 cm (2-3 feet)
Weight: 1.6-2.5 kg (3.5-5.5 lbs)
Locality: Montana, USA (Cloverly Formation); 109-104 Ma
Exhibit: Anning Paleontological Museum

Aquilops is a rather small ceratopsian from mid-Cretaceous North America. The only fossil remains are a skull. It has a hooked beak like other ceratopsians, with a probable soft-tissue extension from the front. Its frill would have been short and not as prominent as those of later ceratopsians, but moreso than stuff like Psittacosaurus. Enlarged palpebral bones (present in many small ornithischians) form angry-looking brow ridges over the eyes - it definitely earns its name, which means “eagle face”.

At Huxley
Nominally, our Aquilops are ambassador animals. They live in the Anning Paleontological Museum. In practice, only one is friendly enough to be used as an ambassador yet. We’re very slowly working on training the others.

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Sorry about that. An Aquilops stepped on the keyboard.

Anyways. Our Aquilops aren’t always the most calm animals. They tend to scream at random things they apparently decide they don’t like - random people, other animals, that one book, each other. It comes off as more adorable than intimidating, though. And generally other than the screaming, they’re pretty tolerant of people, provided you don’t hold them the wrong way. The quills are softer than they may appear. Just don’t try to touch their heads - they will nip you. They mostly eat tougher plant material but won’t turn down the occasional fruit - which they will hold in their hands and take bites out of. We’ve yet to see how they use the spike on the end of their snout.

Keeper Notes
Have you ever been nipped by a ceratopsian? You don’t want to be. Luckily Aquilops are small and the bites aren’t that bad - which is more than we can say for our other ceratopsians.

Carl Jung re: Ti (Introverted Thinking)

I’ve decided I’m gonna try and see what’s going on with some of Jung’s source material on the cognitive functions. Why not sift through 19th century German translated to English from the same era as Freud and Nietzsche? It’ll be fun, they said!

Today’s notes are on Introverted Thinking, the dominant function for ISTPs and INTPs.

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Baby Bear - Bucky Barnes x Reader

Baby Bear - Bucky Barnes x Reader

Words - 2190

Warnings - Biting, Sub!Bucky, Sex Toys, Pet Play, Vibrators.

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I’m packing up outfits for my week trip to SF. I’m going to be up there for an Expo via the art school I’m in. There’s going to be city events going on during our Expo, so my coords won’t be too “out there.” I really only plan to dress up during the weekends, then a bit toned down during the weekdays when I need to do schoolwork.

On the other hand, I keep seeing posts about how to put together a Boyish Fairy Kei/Decora coord, and it’s really simple! Here’s some tips from my experiences:

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Imagine being the female lead singer of Led Zeppelin after having just found out that Jimmy feels the same way about you as you do him. Neither of you have discussed your feelings or indeed even brought up the subject; For the last couple of days on the road you have been more or less carrying on as if nothing happened, keeping things as cool as possible despite the simmering tension growing silently beneath the surface, betrayed only by the slight awkwardness of speech and knowing looks that linger a little too long between the two of you whenever you find yourselves together.

Still unsure of what to do, you have a talk with Bonham and Jones in private, to get their view of the situation. To your surprise, they give you their blessing, saying that this has been going on for far too long and they are sick to death of Pagey mooning over you “like some kind of fucking teenager” whenever you’re not around. Their advice? Go for it.

For that night’s gig, rather than donning your standard jeans and long flowing top, you wear a floor-length flamenco skirt of elaborate, blood-red frills and a short, black lacy top that shows off your waist and hips. Backstage, the others are taken aback by your new look, and when Bonzo sarcastically asks you who you’re “all tarted up for” you punch him in the arm. You notice Jimmy catching a glimpse of you a little ways off dressed in his usual dragon suit, and you give him a smile and a wink as you notice him do a double take, eyeing you up and down, cigarette nearly falling out of his mouth.

Even if you had wanted to talk things over at this point it just wasn’t possible, as it was now time to take the stage. Once the lights and roar of the crowd wash over you, all awkwardness melts away as the music takes over and the four of you are once again like a well-oiled machine.

But something is different. As singer and guitarist, you and Jimmy had always had great onstage “chemistry”, but this time you notice him paying you more attention than usual, and you respond by giving him playful looks as you sing certain lyrics, as well as touching him and leaning against him whenever he plays close to you, which he gladly encourages. You also dance more flirtatiously with him than you ever have before, swinging your hips and swaying wildly, even belly-dancing a little. He teases you back by locking eyes on you as he grinds his hips against his guitar suggestively, and you have to try your best to hold back laughter and not lose your place. You can’t imagine what everyone else present must be thinking, least of all Bonham and Jones, who will more than likely never let you and Jimmy live this night down.

As you reach the penultimate song in your set, Jimmy, who had disappeared from your line of sight to the far end of the stage, backs towards you, leaning as far back as he can without falling, a single red rose clenched between his teeth. Hair plastered to his pale face with sweat, he raises his eyebrows and flutters his eyelashes at you exaggeratedly, and it’s all you can do to keep yourself from breaking out into fits of laughter mid-song. You delicately take the rose from his mouth without missing a beat, and — turning back to the audience — slowly and deliberately tuck it into your cleavage. As if receiving some kind of message, Page silently (if a little smugly) wanders off to another part of the stage.

When you meet up again for the raucous final song, just before Jimmy goes into another guitar solo, he moves in close, coolly gazing down your body. While he is there, you slyly lift the hem of your skirt up past your hip so that he (and only he) can see that you’ve got nothing on underneath, which causes him to stumble backwards, nearly losing his balance, putting a little smile on your face in the process. When the show is finally over and all four members of Led Zeppelin take their bows and bid the crowd good night, you see Jimmy tearing the guitar off his back with more urgency than you’d ever seen. Just as the four of you come offstage, he grabs you by the wrist, turns you towards him, and scoops you up into his arms. The combined heat of your bodies and sweat-soaked clothes, skin and hair press together hotly as he carries you speedily to his dressing room. As he locks the door, you remove the rose from between your breasts and place it into his wild tangle of black curls, admiring it for just a second as he smashes his lips into yours.