Question: Before you decided to make Bill the main bad guy, did you have another character in mind that would have been the villain?
Alex: Yeah, um that’s a good question. Uh, so, when we came up with the villain of the show, I knew that… I knew that Bill was involved. And I knew that Ford had disappeared due to some deal gone wrong with some villain next to the mystery of how Gravity Falls was all assembled.
Um, but, I didn’t yet decide that Bill was that character in the very beginning, y'know? I had always imagined it was some sort of evil character somewhere kinda hidden in the woods.
I wasn’t sure I could go with the Bill idea cuz I thought it would be too much like Twin Peaks, but as we got further along the series we discussed it among the repairs and we were like, ‘none of our other villain ideas were as good.’ Bill, Bill was weirder than anything else we thought of.
Um, I remember there were other ideas. Strange monsters and government officials; some kind of cthulhu– some weird crazy old man. But nothing was ever better than Bill, so it ended up sticking.
Probably somewhere around, y'know, season one– midway through season one, we started thinking we might be– might be on point.
Q: Was Grunkle Stan ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother?
A: Oh, oh that’s such a good question. Wait, let me think about that for a second… Uh… lemme see… I don’t think so. I don’t think Stan was ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother.
Because, by the time Stan traded identities with Ford, uh… McGucket had already gone off the deep end– Was already y'know, had already created the Society of the Blind Eye; had already lost his own memory. So Stan would’ve really only known McGucket as a local obnoxious fisherman.
And McGucket, probably somewhere deep in the back of his mind, was eerily just drawn to Stan in a way he just couldn’t put his finger on, because he thought maybe he knew him, but–
I don’t– I think Stan was ignorant of that. Um, I think Stan… I think Stan looking through the journals probably should’ve put two and two together, but Stan’s not the best at book-learnin’.
Uh, so… my guess is Stan wouldn’t have known despite that uh, that there’s a lot of tumblr art out there showing them as like the Scooby-Doo gang. I don’t think Stan ever really knew McGucket before.
Q: What episode do you believe came out the strongest and the most well rounded overall? And is it the same as your personal favorite episode?
A: Oh gosh. Um. That’s a great question. Hmm… I probably feel, personally, that the strongest episode is uh, “Not What He Seems” just because it’s such a dramatic episode. Like, we know– We’ve never had an episode that dramatic.
But, when we first pitched it to Disney executives… they thought it was bad. [laughs] Um, Because it didn’t have a lot of jokes in it?
Like, I remember normally when we’re pitching our episode, executives can usually gauge how good they are by how much people laugh. People didn’t really laugh for that one, because it’s really tense. So we thought, maybe we’d screwed up. But, when the animation came back we were like, 'Oh! It’s GOOD that it’s tense. Like, it worked!’
Um, So, I dunno if that’s my favorite episode, but I think– that’s the episode we should’ve won an Emmy for, and I’m still pissed we didn’t. [laughs]
In terms of favorite episode, like… I dunno. I think the first episode that I really felt that the show was really starting to feel the way I wanted it to– “Time Traveler’s Pig” in season one.
Like, that was an episode where Dipper had an interesting story, and Mabel had an interesting story, and uh, felt nostalgic, and based around the summer, and had a big secret callback to even previous episodes, so–
I just remember when we first just got that episode back in color, I was like, 'hey I think maybe I like how I’m making this cartoon show,’ so I think that has a particularly fond place in my heart, y'know.
Q: Is Disney bringing you to SDCC or NYCC later this year to promote the journal and other books coming out?
A: Right, um, yeah, Disney– Disney… Disney-general and me, have like– we’re divorced. Like, they kept the house, and the pets. Y'know what I mean? It’s… we don’t like get dinner or anything. But, the Disney Publishing department, separate from Disney Television, they’re really cool, and enthusiastic, and energized.
And they wanna make new cool stuff. Um, so I think it’s possible I might be at D23 this year, and it’s possible I might be at Comic Con, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.
Q: In the scene where Bill is trying to convince Ford to join him in the Fearamid, were there any other jokes or story beats that were considered?
A: Which episode specifically are you talking about? [Q: The We’ll Meet Again scene.]
Yea yea yea, We had a– Every scene that you’ve ever seen in the show has a ton of ton of stuff we’ve thought of and had to cut for time or other reasons.
Um, I remember there was definitely a version of that where Bill was a lot trickier. Like, he sort of more successfully lied to Ford about like: 'We’re actually going to make the world a better place. Though I present myself as this chaos lunatic that’s just my personality.' Like, 'here’s ways in which we’ll IMPROVE the universe.'
Um, but it felt out of character. We thought it was much more like Bill to just draw smiley faces in oceans and eat the sun and just– hope, that the force of his charisma could convince Ford that that was a good idea.
But uh, I feel like– I feel like Bill can be really really tricky when he wants to, but by the time Weirdmageddon showed up he’s so impatient, and he’s so convinced that he won, that he was no longer like, this brilliant chess master he used to be. He’s like, 'alright let’s do it! Do what I want or I’ll eat your face.’
Like, no more– No more, like– He wasn’t as smart a tactician as he used to be, y'know?
Q: Was “We’ll Meet Again” always the song you were going to use?
A: Oh yeah, it had to be that. It was like… I think I’d just seen Dr. Strangelove recently around that time and it stuck in my head. It seems to me, if Bill has a taste in music, it would be, like, old timey music that ranges from either weird to obnoxious to obscure.
Uh, Disney wanted me to cut it cuz it cost them a bunch of money to get the rights, even though it’s so old, it still cost them money to get the rights. And I just… said, please. Over and over and over again. I would send an e-mail that just said, 'please.’ And send another e-mail that said, 'please.’ And I would send another e-mail that said–
Yeah. [laughs] Eventually I wore them down that they’re like, 'alright we’ll spend thousands of dollars.’[laughs]
Q: Are real comics coming?
A: You want comics? Would you read Gravity Falls comics? [Audience screams] [Alex leans his ear forward] [AUDIENCE SCREAMS]
A: It’s a terrifying noise isn’t it, Michael? I was at a… Gravity Falls gallery, and like, they didn’t tell us how many people would show up, and it was like, THAT noise echoing from every corner. And uh like, I think I lost a year of my life. My hair started going gray, and it was like, 'oh my god, this is too much love! It’s terrifying.'
Comics. I would love to do Gravity Falls comics. Um, I have so many… One of the tough things about a half hour show like Gravity Falls is every now and then we think of an idea that we really liked, but it was too short for a half hour; 'oh that’s only five minutes of story’– Or it’s too specific and weird.
And so I have tons and tons of ideas of the show that y'know we’d like to explore this character, we’d like to show this secret, this storyline. So, I’d love to do comics. But, that’s up to Disney Publishing, and I’m trying to convince them. So, hopefully, I’ll have something exciting to announce in not too long.
Q&A with Stan and Soos
Q: Is Dipper adorable or manly?
Stan: Dipper smells like baby wipes. Even if I cut off all my shoulder hair, and taped it to him, he wouldn’t be 1/10th as manly I am.
Q: What would you do if Mabel told you she had a date to prom?
Stan: I would… invite the gentleman over, have some coffee, tie him to a chair and interrogate him for 10 hours, and maybe throw him in the pit. [shrug] Hands off my neice, kid!
Q: What would happen if Soos met Giffany again?
Soos: Oh yea, I recently downloaded this couple’s therapy sim? Uh, I think she and I would have to talk about our issues and pass around a conversation pillow, and really work out these struggles. Cuz she’s got some problems, dude.
Q: Soos, why are you so perfect?
Soos: Yeah, uh, my grandma said that a whole bunch of doves flew down and formed the shape of a perfect angel over my crib. I dunno, dude I guess I was just born that way.
Lindholm Høje (Lindholm Hills, from Old Norse haugr, hill or mound) is a major Viking burial site and former settlement situated to the north of and overlooking the city of Aalborg in Denmark.
The southern (lower) part of Lindholm Høje dates to 1000 – 1050 AD, the Viking Age, while the northern (higher) part is significantly earlier, dating back to the 5th century AD in the Nordic Iron Age. An unknown number of rocks have been removed from the site over the centuries, many, for example, being broken up in the 19th century for use in road construction.
Character(s): Stiles Stilinski/Reader, Stuart Stilinski/Reader, Thomas Stilinski/Reader, Mitch Stilinski/Reader
Word Count: 5668
Notes: Here y'all go. Finally here. So, there’s a lot of warnings for this one, let’s go. *cracks literally every fucking none in my body as preparation* Oral (both receiving), Fingering, Orgy, Multiple Orgasms, Spit Play, Anal, Rimming, Anal Fingering, Squirting, Double Penetration, Thigh Riding, Face Riding, Marking, Biting, Scratching, Over Stimulation, Shower Play, Exhibitionism, Spanking, Dirty Talk, Begging, Dominance, Older/Younger, Orgasm Denial and Choking/Gagging. Huge thanks to Steffy because even though she doesn’t like butt stuff, she proofread this for me. If that ain’ true friendship then I don’t know what is. I love you @dumbass-stilinski <3
The Minyard twins rarely get along. Nicky spent good hours of his life playing therapist but the two were impossibly stubborn. Eventually they would be able to align each other’s interest by having a mutual hatred for something or someone, but that was difficult because Andrew was pretty apathetic and Aaron rarely wanted to correspond.
until one day they just did.
It was a fluke, unloading the bus at 3am and exhausted. Neil was half asleep already, side of his face bruised up from the force of his helmet being shoved against the glass wall. Matt had whistled when he caught sight of the bruising, commenting on what a good thing it was that they wore helmets if that was the result. They had won but it was a long game, referees making it rain cards.
Andrew was hauling up one of the bags of goalie gear when Aaron said almost thoughtfully from behind him, lifting a cooler up-”Hey what if we had a third twin named Arnold but he lives in a mansion and has a pony would that be fucked up or what”
He had turned around and given his twin a look. “I should’ve eaten u in the womb”
They didn’t mention it again that night, trudging their way back to their respective dorm rooms, watching Matt try to get Neil walking in a straight line.
Two weeks later after a light practise Andrew turned to look at Aaron in the locker room. “I bet Arnold would wear polo shirts.” Everyone gave him a weird look but Aaron gave a surprising wolf like grin as he shoved his helmet deep into the locker.
The two nodded to one another and then returned to their own respective silences.
It was Kevin who announced what everyone else was thinking. “What the actual fuck?”
It was a constant thing, either Andrew or Aaron bringing up Arnold’s not real existence. “He’d eat kale chips,” Andrew decided.
“Probably does charity work.” Aaron would nod in agreement.
“Competitive chess player,” the two declared in perfect harmony.
It was Neil who had the misfortune of being paired with Arnold Mayes from his mandatory English elective. It was his worst class due to his tendency to scramble up verbs and tenses (it was hard to keep strictly English when German, french, Polish and bits of Spanish would creep in.).
He wasn’t thrilled about working with Arnold, due with the guy’s insistent belief that they were somehow good friends (hopefully sliding further along that relationship, the way Arnold would hint.) and also the fact that Arnold Mayes had a slight resemblance of Andrew and Aaron with his blond hair and attachment to wearing black. He was quite a bit taller though, close enough to Kevin’s irritating height.
Andrew discovered first, his class partner, and immediately in the middle of Arnold introducing himself pulled out his phone, opened the rarely used snapchat app that Renee had coaxed him into downloading and took a picture of the still talking Arnold to send to Aaron.
Both despised Arnold. There was an unsettling way about how he liked leaning closer to Neil, in Andrew’s opinion, and he refused to figure out that Andrew and Aaron were not the same person. They were also highly biased against his basic existence.
Neil came home one day to finding Andrew sitting at his work desk looking proud and was informed that he wouldn’t have to meet Arnold the following the day since he did his work for him. He threw a handful of printed papers at Neil that landed in a flutter.
“That was unnecessary.” Neil informed him as he looked at the pages explaining how stupid the project was. “Pretty sure my assignment wasn’t drawing a picture of Arnold choking on-what are those? His shoes?”
“Yes.” Andrew said smugly.
“How exactly are you going to kill him? He’s taller than both of you combined.” Kevin asked post practise when Aaron mentioned the partner.
“Break his knee caps.” Andrew stated smugly when Aaron said at the same time, “Tackle the piece of shit.”
Kevin looked alarmed.
Aaron came home from a late practise to find Neil and Arnold sitting at the kitchen table together, the space in between them somehow shrinking as Arnold slid his chair a few inches closer each time. Neil was close to tilting out of his chair in his efforts in subtle avoidance, jabbing aggressively at a flow chart.
He yanked a chair out from the other side of the table and shoved it in between the two, plopping down stubbornly. “This looks stupid. Did you design this chart, Arnold? This is such a stupid chart.”
Eventually Arnold Mayes went away after the project was completed (this was ensured by Andrew grabbing him in a dark alley and holding a knife to his throat) but the general hatred for possible Arnold Minyards remained an essential element to their conversation. They would comb through twitter, facebook and instagram for all users with that name and block them. One reporter was banned from attended press conferences because his name was Arnold and blond hair was a major red flag for the two (the reason was never really decided well but at the time it slid by surprisingly well until three years later Allison stated in an interview about them still bonding over hypothetical triplet status.)
It got to the point they would send each other Christmas cards out of sheer spite, rather send one to each other than an Arnold. (”You know Arnold isn’t real?” Neil asked one day as Andrew was focused on picking out a suitable card.
“You know that bitch might have a manson?” Andrew retorted, picking one with a cat on the front.)
I’m sorry but adding the black and brown stripes to the LGBT flag not only disrespects the entire POC sector of the LGBT community because it implies they were never part of LGBT in the first place despite the instigator of the Stonewall Riots being a black drag queen, but it only divides the community further along racial lines. The flag is for all LGBT people regardless of race. The new stripes add nothing to it.
Summary: As a new professor at Hogwarts, you knew separating your present and your past within the walls was an important distinction to maintain your respectability. But finding out that your coworker was your schoolgirl crush for five years hadn’t been part of the plan. Pairing: Hoseok | Reader Genre: Fluff/Smut; Harry Potter AU Word Count: 13,788 Author’s Note: Took advantage of some Hoseok feelings I’ve been suffering from as of late and decided to pair it with my Harry Potter AUs!!!! Once again, tagging @chokemejimin who has asked to tagged in my HP works!! Hope you like it!
There’s a saying that goes around that often relates to the idea that people, places, or things that were once daunting and terrifying gradually start to become less intimidating with the help of time, growth, maturity—all those things you never believed would happen to you. After all, who wants to welcome the idea of growing old with opened arms?
You remember being seventeen and witnessing what you had believed would be the last sight you would ever get of Hogwarts, the comforting walls that housed seven years of your childhood, seven years worth of secrets, friendships, youth, innocence, and a desperation to chase after something you didn’t quite know about yet. Being as young and naive and indecisive as you were, it would have been difficult to comprehend the idea of returning, if returning to Hogwarts was something you even thought to consider in the first place. It never was.
It’s funny how much you had a tendency to return back to the place that reminded you most of home. Despite the history behind its walls, the war across the campus, Hogwarts remains consistent and peaceful and traditional. Unlike your very first day at eleven years old, you brush in through the doors of Hogwarts with a grace of familiarity. No longer do the tall walls that seem to stretch out to the ceiling terrify you and no longer do the endless corridors frighten you. You’re no longer a student who perhaps did not know any better. You’ve returned as a professor, just a little bit older and just a little bit wiser.
The baggage handle curled around your fingertips feel as if they’re growing heavier and heavier the longer you find yourself making your way through the outside courtyard of the school, towards the castle, trying to make your way to the new quarters you had been gifted with as a new educator of the institute. In spite of the struggle, it’s hard to keep the bounce out of your step, the smile across your features, because although returning back to the rooms of your past is not something you would have elected to spend your career under, it’s a new whole sensation approaching Hogwarts and knowing that you would get to do something and invest your time in something you were always particularly passionate about.
You’re just reaching the front steps of the school, before a voice calls out to you, striking a chord of familiarity in your heart as you let the tone sink into your mind and rummage through the archives of your brain. “Hey, you need some help with that?”
WARNINGS: threesome!!!, smut!!, grinding, unprotected sex, oral, rim jobs, anal, pure sin, language, jealous!tom hehe,
summary: despite Tom being the possessive type, you are decided to gift Haz a special present coming from both Tom and you. Besides, two heads might be better than one right?
a/n: it was kinda dirty to write,, plus this is 3k words
You swayed your hips while your back pressed against Tom, practically grinding on him, as both of you were dancing and goofing around at Haz’s party
while finding the other cast members of Spider-man: Homecoming scattered all over the house. The neon lights discoed around the room as the music was on maximum, blaring around the living room walls. “Are you having a great time?!” Tom questioned yet screaming between the clamors.
“Definitely!” You cried back as your right hand gripped tightly on a bottle of Budweiser beer you were consuming earlier. As you felt Tom stiffened his grasp onto your hips, your slightly intoxicated mind made you bend and began rubbing your ass onto his prominent bulge. “Fuck yes, Y/N. You’re so sexy.” He groaned acknowledging himself getting turned on at your actions.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of susierpt, I had you all vote on what you wanted me to do – and a masterlist of plot bunnies inspired by Halsey songs won! Feel free to use these ideas, and if you like them, a like or a reblog is much appreciated. Thanks for one year of RPT, everyone!
trouble: muse a and muse b are in a tempestuous, destructive relationship. the two raise hell together by day, but by night, behind closed doors, they argue and fight all the time, muse a seeming to almost take pleasure in tormenting muse b. but despite how awful muse a can be, muse b stays with them, the passion and excitement of the relationship intoxicating them. muse b will gladly allow muse a to set them on fire – just so long as they do not leave them. muse a, in turn, is too proud to admit that they need muse b. if muse b ever did get tired of their shit and leave them, they have no idea what they’d do. the two are trapped in a cycle that’s headed for mutually assured destruction, but neither are willing to get themselves out.
colors:muse a is muse b’s ex. the two were together for a long time, and the relationship was a transformative one for muse a. being with muse b made them into someone new – but ultimately, muse b didn’t like who that was. the two broke up, despite muse a still being very much in love. the two haven’t really spoken since the breakup, but now, muse a is watching from a distance as muse b falls apart. always someone with a lot of personal demons and problems to wrestle with, it seems muse b can’t cope alone, but they’re far too proud to admit it. will muse b allow muse a back into their life to help them? and will the two ever be able to salvage their relationship – or at least their friendship? and how can muse a help when the loss of their love has left them damaged, too?
strange love: muse a and muse b run with vastly different social circles, but meet one night at a party held by a mutual acquaintance. although muse b is known for being distant, cool, and untouchable, something about muse a charms them, and the two end up talking about deep, personal matters, things they never thought they’d discuss with anyone, let alone a complete stranger. one thing leads to another, and the two wind up hooking up in the bathroom. the next day, muse a wakes up to find out that someone captured pictures of them making out with muse b – and that they’re all over social media. muse a and muse b now must attempt to navigate an attempt at a relationship, while dealing with the rumors and gossip surrounding them.
roman holiday: muse a and muse b are childhood friends. grew up next door to each other, went through school together, played games together, the whole shebang. they also found refuge in one another from their awful family situations, both coming from abusive households. one day, after the two have finished high school, it becomes too much. muse a shows up at muse b’s bedroom window in the middle of the night, after a particularly bad night with their parents, and tells muse b they’re leaving forever – and they want muse b to come with them. the two pack their things, get in muse a’s car, and drive off into the night, intent on never seeing their parents again. the further they drive, the less they can deny their own romantic feelings towards each other, and soon, it becomes the vacation from reality that they’d always dreamed of; far away from their parents, happily kissing and sleeping curled up with each other in the backseat. but vacations from reality can’t last forever… right?
ghost: muse a is a self-described “bad influence,” and they warned muse b as much when they first got involved. at first, the relationship was passionate, fun, and loving, but over time, muse b watched muse a become less and less interested in them. soon, their relationship went from committed and exclusive to open and casual – but still possessive. both claim that they are “non-exclusive” and can sleep with other people, and both do, but muse b is still far more invested in the relationship. still, neither of them can bring themselves to break it off completely. no matter how many other people they sleep with, muse a will always come back to muse b for “one last fuck,” and no matter how much they claim to hate muse a, muse b will always let them.
100 letters: muse a was a very, very bad partner to muse b. always tearing them down and insulting them, and making them feel alone. finally, muse b got sick of this shit, and walked out, finally standing up for themselves. now, muse a wants them back, but muse b isn’t having it. muse a sends muse b a letter every single day, declaring their love, ignoring muse b as they threatened to take them to court for stalking them. whose patience will snap first?
eyes closed:muse a and muse b used to be dating, but broke up. muse a is over it, but muse b isn’t. to cope, muse b has thrown themselves into a relationship with muse c – and it isn’t working. although muse c is devoted to them, muse b still has feelings for muse a, and just can’t seem to move on. torn between wanting to win muse a back and avoid hurting muse c, muse b stays in their unfulfilling relationship, stringing muse c along further just to avoid being alone.
coming down: muse a was in a really bad situation when they met muse b, and muse be managed to “save” them somehow. this resulted in muse a falling hopelessly in love with them. although muse b cares for them, the feeling isn’t entirely mutual. it’s unclear how much of muse a’s devotion to muse b is actual love, and how much is just gratitude. either way, muse b is perfectly willing to exploit it, using muse a’s devotion to them to get things done – no matter how unpleasant or outright immoral.
hurricane:muse a is a player, preying on younger, vulnerable people, using them for sex before moving on to the next one, muse b is their karma. muse b is fiercely independent, and actively seeks out muse a, because they know they can count of them for meaningless sex. however, muse a falls fast and hard for muse b, and is now given a taste of their own medicine when they find themselves chasing a relationship with someone who doesn’t care for them at all.
strangers: two girls, muse a and muse b, have begun a secret relationship, hiding it from their family and friends. muse a wouldn’t mind keeping it a secret, if muse b wouldn’t stop insisting that this isn’t, in fact, a relationship. muse b claims that it’s just a meaningless fling, but muse a isn’t convinced. muse a wants muse b to commit to them, even if not publicly, but muse b refuses – at least, for now.
young god: muse a is the child of a cop, and a total goody-goody. they’ve never broken the rules in their life, and believes in the police force as the ultimate force for good. muse b, however, has other ideas. muse b has fashioned themselves a vigilante, tracking down and punishing criminals themselves, changing the world, one assault at a time. when muse a and muse b begin to fall for each other, muse b persuades muse a to question the law for the first time, and join their crusade. but muse b isn’t exactly a pinnacle of goodness or justice, no matter how hard they try, and their life is a dangerous one. muse a wants to help them change the world, but how far is too far?
closer: okay, you know this one. muse a and muse b went out for awhile a few years ago, but split up for whatever reason. now, years later, they find each other again in a hotel bar. despite all the reasons the relationship failed the first time, the two decide to get back together again – just for one night. for one night, they’ll pretend their breakup never happened, and that the outside world doesn’t exist.
sorry:muse a is a very insecure person. for a variety of reasons, they believe that no one will ever truly love them. muse b, however, is determined to prove them wrong. but years and years of feeling completely alone and unlovable don’t vanish overnight, and muse a frequently pulls away from muse b, expecting that soon, they’ll leave anyway. unfortunately, this has become a form of self-sabotage – the more muse a expects muse b to leave, the more they withdraw, and the more muse b does actually consider leaving.
bad at love:muse a is someone who’s suffered a lot of personal problems and heartbreak, and has been left a broken, lonely, dysfunctional person. convinced that finding their soulmate will “fix” them, they’ve gone through a lot of short-lived relationships. the latest is with muse b. muse a is, as always, convinced that this relationship will be the one to solve all their problems. muse b likes muse a, but knows that they can’t save them – muse a will have to do that themselves.
People are scared, but they can’t be paralyzed by that fear. You have to fight for what’s right every single day, bulletproof skin or not. You can’t just not snitch, or turn away or take money under the table because life has turned you sour. When did people stop caring? Harlem is supposed to represent our hopes and dreams. It’s the pinnacle of black art, politics, innovation. It’s supposed to be a shining light to the world. It’s our responsibility to push forward, so that the next generation will be further along than us.
Beginning Thoughts of the Summer Anime Season 2017. . .
Summer Season of Anime is already among us, and I’m so glad it’s here. With Spring being so incredibly weak, I find myself enjoying the fact that the Summer Season is already this good and it’s only the better. Regardless, here are my thoughts on the beginning shows I’m watching. Please keep in mind that these are based solely on the first episode or two, and are purely just my opinion. So please, if yours differs, I’d love to here it.
Kakegurui: Studio MAPPA
Hi, I’m one of the contenders for best show of Summer Season. Gambling. Finally something different. There aren’t as many series about Gambling as there is with so many others, much less done in this high school setting. Regardless, I love the art style of this series, especially when it gets to be those truly disturbing scenes. I can say without a doubt that this is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this season.
Hajimete no Gal: Studio NAZ
Would you hate me if I said this is one of my favorites so far? Yeah, I’m trash, and this is trash, but I don’t care. It’s an ecchi series that isn’t making me hate everything around me so far, so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts. DO NOT WATCH THIS WITHOUT HEADPHONES.
Koi to Uso: LIDENFILMS
This show is a perfect example of a series where the plot is good enough to save the series. The art style is very generic, granted, it’s higher quality generic, but generic and bland nonetheless. I would love this series so much more if it was done in more of a March Comes in Like a Lion, or even a Scum’s Wish Art Style, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case here. However, I am loving the plot thus far. Who honestly isn’t interested in this concept of Forbidden Love. I honestly can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.
: Creators in Pack
Disappointed. Nine Minute Series. Nine Freaking Minutes. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Yuri, don’t waste your time. I happen to really enjoy Yuri, so I’ll keep watching it for a little while. The manga is a billion times better compared to this. #StopMakingShittyAdaptations.
Ballroom e Youkoso: Production I.G.
Hi, I’m the other top runner for best series of the season. I really love this series. It’s amazing. It’s unique, and I can honestly see this being almost as big as Yuri on Ice. Check this shit out. I mean you could also just check it out solely for the purpose of that unique I.G. Art Style; I mean, hello this has Haikyuu written all over it.
Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: Production Reed
Dropped. I’m sick of the “another-world-harem-series” it’s getting old. Granted, this is a slightly different “another world harem” by having the main guy getting to keep his smartphone in this other world. I know right? God understands our first world struggles. Also, this art style is bland. But who knows, maybe you’ll like it.
Nana Maru San Batsu: TMS Entertainment
Annd this is going to be dropped. Calling it now. I hate the art style. I also hate the main girl; in fact, I hate her so much I don’t even like her enough to learn her name. I really liked the concept. A Quiz Anime. It’s completely different from everything else, the only thing that truly kills the series for me is the execution. The execution is absolutely terrible. It had potential, and it’s just really sad to see it wasted.
Dive!!: Studio Zero-G
Honestly, this is probably going to get dropped. As much as I hate to admit it, I find this show just underwhelming. When I first heard about the show, I had high hopes that it was going to be something, maybe not as awesome as Free!, but at least as eye catching, or entertaining, or hell, even just partially lovable as Free!. I find myself disappointed, both with how the show is turning out, as well as with how much I expected from it. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Sports Anime, don’t bother. I would also like to point out that everywhere I’ve read about it does have Comedy tagged before Sports, yet I have not found a bit of it even relatively close to “comedy,” so there’s that as well…
Hitorijime My Hero
: Encourage Films
Watching this. Why? Meh, I like BL. In all honestly though, it’s turning out alright; it is a Shounen Ai, series, so regardless, I always go into them with no expectations, so for now, it’s just meh. I’ll let you know more when it gets further along.
Tsurezure Children: Studio Gokumi
I’m actually really enjoying this one. It’s a cute little time killer that’s pretty funny, and is all about kids with these love problems. How cute. The art style is very generic, and the plot isn’t exactly reverting, but it’s entertaining and that’s all that matters.
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: Studio Lerche
I’m interested. Very interested. I went into it thinking that it was just going to be some Assassination Classroom wanna be by the same studio: Class of Underachievers, given up on by this precious elite school. I’m honestly glad that it, so far, isn’t turning into that at all. I’m curious to see where it goes from here.
Jigoku Shojo: Studio Deen
Hell Girl!! *Crying* I missed you so much. You never realize just how much you miss a show until you get another season and it just makes you so happy. This is me with Hell Girl. Thank you. I needed this. I needed an excuse to binge the series again, (which I totally did) just to mentally prepare myself for this new season.
Boku no Hero Academia: Studio Bones
That second half art style change though!!! Still best show so far. Best show of the season. Best Show of Last Season. Just Best. Show. WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS?!?!?!
So anyways, that is my first impressions of the series so far that I am watching. Please keep in mind these are merely my thoughts, and I am not going to be watching everything this season. If there’s something I’m not watching that you think I should be, please let me know. Also, let me know what you’re thinking of this season so far!
Set a timer. 15-30 minutes is a good starting point. If you really can’t handle that, go with 10 minutes.
Sit down and close your eyes. I sit cross-legged in an armchair. You can sit normally in a chair or be lying down on the floor. Most any position is acceptable. The only requirements are that your body is relaxed and your mind is awake. No falling asleep!
Focus your attention and sight in the space between your eyebrows. Meditation uses a focal point such as that space or your breath or a mantra. Try out different focal points for two weeks at a time until you find something that suits you.
Do not actively think or imagine anything. There is a difference between thinking and having thoughts pop up. Don’t engage in thinking. Thoughts will pop up. Don’t engage them by pushing them away or analyzing them.
If you lose your focus just bring it back to the focal point. It is okay if you suddenly find that you have wandered down a train of thought. Recognizing that when it happens is part of the meditation training. Bringing your attention back, taking a breath, and letting it go is all you need to do.
Don’t get up until the timer goes off. All sorts of difficult emotions and thoughts might arise. That is normal. Meditation cleans a lot of junk out of our mind-body. Before it is cleared away, it often comes to the surface. Let the process happen. You are safe.
This is the technique taught to me by my guru and it is called Jangama Dhyana. You can read more about it on the meditation page of my blog.
Try it out. If you have any further questions along the way, let me know!