has that storybook feel to it

Dance Dads // A Phan One-Shot

Genre: family fluff, domestic fluff, just fluff in general, parent!phan, jealous!dan

Words: 3.0k

Relationship status: Married

Warnings: none

Summary: At Emily Lester’s dance classes, she notices that some of her classmates’ mums like to compliment her papa, who always comes with her to rehearsals. Don’t they know that’s her daddy’s thing to do to her papa?

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lucas steele's physical beauty

i feel like this needs to be said so here we go

lucas steele has all of the physical characteristics of a disney prince. he looks so much like he jumped out of a storybook, that it’s almost shocking. he has no flaws.

so upon seeing him for the first time, people may say that he looks like a “fish” or “realistic wikihow drawing” but it’s simply because its just very WOW

in summary, lucas steele is so beautiful that you almost think he isn’t.

Part 2: 10 More Animated Movies Beyond Pixar

Part 1: Animation Beyond Pixar
Part 3: Another 10 Animated Movies Beyond Pixar
Part 4: Some More Animated Movies Beyond Pixar

Hey! It looks like people really liked the first post, so let’s do it again. This time I’m going to expand the rules a little bit and show you 10 movies that were not produced by Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, or Studio Laika. Hope you find something cool!

Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière, 1998)



The breakout hit of French animation master, Michel Ocelot, Kirikou and the Sorceress is an invented fairytale drawing from west African folklore. You’ll immediately notice the style, how it alternates between very lush, lovingly rendered scenery and somewhat limited animation. A lot of the limitations of this movie can be chocked up to the infant-status of French animation at the time, but in spite of a few reused walk-cycles Kirikou is a wonderful film! In fact, Kirikou was such a success in French theaters that it spawned its own sequel in 2005, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts.

The story recounts the birth and early travails of Kirikou, an impetuous but incredibly clever infant boy. Kirikou’s village has been all-but enslaved by the evil sorceress Karaba. It’s up to Kirikou to keep his ailing villagers safe from the sorceress, and find a way to stop Karaba for good.

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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Sita Sings the Blues is an interesting creature, it’s actually been released under the Creative Commons license, so you can download it for free right now. A labor of love by cartoonist/animator Nina Paley, the movie is entirely animated with Adobe Flash. Ordinarily I’m not very fond of flash animation, it’s become the new fad in TV because it’s cheap, and has unfortunately ushered in a new era of bland, limited animation cartoons (Teen Titans Go, I’m looking at you). That said, Sita Sings the Blues is a wonderful example of how an artist can exceed & in some cases exploit the limitations of Flash to create really charming cartoons brimming with beautiful designs.

Featuring 4 different animation styles and an overabundance of musical set pieces, Sita Sings the Blues contrasts the many trials and tribulations of the mythical Sita (wife of hindu folk hero, Rama) with the waning days of the animator’s own marriage. Interspersed between these two stories is a more light-hearted retelling of the Ramayana (the story of Rama) by indian shadow puppets.

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My Dog Tulip (2009)

My Dog Tulip recounts the trials and tribulations of one Mr. Ackerley as he attempts to raise his bratty german shepherd, Tulip. The most striking feature of this film is its styling, which can charitably be called “impressionistic” but more accurately be deemed “scribbly”. Everything is freeform, and the models shift and twist into the most expressive shapes for their given scenes. Considering that every one of its 60,000+ frames is actually an individually-rendered digital painting, the movie becomes quite impressive.

This is a very restful movie, aimed at an older audience, so save it for when you next want to relax. At once charming, silly, dry, and very juvenile, it’s hard not to smile as you watch Ackerley’s animated self blunder through raising his dog. And though Ackerley shamelessly anthropomorphizes Tulip, the film (quite refreshingly) will never let you forget that she’s a silly, fidgety dog.

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Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū, 1997)

While Japan produces a lot of animation, most of it is just miserable crap. That said, every so often someone amazing gets to make a movie. Writer/director Satoshi Kon was one of those people.

Kon’s directorial debut, Perfect Blue, is an intriguing, upsetting, suspenseful, and frightening movie. A young pop star leaves music for acting, but is traumatized by her first role. Shellshocked by her first experience, the actress falls into a fugue state, and the people involved in the production start dying. All signs point to the murderer being the actress, and while she should be recovering she’s inadvertently pulled into the world of an obsessive stalker who has been watching her every move.

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The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste, 2010)

Based on a recovered script by legendary French comedian/director, Jacques Tati, The Illusionist is the story of the last bright spark of an aging stage magician’s career. Tati loosely based the film on his own stage career, which happened to start at a time when many stage acts were being muscled out of venues by young, hip rock bands. Supposedly Tati wrote the original script as an attempt to reconcile with his eldest daughter, whom he had abandoned as a baby. This is heavily-disputed. Delicately-rendered and beautifully-told, the Illusionist features no distinguishable dialogue, but its sentiments come across crystal-clear.

An older, struggling French magician takes a gig out in the Scottish boonies, and in the process picks up a new fan who thinks his magic is real. The result is a quirky father/daughter relationship between two strangers, the adoration of one keeping the other going during one of the darkest times of his life.

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The Secret of NIMH (1982)

If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Don Bluth movie.

It’s easy to forget, now that Disney has been ascendant for 25 years, but from the 60s to the end of the 80s Disney’s animation studio nearly shut down half a dozen times. Having endured this long decline, Don Bluth, one of Disney’s veteran animators and directors, had enough. He left Disney and took 16 of the studio’s animators with him, intent on getting back to basics and producing feature-length animated films again. His name might not ring a bell, but you’ve definitely seen his movies: An American Tail 1 & 2 (the Fievel movies), All Dogs Go To Heaven, Anastasia, and the original Land Before Time were all Don Bluth movies. The Secret of NIMH was actually Bluth’s first post-Disney feature film, which unfortunately means it’s less well-known than some of his later successes.

The Secret of NIMH shows us the life of a simple farm mouse, Mrs. Brisby. Mrs. Brisby’s son is very sick, and she desperately needs help moving him before her home is destroyed by the farmer’s plough. The only ones that can help are the mysterious rats of the rose bush, strange, almost magical creatures that seem to have known her late husband.

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American Pop (1981)

If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Ralph Bakshi movie.

The king of rotoscope, Ralph Bakshi is the guy who really created and explored the idea that animation doesn’t always have to be for kids. What’s rotoscope? It’s literally animating on top of live-action footage. For ages it was used as a pre-CGI method for creating special effects (the original Star Wars, for example, featured heavy rotoscoping). Bakshi was the first director to use it to animate entire movies, admittedly with mixed success. Rotoscoping allows for incredibly realistic movement, but is (surprisingly) bad at translating facial expressions.

Considered one of Bakshi’s better movies, American Pop is an alternate history retelling of the rise of pop music in the United States. The story is presented through the eyes of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, each of whom has a profound impact on the music industry of their respective day. It’s a fascinating look at the type of people who defined musical genres through the years.

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Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (Azur et Asmar, 2006)

Another original fairytale from Michel Ocelot! Ocelot has this fantastic skill of drawing from all points of a culture’s folklore and making a movie that’s at once evocative of its inspiration but satisfyingly original.

This time around Ocelot draws from dozens of Arabic folk tales, including some of the more infamous stories of 1,001 Arabian Nights. He also employed a new technique for 3D animation, rendering non-photo-realistic figures on top of painted backgrounds. The effect is absolutely stunning, and gives the entire movie a storybook feeling without looking like a series of drawings. It’s absolutely overflowing with rich colors and intricate arabic designs, and is a complete treat to behold.

The story: On the French countryside two boys are inexplicably born with the exact same destiny: to save the djinn fairy of the east. One is born to a wealthy french household, the other is born to an Arabic nursemaid working in the same household. The boys grow together, are forced apart, and eventually meet back up as fate guides them towards their shared destiny.

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A Town Called Panic (Panique au village, 2009)



Most of the animated feature films worth a damn are dramas and serious adventure movies. They can start to weigh on you, if you watch them one after another. That’s why it’s so fantastic that movies like A Town Called Panic exist. An unapologetically silly, borderline nonsensical comedy that injects you into its bizarre world for 80 minutes and keeps you entertained the entire time.

A stop-motion animated feature that uses action figures (kind of like the old KaBlam! shorts on Nickelodeon), based on a Belgian/French TV series of the same name, A Town Called Panic recounts the lives of Horse, Cowboy, and Indian. Three roommates in a small rural town. It’s your average guys-order-too-many-bricks-for-a-birthday-present-then-accidentally-destroy-their-house-then-as-they’re-attempting-to-fix-the-house-with-the-bricks-aquatic-dwellers-start-stealing-their-half-finished-house romp. And it’s a delight. Highly recommended!

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The Secret of Kells (2009)

The Secret of Kells is a glorious reminder that 2D animation is very much alive, and capable of being infinitely improved upon. In this case the movie is animated with stylized 2D drawings, but uses computer graphics to add color-washes and other subtle effects. The overall product is an all-too-rare visual treat in a medium that’s increasingly becoming a victim of computer technology, when it should be a beneficiary.

A young boy raised among monks finds his calling as a manuscript illuminator. But in order to become skilled enough to illuminate the legendary Book of Iona he’ll have to brave the dangerous forests of Kells and discover nature’s secrets from its wild pagan spirits.

@andromedainwonderland said:

Teen Wolf-Scooby Doo, as in, the Teen Wolf crew driving around in the Jeep solving supernatural mysteries. Just me?

So I don’t know what this is, but this fic turned out to be my ARCH NEMESIS, so, you know, make of that what you will. It’s even alternating POVs, which I haven’t written in years upon years. So please appreciate how much this story wanted to kill me, and how we’re still eyeing each other with open hostility from different corners of the room.


The groundskeeper has gnarled, knotted fingers and rheumy eyes, and it takes five hundred years for him to turn the key in the rusted padlock.  The gate creaks almost as loud as his bones, and Derek flicks an ear in irritation.

“That’s a big dog you’ve got there,” he says, only mildly curious.

Stiles buries one hand in the scruff around Derek’s neck. “Not sure he is one,” Stiles says, and Derek cocks his head up at him.

Scott has the van idling behind them.

Derek takes a deep breath and sneezes. Decay, old blood, and sulfur flood his senses—he whines softly. He doesn’t have a good feeling about this.

The old house looms in front of them, stone and spires, ominous, cloaked in shadows thrown by the nearly full moon. His skin ripples under his fur, uneasy, and he tucks his tail between his legs.

“Relax,” Stiles murmurs to him. “This is easy money, right? A simple salt and burn.”

Derek huffs, knocks into Stiles’ side as he hastily turns around, and then slinks back to the van. He doesn’t like this place. He never likes haunted places, too much lingering despair that stirs up old guilt, but this house feels like it’s made out of skeleton bones, dread sits like a stone in his belly.

Lydia already has the side of the van open. He hops in, slides past Kira, and then digs into Stiles’ open duffle, buries his snout in an old t-shirt that smells a little bit like Scott, too.

“Dude,” Stiles says when he climbs in after him. “Come on.”

Derek growls, low in his throat, and Stiles backs off with a huffy, “Fine, be that way.”

The van grinds into gear and rolls forward slowly, tires bumping over the cobblestone drive, and Derek feels like his chest is caving in.

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HOSPITAL AU

Noctis:

  • The chairman’s son
  • doing his residency in neurosurgery under the direct supervision of his father’s friend, Cor
  • is super good at it, but he’s doing it just so he can qualify for his role as heir
  • has no passion for it, Noct would rather study medicine for dogs or birds or fish or literally anything else other than people
  • does it splendidly anyway, because he wants to make his sick father proud
  • would never admit it but he he can’t ignore someone who needs his help
  • has a secret relationship with Lunafreya who is a biochemist and next in line for pharmaceutical giant Nifilheim Co.

Prompto:

  • pediatric nurse and resident sunshine boy
  • just looooves the new babies!
  • they’re so cute and squishy!
  • wears a colorful set of scrubs everywhere, and reads storybooks to sick kids on his time off
  • sometimes feels inferior and out of place because he’s the only male nurse in the maternity ward
  • kids love his animal impressions tho, and that’s all that matters! 
  • best friends with the chairman’s son but not a lot of people know that

Gladio:

  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • helps people get back on their feet (literally) with love and sometimes necessary guilt tripping
  • has the mass and muscle to carry patients around if they can’t do it themselves
  • likes to chat casually with everybody and actually remembers things about them, his patients tend not to skip on their exercises because he feels like a friend
  • likes to schedule his coffee breaks to coincide with Cor or Ignis

Ignis:

  • Oral Surgeon
  • he WILL stick his gloved fingers in people’s mouths without warning
  • Noct hates the ‘surprise check ups’ because he never flosses
  • does more surgery than dentistry, a lot of his patients are car crash survivors and high-impact sport athletes
  • has restored the faces of hundreds of people, a natural healer
  • likes the idea of getting his work done without the patient babbling on and on
  • addicted to coffee and enjoys the occasional cigarette, gets teased because “what if u get mouth cancer and have to do surgery on your own face lmao”

Cor:

  • Neurosurgeon
  • detail oriented and a stickler for details
  • refuses to give up on patients, stubborn till the end and beyond
  • has actually brought back some patients from flat-lining like some immortal healer
  • likes to chat with Gladio on breaks and assigns him most of his rehab follow ups
  • is very strict on Noct even though the boy is actually really good at his job

Ravus:

  • used to be an ER surgeon, moved to working with and studying prosthetics after losing his left arm to cancer
  • wants to create functional limbs to replace his own, but also to help other amputees coming back from his war-torn country
  • hates that his sister’s company keeps putting roadblocks on his patents and projects, but understands that there’s very little she can do about it until the current chairman dies or retires early
  • standoffish and aloof, he’s not aware how popular he is with members of the staff, it doesn’t help that the only people who aren’t scared to sit at lunch with him are the twerp’s clique
  • actually enjoys their shenanigans and looks forward to lunch at work to catch up on the latest drama but shhh don’t tell anyone

Ardyn:

  • Pathologist and sometimes Coroner
  • lives in the basement and takes charge of the morgue, disappears occasionally to do work out in the field with the local police
  • everybody agrees that he’s the creepy slimy type, he thinks he’s everyone’s friend
  • plays with dead people every day, creates his own drama plays with the corpses when he’s bored (he gets the clothes from thrift shops and dumpsters)
  • tries to persuade Noct to fund his ‘reviving the dead through cryogenics’ experiments by throwing rad Halloween parties (nobody attends)

anonymous asked:

Honest opinion? Do you think dan and Phil will be those cliche married people who get each other engraved rings and have sappy vows when they get married? Do you think they're already married lowkey? And they don't wear rings or anything? Or do you think they won't get married at all? Pretty sure you've answered something like this already but imma ask anyway. You're so lovely btw so glad to see you feeling Up again 😊

yessss i’ve answered this already hahah and i said that it’s hard to tell but i could see them very much not caring about the institution of marriage and just sort of viewing themselves as being the peak level of connected and in-it-for-forever as two people can possibly be. it fits with their attitudes of not being labeled as anything individually, and not being labeled as anything as a unit by the public. marriage involves having a connection between two people sanctified and like ‘approved of’ by the state and i guess the church and i could see them being like, we don’t want to turn this insanely beautiful and precious and vast thing that we share into an object that needs to be recognized or validated in this way. i also don’t rly know if they’d be comfortable w like a bunch of friends and family just making their love the object of celebration/spectacle for a day or whatever. 

butttttt all of that being said i mean phil has been on a spree of liking marriage things this year and theyre also both probably sappy as fuck about their feelings and their storybook romance and the nostalgia of it all and phil has that more traditional upbringing and whatnot so i could also see them having an internalized and hard-to-shake attachment to the feeling of being official that way, of calling each other husband, and actually being husbands in a legal sense. if they did end up going that route, i don’t think they’d do anything too sappy bc they’d be embarrassed and not even know how to act that way in front of people and they’d likely find it cringe-y. i think something like vows or whatever… ok honestly i fucking cant even picture them writing or reading vows about each other but idk. i’m not supposed to be able to picture it either right? they give their audience a very controlled depiction of themselves and their dynamic and we’re not meant to be able to draw anything very real from it. so it’s honestly impossible to say with what kind of frequency they have their moments of sappiness and melodrama when it comes to the way they talk to and about each other bc why would we be privy to that info at all??? so i have no basis on which to guess how they’d construct vows if they ever do that or how over the top vs minimalist their rings would be,, it’s just hard to tell. 

so i guess overall i more lean towards them not caring about being married at all, but i can see little hints of interest here and there in the idea. if they did get married i have no idea what kind of scale it would be on and what that would even look like. but i do think w a bit of certainty that they’re not already married hahah

Adult Henry Scenes

From what I’ve seen on my dash, most people have focused on the scenes of adult Henry in Seattle, but the scenes that have struck myself the most are those of the beginning. After knowing the identity of the character, I have seen that scene from another perspective, that is,  it’s our Henry, that little boy we met in the pilot episode all grown up taking care of his own daughter. I don’t know about you, guys, but it has made me feel emotional.

I can’t stop wondering what happened to Henry to end up in the EF and what is worse, in a time of great upheaval.

Why are they living alone in that kind of hut or cave?

Why is it so important to protect the storybook?

No one else gets emotional to see Henry with his daughter? 

Next question. Why does Henry have Charming’s sword? Did David give it to him? Did Henry borrow it? Did he inherit it? I want to know. The sword appears several times in the episode and we see Henry handling it twice.

Next scene. What happened here? Where’s Henry?

The sword and the storybook, again

Why does Lucy know Tiger Lily? How does she escape from Neverland? 

I thought the Seattle scene was a kind of flash forward and the scene in the EF happened earlier in time. But what if it is the opposite? Too many questions and I don’t know if I’ll like the answers… But I’m afraid we’ll still have to wait long enough for it

Henry Mills published a book of fractured fairy tales, about a young orphan girl who learns she’s really a princess and that she is destined to be the hero of her people.  Along the way she finds love in all its many forms – romantic, platonic, familial – and her heart becomes her strongest weapon.  The book was wildly popular as a children’s book that appeals to a multigenerational audience, making Henry enough money to pay for his small apartment, and support himself while working on his next project.

Except money can’t buy happiness, and where Henry’s mind was once filled with visions and tales of other realms and real life princesses and pirates, after losing touch with his family and friends, he’s grown into a recluse trying to get that spark back.  He’s lost hope of ever writing again.  Henry has had writer’s block for as long as he can remember, put don’t try to pin him down on exactly when that happened.  All Henry knows is that he can’t remember the last time he put pen to paper.  At times, it feels like it’s been years forever, at others it feels like it was just yesterday.

Henry knows his young fans can get wrapped up in the tales woven through his storybook.  But he’s never had one track him down before, he’s never had one so deluded as to believe the story is real, that it’s about her family, that she’s his family.  He’s worried about her, a girl that young on her own and needing help.  There’s something familiar about her that he just can’t put his finger on, so he decides to do something to help…

On this weeks’ episode of, “Alana Copes with Once Upon a Time,” Emma Swan is really f*cking angry because her life isn’t a goddamn fairy tale and anyone who thinks otherwise is a naive garbage dumpster. Also, congratulations on the engagement you guys, seriously. btw, swears abound. @abbadons-little-witch @the-reason-to-sail-home xo

+ Here’s the thing about Emma Swan’s mental state in the moments following a confession she should have heard two days ago: she’s angry. And sure, she’s angry at Killian, because, yes, of course, you tell the woman you plan to marry the finer points of the darkish past before the proposal, but he’s not the only fuck-up between the two of them. The first emotion she feels is anger, because, quite honestly, it’s easier than being sad. Turning around and walking away is easier than being sad. 

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I have this head cannon where Remus is into storybook displays of romance. He’s a big softie, and has seen just about every romcom imaginable, so he’s all about the candle lit dinners under the stars, rose petals on the bed, boxes of chocolate… all that jazz. But for Sirius, who grew up rarely feeling loved or tended too, loves the little things, the your-tire-looked-flat-so-I-filled it,  I-know-its-your-turn-to-clean-but-you’re-tired-so-i-did-it kind of loving (it makes him feel noticed and appreciated after so many years of being ignored and rejected by those closest to him). so when they first start dating they try and give each other the version they like most and its…unfulfilling. But as time goes on and they get to know each other they figure it out and everyone ends up feeling loved and happy. Remus gets flowers sent to his office every now and again, Sirius comes home to his favorite takeout and a foot rub after a long day, and both of them feel more loved and understood than they ever dreamed was possible 

KakaSaku Month Week 1 Fanfic Recs

Woo, it’s finally KakaSaku month~ I’ll be giving fanfic recs just like I did during KakaSaku week. There might be some overlap from then but I haven’t read many new KakaSaku fanfics in a while, so what can I do? lol I will be searching the kakasakumonth tag throughout the week to see if I find any new favorites however (might still add more to this list until week 1 is officially over :3). Let me know if any of your favorites are here! :3 

Mission Report

Mission Report # AF4927V by @eeearnest & @itslulu42 - Tsunade finds out through two mission reports that Sakura and Kakashi were very professional during Mission Fake Marriage. ;) 

Operation Ring Finger (One-Shot | Humor/Romance) by ArinaMaron (@arinamaron) - Rokukashi’s ANBU guards take their job very seriously. lol I found the mission report format very fun to read.

Myth or Fairytale AU

If You Believe In Magic (Multi-Chapter) by yunyu (@fineillsignup) - I found this gem yesterday as I was scrolling through the kakasakumonth tag on Tumblr so I saved it in my drafts and just finally got around to reading it today! I really love the amount of detail put into this fic and although it’s still ongoing, I needed to mention it here because I love it so much! hehe If you like Japanese mythology, be sure to check this one out!

Rough Seas (One-Shot | Adventure/Fantasy) by ElizaTellsTheStory (@elizatellsthestory) - I love Mereshark Kakashi so when I first saw this pop up on Tumblr, I just had to read it. hehe Bonus points for Pirate Sakura~ The writer also has this under the “He desperately wanted to breathe” prompt as well except it’s “[S]he desperately wanted to breathe” in this case. ;)

Sea Foam (Multi-Chapter | Romance/Drama) by moodiful819 - If I remember correctly, this was a fic I stumbled across thanks to Tumblr. :D I can’t remember if it was due to all the mermaid AU art going around at the time, but I’m glad I checked this out. hehe Sakura and Kakashi are so adorable in this fic… aaaand now I feel like rereading this.  

Storybook (One-Shot | Romance/Humor) by moodiful819 - Basically a Cinderella AU except Kakashi takes on the role of both the prince and Cinderella and Sakura is the exasperated fairy godmother. xD

Summer Rain

benediction (across your brow) by @mouseymightymarvellous - Sakura and Sasuke part ways with Sasuke totally shipping her with Kakashi. Enough said. ;)

Yukata or Kimono

House Calls by Spoiled Sweet (Multi-Chapter | Romance/Humor) - Chapter 7 immediately popped up in my mind when I saw this prompt. lol This fic in general has been one of my go-to rereads because it’s very relaxing and makes me happy. :3

anonymous asked:

Smol child Ardyn? Please and thank you?!

You said “Please” and “Thank you”, so yours first. Thank you. <3 
Sorry for taking so long!

(Spoilers ahead…I guess? And a Read More line)

Everyone remember Ardyn wasn’t born the devil; he grew up a kind and caring healer and prince, so I’m sticking to that side of him rather than the one we see in the main FFXV story.



Everyone beware…

The heir prince of Lucis, Ardyn Lucis Caelum. 

Smol child Ardyn:

  • He’s the prettiest prince ever.
  • …so far, of course.
  • A bit chubby, with the roundest, softest cheeks ever.
  • Look at that ridiculous lonely lock of red-violet hair on his bald head, it’s so stupid and adorable.
  • Baby Ardyn in a moogle onesie.
  • Baby Ardyn’s greatly spoiled, he’s the baby prince.
  • Baby Ardyn’s laughing and clapping cause he’s getting so many gifts all the time, omg, he’s got a whole castle room all to himself just for his gifts and toys.
  • Smol child Ardyn is obsessed with moogles.
  • He l o v e s moogles.

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Okay but guys, we joke about Clara being The Stylishest™ all the time (well, I do) bc how did she afford all her clothes in s8? Why would she spend so much money on them when she’s going to spend her day trying not to be vaporized by Daleks? Etc, etc.

And I seem to remember a post awhile ago about Clara skipping ahead to get currently trendy stuff super cheap (sorry, I can’t find it—if any of my lovely followers knows what I’m talking about and could send me the link, that would be amazing), which makes sense from a practical standpoint.

But at the same time, I think all those insanely put-together outfits demonstrate Clara’s need for control over her own image very effectively. I can definitely see her taking the time and care to make room in her budget for cool Adventure™ clothes and Stylish Yet Professional™ clothes. Because it’s really important to her to be able to command the perceptions of others, and clothes are a major way of affecting that. So those clothes, and the money she spends on them, are very much an important part of her character.

With this mind, it’s interesting to look at Amy’s character arc (expressed in costume) vs Clara’s, since they’re nearly polar opposites. Both start out with cute flirty ensembles (Clara’s dresses, Amy’s skirts). But Amy goes from her skintight red and leather outfits to a softer look as time goes on, with more pastel colors near the end of series 6 (a major exception being TWORS, which doesn’t really count as far as costuming goes), flowier dresses and pants, and even jeans by her last episode. This is an Amy growing into her own skin—an Amy who does not feel the need to be spiky and defensive, always waiting for people to leave. She has let down her guard around Rory and the Doctor.

Clara, by contrast, starts out in flowy dresses and flowers. She knows exactly where she is going and who she wants to be—until she meets the Doctor. She slowly changes until her s8 look shows up, which is always on trend, always “grown-up,” and always very put-together. Some of this is for Danny and/or the Doctor, but most of it is for herself and how she wants to be perceived.

The sudden reverting to nontraditional clothes in s9 is another sign of her unmooring from the Earth and growing recklessness: she no longer cares so much about being the perfect teacher, perfect girlfriend, etc. She cares about being the Doctor. Which isn’t a bad thing, except she focuses on it to the exclusion of all else. Thus the sudden wild variance in style: a s7-esque cute flaring skirt in the classroom, the perfect professional look on a casual motorbike trip, and more and more outfits that are very not contemporary for her, from Viking gear to a spacesuit. The “Face the Raven” outfit is a particularly good example of her style change: it’s loose and doesn’t restrict movement, very unlike Clara’s carefully-tailored clothing in s8—obviously chosen with adventure in mind. Clara just doesn’t care about being on top of things at home as much as she used to, and it’s a bit sad to see how her life on Earth is falling apart for her, even as her Doctor-life becomes richer and deeper.

This does, however, culminate in a nearly-happy ending, as Clara exits the show in one last “fairytale” dress, free to live out her original dreams of traveling as a storybook heroine. She has created a final persona for herself, one that launches from the solid surface of the Doctor and his familiarity into entirely new adventures.

Tl;dr Clara’s sudden expensive fashion choices in s8 make perfect sense for her character and showcase an important aspect of her arc. If @silvermarmoset, as the resident costume expert, would like to weigh in on this at all, I’d appreciate another opinion! (And anybody else should feel free to weigh in on this as well, of course. It’s a fun bit of her character to pick apart.)

// I think I finally realized one of the major reasons why the Magi Final Arc unsettles me so much…

It’s because none of these characters have solid personal reason to fight Sinbad. Sure, they’re all here to save the day from a crazed man whose ambitions have gone to his head but a personal reason is important here. 

In a narrative that often blurs the line between Right or Wrong / Good or Evil, a personal reason allows the story to be more relatable, hence producing a proper conflict.

Without further ado, here’s my analysis on how this team can be improved + my own personal recommendations on who really deserves to slap the sh*t out of Sinbad

(DISCLAIMER: I do not hate any of these characters. This post is not meant to bash any of them but to provide deeper insight on their objectives.)

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AND I’VE BEEN WANTING TO SHOW YOU THIS

When I meet @captainsnumple (who is an amazing and kind and gentle, lovely person oh my god) in Estonia, she gave me this before I left, on the condition that I not open it til I was home. 

IT’S A FUCKING ILLUSTRATED STORYBOOK OF A FIC I WROTE. 

Specifically, this fic, the Madoka crossover fic I jokingly call Michiru Magica, which is one of my favorites I’ve ever written, honestly. 

I feel like the way this looks doesnt really come across in pictures, but it’s beautifully done, the illustrations are perfect and the way the entire book is laid out is so thoughtful and conscious of the story. I’d have to post the whole thing for you to get a sense of it, and even then, I feel like you never could from photos. Snumple is astoundingly talents and always has been, but this was truly a cut above, the colors are lush and fulll and give such a sense of the otherworldly that I was trying so hard to invoke. 

And aside from all that, there’s the thoughtfulness of it all, to take something that I did and add such beauty to it. I adore when people springboard off things I’ve done, in fic or in art, and this took so much planning and real love, and I was genuinely touched by it. I still don’t really know what to say about it–it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. 

agoddamnrayeofsunshine  asked:

that response to the last voltron family ask inspired me, so consider this: Keith taking the story the kids made for him and cleaning it up a little (spelling and grammar errors, nothing big) and publishing it. he comes home with it one day to surprise the kids (the title could be something like /the children of the two kings/)

OH MY GOD. I have legit placed my hand on my chest and sobbed. DUDE. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE. Lemme just wipe my tears first and give you that friggin damn scenario. /sniffs/ Thank you for this. <3 [The Voltron Family]

For reference: The post where the kids made Keith a story

So we know that Keith doesn’t really write his own stories, right? He’d rather work behind the scenes, he really doesn’t like the spotlight. But when the kids made him a storybook, he felt so determined that he wanted to make it into a book. Obviously it’s going to be a children’s book with illustrations. 

Keith: I’ll do it, Shiro. I’ll make it a legit storybook with illustrations. The works. 
Shiro: Keith! That’s great! It will be like your first book.
Keith: *smiles* yeah. I wanted to do this for them. I was so touched. Like, WHO MAKES ME A STORYBOOK WITH US AS CHARACTERS? WHO DOES THAT?
Shiro: *hugs* Awwww, now don’t go all emo on me, baby.
Keith: Shut up. I have the right to be emo. I’ll ask Coran to proofread it for me. I’ll have to do meetings and stuff if ever it will get an approval.
Shiro: *smiles* I’m honestly way too excited for this! Who will you hire to illustrate though?
Keith: *glares* You’re seriously asking me that? You married a weeb!
Shiro: *laughs* Oh my god. Finally all your weeb days will pay off.
Keith: Oh knock it off. *smiles* You know I love drawing, I just haven’t been able to draw recently because of work. 
Shiro: *smirks* Don’t lie to me. You have your sketchpad in your office.

So Keith worked day and night (after his normal workload) rewriting the story Lance, Pidge and Hunk made. He’d sketch some drawings and ask for Shiro’s opinion. He asked Coran to proofread it and he was touched by the background of why Keith was doing this. So he helped him make a presentation to their big boss Alfor who owns the publishing company to publish Keith’s work. Alfor is Allura’s father so she pretty much knew of Keith’s project too. They were so into it that all of them were pretty excited! 

A few months after and Keith finally received his advance copy–all in its hardcover glory. He called Shiro to tell him all about it and that he wanted to surprise their kids. So when Keith arrived home, the kids and Shiro were all gathered in the living room.

Keith: Okay. Family Meeting time! *excited*
Lance: I swear I didn’t break the glass, okay?! It was an accident!
Keith: *smiles* It’s okay, Lance. You can break as many glasses as you want.
Lance: *drops his jaw* Are you serious, Daddy Keith?!!!
Keith: *frowns* I’m joking. But enough about that! I have a surprise to all of you. Though your Daddy Shiro knows about this already. He helped me a bit with the planning and all. Oh wow I’m blabbering. Sorry sorry. Lemme just…
Pidge: *whispers to Shiro* What’s Daddy Keith talking about? 
Shiro: *smiling so damn wide* You’ll see.
Keith: *takes out the big book and shows it to everyone* TA-DAH~~~~

The Children of the Two Kings
Written and Illustrated by Keith Shirogane

The cover was so beautiful. It was an illustration of two kings sitting on their thrones with their three beautiful children smiling so happily sitting below them on the stairs leading to their throne. It was undoubtedly Lance, Pidge and Hunk with Keith and Shiro. 

Three Kids: *is in absolute shock*
Hunk: *looks at Keith* I-Is this what we think it is?
Keith: *nods while smiling so wide* Open it!!!

The kids opened it to the dedication page

To my children Hunk, Lance and Pidge who created this story for me while I was feeling sick. Thank you. You three are the best thing that has ever happened to me aside from your Daddy Shiro (but let’s not make his head too big). You make my days full of smiles and laughter and because of you, I was motivated to publish my own book. So, thank you for inspiring me with this beautiful story. I hope you’ll love it as much as I loved making it.

Love, Your Daddy Keith
P.S. I’ve upgraded your weapons in this story, hope you like that! ;)

Shiro, Lance, Pidge and Hunk just stared at the dedication page and it was Hunk who let his tears fall down first. 

Keith: *panics* Oh god. Hunk, baby…
Lance: *sniffs* Will you read it for us?
Pidge: *sobs* Please, Daddy Keith. Read it for us.
Keith: *smiles* Of course. 

The kids adored it. The improved storyline with the perfect characterizations. Everything. It was the storybook that they made Keith read to them every night without getting tired of. It was their story and they loved it.

EDIT: ALTERNATIVE TAKE

I’ve realized I might have taken this the wrong way than what you wanted and would love to have an alternative scenario for this so have this:

The Children of the Two Kings
Written by Lance, Pidge and Hunk Shirogane
Illustrated by Keith Shirogane

To my children Hunk, Lance and Pidge who created this story for me while I was feeling sick. Thank you. You three are the best thing that has ever happened to me aside from your Daddy Shiro (but let’s not make his head too big). You make my days full of smiles and laughter and because of you, I was motivated to publish this book. Your Book. Consider this a gift from me and may your pure hearts touch others as it has touched mine.

Love, Your Daddy Keith
P.S. I’ve upgraded your weapons in this story, hope you like that! ;)

Okay so rant alert!!!!

I’m not pissed off at Jen for leaving OUAT - i mean I think we all knew that this was going to happen sooner or later. 6 years is a freakin long time playing one character. I don’t think people realise how gruelling a tv schedule is - working 16-18 hour days every day for the majority of 6 years would take a toll on anyone - i couldn’t do it.

But i am pissed off at Adam, Eddy and ABC. I just rewatched the musical episode (yes i was brave af for doing that considering everything that’s happened over the last 48 hours) and i couldn’t help but feel like it felt like the end. I felt it the first time i watched the musical. But everything just seemed so… final?

So if this really is going to be the Final Battle that Emma has to face (BUT HELLO SPOILERS) it seems like she’ll survive and be with her new husband, why can’t they just end the show there?

This is the end of the storybook that has been the core of this show for 6 years. The last chapter is written and it ends with the finale battle - we’ve known this all season. So why reinvent the show and drag it to the grave? Why don’t they just give the show the ending it throughly deserves and finish OUAT while all the main cast are still together and it’s a sensible ending (hello storybook reference again.)

But its true - its the end of Henry’s storybook, its the FINAL BATTLE and we know this will probably be the last time we see Emma - the heroine that has transformed the way we see Disney Princess’ in her red leather jackets, jeans and her knee high boots. And we’ll say goodbye to Jen, the amazing woman who has brought this character to life.

So please ABC, Adam and Eddy. Give the show the ending it deserves. Not this time next year when you’ve tried to drag it through the ashes to get more money. This is a sensible ending point and everything will feel complete.