wanted to draw a DjWifi comic but got carried away too much (mostly with coloring, omfg) its also partially Volpinino? (or how is it called??) i guess…. this awkward moment when you think that one superhero is as hot as your girlfriend and you hate yourself for it
He never has been.
He can’t tell whether this is just the way he is, or it’s one
more thing he can blame on his father, but he knows that he isn’t
good at this. People call him stoic, and cold. Some even call him
mysterious. Others call him emotionless.
It’s not that he
doesn’t feel. He does feel, but it all gets locked inside and none
of it ever shows. Sometimes it’s because he can’t show it. Other
times it’s because he’s afraid to.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.