I’m sure someone’s probably pointed this out but I’m re-watching the series and am losing my mind here because of what I’ve just noticed. They changed the title of the song in the last episode credits, I’m crying.
Did you guys talk at all senior year? Didn't he wanna talk to you at all at graduation?
I.. Do remember leaving my dad’s car to go sit down at the seats - But, I don’t know what happened, but I knew I didn’t want to even be there. I knew Michael was there, because he’s graduating of course and- I don’t know, we’ve been apart for so long it got to me. That my old best friend was gone- forever, and it made me down in the dumps. But, something came over me? It’s like I stopped feeling, like I couldn’t even do anything- and that’s when I felt like I blacked out.
I told you before- I don’t even remember getting my diploma - I don’t know how I went on the stage, if I heard cheers or boos. If anybody was really watching, it’s.. It was a very confusing moment, still is.
So I bought the second Yuri!!! on Ice DVD in Animate today and I’m watching through it for differences and OMFG I noticed this little gem. THE SHOP IN THE BACKGROUND IS CALLED “KUBO’S CLOCKS” And Mitsurou Kubo is the writer of YoI, I’m DEAD.
When Padparadscha first appeared a lot of people noticed she had a very similar design to Princess Daisy of Mario fame. Yellow dress, poofy sleeves, long white gloves, spunky hair and even tiny crown-ey things. It didn’t exactly take an eagle eye to notice (though I somehow missed it at first anyway), but if anything Sugar’s early draft of her was even more obvious. Look! She even has a gem on her chest like Daisy does
The similarities are adorable, but believe it or not there may be more going on here than a simple design quirk. However, in order to understand the full body of evidence here we’re going to need to dig into something I never really expected to post about here: Early 2000′s gamer folklore
Ah the year 2001. I remember it like it was yesterday. Shrek had just been unleashed on an unsuspecting populace, Yu-gi-oh was all the rage, and JayJay the Jet Plane had just died in the deadliest drunk driving accident in recorded history , but in that year a small japanese business unveiled the greatest invention humanity has witnessed since the lighting of the first fire: Super Smash Bros. Melee
This game had everything: crossovers, ass-kicking, even an evil floating hand with cerebral palsy. it was the game on every kid’s shelves, so it’s no surprise that urban legends evolved around it, and not all of them were bullshit. One legend in particular revolved around the statues the player could collect, specifically it referred to the statue of Princess daisy
Looks pretty normal right? Well, not quite. The SSBM statue gallery allowed players to see that the statue from any angle or distance, even if it meant clipping through the textures. Most would use this for looking up character’s dressed, but rumor spread that Princess Daisy had a bizzarre feature in a place horny young gamers would never have thought to look. According to legend, anyone who dared zoom in on the back of Daisy’s head until they clipped through her hair would be treated to this: An eyeball on the back of her head!
Do you see where I’m going with this now?
This is Padparadscha we’re talking about now: A Sapphire who can only see behind her in time. Given her defect, what do you think the odds are that her mop of bangs is really covering her eye?
Don’t buy it? I don’t blame you if you don’t, but I’m not done talking just yet. Notice how Sugar moved Padparadscha’s gem from her chest to her hand? It’s now in almost the exact same place as Sapphire’s gem, but while Sapphire’s gem is on the front of her hand, Padparadscha’s is on the back.
So what do we have? Design parallels and 90′s nostalgia; hidden easter eggs and a backwards gem. Is Padparadscha’s eye on the back of her head?
You know what’s something that I love about the Portal series that sets it apart from a lot of other games?
Portal is, unnecessarily, very musical.
Its a puzzle game, there’s literally no reason for it to be as musical as it is. I’m not just talking about the score, either, though it is incredible. All video games have some kind of music so that you aren’t listening to nothing while you travel around maps and shoot at things. And for RPGs the music is a very important part of storytelling. Undertale did this masterfully.
But I’m talking about how you find easter eggs of turrets singing to each other as a past time, or how one of the loading screens is Potatos lamenting about being thrown down into old Aperture. Music is a theme in the game. Putting aside the music that you test by, these are examples of all the musical encounters you have just by walking around the game without tripping a cut scene. (Though I would like to note that GLaDOS singing the ending credit song for each game was also a very odd path for Valve to take that paid off. )
- Exile Vilify on the radio.
- Still Alive on the radio.
- Turrets practicing ‘Turret Wife Serenade’.
- The companion cube sings a version of ‘Cara Mia Addio’ when you pick it up.
- Funnels have their own music.
- Test Chamber 20 of Portal 2; the laser buttons have rhythm when they’ve all been activated.
- The things that re-direct lasers make their own music too.
- Wheatley plays classical music to try and show off to the player.
- The Announcer plays smooth jazz for you in one of the earlier tests.
I know I’m still missing some, but if you were to take these out of the game nothing would change. They don’t add anything to the story (aside from Wheatley trying to prove he isn’t a moron and failing at it), and some of them are Easter Eggs so you could just as easily miss them. There’s no point to them being there but we love that they are. It adds a character and charm to the game, like the Aperture facility itself is a big orchestra with robots that love to sing.
And it leaks into its fan base, too. We have a Portal 2: Musical that has been performed twice! Harry101UK makes his own original Portal music videos and tracks as a hobby.The Portal Stories: Mel mod not only uses all of its own original music, but it also has hidden musical easter eggs like a radio playing a rock version of ‘Want You Gone’. The most popular Portal fanfiction, ‘Blue Sky’, is named and themed after a song by Electrical Lights Orchestra. It is almost mandatory that if you are to make Portal content the universe you’ve created does not seem complete unless there is at least one hint at its musical themes. (That’s my opinion anyway, I realize the first game wasn’t nearly as crafty with its usage of music as much as Portal 2 was)
I dunno, it was just a thought I was sitting on for a while that I really appreciate the franchise for.
Things you probably didn't notice while watching your favorite stop-mo movies.
-The name of the piano “company” that “made” the Everglot’s piano is named after Ray Harryhausen (sorry, I probably spelled that wrong…)
-In the beginning credits, it states that the film is not only a Warner Brothers and a Tim Burton film, but also a LAIKA film as well. Many animators who now work full-time at LAIKA had gotten their start with this film and the animating and puppet/set design crew included some of LAIKA’s most treasured employees, such as Deborah Cook (costume designer) and Chris Butler (who later directed “ParaNorman”). So yes, it would be valid to call Victor (or Emily or Victoria) a “LAIKA Kid”.
-There are constant literary references hidden throughout the film. The keyword for returning to the Land of the Dead after a Ukrainian Haunting Spell had been casted, “hopscotch” is a reference to the novel “The Book Thief” and during the scene where the living meet up with their dead loved ones in the Land of the Living, a line from “Gone With the Wind” is used. (“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a da*n”)
-On the moving van at the one scene in the beginning of the movie when the Joneses move into the Pink Palace, the title of the moving company is “Ranft Brothers”. If you think back to “Corpse Bride”, you might recall a brief note at the very end of the credits saying that the film was dedicated to Joe Ranft- a beloved storyboard artist at Pixar who briefly worked on the film shortly before his sudden passing. The name could have been placed there on purpose to honor his memory or have been completely coincidental, however I thought I’d make the connection…
-Also on the moving van, there is some graphiti that reads “Stop-Mo Rlesz!” on the back doors of the van. (This is where I actually got my current blog title from so, kudos to LAIKA! And yes, indeed. “Stop-Mo” does in fact, “rule”.)
-In the scene where the Babcock family is in the car and they just arrived at the site where Agatha was located and saw the cyclone she had created hovering over the woods, there is a brief shot that features some buildings and an alley way. If you look to the left, you see a building with some white letters on the back. This building is known as the “Coraline Jones Building”.
Ok, so my husband thinks this scene has more than one meaning to it, more than one layer. There is the obvious meaning here where Supreme Leader is talking about Luke. And I think Snoke IS indeed talking about Luke here. But my husband thinks this is a hidden Easter egg plot which will unfold in IX: This could actually refer to Kylo Ren. You can see Snoke’s hand and pointer finger right above Kylo’s head when he’s saying the line “If Skywalker returns…” If Kylo returns to his old self, as Ben Solo Skywalker, the NEW kind of Jedi will rise…
Ethan Room, the member of The Others who infiltrated the camp, is an anagram for “Other Man”.
“Mittelos”, the bioscience company The Others used to recruit Juliet, is an anagram for “lost time”.
The airline company that appears in the episode One of Us is called “Herarat Aviation”. Herarat is an anagram for Earhart as a reference to Amelia Earhart the famous aviator who disappeared in the Pacific Ocean in 1937. I guess she crashed into The Island too
funeral home in Through the Looking Glass (the
first episode to use flash forward instead of flashback) is
called “Hoffs-Drawlar”, this is an anagram for flash forward.
Locke’s coffin goes from
said funeral home to Ben’s “Canton-Rainier” van, an anagram for
My fan art of Amaimon & Behemoth from Ao no Exorcist.
Traditional mediums, paper and ink. It’s not even a scan, it’s a fucking picture I took with my phone, so I feel like it looks a bit different than the original
Amaimon is playing video games in his bother’s mansion. You can’t really tell, but whatever. It was supposed to be just Behemoth originally, Amaimon kinda just happened to be drawn along the way.
That reminds me, there is an easter egg hidden in this drawing from a different fandom (Hint: It’s not anime) So who ever finds it first gets a request drawing. Anything you want to within the real of ethically and morally acceptable. Although, you could argue that ethics and morals are subjective…You know what I mean! ;)
Enjoy all the exclusive magazine and bonus images taken by Art Streiber (under the direction of EW’s Senior Photo Editor Michele Romero) and see if you can spot some of the Easter eggs in this photo. Happy hunting!