i just always laugh so much when i watch these particular scenes because their faces are so dumb

O.K.K.O: Let’s Be Heroes! Series Review

Now HERE’S a show I’ve wanted to get a chance to sit down and watch forever. O.K.K.O: Let’s Be Heroes! is the rare show that comes along every once in a while that immediately sparks my interest upon seeing some previews. The show is just everything I love as a person. It’s back to good ol’ hand drawn frame by frame, it’s got both fun physical AND well written humor, and it features some of my favorite people in the industry around like members of the animation team behind the also fantastic Steven Universe and the guys behind some of the most phenomenal animation on the web, Studio Yotta, which fans may know created most of the music videos for the band Starbomb.  As if the show was literally made for me it also premiered on my birthday no less. It’s centered around one of the coolest concepts ever … FIGHTING. Yeah, I know that recently we’ve been getting pretty tired of violence in the real world and for good reason. The controversial shit is really getting to a lot of people. But there’s two types of fighting: that which is propelled by maliciousness and hatred, and that which is for sportsmanship, adrenaline and honest to God fun. This show is the latter type of fighting through and through, and it is AWESOME. Naturally this show did not disappoint me. I binge watched a whole bunch of it to get caught up and had a big ass grin on my face the whole time.


PLOT SYNOPSIS:

 K.O is a spunky, ambitious and good hearted little kid (Think Steven Universe and Goku from DBZ mashed together, and a bit of Ryu from Street Fighter) who wants to become a hero like the people around who inspire him, such as the towering musclebound badass of a plaza boss Mr. Gar. To do this, he ends up getting employed at Lakewood Plaza Turbo and works alongside Radicles, the pompous macho alien man with the levitation beam who’s secretly hiding a sensitive side (think Lars from Steven Universe but more endearing and less of a pain in the ass), and Enid, the snarky, sarcastic ninja who gives no fucks. They go on some misadventures, learn some lessons about themselves, occasionally Lord Boxman and his goons cause some trouble but they’re never threatening, and once in a while we get some clues into Mr. Gar’s past and how it’s tied to K.O’s mom Carol.

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STORYTELLING:

I’ve gone on record before in saying that the best show premises are the ones just broad enough to go in all sorts of different directions with creative storytelling, and this show is thankfully no different. It’s got a great memorable setting with an expansive likable cast, great recurring jokes and a refreshingly fun tone about it. You can definitely tell the Steven Universe team worked on it because that and O.K.K.O have very distinct similarities, especially early season one of SU. The main difference to me though is the level of drama and the quality of humour. It’s a relatively new show that promises to introduce some drama down the line so comparing that to SU doesn’t feel fair at this point in time, but I’m very confident in saying O.K.K.O is funnier. SU has decent jokes, don’t get me wrong, but something about O.K.K.O just got me to laugh more consistently at it’s ultra bizarre humor. My favorite jokes tend to be the ones about Enid hating having to deal with entitled customers, but my favorite joke in the whole show thus far involves a certain coffee pun making mughead named Joe Cuppa. It’s a reveal that is so surreal and so bewildering that I can’t spoil the surprise, but damn if it isn’t funny.

In terms of both storytelling and animation, despite being an action show first and foremost, O.K.K.O’s greatest attribute is it’s humor. The wild faces, the great comedic timing in the cuts, the bizarre movement of the characters at times, plus the combination of both surreal and poignant lines make for a consistently clever ride. There’s one particular episode that I think really captures the harsh reality of fandoms that’s relevant to an eerie extent, and it can all be summed up by this one line by Radicles.

“Who knew people could be so dumb about art they love so much?”

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ANIMATION:

Now, being an animator myself, one of the biggest attractions to this show for me was the fact that it was a return to classic Hand Drawn 2D animation. In a time where the vast majority of television programming is either passable but uninteresting character rigging or bland, texture lacking 3d animation, a return to what is in my opinion the most organic, spontaneous and therefore the most consistently interesting animation style is always welcome. The show even references it’s animation style at 24 FPS in one of the lyrics sung by Rebecca Sugar in the credits, which I adore.

“Every second that you see is 24 connected pieces. Thank you for coming. Thank you for staying. Thank you for watching the show.” - Rebecca Sugar.

Really, that lyric should be a pretty good indication about the kind of passion put into this show. When this show gets going, it’s got some of the most consistently satisfying and creative animation I’ve seen in a long time. The characters feel unbound by typical design conventions which allows for more flexibility in their expressions and their poses, and it makes for both very effective comedy and some of the most dynamic and well choreographed action scenes you can find on TV right now. A large contribution to the studio being able to pull this off is the simplistic art style. Every character is often times sketched pretty roughly with some proportions being askew at times, hands turning into little spheres, backgrounds lacking big details and so on. But what the art lacks in consistency it more then makes up for in fluidity and spontaneity. I’m actually glad they don’t care as much about the little details because it gives them the freedom to put more time into creating the kind of epic grand scale fighting we like to see. It really does feel like they put a lot of heart and soul into how this show looks. The intro and outro alone are hype as hell to watch.

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Now that said, the animation isn’t without it’s problems. Sometimes it’s really obvious where they put in minimal effort to save time, especially in large cheering crowd scenes, and I’ve noticed more then a few awkward cuts and transitions unfortunately when I could easily think of something that would have looked better and could be done in the same amount of time. But you can’t win everything I guess. All in all, I dig the way this show works and it has it’s priorities in check.

Acting

This show has a great cast that really fits each character. K.O. has a voice that’s kiddish and endearing, but it never gets annoying or grading, which is a flaw a lot of child characters have the unfortunate tendency of having. Chalk this up as another way in which K.O. is better then Steven Universe btw. Enid has a great voice for articulating a snarky give-no-fucks attitude but it’s also always great whenever she needs to be genuine. Radicles is the macho alien man so naturally he has a great voice that’s a combination of every surfer dude and college fratboy you ever heard of. He’s a pompous egotistical jerk certainly but he’s several times more endearing then characters of his archetype because he’s shown to not be completely heartless or needlessly cruel to people close to him. Mr. Gar is great and more often then not gets the funniest lines in the show. Carol is the sweetest most charismatic badass mom in all of cartoon history and I gush whenever she and K.O interact. All the supporting characters do great, there isn’t a single voice in the show I find unbearable. Also this show consistently gets awesome celebrity voices like Keith David, and, more notably, the dude who says “INCONCEIVABLE!” in The Princess Bride.

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Sound Design

Not a whole lot to say here other then it’s definitely serviceable. They sneak in some appropriate cartoon sound effects in there. The sound effects for the fight scenes like the crashing and exploding are pretty good. The intro song is fucking amazing. Like literally, I can watch the intro to this show over and over and be consistently entertained, it’s great. That’s the true sign of a promising show; when you can always sit through the intro and not get tired of it.

Art Design

I’ve already touched upon this point in the animation section, but as I mentioned before the art style is very minimal at times. But that’s totally fine. It acts in the shows favor more often then not because it gives the animators freedom to put their best work in the places that matter. Plus the character designs are great and memorable, they cover the bases for character design 101. You can tell who each character is in silhouette. Their inspirations are pretty plain to see like K.O. is so obviously modeled after headband clad fighting dudes like Street Fighter or Double Dragon. Enid is so obviously a Naruto inspired character. Radicles is probably some alien marvel character, idk. Point being, everyone is distinct and they communicate their personalities through how they look. You know everything you need to know about K.O. through a single picture of him.

*fun fact: K.O’s character design was the inspiration for the design of Ruby in Steven Universe.

Conclusion:

O.K.K.O: Let’s Be Heroes is everything I hoped it would be. It’s got a lot of heart, great surreal humor, intense and well choreographed action, great memorable characters and overall just leaves me with a simultaneously light/pumped up heart and a smile. The only thing I can really think of that’s wrong with it is it’s weird editing choices and select moments where cutting corners in animation was obvious, but that’s pretty small fry issues. I can’t wait to watch more.

STORYTELLING: 2/2

ANIMATION: 1.5/2

ACTING: 2/2

SOUND DESIGN: 1.5/2

ART DESIGN: 1.5/2

OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10

**Author’s note: this is my first one shot EVER so please be kind and if you enjoy it feel free to follow :-)**

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year. The pumpkin carving, the decorating, and the excuse to eat junk food for an entire night all bring back great memories of my childhood. Even the Halloween movie specials they play on TV get me excited. One movie in particular, though, exceeds the others as my all-time favorite movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Reason being because the two love interests, Jack and Sally. I can relate to Sally’s song about longing for her love to notice her. In the end, when Jack and Sally unite, it gives me hope for my current situation with Dan. We were great friends, but it always seemed like he was too preoccupied with other things to realize what I felt for him.

Regardless, I still loved hanging out with him, which is why we had a Friday movie night watching The Nightmare Before Christmas to get into the festive mood.

“Y/N?” Dan said, trying to get my attention.

“What,” I said hastily, completely invested in the Christmastown scene. “I had an idea for Halloween…” Dan continued slowly. “Mhm, okay, what is it?” I turned to look back at him for only a second before returning my glance to the TV screen.

“Well,” he started, “I thought that- since you love this film so much- maybe we could, I don’t know, go as Jack and Sally to Zoe’s Halloween party?”

I turned around, fully averting my attention to him. Did I just hear him right? Did he really want to go as Jack and Sally with me? “What?” I said in confused astonishment. “Never mind, it was a dumb idea. “ He dismissed, shaking his head and looking down at his lap. “No, no! I do want to go!” I said eagerly. “Really? I really want to, but only if you do.” He wanted to confirm. “Of course I want to go with you.” I reassured him. A smile spread across his face, and he chuckled a little bit before saying, “Alright then. Let’s go as Jack and Sally.” For the first time, I was unable to focus on the movie; I was just too damn jittery with excitement.

The following week, after purchasing our costumes, it was finally Halloween. I put on my makeup and stitches, braided random strands of red yarn into my hair, and slid into my Sally dress.

Driving over to Dan’s house was the longest drive of my life. I had so many emotions running through my chest and stomach. Nervousness, excitement, bewilderment, and most of all, hope. Hoping that I looked good. Hoping that he’d notice me like Jack noticed Sally. Hoping that tonight would be like a magical night in Halloween Town.

I hopped up the stairs to the door of his flat and knocked. A few seconds later, I heard the fumbling of locks being unturned, and then the door opened to Dan, donned in his Jack Skellington attire. He looked undeniably handsome.

“Oh, my god, you look amazing!” I said, feeling butterflies in my stomach. “No,” he marveled, seemingly stunned, “YOU look amazing.” We both stood there staring at each other’s costumes. I waited a couple of seconds before jokingly murmuring, “Well, are you going to invite me in?” Dan laughed. “Right, sorry.”

As we walked into the lounge room, I noticed he didn’t have any of his skeleton makeup on his face. “Did I interrupt you getting ready? I can wait while you do your face makeup. I said apologetically. “Actually, since I’m shit at doing makeup, I was hoping you could do it for me.” He shyly responded. “Oh, sure, let’s go ahead and start that so we won’t be late.” I suggested.

We went to the bathroom, and Dan pulled a palette of face paint out of the drawer. The space was kind of tight, so I had Dan sit on the toilet to refrain from taking up too much room around the sink. I picked up a sponge applicator and dipped it into the white paint. I stepped closer to him, and reached up to move his fringe out of the way. When I pushed his hair back, he stared into my eyes. If I had the courage to stare back, I don’t think I’d be able to control what I’d do once I lost myself in his eyes. To steer clear of losing my composure, I tried to focus on applying his makeup.

As I was carefully painting his face, his gaze didn’t leave me. It was almost as if he was TRYING to make me uncomfortable.

Once I finished with the white, I picked up a smaller applicator and dipped it in black. “Okay,” I said, “I’m going to do your eyes now. I need you to keep them closed.” He obliged. I put my hand under his chin, and tilted his head up. It took all of my will power to not lean down to kiss him. I wish I had re-evaluated the option to do his makeup; if I had known how close we would be to each other’s faces, I would’ve refused.

After completing the eyes, I quickly etched the skull teeth going from the corners of his mouth to the middle of his cheeks. Finally, I put down the tool, and stepped back to admire my work. Jesus Christ. Seeing Dan like this was almost too much to handle. “You’re finished?” He asked. “Yeah, come take a look in the mirror.” He stood up and walked towards the mirror. Once he saw himself, he let out a laugh, and stared at himself in disbelief. “This is awesome,” he mumbled, “Let’s go ahead and leave for the party.”

Walking into the party, he grabbed my hand and directed us through the crowd. I was caught off guard in the best way possible. When we stopped, I looked forward to see Zoe in a cat costume and Louise in a witch’s hat.

“Dan! (Y/N)! You guys look so adorable!” Zoe said while embracing us in a greeting hug. “I didn’t know you two started dating!” Louise exclaimed, unaware of the true situation. I froze in embarrassment. Dan and I just side-eyed each other to see who would speak first. Dan broke the silence, stating, “We’re not dating, we just came as friends.”

My smile faltered for a split second. Although I knew it to be true, it was still painful to hear it out loud. I let go of his hand. “I’m going to get a drink. Do you guys want anything?” I asked, only glancing at Louise and Zoe. “We’re fine,” they responded. I nodded and walked towards the bar. I needed some alcohol pronto.

For the rest of the night, I tried to distance myself from Dan as best I could. I couldn’t let the truth of the matter get to me tonight. I didn’t want to spoil my favorite holiday for myself. As more and more party guests came in, I found it hard to get some space on the dance floor, so I went outside to catch a breath of fresh air. To my surprise, Dan was outside as well. I guessed I couldn’t run from my feelings for much longer.

“Hey,” I said as I walked up to him. “Oh, hey,” he said back, looking up at the starry sky. We stood by each other in silence for a few minutes until he spoke again. “(Y/N), why have you been avoiding me this entire night?”

My stomach dropped. I really didn’t expect him to notice my absence. “What do you mean?” I said dubiously. “You know exactly what I mean.” He said bluntly. I knew at that point he wasn’t messing around. I had been caught. “The honest truth?” I proposed. “The honest truth.” He affirmed.

I took a deep breath. “Well,” I began, “the reason that I’ve been running from you is because of what you said earlier. Okay, I get it that we’re not actually a couple, and I’m totally fine with that, except… I’m not. I’ve liked you for a really long time now and I hate that you haven’t noticed me after all this time.” After admitting my feelings, I felt a weight lift off of my chest, but it was soon replaced with a feeling of anticipation for what Dan might say next. But, instead of saying anything at all, he just laughed.

“What the hell.” I barked, infuriated that my confession was a joke to him. I started to stomp away, but he caught my arm and twirled me around to face him. Our faces were only a few inches away from each other. My breath hitched.

“I’m not laughing at you,” Dan insisted, still smiling, “I just find it funny that you haven’t noticed me either.”

I searched his eyes for a tell-tale sign of lying, but I didn’t find anything. It left me with a deep wonderment for him and the position we were in. “So you’re telling me you’ve felt the same way this entire time?” I inquired. “God, yes. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you when you came over before the party. Couldn’t you tell?” I giggled while covering my face with my hands. I couldn’t believe this was actually happening, it was so surreal. I felt Dan’s hands hold mine and pull them away from my cheeks. He then returned his hands to my face, cradling me.

I looked up into his eyes. His beautiful, enchanting eyes. I now was able to lose control without fear of getting rejected. “Hey, (Y/N)?” He whispered. “Yeah…” I whispered back, trying to stay in the moment. “For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.” He quoted the final lines of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It made my heart turn to mush. “We’re simply meant to be,” I quoted back, before kissing him gently.

Center of his Universe

Daryl Dixon Imagine

based on a Request


You’re Rick’s eldest daughter and secretly dating Daryl. When Rick finds out he’s furious. 

word count: 1832

approximated reading time: 10 minutes

“Ya should go now”, Daryl mumbled against my hair pulling me closer to him. He had his eyes closed as I ran my fingers up and down his naked back.
“You really want me to!?”, I chirped snuggling up against his chest yawning deeply. I was dead tired and not really willing to leave the warmth of his bed… or his body.
“Nah… but your dad…”, he muttered with his voice getting huskier and huskier as he got more and more tired.
“What do you think he’s gonna do!?”, I yawned. I could barely keep my eyes open.
Daryl and I had been dating for the past couple of weeks after months of circling each other, leaving hints here and there, but never sure of what the other one really thought. Until one day when Daryl couldn’t keep it to himself anymore. Screaming at me because he thought I was trying to get myself killed on purpose and yelling that he cared too much to let this happen, he accidentally confessed that he felt more than friendship even though he knew what my father, Rick, thought about his little girl dating a much older guy like Daryl, leaving me wondering if he had actually talked to Rick about all this at some point. He was stuck for an answer and after that we mostly tried to drop the topic keeping all this our little secret. It had worked perfectly so far. But now?! I really wanted nothing more than stay in his arms, spend the whole night with him. I didn’t want to sneak out and rush back to my room anxious that someone might catch a glimpse of what was going on between us.
“Gonna rip my throat out… before locking ya away for the rest of your life”, Daryl whispered but he would still not move or make even the slightest attempt at getting me out of his bed.
“Yeah, he’s gonna flip out”, I yawned again. I was so tired, no way I would get out of bed now, or away from Daryl. “But right now, I’m really tempted to give it a try…”

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anonymous asked:

How likely do you think it is that Alec and Ellie will get together in season 3?

I’m not sure if I’m the best person to ask since I have shipper goggles welded firmly to my dumb face, but I’ll try to answer this as honestly and objectively as I can.

Chris Chibnall said that when he initially came up with Broadchurch, he devised a three season story arc for it, but just in case the show flopped he made sure to write the first season so it could act as a stand-alone. I’ve gone over Hardy and Miller’s character arcs for season 1 in this post, but basically there is no romantic aspect to their relationship in this season. Their journey in season 1 is all about them learning to trust, respect and understand one another. It’s a purely platonic attachment, and given the events of the first season and the fact it’s intended to work as a stand-alone, this makes perfect sense.

Season 2 is slightly different. When I started the season, I sincerely hoped my favourite detective buddies would remain just that - buddies. However, as the events of the season unfolded the writing led me to believe that not only were Hardy and Miller suited as romantic partners, but they had also developed deep romantic feelings for each other.

Ellie Miller was established as demisexual and her grief, loneliness and longing for a romantic partner is made pretty explicit. When she’s with a one night stand she expresses no enthusiasm during sex and can only say, in a line that hurts my heart, “say you love me.” When Beth talks about leaving Mark, Ellie advises her against it because she knows what it’s like to feel “really alone.”

Miller’s husband is in jail, her eldest son has left her, all her friends treat her as an outcast. The only person who is there for her from the start is Hardy. Hardy stands by her. He is unwaveringly devoted to her and no matter what she does or says or how much she pushes him away, he is there for her, offering whatever support he can. In many ways, both literal and symbolic, he fills the space left by her ex-husband. Just look at this transition shot:

Here we have a close-up on a picture of Miller’s old family. Then the focus is changed so that we see Hardy and Miller reflected in the glass. Hardy is literally being framed within Miller’s family photos. And that particular picture of Miller, Tom and Joe has been around since the first season. It is a motif that reappears numerous times, and here we have a shot that’s framed to show Hardy literally replacing Joe within it.

On the other hand we have Hardy, who is similarly lonely and pining desperately for the family he cannot have back. His previous DS, his wife, betrayed him, ruined his life and left him with very serious trust issues. Ellie replaced his wife when she became his DS, and just by being herself she won his undying trust and affection. In the Broadchurch novelisation, Hardy talks about missing his wife and the discussions they would have about suspects when they were at home together. So while Miller replaced his wife at work in the first season, in the second season she replaces Tess in his home.

All they have is each other in the second season, and much of the narrative sees them forming something that vaguely resembles a marriage. They are forced to share a bed. They willingly live together. Hardy helps her care for the kids. He’s ‘Uncle Alec’ to baby Fred and he shows great concern for Tom’s welfare too. Hardy shares his deepest secrets with her and she’s the person he trusts most in the world. And besides Daisy (who will always be number one to him) she appears to be the person he loves the most too. Hardy and Miller’s relationship has always been a partnership, but as the season goes on this partnership gradually becomes less professional and more domestic. For me, the formation of a romantic relationship between the two of them would feel like a natural progression.

And I know - friendships are just as important as romantic relationships. There’s no reason this can’t be platonic. But that begs the question - if Chibnall wants us to see them as platonic, why does he give us scenes like the one in S02E04 where they are forced to share a bed? They could easily have been in small adjacent beds and still shared a conversation as they lay side by side. What is the point of placing them in a bed together? Is it just for laughs? Or is it to indicate a growing closeness, to show the audience an image of them sharing a bed like husband and wife? (Note that Miller still sleeps on the right side of the bed like she did with Joe and Hardy takes up the empty space left by her husband.)

There are plenty of other little moments that I believe are clues too. In two scenes that parallel each other, Hardy and Miller talk about love to other people. Claire asks Miller about her past boyfriends and Miller mentions that she was deeply in love with an older work colleague before she met Joe, but that she never pursued him. Claire asks “Why didn’t you do something?” and Miller responds, “It’s just what happens, isn’t it? Life sweeps by and before you know what’s going on, it’s too late.”

Hardy, meanwhile, has a conversation with Jocelyn Knight that goes like this. He asks her about her love life and Jocelyn says, “Things were complicated… I missed the person I was supposed to be with.” Hardy asks, “Did you ever tell them?” She says no and Hardy murmurs, “Maybe you should.” When Hardy returns to his house, Miller pops up from amidst a sea of evidence to announce that not only has she stayed at his house overnight, but also that she’s eaten all of his food. In a gloriously domestic scene, we then watch them wander over the cliffs with take-away coffees while Hardy pushes baby Fred’s pram. Jocelyn, meanwhile, summons the courage to tell Maggie she loves her and wins back the love of her life.

Maggie and Jocelyn provide evidence of the happiness that can come from being brave enough to say those words, while this idea of missing the person you’re supposed to be with, of losing the one you love by not telling them how you feel, finds expression in the muted goodbye scene between Hardy and Miller. See this post for my full opinion on it, or alternatively just look at the expressions they have on their faces when they leave each other:

The Season 1 story arc was about two people with no respect for each other ending up with an enormous amount of respect for each other. Because it was intended to work as a stand-alone, there were no outstanding questions about the nature of Hardy and Miller’s relationship. Season 2, which Chibnall definitely knew was leading into a third season, was about two desperately lonely and unhappy people managing to form a tenuous home with each other before painfully separating. The entire finale hinges on a single question: will Hardy stay in Broadchurch to be with Miller? This is what Chibnall chose to put to us as the central conflict that will spark the third season, this is the question he wanted us to stew over for the next few years, this is what he left unresolved, this is the final shot he left us with.

So to answer your question, yes, I think there is a huge chance Hardy and Miller will get together next season.