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First Impressions This Season

So it’s a week into this season and every show has had at least one episode now (I think). I’ll go through what I’ve watched and say what I think so far. I guess spoilers for episode 1, but are those really spoilers?

Gabriel Dropout

The premise is that after graduating angel or demon school said angels or demons go to earth and go to school there so that they can learn to be proper angels or proper demons. The main character is a decidedly unangelic angle that gets hooked on online games and becomes a shut in, while the rest of the cast is filled in with characters equally ill suited to their roles. This looks pretty entertaining and it’s basically Doga Kobo doing what they do best. It doesn’t seem like a show that I’m going to remember down the road, but it’s a nice moe SoL to watch. The humor has been pretty good too, so I’ve got decent expectations from it. 

Originally posted by k-ui

Little Witch Academia

I’m super excited for LWA and the first episode was great. The original OVA that was kick started was fantastic and set this all in motion, so that alone is kind of cool to see. I’d call the show a moe SoL, but it’s really a Trigger SoL with moe elements. Is it moe? I don’t even know lol, but I’ve got high expectations for it and I don’t think Trigger is going to let me down. They are good at the over the top crazy, and I think that they can do a great over the top wacky magical shenanigans show. Definitely high hopes for this show. 

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Kono Subarashii no Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Konosuba s2)

That mouthful of a title aside, it’s more konosuba. The animation seems like it’s even more “quality” than last season, but that doesn’t bother me too much. The kinda cobbled together sometimes almost bad animation kinda adds to the show. But there is probably a limit to that and I hope they don’t find it lol. The Star Wars credits were a hilarious way to start off this season, and I hope that it continues to amuse me as much as it has already. I’ve got decent expectations of this show, but I’m not holding out for it to be incredible. 

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Demi-chan wa Katatirai 

The premise of this show is that there are demi humans in the world and the teacher of this school is interested in learning more about them by interviewing them. Naturally a bunch of them end up at his school so this gets to happen. I was a little concerned about the possible weird teacher-student relationships that this sort of show can get into, but after two episodes I don’t think it will be like that at all. The cast seems pretty alright, with Hikari and the teacher being great characters. I’ll watch this show just for Hikari’s antics even if it somehow gets worse. I don’t think this will be an amazing show, but once again a nice cute SoL to fill the time. 

Originally posted by ookazaki

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Sort of an unexpected title for Kyoani to be adapting, but it seems to be working so far. The premise is that Tohru (the dragon) becomes Kobayashi’s maid because on a drunken adventure Kobayashi pulled a holy sword out of her and then said she could stay with her. I picked up the first volume of the manga awhile back because buy two get one free sales make me do silly things and I really enjoyed it. There is a nice amount of good jokes and then some just funny moments with Tohru being a dragon and doing dragon things. I expect this to keep me thoroughly entertained, but it probably won’t be one of Kyoani’s truly marvelous show. Gonna be hard to follow Hibike S2 lol. 

Originally posted by aidoru-ojisan

So ya, that’s what I’ve watched for this season. I don’t know if I’ll really get around to anything else this season, but these at least all look like they’ll be fine watches. I have the most hope and expectations from Little Witch Academia, and I’m particularly excited that it is 2 cour. 

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A cute little drawing based on a conversation I had with bbb35. Ling is going to Drachma for a few weeks for a summit while Lan Fan looks after the nation. Dolcetto is going with him for protection a long with a few other guards, but ten year old little Ai is still worried about her daddy and uncle being gone so long, so she makes them some pan chang knots in hopes they’ll have a safe journey. Pan chang knots represent good luck, longevity, and happiness.

A few more notes: yeah, Dolcetto is looking a bit old. I headcanon he was 27 during the time FMA takes place and its been roughly 22 years since then so he’s almost fifty now.

Also a few translation notes: the first thing that Ling says in Mandarin is “Wǒ de xiǎo xīngxīng” or “my little star” The second thing he says is “Wǒ ài nǐ” which means “I love you” I think you can guess what Ai said from there. Anyways, hope you enjoyed this pic!

the week you turn nineteen,
you spend more time choking back
tears than not. the world spins on
and you wonder if growing up
is supposed to feel like
being waterboarded.
the beginning chapter of eighteen
saw a fierce girl
with sparks caught between
her teeth. she had a fight in her
bones and a song on her tongue.
eighteen finds a title, she finds
a home,
even if so many still spit out its name.
she builds a roof over her head and
some days it’s heavy to hold up. some
days the rain leaks through. but
most days, most days it is the only thing
that makes sense.
eighteen finds a world skilled
at throwing punches and she thinks
she’s just as good at taking them
until the world stops fighting fair.
eighteen gives way to nineteen
three rounds past trembling knees. she
passes the mantle on broken legs.
on a heavy chest.
on tear-stained sleeves.
nineteen shows up like the guest
you forgot making plans with. she
knocks on the door and
eighteen says, “it’s not a good time” but
nineteen says, “i don’t feel like celebrating”
and stays anyways.
eighteen didn’t
get out of bed when girls that love like her
are killed on television and nineteen
dry heaves by the side of the road
three days after her community is
massacred in the next state over. nineteen
is afraid of falling asleep and
even more afraid of waking up. sixteen
was searching for god and
fifteen cried while she prayed
but nineteen has stopped looking
for answers that don’t make her
sick to her stomach.
nineteen finds you curled under the covers.
nineteen finds you suffocating.
nineteen finds you grasping
for a way to live that doesn’t make
you a target. nineteen finds you as a
soldier drafted into a war that
shouldn’t have to be fought. some
tell you you’re
brave
and some say every breath you take is a
shot fired
but none of them have ever
had to stand on the front lines.
the way you love comes with a
body count.
a death toll
that keeps climbing.
you sit in the foxhole while your
friends’ blood is all over the news and
you can’t even write home to
mom and dad about the reasons you
feel so small these days.
seventeen was lost and eighteen was
proud but nineteen is just scared.

you tell nineteen that she will relearn
how to feel hopeful.
soft.
strong.
safe.
she will.
she will.

—  nineteen // cc
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This is the urgent letter that Friar Laurence tries to send to Romeo between Acts IV and V. The audience won’t get to see what’s inside, so I had a bit of fun. (But I do think Friar L. would totally use plant-themed stationery and/or draw plants in the margins of his letters.)

Romeo,
I hope this letter reaches you quickly, and that it finds you well. There’s been a change of plans. You need to come back to Verona IMMEDIATELY. (Yes, I know – the Prince’s decree, banishment, etc. Just be extra-stealthy and don’t stab anyone this time!) I had to give Juliet a sleeping potion because reasons. I’ll explain in more detail later. It’s a really convincing sleeping potion, some of my finer work. Everybody will think she’s dead, and she’ll be buried alive in the Capulet vault. You need to be there when she wakes up. Since she’s “dead”, nobody will come looking for her. It’s not too late for a happy ending to your story, but timing will be key.
Good luck.
Friar Laurence

anonymous asked:

you said that getting into witchcraft for the novelty wasn't good which i understand. however, what /are/ good reasons for getting into it?

My good reasons are not necessarily anyone else’s good reasons, and I’ve no right to say that they are.  But there are bad reasons, some of which are the ones that reinforce certain stereotypes and problematic habits that already tend to appear in Neopaganism and its related movements.  My response to the initial ask had been more on the Wiccan and Pagan side rather than the witchcraft, since witchcraft, while still spiritually important or sacred to some – definitely not all – witches, is not an actual religion.  Neopaganism has struggled with issues of fetishism since its conception and consumerism for nearly as long. 

Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being inspired or made curious by some random movie, game, conversation, or whatever.  You see something, think, Gee, that sounds interesting, and you go out and learn about the reality of that something.  We all have to start somewhere.  Appreciating the silly side of something doesn’t mean you’re mocking it, and even the most serious practitioners of anything didn’t necessarily start out serious at all.  You can be lighthearted or casual without being disrespectful, and a Pagan/Wiccan/witch can be as casual as you want to be.

But there’s a difference between approaching a subject actually wanting to learn and approaching it in a way that trivializes it.  So are there good reasons to become a witch (or Pagan)?  Maybe, I just can’t say what they are for other people.  What I can say is that they aren’t going to be reasons that reinforce problematic issues, nor those that treat people’s religious and spiritual practices with disrespect.

- mountain hound

I tend to believe that so long as the reason you want to get into witchcraft isn’t appropriative, racism, or anything along those lines, it’s an acceptable reason.

There’s a lot of mockery that goes on in the community, a lot of elitism over how someone finds witchcraft. For example, I recently answered an ask by someone who used a ouija board and that made them want to get into witchcraft. The responses to that ask really disappointed me - instead of providing further resources, people were condescending and rude. I don’t care how silly it seems or how fickle it appears on the surface, if their reasons are harmless they shouldn’t be mocked, and in these cases not one of us can say whether those reasons are good or not. Maybe the person will start off just wanting to seem witchy and woo-y. We don’t know how it will change them, how they’ll feel about witchcraft down the line, and we can’t judge them for that.

And I completely understand that some people view witchcraft in a deeply spiritual way, but these people must understand that not everyone sees it that way. For some people, no matter how much they learn, witchcraft will always be fun and easy-going for them. That doesn’t make them wrong, that doesn’t make them any less of a witch than anyone else, and that doesn’t mean that they’re insulting someone else’s practice (unless they literally say something bad about someone’s practice).

Basically, Gatekeeping is gross and unnecessary. What Mountain Hound said about not using reasons that reinforce problematic issues hit the nail on the head, and most other reasons are between you and your craft.

~Wanderings