I used to watch a lot of anime before, but when I moved away from my friends whom were fellow fans of Japanese animation, I became really bad at taking any initiative to sit down and watch anything new. So my New Years resolution was to simply watch more anime during 2016 (for inspiration and entertainment)! ;D And in order to prove to said friends that I am indeed keeping my promise, as well as to take the opportunity to recommend good shows to others, I will be sharing my progress list and general opinions.
OBS: Some of these shows are not appropriate for an younger audience!! Before viewing, please check out the recommended age restrictions, genre and potential trigger warnings!
END OF YEAR UPDATE: 25 shows in total! Not bad at all considering that I maybe watched 2-3 shows the year before. But I still have a lot of series that I want to see, so don´t be surprised if I make a new post for 2017. ;)
My personal top 3? I would say Death Parade, Re:Zero and Madoka Magica.
Mushishi (S1) - Not a single cliffhanger in the whole show, so it makes for perfect bedtime stories for teens/adults. The english dub was really good and the landscape art is 10/10.
Kino No Tabi/Kino´s Journey (S1) - Do not let the simple and cute style fool you! This show contains murder, cannibalism, suicide and war!! And it asks the hard questions in life!! RUN if you do not want to contemplate the meaning of existence!!
One Punch Man (S1+3OVA) - OK, now I know why this is in 4th place on IMDB´s “Best TV-series” list. The animation is some of the best I have ever seen in an action anime! It is simply stunning to look at and it is fun ride all the way to the out of this world (literally) finale.
Sakurako-san No Ashimoto Ni Wa Shitai Ga Umatteiru/Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation (S1) - Pretty much like an anime version of the TV-show Bones. I love mysteries where you have to follow clues in order to solve a murder so a second season is strongly desired.
Owari No Seraph/Seraph Of The End (S1+S2+10OVA) - Pretty predictable, but the the bloody fight scenes are fabulous. Needs even more angst thou (…she said even though a bunch of children are butchered in the very first episode….). >:3
Death Parade (S1) - And there is all the angst!!! Do not watch if you do not like pain in your soul!! Heart cannot be repaired!! AHRUM!! Excuse me. The show is really well written and the artists really knew how to create the perfect atmosphere to tell this dark story.
Free! (S1+S2+4OVA) - It feels like everyone and their grandmother has seen this show, so of course I fell on the bandwagon. For the first 11 episodes thou I was very neutral to it… But goddammit the first season finale had me sheering, squealing and tearing up!! (Let Rin be happy!!) Sadly only the S2 OVA had me laughing; apart from that episode, the humor was not at all up my alley.
Zankyou No Terror/Terror In Resonance (S1) - I really like the style and the smooth animation in this one. And DANG, THAT ENDING! If you like thrillers that are completely based on reality and science (like Beautiful Bones) then this could be perfect for you.
Wolf’s Rain (S1+4OVA) - I remember trying to watch this when I was like 15, but I never got past episode 3 for some reason. Which is a real shame because I think that I would really, really liked it then. Perfectly angsty and tragic for little wannabe-emo-teen-me. Do you like dark fantasies with pretty people/wolves? Then do not miss out on this one!
Mahon Shoujo Madoka Magica/Puella Magi Madoka Magica (S1+1 movie) - Oh shit. Oh holy shit. I would never have guessed that this show, this thing that looks so darn innocent and cute in design and summary, would have me in so much emotional turmoil (very much like Steven Universe in that way). But seriously; amoungst all of the animes on this list, this is in my opinion the one with the most captivating story-line, plot development and characters (I simply had to watch all 12 episodes in one sitting). Some people hate the ending, but I think it worked really well (even though all the tears could have clouded my judgement). And if you liked the show, then you MUST watch the movie Rebellion! Also: One of the the best English dubs I have ever heard in my life!! UPDATE: I have now seen everything twice… I cry every times I see Homura on screen. (O_Q)
Kuragehime/Princess Jellyfish (S1) - I watched this before when it first came out but I had a hard time remembering anything from it apart from the characters. Glad I gave it a re-watch because it´s super cute and silly; perfect for when you just want to give your feels a break from all the angst and suffering other shows come with (*stares at the one above*). I also highly recommend the live-action movie based on this! :D
Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi/Erased (S1) - This show is both intriguing and stunning! I love how modern animation uses lightning and this show is a good example of that (same goes for Death Parade). Downside: Stress, stress and even more stress!! Please, just let the small children live!!! My heart cannot take this torture!! D,,X But the stress aside, it was all worth it at the end.
Jigoku Shojo/Hell Girl (S1) - My Golb, the young girls in this look exactly like the characters I would draw at 14-16. X,D The animation is just okay, and it takes a long time before we learn anything worthwhile about the main characters. But what made me watch a whole season (26 ep) was because of the interesting stories in each episode. It was fascinating to see how little/much it was required for people to give up their souls for eternal damnation in return for the death of a person they hated.
Steins;Gate (S1+1OVA) - It took me a while to get into the story, but by the half way point, when shit got really intense, I was waaay hooked. I usually do not like stories that involve time-traveling because it makes my head hurt, but this (Like Madoka Magica) was really well written. I have very little to fault the show on ((apart from how the harassment of a trans girl is used for comedy in at least 2 episodes…)) and would recommend!
Love Live! School Idol Project (S1+S2+1 movie) - Decided to watch something really cute with sis again and this is what we ended up with. And oh darn it, it is cute alright! Everything is so sugary sweet and lovely, and good music too that you will hum on for weeks. Apart form the occasional funky looking CGI (which actually looks really good in the movie), the animation is top notch. A simple story about a bunch of girls and their lives and friendships when guys are not in the picture.
Makura No Danshi/Pillow Boys (S1) - Finally met up with my anime loving friends and this was one of the things we saw. The episodes in this are very short, all of which are about different types of guys talking to YOU before you go to sleep. It´s… different to say the least. Who was my favourites? Hmmm… I guess the guy from Ep 2, since I recall him the clearest. He also felt like someone who had known me for a while and I appreciated that. WARNING: Ep 10 did give me some extreme rapist vibes! BAD TOUCH!! (O_O)
Koutetsujou No Kabaneri/Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress (S1) - If you like bloody action of high quality with humans fighting against superhuman enemies then this is most surely something for you. Many parallels can be pulled to Attack on Titian, but I would never call this a rip-off. All the animation is in the A+ class and there is this wonderful colouring/lighting effect they sometimes use for close ups which makes the characters look absolutely stunning. The level of details on the character designs also stuck out to me (A+ there too).
Shokugeki no Soma / Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma (S1+S2+1OVA) - Also known as food porn. I had never heard of this until Dan and Phil mentioned it in a video and when I understood that it was about food I had to check it out. I love shows/stories that are centered around cooking (Hell´s Kitchen, Master Chef, Kitchen Princess, etc) so I really got hooked on this. Not only is the food animated beautifully, but you learn a lot at the same time. And the absurd (dirty) humor is so redicoulus that I cannot help but laugh.
Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu / Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World (S1) - When I first saw posters for this show they never caught my interest. It looked so much like the generic fantasy harem anime that I just ignored it. But then a friend forced me to actually see it and BOY was I wrong. Let me put it this way: Imagine Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni but with a higher budget and set in a fantasy land. So if you enjoy blood, gore and mind games, check this baby out!
Ghost Hunt (S1) - I know that I had seen this anime when it was new, but apparently I never saw the final episodes of the season since I had no idea what was going to happen. But glad that I saw this again! Not the scariest or goriest show out there, but it is fun and entertaining. My favorite part is how all the characters get along even though they have different beliefs and ways of dealing with the unknown.
Psycho-Pass (S1 + S2 + 1 movie) - Everybody were recommending this show to me and I understand why. There is detective work, blood/gore, and some kick-ass action; just right for me. However, I am not into all the tech porn (you know - when the put so much time and focus on weapons and other technology when they open up, charge, fire, etc. Not my thing!), but it was still a good anime. The only downside was that I felt very little when characters died, which was strange since I usually get attached very easily and morn fictional characters on a regular basis.
Mayoiga / The Lost Village (S1) - Oh maaan. I was expecting something along the lines of Battle Royale, but this was nothing but a big disappointment. There was so much potential in the first episodes for this to become the next Another or Corpse Party, but nooo. Lack of death aside, I guess it had it´s creepy moments, but the finale was not worth the wait in my opinion. I was actually so upset by the final twist that I sat down and basically created an alternative version of the story. Same basic structure, characters, feel and pitch, but with a more classic psychological horror plot. I would also have put the focus on other characters over the two basic cardboard cutouts (I vote for Valkana and Nanko!).
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii No Jukyou (5OVA) - I had seen this before when it first came out, but since I am still in a Halloween mood I decided to give it a re-watch. Totally one of those shows that I cannot look away from (not only because I need the subs, but you know what I mean). Spooky details all over the place blended with intestines and body horror. I may not be a big fan of the Elfen Lied-wannabe character designs, but I would totally watch it a third time when I once again forget the ending. I was so shocked that all I could do was to stare at the screen while the credits passed by.
Mira Nikki / The Future Diary (S1) - That moment you like the premise and concept of a show, but dislike the main characters. Damn that moment. It could be that the English dub makes the protagonists seem more douchey than what they actually are in the oringal Japanese version, or it´s just that they are both written poorly (IMO). But I like the background characters and there is some genuine tension throughout the show, so I watched it all.
Yuri!!! On ICE (S1) - I had been looking forward to this since the first trailer, so it was really really hard for me to wait until all episodes had aired before I had a marathon. But gah! It was worth it! There are no cliffhangers no, but the show just makes you feel so warm and fluffy that you want to see more right away. It is a sports anime, but the characters and relationships are so well developed that I would say to give it a chance even if sports isn’t for you. You will still fall in love with everybody and you just want them all to win gold and be happy!!
PS: Oh dear brother of mine, if you are reading this, be prepared for an anime night next time we meet. You and Jorge will love this! ;D
Kimi No Na Wa / Your Name (movie) - Hands down one of the best MOVIES I have seen this year. Well made, a story that pulls you in, heart-wrenching and beautiful music. This is totally up there amongst Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and I will definitely be showing this to all my friends, no matter if they are into anime or not.
I can't remember if you've posted about this already, but your comments on Magical Girl Raising Project remind me of some criticisms I've heard of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Was just wondering what you thought of PMMM?
I like PMMM despite itself.
The music is great, the story is heartbreaking, the visuals are fantastic.
Plus, while PMMM is in no fucking way the first grimdark magical girl series (and holy shit do I find assertions that it is so fucking uninteresting), and while 90% of what it seeks to deconstruct or subvert makes me want to tear my hair out, it does do an interesting thing with Kyubey. Like the Portal games, which take the trope of the tutorial/guide character (the exposition fairy) who gives you hints and tells you how to progress during the game and asked “What if this character wasn’t really trying to help?”, PMMM took the mascot character in magical girl shows (a la Luna and Kero) and asked the same question. And that is genuinely an interesting exploration of one of the staples of the genre.
For the most part, though, I like, sometimes, (sometimes I hate) PMMM despite itself. And I hate what it has wrought.
The biggest problem with PMMM is that magical girl shows are, at their heart, power fantasies for girls. They are Girl Power at their finest. In fact, Sailor Moon was an major and oft-overlooked part in kicking off the Girl Power boom in the 90s.
And what’s infuriating about PMMM is that it tries to tear that down. It’s not like Watchmen, another series which seeks to deconstruct the possibly unhealthy nature of the power fantasies of its genre. Because Watchmen is about vigilantism and male power fantasies, and 1. white men (who make up the majority of comic book heroes) already have disproportionate power so their power fantasies are inherently more sinister and 2. comic books are often centered around revenge, vigilantism, corrupt systems that “can’t be broken”, and ignoring the law.
Meanwhile, magical girl series are at their center about hope and love. The heroes usually literally fight with hearts and rainbows and songs. They aren’t gritty “I wish I could kick everyone’s ass” power fantasies. They are “if you believe in yourself and are your friends you can help people and achieve your dreams” fantasies. And they are for girls, who are too often told they can’t be everything they want. Not men, who are too often told they can.
So PMMM has this message, and if some of the interviews I’ve heard from the creator are true, a completely intentional one, that girls dreams are futile and destructive and that it’s harmful and useless for girls to want things. That girls having power fantasies or seeking to save the world will ultimately destroy them, or (before Madoka’s ending) turn them into something evil and dark. That ambition is bad for girls. That girls should learn their place before they become dark witches that destroy everything, or (after Madoka’s ending) fade from existence. That girls having power fantasies is ultimately harmful, and they need to stop. That girls have been wrong this whole time to want things. That girls’ desires, no matter what they are, are always ultimately selfish and corrupt.
And I fucking hate that. That’s not subversive. That’s our whole fucking lives. That’s what we get everywhere else. Nothing a girl does can be right. We’re bad to have ambitions and to want things. Even the “nice” things we do are dismissed with ulterior motives as soon as someone decides they’re done with us.
And I fucking hate people calling it “so profound” and whatever, when it’s ultimately torture porn and the message isn’t even deep.
And more than that, I hate that it’s success has spawned a series of knockoffs, so that now moe torture porn grimdark magical girls has become the most common iteration of the genre. So we had the incredibly ableist (OMFG WORST SHOW EVER MADE) Yuki Yuuna is a Hero, and we’re getting the “Magical Girls have to CULL EACH OTHER in a grim CHILDREN-LED FIGHT TO THE DEATH” of Magical Girl Raising Project and like I’m so fucking done with these grown ass men making shows for other grown ass men shitting all over girls’ power fantasies and thinking that shitting all over girls’ power fantasies is something new and subversive and not a reassertion of the status quo.
Look, I genuinely enjoyed watching PMMM. It’s a well made show, with good characters (Rebellion and everything that’s come since is AWFUL though). But I hate its message, I hate huge swaths of its fanbase, I hate its creator, and I hate that its become the new standard for magical girls.
Magical girls were already subversive. They were already something unique and powerful. They didn’t need to be brought down. And there would be good ways to explore and subvert the genre if you wanted to*. But just going for straight “everyone’s miserable and it wouldn’t work” isn’t actually a clever. Even without the inherent sexism, it has all the depth of those creepypastas that say “What if Rugrats WAS A DYSTOPIA” or whatever, like edgy for the sake of edgy isn’t actually deep.
*(While it’s refreshing to Western audiences that magical girls are deeply feminine, for instance, because we tend to associate being strong with being masculine or a tomboy, in Japan magical girls often serve as a reinforcement that no matter what you do you still have to adhere to gender roles. A great subversion of the genre would be one where some of the girls, and especially the main character, have more traditionally masculine powers/appearances and this is treated as just as valid a way for girls to be. Also interesting would be a magical girl series where older women become the magical girls - women struggling to hold jobs and pay rent, mothers, college kids, grandmas - because magical girls [like Disney princesses and much of media] tend to focus on pre- and newly- pubescent girl characters as the most powerful and tend to ignore older women)
Basically, enjoying magical girls has always involved some level of watching it for what you want and ignoring the less than pleasant intentions of the creator. Sailor Moon was heavily based on a series called Cutie Honey, which was made 100% to be fap material for adult male audiences, and originally the idea of this girl hero was something of a ~sexy~ joke. And then people like Naoko Takeuchi LOVED her and took empowerment from her, despite that clearly not being the intention, and created series like Sailor Moon. And I think that’s still a fine way to appreciate shows. I can watch PMMM and take power and interest from it despite its goals, like I did with the grossly fanservicey depiction of underage Magical Lyrical Nanoha when I was a kid. And I can do the same with what is likely to be the ultimately disappointing Magical Girl Raising Project.
But I’m not happy that I have to reinterpret and reclaim these shows to get meaning out of them. I’m not happy that a genre that was supposed to be about empowering girls has been largely stolen and dismissed as unrealistic and too idealistic. I’m not happy with an entire genre’s inability to see how positivity and idealism are subversive and groundbreaking.
And I’m not happy with PMMM for making that the status quo, or with all the fans who think things are better this way.
Especially on the night it premiered, there are a lot of people who have pointed out the ways in Tangled Before Ever After painted a lot of behavioral parallels between King Frederick and Mother Gothel.
I have two points I’d liked to make about these parallels.
1) The Story
The story of Rapunzel is the story of a girl with impossibly long hair trapped in a tower. Differences between Grimm and Disney versions aside, those are the defining traits of Rapunzel’s tale. The 2010 Tangled movie resolved her whole story: she left the tower, lost her hair, and found her Prince.
Except now there’s a series. How do you recreate the defining characteristics of Rapunzel’s story after already telling it? You give her back her hair, and you find a new way to imprison her. (You could even make the case that Cassandra’s new influence in Rapunzel’s life could be seen as “removing the Prince”, driving a wedge between her and Eugene, but I don’t know enough of her intended role yet to want to delve into that.)
Getting Rapunzel her tell-tale hair back proved fairly easy, but how do you recreate The Tower in her new setting? You give her a controlling authority, of course, in this case her father, the King. Sure, she has a little more space to move around in this time, but she’s still facing restrictions. She has guard squadrons shadowing her every move, royal demands on her schedule to restrict her free time, and she’s forbidden to leave the Kingdom without prior approval. Tower recreation, successful.
The parallels between King Frederick and Mother Gothel are 100% intentional, but it’s pretty easy to see how they’re going to play out this story. It’s a fairly classic case of “Parent and Child butt heads but eventually come to an understanding.” By the end of this series (maybe even just this season), we’re going to see that Frederick and Rapunzel have communicated and reached an understanding with each other that will allow Rapunzel to once again “leave the tower”.
2) Character Motivation
My second point is to distinguish malice from fear. Gothel acted with the first, and the King acts with the second. Gothel’s goal always was protecting the hair. It’s why despite what twisted motherly love she might have had for Rapunzel, she still turned on her when it came down to choosing between Rapunzel and Rapunzel’s hair. King Frederick, on the other hand, is only trying to protect Rapunzel, however ineffectively.
All of his actions stem from the fear of losing Rapunzel, not her hair.
He’d be more than happy to cut off her hair if it meant keeping her safe.
So rather than examining the similarities between Frederick and Gothel, I want to point people toward a different source: the similarities between Frederick and Marlin.
Marlin, from Finding Nemo, is in an almost identical situation to King Frederick. Just before the birth of his children, he was unable to protect his family and lost nearly all of them and his wife. The only one that remained was Nemo, with a gimpy fin. Over the course of the movie, especially in the beginning, Marlin is shown to be completely controlling and patronizing of Nemo’s abilities. He doesn’t trust Nemo’s ability to survive even when shown proof. Because of the trauma Marlin experienced, he fears everything that could tear Nemo away from him. He’s obviously not out to hurt Nemo himself, but because he lives in fear of the potential dangers around them, he’s ended up creating a confined life for Nemo, exactly as King Frederick has done for Rapunzel. Nemo may understand the added difficulties his gimpy fin creates for him, but he’s not prepared to let that stop him from living. It’s the same way in which Rapunzel understands that her life in confinement has left her severely lacking in world knowledge and experience, but she’s not prepared to let that stop her from living. Just as Nemo, in frustrated defiance, swam out against Marlin’s orders to “touch the butt”, Rapunzel has also shown the same defiance by sneaking out beyond Corona’s walls against her father’s wishes.
You can even see their likeness in how similar the dialogue is. Marlin and King Frederick both have almost the exact same line: “I promised him I’d never let anything happen to him/her.” Of course, we then must turn to Dory’s line of “You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.” Dory’s observation causes Marlin pause for thought about how he treats Nemo, so presumably someone in Rapunzel’s life, likely Queen Arianna or Eugene (or both), will get this idea through to King Frederick on Rapunzel’s behalf. He’ll be given a “leap of faith” moment to see that things really will be okay.
So when you get right down to it, the parallels between King Frederick and Mother Gothel are intentional for the story, but only superficially accurate. They seem accurate to Rapunzel’s personal history, but in the larger picture of character motivations they’re incredibly different.
Hey! I just wanted to say that I love your art and style of drawing (especially your ACOTAR series!) I just have 2 little questions - one ACOTAR related and one drawing related! 1) Do you have any interesting theories about how ACOWAR will play out!? And secondly, how long have you been drawing for!? Thanks for all your amazing art - it's super inspiring!!
Thank you very much! I’ve been drawing my whole life, but I started doing fanart when I was like 16 (I’m twenty now)
So I need to re-read ACoTaR cause it’s a bit foggy in my mind but if I had to guess I’d say
-Tamlin will save Rhysands life in some way and then die himself (as a sort of redemption)
- Feyre will find Rhys’ family’s wings in Tamlin’s room
- Don’t hate me but… I don’t think Cassian’s wings will recover
- Nesta and Cassian are gonna kiss 😘
- Morrigan and Azriel are gonna kiss 😘
- Elain and Lucien are gonna kiss 😘
- And Feyre and Rhys are gonna bang 😎
Also if I had to place a bet on who of the circle are going to die (if one does) I think it will be Azriel
Akaashi Keiji did not believe in love, and he definitely did not believe in soulmates.They just didn’t exist, he had seen love go wrong so many times, it’s no surprise that he had lost hope. When Keiji was three, his mother walked out on him and his father, leaving behind nothing. His memories of his mother were scarce, even when she was still around she spent most of her time holed up in her office. It didn’t take long for his father to start bring home other women, none of which ever lasted long. In the twelve years since his mother left, Keiji’s father has been through three failed marriages, and countless failed relationships. It wasn’t for lack of trying, Keiji knew that, but it didn’t make him feel any differently.
By the time he was in middle school, Keiji had had enough. The women were changing constantly and he just wanted a way out. He began to stay at school longer and longer, always with the excuse that it was easier to concentrate, but his father was skeptical. Keiji loved his father, he really did, and that may have been the reason why he never told him how he felt. He hated all the women he brought home, he hated how they always acted nice around him just so that his father would like them. He loved his father, and he knew how hard he was trying, so he kept his mouth shut.
When his second year of middle school began, Keiji’s father made a comment. During breakfast on his first day, his father sat across the table, newspaper in one hand, coffee in the other. Mornings like this were rare, just the two of them, and Keiji would be lying if he said he didn’t like it. He preferred times like these, no nameless women, just him and his father.
“Keiji,” his father said, setting his paper down. Keiji glanced up from his meal, staring over at his father, waiting for him to continue. “You did well last year, almost perfect grades and you were at the top of your class. I’m proud of you, I really am, but is it really necessary to spend all that extra time at school? I feel like I hardly ever saw you.”
There it was, the guilt. He knew his father wasn’t trying to make him feel guilty, but that didn’t make the feeling go away. He didn’t want to tell his father the real reason he had been out of the house so often, so instead, he decided on a different tactic.
“I guess I can do my homework here,” he started. He felt bad, seeing his father’s eyes light up; he wasn’t done yet. “I’m going to join a club this year though, so I still might not be home a lot.”
“A club?” his father asked, forgetting about his now cold coffee.
“Yes, though I’m not sure which club yet. Being involved in a club looks good on your transcript,” he explained, finishing his meal. What he said wasn’t false, being involved did look good, but he wasn’t exactly doing it because he wanted to.
Somehow, during that first day of his second year of middle school, Keiji joined the volleyball team. He had never been athletic, never much of a team player, but somehow he managed to get scouted by the current volleyball captain, Shiba-san. The whole series of events were rather odd, and Keiji still wasn’t quite sure how things managed to work out how they did. He had been walking in the courtyard afterschool, wandering around looking at the various club tables set up, when he heard a shout from behind him. Curiously, he turned to see a tall third year running straight towards him, one arm extended and a look of worry on his face. As a shadow appeared overhead, Keiji looked up to see a volleyball a few feet away, rushing right towards him. While most people would have run out of the way or blocked their face, Keiji put his hands up, allowing the ball to land perfectly within his grasp. He wasn’t sure why, but he pushed the ball back into the air, were it arched perfected in front of the third year.
“You’re a setter,” the third year called, his voice full of amazement. Keiji furrowed his brow, he wasn’t anything.
“I’m not a setter,” he replied, staring oddly at the other boy. He knew enough about volleyball to know what a setter was, and it definitely wasn’t him.
“What do you mean you aren’t a setter? That was the most perfect toss I’ve ever seen!” the third year yelled, looking between where the ball had landed and Keiji.”Are you in a club? I’m Tatsumi Shiba, third year captain of the volleyball team, and we really need a setter, especially one of your level.”
“Akaashi Keiji, second year. I’ve never played volleyball, but if you’ll have me, then I will gladly join your club.”
When Keiji first began volleyball, he didn’t think he would like it as much as he did. He learned the rules of the game very quickly, and he somehow was a pretty good setter right away. He worked well with his team, even if he only considered them acquaintances at best. His team quickly realized that Keiji wasn’t one to make friends, he was realiable on the court and friendly enough, but they didn’t push it. The closest thing he had to a friend was Tatsumi, but Keiji still didn’t consider it friendship. He didn’t form relationships with people, that just wasn’t something he did. He would be lying if he said he didn’t enjoy Tatsumi’s company however; he felt oddly lonely during his final year of middle school without his former captain.
Graduation came and went, and before Keiji knew it he was headed for one of the best schools in Tokyo. He knew he could have gotten into Fukurodani with his grades alone, but spending two years on a good volleyball team was a good backup. Fukurodani had one of the best volleyball teams in the country, so being considered a good player himself was definitely helpful. Keiji’s plans going into high school was to focus on school work, quitting volleyball entirely, and he felt oddly disappointed about that. He knew that he wasn’t a bad setter and that he would probably make the team, but he also knew that there were much better players.
The morning of his first year of high school, his father said something. It was another rare morning, just the two of them together at the table, a similar atmosphere to that same morning just two years earlier.
“Keiji,” he began, setting down his newspaper and looking over at his son. “Are you going to continue volleyball?”
“No,” he replied simply, picking at his breakfast. Even though he said that, he wasn’t sure if he actually meant it.
“I think you should,” he father responded, taking a sip of his coffee. Keiji froze slightly, this was not how he expected this to go.
“And why is that?” he asked, putting his fork down. He really was curious; normally his father would want him to spend more time at home, so why was he pushing for him to continue volleyball?
“I know that you haven’t had the best upbringing and you usually just do what you have to in order to get by, but whenever I went to your games in middle school, you just looked so happy. You aren’t one to show your emotions, but when you were playing your eyes were the brightest I’ve ever seen them. I just don’t want you to stop doing something that makes you that happy,” his father explained. Keiji had never really thought about it, but he did enjoy volleyball, a lot. There were many other high schools in Tokyo with better academic programs that he could have easily attended, so he couldn’t help but wonder if there was another reason he chose Fukurodani.
“It won’t hurt I suppose,” he answered, turning back to his food. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw his father smile, true and genuine,
Volleyball try outs were right after school, and Keiji felt weird. He assumed this was what nerves felt like, but he wasn’t sure. nothing had ever made him nervous. When he arrived at the large gym, he was greeted by a tall and energetic second year.
“Hello! I’m second year Bokuto Koutaro, wing spiker and soon to be ace!” he smiled, his joy reaching all the way to his eyes. Keiji felt strange, but not in the same way he did before. It was, almost nice.
“Akaashi Keiji, first year. I played setter in middle school,” he answered politely. As soon as he said the word setter, the other boy began to bounce around the room.
“Konoha he’s a setter!” he yelled to another second year across the gym. Konoha glanced over and gave Keiji an apologetic look.
“Bokuto, don’t scare the poor kid away,” he called back, walking over to them. “Konoha Akinori,” he greeted when he reached them. “I must warn you, this guy can spike for four hours straight and not get tired.”
“I could never get tired of spiking!” Bokuto cheered, jumping into the air and swinging his head in a spiking motion. “Hey Akaaaaaaasghi will you set for me?” he asked, already running towards the court. Keiji sighed and looked over at Konoha, who just shrugged at him in response.
“It’s Akaashi, by the way,” he corrected as he got into place by the net.
“Sure thing Akaaaaashihi,” Bokuto replied, still somehow managing to pronounce it wrong. Keiji shook his head, Bokuto was definitely odd, but for some reason he really didn’t mind.
“Ready? Here we go!” Bokuto called, tossing a ball into the air. Keiji waited patiently, watching the ball. Bokuto’s throw was perfect, so he wouldn’t have to move in order to set it. As the ball got closer, Keiji watched Bokuto out of the corner of his eye; where he was going, the speed at which he was getting there, how high he was going to jump. As soon as the ball touched his fingers, it was gone again, speeding right towards Bokuto’s swinging arm. With a loud bang, the ball smashed against the wood floor, perfectly landing on the other side of the net. When Bokuto landed, he looked between his hand and Keiji, a big smile growing on his face.
“That was perfect Akagagashi! You’re really good!” he cheered, a goofy grin on his face. Keiji smiled slightly at the praise.
“You’re a good spiker. You have good form and power,” Keiji responded, he wasn’t great at complimenting people, but by the look on the other boy’s face he assumed he did just fine.
“I am the ace!” he grinned, smacking Keiji hard on the back. He flinched slightly, but he didn’t hate the contact.
“Hey, do you wanna stay after and set to me? It’ll be really fun!” Bokuto promised, looking directly at Keiji. Out of the corner of his eye, he could see Konoha shaking his head violently, but something felt different about Bokuto, so he did something he never thought he would.
“Sure Bokuto-san.” The other boy’s grin lit up the entire gym.
Akaashi Keiji didn’t believe in love, and he definitely didn’t believe in soulmates. He did, however, believe in Bokuto Koutaro, and that was good enough for him.
I get what Pete is saying now. Just think about it. New baby, writing a song for your all-time favorite movie, singing the national anthem at the World Series for your hometown team, writing another song in the voice of your favorite superhero, voicing a character in a cartoon – Patrick is literally fulfilling one dream after another.
I bet he’s also enjoying being off tour, spending more time with his kids, freeing up Elisa so she can have more time for herself, all while doing what he really wants to do, which is producing. I bet he’s just loving his whole life situation right now. No wonder he’s so happy.
No, your eyes do not deceive you: it is another Portugal ficlet! Only a very short one this time, though. The Portugal project is actually nearing completion, because I only have two more ficlets planned … then I’ll get back to the Creeper series. I want to thank @danceofmyimpressions for the screenshot of the tweet for this one, since it is now deleted from Twitter and I wasn’t able to find any other screenshots of it already online. Thank you, @danceofmyimpressions! Readers, be sure to read the tweet at the end or you’ll miss the whole point.
They were in the hotel elevator, on their way down to the pool, since they might as well swim in the hotel pool at least once while they were here. It seemed strange that anyone would choose to swim in a pool when the ocean was only a few minutes’ walk away, but lots of the guests did.
No one else was in the elevator, so Phil crowded Dan up against the wall and kissed him, slow and sweet. But then they heard the elevator ding and broke apart just in time to avoid being caught by the elderly couple who came in. Even still, the old woman eyed them disapprovingly. Her bright red lipstick was slightly crooked.
Phil leaned over to whisper in Dan’s ear, “I wish I could kiss you anytime I want. This sucks.”
They were both silent, waiting. The elevator was slow in this hotel. They’d made it to the third floor now.
Dan whispered in Phil’s ear, “How about a code word? Any time you wish you could be kissing me, but you can’t, call me ‘bear,’ and I’ll know what you mean.”
Phil nodded thoughtfully. “Okay, bear,” he said at normal volume. The elderly couple glanced idly at him, then away. Dan’s smile was small and secret.
Later that night, they were sitting in their hotel room, just companionably playing on their phones, when Dan’s phone pinged with a Twitter notification. He read the tweet and laughed, then tackled Phil onto the bed and kissed him for all he was worth. And he was worth quite a lot.
like two days ago I decided to color this panel of Guts on a whim
and I got this crazy idea to start up a little project to go through and color in the whole series. Tentatively, I’m calling this Berserk: Rainbow Age Project. It’s an ambitious project, but its still tangible. With how I want to schedule it, I could probably see myself getting out two or three pages a week. And if anyone volunteers to help out maybe more. Still though, it’s up in the air for now, so what I want to ask is. What do you guys think?
I’m open to any feedback, so let me know if this is a good idea or if I should change the name or anything.
I feel Amon change will be when he kills Donato ,and possibly a knowledge his Ghoul side. And for Touka it will be when she confronts kaneki and both of them have a deep talk I believe. What is your opinion about this ?
Donato is basically the stop gap to Amon’s character development, and he has been his entire arc. Until Amon has a confrontation with Donato he won’t change significantly, because while he says that what he cares about is the world and changing the world, his issues have always been rather self centered on Donato.
The reason Amon needs Ghouls to be inhuman and horrible and why he in the past so ready accepted the CCG’s narrative of this is because of Donato. He needs Donato to be entirely inhuman and horrible, so he doens’t have to contend with Donato’s love and the contradictions that causes him.
At first I labeled this as survivor’s guilt to be the only one to survive when Donato was revealed to be a child eating priest, but it’s beyond that at this point as Amon actively cooperated with Donato in his feeding for a period of time after discovering that he was a ghoul.
If Donato was a monster who cannot love though, than any love he felt for Donato was because of lies and manipulation and therefore Amon can tell himself it was not real and save himself from the guilt. Therefore because he still hasn’t solved this, Amon will continue running away from this confrontation of himself.
However, this does not specifically need to be solved by killing Donato. There is precedent for it, as the Oedipus Complex which repeats in this manga again and again states that to resolve the issues with your father, you need to kill your father, but that’s not necessarily the case. The best case scenario for Amon’s emotional well being is he needs to accept the fact that he does love Donato, and that Donato really did love him as twisted as that was.
As for Touka, yes I believe she has an impending scene with Kaneki incoming. Most likely it will happen in chapter 120, of RE: and parallel the conversation that happened there in the original series, as what is happening now in canon is explicitly what Touka warned him about.
At the moment Kaneki is basically fighting the whole world, and we don’t know specifically what his reason for doing this is. Not “It’s the right thing to do” but rather his own personal motivation for wanting it. All we know is he’s doing as Arima and Eto asked him to.
Touka’s always been rather good at cutting through Kaneki’s bullshit though, so if there’s anybody to chip away at Kaneki’s Kingly mask he’s wearing right now and provoke a reaction from him finally it would be her.
This time though, as they’re both standing on the chair as opposed to the chair that Touka just mornfully held onto in the cover page for 120, it might be closer to a two way conversation rather than a one-sided callout.
Hi! Now that the series is over, is there more you can tell us about its construction and the way it developed over time? Like what was planned from the very beginning, what did you come up with as you went, is there anything you had to drop or change radically? I'm always fascinated by the way a story changes between its conception and its completion and how major plot points can shift
Yes, thank you for
asking! I’ve wanted to do a retrospective post of some sort about
the whole thing but I sort of don’t know where to start, it was
such an EXPERIENCE that took over my mind entirely for a while there.
Short version is: I
saw fan art and thought it was cute and since I thought the dynamic
could be fun for the sort of humor/porn themes I was into in my last
fandom I started writing a fic with nothing really in mind beyond
‘here’s what happens when Hux rescues Ren.’ It immediately was
not a humor fic, for whatever reason, and about five pages into it
(this was the first chapter of Life Sentence) I started to get really
into the Hux POV and backstory in a way I hadn’t anticipated. I
think I was nearly finished with that first chapter when I decided I
also wanted to do a hurt/comfort story where Ren rescues Hux from a
terrible situation and spends some time helping him get back on his
feet. I’d also spent a lot of the previous year thinking about
prison fic ideas and coming up with nothing fandom-based or original
that I really wanted to write. At one point I’m pretty sure I woke
up in the middle of the night and was like ‘what if this is all one
fic, a continuation of the chapter I just wrote.’
I think it was
around the time I came up with Pella (so when I was making notes
toward the second chapter, I think shortly before I posted the first
one) that everything started falling into place in my head and I
realized I wanted to write this huge story about Hux going to prison,
how the hurt/comfort interlude between the first and third parts
would work, and how I would incorporate Ren reconciling uncomfortably with his family for the
purposes of defeating Snoke while Hux dealt with a trial and prison
life. I started working on my notes toward how this would all play
out nonstop and in January was constantly writing scenes and shifting
things around. I had the big picture of the conclusion of the first
part, the tensions in the hurt/comfort scenario during the second
part, and the plot of the third part planned out, but there were a
lot of details I still needed to work out as I was posting the first
Originally Hux was
going to remain in prison at the end of the story, but pretty early
on I was already iffy on that and thinking about how else I could end
things. I had this scene in mind where Ren comes to see Hux on the
roof of the Tower right after defeating Snoke and Hux is just like
‘fuck you’ and very cold to him– a lot of my original idea for
the third part was based on Hux remaining very cold to Ren because he
blamed Ren for his imprisonment and also for ‘trying to kill him.’
But in the process of writing Ceasefire I realized that Hux thinking
that Ren was behind the attack rather than Snoke wasn’t going to
work, since Ren reveals a lot about how Snoke can control him to Hux
during Ceasefire and Hux would be smart enough to figure out that Ren
didn’t just randomly turn on him. A lot of Under the Ruins details
came into focus while I was doing the actual draft chapters of
Some details were
really vague in my outline until March/April– I knew Snoke was this
ancient Force user who had jumped from body to body for centuries
since the start but didn’t come up with the ‘Snoke gets defeated
through healing’ thing until I think I was already posting parts of
Ruins. I just had ‘Snoke is defeated’ in my notes generally.
Waffled about Ren losing an arm or not basically up until I was
working on the draft of that chapter, and the gold tooth thing was
something that popped into the narrative as I was working, too. Some
details like the last appearance of Chewie were there in my original
notes for Ruins, though (once I figured out that Hux was going to
escape, and how– lol I remember being excited about the fighting
ring idea. Now I feel like I could have come up with a better way to give Hux
conjugal visits (which were so important to my initial thoughts about
Hux’s imprisonment! And I think originally Ren was going to use his
powers to get in? But then I couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t
just break Hux out, beyond ‘he feels indebted to his
family’ and in that sense the timing of Ren not getting these
visits until after he’d ‘defeated’ Snoke and lost access to his
powers for a time came into the plan), but I did ultimately like the way that worked with Hux having temporary access to Ren’s powers.
So this is turning
into not such a short version, but basically: the framework for what
I was trying to do was there since almost the very beginning (lonely
villains falling for each other in part 1, fragile hurt/comfort bonding in
part 2, aftermath of crisis and facing what they’d done as they
tried to get back to each other in part 3), but the details and plot
mechanics evolved as I worked on the actual draft, especially with
all the Force mysticism stuff in the latter parts of Ruins. I tend to write like this, where I trust the details of my major plot points (’[defeat Snoke here],’ etc.) to come into focus as I work on the actual drafts, and sometimes it works! Thanks
for asking, it’s a great question.
Wow, people really liked my first post! I hope I can keep you all entertained with this little series. :) I had a bit of time to sit down after work and I put together more, and I learned it’s probably easier to do when I just keep a template and slot in the content rather than making a whole new image every time XD so hopefully I can make more faster now! I want to put out a lot of characters in each update, because my goal isn’t to farm for Reddit karma with tons of updates over time. I want to share with you what I heard from an outsider to the gaming community in regards to something that we all enjoy. :) So look for more characters at once over the next couple of days.
Just to remind you all what this is; I showed my mother all the characters from Overwatch and talked with her about them while recording her first impressions. I asked her to give each character a codename she thought fit their appearance as well as some thoughts on what she thought their job was and who they are as characters. (She speaks in blue, I speak in green)
Here we go!
Thank you for all your support and kind comments. :) My mom is following along and very much appreciates them, and she is glad that she could make you all happy!
Listen ya’ll. Trigger has taken too long by now if they wanted to reveal Hannah and Barbara are related to one another. I highly doubt that they are blood-related. I know in Kill La Kill they took the whole series to reveal Ryuko and Satuski being sisters but Ryuko didn’t KNOW that they were related (im pretty sure), whereas in LWA Hannah and Barbara definitely know what they are to each other (even if we don’t).
But they don’t call each other “nee-chan” or “onee-chan” or “imouto”. I fully believe they are just very close, very catty best friends who have been together for as long as they can remember. Probably rich neighbors from childhood who both admire Diana and they bonded over that and a lot of other things to become inseparable.
I mean at this point, if they WERE related, it’d be a stupid move for Trigger to wait this long to reveal it, since they’ve dropped some hints that Hannah and Barbara are a lot closer than just ‘best friends’.
Either way, don’t try to freak me out about it. I won’t ever believe they are related. Let them be gay best friends. Let me have this.