i wanted to use a different animation style for this one x)

2016: The Return To Anime

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. 


ANIME COMPLETED:

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


BONUS:

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. 

answering asks!

just picked 20 this time. ill open asks again next week

some of the questions i got were answered in the faq too! pls read that before sending questions, even if you think your question wont be there.. it probably is JKFLD;JFS

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Basic HUD circles in After Effects

I’ll be showing how to make simple HUD (heads-up display) circles (aka futuristic circle things) in After Effects (and without using keyframes) like these:

This tutorial is designed for people with little experience with After Effects, so theres a lot of extra explanations

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anonymous asked:

right now i have a very simplistic style and they look very...flat. what methods have you used to reach the style you have today?

oh style is not the right word to use here… hmm… bc artist’s “style” is something that should be unique so i cant help you to teach you do my style, but i guess i can tell you what helped me to step a little farther from flat to… not so flat?

well first of all for past 3 years I was studding some animation principles such as rhythm, squash&stretch, overlaps, straight vs curve, etc(tbh i saw a lot of tutorials about this here on tumblr and even from few different artists so if you want to know about this more you can search for it and i think you will find it - no big deal)

second thing that helped me a lot is life sketches lessons - where you can sit and draw naked ppl who take different poses in different amount of time(i think you can find something like that in city where you live, and if not you can draw from youtube videos that made specially for this like this one )

life sketches helps me to analyze the volume of body, how does it fit in perspective, how body works and in the end i just start to remember how some of poses look like XD

(sketches help me to train myself but to be honest 70% of what i drew there are trashy and so bad haha)

also one thing that i want to say about style and being “unique” that I always steal something from others - from ppl, from movies or illustrations. I just try to notice what exactly I like in someone’s style and then try to do it too? like:

these are just details but than more of different details you will try to hit at once than more “unique” and NOT stolen it will look like(especially if you also will add something from your own heart of course), so noone will blame you that you are thief? I GUESS??? I HOPE??????

(idk it still looks flat and lame ups)

P.S. - if you are one of these artists that i definitely stole something from, i really hope you are not mad… and im sorry! i know you are watching me and i feel so bad tbh oh no <X’’’’’D aaaa….


so good luck you anon with YOUR artstyle and conquering the volume in your drawings!!!

Aaron’s Top 7: Attractive Animated Males

I’m not a fan male designs in animation. At least, not in the way I’m going to be judging them in today’s list.

Originally posted by none-tadashi-left-hiro

Previously, I did a top 7 list of attractive female characters. The problem I had with that one was selecting characters based on personality over design with cosmetics being an aesthetic factor. With this list, the issue is reversed.

When you think of a male anime character, you think of a slim guy with slumped shoulders and a soft face. Any character that’s ‘masculine’ is often to an extreme to show how muscular they are. The point is that they look ‘pretty’. Just about 70% of male characters in anime can easily be redrawn as a girl. 

Which brings me to my issue with male characters in western cartoons. I can look at them and immediately tell who the protagonist is. You’re the comic relief. You’re the wise old mentor. You’re the token black character. Either that, or they’re animals. I like Stan Pines from Gravity Falls because they put a spin on the grumpy old man trope making him a greedy conman who doesn’t stop conning people as the show goes on. But design wise, I see him and go, ‘you’re the grump with a big heart’. And before you ask, no, that old dust buckle is nowhere near this list.    

I just became numb to designs of a lot of male characters since there’s so many men outnumbering females in media. I don’t really think about which one stands out. I’m just seeing how the character develops in the show. 

‘Nerd who wants to prove himself and has some sort of famous/prestigious family/background’. Let me guess, you just named 20 male characters in your head didn’t you? So why am I doing this list? Well, here are some characters who have a design that I found interesting with personalities to match. 

Same rules as the women’s list: 

Character comes before design. 

No villains/antagonist. 

Characters must be 18+.

It’s my list so if your hubby isn’t here…too damn bad.

Originally posted by insane-addiction

Guys Gals & Non-Binary pals, this is Animated Aaron’s Top 7 Attractive Animated Male Characters.

Honorable Mentions:

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John Stewart/Green Lantern-Justice League; Justice League Unlimited 

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Scar-FMA (Franchise) 

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Originally posted by vgeta

 Goku-DBZ

He’s a fucking idiot. Know that you know why he’s at the bottom, he’s actually got one of the most unique designs in anime. As I said before, anime men are fucking twigs with slumped shoulders.

Goku is actually muscular in a way that isn’t comical like in most cartoons. He’s build like an Adonis, true, but he’s still very close to how a real human would look opposed to the over the top shit in stuff like ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ or ‘Kenichi-The Mightiest Disciple’.

That being said, everyone tries to emulate the character. A big/powerful guy who’s as gentle as a bird and believes in the good of others while holding his ground for his beliefs. I’d like him a lot better if this dynamic didn’t create so many clones of the guy. Naruto, Luffy (One Piece), Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter), ect.  

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Originally posted by leeminlimer

Spike Spiegel-Cowboy Bebop 

Alright. So while Goku is built like a brick house, Spike here is more on the slim side. Most men in anime don’t look like their balls have dropped despite being ‘martial arts experts’. Spike isn’t stacked but the few scenes where he’s shirtless prove that he’s got some meat. Again, he’s more how someone would realistically look given his fighting style. He’s quick on his feet and loose with his punches. He’s actively trying to wear the person down but knows where to hit them for a k.o if he’s in a hurry. 

He’s cocky but doesn’t go around bragging about his skills like most protagonist. Rash and impulsive but isn’t hyperactive. He’s just a cool dude with a checkered past. If the situation gets the best of him, he’ll let his wounds heal and go at it again. If there’s money involved that is. 

Whatever happens, happens.  

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Takashi Shirogane-Voltron LD

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Here’s some of the most amazing and invaluable advice you’ll most-likely ever get from one of my good colleagues and legends in comics/gaming, creator JOE MADUREIRA. It’s what i’ve been preaching to you aspiring artists since i arrived on DA, but i think his POV says it perfectly:

*WARNING: SOME MATURE LANGUAGE*

“DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST? 


Or a successful WORKING PROFESSIONAL?



Believe it or not there is a difference. I’m not usually a soapbox type guy, I don’t like instructing people, and I think I’m a terrible teacher. But hey, it’s Friday and I’m in a strange mood. So here goes:

I’ve noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: "Where should I go to school?” “What classes should I take?” “What should I study for anatomy?” “What pencils and paper do you use?” “Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?” “How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?” “When am I going to develop my own style?” “Who were your influences?” “Teach me how to draw hands!” The list goes on…

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Here’s the deal. All of that stuff *is* important, and it may nudge you in the right direction. A lot of it you will discover for yourself. What works best for one person doesn’t work for another. That’s the beauty of art. It’s personal. It’s discovery. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT CRAP!

Instead I’m going to answer the questions that you *SHOULD* be asking, but aren’t. These are things that have only recently occurred to me, after doing this for 20+ years. These things seem so obvious, but apparently they elude a lot of people, because I am surprised at how many ridiculously talented artists are ‘failing’ professionally. Or just unhappy. The beauty of what I’m about to tell you is that it doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what your art style is.

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In no particular order:


1) DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you are passionate about what you’re doing, it shows. If you’re having fun, it shows. If you’re bored, IT SHOWS. Some guys are able to work on stuff they have zero interest in, and still pull off great work, but I find that when I do this my motivation takes a huge hit. And Motivation is key. Money is not a great motivator. It’s temporary like everything else. And honestly, I’ve gotten paid the most money for some of the shittiest work I have ever done. That may sound awesome, but it’s not. And here’s why…

2) You MUST stay Excited and Motivated. Have you noticed that there are days you can’t draw a god damned thing? And some days you feel like you can draw anything? It’s 4am but you don’t notice because you are in the ZONE. Your hand is racing ahead of your mind and you can do no wrong?! Maybe it’s some new paper you got. Or a new program you’ve been wanting to try out. Or you just found some amazing shit on DeviantArt, or watched some movie that just makes you want to run straight to your board. This relates to the above because while it is possible to involve yourself in projects you aren’t excited about—maybe you need the cash, or think it will look good on your resume, whatever it is—it’s not going to last. You need to stay fresh. Expose yourself to new things. New techniques. You should be getting tired of your own shit on a fairly regular basis. Otherwise other people will.

3) Check your Ego. If you think you’re the shit, you’re already doomed. You may be really, really good at what you do, but there’s someone better. Sorry. There’s always plenty to learn, even for us old dogs. So when I meet young upstarts who have this sense of entitlement, or a know-it-all attitude, I just have to laugh. Some of the biggest egos I’ve ever witnessed were from people who have accomplished the least. Meanwhile, most guys who are supremely talented AND successful, and have EARNED the RIGHT to have an ego and throw their weight around, don’t. Why is that? It’s because…

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4) RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT. This may be one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn. Early on, I didn’t value my relationships with people. Creatively or otherwise. I felt like I didn’t need anyone’s help and I could figure everything out on my own. Let’s face it, many of us become artists because we are reclusive, social misfits. We’d rather stay inside and draw shit than go outside and play. We like to live inside our own minds. Why not?! It’s awesome in there! And sometimes we don’t want to let other people in. But like I said—you can’t do it alone. I can honestly say that as much as I try to stay current, as much as I try to push my work and draw kick ass shit that will excite people, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for all the other people I’ve met and learned from along the way. Guys who pulled strings for me. Took risks on me. Believed I was the right guy for the job. You need to manage your relationships. You need to network, and meet people. Drawing comics is still a pretty good place for reclusive types—but if you want to work in big studios—Making games, Films, animation, basically any other type of job on the planet, you’d better start making some connections. Be likeable. Be professional. That doesn’t mean be an opportunistic ladder climber. Fake people lose in the end. Be yourself, but be professional. It’s no secret that when people are hiring, our first instinct is to bring in people we know. It’s human nature. I don’t like unknowns, even if their portfolio is awesome. If we have a mutual connection, if they have great things to say about you, you’re in. If you have AMAZING artwork to show, and I call your last employer and they tell me what a pain in the ass you are to work with, you’re done. Talent and skill only get you so far. I am literally amazed at how often I meet guys that are total assholes and think they are going to get anywhere.

5) Here’s the BIG ONE. The greatest obstacle you will ever have to overcome IS YOURSELF. And the Fear that you are creating in your own head. Stay positive. Stop defeating yourself. There are artists I know that are so damn good they make me pee my pants. I look up to these mofos. I study their shit and I want to draw like them. And they are almost NEVER working on their DREAM project. And—big surprise, they aren’t happy in their job. “Why NOT?! WTF is WRONG WITH YOU?!” is usually my reaction. And the answer is almost always “The market isn’t great right now” “Other stories/games/comics like mine don’t do very well” “The shit that’s hot right now is nothing like mine, It’s just going to fail.” “I’m not sure I’m good enough.” “I need the money.” “Too Risky.” “I tried it before and failed. ” It doesn’t matter what words they use, they are afraid for one reason or another. I know. I’ve been there.

But here’s the deal. YOU NEED TO TAKE RISKS. Guess what? YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO FAIL. If you want it—REALLY want it, that won’t stop you. You will learn A LOT. My good friend Tim constantly jokes about how I jump out of planes without a parachute and worry about the landing on the way down. You may think that I’m lucky, that it’s easy for me to say because I’m already successful, that I’m in a different situation than you all are. But it’s not true. Risk is risk, no matter what level you’re at. If you’re already successful, you just take even bigger risks. But they never go away. Everything in life is Risk vs. Reward. Not just in your career. LIFE. You’d better get used to it.

I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I got into comics. I left the #1 selling book at the time ( Uncanny X-men ) to work on Battle Chasers during a time when 'Conan’ was about the only fantasy comic people knew. And no one was buying it. I wanted to work in games, so I started a game company. I had NO IDEA WTF I was doing. I just wanted it, really bad. We tanked. It failed. No big surprise. But the people I worked with got hired elsewhere and rehired me. I started ANOTHER game Company. We had 4 people and a dream, and some publishers wouldn’t even meet with us, because their 'next gen console’ teams had 90+ people on them. I literally got hung up on. “Stick to handheld games, it’s smaller, maybe you can handle that…” one MAJOR publisher told us. I don’t blame them. But we didn’t let it stop us. Thank god we didn’t listen to them. Vigil was born. Darksiders happened, AND we got to make a sequel. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games in the industry, and the most elite and experienced game dev studios in the world. How is that possible?!!! Hardly any of us had even worked on a console game before. I’ll be honest, I was thinking we would fail the whole time. I just didn’t care. If I had to play the odds on this one, I’d bet against us.

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Why am I telling you all this shit? This is not me patting myself on the back. It’s just stuff that has somehow only dawned on me recently when it’s been staring me in the face for so long. I feel like I need to wake you guys up!!! I’ve been limiting myself. I’ve gotten afraid. I’ve taken less risks. I saw my career going places I didn’t want to go. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t excited. And I’ve realized, that all that stuff I just talked about is the reason I am where I am today. Not because I have a manga style, or I draw cool hands, or there’s energy in my drawings, or all the other things people rattle off to me. There are other guys that do all that same shit, and do it better. And amazingly, those same guys constantly tell me “Man, I wish I could do what you are doing.” “SO DO IT!!!!!” PLEASE listen to me—because I want you guys to make it. I want to look to one of you people for inspiration some day when it’s 2am and I need to keep drawing. Stop worrying about all the other stuff—the pencils, the paper, the anatomy, all that shit. It will only get you so far. You’ve already got most of what you need. I hope this helps some people. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the support over the years. You are all one of the greatest motivating forces in my life and my career. Sappy but true. Ok, let’s go draw some shit!!!“

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tutorial: cropping & editing icons on mac

Howdy everyone!

jerry-mod here with your first tutorial! we’re going to go all the way from start to finish, so depending on how much you know, you’ll probably be able to skip some of this. i, however, am leaving no stone unturned. so before we dive in, let’s gather our materials!

  • first of all you’re gonna make sure you’re using a macOS. duh right? it’s in the title.
  • if you have a mac, you have Quicktime, but you know i figured i’d mention it.
  • this tutorial will use Photoshop CC6, however i have used this method on CS5 as well. (really, as long as you can use timeline, you SHOULD be good. the positioning may be a little different though.)
  • you’ll want a frame ripper for this method… unless you’re using pre-made frames or print-screening. i personally use SnapMotion but i’m sure there are more comprehensive ones. 
  • Photoscape is a bonus feature for this tutorial. i’ll show you how to mass edit file names with and without it.

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Opentoonz #1 : Basic Guide

Before you begin, think about the project you’re working on. Is it a video? Is it a .gif you just want to make for an icon or website? What do you want to do?

Animating takes time, discipline, effort and a willingness to learn. Much like anything, it is a commitment and tedious hardwork, even if you’re just doing it for a hobby like I am. As long you are eager, anyone can learn this program! The program is free so take advantage of this opportunity if you can.

INDEX

1. Resolution
2. Interface
3. Windows
4. Tool Bar
5. Drawing
6. Saving
7. Exporting

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Picture Perfect (Bucky x Reader)

Originally posted by ditchthevillian

Prompt: Bucky taking selfies with his and reader’s toddler? On account of me seeing Seb with the little boy from the movie he worked on. Thanks!

A/N: I fucking love the name Celeste. I also love Bucky with babies. I HC that he’s great with little kids, and he’s super good with his daughters- having tea parties, knowing how to do hair, how to paint nails. Thank you to the anon who requested this! 

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whynotmyblog  asked:

Sorry this was so long!! I am so so impressed with your work and I saw you were really nice when answering to people so I just had to! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!!

Hi Love! Sorry for making you wait ten days for this reply. I have no straight answer for your question, but I will do my best to explain my situation. Unlike you, I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a concept artist. When I was a kid I didn’t even know this sort of job existed, you know? I went to a school that didn’t even have a proper art class, pretty much all I was good for was decorating bulletin boards and heading the props team and placing in the odd art competition. 

I feel like I wasted most of my teen years trying to perfect my “personal” manga style. Not anime style, manga style. That’s where it all started. I started working for a local publisher when I was 16 and I actually worked on pages while in class with the teacher droning on in the background, I was so bored. Needless to say the pay was shit but I didn’t care, I was one step closer to becoming a world-famous manga-ka, ha! In case you’re curious:

At one point I even teamed up with a friend to create a serial webcomic, with OCs that I loved dearly. Ah, this stuff is so old I feel like I’m not even really within range to feel the embarrassment anymore…

Soul Dice, co-written with Tako (pre-slash, totally safe, got discontinued before it had the chance to become anything else)

Tokimeki Encore, discontinued original written by E

Okay… So after high school I went to another country to study animation. For some reason anime / manga-style was sort of looked down upon at my school. Whatever, while I was there I was exposed to a plethora of other styles. Most of them I rejected at first, but now I can now honestly say that I’m able to appreciate almost any art style whether it’s traditional or commercial, from manga to Picasso to Gobelins animation and so on and so forth. 

Here are some of the stuff I did during my college years:

So, college really opened my eyes, like there are so many different angles to every single piece of thing ever and I did a lot of growing up with regards to that and it all happened cos I chose to go to school instead of straight to work as a full-time manga artist like I wanted, I was so impatient.

Technical skills on the other hand, I think I could have saved myself a lot of trouble if I’d skipped college and gone straight to a concept art training center instead. The specialized training course I applied to lasted for three months, and the lessons were condensed and to the point, covering almost every aspect of 2D game design. Our weekly assignments also formed a nice portfolio and with each piece more or less having been quality-controlled by the teacher who is an industry professional I was easily able to find a job at a small outsource studio.

Here are some of the more decent pieces I did while there. My coloring was even weaker back then so most of these are linework. They are a few years old but it might give you an idea about some of the stuff I do for work. (It’s not the same as the stuff I post on Tumblr…)

  • Anatomy 01 
  • Creature 01
  • Lineart to Values (World of Warcraft; angel) 01 
  • Chara design entry-level 01 | 02 | 03 
  • Chara design high-level 01
  • Character action pose (Tera; dark elf) 01 
  • Map 01

There are also some stuff I made for games that have already been released at my current dA account

At this point I don’t want to become a world-famous anything anymore. I mean let’s be real, that’s pretty much impossible. (I’d rather be a rich ghost drawer working for game development companies in exchange for silver and gold.) Anyway, ha, I sort of forgot where I was going with this… Just. Listen, listen to grandma, and try to imagine… I got my first tablet when I was 13. It was an Intuos 2 and 12" x 12" cos the salesperson said the bigger, the better. 

So back then, even crudely-made photomanipulations garnered oohs and aahs. Nobody knew how they were made, much less actual digital paintings. But eventually more and more people started doing digital art, and at some point I started wanting to do stuff beyond just manga lineart and cell-shading. I wanted to be able to do semi-realistic and atmospheric color illustrations, but I realized I’d reached a road block and couldn’t improve further – not without the honest-to-god basics that I skipped over cos I was going to draw manga, I don’t need to know that stuff! – so then I had to circle back and relearn all that shit. 

Anatomy (I mean real anatomy, muscles, bones and all). Perspective. Hue / saturation / lightness. Composition, mood lighting, the list is never-ending and even now I’m still learning by increments. But honestly all the backtracking and unlearning wrong drawing habits cost me years, also back then the style was completely new to me, it was a bit discouraging cos after all the hard work I dedicated to developing my manga-style it felt like I was starting from scratch. Those were rough times, but ultimately it put me on the right track to get to where I am now. You see it wasn’t a straight line, but here I am anyway.

So yeah. Don’t be afraid, don’t… don’t think about all of it too closely, just take it one step at a time. You’re still so young and there’s so much quality learning material available on the internet now and just as many masterful artists to look up to. And I don’t just mean on Tumblr or dA – I mean ArtStation. In my country the people they hire get younger and more talented each year it’s kind of scary to think about for us older guys with only slightly above average skill, but it makes sense since you guys have been surrounded by rockstar-quality work for most of your lives. You see, this is a good thing. If you persevere I have every reason to believe that you will be much better than I am now when you reach my age. 

Also please remember that internet fame isn’t proportional to talent and skill. I mean… ofc, ofc it means so very much to me that people like and reblog the fanart I post here, but it’s different, it’s for the fandom. But by industry standards, I’m nothing special. Like, at all. I realize I sound pretty cynical but really I’m not, these are all just facts. This is also why I draw a clear line between professional work (where my fate is in the hands of clients) and fandom (where I feel safe), and why I do not take fandom commissions.

So, in conclusion. Tutorials, tutorials and more tutorials for you. Internalize that shit. You have to be open and observe and analyze and just… sift through existing concept art and slowly learn how to tell what designs work depending on the look and feel of the project and why. Try to decipher and understand the inspirations behind each successful design, keep doing this until you have built a reservoir inside your brain that you can draw from, until good design becomes second nature. 

Don’t rely too heavily on brushes in the beginning. Once in a while you might be able create something amazing completely owing to the effect of a certain brush, but what about the rest of the time? You don’t want to be a one-trick pony, also why would you want to limit yourself? A textured brush is still just a tool, it’s like a magic wand, you can’t wield it properly without mastering the incantation first. Once you have most of the basics down and your style stabilizes, the use of special brushes will come naturally. They’ll offer you the final push that gets you there. But first you have to know your stuff, this is the most important thing. 

Anyway I hope my babbling has helped you in some way or other, like I really hope so seeing as it took me all morning to type this, oh my god. (Not your fault, I’m just so bad with words likeugh.) And thank you so much for liking my art here! Just be patient and train and your time will come, bb, it will. *huggles* <333

My Favorite Anime /Top 25

I always wanted to do a list like this. I have been watching anime since I was 4 so it has been 14 years now. Over the years I have been watching a lot of anime from all the different genres. I was never really picky tbh so I like the most anime I’m watching and there are only a few which I don’t like. Even then it’s not like every anime can be one of my favortites. According to Hummingbird I have watched 459 anime (including movies and ova). So obviously it was really hard to decide. There are many anime which are not in this list but I still love. But anyway here is my top 25 anime.

25. Gunslinger Girl

The first time I heard about Gunslinger Girl was when I was a bit younger. I was like maybe 10 (?) when I read about Gunslinger Girl in a booklet which was inside an anime dvd I bought (cough Whisper of the Heart cough). Anyway back then the summary sounded quite scary for me. Little girls who are killing people. Definetly something I wouldn’t watch back then. But 6-7 years later I saw Gunslinger Girl on an anime page again and it reminded me how I read about this once. So I thought why not starting it ? As you see I liked Gunslinger Girl a lot. I liked the plot the characters and the music (amazing opening) and so it’s definetly one of my fav anime. I haven’t watched Season 2 yet though since the animation completly changed and I heard that this season really sucks. So out of fear I won’t watch season 2 for now and just have this great season 1 in my mind.

24. Sket Dance

I heard about Sket Dance first when I watched Gintama. In the beginning I couldn’t really get into Sket Dance as I have this bad habit to get annoyed when something is trying to be too much like Gintama lol. I knew that the mangaka worked together with Sorachi Hideaki but even then it was kinda annoying at first. But I still kept watching it and I loved it. It kept getting better the more episodes you watched (just like Gintama) and ended up being a very enjoyable anime.

23. The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy is just great. I don’t even know where to start. Be it the unique animation or the smart plot and dialogues. We get to see the highschool life from the view of our main character as he is making choices about his life. But how do you know that you took the right choice ? And can you change it ? What would happen if I had taken the other choice ? Questions like this are standard in this show. Just watch it and you will be truly amazed by how well written everything is. Madhouse never dissapoints after all.

22. Psycho-Pass

I almost forgot to include Psycho Pass in my list since the second season sucked so hard. This doesn’t change the fact that the first season was amazing. Great characters, animation, setting and plot. Psycho Pass was one of those anime which really used this Cyberpunk genre in a good way and wasn’t wasting it potenial. Once you start watching it you get sucked in the world and setting. Not only is the world really detailed it’s feels quite realistic too. Great anime.

21. Dragonball/Z

My childhood anime. No matter what happens I can’t dislike it. Goku was the superhero of my childhood and it will always be like that. No matter how much the creators are milking the series I don’t care and I don’t mind seeing more and more about Dragonball. I will never forget the journey of Goku starting as a little kid growing slowly and end up being even a grandpa.

20. Bakuman

We all know Death Note. But sadly there are quite a few people who don’t even heard about Bakuman which is from the same mangaka. Personally I liked Bakuman even more then Death Note. The love the mangaka gave this manga/anime is really amazing. It’s so detailed and interesting. For everyone who wants to know more about the work “behind the scenes” should really watch this since being a mangaka is definetly not easy. The romance is a bit too cheesy and way too unrealistic but that’s bearable.

19. Kokoro Connect

This anime looks like a usual school/comedy/romance anime but it’s not. While it has those genre it adds another which is Supernatural. And this makes the series very interesting and good. I loved the psychological side of this anime and how it deals with emotions. They really did a fantastic job here. For everyone who wants to watch this don’t forget to watch the ovas afterwards since they are part of the story and very important.

18. Naruto

Ah Naruto. Back then after Dragonball finished airing on Tv Naruto was my new favorite anime. I loved every bit of it. The ninjas were badass, the jutsus were great and it just was a cool world to explore together with Team 7. With the start with Shippuuden it got even better. Even Naruto hater can’t deny the fact how great the Pain Arc was and how great every single Akatsuki Member was. The problem is that after the Pain Arc Naruto got really downhill. Like seriously. I finished the Naruto manga already and I wasn’t happy with the whole last arc. Not only that the arc is not good anyway the anime is killing us with Fillers now. It’s not even funny. But just because one arc sucks won’t make me forget all the great moments in Naruto and even though it let a rather bad vibe at the end Naruto is still Naruto and deserves the popularity it has.

17. Kimi Ni Todoke

I’m a big fan of romance anime. I grew up watching every anime on Tv. Shoujo was also there which is why I don’t mind watching Shoujo’s at all even though I’m a boy. I loved Kimi Ni Todoke for the slow pacing. There are many anime where they get together way too fast which makes it unrealistic. The slow pacing of Kimi Ni Todoke was great. This way we could learn more about all the characters. Even though sometimes you feel like hitting yourself the romance is really innocent and enjoyable. This is why Kimi Ni Todoke is one of my most favorite Romance anime/manga.

16. Detective Conan

“It was first new centuryin 100 yearsAnd when I felt like I should cryI laughed away my tears”
Not only is this opening epic and nostalgic as hell the series is still running. With over 700 episodes now it’s one of the longest running anime. I’m still up to date and I still love it. Even though I disliked Conan at first it grew to me and it ended up being something I used to watch daily on Tv.

15. Nichijou

It’s hilarious, It’s random, It’s creative and it’s just simply amazing. There is not anything I didn’t liked about this anime. From the fantastic animation (Kyoani does really a great job) to the funny characters everything works here. I really enjoyed the episodic style of this anime too as this gave Kyoani the opportunity to give us many different short and funny storys where they were also able to experiment with animation as you will see in the series quite a lot.

14. Hanasaku Iroha

My love for P.A Works started with Hanasaku Iroha. I’m a big fan of slice of life so this anime was enjoyable as hell. P.A Works has this animation style which I enjoy a lot. The character design is great and I love how much effort P.A Works puts in the background scenes. The story was pretty simple actually but that’s not that important for a slice of life anime. Important for me are the characters, dialogues and the interactions in general. The movie was great as well. Now I feel like rewatching this anime.

13. Kino no Tabi

Talking about Slice of Life Kino no Tabi is the next one. I think the most of you heard of this anime before. The journey of Kino is definetly worth watching and everytime he is in a different  place the area is just begging for getting analyzed. But it’s kinda hard to explain this anime. I think it’s better if you watch it yourself and enjoy this great anime.

12. Shirobako

P.A Works returns after the Flop Glasslip which never happened cough. Shirobako is an anime about making anime. Might sounds boring for some people but it’s definetly not boring. The diversity in the cast and dialogues are great. It’s really funny at times but also quite sad in some. What I love about Shirobako is the realism. To see how hard the characters are working and struggling. If you liked Bakuman then you also should check this out.

11. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

“Angel Beats is the saddest anime ever” “Oh Ao Hana is soooo sad”. If you really want to watch something sad then watch Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.  The story is about an earthquake in Japan and 2 Kids who are trying to survive and get back to their home. It’s truly a masterpiece and I rewatched it a week after I finished it for the first time.

10. Haibane Renmei

There are those anime which are easy to watch, are very enjoyable and you can watch it when ever you want and then there is Haibane Renmei. It’s an anime you can’t just watch randomly. You need to focus and try to understand what’s really happening which is why I wouldn’t recommend this anime for everyone. Haibane Renmei has a great plot and starts very myserious. At the begining everything seems confusing but with time you will slowly understand what’s happening. Overall a very slow and confusing anime which is a masterpiece if you give it a chance.

9. Welcome To The NHK

There are a few anime you finish and end up thinking “Wait..so why exactly is this not popular?"Welcome to the NHK is one of them. It’s in my opinion an oustanding anime which is funny but also very painful to watch. This anime deals with emotions and a focus a lot on the psychological genre. The anime is so realistic at times that it hurts but also so funny that you can’t help but laugh. I think it’s actually hard to dislike this anime as it offers something for everyone.

8. Sakurasou no ? Pet Na Kanojo

Might be suprising for some that this is so high but yes I absolutely love this anime.The first few episodes makes this anime seems like a typical school/echhi show but it’s way more then that. The drama in this series makes the anime as great as it is. Struggling for jobs and dealing with the ups and downs in life. Jealousy and all that stuff. Don’t let the beginning stop you from watching this very great show. I also love the soundtrack a lot and I’m writing this while listening to the Op’s and Endings.

7. Hunter x Hunter 2011

To be honest the Cover kinda made me think that this show won’t be that great lol. But good thing that I still started watching it as this was one of the best shounen anime I ever watched. I didn’t liked all the arcs though and specially the before Chimera Ants weren’t that great for me but that’s okay since Meruem made me forget all this. Really hoping that the mangaka comes back from his Dragon Quest nest and keeps drawing the manga one day.

6. One Piece

Do I even need to say something ? It’s One Piece. The most popular manga ever. And there is always a reason for that. One Piece is just one great adventure which takes you with the Strawhats into different and unique worlds and adventures which you can’t possibly see anywhere else. Oda has such a great fantasy that it’s always fun seeing the Strawhats exploring the world.

5. Hajime No Ippo

Easily the best sport anime/manga. While there is all this Knb and Haikyuu stuff nowadays Hajime No Ippo is the anime/manga which beats them all. A story about boxing ? Sounds boring is what many people keep thinking. And I was one of them. Heck I even hated Boxing but this anime completly changed my mind. Now I just need to start reading the manga which has over 1000 chapters…Well then.

4. Space Brothers

Yes not only Shounen at the top but also a Seinen. Space Brothers the story about two brothers who dream to fly to the moon one day. I kinda noticed that the story that seems boring at first ends up being the most interesting anime/manga. Space Brothers seriously is amazing and that is not only because the mangaka did so much researching in his work. It’s just the atmosphere in the anime which makes it so good. The realistic characters, the calming soundtrack and and and the list goes on. Believe me watch Space Brothers you won’t regret it.

3. Steins Gate

Time Traveling is always interesting and a dream of many peoples. But time traveling is very complex and invlolves a lot of dangerous factors such as changes. Steins Gate is one of the few anime I actually would rate with the highest number possible even though some people found it hard to get into (not for me). But even if you would find hard getting into it bear it. Because once it reaches "this” point you won’t be able to watching it anymore. Steins Gate is always at the top of many anime sites for a reason. I really can’t wait for the next season.

2. FMA Brotherhood

I kinda noticed that my top 3 is almost the same as the MAL top 3 only in a different order. But anyway FMA Brotherhood had for me the most interesting story so far. No anime did amaze me as much as FMA did regarding the story and characters. It’s such an epic and fantastic journey that FMA will always stay one of my favorite anime. I have to mention that I’m talking about FMA Brotherhood though as the first version of FMA wasn’t that impressive for me.

1. Gintama

Number one is clearly Gintama. Gintama was the anime which was the hardest to get into from all these 24 anime mentioned here but ended up being my fav. Wouldn’t it be for all those messages I got to keep watching it I would have dropped Gintama long ago. But once I saw that Gintama actually has a story I started liking it. And this was also the time where I enjoyed the Comedy before then before. With each season Gintama got even better to the point that it was my favorite anime.


Fairy Tail Anime 2009 vs 2014

Hey there! For today’s discussion I’ll be looking at Fairy Tail and it’s 2014 sequel series, Fairy Tail 2014. Now that title may seem fictitious as we’ll be comparing the two series more than we’ll be picking a “better” one.

First a small background, Fairy Tail the series got it’s first anime adaption in 2009 done by A-1 Pictures, Dentsu entertainment, and Satelight productions which ran from 2009 to 2013. But the series made a return in 2014 done by A-1 Pictures and Bridge. With two different adaptations there became a divide in the fan base over which one was better. Now for all those wondering where I stand, I will state that the 2009 adaptation is my prefered version, but are these the words of stubborn man who isn’t willing to accept a different version or am I justified in my stance. Well, lets compare the two and find out.

Alright, first thing will tackle is probably the most prominent reason why people prefer the 2014 version of FT, the style. The 2014 anime is often claimed to better represent Hiro Mashima’s manga style and I’m inclined to agree with that.  The 2014 definitely does capture the manga. I won’t say the 2009 was off but there were noticeable differences. The outlines were much more broad as well expressions being cubicle at times. So I can see that 2014 does do a good job transferring the style to it. To an extent.

While 2014 does adapt it well, it isn’t adapting all of FT’s style. A mangaka is an artist, and an artist’s will find a way to evolve as they go, it’s one of the great experiences of following a long running manga. But lets remember how FT looked when it started out.

Longer limbs, thinner lines, more exposed faces, this was FT when it started out. Heck we wanna go further back and see what Hiro’s earlier art looked like…

It’s amazing to see how far one can come with advancing their work. But that begs the question, if a style is ever evolving then how can there be a “true” transfer” of it the small screen? Well that’s simple, it’s not transferring, it’s adapting and adaptations aren’t carbon copies of the original. So while 2009 didn’t capture that more “messy” look of early FT, it still stayed true to the series and produced an adaptation that made it’s own style while keeping true to it’s roots. One thing that a lot of people love from the first anime was the magic circles, but rarely did Hiro ever draw a magic circle in the manga. This shows that something that the adaptation was able to add something to the experience that wasn’t the originally in the series. 2014 does this as well with it’s interpretation of effects such as coloring of techniques. Many anime series, such as Attack on Titan, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Hunter x Hunter, all feel as they represent their original series faithfully while creating their own look to it, that is an adaptation.

But does that mean 2014 fans are wrong saying that it’s better adaptation of style, well no. The 2014 style actual does capture the art style of, well, the 2014 manga. It is a clear representation of the manga, at that time and does capture it closer than any of the 2009 version did. So it’s not hard to see why people really like it.

Next thing we’ll cover is probably what I feel is why many think the 2009 version is superior and that’s coloring. Now with a series originating from a medium that’s portrayed in black and white, adding color often heightens the interest of the adaptation. The 2009 really did capture what fairy tail felt like, it was a bright, colorful world, and very vibrant. The 2014 series not so much. Now that is once again unfair because when it started off the series did have bright coloring, not as bright as the first series but still colorful. But upon moving toward the Tartaros arc the series coloring went more and more dull and darker.

It perplexes me on how 2014 went from something like this…

To something like this.

I’ve heard the defense that this more darker coloring is more to fit the darker tone of the tartaros arc and I could understand that. But making the colors and world darker doesn’t nessicarely make a situation seem dark, that seems to fall more on things that effect the mood such as the music and acting as well. But Coloring does effect mood as well  but here I’ll point to the tower of heaven arc that was made using the style of the 1st series. It was still dark, but the brightness wasn’t turned down. It played with shading, used cooler colors, and had a night time setting, but the brightness was never turned down.
So can dark scenes be done without completely sucking out the brightness, of course.

Now for the my big problem is the dullness. with dullness it truly did look dead, not that there was no color but it seemed it’s brightness was all washed out and hard on the eyes. This is troubling as colors tended to blend into this dull, dark image at times which did have a serious effect on my enjoyment. Another reason I wasn’t a fan of this dullness also effected character’s expression. In anime, it’s well known that expression comes primarily from eyes and with these duller tones and and filters sometimes eyes will seem like dark pools that don’t match the expressed emotion.

However there are times where I felt these duller tones actually worked. Mostly in the sun village arc. The effect of the dull coloring but with enough brightness felt as if it truly was sunlight caught in in ice. The setting feels almost out of the real world and is just visually amazing.

Another, was all of the Fairy Tail Zero. The washed out color actually gave off this sense of age as if it really from an older era. Hell, this applies to a lot of flashbacks in the 2014 series like Mirajane’s this look helps it look and feel older. Another praise for these dull colors was again in FT Zero with the dying magnolia. There really did feel this sense of a dying town. So even while I didn’t personally like the choice of these duller looks but it’d being lying if I said there weren’t times they were effective.

Now on to the part that’s a real tough one to call and that’s Animation. Both of these series do have notable differences with animation the biggest is the shots of scenes. The first series used a lot more wide shots which while did show of the the setting, it didn’t really have much going on so we’d end of having a big space with not much happening. This I think was done more balanced in the 2014 version where it had more up close shots so the situation felt more personal while also using wide shots when needed, ether to show off a set or fit in group shots. Another big thing in animation is movement. I will say that that it is a lie to say FT 2014 was nothing but still shots, there was standard movement similar to the first series at multiple points in 2014 anime. But whereas I can say that for some of the 2014 animation at points, the 2009 one was consistent with that movement throughout it’s run.

But it’s inevitable. When talking about the 2014 series to bring up it’s over abundance of still shots. Now it’s important to remember that not all of 2014 was still shots, that tends to be blown out of proportion, but there is still and above average amount of them. These shots were infamous for ruining a lot of scenes that many were eager to see animated. Now, I’m not going to act like there wasn’t still shots in the 2009 series because there were, however none to the extent I could say I felt immersion breaking as the 2014 series did. Now the animation movement for 2009 wasn’t good all the time, there were times when it looked like bad flash animations.

But here’s a thing that I don’t hear that many mention and that’s impact. In a battle series like this the connection of attacks needs to  be felt and while both these series tended to botch it up a number of times, I’ll say the 2009 series was the bigger offender. With it’s clear movement it really seems odd that it had impact that felt off. I’ll always feel the biggest case of this was Jura vs Brain when Brain used Dark Capriccio, and the impact of connecting to jura felt less like a piercing laser blast and more being hit by a rock. While poor impact seemed to not bother me with still shots, it bothered me more when there was a lot more speed and intensity put into the animation. So when It comes to animation both really do have their ups and downs.

And finally the big deciding factor, the audience. This is a tough one to get a grasp on because opinions people have is completely subjective, but here’s what I can find as trends. Many who prefer the first series often discovered Fairy Tail through it and tend to have it as something sacred to them. Others I’ve met who’ve loved the first series were fans of the manga who were so happy to she the series brought to life for the first time. But for people who really loved the 2014 series they seem to prefer something that had a much more sense of manga style and were also just happy to have FT make progress that they didn’t want it to revert back to an older style. Looking over comparing these two I, a firm lover of the 2009 series, can see it wasn’t perfect and had issues that my nostalgia helped over come. And I’m sure a lot of other 2009 fans feel that way, this sense of nostalgia that connects to us and makes it more preferable. But 2014 fans also have seen that while their series has its flaws it still is doing something different. It’s trying to show off FT that didn’t feel as represented as in the 2009 series. There is many ins and outs of people’s own opinions but that’s okay because that’s what being in a fandom is all about.

As I stated this was not a who’s better post, more a comparison post. And even though I do still stand by in my preference of series 1, I still see there are thing in series 2 that are amazing. I’m sure that we’ll all mention what’s better for many years to come, but after all this I feel as both 2009 and 2014 keep in the spirit of the series and were faithful to their series and in the end maybe that’s all that matters.

What a time to be alive.

It’s their ability to pull you in. That sort of magic they have when all the elements of the medium come together. Voice acting, visuals, scoring, and stories, when done as right as these shows do ‘em, can create unbelievable experiences.

And what I find so fantastic is just how many cartoons today actually do craft their own worlds and invite you in. They’re not all perfect or even complex, but these are the shows that really make a case for why cartoons are an art form.

While I could do a top 10 here, I’d rather just geek out over what makes each one unique, because in a lot of ways it’s hard to compare them. So instead, it’s probably easier to divide these badboys up by the genre they best portray. 

Now, that doesn’t mean these shows only have one feel to them – in fact a lot of them could qualify for multiple genres – but for simplicity’s sake, let’s do one per show. You’ll see what I mean.

ACTION

Regular Show

Alright, so not all episodes are action-oriented. Not even a majority. Why put in under the action heading, then?

Well, while a lot of the show deals with the everyday happenings of the park and its crew, RS is undeniably a product of the 80s (and 90s sometimes, too, but mostly the 80s). It’s pretty glorious. Not only do a lot of references to the decade pop up, but a lot of the stories are structured like 80s movies, with very clear goals and stakes. They can build up tension really well in a short amount of time because we know what’s going to happen if Mordo and Rigby don’t win the day. So, even when nothing spectacular is going on, it can still feel like there’s something to lose. 

Star v.s the Forces of Evil

This was the hardest one to place. It actually does three things equally well and in pretty much equal proportion: sci-fi, slice-of-life, and of course, action. That said, I went with action for one reason: whenever it does go full-on butt-kicking mode, it kicks serious ass.

This is like if Hotel Transylvania had fighting scenes. The comedy in the show is top-notch, and I always have fun with it, but I so enjoy the idea that a comedy/slice-of-life show like this could also be a magical girl show. That high-octane pace with cross-dimensional battles? It’s the best of both worlds!

SCI-FI

Steven Universe

Now here’s sci-fi done right. The use the big concepts like aliens and intergalactic warfare to tell very simple, yet profoundly meaningful stories. 

Overall, Steven Universe has a very emotional story to tell, and it talks about it all with respect and dignity, but also a tenderness. It’s friggin’ fantastic.

On top of that, the art style – from the flexible character models to the gorgeous colour scheme – sets such a wonderstuck tone for it all. That, combined with the techno/piano background music, gives the show an elegance you might not expect at first glance. It’s heartbreaking, yet soothing. Beautiful, yet light. Just a wonderful world to be a part of.

Wander Over Yonder

This is contender for the most beautifully animated show on television. I have to admit I haven’t personally gotten far into WOY (mostly just because I tend to look for continuing stories in the cartoons I watch nowadays), but the kid in me who used to stay up all night to watch the whole saturday morning line-up on Canada’s equivalents of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network is screaming with joy.

No matter what age group is enjoying it, I’m so glad a show that’s animated like this can exist for kids. The comedy shines with the fast pace of the movements, the expressions are glorious, the colours are so nice to look at, the character models are cute and interesting, and I’ve always said you could stop the show at any point in any episode and get an amazing screen-shot. It’s just a blast to watch.

What can I say? This is a show that deserves the fandom it has and then some, it’s too freaking beautiful. But, beauty aside, what tone does it set with all this splendor? Well, the show’s largely about space exploration – never stopping anywhere for too long and rarely (if ever) returning to the same location twice. The universe feels neverending, and the lovable excitement Wander brings to this already energetic show give its young target audience a feeling of true space-adventure. There’s always another horizon on another planet to find, and awesome life-forms to meet there.

ADVENTURE

Adventure Time

An obvious pick, but a well-deserved one.

I’ve talked about AT’s world-building before more in depth, so I won’t go too nanners here, but with the constant addition of new characters, settings, ideas, and even animation styles, this show packs a serious punch. It’s really no wonder why it’s gotten as popular as it has.

Yup. From the simplistic, yet hilarious Adventure Time-y lingo to the epic battles with inventive monsters to the AT philosophy, Adventure Time really does feel like the imaginings of a precautious little boy. Like I said for Wander Over Yonder, an expansive world, like the land of Ooo, can really drag you into the show by force.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra

Technically, since it’s finished its run, I probably shouldn’t include Korra, but it’s recent enough to deserve a spot here. Plus, dat unbelievable animation, tho!

Like it’s predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender, LOK takes inspiration from the more detailed art-styles of anime. So, just like anime, the budget goes into making the world look great, and making sure the battle scenes are well-animated, while keeping low costs on the movements of the characters during most normal talking scenes.

LOK used this to its every advantage. A captivating score and exciting story brought the world of benders back on screen in a satisfying way. Plus, unlike all the other shows on this list, Korra had a higher target audience: teens. That meant a lot of things, aside from the infamous love triangle of the first season. It meant they could tell darker stories, including an entire story-arch where Korra has PTSD and depression, as well as a “tasteful” yet very obvious queer canon couple at the end. Uh, spoilers, btw.

So, while the first show didn’t shy away from darker concepts, either, this one definitely felt like a mature show, while still keeping a feeling of adventure present.

MYSTERY

Gravity Falls

Why watch other shows when you could be watching Gravity Falls? Seriously. This is the question that haunts me.

The most recent episode, Not What He Seems, was so satisfying in everything it set out to do, paced so well, littlenightwing and I absolutely couldn’t believe the run-time was only 23 minutes – it felt like a movie, and a flipping fantastic one at that.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself, clearly, because I should be talking about the enchanting mystery aspect of GF. Like Alex Hirsch, the show’s overlord, once said, it’s a cross between The Simpsons and the X-Files, with one heck of a continuing story that never stops giving us questions to wonder about and conspiracies to sniff out. It even hides codes for the viewers to follow along with, creating a theory-making community that’s just as paranoid, yet intelligent as they come. Its unbelievable how well this show sucks you in.

FANTASY

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

I promise I’ll be quick. I know the fandom makes some uncomfortable, and I apologize, but the show itself is quality and deserves its praises sung, just like the others on this list.

While they’re not always on adventures, it’s almost like if Lord of the Rings had an all-female cast. It’s been called High Fantasy before, meaning it has a huge lore of history along with its fantasy setting (not mention a world filled with creatures from  all sorts of different mythologies, like Greek, Aztec, etc). When it goes big, it feels grand. When it stays small, it feels like I’m in a sleepy town like Hobbiton; with the show entering into its fifth season, it’s getting even more obvious that Equestria is definitely a land worth exploring.

Over the Garden Wall

Short, sweet, and magical: just how I like ‘em. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s only ten episodes, if you have yet to check it out, it’s a story that’s well worth your time.

This one was hard, too, because there’s a very strong mystery element all-throughout that almost made me want to switch its place on the list, but the way the story’s paced – and, I’ll admit it, the fact that Elijah Wood voices Wirt – made it pretty impossible for me to avoid the fantasy category.

The art direction in this mini-series adds so much to the atmosphere it’s stunning, as well as the gentle horns backing it up on the soundtrack. It really feels like you’re venturing into a dark forest, a strange and unknown territory that may very well be dangerous. Even horrifying. 

You’ll have to be patient with it, because it uses a fantasy pace: slow for the journey and building up to more plot-oriented parts. But, with the forest theme, and style choices from Americana folklore, this is a series that screams October, which is ironically when I’ll be screaming Over the Garden Wall from now on.

SLICE-OF-LIFE

The Amazing World of Gumball

Where Gumball shines is where a kids show should shine. It’s comedy. With it’s multiple-art style approach, and wacky, out-there theme song, Gumball sure is an oddball of a show thank I’m here all wekk. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first glance, but a few things have won me over.

First, the the characters. The two brothers and their non-conventional family are what it’s all about, and watching Darwin and Gumball bond is very sweet.

Second, the episode The Shell. ‘Nuff said, because oh my GOD, was that cinematic af and beautiful.

Third, screw your normality, the Amazing World of Gumball does what it wants.

Fourth, the background is done with beautiful photography, and with the cartoons to contrast it, it almost feels like we’re watching home movies.

Clarence

The heart is undeniable. From the get-go, this show doesn’t let up with how charming it is, which makes sense, because pretty much the whole feel of the shows mirrors the feel of Clarence himself.

Clarence’s world is a friendly one. It’s not like things can’t go wrong- I mean they almost always do, but I don’t know, there’s something about the show that feels just as eager to include everyone and have a good time doing it as Clarence is, and let me tell you, that’s a really likable thing to do. Especially when it means including gay couples, because teaching kids about that is just rad. Rock on, little buddy.

Oh, and the simple, yet pleasing art style matches this really well, too. Like Clarence drew it himself.

Oh again, and by heart, I don’t mean heart in the way Steven Universe means heart (this is why I couldn’t make a top ten list). Because the show mirrors Clarence so much, it takes on his attitude toward the harsher realities in his life, and it’s a very innocent and comforting one.

I have to acknowledge the controversy with the creator, but only to say that the creator has been punished and doesn’t work on the show anymore. The show doesn’t support that type of behaviour, and neither do we, so everything’s good.

Phineas and Ferb

Now, this is an impressive show. Creating new worlds to explore is so imaginative and cool, but writing so many seasons of a show that’s this formulaic, and still keeping it fresh? That takes a lot of ingenuity.Almost Phineas and Ferb levels of ingenuity.

I couldn’t imagine this show as anything but a Disney Channel show. Gravity Falls is it’s own entity, which is rad, but P&F has that classic light-heartedness, that well-meaning goodness that’s just so admirable.

Phineas especially captures this Mickey Mouse-esque spirit. Ferb brings his own brilliance to the show, as do the rest of the cast, but Phineas in particular really gives the show a hopeful feel.

And you know, the art style matches the quick, clever humour with geometric shapes, and the simple colour scheme keeps with that bright atmosphere I was talking about earlier.

Uncle Grandpa

I have to admit, it’s not my personal favourite, but I didn’t want to exclude the fandom.

If I had to guess at the overall feel of a show I haven’t watched that much, (bad idea but) I’d say it’s probably just the goofiness. Maybe there’s something more I haven’t seen, which is totally possible, but that seems about right. Taking everyday problems and looking at them in the silliest, goofiest way possible. Not a bad thing.

Overall

All that said, we have so many wonderful worlds to visit today, so many adventures to have and mysteries to solve and characters to spend time with. 

I feel like we’re in some kind of cartoon renaissance- but that’d probably go to the 90s, huh? Well, then we’re in the cartoon Age of Enlightenment, where it’s the thought and care that these teams put into crafting their worlds that makes the difference. 

A list of 20 horror movie picks for Halloween in no particular order.

    Here’s a list of movies I have compiled for all those wanting something to watch on Halloween. They’re either movies I think will be creepy or scary, gory, suit Halloween or are just plain good. I have tried to cover most horror sub-genre bases. So pick one, two or have a marathon. I hope you find something you will like. xo

Cabin Fever – My favourite, a gory horror comedy by the master Eli Roth about a group of teens who stay in a cabin, and become infected with a flesh eating disease.

Trick ‘r Treat – A Halloween themed horror anthology. The storyline with the little boy at the beginning grosses me out every time…

Raised by wolves – A group of delinquent teens make their way out to the Plainsong farm where in the 70’s a religious cult resided. As it turns out, the cult’s presence is clearly still there…

Haunt – A family moves into a big old house, and their teenage son befriends the girl next door who introduces him to the supernatural history his new house holds.

The Bell Witch Haunting – A family comes under fire from the spirit of a witch. They endure possessions and a whole pile of supernatural experiences that tear their family apart.

The fourth kind – If you like good extraterrestrial horror, look no further than this film. Starring Milla Jovovich this movie uses the style of comparing staged footage to ‘real footage’ of people from Nome Alaska who seem to be experiencing extraterestrial phenomenon.

Village of the damned – Something slightly older, this movie will change the way you look at little white haired kids forever.

Afflicted – A very modern style vampire tale, I loved this movie as it went in a completely original direction. Definitely different and worth a look at.

The Crow – There is never a bad time to watch this movie again.

REC 3: Genesis – (Subtitled.) Just you and your significant other on Halloween, so you want something a little romantic? REC 3: Genesis follows a freshly wed couple whose wedding comes under fire from a demonic zombie virus, and they are desperate to find each other again after being split up. Aww…

Dead Silence – Don’t like ventriloquist dummies? Don’t watch this movie. Or do, it will terrify you. This movie is so creepy in the best kind of way.

The Cell – Like your horror a little more psychologically messed up? Ignore the fact this film has Jennifer Lopez, and remember it has Vincent D’ Onofrio. This is one messed up movie about the fantastical mind of a psychopath.

Bait – Want a little natural horror, in this case a shark? This is an Australian film, and actually a good one about a bunch of Aussies who get stranded in a supermarket after a tsunami with some unwanted predator guests in the surrounding water.

The last exorcism – Like possession films with a twist? How about one about a priest who ‘fakes’ exorcisms as he doesn’t believe in demonic possessions, but somehow finds a young girl who is the real deal.

One missed call – An American Asian horror movie remake which is very creepy with a good twist. Will give you an idea for a great Halloween ring tone too.

Dog Soldiers – A great gory werewolf film.

Monster House – Want something that the whole family can enjoy on Halloween? This animation is both hilarious & creepy for both adults and children.

Contracted – Want to get your other half in the mood? Maybe don’t watch this one. It’s about a lesbian who cheats on her girlfriend with a man and contracts a sexually transmitted zombie virus. Well, unless that kind of thing turns you on…

Witches – Another family one for any parents on here. Adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl, this movie showed witches in a whole new and scary light for its time.

Jason X – Looking for a slasher? This one sort of covers some sci-fi horror like aspects as well as the classic character of Jason Vorhees. I preferred the modern take, but it’s not for some.

Mitsu's Top 10 Anime of 2014

Mitsu’s Anime Reviews: TOP 10 ANIME OF 2014

The following are anime of 2014 I found to be: AWESOME, REALLY WELL WRITTEN, ENJOYABLE, FUNNY, AND OVERALL INCREDIBLY RECOMMENDABLE TO ANYONE!

Due to a slower year, 2014 seemed to mosey and then just flash by! I had a busy year, but late summer and fall anime got kind of beaten in by this lack of interest. So this list is mildly bias because I just didn’t get to watch a whole lot of anime once the end of September rolled around. And when I went to check the shows of 2014, my jaw dropped because some of these shows felt like they started ages ago, I just couldn’t believe some of these were from this year!

So same as last year, 10 to 1, one is the best, but don’t count 10 as anything less than special, everything on this list is special to my heart and shows I hope you got to enjoy this year, or carry them with you on your anime new year’s resolution!

10- HAMATORA/ RE: HAMATORA

Hamatora explores a not too old story of people with super powers, given to them via some strange mutation or experimentation, or whatever, being treated differently by normal people or hunted for it. X-men is most famous for it, another anime title that may interest you along the same lines would be Towa no Quon from a few years ago. Hamatora is about a small detective agency that does everything from solve stalking crimes to theft, even being body guards or temps for people, anything to get money. As the group goes about their daily lives though, a dark secret begins looming over the city, murder of those with the powers, minimum holders, are happening at alarming rates.

The series is split in half and honestly, I’m trying to finish it right now, but it’s animation is fun and it’s filled to the brim with unique and memorable characters, definitely a great watch!

9-Sakura Trick

Representation in the media is important, as tumblr can attest to these last few days, and Sakura Trick was the representation I was looking forward to seeing all year. Yeah, a lot of people I ask about it call it “fanservice” but it’s not really, it hardly has much of that, although, when the kisses happen or the tatas jiggle, they do so for a while.

Sakura Trick is about two girls falling in love as they enter high school as the last freshman class ever. To commemorate this rare event, they share a kiss under the cherry tree petals in the classroom and begin to spiral into the wacky world of lesbian romance. It is CUTE, it is slice of life, it is romance, and god DAMN IT I could punch a wall it’s so damn nicely animated and colorful and AHHH I WANT TO MARRY YUU’S SISTER! *punches a wall hardcore* If you’re into yaoi or yuri, it’s niiiice, if you like comedy and slice of life, you won’t be disappointed, and if you just enjoy cute things, brush your teeth, cavities are on their way.

8- Tokyo Ghoul

From cute and sugary to dark, gory and OH GOD THE BLU-RAY. I actually left Tokyo Ghoul soooo low on the list because I have so much more praise for another anime further down the list, so hold your horses, I wasn’t disappointed enough in it to just toss it away from the pile.

Tokyo Ghoul is a world in which thee cannibalistic human (???I honestly don’t know if they could be considered humans, thus, cannibals) creatures called Ghouls, that take the form of humans, but actually see humans as a steak dinner walking down the street. This anime is vicious, brutal, and graphic as I’ll get out, but it did have that glimmer of humanity, the struggle of Kaneki “did nothing wrong” Ken trying to keep his sanity intact after a horrific incident leaves him with the organs of a ghoul inside him and his appetite for actual food out of the window, replaced instead by the horrific craving for human flesh. Most horrific, goriest thing I’ve ever seen? Nah. Better than some other anime I could name? Eehhh, yeah actually. It’s enjoyable, there’s some great characters, I’m personally in love with the designs they went through: not too boring and plain, but not out of this world crazy, but just enough for you to remember them.

7-Haikyuu!!

AHH SPORTS! Ya’ll might know in real life I actually do have an affinity for basketball and baseball but volleyball just leaves me “???” and it still kinda does, but I decided to watch Haikyuu for the chance to get educated and god damn it I don’t need another cute husband, get OUT OF HERE Noya!

Hinata Shoyo is IN LOVE with volleyball, he practically breathes it, but after a crushing defeat in his first ever competitive game by the King of the Court, he swears revenge, moves into high school with his head high and it turns out the King of the Court, Kageyama Tobio is his new team mate. I love shows that enforce friendship and team work, and Karasuno’s team is the most colorful cast of players I’ve ever seen. They also worked very hard to keep the style and over all atmosphere of the manga, especially the panel to animation conversions, which while I’m not going to give a prime example, it’s personally my favorite.

A sports anime should not just bring in fans of said sport, it should bring in new people, teach them, interest them, and let them enjjoy the characters, excitement, and yes, even the sport itself.

6-Sailor Moon Crystal

Hell, my name is Marisa and Sailor Moon was my gateway anime. Nah but really, this anime can be enjoyed on more merits than just the giant nostalgia goggles. I put it on here not only because it was a favorite of this year, but also because it deserves it. What people don’t seem to get about the whole Sailor Moon craze and the reincarnation with Crystal is that when Sailor Moon came to the US, it got neutered so much more than anyone can imagine. It was cut, it was in some aspects mistranslated, it was Americanized, and it changed MANY aspects about it to become more “kid friendly”. Just a few years ago, a god send arrived from the heavens, the retranslation and release of the Sailor Moon manga. It’s beautiful, has unseen art, all the names and places are 100% intact, and the anime, believe it or not, is almost /panel for panel the same/. Was it a ploy to sell more merch or a celebration of an anime that broke barriers around the world? I think both, but I’m okay with that. I got really annoyed about other people’s views about the anime because they kept their nostalgia goggles on all the time. “The animation is bad and different”, the animation is money saving and will be better for the blu-ray release, also the style is pretty close to the manga, while looking chic and stylist like newer anime. “The voices are all different, I hate it”, well, you might be thinking of the American voices you loved, but I guarantee you, the voices are almost all the same, especially Usagi.

People can’t put away something they love though, but I think we’re finally here, in the renaissance of anime. I only hope more shows can follow suit with new anime adaptations, new seasons, and especially remakes, I have a list miles long for it. Sailor Moon Crystal is a treat, and if you have been putting it off for the very reasons above, I’d like you to take a moment, take off your nostalgia goggles and throw them in the trash. We can treasure and appreciate the old, but a tune up never hurt anyone.

5-One Week Friends

Dear anime companies: It has come to my attention that you find that the greatest pleasure in life is making me cry. I don’t know what I did to you, I love the direction you’re taking with animation and story, but I swear to you, if I cry over one more god damned cartoon, I’m gonna remove my tear ducts, you are ruining me.

One Week Friends is a sob fest; I’ll give you that warning at least. It was very emotional and heartfelt, unique in atmosphere, anger inducing at times, just your typical shoujo drama, except not. I knew from the moment I saw the PV I was going to cry, and I still watched it, but my heart took a journey back in time and my heart went out to all those who have friends, who need friends, who want friends. Please watch this little gem, it’s very important that you do.

4-No Game No Life

Please for season two, please, please I beg you, you barely scratched the surface of Disboard, please give me more, I’ll do anything.

Ahem, sorry, just begging over here. No Game No Life was a surprise I wasn’t expecting coming into 2014. Interesting art style? Check! Fun asshole characters? Check! Interesting world and world building techniques? Check!  Piss in your face impossible physics and deus ex machina cheats? Check! This anime deserves a lot of attention. It’s comedy, when not sarcastic fanservice and a slap in the face of “it’s not incest but incest but we’re just kidding”, it’s smart, tricky, and downright devious. It’s designs for beasts we only get to see a quarter of? Freaking great. Just give me more, that’s all I ask, and you, you there! Yeah, go watch this anime, it’s about NEETs, so you can relate!

3-Chaika the Coffin Princess

WHOOOOO what an ending. I can’t believe my joke came true, I mean, I can, I’m really good at guessing plot twists, but JESUS that ending! Chaika really went all out in its second half, and I’m just so damn proud. If you didn’t watch Chaika already, it’s about a post-war, magic filled fantasy world and a cute little sugar coated Lolita girl searching for the dismembered remains of her father- a horrific dictator like emperor Wizard who, if he were ever to come back to this world, would probably end it, like that could happen though!

It’s got top notch animation, a really seriously great and original world. The characters and their interactions are worth every minute of the anime, and HEY who doesn’t love that cute face, Chaika is the best!

2-Space Dandy

Whoooooo I haven’t watched season two yet! But nah, really, Dandy was great. I expected no less of the show who’s creators resumes would make any animator probably piss their pants.  I’m not sure what more praise  I can give that I didn’t give in my review already, but it’s just that, Dandy is not really the end all anime, but it is up there with the greats. You can’t deny it’s prowess. Sure it’s a silly plot, but it sure is framed gorgeously with the hard work and talent animators at Bones put in. Like Sci-fi? Watch it. Like comedy? Watch it? Enjoy some tiddy? Watch it? Have any ounce of respect for Cowboy Bebop and Full Metal Alchemist? Go watch it already!!

1- Parasyte

You know how I mentioned I haven’t watched like any anime this season? It’s been a huge struggle catching up with old stuff, trying to watch sequels, and PARASYTE. Tokyo Ghoul was coolio, don’t get me wrong, but Parasyte took every little thing they did wrong and made it right. It’s ten times more graphic, really hits home on more fronts, is actually, in my opinion, less selfishly based in what is lost, and the character goes through a much more intense physical and mental change in a much better paced way. (TDLR: Keneki Ken is kind of a pussy about it and Shinichi is a lot more logical, has more to lose and takes it better). To me it had a better protagonist, a better antagonist, and felt a lot more interesting than downright “EDGY”.

Of the two, I’d take Parasyte any day. From an animation standpoint, nothing feels half assed, everything is on the table, the minute details in both Shinichi’s changes throughout the series and the designs of the Parasytes are really interesting. The smart talk gets mildly tedious, but the action is a lot more breath taking and captivating, going more for fluid movement, clever battle tactics, and less shock and awe of the blood to be spilt like Tokyo Ghoul does. It makes it less of a gore boner fest and more of something both tantalizing and enjoyable in a somewhat gory form.

A suppose it comes down to a matter of (better) tastes, but Parasyte comes out as the champion this year for me. I’m itching to watch more, it’s got me hooked and just in general is really well written and done. It might reflect on the time its manga originally came out, but this show waited just long enough to break the anime surface for a generation of great looks, a broader audience, and a story unique and awesome without becoming its own little joke.

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I did a bad job at keeping up with anime and the review blog this year, but I really appreciate everyone who follows and gives stuff notes, really! I hope you all have a great holiday season and a happy new year! Let’s all watch lots of anime together in 2015! 

Free! series Creation Notebook v2 Dialogue: Director: Hiroko Utsumi X Series Composer: Masahiro Yokotani X Character Designer: Futoshi Nishiya

Hiroko Utsumi
Animation Do member. Director of Free! and Free! –Eternal Summer-
Masahiro Yokotani
Series composer of Free! and Free! – Eternal Summer-. In charge of scripts
Futoshi Nishiya
Kyoto Animation member. Character designer/chief animation director for Free! and Free! –Eternal Summer-.

(umx notes: This is over 5,000 words long and talks a lot about the OVA from -Eternal Summer-. This is your warning for length and spoilers. There’s some footnotes at the bottom with the accordingly bolded number in the main text. Thanks to aliasanonyme for the scan for one picture used in this translation.)

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anonymous asked:

Which iteration of Ben 10 do you think is the best? or which one should I start with?

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I think it makes more sense to start with the original series. That’s where you’re introduced to everything. How Ben got the watch, how he learned to use it, all the secrets along the way, how he saved the universe the first time, etc. Try to watch all of it in order. 

I wanna say a lot more with pictures just about the art stuff because that’s important to me so readmore.

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