just a perfect ending to a great series

anonymous asked:

Have you seen the vid 'Shonen Anime's Biggest Problem' by Reality Punch Studios? Bleach is briefly mentioned in it and the guy basically says that Kubo did a great job with the plot and characters during the Soul Society arc, but then later failed with all the other arcs after it. Thoughts?

I haven’t, but that’s pretty accurate. This is long, but fuck it, I want people to see it.

  • Karakura I: Great! Minor flaws, e.g., Ichigo leaving Rukia to fight Shrieker while he escorted Karin, rather than having the clearly less-than-combat effective Rukia do so, and learn about Ichigo; not covering a whole month of their time together (including Ichigo’s birthday); ultimately dispensing with Tatsuki’s importance to the plot; could have probably stood to be about twice as long to show more of Ichigo and Rukia’s early relationship and flesh out relations with the nakama more. 
  • Soul Society: Great! No real flaws until the end, e.g., you just killed off Central 46 and had a great upheaval in the power structure of the to-date main antagonists; this was the perfect time to have some exposition on them (e.g., who the other two Great Noble Houses are, what their role in Central 46/Soul Society is aside from being strong, etc.); good pacing, dramatic, memorable and contained fights, even for supporting characters (e.g., Uryuu vs. Mayuri, Renji vs. Byakuya).
  • Karakura II/Arrancar: Not so great! So, Ichigo’s just spent his summer break, what, moping over “the Hollow?” Why does everything in this series revolve around no one (Kisuke, Isshin, Juushirou, Yamamoto, etc.) telling Ichigo what the fuck is going on and just solving the problem? One of the only times I can remember an authority figure just saying “We’re here to do X because Y,” is Toushirou in this arc, so good for him? The fights against the Arrancar are when Bleach started to go bad with F I G H T S  N O B O D Y  C A R E S  A B O U T  because they don’t involve the protagonists. Grimmjow was an effectively introduced villain even though he’s really just Kenpachi + Zangetsu (”Shirosaki”). The moments with him, Ichigo, and Rukia were good. The Visored were neat but were ultimately a waste. Most damningly of all, Orihime didn’t learn a goddamn thing from going to an alternate dimension and watching Ichigo almost die over and over to save Rukia.
  • Hueco Mundo/Fake Karakura+: Really bad! When FNCA became a real problem. Just all kinds of shit that didn’t matter and wasn’t satisfying. The entire premise of them being there was stupid, as was the entire structure of the war. Aizen’s grand scheme turned out to be a bunch of bullshit. Overall just a terrible inversion of the Soul Society arc featuring a bunch of poorly-realized villains that were way overhyped. (Also, the final demonstration of the worthlessness of the Visored!) Our protagonists had to be rescued for the plot to continue on stupidly. (This can work, e.g. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but this isn’t the way to do it.) An unsatisfying conclusion that explained nothing about why what happened, had.
  • Lost Substitute Shinigami: Garbage. Okay, this arc has some great character-building for Ichigo and Rukia, and Xcution have memorable designs. I like Riruka. Ginjou, Giriko, and Tsukishima are really hateable villains. I like Ikumi. But. But. Fullbring is dumb and makes no sense, or needed to be introduced much earlier. The story of the substitute Shinigami is dumb and doesn’t fit well with what we know. The contrivances necessary to make Bleach work like a horror manga are ridiculous and just make the adults around Ichigo (e.g., Isshin, Ryuuken, Kisuke, Yoruichi, Shinji, et al.) look like fucking negligent assholes at the same time as Ikumi is telling Ichigo to trust adults. Also, the way the time skip was handled was that it wasn’t. It literally never gets addressed outside of about a dozen panels. It speaks to my heart but it wasn’t well-executed (hah!) at all.
  • Thousand-Year Blood War: Total shitshow where everything is on fire. The Sternritter were awful and utterly lacking in interest. (They’re all amoral psychopathic murderers, whoo!) FNCA go on forever, nobody does anything of importance, Ichigo and Rukia barely appear for large sections of it, and nothing sensible or satisfying happens except for an explanation of Ichigo’s powers that, while making a kind of sense, still doesn’t really explain anything. Don’t get me started on the ending, that requires War and Peace to fully deconstruct with how it doesn’t fit any of what came before.

If Kubo was just going to stop the manga, he should’ve stopped it after Soul Society arc. He couldn’t, because Aizen was still on the run, but if Aizen had been taken out there, it would’ve been okay. Open-ended, maybe an epilogue panel or page of Rukia putting on civilian clothes to see Ichigo again. Cool.

If he was going to stop after the Aizen saga, he should’ve done that. Again, an open ending. You could maybe have an epilogue of Ichigo thinking he sees Rukia out of the corner of his eyes over time. Whatever.

But no, this guy had a plan. Bleach is kinda like The X-Files, in that there’s a bunch of episodes, and then an overarching plot arc, except instead of being episodic, it’s archic; a bunch of small arcs under a larger one. The larger arc is that Soul Society, and existence itself, is fucked up. The smaller arcs are about what passes for “mundane” or “the usual” within this fucked up existence.

That alone probably answers your question, but I’m me, so I’m going to continue on to talk about what I want to talk about.


WHAT THE FUCK WAS BLEACH ACTUALLY ABOUT?

Let me explain my theory of what Bleach was supposed to be about, before Kubo got bogged down in thinking he was Tolkien II Turbo DBZ edition and got his series cancelled with his fuckery.

There’s this interesting video about how, in The Matrix, Neo isn’t “the One,” but rather, Smith is.

The Architect tells Neo that he’s the sixth “Anomaly” which resets the Matrix. Their arrival is expected and anticipated. Smith, unwittingly “created” by Neo, is what causes this particular iteration of the Matrix to end very differently than the previous five.

Okay, what the fuck does this have to do with Bleach?

Check it out: Ichigo (and Rukia) is (are) the One. That is to say: they’re Smith. The planned outcomes, the “Anomalies,” were Aizen and Yhwach.

They would go about their plans, get up to the Royal Realm, and then be summarily murdered by Zero Division and turned into the new Soul King, as a Soul King only lasts a certain amount of time and needs periodic replacement. (Check how old and busted the current one is.) This is why Zero Division gave zero fucks about whatever happened down below: it not only didn’t matter to their outcomes, it was necessary. (Kind of like Soul Society requires suffering to work properly.)

There’s evidence of this in Sajin and his grandfather. Their existence is never explained, but Clifford the Big Red Dog says “The world’s ‘bearer’ will simply change. We won’t change. No matter who holds the world. All we can do is lay low.” This is strikingly similar to The Merovingian and his motley crew of exiled programs from previous iterations of the Matrix: they are remnants of a bygone age, after successive resets.

What resets Soul Society (or possibly reality) is swapping Soul Kings.

Now what fucks everything up and makes this time different is the existence of Ichigo and Rukia. Ichigo is directly created by the fuckery of Aizen and Yhwach, much like Agent Smith was turned into Smith. The existence of Yhwach’s descendants, plus Aizen’s machinations, produces an unplanned-for feature. Something new. He’s easy to explain.

But Ichigo isn’t alone. He would’ve never gotten anywhere without Rukia. And Rukia is harder to explain.

Now Aizen says “The ‘true’ power of the Hougyoku is to read the minds of those around it and make manifest of what it finds there. […] You don’t understand? I’m saying that all of the ‘miracles’ that have occurred surrounding Kurosaki Ichigo, Kuchiki Rukia, and Urahara Kisuke thus far were manifested by the Hougyoku’s will.“ He goes on to say "And then I, armed with a hypothesis about the Hougyoku’s abilities, sent Kuchiki Rukia in the direction of Kurosaki Ichigo. Of course, there are limits to its abilities. The Hougyoku manifests what’s in the minds of those around it. But this will not happen unless the subject inherently possesses the power to fulfill their desire. By that token, this could also be called the ‘power that guides people toward their desires.’ … But living creatures are strange, they are made in such a way that they can actualize only what their minuscule minds wish for.”

First, notice how utterly fucking pissed Isshin is. Nothing else makes him remotely this upset. Nothing to do with Grand Fisher or Yhwach makes him even fractionally this agitated.

Now, stop and think for a moment. Does what Aizen said actually make sense? The Hougyoku does what those around it want, but it can only do so through what they are capable of. He also says that the Hougyoku has begun to understand his will… only just prior to explaining all this. Why does Aizen think he was previously outside of the Hougyoku’s influence?

Kisuke’s incomplete Hougyoku was hanging out in Rukia for a long time; presumably, out of anyone, it understood her will best. Aizen sent Rukia to Ichigo? No. Rukia wanted to go to Ichigo, and Aizen was the means to facilitate that, which coincidentally accorded with his desires too. Aizen is confusing cause and effect here through his own hubris.

How did Rukia know of Ichigo? Well, you could say she was looking for someone like Kaien. But there are inevitably many people like Kaien in the world and it could’ve guided her to any one of them. It took her to the only person who could do something about the world, which Rukia saw as fundamentally unjust. But how would the Hougyoku know about Ichigo? From reading Aizen’s mind? Maybe, but can it understand things like genealogy and ghost genetic engineering? It’s much simpler to say that it saw their connection.

I’m not going to relitigate all the material in Bleach which asserts that Ichigo and Rukia are connected and fated to meet one another, like the Sand and the Rotator chapters. But it’s out there, and the Hougyoku knew, so it put them together and warped everything around it to make that happen; to execute Rukia’s will, not Aizen’s.

My feeling is that Rukia and Ichigo form a single unit for the purposes of reality-disruption. They are the Pair, rather than Smith’s the One. Surprise, this is why Kisuke leaves it to them when he thinks he’s gonna die. He’s like the Oracle. Or something, this analogy is getting a bit loose.

Also, Ichigo’s whole thing is power, and Rukia’s whole thing is control. You might say they’re like a power source and a regulator. Water and a water wheel. Sand and a rotator.

So, much like Smith, they were going to change the outcome of their iteration in a way that couldn’t have been foreseen.

Then Kubo got his series cancelled because he spent too long drawing Doctor Juggalo fighting a giant hand, and Sword Hobo fighting Imagination Boy and Thor, so none of that happened.


tl;dr Kubo’s inability to stop himself from fucking with unimportant characters and unimportant plots, i.e., getting bogged down in the minutiae, is exactly what killed Bleach, along with trying to be too clever by half with things like Hueco Mundo as inverted Soul Society. Dude lost the plot and couldn’t see his own damn forest for the trees.

Gradence/Gravebone/Gredence/Graves x Credence Fic Rec list

Originally posted by illilis

WARNING: most if not all of these stories have some to a lot of smut, possibly dub-con and/or non-con and/or questionable situations and consent. please be aware, and proceed with caution. also lots of spoilers. these are rec’s and reviews beyond the flailing sorts of comments i leave on the actual fics so yes that too.


First off I must mention the fact that when I left the theater after seeing the movie for the first time, the one thing I knew I wanted was some kind of consensual BDSM stuffs, and THIS series is bringing that to the extreme. I’ve dabbled and I’m still learning, the shit I include in my writing is pretty damn tame but this series is not, and I LOVE it. it’s a Modern AU where Credence and Graves are eventually living the scene 24/7 and it’s intense but so so so good.

Three parts currently:

Notes on a Lifestyle

Anima Mea

Lux(uria)

author is @clutchhedonist on tumblr too!

Next we have Show Me

The fic you knew was going to ensue after the healing scene and its frankly dreamy and perfect and I love it so much but its Credence and Grindelwald!Graves, so if that’s problematic, you know to avoid.


and next we have more sin aka smut that’s just short of a plot but you know what? that’s ok. Some of us just needed smut after all that goddamned sexual tension, so here, enjoy some

Freedom (Bound and Restricted) –great name btw.

also technically part of a series, and it is Credence and Grindelwald!Graves


and at long last we have an AU where Credence ends up finding the Real!Graves and he’s a bit of an asshole and you know what? it works damn well.

Its also a glorious 7k words and there is smut too so…. Yeah.

Such as is common to Man


a story I have been long awaiting and am breaking my ‘I never read WIP’s’ USUALLY rule, the Sugar Daddy AU and its of course modern and just, well, what it says.

What Shines Through

also go follow this creature on tumblr because just…do it.

@jonstarks

next up is the newest of the A/B/O stories, only 2 of which I have ever read, bc frankly its not usually my cup o’tea, but HOT DAMN for this ship I’ll take anything with smut that’s not too non-con or dub-con so yeah.

this is a lil confusing bc it is Real!Graves and Credence, but Grindelwald is sort of behind the scenes pulling the strings.

The Mating Habits of American Wizards


HERE is the first A/B/O story I read and goddamn it it’s a WIP but its so damn filthy and good im along for the sinful ass ride.

Pin me and mount me like a butterfly –YET ANOTHER PERFECT TITLE Hella

literally i was getting blushy reading this, and I aint no innocent little virgin, this story is just so….uh, well, when I saw the update posted lets just say I didn’t walk I ran to it.

also follow here @grindlywindlywald

now for something a bit darker, this story is a story with daddy!kink but its Grindy!graves and Credence and slightly dub-con so be ware.

I was just so thirsty for daddy!kink after usually seeing the only stories tagged that way are in RUSSIAN WHICH I CANNOT SPEAK OF COURSE so then I saw this and holy shit.

Mine


THIS story I just read today, after having seen the prompt sort of floating around the tag, and it is just great, short but good. I always want more of course because like how could I not?

So Graves is summoned to Credence before he’s found the Obscurus, mostly by accident. And yeah its fun.

Caught so neatly, as a bird in a net

@emowithalightsaber

this next story is one of my legit favorites I think ive read it about ten times and its just ugh, for those who wanted a non!innocent/virginal Credence and Graves first time, and HELLA he is a bit of a hoe but he’s fucking sweet and adorable so its FIIINE.

Til Tomorrow Comes

this needs a sequel like soon pls but if not its ok ill survive

(I wont)

THIS story I found myself reading at my car place awaiting the checkup, and let me tell you, reading smut for these two in public is still a challenge to keep a poker face, esp this little bit of fluff which sounds strange considering the plot-ish, its Prostitute!Credence and its great.

Fill My Head With Dreams


here’s a bit more filthy sin before we get to my ALL TIME FAVE FIC, and it gets DARK ish at the end so watchout. Grindle!graves x Credence.

Showersex. Because duhhh.

I want Colin Farrell naked in a shower with Ezra on his knees so this is a close second.

Wipe you clean with dirty hands


#timetosininearnest

THE LORDS WORK. Let me tell you a bit about this story. I have lived a life full of oppressive religion and plenty of gaslighting bullshit, and this story contains lots of that, but with plenty of angstyfluffysmut and a happy ending (SPOILER) to make it worth it, to me, so theres that.

This is also my fave trope of young innocent Credence being (accidentally) corrupted by hot smexy older Graves and its just bomb as fuck.

DID I MENTION ITS 15K?

Cause yeah.

Time for your come to jesus moment. More like come to graves and come for graves moments amiright?

The Lord’s Work


this concludes my horribly organized and off the cuff list, and it is not as complete as it should be, I’ll prolly end up updating it sometime soon.

Enjoy the sinbin my lovelies!

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite older fics? Ones that have maybe been buried in the AO3 tags and aren't getting so many kudos and comments anymore?

Lol I thought this one would pair nicely with the earlier ask about recent fic. I have so many favorites but it would be weird and probably not helpful to just rec the entire AO3 tag…

How to fall in love with a human by @writerstealth This is one of the earliest supercat fics out there (technically it’s a series). It’s amazing and definitely holds up. Bonus points for Wonder Woman and being one of the few fics out there that end with Kara melding her identities. 

Misunderstandings by @rtarara in which Carter catches his Mom with Supergirl when she’s supposed to be dating Kara. Protective Carter is the best.

walk away, watch me burn by @gertiemcfuzz It’s just sex leads to accidental feelings. Hot but also sweet and perfect. 

This is not what I wanted by @a-dot-burr-ell Supergirl gets hurt and shows up on Cat’s balcony.  It’s definitely pre-supercat but has such great interaction.

Shutter by @kara-lesbihonest Kara agrees to do a photosession or three with Cat as photographer. Obviously one of the pics has to be of the two of them in bed together. For completely professional Catco reasons. 

Remembering Kara’s Name by @spaceshipsarecool Cat and Kara sleep together and it goes downhill from there. In which Cat is kind of an asshole and Kara has biological difficulties. It has a happy ending but oh man does it make you suffer first.

Call Me By My Name by lishesque (?) Cat takes Kara on vacation to force her to reveal she’s Supergirl.  Full of prickly tension it’s wonderful.

The Woman who has (almost) everything by vienne_la_nuit In which Kara is hurting and Cat manages self-awareness and comfort. Cat comforting Kara is one of my favorite supercat scenes ever. 

Lunch with Sharks by @violetren set during the Siobhan disaster. Kara gets a job offer and Carter and Cat find out. I really really love Kara and Carter interaction and Cat’s soft spot for her son. It’s lovely. 

A matter of trust by @wistfulwatcher Cat knows Kara is supergirl but they still have trust issues. I love that knowing about supergirl isn’t just a magical fix all and that there are still issues on both sides. Also wall sex.

FIC RECOMMENDATIONS

So Here it is finally ! I will class them by genre and in no particular order of preference, tbh all of the things that will be listed down below are pure gold ! (under a cut because it’s gonna be soooooo long lmao) 

I did include au’s in the categories, but I decided to create an AU category anyway, just to put, well my fave ones, like the concept y’know

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Missy’s arc in series 10

I keep seeing posts about how Missy’s arc in s10 was so great (I agree with that) and how even if they don’t bring the Master back it would be the perfect ending for them, and I just… no? It wouldn’t?? It’d be a horrible ending????

If they really killed her off for real, entirely, not coming back this time, then what was the point of her whole redemption arc? What’s the message in that? “You can try to change and better yourself however hard you like, it’s of no use because your past will get back at you in the end anyway and stab you in the back”?! Then what would be the point in even trying in the first place?

Also do not just kill our female characters, don’t make the Master female as well as more emotional (still a bit annoyed that these things couldn’t happen separately from each other but I love both things too much to care very much) and then kill them off, what kind of message does that send? “You’re better off as a stereotypical male without emotions and cruel and killing people because if you start having emotions and empathy, it’ll get you killed”??

I mean, I don’t know if I’m missing something here or interpreting it completely wrong, but if so, please someone explain how that would be a good end for the Master?

 I just realised there is no fandom for Three Dark Crowns which sucks because this book is pretty hecking good:

  • Amazing world building that doesn’t rely on long winded exposition, which imo actually works? Instead of having paragraphs of the author explaining the situation and place to you, you just see it through the characters’ eyes, making it more natural.
  • Three well rounded female characters who the author could have put into stereotypes. I was so ready to hate Mira for being the ‘mean’, more powerful sister and sympathise most with Katherine and Arsinoe for being the weaklings and the sweet ones because that is how it goes. Instead, I ended up loving Mira just as much as the others and all were equally sympathetic. So points for cleverly constructed characters.
  • Very well written.
  • Interesting and kind of tragic plot. While there is still kind of the cliché of Mira being ~the Chosen One, the story of three sisters destined to kill each other is what drew me to it and makes their budding relationships heartbreaking
  • Pretty amazing twists at the end that you did not see coming but also don’t feel like they were just used for shock value and make total sense.

It isn’t perfect (really too much of the bland romances imo) but overall it’s shaping up to be a great series.

If you’re like me and need some LGBT-positive media to cope with the events in Orlando today, here’s some recommendations:

***This list is ALL things that have prominent LGBT characters that have happy endings. Not including things that are LGBT-positive but include deaths of LGBT characters or otherwise sad endings for the LGBT characters. Feel free to add on***


Movies (most of these are on Netflix):

-GBF: This is literally my go-to feel good movie. It’s all about how gross it is to fetishize gay men and is just so all-around fantastic

-But I’m a Cheerleader: a classic. Potential trigger warnings for conversion therapy, but I can reassure you that the message is against conversion therapy as a practice and the point of the movie is to condemn conversion therapy (also the two girls escape the camp and fall in love in the end so that’s good)

- Pride: Based on a historical event and an amazing feel-good film overall!

-The Birdcage: Starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. One of my favorites!

-Shortbus: An amazing (and incredibly NSFW due to nudity) movie about sexual exploration. Every queer character lives and has a happy ending

-Imagine Me and You: All the adorable cheesy lesbian content you need, tbh. Also a classic

-Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Some sad parts but ultimately very happy in the end


TV Shows: 

-Broad City: Ilana, one of the two main characters of the show is openly queer. One of my favorite shows!

-Rupaul’s Drag Race: A reality show, but one of my favorites. Somewhat problematic due to the use of the t-slur a couple of times, but ultimately it isn’t used much and is a good show. 

-Orange is the New Black: Incredibly diverse, includes many queer women of color and none of them die (trigger warnings for transphobia scattered about, but the narrative ultimately supports the trans female character despite her struggles shown)

-Sense8: Includes a queer trans woman (played by a trans woman!) and a great couple of two men of color!

-Shadowhunters: one of the main characters, Alec, falls in love with a bisexual warlock named Magnus and they get together by the end of the season!

-The Legend of Korra: nothing too explicitly queer since it’s a children’s show, but by the end two girls end up together, and the creators of the show have been as explicit as possible about them being in love

-Steven Universe: Amazing! Incredibly open about their main lesbian couple and just a great feel good show in general

-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtt: An incredibly vibrant and cute show! One of the main characters is a gay black man named Titus and he’s respected within the narrative

-The Real O’Neals: a cute new comedy about an irish catholic kid who comes out to his family (and his family learns to support him) 


Books (author’s names in parentheses): 

-Carry On (Rainbow Rowell): A perfect fantasy novel with a queer main character who falls in love with his roommate and gets his happy ending. One of my favorite books of all time

-The Mortal Instruments Series (Cassandra Clare): Has some problematic elements (including the author herself) but the representation, especially of the bisexual character, is ultimately well written. 

-Drag Teen (Jeffery Self): cute, cute CUTE. I cannot use the word cute enough. 

-Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan): Honestly I cannot recommend David Levithan’s work in general enough. Amazing writer and all of his work is lgbt-centric!

-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz): I debated adding this because it includes the gay-bashing of a queer character (trigger warning for that, by the way), but I ultimately decided to add it because it’s incredibly positive towards the LGBT characters overall, there’s a happy ending where the boys fall in love, and the book is almost entirely populated by people of color. Proceed with caution but do so knowing it’s mostly a happy book and is very positive overall

-Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli): another book where I cannot use the word “cute” enough. wonderful wonderful book!


Sending all of my love to you guys during this time 

Eragon (And why this series is a gem)

Uhg, you guys. Ive been re-reading the_ Inheritance Series_ and browsing though the wiki, and can I just say, Eragon. I love him so much. Despite the series being…. Okay you know what, we where kids, like teenagers. Of course we loved the books despite the cheesy writing.   Okay, so this is like more of a rant/ adore post. So bear with me, its kinda messy. <3

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My thoughts on ACOWAR

Soooo I just realized I haven’t done a review yet and I’m really not in the mood to do a full on 30 paged review like I originally planned (I had sooo many thoughts after reading the book) but I’ll just get all my main points across. 

I really liked ACOWAR. Of course, I don’t think I liked it as much as ACOMAF, because acomaf was more of a character-focused story which I really liked, and acowar was more plot and war focused, which i still really enjoyed, just not as much. I found the pacing was great though there were some lulls her and there, and I have a lot of good and bad points that I want to explain. Let’s start with the bad. 

So firstly, I really didn’t like the fact that the ending was so perfect. Through the whole series it was so built up to be this big epic war, the whole time Hybern was described as ‘indestructible’ and everyone said that they really had low chances of winning, and of course there were factors that helped them out (Byraxis, the Bone Carver, the Weaver, Vassa’s Army) but I really thought (and kind of hoped…?) that somebody was going to die. Books are supposed to make you feel things, and I felt nothing at all. Everything went perfect it was like oh, there’s a problem, okay,  everything’s fixed now. The only death that impacted me was the Suriel but even then I was expecting one of the main characters to die. Yes, I knew Rhys kind of died but let’s be honest as soon as it said he died we all knew they were going to bring him back I mean seriously you can’t kill off Rhys. But I was expecting more like Azriel or Cassian or Mor, but nope, everything went perfectly. It’s conflicting cause I’m glad all my ships are alive but I’m mad that there was no sacrifice to get to the end point. .

Another major disappointment for me was the final battle. As soon as the last few chapters came around, I was so excited to see how everything was going to go down, to see everyone fighting and blood and guts and magic, but everything was just… boring. I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the fact that Feyre was sidelined during the final battle because throughout the last two books, especially in the beginning of acowar, Feyre is described to have these great mighty powers and she’s so tough and strong but we never see her wield them to the full extent, which really pissed me off because I wanted to see her kick ass on the battle field. And I get it, she admitted that she didn’t like fighting during the first battle in Adriata, but she could’ve at least stood from afar and used her powers. Anything. She watched her sisters slaughter Hybern and be 129834973071% more effective then her. I also felt like everything, as I’ve said a million times lol was just too perfectly timed, like the fact that Queen Vassa and Feyre’s father arrived in perfect time for the war. 

Now to uplift things a little, I want to touch on a few things that I really enjoyed. Firstly, I really liked how we got to see Azriel’s character in this book while he gave Feyre flying lessons, because well, Azriel was always kind of in the background (blending in with the shadows lol sorry im lame) but in acowar we got to see how snarky and funny he was (like the time she hit the tree. i was pissing myself) and to put it out there I really ship elriel I’m sorry I thought I was on the Elucien ship but Azriel and Elain are so good for each other. 

Secondly, I LOVE Nessian. SO MUCH. Their moments in this book were amazing, the sexual tension and the protectiveness over each other was so goddamn good I couldn’t take it. I seriously can’t wait to see where it goes. 

The Feyre and Rhys reunion was amAZING. I loved it. Just that moment when Feyre just collapses to her knees AH I was in tears not gonna lie. Such a beautiful scene in the book. 

Mor being bisexual/preferential to women: I called it. I mean I never really shipped Moriel because it was so clearly obvious that Mor wasn’t interested in Azriel. I mean it sucked that we were lead to believe they were going to be a thing, but let’s be honest, it was there the whole time. They weren’t meant for each other. 

Amren and Varian: I really don’t know about them. I really wanted Amren to be Asexual. But they’re still cute lol. 

Tamlin/Eris ‘redemption’: It’s not a redemption, and I don’t know why people are arguing over it. Clearly they haven’t redeemed themselves, but they’re just seeing the evil they’ve done and they’re trying to fix it. They’re not begging on their knees saying sorry and Feyre and Mor aren’t forgiving them. Tamlin and Eris have a loooot of work to do on themselves but I feel like Eris might have more of a backstory that we need to hear. Tamlin will forever remain a douche canoe in my head. (Of course though I hate Eris too for what he did to Mor. But I’m curious to see his side of things)

High Lady/ High Lord dynamic: Is it just me or did other people realize that Feyre’s High Lady….But she was in legitimately no meetings, no decisions, no anything. Rhys was still the one calling all the shots even though Feyre was sworn in. That really pissed me off because she was High Lady she was supposed to be in on all the info, especially that scene in the court of nightmares with Keir and Eris. Feyre should’ve made the decision with Rhys to let the court of nightmares have access to velaris, it should not have been a one-sided decision when there’s two people running the court. 

Other than that… I really loved it. It was amazing, and I can’t wait to see how the story continues in 2018. My guess is probably two novels based on our two other ships, Nessian and *fingers crossed* Elriel. 

naru-discussions  asked:

It's seem like all you anti-naruto blog love Hunter×Hunter huh 🤔

I don’t want to get to into this so I’m going to try to be as vague as possible so this post doesn’t become to long

Well not all of us love HxH as you can see lol but I think the reason most of us do is because HxH seem to intrigued us just how naruto did in some aspects they are very similar kishimoto even said he got inspired by togashi so there’s that lol

Naruto started off really well however at the end you just have him as hokage with all his broken promises

HxH on the other hand never promised us gon was going to save the world and when they usually have a major problem someone else ends up saving the day

he just wanted to be a hunter and meet his dad but in between all of that there is so much more

I wanna say this though HxH isn’t all cutesy like naruto is, the drawing and animation is very light in the beginning but that’s all to fool you it’s gets really dark and the topics get pretty intense

Now I believe HxH is a great series it’s no where near perfect but it’s one of my top animes and one of the reasons why I say that is the storyline people say its aimless but it’s really not it has an aim: gon wanting to meet his dad just like naruto’s aim was pretty simple becoming hokage

The story should seem like it’s very basic since gon goal is very basic but it’s not, with HxH it’s much more then gon wanting to meet his dad this series is much more then gon himself this series takes you everywhere

You not stuck in a village for 15 years waiting for danger to come get you and there aren’t any cliches the ‘good guys’ don’t always wins there isn’t always a power up to get you out of a sticky situation and to be honest there aren’t really any good guys just people with different mindsets

The plot makes sense everything happens for a reason gon dad purposely makes him go through certain things before they meet

The characters are really well thought up even really minor characters you get to know certain things about them it makes you connect to them because the bad guys aren’t just villans there people with opposing views from the main characters the villans also have there own lives they aren’t just obstacles the main character needs to overcome

In naruto they sometimes give the villans backstories but they always push them into just being in the darkness or something and it belittles there character and just make them seem less important in the series

Also HxH talks about real life problems the WHOLE chimera ant arc is about politics togashi basically shits on countries like North Korea and basically bashes humans and shows us how horrible humans can actually be when it comes to survival I feel like that whole arc was way to mature for a shounen anime lol

The fight against the ant king and chairman netero also shows you how horrible humans are you see it when netero sacrifices himself to saves East Gorteau but it seem like to save everyone netero had to sacrifice not just himself but humanity’s soul

that scene is so amazing the way netero is drawn his eyes are pitch black the skull they have behind him it’s one of the best scenes to me! And then when they give you the backstory about the bomb your just like fuck is humanity that evil?

Also I did talk about character development but the ant king needs his own paragraph for this the kings development is done so well!!! in the beginning he was so ruthless basically he kills his mother and eat children brains but once he meant Komugi she starts to change him and that’s only because he can’t beat her in gungi

The main characters have to overcome a lot especially gon and it takes a toll on them that’s why when gon snaps and basically went into demon/monster phase to kill pitou it wasn’t surprising you saw he was crumbling as the episodes go on

I’m pretty much done but I do wanna say this HxH is actually a really mature series and it has a lot of layers it’s not as simple as naruto I don’t think it’s something you can just watch and be like ‘I got it’ and maybe that’s what turns some people off the show is something you have to pay attention it’s not just something you watch like dbz where the story is exactly this certain way

You might think something is going to turn out this way but it turns out being something totally different I see some people compare it to a deconstruction shounen and in some ways I agree

Thanks for the ask 🤔

NS Moment - Shippuden Episode 175: The Hug!!


With everybody in the village watching, the reactions from the villagers behind them, and the floating leaves and the white background leaving the two alone when Sakura hugs him and says, “Thank you”, this NaruSaku moment is one of the most well known and one of their most beautiful moments in the series! Such an intimate moment. Well deserving of the Hero of the Hidden Leaf. And to get it from the girl of his dreams. Seeing Kakashi’s reaction and the little girls adored reactions just makes this such a beautiful NaruSaku moment and such a perfect ending to the great Pain invasion Arc. 😍💛💗❤️

Naruto Couples

I just feel like ranting for a bit… this is just how I feel about the Naruto couples. Argue if you want to.

NaruHina: I don’t really ship them but I don’t mind them. I wished they showed more developments on how Naruto starts to fall for Hinata and move on from Sakura. Because all this time, even after Hinata confessed to him and all, it seems he still hasn’t gotten over Sakura. The movie “The Last”, totally skipped the part on how did Naruto really fell for Hinata…it only showed how Naruto and Hinata got together.

SasuSaku: I don’t really care if they end up together or not, because honestly I find the both of them annoying. I respect Sakura’s growth in strength, it impressed me and makes me want to cheer her on, but then she started crying again over Sasuke which just makes her look really pathetic. Crying over a crush she’s crazy for who doesn’t love her back. Look Idek if I’m ranting about ships or am I ranting on characters now… Idk if Sasuke is some ‘tsundere’ guy who tries to hide his feelings by killing Sakura, or is it he got interested after seeing how powerful she became, he’s still a total asshole. Sasuke takes advantage of Sakura, and Sakura takes advantage of Naruto -.-

ShikaTema: I didn’t like Temari at first because I thought she was a bad person and is like every other girl who’s interested in Sasuke. Then as the series goes by, I started liking her. Especially ever since Naruto Shippudden. I like how Shikamaru and Temari have grown closer and started respecting and trusting each other over the series. Both have been side by side alot on screen and they just make the perfect team . Temari may be harsh but she has a soft side towards Shikamaru. She probably stopped teasing him because she started to respect him as a great shinobi. Shikamaru seems to like being around Temari and finds her quite charming as well. He respects her as a cruel yet great shinobi too. It takes awhile for the both of them to noticed their feelings, but I’m glad they ended up together, they’re meant for each other :))))

InoSai: I’m glad that Ino found someone else. She gave up Sasuke for Sakura. Although there was no developments between Ino and Sai’s relationship throughout the series, atleast the series shows how Sai started falling for Ino when she saved him. And we all know that Ino has been interested in Sai. Then, they started dating and gotten even closer…I like them together :)

ChouKarui: Idk how they ended up together, but I’m curious to know. I think it would be a funny story yet sweet. I’m hoping they’ll finally show how they got together in a Boruto episode or omake.

Rhetorical Ink Reviews: Sherlock, “The Final Problem.”

**SISTERLY SPOILERS BELOW**


My Top 10 Thoughts on Sherlock, Season 4, Episode 3: 

Originally posted by bridget-malfoy-stilinski-hale

10. So…..so, was Eurus his therapist? Or….was she wearing a wig? Did she use a double? We’re led to believe it was her, but her look is SO different than in the last episode…are they the same? I guess so. That part did confuse me, plus with the dark hair, Eurus does look a lot different than prior. Glad Watson didn’t die though….though, that leaves the question: How did they get Eurus back in prison? Did she go back? I may need to rewatch that scene.

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

9. I do appreciate all the information on Mycroft that we get in this episode: that he’s a sucker for chivalrous, noir romances (SUPER surprising for me!), that he is scared of not being in control, cannot stomach murder in his face, and in the end…is actually a good brother in a lot of respects. At least, later on, when he sacrifices himself or tries to….I’m glad we get this development on Mycroft. He’s still a terrible brother in a lot of ways, though, but still, not a complete emotionless reptile

Originally posted by greencarnations

Originally posted by bosswaldcobblepot

8. There are quite a lot of deaths occurring in this episode, and in shocking ways…they do work quite well to establish how terrifying Eurus, the high-functioning psychopath works. I was genuinely scared throughout a lot of the second act of the story. It definitely raised the stakes and made her an antagonist to be wary of….speaking of antagonist to be wary of…

Originally posted by andrewxscotts

7. I really like how we had Moriarty FINALLY answered. And I liked it. A psychopath working with an equal psychopath. For a second, when he pops out of the chopper, I was scared that he actually survived somehow. Then we find out it’s a flashback and that all of the things she had done were recorded…I’m not sure when those were recorded, to be honest. I’m assuming she told him what to say and then he went and did it; leaving her the recordings after his death. I almost WISH that we’d been able to hear the conversation they’d had…but that’s a nice thing about the writing too; we’re allowed our imagination to fill in the gaps. I can just PICTURE the Eurus X Moriarty fan fiction developing as I type this….

Originally posted by stellagibson

6. So, we FINALLY got the Sherlolly scene we fans have waited on…I do, think, for now at least, that Sherlock loves Molly as a friend. I say this with all of the Sherlollyness in my heart wanting them to be more, but I was happy that Sherlock and Molly had this scene…though, immediately afterwards, we don’t get any aftermath scene. Even at the end of the episode, we see Molly pop in…what about that?! I would imagine it’d be awkward for them afterwards…hmmm…was Sherlock texting Molly at the end of the episode? Or the woman? Again, the writers leave a lot for the audience to speculate…and speculate we shall. 

Originally posted by fangirlhani

5. One thing we can’t speculate on is the fate of Redbeard…we finally realize who Redbeard was…Sherlock’s best friend. Euros, out of jealousy, murdered Sherlock’s best friend, and attempted to do it again. That scene where Sherlock figures it out was very well done…and I can completely see why someone would want to repress those memories, how traumatic it probably was for Sherlock and Mycroft both at that age. It’s a very tragic moment and reveal, and one that really shook me watching it. 

Originally posted by sirjohnwatsons

4. I think that Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship in this episode worked well; and while I think that my family personally would react a little harsher to finding out that Mycroft and “Uncle Rudi” had hidden away Sherlock’s sister, the end result wasn’t too drawn out and was handled best as it could be. 

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

3. If I had to pick my least favorite part of the episode, it would be the “Plane” plot; I really was in suspense with how the little girl on the plane was going to “save” everyone in the end or was going to pass…and then we find out it’s all part of Eurus’s psychosis. I mean, I GET it, but it was all a bit forced and sort of deflated the tension at the end. That said, I did like that Sherlock was able to somewhat “reach” Eurus, but the manner in which it was executed just didn’t suit me personally. 

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

Originally posted by knightlley

2. That said, Eurus’s character was interesting; her desire to be close to Sherlock was also fascinating, especially when Sherlock decides to “Solve” the crisis and shoot himself to save his brother and his friend, John. The actress portraying her did a beautiful job creating a complex, and innocent, while terrifyingly powerful antagonist throughout the episode. Her frailty coupled with her power was engaging and made for one of the toughest villains Sherlock’s faced ever. I can definitely see why Moriarty was someone she was “treated” to.

Originally posted by doctorwhogeneration

1. I did love seeing 221 B Baker Street being rebuilt after the explosion at the end…the fact that Watson adds back the smiley face, and that their adventures continue on was a lovely addition. I still think Mary’s post-mortem videos are odd, but I love that she knew that even after she was gone, the mysteries would continue…and Sherlock holding little Rosie! ADORABLE! The fact that his “humanity” shows is so telling of how much Sherlock’s developed since Season One…it was just a perfect ending to the series, should it end there. 

Originally posted by cumberbatchaddiction

So, FINAL VERDICT? It’s a great episode; not perfect, by any means, but contains a lot of entertainment. While I would have liked more “aftermath” in the resolution of the episode, I did enjoy this episode and Series 4 as a whole. The character development and emotional roller coaster was worth the wait. I think my favorite parts are those that aren’t “spelled out” for us. I like when writers leave some things to our imagination, letting us predict which ending we believe…which works fine for my Sherlolly heart me. Keep up the good adventures, Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes. Cheers to a great season!

Originally posted by fangirlhani

anonymous asked:

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omg this is so sweet!!!!! wow i love you!!!!!!! ill be honest. im always surprised when i get such high compliments like this because i know theres soooo many other good stories out there n sum of u have chosen me as ur favorite writer or tra as ur favorite story and i just :-( it makes my day n makes me so happy!!!! ULL BE IN AWE AT THE END OF THIS CHAPTER im so sorry u guys its been three months but i promise ill have it up soon!!!!! normally i wouldnt post more previews but since its been a while i think i might post another??? idk LOL

Since at the moment everyone is even more salty than before over the recent soundtrack news, I’ll just try to avoid wandering in the RW//BY tags myself for now and say that I just recently listened to Like Morning Follows Night again and oh God, my boy Sun loves Blake so much it’s unbelievable. The

Yet I still believe in you
Every breath, every word
Every smile, every glance
Could be another chance
That you’ll finally see
The love that is me

gets me every time. Which if we think about it, since the song played in episode 3, is kinda foreshadowing for episode 11, where Blake finally calls Sun her hero. She’s definitely starting to see the love that is Sun and acknowledge her own feelings for him, which are most likely deeper than the simple highschool crush we saw in the past volumes, but she refused to see/admit/accept them because she was scared of the consequences and she didn’t want him to end up like Yang (and all Beacon for that matter) did. 

I might not be able to follow the series anymore, but I will always root for these two no matter what. They are just so perfect for eachother both character and story wise. I sure hope RT doesn’t rush anything between them, because their relationship has great potential, but it has to be managed well nevertheless. They have been developed in a realistic way so far, which is good except for the slaps because I seriously wanted to jump into the screen and punch Blake in the face for those other than whoever thought they were a good idea in the first place; I probably hated Blake more than Jacques in that moment, no kidding.

The chorus sung by both male and female vocalist is another thing that gives me chills. It seriously makes me smile to hear that Sun and Blake’s POVs are the same, with her accepting and being happy about Sun always sticking up for her no matter what and showing her the unconditional love she never received from anyone before. You can clearly hear the development from the darkness and gloom Blake was in to the happiness and light that Sun brought in her life through the whole song.

And lets be honest here, Blake has been bearable this volume only because Sun was there to make her realize in 5 minutes everything she failed to realize in 6-8 months when she was on her own (and that she probably didn’t even fully realize during all the time she spent at Beacon). Sun never gave up despite all the shit Blake put him through, which he did not deserve, because everyone has flaws but surprisingly enough he gets demonized for every single one of them. If Sun coughed near Blake everyone would probably jump up and say that he’s trying to get her sick and that he should just die alone instead.

And now let me get one thing straight: I don’t care what you ship. I don’t care if you agree with this or not. What I care about is respect. Tumblr has made me legit scared of posting anything about these two because the only times I did I always got harassed for it. But I still want to try and overcome my own fears once more because I like writing analysis and dig deep into what the show gives us. The relationship between Blake and Sun is something I feel really close and is important to me not only because of the pairing itself, which is obviously my OTP, but also because of many other personal reasons. I just wanted to get this off my chest and write something serious about LMFN as well, if you don’t want to read it, just scroll past it. It’s that simple.

Epic Movie (Re)Watch Analysis - The Bond Actors

Note: designating a film as, “best,” and, “worst,” is born from averaging various critical ratings from sites like Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb.

Originally posted by renegadism

Instead of, “ranking,” the Bond actors I think I’m just going to analyze them: talk about their strengths and weaknesses as a whole. Things like that. Because ranking Bonds is purely a matter of opinion and while I may talk about my opinion in this piece I will mainly talk about the 007′s.

Sean Connery (1963-1967, 1971)

Originally posted by esraa1993

Films: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever

  • Best film: Goldfinger
  • Worst film: Diamonds Are Forever

Designation: The Tough Guy

Connery would define the Bond franchise and every Bond actor to follow, in both a good and bad way. His first four films are classics, with Goldfinger being the Bong film all others aspire to be. While You Only Live Twice hasn’t aged very well (it could quite possibly be the most racist and misogynistic film the series) it’s still not a bad film. Diamonds Are Forever was the beginning of over-the-top Bond with kinda campy elements, a category Connery didn’t fit well in (he also returned to the role because of a paycheck and it shows in his performance).

What makes Connery interesting to watch is that he was able to define who Bond was and so had a sort of free reign with the character. He was the most human of the 007′s until Daniel Craig came along, showing fear and anger often in his films. In those first four films you can tell he seems to be really enjoying the part, and therefore we enjoy watching him in them.

The reason Connery is designated as, “The Tough Guy,” of 007s is because he was very much a man’s man of the era. He hits women to interrogate them, but he’s also very rough with all the other villains and henchmen of the series too. Bond creator Ian Fleming was originally hesitant to see blue-collar Connery as the upper class 007 but was so impressed by his performance he changed Bond’s family tree to reflect Scottish heritage and that’s all because of Connery. 

George Lazenby (1969)

Originally posted by thefilmfatale

Films: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

  • Best film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Worst film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Designation: The Romantic

Designation one film as best or worst when it comes to George Lazenby is rather redundant because - unfortunately - he only appeared in one Bond film.

Lazenby gets a bad wrap, as most of the press had decided he would suck as James Bond before even seeing the film (mostly because he wasn’t Sean Connery). But here’s the thing: Lazenby isn’t a bad Bond and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is actually a VERY good movie. Bond has more personal stakes in it than he has in any other film, he is emotionally vulnerable and even cries in the film. He is more tender with women then Sean Connery was, and that is why he gets the designation of, “The Romantic,” Bond.

Roger Moore (1973-1985)

Originally posted by britishsecretservice

Films: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill

  • Best film: The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Worst film: A View to a Kill

Designation: Gentleman Spy

When it comes to the quality of Roger Moore’s work on the 007s films (and the quality of the films themselves) it’s a bit of a roller coaster. You start off kinda high with Live and Let Die and then you drop down with The Man with the Golden Gun before skyrocketing with The Spy Who Loved Me. And while there’s a bump in the ride with Moonraker you stay on that high with For Your Eyes Only only to come down with Octopussy and A View to a Kill. Unfortunately, Moore’s tenure as Bond did drop because he stuck with the role for too long. He got too comfortable with it, and Bond became too comfortable, whereas Bond should always have a bit of edge to him.

Moore’s Bond was at his best when he wasn’t Sean Connery’s James Bond. This is one of the big reasons The Man with the Golden Gun suffered, as it felt like a better script for Sean Connery than Roger Moore. Moore’s Bond doesn’t hit women, he romances them and he is (to the best of his ability) a gentleman. Whenever anyone looks for, “generic James Bond,” they look to Roger Moore, and I don’t mean that as an insult but as an observation. He played the role longer then anyone else, in more films than anyone else, and he did play it less emotionally vulnerable than Lazenby and even with less fear/anger we sometimes saw Connery have.

At the end of the day all of Moore’s films are worth watching for one reason or another with the exception of Octopussy (you can even skip A View to a Kill but Christopher Walken is pretty good in it). He just overstayed his welcome a little.

Timothy Dalton (1987-1989)

Originally posted by taladarkiejj

Films: The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill

  • Best film: Licence to Kill
  • Worst film: The Living Daylights

Designation: The Rogue

Calling one Timothy Dalton film better than the other is actually kind of a stupid thing to do because they’re both pretty consistent in quality and they’re both very good. Dalton is a very refreshing change of pace from Roger Moore’s more relaxed James Bond as he goes back to a lot of what Sean Connery did well in his films: he shows fear, he gets angry (he’s probably the angriest of the Bonds), you can tell he’s a little vulnerable (although not as much as Lazenby) and all in all he’s VERY interesting to watch. I greatly enjoyed Dalton’s films, and the reason he is designated as, “The Rogue,” is because we see in his films - more than other Bond films - his personal sense of honor and justice actually outweigh his devotion to queen and country. This is best on display in Licence to Kill (I don’t know why they spell Licence that way) which is probably my favorite of his two 007 films.

Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)

Originally posted by greatspacedustbin

Films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day

  • Best film: GoldenEye
  • Worst film: Die Another Day

Designation: The Near-Total Package

It was sorta difficult for me to designate Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, for although he’s pretty good he doesn’t really bring anything new to the role. He’s like the middle ground between Sean Connery and Roger Moore: he’s smooth, he’s been doing this a while, he’s emotionally steady, BUT he’s still got a bit of those rough edges. It does make him interesting to watch, he’s not a bad Bond by any means, in fact he’s kind of a perfect representation of all the Bonds before him. He’s got Connery’s rough edges, Lazenby’s romanticism, Moore’s gentlemen nature, and even a bit of Dalton’s rogue tendencies.

When it comes to his films most people tend to agree that GoldenEye is the best of the bunch and Die Another Day should really just be avoided (it’s very cartoony but without the fun of a cartoon, and there is a lot of awful CGI). While people are also pretty harsh towards his other two films I actually greatly enjoyed The World is Not Enough despite Denise Richards less-than-desirable performance as the Bond girl. All in all, Brosnan was the perfect Bond to end a 40 year continuity on before rebooting the series with Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig (2006-Present)

Originally posted by bridgetfrombudapest

Films: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre

  • Best film: Casino Royale
  • Worst film: Quantum of Solace

Designation: The Raw Bond

I speak at great length in all of my (re)watches of the Daniel Craig Bond films as to why he’s the raw 007, but here’s the gist of it: a lot changed in terms of filmmaking between 2002 and 2006. Jason Bourne was now a lucrative franchise with the third film coming out a year after Casino Royale, and films such as Batman Begins and even 2002′s Spider-Man showed that audiences were interested in origin stories. Not only that, but Batman Begins proved that something which had gotten ridiculously campy and over the top could return to it’s darker roots very well. This film largely inspired producer Barbra Broccoli to reboot the Bond franchise with Casino Royale with a new continuity, and Craig is playing a Bond who has never been on a big ass mission before.

Craig is not the same Bond who has encountered Dr. No or Goldfinger before, everything he’s doing he’s doing for the first time and he’s really learning on the job. Casino Royale is the best example of this, as Bond is exceptionally raw and undisciplined in that film with a massive ego. As the films progress he grows into more a seasoned veteran (to the point of fault in Spectre) but he’s got just a little bit of edgy Jason Bourne type thrown into him to make him relevant. He’s still 007: he’s still slick and cool, but Craig is by far the most human James Bond ever showing fear, love, anger, sadness, all of it. And it makes for excellent character writing. Craig is, by far, my favorite 007.

Originally posted by artoftheautomobile


A little break in my standard Epic Movie (Re)Watch post but I thought it’d be fun to try something new. I don’t think I’ll do a, “rank the Bond films,” or, “rank the Bond girls,” or anything like that. I may write one more Bond analytical post but it might also be outside of my Epic Movie (Re)Watch and deal with, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” also. Anyway, if you guys enjoyed this format let me know!

lilyfarm  asked:

Idk if you listen to rap, but Geto Boys sometimes use horror elements in their music. I recommend the songs "Scarface", "Chuckie", "Mind of a Lunatic," and "Assassin", these are definitely some of the darkest pieces of music I ever heard.

I actually really appreciate rap as a genre, to be honest (even if I only listen to a handful of artists here and there).  The word “rap” is an acronym for “rhythm and poetry”, which is what the best rap really is.

The heavy beats and use of sampling, or even original melody in the right notes, would be an excellent mix with horror (it’s hard for me to put into words exactly what I mean, so I hope you get the general idea).  It’s kind of the same reason that heavy metal is also such a great fit with horror: Lots of minor notes, and a strong, powerful sound. 

Of course, back in the 80’s, when rap was still blossoming as a genre, there were legit rap songs licensed FOR horror films (the Elm Street series boasts a couple, including one from the Fat Boys.  Will Smith did a Krueger track of his own, but it wasn't backed by New Line).  These tracks, however, were quite lighthearted, though very fun.

One I’m very fond of is Rah Digga’s “Mirror Mirror” for the “Thir13en Ghosts” soundtrack–it’s just perfect over the ending credits, and I really like the flow of the refrain.

I’ll definitely have to check out those songs you mentioned.  I’m sure I’ll quite enjoy them!

Mitsu's Top Ten Anime of 2013

Mitsu’s Top 10 Anime of 2013

No particular rules here, these animes are ones I found were appealing to my own personal tastes and ones I recommend above others that came out this year. If something you love was missing from the list I’m sorry, but there were many of my own favorites removed from the list in favor of the ones I found most groundbreaking, inspiring, beautifully animated, written, etc etc. Some of these I haven’t had a chance to review yet! Please enjoy! (1 is the best, 10 is on the lower end (but these are the best of the best so number 10 isn’t by any means bad)

10. Nagi no Asukara

I added this anime after a great struggle to quietly push aside another anime I admire very much. Nagi isn’t done yet, but it’s shown great promise in its first half, being a show that focuses on an age group that usually is skipped over in most anime I’ve seen, preteens. It’s that awkward stage between childish innocence and adult maturity with the main characters fighting between the two while also trapped between the fight of the land and the sea. It’s about FISH PEOPLE to put it bluntly and to explain quickly (my dad cutely calls this “Fishy Anime”) that this anime is just incredibly beautiful and sweet, and paaaainful. I’m really hoping the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint me, but is a genuinely good series to carry over to 2014.

9. Silver Spoon

I love me some slice of life, and Silver Spoon is so much more. It’s educational, feel good, coming of age, and full of things I’d gladly show to anyone. It is a GREAT anime for just about anyone to get into. There isn’t a ton of action and fighting, it’s by no means supernatural, but it’s just so nice! I’m happy to see it return in January and excited to see what fun things we’ll learn next about agriculture!

8. Little Witch Academia

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS GETTING A FULL SERIES I’M SO PUMPED OH MY GOD.

*coughs* I did a review on this one earlier, so much of why I love it has already been explained. Really Studio Trigger (and this little part of it) has just done so well in bringing life so such a tiny little gem like LWA. Anime is magical, and LWA takes that seriously, bringing forth animation that really stands out on its own, a story and characters (and their great designs) that bring color and light into the show and the fact that all of that, a small, half hour long OVA won itself an anime thanks to a mostly WESTERN audience! Please keep an eye out for announcements of the upcoming anime!!

7. Suisei no Gargantia

The Urobutcher strikes again!! And he makes a mecha anime about post-ice age earth nicer and more heartfelt than that painful magical girl anime. He is one backwards man, but Garganita was one of my favorite surprises this year, mostly for the writing and directing. The plot twists were insane I MEAN INSANE, the character development WAS AMAZING for all characters, and the world building and animation was just perfect (SERIOUSLY LEDO GETS A TAN OVER THE SERIES HOLY HELL DETAILS) and it went out with such a wonderful bang.

I wanna say I caught wind of some sort of sequel/movie in the works (I know OVAs came out but CR doesn’t DO OVAs which kinda is their biggest fault at the moment), but I’m not entirely sure, regardless, the anime to me at least ended at a point that was just perfect and I’d be okay if no more showed up, but PUMPED if more were to be released.

6. Kyokai no Katana

A lot of people were upset with KNK’s ending, which surprises me seeing as it was a pretty heart-racing, gut-wrenching and tear jerking climax in my book. I had read the manga for AOT and knew what was coming (and what’s to come) so the climax of THAT anime was not nearly as emotionally provoking as KNK was, as I’ve never read the novel.

Overall, Kyoani has just had a great year and I’m glad they did, but I still stand by what I said, KNK deserved more praise than Free, and I’m happy to see Free returning next year, I’m just more satisfied with KNK as it had an ending that was just perfect, along with a freaking amazingly great story, characters, comedy, romance, and wow the tragedy.  

5. Eccentric Family

One of the few animes I see hardly anything about around was Eccentric Family. It was a really nice short, concise anime with some great story telling and mythology. I’ve gotta say, this one had my attention nonstop, and I came into this series late, having to watch around 75% of the anime before I caught up RIGHT AT THE CLIMAX, so I was all built up and raring to go at the bad guys and crying over the big reveal, and praying that the ending would be good and not RIP MY HEART TO SHREDS, but in the long run, Eccentric Family is a BEAUTIFUL coming of age story, and a story about family.

4. Attack on Titan

I had to put it on the list, not to pander, but just to mention it as AOT really was the anime of 2013. People OUTSIDE of anime knew what it was and it had such a great online presence…The problem is, after months, AOT actually just wore out its welcome for me. It’s already hurt me emotionally in ways you cannot imagine if you haven’t watched the show, yet I absolutely love it. I should hate it, I should hate all of the characters, YET I LOVE IT. Maybe the huge outpouring of pornography keeps me going, and my colossal titan nendoroid, but since the last few episodes of the anime, the OVA, the prequel and the latest chapters of the manga, my soul is just dying.

No anime has caused such emotional chaos since Natsuyuki Randevous or Shiki, maybe even Fruits Basket, but the problem is, those anime are what make me LOVE anime. The pain is GOOD. ;_; There is something wrong with me…

3. Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen

You have no idea how important Rozen Maiden is to me. It actually had an effect on my life and I have been waiting YEARS for this reboot/special series. To explain to people new to anime, Rozen Maiden originally came out during one of the…worst time for animes based off of manga. None of them ever got an actually decent anime and because of this, fat was trimmed, and by fat, I mean STORY AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, replaced instead by pandering and FILLER.

Zurückspulen (German for rewind) was a completely new spin on this to fix the anime the best it could and wow…I could not stop watching it. I have a feeling it had to do with Kirakishou and older Jun. Oh, and that they just kept twiiisiting that knife into my back, which as you can see, seems to keep me interested in anime.

I am such a freaking masochist OTL

2. Kyousogiga

Wowza, this was a great year for anime, artistically and emotionally. I was…mostly mad at Kyousogiga at first (I’m about to watch episode 10.5 to get to speed on what I just watched). Firstly, let me explain: this story is NOT told in chronological order! So you’re jumping back and forth between 4 or 5 different worlds, time lines, character POVs it’s stressful and hard to keep up with, but at the same time, it felt like a puzzle I HAD to put together on my own, slowly putting the pieces together and watching as the big picture came together. I enjoyed every moment of it, the reveals, the concept, and I was SCREAMING in shock in the last two episodes at my poor TV.

Beautiful animation, symbolism, story (despite how hard it is to follow) and I just…I’m in awe of this anime. IT WOULD BE NUMBER ONE IF ONLY FOR ONE SHOW

1. Gatchaman Crowds

It’s great to see something like Gatchaman Crowds come out of the woodwork. It’s retro, but yet it has this new, almost futuristic appeal to it. To me, this anime feels lost in time. Gatchaman itself is an OLD franchise, super popular in Japan, but not in the west, but CROWDS brings forth new technology, character types, animation and music to make this beautiful chic anime that is a treat for the eyes, ears and mind.

I say eyes and ears mostly because of the music and visuals. This anime, from the second it started to the moment it ended had the most visually appealing art style to me all season. Yes attack on titan was beautiful in its own respects (especially once you see the source material), but Crowds had this poppy, minimalist art style and soft color pallet. A lot of people HATE CG in anime like in Tiger and Bunny, but Gatchaman just pulls it off beautifully, taking a new mecha like approach on the old Gatchaman uniforms that were actually one of the main trademarks of the original Gatchaman series.

The music is an absolute treat. As soon as I heard Tutu I was blasted back to 2007 when I’d be playing Katamari Damacy, and it’s such a mix. A lot of people joke that the soundtrack is very dubsteppy, but not in a bad way at all. It takes opera, orchestral works, rock, pop, alternative music, and electrocutes it with the industrial sound of EDM and Dubstep to bring out the futuristic appeal of the Gatchaman Crowds universe.

It also broke the mold on characters. There are characters, flamboyant, masculine, miniscule, feminine, awkward, strange, angry and all in places you don’t expect. I was in awe to see a character in drag…and hardly anyone pointed it out within the series. It was nice to see a lead female character who wasn’t of your normal pick of the litter. There was little to no romance in this anime (though I won’t lie, I will gladly enjoy some when the series picks back up) and WOW JUST THE ANIMATION IS GREAT.

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Regardless of what my favorites were, be it Saint Young Men, Free, AOT or whatever, 2013 was a great year for anime. The year ahead looks incredibly exciting and full of many more TBAs and a great line up prepared for Winter and Spring. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL new year, stay safe, and resolve to watch more anime in the coming year!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc, feel free to drop me a line be it via reblog, ask or whatever :3 I’m always up for feedback!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NEWT/HERMANN FIC REC

Long time coming, with very poor execution because I can’t format worth shit. So here it is! A newmann fic rec of my personal favorite fics because reasons and slightly because I promised to do this for a friend!

*warning: Nearly all fics under the cut are rated M or E, barring two. Also, I don’t give any real descriptions of the fics other than personal opinions but hey whatever! More maybe added to this as time goes on.

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