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Culture Shock part 2 (Jungkook angst)

I’m terrified that this is the last time I’ll ever see you.

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Genre: Angst


Jungkook,

I hope this letter finds its way to you. I know it’s a little weird and out of the blue, but I’m visiting Seoul and I saw you. What are the chances? The one person that I was scared to run into and I saw you in a restaurant with your girlfriend.

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Imagine Loki, who serves his eternal sentence on earth by helping the Avengers, seeking out Bucky once he is brought into the Avengers’ fold as well. He keeps pestering Bucky with questions about how his memory and his identity was erased, much to Bucky’s distress. Cap sees it and intervenes, calling Loki a bully and giving him an earful. Loki gives him an enigmatic smile and leaves.

A few days later Loki shows Stark designs for an apparatus similar to what Bucky was put through. Stark gets mad and asks him what does he want to achieve with this contraption; whether it was a new way to possess people’s minds, now that he didn’t have the glow stick destiny. Loki states plainly that he wishes to use the device on himself only, to remove all his memories. Stark is baffled and asks why. Loki tells him that the happy memories remind him of a life which had been a lie, and the bad memories remind him that he is a monster. The memories give him a sense of identity which he isn’t sure he even has anymore. He simply wants to forget everything, and be mindless and numb for a change. Still, Stark refuses, much to Loki’s surprise and vexation.

Just rewatched Love and Monsters, and I’m kinda baffled as to why people don’t like the episode. And first of all, I think one of the biggest reasons for this is that people don’t understand where the Abzorbaloff idea came from.

So if you take nothing else from the post, take this: the Abzorbaloff was designed by Blue Peter competition winner William Grantham. You think the monster is childish? It was designed by a 10 year old child.

Also, I get that it’s a childish/ comedy episode, but then the monster is comedian Peter Kay in green prosthetics, so… *shrugs*. Basically, I think this is the Doctor Who equivalent of the ‘lighter’/ ‘more comedic’ X Files episodes like ‘Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster’/ ‘Bad Blood’ etc. It’s not supposed to be a totally serious episode. So if that’s not your bag, that makes sense. But it’s not supposed to be taken totally seriously, it’s a more light-hearted production even if it deals with serious topics. 

But the other reasons I don’t understand why people don’t like the episode are:

  • It’s an episode about loss.

The most obvious of these are Elton and Jackie. For Elton, the episode is about him wanting to find out why he met the Doctor as a child, where he then discovers that it was the night he lost his mum. He is also the only member of LINDA who survives the episode (and doesn’t end up in a slab of concrete), and loses his friends.

With Jackie, it’s about her dealing with the Doctor and Rose not being around, but also how she deals without Mickey. She admits herself in the episode that she usually had Mickey around to help out with DIY, and you just know that he was round there more than just when her washing machine broke. He was a friend, who she could complain about Rose’s lack of phone calls and the Doctor’s poor manners to.

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Worst Designs in TMNT 2012

To be clear I love the 2012 TMNT series. I’ve been watching from the beginning. But from the beginning I’ve had an issue with many of the mutant and monster designs. Whether baffling or simply ugly, here are some of the worst offenders. I listed my favorites as well here. *Spoilers*

5. Alopex - The much anticipated transplant of Alopex from the IDW series into the 2012 cartoon. Physically she looks fine, cool even, and I don’t mind the changes to her character, but what is up with the outfit? Even if it didn’t have chunks missing from it, it would look poofy and bad. Should have stuck with the bandages/ no-pants look from the comics.

4. Dogpound - I was initially of the opinion that Bradford and certainly Xever were much cooler and more interesting before mutating. Fishface grew on me a bit, but I always found Dogpound too awkward and doofy to ignore. I like the big fist I guess, but why does his face have to be so big? At least he turns into the infinitely cooler Rahzar later.

3. Rockwell - Something about his large size, spindly limbs, and enormous hands really turns me off. The bulging eyes thing is creepy too.

2. Slash - It’s unfortunate that I dislike so many of the Mutanimal’s 2012 designs. Slash had such a cool introduction in the series, but as soon as we got a good look at him I was disappointed. His bright-bluish skin and randomly protruding spikes just do not look good. I also hate his extendable, cracked nails. Ugh, no thanks.

1. Pidgeon Pete - God is he butt ugly. I get that that is the point, but this design is simply baffling. Why do his eyes protrude like that? Why does he have only three janky feathers on each arm? And his doughy human belly. The IDW Pidgeon Pete is infinitely better. Every time this guy was on screen I just wanted him to go away immediately.

So the card Yusaku got in VR space is getting converted into a physical card?

That’s… odd.

Is that the only way that people can get Link Monsters here? Was that some kinda thing In VRains culture? Is there some kinda society of virtual nomads who hunt down Data Storms so they can grind for Link Monsters?

This is just baffling, even by Yu-Gi-Oh standards.

anonymous asked:

How good is Monster? I read somewhere that the first 20 or so episodes are very boring and that not many will have the patience to watch that. But I also learnt that it has one of the most compelling antagonists out there. Is this true? Did you find the initial episodes to be boring? Also , someone told me that Monster keeps getting compared to Death Note but it is far superior to it in every aspect. I feel that this is quite an achievement.

Monster is by far the best seinen manga/anime I have ever read/watched thus far (and I say so having read/watched plenty - though I still have a lot more to read/watch). However, Monster cannot be compared to other seinen work like Death Note or Tokyo Ghoul (Read more about this below). 

It is THAT GOOD because Hollywood purchased the rights to turn it into a movie but ultimately failed - because the work is too big to be squeezed into a movie. Following this attempt, HBO bought the rights to turn it into a series, but eventually dropped out, again. Personally, I have mixed feelings about these failures: on one hand, I want it to be adapted so the Western media would be exposed to its tremendous and meticulous details. On the other hand, I know that if it were adapted, it would have probably been ruined by the westernized standards. Furthermore, Monster is heavily charged with politics and social problems that I worry Western media would undermine them because they do not suit their agendas. 

Monster anime has 74 episodes. Monster manga has 18 volumes that have been collected into 9 Perfect Edition Volumes (2-in-1) that I personally collected. As far as the anime is concerned, it adapts the manga, panel per panel, but cuts out some scenes… probably because of censoring. Personally, I would recommend either, because the anime is well made. 

I personally finished watching Monster within a week. Had it been boring, I wouldn’t have abandoned my studies, 2 weeks before finals period during November 2015. It was not boring to me at all. The first 20 episodes may seem to be boring to some because they are slow-paced (although a number of twists occur). Sadly, when people arrive to the 30s, they get lost by the tremendous flow of information… probably because they were not paying enough attention during the first 20 episodes. As such, the first 20 episodes are extremely important. Some may find them boring, but those ultimately end up not being able to decipher the subtleties that Urasawa-sensei has placed. 
If you think you cannot watch 74 episodes… then opt for the manga, because it is faster to go through it.

I tend to disagree with people comparing Monster to Death Note, as both have extremely different genres. I know that Monster is pretty underrated compared to the much-hyped Death Note. Sadly, Death Note has swept many tremendous series under its shadows because it is extremely hyped… People consider it to be reigning over the psychological/seinen kingdom. I disagree (for many reasons). Regardless of what my opinion is on Death Note, Monster cannot be compared to Death Note, for the following reasons:

  1. Monster is a realistic work. There is no element of science fiction or supernatural abilities involved (this is what makes Monster terrifying). 
  2. Monster tackles a wide range of social, political, economical, philosophical, and religious topics. As such, it engulfs areas that Death Note has not touched upon. 
  3. All of Monster’s characters are complex and their complexity is aggravated as the story progresses.
  4. Monster does not provide closure to countless events, unlike Death Note… and thus the audience are required to heavily engage in the actions to understand what happened.
  5. Monster revolves around a number of events happening at the same time, not one.
  6. Monster is much darker than Death Note.
  7. Monster captures emotional and psychological horror. 

I can list more stuff, but I will stop here. Both series have enough differences that they do not even have a middle territory to be compared… and so I personally believe it is useless to compare them. In a sense, Monster has its own category.

I also disagree with your notion of Monster only being an achievement because your friend thinks it is better than Death Note. Monster was written before Death Note. What makes Monster an achievement is that it terrifyingly relates to the current era, even though it portrays a totally different time (and place), and that the events of Monster can occur at any time, any place, without anyone being able to have any control over them.
I wouldn’t want to spoil any more as this is a conclusion you’d get following completion of the series, but to conclude, the fact that Monster’s realism is quiet baffling makes Monster one of the most terrifying, yet excellent works I have came across.  

I’ve gotten so used to Harley’s new look that I don’t even stop to think about how she’s literally wearing a shirt that says “Daddy’s Little Monster”. I’M wearing a shirt that says “Daddy’s Little Monster”.

I am baffled as to how this blatant ddlg propaganda made it onto Harley’s precious self but…it’s here. I’m wearing it.

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Chapter 3 - Park Jimin, No Known Alias

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Summary: 

Monster wasn’t afraid of anything. He wasn’t afraid as he watched from the entrance of an alleyway as Jimin stood rigid, a shadowed figure trapping him from behind as a needle pressed precariously against the younger subordinate’s neck.

Rated: M

Warnings: Graphic violence, Minor character death

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