my personal favorite of the franchise

anonymous asked:

Rec me a long, angsty, smutty (not amateur), fic. Preferably bottom!h 😅 but I'm really down for whatever plot. Like FWB, Enemies to lovers, head canon, etc. LITERALLY ANYTHING JUST WANT LONG AND SMUTTY AND MAYBE A LIL SAD BUT HAPPY ENDIG AND HARRY BEING FUCKED :( please :( (But I haven't read a fic where one of them was dared to date the other??)

Ok anon. you asked for a lot in this ask! So here’s kinda a mix of everything?? Idk I tried lol. If you want a more specific fic, message me again. But if you mainly just want long b!Harry fics, I suggest going on the AO3 tag Bottom Harry, and then setting the sort filter to word count. That should do the trick! Enjoy :D

baby loves when daddy gets high by octobertwo (cheshirebottom) (60k words) I love her smut! omg its perfect mix of filth and deliciousness! Check out all of her works !!

au set in los angeles where harry sings in dive bars and hooks up with men twice his age; french painter fresh from paris louis may or may not end up being the sugar daddy he’s been looking for.

[alternatively as: louis is a millionaire with a slight affinity for narcotics and harry just wants to be the coney island queen.]

“daddy gets high, but daddy takes care of business.”

You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release) by LoadedGunn (95k words) A smut classic. Jesus Christ. It’s sooo good mate. So good. 

His first driving lesson with Louis takes place on a Saturday.

Harry stumbles out through the front gate in thrown-on baggy jeans and his ratty Ramones shirt, sees Louis leaning casually against the car, and his knees nearly give out. Apparently “not another surly teacher” meant a drop dead gorgeous twenty-something scruffy guy with shaggy brown hair and cheekbones sharp enough to chop a salad with. Clearly, Robin’s trying to get Harry killed at seventeen.

Or, the AU where Louis is a 25-year-old driving instructor and Harry is a 17-year-old virgin who’s really awful at seduction, except for the time he gets Louis to fall for him and fuck him senseless and take him on kinky adventures.

The Bet by ShellSea12 (61k words) There’s some dare fics out there, I just can’t find them atm. So I’m recommending a bet au. 

Summary: When Louis bets Zayn that he can make anyone fall in love with him in under a month, he doesn’t expect Zayn to pick loner Harry Styles as the challenge. Larry Stylinson AU COMPLETE

Empty Gold by rainbow_kings (148k words) [long, b!H, enemies to lovers]

AU where Louis Tomlinson attends the vigorous, demanding performing arts school: Guildhall in hopes to complete his theatre degree. He is a scholarship student, always having to work twice as hard to prove his worth which has caused him to feel resentment and anger towards his subordinate position.

Harry Styles is the wealthy, naturally gifted actor who effortlessly snatches all the main roles within the class. The complete contrast to everything Louis is.

Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles have had bad blood and despised each other for the two years they attended Guildhall together, making each task a competition between each other.

In the final year, when Guildhall produces and performs an original play, Louis is heartbroken to learn the lead role has been been received to Harry and he’s the second role. He’s mostly terrified, however, when he realises he has to date Harry in the play as their characters. They come together through awkward stage kisses that transforms to hate sex, heated arguments, rehearsal times after lectures and baking carrot cake together.

Time Bomb by ThisSentimentalHeart (291k words) [long, b!H]

“Why exactly are you here?” Louis asked, feigning annoyance and failing pathetically at it.

“My publicist told me I can’t go anywhere near you.” Harry said, eyes still smudged with last night’s eye liner. “That makes you my favorite person in the world.”

Or the one where Louis has everything: a lead role in a giant Hollywood franchise, a glittering new house with an entertaining Irish neighbor, and a steady, normal boyfriend who he probably loves. Louis never expected to become a household name among young Hollywood overnight. He also never expected to find something endearing about the enigmatic rockstar who keeps showing up on his back porch.

you are in love by wildestdreams (207k words) [long, b!H, angst]

The one where there’s late night coffee runs with deep conversations, lots of frat parties with cute frat boys, TV show references, numerous social network interactions, first kisses in the rain and a slow burn love story between two unlikely people.

monthly fic rec: april 

- time bomb by thissentimentalheart (291k)

“Why exactly are you here?” Louis asked, feigning annoyance and failing pathetically at it.
“My publicist told me I can’t go anywhere near you.” Harry said, eyes still smudged with last night’s eye liner. “That makes you my favorite person in the world.”

Or the one where Louis has everything: a lead role in a giant Hollywood franchise, a glittering new house with an entertaining Irish neighbor, and a steady, normal boyfriend who he probably loves. Louis never expected to become a household name among young Hollywood overnight. He also never expected to find something endearing about the enigmatic rockstar who keeps showing up on his back porch.

- the melody you never heard by bananasandboots (30k)

It’s one last adventure. One last chance to be young and carefree. One final weekend before they take up their internships, their corporate positions, before they enter the real world, fresh out of university. Niall’s his best mate. Liam’s been there for him since they were lost, little freshmen, trying to find their ways through an overwhelming first year. Harry can’t disappoint them, even if it means enduring four days with Louis.

Louis, who he does share a history with, a history he’s never told anyone about, not even Niall, a history he hasn’t brought up in three years because it’s stupid and embarrassing and confusing.

Or, the one where Harry gets roped into a four-day camping trip with the boy who kissed him and never called back. 

- say hallelujah, say goodnight by alivingfire (110k)

Louis is an angel who is just a little too bad to be good, Harry is a demon who is just a little too good to be bad, and they’re both a little too in love to be impartial when angels and demons go to war.

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9 Reasons Why the New “Beauty and the Beast” is Better Than the 1991 Original

I know, such a crazy notion, but as a die-hard fan of the original 1991 animated classic, as a young woman who adored Belle and looked up to her as a young girl, and as someone who loves Disney, I truly believe that while the cartoon classic is phenomenal, the new live-action reimagining is astoundingly better. Here are my reasons why:

1. Back-story 

In the original I always had SO MANY QUESTIONS. Mainly–how in the hell did a village less than a few miles away not know that a giant castle that once was home to a wealthy and powerful Prince was RIGHT THERE? Who was the Prince ruling over if the villagers had no clue this place and this beast existed? Why were the servants cursed if they weren’t the ones who turned the old woman away? Why was the Prince so cold-hearted, arrogant, and shallow? The prologue amongst other scenes in the 2017 film address all these questions.

We learn that the enchantress placed a spell on the villagers to make them forget about the Prince and everyone in the castle. This explains how no one knew it was there, and also the sense of lawlessness in the village, because if their ruler–the Prince–vanished, and no one remembered him then whose in charge? Gaston? No wonder it’s a mess there.

We also learn why Beast is so cold-hearted, we learn his mother died when he was young and his father was emotionally abusive, and raised him to be a spoiled, arrogant, shallow shell of a man. We also learn that the servants witnessed the emotional abuse of this child and did nothing to stop it–deeming them worthy of punishment for being so cowardly and selfish as to not help the Prince when he was young.

Now someone asked me why the hell Chip and the dog were cursed too, they didn’t do anything. My theory is the curse was really only taking effect inside the ballroom, all the servants were in there for the ball, and in the opening sequence we see Chip running in to see what’s the matter and Mrs. Potts running after him–terrified. I believe she sensed the danger in the ballroom, and was trying to save Chip from meeting the same fate as the rest of them, and ultimately–she failed. The Maestro and Madame de Garderobe’s dog was in the ballroom as well, so I guess he was just unlucky also.

We also learn that Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts had spouses who must’ve been away from the castle when the spell was cast, causing them tragically (at least in Mrs. Potts case) to be forgotten by their loves.


2. Belle the Feminist Activist

It was never made clear in the cartoon film that it wasn’t just ‘odd’ that Belle liked reading it was ‘odd’ that a low-born woman in 18th century France even COULD read. It wouldn’t occur to children (it certainly didn’t to me) that her reading in public is practically illegal and worthy of public shame. In the cartoon it was just all ‘lol books are lame,’ In the live action not only does Belle not have a town bookshop to go to (because seriously, why would a town of mostly illiterate people who hate reading have a bookshop) she is merely friends with the Priest who owns less than a dozen books. THAT IS ALL SHE HAS. And then she teaches another young girl how to read and is publicly shamed for it, and still doesn’t back down, because she believes that women deserve the same rights as men. 

In the beginning sequence of the town, we literally see boys marching into school while the girls are stuck doing the wash. Belle also refuses to waste valuable reading time on the laundry–so girl INVENTS A WASHING MACHINE! 

When Belle gets to the castle, she tricks the Beast into taking her instead. She tries savvy ways to escape. She never flings herself onto the bed and cries like in the cartoon. She fights every damn second.

In the end she doesn’t even change out of her ballgown to go save her father, she just hops on her horse and goes. 

Belle was ALWAYS strong, but this 2017 Belle is formidable and a force to be reckoned with.


3. Tragic love

In the 1991 film, the wardrobe was a goofy character there for laughs, as was Plumette. Also, Lumiere and Plumette’s relationship in the cartoon was creepy and borderline sexual harassment. It was pure lust. In this version, they are madly in love and Lumiere clearly cares about her so much. 

We also see Madama de Garderobe and Maestro Cadenza (a brilliant new character) who are also madly in love, but unlike Lumiere and Plumette can’t even be with one another during the curse due to the stationary limitations as the objects they’ve been cursed to be. By the time Madame finally makes her way downstairs to be with Maestro it is too late, the curse is taking away their life. The moment when Lumiere realizes he has lost Plumette, and where Maestro realizes he has lost Madame, add a heart-breaking very raw and real layer to the story. It’s not just about Belle and Beast, these servants aren’t just funny objects that talk, they were people too. They had a life and loves and that was stolen from them just as it was the Beast.

4. Papa and Belle’s Motherless Backstory

In the cartoon, Belle’s father is simply a goofy character. He’s a blithering idiot who makes pointless inventions. In this version, he is an artist who had to leave his plagued wife behind in Paris in order to save their only daughter. We see him live with the pain of this everyday. We see him and Belle have a beautiful, genuine relationship. We see him fight whole-heartedly for Belle. We see him give her courage and strength to never back down from who she is.

And we learn something that the cartoon NEVER gave us–we learn of Belle’s mother. Lost to the plague when Belle was a babe, with nothing but a rose-shaped rattle to remember her by, that her Father captured in a painting. Explaining why Belle always asks for one. We learn that Belle–like her father and mother–is willing to sacrifice everything for the ones that she loves.


5. Classic Fairytale Homage 

While the cartoon held almost no remnants of the original fairytale written over 500 years ago, or the original French film made in the 40s, the 2017 version pays homage to both. 

Belle asking for simply a rose from her father’s travels, as well as Beast and his servants preparing Maurice a fire and dinner when he arrives at the castle, but Beast only growing angry when Maurice steals the rose–is taken directly from the pages of the fairytale. 

We also see another fun easter egg reference to the french film: when Maurice walks up to the door–he sees the front lantern is being held by what looks like a human arm made of stone, which in the French film, was an incredibly iconic scene when Belle walks through the dungeon to find her father.


6. A Real Antagonist

Cartoon Gaston is again, a 2D character there to provide some conflict at the end. The 2017 version shows him as the epitome of prejudice, hatred and sexism. He expresses many times throughout the film the the sees Belle as prey for him to hunt. He leaves Maurice for dead in the wood. The lyrics of the mob song were even changed to include his verse “but I know they all will follow, for in times like this they do just as I say.” Gaston is the scariest Disney villain because people like him exist in real-life. Gaston and his angry mob of blind-followers provide a tangible conflict outside of the curse that the cartoon simply did not provide.


7. A Shared Love of Reading

It never made a damn bit of sense in the 1991 cartoon and the Broadway musical adaptation–that Beast was illiterate. If ANYONE during the time could read it sure as hell would’ve been the wealthy Prince. All aristocracy could read and most men knew how to read a little. So yeah, a Prince could read.

So the fact that he and Belle share a love of reading adds and element to their friendship bred romance that didn’t exist prior to this reimagining.


8. New Music

What would Beauty and the Beast be without those iconic numbers like: ‘Belle,’ ‘Gaston,’ ‘Be Our Guest,’ and of course, the title song–made famous by Angela Lansbury– ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ When Broadway adapted the cartoon film years ago, they added some songs of their own, such as the Broadway-Buff-Beloved number– ‘Home.’ So naturally it would’ve been easy for the writers and directors of this film to just buy the rights to those songs and call it a day. Instead we got 5 gorgeous new numbers, and 1 new reprise. We got the opening ‘Aria,’ sung at the Prince’s beginning ball by Madame de Garderobe, we get ‘How Does a Moment Last Forever,’ sung by Maurice, singing about remembering his late wife. Then we later get the Montmartre of this song sung by Belle as she recalls the lost ‘Paris of her childhood,’ in an all new scene where her and Beast use a magic book to travel to the attic where she lost her mother. We get ‘Days in the Sun,’ where we hear from the servants and the pain they feel as well living under the curse. We get, ‘Evermore,’ the torrid, angst-filled lamenting ballad Beast sings when he let’s Belle go. And lastly, we get a never before heard reprise of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ sung by Mrs. Potts ( Emma Thompson) at Belle and Beast’s wedding. These news songs add more passion to the film. (Evermore is my personal favorite)

9. Gay Lefou

It’s about damn time. Cartoon Lefou is definitely alluded to being in-love with Gaston, but Josh Gads blatantly homosexual portrayal was brilliant, and as a member of the queer community–made me so happy.

Yes, in ‘Frozen’ we got the one throw-away joke about Oaken being gay, but it was 0.5 seconds long and barely delved into. In this 2017 film, Lefou makes many sexual innuendos towards Gaston, publicly cuddles Gaston, and in the end dances happily with another queer fellow at Belle and Beast’s wedding, and this is an amazing step forward for the Disney franchise to start having openly queer characters in their films.


SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! My 9 reasons why the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is better than the 1991 original. I still love the original and it will always have a fond place in my heart–but when movie nights of the future come round, I will opt to put on the 2017 version instead, and experience a Tale as Old as Time, retold for a new generation.

Time Bomb by ThisSentimentalHeart

Summary:

“Why exactly are you here?” Louis asked, feigning annoyance and failing pathetically at it.
“My publicist told me I can’t go anywhere near you.” Harry said, eyes still smudged with last night’s eye liner. “That makes you my favorite person in the world.”

Or the one where Louis has everything: a lead role in a giant Hollywood franchise, a glittering new house with an entertaining Irish neighbor, and a steady, normal boyfriend who he probably loves. Louis never expected to become a household name among young Hollywood overnight. He also never expected to find something endearing about the enigmatic rockstar who keeps showing up on his back porch.

Actor Louis/Rockstar Harry. This is a massive fic: 291.555 words. It’s seriously so good! I’m not even half way through the story, but I’m totally hooked. Read the tags please! Photoset by me.

Actor Louis

i’ll bring the bread because boy, you’re the jam by scagnetism (8k)

Just when he’s about to stop clicking the next button and claim defeat, maybe put some posters up around town, he’s met with a picture of white cardstock lying on a table, words written in black Sharpie with careful, deliberate strokes. “Hiiii,” it reads, “if you’re reading this, you’ve found my camera! I’d love it if you could contact me so I can get it back. It’d be the nice thing to do.”

Or the AU where Harry loses his camera. Louis finds it. They fall for each other via email.

walk my days on a wire by sunshiner (38k)

Harry hums, staring at his hands in his lap, and Louis can still feel their smoothness, how solid they were in between his own. “Do you think it’s the same for us? Are we here only because of the likeliness of our jobs? Of our lives?”
“We’re here because we have inventive managers,” Louis says, giving Harry’s leg a little nudge with his knee, but all that’s going around in his head is, I think I’d be in the same spot in every possible universe.

or, when actor Louis Tomlinson used to daydream about dating Harry Styles, this is not what he had in mind.

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anonymous asked:

I've seen your ranking, and I wonder why you like Juzo so much ? I can't help but think his redemption doesn't outweight his previous actions. He helped stopping the killing game but that was him fixing something he did and saving someone he cared about, which isn't selflessness. He assaulted people for reasons that were petty or unjustified, so it felt really forced when he saved Naegi. Also, he let Junko end the world because he didn't want Munakata to know he was gay ? Please enlighten me.

Personally, I like Juzo because he’s not supposed to be a selfless or a sweet or softhearted character. If Juzo had stopped the killing game for any of those kinds of reasons, or if dr3 had suddenly tried to play Juzo off as a character who was entirely selfless for everyone’s sake, I’d have been incredibly disappointed. But as it is, Juzo’s character development was one of the few things dr3 managed to do right.

Juzo scores #3 on my personal character ranking because he’s an incredibly well-written and flawed character who is given his own autonomy and has a compelling arc of development. He’s also pretty much the embodiment of the Undying Loyalty trope, something I like in my characters—and even better is that dr3 managed to emphasize that that’s his strength and his weakness at the same time.

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anonymous asked:

what fic are you reading?

Time Bomb by ThisSentimentalHeart

“Why exactly are you here?” Louis asked, feigning annoyance and failing pathetically at it.
“My publicist told me I can’t go anywhere near you.” Harry said, eyes still smudged with last night’s eye liner. “That makes you my favorite person in the world.”

Or the one where Louis has everything: a lead role in a giant Hollywood franchise, a glittering new house with an entertaining Irish neighbor, and a steady, normal boyfriend who he probably loves. Louis never expected to become a household name among young Hollywood overnight. He also never expected to find something endearing about the enigmatic rockstar who keeps showing up on his back porch.

anonymous asked:

I just watched a few of James Rofle/AVGN's reccent videos on Power Rangers, and although it felt like there's still a lot he doesn't know/got wrong irt Tokusatsu, he WAS right in that there is a LOT of overlap between Tokusatsu and Anime (& Japanese media in general), in terms of specific genres and traits (giant robos, etc.). Do you think that we have Shotaro Ishimori, Eiji Tsubaraya and Go Nagai, among others that I'm probably forgetting/I don't know, to thank for that; the former especially?

Oh yes we do!  All of the gentlemen you mentioned above also dabbled in anime (not so much Eiji Tsuburaya himself but his production company certainly did).  In fact, Go Nagai was an apprentice to Shotaro Ishinomori as a manga writer before branching out on his own and Ishinomori was apprenticed to the God of Manga himself, Osamu Tezuka. 

In fact, the very first five man team in history was in an anime from 1966 called Rainbow Sentai which was created by Shotaro Ishinomori.

Of course, we also have to acknowledge the debt Super Sentai owes to Tatsunoko Productions and Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, which brought a lot of the tropes that would later become accepted in the live action medium to the forefront.

Heck, one of the most popular pre-Power Ranger Super Sentai series was a direct homage to Gatchaman, 1991′s Choujin Sentai Jetman.

Ishinomori was such a force in manga, anime and tokusatsu.  I could go on and on about his contributions including; Kamen Rider, The Toei Fushigi Comedy Series, Brother Fist Bycrosser, Cyborg 009, Android Kikaider but that would take the entire rest of this ask and we have other people to talk about!

Go Nagai was no slouch either.  He pretty much popularized the concept of the piloted giant robot with his seminal work, Mazinger Z.

Before that, of course, we had Tetsujin 28 and Giant Robo but those were robots remote controlled or self-controlled.  Go Nagai pretty much invented the over the top giant, piloted robot.  The success of which lead to a deal with Marvel Comics to license these giant robots for an American comic and allowed the Japanese to use Marvel properties, which lead to the tokusatsu Spider-Man.  Spider-Man was given a giant robot to sell the concept in Japan and that, in turn, lead to the giant robots being added to the Sentai franchise to create Super Sentai.

Go Nagai was no stranger to tokusatsu either.  Among his toku works were;

Star of Pro-Wrestling Azteckaiser

and Battle Hawk

As for Tsuburaya Productions, they had a hand in some anime as well including animated versions of Ultraman.

And one of my personal favorites, the weird anime/tokusatsu hybrid Dinosaur War Aizenborg!

That’s not even to mention all the writers, directors and producers who have worked on both tokusatsu and anime.  An example today is Gen Urobuchi who is responsible for both Puella Magi Madoka Magika

and Kamen Rider Gaim

He’s even currently working on the anime adaptation of one of the grand-daddies of tokusatsu, Godzilla!

So yeah, tokusatsu and anime are so intertwined it would be hard to separate one from the other.  They draw inspiration from each other, share talent and help influence Japanese culture in general.  If it hadn’t been for being in the anime fandom in the early 1990s, -I- never would have gotten into tokusatsu!

This is really only scratching the surface of a very interesting topic and I wish I had more time to get really in depth with it but I don’t.  I hope this at least helps to answer your question.

Edit: I totally loved James Rolfe’s Power Rangers episodes.  He always makes me laugh!

i just found out what bothered me about a lot of indie horror games (besides the ‘jumpscares over atmosphere’ thing because everybody knows about that)

so incoming rambling

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Five Nintendo Switch Games I’d Like to See Announced at E3 2017

As a gamer, E3 has become a second Christmas. It’s an event lasting a few days where I get to see what new games, or updates on previously announced games, my favorite developers are working on. But, Nintendo is always the focal point of my viewership as I look forward to what new sequel, spin-off, or original titles they’ll reveal. This is the Nintendo Switch’s first E3, and with the date quickly approaching, I thought it’d make a list of five Nintendo Switch games (in no particular order) I’d like to see announced at this year’s E3.


I was first exposed to the fun and frantic gameplay of WarioWare on the GameCube, when WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! was released in 2004. Since then, I’ve tried every iteration of the microgame madness, from GBA to Wii U, the latter being a more scaled down version of the series. The Joy-Con controllers would be a perfect way to experiment with the series, as they could take advantage of HD Rumble, and with the versatility of the Nintendo Switch, portability would add ease of multiplayer on the go. It would be great to allow up to 8 players to sit around and enjoy the absurdity of the mircrogames. Honestly, I’d choose WarioWare over Mario Party, especially with the way Mario Party is going … Here’s to WarioWare: Switch !


The year was 2003. The GameCube had been out for two years, and after begging my parents and working hard in the third grade, I convinced the omnipotent beings to buy me the system. When I saw the green wonder staring right at me, terror-stricken, I knew I had to pick up Luigi’s Mansion. The game is hands down, my favorite video game of all time, it has the charm and lovable aspects of a Nintendo game with an eerie atmosphere that no other Nintendo game has made me feel. Of course I would want a sequel! I know, I know, we had one Four years ago called Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and trust me, I was very excited when I found out it was coming, but seeing it was for 3DS broke my spirit. I did play the game and i liked it, however, a full-blown HD console version would be a dream come true. Especially if they go back to exploring one big mansion instead of multiple smaller ones. I’d say keep the multiplayer aspect of the 3DS game (again take advantage of the Joy-Con), but give me a bigger mansion and more creative ghosts to catch, like in the original. C’mon, Nintendo, give me Luigi’s Mansion 3! I would be so happy.


Mr. Miyamoto, don’t do this to me. I saw that interview a couple years back. You said Pikmin 4 was almost ready, so where is it? I understand game development takes time, but I know the newly announced Hey! Pikmin can’t be the sequel you teased. It just can’t be! Ok, breathe. Relax. All right I’m back. Pikmin has seen three games in its lifetime as a Nintendo IP, with Hey! Pikmin being the fourth. Pikmin 1 and 2 were released on GameCube in 2001 and 2004 respectively (wow another GameCube game) and about a decade later given New Play Control releases on Wii, and Pikmin 3 was released on Wii U in 2013. I believe there’s room for a true sequel on Nintendo Switch. Pikmin 4 could see a return of Olimar and Louie, maybe even the cast of Pikmin 3–Alph, Brittany, and Charlie–can return. I would love to explore new environments and Pikmin species alone or with a friend. Also, there’s no denying these things are downright cute. Please, more Pikmin!


Masahiro Sakurai. You know him as the creator of Kirby, and the Super Smash Bros. series, but in 2013 his team, Project Sora, released Kid Icarus: Uprising, which served as a reboot for what many thought was a long-forgotten Nintendo IP. The game has some of the funniest and wittiest dialogue in a video game I’ve ever experienced, as well as being the chattiest game Nintendo has to offer. The back and forth playfulness between Pit and Palutena is great, and watching Pit interact with other characters makes for a fun play through. The soundtrack was amazing and offered composition from many video game composers outside Nintendo. Now that development on Super Smash Bros. is far from done, it would be great if Sakurai gathered his team to work on a sequel to this game. I’d be more than glad to take down Hades and his minions once again. I just want to say: I loved Pit’s opening line “Sorry to keep you waiting” it sent chills down my entire body. Sakurai, don’t keep us waiting!


For my final entry, I’d like to show my desire for a console entry in the Mario & Luigi RPG series. I’m a huge Paper Mario fan. I’m also a huge Super Mario RPG fan, and that was the last Mario role playing game we got that didn’t take place in paper-thin worlds. With a total of five Mario and Luigi titles exclusive to handhelds, a console version would be a step in the right direction, since the last two entries on 3DS Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam were a little stale compared to the DS’s Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story or my personal favorite Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. There has been rumors regarding Ubisoft working on a cross-over between Mario & Luigi and their Rabbids franchise, but I, like all of you, am praying it is not true. Another rumor that has surfaced is a remake of Superstar Saga for 3DS, which I would be more in favor of, but until then, let’s hope we get a massive Mario & Luigi RPG for Switch with Co-op, larger worlds to explore, and new interesting characters that aren’t based in the mushroom kingdom. 


So these are five games I’d love to see announced at this year’s E3, and shouldn’t be confused with my predictions. That’s a whole other entry. Here’s hoping Nintendo Switch could keep the momentum it has got going, maybe with one or all of these games being announced. Hey, one can dream. Right?

I get it. We all have things we enjoy. A tv show, movie, book, whatever franchise gets you. I have some. My friends has some. I understand people enjoy things. I dont care if every once in a while you get excited or freak about your favorite show or a book or movie. But your entire personality should not revolve around that thing. And everytime I see someone walking around with some stupid nerd shirt I want to bash their skull in so they can’t name their kids after Harry Potter characters. I hate nerd culture. I hate the “yea I’m a nerd and I’m proud!” bullshit. It infuriates me. And I probably have something that links me to nerd culture or some bullshit like that but at least I’m not a 25 year old woman who is still obsessed with Harry Potter and Star Wars to a point that they freak out everytime jk rowling releases some new beaten to death cash cow.
( by the way I’m just angry because a kid who cant name all the planets wore a shirt that said R.I.P. (revolve in peace) with a picture of pluto under it.)

An Ode to Silver Boxes

To those who got into video games only in the last 10 or so years, the appeal of the Konami name might not be readily apparent. Newcomers to the hobby probably associate them with Metal Gear, soccer games, and probably little else. But there was a time when the Konami name was as good as gold; in the days of the NES, Konami built itself up as a gaming powerhouse, and it delivered its trademark brand of 8-bit action with a distinct, eye-catching hook: action-packed artwork framed by a silver border.

To me, that silver box, with its weighted lines on either side that faded away to showcase the dynamic art, was a promise — a promise that something awesome was inside. Whether it was flying through space to save the galaxy in Gradius, running through the jungles with a buddy in Contra, hitting the ice in Blades of Steel, maneuvering an assault jeep across enemy territory in Jackal, or driving a stake into the heart of evil in Castlevania, there was almost always something good behind that silver veneer. It seemed like just about any game could get the Official Nintendo Seal of Quality, but to get into a silver box? That meant it had to be something special. It had to be elite: adrenaline-pumping gameplay, cutting-edge graphics, responsive controls, and some of the most memorable music you’ll ever hear from a sound chip.

Not every Konami NES game was great, of course. Top Gun was fun until you tried to land, and few games have disappointed me as much as The Adventures of Bayou Billy. But for the most part, Konami consistently delivered excellent game after excellent game. To me, Konami games were just as much of a reason to own an NES as the first-party Nintendo titles were. It could be considered sacrilege, I know, but as much as I love the Super Mario series, Zelda, Metroid, and Punch-Out!!, if I was forced to choose one library over the other, I might take Konami’s NES offerings over Nintendo’s.

And Konami’s appeal went beyond those silver borders. Konami’s second label, Ultra Games (created to circumvent Nintendo’s third-party publishing restrictions), didn’t feature the silver boxes, but typically delivered quality nonetheless (Metal Gear, anyone?), and Konami’s reputation for amazing gaming experiences continued late into the NES’s lifecycle and into the 16-bit era when Konami eschewed the silver frames for more conventional designs. But even when the silver was gone, the quality remained, with games such as Super Castlevania IV, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Axelay, Contra III, Rocket Knight Adventures, and one of my all-time personal favorites, Snatcher.

And let’s not forget Konami’s licensed offerings. In an era when movie- and cartoon-based games were frequently unplayable garbage, Konami made licensed titles that weren’t just good but brilliant. As a kid, I wasn’t even a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tiny Toon Adventures, or The Simpsons, but I absolutely loved the games. (Well…not the first, awful NES TMNT game.) These games were fantastic whether you enjoyed the property they were based on or not, and the games actually got me interested in the franchises they were based on rather than the other way around. Co-op brawler TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, technique-filled platformer Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose!, and skull-crunching beat-‘em-up Batman Returns exude as much polish as anything released in the 16-bit era and remain among my favorite SNES games of all time. As for The Simpsons? Konami didn’t have home-console rights to the property, so when the opportunity presented itself, I bought the actual arcade machine.

As the gaming industry matured, consoles and gaming fads came and went, but Konami remained a leader, branching out into new genres, reinventing old ones, and pioneering its own with offerings that included Suikoden, Vandal Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Silent Hill, Zone of the Enders, and the groundbreaking Dance Dance Revolution and Bemani music series. When the Pokémon craze hit, I was excited by the prospect of this new, collectable take on RPGs, but I was even more excited hearing that Konami had its own spin on the formula with Yu-Gi-Oh, which I was sure would outclass Pokémon in every way. I was completely wrong, of course, and in retrospect I’m glad, but at the time, it certainly seemed like a possibility.

When I made my first trip to Japan in 1996, it warmed my heart to see a Konami building in the Tokyo skyline, complete with the classic red-and-yellow wave logo. “Those are my guys,” I thought as I looked at the building. I knew they were making magic in there. Maybe someday the Konami Omni Building from Snatcher would even be a reality.

But the magic didn’t last. Though Konami continued to pump out appealing games on both consoles and handhelds up through the PS2 and Nintendo DS eras (special shoutout to Contra 4, a game I’m incredibly proud to have had a hand in revealing), the company’s output dropped dramatically after that. The rising costs associated with the PS3/Xbox 360 era were not kind to Japanese gaming, and the teams responsible for beloved franchises got dissolved, development on some properties were outsourced to external companies, and resources were shifted to pachinko machines and lackluster mobile titles. Subsidiary Hudson Soft, purchased by Konami in 2011, was shut down, and its brands were all but wiped from existence. Later, reports trickled in of how some of gaming’s greatest minds were being mistreated by Konami management, and most of them abandoned ship at the first opportunity.

When I visited the once-proud company’s E3 booth on the second day of the show in 2014, it looked like an abandoned wasteland. An irate Konami fan once accused me of taking the photo shown here before they’d finished setting up the booth, but this was right in the middle of gaming’s biggest annual event, and they apparently didn’t have any products to display. Instead of warming my heart like it had 18 years prior, this Konami just made me sad.

Honestly, I applaud Konami for branching out into alternative revenue sources rather than go belly-up or face continuous losses like some Japanese gaming giants, but to say they threw the baby out with the bathwater is an understatement. By squandering their greatest resource — their creative personnel — and abandoning the brands that made them famous, Konami has eliminated the very things that made them special, and destroyed the good will and respect that they’d forged with a generation of fans.

Will Konami ever try to take back its place of greatness in gaming’s pantheon? Will they consider reviving brands like Gradius, Contra, Mystical Ninja, and Suikoden? Or could those series be licensed to talented outside studios who, like me, were inspired by Konami’s original works and would love to carry on the legacy? After seeing Konami’s revival of Bomberman R on Switch, it may be fair to say that those old brands may not be dead just yet.

Then again, if they are, I’ll still always have my old cartridges…and my memories of those captivating silver boxes.

my favorite thing about the beauty and the beast franchise is how the feather duster’s name keeps changing for some inexplicable reason. in the original movie her name appears in the credits as babette, but in belle’s enchanted christmas lumiere calls her fifi, and now in the remake apparently her name is plumette?

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Okay so I get Skyward Sword wasn't a super great Zelda game (it's not in my top 3 Zelda games) but I liked it, it was cute and had an amazing story (plus Zelink was really apparent in it and I'm so here for Zelink). Why do people hate the game so much? So many people say it was terrible and the absolute worst game they've ever played. I've tried googling why people hate it but nothing really comes up for why people hate it

from what i’ve seen the “popular” problem is the linearity. my two cents on it is that skyward sword came out when the “HUGE OPEN WORLD LOTS OF SIDEQUESTS AND EXPLORATION YEHAGHHDH” thing was really strong and fresh (especially with the release of skyrim) so people turned their noses at anything linear. it doesn’t help that it’s a zelda game, which many people claim should have exploration first because “that’s the spirit of the original!!!!” or something, because zelda totally isn’t a heterogeneous franchise that encompasses different styles of gameplay, of course not.

me, personally? it’s one of my favorites. my main draw to zelda is the puzzles, combat and story, and skyward sword delivers beautifully on all three of them. the story is pretty damn good. the motion controls are controversial, but i think they make the game much more enjoyable and make even lesser fights feel more exciting. the dungeons are a HUGE improvement from twilight princess’s repetitive layouts and wind waker’s general meh-ness, and i personally like that the world works like a dungeon.

but i would be lying if i told you skyward sword doesn’t have big issues. for starters, the pacing is strange – the first act has a lot of stuff happening (the stakes are high, especially with both link and ghirahim trying to reach zelda) and it’s great, the second act has nothing going on (zelda who?? never heard of her), the third act is basically filler until sky keep and the finale is fucking mindblowing.

i have praised the dungeon-like regions, but what i really mean to praise is lanayru – it seems like the devs put all of their good stuff in there (dungeons, puzzles, concepts, even the music), and kinda just… ignored faron and eldin. no, really, even the third act has an entire new area to explore in lanayru, while the others are just the same place under different conditions. it’s jarring.

and then there’s some stuff that is just plain boring. the sky is boring and there’s no warping system (which is fucking PAINFUL), and skyloft is boring for the most part.

but i understand that many of these are from development hell. skyward sword was supposed to be much more like botw, but they spent so much time with concepts and disagreements regarding said concepts that they had little time (a little over a year if i recall correctly) to actually make the game. it’s sad, but it happens. on the most part, though, i’m glad with the game that we got.

(on a brighter note, since you mentioned zelink: it’s the one thing that is unanimously praised, even in negative reviews, and that’s pretty damn sweet. no wonder they kept it up in botw.)

anonymous asked:

B have u read Timebomb by thissentimentalheart ???? i just finished reading and it was SO GOOD !!!!

HHHAAAA, I have it in my marked for later for so long, I totally need to read it !

Time Bomb  :Why exactly are you here?” Louis asked, feigning annoyance and failing pathetically at it.
“My publicist told me I can’t go anywhere near you.” Harry said, eyes still smudged with last night’s eye liner. “That makes you my favorite person in the world.” Or the one where Louis has everything: a lead role in a giant Hollywood franchise, a glittering new house with an entertaining Irish neighbor, and a steady, normal boyfriend who he probably loves. Louis never expected to become a household name among young Hollywood overnight. He also never expected to find something endearing about the enigmatic rockstar who keeps showing up on his back porch.
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anonymous asked:

Hi! So, about bonus modes, what do you think about Junko and Ouma event? And also, can you talk more about similarities between them? Thank you for answering!

This is a really fun ask! The bonus mode event between them was incredibly amusing, and interesting too. Comun translated it here, for anyone who hasn’t read it yet!

Their event is incredibly light-hearted, making it an absolute blast to read, with poor Gonta caught in the middle, confused about everything as usual. I think a lot of people were expecting it to be an event in which the two of them would gang up on Gonta and make his life utter hell (despair, if you will), but funnily enough, it pretty much plays out as Junko picking on Gonta, Ouma showing up and picking on Junko right back, the two of them snarking at each other back and forth, and Gonta being completely lost as to what’s going on.

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List: Favorite songs from the Megaman franchise – morgankitten – Medium
Music has always been incredibly important to the Megaman franchise. Not only because of the obvious musical character naming theme (Rock…
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Music has always been incredibly important to the Megaman franchise. Not only because of the obvious musical character naming theme (Rock, Roll, Bass, Treble), but also because Megaman has always been very narratively-focused, using music instead of cutscenes and words to deliver something greater than just a tune to the environment you’re at. This assertion might feel weird in 2017, since Megaman didn’t “keep up” with how much more narratively-driven games became — Yet Megaman 2 for instance, was definitely one of the most narrative-filled big action games for the Famicom at the time of its release. Every new Megaman game had a different story and “drama” to go along with it. Megaman 3 was about securing energy crystals in space bases for Dr.Light and Wily’s new joint invention, Megaman 4 was about storming the USSR to stop a new evil scientist, Megaman 6 was about a worldwide fighting robot tournament, bosses comprising of champion robots of their nations.

Music then, was a very important vehicle for the game developers to evoke the feeling that the world and characters of Megaman were more than just colorful excuses for the action of playing the game itself — that Megaman is this strong, colorful animated TV show that you can only experience by playing the games themselves.

Without further ado, here are my personal favorite tracks from the classic Megaman franchise. No X, EXE or Zero series because I feel like they’re completely different franchises and I don’t have as much experience with them as I do with the “vanilla” series.

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1/2 For unpopular opinions, least this one is majorly on FE's reddit, I actually really enjoy Fates. Of course, there's writing issues (like the children and plot threads), but I personally really enjoyed the world and the cast. I don't feel it's one of the worst of the franchise. It has it's charms and it's probably one of my favorite games. I also think Corrin is an okay lord; not the best but not that bad either.

2/2 My only major complaint in regards to Corrin is how NONE OF THE ROYALS acknowledge their dragon transformation outside of the chapter it’s introduced! It’s a shame because I actually really love Corrin’s dragon form and wish more was done with it. Also one last thing is I really love the game’s marriage mechanic… I admit I wish there were more mechanics like that in games because I love pairing off characters, aha…            

I actually agree with you on most everything! I really do like Fates even if it’s flawed, but mostly for the world itself and the cast! Not only that, but I enjoyed the music, art, and atmosphere it had throughout. I really liked playing through and seeing the panning shot for the art of the Forest of the Forlorn or for Izumo, and the music was so good~ The plot was by far the weakest part of it, but even just the concepts for the game were interesting - like the fact that Corrin was raised in the ‘evil’ kingdom was already a subversion of most Fire Emblem games and I really liked that! Corrin was a pretty weak lord, but they also could have been such a good one if handled better. The concepts for them were interesting with their upbringing and the fact that they’re a dragon, but unfortunately they were kinda bland personality wise.

This is something I haven’t mentioned before, but I will because you brought it up, but I was so disappointed that the siblings didn’t react to Corrin’s dragon form after that first chapter. Totally unrelated headcanon of mine that if corn chooses hoshido the nohr sibs assume that corn got possessed by a demon and that’s why they suddenly betrayed them for the enemy and can transform into a monster. And like I said before, I’m a sucker for romantic schlop so I loved the marriage and children system too haha.