Anonimus opinion: you're great person! And btw,everyone in naruto fandom talk about some "SP" ...what sp present?
Awh! Thank you, anon ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)
SP is the abbreviation for Studio Pierrot who is a Japanese animating studio and they are the ones who animate Naruto.
Many fans dislike the studio because a lot of their work is at a very low standard. Here are a few examples:
That doesn’t mean that they can’t do good animation. They are actually capable of outstanding animation. But, they like to spread their budget around and put money on more important parts of the story. Another element is their favouritism with certain characters. This leads me onto my second point of why people dislike SP so much.
To put it simply, they absolutely adore Hinata but they don’t like Sakura. Some people say it’s due to their characters, some say it’s because of their chest sizes or just simply because of their popularity amongst fans. You can read this short analysis which shows how much effort was put into one short scene where Hinata was confessing compared to other episodes.
I’d just like to add my own two cents into this from recent episodes. So, I’m sure you know that the last few episodes of Naruto Shippuden were filler episodes about Naruto’s and Hinata’s wedding. This is what the first few episodes consisted of:
You get the point. Now, as soon as Hinata shows up in the episode, she gets all the spotlight.
You can see just how much effort was put into animating her. Her hair, eyes, clothes and even lighting has so much precise detail. SP is basically pushing it all out just for her. Whereas Sakura is made to look like this:
In one episode they even made Sakura and Ino fight over who is more womanly and Ino used the argument that Sakura has a small chest so she is obviously less feminine. This just shows how sexist the studio is. In their view, big boobs = more womanly. And that is the main reason why Hinata gets the spotlight and why she ended up with Naruto.
In The Last, the animation is probably at it’s best and it’s pretty obvious why. Because the movie is Hinata-centred. It’s so obvious how much time and effort they put into that movie just to show-off Hinata and obviously make her look better. They even put her in an outfit which showcased her boobs even more (proving further how sexist SP is).
Even in the new Boruto series, Hinata is getting so much unnecessary screen time (even more than Naruto himself).
This summer we have so many anime with an all-male cast, I was so happy I decided to to a rec/ranking/review/summary. Note: I only watch anime with mostly males I’m sorry it’s just what I like lol so this list may not match yours. (I cannot stand female leads - except maybe Gintama? - because they will escalate into romantic relationships and they annoy me to no end. It’s like the only purpose of females is romance and I hate that.) And a warning is that I’m kind of shallow so I normally look at the guys’ looks and then their character. But good character and relationship developments are definitely essential to me too.
Fukigen na Mononokean
I’ve rec it so many times I feel like I’m part of the official publicity comm but it’s really good :) My favourite character is Abeno cause he’s really adorable and tsundere (?) haha. If you like youkai, friendship and touching moments, do try this out!! It’s a little similar to Natsume Yuujinchou too.
It looks really interesting so I watched it and when I saw the OP I screamed cause all-male cast! Compared to Spring 2016 this season does look more appealing to me. And I’ve ran out of anime with all bromance (other than sports anime) and no romance. So anyway for Servamp, Kuro was a really cute cat, and the setting seems interesting enough for me to chase. I feel like I might not like the main character as much though but we’ll see.
3. Fudanshi Kokou Seikatsu
Ahh this is really cute I can relate so much to the main character as a Fujoshi myself :D and I can hardly find friends who can fangirl with me. It’s really sad to be embarrassed for liking gay ships ;n; The only bad thing about the series is that it’s too short each episode haha.
4. D.Gray-man Hallow
I’ve read the manga but didn’t understand most of it. Still, it’s likeable and I like Allen and Kanda. I felt like this season they beautified all the characters and Kanda definitely looks better with his new hairstyle/fringe :DD I hope they can animate most of the manga and I hope we can finally understand what is going on with the 14th.
I just watched the 1st episode today and all I can is that it’s really good and hilarious omg. Only it’s too short with the first 9min trying to break the fourth wall and I couldn’t understand the humor at all. Still, the rest of the episode was worth it! Can’t wait for the rest!
“my favourite animated character is the small one with short brown hair who wears green, was separated from their family, excels at programming and reveals misconceptions about their gender a couple of stages into the story”
these are some games that i’ve played and loved !! (as shown):
Tap Tap Fish: a click click click game sort of like cookie cutter where you gain points and build up a huge + beautiful aquarium! its very soothing and gentle to look at! a huge visual-stim for sure
Two-Dots: a puzzle game! like connect-the-dots but trickier. i found this really stimulating mentally! (make sure you read the instructions of each level because i forgot to a couple of times and was SO baffled)
Oxenfree: this was recommended to me last week + i love it! it’s a point + click game where you explore a spooky island and unlock a mystery (ive only just started it but i looove it, it’s very attention consuming because your really get sucked into the story!! it makes me feel like im in scooby doo or something 10/10
Toca Nature: you use your finger to drag and push across the screen and mould a landscape/environment! you can drop it plants and animals + then watch how they thrive + you collect food or plants that grow to feed them! it has really beautiful soothing background music too
Toca Boo: one of my fave really simple games- you drag your lil ghost character around the house in the dark + hide them + then pop out and scare people!
Lumino City: so so so pretty- another point + click adventure/explore game! you have to solve really tricky puzzles to try and rescue the characters grandather! it’s definitely mentally stimulating.
good luck my love + take care !!!
does anyone else have any favourite stimming apps/any recommendations?
Seriously I hate Snape so much, he makes me so anxious whenever I read the Harry Potter books or watch the movies.
He treated Harry and his friends like crap, threaten to kill a students pet, plays favourites, make fun of Hermione’s appearance, and the relationship between him and Lily was unhealthy.
Can we talk about Hagrid instead?
He genuinely cares about Harry, wept when we he had to leave him with muggles, brought him a birthday cake, took him shopping, got him ice cream, invited Harry and his friends for tea, cares about animals, is part giant and hence a minority in the wizarding world, comforts Hermione when she gets called a mugblood, gave Harry a photo album of his parents, and so much more!
Hagrid is definitely one of my favourite characters and is literally a gentle giant. Seriously, why praise Snape when you can praise Hagrid. I’m not saying he’s perfect but without a doubt Hagrid is far more caring and loving then Snape ever was to Harry.
“I chose to start the swim club. But that was because I wanted to swim with you again. I wanted to swim in a relay with everyone again. But… If you’re not there… It’s meaningless without you! I want to swim with you!
Hey, I don't mean to be bothering you but I have a question for you about being a storyboard artist - how different is it from being an animator? I've been unemployed for a while and a job has just popped up in my area for a storyboard artist. I trained as an animator but ended up hating it to the point it very negatively affected my mental health... but I am kind of desperate for a job and would have a good chance of getting this one with my degree... I'm just not sure I want it if it's similar
an animator makes the characters move; a storyboard artist basically maps out the scenes and composes all the shots. it can be quite time-consuming if it’s a show with a lot of action but personally it’s my favourite job out of everything you can do in animation since it allows you the most creative control and idk I just. love it.
Lets talk about the animation quality/art style of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
NOTE: I live in switzerland, so my english is not that good but I try my best. I couldn’t find a post about this specific topic or something similar to what I’m going to be talking about. If this was already done, please let me know! Anyways, lets start this post!
As a kid I always noticed that the art style/animation quality changed with every episode. Each episode had a different art style/animation quality. I was really pissed about it, but as a kid I didn’t know better but now I do. I figured out that they’re is at least three different art styles/animation quality.
So, here we have the first one.I call this the actual art style/animation quality. Its my all time favourite tbh. I really love the way the draw/animate the eyes! I MEAN JUST LOOK THIS ONE:
And then here’s Seto:
And Bakura! (How many times I re-watched this episode because of the art style)
Its just perfect. The lines are gorgeous, animation is on point, shading is amazing, proportions are god damn right, no crazy hair and I always enjoy watching this art style!! You get what I mean, right?
And here we have the second art style/animation. The one thing that really stands out is how they draw the profile of the characters. Its unique. And the proportions are also really nice!
This is my second favourite art style/animation of this series. Its not so smooth like the first one, but it stands out. The hair is drawn a little crazier but thats okay. The clothes have more details (shading) Again, I love how they drew the profile of the characters.
And here we got the third art style/animation, my personal most disliked one. I just dont enjoy it. As a kid I was getting so mad because I didnt liked it how they drew the characters, with no love. (But now I know that they didnt put much money in the production of the episodes)
Do you see what I mean? The animation is not smooth. Proportions are not right. (Face) I really dont like this art style. I hate it tbh. I dont find any morw words.
I hope you liked this post. It was just something that I wanted to talk about. Leave your opinion! I would love to read them.
He looks so terribly off-model in season 5 every time he appeared on screen I experienced physical pain
^^^ cute, pleasant to look at, flowy boy who is at least somewhat coherent
^^^ a disgusting plank of wood who can’t keep the same proportions for like, 2 frames
Don’t get me wrong, the older season had some major animation fuck ups as well but they sorta TRIED to stay on model??? Or in the very least KNEW how to??
With the new season every new shot of Aku ad me cringing like “Oh god, please let this next scene have him look good-NOPE”, and I’m not kidding, in the whole season there are maybe 3 SHOTS where he was drawn decently.
I’ve drawn this boy for a long time so I know from experience if you get a single particle of his face slightly off he instantly looks WRONG and I’ll give the animators that, but,,, LOOK AT THIS SHIT??? DID THEY EVEN TRY? DID THEY PAY THEM ENOUGH?? I HATE LOOKING AT THIS
Summer has been giving me a break with some fresh air and lower temperatures, but unfortunately that is about to be over, as I can feel the heat again. But I think it’s also a good moment to introduce The Dark Exact Tarot (second edition), a tarot deck that reminds me of summer nights, and that has been created by Coleman Stevenson.
So why summer? It may sound shocking to some as it is a black and white (or rather, white on black) deck. But quoting from the description, it “represents the characters of the Major Arcana as plants, animals, objects, and alchemical symbols instead of the traditional human figures”. It makes me think of starry summer skies, listening to crickets and laying in the grass. But I think I am rambling here, so let’s get technical. This deck has 79 cards as it features two different Fool cards: the alpha (at the beginning of the majors) and the omega (at the end). This is probably my favourite detail in the deck. They represent transition, but mostly, they represent growth. Sometimes I like to meditate on one card plus one of the Fools picked at random to add nuance to it, like a new layer of meaning.
The cards (especially the majors) are done in such a way that you can clearly see the beginning and the end of a journey, and sometimes, depending on the meditation, you can devise a cycle. This deck makes me think about something I read here on Tumblr: go through things, grow through things. The minors are more minimal, and they are not illustrated at the same level as majors are - they are someway between a pip deck and a scenic one. They are focused on the suit symbols, which are arranged in such a way that their positions resemble those of traditional decks. The elemental symbols are also included. They are framed by inner thin white borders with embellished corners, but the outer borders are black as the card background. The backs feature a pattern with the symbols of the aces.
Sometimes, cards are reduced to two elements. Court cards are particularly minimal, as the only difference among the ones on each suit is the number of elemental symbols that appears on the cards. That’s why I think having the mini guide booklet at hand is useful. It has around 13 pages, and includes keywords for every card (reversed too) as well as information on reading the tarot (which includes layouts). The cards are printed on sturdy and flexible cardstock with a glossy finish, and come in a custom designed tuckbox.
The Dark Exact Tarot is the perfect deck for those who are looking for a deck that feels alive without being too saturated or busy. Its clean design and contrastive nature captures you, and its feeling of progression and growth proves really encouraging during meditations. Though it is a dark deck (as its name mentions), it shines. If you want to make it your summer companion, now it’s the time to head over Coleman’s store and see what other goodies you can find to go with your deck.
I love all the new Merlin, Merthur fanart that has been shown since the BBC 1′s Adventures of Merlin ended, I thought the fandom was going to disappear and i’m glad it didn’t. It makes me so happy to see new fans of the show come on and show their art of the show, as well as the ones from the beginning of the show and during the airing of the series. It makes me happy to see new fan art creators pop up and show their style and art of pairings and characters. You all know who you are and you all make me so happy. I hope you all are enjoying the fanart and fanfics, animations ect that are coming out as much as I am.
I’m glad this fandom is still going strong after the ending of the show, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see new fanart and fanfics, ect of my favourite characters and pairings on my dashboard. The artists have amazing talent that shows well in their works and makes me feel the need to do fanfic, fan art again. You are all an inspiration and brighten up my day and i’m sure many other Merlin fan’s days as well. I want to say thank you again for your wonderful art that you all work so hard on and share to us all.
hello hello Baguette! I'm Derp, your assigned asker for the aphaskevent. Yay! My ask is about Asterix. The comic series one. I grew up reading them in Indonesian translation, and those were hilarious. I wanna know more about its history and influence in France and the world :D
Hellooooo Derp! Glad to see you here for the Event! ♥
Astérix is a monument of french comics (which we call BDs, as in Bandes-Dessinées) and also a huge part of my childhood!
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Astérix is a series of comics that follow the adventures of Astérix the Gaul, his best friend Obélix, and the recurring characters of the village they live in. Their stories take place in the first century B.C. after Vercingetorix’ defeat in -56 B.C. and the entirety of Gaul is under Roman Rule…
All of it? No!
One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium…
… That is the little mantra that introduces each comic. At least, the english translation! Basically Astérix’s story is a History AU where only his village still resists against Roman occupation thanks to a magic potion their Druid gives them.
Panoramix (the Druid), Astérix, and Obélix (+ Idéfix, Obélix’s pup)
Every comic (save for a few) is rather formulaic; each tells the story of Astérix and his friend Obélix who live peacefully in their village until an outsider comes asking for help or the Romans become a larger threat than usual. This usually starts the story, sending the two Gauls away from their village to accomplish the task of helping the outsider or numbing the roman threat.
The tone of the series is generally comedic and the sense of humour is… Very french, let’s say. The visual gags are things that can me appreciated in any edition of the Astérix comics and cartoons but the real jokes are usually untranslatable word-play- Though I will always give kudos to the translators who try their best to let Goscignny’s genius shine through! The most notable word-play jokes are in character names. Depending on one’s ‘nationality’, a character will have a name which is a word jumble with a suffix associated with their country of origin. Gaul names end in -ix, Roman names in -us, Egyptian names in -is, Norman/Viking names in -af, Briton names in -ax, etc… This is usually for male characters, as there aren’t many female characters. When there are female characters, their names will either follow the previous rule or be a word-play ending in -ine. All names have to sound like a real word or phrase, which is why many names and jokes get lost in translation, for example.
The first Astérix BD, Astérix le Gaulois came out in 1959 as a collab between René Goscignny (writer), Albert Uderzo (artist), and a Franco-Belgian editor, Dargaud (which was also responsible for the Tintin series). Goscignny unfortunately died in 1977, leaving the writing to Uderzo alone (and it shows) though his name was never removed from the covers. Uderzo himself retired from his work as a cartoonist after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks.
A drawing Uderzo did as an homage to the cartoonists who were killed during the Charlie Hebdo attack.
As of 2015, 36 volumes of the Astérix and Obélix’s adventures have been published. A new one is to be published in October 2017 with a new writer and artist who mimick the original style. Goscignny and Uderzo’s name will remain on the cover, however.
The impact Astérix & Obélix had on french society and culture was massive. We’re a country of nerds who love our BDs, kids grew up reading them since the 1960s and physical copies have been passed down from parents to children- Hell, my introduction to the series was through my dad giving me his old comics as soon as I knew how to read! I loved all the characters and I still do- My favourite was Obélix. Growing up as a chubby kid and whatnot… (I’m even working on a R63 copslay of him now shhhh) Everybody here has read Astérix at least once in their lives… And if they haven’t read it, they’ve definitely seen the movie adaptations and/or gone to the theme park (which opened in 1989).
Lemme tell you about the films, bc BOY are the movies good. In France we have a knack for making good BD film adaptations, animated or live-action. The Astérix movies are among our favourites ♥ Many french comedy actors consider that being a part of an Astérix movie is a peak in one’s career, that’s how big the franchise is.
Well-known actors who have played in the live action ones as main characters include…
It was so difficult to choose the first and the top 3 all felt so great, but YOI probably takes the gayest spot! Every episode gets gayer and gives new surprises! From hugging to kissing… Well I’m sure I’ve seen enough gay animes mangas fiction, but I guess we can never get enough. And it’s a really pure display of love in the most platonic way possible. Ish. It’s more sweet than everything. I gave it first because I squeal and scream the most and loudest for this, and I wait for the next episode every single day. Warning: serious hangover after every episode that can never be satisfied. The gayness is just so unique that I can’t find in anywhere else.
2. Natsume Yuujinchou 5
I would say Natsume would always be my first… but I’ve read the manga already so it lacks some suspense. Still absolutely fantastic though! Happy to see Nyanko sensei every week, and more Matoba because he’s one of my favorites! Beautiful anime, really. Beautiful friendship, beautiful characters, beautiful art, beautiful OP and ED, beautiful stories. My weekly happiness booster. My favorite (youkai) anime series.
3. Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2
I said in Season 1 that the show would be much better with Dazai for the whole 23 minutes. Guess what? This season it nearly did. For the first few episodes I WAS SO HAPPY it was the background of DAZAI MY BABY. Similarly, I’ve read the manga for this so I know every single thing that will happen in the next arc but I couldn’t get access to the light novel so yes I love the production company for animating it. CHUUYA too omg that was definitely my favourite episode the love-hate relationship between Chuuya and Dazai. Atsushi needs work lol I kind of just skip over his parts haha. My life would be complete if they animated Dazai’s entrance exam too hahahaha.
4. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (continuation from Summer 2016)
I’ve recommend this before, and I’ll recommend this again. Really great show. I mean the characters look really stupid and shallow at first but they are really interesting. Daily dose of humour! Main character is definitely my favourite he’s so tsundere and adorable.
5. Haikyuu!! Season 3
I would say one of my favourtie season of Haikyuu? Not sure why but it feels more enjoyable. Last time I find them draggy or too touchy-feely but this season feels pretty good and really intense! Kageyama is cute as usual, like he’s really good :D
6. Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
I think it is okay but the number of shotas is overwhelming. Then again, number of good looking long hair guys is huge too. My favorite character is Mikazuki but he doesn’t appear much, does he? Never played the game before. I don’t like Yasusada so that takes the enjoyment out a little. I think it fulfils the watch all males (and good looking ones at that!) anime with ZERO females desire within me. I love that. It’s beautiful. I mean really beautiful art. Yeah, especially the ED when there is tradional Japanese art styles I think those make me really happy.
How do you make your Adventure Zone animatics? pencil, then transfer them to a program (which one)? You capture the characters so well! I love your art:D
You’re too kind friend!! I promise you making them is not as arduous as that. My boards are done 100% digitally ( apart from early planning stages ). I use 2 programs: Photoshop and Premiere.
I organize my boards by scenes in groupings on Photoshop ( so folder will be numbered as the ‘scene’ and then in each folder there will be layers labelled as 1,2,3 and so on for each pose for the scene ).
I use my all-time favourite brush - and I mean favourite as I basically use it for EVERYTHING now - Kyle’s Animator Pencil. I cannot stress how great this, and all his brushes, are. They are worth every darn penny!
So once I got all my boards down, I go over to Premiere and fuss with timing and assembling. Generally when I start my animatics I have everything roughly timed out mentally. So it’s just a matter of fine tuning and adding or subtracting frames when they’re all laid out. I also tend to time my boards AS I create them. So I’ll finish a few scenes in photoshop and then head over to Premiere and assemble as I go. That’s just the best way for me.
Apart from that there’s not much else to it. Just a lot of forethought and designing things/streamlining things. I also do a VERY rough layout of the background / area the boards take place in so that it’s not all over the place and helps with keeping the characters grounded and the direction of the shots flowing!
If you’ve got any other questions, feel free to send em my way!