pretty much the whole of tumblr

i’ve been waiting for In a Heartbeat for so long and!! it’s here!!

it’s very sweet, i love it so much from the style to the character design to the backgrounds….. hhhhh!!

i felt a giant pang in my heart as i watched it, Sherwin’s heart and its over-eagerness… but like. that’s what it feels like, yeah! it’s such a simple way of showing that, but god, is it a pretty accurate picture. i feel ya, Sherwin, i feel ya. the whole things a bit more bittersweet for me, but ITS STILL GOOD FOLKS

“happy birthday, mom”

had to draw something for olivia’s birthday because she is so wonderful!! i was also away and couldn’t draw for laslow’s birthday which left me feeling like i abandoned my boy so im making up for that too

Reminder that tumblr is not ‘anti recovery’ so much as full of really fucking bitter nd people for whom recovery has been either extremely difficult or flat out impossible.

The whole ‘suffered for a few years, gained access to therapy and meds, and then got better within months’ recovery story is not everyone’s story. It’s great, and I’m sure we’re all happy for the people whose recovery was that straightforward, but it’s not everyone’s story.

Some of us have fought tooth and nail pretty much our entire lives.

Some of us have had access to therapy and meds since pretty much the beginning, it just didn’t help.

Some of us have lived a life full of brief semi-recoveries followed by hard relapses.

Some of us have tried all of these recovery ideas multiple times and failed to improve (because surprise, they don’t work for everyone!).

Some of us have had to listen to the ‘eat a better diet’ ‘fix your sleep schedule’ and ‘exercise/do yoga’ shit from condescending nts (including therapists) who just can’t understand why their amazing advice isn’t working for us over and over and over again for years on end.

Because it works for most people? Why isn’t it working for you? You must not be trying hard enough… You just have to push yourself more! Do you even want to get better?

go-powers1111  asked:

Have you heard about the racist concepts with Amethyst?

I assume you mean the yellow image in the middle, right? I can easily see how someone might see that as racist, but after this whole Concrete thing I’m too drained and frustrated to give an impassioned speech about it, and frankly I think we’ve lost sight of what this was all supposed to be about

Is it offensive? A little, but it’s not exactly exceptional compared to the stuff we’ve seen elsewhere. Hell, Gravity Falls has done something worse than this pretty much once an episode. The only reason tumblr hasn’t thrown a shit-fit over that is because in the end, SU made one critical mistake: It tried to be perfect.

Lets be honest, for the first few seasons, SU was considered a godsend for representation. Even early on the cast spanned a wide variety of races, sexualities, body types and disabilities, none of whom had been deemed a token or “problematic” at the time. The fact that I can have serious discussions with people about whether the main character of a children’s TV show is trans on 4chan of all places, and actually convince them the answer is yes should tell you just how big a deal this all should be. Even now, several years later, I have yet to see another cartoon that even comes close to doing what SU did. So what happened?

Simple: we got used to it. SU had made itself look so perfect for so long that some viewers lost any sense of relative scale, so when the crew or an innocent fan artist made a slip-up that wouldn’t have even caused a second glance elsewhere, they became a menace to society that had to be driven to destroy itself less it corrupt this beautiful cinnamon bun. Of course, it was inevitable the show would eventually disappoint them in some way or another, turning an unhealthy obsession into a feeling of utter betrayal.

I honestly find it incredibly ironic that the criticals refer to us as “Stans,” seeing as the song they’re referencing is about an unhealthily obsessed fan who goes off the deep end after being let down by his favorite content creator and ends up acting increasingly irrational and violent. I guess in the end, with people like this, self awareness isn’t exactly their strong suit

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LGBT+ MASTERLIST PROJECT BY ROCIO @nuevayor​

Week One: TELEVISION
Week Two: MOVIES
Week Three: BOOKS
Week Four: POETRY
Week Five: MUSIC
Week Six: COMICS
Week Seven: DOCUMENTARIES
Week Eight: PODCASTS
Week Ten: HISTORY
Week Eleven: RESOURCES
Week Twelve: THANK YOU + GOODBI

Week Nine: Hello again and welcome back to the LGBT+ Masterlist Project!

I had originally named this post ‘BLOGS + VLOGS’ but after the overwhelming amount of suggestions specific to YouTube channels, I figured to dedicate this week’s post entirely to YouTubers. Voilà, here we are!

The genres vary this week, as always. We’ve got beauty vlogs, lifestyle vlogs, cooking vlogs, music vlogs, talk show set ups, and a bunch of other types of content! One thing is for sure, and the whole point of this entire project: these are all LGBT+ YouTubers. A lot of them are here on Tumblr too! So I added their @’s for you as well. 

If you think I’ve mislabeled someone (as in, if I have put them in this list or in the gifs above when they aren’t LGBT+), please tell me immediately as there’s nothing I value more than accuracy - I will be sure to follow up. In addition! If you’ve got recs, don’t hesitate to send them my way (particularly LGBT+ YouTubers who are people of color - I was underwhelmed to see the vast yet not so diverse YouTube vlogging landscape when it came to popularity.)

Next week: LGBT+ HISTORY - a compilation of academic journals, articles, autobiographies, YouTube videos, and other types of media that cover the long and too often glossed over history of the vast and diverse LGBT+ community. If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

Enjoy: LGBT+ YOUTUBERS

  • Pero Like - “Pero, like… You know what we mean. Weekly videos of tu vida.” A Latinx-oriented vlog in which one of the YouTubers is Salvadoran and gay, but LGBT topics are not the main thing they vlog about
  • Shannon @now-this-is-living​ & Cammie @the-2nd-star-to-the-right on their channel nowthisisliving - A lesbian couple who are “just sharing [their] story/love/life with anyone who wants to listen”
  • Claudia Boleyn - A bisexual YouTuber who makes videos about mental health and social justice issues
  • Miles Jai  (giffed above) - Posts improv sketches, parodies, “beauty tutorials”, as well as vlogs
  • Kat Blaque @katblaque (giffed above) - “Opinion Vlogger, Children’s Illustrator and Thrift Store Addict”
  • Sara @rnashallah(giffed above) - Totally not putting her up here because we’ve been mutuals on Tumblr for like mad long and I’m just very fond of Sara as a person. She vlogs about her life and tbh that alone is worth a sub in my book!
  • Eileen W. @peeves(giffed above) - Another good friend of mine (let me live). HILARIOUS, sarcastic, honest, and is pretty much always there to Validate You, so support her and subscribe!
  • Marina Watanabe @marinashutup​ (giffed above) - “Part time feminist vlogger, full time sass machine. Biracial, bisexual, bipedal.”
  • Kid Fury @signedfury - “Born in Miami and raising hell in New York City, Kid Fury is a media mouthpiece with a whole lot of nerve. This channel is one of many avenues Fury uses to cover life, pop culture and more with a unique and sharp flare of truth, shade, and fuckery.”
  • AriFitz @itsarifitz - Lifestyle + style vlog

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[RECAP] Rick & Morty Season 3 Trailer: Superhero Team Episode

In the Rick and Morty Season 3 trailer [Click to watch it here!] we’re shown two short clips from an upcoming episode in which it seems that Rick and Morty have become part of a superhero team!


EVIDENCE: Clip #1

The first clip opens up with a shot of Morty with a group of five other individuals, one of which — like Morty — has a visible “V” emblem on their clothing.

  • The five individuals are references to comic characters
    • ex.: the red-haired man looks similar to Tony Stark of the “Avengers”
  • The ‘V’ emblem worn by Morty and the red-haired man
    • explanation: V for Vindicator (explained below), is also a similar design to “Avengers” symbol

(There’s a second shot where the group are facing a monstrous and threatening creature of some sort, and in it we can again see the “V” symbol on the back of Morty’s vest, as well as Rick, too!)


EVIDENCE: Clip #2 

This scene starts out with Morty pointing to a flashing purple jewel-like light, and excitedly telling Rick that they’ve been “called to assemble” by “the Vindicators”.

  • The flashing jewel is a visible indicator of help needed 
    • explanation: like the ‘bat signal’ in the Batman franchise
  • The phrase “called to assemble” is used
    • explanation: often used in superhero team comics/media
  • The word “vindicator” is synonymous with “avenger”
    • explanation: for those who don’t know, the Avengers is a very popular superhero team comic (and now movie) series

(Additionally Rick’s distaste for “a literal call to adventure” — and probably the whole ‘superhero team’ thing generally — and telling Morty to “let it go to voicemail” is good in-character evidence as well!)


CONCLUSION: With all of the above evidence its pretty obvious that this S3 episode is not just a reference to/remaking of the superhero team trope, but in true Rick & Morty fashion, most likely a satire, too!

#MondayMotivation

10 Deathbed Regrets You Can Avoid By Taking Action Now

1. I spent too much time being angry. Anger is caused by many things, often times it’s because we’re living through the ego and reacting to what happens to us. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it - we always have a choice when it comes to how we handle what life throws at us.

2. I wasted my life doing what was expected of me. Whether it’s society, parents, friends, family or partners - doing what others expect of us is how we neglect our true desires. This builds resentment towards ourselves over time and can result in the most painful of regrets.

3. I didn’t take care of my health. In the short-term we can neglect our health with minor consequences, but over the course of decades a lack of exercise and poor nutrition will result in the body breaking down and becoming less functional. One day it may be a struggle to walk up the stairs or even stand up.

4. I wasn’t happy in my relationship. Settling for less than we know we’re truly worth builds resentment towards ourselves because we are neglecting the relationship we have with ourselves. When we remain in relationships that don’t serve us we are reinforcing the message of self-loathing - rather than one of self-love.

5. I never travelled. Exploring the world broadens our horizons and allows us to gain perspective in our lives. Gaining a wider perspective of the world we live in allows us to adopt a global mindset, rather than a local mindset - which allows us to leave behind the opinions of others and live the life we dream of.

6. I didn’t spend enough time with loved ones. Quality time spent with the people who matter most to us does not consist of sitting in front of a glowing box in silence. Experiencing things together is what strengthens the bonds we have & creates fulfilling, meaningful relationships with those we care about.

7. The one that got away. Allowing our fears or pride to get in the way of something or someone we love will result in the burden of regret. When we know our heart’s desires it’s important to pursue them - if we allow them to pass us by while we wait for the “right time” it will never come.

8. I never found true love. Again, settling for less will be our greatest downfall. It may seem difficult at times but the pursuit of true love requires us to be true to ourselves & 100% authentic. If the relationship we find ourselves in is not what we’re looking for - we must love ourselves enough to walk away from it and continue the search for what we truly desire.

9. I lived in my comfort zone. Our comfort zones are places of perceived safety which offer no growth - if we live in them our entire lives we will realise that we spent our time living in limitation. We live in a vast world that demands exploration - if we allow our fears to dictate our behaviour, we’ll never know what we’re capable of and have the voice of “what-if” in our heads.

10. I worked too much. Work is a part of life, but when we take it too seriously we miss out on the other parts. Taking time to be with ourselves, to be still in nature and relax is essential for optimal mental health. Indeed, work may be necessary, but spending our whole lives working and none of it playing would be a pretty boring life.

This life can be whatever you want it to be - make it something worth living.

Peace & positive vibes.

LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale |episode 1 only!

Aside from the fact that

I may not have been the target audience for this show’s…storytelling style……….and the voice acting………………………and that I aged ten years when I heard elfie 

lmaooooooooo

and the characters have no peripheral vision whatsoever

bruh ur house about to get burnt

I think the characters are so cute! Tidus’ design is my favourite! 

And I love the dragons so much :’D 

!!!!!!!!!!! babs!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bahahahahahahhahahahahaha

The scenery is sooooooo pretty too!!! 

and they added shooting stars bruh. shooting stars.

bless

This was towards the end of the episode and I know the tree is burning but it looked so beautiful :’(

everyone is so pretty

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but stupid apparently

this particular scene made me laugh so hard:


Man: (yelling) Help! Help me!

-Someone was in “trouble” and they all just …lmaoooo stood around discussing it instead of running over lmaoooooooo


Presenting: the guy who was in trouble adsdgslkgdorjkl

lmaooo I distrusted him before he even made his appearance and I made a whole post about the events and then tumblr ate the post :’) 

I WONDER

but yeah, basically:

super cool

i love it when I’m right

super cooooooooool

nice

ALSO? FARRAN IS MY LIL GAY DISASTER BABY AND I HAVE A WHOLE POST SCREAMING ABOUT IT 

i’m not ashamed to confess I’m gonna watch the whole show just for Farran my child and out of the smugness of being right about this villain kid cronan :’) lmaooo

Hi everyone! I’ve had this blog for a little over a year now, and it has made such a huge difference! I remember feeling overwhelmed when I made this blog, so I thought I would make a little welcome-to-the-community guide for those of you who are looking to make a study blog of your own.

the basics

  • Why start a study blog (aka studyblr) in the first place? Because you want to be motivated to do better in school, want to find new ideas, or just because you like pretty stationery. There are a ton of good reasons to start one, so go for it!
  • What do I have to do to be a studyblr? Make a blog and follow some other study blogs. That’s pretty much it. There are no GPA requirements, supply lists, or complicated rules. 

how to start a blog

  • You can either start a whole new blog (make a new account), make a side blog, or start posting study tips from your current blog. It all depends on your personal preference and how much you use the blog you have now.
  • Your url is an important part of your blog because it lets people know what you’ll be posting about. Your name + studies is a common url to see, but you can get more creative if you choose!
  • I suggest avoiding tumblr default themes and instead finding one you like from @theme-hunter. If you don’t have any experience with coding, you can pick up the basics you need to install a theme from Youtube. 
  • After you have your blog all set up, make a post introducing yourself. Include a little bit about yourself like your name, grade level, major (if you have one), interests, and tag your favorite blogs so that they can help get the word out about you!

connecting with the community

  • Message/send asks introducing yourself to other blogs. It’s easy and it works, study bloggers are usually really friendly and welcoming!
  • Enter blog of the month or blog awards to get your name out there.
  • Send random asks, just because. It makes people smile!

creating original posts

  • You don’t have to make your own posts, but it helps to get your name out there and it’s nice to be able to share your own study tips.
  • For pictures, try posting your notes, study setup, or favorite supplies. Good lighting and editing with an app like VSCOcam will make them more appealing and get more notes.
  • Making masterposts is my favorite way to create content. Think of any topic that you know about or would like to learn about, and write out a post of resources or tips. 
  • Canva is a great free site for making graphics
  • Tag your posts with relevant tags like #studyblr #studyspo, as well as the urls of different blogs as people will usually reblog posts they have been tagged in. 

making your blog work for you

  • Above all, having a study blog is about improving your study habits.
  • Create a good tagging system so that you can find posts later. It should be simple and easy to remember (this post would go under #masterpost #new studyblr #tips for me).
  • Find a study buddy or group to keep you motivated
  • Reblog only things that you find inspiring, regardless of how you think your blog should look.
  • Start the 100 days of productivity challenge to stay accountable
  • Install a site blocker so that you can log off and focus!

Welcome to the community! I hope that you find it as beneficial as I have, and I look forward to meeting some new faces!

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Layover (Detail crops)

I’ve never spent so much time on research and prelim sketches/studies on a single piece. Despite all the prep, I still managed to be super uncomfortable throughout the whole process and that resulted in a very intuitive hand and maybe some poor decisions. But a little discomfort is good and I’m pretty happy with the result.

1/31
Someone said that, if you draw somehow for the whole month, you will learn pretty much a lot about how to do it
Sooo for me I am struggling with digital art and this is what I am going to do for the September
I hope I will do it completely
If someone wants to join me with this September challenge (you can use any media you reeeeeally struggle with) then I would be really glad :)
LETS LEARN HOW TO DRAW❤️😂

(in October I am going to do an inktober, so I am planning two months of daily drawing o.o, thaaaat is hard)
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Hey my dudes, I made some doodles that I wanted to share. They may look like random sketches to you, but the fact is, they are not ! Those are the first pictures of my sona represented as a FtM that I share publicly on the internet. Out of the closet you go, wooosh !

So yeah, I’ve been slowly making up my mind about it, about who I am. I mean, the thought has been creeping on my mind for years, but it took time to actually stop and listen to it for a second.

I haven’t started T or anything yet, but things are evolving slowly. I don’t know about you my friends, but in France, the whole admnistrative process takes very long. It’s okay tho, it’ll happens eventually. I’ve got some pretty cool binders in the meantime that I use since quite some times now ! I’m gonna stop there since I don’t really like sharing this much of myself, but hey, you understood the point of this.

Tho I feel the need to end my little rambling by thanking everybody on this website. Tumblr actually helped me building up confidence to talk about this matter. I feel safe sharing my thoughts here, and that’s important.

ps: jackal guy is my boyfriend, I felt like including him as well as he has been very supportive since the beginning. a round of applause for supportive special ones !

MERFOLK

Of the sentient races that occupy the ocean, the merfolk are the most numerous, or at least visible. Merfolk are as fascinated with humans as humans are with them, most likely due to a physical resemblance combined with the allure of foreign lower body. However, any closer relationship between them is stymied by environmental requirements, though there are many stories of individuals using magical means to overcome that hurdle. Normally a marine race, freshwater variants have been sighted living in especially large lakes.

But the mischievous and playful nature of the merfolk doesn’t mean that they’re entirely harmless. Humans who abuse their waters or aren’t careful with their nets will find their boats more likely to sink, or suffer greater punishment as the merfolk appeal to their own watery gods.

Yay, I got this done just in time for the end of Mermay!

There’s a lot of legends about mermaids, but not so many that I’ve found about mermen. You get plenty of romances between fishy ladies and human men, but not so much the other way around. The British Isles have a whole buncha merfolk stories that mention the male half of the race, but while the females are pretty, the males tend to be less attractive (a design trend that continues to exist to this day). Think of it as the difference between the Zoras and River Zoras in the Zelda games.

Blanca’s Tumblr

The Abby Tran Saga

Alright sooo a lot of my new followers or people who weren’t so active last week have been asking me “who is abbytran???” “what happened”?? soo imma just make this post to sum it all up. It has also come to my attention that a certain tumblr user is trying to demonize me and make me look like some creepy stalker who looks up people’s personal information. So ladies, let’s begin: 

It all started when miss Abby tran started sending me weird ass shit through my twitter (this was about a week ago or so). I was like… lmao okay whatever………. 

And after this happened she made ANOTHER Twitter account to further harass me because I blocked that other account. 

So yeah this happened a few hours before she came to tumblr but prior to this screenshot she actually sent me a message saying “he’s my president” about 2 WEEKS ago. I ignored that and blocked her (dammit I wish I screenshotted that). Bu yep, this all started on twitter.  Her whole thing is pretty much making new accounts to she can further stalk people lmao. (But I’m the stalker)?????…. anyway moving on… 

Then it progressed onto my Instagram and then my TUMBLR. 

And there it is. The message that started it all on TUMBLR. Ya’ll knowing me, I of course had to clapback with some witty shit. But then….. it started getting worse…………………. 

Over 10 screenshots of this girl sending me crazy shit and some of you headasses wanna call ME a “stalker”???? But wait babygorls, there’s more. 

Abby tran’s ex-gf contacted me via Instagram, and said this: 

Not only has she been harassing me, but her ex-gf has had to deal with her for over 8 MONTHS!!!! The police have even gotten involved. 

So anyone would look at this situation and go “this is not normal, and a 16 year old should NOT be acting like this”. So you know what I did? I sure as hell contacted her school. Because a 16 year old should not be stalking people and harassing them multiple times over the internet. 

I posted a link to her school’s bullying report page. That’s it. Not her phone number, not her address, not her email, none of that shit. I honestly don’t care about her enough to dig that deep lmfao. I know some people do but… I don’t really care I just wanted to contact her school. I feel like it’s important for a school to know about one of their student’s dangerous behavior. This is how dangerous people start….. they start stalking people online and then it progresses. I suggested the school provides some sort of psychological treatment for her. 

So for those of you who are here to see how I “stalked” and “harassed” Abby, you’re looking at the wrong person. She came to ME, I never came to her. 

(mostly) andreil fic recs.

i’ve been binging on (mostly) andreil fics for the past couple of days and i thought i would give links to some of my favorites! if the author lists a tumblr, it will be added alongside their ao3 username :)


Foxy (series) - chelzischmidt

“In which all of the characters from the AFTG series are in the porn industry.”

an incomplete series of nsfw fics that includes (as of 6/16/17) andrew/neil, kevin/andrew/neil, jeremy/jean and matt/neil (with mentions of other interactions between characters).

neil is sappy (series) - judlane (tumblr)

an incomplete series of fics that include neil being all soft and sappy with andrew (aka the cutest thing i’ve ever seen).

neil is horny (series) - judlane (tumblr linked previously)

an incomplete series of nsfw fics where the title pretty much explains it.

light fires at night (to push back the void) - inthesea

“20+ times Andrew and Neil say I love you, and one time they say it out loud.”

my best friend’s mom recommended this fic to me and let me tell you, i made the right choice to binge read the whole thing at 2am.

the key to us. (series) - andreil (tumblr)

an incomplete series about andrew and neil overcoming bumps in their relationship.

your crown of thorns holds roses - quensty (tumblr)

“Three days after he signs his death sentence to Palmetto State, five after Andrew Minyard sends him flying breathless to the ground, Neil’s gaze snaps to the locker room mirror and stares, frozen, at the word threat scrawled along his spinal cord in terrifying, heavy bold.”

an andreil soulmate au where everything your soulmate sees you as is tattooed on your skin.

we might be hollow (but we’re brave) - stttmsbwa (tumblr)

“Andrew is looking to live his life in peaceful nothingness, but his new neighbor’s cat won’t stop sneaking onto his balcony. As much as he tries to not make it into something, Andrew finds himself drawn to the mysterious and tempting man next door.”

this is another fic that had me up until 2am. andrew and neil are brought together in the most unlikely of ways thanks to a bratty feline.

to know a man - moonix

“In which the Foxes all work at a coffee shop run by Wymack, Neil is their newest recruit with a dark past, Andrew is obvious, Neil is oblivious, and everyone ships it apart from Aaron, who just wants to study in peace. With guest appearance by a stuffed jellyfish called Josephine.”

a coffee shop au that exceeds the cliche and delivers a wonderful story about neil finding a reason to stop running and andrew finding a reason to stay alive. (this fic includes nicky/erik as well!)


i have (and will come across) so many more tfc fics that i love, so a part two of this is very likely! please support the authors and leave kudos on their works :)

LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE STORY OF ME AND STEVE BLUM AND THE ZEB/KALLUS JOKE.

So yesterday at Dragoncon, me and my dad went to the “Ask a character” panel where voice actors answered questions in their characters voices. It was Steve Blum, Charles Martinet, Rob Paulson and Tony Anselmo (who were all fanboying over each other the whole time and it was super adorable but anyway).

So one person went up and asked “Zeb” what his reason for continuing to fight was after most of his species was wiped out, and Steve jokingly said “My reason for fighting is Kallus.” And pretty much nobody reacted. And he was like “does nobody get that joke? I feel dumb now.”

So of course I, being a big dork who loves it when people make shipping jokes, am there waving my hand around in the second row yelling “I GET IT!” And then I told Tumblr.

(He later answered properly by saying Zeb kept fighting because of the Ghost crew because they’re his family, which is also an acceptable answer I guess.)

So today I went up to him I the Walk of Fame area and introduced myself as “that person who got your shipping joke yesterday” and I showed him the Tumblr post I made yesterday and that people were freaking out about it and he was very happy about it and signed my autograph book like this.

So that was pretty awesome. And I do appreciate it when actors are cool with making silly shipping jokes, so the whole thing made me very happy. And that’s my story.

I’m just gonna say it – if Rey and Kylo come together because they have this fated connection through the Force, in which they are the ONLY PEOPLE who can understand each other ——-

it is going to become romantic.

Honestly. The foundations through tropes have already been set for an epic love story like this – one of the “beauty and beast” archetype dynamic. And the prince holding out his hand to the lady, so he can “show her the ways” of the Force has implications that the general audience will subconsciously (or consciously) read into.

Two halves of one whole is not a platonic set up, I’m sorry, lol. I know people think I’m too “optimistic” cause y’all “OG Reylos” have been jaded by the Discourse, but… I’m over here as a newcomer on Tumblr (not a newcomer to the ship though) shrugging my shoulders and realizing that all signs are pointing to yes.

If Rey and Kylo team up in this movie by the end – which it’s looking like they will – it’s pretty much guaranteed to turn romantic in Ep. 9. The hardcore way they’re selling the “connection” and “two halves” stuff leads me to believe there’s a lot of subtext that’s going to lead the GA to the conclusion of romance, too… I think the Reylo is strong with this movie, like way more than we predicted… because the marketing functions to give a TASTE… not the whole cake at once… 

If THIS is the taste, can you imagine what this whole cake is gonna be like? I don’t think we’ll get overt romance, yet, but I do think the sexual tension and romantic undertones are potentially going to beat us over the head this time…

Could be wrong, of course, but this has been my feeling – especially with everything the Japanese promo is saying. Japan tends not to hang its promo on  suspense, so much as it tries to just entice viewers to head to the movies and check it out. Japanese people only go to the theater if they think it’s going to be worth it… so I think the promo for Japan is very telling for the genuine mood of the film. So, I’m feeling hopeful, and I hope I’m not wrong about that!

I am the ultimate Dad

I’ve now dated all the dads in @dreamdaddygame. Now the spoiler-free rundown of my impressions of the routes in the order I did them that no one asked for.

Craig

If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for that friends to lovers trope, so I went for Jock Dad first. Of all the dads, I feel like you get to know Craig the best because of the extra gym scene. The fact that they keep calling each other bro just makes all the more romantic dialogue that much funnier. You can certainly feel their history which makes their move into less platonic territory feel fairly natural. A good, standard romance. 

Damien

I did Damien next because he seemed to be one of the tumblr favorites and it was a pretty good choice. He’s a sweet guy going for an aesthetic–both things I can appreciate– but it was almost too much. The route had two of my top five favorite scenes in the whole game, but the switcheroo at the end felt a little disingenuous. I get what they were going for, but I feel like, as a Dad, I never reaalllyy got to know Damien. Like I chipped away a little at him but he was so unwilling to let me in that I only met the REAL Damien at the end of the third date. This can be compelling story-telling, but not my particular cup of tea for a romance. Still a Good Dad, and I love him.

Robert

Knife dad was next because by now I had slept with him at least once, and I liked his scene in Damien’s route. I actually messed him up the first time by jumping into bed with him that first night. Though I felt like his dialogue choices were a little dicier (gotta get that S rank) I LOVED the story of Robert’s route. I like the bittersweet reality of his life and how that affected his epilogue. I want Robert to be happy with my whole heart. Mary, though. I had warmed up to her slightly in Damien’s route, but I couldn’t deal being a first hand witness to her self-destruction. Though, I’m not saying it shouldn’t have been in there. We needed to get to know Mary, and Robert’s interactions with her showed us a lof about him. So it was a love to hate situation, in the end. 10/10, would cryptid hunt again. 

Brian

Brian doesn’t get nearly as much love as he deserves. I feel Brian as a person on a spiritual level. I AM Brian. I love Amanda and Daisy in this route, and Brian felt the most dadly of the dads. The minigames made his route feel different gameplay-wise, which was great considering I was 4 dads deep at this point. Plz nerf that golfing mini-game, though, damn. That was hard. I dominated skeeball, however. Overall, a pretty well-crafted, fluffy, enemies-to-lovers story. Ya definitely wanna smack ‘em in the head and be like “YOU LIKE EACH OTHER, YOU IDIOTS.” The epilogue feels like a bear hug around your brain. 

Joseph

Ohhhh….maaannnn. So by now, I had sorta kinda heard what happens at the end of Joseph’s route, so I didn’t want to do it last in case I needed a palate cleanser. Now…I feel like I can’t talk about it too much without spoiling, but they did the temptation aspect really well. The guilt weighs heavy, then, at the end, when they finally pull it off ya, they SLAM you with that epilogue and ugghhhh. It made my heart hurt. What it did particularly well is give me a different perspective on Mary. By getting a little peek into their marriage, she becomes a more sympathetic character, and Joseph stops being blameless in their marital discord. The overall contrast between the WASP aesthetic and the rotten thing that is their relationship underneath is some good shit. It’s a good “bad end” for this game. Distressing but with an optimistic undercurrent and a good foil for the more storybook endings.

Mat

I love Mat. I love his route. I love the music. I love the mosh pit. It’s just a sweet, gentle, story about finding love after heartbreak. It’s filled with all these really cute small moments of hands touching and picking out records and other goofy stuff that all builds and builds to this lovely warm feeling at the end.The girls get along, which is a huge plus. Also contains two-middle aged dads trying to figure out how to buy pot which will brighten your day and clear your skin. 

(This is the playthrough where I managed to get Amanda’s bad end, though, so that sort of made it a little sadder)

Hugo

I saved this one for last because I had a feeling it would end up being my favorite. I was right! Hugo is a man struggling with being an authority figure when he’s a big kid himself and my god I geeeetttt that. The “I have a dark secret” part of his route was natural and sincere, and that he lets you in on it at the second date makes you feel like you’re getting to know a side of Hugo that no one else gets. There’s a special part of him that only belongs to you and no one else. He felt very real and tangible to me as a character, love of cheese included. I also wrecked shop at trivia except for the first question which I’m convinced is a troll because none of the available answers are correct. 

Now, my fave dads in order. 

Hugo, Matt, Brian, Craig, Damien, Robert, Joseph