sci fi is still my favourite!

Michi’s 2016 Jdrama List
  • All the 2016 dramas & movies I watched (in random order)
  • Favourites / best  bolded

◇ Juhan Shuttai! → comedy, business

Originally posted by llllilian

◇ Sekai kara neko ga kieta nara  [movie]

Originally posted by movielosophy

Jimi ni sugoi! → rom-com, business

Originally posted by gekikara46

◇ Koe Koi → rom-com, school

Originally posted by anidrama

◇ Cain and Abel → drama, romance, business  * still watching *

Originally posted by heysayjumpin

◇ Busujima Yuriko no Sekinara Nikki  

◇ Carrer → comedy, crime

◇ Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko → comedy, action, crime

Originally posted by yespurpletea

Daisho → suspense, psycological

◇ Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri → crime, mystery

◇ Hippocratic Oath → medical

IQ246 → crime, comedy  * still watching *

Originally posted by shinees

◇ Fragile → medical

Hapimari →  romance, business

Originally posted by paper-box

◇ Haburashi Onna Tomodachi  

Seisei Suruhodo aishiteru →  romance, drama

Originally posted by dreamingsnowflake2013

◇ Chihayufuru part I, part II [movies]

Originally posted by kdramastuff

◇ Never let me go → drama, sci-fi

Good Morning Call → romance, school, friendship

Originally posted by irrational-obsessions-gottcha78

◇ Love song → romance, music

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu →  rom-com  * still watching *


Originally posted by gekikara46

Love that makes you cry → romance

Originally posted by shinees

◇ Terra Formars [movie]

◇ MARS  

◇ The Bride of Rip van Winkle [movie]

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite kudasai →  rom-com

Originally posted by mile-ruichi

◇ Ie uru onna → comedy, business

99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi → comedy, law

Originally posted by movielosophy

Suki na Hito ga iru Koto → rom-com

Originally posted by dorama-s

◇ Higanbana → detective, crime

◇ Soshite Dare mo Inakunatta 

◇ Ookami Shoujo to to Kuro Ouji [movie] 

Originally posted by thekento

◇ Nobunaga Concerto Movie 

Originally posted by uniqueproprietary

TOP 5my most favourite dramas (of this year)

  1. Good Morning Call
  2. NigeHagi
  3. 99.9
  4. Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
  5. Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

actuallyaghostthanks  asked:

Do you guys have any podcast recs?? I love the Penbumbra Podcast, the Bright Sessions and The Adventure Zone but wait for episodes to come out os killing me :,,(

Hello @actuallyaghostthanks, first of all, you have an amazing taste in podcasts!! I must admit, I wasn’t really sure in what direction to go for my recommendations, based on these three podcasts. Do you like podcasts with a good LGTBTQ+ representation? Or a paranormal mystery? Or a bit more Sci-Fi?

So I guess I’ll just put a bit of all of this into your recommendation list. Also you should check out this list for more podcasts with an LGBTQ+ cast (and keep your eyes open, I’m currently working on a part 2) this one for spooky podcasts, and these for horror if that’s your thing)


And here are some more podcasts I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy:

ars PARADOXICA:

While I must admit that I had to give up on the podcast (for various reasons), I still highly recommend it. It has Sci-Fi, time travel, parallel universes (I think?), and an amazing lead character

Big Data:

One of my favourite podcasts by far! The only reason I haven’t posted a review yet is that all my thoughts about it are way too long. It uses all the tropes and cliches of the Investigative Journalism genre, and turns them into a hilarious, diverse, and thrilling story. It starts off great and becomes more amazing with each episode

EOS 10:

The adventures of a doctor on Space Station EOS 10. There is political conspiracies, medical emergencies, and a dangerous fugitive hiding in the space station. Also, sentient christmas trees!

Return Home:

This podcast is not the type of podcast you think it is after the first one or two episodes. I’m not saying it gets better, I’m not saying it gets worse. I’m just saying that you might expect Twin Peaks or Silent Hill, and you get … were-bunnies, a bizarre city council election, and one of the main characters dating the Devil. While Return Home sure does have it’s serious and dark moments, it’s way more fun than the first episodes make it seem to be. Can’t wait for the new season!

The Black Tapes / TANIS:

When Big Data uses tropes and cliches of the Investigative Journalism genre and turns it into something hilarious, The Black Tapes (find our review here) and its spin-off TANIS simply use these tropes. I enjoy this type of narration a lot, and binge listened to the first seasons of both shows within a few days. While I do think the quality dropped a bit as the stories progressed, I still highly recommend both The Black Tapes (with a focus on the paranormal and occult) and TANIS (with a focus on … creepy pasta and internet conspiracies). It should also be said that I’m not the biggest fan of the people behind the podcasts …

The Monster Hunters:

I must admit I’m only a few episodes in, but I enjoy the mix of horror and comedy: “The Year: 1971AD. The Place: The City of Swinging London. The Mission: To Destroy all Monsters.” Also I love that it’s a bit of a different setting from all the other podcasts. You should definitely give it a try.

The Strange Case of Starship Iris:

A Sci-Fi drama that’s only one episode old! So it’s still too soon to say much about it, but I liked the first episode a lot, it’s well written, well acted, and I’m excited to find out what happens next. All in all a very promising start!

The Behemoth:

This one is quite different from most other podcasts I’ve recommended so far. It’s the story of a young girl who follows a mysterious giant who suddenly appears from the ocean and walks across the US. It’s an odd one, this podcast, but captivating, and a very unique experience. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone, but I sure did enjoy it!


I hope you’ll find something you like! Also, feel free to scroll through our tags to find more specific podcasts!

Lizz

skullforaskull  asked:

You've probably been asked this a billion times before, but what's your favourite Mechagodzilla design? I lean more toward the classic sci-fi clunkiness of the original, but I'm curious. Also, what sort of look/backstory would you expect of a Legendary!Mechagodzilla?

Design-wise, Showa MechaG is pretty much untouchable 

Originally posted by swampthingy

At this point in Legendary’s series, I’d say the best way to fit Mechagodzilla in is to make it an Earth weapon. Before G’14 came out, my friend and I were hyping each other up suggesting that the skeleton in the trailer would be used in later movies as Kiryu 

I still think they could do that at some point, but if they go with the space monster origin for Ghidorah, a similar space origin for Mechagodzilla wouldn’t be impossible! 

Listen, I LOVE Michael Crichton and he is my second all-time favourite sci-fi novelist, and he has many well represented women as main characters. But I still feel acutely aware of how his main characters who are men are described by credentials first and appearance second, and his women main characters are described appearance first and credentials second. Men are described as brilliant, enigmatic, and geniuses in their fields and also happen to be tall and strong and handsome. Women are described as being thin and lean with luscious long hair and big beautiful eyes, and also good at their field of study.

It’s not just Michael Crichton. It happens in almost every novel, sci-fi and every other genre. Not even just novels, but every type of media. The way male authors describe women characters should be evidence enough of the deeply ingrained sexism and misogyny that exists in our society.

The only reason someone would think this kind of casual enforcement of sexism doesn’t matters is because they’re too closed minded to understand the cultural implications, or because they fully know it to be true but denying it enforces their power.

anonymous asked:

Jeanmarco fic recs please?

ooOH BOY. You have unleashed the Kraken, Anon.

Putting the list under a cut because shit is about to get real.

EDIT// I CAN’T BELIEVE I KEEP FORGETTING but you guys should also check out jeanmarcofanfics. They are amazing and literally specialize in JM fanfics, pfft.

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jrdnalbrchtsn  asked:

Who are some of your favorite illustrators/artists?

(this is a late reply, but I’m making it long to compensate…?)

It changes all the time! There’s so much out there! When I first started drawing and making comics as a kid it was Bill WattersonGiorgio Cavazzano and Masahiro Ando all the way - though I didn’t know their names back then. Later it was all about Alessandro Barbucci and Don Rosa (Don Rosa more for his storytelling, humor and mood than the art). Hayao Myazaki - and everything Ghibli - has been a big inspiration. When I started hanging on dA I was a fan of MakaniLoishKtshy and TracyJB (who still drives me crazy with her talent!). In more recent year’s I’ve been into Tekkonkinkreet (Black and White),Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akria, every movie ever made by Satoshi Kon, “Kerascoët“ - especially Beautiful DarknessNancy Peña, and Ron Cobbs sci-fi concepts (who’s like the only non animation/comics-person here). Bryan Lee O’MalleyScott Pilgrim blew my mind, as did Patrick McEown’s Hair Shirt and Jillian (and MarikoTamaki’s - This one Summer. These days I find most of my favourite artists on Tumblr and some of them are my friends! <3 All of the people listed (in no order at all) below are amazing and deserves a follow:

Emily Partridge

Natasha Allegri

Madéleine Flores

Patrick Crotty

Jake Wyatt

Zac Gorman

Valentin Seiche

Mathilde Kitteh 

Guillaume Singelin

Violaine Briat

Sam Bosma

Radford Sechrist

OMOCAT

Elliot Alfredius

Luke Pearson

Claire Belton

Kate Beaton

Tiffany Ford

Fabien Mense

Olle Forsslöf

Natalie Andrewson

Kris Mukai

and there are soooo many more!! I probably forgot like 20. I could do this all day, except I’m already tired of it so not really. 

Honor Harrington and the Patriarchy

I’m rereading the Honorverse series from Book 1 on for the first time in a few years, long enough that the first time around I hadn’t heard of intersectionality, nor did I apply much in the way of feminist criticism beyond noticing Weber’s efforts to include lots of female characters across the board.  I’m at Echoes of Honor now, and if you’ve read the series you know that the series at this point is undergoing a major change in tone.

The biggest change in the series is how Honor herself becomes increasingly cental to not only the narrative, but also the world itself and the characters within.  I think this starts around Flag in Exile and is full-bore by Echoes of Honor.  Even after she’s dead, any time any other character is thinking they’re probably thinking about her - even if just peripherally.  Given how much Weber loves loves wordy exposition, the endless focus on Honor and how she’s The Most Important Person kind of leads one to start labelling her as a Mary Sue.  I know I did, both when I first read the series and even more so now.  When I first started thinking about writing this, it was going to be about how even though the whole concept of a Mary Sue is really negative because it typically is used to criticize a female character for doing or being what isn’t blinked at in a male charater Honor actually qualifies because it’s so obvious she was created for a specific male gaze.  Her ‘off-duty’ activities are heavily idealised, to the point where she wears a freakin’ fedora.  But the problematic character isn’t her, because even if she was created with intentions that I wouldn’t call super feminist, she herself doesn’t do anything wrong, not that I can see.

The problem is with Hamish Alexander (Earl White Haven) and the Graysons.

It’s not hard to pick up on the pro-polygyny stance of the books, especially not after reading War of Honor, even if the continual praising of the Grayons doesn’t make it clear.  The problem I have is that the text makes it clear that only MF and MFF are acceptable, with any other mention of equality or acceptance is basically lipservice, and heavily steeped in an attempt to pass patriarchal, sexist attitudes as benevolent or nonharmful.

The Graysons are the prime offenders.  The text goes to great, vast, endless lengths to show that well, sure the Graysons are patriarchal, sexist regressives, but it’s always tempered with this sense that they’re not so bad, y'know?  I mean, sure they don’t let women vote or own property, and sure they’re all patronizing as hell, even, no especially towards Honor.  But at least they know it, right?  And you can’t really expect them to do better, right?  I mean, blah blah birthrate disparity, blah blah men had to defend womens.

Bullllshit.

The Grayson patriarchy is constantly excused, normalized and apologized for in the text.  It’s done under the guise of “benevolent” sexism, and every character - particularly female characters - all seem to be quite happy to go along with this notion that refusing women the right to vote “until they’ve learned how to handle the responsibility” is in any way okay because reasons.  No.  Fuck that.  It drives me nuts that not one character, not Honor, not Allison Harrington, not Mike Henke, no one says, “Fuck your birthrates, fuck your history, fuck your religion.  Stop treating women like property.  Stop it right now.”  Like, accepting that large-scale societal change takes time (it’s not like women have ever just been granted the right to vote en masse before, right?) is one thing, but nodding and excusing the persistence of outright institutionalized sexism just because “they mean well” or “they had a hard life” sucks.

As bad as the Graysons are, Hamish Alexander is the fucking worst.  He’s just as patriarchal and seixst as the Graysons are without even the “excuse” of being raised in that kind of environment.

Actually, quick aside.  I didn’t notice this the first time around, but for such an “advanced” and “tolerant” society Manticore sure seems to keep their non-het people pretty well hidden, eh?  I don’t know if there’s one canonically gay or bi character in the series.  Race is an issue, too.  He insists over and over that Manticore (and, apparently, the PRH, Talbott Cluster and just about everywhere) else was settled from the “Western Hemisphere”, but he appears to actually mean “America”.  White As Default is very much in evidence, with a smattering of (primarily black) PoCs.  Honor’s Chinese heritage is heavily exoticized, as is her mother, enough that without explicit description it seems evident that there are no East/South Asian people in Manticore or the PRH.

Anyways, back to Hamish Alexander.  There’s a big long chunk in Echoes of Honor that directly inspired me to write this.  He’s retrospecting on Honor’s death, which, y'know, fair enough, she’s Kind of a Big Deal and he’s recently fallen in love with her.  The problem I have is that it also entails a re-explication of his marriage and what happened to his wife.  During this long, long explanation of just how his wife’s accident affected him while she apparently got over it because Noble Woman he mentions how she’s totally okay with his affairs and prostitutes because a man just has to have sex, amiright?  Right?  I mean, wow, could you imagine if a dude couldn’t have sex?  Ergh.  Let’s talk about how the woman paralyzed from the neck down feels back about her husband have affairs hurts her not because he’s, y'know, FUCKING CHEATING, but because it reminds her that SHE CAN’T DO HER DUTY AND PROVIDE HIM WITH SEX.  I’m a dude, a cishet dude, and this pisses me off because what does hand-in-hand with the notion that is an okay expectation to make of a woman is the assertion that men cannot function without a regular dose of vagina.  It’s insulting, it’s damaging, and it is a core facet of toxic masculinity.  Anyways, as part of Hamish reflecting on how much he loves his wife because she blames herself for him having to have affairs, he also talks about how after his wife was horribly cripped he fell apart, about how his life was ruined, about how he failed to protect her.  And the only way he was able to recover is because another woman - a friend and collegue - gave him sex.  She healed his wounds with her labia and lo!  He remembered how much he loved his wife, and was able to stand by her (despite not getting sex and having to have affairs.)  Serious, he reiterates that point several times, both in that chapter and throughout the series.

After he’s done whinging about that, he then goes on about how he fell in love with Honor in the same way he loves his wife but also totally seperately, he loves them both as individual people without diminishing his love for the other.  Okay, fair enough so far, I’m not going to criticise that.   But.  He makes it clear that he blames himself for her death because she ran away after he stopped thinking of her as a military commander and started thinking of her as a woman.  And then, after he’s done reflecting on that for a page or two, he says that he loves two women.  One murdered, one maimed and crippled.  And it hurts him.  Their pain, their tragedy… but it’s all about him.

I don’t really have a conclusion to this, I guess.  The Honorverse is still one of my favourite sci-fi series, but I’m having trouble reconciling that with the big streak of partriarchal attitudes that underpins so much of the books.

Book Recs (2016)

I’ve got four more books to read before New Year’s if I’m to reach my 52 book goal for 2016, but it’s close enough that I thought I’d share some recommendations. A few of these were published in 2016, but most weren’t: it’s merely what I most enjoyed reading this year.

I read a ton of YA this year because I was too much of a snob to do so when I was a pretentious teen (though in my defence the quality of YA has increased IMMENSELY since I was 9-11 years old and devouring it BECAUSE I WAS A BIG KID, SEE, LOOK. IMMENSELY). Also because I’m going to shamefully admit that I was massively behind on my reading goal and they’re shorter and brisker reads as a rule. I’m a cheater. I found a lot of great books though, so I am not ashamed. 

My good to shit ratio this year was probably the best ever (in…books, not life, unfortunately). Like, I am reccing 35% of the books I read! I’m so pleased. May 2017 bring me more of the same (IN BOOKS NOT LIFE, 2017.)

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today-is-tuesday-too  asked:

top 5 songs of the moment and top 5 books you've loved recently

  1. RIPTIDE by vance joy
  2. SUBURBAN WAR by arcade fire (of the moment & always)
  3. JENNY covered by lily sevin
  4. MY BODY IS A CAGE covered by peter gabriel
  5. WHISTLIN’ PAST THE GRAVEYARD by tom waits

and for some unknown fucking reason i’ve been singing “love changes everything” from aspects of love for the last 12 hours so there’s that

  1. STATION ELEVEN by emily st. john mandel — i literally finished this TODAY and it was INCREDIBLE! read it if you like: post-apocalyptic examinations of humanity, other people, shakespeare, planet earth, feeling unbearably small and alive. 
  2. THE SECRET HISTORY by donna tartt — this book does not need me to big it up, but still: it absolutely lived up to the hype, and then some. it’s so good. it’s SO GOOD. 
  3. THE QUICK by lauren owen — victorian gothic mystery! refreshingly not boring vampires! repressed playwrights! hardcore siblings! cool ladies! torrid queer love affairs! oh my!
  4. THE RAVEN CYCLE by maggie stiefvater — this series is the best YA fantasy i’ve read in years. i’m actually rooting for the cishets to get together, which is astounding (and not just because HE’LL DIE IF SHE KISSES HIM. YO. YOOO). bonus: canon (incredible) queer character, super interesting mythology, intense YA goodness. 
  5. GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by andrew smith — this book is half terrible sci-fi B-movie and half high literary introspection. it’s about the onset of the apocalypse, caused by giant fucking preying mantis, and it’s about a bisexual kid realising he’s in love with his best friend as well as his girlfriend. it’s vulgar and it’s gorgeous, sometimes in the same sentence. favourite book of the year, hands down!

anonymous asked:

what are some of your favourite cyberpunk movies or tv shows or books etc.?

the easiest answer is: all of them. if it’s good cyberpunk fiction: awesome. and if it’s shitty cyberpunk, it doesn’t matter because it will still be hilarious and entertaining to me.

TBH though, the vast majority of cyberpunk anything that was written/filmed in the 21st century is kind of awkward. not in an “ooh it’s too mainstream now” kinda way, but because people keep trying to emulate the cyberpunk ideas and aesthetics that were developed in the 80s and early 90s, without really taking into account the fact that by the mid-2000s, most of those ~fictional~ concepts were already beginning to become a reality. it just feels a little silly to create a fictionalised “future dystopia” where megacities are run by evil corporations and unmanned surveillance drones are unleashed on political protests and everyone’s phones are constantly tapped… because hello, that’s real life.

i’m a 90s kid, which means that by the time i was old enough to read an adult novel, cyberpunk was already “dead” as a fictional concept. as an adult, most of my career/work choices would be incomprehensible to people who were adults during the heyday of cyberpunk as a thriving subculture. i write news stories about online censorship and hashtags and tumblr fan communities. i have forged many meaningful friendships and professional relationships via social media. two of my most recent ~day jobs~ have involved working in call centre offices helping people navigate retail websites, where i would type incomprehensible code phrases in green typeface onto a black screen. my life IS “cyberpunk”.

ok, i guess this answer mutated away from the question you asked in the first place, sorry. but i guess my favourite examples of cyberpunk media would just be stuff you’d expect: neuromancer, transmetropolitan (lol), hackers, blade runner, etc. i’m probably a bad person to ask for recommendations because as i said before, i’m not very discerning. i’m ordinarily very critical about the media i consume, but cheesy dystopian/cyberpunk movies are my kryptonite and i can & will watch any old bullshit and still find it hilarious. also, cyberpunk is kind of a nonspecific genre, particularly since so many modern sci-fi movies include aspects of what used to be classed as cyberpunk. i would definitely recommend A Scanner Darkly and Dredd as genuinely good movies, but they’re not like ~pure cyberpunk~ in that they’re not all mirrorshades and noir detective crap and androids and ~hacking. and Children Of Men is one of my ultimate recommendations as a futuristic dystopia, but it doesn’t really include much “cyberpunk” at all, even though thematically it is very similar to many famous works of cyberpunk fiction.

when it comes to contemporary fiction that doesn’t model itself as “cyberpunk” but merely takes place in our current reality of cyberpunk-esque existence, i’d recommend Person of Interest (TV) and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (book). Little Brother is a YA novel about surveillance culture and a lot of people do find the writing style a little clunky, but it (and its sequel) also function as a kind of instruction manual on how to deal with all kinds of basic internet safety and surveillance stuff. v educational. also you can download both books for free off the author’s site, so they’re readily available.

Person of Interest is interesting because it frames itself as a kind of slightly dystopian sci-fi AU of our own world, but mostly touches upon stuff that is already happening IRL. it feels like a typical (if relatively serious) american episodic crime show, but the central concept is about a guy who creates an all-powerful AI that scans, well, pretty much every electronic device with any modicum of intelligence or recording capacity. it then uses this data to predict when unprotected citizens might be in danger, which enables the main characters to set up a kind of secret vigilante operation in NYC. i realise this concept sounds incredibly cheesy (and, btw, the first few episodes are NOT GOOD), but POI actually turns into a very dark and interesting show, although i do think it pulls its punches somewhat with regards to the grim realities of constant surveillance — probably because the target audience is middle-aged americans who watch CBS crime shows.

i’d love to see a hollywood movie that sets a “cyberpunk”-style story in the real world of surveillance drones and bitcoin and facebook information gathering, etc, but i haven’t seen many mainstream movies/tv shows developing in that direction as of yet. usually all we get are cop shows and spy movies where the “good guys” benefit from using unethical online surveillance methods to catch criminals and terrorists, a concept that often seems to veer into outright propaganda. oh well. ://