second season is very much needed

don’t worry - i promise i haven’t forgotten ro!

2016: The Return To Anime

I used to watch a lot of anime before, but when I moved away from my friends whom were fellow fans of Japanese animation, I became really bad at taking any initiative to sit down and watch anything new. So my New Years resolution was to simply watch more anime during 2016 (for inspiration and entertainment)! ;D And in order to prove to said friends that I am indeed keeping my promise, as well as to take the opportunity to recommend good shows to others, I will be sharing my progress list and general opinions.

OBS: Some of these shows are not appropriate for an younger audience!! Before viewing, please check out  the recommended age restrictions, genre and potential trigger warnings!  

END OF YEAR UPDATE: 25 shows in total! Not bad at all considering that I maybe watched 2-3 shows the year before. But I still have a lot of series that I want to see, so don´t be surprised if I make a new post for 2017. ;) 

My personal top 3? I would say Death Parade, Re:Zero and Madoka Magica. 


ANIME COMPLETED:

Mushishi (S1) - Not a single cliffhanger in the whole show, so it makes for  perfect bedtime stories for teens/adults. The english dub was really good and the landscape art is 10/10.


Kino No Tabi/Kino´s Journey (S1) - Do not let the simple and cute style fool you! This show contains murder, cannibalism, suicide and war!! And it asks the hard questions in life!! RUN if you do not want to contemplate the meaning of existence!!


One Punch Man (S1+3OVA) - OK, now I know why this is in 4th place on IMDB´s “Best TV-series” list. The animation is some of the best I have ever seen in an action anime! It is simply stunning to look at and it is fun ride all the way to the out of this world (literally) finale. 


Sakurako-san No Ashimoto Ni Wa Shitai Ga Umatteiru/Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation (S1) - Pretty much like an anime version of the TV-show Bones. I love mysteries where you have to follow clues in order to solve a murder so a second season is strongly desired.


Owari No Seraph/Seraph Of The End (S1+S2+10OVA) - Pretty predictable, but the the bloody fight scenes are fabulous. Needs even more angst thou (…she said even though a bunch of children are butchered in the very first episode….). >:3 


Death Parade (S1) - And there is all the angst!!! Do not watch if you do not like pain in your soul!! Heart cannot be repaired!! AHRUM!! Excuse me. The show is really well written and the artists really knew how to create the perfect atmosphere to tell this dark story.  


Free! (S1+S2+4OVA) - It feels like everyone and their grandmother has seen this show, so of course I fell on the bandwagon. For the first 11 episodes thou I was very neutral to it… But goddammit the first season finale had me sheering, squealing and tearing up!! (Let Rin be happy!!) Sadly only the S2 OVA had me laughing; apart from that episode, the humor was not at all up my alley.


Zankyou No Terror/Terror In Resonance (S1) - I really like the style and the smooth animation in this one. And DANG, THAT ENDING! If you like thrillers that are completely based on reality and science (like Beautiful Bones) then this could be perfect for you.


Wolf’s Rain (S1+4OVA) - I remember trying to watch this when I was like 15, but I never got past episode 3 for some reason. Which is a real shame because I think that I would really, really liked it then. Perfectly angsty and tragic for little wannabe-emo-teen-me. Do you like dark fantasies with pretty people/wolves? Then do not miss out on this one! 


Mahon Shoujo Madoka Magica/Puella Magi Madoka Magica (S1+1 movie) - Oh shit. Oh holy shit. I would never have guessed that this show, this thing that looks so darn innocent and cute in design and summary, would have me in so much emotional turmoil (very much like Steven Universe in that way). But seriously; amoungst all of the animes on this list, this is in my opinion the one with the most captivating story-line, plot development and characters (I simply had to watch all 12 episodes in one sitting). Some people hate the ending, but I think it worked really well (even though all the tears could have clouded my judgement). And if you liked the show, then you MUST watch the movie Rebellion! Also: One of the the best English dubs I have ever heard in my life!! UPDATE: I have now seen everything twice… I cry every times I see Homura on screen. (O_Q)


Kuragehime/Princess Jellyfish (S1) - I watched this before when it first came out but I had a hard time remembering anything from it apart from the characters. Glad I gave it a re-watch because it´s super cute and silly; perfect for when you just want to give your feels a break from all the angst and suffering other shows come with (*stares at the one above*). I also highly recommend the live-action movie based on this! :D 


Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi/Erased (S1) - This show is both intriguing and stunning! I love how modern animation uses lightning and this show is a good example of that (same goes for Death Parade). Downside: Stress, stress and even more stress!! Please, just let the small children live!!! My heart cannot take this torture!! D,,X But the stress aside, it was all worth it at the end. 


Jigoku Shojo/Hell Girl (S1) - My Golb, the young girls in this look exactly like the characters I would draw at 14-16. X,D The animation is just okay, and it takes a long time before we learn anything worthwhile about the main characters. But what made me watch a whole season (26 ep) was because of the interesting stories in each episode. It was fascinating to see how little/much it was required for people to give up their souls for eternal damnation in return for the death of a person they hated. 


Steins;Gate (S1+1OVA) - It took me a while to get into the story, but by the half way point, when shit got really intense, I was waaay hooked. I usually do not like stories that involve time-traveling because it makes my head hurt, but this (Like Madoka Magica) was really well written. I have very little to fault the show on ((apart from how the harassment of a trans girl is used for comedy in at least 2 episodes…)) and would recommend!


Love Live! School Idol Project (S1+S2+1 movie) - Decided to watch something really cute with sis again and this is what we ended up with. And oh darn it, it is cute alright! Everything is so sugary sweet and lovely, and good music too that you will hum on for weeks. Apart form the occasional funky looking CGI (which actually looks really good in the movie), the animation is top notch. A simple story about a bunch of girls and their lives and friendships when guys are not in the picture.


Makura No Danshi/Pillow Boys (S1) - Finally met up with my anime loving friends and this was one of the things we saw. The episodes in this are very short, all of which are about different types of guys talking to YOU before you go to sleep. It´s… different to say the least. Who was my favourites? Hmmm… I guess the guy from Ep 2, since I recall him the clearest. He also felt like someone who had known me for a while and I appreciated that. WARNING: Ep 10 did give me some extreme rapist vibes! BAD TOUCH!! (O_O)


Koutetsujou No Kabaneri/Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress (S1) - If you like bloody action of high quality with humans fighting against superhuman enemies then this is most surely something for you. Many parallels can be pulled to Attack on Titian, but I would never call this a rip-off. All the animation is in the A+ class and there is this wonderful colouring/lighting effect they sometimes use for close ups which makes the characters look absolutely stunning. The level of details on the character designs also stuck out to me (A+ there too).


Shokugeki no Soma / Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma (S1+S2+1OVA) - Also known as food porn. I had never heard of this until Dan and Phil mentioned it in a video and when I understood that it was about food I had to check it out. I love shows/stories that are centered around cooking (Hell´s Kitchen, Master Chef, Kitchen Princess, etc) so I really got hooked on this. Not only is the food animated beautifully, but you learn a lot at the same time. And the absurd (dirty) humor is so redicoulus that I cannot help but laugh.


Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu / Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World (S1) - When I first saw posters for this show they never caught my interest. It looked so much like the generic fantasy harem anime that I just ignored it. But then a friend forced me to actually see it and BOY was I wrong. Let me put it this way: Imagine Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni but with a higher budget and set in a fantasy land. So if you enjoy blood, gore and mind games, check this baby out!


Ghost Hunt (S1) - I know that I had seen this anime when it was new, but apparently I never saw the final episodes of the season since I had no idea what was going to happen. But glad that I saw this again! Not the scariest or goriest show out there, but it is fun and entertaining. My favorite part is how all the characters get along even though they have different beliefs and ways of dealing with the unknown. 


Psycho-Pass (S1 + S2 + 1 movie) - Everybody were recommending this show to me and I understand why. There is detective work, blood/gore, and some kick-ass action; just right for me. However, I am not into all the tech porn (you know - when the put so much time and focus on weapons and other technology when they open up, charge, fire, etc. Not my thing!), but it was still a good anime. The only downside was that I felt very little when characters died, which was strange since I usually get attached very easily and morn fictional characters on a regular basis.  


Mayoiga / The Lost Village (S1) - Oh maaan. I was expecting something along the lines of Battle Royale, but this was nothing but a big disappointment. There was so much potential in the first episodes for this to become the next Another or Corpse Party, but nooo. Lack of death aside, I guess it had it´s creepy moments, but the finale was not worth the wait in my opinion. I was actually so upset by the final twist that I sat down and basically created an alternative version of the story. Same basic structure, characters, feel and pitch, but with a more classic psychological horror plot. I would also have put the focus on other characters over the two basic cardboard cutouts (I vote for Valkana and Nanko!).


Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii No Jukyou (5OVA) - I had seen this before when it first came out, but since I am still in a Halloween mood I decided to give it a re-watch. Totally one of those shows that I cannot look away from (not only because I need the subs, but you know what I mean). Spooky details all over the place blended with intestines and body horror. I may not be a big fan of the Elfen Lied-wannabe character designs, but I would totally watch it a third time when I once again forget the ending. I was so shocked that all I could do was to stare at the screen while the credits passed by. 


Mira Nikki / The Future Diary (S1) - That moment you like the premise and concept of a show, but dislike the main characters. Damn that moment. It could be that the English dub makes the protagonists seem more douchey than what they actually are in the oringal Japanese version, or it´s just that they are both written poorly (IMO). But I like the background characters and there is some genuine tension throughout the show, so I watched it all.


Yuri!!! On ICE (S1) - I had been looking forward to this since the first trailer, so it was really really hard for me to wait until all episodes had aired before I had a marathon. But gah! It was worth it! There are no cliffhangers no, but the show just makes you feel so warm and fluffy that you want to see more right away. It is a sports anime, but the characters and relationships are so well developed that I would say to give it a chance even if sports isn’t for you. You will still fall in love with everybody and you just want them all to win gold and be happy!!

PS: Oh dear brother of mine, if you are reading this, be prepared for an anime night next time we meet. You and Jorge will love this! ;D


BONUS:

Kimi No Na Wa / Your Name (movie) - Hands down one of the best MOVIES I have seen this year. Well made, a story that pulls you in, heart-wrenching and beautiful music. This is totally up there amongst Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and I will definitely be showing this to all my friends, no matter if they are into anime or not. 

44. My favorite TV Show
OK GUYS LISTEN THE FUCK UP. IT AIN’T EXACTLY A TV SHOW, BUT IT’S ON THE FUCKING TV, AND IT’S SURE ONE HELL OF A SHOW (this contains Season 1 spoilers btw)

I’M TALKING ABOUT VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER

So, get this, it’s set IN THE FUCKING FUTURE where it takes just a few months to get to KERBEROS. That’s fucking right, KERBEROS, as in the moon that orbits Pluto at the edge of our solar system, right out near the Kuiper Belt. 

Meet the motherfucking paladins. These motherfuckers each pilot a lion that’s the same colour as that badass armour they’re wearing. Each lion chooses their paladin based on their personality, and each lion has very distinct preferences. These lions come together to form VOLTRON, a massive robot that is stronger than literally anything else in the Universe

KEITH KOGANE, the red paladin. He’s an orphan, and everyone thinks he’s really emo and angsty, but he’s actually a TOTAL CINNAMON ROLL. The red lion chooses her paladins to be quick witted and sharp, relying on instincts alone, and charging into things before thinking. The red lion is the most difficult to pilot, but she’s the fastest and most agile. She is INSANELY protective of Keith, and they have the strongest connection. Keith fights with a sword, and he used to be at the Galaxy Garrison as a fighter pilot, until he got kicked out.

LANCE MCCLAIN, the blue paladin. He’s literally the biggest sweetheart ever. He was in Galaxy Garrison as a fighter pilot after being moved up from cargo pilot when Keith dropped out. He’s the teams sharpshooter, but he has massive self esteem issues and self doubt, which he hides behind humour and jokes. He literally jumps in front of someone he’s just met so that an enemy can’t shoot them. He’s a hopeless romantic, and flirts with everything and everyone he sees. He also has a pet cow called Kalternecker. We don’t actually know what traits the blue lion chooses, because Lance cut off the explanation by saying that the blue lion obviously chooses the handsomest and most charming paladin.

TAKASHI SHIROGANE, aka Shiro, aka the black paladin. He was part of the mission to Kerberos to gather space ice (which he doesn’t get as excited about as some other people), and he and his crew (Matt and Sam Holt) get kidnapped and held prisoner on a Galra ship by Emperor Zarkon himself. That’s how he got the white fringe, nose scar and cool robot arm. He’s a total leader and a complete sweetheart, and Pidge is secretly his favourite paladin. He pilots the black lion, which is the body of Voltron, and chooses a natural born leader who keeps their head in stressful situations. Shiro sometimes gets flashbacks to when he was kept as a prisoner, rendering him unable to move or react to anything. He has the best eyeliner in the Universe.

PIDGE GUNDERSON, aka Katie Holt, aka the green paladin. She infiltrates the Galaxy Garrison, first as a girl, and then cutting her hair and enrolling as a male student, to find out what REALLY happened to her father and brother, Sam and Matt Holt, who were both lost alongside Shiro on the Kerberos mission. She’s an expert hacker and probably the best technician on the team despite being the youngest. She writes code like you eat cereal, IT’S THAT FUCKING EASY FOR HER. She’s a beautiful little nerd who makes maths jokes and snorts when she laughs. She pilots the green lion, who chooses an inquisitive, curious, creative paladin, and also represents nature. Pidge hates nature because of her allergies and general aversion to the sun, but she finds that she actually kind of enjoys being in it.

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY, DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, HUNK GARRETT, the yellow paladin. He is literally the sweetest person you will ever meet. He loves baking and is an amazing mechanic. He has a sense for dodgy people, and he WILL NOT hesitate to call a bitch out when they’re being shady. He went to the Galaxy Garrison with Lance, and they’re the best of buddies. He’s literally so sweet and such a cinnamon roll and an actual line of his from Season 2 is “I’m just so glad my cookies are making people happy” LIKE UM THIS BOY IS BEAUTIFUL AND NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED?????? He pilots the yellow lion, who chooses a compassionate and caring paladin, and can also take the most damage and is basically built like a fucking tank. He gets very travel/motion sick BUT HE STILL POWERS ON THROUGH AND BECOMES A FUCKING PALADIN???? He can befriend literally anyone in the matter of a few seconds and honestly I just love him so much I wanna shyly hold his hand and fall asleep with his arm around me and watch movies with him all night because I just love him so much

I mean just look at him. He’s so happy to be alive and have friends and be able to make people happy

Now this beautiful person might just be the most stunning, gorgeous, badass thing to ever cross your dash today. LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, MAY I INTRODUCE PRINCESS FUCKING ALLURA. This girl is one of the only 2 surviving members of her ENTIRE RACE (the Alteans). She was put into cryostasis by her father when the Galra attacked, and awoke to find everyone dead and gone (except for her right hand man and fellow Altean, Coran). She kicks ass and has no time for anyone’s shit. She fucking runs straight into danger head on AND IT FUCKING RUNS AWAY. She takes on the Galra’s most powerful magician ONE ON FUCKING ONE and walks out ALIVE. She kicks ass and still looks absolutely breathtaking doing it, and is mentally connected to all of the lions

THIS IS CORAN, THE ONLY OTHER SURVIVING ALTEAN, AND PERSONAL ADVISOR TO KING ALFOR AND PRINCESS ALLURA. He is just awesome and funny and cool and badass and he still kicks ass and provides comic relief and honestly he is the embodiment of the Uncle Friend

Now, they’re all fighting this mean Galra dude called Emperor Zarkon, who takes over worlds and kills people, and he want Voltron because it’s cool and powerful and he’s a butthurt little piss baby who is never satisfied with anything. He used to be the black paladin (but the black lion likes Shiro more, so up yours, Zarkon)

IT’S JUST A FANTASTIC, ADORABLE, HEARTWRENCHING, TEAR JERKING SHOW AND YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. JUST LOOK AT THESE SCREENSHOTS

Bonus: it has hot aliens

Victor’s career

I was thinking a bit about the fact that Victor is five-time consecutive Grand Prix winner but like it is said that he was on the top since he was 16 so does it mean he’d won earlier but failed when he was 21 or that he started to win regularly when he was older (quite uncanny when you look at the average skaters age)? So how in my opinion his career looked?

Firstly, I’m sure that Victor started to win when he was 16, we know he won his first European Championships then so even if he wasn’t the best in the world yet he already was the best in Europe and in his age category (we also learn in ep 1 that he’s beaten world record in junior division year before so).

 And I think that we have even a more obvious proof here because it may be suggested in the 10 episode that Victor won the first Winter Olympics he was able to take part in. I can’t find the original post but someone noticed that when you look at one of the medals on Victor’s chest, the most exposed one:

It looks oddly similar to Torino 2006 medals:

Which would mean that Victor won his first Olympics being just 17 (and is obviously very proud of it). So he was already the best of best then. I’m also pretty sure that one of the medals with blue ribbon could be Vancouver 2010 medal and there’s really no reason why Victor shouldn’t win it if he was already the best (and I bet he’s Sochi champion too). And after Vancouver, he’s won every one of Gran Prix Finals that we know for sure. So what intrigues me is what was happening between 2006 and 2010 Olympics?

The first reason why Victor could not be able to win every competition before would be the fact that there were some older more experienced skaters which would be logical except that we never hear about anyone being even close to Victor’s league. Every skater from Chris to Yurio looked to Victor at some point. It’s like no one really remembers times before Victor, he was the legend when he was 16 already and we never see anyone who could be any threat or an inspiration for him. So I think that even if Victor lost some competitions then he was still considered the best and champion-to-be. 

And the only other possibility is that Victor could get injured at some point. This is just my headcanon now but I guess that he could get a really serious contusion when he was about 19/20 years old and he had to take a year off the ice to recover. I think it would make so much sense if that was the “dark moment” of his professional career, the one when he cut his hair and changed his style. And he would make his comeback right before Vancouver which would be a very nice similarity to Stephane Lambiel’s story (that wonderful skater that had his cameo in 12 ep) and I don’t know how much canon it will turn out (if will ever get any info about Victor’s past lol)  but I love this idea and I thought I could share it. 

Just you know, Victor starting to win everything and then suddenly he pushes himself too far and he don’t even know if he’ll be able to come back (poor Yuuri crying whole night because of his idol), getting depressed and cutting his hair but then working two times as hard as before and coming back just to surprise everyone and win his second Olympic gold. So much Victor style.

So this is it I just had this idea but I like it and maybe it will help someone with writing about Victor’s past idk. I’m just very curious who was winning when it wasn’t Victor himself I really hope will get to know more about Victor’s past next season!

theguardian.com
Samira Wiley: ‘Margaret Atwood responded with a tongue emoji’
The star of The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black discusses bonding on Instagram with the venerated author and making era-defining TV
By Jane Mulkerrins

Samira Wiley is modernity defined. While Elisabeth Moss, her co-star in The Handmaid’s Tale, rose to prominence in prestige television dramas such as Mad Men and The West Wing, Wiley has built a reputation almost entirely in shows made by streaming sites.

“It wasn’t a conscious decision,” says the 30-year-old over the phone, “the shows that are being written on streaming sites have surpassed anything seen on television traditionally.” After four seasons playing Poussey in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, she now plays Moira, an activist and lesbian – in a world in which homosexuality is punishable by torture and death – in The Handmaid’s Tale, made by US streaming site Hulu.

Both shows were game-changers. Orange Is the New Black broke new ground for myriad reasons, dealing with drug abuse, mental illness, and the experiences of bisexual, lesbian, queer and transgender women in an infinitely more complex and sophisticated way than had been seen in mainstream entertainment before. It also featured a large cast of relatively unknown actors, most of whom did not conform to the Hollywood stereotype.

“In the past, on television, the ‘ideal woman’ was thin, white and always looked perfect, the farthest thing from any woman on Orange,” says Wiley. “Now we know that audiences don’t want to see some ‘ideal woman’, they want to see women who look like themselves, or look like their friends, their aunts, their mothers, their children.” The Handmaid’s Tale, meanwhile, would likely have always found an audience, thanks to Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel on which it is based. But, given the political context in which it has aired, the dystopian programme has thrust itself into popular discourse in a way that few series have managed in recent memory. “For something to resonate in this way is just overwhelming,” Wiley agrees. “And to have it happen twice in row … that’s just unheard-of.”

Wiley grew up in Washington DC, studied drama at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, and spent the first few years post-college working in theatre in the city (she played Maria in Love’s Labour’s Lost for the city’s Public Theater company). Her career was never something carefully planned or strategised, she says, recalling an early meeting with her agent. “I remember going to his office and frantically telling him: ‘I just want you to know that I can do anything. I will do anything,’” she laughs. “Now, I think it is important to have some discernment.”

Her close friend from Juilliard, Danielle Brooks, had already been cast as fellow inmate Taystee in OITNB when Wiley auditioned for the show’s debut season. “Orange gave me my life,” she says, emphatically. “Not just in terms of my career, but it’s also where I met my wife.” When she married Lauren Morelli, a writer on the show, earlier this year, her parents officiated (they are both pastors).

The show also dealt Wiley an unprecedented level of recognition overnight. When it launched in 2013, it was one of the first Netflix Originals. All 13 episodes were released at once, enabling audiences across the globe to binge the entire first season and connect with Poussey. “I didn’t know how to handle the success at first,” she admits. “I was scared. I had people following me home. I spent a few days not leaving the house because I couldn’t deal with it. It was a huge shock.”

Wiley’s warm, funny, empathetic portrayal of her character soon became a fan favourite. “Poussey’s the definition of a lover not a fighter, and that is what people connect to,” says Wiley. “She’s a genuinely good person and she’s looking for love in prison, in such a pure way. When we look at her, we see potential, we see hope. We feel like, when she gets out, she is going to immerse herself back in society and have some success.” Consequently, the dramatic climax of the show’s fourth season – (spoiler alert!) Poussey’s death at the hands of a prison officer exerting undue force during a peaceful protest – was one of the most shocking and pivotal plotlines thus far.

“Everyone in the prison is affected by it,” says Wiley. Indeed, season five is all about the turbulent three-day aftermath of her death. Even though Poussey’s final storyline was inspired by the recent deaths of black men – including Eric Garner and Michael Brown – at the hands of US law-enforcement officers, Wiley says that at the denouement of the episode, race “suddenly goes away”. “The other prisoners finally see Poussey as a person. Not as a member of the ghetto dorm or the black girl in that clique that they don’t talk to,” she says. “They think: ‘Oh my God, if this happened to her, then this could happen to me, too.’”

For the actors playing the scene – Wiley motionless on the floor, Brooks sobbing beside the body of her best friend – it was no less highly charged. “Danielle and I were wiping each other’s tears,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

Her metaphorical prison in The Handmaid’s Tale is no less bleak, brutal or dehumanising: the fictitious Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, where environmental factors have reduced the global birthrate to almost zero. The country is under military rule and fertile women have been rounded up, forced to become handmaids for the ruling elite and their barren wives. Homosexuals meanwhile are branded “gender traitors”. Her character, Moira, is, she says, “So many minorities, and she is all of the minorities that I am: she is a black, gay, woman. And the experience of walking through the world being a black, gay woman is such a specific experience. Sometimes, you can’t even talk about all of the things you go through, with that as your reality.”

In the original text by Atwood, Moira’s colour is never divulged, but the Republic of Gilead is one of white supremacy: Jewish people were given the choice of converting or leaving for Israel, and ethnic minorities have been removed and “resettled”. Bruce Miller, who adapted the story for television, tweaked that detail. “If the TV show itself is an all-white world, then you are making a racist TV show,” he reasons. “It was more interesting to me to have a world where fertility trumps everything, including race.” Moira’s colour does not prevent her from being used a sexual slave by the Commanders of the Faith, albeit in a somewhat different way to Moss’s character, Offred.

Where Poussey was a lover, Moira is most definitely a fighter. “Moira has such strength, she is such a spitball of fire, and Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is boosted just by the idea of her,” says Wiley. “She has lines like: ‘Moira wouldn’t take this shit,’ and, ‘Moira wouldn’t be like this.’ When Offred says: ‘I intend to survive,’ I think she gets that Moira is always going to survive.”

Wiley adds that she “really identified” with that. “Growing up,” she reflects, “I have been that person who pushes the envelope and is doing things that other people are not as ready to. I even think about my journey as being an out member of the LGBT community. I felt very connected to Moira in that way.”

When the show went into production in the summer of 2016, no one could have predicted that by the time it was on telly, the US would be be under an administration where the rights of women, immigrants and the LGBT community would be suddenly and dramatically, under threat.

“We started filming before the election,” notes Wiley, “and after it had happened, we realised how much more prescient it all was. I suddenly thought: ‘We’re doing something very important here, we’re doing something that needs to be done.’ “At the end of the day,” she continues, “it is just television. But if we treat television in the right way, if we treat it as art, it can elicit real conversations and real change. I have seen it happen with Orange, and now I see it happening with The Handmaid’s Tale.”

A second season of the show has already been commissioned, and since the first season ends faithful to the book, no one knows where the new material will go. But fans of the original text should take comfort that Atwood, a creative consultant on the show, will remain closely involved with its direction. Wiley admits that she was so nervous about meeting the esteemed 77-year-old author at their first team dinner that she switched places with Moss, to avoid having to speak to her. Now, however, the pair are firm friends. “If you go to my Instagram,” she says, “Margaret Atwood likes all of my pictures. She usually comments on them. It’s not like she writes in Atwood prose; they’re usually just emojis.”

She still sounds somewhat disbelieving: “I put up a picture of me kissing my wife, and she just responded with a tongue emoji.”

"Greening the Cube" thoughts (p3)

Yeah.. walking into a teenage boy’s room without knocking can get very awkward.. Don’t do that, Coran. (There might be some stuff out no one wants you to see..)

Keith is asking Coran if the Galra have ever been on earth. 

And again, you gotta wonder if they haven’t, and Keith first learned about the Galra’s existence when they found Voltron like the rest of them, then why the hell Keith hates the Galra empire so much?

His motivation for fighting the Galra has never been explained. And he’s been motivated to fight them more than Allura in season one, who had her entire planet and race wiped out by them.

All the earthlings (minus Shiro) had to find their reason to be a part of this fight against the Galra in season one, and even after Shiro and Allura explained the situation to them they were all “yeah..I dunno about this, I get ya but I got better things to do” at first, but not Keith. Keith’s like “FUCK YEAH GONNA KICK GALRA’S BUTT!”

So what makes Keith so emotional about all this that he even takes Zarkon on by himself in season one finale?

Like you can’t tell me it’s only cause of Shiro.. I don’t think his character revolves around Shiro that much.. (..right?) There’s gotta be something deeper to that. 

Keith, somehow, somewhere, had a very unpleasant encounter with the Galra empire in the past. So when the opportunity to stop them appeared he jumped on it without second thoughts and was all in it from the start.

“Hey, why are you asking about my lion? How many lions do you need?”

This is funny cause Lance totally had his eye on red from day one haha

And thought he was gonna get two lions

I also love Keith just taking everything literally again

“You’ve had your eye on the blue lion from day one!”

“Well, yeah, it’s the first one we found..”

Besides being funny this is also very suspicious.. We continue seeing Keith just not getting human expressions.

Really seems like there’s more alien in Keith than just his newly discovered Galra heritage..

what does mon-el mean for supergirl?

hello everyone, I’m opal and I’m dipping my feet into the supergirl fandom and I’m doing so a little apprehensively. I’ve watched from afar and seen how truly toxic this fandom is. but I hope there are some people who want to have genuinely intelligent discourse about one of my favorite characters on TV right now and that is Mon-El Former prince of daxam and future legionnaire !! 

I realize he’s not a flawless character, I realize that maybe he’s not a well written character, but he’s someone that has a lot of potential. anyways, I do welcome opposition to my viewpoint, but not if one of your arguments is one of the following:

  • mon-el is a slave owner he deserves to die !!!! how abusive !!!!
  • thank god mon-ew got yeeted off into a butthole in space !!
  • kara danvers is free from man hell she can be with l*na superc*rp will rise.

I kind of view these to be just a spew of hatred that the show has already refuted and well I’m not going to argue with a brick wall if you think mon-el is a terrible character you’re honestly missing out and I feel sorry for you

okay now that I’ve gotten those out of the way let me talk about what I really want to discuss in this meta: mon-el’s role in supergirl’s narrative, his character development and how he’s shaped the show and speculations about his future storyline. you can read more under the cut.

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Spoiler-y thoughts on the Defenders

- Matt Murdock is still my favourite marvel hero.
- I really should watch Jessica Jones
- I may be the only person on the planet but I really dislike Elektra. Did not care for her in season 2 and now I actively hate her. There was a tiny micro second were she went full on psycho and I was starting to like her as a villain but then her interactions with Matt made me cringe all the way and she also gave me heartattack when Matt literally almost died because of her dumb ass.
- I love Colleen Wing and I am convinced that she should have been the immortal iron fist. Not that I have anything against Danny Rand and unlike so many people I did enjoy Iron Fist even if it was a cheese fest, but Colleen is just next level awesome and I love her!
-not enough Karen and Foggy! I get it they are no “key” characters but I really love them and I felt like we got ZERO context of all the problems the we’re facing as well as the conflict with Matt not being daredevil anymore.
- I know the Netflix marvel shows are slower and then built up to a great ending BUT I just couldn’t with how slow it was. I kind of need led a bit more from this series, it just didn’t work that we’ll for me.
- I NEED TO KNOW HOW MATT IS DOING! AND WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED AFTER THE BOMB THING HAPPENED
- tell me that Elektra is dead for good now.
- Jessica’s neighbor friend is the hottest thing I’ve seen on screen in ages.
- I really hated that they sidelined madam Gao. She is the most interesting of the villains and I don’t understand why we needed Angelica as a character when she wasn’t really interesting or compelling…
-Luke Cage is a very likeable guy and so good at being kind!
- I felt like the show had too much going on to really explore some character threads that were set up at the beginning of the season. I kind of felt like they weren’t resolved.
- I might have doubted for 5 seconds that Matt would be okay but it was also fairly obvious that he wasn’t dead.
- also had he died for reals I was prepared to never watch a Netflix marvel show ever again. I already did this with the walking dead so don’t tempt me Netflix

Not very coherent or thorough but I’m still processing.

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Once Upon a Time Bosses Preview Emma/Regina 'Curve Ball,' Upheaval for Charmings, Mystery Musical Duet
ABC’s Once Upon a Time returns from its three-month break this Sunday at 8/7c, with Emma and Regina stranded in the Wish Realm (and in the company of a familiar thief), while back home the St…
By Matt Webb Mitovich

ABC’s Once Upon a Time returns from its three-month break this Sunday at 8/7c, with Emma and Regina stranded in the Wish Realm (and in the company of a familiar thief), while back home the Storybrooke heroes are aiming to get the drop on he who has come to snuff the Savior.

How will Regina cope with the “curve ball” she has been thrown? Why is Rumbelle’s rapidly-grown son feeling kill-y? And what will it take for both of Emma’s parents to get back in the game?

Those questions and many others are addressed in this hand-crafted amalgam of two recent interviews with Once co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.

TVLINE | What are you most excited for people to see in Season 6B, that hasn’t been talked about yet during the break?

ADAM HOROWITZ | That is an excellent question — and it is a tough question, because the stuff we’re most excited for people to see is the stuff that holds the biggest surprise. It’s that fine line of, “I’d love to tease some things,” but this is stuff that we’ve been cooking up for a long time, that we hope the audience shows up for an enjoys.

TVLINE | Is there, maybe, a shiny new set or set piece that is particularly cool…?

HOROWITZ | I’d say that there are places we will be returning to that we haven’t been to in a while.

TVLINE | What sort of “centric” episodes will there be in the second half?

HOROWITZ | We’ll be seeing a lot of our regulars. We’ll be seeing Snow and Charming, we’ll be seeing Hook…. We’ll also be seeing Young Emma again. We’re going to run the gamut.

TVLINE | And by Young Emma, do you mean beyond what we see in Sunday’s premiere?

HOROWITZ | Yes.

TVLINE | What is going on in Regina’s mind when last we saw her, as she fixes her eyes on the Wish Realm’s Robin — and in doing so allows the portal to close?

HOROWITZ | Emotion has overcome reason. While everything that Emma was saying makes perfect sense and all that, emotion has overcome reason.

TVLINE | For Emma, what is now the bigger obstacle: creating a new portal, or getting Regina to leave this Robin and return home?

KITSIS | I would say this: Were in an alt-reality where Emma is partnered up with the person who killed the king and queen, so everyone including their own son is looking for them. Obviously Robin is a bit of a curve ball that no one was expecting, so a bigger obstacle than anything is that this is happening all at once. But I think that where we’re going in the second half is not where the audience thinks we’re going.

TVLINE | Meanwhile, are Hook and the Charmings back home starting to get worried that the ladies aren’t back?

HOROWITZ | They’ve got their hands full. They’re very actively trying to figure out what to do about the more imminent problem they’re facing, which is there is a dark figure in a hood who has come to wreak havoc, who’s got their sights set on Emma. They believe Emma will be back — whether through the help of Regina or their own doing — and once she gets back, they want to make sure that for Hook that his love is safe, and for David and Snow that their daughter is safe. When we resume, there are multiple threads going on in multiple realms simultaneously. There’s a lot of action and a lot of angst.

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'Supergirl': Alex Is Kidnapped in This Season's Strongest Episode Yet
Kara and Maggie team up to find a kidnapped Alex.

“Alex” is the strongest episode of Supergirl‘s very uneven second season. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the episode’s title. Any episode that focuses on Alex is bound to slay, but I need to stress how much I enjoyed and was invested in tonight’s hour right from the top. Written by Eric Carrasco and Greg Baldwin and directed with purpose by Rob Greenlea, “Alex” puts all of the show’s and the season’s best parts front and center: Alex and Maggie’s relationship, the Danvers sisters’ relationship, and, last but not least, Lena Luthor, whose soul is definitely in play.

What’s interesting about this episode, and a lot of this season, is how you can read it as a commentary on superhero properties’ obsession with parents. Several of the recent films have basically come down to the heroes’ inability to get over their parents (Batman v. Superman; Captain America: Civil War), as have current story lines in comics. However, Supergirl has shown time and time again how this focus on parents has led many astray: the recent Jeremiah Danvers mishap with Alex; Lena, driven by her poor relationship with her mother; and Rick stalking and then kidnapping Alex tonight. Love has definitely made many of the characters on this show act in a way they normally wouldn’t.

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Wall of Weird:

  • Best part of the episode: Alex turning her pants into a flotation device to buy herself some time as her cell filled.
  • Second best part of the episode: Alex using a credit card to cut open her skin.
  • There wasn’t a single Guardian story line in sight this week.
  • J’onn and Kara turning to each other for support in the episode was also very touching.
  • “Supergirl is bigger than me,” says Alex, urging Kara not to succumb to Rick’s blackmail.
  • Rick definitely had a crush on Alex in high school and is definitely not okay with her being a lesbian.
  • Do we think Supergirl will end up having to team up with Cadmus to defeat Rhea? Or will she have to team up with Rhea to defeat Cadmus, which will probably kidnap Mon-El again?
Compilation of all the KaneHori/HoriKane smiles from Ep 1-6.

Ya see, I was very impressed with episode 7 but at the same time, I missed the Second Unit soooo much, especially these two who are technically the first TouDans I’ve gotten to know. So I wanted to cheer myself up a little by collecting all those moments where they were smiling at each other.

Reciprocating or one-sided, I’ll take ‘em all since I don’t know whether the next ep will still be focusing on the First Unit or not. Or when the angsty mood hanging over the Second Unit will go away. *facedesk* S’why I need this to look back on to survive until then. (´;ω;`)

Warning: Image heavy since yea, it’s technically just another screencapping spree of mine, nyahaha~ (  ̄▽ ̄) 

Please also excuse my noobness, I’m still quite new to this fandom.

*wordless screaming and excessive flailing about*

How to get me hooked onto something: Present me with an interesting pair dynamic to delve into. Do that and I will likely stay FOREVER.  ヾ(≧∇≦)ゞ 

Ok, discrepancies between adaptation and game aside (like very, very, very shhhh! let me enjoy the anime plz-aside), the fact that Kane-san always reassured Kunihiro every time he doubted himself since he began this whole time-traveling-protecting-history affair is just…and smiling with that annoyingly handsome face of his while he’s at it, it’s just…

*clutches heart*

No wonder Kunihiro is so taken with him. <3

Look at them. Kunihiro so eager to move on to the next assignment (precious baby~) while Kane-san is all “but I’m tired…” yet still smiling anyway.

Pretty sure he wouldn’t make that face if Kunihiro wasn’t there with him. Pretty sure the reason why he’s making that face at all is because Kunihiro is there with him.

…trying not to think of how lonely Kane-san was before Kunihiro came to the Citadel cuz dammit, this isn’t a sad post! I won’t let it become a sad post! I won’t! (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞

Alright, I am thoroughly convinced that Kane-san doesn’t smile that openly or freely for just anyone.

Granted, he became more serious after he was appointed as captain of the Second Unit because he had to and all so I can’t be entirely sure…

But even so, his interactions with Kunihiro still feel different. A special kind of different.

Like here, I can see that he’s clearly trying to get Kunihiro more situated into their job. But at the same time, there’s a sense of ease that’s not present when he’s around other people. Like, he can make the effort without it seeming like an effort on himself.

And that’s probably because he knows Kunihiro. He’s familiar with him and trusts him.

So it should be no surprise where his confidence in Kunihiro comes from.

Even though Kunihiro has insecurities in his own abilities, Kane-san is positive they can fulfill their master’s expectations. Because he knows Kunihiro can.

And I just love that. I love how it’s not just Kunihiro admiring Kane-san all the time an impression I get a lot from fan interpretations and that Kane-san also has such a firm belief in his partner. It goes both ways. It’s mutual.

And it’s because they’re in that kind of a relationship that Kane-san can make such an expression. One that is specially reserved for Kunihiro which he doesn’t show to anyone else.

Of course, I love that battle-charged ones, too. Those have their own charm.

It says to me “forget Saniwa for a moment, I’m gonna fight so ya with me, partner?” and you know Kunihiro is because it’s them we’re talking about. Izuminokami Kanesada and Horikawa Kunihiro. Companion swords. Would go to the ends of hell together but never without the other if they could help it.

At least that’s how I see them with how much I know right now. *chinhands*

Also, uuugghhh, I can’t get over how wakizashi and tantous look so great in the dark. Especially when you get to see the glow of Kunihiro’s beautiful eyes which makes him look ten times more intimidating and dangerous and twenty times removed from his more polite and amiable demeanor. He goes from sweet child to teenage assassin in a matter of seconds.

Hmm, yea, I approve. Give me more of this Kunihiro. In fact, just give me all the Kunihiros. (*^▽^)

Have I mentioned that casual danger dialogue is one of my favorite things? 83

*MORE WORDLESS SCREAMING*

This is my top favorite KaneHori moment in the entire show so far (they look the best in these shots, too).

If I die, resuscitate me with this. XD

I also love the fond tone in Kane-san’s voice when he calls Kunihiro “cheeky” in Japanese. *giggles* x3

Kunihiro so happy and proud that Saniwa chose Kane-san to lead the Second Unit. <3

There’s no reason behind these. I just like that they’re in the same shot so I put them here. :3

I’m also not freaking out over them sitting next to each other and introducing themselves together when the unit does self-intros. No, I’m not.

( ◞・౪・)

It’s scenes like these that makes me glad I sold my soul to anime, lol.

In all seriousness, though, this is wonderful. If Kunihiro weren’t here, I doubt there’d be anyone who can effectively calm Kane-san down and have Kane-san hand over some of his burdens and let Kane-san fall back on those who are supporting him in general.

If there are any misgivings about this unit’s assignments, well, then this shouldn’t be one of them.

Also, why some of ya’ll draw Kunihiro so short in fanwork? Sure, he’s not that tall (compared to Kane-san who is like grown-man tall) but he’s not short either!

Again, the mutuality but this time it comes full circle.

Just like how Kane-san knows Kunihiro will follow through with what they’re ordered to do, that he has confidence in Kunihiro to do what’s expected of him, Kunihiro has absolute faith in Kane-san’s abilities to fulfill their master’s expectations as well.

The thing is, Kunihiro never says it out loud. He never says that he’s the one that’s certain of it. Just that Saniwa made the decision based on their careful deliberation “so that’s all that matters.”

And I think the reason why there’s no need for Kunihiro to give his input is because Kane-san already knows Kunihiro thinks that way and Kunihiro knows that Kane-san knows that he thinks that way.

So really, words are unnecessary. Even belief is unnecessary. Kunihiro knows for a fact that Kane-san will make a good captain and it must be very comforting for Kane-san to receive that indirect reminder, like an undercurrent of support added to the task Saniwa has assigned him.

Especially at that point when their unit has only been recently formed and everybody was still in the awkward phase because they haven’t gotten used to each other yet. It’s nice to know someone’s willing to follow his lead because he’s him and not because it’s Saniwa’s order.

I like how even when they’re in a room full of people, they still manage to have a conversation that’s somehow exclusive to the two of them.

I mean, they don’t even need to say much. Sharing a look is enough.

<3

And after this, episode 5 NEVER happened, OK?! Everything went fine! The mission went fine! Everybody returned back FINE! There were NO problems! Dx<

Not sure if it’s the dialogue or the sun setting in the distance or what but there’s something very warm about this scene. Two swords reminiscing about their former master…without it needing to go down Depression Lane because Hijikata Toshizo……

Yea, I appreciate that they let these two have this at least. My boys don’t need more angst than what they’re already going through. TwT

I swear, I’m not going to let this post end on a sad note even if it kills me! *flips a table to distract myself from feels* (ノ`Д)ノ:・’∵:.┻┻

You know everyone’s still taking their time to get over what happened at Edo, especially Kane-san. Yet despite him taking it the hardest, he doesn’t want the others to start worrying about him and his own problems. Kunihiro most of all, I’m sure, because it’s a given that Kunihiro will be the most concerned.

So he tries to brush it off. Though the attempt is very weak seeing how exhausted he is so forcing a smile must make it even more tiring for him.

I mean, in a tiny way, it’s sweet that some part of him may be thinking “I don’t want Kunihiro to worry, he’s still new to this, I gotta look out for him, I don’t want him to get discouraged, I don’t want him to blame himself for not being able to assist me, this was his first mission, for god’s sake!”…but that just makes it all the more sad because it’d be so much easier for him if he just lets himself rely on his team. If he just lets himself rely on Kunihiro like he normally would because then he wouldn’t have to put up a front and Kunihiro wouldn’t have to go through an extra heap of feeling unneeded when in fact, he is very much needed right now.

God, ya big baby, would you just let yourself be taken care of?!

。・゚゚・(>д<)・゚゚・。

…I’m okay. I’m okay and you know why? Because I’m gonna bet $100 that this is the scene they’re gonna re-show when Katsugeki Season 1 ends andand it’s going to be perfect because Kane-san will be okay, Kunihiro will be okay, they’ll be more than okay because they got each other (hence the peaceful smiles, d’aww~), the Second Unit will be okay and get to stay together and by then, they’ll all have gotten over themselves to be badass and inhumanly pretty again…except they’re always inhumanly pretty but just better without the angst.

Oh, and gorgeous backgrounds because ufotable knows how to deliver those.

( ๑  ̄ ◡  ̄ ๑ )b

Yea, I’m gonna need this to happen at least once in-story, too.

Ok, that’s all until part 2. Bai~! (●´・∀・`)ノ”

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'Grey's Anatomy' cast previews a 'lighter, funnier, and sexier' season 14 | EW

How do you keep a long-running medical drama fresh after 13 seasons? By literally blowing up the hospital at its center.

Grey’s Anatomy did just that in the finale, paving the way for rebuilding — both at Grey Sloan Memorial and also within its ranks. That means everything from a new coat of paint to a fresh set of tech-dependent interns, and even the addition of a doc with a rather, ahem, interesting specialty. The updates lend themselves to a lot of comedy, bringing the show back to its rom-com roots. “The world has become such a dark place, and people really need a chance to laugh and have some relief,” executive producer Krista Vernoff says.

“Since Derek Shepherd’s death, the show and the hospital had to go through a certain period of mourning and darkness to deal with the aftermath and the fallout of that,” says star Kevin McKidd, who also helms the second hour of the supersized season premiere. “Those times are behind the hospital. So it’s really been fun to work on these scripts and really fit the tone back to that very much more dramedy place that the show used to have in those earlier seasons.”

With that in mind, some of the comedy will originate from a new set of sub-interns — they’re basically even younger than the Fab Five was when the show started back in 2005, though they’re only here for a six-week rotation. “All of a sudden, young people come in and when we all saw young people come in 14 years ago with our hero tribe, we didn’t see anything wrong with them,” costar Jessica Capshaw says. “We were like, ‘This is amazing, and they’ve all got their little personalities, but they’re going to figure it out, and aren’t they quirky and sweet?’ But now we’re all older and all that quirkiness doesn’t seem as cute and funny, it seems like these people are morons.”

However, the show isn’t completely turning into a comedy. While costar Camilla Luddington concurs that season 14 is much “lighter, funnier, and sexier,” the ABC medical drama “will always get heartache and heartbreak from relationship story lines, but also the patient story lines,” she says. “You’re going to need a bottle of wine, you’re going to cry during Grey’s Anatomy. Do I think there is a happier, lighter, sexier side also? Absolutely, and you’ll see that just from the two-hour premiere.”

Where Grey’s is not so light is the show’s most complicated love triangle yet. Just as Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was opening up to a post-Derek dalliance with Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), his presumed-dead fiancée, Megan Hunt (recast as Abigail Spencer), who’s also Owen’s (McKidd) sister, was found alive after spending a decade held captive in Iraq by militants. “Reading between the lines, Megan presumes that Nathan is completely in love with Meredith,” Henderson says, noting that the shared experience of Megan’s return will bring Owen and Riggs closer. “A few days prior, he did want to pursue it, so he’s trying to understand what Megan’s presence in his life means.”

Surprisingly, Meredith seems to be handling the situation quite well. “Meredith shows herself to be extremely understanding and very generous to both Nathan and Megan and I think that is a bit perplexing for Nathan because he maybe expected it to be even more awkward than it is, yet she seems to be quite copacetic with the whole thing,” Henderson says. “But it begs the question, well, is she really?”

Now let’s talk about some of those couples:
April and Jackson

After taking notice of Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) chemistry, April (Sarah Drew) will be quick to confront her former husband about their unspoken romp in Montana. “Everything was okay if nobody else was in the mix in her mind. Now seeing there’s real potential for him to move on, it’s going to cause her to actually force the conversation,” Drew says, noting it will make things awkward between April and Maggie at the top of the season. “It’s all painful to be honest. She has a child with this man who also is her person and also her best friend, and seeing a new presence in her daughter’s life, in her ex’s life, is confusing and challenging. She needs to stop being in a state of limbo.”

Amelia and Owen
Though Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) was there to support Owen upon discovering his presumed-dead sister, Megan, is still alive, “Amelia is in quite a surprising place when Megan returns, and it causes a lot of issues for Owen and Amelia,” McKidd says. “It also causes issues for Owen’s family.” Their relationship is made more complicated by the return of Teddy (Kim Raver), who previously pined for Owen. “Him and Teddy are best friends from years and years ago, so that plays out in a very fun way.”

Alex and Jo
Following a tumultuous season, Jo (Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers) may be on the road to recovery. That all depends, of course, on how Jo would react should she find out Alex tracked down her estranged and abusive husband, Paul (Matthew Morrison). “She would worry about Alex endangering both of them,” Luddington says. “More than anything, she has been able to feel secure in her life because of her anonymity. If Alex has found him, she would feel like that’s potentially breached, and it just becomes a very dangerous situation for her.”

On another note, following Stephanie’s (Jerrika Hinton) exit, Jo will be searching for her new person. “It’s really hard for her because Jo doesn’t have any family, and Stephanie was family to her,” Luddington says. “She’s not with Alex, and DeLuca’s [Giacomo Gianniotti] a very odd situation, and she feels like she’s lost that friendship because it’s a little awkward right now. She’s really looking for anyone to lean on, and one person that she does try to lean on is Ben [Jason George], which makes for some pretty fun scenes this season.”

Arizona and…?
Following Eliza Minnick’s exit, Arizona is on the prowl. “She’s ready to have copious amounts of fun,” Capshaw says. Could that fun involve the only new female doc, Carina (Stefania Spampinato), who just so happens to be the sister of Arizona’s roommate, DeLuca? That would certainly lead to some juicy drama, but only time will tell!

SHIP THROUGH SEASONS

You know, I have always believed that true love needs time. And the most beautiful pairings are getting close through whole seasons. And then they’re even more desired. Yes, it hurts. But think. Then they have a bigger story. Characters go step by step and hand in hand to the moment when they understand they cannot live without each other. You feel every scene, every second they are together. You’re worrying. Your heart stops when they have an intimate moment. And when they finally have a kiss (after which it happens very often that your otp starts to avoid each other) you’re just dying for thousands times in one second. And all these things make your otp special. But couples, which get along in the very first season, kinda losing its magic. Camsten needed 2 seasons. Stydia - 6 seasons. 6 fuckin’ seasons. FitzSimmons… How much? 3? And I actually worried about Deckerstar, because they became a couple a little bit fast, I think… I want them both to be happy, hope they’re endgame. Bellarke - 5 seasons, and I’m dying! SHE WAITS FOR HIM 6 DAMN YEARS. So yes, doesn’t matter how much it hurts, it worth it.

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okay not to be THAT person but that scene in season 2 where they recall their past adventures all nostalgic and all felt very……. misplaced?? like it doesn’t really fit with the vibe of a series’ second season it felt more like it should’ve been in about season 4 or 5, or hell, maybe even the last one. i feel like it could’ve delivered a much greater impact if it was added later on, and not, you know, awkwardly forced for a weakass attempt at pulling on emotional strings……..

Dear Anonymous Shitheads,

I’ve… since the beginning of posting stories on FFNet, always instantly deleted anonymous bullshit - mind you, not the sweet ones or the neutral ones or the honestly critical ones, just the flames. Because I felt like it’d give them some sense of, you know, victory if they saw their bullshit popping up in my review section? Just delete and forget.

Because let’s be frank, I don’t give a fuck about your sensitivities and complaints.

I’ve never given a fuck and I’m not gonna start any time soon. I’m too old for this shit. But hey, tumblr sounds like the fun place where I can publically answer the anonympous bullshit I get.

And today’s ediction centers around my newest Jagnus fic - A Magnificent Warlock’s little Shadowhunter.

This ship is disgusting! It makes me so happy they are never ever going to be together! Malec for life!

I find this one in particular adorable. Daw, you got your OTP as canon. Good for you, little troll. Go and rewatch the show or reread the books then and stay away from fanfiction, how about that?

Like, you find it disgusting? Sure. You have a right to find it disgusting. You also have a right to use your brain, if existent, and learn how to filter the stories popping up in your feed. The internet is a wondrous place and you don’t have to actually put up with the things you hate. You can really very simply avoid them. If you don’t know how to to that, well, learn it.

And let me just add; I don’t need my OTPs to be canon. I prefer them not to be, actually. Because rarely do writers get couples done good. Malec in season 2 was a disastrous example of that. There was just so much bad writing involved there. No, I prefer it as non-canon, I prefer to write and read fanfiction about it.

And the second one I got - and I’m guessing it’s from the same eloquent genius:

It’s bad enough you write jagnus for the show now you have to ruin the books as well!

Aw, that’s so cute. I’m ruining the books? I didn’t even know I was going to write the next sequel book and turn it into canon Malace. *gasps* Because, quite frankly, the only way I could ruin the books was if I were to actually write the next book and force my awful, disgusting ships down your throat by making you read them in the context of them being canon. But sure, if unrelated fan-produced things on the internet ruin a book series for you, yeah. And you - again, still - have the option to filter work and not read things that “ruin” your fandom.

It’s been a while since I last got bullshit like that. I felt that maybe the shithead has given up. Apparently, me posing under the book tag woke the sleeping troll. Daw, I hope it goes back to sleep soon.

Back in the day, when I was still a hatchling writer, I used to take things like those to heart. Now they’re my greatest source of entertainment. I just find the notion that people are not just too stupid to filter work but also fail so miserably hard at not clicking things they don’t want and theeen having a large enough ego to actually leave bullshit reviews about what pouty, whiny, bitchy, entitled littl ebrats they are… I find it utterly amusing, to be honest.

I mean. There’s literally nothing about antis, trolls or haters that can be taken seriously.

And… what they don’t seem to understand is that their bullshit fuels me? Back when I started writing for the Shadowhunters fandom, I got a lot of this crap for my Malace stories, particularly for the Jalec aspect of them. Though it did baffle me that some of them managed to praise the sweet Malec moments and then shit all over how I had to ruin the fic by adding Jace to disguise my Jalec shit as Malace? For one, Jalec ain’t shit, it’s a precious OTP of mine, and for another… you literally just praised the Malec moments? How is that disguising Jalec as Malace then?

That lead to my phase of posting two to three Malace fics a week (and to me being motivated to write my first purely Jalec fic). Because if you’re too stupid to filter fanfiction and if you’re so horribly offended by my awful, disgusting pairing and if you’re that incapable of ignoring things that are not your taste, then I will flood your fucking inbox with my godsawful disgusting work until you drown in it.

I’m already working on my next Jagnus story. And I can’t wait to keep reading the book so I can write and post the next book-related Jagnus story.

Just to spite you, dear anonymous shithead. Because I’m a petty, vindictive and very protective little bitch when it comes to my fandoms, my ships and the things I love.

I do not tolerate for others to shit all over them. I wouldn’t seek out the things I hate just to shit all over them either, because I know the people writing them put a lot of love into it and love the things I hate, for whatever reason. You have every right to hate everything you hate for the dumbest bullshit reasons there are, but what gives you the right to drag others who love it down?

So if you can’t muster the same amount of common respect and human decency, then I want to see you drown in the pairings you hate. Because, as mentioned above, I’m a petty little bitch. And I’m all out of fucks to give. I stopped being self-conscious about my writing or my pairing choices years ago - if I ship it, I write it and if you don’t ship it, then you shouldn’t read it.

That’s always been how I handled the haters and that will always be how I will handle haters. If you take the time to tell me how awful I am and how much you hate what I do, I will make sure to take the time to write more awful things just to spite you.

Uhm, not that my readers now feel motivated to leave hate just to make me write more? Because I do appreciate the sweet things you guys leave faaar more than the anonymous bullshit.

So, I’m not sure what the point of this was. Not to reach the anonymopus shithead, of course, because I know from experience that you can’t reason with trolls. But maybe to share with others who sail my precious ships that you should never let the haters get to you and that, if you just keep writing and holding your head high, they eventually give up? That you should never be the one giving up? That if others make you feel shitty in your safe place - your fandom - then you gotta fight back with whatever methods you have, even if they’re just writing or drawing or fangirling/fanboying even harder just to show them that they hold no power over you and that you know that your pairing is good and amazing and shipable?

Also an overall shout-out to all Malace, Jalec and Jagnus writers for writing my OTPs and not letting idiots get to them either.

lls2 ep 1 meta recap post?

Intro: last night (oct 7, 2017, around 10pm PHT) i was pseudo-liveblogging on the first episode of love live sunshine season 2, posting caps and spouting dirt-tier memes when my good ol pal @sabraee (y’all know her as miki also check out her metapost) dropped into my dm’s, also in the middle of digesting the ep, and said to me something to the effect of “hey dude you should totally make some meta posts”

like a day later, here i am, trying my hand at the whole LLS meta talk business

yea this is a screencap from the ep and this is what my irrelevant captions look like. also, sunrise visual pun! symbolic? uh yea

I’m crap at intros! hi im xtreme-icecream, known by some as nick, my only background in metanalysis posting is that one post i made last year about ep 9. join me for some serious dang nerd talk about LLS: Lyrical Lesbian Saga!

Before we begin the season I think it would be useful to bring up Sunshine’s big themes, what the story is supposed to make you think about and what drives it. From season 1 we can glean, roughly and in my crude, breezy language:

  • This is very important: There’s Nothing In The Country. City Folk Have It All. (Fight For Your Folks In The Boonies. No One Else Will.)
  • You can’t follow the footsteps of your idols if the roads have changed. Chika took a beating (in her heart) to get in her head that five years of competitive evolution and their own circumstances mean Aqours can never be μ’s 2.0.
  • “Shining” (and what it means)
  • something zero to one. something out of nothing.

Sunshine is going to come back to these concepts again and again because that’s what the story is about, and we gotta keep that in mind when we analyze a storyline. What’s it trying to show us bout This Thing? What aspect of This Thing are we talking about this episode? etc. Season 2 may have new themes, probs does, and if they’re woven in well we’ll be able to figure out what they are.

Ok cool we are equipped to Dig In. The episode opens with Chika.

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