so i can actually call it a series

Favourite narrative tropes:

  • “That was ONE time!”
  • “Due to an administrative error”, or any major plot point which is caused almost entirely by bureaucratic fuckups
  • “Contrary to popular belief” appended to something that’s either really obvious or completely subjective
  • A character makes an assertion, then cut to the narrator contradicting it (‘“Everything’s fine!” Everything was not fine.’)
  • First-person narrators who call a specific character by a series of increasingly convoluted nicknames
  • Unusual narrative euphemisms. I still hold that describing around a curse word is almost always funnier than just using the word.
  • Establishing character moments which subvert your expectations right from the get-go. The best example is in the Brooklyn Nine Nine pilot, where Jake’s fooling around at the crime scene before revealing that he’s already solved the case.
  • Montages. Just montages of any kind, for any reason, anytime. I actually think they work better in text form because you can do so many creative things with them.
  • Side characters with a level of fourth-wall awareness / quasi-supernatural ability which is never quite certain, like the janitor in Scrubs.
  • Double meanings in narration that take a while to make themselves clear.
  • Really, really specific similes.

(for @yoituuri and @starryfeathers. I accidentally deleted this whole thing once so hopefully it doesn’t happen again/ it’s not rushed. I hope you enjoy you two, and anybody else who reads this!)

I made a post about my favorite boy Victor not too long ago, and I mentioned a shot in passing that I really loved, but because it wasn’t the focus of the post, I didn’t go into it. I would like to now. Here it is:

This is the first glimpse of Victor we get within canon. Well, beyond the opening sequence with Yuuri watching Victor skate as they grow up but I think we can all agree that was outside of canon and can be discarded here.

Anyway.

It’s a damn good first glimpse. As you’ve probably already noticed, Victor’s eyes are covered. Deliberately. Dude fuckin does a twirl and the camera is framed in such a way that we don’t get to see his eyes until he looks up for the cameras. That’s an interesting touch, for several reasons. 

First, when a character’s eyes are not visible, it implies something is hidden within them. A trait, motivation, true emotions, etc etc. 

Secondly, the fact that we can’t see Victor’s eyes until he turns to the cameras with that fake-ass media smile. In this scene, we’re being treated as the public. Victor is immediately hiding from us and the rest of the world. You know, something he does all the goddamn time.

Victor is scarily good at masking. For those who don’t know what I mean, masking is the act of hiding one’s true personality, desires, and/or emotions to conform to society. I mask due to past trauma. Victor masks to meet public expectation. 

You’ve probably guessed already that masking is incredibly unhealthy–it’s repression, after all. If it gets bad enough, you’ll stop knowing where masking ends and you begin. Sometimes it takes me months to figure out how I feel about something because I need to sort through so many layers of masking and anxiety and doubt. It’s really difficult sometimes. 

We see tons of lovely examples of Victor masking throughout the show. Here are a few off the top of my head: 

(^absolutely terrified vitya trying to be smooth)

(^living up to his press image)

(^so incredibly upset on so many levels but he doesn’t dare show it)

(^pissed enough that yuuri picks up on it. and then acts dishonestly w/ yuuri by trying to come off as pleasant)

(i love that yuuri is comfortable enough by this point to call victor out on his bs. if you’re gonna get mad, get mad) 

(you can actually see Victor’s hand shake if you watch the scene. boy is so pissed and he’s holding it in)

etc etc. 

Victor is actually incredibly reserved in all the emotions he shows, especially if it’s anger or sadness. For most of the series, he only lets himself go in front of Yuuri or alone. Victor hides from himself, he hides from Yuuri, and it helps no one in the end. 

The beach sequence, actually, is important to this idea too. As we know, Victor asks Yuuri what he wants them to be. 

And then he lists off all these options before essentially asking to go out with him, but in a way that says he’s too scared to do it outright.

Now, this is partially to gauge Yuuri’s feelings towards him, but it’s also highly revealing of Victor’s self-worth. He’s willing to put on any mask, any persona to be with Yuuri. Yuuri, of course, doesn’t want this at all. 

🚨 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP ALERT!🚨

And looking at Victor’s reaction (guarded surprise)

This may be the first time Victor has been asked to just be himself. 

So if Victor was a world champion at 16

(boy is 15-16 in that article)

He must have been skating for a while beforehand. We can probably approximate by saying he started competitions around the time Yuri did, which I estimate to be about 12-13. However, Victor does say this 

And if we’re to believe him, 27-20=7, and therefore something happened at the age of 7 to force Victor into backing away from others and working himself to the bone. Uhm, wow. I don’t know how accurate it is to say that, but regardless, he’s been in the public eye for a long fuckin time. 

Victor has spent this long fuckin time building an image: elegance, confidence, charming yet untouchable. The perfect playboy, in a way. This is the person he presents to the public. I think he’s been masking like this for so long he forgot that this isn’t who he is–Victor has the ability to be all those things, but it’s not who he is. Victor is excitable, bubbly, caring, vulnerable, depressed, lonely, hardworking…Yuuri, by asking Victor to be himself, released a metaphorical floodgate on Victor’s emotions. He’s broken that carefully crafted persona. 

Victor is now publicly goofy and affectionate

(i love how he hides his face a little here…how cute and shy while showing off that he’s yuuri’s)

And can drop his composure comfortably 

(also vitya always wears gloves to competitions until they get the rings and then victor keeps the gloves off completely :v) 

I love that Victor’s relationship with Yuuri has allowed him to find himself again, and peel away those masks to live and breathe and love as he was always meant to. 

i just wanna point out to you guys that there’s a thing on netflix that’s literally just a pretty train journey that’s been filmed

it’s over 7hrs long and it’s just the scenery??

im so for this?? it’s an actual series called Slow TV and they’ve got more train journeys you can experience without actually going anywhere

this is the content i’ve been looking for all this time

Witchy Wonders: Honey

I know that I have not been posting as often as I would like, but I’m super excited to announce the new Witchcraft series I’m starting called ‘Witchy Wonders’. For my very first post, I’m going to be delving deep into the universe of honey. This classic and long-loved sweetener has so many uses and it represents so many things.

- HONEY HISTORY -

The long and rather broad history of honey is actually not as boring as it sounds. Knowing the history of any witchy tool can really help you figure out how it works and how to incorporate it into your craft. In honey’s case, the color really stands out, and oftentimes it is used to represent happiness or prosperity. 

Throughout history, honey has been dubbed ‘of the gods’ and it has also been happily associated with sweet and pleasant things because of its rich, thick flavor. When people had no other kind of sweetener to turn to, honey was their solid rock. Bees thrive nearly everywhere, so it is mentioned in history all over the world. 

Honey began its trek to greatness thousands of years ago, whereas Witchcraft has only been prominently known for around five hundred years. Therefore, it can also be respected for its age and usefulness. 

- HONEY’S COLOR -

The color of honey varies depending on the flowers from which the honey has been derived. If a colony of bees gets their flowers in Autumn, the color of their honey will be much darker than we’re typically familiar with. If the flowers bloom in Summer instead of the later months, you’ll see the more infamous shade of yellow/golden syrup. 

With the usual color correspondences, gold stands for wealth, prosperity, abundance, good luck, and fertility. This makes honey perfect for money magic, as well as magic for general abundance. Since honey’s golden shade also represents good luck, an abundance spell done with honey doesn’t have to be super specific because it already brings good luck. For instance, if you were to do an abundance spell that wasn’t super specific without honey (or another good luck ingredient), then it could bring an abundance of sickness or loss or absence of some sort.

If you have access to some darker, autumnal honey, it can be used for earth magic because of its brownish color. Use it for animal magic, earth magic, spring and summer sabbats, and other such forms of Witchcraft. 

- KITCHEN HONEY -

Using honey in the kitchen can make superbly delicious food, and it can also aid in Witchcraft. When honey is put into kitchen Witchcraft, you can use it so many ways. Add it to your breakfast in the morning for a happy and pleasant day. Dip fruit in it. Mix it with your favorite herbs. The possibilities are nearly endless, considering how many amazing recipes you can find.

Replacing sugar with honey in a recipe will make it closer to the earth and nature itself. Sugar has been refined and processed, therefore reducing its natural Witchcraft uses. Of course, sugar is still good for many spells, but less ideal for earth and nature magic,

- HONEY + HAPPINESS -

For thousands of years, honey has been widely associated with happiness and pleasant feelings. This is because of its wonderfully sweet and syrupy taste. It leaves behind reminiscent feelings of spring and summer, and it marks the memory of nature and the flourishing earth. 

If you’re ever feeling in need of a sugary treat, make something with honey instead of sugar. It will bring you the same happiness without the unhealthy side effects. 

Honey is absolutely perfect for happiness spells to make things just a little bit better. You can also enchant items for happiness using honey and you can place them around your home to radiate positive vibes all day long. Honey is one of the best resources for witches with depression, anxiety, stress, and any other negative feelings. It can help you feel better when you’re feeling down, and it just makes things cheerful.


Whatever you choose to do with honey, it’s always a great tool to have in your witches’ armoire. Without a doubt, honey is the happiest, golden-est, grandest sweetener available for your magic endeavors. Have fun, and happy bewitching!

P.S. Do not hesitate to send me some messages! Questions, requests, and just a little hello sometimes are all welcome. :)

The Class 1-A web series

With all the ask blogs I’ve checked out recently this ideea came to my mind.

What if in third year, the students of class 1-A open a web blog, where fans can ask questions.

The blog was proposed by the management department ( this is how they were called right?) to spread awareness and help them when they will graduate.

And so the chaos begins.

– Bakugou being asked continuesly what is actuall his hero name. Every time he is asked he responds with “Lord Explosion Murder, you asshats! Why doesn’t it enter your thick skulls?!”, but no one believes him.

Until one day, when in the middle of answering the question, Kirishima comes and yells “Oi, Blasty Mcxplody!” without realising Bakugou was live.

After that the internet explodes and Kirishima spends the rest of the week hiding from Bakugou, who is chasing him with a magazine on which is written “ Future pro hero Bakugou Katsuki’s name revealed-Blasty Mcxplody?”.

– Midoriya is very embarassed by all the attention he gets.

Things get especially bad for him when people start asking about his hero name. The fans are like “ Doesn’t the name mean ‘dumbass’?”

So Midoriya tells the story behind his name, avoiding the details of All Might and One For All. He tells them of how his quirk set late and how he was teased becuase of it. Of how Deku was an insult thrown at him, but it he turned the name around to become his source of strengh.

Let’s just say he leaves the entire fanbase in tears and he becomes fast an idol for bullied and sad children.

– Uraraka gets a lot of questions concerning how cool her qurik is and methods of how she could use it.

She is very gratefull for all the people that help her, but when fans ask about why she became a hero she mentions she did it for her parents, to help them, but doesn’t say anything about the company.

Mostly because she feels like she would sound whiny and materialistic, but a part of her doesn’t becuase she feels it is her responsabilty and actually she doesn’t want pity.

– Iida, being the class rep, is usually the one that checks all the questions to see if they are apropiate. Though some NSFW are leaked from time to time.

As for his questions. He mostly encourages people on how to be a hero. He is essentially the one of the group that gives life advice.

Especially about revenge and how it is not good to become obsessed with it.

With how he speaks about the subject, fans speculate that he experience something like that. Some think it may be the incident that made his brother retire, but they are not sure.

– Everyone loves Todoroki. He has thousands of fangirls that send him love messages and requests to go out. I mean, he isn’t the class’ pretty boy for nothing.

Though he tries his hardest to decline every one of them gently.

It is rather complicated for him to answer all the questions, since he has so many, but the most complicated part is when people ask about his father.

“How was it to grow up with the number 2 hero as your father?”

“Did he teach you personally?”

“How is he in person?”

“Do you have any siblings, if you do why aren’t they heroes too?”

Todoroki tries to mentain his calm, but as more asks come it becomes harder and and harder.

And the fans catch fast how tense he is starting to become, though they don’t know why.

– I imagine Jirou and Kaminari having a kind of mini series about music.

Them playing imstruments, talking about different genres, how they became friends and music recommandations.

And let’s add President Mic, who joins them sometimes.

– I can see Momo also having a kind of mini series, but her topics differ.

From advice for young heroines, asks about her childhood, talking about tea and fashion, to combat strategies.

And how about the thought that she and the other memebers of the top five of the class (Iida, Bakugou, Midoriya and Todoroki) telling their fans how to study easier.

“It’s important that you study in a calm and quite enviroment!”

“Exactly, Yaoyorozu-san! Plus-”

“I don’t see how the fucking room where they are studying would help them. If they are dumbasses, they are dumbasses!”

“Kaachan, that’s not-”

“Shut the fuck up, Deku!”

“Maybe you should close your irrelevant mouth!”

“Oh! You want to go Icyhot bastard?”

“Bakugou-san, Todoroki-san, please stop!”

– Since most of the time Todoroki ends up roasting Bakugou in their arguments, he is crowned “ The Savage Todoroki” by the fandom.

– What about Kirishima walking one time in front of the camera with his hair let down?

Everyone loses their shit.

– I also see Kaminari and Kirishima answering together asks from time to time.

And one time someone asks them about romance and Kaminari is like:

“Oh, I remember when you and Bakugou-” he stops dead in his tracks.

Kirishima looks at Kaminari with wide eyes and a blush on his face.

– Bakugou saw what happened.

So, angry that the Pikachu wannabe revealed his relationship with Kiri to the entire world, he chases him around with a magazine too.

“Romance floats in the air for the next generation- Red Riot and Blasty Mcxplody, the next big duo!?” is written on it.

– With the advantage of being invisible, Hagakure pulls weekly a prank on someone.

Student, teacher, best friend? You are getting it anyway.

Everyone is scared out of their minds.

Though Ojiro finds it endearing, even if he is on the receiving end of the prank.

– And to end on a fluffy note. Class 1-A planes an elaborate scheme to finally get Tododeku together.

Tsuyu is filming it live.

Everything goes smoothly, until Bakugou starts to grind his teeth and shouts:

“Just kiss already, you shitheads!”

The rest of the class scolds Bakugou for being such a mood pooper.

What they don’t observe, but Bakugou does, is Todoroki and Midoriya blushing from his words, leaning closer and kissing.

(Also, Mineta is banned from answering questions, he only talks about perverted stuff)

“How can you call yourself bisexual when you know you actually just need to make up your mind?” Here’s how! 😂

I did this for the “how can you” challenge that’s been going around on facebook. It’s me dancing to part of “Getting Bi” from the tv series crazy ex girlfriend (plus featuring some lines from John Watson lmao). It was filmed at Cincinnati Pride yesterday because why the heck not.

Here’s the public facebook link, I’d love it if anyone who wants to share it would do so. Gotta spread that queer love. 🌈💖💜💙
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10207377821162111&id=1784021669
(also plz don’t be a super creep on my irl facebook page lmao)

Keep reading

[Somewhere deep in SM 2011]
  • Lee Soo-man: There's going to be a solar eclipse on April 21st 2017.
  • Kim Young-min: You thinking what I'm thinking?
  • Lee Soo-man: Start making a new group that will have a cheesy alien super power concept just so we can use lots of moon imagery, take it a step further and have them release the song of the century 'Two Moons', become known for being #overdramatic after releasing a Pathcode series that literally leads no where and only spells out the name of their new single which lets be honest we should name "Call me Daddy", hint a royalty concept, then a military concept, actually come out with a trippy drug video to make them forget the moons then BOOM post a single tweet mentioning the eclipse just to prove we're the definition of extra?
  • Kim Young-min: Exactly.
Cursed child actors in TV shows

Just a little fun post J I was actually quite surprised by some of them as i always loved watching series like Doctor Who and Merlin and i watched these episodes so often and never realized the cursed child actors were in it!

1)      Alex Price (Draco Malfoy)

Alex has the biggest list of TV appearances and i’m still laughing that i’ve seen him so often on TV and never realized it was him!

a)      Merlin

You can see Alex in a beloved series of mine, Merlin. He is in season 2 episode 2 and plays a farmer called William , who has to take Athur’s place in a competition. It’s incredible how much he has changed since then

 

b)      Doctor Who

Alex is in one of the most loved British Television series, Doctor who. You can see him in season 5 episode 6 playing a vampire-like alien. A VERY ironic fact: He is in this together with Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy in the movies and this makes a VERY funny mother-son dynamic in Doctor Who!

c)       Being Human

(Dance it Alex! I feel VERY sorry if anyone can’t take his Draco serious anymore xD)

If here are any Being human fans i don’t think i have to say more than „Gilbert fun“! In season  episode 3 he plays the „iconic“ and lovely character of a ghost called Gilbert.

 

d)      Penny dreadful

 In this rather dark TV series he played the second „creation“ of the iconic Dr. Frankenstein and he was SO adorable in this! (season  episode 1 and 2)

Alex was in a lot more TV shows like Casuality, Father Brown, Doctors etc.

 

2)      Noma Dumezweni

I was very surprised to see that my beloved Hermione actually was in a few TV series, especially in one of my favourites, Doctor Who!

She played Captain Eriso Magambo, a UNIT officer in Donna Noble’s parallel universe. You can see her in the episodes „Turn left“ and „Planet of the dead“.

Other TV shows she was in are Shameless, EastEnders etc.

 

3)      Anthony Boyle

Anthony really didn’t do a lot before cursed child, but i found one VERY interesting TV appearance! He actually was in Game of Thrones! You can see him as one of Ramsay’s guards in season 4 episode 6, although i REALLY wouldn’t watch it if you are a big Scorpius fan! It broke my heart seeing him getting killied

 

4)      Sam Clemmett

 He wasn’t in a lot of things i know either, but i found out that he was in the British television show The Musketeers, that i watched a few episodes of! You can see Sam in season 3 episode 1.

 

I’m sure there are some more, but these are the most striking to me as these are some of my favourite TV series.

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I’m gonna make it a series, it’ll be called People Who’ve Barely Said A Word In Canon And Yet I Love So Very Much Anyway

A Cryptid in my Neighborhood????

Hey there you guys. So something a little weird happened this morning, and I’ve been aching to tell someone.

So I wait at the bus stop with my sister every morning. Everything’s been normal up until around last week, when the weather started getting warmer. I started to notice that at 7 AM, every morning, I would look down the street and a cat would make its way quickly from behind a house, trot across the street and keep on going into another yard. Same path every time.

So I lean over to my sister and I say all hushed, “Same cat every morning. Same time. Isn’t that weird?” And I look back over to the Cat.

It has halted its daily regiment to stop dead and turn its head towards me.

The Cat does not move.

I cannot see its face.

I’m not sure if it was just the light. I’m not sure if it was turned the other way. I knew I could feel it looking at me though I could see no eyes.

I turn to my sister, getting kind of nervous, and I say, “Is it looking at me?” My sister shrugs. I look back and The Cat is crossing my lawn. It’s crossing my neighbor’s lawn.

I think something’s going on. Was It drawn out because of the heat? Where is It going? Can It hear me? For reference, I drew out what I saw.

I think something’s going on in my little town. I think I’m gonna call this series “Cryptids of Coalition County”. I’ll report any new findings to you as soon as I can. We can call The Cat specimen number one.

Thank you for reading, my dear friend. I’ll hope you’ll join me in my journey. That is, if I have much time left. Do I already know too much?

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boxofmagicalfury  asked:

So I'm really in the mood for a well written darker fic. Do you know of any decent evil!harry stories?! (Bonus points for a happy ending with Draco? Lol )

Hi! I’m so sorry but I rarely read dark Harry!! The only one with straight up EVIL Harry I can think of is Shadows of Seduction by KittyAugust (2.5K), a short fic from last year’s erised. I remember thinking it was super well done, even though I don’t usually go for this sort of thing!

Summary: In a final desperate attempt to overthrow the Dark Lord and his newest protégée, one Harry Potter, the Order sends in its last hope and Potter’s last known weakness. Draco Malfoy.


Oh! Also I love Ragnarok by Lomonaaeren (52K)! Both Harry and Draco are extremely powerful and badass and although they are certainly not the good guys by any stretch of the imagination, and they do some very bad things, I wouldn’t call Harry “evil” exactly. I mean… he was sort of turned evil. Although I guess you can say that about most villains, so… yeah, actually. He’s probably just evil. Together with Draco though! XD

Summary: Draco, at thirty, is the youngest member of the Wizengamot, and thinks he’s arrived at the height of power. But that’s before he learns the secret of Ragnarok, the elite corps of wizards that serves the Wizengamot.


And now I’ve just remembered the Charming Universe series (286K), also by Lomonaaeren! I love this fic!!! Harry doesn’t WANT to become a Dark Lord, but the Ministry is so annoying and ill-intentioned that he has no other choice. I would call this Harry grey rather than evil, but he definitely kills some people who wrong him sooooo maybe my moral compass is a bit skewed XD. In my defense, I’ve been binging Game of Thrones for two weeks now. Compared to those guys, this Harry is positively… charming ;). AND THE DRARRY IS GREAT. I love it when they’re both super powerful <3

Summary: Harry doesn’t really like the way things are going in the wizarding world. But who’s going to do something about it?…Him, that’s who! (Or, how Harry became a Benevolently Snarky Dark Lord).


(Apologies for totally fucking up my normal rec list format. I intended this to be a short reply saying I couldn’t think of anything… but then I kept thinking of things XD)

Me: Fate is so bad, god. So bad. So gross. Why is it like this? Why do the creators do this shit? Why? WHY? I appreciate Nasu on so many levels but sometimes he puts in stuff that’s so gross and honestly there’s so much weird uncomfortable shit that’s really unpleasant for me to read placed in both the F/SN VN and you know what? I very much doubt that’s 100% only Takeuchi’s fault bc it exists without him too. Why are there those weird descriptions in the most inappropriate places. Why does That Scene in UBW exist. Why do both VN’s have several H-scenes that are so…… Bad…… and I don’t mean in terms of writing or w/e but in terms of content and what’s happening in them. Why is there random fanservice in the worst most awkward places when they were perfectly capable of avoiding it in others. I love F/sn so much but I would literally never recommend it to anyone who has any sort of sensibility, taste, or standards without ten million warnings beforehand and caveats and any normal, sensible person with properly high judgement, standards and taste would take a look at the amount of randomly gross straight male creator shit in it and run for the hills. No one sensible would ever look at it and then not judge me majorly for being into it. Why does it test my status as Good Feminist every single day. Actually I think at this point I have to turn my Good Feminist card in by now because there’s no way I can call myself one if I like this series because it’s just so Bad.

Also me, at the same time: Fate is so Good. So beautiful. So good to me. Fate saved my goddamned life. Fate changed and saved me I love it so much it’s so much fun and I’ll never get fucking tired of it and all of its weird shit and repeating and recurring themes and motifs and all the stupid shit it pulls I love it so much. Fate/stay night is and always will be one of my absolute favorite VN’s of ever, it’s so beautiful and powerful and well-thought-out and there’s so much going on there I can talk about and analyze it forever, it’s so rich with real beautiful treasures if you just make an effort to look for them and see it for what it is. I’m so glad I read it it has so much shit that’s just so specifically for me that I love. Fate/hollow ataraxia is also a beautiful VN and it’s deep and emotional and shook me up so much, even with the sweet fun silly slice of life surface. And even the installments I’m not as into have something beautiful to offer me. Beautiful, fun, colorful and lovable characters in endless supply, an endless amount of hot people and cute people, fun and interesting story that draws you in, great and cool fight scenes and magic battles and A+ world-building. I love Fate so much I’ll never not be into it we’re bonded for life it’s right next to a few select works that are in this category. Fate is where my heart and soul belong.

small snape headcanons
  • he remembers how people like their tea. mcgonagall, dumbledore, .. even when draco comes into his office, his citrus blend with one spoon of sugar ready for him
  • no one can see it, but he wears bright purple socks. dumbledore once got him a whole bunch of colourful socks and well, no one likes cold feet
  • he might not wash his hair and he might wear the same clothes for days on end but he’ll be damned if his black nail polish isn’t on point.
  • for his birthday, lucius introduced him to black matte nail polish
  • his personal quarters in hogwarts are literally brimming with all sorts of plants that need very little light. only he can navigate safely through his room. a couple of them may or may not be illegal
  • some nights when he can’t sleep and is too tired to move he just lies in his bed and stares at his ceiling all night
  • because he sleeps in the dungeons and he can see the lake through his ceiling, and some of its glowing inhabitants
  • he brew opium tea once to prove he could
  • and he practices every once in a while, just to make sure he doesn’t forget
  • when exposed to sunlight for prolongued time, he actually tans really quickly
  • it’s the “get snape in the sun” part that’s hard
  • even after all those years, when he walks through the hallways, he still thinks he can hear someone calling him “snivellus” sometimes
  • he turns around each time - he can’t help himself - but there’s no one there
  • and he wonders what he would give, to go back

One last one for today~ this time its… uh… The Knight, I guess. Protagonist in my comic called Potion, which was super simple and made purely so I could have a comic series I could call finished. Not the greatest work by a long shot but it is still pretty good to say I CAN actually finish things when I set my mind to it… and have a week off of work and do absolutely nothing else but hammer out a comic every waking hour…

Anyway, I still like the characters I made for it and have been kicking ideas around for a sequel for a while, but that’s a lot of effort~

Bushwick's Brittany Snow on Pitch Perfect 3, recovering from self-harm and her new action film

Those who only know Brittany Snow as ditzy Chloe Beale, one of the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect, are in for a surprise when they see post-apocalyptic thriller Bushwick, which sees the actress play a college student who turns into an action heroine after the hipster Brooklyn neighbourhood comes under military attack.

Whereas in Pitch Perfect Snow has to play dumb as her character doesn’t want to graduate, in Bushwich playing college student Lucy she is faced with a stark dilemma when she exits a subway station and discovers that New York is under attack from Texans wanted to secede from the United States.

“Lucy is a girl who has to utlise her intelligence and adjust to her surroundings in order to survive,” says Snow. “It poses the question, what would you do in that situation if you had no prior experience of being in a violent atmosphere, would you stand up and try to save others and yourself or would you just lay down? I don’t know what I would do.”

In Bushwick, Lucy does what anyone would want to do when under attack, she teams up with Stupe, played by muscle man Dave Bautista, best known for playing Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy.

As she ventures through Bushwick, she gets attacked form all sorts of people, including locals complaining about gentrification. For the actress, the leading role offered a departure from the type of characters she’s been playing ever since she became a child star appearing in shows such as Guiding Light, American Dreams and later on Nip / Tuck.

“The things that people know me for are more light and fun, I guess, I sing in a lot of things,” says Snow. “But this movie is definitely different to what people have seen before, because I’m shooting guns.”

It forced the 31-year-old to get out of her performing comfort zone, something she admits that she struggled with at first. She says she butted heads with directors Cary Murnion and John Milott over the kitschy tone of the action sequences. “ I wanted to gear towards it being grounded [in realism]. They knew that this needed a heightened element to the action, where it’s also sort of funny, and maintaining that tone and - I hate to call it a B-movie, I can’t because I’m in it – but that sort of genre of film was planned and very specific.”

But we shall soon be seeing her singing again as the third instalment of Pitch Perfect will reach cinemas in time for Christmas. She reveals that Chloe will be even stranger this time out. “I can tell you that I have a love interest this time,” she says tantalisingly. “I think, weirdly enough, that Chloe is even more weird in this movie. They let me do a lot of improvisation and let me do what I really wanted to do, so I just ran with it.”

Just as Bushwick has seemed to hit the zeitgeist with its look at the divisions of society in Trump’s America, Snow argues that Pitch Perfect was the perfect film to tap into the desire for more female empowerment in the movies: “It was definitely lightning in a bottle of so many things that happened simultaneously that had the right synergy with the cast actually getting along rather well and also Pitch Perfect being about letting your differences bring you together.”

She waxes lyrical about the franchise; “It’s about a bunch of misfits and I think us girls work well together because we are so different and people really like to see different types of women, different sizes, different comedy styles and different appearances. It’s refreshing because that’s how the world is, and you don’t get to see that enough in film.”

Born in Tampa, Florida, the actress had her first modelling job at the age of three. Yet she admits that despite the successful start to her career she always felt like an outcast. “I was definitely not a popular person and didn’t go to school,” she says in stark contrast to Chloe who tries everything to stay in school.

“I only went to one year of high school before I moved to LA to do American Dreams, so I was definitely not with a group of friends and I felt like I had to make my own quirky habits and things like that. So I definitely related to Pitch Perfect and I think a lot of girls do, even if they are part of the cool group.”

She was schooled on set, of which she says, “It got very confusing shooting at the same time as doing chemistry. Am I acting, or am I blowing something up in chemistry class?”

Through her teenage years Snow battled with anorexia, depression and self-mutilation. At the age of 12 she began following fad diets. After an intervention by the Guiding Light producers she began eating again, but this led to depression and after she went to work on American Dreams she began cutting herself.

She says of overcoming her anxiety and illness, “I know this is going to sound really cheesy but probably being an example for my nieces and for my friends and for people that have gone through similar things that I have gone through and trying to be strong for them, even though shit gets tough. I think that is maybe some of the most fearless things I’ve done.”

More recently, she’s been inspired by Pitch Perfect director and producer Elizabeth Banks; “I started a production company a couple of years ago and directed a couple music videos and she’s helped me a lot, actually, and we have been talking about working together.”

They have already collaborated on a web series called Temporary, which is written by fellow Pitch Perfect star Chrissie Fit. “So Elizabeth is definitely an inspiration for me when it comes to knowing it can be done and that it can be done with intelligence and in the right way.”

‘Bushwick’ is in cinemas from 25 August and available on digital download from 28 August

Kohei Horikoshi Pre-Anime Interview

May I ask you what you really felt when you first heard that your work was going to be animated?

I was really surprised. I remember it was decided when the serialization wasn’t even a year old, so I felt kind of lost all of the sudden. Then I hurriedly started telling my friends and family the news about my work getting animated, and they were all happy for me, which is the moment that I finally had the realization that went something like “ah, this is great, I’m getting an anime”.

When and where did you hear about the news of the anime announcement?

I don’t remember it quite clearly now, I think it was when Vol 3 was about to come out. My editor mentioned it when he was talking about some other stuff. (Laughs) Every Friday we have a discussion, and I remember my editor was talking about the rankings when he said “Oh yeah, there’s news about the anime.”

What were the circumstances that gave birth to My Hero Academia?

My second series was axed really quickly after such a short time of serialization, and I was pretty depressed about things. I didn’t have the energy left to create new things in the manga medium, but I still needed to come up with one fast. So, I decided to add happy things and happy events that I had drawn in my previous works into this new series. Before, I was really happy drawing the one shot My Hero, so I wanted to make that the foundation and create something new from it. The stage my new series and My Hero is the same, so I decided to add a lot of the elements that have appeared in my previous works into it as well. From a certain point of view, this series is actually the accumulation of all my works from when I first started drawing.

When you’re drawing My Hero Academia, what are some things that you watch out for?

This series is the story of Izuku and All Might, and I plan to make their story the main focus of the plot line, and the “vertical axis” that runs through the main story. It’s actually not a really glorious story at all, as All Might grows weaker every day and Izuku gets injured every now and then. Even the victories in the story for the protagonists aren’t won straightforward and simple. If I keep drawing the story involving these two characters, I feel like the story would get darker and darker as time goes on. My own personality has the tendency to compel me to keep delving deeper and deeper into that. To avoid making the story too dark, I set up a “horizontal axis” to intersect the main story’s “vertical axis”, which is the “fun part”, also known as the Quirks to the heroes of the story, or side character characteristics. With the “horizontal axis”, it sort of mellows out the darker aspects of the “vertical axis”, so “enjoying the horizontal axis” is something that I insist upon, which is something that I watch out for. If I can make myself happier while drawing, then the story would seem that much brighter.

Is All Might the character in My Hero Academia that you like the most?

It would be wrong of me to say that I “like him the most”, as All Might is an absolute within this series, so there is no choice for me as I have to like him. His words are all very cautious, so I have to go over them repeatedly to decide his lines, which costs a lot of effort. So even though I like this character, as I draw him I need to keep reminding myself that “this is important!”. On the opposite end, Bakugou is somebody that I can relax to draw. I really like Otomo Katsuhiro sensei’s, Akira, and within this series there is a character called Tetsuo who, even though he’s a kid, is really strong. And he uses his power like a kid too. I really like that, so I decided to create a character like that in My Hero Academia, which is why mentally speaking, Bakugou is still like a child, though he has a really strong power. His way of fighting is also jumping and flying around, and when he actually fights he hollers and shouts. I’m really happy when I draw characters like that. However Bakugou’s words are all really rude, which might make readers feel unpleasant, though personally I like him.

From the start of the series until now, which parts of the story do you personally enjoy?

I enjoy them all actually. I really melded my feelings into the characters when drawing Izuku and Bakugou’s battle training. Also I needed to get a strong hold on the reader’s heart, as that part was the climax of that arc, so I really tried my best, which is something that I really like about it. I got a lot of positive reviews for that part too, which gave me some reassurance. Including this reassurance, this is probably one of the parts that made the most impression on me.

Indeed, that scene included some of the heavier aspects of Izuku and Bakugou’s relationship. And on the other side, Iida and Ochako were cheerfully having a conversation, which was a lot of fun to read. Is this the “vertical axis” and “horizontal axis” relationship you were talking about?

If there were only Izuku and Bakugou there, then sometimes things might turn out really scary, and Iida and Ochako can mediate their relationship by being there, slowly finding a balance point… that’s what I was thinking when I drew the scene. I’m touched that you’re able to see this.

Sensei, if you were to discover your own “Quirk”, what quirk do you think would be right for you?

I thought about that one already, and that is the “no need for sleep” Quirk. (laughs)

That’s very much like the style of a mangaka. (laughs)

I often fall asleep without meaning to. And once I fall asleep, I can’t wake up… If I were to use this quirk then I would use it normally, and this quirk might make people not feel tired at all.

What manga and anime did you enjoy as a child?

A manga that I enjoy is definitely Dragon Ball, and when I was young I always kept reading Dragon Ball. I kept reading the same volume. I think it was the place a little bit before the android, Cell, started the Cell Games? I don’t know why, but I kept rereading this volume. In terms of anime, there were a lot of anime that were on TV at 6 PM. I really liked Mashin Hero Wataru, rewatched that many times. I also dressed up as Zurugibe Shibaraku, which is a character from that show.

Do you have any influences from Dragon Ball?

My impression that strong characters are packed with muscles is probably because of Dragon Ball’s influence. I really like the body shape of Goku when he goes Super Saiyan, which might be where All Might’s concept came from.

A lot of people say that My Hero Academia is similar to American comics. Have you always enjoyed heroes from American comics?

Yeah. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man was super impressive, and after watching that I started reading American comics from time to time and watching American hero movies. What I learned from them is that, American onomatopoeia and character lines are formatted differently from manga, which is something that i will keep in mind. When I read them I would notice : “Oh, so the sound effect of that fight is added here” . Other than that there are the darkness of the color black and the use of shades. Such as the balance of using full black, which I noticed when flipping through comics “Ah, so coloring this place black would have this kind of effect on the scene”. Even though I haven’t fully grasped the technique yet, I am still learning while I am working on my series.

So, Sensei, what heroes do you like?

Probably have to be Goku and Spiderman. To me, when mentioning heroes, these two are the ones that I think of. In Goku’s case, it’s the reassurance that everything is going to be fine he brings when arriving. Such as, on Namek, Goku was getting healed, and his friends are all beaten badly. When Goku finally recovered and walked out of the healing machine, that reassurance right there is what I’m talking about. Something like “Ah, everything is going to be fine”. When I first read it and saw it was really Goku who had arrived, I continued reading thinking the thought “gonna win”. (laughs) That reassurance is something that all of the other characters don’t have. I thought about it afterwards, and even though there are a variety of heroes, the hero model that is built up in my mind is built around the concept that the hero is somebody that brings reassurance. That’s why I think a hero to me is somebody that helps and brings reassurance to others. In Spiderman’s case the first experience I had with this character was the movie, in which there were a lot of scenes with him rescuing people, which I felt that was really cool. The moment he “saves somebody” is really awesome. Well, In Goku’s case it’s because he likes fighting that he fights so that’s a bit different. (laughs) You can say that Spider-Man and Goku are two different aspects of being a hero. Also, I recently watched the Anpanman movie. Anpanman is really cool, and even when Kabao kun was beaten badly by Baikinman’s robot henchmen, when Anpanman arrives everything was okay. After Anpanman arrived, everybody’s expression was something like “you’re finally here”. Everybody’s mood shifted to become more positive when only Anpanman arrived. That’s probably what it means to be a hero. Of course everybody has a different view on what it means to be a hero, and some people might say “heroes aren’t supposed to be like that”, though to me that’s what being a hero means, and that’s the aspect of heroism that I want to illustrate in My Hero Academia.

Next are some questions about the anime. Midoriya Izuku’s CV is Yamashita Daiki, who also did the radio drama before. What were your impressions on hearing his voice?

Actually, I never really thought much about Izuku’s voice, and when I heard it in the radio drama, I sort of naturally accepted it as: “Ah, so Izuku has that kind of voice”, so it’s hard for me to imagine somebody else other than Yamashita san doing Izuku’s voice.

You mentioned earlier that you really enjoy drawing Bakugou. What do you think of the voice of his CV, Okamoto Nobuhiko?

Ah, if it’s Katsuki, then his voice really captures the feeling the character. Like I said before, Katsuki is like Tetsuo from Akira, giving off characteristics of an antagonist, so he’s really like a child, like a little kid…And Okamoto san’s voice (even though me saying this won’t sound good to Okamoto san) is like a child, the very naughty type. The way he speaks also gives off a very middle schooler type feeling. (laughs) Okamoto san really brings out Katsuki’s characteristics, so this character belongs to Okamoto san and nobody else. Really fitting.

How about Uraraka Ochako’s CV, Sakura Ayane, and Iida Tenya’s CV, Ishikawa Kaito?

Sakura Ayane san’s Uraraka Ochako, is really cute. I’m really looking forward to her voice when she fights. About Ishikawa Kaito san’s Iida, I actually have some things that I’m not sure about myself about Iida’s character, and only after listening to his voice was I able to make a decision.

What about All Might’s CV, Miyake Kenta san?

When I heard Miyake san’s voice for All Might, It gave off a feeling that All Might is talking to Izuku while crouching down so that their eye levels are the same. All Might isn’t towering above, and after thinking about it over again it really is that way. Only heard a little of Miyake san’s All Might, and I feel that he’s got a good handle of this feeling, so I like Miyake san’s All Might.

What were your feelings when you saw for your very first time the animated My Hero Academia?

When I saw the PV last year, I felt something like “this is awesome!”. I can only say something normal people can say: “The characters are really moving”. I was working when I watched the PV with my editor. Naturally I started grinning. Because I didn’t want to be seen doing that by my editor, I kept my hand covered over my mouth. (laughs) Getting an anime is a dream I’ve always had for many years, and I’m really happy.

What do you expect the most from the anime?

Definitely the action parts. Like how the characters will move. I’ve received comments like “the action parts are really hard to understand” for this series, and only the anime can really show the outrageous action parts easily and effectively, so I hope the anime crew is able to do a really good job, I’m looking forward to it.

Action is Bone’s forte.

That’s right. That’s why I’m really looking forward to it…(laughs)

And last of all, please give a message for all of your readers.

Getting my work animated is really something way too extravagant for me, so I will keep on working hard so that I won’t be left behind in the dust by it, that’s how much I’m looking forward to the anime… My Hero Academia’s anime will probably become something really awesome, so for the original series, I won’t lose to the anime, will do my best to draw amazing stories with all my effort. Thank you all for your support!

EXO reaction when they find out their S/O is a dubbing actress

Requested by @wielorybpisarz Sorry for taking so long! When I was younger… I was one o.o (spanish) I gave it up, I wanted to go to school. Xo, Admin A~

/I don’t own any of the gifs used, unless stated otherwise/


Chanyeol:

*Goes with you to one of the recording* “This is so mind blowing! It’s actually her! This is so cool!!!!”

Kris:

“Wait… are you saying you were the one who sang Let it go? How do you feel about that… torturing us all” *Still has that song in his head*

Sehun:

“Let’s play a game! You talk like the characters you have dubbed and I’ll try to guess!” *Having so much fun with you actually acting the voices xD*

Tao:

“All this time… you were that character I love… and never occurred to you to I don’t know… cosplay or.. role play.. or… yeah know..” *Has some ideas in mind xD*

Kai:

*Gets inspired to start his dubbing actor career* “Well… my jagi is a dubbing actress.. and she’s so cool and when I saw her work… I though to myself: I want to be like that!”

Xiumin:

*Realizes at the movie theater* “Woho… I know that voice… Chen isn’t that my jagi’s voice? Ahh… this is a surprise!”

Baekhyun:

“Wait… so you knew what was going to happen in Cars 3 and you didn’t tell me! Jagi how could you…”

Luhan:

*Super sassy LuLu* “My baobei is famous too… Who’s the diva now?” *Actually it’s him xD*

Chen:

*Works really hard to dub a movie/Series with you* “Woah! Working with you is amazing babe, you are so professional”

Kyungsoo:

*He’ll support you and go to all the events you have and just cheer for his girlfriend* “To think she has come so far.. in so little. It all started with an anime of ninjas…”

Lay:

*Literally makes you record a ringtone of his fav character that you dub* “Baobei… can you call again? I want to hear that ringtone..”

Suho:

*Starts giving you a geeky lesson on why you should start dubbing anime*

[Masterlist] [Guideline]

Manga and Mathematics: Math Girls

“Reading a lot” should be my middle name. If you thought I am reading just books, you are wrong. I also love reading manga and recently I have found a great one with lots and lots of mathematics in it.

If you have never heard of manga, they are comics created (mostly) in Japan conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. As far as I know they are always written in Japanese (I might be wrong on this) and it might take a while until they are fully translated into English. In Japan, people of all ages read manga; it’s not something just for children. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, business and commerce, comedy, detective, historical drama, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and fantasy, sports and games, suspense, among others.

I have been reading manga for a couple of years and I was always looking for one which had mathematics in it. To my surprise I found one, which I can say is just about mathematics. I was quite excited so see so much mathematics on just on page. The manga is full with lots of mathematics and it was a pleasure reading it.

The managa is called Sūgaku gāru (or Suugaku Girl or Math Girls) by Hiroshi Yuki. The story takes place in a high school and there are just 3 main characters (the narrator, Miruka and Tetra). They are all dedicated to mathematics in strange ways. Most of the events in the book happen during school or tutor time. They help each other understand different topics in mathematics from prime numbers to series. Even though the book seems like a novel, 95% of the content is about finding and understanding solutions to complex math problems. Some people considered it a form of textbook and even though I agree with this sometimes, it still feels like a novel to me.

I literally devoured it in a couple of days and I just wanted to read more and more. The explanations are very easy to understand and the passion of the characters makes you excited and curious. It really portrays nicely 3 types of mathematicians: the strange – genius one (Miruka), the patient-teacher (the narrator) and the curious-learner (Tetra). It is great to see the process of explaining a concept and then understanding the concept. Moreover, they are all so passionate and supportive of each other and their studies. Besides all this, seeing them defend mathematics and its beauty if front of others is quite inspirational. Therefore, you can imagine why I loved this book so much.

After I finished it, I did a little bit of research and found out that this is actually the first book in a series of math-themed young adult novels of the same name. The second book is called Math Girls: Fermat’s Last Theorem and the third one is called Math Girls: Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems and the last one, Math Girls: Random Selection Algorithms. I will definitely read these ones when I find them translated into English.

If you are not a fan of manga, or just generally find this annoying to read or something, there is also a novel version of this. It has the same name and it is written by the same author, but it is adapted to the Western style. I haven’t read it, but people say it is basically the same thing without the cartoons, therefore with more descriptions

so I was thinking about how I’d love to write a fic called, like, “the ocean at the bottom of the world” that would bring together the Final Pam, DJ Slime Time, Susan Crushbone (can’t remember if a similar ocean showed up for her but whatever, it’s Bethesda), Car Boys, probably the new Let’s Go To Hell series, and whatever other Monster Factory characters I can shoehorn in, and while I was in the shower I pretty much came up with a structure for a Susan/Pam games roadtrip complete with some actual bits of narration, dialogue, and not-very-explicit-because-it’s-me sex

I’d like to blame the fact that the upstairs hallway and bathroom smell faintly of pot thanks to one of my neighbors, but this one is probably all me