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If the world ever leaves you feeling hopeless, remember that Star Trek was cancelled twice and deemed an utter failure; then rose from the ashes to become the flagship for all of science fiction, spawning six spin-offs, fourteen movies, and enough novels to keep the fires burning through the Long Night. Oh, and inspired new technology, popularized fan fiction, created slash, forged the foundation for modern fan culture, and pushed young people to the sciences. A show that was fucking cancelled. CANCELLED!

So. When it gets bad out there, just… be Star Trek.


fireminer  asked:

When did local toku heroes become a thing? What is the first of them like?

From the information I can find on Japanese websites (the English language info on Local Heroes is seriously lacking) the trend began in the mid-2000s with the arrival of Choujin Neiger in the city of Nikaho in Akita Prefecture.

Choujin Neiger was the brainchild of Tamotsu Ebina, a former Univeral Wrestling Federation wrestler and gym manager. Choujin Neiger’s true identity is Ken Akita and is the protector of agriculture and is designed to resemble a local oni called the namahage.

In the above picture, he is wielding his Buriko (Sandfish) Gun though his other weapons include the Kiritan (named after a traditional local food) swords:

His preferred method of transit is a vehicle named after a sauce for fish called the Shotstar, which transforms into his ride from a combine harvester.

Neiger transforms into his heroic form thanks to the mystical Gōshaku Jewel though he is not the only one to harness this power.  There are several local heroes of Akita Prefecture, all of whom draw their powers from this gem.  They include:

Neiger Geon the defender of forestry:

Aragemaru  defender of fisheries:

Neiger Mai the defender of local industry:

Choujin Neiger became so popular that he spawned spin-off media including radio drams, manga, TV specials and a few songs about him, including one by the legendary Ichiro Mizuki!

Now, he might not be the very first Local Hero but from what I can find Chouin Neiger was the first to really get the trend started. Of course, a lot of this information is based on Japanese sources badly translated so it may not be entirely accurate.

Still, I hope this helps answer your question and introduce you to a new Local Hero!

Happy 20th, Stargate SG-1

I was thinking about whether or not I should write something, or if I should simply keep on reblogging amazing gifsets and tributes for a little while before going to bed and calling it a day.

But it kept nagging me, and I can’t stand the thought of letting this go without at least having said something. Can’t let this day just slip by.

Of course I had to write something. 

It’s not every day one of your favorite shows turns 20. 

It’s hard for me to pick an absolute favorite show, but I think I’ve got it down to two. Doctor Who is pretty obvious, and most people I know wouldn’t be surprised. I think Stargate SG-1 would actually be a bit weirder for them to hear. But it’s the truth. This gem of a science-fiction action series is one of my favorite shows of all time. 

I don’t remember when I first started to watch Stargate. It’s one of those shows that was always on tv when I was a child. Or at least it feels like that (it still does. Literally every time I turn on the right channel, it’s there). I’m 21, so I wasn’t there from its inception. But my dad was. And he LOVES Stargate. 

I actually think that he showed me the movie first. We both share a love of science fiction (I probably got it from him), and I remember seeing that very very early (we’re talking maybe 6 or 7 years old). I think the subtitle was Danish.

Anyway, my dad usually sat watching reruns, or occasionally the new season, of Stargate SG1 late in the evenings in our living room. I don’t remember why, but I started sneaking down, hiding behind a bookcase, and trying to watch the show along with him. Of course, I was soon discovered, and he asked me to watch it with him. 

It became a Thing. Every other night, I would go down, make some sandwiches (and sometimes there’d be candy!) and pour a glass of milk and sit down in the sofa and watch Stargate SG1. I didn’t really watch it chronologically at first. I popped in whenever I was at my dad’s place and he’d explain to me if anything important had happened. The only moment out of these that I remember clearly enough was when I one day asked “Wait, what happened to Daniel? Who’s the new guy?” and found out that Daniel had died a few episodes prior. My heart was crushed! (I warmed to Jonas though). 

Of course, he came back. Because Daniel always comes back. (Lucky me, to finally find a favorite who always comes back.)

(Seriously though, Daniel was my first fictional crush. Which I’ve never gotten over.)

After a while, my dad started buying the DVDs, and we instead sat down and watched the show chronologically, which I’ve done many times over since. On my own, trying to get friends into it, trying to get my sister to watch it (which took time), etc. We also started watching Stargate Atlantis together, which was on tv on Fridays. Sci-fi Fridays. Even if I later have watched the show over and over, it was still Our Thing.

Which might seem odd to many, but it was very important to me. I’ve had a bit of a complicated relationship with my dad, to say the least. Sometimes I doubt if he’s capable of having an uncomplicated relationship with people (than again, who can do that?). But anyway, those Stargate evenings were, most of the time, a break from that. From arguments, from awkwardness, from temper tantrums. They were just there. And that was so important to me.

Now I’ve talked about one aspect of why this show is my favorite, and it’s a highly subjective reason at that. But it’s one reason of many, even if its very personally important.

I grew up with this show, and through that, I’ve grown up with these characters. More than any other show I’ve ever watched, it feels like I know these characters. They do feel like friends to me, as clichéd as that sounds. Friends and family. Their journeys, friendships and struggles means so much to me, because I’ve connected to them all throughout my life. And I think there are some absolutely wonderful characters on this show.

I think Stargate sets itself apart from other similar sci-fi shows. I mean, it’s not the most diverse (though Sam is an AMAZING female character for this sort of thing). It’s not always the most well-written. But it has such heart. It’s a militaristic show, sure, but at its heart, it’s about friendship and family and learning. It’s a militaristic sci-fi show that has such high hopes for humanity, and for the cooperation between peoples and species. Daniel’s idealism is treated as naive sometimes, but it’s also treated as exactly that - ideal. It has a core message that’s about being kind, about how humanity can learn new things, search for knowledge, and that it is what sets us apart. I love those kind of uplifting stories. And the actors and crew members behind this show put so much effort into it, and it shows. Sam Carter wouldn’t be half the amazing character she is without Amanda Tapping. Teal’c wouldn’t have his charm without Chris Judge.

And of course, the show doesn’t take itself seriously at all. I mean, yes, it can get serious, that’s not what I meant. But it has no problem mocking itself, making fun of itself, playing with expected tropes, playing with stereotypes. It knows so well how to have fun with what it is. It’s self-aware. It wants to make you laugh and it succeeds because they’re laughing along with you. And when it gets serious, you know its because they’ve really earned it. O’Neill has made me laugh and O’Neill has made me cry, and it always felt just as genuin. 

It’s not perfect, but in the end, it does what I think sci-fi does best, and that’s trying to tell us something about ourselves. It told me many things about myself, I know that. And it spawned wonderful spin-offs and audio dramas and books and comics and a fanbase that’s still going strong ten years after the show’s cancellation. Fans who are amazing and kind and who get such a warm welcome from the fantastic actors behind it. 

So, this has been my rambling about why this silly 10 season sci-fi show means so much to me, and yet I feel like I haven’t been able to say even half of the reasons it matters to me. Gotta save that for another time then. I’ve gotten enough sappiness for today. But I can’t help it, I love this show. I love the fans. I love the actors and the spin-offs (don’t know what to think about Origins yet, unsure about the era, but I’m excited for new Stargate stuff, always!). 

Got to finish of by saying that my heart has probably never beat as fast as those two days about a year apart when I got to talk to two of those actors who’s meant so much to me throughout my life, and my face has probably never been so red and I’ve probably never mumbled and rambled as much. But they were super graceful and amazing people, dealing with me, and I love them all the more for it. (My face is just a huge smile in these pictures and it looks WEIRD but I have to deal with it and I will still treasure them SO MUCH)

Thank you, Stargate SG-1. Happy 20th anniversary. 

Kino no Tabi & Gakuen Kino - Light Novel Translation Masterpost

Kino no Tabi is a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kohaku Kuroboshi. It is currently published under Dengeki Bunko. During its run since 2000, it has spawned a spin-off light novel series named Gakuen Kino, a 13-episode anime adaptation, an OVA, two movies, two visual novels, artbooks, drama CDs and more.

This post was made to keep track with the English translation of the Kino no Tabi and Gakuen Kino light novel series. As of now, the main translation site for Kino no Tabi is on baka-tsuki, coming with a pdf download page. You can also find other Kino no Tabi chapters and Gakuen Kino translation on Untuned Translation. Another ongoing translation of Vol. 2 is currently being done by ioghurt, whose version keeps more of the original nuances of the Japanese novels, especially the gender-ambiguous pronouns.

This post will be updated every time a new translation is up.

Update Mar 6th 2016: Vol. 18 Frontispiece 1 translation updated.

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The Quiet Radicalism of All That

The ’90s were golden years for Nickelodeon. The children’s cable television network was home to now cult-classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-2000), Clarissa Explains It All (1991-’94), The Secret Life of Alex Mack (1994-’98), and Salute Your Shorts (1991-’92)—arguably heretofore unmatched in their clever, un-condescending approach to entertaining young people. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee launched in 1992, and remains to this day one of the only shows on-air devoted to frank, engaging discussions of teen issues and opinions.

But perhaps the program that best embodied the values of Nick in those years was All That, a sketch-comedy show that premiered 20 years ago today. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That ran for an impressive 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The prolific franchise spawned a number of spin-offs (Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show) and launched the careers of several comedy mainstays: Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, and Taran Killam.

Like Saturday Night Live (which would later hire Thompson and Killam), All That was a communal pop-cultural touchstone. The parents of ’90s kids had the Church Lady, “more cowbell,” and Roseanne Roseannadanna; the kids themselves, though, had Pierre Escargot, “Vital Information,” and Repairman Man Man Man, and we recited their catch-phrases to one another in the cafeteria and on the playground. Although All That was clearly designed as a SNL, Jr., of sorts, it wasn’t merely starter sketch comedy—it was an admittedly daring venture for a children’s network to embark on.

In its own right, All That was a weirdly subversive little show. It never explicitly crossed the line into “mature” territory, but it constantly flirted with the limits of FCC-approved family-friendliness. Take, for instance, the “Ask Ashley” sketch. A barely tween-aged Amanda Bynes (Seasons Three to Six), played an adorably wide-eyed video advice-columnist. Ashley (“That’s me!”) would read painfully dimwitted letters from fans with clearly solvable problems. (Example: “Dear Ashley, I live in a two-story house and my room is upstairs. Every morning, when it’s time to go to school, I jump out the window. So far I’ve broken my leg 17 times. Do you have any helpful suggestions for me?”) She would wait a beat, smile sweetly into the camera, then fly into a manic rage; emitting a stream of G-rated curses, always tantalizingly on the verge of spitting a true obscenity into the mix.

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No, I don't feel bad about being an anti

I’ve got several anon ask about “sold out”, “respect” and other excuses people throw at the anti fandom. I’ll answer them in one post. 

Why Kishi is a sold out

  1. “Many of kishi’s chapter 700 decisions are based on money….Naruto was left SO open ended that it could literally spawn a dozen spin-off mangas, a movie and a “part three” if it wanted to.” Read full post here
  2. Kishi admitted in interview he wrote NS as red herring. He doesn’t respect his fans, he purposely misled a particular group of fans to keep them in the fanbase. He doesn't respect his work cos he wrote unnecessary distractions at the expense of real development for endgame pairings and to the detriment of the quality of the series.
  3. He admitted he at one point considered changing the heroine to Hinata because of her popularity. He’d do what’s popular over his own vision.
  4. He said he had no devotion to write Naruhina. Translation: I don’t care about the stuff I write
  5. He let Studio Pierrot use “chapter 699.5” to promote the movie. Translation: I gave you an half assed ending and left things unexplained cos I want you guys to spend extra money on this movie a.k.a bridging chapter which wasn’t written by me.

Stop disrespecting Kishi

  1. First, criticizing him isn’t disrespecting him. Artists who publish their work sign up for critique. It’s not bashing if you cite reasons.
  2. I don’t respect him as a writer because he’s a sold out who doesn’t respect his own work. Stop trying to make people shut up with the guilt trip “respect” argument. 

At least appreciate the journey

What the ending told us is the journey is fake. We thought Naruto was a honest and caring person. No, he’s fake, he lied and toyed with people’s feelings for “rivalry”.  We thought Naruto wanted to change the world. No, he’s a typical politician, he promised change, but ensured everything stay the same in reality. We thought Naruto was about friendship? no, it’s about parting ways with your friends and start your own family. We thought the ninja system was the biggest evil, and it had to be defeated. No. it’s about how small people should learn to endure the system instead of challenging it.

Kishi’s writing had been lackluster before the ending, blah blah blah

Just because his writing had been mediocre for quite some time, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t expect themes, plotlines and character arch got resolved. They’re basic expectations. He’s a professional mangaka. 

Stop being immature, accept the ending and move on

What about you stop being a sheep, accept the ending is extremely poor and move on

anonymous asked:

Would you say that the punisher is more realistic than batman

Yes, but only in a relatively. Both characters, and most other unpowered superheros, aren’t realistic, because they vastly overestimate how resilient people are. Mark Millar’s Kickass attempts to subvert this.

For the amount of abuse Frank Castle takes on a regular basis, he wouldn’t be able to recover, much less continue hunting down criminals. He’s slightly more realistic in the sense that his day to day activities wouldn’t (usually) be wrecking his body the way Batman’s hopping rooftop to rooftop, and constant hand to hand combat would.

At the same time, recovering from a bullet or even a bad beating will take months, and this is something that both The Punisher and Batman shrug off, as the plot demands.

Anyone attempting to do what Batman does would end up as a subject of a Police taskforce in fairly short order. In contrast, Castle would probably provoke a federal investigation, due to his use of explosives. Neither of these create situations where they’d be able to keep up their crusades for years, much less decades.

So, yes, The Punisher is slightly more realistic than Batman, but not by much. If you want a more realistic comic, then you’re probably going to need to get out of the superhero genre, or look for the comics that specifically address the disparity between someone with minor powers and someone who is, literally, a superhero.

Some quick suggestions on the subject:

Alias by Brian Michael Bendis: this is the original Jessica Jones comic. It’s a good street level view of a character with minor superpowers interacting with normal people.

Powers also by Brian Michael Bendis: This is a series about cops who investigate superpowered crimes and criminals. It’s also very good, and has gotten it’s own adaptation. Still, the comic is worth reading.

If you need more Bendis writing cops, there’s always his run on Sam and Twitch. For reference, it was a Spawn spin off series.

If you’re willing to ditch superheros entirely, then Greg Rucka’s Queen and Country is absolutely worth reading.


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It's all about the money, honey


Many tumblr peeps seem to be “upset” that people are “disrespecting” Kishi for his decisions on the ending of Naruto. It’s my opinion that many of these people are NH/SS shippers who are too busy being over the moon about their pairing being canon to care about details, but that’s not what I’m going to discuss in this message. What I WILL say, is that I think people have a right to be angry, and it’s simply because of this:

Many of kishi’s chapter 700 decisions are based on money.

Now, before you get all angry, let me explain. Instead of extending the manga by like…ten chapters and actually going into detail about NH or SS, or Kakashi being Hokage, or the life and times of the other characters post-war, he did it in one chapter. Why? So that he could release a movie which would rake in MILLIONS instead. Now, I’m sure people influenced Kishi’s decision, but he still made it. And now that he’s left such gaping holes in so many of the characters lives and how they got to that point, he can make multiple spin-off mangas. I heard he’s gonna do one focusing on Kakashi, which would be super easy because it looks like he’s barely going to be in the movie and we got NO information about him in chapter 700. 

Money, money, money.

Now, let’s get to the pairings. WHY did kishi just smash a couple of random characters together on top of NH and SS? So they could all make babies and he’d have enough characters for the spin-off manga that’s coming up after it. ShikaTema is the only other pairing that made any sense, the other’s were totally unnecessary.

Honestly, this won’t make SS fans happy, but I’m thinking Kishi just paired them off together so they could have a kid who could interact with Naruto’s kid. And apparently, even get together with him? That’s pretty twisted considering how popular NaruSasu is, especially in Japan.

Naruto was left SO open ended that it could literally spawn a dozen spin-off mangas, a movie and a “part three” if it wanted to. That was done on purpose. So, I think Naruto fans have a perfectly good reason for being upset. Because Kishi literally sold out.

Alcor the Musical (only with a better title)

Okay, so imagine with me now: it’s generations, centuries and then some in the future. The Twin Souls novels are ancient, and while they are and have always been technically literary trash, their ideas and characters have proven…resilient. It helps perhaps that they’re based on an actual super-powerful supernatural entity, and that the myth and lore and baseless rumors do have a way of capturing popular imagination. They’ve spawned countless spin-off novels, comics, movies and TV shows. There are spoofs and cartoons and character cameos have cropped up in everything from puppet shows to comic strips. Alcor and his crew are practically Arthurian in scope by now, with the exception that everybody knows for sure that Alcor exists.

Then some writer teams up with some composer and they find themselves a producer, and together they create a full-fledged Musical Theater Production based on fragments of Alcor legend woven together into a Whole New Tale.

It starts with a pair of siblings - twins - named Tyrone and Terra. They have a musical number about their thoroughly ordinary human life, maybe with a bit of Disney Princess “There Must Be More Out There” or “I Just Don’t Fit In Here” thrown in for flavor. Somewhere in the course of Act 1 Tyrone meets a demon named Mizar, a powerful but secretive (and beautiful) being who claims she needs his help. He is intrigued but suspicious because he’s a Thoroughly Ordinary Human and how could he help a demoness fight against any sort of great shadowy evil?

Meanwhile Terra meets a charming and dapper young man - William Riddle perhaps? - and is completely swept away by him.

Somehow all through the bulk of the musical the twins manage not to run into each others crushes or whatever despite there being several songs about the matter and they start to grow apart because neither one understands what the other is doing or something? (Bear with me, I have no middle structure to this narrative, but I assume the writer of this mess in canon did. Just know there is much music, because it is a musical.)

Then, at last, the climax. William Riddle is actually the demon Cipher, escaped from his ancient prison when his old foe and jailer Alcor the Dreambender vanished from the Dreamscape some eighteen (or however long) years ago. He has spent these years searching in vain for Alcor, who took human form out of a longing to understand people and would therefore be weakened and powerless. Mizar had been searching for her love to protect him. There’s probably an entire song to this effect. Cipher’s part is probably really jazzy or the like.

Cipher kills Terra, having just been leading her on in hopes of confirming whether her rather familiar twin brother was actually his nemesis or else an actual human. He’s about to kill Tyrone when Mizar sweeps in to save him, and while the battle moves away we get a moving musical number where Tyrone mourns his twin sister’s death, regains his memories and power as Alcor, and transforms back to defeat Cipher once again and to rejoin his love Mizar, having been freed from the confines of the earth and the deal he had made.

And all in all Dipper, the real Alcor, hates this musical for so many reasons. There’s too much terrible ridiculous fiction (Mizar was not his romantic anything for the love of god!) and too many fragments that actually do reflect painful reality (the two times he had a twin sister and eventually lost her - though not quite as directly to Bill as in the play) and just too many corny songs (plus a couple that are so catchy he can’t get the damn tunes out of his head and he hates them all the more for it) and it’s all so over dramatic it’s ridiculous.

Plus there’s a new wave of fangirls who now think he can (and maybe even will) sing, among all their other usual embarrassing requests.

Matt Explains River Monsters, Dick Annihilator
  • Matt: You know that show "River Monsters"?
  • Pat: No?
  • Matt: It's basically this explorer guy- He's not really an explorer, he's more of a fisherman and he's like "I find really fucked up things in rivers". And he just fishes for really fucked up things in rivers and he FINDS THEM. Like tiger fish; tiger fish have... Just like a fish body but a dinosaur face.
  • Pat: That's radical, I'm down with this.
  • Matt: And he found this one fish in like, I don't know, Brazil or New Guinea or whatever that's just- The fish is like "I... My mission statement... Is to ingest your penis."
  • Pat: Oh, I know that fish!
  • Matt: That fish that's like "your penis - ALL DAY. I will jump out of the river and just grab your penis and it's MINE".
  • Pat: Oh, yeah, when you pee into the water it swims up your piss to bite your dick.
  • Matt: No, that's a different one, I think.
  • Pat: Oh, there's multiple dick annihilating fish, is what you're saying?! Radical!
  • Matt: You know that little corgi that's called Cunt Destroyer?
  • Pat: I am familiar.
  • Matt: This is just a fish called Dick Annihilator.
  • Pat: These all sound like Spawn spin-offs.

Better Call Saul is too good to be a spinoff.

The airwaves are littered with the rival successors to TV’s so-called “golden age,” but only one has spawned a straight-up spin-off. Better Call Saul, which premieres Sunday on AMC, focuses on the early life of “criminal lawyer” Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) when he was struggling lawyer Jimmy McGill, six years before the events of Breaking Bad. And spoiler alert — it’s excellent. That’s unsurprising given the assembled talent behind and in front of the camera, but somewhat paradoxically, the quality of Better Call Saul serves as a strong argument that creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould should have made a series outside of the shadow of Walter White.

To the person who claimed that shows with strong female protagonists don’t enjoy success, Ever heard of a little show called buffy the vampire slayer? The show that ran for seven seasons spawned a spin off and is so very popular that it is still continued in comic form until this day. Buffy centers around a young girl who is the one chosen to be imbued with the power to fight against all the forces of darkness. I would call that strong.

Or how about game of thones with its plethora of empowered female characters who are masters of their own destiny. Or do you not count Arya Stark trained to be an assassin after making her own way in a war torn country at a young age, Daenarys targarean who earned the title queen and gained her power from her own merit or cersei lanister the queen of westoros capable of masterful manipulation to be strong characters?

Or in a more normal setting the eponymous Daria morgendorffer independent strong willed main character of a five series long plus two movie show.

And although they aren’t the main characters their is also many strong secondary characters in shows that receive success such as Zoe and Kaylee of firefly, Robin and lily from how i met your mother, Jordan and carla from scrubs, Nicki and claire from heroes and many more

I agree with you that there are more shows with male protagonists and that a fair few of them receive massive viewership but shows with strong female protagonists, whilst there are less of them, are no more likely to achieve the same.

blog plug

Go check out reverseau.  It’s a blog where people in other realities invent alternate universes, except all of their alternate universes are our universe.

The alternate realities they envision are so simple: AU in which there is a much smaller species of tiger that curls up in your lap.  AU in which Star Trek didn’t end after just three seasons but in fact spawned spin-off shows and movies that are still being made even today.  AU in which Venn diagrams can compare more than two things using different lay-outs.

Every time one pops up I say, “but that does exist.”  And then I remember how cool our universe really is.  Because we got more Star Trek.