sword-of-light

Cartoons: Then and Now
  • Then: Mostly made to increase the sale of toys and other merchandise, very standard plots and settings, likeable characters, writing appeals to smaller kids despite some plotholes, villains are just evil to be evil, bland shipping because the plot demands it, very small but excited fan base that remember the show fondly later in life.
  • Now: Toys are created after the show's premiere and are in high demand of any merchandise they can come up with, complex and overarching storylines all to make one plot, amazing and fluid animation and backgrounds that makes you more intrigued, writing is creative, deep and parallels modern day problems and teaches how to face them, villains are just as complex as the heroes and sometimes do wrong things for the right reasons, characters are so relatable and likeable they become instant favorites and viewers identify with them, helps people with depression and anxiety and loves the constant positive influences, shipping two characters actually make sense because their chemistry is amazing and you want them together, with a fan base that will be loyal several years later, inspire to create more cartoons, speaks to new generations of fans.
  • Long story short: Cartoons are one of the greatest inventions of all time.

Ok but consider Zelda as a playable character

  • can’t run quite as fast as Link but has more stamina so can run for longer
  • ditto swimming, less likely to straight up fkn drown  
  • ditto climbing, can’t do the jumpy thing either 
  • not as good with close combat/melee weapons but does more damage and is faster/more accurate with a bow and arrow 
  • HOWEVER she does some SERIOUS damage if you Flurry Rush and her backflip is graceful as fuck
  • not unlike the Master Sword, the Bow of Light doesn’t break, just needs time to recharge 
  • doesn’t have any of the champions’ abilities (those were intended for Link and will stay that way) but her sacred power has attack, shielding and healing elements depending on the situation in which it is used 
  • elixirs last twice as long cos U KNOW SHE’S BETTER AT MAKING THEM 
  • sneakier!!!! 
  • can wear Link’s armour without it magically moulding to her body and becoming Sexy Armour™ 
  • LOOKS FINE AS FUCK IN THE DESERT VAI OUTFIT THOUGH
  • s e l f i e s 
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SIGNAL BOOST!

Hey folks, I’m doing my part to put out the call.  Titmouse made a kickass pilot for Niko and the Sword of Light.  If we can land the series the Motorcity crew will have something awesome to sink their artistic teeth into.

As the time comes closer to amazon choosing which of these pilots to take to series they will be looking at the numbers of views, reviews, and shares.

What I’m trying to say here is that if you want to support awesome artist driven animation, then go watch some awesome artist driven animation!

You can watch Titmouse’s pilot for Niko and the Sword of Light here!

Watch it, rate it, share it, do your part in the fight for rad cartoons!
(also, signal boosts are always welcome too)

-PoM

concept for a D&D magical item

-lightning bolt shaped short sword (1d6 piercing, light, finesse) possessed by the spirit of the bard who used to wield it (dude practically oozed charisma and used that to charm a bunch of goblins into becoming his followers) 

-requires attunement by a bard 

-when attuned the sword deals an additional 1d8 lightning damage and the target must succeed a con save against the bard’s spell DC or be stunned for the next round 

-also grants a +2 to charisma skill checks (persuasion, deception, intimidation, performance) 

-its mere presence in inherently charming towards goblins who must make a wisdom save against the bard’s spell DC and on a failure they will be unable to have any hostile intentions towards the wielder until they are attacked by the wielder or until they succeed a wisdom save, which they must make every hour spent near the player 

-the soul that inhabits the blade can communicate telepathically with the wielder and usually just suggests that they make bolder wardrobe choices or recycles David Bowie quotes like a follower in Skyrim that just says the same few lines of dialogue before every encounter 

-“Starsplinter, Blade of the Goblin King”

-literally just a sword inhabited by the soul of David Bowie

-“Dance magic, dance” “What kind of magic spell to use?” “Let’s dance!”

-(optional) whenever the soul trapped in the sword suggests that the wielder make a certain aesthetic choice (like shaving off their eyebrows or growing a mullet), the wielder must make a wisdom save against a DC of the DM’s choice or be forced to obey

Kennings in Old English
  • weorðmyndum - honour (minds worth)
  • heofon-candel - sun (sky candle)
  • heofones gim - sun (sky’s jewel)
  • heofones wynne - dawn (joy of the sky)
  • bānhūs - body (bone house)
  • beadolēoma - sword (battle-light)
  • guð-wine - sword (war friend)
  • wægflota - ship (wave floater)
  • yþlida - ship (wave sailor)
  • swan-rād - sea (swan road)
  • hron-rāde - sea (whale road)
  • uht-sceaða - dragon (twilight-scather)
  • lyftfloga - dragon (air-flyer)
  • hordcofan - thoughts (treasure-chamber)
  • ferðlocan - mind (spirit-chest) 
  • lēod-gebyrgea - king/ruler (protector of people)
  • heaðo-wædum - armour (battle weeds)
  • lind-hæbbende - warrior (shield possessor)
  • heafonduguþ - angels (Heaven army)
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Beams

I think one of the most important things I have learned after all these years working for TV productions is to find quick practical solutions to meet deadlines and tight budgets. 

I learned this one from my boss Kosal Sok @petitcarreau who developed plenty of techniques like this one when he was constantly battling the eternal fight between keeping good quality in animation and meeting the tight deadlines on a very FX heavy series called Wakfu.

Try it out! you will be surprised on how FX animation is more about having a good timing and nice designed shapes than knowing how to draw.

important things to think about 

you need an anticipation, something directing people’s attention to a specific spot on the screen, works better if all lines converge to the same point.

for the Shoot you will need a sequence of small-big-small shapes coming from the center, or the other way around, the main idea is to get the stroboscopic effect on 1s

you can also flash and blind, with a big white frame depending on the intensity of the beam, just be careful to not use it all the time, this effect is not nice for people’s eyes. you can also accent the flash with a sequence of opposite colors on 1′s black and white it’s a classic but try others and experiment :)

that’s it! now, it’s totally useless if you read this without trying it out so go on and have fun, if you do please tag me I would love to see it in action :)

Action/Adventure Cartoon Recommendation List

So, still bummed over Thundercats Roar and its turn of the franchise into a lighthearted comedy? Do you feel like action cartoons are becoming more and more scarce? Well, luckily for you, there is still plenty of action-oriented animation to enjoy! I’ve compiled a list of a few action and adventure series that are currently running, have recently ended, or are upcoming. There’s still plenty more out there, so please feel free to add if you have any recommendations of your own, or just let me know so I may add them. 

Also, don’t be afraid of correcting me in terms of where these shows air, particularly for non-US ones. Again, just send me a DM or an Ask. 

FYI, all shows listed under Disney XD might be moving to the regular Disney Channel in the future. Also, I specifically listed Justice League Action’s official DVD releases, since those have episodes Cartoon Network hasn’t aired yet. ;)

CURRENT/RECENTLY ENDED

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Netflix)  

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Ducktales (Disney XD)

Trollhunters (Netflix)

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (Netflix)

Big Hero 6 (Disney XD)

Niko and the Sword of Light (Amazon Prime)

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Tangled: The Series (Disney Channel)

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Disney XD)

Legend Quest (Netflix)

Mysticons (Nickelodeon and Nicktoons)

Castlevania (Netflix)

Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD)

DC Superhero Girls (YouTube)

Constantine: City of Demons (CW Seed)

Wakfu: The Animated Series (AB3, France 3-4, and Netflix)

Avengers Assemble (Disney XD)

Freedom Fighters: The Ray (CW Seed)

RWBY (Rooster Teeth, YouTube, and Netflix)

Justice League Action (Cartoon Network and DVD)

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (TF1 and Netflix)

Spirit: Riding Free (Netflix)

Spy Kids: Mission Critical (Netflix)

Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV and CITV)

Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvendale (Netflix)

Danger Mouse (CBBC and Netflix)

Kong: King of the Apes (Netflix)

UPCOMING

Young Justice: Outsiders (DC Universe)

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series (DC Universe)

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

She-Ra: Princesses of Power (Netflix)

Kulipari: Dream Walkers (Netflix)

Transformers: Cyberverse (TBD)

Star Wars Resistance (Disney Channel)

3 Below (Netflix)

Wizards (Netflix)

DC Superhero Girls (Cartoon Network)

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (Netflix)

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (Amazon Prime)

Fast and the Furious (Netflix)

Mega Man: Fully Charged (Cartoon Network)

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (TBD)

Sly Cooper (TBD)

you know what fucking gets me every time? whenever i watch memory 17 when link dies in zelda’s arms and she starts to cry bUT then the master sword lights up and you just a sound like that one fUCKING SOUND that sounds like Fi whenever she appears in SS and im like my fucking heart like imagine in all of the sword’s history, Fi had been dormant in the master sword through all those times when the hero had to use the sword to vanquish whatever darkness of that era, she chose that time to make herself known again. thousands of years has passed ever since the master sword was made and she rested inside it, helping the hero all those times he needed to wield it, she chose to make herself known once again, and not even to the chosen wielder, but to the princess, hylia’s descendant, and tell her not to lose hope, that there is still a way to save her chosen hero, that can still be saved, and that fucking gets me all the damn time

reasons I would be dead if i were a muggleborn witch; 

  • just used my wand to scratch my back
  • also hold my hair bun in place
  • tap it against my mouth or cheek when I’m thinking
  • sat on it over 4 times in an hour
  • pushed my glasses up with it
  • stuck it in my ear accidentally 
  • held it with my mouth when i needed both hands for something
  • flew out of my hand when i was swishing it
  • has fallen out numerous times from the wand pocket in my robe when i lean forward
  • Idly chewed on the end
  • dueled with it like a fencing sword/light saber against another wizard
  • my dog took it out of my hand thinking it was a stick for her to play ‘catch me!’ with.
  • will add to when I think of more.

“The pirate ducks under the swinging sword, with steps light like feathers! His cutlass sparks against the blade as he spins and drives his own straight through the heart of his foe. The air fills with the mist of blood, smell metallic over the burn of gun powder. Red drips from his brow, over the scar carved into his cheek. ‘Board the ship!’ he yells, voice gruff with the smoke of canonfire, and launches himself over the rail–”

“–and falls straight into the ocean because the author forgot to write the ships in close enough together to make it across.”

Guang Hong’s twirling step came down over the edge of the table on which he was prancing in imitation of the narrative. With a short shout, he tumbled off, the book in his hand flying up into the air.

Somehow, Leo caught them both before they hit the ground. “I told you that you were gonna fall off.”

“That’s cause you ruined the climax of the scene and distracted me!” Guang Hong protested, hands planted against his friend’s chest. The muscles under Leo’s coal smudged shirt were firm and Guang Hong tried really, really hard not to pay attention to that. Honestly. He did. He leapt up, snatching the book from Leo. “You gotta use your imagination, ok? While Captain Silverlock was fighting the Admiral, the ships moved closer together!”

“You do realize that Captain Silverlock is supposed to be the villian, right?” Leo laughed, moving back to the furnace. He adjusted the thick gloves on his hands and checked the metal forging inside the bright hot coal, humming to himself.

“Yeah, so?” Guang Hong asked, jumping back up on the table. He straightened his vest and cleared his throat, flipping the book back to the proper page. “He’s super cool. Look, listen– 'and launches himself over the rail. Man after man falls under his sword. The deck of the naval ship is slick with blood but the pirate’s boots never slip. He leaves smeared prints in his wake, until the pistols on his waist are fired dry and his cutlass is rusty with the fluids of his enemy’.”

“Gross,” Leo supplied, adjusting the position of his forging metal in the furnace and pushing it further into the coals. “And that’s the fastest rust I’ve ever heard of. Wonder where Captain Silverlock is getting his weapons, they’re obviously not of good quality.”

“Leo,” Guang Hong whined. “Let yourself get lost in the adventure!”

“I’d find it easier if his cutlass wasn’t ready to fall apart after a single battle.”

Guang Hong dropped onto the surface of the table, sitting cross-legged with the book spread open over one of his calves. He watched as Leo pulled steel which would eventually form a sword from the furnace, setting it on an anvil. From the tool belt at his waist, the blacksmith apprentice took a hammer which sparked against the yellow metal with the force of his strikes.

The pounding was mimicked by Guang Hong’s heart. He tried not to pay too much attention to the flex of Leo’s muscles. Really. He did. “You’d make me good weapons if I became a pirate, right?”

Leo laughed, the rich sound alive between the clang of metal on metal. “Ji, why would you become a pirate?”

“For adventure!” Guang Hong huffed, pout heavy on his lips. “I do nothing all day but read and study! It’s so boring…”

“Even when you’re here?”

“No! You know I love coming here…”

Leo smiled, warmer than the heat of the furnace. “If you became a pirate, I’d make the absolute best weapons for you. Free of charge. In return for all the good you’ve already done me.”

“Yes!” Guang Hong pumped a fist in the air. “Pirate Ji, sailing the seven seas, amassing treasure and the fear of men!”

“As long as you remember to bring your ship close enough to the Admiral’s to board from the gunwale.”

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The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30.

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