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Loli-chan’s Anime Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia

Properly known as ‘Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation’. 

Grade: A

Quick Summary: After years of fighting, four goddesses sign a peace treaty and begin to work together, bonding over wild adventures and protecting the world they love.                                                                                                Disclaimer: This contains heavily implied sexual content, minor nudity and occasional profanity/sensitive terms.

Pros: 

  • Very eye-catching. The backgrounds are intricate and complex; as are the cute character designs.
  • The battle scenes are to die for. Each one is kept interesting and varied. They even come with awesome transformation sequences.  
  • The music is catchy and cute. Both the outro and intro are fun to sing along to, and the battle scenes are also given fitting music to enhance the mood. 
  • It addresses most of the plotholes. While I’m sure there are still a couple that remain, some of the main ones are resolved in different episodes. 
  • Aside from the last few episodes, the tension is given at a healthy dose; not too much, not too little. This makes it engaging enough to watch, but not too stressful. 

Cons:

  • It contains unnessesary ecchi elements. The plot itself has little to do with sexually suggestive situations.This pleases the crowd, but doesn’t work well with the plot.
  • The plot is poorly organized. Instead of sticking with a single plotline, it attempts to accomodate around three. These plots are smashed together, and do not connect well. It also ends at episode 12; be aware episode 13 is an OVA. 
  • It hints at a couple controvercial stances. Despite not disagreeing with most of them, I feel the anime would have catered to a larger audience if it didn’t contain these elements.
  • The final arc is INTENSE. It is an emotional experience, and the tension is almost overbearing at times. With such a drastic change in the tension level, it is an unexpected, unpleasant surprise. 

Overall opinion: It was definitely a wild ride towards the end, but I highly enjoyed it despite its imperfections. The characters are all so precious, and each one is close to my heart. In fact, I liked it so much that I want to try out the actual game. 

dragonite sprite rating

red/blue- very aggressive boy who means business!! will fight anyone who messes with those close to him. a powerful ally. 8/10

green- a playful dragon! he’s doing the cat thing with his paws. that’s adorable. 8/10

yellow- he’s got one paw on his hip like he’s about to tell you off or something. don’t mess with this dragon! 9/10

gold- gosh, what a cutie! this dragon loves you and will do anything to be your friend. 10/10 

silver- it looks like he’s inviting you to tea! how polite! will you accept his offer to get together and enjoy a nice beverage? 10/10 

crystal- look! he’s so excited to see you! he’s stamping his paws and flapping his wings in excitement! 9/10

ruby / sapphire / emerald- his colors were softened, so now he looks like an even friendlier dragon! look at him bounce! a beautiful dragon with a fresh coat of paint! 9/10 

firered / leafgreen- he’s so relaxed, but he straightened out his horns so they’re neat and tidy! still just as friendly and inviting as before. 8/10 

diamond / pearl / platinum - his color palette was changed again, and now he’s brighter than ever! it looks like he’s conducting a symphony! this dragon has decided to pursue a career in music. i support him and his decisions wholeheartedly. 11/10  

heartgold / soulsilver- back to the softened color palette (although this one was changed a bit)! this dragon fights for his friends! 9/10 

black / white / black 2 / white 2- yes!!! he is so lively and bouncy!!!! look at him!!!!! are you seeing this? oh man. this dragon is the best thing ever. 11/10

x / y / omegaruby / alphasapphire- not as bouncy as his predecessor. this dragon got himself together, and now he’s mellow and composed. 9/10 

“Don’t mess with me! I’ve got the power of Losers on my side!”
Alternate: “I’ve got the power of Eddie Kaspbrak on my side!”

Feel free to reblog with your own alternate power source!

IM BACK AT MY SHITPOSTS AGAIN

Why Nerve is amazing

1.) it’s all about the dangers of anonymity on the Internet and how that leads to a feeling of invincibility and a disconnection from the repercussions of your actions

2.) the colors gradually become more neon and striking as the main character becomes more daring.

3.) THE! SOUNDTRACK!

It’s been a great week - part South Africa

Originally posted by twenty1copilots

Sunday, March 12

A quiet Sunday.

caitrionabalfe  Cape Town Sucks ….. #postproductionmeeting #we‘renotinCumbernauldanymore @samheughan @nightmaril #Karin

OMG!! Sam and Cait! Is this photo real? Did Cait honestly just post this!! Also, where can I find those sunglasses?

NO….

YES!!!!

Monday, March 13

Filming has begun!

Tuesday, March 14

Steven Cree announces his kickstarter campaign.

Sam’s like on Instagram. Seems like a familiar couple that I’ve seen before. Maybe it reminds Sam of someone he knows.

Wednesday, March 15

The one year anniversary of the London Fan Event that so many here were able to attend. And the day some of the best interviews were filmed.

Also the 2 year anniversary of the LA Marathon.

#OutlanderFansDoEpicShit

Steven Cree now understands exactly what that means.

Sam tweets his support for Cait and confirms that he is still her biggest cheerleader. The man can’t help himself!

@abreathofsnowandashes notices something that we can’t stop laughing at.

Thursday, March 16

Everyone is heading to South Africa. Looks like Cesar is leaving soon.

And then this happened. Huge thank you to @surana17 for tweeting this to Sam. He NEEDED to see it!

And to top it all off Cait’s Instagram like:

Friday, March 17

And more twitter banter

Also Cesar and Lauren are in the air and on their way to South Africa! Cannot wait for Fersali!

Eagle eyes @sherrigamblin notices that the inflight entertainment unit appears similar to a photo Sam posted on the weekend of Cait’s birthday trip to Paris. Add it to the pile of receipts.

Saturday, March 18

WHAT IS GOING ON!?!

WE HAVE WAITED SO LONG FOR A PHOTO LIKE THIS!!!!

We deserve this!

Sunday, March 18

Outlander goes hiking! All the love to Cesar and Lauren for sharing this adventure. See sharing can be fun!

Hai Cait! Love your necklace!

Oh just for good measure, here’s another fan photo of Sam and Cait out at the mall on Saturday, since they do things like that together.

One final shout out to all of our writers this week. We have been given so many drabbles and amazing fics this week.  THANK YOU!!! WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!

Originally posted by fallontonightgifs

And hopefully we still have more goodness today and I have to update this…

Spider-Man: Homecoming (non spoilery)

Alright *cracks knuckles* let’s do one of these things.

This movie was the best adaptation of Peter Parker ever. I think we can all agree on that. He was childish, nerdy, awkward, funny, strong…you know the drill. 

But, it was also the best adaptation for the TONE of Spider-Man. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it just FELT like Spider-Man. It had a lot of “timing comedy,” where comedic stuff would happen at just the right time. The pacing of the movie was also fast (just like Spidey). The dialogue was rapid (just like Spidey). The scenery was colorful (just like…you get it now). It was awesome. Now…let’s get to the bullet points

Why I loved Homecoming:

  • Tom Holland as Peter was perf
  • NED LEEDS!
  • That moment when Peter opens the door to his date’s house and sees that one person 
    • everybody in the theater stopped breathing at that moment 
  • The humor was not forced. It was more like situational and (as I mentioned) timing stuff and it worked really well
  • Flash was not caucasian! I think this is the first adaptation of Flash Thompson where they didn’t make him white and it really changed the stereotypical “White Football Player Bully” trope. 
  • Not only is Flash not white….he’s actually pretty damn smart. 
  • So we got a smart bully…..kinda destroys the whole “only stupid people are bullies” trope, huh?
  • ZENDAYA
  • The costume was pretty damn cool
  • The dynamic between Peter and Tony
  • The dynamic between Peter and Happy
  • I think it became canon that Happy is the babysitter in all those SuperFamily fanfics haha
  • Freaking Chris Evans’ scenes xD Those Captain America bits were perfection
  • Stan Lee cameo
  • Hannibal Buress had like two lines and he fucking owned them! 
  • Donald Glover!!!! OMG!!! He actually plays a certain role that only certain people will understand and if you figure it out you’ll be like “OMG YES! I mean NO! I mean OMG!” It is not a huge role in this movie and probably won’t be for while but it is BIG! If you want to know hit me up and I’ll tell you
  • Those swinging scenes were beautiful cuz of the sceneries
  • Okay you know that joke about how Spidey would be a horrible superhero in the countryside cuz of the lack of buildings??? Yeah. They did a thing in the movie about that haha!
  • Did I mention Zendaya, yet? 
  • One of the things that really hit me was how diverse the school looked. During the hallway scenes, you can see the diversity of the film. It was nice
  • The after credits scene omfg Please don’t miss it
  • There was a Miles Morales reference!!!!!!!!! xP
  • Tony being all “I’m turning into my father” when he’s talking to Peter 
  • Peter trying to be like Tony
  • Just Superfamily in general
  • The movie played on the whole “Young Aunt May” angle. It was great
  • “Porn”
  • They played the Spider-Man jingle for the opening credits
  • also there was a Black Panther trailer
  • Tom Holland just did such a great job. I’m so proud of him. Please support him

Okay now these are just some random experiences I had at the cinema

  • There was a guy dressed as Spider-Man at the cinema (he worked there) and it was awesome. 
  • A woman offered to let me borrow her phone when my sis wanted to take a pic with Spidey. Mine didn’t work, so she took the pics and sent them to me. I thanked her so much lol
  • After the movie, my sis told Spidey she really liked his movie and he said “Yeah? Come again!” and gave her a high five. My sis was all excited that she got a high five from Spidey
  • Toward the end of the movie when Zendaya says “My friends call me MJ,” all the little kids in the theater collectively gasped. Funniest shit
  • There was so much laughter at just the right moments from both kids and adults. It was beautiful. 
  • NOBODY left during the credits. True Marvel Fans
  • There was a line when I got to the theater (an hour early may I add) and there was an even bigger line when I got out of the theater (for the second showing).
  • My sister took her Teddy Bunny and dressed her up as Spidey. Lots of people complimented her Teddy. My sis was so happy.
  • When I was in line, my sister started talking about Miles Morales and the woman in front of us turned and asked “you guys read Miles Morales, too?” I told her that I was a huge fan of his Spidey as well. She said “My kids love him. We are all into him, too.” Now, her husband comes. She tells him, “They like Miles Morales, too.” He gets a huge smile on his face. “Yeah?!” And I say, “Yes, I really like him. I read the comics.” “My wife got me the first 10 issues for my birthday!” he’s really excited by now. We talk a bit more about Miles but then they start letting us in so we go our separate ways. The husband and the kids…..they were black. My sis and I are Hispanic. Miles embodies both that family and mine. Representation matters.

So, yes. Homecoming is a movie worth watching. I loved seeing all these people together fangirling about a character that we grew up with being represented right. And also seeing all these new Spidey fans made me so happy. My sister talked about him the whole ride home…..it was amazing

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Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot

(Sort of a) Acorn Press Acrylic Charm Review

Yoooo~~~~ my acrylic charms came today during a snowstorm and I totally did not expect it XDDD I thought the storm was going to delay it for sure. Kudos to USPS delivery guy (stay warm and stay safe man). It really made my day ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ

Here are the references for my Yuri on Ice and Overwatch characters charm set. I will be selling these at future cons and events. So check out my con schedule if you’re interested in purchasing them! I will probably sell them online for leftovers. I don’t have a store yet (as of 2/9/17) so check back on my tumblr or other social media (or you can message me) for updates!

Also, I find it super funny that overwatch and YOI characters came during a BLIZZARD, COLD and ICY day (no pun intended lol) 

They look super nice thanks to @acornpress ! I would highly recommend them if you are interested in selling acrylic charms for cons/online in the future. This is my first time ordering acrylic charms so take my words with a few grains of salt. Also I’ll be rambling all over the place and spamming run-ons so be aware :P

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Somehow, We Are Absolutely Ready For Taylor Swift’s Rapping-About-Being-Horny-Over-Dubstep Single
On Sunday morning, the world changed. Suddenly, Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was no longer the last word in country stars using vaguely European dance-music production to talk about wanting to fuck. Suddenly, that video of Taylor Swift rapping Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" found its inevitable conclusion. Suddenly, the rollout of Taylor Swift's new album Reputation no longer seemed like such a raging, historic catastrophe. "…Ready For It?" is out in the world now, and the world doesn't feel the same anymore. Eight AM on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend is, of course, a weird time to drop a song. Almost immediately, people on the internet started theorizing. Nobody liked Swift's first Reputation single, "Look What You Made Me Do," which came out barely a week earlier and which seemed to promise some sort of smirking, self-referential blockbuster-pop fiasco. Worse: "Look What You Made Me Do" didn't really have a hook, which is a big fucking problem for an artist who has spent

On Sunday morning, the world changed. Suddenly, Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” was no longer the last word in country stars using vaguely European dance-music production to talk about wanting to fuck. Suddenly, that video of Taylor Swift rapping Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” found its inevitable conclusion. Suddenly, the rollout of Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation no longer seemed like such a raging, historic catastrophe. “…Ready For It?” is out in the world now, and the world doesn’t feel the same anymore.

Eight AM on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend is, of course, a weird time to drop a song. Almost immediately, people on the internet started theorizing. Nobody liked Swift’s first Reputation single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” which came out barely a week earlier and which seemed to promise some sort of smirking, self-referential blockbuster-pop fiasco. Worse: “Look What You Made Me Do” didn’t really have a hook, which is a big fucking problem for an artist who has spent the past decade-and-change conquering the world with her bulletproof, gold-plated hooks. Of course, “Look What You Made Me Do” was still immediately a monster smash, rocketing straight to #1 and deposing the months-long chart ruler “Despacito,” preventing it from breaking historical records in the process. “Look What You Made Me Do” still sold a fuckload of downloads and racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views in a week. But these things are to be expected. It was, after all, a new Taylor Swift single, unveiled with all the pomp of a Star Wars trailer. But did the song have staying power? We might not ever know. It’s already been replaced.

But if the release of “…Ready For It?” looks like a weird marketing decision, a sudden damage-control move to immediately follow an underwhelming first single with an overwhelming second one, it’s probably best to remember that Taylor Swift album rollouts follow different sets of rules. “…Ready For It?” debuted on Saturday night, in promos for the Alabama/Florida State football game. It’s tied in with the announcement that she’ll do the halftime show of next year’s college football championship game. She and her handlers presumably made these deals months ago, and “…Ready For It?” makes a whole lot more sense in football promos than “Look What You Made Me Do” would’ve. As a cultural force, Swift has to treat her album releases like they were Marvel movies or something. The songs come out when they have to come out. There’s money on the line.

But if the timing of the release makes its own kind of corporate sense, the song itself is a fascinating fucking pileup. Within its first 55 seconds, “…Ready For it?” pinballs from monstrous dubstep stomp to feverish quasi-rapped shit-talk to sweet, lilting dancehall-flavored tropical house. Her delivery on those verses is like over-enunciated Rihanna or under-enunciated Nicki Minaj. She rides a beat better than anyone could’ve reasonably expected, staying in the pocket the way pop stars never do in those invariably ill-advised moments when they try to rap. The song is also almost cartoonishly horny, Swift rapping about a dude (reportedly Joe Alwyn, the British actor she’s been quietly dating lately) like she was one of those tongue-hanging-out Tex Avery wolves. It’s all theater, and the way her voice cracks on the “he act like such a man” line is straight-up Betty Boop. These things — rap, trop-house, sudden and jarring pop-genre juxtapositions, sexual intensity — are all pretty new to Swift. The track works like her version of what Rihanna does, with the crucial distinction that Swift’s effortful honor-student attack is essentially the opposite of Rihanna’s preternatural cool.

And yet! “…Ready For It?” fucking goes. The sheer audacity that goes into a song like this is a thing of beauty. Five years ago, when I first encountered the massive dubstep drop on “I Knew You Were Trouble,” I burst into delighted laughter. The new song is that feeling, multiplied. “…Ready For It?” is doing a lot, but all of it works. The hammering beat and convoluted wordplay — the “Burton to this Taylor” bit really underlines Swift’s inner drama nerd — are so unlikely and so ridiculous that I can’t help but admire them. And then that glorious pre-chorus kicks in, and all the song’s nonsensical silliness snaps into focus. The song’s central hook — “In the middle of the night, in my dreams / You should see the things we do” — is pure diamond popcraft. It’s what “Look What You Made Me Do” didn’t have. It’s the moment that Swift suddenly sounds like herself again.

“…Ready For It?” marks Swift’s reunion with Max Martin and Shellback, the Scandinavian production and songwriting geniuses who were her main collaborators on 1989. It would be absolutely fucking ridiculous to credit those guys with Swift’s success; she was making pop monsters for years before she met them. But she’s clearly a better fit with them than she is with “Look What You Made Me Do” collaborator Jack Antonoff. That Swift/Martin/Shellback trio — along with co-producer and co-writer Ali Payami, another guy from the Swedish pop trenches — made something ungainly and goofy, something that was probably a terrible idea, and they still made it sound like towering, colossal pop music. That right there? That is some motherfucking craft.

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Arrival (2016)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Cinematography by Bradford Young

Me on my death bed...

Me: Tell my family that I love them

Grandkid: Yes, grandma.

Me: And tell telanu that Truth and Measure is the best novel I’ve ever read.

Grandkid: I think you mean fanfiction, grandma.

Me: Did I fucking stutter?

anonymous asked:

Umi and Kotori flirting?

I want to try it!


Umi-chan! Your legs must be very tired, because you were running through my mind all day!

Oh… I’m very sorry to hear that I’ve been causing you distress. Did I say something to upset you?

N-No… it’s a… um…

Umi-chan! You must be a magician, because when I look at you, everyone else disappears!

Ah- you’re having trouble with your peripheral vision? Have you been eating well lately? Hmm, could also be stress… are you sleeping well? Please take better care of yourself, Kotori. Your health is important, too.

Nnn…

Umi-chan, are you from Tennessee?

… I’m from Tokyo… And this conversation is all over the place-

Umi-chaaa-aaaaa-aaaan! Umi-chan, you’re so bad at this…!

?????