the greatest character development of all time

Why Midoriya Izuku is the Best Shounen Main Character

Alright so I’m pretty guilty right now. I have a lot of things to sort out and I still unanswered asks and oh boy do I got a lot of fanfic writing to do before summer ends and I’m opening requests soon but JESUS Y’ALL. Im a huge fan of this series and I’ll be damned if I miss writing something for this boy’s birthday. I already missed writing my Inko appreciation on her birthday but I won’t let her down!

So…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIDORIYA IZUKU AKA BEST SHOUNEN MC

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Woah, broad statement to say huh? Well, my friends, I’ve read a lot of manga, particularly shounens since that’s my more favorite genre, and I have to say that Midoriya Izuku has been the best main character I’ve ever read and I only hope he continues to grow into his beautiful character.

I mean even from the beginning of the manga, the way he was written was so completely relatable and realistic. In the very beginning of the manga, he was written to be this lonely boy who suffered through bullying and suicide comments and continuously kept going because of his obsession with heroes. From the very beginning, Horikoshi gave us this character that wasn’t perfect (rather was filled with psychological issues) and really at the bottom of the totem pole. I know a lot of people have compared Izuku with Naruto but at least Naruto was born with an incredibly gifted ability from the start. Izuku was literally born with nothing. In a society where there are heroes running rampant and where Izuku dreams about being a hero, he was literally born with all odds against him in that regard. Yet, through all the loneliness, through all the bullying, Izuku still stayed strong through all of that and continued to dream on his goal, only truly wavering once when All Might told him he should find a new dream (and even then, he still got himself almost killed but I’ll get to that in a bit).

And to add on to his realistic demeanor, I know a lot of people call Izuku a cry baby and make fun of his constant amount of crying but honestly? Imagine this: you were born a black sheep in society, everyone looks down on you, you dream of being something great but you weren’t born with the skills for it, someone you consider to be a friend looks down on you and literally tells you to go jump off a building and destroys a piece of you that you hold memorable, then you almost get killed but someone saves you, then you finally get to meet your idol, the person keeping you alive essentially and they tell you straight up that you should give up on your dream, then you’re devastated but you see that friend in a life threatening position so you literally sacrifice yourself to go save them even though you can’t do anything, and then instead of praise, you get all the blame and beaten down again while your friend gets all the praise, but then you end that EMOTIONAL DAY (keep in mind it happened within a DAY) with your idol telling you that you can be that person and he will help you achieve your dream. I won’t even go onto the other times he’s cried but honestly? I know if I was in his position, I wouldn’t have even stomached half of what happened and I’m sure most of you reading this wouldn’t be able to have a DAY like that without crying. I’m sure with 99% of you, at least once tears will shed. Izuku during his time has been through emotionally exhausting feats and I think it’s absolutely INCREDIBLE that Horikoshi gives us this raw character with RAW emotions. Through Izuku being this emotional, not only does it help us relate to him much more but it helps shows that, hey you can still be strong AND be emotional too. Emotions doesn’t equal weakness and Horikoshi really shows that tremendously, especially when the audience are a group of young ones-adults that are taught daily showing emotions is weak and you have to be strong and not show weakness because apparently crying shows weakness. With Izuku, all of that is stomped on the ground and it’s truly inspiring.

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And oh boy, my favorite part of Izuku! So most shounen protagonists I have seen and come across are usually born or given this great ability suddenly and yes, while they have to train, they normally get the hang of it pretty quickly and are pretty op with it (I’m looking at you Natsu). Most of the time nakama power is enough to win the battle even though the power difference is crazy different. Yet with Izuku, it’s not like that at all. We are 145 chapters in and Izuku can only still use a small portion of One for All still and he’s gotten to the point where, because of his continuous idiotic use of One for All, he has the major consequence that if he uses it too much at 100%, he could lose FUNCTION IN HIS ARMS. OH YEA, PRETTY BIG DEAL AND CONSEQUENCE FOR THAT.

From what I just wrote, this was my favorite thing that was said:

Yes, folks, he not only says that once, not twice, but multiple times throughout the series. I think the most recent time he said it was during Episode 27 when he was climbing the walls, though I’m sure he’s said it in the future arcs and I forgot about it. Due to this new given status he was given, Izuku acknowledges that he is completely far behind from everyone else, he understands that he is at the bottom of the totem pole and that he has to work 10x harder than everyone else since he lost about 10-11 years to get used to his quirk. And throughout the series, Horikoshi doesn’t pull back on that, in fact he really drives it in that, while Izuku does become the greatest hero of all time, it doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of time, training and consequences to get to that point. Even from the beginning, we were given a small glimpse of his incredible training regime and that alone just shows how much effort he has to put in and even that wasn’t enough. I won’t lie, it feels so refreshing that the Main Character isn’t some overpowered person who always gets away with his ridiculous moves, rather it’s nice that he does have consequences and that he see him actually develop into that role while he is being surrounded by others who could take that title from him.

Also, not only is he an intelligent and incredibly hard worker like holy hell, but can we talk about his personality as well? See, here is another perk about Izuku, we weren’t given some either suave person or an annoying character that makes you want to rip out your hair because they’re either too happy or too sad or too emo cringey mess. Rather, Horikoshi gave him a realist personality who thinks through, is incredibly modest and respectful, and holy fuck the most selfless character in the entire show.

I mean, we already know his intelligence and craftiness as he analyzes heroes and their moves as seen through the constant muttering he does as he watches them and his writings in his notebook

 Which might I add right now that I’m really happy Horikoshi gave him this type of analytic behavior as it makes his earlier actions have a bit more sense involved in them, like due to his constant observation he was able to use moves in combat that at least got him by in the beginning

 To also tie in with that, can I say that it is so refreshing to have a main character be a complete DORK about girls and such like that?? Like for someone who was lonely and only had much of the internet to interact with, it makes complete sense that in the beginning he’s really nervous around females or even touching them or talking to them.

Like look at how he talks to Ochako

 Or even how he reacted when Tsuyu said to put her down

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 Or even how he reacted towards Mei when she had her chest all up in his grill.

 Not only does having this personality trait make him a total dork and cutie but it really shows that we won’t see anything super perverted on Deku’s side. Like if he’s too nervous to talk or even touch a girl in a different manner, than it really shows how respectful he is and how modest he is and how we won’t see any pervy side of Deku anytime soon, which is refreshing for an MC to be that way since most MCs have to either touch or acknowledge their love interest’s chest before they can be established as a good character.

 Though, I will say that even though those are amazing points of our birthday boy, the one personality trait of his that truly makes him a much more fitting hero than Bakugou or even Todoroki or even my baby Ochako is how incredibly SELFLESS he is. Ok ok I know that’s a common personality trait but Izuku really takes it to the max throughout the manga.

 Like when right after he was told to jump by Bakugou, his initial thoughts were based on Kacchan not wanting to get severely punished by the law


Or when he risks his life to save Bakugou from the sludge monster even though he has no quirk

Or when he risks his life once again to save Ochako even though he can’t control his quirk

 Or when he risks his life AGAIN to save All Might 

 Or when he attempts to help Ochako before her fight with Bakugou

 Or when he puts his spot in the tournament on the line to help Todoroki reconcile his fire side

 Or when he helps Iida with the Stain fight and notifies the entire class to come and help

Or when he even goes well over his power limit to save Kota and show him that heroes are good people that can hold on their own

 Or when, even though he could lose function in his GOD DAMN ARMS, he still helps the others get Bakugou back from the villains

And note guys, I didn’t even list everything. I just listed the things I could remember but there is so much more that I could have listed as well. And legit, the things I mentioned, there was no benefit in him doing that, like during the time he did them, all there were were cons for him, there was nothing positive in any of those situations for him. And yet? He still did it. He still put himself and his wishes behind to help those around him and make sure they were successful or safe, even if it meant his own life on the line. I’ve never seen other shounen protagonists push themselves this much in only 145 chapters and I think that’s absolutely incredible.

 Alright so this post is reaching to be about 2k and while I can say more about this wonderful boy, I also want to make sure that I not only post this on time but that I don’t find myself repeating the same thing over and over again. While Izuku is not my favorite character of all time, I am so happy and blessed that he is the main character of this amazing manga series. He’s grown so much since the first chapter and Horikoshi is only setting up the series more to have him grow much more and I’m excited to see how much more he grows as the series progresses. He is such a good character that is well balanced and realistic and such and I know for myself personally that I really relate to him in a lot of ways. Truth be told, it makes me actually really incredibly sad when people dismiss his reasoning for being a hero or when people just write him off as a cry baby because there’s so much more to him than just that. His reasoning to be a hero is realistic and deep enough, his emotions are realistic, his psychological issues that he faced with in the beginning shows his strength tremendously.

 Izuku is one of the best main characters and I’m so happy all of us were blessed with him on this wonderful day! Yay!!! Happy Birthday Deku!!!

 Tldr; Izuku’s face appears when you look up the definition of what a friend and a hero is.

Something I found interesting about the last episode was the realization that Keyleth and Percy’s dispositions on life have basically switched, but they’re still remarkably similar characters in unexpected ways.

Keyleth’s backstory specifically paints her as a wide-eyed idealist experiencing the outside world for the first time, while Percy starts out with a whole bunch of personal demons, both figurative and literal, and is usually the cynical one in the group.

When confronted with Ioun’s library, the way their characters have developed from that starting point becomes immediately apparent by their reactions. Percy has a restored city, a woman who loves him, and a group of very powerful and amazing friends, but his greatest fear has always been that it could all be taken away again in an instant, just like when he lost his family, and none of it would be remembered by history as anything other than a footnote. When he realizes that it does matter, that everything matters, he turns into a giggling schoolboy, in a manner directly comparable to the way Keyleth has gotten excited by things that no one else in the group understands.

Keyleth, on the other hand, has been through the shit. She found a man that she loved, and spent a year of happiness and contentment with him, only to get handed a raw fucking deal when he dies and comes back as a revenant. She starts getting violently, recklessly angry, the same way she did during the Chroma Conclave arc. This is how Keyleth deals with pain, and it’s not at all dissimilar to the dark places that Percy has descended to in the past.

Pelor calls both of them “faithless,” and while it’s true that they don’t place much trust in the gods, both Keyleth and Percy have always counted on their friends to rein them in when all they want to do is lash out at the world.

I just think it’s interesting how Percy is the beaming optimist in this situation while Keyleth is the bitter nihilist, but the truth is that both of them have fluctuated between those roles at various points in the story. Just something to consider.

reasons why you should watch the greatness that is Bnha

• first off, it’s not a shounen, it’s a GREAT shounen manga
• honestly the plot is really good and entertaining
• EVERY character is likeable
• starting from deku, the main char?? he’s the most adorable cinnamon bun tbh
• kacchan is not the angry simple-minded boy who shouts all the time. he’s a complicate character with a GREAT char development
• yeah we know that you’ll soon start to love todoroki, but have you seen the other boys??? iida?? kaminari?? tokoyami??,,
• KIRISHIMA,, honestly this boy is the greatest blessing for this world thank you horikoshi for giving us this pure cinnamon bun
• every girl is best girl
• ochako is the definition of pureness idek anymore
• ribbit?? fandom favorite?? love this frog girl
• even invisible girl has a great impact?? if this doesn’t make an anime great idk what anymore
• dads. this story is full of great dads. thank you.
• except endeavor.
• THE VILLAINS omg
• shigaraki is a child and we need to protect him
• dabi,, the definition of family conspiracies
• THANK YOU HORIKOSHI THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING THAT IS TOGA
• even the hero killer is likeable idek
• wanna read the manga?? think you won’t find anymore great characters?? haha you WISH
• here you have the big three dorks
• mirio is basically the purest of all
• tamaki is everyone’s spirit animal and needs to be protected and loved
• bakushima
• tododeku
• every bnha ship in general
• angst
• fluff and gags
• long story short it’s a great shounen go watch it now

anonymous asked:

Have you seen what the fandom is complaining about recently? I'm talking about Lea and how he "shouldn't be forgiven by Kairi because he doesn't deserve it". What do you think? Honestly, the whole thing is making me sad if not completely upset...

Yes, I’ve been holding my tongue because it really is leaning into the discourse ™ but it’s so gosh dang annoying so I will comment.

1) Lea deserves redemption, and forgiveness. Yes absolutely.

Did Axel do bad shit? Yes. He did. So did most of the other nobodies. But he also attempted to do good shit.

He took a hit from Saix so Kairi could run (Manga). In game helped Sora and apologised thru Sora for hurting Kairi. He has shown already he feels regret for what he’s done.

Lea meanwhile, sought out Isa, his best friend who he essentially disowned as a nobody right away, went and helped mickey while also pledging to use a keyblade. And saved Sora.

He may not be broody like Riku, but Lea is trying his best. The story doesn’t necessarily have to have him fall into a pit of despair to prove it. If anything, that would be even worse.

What I want Lea to show us is he isn’t Axel anymore, and to see him apologize to Kairi just like Sora told him too. Please. (I’ll be furious if it isn’t in game because it’s a big frikkin part of his development. Anyway.)

2) Kairi deserves the right to dislike Lea.

Knowing they’ll end up friends doesn’t mean that won’t happen, but it will be ridiculous if we don’t see it, because it’s another aspect of her character we’ve only seen in tiny bursts. Distrust, anger, forgiveness, understanding. And really, it will be detrimental to the development for both their characters if we don’t see it.

🤔

All that being said, I do think them being friends and KNOWING they will be is pretty much the greatest thing since the ffvii remake was announced.

It meanS we get a fucking awesome kickass red heads from radiant garden. And with Lea “too much fucking screen time” memorized around, we’re basically assured to get a hell of alot more Kairi in 3.

I think it’s a good thing for both their characters. Lea will be around someone that knows his shitty past and isn’t going to stand for bs, while Kairi will not only be off the island but with someone that isn’t going to let her get left behind.

The fact their not exactly the closest means we’ll have RIPE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHARQCTER DEVELOPMENT from both of them while they hang out. What class type is kairi? What eyeliner does Lea use? How did he end up a nobody? Does Kairi remember radiant garden? Are they going to get to do their own thing while Sora saves the world’s and Riku goes on a date with mickey??

The possibilities are not only endless, but exciting, and I’m not about to let fandom wank ruin my fun, and neither should you, anon. Take it for what it is and worry about the issues when 3 comes out. Have fun with their possible friendship. It’s what kh is all about.

News today that the Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone film is officially in development! 

This Obi-Wan piece by @chrismcgrath72 is by far my favorite art of Obi-Wan Kenobi ever. I have it framed on the wall, so badass! It’s pretty much the exact thing that comes into my head when I think about seeing Ewan reprise the role.

But, gotta say, Obi-Wan has always been a favorite character of mine since the very first film when I was a child. His name is rad, both actors have been stellar, and he’s one of the greatest Jedi’s of all time. Solid.

Here is a nice collection of Obi-Wan from the countdown over the years. 

Damn, so excited!!!

644 Days until Episode IX

281 Days until the Han Solo Movie

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THE LAST JEDI

What is it that makes SnK manga so good?

SnK manga started very simple. It could have been explained in one sentence: It’s a story about mindless giants that eat humans.

The story was very mysterious, and it remained like that until few chapters ago. The amount of information we got during the first 85 chapters was so small that it could probably be said in one chapter.

So in other words, what kept SnK manga so good wasn’t the story itself, because there was not much of the story in the first place, it was the characters. The genius part of SnK are the characters that are written and developed so well, that they feel alive.

One of the greatest manga authors of all time Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter mangaka) once said:

“Manga first needs to be interesting based on character relationships. What makes a manga great is whether or not you can relate to the characters that the manga artist creates. If the characters are lively and the manga looks fun to read, the world doesn’t even matter.”

Masashi Kishimoto, the writter of Naruto agreed with him, and added:

“Even if the creator is excited about the world, unless there’s interesting characters there, others won’t care. It’ll just be something they don’t understand.”

The character interactions and development in SnK is literally the best I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know it was plausible to be so attached to the characters until I’ve read SnK. We followed the story together with the characters, and even though we didn’t understand the world they lived in, neither did they, so we lived through the story together with them, and together learned the answer to one small question at a time.

We knew that eventually both the characters and us are gonna find out the big mysteries behind the SnK world, it’s been build up since the beginning that the basement will show us the answers, and again we did it together with the characters, through Grisha’s book, and Eren’s memories. So we continued to live together with the characters.

However, these last 3 chapters were different.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Have you done a top 5 characters from boku no hero academia yet? If not, please do!!

I haven’t, my bean! And actually this top 5 has been requested A LOT, so let’s do it! (as always, they are in order of how much I personally like them)

1. Todoroki. If I have to be completely honest with you, I wish he was the main character of the series and I actually stopped reading the manga because of how little he was featured lately. I love him…so much. He’s one of my all time favorite anime characters. Ha has a complexity and a depth that were worth to be explored way deeper than it was, and went through one of the most outstanding character development arcs of the series. He suffered, he was emotionally (and physically) scarred, he endured so much without showing, he learned and, finally, he let himself be free. And still, he has so much more to learn and to grow. In my eyes, he will always be the greatest hero. 

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2. Kirishima. Simply, THE SUN. Kirishima is the kind of character I wish I could make real because I physically need him to be my friend. He’s selfless, loyal and has the biggest heart of gold. He just cares so much about his bros. I’m sure that if he had to see himself through the eyes of all the people that love him, he will understand that he’s way stronger than he thinks and all his self-esteem issues will disappear (or maybe not, but still…). 

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3. Bakugou. Ah, Kacchan. I liked him since the first time I saw him. I’m aware that he’s not a character that easy to love, I find myself sighing “why is my son like that” all the times, but he’s so much more than what meets the eye. He has an inner world where everything that happens to the people around him affects him so damn much. He’s not an abusive angry boy. He’s just a kid (how often we forget that they are all just kids) that would carry the whole weight of the world on his shoulders if he was asked to. He’s the next candidate for a great character development arc and I can’t wait to see it.

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4. Momo. My queen. She’s so strong, so powerful, but yet so delicate and fragile. From the outside, one could think that she has it all: an amazingly versatile quirk, a sharp mind, the ability to always remain calm, a kind heart and a gentle behavior. Also, she’s beautiful. Discovering how much was going on behind that perfect facade of hers made me love her even more. Her and Todoroki’s battle together will always be one of my favorite moments of BNHA. 

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5. Aizawa. Simply, the most relatable character in the entire series. Me and him have exactly the same coaching style when it comes to bringing the best out our students, sometimes purposefully putting them in distress. But, also, we will protect them with our lives, if we had to. I think he’s the best teacher class 1A could have ever asked for. 

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- bonus: there’s a certain someone only us manga readers know…a someone that I love really, really very much a lot and I can’t keep him off this list: the one and only, Mirio Togata!  

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All right, it’s Misfit Appreciation Day 2017, and we’re finally at the 1990s for the entry here.

When a lot of people talk about the 1990s, it’s usually with scorn, often making accusations of every comic being loaded with over-muscled men, women with impossible body types, pupil-less eyes, shoulder pads, big knives and bigger guns. And I’m here to tell you that’s like assuming you know what the 1970s was like because you watched a bunch of blackploitation movies. While there were a ton of bad books, there were plenty of awesome and amazing books from that decade. Just off the top of my mind, Kingdom Come, Mike Allred’s Madman (as well as his series Red Rocket 7), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy, Preacher, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac… I wanna count Maus in there, but I can’t remember if it started in the early 90s or late 80s and I’m too lazy to do a Google search. And honestly… Whether they were great books or not, the Knightfall and Death of Superman stories were a LOT of fun to read. The Birds of Prey started around this time as well. Valiant’s Unity Crossover early on was amazing to read at that time… And that’s just the stuff I remember off the top of my mind. And there were a ton of comics that started off questionable that turned into something amazing. Witchblade turned into Switch (which I’m still waiting on issue #5, Stjepan Sejic!) Glory, which was kinda crappy turned into the amazing comic by Joe Keatinge. And then there’s Prophet… Which is all sorts of amazing, considering how bad that book was.

The 90s gave us some pretty amazing things. Yeah, there still was rampant sexism and stupid violence. But there was some very great comics and ideas that still influence very positive things to this day in comics.

Such as the Batman Adventures, and a special one-shot it had that, for me, is the greatest comic of all time: Batman: Mad Love

The use of shading and strong line work. Story panel layouts and “camera work”. Strong dialogue and even stronger storytelling. Characterization so developed that even if you didn’t watch the show, you knew what was going on and who the characters were. We all know how great the show was, but this was the first time i’ve seen a comic book fully make me feel like I was reading an episode of the series. (So much so that I actually prefer the comic book to the episode!) That book was THE most influential comic to me EVER. I would probably have given up being a cartoonist long ago, if not for that book. It’s probably more responsible for me being the artist I am, more than anything else.

So it’s only fitting that Misfit’s entry into the 1990s be based on the comic book series that created… Well… Created me. :)

anonymous asked:

now you have seen justice league what is your opinion on all of the dceu character interpretations so far?

oh all of them? alrighty i’ll just go over the main characters of each film because i know there are a LOT- possible VERY MINOR spoilers ahead for justice league but i’ll try to avoid that as much as i can

superman- i have said this time and time again and i’ll say it now, i absolutely love henry cavill as superman. i love his interpretation in mos and bvs and in justice league he just gets better and better. all the love.

batman- i’m still not completely sold on batfleck, but i don’t dislike him, i just feel like something’s off. he doesn’t feel as powerful as he should either. 

wonder woman- dceu wonder woman is my one and only, honestly, diana on film has given me so much more love and adoration for the character… best wonder woman ever by a long shot.

lois lane- i really love dceu lois! i think amy adams plays a fantastic adaptation of the character, still very much true to her other stories but managing to be something fresh, new and interesting as well. bless.

lex luthor- i’m aware a lot of people dislike jesse eisenberg’s lex but really, he’s the only iteration of lex i can stomach. i would sell my soul to dceu lex tbh but any other lex can choke. so yeah, i feel that dceu pretty much saved this character for me. now he’s my man. 

joker- honestly FUCK dceu joker. that isn’t joker, that’s jared leto self-projecting his damaged emo self onto a hot topic character and i fucking! hate! him! i feel the need to point out that it isn’t me thinking jared’s bad at acting either, because considering the direction the movie wanted him to go in, i genuinely think he did great even though i hate his guts. but this is a shit interpretation of some teenage gangster, not the one and only joker.

harley quinn- i really like dceu harley, she maintains a lot of the original characteristics of harley whilst translating to the big screen successfully. i could do with a little less sexualisation and ‘crazy!!! xD’ quotes but aside from that i feel like dceu harley is pretty decent. also margot robbie is the PERFECT harley quinn.

deadshot- boy am i a fan! i love will smith’s deadshot. he’s a smartass, funny, and skilled as hell, probably the only deadshot characterisation i really, truly love aside from maybe the new suicide squad comics.

the flash- having just seen justice league i willingly confess i love this interpretation of barry very much. could have done with less of the ‘awkward-teenage-boy’ shtick, but i blame that on joss whedon, not ezra miller, who plays a wonderful flash. also his backstory with his father was handled incredibly well and it’s canon that he’s jewish, listens to blackpink and watches rick and morty so

cyborg- honestly??? i was expecting to like cyborg more. but again something felt off. i don’t blame ray fisher for that, i blame the screenplay. he was a cool character but i’d like some more development, especially since cyborg was portrayed as a very edgy, emo character when i feel that’s not true to his character in pretty much anything else.

aquaman- listen. i HATE aquaman in pretty much everything else. but dceu aquaman saved my goddamn life. jason momoa is the best aquaman of all time and making him a real tough-guy, quippy bro-type was the greatest decision wb could have made. thank god for dceu arthur curry.

steve trevor- bitch i would DIE for steve trevor, best steve of all time, nothing wrong with this guy at all, i’m still crying over him

the amazons- oh boy howdy??? every time i watch a scene featuring the amazons i get 3235235% gayer??? and shoutout to their scene in justice league because it’s fucking incredible, i think the amazons as an entity are portrayed FLAWLESSLY

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The Greatest Kings

I’ve received some disgruntled messages about comparing Jinheung and Wang So in one of my previous posts and coming to a conclusion that Jinheung was in some ways similar to Wang So. All I can say is: WELL, HE ISN’T NOW! I miss the Jinheung from the first 6 episodes where he was so much stronger, self-confident and aware of his position and right to the throne. I miss the man who was ready to fight the whole world to claim what was rightfully his. This must be the first time EVER that I have seen a character REGRESSING instead of developing.

Moon Lovers had its own flaws but there is no doubt that compared to Hwarang it’s highly superior drama, especially the portrayal and development of Wang So. Mostly because the writer there understood that the greatest monarchs of Goryeo and the Three Kingdoms were no modern pacifists - they were ABSOLUTE MONARCHS, CONQUERORS, WARRIORS WHO FOUGHT WARS AND KILLED AND PUNISHED THEIR ENEMIES TO CONSOLIDATE POWER because that’s how they managed to make all the reforms and memorable deeds they are remembered for today. Taking that away from them is the greatest injustice a writer can do to historical figures like them. Unlike Jinheung,Wang So wasn’t reduced to a mere love interest; his main objective in the first 15 episodes of ML might have been gaining Hae Soo’s love and protecting his loved ones but that’s because he was in different position than Jinheung - he WAS NOT THE KING NOR A CROWN PRINCE, in fact as the 4th Prince he was so low in the line of succesion that he had no reasons to believe or hope that he would one day become a king. He never lived with those responsibilities, so naturally his actions and character were never ruled or shaped by them like Jinheung’s were (but mostly only at the beginning, unfortunately).

Some might argue that Jinheug isn’t the main character of the story in Hwarang, but he still is the second most important character AND HE STILL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST KINGS KOREA EVER HAD. This is the man who founded Hwarang, the man who made the unification of the Three Kingdoms possible and the shrewd politician who in 551 allied with Baekje to attack Goguryeo, only to turn on his former ally 2 years later, allying with Goguryeo instead, and attacked Baekje. It was the biggest conquest on the Korean Peninsula until the unification of the Three Kingdoms. JINHEUNG DESERVES BETTER THAN THE TREATMENT THE DRAMA HAS GIVEN HIM.

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OKAY GUYS.

We need to talk about this. We definitely need to talk about this, because Katsuki comes to a great realisation here.

He finally realises (after he won the fight, you go my boy) that they both compliment each other. That they both can become great heroes of they work together. This… this is he biggest character development I’ve seen in a very long time.

We all remember the Katsuki that despised Izuku. We all remember and now, we have him in front of us on the verge of tears, because he finally understands that you need more than strength to become the greatest hero of all time.

We just witnessed the birth of something great. The Wonder Duo is gonna grow.

They still have a long way to go. Even though Katsuki finally understands and realises that they’ll be incredible of they just work together, there is definitely some of his huge pride left that’ll make their communication and cooperation difficult. Not just Katsuki makes their relationship so difficult, Izuku too. Two complete opposites.

We’re gonna witness something great. Horikoshi, you did a great job. You made me cry again.

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@ all my friendos who I keep rambling to about Gundam Wing lol BEHOLD~

I like sharing the old Toonami promos because IN MY DAY we didn’t have youtube and anime wasn’t mainstream yet so Toonami was often our first exposure to different animes.  These promos were aimed squarely at kids like me and THEY WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL.

Tbh I’m a little embarrassed by how important GWing was to me both as a creative person and just as a person lol.  It was the first animated show I recall where yeah there was cool action, but I also got to see the characters develop mentally and emotionally.  I saw them deal with extreme psychological trauma privately (and sometimes publicly omg).  They were the first animated characters that felt “human” to me and there was NOTHING like this in most of the western cartoons I watched at the time.  Before GWing I didn’t know animation could be used to tell longer complex stories where characters had time to change and grow. 

Anyway Gundam Wing is not the greatest show ever (unless you ask 12yr old me lol) but it was a HUGE part of my childhood and the reason I pursued art at all… because I wanted to draw cool robots and tell angsty stories. \o/

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WALT PERGOY, Visual Development Paintings for The Jungle Book, 1964

The Jungle Book, (original 2D animated version) released in 1967, is one of the greatest Disney animated films of all time, and my favorite in many ways.

The animation, character designs, story, music and songs really make it shine. And of course, the heart in that the film is undeniable.

That said, the BG style, while suitable for the story and well executed is not particularly exciting or interesting to me. And it doesn’t reflect the graphic quality Milt Kahl got into the character designs.

If you compare this BG style to that of 101 Dalmatians, released 6 years earlier (1961), which is so harmonious with the Xerox lines and graphic shapes of the characters, The Jungle Book’s visual style falls a bit flat.

The story goes that Walt Disney didn’t approve of the graphic BG style of 101 Dalmatians, or that of The Sword In The Stone. And around that time, Walt Peregoy (who styled both former films) ceased to work at Disney. Peregoy’s influence was mostly buried on the 1967 film.

Disney preferred a BG style that was more realistic and thought the audience could better connect with the characters and story with that realism.

I can see his argument, but I don’t agree. When I watch 101 Dalmatians, I can’t imagine a different BG style; it so perfectly supports the story, and does not take away from the emotion. And the tone of The Jungle Book is not so different…

When I look at these Peregoy concepts for Jungle Book, I can’t help but wonder what the film would be like with a more exciting and interesting BG style. I love the film as is, but I do wonder.

Feast your eyes on these paintings and imagine…

(Top character line art is by Milt Kahl)

Why Reign Storm Is My Favorite Episode

I’ve gone on record saying this multiple times. Reign Storm is, in my opinion, the highest point of the entire Danny Phantom series, as well as my personal favorite episode. While this is hardly an unpopular opinion, I do still think it’s worth discussing why I feel this way. Why do I like it so much more than other great episodes and other double length specials?

A lot of my reasoning is about personal taste and experience, but there are a lot of things that I think the episode does well, and even better than any other episode in the series. So here we go.

Let’s start with a trip down memory lane.

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Every* Anime I’ve watched in a nutshell

* Well at least those I’ve seen/remember enough to know what I’m speaking about.

Saint Seiya : 5 orphans who pledged loyalty to the goddess Athena punch Greek gods and their servants in the face to save the world (well mostly Athena herself). One the time they punched Norse mythology themed enemies in the face but it’s not canon.

Slayers : What actually happened during your DnD campaign : The anime

Digimon Adventure 01 : 7 kids (+ another way later on) goes to a summer camp, get thrown into another world where they find strange creatures who become their partner. Adventure, character development and world saving ensue.

Pokémon : If you don’t know what Pokémon is, you probably lived under a rock for the last two decades Ash explore [insert current region] with Pikachu and [Insert current human companions] to become the greatest trainer of all time. Adventure, Team Rocket shenanigans, [Curent evil team] schemes and many other things happen.

Girls bravo (to my dismay) : Guy with a (literal) allergy and fear of women gets himself a harem. Harem shenanigans ensue. Also Kirie is a complete and utter bitch.

Naruto : Young orphan with a fox demon sealed in him wants to become chief of his ninja village and have friends.Loads of filler happen.

Miss Kobayashi’s dragon maid : A programmer lady life changes forever after a lesbian dragon becomes her maid. dragon hijinks,cutenes and some questionable things happen. While I’m at it, this show was not worth all the tumblr drama ! 

Kemono Friends : A poorly animated CGI anime about a Young amnesiac girl and her serval girl companion exploring the abandoned Japari Park to find what animal she is. Adventure, feels Cute girls doing cute things ensue. It shouldn’t have worked yet it did ! It’s better than the Berserk 2016/2017 anime.

Re:Creators : Several characters from Japanese pop culture get summoned in the real world by an edgy devianart OC who wants to destroy the world. Talking,  fighting and feels ensue. Being meguka and Lancer is suffering.

Isekai Shokudou : Once a week, a Western cuisine restaurant welcomes the inhabitants of a fantasy world. food porn ensue.

Made in Abyss (as of episode 11) : A young girl and her robot buddy go explore Uncle Lovecraft happy funtime murderhole. ASGSGSHSG STOP MAKING MY CHILDREN SUFFER ! ADJJDJDOIAJ oh a bunny… it’s a nice fluffy bunny…. I like the bunny.

You can call me Gotham’s White Knight. And as you can see, I am a lot happier...

Okay, so I’ll probably be the first one to say it, but reading Sean Murphy’s Batman White Knight #1, at times, felt like observing some strange fan-fiction/adult take on the Lego Batman relationship between the Joker and Batman (too much self-awareness & self-referencing for my personal taste; at times it felt like he borrowed plot points and character moments from Batman Returns (library moment, Penguin trying to convince everyone he’s a good citizen) and Batman & Robin (poor, old Al with his condition).

Which is sort of sad, since you would think that coming up with something new, more developed and original would’ve probably served this story better, especially with all the aggressive marketing behind it that was all about ‘brace yourselves, old chums, for this new & psychologically complex take on the Dark Knight & his greatest enemy like you’ve never seen before’!!!!… nope, been there done that, ‘Batman is a menace! Property damage! Unstable, should be stopped! Bla-bla-bla’).

The art is good, but it feels like I’ve seen this sort ‘Batman vs. Joker confrontation/mind games aesthetic 101’ type of a thing done a 1000000000 times before, and in a lot of more creative and unusual ways too, I might add.

Heck, you can even try going through most of the thought bubbles in this issue while using the voices of Arnett & Galifianakis, and it will work like a charm.


P. S. Well, at least there is this wonderful page that we could all marvel at (fan-service galore! is what it is #BTAS )

alex talking about kids like yeah we get it she wants to be a mother but her saying she always wanted to have kids but never mentioned it once (1)? not talking about this with anyone? not with maggie, not with kara, not with j’onn, not with eliza or jeremiah? (yeah she did but not on screen lmao show not let the fans filling your plot holes) besides the clearly hetero perspective from where her storyline with maggie is written so far. they could’ve let them break up over work issues like maggie “i always wanted you” sawyer not happy with alex daily risking her life and giving everything up for kara, supergirl and the deo (not after they both almost died more than once in s2 -the constant fear of at least one of them being seriously endangered or hurt was given as an explanation in fandom why their relationship was so rushed. i don’t buy it, but still makes some sense in canon) and alex torn between her love for her sister and j’onn, her dedication as an agent and her own happiness, ‘normalcy’ and aspirations outside of being the sister of a super heroine she as of this point gotteb a glimpse of what it could look like. to have a life of her own. and finally reconnecting the dots with some of her characterizations in s1 and s2 about giving up everything for other ppl, not putting herself at the center and low key holding grudges against kara for that.

it would’ve been a great chance to develop her character, kara’s character, the danvers sisters dynamics. but yeah give us alex “i looked at ruby for 2 seconds and now i wanna be the greatest mum in the universe all women want to have kids since like the beginning of time it’s totally natural and organic and has nothing to do with gay straight whatever doesnt matter” danvers LOL yeah sure makes totally sense

More important:  I discovered, as I worked away on the proposal, that Spider-Man—recently married to Mary Jane—was a far better choice than either Wonder Man or Batman.  Peter Parker is perhaps the most emotionally and psychologically authentic protagonist in any super-hero universe.  Underneath that mask, he’s as confused, as flawed, as touchingly human, as the people who read—and write—about him:  the quintessential Everyman.  And that Everyman’s love for his new wife, for the new life they were building together, was the emotional fuel that ignited the story.  It was Mary Jane’s presence, her heart and soul, that reached down into the deeps of Peter’s heart and soul, forcing him up out of that coffin, out of the grave, into the light.
 
And that’s how Kraven’s Last Hunt was born.
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J.M. DeMatteis

How naive and stoopyd of DeMatteis.

a) Everyone knows the marriage is objectively terrible

b) Character development and depth is objectively terrible because Dan Slott said so

c) Dan Slott, the single greatest Spider-Man writer of all time, said the marriage was a late addition to this story thus proving it doesn’t count as one of the all time great stories during the Spider Marriage so there.