for the anon who asked for a groupchat celebrity au with twitter. ik this isn’t exactly what you asked for, but i will do a proper celebrity au one day. probably. dedicated to my wife @jiilys bc she deserves all this and more
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: thanks for tuning in last night! check us out next week when we’ll be discussing whether sand dollars should be a viable form of currency
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: james no one cares about ur stupid fuckign radio show
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: ur the co-host
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: i dont see how thats a relevant piece of information
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) tweeted: @jimsradio why do you have pine trees listed as your topic for next week
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: why not
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: theyr an important part of our capitalist, consumer-driven society
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) retweeted: is this just because you couldn’t come up with a better topic
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: r u insinuating that i had no ideas and decided on pine trees bc there happens to be one outside peters bedroom window
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) retweeted: yes
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: fair
James Potter to radioheads: how about we have remus as our special guest next week
Sirius Black: i have legitimately never heard of a worse idea
Remus Lupin: good luck driving yourself to the lido next week then dickhead
Sirius Black: i already lost that job
Remus Lupin: why am i not surprised
Sirius Black: jokes on u lupin, ur the one who’s been driving me 40 minutes out of your way every morning for nothing
Remus Lupin: fucker
Remus Lupin to James Potter: we need more advertising
James Potter: ?? we have plenty of advertising
Remus Lupin: we have the same ad for your dad’s hair gel playing every break on a ten minute loop
James Potter: ?? what’s ur point
Peter Pettigrew to james you know i love monty but we need more advertising: guys 2, 141 people listened in last week
Remus Lupin: are you kidding
James Potter: result!!!!
Sirius Black: was that the one where we talked about freaks & geeks conspiracy theories
Remus Lupin: no that was the one where you talked about crunchy chips vs squishies
Remus Lupin: do you even listen to the show
Sirius Black: im the co-host thank you very much
Remus Lupin: could’ve fooled me
Sirius Black has removed Remus Lupin from the chat.
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) tweeted: @petepettigrew i still cant believe u prefer squishies to crunchies
Peter Pettigrew (@petepettigrew) retweeted: what?? theyr more flavoursome
James Potter to Sirius Black: remus has been our special guest for the past five episodes i think we need someone new
Sirius Black: what about pete
James Potter: pete does sound
Sirius Black: then get someone else to do sound
James Potter: u, my friend, are a genius
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: we need someone with tech experience to do our sound booth pls and thank
Peter Pettigrew to fifa plays would make a shitty topic: I thought I was sound technician??
James Potter: u can still be sound technician we’re just having u as our special guest
Sirius Black: im not sure i can handle having a special guest who thinks squishies r better than crunchies
James Potter: ??? u were the one who suggested pete in the first place
Sirius Black: i was?? funny that
Peter Pettigrew: i hate u all
Lily Evans (@liljane) tweeted: @jimsradio i have two years worth of tech experience and can do friday evenings if ur still looking for a sound technician
James Potter to shitdick central™: holy shit check out the chick who just applied for techie
Peter Pettigrew: who is she
Remus Lupin: lily evans
Remus Lupin: she had her own radio show a couple of years back with this really awful guy
Remus Lupin: it was really popular
Peter Pettigrew: the radio show or the guy
Remus Lupin: ?? the radio show
Remus Lupin: the guy turned out to be a massive racist
Remus Lupin: in her last interview she called him ‘an abusive fuckface’
Sirius Black: i say we hire her
James Potter: seconded
Remus Lupin to James Potter: is the only reason you want to hire her is because you think she’s hot
James Potter: do you really think i’m that shallow
Remus Lupin: yes
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: @liljane you’re hired. i’ll dm you the details
Sirius Black to i’m not shallow remus i just have an appreciation for the finer things in life: i cant believe that you both literally and figuratively slid into her dm’s
James Potter: im blocking u
James Potter to what the fuck is an aardvark anyway: that went rather well if you ask me
Sirius Black: ?? it was a fucking atrocity
Sirius Black: you were staring at her the whole time
James Potter: no i wasn’t
Remus Lupin: you missed five of your queues
James Potter: ok, so maybe i was a little off
Sirius Black: there were more awkward silences than that one time peter tried to pick up rosmerta at the three broomsticks
Peter Pettigrew: you promised you wouldn’t bring that up again!!
Sirius Black: sry pete, desperate times call for desperate measures
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: make sure to check us out at our new time of 7:00pm fridays!!
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: you do realise no-one actually watches this show
Lily Evans (@liljane) retweeted: he’s right you know
James Potter (@jimsradio) retweeted: i hate both of u
Lily Evans to James Potter: can u stop making jokes about lamps
James Potter: i don’t know what u filamean
Peter Pettigrew to wes anderson is better than quentin taratino and you know it james: ALMOST 10K PEOPLE LISTENED IN LAST NIGHT
James Potter: HOLY SHIT
Lily Evans: james u owe me $50 and your 1st edition copy of the great gatsby
James Potter: i’d rather die
Lily Evans: then die, jim
Remus Lupin: christ
Sirius Black: u called??
Peter Pettigrew: what even is this group chat
James Potter to Lily Evans: was that u tearing up i saw in the sound booth when i was reading out my piece about foreshadowing in the simpsons
Lily Evans: i was tearing up over how bad it was
Lily Evans: there was something in my eye
Lily Evans: i think it was your complete lack of a writing style
James Potter: stop it
Lily Evans (@liljane) tweeted: petition to kick sirius out of the group chat bc he won’t stop talking about scooby doo conspiracy theories at 3am
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: i can scooby do what i want
Lily Evans (@liljane) retweeted: blocked
James Potter to Sirius Black: WHERE ARE YOU WE’RE ON IN 5
James Potter: sirs
James Potter: where r you
Sirius Black: ran in tp regulus at the cineplex
James Potter: where are you now
Sirius Black: field next to cneplex
James Potter: don’t move
James Potter (@jimsradio)tweeted: sorry that there was no show this week folks!! sirius got mauled by a bear and i had to drive up to toronto to help amputate his right arm
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) retweeted: @jimsradio who’s going to wank you off now
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: @remuslupout bitch im left-handed
Sirius Black to velma, daphne and fred: i’m sure evans would do it for you james
Lily Evans: you want to lose the other arm black
Peter Pettigrew to cry me a river lupin: maybe we should make our group chats accessible to the public to get more hits
James Potter: i would but no one wants to see screenshots of sirius in a bra
Sirius Black: by no-one do you mean everyone
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: thank you guys so much for 20k hits the other night!! more content coming
Sirius Black to bitches bitchin: GRAHAM NORTON TONIGHT BITCHES
Lily Evans: are you sober
Sirius Black: am i ever sober
Lily Evans: good point
James Potter to sirius stop changing the group chat name while graham is in the middle of asking you questions: i think that went well
Lily Evans: james im leaving you for graham norton
Sirius Black: not if i leave him first
Severus Snape (@halfbloodprince) tweeted: @jimsradio feel like keeping your hands off my co-host you wanker??
James Potter to i haven’t been able to listen to eyes on fire by blue foundation since they played it over bella and ryan’s scene in eyewitness: how are we gonna handle this
James Potter: my vote is firmly rooted in manslaughter
Lily Evans: leave it to me
Lily Evans: but keep manslaughter as a backup
Lily Evans (@liljane) tweeted: @halfbloodprince i wonder what it’d be like to not be so ridiculously self-involved as to impose yourself where you’re strictly not wanted?
Lily Evans (@liljane) tweeted: @halfbloodprince stay out of my life or you’ll be receiving numerous calls from my lawyer
Lily Evans to manslaughter: yes or no: its sorted
Sirius Black: you don’t even have a lawyer
Lily Evans: he doesn’t know that
James Potter to Lily Evans: whats a rlly interesting and extensive subject we could cover this week
Lily Evans: milk
James Potter: excellent
Lily Evans to tangled is so much better than frozen: im at the studio and i have liquor
Sirius Black: be there in 5
Peter Pettigrew: can u pick me up
Sirius Black: McNo™
Remus Lupin: i regret the day i gave u that keyboard shortcut
Sirius Black: i dont
James Potter to Lily Evans: r u ok
Lily Evans: fine just sistet stuff
James Potter: u sound trashed
Lily Evans: thsts bc i Am
James Potter: where r u
Lily Evans: blcony
Lily Evans: jim
Lily Evans: can u tak e me hpme
Lily Evans: jaems
Lily Evans: i love you
Lily Evans to James Potter: what did i say last night
James Potter: nothing its fine
James Potter: don’t worry about it
Lily Evans: i am worried about it
James Potter: don’t be
James Potter: see you at work
Remus Lupin to James Potter: whats goin on between u two
James Potter: ???
Remus Lupin: you know what i mean
Remus Lupin: you keep looking at her and looking away
Remus Lupin: she keeps forgetting to give you your queues
James Potter: probably distracted by that hickey on your neck
Remus Lupin: i TOLD you i FELL OVER
Lily Evans (@liljane) tweeted: thank you guys so much for 100k! i’ve made @jimsradio promise to change his username if we make it to 1mil in the next two months
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: he should change it to @wanker
Lily Evans (@liljane) retweeted: i checked its already taken by @halfbloodprince
Sirius Black to james potter and co: can you and evans stop eye-fucking during the sets
James Potter changed the chat name to i dont know what you’re talking about.
Sirius Black changed the chat name to yes u do.
James Potter changed the chat name to do not.
Sirius Black changed the chat name to do too.
James Potter changed the chat name to do not.
Remus Lupin: you guys know she’s getting all of these right
James Potter: shit
Lily Evans to James Potter: u have something u want to tell me
James Potter: i’d rather do it in person,,,,,if thats ok
Lily Evans: only if we announce our engagement during a set
James Potter: deal
James Potter (@jimsradio) tweeted: we hit 1mil! also @liljane and i are fucking
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) retweeted: about time
Sirius Black (@blacksheep) retweeted: you don’t say
Remus Lupin (@remuslupout) retweeted: i do say
Peter Pettigrew (@petepettigrew) retweeted: im blocking both of u
Lily Evans (@liljane) retweeted: r u gonna hold up your end of the bargain @jimsradio
James Potter changed his username to @lilandjimsradio.
Full disclosure: I write this as someone who, up until last year, looked at the spinoffs and brushed them off as ‘silly’ or ‘not worth my time’ and just laughed at them without ever giving them a shot(save for GX). My general reaction to seeing that there was another series was ‘another one? really?’
So, with that cleared up,
Why you should totally give the Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoffs a chance.
So, you’ve seen the original series(which I shall refer to as DM(Duel Monsters) from here on out) and maybe you’re kinda curious about the other series, or you want to know what the buzz is about and if they’re really that good. But, which should you check out, there are 5 of them after all.
All of them, you should give them all a shot.
Le’s go down the list, stating with GX.
This is the one that’s the ‘high school au’ one.
This is your protagonist for 4 seasons(180 episodes)
His name is Judai Yuki. Probably the most normal and realistic looking of the ones on this list. I mean, brown hair and eyes, that’s pretty uncommon for a protagonist in this kind of anime.
He’s the protagonist a lot of people seem to refer to as the ‘annoying hyper one’. I blame the 4Kids dub* for this. Because, watching that, you wouldn’t believe he’s 15. Yeah you heard me. 15. A year younger than Yugi. He is most definitely not the ‘annoying and hyper’ one.
He’s the only protagonist to have a confirmed end-game love interest(as in, he canonically ends up with someone), and they’re not female.
The show allows him to make mistakes and face the consequences of his actions, and they aren’t always pretty.
*I will probably recommend you watch the subs for all these. Because honestly, after DM (and ymmv on what you thought of that dub) I feel like 4K just treated the spinoffs as a joke. They butchered the hell out of them and you lose a lot. Unless you want to watch the dub and laugh at it.
If you’re fresh off DM, or hold that one dear and aren’t sure if you want to let go of the characters you love yet(and you don’t need to let go, you can love all of them), this might be a good place to start, because cameos.
Yup, see GX is set in the same universe/timeline as DM, just about ~7(10 in the dub) years later, so we get a few cameo appearances from past characters.
Pegasus appears in 3 of the 4 seasons, Yugi appears in the first and last episodes, Kaiba gets a few brief shots and Yugi’s Grandfather even gets an appearance dung the second season as a helper to the protags(which gives us a number of nods back to DM and Battle City in particular.
The foreshadowing in this series is, amazing, and the sort of thing you don’t catch till you rewatch it.
It is slow to get started admittedly, unless you like slice of life, then you’ll enjoy the early portions of season 1, because it has a lot of slice of life type episodes/episodes to establish the characters and the world before the plot kicks in.
If you can hang around until season 3 it will be worth your time. I promise. I can’t even compare it to anything in DM because, cripes it’s worse than season 4(the Doma arc) with how dark it gets. Season 3 is basically the embodiment of the ‘Break the Cutie’ trope. With ‘cutie’ being, that one up there.
Also, the character development in this series is phenomenal! Probably the best out of all the series.
So if you like DM and the characters and you’re not quite ready to say goodbye, this is a good place to start.
*I have a bit of a personal bias b/c this one is my favourite.
aka the card games on motorcycles one.
Yes, it’s a silly idea. But they pull it off enough well enough that you can look past it.
So, your protagonist for this 152 episode series.
Yusei Fudo. He is the oldest protagonist at 18.
Do not be fooled by that serious face, he is a massive sweetheart and very nice.
If you like action this is one you’ll like. If you enjoyed Kaiba you’ll probably enjoy Jack Atlas (the rival/Kaiba expy for this series). This one also has more of the ‘ancient magic from thousands of years ago’ that DM had. Except from Egypt, it’s from Peru, and involves the Nazca lines.
Unlike GX,which starts out slow and is very slice of lifey, this one just, drops you head first into the story, action right off the bat. You need to watch a few episodes to adjust to the vast difference between this one and the previous two.
You may have heard of the 10th anniversary movie Bonds Beyond Time, a crossover between DM, GX and 5D’s. Yes, that means that this too exists in the same time line as DM. Just, a few decades or so after GX (though it’s not clear how many). There’s no character cameos, but you do get a few nods back to DM, including a mention about Kaiba Corp as well as the brief appearance of an old duelling platform from season 1 DM.
This is also the first one to introduce a new summoning method(that isn’t Fusion or Ritual), called Synchro summoning.
The first season(up to episode 64, the end of the Dark Signers arc) is worth checking out at minimum and you can totally stop right there and not really lose anything.
The second season is, kinda clumsily handled. There was a massive controversy with one of the actresses and she was replaced and a massive chunk of the script rewritten due to said controversy and, it shows. Season 2 has more of the ‘slice of life’ episodes. And it has some fun mini arcs interspersed with the plot(like watching Jack fight the literal devil, and a wild west themed mini arc).
Again, I recommend the subs. The dub is, eh. The second season is just, bad because there are literally chunks of episodes, in the middle of arcs, undubbed. And the last chunk of the series isn’t dubbed, it ends something like halfway through the final arc. So subbed is the only way to see it through till the end.
So 5D’s is worth checking out for sure, or at least the first season and BBT.
This one seems to be a bit of a blacksheep in the YGO, it seems to be the one to get a lot of flack. :/
Anyways, our protagonist for this one. It is 146 episodes.
Yuma Tsukumo. Sweet cinnamon roll that must be protected at all costs.
Yes, he has weird hair, but so does everyone in this series so you’ll adjust(and some are even odder that his). Also please note he s 13, making him the youngest protag. So keep that in mind when judging his actions.
If you like DM, this is also a good one to check out for sure because of all of the parallels between them.
From the relationship between Yum and Astral and Yugi and Atem(amnesiac spirit tied to an artefact and host that is helping them recover their memories…), to ‘former bully turned best friend of the protagonist’, to something that happens at the very end of the series. It’s like a great bit DM reference, with season 2 being a massive GX reference.
It also has great themes on friendship, forgiveness, family, as well as never giving up and giving it your all. Yuma’s ‘kattobingu’ is silly but wonderful. Yuma is a ball of sunshine and happiness that eclipses everyone else on this list.
It’s plot is also an interesting thing, going from a seemingly clear cut, black and white situation where you go ‘they’re good and they’re bad’ to a very grey and muddied one where it’s really hard to tell who’s right and who’s wrong in the conflict and asking the question ‘is this really right?’
While there are no past character cameos, we DO get an episode with monster cameos from DM and GX(including BWED and Dark Magician, and Neos and Rainbow Dragon). If this is in the same universe or a different one from the previous three is unclear. Knowledge of them is not needed to watch and enjoy this one.
Like 5D’s, which introduces Riding Duels and Synchro Summoning, Zexal introduces us to Xyz Summoning and D-Gazers(the duels are projected into VR space that only those wearing a D-Gazer can see/interact with, and the trouble as a phone/communication device of sorts). It catches you up fairly fast on what both of these are.
Much like GX though, it starts off semi slice of life-y with plot, and then the next season hits and it goes dark. Really, really dark.
But it’s great.
Also, it has arguably one of the greatest villains in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Vector. Just, just Vector.
Think like Yami Bakura, if he were actually competent and thought his plans through and knew what he was doing. And more of a twisted, manipulative person. He’s a ‘love to hate him’ character because he is so good at what he does and fun to watch, but at the same time, the things he does are just awful.
And this one has some pretty good foreshadowing too-there s a line in the, second episode that suddenly makes sense when you get to season 2 and more is revealed.
So if you love DM this one is definitely worth checking out.
This one isn’t missing any episodes from the dub.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V
This one is a bit longer than Zexal at 148 episodes long
This is Yuya Sakaki. You’ve probably heard people call him ‘tomato child’. Yeah, the hair is why. Also he is 14.
Again, like Zexal everyone has crazy hair, so he isn’t too unusual in terms of colour(I mean his best friend has pink hair).
This one is a bit different.
See, while you could watch any of the previous three in any order without having seen any of the others and they would still make sense, this one makes frequent references to GX, 5D’s and Zexal as well as using their summoning methods(Fusion, Synchro and Xyz). You don’t *need* to watch the previous ones to watch this and understand it, however you will get the tiny references faster if you do(which adds to the fun).
It is definitely a fun one to watch, taking all the liveliness that is duelling and doing something with it. Action Duels. So no more just, standing there shouting at one another. Now it’s running around, riding the monsters and shouting at each other.
So if you liked the action from DM, you’ll enjoy this.
And much like Zexal and 5D’s, this one introduces Pendulum Summoning as its new summoning method, while utilizing all the previous summoning methods.
One thing people like to point out is its deconstruction of many past YGO tropes(esp the ‘we duelled so we’re friends’ trope.) and it does, frequently. Also I think it’s the first one to feature a tournament arc, where the tournament doesn’t get finished. And female characters that DO shit and get shit done. And a lot of them too.
And yes this is the one with the guy and his lookalikes. Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it seems. If you can keep straight and past and present selves in DM, counterparts is a non issue(especially since they are introduced gradually so you get to know them).
The plot is kinda slow to get going, as it bounces between two main characters for the first while, yet still keeps from being boring, but once it hits, it HITS. Like, by episode 7 you know something is up and this is going to be more than just ‘duelling for fun’ and a rivalry between schools, and it goes from there. And then, for lack of a better descriptor, ‘shit gets real’ once you reach the 30′s.
And it’s all down hill from there.
*This one is my other favourite.
This is the newest one, hot off the presses (and only 6 episodes long at the time of writing)
Meet Yusaku Fujiki, 16 years old.
A bit of a loner, withdrawn and more or less friendless(a first in YGO). He’s also blunt and speaks his mind, even to the point of rudeness, even if unintentionally(he doesn’t know how to socialize all that well). He’s also a hacker.
But he has an alter ego, the vigilante duelist Playmaker. Did I mention he gets a transformation sequence?
Cause he does. The magical boy/magical girl jokes write themselves honestly.
(gifs by kaiba-cave – the gifs did not show up in the gif search unfortunately)
VRAINS introduces us to a new kind of dueling, VR dueling, where one logs onto the Link VRAINS (which stands for Link Virtual Reality Artificial Intelligence Network System) server to duel in the online world under an avatar(that usually looks/sounds different from their real world self). It also introduces Link Summoning to the game.
If you thought the Virtual Reality arcs in DM were something, VRAINS takes it up a level(also if you are at all familiar with the mobile game Duel Links, then the rules of the Speed Duels that are used in VRAINS should be familiar to you). I
All we know about the plot at the moment is that the world of Link VRAINS is under attack from a group of hackers called the Knights of Hanoi who seek to destroy it.
I’ve head comparisons made to .hack and SAO, but as I’venev seen eithe can’t vouch for them.
Also, if you like consistent animation quality, GX is the way to go, with Zexal and Arc V following close(VRAINS is looking pretty good to but only time will tell). No where near as many wonky episodes like DM had(Doma arc and Memory World Arc come to mind). Sure they have their off episodes in terms of animation(what doesn’t?) but not to the degree that DM had.
GX is fairly solid in terms of animation, especially in season 4 where it shoots up, a lot. While Zexal and Arc V are just, stunningly animated, and very bright and colourful (so when the animation dips for an episode or two you can tell).
5D’s has some good and some bad.
And the character designs, the character designs are fucking great ok? For all of them.
Where to watch!
Of course, the most important thing, after picking which one sounds interesting to you, is were to watch it.
I highly, highly recommend the subs over the dub(though you can watch the dub if you want, just take it with a grain of salt at times)
Of course, supporting the official release is best idea. Gx, 5D’s, Arc V and VRAINS all have official subs on Crunchyroll for your viewing pleasure, with VRAINS being simulcast! This means subs come up the same day the new episode comes out(every Wednesday). This is the first time it’s ever been done for Yu-Gi-Oh!
Ideally, this would be the way to go. However, CR does not have subs for Zexal(it does have the dub though so, maybe one day), and VRAINS is region locked in certain places(like Canada) meaning you will have to seek fansubs elsewhere. Gogoanime is my recommendation. Torrenting/downloading is the next best option.
If you want decent Gx fansubs, I recommend these ones.
All in all, they are all good, for various different reasons and definitely worth checking out, especially if you were/are a fan of the original. Or if you watched any of them dubbed and want to check out the uncut/unedited original versions, which are worth it.
Don’t just pass them over because ‘oh they’re spinoffs, they can’t be that good’. Actually, they can and are.
So a while back me and @greenyvertekins talked a bit about our favorite Sonic Archie moments, I was thinking of doing a TOp five/top ten favorite Sonic archie issues but honestly the moments I and Greenyvertekis mentioned were pretty much my favorite/best issues. So if you want to read here! most of them are also from the best written arcs so …..
Then I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to do a top five WORST Sonic arche issues instead? :) (warning Im from the Netherlands so my English is bad, feel free to spell correct me!)
Number 05 Issue 172
Going pretty low in the list because despite this being one of my least favorite issues it should be noted that this was the start from the comic getting better and better at this point, this ugly-face just was the blacksheep from that collection.
Not only was the cover a bad reminder that the comic was seen as bad-furry-romance-drama which I really hoped the comic wanted to distant itself from it, the entire issue is a sadlyalso bad-furry-drama. It starts off with Amy Rose confronting Fiona Fox about the rumors that she heard from Tails that she is cheating on Sonic with Scourge, (the Green Edgy Sonic recolor) Now the story of Fiona Fox is a pretty sad one, she never had much of a character to begin with. She was first introduced as a robot in her child form to lure Tails into a trap. It turns out that Eggman based her off a real person: Fiona Fox who someway or another was left behind by Mighty and Sonic in Eggman’s prison and she manage to escape but stil holding a grudge and got angry at them for it, That is mostly what I remember her from in the past issues. From then on she would just be background character number 55 a freedom fighter with no dialog, the only times I sort of remember her was that she liked the idea of using guns, and that Sonic was afraid for Tails to be rejected by the too-old-for-you girl Fiona.Sonic wanted to talk to FIona about this issue and she mentions she still thinks SOnic is selfish for leaving her behind but that his sacrifice in issue 125 made her change her mind somewhat, That’s it. Now the weird story behind Fiona is that Karl Boilers planned to use her as a second-love interest for Sonic after Sonic broke up with Sally. Sonic was supposed to enter a relationship with Amy Rose shortly after the Sonic/Sally break up. (Keep in ind that Amy Rose back then was still 10 years old mentally at that time YIKES.) and Fiona for whatever reason was to become a rival to Amy for Sonic’s affections. Now Ken Penders apparently interfered with this idea and Karl and Ken changed it into…Fiona Fox becoming Sonic’s girlfriend instead…out of the blue….out of nowhere. At least with Amy you knew she had a crush on Sonic but with Fiona? why would Sonic ever enter a relationship with a girl he hardly interacted with and with a girl his best friend was crushing on? ..moving on various issues later and writer Karl Boilers and Ken Penders were no longer on board and new writer Ian Flyn entered into the picture it was by then far too late to clean up this mess and I could tell from the comic’s writing that Ian wasn’t sure what to do with Fiona, he tried to give her a more Sally-personality with a bad history but that felt tripped and forced. He knew he had to break the two characters off and he thought the best way to do that was to reveal that Fiona Fox became a bad-girl who fell in love with Scourge due to the events off Sonic 150 (dont worry that issue will be brought up later)
Not only did this came out of no where, it felt forced even if Fiona had no character it felt like she really was just a pawn of a writer not sure what to do with her. It also didnt help that the issue ends in a weird anticlimatic way and in the next issue most of the characters dont even talk or seem to be phazed with Fiona’s betrayel and Sonic would be slightly flirtatious with Sally and Amy in the next issue too, (Really Sonic you just got dumped.) The issues saving grace is a cute side story with Amy Rose and Julie Su training together and some decent/good art overall.
Number 04 Knuckles the Echidna issue 32
Yes Knuckles does count as part of the Sonic series, and if the list would be Knuckles comic focused this would have been number one. Not only was this the last issue of probably the most boring arc I ever read It also nailed the coffin on the Knuckles series as it was canned after this issue. It introduced two very uncreative very Un-SegaSonic like characters: Monk and Hunter whose design and motivations are as generic as you can imagine. Ken Penders tries to make you feel for the Monk-character but I dont think anyone was convinced. I own this issue as well and HONESTLY I forgot I even read this issue as a child it was that forgettable, even in my Knucklesfangirl phase as soon as I finished reading the last 3 issues I forgot about it, It also doesnt help that the covers while nicely drawn by Galan were cluttered and too busy, Ken Penders did the book’s art and while he did a perfect job drawing Hunter his cartoon characters were always off-model and the way he draws large mangaeyes didn’t look well. In other words the art wasnt good either.
I only remember these issues because of @hedgehogscantswim review, which I suggest you guys read into as they go into much greater depth on their blog on the flaws of the art, the character designs of Monk and Hunter and the overall big problem the last issue has.
Number 3 Sonic issue 134
Oh Yeah let’s talk about the big one, let’s talk about the issue that caused many Sonic fans to drop the comic, lets talk about the issue that split the fanbase in half and what made the Sonic-Archie comics the laughing stock of Sonic spin offs for years to come until Ian Flyn joined and the much later soft-Reboot. If the Sally/Sonic/Mina love drama didn’t convince people that the comic had badfurryromance drama this issue sure did.
Sonic sacrificed himself in issue 125 to save the world, but was transported to a different planet cause science, he survived and had space adventures with Aliens, met up with Tails parents somehow…(Really those issues are all a blur too me at this point.) he came back to Mobuis only to discover a year has passed since then, he reunites with his nowwithlonghair girlfriend Sally and by issue 125, Sally makes it clear to Sonic that she wants him by his side as she is sort-of forced by her parents to no longer be on the battle field. However Sonic cant possibly do that, he is the hero after all, he cant be tied down Sally clearry suffering from trauma after Sonic’s death begs him to stay by her side, Sonic tearfully tells her he can’t and Sally takes Sonic’s rejection pretty well and says that she knows being a hero is in Sonic’s blood and decides to reject her parents wishes and join her boyfriend and the rest of her friends on the battle field.
No wait Never mind, she SLAPS him across the face and calls him Selfish and breaks up with him afterwards.
Not only did this issue came in the worst possible time when the Sonally/Sonamy ship wars was rampant in the Online Sonic fandom communities. The motivation and reason for Karl Boilers to do this was in such a bad taste as well. Karl who MOST Likely was aware of the growing popularity of the Sonamy ship and the hatred the sonamy fanbase had for Sally, from people calling her a marry sue, a slut because her lack of pants, ugly due to her brown color sceme, and other funny-horrible things because shipping is serious business, Probably wanted to win and be favored by a part of the Sonic fan base and had outlined plans to have Sonic and Amy Rose become an official couple in the comics. (Even if Karl wrote Amy Rose as a 10 year old mentally girl with a body of a 12 year old together with a 17 year old teen Sonic.) They had to become a couple. How to do this you ask? by breaking Sonic/Sally up and portraying Sally out to be a selfish cunt of a woman, not only was this so disgustingly out of character and a slap to the face to the sonally and Sally fans, it was all to make the fans to transaction to the idea of Sonamy instead. It didnt help Sally’s position in the fanbase and she along with Chris and Elise would be among the list of the most hated characters where extreme Sonamy fanbrats now had valid proof on their side.It would take years for Sally to recover. To add insult to injury the only nice thing about the issue is the introduction of new artist John Gray (whose animish-cartoondisneyish style was colorful, pleasant and very pleasing to the eye! was more then needed at that time since the art quality standards was low back then. )John has stated he did NOT like working on this issue either due to the content and story. I am so thankful that Sally has been much better written for years now.
Number 02 Sonic Super Special issue 07 Crossover with Image Comics
Where to start with this, oh boy oh boy. I put this very high on the list because this has to be one of the worst crossovers spin ofss I have ever had the pleasure of reading. and I mean that the Powerrangers/TMNT crossover was more enjoybale that this mess. This is also very high on the list not only because the art was below average and many characters were off models but Mister Ken Penders used this crossover special to shoehorn his own ‘’characters’ from his comic book series the Lost Ones. (who btw got canned after only volume 01) his characters got the most attention out of everyone else. A image-comics with Sonic crossover already sounds sort of weird and silly but hey I am Spawn fangirl, I am intrigued. But I dont even get that.
(oh wait, this is fucking it, Spawn appears for about a page to say no to Sonic and then leaves thats it??) FOR FUCK SAKE….
Honestly @robotnikholmescomicblog gave this comic a great review and I suggest going to their tag of Ken-Penders-Why as they bring out most of the flaws of Ken Penders writing and they said it better then I ever will.
Overall the issue is just a mess, with shallowcheap cameos of image characters, Sonic and the freedom fighters being DICKS to most of the human characters for no reason, a very anti climatic ending and a giant commercial for Ken Penders doomed and boring characters that nobody gave a dam about) characters that he planned to use in ‘’The Lost ones’’ and Knuckles 20 years later. With a character hinting to become Knuckles’s greatest enemy yet with a very ugly boring design that could rivals Hunter. (btw none of these concepts go anywhere, Lost Ones was canned, and Knuckles 20 years later didnt come in fruition the way Ken Penders wanted.)
and number 5, worst issue Sonic issue 150
This is my most least favorite issues up to date and why you might ask
well for one thing the art is okay, I give it that but it doesnt even start with Sonic,
no we get a quick-reveal of AntiSonic pretending to be the real Sonic flirting with all the girls in knothole
We get uncomfortable panels of Mina Mongoose almost cheating on her boyfriend with Sonic, Sonic and Bunnie making out and falling asleep next together, Sonic being creepy at Amy ect and none of the girls seem to realize that this is obvious not the real Sonic but ANti-Sonic. Everbody fails to notice that Sonic is trying to flirt with all the girls he gets his eyes on. Only Tails seems to quistion it. Shows how much his own friends seem to know him. Or his own freaking family. The real Sonic is stuck in anti-mobuis and is busy trying to convince them that he is not AntiSonic, it’s very boring and dull. Also since the real Ant was stuck in anti Mobuis couldn’t he have tried to come back to his own world with Sonic? I dont know that just confused the heck out of me, The extra side story also doesn’t help, Its the conclusion to TailS ‘’the Chosen One’’ which was,,,pretty lame too with bland-art, and has the unfortunate of introducing the fanbase to the still-hilarious Titan Tails
So the stories are stupid, the art is okay and lame. Why is it so high on the list?
It’s THE 150 anniversary issue and this is how Karl and Ken apparently wanted to celebrate it? It also doesn’t help that the cover is really underwhelming and boring compared to the 125th issue but that’s it’s least of its problems. A short while later Ian Flyn and Tracey joined the team and Ken and Karl left. For the better. But talk about a lame way to celebrate a 150th milestone. What a waste.
So I have this AU/headcanon that Harry has a beautiful singing voice but that Harry went deaf as a result of the Dursley’s abuse and neglect. So people are always asking him to sing for them in the common room but the only songs he remembers are like nursery rhymes and playground songs. And the Gryffindors all gather round at night to hear him sing “Ba-Ba-Blacksheep and "Ring around the Rosie,” and stuff like that.
By Pluto, I’m not talking about Scorpio anything (unless it also aspects Pluto). I’m talking about people that have been …blessed(?) with aspects to Pluto in their natal charts.
This can be literally any aspect to the major planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
The difference is Scorpian energy is instinctive. Whether they have one planet or many actually IN Scorpio, regardless of how heavy it feels, the heaviness seems normal *to them* and they’re able to wear the energy better.
Pluto aspects on the other hand have a habit of sort of lying dormant in your personality and randomly taking over while you’re inside your own head going *wtf - wtf -wtf* was THAT and the people around you slowly back away.
In any case, Pluto’s been on my mind today and for all Plutonian’s I can only offer one bit of advice: own your dark side and make peace with it or it’ll manifest outside of you as a goddamn separate entity.
What this means for Plutonian’s is regardless if you feel like Sunshine and Rainbows everyday, if you insist on denying your Pluto energy it’ll manifest outside yourself. Changes in employment, social status upheaval, abusive relationships (as abuser and/or abusee), crazy shit with finances, basic douchery, all of this will FIND YOU until you own your own psyche.
Plutonian’s generally come from dicked up backgrounds. It’s like from birth this is your opportunity to experience all of the shit. Just all of it. It’s aweful. The trick is to use the early bits and rather than use it as a reason for self-pity, instead figure out how it made you awesome NOW so you dont end up murdering someone.
Also, Plutonians are murder-y. It’s true. When I say you need to own your dark shit I’m not playing. Write, tattoo, work out to the extreme, have just all the sex but do something with your energy before said energy is turned inward and either harms you or someone else.
Ok maybe that last bit was dramatic.
Anyway, I have a Pluto moon. What this means is the aforementioned dicked up childhood with also the bonus of knowing it was dicked up and proclaiming it LOUDLY from a wee age. (Also, Plutonian’s aren’t known for tact.) Now, what this also means is I survive. Regardless of what pile of crap I may be buried under, I eventually shrug it off and move on to my next goal.
This is the GREATEST part of being a Plutonian. Yes, you’ll have random strangers tell you their life stories. Yes, people that are close to you will feel vaguely uneasy with no real explanation why. Yes, you may be the family blacksheep because your family’s an entirely ridiculous mess and you’re the one who refuses to join in the idiocy. It’s OKAY, this is what you were put here for. To serve as reminder to other people that they can be strong too. That’s another Plutonian caveat: someone, somewhere looks up to you as someone to emulate. Use it wisely.
If you’d like to know if you have Pluto aspects, I recommend using astrotheme.com. Choose the option to run your chart then opt to show all aspects - its a great way to view all the aspects you have. If you have any Pluto aspects, I recommend you read up on them. Knowledge is key with Pluto bullshit.
Okay so yesterday I felt like I was getting in a little deep with the Control Freak..she does that to me. She really makes me second guess myself sometimes and I wanted to stop for the day. But here we go to continue family as I know it.
Mr Gruff just appears to be that way to most. I know him as someone who has worked hard to provide his family with what the needed. Not necessarily everything we wanted but we never went without that’s for sure. He came into my life when I was bout 8 or 9 but he has always been dad to me. He may not have always super affectionate but I knew he loved me and still does. Mr Gruff is now sober and has been for a few years; there were many when he wasn’t. Wow that was hell to watch but it also taught me a lot about what type of person I wanted to be or not be as the case may be. The relationship between him and Control Freak also showed me what I wanted for myself when I got older; I didn’t want to have a huge amount of drama, volatility, and buyers remorse. One thing I noticed as I got older is that their relationship was definitely one that lacked communication and maybe some resentment. For example - When Mr Gruff was a drinker Control Freak was a gambler. So when Mr Gruff drank Control Freak gambled or vice versa. There were times that foreclosure was facing them, overdrawn bank accounts, or even the threat of repossessions. It was a vicious cycle that I watched continually…sad really. But now that he is sober and Control Freak doesn’t appear to be gambling so much they have managed to have a somewhat normal retirement and they moved a state away. So much for micro-managing my life right? I could only hope….lol
For those of us who all have siblings I am sure that one is always considered the Golden One…yeah I definitely have one of those (cue rolling of the eyes). This is the one that was the cheerleader, popular, cute, and could do no wrong..cough cough bullshit cough cough. Oh did I say that…sorry back on track now. Parental units bought the first car for her and oh did she think she was cool cruising around in her camaro (oh it was used but still very nice). Now mind you I was very close to this one as well and she looked up to me for some reason…there are quite a few years between us. Frankenstein, Ronin, Golden One, and I even shared a house together. She worked and went to school; didn’t have to pay rent or anything as long as she was in school. Cool deal right?? Wish I had that at 17. Anywhoo…let’s fast forward to the present and why yes she is still the Golden One. She has some issues along the way that I feel were enabled by most or just swept under the rug with everything else yet again. We are talking pill addiction, meth addiction, attempted suicide (twice), and rehab. Now don’t think I am being cynical or uncaring, this is my sister ya know. This is just me standing on the outside looking in and seeing what I see. But when she was down and out the parental units took her in (as any good parent should help their child) but the enabling became painfully obvious. She didn’t have a job, they bought her a car (which she later scrapped when she took off again), and she didn’t have to do basically anything except exist. She has always needed to be center stage and that’s just how it goes. She went to school for certified medical assistant; for years this all she knew. No other schooling or skills so to speak of. She now works where I work (thankfully in a different department) but she lied to get her job and has not proven she can do it after 4 years. This irritates the crap out of me because I have been here 11 years and worked my ass off from the bottom to get where I am today…oh yeah did I mention I got my Master’s degree for what I do? Accounting is definitely not in her vocabulary and it shows. She has definitely found the way to manipulate the system in a lot of aspects. Man I wish sometimes there were days I could just say to hell with everything and do what I want. But then you would see me picking everything up putting it back in order and continuing on because I am the responsible one dammit. Oh and she has one child and is currently single. Got married young (not to the child’s father), got divorced, went on a blind date (come to find out it was someone we knew from our Cali days…weird I know), got pregnant, had a volatile relationship with baby daddy (this was all before her damaging days of drugs and running..that came later). NEXT!
The Impulsive Prude…oh this is going to be good. Hang on! So this is my youngest sibling who I am still close with today. There was definitely a time when I wasn’t because I didn’t agree with her decisions (most of which were made for her I believe and as a young girl she didn’t know how to change them). She was always the quiet one, did her chores, and went to school. Didn’t have too many friends and would babysit for money. Our cousin had three kids that she would go babysit for regularly…until we discovered there was more than just babysitting going on. Frankenstein and I lived 2 houses down from him and were always curious when we were told that Impulsive Prude was babysitting but his vehicle never left the driveway. Yes this was brought to the attention of the parental units because seriously how could they let this activity happen. Well…we didn’t know what we were talking about and absolutely nothing like that would be going on between them. Oh really? Okay so when we moved back to Cali and the Golden One and her came for a visit and she brought some of his clothes with her and called him all the time that wasn’t weird?? Oh now mind you…said cousin is about 18 years older than her. When we would ask her about what’s going on she would get REALLY defensive and tell us that we didn’t know anything about her life. Shut us out really. But I can say we tried, maybe not hard enough but we tried. Obviously not hard enough because they ended up getting married…in Vegas because they couldn’t legally where we are..and had 4 kids. We won’t even go in to the times she left him, moved in with us and our kids, went back to him, stayed with us again, went back to him and the times there was a revolving door on her own house with him moving in and out. Now I call her the Impulsive Prude because she shops impulsively and thinks any type of sexually conversation is just gross….ummm excuse me but you have 4 kids; you know how this works…lol. One of the times she left him she had a large enough vehicle for everyone in their house (yes his 3 kids lived with them) she decided that she wasn’t going back and just went to the dealership one day and traded it in for a smaller vehicle for her and her two kids at the time. Or the time she actually just went and bought the bigger vehicle all on her own without telling him. Hmm…I always discuss large purchases with my partner..especially and $60,000 vehicle that comes with a hefty payment. So Impulsive Prude it is. Fast forward to today…she still works in the medical field (she went to school with the Golden One for certified medical assistant as well), is divorced, has her 4 kids and works her ass off to make ends meet. I love her dearly but she needs to think seriously about some other issues and how to make ends meet with his help…doing it without it is killing her. I do as much as I can to help her when I can but I still have kids at home too.
Peter Griffin will be my last entry to this post and the next post will be all about Frankenstein’s family. So Peter Griffin is the son of Mr Gruff..I first met him when he was 2 and lived with his mother. The memories of Peter Griffin are scarce because I never really grew up with him, just the occasional visits when he was young and then at some point he lived with the parental units and I saw him when I came home for visits. I am closer to him now as an adult then I ever was growing up. Now I call him Peter Griffin because that’s what he dressed up as for one of our epic Halloween parties and it just stuck…lol. So as a person I love my brother I really don’t have any issues with him and we hang out pretty often. He has a good girlfriend whose son was actually friends with Ronin I think about the same time they got together. Weird…but we do live in a somewhat small town. Peter Griffin works for the same place I do…in a different department..and has been there awhile. When Peter decided to move back to this area he called up the parental units to see if he could stay with them until he started his job and could get on his feet. He had been through a divorce and was trying to figure out his life. So they said sure come on down and we’ll help out as much as we can. So Peter moved in and started his job, kept pretty much to himself, and came across the street to hang out with us when he was off. Peter Griffin likes to hang out and have a good time; this usually included alcohol. Not that we cared let’s do it up when we don’t have anything else going on. Well this irked the Control Freak as you can imagine. So what did the parental units do? Started charging him rent…$500 a month? What??? How did they expect him to get a place of his own and save up for it if they were going to charge him that? I just shake my head because I don’t get the reasoning. Not to mention he worked nights while they were home and slept during the day when they were at work. He did his own laundry, made his own food, had remarks made when he didn’t eat the leftovers because Control Freak had made enough for him too but then got yelled at because he ate the leftovers. What in the actual hell is going on here?? Oh and just for the record Peter Griffin is older than the Golden One and Impulsive Prude. Finally he got his own place and started doing his own thing but our relationship has always been good. We are the black sheep of the family ya know.
Whew…that was an overload of family drama!! Happy trails…and I will see you soon!