this is friggin amazing

So @hunterxblog tagged me and I was super interested, so  I’m trying it out!

RULES: Choose any three fandoms (in random order) and answer the questions. 

Then tag some friends.

I TAG @mychildgon @mowedith @kigamin @sunfloweranimator @whats-wrong-aniki 

I choose:
1. Hunter x Hunter
2. Attack On Titan
3. Miraculous Ladybug

The first character you loved:
- Killua zoldyck
- Levi Ackerman
- Chat Noir/ Adrien Agreste

The character you never expected to love so much:
- Leorio! (God, I can’t believe I was so blind, he’s such an amazing man bless him)
- Hanji (She’s friggin’ psycho but I love her)
- Nathaniel (He’s such a cutie patootie)

The character you relate to most:
- Hmm… I guess I’d say Killua and Gon? Just because I kinda resonate with the “Adult neglecting their responsibilities which resulted in the child having to grow up far faster than what they should have and ultimately made shit a lot worse way down in the future” stuff
- Bruh, Sasha and/or Connie are my spirit animals
- Alya!!! She sass 

The character you’d slap:
- I’d say Hisoka but he’d probably like it so… Uhm… I’m gonna stay away from that. Illumi needs to be slapped, too.
- Honestly, Reiner. Just because Bertolt is just too sweet for me to want to slap and  Annie is a Goddess. So like, not sorry Reiner.
- ADRIEN’S DAD

Three favorite characters (these are in order of preference):
- Y’all can’t make me choose between Gon and Killua no matter how hard you try; they come as one so they count as one. So, Gon/ Killua, Alluka, Leorio
- Levi, Eren,  Mikasa
- Chat/ Adrien, Marinette/ Ladybug, Plagg

A character you liked at first but not so much anymore:
- Knov 
- Bertolt (As innocent and gentle as he was… yeah)
- Mmm I can’t really think of anybody? Mainly because any character in MLB kinda keeps the feelings you get with the first impression. Well, in terms of liked to disliked

A character you did not like at first, but they’ve grown on you:
- PITOU (GOD I LOVE PITOU EVEN WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED I STILL LOVE THEM I’M SORRY)
- Armin (It took a while, but his blonde bowl cut grew on me)
- Rose

3 OTPs:
- Killugon, Leopika, Alluka/Zushi (What the hell is their ship name?)
- I.. used to ship Ereri but… for obvious reasons I don’t anymore. However, I’d have to say Krista/Ymir, Connie/Sasha, Marco/Jean
- Adrinette, DJWifi, Rose/Juleka

LGBTQ+ culture is a driving force in fashion

In honor of Pride, here are some exemplary fashion Tumblrs.

Qwear Fashion (@qwear)

Qwear Fashion aims to signal boost voices that are working to resist erasure in the LGBTQ+ community. You should check out (and follow!) the whole Tumblr, but we especially recommend the series on Exploring Make-Up as a Genderless Art Form. It’s a great read to match the great photography.

Allison “Ace” Graham (@shedoeshimfashion)

Allison Graham, also known as Ace, wants you to look at menswear in a different light. She’s part of a movement that is slowly getting more and more companies to approach traditional male fashion with a unisex label. And she looks friggin amazing while doing it.

Studio Prokopiou (@prokopiou)

This Tumblr is like a make-out scene in the best horror movie you’ve ever seen. It’s sexy, it’s scary, and you want to see all of it. Lots of amazing drag queens and queer men posing in spooky alternative wear.

Tomboys (@tomboy-esque)

Calling all androgynous beauties! This Tumblr has opened their submission box to you. They post dozens of submitted OOTD photos. They feature tomboys, queer boys, androgynous gender non-conforming, non binary people—every style, gender, and sexuality descriptor under the sun. Don’t feel up to posting a picture of yourself? You can always follow it as a lookbook for fashion inspo.

Regarding OCs: Treat them kindly.

First of all, we all started somewhere and belittling or berating someone’s creativity is bullshit and just plain cruel. I get that there are some OCs you don’t jive with and that’s cool, I’m selective just like everyone else, but that doesn’t give you or anyone else the right to talk shit about them. Remember those “embarrassing” times where you were a one-liner only OC that was probably something “generic” or “cliche” or even a “Gary/Mary-sue”? Yeah, Pepperidge farm remembers that shit honey. No one starts off with some immaculate and elaborate character design, plain and simple.

Instead of being rude or cruel, its better to offer advice as a “veteran” of writing. Give them tips to help them improve rather than tearing them down and making them feel bad or making them feel like they shouldn’t even try. Remember that one person when you were younger that you looked up to because holy shit their writing and style was amazing and you felt so happy just getting to read it? Or that person that wrote with you for the first time? Or maybe your friend that you started off with in general? Having those moments are imperative to a writer’s growth and if you get to be that person they look up to or the person that gave them a little advice is friggin’ great okay? It is an amazing thing and you could literally be helping them become the next nation wide known creator.

But you’d never know if they never had the aspiration or hope to become that if you just shoved their face in the ground.

Canon characters are someone’s OCs. These characters are created by someone, became big hits, and are now written by others because we enjoy them so much. But never forget that they are the creator’s original character.

So be kind. You don’t have to like someone’s OC, you don’t have to even interact with them or anything at all, they might not be your cup of tea. But that doesn’t give you the right to be a dick. Period.

Quirky things TØP does (aka the reasons that I live)

- They FRIGGIN took off their pants and accepted their first Grammy ever in their underwear, just to emphasize the fact that we are all capable of amazing things.
- Tyler wore a frickin bolo tie
- they friggin WALKED to the Grammys
- They bowed down when Celine Dion hit the stage
- they exist
- did I mention they accepted a friggin GRAMMY on live TELEVISION infront of MILLIONS in their UNDERWEAR??

genjis-girlfriencl  asked:

that drawing u just posted is so good,, the dress looks so floaty and it just got me thinkin--have u considered,, howl's moving castle au (I guess this might make TC?? howl?? and the image of TC with the Same Character Design but golden flowing hair is Amazing, then later throwing a tantrum about his ruined aesthetic) but kfjdjskdk honestly ur comic as a ghibli movie would be so unusual but also friggin amazing fksbhsjsj

KJADFHdjkh Thank you! I will try to come up with a reasonable enough scenario to let TC have flowing hair. His doesn’t have that supernatural floatTM that Howl’s does but, in Frankenstein’s words, it is “lustrous” ;}

And a Ghibli animated movie adaption would be incredible and so weird…I love it. I tried to figure out the style BUT HOW DO YOU DO GHIBLI???

My Neighbor Darogo

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We should get to know everything about each other. I’ve done some crappy things in my life, like sleeping with my best friend’s girlfriend, which I might have only done because I thought I was going to die, but I still did it. It’s a part of who I am. I want you to know all that stuff;   t h e   g o o d   a n d   t h e   b a d  .

dinosaur was honestly so good, i’m just gonna take a little bit of time to express how i feel! this is just from one watch through btw i might say more later.

y’all are so hyped about exo’s comeback stage. dude. i am too, i love them so much, and they’re amazing!!

but they released their video yesterday, and the fact that today is the performance is taking away from peoples excitement about akmu….. i’m not telling you to stop watching exo, bc i understand how much you love them, but i’m just sad.

i know not many people like akmu. scratch that, people like akmu for sure, they just don’t seem to get into them as much as other groups. i don’t see why!! just because it’s mixed genders, only two people, they don’t really dance, the style is a little different…

they’re just as talented as any other group!! they put so much time into everything they do and you can tell!

and if you think they ‘aren’t from a big company so they aren’t important’ or whatever, think again!!!!

Akdong Musician (Korean: 악동뮤지션, also known as AKMU) is a South Korean duo who participated on K-pop Star 2 in 2012 and debuted under YG Entertainment in 2014 after they won the second installment of the K-pop Star series.“

yg, y’all. yg entertainment. that’s the same as blackpink and 2ne1, some of the most successful kpop girl groups ever.

and i know they don’t look like ‘normal’ kpop stars but they’re so friggin beautiful, and it’s all natural!!

they were the first group i ever stanned, and i love them so much. so so so much. the relationship between the two is great, because you can see how natural it is! they’re such great talented sibling and they deserve waaaaaaaay more love.

NOW, FINALLY! my opinion on the mv/song.

it was so cute n happy and i honestly feel great right now! the song was so pretty! i was really happy to hear chanhyuk starting the song, he has such an incredible voice.

the story was really cute (like… really adorable) and the visuals were great, and they both looked a m a z i n g ! ! ! i really love suhyun’s haircut.

the song was gorgeous. if you like akmu’s music, but wish it was more upbeat, then this is your wish come true!! honestly, this was so much better than i expected (surprisingly) and they both sounded amazing.

a few notes:

  • god i love cryptid hunter siblings
  • DID YOU SEE CHANHYUK??? I LOVE HIM! 
  • when suhyun does that really high pretty part… wow
  • they both have so much talent?! like how??!!? idk man i love them

y’all can go to their vlive account for the mv, or you can find the audio on youtube. just…. watch it. give it a like. comment something nice. because they spend so much time working on their music, and they don’t get half the love some bigger groups get, even though they’re just as good.

An unnecessarily deep analysis of the string motif in Kimi no Na wa

I really need to write about this.

Written on the spot. Some research might be nice but aint nobody got time for that. Also I’ve only watched it once so my memory might be dodgy.

Please note this is primarily an analysis for my own personal enjoyment, not a review. Also the views in it are purely my thoughts and opinions

SPOILERS 

Kimi no na wa is a friggin amazing movie. Beautiful artwork and solid characters aside my favourite thing about the movie is its brilliant storytelling. And I am going to deconstruct it through the string motif rn because I feel like it.

The plot for Kimi no Na wa is basically the red string of fate, but reimagined and extrapolated in a very creative way. The red string of fate connects two individuals and brings them together romantically but here it is not only geographical boundaries that are transcended, but time itself. String itself takes on multiple meanings within the context of the film. This is summed up best by Mitsuha’s grandmother’s quote, which I cbf looking for rn. Rather than string, though, the emphasis is on the term “musubi"結び. The term we use for knotting thread also means connecting/linking/binding. You can also use it to refer to tying up your hair or fastening something. It also means the end. This (conveniently) flexible term is the basis for the whole story and you see this in almost every aspect of the movie.

The start of the movie is a bunch of events told in a pretty confusing layout. In addition to the main characters swapping bodies, some of the events aren’t even in chronological order. This was evidently intentional, not only for dramatic purposes but I believe also for structural reasons.

The film is set out like a bunch of loose threads starting with seemingly unrelated events: There’s a rare comet appearing in the sky; Mitsuha and Yotsuha make kuchikamizake; Mitsuha and Taki swap bodies…But as the film progresses, just like the weaving of individual strands to make a cord, the pieces start to come together. I think the moment this truly becomes evident is right after Taki drinks the kuchikamizake. This is also the moment Taki and Mitsuha’s worlds truly intertwine.

Mitsuha making kuchikamizake binds a part of her soul to the sake. Mitsuha and Taki swapping bodies are a spiritual connection. This act binds their timelines together. The foundations of human relations, most notably love, is also based on the same concept. The film takes the motif of string and layers it through the connections of multiple events through musubi.

But what I feel truly makes this film brilliant from a storytelling perspective is the creativity employed in extrapolating this motif, especially in regards to the comet and the hairstyles. 

The way I see it there are actually only two things that connected Mitsuha and Taki before the body swap. One is the comet. Three years ago Taki witnessed the comet that killed Mitsuha with his own eyes. The other is Mitsuha’s hair cord which is something like a time paradox. Mitsuha went to Tokyo to meet with Taki three years before he knew her. She hands him the cord in her hair and dies the next day but Taki kept her cord wrapped around his wrist for three years.

I’m going to start with the comet which is actually quite a complex symbol. I think everyone will interpret it differently so here’s my personal take.

My initial impression of the comet was something like a shooting star, because it granted Mitsuha’s wish to be reborn as a "handsome Tokyo boy”. Before watching the movie I thought the body swapping would be a miracle only possible while the comet was visible. When Taki and his senpai went to the Nostalgia exhibition at the museum on their date, they saw an aged photo of Itomori. That was my hint that Mitsuha was from the past. I didn’t expect them to be only three years apart though. I thought they would be a literal lifetime apart but then romance would have been near impossible without some bs miracle. Suffice to say, there was no miracle. Instead there was a goddamn tragedy.

The film’s explanation for the body swapping was that it was all to prevent this one disaster. Tbh that sounds a bit too far fetched for me. Instead I like the interpretation of the comet as an extension of the string motif.

When Taki learns the truth he attempts to turn back time by drinking the kuchikamizake. What follows is my favourite scene in the whole movie and it starts with a wall painting of the comet turning into a piece of string. With the visual connection I could then see the metaphorical connection. The comet is another form of binding the two main characters. The comet is closely tied to Mitsuha’s ‘world’ but Taki also witnessed the comet the day she died. Thus their worlds were connected. From a romantic standpoint the comet allowed two individuals to transcend time to be together (red string of fate parallel). But by killing Mitsuha the comet also destroyed the relationship it brought about. I think we can connect this to how the town of Itomori was made from a comet a thousand years ago but another comet ends up destroying the town and killing Mitsuha. Because of this I personally also think the comet represents time. Destroying what is created is basically time itself. Time is musubi. (Additionally, by overcoming the comet i.e. saving the town, the main characters overcome time and can finally be together, because Mitsuha’s lifespan is extended. You can see this as another take on the red string of fate.)

Mitsuha is metaphorically and spiritually saved by a string. I think it is important that in the timeline where she dies she is not wearing the cord in her hair, because she gave it away to Taki who she met in Tokyo the day before and who does not remember her. Her cut hair has multiple meanings. Originally I thought it was a sign of her giving up on Taki because he went on the date with his senpai (Tessie associates haircuts to breakups and I do too, at least in anime). Then I realised she cut it after she went to meet Taki and found out he didnt recognise her. While the “breakup” haircut interpretation still stands, ultimately I think she feels betrayed which is why she gives up the one thing she believes in, her connection to him, represented by the cord. This also becomes linked to her name, which she shouts at him as she leaves the train after throwing him the cord. If I were to continue with the red string anecdote, this is where the string is cut, fate abandons the couple and Mitsuha dies.

But it is the same string that saves her. Because Taki kept it for three years and it is how he remembers her even if he doesnt know her name. Once he learns she dies everything from her diary entries on his phone to her name in his memories disappears. But the cord doesn’t. And he passes this cord to short hair Mitsuha when they finally meet at twilight.

I’m going to digress for a bit to explain why I find this scene so important. The only time Mitsuha does not have the cord in her hair is when she is sleeping, performing the ceremony, the first time she swaps bodies with Taki, and of course right before she dies. The cord is a very obvious symbol of musubi. I also think the fact it changes form throughout the film is important. At the start when Mitsuha wears it she always puts her hair in a complicated bun with the cord in it. When she swaps bodies with Taki who cant make complicated hairstyles he changes the form of the cord by wearing it in a ponytail (though initially he did not wear it at all and made Mitsuha looked “possessed”). The hairstyle was an instant way to tell who was in Mitsuha’s body, and also became a representation of their relationship.

The cord starts to change forms drastically when the pair’s relationship takes a nosedive the day before Mitsuha dies. She takes it out of her hair and the cord changes from a hairtie to a wristband/bracelet. The form of “musubi” changes, from “doing up one’s hair” to a spiritual connection between the two. This is one way Mitsuha manages to live on, because just like the kuchikamizake, the cord is a part of her soul now.

Taki returns Mizuha’s cord when they finally meet. She has cut her hair but wears the cord as a hair decoration anyway. The red string is restored and its changed form represents a new step in their relationship. Throughout the film Taki and Mitsuha have had to compromise on each others’ lifestyles. Mitsuha’s new appearance seems to be a culmination of this: the boyish haircut coupled with the hair cord. She also gains Taki’s courage, seen when she confronts her father in a very similar way Taki did in her body previously. (Taki also experiences a similar change but it is not as pronounced. As far as I know he just got “kinder”.) This is musubi because their two souls have actually intertwined. From a romance perspective, I guess this is how couples change each other for the better.

And what happens after is classic red string of fate. Interestingly Mitsuha’s final hairstyle is a half ponytail. Analysing any farther would actually be overkill though so I’m just going to leave it as a design choice.

I don’t think I’ve conveyed even one tenth of what I actually wanted to say about the film. It’s so rich in symbolism just analysing it in my head was a ton of fun. Best film I’ve ever watched in my life. Definitely want to watch it again.