this is how i feel with the pokemon fandom right now

fandoms doing their thing
  • naruto fandom: yelling about which female character is the worstest
  • bleach fandom: angrily hissing at themselves and each other and being super salty over really little things
  • one piece fandom: sobbing into a pillow about whatever the hell's going on with sanji
  • fairy tail fandom: alternating between which ship they feel like fighting about and getting angry at cleavage
  • attack on titan fandom: explodes once a month in a burst of glory before immediately forgetting it ever existed
  • steven universe fandom: everything is problematic except what i like
  • jojo's bizarre adventure fandom: spent the last 29 years trying to figure out the plot; still hasn't gotten anywhere
  • yuri!!! on ice fandom: so gay very homosexual much wow
  • gravity falls fandom: slowly sinking into an existential crisis (possibly five existential crises)
  • my hero academia fandom: anxiously quadruple-checking saisai-chan's blog to see if there's anything new
  • yu-gi-oh! fandom: probably still confused about pot of greed??? idk lots of memes about hair
  • puella magi madoka magica fandom: crying about gays
  • ouran high chool host club fandom: pressed up against the window like creepers but no one notices
  • fullmetal alchemist fandom: but is it legal in japan????? no??? how about germany????? how about germany in 1912?????
  • pokémon fandom: still trying to catch 'em all
  • danganronpa fandom: all your faves are dead
  • game of thrones fandom: all your faves are dead or suffering
  • lord of the rings fandom: may or may not have ceased to exist altogether
  • doctor who fandom: hiding from the supernatural and sherlock fandoms
  • supernatural fandom: hiding from the sherlock and doctor who fandoms
  • sherlock fandom: hiding from the doctor who and supernatural fandoms
  • superwholock fandoms: sitting in a dark room, rubbing their hands together, and giggling maniacally
  • harry potter fandom: desperately awaiting the sweet release of death (or the next fantastic beasts movie)
  • hayao miyazaki fandom: anime was a mistake
  • voltron fandom: obsessing over keith, lance, klance, pidge's gender identity, shiro's ptsd, and allura's allura
  • rwby fandom: watching the bumbleby and black sun fans viciously circling each other like angry coyotes
  • dragon ball fandom: very tired at this point
  • abridged fandom: y u no update
  • star vs. the forces of evil fandom: the most passive aggressive ship warring i've ever seen tbh
  • avatar fandom: still bitching about zutara and makkora i guess idk
  • buffy the vampire slayer fandom: peering out from behind trees, probably waiting for the sun to sink
  • avengers fandom: either bickering about tony stark, screaming at sharon carter's existence, or dead inside
  • durarara!! fandom: fuck fascinating characters, development, and story; i want unhealthy gays
  • baccano! fandom: softly sobbing in the distance
  • warrior cats fandom: trying to pretend they never existed to begin with
  • rick riordan fandom: has either read every single thing he's ever written or gave up years ago
  • rave master fandom: sniggering as the fairy tail fandom loses its shit again
  • twilight fandom: rewriting the series so it doesn't suck as much and/or making cactus jokes
  • over the garden wall fandom: listening to "into the unknown" and sobbing
  • discworld fandom: secure in their superior sense of humor but sad because a great man has left us
  • a series of unfortunate events fandom: aggressively glowering at anything related to the movie
  • seven deadly sins fandom: confused af right now
  • vamp! fandom: has the best vampires ever created and fucking knows it
  • seraph of the end fandom: thinks they have the best vampires ever created (and are incorrect bc vamp! exists)
  • his dark materials fandom: making dæmons for themselves, their ocs, and literally anybody
  • star trek fandom: speaking in kling-on or whatever
  • star wars fandom: kylo ren discourse
  • miraculous ladybug fandom: arguing over which of four ships is the best even though they're all the same two people
  • thomas sanders fandom: deeply in love with thomas sanders bc it's really hard not to be

anonymous asked:

hi!!~~~ i never had read any haikyuu fics. could you please rec some?

hoo buddy you came to the right place. here are some of my all time faves:

Like a River Through a Mountain by skinnedkneedmisfit Iwaizumi thought he was destined to be the Very Best like no one ever was, until family circumstances cuts his quest for pokémon glory short. Years later, he earns his seat as the ground/rock-type Gym Leader in his hometown, but his life doesn’t really begin until he gets an obnoxious neighbor across the lake. or, maybe not the slow burn Pokémon au that we want, but the slow burn Pokémon au that we get. (oneshot, rated T, 32k)

Rough Draft by shions_heart Kozume Kenma’s a novelist tasked to write a romance into his action-adventure stories in order to attract more readers, something he has no idea how to do. At a loss, he recruits his attractive next-door neighbor Kuroo Tetsurou to assist him in experiencing what a relationship feels like. He should have anticipated the way things grow more complicated. (oneshot, rated T, 16k)

Read between the lines by wayward_stranger “You know, Iwa-chan,” Oikawa whispered, turning around in his seat. Hajime narrowed his eyes at him. Oikawa had a sneaky look on his face, the same look he usually wore whenever he was about to do one of his powerful serves. “I think you’d make a pretty good Romeo,” he said. The Cultural Festival is coming up soon and Hajime’s class decides to perform Romeo and Juliet. However, Hajime’s plans of staying in the background and painting sets are destroyed once he’s chosen to play Romeo. And to make matters worse, that idiot Oikawa who pulled him into that mess has been cast as Juliet. (multichapter, rated T, 62k)

get rucked by dicaeopolis Oikawa’s feeling the tiniest bit lonely during her first week of college. Her next-door neighbors know just the way to make her feel better. (oneshot, rated T, 27k)

Retrograde by Reminscees Hajime’s father told her to follow three simple rules: no drugs, no drinking, and no cigarettes. Hajime ends up breaking all three of them in the first two weeks she’s at boarding school, and somehow manages to get a girlfriend on the way. (multichapter, rated E, 33k)

A Clipped Wing Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Fly by thornsword Hinata Shōyō has had only half of his left leg since he was ten, but after seeing the small giant on tv he decides that he’s going to play volleyball no matter what. Armed with a prosthetic leg and a whole lotta firepower, he keeps everything a secret so he can continue playing. Of course, secrets never stay that way for long… (multichapter, rated T, 11k)

When You Wish Upon a Star by emerald1963 Hajime has no idea how this situation is even possible, but he’s one hundred percent certain that it’s all Oikawa’s fault. Oikawa blames the aliens. The Iwaoi body swap fic that this fandom needs, if not the one it deserves. (multichapter, rated T, 32k)

you’re looking like you fell in love tonight by anyadisee “So, let me see if I understood this correctly,” Hajime says, slow and careful like he’s still waiting for some kind of punchline. “You want me to help Oikawa Tooru, a guy I barely know, because your boyfriend owes him a favor?” “And you owe me a favor,” Hanamaki adds helpfully. “That doesn’t even make any sense!”“Sure it does.” Hanamaki’s smile widens. “Issei and I are practically the same person by now, anyway, so whatever favor you owe me, you also owe him. And by repaying me, you are repaying him, and in turn he is repaying Oikawa. Think of it as, like, the transitive property of equality. A equals B equals C. A equals C.” “I know what the transitive property of equality is,” Hajime snaps. [in which iwaizumi pretends to be oikawa’s boyfriend.] (oneshot, rated T, 35k)

Rainbow Hanamaki slammed his hands onto the table. Fortunately, only the hotel receptionist gave any notice. “I get that we’re going to be performing at the world-famous Chicago Pride Festival tomorrow, but there’s a HUGE difference between supporting gay and actually being gay, okay? Especially when it’s your BEST FRIEND that you have a crush on, because that’s goddamn terrifying. ”Iwaizumi’s mouth fell open, because in a few sentences, Hanamaki had just summed up everything that had been building up inside Iwaizumi ever since he was little. (oneshot, rated T, 6k)

quiet and sad and happy by norio Sometimes, Bokuto would wait for Akaashi at early morning practice. Bokuto could practice by himself, of course, or jog a lap around the school. But he thought it’d suck for Akaashi to have to practice alone. If he waited long enough, the heavy door would always creak open and a ray of light would always shine into the room. (oneshot, rated G, drabble) (warning major character death)

this really isn’t the best representation of all the haikyuu fanbase has to offer i’m sorry i’m such iwaoi trash and have no self control but yeah ~em

lets talk about 520 spoilers stravaganza shall we?

After what felt like eons we finally started to get Olicity spoilers for 5x20 (love me some parallels) I almost forgot what being hyped felt like in this fandom!

Originally posted by beanpolefucker

Most of the spoilers are comig from “the other side” of the fandom, which make the experience funny af. also kinda reliable info if you ask me. Their pain is our gain, fam!

Originally posted by timetravelersloth

so lets see what we got so far:

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anonymous asked:

Basically can you explain how is asking permission from an artist going to protect them if the artists isn't suppose to be drawing derivative works anyway? And technically, aren't people who scan partial pages from magazines and fan logs doing something illegal by posting them online? If Japan has such strict copyright laws, why is no one coming after these people?

Hello, Anon! Thank you for waiting. It had been a very tough journey trying to look up relevant articles, I feel like I’m back in university writing up a dissertation! Ahaha, ha, ha….

Before I begin, a mandatory disclaimer is that I’m only a /paralegal/, and I’m not based in the US, and not what would be defined as a Lawyer (with a capital L). So what I’ve done is compiled articles and tried to explain it in basic English; my words should NOT be construed as legal advice. Please get someone qualified to do that instead.

With that out of the way, I’ll put the full text under the cut; but here’s the headings summary of the areas I’ll touch on, in the context of Japanese-media fandom:

  1. Basics of law– criminal vs civil law, jurisdiction, and where Japan’s copyright holders fall
  2. Examples of infringement and actions made by copyrights holders
  3. “If that’s the case, why are people still drawing fanart? Or make fanwork? Everything seems to be illegal though????”
  4. The unwritten rule of creating fanworks– and the importance of non-fanworks-creating fans observing the rule
  5. Answers to anon’s question –the slippery slope of the world of copyright infringement of fanworks

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Misty’s Closure: Gotta Catch Ya Later

This has been a long time coming. I think? My blog is pretty random and no one follows me but I decided that today I want to talk about the Pokemon episode that ended an era. Episode 275 of the Original Series is titled Gotta Catch Ya Later and it features Ash, Misty, and Brock parting ways for the last time. It ended childhoods, it started predictable series patterns, and a lot of people don’t seem to realize that it tied up an entire subplot in one of the most beautiful ways I’ve ever seen Pokemon handle a mature subject.

Question Bot: “Frisk! Why are you talking about this NOW!? Don’t you know that the XY&Z series just ended? You aren’t trying to upstage the last big Pokemon arc with nostalgia are you!?”

No. I’m not. I love the XY&Z team! I’m not gonna lie though. It’s no coincidence that this analysis is being written right on the heels of XY&Z’s final episode. If you haven’t heard because you live under a rock or something XY&Z ended its run on October 27, 2016. It was a good run! But Serena’s final scene in the show caused a lot of controversy in the fandom. This post will probably already be too long, so I don’t have time to discuss everything about the XY&Z ending here, but you can check out a calming post I made about it for the community at this link if you want.

Anyway this post isn’t about XY&Z or its ending and I’m going to do my best to make sure it doesn’t end up in any of those tags. This post is in response to a complaint I have been hearing some people make recently about Misty’s goodbye. At this point in time, some fans have been saying that Misty got shortchanged on her final episode and didn’t get proper closure. It’s a little weird that I never heard this complaint before right now, and it probably has to do with the fact that the same people are saying Serena’s closure ended her shipping arc very well. I think that these recent complaints about Misty’s closure need to be addressed, and there’s no better way to do that then looking back at her final episode and trying to figure out what it all meant. So let’s do it!

The Set-up

In the opening paragraph I said that this episode tied up a mature subplot in a very beautiful way. What subplot was I talking about? Why, Pokeshipping, of course! The romantic relationship between Ash and Misty!

Question Bot: “Um, Frisk! Do you really think it’s fair to call Pokeshipping a subplot? The 4Kids dub practically invented that ship and there wasn’t any real evidence of it in the original Japanese!”

Sorry, Question Bot but that’s just not true. Different language dubs did add some Pokeshipping hints in a few places, but the romantic part of Ash and Misty’s relationship was definitely a real thing in the original Japanese show too. In fact the Ash/Misty pairing is special because it is one of the very few Pokemon ships that had evidence irrefutably written into the story from both characters! Yes, so much so that it unquestionably counted as a subplot for the show! Pokeshipping was never a matter of interpretation. Ash and Misty were undeniably written with crushes on each other! But don’t take my word for it. I could just be some delusional Pokeshipping fanatic for all you know. Check out some of the episodes below for definite proof that Ash and Misty had crushes on each other. (I only included evidence that doesn’t rely on language. That way you don’t even have to quarrel about translations if you don’t want to.)

  • OS93. Navel Maneuvers-  Misty becomes enamored with a trainer the trio meets. Ash is very obviously jealous and tries to prove himself better than the trainer to impress Misty.
  • OS103. Misty Meets Her Match- Another gym leader tries to romance Misty. Ash gets jealous over and over again. Misty decides not to stay with the gym leader and pursues Ash instead.
  • M2. Pokemon 2000- An entire subplot of this movie is dedicated to Misty trying to accept the fact she has fallen for Ash. She becomes obviously jealous over Melody flirting with him several times.
  • OS267. Love, Pokemon Style- A girl trainer falls in love with Ash and Misty becomes obviously jealous, trying to keep her away from Ash and staring her down a few times.

And many more! But I don’t have time to type all of them out. These four should be more than enough to make my point if you take time to watch them. What I’m trying to get across is this. The set-up for Gotta Catch Ya Later was that Ash and Misty both had romantic feelings for each other, but it was time for them to part ways. The anime had been showing us that they had crushes on each other for a long time now and it was all about to end. How would it be resolved? They couldn’t just split the two up without closing this subplot they’d been using for 5 years, could they?

The Event

Of course they couldn’t! And that’s why half of the episode is about Ash and Misty’s relationship! If you don’t remember it right away let me give you a refresher.

Gotta Catch Ya Later starts off with Ash, Misty, and Brock returning to Viridian City, the place Ash and Misty first officially met. Yes, they first ran into each other at a river when Misty fished Ash out of the water, but this was the city where they met. This is where Ash and Misty learned each other’s names. This is where they had their first battle together. This is where they first bonded. This is where their journey started. After their encounter in this city they have traveled with each other ever since. They destroyed the roof of the local Pokemon Center the last time they were here, but now that they were returning, they noticed the roof had been fixed. Things had changed. Time had passed. It’s all really symbolic in my eyes.

And when they get to the Pokemon Center Misty gets a call from her sisters who tell her it’s time to come home. They are leaving on a trip and need someone to watch the gym! Wow! What a bombshell! That came out of nowhere! The Viridian City Nurse Joy even comes into the lobby with Misty’s old bike totally fixed! Apparently she repaired it. But Misty is very hesitant. She couldn’t be expected to go home right now, could she? After everything she had been through with Ash and Brock how could she be expected to just leave all the sudden? She had built a life with these two. They were a family.

That’s when Ash decides to make everything worse by being Ash. He’s excited for Misty! He mentions now that she has her bike back she’s free to go home! After all that’s the whole reason she was traveling with Ash in the first place, right? To get her bike back? Misty is completely heartbroken by Ash’s words. Even after all this time he still didn’t get it. So she runs out the door about to cry and leaves Ash and Brock behind.

This is where the Pokeshipping subplot comes in. On the surface this story is very simple. Even if this is the first episode of Pokemon you’ve ever seen, you can get the story. Misty is upset because Ash suggesting she was only in it for the bike belittles their relationship. But if you’ve been watching the anime consistently and know that she has a hidden crush on Ash, this episode develops a whole new dimension. She is devastated because she likes Ash but has never had the courage to tell him! She’s been standing on the sidelines trying to figure out if he likes her back. When he suggested that their entire relationship was dependent on that bike, it gave her an answer. Ash never liked her the way she liked him.

By the way, I really enjoy that about Pokeshipping! Pokeshipping was never written to be extremely prominent. It was something that existed but was almost never spelled out for the audience. There was always enough evidence to prove its existence but it wasn’t something the show focused on very often. I feel like it gave extra substance to the characters. Ash and Misty weren’t written as crushes. They were written as best friends who happened to have crushes on each other. You could watch the Original Series casually and understand all the simple plots just fine, but if you watched it closely and invested yourself in the characters, the plots had a deeper side to them!

And this is the deeper side to this plot. The entire event is Misty trying to cope with apparent rejection from Ash. She ran away from home, got caught up in an adventure with this boy, saw all kinds of wondrous things, had all kinds of fun, made all kinds of memories, and enjoyed every moment of it with Ash. She fell in love and never wanted it to end. Now it WAS ending. It was ending in more ways than one.

Anyway Misty’s feels trip is interrupted by these three doofuses. They call themselves the Invincible Pokemon Brothers. They’re supposedly Viridian City’s top trainers and they start harassing an already emotional Misty, which leads to her challenging them to a Pokemon battle. Because of course it does. Misty chooses Politoed, and they try to cheat by sending three Pokemon up against it at once, but Misty is saved when Ash and Brock show up and join her side to make things fair. Of course, Ash, Misty, and Brock wreck the three dorks, and then Team Rocket shows up to reveal this was all part of their master plan or whatever. Ash, Misty, and Brock wreck them too, and their final battle together ends in a super fitting trio attack from Ash’s Pikachu, Misty’s Politoed, and Brock’s Forretres all at once! They send Team Rocket blasting off one final time, and Misty’s spirits seem a little lifted. Why? Because she knows Ash and Brock will always be there for her, no matter what. Even when she runs off by herself in a fit of tears and heartache, the bond they share is inseparable. Moments like this prove that. They really made something together. They watch out for each other. They care for each other. They are a team. A family.

The Ending

But that doesn’t mean everything is all better. It’s still time for this little family to split up, and Misty’s mind is obviously racing with final thoughts, memories, and regrets as they travel down their final road together. A road that will eventually split. Misty has to take one path. Ash and Brock will take another. I’m not being dramatic by the way. This is all completely literal. They are literally on their last road together, it will literally split away from itself, and Misty is literally voicing her final pieces of advice and memories as they walk. It’s all definitely symbolic. And Misty’s spirits might have been lifted from that last match, but she’s still definitely on a low.

Her eyes are glimmering as they walk. The sun is setting. The atmosphere is perfectly bittersweet. Misty is obviously having a hard time letting go. Remember, she’s leaving her family. With what we know about her relationships at home, these are probably the closest people to her in the world. The closest people she’s ever known! She has to let them go, and she’s still coming off of her crush’s rejection. The cinematic focus is all on Misty. Everything is from Misty’s perspective. She tells Ash to promise he’ll always give his best… without her.

Then.

Then something extraordinary happens.

The flashbacks roll through. Misty remembers all the good times she’s had traveling with Ash, Brock, Tracey, Pikachu, and Togepi. During this final curtain call she offhandedly mentions that they found Togepi’s egg by accident. She mentions that she found Ash by accident too. And that’s where everything turns around.

Ash interrupts her. Ash tells her that there’s no way they met by accident. He believes something brought them together. You can call it whatever you want. Destiny, story, the universe, God, but Ash believes they were meant to meet. And as soon as he says this, everything about the episode changes.

Misty’s bittersweet attitude becomes clearly happy. She’s smiling and savoring every moment. The perspective switches from Misty to Ash and Misty. They are both holding the focus right now, and they discuss destiny together for a little longer until they reach the fork in the road. Ash promises her that they’ll meet again against a sunset.

And this is where I bring your attention back to the subplot. The romance story that has been tucked away underneath the main anime from episode to episode. It resolves here. You want Misty’s closure? This was her closure. The episode started with her believing that her longtime crush and the most important person in her world STILL thought she was following him for a bike. It ends with her discovering that he knows it was never about the bike. He thinks they were drawn to each other by destiny. He thinks destiny will bring them together again one day. And for Ash Ketchum, that’s just about the most romantic thing you can say.

Of course, their painfully obvious romance scene is cut short by Brock interrupting and announcing he has to go home too, but this entire episode so far has been a story about Pokeshipping. And Pokeshipping is now over. The cinematic perspective goes from Misty to Ash and Misty and finally leaves to focus solely on Ash. Because Misty’s problem has been resolved. Her character arc is over. Ash has confirmed her importance to him. She has decided to trust in Ash and his belief that destiny will bring them together in the end.

Some people see this final scene as Ash rejecting Misty a second time, and that’s fine. We all know that the writers won’t ever actually show us an ending, so you’re entitled to your interpretation. But I personally think that the story is very clearly ending on a hopeful note with positive foreshadowing for Ash and Misty’s future together. This was a Pokeshipping episode, after all. The entire story was about their relationship. I could point out a lot of different things that hint toward this interpretation. I could show you later episodes that heavily imply Misty is not dating anyone while at the gym because she’s patiently waiting for destiny to bring Ash back to her again. I could draw your attention to episodes that obviously show Ash does like her back, meaning a rejection would make no sense. I could show you evidence that Ash still keeps in touch with her and probably still has feelings for her. I could point out Brock’s near complete lack of relevance in this episode. But do I really need to? This is the ending. And as Misty rode her bike off, away from the sunset, her final words in the Original Series were a cheerful “Ash Ketchum, finally I know how you feel about me!” And I think there is a very good reason that she is the only one smiling in the end.




Credits:

Post Inspiration from @warlordess and @zdbztumble.

Editing and writing help from my friends, Drew and Pat. This post would read like a 3rd grade essay without them.

Special Thanks to the Pokeshipping community for always cheering me up when I’m down. I ship a lot of things but I’m glad this ship exists and is part of my life. :)

anonymous asked:

Hey, whilst it is very clear that the Sexism against females in One Piece is quite high, do you feel that there is a certain sexualization towards Males too? The last "fat" person I can remember who was on the good side was Jozu. What is your opinion of this? Also! I really love those Pokemon edits you do! keep up the good work and may you have a wonderful day. <3

Thanks!

Men in OP are given a massively huge range of body types and unique faces that aren’t about assigning certain body types to certain kinds of people. If you want fat/chubby male characters who are on the “good” side of things, there is Jinbe, Tom, Lucky Roo, Igaram, Brogy, Jozu, Chinjao, and Nekomamushi, as well as other more ambiguous characters like Kuma and Brownbeard. 

And of course, all the amputee characters in the series are men as well, including Shanks who is considered one of the most attractive men in the series by the fandom. And as I’ve talked about before, there isn’t a single female character in the series who has visible scars and isn’t a zombie. While on the other hand, there are well over 70 male characters who have scars right on their faces. 

It’s possible to argue that Oda still has certain very unflattering ways of drawing male evil characters (like the Celestial Dragons, Trebol, and most of Blackbeard’s crew), though it’s usually something that never comes up because Oda’s male cast as a general matter is SO much larger than his female cast (men outnumber women over 5 to 1), and there is so much diversity in their designs. The male characters that fans most often regard as being Oda’s “typical” attractive man have more similar faces than the rest of his cast (Zoro, Shanks, Sanji, Smoker), but there is still a lot that really makes them look really distinct from each other and no one could every mistake any of them for each other, something that can’t be said of the women. Overall Oda just has a really narrow range of what he considers an attractive woman to look like, and he also feels compelled to draw a lot of women to look like that. Oda doesn’t have the same need to make half of the male cast look like Zoro. Like, Cavendish was Oda’s take on a super beautiful man, and Cavendish is the only male character in the series who looks anything like Cavendish. Here’s a good collage of Oda’s male cast, and it is wild in how extremely varied and diverse it is. 

The Ash/Greninja Arc - An analysis by a fan who cares to much

So I wanted to wait until all the episodes of this arc were subbed before I gave my full impression. As usual there are some things I’m not privy to when watching the episodes raw that I would hate to miss the more subtle contexts going on that makes me get a better look at a character and their state of emotions and mindset, and this arc had plenty of that. speaking of, let’s dive in. 

This is going to be mostly an analysis but also a kind of addressing of certain complaints I’ve seen towards the arc and Ash’s character in general during it. XY!Ash has been divise with a lot if folks in the fandom, not to the degree his previous BW self was but it’s still apparent. Again though I’ll address those grievances when we come to them. 

                                                     -XY092- 

When this arc begun Olympia foretold future trials and tribulations that Ash and Greninja were going to face and that the only way they could overcome together with love, remember this. She told Ash about Greninja’s past and his history with not fitting in, with his fellow Froakie nor his many trainers, Ash apparently provided something that Froakie was missing but I think it goes further then that, again I’ll come back to this. 

So basically the mysterious Ash Greninja form was the great prophecy Olympia had for the two them, and over the course of XYZ the power kept appearing and disappearing at complete random, neither Ash or Greninja had conscious control of it. Some minor things were discovered along the way like a secret second for and the pain sharing aspect between, which wasnt really expanded to any major degree until Ash’s second bout with Alan 

                                                   -XYZ023- 

This is where we start getting into the nitty gritty of it, during Ash/Greninja’s battle with Alan/Charizard, the two were supposedly in synch with the new form until Greninja took a dragon claw and this in turn affected Ash who proceeded to collapse on the spot, what happens after is very interesting. Ash has a hallucination of Greninja abandoning him and afterwards jolts awake, still mulling over why he couldn’t move his body when he collapsed. 

Now this isn’t much but it gives us the first hints that there may be some worries or doubts lingering in Ash’s mind. It’s not a huge problem for him now but all it takes for most people for a small doubt to morph into something severe enough that it can cripple you. Maybe Ash, on a subconscious level feels that with his recent battle with Alan he failed Greninja and starts to worry he’s not worthy to be his trainer (Greninja did choose Ash after all, backed up by Olympia, so it’s quite possible he think Greninja has expectations of him that he wants to meet) 

Near the end of the episode he makes a resolve to “become Greninja”, suggesting that the way to mastering the form is to act like his Pokemon (possibly to make sure they’re perfectly synchronized). Clemont’s pulse monitor showed that when Ash and Greninja are in perfect harmony the attain a greater power and thats most likely what Ash is trying do. 

                                                      -XYZ025-

Come next episode and he’s doing just that, although we see that the training doesn’t go as well as he’d hope (obviously straight up training like this isn’t the correct way to go about it but we see Ash trying to find a solution by trying to understand Greninja first) 

His battle with Diantha and the aftermath doesn’t have a lot in the way of character introspection, but what we do know is that Ash and Greninja can attain a higher form when they’re perfectly in synch and their emotions are heightened to an insane degree (to the point where it over works both their bodies and they collapse instead of just Ash). What we now have is Ash having a resolve to reach this new form by any means now that he’s gotten a taste. And coming up on the next two episodes it really bites him in the ass.

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anonymous asked:

A question regarding chapter 477: This isn't the first time a sexual joke/censorship has made it into the manga, but considering today's joke was focused on Natsu's "nether regions", I have to ask is sexual content/humor more accepted in Japan than here? A lot of people say that there shouldn't be fanservice at all because kids read the manga, but is it more casual for kids in Japan? Or is it just accepted there now?

I’m not Japanese nor do I live in Japan, but based on what I’ve seen and read (and my 15+ years since coming into contact with anime and manga), such content is more accepted there. The term “fanservice” originated from English, and was later recognised in Japan. The term that encompasses the same concept in Japanese is  known as “service cut” or “service scene”. While the term “fanservice” seems to have taken on negative connotations, that’s not quite the case for “service cut” and “service scene”.

When manga was first introduced the west, it was perceived to be targeted towards kids, just like cartoons. Even though this perception is said to have slowly changed over the years, when you read some of the things people say about manga, it seems like they still have certain perceptions about what it should be like.

Manga isn’t solely catered to kids or young people. There are many types of manga, and they target different audiences, from kids to mature adults. They span many genres, and range from being kid-friendly to well, content for mature audiences only. A lot of titles we see being translated aren’t actually targeted towards kids, but rather teenagers and older audiences. They are also labelled as such on the publisher’s website.

Manga targeted towards children is usually “cleaner”, but they’re not all completely free from sexual content for example. Take Doraemon for example, Nobita says things like “I’ll diagnose you! Take your clothes off right here!”, “How come you are taking bath all the time? I can’t touch you when you are in bath, do you ever think about how I feel!?” and a bunch of other stuff that isn’t exactly appropriate for children. The anime also shows scenes of Shizuka undressing and in nothing more than her undergarments (which were edited out in some countries). Pokemon has been censored too in some English versions.

Fairy Tail is serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine, whose target audience is male teens. The cover of the print version usually features young females, and there is a gravure feature inside. The girls model in not only normal clothes, but also bikinis and lingerie, and these shots are targeted towards males. Gravure is a common thing in Japan, and those in WSM are considered very tame as compared to some others out there. While not all shounen manga contains fanservice, it is not surprising to find many shonen titles with a certain amount of it. They are targeted towards adolescent males after all (even if many females read them as well). And since shonen manga is targeted towards males, the subject of the fanservice usually lands on the female characters. It’s the opposite for shoujo manga, whose target demographic is female teens.

Fanservice isn’t perceived in the same way in Japan as in the English-speaking fandom. Perhaps it has something to do with how sexual themes are viewed in Japanese culture, or that it’s become something normal since it’s relatively common… that I can’t say for sure. But the great majority of people I’ve seen aren’t bothered by it. (Or at the very least, it’s not played up like the way it is in the English fandom.)

I don’t think “there shouldn’t be fanservice at all because kids read the manga” is a sound reason for arguing against fanservice. Firstly, a lot of titles are not meant for children, and are labeled as 13+ or higher. The rating appears on the English-translated volumes too. If children want to read it, or parents want to buy these titles for their children, then they should do it with discretion. There are many novels targeted towards teenagers and young adults with sex, violence, and other mature themes as well. You also have shows rated PG13 with some amount of nudity, compromising positions, touching, implied sex and other similar themes. But why do people seem more willing to accept that these things can be found in novels and dramas than in manga, when the target audience overlaps? These themes aren’t going to disappear from books and dramas because children can access them, and fanservice won’t disappear from anime and manga for the same reason too. There are people who are uncomfortable with fanservice and sexual themes in not just manga, but also novels, dramas, movies and other forms of media too. That’s fine. But there’s also a group of people who have no problem with these things in English (or their native) media, yet complain about fanservice in anime and manga. Isn’t that just having double standards? There are also people who complain about fanservice in FT when it comes to any of the girls showing more skin, but then openly express their love for panels showing the guys being half-naked (and ask for more). To put it bluntly, they’re not anti-fanservice per se, but just against the type of fanservice that they don’t like to see. Once again, double standards? Fanservice doesn’t just apply to female characters, but male characters as well.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling uncomfortable about fanservice, but I think manga readers have to understand that fanservice is something normal in manga (and anime too). What’s drawn with a Japanese audience in mind is meant to suit their taste, and I think as international readers we should be aware and of that as well. And think of whether we are really uncomfortable with fanservice in general, or just uncomfortable with it in anime and manga because it doesn’t fall in line with our expectations.

This needs to stop

Well first i’d really like to speak from the heart.

Being honest, I love writing for you guys, I love expressing my ideas and my own personal way of creativity out for everyone to enjoy, it’s fun to laugh with others on a silly mistake or on a joke made, it’s nice to hear that people enjoy the stories altogether, but most of all it’s amazing when my stories bring others ideas, or gives them inspiration, I write because I love to, and because I love to please others.

I will always appreciate people who are fans or people who are just stopping by to give it a quick read- even if they don’t like it, it means a lot to me that you took the time out of your day to read something I wrote and made with enthusiasm, be it you read two sentences or two chapters.

Getting to the topic I wanted to discuss, in which most people might just turn their heads and look away from this post at this point, is the issue of ‘cyber bullying’, ‘harassment’, and most importantly the fandoms- or in this case this fandom. Though it applies to all.

It’s one thing to disagree with someone on a subject within a game, but it is a completely different thing entirely when you threaten, harass, etc. to said person.

Harassment, in short explanation, is per say, pushing something onto someone, (metaphorically; physically) when it isn’t wanted.

If you are persistent in your belief that, ‘Mario is actually blue instead of red’ that’s fine, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that- but when you push that onto someone continuously, after they’ve expressed that they see it their way and that they might not see it the way you do, and you make them uncomfortable or annoyed in any way, that’s harassment. You might be thinking, ‘i already know this’ or 'this has been said before-’ but apparently a good portion of this site’s people don’t and it hasn’t been said enough times for this to be continuing.

Once more to be clear I’ll even put the definition right here,

(either harris-meant or huh-rass-meant) n. the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands.

Now that the definition is clear- let me just say this:

I have seen, absolutely horrid behavior, from both children on here, and adults. I have seen fighting between other people that was in some cases silly and meant to be taken lightly, that’s fine- but then there are the other fights- the kind that involve words that threaten other people, the kind that actually spit out such ugly and hateful things- even at times them being racial comments. But the one that I really cannot believe I’ve seen over something so small- is the disgusting words 'kill yourself’ targeted at another human being.

This gets me angry to the point- where I would want to say something awful back, but let me just try to break down why you should never, ever EVER under ANY circumstances whatsoever tell somebody this.

For starters, you don’t have a god damn clue that they could be going through. Not a damn thing. They could be clinging to a character, or to a headcanon, or to a simple idea that for whatever personal reason keeps them afloat, and then you come along and you saying that or anything else rude to them-
Making fun of them for their ideas, belittling them just because it doesn’t happen in the story or the game or whatever- you now have the full responsibility of whatever happens to them on your hands.

Anybody could be in a terrible situation right now, acting like it’s okay or like it doesn’t bother them- and then one wrong little tug and they can just come crashing down. Can you not see that, even in your own small insignificant way of speaking to another, anything rude you say at all could be the very thing that decides whether or not someone chooses to take their own life?

And what’s sad is, a lot of people don’t even care !!

It’s always when it’s too late that someone decides to say, “Oh, I’m sorry-” or “it was just a joke.”

But here’s a newsflash, if that person, actually goes and kills themselves- you know what’s gonna happen? You don’t get a second chance, you don’t get a free pass to just walk away, you’re responsible for their death. Meaning you can get arrested and charged with manslaughter, and serve up to 10 years in prison.

Not only do you kill that person, you have killed the other people who loved them, their mother, their father, their friends, their pets-

Whether you feel guilt or not is entirely on you, but if you’re awful enough to lead someone down this path then I have no sympathy for you and I honestly hope that guilt and regret does eat you alive.

Sadly enough this type of thing isn’t a surprise to the world, but the surprise really is how a lot of this starts, with things like I mentioned before. characters, stories, even art.

A lot of great artists and writers you hear about were once just like us, looking up to their inspirations and getting new ideas from their great stories and art so they could become their own unique individual. It’s no different than from today.

Maybe your version of Spy from Team Fortress 2 isn’t a smoker, and he’s a lot sweeter than he comes off as,

Maybe your Tank Dempsey from the Zombie franchise is mixed in with different races, maybe he’s black, maybe he’s Mexican,

Maybe your Yandere-chan from Yandere simulator isn’t even a bad person,

Maybe you have a pikachu that’s naturally pink instead of yellow,

Maybe your Sans and Papyrus from Undertale are actually humans-

The point is that these are their versions of the characters, maybe some are completely different from the actual thing but that’s okay!

So many of these ideas may be totally wonky or maybe some are more soft, sometimes ideas like these are so good and amazing that they become famous or well known.
If you dislike any idea from another person you can just politely say you don’t like that and walk away, it’s not like they’re holding a gun to your head and yelling at you to agree.
And if they are, then this entire thing goes to them too.

It literally costs nothing to be nice to someone,

But it costs everything to be mean.

Just think about what you’re saying before you go and decided to start being rude and spiteful toward others for them being themselves.

It won’t kill you to be nice.

Please help me out!

Hi, my name’s Alex, I’m a disabled trans boy from Minnesota, and I’m going through a really rough time right now.

I’ve been homeless since February of 2014 and have just gotten out of an emergency shelter that’s been really unsafe for me, and now I’m in desperate need of enough money to get me by until the end of the month. Right now, me, my mother, and two of our friends are staying in a weekly motel room, but our money is running out very fast and we have to find some place to go by this Thursday, in addition to gas money and (most importantly) food.

I’m disabled and unable to work, and my mother has recently started a temporary job that won’t pay her until the 25th of this month, so we just have to hang on and survive until then. I would really, truly appreciate the internet’s help in making sure that me and my family can eat and have a place to sleep until the end of the month.

If you could please spare what you’re able to and donate to my Paypal at campbellrossalex@gmail.com, I would be so, so grateful.

If you can’t donate anything, please do me a favour and reblog this post so that more people are able to see.

Because I don’t feel comfortable taking money from people without giving anything back, I’m also taking writing commissions! If you’re interested in receiving poetry, original fiction, or fanfiction in exchange for donations, here’s some information for you (that might be subject to change):

How much?:

$1.00 for every 100 words! 20 bucks buys you 2k wordcount, and if I happen to go over or under your target wordcount, we’ll round to the nearest dollar amount so that everything’s even. I’ll only accept payment until after your commission’s finished so that you can be sure you get what you ordered!

Things I will write:

Prose! I can write short drabbles, oneshots, fanfictions, things for your OCs, inspirational messages, rambling anecdotes about dogs and how great they are, and more!

Fandoms I am familiar with include Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Ace Attorney, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Harry Potter, Tamora Pierce, Pokemon, Homestuck, various RPGmaker games, Paranatural, Warrior Cats, and lots and LOTS of anime. If something you’re interested in isn’t listed here, there’s a lot that I left out and didn’t think to add so please ask and see if it’s anything I know of!

Things I will not write:

Nothing right off the bat, most likely, but I reserve the right to refuse specific requests on the off chance that I’m not comfortable with them. You’re not required to pay a thing if that turns out to be the case.

Things I will write but might not be very good at:

Things involving smut, things involving blood and gore, things involving fandoms I don’t know (though I am willing to research), things involving a universe you made up (though I am willing to ask questions and look over references)

Other things I can do:

Proofread your writing (whatever it may involve) and provide feedback, if you’re into that! Prices on this are negotiable as I’ve never done any of this for money before and I’m willing to decide on a price that’s fitting for both of us.

Need examples of my writing? Please ask and I’ll provide some links for you before anything else.

Thank you very much for reading this post and I hope that you’ll consider donating, but even if not, I would appreciate if you could please reblog this post. If you’ve got questions regarding commissions or my current situation, please feel free to send me an ask! Thank you!!

Public Service Announcement About Last Pokemon Episode

Hey, Pokemon fans! I’m new to the fandom and I haven’t been on Tumblr much over the past few… weeks? Months? Idk. Work has been hard. But I saw the last episode of Pokemon and Serena’s short kiss scene with Ash. It was cute. I really liked it and it made me giggle, but it reminded me about this blog and when I came back on Tumblr I saw a lot of non-Amourshippers being salty and a lot of Amourshippers being rude. So let me sum up a few things about the kiss scene for people who seem a little confused.


1. Serena kissed Ash

Originally posted by kagedragneel

Here’s a gif of it as proof. People keep saying it was left up to interpretation, but it was pretty obvious. The only kind of debatable part is where he was kissed I guess because it cuts to their feet before we can see.


2. Amourshipping is not canon

Originally posted by taillow-suift

Serena kissed Ash. That’s all. There are too many non-Amourshippers who are acting like it’s the end of the world. There are too many Amourshippers who are bragging about being “canon”. And both of you are bringing me down. Someone kissing Ash does not make their ship canon. They aren’t married, they aren’t dating, and we don’t even know if Ash likes her back (more on that in a minute). It’s a definitely a cute scene but as far as canon status goes, it didn’t change anything.


What does this mean?

Originally posted by rewatchingpokemon

I just thought someone needed to say these two things because honestly the fandom environment feels kind of toxic and crazy to me right now. I just logged back on for the first time in God knows how long and everyone is saying every ship besides Amourshipping has been sunk. They really haven’t. I see that a lot of the more popular non-Amourshipping blogs are getting questions about it and they keep answering with things like “What happens in canon shouldn’t ruin the fun you have shipping your favorite couple” or “We still have fan fictions and fan art” and this is all true, but I really think someone also needs to point out that Amourshipping is just as canon as it was last week. I don’t mean anything offensive when I say that but it’s something that needs to be said because I don’t think everyone understands it and it’s causing them to either cry or brag. Every non-Amourshipper can let the Amourshippers have this without giving up any validation and every Amourshipper can have it without acting like it proves something. 

Here is a picture of Bianca or Latias (no one knows which) kissing Ash and him reacting almost the exact same way.

(Yes, I know it was on the cheek while Serena’s was probably on the lips but that’s not the important part.) When this happened did everyone start thinking every ship besides Altoshipping was sunk? I really hope not. It’s just a kiss. It’s cute and it’s a nice thing to have if you ship this couple. Amourshippers have every right to enjoy it and fangirl/boy over it. But on the other hand Ash didn’t kiss back or even blush, and they aren’t dating so it’s not canon. If you don’t ship it then take solace in the fact that Ash is still very single and his lack of a reaction could very possibly indicate that he doesn’t harbor any romantic feelings or even understand the romance. 

Please share this with anyone who is confused about their ship’s canon status because of the kiss. I want to do what I can to keep our community informed and positive! I hope this helped! :)

GameFAQs finals tomorrow. Important message.

(There’s a TL:DR at the bottom if you’re too lazy to read all of this lol)

There’s so much salt surrounding the GameFAQ best game ever contest right now and I just woke up from like a three hour nap and my phone’s dead and I feel kind of grumby so here’s my two cents on this whole thing while I’m filled with enough determination to talk about it.

OK so by the looks of it Undertale with be facing LoZ: Oot tomorrow to see who wins overall. Now, there seems to be a fine line between Undertale supporters and LoZ supporters. And that line is basically a no man’s land.

See, the problem here is that this contest is 100% dependent on popularity. Which is why fans of pokemon and Super Mario have been tearing this fandom to shreds, because they believe a classic game like “Melee” or “Pokemon Red/Blue” deserves to win more than some new boring indie game. They also insult the fandom and call us annoying because of how we’re ‘rallying’ votes and trying to hard to win.

Are they right? Of course they fucking are. Is that bad? No. Saying you can’t rally together to vote for this isn’t wrong, it’s literally how this contest goes. You tell other people about the contest so they can vote for whatever they want. So no, UT fans are not rigging the contest in any way. Undertale literally just has a higher fanbase when it comes to this contest. Not to mention many Undertale fans you can find easily here on tumblr, so it’s a lot easier to broadcast the contest to everyone.

HEY UNDERTALE FANS YOU THOUGHT YOU WE’RE GETTING AWAY, HUH? LOL NO GET BACK HERE.

I get it’s not EVERYBODY here, but some people are desperate for Undertale to win just so that the fans of the classic games will become ‘salty’, and can prove that undertale is the ‘better game’. NO. NONONONONONO

What you have to remember is that the way you act when your part of this fandom represents everyone in the fandom, as well as the game itself. So if you’re off going like “lol undertale’s going to win [insert game here] sux haha losers pffft” then you’re just as bad as them.

In reality, it shouldn’t matter who wins. Would it be cool to see a brand new indie RPG game win against all the old classic nintendo console games? Yes. But if it doesn’t, why does it matter so much? We’re all here to have fun, we’re all in it for the love of video games, and that should bring us all together, not tear us apart.

Undertale is a game about love. Let’s represent that and spread it like peanut butter all across the internet. Who’s with me?

(TL:DR both Undertale fans and Nintendo fans have been ripping at each other since this contest started. Fact of the matter is that it’s a popularity contest, so you gotta keep that in mind. Both classic game fans and Undertale fans have fucked up, but it’s not to late to just throw all that angry away and say ‘fuck it’ and let whoever wins, win. And NO MATTER WHAT, we have to remember to spread love, not salt.)

anonymous asked:

psssst do you think you can give us a list of some Voltron fic recommendations please? wink wink

Well anon you really shouldn’t have asked this because we took it a little too serious and… welp… here it goes :’))

Mod Nayo here, if you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you would know that I am the one who reads the majority of the fics here (not only… E Rated *winks a lot towards Izzy*).

A few clarifications I want to make before I start with my list

1) Because of school and me being a lazy fuck, I haven’t started reading the most recent fics that have been in the tag. I’m actually accepting recs too so if you think i’ll like somethig (COUGHTCOUGHTMERLANCECOUGHTCOUGHT) then just send us an ask or tag us ;^DDD *winks winks*.

2) This is all going to be Klance, so i guess no need to tag which pairings will be in the fic?

3) Izzy is a dirty fuck so all her part is gonna be E rated :^) don’t blame me.

4) Sorry it took so long, it seems that despite being two (functional?) adults, we spent like an eternity in Google Docs just screaming and talking shit. We apologize.

5) ALSO REALLY LONG. WE ARE TRULY SORRY

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[a story i heard somewhere]

title: a story i heard somewhere (part one)

fandom: boku no hero academia

pairing: eventual todoroki/izuku, p gen for now

notes: not much to say abt this one!! it’s a pokemon au, izuku’s a trainer, and it follows the kalos plotline pretty heavily + a few in-universe tweaks to suit my personal tastes. since this is just the introductory chapter, it’s quite short… but hopefully i’ll be able to churn out the next parts soon. please enjoy!! [3536 words] | [ao3 link] | now with fanart 💕💕

summary: Izuku just wants to be a Pokémon trainer.

“I’m sorry,” Professor Nedzu’s saying. He shoots a sympathetic look at Izuku, who’s clutching his mother’s skirt. “Pokémon just don’t seem to like him.”

Tears prickle in the back of his eyes, and his mother glances down at him. “Are you sure there isn’t one for my son?” she’s asking, confusion apparent in her voice. Izuku sniffles. “He absolutely adores them!”

Professor Nedzu’s mouse-like features twitch, and he rubs his nose, shakes his head. “If there’s one, it’s not in the lab. The last time we sent a trainer off with a Pokémon that didn’t like him was Ash Ketchum,” he says wryly, “and he nearly died gaining that particular Pikachu’s affections.”

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Fandoms are not Toxic

Now before you reblog this please actually hear me out because I think a lot of people have become blinded by tumblr on this ‘X fandom is toxic’ Mindset. It’s slowly just gotten to the point I feel I need to post something about this and maybe, just maybe, we can actually start treating fandoms fairly.

Now do not misunderstand me, I’m not saying fandoms are groups of pure and righteous individuals, because they are definitely not that. What they are, are groups of people who share similar interests. You know what that’s true of? Alot of things, religion, politics, fandoms, social groups, all of them are people who share a singular similar interest. That doesn’t mean however that any 1 of these groups are toxic, because being united by 1 thing does not make them all the same. That’s a ridiculous notion, we see that isn’t true for any other kind of group. We know that not all Catholics are child molesters and not all Muslims, those who do and do not practice the faith of Islam, are terrorists. So why are we so quick to say that a Fandom is all bad? Well part of it is that we are also the same website that has a lot of people who refers to Tumblr itself as a singular thing even though it’s just as much of a mix of good and bad.

To say any 1 fandom is toxic or cancer is to say all of humanity is cancer, because there’s really no difference, a Fandom is just a large group of various humans with various personalities, ideas on what is and isn’t acceptable, all just agreeing to like 1 thing. There are toxic and cancerous people in these groups sure, but we as a species, specially in this day and age, should be fully aware that these loud mouth wastes of resources are usually a minority and will make themselves seem bigger by being as loud and obnoxious as they can. We have effected more positive change using the same methods they use to be loud and obnoxious, but we still have those who decide to demonize entire fandoms for a small group, or in some stories, 1 fucker, 1 fucker is apparently all it takes for some people to completely discredit all of the good a fandom has done.


The only fandom’s I’ve ever seen that where legitimately viable to be 100% toxic was the twilight fandom and the 50 shades fandom, but that’s because there where endless amounts of stories of badshit insane fans threatening people or doing crazy things. I saw one person discredit all of the brony community because of 1 pedophile at a con. Not caring how many charities the community had worked on, how many people had been helped out of abusive households, or bad financial situations. Or even considering that condemning all bronies as Pedos was massively unfair to the number of them that where younger males, any woman or girl, or just the ones who actually would gut the fucker they had seen for their behavior just as much as they might of. Hell the Homestuck fandom seemed to preempt that nonsense by basically making a running joke that they already where trash and every homestuck knew it.

Look if you have had negative if not outright toxic interactions with a fandom, that happens, it’s unfair, and it’s totally in your right to abandoned the thing you where a fan of cause of that. Or for you to not want to get into that thing. However, Do not act like these toxic and cancerous people speak for the entire fucking fandom. I’ve run into toxic bronies, and very nice enjoyable people who are Bronies, (I’d like to think I am one given my icons) I’ve run into toxic sonic fans, and sonic fans who where the most agreeable people. I’ve run into homestucks. I’ve seen the racist SU tumblr making 'better white versions’ of all the characters, And i’ve ran into SU fans who where transphobic homophobic, and other horrible things, I’ve also ran into SU fans who where asexual or Lesbian, some good some bad. The point is all fandoms are made of People, and there are good people, and bad people, to say a Fandom itself is Toxic is to discredit so many good people who are just enjoying something and sharing their enjoyment of the thing and not being assholes.

Maybe we can stop saying Fandoms are toxic and start saying things like “i ran into toxic people in X fandom” or giving them sub groups like calling a toxic fan of something his own douche title.

Edit: if you do reblog this, maybe tag fandoms you’re in or you know of that might need to hear this. I’ll add any new fandoms i see in reblog tags to my list.

On YouTube Fame and Misfortune

These are thoughts I’ve actually had in my head ever since YouTube became a legitimate platform for artists, bloggers, and so on - although a sudden increase in concerning events have brought my fingers to the keyboard, and I’ll apologize in advance in the case that this becomes a lengthy rant. 

I think the most appealing part about YouTube is that anyone with a camera phone, an idea, and an internet connection can accidentally become famous, if only for a month. Anyone can think of something quirky and jot it down and maybe influence enough people to watch their channel, through crazy thumbnails or legitimately interesting concepts, and get to the front page. Everyone has a voice now. Everyone can be heard, and that’s such a great thing!

Potentially. 

But I think it can be incredibly scary, too. It’s terrifying if you actually take the time to think about it. I mean, at first, it’s not bad. You have a small channel, you make videos in your free time and a few people watch them and enjoy them. That validation that your ideas are interesting and fun to watch, that people take their precious time to listen to what you have to say, is invigorating. The possibility that your single voice could make any change in this world is wonderful, and it’s a fantastic feeling to have. 

In the beginning, it’s easy. Low expectation, low casualty if you decide to drop out. You have little to no chance of hurting people with any of your videos because your audience is so small you pretty much know what topics to avoid in order to keep the peace.

You have a hundred followers, and wow, it feels so good that ONE HUNDRED people like your work. 

You have a thousand followers. A THOUSAND?! You couldn’t even have a party for them, but you are still able to keep up with most of the fan mail and the tweets. Everyone has their own lives, after all, and not everyone is focused on you.

Then you have a million.

That is one million people. 

That is a huge population of people that you couldn’t possibly hope to chat with individually at one time - what an awful host/ess you’d be! Some people wouldn’t be able to see you and they’d be upset, but hopefully they would understand how impossible that is, right?

Five million people.

Wait. 

Six million people.

This is great but-

Seven million people.

Okay, but can I just talk to-

Eight million people.

Jesus, I can’t-

35 MILLION PEOPLE.

And you are only one.

And your hobby has become a job devoted to keeping the peace in your fandom. What used to be a fun distraction has become a tight rope of anxiety over a sea of 35 million matches below you, and there’s no possible way of knowing how to avoid each strike.

I can’t imagine that. That metaphor might be totally off base, but when I think about that many people - even a million, even a thousand, even a hundred - watching my channel and getting frustrated if I don’t upload a video or if I suddenly get a love interest or if I decided that I wanted to move on to something else.

People that could tell me that my videos are the only thing keeping them alive.

People that write about me in ways I know I’m not, thousands of times because to them, I’m a blank slate.

People that I would suddenly become responsible for, and why?

Because I decided to make a channel that a lot of people enjoyed, and that’s not bad at all! But…

Listen, I have a hard time catering to the 30 people currently subscribed to me - and I only have 10 videos up and I’m not even sure if this is the direction I want to take, even for five years of my life, because there’s that potential that I get too popular. And at first, I thought, “Wow, that’s really conceited. Why would I be the next Markiplier, Pewdiepie, Jacksepticeye, Jenna Marbles, etc.? What would make my channel so special? Ashley, calm yourself down, deng.”

But that’s not the point. It’s not that I think my channel is anything special. I mean, I enjoy what I talk about and I’m still going to make things for my own reasons, but that’s not the point. It’s scary to think that, if my channel caught on and I did get popular and thousands of people enjoyed my channel that I would no longer be a person.

I would become an image on the screen.

I would be trapped in the box that you can pause and play whenever you want. And it might give you the idea that I exist for you and your entertainment. And that might make some people think that whatever I do should be a reflection of that. I can’t date because, wow, that is so r00d to the dudes and ladies in my fanbase that want some of dis. I can’t make any snide comments because it could be taken out of context and I have to write thirty apologies because I upset someone so much that they relapsed into bad behaviors. I can’t be myself anymore, because now I exist for you.

Except that I don’t.

No one does. Not Jack or his girlfriend, Wiishu, not Mark, not Felix, not Jenna, not any of them. One day, they are all going to stop making YouTube videos and fade out of the limelight. And it is really sad when I realize that they are probably going to enjoy being a memory to people instead of part of a huge family on this amazing platform that gives everyone a voice - and then somehow, has it taken away.

I mean, I could totally be off by everything and I’m just paranoid because bunches of people liking my stuff would mean a crazy commitment and I’m constantly scared of letting people down even though I really want to make a difference and change the world in positive ways. 

But…If I feel this way now - with few, but meaningful, subscribers and little to no real damaging impact on my tiny community - how must it feel to be in the millions? That’s scary. Seeing comments and posts and tweets towards certain YouTubers have almost turned me away from my own channel. Almost. 

Except that what got me really interested into YouTube in the first place was the family that I saw among the YouTubers. The friends that played games together and the people that made skits and sang together. It reminded me of my high school drama family, and I would love to be a part of it, and to contribute to it. There are a lot more reasons that contributed to my perseverance, but those don’t exactly contribute to the point I’m making.

That point is:

Imagine sitting in your room, on your computer.

Imagine looking at your inbox and seeing over 999+ messages.

Imagine looking at comments on your YouTube channel and being 10 pages away from the first comment 2 minutes after it’s uploaded.

Now imagine that every single one of those people are depending on you.

wow

That’s nuts. While I know most wouldn’t exactly call that a “burden”, it’s got to be damn taxing on the soul. Especially when you’re worried that one of those people might really need you, and you might not get to them in time because, how could you? You couldn’t know. And that’s okay.

Sean McLoughlin is just a guy playing games and making people laugh.

Mark Fischbach is a dude that enjoys goofing off and making people smile.

Jenna Marbles is a a fun loving lady who loves her dogs.

Anthony Padilla likes Pokemon and joking around.

I could go on, but I think it’s getting redundant. 

I’m not really sure how to wrap this up in a clear and understandable way, but I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff going on towards these people just because they are popular on YouTube and people seem to forget that, you know, they’re people. Yeah, you enjoy watching them, but gosh dang, they have their own lives. Lives that you don’t need to know about to enjoy their material and lives that may or may not directly involve your influence. And that’s okay! Because you’re still important, and you have a voice, too. Just because that specific person doesn’t hear it doesn’t mean you are any less important and it doesn’t mean that they don’t care. They just…have a lot of people who want to be heard by them specifically.

Gosh, I feel like there’s more I want to say, but I don’t even think this makes much sense. <=/ Sorry about the rant, but, uhm. I guess

TLDR;

Imagine having 35 million people who depend on you everyday.

Now think of your favorite YouTuber and send them some good vibes (even if it’s not by directly messaging them!).

Thank you.

(/Awkwardly waddles out of Tumblr)

Common Misconceptions About: Canada

I’ve gotten quite a few requests for a Misconceptions on Canada!

So, I don’t actually know that much about Canada. I don’t involve myself with him, simply because while I adore him, I don’t find most of his ships interesting. But I know enough about the fandom to know that they can’t Canada lol.

As one of my friends put it, Canada is either two extreme versions of himself.

One is the super-Uke Canada. We know the drill by now—stutters, blushes, doesn’t tell anyone how he feels. He also feels neglected and depressed because everyone forgets him. 

That’s usually the entire point of his existence; much like Romano, Canada feels like he’s in the shadow of a more successful/likeable sibling. Unlike Romano, who turns toward rage, Canada just sighs sadly and mopes. Usually, Prussia, Russia, or France sweeps in and actually notices him and everything is amazing until Canada thinks his lover likes his brother better and bla bla bla.

I almost feel like Uke!Canada is the worst, simply because he stutters so much it’s actually ridiculous. While everyone gets a good case of the stutters, I think it affects Canada the most. I don’t know why; I don’t think I’ve actually seen a strip/episode where Canada stutters. He’s quiet, yeah, but he’s never stuttered, as far as I can remember.

And then there’s the other Canada, which is basically the Canada that can bite a brick in half. Like pirate!Spain or snapped!Liechtenstein or whatever, fandom tries to get away from the common fandom portrayal by taking his personality to the extreme.

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DragonCon 2016

This weekend I finally met Bob Morley. Most of you know that I’ve tried so many times to meet him. Every single con I’ve bought tickets to because he was going to be there he cancelled. I still can’t believe it actually happened!

First, let me say that the best part of DragonCon and every other con I’ve been to is getting to be with fandom friends. @fangrlmoment and@smoakingbabbles Saturday wouldn’t have been even close to the amazing day it was without you guys there to share it with me. I love you both so much and I’m thankful every single day that Olicity brought us together.@pythiaspeaks it was so great to meet you. Hopefully next year we can do it again and have more time to plan. 😃

First, we had to wait in line to pick up our badges. We got in line 2 and a half hours before The 100 panel but the line was LOOOOONNNGGGGGGGG. Thankfully we had everything done and made it over to the Westin with about 30 minutes to spare. The panel was amazing and I’m sure most of you have seen videos people are posting. If you haven’t watched it you should definitely go find it somewhere and watch. We were super sad Lindsey didn’t make it but it was still great! 

As soon as the panel over we had to run from the Westin to the Marriot for our group photo op. Sab and I stood in line talking about our kids and I was talking about how nervous I was for this photo op. I’m an anxious person, meeting celebs at cons always makes me shaky and freaked out. I was even scared to ask them to hold the shipper signs but I’m so glad I did it. I handed Jarod the Briller sign, Lindsey the Rasper sign (She then yelled, “Rasper!” very excitedly), Bob the Bellarke sign, and Sachin the Kabby sign. Bob looked at me and said, “Are you trying to get me killed? I can’t hold Bellarke or I will get attacked on twitter.” Sachin and Bob decided to switch. They were both completely happy and comfortable holding a sign. No one made anyone feel uncomfortable or upset. We turned around to take our picture and everyone handed back their signs and the next people walked in. As we were walking out Jarod yelled something about it being such a great idea and how much he loved the signs. It was by far the most fun photo op I have ever taken at a con and I have done WAY too many photo ops. 

After the photo op we decided to head up to the Walk of Fame to check out prices and see how long the lines were before Sab had to head home.

I bought a Lindsey autograph and selfie. My husband recorded most of it. We mainly talked about Emily and how they were best friends and going camping next weekend for Fanta’s birthday. I gave her the keychain I made her and asked her if she would give Emily the Bathroom Therapy one I made for her and she said she absolutely would and that she loved them both. She also signed the Rasper edit I made for my friend Amina. 

https://twitter.com/eeandg81/status/772223701743968257

Here is a small portion of the video where she said that she loved Rasper.

We go in line to meet Sachin and Jarod next. Tiff and I decided we wanted to split the combo if they would let us. Since I was the only one who wanted autographs they were fine with it. I talked to Jarod first. I told him I couldn’t decide if I wanted him to sign the Miller, Jasper, and Monty pic or if I wanted him to sign the Briller sign. He took them and said just let me sign both. When he signed the picture he said, “Look at Minty.” and then he wrote #Briller on the sign. I gave him his keychain and he said he was putting it on his keys right now and got up from the table to go get them. Then he realized he didn’t have his keys so he stuck it on his belt loop and stood up so Tiff could take a picture. He acted so excited by the keychain. He reached for my hand and I thought he wanted to shake it but then he grabbed it and kissed my hand. It was just so funny and little kid like. I love him. 

We talked to Sachin next. I asked him to sign the Jackson edit I made and he freaked out because during the panel he had talked about reading the Hippocratic Oath all the time to help him think like Jackson and I put a quote by Hippocrates on the edit. He looked at it and said, “You really get Jackson don’t you?” and I told him that I loved the character. He put the picture down on the table and took a picture of it with his phone before he signed it. After that I gave him the keychain I made and asked if he would give Richard Harmon the Notre Dame keychain I made for him and he said Richard was going to love it, took a picture of the keychain right then and texted it to him. 

Finally we took our selfie and they were so fun! Honestly, meeting Bob after trying for so long was amazing but Sachin and Jarod were the most fun. I adore them and hope to be able to go to many more cons with them.

After we met them we went to get in line for Bob but he had to take a break so Tiffany went and met Brett Dalton while I went to the bar and got a bright blue Pokemon drink because I was nervous and I didn’t want to be shaking so hard I couldn’t talk when I gave Bob the Bellarke hat. 

Finally it was time to meet Bob. While we waited in line Tiff kept taking pictures of me with Bob in the background because she’s mean and wanted to see if she could get pictures of me freaking out. ***Edited to add that Tiff said she was not being mean she was trying to get as many pics as possible with Bob and I both in them so I apologize for calling her mean. She’s the best and I love her more than life!

The best part about waiting in line were the people in front of us. They were dressed up as Hans and Anna from Frozen and the guy was going on and on about how hot Bob was, how perfect his body was, and talking about how the back of his head was even pretty. Then he told us he was completely straight but even he noticed how good looking Bob was. He was more nervous than I was so the 2 of them kept us pretty entertained during the whole wait. Finally, it was my turn to meet Bob. As soon as he looked at me the first words out of his mouth were, “Hey, you’re the one who was trying to get me killed with the Bellarke is Endgame sign.” and I died laughing. He was laughing too and asked me my name. Then while he signed my Bellarke edit I said, “Yes, that was me and I actually have something for you that you might not want now.” First I told him that I had been to 3 cons trying to meet him so I had 3 gifts for him because I planned a different gift for each con and I decided to give him all of them. I handed him the keychains I made and Tiffany showed him that she had a matching Pokemon one and told him that there are only 3 of them in the entire world. He seemed to really like them.

Next it was time to give him the Bellarke hat and take the selfie.

I was so nervous. I pulled it out of my bag and handed it to him and he smiled so big. He said, “Did you knit this?” then put the hat on. I told him that I did and asked if he’d wear it in the picture. He was laughing and I jokingly told him that I left all 4 of my kids at home for this picture. He said he would and that he was going to stay off of twitter anyway. Here is a picture of him wearing the hat and talking to me before we took our selfie. This is not me forcing him to wear it.

 Now here is the part where people took all of my words the wrong way. I am always sarcastic. I said I guilted him into wearing it in a tweet jokingly. If Bob had acted seriously upset or nervous about wearing the hat or taking the picture I would have told him not to worry about it. Our whole conversation was laughing and joking because he recognized me from the sign photo op. He already put the hat on, he had no issue with wearing it and he knew he would be attacked on twitter no matter what he did. He told me people are really mean and I said, “Yeah, they’re mean to all of us but there are so many people on twitter who love you and who love Bellamy and we will always support you.” and he told me that he appreciates us. People can say I’m disgusting for asking him to wear a gift I made him but the fact that he knew he’d be attacked for wearing a hat is on the people who attack him for no reason not on me. Anyway, moving on…..

We took our picture and then he took the hat off and said, “I really do like this hat. The colors are perfect.” He asked if I had any questions. I asked him if Devon’s hair was long and blonde on the show and his response was, “He was filming a movie and the show at the same time. You’ll see what happens when the show comes back.“ 

I did have to go back for a second autograph for Amie because his handler wouldn’t let me get a video for her earlier. He had me send her a picture and tell her that the big gray meanie wouldn’t allow a video then I showed him Amie’s message to him and he laughed so hard. I loved this guy!!!

I told Bob I had to come back because the guy was mean. It was much quicker the 2nd time through. He hugged me after he signed it for her and then we left.

I just can’t say enough good things about this weekend and about The 100 cast. I have been to a lot of cons in the past year but this was by far the best. These actors are so kind to their fans and seem genuinely excited to spend time talking to the people who support them. With all of the hate the cast, writers, and producers get online the fandom who goes to cons to meet them all seem to be there for the right reasons. I didn’t witness any hate and it was a really great atmosphere to be a part of. I can’t wait for next year!!