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Summer 2017 Anime Anticipation

My friends, the end of spring is upon us  yet again, summer is approaching bringing with it my first quarter-century birthday and a wave of new anime of which there are no sequels of interest for me, so the list of shows I may end up watching is unusually diverse and pretty wild. HeroAca, Virgin Soul and Re:Creators continue into the summer too, the first two being brilliant, the latter… eh. I’ll talk about it in my final review of the season

Top interest

Shokoku no Altair: Definitely my most anticipated show of the season. The manga’s been making waves all over the place and getting praised for its story and beautiful artwork and since MAPPA now has all the money in the world after Yuri on Ice became the fifth (potentially even third, time will tell) best-selling anime since 2000, I hope they’ll do something really good with it.

Ballroom e Youkoso: Production I.G. picking up another sports anime? And one based around an artistic-interpretative competitive sport? Sign me the fuck up a hundred times over! I gotta say though, that my excitement for this show has soured due to 1) the fucking giraffe necks in the concept art and 2) All the fuckboys rallying up around it saying “don’t worry, this one isn’t gay shit like Yaoi on Ice™”. But I still have high hopes for this

Vatican Kiseki Chousakan: The premise sounds so kooky and cool and fun and I’m weak okay? It’s definitely different and sounds interesting so I hope it delivers

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu: After the massive let down that was Hanamaru, my interest in this franchise has dwindled quite a bit. Since they’re doing this as a more plot-heavy historically-focused rendition of the characters, I’m hoping it’ll be more my kind of thing and that ufotable makes it look amazing.

DIVE!!: The other sports anime of the season and it’s about diving of all things! Diving is one of my favorite sports to watch, but the studio doing this is kinda new so I’m worried they won’t be able to produce the animation this kind of sport would require. Fingers crossed. Just hoping it won’t be another Battery.

High expectations

Kakegurui: Looks cool? Not a concept I’ve seen before so I think it could be very fun and unique. I literally don’t know, I’m casting a sort of wide net because there are no sequels of interest for me this season but there seems to be an abundance of “I’ve never seen an anime about this!” shows which is kind of a rare thing in the medium.

Isekai Shokudo: I’d usually pass on anything that uses ‘isekai’ on its title, but my interest for the growing trend of food-centric anime beats my zealousness against otaku isekai LN. Hopefully it’ll turn out sweet and fun

Keppeki Danshi Aoyama-kun: The concept sounds weird enough to work in the same way that Tanaka-kun, Sakamoto, Saiki Kusuo and Nozaki-kun did. I’m only crossing my fingers for a weird af comedy, I ain’t asking for much.

Who the fuck knows, could go either way

The Reflection: This has been in the works for a while and it’s actually a collab with Stan Lee so basically I have no idea of what to expect but it has 50/50 chances of being amazeballs/a train-wreck and I’m quite curious.

Centaur no Nayami: In principle I like the idea of a slice-of-life about centaurs, definitely looks like something more in my taste than raunchier monster girl shows, but since this is a Chinese coproduction and the main girl has huge tiddies I’m cautious about it.

Saiyuki Reload: I haven’t watched the original Saiyuki –I’ve meant to, but my pile of shame is so big- so I don’t even know if I’d be able to watch it, but if it turns out to be something newbies on the franchise can enjoy, I’m definitely interested in checking it out

The Fate Line aka I have no expectations whatsoever but still intend to check them out (maybe)

Fate/Apocrypha: Back when this blog was young I managed to anger the Fate otaku because UBW was shit, but as I said repeatedly back then, Fate as a concept is something I find very engaging. Do I expect this one to be good? Nope. Why am I watching it then? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean if I suffered rape-facilitator Archer in UBW I can’t imagine Apocrypha can have something that’ll make me quit… unless it’s offensively boring which can always happen

Konbini Kareshi: Everything below the Fate line I have no real expectations for, but if I have time to check this out it might turn out to be dumb and fun ala Starmyu or Dance with Devils. Who knows

Hitorijime my Hero: I mean, it can’t be worse than Super Lovers…. Right?

Netsuzou Trap: If there’s something I have even less faith in than questionable power dynamics BL it’s fetiche yuri. Still might try to watch ep 1, depending on the kind of reactions it gets

And that’s the season folks. Really lots of variety and with no sequels, pretty much everything on the list is a wildcard. Still I hope the top 5 shows won’t be a disappointment. Oh well, even if they are I’ll stillhave HeroAca and Virgin Soul.

What shows are you looking forward to for next season?

What if Niall planted trees at The Barns for Declan, Ronan, and Matthew each when they where born?

Like sure, Ronan has his blue flowers and blue petals and they all have the dreamt food trees, but what if Niall planted dream trees for each of them? As connected to Celtic traditions and mythologies as he was, it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch.

For Declan, a hawthorn tree. The first tree Niall dreams, very traditional. Aurora would often use the leaves for treating scrapes and cuts, but when she cut the flowering branches in spring, it would weep a deep red sap.

For Ronan, a blackthorn. A warrior’s wood. Blue flowers would bloom all spring summer long, but fade through fall to reveal nasty thorns. However, like the bush, the winter berries would be sweetest after the hardest frost. The fireflies especially like to swarm in Ronan’s tree at night.

For Matthew, perhaps a pine. Light in nature, extremely flexible, and handsome all year round. When the wind blows through the branches, it sounds like laughter.

For Aurora, instead of a tree there are bushes and bushes of roses, all unique and strange and beautiful.

As Ronan rebuilds the Barns and dreams a new Cabeswater, eventually he plants new things for all the people he loves best.

First, a willow tree for Noah full of lights that rain gold glitter when the branches sway in the wind. And then a garden of new roses and flowers for Aurora. Opal gets to decide where each bush or plant goes and chatters away to Ronan about what each one does as they’re planting. She excitedly watches them throughout the year, showing Ronan each new dream feature, just as he might have done once. 

Then, a tree for Gansey. A cypress for the king. It grows strong and tall, crowning above all the others. It gives off a feeling of old magic and possibility, and smells like mint and old books and earth.

Blue will always have her beech tree, but he plants a maple tree for her right next to Gansey’s. Like Blue, the tree goes through a growth spurt with each new visited place, the leaves changing into brilliant shades like galaxies. At the darkest point of the night, small star-lights twinkle in the branches. 

Eventually there’s an alder tree for Henry. As time goes by it’s obvious that the grove was incomplete without it. It fills out the space in a way that makes all the trees even more verdant and lovely, and to not have it there would be inconceivable. The best tree for happy moments and contemplation.

And finally, a tree for Adam. A special English oak. The most intuitive tree, it often reflects the seasons of Cabeswater 2.0 despite being far away. It offers the most to discover, producing acorns that they later discover are a whole new species of tree. Ronan’s dream creatures flock to the branches and can often be found nesting in the branches or sleeping at the base. Opal likes to sit under this tree in particular and pretend to chat to Adam about all the new things she’s learned. She swears he can hear her, and when they all talk on the phone later, Ronan finds Adam subconsciously knows exactly what to ask her about. When Ronan misses Adam the most, he’ll sit at the base of the tree. Often the roots will shift to hold him just so as if Adam were there. The three of them have leather bracelets with wooden charms carved from the branches. Anytime they think of one another, the wood warms to the touch, like a kiss to the wrist or a calming pulse. 

Once it’s complete, the grove becomes a spot for special moments between all of them. It’s where Gansey and Blue and Henry share their best road trip stories, where Declan and Matthew and Ronan remember their parents and each other, where Adam and Ronan talk about what’s beyond Henrietta and Singer’s Falls. It becomes a space for truth and possibility and happiness and being whole, wholly loved.

anonymous asked:

Do you think it's a bad sign that there hasn't been a lot of bellarke scenes lately? Or do you think it was just because there's so many characters they just didn't have time for it?

Neither. As I said wayyyy back when the season was first starting, they need to drag bellarke out as long as possible. Split them up 3 times in one season, create conflict between them, do anything possible to ensure that we can drag this out until the finale (sound familiar? Writers did the same shit with stydia, captain swan, a million other slow burn ships for just that reason. It’s a SLOW burn) Bellarke is Jason’s baby okay. He’s spent 4 years building it, he’s not just gonna randomly throw that big canon moment in like half way through a season. NO. He’s gonna put it in the finale, and then he’s gonna leave it at a cliff hanger so we all tune in season 5 hungry for more. You guys don’t understand how important the main relationship of a show is, this is their money maker. They need to make it last, they need us sitting here all season like “JUST PUT THEM TOGETHER ALREADY” and then finally, come season finale when we’re all turning our tvs on to see what could be the last chance for them, their ratings sky rocket and weeks to come Jason’s stroking his ego about how brilliant he is and how fantastic his finale was and how he creates the most perfect slow burn relationship and then put them together in the most dramatic fucking way possible, at the most dramatic time possible.

Gravity Falls and the Endless Summer

Gravity Falls just ended. Dipper and Mabel got on the bus and headed home, after arriving on the exact same bus only four years ago. It was a wonderful ending to a series that had, over the course of only two seasons, become a sort of high-water mark for quality in kid’s cartoons in terms of both production and storytelling.

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