we are the most weird fans

WIP MEME

List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on.

This can be writing, art, vids, gifsets!

I was tagged by @queenoftherandomword ! Thank you!

1. Another chapter of Maybe We’ll Live and Learn, Maybe We’ll Crash and Burn, my most read fic out on AO3. It crossed 10,000 page hits this week and I’m pretty stoked.

2. Fan art. I’ve had an itch to draw, lately, and that means lots of chibis. Just basic little things. I also has the weird inspiration to draw Fraggles and Muppets, so that might happen this weekend. Stay tuned.

3. Cleaning up my profile out on AO3. I orphaned my Gundam Wing collection because the page hits were DISMAL. That’s an ego killer, and it’s hard to see them sitting there in the low numbers on my Dashboard every time I log on, when I have adjacent, recently updated fics in other fandoms with a more noticeable volume and with actual COMMENTS. I still enjoy the fandom, but the energy isn’t worth the payoff. I still welcome head canons, the chance to scribble an occasional drabble out here, or suggestions for fan art scribbles for those characters, but anything beyond that? I’m passing the baton. If you followed me for Gundam Wing content, it’s okay to unfollow me, because that’s just not going to be my focus anymore.

4. My Sam/Bucky fic, which I mentioned in one of my other posts this week about my planned 2018 projects. Real estate agent Sam, veteran Bucky. Fluffy.

5. The Cap Reverse Big Bang. I’m planning artwork for it. I have a couple of different ideas, and at least one sketch will be Sam-centric. I’m half considering doing a little something with Thor, Val and Bruce, just because. I still need to hook up my new tablet. I keep telling myself I will, and I still haven’t done it. I think I signed up to write, too, but I’m not sure I want to vote on a slide. It’s a big commitment for a big collection of works, with the possibility that what you upload will get lost in the shuffle.

6. Fandom Trumps Hate! I haven’t heard from my winning bidder quite yet, but I’m excited to work with them! Give me a shout-out and some prompts, and we’ll get this ball rolling!

7. Another update soon for “Didn’t They Tell You I Was a Savage,” my Vamp!Sam fic. Another chapter or two and it’s finished.

8. A sixth chapter for “It’s All Downhill After the First Kiss.” I love that story and have some fun ideas for it. I just uploaded the accompanying fan art!


That’s about it so far. Nothing earthshaking yet, but stay tuned.

I’m tagging @trappingsofzed, even though she has probably already been tagged ten thousand kajillionty times, but she’s awesome. And @debwalsh, because she is also awesome and is always working on great things. And y’know what? I’m taking @chronicwhimsy and @remsyk-blog, too.

The Signs as Crushes I've Had

Aries: the prettiest smile and the weirdest laugh, long, gorgeous hair, unintentionally funny, always wanted to go on adventures with me, tall and handsome

Taurus: seemed like a fuckboy, turned out to be the sweetest most caring lil cutie, was ready to do anything and everything for me, first love, would pick me up for late night drives, loved cuddling

Gemini: quirky and cute, definitely a fuckboy, thoughtful, deep thinker and great to have serious conversations about life with, heartbreaker

Cancer: seemed weird at first, was weird but also so caring, sweet, smart and funny, wanted everyone to be happy, GREAT body, very sexy without knowing it, someone i had lots of fun with

Leo: fun to be around, giggly and jokey, breathtakingly beautiful, amazing at singing, loved animals more than anything, good at sports, first girl crush

Virgo: sarcastic, beautiful on the outside but GORGEOUS on the inside, gave actually great advice, philosophical, gamer girl, good party host

Libra: tried to seem harsh and cool but actual sweetheart once i got to know him, always wanted me to read his favourite books, creative and handy, helpful in all situations

Scorpio: looked like someone from a band, an asshole at first but very cute and great listener, was always low-key sad, pushed me away when i wanted to help him, smelled ridiculously good

Sagittarius: (also my sign) seemed goofy, funny and caring at first but turned out to be the biggest fuckboy, helped me realise new things about myself, hot and handsome, great for having a laugh with, loved going to parties with him

Capricorn: always wanted the best for me, the type of person who always checked i got home safe, protective, supportive, kinda serious most of the time but goofy when we were alone

Aquarius: straight to the point, honest, great athlete and singer, best hugger, weird humour, very masculine, the one you’ll never completely get over

Pisces: sweet, emotional, fell in love fast, big music fan, great at school even though he wouldn’t admit it, quite jealous, if he likes you he will always put you first no matter what, the kind of person i wanted to protect at all costs, clingy

BTS’ ARMY PERSONAS:

JIMIN’S FANS: THE MOMS PERSONA

“Are you eating well? Don’t overwork yourself. Did you sleep? Do you feel threatened by anything? You can talk to me. Guys is it just us or does Jimin look 0.1 kg thinner?”

SUGA’S FANS: THE LITIGIOUS PERSONA

“WE WERE ATTACKED, MISTREATED AND DISRESPECTED. LET’S SUE HIM NOW! HOW DARE HE BE SO PERFECT”

JHOPE’S FANS: THE SCREAMERS PERSONA

“JHOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOOPE”. they are also the ones who sometimes dress strangely at concerts and events!

JIN’S FANS: THE PROTESTORS PERSONA

In the name of more lines and Jin’s beautiful lips, we will fight the world and BIGS#IT for KIM SEOKJIN! 

JUNGKOOK’S FANS: THE FIGHTERS PERSONA

“OPPA? U MAD?” “CAN WE ARM WRESTLE?” “YOU ARE A KID! DO KID THINGS YOU *insert curses* but we still love you” “OMG he is so cute. I want to kick him in the face"  

V: THE WEIRDOS IN DENIAL PERSONA

NO! He is not real. He can’t be real! Is he real? Oh, look at his feet *save in gallery* Oh look at his tummy *zooms in and giggles* Oh look -insert a weird body part- *takes a screenshot*. 

RM: THE CRY BABIES PERSONA

Namjoon just needs to say something for them to cry. Most of the time they don’t even know what he is saying but they are always like “That was SO deep just like YOUR DIMPLES WHERE I WANT TO JUMP IN, TAKE IT OFF AND NEVER GET OUT *sobs* Namjoon is such a genius”

By @mimibtsghost

Dear Dirk Gently Fans,

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency brought together an incredible group of talented, creative people to make something truly original that celebrates how weird and wonderful the universe can be. We are so proud to work with the writers, producers and actors who created this brilliant world. We’ve seen your passionate social campaigns for another season of Dirk Gently and we regret to say that Season 2 will be the last season on BBC America.

We have been so inspired by your rowdy imagination, your wild passion and whip-smart humor. We’ve tweeted with you every episode, watched you make incredible fan art and most importantly, build great friendships. Dirk Gently fans aren’t just great fans, they’re great friends, too. You’ll continue to find connections, overcome great obstacles, make amends, help others, and create your own family of weirdos, chosen or not.

Thank you, Dirk Gently fans, for everything.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams

You know what I love about the phandom in general? Yeah a lot of us are told that “shipping real people is weird”… but at least we know our boundaries and limits. Most of the time we keep our shipping and fan fiction and theories between each others accounts on sites like Tumblr. And if someone tries to use Dan and Phil’s relationship in anyway that could be harmful we all step up and we all know that is not okay. I’m just real proud of the phandom tbh. Like yeah we can be stupid but at the same time we can be really mature and have common sense so go us!!

STORY TIME - I can finally tell you guys…

On Wednesday October 4th I got a DM from Taylor Nation telling me they have a special secret event they have to speak to me about (YOU SHOULD SEE MY REACTION, I WASN’T ABLE TO BREATHE ). I had to give them some information. Long story short.. we had hard time catching up so they ended up emailing me on Sunday October 8th thanking me for being such an amazing fan and telling me they have an event happening in London, October 13th. They asked me if there was a way for me to come. When I got a DM on Tumblr I literally thought she was doing an event somewhere close to me (it’s weird she wanted me in London right? I’m so far away from there) and I had my hopes so up. I thought I was going to meet the woman who means the most to me💔 I will never be able to thank my group of best friends for being there, watching me cry over it and helping me find the ways to go. They were the most supportive friends in the world, I’m telling you. But deep down I knew it wouldn’t be happening. I couldn’t just get last minute tickets and just fly to London like that. I’m a student, I don’t have much money to afford tickets & am in the middle of exam session. I also told my parents about it (I WAS IN TEARS BY THE WAY, I don’t think my parents ever saw me like that before) and told them if they’ll be ready to help me, I’d work as much as possible to pay them off. I love them they are not very supportive when it comes to those things.

I feel like my heart is broken because I know I’ll never get a chance like that again. It’s the kind of pain you can’t put into words.

But I would like to thank Taylor for wanting me there (I GUESS IT WAS HER?! I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE SHE KNOWS WHO I AM) and Taylor Nation for being so freaking nice. They told me not to worry cause they’ll keep me in mind for future events because I’m an awesome fan😭 And they even asked for my address so they could send me a gift instead☺️ They are so so nice! And I would like to apologize @taylorswift - I JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND IT’S MY BIGGEST DREAM TO HUG YOU AND TELL YOU ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU HAVE ON MY LIFE, I’M SO SO SO SORRY.

I hope you’ll never forget about me and save me a hug for the tour (PLEASE!!!). I also DMed you from my @dancingswifts13 instagram a lot but you never saw. I love you and I’ll always support you I promise❤️😭 I’M SORRY.

I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Part Five

Summary: You come back to set after your time with the Padaleckis, and things are strained when your working patterns clash with Jared. Things go downhill when you start to feel sick on set.
Words: 3.1k
Jared x Reader, (mentioned Jared x Reader x Gen), Misha, Jensen
Warnings: angst central, nausea 
Betas: my girls @ruined-by-destiel and @blacksiren
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The rest of your time in Austin was more of the same.

Most of the days were spent with the Ackles’ - Jared and Jensen weren’t lying when they said they spent most of their downtime together - pictures being snapped by Danneel and Genevieve at random intervals.

The nights were spent wrapped up in Jared and Gen, having the best sex of your life.

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Time to infodump about something that’s been on my mind lately about Overwatch lore stuff. I actually don’t know if anyone has brought this up or pointed this out before, but if so hit me up.

Let’s talk about yellow eyes. Not like jaundice style yellow sclera but like full on yellow irises.

I first noted it in ‘A Better World’ because frankly I think a lot about things that involve Symmetra because she’s very important and anything that even hints at more Symmetra exposition has me interested.

Satya Vaswani canonically and prominently has big bright yellow eyes. This is shown off pretty conspicuously several times in her ‘A Better World’ comic. This is something I initially chalked up to it being a very cool look and it being the fictional space future. Maybe some people just have yellow eyes in the Overwatch universe. Maybe it’s just a design thing. That could still be all it is. There’s a talking gorilla. Yellow eyes aren’t that wild.

But it did stick out to me a bit especially the more I realized that other characters generally (with some notable exceptions) seemed to have eyes that fell within the natural spectrum as we know it. Blue and brown predominantly. When I started setting aside the exceptions and what most of them had in common, a pattern starts to develop.

Another member of the yellow-eyed club is Junkrat. Notably his shade is significantly more orange-y. Many people speculate this is related to him being exposed to the weird comic-book-style magic radiation of the Mad Max outback or whatever his mysterious ‘treasure’ is and that could be it. Yellow eyes could be a symptom of some kind of exposure. But let’s keep looking.

Our next example I noticed and the one that somewhat convinced me there’s something to this is Widowmaker. Mostly because we know definitively that her appearance was dramatically altered directly as a result of being captured and having ~something~ done to her and the fact that the shade is very similar to Symmetra’s. Does this raise the possibility that the same something or a similar something has been done to the others?

There’s one more member of yellow eye club!

Here’s a really good shot of Winston’s very very yellow eyes. A quick google reveals that the standard natural gorilla eye color is more of a lovely reddish brown, so this definitely feels like a conscious change. In this instance too, we know that Winston without a doubt has been augmented in some way. I mean obviously, most gorillas don’t talk. In voicelines with Mercy, she even mentions his ‘genetic therapy’. Does that line put a name to what’s been done to these three? Hard to say!

So here we have three suspects, all connected to the themes of weird science and having had their bodies augmented in potentially dubious ways. I think this is a pretty interesting thing to note especially for Junkrat and Symmetra fans. It definitely makes you wonder about what exactly the Trash Guy’s been getting into and as for my #1 girl…

What has Vishkar been doing to her? They’ve had plenty of opportunity, considering it’s canon they ‘acquired’ her for training when she was very young.

And looking above we can certainly see not everyone in Vishkar has this in common with her. Presuming something has been done to her, it hasn’t been done to the people in charge of manipulating and handling her.

In conclusion.

Yellow eyes, guys. Yellow eyes.

Boyfriend G-Dragon

Originally posted by jiyongs

  • dating him is a long journey
  • since getting him to settle down was hard enough
  • he’s rich and good looking, with the ability to bounce from beautiful person to beautiful person
  • why would he want me?? you reasoned
  • seungri was your friend for years now and had introduced you to the boys at a party, near the beginning of their debut
  • years passed and you became really close to jiyong. it took a while but he started to trust and confide in you, even going to you when he had a creative block or was overwhelmed w scandals
  • you were always there to pick up the pieces
  • this is what led to him being interested in you
  • he’d always found you attractive but in a friend way until he starts to notice that the socialites and models or actors/actresses he “associates” w are never there when he needs them. but you are
  • he realised this as he was trying to set you up w a friend of his and immediately cut that off
  • w/out explaining why
  • a few months passed by w this weird atmosphere
  • he stopped telling you about his heartbreaks and if you were getting too close to someone, he would turn moody and sulk
  • seungri told you eventually, having picked up on your feelings years ago and was too excited that jiyong was finally returning them to keep it inside
  • eventually, you and jiyong go on dates and although it’s never been official, you’re his and he’s yours
  • he’s the silently romantic type
  • like, he won’t always say “I love you” or bring home flowers. he barely even texts you when he’s on tour or away for weeks
  • but when he’s with you, you’re his centre of attention, the only thing he cares about
  • he listens so attentively to the point where he’ll remember everything you say, no matter if it was joking or in passing
  • one time, you were getting ready for a date and couldn’t decide on what to wear
  • “Is it because you feel ugly?” he asks bluntly
  • he’s very blunt btw
  • “What?”
  • weeks ago, you had made a joke at your own expense, calling yourself ugly. it was nothing serious, nothing that plagued you. you really just didn’t know what to wear for the date. but jiyong remembered that incident, approaching the situation in his cold, loving way
  • “Don’t think like that, it’s stupid. And I thought you were smarter than that. You look amazing, no matter what you wear”
  • he’s so unashamed of you tho
  • if you wanted to go to a fancy, 5 star restaurant in pj’s he would damn well join you
  • he’s one of a kind too so never judges you, meaning you don’t need to feel insecure about possibly being trans/being into drag/your sexuality/your quirky habits/etc. he loves you for you, regardless of what anyone else might think of you
  • that’s the silent way he’s romantic
  • not with flowers or chocolates
  • but by strolling into a bougie ass place in matching pj’s with you like “yeah, table for two, please??”
  • the tabloids write about the relationship every other week
  • although it’s not official between you both, never mind the press, they still class you as his “boy/girlfriend”
  • the scandals are something you both like to read over breakfast for fun
  • you snort, taking a sip of oj; “Did you know that you’re having an affair with a Japanese model?”
  • “I am?” he queries. “I thought I was cheating on you with a YG trainee?”
  • “no, no, that was a different magazine”
  • “damn, it’s hard to keep track”
  • your name is always brought up in interviews and he gives the most vague responses that piss the tabloids off
  • “Are you in a relationship, G-Dragon?”
  • “Aren’t we all in relationships? With teachers, our friends, our families? Even hatred or friendship is a relationship”
  • you’re the weird famous couple that no one understands. they wait for the relationship to end but nothing fazes either of you. even if you’re not famous before, you’re sure as hell famous now. everyone knows your name. esp as the years go by and you don’t budge from his side. since the relationship is so unclear, many fans even deny that you’re dating
  • until ten, fifteen years down the road … you and jiyong decide to start a family
  • it takes him a while to settle down completely and he’s still a mysterious idol to the public, keeping his child hidden for the most part. the only pics published of them are taken by him, as he doesn’t want the child to grow up under flashing cameras
  • he’ll support their every decision and is a loving (if a little detached) father, from first step to first medal won or first art piece hung in Uncle Seunghyun’s gallery
  • a title like marriage doesn’t matter to jiyong, but he’d go through the rigmarole if you wanted
  • you’re Mr/Mrs Kwon to him regardless
  • and the beloved person he’s raising a child with
  • “How was I so stupid? For nearly a decade, I didn’t realise my feelings for you. If not for Seungri’s big mouth, we might never have had the life together we’ve had. I guess that idiot’s actually good for something”

anonymous asked:

okay but what's the Extended Timeline of darry....i need the Full Scoop im on the edge of my seat

so it all starts april fourth, 2011 with a tweet from dan saying, “so one direction are now advertising pokémon black and white? well at least that’s one thing i’ll always be superior to liam payne at.” from what i can find is the first mention of one direction dan has made on twitter

dan makes a few more mentions of harry styles/one direction in general over the next year and a half.

harry moves out of his flat with bandmate louis tomlinson early 2012 and to a flat in east london. dan moves to london mid-2012

the pivotal moment. october 7th, 2012. one direction is interviewed by dan howell and flatmate, phil lester. three videos of this occurrence are available (one) (two) (three). there are multiple instances in which harry sends smoldering looks towards the unknowing youtuber. this also was commemorated in dan and phil’s book, The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire (in stores now)

thus, darry is birthed.

around this time there are multiple rumors of harry dating taylor swift but none are confirmed

if one has the imagination for it, dan and harry may have had a three month fling with the slightly older british vlogger. the idea is alluring. both sexually ambiguous men having a secret love affair right for the world to see. around this time dan is keeping up a fairly regular schedule of uploading videos each week on his main channel, danisnotonfire. 

in between november 30th and december 21st there was no uploading. this could be attributed to the fact that harry had been seen out multiple times with taylor swift and the end of darry was nigh. darry would be confirmed dead when harry and taylor were pictured kissing on new years eve. 

and to non-believers, this could be the end of the high-rise, champagne-tinged love affair between dan howell and harry styles (for which i have many head canons about but we are just covering the factual evidence). but no.

on march 7th, 2013, dan uploads a vyou answer talking about how weird it was to meet one direction. dan speaks of how he mad eye contact with harry. he claims his favorite member was niall because he smiled the most. he would, considering harry must have broken his heart after that meeting.

in december 2013, amazingphil (phil lester, dan howell’s flatmate and rumored significant other) uploaded a video called ‘my google search history’ revealing he once looked up where harry styles lived. lester claims to have only been on fan-based ventures but one may assume he was scoping out the man that had dan howell’s heart in the latter part of 2012. 

on february 19th, 2014, dan howell and harry styles both attend the brit awards. and both were wearing the same shirt. this sparks multiple articles on the two and the hilarity of the situation was apparent to the internet. 

during bbc radio 1′s big weekend, dan is pictured backstage during one direction’s set, being called weird fruit guy. here is one picture for your reference

dan also is in a video where he says harry loves him (cannot find a video but here is a gifset)

about a month later, dan goes to a concert with a bunch of youtuber friends (sans phil, interesting) to see one direction. 

other “darry proofs” could be that dan prefers to be the big spoon and harry the little spoon. dan and harry have both expressed interest in fashion. both are pretentious as fuck. it has been noted none of harry’s songs which he has written have confirmed he has ever been in love. one could think ‘fools gold’ and ‘just a little bit of your heart’ could be about one dan howell. recently dan and harry have both been photographed with black nail polish on, a sure sign darry is coming to pass soon.

this all culminates to last night, october 6th. harry was out celebrating the release of his recent magazine editorial in another man at albert’s club. phil lester was out with his family. this would make dan howell approximately thirty minutes away from harry if he did not go out with lester and his family. this was an optimal timeframe for dan or harry to visit each other. is darry reuniting? only time will tell

anonymous asked:

Yes Levi is rather drawn very thin and feminine in fan art and it pisses the f*** out of me. like that's so ridiculous the man is supposed to be f*****g buff even if he's a midget

That’s exactly what I’m talking about, Levi is in fact very short but he ain’t thin at all

I know the way he’s drawn in some fanart isn’t practically ideal but that’s up to the artists to decide how they wanna draw him, yes it’s really weird and unrealistic when he’s drawn with the physical appearance of a girl but we still don’t have the right to criticize other people’s work

What really piss most of the fans especially Levi’s fans off to no end is the official art of Levi, it doesn’t do him justice 

He’s portrayed as a sassy scrawny kid who looks like he’s not a day older than sixteen, the man is not supposed to look like that

Taking his height and body weight comparison into consideration he is supposed to be ripped

And strange as it may sound, it is kinda understandabe that a lot of artists draw Levi the way they do, I mean look at that

My eyes are burning by just the mere look of that, he looks like a child, his face is of a child, his body is of a child like damn this is just downright absurd 

This is how Levi is supposed to look 

His face still looks young but we can ignore that considering his body does look fine

This one is a perfect example of how Levi should be looking like, he looks exactly his age (sharp features, some creases) he looks like a man in his early 30s with a fine muscular body, even if the the top half of his body is somehow not clearly visible, he still looks a little buff, his thighs are muscular and I just wish we could see him like this more often 

But we’ve been blessed with his face in season 2 that we are no longer gonna see for the rest of the season cause apparently it was too much to ask for but well…..

Just give us more buff Levi dammit

The Signs as Crushes I've Had

Aries: the prettiest smile and the weirdest laugh, long, gorgeous hair, unintentionally funny, always wanted to go on adventures with me, tall and handsome

Taurus: seemed like a fuckboy, turned out to be the sweetest most caring lil cutie, was ready to do anything and everything for me, first love, would pick me up for late night drives, loved cuddling

Gemini: quirky and cute, definitely a fuckboy, thoughtful, deep thinker and great to have serious conversations about life with, heartbreaker

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Let’s hold a Star Trek convention

So I got a message from @boldlygoingnovvhere that made me think:

Back in the early 70s, we started conventions mainly as a way to get to hang out with other fans. (Being a fan tended to be a very lonely experience for most people before cons started.) And that’s what we did. We hung out, watched Star Trek together, and perpetrated all manner of hi jinks as strangers turned friends turned big weird family.

Let’s do that. Let’s just get together, not worry about celebrities and all that.  Just pile into a hotel and hang out.  Party Trekker style, like it’s 1969.

Who’s with me?

reblog if you agree

some of you are so weird about pushing ur own issues onto idols. like tbh over the years ive read some of the the weirdest and out of date accounts of what kind of a person pcy is. when i first got into exo i was genuinely surprised by the constrast between the fandom perception of him and my own actual observation of what kind of a person he is. its really just genuinely weird at how he’s easily the most transparent member about his life and ideas but is the first one people call fake because he puts on the same idol image that all idols put on because its their job lol. but apparently everything he does is for his own agenda and personal furtherment and he’s the only who does it. ofc we cant ever know exactly what kind of people idols really are beyond when theyre behind the camera but it really is funny to see how in particular the members who are the most sharing and transparent with fans are the ones who are the first to be dragged into whatever mess and image fans want to push onto them. 

weird how pharah is one of the best and most extensively developed characters in overwatch thus far and in 90+% of fanwork about she’s second billed to that character who has like 2 personality traits but is de facto a fan favorite because, idk, we get to make “mommy needs her coffee” jokes about her sometimes

Top 10 anime guys

Thank you @lexinthymia for tagging me again! I wanted to limit this to one character per series; it was hard but here we are! Also, I will admit that some of these choices are not only based on the anime these character were in, but also what happened to them later on the manga (if the anime stopped at a certain point). I probably went into more detail about each of these guys then I needed to and their will be some spoilers for certain series, but I love talking about them!

Honourable mention who didn’t make it on to the list: Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul), D (Vampire Hunter D), Karou Hitachiin and Tameki Suoh (Ouran Highschool Host Club), Germany (Hetalia), Ling Yao (Fullmetal Alchemist), and a whole smattering of characters from BLEACH.

10. Kiyosama ‘Crow’ Senji - Deadman Wonderland

Originally posted by kaizoku-niiichan

Senji’s the biggest badass in the whole series and had some of the best fights. I love his character arc and how he basically become an older brother-figure to Ganta; their friendship has become on of my favourite BROTPs ever. It also helps that he’s voiced by Patrick Seitz, one of my favourite voice actor of all time.

9. Vash the Stampede - Trigun

Originally posted by kaworubunga-surfs-up-shinji-kun

There are very few characters that can be badass one minute and an absolute goofball the next without it feeling jarring to me. Vash is one of these few, and he’s brilliant because of it. All of his actions, whether they’re serious or comedic, make sense to his character - his mystery and loneliness is as much a part of him as his eccentricities and obsession with donuts. And he has a awesome character design to boot!

8. Johan Liebert - Monster

Originally posted by yuzuqi

Johan is such a masterfully crafted character, to the point where you can feel his presence even when he is off panel/screen. He’s present in everyone of the character actions, the puppet master behind the scenes. There’s also his intriguing relationship with his twin Nina, which brings out the very few sympathetic parts of him. He’s low on the list because I haven’t  finished either the anime or manga yet, and while I definitely don’t ‘love’ him in any sense, but he’s somehow both captivating and distrubing all at once. I can’t wait to see how his character unfolds.

7. Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist

Originally posted by paperlittlegirl

I had a hard time choosing between Edward and Ling Yao, but in the end I chose Ed because of how much development he went through. He’s inspiring in a lot of ways, with his steadfast determination and his relateable moral dilemmas, and he’s also one of the few characters that can be badass one minute and an absolute dork the next without it be jarring or taking away from his character. The bonds he shares with everyone only made me like him even more likeable and relateable, especially his relationships with Al, Winry, and Ling.

6. Levi Ackerman - Shingeki no Kyojin 

Originally posted by immanime

Levi has been through so much tradegy and loss. I can’t get over his past as a child (the fact he stayed by his mother’s bedside to the point where he tarved himself and was wearing her shirt, it makes me tear up every time) and with Farlan and Isabel (the emotions he diplayed after their deaths…oh God). His more recent development in the manga was amazing to see: he smiled at his comrades, learned more about his past, and the explosive rage he showed when he lost one of the dearest people to him had me in shock and awe. Also, the animation they put on this guy in both seaons is jaw-dropping a lot of the time.

5. Shigeo ‘Mob’ Kageyama - Mob Psycho 100

Originally posted by anime-angel-lover

My second son! Mob is the heart and soul of this anime: he’s such a kind, likeable, and gentle character who only wants to fit in, make friends, and get the attention of the girl he likes. What I love most about Mob is his will to better himself whichever way he can and the hard work he’s willing to put into that goal. He doesn’t rely on his psychic powers to make friends, but as a result of not fully embracing that part of himself and fearing his own abilities, he haa emotionally hindered himself; it makes him incredibly sympathetic to me (I cried with him when he unintentionally tore the school apart and I cheered when he was reunited with Ritsu).

4. Ayame Sohma - Fruits Basket

Originally posted by fewtruevillains

This man and his glorious antics. Oh, Ayame…we go back a long way. Everything about this guy is just hilarious: his past as the student council president, his spontaneous displays of affect and drama, and his innuendos with Shigure. He never fails to put a smile on my face whenever he’s on screen! However, his serious moments are great too: they added a lot to him and I was 100% invested in his character arc and development (i.e. trying to reconcil with his actions made in the past and reconnect with his younger brother Yuki).

3. Makoto Sunakawa - Ore Monogatari!!

Originally posted by barragedanon

This guy is the very definition of ‘bro’. I love how supportive and caring he is towards Takeo. Heck, one of the highlights of both the anime and manga is the friendship between Suna and Takeo: Ore Momogatari!! is one of the rare shoujo series that actually focuses on another type of relationship outside of the main romance. I sense a genuine, platonic love from him to Takeo and vice-versa, and enhance both of them as character and the story as a whole. There’s also the fact he’s perceptive of those around him, often able to tell what kind of person an individual is, and his placid, calming attitude is a nice change of pace for what I usually find in shoujo male characters.

2. Guts - Berserk

Originally posted by casca-chan

Oh, Guts…Like a lot of character on this list, I love Guts for the fact he’s gone through so much tragedy and still strives forward. Why he’s higher on the list is because his tragedy is still ongoing but he’s moving forward growing as character in such realisitic and painful ways. He has a horrowing, painful past even before he got to the Band of the Hawk, and even after the events of the Eclipse, his life has been anything but a happy. He’s such a deep, magnificently-crafted character, and the closest I’ve seen to a ‘character become a real human in all of anime. Every emotion he expresses feels so real to me ( I have cried for him more time then I can count and I have no word to describe how I felt watching him suffering during the Eclipse), and of course this is helped tremendoul by Miruma’s incredible art. I wish I could say SO MUCH more about him, but we’d be here all day and this post is long enough as is. I wait freverently for the day he finally confronts Griffith!

1. Toshiro Hitsugaya - BLEACH

Originally posted by ulquimaniac

Well of course I was going to my fictional son at the top of this list! Okay, in all seriousness though, it’s been a weird journey with Toshiro. I started off being indifferent towards him, but when he revealed other facets of himself through the relationships he had with others (in particular his bond with Hinamori), I really started to like him. And now here we are, eight years later and I love this little guy so much that, as a fan of his, I am so proud of how far he has come. He’s one of the most selfless character I’ve seen, willing to put anything on the line for those he cares about and push himelf to his limit to become stronger…and he’s only a kid (by Shinigami standards)!! I could go on all day about him, but I’ll leave that to my other posts where I’ve talked about his character and development. He, along with Momo, holds a special, nostalgic place in my heart.

I tag @sakura-warrior, @herprettysmile, @ishiyo, @xxhanabifireworksxx  and @johnnysjoestar if you guys want to do this :D

johnny’s fans are so hardcore because a lot of us don’t even speak japanese properly but we can remember the lyrics to all the songs in an album as well as the dance moves that go along with them and most of us have never met them in our lives and we live off translations and subs knowing that we probably wont be able to see them for another few years and when we fangirl/fanboy we get called “weird” for liking “asian boys who look like girls.” we pay for overpriced merchandise + shipping costs and we have to wait a few days for a kind fangirl/fanboy to upload a tv performance/show for us and sometimes the quality’s so bad that we cant even see our bias’s face but even then we’re grateful to the uploader and our hearts do the crazy thing when we feel so happy. and despite (probably) being one of the most diverse fandoms, i feel like we’re also one of the tightest. 

anonymous asked:

Did Daron really say that starco will never happen explicitly or it is just people making joke about it because of jarco and tomstar

Nope, she never said anything about it. Usually when people claim that she said “I see Star and Marco as siblings, not lovers”, or something like that, they’re actually talking about something that Eden Sher, Star’s voice actor (so someone who isn’t involved in the slightest in the writing of the show) said in Spring 2015, when the show hadn’t even began airing.
Daron has always been extremely vague on anything regarding shipping, understandably, and the most extensive answer she gave on the matter, as far as I know, has been

Q- How do you feel about the fandom making all… weird relationships and… do you feel pressured by some people going “We want Tomco, we want Moonfee, we want everything”?
A- That’s so funny. I mean, you know- I’m very excited that the fans can be excited for whatever they want, you know? I mean, any “-co” they like, that’s great. We don’t really let that affect the writing in the show. Like I don’t look at that when I’m writing the show. You can never make everybody happy, there will always be people- but I also think people like to be upset, you know? If you think about what’s the show, what is like- what show would it be if it were just “We’re gonna have Star and Marco get together and they will be like so happy”, the end. There’s no show, what is that show? No one would watch that show. So you have to keep it exciting.

(source)

So essentially all she meant is that changes need a proper build up and some teasing in TV shows to be interesting.

anonymous asked:

I need your help friend, the fandom is at stake: can you do a quick recap of why shipping isn't activism? And I don't mean just in terms of antis, but also the anti-backlash where people defend their ships by trying to prove they're actually progressive (which would still imply you need to prove your ship is not harmful before shipping it). Fans may have good intentions and mean no harm, but social justice is not achieved through fantasy.

what a good question. let me see if I can do this justice with a good answer.

First off: let’s define ‘shipping’ as ‘desiring two characters to have romantic and/or sexual interactions and using social media or fanworks to share this desire with others.’  So: specifically looking at shipping as a social activity here, because I hope we can all agree that ‘shipping it’ - simply wishing for two characters to have some kind of interaction in your head - is not activism because it’s thoughts, which on their own nobody else knows about and thus can’t have an impact.

Shipping as activism is mainly talked about in the context of being ‘queer/LGBT representation’, and everything else is treated as secondary.*  So I’ll be talking about this primarily from that POV.

Okay.

shipping is not activism because shipping doesn’t do two important things that activism does: 

  • shipping does not generate or act as mainstream representation
  • shipping does not increase awareness or change social values

and that’s okay. Shipping doesn’t need to do these things because shipping takes place in a microcosm. Fandom is but a tiny, tiny fraction of internet and social activity as a whole. No matter how ‘progressive’ we collectively are, only in the rarest cases will we make a meaningful impact on society as a whole.

Shipping serves a different, but no less important purpose, which I’ll get into below.

That’s the short version. the long version is below.

Shipping is not activism because: 

Shipping is a fandom-specific activity and fandom doesn’t make much of a social impact. We get talked about a lot by the creators because we’re the people most likely to have contact with them and provide feedback on their content; we have an impact on creators in that sense.  But apart from coming to cons and talking on social media, when we get mainstream attention it’s almost always to talk about how weird we are. Also, we don’t cause social change. We can fan over something that already exists, but we can’t cause a show with better representation to be created.

Because of this: 

Meaningful, mainstream representation of LGBT/queer relationships come from mainstream media, and fandom is not the main force acting on mainstream media productions.  Remember when korrasami became canon in the last few minutes of the last episode of Korra because the creators knew about the shippers? Congratulations: you’re looking at an outlier that took a lot of very specific circumstances and luck to have happen. And most importantly: it wasn’t done to please the shippers.  Shippers may have given them the idea, but it was done because canon korrasami would create visible bisexual/LGBT representation. It was possible because the show was only airing online, to a smaller audience, and because of the herculean efforts of LGBT/queer activists over the last century to get our collective visibility and acceptability as high as it is (and yes, we have a long way to go, but we’re miles past where we were even 10 years ago.)

Current fandom seems to carry the belief that if we just ship hard enough and loud enough, the creators of an ongoing mainstream media will reward us by making our favorite ship canon.** The reality is we rarely, if ever, make a meaningful impact on the direction that canon takes. We’re a small, small part of the consumer base - a loud one, but small!  We’re often not the aimed-at demographic, either, so pleasing us is the last thing the execs trying to make a buck are thinking about. The material we’re fanning over is already old news to producers; short canons are usually already finished by the time we receive it, and longer ones are at least a season ahead in production time. (If we do make an impact, we won’t see it for at least a year or more.)  Shows must meet decency standards, and LGBT/queer relationships are still seen as higher-rated than their cishet counterparts.  Executives care about what will sell ad space or toys more than what fandom wants.

The fact of the matter is we have the cause and effect backwards.

Ships being ‘good representation’ is a function of increased mainstream media representation of marginalized identities, not the other way around.  When media was entirely full of characters who were white cis men, we shipped white cis men. And as media slowly stops having nothing but white cis men, we’re … still shipping white cis men a lot, because there’s still a lot of them and there’s still a societal bias that tells us that white cis men are the most important/interesting people (and simultaneously, because they are unmarked, we can’t accidentally fall into stereotype pits while fanning them), but we’re shipping more and more non-white, non-cis, non-male characters too. 

Real social activism leads to increased media representation - like the reclaiming of the word ‘queer’ in the late 80′s/early 90′s leading to a TV show called ‘Queer as Folk’ and featuring gay characters. And increased media representation leads to more marginalized characters for fandom to ship.

While transformative fandom does, to an extent, change things from canon to represent ourselves more - or just to suit our fancy! - canon always reigns supreme and is the most widespread version of the characters.  Canon becoming more diverse will always have more of an effect on fandom than fandom being diverse/having diverse content will ever have on canon.

Besides:

The desire to see ships become canon is not primarily motivated by generating healthy representation of marginalized identities.  Fans have been wanting their favorite ships to become canon since the Stone Ages.  The Harry Potter fandom wars were all about what was most canon: Harry/Hermione, Hermione/Ron, or Harry/Ginny.  Notably: Draco/Harry is not one of the pairings I list, because nobody thought there was the remotest chance that Draco/Harry would ever become canon.  It’s only recently that LGBT/queer rep in particular has been making a meaningful appearance in mainstream media, and suddenly slash ships have entered the ‘will it be canon!?’ fray. And some mlm fans feel they have more ‘right’ to canon because mlm ships are LGBT/queer rep.

Here’s the thing: if this was really about representation, then we’d all be celebrating if any mlm pairing became canon. No matter which pairing is ‘more progressive’, any LGBT/queer canon representation is better than none. But (surprise!) it’s not; the ‘queer rep!’ battle cry is just an additional cannonball in the arsenal of ongoing ship wars.*** And I venture to say that most mlm shippers engaged in a ship war would rather see an unrelated het pairing become canon than their rival mlm ship.

And this is because: 

Shipping is not, and never has been, primarily about creating healthy marginalized representation.  Don’t get me wrong: transformative fandom is heavily LGBT/queer/mentally ill/disabled/otherwise underrepresented, and we often create transformative fanworks that bring our identities into the story. That’s awesome self-fulfillment, and it can really bless and excite fellow fans who see fandom content that makes them feel more welcomed and recognized.  However.

Generating marginalized representation isn’t the primary motive for shipping. We ship out of love. We see the dynamics between two characters and think ‘oh, that’s hot’ or ‘I’d like to see more of that’. We ship for fun. We ship because we think two characters would look good together. We ship because we imagine ourselves as one character and have a crush on the other. We ship things for many, many reasons, many I haven’t mentioned here, maybe as many reasons as there are people in fandom doing shippy things.  And to that end, I’m sure that some people do decide what to ship purely because they believe it represents minority groups that need representation - but it would be too much to say that’s the main reason people ship things.

Shipping doesn’t need to be about creating healthy marginalized representation because:

Fiction is not reality; a person can ship the ‘right’ ships and still be a bigot IRL. and visa versa. Because we interact with fiction and reality in different ways, there are people who really love mlm ships but still think gay marriage is icky. On the other hand, a person can be the loudest activist for LGBT/queer causes in real life and only ship het ships in fandom, just because the dynamics of het ships pings their fancy more.

Shipping as activism preaches to the choir. Shipping being a fandom-specific activity, and many of us being oppressed ourselves, shipping the ‘right’ ship to increase awareness in the microcosm of fandom isn’t really accomplishing anything. Most of us are ourselves LGBT/queer, or friends with people who are LGBT/queer. Most of us are aware of how much pain the lack of representation in mainstream media brings on.  And most of us are sensitive to the fact that we’re not the only oppressed person in fandom space and are willing to learn more about how we can help other oppressed people.

If I could sum up the problems of current fandom, it’s that we assume that nobody else is #woke (even though most of us are sufferers). In that sense, shipping the ‘right’ ship doesn’t bring more awareness; it acts as a signal to others that you have awareness, and hopefully protects you from being erased or harassed as an ignorant asshole (’cishet’).

Most importantly:

Shipping isn’t activism, but it does something else great: it lets marginalized fans express and indulge themselves in any way that pleases them.  - fandom is primarily made of underrepresented minorities, so shipping is a way that we express ourselves and relate to one another - whether those ships are ‘progressive’ or not. So, so many of us deal with social stigma or harassment or hate in our real lives; we consume media to get away from that, and we indulge in fandom to get away from that.  Most of us are, just by existing and demanding space in the world, activists for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed. Fandom is a space for us to play with each other and connect over something fun and pleasant, and those fun and pleasant things don’t have to be activist things. We’re allowed to take a break.

The importance of activism and representation is to benefit the marginalized and oppressed, letting us be recognized and less stigmatized, and deconstructing the social and political structures that work against us leading fulfilling lives.  When we use shipping the ‘right’ ship as a bludgeon to attack one another, we are literally defeating the purpose of our own causes. We’re stigmatizing each other for our fandom interests. And we’re certainly not deconstructing any social structures that harm us!

In conclusion:  The way we can be most activist in transformative fandom is, no joke, to care more about the fact that almost everyone else here is marginalized too than that one another’s ships aren’t marginalized enough.

*In talking about ships as representation we generally start with ‘this ship is queer/LGBT’ and then use all other axes of oppression to prove which ship is ‘more progressive’, i.e. - F1nnPoe and Ky1ux are both mlm, but F1nnPoe is more pure because it’s a black man and a Latino man as opposed to two white men. (Occasionally race will also be talked of as the primary point of value, depending on the fandom.)

**On a side note, this whole paragraph is also why it’s unlikely that fandom being ugly will ever cause a show to be cancelled or a pairing will get changed in canon because some fans were nastier than others. We’re like bugs with stingers: scary and painful but ultimately not that impactful (unless you’re allergic, I guess, but forget that part of the metaphor). 

***This is part of where the ‘I have to prove my ship is wholesome/their ship is evil’ stuff comes from: ‘proving’ to creators that your ship is the ‘better’ queer representation because it either covers more marginalized bases or is ‘more pure’, making it less objectionable for mainstream representation. (the joke is that bigots don’t care how pure an LGBT/queer ship is: they’re gonna still think it’s awful because it’s LGBT/queer.)

PS - I don’t think this answer really addresses why arguing about purity of ships is a bad plan, but this is already so long that I’ll address that somewhere else I think.

anonymous asked:

Are you going to do a Best Albums this year?

hmmm okay then: 17 favorite albums of 2017….


17. waxahatchee - out in the storm 

i gotta be honest, it’s a weird feeling for me to consider a waxahatchee album as just barely making the cut, but here we are.  in my wholly unsolicited opinion, 2017 has been the most solid year of music since the epic throwdown that was 2013, which means that even my love for katie crutchfield can’t put her higher on this list.

  • favorite track: silver

16. austra - future politics 

this was one of the first albums of the year and it was obnoxiously, horrifyingly timely, given the content and the context.  katie stelmanis has always had an exquisite voice and this is no exception; everything from the persistent hunt of the title track to those rich harmonies of the shimmery i love you more than you love yourself is just right on fucking point.

  • favorite track: future politics

15. sylvan esso - what now 

i have a weakness for folks straddling the line between dance pop and straight up weird shit, and , really, sylvan esso just does this better than anyone else in the world.

  • favorite track: the glow

14. japanese breakfast - soft sounds from another planet 

this is one of those albums that just disappears.  it’s like ambient noise, almost, borderline impossible to focus on but unendingly enjoyable to put on a loop while you’re working, or reading, or taking a nap.  it’s calm and calming, so long as you don’t try too hard to focus on it and give yourself a headache and some whiplash when you finally hone in on some of the lyrics.

  • favorite track: road head

13. blondie - pollinator 

i’m going to be biased about this because this was the album i finally got to see blondie tour on.  80% of the show was off this album and it was outstanding to witness debbie harry, 72 years, jumping around the stage with more energy than anyone in the entire theater.  they really leaned into the pop-rock sound on this one, pushing towards a paramore a la the early aughts tone.  

  • favorite track: long time

12. gordi - resevoir 

found this totally by accident when she covered linkin park, of all things, in the live lounge.  with a harp and trumpets.  even if nothing on this album quite reaches those heights, it’s still a strong entry from start to finish, weird and different and rich in the same way that lorde’s first album was weird and different and sparse.  

  • favorite track: all the light we cannot see

11. the national - sleep well beast

despite eschewing the full-throated political commentary i think most fans of the national were expecting from this album, it’s regardless managed to capture the drowning, claustrophobic anxiety that a significant majority of the united states is experiencing this year.  it’s a dense, sonically complex collection of songs, always approaching raggedy edges without ever quite getting there, pushing in equal weights with the rolling percussion and heavy electronica and berninger’s voice. 

  • favorite track: empire line

10. tyminski - southern gothic 

call it an indulgence for home.  in a lot of ways, i want to hate dan tyminski’s voice, because it toes right up to the line of the obnoxious twangy, nasally whine that too much very bad country is known for; but, just like patterson hood, he never crosses that line.  and similarly, like hood’s drive-by truckers, he’s taken a moment, as a white male country singer, to call out the shortsightedness and hypocrisy plaguing southern states and the majority of his fanbase.  regardless of his politics, he’s taken the best parts of bluegrass as building blocks for a genre-crossing offering that one might even call pop-esque (but probably wouldn’t, lest unwarranted comparisons to nickel creek pop up).  everything from the structure and percussion and bass and backing vocals is pop-like, pulled into bluegrass only by tyminski’s voice and the picking banjo and steel guitar.

  • favorite track: while hollow hallelujah is musically my favorite, the title track is an unfliching glare into the hypocrisy of the southern religion i was born into, so i can’t help but favor it.

9. the xx - i see you

after pretty thoroughly convincing me that we likely were never going to get another album from them, the xx got their shit back together and put out the best album of their career.  from the rattling horns kicking off the album to the hold-your-breath pause of performance right in the middle, it pushes along steadily, romy croft and oliver sim trading off vocals in the most effective and natural way they ever have.

  • favorite track: a violent noise

8. the new pornographers - whiteout conditions 

i’ve already flailed incessantly about my love for this album, the first entry of this band without dan bejar and, frankly, in my humble opinion, one of their best.  i’m admittedly biased, as someone who’s generally skipped the majority of bejar’s tracks on prior albums, but regardless: this is the most straighforwardly relatable and political album they’ve put out, and also the one where they’ve most effectively mined the vocal harmonies that have always been one of their strongest points.  i’ve loved this band since i was eighteen years old and twelve years and dozens of unbelievably excellent hooks into it, they’ve delivered a devastatingly perfect one that tops everything they’ve done to date, in a song that addresses the overwhelming struggle with depression that so many people deal with every day.  the fact that carl newman spends the whole album singing like he’s trying to break out of something is just the final piece of the puzzle.

  • favorite track: obviously, unequivocally whiteout conditions, though second sleep is a damn close second

7. perfume genius - no shape 

i, admittedly, was not a huge perfume genius fan at the start of this year.  i didn’t dislike any of his music, but i could take it or leave it, save for a wonderful covers.  but this album? there’s no way not to love it.  he reigned in some of the frills from his earlier sound, pared it down and stripped it to something that’s still rich, that still demands your focus, but has opened up to use the spaces between the sounds as much as anything else and, in turn, delivered the best music of his career.  there’s no wasted space on any song, even those that slow down and stretch out; on the flip side, the heaviest sounds still save the spaces and push into them for a broader, rounder sound.  

  • favorite track: slip away

6. kesha - rainbow 

as a matter of personal opinion, it was incredibly difficult not to just automatically put this at the top of the list.  after closely following the whole legal battle kesha’s been fighting against lukasz gottwald, that she was finally able to release music that she made herself, with her own sound, was so triumphant that nothing could compare.  while it’s not my singular favorite album of the year, it’s still outstanding: everything from the big blasty horns provided by the dap-kings on woman to the country jaunt of hunt you down to that goddamned high note on praying is on point and a determined middle finger thrown out at gottwald and everyone around him.

  • favorite track: boogie feet

 5. st. vincent - masseducation 

annie clark is (a) one of the greatest guitarists currently living right now, and (b) probably the best guitarist in the world completely unafraid to team up with a pop-whispering drum-ho (i say with love) like jack antonoff and cut her guitar playing down by about 80% on an album.  that’s not to say that she isn’t still ripping things up on a guitar anywhere on the album, because she certainly is, but she’s also got kamasi washington bopping along on the sax and heavy synths swallowing up the more traditional guitar-and-bass her songs are built on.  it’s a massive shift even from her last album, which in itself was a hefty step away from her earlier sounds; she leans back into her early singer-songwriter sound a few times on the album but, for the most part, pushes hard into unpredictable synths and rich backing vocals that, somehow, turn into the most complete st. vincent album she’s ever released.

  • favorite track: it’s a tie between the saddest song on the album, happy birthday, johnny, and the most unrelenting, sugarboy


4. torres - three futures

torres has been stalking towards a more defiant sound since she first popped up, and this probably isn’t the culmination, but is certainly a major step in that direction.  she took the stark girl-and-guitar sound she’d previously used and built out her sound with more electronics and the best vocal performances of her career but, somehow, still created an album that sounds like how standing in an empty room alone and glaring at a blank wall feels: sharp, infuriating, echoing.  and, pointedly, the themes of the album– women claiming space for themselves in the world, for better or worse– are of unavoidable importance.

  • favorite track: tongue slap your brains out

3.  zola jesus - okovi

there are musicians who create heavy music, both emotionally and musically, and then there’s nika roza danilova. every moment of okovi is imbued with guilt and frustration and vocals that, regardless of if they’re part of the bombast of exhumed or the fragile supplications of witness.  if this album was a movie, heavy with the weight of losing friends to suicide, it’s a movie my parents would have tried to keep me from watching for as long as possible.  

  • favorite song: remains

2.   lorde - melodrama 

as someone who was wholly blown away by lorde, from her first ep to her first album, i know personally was holding my breath about this album.  would it live up to the first one? would she aim to replicate the same sound, like fellow 2013-freshman london grammar did, or try to build on it, like chrvrches did?  and instead, she did neither and went in a whole new direction, throwing out a first single that sounds like the teenaged lovechild of pop-whisperer jack antonoff and carly rae jepsen: starry-eyed romanticism yelling out from under a first heartbreak, a book of tori amos lyrics, and seventeen different drum machine options.  it sounds like a recipe for disaster and yet, somehow, it’s nothing less than pure musical excellence.  after releasing a debut where she clearly looked at the existing musical mores and then discarded them, lorde turned around and threw out an album that was 50% pure pop heartbreak and 50% joni mitchell-by-way-of-kate bush.  there’s no tempering of her sound, no moment on the album where she holds back with her sound or her words, and the result is nothing short of brilliant.

  • favorite song: the louvre

 1.   julien baker - turn out the lights

where an apparent theme this year has been artists opening up their sound and growing into them, julien baker has done the seemingly impossible: she did exactly what she did on her excellent first album, just somehow better.  this album is, unquestionably, the epitome of what a singer-songwriter album should be: it’s not only almost completely recorded and produced by baker herself, it’s also an introspective evaluation of all of the worst parts of herself, a pragmatic lyrical deconstruction of the hardest, darkest pieces of self, offered over the simplest, basest of musical accompaniment.  julien baker sings with intent and direction, with no wasted moments, no extra spaces, no flourishes or frills or vocal indulgences, without wallowing or delving into moping wishes for someone to validate her faults.  she digs into the aftermath of addiction, the frustrations of faith in the midst of failure, the push for solid ground somewhere in the middle of a world where the god you believe in is invoked against you and your sexuality over and over again.  much in the way that lorde, at the age of 20, is elevating pop music to levels that no one else is even thinking about, julien baker is the flip side of the coin, a 22 year old stripping music down to nothing more than a feeling and a tune and hitting heights that no one really has in years.

  • favorite song:  claws in your back, though very nearly televangelist