Voltron AU where everything is the same except the Blade of Marmora episode is basically the RING OF FIRE!!! scene from Finding Nemo
Kolivan: Brother Antok, proceed. Antok: Keith! Newcomer of red and white! You have been called forth to the space between spaces to join us in the fraternal bonds of bladehood! Keith: … huh? Thace: We want you in our club, kid.
The Caleo animatic that no one asked for but y’all got. I was going to originally finish this by valentines day and post it but then I figured I should probably finish the Good Kid animatic first and then work on this one. And since the next TOA book is coming out in a little over a month, I decided to quickly hype my favorite OTP back up in preparation! Hope you like it!
well okay or I could do this instead of starting actual work this morning- just an alternate take on the new Gladstone design! done kinda quick but I had fun (colours of last two are based off the old comics and the modern comics)
tried to smush the concepts from the other designs?
The interesting thing about the Hogwarts Houses personality theory, from where I’m standing, is that it seems to be based on motivation, rather than what’s strictly considered by the academic world to be personality traits. (It’s interesting because motivation is considered fairly changeable by personality researchers, while traits are more fundamental/biologically based and hard to change. Makes Dumbledore’s I sometimes think we sort too soon that more plausible. And painful.)
Anyway, let me give this a go:
Gryffindors are motivated by what they believe is Right. They’ve got a very clear idea of justice, of the way things should be, and if that isn’t the case they are willing to fight for it. Gryffindors have principles. They will go to war over the things they believe in. But this also means they might just as well become fundamentalists. As someone put it, a gryffindor will happily fuck you up if they believe they’re doing the Right Thing.
Huffepuffs are motivated by loyalty. They put personal relationships above abstract ideas. Huffelpuffs will follow you into battle not because they believe in what you’re saying, but because they are your friend. On the other hand, this may also lead to a my master right or wrong kind of situations, where they stop thinking about moral principles and just trust the person they’ve chosen as a friend.
Ravenclaws are motivated by rationality. They value cold logic and hard facts, and are unlikely to be swept along by passionate speeches or emotional pleas. They’re the type to consider the benefits and disadvantages for all when making decisions. Again, this can be potentially scary, because -for example- Ravenclaws would kill you without any hesitation if they believed it could prevent the death of others.
And finally, Slytherins are motivated by self-interest and ambition. They’re moral relativists, who don’t believe in the great Right or Wrong (the way Gryffindors very strongly do) and wouldn’t hesitate to do things others would consider morally wrong as long as it’s in their advantage. Sounds evil, but it isn’t necessarily so: it means just as much that a Slytherin can be charming and loyal - being hated and despised isn’t exactly a good thing, is it? It all depends on what kind of ambitions they have - and how smart they are, of course.
Seen like that, Ravenclaws and Slytherin are quite close to each other, both being cold rationalists, with the difference that Ravenclaws think firstly of the good of all, while Slytherins think firstly of the good for themselves. And Hufflepuff and Gryffindor are quite close too, both led by their emotions, but while Gryffindors are loyal to ideas of right and wrong, Hufflepuffs pledge their allegiance to people they believe to be worth following.
Put shortly: Gryffindor: belief in ideas; Hufflepuffs: belief in people; Ravenclaw: belief in rationality; Slytherin: belief in themselves.
(marketing anon) WAIT will you explain the anime marketing stratgey to me?? - esp. soukoku please, I'M INTRIGUED
what do you mean by ‘the soukoku situation’?
Ok, let’s talk about The Soukoku Marketing Strategy
disclaimer: this post reflects my own opinion as a marketing strategist and does not in any way claim to provide 100% true facts. Also, this is gonna be very long.
Let’s start saying that I have no knowledge of how the Japanese market works, but the BSD marketing strategy always impressed me very much, especially if compared with the anime I’m the most familiar with: Haikyuu.
Generally speaking, BSD’s strategy is a hella good strategy. It created a deep connection with the city the anime is set in (Yokohama), with the museums and everything concerning the real life authors, and, especially, with the fandom, providing a ton of official art (featuring all the characters) and extra content to keep them engaged while the anime is not running.
And we have to thank Bones studio for this. I have the feeling they are investing A LOT of money and effort in the BSD anime, treating it as a very special project (see: the movie, the advertisement for the DVDs, and the panel they held at AX). I think BSD for Bones is what we call “a question mark on the way to become a rising star”. This is made possible probably because Bones has BNHA (their “cash cow”) to provide the money for it.
There’s a saying in marketing that goes: don’t sell what you produce but produce what you can sell. And that’s what Bones is doing with Soukoku.
If you look at it, there’s no canon reason for Chuuya to be featured so heavily on the official art. I love Chuuya, but he’s a very much side character that had probably less amount of screen time than any other side character, not to mention how rarely he’s featured in the manga. But, in marketing, we couldn’t care any less about things like this. Chuuya is one of the fandom’s most loved character and, most of all, he’s a character that sells. A LOT.
And you know who’s the other most loved character? Dazai. You don’t need to be a marketing research expert, you just need to go on google, search of one of them and 90% of the fan made material about them has them together. As tiny as it is, from what I saw the 70% of the BSD fandom is made by people who ship or generally enjoy Soukoku.
I’m sure Bones is very much aware of this, as they are aware of the fandom’s discontent with the lack of canon content about them (looking at it objectively, there’s no reason for this ship to be this popular, they barely interacted twice - TWICE - ).
And you know which marketing strategy is always effective? Giving people what they want. And what do people want? Soukoku. What do people buy? Soukoku. So what are we going to give them? Of course, Soukoku. Do we care about the fact that in canon they are supposed to hate each other? Absolutely fucking not. In fact, what Bones is proving is a very much shipping form of Soukoku:
And, of course, the greatest example of them all (HONESTLY WHAT THE FUCK)
I have no idea if the Bones staff truly ships Soukoku as much as we do or if they are doing it just to make us spend money and to keep our attention towards the product as high as possible. The only thing I’m sure of is that this strategy is working, very well actually.
I am a Soukoku shipper, I recognize the fact that this is nothing but a very well targeted marketing campaign, but I don’t care. I crave Soukoku, I’m upset by the lack of Chuuya (and DazaxChuuya interactions) in canon and, as fake as it might be, I’m thankful for the content I’m receiving.
You can call it baiting, but I prefer to call it a win-win situation.