Other people have approached this topic before, but I want to do it without immediately dipping into claims of racism or whitewashing. What I’m talking about is how women in the manga are pale, while men are dark.

I can think of multiple male/female instances where this happens.

  • The Strauss siblings. Mirajane and Lisanna are pale, while Elfman is dark-skinned.
  • The Tower of Heaven crew. Milliana is pale, while Sho is dark-skinned.
  • The Oracion Seis. Putting to one side the incredibly uncomfortable experience of watching Brain, a black man, turn white when he turns more evil (not pale, literally Caucasian white), he and Cobra are dark-skinned, while Angel is pale.
  • Scorpio and Aquarius. Pale female, dark-skinned male.
  • The Seven Kin of Purgatory. Ultear and Meredy are pale, while Azuma is dark-skinned.
  • Jiemma and Minerva. Minerva is pale, while Jiemma is dark-skinned.
  • Pisces in human form. The mother is pale, while the son is dark-skinned.
  • Arcadios and Yukino/Hisui. Hisui and Yukino are pale, while Arcadios is dark-skinned.
  • The Spriggan Twelve. Ajeel and August in his battle form are both dark-skinned, while the women are light-skinned.

Dark-skinned men without any nearby females include, of all people, Acnologia. Men that reach into the “probably still on the dark edge of light-skinned” include Jager, Ivan Dreyar, Dan Straight, Bluenote Stinger, and Jura Neekis. In some cases, it’s apparently supposed to be attributed to a tan (I believe that was Cobra or Elfman, don’t quote me), and in other cases it’s probably their home locale (Sho and Azuma).

Believe me, I’m not complaining about the dark men’s skin tones–every one of them on this list ranges from ‘pleasantly muscled’ to ‘damn fine as hell’. But I’m just wondering where the dark women are at. There are exactly three dark-skinned women in the whole series, and two of them only appear in the anime (Sue and Eclipse Aries). It especially doesn’t make sense for people who are blood relatives to have such different skin tones, especially as hair color seems to match in most cases (Pisces, the Strauss siblings). 

So…. ?????




this was SO great to plan and organize, and i’m so thankful for all of my incredibly talented wonderful friends who worked on it! 

animator credits in the vimeo post!


Jongin for Esquire Korea 2017 Feb issue

you: 2016 sucks

me, an intellectual: The Year of 2016,

it is,

in fact,

A Good Year


My friend and I have come to the conclusion that Viktor and Yuri, the dorks they are, are both determined to surprise the other on their wedding day. And they both decide that the best way to do this is to give their vows in the other’s native language.

They both stay up late studying without the other knowing. Yuri frantically asks Yurio to check his grammar (Yurio is of course DISGUSTED by how sappy he is but helps anyway), Viktor calls Mari at 3 am because he can’t figure out how the fuck this word works and he’s so worried it won’t be right… she looks at what he has and just laughs thinking of the time Yuri tried to write Viktor a fan letter in garbled Russian, taking pity on him.

Wedding day comes, Yuri comes down the isle, both are almost crying already. Viktor takes a shuddering breath and starts his vows. His accent is terrible, he stumbles on pronunciation, but Yuri? He is sobbing already. Viktor finishes, grinning widely. Yuri is crying and laughing, slowly takes a breath. Smirks up at Viktor, starts his own vows… and Viktor is in instant tears. 

It takes all their willpower not to kiss before they’re told to.

I’m here to remind you yet again, because I’m so salty about everything (rwby 4, chapter 5) all I’m ever gonna draw EVER is rwby femslash,,, got tha t ri ght