Gangsta takes place in the fictional city of Ergastulum and it is where the main subjects of the story, Twilights -or Tags- try to coexist with humans. And due to things such as prison overcrowding and becoming home to refugees, the city became a very populated and diverse place and you can see things such as interracial couples and even important characters that are POC/ mixed such as:
Nicolas Brown (mixed- Asian/White)
Alex Benedetto (mixed- Black/Asian)
Galahad Woehor (black)
Doug (mixed- Black/???)
Worick Arcangelo (white)
2. Disabled Main Character That Kicks Major Ass
One of the main characters, Nicolas Brown, is deaf and often communicates using sign language (and on occasions, he will talk though his voice is distorted and slurred).
However, despite Nicolas being deaf, this guy will easily kick someone’s ass all over town with his katana.
In fact, that’s what he’s most known for: being able to kick someone’s ass even though he can’t hear a thing. Making him notorious throughout the streets of Ergastulum.
There’s also another male main character, Worick Arcangelo, who only has one eye and is sight-impaired because of it. He doens’t let it get to him though and his disability doesn’t make him any less threatening than Nicolas and Ergastulum also knows to fear the one-contract holding normal who’s apart of the Benriya Trio.
3. Badass Female Characters
Probably one of the top reasons you should ever consider this series– the female characters are amazing. Despite some of the girl’s large busts, they aren’t being used for just plain fanservice and actually bring something to the show with varying aspects.
We have Alex, a former prostitute who suffers from PTSD,
but she is brave and won’t let her inability to fight stop her from jumping in to help her friends, even against people who are clearly stronger than her.
Loretta, one of the most accomplished girls in the story at a young age –15 to be precise– who is the leader of her own mafia family. She has men to do her bidding and to use at her disposal, but she blatantly refuses to sacrifice them and let them die needlessly– so she joins the fight too.
Connie, even when out numbered and overpowered due to her status as a normal(human)– she fights. She isn’t indestructible and she isn’t strong, but that’s exactly what makes Connie a powerhouse. She doesn’t step down and her willpower to survive and protect the people she cherishes most is outstanding.
And this is only to name a few of the beautiful women that grace this series (and the ones that aren’t even Twilights).
4. Accurate Use of Japanese Sign Language
Though this possibly should have gone after reason number two, I digress. Another good reason to start looking at Gangsta is the fact that legitimate sign language is used and could be even be educational in the fact that you can practice reading it.
However, keep in mind that this Japanese Sign Language, so for those who already know some form of sign language– here’s a chance to pick up another type just in case you might actually be heading to Japan and encounter a person who knows it.
5. A LGBTQA Couple
Though not much has been explored on these two characters, Gina Paulklee and Ginger are two Twilight women that happen to be in an implied relationship with one another. Heavily so.
So if you want a series with an actual lesbian couple that isn’t just yuri-exclusive and it’s ACTUALLY canon, Gangsta is the series for you.
Nina is possibly one of the most precious characters in Gangsta and a constant ray of sunshine when things get too dark. She’s a nurse-in-training who works for a gruff doctor named Theo and is a very open-minded, gentle person who doesn’t discriminate people due to colour or species.
She’s not portrayed as a weak little girl either and will jump in a surgery as fast as possible, getting info as she prepares.
Also, Nina and Nicolas’s uncle/brother-niece/sister relationship is one of the most endearing and adorable things ever.
Another precious child who must be protected at all costs and is a total bae. (His tarot card representation is the hanged man like Kaneki, you know he needs a protection squad!)
8. Just An Interesting Series In General
Gangsta takes an interesting twist on things like discrimination with it’s dog tag wearing characters called Twilights and the mafia. The diverse cast of characters extends past the fact that they are different races and delve into deeper things like, what past events shaped up their current personality or reasons that lead to make certain decisions with their lives even if it wasn’t the best choice.
The girl characters are used for more than fanservice and there are more than just hetero couples, LGBTQA and interracial couples all included.
While this may be a phrase used to describe many other anime/manga, Gangsta is a series that is taking the otaku community by a storm due to bringing what other, more mainstream stories, fail to include in their storylines and Kohsuke is doing a wonderful job with it.
So at the very least, check out the first chapter or episode of Gangsta and give it a chance because this is a series that is worth a try.
Prompto always thought he was just nothing more than replaceable trash until Luna entrusted him to become friends with the person she loved the most and that was her way of saying “I don’t care how you were born and where you come from, but I know you are worthy enough to support someone really precious to me and become his friend. It has to be you and no one else”. Can you believe how much that must have meant to him? Out of all the many, many people the famous Oracle could have chosen, she chose him over anyone else. Her letter saved him and made him realize he is not replaceable trash and that the circumstances of his birth didn’t matter. He is unique and precious, and no one else could ever replace him. Luna was the push he needed to be brave enough to become friends with Noctis. She saved him from his misery and I really wish they would have met each other because they would have become great friends.
Heya! I just wanted to let you know, that I absolutely adore your fics - the new update of Our Garden Home made me feel all squishy and happy inside! I love your portrayal of Cas and I was wondering if you maybe intentionally wrote him with a few autistic traits? I loved it so much! I was wondering if you considered writing some more stories with autistic characters, like the ones you already have because you just write them so perfectly (I'm autistic) I'm nervous sending this off-anon but hey!
thank you!! you brave off-anon nugget, you
regarding autistic!Cas?? yes!! Cas is a precious autistic bat sprite and goodness me I love him dearly
what’s so exciting to me is that people are relating to him and telling me about it in the comments and I’m like!!!! yes!!! you are all precious and important!!
of all my stories i think Our Garden Homeis the one most relevant to me personally. especially because of Cas. the story just kind of details daily life, being knocked down and disabled, fighting depression, finding a place in society, and just doing small creative things that can hopefully make someone smile. except everyone is a tiny fairy and the world is a garden. ~
I will absolutely write more stories with autistic characters. I’d say it’s likely to just be Cas over and over again (he is my comfort therapy angel), but in the future I’ll branch out. make some original characters or somethin’. ♥
Destiel fics (by me) featuring autistic!Cas
(these are autism-related descriptions, not the actual summaries)
Of Shampoo and Fruit Flies (17k) - Dean and Cas are 20-something roommates, Cas is autistic and asexual. Dean’s secretly in love but thinks Cas won’t understand (spoilers: he’s wrong).
Take You To The Country (19k) - 1950s AU. Cas proposes elopement anonymously in the local newspaper, and Dean realises the segment is directed at him. (Cas is a clockmaker, and hasn’t got the hang of when to be subtle and when to be little less forthright. Dean’s into that.)
A Postcard for Castiel (4k) - Kidfic. Dean and Cas write each other postcards for school, giving each other a compliment. Dean helps Cas integrate better with the class.
Welcome All Winchesters (60k) - Christmas AU. Just-dumped Dean takes Cas to his mountain cabin, they fake an engagement when Mary and Sam arrive. Although it might not be obvious, I count this as autistic!Cas personally. He is agender, which might be the most distinctive autism-adjacent thing. Also sensory-seeking with scented candles.
The Moonlighter and the Magician (67k) - 1920s New York AU. Cas is a jewel thief trying to woo his neighbour, Dean. He’s cleverer than Dean thinks - or indeed, anyone thinks. (He’s also a demi-romantic and sex-repulsed asexual. Which is a significant theme in the story.)
Our Garden Home (WIP, 19k+, will be completed in April 2017) - Fairy garden AU. Bat sprite Cas loses a wing and takes shelter for the winter with flower fairy Dean. He battles depression, fantastic racism, food issues, social anxiety, general anxiety, sensory issues - and later on becomes a sensory-seeking cuddlemuffin.
Raising Hell in a Hotel(29k) - Kidfic AU. Dean and Cas live in a Women’s Refuge hotel. Cas is not having a good time until Dean and Mary help fulfil his unmet needs. (Cas experiences extreme sensory likes/dislikes, and suffers bullying at school, among other things)
Waiting For That Final Moment (9k) - Cas purposefully interrupts Dean’s wedding to Lisa at the last possible moment, because Cas is dramatic as heck. And that’s how it’s done in the movies.
Tickle Fight Wasteland (6k) - Post-apocalyptic fluff (yes, really). Dean and Cas have a mineral-mining thing going with a team of friends in the desert, but it’s big and overwhelming outside so Cas stays inside, does gardening, and meditates. Everyone’s cool with it. There’s a tickle fight.
Everything I Learned In Life, I Learned From CLAMP
1. If you’re not angsty, you should be 2. There is no such thing as coincidence. 3. Evil takes the form of four Japanese mangaka. 4. Everything’s better in alternate universes. 5. If you’re precious to your brother, you’re probably doomed. 6. Actually, if you’re precious to anyone, you’re doomed. 7. In fact, you’re probably just doomed anyways. 8. Treasure your eyes. You never know when they’ll be taken away. 9. Subtext really does equal buttsex. 10. Everything has a price. 11. The most powerful people are alcoholics. 12. Never trust the bunny/pork bun. 13. True love always prevails. Usually. 14. Love comes in all forms. 15. At least you’re not Subaru. 16. Nothing says love like agreeing to be somebody’s primary food source. 17. If someone comments on your eyes being pretty, you will probably lose them several chapters later. 18. Even if you and your beloved are a canon couple, by the end, you still won’t have kissed. 19. Even in other series, you still will not kiss. 20. If your grandparents are constantly on vacation, they most likely don’t exist. 21. Never carry your most treasured item around with you. 22. Everybody has an evil twin. 23. Tokyo Tower is, more than likely, the source of all evil. 24. If you’re good-looking, you’re doomed or angsty. Probably both. 25. Don’t expect to live a happy life. You’ll only be disappointed. 26. The more they smile, the harder they fall. 27. Your fan base is directly proportional to how angsty you are. 28. Everyone is pretty, even when bleeding or in agony. 29. Torture and mind games are just another way of showing you care. 30. Your boss is bad for you. 31. The world is split into three genders: male, female and androgynous. 32. Blood is aesthetic. 33. It’s not real magic unless you can conjure a two-meter-wide magic circle. 34. Flat strips of paper can reach the same speed as an F1 race car. 35. Fire doesn’t burn unless the plot requires it to. 36. No matter how ripped your shirt gets, it’s not coming off. 37. Men with black hair and glasses (including sunglasses) cannot be trusted. 38. Anyone who says having magic powers is cool could not have been more wrong. 39. It’s possible to store two swords and enough clothing for four people inside the mouth of a bunny/pork bun. 40. Who wears short shorts? Little boy detectives wear short shorts! 41. Four leaf clovers aren’t as lucky as they’re made out to be. 42. If you’re a fan favourite you’re doomed. 43. Hell, you’re in a CLAMP anime. You’re doomed. 44. Remember your dreams- they’re the key to the plot. 45. If you can’t whistle, “hyuu” instead. 46. If you feel someone’s watching you, they probably are. 47. If he’s tall, dark and handsome, he’s taken- by the outrageously cute boy standing next to him. 48. Feathers have the ultimate power. Buy a chicken. 49. If your series is happy sugar-coated fairies and gay, you will most likely all die a horrible death at the hand of a psychotic clone. 50. Everything will be alright. 51. Just because you return from a journey, doesn’t mean you’ll return in one piece. 52. Everything happens in Tokyo. 53. Cute stuffed animals make the best magical servants. 54. Swords longer than your height are easy to manage. 55. Attack names/chants are more important than actual skill or experience. 56. Cherry blossoms are a sign of good luck. 57. Cherry blossoms are a sign of bad luck. 58. Cherry blossoms are- sod that, if you see cherry blossoms, run. 59. Even after your heart is pierced by someone’s hand, you will still have plenty of time to divulge deep dark secrets/words of wisdom/angst/last words before you actually die. 60. Show your true love not by exchanging rings, but eyes. 61. No one is really happy. They’re just hiding some dark secret. 62. Dressing someone up in cute but outlandish outfits is a sign of great love and affection. 63. The easiest way to solve a love triangle is to kill somebody. 64. Inanimate objects have feelings. 65. Eyes, especially magic ones, are in high demand. 66. Cosplay is completely normal in Tokyo. 67. Love your parents while you can. 68. The general public is oblivious to strange/supernatural/inexplicable/mysterious events/people/objects. 69. Don’t give your name to strangers. 70. Wherever you are, there is a Miyuki somewhere in the background. 71. Apparently, magic allows you to eat other people’s eyes like candy. 72. Walking between a fence and a lamp-post will send you to another time/dimension. 73. Never trust shop owners. 74. If you have a twin/clone/someone who looks like you, most likely one of you will die before the series is over. 75. It’s all fun and games till someone loses an eye- then it’s a pairing.
Credit: If you know who wrote these all up I’d love to know! I’ve just seen it around FF.net.
OH MY GOD I LOVE ALL OF YOU PRECIOUS PRECIOUS LITTLE HONEY BABY CHEERIOS SO MUCH. YOU ALL MAKE MY DAY SO BRIGHT AND HAPPY AND YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME YOU GUYS ARE LITERALLY THE MOST PURE, ADORABLE HAMSTERS I LOVE YOU SOOO SOSOSOSOSO MUCH BECAUSE YOU'RE SUCH BEAUTIFUL AND SWEET PEOPLE WHO DESERVE THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE AND THE OXYGEN FROM MY LUNGS. I VOLUNTEER TO VIRTUALLY HUG EACH OF YOU AND GIVE YOU FLOWERS AND AFFECTION.
i will be the most supportive friend you have ever had. like, you say some random crap— i will never ignore it, if we’re in a group chat with lots of people talking at once, i will strive to make sure never feel disregarded or ignored, i will make you feel counted. the “looking like you care less is cooler” mentality really grates on me. it’s brave to show you care, it’s cowardly to pretend you don’t, especially for your own egotistic reputation. if you’re having a bad day, i will sit & talk everything through with you & help how i can & offer all the solutions i can muster. i will leave you be when you need it & never let you go when you are in need of attention. i will try to talk the blinding spectrum of intense emotion out of your head so you can see the realities a little more clearly & make things better, so you can get a handle on it & ride that bitch of an issue into the sunset. you create a post ; a meta ; a graphic ; a promo ; a theme? i will like & reblog the shit out of it, whatever it takes to make sure you know you matter, that your creative exploration is supported. i will encourage all your healthy endeavours & i’ll sit & be bitter about the world with you whilst you’re sad. i will never make you feel alienated for liking something or judge you on things that are totally inconsequential, your happiness is your priority.
but it’s the same for me. if i feel like i’m the only one that cares in a relationship ( platonic or non )— though i don’t expect the totality of what i give back ( that isn’t what a relationship is, you have to understand other people’s proclivities for human understanding ) i won’t make a deal of it. i’ll just slowly drift away, distance is my defence, indifference my sword. because as much as i try to make you feel like you matter, my philosophy for you is my philosophy for myself. i have to put myself first. i’ll sacrifice sleep for you when you need me, but i won’t sacrifice self-worth. i won’t be made to feel like i’m less, that i’m not worth what i’m giving to you. i will “do no harm but take no shit.”
i’ll be the most supportive friend you’ve ever had, but don’t test it.
Do you have any advice on learning to love yourself and your body? xxx
If there’s any advice I can give the best it’s on how to love your body and yourself!!!! I’m a big big big fan of people loving theirselves and their bodies! Because I think like WTH love yourself!!! No matter how much people put you down, no matter how much you see of the worlds ideal ‘perfection’ no matter what your own mind tells you, don’t listen!!! All you got is yourself and you know what? That’s damn special! You’re so bloody beautiful in these ways that you’ll probably never know until someone shows you yourself in a new light, it’s so hard to love ourselves and bodies because we really are our own worst critic, it can take a life time to accept what we are and what we have, but let me tell you right now, every part of you, inside/outside from your head to your toes is so unique, so beautiful and wonderful in ways that words can’t explain, yeah we all see tons of beautiful and stunning people walking around and think, “why can’t that be me”, but don’t think like that! There is only one you and it’s so pure and special, you have what nobody else has, we all do. The hardest thing is comparing ourselves to others, just look at yourself in the mirror and really look, your frizzy, curly, crazy, hair or your smile with a big gap, or your body that’s a bigger/thicker shape then others is someone’s dream? It really is and I can promise you that! We aren’t perfect, we all have little stains on our teeth, a blemish or mark somewhere on our body, body hair we don’t like, too much freckles? Once we learn to admire and appreciate these things and turn these so called flaws into what shape our beauty then you can see yourself in the best possible way! You are beautiful, regardless of what you see, hear or think. You just need to take a good look at yourself and appreciate the things you dislike, cherish yourself for being unique, for having thick brown body hair, for having really thin/dead hair, for having a crooked smile, for having a big body, for having chubby fingers, for having dry elbows, for having short legs or a big bum, this is all so beautiful but it seems that it’s what people hate about themselves the most. You’re precious, so precious, I admire you and everything you are, so should you! You’re here, you are breathing and living and your appearance is what you make it! I promise you will get so far with loving yourself and your body if you are positive, if you start picking out the goods rather then the bads, start smiling at yourself in the mirror, have a stroke through your hair and do a little dance in your outfit and say “damn! I look super fiiiiiine” because you do :)! Good luck X
this is probably ~~~ super controversial ~~~ but yes, very much so. i think I’ve said this before but aaron’s golden era on ed (the coming out sl, etc) was probably the time i was most invested in the show day to day, and he was always my fav character.
i think a lot of fandoms do have an issue with woobfying male characters, but i find it especially hard to stomach with ed characters. the whole “precious cinnamon roll aaron who’s never done wrong and deserves the world” discourse kind of made me hate him for a good while there because i feel like it erases all the parts of aaron that make him such a brilliant soap character, you know? so i tend to avoid aaron meta like the plague because for me it does explain away all the terrible things he does do in favour of like, “precious baby!!!” and the like.
it probably reflects who i follow (yay) but i see a lot less explaining away of roberts actions and it makes him easier to like from a fandom perspective for me. like, most people i follow are like roberts an asshole and i love him for it lmao, but there’s a clear kind of… precious cinnamon roll thing around aaron that drives me insane, ngl.
i could write an essay on why i don’t like fanon aaron very much, but I’d end up being a fandom pariah, lmao. hope that makes sense!
Merry Christmas to one and all. I hope 2017 is a great year for you. I remind myself today that life is precious. Time is the most precious thing we possess. I will always try to cherish the good moments and good people around me. Thanks for taking an interest in my work.
no one can hold you back, and bring you down. because you are special and I will tell you no matter how many times I have to. whether it be at 2am, when you're at your lowest, or on a day where you're as bright as the sun. don't forget that whoever you are I will be here.
people who try and break your defence already have theirs broken, they need to heal as much as you do. you are beautiful and I assure you that everything will be better soon. you are my beloved and I treasure you.
we all crave emotion and feeling, so I beg of you— do not starve yourself of it. love will help you grow and bloom. people around you will learn to accept and forgive. you are precious.
no matter who you end up as after all this has blown over, I will remain loyal to you. you are my most precious treasure and I will support and treasure you for as long as it takes.
other people's words are weak, but yours are all that should matter to you. take a deep breath and let all emotion out, I will cradle your head and whisper sweet words of comfort.
your heart should remain as gold as it originally was, and if it begins to change— I will paint you with the colours of the sun. you are supported, and I promise that you are beautiful.
we remain in our bodies for long enough, so we should respect and adore them. there is no instant change, no overnight remedy, only my unchanging love for you. I will embrace you and speak tender words until you heal.
passion is a strong and desirable emotion that can be subdued by ones tears. I will nurture the rose within you that will one day grow to be the most beautiful. you are important and loved. remember this.
you may be wounded, my friend, but there is a cure. a drug called happiness; harmless but effective. no side effects, no regrets. I can give you that feeling, I will help you smile. your radiant grin is charming and adored.
hard work is essential in life, so slacking brings no luck. you've got to stay motivated and find true joy. throughout the journey, I will be there. I will hold your hand and remind you that it's all going to be over soon.
insecurities are imps that leech of the soul. so I implore you, my dear, yo beat them away and shine like the star you are. you are influential and godlike. have faith in yourself, as I do.
life is not fair. there will be many times when you feel down. think of it like the calm waves of the ocean. up and down. there cannot be an up without a down. so reach land, and you will be safe in my arms. I will embrace you and absorb all your worries. you are precious and loved.