you can tell that it's a 90s anime but still good!

Shiro Headcanons
  • Watched Inuyasha as a kid. And Naruto. Lots of 90s/00s shonen anime, actually, which is a good seven decades old to him.
    • Really misses coffee.
    • May or may not have a soft spot for Irish Coffee.
    • Don’t tell Commander Holt, he’d be disappointed 
  • Once set a pot of water on fire in the Castle’s kitchen and then blamed it on Keith when Hunk asked for an explanation.
    • “The Red Lion is pretty well-aligned to fire, so it might give its paladin some abilities in that regard.”
    • Keith has never felt so betrayed.
  • He can waltz, but that’s about it for ballroom dances. Every time he tries something faster, or with even a hint of syncopation, he trips over his own feet.
    • Allura thinks it’s funny.
    • He can somehow breakdance, though? Everyone is very ??? about this.
      • “HOW?”
        “I mean, it’s not choreographed, so…”
        “That doesn’t exactly explain anything!”
  • One time, Coran caught him just standing in an empty room and screaming while holding his head between his hands. Not because of a flashback of anything, just screaming wordlessly at a wall for stress release. They don’t talk about it.
  • Can do a catwalk strut. In five-inch heels. He’s proven it to the team but still hasn’t explained why, when, or how he learned to do it.
  • Can flirt extraordinarily well for a mission. Cannot flirt with someone he’s actually interested in to save his life, unless it’s literally to save his life.
  • Almost instituted a swear jar out of sheer annoyance with the paladins deliberately misusing curse words, but relented when Keith suggested they also make an ‘unnecessary death jokes’ jar.
    • “It was one time, Keith. I don’t make that many jokes.”
    • “The last time Hunk asked if you were craving something, both you and Lance said ‘the sweet release of death.’ You make so many morbid jokes that you’ve infected Lance! Lance! He’s, like, the peppiest guy in existence!”
  • Has considered trying to challenge Hunk to an arm-wrestling contest.
    • Hasn’t actually gone through with it.
  • Once mistook Pidge for Matt while super dazed right after coming out of a cryopod. They haven’t talked about it.
  • Had to bargain with Coran for shaving supplies. Coran thinks that Shiro should be growing out his facial hair. Shiro vehemently disagrees.
review of faces maxie makes throughout the entirety of oras + some canon art

am i late to the meme of course i am

the standard maxie

this is as average as it is gonna get with him. looks cool and collected but is probably thinking of how cute camerupt looks when he feeds it pokepuffs. 20/10 but only because ive seen him make more interesting faces but it’s already perfection.

concept art smug maxie

step aside smug anime girls, there’s a new boy in town. looks satisfied with himself and overall very bratty and confident. great angle and lightning going on. easily one of my faves. 1000/10

mini model smug maxie - the sequel

a differently flavored smug maxie. looks even more in the clouds than concept art smug maxie. That snide crooked smirk tho!!! 999/10

tcg smug maxie - the finale to the thrilling trilogy

completely changes the angle and now we see him from above YET he still makes us feel like he knows something we dont. tell us your secrets maxie. good megane shine going on. 1001/10 and it gets bonus points for being featured alongside archie in that official saint valentines tweet. imbued with extremely blessed queer energy.

engry maxie

You can clearly see he is Not Pleased!!!! His eyes go full iris-less to show he is confused too and I appreciate that “I forgot the oven on” vibe. 450/10

“archie what’s good” maxie

things are going his way but he is already out of control!!! Not a genuine laughter, however I like how we see him have fun like never before. let him enjoy himself even if it’s for like 10 seconds before he realises he fucked up. sadly i couldn’t find a gif but i promise he is moving his whole body as he cackles which is Very Good. 300/10

>BD maxie

Uh oh! Now you’ve done it! The signature pokévillain big ol smile before the final showdown. He only looks like this when he is ready to kick ass, will probably lose but shhh he doesn’t know yet. Feels powerful but i cant tell if its cursed or blessed. 350/10

“toothpaste-brand-i-cant-mention-because-of-copyright-reasons” smile maxie

the most cryptic of all of his grins. is seen for like a split second in the background. the image is so low res that all of his wrinkles are gone but far from making him look better it makes him look Not Okay. Also because he does this as he shows the protag how groudon awakes, it is safe to say it’s the maxie equivalent on checking on the person he is showing a funny youtube video that is a little too long and maybe not that funny in retrospective. 100/10 because of the shit-eating cockiness he shows.

drama queen maxie

this one’s not even showing his face but honestly!? a classic. alpha sapphire exclusive sexual innuendo going on from the other angle and all. this is the good posture of someone who does yoga with his admins every morning. 400/10

“just got beaten by a 13 y-o” maxie

and last but not least, what has to be the most memorable moment this nerd has given to us all. upon breaking down the gif you can notice that 1) he winces with such energy that his glasses almost fall off!! 2) he immediately composes himself, of course he does, he is the great maxie he needs to look sharp and 3) THE SMUG SMIRK IS BACK. Overall very blessed as we get to see many faces of his personality in this format. this is exactly what i expect from an adult nerd like him who just lost to some random kid. 1000/10 would fight again.


the stone-faced maxies are good but feel a little plain compared to the wide variety of emotions he shows. They make up 90% of what we see of maxie in-game. a safe bet, you can never go wrong with resting binch face maxie.

the grinning maxie, whom we see in the seafloor cavern, are this weird mix of extremely cursed and blessed energies that manage to instill a deep sense of discomfort on you but you smile and nod nonetheless because it’s maxie. I never know how to feel when i witness them, but i think i like them

smug maxie is the superior maxie. no doubts about this. it’s the closest we get in canon art to a genuine smile from him so it’s inherently Good. Why is it so underrated tho???? let him show off his sassy side more often. The knowing smirk shows his personality very well without making him look like an unpleasant person. easily my fave maxie expression.

Aaaayyyy so I found a post where someone shared their top 20 favorites and I decided I wanted to make my own to xD I made this template myself and I have a blank one (tho without text at all, I can input the “Top 20 Favorite Shows” if anyone wants me to). If you wanna do your own with my template, just shoot me an ask or PM!

Hit the read more if you really want to know my opinions on each. I suck at summarizing so it is a bit of a read, sorry about that heh

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my friends watched some of miraculous ladybug for the first time. all they knew going into it is what i’ve said and a video that explained the love square

stuff that’s not in quotes is me, anything in quotes is one of my friends

(note: some pretty lowkey nsfw stuff because of who they are as people)

stormy weather

  • “its been 30 seconds you biG BABY”
  • “that’s [tikki] a small child"
  • “i have no idea what’s going on” oh my god just let it happen
  • “of course they always make the blonde girl the bitch” [we were on stormy weather and hadn’t met chloe]
  • “he’s cute”
  • transforming “oh jeez. of course there’s a transformation”
  • “look at that beautiful boy” [adrien]
  • “why does he have to have cat ears”
    “because he DOES”
  • chat comes onscreen “i love him”
  • “i love [chat]. i love him so much. i love. i love him so much”
  • “miraculous ladybug is my favorite anime”
  • “chat is my favorite”
  • “so they can figure [stormy weather] out, but they can’t figure out each other??!?!?!”
  • “this is a good episode of pokemon”
  • “that photographer needs to chill”

(evillustrator, lady wifi, the bubbler, and mr pigeon under the cut because this is So Long)

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Lesbian Day of Visibility is soon drawing to a close (well, in my time zone, anyway), so I’d like to very quickly make a short list of some anime with lesbian characters that I’d like to recommend! It’s hard to find anime with lesbians that aren’t just gross fetish shows, so hopefully this’ll be helpful to anyone who’s looking for more quality entertainment.

Aoi Hana

Fumi, a shy, bookish lesbian, is entering her first year of high school. She reunites with Akira, her old childhood friend from elementary school, and together they help each other through emotional and relationship-related problems.

Made a post about this show a little earlier today, so I’ll keep this brief. To quickly sum up what I wrote there, Aoi Hana is a beautiful, down-to-earth story that portrays lesbianism much more seriously than most other anime and its one I think anyone can get into.


Join the 4 members of the Nanamori Middle School Amusement Club as they have fun and get up to all kinds of antics!

Alright admittedly, this show probably doesn’t have as much… I guess substance as pretty much everything else on this list and it’s really here more for nostalgic purposes than anything. I have good memories of watching this with my brother and to this day I think it’s still one of my favorite slice-of-life comedy anime. If you’re looking for something cute, harmless, and funny, then give this a watch. (the OVAs and season 3 weren’t as good imo, but they were still alright I guess)

Yurikuma Arashi

Gay bears disguise themselves as human girls and infiltrate a homophobic high school. After that shit gets weird. Like REALLY weird.

If you couldn’t tell by that plot summary, this show is… let’s say unique. But despite how strange it is, its overall message of accepting your sexuality is one that I think is a very powerful one. Of course this is probably the most out-there way to showcase it, but nevertheless it’s a great show if only to get that idea across.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Utena Tenjou is a tomboyish girl who wishes to be a prince. One fateful day at school she meets a mysterious student named Anthy Himemiya. Anthy, as it turns out, is known as the Rose Bride and is the center of a dueling tournament in which members of the school Student Council compete in sword fights for possession of her and, by extension, the “power to revolutionize the world” that she seems to be the key to. Utena joins the tournament to protect Anthy from the other Duelists and in the process begins to unravel the secrets surrounding her school, the duels, and even Anthy herself.

I can hardly express how much I love Revolutionary Girl Utena. It has pretty much everything I love: action, supernatural elements, mystery, TONS of abstract imagery that I can analyze, and, of course, lesbians. You wanna hear me ramble, you get me to start talking about this show. I could go on and on about all the symbolism and themes of Utena forever and probably never get tired of it. Heck I’m even writing a paper about this show for school; getting to nerd out over anime for actual academic purposes is literally a dream come true.

Utena is 20 years old this year and it still holds up as a true masterpiece and a classic 90s anime. I don’t even know what to say it’s just so good. It’s a must see, trust me on that.

Unfortunately this list is way shorter than I’d like it to be because I have yet to discover more good anime with lesbian characters! (And I’m talking actually confirmed, canon lesbians) So if anyone has any more recs, please add them! They’d be much appreciated!

Aaron’s Top 7: Attractive Animated Males

I’m not a fan male designs in animation. At least, not in the way I’m going to be judging them in today’s list.

Originally posted by none-tadashi-left-hiro

Previously, I did a top 7 list of attractive female characters. The problem I had with that one was selecting characters based on personality over design with cosmetics being an aesthetic factor. With this list, the issue is reversed.

When you think of a male anime character, you think of a slim guy with slumped shoulders and a soft face. Any character that’s ‘masculine’ is often to an extreme to show how muscular they are. The point is that they look ‘pretty’. Just about 70% of male characters in anime can easily be redrawn as a girl. 

Which brings me to my issue with male characters in western cartoons. I can look at them and immediately tell who the protagonist is. You’re the comic relief. You’re the wise old mentor. You’re the token black character. Either that, or they’re animals. I like Stan Pines from Gravity Falls because they put a spin on the grumpy old man trope making him a greedy conman who doesn’t stop conning people as the show goes on. But design wise, I see him and go, ‘you’re the grump with a big heart’. And before you ask, no, that old dust buckle is nowhere near this list.    

I just became numb to designs of a lot of male characters since there’s so many men outnumbering females in media. I don’t really think about which one stands out. I’m just seeing how the character develops in the show. 

‘Nerd who wants to prove himself and has some sort of famous/prestigious family/background’. Let me guess, you just named 20 male characters in your head didn’t you? So why am I doing this list? Well, here are some characters who have a design that I found interesting with personalities to match. 

Same rules as the women’s list: 

Character comes before design. 

No villains/antagonist. 

Characters must be 18+.

It’s my list so if your hubby isn’t here…too damn bad.

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Guys Gals & Non-Binary pals, this is Animated Aaron’s Top 7 Attractive Animated Male Characters.

Honorable Mentions:

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John Stewart/Green Lantern-Justice League; Justice League Unlimited 

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Scar-FMA (Franchise) 


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He’s a fucking idiot. Know that you know why he’s at the bottom, he’s actually got one of the most unique designs in anime. As I said before, anime men are fucking twigs with slumped shoulders.

Goku is actually muscular in a way that isn’t comical like in most cartoons. He’s build like an Adonis, true, but he’s still very close to how a real human would look opposed to the over the top shit in stuff like ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ or ‘Kenichi-The Mightiest Disciple’.

That being said, everyone tries to emulate the character. A big/powerful guy who’s as gentle as a bird and believes in the good of others while holding his ground for his beliefs. I’d like him a lot better if this dynamic didn’t create so many clones of the guy. Naruto, Luffy (One Piece), Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter), ect.  


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Spike Spiegel-Cowboy Bebop 

Alright. So while Goku is built like a brick house, Spike here is more on the slim side. Most men in anime don’t look like their balls have dropped despite being ‘martial arts experts’. Spike isn’t stacked but the few scenes where he’s shirtless prove that he’s got some meat. Again, he’s more how someone would realistically look given his fighting style. He’s quick on his feet and loose with his punches. He’s actively trying to wear the person down but knows where to hit them for a k.o if he’s in a hurry. 

He’s cocky but doesn’t go around bragging about his skills like most protagonist. Rash and impulsive but isn’t hyperactive. He’s just a cool dude with a checkered past. If the situation gets the best of him, he’ll let his wounds heal and go at it again. If there’s money involved that is. 

Whatever happens, happens.  


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Takashi Shirogane-Voltron LD

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What I’m Excited for in Crystal Dream/Supers

so the dream arc is probably my favorite of the manga arcs (followed very closely by stars and infinity, tbh a three way tie for #1 because REASONS) and considering infinity is about to start next week, i feel its time i go ahead and make my usual “this is what i cant wait to see in *insert crystal arc here*” post that i’ve made ever since crystal was announced.

anyways without further ado… (under the cut because LONG POST IS LONG) 

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some recs in no particular order under the cut because they’re ALL AMAZING

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Ndrv3 character cuddling scenarios!!

this is just to show how i write with each character.

Kaede Akamatsu
-She’s very happy to cuddle!
-Sometimes when you cuddle she hums her favorite songs to play on the piano
-She’s normally the one to initiate it, but she loves it when you do
-Cuddles with her involve lots of compliments and lots of kisses!!
Saihara Shuuichi
-He’s very awkward about it, but he really loves it.
-He rarely initiates cuddling, normally you have to.
-He blushes for the first five minutes, he’s really not used to this
-Normally, he takes off his hat when cuddling, or he puts it on your head instead. He thinks you look precious!
-Cuddles with Saihara involve lots of blushing and forehead kisses
Maki Harukawa
-OH BOY! She maybe tsundere but she loves a good cuddle
-She will initiate it 99.9% of the time
-She’ll wrap her arms around you as tight as she can, she wants to protect you and hold you during this loving moment!
-She whispers sweet things in your ear and gives you lots of kisses.
-Sometimes you initiate the cuddling and she blushes like crazy, it’s adorable!
-What is this???
-He doesn’t really understand what you’re doing but, he likes it.
-It makes him very happy to just hold you like this.
-He’s still confused but he gives you little forehead kisses
-You lightly pat his head a lot during this and it makes him smile!
-Cuddling = happy robot
Himiko Yumeno
-She will latch on to you!!
-She loves being held by you and intertwining your fingers when you cuddle.
-She always starts it, she never lets you.
-She’ll tell you things about magic when you cuddle, it makes her so happy!
-She loves it when you wear her hat too, it makes her laugh!
-You look cute!
Hoshi Ryoma
-He is your new teddy bear
-He pretty much is a teddy bear, except he hugs back.
-You always have to initiate it, he doesn’t like to.
-He’ll whisper sweet things, and it surprises you.
-You don’t expect him to say things like that a lot.
Iruma Miu
-She loves whispering things to make you blush!
-She talks about her inventions, and she loves that you listen!
-She always starts it, never lets you!
-Sometimes she shoves your face on her chest just because it embarrasses you
-Stop her!
Rantarou Amami
-He enjoys cuddling, it’s probably his favorite thing to do with you!
-He really likes how you cling to him and he loves how happy it makes you!
-He’s the kind of guy to whisper sweet nothings in your ear, just to get a blush out of you.
-It’s 50/50 on who initiates, it just depends on who wants to.
-He will kiss you all over your face when cuddling
-You give him kisses back!!
Kirumi Tojo
-You always initiate, she never does. She secretly wants to though.
-Her hair is really fun to play with, just because how short it is!
-She loves it when you play with her hair!
-She tells you she loves you a lot during this time!
-Normal you cuddle while she tells you stories of people she’s worked for as a maid.
Gonta Gokuhara
-This boy is one of the best to cuddle!
-His body is very warm and it’s so nice!!
-He initiates cuddling most of the time
-He feels strong holding you!! It makes him feel like he can always protect you!!
-Stories about bugs are always told, A L W A Y S
Tsumugi Shirogane
-You watch anime when you cuddle
-She will spoil that anime, its guaranteed
-She initiates cuddling every time she wants to watch anime
-She’ll kiss you on your head a lot!!!
-She fangirls 90% of the time
-Tell her to stop screaming please.
Korekiyo Shinguji
-You initiate cuddling, he’s awkward.
-This boy tells all kinds of stories when you cuddle, he loves how intently you listen
-Sometimes you play with his hair while cuddling, it’s so long and pretty!
-He really likes it when you touch his hair, it’s nice and calming
-Hug this boy
Chabashira Tenko
-She will grab you from behind and force you to cuddle.
-She loves cuddling with you, it makes her super happy!
-Gives you light kisses and holds your hand!!
-Cuddling makes her super excited!!!!!
Momota Kaito
-50/50 on who initiates
-When it’s him, he’ll normally wrap a blanket around the two of you.
-He tells you stories about space and the stars
-He tells you how pretty the stars are
-But he thinks you’re prettier.
Yonaga Angie
-Normally initiates, she really loves it.
-She’s so calming, and nice to cuddle with.
-She smiles the whole time.
-She talks about her next art piece.
-Sometimes you fall asleep when cuddling with her.
Kokichi Ouma
-He will grab you in an instant and force you to cuddle with him.
-He’ll tell you about his organization
-He gives you kisses too! Just to making you blush

There is just an example of all of them!!
-Mod Amami

Why You Should Watch Serial Experiments Lain. (Analysis)

So, it’s come to my attention that during my few years of watching anime that nobody really talks too much about the psychological series that were experimental and unique in comparison to epic, story-driven series that are (more than likely) the same and unoriginal or (more than likely) bland and uninteresting. There are several series I can name that get more credit than they should, but yes, there are several modern hits that are worth watching and still hold up to this day, for example, Fullmetal Alchemist. However, something about the anime that came from the 90′s - Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, and even Sailor Moon to an extent, all hold something that several modern anime cannot capture: amazing characterization. It’s in this that we can see familiar archetypes that have been replayed over and over with newer releases, and it’s easy to see why they got so far, because the 90′s anime were different. Serial Experiments Lain, an anime created in the late 90′s, is different as well, but because of its creative atmosphere, intellectual ideologies, and fascinating characters, makes it worth every minute of your time.

Serial Experiments Lain is worth your time because it actually focuses on psychological and philosophical material rather than just action and adventure. Now, both of the latter are good in an anime because it gives its audience something enjoyable to watch, such as good fighting in something like Dragonball or Naruto, or it’s pleasant to see characters bond over the journey, like Fullmetal and even Spice and Wolf. However, there aren’t many anime that take the cake for being a series you can be rest assured you will think about for a least a little while after you watch it. Even if you don’t think much about philosophy or psychology, you will get something about of watching Serial Experiments Lain because it’s goal as an anime is to make you question. You’re more interested about the wired, or the Internet world in Lain’s plot, rather than who is going to go against who. There are several moments that make you actually pause the scene and have to step back, not sure of how to interpret something that intimate, or something so far beyond your ordinary thinking that you go, wow, an anime that actually does something like that? 

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Lain focuses primarily on the deconstruction of technology, but also primarily on the deconstruction of people, and society. Lain Iwakura, the strange character found in the GIF above, is the persona of what separates and combines the wired world fro the physical world, and basically in Serial Experiments Lain, she could very well be one of the strongest reasons to invest yourself in this series. I know personally that many people are drawn to shows which have characters who are unsure of what they are, or their purpose. Lain is exactly this: she doesn’t understand much of the physical world and is often questioning her role. The entire series delves on this concept, that these wonderfully written individuals do not comprehend some of what this world is giving to them, and it’s not just Lain who questions this: it is Lain’s father, mother, and sister, along with her friends, especially Arisu. Lain knows that there is something farther out there that she has to learn for herself, and you are with her because you also feel as though whatever is out there, whatever is hidden from the basic layers of our world, should be revealed, and you relate to Lain because of this reason.

Lain also focuses on serious topics regarding social identity and socialization. Lain constantly suffers from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), since she alone is not just herself, but multiple personas in one entity. 

There are also several other disorders that are established within Lain as well as other characters, from depersonilization disorder, schizophrenia, and even depression, and keep in mind, these are are mental. There’s no telling what kind of other disorders these characters face, which is why it is so interesting that this show allows its audience to experience these characters feeling this way - to allow us to see this for ourselves.


Serial Experiements Lain was created in the year 1998 by director Ryutaro Nakamura. The reason I think the year of creation is so important is because the message it carries is so relevant to today’s society because we can understand how technology has grown since the internet first was created. When Lain first was released, the series itself was only just following the creation of the internet, yet it already establishes that we as a society would use it to its fullest (or even to this day, not yet fullest) potential, like prophesying how we would we would wearing goggles to communicate with others, or how we would glue our eyes to the screen to play video games, or how messages can be sent faster than the legitimate timing of a blink of an eye. Serial Experiments Lain also contributes to how we interact with others online more and more as time progresses in comparison to physically. This is evident as Lain talks more with her wired friends rather than Arisu and the other girls. 


One reason in particular I always enjoyed Serial Experiments Lain is it’s use of art.  Yoshitoshi ABe, the character designer for Lain, contributes his more realistic style of artwork and backround designing to give Lain that down-to-earth yet experimental feel the show has going for it. There is an array of dark shades and rustic colors, but also at times there can be colors that seem outlandish. The animation itself isn’t too gaudy, and it doesn’t try too hard: it knows the focus of the show lies within the characterization and the processes of thought, therefore it knows vibrant and flashy animation would only spoil the theme of the series. 


If you want to watch Serial Experiments Lain, please keep in mind that it is a series that while everyone can get something out of watching, it focuses of the why’s and how’s. Lain is not a series to watch if you’re in desperate need of graphic homicide, slaughter and gore. It’s also not a series that involves a trek, where characters explore the galaxy, and honestly there aren’t many scenes in Lain where you can call it a comedy. However, Serial Experiments Lain is the perfect show to watch if you want something interesting. If you love the ideas and deep thinking, you’ve practically hit the gold mine. Not many other series like Lain will take you to such personal levels, hitting all the marks - socialization, religion, philosophy, psychology, theology - not to mention the amazing build up that will take you on the rollercoaster to find, how do you perceive the universe? Even if Lain doesn’t make you question our world or our motives, it will make you at least question why characters do the things they do, and it will give the encouragement to find those answers as you finish watching. As Lain says, “No matter where you go, everybody is connected.” And with this show, we will be.

Yuri!!! on ICE - A bit of supplementary Figure Skating info

I couldn’t help it, I started making a quick reaction post for the first episode and it turned into some sort of guide/pointing out details…This is some background knowledge about the real-life skating world that made the first episode more enjoyable for me, and I hope that by sharing this with my fellow anime fans some people might also smile at all the little details and references that the animators put in - because they really did their research.

(This kind of turned into an essay, but…)

If you want to know more about what makes Victor so amazing (“Quad what-now? What does 300-whatever points even mean?”), why Yuri actually is pretty-darn admirable (“But he failed! And split up with his coach! That’s not a cool MC!”), and allusions to real-life situations/people, read ahead. I’ll split it up into sections: 

  1. The Grand Prix Final - what Yuri and Victor’s scores mean,
  2. Yuri’s hometown situation=reality of Japan small town, 
  3. Victor’s jaw-dropping World Championships program - is it really that special? (Yes, it is.)
  4. Victor-Yuri = Plushenko-Yuzu? (connecting similarities here)

GPF - let me tell you the numbers

  • Of the dozens of Men’s Singles skaters, only 6 people make it to the Grand Prix Final each year. They’re chosen based on a point system. The simplest way to get to the GPF is to win both of your assigned Grand Prix competitions. If you get 2nd place, 3rd place, etc., things start getting complicated. I won’t go into details, but basically, getting into the GPF is already a pretty big deal. Yuri is actually pretty amazing. 

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Localization Blog #3

Greetings and salutations, true believers!

 Trails of Cold Steel has officially launched, and I’m excited! You may well be one of the pre-order platoon, leading the vanguard, or perhaps the game is making its way to you through all the holiday postal congestion at this very moment. Either way, you’ll soon know what we know: good things come to those who wait, and here at the tail end of 2015, one of the year’s finest RPG adventures stands ready to be unfurled (though let’s be honest…with the length of the game, you’ll probably have said “Happy New Year!” before you roll those credits). Work on Trails of Cold Steel II is already well underway, so worry not – you won’t have to wait too long to see more of what happens to Rean and friends.

Brittany wrote last time about all the effort that goes into the process of voice recording, and she was right on the money – it’s a lot of work. More than I’d predicted, actually. See, this was actually a big first for me. Sure, I’d written for voice work before, but Trails of Cold Steel marked the first time I went into the studio to help supervise the recording of an English dub. The whole process – which took about 20 working days for all the voice work – was like one long course in the particulars of going from script to a finished dub – hugely instructive and informational, but also harrying with how much new info about the process I was absorbing all the time.

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anonymous asked:

While I agree that cultural appropriation is a thing (why do people say it's not???) isn't it true that most Japanese want to spread their culture and beliefs? If my memory of history class serves correctly, it wasn't like this before. But hasn't that changed? Yeah I can get why her costume can be offensive, but as far as the actual tea or stylization (I hope that didn't come out wrong) of the whole thing, is it really that bad?

Alright, please bear with me and allow me to preface this by saying I’m not too good at this. You’re better off asking a blog like thisisnotjapan. But this is going to be from my perspective, and what I have learned during my time on this site.

Anon, allow me to clarify. First of all, yes, any country would like to expand the reach of their culture. That’s simply how civilization works, and by extension, how it exists in the form it is today. But here’s the thing. Japanese people in Japan (actual ones, mind you, not the ones who say they are online w/o evidence, I never trust those on principle) don’t have the same perspective as those diaspora (people of Japanese descent who live elsewhere in the world). 

You see, many non-European cultures are… made light of, in many countries around the world. General xenophobia, antiblackness worldwide, that sort of thing. And particularly in places like the United States, the current trend is East Asian countries. You’ve seen them. Weeaboos, Koreaboos, that sort of thing. Honestly if this site was around in the 80′s or 90′s you’d have Chinaboos all over the place too. That’s the problem. We are a trend here, and that’s not ok. Many people like to use our language to accessorize their own (aesthetic bloggers, looking directly at you, despite your eye gouging themes), or act as though they know more about Japanese culture because of an anime they watched.

I cannot tell you how many times, for example, I go to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, and see far more cosplayers than should be there, or see someone say something is “so anime” as though anime is the only facet of modern Japanese culture. I get it. Cosplay is a popular hobby to have. Cosplay is fun. I do it too. But the thing is that cosplay as we know it today started in Japan, and has been consumed here. Just like many other things, weeaboos have commodified many parts of Japanese culture, or used it to present themselves as more worldly or more knowledgeable, or even in some worse cases, “more Japanese” than people like myself, an actual diasporic Japanese person. 

I realize I’ve made this a bigger issue than most would have, but the thing is, it really is that bad. As I said in my much angrier version on that post, we are a culture, not a costume, and I don’t think it’s fair that that little white girl gets to have her geisha fantasy for a day, while many Japanese people train and devote themselves to the lifestyle and get looked down upon by white people, the same ones who gush about how cute their little girl looks in a much much worse “kimono” and poorly done makeup. 

In short, anon, and I sincerely hope this helps you understand, Japanese people are not a costume, not a trend, and we should not be treated as one. If some white family wants to have a geisha tea party, they need to know why that’s wrong, and learn how to go about it properly. Hell, hire an actual geisha to perform a tea ceremony with them, it’s still more respectful than bad facepaint and paper thin “kimono”. 

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  • 1. Hardcover or softcover?
  • 2. What’s in your pencil case?
  • 3. Favourite colour of the sky?
  • 4. Best dream you’ve ever had?
  • 5. Most recurring dream.
  • 6. Childhood nightmare.
  • 7. Worst lie you’ve ever told? Did ppl believe it?
  • 8. Nervous tick?
  • 9. Verbal tick?
  • 10. Do you keep a diary? When do you write in it?
  • 11. How do you end up sitting on the couch after a movie marathon.
  • 12. Favourite word.
  • 13. Time you sleep?
  • 14. Average hours of sleep?
  • 15. Cups of coffee per day?
  • 16. First thing you do when you wake up.
  • 17. Last thing you do before you sleep.
  • 18. How long do you spend in the bathroom?
  • 19. Ideal look.
  • 20. Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse?
  • 21. Partner(s) of choice in a zombie apoc. Irl or fictional.
  • 22. Hogwarts House + Quidditch position
  • 23. Patronus?
  • 24. Camp Half-Blood cabin.
  • 25. Favourite article of clothing you own.
  • 26. Best childhood memory?
  • 27. Lowest you’ve ever scored on a test.
  • 28. Ideal superpower?
  • 29. A superpower you’d hate to have or would be so incompatible w u.
  • 30. Pokemon team.
  • 31. One thing you hate so much you want everyone in the world to puke all over it and cast it to hell where it’ll be destroyed forever.
  • 32. Thoughts on Dr. Doofenshirmtz.
  • 33. Any cool ancestors?
  • 34. Hey we all know you have a story you want to tell. Now’s the time to tell it.
  • 35. Number of times you fell asleep when you weren’t supposed to.
  • 36. How successful are ur allnighters?
  • 37. The coolest thing you can think of.
  • 38. Thoughts on the Onceler fandom.
  • 39. Go hug someone and tell me who.
  • 40. The answer to #2 and #25 are your supplies for assassinating #39 (theoretically). Who would it be (optional) and how would you go about doing it. (ps pls don’t actually try it out)
  • 41. Superhero/villian name + superhero/villian team name
  • 42. You’ve formed a band. What’s your band name and what type of music do you play?
  • 43. Siblings? complain about them.
  • 44. Favourite flower
  • 45. That one rly lame childhood anime fave that you try to avoid mentioning you were ever in love with and had all the merch and could quote and say exactly what happened in all 126 episodes and yea ok
  • 46. MBTI type
  • 47. Good at math? How many digits of pi can u list
  • 48. Comfort food. Something that makes u feel better just eating
  • 49. Favourite food?
  • 50. The names of all your stuffed animals. Introduce me to them. Ur first one. Their stories.
  • 51. Your OCs!! C’mon you know you want to tell me a little bit about them. Anything, everything really.
  • 52. Write a haiku about your day.
  • 53. Eye colour.
  • 54. Current look.
  • 55. Ideal date?
  • 56. Favourite au setting.
  • 57. Favourite Pokemon type, or starter type you lean towards
  • 58. Thoughts on the Barbie movies/ how many can you name?
  • 59. Futurama episode that left you speechless
  • 60. Mood music?
  • 61. OTP who have movie nights and cuddles and get locked out of their flats and end up camping under the stars in an ideal AU that you would cross hell to protect
  • 62. Art goals?
  • 63. Things on your bucket list.
  • 64. Things on your wishlist.
  • 65. What happened at work today?
  • 66. Fav chip flavour?
  • 67. How would you fare in a fight? as yourself, atm
  • 68. Ever been in a fight tell me fight me
  • 69. Favourite feel-good song
  • 70. A fanfic’s that’s stayed with you for ages and you just remember it sometimes and think fondly back of how great(or so piss-horrible it was hilarious) it was
  • 71. Fav quote
  • 72. Ship you hate to hell and Pluto (which ever one’s further iyo OR ACTUALLY TO ASGARD) and back
  • 73. How fast do you eat?
  • 74. Most creative swear you’ve ever uttered
  • 75. How many pairs of shoes do you own and what’s your favourite
  • 76. funny sound u make
  • 77. tell me what the mitochondria does. pls
  • 78. That one meme that still cracks you up every time it somehow finds its way onto your dash
  • 79. Personality fault of yours.
  • 80. One embarrassing moment of ur life you wish has been burned from everyone who was around at the time’s memory
  • 81. Elementary school moment you’ll never forget
  • 82. Fav comic book char?
  • 83. How well have you been living life? Rate 1-10. If under 10 here’s a hug and if you need it it’ll get better man have a cookie
  • 84. How you think people see you
  • 85. Favourite view
  • 86. Mood rn?
  • 87. any body alterations you want? tattoos/ piercings also
  • 88. Star Wars / Star Trek
  • 89. sexual orientation
  • 90. Fav class?
  • 91. Coolest random fact you know off the top of your head
  • 92. What will people remember you as, do you think?
  • 93. first crush, first relationship
  • 94. what would you change about yourself?
  • 95. Sports u play? Sport u would invent.
  • 96. Languages u speak or want to learn?
  • 97. something ur rly interested in!! talk abt something ur passionate abt here!! 。^‿^。
  • 98. r u the “i will do it just bc u said i can’t HAH” type?
  • 99. People you would drag to do the stuff in #97 also what stuff
  • 100. fav type of cloud
  • 101. How good’s your fashion sense
  • 102. What do you do on transit?
  • 103. Tumblr post that has stuck w/ u all these years
  • 104. ideal house/place to live
  • 105. What Pokemon gym would you be the leader of
  • 106. What would your soul look like if your soulmate gazed into it (soul gazing au)
  • 107. Favourite scents
  • 108. Rec some stuff here
  • 109. If you had to request a last meal, what would it consist of? also what did u likely do to end up in a position where u needed to even request a last meal
  • 110. Do you have a green thumb?
  • 111. What nation would you belong to? Bender or non-bender (A: TLA)
  • 112. The smell of your current shampoo
  • 113. Best and worst meals you’ve ever tried to cook
  • 114. Something you hate drawing or can never get right
  • 115. Artists/ works that inspire you
  • 116. last thing u got for free. o((*^▽^*))o
  • 117. Ever had an emo phase?
  • 118. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • 119. Earliest memory
  • 120. The last person you called up to talk to abt something completely unimportant and mundane like ‘the woman who just walked pass had two rly cute poodles and i want to hug them’
  • 121. Favourite kamoji (๑˃̶͈̀◡˂̶͈́๑)

epicnessmonster-deactivated2015  asked:

Hmm, I saw you following me and I also saw that you were a BTS scenario blog, so I decided to ask you for a scenario! c: One where Taehyung's girl has personality disorder so she just sort of zones out on him and quietly hums a song? I loved the Jimin smut bc asdfghjkl;

Dark Lullabies

“Hey, do you want—,” I began, and then stopped, noting the familiar humming sound emitting from those pink lips.

Sighing, I squatted in front of her, waving my hand in front of those already far off eyes; she was zoning out again. She’d been getting worse, maybe it was stress, or work, or me—that one stung like the prick of a bee upon my skin. Squeezing her hand, I slumped down, leaning my head into her helplessly, waiting until she returned to me once again.

The song was always the same: a lullaby that her mother used to sing her. Those eyes glazed, resembling two marbles in her skull, locking themselves onto a spot upon the wall unmoving, until finally, she broke free from this spell. It wasn’t time specific and could last for hours, but I was willing to wait forever for her. I loved her; I really did—no matter what.

This disorder she dealt with was only one small part of her, and if she was willing to look past all of my flaws and still love me, then so would I for her. Outside of this ‘second personality’, she was the sweetest, cutest, and most fun person I had ever had the pleasure of being surrounded by. Gentleness and kindness were second nature to her, and that was something I rather admired about her through all of this. However, it did not make it easy to watch this happen; to lose the girl I’d fallen so hard for, whom I had given my heart to.

“Come back to me,” I murmured against the skin of her knee, clenching my eyes shut and clawing my hands into the carpet beneath me.

Moments like this were never easy for me. They left me desperate and helpless, but I could never hold such things against her. It wasn’t in her control; it wasn’t her choice.

“Taehyung,” that soft voice echoed in the stillness of the room, her eyes fluttering quickly, readjusting to her surroundings as she woke from that terrible dream she always said she felt when this happened.

“Yes, I’m here,” I smiled, unlatching my fingers from that softness below me, and brushing the tips of them against those rosy cheeks.

“I had the worst dream just now,” she whispered, shaking off the sleepiness, and stretching long arms over her head.

“You did? Tell me about it,” I replied, sitting next to her upon the plush sofa, sinking into the cushion.

“There was this song playing behind this closed door, and when I pressed my fingertips against the wood, I saw…,” there was fear in her eyes, as always when she relived this moment, but the doctors said it was important for her to talk about these things with me; however, I found it hard to press such issues when they made her like this.

“It’s alright, I’m here now. I’ve got you,” I kissed her hair, enjoying the softness against my mouth, before pulling her into my embrace.

“I feel better when I’m with you, Taehyung,” she sighed, falling into me.

Smiling happily, I rubbed her arm with one hand soothingly, pulling her tighter into my hug, and then flipping on the television, “Let’s watch some TV, that always puts me in a good mood.”

A small giggle erupted from her mouth as she teased, “Ok, as long as it isn’t anime or comic related, we can watch TV.”

Pouting cutely, I whined, “Aww, but that’s 90 percent of what I watch!”

Kissing my cheek softly with smooth lips, she laughed, “It’s one hundred percent. And, I know it is your favorite, I’m only teasing. Let’s watch something fun.”

Leaning back, I smiled broadly, happy to have my girlfriend back, but waiting for it to come to an end at any given moment. It never lasted this way; that song always made its way back to her lips. Just keep coming back to me, always.


Sorry, I know it is short, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! If you didn’t please let me know and I can rewrite your scenario! Much love!!

Grimes In Reality

Cover story: Grimes started as a fantasy project, then became too real. Now Claire Boucher is taking back control and showing the world that pop stars can be producers too.

Claire Boucher is behind the wheel of her white Ford hybrid, talking faster than we’re moving through space. There’s a faint ring of blue around her hairline—lingering make-up from an eight-hour photo shoot in Hollywood this morning—and her acrylic fingernails are clicking lightly against the car’s touchscreen, fussing with the levels of bass, treble, and mids. The plan had been for her to play me her still-untitled, three-years-in-the-making fourth LP in the car, but now, driving down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, she seems reluctant to let any of it play for more than 10 seconds at a time. “It just sounds so tinny in here!” she exclaims, repeatedly raising and then completely lowering the volume on a guitar-studded power-punk anthem called “Flesh Without Blood.” “They told me I’m not supposed to play all the songs. I hired these people to help me not fuck up with the press. Fuck! I just really want to play you these songs.”
Boucher, 27, is referring to Roc Nation, the Jay Z-helmed management company she signed on with in December 2013. She announced the affiliation with a Tumblr photo of her tattooed hands throwing up the Roc: “I’ve joined the x men,” the caption explained. There seemed to be a little bit of truth to that. Just a few years after its scrappy beginnings in the Montreal DIY scene, her conceptual pop project Grimes had landed Boucher on the brink of stardom, with a Billboard-charting, multiple-year-end-list-topping album in her 2012 breakout, Visions, plus fashion cosigns from Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen, among a dozen other big names, and the sort of fanatical cult following best measured by the scores of lovingly hand-drawn fan portraits she uploads to her Tumblr. There was certainly something superhero-like in her ability to pen charmingly off-kilter, globetrotting pop songs using rudimentary tools (she recorded Visions using Garageband)—and, as the budgets grew bigger and video treatments more involved, in the aesthetics of the Grimes character herself, which seemed to draw on an eclectic mix of heroes and antiheroes, from the 11th century polymath Hildegard Von Bingen to Marilyn Manson and Sailor Moon.
Today, though, riding on just three hours of sleep, she seems a little nervous, a little distracted. She spent the past week making a foray into professional acting that she can’t tell me very much about, and she only has a few weeks left to finish the new record, which is slated to drop this October on 4AD. In a T-shirt and shorts, her home-dyed hair piled into a scraggly white, green, and purple bun, she’s hardly recognizable as the formidable heroine triumphantly raising a sword to the sky in the video for Visions single “Genesis.” For one thing, she doesn’t really know her way around Los Angeles yet. Following six months of self-imposed exile in the mountains of Squamish, a coastal region of British Columbia, and some time in Vancouver, she and boyfriend James Brooks, whose own musical projects include Elite Gymnastics and Default Genders, relocated to L.A. just this past September. “I got to a place where I didn’t need to run away from the entertainment industry anymore,” she says of the move. “I just had to do that to make sure I could get to a place psychologically where I wouldn’t go insane.”

Boucher has lived in town long enough to have a favorite take-out spot, but not long enough to name a sit-down restaurant where she might hold a quiet conversation with a journalist. So we head to an Italian restaurant her publicist recommended. It turns out she’s also relatively new to driving—too new, I soon learn, to fiddle with the car stereo without accidentally driving a couple miles in the wrong direction, only narrowly avoiding a minor fender-bender while abruptly pulling into a turning lane. As we wait for the light to change to green, I comment to Boucher that driving in Los Angeles seems terrifying. “It’s not that bad,” she replies, swinging us into a side street so we can drive back the other way. “It feels good getting control of it.”
Like many studio rats, Boucher says navigating daily life can sometimes be a challenge. “It’s important to be cognizant of making sure that you eat every day, and eat enough food, and sleep at night,” she will tell me later, speaking of the athletic recording schedule she’s been keeping for the new album, which sees her pulling 12 to 16-hour studio shifts at a time. “[Remembering to take care of myself] sounds really basic, but for me, it’s not basic.” This morning, Boucher emerged from the studio wearing a brace over her right ankle—a sprain from jumping off a riser during her recent cross-country tour with Lana Del Rey, another seasoned architect of seductive, fictional worlds. Her ankle isn’t the only thing that has made the last few weeks of recording a test of endurance. Occasionally, during our time together, Boucher frowns and clutches her abdomen, plagued by a chronic stomach ailment she says has forced her to subsist almost exclusively on a diet of vegan burritos and spaghetti.
This March, Boucher released “REALiti,” a gauzy power ballad that seemed to grapple explicitly with the trials of daily existence, even as the neon-colored video, shot during a recent tour in Asia, showed Boucher leaping, twirling, and air-boxing her way through life: Oh, baby, every morning there are mountains to climb/ Taking all my time/ Oh, when I get up, this is what I see/ Welcome to reality. With its playful handclaps and crunchy synths, the song seemed like something of a return to form after 2014’s “Go,” a pounding, EDM-inspired club tune that she’d penned with Kansas City-born producer and longtime best friend Mike Tucker, aka Blood Diamonds, as part of mysterious songwriting project for Rihanna. The pop star didn’t end up using “Go,” so they released it as a surprise. But according to a New York Times interview from September 2014, the song “upset” a lot of Grimes fans: “Everybody was like, ‘Oh, Grimes is pandering to the radio,’” she explained. But the article’s subsequent revelation that Boucher had scrapped the long-awaited new solo album she’d been working on, while true, got misreported in the slapdash music blog headlines that followed, leading many to believe that she had tossed the LP because of negative responses to “Go,” even though the song had never been intended for the new record to begin with.
“It wasn’t so much a scrapped album,” Boucher tells me. “It was just [songs] that didn’t make it onto this album. Basically, I was doing a bunch of stuff, and maybe a bit before ‘Go,’ I was like, ‘You know, my life is getting a lot better. I’m going to put all this stuff on a hard drive and start again. There were just hundreds of songs—on this album that I’m making now, there’s at least a hundred songs that won’t make it onto this. I think all musicians have songs that don’t make it onto records.”

While Visions wasn’t Grimes’ first album, it was the first to find widespread acclaim, giving the delay between that 2012 success and her announcement this past March that a follow-up was on the way the appearance of a sophomore slump. Still, Boucher says that starting over was worth it. “Everything I made after that was 10 times better,” she says, explaining that the extra time gave her room to expand upon the electronic palette that Grimes had become known for and mine the ’90s rock and punk and nu-metal that soundtracked her adolescence. “I want people to feel, if they’re buying something, like I put my heart and soul into it and I improved myself as a person and a writer.” Boucher recorded and self-engineered every instrument on the new album herself, including guitar, drums, keys, ukulele, and violin—but she had to learn how to play them first, in addition to mastering a whole new battery of production programs and learning how to mic her own vocals. (On one track, she used the very same tube condenser mic that Taylor Swift did to record Red, a fact that Boucher, a longtime fan of the country-star-turned-pop-idol, cites with pride).
The “Go” misunderstanding still bothers Boucher, though, as do the many misunderstandings that came before, especially the ones that cast doubt upon her total and categorical authorship of her own work. Boucher’s Tumblr, beyond functioning as a kind of perpetually in-progress moodboard for the Grimes project—a hodgepodge of anime, cute animal pics, female pop divas, and mist-covered East Asian mountain ranges—logs the successive disappointments and controversies she’s experienced as a public figure, mostly at the hands of the same volatile internet that powered her rise. An entry dated April 23, 2013, when she was living in Squamish, lists several of them: “i dont want my words to be taken out of context. i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized […] im tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers […] im tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance.”
That’s the other thing that makes the Grimes character something of a superhero figure: Boucher can’t seem to stop speaking out against the things that upset her, even as her earnestness frequently backfires against her. Whether she’s talking about the environmental perils of plastic bottles or explaining her reasons for declining the ALS ice bucket challenge (partly because she didn’t want to waste water in the midst of a California drought), even her non-music posts become fodder for music blogs. In February 2013, after Pitchfork recycled yet another of her Tumblr updates as a news story, she posted a follow-up to her original post: “my tumblr is not a news source […] i dont like it when what i say on here is taken out of context and posted elsewhere. its not a story and its not an official statement.” Then she deleted most of the posts on her Tumblr, and Pitchfork ran a news update about that.

A couple days in Boucher’s orbit, though, makes it easy to see why even the most well-intentioned journalist might have trouble getting her story straight. When you ask her about her childhood in Vancouver, or the time she spent touring the world following Visions, the gaps resonate just as loudly as her words—doubtless the product of her not wanting to “get into a situation,” to quote a phrase she frequently uses when she’s venturing into territory she perceives as dangerous. Formative career moments—like the first time she heard Mariah Carey and realized she wanted to make pop music—shuffle a few years forward or backward in her timeline, depending on the conversation. Long stretches of her biography fall prey to the sort of forgetting that comes with processing life’s hard knocks: “I think I, like, blacked out just a lot of that time in my life,” she says of the last few years she spent in Montreal. “It was really fucking awful.” Boucher peppers words like “insane” and “nervous breakdown” so liberally throughout her accounts that it’s hard to tell if she’s speaking literally or just talking the way she talks.
Partly because of the way she narrates it, it’s the larger-than-life aspects of Boucher’s story that stand out most: the French-Canadian grandfather who taught her how to shoot a rifle when she was in elementary school; the strict, hyper-athletic family that counts Olympian ice-dancers in its ranks; the Catholic schooling, and the years of pre-professional ballet training, and the locker hall bullies. A Wiccan phase in seventh grade petered out after she “got cursed”: “I was casting a spell, but the rosary crumbled in my hands, and it was really scary,” Boucher remembers. Ballet training ground to a halt when she showed up to class one day with a shaved head: “I think at some point in grade eight, I started smoking pot. I was just listening to System of a Down. I would show up to ballet, and all the kids would make fun of me, and no matter where I went everyone thought I was insane, so I was just, like, ‘I cannot be here. I have to do something so I cannot be forced to do this anymore.’” By the end of high school, these same contradictory impulses—the rigorous self-discipline of an art-form like ballet, combined with a longing for escape—would surface again in her projected career path. Boucher matriculated to McGill University in Montreal in 2006, thinking she was going to be an astrophysicist.
That didn’t end up happening, though the course load she tasked herself with was probably no less ambitious: a double major in philosophy and “the science side of psychology,” with minors in Russian language and a field called electro-acoustics, a realm of neuroscience concerned with the way the brain processes noise. “We did, like, psycho-physics and shit,” says Boucher. “I never took calculus, and you [were supposed] to take calculus to get in, so I constantly had to be teaching myself calculus behind the class. I mostly just tried to prove that I could.”
In retrospect, her attraction to mathematical problem-solving seems to foreshadow her present-day preoccupation with the technical aspects of music production. Still, science’s allure wasn’t strong enough to keep her on track for a career in brain research, especially after the summer of her junior year, when she left Montreal with a friend to live on a houseboat on the Mississippi River. The story, she says, was wildly blown out of proportion by the handful of local newspapers that picked it up at the time, though some of the finer details were true: “We did actually have chickens, but we gave them away because it’s not nice to bring chickens on a boat,” she says. “And then we had some ducks, but they escaped. Ach! I shouldn’t say this. We didn’t have a typewriter, and we weren’t trying to do Huck Finn. The main thing that’s true is the potatoes. We had lots of sacks of potatoes, but that’s not that weird.” Eventually, the cops caught up with them, and the boat was impounded.
Looking back, Boucher says this surreal interlude in her biography was probably partly a way of coping with some of the harsher realities of her life in Montreal: “a shitty job postering in sub-zero weather”; a breakup with longtime boyfriend Devon Welsh, who’d go on to have a recording career himself, as indie singer-songwriter Majical Cloudz. Perhaps most painfully of all, she’d experienced the deaths of two friends in the span of one year. One of them was David Peet, a fellow Vancouver transplant she’d met frequenting the city’s punk and industrial circuit as a teen, who’d recently moved to Montreal and opened the DIY venue Lab Synthèse with Sebastian Cowan, another pal of Boucher’s from growing up, and some other friends. Boucher lived a block away from the Mile-End district warehouse that housed the space, and she occasionally worked the door there. Before Peet tragically committed suicide in March 2008, he and Boucher had been thinking about starting a band together.

Boucher says that she cannot recall the year when she first started sketching rudimentary songs out on her laptop—only that she started taking music a lot more seriously following Peet’s death. “After that, I was like, I guess I should probably try doing this by myself,” she remembers. “I mean, it seemed wrong not to. It seemed it would be a failure to a person, I guess.” She set to work home-recording her first two albums as Grimes: Geidi Primes, an 11-track collection of dreamy, looping freak-folk inspired in name and subject matter by Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel Dune; and Halfaxa, which provided glimpses of the stronger melodic backbone and heavily multi-tracked vocals she’d later expand upon with Visions. Both albums came out in 2010, via Montreal’s Arbutus Records, the scene-defining, bizarro-pop label that Seb Cowan started after a series of police visits led Lab Synthèse to close its doors, in November of 2009. (Until October 2012, about a year before she signed with Roc Nation, Cowan would also be her manager.) After being put on academic probation for a string of absences, she dropped out of school in early 2011.
Around the time she released the homegrown clip for “Vanessa”—a poppy, angelic-sounding single from a 2011 split release with Montreal musician d’Eon that would become her first real breakout track—the idea of a “fake pop star” would emerge: Grimes as a fictional character played by Boucher, crooning songs that the real-life Boucher had written for her to sing. “I didn’t want to be a pop star—I wanted to be like Phil Spector,” she says, pointing to her natural shyness. “I wanted to be the person behind the scenes who no one ever had to look at—who just could be crazy and be a genius and have a performer fulfill their creative wishes. But that wasn’t possible, so I just had to do it myself.”
As far as creation stories go, there couldn’t be a more colorful one than the widely mythologized tale about the making of Visions, which she recorded during an extended, nearly sleepless Adderall binge inside her Montreal apartment, racing against a last-minute deadline. “It was, like, less than a month, but basically I did lock myself in a room,” Boucher tells me, for clarification’s sake. “I did do a lot of drugs. And I did not eat very much. And I blacked out the windows. But I also did sleep at times, and [former Arbutus employee] Marilis [Cardinal] brought me food and Devon [Walsh] brought me food and [local musician Matthew] Duffy came and visited me,” she says.
Years out from the experience, she says she’s past the period in her life where she’d willfully put herself through such ascetic extremes: “It’s not good to do. I’d probably die if I tried to do that again. It’s really bad for your heart, it’s bad for your mind, and it’s bad for your soul. Great moments of clarity came when I was not high.” Still, those ecstatic, quasi-religious transports remain key to her creative process, which, she says, is “halfway really intellectual and mathematical and halfway going so deep in my head that I just black out and don’t remember what I did.” When I ask her how one might get into that zone without drugs, she smiles. “I don’t know how to make this not sound insane,” she says, but “I guess you just have to get close to God.”
Visions sounded like a revelation too—when it came out at the top of 2012, as a joint release on 4AD and Arbutus, Boucher was entering a music industry in transition. For the first time in history, quirky bedroom musicians with nonexistent support teams were becoming viral sensations overnight, thanks to low-cost production software and the ability to connect with fans online. With its curiously pitched vocals, off-kilter club beats, and ecstatic pop climaxes, Visions felt like the sound of a generation of scrappy upstarts sort of figuring out how to make pop music as they went along. As glowing reviews rolled in and Boucher’s star rose, Grimes seemed to incarnate the heretofore impossible paradox of a DIY pop star—not just because she was becoming famous with music that sounded “weird,” but also because she’d honed every aspect of the project, from the vocals and the beats to the home-grown clothes and haircuts, entirely herself.
“I think she’s the patron saint of this generation, where everything’s possible,” Tucker explains to me over coffee. The internet has been kind to him too: after getting his own start on the DIY circuit, he’s currently a producer for the likes of Katy Perry and the K-pop star CL, as well as a protégé of Skrillex.

Ask Boucher how her life changed after Visions came out, and she’ll pause for a beat, tell you that story “is longer and more intense than any of the other stories.” The optimism of her early career has dampened after years of press drama, nonstop festival play, and the shock of being loved by thousands of people—very deeply and all at once—but not necessarily understood. There’ve been growing pains associated with both sides of the Grimes project—public face and behind-the-scenes mastermind—but the thing she’s struggled most with is the industry’s seeming inability to recognize her as both. “I think it’s just the constant, almost daily offers of people to produce your music for you,” she says. “I was raised in a house with four brothers. My dad was like, ‘You’re gonna be good at basketball. You’re gonna be the fastest runner. You’re gonna be good at math.’ I wasn’t raised as a boy, but I was not just raised as a girl. I don’t wanna say I don’t identify as a girl, but I don’t fucking give a shit about gender. And the thing that I hate about the music industry is all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Grimes is a female musician’ and ‘Grimes has a girly voice.’ It’s like, yeah, but I’m a producer and I spend all day looking at fucking graphs and EQs and doing really technical work.”
There were also threats to her physical safety, online and off. “I get threats constantly—all female musicians do,” she says. “People want to, like, rape and kill you. It’s, like, part of the job. One time I was backstage at a show, and there was this random guy in my dressing room, and he just grabbed me and started making out with me, and I was like, Ah!, and pushed him off. Then he went, ‘Ha! I kiss-raped you’ and left. Shit like that happens quasi-frequently. When I play a show I have to have, like, three bodyguards in front of the stage, and then I have to have bodyguards on the side.” Boucher’s fantasy pop star project had become her actual daily life, only to present unforeseen realities: “I think the real world was always just this thing I had to deal with, and then Grimes could be a thing which was how I wished it was,” she says. “Which is weird because [then Grimes became my real world], and now it’s becoming this whole other thing.”
By the end of 2013, the nonstop touring schedule had left Boucher on the verge of physical and spiritual collapse: “There was a point where I remember putting a hand up and grabbing a piece of my hair, and I could just pull my hair out,” she says. “I was, like, beyond exhausted, and I was just really unstable, and it was just super uncool. It was at the point where it was going to destroy Grimes.” Boucher severed ties with her management team and relocated to Squamish. “I had to let everything unfold without me,” she says, “and then I could come back to it once it had settled down, and I had gotten a team together that could handle it, and I had my mind under control and my business under control.” (Shortly thereafter, Boucher signed on with Roc Nation).

It was in Squamish that Grimes recorded “REALiti,” along with dozens of songs that never made it onto the new album. Looking back, she says that period of quieter, healthier living and relative solitude—while productive—wasn’t exactly the idyllic retreat she’d been hoping for. “I was just thinking about years of shit that I’d just never dealt with,” she says, referring to the whirlwind of death and heartbreak she’d left behind in Montreal. “Becoming a healthy person—that’s a really hard thing to do. Getting away from all that stuff and for the first time having to confront things and just being like, ‘Man, you have nothing to escape into right now: you cannot escape into drugs, you cannot escape into alcohol, and you can’t really escape into music because music is now your job.’ I kind of went through this period where I had no way of dealing with anything, so I was writing these really depressing songs, and nothing was fun at all.” That’s another reason why Boucher scrapped the album that she made: beyond the fact that it didn’t feel like enough of a sonic departure from Visions, it was simply a little too gloomy. (Still, she says she’ll “probably put it out for free at some point.”)
Since moving to Los Angeles, Boucher says she’s been “slowly integrating back into society.” The proximity to her management team has helped, along with a close-knit group of friends, many of them also transplants from the Canadian weird music scene: singer-producer Cecil Frena, aka Born Gold; Megan James and Corin Roddick from Purity Ring; Mike Tucker and his partner, the Atlanta-born singer HANA, who recently sung backup for Grimes on the Lana tour. She says her boyfriend, James Brooks, has also been instrumental in smoothing her transition back to earth. They met via Tucker three years ago, and Boucher describes his role in her life as a nurturing one, one that defies traditional gender scripts: “It’s interesting: the only time we ever fight is when I’m, like, too much like Don Draper,” she says, giggling. “He gets me up in the morning; he brings me breakfast in bed; he brings me coffee. He makes sure I eat. He’s not a housewife, but I wouldn’t be able to do this without somebody helping me with all the ‘life’ stuff. Everyone I’ve ever dated before this, there got to be a point where it would be like I had to either be less successful or break up with them. He’s not in the management team, but he does so much shit—like if I need something researched, if I need to know if something’s a bad idea or a good idea. If I’m Khaleesi in Game of Thrones, he’s like Tyrion. If I’m the Godfather, he’s the consigliere.”
Driving around with her in Los Angeles, you get the sense that Boucher is still finding her bearings. When I ask her to take me to a favorite local haunt of hers, she can’t think of anywhere to go—her house is off-limits, due to construction, and she says there’s usually “too many hipsters” hanging around her favorite burrito stand, meaning that she doesn’t want to put herself in a situation where she’s likely to be recognized. Eventually, we hatch a plan to wind our way up Mulholland Drive and gaze out over the city from a scenic lookout, only to abandon the idea after several missed freeway exits and confusing GPS directions lead us into a cul de sac up the side of a canyon. There’s a private driveway that looks promising, but Boucher is worried about getting caught, so we end up just pulling over to the side of the road and watching the sun go down over Hollywood, dwarfed by an endless expanse of green and brown hills and zigzagging roads.

The next morning, at a cinderblock-walled recording studio in the Arts District downtown, Boucher wears an Insane Clown Posse T-shirt and leggings covered in cartoon eyeballs. She looks a little more fresh-faced than yesterday, having slept 11 hours instead of the previous night’s three (she says she fell asleep on the couch upon arriving back home, and Brooks carried her to bed). Boucher tracked the majority of the new record at home, but she has spent the past few weeks working out of the vocal booth in a studio Tucker rented to work on new music of his own. Because bass from his beat-heavy productions tends to bleed through the wall, Boucher says she’s been starting her day after he leaves for the night, typically working through the late morning and then listening to her progress in the car. They’re strikingly modest digs for a musician of Grimes’ size, but she seems to have already made them home, lining the room’s bare surfaces with various framed photos of Dolly Parton, miscellaneous stuffed animals, and, because she’s been on a Genghis Khan kick lately, a tacked-up flag of Mongolia.
Around the time she and Tucker wrote “Go,” Boucher says she’d been seriously considering putting life in the public eye on hold to concentrate on writing songs for other musicians. What she didn’t anticipate was that trying to work with other people would only render her conviction in the Grimes project even stronger than before. “It was not just the Rih thing,” she says. “Going into studios, there’s all these engineers there, and they don’t let you touch the equipment,” she says. “I was like, ‘Well, can I just edit my vocals?’ And they’d be like ‘No, just tell us what to do, and we’ll do it.’ And then a male producer would come in, and he’d be allowed to do it. It was so sexist. I was, like, aghast. It made me really disillusioned with the music industry. It made me realize what I was doing is important.”
Listen to just a couple songs from the new album, and you’ll hear flickers of that righteous indignation. It’s there in the staccato rocker “Flesh Without Blood,” which crests into a gloriously skybound climax: If you don’t need me, just let me go. Another song—a “diss track about male producers” that layers helium-filled vocals over dense, tumbling breakbeats—draws inspiration from the final scene of Alexander Pushkin’s lyric poem Eugene Onegin. “It’s about a guy who acts like he knows everything and then comes back crawling on his knees, which has happened to me so many times,” says Boucher. Still another—a ferocious-sounding club track with twanging subs and planned verses from three female MCs whose names she isn’t ready to reveal—will be about “being too scary to be objectified.”
“They’re not all diss tracks, but there’s a lot of diss tracks,” Boucher tells me. “I think all my other albums were, like, sad. And this time it’s more happy and angry. I live in my own house that I pay for. I bought all this equipment myself. I control my own life now. No one has any say over what I do or where I go or when I do it.” This time around—perhaps because she doesn’t want to feel hemmed in by the Grimes persona—she’s says she’s also planning on rolling out some new imaginary alter egos: “Okay, there’s Grimes, but there’s other ones too now—and they’re like a girl group,” she says. “There’s Screechy Bat, who’s the metal one. There’s one that’s super vampish and sexy now—I don’t know her name yet, but she’s like the Ginger Spice.”
Maybe, for all her escapist misadventures, Boucher’s long and rocky relationship with real life has been leading her to this: to proudly owning the reality she’s been living for the past few years, that of a larger-than-life pop star who still does everything—from recording and engineering her own music, to editing and even color-correcting her own videos—like she’s figuring it out from her college bedroom. That’s why, in describing the unique, at times painfully paradoxical position she occupies in the pop world, she’s probably more inclined to align herself with Nine Inch Nails mastermind and inveterate DIY-er Trent Reznor than anybody else: “Trent Reznor started out making music on computers,” she says. “He was smart. He was into math. He was coming at it from an intellectual perspective and a scientific perspective. He made Pretty Hate Machine all by himself. That’s where I came from.” In returning to the alternative rock sounds she gravitated to in high school—not just in Reznor but also in mainstream iconoclasts like Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan—she says she’s also coming home to the truth of the Grimes project: “Representing the alternative,” she says. “Not having to answer to a big label. Not having to answer to anyone artistically, but also being visible. I think being visible is important to me because I’m trying to represent something politically.” I ask her what she thinks that is. “That women can do technical work,” she says without missing a beat. “That I can be a producer and a pop star and also very experimental.”
Ask her the same question on another day, and she might tell you a different story—but that was the story she told me, and it’s a story that ends with Aristophanes, a Taiwan-based female MC whose music involves rapping slinkily in Mandarin over seasick, glitchy beats. Boucher discovered her a few months ago, on SoundCloud; she’s one of the mysterious collaborators slated to appear on the new Grimes album, and during the last hour of my visit, they’re scheduled to video-chat on Skype.
It’s 6PM in Los Angeles and 9AM in Taiwan, and adding to the surreality of the moment, they’re just e-meeting now for the first time—Boucher at her studio console and Aristophanes inside a sun-flooded apartment she shares with her sister in Taipei. Giggles and awkward silences ensue; the women volley simple questions back and forth in English for some time, two people at opposite ends of the earth trying to find some common ground. Then Boucher asks Aristophanes what it’s like being a girl rapper in Taipei, and the title of their collaborative nu-metal track, “SCREAM,” begins to make sense: “I think being female is sometimes so weird,” Aristophanes explains. “Sometimes at my gigs, the male MCs and producers will say, ‘That’s not rap; that’s not hip-hop.’ Maybe because they’re judging my skill. I can’t feel very comfortable hanging out with them, so I just stay in my home and spend more time on music.”

Posted: JULY 28, 2015

Submit Anon: Weeaboo horror

 TW: Sexual assault, attempted rape, battery

tl;dr: I get groped by a weeaboo and later kidnapped,injured and almost raped.

 Ok, so when I first go into anime I was a little bit of a weeaboo. Not too much though, nothing past the point of getting excited when somebody mentioned anime (I knew how to take a hint). When I met my first weeaboo I was 17 (I’m 21 now) and was going to my very first convention with my friends [L] and [A]. L and A weren’t weeaboos but they enjoyed anime and cosplaying and were both veteran con-goers. Since it was my first year at any type of con, they figured it would be fun to cosplay as characters from my favorite anime at the time, Fairy Tail. (L was Erza, A was Gray, and I was Lucy)

    So the con rolls around and naturally were excited and what-not, I have general anxiety disorder so being around so many people makes me quiet a bit nervous. In preparation for that, I had gotten back on my meds and made sure to take them before we left. Well the medication I take makes me a bit nauseous and kind of dilutes my better judgement, looking back I wish I had just dealt with the anxiety instead of what was to come.

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As a part of “why we love Hinata” meme, let me tell you how much of a breath of fresh air she is

the Naruto manga started out back in 1999 meaning that, if you want to, you could call it a 90′s Manga; however the moment it truly took off was in the 2000s and now in the mid 2010s we get the new gen as well. A pretty good cronology to have.

While Naruto as a whole has a lot of the same typical trobes other shonen I have watched over the years have as well, I have to say it is almost on its own when it comes to romance. Not only are the girls often the bolder ones when it comes to their feelings but the series very much makes a difference between “love interest” and “fan status”.

During the first few episodes I watched of the anime when I was about 12 (the same age as the characters) I was admitedly expecting Sakura to be the main love interest in the story, and (the following is not an atack on Sakura whom I like more and more as time goes on I swear) I was hating that. 

Sakura is admitedly similar to characters like Kagome from Inuyasha, Kaoru from Ruroini Kenshin, Keiko from Yu Yu Hakusho, Chichi from DBZ and even Anna from Shaman King; with the big difference of a. having feelings for someone else and b. being more involved in the main plot. But I was just not feeling her and Naruto as a couple at all and to this day that ranks true. Then the Chunin Exams happened, I loved all the new girls introduced, but only one would become the top favorite.

Hinata was hands down the most interesting female character of the series up to that point. Her family history, her personality, being someone who actually gave a shit about Naruto and that willingness to say “I admire you”. Hinata and Naruto felt completely different from all the other couples in the series from the start as it wasn’t a case of fangirling/fanboying another character, but rather admiring the good while still acknowledging the bad. She has never considered Naruto perfect but she has always considered it him worthy of admiration.

Hinata could be described as part of the “shy anime girl stereotype” except that she is not. She is smart, she is hard working, she is honest, she is a fighter even if it is by obligation rather than choice, she isn’t shy for most of the series if you pay atention but rather she is quiet and the only people to ever say it was bad that she is quiet, are people that she and her loved ones surpassed a long time ago. Not seeing that is reading the series without looking at the details.

not even details actually: she stood in front of a freaking 10 tailed Biju with no fear on her face, told an entire batallion full of people from 6 nations to get back up, told her family that she wasn’t worthless and then went ahead to prove it, told some moon dueling lunatic to leave her planet alone, found and helped destroyed his weapon and then took his eyes out without even flinching just to give them back to the sister that her own family was pitying her against, but that she always loved too much to want to see her hurt.

sweet innocent Hinata? this girl is heires to the biggest Ninja clan in Konoha, is an experienced shinobi and a war survivor. She is easily the sweetest character in the show but she is not innocent, she just hasn’t lost herself and hasn’t let the people she loves loose themselves either.

as for fanservice… seriously? Hinata gets less fanservice than any other woman in the entire story in spite of her body type being often used solely for that. Hell if anything Kishimoto actually nailed how being more “developed” in certain places than other girls can be annoying cause it leads to unwanted atention from both genders. When does she actually wear anything form fitting? oh yeah when she is an adult and finally comfortable in her own body.

as for submisive… didn’t I already state enough how full of crap that is? Hinata may not take the leadership mantle unless she has to but when she doesn she doesn’t back down, and being quiet is not a fault, it is a trait. A trait that didn’t keep keep her from standing out among a big crowd.

I love Hinata Hyuga cause every single stereotype that people try to fit her into, does not aply. And if someone besides Naruto (and Lee) fit in the never give up message of the story, it is her.

I am legitimately shocked that there has been such an insane outcry from fans of the original DiC English dub of Sailor Moon.  My shock doesn’t come from the fact that there are fans of the DiC/Cloverway dubs.  Far from it, in fact I completely get it.  I mean, just because I absolutely don’t prefer them to an uncut subtitled release doesn’t mean that I don’t understand and appreciate what the dub did for us.  It introduced fans to the title, the shojo/magical girl genre, and anime as a whole.  Without the DiC dub, it’s likely that no American would have gone out to seek the unedited material to begin with.  It’s a little like what I’ve said about Super Sentai purists.  Sure, you can like Super Sentai better than Power Rangers all you want, but you can’t argue with the fact that, if you’re a North American, you PROBABLY wouldn’t have even gone looking for Super Sentai to begin with had you not seen Power Rangers here first.  In that respect, yes, you appreciate what you got when you got it, because otherwise we might have never had it at all.

But back to the subject at hand, are the dub fans really going to go so far as to just completely jump Sailor Moon ship entirely?  Like, the whole fandom?  In recent posts I’ve read, I’d have initially thought that what I was reading was elaborate trolling, but from the consistency over time as well as the volume of people responding in equal fervor, the fact of the matter is, yes, people will mutiny over Viz’s recent distribution of classic 1992 Sailor Moon.

Back up, so what’s happening?  Okay, it’s been HUGE this week, but I’ll say this much just for those out of the loop.  Viz licensed the entirety of Sailor Moon’s anime adaptations, including all season (which also includes our previously unlicensed Sailor Stars), all movies, the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal, all uncut, using the Japanese HD release as their source, retranslated, and redubbed, available on DVD, Blu Ray, Neon Alley, and free to watch on Hulu.  This is absolutely amazing, considering the anime license had been basically dead in America for nearly a decade, which I had recently been commenting was a complete travesty considering what a huge stepping stone it was for a whole generation of anime fans.  And then suddenly, Viz drops this amazing bomb.

And yet I can hardly believe my eyes when I see the way people react of the announcement, knowing there won’t be a classic dub available on these DVDs, with all the edits, censorship, name changes, and PSAs included.  Again, I get the emotional attachment to the first thing you saw, but dropping the fandom entirely?  Comparing this uncut, more faithful release to the Star Wars Special Edition trilogy?  Suggesting that Naoko Takeuchi, the ORIGINAL CREATOR of the series, is some kind of prejudice monster demon for erasing our past?  Can I just… can I just?

Let’s get real here.  Fans of the original dub, you had your opportunity.  You had your love all this time.  There have been people clamoring for uncut material for years.  You guys had what you loved all along, and now, twenty-two years after Sailor Moon’s inception, the rest of the fans FINALLY have a legal outlet to obtain the most accurate version of Sailor Moon commercially available in North America.  People scrambled for those old 2003 ADV boxed sets that CLAIMED to be uncut, but were far from it.  The subtitles in some areas were poor and poorly synced, some episodes were still missing, and the previews of the next episodes were removed entirely.  It was far from an uncut product, despite all advertising, but people paid the buttload those box sets cost anyway because we were all convinced that it was about as “uncut” as it was ever going to get for us.  But today?  Today we finally got to see the first four episodes streaming legally over Hulu, uncut and subtitled, with clean audio that FAR outdoes the murky audio we got from ADV’s discs.  It’s a real treat, and a lot of people are looking forward to finally throwing down their money on this product, myself included.  This is, again, something we’ve been waiting for from the moment we learned what Sailor Moon was, where it came from, and we learned what had actually been done to the product before it reached us.  Oh, and have you SEEN how big it is?  Sailor Moon is trending everywhere, and even Hulu’s front page is a HUGE sprawling Sailor Moon banner.  This is the biggest announcement that anyone in the Sailor Moon or anime fandom PERIOD could have asked for, and Viz’s license is the SMARTEST thing anybody could have done to get people hyped for the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal.

But no, we’re over here comparing the new Viz release to Lucas mucking up the Star Wars Special Editions and calling out Takeuchi for prejudices.  First of all, that Star Wars nonsense.  That has got to be the most bass-ackward thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Because the DiC localization is pretty much EXACTLY what you’re complaining about, except it turned out you actually loved it.  I mean, look, there are people out there who prefer the Special Editions to the original editions.  Hey, I don’t have to like your choices, but I’m gonna let you have ‘em.  Japan’s 1992 Sailor Moon is to Star Wars 1977 as DiC’s Sailor Moon is to the Star Wars Special Edition (hah, mathematical equations!).  But if Disney/Lucasfilm finally chooses to re-release the original unaltered Star Wars Trilogy (as recent news stories have rumored they’re making an attempt at) that will not eliminate the Special Editions from existence (unfortunately).  So too is this Viz release of Sailor Moon.  Serena and Darien will be around forever, as will Usagi and Mamoru.  Pieces of fiction never truly go away.  As for allowing Takeuchi to be able to make final decisions in how HER title should be licensed and handled?  About letting HER make voice actress decisions?  How DARE she? /sarcasm  Okay, to put this into perspective, let’s say you’ve just written a story.  It’s a great story, you love it, you poured your heart and soul into it.  Sometime down the line, somebody wants to make a movie out of it.  You’re like, 'k, so you sell them the rights to make a movie.  Then as it turns out, you don’t get as much say in the movie about YOUR story as you would have liked.  Wouldn’t you want the opportunity to have creative input on the story YOU wrote?  Wouldn’t you be pissed if Hollywood went and took that away from you?  So when Hollywood DOES come to you for another movie adaptation, but this time the producers are like, “Hey, will you give us creative input?”, you’d be like, “Yes!  Let me help you make this as accurate to my vision as possible!”  I’m sure somebody out there is probably like, “Shoot, I’d sell anything for the money,” but considering this is Tumblr, which basically equates to the cancerous artistic spreading of personal arts and spewing hot venom any time somebody steals their creative work without due credit, I would imagine that most readers would be like, “No, this is my property and it’s important to me that adaptations get my vision as close to perfect as possible.”  I honestly can’t believe that anyone would get so heated over Takeuchi overseeing something as simple as a localization project.  This isn’t the same thing as George Lucas going crazy and pissing all over his own work and then trying to tell us that that’s the vision he always had.  This is the creator trying to work with international licencors to give us a product that is as close to its source work as humanly possible while making sense in a completely different language.  Like, I can honestly hardly even believe I’m having to defend it like this.  (Well, I suppose HAVING TO is also subjective.  You’re right, Internet, I don’t HAVE to write this at all, I’m just REALLY feeling it right now.)

Look, there are people out there who are passionate about the localized versions of a lot of different series.  After all, the term “Digi Destined” is something the American dub of Digimon completely fabricated and wasn’t found in the original versions of Digimon, and Americans really clung hard to that term.  That’s all well and good.  Likewise, if you prefer DiC’s clunky music, gender-changing, relationship-butchering. '90s Saved By The Bell scene transitions, women who sound 40 trying to voice 14-year-olds, lost scenes and episodes and entire seasons, censorship, and completely superfluous Sailor Says segments, YOU GO GIRL.  YOU’RE A STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN WHO DON’T NEED NO MAN.  And I don’t have to like the old dub as much as you, but I respect your preference to it.  But to shunt the entire franchise just because Viz got new distribution rights, when you guys HAD your beloved DVDs for over a decade?  Come on, isn’t that a bit selfish?  Like, you don’t even have to like that one tiny fragment of a dub they gave us in that reveal trailer.  Heck, I don’t even know how I feel about it yet, and am pretty satisfied with just sticking with subtitles.  But I’ll need to hear more to know for sure.  You’re really going to throw a whole dub away before you hear more than, “Moon Prism Power Make Up”?  Like, do you have any idea how difficult it would be to either get the whole original voice cast back, or to ask for the dub to be included on these discs that already include everything else?  With the extent that the series was altered in the mid-'90s, you’d have to include every episode twice.  But aside from that… come on, the old English dubs really aren’t all that much different from the original scripts, at least as far as story development is concerned.  Characters still show up at about the same point in about the same ways and act relatively similar to one another.  The Japanese characters, for the most part, are STILL the English characters you know and love.  Shoot, that’s why any of us fell in love with them in the first place, and then went out scrambling to get more of what we love.

If you really can’t let the rest of the fans rejoice over finally getting legal outlets to support the series that you and I BOTH were introduced to, YES thanks to DiC, and if you really need to completely abandon Sailor Moon as a franchise as well as turning your backs on Viz for being the Satan-spawn responsible for licensing products for a wider, younger net of Americans (and others) to enjoy, then maybe the fan community really doesn’t need you that badly.