I’ve got a few minutes to burn and a few asks about how I think HoH could’ve been better so here we go:

1) Off the Annabeth and Percy chapters. They were the weakest part of the entire narrative, and took up valuable space that could be used to develope other characters.

2) Show their struggles through Piper. Not only does Piper need more development, but she has an item thay can show her events happening in other places. Imagine: Piper obsessing over her dagger, pouring over images of fire and acid air—watching Percy and Annabeth break. Watching them turn on eachother. The images breaking everytime at the worst moment.

3) Which leada into this: Jason and Piper. With Annabeth and Percy out of the picture, it’s up to Piper and Jason as the beta leaders/couple to take control. Piper counseling Jason on Nico, Jason speaking to Piper about Hazel. Both worrying over Leo and each other. Jason pulling Piper from particularly violent images in her dagger. Piper enacting damage control between Jason and Hazel/Nico.

4) Actually show Hazel and Piper bonding. Show them practicing magic. Show them without the context of their men. Show them stronge and afraid and spending nights talking about their pasts about their fears. About what they want to do when the war is over.

5) Get rid of the useless filler monster crap.

6) No magical hot makeover for Frank.

7) Also expand on the way the Ares/Mars conflict is affecting Frank. Are his moods swinging? Is he acting Greek or Roman at different times? How is he dealing with that. How is it affecting his relationship with Hazel? With Leo? Why couldn’t Ares!Frank have called Leo out on his shitty-ass behavior, instead of ‘teehee we both have gfs now lets hug’?

8) Get rid of that offensive peice of shit forced!outting of Nico’s queerness. How about this: Cupid makes Nico mentally experience it. He’s unhinged. AND GOES TO HAZEL TO FREAKIN’ TALK IT OVER AND ACTUALLY CHOOSES WHO COME OUT TO. And Jason wants to know what made Nico scream in so much pain, but Piper cautions him to use some tact.

9) Caleo doesnt happen. Leo goes to the island—sure. He gets blown to Calypso’s island after a fight with Piper over one of her character flaws and they act in-character and become friends. MAYBE. MAYBE THEY BOTH LEARN THAT THEY DONT NEED A BF/GF. AND THEN LEO GOES BACK TO THE SHIP AND MAKES UP WITH PIPER AND FRANK. AND EVERYBODY EXPERIENCES MEANINGFUL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Imagine that.

And there’s probably more stuff Im forgetting but w/e Im going to get something to eat.

Wait I did forget an important improvement:

10) More queer subtext and just text.

This is a lot of the shit I was griping about.



basking in the tvclub front page rn

reblogging with a link to the Elementary article because man does this burn sting.

The above article discussing a plot point of BBC Sherlock, “a twist that manages the neat trick of being even less progressive than the Victorian-era short story which inspired it.”


Warrior Women & Lady Scientists! Talking about the women of Thor: The Dark World at TDF today:
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Warrior Women & Lady Scientists! Talking about the women of Thor: The Dark World at TDF today:

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Since I’ve been posting a lot from it today… Here’s my quick opinion.

Epic is a movie that had the potential to be really great. The animation is nice. The characters and costume design are gorgeous. It is incredibly PRETTY TO LOOK AT. Without spoiling it, it has a couple of nice narrative choices that are unusual and refreshing. It has some neat concepts introduced. The characters of Tara, Ronin, and Mandrake are actually very interesting. The biggest problem of the film is, the movie tends feel flat, trite, and wooden around MK and Nod (and MK’s father). Our primary narrative focus is on these two least interesting and most woodenly executed characters in the film. Add some plot holes, and that is the big failure of it.

Watch it for the pretty and the side characters though. That stuff’s really quality.

Edit: In case you hadn’t caught on, add #Epic to your blacklist to hide my posts on it.

2013 Summer Anime Field Report - Free!



To say that this show was “Highly Anticipated” would be just as much of an understatement as saying that there are a couple drops of rain in a Typhoon. This show had established fandom before it even existed, meta theories about the characters before they even had names, and from the moment it was announced everyone knew exactly what it was going to be… Except that, and actually turned out to be a little bit different than our expectations. This is the Iwatobi Swim Club - Free!

Other reviews: 
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
Servant x Service
Fantasista Doll
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen
Uchouten Kazoku
Blood Lad
Kiniro Mosaic
Love lab
Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji
Dangan Ronpa
Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3 

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I’m really enjoying reading your reviews! This is like, the only thing I’ve read so far that’s actually made me thing Free! might be worth watching at some point.

This is a pretty accurate commentary on Free! and female-gaze versus male-gaze fanservice in anime. It also gets part of why I’m enjoying the show, low expectations combined with surprisingly good female characters for the genre. Of course, it’s probably still going to be problematic queerbaiting, but it’d be nice if they actually bothered to make some of it canon.

But the show is some fun self-mocking sports anime — if that’s what you’re interested in I think you’ll enjoy — and a bit above the average for it’s type.

Free! is shaping up to be one of the lease problematic queerbaiting series of all time. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s going to be for everyone; just because it’s treating its female characters well doesn’t change the fact that it’s still of romantic comedy sports show, and even if you ignore the queerbaiting, the genre isn’t going to interest everyone. If this sort of thing sounds interesting to you then you’ll probably like it.  If you’re still on the fence then go ahead and give it a try, since it does have a lot of good gags and unlike some shows it doesn’t really take itself very seriously at all, which works to its benefit.

My thoughts on Man of Steel:

Thoughts on The Hunger Games movie. (Sorry, my cut isn’t working I’ll try to be pretty spoiler free.)

  • Obviously we lost a lot of details. Book to movie, that always happens. A lot of what was lost was some of the more detailed and pointed social commentary of it.
  • I was really disappointed with the primary character Capitol Fashions. The District 12 Chariot outfits were great, Cinna was fine, generic Capitol folk were fine, Effie was reasonable… although I had hoped her clothes would be a bit more over-the-top — nothing else lived up to expectations. The interview clothes (for all of the tributes), chariot outfits for the other districts, Seneca, Cinna’s team… none of it lived up to expectations. When the Capitol was meant to be fashion and decadence taken to extremes, so many of the styling choices seemed to be “safe”.
  • Gale’s acting fell pretty flat. Which is a shame since I loved Gale.
  • Katniss & Peeta were acted well.
  • I found Prim’s acting pretty generic, any young girl with minimal acting training could have pulled it off.
  • Haymitch’s first scene was perfect. The rest of the time he seemed far too sober.
  • Cinna and Effie were acted wonderfully. Oh god, Effie with the “That is mahogany!” and “Manners!” — spot on. I am unable to not love Ciinna. [Worth noting: while I didn’t pick up on it to be bothered, the girls I saw the film with felt that Cinna was a little too touchy with Katniss to the point they thought it seemed like an inappropriate romance being heavily hinted.]
  • Rue was perfect.
  • Thresh, I’m kind of torn on. His wordless expressions and demeanor were perfect in the training hall. He emoted beautifully and you could see his protective side towards Rue without a single word being said. A lot of actors can’t pull that off. Then, the way he delivered his parting lines felt a little less noble decision and more like a kid trying to fake Hollywood-esque “gangster street cred”. It broke the movie magic for me a bit because the delivery of those last couple of lines seemed jarringly out of place for Thresh and the world he lives in. His lines had been fine up to there, and I hate that it broke the characterization for me in the last two sentences because I really admired Thresh’s choice in the books.
  • Plotholes like whoa with certain character knowledge and missing details from the books not being explained clearly.
  • Really good action.
  • Why Katniss mistrusted Peeta’s declarations was not as clearly shown in the movie as I would have hoped.
  • Gamemaster Seneca Crane and President Snow was really interesting to see, considering their interactions at this point were unseen in the novel.

Overall, good and fun movie. You’re definitely missing details worth having without the novel though.

Knight in the Area 1-9

Knight in the Area [crunchyroll]

The Knight in the Area tells the stories of middle and high school students as they grow up through their soccer clubs, compete in national tournaments, and strive for world titles. Main character Kakeru, his respected elder brother Suguru, and childhood friend Nana Mishima, along with all the teammates, rivals from other schools, and world class soccer players around him radiate their own brilliant light as they face adolescence with all their strength. The story also incorporates the strong bond between Kakeru and Suguru, the love of their family, the friendship of their teammates and rivals, and fleeting first loves… all coming together to ignite passion in the hearts of all viewers.

The soccer depicted in The Knight in the Area does not rely upon the efforts of “super athletes” or nonsensical “special techniques,” but illustrates “fanciful play” as an extension of reality. Viewers will be drawn to this reality-based anime and its powerful scenes unfolding in realistic settings. Explanations of soccer rules and fundamentals are carefully presented as the story develops. It attempts to raise interest and understanding of elements such as formation diagrams for those unfamiliar with soccer, while depicting soccer in a way that enthusiasts can appreciate as the story of Kakeru’s growth unfolds. The Knight in the Area appeals to a broader range of viewers than any anime ever has before.

[spoilers for #1-9 below]

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So… I watched The Woman In Black on Sunday….

Thoughts. [Under the cut for spoilers.]

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#so did this get any better?, #is the wolf guy in it more than he was in the pilot?, #cause that was the only part of the pilot I liked

Okay. So personal opinion on Grimm. Relatively spoiler-free.

I’m enjoying it, not a best-ever series by any stretch of the imagination or really going to be anything particularly long-term memorable yet. However, it is starting to do some pretty interesting things.

The Grimm (ugh, why can I not remember names ever, hold on, lemmee Google — okay back), Nick Burkhardt, is really dull. I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s on purpose. I believe that Nick is supposed to be Joe Normal and our almost paper doll window into the world. He reacts a little too newbie-hero-stereotype to situations, and he hasn’t really evolved much of a personality. I mean, I don’t even know what his interests were pre-Grimm-inheritance aside from his job as a cop, and there has been one line that hints he might be a little geeky for old cars. 7~8 episodes in, and that one line is all I’ve got to differentiate him from a completely generic viewer proxy. I hope that changes. (His girlfriends/fiancee isn’t particularly memorable yet either, but she hasn’t had much screen time to work in.)

I think we would’ve done better had they kept Aunt Marie around, because that little old lady had some SASS, even from a hospital bed she’s talking back to “monsters” and scaring them when she does. I liked her.

The wolf Wieder Blutbad, Monroe, is in practically every episode so far. Some more, some less. He’s a character with depth, personality and history, and he’s a lot of fun and we learn more about him every time he’s on. 

Additionally, you have two regulars on the police force with Nick. His partner, Detective Hank Griffin, like Monroe has been shown to have a fully-fleshed history and personality. He’s not stupid either, he can tell something’s up with Nick, and that fool needs to just fill his partner in instead of sending him off on something every time he wants to call Monroe in. Hank is getting increasingly less willing to just let Nick go haring off. The latest (Rapunzel-themed) episode just really dug into his past and, can we just make him the lead? Additionally, they seem to be starting to develop beat cop(?), Officer Wu, and he seems like a promising detective-in-training. Although I do fear they’re setting him up so either Nick can go entirely solo and cut back on Hank’s screen time (which will bore everyone) or to kill off Hank as a season finale which would not be acceptable.

Aside from the supporting cast being good, you have “villains” set up in interesting positions of power. The episodes are increasingly starting to explore the cultures, traditions, and what I’ll tentatively call racial divide parallels of the “monsters”. The episode “Three Bad Wolves” (the gifs above are from it) basically focused on Monroe’s recent past, Wieder Blutbad(Wolf) philosophies/lifestyles(?), how they relate to other “monsters”, and how the world they live in is changing and they have to either adapt or not participate in society at all. It suggested that not only the “monsters”, but the Grimms too, must also change how they operate and see things. The addition of showing how the “monsters” (and I keep putting that in quotes because a large part of the show seems to be that while there are a few bad apples, they are as a whole, not simply monsters) are mixed throughout society in every level of work and income.

I have 2 main warnings I would give to my more socially conscious followers. 1) Women are far less than 50% of the cast of this show, guest appearances included. On the up side, where they do show up, they don’t do weak, and with the exception of the girlfriend/fiancee, exhibit strong personalities. 2) The show is overwhelmingly white. Something Tumblr has made me increasingly conscious of. Although it’s worth noting that of the 3 memorable, interesting, regularly recurring, characters I listed above though, that Officer Wu is of Asian descent and Detective Hank is African-American.