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The whale design is a cross between a killer whale and a false killer whale - an extra false killer whale.

So, i was reading the caption up here^^(great webcomic, btw, you should check it out), and i thought that ‘false killer whale’ part was some kind of joke. But i looked it up on google anyway and found out it’s not. Guys, these whales are freaking weird. I don’t think they resemble killer whales much at all, they aren’t even in the same genus, so someone should give them a less wrung out name, but LOOK AT THEM. They look like GIANT WHALE LEECHES.It's tongue is sticking out.-___________-

So, some LoK things i’d like to know

There are a few looses ends that i’d like fully tied up. Those would be:

-From season one’s revolution, i doubt all equalists are gone, what are they doing? (I doubt they like the vines)

-Whose in charge when Lin and Mako are away?

-Where did Zuko get that Dragon?

-Do people know the Noatak/Tarrlok pair died?

-What happened with the ‘movers’?

-When will we see a grown up but not old woman Katara?

-Where is Tahnoe?

-What is Iroh doing?(I want to see the fire lord lady!)

And a few other things that don’t immediately jump to recollection. I know life goes on and all that and that we are just ‘focusing’ on new plots, which doesn’t mean all the other stuff isn’t happening off screen, but i’d still like to know.

Why I Love The Avatar Universe

I’ve been supporting the Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra creators from the very beginning. When I first saw the show, the first episode those nine years ago, I thought, “Somebody has given me such a precious experience.” The show, the characters, the creation process, with the whole of my heart, I have always been thankful for such an artistic treat. 

There has not been as significant a figure in mainstream cartoon viewing as the Avatar series in a long time—if ever. It’s difficult to perceive and comprehend it’s true sincerity of relativity to the real life condition of mankind. Michael, Bryan, everyone involved with this show’s beautiful existence, you are true human beings, and I genuinely love the eager, confident, noble atmosphere you have bestowed upon your work. 

There are real human beings out there who are touched to tears episode after episode—if only for a moment—by the honesty reflected to us in the Avatar universe. I am so thankful for your existence and the cherishable art you have contributed to our society.

There are some people who don’t appreciate the reality of an animated work, the real people—ideas and effort(oh-ho, the EFFORT)—that had to be invested in it. This show was never ‘just a show’ to me. It has always been how I know the magnificence of it’s creators and contributors. 

If it were not for you all, I may have lost the light of creativity and promise in my childhood—I may have thought I couldn’t find it in my adulthood. The inspiration I have received from this masterpiece has been unyieldingly gratifying. It was never ‘just a show’, and never just a corporation’s greedy attempt to gain profit. It will always be the outstanding idea given to the world by persevering, insightful souls, that, if nothing else, showed me a sinfully good time.

When Marnie Was There/ Omoide No Marnie

goopyunicorn:

555bananajones666:

goopyunicorn:

555bananajones666:

When people just jump into ‘ships’ or start trolling anything that looks like it could be a mainstream gay love story it’s a little…disrespectful. I understand that a lot of people are into that and would like to be represented in movies and what not, but a deep friendship between two people…

you are making it sound as if decent romantic material between two young girls is easy to attain

i’m very tired of hearing this same argument over and over. “what about platonic bonds?” and “they are young, this is just a friendship”

by saying these things you are invalidating a potential romance between two young people of the same gender. and yes, that statement only targets those types of relationships. nobody objects to the possibility of a romantic attraction between a boy and a girl regardless of age. what about Chihiro and Haku? Seiji and Shizuku? their relationships were borderline romantic or at least had romantic undertones, and I don’t see anyone projecting this same argument towards the films they are in. by ignoring these examples of age and romance in studio ghibli films and then using it as a defensive strategy you are doing nothing more than adding to the absurdity surrounding non-straight relationships that places them in a category of adultery. yes, they are “like 12.” but that does not mean they are unable to have a romantic bond. if marnie and anna were a boy and a girl I feel as though you would not be saying these things.

what I am trying to get across is that romance between two girls is one of the rarest forms of representation in almost every form of media — especially in children’s films — and that these hopes do absolutely nothing to diminish the value of a platonic bond. nobody is looking into things too hard. nobody is going to hate the movie if their relationship is not portrayed as it is in the trailer. decent lesbian media is literally so scarce that we are putting nothing more than a wish into words, and it’s ridiculous that you feel attacked.

I don’t feel attacked.  And, i made it clear that the friendship of mine that i was comparing this to was the friendship between me and a boy. And in that relationship, it was inaccurate when outsiders(to the relationship) tried to make it out to be something it wasn’t. I also don’t have an issue with 12 year olds exploring their sexuality. They should do it. When i pointed out their age, that was a shout out to the many other things that would attract them to one another; other things that mainstream media is lacking too.

I was directing this rant to people I have talked to that have said they wont enjoy the movie as much if it isn’t LGBT. (personally, i am not even into these labels, why can’t it just be ‘sexuallity’?…I have no issues with ‘adultery’ for a similar reason)

I’m personally into embracing desires as individuals on the street and changing culture that way, not necessarily waiting for media that does this and then backing it up because you agree with it. That is what i meant when i said ‘live it’. There are many real people that are lesbians(some of whom i am friends with), and with that will come many shows/books/etc. that display it as well. I know they aren’t all here yet. Of course we have a long way to go. All i meant was, that it is unnecessary to take something that isn’t LGBT and make it that way. Some people do do this. 

I am not invalidating what could be a ‘same sex’ relationship—i was pointing out that if it isn’t a same sex relationship, that doesn’t invalidate the beauty of the story. (like the one’s i am referring to have suggested). If you aren’t of their opinion, that is great. 

I didn’t intend to sound insensitive or homophobic. This is actually funny because it was a conversation with my lesbian cousin that brought this all up. Maybe tumblr was a stupid place to talk about this, but the internet is ‘fair game’ i suppose. But, literally, if you think what i am saying is absurd, it is because you haven’t interacted with the people who express the belief i’m talking about. The movie may be a legit lesbian show, like i said, i’m cool with that. 

i understand that it may seem irritating to receive those remarks with a friend of the opposite gender, but as someone in a same gender relationship i’ve experienced the opposite and it is even more frustrating and happens far too often in media. when the media is actually concerned with non-straight romantic or sexual involvement, it invents terms such as “bromance” and “gal pals” and demeans all of it to platonic proportions. this is a form of erasure and it is incredibly frustrating, not only to those involved or with the intent to portray a same gender relationship, but for those who are also a part of the movement and are in need of representation. there is no shortage of platonic relationships in media between two girls, but there is an extreme shortage of decent romantic bonds between female characters. studio ghibli doing this would be fantastic and it would honestly make me and many others feel pleased and comfortable. this isn’t all about the sake of “shipping” but rather as a form of representation and connectivity to a large audience.

by the way, the acronym is used for a reason because not all of the terms refer to sexuality but rather to (or to the lack of) sexual orientation, gender identity, and romantic orientation

I knew that last part about the orientation. But i believe that it all has some root in sexuality in it’s most encompassing sense. What i meant was putting any label on anything sets up duality/discrimination. Or, at least it does in pop culture america.

Thanks for wording your experience the way you did, i totally understand what you mean, and i held that in mind when writing the original post. I’m not sure if you’ve read the original book or not(have you?), and i understand that it is an adaptation, so there will be an artistic license, but i really loved the book when  i was younger. What i am getting at is, i wasn’t trying to get too much into any philosophy so much as pointing out what i am under the impression is the specific friendship for these two specific characters. Or at least it was in the book. It was just such a simple story. Not that this wouldn’t be simple if they were supposed to be lovers, but the book was very obvious about what the moral of the story was, while still being deep. I’ll love the movie any which way. 

This is the first time i’ve had a tumblr discussion. I’m just glad it was sweet and i feel like i came away understanding things a little better. Thanks!

When Marnie Was There/ Omoide No Marnie

goopyunicorn:

555bananajones666:

When people just jump into ‘ships’ or start trolling anything that looks like it could be a mainstream gay love story it’s a little…disrespectful. I understand that a lot of people are into that and would like to be represented in movies and what not, but a deep friendship between two people…

you are making it sound as if decent romantic material between two young girls is easy to attain

i’m very tired of hearing this same argument over and over. “what about platonic bonds?” and “they are young, this is just a friendship”

by saying these things you are invalidating a potential romance between two young people of the same gender. and yes, that statement only targets those types of relationships. nobody objects to the possibility of a romantic attraction between a boy and a girl regardless of age. what about Chihiro and Haku? Seiji and Shizuku? their relationships were borderline romantic or at least had romantic undertones, and I don’t see anyone projecting this same argument towards the films they are in. by ignoring these examples of age and romance in studio ghibli films and then using it as a defensive strategy you are doing nothing more than adding to the absurdity surrounding non-straight relationships that places them in a category of adultery. yes, they are “like 12.” but that does not mean they are unable to have a romantic bond. if marnie and anna were a boy and a girl I feel as though you would not be saying these things.

what I am trying to get across is that romance between two girls is one of the rarest forms of representation in almost every form of media — especially in children’s films — and that these hopes do absolutely nothing to diminish the value of a platonic bond. nobody is looking into things too hard. nobody is going to hate the movie if their relationship is not portrayed as it is in the trailer. decent lesbian media is literally so scarce that we are putting nothing more than a wish into words, and it’s ridiculous that you feel attacked.

I don’t feel attacked.  And, i made it clear that the friendship of mine that i was comparing this to was the friendship between me and a boy. And in that relationship, it was inaccurate when outsiders(to the relationship) tried to make it out to be something it wasn’t. I also don’t have an issue with 12 year olds exploring their sexuality. They should do it. When i pointed out their age, that was a shout out to the many other things that would attract them to one another; other things that mainstream media is lacking too.

I was directing this rant to people I have talked to that have said they wont enjoy the movie as much if it isn’t LGBT. (personally, i am not even into these labels, why can’t it just be ‘sexuallity’?…I have no issues with ‘adultery’ for a similar reason)

I’m personally into embracing desires as individuals on the street and changing culture that way, not necessarily waiting for media that does this and then backing it up because you agree with it. That is what i meant when i said ‘live it’. There are many real people that are lesbians(some of whom i am friends with), and with that will come many shows/books/etc. that display it as well. I know they aren’t all here yet. Of course we have a long way to go. All i meant was, that it is unnecessary to take something that isn’t LGBT and make it that way. Some people do do this. 

I am not invalidating what could be a ‘same sex’ relationship—i was pointing out that if it isn’t a same sex relationship, that doesn’t invalidate the beauty of the story. (like the one’s i am referring to have suggested). If you aren’t of their opinion, that is great. 

I didn’t intend to sound insensitive or homophobic. This is actually funny because it was a conversation with my lesbian cousin that brought this all up. Maybe tumblr was a stupid place to talk about this, but the internet is ‘fair game’ i suppose. But, literally, if you think what i am saying is absurd, it is because you haven’t interacted with the people who express the belief i’m talking about. The movie may be a legit lesbian show, like i said, i’m cool with that. 

When Marnie Was There/ Omoide No Marnie

When people just jump into ‘ships’ or start trolling anything that looks like it could be a mainstream gay love story it’s a little…disrespectful. I understand that a lot of people are into that and would like to be represented in movies and what not, but a deep friendship between two people doesn’t have to be romantic at all. And everyone can have that. It should come as a prerequisite to any healthy romance anyway. Having read the book, i assume it is a blooming friendship, not a ‘romance’. And i love that. If that is what the creator of the story/movie is trying to tell people, it should be respected and appreciated for that. If somebody wants a different story, they should make their own…or live their own. 

I am a bit nostalgic about this because after watching the trailer, these two remind me a lot of me and my childhood friend. My childhood with him was wonderful and true. When we were together, we mattered. We attached importance to one another and learned so much. We didn’t crave anything else because we filled ourselves with unconditional acceptance that didn’t have to be displayed in any particular way.  I know not everyone had that childhood, but when someone did, it is just as important as when someone didn’t.

And it irks me that anytime some character blushes or is touching another character they are automatically cited as a closet couple. There are a lot of reasons to blush, and if every touch i ever elicited had to be filled with sexual tension, i would have killed myself a long time ago. 

It’s a rant, i know. I really wrote this in response to everyone that is 'disappointed' if it isn’t a lesbian love story. Not to mention, i think these kids are, like, 12 years old anyway, guys. All i mean is, what’s so bad about a tight friendship? This isn’t about knocking any type of sexual orientation, it’s about respecting any friendship without trying to shove it into 'something else'.

(Also, when i said ‘create your own story’, i was thinking an original representation of yourself, not necessarily fanfiction. I like fanfiction, but it does hijack other people’s ideas and twist them, so you might as well just create your own. Or, like i  said, live your own story.)

I tried to express this in the most unoffensive way i could think of, so i really hope nobody is upset with my love of friendships.

Also, if it does turn out to be a true lesbian story, that’s cool too, but for now, i don’t think it is supposed to be—even if the two kids do row in  a boat together.

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