At least three different Flying-type Pokemon in the same picture by request.
DAY 12: FAVOURITE ICE POKEMON
Articuno remains to date one of my favourite legendaries.
all the various Digimon protagonists are in a room chatting cheerfully about their experiences and Takato mentions how he made his own original Digimon and he’s really proud of it
Ken gets a sudden feeling of unease and wants to quietly step out of the room
Not long after the last Harry Potter book came out, Rowling, in response to a fan’s question, revealed that Dumbledore was gay. I found out, at least about the media reports, when my mother brought it up to me, and my response was “you didn’t notice?” And judging from the media reports, or even the occasional post here on tumblr criticizing Rowling as cowardly for only revealing it after the fact, my mother wasn’t alone.
To be fair, maybe Rowling should’ve implied it more heavily, because apparently a lot of people didn’t notice. It’s possible I’m misremembering just how strongly Dumbledore/Grindelwald was implied. And yet, had one of them been a woman, I don’t think all that many people would have failed to notice that Dumbledore had a major thing for Grindelwald which blinded him (or her) to his (or her) evil ways.
It seems a lot of the time, whether something’s accepted as virtually canon or dismissed as subtext depends on little more than the characters involved. Especially if it’s unrequited, or if it takes place in the kind of story where the conventions of the genre mean they won’t have sex and probably won’t even confess or kiss on-screen, but should it not end in tragedy they’ll probably be shown married at the end.
If Naruto’s a girl, and she kisses Sasuke in episode three by accident, and looks up to him like hell, and spends the rest of the series after Sasuke switches sides trying to bring him back, does anyone not see it as one-sided love? If Homura’s a guy and goes to the same lengths to protect Madoka, would anyone see it as platonic? To be fair, these pairings are popular anyway, but there are segments of the fandom who just don’t see them that way, and I guess that goes to show you how much perceptions of romance are influenced by gender.
Or to give another example – one of the other ones which made me think of this post while trying to sleep. I recall an interview from the director (I think) of Digimon Adventure that Taiora was never intended as anything but a close friendship. I don’t entirely buy it – for one, I’m not convinced anyone else in production was aware of that fact – but at the same time, digimon shipteased all three sides of the Taisorato love triangle, and the one which ended up happening it probably did the least for, and Taito certainly has a following, just never nearly as big or loud of one as Taiora. And yet, had Taichi Yagami been female, I bet there are a lot fewer people seeing the hat thing or the Nanomon episode as romantic, while Taichi and Yamato going from half-strong disagreement, half-tsundere sparring to hand-holding and awkward glances and culminating with a wake-up punch for old times sake in 02 invites a lot more shippers.
I realize not everyone’s that perceptive, I know there is all sorts of social conditioning to break through… but I’m still amazed at how utterly blind so many people can be to ship teasing that goes well beyond subtext to actual text, and which would be extremely popular and even seen as canon if they were the opposite sex.
petition for Joseph Fink to upload the bloopers from recording Welcome to Night Vale and call it Welcome to Night Fail
Post with 2 notes
So I’ve seen a lot of posts lately discussing representation levels of gender or ethnic background in mainstream works of fiction – be it Disney films or US television or whatever. Lots of complaints, lots of anger. And no one mentioning the simple solution that used to be common sense in fandom circles, but which tumblr seems to have forgotten; don’t like, don’t watch/read.
I’m not just saying this to save yourself the aggravation. I mean, if it’s something you care about, if you feel unrepresented and can’t relate to popular characters, it will save you aggravation, don’t get me wrong. But I’m also saying that because media companies don’t care about infographics. They really don’t. You can get a million notes and they won’t give a shit, because they don’t tell their stories to get praised on tumblr, but to make money, and the way they make money is viewers. If you want anything to change, then patronize the stories you think are doing it right. And don’t patronize the ones where the makeup of the cast bothers you. And encourage others to do the same, because losing viewers is the only thing that will ever make a difference.
Personally, I’ve watched – like seriously watched, beginning to end, setting the time to make sure I’m there when an episode comes out - one live-action fictional television program in all my life that I can remember. A few more I’ve caught episodes of from time to time if my family was viewing them. Movies I’ve seen more of, although still much less than most people – but these days, I’ll only go if it’s a franchise I already love, or if I’ve heard so many positive things about it (from a circle of friends far more insulated from US culture than most) that even I think it’s worse a shot. The reason for this isn’t primarily that I can’t relate to the characters, personally (although there are moments of culture shock, and you’ll rarely if ever see someone like me in US television – otaku aren’t common enough to show up that much, and when they bother portraying us it’s rarely positive) but because I think they don’t know how to tell a decent story.
But even if I’m avoiding it for different reasons, there are a lot of stories out there. For comparison, per myanimelist, I’ve completed 241 anime. (And I’m sure I’m forgetting some older series.) Anime in my country is generally restricted to late-night programming blocs or hack-job dubs of kids series, for television exposure, although it’s easier to find on streams or direct to video. It’s also far from the only, or the most overlooked, type of story out there, just the one I have the most personal familiarity with. You live in the internet age. Stories are being told around the world, and a ton of them are being translated into English. You literally can’t read or watch them all, because stories are being produced faster than you can consume them, and you can find a community for damn near everything.
You don’t have to buy what American media is selling. Don’t like, don’t watch. It really is that simple.
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