birdboy2000 asked: I think it'd be cool to mix the firebirds. Requesting a Talonflame/Moltres/Ho-oh splice.
Regular Sprite Post #1500. That’s 1500 splices, requests, and 3D sprites.
(The statistics page has been updated as well)
The longer I step away from tumblr, the less I want to come back.
I’m not interested in browsing a dashboard that’s nine posts of fandom stuff and one point of hateful, vile abuse towards groups I belong to.
I’ve tried being selective with who I follow. I’ve unfollowed the worst offenders, I’ve unfollowed only occasional offenders. But it doesn’t work, because 1) almost every new blog I follow, except dedicated sideblogs, inevitably posts this crap, and 2) I can’t predict who’s going to do it in advance, and was blindsided by multiple people with the last bout of hateful screeds. If I do happen to return, I’m taking no chances with personal blogs; if it’s not a dedicated sideblog, it won’t be on my followed list no matter how much I like the person running it, and I’ll track tags (especially digimon) for the rest.
When you compare otaku to pedophiles and accuse them for ruining the anime industry, you attack me as well. Drawing a distinction between the overseas and Japanese fanbases works great on people who are somewhat into anime and don’t know much more than pokemon, digimon, and toonami. But I’m an /a/ user who enjoyed many series like Outbreak Company, Genshiken, Welcome to the NHK, and Kami nomi zo shiru sekai that speak strongly to the influence of otaku on the industry I love; the difference between myself and the people you condemn is only found in the language spoken and country of origin.
And as for the fanservice you condemn? I enjoy many such series (although it can get excessive) and even if I hadn’t, there’s a huge double standard; HBO can show a sex scene an episode, at times between related characters, and network TV isn’t much better… but god forbid Koyomi Araragi brush his sister’s teeth in an erotic manner or someone draw a pokemon doujin.
Miyazaki may have had a point in otaku being too culturally isolated from most other people to tell stories about them. I disagree with it, but it’s not without merit. But seeing tumblr’s reaction to the issue, which aped all the worst oppressive sensationalism of the Japanese media, which not only brought up a social stigma but took great pains to justify it, was the final straw. Justice isn’t just about visible minorities or groups you happen to belong to; it’s about giving everyone, even those people you find weird, a fair shake instead of further stigmatizing them for their passion. (Oh, and although I don’t like MLP, I even less like seeing “anti-brony” arguments which apply just as well to fandoms such as Pokemon that I belong to; it’s not hard to see where this sentiment leads.)
I’m hurt and offended and outraged, and I’m torn between abandoning the site outright, because quite honestly, I don’t want to support a poisonous, for-profit website with virtually nonexistent moderation and where both what moderation exists and much of the userbase condone the sort of bullying and abuse I see all over here, and staying to only follow non-personal tumblrs. At the moment, I’ve made the former decision, but it’s possible that if I’m gone long enough and can’t replace things I found here, I’ll reverse course.
Tumblr was never a safe place for people of an insufficiently oppressed race or sex or sexual orientation, and even as a disabled person on welfare I felt unwelcome here more often than not, but I could shrug it off with the occasional angry post because that frankly doesn’t matter nearly as much to my identity. But it isn’t a safe place for otaku anymore, either, and that’s a huge shame with all the anime fandom stuff on the site – and as an otaku first and foremost, I don’t want any part of it anymore.
I’ve seriously considered ceasing to update my pokedex tumblr as well in protest, but decided against it. Because being a content creator isn’t the same thing as being a content consumer – it doesn’t expose me the same level of vitriol, I don’t want to just drop a link there to my FFN and stop this, especially so close to completion – and I feel like I’d be punishing those of my readers who did nothing wrong except use the wrong platform.
I can be found on FFN at fanfiction.net/~birdboy and also maintain active accounts with the same username on some non-fandom sites (and reddit, but I don’t post much in reddit’s fandom communities because they aren’t very good.) It may take some searching to find a place for my pokemon and digimon needs outside of tumblr and 4chan, or even figure out if I want to maintain a blog elsewhere for anime observations and personal stuff, so I can’t tell you my other haunts now. (I might make a brief post with that information later, if I figure that stuff out.) But it’s a task worth doing.
If you don’t have my current contact info, but don’t want to lose touch, send me an ask. If not, sayonara.
I’ve unfollowed a lot of people over that post, but I still don’t feel welcome here, and dealing with this level of toxicity and hate isn’t worth it. Maybe I’ll come back when tumblr stops hating on and demonizing Japan’s otaku, or maybe I’ll just abandon this account. I don’t feel welcome here and I haven’t in a long time.
Pokedex will continue to be updated.
Especially since I come to tumblr for anime fandom, and I’m seeing it posted by people who should know better.
Yes, there’s a social stigma against devoted anime fans in Japan greater than that against nerds in the west..
No, that doesn’t mean you should try to justify it and try to cherrypick the worst parts of Japanese fandom to do so.
Congratulations: you realize there’s a stigma. The next step is standing up and saying that, although some elements of the fandom may be unsavory (although it is very, very easy to find parallels in both western anime/manga fandom and western sci-fi, fantasy, and comics fandoms) that stigma is still wrong and that Japan’s otaku deserve better.
It’s NOT whiteknighting Miyazaki by backing up his relatively mild and arguably valid concerns with all the sensationalism, viciousness, and frankly bigotry of a Jack Thompson or a Shintaro Ishihara. Tumblr really disgusts me some times.
This has probably been done already, but I figured why not do it anyway just encase it hasn’t
“From the time it is born, a flame burns at the tip of its tail. Its life would end if the flame were to go out.”
what if the litwick tried to revive the charmander by reigniting its tail but the charmander ended up as a ghost/fire type with struggle as its only move
Why you gotta make me sad?
i always think “if people want to talk to me they will” which is my reasoning for never really starting conversations so i’m permanently thinking no one wants to talk but what if they’re sat there thinking the same and it’s just this cycle of silence that never gets broken because i’m too stubborn to just put myself out there
It’s pretty important to understand that today’s most popular religions are basically localized myths that got out of hand.
It’s almost true of the Tanakh, IIRC - Ararat and Babylon, both mentioned in Genesis, are barely outside it.
It’s not true of the Bible, which I know for a fact has a book written in Greece, and I think some parts regarding St. Peter are as far as Rome though I’ve never been Christian and don’t know what’s acrophya vs. canon. It’s definitely not true of the Quran, as Mecca isn’t circled and Medina I don’t think is either though it’s right on the edge.
And that’s a shame, because the point the post is making is a valid one and drawing the accurate albeit larger circle wouldn’t really undermine it.
I wish it was socially acceptable to wear whatever we want and I’m just not talking about revealing clothes I’m talking about togas and full on Victorian dress and evening gowns for the hell of it. I mean imagine if people went around dressed like elves or dwarves from Lord of the Rings it would be fabulous I mean have you seen how hot that stuff makes you
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