Does anyone else periodically get struck with overwhelming feelings of sad that Dwayne McDuffie is dead?
I know it’s been over a year but I’m still not over it.
Feminist Bolin / Perfect Man Bolin [x]
I needed something happy-making to post and THIS IS PERFECT.
[image descriptions for five images, all of the same screenshot with five different ‘lolcat’-style captions; the screencap is of Bolin, a young Earthbender man with thick black hair and a snubbed nose, holding both his hands up palm-outward, as if in gentle protest or reassurance. His eyes are closed, and his mouth open as if he was mid-word at the moment of the screen capture.
The captions on the images are in ALL CAPS but are rendered below with initial-caps only for readability. Other than the two periods in the first image, there is no punctuation. Each caption appears in two parts, one at the top of the image and the other at the bottom; this is reflected in the line break and mid-caption capital letter in each entry:
- Brings flowers and baked goods.
Isn’t looking for sex.
- Girl rejects advances
Immediately backs off and remains friendly
- Is rescued by a woman
Is thankful and treats it as heroic
- Saved by girl
Does not feel emasculated in any way
- Teaches woman a new skill
Isn’t condescending about it
At the bottom-right corner of the images, each one bears the small watermark “DIYLOL.COM”]
Small Rant on Body Types
by CanecaDePapel at DeviantArt
[Image description: Alternating rough anatomical sketches and hand-written notes.
At the very top of the image is the header “IN ANIME”; the left-hand column begins with two anatomy sketches representing female anatomy as typically depicted in Japanese animation, while the right-hand column similarly begins with two examples of anime-typical male anatomy. The type of anatomical sketch used does not depict hair, nor any more facial detail than — sometimes — a centerline and/or eye or mouth latitude lines. Each figure is a different color than those adjacent to it, but none are realistic human skin colors, as opposed to bright pastel hues.
- Small Build
- Skinny, not athletic.
- We can only tell them apart because of slight height variation and cup / waist size. :/
- Fat GIRLS? Blasphemy.
- We can only tell them apart because some are skinny and some are muscular.
- Always the same build (i.e. large shoulders, tucked-in ass.)
- We only see short / frail looking guys in yaoi manga / anime
- No young and fat / chubby guys
Following the two columns of text, halfway down the page, a second header reads “IRL:” (abbreviation for in real life). Six figures with varying heights, breast shape/sizes, body types and postures follow, followed by the caption, “Women come in all sizes and shapes.” Another six figures, displaying varying heights, genital shape/sizes, body types and postures appear next, with the , “Men come in all sizes and shapes.” beneath the second line of figures.]
I guess when I watch too much animu, I get irritated about the lack of variety.
Don’t even get me started on ”gender roles”. That could take five full sheets of this.
i need this.
Some men have breasts and/or vaginas, of course, and some women have penises, and some people identify as neither wholly male nor wholly female (not to mention that there are any number of examples of individual manga and anime series which feature occasional or even regular characters with heavier or otherwise different body types, albeit usually restricted to ‘ugly’ and/or comic-relief characters); but this is a good rebuke of typically-problematic ways anime and manga stylize bodies, as far as it goes.
Young Korra, playing around, being fascinated and loving life.
OMG too adorable! Her little chubby cheeks and hands! And the water-refracted light casting patterns on her face… so gorgeous! It’s really wonderful to see what you do with Korra when you do a fully colored and shaded pic, instead of just a sketch. ;·)
I miss Samurai Champloo. It did so many things other anime just don’t — or do in such problematic ways that you wish they hadn’t bothered.
And it’s gorgeous, visually. The sound design & the soundtrack (holy crap the soundtrack) were consistently fantastic, too.
The three main characters, in the order the gifs appear in above:
- Mugen, a character who is geopolitically but — significantly — not ethnically Japanese; specifically, he’s believed to hail from one of the Ryukyu Islands, a chain stretching from Taiwan northeastward toward the Japanese mainland, and which includes Okinawa.
- Jin, a character who seems, at first, to be a stereotypical ronin…
- Fuu, a female character who is notably only ‘ladylike’ when it suits her, while at other times she will do things like out-eating nearly all the other competitors in an eating contest, including grown men who are twice to ten times her mass.
The deliberate mixture of authentic Edo-period details with intentional anachronisms (typically present-day ideas like the aforementioned eating contest) is great fun for anyone with even passing interest in Japanese history. Or possibly that’s just me?
Because we live in the future, you can acquire the complete series either re-dubbed by English-speaking voice actors, or with English subtitles over the original Japanese voice actors.
Oh yeah, and there are textually queer people in it. In addition to lots of delicious homoerotic subtext.