From the Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises) documentary, "The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness."

"Otaku" in Japan is a derogatory term used to describe Japanese people with obsessive interests. Particularly (but not limited to) anime & manga. 

Many Americans glorify this term as a badge of honor.

I’m glad I brought your father’s belt, mine would be way too short.





Notice only 20 shades of gray

It’s been proven that women actually have an acute ability to pick up subtle differences in colors

In response to that last comment^^

Yes. It comes from the Hunter-Gatherer days.

Women were the gatherers. They had to be able to discern between the different shades of colors to know which plants were poisonous and which were not.

Men were out hunting, so they didn’t have to worry about that.

Which is why women see “Blood orange” and “crimson” and “scarlet” etc while guys just see “red”.


Heather’s Handy Dandy Guide to Legal Anime Streaming



Who is this guide for?

Lately I’ve seen quite a few people that were streaming anime from shady illegal websites that were completely unaware they were illegal sites and wanted to find legal means to view anime. If you Google “anime streaming” or “Attack on Titan stream” “SOA stream” etc. unfortunately the top results will likely be on shady illegal websites. So it’s completely understandable that a lot of people might end up viewing anime from these websites without being aware they’re illegal.

Oh no! I look at shady illegal sites/download fansubs, does that make me a bad person?!

No. Honestly everyone on the planet that has the internet has probably pirated something knowingly or unknowingly at some point in their lives. Even politicians are downloading Game of Thrones. I work on comics, comics that get pirated (I know who you are, pony comic sites), so I personally try to avoid pirating unless there is absolutely no legal way of obtaining something/supporting the creator. (ie something is out of print) I don’t look down on people that do because come on, high speed internet became a thing when I was a freshman year in college and that was the same time digital fansubs became a thing so yeah, I used to pirate a lot.

Will this list be handy if I’m outside the US?

Region blocking isn’t an issue if you’re tech savvy enough to download an addon for Chrome/Firefox. I won’t list the various addons here, but there are many that will allow you to set the region for your browser. Probably not the most legal of things, but more legal than viewing shady anime sites.

But I want to pirate because I demand 500 MB+ .mkv 1080p subbed files for free.

Well, this list isn’t for you. This list is for people that actually want to support the industry but might not know how.

Legal Streaming Sites for Anime

Some are free, some require a subscription!  Most do offer some series for free, even if they have a premium option too. This isn’t all of them, but it hits the main ones that offer the most content. If you’re in the US and want a paid subscription, you get the most bang for your buck with a Hulu or Crunchyroll subscrption. Hulu has an incredible catalog for new and old anime, whereas Crunchyroll is best if you’re looking for just new stuff.











I have buckets of money and want to purchase anime DVDs/BDs but don’t want to end up with bootlegs from HK on Ebay!

While there’s obviously places like Amazon or Best Buy, I highly recommend everyone that wants to support the industry to throw their money at http://righstuf.com They’re a smaller company that both licenses and sells anime and you’re guaranteed to get legal/non bootleg copies. They also have an epic holiday sale every December for the cheap people. (seriously, I get at least 10-15 DVDs for under $200 from them every year during that sale)

Hope this helps!


Author Chuck Palahniuk first came up with the idea for the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip when he complained to some nearby campers about the noise of their radio. When he returned to work, he was fascinated to find that nobody would mention or acknowledge his injuries, instead saying such commonplace things as “How was your weekend?” Palahniuk concluded that the reason people reacted this way was because if they asked him what had happened, a degree of personal interaction would be necessary, and his workmates simply didn’t care enough to connect with him on a personal level. It was his fascination with this societal ‘blocking’ which became the foundation for the novel. 



When it comes to creating characters, sometimes it’s easy to let them slip into the same old stock standard set of body types. Basically clones with a few props, hairdos and make up to spice things up a bit. After a while, having the same actor play dress up for every character gets kinda boring…

It’s tough to break the habit too, especially when you’re taught a single set way to draw. Not to say having a solid construction method is ever a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t confine your creativity.

Check out these nifty tips and pointers by jeinu to give each of your comic book characters their own a unique flavour of memorable originality.

(To download these at full res simply hit the options menu and click download, otherwise head on over to jeinu’s DeviantArt Tutorial Gallery at http://jeinu.deviantart.com/gallery/25335623/Tutorials )

This is important, and something I super need to improve on. All these tips and stuff for drawing are crazy useful and very, very appreciated. 


Avoid breaking the 180 RULE in visual storytelling! The late, Great SATOSHI KON tells you why in this classic. 

It’s funny there are people who are so attached to the original series and it’s funny because when they confront us and they write us critical things like they’ll write us a little fan letter like… Mike and I remember during Avatar how people would be like ‘I don’t like this, and kind of whining about every little thing in the show, and really mad about how a season finale would end, and ‘I can’t believe you’d put the characters through that,’ and now that years have been removed from that, the feedback we get now about Avatar is like, ‘It’s perfect, there is nothing wrong with it, and every moment of it is perfect,’ and I don’t think every moment is perfect, I have tons of problems throughout the series, but I love it and I’m proud of it. And then with Korra they’re nitpicking every little thing and there’s a lot of comparing of Korra to, not just the shows, but comparing the character of Korra to Aang like ‘Aang was such a sweet, gentle soul, and Korra is just, she’s awful!’ …I always think back at New York Comic Con, it was at a point early in Book 2 where Korra was kind of going off the rails, and I remember Mike and the writers really wanted this civil war, she’s gonna take it very personally and it’s gonna cloud her judgement, and she’s not making good decisions. And people really didn’t like it, and I remember being interviewed in New York and they were like, ‘People hate Korra… so why did you do it?’ And I was like wow, and like, Aang was like going on a rampage in the middle of the desert beating people up because someone took his bison.
BRYAN KONIETZKO TELLING IT LIKE IT IS, on the Nerdist Writers Panel Podcast (via owldee)


Fucking Love Stage.

I gave it a couple of episodes and it, again, pulls one of my least favorite tropes in it’s genre: Instead of either of the main characters being homosexual, they find that their interest in one another is the exception to their actual heterosexuality; even more, the only reason one of them is attracted to the other is because of his distinct feminine qualities. I.E. his slender shoulders, cute face, skinny body.

He doesn’t find him attractive BECAUSE he’s male; he finds him attractive DESPITE that fact. It gives an excuse for this otherwise heterosexual man to find a loophole in his own sexuality and, thus, to make him still accessible to the reader/viewer (which is likely girls fetishizing homosexuality, as most shounen-ai is targeted) and avoid approaching the still touchy subject of actual, concrete homosexuality.

Listen, I love the idea of sexual fluidity; the idea that we are all over the map and that some people, legitimately, are almost entirely one sexuality, but can make certain exceptions. Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Omnisexuality, etc., there are definitely enough variations on human sexuality to be explored.

I’m just absolutely sick of homosexual relationships in anime essentially coming with caveats; I.E. the “uke” is especially feminine, the “seme’s” homosexual attraction is singular to the “uke”, or god fucking help you that their attraction come from some fucked up place such as child abuse, which has happened.

And don’t get me started on the average homosexual character in non-shounen-ai or yaoi pieces. While their strength as characters is often up in the air, they’re almost always painted as outright perverts or stereotypes.

Can I get an anime about a couple of just… regular dudes falling in love? A bara love story? Something the eschews the awful, seemingly mandatory seme/uke setup?