1. Some of the harder to read lines are:
"It’s Friday, Friday…best day of the week!"
"tree house club"
"American Girl Face"
"OMG handwriting!"
"Best side profile!"

    Some of the harder to read lines are:

    "It’s Friday, Friday…best day of the week!"

    "tree house club"

    "American Girl Face"

    "OMG handwriting!"

    "Best side profile!"

     
  2. spazztastic-muffin:

    de-maupin:

    Yoshimi Uchida is another fantastic classic shoujo artist.

    WHY DO WE NEVER HEAR ABOUT THIS ARTIST??? OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING NEW FAVORITE ARTIST

    WOW

     
  3. 20:43 15th Nov 2012

    Notes: 66828

    Reblogged from satisfiedcat

    satisfiedcat:

    johanrapper:

    satisfiedcat:

    tri-star-angle:

    theunbreakablev0w:

    a tv show isn’t good unless it makes you want to die

    Does “Monster” make people want to die? Well, it could have done that to me…but…no.  Naoki Urasawa wouldn’t do that to people…

    In an emotional way, yes, but in a literal sense, no.

    Monster makes me want to die in every way

    Well, to be honest, I don’t feel like like “Monster” is killing me emotionally anymore than the real world is trying to kill me emotionally.  As far as I know, the real world is not trying to do so intentionally.  Ironically, Tumblr is doing a better job of “killing” me emotionally with all of its glitches, but thou shall not succeed lest thou art an utter fool.  Whenever I think of wanting to die inside, I think of the meme that says, “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”  Well, I take it as an expression of wanting to escape this wacky wayward backwards world we live in any way we can get it.  I admit plenty of times it’s very hard not to feel like wanting to disappear, but still I digress…I am certain that Urasawa was definitely not trying to kill me emotionally. 


    He wasn’t trying to, but he did make me want to emotionally die several times… or at least his story did. But I tend to have that type of reaction to any form of media that (a) deeply effects me and (b) mentions nihilism in any way, shape, or form. I avoid thinking about nihilism in general, but when I’m forced to think about it or am confronted with that form of thought I get completely, hopelessly depressed. Cowboy Bebop did the same thing to me. Don’t know why I react so badly to nihilistic concepts, actually.

    When I’m given time to think about my own ideas regarding the real world however, I do not want to die. But it’s different for everyone.

    Well, gee, Urasawa showed that you could be Nina and be surrounded by all kinds of things that kill the man but still have a positive outlook on life so…
    In fact, I would even go so far to contest that it’s possible that some of “Monster” is so positive that it kills the man.  Therefore, it is possible people may die emotionally because “Monster” is so gracious that it kills us.  So, I have no clue is “Monster” subliminally trying to tell me I am going to die like this weird fake man who looks dead?

     

    (Source: fullmetal-dipshit)

     
  4. johanrapper:

    satisfiedcat:

    tri-star-angle:

    theunbreakablev0w:

    a tv show isn’t good unless it makes you want to die

    Does “Monster” make people want to die? Well, it could have done that to me…but…no.  Naoki Urasawa wouldn’t do that to people…

    In an emotional way, yes, but in a literal sense, no.

    Monster makes me want to die in every way

    Well, to be honest, I don’t feel like like “Monster” is killing me emotionally anymore than the real world is trying to kill me emotionally.  As far as I know, the real world is not trying to do so intentionally.  Ironically, Tumblr is doing a better job of “killing” me emotionally with all of its glitches, but thou shall not succeed lest thou art an utter fool.  Whenever I think of wanting to die inside, I think of the meme that says, “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”  Well, I take it as an expression of wanting to escape this wacky wayward backwards world we live in any way we can get it.  I admit plenty of times it’s very hard not to feel like wanting to disappear, but still I digress…I am certain that Urasawa was definitely not trying to kill me emotionally. 

    (Source: fullmetal-dipshit)

     
  5. theunbreakablev0w:

    a tv show isn’t good unless it makes you want to die

    Does “Monster” make people want to die? Well, it could have done that to me…but…no.  Naoki Urasawa wouldn’t do that to people…

    (Source: fullmetal-dipshit)

     
  6. So, here’s a set of photos for the show called Samurai Jack and it shows Jack fighting Aku.  Aku is some evil shape-shifting demon that for a lack of a better description kind of makes me think of Vlad the Impaler or something along those lines.  The story is about a young prince whose father’s empire in Feudal Japan gets destroyed by the demon Aku.  

    Whilst the boy is able to escape alive, he sets off on an arduous journey around the world in order to train himself to become a legendary swordsman for pretty obvious reasons aka revenge.  Using his father’s magic katana, he becomes so skillful that Aku nearly gets defeated, but then out of desperation, Aku flings the poor man into the future through some twilight zone swirly portal thing straight into a dark and bleak dystopia ruled by Aku himself.  

    Now is it just me or can anybody see some nifty parallels between Samurai Jack and Monster? Yes? No? Well, you know, Samurai Jack himself reminds me of Kenzou Tenma in general at least personality wise—I sure can’t say Tenma is a swordsman from the distant past—but he does have his scalpel and medical tools he can use to dismantle evil!

    Heck, some of the themes of the shows probably go hand in hand with each other as well even if Aku is a pretty juvenile villain.  Then again…Johan…is juvenile in ways even though he easily acts like he’s twice his age.  But I look at Johan…and I wonder if he isn’t similar to a demon who was born yesterday.  I mean, Johan just can’t fool anybody anymore now that we *think* we know the truth.

     
  7. toongal said: Johan. Apples. XDDDDD

    What deep life long lesson did I learn from “Monster”? HE’S TOO DEEP AND EDGY FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND…YOU ONLY WANT HIS APPLES.  BUT THE APPLES ARE GOING TO HURT YOU REALLY BAD…INSIDE YOUR HEART AND SOUL…BUT IT’LL TASTE REALLY AWESOME AS IT DESTROYS YOU! ALL YOU CAN DO IS SIT THERE LIKE A CHILD WHO IS ABSENT IN SCHOOL AND PRETEND YOU DON’T EXIST BECAUSE YOU REALLY AREN’T PRESENT ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH AIR TO BREATHE AND YOUR NAME IS BEING CALLED.  YOU’RE IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, AND YOU’RE JUST DONE FOR…YOU THINK YOU BLEW IT.  YOU’RE GOING TO DIE AND NOT BE ANYWHERE FOR ANYONE ANYMORE.  BUT NOW YOU’RE INEXPLICABLY FLOATING INTO TENMA’S ARMS LIKE A POPPED BALLOON…AND HE SAYS JOHAN LIEBERT MUST STOP POPPING EVERYONE FOR GOOD.  HE MUST STOP BEING SO SHARP, POINTY, AND EDGY…END OF WHACKED OUT DRAMATIC DREAM.  FRANKENSTORM SANDYJOHAN WILL NOW BE LEAVING YOU ALONE.  JOHAN IS TRUCKLOADS OF SANDBAGS AND EVACUATIONS OF EDGY FUN I TELL YOU.  Whew…”Monster” that show is full of crazy good times I tell you…good times.  I guess I’m going to have to make a post about how we all should make a podcast about our impressions of our own podcast or at least us trying to talk to our past selves.  We should totally make one of those nutty meta podcasts—I can see it now!

     
  8. (BEWARE NEW COMERS: SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!)

    Once upon a time, Johan asked if Tenma finally understood what Johan meant when he said that, “All lives are only equal in death?” Tenma’s only response was keeping his gun pointed at Johan.  Johan then proceeded to point at his forehead as he beckoned Tenma to shoot…

    *Ahem,* earlier, I wrote in a comment on my-bloody-ear that in a way, Tenma would be like the “parent” who would make the finite choice to end Johan’s bloody terror once and for all like a “good parent” should.  I said that perhaps if Tenma was unhappy with the decision he had made, he could always take his own life to make amends.  Yeah, crazy, right?… 

    So what if Johan really did think that it was his duty to make Tenma see that if he didn’t like what he had done, he could just wipe all the bad memories by taking a gun to his own head? What if Johan was insinuating that Tenma was an admirable person who was doing the right thing no matter what he did, but if Tenma couldn’t appreciate it, he would undeniably choose death? Or rather maybe he’s insinuating a “good parent” who would shoot or abandon his/her “child” should probably kill themselves anyway… 

    In general, it seems like Johan believed that it made more sense people would choose death instead of life, since death was the only means of truly undoing or erasing the memory of things they had done at what the individual saw was his/her lowest, treacherous, or most humiliating point—nothing else.  I think he pretty much acknowledged something along this line when he said he was trying to make everybody go to the same “place.”

    What if he believed he had a chance of getting Tenma to willingly go to this same “place” or same “side,” too? So, Johan kept standing in front of the “beginning” of every potential loophole Tenma could find in order to escape shooting Johan, and Johan kept standing at the “end” of every potential loophole Tenma could find—sort of like that tank man who stood in front of a line of tanks at Tiananmen Square everywhere it went.  So, it was Johan’s intention to keep doing so until Tenma finally gave into his desperate plan, right? 

    However, there’s a possibility that seeing Tenma seriously look like he was going to shoot Johan made him a little troubled/anxious/concerned (AKA the infamous puppy dog look) at what he was making Tenma do.  I think you could almost say that Johan all of a sudden for a split second knew that being shot by Tenma would hurt him in the most unimaginable way of all kind of like being shot by a real parent or run over by a real tank.  I think for a split second he really wasn’t sure if he wanted or didn’t want to cause this kind of pain to anybody or anything including himself. 

    Then all of a sudden…WHAM! Wim’s father put an end to the endless cycle of torture and harassment for both of them regardless of whichever individual was most responsible for causing it.  Wim’s father saw Johan instantaneously as a horrendous monster because he was pointing a gun at his son and that was that. 

    I guess, in my opinion, the ending isn’t much of a cop out at all, since Johan’s insistence on Tenma shooting him to prove, “All lives are equal only in death,” turned out to be a more and more forced and unnecessary manipulative tactic to pressure further injustice done to everyone else who knew him to possibly go kill themselves. 

    I think Nina all of a sudden going out of her way to forgive Johan’s treachery made him openly acknowledge that it was unnecessary to concoct such a tremendous force of pressure all along, but it was too late to turn things around nor did he want to live any longer.

     
  9. toongal:

    cloverinblue:

    idk man, I think you’re focusing on the surface of Eva while giving little focus to what could be happening inside and relying on her words too much. I love Eva a lot but the words she says aren’t entirely reliable. She says one thing and feels something else. That’s a big facet of her personality. Not to mention that her temper seems pretty unhinged when she’s been drinking.

    Though, I do think you’re right in that she does genuinely share her father’s ethics. I do believe that she had deep respect for her father and part of that is also respecting his beliefs and taking them on seriously. Yes she has a hard time understanding Tenma’s decision and yes she still believes that ‘All lives are not equal’. Personally, I have a hard time understanding that myself, but I can see that it’s a part of Heinemann’s very business-oriented sense.

    However, I seriously disagree that having Tenma at her command was a large reason for her being so obsessed with him! That’s too cynical. She contradicts what she says with what she does many times (Not to mention she’s under the influence of alcohol at those times). It’s pretty obvious. When she says things like:

    I think there is some truth to those words. She did like Tenma’s submissiveness but there’s more to it than that. Right here she’s just taking the truth and blowing it out of proportion. Why?

    1. Because she’s angry and the embarassed that the gardener implied that she’s still in love with Tenma
    2. She’s an angry and emotional drunk and alcoholism is p serious business yo

    I tell you the reason why she is so fixated on Tenma. It’s because she doesn’t really respect herself much. It all comes out when she and Tenma are both sharing coffee.

    I agree with the assessment that she defines herself by the men she’s around. Growing up, it was her father and she continued to be all the way up until his death. I think this is why she so decisively broke it off with Tenma (Because it was the right thing to do in her mind at the time).

    When he died, I think she felt very lost and that’s a reason why she tried to go back to Tenma. Despite her decision, I think at that time she still had a genuine emotional attachment to him that she kept under lock. Not to mention that she is well aware of how mean and spiteful she can be. That Tenma is able “to put up with it” (I honestly think that’s how she sees it) means he’s someone special who realizes the complex woman underneath. Her father was probably the same way — someone who understood her and respected her for being who she was. This scene struck me because it made me think of a child crying out for their mother. She’s angry that Tenma ‘ruined her life’ but she’s also wants his love and approval. Her feelings for him are very complex.

    I think the scene where they’re having coffee is where Eva finally puts to rest the idea that Tenma is going to sweep her off her feet and fix her problems. They’ve both changed too much for that.

    I tend to be cynical with Eva, since she embodies a lot of things I don’t like about the rich. :P And she hurt the sparkling unicorn man woobie. Furthermore, I have difficulty understanding why she dropped the engagement without viewing it in terms of her having social-climbing tendencies and wanting to live in (even more) luxury. She loved and respected her father, sure, but I don’t think there was much of a conflict between the two over Tenma and any pressure she may have felt from her father seemed to be accompanied by her own interests. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me. XD

    Also…

    Those feelings, however, seemed to be based a lot on him being at her command. (However, I will say that I think she realized by the end that underlying that reason was a desire to feel like she’s worth something.)

    Which goes along with much of what you said, basically. Maybe I should have been clearer on this, but I believe her primary problem was conflating status and power with love and materialism with happiness. (I believe I’ve stated this opinion in an older post somewhere.) She didn’t believe she was worth anything without having status, power, wealth, and a man wrapped around her finger. It was only over the course of the story that she began to consciously realize that what Tenma really offered her was unconditional love…which she screwed up by not reciprocating. She was angry with herself because deep down, she knew she ruined her own life and that her treatment of Tenma along with his refusal to take her back brought up questions about her worth as a person. She tried to protect herself from this by blaming Tenma and taking out revenge on him. Thus, we get the drunken Eva we all know and hate love tolerate…today.

    When Eva’s life began to fall apart after her father died, she may have regretted not having a real chance at getting back with Tenma.  She probably got way more desperate and afraid at that time.  

    I think she treated the engagement matter too lightly.   I think that if she and Tenma had been married and he disobeyed her father then, maybe she would have been less likely to throw their relationship away if their bond was sealed by a wedding vow.  I think she had already felt as though they were already married in a way, so she felt even more guilty for rejecting Tenma.

    It seemed like Eva wanted to blame the whole cosmos for not sealing their relationship in time, since the wedding was supposed to be that happy moment witnessed by all their friends and family or at least anybody who cared.  

    Since Eva can be a considerably fickle person, she would need something that would motivate her to be true to her word until the very end of time.  Since Eva can also be a rather hot-blooded person, she would need strong justification that other people, not just her father, did in fact care about her.

    A wedding with her father still alive to see it happen maybe would have been that thing that would have likely aligned the couple closer rather than apart/helped to seal the deal/serve as justification that other people cared about her all in one.  

    I would think Eva would deep down believe in things like that because she chose Tenma and he chose her.  I think she would have had something to prove to Tenma, and she was angry she didn’t feel more bounded to him or he didn’t feel more bounded to her.    

    Eva regretted that she made the choice to push such a man like Tenma away, since she let her father influence her decisions to a large degree.  I think she was in some denial that it was her father who influenced her decision that much, since I think she prided herself on being quite a capable, decisive, and headstrong lady.  

    It’s possible she made the decision to leave Tenma mostly on her own, though.  Her father may have been overly insecure, since Tenma did complete most of the writing and research for him, after all.  She wanted to hold Tenma liable for the distress he may cause her father, since she may worry excessively about her father.       

    I think it was difficult for her to put any blame on her father whom she loved so dearly, and so she was more sensitive and prone to anger that Tenma was not providing the same level of attention and detail to her as before even though she was the one who broke it off with him.  

    Last but not least, I think she was critically humiliated letting Tenma see her fall apart without him, and she was willing to go so far as to harm Tenma to prevent him from seeing her like that.  So, Eva clearly had much pride and dignity that she didn’t want to lose. 

     
  10. (I felt like all that crap I tried to write on johan rapper’s post felt too disjointed, unclear, and leaning towards being completely inaccurate.    

    Plus, this kind of stuff just doesn’t really belong on my Christoph blog…no duh.  He would never say anything like this 99.99999% of the time, so who am I kidding? It is wrong, and is not being put in its proper category to say the least.)

    So for those of you who have no idea what this is about…it’s basically just me expressing my opinions about whether there truly is a basis to having a right or a wrong or if it’s all just stupid crap people made up to torture ourselves.  

    Okay, let’s start off by pretending you’re trying to keep a flame alive from being burned out.  You only get one source of flame, and that’s the only chance you get to keep it alive.  You can make another flame very easily, but that’s not really the point, is it?

    If the objective is to keep the flame from being burned out and it gets burned out, you can quickly conclude this is either an error or a fault that belongs to either you specifically, the flame, the air, the whole universe, mushi, etc.  So, which of these is more likely to be true?

    Do you know what’s likely? There will appear to be a truth to all possibilities, and you will proceed to confuse yourself in numerous ways.  Unfortunately, you or I tend to lament or grieve and curse our limitations, and we might just throw ourselves down upon the ground calling up to the sky for somebody to save us from the wrongs we have made.  

    Yes, you and I instantly reject that we’ve have tried to give truth to all possibilities in the universe, and we call it a massive brain fart.   When you or I try to do everything all by ourselves with many limitations and dubious judgment, we brain fart…

    It’s generally simple…rights and wrongs are a part of our day to day conduct, and they are very matter of fact on this planet for us humans if not because we simply brain fart.  Just because we can’t agree on whether a regular fart is more of a stinker than another fart, doesn’t mean horrible flatulence doesn’t exist when the effects are right in front of us.  It just means our explanations and definitions are limited, and do not cover the basis of everything or the whole of existence.

    Yes, basically, trying to determine what is right or wrong is like trying to determine what stinks up the place more than anything else without stinking up the place yourself, especially when we all must fart.  It is kind of like something that can be detected like methane or carbon monoxide, and we can interpret it as good and bad that we’re taking it in based on the effect it has on us or others.  

    Yes, we are all different from one another, but I implore you that there is a smell out there that will take us all down indiscriminately.  If it seems like some people are immune to it, it’s highly likely because they’re wearing a gas mask or have a major sinus or cold.  

    You see, we have the ability to find reasonable explanations rather than having to come up with a million different explanations.  When, satisfiedcat, says there is no right or wrong, I would strongly advise anybody not to come up with a million explanations like I tried to do.  

    People who are far smarter than I am can simplify things much better than I can.  I can assure you even these people will say this or that is the right idea…this or that on the other hand is not the right idea without sounding like a prick.  I, on the other hand, struggle greatly trying to say things without sounding like a prick or sounding preachy.  

    So yeah, in my opinion, if there’s a truth to something and a basis to it, we will unintentionally torture ourselves with it or try to get rid of it like a pest.  We just don’t like looking like fools, being told we’re at fault, being scolded, or being caught red handed.  

    The fact that people act like this tells me that we very much need a system of identifying rights and wrongs in place.  Since we’ve created a system of rights and wrongs; therefore, they in a broad sense exist wherever they’re supposed to apply.