What the Flick?

After the new year, I went to my Flickr just to poke my nose around, and I was greeted with this message…

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So, expiring the same day it goes into effect, I could save 15% on going pro… so what are my options?

flickr plans

*sigh*

I am not paying $50.04 a year to store my photos somewhere. At one time, when it was offered, I did sometimes go pro… but that was when I was trying to be either a convention photographer or a convention journalist.. and yeah… that sucks… so where will I go?

WordPress? No… I’m at almost 80% there. Deviantart takes too long to upload even one picture. *sigh* This sucks, and I’m not sure where the future of my hobby will bring me to…

Below are some photos I’ve taken or had taken for me (such as mermaid-ed ones) that will soon need a new home, I guess. Enjoy?

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Remember the Pre-Bowsette times?

I took these photo in January of this year at Magfest in MD and June at A-Kon in Tx. Considering the fact that Bowsette hit us in September, I thought that these were worth sharing.

Remember the before Bowsette times? Where you could be a bad ass fan creation that was more adapted from your own creation than someone else’s? Before the bandwagon effect? No? Okay.

Below are some fun photos I took this year, mostly of cosplay. Expect a few more posts before the end of the year and after about how awesome 2018 was!

 

Movies

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse lands today, and I made a spoiler-free review for it!

In sadder news, I saw Once Upon a Deadpool as well, and… yeah… I got emotional near the end, because… well… spoilers? There was a Stan Lee cameo in Deadpool 2. I know I’m late to the party here, but here is me talking about Stan Lee.

Netflix’s She-Ra review

she-ra-reboot750x422I have finished  Netflix’s She-Ra, and… it’s just not quite there? It borrows so much from Sailor Moon and Tenchi Muyo while not being as smart or visually impressive as either, meanwhile it might actually fail at being She-Ra.

I’ve never really watched the original, outside of bits and pieces here and there. I had hoped that since this show has a ‘diverse’ cast that does not have to conform to a toy line like the original, that there would be people of different ages, such as in Steven Universe where you have the kids helping their elders and you had some maybe college students thrown in a story helping each other… instead most of the characters are all of a similar age, except the ice princess who is kind of offensively themed after an Eskimo?

Mermista_Sea_Hawk_Perfuma_EntraptaPeople keep claiming that this is a show that really pushes an agenda, but does it even succeed at pushing it? If anything, this show could be accused of queer-baiting certain characters in a vain attempt to make ‘tumblr’ ship characters together, such as Bow and Seahawk or Glimmer and Adora or Adora and Catra. Unless Dreamworks, Netflix, and Mattel lets them succeed in their agenda, I think fans in the LGBTQ community will turn against She-ra.

sailor_moon_crystal_act_28_sailor_uranus_kisses_sailor_moonJapan’s Sailor Moon had gay characters, teased the main characters with other women such as Sailor Uranus pursuing Sailor Moon, or Sailor Star Fighter pursuing Sailor Moon, or even the male characters Fiore with Tuxedo Mask.  the difference between the obvious inspiration of Sailor Moon is that Sailor Moon got to really show these kind of things, despite the fact that Sailor Moon was a curvy mostly heterosexual character… in other words, 1992’s Sailor Moon is more feminine and a lot gayer than She-Ra, so as far as pushing the agenda… She-Ra has utterly failed.

The main problem with She-Ra is the fact that the show is not bad or great, it’s just good to okay. Why would you bring back a property only to make it okay? Voice acting is okay, not great. The art is not great, often not detailed with any shadows or shading… and that’s partially because of the quality in animation today. The show just does not have polish, and it just comes off as kind of amateurish.

Steven-Universe-Premiere-postI spoke about Tenchi and Sailor Moon, which are better animated. Steven Universe is more creative than She-Ra and succeeds in pushing their mature agenda to kids.

If there was a ‘line-up’ like there was on Saturday Mornings or after school for She-Ra, it would be less of a problem… but Netflix is trying to bring people onto an entire platform, potentially just to watch this show that is not as good or even as progressive as say… Netflix Dreamworks Voltron which has the LBGTQ character of Pidge and the amazing Princess of Color Alura…

Like I said… this show is okay. It’s not Ghostbusters 2016, even though it has the same problem of portraying most of the male characters terribly. Bow sucks to the point where he should just not be on the show, Sea Hawk is annoying parody of Han Solo, but Swift Wind is kind of awesome but others might find him too agenda driven. At least this show looks better than upcoming Thundercats Roar?

she-ra-970This show, to me, get’s the grade of a  high C. That is a passing grade, which considering that there are many new shows and movies that utterly fail… is something? On a bell curve, if a teacher is being generous, She-Ra could be considered a very low B grade… and that is as generous as I’m willing to be.

So maybe now I should re-watch the original She-Ra, and compare the two?

Do I detect some protest?

happydeadpool1Fuck it. I guess I’m going to have to protest yet another Ryan Reynolds movie? Jezebel thinks we need to bring up how terrible of an idea inserting Ryan Reynolds into the body of a Pikachu really is, this Thanksgiving.

Hatred for Ryan Reynolds? Anger that a man took away the female voice that Pikachu has already had in the anime?

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Dee La Beau as Pikachu

I just… don’t see why they are hating on Detective Pikachu. I asked some Pikachu about their thoughts on the issue, and this is what some of them had to say:

Pika Pi… Pikachu pika pi… pik pika… CHU!!!!!

Chu Chu pika pi!

Pi Pi chu pika!

So there you have it. The outrage is apparently real. Pikachu’s are upset, and just not going to take it anymore. Oh, women too? Who knows. I am probably going to be bringing back my local chapter of The Friends of Humanity just to protest Ryan Reynolds as a Pokemon. I guess.

 

Some of the music from The Office

Steve Carell is wrong. The Office can still work today. It’s last episode aired on May 16, 2013… true, Carell wasn’t there for that… oh wait, he was, but that is only 5 years ago! Come ON!

Shows nowadays, like Steven Universe and My Little Pony have a ton of songs. Your show has songs. I know this is a silly argument for bringing the show back… but hey…. let’s revisit some of these songs!

Here’s a bonus one from Creed!

The show and the actors are all fun… if we can’t have more episodes, which canonically would make no sense, can we at least get a musical? Or some sort of spiritual successor with the same actors? Pretty Please?