today’s viewing of the original star wars trilogy brought to you by our sponsors, “Is Luke Skywalker Bisexual” and “Can I Continue To Insist Vader/Fett Is A Thing”
so is Luke Skywalker bisexual though I need to go to bed in about ten minutes and thus don’t have time to review the trilogy myself
let me put it this way
can you prove he ISN’T
pretty tired of seeing this hair trope on asian characters
EDIT: because three examples wasn’t enough for some of you:
Why is this a thing?
As soon as I saw this post I thought about Mei Melancon as Psylocke in X-men: The Last Stand
but really. why is this even a trope?anyone know the origin of this?
Where did this come from?
My old weeaboo senses are tingling. I might have an idea of the origin of the whole thing.
I suspect it’s linked to the fact protagonists in anime have colored hair.
It’s a thing
Sometimes it’s even fucking scary
C’mon guess who are the protagonists here.
Don’t be shy
Of course there is a lot of main characters who don’t have these features.
But it is a huge trend.
That’s how i suspect the colored hair locks idea came to be at first.To be some weird way to acknowledge the full colored hair in anime for asian characters.
But that wouldn’t be the main reason.
To get back to the american cartoons (not including the movies). If you look well you’ll realize that they’re almost never use another hair base color than black for them, and i’m pretty sure it’s because they’re scared people won’t understand that asian don’t all have black hair.
Same goes for the skin, yellow or very pale. As if darker skins wasn’t something possible when you’re asiatic. (a pretty narrowed vision of the world if you ask me)
But since it’s the stereotype they follow it, thus making a lot of asians characters have black hair they kind of all have the same colors set (yellow/very pale skin and dark hair) so how the fuck do we make sure people don’t mix up x asian character from this cartoon with y asian character from that cartoon what do we do ?
~~~colored hair locks~~~
*inserts trumpets sounds in bg*
Thank you japan to give us a reason to put that, also hey don’t you think it looks cool ?
That’s for america.
But tbh, same goes on the Japan’s side.
idk if you guys realized but we occidentals are a mostly (not all but what a minority) white (a bit tanned sometimes), blond, preferably with blue eyes in their anime.
And sometimes when the character is american, it’s a black guy. But’s it’s really, reallyyyy rare.
It’s only recently that there is more black people in animes, took you long enough Japan.
This worldwide need for stereotypes is linked to the fact animators needs to make sure the people who watches knows what they’re looking at at first sight.
It’s true that in design(and chara-design) the first goal is to make sure the people understand what they see. That, and time is limited for creation so you have to do all this very quickly.
It’s not a bad goal but going to the extreme makes designers go for stereotypes.
Can’t blame them tho.
It’s simple, makes you less dwell on the design (thus, gain so time) and more importantly you’re sure people will understand what they see.
And it’s bad because :
- it kills creativity.
- it’s rude for the people from the same ethnicity as the character.
- you comfort people outside this ethnicity into the stereotype.Which, from my pov, is the worst part.
Welp that’s my piece of mind on the subject. I don’t pretend to understand it all so if you guys have other ideas i’m open for debate.
This is a good post
Asian (Filipino) chiming in here. I agree with a lot of the points above, but also, consider this:
Asians with color-streaked or dyed black hair reflects real life.
Of my circle of friends, a majority of them colors their hair. The ratio of colored hair to uncolored would probably be about ten to six.
Here are some examples of my friends’ hair. If they’re not black in the photo, I assure you, that’s not their natural color.
Black hair isn’t exactly a standout feature when 99.99999% of the people you see everyday have black hair, so coloring your hair is a popular activity, especially in more media and creative-oriented Asian countries like the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, etc. Wigs, streaks, full on dye jobs, you name it.
Now note that these are all characters from films and animations. I notice that many Asian creatives (if not a majority) in particular love to color their hair, especially when our job doesn’t require us to keep a uniform style and color. The only thing keeping most people from coloring their hair is either a job or school where stringent rules keep you from that kind of alteration.
So Asian creatives with dyed hair + creative medium where Asian creatives work = Asian characters with dyed hair.
And there are only so many shades of brown we can shade in for hair before it gets iffy, and realistically most Asians don’t even have “shades of brown” in their hair except under bright sunlight or if they have mixed blood. It’s generally just black. Black hair. And black hair may be beautiful, but it’s not unique unless every other character is of a different natural or unnatural hair color.
So while I say yes to more creative portrayals of Asians, I have no issue with colored hair since it pretty much reflects real life.
Whoa! You look.. different. It’s a good different!
I really like Jupiter’s design.
omg jupiter is a kawaii papa
Uranus is extremely surly from all the butt jokes everyone is making about him
My god I want to be Io
my favorite is pluto
The look on Anna’s face makes me so happy ^_^
Photographer Translates His Nightmares Into Surreal, Haunting Photographs
by 19-year-old photographer Nicolas Bruno
I am in LOVE with these.
The following is an UPG on a being I call King of Roads. This is a personally held belief only, it is by no means meant to be taken as gospel or to imitate any known beings.
Face Claims: Tom Waits, Mads Mikkelsen, and Erika Linder.
King of Roads, the ruler of what one travels upon. This every shifting deity-like being presides over all forms of roads from small paths to super highways, roads/paths between worlds/planes/universes, even the information pathways held in the internet. They may not be the most powerful of beings, but every being has to travel upon something. Whether it is a morning commute to work, to ones own fate.
Powerful, old, and demanding respect this being is not to be messed with. Deals made to them are to be held to such a strict standard of fine combing that it is almost impossible to account for all the potholes that may occur within the contracts. It is not that they are malicious or trickster-like, but rather hard set on a smooth roadway upon which you sign away whatever you wish to give. Any missteps would lead to cracks in the blacktop, cracks that could spell dire consequences in the right conditions. As such it is advised to never make deals with them, not unless you have no other choice or a death wish.
Despite their name, they have no gender. At the very least it isn’t one we as mortals know of. They can be beautiful and feminine, old and imposing, androgynous and enticing, even old and daunting. They may appear to you in the same form for many years, shift as you blink, or anything in-between.
When in their presence it is not uncommon to smell a warm summer day, burnt rubber, fried foods, rotting flesh, and even sex. They can and do inspire wanderlust in people they deem worthy of their touch, and will infect their chooser’s blood with asphalt.
The concept of asphalt in one’s blood is the addiction like craving for constant travel. This causes a desperate wish to walk away from ones life and get lost upon the blacktop. It is like the simple idea of wanderlust but distilled into a drug like haze feeling. Those with this mark, if you will, need to feel the road every so often or they will loose part of themselves.
They can also inspire their chosen to great and amazing things within what ever passions said person/being holds dear. Musicians, painters, porn stars, and even train hoppers can all be one of their chosen. Almost muse like, in a way.
Without making deals one can ask for their help in boosting curses, travel spells, wards upon vehicles, safe astral travel, even as a neutral party/protection in crossroad deals with other beings. However, if asked to be a part of a crossroad deal their neutral stance and protection can be revoked if said beings rule over said crossroad or crossroads in general. They are not the end all, be all of deals made at them.
Common agents of their:
Women in White
Women in Red
Road Avatar Spirits
Road Kill Blood
Common times to encounter them:
Common places to encounter them:
The sides of road
In your rear view mirror
Roadside grave markers
Gas stations/dinners (working and abandoned)
Railroad tracks/train cars