So it’s the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure today and that’s absolutely nuts, so here’s a thing because of course I had to do a thing for that.
15 years I feel OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLDDD.
Genetic Forensics Wakes a Dragon
A genetic investigation into the illegal trade of sailfin dragons has unearthed a surprise: a new species of the rainbow-colored lizards that resemble small dinosaurs. The finding highlights just how little is known about these mysterious and threatened animals.
Sailfin lizards (genus Hydrosaurus) look like they were pulled from a child’s coloring book. As the water-loving reptiles mature, their faces, dorsal crests, and saillike tails shift from a drab green and gray to vibrant shades of neon purple, cyan, and harlequin. That’s made them a popular target for an illegal pet trade which—along with destruction of their habitat in the Philippines, eastern Indonesia, and New Guinea—has decimated their numbers. In the wild, only juveniles remain in most populations, says Cameron Siler, the curator of herpetology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
This is a full body shot of this lizard, hence the name Sailfin.
HE IS BEAUTIFUL.
Sometimes I just feel inexplicably guilty for all the plants I’ve neglected to death.
I did like the WIPs better than the final product, but at least I’m finished?
You can buy a copy of this at Anime Boston and Tora Con :)
If you are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, prejudice of any kind, I will unfollow you.
Likewise, if you post comments that antagonises whites, straight, or cis, or men, I will do the same.
You both are bullies, one stuffed with privileges and the other shoved with cognotive dissonance, who contribute to a vicious cycle of hate.
Frankly, both groups should not exist here or elsewhere.
In fact, the voice actress for Parasoul is a strong activist for feminism!
This is the third iteration of the Appleseed franchise in anime form, and to be honest, I don’t feel like any progress is being made.
I liked “Appleseed (2004)” and its sequel “Ex Machina” but “XIII” just doesn’t seem to be doing anything for me. It has some nice action setpieces, but I feel like everything done with the characters is a step backwards. Deunan and Briareos’ relationship is at the core, as it is in the others, but they seem to spend so much time fighting that I don’t really buy into them as a couple at all.
Relationships have difficulties, I get that, but I felt “Ex Machina” created a much better conflict, in a way that was told much better than XIII has. They both seem to behave really immaturely about the whole thing, Deunan throwing a grump every other episodes (whether for right or wrong reasons) and Briareos alternates between “I HAVE TO PROTECT YOU ALWAYS! I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU!” and “If you can’t trust anyone else then you should just quit, because I won’t always be there to save you”. There was also an episode in which Deunan lies about going to meet up with someone by saying she’s going shopping with Hitomi, which Briareos finds out about perfectly legitimately when he bumps into Hitomi later, but instead of confronting Deunan like a grown fucking adult, he elects to start to say something and then passive agressively say “It’s nothing…” (which make me face palm so hard I nearly broke my glasses) and decides instead to follow her the next time she goes out and THEN confront her.
I also feel like Hitomi has been hit in the head with a brick, because she seems considerably more of a ditz and almost an airhead at times, whereas in “Appleseed 2004” and “Ex Machina” she was a competent, emotionally intelligent character. In this she seems reduced to comic relief character in a way that is almost embarrassing to watch.
It’s not an awful show, but it’s just such a retrograde step that I don’t feel like it’s bringing anything new or interesting to the Appleseed canon, and what’s more there’s an “Appleseed Alpha” film in the works, which is yet another reboot/ alternate universe take , leaving us with the following co-existing canons:
Appleseed (original 80’s traditional anime)
Appleseed and Ex Machina (cgi films)
What is the point? Does each new story need to take place in its own setting? Why can’t they be sequels, prequels etc.