dragonimp: (faceplant)
I loved the manga because Al's a smartass with just as much of an ego as Ed. I loved it because Winry doesn't have to have Ed to be happy, she's happy on her own - he's just a really sexy bonus.

All I can think is this person really wasn't reading the same manga I was. I adore Winry and I adore her in the manga, but her life is SO COMPLETELY wrapped around Ed that you never see her do anything that isn't because of Ed or for Ed or in some other way related to Ed.

And this person was saying these were reasons like liked the manga over 03. Except that Winry actually DID SHIT in 03 because she wanted to make a difference in general, not specifically make a difference for Ed. And where she, y'know, moved on with her life without him at the end.

But I am so not getting into this argument. I don't need that kind of stress. (Which is why I'm not posting this on Tumblr. Because even without tags, people manage to find these things and start wank.)
dragonimp: (faceplant)
Aaaaarrgh people! No matter what size your image is while you're working on it, on the Web it will display at 72 dpi! This means that the nice 8"x11" scan you have? If you keep it at 300 dpi, it will display at over 2000 pixels. And just so you know, that's a wee bit big for most monitors.

Why is this such a hard concept for some people?
dragonimp: (Default)
USDA is rethinking the food pyramid

At first I got all excited because I thought it meant they were reworking the recommended proportions, but no, it sounds like they're more or less taking the same thing and putting it in a different format. Why is that disappointing? Well, that food pyramid? The one with grains at the bottom, the fruits and veggies, then meat and protein up near the top? Those are the same proportions, almost exactly, that farmers use to fatten livestock like pigs and cattle.

To state that again - the USDA recommended diet is the same diet used to FATTEN PIGS.

Is it really any wonder our culture has an obesity problem?
dragonimp: (Roy/Hughes het shield)
I'm thinking Arakawa shouldn't tackle romance. The only ones that work are the ones that happened in the past - meaning we see the happy couple, not what led up to it. Trisha/Hohenheim, Izumi/Sig, Maes/Gracia - and Roy/Maes. The ones she's trying to do within the series - eehhhh.

I'm not saying this because I'm anti EdWin - most people have relationships that aren't good for them, teenagers are notorious for it - or anti Royai. Both of those would have been perfectly fine, except that she's mangled the characters in favor of the 'ship. I buy Winry's feelings for Ed, but Ed, damn it, falls out of character every time his supposed "feelings" show up, right from the first "Oh, she's cute when she's submissive" moment. Plus, whenever he comforts Winry, a prime moment to showcase hidden feelings, it's damn near identical to how he comforts Al. Which tells me that the affection he feels for Winry is more brotherly than anything else.

Royai gets a double blow. Roy treats her no differently than his other subordinates, which is actually a shame considering how long they've known each other. There's been no hint of deeper feelings on Roy's side, unless you also want to admit (even stronger) evidence for Roy/Havoc and - of course - Roy/Maes. Riza, poor thing, falls out of character and completely loses her edge, the prime example being her giving up once Lust tells her Roy is dead. The fact that the Royai shippers have been even worse than the yaoi shippers for reading in subtext every time they have two seconds together in a panel is pretty telling.

The only ongoing romance I can think of that's believable is Ross/Broche, and I'm starting to think it's because we don't ever see them.

Okay. Rant over.
dragonimp: (inuyasha)
Hollywood has always been a very trend-following and unimaginative place, but lately it seems like the movie studios aren't even trying. It's just been "Hey, Harry Potter did well! Let's see what other popular children's/YA book we can turn into movie!" These don't really bug me - it's just blatantly obvious that that's what they're doing. But now we also have: "Hey, Speed Racer did well! Let's see what other beloved anime franchise we can rape and dismember turn into a live action movie!"

Okay, I haven't seen it, but from everything I've heard, Speed Racer was a pretty good movie. The same cannot be said for the upcoming Dragonball or - gods - Cowboy Bebop movies. The Dragonball movie seems to have completely missed the point of the series. Cowboy Bebop - just, no, you can't do that story in a single movie. And the casting - I have nothing against Keanu Reeves, but he shouldn't be Spike. No.

I feel like guarding my fandoms with a bowie knife.

July 2017



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