reblog and make a wish!
this was removed from tumbrl due to “violating one or more of Tumblr’s Community Guidelines”, but since my wish came true the first time, I’m putting it back. :)
OH MY FUCKING GOD, IT’S BACK ON MY DASH.
THIS SHIT WORKS OKAY, I AM DEAD SERIOUS.
The last time I saw this on my dash, I didn’t think it would happen, so jokingly I wished I could go to a fun. concert.
AND GUESS WHAT, I WENT TO A FUCKING FUN. CONCERT.
THIS SHIT WORKS, TRY IT.
yay its back.
I half jokingly reblogged this yesterday cos I thought it was a nice picture…
and was like oh wow I only get wishes on birthdays what would I wish for?!?!?! how about gainful employment L0L
… and like…
I have a job now? That I never applied for? That someone just called me up and said “here, have this”? In a place I really really like?
So like… h8ers gonna h8 or something
Adachi Toka, creator of Noragami, a monthly shounen manga, published in Monthly Sounen Magazine Comics, is yet another manga aimed towards boys that is created by a woman. Along with Arakawa Hiromu (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Hishino Katsura (D.Gray-Man), these ladies show that a woman can write anything she wants and make it good.
The main point and lesson to be taken by Noragami is that popularity is fickle and numbers mean neither truth, nor quality and above all, nor happiness.
One of Toka-sensei’s characteristics is her lack of shyness towards romance: in the above picture, she’s bold enough to draw a Red String of Fate attached on Yato, the protagonist, leading towards Hiyori, the female lead of the series.
Yato’s wish to be remembered permanently in people’s minds (alternatively called “gain followers”) as something else than just a War God is his dearest wish and his Ultimate Boon, something that, if happened, would signify the closing of the series. Toka-sensei has placed Hiyori, Yato’s love interest as the catalyst of this, not only having her create a tiny model-shrine for his sake, but also through a romantic bond.
Furthermore, in the current fan-scanlated arc, one of Yato’s biggest fear is to lose Hiyori from his life, either by having her dying, or her forgetting his existence. While Hiyori’s genuine wish to “be with Yato more” and him promising to make her “the happiest person in the world” can be interpreted as yet another moment leading towards romance, it is also another step towards the hero’s Ultimate Boon; Yato as a god who is trusted with people’s well-being. Even if these people can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
It is not every day that we see romance so tightly-woven into the hero’s goal in a shounen series, but it is definitely welcome, as it provides a rare quality in the shounen series in general: a genre that is obsessed with success, the hunting of the top and more-is-better, Noragami teaches the opposite:
"More is better" is an ideal that has led countless young people (teenagers, specifically) to be obsessed with popularity: more followers in social networks, more friends, wanted as a lover by many people, etc. means success. In a world of capitalism and where the "more" is always equivalent to "better", Noragami sets its foot down and says that “quality is better than quantity”. It’s who is close to you, rather than how many.
Ironically enough, we see Yato advocating the opposite in the beginning of the series. After being abandoned by his former weapon (“shiki”), Yato exclaims that one day he’ll be a god with “110 million followers and be on the top of Japan”.
As such, Toka-sensei is directly linking Yato’s godhood with the online popularity of the social networks, where you have “followers” as well, condemning said popularity as trivial and superficial.
As the story progresses, Yato is slowly gaining the happiness he searched for though just two bonds: his new shiki, Yukine, who is a sort of son/younger brother that learns the world he lives in under Yato’s wing and his love interest, the before-mentioned human Hiyori. Two is hardly a lot and one could argue that only Hiyori’s bond is the answer to Yato’s wishes, since she’s the human one, unlike Yukine, who is still a spirit, though this would lead to evaluate the bonds as “more/less important” something Toka-sensei herself has gone through pains to dismiss in her story.
However, the crux of the matter is that Yato himself seems not to follow what he preaches as of yet, while he slowly makes his dreams of being remembered by mankind true through his relationship with Hiyori and have a faithful shiki by his side through Yukine. Ironic as it sounds, it makes for a build-up towards the moment when the Hero will realize that he already has what he wishes for. Storytelling rules dictate that this moment will come when said happiness is in grave danger to perish, thus leading to an exciting finale.
Recognition through familial (Yukine) and romantic (Hiyori) bonds instead of through mass popularity (i.e. Naruto) is a far more mature theme to picture and explore in a manga that it is aimed at young boys, and Toka-sensei is a brave soul to bring it to the forefront with her manga. Much alike Fullmetal Alchemist, where the hero, Edward Elric willingly gives up his power in order to preserve his familial bond with his younger brother, Alphonse, Noragami is setting up the scene where Yato will reach this level of maturity as well. Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Noragami are written by women.
Maybe, in the end, the ladies write better for boys?
Day 9: Pegasus & Maximus
Day 7&8: Soviet & Disney Winnie the Pooh
Late tumblr post-
Day 6: Lady and the Tramp
Late tumblr post-
Day 5: Toothless & Stormfly
Day 4: Sulley & Mike
too lazy today
Day 3: Black Cat & Woof
From Soviet cartoon “Kitten named Woof “
late tumblah post
Day 2: Charlie & Itchy & Sasha
Late tumblr-post from humanization challenge with my friends
Day 1: Bambi & Thumper
nothing gay just off-art
Humanization challenge with my friends
new reason why I will never be fashion designer
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