Y’all you know how hard it is so hyperfixate on a show that has a dead fandom like help
i made my friend guess infinity train characters, based off of what he's seen on my blog. i sent him all 4 promo posters and let him name them in whatever order he wanted. this is the results:
tulip, lake, jesse, grace, simon, min-gi, ryan: he guessed them all correctly with no hesitation
alan dracula: that one is just Deer. the deer is deer.
one-one: I feel like that one has a simple acronym that means something. So I am naming them SPHERE
atticus: WAITWAIT I REMEMBER THE DOG! The dog's name is Atticus??
hazel: I think there's a character named Hazel. So I am guessing that is this one.
tuba: The remaining two I have no clue. So I m naming that one Barry
kez: And this one is uh. Bell
thinkin about lake and thunderstorms again. i think the first one they experience off the train would be rough. the trauma would still be so fresh and though i don't think that there would be specific trauma related triggers, i do think it'd be just stressful enough to make lake break down a bit.
so jesse just holds them for a while. lake buries their face in jesse's chest, crying quietly, while jesse's palms gently drift along lake's skin in an attempt to calm them. lake doesn't realize they're shaking. when jesse sees a big flash, one that lights up the night sky, he squeezes lake a little tighter until the rumble is over. lake squeezes back.
they don't really talk. the room is dark, save for the flashes. it feels quiet. occassionally jesse will whisper a "it's okay," or "you're safe," or "breathe," but otherwise the sound of the downpour outside fills the room. then jesse starts to hum absent-mindedly, and lake is able to take deeper, calmer breaths. they pull away just enough to rest their head against jesse's collarbone, looking out the window with him. they're still holding him tight.
"the rain is nice," lake's voice is small, but honest. jesse hums in affirmation.
lake still flinches at the next few lightning strikes, and still squeezes jesse when the thunder rolls, but it's better. the storm is dying down the panic attack has subsided, leaving exhaustion in its wake.
jesse's not sure when lake fell asleep, nor when he fell asleep himself, he just knows that they woke up together the next morning.
I don't think anyone will be surprised when I say this, but there's a fundamental problem with western "adult" animation and that really sucks. To summarize the obvious: nearly every animated show not "made for kids" is limited to one very specific ~type~ of show (you know the one). And sure, some people like this style of show, but the potential left untapped is infuriating.
What I want from adult animation is shows like The Owl House, but taken further, without the limitations that networks put these shows through to make them "suitable for younger audiences". I don't even think they need to necessarily be completely inappropriate for younger viewers, they just need to prioritize their adult audience more and not get bogged down by "think of the children!!" rhetoric.
Animation targetted at older audiences doesn't all have to be like Family Guy. Even the more well-liked adult shows such as Harley Quinn don't stray nearly far enough off the established model to really meet the potential of the medium. Sometimes I want a sincere story without bathroom humour or gratuitous gore or hypersexualization. Sometimes I want to watch something that doesn't even really have "adult" content, but that's still designed for older audiences first and foremost, instead of held in a creative chokehold by brands like Disney to make sure it's colourful and light-hearted enough for little Timmy.
Maybe what I want would more accurately be called "Young Adult" or "Teen" animation, but I feel like those labels would undervalue these shows to the average viewer, similalry to how "YA" vs. "Adult" novels are treated. Just look at what Infinity Train was able to do when it was allowed to go places "kids'" shows usually aren't allowed to! Look at the beta concepts and imagine what The Owl House could have been if it wasn't on Disney Channel!
Of course, I love what we got with toh and how far they've taken this story, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. But there are admittedly a lot of weird moments and character/lore inconsistencies in the show, especially in season 1, where you can really feel Disney's enforced quota of "haha silly cartoon hijinks" messing with things. And I try to ignore them, but I often look at that one Bat Queen concept art and I get this sense of longing for a world where these shows can exist without having to toe the line of conforming to being "kids" shows.
Really my main point is that no one is hitting this specific niche like serialized non-"adult" cartoons are. But these types of shows have no stable space carved out for them in western media. The only place where they can even exist is on kids television networks, where their content is heavily policed and limited. And being trapped on these networks causes the general public to often lump them in with every other cartoon, dismissing them all as "for kids", no matter how different the story-telling style and intended audiences are. And if any of these networks one day decide that serialized cartoons no longer fit their brand, then we lose like half of the shows we have, out of an already measly selection.
Western animation has so much diverse potential, and yet all we get is the same genre of shows with that horribly bland and low-budget artstyle that makes everything just looks like Family Guy. Why does it have to be this way?
[Image ID: “One of my favorite genders” meme edited to say “Shout out to NEURODIVERGENT FEMALE PROTAGONISTS WHO REALLY NEED TO TALK TO THEIR MOMS fr 🤞🏾/Gotta be one of my favorite genders”
Several characters surround the man from the original meme: Mae Borowski from the game Night in the Woods, Tulip Olsen from the show Infinity Train, Hilda from the show Hilda, Claire from the game A Short Hike, Madeline from the game Celeste, Luz Noceda from the show The Owl House, Vi from the game Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling, and Athena Cykes from the Ace Attorney series of games. Niko from OneShot is hiding in the corner. End ID.]
Animation creators of the modern era really said that white male cult leaders are the worst monsters of all and we stan them for saying that.