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the best but simultaneously most underused spirk fic trope is the two of them meeting for the first time when they’re like, seven, and little spock coming up with a list of logical reasons he should marry jim when they grow up (and then an adult in spock’s life reminding him that he’s literally seven and is being incredibly intense)

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“Fetih suresi 29 Ayettir ve islâm ordusu Istanbul'u tam 29 kere kuşatmıştır.. 29. seferde 29 Mayıs 1453 de fetih, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han Hz.lerine nasip olmuştur.”

وَلِلّٰهِ جُنُودُ السَّمٰوَاتِ وَالْاَرْضِۜ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ عَز۪يزاً حَك۪يماً 

Göklerin ve yerin askerleri yalnızca Allah’a aittir; O Azîz'dir. Hâkim'dir.

  • Fetih Suresi, 7
Istanbul'un fethinin sene-i devriyesi mübarek olsun. Rabbim celle celâlühu tüm ceddimizden razı olsun..
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May 29, 2020

Ping Pong the Animation

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I had no knowledge of this show before other than vague reviews of how good it was. The rumors were true though. It was really good. The stylistic, cartoony and highly dynamic animation felt very familiar. 

As a sports anime, the story was pretty unique. The characters were memorable because they are not drawn in typical ikemen style and the animators were free to do whatever they wanted with their faces. That’s what made it a really fun and a new experience. They were all gremlins. There were a bit of mature themes here and there but they were typical since we’re dealing with highschool boys.

This anime showed how deep ping pong is. Though they don’t teach the audience the basics, they showed that each player is defined by how they attack/defend and how they grip the racket. I didn’t even know that there were different kinds of rubber that will suit each player’s play style.There senior citizen characters also make the show shine because they teach and help the players show their potential.

When you got a lead character voiced by Uchiyama Kouki, you know that the character is skilled but have no motivation for the sport. They also had Chinese characters and they really spoke Chinese (it’s pretty rare for anime to do that lol)

That’s when I found out that the studio that produced it was the one that made Keep your Hands Off Eizouken! That’s when I knew I was in safe hands.

Ping Pong the Animation is easily one of the best sports anime I’ve seen. I am blessed to have watched it.

Ookiku Furikabutte / Big Windup

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For the past two months I have scoured Ace of Diamond Tumblr and Reddit trying to somehow understand baseball. I have rewatched and reread everything from Daiya no A at least 3 times and made some meta about all that I learned. I was curious as to why the creator of Daiya no A liked Ookiku Furikabutte so much when I initially avoided it for years because the MC didnt look like he could be trusted. Yesterday I took the plunge and finally watched everything because I had to satisfy that feeling of needing to know.

As much as I showered good reviews on Daiya no A, I wasn’t prepared for the quality and heart of Ookiku Furikabutte. The team is newly formed, headed by a female Coach who had to scrape up the last of her savings to form the club while working odd hard labor jobs. All the team members are freshmen. The main pitcher and catcher had major issues due to bad experiences in middle school and their team as a whole had baseball experience but didn’t make it big in the junior leagues (except for one player who was actually a star).

Anyway what surprised me was the care in how the matches unfolded. I honestly wished I watched this before Daiya no A because in Ookiku Furikabutte, I could clearly see and understand:

  • what the purpose of the base coaches was, 
  • how the catchers made, decided gameplays and directed the fielders and the pitcher
  • how coaches direct the players on the field
  • how the pitchers help in the deciding the defense 
  • the strategies batters use and how they communicate with the dugout
  • How the cheerleading was conducted

The games were broken down play by play in a careful yet interesting manner. That’s what made the pace pretty slow compared to Daiya no A. But I believe that someone without baseball knowledge would learn pretty much the basics of baseball while watching it.

Since the setting is a small town with underdog team, there were a lot of family and slice of life moments. The anime showed how the players’ parents and family are essential in the support of the teams.

The characters were very colorful. They were written like they were real people. There wasn’t a lot of testorene filled big talk (which usually makes sports anime so unrealistic). The coach is probably more gangster than the players. There were interesting pockets of practical information that can be used in real life too.

Mihashi Ren most likely came from the sports anime generation of highly skilled yet quirky Main characters (2000-2010). I almost had forgotten how much I liked MCs that were not the 0 to Hero or Little Giant type. I had to get used to his whimpering though but so did the other characters.

I was told by a friend on twitter that the mangaka “Higuchi-Sensei” created it  “to be realistic so that it can be emulated by kids and have reasonable expectations of it in case they wanted to pick up baseball!” I couldn’t agree more, since it provided a window as to how players actually do stuff on the field.

The OST was soft and sounded more like something you’d listen while strolling through a medieval fair. It felt pretty good watching a sports anime that had a calm soundtrack and didn’t make you have heart attacks all the time.

The animation was top notch though. LIKE SERIOUSLY. It has probably one of the most gorgeous animation qualities I’ve seen. There was so much heart in the creation of the anime that I wish that season 2 was longer. 

I really don’t mind if a sports anime is realistic or not as long as the story is engaging and the characters grow properly. I’m gonna read the rest of Ookiku Furikabutte manga and hope that the beautiful development in the anime finale will continue further.

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tagged by @anthonyed , thank you!!

Top 3 cities you want to visit: Port Blair, Amsterdam, Fairbanks

Favourite Marvel character: Tony Stark

White Chocolate, yay/nay?: yay, but not too much, ‘cause it makes me nauseous (it used to be the ONLY kind of chocolate i would eat, once upon a time, but now it honestly feels like too much.)

Favourite board game: ludo

How many countries have you been to: 1

Favourite thing to do on a rainy day: listen to the sound it makes, breathe it in; read a book when i grow tired of doing that. There’s something about a rainy day that just makes me feel relaxed. If i’m inside the house ofc lol. 

Favourite Holiday: Holi! My fav festival tbh

Pen or pencil: Pen

Favourite kind of soup: Cream of Broccoli

Your typical order at a cafe or a coffee shop: cold coffee

Favourite ride at an amusement park: Rollercoasters!! The anticipation and waiting in the line always kills me, and makes me wanna chicken out, but i love the mix of utter terror+euphoria i feel when on the ride. And then as soon as it stops, i wanna go again. It’s a REALLY frustrating cycle.

The colour of your sneakers: I have floral printed ones, block coloured, and a few more with random patterns.

Favourite pbs show (or little kids show if you don’t have pbs): Phineas and Ferb, American Dragon, Kid vs Kat , Sally Bollywood

Five blogs you think deserve some love (also whom I’m tagging):

 @siennarossi @siancore @momentofmemory @irnhero

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“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”

- Oscar Wilde

I took this on the airplane as the sun was rising. Seeing a sunrise from thousands of feet in the air is a pretty incredible experience

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just had a fat conversation with the council man repairing my boiler about jeremy corbyn ☺️✌🏻 i stay supporting my man everyday and everywhere

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[Image ID: a screenshot of a tweet by Donald J. Trump with a red caption above it that says, “Twitter had to flag this post as violent. Read. ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ This man has valued items and property over American lives. Over black lives. Never forget this.” The actual tweet itself by Trump reads, “…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” This tweet was posted at 11:53 pm on 5/28/20. End of ID]

I don’t have as many active followers as I used to so I truly doubt a lot of people will see this, but it needs to be seen. Never forget this moment.

And for anyone who doesn’t know, the Target that was looted and burned refused to aid innocent protestors attacked by the police with proper medical supplies and milk to help with teargas and pepper spray. After the Target was looted, what was taken was used to create a station outside for protestors to receive medical help. Even more so, as Sam Pritchard on Twitter wrote, “"Looting,“ in a time of 20% unemployment caused by a plague which the government allowed to spread, when support for the unemployed and those employed as essential workers is not forthcoming–that’s extremely fucking rational and deserved. People are taking what they are owed.

Never stop fighting.

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