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  • Mood: Overwhelmed
  • Listening to: Piano Guys (LOOK THEM UP ON YOUTUBE!!)
  • Reading: Foundation Trilogy by Issac Asimov
  • Watching: Doc Who S07 finales/movies, TMNT 2012, Phin&Ferb
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Awakening (want my friend code?)
  • Eating: Coconut Greek Yogurt
  • Drinking: Water
Been ages since I typed anything, so I thought I'd blog about random stuff I've been watching.  The list goes like this in this order, in case you want to skip anything, and I MIGHT drop a spoiler or two so consider yourselves warned.

1.  Phineas and Ferb review
2.  Doctor Who Season 7 finale (FINALLY DONE)
3.  TMNT 2012 Season 2 finale

1.  Phineas and Ferb review
This is a show I've been following for years, but never very religiously.  It was always a cute little thing on that was great for kids because they generally avoided confrontational and preachy liberal left-wing subjects that I'm getting tired of having my face crammed into.  Instead, this show had songs and fun jokes and was generally cute.  But I'm more of a fan of the shows that have an ongoing plot and character development, so I only watched it occasionally.

Then I saw the Across the 2nd Dimension movie, and I was convinced there was the potential for epic in this episodic show.  I doubt it will ever be REALLY epic, but all I need is something for my imagination to take hold, and I can have fun with it.  Then I marathoned the series from the get-go so I could get the whole buildup.  I ended up loving it by the end, but that's probably because I have a REAL soft-spot for inventorgeeks, and this show is full of them.  I like how the series creators made a point of having no stupid characters in it; everyone has their own areas of expertise.  And there are a lot of high vocabulary jokes that the English major in me loves.  In a world where every kid is glued to their phones and Facebook and Twitter and what-not, its nice to see something try to elevate kids' vocabularies instead of mushing it.

So in short, this series gets a 9/10 for me.  Hits 10/10 when it gets epic, like in Across the 2nd Dimension and in the Star Wars special (which in my opinion is canon for explaining the Death Star's "self-destruct button" ALONE).

2.  Doctor Who and Series 7 Finale
Not sure who here follows Doctor Who, but I've been a fan since season 5.  My sis got me into it since we're both sci-fi geeks and she loves the series.  To be honest, I liked it and all but it was rather . . . uh, corny.  At least for the first few seasons, and periodically after that.  I was so excited to see Agatha Christie (my all-time favorite author) in an episode, but they really lamed-up the bad guy reveal.  A giant bee?  Disguised as a person?  Really?  Yeah, stuff like this sort of yanks me out of the series.

But addicted I got all the same.  After all, I've watched anime, and this wasn't any worse that other stuff I've seen.  And once Matt Smith (Doctor 11) showed up and we had Amy and Rory, the best companions EVER, and River Song's hilarious running-joke flirting with the Doctor . . . yeah by then I was hooked.  The companions have been pretty top-notch the whole series: I liked Rose and Martha, and I loved Donna (gosh her snark is funny, although I know I'm in the minority thinking that), and the married AmRory duo were AWESOME, and even season 7 Clara is adorable.  All the Doctors have been interesting too, and vary enough to shake things up a bit.

I could really go on and on, but you probably don't want to read forever.  So I'll get right to the point.  The last three "episodes' of Season 7 (from "Name of the Doctor" on) were some really amazingly epic scenes.  I'm gonna try not to ruin too much for those who don't know (or care) but I saw them and I STILL don't know how they managed to make the Doctor's name so blinking important, and STILL manage to avoid saying it at all.  That was impressive.  I'm not one to get upset at the teasing; if anything, I'm in the camp that the ONLY time we should hear the Doc's name is if the series is ending, and even then I'm not sure it should be said because nothing could match up.  I kept thinking that the whole season 7.  "Oh, they're making a big deal out of ____, there's no way it's going to live up to expectations in the end."  WRONG.  They did it really well.

I spent most of Season 7 arguing with my sister over who was a better match for Doctor #11; River Song or Clara.  The banter between the Doctor and River were top-notch and always worth watching.  But the actor himself, Matt Smith, seemed to have just so much more chemistry with Clara's actress.  I was torn, really.  So when they finally wrote out River Song (something I had been wondering for episodes how it would be possible when we've seen her entire timeline, so where's the ending), in a way I was relieved because that meant there went one side of the problem.  Of course, I also knew that in two eps the Doctor would die and become something/someone else again, and thus ruin both relationships completely, so the relief was short-lived.  That, and River Song's goodbye was one of the saddest things on the show, and yet it fit so well.  It wasn't tragic, like David Tennant's exit as Doctor #10 (which makes me cry every time, dang it), but it was  . . . final.  Sadly final.  No more River Song.  And several eps later, no more Matt Smith.  And that also made me cry, dang you Doctor Who.  You and your sad and meaningful yet inevitable goodbyes.

They say you never forget your first Doctor.  David Tennant really launched the series's popularity and he's got more geeky fangirls than Sephiroth right now.  But Matt Smith was the first Doctor I saw in action, and the first one I watched regularly (saw season 5 before going back and starting over from the getgo, even though Blink with David was my first ever complete episode).  Matt Smith was my Doctor, and the series just won't be the same for me without him.  I wonder if this is how those legions of David Tennant fans felt.

3.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 Season 2 finale  (VAGUE SPOILERS)


I'll take every bad thing that happened here.  Gonna try not to blow it too badly for those who haven't seen it yet.  I was impressed on how they hearkened back to a particularly dark time in the comics, and also in the 2003 series.  I thought they wouldn't go that way but nope.  This series got DARK pretty darn fast.  Every time the Turtles managed to get a leg to stand on, the series kicked it out again like Rahzar kicking a puppy.  Season 3 better get here QUICK because I have got to see how the fix all this.  World's going to heck in a handbasket.  Hope you're happy, Shredder the Nutcase.  Talk about a total Bad Guys Win finale.  Ouch.

What I WON'T take is that fake-out at the beginning.  DANG YOU WRITERS I LIKED THAT CHARACTER!!  I spent all of Season One trying to imagine what she would be like if in this series!  I geeked out when her design was leaked!  I waited on the edge of my seat for any episode referring to her!  I was going to write FANFICTION if the series didn't get her more involved!  I LIKED HER WITH DONNY BETTER THAN APIRL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD (sorry Don/April fans, but it has and always will be Casey/April).  And you do THAT???

. . . . Don't get me wrong.  That was some GOOD writing, and a wonderful fake-out.  Good bluff.  Totally had me.  And you managed to get a bigger yell of "WHAT" than anything else in this series.  Not Doctor Who finale level "WHAT", but close enough.  But JEEZ.  I admit it was a good writing move, but I don't like it.  I really get attached to characters, blast it.  And I was really looking forwards to that one.  Now I have nothing.  NOTHING.  *dramatic fists up in rain*  WHAT SHALL I FILL THIS RANDOM SIDE-CHARACTER VOID WITH NOW??  WHYYYYYYYYYY??  KHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!!

At LEAST you'd better introduce Mona Lisa, and make her HECKA COOL to make up for this.  She's the other character I'm waiting on.  I hope that one doesn't fake me out like Irma.  ARGH.

. . .  But again, not saying this was bad writing at all.  Props to the writers and series creators.  I'm just sad now.  :(


PS>  About TMNT:
And yikes, what was with that The THING reference?  TRYING to give kids nightmares?  If anyone's seen it, doesn't that . . . uh, walking head remind you of that movie?  No wonder Mikey freaked.


Crutch Ninja!
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: State of Denial
Favourite genre of music: Pop rock, with a mix of a little of everything else
Favourite style of art: Anime, cartoon, animation in general
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: ...iPod, sadly. -_- I've succumbed. 3rd Gen. Nano video, actually.
Favourite cartoon character: Brainiac 5, Bumblebee, Aang, Hao, Edward Elric, Lina Inverse, Kenshin, Flint from CWaCoM, Atem from Yu-Gi-Oh, Final Fantasy Unlimited Cid, Danny Phantom, Sari Sumdac, Firefist Ace, THE LIST GOES ON
Personal Quote: Man, that would creep me out if I found someone who looked like me. Wait, I have a twin sister!!

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Freakerybattery4 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome gallery :)
GShepherd17 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh good lord. Your TFA humanized art is increadible, you actully made me like prowl now! XD
Redrockinrose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey dude! I don't know if you remember me, haha, but I used to read your webcomic nowhere u forever ago! I just remembered it today, hah. It was kinda formative, and cool! thanks for letting me do fanart for it (and...putting one of my fanworks on the site? dang)
BlueBeacon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
do you do requests or commissions? Your art is amazing!
LHull9 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hi. I've been a fan of your art for a long time. (I mean, ever since '08 or '09). Your Transformers Animated Fanart is what brought me here, and I discovered all of your Fanart.

But anyways, I find it cool that you are drawing Fanart for TMNT 2012. Honestly, I loved your TFAnimated Fanart, and I think you'd do great TFPrime Fanart. I also think you'd do some good Kaijudo Fanart as well. (But that's just me. Feel free to do whatever you want.)

But yeah. Been a big fan of your work go a while now, and I have to say, continue the great work. :D
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thanks!  That really means a lot.  I do want to do some more TFA art, but I need to see the series again to get the feel of it in my blood or I'll have a hard time getting anything on paper.  Darn my ADHD artistic inspiration; I can only really draw what I'm currently obsessing over.

I should really work on getting over my prejudice against TFPrime, lol.  I've been holding it against that series thinking if they wanted TF cartoon then why cancel TFA.  The fact that it is supposed to appeal to fans of the movies is actually another strike against it in my opinion.
But I HAVE heard it is good.  I may have given it a chance already, but I suddenly have even less free time than before, what with my new job and all.

Huh, I haven't even HEARD of Kaijudo; what is that?  Anime?  Anime translated for network television?  A cartoon named to sound anime-ish?

And thanks again!  Between my job and some books I'm trying to write I'm limited for art, but I do so love to draw so expect some stuff soon (hopefully).  What it will BE I don't know; I kinda have 4 artworks in various stages of completion.  I draw what I feel like.  :)  Been meaning to get some sketch up though to celebrate the revelation of Casey Jones's character design for TMNT 2012; for a TMNT fan its an occasion worth celebrating.
LHull9 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Heh. I'm actually amused that you replied.

Also a few things:

TFPrime, from what I know is actually based off of the "War for Cybertron" and "Fall of Cybertron" games, not the Bayverse movies.

Kaijudo is the American reboot of the Duel Masters franchise. Unlike it's anime counterpart, this has more Magic: The Gathering take (Which is what it's based off of.). As it has a take on MtG, instead of card gaming, they're traveling through the different dimensions that the creatures exist in and such. Kaijudo means "Way of the Kaiju", as in the practice of taming the creatures they use to fight against the enemy.

But yeah, I'm actually amused that you replied. I also loved your Danny Phantom work aswell.

But anyways, keep up the good work, and stay awesome. :D
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whee I amused someone.  :D

Yeah I just found that out from the post beneath.  I didn't know something else spawned the series, that's rather nice to learn.  I DID hear that the design of some bots were made to try to pull in the movie crowd, but that's a lot better than basing things on the movie.  Phew.

Dang, that sounds cool.  I've never gotten into Magic myself, but it has sort of fascinated me. 

Thanks again!  :)
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Twackycat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So I've been looking at your transformers animated drawings (which are really good by the way) but I also noticed that you didn't have any Transformers Prime. Can I as why not?
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should have read this message first before replying to the comment above you, lol.  But I'll repeat it here for ya, no prob!   In fact, I'll even go into more detail.  Special you!

Why I have not drawn TFP:
1.  I'm biased.  I sort of hold it against that series for replacing TFA when TFA was only cancelled because another TF movie was coming out, and NO OTHER REASON.  Then, after the movie, they come out with a whole NEW cartoon, and for someone like me who thought TFA had soooo much more potential, it was distressing.  To add to the bias, TFP is designed to appeal to fans of the movies, with computer rendering and similar character designs, which is a BIG strike against the series in my opinion.  To me, an avid hater of most anything Michael Bay, and among those who thought his depiction of a children's toy franchise was extremely distasteful due to COMPLETELY unnecessary innuendo and crude jokes . . . yeah, anything to encourage kids to go watch that movie franchise I tend to not trust.
2.  Time.  New job, writing books, doing art, and a few other things . . . not much time for video watching.  Book listening, yes (I can do that at my job, wheee!).  But I can't watch stuff.  Not as much as I used to.  :(  Lately, most of what I've been watching has been Fairly Odd Parents on TV; dunno why it took me years of glancing over that show to finally get into it.
3.  Priorities.  I have like, I don't know HOW many other series I want to watch before I get into that one.  Some of these are unfair to put in front, as they're series I used to be really into (like Danny Phantom; been meaning to revisit that so I can do some more art now that my style's improved), but I do want to watch them all the same.

So yeah.  Don't get me wrong, I DO plan to watch the series.  But I'm still sore about TFA's lame cut-off, and I'm really busy.  The busy thing is the big reason, really.  Like, 75-80%.  While it is nice to finally have a job after years of disability, I am not used to such a drain on my free time.

LOL so sorry to launch an essay on you, especially since I mentioned I don't have much time.  But I figure this will be good reading for anyone interested in your question, hopefully you included.

Anyways, thanks so much for the attention!!  I do appreciate it.  And I do listen to questions like those, asking if I'll draw a series or revisit one I've gone over.  It lets me know where popular opinion stands, and that DOES have a bit of sway over what I draw.
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