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"One day in the subway, James saw a red cat with a wound to the leg that likely resulted from a fight with another cat. It was obvious that the cat needed help. James could not pass and took the cat to the vet. With a little medical treatment and prescription drugs, the cat quickly recovered. At that point, James found it impossible to say goodbye to Street Cat Bob. Bob followed James everywhere he went. As James played the guitar on the street and Bob sat nearby, revenues increased dramatically. People found it difficult to pass when they looked at the cute kitty. James went on to write a book describing their adventures in the street which was full of life – both dramatic and comedic. In the book, James says that he could not have imagined how meeting Bob would change his life. His friendship with the cat healed him from a life that had been very hard. Most likely, if Bob could speak, he would say the same thing.”

Um, so here is a book I am going to go BUY… NOW.

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Hello to all the One Piece fandom! On August 4th, the One Piece manga by Eiichiro Oda will have been in publication for 17 years! After last years very successful 16th anniversary celebration, we’ve decided to try to outdo ourselves for the 17th and turn the whole week into a party! From August 4th to August 10th, we’re offering a different theme prompt that addresses a different part of the series we love so much. Graphics, fanart, fanfiction, and even analysis and opinions are all welcome!

Please make use of the tag #opanniversary to help others find your posts dedicated to this 17th anniversary celebration. Of course, we encourage everyone to celebrate in their own way, and graphics, art, and writing not specifically related to our prompts are welcome to use the opanniversary tag as well. 

A special thank you to dressrosas, furanky, and calgaras for organizing all of this! Without further ado, here are the theme prompts, in order from the 4th to the 10th:

Laughter - Whether in Luffy’s first showdown with a Shichibukai, or in the chaos of Enies Lobby, Oda has never hesitated to break up even the most serious moments with a joke. This is a very simple prompt—what in One Piece has made your sides cramp and plundered your ability to breath with laughter?

Villains & Antagonists - It’s been said that a story is only as good as it’s villain. Whether it’s the enemies you hate or the enemies you love, there are plenty of pirates, Marines, priests, and assassins who have gotten in our heroes’ way over the years. Though it’s helpful to keep in mind that not all antagonists are evil, and that sometimes even the heroes of our story dip into what some might call villainy…

Art - After 17 years, Oda has drawn over 13,000 manga pages and over 130 color spreads, so he’s definitely given us enough to work with. What is your favorite period of Oda’s art, favorite character designs, favorite islands and architecture, favorite double spreads or color spreads and more? 

Tears - The men and women of One Piece have never been afraid to cry when the moment’s right, and it’s a rare thing to find a reader who can make it through One Piece with dry eyes all the way. This is a day dedicated to all the tears that this story has produced, both from the people in it, and from the people who read it. Who would have thought a fun story about a pirate made out of rubber could crush so many hearts?

Foreshadowing - It’s a well known fact that Oda never forgets. Over the course of over 750 chapters, there have been plenty of mysteries we’ve been introduced to, and some of them we’ve even gotten the answers to. From Rayleigh’s first appearance in chapter 19, 481 chapters before we found out who he was, to the still unsolved mystery of the Will of D., Oda has left us a long trail of things to look forward to in the future. What connections, mysteries, characters, islands, and plot points have you been most interested in and exited about throughout the series?

Relationships/Interactions - Friendships, rivalries, families, enemies, allies, drinking buddies, master and student, Captain and crew, hero and villain, parent and child, or just two old Marines bickering over rice crackers. What are the relationships and interactions between characters you love most in the series?  With around 800 characters, there are plenty of relationships to choose from.

Dreams - Could there be a better theme to end our week of festivities with than this? Possibly more than anything else, dreams are the driving force behind this whole adventure. From dreams of pirate royalty and dreams of reunions with whales, all the way to a four year old Oda’s dreams of being a mangaka to avoid having a “real job,” we wouldn’t have the story we love without them. With any luck, this story has inspired a few of us to chase our dreams as well.

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"Aishite kurete arigatou!(Thank you for loving me!)

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next Hallow’s End introduces the feature to have our characters cosplay

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Countryside of Val d’Orcia Tuscany, Phil_Bird

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"it’s ok…you don’t have to do anything. i’ll take it all myself."

day of ragnarok

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jinuzuki replied to your post “okay i know i’m posting a lot and i promise i’ll be spending my words…”

i sooo feel you abt hoperai like i feel like that fandom ignores all the gr8 darker aspects of them

yay c:

i like em lots, don’t get me wrong, but it requires a bit of effort…

i love them so much but it’s clear to me their relationship isn’t entirely healthy, especially on hope’s side where he is borderline obsessed with her. caring so much for someone for THAT LONG isn’t exactly normal, especially since he last saw light when he was 14 and there were no signs of reciprocated feelings on her side. the lr novella kind of confirms that hope has an obsession surrounding her and bhuni used it to break him. thats hard enough for him but it also affects lightning who has to deal with a darker side of a person she trusts entirely and relies on.
i definitely think that they have the potential to be a loving & happy couple but i think there will always be darker things in there they can’t ignore, like what bhuni!hope said to lightning, but i really enjoy the idea of them working these problems out together. there are so many different aspects of their relationship packed in there which i find really interesting and endearing, which is why they’re one of my favorites.

I hope you don’t mind me reblogging this post because I find it extremely interesting and I agree with it in a very high percentage. If you don’t mind, I’d like to add a bit of stuff to this.

It’s true the Hoperai fandom -as I think every fandom does- tends to imagine Hope and Lightning as a fluffy cute couple. Which would be quite afar from reality. They blend together so well, it’s canon that “Hope completes Lightning”, and that “without him Lightning would’ve gotten herself killed”, so they’re one in a sense: they can’t live without the other.

This, of course, sounds all pretty and perfect and romantic but it’s not. Because if you can’t live without half of your being/heart, you must keep in mind Hope and Lightning have lived away from each other 1000 years. Lightning’s side is harder to analyze since she’s quite good at keeping her feelings for herself but it’s indeed true those 1000 years weren’t very good for her.

As for Hope, well. The novel revealed how much affected him the separation from Lightning. She was the only thing that could break him, in the same way she was the only thing that could save him. In a sense though, Hope is his name, an embodiment of hope. An emotion that it’s usually labeled as a positive one, but it can destroy humanity in the cruelest of ways: always waiting, always searching, nothing but possibilities that may or may not happen without a two-way working. And that’s what Hope lacked: a two-way game between Light and him, and that’s what broke him. Hope tricked himself into destruction because of his very nature. 

Lightning and Hope’s relationship is a matter of constant balance. Because if they don’t, they can destroy each other. They’ve proven it: Hope by the rose-haired phantom, and Lightning by Bhunivelze aka Hope’s darkest, most insane side incarnate.

So it’s far from being a fluffy sweet relationship. In a sense they’re the incarnation of opposing poles and the harmony of all things in universe. In many ways, their relationship is terribly frightening. But since they complement each other, they’re able to work out these things and keep the balance. They’ve done it many times, and we’ve seen how well it works.




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A little experiment with resin. They will be made into magnets.

The fish are made from polymer clay and the “water” is resin. The octopuses glow in the dark.

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Iconic 20th century houses are brought to life in Matteo Muci’s short animation »

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