Anonymous asked: Did you ever explain in detail what exactly made you so passionate to Batman Beyond and why?

No, probably not on here because none of the people who follow me follow me because I like Batman Beyond, at least not to my knowledge. I think I caught the eye of a couple Max Gibson supporters, but that’s probably it. Since you asked, though, I’ll clarify.

I grew up on a heavy diet of Batman: The Animated Series. I loved it ever since I laid eyes on it, so naturally, I was interested to hear a couple years later they had another animated series in mind. Back then, I was young and didn’t have a problem with the idea of doing a jump to the future and creating an all new Batman mythos. I actually watched the premiere of Batman Beyond January 10, 1999, and I still remember the high-as-a-kite feeling I got when those opening credits started and I saw Terry McGinnis for the first time. 

Batman Beyond has stuck with me since that premiere because it’s one of the most original yet familiar takes on the character. It brought over a lot of great things from BTAS—focusing on character development, drawing strength from the diversity of the villains, dark and muted colors with painted backgrounds, and top-knotch voice acting—while still putting a new spin on the legend. The reason why I glommed onto it so quickly was because it was such a worthy effort put in by the creative team to make Terry different from Bruce, yet they were still cut from the same cloth.

I of course have to admit that I am 100% infatuated with Terry McGinnis and have been since I was a kid. I mean, he was my ideal boyfriend: funny, street-smart, kind, a little bad boy streak, charismatic, and just an all around charming person. He had a hot temper and more than a little stubbornness, but it was clear from the start that Terry has a good heart. It’s a heart worthy of the name Batman and that is why I’ve stuck by him after all this time. He’s never given me a reason to doubt him. 

I also love the new Rogues Gallery they came up with and how they managed to incorporate old foes—Bane, Ra’s al Ghul & Talia al Ghul, Mr. Freeze—and then came up with some fun new ones. I’m particularly partial to Stalker and Curare since they were both two of Terry’s deadliest enemies, but I also loved the Brain Trust from “Mind Games” because they were so creepy and offbeat that I once thought it was a banned episode since the first time I saw it, it was after midnight and it had one hell of a disturbing vibe to it. 

I will always be a little sad Batman Beyond didn’t get more time because it sowed the seeds of great storytelling and only got to reap about half of them. There were a lot of things we never got to see that I hope the comic book will someday address. So far, they’ve already circled back around to Melanie Walker, who was always one of my favorite recurring characters, and there are plenty of other people I hope to see return as well. I’ll leave my commentary on Max Gibson off the table since Tumblr has a mad-on for her, it seems. 

To that end, though, if any Terry/Max shippers are following me, I have an entire host of fanfiction to share if you ever feel like perusing through it. It’s gotten kind of reputable over the years, to my complete delight. I’m so happy to find that people still have her back at least in the fanfiction world and that they genuinely seem to enjoy how I write her and Terry’s relationship. It’s been fun ever since I started and I don’t foresee growing out of my love for Batman Beyond fanfics any time soon.

Overall, Batman Beyond was just so different from anything that’s come before or after it and that’s why it’s stuck with me. It took risks. It lost a few times, but it struck such a cord with me because it’s clear that the creators loved what they were doing and getting to make new stories. And I know it’s a polarizing finale, but I happened to love the living hell out of JLU’s “Epilogue.” That was one hell of a story, and a ballsy one at that, and I think it was nicely done. It further solidified the relationship between Terry and Bruce and brought everything full circle. I don’t agree with who Terry ultimately chose to be with, but I do think his story has a great chance of ending a little happier than Bruce’s. 

Honestly, this is the short version of that answer. I could talk about how much I love this show for days, but I think it’s late and I should hush while I still have followers. Thanks for the question, Anon! Oyasumi.

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Ming and Clark for Captain and Co-Captain of the Philinda ship. 

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Ming and Clark for Captain and Co-Captain of the Philinda ship. 

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ayasugi-san:

minaminokyoko:

ayasugi-san:

minaminokyoko:

ash3marie:

I really don’t like Dana Tan. Like at all.

Every time she shows up I’m like “Oh. Okay. This again? Let me play you a song on the words smallest violin.”

You’re boyfriend is always mysteriously busy with some after school job that he (probably) won’t talk to you about?

Dump his ass.

Don’t sit…

This is literally the first person I’ve seen on Tumblr to actually say this.

Thank God for you.

I am so goddamn sick of people defending Dana like she’s some incredibly deep, well thought out character. No. She was whiny and wishy-washy and if it was that much of a problem that Terry was a “flake” then she needed to shut the fuck up, grow a pair of ovaries, and break up with him for good. End of story.

Good night.

*mic drop*

I find it amusing that you encourage Dana bashing while decrying any sort of Max criticism. What, Dana’s not allowed to have fans, too? To have defenders who point out how fans treat her unfairly? Why is it a bad thing to try to get into her head, to empathize with her?

I’m sick of people like you writing her off as just a whiny girl who should dump Terry when she did do just that, and got bashed for it anyway. I’m tired of how any suggestions of depth she has are brushed aside or ignored in favor of dumping on her. It’s only exposing your own shallowness, to refuse to analyze her at all, to try to think like she might and understand her decisions.

I didn’t EVER decry Max bashing. What I am against is people not giving her any credit for ANYTHING just because they ship Terry/Dana. It’s one thing to dislike her for who she is and what she does, but it’s not fair to just write her entire character off just for someone’s ship. That was the point of the rant I assume you decided to skim at some point so you could pick a fight and defend your precious princess.

And what I have a problem with in regards to Dana is that people are acting like she’s the Messiah for “putting up” with Terry when the fact of the matter is that she was indecisive and didn’t bother or care to notice that Terry’s job was in fact important to him until the THIRD season of the show. How many episodes is that, and it took her that long to stop thinking about herself and consider that he had a lot of shit going on in his life in the wake of his dad’s murder? 

How am I shallow for disapproving of a girl who didn’t show any foresight, and any qualities of depth until Justice League Unlimited came along and revealed that she finally put together that he was Batman? No. That is your hang up, not mine. I am not shallow for disliking a character who got jealous that Terry was talking excitedly about a girl who lived in a fucking bubble. Really? You’re going to defend a girl who got jealous of a girl who lived in a bubble, with no human contact, and Terry thought she was interesting and worth conversing with?

This is what I’m talking about. This is my problem. You claim that we’re all just bashing her, but what do we even know about Dana other than most of her bitching? The people who wrote the show didn’t care to expand her character, and I should be allowed to comment on the way she was portrayed as just another obstacle in Terry’s life. The fact that you brought up Max has absolutely NOTHING to do with why I dislike Dana, and yet you brought it up because you’re the one who has the issue. Furthermore, it’s my goddamn opinion and it’s not like I told you not to voice your opinion. I simply expressed my frustration that damn near NO ONE is willing to criticize her, and when we do, the Dana fans come crawling out and tell us to fuck off when we have every right not to like her. 

So get off your high horse. You like Dana Tan? Great. Like her all you want. Watch the show. Read the comic books. Love her to pieces. But don’t act like I’m shallow because I don’t see her worth. I have every single right to dislike her just as you have every right to like her, and I should be allowed to express myself without being attacked. I don’t come running to your door to tell you what to think. I simply responded to the original reblogger because I wanted him/her to know they were not alone. 

What I am against is people not giving her any credit for ANYTHING just because they ship Terry/Dana. It’s one thing to dislike her for who she is and what she does, but it’s not fair to just write her entire character off just for someone’s ship.

Which is exactly what you do to Dana. You wipe out her character because you don’t like her relationship with Terry. And you’re against people trying to give her any credit. You single out her negative traits, and then when people say “no, there’s more to her than that”, you shut them down. I brought up Max because you’re displaying huge double standards when it comes to her versus Dana. You automatically assume that all the Max criticisms are ship-based (protip: they’re not, check out toonzone threads on her) while considering your hatred of Dana to be an objective analysis of her character. Most Max-haters, even the ones who want her dead, give her more consideration than you deign to give to Dana.

Re: Irene, that’s a perfect example of demonizing and blind bashing. Terry was spending the whole date talking in glowing terms about another girl he didn’t see fit to introduce to Dana. Dana, predictably, got upset at that, and snapped when he brushed her off again for that other girl. The fact that Irene was in a bubble only makes things worse on Terry’s side, because he must know how much Irene would love to meet another girl her age. Why doesn’t Terry introduce Dana to Irene? Because he was leading Irene on, keeping Dana a secret from her. So Dana was right in that case. But to you, she’s a horrible person, because you ignore all the factors in the situation and just focus on the ones that make her look bad.

You want to criticize Dana? Nobody’s stopping you. Criticize away. Just expect to be challenged on it, when your criticism boils down to “she’s just a shallow character (because I’m going to ignore everything that gives her depth) and a horrible person (because of a few cherry-picked out-of-context incidents) and anyone who says otherwise is putting her on a pedestal”.

Okay. This is the last comment I will make in this pointless dialogue, because all you’re hearing is “I don’t like Dana” and it’s going to do nothing but continue to annoy me. 

I do not like who Dana is at her core, not just because she constantly complains about Terry and then does nothing to fix the problem. As I just explained above, we never see her make any attempts at understanding what he might be going through. I do not like the way she acts, I do not like that she is a passive character who barely affects the narrative of the story, and I do not like her personality. I am against people acting like she’s holier-than-thou, not people who support her in general. I said that the first time, but who am I kidding, you don’t care. You’re going to read whatever you want into what I’m saying anyway. 

If Terry was “keeping Irene a secret from Dana”, then he wouldn’t have brought it up in the first place. You continue to insult me without paying attention to a damn thing I’m saying and that’s why this entire conversation is going to end right now. I’m not blindly bashing anything. I’m illustrating each of my points, and you’re not paying attention because you love this character so much. What do you want here? Are you trying to change my mind, because you’re not going to. I’m not trying to change your mind because I have enough sense to know that this is simply a matter of opinion, and I have never said that “I am right and you are wrong.” The only person blind here is you because you started this stupid argument over something that had nothing to do with you. I was responding to the original person who posted that she was tired of Dana as a character. That was not an invite for you. What I said to her had nothing to do with you, so instead of getting on your soapbox and trying to talk down to me, maybe you should consider the fact that you just ran up to a conversation and stuck your nose in just to start trouble.

I don’t post hate in the Dana Tan tag. I don’t seek out people who dislike Max Gibson and argue with them. That is the main difference between us. If I see someone hates Max, guess what I do? K.O.S. Keep On Scrolling. So no matter how much you want to try and throw my argument in my face, the fact of the matter is I shouldn’t have to be defending myself against you because this had nothing to do with you. I expressed agreement with someone and I should be allowed to do that without being attacked. If you hadn’t gotten an attitude with me, or tried to approach this issue with any sense of maturity and politeness maybe I would have tried to “sympathize” with this character I do not like. But you didn’t. You just jumped up in my face trying to make me look bad, like I’m some shipper who just doesn’t like her because I ship Terry/Max and that is not it in the least. 

And what in the hell on Batman Beyond showed Dana’s depth? I’ve watched this show from end to end several times and the only times she’s shown “depth” was maybe three times, and even then, it wasn’t enough to wash away all the petty crap she’s pulled over the course of the show, and the fact that the creators themselves have mentioned that they didn’t put much thought into her character when they wrote her. Maybe you are doing the exact opposite of what you claim I’m doing: you’re adding what you WANT to see in Dana instead of what is there in the show. But again, so what? You don’t care. You’re not listening to a word I’m saying and that’s why I don’t want to hear any more of this crap. 

I will accept having an intelligent conversation with someone who has a different opinion from mine, but I will NOT stand for insults, accusations, and petty whining from someone who just wants attention and to try to make me look bad for simply not enjoying a character whom I personally think was written poorly. I should not have to defend myself from a troll, and that is exactly what you are, madam. If you had placed your accusations in my Ask box and approached me like a damn lady, maybe this would have had a different outcome, but you didn’t. You wanted to show out because you thought I would back down, or you thought the people who saw this conversation would see me in a negative light. Well, guess what? I don’t care. You have your opinion. I have mine. We agree to disagree, so please, don’t bother responding again. We have already established that you’re not going to hear what I’m saying and that all I was doing was backing up the original blogger’s comment, not trying to claim that people who love Dana are morons and shouldn’t like her and whatever ignorant crap you think I support.

Goodnight and goodbye. If you choose to respond yet again, then my theory has been proven correct.

-Kyoko

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- Hey, Captain. We're all going to be equal in the new age, right?
Then even a farmer's kid like me can take a real last name?
- That's right.
- Then... Can I take yours, Captain, and make my last name Sagara?
Can I, Captain?
- Sagara Sanosuke, huh? Stop it, stop it. That name sounds too weird

Commemorating 20 years with Rurouni Kenshin ( ̄〜)

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Does anyone else lie in bed at 2:30am filled with the crippling fear that they’re never going to accomplish anything in life and fail miserably or is that just me

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ayasugi-san:

minaminokyoko:

ash3marie:

I really don’t like Dana Tan. Like at all.

Every time she shows up I’m like “Oh. Okay. This again? Let me play you a song on the words smallest violin.”

You’re boyfriend is always mysteriously busy with some after school job that he (probably) won’t talk to you about?

Dump his ass.

Don’t sit…

This is literally the first person I’ve seen on Tumblr to actually say this.

Thank God for you.

I am so goddamn sick of people defending Dana like she’s some incredibly deep, well thought out character. No. She was whiny and wishy-washy and if it was that much of a problem that Terry was a “flake” then she needed to shut the fuck up, grow a pair of ovaries, and break up with him for good. End of story.

Good night.

*mic drop*

I find it amusing that you encourage Dana bashing while decrying any sort of Max criticism. What, Dana’s not allowed to have fans, too? To have defenders who point out how fans treat her unfairly? Why is it a bad thing to try to get into her head, to empathize with her?

I’m sick of people like you writing her off as just a whiny girl who should dump Terry when she did do just that, and got bashed for it anyway. I’m tired of how any suggestions of depth she has are brushed aside or ignored in favor of dumping on her. It’s only exposing your own shallowness, to refuse to analyze her at all, to try to think like she might and understand her decisions.

I didn’t EVER decry Max bashing. What I am against is people not giving her any credit for ANYTHING just because they ship Terry/Dana. It’s one thing to dislike her for who she is and what she does, but it’s not fair to just write her entire character off just for someone’s ship. That was the point of the rant I assume you decided to skim at some point so you could pick a fight and defend your precious princess.

And what I have a problem with in regards to Dana is that people are acting like she’s the Messiah for “putting up” with Terry when the fact of the matter is that she was indecisive and didn’t bother or care to notice that Terry’s job was in fact important to him until the THIRD season of the show. How many episodes is that, and it took her that long to stop thinking about herself and consider that he had a lot of shit going on in his life in the wake of his dad’s murder? 

How am I shallow for disapproving of a girl who didn’t show any foresight, and any qualities of depth until Justice League Unlimited came along and revealed that she finally put together that he was Batman? No. That is your hang up, not mine. I am not shallow for disliking a character who got jealous that Terry was talking excitedly about a girl who lived in a fucking bubble. Really? You’re going to defend a girl who got jealous of a girl who lived in a bubble, with no human contact, and Terry thought she was interesting and worth conversing with?

This is what I’m talking about. This is my problem. You claim that we’re all just bashing her, but what do we even know about Dana other than most of her bitching? The people who wrote the show didn’t care to expand her character, and I should be allowed to comment on the way she was portrayed as just another obstacle in Terry’s life. The fact that you brought up Max has absolutely NOTHING to do with why I dislike Dana, and yet you brought it up because you’re the one who has the issue. Furthermore, it’s my goddamn opinion and it’s not like I told you not to voice your opinion. I simply expressed my frustration that damn near NO ONE is willing to criticize her, and when we do, the Dana fans come crawling out and tell us to fuck off when we have every right not to like her. 

So get off your high horse. You like Dana Tan? Great. Like her all you want. Watch the show. Read the comic books. Love her to pieces. But don’t act like I’m shallow because I don’t see her worth. I have every single right to dislike her just as you have every right to like her, and I should be allowed to express myself without being attacked. I don’t come running to your door to tell you what to think. I simply responded to the original reblogger because I wanted him/her to know they were not alone. 

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ash3marie:

I really don’t like Dana Tan. Like at all.

Every time she shows up I’m like “Oh. Okay. This again? Let me play you a song on the words smallest violin.”

You’re boyfriend is always mysteriously busy with some after school job that he (probably) won’t talk to you about?

Dump his ass.

Don’t sit…

This is literally the first person I’ve seen on Tumblr to actually say this.

Thank God for you.

I am so goddamn sick of people defending Dana like she’s some incredibly deep, well thought out character. No. She was whiny and wishy-washy and if it was that much of a problem that Terry was a “flake” then she needed to shut the fuck up, grow a pair of ovaries, and break up with him for good. End of story.

Good night.

*mic drop*

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