skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (ooooh)
[livejournal.com profile] kd7sov asked me for my top five 'most awesome relatively-underpowered characters.' As I said when I was talking about bulletproof tropes: I LOVE underpowered characters. I especially love underpowered characters when the narrative allows them to be awesome despite the fact that they're the only one not shooting laser bullets with their mind, although sadly this doesn't happen nearly as often in fiction as I would like. But whenever it does, I'M THERE SO FAST, guys. SO FAST.

Cut for images and babbling! )

Talk to me about your favorite underpowered characters, flist!
skygiants: (wife of bath)
Last time, the polls went to Sachiko, who finally pulled out a win with her fabulous array of feathers, sparkles and polka dots:



As you may or may not know, this takes us to THE FINAL EPISODE. And we have some tough decisions before us! And not only costume-related decisions. As you may have noticed, I have been enjoying myself a little too much with this costume polling. And now that we're out of Capital Scandal, I have been deciding whether or not I want to maybe continue this polls with another show? Would you guys have fun with that? PLEASE REGISTER YOUR OPINIONS.

First, though, let's get back to sending off Capital Scandal with a bang! (Or . . . several bangs, if we're being literal. Looots of guns in this episode. Great accessories for suits.)

Top five episode sixteen costumes under the cut! )

To vote on this and on POTENTIAL FUTURE FASHION POLLS, please go to the the LJ crosspost!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
Okay, I am going to do my best to remain straightfaced and unspoilery for the rest of the costume poll, but let me just say upfront and get it out of the way: THIS EPISODE WAS REALLY HARD TO DO.

But first let's go back to the joy of last week's victor:



This is going to be one of my benchmarks for cunning disguises going forward. The dapper fake moustache! The glass-less glasses! Never change, Woo Wan. Never change.

Top five episode 15 costumes under the cut! )

To pick your favorite, go vote over at the LJ crosspost!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
[profile] moonyazu9 asked me for my Top Five Sidekicks.

. . . which turned out to be harder than I thought. I mean - what exactly defines a sidekick? If you're talking about superheroes it's easy enough, but after that things get foggy. In a way, I think 'sidekick' is more of a headspace than anything else. If you have a character who thinks of themselves, their primary role, as follower/helper to another character, okay, they're a sidekick. But the stories I tend to have the most respect for are the ones where you can tell that everyone's a protagonist in their own head - you know, the way most people are.

So for this one I've tried to pick characters where their sidekick status is both pretty incontestable, and says something interesting about the trope.

This is cut for length. )

So those are some of my thoughts on sidekicks! I would be extremely interested to hear any of your thoughts on the topic.
skygiants: (swan)
[livejournal.com profile] moonyazu9 asked me for my top five animated animals. This is actually easier than most of these top fives, as there are a few that come to mind pretty instantly.

Adorable animated animals under the cut! )

And now, oh flist, it is your turn to bring to me your favorite animated animals! Preferably with screencaps, because I'm sure it will be useful to someone on some bad day to have a handy link to a comments page entirely filled with adorable and/or hilarious animated critters, and that someone may well be me.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
Wow, it has been over a month since I did one of these Top Five posts! At this point I'm just hoping I get all of them answered less than a year from the time I originally did the meme.

Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] lacewood asked me for my Top Five Awesome Ladies, which aside from being impossible to narrow down also has to be distingished from Top Five Badass Ladies (and also Top Five Cross-Dressed Ladies, and also Top Five Villainous Ladies, etc. etc.)


Under the cut! )

AND NOW, AGAIN, I STOP.
skygiants: (wife of bath)
I was waffling about how to deal with the polls thing over here, and then I realized that I don't yet have a paid dreamwidth account and so I can't create a poll on DW anyway. So, all voting happens on LJ, PROBLEM SOLVED.

Anyway, last episode Se Gi revealed that his relatively drab showing over the past few episodes was all saving up for . . . THE NEON FLORAL HAT.



Which quite rightly swept the polls, defeating even Woo Wan's array of dazzlingly eye-burning suits. I'm not sure anything in this episode can quite live up to that magnificence, but then, what could.

Top five episode 13 costumes under the cut! )

To vote on the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 13, head over to the LJ version of this post, linked below!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (kdrama punch!!!!)
It's been a while since we had one of these, but don't worry: the show has been saving up some awesome in anticipation. >:D

Last time, Cha Song Joo cleaned up for the third time in a row with this amazingly dramatic ensemble:



Blindfolds and visual analogies are in for the well-dressed revolutionary this year!

HOWEVER, this week the dudes are making a comeback with a vengeance.

Top five episode twelve costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1722412]
skygiants: Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender with her hands on Mai and Ty Lee's shoulders (team hardcore)
Aside from OTPs, [livejournal.com profile] lacewood also asked me for my Top 5 Platonic BFF Pairings, which is an awesome question but tricky because I am going to try not to overlap with any of the BFF pairings I talked about when I did my top five BFF moments. To make narrowing it down easier, I am also very strictly ruling out anyone I think might be even a little bit not entirely platonic. (SORRY KYOKO AND KANAE, but that nosebleed disqualifies you from the running.)

For over-long babbling about FRIENDSHIPS, click the cut! )

As always, you are cordially invited to tell me about your own favorite platonic fictional BFFs!
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal in a swing pose (got that swing)
Last week, Cha Song Joo rocked the polls with a fantastically gorgeous (and coordinated!) outfit:



That makes this her second in a row; just one more and she will be challenging Se Gi's record of three straight wins. And she is bringing some strong wardrobe contenders this week, but she is not the only one.

Top five episode eleven costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1711926]
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal taking aim at each other (baby shot you down)
[livejournal.com profile] lacewood asked me for my Top Five OTPs! As with everything else, this is a difficult question to narrow down and will leave out many many things I love, but I WILL DO MY BEST, etc. etc.


Top Five OTPs )

Oh my god, that was the longest I have ever talked about shipping ever. EVER. Distract me from how embarrassed I feel by telling me why you love the relationships you love the most!
skygiants: Koizumi Kyoko from Twentieth Century Boys making her signature SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED face (wtf is this)
[livejournal.com profile] vivien529 asked me for my top five "fandom wtf!?!?" moments, which is a question that could be interpreted two ways!

The first way - and the way I think Viv probably meant it - is the top five times that fandom made me spit my diet coke out at the screen, but to be honest there are SO MANY of these moments that narrowing them down would be simultaneously well-nigh impossible and almost pointless, seeing as for lo these several years I have reached the kind of zen state re: fandom in which I can't even be shocked anymore, just laugh. Of course there is Care Bears BDSM fic! IT'S INEVITABLE. Certainly SGA needs a girl scout cookies AU! WHY NOT. There are so many points of similarity between Giles and a weretiger? WELL OBVIOUSLY. This is just what fandom does.

What is far more likely to make me go WTF!?!?! is when an actual for-profit piece of fiction seems to think that it is in fact cracktastic fanfic, and this is how I have chosen to compile my list!

Top Five WTF Moments In Fiction )

OKAY, GUYS, YOUR TURN. I will be disappointed if I don't spend today shrieking either because of things I tragically forgot to include, or because of things I was probably much happier not knowing!
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal taking aim at each other (baby shot you down)
Last week, Cha Song Joo carried the polls pretty much by sheer force of badassery:



And this week I will admit just up front is pretty Cha Song Joo dominated. I CAN'T HELP IT IF SHE'S ALWAYS FABULOUS.

Top five episode ten costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1680100]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (olivier says lol)
As a sort of corollary to my last top fives post, I guess, [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog asked me for the top five AUs I would like to see for FMA. Which seems a little redundant, but I have valiantly tried to think of new ones!

Cut, once again, for images and terrible photoshopping. )

If anyone is inspired by this to write snippets, I, um . . . will be happy? Will write a snippet back perhaps? SOMETHING.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (barrel of a gun)
Okay, so before I start in on this week's poll, truth in advertising I guess: if I'm going to be commenting on other people's fashion choices, I should probably admit that today I am wearing super-glittery tiger-striped stockings to work. AND IT'S AWESOME.

. . . anyway. Last week's winner was, once again, Woo Wan rocking a pattern that would better belong on a ten-year-old's pajamas:



We're now over halfway through these things, by the way! Will Woo Wan tone down his sartorial choices as he gets more entangled in the revolution? Will the costume department grow less ambitious and start to reuse some of their outfits? With how many different weapons will Cha Song Joo accessorize? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

Top five episode nine costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1677147]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (in the wrong story)
[livejournal.com profile] kiarasayre asked me for the Top Five AUs I Think Every Fandom Should Have.

Now, I will be honest here, I don't actually read all that many AUs. Nonetheless, I found when I searched my heart that there were several AUs that I firmly believed should exist for all fandoms!

Cut for images and terrible photoshopping. )

You guys should tell me your favorite kind of AU! . . . you do not need to commit to terrible Photoshop to do so.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (kdrama punch!!!!)
So episode seven gave us another landslide victory, as Mr. Sun Woo Wan and his expert deployment of gingham swept the polls:



Which is kind of funny, because in my opinion, the gingham cannot EVEN COMPARE to the suit Woo Wan is rocking in episode eight.

Top five episode eight costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1670436]
skygiants: Kurai from Angel Sanctuary, giving the finger, with text 'are you there, God?  It's me, Kurai' (unprodigal)
Back to Top Fives - [livejournal.com profile] ojuzu asked me for my top five non-heteronormative characters. She also specifically excluded Utena characters from the running, which does make narrowing the list easier, given that pretty much every Utena character would count for this. Still hard, though!

Cut for images, as per usual. )

Also as per usual: if you want to chime in with your own favorite, please do!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (kdrama punch!!!!)
First of all: [livejournal.com profile] dictator_duck, inspired by Se Gi's fashion sensibilities (as are we all), made a macro!



I think we can all agree that the correct time and place to use this is ALWAYS.

Anyway: last time, Cha Song Joo's Marilyn Monroe dress swept favorite by a landslide:



As is, in my opinion, only right and just.

This week, though . . . man, guys, I had a REALLY hard time just narrowing it down to five this week.

Top five episode seven costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1664510]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (barrel of a gun)
Man, guys, we rewatched the end of Capital Scandal last night, and as some of you will understand, it became NECESSARY for me to post a costume poll today so that I could remember back to the wacky comedy times and STOP CRYING IN MY HEART.

. . . so, uh, anyway! Last week the ladies finally broke Se Gi's streak, with Young Ran's adorable suit taking the lead after a neck-and-neck competition:



And this week, it's all ladies, all the time! The gentlemen of the show were definitely not bringing their A game to this episode, but who needs suits when you have Cha Song Joo?

Top five episode 6 costumes! )

[Poll #1659262]

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