If you use YouTube, you need to know this.
You’ve heard all these rumblings about Net Neutrality over the past several months. Let’s get real: this is about controlling online video. It is estimated that by 2017, video content will account for 80-90% of all global Internet traffic.
This isn’t just about not being able to binge-watch a series on Netflix. It’s about the future of online video as we know it.
Whether your YouTube channel is home to daily vlogs, short films, or just that one video from when the cinnamon challenge seemed like a good idea, you’re a video creator. Your content and comments help shape this community. Let’s keep it that way.
Net Neutrality means that your YouTube videos reach people at the same speed as clips from last night’s episode of the Tonight Show. It means a level playing field for video creators looking to reach an audience. But new Net Neutrality rules could mess that up.
Here’s the deal: Telecommunications companies already charge us to access the Internet through our homes and our phones. New FCC rules could allow them to also charge content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and even PBS) for access to our eyeballs. It could create a fast lane for Jimmy Fallon’s clips, and slow lane for your YouTube videos.
It is really important that the FCC understands that online video creators care about Net Neutrality. Even if you’ve only ever uploaded ONE VIDEO, you are a creator and you have a voice.
If you can, please add your channel to our petition. We’ll deliver this to the FCC in September and demonstrate that the online video community cares about this issue.
One thing I do appreciate the Heisei Riders vs Showa Riders movie for is the fact that at heart, the plot is actually quite poignant for a team-up movie. And for me, this was the key scene. I will try to keep the spoilers general, but anyway…
SPOILER WARNING FOR: OOO, WIZARD, FAIZ, GAIM, DOUBLE, DECADE AND KIVA.
I find it interesting that the Heisei riders that they choose in this scene are the ones that are most intimately familiar with death and regret.
OOO: Eiji does the little guilty look to the side, because not only is his whole character arc based on regretting the death of the little girl, considering the end of OOO, he might very well have been paving the way for Badan with his future as well.
Wizard: Haruto is also formed by the death of his parents, but even more, by his whole character arc with Koyomi. Breaking the rules of death is something he is intimately familiar with.
Faiz: Takumi is most likely the one most familiar with death of the whole bunch, and the movie goes into that quite a bit (which I loved).
Gaim: Kouta has been the most outspoken when it comes to opposing death, having been the cause of both Yuua and Hase’s demise.
Decade: Tsukasa was dead, and supposed to destroy all the alternative rider worlds. Him being brought back by his friends is exactly the kind of crime that the Showa riders are talking about
Double: Not only is Shotaro’s whole personality formed by the death of his mentor, he is here as Joker, not Double, which means that time-wise this is at a time when he really wants to reverse death.
Kiva: Wataru was prepared to risk the entire fabric of time just to make sure that someone he loved didn’t die, and then… well, someone he loved died anyway.
One might argue that the riders not present are also formed by death, but if we have a closer look at the remaining eight, not at all to that an extent:
Kuuga: No reversing death here. Just death, pain and killing.
Agito: Death/resurrection is not a major theme there. People die and are grieved, but that’s it.
Ryuki: Well, let’s just say that Shiro is not a rider.
Blade: Death… might have been the kinder choice.
Den-O: Time and memories… but not death.
Hibiki: Accepting death is something you have to do.
Kabuto: Not much to do with death there, more about identity and family.
Fourze: Gentaro knows about death, but his whole experience with the power cosmic sidesteps the whole underworld thing completely.
I would love to know enough of the showa riders to see whether their inclusion is as thought through as the Heisei ones. I know that Black would be there, because his whole arc is about accepting the inevitable death of his brother Shadow Moon, but alas, I have not seen the other shows yet.
That…is an interesting interpretation.
Gills dies in the middle of Agito. he gets better thanks to Mana Kazaya
And Phillip is fine. This is set after movie war’s megamax and Core, meaning he’s still around.
likewise, Haruto’s character arc concluded with finding a place where what was left of Koyomi—the hope ring—could rest in peace. So while he’s intimate with the practice due to how wizard’s events came about, he isn’t seeking a ressurrection.
And here’s some influential deaths from the Showa side.
I admit, I’m blanking on Examples for Ichigo and Nigo, so nothing there. A lot of people did die over the course of the show, however.
V3 BECAME a rider because of his family being murdered before his eyes. His anger towards Destron drove him.
X's father was the man who turned him into a rider…and then died.
Amazon's entire tribe was exterminated while their leader grafted his armlet, the source of his power, onto his arm. He then made friends and turned one of the enemy faction into a close, personal friend who was then killed helping him stop the second enemy he fought.
Stronger sought out his enemy so he could trick them into turning him into a rider after they killed his friend. It was actually their scheme to make him crave power, but it backfired.
Then Tackle Happened.
Skyrider spent his entire season believing his parents dead years ago, only to discover they had been abducted by neo shocker, and THEN witnessed them die for real.
Super-1 was a test subject, but the tech used was sought after by one of the evil organizations he later fought. All were murdered just so he could escape. Then, in the middle of the series, had one of the men that had become his mentor killed right in front of him JUST so he could defeat the current big bad, before another took his place.
Shin had the woman he loved killed in the crossfire, along with his father.
ZO was turned into what he is because a science experiment wanted to kill humanity after it got it’s own body.
J…Died. but was brought back by the power of J to defend the earth as a rider.
And Kotaro…Not Once accepted the fact he would have to kill Nobuhiko to free him from shadow moon—Even when his sister and the woman in love with Nobuhiko said he should do that. In fact, in black RX, what shadow moon died from was not the Injury dealt by Kotaro, but from Saving two kids caught up in his machinations. And he showed that he regretted losing his family repeatedly.
and then Kotaro had two of his surrogate family murdered.
Yeah…no. Death, loss and regret has been a thing in Kamen Rider since the beginning.
That said, Time could have certainly healed the wounds for all of the relevant, or moved on from it. But to say the Heisei riders—and these ones in particular—alone are responsible, when a part of the grieving process is learning to live with that loss, which these people are still in part going through…is just plain cruel. And Shows in respect how far the Showa Riders have fallen if they really believe that; if they have forgotten the time when they also shared that pain and wish.
Girl meets world addresses Cultural appropriation
… I’ve been waiting for this gifset to appear on my dash…. *heavy sigh*
NO. Wearing styles from Harajuku is not appropriation.
First, “Harajuku” is not a style. It’s a style hub, a place were people (mostly Japanese, but due to popularity, also foreigners) go to show off their personal styles of choice; whether it be Gyaru, Lolita, Cyber kei, Visual kei, Oshare kei, Gothic, Fairy. whatever. Cosplay is also seen here.
Second, Harajuku styles are not girls only. Plenty of boy styles.
Third, the different styles are based off many international influences, not just Japanese culture (most having NOTHING to do with Japanese culture). Example: Fairy and Pop kei are influences by predominately Western 80s style and cartoons. In fact, many of these styles are purposefully western in influence to go AGAINST normative styles and standards of beauty.
Fourth, the fashion styles are open for everyone, regardless of being Japanese or not. There are plenty of stores (often run by prevalent members of the fashion cultures) that sell to international clients, whether online or brick&mortar. Baby The Stars Shine Bright has a store in California. You would probably see more of these stores if the international fanbase were bigger.
Fifth, “Ambassadors” of the different styles travel all over the world to promote and spread the different fashions (and themselves, of course). This includes brand “Tea Parties,” promotional model searches, and fashion shows. People are INVITED to join the fun.
Sixth, it’s about as much culture appropriation as goth, punk, soft grunge, etc.
Seventh, it’s literally just fashion.
But I think the main issue I have with this: I’m pretty sure this part wasn’t about appropriation at all, but rather finding a style for yourself and not because you want to be popular. The girl in this show wasn’t dressing in a “Harajuku” style because she likes it; she was doing it for attention. Dressing in Lolita isn’t bad. Dressing in Lolita because you want people to pay attention and fawn over you is. Picking a style doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel; it’s okay to wear a style that already exists. But do it for yourself and if it makes YOU happy for yourself. Not for the attention.
Glad someone said it better than me. This is not appropriation. She is wearing a street style. All I got to add is that this is kinda….silly? Like, if a girl puts on a Versace dress and doesn’t know its Versace and doesn’t give a crap about fashion, so what? So what if she likes that others look at her? These Disney tv shows are always creating pointless emty drama, bleh.
The Three stooges were never the same after Moe Needed a wig.
The Truth about Cosplay Pikachu!
More has been revealed about the Pikachu wearing creative costumes. The truth is that this Pikachu is a star Pokémon that’s wildly popular in Pokémon Contest Spectaculars. It goes by the name Cosplay Pikachu! The heart-shaped mark on its tail is its signature, and it absolutely loves fashion. By dressing up in different costumes, it can steal the show in all kinds of contests!
After you take part in your first contest, you will be able to get this Cosplay Pikachu on your team. You can change Cosplay Pikachu’s costumes anytime in the green room at any Contest Hall. Note: Other Pikachu that you catch or obtain cannot dress up in these costumes. Only the Cosplay Pikachu that you receive at the Contest Hall can dress up in contests.
Battle with Cosplay Pikachu!
Cosplay Pikachu can take on different appearances and learn different moves, and those changes will appear in battle, as well! Depending on its costume, it will be able to use moves that a normal Pikachu cannot learn, making it very attractive for battle. Check out some of these special moves and how they work in both contests and battles!
- Rock Star: Meteor Mash
- Ph. D: Electric Terrain
- Pop Star: Draining Kiss
- Belle: Icicle Crash
- Libre: Flying Press
OKAY BUT JUST IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT
Ph. D Pikachu gets Electric Terrain
Electric Terrain boosts electric moves by 50%
Electric Terrain + Pikachu’s Light Ball, which doubles Pikachu’s Attack and Sp. Attack
THAT THING WILL HIT LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN
*does the math*…
I am naming it Doctor Insano.
We Shall RULE THE WORLD!
Oh, in a perfect world.
You know, to their credit, the last few times I got rejected from trucking companies, I WAS TOLD WHY!
Kamen Rider Amazon is perfect and never let anyone tell you otherwise.