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I can't be too hard on the new The Knights of the Zodiac folks because getting something like that made is ferociously hard -- you have to wrangle the often-contradictory demands of marketers, executives, and original creators -- and because terrible people are surely sending them death threats as we speak, and holy crap, I don't want to encourage that kind of behavior.

At the same time, though, I feel like looking at Saint Seiya and deciding that, of all the characters, the one you'll make into The Girl is the pink gender-nonconforming one is...maybe not praiseworthy? The original 1980s Shun was a revolutionary character and it doesn't feel like they appreciate that at all.

I would actually have gone with Ikki (as that's a character type that doesn't get to be feminine often) or, if I could get away with it, Seiya himself.



A new A.N.N. poll described Kenzou Tenma as an "oji-san" and I just. I guess he was in his late 30s for most of the manga, but I'm hard-pressed to think of him as an "oji-san character".



As a teen, I did a bunch of anime wallpapers -- over a hundred of varying quality -- and it really warms the cockles of my heart when I see people still circulating those old JPGs. (Some crop off the credits, some don't, but it hardly matters; I don't use that name anymore.)

They were all standard definition and smothered in difference clouds! I couldn't figure out how to make a © so I used the legally-meaningless "(c)"! The handmade vector tracing was terrible and so was the masking, because I was trying to learn how to use the GIMP 2.4! But apparently they still meant something to some people, because I bump into them over a decade later!

Maybe I should put high-res versions of the better ones somewhere?