See/read more in my post on early shōjo manga at danmazurcomics.com:
"The revolutionary material produced in the 1970s by the “Year 24 Group” — the first major wave of women mangaka – was a culmination of aesthetic and thematic developments of the previous 50 years. I don’t think the term “genre,” as we generally use, fits here; for me, shōjo manga, as it has evolved, embodies a broad, complex aesthetic category, one that can accomodate many genres — maybe we can call shōjo a gender of manga (regardless the biological gender of its creators or readers — see Itō, Kimiō, When a “Male” Reads Shōjo Manga).Shōjo represents an example of the power of a marginalized aesthetic, one of those cases in popular culture where a form designed to reinforce a power structure (in this case the gender roles of girls and women in Japan), can expose the conflicts and contradictions within that structure and have a destabilizing effect.”
1:21 pm • 1 March 2014 • 203 notes
do you ever wonder how a character is doing after a series is over
1:17 pm • 1 March 2014 • 71,549 notes
"how much do you love me?"
*cradles ur cheeks in my hands and looks deeply into ur eyes*
12:25 pm • 1 March 2014 • 183,270 notes
Milky Way Shows 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels
Side Note: The two images shown above are mere crop outs from ESA’s recent hit: The 9 Billion Pixel Image of 84 Million Stars. These two focus on the bright center of the image for the purpose of highlighting what a peak at 84,000,000 stars looks like.
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile have released a breathtaking new photograph showing the central area of our Milky Way galaxy. The photograph shows a whopping 84 million stars in an image measuring 108500×81500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels.
It’s actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory’s VISTA survey telescope, the same camera that captured the amazing 55-hour exposure. Three different infrared filters were used to capture the different details present in the final image.
The VISTA’s camera is sensitive to infrared light, which allows its vision to pierce through much of the space dust that blocks the view of ordinary optical telescope/camera systems.
Who knows what type of life is growing around the sectors of these stars and what they’re up to, the type of conversations they’re having and ways they use their resources..
11:49 am • 28 February 2014 • 72,977 notes