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I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children stories. They were better than than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via bookmania)

I hoped to portray Takato as a very normal, un-exceptional elementary school students. The basic concept for Digimon Tamers is “a normal elementary school student has a great adventure over the span of a year”.
This character should not be a stereotypical leader-hero, shouting “Let’s go!” at the drop of a hat. But on the other hand, he mustn’t be perceived as a weak-willed wimp. He must be full of curiosity, fascinated by monsters and digimon, but also flawed enough that he might brag or exaggerate things in front of his friends —- in other words, an every-day, regular child.

However, this kind of “normality” is unusual in a TV anime main character, and so there is a tendency for Takato to be misinterpreted as “quiet” or “withdrawn”. In fact, when I explained my ideas to the producers, I had to emphasize the difference to them again and again.

…After I wrote the scripts for approximately three episodes, Mr. Nakatsuru (the character designer) shared some of Takato’s preliminary sketches and facial expressions.

I gasped in surprise. There, before me, were pages and pages of the sensitive young boy that I was hoping to sketch out in my upcoming scripts. The pictures were overflowing with an ambition to create a character totally different from the ones in previous seasons of Digimon.

… By the time I saw the completed version of the first episode, I looked at Takato — brought to life by Director Kaizawa ‘s storyboards and direction — and saw something alive, not some object that I had created and could be moved about at my convenience. (Of course, it would be a terrible thing if he *had* ended up as such a character.) What I mean is: Takato had become a complete individual with his own personality far sooner than I had expected.

Chiaki J. Konaka is the writer of Digimon Tamers and also worked on many series such as Serial Experiments Lain, Big O and Princess Tutu. He is one of my favorite writers and the reason why I feel Digimon Tamers is such a special series, and stands on its own as a story rather than just a cartoon made to sell toys. He has several notes on character writing and story development for Tamers, translated to English here- it’s a great resource and a rare glimpse into the development of a series like this.  (via magnoliapearl)

Constantine leaked plot.

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Details of the new Constantine TV show have been leaked earlier this week. After the photo from the set and the character portrait was released it was only a matter of time before details about the plot were leaked.
Thanks to the website ShockTilYouDrop.com we now know more about the plot and have more details about how the show will pan out. matt-ryan-as-john-constantine-credits-warner-bros-nbcAccording to ShockTilYouDrop.com the pilot takes place…

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For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES
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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES
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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES
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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES
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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013. 
Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks. 
A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases. 
 
Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES
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louddetective:

heyhocloudy:

jamesreads:

For those of you who have been with me for a while you can probably understand how excited I am to announce that the first part of The Light Visions tarot deck is now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !

The Light Visions Tarot Deck is based on the traditional tarot. Split into two parts this first part contains the 22 Major Arcana cards in the full 78 card deck. These cards are the base cards of the classic tarot deck and represent core archetypes of human nature. The Light Visions Tarot Deck is designed as a functional tarot deck and can be used in tarot readings when coupled with the second half of the deck, with an anticipated release of Autumn 2013.

Within this portion of the deck there are the 22 Major Arcana cards, a 23rd “mystery” card and two additional information cards that briefly tell the story of the fool and his journey through the world. There is a total of 25 cards. The Major Arcana deck comes in a hand stamped high quality cotton muslin bag with an accompanying kraft tag. Each tag is signed and numbered in a first edition of 100. The cards have identical backs, are approximately 2 7/8” x 4 3/4” and have a UV coating which allows them to be durable and remain in the best condition. The cards can be used as functional tarot cards or can be creatively displayed - each card is illustrated with great care and detail and can stand alone as it’s own piece of art. They also double as great bookmarks.

A note to the collectors who plan on purchasing a full deck: Buying the deck in separate parts will not end up costing more than buying the entire deck when it is released. In fact, the mystery cards and hand stamped bag will only come with the deck if the major arcana is purchased before the minor arcana. There will be the option to buy only the Minor Arcana when it is released, which will include the remaining 56 cards and a box large enough to fit all 78 cards from your two purchases.

 

Available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com

oh my goodness these are absolutely gorgeous…

STRAWBERRIES

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