Takashi Shirogane, Paladin Of Voltron And Pilot Of The Black Lion, Is Gay, And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It

Takashi Shirogane, Paladin Of Voltron And Pilot Of The Black Lion, Is Gay, And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It

The Voltron panel at SDCC 2018 gave us more than we had ever hoped for.


At the 2018 Voltron Legendary Defender panel at San Diego Comic-Con, showrunners Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos revealed to fans one of the best-kept secrets of the series to date:

Shiro is gay.

After months of the creators and voice actors teetering around answers, promising happiness for LGBT+ representation, and dodging angry fans of the show, it was finally revealed that Shiro had a boyfriend, Adam, back at Galaxy Garrison before the Kerberos mission.

The fact that VLD gave outright LGBT+ representation is shocking.

The gay character being Shiro — the Takashi Shirogane, Black Paladin, Leader of Voltron, golden boy at the Garrison, everyone's hero, Mr. Macho man?

I think it's safe to say I am not the only one who did not see it coming.

When my Twitter timeline exploded with the news from SDCC, I actually cried.

Here I was, a 20-something obsessed with a kids' cartoon, seeing a canonically gay man leading a team of badass pilots in space in an all-out war to save the universe. I couldn't believe it was real.

But it is. Shiro is gay, it is canon, in the show, blatantly out in the open, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Safe to say, we gays are happy.


This is huge, not only for the show itself and for the fans, but for what this kind of move means in the world of media, kids television shows or otherwise.

A lot of people have begun arguing, asking why there needs to be a gay character in a kids' show. Furious why Netflix and Dreamworks Animation are forcing their views down their throats. Complaining that everything is too politically correct, that gays are taking over, that they can't relate to LGBT+ characters, they don't want to watch tv with homosexuals.

Sorry to break it to you all, but at least 20% of millennials in the US identify as LGBT+. Are we not the future? Shouldn't our media reflect who we are? Have we not sat and suffered quietly through enough heterosexual media? Do we not deserve to see ourselves in our fictional heroes?

Even if you are straight, can't you realize what it means to a kid to see a man like Shiro, their hero, openly gay? A kid who is questioning who they are, figuring out what they want to be and who they want to love — don't those kids deserve to see LGBT+ people normalized on-screen?

The thing is, having a homosexual relationship normalized on TV is hard to come by. Even rarer is an instance where that character's entire storyline is not solely focused on them being gay/realizing they are gay/coming out/etc.

Now, Shiro? Shiro has a chronic illness, he is missing an arm, he lives with PTSD, he is a minority, and he is gay. But guess what? None of these are his defining traits. He is more than his disabilities, his struggles, his identities.

Shiro is defined by what he does, how he treats others, his resilience and his total belief in his teammates and in the universe. He is defined by his compassion and his silly antics, his drive and his passion to do good, to be great.

Shiro is a defender of the universe, he is gay, and he is here to stay.

I think this reveal is just the start of what is going to be an incredible last two seasons of the show. I cannot wait to have my heart broken August 10th when Season 7 streams on Netflix.

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My Definitive Ranking Of Animal Crossing Games

I know what you're thinking, and no, they're all not the same game.

The Animal Crossing franchise has been around since 2002 and has four main games in its collection: Animal Crossing (Gamecube), Animal Crossing: Wild Word (Nintendo DS), Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS). Each game expands and improves upon the last one, while keeping the same simple game plot in mind -- you move into a new town and must take care of it and its villagers.

That being said, not every game is perfect. Here is my definitive ranking of Animal Crossing games, from best to worst.

1. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)

In my personal opinion, this is the best Animal Crossing game of the bunch. They added lots of little features, while keeping the point of the game simple. In this game you could create your own constellations, open a coffee shop in your museum and even plant money trees -- all perks the Gamecube game did not have. Also, this game was the first in the franchise to allow for online play. You could now visit other people's towns, to explore and play together. I also think the unique design of the Nintendo DS helped make this game great. You could write letters or create patterns with the stylus on the touch screen, you see both screens simultaneously while playing, which allowed for easier game play then the Gamecube version. This game, to me, really defined Animal Crossing.

2. Animal Crossing (Gamecube)

It's hard to beat the original. This is Animal Crossing, in its most basic, true form. You have a mortgage to pay, a town to take care of and villagers to attend to. There are certain features in this game that I loved and wished they wouldn't have dropped when moving forward in the franchise. One of my personal favorites is the statue Tom Nook would construct if you paid off your mortgage in full - it was gold, shiny, right in front of the train station and absolutely ridiculous. Another feature, while not exactly honest gameplay, was another great one - the cheat codes you could find online. If you told Tom Nook a certain combination of letters and numbers, he would give you all sorts of goodies -- 30,000 bells, rare items, furniture. It was a nice little perk to have.

3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)

This game is arguably the one with the most changes and new features. This game took the usual Animal Crossing plot line and flipped it on its head: Tortimer, the mayor of your town, has decided to retire and named you his replacement. As mayor, you have so much you can do to your town: create new town projects, set new town ordinances, kick villagers out. Plus, a new island is introduced. You take a boat to it and have a direct line to rare fish, bugs and fruit. On top of all that, Nintendo just introduced a new update recently utilizing their amiibos in gameplay. All in all, this game is a lot of fun because it gives you so much to do. It can get overwhelming at times since there is so much you want to accomplish as mayor, but it's most always an enjoyable experience.

4. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

This game, to me, is the one I enjoyed the least. The game is pretty straight forward, like all other Animal Crossing games, but this particular one hyped up a city where you can shop from special stores or see shows. To be quite honest, the city never really impressed me. It was cool, but nothing that deserved all the hype it got. I also thought the controls for this game were a bit awkward -- you used both a Wii remote and a nunchuck, holding one in each hand. The nunchuck would control your movements and you would interact with tools, buildings or villagers with the Wii remote. It was something I could never get used to. This game wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the other games in this family for me personally.

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The Real Reason Why 'Spider-Man' On PS4 Is So Fun Is Because It's Challenging

When playing this game, the player must be careful and skillful in maintaining Spider-Man's life.


During Black Friday, my sisters and I bought the PlayStation 4. Best Buy sold it on a great deal. When we bought it, Marvel's "Spider-Man" came with the system as a free game. My sisters and I did not want it at first because we were waiting for "Kingdom Hearts III" to come out on January 29, 2019. We believed that it was better than "Spider-Man." We wanted to sell the game, but it said that we cannot sell it online. We will get in trouble if we do so. We hoped that we can pass the game to someone who has a PS4.

Within a month, that game still stayed with us. Man, if we can just get rid of it. During Christmas, relatives from Malaysia came to visit us. While the adults talked to our parent, we wanted to entertain two little male cousins with the PS4. The two cousins were very excited to see the PS4 and "Spider-Man." Oh, geez. Out of all games like "Minecraft" and "Pac-man," they chose "Spider-Man."

The boys turned on "Spider-Man" and I began to think that the game was not that bad as I expected.

The opening scene was interesting and the setting of the game took place in New York. New York felt so real in the game. It was surprising that Spider-Man was voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, the voice actor of Sasuke Uchiha in the anime series "Naruto," "Naruto Shippūden," and "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations." I never thought that he would be Spider-Man's voice in the game because the Spider-Man movies were played by different actors. It was hard to hear Spider-Man's voice in the game because his voice only comes out of the Dualshock controller. It was odd because I could hear the other characters from the television. No matter how many times I altered the voice settings, Spider-Man's voice still stayed in the Dualshock controller.

The boys kept losing in the game. I understood that it was not an easy game. When Spider-Man fights against his enemies, his health bar receives a lot of damage which means that he can get killed very easily and quickly. Spiderman can heal himself, but you need combo attacks and a new suit to strengthen his healing powers. I was hoping that he could get more defense for himself. When playing this game, the player must be careful and skillful in maintaining Spider-Man's life.

At one point in level one, Spider-Man must face the big and fat Fisk boss that leads the Fisk thugs. The boys had difficulty in fighting the boss. They kept losing and sometimes, they made Spider-Man run away from the boss. When their uncle watched them play, he said, "C'mon, kids! You guys are Spider-Man! Spider-Man does not run away from his enemies!" If Spider-Man was here right now, he would have finished the battle as quick as possible.

Later on, the boys asked me to help them with the boss battle. I volunteered to help them and try out the game. It was not that bad. I lost a few rounds with the big fat Fisk boss. After those rounds, I began to have an idea of how to play the game. The boys gave me some instructions and I followed. As they watched me play, their mouths opened wide in surprise towards my powerful moves. A few punches later, the boss battle shifts to the story mode and Spider-Man finished off the fat boss. I was very proud of myself because I never knew that I could play the best Spiderman in the household.

The boys got a little further in the game and I helped them sometimes when needed. I lost a few times because I needed to adjust to the battle, situation, and controller. Despite the losses, I got them further in the game. They never finished the game because they went back to Malaysia with their family a few days later. I enjoy playing "Spider-Man," but I am still unsure on whether I should continue the game by myself or sell it like I said in the very beginning.

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