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Naruto’s Fatherhood

Okay, I’ve been seeing this whole idea going around for a while and felt the need to address it. A main point in the Boruto movie/series is that Boruto is frustrated with Naruto for not being around due to his Hokage duties. This leads to many fans assuming that Naruto is a bad father by choice. Let’s begin.

Naruto was inaugurated as Hokage after his kids were born. They were both young when this happened, so why is this relevant? Because Naruto had more time on his hands to spend with them, being a father, as he continued chasing his dream. What does this mean? Boruto and Himawari have experienced Naruto’s fatherhood before and after him taking the title of Hokage. 

For children who have consistently been ignored by a parent, it’s safe to assume that by the time they are 11 or 12, they’ve become accustomed to it. Why then, would a child who is accustomed to being ignored and neglected, be so upset about that fact when it’s all they know? Let me remind you all of this scene here at the end of The Last: 

Does this look like a bad father to you? They both attack him, and he receives them with open arms. He suggests a snowball fight, giving in immediately to their request. Children who’ve been ignored wouldn’t feel so carefree as to run into their parent’s arms, demanding that the parent play with them. Is it really that difficult then to make the connection that Naruto, who wanted nothing more than a bond, a family, someone who would receive his love and reciprocate it, gave his kids all of the free time that he had? This brings me to conclude this:

When all of that changes after Naruto becomes increasingly busy in his new position as Hokage, Boruto doesn’t understand how to cope with these feelings because he’s never felt that way before. This is the best explanation for his behavior then. He’s openly upset because he feels as though Naruto suddenly forgot about them, because he’s not getting the same attention he once was. Let me point you to this scene here, in Boruto the Movie where Boruto is looking at all of the photographs in Naruto’s study. 

In all of the photographs leading up to the one farthest right, appearing to be the most recent, Naruto is present and they all appear incredibly joyful. This only solidifies the idea that Naruto had been a wonderful father up until his Hokage inauguration. 

Naruto, on the other hand, has finally achieved his lifelong dream, and being someone who puts everything they have into everything they do, he works hard at his job because it was he who worked so hard to create the peace that he now has the task of maintaining. Is he perfect? No. Naruto has never had to balance family life and work life. He’s always been alone, never having to consider others in his decisions. It’s not difficult to understand then, that Naruto genuinely wouldn’t have understood the implications this would have for his family.

Naruto has never learned how to be any type father, good or bad. He has no example to follow or deviate from. When you’ve never experienced something for yourself, how are you to act upon the situation when it arises? At some point, Boruto brought up his feelings to Naruto in some way, probably through an angry outburst. So how does Naruto handle it? He over-exhausts himself, trying to make everyone happy by maintaining his shadow clones all day in order to get the maximal amount of work done possible and keep his kids from totally hating him. For someone who has desired nothing more than the acknowledgment of those around him since day 1, this behavior makes sense. 

I mean, the disappointment he feels when he’s messed up again? He’s trying his best with nothing to guide him. He sends Boruto congratulatory e-mails, he gives him a pep talk, he wants Boruto to feel acknowledged. Is this the best way to go about it? Maybe not, especially compared to the attention he must’ve given his kids before his new position. But, I sincerely doubt that Naruto is a bad father, nor does he want to be one. It’s a difficult situation for them. The new Boruto series is currently set before the Boruto movie during their academy days, so this must be during the onset of Naruto’s run as a Hokage. Therefore, that scene in today’s episode where he goes straight to bed after coming home is probably before Boruto brings his frustration to his father’s attention, so Naruto is probably unaware of the way his kids are feeling. 

However, Boruto quickly comes to understand Naruto and his struggles when he witnesses him fight the Otsusukis during the movie. Faced with the prospect of losing his father completely, his eyes have been opened to some of the difficulties Naruto faced in his youth. He decides that Naruto shouldn’t have to face more difficulties from the people he loves the most. He comes to terms with the situation by the end of Boruto the Movie, eventually accepting that this is the situation that they are in, and that he’s going to have to make the best of it. 

And if his own son can accept that this is Naruto’s new fatherhood, I don’t see why you guys can’t. 

TL;DR, Naruto’s fatherhood definitely has some bumps in the road, there’s no denying that. However, his intentions as a father are clear, and those are that he loves his kids and wants them to be happy, like a GOOD father would.

All Fire Emblem Echoes Personal Mourning Quotes

I put all the voice acted personal mourning quotes together for whenever I feel like I want to cry

it’s Alm’s army, Celica’s army, in recruitment order (ish) with Fernand (who gets his own section) at the end

you can probably tell who is mourning who but the detailed list is under the cut

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Morrigan: I left because my mother is an omnipotent being who abused me and I fear that she may be stalking me to use me as a host against my will. I also fear she may have some awful purpose for my child and have abandoned my home and my friends to give him a better life than I had. I have decided not to bring you with because if my mother finds us, she will likely kill you for helping me escape.

Anders: I have been trying for six years to make a change to how mages are treated here in Kirkwall, nonviolently. But everyone, including my friends, keeps telling me I’m crazy and wrong for thinking that no one should ever have to go through what we know without a shadow of a doubt the mages of Kirkwall face. I even submitted proof that these abuses happen to the person who oversees the entire Templar order and the Chantry here in Kirkwall, but even she told me I was crazy, on top of blaming me for crimes I haven’t even committed. I have decided to act in a violent manner because the Templars are about to execute every mage in the city, and it is clear that they only respond to acts of violence. I apologize for being dishonest, but this was my decision, not yours, so I should face the repercussions for it.

Fandom: Look at these lying, untrustworthy mages!

Fujimaki Tadatoshi’s Interview in Entermix May 2017

Ahhhhh. Everyone was like “READ THIS INTERVIEW” so I went ahead and read this above anything else and it was so worth it because it gave me hope as a fan in despair. 

This is just a rough translation :D I just wanted to put it so people who would like to read can read it too :D

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Tower of Dawn: Nesryn and Chaol

I’m rereading Queen of Shadows and I just… God, okay, I’m just really happy that **SPOILER**

Chaol and Nesryn didn’t end up together. I was a huge Chaol/Celaena shipper ever since Throne of Glass, so when Nesryn first appeared I was a bit salty. I ended up really enjoying her character though. But one thing I never liked was how Chaol acted around her. I didn’t like Chaol’s attitude AT ALL in Queen of Shadows (nor did I like Aelin’s, they were just so shitty to one another) and I thought Maas had butchered his character in order for us to feel more kindly towards Rowan. In truth, Mass was just accurately portraying how depression and terrible circumstances can effect people, change them. Which was why I was so grateful for Tower of Dawn- I loved Chaol. Even shitty Chaol. I didn’t want to see him butchered and cast as the cliche shitty ex. I’m glad Maas did better by him.
But Nesryn and Chaol never harmonized for me. I went into Tower of Dawn hoping Maas would pull her magic and make me love them together. I was sure they were endgame because it was so obvious Nesryn cared about Chaol– but his feelings for her were so… muted.
I’m so grateful he got with Yrene instead. Nesryn deserved more than Chaol could give her and Chaol deserved more than a forced romance with someone he didn’t truly love.
I’m glad Maas didn’t try to force it. I’m glad she gave Chaol someone just as overwhelming as Celaena in such a different way.
And that she gave someone to Nesryn who looked at her the way so many people looked at Celaena.

Some things I noticed after watching Rogue One a second time . . .

When I first watched Rogue One, I was just trying to stay with the plot and falling in love with the characters, so I didn’t go too deep with studying the actual filmmaking that went into it.

I’m a huge film nerd - went to film school, actually - so this time around, I consciously looked at the film through that lens.

Maybe someone else has already noticed this, but here goes:

I was really struck by the Director of Photography’s lighting choices in the scene where the rebellion is basically “recruiting” Jyn.

Lighting is such a cool thing - often used in classic movies to show the moral standing of characters.

Here’s a breakdown of how each major player in the scene is lit and what we can infer:

Mon Mothma - brightly, fully lit (she almost looks angelic); she is clearly the person with the most strict moral code and the most “spotless moral conduct” (reading the novelisation, this really comes through)

Jyn Erso - softly lit with no hard shadows, but clearly dimmer than Mon Mothma; she has a shady criminal past, but she’s got good intentions

General Dodonna and Bail Organa - lit similarly to Jyn; they have good intentions, even if they might be a bit more comfortable with the moral grey areas than Mon Mothma

General Draven - there is a bit of bright lighting on the top of his head, but his face generally stays in shadow; he has fully accepted the “morally questionable” acts he orders others to commit to serve the greater vision of the Rebellion

And now my favourite …

Cassian Andor - his face is half in shadow and half in light (very similar to the way Michael Corleone is lit in The Godfather); it represents how he wrestles with doing things he hates (assassinations, etc) to serve the cause he believes in, because he finds them morally reprehensible - Cassian is, to borrow a phrase from Doctor Who, “halfway out of the dark”

Anyway, I though it was pretty cool. I noticed some other thematic stuff that I might post about later.

Feel free to talk to me about this - I’m a total nerd about it and I love meeting other people who are nerdy about it, too.

Also, I’m total trash for rebelcaptain. If you are, too, we should be friends.

minervq  asked:

it's 2am and i've read everything i can get my hands on abt EU, so can i just say 1) as a media student, this would make a FANTASTIC TV show. there are ten million plotlines staring me in the face and 2) how do you think the fae's fascination with theatre would translate to TV production? still has the costumes, the glitz and glamour, but there's a lot of tech in close proximity. (I can attest that some late nights/early mornings in the studios can get hazy and discombobulated, though...)

Oh god imagine this as a show, it could be so good if they got the wonderterror of the whole place right - there’s more in the shadows than what you can see, and that’s a double-edged sword.

I think it would absolutely fascinate them as well - objectively there’s not magic at all present, but at the same time, there’s entire new worlds being made. Like the theatre, the whole is something much, much greater than the sum of the parts.  Unlike theatre, the finished show is a thing almost unrecognizable from what’s originally been filmed - it’s been put into order, clipped and touched up and made into a very different creature than the initial scenes acted out. It also has a certain allure because they don’t know how it works, can’t get close enough to try to take it apart and figure out how (and even if they could, it’s still unlikely they would be able to understand).

anonymous asked:

Dick Grayson is my favorite comics character, but I often find it hard to explain to people why he's so great without launching into decades of continuity. Since you're a much better writer than me, what makes Dick Grayson so great?

As a better writer than me put it,* he was supposed to be the next Batman, but became something better.

Not that I wouldn’t like it if he were also still Batman. He deserves that spotlight, and even wearing that costume only served to further illustrate what makes him different from Bruce: he’s basically okay. Not that he doesn’t have his own burdens, but in being taken in and being raised to not need crimefighting as a coping mechanism at best, an addiction to a cycle of violence at worst, he’s Batman’s ultimate success. He lost his world to criminals too, but he healed because instead of being shown that the world only makes sense when you force it to, he learned that no matter how bad it gets you’ll never be alone, because unlike Bruce, Batman was there for him. So yeah, he dedicated himself to becoming a detective and tactical genius and human fighting machine so that no one else will have to lose what he lost, but that’s just because he’s a really nice guy in a position to help. He smiles and bonds and teams up and hooks up and flies by the seat of his pants every once in awhile. Even with the 60s and 70s long behind us, Fun Batman lives on in him, because he’s built for that world in a way actual modern Batman isn’t allowed to be.

Of course, there’s also the great challenge of him: he’s well-adjusted. Most successful ongoing characters have some kind of fundamental flaw or conflict to drive stories (Superman’s issues with his self-image and relationships with those around him, Spider-Man’s emotional weakness, Batman’s…everything), and Dick doesn’t have that kind of issue aside from the occasional brooding session about getting out from under “the shadow of the bat”. I suspect that’s why his best stories, rather than regular adventures as Nightwing, tend to be about placing him under some harsh set of conditions running counter to his core nature (forced to act as Slades’ apprentice, becoming the new Batman, working for Spyral as Agent 37, currently taking orders from the Court of Owls). Still, just placing harsher conditions into his general setting as Nightwing and having him be forced to overcome it could yield about the same results, and once you do that, he’s skilled and versatile enough - as well as long-ranged enough as Batman’s international agent** - that you can put him into just about any kind of setting, and it can work.

* That writer being Mark Waid. I believe he’s actually gone on the record that a lot of material from his Daredevil began life as ideas for a Nightwing run that never happened.

** We all have that “damn, I thought of it first!” idea, right? Mine was Nightwing as the James Bond of the Batman family. Well, that and I drew a robot chicken in kindergarten years before Seth Green stepped in to steal my thunder.


So I’ve made a FATESona. Now get ready for an ECHOESona!

I wanted to try something different and make a character who’s considered more of a villain this time (mainly because I love Fernand and Berkut), so my echoesona is aligned with Rigel. She’s also not recruitable. I haven’t worked out too many details yet, but the player would encounter her alongside her spouse, Florian a gold knight, and son Alastor who’s a dread fighter (I’ve dragged my fatesona into this, why not the other fates ocs associated with her too?), as one of the many battles that Alm and co have to get through in order to finally get to Rigel Castle. She’d be encountered more specifically near the end of Act 4. 

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This was supposed to be only like 3 sentences long but I really liked this so I turned it into a non shitpost.

A giant guardian that acts like a Colossus from Shadow of the Colossus. You have to climb on top of it and attack it’s glowing weak points in order to kill it. It’s about the size of Dark Beast Ganon and is an optional boss that you can fight whenever, and fight numerous times. Killing it gives you one of two things: Agro, the horse from the game, or The Sword of the Sun.

Agro has infinite stamina (like the giant horse) and already has the maximum bond and best temperament, but isn’t that fast and has the weakest strength possible. Unlike her namestake in SotC, she CAN be killed, but can still be revived by the horse god or by defeating the Guardian again.

The Sword of the Sun does 60 damage, has really good durability, but cannot be thrown. Instead, if you hold the ‘throw’ button while standing in the sun, a beam of light emanates from the sword and points at whatever you’re currently tracking with the Sheika Slate, even if you can’t detect it at the moment. If the target is moving, the beam will move. It acts like a quest arrow in that it will direct you to the proper path to get to your destination instead of telling you to go through a mountain or something. You can only have one at a time. When it breaks, you can get it back by defeating the guardian again or by purchasing it from that guy in Tarry Town that sells the rubber armor and Hylian Shield.


AN: This drabble has been a wip for months now…I decided to just post. It’s a fun idea but idk what else I want to do with it.

Working alongside Kylo Ren was vexing and often fruitless. Searching for a kriffing map together had led to the untimely demise of Starkiller Base and the deaths of thousands–not that General Hux held a grudge. That would be unproductive, to say the least.

Still, dread pooled in his gut when Hux was summoned to a communication chamber aboard the Finalizer, much less grand than the vast hall Supreme Leader Snoke would appear to them on Starkiller. Kylo Ren, the juvenile, bumbling oaf, was already present and had undoubtedly been kneeling before his master’s visage for some time, if the stiffness of his shoulders were anything to go by. 

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Sun in the Eighth House

With the Sun in your Eighth house, you may find yourself living a life characterized by drama, intensity, and crisis. Part of your meaning and journey in life involves around developing the inner faith and strength to explore those darker aspects of life which you feel are so integral to your sense of fulfillment. You shine a light on the dimensions of human emotions that are thought of as basic and destructive. You hide these interests except to those you are intimately close with. You may find that you have a deep interest in the occult, psychology, psychotherapy, metaphysical studies, and mysteries..

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Pairings: Gally x Reader
Warnings: Insecurities (?) 
Word Count: 802

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Why I think Shadow is "evil" in Sonic Forces

So, people are up in arms about how Shadow is apparently “evil” now. In the trailer, we saw how he was allied with Metal Sonic, Chaos, Zavok, and new villain Infinite. So apparently, they’ve all allied with Eggman.

There’s just one problem: where was Eggman?

If they were allied with Eggman, wouldn’t he have shown up in the cinematic with the five others? I personally think that he’s NOT allied with Infinite and his emo boy band. Let’s look at the reasons why:

1. Shadow knows not to trust Eggman.
Shadow has faced off against Eggman time and time again, and I’m pretty sure he realized after Adventure 2 that Eggman is bad news.

2. Metal Sonic went rogue from Eggman years ago.
Back in Heroes, Metal Sonic had kidnapped Eggman in order to destroy Sonic himself, and since then, Metal’s acted independently from his creator. There’s no reason Metal should try to work with him now.

3. Zavok hates Eggman with a burning passion.
This should be obvious, as Lost World showed how Eggman’s mistreatment of him and the rest of the Zeti caused them to turn and try to kill both him and Sonic.

4. The theme of the game is “Forces”.
SEGA mentioned that there would be multiple Forces in the game, and these five could be another Force. They would all be opposed to Eggman having supreme power, and Shadow, Metal, and Zavok also have a score to settle with Sonic, so they would be opposed to his resistance as well.

Plasma Ranking Ideas?

These are some ideas influenced by medieval knight positions, Roman military stucture. With the whole knight theme around Team Plasma, I just had to delve into this! I tried to use the position’s original meaning, while translating it to fit a modern world.
It’s far from complete but this is what I’ve done so far. Although there are some ranks removed for the sake of simplisity, I did try my hardest. I used the Roman structure, seeing as Medievak knights weren’t as structured. I plan to further my research and expand on these ideas.

Plasma Order ( excluding scientists, seeing as they were kept confidential ) :

Grand Master /  Head Sage ( Ghetsis )

Ghetsis is the head of the Plasma organization as a whole. He refuses to retire from the position, seeing as death is the only way he’d step down. He is obviously in charge of all the grunts within the organization, plans strategies and works out how exactly they’d rule. His words are law.
Often times, he will act as a sort of priest.

Master / King and Commander ( Natural as Master  ; lead Shadow Triad member )

The Master and Commander was the local commander in charge of the stronghold and often holds responsibility and command over the other grunts.
Natural was placed as Master in order to give him a sense of responsibility and to teach him what he needed when the ranking of Grand Master would be handed down to him, although due to his nature, his words can easily be overruled.
The most experienced Shadow Triad member is often granted this position. They are in charge of keeping order and making sure that the grunts do as they are told. This member is highly efficient and deadly, so refusal to do a task can lead to harsh punishments.

Seneschal ( Vio / Zinzolin )

The Seneschal was the right-hand man for the Master and was sometimes called a Grand Commander.
In the field, the Seneschal was in charge of the movements of the grunts and can tell them what to do, assuming a Master and Commander isn’t near. With how soft and naïve Natural is, Vio’s words can overrule the Master’s. When needed, the Seneschal will act as a Turcopolier.

Turcopolier ( Other Sages )

This officer was the third in line militarily. He was in command of the light cavalry and the Sergeant brothers (see below).
They are often in charge of smaller grunt cavalries and groups and often speak with the Marshal. The sages take care of their own separate groups, leaving 6 cohorts under their control.

Marshal ( 2nd in command Shadow Triad )

The second most experienced Shadow Triad member is often granted this position. They are in charge of taking care of any weapons – such as the case with the Genosect army – or with the grunt’s Pokémon.

Under-Marshal ( 3rd Shadow Triad member )

The weakest member of the Shadow Triad is granted this position. They are often in charge of dealing with smaller supplies and weapons. Despite being in a lower rank when compared to the other Triad members, this position is very important and loosens the strain that the Marshal has.
This Shadow also keeps track of their positions and often guides the grunts.

Standard Bearer ( Higher ranking Plasma grunts )

Also called the Confanonier, they often made sure the lower ranking grunts were disciplined and made sure they were battle ready before a mission has been started. They can heal a grunt’s Pokémon when needed. These grunts often carried banners and equipment for the Plasma rallies.

Knight ( Basic Plasma Grunts )

The knight is the backbone of the organization. Knights were the equivalent of the cavalry. A small force of knights was very powerful, skilled in warfare, clad in armor, able to take on a large number of Trainers.


Group Organization, inspired by the Roman military system ( assuming that the Plasma Organization as a whole consists of over +5,000 members ) :

Contubernium: consisted of 8 grunts, often times sent for patrols or smaller missions.

Centuria: (century) was made up of 10 contubernium with a total of 80 grunts commanded by a Standed Bearer.

Cohorts: included 6 centurie, a total of 480 grunts. When needed, the Centuria are split into 6 different groups which can make it easier for the Sages to lead and split apart.

Legio: consisted of 10 cohorts, about 5,000 grunts. They are often lead by Zinzolin or Natural.

Eques Legionis: Each legio had a cavalry unit of 120 attached to them. They either travel by Pokémon-back or rely on technology.

Stay with me Part 19

Jimin x reader

Genre: Angst, romance, school au, new girl, bad boy, school gang activity.

Warnings: gang like activity, partying, strong language, mentions of drugs and alcohol, smut,

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With every beginning there is an end.

With every push, there’s a pull.

My pull towards you is strong.

But where is my push?

Is it caught in a catastrophe of words and phrases?

Is it at the bottom of this colored glass?

Or has our beginning not even begun?

With every beginning there is an end…

I’ve begun something.

I want my push that will lead me to your pull…

With every push there is a pull…

And with every dream…

There’s an awakening.

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I was thinking about something. Animals are supposed to pick up on things humans can’t, like spirits and the paranormal. And Sirius, he and Padfoot are interlinked. So it would stand to reason that he’d pick up on those things too whenever he shifted into his Animagus form.

At first, when he was still at Hogwarts, Padfoot rarely saw much, just blips and shadows. Once he joined the Order the frequency of such visits grew, the Prewett twins asking him to watch after Molly and her boys. Dorcas rushing to warn them all, her last great act. Sometimes it was unnerving, but mostly it just was another facet of life.

Then, when he was sent to Azkaban, it changed. James and Lily came to him the first night he shifted forms, soft voices trying to speak above the tumult surrounding him. There to tell him that none of this was his fault; that Peter betrayed them and he couldn’t have known what was coming. That they forgave him.

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Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku
 Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku


The seasons die out, one after another; cries of annihilation howl in the wind

A man not susceptible to the charms of the city looks up at the moon and notices how unrefined it all is.

Among an everyday life tripped up by the mud, the rain itself tastes of alcohol

With eyes filled with apathy as they wander the city, innocents gather in front of the station, acting suspiciously.

In order to uphold the unsteady fact that I’m me, it’s like my half-transparent shadow has come to life.

If I were to sing in the rain, would the clouds part? My life is all dried up in the midst of this bustling summer.

Dear My Loathsome Past, to you I offer this poem of farewell!

I have to cast away the remains of these days that can’t get any worse, these most terrible dreams, even if it kills me.

For in the next life, a flower will bloom to tell you a poem of transition;

A song filled with suffering, of which to grieve and moan, but never to die out even if it is starved of sunlight.

Tomorrows dies out, one after another even if you hurry, you’ll miss them as they become the past,

But to we who hurry through life, our flames are fickle, and we’re always adding meaning after the fact.

In order to uphold the unsteady fact that you’re you, your unstable ego ventures to despise you;

If you were merely able to sing, would the darkness be dispelled? Your life has been left up to a dream rotten at the core.

Dear My Loathsome Past, to you I offer this poem of farewell!

I have to cast away the remains of these days that can’t get any worse, these most terrible dreams, even if it kills me.

For in the next life, a flower will bloom to tell you a poem of transition;

A song filled with suffering, of which to grieve and moan, but never to die out even if it is starved of sunlight.

With a tired face, limping along; squinting at the reflected sunset;

We spend some time wondering if we should go on or head back. I’m sure we’ll face hardship but after the slightest hesitation, we straighten up and head onward.

That’s right, we have to go! Even with nothing, we have to go on living!

After all, our lives were just picked up along the way we’ll leave them here as we proceed, what little they are.

Dear The Long Gone Past I Reflect Upon, to you I offer this poem of nostalgia;

If I think of days that couldn’t get any worse, those most terrible dreams, you seem so far away!

Our flowers will wilt one day, our lives returning to the circle of life;

A song filled with suffering, of which to grieve and moan, but never to die out even if it is starved of sunlight.

The seasons revive, one after another.