So, now that we’ve experienced the thoroughly explosive new Stevenbomb, there’s a
burning question that we all want the answer to:
What happens next?!
Steven’s now willing en-route to Homeworld in order to keep
his friends safe from harm, the Crystal Gems powerless to stop this
heartbreaking scenario from playing out right in front of their eyes.
They’ll need a plan, and fast. But the glaring issue here is that their only
space craft has been stolen reunited with its rightful owner again. The upshot of this, of course, is that the
Crystal Gems now have no way of reaching space.
Or, do they…?
Upon being freed from the mirror – and subsequently healed –
by Steven, Lapis couldn’t get off the Earth fast enough. In a relatively short amount of time, she was
able to fly herself all the way back to Homeworld without the aid of a vehicle.
We know that, Peridot aside, Steven is the one person who
Lapis cares for the most. She’s already
effectively sacrificed herself to save him in the past (this being her logic,
no matter how questionable it might have been, when forming Malachite in order
to stop Jasper from hurting Steven) – so she’s going to jump at the chance to
save him again.
I daresay that the Crystal Gems will be well aware of this
and will want/need to enlist her help, along with Peridot’s. Peridot is, of course, the most “modern” Gem
of the group and is the only one with prior experience of the current-day
However, another issue could arise here because (in a manner
of speaking) Aquamarine and Topaz were sent to Earth because of Peridot. If she hadn’t
filed that report all the way back in Marble
Madness, things might have played out very differently indeed.
I’ve theorised in the past that Peridot is internalising a
lot of the guilt that she undoubtedly feels for her past actions (trying to
kill Steven, the fusion experiments, almost leaving the Earth to be torn apart
by the Cluster, etc) and that, eventually, something
would cause all of this guilt to come spilling out. I have to wonder if she’s going to blame
herself for Steven’s capture and that, ultimately, this is going to be the
thing that tips her guilt over the edge.
Peridot has recently been showing an awful lot of compassion
to one individual in particular, continually putting this individual’s happiness
and comfort first…
Could it now be Lapis’ turn to be there for Peridot, just as
Peridot has been for her?
When Lapis and Peridot find out what happened to Steven,
there’s going to be a lot of upset
from everyone. Sometimes upset can turn
to anger, and blame might start being attributed all around. Perhaps the Crystal Gems themselves will begin blaming Peridot for what happened.
I can’t stop thinking about Peridot feeling guilty and
getting very upset about the whole thing, prompting Lapis to say “It’s not your
fault, Peridot…” before glaring at
the Crystal Gems and adding something like “You’re not the one who let them take him!”
I feel like Lapis might be harbouring some resentment for
the Crystal Gems and that she’s going to see Steven’s capture as being another reason
not to trust them. As I mentioned
earlier, Lapis considers that she actually sacrificed herself to save Steven –
so this line of logic could lead her to thinking that the Crystal Gems could
have done more to prevent him from being taken.
Is it fair to apportion blame like this? No – but that’s what can happen when
something this distressing and
Regardless of whether or not the “blame game” comes to
fruition, everyone will have to calm down from their upset eventually and
figure out what to do. They’ll have to
set aside any differences/disagreements that they may have and come together in
order to rescue the one person who ultimately binds them all together – Steven.
And this is where
things could get very interesting indeed.
Lapis can travel through space, but it’s unlikely that she would have the physical strength to
carry multiple Gems with her.
However…what if she’s not just Lapis
at this point?
I think a fusion between Lapis, Peridot and the Crystal Gems
(effectively creating another Alexandrite-esque Gem) is highly unlikely, for a
number of reasons.
Alexandrite is an incredibly powerful Gem – and so was Malachite,
Lapis’ only other fusion to date. If one
were to combine these forces, the resulting Gem would be unstoppable. This would be ideal,
of course; but, from a storytelling point of view, it offers a solution that’s
too simple. A “get out of jail free”
card, if you like.
There’s also the aforementioned issue of Lapis perhaps not
fully trusting the other Crystal Gems yet, as well as a huge question mark
hanging over the stability of a fusion involving six Gems. Lapis has also
been left traumatised by her experience as Malachite, so I feel like she’d only
fuse again with someone who she was very close to – with a dire emergency like this
one being the catalyst to get her to try fusing with someone again out of
Luckily, there is someone
who Lapis fully trusts, who she spends almost all her time alongside, and who
she’s living a very harmonious relationship with…
…and so this might be where we finally see our Lapidot fusion!
To me, it makes absolute perfect sense. Lapis can fly through space at an alarming
rate, Peridot knows all about modern Homeworld – and, if necessary, their
fusion might actually be able to carry the other Crystal Gems along with them!
Imagine a scene where Steven is in a room on Homeworld (or,
alternatively, still on-board Aquamarine and Topaz’s ship). Suddenly, a new Gem – the Lapidot fusion –
comes bursting through the door, the Crystal Gems in her arms/clinging onto her
back. That would be an amazing scenario.
Of course, the nature of the show is such that we see
everything from Steven’s perspective. I
wonder if the show will break this convention soon in order to show what’s
happening on Earth ahead of Steven’s inevitable rescue. We obviously know he’s going to get rescued somehow, but the tension and build-up
would be somewhat watered-down if we see the Crystal Gems’ plan play out in the
form of a The New Crystal Gems style
flashback episode. That’s still a
distinct possibility, of course, but I must admit that it’d be nice to see the
show’s formula get slightly shaken up in the next episodes.
I’ve seen lots of debate in the fairy tail tag today over whether NaLu is actually canon or not, so I wanted to share my opinion!
*WARNING: This is a long one!*
Personally, I believe NaLu is canon, but not in your stereotypical “I love you” “I love you too” confession and makeout session kind of way. Ever since Natsu and Lucy first started acting like a couple and were shipped, we know that the pair have zero experience with love. Neither have ever been in a relationship, and therefore don’t really know how to act when confronted with the idea of one. Lucy has a slim idea, after her early fantasies of a “knight in shining armour” figure, however Natsu is completely oblivious. I think Natsu and Lucy both share an idea on what love is, but neither can properly tell when they are in love unless when the moment is right.
So here comes Chapter 545! Of course Lucy got incredibly emotional when thinking back to the jobs:
Which is only natural, the poor girl has been through so much and just at the thought of going on another job brought back so many memories and tears to her eyes.
So what does she do? The only thing she can do:
Embrace and thank the man who made it all possible; Natsu.
At this moment, with all the memories flooding back into her, Lucy is finally coming to terms with her feelings for Natsu. She loves him. She loves him out of pure gratitude for everything he’s ever done for her, and for being her first ever friend. As Lucy said herself, if she’d never met Natsu, none of her life would have been possible; she wouldn’t have joined Fairy Tail, she wouldn’t have made friends, she wouldn’t have grown stronger, and she probably wouldn’t have won the best writer award!
And Natsu knows this.
Of course initially he pulls his signature “o shit” face because Lucy is crying and he’s not really sure what to do.
But this isn’t necessarily a look of “o shit” because he’s uncomfortable or feels awkward. Both him and Happy look incredibly concerned, from their creased eyebrows to the bead of sweat dripping from them. So why is he pulling that face? Because he is confronted with love.
As I said before, Natsu has had no experience with love before, therefore when Lucy hugs him and tells him how much she appreciates him, he doesn’t know how to react.
Now, the next part I think is the most important:
Of course Natsu has never been one to give Lucy any form of personal space, and here is certainly no exception. But this scene is different from all the others. Natsu respects Lucy more than anyone else in the guild, therefore if he were to tease her or invade her personal space, it’s purely in a jokey scenario. This scene here though? This isn’t a joke. Natsu and Lucy are being serious. So that merely means that Natsu leaning in is not a way to tease her, he is being serious with her, a trait rarely shown by the dragon slayer unless in combat.
Now, you’d all be lying if you said you didn’t think Natsu was going to kiss Lucy on the next page, because at this point I was screaming at him to kiss her and this is the point most people believe Natsu rejected Lucy. But in my opinion, it’s the complete opposite.
As I said, Natsu has had no experience with love, so the time he is actually faced with it (right now), he’s not joking around, he’s not teasing, because he has finally realised how Lucy feels. Granted I don’t think he’s absolutely certain, and here’s why:
When Natsu leans in - I promise this isn’t my NaLu senses taking over - I believe he was actually planning to kiss her, like many of us hoped. However, I think he changed his mind at the last minute, purely because he doesn’t want to hurt Lucy. He knows she’s in a vulnerable situation, and he would hate more than anything to make her more upset and tearful than she already is. Natsu knows that he loves Lucy, and is starting to think she returns those feelings, but he doesn’t want to confess when she’s in such a state and all emotional. He doesn’t want to hurt and/or confuse her.
Now let’s discuss Lucy’s feelings towards all this. Throughout the entire Alvarez arc she’s being toying with her feelings towards Natsu, as to whether they’re strictly platonic or whether there’s something more. This is the point where she’s considering perhaps there is something more. She’s so overwhelmed with gratitude and emotions she’s finally putting two and two together and deciding she is in love with her best friend. When Natsu leans in, she thinks he’s about to kiss her. How do we know?
This. The face she makes. You can interpret this however many ways you like, I’m definitely not saying mine is the correct way, but I’ll explain my theory.
Lucy’s contemplating her feelings again when she says “Wait”, but stops in the middle of her sentence. Why? Because she’s panicking. She - much like Natsu - has never had any experience with love, never had a boyfriend, and never had her first kiss. She thinks Natsu is going to kiss her, so what does she do? She closes her eyes and leaves her mouth open. She’s waiting for him to kiss her, so she can properly decide how she feels. She wants Natsu to kiss her.
Need more evidence?
She thought he was going to do something interesting.
What kind of interesting thing were you thinking, Lucy?
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However, what really ties the knot, (see what I did there), about Natsu’s feelings towards Lucy is this:
He wants them to be together forever.
Natsu and Lucy wouldn’t have a stereotypical love confession because they are not a regular couple. Natsu saying he wants to be with Lucy forever just about proves that he loves her. And let’s not forget who else said they wanted to be with their significant other forever:
And who are together and trying for a baby in the final chapter?
From the words they speak to the expression they make, Natsu in no way friend zoned Lucy.
I believe he confessed to her, but in his own sweet, dense little way! He’s too inexperienced to know how to properly confess, and although he initially considered kissing her, it’d be far more like him to aggravate Lucy but confess his love at the same time. After all, he can’t resist teasing her!
Hopefully this put some of your minds at ease, let me all know your opinions and theories, I’d love to hear them! <3
I don’t know, I haven’t seen this done. I thought of it at 6am and I thought it was something cute ahh okay here we go!
•Growing up, Hunk used to love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In fact, you could say he had a bit of an obsession.
• He loved watching how those 4 best friends could do all those cool ninja moves. He loved seeing all the fun they had, and admired how heroic they were.
•He especially favorited Michelangelo. He was the “coolest” out of all the turtles, and pizza was hunk’s favorite food of all time, too!
•One year on Halloween, Hunk’s momma bought him a Michelangelo costume, and boy was he excited.
•He was so excited that he kept wearing that orange bandana for the next week!
•He’d practice all the ninja moves he saw in the show, inside of his room (sometimes ending in broken lamps)
•Hunk couldn’t wait to be as cool of a hero as Michelangelo when he grew up
•As time passed, Hunk grew out of the TMNT stage. But he never stopped wanting to be a hero.
•So he wore the orange bandana. It reminded him that maybe one day, he could be a hero.
•Here in space, when Hunk has his doubts; The bandana shows him that he is, in fact, a hero.
AHH IVE NEVER REALLY POSTED AND I DON’T KNOW IF THIS WAS OKAY BUT HERE IT IS
He’s written the spoiler right on the first page, like a shit, and he’s ghastly. He really is. Only- of course he isn’t. Quite the opposite. She uses the book to hit him in the chest. He laughs.
You’re the worst gift giver in the world, she informs him. He waggles his eyebrows, and she’d kiss him if Sirius wasn’t here. You two should kiss, Sirius says through a mouthful of crisps, looking on with mild interest. James shoves him sideways and then does, in fact, kiss her. He tastes like tea and mint.
The boys wear party hats all round London. Remus has five coffees, Peter loses his scarf to the wind and Sirius throws away a twenty pound note because he thought it was a very poorly made napkin. It might just be the best birthday she’s ever had.
Naturally she can never tell James this because he’ll just be unbearably smug, as opposed to the bearable level of smug he is normally. He buys her an ice block and then precedes to rip into her for picking lemonade flavor, which he has been told by Remus is the ‘most basic’.
Pathetic Lily, truly embarrassing, he says, and she reaches up and snaps the string of his party hat. Being eighteen feels no different to being seventeen, still being told by a choking James that she’d just ‘broken his throat’, still laughing when Remus says that it’s probably a blessing, still liking them all an inordinate amount.
Afterwards they go home, the two of them, back to the tiny apartment where they eat and sleep and make breakfast. When they’d moved in she’d used James’ wand to flick all the dead moths off the windowsill and to get her back he froze hers in ice. Sometimes when she can’t sleep and her brain is a blank wall she’ll get up, walk around, breathe. She can look at any surface of their place and think here. I kissed you here. I loved you here.
She goes through the door and there is a cake on their bench. The top slants to the left, lopsided, and the icing has melted all down the sides. She freezes, staring. James bounds past her and tries to prop up a drooping candle. I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to ice it while it was still hot, he confesses, guiltily.
She keeps staring. You made me a cake. She says, fumbling around the words. I don’t know if you can still call it that, he says, distracted, trying to even out the slanting top by shifting the icing. She cannot believe him- waking up early just to make her a cake. Her heart is swollen. She could break a rib.
Happy birthday Li- he starts, but she has surged forward and is kissing him instead. His hands are sticky from icing, on her face and jaw and neck and he made her a cake. In this kitchen, in this apartment, in her space, he was here. There has never been a better boy than hers, and here. She loves him here.
nasa Fish-eye view of planet Earth. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade) captured this timelapse video from his unique vantage point on the International Space Station (@iss) , 250 miles above our home planet. He posted it to his social media accounts on Oct. 1 saying, “Desert sands, wispy clouds, and blue ocean, the cupola fish-eye spies many features along the spine of Africa in this #timelapse.” There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is orbiting our planet at 17,500 mph. They are conducting important science and research on the orbiting laboratory that will not only help us send humans to deep space destinations, like Mars, but also has direct benefits to live here on Earth.
A curious thing that most people don’t take into account when discussing the amount of time passed within canon is that the time that passes in space is not equivalent to the time that passes on Earth (or wherever the starting position is). This is the basis of the theory of relativity. One concept in particular in the theory of relativity is related to this discrepancy in the time that passed on Earth and in space and that is the concept of time dilation.
Time Dilation is the concept that a clock (and therefore time) that is moving relative to the observer will move slower than a clock that is at rest vs. the observer. In our case, time as it’s moving on the castle ship with the paladins is slower than time as it moves on Earth - which when we’re talking about the speed at which the paladins are moving is relatively at rest.
This will be behind a read more because I do math and it also got really long.
okay guys. i’m thinking about archiving. i’m thinking about dropping this blog and remake akira since i love him so much but i will remake him. however, i won’t give everyone the url to the new blog aside from a few people that i really trust. this is no offense against you, but i honestly do not feel safe on this blog anymore. as much as i love akira and the interactions as well as the relationships i built up with this blog, i don’t want to drop him. he’s one of those muses that makes me comfortable to write, however, i don’t feel comfortable staying on this blog any longer. i am really sorry, but this entire thing just keeps me anxious and paranoid, so it’s better to remake my blog. if you want to stay with me, just like this post and i will follow you on the new blog !! this is nothing against you, it’s something personal. as of now, there will be some preparations until i archive this blog, so please give me some time until i’m done. there’s alot to take along after all.