TOTALLY-GRATUITOUS

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Anakin killing the Tusken tribe and Padme's reaction?

I’ll tackle Padme’s reaction to it first, cause for a lot of people that’s where they can’t see where she’s coming from.

Padme comes from a well off, loving family. Her older sister has two small children who adore their aunt and her parents clearly think very highly of her career and love her very much. Family is very important to Padme so when she hears that Anakin’s mother is in danger – or at the very least that he perceives her to be in danger– she goes with Anakin to check on her, because this is Anakin’s family and that means something to her. He shouldn’t have to be cut off from his family just to keep her safe. When she comes back to Tatooine, they go looking for Shmi, who Padme remembers as the kind older woman who took complete strangers into her home, feed them even though she had literally nothing to her name, and helped them get the parts needed to fix their ship so they could go to the core and eventually save Naboo.

Padme knows she didn’t do anything after that to help Shmi Skywalker. Maybe she tried, maybe she didn’t, but the bottom line is this: she did not help this woman who helped her, her people, and then let her son go off with them. She left Shmi Skywalker in chains. That’s on her – and she knows it. They go to Watto and find out she was sold on and then freed. To Padme, that’s good news – Shmi was freed and then found love! Something good came from her struggles.

But then they get to the Lars homestead and find that Shmi has been taken by Tusken Raiders. The only thing that Padme knows about these people is that they came to a moisture farm in the middle of nowhere, abducted someone, and then killed members of the rescue party that went after Shmi and crippled Cleigg Lars. Maybe if she has a particularly good memory she remembers that they were also shooting at the racers during the podrace that Anakin was in when he was nine and apparently they do it so often that it’s accepted as a normal thing to watch for during said races. Either way, all she knows of them is that they are violent, dangerous, and malicious. They came to Shmi’s home and took her from her family property – it wasn’t like she was in the middle of the wastes and they took her from there, no, they came to Shmi’s home to take her.

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AssClass Character Book – Random Stuff

I tried scanning the book to find other bits of interesting, wholesome information about Kunugigaoka Academy and its students, but nothing really stands out right now. A lot of what’s covered in the book is old news.  There were a few totally gratuitous sections I found oddly amusing though. Primarily-

They’re father and child, so it’s only natural they’d resemble each other…!?  We researched their points of similarity!

Apart from their unusual talents, Gakushuu-kun and Chairman Asano resemble each other in all sorts of ways. Our journal’s reporter continued close contact with the Asano family for an extended period of time to research their similarities. The results of their investigation is here!

1) They look scary when they’re mad

They’re usually a temperate pair, but their expressions when they are angered are super scary. The reasons the two get mad is yet another way they greatly resemble each other in unreasonable ways.  

2) They look unhealthily pale

They both share handsome features, but it’s their constant pallor that makes them the spitting image of each other. Are they getting enough sleep?

…The answer is clearly no. If this reporter knew what they were doing, this section could’ve been at least five pages long. I’ve seen people on Twitter post much more compelling content showcasing their family resemblance, such as their identical facial expressions, hand gestures, and body language.  I’m glad that they are supposed to look a little sickly though! When I first saw Gakuho (in the manga), my first thought was that he looked ill. He practically leaked “I’m a madman who doesn’t take care of himself” from his pores. I got a similar but weaker vibe from Gakushuu when he made his first appearance, so I was wondering if Matsui was just trying too hard to make them handsome or if they were supposed to look unwell.

But yeah, this section literally just consists of “They’re scary and pale”  XD

The second part I thought was pretty funny was that those two Class D kids got a feature:

Friends!? Or perhaps… they share a “forbidden romance” <3

Their excessive physical contact is proof of their deep affection. The girls in their class whisper rumors about them, but Tanaka thinks that the girls viewing things that way are the ones being impure. This is friendship no matter how you look at it.

They weren’t likeable in the slightest in the actual storyline, but I have to admit, their friendship is something else XD   They’re still hanging out with each other seven years later too, according to the Graduation Album. True Friendship.

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This is totally self-gratuitous, but I’m in the process of printing some travel pictures out to redo the frames I had of vacation photos of the two of us. I’m not shying away from including photos from trips with him (though I don’t have a ton of just myself from those), but I also had a lot of fun looking back at vacations past, most of them prior to our relationship. All of these photos of myself on trips over the past five years or so make me happy in one way or another and this is a good reminder to myself that I’ll always find a way to go places and have fun - it just might take a little more planning and involve having to stay a little closer to home while I figure things out.

Looking forward to the trips I’ve lined up in the coming months - Chicago in May to see Hamilton despite the bittersweet feelings surrounding it, Grand Rapids in June for @compscibarbie‘s bachelorette party weekend, and camping in Wisconsin in July with @lolobee8288 (and potentially others!). Even though I’m not taking a big, cross-country road trip this summer to any National Parks and I’ve lost the person who I enjoyed traveling with the most, I’m still going to make the most of my summer and opportunities for new experiences. 

Closer (One-Shot Smut)

Alright my fellow Reylos…here it is…my submission for smut week! This smut is long, and completely gratuitous. It’s also my first published smut of ever everdom, so please be kind. Enjoy! 

Title: Closer

Synopsis: A dream is just a dream. It doesn’t mean anything. 

Pairing: Reylo/KyloRey

Length: One-shot. Complete.

Rating: M. Very much M. Total gratuitous smut.

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What makes Kentaro Miura such a great writer

So while I was rewatching Berserk the Abridged series yesterday, I got to reminisce about the earlier parts of Berserk, and how imo Miura managed to not fall in the many traps that other authors like Ohtaka have fell into.

Berserk is rightfully considered to be one of the best manga ever created, so one can wonder what makes Miura’s writing so great, especially for people who are considering getting into Berserk.

It’s a combination of factors that makes his writing so good imo. I’ll try to explain some of them.

1-Miura’s ability to use tropes in a non cliche way :  Miura is by no means the most original author around, and many aspects of his manga are outright inspired by other works, and Miura has stated influences such as Devilman or Guin saga. There’s also plenty of tropes in Berserk, even shounen like tropes, but where other authors fail to deal with them in a non cliche way, he manages to not fall too much in those traps. For example, you can say that the MC has plot armor, given how Guts has been saved plenty of times from certain death. In fact during a certain event (not gonna spoil too much here) he is saved in a deus ex machina manner by a cosmic being of some sort (that happens to be a skeleton). But where other authors are tempted to try to save their character at all costs, and keep him intact, Miura doesn’t hesitate to mutilate his MC, and even uses what should be considered a weakness to make his character stronger. Missing an arm?no problem. Here’s a cannon that you can attach to your arm and use it to blow large demons in the face.Sure it is supposed to be part of his design, and make him closer to Götz von Berlichingen whose Guts character is loosely based on, but that doesn’t take away from Miura’s more original way to deal with such a trope. When other authors would try to come up with an asspull in order to make a missing limb grow back out of thin air (looking at you Ohtaka).

In fact every one of Guts’ upgrades comes at a great price, the next major upgrade he gets literally sucks out his life force, so he’s gradually dying in a sense. And even before that, each one of his big fights resulted in him being in bed for a long time, and even arrow wounds would affect him.

And more importantly, It stresses out how human he is, when many authors, especially shounen ones, make their characters into almost living gods in a way. Guts’ powers are really insignificant, he’s just a human with his own limits, and he only has a few weapons to rely on, and needless to say that compared to the other characters and beings he’s often facing, he’s  at a great disadvantage. Each fight, especially after a certain point, resulted in him suffering heavy injuries, and not just physical ones, even astral ones.

2-Miura’s characters feel very realistic: that is prolly the greatest strength of Miura’s writing, his characters feel very realistic, and rightfully so since he got inspired of people he knew, his friends, to write his characters. It’s a bit frightening to learn that someone like Griffith has been inspired, even just slightly by a real living person. And more than that, I think Miura puts a lot of himself into his characters, mainly Guts, but that is just my speculation. The interaction of the characters especially in the Golden age, is one of the most appealing (if not the most appealing) aspect of the manga. The war itself is just a motif to get you to follow this band of mercenaries called the Band of the Hawk, and as such you really do care more about the characters, and less so about the war or the fighting. Because they feel so damn realistic. Even characters that you won’t necessary like, like Corkus, end up having such an importance, and give a different point of view which only enriches the writing. So much that at the end you really do end up caring about the characters you didn’t necessarily like at first.

3-Miura is a master at the emotional writing: Not many authors have managed to make you feel so many emotions, even conflicting ones, about a certain event or character. It almost feels like blackmail at times, you get so invested in something, only for it to be taken away from you.He has mastered the art of making you sympathize with his characters, and you feel so invested in them that you’re absolutely crushed when something bad happens to them, which brings me to my next point.

4-He takes risks,huge ones: Not many authors are willing to kill off some of their primary, or even secondary characters. Because it is a huge gamble, once you lose those characters it creates a gap that needs to be filled, and in the case it cannot be filled, then it must serve a purpose. I can think of only a handful of times an author killed off a character for good, and more often than not it is supposed to serve as a catalyst for future events. And while we certainly miss those characters, it is undeniable that the story wouldn’t be the same without such a loss. So in that regard Miura has succeeded in killing those characters, while not making it appear totally gratuitous.

5-The foreshadowing: One of the most fun things to do when reading Berserk is looking for all the subtle hints that Miura throws at us. With Miura it is never a sure and definite answer, he doesn’t spell it out for you like many authors do, not just shounen ones, but seinen ones too. He leaves a lot of stuff open to speculation, and it takes years to see an answer given, if that happens. As such rereading Berserk offers an even better experience, and isn’t a chore. You definitely pick up more on certain elements upon rereading it.

There’s prolly more to it than just these, but these imo are the most pertaining reasons as to why Miura’s writing is so awesome.

Now if only he wrote more often….

So some quick opinions from myself regarding each of the boys during the Arashi concert:

Jun was the most excited and happy to be there. He was totally in his “prince” element and was working the crowd like a well oiled engine. His smile is a lot cuter in person too. Jun feels so much more sweet and approachable this concert than any other concert I’ve watched him on DVD on lol

Nino was the most miserable there. Not to say he didn’t have a good time but it was obvious to me Nino hates the heat like a cat hates baths and he kept looking up at the sky as if asking for a breeze, some shade, any kind of reprieve and I caught him tugging at his clothes a couple times. Also he seemed a bit exhausted from the heat to begin with. Most fan service done was between Juntoshi and Sakuraiba, and there was only one Ohmiya moment I saw (Nino pressed his back up to Ohno’s front and spread his arms wide like he was Rose and Ohno was Jack from the Titanic)– it was almost like all the members knew that an uncomfortable, hot Nino is not to be touched. LOL. Also we all know how feminine his dancing is but seeing it in person– what a seductive brat! Total gratuitous hip-shaking like the rent was due tomorrow or he’s getting evicted. Not that I’m complaining. Now it may seem like I’m paying particular attention to Nino here but can you expect any different, considering he’s usually my staple favorite? lol

Aiba is RIDICULOUSLY, and I mean ridiculously good looking. Like all the boys look better in real life, if not a little bit pale (seems like the camera tans them haha!), but Aiba is an archetype hero stepped out of a shoujo manga he is that pretty. The camera does him NO justice, sweat looks like too much on Aiba when on camera but in person it’s like he just stepped out a steaming shower and jeez Aiba as if you weren’t good looking enough please give you fangirls an opportunity to breathe. I don’t even know how it even happens but I guess it’s true when they talk about “HD faces.” Jeez Aiba was so pretty I can’t even say how, but it’s like he has this glow that dulls exponentially on screen.

Sho is the closest to Arashi that we know on screen in all aspects (rapper, MC, reporter, variety show host, Arashi member, etc) as he is in real life. He holds the crowd easily and I don’t know what else to say about Sho except he was EVERYTHING I expected him to be and I couldn’t be more happy with that considering how high my expectations were.

Ohno is the one who is there for the fans. Now obviously they’re *all* there for the fans, but Ohno performs *so* differently from the others it was all I could pay attention to when I watched him. The other boys perform for an audience, but Ohno seems to perform for one person at any given time. He points at a fan and lets you know it’s *you* not the person behind you, but YOU that he is looking at and thanking for being there. He reads signs and does the services requested, laughs along and then looks for people he might have missed who may consider him his favorite. When he’s singing it seems half hearted even though it sounds great, but that’s because he’s always looking beyond the crowd and at specific people, and the song is muscle memory but every fan there is someone he loves and appreciates and he wants to be there for *you.* I don’t think I’ve ever seen any performer quite like Ohno. =)

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Guinea pig grooming. I can’t watch it without feeling the urge to squee at her.