although it's not really her fault

Also Sonia is not slick either. How convenient that she was right there to grab John and kiss him as soon as he arrived back at HQ with Clarice. She had to have seen them walk in together. They weren’t walking too close together or touching or anything, but the chemistry between them is palpable. And those looks they give each other…

Homegirl was pressed.

Seeing the difference between the way John looked at Clarice and the way he looked at Sonia right after she kissed him warmed my soul.

anonymous asked:

(1/3) Hi! it's WTTB anon again. Oh yes 10Dance, I loved that manga it was hilarious, but you see, there even if the female characters are in the shadows at least they have their own personality and opinion, i loved the relationship between the latin american dancers. But yeah I agree 100% with what you say, it could have been actually the anime of the year and for many people it will be, but for me it has a lot more misses than good points.

(2/3) About the animation it’s so disappointing because for the most part it actually looks amazing, the facial expressions and close ups are so detailed but the anime it’s about dancing! We NEED to see the dance, not just how people react to it. And this is where I bring YOI again, because it may have a wonky flow, stills and copy paste sequences but they sacrificed top tier animation for content! As you say the music and choreographies were specially commissioned for each character,

(3/3) here in WTTB we barely know what defines each dancer style. And about the treatment of the female cast I know that in the manga there’s a character that breaks a lot of rules and actually speaks for herself, I might actually go and try to read the manga again but I still think that what’s done is done and having one good female character doesn’t erase the fact that they treated horribly the rest of them. I mean even in HQ!! The female characters are presented better.


Hello again anon! i completely agree! Even though the female partners in 10 Dance had very few scenes, they were treated with a lot more respect than the girls in Ballroom even though the plot sort of spin arounds them (or which dude gets to dance with them at least). By the way I’m glad you bring up YOI because even the producers of Ballroom acknowledge that YOI’s level is what they’re aspiring to achieve in terms of portraying the dancing, so at least they seem to be aware there is a problem (they just haven’t figured out how to fix it I guess???) I’m also glad you’re bringing up Haikyuu because indeed, the girls there ALSO have more agency and are treated with way more respect even though they have little to no protagonism. It’s specially glaring because Shimizu and Shizuku are so similar personality-wise and physically, but Shimizu is her own person with goals and does her own shit while Shizuku gets passed around like a rag doll. 

Which brings me to the reason I wanted to hijack this ask: Episode 8 was HORRIBLE. So horrible I wanna dissect every single mysoginistic scene of it and I had to rewatch the whole episode because fucklord there were so many of them I couldn’t possibly remember them off the top of my head.

The episode opens with Tatara watching Gaju and Shizuku dancing and being amazed at how good they are, except…

If this framing doesn’t perfectly encapsulate Ballroom’s attitude towards women I don’t know what does. We’re looking at a pairs sport performance, with the POV character commenting that the pair team he’s looking is really good, yet, the frame ONLY SHOWS THE MALE. This is in the first three minutes of the episode. Shizuku is completely invisible. This is particularly puzzling because the dialogue is clearly talking about both of them, but whoever storyboarded this singlehandedly decided that Shizuku doesn’t matter, that it’s only Gaju who’s talented, that’s why our gaze is being directed at him and him only.

Further proof that Shizuku doesn’t matter: Even her own (former) partner doesn’t pay attention to her, and instead focuses on this one newbie dude. I’m gonna come back to this later, because Sengoku and Hyodo continue to be the biggest offenders in treating Shizuku like crap.

This right here: Hyodo just walks past Shizuku without even sparing her a glance, not because he’s mad about her “betrayal”, or god forgive, remorseful for being a dick to her: he just doesn’t care.

Honestly this whole scene is so many levels of fucked up. And I’m gonna drill this again later, but Shizuku has to listen to her own former partner, whom she obviously still cares deeply for even though he hasn’t apologized for not telling her about his injury, tell a fucking beginner that he has to defeat her.

Of course on paper this part of Hyodo’s advice sounds very nice, Hyodo telling Tatara to take Mako into consideration and “be a frame” or whatever. There’s one problem though, and I’m gonna move the focus away from Shizuku for a bit:

He never, ever even once addresses Mako. Even though the goal of the competition is that Mako surpasses Shizuku, Hyodo only ever talks to Tatara. He tells Tatara that he has to make Mako a better dancer, invalidating Mako’s own prowess as a dancer. Mako is supposed to be a professional with years of experience under her belt vs Tatara who’s been dancing for like three months. Yet it falls completely on Tatara to “make Mako better”, as if she had no input or participation in the dancing -again, a recurring theme in this series.

In fact, although this arc is about “Mako blooming”, no one but Tatara (and occassionally Gaju) ever acknowledges Mako is even there. Sengoku never gives her any feedback or comments on her performance, I don’t think he talks to her directly at all. Marisa too, only speaks to Tatara (incidentally she’s one of the few characters to actually speak directly to Shizuku, but that’s a minor salve). Mako herself barely talks in the first half of the episode, and her participation is limited on commenting about Tatara or bringing water for Tatara. Heck, even Gaju ignores her in favor of mocking Tatara. There is nothing to show us that she’s doing anything during the dancing except letting Tatara do his thing and looking pretty and worrying when he starts having problems.

So anyway, Hyodo tells Tatara to become Mako’s frame, never even looks at Mako in the eye, then leaves. It’s all up to Tatara, again, Mako is pretty much invisible. You could entirely remove her from the scene (and maybe 90% of the episode) and it would be pretty much the same thing.

Again, Mako is standing right behind him, but Sengoku only calls on Tatara, because it doesn’t matter if Mako sees the scores, what matters is giving Tatara a moment of man pain.

The only moment Sengoku acknowledges Mako is when she talks about how they spoke on the phone, and immediately his eyes go back to Tatara for a “comedic” “lolol ur in luuuurv” tease

Near the end of the episode we finally get a scene about Tatara and Mako as partners instead of just Tatara and what Tatara has to do, and it brings us this most awful flashback about how Mako’s partnership with Gaju fell apart

This is yet another thing that is so fucked up I can’t even begin to describe it. This flashback really only serves one purpose: although it’s supposed to set up Mako’s indecissiveness and her surge of determination, the way this is framed is basically telling us one thing: It’s Mako’s fault that Gaju treats her like crap. He just wanted to be a good partner to her and she was too indecissive! What was he supposed to do? Be nice and treat her like a decent human being? I guess Ballroom can check off Victim blaming from its list of mysoginist things it has yet to do. Hooray!

Back to Shizuku now, we have a moment in which she and Tatara have a sort of conversation about this whole shitshow. And I feel so bad for Shizuku here because she knows literally everyone is rooting for her to lose (except Gaju I guess). Anyway the script finally gives Shizuku a chance to speak for herself in regards to this mess, and this is what Tatara tells her:

Firstly, again it’s implying Shizuku is just a trophy to be passed around with no will or agency of her own. It’s also quite rich to be trying to excuse Hyodo’s garbage attitude towards her: first he keeps her in the dark about his injury (I guess his manly pride was more important than their partner trust), then he onesidedly decides to hand her off to Tatara in that bullshit “take care of Shizuku scene” which sparked all this stupid Gaju drama, then fucking ignores her just to tell the newbie guy to defeat her without ever apologizing for what he did???

This is the script putting the responsibility on Shizuku for all this mess, once again waiving how it was Hyodo and Sengoku’s assholiness what drove her to change partners, invalidating her very well justified anger and pretending Hyodo and Sengoku never did anything wrong. HEY TATARA WHY DON’T YOU TELL HYODO TO TALK TO HER HM? IT’S. HYODO’S. FUCKING. FAULT.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, at the end of this exchange, when Shizuku is about to have her crowning moment of glory to show her competitive drive and her pride as a dancer…

Her entire fucking character is reduced to exist only for Hyodo’s sake. She doesn’t dance for herself, it’s for Hyodo. That’s it, that’s all her character and her personality boils down to. She wants to impress Hyodo and that’s her motivation. Her individual pride that was briefly shown in the previous episode is completely cast aside, now everything’s about Hyodo, again.

And thus, both our main heroines are vilified and blamed whilst their borderline abusive partners get off the hook. 

And now let’s make the obligatory call on Marisa because before she’s said 10 words, the storyboard reduces her to this:

There’s not a lot to analyze. She’s supposed to be a super elite guest judge, but the writers don’t really show us her judgings, her breasts are more important. Later on in the judges room, it takes half the scene for her face to even be shown, our first three shots of her are boob-first, even when she’s talking

Gross.

Of course, instead of actually pointing out the sexual molestation, she “playfully” bats his hand away hurr durr isn’t sexual harrassment hilarious.

Even though she’s a much more condecorated dancer than he is, she’s degraded by the storyboard to look and act like armcandy or an escort.

Let me stop in this judges’ scene please because right after this disgusting exchange, the dude brings up Gaju and this is what the filler judges comment:

He was extremely good, she’s just cute. A doll, a trophy a pretty thing to parade around. Once again, Shizuku’s dancing is invalidated and she gets reduced to being pretty. Then they bring up Tatara and…

Yup, it’s all about him. Mako might as well not be there. I know Tatara is the protagonist so he’s supposed to be the one that is so unique and so special but I repeat THIS IS A PAIR SPORT. It can’t rely on just a single member doing all the heavy lifting, otherwise the pair wouldn’t be considered a good one. Even team sports series like Haikyuu or Yowapeda have understood the importance of teamplay and making every member of the team crucial in victory, yet here the girls are invisible or unimportant 90% of the time, and the remaining 10% it’s to reaffirm that their entire lives revolve around the guys and that they’re at fault for everything that happens, not the guys that have treated them like shit.

anonymous asked:

Why do Sakura fans who don't ship her with Sasuke or Naruto keep blaming Sasuke for her idioticy? I really can't understand this. They can hate Sasuke for other reasons but if Sakura is too stupid to understand Sasuke is not interested in her it's not exactly his fault.

That’s how a lot of people act when they crush on someone, they think everything is someone else’s fault, it’s never their own fault. Although they’re actually the only ones who’re causing troubles for others. They’re like “It’s not my fault I have these feelings“ but like it’s not other people’s responsibility to take care of your feelings. It’s ridiculous, they think they’re victims if they get rejected, someone has to be the villain and responsible for their wounded pride, it’s crazy. A lot of them also think it’s the guy’s responsibility to word their rejection in the most diplomatic manner, what about they learn to take a hint and back off before it has to come down to a brutal rejection?

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: Hotaru Tachibana is by far one of the most underappreciated characters in the Aoharu x Kikanjuu fandom. She has a very well balance of good and bad qualities, and doesn't fall into the boring tsundere, arrogant attitude that is normally associated with athletic or tomboyish female characters. She's very well rounded and has several personality traits that shine, but overall she proves that although her disguising as a male is a really groan-worthy plot device, she can still kick ass, and be proud of being a girl. She presents many leadership qualities that shine throughout the series, and her brash attitude at the very beginning is slowly faded into a logical, clear-headed girl who, although she's loyal to a fault, is able to make her own decisions and come to her own conclusions without letting manipulation get to her. Let's not forget that she also doesn't fall into the male gaze, nor is she reduced to a love interest (even if it's canon that Matsuoka is crushing on her). The fact that she is a strong female lead that is highly disregarded by feminists and is often reduced to her gender by most of the people who DO care for her is depressing to watch, because they are the same people who probably scream about there being very few strong female leads, but they don't even acknowledge Hotaru's existence.
fe february: Herons have a type

So obviously back in Serenes they probably mostly had relationships between themselves; but in the game as such, all the heron  characters we have are exogamic and we’re left with a very definite impression of which kind of people they are into.

It’s pretty funny to see the three main heron characters with their own trophy monarchs; but I wonder if there’s not more to that.

Beyond being badass Laguz kings and queens, what Tibarn, Nailah and Naesala have in common is a certain…. let’s call it roguishness. Tibarn and Naesala are pirate kings; and Nailah is also very much a barbarian queen, which gives a very similar feel.

And then we have their distant cousin (so to speak) Micaiah, whose intended mate of choice is much less about taking charge of a country (Micaiah does that herself, thank you very much) but actually is a thief by trade.

And we do know that herons are of the Tellius species the one the most inclined towards order. So what if a part of that attraction was a sort of balancing act, of being attracting by people who are inclined to chaos in turn?

Tibarn certainly spends a lot of time in the latter parts of Radiant Dawn talking about how enjoyable he finds the chaotic energies. And judging by the conversation he can have if he fights Nailah in the climax of the third part of RD, she isn’t of a very different mentality.

How does that fit with Lerhan’s mates?

We don’t know a lot about Altina, although we do know she met the badass (girl was dual wielding Ragnell and Alondite) and monarch qualitative (via founding her own country), but it’s hard to know if she had that brand of roguishness. One could speculate from Nasir saying “As you say, the laguz are indeed now persecuted by the beorc. But long ago, these roles were reversed.” in Path of Radiance; and whether it would have applied to the period in which she lived and framed the reason for founding Begnon, casting her as a defiant or rebellious beorc heroine. However this is mere speculation.

When it comes to Zelgius, he doesn’t really fit the pattern. A least he seems somewhat obedient to a fault, although with enough wild impulses that he focussed on duelling Greil and Ike as he did as one thing he wanted to pursue for himself regardless of his loyalty to Sephiran. But more than that, Zelgius being a Branded means that he’s of the people framed as new and unplanned, a chaotic result of the world itself and its people.

So perhaps there is something to it.

Okay, so in honour of it being too fucking hot out today, I invite you to imagine with me: The Fake AH Crew at the beach.

  • Jack being the mom-iest mom and making sure to pack everyone’s towels and lots of snacks and plenty of water because it’s important to stay hydrated and calling Ryan to get his ass back here and put on some sunscreen, you are the palest motherfucker I have ever seen do you want skin cancer.  And take off that mask right now, this is supposed to be a relaxing day and I swear to god if it ends in a police chase I’m going to drag you into the ocean and drown you.
  • Geoff bringing two inner tubes, one for him and one for his cooler o’alcohol, tying both to the dock and being set for the day.  (Watching Geoff trying to get out of the inner tube without eating shit at the end of the day was an experience)
  • Ray disappeared as soon as they arrived and it turns out he broke into the storage room of the snack bar.  In his defence it had air conditioning and wifi, and if they had made him sit in the, ugh, sand, he would have just complained all day anyway so this was best for all parties.
  • Michael and Lindsay decided to build a sandcastle for shits and giggles, but then another couple started construction on their own a few feet away, and they had the audacity to make it taller than theirs, and this is an outrage war has been declared they are going to build the best goddamn sand castle the world has ever seen.
  • Gavin (after dipping into Geoff’s floating cocktail bar) decides that learning to surf would be an excellent idea.  It goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • Ryan is surprisingly being the most normal out of all of them, sitting (under an umbrella, I get it Jack jesus) reading a book.  Unfortunately, Ryan sans mask is a really good-looking guy, and attracts a small gaggle of giggling bikini clad onlookers.  To whom Ryan is completely oblivious.  Jack thinks its hilarious at first (if those girls only knew who they were making doe eyes at) but after a while the flirty laughs start to grate on her nerves and now they’re blocking her sun this needs to end.
  • Later Jack will admit that maybe she over reacted a little bit.  Ryan just wants confirmation that although the day did in fact end with a police chase for once the whole thing was entirely not his fault and he in no way deserves to be drowned for it.
all of the voices surrounding us here

i watched my nephew get married the other day, and apparently it inspired me. title comes from ed sheeran’s tenerife sea bc that song has haunted my weekend. no one asked for this but you’re getting it anyway. there’re probably a thousand mistakes bc i haven’t read over it but w/e

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James wakes up to seven missed calls, four texts and a rather harried voice message, and it’s only nine-thirty in the morning. He groans, rolling over and rubbing a hand through his hair. He unlocks his phone one handed, using the other to scratch at his stomach as he scrolls through his notifications. He’s just started reading the first of his emails when the phone rings again, and he sighs.

“Hello, Marlene.” He says, his voice too rusty from lack of use to hit the level of cheerfulness he was aiming for.

“James!” Marlene virtually shouts, and James winces. “I’ve been calling you all morning!”

“I’m aware,” James replies dryly, smiling slightly despite himself. He gets out of bed and stumbles a few steps before managing to regain his footing as he heads for his kitchen. “It’s half nine in the morning; what do you want?”

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All Of The Hell I Had To Walk Through

Okay, so I know that many of our talented writers have written their takes on how 4x11 should have gone… and now here’s mine (obviously, I stole the title from Christina Perri, for reasons).

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“I told you, Swan… I’m a survivor.”

After that breathtaking, earth-shaking, knee-weakening kiss they stood there for a while, noses almost touching, smiling at each other like idiots. But after a few moments, when the adrenaline rush started to ebb away a little, a touch of sadness and concern trickled into Emma’s expression.

“But when you said goodbye to me,” she finally said, “you thought you were going to die, didn’t you?”

Hook swallowed and licked his lips a little nervously. “Swan, I…”

But she put her hand to his cheek in true remorse. “I’m sorry I didn’t come for you sooner,” she cut off his explanation, “I knew something was wrong with you, I knew it. But…”

“Emma, no… don’t be,” he interrupted hastily, and she could hear the tension he felt in the way his accent shone through a little more; he pronounced “be” almost like “bay”. “I’m the one who has to apologize. It’s all my fault. I need to tell you…” Suddenly, he stumbled a little, the physical and emotional torture of the past days finally taking its toll on him.

And, like a ton of bricks, it hit her again – It hit her hard – that she’d almost lost him, that he’d almost died in front of her eyes, although he’d promised her she didn’t have to worry about him because he’d always survive. Oh yes, he had survived, but this time it had been a really close call, and not even she – the goddamn Savior – had been able to do anything for him, she’d have been condemned to helplessly watch. If it hadn’t been for Belle, she’d have had to bury another man… not just someone she’d been with, but the fucking love of her life, she knew that now, and she also knew she’d never have been able to recover from that. And suddenly, a burning fury gripped her insides, tearing viciously, a fury at that damn pirate who almost had broken his promise, the only one who had never broken a promise he’d given her! Emma knew that her fury was irrational and he didn’t deserve it, no matter what sick twist of events had led to that situation… but she also knew one more thing: she wasn’t able to deal with that just now. She just couldn’t. For the moment, she was simply grateful for the fact that he was alive, and she’d figure out how to deal with the rest of it. But not now.

And so she did what she’d always done best: she avoided, at least for the moment.

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Song: Make You Feel My Love - Adele

Quote: “You were my almost.” <and I wish you could have been my always>

A/N - This is in Dan’s POV…not really…kinda….I think….IDK DUDE OK?? I had to scroll sososo much to figure out what was the last one shot I did so this could be accurate OTL although its kind my fault for not numbering the last two

One-shot 49

She’s beautiful.

Absolutely breathtaking.

And you’re positive she was still fretting over her hair before she walked out through the double doors to walk down the aisle, even though every strand is perfect.

Today is a gorgeous day, an amazing, straight-out-of-fairytales day for a wedding. Exactly what you wanted. And every flower and flower petal were arranged exactly how she wanted. Exactly what you hoped. And it felt like everyone took a collective breath as she appeared. 

But you didn’t care at all. 

She was the only thing you were looking at and the only thing that mattered at that moment.

Her smile was so warm and so immensely happy you couldn’t break away. You loved the way her eyes would squint up when she smiled, even though she’s told you countless times she hated it.

Or the way she loved rain, and smelling the wet soil after a particularly rough storm.

And blasting the A/C just so she could cocoon herself in all the blankets.

You loved every single thing about her, and you know people say that all the time but once you feel so strongly about a person, you can’t let them go. 

It felt like eternity but she finally made it to the end of the aisle and you saw her be handed off…to her fiance, who looked just as bright and radiant as Y/N.

You would do anything for her. Even now. Even though she belongs to someone else you would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy. 

“Are you alright?” You heard Phil whisper worriedly next to you.

“Yeah,” you answered, shutting your eyes tightly before turning to give him a smirk, “why wouldn’t I be? Look at how happy she is with him.”

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“If I’m not married by…60…I’m marrying you.” She laughed, peering up at you from your lap.

“60? Seriously?”

“Yes!”

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“You made us walk like a hundred miles to look at the sky?”

“You’re the one you said you wanted to go stargazing.”

“That was when it was six in the evening, not three in the fucking morning, Dan. I’m pretty sure we passed like two drug deals.”

“It looks nicer this way!”

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“It’s raining! Look! Damnit Dan, look!”

“Ow! Don’t hit me!”

“Look!”

“Yes, Y/N, it’s raining. You’ve been yelling that for the past five minutes.”

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You would have made her so happy.