I am absolutely obsessed with this animation series now. It is one of my favourite videos on youtube! And I strongly encourage that animation lovers see her other works! The one work that first attracted me was her graduation film,The Night.
The animation shows a chase between a vampire (Duke of Vaults) and a girl (Missi) who wanders into his castle and is narrated by Aurelio Voltaire’s titular song. Their designs are simple and beautiful, with their movements and motives enriching the characters.
Daria Cohen’s unique story telling ability is her element of surprise and unexpectedness. Viewers and fans are left in the dark about the characters’ feelings and plans as well as the direction the story is going. Tropes are subverted and the characters incite new emotions and ideas in us by action instead of telling - a very brave and effective storytelling method.
-Bruce gets very very cold towards anyone, including his s/o. He doesn’t know how to voice how he feels so he tries to get everyone to not want to talk to him, which can result in arguments with his s/o (which he then needs to apologize for and hesitantly explain why he acted like he did)
-Dick has faith that his s/o would never cheat on him, especially if someone kind of sleazy is hitting on them. He will, however,drape an arm around their shoulders or wrap it around their waist, basically try to maintain physical contact and assert that he’s with his s/o so that everyone knows not to even try to hit on his s/o
-Jason gets really angsty because he definitely has self-worth insecurity and looks down on himself, so he gets mopey and self-deprecating. It’s kind of up to his s/o to bring him out of this mood and tell him that none of the things he seems to think about himself aren’t true. He won’t hesitate to fight someone though if he thinks that they’re getting too too close.
-Tim tends to get depressed and think that maybe his s/o would be better off with someone else while he begins to think about all of the things he does “wrong” in life. His s/o would have to remind him that they willingly chose to date him and that even if any of the things he thought were remotely true, they would still stay by him to the end of the earth
- Duke would get kind of quiet and try to act like it doesn’t bother him that his s/o is getting hit on or anything. Sometimes people don’t realize that he’s jealous, but his s/o will notice that he’s not as effervescent and give him a peck on the cheek and squeeze his hand to reassure him
- Damian gets jealous if someone monopolizes time with his family, say, at galas and he’ll shoot dirty looks and give mean comments to get the aforementioned offender away from him and whatever family member they’re swarming around. This happens often with girlfriends and boyfriends. Just friends in general.
-Tim sometimes gets jealous if people have really good food that he can’t have and he’ll do the longing side eye that people do, especially in restaurants and when it’s his siblings’ food
-Damian also gets jealous if someone else gets praise and he isn’t commended at all for his efforts, even if they did the same thing. He feels that his efforts go entirely unnoticed while someone else gets all the glory, which leads to his fuming internally but composed and cold on the outside
-Dick gets jealous when he thinks people are choosing to leave him behind and go to someone else, especially when it’s his close friends. His jealousy will often turn to melancholy reminiscence when he realizes that he can’t prevent or change what people do (even if he’s completely wrong and nobody is leaving him)
-Jason gets jealous and angry when people beat him in competitions, even if it’s something totally meaningless like who can get the most high scores on an arcade machine. Cue him being really pissy and shunning whoever he was competing with
-Duke gets jealous when someone gets something that he wants (ie nerdy merch, a cool book, etc.) and he’ll kind of hint that “oh hey, that’s cool. Did you just get it? Can I look at it?” until they get that he wants to borrow it for a while (he usually gives it back. Usually)
They live in Kate’s loop (Her bird is a crow or a raven).
Bruce lived out of any loops for a while but moved into Kate’s loop to help her. His peculiarity is he can shadow travel.
Dick’s peculiarity is he can levitate. Not very high but he’s always hovering off the ground.
Jason can shoot things with his mind. To do this he holds his hands in a gun gesture (like kids do when they’re playing), then pretends to pull the trigger.
Tim can read minds. But not thoughts only memories and only if he’s touching them. The longer he touches them the older the memories he can see.
Stephanie can see the future (she calls her visions spoilers).
Cass can turn invisible. She has no control over it and it only happens when she’s scared, embarrassed or shy.
Damian can bring things back to life, but only if he takes another life from something (or someone) else. He’s a bit of an anomaly even for a peculiar because both he and his father are both peculiars.
Duke’s peculiarity is basically whatever his abilities in the comics are.
Harper is a ymbryne like Kate, she can turn into a bluebird.
GIVE THEM REDEMPTION. GIVE THEM A HEALTHY FRIENDSHIP. LET THEM HEAL TOGETHER. LET H MAC ACTUALLY ATTEMPT TO HELP HER BULIMIC, LONELY FRIEND. LET H DUKE FINALLY HAVE FRIENDS WHO DON’T ABUSE HER AND SHUT HER DOWN. LET HER HAVE FRIENDS WHO DON’T SHUT HER UP AND WHO CAN LEARN TO FORGIVE HER. LET HEATHER DUKE BE HAPPY. LET HER WEAR RED WITHOUT LOSING HERSELF. DO YOU HEAR ME? HEATHER👏🏻DUKE👏🏻REDEMPTION👏🏻ARC👏🏻
legend has it that if you look in a mirror and say “daddy issues” three times you can hear the sound of otogi ryuuji sobbing as he clings to the tattered remnants of his all-but-forgotten character arc
i found lots of text that i have to cut out/rewrite so i thought it would be okay to share it here!!!
Naked, Nessa pokes her head around the corner to gape at Reina. “Really? Now that’s a scandal.” She presses her cheek the door jamb in thought, remembering how her father had called Oliver a ‘false duke’. It had been years since she had heard Oliver’s name, had ever even talked to him - she doesn’t know his history at all, but this information is entirely unexpected. Despite how annoying he is, he acted like a gentleman, even more so than half of the nobles she’s been acquainted with.
Reina blinks. “You really didn’t know?”
Nessa ducks back into the closet and plucks her lace undergarments from the hanger that sits beside the traditional gown she’s expected to wear for the parade. “I haven’t bothered myself with Oliver Messer since I was 11. Any talk about him in the court went over my head while I ran around in the gardens.”
“Then you don’t know about the murder either, I take it.”
With her undergarments half-buckled on, she freezes. “Murder?” Hastily fixing the way the fabric clings to her, she pulls her gown down from where it drapes and drags it into her bedroom, throwing it across the bed. She stands over Reina, hands propped on her torso. “Messer was involved in a murder?”
Reina frowns up at her. “Now isn’t the time to be discussing such things, Your Highness. You have a festival to prepare for.”
Nessa shrugs. “Nothing says festive like a good murder mystery.”
The guard shakes her head and rises to her feet. “You should leave it alone.” Her hand passes delicately over the fine, embroidered hem of her ¾ sleeve. “I’m going to fetch your maids so that they can make you presentable. I’ll be back in a moment.”
Nessa watches Reina leave with reluctance, crossing her arms over her chest. Her curiosity nibbles at her, thirsty for more even while knowing that Reina is right. It’s best if she puts the thoughts out of her head. The information itself isn’t dangerous, but anything associated with Duke Messer is off limits after what happened this morning. She can’t be taking any unusual chances or allow herself to be piqued by his extensive history.
“Alright,” she murmurs aloud. “I’ll just have to not think about it.”