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Pokémon Moon, Episode 12: In Which I Infiltrate A Gang Stronghold

Once I’ve stopped shaking uncontrollably, and the Rotomdex has reassured me that the horrifying undead Pikachu I just fought is only another Pokémon (a Ghost/Fairy-type called Mimikyu), Acerola offers me some suggestions on what to do next. Although my success in her trial was in some respects debateable – I was, she reminds me, only supposed to get a photograph of Mimikyu, not give its lair a new back door – I did basically achieve its fundamental objectives, so she presents me with her crystal, the Ghostium-Z.  As Ula’ula Island has only two Captains, that means I now have the right to challenge the island’s Kahuna.  Acerola declines to explain who or where the Kahuna is right away, though, and invites me back to Aether House to talk it over there.  Unfortunately when we get there, with Hau just a few steps behind, someone who is definitely not the Kahuna is waiting.

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You know, you fight and you fight for this family, but the truth is they don’t need you. Not like you need them. —YED, Devil’s Trap

This hurtful statement rang true in Season 1, now, after twelve years and hundreds of episodes, this observation and the sentiment behind it still remain relevant within the show universe (especially after Mary’s return). The more the things change, the more they remain the same, and Azazel’s statement here appears to be one of the fundamental, unchangeable truths of the spn universe.

We will gradually go back to living our lives.

But we cannot forget that something is fundamentally wrong.

So we need to carry it with us until we can fix it.

Because we have to fix it.


I love these scenes that highlight how alien the Crystal Gems really are.

I mean, I think that, as the audience, we’re meant to consider the possibility that if Steven’s gem were removed, something really bad – like, infanticide bad – would have happened. But the gems aren’t human, and as was made very clear throughout the episode (and repeatedly over the series), they don’t have a great understanding of humans. I am 100% certain that Pearl wouldn’t consider removing Steven’s gem in order to damage Steven. I think she considered it thinking only of the possibility of having Rose back, and entirely unthinking – possibly fundamentally ignorant – of how fragile human lives and bodies are. And I think she stopped not because she understood that continuing would harm baby Steven, but because she was aware that being “trapped in a baby” was what Rose had wanted.

There’s so much potential for dark AUs where terrible things happen because of these alien/human misunderstandings, and I love that. I also love how the show does address that potential, and how through loving and respecting each other – even when they don’t fully understand each other – the characters in canon find good solutions. Even though the Crystal Gems apparently didn’t know that you don’t go around ripping parts off of babies, they did respect that Steven was what Rose wanted and didn’t seriously try to force him to transform, or unfuse, or anything else.

Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl have grown and changed in their own ways (along with Greg) to adapt to raising Steven. All considered, it’s clear they’ve done an amazing job.

Our Deal Ch.1 (Trixya) - Tati

A/N: Hey guys! So this is a new AU I had to work on after seeing the prompt on tumblr. I’m testing the waters. Trixie and Katya are cis girls. I’d love to get any feedback/critiques. Shoutout to Zula for being my beta, go read her fics if you haven’t already! Also, I have a sideblog [[ @jigsawwrites ]] for my writing and shit so if anyone wants to chat or anything, hmu.

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it’s amazing to look back over robert’s story and the fundamental changes he’s made. I know we’ve all spoken at length about how much he’s grown. not just because he accepted his bisexuality, or that he came out - but also because he addressed the terrible things he’d done. he said, you know what, I have made terrible choices but now, at this time, and with aaron, I’ll work really hard to be better.

the thing that really struck me this week though, was the concept of aaron not having to worry about robert when he goes to jail. because the old robert protected himself from all that. he had wealth, stability, a fortress. he made choices based solely on how he could benefit from it. he hurt lawrence to win him over, he kept his family at arms length, he kept aaron quiet about katie. nothing could touch him because he wouldn’t let it.

only NOW, so much of what he does is for others. he always wants to whisk aaron away whenever things are getting too much. he makes grand romantic gestures on a total whim. he works extremely hard to just keep afloat. he helps buy and restore an old house to give a family a proper go at it. where he used to pretend to be leading a life he wanted, we know that this time around its true. because he’s so vulnerable. because none of this is about being safe, or being protected. it’s risky, it’s ‘messed up’, it can hurt him.

so robert’s life will go ‘on hold’. because robert’s become someone who understands life isn’t just about him. it’s about others, and love, and happiness. and aaron is at the core of that happiness. aaron was the catalyst of that change. and now he’s being taken away.

so robert’s preparing a wedding, and tying the knot, so aaron will know (not just that he’s loved, not just that he means it, but also that) he’ll be right there when he gets back.

I think Eris would be as emotionally devastated by Tower Apocalypse as any other member of the Vanguard, but if the Cabal Imperial Fleet or whatever nicked the Moon on the way to the Earth you know she’d be looking up there, picturing thralls swarming like panicked ants, and smiling

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I listen to music, it gives me what I need to get through many things. But when I write and I hear a song and it catches me in the right way sometimes a character is born. I don’t know their names, but I know who they are to a degree. I don’t know if they are bad or good or just what color their soul is. Some come to me full grown, some are children, but I love them the same. They tell me more about themselves as the story they are placed in grows. Some surprise me with their actions, some I grow to love the more they reveal themselves to me when I thought they would only be a side character. They win me over, what can I say? But to say that I hate any of them, I can’t say that. But I remember the song that they came from, and it takes me back to their fundamentals and the thing that gave them their start. The frame of mind with which they came. 

I guess it’s just my creative thought process…

looking back, one of dino charge’s fundamental problems is that it did not realize that every single story it was trying to tell with white boys had already been told a million times.

womanizer who finally falls in love? done. nerdy farmboy who dreams of bigger things? done. evil villain who gets redeemed? done. prince who learns to be a decent person? done.

these are stories that have been told a million times by a million white men because media is oversaturated with white men and their stories. they are predictable and boring and dino charge did nothing new with any of them. i could have told you heckyl was going to be redeemed five years ago.

but koda’s story, of an immigrant who feels out of place in the new world? ivan’s story, of being forced to come to america against his will, leaving behind his family? tyler’s story, of searching all over the world for his dad? shelby’s story, of being the daughter of a successful black businessman and trying to succeed in a field (archaeology) dominated by white men?

these are not stories that have been done a million times, or, if they are, they have not been portrayed by people of color. if tyler were white, his story would’ve been predictable, but he’s latino, so it’s not. if heckyl were black, he would’ve been treated very differently and might not even have been redeemed because it is harder for a white audience to empathize with a black man who commits morally ambiguous deeds than with a white man who commits the same deeds. shelby’s story has been told by white girls before, but she is black and so it’s new and interesting. koda and ivan each offer a unique perspective on the immigrant experience in america, specifically for east asian and latinx immigrants, that would have resonated greatly with kids who are first or second generation immigrants, had either of those characters been explored and had their stories treated with the same respect that white men get.

but dino charge assumed that the kids watching would prefer to see the same old story of a white boy trying to win over a white girl, and a white boy getting redeemed for his evil deeds, and a white boy wanting to be more than his humble farmboy beginnings, and they didn’t write any of the interesting stories that they had on hand, and they wasted half their cast in doing so. and they were rewarded with the lowest ratings of the neo saban era on a white boy focus episode because of it.


I take it back. There is something fundamentally bad about men.

Well now really when we go back into falling in love. And say, it’s crazy. Falling. You see?
We don’t say “rising into love”. There is in it the idea of the fall. And it goes back, as a matter of fact, to extremely fundamental things. That there is always a curious tie at some point between the fall and the creation. Taking this ghastly risk is the condition of there being life. You see, for all life is an act of faith an act of gamble. The moment you take a step, you do so on an act of faith because you don’t really know that the floor’s not going to give in under your feet. The moment you take a journey, what an act of faith. The moment you enter into any kind of human undertaking in relationship, what an act of faith. See. You’ve given yourself up. But this is the most powerful thing that can be done. Surrender. See. And love is an act of surrender to another person. Total abandonment. I give myself to you. Take me. Do anything you like with me. See. So, that’s quite mad because you see, it’s letting things get out of control. All sensible people keep things in control. Watch it, watch it, watch it. Security? Vigilance? Watch it. So, actually, therefore, the course of wisdom, what is really sensible, is to let go. It is to commit oneself, to give oneself up and that’s quite mad. So we come to the strange conclusion that in madness lies sanity

On the Characterization of Haku

This is kind of a weird thing to write about given that it’s 2015 but I feel like after ten years of frustration I might as well get this out in the open:

I don’t think I have ever actually read a single fic where Haku is in character in my life. 

And trust me, I spent a lot of time in his character tag in back in the day.

And I feel like it stems from a fundamental lack of understanding of how Haku acts around Zabuza. For some reason people take the fact that he has a gentle heart (which he does, mostly) and that he defers to Zabuza (which he does, mostly) to mean that Haku is timid and demure around him.

But you only have to look at canon and see that Haku has never actually acted like that around Zabuza.

Look at that. That’s banter. They’re joking with one another. It’s actually kind of adorable. (I also like the lines in the official manga translation. “Haku, you have the finesse of a butcher” and all that). This is the first direct interaction we’re shown between the two of them, and I definitely wouldn’t call it timid or demure.

I guess what I really want to point out is how absolutely casual and relaxed the two of them are with one another…

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It’s finally happening! After five years! WE’RE DOING #LERNZLIVE! Live animation tutorials here on Instagram and also on Facebook (@animadetv), from our very own creative director @big4ed. We’ll be going back to basics and exploring the fundamentals of animation, starting with a squidgy treat: the Bouncing Ball. Tune in next Tuesday 21 February at 5pm GMT, and send in your questions - we’ll try to answer as many as we can! #animation #tutorial #london #lernz #animade #edbarrett #bouncingball #animationbasics #back2school

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