becoming pt. 1

anonymous asked:

hello. first of all, i wanted to say i'm in love with your dio analysis. i think i agreed with everything you've written about him so far. you're truly amazing at getting his character! anyway, i wanted to ask - do you think The World's power fits dio (like his personality, life, etc)? and how? i'd love to hear your thoughts over that. if you answered such question in the past i'd love to be linked. have a nice day!!!

First of all, thank you!! for that.  Yes I definitely think The World’s power fits Dio (and there’s a scene in SDC where Enya tells Dio his Stand is a guardian spirit that’s been protecting him his entire life, which I kind of love the idea of).  Za Warudo’s my favorite stand so this reply’s a little long and freeform:

For me, it’s always felt like Dio’s been motivated primarily by 2 things – freedom and mastery – and Za Warudo’s timestop taps into both of these.  First off, Araki’s explained Za Warudo’s timestop as the manifestation of Dio’s desire to be free from the constraints of Time. That’s a nice parallel to his becoming a vampire in Pt.1, it’s like first Dio mastered time by becoming immortal and then later on he’s actually able to force-stop time and to move through it alone.

One of the cool things about the timestop power is how it creates a stage - not a stage like an actor would have during a performance (it’s sort of the opposite since Dio’s actions during the stop are unobserved), more like a stage in the sense of a space where Dio can take advantage of everything that’s around and set up the most effective and diabolical way to attack. The reason Dio’s been such a formidable adversary is b/c he’ll use anything and everything that’s around him during a fight.  The timestop really exploits this fighting style, creating a space where he can set up elaborate attacks on his victims. 

The World’s power feels like it’s been custom-built as an enhancement to Dio’s improvisational fighting style.  And Dio’s a villain with a strong sense of play - he likes toying with his opponent - so obv The World’s perfect for enabling that too (ie, Polnareff on the stairs). The idea of the timestop setting up a type of gamespace is cool too because it relates way back to Dio’s love of chess in Pt.1, so much so that he literally uses the phrase “Checkmate” after setting up his multi-knife attack on Jotaro.

All this ties back to this idea of mastery, The World’s power lets Dio hone and test out both his skills and his limits.

Personality-wise, the idea of a space in which only one can move relates back to Dio’s confidence and arrogance, really.  Dio consistently thinks of himself as a man who stands alone and at the top, and during the timestop that’s pretty much the case.  Stopped time is Dio’s alone.  That’s why he gets so unnerved when Jotaro moves just one of his fingers a little during that stop, it’s like a personal affront to Dio because no one should be even allowed to approach his level.

(fwiw another element in line with Dio’s persona is it’s audaciousness. “Toki yo Tomare” is a command-type phrase, Dio’s directly commanding Time itself to stop.  It’s notable that Dio’s less-confident Part 7 counterpart, Diego, doesn’t use that “yo” command.)

And then there’s just the strength element. Araki talks about how when he wrote Pt.1 he asked himself, “who’s the strongest man in the world?,” the way a child would ask.  In Pt.3 and with Za Warudo it’s like Araki’s applying that same question to stands, asking, what’s the strongest stand power in the world?  In later Jojo parts the timestop becomes one of many OP powers but in Pt.3 it’s so huge that it’s almost unthinkable. So it’s like both Dio and his Stand have their genesis in this same question.

And ZW’s power is physical.  I get the sense Za Warudo’s timestop isn’t just a matter of its master exploiting the flow of the timestream (I think of Kira’s Bites the Dust that way, it’s like Kira and Killer Queen and everyone else slip back through timestream). With Za Warudo though, it’s as if the Stand’s physically forcing the gears of Time to a standstill. It’s drawn this way:

obv it’s figurative but Araki’s emphasizing The World’s raw strength here. 

And there’s other stuff, like how elements of The World’s design create a mechanical, robotic impression (versus Star Platinum’s more organic design).  Dio’s got a stand that looks a lot like an unkind machine, it feels symbolic of Dio’s own ruthlessness and cruelty.

Anyway that’s a lot of my thoughts on it.  Thanks for the ask!


okay but this is a great episode: becoming pt 1 (btvs | 2x21)

bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. no one asks for their life to change, not really. but it does. so what are we, helpless? puppets? no. the big moments are gonna come. you can’t help that. it’s what you do afterwards that counts. that’s when you find out who you are.

anonymous asked:

i now recall what is what i asked, about Dio discussing with Pucci and reflecting in how one cannot obtain happiness with what he previously sough, if it was manipulation or he was being sincere? a friend answered this to me: "Heaven DIO already took Heaven by the time the game took place, and his description of sacrificing anything to get there seems aligned with his character. He already accomplished his goal, it's not like he has a need to do anything out" what do you think of that?

I mean, imo Dio already felt that way and had expressed that same stuff during Part 3 (which makes sense since chronologically the Stone Ocean Dio flashbacks happened before the events in Stardust Crusaders).  He’s always been moving the goalpost for himself, first when, after becoming a vampire in Pt.1, he stopped being concerned with wealth (this always read to me as the fact that human Dio hadn’t been greedy for riches but rather for the freedom that wealth provides), and then in Part 3 when he’s discussing the larger philosophical issues of what it means to “stand at the top.”  I see Dio’s idea of “heaven” as transcending everything, including all those things he lists as motivating humanity. We already see that sort of thinking when he talks to Polnareff about human motivation. He’s speaking as an outsider, as someone who’s above that. And I think (since you brought up the game) that EoH does a good job of envisioning Dio’s version of heaven as different than what Pucci’s version winds up being in Stone Ocean.  I probably have more to say on that.

So I think he’s being sincere during that conversation.  Also fwiw for Dio this idea of “sacrificing everything” probably isn’t as big a deal as it would be for someone who actually cares about the other people in their life.

anonymous asked:

This is kind of a weird ask but here it goes. In the scene where Pitou reveals to Gon that she can't heal Kite. What do you think would have happened if Pitou had not threatened to kill Gon. If she'd apologized and said that she'd accept any punishment so long as no one hurt Komugi. Do you think Gon still would have become Gon-San? Pt. 1

Pt. 2 Also, if Gon had by chance heard that the king’s name is Meruem, and told that to Pitou in his “last moments” (before Gon San) do you think Pitou would still have tried to kill Gon, or spare him in a moment of gratitude/empathy?


Oh my…. this is a really, really hard thing to say. It’s really hard to picture with how the things unfolded…

huuuuh… I think Gon was at a point of blaming himself and Pitou at that moment, and when Pitou threatened to kill him, it settled that it was Pitou’s fault and that Gon didn’t care anymore. If Pitou had showed kindness, apologized, accepted any punishment, it would have Gon feel even more guilty and devasted, but I don’t know if it would have got him as far as Gon-san. It could have had him completely breaking down, empty, but not able to fight back, still into his emotions. Eventually, I would think it would be possible that, in normal mode, he would have tried to punch Pitou, and if Pitou hadn’t reacted, he would just have given up and been unable to decide for himself. 

He could have eventually tried to ask Pitou why he should forgive her, after all they’ve done, after all the things the ants have done. He would have screamed for an actual reasons and if Pitou stayed peaceful, Gon wouldn’t have managed to come to a decision - and by not coming to that decision, he wouldn’t have triggered that Gon-san mode.

As for the name, it’s hard to say. Maybe? On one hand, I could see Pitou thinking it’s a proof he considers Meruem’s personhood and wouldn’t hurt him, which would be a relief for them. But on the other… Pitou was pretty much convinced Gon will be a problem later. Even if Gon knew such a crucial information, it’s hard to think they would have been able to look past the threat Gon was. 

It’s…. really hard to say. Everything would have been much, much trickier and it’s hard to come out with a clear cut answer. It’s really sad ahh.

Take care!


I blame roominthecastle​.

AU in which Liz is terribly forthright in confronting Red with her theory about his relations with her mother… or something.

#also in the fifth one it looks like she says ‘motherf-cker’ #which i find extra hilarious given her ‘theory’ in the previous episode #ok i’ll stop now

Bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are. You’ll see what I mean.
—  –Oz, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Becoming, Pt. 1