this is one of my favorite Bakugou scenes and i’m kinda surprised i’ve never seen anyone talk about it before
right here, Bakugou is trying to help Todoroki in his own particular way. he’s telling Todoroki that he doesn’t care about his family situation, not to be a jerk for no apparent reason, but because he’s trying to help him.
look at Bakugou’s face here. he’s saying he doesn’t care, but he does. he’s lying to Todoroki about how he feels about his family situation. hearing Todoroki’s story clearly left an affect on him.
part of it is probably because he’s worried that he’ll end up like Endeavor one day, being so focused to be number one as he is. he’d have to be blind not to notice the parallels between himself and Endeavor.
but it’s also because Bakugou now knows why Todoroki is hesitant to use his fire side. he overheard the conversation. he knows Todoroki’s personal demons, and he’s trying to help Todoroki overcome them.
of all the characters in the series, it was Bakugou who explained that a quirk is just another natural function of the body, no more, no less. Horikoshi chose Bakugou exactly because of the earlier scene. he understands that a quirk is just another function of your body. and he, just like Izuku, is trying to help Todoroki understand that in his own way.
regardless of his personal demons and his family situation, Todoroki’s quirk is his own and it’s a natural part of him. regardless of where he got it from, it’s still his quirk.
by telling Todoroki that he doesn’t care about his family situation, Bakugou is trying to help Todoroki overcome his issues, accept himself for what he is, and use his quirk.
a large part of it is because Bakugou doesn’t want to be beaten by Izuku (in that, Izuku got Todoroki to use his fire side in a fight), but i’d bet that a big part of it is just Bakugou trying to help Todoroki realize that his quirk is simply a part of his body, nothing more.
The amount of parallels and direct homages to previous episodes in Series Four are more than numerous at this point. There are so many that its almost like they are re-doing entire episodes. Well, they are. The reason and method of which was confounding me for awhile, but I figured out the reason with my original Space-Time meta, and the method I just discovered this morning.
Here is a basic timeline of episodes in BBC’s Sherlock
Now, accounting for what we learned in The Space-Time Continuum Part I meta, here is some additional information:
The glass in TAB serves as a reflection or mirror between Series three and Series Four, which is why the Series MIRROR each other, as in literally mirror.
EDIT TO ADD: @tjlcisthenewsexy pointed out the awesome phrasing that Molly gives us in HLV during Sherlock’s MP fall after being shot. She wonders if he should go forwards or backwards. This moment could easily be considered a second zero null vector because it is at this point Sherlock decides to start going backwards-towards TRF. Didn’t it seem odd how quickly he forgave Mary and how quickly The Watson’s marriage was back on track? That’s because he started rewinding the state of their relationship to the beginning of that episode!!!
(Interesting Side Note about Peppers Ghost, the parlor trick used in TAB. (Taken from Wikipedia)
The basic trick involves a stage that is specially arranged into two rooms, one that people can see into or the stage as a whole, and a second that is hidden to the side, the “blue room”. A plate of glass (or Plexiglas or plastic film) is placed somewhere in the main room at an angle that reflects the view of the blue room towards the audience. Generally this is arranged with the blue room to one side of the stage, and the plate on the stage rotated around its vertical axis at 45 degrees. Care must be taken to make the glass as invisible as possible, normally hiding the lower edge in patterning on the floor and ensuring lights do not reflect off it.
When the lights are bright in the main room and dark in the blue room, the reflected image cannot be seen. When the lighting in the blue room is increased, often with the main room lights dimming to make the effect more pronounced, the reflection becomes visible and the objects within the blue room seem to appear in thin air. A common variation uses two blue rooms, one behind the glass and one to the side, which can be switched visible or invisible by alternating the lighting. (x)
This would explain Blue light hell @skulls-and-tea!! Every time we see a blue light, what we are witnessing is a reflection of something else from the series!)
So, the three episodes of each series literally reflect each other like this:
So the episode breakdown would look like this:
Do you see how the series are literal reflections of each other? There is of course still parallels to each of the episodes outside of this flow chart (like illusions to Sumatra in TEH and TST), but that can be accounted for by the fact that time isn’t actually linear. While these series reflect eachother as a basic method of understanding, the space of each episode still exists all in one time, so there will still be homages to “other” space-times.
The reflection of the two series explains why The Six thatchers is so similar to His Last Vow, with the guns and the slo-mo gunshot and Mary’s secret assassin storyline and would help a lot of us EMPers who are so attached to HLV being the beginning of EMP realize why we thought this so vehemently after TST. TLD and TSoT are connected by their emotional focus and their progression of John and Sherlock’s relationship. They are also linked by the only two JohnLock hugs in existence. TEH and TFP are very similar in the countdown/bomb motifs, bond-esque baddie plots, A focus on Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship, and the inclusion of The Holmes parents.
Now, if you notice, Series Three and Four also has A LOT of parallels to Series Two, but they don’t work as a mirror! Series 3 & 4 are not a reflection of Series 2, but a reproduction of it! If Sherlock is working is way through how to defeat Moriarty at point zero, then he will need to work through all the steps (Absolute Past) that led him to that point- (i.e Series 1 and more specifically, Series 2). So the entirety of Series 3 & 4 is a retelling of Series 2, folded in on itself. Why? Because TIME IS NOT LINEAR! For the visual learners (that’s me) this explanation would look something like this:
Its a circle, folded in on itself. Its literally the space-time continuum come to life!! If we want to break it down episode by episode I made table for that! (I’m really getting a lot of use out of Word today)
This is just a short list off the top of my head, so Im sure there is more- feel free to add on! Like John being kidnapped ASiB, TEH, and TFP!
As I stated before, there will definitely be parallels within every episode to every other episode because time has folded and twisted in on itself in Sherlock’s mind. Its all existing at once. So the parallels in ASiB to TST or in TRF to TFP, are purposeful and a reminder that time is not linear.
I hope these charts helped explain the theory a little more!
Tagging some people that I think might enjoy it based on their comments on the first part!
Hmm, this one is a bit difficult, i don’t know where i’ll end it..
I just wanna say that some of these can’t really be considered “Interactions”, because they aren’t together in some panels. Some are not LuNa moments either. It’s just things i noticed and liked, so yeah… I hope you’ll still enjoy.
68) Luffy asks about Nami, separately from the the others.
69) Luffy’s artistic skills, this will be an important parallel. Also notice his distressed expression. Either he doesn’t like what he actually drew or the fact that Nami might be related to fishmen (how he imagines them)
70) Usopp points out Luffy’s unwavering trust in Nami. Her expression is hard to read.
71) Luffy confirms Usopp’s words by beating up Johny for saying Nami killed Usopp
72) Nami appears and tries to pretend she doesn’t care. Luffy decides to sleep.
73) Seeing it, Nami gets furious and runs away to wreck Nojiko’s house, lol. I am actually not sure if she talks directly to Luffy or to all of them here. However, Luffy’s actions were the trigger for her strong reaction.
74) Nojiko decides to tell them about Nami’s past in exchange for them leaving. Everyone agrees to listen, except Luffy. Knowing how he thinks, he probably did that on purpose, so he wouldn’t have to leave after hearing her story.
75) This is an important sentence Nojiko says about Nami
76) Nami backs it up with her actions
77) However… This scene occurs shortly after. Nami still tries to drive him away, but when he doesn’t budge, she finally asks. Luffy puts his precious hat on her head.
78) He shouts.
79) Nami is the only one who actually witnessed how important that hat Really is to him, while watching Luffy protecting it with his fists. Everyone else is already waiting a bit further away. Did they know that Luffy is the only one who could make her ask for help?
80) As Luffy enters Arlong park, first thing he asks is Wich of them is Arlong. He doesn’t know Anything that happened to Nami. He only knows that there is this asshole named Arlong, who made Nami hurt herself and cry. And his initial reaction is Punching him right in the face.
One of those things that’s just been wiggling around in the back of my brain and I need to get it out in order to make room for other things. Lots of ya have already noticed some parallels, but the order of events is also kinda weirding me out.
12x23 - high speed, tires squealing reverse of 1x01 - 2x01?
A yellow eyed
creature, Azazel, is in a nursery with Sam.
Azazel, who took
John, (indirectly) killed Jess in front of Sam.
himself in order to save Dean, and in the end was taken away by
herself in order to save Sam and Dean, and in the end was taken away
Lucifer, who took Mary, killed Cas in front of
A yellow eyed
creature, (spawn of) Lucifer, is in a nursery with Sam.
Bumbleby fandom (and neutral parties curious as to the evidence supporting the ship, for that matter), it’s time for us to sit down and have a talk. We’ve had a rough hiatus. Both the long, painful wait after the emotional orbital nuke that was late V3. And then, much more recently, the news that Sun actually will be part of Blake’s journey in V4. It doesn’t actually change much of anything, but I still know how it feels, and why the Bumbleby fandom was worried–some of you loudly, and some of us quietly (myself included in the latter). And even before that, I saw dispirited Bumbleby shippers who can’t see the OTP actually becoming canon, whether because of Bl*cks*n or some other reason, on a daily basis. And on the other end of things I see Bumbleby shippers who make weak-ass arguments as to why Bumbleby is already canon and shit like that. Put that subtext bullshit away; subtext is for 20-year-old network TV shows. No. It’s time for the lot of you to see Beesus.
But before you get ahead of yourselves, first I’ll tell you what this post is not. It’s not an argument that Bumbleby is already canon, as opposed to heavily foreshadowed. I actually plan to avoid a lot of the stuff other analysts focus on, like the general “but they’re so close” or “they complement each other really well,” because those aren’t specifically romantic, and the partner pairs in general were designed to play off of each other (like how Ruby and Weiss were designed as a clashing-opposites buddy comedy duo). Those things aren’t unimportant–they are key to a good relationship–but they’re not what I’m driving at here.
This post is about foreshadowing. (Not subtext, foreshadowing; the distinction is important here.) ‘Cause I dunno if you noticed, but the CRWBY loves their bloody foreshadowing. They also love their parallels and repeating themes. So we’re gonna be talking mostly about writing tricks we know the CRWBY uses, like the aforementioned foreshadowing and parallels and also stuff like foils. And some cinematic tricks. Before I continue, I’d like to thank brilliant minds like Chained-Prometheus and the crew I roll with on Discord, whom I’ve learned a great deal from. Also Anny Gomez and her sharp eye for parallels; y’all should check out her videos. @chained-prometheus@s-assy-girl
I’d also like to thank the CRWBY for making the show. And if anyone involved in the show actually ends up reading this by some miracle, keep reading, because I am actually going to say Good Things about M&K’s writing and directing instead of the flak I see them getting all the time.
Evidence-fest begins under the cut, because this’ll be running a bit long–about 4.6k words, or a mid-length one-shot fic. Also lots of pictures, as a warning for those of you using mobile data.
Here is the second installment of my Parallels in VKM posts! This time, I’ll be examining the parallels between Yuuki’s relationship with Zero and her relationship with Kaname, as well as the contrast between Zero’s relationship with Ai and Kaname’s relationship with Yuuki.
My personal belief is that Hino has chosen these particular parallels to deconstruct the relationship between Yuuki and Kaname, as well as to further highlight Yuuki’s growing similarities to Kaname’s character and how that has impacted her relationship with Zero, who is now, in a sense, fulfilling Yuuki’s role from the Kuran Manor Arc.
Disclaimer: Due to the controversial nature of this post, I have tagged it as anti yume out of consideration for those who might take offense. With this warning out of the way, the rest of my post can be found behind the cut.
When I found out that 6x20 was going to be the musical/wedding episode, I decided to re-watch 1x20, since there have been a lot of elements of season 1 in this current season.
What I have noticed from it was that there are indeed a few elements that have already been paralleled in the show so far; and others that could be very telling of what might happen in the remaining episodes.
The elements already being paralleled:
First of all, the episode is titled “The Stranger”, and it tells us the story of Pinocchio; which has been brought back this season already.
Most precisely it shows us how Marco built the wardrobe, and how August got to our world. We have already seen this paralleled in Season 6, with wish realm August building the wardrobe to allow Emma and Regina to go back to Storybrooke.
What I found interesting is how the Blue Fairy kept saying that its magic was only powerful enough to transport 2 people, but then she wanted Snow (carrying Emma) and Charming to go through it. Does that mean that when Emma and Regina went through it this Season and brought back Robin was kind of the same thing it would’ve happened if the original plans had gone through? Is Robin “part of” either Regina or Emma, and that means only 2 people actually went through it? Or is it because Robin, as everyone else keeps reminding Regina, is not real?
Another thing was August telling Emma about where he was when she decided to stay in Storybrooke, and he does it in these terms:
August: You ever been to Phuket? It’s beautiful. Amazing Island. Full of pleasures. The perfect place to lose oneself. That’s where I was when you decided to stay in Storybrooke.
Amazing island. Full of pleasure = Pleasure Island? Which has been brought back up again in 6x12. And 6x11, if you take a look at what August is writing with his typewriter.
In both episodes (6x12 and 1x20) the pages August has added are mentioned. In 1x20 Henry notices that Pinocchio’s story isn’t completed, and then later on August tells Emma he was telling her how the story ended. But then in 6x12, he tells Charming that he was ashamed of that part of his story, that’s why he hasn’t included it in the book.
This has been told already, but I really think August represents Regina somehow.
In the episode of Season 1, they both tell the story of how they respectively found Emma and Charming. It’s interesting how August tells Emma he is going to tell her his story (the story of how he was the boy who found her in the newspaper) and the next scene we see Regina and David, and she tells him the story of how she found him.
August: “We’re going on a trip, Emma.” who has been going on road trips with Emma so far?
I also noticed another two parallels between the two (Regina and August)
When we see August and Emma at the forest home, we see August being yelled at by an adult for touching the toolbox. That immediately reminded me how in 5x19 Cora tells Regina not to touch the box containing the wand.
Both stories end with the redhead (August/Zelena) leaving Emma/Regina. Zelena, we know was Regina’s half sister, and in the foster home Emma might have as well been considered August’s “sister”.
Then at the beginning of the episode, Mary Margaret tells Regina this: “Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness if your only joy comes from destroying everyone else’s happiness.”
And at the end, August tells Marco this: “I just feel like fixing things.”
Which at first could be seen as a contrast, but if you see August/Regina as the same person, it looks more like a reaction.
As for what I think could happen in the next episodes:
Snowing vs the Evil Queen
Snow will come back from the curse the Evil Queen has put her and Charming under, just as in 1x20 Mary Margaret has just come back from jail. We even have this conversation between MM and Regina:
Regina: Ms. Blanchard. I see you’re back.
MM: Isn’t it wonderful? Everything worked out.
Which I would see as how Regina would react when the curse finally gets lifted.
I also see how the Evil Queen might react to it. This is another part of their conversation:
Regina: Are you insinuating something?
MM: Yes, I am. But I forgive you. Even if you can’t admit what you did, I forgive you anyway. Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness if your only joy comes from destroying everyone else’s happiness. It’s so sad, Mayor Mills, because despite what you think, it won’t make you happy. It’s only going to leave a giant hole in your heart.
Which is exactly what the Evil Queen has stated already, about wanting them to feel what she has felt: loneliness. And what Regina has told the Evil Queen: “You still have a hole in your heart, just like I did when I first came here.”
Maybe the Evil Queen will try, just as she did in 1x20 by trying to seduce David, to keep Snow and Charming apart; but ultimately she will have to realize what Henry tells her in “The Stranger” is true:
Henry: Go ahead and try. It won’t work. No matter what you do, Snow White will have her happy ending. She and Prince Charming will be together. The curse will end. Good will win.
And maybe the Evil Queen just needs her family’s “forgiveness”, to know that she is accepted as a whole, and not for just the “good parts”.
Emma and August:
At first August, as he is trying to convince Emma to go on a trip with him, he tells her this:
August: You need to look at the big picture. That’s the only way you’re gonna understand what you’re up against. That’s the only way you’ll know how to beat Regina.
We know that Emma now isn’t trying to beat Regina, but she is still not looking at the big picture. I kind of believe that August will have a part in Emma seeing all the lies H00k has told her so far. August might know some things that have happened that are missing from the book, just as he was about to tell her the rest of his story. He might know what really happened with Ariel for example.
In Season 1 August was supposed to make Emma believe she was the Savior, and needed to bring back everyone’s happy ending. This time, I think he will have to remind her that it is not her job to give H00k is own happy ending.
August: Your denial is more powerful than I thought. It’s preventing you from seeing the truth.
The denial can be both about her feelings for Regina, and her relationship with H00k. And the truth she is not seeing now is the fact that her relationship is built on a bunch of lies.
She literally can not see what’s in front of her.
Emma + Henry and Regina
At the beginning of the episode, we see Emma trying to build a case against Regina to get custody of Henry. And at the end, we see her trying to bring Henry out of town, stating they have to leave Storybrooke.
We know from what Regina tells Emma in the wish realm, that they kind of share custody of Henry now. Maybe they are working on the legal aspects of it?
I also think Emma didn’t leave Storybrooke in Season 1 because, just as in Season 3, there was a “piece” missing in their family: Regina.
Bonus, because I don’t know where to fit these:
1) Regina and David have this conversation just as they are about to enter her house:
Regina: Thank you for being my knight in shining armor.
David: Well, it’s more like flannel, but you’re welcome.
We perfectly know by now who has been Regina’s “knight in flannel armor”, if you need a reminder, here she is:
2) Mary Margaret at the beginning, when August installs a new lock on their door, says:
“As long as it keeps Regina and her skeleton keys out.”
But from Shady’s post here, we can see the key that opened MM’s door wasn’t a skeleton one.
3) Marco, as he wakes up on the shore after having being through a storm with Pinocchio: “Pinocchio? You saved me.”
Which as been said a lot between people who I think share TL - Snow/Charming - Emma/Henry - Emma/Regina. So, that made me think… maybe the TLK effect when getting out of the tree for both August and Emma only happened because the people who put them there (Marco and Charming) did it out of True Love? They were giving them their best chance, as the show likes to tell us.
So, the True Love colors showed as Emma got into the wardrobe and Regina getting out of the tree, are separated, but for now, because they haven’t been “united” yet? Both Emma and Regina are still in denial, and don’t realize the other feels the same.
4) After Pinocchio has turned into a real boy, the first scene we see of him and Marco at the workshop, shows us Jiminy Cricket (the conscience) being trapped into the clock. Which reminded me of how Gideon, of all things, broke the tower clock from the inside out. Is that a way to bring Emma back to her conscious?
this took a lot of thought. i’m gonna go by chronological order rather than ranking bc i don’t think i could actually number them but here goes!
-the entirety of episode 7, tbh
this is kind of an odd one, but hear me out.
gon and killua have a lot of really great moments early on (especially in the 2011 anime), but this episdoe stands out. gon finding out about killua’s background as an assassin, but taking him at totally face value, and killua saying no one’s done that before. not only that, but gon not judging him. gon and killua vs. netero, which is really the first time they work together in a fight. the whole contrast between gon and killua’s personalities and fighting styles as set up by the episode - gon is persistent and won’t give up, no matter what; killua is prudent and tactical but prone to giving up when a situation looks hopeless, and can be temperamental. and just…the way gon is so earnestly impressed by watching killua fight, even immediately after netero just talked about their negative implications
not one of their “best” scenes, maybe, but it’s interesting insight to their early relationship + foreshadowing for how all of it ends up developing in the future (plus, scenes where gon is just really earnestly impressed by everything killua does are always fantastic)
-and on a more heartbreaking note, this scene
the first of many heartbreaking scenes that are very good, to be fair. this whole scene, for one so early on in the series, is legitimately upsetting to watch, given the blatant emotional abuse/gaslighting illumi is directing toward killua, and the sheer strength of will killua has to even stand up to it as much as he does - to pull strength from his desire for friendship with gon - it’s so fucking good. and then leorio and kurapika getting upset on his behalf, also, and leorio telling him he’s an idiot and gon’s already his friend…gon getting PISSED THE HELL OFF when he hears about all of it after he wakes up and BREAKING ILLUMI’S FUCKING ARM ON KILLUA’S BEHALF, his whole dedication to rescuing killua…UGH (clutches chest) these kids…..
-the fucking shit with sadaso and his shitty squad
i know it’s another oddball choice but hear me out. there’s something i just really appreciate about this whole part. killua genuinely trying to deal with this situation like a somewhat more normal person would rather than The Assassin Way (i will never not be amused by “not killing people sure is hard. clean living is tough” lmao). his willingness to throw his fights since it’s not like he’s interested in winning heaven’s arena, anyway…so long as they leave gon alone. his utter fury when he finds out they did anyway. It’s Good.
-together on whale island, under the stars
listen i had to include this scene. this whole part was sweet, but this scene especially so. the 2011 anime always looked pretty good, but this is probably the first scene where they pull out all the stops and prove how utterly gorgeous it can be?? and just. aaaaaah. this is kind of the turning point for their friendship and the Defining Moment for killua’s characterization from here on until, like, the election arc. it’s so good.
(this is probably when killua fell in love with gon tbh)
LIKE it’s a very funny scene, but ugh the foreshadowing…for the needle thing (more on that later), but also just in general. you could write so much about their different modes of self-sacrifice/self destructive tendencies…and about what all of this says about their relationship as a whole (and the fact that they’re both a couple of self-sacrificial dumbasses, especially where the other’s concerned.)
they’re good kids, brent
…but also they need a ton of therapy
-I HAD TO INCLUDE THIS SCENE OKAY
there’s lots that could be said here about like. killua’s inability to accept gon’s praise at face value, or his inability to express his own feelings out loud, or even the fact that they have two different impressions of why killua is there (and killua’s thoughts trail off, so we don’t get to hear how he’d finish that thought directly…but we can sure make some educated guesses)
but i just want to bask in what a sweet scene it was okay
-it has to be killua
UGH THIS SCENE
on the one hand, it’s REALLY SWEET and speaks volumes for the level of trust between them and it’s good
on the other hand, hello there, self destructive tendencies, remember how i was talking about those coming up in the last arc bc Hoo Boy. again, BIG FORESHADOWING here - in this particular scene, for killua, but then it’s paralleled AGAIN with the way gon ends up destroying his own hands later on in the arc GOD DAMN IT TOGASHI
-REMEMBER WHAT I WAS SAYING ABOUT THE NEEDLE BC…
so herein we get to the point where i’m not sure i can even talk about these scenes without becoming a wreck
the needle thing is SUCH a good metaphor for abuse and the way it’s foreshadowed throughout the series, and then how it becomes such a roadblock here
it’s not totally a great or healthy thing that so much of what killua does is for other people’s sake rather than his own, but it’s realistic for his situation and up to a certain point, anything that can motivate you is better than not being motivated at all. and killua managing to push through that wall that is his family brainwashing him and manipulating him and conditioning him to run away, in order to save gon
-ARE YOU CRYING BECAUSE I’M CRYING (so is killua)
UGH mariya ise’s voice acting in this scene is so good. i am wrecked. i don’t know what to say about this scene, honestly, except that it’s DEVASTATING
and also aaah i just noticed the parallel between palm talking about the wall inside her head and killua removing it and the needle thing, fuck
-KILLUA DEMANDING AN APOLOGY
like. i’m not going to defame gon for what he said to killua in 116 bc obvs he was in a very fragile emotional state and a lot of people get way too hard on him about that
but also it was FUCKED UP and VERY OUT OF LINE
and damn right killua was owed an apology for that
he’s hurt, he’s deeply upset because his best friend is in a COMA and it’s an incredibly fucked up situation for kids their age to be in
but also like speaking of killua’s tendency to do things for other people’s sake…i think this is really the first time we’ve seen him stand up for himself like this. aaaaa
and i know we all feel cheated that we didn’t actually see the apology scene, but given all the leadup to it i can’t imagine that wasn’t deliberate on togashi’s fault, like…assuming the series goes on for long enough, i’m sure he intends to come back to that
honorable mentions: “i want to introduce him to my best friend killua wearing a salmon suit”, “gon, you are light”, THE FUCKING SCENE WHERE KILLUA HOLDS GON’S WITHERED HAND RIGHT BEFORE HAVING NANIKA HEAL HIM JESUS CHRIST TOGASHI
that is the face of someone who knows, that is a knowing look if i have ever seen one in my life