but it's so moronic

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I thought this post was really cute so here’s datekou

kittyichooseyou  asked:

I have a klk question, and I apologize if you've answered it before, but, do you find any significance in Ryuko taking a big bite out of an unpeeled lemon in her introduction? Like, was it just meant to make her seem hard? Or like, does it have some subtext I don't understand? Is she ever seen eating lemon/drinking lemonade as a background thing? I've always wondered about this. Thanks.

I gotta be honest with you: I’m atrocious at talking about symbolism. There’s a reason that my hundreds of essays hardly ever mention it. 

So… I haven’t especially covered this before, but I can provide some Thoughts.

First and foremost, the lemon scene has been largely understood as a homage to FLCL, a coming-of-age anime worked on by Gainax—the studio that Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka left to found Studio Trigger, which is the team behind Kill la Kill

In the first episode of FLCL, Naota, the protagonist, refuses to drink the rest of the sour, “Lemon Squash” pop that his friend Mamimi didn’t finish. He claims that he “[doesn’t] like sour drinks” and proceeds to toss the can aside.

However, at the end of the episode, Mamimi offers Naota the sour pop again, and his reaction changes. While he repeats his sentiment—“I told you, I don’t like sour stuff”—Naota doesn’t toss the can aside this time, instead guzzling the drink down.

So, when Ryuko, the protagonist of Kill la Kill, begins the first episode of her show not just forcing herself to consume something sour, but does so purposefully, without flinching… there’s probably something there. Kill la Kill’s director Imaishi did work extensively on FLCL, after all.

But what exactly is meant to be conveyed in either series is entirely dependent on how the “sour” symbol is understood.

On the one hand, the “sourness” could be a symbol of “first love.” For Naota to accept the drink in FLCL would be to accept an “indirect kiss” from Mamimi, who had been drinking from the can previously. The “first love” idea seems supported in Kill la Kill, with Ryuko noting, after Mataro steals her lemon (at least in the original Japanese script), “You’re that eager to learn what first love tastes like?”

Mataro: Bitch, don’t try to be all witty! I’ve had my first kiss!

And with the idea of “first love” comes the idea of childishness. Though it may have some… Unfortunate Implications, in both FLCL and Kill la Kill, it could be said that getting into a first romantic relationship is a sign of growing up. The fact that Naota initially refuses to taste “first love” represents his initial refusal to come of age—and the fact that Mataro in Kill la Kill insists that he has had his first kiss (or “get[s] way more action than [Ryuko]!” in the dub) represents his desire to seem “grown-up” and experienced.

Ryuko’s utterly blase eating of the lemon would then also imply that she has had romantic relationship(s) in the past and is not afraid of them.

However, with all of this, the “sourness” could simply be a larger metaphor: a metaphor of adulthood, maturity, that kind of stuff. Naota deciding to take in the sourness at the end of the first opening episode signifies that his show is going to feature his coming of age—something he initially didn’t want anything to do with, but that the story is going to push him to experience regardless. Ryuko immediately biting into a lemon could then signify that she’s already come of age, but—and more likely, considering Kill la Kill’s ending—it could also signify that she’s not afraid of the hardships, challenges, and “sourness” that comes with coming of age.

In this way, I also see the “sourness” as a bit of a metaphor for moving forward rather than running away. The lemon pop in FLCL is first featured when Naota struggles to tell Mamimi that his brother is seeing someone else—a hard, difficult, “adult” situation that’s not fun and not comfortable. Naota throws the can away, perhaps representative of how he wants to run away from this problem. At the end of the episode, though, Naota has revealed the truth to Mamimi, and he then drinks the pop, signifying that there’s no more running away: he’s growing up, whether he likes it or not.

But disregarding the FLCL tribute, a character introduction that features the character biting into a raw, unpeeled lemon is powerful on its own. It tells audiences right away that this character is badass—whether her lemon-eating is because she’s not afraid of growing up or hardship or “first love” or because of any other reason, you shouldn’t mess with this chick.

So I got this shitty review for Melodies Unheard, and while I’m not Deaf or HoH, I’m still offended.

Apparently, Deaf dancers and skaters would never be able to perform better than their Hearing counterparts because not being able to hear means they can’t show the emotions needed in their performances. Meaning a Hearing person would obviously skate better and it’s “impossible” for Yuuri to have beaten anyone as a Deaf skater.

anonymous asked:

Sorry but I don't see things getting worse. Harry and Louis have been MIA a lot lately. Louis is back in the U.K., not LA, after playing a mega festival and had a stunt free lads weekend :) Harry, after 15 months, launched his project on the 25th of all days, Niall commented & liked his pic (hasn't happened in ages) aka publicly supported him! Louis&H changed their headers/icons the same day, both headers have blue&green! And no baby since January!!! It's April :)

Originally posted by itstreepaine

anonymous asked:

You're a lovely soul, you deserve lots of good things happening to you, you have beautiful hair and pretty eyes, you've survived every challenge you've ever faced so far, your cat is gorgeous and he believes in you, you brighten up so many peoples' days

I don’t know what I did to deserve such a sweet message. This is seriously so kind of you! What a nice thing to see at the end of the night. My cat and I thank you cuz seriously I don’t understand how I get so lucky to get a message like this

Teacher: “This assignment will take you around three hours to compleat”
Me: *procrastinates doing the assignment until 3 AM*
Me: “The magic number was 3 right?”
Me: …
Me @ Myself: “Why am I like this.”

actingwithportals replied to your post “That’s it: I’m moving to Bellevue Washington when I finish my studies….”

Sign me up!

@actingwithportals
boi il start looking for apartments! …I wish. 

me: i should make calhoun a star wars based verse because god damn i need to go back to my roots

*star wars rp blog follows me and is also my 100th follower*

ITS A SIGN

what I truly love about Elizabeth Olsen is that she doesn’t put up with stupid questions. you make a comment that she must be more hollywood bc she’s from america, she’ll call you out on that shit while remaining professional/10. It’s great.

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How about forgetting all this and running away?

so i only block ppl that have appeared in the tags i follow talking shit, right? i don’t block ppl that say “eh i don’t like _____” and just leave it at that, i only block if it’s stuff like “FUCK ___________ ITS THE WORST AND THE PPL THAT LIKE IT ARE MORONS.”

so it’s rly telling and reassuring when i see ppl picking fights in posts over ships and when i go on their blogs to block them i find out they’ve already been blocked. those are the ppl that like the attention, that like posting negative things for the fans to see, the ppl that like to make fandom a living hell, ppl that use personal insults for shipping one thing over another (when it’s not even a ~problematic ship involving smth like incest or rape or pedophilia wherein personal insults would be understandable)

but somehow i’m the one ~known~ for being an unreasonable and unapproachable bitch for not hesitating to hit the block button. 🤔 ok then.

okay Kageyama first of all who the FRICK STANDS IN FRONT OF A VENDING MACHINE LIKE THAT ARE YOU TRYING TO HAVE A SHOWDOWN WITH IT OR SOMETHING-
okay maybe he is

Bonus: he won

My favourite thing at the moment is reading comments from people complaining about the BBC’s ‘The Muskateers’ because they cast Howard Charles, a black actor, to play Porthos. I’ve read so many comments like 'but there were no black people in France in the 1800s!’ and 'the BBC is just trying to force its multicultural agenda!' 

It’s like these people have never seen a picture of Alexandre Dumas, the author of the novel on which the adaptation is based:

y'know, that black Frenchman, Alexandre Dumas.