but past season 2 to post season 2

I’ve seen some other artists post their submissions from the @miracuclasszine, so here’s mine. 

Post-Reflekta episode, Chloe chooses to try to fix things with Juleka after reflecting upon her past choices.  *high fives Chat again*

Repeat after me! 

What do we want? Chloe redemption arc!

When do we want it?  Season 2!  (…pretty please~!)  XD

Okay, let this be my last post commenting on YOI episode 12 because I just want to get these thoughts out of my mind already and move on to impatiently waiting for season 2 of my beloved Yuri on Ice.

I spent the past few days thinking about why so many people felt unsatisfied or even disappointed by episode 12 and I think I’ve reached a conclusion most of us can agree with: It didn’t deliver an emotional climax.

I don’t know if it tried to deliver one and failed or it just chose not to, hoping that the promise of season 2 would be enough, but the point is that there was none.

What do I mean by ‘emotional climax’? Like the kiss in episode 7, or the airport scene in episode 9, or the engagement and banquet in episode 10. Something that shocked and awed everyone at the same time, that amazing surprise, that big development that changed things and meant something but also that made us feel something. That positive punch in the gut.

And episode 12 just… had nothing like that.

I mean the pair skate was beautiful and I adored it and that last scene when Yuuri is running down the bridge in Saint Petersburg to meet Victor and Yurio was just as great and actually had me squealing quietly, but it wasn’t quite the level of what we’ve seen before.

And I can honestly understand why people feel unsatisfied. Because, in simple terms, we got the build-up but the pay-off never came. What I mean by this can be explained by what we’ve seen in episodes 6 to 10. 6 was a build-up to the developments we later see in 7, while 8 was a build-up to 9 and 10. Episodes 6 and 8 may have been less eventful in terms of developing Victor and Yuuri’s relationship, but in the end they were necessary and important for what happened in the following episodes. They weren’t all that satisfying on their own (this especially went for ep 8, I think) but paired with the events of the next episode, we all but forgot about that uneventfulness because it overall contributed to the amazing feeling we got once we hit that emotional climax (like the airport scene in ep 9 and the following engagement in ep 10).

Now, this is relevant to ep 12 in a few ways. Episode 11 certainly felt like build-up to something big, and that would make sense, I think we can agree here, we all felt like something big was coming in episode 12 (as is usually the case with finales). And by “something big” I don’t necessarily mean Yuuri winning gold or a wedding (though admittedly, many of us would have liked that). I think most of us though simply expected and were looking forward to Victor and Yuuri’s bedroom conversation, to them finally getting on the same page and understanding each others’ feelings. I think most us just wanted to hear Victor say that he wants to stay with Yuuri, even if he will no longer be his coach. I think we all wanted to hear that their private relationship is just as important as (if not more important than) their professional one and that just… never happened.

As of right now, Victor and Yuuri still don’t seem to be clear on what their relationship is and what they want from and for each other and we certainly haven’t seen them openly discuss it, despite the fact that ep 11 was building up to that and setting up that scene. So we basically got the build-up, but instead of the climax, the tension just sort of plateaued then began slowly falling.

I’m more than willing to attribute this to the fact that the ending was changed last-minute in order to accommodate for a second season, and perhaps the original ending did have an emotional climax to it, but this one just didn’t.

I mean, Yuuri’s flawless Free Skate had a climax of its own and I think it was great and important, but for example both Victor and Yuuri’s decisions to continue/return to skating were rather anticlimactic. They were relevant of course, but they sort of appeared and disappeared without really trying to move the viewers - they were mostly just plainly stated and the audience was left to somehow feel something from that.

At the same time though, I don’t think that episode 12 was bad or that making a second season is a bad idea. I’ve already said this the week before episode 12 was released but it was impossible to fit a satisfying conclusion into just 23 minutes. It just wasn’t physically doable. I’m sure the original ending tried to do it, but I doubt it would have succeeded either. It would probably also be unsatisfying in some way, but it wouldn’t even leave an option for a second season.

So overall, I’d say it was a good thing. Because a second season can give us character backstories (*cough* like for Victor and Yurio *cough*), and more character interactions, and more development, both in terms of characters and relationships, and an actual satisfying conclusion that wouldn’t feel rushed.

Victor will be able to return to his career, then properly retire when the time comes (rather than do so abruptly after taking a break), Yuuri will be able to get that gold medal he deserves (and we can explore his psychology deeper) and  Yurio will (hopefully) get more screentime and we will be able to understand him and relate to him better (and he’ll have more screentime which is always a good thing for someone that was meant to be a main character and then sort of faded into the background).

So yeah, overall, the ending of the anime lacked an emotional climax, that positive punch in the gut that forced us to feel things, which left many of us feeling a bit empty and unsatisfied. But at the same time, I’m not upset with episode 12 at all because it’s a promise of getting to know these characters better and of a proper, wholesome conclusion - both of these being key in a character-driven story such as Yuri on Ice.

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Our Alois keeps getting their account deleted (it’s happened 3 times in the past week), so everyone’s trying to have good humor about it. Much to Alois’ dismay. 

The picture used in the last post was actually drawn by our Aleister. This is their blog! X

Stydia kiss gif…

So…. today Stydia News on Twitter posted a gif of Stiles and Lydia talking and then Stiles leans into Lydia…. disregarding the question of how the fuck they got their hands on that gif, there’s two answers for this gif:

1) it’s nothing more than a hug or from the blooper reel…

OR 2) Stydia is cannon in 6x01…

If it’s 2) I’ll laugh. Why? Because they couldn’t figure out how to put Stydia together with actual storyline. They had to just had throw it in there, ignoring the past two and half seasons and character development. Also side note: Stiles won’t be in it much; 1-2 episodes and there’s a high chance DOB will still be filming American Assassin and probably starting up TDC again…. so loloolooololololooolllololol

OK THIS IS A ROXXXY ANDREWS POSITIVITY POST

Because even though everyone and their mom knows she stayed too long, I’m still proud of her. She went on All Stars knowing there was no way she was gonna win, her goal was to redeem herself and fix her post-season 5 image, and I think she more than accomplished that. She took full responsibility for her bad behavior in the past. She never once blamed the edit. She showed how much she has grown as a person. She was nothing but kind the whole season. She was the first one to sit down with the bottom queens and hearing what they had to say. She refused to send Adore home, even when Adore basically asked her to, and knowing Adore was a threat, because she knew Adore wasn’t the worst that week. She was the only one who actually lost a friend because she sent home the person who really deserved to go. She went to check on Alaska to make sure she was ok, instead of judging her. She may not have been the strongest competitor, but she’s shown she’s incredibly more mature now and that she’s a beautiful person, I hope everyone got to see that.

MTMTE S2 - Edits

One of the big themes running through Season 2 of MTMTE is the idea of editing. It’s introduced by Rung almost immediately, early in issue 28, and then commented on even further by Megatron. It continues throughout the entire season as a major theme.


The season starts out with Megatron struggling to deal with his own past and somehow still move forward. He has spent the war editing them in order to keep moving forward, but he isn’t willing to do that any more. He says “We’re the sum of our experiences, even if we edit those experiences to suit.” Right now, he’d rather start over. This issue also introduces Terminus - Megatron’s original edit, removing Terminus from his book and from his own history.

This issue also ties this theme of “little edits” back to Chromedome, who has selective memory in the most literal sense, and who is trying to resist editing his own past further, and dealing with the results of facing it instead.


The “Slaughterhouse” storyline involves a rejected alternate draft of season 1. It shows the powerful effects a small change can have - in this case, Rung not being on board eventually resulted in the death of the entire crew. This alternate draft gets erased, mostly - with one element being incorporated into the main storyline. And Chromedome makes progress towards incorporating the past, including the bad parts of that past, rather than rejecting them and living in denial.


In issue 34, it’s Megatron’s own mind that gets edited. “An edit is a profoundly aggressive act” is a literal truth here.


Then “Elegant Chaos” - a story directly and specifically about edits. Brainstorm tries to go back and directly edit the past. By the end of this storyline, he intends to do this by murdering an unconscious and newborn Megatron in cold blood. Another moment when an edit becomes an act of aggression and literal violence. 

I think it’s worth noting that Brainstorm, in the end, decides not to edit the past. Instead, he comes to terms with what happened, and decides to move on from the present.


Issue 39 is about Tarn - so obsessively loyal to the Decepticon cause, or maybe to Megatron himself, that he absolutely cannot tolerate the idea of Megatron starting over. Tarn finds out about this change through a literal edit in an actual new edition of a book. His original edition of Towards Peace hangs on his wall in the form of actual corpses.


When the crew first visits Censere, they find a planet devoid of editing. All the deaths of the war are spelled out there, unflinchingly. Censere refuses to edit - refuses to have any impact on the world around him whatsoever. Instead, he documents everything.

Seeing this is what makes Megatron give up on editing (and escaping into) his own past. He buries the time case here. He makes the decision to try to truly incorporate the good of his own past and the good in who he used to be when moving forward.


“Speak, Memory” is another story explicitly about editing. Sunder refuses to let all the “little edits” and delusions and selective memories of the crew stand. His menace exists entirely in forcing the people around him to face up to things they’ve selectively forgotten or ignored. This story focuses on Skids - another character who has intentionally forgotten a past that’s difficult to face. This story also drags one of Rung’s “edits” into the light.

Despite Sunder being a mnemosurgeon, Megatron is able to face him without any overt fear - noteworthy, I think, and a result of his decision in the flower field.


And The Dying of the Light continues with these themes all the way to the end.

The characters are all pulled back to Censere’s planet - a place where personal edits don’t stand and the truth of the war is made plain. Skids regains the memory of his past. New information comes to light, for multiple characters, and I think to talk about this more I’ll need to give it its own post. But even when Megatron kills the DJD, he does so after stripping away their own “edits” and calling them by their real names. And then Megatron’s original edit - Terminus, the person he removed from his book and edited from his own history - returns.

And Terminus returns because Censere decided that simply recording history wasn’t enough, and decides to do a bit of his own editing of the past. But instead of erasing, he adds and restores to the present - he “fills in the blanks.”

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Musketeers Pauldron Appreciation Post (¼) – Athos

Season 1 and 2: ornaments on black (or dark brown) leather

Season 3: a single flower with a leaf (probably a viola), one blank part, three stripes, dark brown and black leather

I think the ornaments do reflect his tangled past very well. When it comes to the flower I’m not really sure about the meaning. A single flower symbolises becoming and decay aswell as beauty and emotions. If the flower is a viola there would be also the aspect of loss. That there is only one flower could also mean that he is a bit of a loner.

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In part 3 I’m gonna have to backtrack a little because I got caught up in KOOOOOOJIIIIIIIIIII instead of explaining the other two angels.  Oh well, this was more fun.

Like what you see? Look at some more!

Digimon Adventure: 1 | 2 | 3
Digimon Adventure 02: 1 | 2 | 3 | ?
Digimon Tamers: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Digimon Frontier:1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Beyblade Metal Fusion: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | ?
Beyblade Metal Masters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Beyblade Metal Fury: 1 | 2 | 3
Beywheelz: Powered by Beyblade1 | 2 | 3
Monster Rancher Seasons 1 and 2: 1 | 2 | 3
Monster Rancher Season 3: 1 | 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1: 1 | 2 | 3
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2: 1 | 2 | 3
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 3.1: 1 | 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 3.2: 1 | 2

And you can check out Very Important Sparkles and Laserwing for more by me!
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Spotted: More crochet in Orange is the New Black: Season 3!

Photo 1: Daya’s got a pretty green ripple afghan!
Photo 2: There’s a neat crocheted bathroom bag over by Taystee!
Photo 3: Red’s still sporting her purple and white glasses strap, and I am still loving it!

In case you’ve missed the crochet in the past seasons, here are the links:
Crochet in OITNB Post #1
Crochet in OITNB Post #2
Crochet in OITNB Post #3