but the episode got me interested enough to watch it again with subs - and again

I did watch it (twice, first the raw and then the sub once it showed up). I don’t have too many thoughts since honestly it feels like not a lot happened. But just my general impressions, under the cut for spoilers:

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anonymous asked:

HOLY SHIT EP. 6. Thoughts?

Holy shit is right!!!

What an episode. I really loved the structure of it; it summarized the China trip with really good pacing. It did not feel rushed, and yet, the episode flew by as if it was only a minute long. The same can be said about every episode so far, but this one especially. Even though the series is flying by, as explained in another post, time is passing in Yuri on Ice at a healthy rate. Although we are seeing these characters on a weekly basis… from the beginning of the show until now (excluding the 1 year later time leap to explain Yuuri’s current situation), it has been about 8-9 months. In this week’s episode, it was clearly winter, as indicated by the snow in Japan, the characters wearing jackets, scarves, and hats, and the scenes in China where the character’s breaths can be seen outside due to the cold alongside their flushed cheeks and, once again, layers.

I can’t find a place where it officially stated if it was November or December (or even January or later), but I’m going to assume it is around November and December.

Anyways, back on topic… this episode was lovely. It showcased a handful of new characters and their various skating styles while hinting at their personal drives behind their routines. Most of all, though, I will be focused on Yuuri and Victor, as my analysis’s thus far have been Victuuri-centric and I intend to keep it that way (unless asked to analyze something else, then by all means, I will!). 

Physical contact between them has become so natural now that it’s not even a big deal anymore. This is very important. If this show’s intention was pure fanservice and to entertain teenage fujoshi’s, it would have been enough to keep Yuuri as the shy man he was in the beginning of the show, when he got worked up over the smallest of touches.

Now, Victor can be holding him from behind on a regular basis, and Yuuri is completely relaxed and letting it happen. There’s little but significant scenes shown, like where Victor is sleeping and leaning on Yuuri on the plane, and all the times that Victor was just randomly hugging Yuuri.

And of course, there was the moment. The hand holding was very intentionally intimate. They took time in showing that Victor’s hand was not accidentally placed there, or it wasn’t an odd angle where it could just look like hand holding. No, they took the time to animate the way Victor’s thumb and fingers smoothly ran over Yuuri’s hand, comforting and supporting him.

Victor says,”The time to seduce me by picturing pork cutlet bowls and women during your skate is over.”

This was honestly surprising to me, but very much an interesting turn. This whole time, we’ve been hearing Yuuri’s thoughts. He tried to think of katsudon, but he ended up embracing his feminine side and aiming to seduce Victor instead. Victor got the message that Yuuri was trying to seduce him, but maybe he still had his doubts. He continued to encourage Yuuri to think of a katsudon, or a lover (I’m unsure if, in this dialogue in particular, he used the gender-neutral term again or not, but I would assume so).

But Yuuri was never thinking of just katsudon. And if he was thinking about women, well, it isn’t in the way that sentence implies. He was embracing his own womanly side.

But most of all, he has always been thinking of Victor. As we’ve seen in the past eros performances…

“Who am I skating for? I know who,” followed by the iconic smirk at Victor and whistle from Victor in response.

“I am a pork cutlet bowl that enthralls men!” And more, clearly referring to Victor…

… and now, goodness.

Yuuri’s fist was closed, as if he was curled up and hiding, not wanting to expose himself to Victor- but then, quite symbolically, his fingers opened up and he laced them together, holding Victor’s hand in the most intimate way. And to top it off, he gets close enough to kiss, their foreheads and noses touching. 

He boldly looks into Victor’s eyes and says, “Do not take your eyes off of me.”

Compared to the previous, “please watch me,” this was strong, determined, and definitely a new Yuuri. Victor notices this immediately, and he’s entranced.

Yuuri licks his lips sensually, glancing at Victor just before the start of his performance. 

It was enough to make the announcer himself stutter, because oh hot damn. Yuuri is not fooling around.

We are presented with dialogue before this eros routine- “I want to be hated for the one who stole Victor away from the world” - and during - “I am the only one who can satisfy Victor. I am the only one in the world who knows Victor’s love.”

Yuuri gets very possessive, and quite well aware of his eros as compared to the beginning of his gradual shift of katsudon to Victor.

We are now seeing Yuuri, fully aware of his sexual attraction to Victor, and fully able to flaunt it through his performance. It gets him first place, and Victor is absolutely enchanted.

Of course, Yuuri is still Yuuri- at the end of the episode, he looks very determined as he stutters, “W-With my coach, Victor, I’ll win with the power of love!”

His stutter and blush still show Yuuri’s inner modesty, but he’s very sure of how he feels. 

This development has been so beautifully done. I am impressed by this series more and more with every passing week. Sure, the animation could be a tad better, but honestly, how can I complain when the plot, music, and character development is all beyond sub-par? And, take into consideration the studio is likely saving up for the finale episode to animate a truly beautiful skating routine, similar or even better than the quality we saw in the first episode.

As for the preview for episode 7, I do not think the dialogue we heard will be in the next episode. We have learned from the ‘naked on ice’ experience that exact dialogue from the previews are not necessarily in the following episode. But some really adorable and interesting things to note-

Victor says, “Uchi no Yuuri,” which translates to “My Yuuri.” In English, this is still adorable and a sign of love, but in Japanese, the term “uchi no” is specifically used in reference to a romantic partner, specifically a wife or spouse. It’s seen as a modest way to refer to one’s wife on sort of a traditional mentality, since “uchi” means house.

The point is, Victor is referring to Yuuri affectionally and certainly romantically, hence Yuuri’s flustered, “V-Victor!” directly after it. He’s flustered at Victor’s pride, but also the loving way Victor referred to him. He continues to be flustered throughout the dialogue, and eventually Victor murmurs, “Pressure?” with a low tone of voice.

Now, the meaning of this is unclear, but going purely off of my gut, I instantly thought of a reference to an erection (i.e. the pressure inside their pants). It sort of explains why Yuuri embarrassedly yelled, “NOOOO,” right afterwards. It was just a teasing moment on Victor’s end, but in case that was unclear to anyone… that’s what I thought. I could be wrong.

I’m excited to see episode 7- I cannot wait until next Wednesday! Thanks for asking me what I thought, and maybe this monster of a post has summarized your feelings and more, has brought new topics to mind, or has just restated what you already felt! :) 

anonymous asked:

So basically...everything is Sherlock's fault then? We're just going to place even more blame on him?



Okay, but seriously.  This is a good question, and there’s a lot broiling under its surface.

…Okay, this got long-ass, even for me, so here’s a short summary of the contents you’ll find below:

Sherlock is not a very good man and there’s a whole hell of a lot to blame him for, including some violations of John Watson.  John Watson is a better man but isn’t pristinely innocent either, and more often than not, fairly carries some portion of the blame himself.  He actually has an unsavory character trait, to go along with Sherlock’s colossal dickery, of being willing to dodge some portion of his fair share of the blame by letting Sherlock absorb it for him—a thing Sherlock willingly does (and not out of selflessness, but as part of his enablement of John’s worse traits, either because they give John pleasure or because they keep John at his side).  Also, it turns out that following the appropriate laying of blame through the show is a really useful way of tracking the plot arcs and evolution of relationships.

And now if you want to read all 3600 words of this monster, help yourself to the details.

The first point is that there is a danger in personifying fictional characters to much.  In real life, blame is not cute or funny.  It’s a vicious thing, and when you don’t apply it with fairness and compassion, it can be savagely damaging.

But we aren’t talking about real people.  We’re talking about characters, and in a narrative, blame is a commodity to be manipulated for the needs and purposes of the story that’s being told.  As consumers of the story, it’s easy to lose sight of that; after all, part of the point of a story is for us to step into the characters’ shoes and identify with them.  When we’re in the story, it’s being told about US, in a way—some corner of our minds that we have given over into its keeping to let it whisk us away.

So, that said, point #2: (spoilers under the cut)

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cuteheartz  asked:

Listen, you don't have enough information about what is going on. One episode wasn't leaked. TWENTY episodes were leaked. My friends and I know more about this scandal than you do, clearly. The origin of these leaked videos is not from Japan, but from China. You can find more about what is going on on my account.

ok so i’m gonna divide this into two things

1. “The episodes were leaked/stolen!”

Let me make this absolutely clear:

Episodes 1-3 of Hetalia: The World Twinkle were aired early and legally online via Docomo’s Anime Store. (x from the Docomo site itself) (x from the official anime twitter). 

You can’t call them leaked or stolen if the episodes are already released for the public eye. And let me also point this out, there are only THREE episodes that were recorded/screenshotted, not TWENTY. How do I know this? 

- I made a post weeks ago outlining what the first three episodes will be, according to what I’ve read (x) was shown at the World Twinkle pre-screening event on June 13th

- Reading my post from weeks ago, you’ll see that only three episodes are listed: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration. The only anime screenshots we’ve seen thus far are of: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration

Search that Weibo user’s account all you want, heck, scour Weibo entirely and I will guarantee you 100% you will not find a screenshot of any episode over Episode 3. There are not 20 episodes leaked.

Now, I’ll address the Docomo Stream info itself, which will be important in regards to the “origin” thing. In order to enter Docomo’s stream, you need two things:

1. An IP address in Japan 

- It isn’t difficult to change your own IP address to a Japanese one. There are a bunch of programs out there that allows you to change it to the country you want (ex. I myself use a program that swaps my IP to Japanese in order to play Touken Ranbu) So someone living in China could easily go view the stream if they wanted to. OR, another possibility is that the person who recorded the stream actually lives or is visiting in Japan, and uploaded it to Weibo (The Chinese Site). 

2. A paid membership on their website

- If the Chinese user recorded the stream, then it obviously means that they paid for their membership on Docomo’s site. You cannot view that stream otherwise without a membership. The fact that they got in means that they paid for that stream. They didn’t steal it, nor was it leaked. THEY PAID FOR IT.

2. “Himaruya is losing money!”

As a foreigner watching early clips overseas, you will no impact on sales Studio DEEN and Himaruya makes or loses, so please don’t tell people to stop watching the episodes. 

Like I said in my reblog, unless they are paying for streams on sites like Docomo with a proxy, foreigners have no other way of viewing World Twinkle themselves that will directly benefit Studio Deen and Himaurya at the moment.

How will watching the recorded episodes after July 3rd be any different? It’s still the same thing, someone on a stream records it and makes it available to everyone else. There are no differences from Docomo’s stream/Chinese weibo user and that. That’s how it’s always been for anime. That’s how it was for Beautiful World, and that’s how it’ll be for World Twinkle.

Though if you’re really eager watch World Twinkle in a way that directly benefits Himaruya and Studio DEEN, then go wait a year for Funimation to sub the show, bring over on DVD, and purchase it. But until then, this is the only way people online and outside of Japan will be able to watch World Twinkle.

**I’ll conclude with telling you something about the Japanese anime industry: the success of an anime is mostly determined by the amount of DVD/Blu-Ray sales it makes, this along with it’s merchandise, CDs, etc

Foreigners probably won’t want to purchase DVD/Blue-Ray’s of animes they can’t understand because it’s RAW, but what foreigners are able to do is buy stuff like merchandise, manga, etc.

The episodes are giving people exposure to the show. There are tons of people excited again over Hetalia coming back too, which means more people would be hyped and more likely to purchase the stuff they’re interested in like stuff hetalia merchandise, manga volumes, and even the subbed DVD when it releases. The fact that all these people are excited about Hetalia again generates Studio DEEN and Himaruya overseas publicity and revenue. 

Let people have their fun.

Arrow 3x12 - Uprising

Wow. It’s been a while, huh? Even though technically I’ve only missed two reviews (RL, don’t you know?!), it feels like years. I suppose it’s apt, because even though Oliver was only gone from Starling City for two weeks, his absence felt interminably long. Truth be told I also haven’t had much to say about the last few episodes, particularly 3.11. 

Let’s get this out of the way first: I was very willing, during the hiatus, to get on board with this risk; hell, I was excited. I’ve said before that other shows - like Angel - have done really well when removing their lead from the main action for a while, allowing the supporting characters to shine and come to the fore. 

And to be fair, Arrow hasn’t done terribly on that score: Felicity has amazing moments of strength, determination and general badassery. People - and by this I mean so-called ‘objective’ critics rather than fans or shippers - often say that Felicity is the heart of the show, not least of the team. This has only proven to be true in these past few episodes. But that’s not all. Not only is Felicity the heart of Team Arrow, she’s also the spine. When Oliver is gone it is Felicity who insists on pushing forward, Felicity who decides that she will no longer allow the people she loves to die; or, at least, she won’t bear witness to it. It is Felicity who turns off the lights in the foundry and it is Felicity who provides courage and inspiration to the others who are struggling. It is Felicity to whom Malcolm Merlyn turns, every single time that he appears in the foundry. As if by instinct, he knows where the power is, and he addresses that power. He directs his attentions to her, as if she were some mafia don to whom he’s come to pay his respects. 

Dig’s had some moments too, but not nearly as many and to be honest, I’ve been very disappointed with the way the writers are treating him. To have him sitting in the foundry on comms, staying behind in the van and generally remaining mute is something of a travesty. Never mind who else is or isn’t there - John Diggle is not a prop or a piece of furniture. I still do not get the wisdom of leaving him behind to direct from a computer screen when he is the only one of all four of them who has actual experience in a warzone. Next to Oliver, he is the one with the most experience and he is relegated to the sidelines? I call bullshit. The Olicity fan in me is riding high on cloud nine right now. The John Diggle fan is furious. Considering that MG has now acknowledged that they have “struggled” with Dig this season, I’ll be interested to see how they resolve this dilemma that they apparently have. From my perspective, it is simple. Get the man a mask (it doesn’t have to be a costume but at the very least cover his face!) and send him out on the field, where he belongs. 

Anyway. That’s me off my soapboax. Back to 3.12. 

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Super meta madness! From the mind of someone who may have been watching and reading too many metafictional stories lately!

OK, I have one last thing before I stop blathering on about Kurt Vonnegut.  I kind of mentioned this before, but considering Meta Fiction, I think maybe there’s something that might be of interest.

Metatron had Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five on his desk.  And he also had some of Chuck’s books on his desk.  And we saw a book by Philip Jose Farmer in Road Trip in Abner’s house.  It fell on Dean when Gadreel knocked Dean into Abner’s bookcase.  How might all these things connect?

Chuck compared himself to Vonnegut.  Specifically he compared himself to Vonnegut adding semi-alter-ego character, Kilgore Trout, to his writings.  So, he’s actually comparing himself to both author and character at once.

Philip Jose Farmer wrote a book called Venus on the Half-Shell and credited it to Kilgore Trout.  In Vonnegut’s book God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, there was a tiny little exerpt from the not-actually-written book, Venus on the Half-Shell.  It was never a real book, it was just there to give us some idea of the fictional Kilgore Trout’s writing style. 

Philip Jose Farmer got this idea to write books in the style of fictional writers and get them published and credit them to the fictional writer without letting on to the public that they were actually written by someone else.  He tried to recruit other writers to write some of these books and also wrote to writers to get permission to use their characters and story ideas.  I think there were a couple takers, but not a lot of enthusiasm.  He wrote to Vonnegut twice for permission to use Trout and expand Venus on the Half-Shell into a full book.  He got no response, so he finally called Vonnegut up.  Vonnegut was hesitant to allow the project because he thought people would think it was a hoax.  Farmer replied that of course it was a hoax, that was the point.  Vonnegut finally agreed under the condition that nowhere in or on this book should his name be used.

So Farmer wrote the book and got it published, and sure enough, people were confused.  They thought Vonnegut wrote it.  Vonnegut denied writing it.  Interviews happened and things were said and misunderstandings happened and Vonnegut apparently got rather miffed by the whole thing.  Farmer wanted to write another Trout book and Vonnegut denied permission.

I tried to read Farmer’s Venus on the Half-Shell.  (I’m getting most of this information from the introduction to that book so I can’t link to my source.  Even if some things are off about the story, which I don’t think they are, please play along for the sake of the little meta-legend that might have some impact on SPN.)  Farmer thought he wrote this book in such a manner that Vonnegut should have been flattered to have people thinking he wrote it.  I’ve read many Vonnegut books, but I just could not get through this one…even though it’s less than 200 pages long.  It doesn’t in any way make me think I’m reading a book by Vonnegut.  It actually bears a striking resemblance to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, though I think it lacks the charm and humor of that book.

I fully admit that part of my problem with it may be that in the introduction, Farmer kind of subtly insults Vonnegut.  I think because he basically was expecting praise and instead got rebuffed.  I’m paraphrasing because I already took the book back to the library, but he basically says that he can’t imagine why Vonnegut wouldn’t want to be credited with Venus on the Half-Shell, but would want his name on Breakfast of Champions and some of his later works.  I don’t think he realized that that was kind of an arrogant thing to say.  Not only did he insult Vonnegut, I felt rather insulted, too, because I like those other books he put down as being sub-par and beneath his own book.  So, I went into it not liking him.  I read for a while and didn’t like his book.  I recognized that I had formed a bias so I put it away until the library due date was approaching and picked it up again, determined to read it on its own merit.  I still didn’t like it.  It isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just not the type of sci-fi I like.  And, again, it did not sound like Vonnegut to me.

But what does all this have to do with SPN?  Well, Robbie pointed out in his tweets that there were books by Chuck and Vonnegut on Metatron’s desk.  As the writer of this episode, he wanted us to know that.  And what is Metatron doing?  He has not created his own characters or his own “universe” for them to play around in.  Metatron is using God’s characters.  He is using Chuck’s characters.  (You can pick which of those two entities is the actual author.  I’m going with God…or even the actual show writers and creators…as the author and Chuck as his Kilgore Trout.)  Metatron is trying to manipulate them in such a way that they are going against the original authors’ intent.  Metatron did not seek permission for this.  He basically just stole some other writers’ work.  And he’s not doing it simply for his own entertainment like fan fiction.  He’s completely stealing everything and self-publishing it all on a global or cosmic level.

Farmer admired Vonnegut.  He tried to emulate Vonnegut.  He ended up making Vonnegut angry and his admiration appears to have turned into something a bit hostile on both sides.

Metatron admired God and writers such as Chuck.  He is using characters they created.  He tried to emulate their “writing style” in putting his own words in Gabriel’s mouth.  But it just wasn’t the same style…we could tell something was off.  Where is God?  Where is Chuck?  Neither appears to be dead, just absent.  Might they become angry if Metatron’s writing starts being credited to them?  And if they did get angry, Metatron seems far too arrogant to simply back down and apologize for the whole deal.  He, like Farmer, might decide his work was superior to God’s.

What if Gadreel, “God’s most trusted”, managed to find God and show him Metatron’s script?  Gadreel was the one who knocked Farmer’s book off the shelf.

I mentioned earlier that Metatron seems to have forgotten about Death.  He also doesn’t seem to care that God might not like him stealing His creation and manipulating His characters in such a manner.  While playing a role like Farmer’s, he might not have considered that he would be calling God’s disdain upon himself rather than His appreciation.  He also may not realize that he could be a Kilgore Trout character himself, and ultimately under the control of someone else’s pen.  Allowed to play around a bit in the story.  But unlike Trout, who Vonnegut actually “released” at the end of Breakfast of Champions, Metatron’s aspirations may get overwritten.  Like Vonnegut cutting Farmer off from the universe he created, God may deny Metatron the opportunity to play with His creation any further.