cat vs snake

Can we talk for a second about Prowling Serpopard and how one key omission in its design has ignited a war between the Vorthos and Mel sides of my brain? 

It doesn’t have deathtouch. 

“So what?” you say. “Green only gets deathtouch at secondary, and there’s nothing about the design of this card that makes it lean towards having deathtouch. It doesn’t synergize with the other rules text, and with a power of 4, it doesn’t really need it. It would just clutter card space.” 

And yes, that’s all 100% true! But then I look at the art and… 

And here’s the thing. You see those stripes? In a discussion on snake identification, the specific order those colors appear in is significant. 

These two snakes are the harmless King Snake and the highly venomous Coral Snake. When looking at them side by side, the difference between them is fairly obvious, but they’re rarely seen side by side. And in the wild, if you see a snake with red, black, and yellow stripes, you probably won’t want to reach for a field guide to figure out what it is. (Admittedly, the best advice for either snake is to just leave it the heck alone, but that’s beside the point.) 

So these two snakes have given rise to a whole host of cutesy rhymes and mnemonic devices over the years to remember which is which. Like this one for example: 

So why does this matter? Because as a former Boy Scout, I had this information pounded into my head on a regular basis. (Never mind the fact that neither of these species is native to where I live, but again, that’s beside the point.) 

So when Prowling Serpopard was released, as soon as I realized it was a cat SNAKE, the first thing I did was look at the order of its stripe colors. And sure enough, it’s got red on yellow. DANGER!! 

So then I expect to see it has deathtouch or some other mechanical representation of its famed venom and lethality, but it doesn’t. 

And then my rational side kicks in and is like, “Yeah, of course it doesn’t have deathtouch. Look at the card. That wouldn’t make any sense, Dave.” And then I’m like, “Shut up rational side of my brain! Look at the stripes!! DANGER!!” 

And now we’re right back where we started. 

What is the point of all this? 

…I dunno. It’s just been buzzing around my brain since yesterday when I saw the card. So I figured I’d share. 

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No one and Nothing does badass like a cat.

“Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.”
- Saki

Update: No One and Nothing Does Badass Like a Cat 2: The Return Of Badass Cat

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So.. summing up: Yaku is injured, Kuroo and Kai are sexys, Shibayama is cute as hell and I don’t want him to grow up, I’m going to kill those snakes if they touch my bae and Alisa is a goddess.

Let’s talk about:

Nohebi Academy (and why its existence is pretty important)

So I’m pretty sure that the people who’ve caught up with the manga know who Nohebi is! For those who don’t, however, I think you can skip this post because it’s a pretty big manga spoiler!

Moving on–When I first heard about Nohebi and all this jazz about Cats vs Snakes, I was pretty pumped! Furudate is gave us a new team to know and love, and other than Nohebi having characteristics similar to the Harry Potter-verse’s Slytherin house, the team was just absolutely beautiful. Look at them. Akama is so adorable, Kuguri is already in my top 5 most beautiful players, Hiroo is Futakuchi and Kuroo’s gorgeous love child, and Daishou has bomb ass hair. 

Then… We saw them play.

I think it’s safe to say that you either really love them and their filth or hate them enough to send their guts to the deepest hell. 

Haikyuu!! is pretty popular for having no antagonistic/villainous team. Sure, we have Ushijima who stepped all over Hinata and is arrogant and prideful, Oikawa who is obnoxious, childish and spiteful, and even Terushima who is ill-mannered and boisterous, but were they really presented antagonistically? Furudate showed us Ushijima being a good captain and persevering with his team. Oikawa is childish but an extremely hard worker and loves his members dearly. Even Terushima was shown to be a good captain and player! So why was Nohebi/Daishou introduced? Why was this team presented as pure, mean antagonists? For those who are angry at Furudate for Nohebi even existing, I think that this post can explain why I think it was necessary for Furudate to put them in.

1. It’s real af

There are actually people like this in real life and in games: intense trash talkers, biased referees, and judgmental people who criticize appearances. Furudate was trying to inject a “slice of life” aspect into his universe, because tbh, not all volleyball teams in the world play as cleanly as the teams we’ve come to know. Although we haven’t been told anything about Nohebi’s backstory, the way they play (which is filthy… Kuroo was 150% right) says a lot about them. 

Furudate actually presents some legitimate and pressing volleyball issues in this fight. The biased refereeing thing is actually common, as well as the “intentional” injuring of other players. (Look at that smile. Oh gosh–you just know Daishou is being plastic af about his so-called ‘apology’.)

2. FOILS

Furudate is really fond of foils omg. However, this foil is different from his other popular ones (Noya and Asahi; Hinata and Kageyama/Tsukki; Karasuno and Nekoma). Nohebi is the foil team of the rest of the volleyball teams in his universe.

Nohebi may be as cool and calculating as Seijoh, but not clean, organized and tame in their execution.

Nohebi is as excellent in receiving as Nekoma, but is nowhere near the flexibility and cleanliness in their plays. Plus, their trash talk is a team effort that targets the insecurities of the players, in comparison to Kuroo’s tame taunts about beanpoles and pains in the ass.

Nohebi is as team-oriented and optimistic as Karasuno, but is definitely incomparable to our lovely crow team. 

So it’s like a foil, but not really a foil. It might be Furudate’s way of saying: “The other teams could’ve played like this, but they choose not to.”

Nohebi makes us aware of the absolutely wonderful sportsmanship we’ve taken for granted in the other matches. He made us get used to all these clean plays that we’re shocked to see that there are other filthier and slimier ways of playing, which are personified in Nohebi.

3. It makes us adore Nekoma, tbh

I’m not sure if there are people who don’t like Nekoma or finds them sketchy af, but I’m sure that after meeting Nohebi, they’ll definitely love everything about Nekoma now. Nekoma puts a prime on their amazing connection, their clean playstyle, and especially the fact that their means of winning doesn’t involve hurting the other teams, kissing up to referees, and SLAMMING BALLS INTO FACES. My children (ಗ ‸ ಗ ).

NEKOMA IS PURE AF NO ONE TOUCH THEM OH GOSH

(I swear tho if anyone hurts Kenma I will SHOVE A VOLLEYBALL AND THEN A VOLLEYBALL PUMP UP THEIR ASS)

tldr; 

Nohebi’s exstence is important bc: It’s REAL AF (Furudate is giving us a glimpse of people irl); it presents real vball issues; it puts an emphasis on real sportsmanship; Nekoma is pure af dont touch them and LOVE THE CATS LOVE THEM SO HARD

also I still kinda REALLY love nohebi ok

THE THING THAT GETS ME ABOUT KUROO FUCKING TETSUROU EVERY TIME IS THAT HE’LL THROW A SHITTON OF SALT AND SHADE BUT HE STILL GIVES CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. HE’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST WELL ROUNDED CHARACTERS IN THE SERIES AND I HONESTLY THINK HE’S SERIOUSLY UNDERRATED. 100/10 ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS.

What Everyone Is Excited For In Haikyuu Season 3

• Tendou fucking Satori

• Tsukki~

• OIKAWA WITH GLASSES

• Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa

• Cats vs. Owls

• “Pain-in-the-ass Kuroo”

• Cats vs. Snakes

• Battle AT The Garbage Dump

• Oikawa with glasses :3