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Why the Bonding Moment was such a Big Deal (Pt 2)

Part 2: At Keith’s Place

Following from Part 1, which went over the first interaction the viewers see between Keith and Lance in the series, we move from during Shiro’s rescue to after their escape from the military. There are three things from part 1 I’m bringing along into this:

1) Keith and Lance, while seemingly set up as rivals on the surface, are actually very similar and don’t have anything to actively fight over.

2) Keith is not an aggressive or mean person but he is 100% willing to kick somebody’s ass in self defense if they come at him, physically or emotionally.

3) Lance is also not an aggressive or mean person, but he uses offense as defense and has a “hit them first and hit them hard” mentality.

Hi-ho Silver! Away!

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Polarity Cookie

Rare

Born with two ingredients that shouldn’t mix well together are sweet organic lemons and spiciest horseraddish all around!! This cookie is both sweet and spicy or just plain normal. So normal he has only the mediocre skills of raw electrical powers he is powered by. To get stronger electricity, this cookie practice the art of sword dancing because well, swords can conduct electricity really well and he knows that in his smart brain. However, if this cookie doesn’t keep his electrical powers stronger, he’s going to fall asleep at a wrong place and wrong time! And that’s really because those two ingredients do not work together so well to the point it would shut down this poor cookie’s mind at any given time… After all this cookie needs to keep on being electrical just so he wouldn’t immediately fall asleep for another whole year, again!

Sir FluffleBuns: This pet used to be weird stuffed animal mushed into pieces found by Polarity Cookie and he found it adorable? That is until his mom gave life to this stuffed animal. Now this pet wonders around Polarity with undying loyalty as well as giving any cookies necessary revival. But one has to wonder, is this pet a duck or a rabbit?

Pet Skills: Attracts Jellies then revives the cookies depending on the amount of Jellies(every 6000 jellies => 30 energy)

Cookie Skill: BlitzStricker

To activate this skill, this Cookie must avoid obstacles without getting hit. Once there are no numbers of obstacles to be avoided, this Cookie must also slide for a duration of time until releasing the ‘Slide’ button. Then the Cookie will then activate their own Blast and destroy objects as well as attracting all kinds of Jellies. Upgrade him to get a longer Blast duration.

Combi Skill: 14% slow energy drain

Magic Candy: The lemon pulps and horseradish sauce will appear during the BlitzStricker mode to give this Cookie longer health points. Upgrade the Magic Candy for more health points.

Quotes(notice the mood of the quotes itself, which are him being playful and which are him being serious):

“Awww, how boring! >=(”

“C'mon! It’s not that hard to make friends!! ^^!”

“I just want to sleep when I want to sleep >:(”

“I wanna see fireworks!! >○<!!”

“Sword-dancing IS A SPORT! •\^/•!”

“Sword-dancing… helps me be more awake…”

“Orange? Are you talking about a color? °`^ °??”

“Woooah! I still look so handsome over the years!! >~<!!”

“I think you’re mistaking me for someone else…”

“This isn’t the world I rememebered… How did it change so fast?”

“C-corrupted? Something’s not right…”

“C-corrupted? Is it one of my… friends?”

“Childhood friend? I don’t have any…if I remember..”

On Shinso and Aizawa

No, this is not a shipping post.

So I have many feels about episode 20 of Boku no Hero, but one of the things I would like to talk about here, is the relationship between Shinso and Aizawa.

We see that Shinso has made it to the duel phase of the Special Olympics. And while his easily excitable friend is shouting about how weird it is that Shinso made it this far, Aizawa is basically sitting there going “I TOLD you guys.”
To Aizawa, the entrance exam was bullshit, because it gave a huge advantage to people with physical quirks. And Aizawa, of all people, should know this.
I mean. A young Aizawa wouldn’t have made it through that entrance exam.

Aizawa is a hero through and through. He has the heart of one. This man pitted himself against an overwhelming amount of villains, knowing he probably wasn’t going to make it. He literally put his own body between a coordinated surprise attack and his students in the hopes of giving them time to flee.
And he would not have been able to enter UA if he was their age.
His quirk is to shut off other quirks.
It wouldn’t have worked against the robots of that year’s exam.

Part of what makes the hero business harder for Aizawa than for, say, Endeavour or All Might is that Aizawa’s quirk is very specialised, and there’s nothing physical about it. He basically had to make up a new martial art using the power of scarves in order to also have a physical component.
There’s a reason that Aizawa is always telling his students not to be a one trick pony and that’s because he had to learn not to be one in order to even qualify as a decent hero. And he knows not everyone has to struggle that hard.
When you have a powerful physical quirk, it’s easy to believe that it will be enough.

So it’s not difficult to imagine that Aizawa recognizes a younger version of himself in Shinso. This is a kid with a Super Powerful quirk, who has some serious trouble finding the right little slot to fit in at UA. 
Because that school is not adapted to accommodate his strengths and overcome his specific weaknesses.

There’s a panel in the later chapters where Aizawa is talking to Shinsho and you kinda feel like they could bond. These two have a lot in common, after all. They both have some sleep schedule issues, judging by the bags under their eyes, they both like cats and they share a common perspective on the world of quirks.
We don’t really know Aizawa’s background (yet), but it wouldn’t surprise me if he really, truly gets what drives Shinso.
And honestly, I hope he starts mentoring him. Because Shinso deservers better.

Thoughts and theories post S307

We got a clue to how the different dimensions work. These three dudes are obviously iterations of the same Rick who all encountered the same event in varying degrees of severity. It could just be that these three dimensions are right next to each other, but the numbering convention suggests that they’re true splits from one original dimension, caused by that event. 

If that’s true, it means that every time a major event occurs, timelines splinter into different offshoot possibilities. The Ricks that stay most “normal” keep their original dimension number and the others take on an iteration of that number based on the level of divergence. This also helps account for how the population of the citadel bounced back so quickly after the massacre in S301. As time goes on more splits in dimensions means a constant influx of more Ricks and Mortys.

Not every rick invents the portal gun. The portal gun is rick’s ultimate source of power and what allows the citadel to exist. From what we learned from the half-truths in S301′s portal gun origin backstory, Ricks ostensibly go from dimension to dimension giving portal technology to other Ricks rather than each Rick inventing it on his own. Plus we saw in the last episode that the Mortytown Rick tries and fails to make portal fluid, and cop Rick calls it out “bootleg,” plus the factory Rick demands a portal gun because he must not be able to make one of his own. 

For the Ricks that didn’t invent their own, portal fluid and guns are regulated and not allowed to all Ricks freely. It begs the question of how many Ricks actually invented the portal gun on their own. In theory, it would only take just one figuring it out and then sharing it with all the others.

More evidence for Evil Morty = Rick’s original Morty. This has been a fan theory since Evil Morty first showed up but after S307 the evidence is even stronger. Evil Morty dodges questions about his original dimension and Rick, instead diverting with “we moved around a lot.” That basically leaves the door wide open for the reveal of him being Rick’s og Morty.

Plus, if the moving around part wasn’t a lie, that means he and Rick skipped universes Cronenberg-style more than once (Rick did say he’d pulled that stunt before). Think how disillusioned just one dimension move made our Morty, it’s no wonder Evil Morty turned into what he is if he went through multiple ruined dimensions. Beyond that, our Morty has been shown to be getting more jaded and downright cruel this season, enough that people were thinking he was turning into Evil Morty. If our Morty has devolved into his current state with just being around our Rick for a few years, imagine how the Morty our Rick was around since when he was a baby would have turned out.

Cop Rick is alive for a reason. He killed Cop Morty and turned himself in expecting to be shot off into space, but in the end he’s released by Ricks under evil Morty’s control. Him being alive still is not insignificant, even if just for the narrative and character implications more than plot reasons. 

Cop Rick’s first instinct is to trust. He trusted the Morty in the room with the crib. He trusted Cop Morty to do the right thing. He wants to believe in true justice and the goodness in people, and acts on that belief no matter the outcome for him. 

The real gut punch is he’s not just an outlier. He shows that Ricks do have an infallible sense of justice when it’s not smothered out by narcissism and nihilism. We’ve seen that our Rick, despite being an asshole, will choose to do the right thing- even if it’s the hard thing- at crucial moments: He puts the collar on Morty instead of himself when they’re falling to their deaths in the void, he turns himself in to the Galactic Federation in order to save his family. 

Cop Rick is still alive because he’s the hero our Rick would be if he wasn’t such a jaded asshole. He’s the proof that despite everything, Rick is at his core trying to be good. Maybe that kind of Rick is valuable to Evil Morty, or maybe it was just valuable to us to see this side of Rick so explicitly.

Evil Morty wants control. Evil Morty is living the ideal Morty existence, in control of himself and the universe around him. It’s all he’d want after a life where Rick was always in control, where he could do nothing to stop the machinations of the universe from nearly crushing him every adventure. As we saw really plainly with Copy Morty, when a Morty gets enough knowledge, experience, and freedom, they can’t stand being treated like sidekicks anymore. No wonder the Ricks put them in a school designed not to teach them to be more competent on adventures but instead to keep them helpless and subservient. 

It’s easy enough to follow the same trend in our Morty. He’s been fighting for more control all season– He chooses not to try to rescue Rick from prison. He’s fine with going against Rick’s plan in the Mad Max world. He’s the one who makes them go on the adventure with the Vindicators (and Rick loses his shit when he doesn’t get to be the only one saving the day anymore). And perhaps most telling, Morty’s ideal toxin-free self abandons Rick entirely and creates a situation where his whole job is to manipulate and control other people. 

Evil Morty is what happens when Morty’s struggle for power goes to it’s furthest degree. He wanted so bad to not be the sidekick anymore that he’d do anything, even if it meant becoming the villain. 

This is barely coherent because I’m exhausted but

I FIGURED OUT WHAT SEEMED OFF ABOUT LANCE IN SEASON 4

So first in season 3 we see the relationship they’ve been building up between Keith and Lance for like 2 SEASONS really blossom. Like they’re BFFs. Lance is Keith’s impulse control. Keith is Lance’s comfort. They’re all cool and stuff.

Then, in 4.01 Keith leaves. Lance thinks joining the Blades will make Keith happy, so he’s like, okay cool. Then Pidge goes to find Matt and comes back with this guy who makes bad jokes and flirts with Allura (sound familiar?) but is also super smart and mature and good at fighting and stuff. I don’t think it’s too much of a reach to say this is Lance’s worst fear –– someone shows up who’s like him but ‘better’, more worthy of his friends’ attention, meaning he gets rejected. But no big deal, right? Ain’t no one rejecting him yet.

But then when Matt flirts with Allura (in like the dorkiest way possible omg save him) she blushes and doesn’t insult him or anything, which for her is responding pretty positively, or at least moreso than she does with Lance. And then Shiro (y’know, Lance’s hero) is all MATT?? I LOVE MATT!! And then Matt forms the Tech Nerd Dream Team™ with Hunk and Pidge, Lance’s best friends from the Garrison. (Basically, Matt is a lot like Lance, but ‘better’ and adored by people the way Keith was.)

The next time we see Lance, instead of being his social butterfly self and getting to know the new guy, he’s holed up in his room in the dark in the middle of the day, looking tense and marathoning video games.

Okay, though. Maybe that’s okay. People play video games. No biggie. But first of all, that doesn’t seem like Lance. He’s the social guy. He’s the last person I’d expect to be holed up in his room playing video games in the dark in the middle of the day, especially when a cool new person just showed up. Lance loves people. Lance loves getting to know people (see: Taking Flight, The Depths, the Voltron Show!, Changing of the Guard, and literally every episode with new aliens).

But even if you disagree, consider this: in the Paladin Handbook, Crystal Venom, and Eye of the Storm, we see that when Lance has time to himself, he uses it to relax (napping, chilling with a good lemonade, going to the pool). There are two ways people spend free time: relaxation and stimulation. Video games are definitely a form of stimulation. When are you more likely to choose stimulating activities, even if you’re more into relaxation in your time off? When you’re trying to distract yourself from something.

^ picture by breeceesall (So sorry!!)

(Lance is answer choice D. I accidentally originally said B because I just glanced at it and that was a mistake, thanks to celestialdefenders for pointing that out!)

(By the way, side note: when Allura and Coran come to get Lance to milk Kaltenecker and they all leave the room, he says something like, “Okay, let’s get this over with”… and it sounded… off to me? Like he was covering up the insecure layer and going back to business… I dunno maybe I just heard it weird, I’m not really counting this as a point.)

The last thing Lance would do is tell anyone about all of this inner turmoil. After all, the only times he voices or even admits to himself his own insecurities are to strangers (Escape From Beta Traz) and to… well, Keith (Tailing a Comet, the infamous leave the math to Pidge scene). Who’s gone.

And I don’t think it bothers Lance as much when he has stuff to keep his mind off it (in the Voltron Show, they’re doing his favorite part of the war effort. Of course he seems happy and lighthearted!). But.

Pidge and Hunk were already starting to distance themselves from him and form their own li’l Tech Nerds Unite team as early as season 1. Now they have Matt to further finish off the new-and-improved Garrison Trio, this time without Lance. They definitely aren’t doing it on purpose, and probably don’t even realize that they’re doing it. Obviously everyone loves Lance. But they don’t show it, because they don’t realize they have to. He seems so happy and confident. But to Lance, I can see how it would seem like Pidge and Hunk have replaced him.

And now Keith, who was quickly becoming Lance’s closest friend, strongest teammate, and the most likely to understand what he’s going through, has left. Meaning Lance is, for all intents and purposes, alone.

Dude, if I were Lance, I’d be sitting in the dark marathoning video games too.


EDIT: wingedkeith made a really good point and said I could add it in!

“I just wanted to add on something: at the end of season 3, we see lance’s insecurities as he claims that he’s the “one pilot too many” and says he’s going to step down. So this boy already feels sort of useless, and then Matt comes along and seems to “replace” him in every aspect with the team. I’m not really sure what we can draw from that, but it’s something I noticed and thought you’d also find it interesting that it isn’t just season 4 where Lance starts to feel this way, but season 3 as well, and that means it’ll probably carry over into season 5, where Jeremy (I think?) said that Lance will have a pretty big character arc.”

Further proof that this part of Lance’s arc has been a long time coming. Majorly in season 3 and even before then in Escape From Beta Traz, he has always felt like a seventh wheel. This started out as really subtle and it’s been getting less and less so. Which means Lance’s insecurities will probably definitely be a really big factor later on!

TANGLED=ACOTAR CHARACTERS I SWEAR

Tangled=ACOTAR Pt.2

Rhys (Flynn) & Cassian (Maximus) Randomly Beating Each Other Up:

Cassian (Maximus) Whenever Feyre (Rapunzel) enters the room to Rhys (Flynn):

Cassian (Maximus) Being the General of Rhys’s Armies:

Rhysand (Flynn) Knowing PERFECTLY WELL just how sexy he is:

Feyre’s (Rapunzel’s) love of painting:

Rhysand (Flynn) having to tell Feyre (Rapunzel) this wherever they go:

Tamlin (Mother Gothel) Keeping Feyre (Rapunzel) locked up “for her own good”:

And Tamlin (Mother Gothel) shutting Feyre (Rapunzel) down when she begs to leave the Manor:

Bonus: Amren is Pascal, ordering everyone around and being a small badass:

I REST MY CASE.

Midoriya and his many parents

Not a Dream Daddy post.

 I’ve mentioned this briefly in Aizawa’s profile, but BnHA is just chock full of father figures. There’s a big emphasis on mentors and fatherhood, more so than in a lot of other manga and anime I follow.
Now, the idea of the ’sensei’ is fairly classic, the old master who teaches the young hero their secret technique and all that. But the young heroes in BnHA, with their high stakes environment, do have a lot of them.

 This is especially true for Midoriya.


 Inko Midoriya

Surely I’m not the only one who thinks it’s super interesting that we have not seen Midoriya’s biological father? Like… he wasn’t even on the couch watching the Sports Festival.

Considering his mother appears to be a house wife in a fairly nice apartment, I think it’s safe to assume that he at least exists. Maybe he’s a salaryman with a lot of overtime, more likely he’s working overseas.
Whatever the case, he’s very much an absent dad. 
Now, absentee parents aren’t that much of a deal in anime. The ‘16-year old living alone in Tokyo’ is a bit of a trope, after all, but here, with the emphasis on several characters parents, it feels like a statement. This is the manga in which we know the entire family set-up of Tsuyu, and the names and appearance of Jirou’s parents. Much as I love Jirou, she’s a side character.
For the main character to have a blank space like that, is a Thing. It means that growing up, Izuku had one parental figure, and that parental figure was his mother.

And give the woman credit: she did amazing.
It is not easy to raise a child practically by yourself. Certainly not a child that is considered an outcast by society. The amount of love Midoriya receives from his mother is heart-warming, their relationship is one of the better ones portrayed in shounen and as a result, Midoriya is a kid with an incredible amount of mental fortitude, capable of handling some pretty devastating circumstances.
His mother has been a supporting pillar in his early childhood, which, remember, was pretty rough on account of all the bullying. As such she has shaped a lot of his personality. She’s equipped him with confidence, with an unshakable belief in himself.
However, she is very much not a hero.

Her love is one of katsudon and hugs and kind words and worried tears. She wants him safe, above all else. She’s never going to teach him hand-to-hand and going by her advice alone will not make him into the hero he desperately wants to be.
Him quite literally leaving the warm nest she made for him to learn how to fight evil people is a big part of him growing up.


 All Might

Maybe that’s why Izuku puts so much of his hopes and dreams on All Might.
Here’s his ultimate hero taking an interest in little old him.
It’s a fairy tale. A manga trope.
And I really believe that he sees an alternate father figure in All Might once he gets closer to him. They have their wax on, wax off moment on the beach, with All Might encouraging him to get stronger. This is the trope. The sensei, mister Miyagi thing where the kid gets prepped to receive the ultimate technique (in the form of a lock of… hair, whatever).
But unlike traditional masters, and unlike his biological father, All Might sticks around. He is a presence in his life. He cares for Midoriya and his continued success in a way that, at this point, no other male figure does.

Dad Might gives Midoriya a whole bunch of very important advice, but it’s good to note that this isn’t a rough or distant sort of male mentorship.
All Might quite literally opens himself up to Midoriya.
He shows him his weaker side. The skeletal side. The broken side.
Because All Might, let’s not forget, is a friggin mess.

I mean, I know he’s going through a lot, but this man is Such a Dork. It’s definitely endearing and it is also one of his best traits as a character. However: as a person, he’s really not very well equipped to be raising a teenager. He lacks, in a way, the stability and level-headedness that comes with the position of a teacher.
He cares too much. About everything. All the time.
And he nurtures that side of Midoriya, when Midoriya already has plenty of that.

He can’t help but admire Midoriya’s selflessness. Can’t help but praise the very foundation upon which his own heroics are based: helping people.
When he saves Todoroki. When he saves Bakugou, All Might is there to tell Midoriya that what he did is all right.

And this is certainly important for Midoriya to hear, but at this point it’s also not the only thing he needs to hear. 


 Aizawa Shouta

Luckily Midoriya also gets a more traditional teacher figure.
It’s interesting to note that, despite being the younger of the two, and despite the fact that he sometimes teaches from an honest to god sleeping bag, Aizawa is a much more stable mentor and general Adulting Adult.
He still cares about his students, but he’s also much more likely to Act as a Teacher.

Because Aizawa immediately picks up on Izuku’s self-mutilation.
He watched the entrance exam, he knows that Izuku’s quirk is, at this point, extremely flawed. That Izuku doesn’t have control over it.
He explains it in a pretty standoffish way, and certainly this early in the show it comes across as cruel, but he’s not wrong.
Izuku is breaking bones every single time he uses his quirk at this point in time. If he does anything with his quirk, he’ll be a casualty.
Him using only a single finger is framed as a feat of intelligence,
but it is also INSANE.
'Oh you only broke one finger, you have nine attacks left’.
That is NOT a good plan. Don’t do that. For fuck’s sake.
I hope we all realize that what Midoriya is doing is Not Healthy.
He is eating away at himself, destroying his own body over and over again.

When Aizawa tells Midoriya to get a grip on his powers he’s not just being an ass. He’s being a responsible adult, a teacher that cares about the general well-being of the students assigned to him.

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I have so much fury directed towards this man, and I believe he is the reason why Izuku’s father is out of the picture.

We know that the boy with wings doesn’t appear in the present day

but horikoshi gave us a suspicious hint about his whereabouts involving:

a Noumu that singled out Izuku among several others…

Noumu. Created by Sensei and one other…

Look familiar?

Plus the only time Izuku’s father is mentioned is in front of that doctor, and if he’s really the one kidnapping people with interesting quirks for All for One, then he would be in the perfect position to call Hisashi out and get him alone with the pretext of helping out his quirkless son….

Because of Hisashi’s name (from hisashiburi– lit. “It’s been a while//Long time no see”) I believe that he will be back, but under the influence of All for One.

BnHA Profile: Aizawa Shouta

Aizawa is one of the cleverest, most underrated characters in BnHA, and I’m not just saying that because he’s voiced by Suwabe and therefore immediately on Lethey’s Love List. This is a guy that sort of drags himself through life, doing good deeds without seemingly getting a lot of satisfaction from it. He’s almost an anti-hero even though he’s more pure than several of the other characters in the series. So let’s break him down.

Out of the Limelight

Aizawa is an ‘underground’ hero. He avoids the media, he stays out of all the flashy stuff and really, the only reason people like Izuku know his name is because, well, Izuku is a massive nerd.
As a hero, but also personality-wise, Aizawa is a clear foil for All Might. One is always smiling, embracing fame to become a symbol of peace that stops villains everywhere from even wanting to start shit. He’s super flashy, cares deeply about appearance and also he’s just… huge and muscular.
Eraserhead, meanwhile, has a resting bitch face, looks like he hasn’t showered in days, wears basic black pyjamas wherever he goes and he shrinks back from attention like a vampire seeing the first rays of the sun.
This contrast extends to their fighting style. All Might is all about power and speed. He’s an all-rounder that overwhelms his opponents with a super-quirk. Meanwhile, Aizawa is an incredibly specialised hero that needs a clear strategy and an extensive knowledge of martial arts to even stand a chance. In many ways All Might is to Aizawa what Izuku is to Shinsou, someone blessed with overwhelming power and therefore hard to deal with. It’s not really that difficult to see why they don’t get along very well.

 (spoilers from the manga under the cut) (also this stuff is just really long ok)
(I have many feels)(and many opinions)

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Has anyone else noticed Kakashi’s desire to die “honorably” in battle? Like whenever there’s a need for a sacrifical pawn he throws up a hand. References- battle with Zabuza, battle with Pein, battle with Obito. I have a few theories. A: he’s baring the weight of others having to make the choice. B: he’s trying to right his father’s wrong of disgraced suicide. C: carrying the survivor’s guilt of Obito and Rin makes him want to join them in the same manor. D: he really does not value his life as anything more than a tool to further the village. Or maybe all of this. Feel free to add.

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Initial Thoughts: Tiger Philanthropist

This episode marked a change in the way the story in SU would be progressing from now on. Many times it’s been pointed out how the Gems are ill-equipped to be Steven’s caretakers, and how usually, they themselves are the ones for whom Steven needs to put his own needs aside. 

The Gems have deep personal issues that they refused to acknowledge for a very long time, centuries in fact. Their suddenly being guardians of a teenage boy was not going to make those things go away. So early Steven spent a lot of time being ignored and left behind. It’s a fact he brings up in Rocknaldo. While we’ve been analysing it and pointing it out, it’s more than clear that Steven has been aware of it himself.

As the Gems engaged with him more, he found himself in the middle of meltdowns, arguments, and panic attacks. And we’ve seen how having to put aside how he feels has worn him down and given him issues of his own, about never being a good enough Crystal Gem, and never matching up to Rose.

These feelings culminated in the latest Steven Bomb (Bomb 5), when Steven decides to put his feelings first and refuse to listen to the Gems, instead seeking out Blue Diamond. What he realises is that doing to Greg and the Gems exactly what the Gems did to him was not going to make things better.

But I think it was a wake-up call for the senior Crystal Gems as well. Their becoming more accommodating of Steven has been a long, slow process. In this episode, Steven actually feels comfortable enough to tell Amethyst how he felt about wrestling, that he disagreed with her decision to quit, or at least the way she quit. 

And that’s something relatively new, because Steven doesn’t often talk about how he feels when he’s with the Gems. Instead of making light of it, Amethyst engages him on the same level. She tells him about wrestling’s personal relevance to her at a particular stage in her life. 

When Steven goes back to the ring, we expect he can take down human beings easily. When Amethyst appears, we know it’s not to save the day. That is how much our expectations of the characters changed. It’s a far cry from season one in which we believed Steven couldn’t defend himself.

Contrast to episodes like Joking Victim, Amethyst didn’t just stand by and let things happen. She washed her hands of wrestling but went back because part of her knew Steven had unfinished business. And she put aside her own desire to quit so that Steven could have closure.

I would say they end the match on their terms, together. Wrestling was never about feeling like he was good enough. His reason for doing it was to spend time with Amethyst. He was hurt because she decided on quitting without telling him, as if those memories didn’t matter.

In a turn of events, it is Amethyst, not Steven, who makes the speech that says exactly those things. In what I hope becomes a more common occurrence, someone who cares about Steven pre-empts how he feels instead of his having to do it the other way around all the time. 

What Amethyst gave him was assurance that the memories he treasured of their being together meant something to her too. And it implied that finding something else to do was always going to be an option. Wrestling had gone stale for them, but their relationship did not.

I’m glad this kind of shift occurred in a daily life type of episode. It is small acts that people decide to do every day that make them who they are. Becoming a totally different person in a dangerous or extreme moment loses the meaning of the act if only because the change is not as organic and nothing sustains it after the adrenaline fades.

I hope that this shift continues on. It was one thing to begin to care about Steven, but I find it significant that the Gems are also learning how to care about Steven, because it does make a difference.

Experiment

Reblog this and put which Sanders Side you think you’re most like to least like, then your favorites from most to least (of course they’re ALL our favorites but you know what I mean). Explain/elaborate in the tags if you like! (Tag at least 3 people) I’ll start! :D

Most like: Patton, Logan, Roman, Virgil

Favorites: Logan, Patton, Virgil, Roman

Tagging: @confinesofpersonalknowledge @yt-memes @fun-with-colors @thesocialbookwormishere @bbydreamer @koalaaquabear @iamsilentwolf @fanaticalfan @thegnatnat @lookitsthatquietgirl @backatthebein

Let’s keep this train going! I’m super curious about this

Let's talk about Nerd Bakugou

So there’s a little scene in episode 24 of Boku no Hero Academia that sort of hits home something it took me a while to notice: Bakugou is really, really clever.

He masks it with explosions and the worst pubescent attitude this side of a /RedPill commentator, but the boy is a strategist. He’s perceptive and his moves are extremely premeditated.
The show and the manga love to throw this in our faces by the way. Anyone with half a brain (sadly this excludes my son Kaminari) who has been in a room with him, is aware of this.

Aizawa certainly is, in that wonderful scene from the Bakugou x Uraraka fight, as are several of his classmates.
In fact, the show LOVES slapping us in the face with this little tidbit of knowledge. Here’s one from the OVA.

And then there’s that fight scene near the end of season 1.
This one is probably the most impressive, because please note that Bakugou, who ostensibly hates the living shit out of Deku, is absolutely saving his life here, in a split second decision, in a very chaotic battle.
In a scene, I might add, where Deku is nearly getting himself killed in a pretty stupid way.

In the scene, All Might is caught by Kurogiri and when running to rescue him, Izuku is on the verge of being swallowed.

A split second later, this happens.

Foils

I love that scene, because it is Very Insightful and for me, it puts Bakugou right up there as one of the better antagonists in the anime I watch.
You see, he’s an obvious foil for our hero. But what makes him special, is that he’s a foil on so many facets. I mean, several characters mirror Deku in some way or another, but Bakugou is by far the most complex. He’s a character whose depth goes a mile underground and then explodes into a warren of underground caverns.
What this scene shows, in particular, is that Bakugou is way better at keeping a cool head, making him, at this point in the series, a much stronger hero than Izuku. He has him beat on TWO of his three strong points.
It goes like this.
If you want to put it in symbolic terms, what Deku has going for him, is Brain, Strength and Heart.
Strength is One for All. Izuku is given literal superstrength, but at this point, he has yet to master it. See: all the broken bones. All of them.
On the other hand, we’ve been introduced to Kacchan as someone with a powerful quirk. As a result of being coddled his entire life, he’s a complete emotional mess, a sack of raging hormones (and just… so many explosions), but as a hero and a fighter, he’s incredibly strong. He has a very good grip on his quirk. He even knows his own limits, creating a costume that lets him go over them.

Which takes us right towards the Brain. From the start, this has been shown to us as Izuku’s advantage. He has all those notebooks, he’s constantly muttering under his breath, thinking up strategies. His intelligence, his perceptiveness is what makes Izuku special, or so we’re told.
But here’s the thing: Kacchan is as clever as he is. He is, at the very least, as perceptive and good at creating or recognizing, strategies as Deku. Even in the official stats you see this. Kacchan has 4/5 intelligence, the same as Izuku. For comparison: someone like Yaoyozoru has 6/5, whereas dum dum Denki has 1/5 (poor thing, I still love you).
More importantly, for someone who loses it at the most minor of social interactions, Bakugou does keep his head cool in a fight. He stays cautious in his duel against Uraraka, he recognizes that plan in the OVA and he reacts quickly and precisely in the villain fight.
In this regard, he has Deku beat.
Remember that every time Deku (nearly) fails, it’s because he lets his emotions take over. You see it in his duel with Shinsou, you see it with his willingness to save All Might and nearly get killed. That shit with the portal dude happens twice in the same friggin fight. And it nearly kills Deku twice also. But this is All Might and Izuku loses his shit when it comes to saving his loved ones.
Now, later chapters reveal that Kacchan is At Least as much of an All Might fanboy as Deku, but in that particular fight, he manages to keep his cool. Because Bakugou is most at ease in a fight. He’s most concentrated in a battle. He’s in his element there.

Which brings us to the Heart, where Izuku is still on top and where Kacchan has so, so much growing to do. I could (and probably will) write an entire rant about Kacchan’s emotional journey throughout the manga, but for now, let’s just say that he has some Inner Turmoil™ and it’s causing him to act in ways that would get him kicked out of friggin 4chan for being an ass. Meanwhile, Izuku wins at empathy. This is one of his strongest suits.

He wants to help people. He’s so preoccupied with saving people that it sometimes turns out to be his downfall. He very nearly dies in that All Might fight. He loses that Todoroki fight, but in the end, he does save Todoroki. So while he has to work on his Strength, and has to find a better balance between his Heart and his Brain.
Kacchan main goal towards becoming a hero is to grow emotionally (even if he doesn’t realize it yet), but no one in their right mind has any doubts about his Strength and is Brain.

me: i don’t even think about naruto nowadays

also me: but mikoto’s friendship with kushina should have been brought to the forefront, because the rest of canon would make far more sense. it goes like this: mikoto is one of kushina’s closest friends and consequently, one of the prime suspects regarding the kyuubi’s attack on konoha. because she’s the only one who knew kushina’s due date outside of the third, biwako, minato and taji. minato still doesn’t know who the masked dude who unleashed kurama is, but he does see the sharingan, and he manages to relay that info to hiruzen before he dies. 

so, while fires are still being put out, bodies being identified and everyone’s still in shock, mikoto is questioned for hours because they suspect her of leaking info about kushina to the masked man. (she’s also a jonin…so i say she has the sharingan.) in reality, kushina didn’t tell her that much info, but the investigators are like “how do we know that you’re telling the truth that you didn’t know, you two were such close friends. she trusted you, didn’t she.” in the end they’re all “we don’t have enough evidence to prove you were involved but you will under no circumstances interact with or approach the new jinchuuriki.” it’s a secret but official warning. so that explains why she never interacted with naruto, her good friend’s son at all—which is otherwise an awkward omission in canon.

and importantly, she specifically, gets bitter and angry that they believe that she would ever harm kushina. that in the eyes of the konoha, she can never escape the shadow of madara: as they see it—of course an uchiha would turn on even their closest friend and konoha someday. after all, that’s what madara—one of konoha’s very founders—did, amirite? and she’s resentful too. maybe if they trusted her enough—since she has the sharingan and could fight another sharingan-wielder or help to restrain kurama—she could have saved kushina and saved everyone killed in kurama’s rampage. so the reason for the coup isn’t just “they are unfairly discriminating against us” or “we want more power” but also “konoha’s present leadership is rotten and doesn’t allow us to lend our strength to truly protect the village.” which is why so many of other clan members supported it. instead of a vague, generic suspicion, they knew that the wife of the clan head was personally accused. that konoha’s leadership thought she would try to destroy the very village her family helped to found—is beyond offensive and insulting. and that’s how it all begins. Ty for coming to my talk.