I know Fai is being kind about this but I VEHEMENTLY
DISAGREE ON EVERY FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL.
But no yeah, he’s trying to do the kind thing and spare her
the suffering of these people in this doomed situation. And also Syaoran being
shot in the leg. And also potentially having to fight against people she would
want to call friends. Which: Salty Fun Fact, SHE NEVER ACTUALLY MET SORATA AND
ARASHI. SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE. But she knows Karen a little
and Yuzuriha a lot, so it would still be terrible for her.
Let alone the fact that Fai has probably already considered that they might have to doom this
entire world by taking the feathers from them. Which he definitely doesn’t want
to put Sakura through. It would certainly be easier from a narrative perspective if she didn’t have to endure
that choice, but I don’t think CLAMP would pass up such a soul breaking
conflict like that.
Meanwhile Fai’s heart is showing and Kurogane is absolutely
there to see it.
His heart shows again as he offers to let Kurogane sleep
first, and KUROGANE DRAMATICALLY LOOKS AWAY FROM HIM IN SILENCE.
LOOK AT THIS BROODING MESS.
OH SO WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS NOW?
OH THANK GOD. YES GOOD. LET ME SETTLE IN FOR THIS. I WANT
EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF THIS CONVERSATION IN SLOW MOTION.
Okay so, full admission, in the previous page I wasn’t
entirely sure what it was that was intercepting the arrow in mid-air. Part of
me thought it might be Mokona, because how
awesome would that be, but this. Is even better.
Kurogane throws a rock.
He sees some random guy pointing a crossbow at Syaoran. And
he picks up a ROCK.
You know, kids used to make fun of my birthmark before I started hiding it all the time.
Alright. This is an addendum to the previous Dipperpost that I felt deserved its own topic. It has to do with a certain fantheory that was introduced to me in the discord following the episode Dipper Vs. Manliness. Initially I was dismissive at best, but the more of this series I watch the more plausible it becomes.
Is Dipper Pines subtly but deliberately coded as a transgender character?
Now, of course I’m aware that there’s never anything close to explicit confirmation of this, either in the show or outside of it, but there’s enough circumstantial evidence to definitely raise my eyebrows.
Over the course of season 1 and the shorts, we’ve learned the following:
Dipper has gone by an androgynous nickname since well before the age of five, and has completely abandoned his legal name.
He has always wanted the name Tyrone.
When he confronted and annoyed a distracted Manly Dan Corduroy, this happened:
He is insecure about the pitch of his voice, and even though he’s good at impressions and modifying his vocal tone, he still desperately wishes for a deep, extremely masculine voice.
He spends an entire day with dangerous monsters in an attempt to learn how he should go about being masculine.
When he and Mabel swap bodies, she begins to overdramatically pretend to vomit in the toilet. Meanwhile, he’s cowering in the corner doing this:
Mabel has an obnoxious habit of picking at his masculinity in ways that are plausibly deniable but specifically targeted at his insecurities. Note the placement of her fingers:
He ends the big heartfelt conversation with Wendy in Double Dipper with the line “I guess we’re both freaks, huh?”
If Stan and Stanford are identical twins (more on that later), that adds fuel to the fire. Twinning is partially genetic, but there’s no correlation between likelihood of fraternal versus identical twins. Therefore, if the Stans are identical it only raises the likelihood that Mabel and Dipper are also identical. Meaning they both presented the same sex at birth.
And finally, there’s the first seven minutes of Dipper Vs. Manliness, home to the following interactions:
Mabel directly going after his masculinity,
Dipper completely freaking out and reflexively covering his chest when Stan walks in on him,
and finally this bizarre conversation which stood out to me at the time as being paranoid, forced, and unusually unfunny in a show that crams humor into every second of airtime.
Take a close look at Dipper’s facial expressions during all of these. None of this is casual or out-of-context, as someone spent hours drawing each one of those faces to the last detail.
Now, obviously, all this “evidence” is circumstantial, and there are counterpoints. For one thing, Dipper seems to expect a reasonably “normal” male puberty, which would be extremely unlikely if he were on some kind of hormone treatment. Secondly and perhaps more importantly, Dipper Vs. Manliness is one of a very small number of episodes to not directly credit Alex Hirsch as a writer, which means the subtext of that episode is of slightly dubious canonicity.
Ultimately, I’m on the fence on this one. At the beginning of writing this post I was leaning about 60/40 against the theory, but the more research I do and the more close rewatches of particular telling scenes I get, the more plausible it seems.
In the end this comes down to opinion and I don’t think there’s a right or wrong side of this particular question, but it’s definitely something I will be considering as we move forward.
I have so many thoughts about Lizzie DeVine from “Codename: Kids Next Door” right now that I never thought I’d ever have
Rewatching some Codename: Kids Next Door Episodes, I suddenly realize that Lizzie Devine’s characters makes a lot more sense now that the creator of the show has revealed that she was actually an Alien G:KND operative undercover: It changes her portrayal from an obsessive lunatic with a good heart but an utter lack of common sense into a character who probably had a lot of internal conflict and struggles going on during everything she did, and we just never got to realize it.
(In-depth analysis of her behavior in the show in context with the new information we got under the cut!)