It keeps bothering me that they decided to show that galra shield in Sendak’s ship to the audience through Keith, when they could very well have used Shiro or Allura, people we know has a past with the Galra empire, or even Sendak himself.
Okay, that sounded confusing, so let me try to elaborate. English is not my first language, so it will be a bit hard.
On the first episode, after Shiro and Pidge casually ditched Keith to his own luck on finding Red, we see him running around until he find himself in a… A…
He has two paths to go and doesn’t know which one to take.
You know, this
Now, the composition on this scene is interesting. You have the galra symbol hovering above Keith, who is right in the middle. It’s almost like it is pointing at him.
Scratch that, the whole scene seems to be pointing at Keith in this one. No matter where you look, the lines take you back to our favorite Red Paladin.
And then, this happens.
His whole body language changes when he sees it. He straightens his back, his arm falls to his side and I do wish I had HQ screencaps of this moment, but I don’t, so bear with my rushed kisscartoon misery.
And then he actually stares at it.
He stares at it for sometime, and only stops when he hears the galra soldier coming. His whole expression is… I don’t know how to put it. fucking language barriers, dude. If I were to name it anything, it’s almost of somewhat familiarity.
As if he’s seen it before.
And then we see his expression changes yet again as he hears the soldier approaching and remembers why he’s there.
And not once the galra symbol leaves the screen in this brief moment. It’s always there, pointing at Keith, above Keith, on Keith’s visor…
Now, after three years hearing my teachers saying over and over again that nothing in animation is there just because, that everything was throughout planned to be there and be the way it is, I can’t help but wonder what were dreamworks and studio mir’s intentions with this one.
I mean, there’s the obvious one: to show the viewers one of the shields of the Galra Empire. To know that, whenever this symbol and others similar to this appear, it means that it’s related to the Galra in one way or another.
The thing is… Why do it through Keith, out of all the characters?
They could have done it earlier with Shiro’s flashback, as he remembered that he was in that ship before, at one point of his time as a slave from the galra empire.
They could have done it with Sendak, since, you know, it’s his fucking ship.
They could have done it even with Allura, when Sendak first contacted the castle, and she could have recognized the symbol from the time Altea was being attacked.
But they made the deliberate choice to do it through Keith’s eyes.
They sat down in a room, discussed over this scene, made the storyboard, and decided that showing a Galra symbol through Keith, going even as far as keeping the reflection on his helmet’s visor when there were very few other times they used reflection to show anything in this show.
And here’s my guess on their not-so-obvious reason on to why they made this choice:
They want us to associate the galra with Keith, even if in the back of our minds.
The last time I saw a show giving this sort of hint was in the really fucking good anime Erased. In the op, for a very brief moment, you see the reflection of the killer in the shattered glass.
It’s not a really obvious reflection, for you still have a hard time associating the face with any named characters before the great and majestically composed reveal. And it lasts not even a second, so, unless you’re an obsessed theorist who lives in a shack in the desert and went through the op frame by frame, you barely notice it.
But is enough for you to make out a black suit, and now it’s imprinted in your mind that you cannot trust the man in the black suit.
SPOILER: And, as it turned out, the only character who used a black suit in a regular basis was the killer.
And just like in Erased they wanted you to associate black suit with the antagonist through the reflection, I feel like Voltron is trying to do something similar in here with Keith.
They aren’t straight out telling us, but they aren’t exactly keeping it from us. At a first glance, it’s just another in between scene before Keith gets to his lion.
But when you put it together with all the other slightly more obvious pieces of evidence…
… I dare to say it’s a quite brilliant hint.
TL;DR: Either Keith is a galra and they want us to associate one of the galra symbols directly to him as a hint, or I’m going completely crazy here.
I guess it’s a question asked to Munakata?? Well, a friend did the translation, it’s from a scan on Otomedia?? something like that. Sorry for the bad english and translation I guess uhhhhh
“Tell us a Christmas memory. - Kyousuke Munakata.
"In our time in Kibougamine Academy, there’s was a time where I, Yukizome and Sakakura went shopping, the three of us, to the Christmas party of Hopes Peak Academy. Me and Sakakura should split the various purchases that Yukizome did, but Sakakura began to propose that he should carry it all alone… As he was very stubborn, he didn’t handed me any bag, he only accepted to share the load of the bags after I threatened to carry himself Sakakura and bring to the Academy. After some time, everytime Sakakura tried to do something without my help, I’d make the joke that I’d carry him.”
I think about it a lot, how it’s sad to me that the qualities of optimism, generosity, and vulnerability are becoming more rare these days and I think that they become a little more rare as you grow up. Because it takes those qualities in order to let somebody into your life. Like a friend who you tell all your secrets to, or someone that you’re in love with, who you let into your world and you introduce to your friends and family, and you claim them as yours, and you let them claim you as theirs. And um, when you choose somebody, whether it’s a friend or someone you’re in love with, um, you’re exhibiting such beautiful qualities and I want you to remember that it’s not stupid to fall in love or to let somebody in, even if they end up hurting you in the end, or betraying you. It’s never stupid, okay? And I think that a large part of what I wrote 1989 about is a process of trying to figure out who I was again, because we start to lose ourselves when we question whether it’s stupid to let people into your life, whether it’s foolish to trust people, whether we’re uncool when we get excited about things, because we live in a world where I don’t believe the cynics outnumber the optimists but I do believe that they’re louder and they’re meaner, and um I think that if there’s one thing I want you to remember as you go through your life, it’s that even if somebody hurts you, even if you get let down, even if you trust someone and you tell them your secrets and they go and run and tell everybody, that’s not on you- that’s on them, okay? Cause I know sometimes when we get our hearts broken, and we lose people from our life, eventually we lose the qualities that make us who we are, like that generosity and that giving spirit and that “welcome to my life, I trust you,” - that quality, if you lose that, you can find it again as long as you continue to live your life and keep putting one foot in front of the other, and having faith in the fact that trusting people, loving people, letting people in, is not a bad foolish thing to do . And I, ended up going through two years of figuring this out, and then I found myself in London, walking down the street and I realized that I was back to myself again after two years of thinking about it.
It’s the second month of the year: Pluitanis or Guardian, and ya’ll know what that means! It’s officially the month of Wintersend. To that (winters)end, I propose yet another free-for-all event directly following The Grand Tourney! For the entire event from February 1-28, I suggest tagging ’#event: wintersend,’ and posting and answering Wintersend starters there! While Wintersend is a free-for-all, and it’s only limits are your creativity, I’m gonna suggest the following major mini-events for it. The following can take place anywhere in Thedas, as we’re assuming all of Thedas celebrates it similarly so: Not limited to celebrating any mini-event at Skyhold! Get creative! Go to Redcliffe! The Winter Palace! Some small town in the middle of nowhere! Or don’t! Up to you! Additionally, the dates are just suggestions. Feel free to RP the mini-events any time at your leisure.
February/Guardian 7th - Wintersend feast/feasting. Eat up and have fun thinking of fun Wintersend-special foods!
February/Guardian 14th - Bonfire/Magical Fireworks! (A date where circles are usually enlisted to provide magical fireworks, usually for a fee. Very popular at Court. Assume Skyhold is just using their mages, and wherever you choose to host this event is doing that as well.)
February/Guardian 21st - Wintersend Ball.
February/Guardian 28th - Wintersend Proper, where gifts are given to loved ones, or anybody you happened to pick up a present for on your shopping for your actual loved ones.
In addition to the events, feel free to spend the month doing the following!
Drinking Hot cocoa and making yummy Wintersend cookies/cakes!
Shopping for presents!
Making Wintersend cards!
Playing in the last of the snow!
Singing Wintersend carols!
Decking the halls/Decorating!
Have fun and reblog this if you want to do it, so other people know what the hubbub’s all about! And also, so I don’t feel like a loser for making this -_-’. You can start posting starters as soon as you want, btw. You might wanna wait until The Grand Tourney’s over, but if you don’t want to wait that’s cool, too.