distinct lack

Sorry to disappoint the people who were expecting this to get explicit but this is about the maximum level of PG13 spiciness to expect from here on out, I just wanted to write a comic about people who were So Into each other it would give everybody the warm fuzzies when they finally got together. And also give everyone more cocky bro Jack, because I think there’s a distinct lack of that in the tag for a guy with a one-armed Gaston pushups emote.

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No, It’s Not “In Spite Of” Anything...

I absolutely hate when people say “so and so did x in spite of their disability” or “so and so overcame their disability and did x.” Because really, that’s not how it works. Disability and illness shapes a person and their experiences. Most of the time, it’s not “in spite of” our disabilities, it’s because of them.

Let’s look at some historical examples, shall we?

Take FDR. He was a wealthy, pompous playboy from a political dynasty who Gatsby-ed his way through the Roaring 20s without ever experiencing the real world. He didn’t become president in spite of having polio, he became president because of it. At a time of national hopelessness and desperation, his polio put him into the real world- into a place of understanding for the common man affected by The Depression. It humanized him and it got him 4 terms. It inspired the March of Dimes which consequently ended up funding Salk’s vaccine. That’s not “in spite of,” that’s because of.

Beethoven did not make music in spite of being deaf. In fact, he revolutionized Romantic music because of his distinct lack of high notes. His symphonies, especially his later works, are all much lower than what was common at the time, and it was all because he couldn’t hear high-pitched sounds.

Frida Kahlo did not blur the lines between Expressionism and Surrealism in spite of being disabled, she did it because she was bedridden and bored. Because she was in pain and she was shunned. In the same way her relationship with Diego Rivera inspired her works, so did being disabled. She didn’t overcome anything expect societies limitations.

The truth is, disability and illness are integral parts of our identities and they do shape our lives. The worlds we build and create are not made by overcoming the hindrance of disability, they are made because of the perspective it gives up. 

Erase the idea of in spite of. Erase the idea that our success comes from overcoming anything other than deep-seeded ableism. 

Day One Hundred and One

-Upon noticing my distinct lack of a thick southern accent, an elderly woman began to interrogate me about every aspect of my life, from my family to my academic career. She then asked how I liked the area. I told her that it was different. She yelled at me for being politically correct. This is about how I saw the conversation going.

-I mistakenly called an older gentleman “Ma'am”. I did not realize that he was not a ma'am for a solid fifteen seconds. During this eternity, we were looking each other dead in the eye, waiting in silence for one of us to say something. I desperately hoped for a commercial break, as there was no way I was getting out of this one.

-A man expressed his frustrations that if you press the cancel button while paying, it will cancel your payment. I agree with him and believe that anything that will cancel your payment should be plainly labeled as such.

-Two soccer moms discussed their children’s extracurriculars in front of me. One asked the other, “What about soccer camp?” To this she got the reply, “We can’t do it. I’m afraid it might lead into them starting softball.” I completely sympathize with this woman. Volleyball is a gateway sport and should be avoided at all costs.

-A magazine cover at my register advertised the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie as “The Story Of A Fairy Tale.” This is also known as “A Fairy Tale.”

-I came across a large stockpile of pineapple coconut water that expired in August of 2015. No one is quite sure why we have it, but if anyone PayPals me ten dollars, I am prepared to drink it all.

-I stuck my tongue out at an infant, and the giggle he let out changed my life. I am certain that if we gave a microphone to this joyful bundle of purity, we could end war, put a stop to hate in all forms, and even convince the Toupeed Tic Tac in Chief to step down from office.

-A man grew tired of waiting behind the woman I was ringing up and left to a different lane. The woman almost immediately completed her transaction, and, as someone steps behind him to block him in, other guests take up the premium place in line that could have been his. He shook his head in shame and gave up on his purchase entirely, leaving his items behind as he left the store in a wholly relatable cloud of agony.

anonymous asked:

if you could direct me to all the fics about victor staying the night with yuuri after the banquet or yuuri waking up with victor in his room or even just yuuri remembering the banquet pls and thks!

Thanks for this request! I love these fics, please share more with me if you think I missed some!

Originally posted by dorkoru

Banquet Fics

Bottom’s Up by cryingoverspilledvodka, lucycamui, Teen, 4.3k
At the Grand Prix banquet, Victor’s been asked to sign an autograph for a very enthusiastic fan. Unfortunately, there’s a distinct lack of paper around. Fortunately, Yuuri has a suggestion. THIS IS SO FUNNY OMG

16 Glasses by Cesare, Teen, 9.5k (WIP)
Victor takes figure skating seriously, takes Yuri Katsuki seriously as a competitor, and really doesn’t see that banquet coming. SO good!

the clean tongue, the clear head by Anonymous_Ostrich, Teen, 3.4k
It had been a long time since Viktor had danced with someone. A really, really long time. And Yuuri knew how to flamenco. Drunk. Unbelievable. I love Victor POV fics!

After Banquet Special by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 1.2k
What would happen if Victor had escorted Yuuri back to his hotel room after the banquet? 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Tale of a Sleeping Prince by astudyinrose, Teen, 7.7k
Victor meets Yuuri at the Grand Prix Banquet in Sochi, and falls head over heels for him. Of course, only one of them remembers. AWESOME fic!

Question and Answer by chellethewriter, Teen, 10k
Viktor is growing old, and his competitors seem to be growing younger and younger. Thus, with every passing year, Viktor finds fewer familiar faces at his Grand Prix banquets, and he wonders whether his attendance has become pointless. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that one unfamiliar, alcohol-reddened face can make the whole night more than worthwhile. Another great fic!

ora sono pronto / now I’m ready by exile_wrath, Teen, 6.2k
Victor is used to the banquet after the Grand Prix Final. Same faces, same questions about next season, nothing surprising. But this year, Katsuki Yuuri surprises him so much, that he thinks he may have fallen in love a little. Well, more than a little. Enough that Victor is willing to drop competitive skating to be his coach. LOVE!

i think i may have loved you first by perennials, Gen, 1.3k
Here are the facts: Yuuri is drunk. Viktor is not. Yuuri is riding an alcohol-induced high so far up above the clouds he cannot even begin to comprehend the weight of his actions back in the human realm. Viktor is falling in love. Thumbs up!

Cerulean Sepia by RoarkChronicles, 13k (WIP)
As the five-time gold medalist, Viktor usually finds these banquets…. drab. Boy, did he get proven wrong. Great WIP!

Right Off His Feet by EmilianaDarling, Mature, 7.4k
One of Yuuri’s hands is sliding around his waist, guiding him effortlessly until they’re dancing together. Really dancing together, and Viktor forgets to think, to breathe. Yuuri’s so close that Viktor can feel the heat of his breath against the back of his neck, the warmth of his skin through his clothes. SO GOOD OMG

never let yuuri get drunk again by doubletan, Explicit, 2.4k
“Kneel down,” Yuri commanded, and Victor obeyed without a moment hesitation. Victor laughed inwardly, how could he have thought he would be the one commanding Yuri when it was him that had bewitched Victor here in the first place? SPICY YUURI

Lost in Translation by alipiee, Teen, 18k
In which Yuuri gets so drunk he can’t remember the banquet; meanwhile it’s all that Viktor can think about. This fic is so so so great, must read!

keep your eyes on me by luftballons99, Teen, 6.6k
Viktor and Yuuri are less than thrilled at the prospect of attending the banquet following the Sochi Grand Prix Final. 16 glasses of champagne, a drunken dance off, and a stripper pole later, they’re over it. Highly recommend!

Look & See (Undeniably Surprising) by icterine, Teen, 3.5k
This year, Victor Nikiforov falls in love at the Grand Prix Banquet. He’s so glad he decided to show up. Great fic!

i feel like i win when i lose by renaissance, Explicit, 7.9k
Yuuri’s life is a mess. He came a spectacular last in the Grand Prix Finals, drank too much at the banquet, initiated no fewer than three dance-offs, took his shirt off, wore his tie like a headband, pole-danced in his underpants, made a fool of himself in front of ISU officials—and now, somehow, he’s Viktor Nikiforov’s booty call. Rec’d by a follower!

the signs as Fanon Homestuck characters i experienced in fics over the years because i Love being in Pain

ARIES: goth girl that never smiles. has no friends for some reason?? probably sleeps in a coffin. theres bones all over the house oh my god they are everywhere. “I can see dead people.” jokes

TAURUS: “uHHHHHHHHH,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,” s-s-s-s-stuttering mess. shy apparently? constantly bullied. also has no friends?? looks like they’re 9. im in pain just typing this

GEMINI: owns every bee and bee movie paraphernalia. will fix ur computer w/ a smile like a damn wizard. works at gamestop. has a cellar full of honey all their kitchen cupboards are nothing but jars of honey.

CANCER: doesn’t know any insult other than FUCKASS. all they watch is romcoms and literally does nothing else. 

LEO: probably owns a fursuit. fervently stalks couples displayed on their shipping wall and screams I SHIP IT when something happens. has no character outside of being friends with sagittarius

VIRGO: boring mom friend. in fact has already adopted u, they’re ur New Mom and cancer is ur new sibling. wearing ugly clothes? WILL make u an entire wardrobe without ur knowing to Surprise u

LIBRA: licks everything. doesn’t kno what personal space is. have they licked u yet? here they come dude u Cannot Escape. if they arent Licky McGee they’re eating a bowl of Red Chalk Cereal every hour

SCORPIO: either a helpless “i-it’s not that i like u, b-baka!” tsundere or the Violent School Bully Trope. there’s no inbetween my guy.

SAGITTARIUS: they live in a constant state of sweat. all they do is stand there have have sweat gush forth from their body. their friends are gone they vanished amidst the Sweat Lake, they’re the lonely island in the middle of the Sweat Ocean

CAPRICORN: Jared Leto’s The Joker™. 

AQUARIUS: sometimes on a moonless night… if u listen hard enough u can hear the distant cries of wwehs and nyehs softly on the salty sea breeze

PISCES: i can be your angle or yuor devil. owns a cuttlefish farm where homegrown GMO free cuttlefish are carefully handpicked from cuttle trees. distinct lack of fish puns

Helplessness is watching a person you care deeply for deteriorate right before your eyes without having the means to help them.

Desperation is shouting for hours and hours at the top of your lungs for help until your voice is raw and throbbing.

Defeat is knowing that there’s nothing you can do. You’re stuck and forced to live day after day in a small, cold cell. Whatever hope of help coming is replaced with a numbness, a slow realization that this is how your life will end.

“Stop…. Pouting….”

Keith blinks back into reality at Lance’s weak, raspy voice. The latter is using his lap as a pillow, and Keith glances down to meet the brunet’s eyes.

“I’m not.” Keith answers, and despite Lance’s ashen face colored only with a deep flush across his cheeks, the brunet’s face lights up as a breathy laugh escapes.

“You literally… pouted when you… said that.”

On instinct, Keith moves to purse his lips out into a pout, but he catches himself and breathes out a low sigh instead.

He tilts his head back up to stare at the stone ceiling. How many days has it been now? Twelve, maybe? He lost track after Lance stopped eating, too worried to care about anything else but the brunet.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Do you have a list of funny YOI fics? Doesn't need to have much as long as it makes me laugh!!!

I love a good laugh! I have read SO many hilarious fics, here are a few of them where I was dying from laughing so hard!

(The gif was made by @nikiforoov! Thank you!!)


Bottom’s Up by cryingoverspilledvodka, lucycamui, Teen, 4.3k
At the Grand Prix banquet, Victor’s been asked to sign an autograph for a very enthusiastic fan. Unfortunately, there’s a distinct lack of paper around. Fortunately, Yuuri has a suggestion. This is the best thing I have ever read, I’m still screaming HHAHHAHAHAHA

Amateur or Expert by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Teen, 1.9k
AU where Yuuri is a ice skating instructor and Victor is thirsty for him and will do whatever it takes for Yuuri to get to know him. Even if that means pretending to not know how to skate at all, even though he’s a five-time world champion. VERY cute, lots of fluff, and Victor is hilarious in this. Love!

better than sliced bread by ebenroot, Teen, 8.1k
in which we all assumed yuuri is the one to own a dakimakura but maybe that isn’t entirely the case. LMAOOOOO

Safety Hazards in St. Petersburg by lucycamui, Explicit, 3.7k
In which Yuuri moves in with Victor in St. Petersburg and Victor discovers just how distracting living with him can be. I LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH OMG

#KissOrHug by Aurum, Gen, 2.2k
Yuuri and Victor make #Victuri trend worldwide. Phichit accidentally makes it worse. This is is SO cute, it’s a must read!

he was a sk8er boy she said see you l8er boy by bookybookworm, Teen, 14k (WIP)
pika+chu: hello friends
katsudon-yuri: ummm
katsudon-yuri: what is this
pika+chu: this, young yuri, is a group chat

i’m just going to the store by bosbie, Teen, 7.2k
How Victor’s impulsiveness backfires and creates one of the greatest living internet memes to ever come out of Russia. THIS IS AMAZING HAHA

Habit by LFMH021, Teen, 2.8k
Yuuri has developed a habit. Before competitions, whenever he wants to concentrate and exercise at the same time, he faces the wall, braces his forearms on it and then wiggle his hips while trying to recite over and over again his routine. HAHAHAAHA

Turn Backwards on Go by inkwellstars, Not Rated, 5.3k
In which Yuuri and Victor, happily married and retired, find themselves thrown into the past and proceed to mess with everyone. One of the few time travel fics without angst. Super hilarious, too!

Katsuki Yuuri Fan Club by Katyaton, Teen, 2.2k
Yuuri has been adjusting well to life in St. Petersburg, making friends with the Russian skaters and slowly adapting to the new culture. When Viktor starts obsessing over something on his phone, though, Yuuri starts to worry. He suspects it’s something related to him and wants to find out what has Viktor so transfixed, but will the ensuing embarrassment be worth his curiosity? LOLOL

turn it, leave it, stop, format it by ebenroot, Explicit, 19k
“If you want, I can recommend you some security programs that you can download for free and protect your computer. That way, you won’t be at risk of losing these cute photos of your dog even when you browse websites like ‘Luscious Lonely Wives’.” Victor gives one long ‘haa’. “I don’t browse those websites,” he says through his straining smile. SO CUTE AND FUNNY! I love @ebenroot so much!!

lovesick by Ironinkpen, Teen, 2.7k
“Did the doctor send you?” When Yuuri doesn’t reply fast enough, since he’s still gaping like a fish, he turns to Yuri. “Did the doctor send him? Because wow,” He drops his arm and presses his hand to his chest like the dramatic bastard he is. “You’ve got to be the prettiest man I’ve ever seen.”
“Oh my god,” Yuri groans. “Is he hitting on you?” OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS FIC

The Goddamn Tie Has Got To Go by  Katyaton, Teen, 4.5k
Dear God. Yuuri was wearing the tie again.
The powdery blue monstrosity was not only unfashionable (and where did Yuuri even manage to acquire such a tie?), it also reminded Viktor, with shocking clarity, of a sweaty, half naked, pole dancing Yuuri. For the sake of his remaining dignity, Viktor needed to improvise a plan to dispose of it as soon as possible. You have to read this!

Sleep(talk) It Off by cerisecandy, Gen, 1.2k
Where Yuuri sleep-talks, Viktor remains awake and suffers, and another night passes at the Katsuki family inn. Lord have mercy I nearly died while reading this I was in stitches!!!

SkateSquad™ groupchat by stxmph, Teen, 50k (WIP)
(groupchat log of the skate squad) Rec’d by a follower!

If you have any more suggestions, feel free to reply to this post with your favourites!

with shaking hands,
broad grins,
too many jokes and not enough eye contact.

it’s a game of shuffling awkwardness,
a distinct lack of flirting,
quiet laughing.

roomfuls of silence,
quiet attentiveness,
always trying to catch their attention.

flitting eyes,
constant attention.

bright laughing,
hearty smiles,
almost awkward.

you just can’t sit still, huh?
always willing to be friends first.

inappropriate shouting,
too much attention,
fourth chances.

the hidden glances,
solid shoulders for clinging to,
quiet quiet quiet hush huh hush.

a set of protective hands shielding ears from horrors,
loud voices,

happy hugs,
red cheeks,
long talks.

sharing private smiles,
things never told to anyone else,
infinite loyalty,

shaky hands,
steady eyes,
small gifts of emotion.

—  with a crush; l.m.

Bet you didn’t know I have an Overwatch OC, eh?

I was thinking about Zenyatta’s line in-game when he mentions having brothers and sisters at Shambali, and there’s been a distinct lack of female-presenting/voiced omnics so far, so… I made my own! This is Tekhartha Quanatta–named for Quan Yin, a buddhist figure of mercy and compassion.

Quanatta wanted to help spread Mondatta’s message, so she took to traveling, learning to fight to defend herself (I was inspired by Shaolin Monks) if necessary. She moves from place to place, teaching small groups about human-omnic harmony; especially children, whom she adores. She is soft-spoken, sweet and reserved, adores plants and flowers, and prefers to leave violence as an absolute last resort; she tends to be forgiving of others to a fault.

In a fight, she primarily uses her (collapsible) quarterstaff in swift, close-range combat, rarely staying still–she is fragile but quick, and is capable of blocking some attacks with her staff a limited number of times. She also uses her connection to the Iris to manipulate a set of steel lotus petals, which typically hover around her at rest, and can be shot off as weak ranged attacks (out of combat, she can move them around to make little ‘puppets’ to help tell stories). Her ULT is called Petal Storm, where the steel petal blades kick up in a flurry around her, deadly to anyone who ends up in melee range.

Designing an omnic monk was really fun and I hope to draw more of Quanatta in the future! ♥

What I Read This Week


I was pretty busy this week so I didn’t have time to read too much! I’m off for the next two weeks so expect a lot more!

Nerve Endings by Phyona, Explicit, 50k (WIP)
When Yuuri moves in with Victor in St. Petersburg, they have to work through Yuuri’s anxiety and Victor’s secrets to find their balance. Love this fic so much!

Bottom’s Up by cryingoverspilledvodka, lucycamui, Teen, 4.3k
At the Grand Prix banquet, Victor’s been asked to sign an autograph for a very enthusiastic fan. Unfortunately, there’s a distinct lack of paper around. Fortunately, Yuuri has a suggestion. This is the best thing I have ever read, I’m still screaming HHAHHAHAHAHA

Look Only at Me by ThatDarnOtaku, Explicit, 3.3k
Yuuri overheard a conversation he shouldn’t and decides to take action. SPICY KATSUDON ALERT

how the mighty fall (in love) by braveten, Gen, 9.3k (WIP)
Every Victor Nikiforov fan has three things in common.
1. They have unrealistic expectations for romance.
2. They mark their calendars with the dates of his newest book releases and the premieres of his latest movie adaptations.
3. They either passionately hate or love his greatest rival, a mysterious author whose pseudonym is only two letters: “KY.” I’m… shook to the core I already love this fic more than myself???? READ IT

Kings in Couture by slightlied, Teen, 15k (WIP)
A devil wears prada au in which victor is the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, yuuri’s his new secretary, and instead of talking about his feelings, victor just sends him on a bunch of errands. I LOVE THIS FIC!!!!!!

The Boyfriend Experience by cryingoverspilledvodka, Explicit, 87k (WIP)
Katsuki Yuuri is an accomplished escort at 23, operating under the pseudonym Eros, in Detroit. When one of his favourite clients sets him up with none other than world-renowned figure skater Victor Nikiforov, the delicate balance between Yuuri’s personal and professional life teeters ever closer towards ruin. Y’ALL…. this fic is gold

Like a Fairytale by lucycamui, Teen, 42k (WIP)
In which Prince Victor gets swept off his feet at a royal banquet and will go to any length to find his ‘Cinderella’ Yuuri. PHICHIT IS A FAIRY GODMOTHER THIS FIC IS AMAZING

Hello, Young Lovers by senorbunnicula, Gen, 1.7k
Five times Yakov thought Victor and Yuuri were kind of adorable, and one time he actually said something. SO cute!

hood & glove by Fahye, hawberries, Teen, 12k
“I don’t mess with the fae,” Otabek says.
“I’m not asking you to mess with them,” JJ flat-out lies. This fic is amazing, the illustrations are STUNNING! 

the gps isn’t working (but we’re still on our way) by zerotransfat, Teen, 1.5k
After Yuuri’s last GPF, Victor and Yuuri take an impromptu road trip. It takes thirty hours, seven playthroughs of the Hamilton cast recording, and an entire bag of snacks, but Yuuri feels like it’s all worth it. Thumbs up!

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Here’s to another week of great fic reading! Be sure to give the authors some love!

Questions about the Phantomhive Murders (Tanaka-centric)

These are probably generally pondered questions, but I’m pretty curious if anyone has any ideas so I’ll just sum up my thoughts here.

There’s a lot of curious aspects about the Phantomhive Murders that sparked the entire story of “Kuroshitsuji.” Here are a few that interest me and if answered could shed a more certain light on what happened that day:

1. Ciel’s Obliviousness

In Ciel’s flashback, he seems to be aware that no one is around, perhaps sensing that the manor is unusually calm or empty. He’s frantically searching for someone, but he isn’t reacting in terror as if he just heard signs of a struggle such as yelling or gunshots. Plus, if the manor was suddenly attacked, one would assume that a servant would immediately find Ciel to guard him, like how Tanaka appeared to stay close to Lizzie’s room during the circus performers’ attack on the manor.

The possible lack of noise and lack of protection shifts the focus to the servants and the assailant(s) while pointing to who could be behind the attacks and even how said attacks were carried out.

  • An Inside Job: The murders were done by someone familiar with the manor/ servants. This could range from the Evil Noblemen, relatives, servants, and merchants. An insider could pick servants off one-by-one or, if in the proper setting, take them all out within a short amount of time. If the servants were familiar with the assailant(s), that would most likely have them on lowered guards, giving the assailant a bit of an upper hand.
  • One Assailant: Possibly one assailant attacked the servants/ Rachel/ Vincent. Whoever grabbed Ciel could have been waiting in the shadows.
  • Group: A group took out the servants/ Vincent/ Rachel. This could have been done in numerous ways, such as a group attacking the servants while one or more took out the Phantomhives.
  • Means: Most likely quiet since Ciel was not entirely panicked and was unaware of his parents’ states until he saw them. Based on how Tanaka/ Rachel/ Vincent were attacked, the killer(s) used a knife or sword– some type of sharp object.

2. Tanaka’s Lack of Warning/ The Kidnapper

While Tanaka warned Ciel about the imminent danger he was in, he did not warn him about a second presence– the assumed kidnapper. Perhaps this is an oversight on Tanaka’s part, as he was in a panicked state trying to fight off an attacker while urging Ciel’s safety, but rather than saying something like “It’s dangerous here!” while facing the boy, you’d think that he’d have noted the suspicious person behind him (saying something like, “Look out!”).

This could mean a few things:

  • Tanaka did not see the kidnapper: Short and sweet, Tanaka really didn’t see the being who was behind Ciel. Perhaps he was so fixated on the child that he failed to recognize a second presence. He did have to look down to speak to Ciel– all the while he was wary of his assailant.
    • Another possibility? The second presence was undetectable or extremely fast. This would coincide with those “supernatural assailant” theories going around.
  • Tanaka saw the kidnapper: Let’s say Tanaka did see the second presence. Why didn’t he warn Ciel? Maybe he couldn’t. As Tanaka is urging Ciel to flee, he suddenly falters– it’s revealed that he’s been stabbed in the back. Perhaps he noted the second entity before or after his fall but could’t speak to warn Ciel.
    • Another possibility: Tanaka was working with the kidnapper. However, considering the concern shown on his face and the fact that he got stabbed, I’d say that this is unlikely.

No matter what happened, a second presence would have been highly suspect near the crime scene and the action.

3. Tanaka’s Dress

Though this is all based on Ciel’s flashback, it’s curious to note that Tanaka has a distinct lack of blood on his clothing. Though his pants’ leg may have a bit of blood on it, his left glove looks impeccably clean. 

This would imply that Tanaka did not touch the bodies or try to assist them (though perhaps he bent down to check on his employers). It also suggests that he may not have been present when Vincent and Rachel were killed, since otherwise he would likely have been covered in blood spatter and defensive wounds.

The lack of blood spatter seems to clear him from Vincent and Rachel’s murders, but he could have changed… (Again, I don’t see Tanaka’s involvement in the murders/ kidnapping as likely but it’s a possibility to consider)

Tanaka’s cleanliness and position in the hall (his back to the room in which Vincent/ Rachel lay) imply that he stumbled onto Rachel/ Vincent’s corpses and then was distracted by something (from his position this would be the assailant). He may have been aware that the manor was in danger and rushed to his master’s side, albeit too late, or he could have been unaware.

4. Tanaka’s Purpose

So… Was Tanaka just the lucky survivor of the manor’s attack? Maybe. Maybe not. There are multiple red flags concerning Tanaka’s survival and the situation of the murders.

  • Framed: Considering the mode of murder, one could immediately look to Tanaka as a suspect. Anyone familiar with the Phantomhives could know that he’s an expert swordsman. Whoever killed Vincent/ Rachel could have attempted to frame Tanaka, but probably not since…
  • Stabbed: Very clearly in Ciel’s flashback, it’s shown that Tanaka was stabbed. If someone was trying to frame him for the murders, why would they attack him? Especially if everyone else in the manor was missing/ dead… This leads to more possibilities:
  • Eyewitness: Tanaka was left in the manor to be an eyewitness to the crimes that occurred. Consider Tanaka’s position when he’s stabbed– he has his back to the assailant. If you were in the business of murder and possessed a sharp, bladed object, wouldn’t you go for decapitation or slicing an artery rather than stabbing him in the back? 
    • Another reason he was left alive? The assailant couldn’t kill him. This isn’t because Tanaka was a tough opponent– he had his back turned and was distracted. Aside from purposely leaving him  alive, this indicates that the assailant was unable to strike a truly fatal blow. 
      • Perhaps the weapon didn’t seem strong enough? Maybe the knife’s tip broke off and dulled the blade? It’s a possibility. 
      • Maybe the assailant was fond of him, to the extent that he/ she didn’t want to dirty their hands to that extent? 
      • The assailant couldn’t reach? For those 2CT, evil real!Ciel theorists, this might be an idea you support. If the assailant was short or a child, they would not be able to strike a for sure fatal blow against Tanaka, who had their back to them. The assailant may have been unfamiliar with the body’s structure, so that he/she did not know where a fatal point would be– especially from behind. In my opinion, the assailant struck from the front of his/ her victims (if the person who attacked Tanaka also killed Vincent/ Rachel) based off how the oldest Phantomhives appeared. Either way, they were not clean murders– a similar aspect to Tanaka’s attack.
  • Thus, Tanaka was not dealt a fatal blow. Was he purposely left alive? While he may not have known who the assailant was (HMMM), he could testify to Vincent/ Rachel’s deaths, Ciel’s “final” status, and to more or less of what occurred. However…
  • Burned: THE MANOR WAS SET ON FIRE. Who did this? Why? If someone wanted Tanaka to be left as an eyewitness, they would have ensured his safety, right? Perhaps they did– we don’t know how Tanaka escaped the manor. Judging from his state in the hospital when Ciel reunited with him, he probably was unable to walk or even crawl to safety after being stabbed. It’s likely that someone moved him, whether it was the assailant, the kidnapper, or some third party– whether they waited until he was passed out from blood loss, smoke inhalation, or who knows what. 
    • Why set the place ablaze? A few reasons:
      • Destroying evidence: An attempt to destroy incriminating pieces of evidence like one’s modus operandi, way of entry into the manor, weapons used, etc. If Tanaka was left in the manor when the fire started, he could be included in this too.
      • Cover-up: Setting the manor on fire ultimately destroyed the corpses that were inside, based on what Undertaker said about Vincent. The attack on the Phantomhives could have been a guise for obtaining information, documents, or the like. It also could have been to erase Ciel– his status was unknown since the fire could have incinerated him. Did the attacker(s) mainly want to kidnap him, or did they see setting the fire as a bonus to wipe people off his trail?
      • Insurance: As well as slashing Vincent/ Rachel/ Tanaka, the assailant(s) could have been ensuring that everyone inside the manor died. 
      • Rage: The attacker(s) were really pissed at the Phantomhives. So pissed that they wanted the household’s bodies to burn.
      • Statement: Setting ablaze the manor of the Queen’s Watchdog is definitely a statement. Perhaps it was to show that the Phantomhives had fallen, maybe to inspire fear, to demonstrate power, etc.
      • Memory Loss: Pretending that the assailant(s) intentionally left Tanaka alive, they could have hoped for smoke inhalation to have wiped his memory. Not sure if they knew the medical repercussions of that at the time [of the story] though.

There are a ton of reasons why the manor was treated as it was just like there are many reasons for why someone could have attacked it in the first place (Kidnapping, murder, revenge, money, status, a job…).

5. Tanaka’s Survival

As mentioned before, Tanaka’s survival is extremely curious. He was severely wounded and most likely on the second or third floor of the manor (since the Phantomhives probably resided/ worked on an upper level floor and left the ground floor to the servants and other business), so based on that info alone it’s highly unlikely he saved himself. 

Jumping out of a window would have caused more injuries than he had in the hospital (though admittedly a month had passed but for injuries like that, he’d probably still be wrapped up). Even if there was some kind of secret passageway, it’d be incredible if he could get through it in his state, whether the manor was ablaze or not.

It seems that Tanaka may have escaped/ been rescued before the fire, since he lacked burn wounds… That dearth is interesting since when Madame Red arrived (appearing to be the first outsider on the scene), the manor was fully ablaze yet Tanaka was nowhere in sight. Admittedly, it was her flashback fixated on grief, so noting Tanaka or saving him might not have been very important to her.

6. Tanaka’s Memory

Does Tanaka really not remember who attacked him? Does he really have zero ideas on who could have overseen that event? Either Tanaka really doesn’t know (from memory loss, from lack of ideas, or from the killer’s possible concealment via a mask, hood, etc.) or he’s hiding something.

Tanaka could be afraid to speak up– perhaps that person/group will come after Ciel. He also could be protecting someone. Another reason could be that he was ordered by a high-ranking authority to stay silent. 

Or maybe he really, truly has no idea what happened. 

But until we find out more details about that day or the Phantomhives’ past, it might be a stretch to reach an absolute conclusion on whether or not Tanaka can be entirely trusted.

Okay, but one of the things that I noticed right off the bat the first time I watched the Balmera arc is the design of Shay’s people.

I didn’t immediately connect Shay’s voice to her on-screen character because I was expecting a very feminine design to match a female voice actress; in almost every story about an alien or fantasy race, you immediately know who’s female in the bunch because they look exactly like human women, as compared to the males who can pretty much look like anything.

Case in point:

So when I didn’t see a stereotypical female design for the Balmerans, it threw me for a minute. Because Shay and her grandmother look very similar to Rax and the other male Balmerans. They have thick, knobby skin and sharp claws rather than slender arms and graceful fingers. Maybe their earring-things differentiate between genders (who’s to say Balmerans are only male/female?) but I’m seeing a distinct lack of boobs, makeup (long eyelashes, lipstick) and long hair that usually identify an alien woman.

Nope, still not seeing it.

It’s a super small thing and not very important to the overall story of Voltron, but this is one of the first times I’ve ever seen alien women designed like this and I think it’s so cool.