I’m guessing you can’t hear me squeal over your own squeals, but I’ll just keep at it a little longer, okay? Okay.
Man, this episode read like very good fanfiction, and while I’m disappointed Dean never found out Cas used to be a woman (although, they did have a conversation about that, so Steve gets points anyway), everything else was plain amazing. I’m actually tempted to do a recap that’s just shouting words into the void, because, seriously, that would be enough, but - okay, let me watch that thing again and then I’ll write a proper meta.
So, let’s get one thing out of the way: we already know why this story works so damn well, but it’s worth saying it one more time, because this is what the whole episode was about.
A human and an angel: not meant to be.
Ishim said humans are dangerous to angels, and I agree with him: if angels want to understand humans, to truly become friends with them, to live among them - well - look at what’s that done to Cas. Caring about humans is, apparently, different than caring about another angel; it forces you to give up something deep inside yourself. You become - weaker, unhappy. Doubt-ridden. Trapped between two worlds, and fit for neither. And as for humans - if they truly wish to get closer to angels - to speak their language, to know enough about their magic and weapons to be able help them when they’re in trouble or hurt - that literally costs them their souls.
It’s a tragedy. It’s doomed.
But, of course, it’s not completely hopeless. What would be the point of writing a love story if you know from the start nothing can never happen at all? No - love can conquer all, and this episode dangled it in front of us - the angel who chose humanity, who tried to defend the person he loved from his own brothers, and the human who was fascinated with angels and knew enough about them to make it work.
(They had a daughter, sort of, and let’s cry about that for the rest of eternity, because can you see it? Dean loves kids, and -)
Anyway. We’ve known for a while that angels - I mean, the price Cas paid for his loyalty to the Winchesters (his love for Dean) - that’s harrowing. But this idea that humans need to sacrifice their soul to become closer to angels - thanks for that, Steve. I’m fine.
And surely, at this point, there is no other way this could end? Because what Sam and Cas share - yeah, that’s what friendship looks like, but Dean and Cas - right. And so Cas went and said it (“You mean too much to me.”) and Dean just holed up in his room for the rest of the week? He never said a word to Cas? And, Jesus, Cas thinks Dean’s angry? At him? I’m glad this, at least, was spelled out clearly, because apparently some people still don’t get it and read Dean’s emotions at face value and no, Dean was not angry - he was worried out of his damn mind, and he’s got reason to be, because Cas still doesn’t fucking get it: “I don’t regret what I did, even if it costs me my life”.
The idiot - the useless, fucking idiot.
(“Smelly. Dirty. Twice the worry about getting ganked.”)
things I ought to be doing: that paper, that’s due, for my last final, for my honors class, due 1pm TOMORROW
things i am doing: being utterly overwhelmed by the entire aesthetic of The Secret of NIMH. Why is it so good and perfect. Why don’t we talk about this more. Why don’t we MAKE this kind of thing anymore. Heck………………….
Finally was able to read the SouRin interview from the Volume 2 DVD (thank you for finding the scan, godatekou!) SOUSUKE IS SO CUTE IN THIS GAH! Character Interview Vol. 2 Rin X Sousuke
Today from the Samezuka Academy we have Rin Matsuoka and Sousuke Yamazaki-kun joining us.
Rin: Thank you for having us here. Sousuke: Glad to be here.
All right then, first please introduce yourselves.
Rin: I’m Rin Matsuoka, a third year at Samezuka Academy and also captain of the swim team. Sousuke: I’m Sousuke Yamazaki, same as Rin, 3rd year, swim team. Rin: …..Wasn’t that bit too brief…? Sousuke: Is there anything else I need to introduce?
…Okay then first, please tell us how the two of you met!
Rin: When we were in Elementary School we ended up in the same class so I took an interest in him I guess… Sousuke: Also our houses were very close so we thought we would be able to play together as well Rin: That’s right. The fact that we were in the same swimming club also played a large role.
Sousuke-kun transferred from a high school in Tokyo right?
Sousuke: Yup. Rin: Yeah, this guy right here didn’t even tell me he was coming. Sousuke: Sooner or later we’d still meet at the school, so I didn’t feel the need to tell you. Rin: Well…I guess that’s very…you…
Moving on, we’d like to introduce a theme to talk about for the two of you.
Rin: A…theme? I have a bad feeling about this…
Think of it as a free talk— stuff related to the theme, so we’re preparing it right now.
Sousuke: Did the other guys have to do this too?
Yes, of course!
Rin: If that’s the case then I guess we just gotta do it… Sousuke: Okay, what’s the theme then?
The theme for you two is “What would you be doing if you were not part of the Swim Team…?”
Sousuke: What the. That’s a totally normal theme… Rin: It’s okay. Normal is good.
So then, would you be doing something sports-related instead of swimming?
Rin: I’ve never thought about it… Sousuke: Rin would be good at soccer, wouldn’t you? You’re pretty good at it… Rin: I wouldn’t say I’m good at it, but I’d definitely choose it over something like baseball or whatever. Sousuke: Rin is good at sports that involve using his feet. Rin: Seems like rugby would fit Sousuke pretty well Sousuke: Are you implying that my body is too big? Rin: Well, you’d have a lot of power. Besides, you’re not really good at details so something with a bunch of rules would be impossible for you. Sousuke: Shaddap~ Rin: Haha~ Sousuke: Rin skateboards sometimes though. Rin: Ah, yes but would you even call that sports? Anyway, what WOULD you do? Sousuke: I’d be content doing whatever you’re doing, jeez… Rin: Hey, answer properly! Don’t just ignore the interview! But then again… Sousuke: Yeah you’re right… Rin & Sousuke (at the same time): I haven’t really thought of anything besides swimming…
So then if you didn’t do sports, what would you do?
Sousuke: What about music? Rin has a lot of CDs. Rin: Yeah, I often listen to music overseas [a/n: mostly refers to American bands, singers, etc.]. I listened to a lot of foreign music when I started out studying English. Although I like listening to music I don’t think I’d be able to play an instrument. Sousuke: Then why don’t you be the vocals? Rin: Hm…but it’s kinda difficult. Hey, why am I the only one answering? What about your answers? Instruments…what would you play? Sousuke: Ah well…having to move about with the instruments is kind of well… Rin: Then how about drums? It actually fits you! Sousuke: Well, I have played the arcade version of it before but… Rin: Hey show me next time! Seems pretty interesting! Sousuke: Okay sure, but my score isn’t really that great though…
Do you think you would both be able to perform well (with music?)
Rin: Probably average Sousuke: Same. Rin: Liar Sousuke: ……maybe lower than average Rin: Yeah music is pretty much impossible for me. Sousuke: Yup.
(laughs) Thank you very much. Since you’re still here, we would like to talk about your kouhais, Aiichiro Nitori and Momotaro Mikoshiba.
Rin: Actually, Ai’s specialty used to be free, but because he wanted to be in the medley, he decided to swim breast stroke and tried really hard to do so. He really tried his best! Sousuke: Even though his time is still not that great, I’m sure he has the drive to push forward. Rin: As for Momo he’s kind of inconsistent but… Sousuke: He has his good times and bad times I guess… Rin: Yeah, but when he puts his effort he is really strong but sometimes during practice it just doesn’t show, having him have an entry into matches is kind of a gamble sometimes. Sousuke: Well, if you put it that way, you should be in charge of watching him, Mr. Captain. Rin: Hey, shut up. Well, even though the two are complete opposites, after they started rooming together they for some reason make a good combination. Sousuke: Yesterday when I checked out their room it was ridiculously messy. Rin: UGH! THOSE TWO!!!!!
What do you think of Nitori-kun and Momotarou-kun?
Rin: Kouhais that are a handful! Sousuke: They’re definitely a noisy bunch. Rin: Yeah but you don’t know what they could be capable of from here on out. I look forward to it. Sousuke: Yeah, that’s right.
So then, what do you think of the Iwatobi Swim Club?
Rin: They’re my friends but also rivals I guess. Truthfully, we help each other do our best. Sousuke: I don’t really plan to accustom myself with them, but if they help bring out a good swim, then I guess that’s all right. Rin: Yeah, that’s right!
Do you have a message for the Iwatobi Swim Club?
Rin: Let’s meet up at the next match! Sousuke: Well, do your best I guess…
Thank you for the cool message. Let’s hear some messages for Nitori-kun and Momotarou-kun. Let’s start with Ai.
Rin: Ai, you have a very earnest attitude and that’s your strong point. Have more confidence in yourself. And for god’s sake clean up after yourself! Sousuke: I don’t really have anything I want to say since we see each other everyday at swim practice but…look after your own condition while you swim!
Thank you very much. Next, how about a message for Momotarou-kun?
Rin: Momo, I know you have something special, so I hope you can use it to your advantage. Also, don’t always throw weird stuff away. And also…uh…..don’t get too close to Gou. Sousuke: Oh? You’re worried about that? Rin: Shut up! Anyway, get rid of your inconsistency and swim with just your tension! Sousuke: If your swimming has inconsistency, it means that you’re not concentrated enough. First calm down and then do as you remember. Rin: Hahaha, that’s kind of harsh… Sousuke: They’re just honest words. Rin: Well…anyway, I look forward to working with the two of you! Let’s do the best we can together!
Thank you very much. Lastly, please give a message to those who are reading this interview!
Rin: That’s right…from here on out I want to work my best by making my dream as well as making the best swim team possible come true. Since summer just started, I want to train and practice harder than ever without holding back. If what we do is able to resound in even one person, I’d be really happy. Sorry if this interview got kind of boring, but I look forward to your continued support from here on out! Sousuke: Me too. Right now it’s just swimming. Although there’s a lot of stuff I still want to seize, for now in this place and time, I’ll do whatever I can. That’s all I have.
You guys both seem very determined!
Rin: Well, I guess huh. Sousuke: Yeah, I guess so.
Thank you very much!
Pic 1: The climax of the rock paper scissors match!
Sousuke: The top bunk is so tedious. Rin: Yeah I feel the same way.
Rin: All right, I win! Sousuke’s really bad at rock paper scissors. Sousuke: Shut up. I lose on purpose, you know! Rin: Liar (laughs)
Pic 2: What happened to Momotarou-kun after he ate that cookie?
Rin: He started crying but that’s a different story. Sousuke: Isn’t it because you didn’t tell him the reason…? Rin: No that’s not it! He just mistaken it on his own! Sousuke: Why don’t you ask Gou to make some cookies next time for him? Rin: You’re such a softy. Sousuke: Better than having someone crying in their own room. Rin: Shut up…that was so noisy… Sousuke: Please excuse me for that then.
Pic 3: Gou-san checked everyone’s lunch boxes at Iwatobi High School
Sousuke: That seems pretty harsh… Rin: I guess if she’s concerned then she’s just that kind of concerned type… Sousuke: Does Gou even know what nutritional balance really is? Rin: Do you think she would? Sousuke: Not at all…
Maybe it’s something like Momotarou-kun’s interest in finding stag beetles…?
Rin: In that case, he’s just like an elementary school kid. Sousuke: Yeah, an elementary school kid. Why don’t you go with him next time and gather some stag beetles. Rin (in english): No thank you!
[Notes] I am SO HAPPY we finally get canon confirmation that: 1) Sousuke purposely loses at rock paper scissors 2) Rin skateboards now and then 3) Sousuke is so socially awkward with everyone besides Rin lol. His answers were basically copies of what Rin said.
Also, Sousuke saying he would do whatever Rin would be doing if they weren’t swimming breaks my heart boy is too in love
OMG SOUSUKE “HIS STORY BEGINS FROM THIS POINT [referring to the scene of him looking at the ocean]” (picture from the latest Spoon 2Di magazine, courtesy of the lovely sunyshore)
Interviewer: Yokotani-san, Hatta-san, were there any scenes that you were concerned about that left a great impression on you?
Hatta-san: There are many scenes with that effect, but one specific scene that speaks to me was in the last episode when Sousuke is looking across the ocean. The reason why is probably…well, when Rin was in Australia during middle school, he went to look at the ocean when things got difficult because he thought about Haruka and Sousuke across the ocean in Japan, and because of that he was able to try his best. However, this time it’s the opposite— Sousuke is now the one who is thinking about Rin as he gazes across the ocean. Even though he might even look pained, I feel like this is only the start of Sousuke’s story, and that in itself has left a very great impression on me.
EXCUSE ME AS I DROWN IN TEARS BECAUSE WOW CONFIRMATION THAT SOUSUKE WAS REALLY THINKING ABOUT RIN (not that he’s not always thinking about Rin to begin with) IN THAT BEAUTIFUL SUNSET SCENE IN THE LAST EPISODE.
Lily had only been teaching Transfiguration since September and she had to admit that those boys were getting on the last of her nerves. Did they ever shut up and pay attention? She gave the students their essays on Animagi back and tapped on Sirius Black’s desk as she passed by him. She gave him a stern look that brought him to a smug silence and she marched on to the front of the class. “If you have any questions in regard to your grade, you may stay after class and we’ll discuss it.” She turned to the blackboard and took a piece of old fashioned chalk. She liked the feel of it between her fingers even if it made her hand look like a grandmother’s at the end of the day. “But for now, please turn to page 254 of your books.”
Lily closed her eyes for a moment, before she took a deep breath and turned around again. “Yes, Mr. Potter?”
He leaned back in his chair and gave her an arrogant smirk. “I know you find me irresistible, my loveliest of flowers, but you don’t need to give me an E for me to stay behind after class.” The wink he gave her after that statement, nearly made her head blow up. And not in the good way, either.
“Detention, Mr. Potter.”
He waggled his eyebrows. “I knew you couldn’t resist the Potter charm, darling!”
Another excerpt from the Iwatobi-Samezuka Joint Practice Drama CD track that came with the Volume 1 DVD (credits go to fencer-x for the amazing audio rip!)
Sousuke: A joint practice with the Iwatobi Swim Club? You really are too soft after all. Rin: It’ll be a good incentive for samezuka anyway. Besides Sousuke, didn’t you say before that your entire body was buzzing with energy when you swam with Haru, right~ Sousuke: That was a long time ago. i don’t feel anything for him right now. Rin:*giggles* Sousuke: By the way, isn’t the lake where we’re going to have the joint practice the same lake we went to when we were kids during one summer? Rin: Ahh, when we went with the Sano Elementary school kids to go camping, right? There was also an amusement park and a water park close by! Sousuke: Yeah… Rin: Ah? Sousuke, what’s wrong? Sousuke: It’s just…I was just thinking that that summer has gone so far out of reach now. Rin: Huh, what do you mean? Sousuke:*laughs* It’s nothing… Rin:*giggles*
Notes: I can’t handle all the giggling and Sousuke reminiscing about their childhood YET AGAIN. Poor boy is still so caught up with his memories of Rin…He probably never forgot a single moment they shared.