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Black Friday AU (Kidge)

A/N: Enjoy this long and detailed something @akaashingly and I had fun throwing back and forth after we had our Thankgiving dinner a few months ago that we’re finally sharing now. Blame the food comatose and four bottles of champagnes. This was written for pure fun and characters are a bit ooc. Enjoy the team surviving Black Friday!

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December 19, 2016 - European Crested Tit or Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)

These tits are found across most of Europe, including the northern parts of Scotland. Their diet is mainly small insects and larvae, but also includes seeds and fruit outside of the breeding season. Often seen in small groups made up of one or two breeding pairs and several juvenile birds, they also form foraging flocks with other tits and small songbirds. Monogamous pairs excavate or enlarge tree cavities where females build small nests and incubate the eggs. Both parents feed the chicks.

Three episode reviews: Battery and Days

This season, there are two anime about sports and both of them are kinda under the radar. In case you’re wondering, here’s a little double feature mini review, based on the first three episodes of each show.


Days

Sport: Soccer. Yay! Finally a sport I, European chick, am familiar with.

Well, I say soccer, but it’s mostly about running.

What it’s about: Tsukushi is a loser who randomly gets invited to a soccer match by genius player Kazama. He decides to join the school team and GIT GUD on pure grit alone.

First impression: Days has the absolute WORST opening episode I’ve ever seen in a sports anime. It was so bland and formulaic that I have been reduced to ranting at people about it. The episode felt super flat. It gives ZERO motivation for Tsukushi to do the things he does. And there’s certainly no reason given for Kazama to be that into him. It was so boring I had to click away halfway through to do something else before getting back to it. You can tell me that all of this is explained properly in the manga, but in that case it’s not a very good adaptation.

Second impression: Well, I have a three episode rule and it gets better. Quite a bit better, in fact, and after three episodes I’m kinda into it. The show has a wonky and completely random sense of humour, which I appreciate. Kazama is a gift. I like the variety in characterisation of the players and how some of them are regular teenage asshats. Tsukiuhi has to endure some pretty heavy verbal abuse which is probably meant to build up his character, but is also painfully brutal in making me relive some of my worst teenage nightmares.

While Kazama is a gift, he’s also a little shit.

Favourite dude: Half of the cast is super hot, while the other is really weirdly drawn? But Kazama is, hands down, the best character. He is very cute and he has that cocky rebel thing going, with a whiff of genius ennui thrown in. To top it off, he’s also channeling the ‘fabulous beautiful character who’s very aware of his beauty’ vibe (see also: Kise, Oikawa). I already adore the hell out of him. He rocks that Bruce Lee jumpsuit, man.

Gayness? This show is almost meta-gay. Like it knows sports anime is supposed to be very straight and also very gay. It’s become self aware. There’s a lot of shots of Kazama looking longingly at Tsukushi and the both of them are immediately ready to lay down their lives to defend each other. And then there’s the scenes in which Kazama professes his love for boobs. It’s a pansexual show.

Extra time: This show feels like it’s trying to push all the buttons. Like, trying real hard. It has the random sex talk for the male viewers, the bishis for the female viewers and people just straight up tripping over air for the younger audience. It’s all a bit too formulaic, but it’s much better than the first episode makes it appear.

Yay or nay? Let’s be honest, Days is not nearly as good as something like Haikyuu, but it’s still worth a watch. I’m interested in where it’s gonna go, storywise.


Battery

Sport: Baseball. Not, as the title may lead you to believe, some kind of blood sport.

No, I don’t know anyone called Haru, why do you ask?

What it’s about: Harada is 13 and already a famous pitcher with ’genius complex’, where he doesn’t feel like he belongs. He moves to a different region, finds a really good catcher and joins a new team, all while dealing with whatever it is that makes him such an angry little shit (my money is on puberty).

First impression: This show is so pretty and melancholy! The pace is very slow, with a lot of focus on family members and feelings and shit. If you want a reference: it’s like a baseball version of Free, in terms of storytelling (and also themes).

Second impression: I really like how much they focus on the support system of these kids: the grandfather, the deeply worried moms. Battery is very emotional and it’s really more of a drama about people playing sports than it is a traditional 'sports anime’. The team members don’t even come into view until episode three. There are no attempts at humour, childish or otherwise. If I have to label it, it’s a show about teenage rebellion. Harada is obviously dealing with some shit and he has that bored sounding voice to back it up (same voice actor as Tsukki!).

Did I mention the pretty?

Favourite dude: Nagakura. While Harada is definitely 'the cute one’, Nagakura is just such a gorgeous personality. He’s a genuinely wonderful person and I support that.

Gayness? This is a middle school show, so the relationship overtones are mercifully low key. I’m not getting a lot of gay, really, mostly good old fashioned blossoming friendship.

Extra time: I’m actually rather impressed that they chose a middle school setting, cause those are pretty rare. It certainly gives a different perspective and probably explains the focus on family. Most sports anime start with full teenagers that are already pre-fucked up by both puberty *and* whatever happened to them in middle school. This one shows you exactly how that goes.

Yay or nay? I really like it. A lot. I have no idea where this show is going but it’s pretty much sucked me in. I just hope no one dies.

I’m never quite as disappointed in fandom than I am when a new female character is involved with half their ship and they attack the woman’s physical appearance by comparing her to the woman they think should be in the picture.

Preach all day long about not putting women against each other then…okay tumblr, okay.

"Oh, you're Polish? Whoa, that's like so hot!" - No. Stop it.

So, there is an issue that I feel the need to vent about a little, and I hardly ever see people discuss it, even in the feminist community. And that issue is the blatant fetishization of eastern European women.

I am ¾th German and ¼th Polish from my maternal grandma, and I have been getting so so so many sexualized comments, some of them from complete strangers, when they find out about this. I have a bunch of Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian female friends who have made the same experiences, some of them since they were in 8th grade. And looking around, it happens all over the place and it’s making me incredibly uncomfortable.

There’s the fact that porn videos apparently immediately get more popular as soon as there’s an eastern European chick involved.

There’s Roosh V’s ~„travel guides“~ that focus mainly on eastern Europe and Scandinavia. (this guy makes me so sick it’s incredible)

There’s the fact that desperate western European men are still travelling to eastern countries to buy themselves a wife. You can’t really call it anything else. (There was a german TV show a while ago that fed on this topic, following said men around on their ‘vacation’ and having them try to hit on every single woman they met, including one guy who tried to hit on the hotel receptionist like „You can come to my room and I learn you english if you want“. THESE WOMEN ARE NOT STUPID YOU KNOW. But of course, they are expected to be submissive, obedient and eager to please, when even the women who are willing to marry one of these guys are often highly educated ladies with advanced job qualifications who are merely trying to get themselves to a „better“ place.)

Yes, talking about the beauty of eastern European women might be harmless – or it would be if it wasn’t for the issues I just mentioned. This isn’t just admiration, it’s fetishization. It is not complimenting the beauty of individual women, it is reducing them to their nationality, while simultaneously ignoring the rich and diverse culture and history of these countries. It’s pretending all of them are constantly available for everyone’s sexual pleasure. And it’s not okay.

Your opinions? Any e.E. ladies here who have made similar experiences? Because I really think this issue needs to be discussed much more often.