I’m not sure I can shout any louder or more regularly that THIS IS CLASSIC ROMANTIC STORYTELLING.
~ Dean doesn’t believe in Angels.
~ Cas is a soldier and Angel of the Lord.
Classic antagonistic meet-cute. They get to know each other through season 4 as reluctant allies. Debate is rife between them as to the right thing to do. Denial is a running theme for Dean re: Cas, let’s be honest, not even romantically but the ever old “It’s Cas, he’ll be fine” etc. Denial is central.
Season 4 finale: THE NEW RELATIONSHIP. Cas rebelled. He did it, all of it, for Dean. They are now compatriots working together against Heaven and Hell.
~ Dean starts to have faith in Cas, he prays to Cas.
~ Cas starts to see Dean as his leader and ally, not the Angels.
Season 5 - 8. Getting to know you. Well its SPN, so not exactly Fun and Games but yeah, this is it. They do get to know each other, and we get to know them better too. Cas even occasionally takes part in some MOTW ‘fun and games’ episodes and we see the development of both the romantic Destiel and the verykindly clearly written as a mirror obviously platonic Sastiel for comparison.
Point of no return / deeper commitment: somewhere around season 8 / Purgatory. “I’m not leaving here without you” etc. This is also the point where Dean believes that emotions will break Cas. This is literally heartbreaking and affects how he reacts to everything moving forwards, most specifically it is the reason why he holds back so much other than when Cas is human (see all the meta about 2nd nightstands, all of 9x06, the bar scene etc). It is also a standard unrequited/undeserving/it’s better for them if they don’t love me love trope in order to drag the story out, just saying.
Falling for you / Complications & Higher stakes: Cas becoming Human. Dean’s Demon/MoC arc. All these arcs lead them to a more profound emotional development towards each other and more textual romanticism in the writing rather than the initial crush/interest.
Final straw for Cas: Perhaps believing Dean is dead in 9x23 but then consolidated in 11x23.
Final straw for Dean: Lucifer possessing Cas, the whole second half of s11.
~ Dean over this whole period comes to see Cas not as a distant Angel but in a much more Human way. He even might have stopped praying to him as he replaces it with phone calls / direct communication, but his faith in Cas is clear.
~ Cas replaces his love and faith in God with his love and faith in Dean (consolidated in 11x23) and doesn’t want be a soldier but wants to help people, maybe by saving people, hunting things…
12x12 is the expositional point telling us that Cas has CHANGED. It also is a call back to Dean’s worry that emotions will break Cas as here he is, emotional and breaking. Dean even bows his head and visually looks like he is praying (it doesn’t even matter really if he is or not, the effect for the audience is the key).
These concepts tie back round to and build on where they were BEFORE THEY MET to show how they have changed within themselves and grown in relation to each other.
So, Now. They have both experienced the complications and higher stakes towards each other. They have both fallen in love, Cas both metaphorically and literally falling (it’s only on becoming human that I think he truly realised how he felt, it’s both a narrative reality and a metaphor). Dean’s gone from having no faith to eventually meeting God and worrying the whole time about saving Cas.
Which leaves us currently at the Break up Moment.
Which is honestly exactly where I see this separation and all the questions about choices/Angels/nephilim/cosmic consequences going, leading us to….
That feeling when you're desperately working your ass off for a better body and you don't get some good results and you're just so fucking angrya
That feeling when you're hungry as fuck but you don't have the money to buy food and instead you go home early without having fun
That feeling when you can't put up with everyone's shit anymore so instead you just go and mind your own business
That feeling when you're desperately waiting for your crush or some particular person to like your selfie and they like it 4 days after you posted it
That feeling when you're expecting to win at something after you've insulted everyone else and you DON'T actually win and you hate the entire universe because of it
That feeling when you have to sneeze but you DON'T actually sneeze and you want to punch the wall afterwards
That feeling when you just can't stop overthinking about something that seems so important at the moment (but YOU KNOW that it's stupid and it won't matter in 2 days) and you are just haunted by it and you have insomnia because of it
That feeling when someone talks to you and you're just thinking about all the ways you would fuck them
That feeling when you're telling the best advice and nobody is paying attention
That feeling when you have the perfect idea for a thing but you're just too damn lazy to get up and do it
That feeling when you ignore someone talking about sad things and you continue having fun
That feeling when you want to go to bed but you're way too obsessed with a song and you can't stop listening to it
Aries have been
participating in some self-deprecating thoughts lately, but being at war with yourself
will only make your journey more difficult. Instead of allowing yourself to
adopt this ‘woe is me’ attitude, choose to see the small gifts in your life as
a wonderful stroke of good luck. Sometimes things don’t happen for a reason,
but that does not mean it’s necessary to bully yourself in the process.
You need to trust
in the process and trust in yourself. Your own self-doubt is what is currently
holding you back. Let go of the feeling of being ‘stuck’ or not knowing where
you are going to go from here and trust that you are exactly where you are
supposed to be at this very moment. You are where you are for a reason.
You are currently
experiencing a change of perspective when it comes to where you want to direct
your life and how you are going to live it from this day forward. This birthday
in particular marks the time that you have chosen to do something different
with your life, because what you have going at the moment is no longer cutting
it for you. In order to change that, have the courage to follow your dreams and
passions at this time, as they will direct you towards a more fulfilling future.
expect a win this month! The Universe is currently conspiring and working in
your favour. Stay humble, keep your head down, and continue to do what it is
that you are meant to do at the moment. As long as you stick to your
responsibilities, the Universe will come in and clear out any outside
obstacles. The giving nature of Cancerian has been noticed and you will soon be
you’ve probably experienced some conflict with those around you. This month you
will be getting a handle on those emotions that have resulted from that
aggravation and will realise that you are better off holding those people at
arms length. Their energy no longer serves you and in order to save yourself it
is best to keep them at a safe distance.
Virgos have been
contemplating new work and monetary possibilities. If you’ve been asking
yourself if you should start that new venture, it is time to start it! If
you’ve been applying for a new job, you will get it!
Phew! Talk about an emotional time for Libra! Currently, you are your own worst enemy and you’re
killing yourself with all of your negative talk and thoughts concerning
yourself. Nothing productive is going to get done this month if you decide to
continue down this road. Trust in your intuition and allow that to lead you out
of this emotionally dark time. You are choosing to see the glass as half empty
instead of half full.
You are having a
hard time trying to decide where you are going at the moment. You don’t know which
way is up and which way is down or if you should go left or if you should right.
The problem with being in this headspace is that we don’t allow ourselves to
see any opportunities that may be presented to us. Adapt a more positive
approach and watch the Universe sprinkle some magic into your life.
You’re going to
be challenged this month, whether it is a co-worker trying to make you look bad
in front of your boss, or someone that is feeling particularly brave and
demonstrates this by being slick with their mouth leaving you feeling like,
“Oh! They tried it!” Maintain your integrity by standing firm in your truth.
You are better than that negativity.
yourself with too many commitments and responsibilities is not the right way to
chase after your goals. In fact, it is the least effective way to get where it
is you want to be. Take the time this month to reprioritise and decide what is
really necessary to get you to the end.
expect a harmonious time this month. You’ve got all of the right energies
working in your favour at the moment, so if there is anything you desperately
want to do or accomplish, now is the time to get on it! You’ve got all of the
tools you need to kick some ass, so trust your gut instinct and have the
courage to succeed.
You are now
turning the page on the last chapter of your life and moving forward. You’ve
had times that were good and this makes you question if you are actually ready
for new experiences; however, the cycle has completed and it is now time to move on.
How are you going to write this next chapter of your life?
I noticed some people saying that JJ shouldn’t be on this cover, and that it should instead be Otabek.
Quick disclaimer : I’m not trying to drag Otabek down (I actually really like him) nor to play a “who’s better”game. I just want to point out some things.
I think people tend to overrate Otabek’s impact in the anime. Not only did he arrive pretty late, but his impact was really local. He helped Yuri achieve his growth toward Agape. That’s it. And even then, he’s not responsible for the full growth of Yuri. It was an accumulation of events, and his friendship with Otabek was the last piece that helped him reach it.
I’m sure he’s going to get more development and to be shown as a more fleshed-out and impactful in the next-season, but it’s not the case yet. His only impact is on Yuri. He’s not a trial for others skaters, as most are just only discovering him (the “dark horse” of the GPF).
On the contrary to JJ.
Like it or not, JJ is a key character in the series that you can’t erase so easily.
Right from his introduction, he’s shown as “the skater with the most momentum”, and right from ep 9 we see Yuri modifying his jumps in order to beat him. In the last episodes, his presence put a pressure on at least Yuuri and Yuri, who both change their programs and jumps compositions in order to beat him (we don’t see for the other skaters, but it’s not impossible his presence put extra pressure on them too).
He did play a role in Yuri’s personal growth too. Yuri is just starting out his senior debuts, and as we see in the first episodes, he’s sure he’s going to win and don’t doubt of himself for one instant. He’s a sore looser and is used to win, and that’s a part of him that’s pretty immature. In order to grow, he needs to face some defeats, and having JJ beat him several times is a needed reminder in order to grow up. It also lead him to push his limits, to connect with people in order to perfect Agape, and lead him to beat a world’s record in a really elegant way. It doesn’t matter if JJ ended up self-destructing at the end, because his impact on Yuri starts since the beginning of the GP. (More on this here)
But he also impacted Yuuri. Not only did JJ’s high scores push Yuuri to change his program and attempt a quad flip AGAIN (despite not mastering it the first time) in order to have a chance to beat JJ, but JJ’s character as a whole was important, both for Yuuri and for us as spectators. One of the main difference between Yuuri and JJ seems to be the self-confidence (not even mentioning their engagements happening in the same time and their promise of a marriage upon winning gold). But it also resides in their recognition of the love that surround them. It’s clearly said in the series: for a long time, Yuuri didn’t realize how much love and support was around him, and it’s one of the main points of the anime. Yuuri discovering and accepting that love and using it to go farther. JJ does realize and accept it. He’s using it to go further. His self-love comes from the love people around him give to him, and he’s using it to go further. He’s only 19 and he’s doing a lot of things, outside of skating (when Yuuri sticks to skating and self-destruct even here). Because he feels secure in the love his relatives and fans have for him. And even when he does fail, he’s still supported and cared for. But it’s not just JJ. Yuuri too is supported and cared for when he fails, we see it from the beginning, with Minako welcoming him cheerfully at the airport. But Yuuri doesn’t realize it.
And then we have Yuuri watching JJ fails because of the pressure, and dragging a parallel with himself. He can see JJ -an overly talented young skater that everyone was expecting to win the GPF and who already won two gold medals in a row during his qualifying events- succumb to pressure and fail. Just like him. I strongly believe it helped him step back and re-think how he’s seeing himself, even more that it happens at a time of his life where he’s already growing slowly from his anxiety and self-hatred.
It’s not a coincidence if this shot :
is taking place just at the end of JJ’s FP where he managed to pull himself back up. We see Yuuri quickly tying up his skates and looking determined. Sure, he’s thinking of retiring. But remembers he planned on retiring after winning gold at the finale. Meaning that here, he’s confident about winning a gold medal. Something he couldn’t really consider last year when he blew up his performance. What we see happening with JJ in one program is what happened with Yuuri all along the anime, and they put this shot at this exact moment to underline how they are at the same point at this moment.
JJ wasn’t mean to be an antagonist, as I see it said a lot. He was here to participate to some character’s growth, and to show how everyone will recover at their own pace, and how support and love drastically help in the process (as well as accepting that love) and in loving yourself. This event helps Yuuri finalize the process we saw through the series that lead him to now be confident in his ability to win the gold medal and accept his relatives’ love.
tl;dn : JJ IS an important character, whether you like it or not. Otabek, even if full of potential, only had a minor impact in the series.
An illustration of a future tidbit of the movie’s story.
Since graduation four years have passed, Yugi as expected wins at the world game contest, and begins walking the achieved dream path of a game creator. Yugi’s game is given a high valuation, so what ends up happening is Kaiba Corporation embarking on joint development.
Yugi’s invented sphere-faceted-model fighting game = Spherium II prototype model is complete, so right now Kaiba and Yugi commence the fight on the stage of space!
From now on Yugi Muto becomes the new Yu-Gi-Oh! = GAME KING has departed for his goal~! END
This is just one possible future story.
Thanks for cheering on the Yu-Gi-Oh! movie this year~~!
It’s great to have drawn an illustration of what Yugi’s prospective future felt like together with Kaiba!
Willam: Season 4: Was disqualified from the race for breaking rules, has built a huge internet following. Possibly has more views and subscribers than any other queen that has been on Drag Race. Has possibly the largest music career out of all the queens as well.
Pearl: Season 7: The “most improved” queen of the season. At the start of the race, the judges critiqued her possibly more than any other queen, however she ended up making it to the top 3 and had quite a good chance of winning. Since leaving Drag Race, Pearl has been doing many things with her career including releasing music and being in a video for Vanity Fair.
Kim Chi: Season 8: Fan-favorite. Kim Chi was the most unique queen on her season. Her aesthetic combines Anime, Glamour, Doll, and Cartoon all into one. Could definitely go far in the competition.
Trixie Mattel: Season 7: Another fan-favorite. Although Trixie’s style in clothing is somewhat basic, Her makeup is shocking, humorous, and glamorous all at the same time. She has reached several milestones after leaving the race which includes releasing merch, making an album, co-starring in a web series put on by WOWPresents.
Valentina: Season 9: Was the fan-favorite, gained more followers on instagram per episode than any other queen in Drag Race history. Seemed very kind and caring until many other queens on her season spoke of shady things shes done both on and off the show. Her elimination shocked many viewers as a lot of people, including RuPaul herself, expected to see her at the top.
Adore Delano: Season 6: Adore is known as the fan-favorite of all time. She is the most followed Drag Queen on instagram. She even has more followers than RuPaul herself. Was in the top 3 of her season and some consider her to be the “true winner” of her season as she has had a lot of success after the race with both her drag career and her music career, the two of which overlap as well. She will most likely be on All Stars 3, as RuPaul has offered her a position to which her response was “I’m probably down.”
Shea Couleé: Season 9: Shea’s season had many fan-favorites, Shea being one of them. After Valentina’s elimination, Shea or Sasha were expected to win the competition. Shea’s runway looks are always very strong. Shea has already begun expanding her drag career by releasing an EP. Viewers should have a very high expectation for her to win All Stars if she races.
Aja: Season 9: Great concepts for fashion. Serves a very fierce lip sync. Although she didn’t do great in her season, I’d expect her to have grown and be able to do very well in All Stars if she were join.
Naomi Smalls: Season 8: With outstanding runway looks and makeup skills, Naomi was also able to prove that she can do more than just be pretty. She was in the top 3 of her season and was expected to win by many.
Ornacia: Season 6: Icon. Hasn’t returned because it wouldn’t be fair for the other queens to have to compete against a legend like her. Yes queen. Slay.