free! analysis

What really sucks about the way Joss Whedon writes is that he sort of has this idea that if he writes about women being strong and confident, that is all it takes for women to appreciate his work. Like, even if the villain constantly belittles a woman for being a woman and people are constantly harassing her and sexualizing her, it’s okay because she’s strong and she can take it.

The biggest difference between Whedon’s version of Wonder Woman and Jenkins is that in Whedon’s version Wonder Woman is A Woman. She (and the audience) must be constantly aware that she is a Woman, that she is Sexy, that she is overcoming incredible odds because she has the terrible disadvantage of Being Born A Woman.

Whereas in Jenkins’ film Diana simply exists. There are some points made by other characters about her being a woman, like when Steve won’t sleep with her because he feels it’s improper, or when his secretary says, “Oh yes, put specs on her, like after that she won’t be the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen”, but Diana is almost completely unaware of her status as a Dreaded Woman. Her excitement over a baby? She’s literally never seen one before. Her little makeover seen? Spends the whole thing looking for something comfortable she can fight in. She basically never mentions the difference between men and women, never even says that women are better or whatever because she was raised by them. 

Joss Whedon would have never let Wonder Woman forget she was a Woman. She would have constantly been making comments about it, wether positive or negative, as would everyone around her. In Whedon’s heyday that might have flown a lot better, but now women seem to be a little sick of grrrrl power. They just want power. They just want to exist, both on screen and in life, without constant reminders that they are Women and that they must pay for that at every turn.

Chelsea Manning: leaked footage of civilian murders by US troops, internal communiques between diplomatic staff and logs of military engagements to carefully selected media organisations who analysed, vetted and censored information to scrub it of all potential to put lives at risk - in the name of public transparency and accountability.

Punishment: held for three years without trial in various Marine and military prisons whilst being treated as the wrong gender, finally sentenced to 35 years in prison for military espionage; later commuted to seven years.

Donald Trump: divulges highly classified information directly to the Russian foreign ministry, jeopardising intelligence sources within ISIL-held territory and directly endangering lives - as a deal-sweetener to curb Russian aggression in the region.

Punishment: none, so far.

How high are Sorey’s high heels?

As you probably all know, Sorey wears high heels in armatus form.

#godbless

But how high are they, exactly? Let’s use the screenshot below as a reference.

Okay, who does also wear high heels in the series? Lailah.

Let’s compare them to each other, shall we?

So: Sorey wears high heels of similar height as Lailah.

But, how high Lailah’s heels are?

I’ve compared Lailah cosplay boots and high heels that are quite similar.

Guys. They are about 3 inches (7.5 cm).

Sorey fights hellions in 7.5cm high heels.

Do you ever look at a minor character and want to call bullshit?

Take Free!, for example-

Momo:

A character that’s just joined the team at Samezuka but is extremely talented. He easily overtakes the team’s backstroke record on his first real attempt to “swim seriously”. Given his skill, he could take the opportunity to be really arrogant, but that’s not what we see:

When Momo finds out that he’s replaced Uozumi in the relay, he’s humble about it and promises to win on Uozumi’s behalf. Similarly, when Nitori says, “You have to win the relay so you can go to nationals because I’ll definitely be in that one,” (while he thinks Momo’s asleep), Momo goes out of his way to assure Nitori that he’ll win the next day.

Momo is not only talented and upbeat- he’s also encouraging and thoughtful, particularly to Nitori, who seems to be easily discouraged.

There was a lot more to Momo’s character than comic relief, and I think he deserved more than that.

Nitori:

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anonymous asked:

Please, please go into the history of media closeting? I would love to open that can of worms, I'm so confused. Have there really been fake babies in the past??

Well, first off, Simon essentially tricked Steve Brookstein, X Factor’s first winner, into marrying someone prematurely because Cowell thought it’d be good publicity. It wasn’t enough, and Brookstein was abandoned. So no, a baby really wouldn’t be a big deal.

I need to go through my archive and find all the good posts, but in the meantime I’d look at these examples first:

“My management guessed that I was gay pretty early on even though I wasn’t out. One day they had a closed door meeting with the record execs and told me that I was coming off gay and that I had to change how I acted. They didn’t care if I actually WAS gay, it was more how I was being perceived. We were marketed towards teenaged girls so there couldn’t be a gay member. That’s when they started to style me and control what I said and did. They used to teach me how to walk “straight” up and down the aisles of a grocery store.”

“For all those who scoff that people who sign up to be controlled and used by record management in this way for the glory of fame and fortune, keep in mind Yee made barely $4,000 during his [three years] involved with the band and often had to cough up money for their own expenses.”

Make sure to read ALL the points under ‘The key differences with Harry and Louis’ situation’

This only scratches the surface, but never forget that these things are done because millions of dollars are at stake. When millions of dollars are at stake, ethics aren’t really a thing. The industry is absolutely ruthless, and there will always be enough proof of that.

Sana s4 trailer thoughts.

There are so many fascinating and clever things about this trailer. And I want to talk about them at length when I have more time… for now just throwing some thoughts out there.

The reversal of the film, starting with Even, who was a big fan favorite for S4, as a type of bait-and-switch (the same one they employed with Wilhelm during Isak’s S3 trailer) was clever. And by working their way through all the other main players of season 4 and ultimately landing on SANA, the fact it’s HER season becomes so impactful.

The choice of Song “Don’t let me be misunderstood” performed by Yusuf Islam (prev. Cat Stevens) who adopted the name after converting to Islam definitely feels significant. The lyrics allude to the struggles and prejudice she experiences, but I also thought the song in reverse sounded vaguely arabic, which I’m sure was also intended.

Furthermore I liked how the entire video was, as you realized in the end, basically an elaborate domino effect created by Sana. The way she looks in the camera almost makes it feel like she was aware of what was happening before putting her foot out to trip Noora. (and it feels like a subtle callback to Sana’s ‘magic hijab’ in a sense too).

I’m really curious to see how s4 will show us Sana’s vulnerable side, but it feels like this trailer gave us a glimpse.. it’s not about needing to compromise Sana’s strength or bringing her down to show it, because she deals with the ‘shame’ and struggles (prejudice and racism) just by being herself. And even if she looks like she’s in control, there are aspects (other people) around her she simple can’t control.

These are just a couple of the things that stood out to me, I may add more later or write a better analysis. Feel free to reply or reblog with your own thoughts!

Kaito and Ouma make for a great dynamic due to just how simultaneously similar yet different the two are

Both are arrogant in many ways and believe that they know what’s best for the group.

Both constantly bring themselves (especially concerning their titles) up in conversations, which leads me to believe they both share the same façade in that matter.

Kaito relies on emotion and empathy, while Ouma relies on logic and wit.

Kaito lives for the prescense of people he cares for who he knows care for him, while Ouma refuses to trust anyone at all to the point where he ends up alone through his own volition (and possible paranoia.)

They’re also able to constantly bring one another down a peg, whether it be Ouma poking holes in the illogical nature of Kaito’s ideology, or Kaito completely subverting whatever cold logic Ouma was trying to make the group accept by sheer willpower and refusal to go against his empathy.

Not to mention both of them are always the ones to call each other out for their shit.

Both of them wanted to end the killing game, to the point where they were willing to die for it.

shallura analysis :: 1x10 “collection and extraction”

Previous analysis: episode one, episode two, episode three, episode four, [no episode five], episode six, episode seven, episode eight, episode nine

Behold the most shallura heavy episode in the series, and the one that made most of us start shipping these cuties. Since there’s so much interaction and so much to go over, it kind of goes without saying that this analysis gonna be pretty long - so I’m putting most of it under a read more. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.

The team is currently trying to access Sendak’s memories, something that deeply disrupted Shiro’s emotional state in the previous episode - similarly to Allura having to let go of her father - yet was the most dedicated to using Sendak’s memories. Allura mirrors this dedication, while simultaneously continuing the break against her father and what he would have approved of, shown in this exchange with Coran.

Allura: Somewhere inside Sendak’s memories we should be able to find the inside information that gives us the key to take down Zarkon.
Coran: I don’t think your father would approve of searching through an enemy’s memories.
Allura: I know, but we have to do everything we can to defeat Zarkon.

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SasuSaku 475: An Analysis

Okay, so, when I first read this scene in the manga a few years ago, I cringed. Then, when I first watched it in the anime, I cringed again. I was so annoyed that Sakura was reduced to begging Sasuke once again not to leave. This is often one of the scenes that antis will choose to back up saying that Sakura is weak. Then I watched it over again recently, and I noticed something different. Look at the frustration in Sakura’s face here:

She’s accepted that she can’t do anything to physically stop him at this point, which I think is incredibly frustrating for her. If you recall, during the flashbacks preceding Sakura’s release of her Yin Seal in 373, she remembers the rooftop scene.

Everyone knows that she trained so hard to be able to catch up to them and fight by their side, rather than hide behind them. But I think another reason was that she felt powerless when they turned against one another on the rooftop. The memory of it still upsets her, as you can see by the clenching of her fist directly after it. She couldn’t do anything to protect either one of the two most precious boys in her life from the other, which was a difficult pill to swallow. Had Kakashi not intervened, she would have died that day. How would you feel knowing there was nothing you could do to stop the two closest people to you from killing each other? That’s why she felt so awful about putting the entire burden of bringing Sasuke back on Naruto. Not only did she love Sasuke, but after seeing Naruto in the hospital upon his return from the mission to bring Sasuke back, she realizes that she didn’t want to lose Naruto either. Sakura knew the day would come where they would fight again. She wanted to have the strength to protect them from each other when that time came.

So, she’s finally caught up to them, they can finally fight with their backs to one another. Then, they’re both given power by a literal god in order to bring Kaguya down. Sakura still plays an important role in helping them defeat her, but she’s not quite on the same level as Sasuke and Naruto anymore. This is what’s frustrating to her. No matter how hard she had worked, no matter how long it took her to catch up to them, it seemed like she was always a step behind. She acknowledges this, and now she’s desperate. 

This is what I hated. Why CAN’T she do something more than beg and whine and cry? But Sakura isn’t stupid. She can’t defeat someone who’s been given power by the founder of shinobi. She could TRY, but how far would it get her? Her losing a battle to Sasuke wouldn’t convince him of anything, it’d give him what he wants. So, she does the only thing she can do at this point, knowing that it’s useless to try and physically force Sasuke to rethink his choice. The only person who can do that now is Naruto, but she doesn’t want it to get to that point. She loves him so much that she’s frustrated with herself for not being able to do more to save him, but she still tries. She puts her pride and frustration aside and begs for him to reconsider, because she knows the outcome won’t be good if they fight. She’s afraid to lose either one, or both, of them. She’s willing to do anything to change this undeniable fate they’re both destined for. None of this is about Sakura’s “selfish desires” to have Sasuke to herself or something. Kakashi is sure to let Sasuke know of her actual intentions. 

And what do Kakashi’s words of Sakura’s love prompt? Sasuke’s memory of his mother. 

More specifically, a memory in which his mother comforts his worries. 

She reminds him that he is worth being loved as an individual and that he is not just the shadow of his brother. His mother gave him confidence with her love. She restored his happiness with her love. And what is the ultimate characterization of a mother’s love? Selflessness. 

A mother would do anything to ensure her child’s wellbeing and happiness. SP usually does a horrible job with SasuSaku scenes but I think them including this parallel here is really important. Sakura can’t physically stop Sasuke, but she’ll do anything to try and make him happy, including beg. Think of how Mikoto would react to Sasuke’s choice. She would beg her son to stop, promising him that she’d do anything for him to reconsider. 

Once Kakashi makes it clear to Sasuke that Sakura’s intentions are purely selfless, he’s reminded of the one person who had an unconditional love for him. Sasuke nearly killed Sakura, and yet she loved him and worried for his wellbeing. Only someone like a mother could give a love so pure. 

He makes the connection here. If his mother could be taken from him, who’s to say that this girl who loves him selflessly won’t be taken from him? Her love for him is on par with that of the Uchiha, the one that lead to their ultimate curse. In his dreams of revolution, there’s no room for someone who is willing to give all of their love to him. He recognizes Sakura’s selfless love for him here, comparing it to his mother’s, but does not want any more of those ties because they seem to always fail him. That is, until Naruto changes his mind. 

why do I ship NaruSaku? (aka my narusaku megapost)

[My submission for the final day of the NARUSAKU AUGUST EVENT, 2017]

This post is dedicated to all my fellow NaruSaku shippers, the ones who have gone down with this ship and yet continue to hold on to it, submerged in a sea of our perfect fanon. Enjoy this extremely long post about the pairing of Naruto and Sakura :) x

You may want to sit down with a cup of coffee/tea, find a comfortable environment, and just fill yourselves with shipper feels in order to read this.

So, why do we ship NaruSaku when it isn’t even canon?

Because it’s about a relationship that involves two individuals harbouring healthy feelings for each other, showing great respect towards each other and putting great trust in each other, facing great adversities and only coming out stronger than ever before, having developed an even stronger connection.

It’s not just the big, flashy, seemingly-romantic moments between them that draws me to them. It is, in fact, the smaller but significant interactions that makes me admire whatever Naruto and Sakura share. Throughout the manga, there have been several moments signifying the development of their bond, paving the way to the depiction of a more grounded and realistic relationship (at least, with respect to the Narutoverse and its foundation of “bonds”). 

Here’s a collection of some Naruto and Sakura moments from the manga, moments that make my shipper heart go squeee. Seeing them in a romantic light or not is up to you! I mean, NaruSaku as a BroTP is unbeatable, but this post will be more OTP-oriented. Feel free to keep these moments for yourselves ;)

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so you know that part in the new boku no hero academia op, where uraraka and yaomomo both get flashbacks of themselves in moments of weakness, while bakugou gets flashbacks of izuku instead? i mean this

and you can see him

progressively

get angrier. and i just think it’s superb in its symbolism. just like yaomomo is hindered by those scenes flashing in her mind of her battle (in)experience during the sports festival, bakugou is majorly hindered by those scenes of izuku helping him in the past.

the focus on izuku in those scenes - you can’t see younger bakugou at all - kind of highlights that bakugou’s problem is not so much about being helped; it’s more about his belief that izuku helping him in the past makes him presently inferior to izuku. bakugou can call izuku a “pebble” all he wants, but he’s threatened by that kid whom turned out to be a massive boulder in his path. i just think the animators did a great job with this sequence (with the entire op, really) and i hope we can all appreciate this part as more than just another showing of bakugou being his “usual, angry self.”

Witchy FAQ

This is a list of frequently asked questions and answers, from my own perspective. 

  • Can I make moon water or do a moon spell when it’s cloudy outside?
    • Yes, moonlight still shines through the clouds.
  • Can I make moon water during any lunar phase?
    • Yes but it’ll hold different properties than full moon water.
  • I think I’ve been cursed, what do I do?
    • A reflection spell to reflect the caster’s negative energy back at them, or a combination of banishing, cleansing, and protection. 
  • Well how do I know if I’ve been cursed?
    • Honestly, you probably haven’t been cursed. Coincidences do happen. But in this situation, the placebo effect is very much real - if you think you’ve been cursed, you’re bound to think every negative thing that happens to you is the result of such. 
    • You can use divination to see if you’ve been cursed, or do this to find out.
  • I’m hearing weird noises at night and I’m convinced it’s a malefic spirit (or something similar)! What do I do?
    • A banishing spell.
  • What crystals are good for X?
  • What herbs are good for X?
  • Do you have any resources for beginner witches?
  • *Questions about astrology*
    • Astrology Tag - I’ve reblogged a ton of great info on astrology, zodiac signs, etc.
  • Which lunar phase is best for X kind of spell?
  • Do you have any info on X deity?
    • Probably not. I might have a little information on Hellenic deities but even then it’s not much.
  • Do you have any resources for Wicca?
    • I am not Wiccan, so no I do not.
  • Can I have a free reading?
    • I don’t do free readings but plenty of other users on here do - check out the #tarotcommunity tag.
  • Will you cast a spell for me?
    • Nope.
  • Do you have a spell for X?
    • Maybe. Check my tags list and search my blog before asking me please.
  • Can you write a spell for me?
    • Nope. I used to take spell requests but I can’t keep up with it anymore.
  • What does X and X mean in my birth chart?
    • I’m not a birth chart expert, check out cafeastrology or one of the many other websites that offer free birth chart analysis. 

This is just the beginning… I’ll continue to add onto it as I think of more. 

Just to clarify why I ship Kydi and what I want for them…

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not sure if anyone’s really thought about this yet (probably have) but this angle is sort of…awkward? but i think it’s intended to be that way, and works perfectly for the scene it’s in

right around the sports speech is when things start to get a little..familiar. the sports speech is nearly identical to what rose tells steven in the tape (except it’s about sports) and then you start to remember that this is rose’s room, and everything that happens in this room is based off of steven’s subconscious and experiences, nothing else. this isn’t a fully accurate portrayal of rose, she’s only what steven knows and has heard.

then the angle starts to feel..weird, warped and fake almost, but it’s supposed to be that. it contributes to the realization that this isn’t rose.

Character/Outfit Design Analysis(Jolyne Kujo)

*small edit to include Jolyne adding the longer coat to her attire before all the belts.

If you missed them, go check out my Analysis of Rohan Kishibe Parts 1 and 2!

Jojo’s is a, for lack of a better word, bizarre manga and anime. It tells a story like no one before it in ways that would go on to revolutionize the industry as a whole. This young lady here is one of those attempts literally personified. Jolyne Kujo is one of my favorite of all the jojos, as she’s a badass leading women made in a time when that wasn’t who isn’t afraid to get dirty just to beat up someone that did her wrong.

The one thing I want to mention briefly is that spoilers are going to come up for Stone Ocean, so if you’re planning on reading part 6 make sure to read that first before reading this. So, to reiterate, from this point on please expect massive…


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So now that we’ve had another plot heavy episode, it looks like several more of those leyline visions from episode 1 have shown up.

And then if a vision of a vision counts:

Looks like the star from the Papilliodya chrysalises.

(not entirely sure if this one counts but oh well)

So now that just leaves four visions remaining.


Then that just leaves the matter of this person (who’s also in the opening credits):

My prediction is that they’re a distant ancestor of Andrew’s who can manifest as an apparition similarly to Professor Woodward and is working together with Andrew’s father to either destroy or abuse magic for some nefarious plot. Lord Hanbridge will probably try to rope Andrew into it at some pivotal moment, but he’ll refuse and end up helping Akko and company instead.

I’m not saying that free-market economics is bad or dangerous, I’m saying that it doesn’t even exist.

The mythical butcher-baker-candlestick-maker view of capitalism only existed in the very earliest days of capitalist development, when it was little more than a social experiment embarked upon by adventurous minor nobles and desperate peasants in fast-growing early-modern cities. The whole reason capitalism survived as a way of organising economic activity was because the newly-wealthy capitalist elites were best placed to wield influence over tottering European feudal states as they crumbled under their own weight - taking them over to run them as glorified protection rackets for their profit-making schemes. From its earliest inception within feudal societies, capital has sought the benefits of the state - legal regulation, economic protectionism, military repression - and used them to secure its future.

Even the most dimly-conscious free-market ideologue knows this. What ‘free-market’ ideology really conceals is a civil war between staggeringly wealthy elites, over which faction of capitalists should reap the rewards: those who benefit from the huge resources of states being poured into subsidising the profits of manufacturing, industry and trade, or those who can make a killing from bank bailouts, government-secured property deals and state-backed oil ventures.

Modern states, therefore, are to capitalism both nursemaid and childhood playmate: they are utterly inseparable, bound together in a Faustian bargain written in the blood of workers.

Happy Birthday, Rei!

In honor of one of my all-time faves, I have decided to make an analysis post about my favorite Rei(Gisa) moment in Eternal Summer- the time when Rei confronts Nagisa about facing his parents.

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I am :

• an official stan of Himchan

• a very (I have every pic under the sun) Yongguk stan

• a yes (but no what are you thinking) Daehyun stan

• a secret Youngjae (I would give him my two lungs if he asked) stan

• a very confused (wth boy why u do this to me but you’re so cute) Jongup stan

• a very overly protective (like a withered old grandma) Junhong stan