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Norse Gods (And Other Deities) List

Having seen various incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate lists of Norse gods circulating Tumblr, I have decided to write my own and also include common terminology alongside. I will also include other beings who exist within the old lore and modern traditions.

I have opted to include the names in Norwegian, with translations in parenthesise after, along with a brief summary of some of the associations given to some of those gods. Be aware that, as an overview, brevity is necessary here and the individuals should not be oversimplified to basic aspects in your practice!

Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)

  • Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
  • Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
  • Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
  • Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
  • Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
  • Heimdall (Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
  • Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
  • Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Hod (Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
  • Høne (Hænir, Hœnir) - Survival, sense/spirit, beauty,
  • Lodur (Lóðurr) - Blood, warmth, life, 
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Lyter (Lýtir) - Premonition, foresight, prediction, prophecy
  • Magne (Magni) - Strength, development, son of Tor
  • Meile - Son of Odin, brother of Tor
  • Mime (Mímir) - Wisdom, knowledge, memory, advice
  • Måne (Máni) - The moon, the night sky
  • Njord (Njörðr) - Vaner, the sea, harbours, ports, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth/prosperity, and crop fertility
  • Od (Óðr) - Madness, fury, eagerness, excitement
  • Odin (Óðinn) - Father, war, battle, victory, death, wisdom, runes, magic, poetry, charms
  • Tor (Þórr, Thor) - Thunder, lightning, storms, rain, strength, protection, hallowing, healing, fertility
  • Ty (Týr, Tyr) - Law, sacrifice, heroism, glory, war
  • Ull (Ullr) - Skiing, archery, hunting, weapons, shields, personal combat, oaths
  • Vidar (Víðarr) - Vengeance, atonement, preparation, survival, silence
  • Vilje (Vili) - Will, willpower, moderation, the middle, wit, intelligence, touch, sense, motion
  • Ve (Vé) - Countenance, appearance, facial expression, speech, hearing, sight
  • Våle (Váli) - Revenge, bravery, daring, marksmanship, survival, rebirth

Åsynjer (Ásynjur, Female Gods)

  • Bil - Woman, lunar activity, phases of the moon, sister of Hjuke (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Eir - Help, healing, protection, mercy, grace, calm
  • Fjorgyn/Jord (Fjörgyn/Jörð) - Earth, the world, nature, greenery
  • Frigg - Mother, love, fate, prophecy, marriage, birth, midwifery
  • Frøya (Freyja) - Vaner, fertility, love, passion, sex, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, magic, war, death
  • Fulla - domesticity, cleaning, housekeeping, listening, confidant, secrecy
  • Gersemi - Precious, beauty, blonde hair
  • Gjevjon (Gefjun) - Virginity, plowing, female independence 
  • Gnå (Gná) - Messenger, errands, crossing planes of existence, travel through land, air and water
  • Hnoss - Treasure, beauty, brunette hair
  • Idunn (Iðunn) - Youth, vigour, apples, love
  • Ilm - Fragrance, aroma, smells
  • Irpa - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland
  • Lin (Hlín) - Weddings, domestic sphere, flax, onion, fabrics
  • Lovn (Lofn) - Benevolence, kindness, gentleness, consolation
  • Nanna - Loyalty, empathy
  • Njorun - Soil, the land
  • Rind (Rindr) - Princess/goddess/giantess, mother of Våle from the East
  • Rån (Rán) - Sea, protection from drowning, fishing
  • Sigyn - Loyalty, burden, sadness
  • Siv (Sif) - Fields, wheat, fertility, family, wedlock
  • Sjavn (Sjöfn) - Love, sex, desire
  • Snotra - Wisdom, intelligence, cleverness, appropriate conduct
  • Sol (Sól) - The sun, warmth, daylight
  • Syn - Refusal, denial, speaking out, legal defence
  • Såga (Sága) - Seeress, all-seeing, companionship, drinking partner
  • Torgerd Hølgebrud (Þorgerðr Holgabrúðr) - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland, heathen shrines
  • Var (Vör) - Honesty, awareness, caution, carefulness
  • Vår (Vár) - Oaths (and punishing oath breakers), pledges, agreements, betrothal

Jotner (Jötnar, Elemental Giants)

  • Aurvandil - Star, planet, Orion & Big Dipper constellations
  • Bauge (Baugi) - Farmer, money, wages
  • Dag (Dagr) - Day, light, rides Skinfakse
  • Fornjot (Fornjótr) - Ancient giant, ancestor, original, owner
  • Frosti (Jökull) - Cold, winter, frost, ice, icicles, glaciers
  • Fårbaute (Fárbauti) - Hitting, striking, cruelty, danger, violence
  • Geirrød (Geirröd) - Entrapment, cruelty, aggression, violence
  • Gyme - Hills, Mounds
  • Helblinde (Helblindi) - “Hel Blinder”, “All Blind”
  • Hyme (Hymir) - Brewing, cauldron, thick skull
  • Kåre (Kári) - Wind, scathe, howl, sails
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Loge (Logi) - Fire, wildfire, 
  • Mime (Mímir) - Knowledge, wisdom, memory, counsel, Mimes Brønn (Mímisbrunnr)
  • Mokkurkalve - Clay, life, innocence, childishness
  • Norve (Narfi) - Narrow, oppressive, closed in, difficult birth
  • Rungne (Hrungnir) - Strength, brawling, fighting, whetstone
  • Snø (Snær) - Snow
  • Surt (Surtr) - Fire, heat, burning, blackness
  • Suttung (Suttungr) - Mead of poetry, orphaned, eagle
  • Tjaste (Þjazi, Thiazi) - Abduction of Idunn
  • Torre (Þorri, Thorri) - Black ice, frost, cold, winter
  • Trym (Þrymr, Thrymr) - Uproar, King of Jotner, 
  • Vale (Vali) - Unlucky, wolf, murdered his brother Norve
  • Vavtrudne (Vafþrúðnir) - Riddles, weaver of tales
  • Utgards-Loke (Útgarða-Loki) - The outer places, magic, illusion, beyond society, an alternate plane
  • Yme (Ymir) - The big bang, primordial, birth, the ancestor of all, elemental
  • Æge (Ægir) - Sea, ocean, sea creatures, protector of sailors

Gygrer (Gýgr, Elemental Giantess)

  • Angerboda (Angrboða) - Grief bringer, sorrow, Iron Wood
  • Aurboda ( Aurboða) - Gravel, mountains
  • Bestla - Mother to Odin, Vilje and Ve.
  • Driva (Drífa) - Snowfall
  • Fonn - Snowdrift
  • Gerd (Gerðr) - Beauty, light, fertility, earth
  • Grid (Gríðr) - Greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity
  • Hel - Death, Helheim (the underworld), Náströnd (“Corpse Shore”)
  • Hyrrokkin - Fire smoked, smoke, strength, wolves, serpents
  • Jernsaksa (Járnsaxa) - Iron knife, mother to Magne
  • Lauvøy (Laufey) - Needle, slender, weak
  • Menglød (Menglöð) - Lives in a castle guarded by Fjölsviðr
  • Mjoll (Mjöll) - Powdered snow
  • Natt (Nótt) - Night, darkness, nightfall, counting time, rides Rimfakse
  • Skade (Skaði) - Damage, archery, hunting, skiing, winter, mountains

Vetter (Vættir, Beings) & Other

  • Alver (Elves) - Light/Dark/Black, personification of nature
  • Andvare (Andvari) - Dwarf, “careful one”, waterfall, fish, wealth, magic ring called Andvaranaut
  • Ask og Embla - The first humans, ancestors of humanity
  • Diser (Dísir) - Female protective deities/spirits, fate
  • Dverger (Dvergar) - Dwarfs, metallurgy, wisdom, smithing, mining, crafting
  • Einherjer (Einherjar) - Honoured dead, fallen in battle, sent to Folkvang or Valhalla
  • Fenrisulven (Fenrisúlfr) - Death, destruction, rage, the end of times, fen-dweller
  • Fjolne (Fjölnir) - Swedish king, Vaner, son of Frøy and Gerd
  • Gullveig/Heid (Heiðr) - Volva, seid, enigmatic, “Lust For Gold” or “Golden Drink”
  • Kvase (Kvasir) - Wisdom, knowledge, skaldship, poetry, mead, blood, juice
  • Midgardsormen (Jörmungandr, Midgard Serpent) - Sea serpent, poison, self-reflexivity, cyclicality
  • Norner (Norns) - Weavers of fate, Wyrd, destiny, birth, death
  • Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Stag, hero, wisdom, prophecy, speak to birds
  • Starkad (Starkaðr) - Jotun, hero, great warrior, many arms cut off by Tor
  • Troll - Isolated natural landmarks, strength, slow, dim witted, 
  • Valkyrjer (Valkyries) - Choosers of the slain, Odin’s maids, spirits, ferocity, death, ravens, wolves
  • Vanlande (Vanlandi) - Hero, Swedish king, Vaner, “Man from the land of the Vaner”, 
  • Vedfinn (Viðfinnr) - Father of Hjuke and Bil
  • Vetter (Vættir) - landvette, skogsvette, husvette, vannvette, sjøvette, havvette, hulder, nøkken, draugen, nisse, troll, huldrefolk, deildegasten, dradokke, trollkatt, basilisk, krake, utburd, lyktemenn, varulv, marmæl, lindorm
  • Volund (Völundr) - Blacksmith, magical powers, sword maker, hero, alvedrotten (Chieftan of elves)

A shrine to my household guardian spirit, Slutty Cat (she’s the green sculpture in the center).
Slutty Cat is the old girlfriend of Musty Cat, a house guardian from my old home in Michigan. When I left, I wanted to take a piece of Musty Cat with me, but he was a location-based spirit, and couldn’t come along. That’s when Slutty Cat introduced herself, and I knew she’d go anywhere and bless any home that treated her right.
Pictured here with one of her favorite offerings, catnip, Slutty Cat is also partial to cream (regular or Bailey’s) and pictures of cute boy cats.

happy haikyuu!! fic recs

under the cut is a list of fics that folks in the haikyuu fandom read to remind themselves that there is good in the world.  i hope that the list can help spread some positive energy during this tough time.  thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions and helped to put the list together!

fics are arranged by ship and include ao3 link, author, length, and summary.  please let me know if one of your fics is on this list but your tumblr/twitter/etc isn’t linked, and i can add it.

kagehina:

  • I like the way your clothes smell by @mysecretfanmoments; kagehina; 75k; ‘Power outages, ghost stories, and the presence of a certain orange-haired boy lead to bad decision-making on Tobio’s part. He’d planned to keep his crush a secret; the universe has other plans.’ 
  • Painting with Words series by iwillstillopenthewindow; kagehina; 11k; 2 fics; ‘Where Hinata has trouble writing and Kageyama has difficulty seeing the world in color again.’ 
  • Hinata is a middle aged cougar at age sixteen the fanfiction by pittoo; 2k; ‘Kageyama just wants to mow hay’
  • kisses by buu; 4k; ‘There’s a blur and Hinata remembers warm lips, surprisingly soft from someone who frowns all the time, and Kageyama’s terrified face when he pulls back, and the electricity running through Hinata’s entire body, heating his cheeks to match Kageyama’s. / Kissing, it turns out, is as good as volleyball.’
  • Ridiculous by @festivetrickster; kagehina ft yachi; 3.5k; ‘After Yachi’s heater broke at her own apartment, Hinata and Kageyama invite her to stay at theirs until it gets fixed. Only, the problem is: 1) the repairman is never going to come, 2) temporarily living with Hinata and Kageyama is …stressful, to say the least.’
  •    maps, from me to you by tothemoon; kagehina; 10k; ‘This is a (non-chronological) account of the memories they make out of millimeters.’
  • let’s do it like they do on the infomercial channel by @kiribakus; 2k; ‘kageyama opened the door and hinata was blinded by the sheer force of his rock hard abs. / “wtf dude ur like 12,” hinata said.’
  • love and now by @plotghosts; kagehina; 16k; ‘After their break-up three years prior, Hinata attends Kageyama’s final university match.’
  • A Couple of Awesome Players by Esselle; gen kagehina; 3k; ‘Shouyou meets volleyball and Kageyama at roughly the same time—during his first year of middle school.’
  • Paws for a Second by LemonNinjaa; kagehina; 3k; ‘Daichi decides that working on teamwork is important, and Hinata volunteers Kageyama’s house. Little does Karasuno know that Kageyama has two fluffy secrets.’ 

daisuga: 

  • You’d fit my lonely arms so perfectly by boxofwonder; daisuga; 25k; ‘Suga accidentally calls a stranger instead of his best friend, tells him all about his burned batch of cookies before realising, and that particular mistake might turn out the best one he ever made.’
  • pride by @owlinaminor; daichi genfic ft. daisuga; 4k; ‘Daichi knows that Hinata accidentally called him ‘Dad’ once, and Suga often teases him about parenting the first-years, but this is just ridiculous. / “I’m not your dad, I’m your captain!” Daichi protests. / The cheering only increases in volume. They’re probably disturbing anyone who’s still at the school – but then, it’s New Year’s Eve. Nobody is still at the school besides Daichi’s insane, ridiculous, wonderful team. / “Okay, fine,” he says at last, raising his hands in surrender. “I’m proud to be your dad.”’
  • Perfectionism by @mysecretfanmoments; daisuga; 3k; ‘“I just wish it was something you could practice before you have to… perform.” He narrows his eyes, imagining it. “Like a CPR class.” / Suga raises an eyebrow. “You want to practice it. Beforehand.” / “Yeah. Are you offering?” / ((Daichi doesn’t like to be bad at things–kissing included–and Suga is willing to help him practice.))’
  • the perfect stranger by @downmoonwrites; daisuga; 26k; ‘There’s a man standing outside Suga’s door. / Scratch that. Start over. / There’s a man he doesn’t know standing outside his door, holding his sleeping nephew in one arm, with another kid clinging tightly to his free hand.’
  • Black and Blue by @makariawritesabout; daisuga; 117k; Daichi’s new (temporary) neighbor is not only stunningly beautiful but also funny, friendly, with just a touch of mysterious. / Naturally, Daichi freaks the fuck out. / (AU where everyone lives in the same building and everyone is gay)’ 
  • Add New Contact by booksong; daisuga; 9k; ‘"Daichi was leaning contemplatively on the sill of his open window, waiting for the icy breeze he was letting into his room to wake him up to how utterly stupid he was being. He’d always hated stories, real or fictional, about people doing ridiculous and self-destructive things for love, but now here he was, palming his smartphone idly and wondering with complete seriousness if it would survive an eight meter drop with substantial but repairable damage.“ / (Or; All Daichi’s electronics are endangered the moment he realizes he can’t get that sweet, patient, ridiculously attractive IT tech off his mind.)’
  • World Will Follow After by @kiribakus; daisuga; 7k; ‘Sir, are you interested in the flavor of the day? Is that what’s going on here?? Could you please decide whether you’re looking over here or looking downward??? Is this some kind of weird Morse code???? Sir I don’t understand what is going on and my face is burning sir please—’

iwaoi:

  • Build A Temple in Me by @kiribakus; iwaoi; 40k; ‘Up the mossy mountain steps, past the komainu guardians and the faded red gate, and beyond the boundaries of the green shrine—that’s where the forest and the spirit world within it lies. That’s where Hajime met him, and where their story began. / But intertwining of destinies can be ugly business, Hajime finds, when their first meeting begins with blood and the too-human eyes of a beast.’
  • how to let your planets align by tothemoon; iwaoi; 16k; ‘It is the last day on earth, December 2nd, 1985, when you realize you’re in love with him.’
  • midnight boy/sunset town by carafin; iwaoi; 10k; ‘In which Iwaizumi Hajime grows a few chili plants, participates in an eating contest, breaks into a park, and falls in love with a man who doesn’t ever sleep - not exactly in that order.’
  • I sure hope that guy gets fired by Xov; iwaoi; 30k; ‘It was the fourth time experiencing the exact same day that Iwaizumi Hajime reluctantly admitted to himself that something was very wrong.’
  • Phone Home by ghostystarr; iwaoi; 7k; ‘Oikawa Tooru is currently orbiting Earth at 445 kilometers per minute, but falling in love with the voice in his ear makes it feel so much slower than that.’
  • Through My Eyes by anchoringsouls; iwaoi; 3k; ‘“I think if you ever saw yourself through my eyes, you would fall in love with yourself the same way the way I did with you.”’
  • the BEES KNEES by munzie and oikawamemesquad; iwaoi & bee x knee; 300 words; ‘KN(B)EEwaoi: the fic (boy x boy, R-18, dont like dnt read!1!!!)’

kyouhaba:

  • Close to the Chest by @darkmagicalgirlwrites; kyouhaba; 61k; ‘It takes Yahaba thirteen years to realize he’s different from the other kids, one to figure out how to hide it, and two more to learn to be happy just the way he is. Yahaba’s journey ft. an extremely annoyed Kyoutani, best friend in the world Watari, and loads and loads of good senpai Oikawa.’
  • Laughter by @kiyala; kyouhaba; 2k; ‘Kyoutani has a cute laugh and suddenly, Yahaba has a crush.’
  • Entwined by @kiyala; kyouhaba; 2.5k; ‘Soulmates share their emotions with each other when their hands touch. Yahaba experiences it for the first time when he and Kyoutani share a high five after winning a match.’
  • Colourmarks by @kiyala; kyouhaba; 4k; ‘Kyoutani and Yahaba keep leaving marks on each other everywhere they touch. They’re trying their best to ignore it, and what it means.’
  • no solution series by fortyfiveangrycats; kyouhaba; currently 17k & 4 fics; ‘parallel lines, parallel stories. basically a bunch of kyouhaba fics that all remotely tie together.’

matsuhana:

  • plus one by safra; matsuhana; 6k; ‘"Did you know we’re dating?” / “What? Says who?” / “Says everyone apparently.” / “Oh,” Hanamaki frowns for a few seconds before shrugging and turning his attention back to the chocolate fountain. “Nice."’
  • A Bouquet of Flours by @guyfierimpreg; matsuhana; 5k; ‘“Is that a flour sack in a diaper,” Iwaizumi deadpanned, looking at the offending thing with a Look saved only for dealing with Hanamaki and Matsukawa (and occasionally Oikawa, though the Look for Oikawa came with a lot more vein-popping and swearing). / “Don’t talk about our baby like that,” Matsukawa shot back.’
  • stranger things by laubear; matsuhana; 10k; ‘In 2012, the men’s national volleyball team took home the bronze at the Asian Cup. Tokyo Skytree opened to the public. Also, the dashing Hanamaki Takahiro and painfully cool Matsukawa Issei started a radio show out of Aoba Johsai’s abandoned A/V room and accidentally became the two most popular guys in school.’

bokuaka:

  • geronimo by lagatos; bokuaka; 28k; ‘"beach resort au” where Bokuto Koutarou works in a small tourist town’s beach resort, renting out kayaks and surfboards for people he’ll never see again. Akaashi Keiji moves into town for the summer for a photography internship and Bokuto insists on showing him how the natives live.’
  • oh baby, can’t you see by commovente; bokuaka; 2k; ‘akaashi keiji’s comprehensive list of all 37 of bokuto-san’s weaknesses.’
  • wanderlust led me home to you by earlgrey_milktea; bokuaka; 13k; ‘When a tall, dark stranger walks into Koutarou’s shop one day, he was in no way prepared for his entire life to be changed at a glimpse of those breathtaking grey-green eyes. / in which bokuto fiddles with a music box that makes no sound, akaashi is a plant person, and some secrets must be revealed sooner or later.’
  • Rules by conesofdunshire; bokuaka; 120k; ‘In which Akaashi Keiji is an overworked accountant who stumbles upon Bokuto one night playing the piano in the lobby of his work. Bokuto is different, that much is obvious. But with such supreme musical talent and a smile so dazzling it rivals the sun, there’s just something about him that brings Akaashi back every night.’

bokuroo:

  • black cats & voodoo dolls by ohhotlamb; bokuroo; 4.5k; ‘“So, hypothetically, if I wanted to put a curse on somebody and make them suffer but I didn’t really want them to die—how would you suggest that, um, I do that?” / Kuroo looks up over his completely wholesome and not-at-all suggestive magazine (covered by another magazine—a nature special on humpback whales or some other majestic shit like that) to find an extremely hot and extremely sad-looking guy. Kuroo raises an eyebrow, but it’s invisible under the black of his fringe. He alternates brows. / “Damn. Who fucked you over?”’
  • it feels good, it feels great by @niwry; bokuroo; 1k; ‘Bokuto makes Kuroo feel alive, Kuroo makes Bokuto feel calm. There are also pineapples and night trains.’
  • the yeah yeah yeah song by keptein; bokuroo; 5k; ‘And the light from the stage catches in the guy’s hair, so blond it shines white like a beacon, like one of the stars overhead. Tetsurou leans over and yells in his ear, hand on one solid shoulder, “Cool hair!” / “You too!” the guy yells back, “I dig the sex hair look!”’

kurotsukki:

  • A Very Kuroo Chirstmas by AQuinton; kurotsukki; 2k; ‘Tsukishima Kei loves all things Christmas. But he doesn’t plan on admitting that to anyone anytime soon.
  • as far as first meetings go by whatcaniwriteinthis; kurotsukki; 0.7k; ‘… this isn’t that bad.’
  • Who Done It by galaxymouth; kurotsukki; 1k; ‘Tsukishima Kei has hickeys on his neck and no one on the entire volleyball team can figure out who could ever get close enough to the wall of salt to leave them there. The volleyball club suddenly becomes a detective debate club.’

ushiten:

  • Dovetail by ideallyqualia; ushiten; 31k; ‘To know something like the back of your hand means that you know that person or that thing very, very well.’
  • i’m a house with no windows, you’re the flowers on the front porch by @tendouaf; 67k; currently 9/? chapters; ‘Wakatoshi likes absolutes. He likes the idea of something being unchangeable, immovable, because he doesn’t have to worry needlessly about it. He can focus his energy on other, more important things. And among the absolutes he feels in his life, his bond with Satori is one of them. / (aka: a fic focusing on ushiten’s development from childhood through adulthood that no one really asked for but I felt an extremely strong urge to write anyway)’
  • ushiten week 2016 series by @owlinaminor; seven fics; 21k total; established relationship oneshots ft genderfluid ushijima.

captains genfic:

  • national hot dad alliance is now calling… by @dicaeopolis and @owlinaminor; captains genfic; 58k; ‘Sawamura Daichi: What the fuck. (Or, the captains’ squad interactions that definitely happen outside of canon, presented in Skype chat form.)’
  • Kings of the Road, Kings of the Universe by @ezzydean; captains genfic; 17k; ‘Eight magical captains, one bus, an entire summer (and country) waiting for them. / What could possibly go wrong? / (The magic of friendship meets the magic of a summer road trip meets pure magic.)’
  • holding out for a hero by @dicaeopolis; captains genfic; 17k; ‘Kuroo, Oikawa, Bokuto, and Daichi make up a team of superheroes fighting to keep their city free from crime. But they might’ve met their match in a powerful nature spirit that seems determined to take them down for good. / Also, it would really help Kuroo’s concentration if his teammates stopped wearing so much spandex. / Or: the superhero slice-of-life that nobody asked for.’

rarepairs & multishipping:

  • jaywalkers series by @sturlsons; kurotsukki, bokuaka, yamayachi, & others; currently 95k & 18 fics; ‘A collection of stories the morals of which all amount to: if something can go wrong, it will. Also, if something can go right, it also will. / Alternatively, that one college AU where everyone fucks all the shit up.’
  • Hearts aren’t bulletproof by boxofwonder; ushioi; 11k; ‘Being a superhero is hard. / Having a crush on your High School rival is hard. / Your High School rival having a crush on your Superhero identity without knowing it’s you is … kind of the worst.’
  • This Insignificant Pride and Prejudice by @mysecretfanmoments and poulerslashes; ushioi; 34k; ‘Oikawa Tooru graduated high school with the burning desire to succeed in his college career. He’d hoped that might include taking down his arch-nemesis along the way, but when he finds that his college team hosts an offensively familiar face, he can’t help but think that the universe might be conspiring against him. After all, what could be worse than playing on the same team as Ushijima?’
  • babysitters club by tesselated; tsukkiyama; 4k; ‘This is the problem with Yamaguchi: he’s too nice. Tsukishima has known this since they were thirteen, but apparently he’s never learned because here he is, babyproofing their apartment for the third time this month because Sugawara knows Yamaguchi will say yes when he asks them to babysit.’
  • blue summer sky by deanpendragon; tsukkiyama; 32k; ‘In which Tadashi manages his grandfather’s pet store and Tsukishima works at the music shop next door. Lots of exclamation points, dialogue, obvious crushes, internal (and overexcited) monologuing, animal trivia, and terrible puns ensue.’
  • four-star daydream by @dicaeopolis; oikuroo; 5k; ‘Kuroo’s cat has a problem with stealing clothing. Oikawa has a problem with Kuroo.’
  • That Go Bump In the Night by sushibomb; oikuroo; 19k; currently 1/3 chapters; ‘Oikawa has always been fascinated with the unknown. Aliens, monsters, ghosts, you name it, he can tell you a little something about the lore. So when a mysterious new person moves into his apartment complex, Oikawa is determined to prove that this seemingly normal guy might be one of the undead. But what happens when it turns out that he’s right?’
  • Unconventional Wisdom by irlbokuto; bokuroo, daisuga, and iwaoi; 60k; currently 12/? chapters; ‘They say you don’t really know a person until you live with them. After late night grocery runs, singing competitions, stove fires, alien conspiracies, laundry mishaps, excessive penalty drills, identity crises, and falling in love with your best friend, you begin to see life in a different light. You knew playing volleyball would take you places, but this was the farthest scenario from your mind. / Or, a tale of how Kuroo Tetsurou found himself rooming with three other volleyball captains at university.’
  • romance ‘n’ all that jazz by @tobioslilgiant; goshihina; 12k; ‘The smile drops from Goshiki face and his steaming cup of coffee nearly slips from his hand when he realizes: there’s someone already standing there. Standing in his spot. / Someone who’s assaulting poor, unsuspecting passerbies with the offensive noise known as jazz. / OR: AU where Hinata and Goshiki are rival street performers’
  • a dash of sugar and a spoonful of salt by @tobioslilgiant; goshihina; 1.5k; ‘"I don’t who keeps leaving me sweets but whoever it is, I’m gonna marry them,” Hinata gushes. / “Really?” Shirabu demands, jarring Goshiki from his thoughts. “You don’t even know who’s sending them, though. They could be hideous—” he looks over at Goshiki—“or painfully annoying.” / OR: the college AU where Goshiki keeps anonymously leaving baked goods in front of Hinata’s dorm room and Shirabu’s completely lost any semblance of chill he’s ever had’
  • The Kindling Alchemist by kvhottie; kagehina, tsukkiyama, daisuga, & others; 15k; currently 3/? chapters; ‘The lovechild of FMA:B and Psycho-pass AU. / “…and finally your partner, Major Kageyama, the Crystal Aconite Alchemist.”/ Hinata’s eyes darted to Kageyama and looked him up and down. Dark hair, blue eyes, and a stoic expression—he definitely wasn’t the life of the party. Hinata smirked, almost sure that Kageyama’s alchemy element was something cold, just like his demeanor. It was fine; he always liked a challenge.’
  • red skinny jeans by @dicaeopolis; tentsukki; 4k; ‘The trials of one prickly student-librarian and the guy who seems to enjoy nothing more than pissing him off. / Or, “Tsukishima Kei and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"’
  • Herding Cats by notallbees; kuroyaku; 15k; ‘Cat-sitting in his new boyfriend’s apartment seems like a stress-free way for Kuroo to get out of his mom’s house for a week, and to win some brownie points with Yaku. But cats often have their own ideas about how things should be run, and Kuroo has his work cut out if he wants to impress Porco and Rosso.’
  • when the moon hits your eye by Metis_Ink; ushijima/futakuchi; 10k; ‘The stress of new captaincy is troubling enough when there’s not a nationally-recognized, socially-stunted rival captain inappropriately concerned with your eating habits. Futakuchi is disappointed to find that that’s just the beginning of it.’
  • it’s tradition. by hicsvntdracones; kyouhaba, iwaoi, matsuhana, & kinkuni; 6k; ‘It’s tradition, it’s tradition, they all say as they gather up the second and first years. The second years have a look of hard determination, while the first years are simply confused. Oikawa claps his hands together. / "Let’s begin this year’s annual training camp truth or dare!” / Kunimi tries to run.’
  • Touch by @mysecretfanmoments; yakulev; 10k; ‘After a twisted ankle and an uncomfortable realization, Yaku starts to see a different side of Lev—one he doesn’t want to kick at all. (Or, well… not often.)’
  • Ear to Ear by @darkmagicalgirlwrites; aonefuta; 1.5k; ‘Futakuchi is as noisy, but Aone doesn’t mind.’
  • Despite the Warning Signs by @natroze; tensuga; 16k; ‘“War,” Suga says, quite cordially. “This means war.” / Or, the one where Tendou and Suga end up roommates in college and immediately engage each other in dorm room prank combat. Romantically.’
  • a little piece of home by spacegirlkj; oihina; 3k; ‘It’s a big step, Shouyou thinks as he stands back, wiping the paint of his hands to look at the blue room. / Their first real home, Tooru and him.’
  • Boatman by @surveycorpsjean; bokuto/iwaizumi; 4k; ‘Bokuto finds him, washed up, dehydrated, woven in translucent webbing. / Of course they fall in love.’
  • Stuck in the Middle with You by overlymetaromantic; oisuga; 15k; ‘It’s not the kind of blossoming relationship either of them would expect, but maybe, just maybe, it could lead to something good.’
  • Phases by togekissies; oisuga; 3k; ‘i. Moon witch Sugawara meets weather witch Oikawa on the street, strikes up a friendship. / ii. Moon witch Sugawara spends longer than is necessary texting weather witch Oikawa, is judged by his cat. / iii. Moon witch Sugawara, emboldened by the full moon, asks weather witch Oikawa a silent question. Weather witch Oikawa says yes.’
  • Daredevil on the slope by @smokey310; bokuakakurotsukki; 124k; ‘„Seriously. What kind of supernatural being did I piss off to deserve this,“ sighed Tsukishima on their way up to the mountain. Akaashi sat next to him in the little chair lift and watched the trails of small paw prints disappear between the clusters of fir trees. The snow glittered in the sun, the air was icy fresh and everything would have been picture perfect if it wasn’t for the intruder shaking his snowboard around in the third seat. / “Are you talking about me?” asked Tanaka, whom Tsukishima was very obviously talking about. / “Do you see any other people which the devil would have sent to punish me?” / “There’s some right behind us,” said Tanaka, pointing to the following chair lift filled with an excitedly jumping Bokuto, a maniacally smiling Nishinoya and Kuroo who sat in the middle and looked like he contemplated jumping into the treetops below. / Well – he did have a point there.’
  • Mannequin Men by @surveycorpsjean; bokuakakurotsukki; 76k; ‘The modeling world is full of hungry wolves, constantly clambering over the other, snarling and desperate. They fight, and they kill, trampling over anything in their path. / In this case, Akaashi fell in love with the wolves.’
  • Half Past Moon by @swallowtail-butterflys; kawashira; 9k; ‘5 kawashira scenes with the moon and 1 under the sun as they slowly fall in love.’
  • Window Vine by @swallowtail-butterflys; kawashira & tensemi; 15k; ‘"Tendou-san named the storage mop after Semi-san.“ / "That is concerning,” Kawanishi concedes.’
  • Sunshine Cafe by shions_heart; kenhina; 2.5k; ‘In which a tired college student’s daily routine is turned upside-down by the arrival of an adorable barista with sunshine in his smile.’
  • Push and Pull by @aroceu; kagetsukki; 11k; ‘The one where Kageyama and Tsukishima can’t be in different rooms if they don’t want to die (or at least hurt each other), and Kageyama has feelings.’ 
  • The trick to my treat by Etstrubal; bokutsukki; 3k; ‘Tsukki is pretty much addicted to sugar, and Bokuto makes the best sweets in town.’
  • OUT! by @yamaguchigrin; yamaguchi/male oc; 106k; ‘JAPAN’S FIRST GAY ATHLETE COMES OUT! / Yamaguchi never expected to read THAT headline in Gay Japan News, but he about fainted when he scrolled down to the photograph. There–volleyball on his hip, naked from his Seijoh shorts upward and eyes pleading for readers to devour him–was the familiar face of Oikawa Tooru. / Oikawa? Gay? OUT?’

other genfic:

  • the lost boys by @owlinaminor; shiratorizawa genfic ft ushiten; 61k; ‘A group of boys lost everything in war only to inherit a country that no longer knows its place in the world. How do they grow up? Who do they look up to? Where do they go to find purpose? There is only one answer: they turn to each other.’
  • Dear Mister Ghost by phantomdieb; shiratorizawa genfic; 5k; ‘The Volleyball team of Shiratorizawa is allowed to practice at school in their autumn holidays.  Everything seems alright until suddenly two of them go missing - followed by more of them.  Is that the Shiratorizawa Academy’s ghost?’ 
  • senpai troubles by @owlinaminor; one-sided goshiki/all his senpai & minor ushiten; 5.5k; ‘“Um, senpai?” Tsutomu wonders. “What does gay mean?” / Shirabu stares at him for another long moment, unblinking – then leans back against the bench and tilts his face up to the ceiling. / “Nope,” he declares, to nobody in particular. “I am not dealing with this.”’
  • intra-team espionage by hananapeel; aone & futakuchi; 1.2k; ‘A normal end to a normal Friday night: a fuming Kamasaki, an unapologetic Futakuchi, and Aone, who is dragged along for the ride every single time.”
  • it’s like the hunger games, but better by safra; seijoh genfic; 3k; ‘“Just a game of paintball?” Hanamaki parrots, eyes widening as he takes another step forwards until they’re standing practically nose to nose. “Kindaichi, Kindaichi, my poor naive Kindaichi. This is more than just a game.” / Kindaichi frowns. “It…is?” / “Kindaichi,” Oikawa says sharply, shoving Hanamaki out of the way so he can grasp Kindaichi tightly by the shoulders. “This is a matter of life or death.” / “I mean, I don’t think it’s really tha—” / “Life or death,” Oikawa, Hanamaki, Matsukawa and Iwaizumi say loudly in unison.’
  • A Good Day by bishounen_curious; saeko & natsu; 2k; ‘For the SASO2016 Prompt: Remember when the big sis of the Karasuno team met the team’s little sis?’
  • second year volley squad by garbagecannot; karasuno second-years genfic; 3.5k; ‘Kino: no-one cares tanaka / Tanaka: shot through the heart and you’re to blame / Or how five high school volleyball players with only their club in common, slowly but surely, became best friends.’
  • Hello, Halcyon Days by tookumade; aone & hinata; 2k; ‘No matter where he walked in Sendai city, Aone was always given a wide berth. He supposed it made getting around places easier, but there was a sort of loneliness in how people gave him fearful looks and avoided him as much as they did.’
  • no unread messages by warfare; kageyama & kenma; 5k; ‘Kageyama also remembers that he’d failed utterly at getting to talk to him. He’d been baffled about it at the time; what kind of setter doesn’t want to talk about setting? But maybe this is the answer. Maybe Nekoma’s setter - (“Kenma,” Hinata chides frustratedly the third or fourth time he says it, “his name is Kenma") - maybe Kenma-san is just bad face-to-face. Kageyama can understand that, to some extent, although he doesn’t quite understand why that would extend to talking to him about volleyball, but fine. He can accommodate this, if that’s what it takes. He asks for Kenma’s contact information immediately. Hinata copies it into his phone with a weird, sour face, muttering, “I mean it, Kageyama, you better not be a jerk to him.” Kageyama has no idea what Hinata is insinuating, and he forgets the comment almost immediately.’
  • levels of investment by @skittidyne; karasuno genfic; 9k; ‘Yamaguchi was far less nervous in practice than any games, and he’d gotten far more skilled at serving in a few short months, so Tsukishima was utterly unprepared for the feeling of a volleyball slamming into the back of his head. / There was a beat of silence. / The ball had enough of an angle to bounce off his head and over to the other side of the net, landing neatly in front of a stunned Sugawara. / (( or: Ennoshita plots for the future, Suga wants to mess around and is intent on dragging everyone down to his level, Noya tries to become a spiker, Kiyoko is a good senpai, Yamaguchi cries, and Tsukishima wonders if he’s been dropped off in the Twilight Zone without his notice ))’

Temple of the Goddess Hathor at Nitentóre (Dendera),
detail from the west side of the rear wall (upper register, V scene):
the God Schesemu (lion-headed) and the Goddess Ermouthi (Rnnwtt, wearing an Uraeus on Her head) both bringing offering vessels.
To the left, a protective lion protome; below, two guardian lions both crouching upon a shrine, and the two Hapi-Gods of Upper and Lower Egypt performing the Union of the Two Lands (above the symbol of the Union of the Two Lands is represented the sacred phoenix of Ra)

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[PLACE] Rei’s Bedroom.

Series: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Kana: レイの寝室
Romaji: Rei no Shinshitsu

Type: Bedroom
Location: Hikawa Shrine, Azabu-Juuban, Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Occupant: Rei Hino
First appearance: Act 22
Last appearance: Act 40

A guardian that looks exactly like the outside of a shrine but when you step inside the door closes and the game does a hard save as it walks off with you inside. You slowly lose hp over the course of a few hours due to starvation and your save file is completely unplayable from that point on unless you like robot walking simulators. Hard mode: it only spawns after you get 119 shrines and sits next to the last one, forcing you to pick the right door as your final challenge

2

Updated SCH glamour!

Weapon: Codex of the Shrine Guardian
Head: Oval Reading Glasses (Metallic Red)
Body: Replica Allagan Tunic of Healing (Cactaur Green)
Hands: Claws of the Beast (Metallic Red)
Legs: Scion Adventurer’s Bottoms (Cactaur Green)
Feet: Skallic Shoes of Healing (Metallic Green)

Finally got Botw! 

My experience finally going full out and not doing sidequests

Blows myself up : Fuck

Gets hit with a rock: Fuck

GUARDIAN: AAAAAA FUCK YOU

Crushed myself: DAMN IT

Climbing a steep mountain cause I am a difficult piece of shit and then RAIN: *silent rAgE* 

WALKS OFF SHRINE PLATFORM CAUSE BULLSHIT GUARDIAN: FUCKING GREAT

G͞A̫M͙̩̠̘̖͙̕ͅE͏͇̟̲̫͈ ̰͕OV̻͕̦̙̦͉͚E҉̖̬͈͇͍R̰̺͔͇͡ ̟̗̤G̼̯̘͓̻̟̤͝A̦̣̼̙̺̝̩M̖̟̼͔̱̦̹Ẹ̬ ͞OV̻̱͖͠ER̤̪̭͍̮̜̩ ͈͓G̷̮A̘͖͓̰̳ME҉̭͇̮̟̰ͅ ̢O̭̙V̧͕̗E͇̖̖̙͕̘͞R͢ ̸̟̲̹̬͔̼ͅG͕̰̙̖̳͖͎A̶̩M͕̯̲̣̙͉E̳̰ O̡͇͍̱V̻̹̱͖E̫͚R̘͍͖̠͈͢ ̝̬͎̮͖͝G̺̪̥̠͘A͓̝̳M̝E̶͚͙͍͍̘̦ ͔͚̹O̦͖̟̜̳͎͞ͅV͉͖E̬̱̮̬̕R̮ ͈G̢͓̬͇A̱͖̼͍͠M͏͈͍̞̮͚ͅͅE̡̯͔ ̱̕O̝̰V̡͈̯̗̺͕̤̙E̦R̯̫͍̱͚̣ͅ ̸͙̜͉͙G҉̙͙A͖͖̭̫͝ͅM̠͕̭̭̺Ẹ̲́ ̛̫O̞͠V͕͓͉̙͞Ẹ̖R̖̱̖̀ ̸̱̪G̼̝͝A͈̲̬͍͖̙̭M͘E̡͙̖̹̗̹ͅͅ ̫͇̰̥̙ͅO͇̳̱͓ͅV̨͕̘͚̖͈̥̰E͓̙̠̱͓͈͖R̗̻̣̖ ͕̖͓̦͈̼̱͘G̬͖̺̫͉͕A̖̞̖M̛͖͚͇̫ͅÈ ͇͎͉̤̙̝̻ǪV҉E̩̘̻̰R̤̠̤̲͍̣ ̹̘̪ͅGA͓͍̹M̥͇͎̤̼͇̙̕E̯̮̠ ̛̣̤̥O̹͞V͡E̴̖R̭ G҉̳A̖̫̪M͉͉̯̮̦̼̯̀Ę̙͉̤̲̜͔̮ ͡O͙̲V̦E͕̯̘͍̼͝R͓͝ ̱̠̮̳̜͎̲G̵̺̩̜̻̯À͇̰M̜͉̫͖̗̜ͅE̡̖̹ O̪͇̮̹̹̭ͅV͕̳̥͇E̫̩̞̫R̖͇͞ ̟̘̣̟̻G̨̪̩͖̠̖̣͉AM̵E̗̤̪ ͙̮ƠV̡̙̬̮̣̰E̴̞R͏̞̲̰̯̙͕ ̭͎̤̘̜G͖̺͚͎̰̰͖A̭̱M͓͈̙E̫͔͙̹͉̗ ͖̱͖͍͔̹͟O̱̟̜͍͙͚V̴͉̬͎̫E̢R̥̤ ̠͔̬̲̙G̶ḀM̺͇̥ͅE͙̠̳͉͢ ̝̩̳Ǫ͕͇͔̳̹̣̘V͍̰̩͇̩͈͚Ȩ̤̣͉Ṛ̝̕ ̙͇̰̠͟G̬̤̫̭̠̺A̴̰̫̠M̝̲̰̮̙͖E̗̙̥̪͚͖͟ ͉͔ͅͅO̻̥̮̼͙͞ͅV͕̹͉̖͜E̸̠̣̙̤̻R̡̥̯ ̫̠̳͇̳͈͢G̻͍̦̞͖A̸M̵̮E̩̣̼̙ ͏̦͓̥ͅO̹̼̪̹̥͞V̙̬͡E̖̫̰ͅR̥ ͈͔̲̙͖ͅGA͟M̳E̫̮̹͠ ̪͎̺͖͞O͏͖V̸͈̙͖͍Ȩ̗R̰̞͈̠ ̬̠̻̼̝G͔A̝̰Ḿ̭̪E̠͔͈̬̪ͅ O̘͕̙͓͕̫͉͢VE̛̬̳̟͕͚̤̼R̺̤͇̝ ̯̘̞͈͉̦̲G͓͖͟A͔͓͍M͏̪̺̤̬̘̖̖E͏̮͍͈ ̟̻̺͓̮O̡ͅV̫͈̥̲̤͇̯E̞͎̪̩͉̘̰R̙̣̀ ͔͚͢GA̡̗̜̪̲͈̪M̟E̠̤͈͎ ҉̙̪O͓͢V͈̣E̻̜̙̞̮R̪̼ G͘A͙̞̻ṂE̝͈̖̝ͅ ̬̝̙̗͈̝O̖̠͕̻̦̠͙V̙͕͇ͅE̮͉̗͜ͅR͖̹̜̲ ̧̳̘̺̜G̝̖̯̠̠̤̳A͞M͈̭E҉̜̪͙̳̰͕ ̟ͅOV̸̪̤E͖R̩͙̰̘͉̱̜͜ ͝G̨̱͍̤̗̦͍Á͖̺̙͈̮M̙͇͖͇̗͔E̪̬̝̠ ̸̳O̗̯͚͈V̠ER͈ ҉G̜͚̺͖̯͔À̞̖M̷̯̞̗ͅE͚̱͙͓̟̲͘ͅ ̩̫O̞̤̳̗͕̙̗͘V̳̪E̼R̼̩̻̲̖̖


I love Breath of the Wild~

anonymous asked:

So there is this super common anime trope where a woman with mystical abilities is guarding some mystic artifact or something, only some guy comes to steal it and the two of them fall in love. Then something terrible happens and she barely gets the chance to hand it over before promptly dying, leaving it in the hands of her agonized lover. I was thinking it would be far more interesting if they were both men instead... which naturally lead me to imagine tododeku.

So Izuku is the guardian of a shrine containing a terrible weapon. There is some sort of terrible struggle going on in Enji’s kingdom, so Shouto is sent to retrieve it. The only way he can claim it is by defeating Izuku, which he continuously fails to do. During his repeated failures though, Shouto ends up falling in love with Izuku… But if the weapon is claimed, Izuku will die (he was literally made to guard it after all). Shouto wants to save his kingdom, but can’t bear to lose Izuku either.

Shouto will have none of this nonsense, so he decides to screw the rules, breaks into the shrine, and uses his magic to fuse himself with the weapon instead. Izuku is mortified, but now that Shouto technically is the weapon (and Izuku was never defeated) his task to guard said weapon still stands. He gets to be Shouto’s guardian and help the poor fool control his newfound much too strong magical abilities (Plus help ward off angry gods pissed at Shouto for fusing himself with their artifact).

Shouto waltzing back into his father’s beseiged castle with Izuku trailing along. King Enji is sitting on his throne with his “crown of flames” (his own minor artifact) and asks, “Where is the artifact? We can’t hold out much longer. And what the hell happened to your hair?” Shouto replies, “I’m the artifact now. I used the soul fushion spell.” Enji is just, “Do you have any idea what you’ve done?! The magic will consume you!” Shouto glances at the still alive Izuku, “It’s worth the risk.”

(Things I love just as much as world building: Messing with common tropes and screwing around with magic systems. I play D&D and my gave my character a magic artifact that let her speak to the dead in dreams. I promptly abused that power and had her use illusion magic to make it so other people could see her dreams and then had her put the many dead wizards she could summon to work as professors in what soon became the world’s top magical university. That’s just how I roll.)

ohmanohman shouto why u gotta screw with the gods manz.

if shouto is an artifact now, there will probably be a lot of people trying to kidnap him so they could get their hands on the power, so izuku will really have to put himself to work, acting as both a teacher and protector. 

would enji, after having the curse expelled, try to use shouto’s newfound powers for himself??? it would be tempting as hell, especially since his own son is the artifact now, and i wouldn’t put it behind enji to use the artifact for war or smth. izuku wouldn’t be v happy, and he probably might even try to convince shouto to run away with him, where they can live in solitude and away from the greedy hands of humans?

or like… u could just angst this up. that’s fine too.

anonymous asked:

Do you think there is any significance to the painting "Backward's Beauty?" I noticed recently that Fuu often does that pose throughout the show. Often looking contemplative or worried.

Hello! Thanks for your question! Actually, yes. I find it very significant. I recently found some more information on this topic that I am using for my Samurai Champloo story. I think the contemplative/worried look of Fuu is meaningful to the term itself. To begin with, let’s talk a  little bit about the actual meaning.

The Japanese words for “Backwards Beauty” are “Mikaeri Bijin”. Another better translation is “Looking Back Beauty”. The term was popularized by the artist Moronobu Hishikawa when he made this Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) painting in the Tokugawa era, titled “Mikaeri Bijin”:

It was later printed on the first commemorative Japanese stamp in November of 1948. Having made drawing styles of his own creation, he is considered a forerunner for many future Ukiyo-e artists. He even inspired Vincent van Gogh. Samurai Champloo watchers will better know Moronobu Hishikawa’s work looking like this for the sake of mashed up history and an anime plot twist flair:

…Very little similarity besides the title. And anime viewers will see Moronobu Hishikawa looking very different than actual history. I highly doubt he was so flamboyant with long manicured purple nails, and purple lipstick. But hey, ya never know.

Since the making of this painting and many other prints by Hishikawa, the idea of Mikaeri Bijin has influenced Japanese culture for years to come (to the point where Samurai Champloo references it). There is a song by pop group Morning Musume using the title. Mikaeri Bijin refers to a woman who looks beautiful when looking behind her. It is considered coquettish, as she does not turn around to flaunt herself, but rather shyly glances over a shoulder. It also reveals a woman’s nape of the neck which is a sexual yet not raunchy display of the body in Japanese culture. The term itself has romantic undertones too, as it can refer to a woman looking at the man of her affections without expressing her feelings. Modern day Japanese people will use the term as a joke. As it can mean, “a woman who looks beautiful from the back…who turns around and is ugly”. Of course, this was not the case in old Japan.

Mikaeri though, as a word, is simply “looking back”. Looking back can represent looking back at the past, but pressing forward. I think this heavily describes Fuu as a character. She is searching for her past, and yet is forced to look onward as she travels across Japan. And yes, you are correct in saying Fuu is shown many times looking back. Even the opening credits has her doing so.

We can safely say, just as Hishikawa said in the anime, she is truly a beauty looking backwards.  Now from here, I’m going to diverge a bit. But I promise this will connect to the concept of “Mikaeri” or “looking back”

Many people wonder where Mugen, Fuu and Jin grew up. And while the anime never states it, it is very apparent for Mugen and Jin due to actual history. Miyako-shima was the penal colony in the Ryukyuan Islands during the Tokugawa time period, where criminals of all kinds were put. The paantu black figures that watch Mugen as he almost dies three times in his life are a Miyako-shima deity that chase off evil spirits during an annual festival. This is obviously Mugen’s birthplace. The Takeda clan, or more specifically, the real Mariya Enshirou owned the Kururi Castle outside of Edo. Since this was Jin’s caretaker, and teacher, and Jin was supposed to be heir to the dojo, we can assume Jin grew up there.

What about Fuu?

There is very little information to deduce where she grew up. We know nothing of the town. There is no recorded information I can find about an actual person names Kasumi Seizou. And we see she didn’t live in Nagasaki because that is where her father fled. But…her hometown could quite possibly be handed to us in the very first episode. 

Or should I say…the very first ending song.

“Shiki no Uta” or “Song of Four Seasons” is the ending song for the majority of the anime. A collaboration of the singer Minmi and the composer/arranger Nujabes, it was made specifically for the anime itself, and not by the artists separately. This is considering the anime’s first episode aired on May 19th 2004. But the song was only released in the album Samurai Champloo Music Record: Masta on June 23rd 2004, a whole month later.

The lyrics describe the seasons passing by from a girl’s perspective. And there is the repeated mention of someone they wish to follow, or the way they felt when they were “being held”. It can sound like a romance song, pertaining to Fuu’s relationship with one of her bodyguards. However, I think the song is more about finding her father, as that is the theme of the entire show. The montage of pictures for ending credits display memories of Fuu’s childhood, and her mother and father.The reason I bring this up is for a very specific lyric. Again…the song was made for the anime itself.

Lyric: “Summer comes to Uji, and in the fields are patterns of grass set out to dry.”

Uji is a town southeast of Kyoto that dates back to over a thousand years ago. Uji held no significance in the anime. Never did the trio go there. Never was it mentioned, nor is Uji a a super famous place to the rest of the world. But, Uji,  despite being a small city, is pretty notable in history. For one, the last chapters of the Tale of Genji take place there. The Tale of Genji was the first novel. By first novel, I mean FIRST novel. Ever. So Uji has many landmarks and statues referencing the book for tourists.

Uji is also well known for being a key producer of tea in Japan, as there are many tea leaf fields in the past and even now. The Tsuen Tea Shop still stands, and is the oldest tea shop in all of Japan. This perhaps explains the lyrics “Summer comes to Uji and the patterns of grass (plants/shoots) are set out to dry.”

Grass, being tea grass.

These are women during the Tea Harvesting Festival in Uji:

I’m no expert on botany, and I would like if someone could give more info…but it seems to me that these plants by Kasumi Seizou could quite possibly be tea plants. They look very similar.

So now, we can theorize based on the anime credit’s lyrics and pictures that Fuu was possibly born/raised in the town of Uji.

Here’s a little bit about Uji that will help clarify why this pertains to “Mikaeri Bijin”.

Long ago, the kanji for Uji was written to mean “The Way of Rabbits” or “Rabbit Road”. Rabbits… Seems pretty random right? Well, like anything Japanese, there is of course a  legend surrounding this:

Prince Wakairatsuko once got lost in the woods trying to find the way back to Uji. Upon walking, he saw a “Mikaeri Usagi” or “Looking back rabbit”. The rabbit would look at him, then hop along. It would stop again and again every little while, as if to tell the prince to follow him. Eventually, after following the rabbit for a time, he found himself in Uji again.  

This would be an example of a “Mikaeri Usagi” or “Looking back rabbit”:

Since then, the “Mikaeri Usagi” has been the motif of Uji, as well as the guardian of the Shinto Shrine Ujigami-jinja. The Prince the rabbit helped is also one of the three deities of said shrine. The Ujigami shrine, thought to be the oldest shrine in all of Japan, sells an array of rabbit trinkets.These rabbit charms hold fortunes for the future. 

The meaning of the“mikaeri usagi” is that it will help you find your path in life, if you ever feel lost. Just like the legend. Rabbits are also symbolized with this, because despite looking back. they do not ever leap back. Only move forward while contemplating the past. Across from Ujigami shrine, is another shrine called Uji shrine. Before the 1800s, The two shrines were connected labeled “upper and lower” Uji shrines… But…they were separated during the Meiji Restoration. Here is Uji Shrine nowadays, still preserved:

…Could it be?

There’s always the possibility Fuu once prayed to the guardian spirits of Uji shrine for her future. 

If Uji could very likely be Fuu’s hometown, and the “looking back rabbit” is a town icon…and she is called the “looking back beauty”, I can safely say that it described her perfectly. She looks back on her past, and from there forges her future. Mikaeri as a term both describes her and could reveal the location of her possible hometown.

Thank you for your question and I hope it interests everyone who takes the time to read or research this topic! ^^

~Ryukyuan-Sunflower

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“If we split into teams we’ll be able to cover more ground.” Princess Zelda spoke surely as she laid a map across the face of a boulder. She marked several areas in the snow region not far from the Rito’s village, “We possibly have a day, at most, to search before the snowstorm arrives, it would be preferable to make haste before night as well. Remember the shrine could be apart of the mountain, or be underground.” 


She glanced up staring at the Champions and her personal Knight before confirming her plans in her eyes. She took out a piece of paper and began copying the maps regions the best she could for each party, “Mipha, I would like you to search the rivers below. If it gets too cold, I want you to stop and retreat. Urbosa and Daruk, you two will take the Northern border, and Link with myself will scour the west.” She handed a small map towards you as she spoke, “And [Name] and Revali will cover the East region.”

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