Russell: Mama was big into rodeo. We owned a bunch of horses. Bred two of em, got Outlaw out of it. I was the only one he was calm with..wouldn’t let no one else ride him without givin em problems. So he became mine.
If ih was always intended, then there were a lot of unnecessary moments between Ichigo and Rukia that Kubo shouldn't have shown in the manga. It now feels out of place since apparently their bond isn't meant to be seen as "romantic". Makes me feel like the ir bond was merely a ploy to bring in more readers.
I agree anon, and I wish that if IchiRuki wasn’t meant to be canon, he wouldn’t have romanticized the ship so strongly. But he did, and there’s no way all of this is just one big platonic bond or one big plot to keep people reading, given how starved for IchiRuki content we were during the Blood War arc.
I/H was never shown to be anything but romantically one-sided until the very end
Yet throughout the series IchiRuki got things such as:
there’s a reason Ichigo’s desing was altered to contrast Rukia’s
there’s a reason Rukia was named to be Ichigo’s ray of light
there’s a reason he made then BOTH protagonists to develop equally, something not done very often for a male and female character
there’s a reason Kubo gave them several titles, exclusive to them ~Death and the Strawberry (and by extension Deathberry) ~King and Queen ~Black Sun and White Moon
there’s a reason their entire characters contrast each other so much, from their palettes and personality, to their shinigami powers and zanpakuto,even down to their zodiacs that make them perfectly compatible
there’s a reason there are more IchiRuki spreads than any other set of characters or pairings, drawn by Kubo
there’s a reason he told people viewing the Fade to Black film to give special attention to Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship, and suggested one might take a romantic partner to see the film
there’s a reason only Ichigo and Rukia were given poetry to express their relationship
there’s a reason he was always so playful and ambiguous about the status of their relationship
there’s a reason he expressed having a hard time drawing Ichigo without Rukia, and would add her to art without even thinking about it
there’s a reason one of the above spreads is called the Honeymoon Spread, named by Kubo himself
there’s a reason why during the SS arc, Ichigo corrected anyone who mocked him for “wanting to save Rukia” He didn’t just want to save her. His exact words were “I have to save her!”
there’s a reason why during the HM arc, Ichigo was so determined to beat Grimmjow, and even pointed out that is wasn’t to save Orihime (the person they’d gone to HM in the first place for), but to get back at him for hurting Rukia.
there’s a reason why when he does save Rukia, the scene is paralleled to the time Isshin saves Masaki
there’s a reason why thoughts of his friends didn’t activate Fullbring, but the thought of Rukia alone (complete with the shojo-shading and possibly the most beautifully-drawn panel of Rukia in the series) gave him what he needed to activate it
there’s a reason why when he’s crying about his powers, Rukia showing up again and giving them back (something she expressed a promise to do) his tears ceased
there’s a reason Ichigo thanks Rukia for stopping his rain (a long running metaphor for his own sadness)
there’s a Rukia changed Ichigo’s destiny
there’s a reason their destiny is a shared one
there’s a reason the animation studio gave so many extra episodes that featured IchiRuki, and he complimented the episodes and noted the ice skating as being his favorite (you know, instead of maybe asking them to tone down the romance or making special note of a canon pairing’s episode etc)
there’s a reason he added several sexually suggestive puns between Ichigo and Rukia in the manga, including a very famous penetration joke.
there’s a reason why when during their goodbye scene from Farewell Swords as shown above, there’s shojo-style shading around both of them. Kubo has been very tactful in the use of shading. Ichigo is in scenes with other girls where they are shaded as they’re expressing something romantic/flirtatious toward him, but he isn’t shaded because he either isn’t getting the ~romantic~ vibe, or he’s exasperated by what they’re doing and doesn’t see it as something cute/flirty/what have you. But here, he’s saying goodbye to Rukia, and he’s shaded like her, indicating they’re expressing those same romantic emotions. Many fans took this scene to be Kubo signaling that IchiRuki actually would be moving to a romance
there’s a reason WSJ used IchiRuki content to promote the last chapter, instead of the canon pairings or just Ichigo alone, or Ichigo and Rukia content that wasn’t so shippy
there’s a reason IchiRuki is the most popular ship in the fandom by such a large margin
there’s a reason so many people, shippers and non-shippers alike, were expecting them to become canon and expressed outrage and confusion when they were not
it’s because Kubo wrote and drew them that way, Kubo added those nuances, Kubo dropped those hints. Everything in the series up until the final arc indicates Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship moving on to becoming romantic, but suddenly everything during the arc was focused on keeping them apart (pro tip, avoiding one pairing’s interactions and serious development does not suddenly build up another), despite Urahara alluding to a team up attack. Anticipation for their reunion was built up, and all signs pointed to Rukia getting to Ichigo to combine their powers being the deciding factor in this final fight. The lack of communication was startling for many readers. The sudden jump from that last blow, to Rukia being made a captain, to Ichigo and Rukia reuniting with their own separate families, was a shock and a disappointment, and it’s really telling that it’s only fans of the canon ship at all happy, and not even all of them are actually happy, because they know their canon was rushed and weak, and not what they deserved. Fans of all sorts of parings from the series have expressed wishing the ending would have been open if not IchiRuki, because as it stands the ending does not make sense and does not fit with the narrative.
IchiRuki had everything going for it to be canon, all dashed away in the last minute, and for what? An utterly unsatisfying end to their story.
I've recently stumbled across you and Rosie. The earliest vids you both look so loved up, but some of the recent ones you both look content and you give off a feeling that you both really love one another. Not that frenzy of emotions of finding the one, a soul mate (twin soul) Do you ever look back and how do you feel about your early vids?
We spoke about this the other day. I actually feel more in love with Rosie now. Nothing’s lessened or changed for me, only the love I have now is far more desperate! I hate doing ANYTHING without her, the idea of losing her is scarier to me than ever before. I think it’s because we’ve been through so much together. This YouTube journey turned out to be something completely unexpected. It’s taken us all over the world, it’s forced us to make serious decisions, move house and leave our friends.
We’ve had major stresses, big opportunities and life changing options to discuss. How we’ve managed to do it all without arguing is just insane to me considering huge things have happened recently off screen. Rosie is SO positive and supportive and I’m a total workaholic so it just works. We strike a great balance between work and our relationship but the one thing we suck at is making time for ourselves so that’s definitely going to be a 2017 resolution! One thing to bear in mind is that you guys see about 10 minutes of our lives a week. What you see is true and real, but it’s not all we are. I love our early videos, but like any relationship love grows and changes in time. But I’m far more excited about where we are in our lives right now than the days where I wasn’t sure if we were going to make it! Even though that was strangely exciting hahaha.
Some people come into our lives
And take a place so big in our hearts
We wonder how we’ll ever fill the space when they leave
Because they always leave
But you won’t remain empty for long
You have the power to fill your heart up again
But not with cement, love
Fill the space with books and flowers and tea
Smoke and tears, if that’s what it takes
And when they come knocking again
To burrow into that warm lovely space,
Don’t let them dig quite so deeply
Save some room for yourself
Daddy:*points at a huge roller coaster* baby lets go on that one!
Me:*nervously* uh daddy how about we ride the marry-go-round again??
Daddy:*looks at me suspiciously* baby what's wrong?
Daddy:are you afraid to ride big rides pumpkin?
Me:*sighs and starts to tear up* yes daddy but I was afraid to tell you cause I know how much you like to ride big rides and I didn't want to seem like a stick in the mud.
Daddy:*smiles and kisses my forehead* baby doll you'll never be a stick in the mud. I'd rather have my baby happy then ride all the big rides in this park. How about we go and get something to eat instead?
Me:*still feeling down* okay daddy...
Daddy:*frowns and takes me by the hand and leads the way*
Me and daddy:*gets in line for a smaller roller coaster*
Me:*panicked and looks at daddy* d-daddy!!
Daddy:*holds my hand tight* look baby girl watch the roller coaster. It only goes around three times and doesn't look that fast. If you get really scared the man will stop the ride and we can get off and if we do daddy will buy you a huge ice cream with anything you want on it okay?
Me:*slowly nods* o-okay daddy.
Me and daddy:*gets on the ride and sits in the middle*
Me:*gets nervous and bites my lip*
Daddy:*puts a arm around my waist and holds my hand* don't worry babygirl I know you'll do fine just squeeze my hand when we go to fast okay?
Me:*nods as the ride starts and I squeeze daddy's hand*
Me:*goes around the second time on the ride and starts to have fun*
Me:*the third time around I giggle and put my hands in the air*
Me and daddy:*gets off the ride and sits down somewhere in the shade*
Daddy:*smiles brightly at me* you are such a big girl pumpkin. You make me one proud daddy! *yells at a near by crowd of people* THIS GIRL IS MY GIRL AND MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!
Me:*blushes hard and hugs daddy* d-daddy! I love you so much!... Can I still have that ice cream??
Daddy:*chuckles* yes baby doll you can have that ice cream.
Dean: I knew you’d get hungry, so… I tried taking the five-finger discount at the local market and got busted. I wasn’t on a hunt. They sent me to a boys’ home.
I wasn’t very active in the fandom / didn’t know many who watched the show back when this aired. I really like this episode as it gave you a glimpse of something rarely touched on in the show: What does Dean want for himself? I just wanted to share some of my favourite moments from the episode really.
Sonny: [Y]ou can stay here as long as you want, Dean. You’re doing good in school. You’re making friends. You made the wrestling team. I’m proud of you.
They make it very clear that Dean was settling in even though he was obviously different. Though he was carrying amulets and putting salt around his bed, he managed to fit in.
Sam: Hey Sonny, wait. Um … W-what is all this?
Sonny: It’s our hall of fame. We had some pretty great athletes come through here, including your brother. He was Sullivan county 135-pound wrestling champion.
In which we learn Sam perhaps doesn’t know as much about his brother as he assumed.
Young Dean: My dad expects me to follow in his footsteps.
Young Dean: I want to be a rock star, but… I also really like cars.
Young Robin (a girl young!Dean has been seeing): Being a mechanic seems rough.
Young Dean: What? No, no. Not at all. Cars are freaking cool as hell. Fixing them is like… a puzzle, and the best part is when you’re done, they leave, and you’re not responsible for them anymore
He likes puzzles, but this part interested me so much because he mentions responsibility. Even at a young age, Dean is really longing to not be responsible. (Flash forwards at this point to Season 11 and Chuck telling Dean he’s a firewall between light and darkness.)
Then the scene that breaks me, at the end, Young!Dean is preparing to go to his first school dance. John turns up to take Dean away. Dean doesn’t want to go, Sonny offers to stand up for him, Dean’s considering it, he’s considering staying for his normal life, but then, then he spots Sam in the back of the car. He goes back to John, and he does it all for Sam.
Sam: Dean… thank you.
Dean: For what?
Sam: For always being there, for – having my back. Look, I know it always hasn’t been easy…
Dean: I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
Gross sobbing because Deannnn, my lil’precious Dean. AND SAMMY. Sam knew. He might not have been aware as a kid fully what Dean gave up, but I feel like adult Sam, especially after meeting Sonny and seeing that Dean excelled so well at being normal, was able to appreciate it more.
✺ “I was born and brought up in the countryside. I used to live in a sort of converted stables on the grounds of a castle, and I spent a lot of my childhood running around with a pretend sword pretending to be Robert the Bruce.”
✺ “I was a big ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fan and ‘Star Trek’ fan. I grew up watching those.”
✺ “Shakespeare language is fantastic, and to be honest, you don’t need to do anything to Shakespeare.”
✺ “I never once dreamed of sort of being able to be in an American TV series, you know? It was all about theater and touring and sort of being an actor around Scottish theater.”
✺ “There’s something about the silence of people listening to someone or watching someone - I just… I love that.”
✺ “I actually got an initial sense of how big 'Outlander’ was going to be on Twitter. We’re all on there to help promote the show and also interact with the fans.”
✺ “My accent is… sort of an Edinburgh sort of soft southwest Scottish accent. It could almost be English.”
✺ “I’m obsessed with the moon and space travel, so if I could incorporate that, I’d love to go to space.”
✺ “I’m very lucky. I had a great childhood.”
✺ “People forget actors can adapt and change their appearance. In this industry, people sometimes cast to type, or as close to type as possible, but actors are a lot more versatile than you think!”
✺ “Working on 'Outlander’ has been a delight, it really has. I had kind of forgotten what Scotland was like, and I’d turned into a bit of a Londoner.”
✺ “You do have to learn how to wear a kilt, and it’s certainly very liberating and very freeing, but surprisingly very comfortable to wear, to ride a horse in a kilt. I was surprised by that.”
✺ “I auditioned for 'Game of Thrones’ seven times! Loads of times.”
Virgil hadn’t even tried to make any plans for his birthday. Not that he had tried to the year before either, but the previous year had certainly reaffirmed making plans wasn’t generally a good idea. Of course, it didn’t help his family’s plans last year just hadn’t been good ones to begin with. They all knew well how much they’d failed at that, but it seemed they still hadn’t entirely given up on the notion of surprising him.
“Camping?!” he’d exclaimed, blinking sleepily at his brothers upon being woken up that morning and ‘informed’ of the day’s plans.
Yeah, he really hadn’t seen that coming. By late afternoon there they all were, at a campsite in New Zealand, near a dark sky reserve. Tents were pitched, a campfire built and and the comms had remained mercifully silent.
Tapping softly on a nearby log for the potentially jinxing thought, Virgil found himself grinning rather happily. This was nice–more than nice, even. It was he might even stop rubbing in the fact they’d failed so much last year nice. Yeah, he thought as he eye’d a particularly large, cake-like box that had been set on one of the picnic tables, it looked like they’d made it up to him and then some this year.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!
“What I remember most about the concert was that we were so far away from the audience. … And screaming had become the thing to do. … Everybody screamed. If you look at the footage, you can see how we reacted to the place. It was very big and very strange.” - Ringo Starr
“It would have been better still if we could have heard what we were playing. I wasn’t sure what key I was in in two numbers. It was ridiculous!” - John Lennon
“Now it’s quite commonplace for people to play Shea Stadium or Giants Stadium and all those big places, but this was the first time… Once you go on stage and you know you’ve filled a place that size, it’s magic; just walls of people.” - Paul McCartney
“Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000 - the greatest gross ever in the history of show business!” - Sid Bernstein