I was wondering recently why Yuri on Ice seemed to be so different and fresh to me and why so many people get so emotionally engaged with it. There is definitely a nice animation and great characters and representation and such a beautiful love story but I felt like there was something in the narration layer that I couldn’t name until I compared yoi storyline to the most common schemes.
When you look at most of the pop cultural stories, especially those where main plot focuses on sport, you’ll see that there is that one scheme they all follow - you have a hero who has talent but lacks something (like a good mentor or hard work or confidence), he finds a motivation to win (it may be anything from parent’s death to wish to impress a girl) and he finds a dedicated coach, he trains, he loses, he learns something about himself, he wins, he gets an award. This is the basic way of constructing such stories and it’s catchy because we all want to believe that we are able to fight our weaknesses and win by ourselves. You may modify this scheme to a large extent but the main core will always be a single hero who needs to grow in order to win and actually I think that this scheme is present in Yuri on Ice but in Yurio’s not Yuuri’s story. Yurio has talent, lacks hard work and needs to learn something about himself, his skate-off with Yuuri gives him a motivation to win, he trains hard, he loses, he grows, he wins. This doesn’t make his story or his character less interesting but I wanted to give you an example of what am I talking about so I could compare it to Yuuri’s story.
So now, where is Yuuri’s plot different you could say. Well, in a way you could find all those elements in Yuuri’s story too but his development is where it all turns to be innovative. You see in the basic scheme the hero needs to learn to win by himself while Yuuri has got to that point a long time ago. He had all of that: his motivation, his hard work, most of his abilities, his own strength before he met Victor. He was fighting by himself for five years before and even if his anxiety makes him look like a weak loser it is obvious he is already beyond that “learning about myself” phase. Even this confidence Victor helps him to find he already had just hidden. Yuuri knows his emotions and some of his strengths and most of the weak points himself and either he wins or loses those minor competitions it doesn’t change him too deeply. But what Victor gives him is the belief that he doesn’t have to fight by himself anymore. Not in a “you can learn from other people” or “teamwork is important” kind of way (’cause they are still used in most of the stories) but in acknowledging that you may become better if you let someone close to you (this lesson applies to Victor to btw but he is not the main hero so I’ll skip this part).
I won’t say this reverses the scheme completely as this is still some kind of personal development that helps to win (though the fact that Yuuri does not finally win is interesting by itself) but it definitely changes the subtext of the whole story. We like stories about heroes fighting by themselves because we often struggle with our problems alone and we need to believe me can do it. But Yuri on Ice gives us the idea that thought you are strong enough to fight maybe you don’t have to fight alone at all. I guess this is why it has such a great emotional impact because in a world that tells you all the time that it’s only for you to win the story of someone who still needed help even if he already was strong and beautiful is really hopeful, positive and in a way more realistic then the basic “hero can only win by himself” scheme.
There is also the whole layer of how Victor doesn’t fit to the standard portrayal of a mentor figure but I think this is quite easy to spot and maybe let’s not make this longer than it has to be but the last quick reflection I had is that the most common way of portraying romantic relationships in the sports stories is either when the hero needs to sacrifice his relationship in order to focus (which is the trope I personally hate) or when he wins the attention of his love interest by winning the final competition (so the love is somehow a reward then). What is great in Yuuri and Victor’s relationship is how Yuuri doesn’t have to win to prove his worth to Victor. Almost from the beginning, Victor knows Yuuri’s flaws and he falls for him anyway. So Yuuri is not only given support that helps him to become better but also he doesn’t need to earn that support. Which I think again is quite moving because everyone dreams of this kind of relationship. We are all scared that we are not good enough to let someone help us in the first place and this is where yoi tells us it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’m sure there are much more tropes that are reversed in yoi and there is the whole narration layer that is also quite original but as storytelling is what I have the most experience with I decided to focus on this aspect only. And I may be wrong I just like to find and discuss narration schemes so please argue if you disagree but I love the fact that even when yoi takes those basic narration schemes it uses it to send a very positive message across and for me it could be a reason why there is such an enthusiastic fandom around it - because this anime exchanges the story of fighting alone for a story about growing in a relationship though it does not change a sports story for a cheaply romantic one.
A mess of beautiful tiny headcanons that Sid and I bounced around with each other that somehow spiraled into a gym centered universe. Thanks to this post for bringing @thomasjeffer-sin and I together.
Jefferson wears basketball shorts and tank tops with his arm holes cut all the way down the side.
Totally buys them that way, even though they’re somehow more expensive than tank tops with more fabric on them because #fashion
Plus it shows off his arms while also giving everyone in the gym a peak at his abs
Not like he doesn’t take strategic breaks to wipe his sweaty face with said shirt to reveal his abs but he’s not gonna admit to it.
He will admit to being addicted to Instagram and snapchat—but only because there’s photographic evidence of copious gym selfies
One photo pre-work out and then another photo post-work out because he enjoys seeing his tanks stained with sweat to prove just how hard he pushed himself
also another photo to show a smoothie w/ pre-work out in the mix
Sometimes he has those track shorts and everyone is just like *eyes emoji* dem thighs tho
He just wants everyone to know that he’s got a hot body under all of his fancy colored suits
He’s half there for attention and half there because he’s super strict with himself about his body and staying in shape because maybe he’s insecure about himself otherwise
Madison acts like his hype man but DANG. He’s always around Madison and ALWAYS comparing himself to Madison. Like Madison is just like naturally built??? To hold so much muscle??? They went to the gym together once and Jefferson was just floundering trying to keep up.
Madison probably has his bad days with his health stuff but when he does go to the gym Jefferson is blown away like can you not?? How can you have this much stamina but also need to have low activity days. But even on days he doesn’t work out Madison sometimes tags along to spot him.
Lafayette and Jefferson would start going to the gym together out of convenience. Like one day they show up at the same time and they normally don’t talk outside of the gym but they’re both there so they might as well. And then they’re going to the gym together purposefully, spotting each other, giving each other work out tips. And then they’re joking around outside of the gym. And in whatever gym-centric universe this is that’s how they became buds.
Can we talk about Lafayette being a good spotter… Of beautiful guys around like gym like wowie Jefferson did you see that guy’s ASS?
And Jefferson is like “Oh my God, no” and then quietly follows said person with his eyes in the gym mirrors because #denial
The muscular men they watch together. The muscular men they become together.
Also you know Laf gives Jefferson shit about the open-side tanks he wears. Teases him relentlessly about them.
They come to an Understanding at the gym and they can be gym rat buddies.
Hamilton can’t handle them. Like once they get really buddy-buddy, like so friendly it overlaps into office life, he’s just like ??? When? How?
Thomas also probably has a literal forehead sweat band with some dumb text on it but then the next day he offers Lafayette one and he accepts it even though he’s made fun of him for it, too
And Lafayette probably encourages him with cheat days. Fucking mac and cheese.
MAC AND CHEAT DAYS
(HERE’S WHERE I DIED Sid killed me with that one RIP)
He makes ^ that a slogan on a custom take top (ft. deep arm holes) for Jefferson. It’s bright neon yellow.
Lafayette gets his own tank top and it probably says Guns & Ships on it to point out all those arm days (and cheesy Hamilton reference…)
Hercules probably has a HUNK-ules shirt
He’s also a beast at the gym no one tries to compete with his deadweights
And also I feel like he’s the Originator of the headbands.
John is probably just a cardio and light weights guy? Maybe a swimmer?
Swimmer John 100% I can get behind swimmer John very much. Much shoulders.
Another thing that works: Boxer!John
Boxer and Swimmer John Laurens
So Alex starts feeling Left Out by his friends like why the fuck do you all go to the gym??
Alex doesn’t get why everyone is just gyming it up for some reason. He can’t wrap his head around it. He’s much more content to not get involved in that until he’s texting people for plans to hang out and everyone is at the gym and he’s alone in his room like #why
John tries to invite him down to the pool to swim with him “Come on! It’s relaxing! You need to learn to unwind!”
But Ham probably doesn’t enjoy swimming if its in bodies of water taller than him. He needs to be able to touch the bottom and doesn’t find doing laps in a giant pool and nearly drowning relaxing. Sweating is not relaxing. Sitting and reading is relaxing. How is picking up heavy things relaxing? How does John even hold his breath for that long? (Heh. Well u see…)
John is like “there are lots of positives to going to the gym…” and Alex is like “I get the whole health thing, but I’m still not convinced” and John starts telling him about how attractive everyone is at the gym and Alex just says “Can I borrow a sweatband?”
Meanwhile Burr’d be so chill about the gym as opposed to the other guys
He slowly works his way up to hard stuff. Lifts way less than he can actually lift just to make sure he doesn’t push too hard too fast. Eventually works his way up to what the other boys are lifting but has far fewer complaints about soreness. Makes sure to do a bunch of stretching before he does anything. And his cool-down routine is like half of his gym visit. Really into yoga and shit.
YOGA BURR!!!! (Alex will call him Yogi Burr the little shit)
He wears leggings and soft cotton shirts and he’s beautiful. So centered. So handsome.
Uses that upper body strength to do poses like this
Also: Burr being a beginner’s yoga instructor to make extra money
All the Schuyler sisters probably do yoga along with Burr—at least Eliza
Eliza and Burr yoga friendship!!!
They have their little yoga mats and they sit by each other in class and they work on their flexibility together.
Peggy could be a swimmer too I don’t see her as much of a yoga person for long because she needs to be moving.
And then one day the boys finally drag Alexander to the gym and insist he tries yoga
Hamilton probably can’t even touch his toes and either way spends the entire time watching Burr
Because BURR’S ASS IN YOGA PANTS DOING THAT POSE
his arms his legs his ass his abs when his shirt rides up…
Burr’s face is so calm yet serious, he’s focusing so hard and is in the ZONE it’s like he doesn’t even realize he’s making it impossible for others to focus
T A L K LESS M E D I T A T E MORE !!! (aka Burr’s new tank top)
Burr probably kicks Ham out because Ham can’t sit still or stay quiet and he will not have his Space ruined
also side note: all of the Schuyler sisters’ yoga gear is the color of their respective dresses.
They all have WERK shirts
After the yoga fiasco, Ham goes into the main gym and he is Intimidated but catches sight of someone lifting their shirt to wipe their face (u know that move) and holy hell those glistening abs and then the guy drops the shirt and it’s Jefferson and Hamilton almost runs out–he CANNOT
Imagine: Hamilton agreeing to swim with John to hide an unfortunate boner. (For Burr. For Jefferson. For Both.)
John totally catches on, too. “Alex, why don’t you try a back stroke? Your face would be out of the water the whole time so it’d be nearly impossible to drown.” “Enough, John.”
Lafayette probably has one of those at home pull up bars that go on the door
Laf leaves it up when he knows Hamilton is coming over just to get at him and Hamilton’s like MAN take a BREAK.
He probably lifts Hamilton up just so he can reach it but there’s no way he can actually pull himself up
Alex would just hang on it for as long as he could like “I can handle this. I’m getting ready. I’m about to do it.” And Laf is like “I’m not judging you. You can hop down if you want.” And Ham’s arms and hands are burning and he’s like “No I’m gonna do it.” Then John comes up from behind him and pokes his sides and Hamilton is forced to drop because John is a dirty side poker.
-The “don’t worry it’s just a cold” type that smiles at you like he is has everything under control.
- He doesn’t.
-When he’s sick he does even more research about Glendower using the excuse that he has nothing better to do.
-And his bed becomes a mess of flying papers and he can barely be seen under all of it, but you can find him by following the sound of the sneezing.
-His family sends him very expensive natural and organic teas that taste like eating dirt, but help.
-He either goes “man, I’m not sick, fuck off.” or “man, I’m dying, fuck off.”
-There’s no in between.
-When he has the fever, his face is just red; his cheeks, his ears, all of his face. He tries to deny it, but there’s no denying the fact that he looks like a very red, very angry red balloon.
-Hides in his room with Chainsaw until it passes.
-Matthew sends him honey and candies and Ronan keeps them near his bed and if someone tries to touch them they will have to face the wrath of a Ronan Lynch in pjs bottoms and an old, oversized shirt that he somehow manages to make look threatening.
-Adam Parrish doesn’t get sick, he has shit to do.
-But he does and he stuffs himself with pills to make the cold go away faster.
-But Ronan and Gansey know.
-So if the place where Adam works gives him a free week, there’s really no one to blame.
-After that, he sleeps for a week.
-Very sensible even while sick.
-The teas she drinks makes Gansey’s one taste like champagne.
-Persephone keeps her company.
-Various guessing on how much her sickness will last.
-She makes art while she’s sick. And new incredible dresses.
sitting on a rock, far away from the busy coast. Steve doesn’t think he would
have discovered this place if Tony hadn’t showed him. The sound of the waves
around them is soothing and the blond closes his eyes, enjoying the moment.
His lips curve
up into a soft smile when a scaly, smooth tail wraps around his leg.
his eyes again.
Tony looks gorgeous in the light of the setting
sun; the red of his tail seems to catch fire, coming to life. The orange beams
of the sun make the scales glitter and shine, illuminating the flecks of gold.
It’s a stunning sight and Steve’s breath catches for a second.
he’s still not quite used to the situation, he wouldn’t want to trade places
with someone else. Here he is, sitting on a rock near a hidden beach, with an
actual merman by his side. Steve reaches out and gently traces his fingers over
the blue pendant that covers the scar on Tony’s chest, before he looks back up
into chocolate brown eyes.
you thinking about?”, Tony asks and Steve feels the smile creeping back onto
his lips. Tony is always so curious. They know each other for about three
months now, but the brunet merman never stops marveling about every new thing
Just- kinda realized what a crazy situation this is.” Steve makes a vague
gesture towards Tony’s tail, which flaps once against his bare calf. “It’s not
every day you meet an actual merman.”
spark of something in Tony’s eyes at
that. His lips stretch into the cheeky, knowing grin Steve secretly loves on
him. He shifts a little, fingers tapping a rhythm against the rough surface of
Tony is up
to something, Steve can tell.
can ask, the merman leans in and Steve has half a second to realize how close they are before soft lips are
pressed against his own. They taste faintly of salt and Steve makes a noise;
but he kisses back, albeit keeping it gentle and chaste.
‘bout that?”, Tony murmurs when they part, that spark back in his eyes.
every day you have an actual merman kissing you”, Steve offers, and then he’s
laughing because really, what is his life? He never expected any of this and
yet it’s everything he ever could have asked for.
One of Tony’s hands cup his cheek and this time
Steve’s leaning in right when Tony does, meeting him for another kiss.
Why does Stannis trust and likes Davos so much? Yes, Davos saves his life but Stannis is also stubborn and he won't listen to anyone he doesn't trust so how did their friendship grow so much?
Thanks for the question, Anon.
Tagging @poorquentyn as a preliminary matter, since he always has good stuff to add about Stannis and Davos.
I think one of the big defining moments in Stannis and Davos’ relationship was Davos insisting Stannis cut off his fingers himself. Until that moment, Stannis might have seen Davos as a mere smuggler, bringing in fish and onions where he thought he could get the best price (among starving people who would pay whatever Davos said). But when Davos said he would only accept the punishment from Stannis’ own hand, I think Stannis saw him as someone different. Davos was testing him for his sense of justice - if Stannis was ready to execute a sentence as much as he was willing to deliver it. Ordinary smugglers wouldn’t demand that seemingly minor distinction, but Stannis might have started to see Davos as someone who would care that justice was done, and would accept reward and punishment with equal magnanimity - someone who would advise him to the just course.
Additionally, especially in the first years of Robert’s reign (when Stannis was heir in lieu of a son of Robert and Cersei), I’m sure Stannis was surrounded by lordly flatterers. The king’s next younger brother might have seemed a perfect avenue for favor at the royal court, and I bet he was surrounded by lords eager for advancement for themselves and their families (even in ACOK, years later, Stannis still found his lords sycophantic where they weren’t demanding). To be lordly is to be false, Stannis tells Davos in ASOS, and Seaworth might have seemed the very opposite of a grasping lord. Certainly, Stannis might have initially thought he could trust Davos simply for his lack of great name - he had no ambitious family to advance, no natural lordly allies - but as Davos offered him honest counsel with no desire for lands or favors, I think Stannis would have started to trust him more and more.
So, in light of the recent anon hate waves in the fandom, I wanted to write a quick series of headcanons on how I think the bros would react to receiving anon hate and how they would react to their S/O being the hate receiver.
I referred to the S/O as gender-neutral ^^
Seriously though, don’t send out hate. You’re not doing the poor blogger you’re targeting any favors by doing so, and neither are you doing yourself any favors. We’re all just people who want to enjoy the fandom, and enjoy it the way we know how. Don’t spoil the fun for everyone else, okay?
okay but rich's blog is just a shitpost central- he tags everyone in memes and takes selfies like every two seconds and has literally a bit of everything on it- fitness, health, aesthetics, fandom, lgbt, music, like everythinf you can imagine
YES……brooke doesnt reblog a lot of stuff from him but she likes a ton of his posts. jake has a tumblr bc chloe pushed him into getting one when they dated but he doesnt post anything and its empty and all he does is like rich’s posts. he doesn’t know how tumblr works but he supports his friends from afar
I was checking reblogs of my art and someone reblogged my J2M thing and said “cute but…” and I wonderd “but what?”. So I clicked on the blog, scrolled a bit and found out they reblog asks and stuff of the “we must support J2, even when they have to play hetero and do the ‘bearding’ thing because Hollywood forces them to” and now I understand.
Sorry that Jared wasn’t smooching Jensen I suppose? *lol* I have no problem with fantasizing about J2 smooching and I enjoy some tinhatting for fun (*gasp* did Misha and Jensen have a break up and that was why they were kind of off at that one convention how many years ago etc), but when you’re serious about it I find it invasive.
Sure, if you’re serious about it but never make any demands on the actors and are just quietly rooting for them to profess their undying romantic love to each other, that’s fine with me. (Not that anyone needs my approval or permission. I’m just thinking out loud.) But I condemn how demanding some people are, trying to force their view of J2 on the actors, hate on their wives and kids and get mortally offended when J2 don’t do what they’re “supposed” to do, maybe even spend time with other friends outside of J2. I don’t know in what kind of world fan behavior like that is justified. (It does kind of remind me of German football ‘fans’ who riot and punish whoever they can when their teams don’t perform like they want them to.)
If you tinhat to yourself because it makes you happy, then totally go for it. If you become a bully because of it, then you absolutely don’t care one lick about how your faves are feeling. You only care about yourself.
(Steffi has random thoughts and overshares once again.)
Hancock - super political, Feel the Bern, lots of quotes. pro-feminism and LBGT+ rights, anti-racism and general reddit fuckery. always getting into fights with anti-sjw types. refuses to take anon hate seriously. only posts about drug usage when giving advice on how to use safely or start a healthy recovery. gets a ton of messages about “wow I didn’t know u did drugs, ur so ~smart~!” and it really pisses him off
Nick - reblogs some of Hancock’s feminism and LGBT posts, but doesn’t really center his blog around it. will still drag anyone saying dumb shit though, snark lord master. mostly reblogs audio posts of 40s and 50s songs. makes his own posts that are reviews of noir / mystery / true crime books. fairly popular. his reviews of romance novels are wildly popular, much to his chagrin. secretly follows much more hardcore kink blogs but never reblogs anything because Ellie follows him and she can never know
Curie - lots of medical facts and helpful PSAs. has posts like “have you taken your medicine today” and “straighten your back. breathe deep. drink some water.” on queue. posts pictures of the cool plants and animals she sees out in the field. very late to memes. reblogs the oldest, most outdated ones and tags literally all of her friends to make sure they’ve “seen this adorable green frog!”
MacCready - couldn’t give less of a shit about all that political stuff. blogs about gaming, mostly first person shooters. lots of comic book stuff too. reblogs a few cosplay pics, secretly follows fitness blogs because he wants to cosplay as Grognak but thinks he’s too scrawny. also envy-follows Danse to try to figure out how the fuck he does that with like … his entire body. how. does he consist solely on raw eggs and protein shakes?? (*cough*thirsty*cough*)
Danse - all fitness, all the time. super pro-military. anti-sjw. and he’s only following all those buff muscle men for like, fitness reasons. the sweaty shirtless pics he reblogs are just for … motivation. to stay in shape. doesn’t realize he’s been reblogging from a gay porn blog until he sincerely reblogs a daddy kink post thinking it’s literally praising fathers. he suddenly gets 47 asks in his inbox about it, most of them filth from thirsty anons desperate to be “Topped” (he googles this and nearly deletes his blog when he realizes what he’s done)
Piper - shipper, unironic social justice warrior, makes a ton of callout posts. her blog is always filled with #drama. she ships people in real life and refuses to stop. runs a side blog dedicated to Valencock. reviews ALL the new media – tv shows, movies, books, everything and rates it based on number / treatment of PoC, women, LGBT+, and other minority characters. ultimately deems just about everything problematic, but a pretty good resource for figuring out if you want to watch that show or not
Deacon - nihilist meme shitlord. lots of spongebob memes. all of the audio posts are rickrolls until you click on one you’re expecting to be a rickroll and then it isn’t. reblogs lots of hilarious and #relatable posts about mental illness and college students wanting to Die™ but also posts about coping techniques too. how much is him just being funny and ironic? how much is sincere? how much is a cry for help? sometimes he gets concerned asks and just replies with *makes finger guns and changes the subject*
Cait - actually follows both Hancock and Danse. reblogs the stuff about using safely from Hancock and the fitness stuff from Danse. uploads lots of real life street fight videos. stars in most of them. secretly follows Steven Universe blogs. self-identifies with Jasper and hopes for a redemption arc. sends angry anons to people who write or draw porn of Steven x any gem. posts her locations with “meet me in x location for an ass kicking” and @’s Brony blogs
Preston - baby animals, positive suggestions, helpful life advice. a little too addicted to hack my life actually, but posts adorable pictures of him being blushy and cute with his big beautiful smile so no one minds. lots of nerdy history posts, frequently cosplays. very proud of his Minutemen uniform that he made himself. sometimes reblogs Deacon’s coping techniques and Curie’s daily reminders to take care of yourself. not actually as happy as his blog seems, but he’s trying hard and doing a lot better.
X6-88 - surprisingly, it’s almost entirely aesthetics. favors dark, neutral colors. landscapes, especially forest that look like some faerie shit is going on in there. no selfies on his blog anywhere. the only posts he makes himself read like facebook statuses and google searches. I don’t need a “bit” to tell me how fit I am. holy shit this is great. how to sync my tracker. how much sodium is recommended per day. how many murders is too many
Strong - fitness instructor who refuses to use technology. has a Nokia from the nineties with Snake on it. if he ever relents and gets an email address, it will be an aol account. thinks tumblr is a type of gymnastics.
MadaKaka ficlet, the thing I wrote at 6am instead of going to sleep
@madakaka I heard we were steering into Angsty Seas, so think of this as me blowing more wind into our sails.
“Have you any defence to these allegations laid against you?”
A pause. Mutterings from the shadows.
“None at all?”
“You do realise the gravity of your situation?”
“And you have nothing to say for yourself?”
“Hatake Kakashi is hereby found guilty of deliberately withholding crucial information from his military superiors, endangering the village through wilful disregard of Konoha law, and knowingly consorting with declared village enemy, Uchiha Madara. For these crimes, he will be stripped of all assets and titles, his chakra bound, and placed in lifetime imprisonment, retrial subject to the explicit approval of the Council.” A sharp breath, the grind of teeth. “Take him away.”