You stared in horror at the scene in front of you.
What was once a beautiful village teeming with life, was now just the remnants of wooden supports, and every step taken forward crunched with freshly fallen snow covered in grey ash.
Ushijima, positioned at the front of the group, looked back at the others. "Search for survivors!“ He ordered.
You watched everyone move around you, your entire world revolving around a small object on the ground not to far from you. The snow and something more sin sinister snapped underneath your tread until you had picked it up.
It was a homemade rag doll, with a beautiful silk cloth dress and buttons for eyes. You stroked back the dolls hair, horse hair, and clutched it tighter in your hand.
"I don’t understand,” You turned to see Ushijima beside you, looking over the wreckage of the town. His voice too quiet for the man he was. “My father should have been here. He would have never allowed this to happen."
You clutched the doll tighter as your heart sunk in your chest, while Ushijima tore his eyes from the ash to you. You felt safe under his gaze, and you hardly noticed when he took the hand that was holding the doll, and slowly pulled it from your grasp.
Still holding your hand, he looked down at it, straightening the dress and brushing the hair and ash from the doll. He paused, fingers stroking gently over the silk.
He looked up and back at you, his eyes filled with an emotion you hadn’t seen before. Unfamiliar.
He squeezed you hand and straightened up, pressing the doll back into your hand.
"Captain!” Immediately, Ushijima dropped your hand, turning towards Semi who was rushing over to you, breathless. “You need to see this…"
Ushijima straightened up, face relaxed though his hands shook. "Lead the way, Eita.” He moved away, only just glancing back at you. “Ping.” He gestured you to follow.
Semi lead the both of you through the village until you both cane out somewhere else entirely.
If the village was a tragedy the scene in front of you now was horrific.
The snow covered ground was littered with the bodies of Chinese Soldiers and Huns, all with various wounds, and some with entire swords sticking from their chests. You pressed your hand to your mouth in an effort to stop yourself from throwing up. Taking a step forward, you immediately recoiled when you felt brittle bones crack underfoot.
Tanaka returned, a solemn look on his face as he approached Ushijima, in his hands was a glossy black and gold helmet, an elegant bird feather protruding from the top.
“The… General,” he whispered, bowing as he offered the helmet to Ushijima.
Ushijima took it with his gently shaking hands, and impaled his sword into the snow in front of him before he rested the sword on top of the hilt. He bent down in front of it, his lips moving in a muttered prayer.
“Captain…” You said lowly, moving forward, your hand hovering unsure over Ushijima’s shoulder. “I’m sorry.”
It seemed as if Ushijima didn’t hear you as he stood up and swiftly mounted his horse.
“The Huns are moving quickly!” Ushijima announced to the army, tugging on the horses reins. “It’ll be quicker to get to Imperial City through Tung Show pass.” His eyes drifted back to the helmet before they darted away again. “We’re the only hope for the Emperor, Move out!"
The army moved around you as you made your way to the sword, bending down to mutter your own prayer before you placed the doll down and straightened up, bowing once more before you turned, taking Khan’s reins as you followed after the army.
It wasn’t your fault when one of the canons went off, it was Bokuto’s fault (that insufferable white and grey dragon), but the way Ushijima looked at you when the explosives went off made your heart sink in your chest and guilt fill your every sense.
"You gave away our position,” he growled as he glared furiously at you. “Do you understand what you’ve done? Now we're—"
You backed away as Ushijima moved closer to you, watching in rapt attention as an arrow flew from a cliffside and pierced Ushijima’s shoulder. The brunet cried out and clutched at it, ducking down as a rain of arrows hailed from above, barely missing you and the rest of the soldiers.
"Get out of range!” He barked, and almost immediately the small army scrambled away, only to be corned at the opposite cliff by twenty Huns, aiming arrows at them.
Ushijima noticed the wagon of explosives and ran over, dismounting his horse to seize the cannons. “Get the cannons!” He yelled, beginning to hand the ones he grabbed to other soldiers.
You watched as a flaming arrow sailed from above, and hand only seconds to rip Khan free from his reins before the wagon exploded.
The impact sent Bokuto and the lucky cricket Kenma flying, and made you fall off of Khan.
You tugged him over to the soldiers just as Ushijima ordered, “Fire!”. The cannon fired and exploded harmlessly on the mountain side, The Huns silent as more explosions followed. Ushijima held up a hand. “Hold the last cannon.”
Hinata faltered and his match drops harmlessly onto the snow.
And that is when Daichi appears atop a horse, just over the mountain, and behind him are hundred of Hun soldiers.
Ushijima drew his sword, looking back at his army. “Prepare to fight! If we die, we die with honour!"
The Huns charge and all you could see was the glints of their metal, the blood thirst on their faces, until you looked down at your own sword, wondering if you could do what you were enlisted to do. Killing.
Until something caught your eye.
A glacial overhang, just above the charging Hun army, and you felt the adrenaline pump through your blood as you rushed forward, seizing the cannon from Hinata and burying the other end in the snow as you aimed at the overhang.
"Ping!” Ushijima yelled. “Get back here! Ping!”
You felt the rumble of hooves, their war cry, and you could finally see Daichi’s scarred face, smirking with the thought of killing yet another Chinese soldier.
Your fingers fumbled with the match and it hissed out on the snow.
“Light it!” Bokuto screeched, and you grabbed him, pulling his tail until he coughed up a spark which ignited the cannon.
You smacked your hands over your ears as Daichi reached you, raising his sword until the overhang exploded and crumbled, sending snow and rock down upon the Hun army. Daichi roared in anger and swung his sword, it felt like it just glanced off your armour. You turned, running from the army and seized up Ushijima’s hand, dragging him back towards Khan. You swung yourself up, and panicked when your fingertips slipped from Ushijima’s gasping for air as you saw him get dragged beneath the snow.
“Wakatoshi!” You yelled above the avalanche, forcing Khan to move so he didn’t get stuck. “Captain!”
Bokuto crawls up between Khan’s ears. “There!” he cried, pointing to Ushijima who was unconscious and slowly slipping towards the edge of the cliff.
The next moments were a blur, the arrow fired to help you as you reached for Ushijima’s hand, clinging onto him atop Khan as you were pulled up, lungs heaving. The cheers as you reached solid ground gasping. Then, the ground lurched from beneath your feet and the world spun in front of your eyes. And you were cold, so cold, and there was a white-hot pain on your body. The last thing you saw was Ushijima crowded over you, yelling for you to stay with him.
You would, you decided as your eyes fell shut. You would stay with him.
The look of utter betrayal on Ushijima’s face as you pull the bed cover over your chest is enough to make your stomach churn.
“I can explain,” you pleaded, clutching the bedsheets close to your body.
Semi’s mouth curled into a twisted scowl. “So it’s true!”
You looked at Semi before turning back to Ushijima who was standing in the mouth of the tent, frozen, staring at where your chest should be flat.
“Wakatoshi!” You pleaded.
“I knew there was something wrong with you!” Semi growled as he seized up your arm, barely giving you time to cling to the sheet before he was dragging you from the tent and depositing you outside. You cried out as he yanked your hair from it’s bun. “A woman!” The gasp across the soldiers was astounding, the only ones who didn’t react were Tanaka, Nishinoya and Hinata. “A lying, treacherous snake!”
“I can explain!” You begged, managing to lift yourself up onto your knees. “My name is Y/N, I did it to save my father!”
Semi looked at you with disgust. “High treason!” he barked.
“I didn’t mean for it to go this far!”
“It was the only way!” You cried, turning to look at your fellow soldiers. “I didn’t want my father to die, I couldn’t let that happen. Please,” you begged, your voice low. “Believe me.”
Semi only glanced at Ushijima. “Captain?”
You stared at Ushijima and he stared right back, until he tore his eyes away and crossed over to Khan, ripping your sword from it’s cover before he turned back to you.
Nishinoya, Tanaka and Hinata, unable to bare it any longer, begin to move forward, to stop Ushijima from what they knew he was going to have to do. Until arms stopped them.
“Restrain the horse,” Ushijima ordered, and a soldier gripped the reins extra tight. He then turned to the gang of three, his face steely and hard. “You know the law.”
Ushijima walked over to you, and looked you directly in the eye as he raised the sword above his head. You closed your eyes, and waited for the blow, only opening them when you felt snow spray your arms — the sword was lying at your knees, but, upon looking up, Ushijima still wore no emotion.
“A life for a life, my debt to you is now repaid.” he said, clicking his tongue as he turned to the crowd of soldiers. “Move out!”
The sword swam before your eyes, hardly feeling the cool liquid slipping down your cheeks as you squeezed your eyes shut and looked away, not minding the chill of the cold.
“But…” Hinata stepped forward, looking at you sadly. “You can’t just…”
“I said,” Ushijima repeated, his voice a low growl in his throat. “Move out.”
Ushijima having no reaction to your secret was worse than him being angry at you, and part of you had hoped he would yell and scream and shout and finally reveal something of himself that wasn’t the stoic bluntness you had come to love. You stayed there in the snow for a long while after the crunch of feet on the ground had faded to the wind across the mountains. It was then, with the wind blowing around you, you looked up; the E/C eyes that were once filled with fire were now hollow and defeated, not quite seeing.
“I never should’ve left home.” You said to no one in particular.
“Hey,” Bokuto soothed, resting his tiny claws on your bare arm. “You wanted to save your father. It was honourable, but some part of you knew you might fail. You’ve just to let that go.”
“Maybe,” you said quietly. “I didn’t go for my father, but for myself.” You reached down and picked up your helmet, seeing yourself reflected back scowling. “Maybe what I wanted to prove was that I could bring honour to my family, and do something right for a change. So that when I looked at my reflection,” You brushed your thumb over the reflection as your tears fell onto the metal with little noise. “I would see someone worthwhile. I see nothing.”
With your heart heavy, you cast aside the helmet, curling more and more into yourself. And, as you cast the one thing that had mad you, you aside, you felt as if you were giving away your heart too.
Mulan: this inspiring tale of an adventerous young girl is bolstered by a merciless villain, along with his trained falcon. Shan Yu & Hayabusa lead the Hun Army throughout China, leaving behind a path of total destruction. Memorable
adversaries always need sidekicks, in my humble opinion!
Introverted Thinking (Ti): looks inward for logic. It deals in what seems logical as opposed to external facts. It feels uncomfortable with a logical consensus among scientists, because agreement implies an absence of independent logic. It looks at a situation and seeks the meaning behind it, as opposed to the facts. It wants to understand.
Extroverted Sensing (Se): looks outward for its source of physical stimulation. It takes the tangible facts and details of its environment and uses them to spur on immediate action. It sees what is actually there, without bias or judgment. Se seeks immediate action and needs external stimulation.
Introverted Intuition (Ni): looks inward for ideas. It deals in personalized visions of the future. It creates new ideas and generates visions according to its own dreams and goals. It views the same situation from many different perspectives. It looks at a situation and interprets it according to how it is internally impacted.
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): looks outward for its morality. It deals in agreed upon ethics and moral values in the form of social norms and expectations. Will seek compromise or negotiation between conflicting views to maintain harmony in a group and is happiest with external affirmation.
Mulan trusts her own intelligence to solve problems and come up with creative, unusual ways of improving her situation or handling a crisis. She involves her dog in helping with household chores, privately decides what to do to save her father’s life, and reasons that an avalanche will help them defeat the Hun army while all others are relying on traditional methods of war (Ti). She has to go away and think, but isn’t limited by tradition; she sees a problem and takes what, to her, seems like the best course – to cut her hair, don her father’s armor, and take his place in the army. Mulan is very aware of what’s happening around her; she notices such small things as a cricket’s escape, and uses her environment to her advantage. She is tuned in enough to notice the gleam of a mountain in her sword, and tends to “make up plans” as she goes along (Se).
Once presented with logical (Ti) and physical evidence (Se), Mulan can look at problems from multiple angles and come up with an internal vision that she then carries out with conviction; she undertakes the long-term commitment of masquerading as a boy, she figures out how to stop the opposing army, and how to save the Emperor (Ni). Mulan’s greatest fear is that she will dishonor her family or not live up to their expectations; she struggles to know how to articulate her own feelings and to fit in with her fellow soldiers, but is driven to protect her father at all costs and only happy when he approves of her (inferior Fe).
In my previous analysis on Disney’s Mulan, I detailed my reasons as to why Shan-Yu is probably the least prejudiced character in the film. This time, I am going to provide a little bit of information on whom I believe is the most prejudiced character in the film: Chi-Fu.
Chi-Fu is notable for being the movie’s secondary antagonist, particularly because he does not have anything to do with the primary antagonist. In most Disney movies, we see a secondary antagonist that acts as a lackey of sorts to the primary antagonist (such as Snoops in The Rescuers or LeFou in Beauty and the Beast), or else an animal companion that fills the role (such as Lucifer in Cinderella or Iago in Aladdin). In Mulan, Shan-Yu indeed has an animal companion (his hawk) and leads an entire army of Huns; he hardly has time for a lackey, much less one like Chi-Fu!
When the film opens, Chi-Fu is clearly established as the Emperor’s consul. Short and mustachioed, clad in blue robes, and carrying an ever-present clipboard (symbolic of his nitpicking, critical personality), he is first seen at the Emperor’s right side by the throne (suggesting that he is the Emperor’s right-hand man). Chi-Fu’s arrogance is firmly established from the get-go in this scene: when General Li informs the Emperor that the Huns have invaded the northern border of China, Chi-Fu exclaims, “Impossible! No one can get through the Great Wall!” There is no expression of shock on his face, just cool smugness. He was so confident that no one could get through the Emperor’s wall that he didn’t even believe General Li (who had eyewitnesses to back up his claim). Nevertheless, he obeys orders when the Emperor tells him to send out conscription notices to the soldiers of the land.
The next time we see Chi-Fu, he is riding into Mulan’s village, flanked by two Imperial soldiers. He announces that the Huns have invaded China and begins calling enlisted men up to receive their conscription notices. When Fa Zhou, Mulan’s father, steps forward to receive his, it’s more than Mulan can take.
She knows that her father has aged since his last tour of duty, and that his limp makes him physically unfit to serve – if he goes, he may be killed. Mulan rushes forward to beg the soldiers to spare her father from service: “Please, sir! My father has already fought for…” It’s quite possible here that she may be going on to explain her father’s condition and thus spare his life, but Chi-Fu suddenly rides up and snaps at her. “Silence!” He then narrows his eyes at Fa Zhou. “You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man’s presence.”
Not only is this the second, more pronounced instance of Chi-Fu’s arrogance, it is the moment in the film where he is clearly established as the most prejudiced character. Chi-Fu represents the ancient Chinese prejudice that women were inferior to men in every possible way: physically, intellectually, and morally. To further explore this prejudice, let’s take a closer look at what he just said to Fa Zhou: “You would do well to teach your daughter to hold her tongue in a man’s presence.” It doesn’t take a shrink to figure out what he means here: he clearly believes that women should be seen and not heard in the presence of men; that they have nothing of value to say because they are intellectually inferior to the opposite sex. In layman’s terms, Chi-Fu does not want to hear what Mulan has to say (no matter how important) purely because she is a woman.
Although Chi-Fu’s prejudice against women is glaringly evident, another prejudice of his becomes clear the next time we see him. When Chi-Fu next appears, it is right after Mulan has disguised herself as a man and run away to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army. He is seated in a tent with General Li and the general’s son, Shang. The General is going over a plan of attack for when the Imperial troops engage the Huns, and, of course, Chi-Fu does not miss the chance to suck up to General Li.
However, when the General informs Shang – a newly-minted captain – that he and the troops he will train will join the forces in the Tung Shao Pass, Chi-Fu is shocked out of his mind. While Shang accepts his new rank and assignment with surprise and humility, Chi-Fu pipes up with doubts: he immediately asks why a more experienced soldier couldn’t take on such a huge responsibility. Although General Li quickly dispels these doubts with Shang’s military credentials, it is obvious that Chi-Fu does not believe him. This is reinforced when the General says that he expects a full report on Shang’s platoon in three weeks: Chi-Fu stares right at Shang, glares at him, and says menacingly, “And I won’t leave anything out.”
Let’s pause here for a second. You may be thinking to yourself, “Why the heck would Chi-Fu be prejudiced against Shang? Shang’s a man!” Let me explain this. It’s true that Shang is a man and an Imperial captain, and thus Chi-Fu has to (grudgingly) respect that. However, what Chi-Fu cannot stand is the fact that Shang is the son of General Li. He believes that the General only promoted Shang to the rank of captain because of nepotism, not because of Shang’s military credentials or his abilities as a leader (which General Li made a point to mention). Chi-Fu thus treats Shang with disdain from there on out, subtly and overtly insulting his ability to command, his fitness as a captain, and the status of his troops. I also believe that another reason for this treatment is just because Chi-Fu resents the fact that Shang quickly earns the respect of his troops. Although Shang is hard on them (as a commanding officer should be during boot camp), the soldiers all come to revere and respect him as their leader, especially when he starts treating them with respect in return. Chi-Fu doesn’t respect the soldiers or Shang at all, therefore the soldiers do not treat him with any respect. This will come to play in a very funny scene later on in the film.
The prejudice against Shang runs even deeper as the soldiers’ training commences. Although the ragtag bunch, including Mulan (a woman in disguise), Yao (a hothead with a heart of gold), Ling (an accident-prone but loveable klutz), and Chien-Po (a gentle giant), gets off to a rocky start, they all are roused to fight (spurred by Mulan’s spirited retrieval of Shang’s arrow) and complete their training with flying colors. Despite the troops’ tremendous improvement and now-impressive military skills, Chi-Fu is not impressed. He has written an unflattering report about the platoon (and about Shang) and is prepared to send it off to General Li. Needless to say, Shang is furious and has a heated confrontation with Chi-Fu in the latter’s tent:
Chi-Fu: You think your troops are ready to fight? Ha! They would not last a minute against the Huns.
Shang: They completed their training!
Chi-Fu: Those boys are no more fit to be soldiers than you are to be Captain. Once the General reads my report, your troops will never see battle.
Shang: We’re not finished!
Chi-Fu: Be careful, Captain. The General may be your father, but I am the Emperor’s council. *Smug smile* And, oh… by the way… I got that job on my own. You’re dismissed.
During this whole exchange, Chi-Fu’s tone is dripping with scorn, sarcasm, and more than just a hint of conceit. It is crystal clear that he has no respect for Shang despite the latter’s rank, and he is slapping Shang with the insinuation that General Li only promoted Shang because of blood ties. Chi-Fu also views the newly-trained soldiers as nothing more than a bunch of misfit weaklings, calling them boys because, in his opinion, a man needs to be intellectually, mentally, and, above all, physically strong. This particular point, as well as the entire conversation, proves to be a terrific irony, given this next scene:
Now, does this look like a man who is intellectually, mentally, and physically strong? I don’t think so! Chi-Fu is sauntering off to the lake to take a bath, and check out the bathtub ensemble: long creamy towel (no doubt it’s fluffy, too) wrapped girl-style around his body, another towel slung over his shoulder, another towel wrapped around his head (side note: he’s bald!), fuzzy slippers on his feet, and a scrub brush. It seems ironic that all this time, he’s been mocking the troops for not being manly enough for war and Shang for not being man enough to be a good captain, and then out he trots wearing this. Anyway, off he goes to the lake while Mushu and Cri-Kee sneak into his tent to write their letter “from” General Li. By the way, check out the selfie:
Suck-up, much? Okay, back to business. Apparently, things don’t go so well at the lake for Chi-Fu. The scene cuts to him walking out of the water soaking wet and still clad in his towel, holding one of his dripping slippers by the heel. The rest of the men, by the way, are howling with laughter in the background, which begs the question of what (or who) they were laughing at. (As if we don’t already know.) If I’m any good judge of character, they were probably laughing at Chi-Fu’s skinny self and decided to get revenge by having a little fun with him. Let’s face it, Chi-Fu against a bunch of big, muscled, stinky soldiers? Who do you think’s going to win? Duh. Obviously, the soldiers win the fight by giving Chi-Fu a good dunking, and he flees the scene of the crime with nothing but a pair of soggy slippers for his trouble. And it just gets better from here:
I love this moment. Aside from being one of the funniest moments in the film, it’s also a moment that proves that Chi-Fu is not who he makes himself out to be. Although he may believe that the ideal Chinese man is strong and manly, he is neither one. Clearly, the soldiers don’t think so, as evidenced during “A Girl Worth Fighting For.” Chi-Fu only has one moment in the song, but it’s worth hearing. After hearing all of the other men sing about what they would like in their ideal wives, Chi-Fu, of course, has to try and outdo them. As we see, Yao is not fooled:
One has to wonder that if Chi-Fu was married (if he really is is never said), how would he treat his wife? Based on the evidence here, not very well. My opinion is that, despite his physical inferiority to most men, he would probably be abusive toward her if she didn’t obey his every word. This can be seen in his treatment of Mulan when her true identity is revealed. He grabs her roughly by the arm, jerks her out of the tent and grips her by the shoulder, and then throws her facedown into the snow. Adding insult to injury, he verbally insults her by calling her a “treacherous snake” and declaring that she has brought “ultimate dishonor” upon her family and the Imperial Army.
And… he is the one who orders Shang to execute Mulan for her deception. What’s more, he holds Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po back when they make a move to stop Shang from killing her (and stands there with a self-righteous look on his face the whole time).
However, when Shang makes the decision to spare Mulan’s life, check out Chi-Fu’s reaction:
He’s shocked! He wants Mulan dead, and personally, I believe that it is more for the fact that she is a woman than for her deception. Chi-Fu even goes to Shang to beg him to reconsider sparing her life, but Shang gets in his face – and Chi-Fu is visibly stunned by this. Based on his reaction, this is the first time he’s ever respected Shang – and probably the last.
Back in the Imperial City, the heroes are being welcomed home – and look who’s heading the parade, waving like he’s royalty:
Don’t worry, he gets what’s coming to him. After Shan-Yu and the Huns reveal themselves and kidnap the Emperor, we don’t hear from or see Chi-Fu for a while. My guess is that the second he saw Shan-Yu on the roof and saw the Huns burst out of the dragon, he ran and hid like the coward he is. To me, this is only confirmed after the battle is won, when Chi-Fu emerges from some unknown place with his hat half-blown off and smoking. What’s the first thing he says? “That was a deliberate attempt on my life!” Immediately, he blames Mulan for trying to kill him and says she isn’t worth protecting. Shang replies that she is a hero, and what’s Chi-Fu’s response? “‘Tis a woman! She’ll never be worth anything!” Even after Mulan has risked her life and proven her physical and intellectual strength by defeating Shan-Yu (and saving all of China), Chi-Fu is still holding on to his prejudice, purely because… yup, you guessed it. She’s a woman.
As it turns out, Mulan’s gender makes no difference to the Emperor, who honors her for saving all of China. When he bows, Chi-Fu is once again flabbergasted, but he has no other choice but to bow down to her as well.
Following this honor, the Emperor tells Chi-Fu to make Mulan a member of his council – which once again shocks Chi-Fu out of his wits. He babbles like the idiot he is for a brief moment, and then tries to make an excuse by saying that there are no council positions open. The Emperor, without batting an eyelash, then gently delivers the crushing blow: “Very well. You can have his job,” he says to Mulan. This is the last straw for Chi-Fu, who, upon hearing that his high-ranking position (as the Emperor’s right hand) is going to be given to a woman, faints out of frame… and is never seen or heard from again.
Long story short – yeah, I know, too late – Chi-Fu represents the pride and prejudices of ancient China. It’s wonderful to know that in the end, though, he was outsmarted by none other than a woman – one who was more man than he’ll ever be and more woman than he’ll ever get!
Mulan is very optimistic, despite all the challenges that are thrown at her. She doesn’t let these obstacles hold her back, and preserves. One of her outstanding characteristics is her intelligence, and how quickly she thinks on her feet. This is first displayed in the movie, when she helps and older gentleman beat his opponent in a board game. However, this does not stop there. When Shan Yu is attacking the army on the mountain, she uses her gut to decide to send a rocket at the snowcapped mountain, which ended up taking out the entire Hun army. She is also the only soldier who is able to reach the arrow, after realizing she can use the weights of discipline and strength as leverage.
She is able to formulate a plan to get into palace, while her male counterparts try to beat down a barricaded door with a statue. She also displays a strong sense of right and wrong. Mulan is incredibly determined, and stays true to this throughout the movie and the sequel, Mulan II. Even though she is dismissed for being inadequate, she is more than determined to prove her worth to Shang and the other soldiers. She spends the night trying to reach the arrow at the top of the pole, marking the pinnacle of her transformation.
Moon in Virgo
One quality Mulan resonates is practicality. She doesn’t want to take part in the Matchmaking ceremony, but does so in order to bring honor to her family. She would much rather be with her family, and not so much in the public eye. She is also nurturing and kindhearted, and tends to put others before herself. Mulan is also reliable and trustworthy, and never turns her back on her friends and family. She also tends to be self-critical. Throughout the “Reflection” sequence, she talks about how she isn’t good enough to bring honor to her family, and how she can never be “perfect”.
Mercury in Scorpio
Like many with Mercury in Scorpio, Mulan is fearless about doing what many others might fear. After all, Mulan does take her father’s place in the war, despite it being extremely dangerous, having no experience, and not to mention illegal. As the Emperor recollects, “You stole your father’s armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace, and… you have saved us all.” She is also very passionate and does not like it when others try to stand in her way. She is a firm believer of “duty is to the heart”, and has insisted countless times that the Princess Mei, Su, and Ting Ting should marry who they loved instead of being in an arranged marriage. To prove how strongly she believes in this, she takes their place in the marriage so they can be with who they truly love. She is loyal to her family and fellow soldiers as well. Even though she is dismissed for being a woman, she still races back to the heart of China to warn the others that Shan Yu is still alive.
Venus in Capricorn
Mulan is goal-oriented. She isn’t one to stand by and let her ambitions go to waste and leave her tasks unfinished. This closely ties in with her value in honor. She also follows old-fashioned ideals, and appreciates someone who is intelligent, speaks their mind, is loyal, etc. (as heard in “A Girl Worth Fighting For”). She also follows her heart, something true for those with Venus in Capricorn. She explains to Mei that it was not easy to follow her heart, but in doing so she knew she was doing the right thing. She also shows her emotions through actions rather than words. Instead of telling others what they mean to her, she shows them by putting her life on the line for them, or putting herself before them.
Mars in Scorpio
Mars in Scorpio tends to be quite impulsive, Mulan’s decision to take her father’s place in the army is not something she meditated over. But, when she does decide, she sticks to it. She also is insistent on doing the honorable thing. She wants nothing more than her family to be proud of her, and she does not want to “uproot her family tree. She even gives her father the tokens bestowed upon her by the Emperor, in hopes it would bring him honor. She is also slow to anger. In Mulan II, when Mushu tries to break up the couple, she takes it lightly and finds it rather funny. Also, when she finds out Yao, Ling, and Fa Zhou leave camp with Mei, Su, and Ting Ting, and realizes the princesses are in love with them, she is more than happy for them. This is unlike Shang, who blows up the minute that he finds out.
*disclaimer: All placements should be taken as individuals, and not as a complete natal chart of each character.*
Why the Disney/Frozen hate specifically? I mean, why hate on Disney for not being as progressive as they could/should be, and Frozen for the same thing, as opposed to any other film studio and film? Is it because Disney is for kids and should be setting a good example? I understand and agree with you a lot I feel, but I seem to miss a lot of the justification. I mean Frozen/Disney had a lack of progressive things, but why single it out? Maybe I don't understand, but what better reason to ask.
Because any OTHER film studio and film ARE making progress towards being super exclusive and because NO other film studio and film ARE as big as Disney and Frozen. Because as progressive as LAIKA and Dreamworks are, they still make change compared to Disney.
I single Frozen out because of how obviously lacking it was in just about every category and yet it managed to be a super huge hit simply by sticking to tired old formulas. It didn’t do anything NEW, it was just super pandering and it made billions just by doing so.
When a film/formula are insanely popular, do you know what that studio (and others like it) are going to do? They are going to stick to it time and time again because it makes a ridiculous amount of money without hardly any real effort and without challenging outdated view points.
Early Dreamworks and late Don Bluth straight-up COPIED the Disney formula because not only was it the most successful, but because it was heralded as the studio standard. It still IS heralded as that to MANY students and teachers in animation.
And to have Frozen be set as a standard is a very worrying thing.
Disney CAN do better. Disney HAS done better.
Frozen gets credit for being the Disney film to subvert princess cliches and the whole “falling in love in one day” trope, but ENCHANTED did that so much earlier and far better. Enchanted did it to the point where Giselle, the princess character, challenges Edward, the prince character, to the idea of a date and getting to know each other rather than just marrying. Hell, Giselle even dons a sword and fights the dragon to save the dude in distress.
Frozen gets credit for challenging the idea of a villain and how society can warp someone into becoming something like that, but WRECK-IT RALPH did that SOOOO much better. In fact, Ralph not only challenged the idea of him being a villain but EMBRACED the fact that he will always be who he is and that’s not such a bad thing. IN FACT it was the point where the “flaw” Vanellope had turned into her biggest asset. Despite being ostracized for her entire life, she never let it dictate her and continued to TRY to challenge that with or without Ralph.
Frozen also gets credit for being the most feminist Disney film when, hey, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and MULAN exist.
Let’s just ignore the fact that Disney wrote out 75% of The Snow Queen’s female cast and concentrate on the scraps given to us.
Anna and Elsa are incredibly flawed human beings, which is alright, I love seeing that in characters, but it’s to the point where they’re just empty vehicles for you to fill in with your own ideas and perceptions. They are flawed as both people and actual character writing. Elsa spends half the film running away from her responsibilities with no regard to anyone and Anna spends MOST of the film being dragged around from place to place by someone else’s volition and NOT her own. Neither woman has any actual personality, they’re just cold blank beings.
They straight up pale in comparison to Tiana who worked her entire life to buy her OWN damn restaurant.
And let’s not even mention how Mulan STRAIGHT UP KILLED MOST OF THE HUN ARMY.
The fact is that if Frozen wasn’t treated like an animation God send then I probably wouldn’t have written about it as much. If people watched it and shrugged it off like they did with Enchanted (and Wreck-It Ralph) then you know, life would move on. BUT it’s still everywhere and it’s making such an impact on pop culture that it just sickens me.
I mean, imagine if something like Planes or Free Birds was regarded as the pinnacle of western animation and plastered everywhere? It just wouldn’t sit right with you because you KNOW the company, the team, and the entire industry can do better.
But no, instead they’re easily taken in by pretty graphics and one catchy song. That’s all it takes.
Do I resent Disney? No, time and time again I buy their films and watch their various properties. I fell in love with Wreck-It Ralph and I was so looking forward to The Snow Queen but then… Frozen happened.
I don’t hate Disney. I don’t even hate Frozen.
We were moving in the right direction only to be sent backwards.