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Time for another trip into the hole of sageuk obsession

My first “I wish I’d watched this while it was airing” moment in Tree With Deep Roots was the fight at the end of episode 7/beginning of episode 8.  Because while I recognize that the flying/mid-air clashing effects were fairly advanced and cutting edge for 2011, they are…very dated, especially since I watched and rewatched the more advanced versions of that technology in Gil Dong and Mori’s fights in Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People earlier this year.

Speaking of Rebel, as I’ve been discussing with @dingax, who I’m watching the show with, Tree is almost an inversion of Rebel.  Or more accurately, Rebel is an inversion of Tree.

The hero of Tree is a former slave who took on a new identity and entered the capitol, intent on killing the king, who he believes murdered everyone he knew.  Presumably, he will eventually change and become the king’s man.  (I man, it’s Sejong.  I can’t imagine them having a hero who hates him from beginning to end.)  The hero of Rebel is a former slave who took on a new identity and entered the capitol.  He is loyal to the king, who he believes genuinely cares for his people, but starts a rebellion to overthrow the king once he realizes the king is cruel and corrupt.

The king in Tree is Sejong, one of the most loved kings in Korean history, believed by many to be the best.  He is on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to his obsessions about what it means to be king, and what is best for the people.  Daddy issues largely revolve around being antithetical to his tyrant father.  The king in Rebel is Yeonsan, regarded as Joseon’s worst tyrant, with no redeeming qualities that any historian can find, pretty much universally loathed by everyone except whoever wrote Seven Day Queen, who thought he’d make a good secondary love interest for his wife’s niece.  He is on the verge of a nervous breakdown because he’s obsessed with his own power and divinity, and someone made him doubt that.  Daddy issues revolve around…honestly, there’s a lot there, but it’s safe to say they were much more personal in nature, as opposed internal conflicts over what’s required to be a good and strong king (and ho those two coexist, if they do).

In Tree, a female character who is beloved to the hero is believed to have died as a child, but has entered the palace under another identity and has become one of the king’s closest confidants.  In Rebel, a female character who is beloved to the hero is believed to have died as a child, but has entered the palace under another identity as a spy who strives to get closer to the king as part of her duty.  Another female character enters the palace intent on killing Yeonsan because she believes he killed her husband and his family.

Both shows feature fictional revolutions.  The fictional Revolution in Rebel turns into the actual historical rebellion that overthrew Yeonsan and placed JungJong on the throne.  Since I’ve only watched 8 of the 24 episodes of Tree, I don’t know how the rebellion there will go, since, well, Sejong doesn’t get overthrown.  This rebellion, though, is more rooted in the actions of Sejong’s father, Taejong-one of those kings where historians are “well, yes, he was a tyrant and probably an awful person, but he DID make the country stronger, and helped create it, in this case.”-than a direct response to Sejong’s reign.

I kind of feel I should watch for similarities between Mori and Pyeong, even though I still have a “nope” reaction to the actor after disliking him so much in Scholar Who Walks the Night.  (I know I’m in the minority there.  At least I’ve overcome my instinctive desire to hit the FF button when he’s onscreen?)

It does make me really wonder who if anyone, Hwang Jin Young trained under.  Her first show was a daily sageuk (almost unheard of-the only other one I know of is the Heo Jun remake from around the same time) set in Baekje (not as unheard of, but pretty uncommon) and then she came back a few years later with a prime time drama that brutally and brilliantly deconstructed and critiqued pretty much every aspect of her chosen genre.  As far as I know, the only other thing she’s done is a short special that I think is set in the occupation era, but i can’t say anything about it because I haven’t been able to find it.  (I kinda take part of that back-Frozen Flower appears in her credits in some places, but I have no idea what role or how large a role she had in writing that.  I assume a petty small one though.)

its 3:30am and I just woke up in a cold sweat because I realized noragami’s plot is literally a joke.

hiyori’s name is one syllable away from hiyoko, the japanese word for chick, i.e. a baby chicken. she becomes a half ayakashi and is then able to see beings from both the normal world and the far shore, as well as astral project herself and travel to places of the far shore that normal humans can’t. she gains the latter ability after running across the street to push yato out of the way of oncoming traffic.

noragami’s plot is literally: why did the chicken cross the road? to get to the other side.

Job AUs

Part 1 | Part 2


  • ‘Hey bastard this store is already closed oh wait you’re hot never mind please do come in’ AU
  • 'I’m on the verge of tears because of a rude customer and you step in and stand up for me’ AU
  • ‘I can feel you silently judging me as you ring up my purchases I swear I’m not using these for their intended purpose’ au
  • ‘Why does this cost TEN DOLLARS THIS IS AN OUTRAGE’ AU

Hairdresser AU

  • ‘You’re my regular customer and I’m in love with the feel of your hair’ AU
  • “Rumor has it that you’re a hairdresser with magic fingers and you can fix any bad hair day so that’s why I’m here’ AU

Gift store AU

  • 'Why the fuck are you choosing that for a gift to your crush’ AU
  • ‘You walk in and offer to pay me to wrap your gifts’ AU

Florist AU

  • ‘I work as a florist and every day you walk in, buy one flower and give it to me’ AU
  • ‘I work part-time in a flower shop and you keep asking me about what this flower means in flower language and I honestly don’t know so you end up giving me a lesson’ AU

Jewellery shop AU

  • 'You walk in and ask for the most expensive piece are you loaded to the gills what the fuck man’ AU
  • ‘I’m the employee and this is the first time ever I’ve met you but you buy me a necklace saying the gem compliments my eyes’ AU

Coffee Shop AU

  • I write a bad pick up line on your cup every time I’m your barista’ AU
  • 'You’re the customer and you get back at me for all the times I’ve spelt your name wrong by mispronouncing my name in increasingly horrible ways’ AU
  • 'You’re really short and cute and you buy a cup of black coffee every morning but you make weird faces as you sip it and you never finish your drink are you trying to look mature or something’ AU
  • 'Should I be concerned about how much caffeine you’re taking in’ AU

Bakery AU

  • 'Your love of strawberry shortcake really doesn’t match your appearance but i still think that’s really cute’ AU
  • 'Every morning you walk in and inhale deeply then walk back out seriously just buy something already’ AU 

Drug Store/Chemist AU

  • 'You embarrassedly place your items into the counter so I call a price check just to make you feel more awkward, but it turns out one of your items were actually overpriced’ AU

Bartender AU

  • 'You’re the bartender and you catch someone slipping something into my drink’ AU
  • ‘I ask you to concoct something from all the ingredients on the list i gave you and it ends up tasting so horrible and wrong that i can’t stop laughing’ AU

Teacher AU

  • We’re both teachers and at the end of the year we compare how many gifts we’ve received from students and you’ve won for the past three years’ AU
  • 'Romeo and Juliet of the math and english dept. in school’ AU

Writer AU

  • I’m a writer and when it gets close to my deadlines I neglect taking care of myself so you’ll pop in my house every so often to make sure I’m doing okay’ AU

Fast food Chain AU

  • ‘You just ordered a smile and I look at you like you’re batshit insane before bursting out into laughter’ AU
  • ‘You’re an employee and I have a crush on you so when you hand me the soft serve I accidentally grab it by the ice cream instead of the cone’ AU
  • ‘We have a free refill policy for soft drink and you’ve prepared several empty bottles what the fuck’ AU

Corner Shop AU

  • ‘I see you come in here every day to buy the same drink and one day I leave a message on the bottle’ AU
  • ‘You run in looking really panicked and you ask for 6 gallons of milk why’ AU


Restaurant AU

  • ‘You’re a famous critique and I’m a server and I get so nervous that I trip and spill the dish all over you’ AU
  • ‘You’ve always been a good cook so I encouraged your start your own restaurant and seven years down the track you own one of the most successful businesses’ AU

Idol/Manger AU

  • ‘I’m your manager and holy shit you have crazy fans’ AU
  • ‘You’re an idol and you got the lead role in a romance drama and you practice at my expense’ AU
  • ‘Can you please act appropriately do you know just how many of your fuck ups I’ve had to cover up last week’ AU 

Firefighter AU

  • ‘You’ve just been saved from a burning building and you’re begging to go back in to save your pet cat’ AU
  • No that’s impossible how the fuck did you manage to get it to catch fire?!” AU

Sex Line Operator AU

  • ‘I called you because I was curious and wow you have a very soothing voice can you please sing me to sleep’ AU
  • ‘I have a very cute neighbour and very thin walls and one day I call you and err your moans are very synchronised with my neighbour’s’ AU

And Finally:

  • You’re a drug lord and I think I’ve just walked into your drug den’ AU

sorry not sorry

  • Ravenclaw: *wakes up in a cold sweat*
  • Ravenclaw: Oh shit I slept in!
  • Ravenclaw: *Remembers it's Saturday*
  • Ravenclaw: *immediately goes back to sleep*

JM (to JK): Why do I like you so much?

ok so i thought about it and im willing to be a sensitivity reader for any writers who arent sure if their portrayal of a black/native character is respectful/not stereotypical but i will not be doing this for free.

prices can be negotiated depending on the length of the piece. if you are a fanfic writer or somebody writing an original piece of work, please privately contact me if you are interested.

i would appreciate it if people could spread this around so i have better chances of finding people to work with

we’ve always taken shelter in our unhelpable pride

Important PSA from Yana

Quick translation:

“Like I tweeted recently, Japanese culture and the culture of other countries are different, the way they reply [to my tweets] or their stance on fan activities are different, too, and I don’t think any of this is wrong. However, regardless of country [of origin], revealing any new information of Kuroshitsuji before the 18th is not official, but illegal. I’d be glad if people understand that such action is wrong. - Toboso.”



(warning: text spoiler of ch129 under the cut)

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