Listeners, I do not know everything about Carlos, and he does not tell me everything. That is … okay. We are not one person. How lonely that would be! A couple who has made themselves one so completely, that they are once again alone. We are two people, separate. Unique. And joined only where we choose to join.
Cecil Palmer, Episode 55 - The University of What It Is, Welcome to Night Vale
(Can I just say how much I love Cecilos and how healthy their relationship is? Because I really love them.)
idk if you do this anymore but i really love your writing and after the last run ep i'm in need of a jikook hc where jk is jm's coach (an athlete and a coach being in love isn't really a new concept for someone who's watched yoi lmao).. if you write it thank you so much and if not it's totally okay 😊
here’s a short thing of jimin learning judo from jungkook!au !!
Jimin plops down on the mat, worn out and panting. “You’re a monster, you know that?”
“Flattery won’t get you anywhere,” Jungkook snorts, crouching until they’re eye-level. “What was that move you tried to do just now? I didn’t teach you that.”
Jimin pouts. “It was nothing. It didn’t work anyway, so - ”
“No. If it were anyone else, you’d have gotten them on their back at the very least.” Jungkook’s brow ticks in realization. “Hey. You’ve been going to Hoseok for pointers again, haven’t you?”
“No. Of course I - Jungkook, no.” But quickly, as usual, Jimin’s defenses crumble in the face of Jungkook’s intense, withering stare. “Okay - maybe I did, so what?”
“Why?” Am I not good enough for you? Jungkook doeesn’t say. Jimin hears it anyway and whines.
“It’s not like that, Kook, it’s just…”
“If you wanted him to be your coach, why’d you come to me?” Jungkook mutters, sitting back on his haunches and running a frustrated hand through his hair. Jimin can’t place the exact nature of the look on his face - whether it’s irritation or jealousy, or something in between.
After too long a silence, Jungkook gets to his feet, turning to stalk off and brood like he often does, when he gets too worked up and has to take a breather before he ends up taking it out on Jimin. Or when he has too much energy to spare and needs to burn some off, alone, where no one will break and bleed under his fists. Sometimes, Jungkook doesn’t like to talk about things, preferring to punch it out.
Jimin scrambles up and latches onto his hand before he can go, palms clammy and shaky from exertion.
“I wanted to impress you,” Jimin whispers.
Jungkook stops in his tracks. He faces Jimin, large eyes widened with shock. “You - what?”
“I wanted to impress you, so I asked Hoseok-hyung to show me a flashy move. He - ” Turning bright red, Jimin sputters, “Don’t laugh, you asshole!”
Choking back the cackles, Jungkook reels Jimin in closer, blocking Jimin’s feeble attempts at smacking some sense into him through his chest. “You wanted to impress me, huh.”
“Shut up. I - I’m never telling you anything ever again,” Jimin threatens, voice wobbly as Jungkook leans down into his space. His attempt at maintaining a fair distance between them has him arching backwards, cheeks aflame.
Jungkook’s smug grin kind of makes him wish he hadn’t fucked up the throw last minute. But it’d been nice to wipe that look off Jungkook’s face even for a second. “So, what was the move he taught you?”
“Hoseok-hyung called it a - a “dead tree drop”?”
“Hm.” Jungkook releases him abruptly. Jimin almost falls backwards and rights himself with a glare. “That’s one name for it. It’s also called the Kuchiki taoshi, or single leg takedown,” he tells him. “Show me again.”
“I - Huh?”
“Try the throw on me,” Jungkook reiterates impatiently.
“You’re just going to pin me down again if I try.”
Jungkook laughs, and the sound warms Jimin all the way to his belly. “Damn. Caught,” he snickers.
And for a moment, Jimin forgets how tired he is - how his whole body aches from head to toe. Jungkook can get so rough when they spar, Jimin often goes home with bruises on his shins and pink finger marks on his arms and back from where Jungkook had grabbed onto him. Even days later he can feel the ghost-like hold Jungkook has on him, both mentally and physically. His roommate has raised one too many eyebrows at them, wondering why Jimin keeps going back to judo when he’s not particularly invested in it in the first place. Jimin always shrugs, doesn’t have it in him to explain.
It’s not really judo that Jimin’s in love with after all, just Jeon Jungkook.
“No, but seriously, try it again. You just need to fix your posture a bit, but it was good. It was a good start, Jimin.”
As much as Jimin can’t stand Jungkook’s teasing, he can’t stand his praises even more. “It was - Thank you, but it wasn’t - I didn’t even get you,” Jimin says embarrassedly.
“Show me again,” Jungkook prompts, the look on his face softening.
Jimin edges closer, unsure. Jungkook doesn’t budge when Jimin hesitantly bends down to take hold of his thigh. He peers up at Jungkook’s expression and swallows tightly. “Do… Do you want me to try the throw?”
Jungkook stares down at him wordlessly for several long moments.
“What - ” Jimin barely has time to feel a sense of foreboding at the grin that stretches Jungkook’s lips before he brings his hand to Jimin’s hair, petting and ruffling his hair aggressively. Jimin straightens with an indignant squawk because - his hair - and makes a valiant effort to move the strands back to their rightful place. Then with heightened resolve, he throws himself at Jungkook in response, reaching up to enact his revenge.
Jungkook’s laughing, barely managing to keep his head out of Jimin’s reach.
“Hold still, you giant brat,” Jimin bites out.
“Is that any way to talk to your teacher,” Jungkook chortles, but his laughter breaks off when Jimin clambers onto his back, locking his legs around his middle and proceeds to make a mess out of his hair. “You’re gonna get it, Jimin,” he growls.
Jimin hates the way his stomach flips at the warning; the way it clenches when Jungkook manages to grab hold on him, sling him over his shoulder in one smooth motion before sending them both falling down onto the mat. At the last second, he switches their position, keeping Jimin’s body cushioned above him.
“I should make you run laps for this,” he murmurs, and his voice reverberates where their chests are pressed together. Jimin can’t tell if he’s serious, but he isn’t going to risk it.
“You started it,” Jimin says breathlessly. Jungkook looks like a dream come true, hair disheveled and a thin sheen of sweat on his skin, and all of it Jimin’s doing.
“No, you did. When you went to Jung Hoseok for help instead of me.”
“Can you let it go?” Jimin whines, though the happiness that colours his tone when Jungkook wraps his arms around him to keep him still is blatant for all ears. “I already told you why I did it.”
Jungkook, with his tongue pressed against his cheek in petulance and obviously not letting it go, mutters, “Yeah, whatever. Don’t do it again. I’m your coach. You can’t go fraternizing with the enemy.”
“Competition,” Jimin corrects. “Not enemy.”
It’s not, but Jimin knows when he’s fighting a losing battle. “Alright,” he acquiesces. “I won’t go to Hobi-hyung for help with judo.”
“’Hobi-hyung’?” Jungkook echoes. “When’d he become ‘Hobi-hyung’? His first name is Competition - ”
“Jungkook, oh my god.”
“You’re not gonna lose to him at the next tournament, you got that Jimin? He’s gonna eat your tiny little fists and - ”
“Jungkookie,” Jimin says with increasing exasperation.
“You’re gonna stand up there on the podium with that gold fucking medal around your neck, and he’s gonna bask in awe as you dead tree kick everyone’s ass after I help you make it perfect - ”
Jimin can’t help the giggles that bubble up, both at the serious set of Jungkook’s brows and the competitive fire burning in his eyes. “Alright. Whatever you say.” He sits up, and Jungkook follows suit. Jimin’s on his lap now, and he tries not to notice that fact. Tries.
“Your stance was a little too high just now. You need to lower yourself more, your center of gravity, and your grip wasn’t in the right place. You need to - ”
“Slow down, you’re rambling,” Jimin says with great fondness.
Jungkook pauses for a breath. “… And - ”
His eyes widen for the briefest moment, before they shut. Jimin doesn’t know where the sudden courage had come from, but this close to Jungkook’s face, Jimin felt brave. It doesn’t feel so out of reach when their bodies are flush together, and Jungkook’s hands are coming up to frame his cheeks, still warm from exertion. Their mouths coming together, again and again, Jungkook’s tongue sliding against his, feels just like another one of their sparring matches.
When they break apart, panting heavily, Jungkook’s got that boyish grin on his face - the one that gets Jimin’s insides all twisted into knots, every damn time without fail. “You need to work on your technique.”
“Fuck off,” Jimin complains. Then, softer, and so fucking in love with Jeon Jungkook: “You gonna show me how it’s done, golden boy?”
This summer we have so many anime with an all-male cast, I was so happy I decided to to a rec/ranking/review/summary. Note: I only watch anime with mostly males I’m sorry it’s just what I like lol so this list may not match yours. (I cannot stand female leads - except maybe Gintama? - because they will escalate into romantic relationships and they annoy me to no end. It’s like the only purpose of females is romance and I hate that.) And a warning is that I’m kind of shallow so I normally look at the guys’ looks and then their character. But good character and relationship developments are definitely essential to me too.
Fukigen na Mononokean
I’ve rec it so many times I feel like I’m part of the official publicity comm but it’s really good :) My favourite character is Abeno cause he’s really adorable and tsundere (?) haha. If you like youkai, friendship and touching moments, do try this out!! It’s a little similar to Natsume Yuujinchou too.
It looks really interesting so I watched it and when I saw the OP I screamed cause all-male cast! Compared to Spring 2016 this season does look more appealing to me. And I’ve ran out of anime with all bromance (other than sports anime) and no romance. So anyway for Servamp, Kuro was a really cute cat, and the setting seems interesting enough for me to chase. I feel like I might not like the main character as much though but we’ll see.
3. Fudanshi Kokou Seikatsu
Ahh this is really cute I can relate so much to the main character as a Fujoshi myself :D and I can hardly find friends who can fangirl with me. It’s really sad to be embarrassed for liking gay ships ;n; The only bad thing about the series is that it’s too short each episode haha.
4. D.Gray-man Hallow
I’ve read the manga but didn’t understand most of it. Still, it’s likeable and I like Allen and Kanda. I felt like this season they beautified all the characters and Kanda definitely looks better with his new hairstyle/fringe :DD I hope they can animate most of the manga and I hope we can finally understand what is going on with the 14th.
I just watched the 1st episode today and all I can is that it’s really good and hilarious omg. Only it’s too short with the first 9min trying to break the fourth wall and I couldn’t understand the humor at all. Still, the rest of the episode was worth it! Can’t wait for the rest!
do you know what really fascinates me about monty’s character, aside from the fact that he really broke my heart in 4x08 and that he, by the end of the ep, managed to propel the story forward again with his absolute brilliant mind?
it’s the fact that he has hope.
it’s always been clear to me that he does, we have seen it on different occasions throughout the show and usually during very dark times, but 4x08 really brings it out in spades, in so many forms - from engaging in a really heavy conversation with harper to committing himself to a big and extremely dangerous mission or the very cool dynamic he is forming with none other than thelonious jaha, which essentially shows us how hard monty tries to make sure they find the bunker and his friends survive the radiation (especially them).
i mean, just think about it for a minute. we see that there is a lot weighing down on him - not just from a political stand point, but also emotional. he had the experience of coming eye to eye with the man who killed his father, has the knowledge that jasper (his best friend) was going to leave him alone (see: his suicide attempt in 4x01) and still doesn’t want to survive, risked his life to stop a war, and now is losing harper too, slowly. and yet, in all that mess and uncertainty he faces he still sticks close to hope. and thats so wild, because this is the boy who was okay with not being on the list, who told clarke that he would even agree with it. like, just check that situation from a complete character point of view: he goes out of his way to participate in every little thing, doesn’t sit still but tries to find new solutions, uses his brain to think and help.
and in 4x08 we have three such good stand-out moments.
when he tells harper that they will find a way out of this:
when he tells indra that they have to get the door open:
or when he tells jaha that he is going to stay with him to get the door open even though indra warns them about azgeda warriors moving closer
throughout the episode monty represents two things: a thinker and a fighter.
a fighter in the sense that he goes on a mission in a war zone in the first place, and thinker in the sense that he is able to connect the dots and find the key.
and it’s just. so much in my opinion? i love every bit of monty’s arc this season and i really did love what they did with him in this episode specifically. he is such a great focus character who doesn’t get overshadowed by others, but shines in his own way. i’m really overwhelmed lol, can you tell? he is my hero.
at the end of the day i just want him to take a power nap, get to share the burden with someone, and a real long hug from miller. please and thank you.
OKAY but like notice how Maggie like reaches out to get know Winn first in that ep. Prolly cause alex talks about her nerd brother all the time and Maggie's like okay I've met the sister now I've gotta meet the brother. (Also she gets nervous around James cause she's a photography nerd and "Alex you didn't tell me James was JAMES FREAKING OLSEN how am I supposed to not look stupid!!!???" Anyway I love Maggie becoming part of superfriends also j'onn was pure and soft like he always is
AND MAGGIE HAS ALWAYS DABBLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND JAMES IS ONE OF HER PHOTOGRAPHER IDOLS AND SHE’S JUST LIKE WHAT EVEN ALEX YOU DIDN’T TELL ME JAMES IS GODDAMN JIMMY OLSEN SO ALEX SHOWS JAMES SOME OF MAGGIE’S PHOTOGRAPHS (landscapes, city scapes, shots of Alex, shots of her motorcycle) AND JAMES IS HELLA IMPRESSED AND HE AND MAGGIE BECOME PHOTOGRAPH BUDDIES AND I’M DONE.
Hey, maybe they can offer Barry some love life advice while they’re at it? Seeing as things just went a bit sideways after it came to light that he proposed to Iris (Candice Patton) not purely out of love, but as his latest attempt to alter the future — and thus avert her grisly murder at Savitar’s hand.
“I actually liked the proposal!” Gustin contends with a laugh. “I thought it was really pretty. It was hard to be like, ‘Annnnnd this is where were going next with the storyline.’ I was like, ‘We just did the proposal and it was great!”
Regardless, this is where we are now, thanks to petulant Wally’s outburst upon glimpsing the near-future. Surveying “WestAllen’s” dis-engaged status, Gustin says, “Initially, it’s kind of weird. We don’t exactly know what we’re doing. Barry is going to go stay with Cisco, while we try to figure things out.”
But right here and now, Savitar looms largest in the scarlet speedster’s mind. “Barry is trying to stay focused on stopping Savitar, stopping this destiny that he refuses to accept. And to to do that, he needs to be on his own” — or, as it were, in the company of dead people such as Ronnie.
Is there a future scenario where Barry dares to pop the question anew? What all would need to be different for him to risk heartbreak again?
“The circumstances don’t even need to change,” Gustin ventures. “There’s a lot going on right now that is literally life-or-death, and I think that is clouding everything and getting in the way of their relationship. All of the relationships are kind of in a weird place right now, just because everyone is scared. I think [Barry and Iris] just need to find some clarity. They need to trust their love, and be brave enough to believe in the relationship.”
Okay, here’s my response to this interview.
Please don’t try to claim that Grant doesn’t ship WA, he loved the proposal, and was probably excited it was happening, only to have it snatched away. Basically, he’s the WA fandom here.
“Initially” means right after it happens, which means ep 16. End of ep 16 he probably decides to go and stay with Cisco. I can see how it would be awkward to stay in the loft with Iris after what happened, ALL of what happened. There’s not only the engagement thing, but the stuff that happened with Wally, it’s just a lot to deal with, on top of the fact that now Savitar is out and Iris’ death looms ever closer. Note how Barry is going to stay with CISCO and not JOE.
Savitar HAS to be his focus right now, in focusing on Savitar, he’s still somewhat focused on Iris, but this Savitar situation is really fucking him up mentally, he needs to deal with it. Up to now he’s been in complete denial over it, but now he really has to accept that this shit is going to happen if he doesn’t get his shit together.
In response to asking if Barry would propose again, he said “The circumstances don’t even need to change”, the “circumstances” here being Iris’ impending murder, meaning there’s a chance that Barry will propose again, the RIGHT way, before the murder is supposed to go down. It sounds like they are still together, they are just trying to figure out the best way to be together for both of them.
NOTHING in this interview is bad for WA. Barry isn’t trying to force Iris, he’s giving Iris space, and it sounds like he’s taking some time to work on himself as well. This is part of growing up. At the end of the day, this will only make their relationship stronger.
Don’t forget, in S1 Iris left to go stay with Joe when she had a big blowup with Eddie, they were together the entire time, even with Iris giving him death stares in CCPD in ep 19 before shit went south.
Iris has probably already forgiven Barry, it sounds like this is more about Barry forgiving himself. Iris knows what she wants, she also know what she doesn’t want. Barry isn’t quite to that place yet because he’s so focused on saving her from Savitar. Wanting to save Iris is not a bad thing, but this tunnel vision for it, while totally in character, is probably not the best way to accomplish his goal. Barry was legit starting to lose his damn mind (don’t think I forgot how he treated Wally in the last ep.)
But if you MUST focus on ONE thing in this, focus on that last paragraph.
toby jones as disposable villain who isn't moriarty #5:
I am SUPER EVIL
i'm high and suicidal and apparently that's humorous! come fellow suicidal friend, let's tell my brother to fuck off
how's the baby?
I HAVE A BABY?? oh wait yeah :(
honestly bro u trippin ballz
sherlock, also trippin ballz:
to quote hamlet, fucking nope?????
*is suddenly james bond, shoves sherlock in the boot, drops him into john's lap* you forgot this
i don't care
*drinking from a flower vase* apparently my abusive suicidal drug use is still v humorous at this point!! lmao i'm gonna die in 2 weeks
toby jones as disposable villain who isn't moriarty #5:
*holds up a bowl of cornflakes* i'm a CEREAL killer! get it?? do you tho???? imagine if my bff the queen murdered people anyway i'm really evil in case u forgot
kids in hospital:
and spider-man couldn't come visit us because????
shit i did the bad decsioning oh well i'll do it more btw i'm STILL suicidal and overdosing
you waNNA FKN GO M8???
sherlock, bleeding, still suicidal and now bashed by his best friend:
this is all my fault and totally portraying a healthy friendship between two people that isn't abusive
toby jones as disposable villain who isn't moriarty #5:
btw guys i am still over here being EVIL
I'M TIRED OF THESE MUTHAFUKIN PEEPS IN MY MUTHAFUKIN HOUSE
sherlock my guy my pal, if you could lean into your fatal manic abuse of drugs and depression so you can be pals with my husband that'd be tight of u go get wrecked lov u
i wanna die
toby jones as disposable villain who isn't moriarty #5:
murdering people IS SO FUN!! I AM CLEARLY SO SO EVIL RN!
fuk u m8
omg thanks for coming to save me at the last minute even tho i have been suicidal and overdosing from literally the start of this episode.
ur a dick
lol he should wear the hat
*apparently still has irene's orgasm as his text alert even tho he apparently never texts her back and it would expose her as still being alive*
aw thats cute! happy birthday btw speaking of texting i too was texting a hoe
aw damn :( sucks bro :(
yeah ikr??? mary's dead but i still wish i'd done more than text my side-hoe i am literally saying that ur relationship with irene adler is the same as this
*literally does and says nothing*
lmao i'm dead!
basically, life is short so u should text her back anyway i'm gonna cry now
aw :( life sucks :( let's hug it out while a montage revealing that your bus-hoe and therapist was my secret sister who has literally never existed before now and that my brother gets laid apparently these 2 things are relevant to the montage
*sobbing* btw i don't think u killed mary
that's okay! u only beat the living shit out of me for it so badly i had to be hospitalized before!! this is literally gaslighting but whatevs its okay we're hugging i guess
toby jones as disposable villain who isn't moriarty #5:
lolololololol i am still EVILLLL
wear the hat
btw bestiie it's totally okay that u bashed me and cheated on ur wife like.... me texting the only person i romantically love and u being a cheating asshat are basically the same we r all human and i have been psychologically abused and traumatized to the point where i think that's totally fine :)
cool! anywho!! i just remembered i have a kid and i've left it with friends even tho one of the main points of this ep was that i have no one so ig2g
bye now time for u to have the death i am another classic case of moffatiss villainizing women, showing their mysogyny and incapability of creating female characters independent of male ones :)
Lmao this was supposed to go up last week but it takes me forever to write these things up orz.
Anyway, we’re 1/3 of the way into this barren Winter season, and thus my watchlist has shrunk significantly. I think I’m currently watching what, 10 shows? vs 23-ish last season? Anyway we’ve had a couple neat surprises this season, but it’s mostly the sequels that are keeping everything interesting. Also there’s quality hatewatch material which I hadn’t had in a while.
Because I fucked up, this time I’m going from best to worst rather than the usual opposite
To no one’s
surprise, Rakugo maintains it’s tightly written character drama in top form.
The direction is still unusually creative and masterful, especially considering this is a
DEEN anime, production team deserves every kudo. If season one was a tragedy,
season 2 is gearing up for a story of salvation. Every week I go in completely
prepared to suffer and am repeatedly surprised by how happy I feel at the end
of each episode. Scenes like Yakumo
consoling a sleeping Konatsu with her father’s rakugo or his performing an old
play in Sukeroku’s style for Yotaro are as heart-wrenching as they’re
heartwarming. S1 was a strong contender for anime of the year 2016 (and for me
it was a toss up between that and YOI) and season 2 seems ready to pick on that
and go for a second run.
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto saga
this one had my full devotion guaranteed when they decided to commit to those
thick af Kansai accents. I am also very pleased with the budget this is
getting, it looks reeeaaally nice. Kato’s designs have translated to animation
greatly (not that this was a surprise since they did that pretty well on the
first series too). The plot seems to be moving rather fast so I wonder if they
won’t suffer to fill in the full cour (although this arc is quite long) but for
the time being I’m excited to get the Kyoto otaku in me continually catered to.
Yowamushi Pedal: Next Generation
I was a
Little dubious about how well they’d manage the transition of Makishima’s
departure, and while killing him off was rather abrupt to the point I’d even
say the guy was fridged for the sake of Onoda’s development, they did a rather
good job in setting Teshima as the new role model for the 1st years
(who is also very dreamy). I also laughed my ass off with how gigantic they
made Ashikiba who is a rather delightful addition to the cast. Kudos to you
show, you’ve got me excited in a new season even without my favorite character.
Little Witch Academia
to find something to say about this show other than it’s energetic, lively and
fun to a fault and that Sucy is still Best Girl. It’s very easy to tell how
passionate the folks at TRIGGER are about this project and I’m glad they didn’t
give up and continued to work on it even if it was poorly received by Japanese
audiences. The show reminds me a bit of The Worst Witch, which I used to love
in my early teens so there’s also that.
such a fascinatingly disturbing show to watch. Like watching a trainwreck I
guess, except that it’s not a trainwreck in the sense of Hand Shakers, but in
you’re just watching all these horrible people destroy each other and
self-destruct emotionally and it’s really interesting. I’m particularly
invested in Hanabi’s internal struggle and self-deprecation. Could complete
dispose of Moca (whose choice of nickname makes my skin crawl) but otherwise
I’m constantly at the edge of my seat waiting for the next developments. I also
continue to be rather fond of the vagina imagery in the ending, and I
appreciate that there’s actually a show that treats female sexuality in a
layered, human way, for purposes beyond otaku titillation.
This show continues to grow on me with its unique approach to team dynamics. The fact that rugby teams are so big gives us an interesting opportunity of seeing many characters take the spotlight at different times, and this show’s cast continues to be funny and extremely likable to the point that even if Gion has had to sit out most of the games, and even if there isn’t as much focus on Sekizan as I’d like, they’re still engaging and fun. There have also been genuinely emotional peaks, notoriously when that one guy quite the team and it crushed Sekizan’s heart. Also kudos for how even in-show Sekizan’s amazing hair is considered cray-cray
this second cour just keeps getting better? I don’t know how they did it but
they managed to make me not care about whether we’ll ever get some semblance of
plot or explanations, I could watch the Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and
Liszt doing nonsense stuff show all year round. Whoever wrote the Fish!Schubert
episode should get an Oscar and a Nobel Prize
Here we make a drastic leap between things I’m loving and things I’m just eh-watching
ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
what should I do about you, show. Ep 1 was okay, ep 2 was great, ep 3 was kind
of nothing. There’s obviously way more than meets the eye in this allegedly
peaceful country and once that starts to unfold the show will start gaining
momentum, hopefully, but as it is I think it suffers greatly from how
inscrutable the main character is. I have no idea of Jean’s motivations beyond
his love of cigarettes (and I feel they’re overdoing it, unless they plan to
make the tabacco thing a crucial part of
the plot later on, they’re hammering the whole ‘tobacco is rare and this guy is
weird for smoking’ thing way too hard) so we’re at this weird position of not
really knowing where we’re going. I’m intrigued enough to keep watching, but I
certainly hope we get some form of interesting developments sooner rather than
Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans
continues to be notoriously better while the story gets more and more tragic
and I still don’t know how to feel about it. Seeing bad guys cheating their way
to victory always upsets me a lot, and seeing people die meaninglessly only
adds insult to injury. I’m in too deep to drop it at this point, but I honestly
can’t forgive how they didn’t even give us that final revenge moment against
the Kujan kid. Also every time Atra brings up her dream life of being part of a polyamorous marriage with Mikazuki creeps me the fuck out because obviously Mikazuki doesn’t have the emotional maturity to engage in any such relationship
uncertain about what to do with this show. First episode was promising, with
murky direction, but interesting setting. Episode two was mostly unimpressive,
the final twist was rather predictable and the moral outcome wasn’t
particularly satisfying. And then episode three put me to sleep. My first
impression was that the dyamics between Heizo and his thief-turned-snitch
subordinate would be the core of the show, but the latter seems to have been
mostly sidelined in favor of focusing on the coolness of Heizo. Which isn’t a
problem per say, but the execution just isn’t working and they’re completely
wasting the Edo setting, with the cases turning out quite generic. I don’t
know, ep 4 is already out so I guess I’ll check that out and decide from there
(watched episode 4 already, fell asleep again which I guess is as good a sign
as any that this isn’t working for me,but I’m too lazy to move it to the bottom. Dropped)
Why is this
pile of steaming garbage over the mediocre (and gross) show? Well, this one’s
gross too, but exceedingly terrible is always better for ironic entertainment
than plain boring stuff. At least Hand Shakers keeps me engrossed with its
terribleness. Honest to good, even if I hardly remember what the previous
episode was about, I’m always looking forward to the next one, I enjoy the
terribleness too much.
is a little insignificant, but this is the first time I see any reference to
the Japanese immigrants in Brazil (th, which was kind of a big thing back in the
1930s, in any anime I’ve ever watched, and since I had to look up into that for
my thesis, it felt kinda nice to see it and understand
why Brazil of all countries.
This is so
boring. Even when they try to address the issues I had with the previous season
(mainly questioning the nature of Haru and Ren’s relationship), they always do
it half-assedly. No drama, no tension, no resolution and certainly no semblance
of any plot progression and it’s becoming increasingly tedious. The
introduction of the new host guy could add at least some drama to the plot, but
I’m not holding my breath. The dog continues to be cute
Marginal #4 since episode 2 and I can’t quite remember what it was about other
than there was a long sequence of one of the guys desperately looking for his
“lucky undies” and I’m too old for this level of juvenile “lol undies” humor.
Turns out “not putting me to sleep” wasn’t that strong an asset after all.
Anyway really dead season but the scarce good stuff is really quite good, and the truly terrible stuff is so terrible it’s hilarious so overall the season doesn’t feel as terrible as it could.
I’m doing a sort of kind of live-blogging of the new Adventure Time miniseries, “Elements” (of the leaks anyway, because CN is incompetent and I’m immoral well iTunes same difference). I’m going to write a proper, collective review (along with “Orb”), but I have to get my thoughts out before that. So, starting with “Skyhooks”:
the “Elements” title cards are simply just gorgeous
Jake just ran out of fucks to give and it’s wonderful
Finn has grown so much, like his first reaction to everything being candy is to think it was PB messing it all up again, and honestly? fair enough, at leats he’s not idolizing her anymore but seeing her for the problematic fave she is
Lemonpink is just as disturbing as Lemongrab, bless Justin Roiland
“Sour’s get the tower” well that’s not ominous at all
“maybe they don’t need you to fix them” wow Jake, offering some deep advice right off
just at the moment I was thinking Marcy wouldn’t be in this miniseries at all, she’s A FUCKINg MARSHMELLOW… THING! PB the fuck have you done
Marshmeline… yeah right
“anyone that’s overwhelmed with work or responsibility” so you wrote that song for your girlfriend, basically, bless you Marcy- Marshie, I guess
NO, guys, I wanted to hear that song, dammit
Olivia Olson humming Greensleeves… something I never knew I needed yet my life before seems devoid of perfection
“she’s everywhere” okay Marcy I appreciate the heart eyes but that’s creepy
“fixed them” oh PB you sick tyrant, love Finn fighting back tho
I have a lot of feels about Marshie hanging around PB even still, despite the whole concept being fucked up… #shippingituntiltheend
BMO is just so chill, sometimes I envy that
Ice King saves the day, because of course he does
Skyhooks, hmm, curious that the title should gain significance at the very end, especially considering that the last ep is called “Skyhooks II”, so we’re getting a nice frame again
top 5 yuya moments in arc v. whatever you consider a 'yuya' moment.
hoooo boy ho boyyyyy this is the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do i think ugh like i love this entire show? so how do i choose just five???? uggggghhhh but here goes
note: so this list turned out to be top Yuya moments in his duels. I wouldn’t say his Top Duels. That would be some other list. also I wanted this list to be about true Yuya, not him being in berserk mode or possessed, so I avoided that. These are some of my faves, but not all. But even if I ever make another list or modify this one, I know for certain #1 stays #1 so…
5. ep 61 - His duel against Enjoy Chojiro. I feel like this is a moment that gets forgotten for some reason but it’s the exact kind of thing that Yuya lives for? His stubborn attitude and faith in himself and in his Entertainment dueling actually put a smile back on Chojiro’s face and basically ended up giving the guy his life back. Like. c’mon. It may not have been a significant duel but it’s a perfect display of what he’s capable as an Entertainment duelist.
4. ep 122 - Oh shit. A controversial choice for this list maybe? Since apparently not a lot of people liked the BB arc (tho I actually enjoyed it wow). But anyway, I like this one because basically, despite all the messed up shit BB put them through, Yuya actually finds a way to relate to his enemy and in doing so finds a way to communicate his intentions to him in a way that his enemy can understand. The fact that he’s able to pull off such a nice Entame in such a bleak looking duel too… I really love that. It’s a light of hope in an atmosphere that has lost all of it. *cries* I really loved it.
3. ep 79 - His duel vs Shinji. I mean.
He’s not exactly trying to entertain anyone in this one but that doesn’t stop him from a) surprising the crowd and his opponent and b) teaching everyone a lesson in having a little more faith even in dire situations. Plus I just love that he made Shinji and everyone who called Tuning Magician “useless” eat their own words. Also, Enlightenment Paladin is really fucking rad. And it’s hist first Synchro Summon and he does it pretty much all on his own aaaaa.
Oh right. He also made Jack Atlas smile for the first time. So there’s that too.
2. eps 50/51 - Okay there are so many reasons why I love this moment. First off, the duel was fucking amazing. Like… the duel itself had a plot twist at the end, even after all those close calls Reiji seemed to have had and all those seemingly perfect moves Yuya was pulling. Secondly, the fruitshipping evidence in this is unreal. But lastly, why I’m placing it on this list as one of my favorite moments for Yuya… is because of his conviction.
Not to mention… the foreshadowing.
Just… throughout the show, it seems like he was getting none of this done. He didn’t get Yuzu back or keep his promise to Yuto to make everyone smile until the very end. And the desperation in his eyes and in his voice to not want to lose and to win on top of the irony that he doesn’t want to win to please anyone through violence… it’s just… sadly magnificent knowing what happens later on in the story and who he truly is (Zarc).
Reiji pushes him to the opposite of his entertainment persona, which later on we see develop in a much grander light, but this is basically the point we see clearly how flawed Yuya is and the fact that his character goes through a deconstruction throughout the entire story is honestly so good in a VERY refreshing way. Any other show would usually have the protagonist fulfilling his convictions at a much earlier point with lighter consequences in order to validate his feelings here but I’m glad they didn’t do that with Yuya.
I know my explanation for why I love this moment of his might seem odd but like… he’s far from a perfect protagonist and I absolutely love that so much about him.
1. My absolute favorite moment of his is episodes 31/32 aka his duel vs Shingo during MCS.
This is, of course, the very definition of what an Entertainment Duel is. Everything about it is true entertainment. But there’s a big difference in this duel than all other Entertainment duels Yuya participated in, I think. And that’s
… his own. True. Genuine. Smile.
Born out of his own excitement for the duel. For himself. Not for the crowd. Not for any of his friends.
I know very well that it’s not true that to make others smile, you have to smile yourself first… but honestly, happiness translates so much better when you yourself truly are happy. It’s just so much easier to make others happy that way.
For that reason I LOVE this moment to death. This is why, imo, this was the best Entertainment duel he pulled off in the show. He wasn’t dueling to win or to win over the crowd (explicitly, at least). He was mainly dueling to push himself and to have fun with it, and the crowd’s excitement later arising from seeing him like that is incredibly realistic.
I can say so because… well, I was basically a part of that cheering crowd.
I loved all his duels up to this point but damn this one in particular… I was like… Entertainment Dueling. Is. Real.
Yeah believe it or not, I was still not convinced until this duel. My gods. What a life changer.