DAY 4: Favorite Anime Episode Ep. 21 双つの黒 /Double Black
Honestly, do I really need to explain my choice?! I mean… this ep is opened by Fuku-sama and is closed by Chuu! How cannot it be my fav?! I don’t even know how many times I saw it Almost like the 5th ep of K project!! x’33
I… don’t really know how to feel about the anime, haven’t seen very many eps, but I really like this character (plus she’s fun to draw)! Can I have a humanoid dragon-maid to help me with housework, be my home security system, give me airlifts wherever I need to go, and snuggle with me at random times throughout every day? Miss K, if you ever get tired of having a dragon around the house, just send Tohru my way!
First things first kiddos I missed the beginning of the ep and came in when Octavia of Gonder and Not-So-Murderous Elf Prince were snuggling, and was just like “….k.”
But really, this felt like a very uneven episode. There were some really great moments mixed with some really not-so-great moments, and maybe it’ll improve once I’ve seen the start but honestly I doubt it.
All of the Science Island stuff was top notch though, from Murphy and Emori being like “fuck it, let’s go live in a bunker and hope we don’t have to eat each other” to Murphy and Raven having such a beautifully touching moment. And Lindsey fucking KILLED IT, so brave and strong and smart and sad.
Also top notch? BELLAMY AND HIS DELINQUENTS. He’s letting them go, and protecting them from violence and having adults once again overrule their wishes. Bellamy snapping you sent them down here to die was a really great moment, as was Jaha (what am I calling him these days? Cult Dad? I don’t think that was it, but I’m gonna go with it) seeing Wells in window.
Harper just giving up was really painful to watch, but even more painful was Monty’s pain in seeing it happen. He’s losing everyone but staying so strong and god I want him to be wrapped in a blanket and given like, 15 hugs.
For once I didn’t want to give Clarke a hug, though. Look, girl. I know you’re trying. And your Polis 2.0 hair is wayyyyy better than your hair last season and overall you were like, crazy fucking hot this episode, and you really thought that you being the Commander would fix things.
But that culture does not belong to you and it never will. I cheered when Abby and Roan fucked it all up for her, even though I know she meant well. There’s some shit that’s just never fucking okay, and “Clarke being commander” is one of those things. Roan calling her out on her arrogance was a great fucking moment and I may or may not have cheered. (They really are not great at writing coherent Grounder culture, so whenever they try I just cringe and wait for it to be over. I hope s5 serves as a soft reboot and we lose most of this garbage, because it just isn’t very well done.)
Octavia of Gondor murdering all of those random grounders while Not-So-Murderous Elf Prince left for like two seconds was kind of hilarious though. (Someone please insert him into that scene from Community when Troy comes back with pizza to fire and chaos and death.) But Octavia has been verrrry stagnant as a character (or rather she gets better and then regresses immediately) for so long that I am not really enjoying her too much. Hopefully she pulls out of it soon.
Not hilarious? Bellamy’s goodbye to Harper and Jasper. Jasper, in particular. I have a LOT of feelings about how Jasper was the first non-Octavia, non-Clarke person that Bellamy really, genuinely took under his wing in s1 who didn’t then immediately commit a murder seemingly on his advice. He loves Jasper so much, and for Bellamy to just leave him behind shows so much growth and strength and god, Bob looked so sad in that scene. Snaps all around.
Lastly, not gonna lie, Bellamy “I lose all hand-to-hand combat fights unless they’re against Murphy; no really even my brother-in-law going easy on me had me pinned in less than ten seconds” Blake is really lucky Octavia of Gondor showed up to fight. Because he was gonna volunteer and then lose in like, two minutes. He does not stand a fucking chance against Luna.
Next week: We’re going full Hunger Games. I hope Peeta shows up to make me swoon.
Can you please please explain to me how we know Kim shumway doesn't like bellarke or Bellamy?
I don’t collect receipts, so if anyone wants to attach them to this post? Feel free! Because this is going to be quick and, frankly, weak lmao.
But honestly, it’s not like she ever said anything EXPLICIT that I recall, so who knows? Bellamy could be her fave (lol) and she could be a hardcore Bellarke shipper for all we know.
AND ACTUALLY, I’ve said this before, she’s written some fan favorite Bellarke moments throughout the series. I don’t think she’s opposed to them at all lmao. I think, if she doesn’t ship them, she at least knows they’re endgame and tries to find ways to incorporate them into her stories if she can, just a smidgen. Here’s a list of episodes she’s written with Bellarke moments we love to love:
Bodyguard of Lies
Ye Who Enter Here
That’s…almost all of her eps. Except for the most recent, A Lie Guarded, which? Had a touch of Bellarke.
But yeah, she has talked down to BC shippers in the past. I think that has more to do with the weird, warped perception everyone has of our fandom, though. She’s not the only member of cast or crew to do that. She didn’t hide that she favored CL when the ship war was at its worst either. Which, whatever. I don’t care, I ship CL too. But it doesn’t hurt to appear unbiased on social media, in my opinion, especially…during that time. Don’t even get me started on her besties who are VERY anti-Bellarke.
As for Bellamy, it’s all in her writing. Here are the list of eps she didn’t write him to move the story forward for Clarke or Octavia:
Many Happy Returns
Bodyguard of Lies
Hey, I think she LIKED him in S2? Anyway, she tends to sideline him or use him as a plot device or a catalyst for her favorite Bada$$ Ladies. It’s not so much that we think she DISLIKES Bellamy (though there have been instances on SM that make me wonder) so much as she just really loves writing for the girls. I personally think she may not be totally comfortable writing for Bellamy without them.
MY issues with K!mshum have more to do with white feminism and her…unusual take on romantic and familial relationships, which just happen to leak into things concerning Bellamy and the other MOC in the show. Which she tries downplaying if not justifying.
1) all of those Lovelace/Hera bonding moments! I love my precious space girls so much :)
2) so I guess the aliens are really really invested in keeping Eiffel alive, which like, same.
3) that said lets never never do the hiccup method ever again k thanks
4) sounds like the “the star is actually a wormhole/portal of some kind” theory is getting more and more plausable, which is way cool! Here’s hoping its a nice benevolent portal that can handle human anatomy. If not, maybe we can throw Kepler in there instead…
Anyway, there’s my thoughts. This was a great episode and I can’t wait for the next update :)
sorry again abt how slow i am at answering these – if you want a quicker reply, please send it off anon! *-*
i got a lot of questions about this piece (the TAZ balance tribute) – here are the characters in order, from left to right: paloma, cassidy, roswell, ren, june, klaarg, lucas, N03113, carey, killian, davenport, lucretia, merle, avi, mavis & mookie, angus, magnus, steven, kravitz, taako, garyl, lup, garfield, barry, sloane, hurley, joaquin, jess the beheader, and graham the juicy wizard!
My Top 10 K-Dramas of 2013 - What's Yours? [Spoiler Alert]
2013 is about to end and K-dramaland has been kind in bringing us so many goodies this year. Below are my Top 10 favs on the year (my favs so it might not be yours so please don’t judge) :
The Book of the House of Gu
While the ending was a bit meh because WHY THE HELL did Lee Seung Gi have to be such a chaebol like person in modern Korea and all when it could have ended less cheesily but other than that I really enjoyed the drama. Suzy and Lee Seung Gi had great chemistry and the other characters were really well executed to, like Choi Jin Hyuk the forest god daddy and Yoo Yoon Seok as the possessed hyung. And god how much I love these two actors now.
This drama is amazing. It is still going on now (because it is those 50 ep super long dramas) but I am pretty sure I will cling on all 50 episodes. All the actors are superb and while I got a feeling Ha Ji Won and Joo Jin Mo are supposed to be the otp (because of the Ep 1 K-drama styled stare), I cannot help but love the chemistry and scenes between her and Ji Chang Wook (I love him but I am not being bias here). The puppy emperor is too adorable and right now there is more of a legit reason for the two to be together as they are both ally-less and alone in this freaky baddies infested court of intrigues. Like nearly everyone in this drama is up to something O.O I forsee myself going down with another ship after Reply 1994.
One of the best medical K-dramas in a good long time and Joo Won was played the role of an awkward genius young doctor with savant syndrome perfectly. The background to his character made the drama all the more interesting and perhaps brought the idea of helping people in a medical drama without being that cheesy (because his character has more reason to stop people from dying and to believe in it stubbornly). Moon Chae Won was also great and jksjkdnslkakncklas it’s just a drama that I would highly recommend. It just makes me feel fluffy inside :)
I Can Hear Your Voice
I had my doubts when I first started because it had the oh we met when we were young thing going on but I think the age difference yet opposite to what you expect in the maturity of the characters really got my attention in the get go. Lee Jong Suk portrayed his mind-reader role really well and I like how the story made his use of it for justice less forced on like what you would expect from a show with a super power possessing lead. Lee Bo Young nailed the playful immature and at times condescending public defender who grew to care for others like she used to while keeping the sassy attitude. Also kudos to Kim Sohyun who played Lee Bo Young’s counter part really well, allowing the growth in the character to be all the more realistic. I also admire the work done for Lee Da Hee’s storyline as most second female leads get demoted to the love ruining villainess and cunning master of manipulation without much explanation or some really unrealistic back story. But this role had development and a reasonable story too so YAY! Also, this drama had one of the better K-drama endings in the year to boot :D
Nine: Nine Times Time Travel
So I heard an American Version is being made and I am not surprised. This drama was that good. Unlike the overused back in time model used by many dramas already, this drama actually had a murder mystery for us to follow, with the hero’s love life being tossed back and forth in the most gut wrenching ways possible with every change he makes to the reality keeping us on our toes. This was a great breakout role for Lee Jin Wook who portrayed our cold city man time traveller extremely well while bringing out his emotions at each discovery and change with ease. Jo Yoon Hee was also a pleasant surprise (for me because I never watched anything with her in it before) and her role as the cute but tough journalist was a breathe of fresh air from the pretty poor girl or stunning idol heroines as of late.
Queen of Ambition
Seriously, this drama is so melo, it made me have my doubts in humanity. If North Korea hates Kim Tae Hee for Stairway to Heaven, someone needs to smuggle this drama there and they will discover that things only get worst with Soo Ae. You think she will kill an old man? NO. She tells him his missing son is dead. You think she will blackmail someone with proof of dirty secrets? NO. She does that with so much skill she can out pwn a manipulative CEO with blank sheets of A4 paper. She is that good. And there is Kwon Sang Woo, whose amazing acting brought the hero, the man blinded by love now out for revenge, so believable to the point when he was really out to get her, you are scared of him too. Basically you have two amazing actors on a show down of wits and life ruining. Splendid stuff to wet your pants from fear but also cry your eyes out for our poor second male lead of TVXQ‘s Yunho and second female lead Go Jun Hee who involuntarily gets stuck in the mix.
One of my favourite dramas of the year no doubt. While it was not super dramatic like Queen of Ambition or good at mystery as Nine (why you drag this hubby mystery for so long…), this was one of the best slice of life coming of age K-dramas ever. The emphasis on friendship and growing up together as a family was done fantastically, giving time for all characters to flesh them out into people that seem so real that we cannot help but love (maybe not to Yoo Yoon Seok’s love line though, oh well he left the show with all the woman who watched the drama dying to marry him) Go Ara was also really good, kicking all the critics away with a slipper (say that in Masandialect XD) as the epic Na Jung who grew from wild girl to mature woman. Jung Woo also broke out as the reliable and manly Oppa for all Korean women (who will trash your house).
Korea and its school problems have been touched on in many dramas but School 2013 has to be the most direct one of all. Apparently, there is even more work done in Korean schools now against bullying because of the success of the drama. And of course other than great acting from Choi Daniel and Jang Na Ra, School 2013 won’t be so great without the famous bromance between Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woobin, which led to a real life bromance off screen (and speculations that the two are a gay couple)
Oh betrayal. After watching Queen of Ambition and Secret, it really makes me wonder if that many people go to jail for their loved ones in Korea. Isn’t it guaranteed they will betray you and leave you to rot in there? Isn’t that the point? Oh well, I won’t complain since this drama is so good and this is needed to get it going! Ji Sung was AMAZING (wow you and your wifey are a on roll this year ;) ) and Hwang Jung Eum did such a good job. And Lee Da HeeAGAIN (you killing these second female lead roles girl) wowed me. Now thank you, Bae Soo Bin for doing so well in reminding me yet again that power ruins people in K-dramaland.
The Sun of My Master
The smartest drama of the year - seriously a female lead who sees ghost and a male lead who by touching her stops that from happening; THE PERFECT FORMULA FOR ENDLESS SKINSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!!! Now add in Kong Hyo Jin as the ghost seeing girl and So Ji Sub as the guy she must touch - BAM! Fans = dead. Ok, just to ensure we kill a few more fangirls, let’s also add in Seo In Guk and give him a super hot role and let Infinite's L be mini So Ji Sub! Other than an wonderful storyline, that’s enough reason to watch it, but seriously, watch it for the story XD
What’s your Top 10 K-Dramas of the Year? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and may the drama sharing begin (and the road to more excuse for holiday procrastination!)
i feel like the remaining yuehua trainees (hyungseob, euiwoong, justin, jungjung) have so much potential and ability to grow. i really wanted them to go far but it seems like all the yuehua kids except hyungseob will get eliminated after this ep :(( i think justin is the biggest diamond in the rough especially after seeing him in "shape of you". He's sooo young and seems so diverse, theres so much to explore with him. whats your opinion on them?
Apologies in advance for the mini essay
Hyungseob didn’t get a lot of screen time this episode which was weird but I sort of expected it from the way Mnet edited his recent attitude controversy. In the previews they showed him apologizing (for his “attitude” controversy) but they cut the apology from the actual episode which is kind of sketchy and unfair. At first, I honestly thought Mnet had a thing for Hyungseob because he had positive screen time (and I’m never getting over that A reevaluation tbh) but then his controversy happened and now it’s a complete 180?? I would speculate that it seems like Mnet is trying to influence voters into not voting for certain people but who knows…
Justin is seriously amazing. I wasn’t too keen on him at first (the ab showing threw me off) but he’s definitely grown on me. His Replay performance was very cute without being too saccharine. I was really impressed by his performance on SoY, though. I was worried he might not be able to pull of the more mature concept without being cringey or resorting to extreme (*cough* ab flash *cough*) methods but he really surprised me with his charisma on stage. I especially loved his little mini solo (it’s honestly one of my favorite parts) where each member “revives” (lmao i don’t know anything about dancing so bear with me) as Justin passes in front of them. I kind of want him to do a dark concept??? It would be an interesting juxtaposition with his visuals. If he can continue to grow and adapt to a variety of new concepts- man, this kid can go far.
I have so many feelings about Jung Jung. He’s so fluid in his dance and the acrobatics he does are so smooth (I was sold on him since the evaluation performances, I replayed his part a million times. Evidently I’m a sucker for acrobatics). The one he did for the Pop performance looked so effortless and flowed so well (also that zipper thing k i l l e d me). He’s been consistent in every performance which is why I’m glad he got some recognition in this episode. ;__;
I like Euiwoong, I do, but that ab flash during Boy in Luv put me off and now I sort of just warily watch from the side. His rapping tone is great, his diction.. not so much, but he’ll learn and he’ll grow. His rapping was really good in ep. 7, though!!! I honestly loved that entire stage and I think he held his own among Sangkyun (who was on fire) and Jinyoung (who was on fire x100). I like his stage presence and how expressive he is (and those ears are seriously cute).
All together they’re a really promising group! They stood out to me from the first evaluation so it’s been hard seeing rank lower and lower. I’m not Chinese or Korean myself so I don’t feel qualified to give an accurate opinion about these matters, but from what I’ve read and what some people have mentioned, the tense relations between Korea and China could be one of the reasons keeping the voters from voting for most of the Yuehua kids. If true, it’s sad and unfortunate because they shouldn’t be judged by their nationality (or the nationality of their company).
I can’t wait to see their debut, though. They have the visuals and the raw talent to be a really great group. :)