is this how the journey will end

The Role of Discovery on the Path


When we start on the Path we often hardly even know. It is already below our feet by the time we have any idea what it is, and we are often years before we have any idea where it is going. Yet it is there, taking us someplace, showing us the thin places in the Veil, revealing to us vistas and hollows hardly known to the world of men. Again and again throughout our lives constructing seemingly impossible narratives to push and pull us into the necessary changes for growth. The Path is the plot that runs through our lives.

Where we linger on that path often decides how long our journey takes between its start and its end. How well we perceive that which is off the edges of our path is a good indicator of how far along we are in our journey.

As much as a thousand writers and bloggers would have you otherwise it is most important to spend a great deal of time alone in the path of discovery. Without the books and theories, without the rhymes and reasons. Most of all without the jabbering idiocy of social commitment and simpering personal dramas known as the coven, or these days the facebook group. Just oneself and some bits and bobs that you know somehow happen to fit into that puzzle called hex, that whisper called curse, that promise called charm. Out in the landscape, looking for the variables we need, knowing which paths that cross are the chosen. Feeling innately that the grove is correct for the operation at hand.

The modern world is made of soft minds who seek constant guidance and desire to travel well worn paths that have been laid before them without thorn nor rose. Those paths may even lead to darkness and delight, but they are the paths of others. Other’s songs to sing, others spells to weave, others charms to hide. There is no learning in the well worn path. Just tourism.

The folkwitch must eschew the path worn by others. Like the fox, must walk against the paths to see the shape of the landscape. We must not just linger at the edge of ancient paths, we must delve into the bush, fight through the bracken, and discover what lies on the other side of the hedge.

Exploration and experimentation should guide those who seek to understand the Craft. Learning through long consideration and careful experimentation which plants yield the correct results. Hearing in the air the voice in the trees that guides you in your quest for understanding. Listening deeply to the forest and the seashore. To the mountain spring and the laughing whisper of the air through an evening meadow. Exploring the landscape that is the center of your practice, knowing well all of those places where footsteps do not go. Seeing as birds and foxes see the landscape; as hedgehogs, rats, and vipers.

The role of discovery is the single most important part of the Craft. The constant learning of new things, of new ways of seeing. Never should one settle for what they already know, growing callous in our beliefs leads to stagnation. We should turn over the leaf, taste the dew, sniff the air.

The Path is a journey. Go places.

“HEARTWORK
Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”  
~ Suzy Kassem

~ Art by Antonio Mora
~ George RedHawk PhotoAnimation

Faded Memory - 12x12 Coda Ficlet

“That’s the man who is going to teach you how to love, Castiel.”

Hushed words were spoken close to the angel’s ear as he neared the end of his journey. He could see the ragged figure close now, covered in chains and blood and filth. Hidden within the depths of the darkest expanse of space. Fire blazed around the angel, in defiance of his actions, scalding his true form to it’s core. He could feel himself starting to burn up, to fade, to die. It wouldn’t be long now before he was just another puff of smoke in the cascades of darkness. But the mission - his one true purpose - pushed him forward, closer, closer, until his hand rested on a shoulder. Solidly grabbing as his touch seared into flesh, marking the man down to his soul.

Dean Winchester has been saved.


Nearly nine years later the miracle happened in a barn - as miracles are wont to do. He’d laugh at the irony if he wasn’t so busy dying. He could feel himself fading, his grace burning out like coals. Only small sparks remained, contained under bleeding and cracking olive skin.

He stared at the man before him, speaking in low tones with his mother and brother. A man who’s panic he could feel through the chill of the midnight air. Dean’s hands flexed at his sides as he spoke. He was going to miss those hands.

And suddenly Castiel remembered that small moment of Dean’s rescue. Or perhaps, he’d never forgotten but had let the memory fade softly as something of little consequence. Either way, it was a memory he’d not revisited in years. But he held onto it now like a precious jewel, examining it in his mind’s eye anew. Who had spoken those words? Was it his brethren?

Was it his father?

…did it really matter?

Because as he watched Dean nervously glance his way, lips pulled tight, back stock straight - he knew. Unequivocally. Undeniably.

It was true.

And he was suddenly overcome with the emotion it - the sheer beauty of the path he’d been sent on. He’d watched millenniums worth of human lives transverse like he’d experienced in his short time with the Winchesters - one mistake and fortunate happenstance after another, all blending together to push a person to their best potential. To teach them to be their best selves. And he’d envied their progression, how they could change and love and hurt and grow. Evolve.

But now here he was. A completely different angel, a completely changed man, from the one who dove into hell head first simply because he was commanded.

All because of knowing Dean.

Castiel hardly recognized himself and yet, he felt more himself than he’d ever been. Some might call him an abomination.

But in truth he was proud of the man he’d become - a man who knew what true love really is.

So he didn’t mince words, he didn’t stop them from flowing once they’d started. He told Dean he loved him with the conviction that moment demanded. With the sincerity that the righteous man deserved.

He wasn’t stupid - he could see the pain and the hesitation across Dean’s face when he spoke them. Knowing that they were as rare to Dean as anything in this world. Knowing he’ll toss this moment around his mind like a hot potato for a long time to come.

But mostly knowing that he will leave this world having given Dean the second greatest gift he could - the knowledge that he was undeniably, unconditionally loved.

Second only to the gift that Castiel was capable of it.

sorry but ratatouille’s ending is such a perfect ending. i gotta be honest: even with movies i adore, the ending doesn’t tend to be my favorite part, even when they are good. i’m usually all for the middle, the journey, the action. 

but this fucking ending is an exception. just put it on and i’ll tear up over that brilliant representation of how just one little thing (such as a simple bite of simple food) can bring back the most nostalgic childhood memories full force, in an instant. that great speech by ego, where he finally understands what gusteau really meant when he said that anyone can cook. that cozy little restaurant they end up opening. that beautiful, soothing song in french. ego, no longer a respected critic but clearly much happier, walking into the restaurant knowing the truth and asking remy, ‘surprise me!’, just. it’s so good. i love it.

2016 in Retrospect

Oh boy.

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Usually I type this thing up as 2016 in retrospect for ME.

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Something like, “I went to Zootopia.”

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Or, “I met the hero of Harlem.”

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But this was a rough year.

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For a lot of people, for a lot of reasons.

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So it seems weird to do a post about movies and TV.

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But art and stories are born from real life.

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Remember that Rogue One, basically 2016 the movie, ends in hope.

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Remember Star Trek Beyond paints a picture of a united Earth and a united federation.

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Remember that Moana takes us on a journey of discovery…

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That Kubo taught us how to live with loss…

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That we have Ghostbusters fighting for & receiving recognition…

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And that Newt Scamander, in dark times which tested his morales, stayed good and honest with his friends.

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Stories have music!

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Stories have color!

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Stories shows us that even when we fight against ourselves…

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That there is still hope for the future.

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And when we forget that these things exist in real life…

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Art reminds us that there is still light in the dark.

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Stories gives us heroes who inspire us!

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(Sometimes not in the most appropriate ways.)

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Stories remind us that there is LOVE!

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That there is inspiration!

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That we have family…

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That we have friends…

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That we are not alone…

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And that we must always fight for what is right.

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So stay strong and remember what the stories taught us.

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Happy New Year everyone! And here’s to a better 2017!

The Element EVERYTHING in Your Story Needs

To all the writers who have ever felt lost, alone, and completely confused during the labyrinthine journey that is writing anything, and felt like screaming this at your story …

There’s hope.

There’s a light at the end of that darn tunnel. First, let me describe how I used to fight my way out of these periods of confusion and hopelessness. 

Usually, I would try to force myself to get back into the groove of the story. I would reread it, and be yelling at myself in my head, “Remember why you love it! LOVE your book again! Keep reading and FALL IN LOVE, damn it!” I’d go over descriptions, bits of dialogue, banter between the characters. I’d go over settings and imagery, and try to make myself remember how much they’d once excited me. I’d read things that had made me laugh when I typed them, sentences that I was particularly proud of, paragraphs that made me feel particularly clever. But the thing was, it didn’t work. 

I didn’t care.  

What was the problem? The problem was some of those descriptions, settings, images, and witty episodes of bantering had no Story Reason to be there. They were just there because they amused me. Just because I found the imagery beautiful. Just because I found a sentence or joke really clever and wanted to share my wit with the world. But the world didn’t care about my wit. Because the world (the people reading my book) knew subconsciously that there was no story to give that so-called witty sentence substance and meaning. I could create the most breath-taking images, I could make the most well-rounded living and breathing character, I could make a setting that you wanted to run away from home and live inside … and it didn’t matter. If the thing didn’t have a purpose for being there within the narrative, nobody cared. And I didn’t either. 

So what is a Story Reason? 

Everything in a story exists to support one of three things. 

1. The A-story: The surface plot, the quest of the main character to achieve a specific tangible goal. What the story is about on the surface. 

2. The B-Story: The love story, or relationship of the thing. Usually this relationship is instrumental in causing the third element, which is …  

3. The Character Arc. The theme of the story, the purpose, the piece of truth the story seeks to prove to the main character and the audience. 

If something in a story doesn’t contribute to the progress of these three, there’s no reason we should care about it. It has no point. Because in the end, all we care about is the story!

When it comes to scenes, story reason means continuity. It means the way the story unfolds logically. If every scene is there for a darn good reason, the scenes after and before will make total sense, they’ll connect seamlessly, a steady progression of events. Every scene’s turn triggers the next scene. 

And to do this, every scene must be able to be linked with three words: Because of that.

Because of the turn of one scene … 

The next scene happens. 

And because of the turn of that scene the next scene happens.

To illustrate how this works, let’s look at a small movie you might have heard about called Zootopia. (Thanks to @inked-withlove for the movie suggestion!)

So let’s start at this point, the turn of the scene with Clawhauser and Judy searching the file on Emmitt Otterton. 

Turn: “I have a lead." 

Because of that …

Judy has to get Nick to tell her what he knows about Otterton.

Turn: It all goes poorly, and now Nick and Judy are stuck together by an incriminating adorable carrot recorder. (The B Story, the relationship, has intertwined with the A Story.)


Because of that …

Nick takes Judy to the place he saw Otterton go, a place he thinks will cause her to give up. 

Turn: She doesn’t quit, she marches right in. (B Story: Nick sounds surprised, and a little impressed, that she didn’t back down.)

Because of that … 

She has to question a rude yoga-performing elephant. 

Turn: Though the elephant is absolutely no help, the seemingly addled yak is more than helpful – he even remembers the license plate number of the car Emmitt left in. 

Because of that …

Nick thinks his part in this endeavor is complete. But Judy remembers that she’s not in the system yet, and thus can’t run a plate. Nick, however, can. And he’s going to, or else. 

Turn: It just so happens that he has a pal at the DMV. 

Because of that …

Sloths. He takes her to a DMV run by sloths and wastes as much of her precious dwindling time as he can.

Turn: “It’s night?!”

Because of that …

Legitimate Enterprise Car Service (at least that’s what it’s called in the screenplay) is closed. Judy doesn’t have a warrant and Nick is enjoying her suffering tremendously. After a spat, she tosses the carrot over the fence instead of handing it to him.

Turn: Because she has now seen a shifty low-life climbing the fence, she has probable cause, and doesn’t need a warrant. She can go in. (B Story: Nick is looking at her with more respect.)

Because of that …

They find the car and begin investigating. The car is a crime scene; claw marks everywhere, the missing otter’s wallet … and a cocktail glass etched with a "B”.

Turn: And it all adds up for Nick. This car belongs to Mr Big, a notorious crime boss. And his polar bear henchman are right outside. They grab Judy and Nick and yank them off screen. 

Because of that  …

Judy and Nick are wedged between the bear henchman, on their way to face Mr Big. 

Turn: Nick sold him a very expensive rug that happened to be made from the fur of a skunk’s butt. Or in other words, Mr Big really doesn’t like Nick.

Because of that …

They wait fearfully for Mr Big to appear, and even when he’s revealed to be a tiny shrew, Nick still launches into obsequious and panicked mode. He tries talking his way out of it, but Mr Big really REALLY doesn’t like him. And when Judy shouts at him that she’s a cop and she has evidence on him –

Turn: “Ice ‘em.”

Because of that …

“No icing anyone at my wedding!” Fru Fru Shrew is not a happy camper. Father and daughter bicker about his promise of no murder on her wedding day, and the fact that “I have to, baby. Daddy has to.” Until – 

Turn: “She’s the bunny who saved my life yesterday. From that giant doughnut!” Well, Judy is now in Mr Big’s good books. He’s going to pay her kindness forward. Nick is floored. 

I’m gonna stop there.

SO! After going through that analysis of how the scenes are linked together, let’s abandon the “everything needs a story reason to be in there” rule, and see what happens. 

After the scene where Judy and Nick reluctantly join forces, we could add a scene where Nick is trying to remember the name of the place, and where it is. Then we could have them asking around, searching the city, refusing to ask for directions, lots of banter. THEN we can finally get to The Mystic Springs Oasis.

And after they get the plate number, maybe Nick grabs the carrot pen and makes a run for it. Then we can have a chase scene, but he gets away. Then we can have Judy trying to run the plate on her own, before realizing she isn’t in the system, and failing. Then we can have a scene where she has to track down Nick again. Then a scene where she figures out how to blackmail him into it. THEN they finally get to the DMV. 

And you know what would have happened then?

Zootopia would have made everyone bored. 

All of these inserted scenes are unnecessary. Sure, they might add conflict, add complications to Judy’s quest, but they’re ultimately just filler. They’re just there for the sake of bulking out the story. This is why that tip I hear so often in writing circles always perplexes me: “Figure out the worst possible thing that can happen to your character, then do that.” If people went with this rule, they’d just keep throwing terrible things at the characters for no apparent reason, one after another, and the reader or audience would be expected to be entertained by it (but wouldn’t be). It would be like cartoons before Mickey Mouse came along and applied story to animation: before, cartoons were just gag after gag, slapstick situations mashed together like a funny video compilation. Except with books and movies, it would just be conflict-heavy situations strung together, taking an inordinate amount of time to make any actual progress.  

Once you make sure everything has a purpose within the narrative, things get so much better.  And I find, when I reread my work I don’t have to scream at myself to “love your book or else” if everything has a reason for being there. And instead of feeling like yelling at my story like an angry overworked crab, I feel a lot more like this gif.

I hope it works for you too.

How to Read Tarot Cards When You Don’t Know Shit

OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING AND LEARNED TO LOVE PRACTICING TAROT

This is a simple exercise I’ve done really to hone my intuition while divining. I like to pull a three card spread (past, present, future) but you can really use whichever spread you’d like.

Major Arcana:

  • Most trump cards can be self explanatory if you’re good at word association.
  • The Fool card starts a story that follows a journey through to the World, the end. Everything in between is character development.
  • Death does not mean death. Unlike most horror films, its appearance can actually signal a new beginning or change.

Minor Arcana:
Know what each suit means or symbolizes in general.

  • Cups: Water, focuses on your emotional self, creativity and romance, following your heart over your head.
  • Pentacles: Earth, focuses on your physical self, material ideas like business or wealth, manifestation.
  • Swords: Air, focuses on your mental self, action and concentration, intelligence and conflict.
  • Wands: Fire, focuses on your spiritual self, intuition and inspiration, values and flaws.

All in All: 

  • Use the context clues in the imagery of your cards to guide your intuition.
  • Don’t worry about misreading a card or getting anything wrong. This is really about trusting yourself and your gut instincts.
  • Don’t be afraid to take the surface value of the card during this exercise. It’s just an exercise. 

I hope this helped you if you’re just starting out, want to try a different method to divining with tarot, or just want to generally work on trusting your gut.

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I suddenly remember this video while watching this year’s GPF. It’s a 40 minutes video (with english subtitle) of Yuzuru Hanyu’s training before he got gold medal in 2014.

Rewatching this somehow reminds me of Yurio’s journey in YOI. How Yurio was really focused on quads and jumps at beginning until Yakov told him to do more basic training such as perfecting step sequences or what Bryan called as skating skills. Because in the end, jumps don’t always make you the best skater.

Anyway, for YOI fans who is now introduced to fun part of figure skating, please watch this video. It’s very knowledgeable and entertaining and at same time, very inspiring.

ADVENTURE TIME: ISLANDS - Cartoon Network

Part One/Part Two, End Scene Mash Up - by Dodrio

I thought the parallel of Finn looking out to sea from the first and last parts of the Islands Miniseries did a wonderful job at portraying the wealth of emotion, growth, and new understanding Finn felt and gained from the start of his journey VS the end of his journey.

It does well to show just how much Finn has matured throughout the series, from a young and naive boy to a wiser, more aware young man.


Adventure Time is a children’s show which exemplifies what it means to truly “grow up,” that even in a world where the life of humans has come to ruin, where you sometimes feel completely and utterly alone, where real danger and real monsters are at every corner, you’re going to be okay. 

Adventure Time has taught children that while it may be trying sometimes, while it can hurt and be confusing, “growing up” is an inevitability - but one you should not be fearful of. It’s one that you should embrace, because its worth it for the lessons you learn, the wisdom you gain, and the love and friendship you find along the way.

Ultimately, this world is not so different from our own.


Growing up is a lot like journeying to multiple islands, each one has something of value, whether it is wisdom to gain, emotional growth, or better understanding and awareness. 

You may not always come to one on purpose, sometimes it may even seem like you’ve been thrown into a tsunami and washed out from the sea, but it’s all a part of your journey of life; And even if you don’t know your destination, know that your heart and your intuition already do, and trust them to lead you on your way.

Like Princess Bubblegum says, “If you make it to that island, you might find out some pretty heavy stuff. About the humans, and where you came from. About yourself.


Thank you, Pendleton Ward, Frederator Studios, and Cartoon Network for the blessing that is Adventure Time. 

DISCLAIMER: All rights belong to their respective owners and not me. This video is meant for non-profit educational and entertainment purposes only. I don’t own Adventure Time.

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Update on my health journey 😊

I’ve lost about 100 lbs.

First picture is from my freshmen year in high school. The second picture is my second year in college.
The last 2 pictures are current.

Within these 3 years I’ve been a vegan for a year and a half. I drink a gallon of water a day and I learned that unless I’m performing well mentally, physically I will not look my best either.

At the end of the day. My journey taught me how to love my self and appreciate all of me (even the parts that I didn’t like)

My tum tum (another word I call my tummy) is mine. It didn’t get here over night and it’s not going away over night either. My hips, waist, arms…. all of them are parts of me. These individual components that make me who I am.

And even though I’m working continuously to get rid of my fat. I wouldn’t trade any part of me for the world. 💙

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I’m a bit jittery right now, as I’ve reached a milestone that is over three years in the making. On and off since late 2013, I’ve been working on an animated series pitch, with the biggest part being a 45 second intro animation produced to completion. By myself.

In the grand scheme of things it’s short, but when I think about how often I had to put it on the back burner for a plethora of other responsibilities (ones that pay) for months on end, 45 seconds seemed like an eternity. Life threw me a curveball last year, and I’ve used the time since to wallow a bit, then find my footing, and with this project, and my motivation for working on it, it’s like announcing a new beginning.

I’ll copy and paste the video description:
“Space Is The Place is an animated series concept by Kellan Stover (Stovepipe). Join Roland, Ruth, Ralph, and Laika on their journey through the galaxy, where they’ll discover the science of space, overcome cosmic conundrums, and use teamwork to further mankind’s (alien-kind & dog-kind too) understanding of the universe at large.

All design, animation, illustration, and music created by Kellan Stover. © 2017

For questions and inquiries: kellan@stovepipe.design”

https://vimeo.com/199909767
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjpz7InV680

There is more to come, as loads of supplementary materials, scripts, a pitch deck, and website are still needed. But for now, this first personal victory. If this seems at all like something you wish existed in full cartoon form for yourself or someone you know, or you just like me, my work, and want to help me out, please share this. The more eyes on it the better. Thank you all very much.

When The Story Begins

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.

But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.

The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.

“Reclaim your throne” slogan is just big cruel joke.

A lot of people (including me) expected an epic journey about Prince Noctis, who is gonna fight evil Empire and take back his Kingdom. Common fantasy plot that involves restoring the rightful heir to the throne (”Lord of The Rings”, “Lion King”, “King Arthur“, thosands novels and films). Well, we all know how it actually ended. 

Final Fantasy XV is Japanese game.

So, let me tell a short story about another Japanese game - Dark Souls.

Dark Souls is video game series about repeating cycles of Fire and Dark. The Age of Fire is completely dependent on the First Flame. When the Flame starts fading, people start becoming Undead, because humanity in Dark Souls cursed with Starscourge Curse of the Undead. Eventually Undead lose their mind and go Hollow (mindless zombies… as I remember correctly “daemon” on Japanese is pretty similar to “corpses”). 

“The fast fading Flame must be linked to preserve this world. A re-enactment of the first linking of the fire. So it is, I became a Lord of Cinder.” © Ludleth of Courland

Lord of Cinder in Dark Souls 3 is a title given to those who once were mighty enough to Link the Flame. If Undead tried to link the Fire, but weren’t powerful enough and failed, it just burned them to ash, which called Unkindled.

Anyway, even successful Lords should… take their Throne and sacrifice themselves for Fire. 

tl;dr  “Reclaim your throne” was never supposed to be “Marry Lunafreya, defeat Nifflheim, restore Insomnia, live long and happy”. It was about “Go and kill yourself, Noctis” all along.

I’m honestly speechless. But I have to express my emotions anyway. Just need to mention a few things about SKYDIVE that deserve extra, extra appreciation:

  • B.A.P’s performance as ruthless criminal agents. The opening shot itself slammed it home. Himchan’s dispassionate expression when he shot that guy in his head and strolled into the garage. Plus, the way they acted out the action parts as well as emotionless shooters parts. Slay.
  • Daehyun’s performance is powerful. Did you see how many phases that he emoted throughout his character’s 10-minute journey? Flirtatious, chill and entertained, shaken, suspicious, paranoid, vengeful, pissed, careless and full of grief, lost, and professional shooter at the end. That’s not easy to do in such a short amount of time.
  • Jongup’s performance as a disturbing man with a lust for blood. I loved how he expressed his character’s absolute abandon when it came to just killing without remorse. There was even a smirk on his face, as if he really enjoyed that part of his job and when Himchan caught him at it, he gave him a completely careless look like, ‘so, I like it, what you gonna do?’. He played his part so incredibly well, especially toward the end when he got up and shot Daehyun. I was chilled to the bone.
  • The choreography is out of this world. The atmosphere, the feel, and just everything about SKYDIVE is out of this world.

What an experience.

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I need...

a full length novel/novella with the story of Manon’s parents. Her Blackbeak mother and her Crochan Prince father that fell in love. That conceived a child with the hopes of uniting the witches, breaking the curse.

I want to read about how they met, how they fell for each other. I want to read about their hopes and dreams. I imagine she was just as feisty as Manon and that her father…well we don’t know much about her father, but he was the type of man that never stopped looking for his lost love and child until he met his death. That shows compassion and determination.

The story of them being separated. How the Blackbeak Matron killed Manon’s mother and the journey the Crochan Prince took to try and find them. I want to read about his last stand against the Matron.

Their story doesn’t have a happy ending…..it would be beautiful and tragic.

But we have the knowledge that their daughter has broken free of the matron and is on a journey to hopefully fulfill what they gave up so much for.

Their story deserves to be told.

~ Hetalia The Great World; End ~

Sadly, everything good must come to end sooner or later.

The cast has now had their last performance of Hetalia The Great World today in Osaka.

They’re a bit sad about the fun journey being over and that they have to seperate again, but also happy about the time they’ve had together and pleased with how good the musical went.

^ Some fan letters for Keisuke (Japan)

The actors are thankful for all the support they’ve recieved from the fans and Hidekaz and hope the fans had equally fun as they did.

^ Japan doesn’t really want to let go though

The DVD for the musical will be released the 22nd of February next year (2017) and wil cost almost 9000 yen (About 80 USD). But since DVDs have region codes on them, only the European countries will be able to buy this DVD when it comes out. The others will have to watch it on the internet. Hopefully, America or Malaysia will do something about this.

^ Takeshi (Spain) didn’t want the fans to be sad now when the musical has ended, so he took a selfie of a smiling Spain to cheer everyone up.

Lastly; You can still send ‘fan posts’ on Twitter if you want.

Seeing that they have fans from all over the world would definitely put a smile on their faces and might encourage them to make a third musical.

Only time will tell.

But until then, ciao~

Chapter 187: How to REALLY make SOMEONE WORRY!

Note: Thank you to Sienna and Sae for the translation of this chapter! <3 I also dedicate it to the almighty cat/neko. They don’t necessarily have to be a tsundere uke because they are related to the King of Beasts (Lion) and the Lord of the Jungle (Tiger). I’m looking at you Kev! -_-       - Alec

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So there are misguided people who think that the reason why people hated on Bleach is because of the endgame ships.

If that is so, why then even non shippers hated the ending?

These people don’t give a fuck about romance but they hated how the story went.

If you are a thinking reader, you will never accept this ending.

Why?

Because Ichigo’s journey as a hero was nullified. Negated. Thrown away.

People have made jokes about Ichigo being Al Bundy. About him being a couch potato. In surface, this seems like mere bashing. But you know what? They illustrate the kind of disappointment for the supposed main character of the story.

Think about this:

Why do we read shounen? To see the hero grow. Most of the time, they start as nothing. But they have goals. And we read the series to see how he actually achieves that goal.

Ichigo started powerless. His goal was to protect. He entered a world of supernatural wonder through Rukia.

At the end of the journey, he gains a clinic. *tires screech*

Lolwut?

And oh, is he still a shinigami? What does he even do now? We’re all clueless.

We read the story for the hero’s journey. And in the end, we expect the hero to become greater than from what he was when he started.

This is so basic in every myth of every culture. Joseph Campbell calls it the Monomyth.

Following the law of monomyth, after that journey, HE MUST RETURN WITH A GIFT THAT IMPROVES OR CHANGES THE WORLD.

That was robbed from Ichigo.

This is what IchiHimes seem to miss. In order for their pairing to happen, Ichigo returned to that same state he started from. He did not complete the hero’s journey. He regressed. In order for it to happen, the story must be rejected into existence. That’s what makes this pairing so disgusting. But then again, it’s mere collateral damage.

(But do they really care about Ichigo though? As long as the princess gets her prize, the Hero does not matter anymore)

The Sokyoku was rebuilt, more stronger.

The worlds are separated once again.

When people say that 15 years went down the drain, ships are the furthest from their minds. The ships are mere collateral damage when Kubo decided to negate everything that the story once stood for.

Think more:

If Ichigo and Rukia never met, if Ichigo never became a shinigami, this is the same ending he will have.

If that is so, then what’s the point of writing the story in the first place?

Since the story is about the hero’s journey, then what is the point of all the fights, the defeats, trainings, and the victories? After all, after all these things, Ichigo will just settle with an ordinary life in an unchanged world.

Why did we even read Bleach? It’s all pointless.

If you truly respect your intellect, you will not excuse this ending.

If you truly read carefully, you will not apologize for Kubo and Bleach.

Kubo disrespected us readers because he disrespected the hero he created.

He wasted our time, effort, and money by posing Ichigo as an agent of change that ultimately results to nothing.

So people, readers with brains do not hate the ending for the endgame ships as the first thing in their minds Personally, I don’t even hate it for the plot holes and retcons. I view these as collateral damage.

I hate the ending because it negated the story itself.

I hate it because it wasted my valuable and irreplaceable resources.

I hate it because Kubo got rich from taking the money of fans who invested in his pointless story for 15 years.

So we will never shut up about our discontent. Doing so means intentionally insulting our own intellects.