it doesn't have to be rehashed

  • Acnologia: Ok so Zeref got a lot of information on his backstory and motivation. When am I gonna get my part? I'm the second most important antagonist.
  • Mashima: Ehhh... I'm not gonna put your backstory in the manga.
  • Acnologia: ...pardon?
  • Mashima: Yeah, I can't really make it work...
  • Acnologia: Can't you just... have me mention it in my final fight or something?
  • Mashima: Noo... you see, I'm gonna put your motivation in this new movie we're making
  • Acnologia: Oh cool. So like it's gonna play a big role in the plot of the movie?
  • Mashima: Well, kinda but not really we're only showing it a post-credits scene
  • Acnologia: What? That's bullshit! Ugh, I hope it's at least a good one..
  • Mashima: Ok so let me give you a run-down: You arrive at what's later going to be called Crocus and you see a litte girl being attacked by dragons. It looks like she died but she isn't really dead. And then you decide to start killing all the dragons.
  • Acnologia: What? I was fighting in a war, I probably saw hundreds of little children get injured or actually die! This doesn't make any sense. Why couldn't I have started killing dragons because of, i don't know, a flawed ideology or the belief that all dragons have the potential to be evil. Or just plain revenge for my probably dead parents?
  • Mashima: Nah, little girl it is. Btw the movie is just a cheap rehash of that other movie except there's more ship pandering in it.
  • Acnologia: ......Suddenly that time-lapse doesn't seem like such a bad place after all...

anonymous asked:

Hey, earlier today i sent an ask in wich i was asking about your opinion on leafpool, cuz she just miiight be one of my favourite characters. I'm not here to beg you to answer it, but I didn't have internet when i sent it, so it's quite possible that it didn't make it i guess. So i sent this just to be sure (if you've seen it tough, just pretend this doesn't exist, lol). Also, i'm not trying to put pressure on you, you answer it if you want to ofc

Hi there! I’m afraid your lack of internet connection might indeed have played a part here, because I cannot find your original ask in my list at all. 

But as for the question in and of itself… sadly, my opinion of Leafpool isn’t very good. Has never been, and probably never will be, unless she’s rehashed from the ground up. My memory is a little fuzzy, but I remember the main points as to why I don’t like her. 

She wasn’t outright bad from the start to me, she felt pretty boring however, as this “perfect medicine cat apprentice” with the -special- StarClan connection; that stank of preferential treatment a long way off, and didn’t make for an interesting pov. And going by how good and perfect she supposedly was, it was then very disappointing to see how she showed no skill to reflect this - of course at the given time she was just an apprentice, but she has never been a -superb- medicine cat, even as she became older. Good enough, yes, but not one that you would cheer as “omigosh that’s some genius.” And there was nothing epic about her StarClan connection either, her visions weren’t stronger than anyone else’s (except Cinderpelt and that was frankly just unfair fuck you StarClan) and what it really meant was that StarClan had shit lined up for her in the future, nothing more. 

But I am of the firm belief that among so many others, Leafpool too, has been very mistreated by her authors. They launch her as the perfect medicine cat, one who is supposedly breathing and dreaming healing, who actually feels the calling. And for a moment you think that yes, we’ll have a medicine cat who’s not going to break the code, oh joy~

Alas, no. Instead they ship Leafpool down the forbidden romance lane, and it’s all been there done that before, and given that they make her a… how did I put it last, a “candy-coated stalker” for Crowfeather… did not help matters. It wasn’t so much a story of young love as it was this lonely little medicine cat who got so hung up about WindClan’s no. 1 emo. For basically no other reason than how she felt so bad for him losing Feathertail and it was oh-so sad. And because far back in her heart she regrets her med-cat choice and wishes she can have babies. Now THAT I don’t hold against her, honestly I NEVER understood why med-cats shouldn’t be allowed to take mates?? “They have to care for the whole clan and be objective” PFFFFF yeah lol as if that’s realistic. Unless you’re emotionally closed off or a complete stranger with no in-clan connections it just doesn’t work that way. And it would totally have worked if you had an established system, say a med-cat can take a mate and even have babies, so long as they either have a living mentor/co-med-cat, or a healthy and promising apprentice that can fill in during those two moons the med-cat is busy with their young. (After they’re weaned they can basically go back to work, they’ll still be in camp most of the day so the kittens wouldn’t even feel so lonely) See, that’s not so hard it is? We saw snippets of how it could have worked in Yellowfang’s Secret, when she had Brokenkit in the med-cat den. No need to rain brimstone over something so natural as wanting children. 

Also the whole med-cat celibacy rule got such a dreadfully bad basis with Moth Flight’s book, like… okay so she cannot deal with her responsibilities and having babies, and for that reason, she has to take the chance away from every other med-cat in existence?? “If I can’t have it, you can’t either!!” You’re not telling me your heart didn’t break on Acorn Fur’s behalf in that shitty book. 

Ahem… back to Leafpool. So yes, she’s a stepping mat for the Erins, and they’ve always done with her as they please, without a thought. They make her out to be this noble, “woe-is-me-I-made-a-bad-decision” but instead it came off as Leafpool never fully willing to face up to her own actions, and making it sound more self-sacrifical than it actually was. For one moment she’s ready to ditch the clans but then she can’t go through and so comes crawling back; it would have been more interesting if she had the guts to own up her mistake properly - it’s not like ThunderClan could have chucked her out anyway, given she was their last remaining med-cat. And she’d still have her supportive sister, and there would’ve been no need for all the secrecy and the BULLYING of Squirrel in Leafpool’s Wish. 

That book was horrid. How the Erins could even believe their readers still bought how Leaf and Squirrel were such close sisters after that disaster, I don’t know… Leaf gets to shove all her responsibility on her sister’s shoulder, who can’t disagree because StarClan thinks this is the perfect moment to shatter all her hopes by saying “LOL it’s not like you’re barren or anything so if you don’t take these kittens you’ll never have any - oups!” Thank you. That’s so kind. Barbaric is what it was, a disgusting action, and the worst part is that Leaf takes almost no time to reflect on this. She’s become a key figure in a wound her sister will bear the rest of her life, but she’s too scared of losing her med-cat position to even care. Thanks sister. Not so much as a single word of comfort. 

But they always felt more pity for Leafpool than they ever did her sister. It’s Leafpool who is this sadface all of PoT, inbetween her cruel jabs at Jayfeather (I get she was scared of showing him any maternal sides but honestly, derision and assholery isn’t a very good alternative, and there’s no excuse for it) and her “mystical acting” bc she can’t act to save her life honestly. Because again, pity and burdens are important parts of Erin’s favoured characters, and if you got nothing of that, you got nothing to expect either. 

Also what I don’t get is how people hail her as such a good mother, which we have no proof of. It seemed that in the time between giving birth to them, to getting “re-acquainted” with the kittens as apprentices, Leafpool’s maternal instincts had all but wilted and died. And that would be fine with me - she chose her profession, she made that conscious choice, so of course she would try to rid herself of any lingering emotions - and if she succeeded at that, then all kudos to her. She was looking forward to a lifetime without her children ever knowing her; being stone-faced about it would afterall have been the better alternative, no? But no, not enough drama in that. The authors were always so eager to promote her as the loving mother who sacrificed everything, when the character herself had given up any claim to the title. She’d left the raising and loving of her children to her sister, who was the one they really regarded as their mother, biological or no. And Leafpool would have accepted that, if it weren’t for how the Erins had to constantly chuck her into awkward scenes with them where the only thing we got out of it, was how uncomfortable she was become with the whole idea of herself as a mother. 

So like… I think I would have liked Leafpool better if the Erins hadn’t felt the need to stamp on other characters in order to “lift” her up to this weird saintly level, and if her development had been more stable than sporadic, in that it was mainly based on where she fit best in drama. Because then it becomes apparent that Leafpool in a casual setting, just pales, disappears; there, she has nothing to do, because the Erins only gave her a reaction pattern for pulsing drama, not everyday life. And that’s just not fair. 


the chronicles of narnia meme ⇾ [4/5 relationships] the traitor & the white witch: edmund & jadis.
↳ ‘think about whose side you’re on, edmund. mine… or theirs.’