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a list of klance things that happened that i forget actually happened and aren’t fanon:

  • “i’ll stick yOU IN A WORMHOLE”
  • that forehead touch thing after ‘shut ur quiznak’
  • that entire scene where they’re blindfolded and in their lions and keith & lance are racing each other
    • “you still goin keith”
      “you know it”
  • the iconique ~bonding moment~
    • keith, kneeling down and grabbing lance’s hand, and HOLDING IT as they fuckign gaze longingly at each other 
    • “we did it,,,, we are a good team”
  • “we had A BONDING MOMENT. I CRADLED YOU IN MY ARMS” 
  • “haha. hey lance, i got ur lion back”
    • “thank u keith, now can u come and unchain me”
      “whats that i, uhh,, ur cutting out i cant,, i cant hear u”
      “oh CMON i thought we BONDED,, keith,,,, buddy,,,,, my MAN
  • that entire scene where they work together from “cool your jets, keith” to “na na na boo boo”,,,, good shit
    • their like generic old married couple banter when theyre trying to cut open the ceiling
    • lance trying to communicate to keith non verbally and keith not getting it but still figuring out the plan and them still kicking ass together,,,, thanks sm
  • when the castle was going ~apples & bananas~ and keith managed to show up at the perfect time to save lance’s ass
  • heh,,,,,,, like that? ;)
  • two bros chillin in a hot tub five feet apart cause they’re not gay
    • that elevator scene feels like a fever dream but people genuinely took the time to animate it and i, for one, am thankful
    • keith, still shirtless: i got u covered,,,, i uh- i dont got u
  • keith: we need to focus
  • lance: wE nEeD tO fOcUs
On The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel, Blue Taako, and Representation

 Yesterday, we revealed some pages for our graphic novel adaptation of the first Adventure Zone arc, and received some criticism of the direction we went with for Taako’s coloring. This artwork reveal came some months after the first reveal of some of our characters, for which we also received criticism of our three leads, all of whom were white in these initial designs. Us and the graphic novel team realized that, yes, that is extremely bad, went back to the drawing board, and had several long discussions about how to best rectify this situation, resulting in the artwork revealed yesterday.

More or less all of the criticism we’ve received centers on Taako, whose skin is a pale blue color in these designs. What we’ve heard most is disappointment that Taako is not realized in these pages as a person of color — or, to be more specific, a Latinx or explicitly Mexican character. There was concern we had failed to follow through on an opportunity to get better representation for Latinx listeners, instead opting to take a safe route, and make Taako a fantasy color without any kind of real-world connection. Much of the criticism also focuses on how that color (or, to be more specific, green skin) has anti-semitic connotations.

This conversation was happening in certain corners of our fandom long before the graphic novel art reveal took place yesterday. We’ve heard criticism from some folks over our policy of not having canonical visual representations of any of our characters — a policy that has resulted in a genuinely humbling ocean of fan art, but also some instances of in-fighting between members of the community who take umbrage with one another’s disparate interpretations of these characters. Another criticism of that policy is that it inherently does not foster good representation, and in fact represents a noncommittal way of handling racial representation on this show.

Here’s the truth of the matter: I think all of this comes from this underlying friction between where The Adventure Zone and us, its creators, were when we started doing the podcast, and where we, the show, and you, the community, are at now. 

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A lot of you were requesting to see the DN towels I bought! I’m not actually sure what the text says, but aren’t they adorable? I don’t want to even use them, I just want to put them on display (*´ω`*)‘

Carisi-centric thoughts on Ep 19x03

Yet another solid episode! This season is going to be a winner. Also, THE BARISI CORNER IS OFFICIALLY BACK :D

But first:

Overall Thoughts

OK, this wasn’t much to write home about, but it was more than serviceable. All three actresses were very good so they kept me engaged, the case was pleasantly twisty but not convoluted, Sonny had significant input as a lawyer (and I loved how Liv was all “we’ll follow Carisi’s suggestion!”) and Barba delivered a heated and eloquent closing argument. I enjoyed it.

Squad Thoughts

More sharing of personal information! I swear, Sonny and Fin have talked to each other more in these last two episodes than they did in the previous 3 2 seasons! And they didn’t need some random case-related segue, either. This week, they were just driving to a crime scene, and they were shooting the breeze on the way there. You know, like normal colleagues do. Like real people do. Not cardboard cutouts. Something small like that, something as silly as stealing candy as a little boy, it can breathe life into a scene which would otherwise be mundane.

The thing is, even when an episode is not as exciting, it’s still worth watching just to see our characters interacting and being friends. That’s what SVU seemed to have forgotten, and it’s also the key to making a watchable procedural. Let’s face it, all the cases have been done before (often by SVU itself, because it’s been on for a hundred years), but the team interactions can )and should) be enough to maintain the viewers’ interest. This season, it’s clear the team dynamics are being cultivated, instead of being ignored, and that makes me happy.

The Barisi Corner

WE’RE BACK.

Just like I hoped, it’s like S18 never happened. We’re back to the S17 Barisi dynamic of friendly teasing and inside jokes. In the deleted scene from the premiere, we got the classic “booyah, Fordham law” type of interaction, except in its advanced S17 form. Where in S16 Barba would be biting with his remarks, in S17 and in the 19x01 deleted scene he was just making a joke for the sake of a joke, because that’s what they do. Sonny tries to impress Barba, Barba is totally impressed, and then he makes a joke to pretend he’s not actually appreciative of Sonny’s input.

In this episode, we got an even more advanced interaction. We got Sonny making a smart legal observation not just to impress Barba, but because he wanted to contribute to the case. And, just like in S17, Barba was impressed, and then he used a joke not to diss Sonny, but to praise him.

See, there are two kinds of humorous Barisi interactions.

There’s “Sassy Sonny Tries to Impress Barba” which comes complete with Sonny’s dimples, and Sonny’s smirks, and Sonny’s cocky remarks like, “Oh, Rafael, are you mad you didn’t think about it first?” This type of Barisi interaction always ends with a Barba side-eye and a snarky comeback. When Barba knows that Sonny is flaunting, he’s always quick to shut it down. That’s the joke. Sonny starts blathering on about a hypothetical argument, just to show off his legal skillz, and Barba is amused, but he also acknowledges the alterior motive, i.e. Sonny’s desire to get Barba’s approval.

But then there’s “Dedicated Sonny Tries to Crack the Case” which comes with Sonny’s frown and Sonny’s desire to get justice, and Sonny’s casual use of legal terminology like “obfuscated.” This type of Barisi interaction always ends with Barba subtly praising Sonny, using a joke to cover up a genuine compliment. When Barba knows that Sonny is trying to be helpful, he’s always quick to encourage it. That’s Barba’s favorite thing. Seeing Sonny creatively solving a legal problem with no ulterior motive. Sure, their games are fun, and they’ve been fun for 3 2 seasons now, but at the end of the day they’re both trying to get justice, and Barba loves it when Sonny focuses on their work.

That’s the thing. Both Sonny and Barba have evolved. Sonny used to thirst for Barba’s approval, early on, in S16, but soon after that he found his confidence, and his footing, and his place on the team. He still tries to show off for Barba, because it’s fun, but that’s no longer his main motivator when he speaks legalese. Sonny isn’t a law student looking to get that A, he’s a lawyer looking to get that D. And his actions and words have come to reflect that. Now he doesn’t just state the obvious as Barba jokes “save it for night school.” Now, Sonny has original ideas which can actually help SVU.

And Barba, who treated Sonny so condescendingly at first, Barba has come to see the change in Sonny as well. The humorous element of their interactions persists, because Barba is a snarky bastard, but now those same interactions are loaded with respect. With friendship. With flirtation. Barba is no longer dismissive of Sonny, and hasn’t been for a long while. Barba sees Sonny as a useful presence in the squad, with legal knowledge the other cops don’t possess, and it’s clear he welcomes Sonny’s observations. It’s right there in his smile smirk. Barba is willing to listen, and he’s even willing to entertain the notion that Sonny just might think of something he didn’t, which is beautiful to see :’)

Barisi Hopes

Now all I want is that other type of S17 interaction, the quiet support. Sonny always supported Barba in tougher moments, like the death threats (what death threats lol?), or a trial gone wrong, but Barba also supported Sonny, especially during that Catholic Church case, as we all remember. I’m loving the new showrunner’s tendency to use humor to display the bonds between our characters, it’s just the perfect thing to balance out the grim nature of the cases, but I’d love to see some more muted, more emotional moments between them (between all of them, but Barba/Carisi especially, lol). We have an entire season ahead, so there’s still plenty of time. I’ll be waiting.

For now, I’m just happy the classic Barisi dynamic is back.

I’ve said it time and time again, and I don’t even mean romantically (that’s what fic is for). Those two characters, Barba and Carisi, they have a dynamic that’s gold. Clashing personalities (Sonny is dorkier, Barba is more sarcastic), contrasting temperaments (Sonny is sunnier, Barba is a little more bitter), common interests (the law), a reluctant mentor-mentee relationship (which has evolved now that the student is no longer a student, though he’s far from being a master), a constant willingness to joke back-and-forth (which keeps building up their relationship and strengthens their bond), fundamental differences which breed a potential for unexpectedly emotional moments (“I admire your…”, because Sonny is an openly affectionate person, and Barba and his wide eyes tend to shy away from affection), it’s all there.

Good writing, plus a willingness to explore that bond, plus the natural ease Peter and Raul have with each other as actors, plus Sonny’s sweetness and Barba’s sass = television gold. And Barisi gold :’)

Yummy Thoughts

Barba was flirting. End of story. Textbook “there is no heterosexual explanation for this.” And I’m grateful.

Barba Thoughts

I’ve always said it, I prefer seeing “shrewd legal mind” Barba instead of “slave to his emotions” Barba, but the latter sure is fun to watch. That closing was intense, and you could see that Raul really dug his teeth into those lines.  I mean, damn. It’s not every week that he gets to really show off, with more than an eyebrow raise or a smirk, but when he does, wow.  I was just thinking, they rarely let Raul have a legitimate monologue, even though he’s a lawyer and theoretically we could be watching his opening and/or closing arguments every week. This episode tells me that the writers might be saving those moments, and using them sparingly, so they’ll have more of an impact. And I think they’re right.

That said, I wonder if we’ll be seeing a focus on Barba’s more emotional side, to better juxtapose him to the upcoming ADA, who’ll be more black-and-white and (I’m assuming) less emotional. If so, this was a smart way to start doing that. In this episode, we still saw how smart Barba was, but we also saw a passion we don’t often see from him. I’m assuming Barba and Peter Stone will clash on more than their positions, they’ll clash on philosophy, as well, and I hope this was an example of that. We have to see the “new” (but old) Barba, he has to be established first, under the new showrunner’s reign, and then we can be introduced to Stone, and see what they have in common and what they’ll never agree on.

Stray Thoughts

Just like I thought, last week’s dramatic ending (and Sonny’s potential subsequent trauma) was not directly referenced. It may come up again in the future, but again, as I said in last week’s post, this is classic Original L&O stuff, a self-contained dramatic episode which ends and is never mentioned again. L&O in its earlier seasons was much less serialized, and I think the new showrunner is bringing that back. I don’t mind it.

Another thing I didn’t mind? Flirty Sonny using his masculine wiles to cozy up to that witness and get her to help. Now that’s how you use your assets :D

“CONFIRMED.” I love Fin.

That old high school pic? I love that NBC employs people who have a passion for graphic design :’)

More background on Sonny’s family! The show remembers he has a niece! His mom used to cover for him for childhood shenanigans! He went to confession for stealing candy! Classic Carisi material. And continuity galore. This is the Sonny we know and love.

Amanda dismissively saying “pills, booze” to judge a woman who was on prescribed anxiety meds and enjoyed, like, a beer? Never change, Amanda. actually, please change (that said, yay for continuity!)

What a waste of Annabeth Gish.

So Brooke Shields is the grandma? Wasn’t that what everyone guessed? I was trying to come up with other guesses because I actually believed them when they said “no one has guessed who she’ll play”. Oh well. That said, she looked amazing, and I’ve always liked her. It’ll be nice to have someone with a (seemingly) kinder demeanor fighting against Liv. Not a criminal or a lawyer, you know? We haven’t seen that before.

Amanda and Liv’s jackets keep slaying my existence every week.

WHY DIDN’T WEE SONNY’S REACTION TO “YUMMY”???? HUH???? WHERE IS THAT CLOSE-UP OF HIS SMIRKY DIMPLY LIL’ FACE???

Did I write more than 900 words of this post about a 5-second Barisi interaction? HELL YEAH I DID :D

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  • Me @ me right this very second: I swear to god if you start organizing or formatting a single thing tonight I will punch you square in the goddamn face, I will fucking end you don't test me

I know this might be a long stretch, but what are shippers if not dreamers, am i right? My thoughts (what i want to happen) on the beginning of Infinity War. This is the product of Civil War, hence the date lol

yall i had a dream that we got a clip from evens pov and it was the most beautiful thing ive watched

anonymous asked:

((Why did you keep tagging stuff enano gigante?))

//IT’S AN INTERNAL JOKE BETWEEN ME AND MY FRIEND, we jumped on that bandwagon of giving Richjke an artsy name like P1nkberry or Cinnabun or w/e and we just gave it that, it literally just translates to Small Giant pfff

Between me and @corals-art-and-stuff gotta tag my friend give her the proper credit ily Evy
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FFType-0 Online character links ➟ Rem & Machina;

We were good together, weren’t we?
Yes.

I know it’s rather pointless as the discussion can’t continue anymore but I did want to address one point. This was said as a counter to my point that “YGO when not written by this writer doesn’t have nearly as much problem with this annoying hero-worship“

It’s the exact same thing as how people saw Atem and for whatever reason, you’re fine with it happening to Atem and Yusei but not Yusaku, even though it’s the exact same mother fucking thing. It was worst with Atem, but being that DM is your favorite because childhood, you’ll let it slide. Completely illogical.

I never watched YGO as a kid. DM is my favorite, but that’s not because of nostalgia as it would be impossible for me to have nostalgia for a show I hadn’t seen before. I also haven’t seen 5Ds yet so I can’t speak to whether this problem does occur with Yusei or not, although I do believe the same writer of Vrains was the writer for the last half of 5Ds, so unless we’re talking specifically about the first half then hero-worship in 5Ds is not really a refutation of my point.

As for “it was worst with Atem”, not really? I feel like we may have different ideas of what the problem is. The problem is not with a character being heroic or being a central focus or important or winning a lot or having a need to save everyone, etc. The issue is with the masturbatory ‘look at how cool and awesome and edgy my character is, LOVE HIM’ attitude that the writers bludgeon us with by having characters put him on a pedestal and give him undue and excessive praise and admiration.

We don’t get that with Atem. If anything, Kazuki Takahashi has emphasized that Atem is weak. This shows in the narrative as well. Atem is fallible because of his flaws, we’re supposed to see him as weak for his pride and arrogance, and particularly his fear of losing. The fandom may get a bit hero-worshipy about him but that is NOT the canon. And sure, his friends cheer for him, but he cheers for them right back - he’s not positioned above them, he’s touted as their friend and equal, not as their hero and savior. Yes he saves them at times, yes, he does have a strong sense of duty to take on the burdens of a hero - but people don’t fall all over themselves to call him one. The closest we get to worship is maybe from Ishizu - but it doesn’t come off as forced because, well…she was raised in a community that held those ideas to an unhealthy degree - to which we SAW the horrific nature of in what was done to Malik.

And that’s not even getting into all the messed up stuff that Atem did in the pre-Duelist manga. We don’t need to be told how to feel about what he did, we can tell it’s screwed up. And the closest we got here to hero-worship is Anzu’s attitude towards him - but she gets herself into trouble over it, it’s NOT portrayed as a good thing or something that we should agree with. It’s silly and childish, and it’s not beaten over our heads.

I’m not saying DM is perfect because it isn’t, and I’m perfectly willing to criticize it. But it doesn’t tell us how we should feel about the characters, it puts them in their roles and lets us decide how we feel about them and their actions. The way the characters relate to each other and view each other feels natural and not forced, not like it’s telling us how we should see them. It shows us. That’s the difference. Vrains is telling us how we should feel rather than trusting the audience.

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Victoria takes a photo of Nathan’s ruined album if you fail/don’t do the backtalk with Drew, and one of the pictures almost looks like it could be Rachel? It’s blurry and nondescript and probably not meant to be anyone, but it looks like a girl and you can kind of see her earring, maybe?

I really think there’s something to be said about current movements for social acceptance/reform and the emphasis placed on “sameness.” I see a lot of people that solely focus on how ‘everyone is human,’ ‘we all bleed red,’ etc., and while I absolutely think there is always a place for reminding everyone of our shared humanity and other similarities, I think it’s a fine balance between asserting that sort of unity without trying to erase people’s differences, especially in regards to marginalized communities. Yes, we are all human and we all have things in common, but people also have lots of different experiences and come from multitudes of different backgrounds and cultures, and have lots of differences physically, mentally, and otherwise! And sometimes, I think well-intentioned and compassionate people come off as dehumanizing in a rhetoric that ONLY focuses on sameness. I really would like to see more of an embrace and recognition of our differences, alongside calls for recognizing things people have in common.

Because sometimes what I want to hear isn’t “See, these people(you) are just like us!” sometimes what I really want to hear is “Wow, you do things differently, and you see things differently than me! That’s neat, please tell me more!”

The Sands of Knowledge

[RP with @infinite-xerath!]

It was hot… Too hot. Rin had done her best to prepare for the heat, but her tiny body could only be exposed so much at a time, especially while exerting herself gliding about the endless dunes of sand that stretch before her.

She hid in the shade of a monstrous wave that had been carved through the years, taking a large swig of one of her canisters. She had several packed in her bag, making it exceptionally heavy, but she did her best to preserve as much water as she could despite wanting to offload it all. Luckily, Heimer had once again come to the rescue with a minor fixing of her sack that helped keep the inside cooler much longer, even allowing it to charge off of a makeshift mana crystal attuned with ice. She was extremely happy to have hextechology in such a harsh climate.

The yordle leaned into the dune, sighing, “Why am I doing this…” She shook her head, big ears shaking out an extensive amount of dust she had collected.

“Shurima may have the answers you seek!” Rin mocked the sound of her boss, putting a finger up in the air as she spoke, pushing back invisible goggles. “I wish you would tell me more before you send me on a freaking goose chase!” Rin smacked her hands into the sand as she shouted outwards at nothing. After her voice echoed off and dissipated, she sighed again, a small smirk crossing her face.

“I doubt you even know all the answers, but you want me to find out for myself. You always know I do better when I figure it out for myself. I know what you’re doing… sorry. UGH this heat is getting to me, I really need to find proper shelter and rest for a bit.” Rin knew the professor all too well at this point. She had made an off comment about wanting to learn more about the hexcrystals they had, especially the one in her glider. Why were they so powerful? Why are they not like mana crystals? Who made them? Why were they made? Why could no one find the answers? It was nonsensical to her to use such a powerful thing without understanding its origins. What perked her interest most though, was it’s song… it was beautiful, indescribable, and… sad. Rin only heard it once.. but it never left her memory.

The yordle packed up her belongings once more, pulled the bandanna back over her mouth and goggles protectively over her eyes before shooting into the air once more. She hovered a moment, facing the northward edge she had been following, looking for any such place to rest next. It was then, something caught her eye. Barely. A little glimmer of light that reflected. Was it a mirage? Unsure, she decided still to continue in that direction, hoping to find anything other than sand, soon.