It’s my lunch so forgive the fast formatting but here we go:
1. Jack’s reason for enlisting is now confirmed to be the Omnic Crisis. Which changes a number of things. In his original backstory, Jack “wanted to return to the family farm after a brief stint in the Army, but was swept up in SEP, where he met Reyes.” But now that that’s gone, this makes Jack more “worldly” and more “motivated to fight for change” in the world. “New” Jack is much bigger, much more global than “original” Jack was. His sights are not set on returning to Indiana - his sights are set on saving humanity.
2. Genji was not in Blackwatch as far as I am aware. What is interesting is that this proves that not all Blackwatch missions were undertaken alone, since Overwatch would have also been involved in his rescue (when know Angela was on-hand or close by). Blackwatch and Overwatch also engage in joint training sessions. We can see that even though Lena is the main focus of the training, someone is monitoring Genji’s systems in the background. This effectively CONFIRMS that - at the very least - Jack Morrison was aware of SOME of the Blackwatch missions.
This also heavily implies that - coupled with the “complaints by the Japanese government about Blackwatch” - Blackwatch was involved in the fall of the Shimada clan.
3. Liao is either entirely scrapped or has been reworked. I personally think it’s the former. They haven’t been mentioned in any comic thus far, and Torb and Rein consider “the old team” to consist of the Strike Team plus Angela.
4. I’m feeling fairly convinced that the promotion angle is getting massively reworked or toned down. Gabriel’s light banter and sass over Jack’s statues, the lack of voicelines around the promotion, the fact that it is LITERALLY never mentioned anywhere outside of the “original” article makes it fairly clear that - at least on the surface - nobody thinks Gabriel is mad about it. Gabriel himself acts nonchalant about the differences in their ranks.
5. Lena’s new timeline is VERY SHORT. Her time as an active agent would have been relegated to the last year of Overwatch’s existence (Present time = 6 years since Fall of Overwatch, Comic takes place “7 years ago”). This means that propaganda/promotional posters like the one in the Hero animation PROBABLY DON’T EXIST. Which is like. Really subtle next level retconning.
1. “They’re not extremists, Gabriel - they’re TERRORISTS.” How relevant. I’m convinced Gabriel and subsequently Reaper are now firmly in the Chaotic Gool-Neutral-Evil alignment. His whole speech about Omnic Rights is FASCINATING for his character because it shows that he is actually sympathetic or understanding of their behaviors on a different level than Reaper previously implied (“Tin cans, a dime a dozen”). This is VERY GOOD. His subtle implication that humanity - specifically the UK - has forgotten the origins of rights and freedoms is MASSIVE for him, and reflecting on that through a “minority being abused and denied rights” (a minority he ACTIVELY FOUGHT AND DEFEATED) is HUGE. This really pushes the theories of Reaper as a “Chaotic Good-Neutral” agent much further, especially if we consider that he may see Talon less as terrorists and more as “extreme anarchists.” This really greatly aligns with Sombra’s whole mortality alignment and Los Muertos’ “ideals.” Gabriel is 100% aware (and self-aware) of the issues.
2. Gabriel almost certainly does not want Blackwatch directly involved in this uprising. His crew is already in hot water, and he has to think about the safety of his agents and their plausible deniability in the face of a UN investigation. Gabriel’s lines about McCree “being on vacation” and “nothing you need to know” reads as him trying to defend McCree in the event something goes awry with the higher ups, while also giving Jack and Ana the ability to deny information as well. This, unfortunately, PUTS A MASSIVE TARGET ON HIM AND HIM ALONE. Gabriel being blamed or implied to be responsible for the fall of Overwatch by other people (namely higher ups) looks more and more realistic and possible.
3. Jack and Gabriel’s relationship (along with their friendship with Ana) is indicated as being deeper and extremely intimate. Things to note: Jack now being the only character to call him “Gabe” (which Sombra references), Jack being able to pull information out of Gabriel even after Gabriel and Ana engaged in some sassy banter, Jack referring to him as “Commander Reyes” in his discussion with Lena, Jack using the picture of the three of them to remind himself of “what’s important.” I’m not gonna say this is confirmation of a full on relationship between them, but they are absolutely close. This, combined with Reaper’s “I know your every move before you even think it” line from Old Soldiers and Reaper calling him “Jack” even after the fallout, is extremely telling. This is not an ordinary relationship between “coworkers.”
4. Jack listening patiently and calmly to Lena’s speech, being reminded of himself and his passions for defending and helping others…is very good. Very good for his character. A little less revolutionary than Gabriel’s speech about Omnics, but good and grounding nonetheless. This also helps humanize his whole “you need to slow down/okay dad” lines with Tracer in the game as more cute and familial than before.
5. The new timeline is BONKERS. HOLY SHIT. So things have started to break down - there’s investigations and complaints against Blackwatch, and growing criticisms against Overwatch. Other people have speculated that Gerárd has recently died based on the news headlines, but what this means is that the collapse of Overwatch happened FAST: within at least a year, Lena has her temporal problems, McCree leaves, Genji leaves, Ana “dies,” Gabriel and Jack have their “falling out,” etc. A YEAR. That’s ridiculously fast for an organization that’s been around for nearly three decades. This certainly implies that the conspiracy that brought Overwatch down was FAST and THOROUGH. Sowing the seeds of discontent quickly and efficiently, almost certainly breaking up the “joint-relationship” between Overwatch and Blackwatch within months. That’s insane.
6. My friend Sami pointed out that Jack’s office is simple and small - not ostentatious or large. He literally has nothing but a desk, a massive monitor, and some shelves in there.
7. Jack being willing to step out of line for “the greater good” makes him complicit in ignoring “orders” or breaking “the law.” This sets up a great parallel between him and Reaper, and other characters like Lúcio, the Junkers, Mei, McCree, and Winston. And we know that the “higher ups” spun this “overstepping his bounds” as forcing Overwatch as a policing agency onto the world. Soldier: 76/Jack not being “respected” for his hard-but-morally-correct decisions lends itself well to his jaded, bitter manner later in life.
These two snippets from the YELL FOR Free!ES & HS! pamphlet had me laughing out loud, so naturally I have to share! Thank you @aliasanonyme for getting this for me! <3
Makoto: The training camps were really something, both last year’s and this years.
Haruka: And we had a joint training camp with Samezuka this year, so they really kicked it up a notch.
Rei: I wouldn’t describe it as “really something”, it’s more like…
Makoto: It was a disaster… an all-boys school can get pretty wild.
Nagisa: But wasn’t it like super fun!? The King’s game plus pillow fight tournament!
Rei: I didn’t expect it to last through the night. We were told off by Amakata-sensei the next day, who said “staying up late is detrimental to beauty!”
Nagisa: It was really funny~! Especially Sou-chan’s order when he was King~!
Nagisa: Awwww c'mon, it’s no big deal? You guys and Rin-chan looked really cute in the photos, y'know~?
Makoto: Don’t even think about showing them to anyone else!
Ai: In which case, speaking of traditions, the cultural festival’s…
Rin: Hey! Sto-, stop right there, Ai…!
Momo: Yeah, Ai-senpai! For next month’s cultural festival, I’m totally against the swimming club’s tradition of holding a Maid Cafe from Hell!! I don’t wanna wear a maid uniform-!! I wanna be a butler like the third years-!!
Ai: What are you talking about, Momo-kun? Look at me, it’ll be my second time dressing like that. Besides, Those maid uniforms were designed and redesigned by all our senpais from years past, they are the gems of their labor soaked in their sweat and tears…!
Momo: That makes it even worse-!
Sousuke: So what you mean is, Rin also wore the maid uniform when he was in second year.
Nitori: Oh, would you like to see? Rin-senpai was really amazing last year…!
Rin: Don’t you dare! Anyaway, why would you have those pictures? I’m so sure I’ve deleted all the data…!
Ai: Hehehe, amateur mistake, Rin-senpai. I took some pictures with a film camera as well.
Rin: Film…!? Shit, why didn’t I think of it…
Sousuke: Ai, develop one of those pictures for me, it sounds like fun.
My favorite under-appreciated detail in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is this–They are super careful, super meticulous, to keep track of
where everyone is. We know exactly where people were, where they went, why they
went there, and how they managed to get there, at any given moment. They
absolutely refuse to have any characters just “show up” for convenience without
us knowing exactly what brought them there. This is especially impressive
toward the end when there are about a dozen different major locations where
characters are. No one ever just shows up without their appearance there being
Except for Greed.
Greed shows up wherever the fuck he wants. Whenever the fuck
he wants. Because he’s Greed.
Example, Al’s movements between episodes 41 and 57: Al was up in the North with Ed. He went off into the storm
by himself to warn the fleeing Winry-gang that Kimblee had taken over the
Briggs fortress, so it was no longer safe for them to return to it. After
finding them and passing along the information, Scar suggests they hide in a
nearby Ishvalan slum instead. In the slum, they capture Envy, and the crew part
ways. Al, Winry, the Chimeras, and Yoki go to Leore in order to see if the
tunnel Sloth has been digging runs beneath the City, where they run into Hohenheim. Hohenheim informs
Al of the Promised Day, which Al then spreads on an equally-complex covert information network, eventually spreading the news to Briggs, Mustang, and Grumman. Once the
information network is established, Al decides to head back to Resembool along with Winry so he can and
meet up with Miles and the Briggs forces, which are headed East for the joint
military training between Briggs and Grumman’s men. He hopes to be useful to
Miles in the effort of fighting back against the Promised Day. However Pride
kidnaps him by the rails, and takes him to the Kanama slums, where Ed is, to use
as bait. There he gets trapped in the dome with Pride, until Kimblee frees
Pride. With Pride free, the best thing Al can do is head to Central and help the
main gang with the Promised Day. Shortly upon arriving in Central, he’s
summoned by Father’s alchemy and ends up down in the main lair with Ed,
Hohenheim, Izumi, and Mustang. North–>Slums–>Leore–>Resembool–>Kanama–>Central–>Father’s Lair
Counter Example, Greed: Greed appears on top of Central Headquarters during the
fight between Bradley and Buccaneer because fuck you he can. Where was he
before? Where’d he come from? Don’t ask stupid questions. Greed does what he
wants. Haven’t seen Greed in like ten episodes? Wondering where he is? Don’t.
Greed obeys a specific set of Greed-laws of physics and can show up wherever he
wants whenever he wants however the fuck he wants. He’s Greed.
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team. Law Enforcement’s Tier 1 Counter-Terrorism unit.
The FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The HRT is trained to rescue American citizens and allies who are held hostage by hostile forces, usually terrorists and/or criminals. The Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and completed its final certification exercise in October 1983.
It was originally composed of 50 operators. However, this number has since increased to well over 90 full-time operators. The HRT commonly functions as a high-level national SWAT team in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations. Today, it is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and is based at the FBI Academy at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, in Stafford County, Virginia.
The primary roles of the HRT are hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Secondary roles of the HRT include:
- Apprehending barricaded subjects - Executing helicopter operations and rescue missions - Executing mobile assaults - Performing high-risk raids, searches, arrests, and warrants - Coordinating manhunt and rural operations - Providing force protection for FBI personnel overseas
To a lesser extent, the HRT may deploy teams or individual operators to act as snipers, or to provide protective service details for certain high-profile federal witnesses or dignitaries. Teams provide support for missions overseas and support Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Teams at home and abroad perform typical law enforcement activities, such as making arrests, processing scenes for evidence recovery, and testifying in court.
The HRT has provided traditional law enforcement during hurricane relief operations, tactical surveys, and special events such as the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and political conventions.
Prospective HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a six-month initial training period known as “New Operator Training School” (“NOTS”), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Both the selection course and NOTS are near mirror images of the 1st SFOD-D (“Delta Force”) selection and training courses, with some minor adjustments for mission differences. Experienced HRT operators assigned to observer/sniper teams are sent to the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course. After successfully completing the course, they receive further instruction from HRT snipers. Maritime platoon operators are sent to a variety of maritime special operations courses, including Phase II of U.S. Navy BUD/S at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. HRT operators receive other specialized interoperability training from various U.S. Special Operations Command entities. HRT operators also conduct training with Allied nation counter-terrorism units such as the British SAS and German GSG-9.
When not operationally deployed, the HRT conducts full-time training for its members at various sites across the country. Two to three hours each day are set aside for physical training, a defensive tactics session, and combative training. One day a week is devoted to maintaining either perishable skills (such as fast roping, breaching, and photography) or specialized skills (such as mobile assaults, manhunt and rural operations), maritime operations, helicopter operations, parachuting, weapons of mass destruction training (provided by the United States Department of Energy), and cold weather operations. Three days are spent honing sniping or close quarters combat skills on the various training ranges available to the team. Biweekly, one day is allotted for gear maintenance. Discretionary time to be used by team leaders is built into the schedule. During a routine week of training, it is not unusual for HRT operators to fire 1,000 rounds of ammunition to keep their shooting skills honed. Every 12 to 18 months, the HRT also participates in at least one major combined exercise that may involve a variety of governmental entities, such as the FBI and the departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Homeland Security.
Three teams rotate through three 120-day cycles: training, operations, and support. During the training cycle, the team refreshes its skills and takes part in exercises, attends other courses, or trains with foreign and domestic units. During the operations cycle, the team is available for deployment (domestic or foreign). During the support cycle, the team works on special projects, maintains the HRT’s equipment, and conducts research.
The HRT is known to conduct joint training exercises and participate in exchange programs with US military units such as the US Army’s Combat Applications Group (otherwise known as 1st SFOD-D or Delta Force) or the U.S. Navy’s DEVGRU. The HRT routinely trains with other federal tactical teams such as the DEA’s FAST Team, the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit or the United States Capitol Police’s CERT. Occasionally the HRT trains with French GIGN, British SAS and Special Boat Service, Irish Garda ERU, the Australian SAS, German GSG 9, and other international units. In addition to the HRT’s own facilities, the HRT routinely uses private and 1st SFOD-D Delta Force shoot houses and ranges. The HRT has also been known to train at Camp Peary and Harvey Point.
Welcome to high altitude. If you wonder whether HALO drops are as cool as they make it out to be in the movies… it is. And it takes a special kind to hurl headlong to the ground from such dizzying heights. I’ve got the stick, boys, don’t let the ramp hit you in the ass on your way out!
Marine Special Operations School students and U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen during the joint field training Exercise Raider Spirit, May 1, 2017, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen spent three months in Marine Special Operations Command’s initial Marine Raider training pipeline, representing efforts to build joint mindsets across special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
Yuuri’s back thumped against the wall as Victor smashed their lips together again, a startled breath leaving him in between wet kisses. Victor hummed in apology, but continued on, twining his fingers into the hairs at the back of Yuuri’s head and pulling at it gently to tilt his head to the side. His other hand found its way beneath his jersey and shirt, his nails scrapping across the soft skin of Yuuri’s tummy. Yuuri moaned in protest.
“Victor, we have to stop.”
Victor trailed light kisses down Yuuri’s jaw. “We have a bit more time, relax.”
“Victor-” Yuuri’s protests left him with a hard suck on his neck. Victor smirked and licked and suckled at the abused skin while pulling Yuuri’s shirt up until his fingers found-
“Oh my god.”
Yuuri pushed him away so fast Victor couldn’t even react properly. They both turned their heads to find Yuri entering the locker room, a grimace firmly on his face. “You two are beyond disgusting. Why here of all places? Do that at home!”
Victor sighed. There goes his ‘heavy make-out session in the locker room’ plan. Stupid Yurio.
Yuuri smiled at Yuri apologetically while frantically trying to righten his clothes. “I’m sorry, we got carried away.”
“I’m not sorry,” Victor mumbled, shifting slightly in an attempt to hide his boner.
“Victor, shut up.”
“Ew.” Yuri still had the disgusted look firmly in place. “Just, ew. It’s like catching your parents having sex or something.”
“Yurioooo, don’t be so grumpy, we were just kissing.”
Yuri’s eye twitched. “Stop calling me that! And I saw where your hands were, which I never wanted to see, ever, so don’t bullshit me.”
Victor was ready to say something, but halted when a hand grabbed him firmly by the elbow. Yuuri gave him a warning look before turning back to Yuri with a hesitant smile. “Is Yakov in yet?”
“Yeah, he sent me here to look for you guys, said something about joint training.”
Yuuri nodded and made his way to his bag, pulling on his skates once he was sitting. “We’ll be right out, you can go back to the rink.”
Yuri crossed his arms. “I’m staying here. I’m not letting you defile this place.”
“Too late for that,” Victor sang while skipping past him, mimicking Yuuri in getting ready.
Yuri’s whole body twitched. “You didn’t.”
Victor just winked in response while tying up his laces.
Yuuri smacked at Victor’s shoulder before he could say anything else. “Stop that. You’re so getting it when we get home today.”
Victor’s eyes practically sparkled. “Looking forward to it.”
Captain Wales participates in a Counter Terrorism exercise with 2 Commando Regiment.
The 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) is a joint enabled expeditionary Special Operations force capable of operating across the land, sea or air domains. The Regiment is a force in readiness for the conduct of Advance Force Operations and Direct Action missions. These tasks are conducted both overseas and domestically where the Regiment is optimised to conduct responsive, scalable and tailored special operations, teamed with other Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) Force Elements, Services and Interagency partners in joint and combined operations. *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales – or Captain Harry Wales – as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army.
Captain Wales patrolled during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team Exercise with the 8th/12th Medium Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.
The 1st Brigade is one of the Australian Army’s three multi-role combat brigades and consists of more than 3,400 civilian and military personnel. Based at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston and located around 20kms south of Darwin in the Northern Territory; the 1st Brigade is home to armoured, cavalry, aviation, artillery, infantry, engineer and combat services support battalions.
During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND YOUR ART ❤️❤️ Hehehe so obviously I love all your posts but I saw one you reblogged ages ago, a YouTube link to BNHA training of the dead? That looks AMAZING! Is it a film or something?! ❤️❤️❤️
Heya!! Thank you so much!!
You’re talking about the 2nd OVA, Training of the Dead! It’s an OVA bundled together with Volume 14 as a special version. It was released on June 2 I think. So for those who had purchased the special version of Volume 14, they also get the 2nd OVA.
(The 1st OVA is the one shown in Jump Festa titled Rescue Training)
There’s actually a download for it floating somewhere… no subtitles yet though, so it’s in raw Japanese. Hopefully a translation group picks it up!
As a summary of the 2nd OVA, class 1-A had a special joint Survival Training with Isamu Highschool, where Tsuyu’s friend Mongoose is studying.
They’re separated into groups of 4 and they have to defeat everybody else. It’s a Battle Royale!
Things get a little complicated though because one of the students from Isamu Highschool has a “Zombie Virus” Quirk!!!!!! And he turned everyone into zombies!!!!
It’s hilarious! Hopefully it will be translated soon!
Cool photos from the joint urban warfare trainings in Austria with the combination of military and police elements form USA, Austria, Germany and Poland . Some interesting rifle setups there. I have a strong impression that these guys might be CRF.
I was wondering what type of concepts each dancer likes/prefers for the stage performancees?
Oikawa/King: Loves to show off his dance skills, loves wearing various different costumes and doing elaborate choreography with other dancers. He had classes in ballroom dancing, tap dance and a bit of latin, he loves showing that off onstage. He also does a lot of broadway inspired choreographies.
Kuroo/Tom Kat: Martial Arts inspired. Kuroo’s style’s unorthodox cos he didn’t come from dancing backgrounds, but he nabs techniques here and there from other dancers. He does Tae Kwondo, Karate and some kickboxing, which is why a lot of his concepts take similar themes and he often takes the role of warriors/knights in choreographed performances.
Akaashi/Onmyouji: Has background in theatre, trained in classical ballet since young. Onmyouji’s concepts tend to be artsy, subtle and emphasise on the beauty of forms. In particular, he likes to indulge in traditional Japanese themed dances, such as Kabuki or Noh, often takes the female roles. Otherwise, he’s played with a bit of a bondage theme.
Yamaguchi/Eclipse: Yamaguchi’s majoring in dance in his university. He’s been training in various dance styles and even tried gymnastic over the years, but found a particular love towards Aerial dance. Most of his concepts takes a direct/indirect inspirations from famous tales and stories, as he thinks it fits with the ‘sense of wonder’ he finds in Aerial dance style.
Asahi/Titan: A former world champion in latin dance, Asahi’s style is powerful and sensual. He prefers to have a partner when he does his choreography, which is why he’s usually paired up with Queen. They frequently rehearse together and come up with collaborations for joint performances.
Sugawara/Queen: Trained in classical ballet, Queen adopts the roles both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ female roles in performances inspired by popular concepts such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle etc. Though recently she’s interested in doing contemporary concepts as well.
Limited edition merchandise being release for Jump Shop x Haikyu!! Joint Volleyball Training Camp(?). I believe they had an event like this last year too, but I’m not sure of the exact translation of the name. (Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong about this.)
But!!! The most important thing is the last photo I cropped!!! The hangers! Bokuto’s smile will always get to me, but I’m not imagining it, right?! Akaashi’s smiles are so rare that I had to double back to make sure it was him!