junior arce

Receipts of a possible redemption arc

After reading the new infos about baby Ben Solo, i’ve been wanting to put together all the evidences pointing to a likely redemption arc.

The Force Awakens novelization:

When next Snoke spoke there was an intimacy in his voice, a familiarity that stood in sharp contrast to the commanding tone he had used with Hux.
“I have never had a student with such promise—before you.”
Ren straightened. “It is your teachings that make me strong, Supreme Leader.”
Snoke demurred. “It is far more than that. It is where you are from. What you are made of. The dark side—and the light. The finest sculptor cannot fashion a masterpiece from poor materials. He must have something pure, something strong, something unbreakable, with which to work. I have—you.

He met her eyes steadily. “We’ve lost our son, forever.”
Leia bit her lower lip, refusing to concede. “No. It was Snoke.
Han drew back slightly. “Snoke?”
She nodded. “He knew our child would be strong with the Force. That he was born with equal potential for good or evil.
“You knew this from the beginning? Why didn’t you tell me?”
She sighed. “Many reasons. I was hoping that I was wrong, that it wasn’t true. I hoped I could sway him, turn him away from the dark side, without having to involve you.” A small smile appeared. “You had—you have—wonderful qualities, Han, but patience and understanding were never among them. I was afraid that your reactions would only drive him farther to the dark side. I thought I could shield him from Snoke’s influence and you from what was happening.” Her voice dropped. “It’s clear now that I was wrong. Whether your involvement would have made a difference, we’ll never know.”
He had trouble believing what he was hearing. “So Snoke was watching our son.
Always,” she told him. “From the shadows, in the beginning, even before I realized what was happening, he was manipulating everything, pulling our son toward the dark side.”

The Supreme Leader’s voice was flat. “You have compassion for her.
“No—never. Compassion? For an enemy of the Order?”
“I perceive the problem,” Snoke intoned. “It isn’t her strength that is making you fail. It’s your weakness.” The rebuke hurt, but Ren didn’t show it.

“I want the entire Ileenium system destroyed.”
Daring to disagree, Ren took a step forward. “No—Supreme Leader, I can get the map from the girl, and that will be the end of it. I just need your guidance.”
“And you promised me when it came to destroying the Resistance you wouldn’t fail me.” The threatening figure of Snoke leaned toward Ren. […]

“Kylo Ren. It appears that a reminder is in order. So I will show you the dark side. Bring the girl to me.”

He (Kylo Ren) looked at the officer. “The trooper who was on guard?”
“Still being debriefed, sir. He doesn’t remember what happened. One minute he was at his post, at ease. The next, he found himself in his quarters, changing out of uniform. Initial assessment indicates he is telling the truth.” The officer hesitated. “If you would wish to try stronger methods I can…”
“No—no. Keep questioning him. Just—questioning. He may remember something.” 

Ren hesitated.
“It’s too late,” he said.
“No, it’s not.” Halfway across the walkway now, Han continued to move forward, smiling. “Never too late for the truth. Leave here with me. Come home.” Without the slightest trace of malice or deception, he cast a dagger. “Your mother misses you.”
A strange sensation touched the younger man’s cheeks. Something long forgotten. Dampness. Tears. […]
Stunned by his own action, Kylo Ren fell to his knees. Following through on the act ought to have made him stronger, a part of him believed. Instead, he found himself weakened. 

The Force Awakens junior novelization:

Snoke’s voice assumed a fatherly tone. “I never had a student with such promise…before you.”
“It’s your teachings that make me strong, Supreme Leader,” Ren said.
“It is far more than that. It is where you are from. What you are made of. The dark side,” the Supreme Leader said, hesitating before saying the next words, “and the light.”

He held her stare, and then his gloved hands touched the sides of his mask and took it off.
He had a young man’s face, with an old man’s eyes. His lips and dark hair stood out against the pale complexion of one who shirked the sun. He looked like a student who took no joy in his studies. One who perceived only the great problems of the galaxy and not its simple pleasures. […]

“And Han Solo,” he said. “He feels like the father you never had.”
His tone softened, as if he cared. “Let it go. He would disappoint you.”

Ben had the wavy dark hair that Han remembered, now shoulder length. His mother’s cheeks, Han’s chin. Yet everything about him was narrow and stark, as if he had starved himself of nourishment. And his eyes were not the brown eyes Han remembered. They were dim and dark and terribly sad. […]

In the last few seconds of his life, he thought of the Falcon and his furry first mate and his beautiful princess, but he saw only his son. The darkness in his eyes. And the sadness.
Han forgave his son for what he had done. He prayed someday his son would forgive him in turn.

Aftermath Empire’s End:

Who is out there, who is watching us? Hands reach for her, hands of shadow, lifting her up, reaching for her throat, her wrists, her stomach -
Inside, the child kicks. She feels her baby turning inside, right-side, up and down, struggling to find his bearings, trying so hard to find his way free of her.

He is less a human shaped thing and more a pulsing, living band of light. Light that sometimes dims, that sometimes is thrust with a vein of darkness. She tells herself that it’s normal - Luke said to her, Leia, we all have that. He explained that the brighter the light, the darker the shadow.
Right now, her son is upset, tumbling inside her as if he can’t get comfortable. His light, flickering with dark. […]
As Leia finds her peace, so does her son. […]
My son is alive. The future is bright.  […]
The baby turns inside her again, troubled by something she cannot feel and cannot yet understand.


“They (Han and Leia) had this kid who was born equal parts good and evil. He is someone who is broken….But it’s more than just having a bad seed as a kid. Snoke had targeted this kid, knew that this kid was gonna be incredibly powerful in the force and wanted him as an ally. So this mother and father had a target for a son. Someone was watching their boy. And these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.” (J.J. Abrams)

Q: Without giving away any spoilers, what’s one aspect about Kylo Ren you are excited for fans to see in the next film?

Adam Driver: I think that’s such a general answer, but you know… humanity.

“Imagine the stakes for him in his youth… Having all these special powers and having your parents absent during that process on their own agendas, equally as selfish. He’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people he was closest with.(Adam Driver) 

[…] The family dynamic and desperately wanting family to be part of his life but not getting it. The anxiety and lot of anger that that creates and that last a lifetime. (Adam Driver)

I hope i’m not forgetting anything, but please feel free to add.

  • <p> <b>Yang:</b> Hey Junior, I've got a friend here, could you make sure the twins don't try anything on him?<p/><b>Junior:</b> Why? You got dibs on him or something?<p/><b>Yang:</b> No, not me. But there's another chick who has, and I don't wanna think about what'll happen to your nieces if she finds out.<p/><b>Pyrrha with fake moustache and sunglasses:</b> Oh my. What sort of woman could possibly try to obtain such a prize as this friend of yours, Ms. Voluptuous Blonde.<p/><b>Yang:</b> ...<p/><b>Junior:</b> Oh hey Paul, didn't see you come in. The usual?<p/><b>Poorly disguised Pyrrha:</b> Indeed! But not much tonight. I have some... people watching to do.<p/></p>
The Slight Downside of Dating Badasses

*Qrow and Junior are talking at the bar*

Drunk Winter: Oh Qrow~

Drunk Glynda: Oh Papa Bearrr~

Qrow: Gonna be a good night for the liquor jockeys.

Junior: Damn straight.


Qrow, on crutches: Oh god…

Junior, in a neck brace: Everything hurts. Especially the stuff that is supposed to anti-hurt!

Ren, in a near full body cast: *muffled indifference*

Jaune, in a wheelchair: He said he feels soooo bad for you… I also say that.

  • Junior: And who are you supposed to be?
  • Jaune: You can call me,
  • Jaune: Jaune arc.
  • Jaune: Up and coming Huntsman-in-Training, talented strategist, personally tutored by one of the brightest of our age.
  • Jaune: This is Pyrrha.
  • Pyrrha: Hello again!
  • Jaune: You've heard of her.
  • Ren: Are you introducing me next?
  • Jaune: This is Ren, a badass out of nowhere with a mysterious past and a chip on his shoulder.
  • Ren: You made all of that up out of whole cloth.
  • Junior: And the cupcake?
  • Nora, beaming: Hi! I'm Nora!
  • Jaune: She's just happy to be here.
  • Nora: Let's break some legs!
  • Junior:
  • Junior: You know what? I don't even care anymore.
  • Junior: You're in.
{Curious Plots: vision-part 2} [closed]

Luna sat before Celestia’s cell in the late hours of the asylum, their hushed voices barely carrying to one another. The sisters had a long pause between them as the de-powered alicorn seemed to be thinking on the question Luna posed to her. Without her madness and the burdensome overpower eating at her brain she could make more moral judgments these days. But that was not why Luna had come to her tonight and she knew it.

“You must show them the vision then. Sooner rather than later. Regardless of what they saw…” Celestia told Luna. 

“My fear is that…”

“It will break them? Yes,” Celestia stated “It might. I won’t lie say that Posie and Junior are going to be alright after what they saw and then having this vision given to them directly after. But you are on a clock. From what you have told me, they must know. Your son and Stardust must not end up like us…or worse.”

Luna looked at her sister, who had always been the methodical one. But she had also juggled Equestria in times of peril before her slip up. Her longterm judgments, when not clouded by madness, were usually sound.

“Then…it will be done…” Luna sighed and sniffled, fighting back tears.

Junior had a restless night. He had not been sleeping well since the play and what he had seen. But eventually he passed into slumber. In the dream he was on the beach and there was no one around. He turned and trotted, for some reason looking for Stardust. He saw a sandcastle he remembered building with him when they were younger. 

A mist seemed to hover over the beach as Luna opened Junior’s dream up to Posie’s. She placed them both in a peaceful scene at first. She too was not exactly sure what would happen in this vision, though she had a feeling it would differ from what she showed Snow and Stardust. Junior sat by the sandcastle. The dream was nice and quiet, a contrast to the noisy, creepy things he usually dreamed about. He started building another castle for lack of anything to do and worked so quickly his dwarfed the one that he and Stardust had made as younger colts. 

{ @theplottingtrio }

A wish I have for future RWBY plot lines

Given that Thre crew is ow heading to Mistral I’d like very much if during volume 5 (or at least during all the volumes we spend in Mistral) we explored the famous criminal underwold.

In my opinion this has great storytelling material for a few characters:

Jaune Arc: This criminal undreground could be tha place were he got his fake transcripts. Did he buy them? If so from whom? and how did he pay them?

The White Fang: I don’t think that a terrorist organitzation can buy weapons in the street market, but in a black market this is a completely diferent story. We could explore more of this organitzation, its hierarchy etc.

Raven: In a similar vein Raven’s clan might need a place to buy stuff that raids can’t procure, or alternatively a place where to sell stuff. (This is more an excuse to put her into the plot to be honset, I just whant to know more about her)

Neo: This is a really long strech but maybe she’s now selling herself as a gun(umbrella?) for hire.

Mercury/Emerald: This characesr could firt relly well in these settings, and it could be used to explore their past a little bit more.

The club:Anther long shot, but who knows? Maybe Junior has decided to move out of Beacon into a more secure place.

This is, of course pure, speculation but what’s what you think?

  • Mel: Hey Junior, y'know how Paul came in a little while ago?
  • Junior: Yeah. Shaved his moustache too.
  • Mil: Well, it looks like he landed that dude he's been going after.
  • Junior: Really? Good for him!
  • Mil: Well, yes and no. All that really happened was that Paul got really drunk, yelled "FUCK IT, C'MERE YOU HUMAN JACKHAMMER," tackled the guy onto a couch, and started kissing his face.
  • Mel: He's still at it.
  • *across the club*
  • Non-disguised Pyrrha: I love you! *💋* You're so adorable! *💋* You're mine Jaune! *💋💋💋*
  • Jaune: Pyrrha! Agh! Get a hold-! Ahh!
  • Mil: Should we do something?
  • Junior:
  • Mel: ... Uhhh... Junior?
  • Junior: His name is Pyrrha?

Guess what my favorite part of the Junior Cup arc was u gaiz.

Just as how I loved how when Misty returned, the dynamic between her and Ash came to light almost immediately the same can be applied here when, after putting it off for several episodes, Ash and Dawn finally get the chance to have their long awaited reunion battle.

Despite the time apart and them being on separate journeys, the two are still regarded as equals and it shows during the battle where both do such a good job countering the other that no one gets a real ‘advantage’ before the match is stopped. Dawn is quick witted enough to cancel out Pikachu’s Iorn Tail with a flame-thrower, as is Ash when he blows away Somkescreen with Thunderbolt near instantly.

Cilan (relation expert that he is) and Cynthia (some has always been rather keen on this)picks up on it fairly quickly with how well in synch the two are, even Iris herself is rather impressed by the display. Im glad that despite the artistic liberties Ash went through in BW they still remembered how important his relationship with Dawn was back in DP and they made the conscious design to highlight on it at the end of the Junior Cup Arc (before that Dawn spent more of her time interacting with the other characters which is fine since that’s what comebacks are for after all)

[IMPROVED] watch Prince of Tennis without being confused by the plot


The thing with tenipuri is that the manga and the anime/OVAs should be treated as 2 different entities. The two media are just too different, even if the manga was the original. Many scenes from the manga were totally removed/replaced in the anime and a ton of fillers and plot points were added instead. it is heartbreaking lol

There should not have been a problem with this. However, the Nationals arc (finale of prince of tennis) was made to be somewhat faithful to both the anime and the manga. This causes a bit of confusion to those who watched the anime only, esp new fans.

Actually you can always Watch/read prince of tennis in any way you want. The best way is to just read the manga from beginning to end. Or watch the anime from beginning to end. 

However it has come to my attention that a lot of new fans give up watching tenipuri because of the pesky fillers and the overall confusing plot brought upon by the anime, the movies and the OVAs. sad 2000′s animation too

So on a whim.. i made a guide which can probably help new viewers who prefer watching the anime understand the story more.


1. read prince of tennis manga ch 000 “Legend of the Samurai”

2. watch from episode 1 to ep 28

3. read pot manga ch 50

  • so that you can see tezuka play for the first time  they just mentioned this match in the anime

4. watch ep 29 to ep 72

  • note: tezuka goes to germany eps 73-75
  • in manga he goes to kyushu, not germany

5. Optional: Watch josei shonan arc (anime only)  ep 76-85

6. Watch PoT 1st movie Tale of Two Samurai

7. Watch ep 86 to 90 (fun filler arc)

8 Optional: Read PoT ch. 162-165 for manga-only seigaku vs saitama-midoriyama jr high

9. Watch eps 90-101 (rokkaku arc)

10. Read PoT manga starting from ch 184-237 (rikkaidai arc)

  • chapter 184  ties nicely with ep 101
  • we want you to see the correct and proper version of the rikkaidai arc

11. Optional: Watch the anime version or the rikkaidai arc (ep 102-128)

  • compare it with the manga
  • seigaku training camp in the mountain
  • practice matches vs hyotei

12. Optional: Watch fillers

  • recreation arc 129-135 
  • Junior Invitational Training Camp Arc 136-146
  • USA vs Japan 147-160
  • special episode: Day of Survival Mountain

13. Watch the OVA called Atobe’s gift

14. In preparation for Nationals arc, choose between these two:

  • Choice 1: Continue reading the manga from chapter 238-253
    • we recommend this
    • ch 238-239 is Nationals OVA 7
    • ch 240 is Nationals OVA 5
    • ch 242 is where Nationals OVA 8 was based from (not really similar)
    • ch 245-247 is scattered among the OVAs
    • ch 253 is  Nationals OVA 1

  • Choice 2: Watch the anime from ep 161-176 and Nationals OVA 

    • 161-176 is ryoma drama and the last series o seigaku ranking matches
    • Nationals OVA 1 kinda reconciles the differences between the anime and manga 

15. watch all the Nationals OVA 2 - 26

16. Watch all Prince of Tennis Another Story OVAs I & II

17. Watch PoT movie 2: Battle of the English Castle

18. Recently announced prince of tennis movie will be somewhere here :D

19: Watch all of the pairpuris, the fandiscs, message in a bottle picture drama and other special episodes

**chibi tenipuri episodes are 87, 88, 115, 132, 165**


  • Junior: So, the reason I've brought you here today is because I need some fresh faces.
  • Junior: I need some standout... employees, and I need the variation to be more than just their facial hair.
  • Fox: Wait, are the-?
  • Junior: Yes, the twins are not in the building.
  • Fox: Ok, just checking.
  • Junior: That's why I have assembled the best candidates available to me.
  • Junior: Fox Alistair; the man who's weapons are second only in lethality to his eyes.
  • Fox: I am more flattered by that than I should be.
  • Junior: Yatsuhashi Daichi; the only person I've ever met who's taller than me.
  • Yatsuhashi: I mean... it's only one inch.
  • Junior: And Jaune Arc; because I need something for the sidelined single ladies to look at.
  • Jaune: Listen, don't lie to my fa-
  • Junior: Shut up. Don't bring that self-deprecating shit in here. That's what the alcohol is for.
How to destroy a beautiful storyline

A meta analysis fueled by bitterness

So, Yuri on Ice was literally one of the best shows I’d seen in a while. The plot twists were amazing, added to the story, and there was a clear direction the story was moving towards. All three of the main characters had something they needed to learn, and each of the characters were on their way to learning it. That is, until episode 12 ruined all of it. I strongly believe that the 12th episode was not the original conclusion to the show as it should have been, but a badly designed bait for a second season.

There is a line in the 12th episode, “the best story is one that never ends”. I have to entirely disagree with this. A story needs drama to sustain itself. And, in huge doses, drama is unnecessary, and doesn’t really give much meaning to a story, which is what happens when you fail to conclude a story when it should be concluded. Or else, it’s drama for the sake of drama.

And, drawing out the drama in the story for the sake of drama is exactly what they did. This is why a lot the character development which was integral to the story was suddenly at a setback.

Under the cut (this is long), I go into detail about why episode 12 destroyed the story, narratively

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