‘Learn to rip hearts’ Aphrodite murmurs. Artemis smiles. ‘And enjoy the taste of the blood on your hands.’ She runs her hands through dark tresses. ‘Enjoy the hunt and dance to their screams.
‘Know the constant war between chaos and order.’ Poseidon says, ‘the ebb to the shore and the hurricane to the sky.’ He dips his hand in the saltwater, watching his waves. ‘A war that can be tipped to either side by a single breath.’
‘Master balance.’ Themis tugs at her weights, ‘The tips of the scales does govern.’ Athena sits beside her. ‘And your limitations will be only your mind. The cosmic laws will bend around you, enforcing them will be your task.’
‘Memorize the color red.’ Ares says, the sound of clanging metal not far behind. ‘The color of wine. The color of blood. The color of pain.’ Dionysus adds and glance at Hermes who dips his head in agreement. ‘For every path you journey, each step will seem like a century. It will be the color that greats you one border to the next.’
‘Embody the lesson of stone’ Medusa hisses, ‘Unmoving. Enduring. Set.’ Her hair twists and tangles together, the scales with a mind of their own. ‘Know you will last as lesser things crumble. Dust between your fingers.’
‘Be at home in the dark.’ Nyx whispers. She leans her head on Hemera, ‘And appreciate the comfort of the dawn. Promises of tomorrow on her lips. You will steal them one by one for each time you see the sun set and the darkness take his place.’ Her dark eyes drift to the sky. “And you will learn the wrath of the stars.’
‘Understand that your memories will be your enemy.’ Mnemosyne tilts her head back, eyes closing. ‘Ghosts that will plague you, twisting and clawing until all that remains of you is the fights of your past and the demons.’
‘Accept change.’ Psyche murmurs, her head dipped in the clouds, ‘You will have nothing and everything one second to the next.’ Persephone smiles before adding, ‘You will force revolutions and watch as the structures topple. Laugh at fate for the bounds you are born to will not be those you end up with.’
‘Take pleasure in your power.’ Zeus declares with Hera at his heels. ‘Take pleasure for you will be vilified for it.’ She says, ‘They will fancy themselves judge and jury of your character, but you are above them. Beneath you, they burn.’
‘Realize the blurred line between sleep and death.’ Hypnos and Thanatos say, arms around each other, ‘and remember that you have crossed both.’ Atlas nods, shifting slightly under his burden, ‘You will bear the weight of time.’ He steals a glance to Hades. ‘And you will wish you could collapse beneath it.’
Recently Overwatch released a new character, citing complaintsof a lack of ‘body diversity’. Now, Idon’t like the character but that’s for a variety of reasons and that’ll becoming at a later date. No, what really botheredme was this argument and the implications for a common trend in representation
of women in video games.
To add some context, I’m a gay woman and I want to be a game
dev. I’ve loved video games and been a
gamer for close to 15 years. And I
really feel there are pressing issues with the arguments for ‘representation of
women in video games’. I’ve made similar
rants about this general topic before and you can find my most successful one
If you’re concerned with women, body types, representation,
etc, I suggest you give me a fair shake and read all the way to the end. More under the break.
But really: Although Shiori is shown to date two boys in the series, she also has closeted feelings for Juri Arisugawa (herself a canon lesbian), which have been confirmed by director Kunihiko Ikuhara in the booklet that comes with the second remastered DVD set:
I finally realized the truth.
To think that she loved me back! What a miracle! But…
“The loser in love is the one who lets their heart be ruled by it.”
Everyone’s adopted a provocative attitude towards someone of the opposite sex that they like at least once or twice, to get that person to notice them. So it’s okay if I do that.
This love will crumble if we touch. But when people don’t touch, the love eventually dies away.
That’s why I decided to keep your love prisoner. To make sure that you love me forever.
That game will make our love “eternal.” I’m sure of it.
We were “lovers lost from the beginning.”
Apart from having… decidedly unhealthy views on affection, Shiori is a very insecure person with extremely low self-esteem, and it’s possible that internalised homophobia/biphobia plays a heavy part in it. However, many Utena fans only see her as an unironically homophobic straight girl who feels nothing but hatred for Juri, even though her real feelings for her (as well as their relationship in general, plagued by poor communication from both parties as it is) are actually much more complicated. Iin fact, her elevator confession in episode 17 has her initially claim she hates Juri and nothing more, only for her to then say that’s not really the case and reveal that her jealousy and bitterness stem from the crushing inferiority complex she has in relation to the other girl.
There are hints of Shiori’s romantic feelings for Juri scattered throughout the episodes she appears in — for example, it’s implied in episode 17 that the reason she transferred back to Ohtori after having not been there for a few years was because she missed Juri and felt remorse for hurting her in the past. Most tellingly, she joins Juri’s fencing team at the end of the series while looking much happier than she ever did before, and more to the point, there is corresponding official art where she is clutching a locket that is very similar to the one Juri used to wear (and was in fact the most prominent symbol of Juri’s own secret love for Shiori).
In other words, Shiori is yet another bisexual character in a series where a significant percentage of the cast is either canonically queer or implied to be so.
[MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] “It’s so much fun… I love it much more than playing the nice love interest or something boring. You get to take out all of your aggression and do things that you’d never do in real life. It’s great.” Torrey DeVitto to InStyle. While she’s certainly played one of Pretty Little Liars’ more suspect characters, we still don’t know who uber-villain, A.D. is and Melissa’s not out of the running yet. And no spoilers from Devitto “I can’t say anything..They’re so tight-lipped”. She won’t spoil the finale, but her character was always full of surprises. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]
For Torrey DeVitto, playing super-sketchy Melissa Hastings on Pretty Little Liars wasn’t exactly a challenge. Because, despite the seemingly endless web of lies surrounding the eldest Hastings sister on the show, it all looks like child’s play compared to DeVitto’s other unforgettable role as psychotic Nanny Carrie on One Tree Hill. And really, in the world of TV villains, nothing could ever top portraying an axe-wielding ex-babysitter who stalked her former charge through a cornfield.
Luckily, DeVitto has fully embraced playing the villain at this point. “It’s so much fun,” she recently said when she stopped by InStyle’s New York City HQ. “I love it much more than playing the nice love interest or something boring. You get to take out all of your aggression and do things that you’d never do in real life. It’s great.”
While she’s certainly played one of Pretty Little Liars’ more suspect characters, the jury is still out when it comes to the identity of the Freeform series’ uber-villain, A.D.—and Melissa’s not out of the running (at least in our minds) just yet. Of course, DeVitto isn’t about to give away any spoilers. “I can’t say anything,” she said. “They’re so tight-lipped about everything.”
She may not be able to dish on the finale, but DeVitto’s character was full of surprises right up until the end. “I always felt like I’d get a grasp on her, and then I’d read a new script, and think, ‘Oh, she is totally different than I thought,’” said DeVitto. “This is the only character that I’ve played for so long that I still feel like I did not know. She changed all the time, and I couldn’t always keep up. Once I’d get new information, I’d be like, ‘Shouldn’t I have done that last episode totally different?’”
With the series finale airing next week, DeVitto—who also stars on Chicago Med—was more than ready to wrap up her character’s storyline and put our long-held suspicions to rest. And while she can’t reveal what’s in store for Melissa—as well as the rest of the Liars—she promises that the episode will pack one last dose of juicy drama. “When the script came, it was extremely thick,” said DeVitto. “My coworkers on Chicago Med saw it sitting on my chair, and they were like, “What is that? Is that a bible?’”
After reading the script, DeVitto believes fans will finally get closure about some of Rosewood’s biggest mysteries to date. “I think people are going to be so pleasantly surprised,” she said. “It definitely answers all the questions, and I’m very happy with it. It’s very satisfying.” The ending may be satisfying, but is it what she expected? “I haven’t seen a fan theory yet that’s hit it on the head,” said DeVitto. “I’ll just say that.”
When rewatching Digimon Adventure 02, some scenes were really irritating because of their implied sexism. Apart from the epilogue, the scene pictured above came to mind when the girls couldn’t be left alone with at least one boy protecting them. I mean, come on, they both have Digimon ready to battle.
Therefore, it is refreshing to see not only a female character who’s very unlike all the others that came before in the franchise but also Juri calling the boys out on their bullshit.
Ultra Street Fighter II is a great game, but I feel like it needs a couple extra things to really make it stand out. I would love if they added a few newer characters in the series, however anachronistic they may be. Characters like Juri Han or Rose who show up in the later games to add more variety. And it would be cool to have different oufits for the characters. It would be purely cosmetic but it’s something that would be nice to have. And I noticed that the game seems to be missing the goofy minigames like destroying the car. I’d love it if they put those in.