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悟空Wukong
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  • 戴荃Dai Quan
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悟空Wukong ( character song of Sun Wukong) | Composer/Singer: 戴荃Dai Quan  | lyrics translation by fychinesefashion

月溅星河 Moonlight splash upon the milky way
长路漫漫 Its a long way towards the horizon
风烟残尽 Wind brings smoke spiraling into the sky
独影阑珊 My solitary figure is waning  
谁叫我身手不凡 Who made me the consummate hero
谁让我爱恨两难 Who trapped me in the ambivalence of love and hate
到后来 肝肠寸断 Until finally, I am torn inside

幻世当空 Mirage high above the sky
恩怨休怀 feelings of gratitude and resentment fade away within
舍悟离迷 I find insight and have no fears of losing
六尘不改 the six gunas remain the same【the six gunas (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought)】

且怒且悲且狂哉 Wrath and grief run wild as they please
是人是鬼是妖怪 whether human, ghost, or monster
不过是心有魔债  they are all the devil inside you

叫一声佛祖 回头无岸 Call the name of Buddha, the shore is nowhere in sight
跪一人为师 生死无关 Kneel down to the master,  so that life and death becomes irrelevant
善恶浮世真假界 good and evil, true and false, coexist in this mortal world
尘缘散去不分明 carnal thoughts drift away, leaving obscurity behind
难断 it’s hard to find the answer

我要这铁棒有何用 What do I do with this golden cudgel?
我有这变化又如何 What then with all my transformations?
还是不安还是氐惆 still anxious, still down
金箍当头 欲说还休 golden cudgel right overhead, the weight on my mind nearly said

我要这铁棒醉舞魔 I want this golden cudgel to break all evil
我有这变化乱迷浊 I have the transformation to fight chaos
踏碎凌霄 放肆桀骜 Step onto the clouds, with heaven broken under my feet, I rebel and run wild
世恶道险 终究难逃 In this crisis-ridden world, no one can hide from fate

这一棒 This golden cudgel
叫你灰飞烟灭 will dispel your devil to ashes and smouldering smoke

One Piece #792. 「土下座」 (”Kneeling Down”)

“Exploiting the system of the Ouka Shichibukai, that vile pirate… made himself the king of a country, and in its lands, subjugated none other than the World Government itself. People of Dressrosa, members of the royal family, in place of the World Government… I humbly beg for your forgiveness! It kills me just to know that we were the ones who put you through all this..!”

Synopsis:

Amidst the celebratory cries of the citizens of Dressrosa, Sabo wraps up his fight with Jesus Burgess. The all but defeated Blackbeard Pirate uses his last resort, provoking Sabo with a story about Ace’s last words before being sent to the Marines for his inevitable execution and striking him with a dagger presumably made of kairouseki. However, with his fingers already planted on Burgess’s face, Sabo relentlessly unleashes Ace’s signature attack, Fire Fist, on Burgess before he can make his move. Immediately after, Sabo receives a call from Koala on his Den Den Mushi, in which she reports that they’ve found the list they’ve been looking for and tells Sabo to meet them underground. Meanwhile, the Marines are binding the unconscious members of the Donquixote Pirates in kairouseki chains, King Riku is confronted by his past subjects to re-claim his title, and Admiral Fujitora has made orders to his subordinates to broadcast a transmission to Dressrosa’s three closest neighboring countries. Riku receives the support of his people, the support of old friend King Elizabello II of Prodence, and then finally the support of Fujitora himself, who kneels before the King and begs for his forgiveness in place of the World Government, thereby claiming all responsibility for what Doflamingo, a World Government-inducted member of the Shichibukai, has done to the country of Dressrosa. The entire incident is broadcasted live to the three countries, allowing them not only to publicize before the World Government the actions of Fujitora but also the reality that it was none other than the pirate alliance between Trafalgar D. Water Law and Monkey D. Luffy that saved the country of Dressrosa from this World Government-involved evil.

Review:

After last week’s chapter of celebratory expression one after another, we finally reach a point of dénouement, full of diplomacy and ideologies—and coincidentally enough, with not a single Straw Hat in sight save for Luffy’s oh-so-candid wanted poster profile. A good number of points I tried to predict upon last week show up this week, so I guess it’s worth delving into how I now feel about being wrong and right (mostly wrong) about those things. 

When we switch back to the exciting face-off between Burgess and Sabo, it’s a tad bit disappointing to find out that the confrontation has already come to a decisive end (though comforting is the notion that Sabo easily owns one of the Blackbeard Pirates—the purported number two strongest at that, given his status as captain of the crew’s first ship), as Sabo looks up towards the sky in hearty approval of the distant cheers. Unsurprisingly but perhaps just as enraging as always, we see members of the Blackbeard Pirates resort to underhanded tactics to compensate for their lack of strength, as Burgess provokes Sabo with snubs about Ace’s pitiful state before his death, all the while concealing a dagger apparently made of kairouseki behind his back. Whether or not Sabo was ever actually aware of the dagger in Burgess’s hand before he blasted the guy’s ass away isn’t explicitly depicted; but it really didn’t matter. At the heart of the trial was whether or not Burgess’s taunt could faze Sabo enough to lead to his downfall, and sure enough Sabo passes the test with a brimming display of his maturity (in regard to coping with Ace’s death, in contrast to Luffy overcoming a mental state of madness, Sabo seems to suffer more guilt-based symptoms and is tortured about “if” he could have saved Ace as opposed to the pure “couldn’t" in Luffy’s case—in that sense, it’s not a relatively simple solution of “training to become stronger and able to protect the ones important to him now” for Sabo as it was and still currently is for Luffy). 

In being on the topic of Burgess’s pussy-footed tactics, I’m compelled to express how I am only feeling more and more desperate that the Blackbeard Pirates do not end up being the big bad final bosses that the Straw Hat Pirates go against by series’s end. It’s my opinion that Blackbeard himself was most interesting as an antagonist when he was first revealed to be such; his capture of Ace and betrayal of Thatch effectively transformed him from the bumbling, cherry pie-loving drunk on the side of the road back at Jaya to a dark and manipulative player in the game of (thrones) Pirate King who is among the few characters in the entire series universe who have murdered another prominent character on-screen in cold blood. However, the first impression only seemed to regress (and eventually reverse) as the story progressed and continued to depict Teach as an antagonist viable of that final boss status. His mixture of both intellect and stupidity, of both courage and cowardice made him out to be a baffling character that, while interesting in some respects, definitely is not fearsome enough or conceptually foil to Luffy enough to live up to that position. (Notable examples: how he led his entire crew to being outright demolished by Magellan at Impel Down, how he subsequently suffered a more-than-crushing defeat at the hands of Whitebeard at Marineford after challenging the legend himself, only to end up crawling to his crew’s arms, literally). At this point, despite how insulting it feels to say, he pretty much serves better as a mirror to Luffy, given the fact that they both have lost to the same Magellan and were then again defeated thereafter due to their own degree of impetuousness. 

So, with Burgess down, the leading figures of the Donquixote Family being chained in kairouseki, and Ciper Pol-0 apparently not making a move, the people of Dressrosa are free to decide for themselves what to do in this one-hell-of-an aftermath; and sure enough, in high One Piece fashion, they elect to return power to the previous ruler whose reign had been interrupted by the invasion of pirates. Beyond this typical outcome is Admiral Fujitora’s take on the matter, who, after a long period of remaining a rather neutral force throughout the arc, finally dispels that nonpartisan, going so far as to preventing the immediate report back to Marine headquarters about the defeat of Doflamingo and prostrating before King Riku himself, begging for forgiveness in the name of the World Government (Did someone say, “new favorite admiral”?). Of course, the immediate effect this has is convincing Riku to re-claim the throne to Dressrosa, a matter of course, really; but in the larger scheme of things, its ultimate effect is letting the media of the masses reveal to the world that is was in fact the alliance between the Heart Pirates and the Straw Hat Pirates that brought a downfall to Doflamingo’s tyranny before the World Government could decide how to conspire and mitigate how such news would bolster Law and Luffy’s reputations. 

All in all, after a lengthy arc that has had its own considerable share of distinct moments, the story-telling takes a step back to interweave things with the grand narrative of the series, properly continuing the motif of the eleven members of The Worst Generation who ring in the New Age of Pirates. 

Rating: B+


Additional Note(s):

*Sabo’s Dragon Claw is definitely one of the most effective ways to hold an opponent at point-blank danger. Raise your hand if you tried adjusting your fingers across your own head like that see how they could possibly fit like that.

*Seeing Doffy’s motionless out-of-control body is still surreal at this point. Oda did a really great job depicting his dominance, definitely one of his greatest villains.

*I really hope Sabo’s “softness” isn’t going to end up with Burgess just waking up a few moments later before the Marines can find him and fleeing safely back to his crew, there’s just got to be some repercussions there.

*As far as we know, Burgess isn’t a Devil Fruit user, so it’s a wonder why he didn’t embed kairouseki into his gloves or arm-guard instead of making a dagger out of it—or why everyone else doesn’t do that for that matter.

*Koala’s stressed-out babysitter status is hilarious and makes her that much more lovable.

*Looking at the series of panels of unconscious Doflamingo Pirates and in retrospect, it’s a bit mystifying as to why Señor Pink was the only one who got a proper lifestyle-defining backstory.

*This week’s cover-page was nice, but I hope we get a bit more coverage of Mansherry; she’s a sweetheart and doesn’t deserved to be reduced to nothing other than this arc’s deus ex machina plot device.

*Looks like Maynard is back in top-form. Do you think things are just outright awkward between him and Bartolomeo now?

*Why do I feel like Issho bowing is still taller than most people in the One Piece universe?

*Oda giving us a glimpse at various islands (that we’ll probably never really visit canonically) in the Grand Line is always interesting. One of Dressrosa’s neighboring countries is Applenine Island (The roofs to the buildings are shaped like apples!), do you think they’re the kind of neighbors you could go next door to and ask for some apples, or say, some help from the tyranny of a mad king?

*YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, WHATCHU KNOW ‘BOUT DEM NEW WORLD BOUNTIES THOOOO!? 

I have a theory.

A long time ago Vaun tweeted this:

And now we have this pic:

Michael’s looking at a dark-haired person. What if it’s Noma? Is this person kneeling?

Gabriel called Noma ‘Michael’s loyal lieutenant’, so there’s obviously a long history between the two of them. What if it spans thousands of years, and she was with him every step of the way? Even when he was murdering all the innocents? I mean, if Dominion’s angels never loved our kind, I find it hard to believe that the Flood involved Michael and Michael alone. Gabriel got himself an army to do his bidding. I imagine Michael’s resourceful enough to get an ally or two, especially with Uriel and Gabriel stepping on his toes.

Granted, this pic probably comes from a different period of his life, and back then he might have been fighting for the humans, and not against them. With Noma at his side. But the fact remains, I think there may be some old friends of his who went through the exact same thing, and it’d be really cool if Noma had a role in all of this. No matter on which side.  

That would be one hell of a secret.

when I
gather
letters and
words,
it is as though
I am out
searching
for the broken,
scattered pieces
of my very
soul.
all of which
I examine,
attempting to
remember
and make
sense of.
then,
I arrange
the shards into
memories or new
dreams,
to install in
the sanctuary
of my
cerebral cathedral
—the space between my temples—
the place my heart
goes to reflect,
kneel and prey
on thoughts
of unlocking the
mysteries trapped
in tomorrow’s
yesterday,
somehow;
all while meditating
on the muted,
yet colorful
light of day straining
through the stained
glass windows
of my
now.
—  1hundred8 ॐ
Supernatural 5sos part 7 *requested* The beginning of the end.

AN: Warning for danger at the end of Ashton’s. There is two more parts after this one.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 2.5
Part 3
Part 4

Part 5
Part 6

Ashton ghost:

It took half an hour like Ashton suggested to reach the old people’s home where his friend lived. You asked which room was his and when they questioned who you were you just simply replied that you were his granddaughter. You walked into his room and saw he was looking out the window not paying attention.
“Sam?” you said getting his attention. He turned to look at you and was confused.
“Who are you?” he questioned. His memory maybe going but he knew he didn’t know you. Walking closer to where he sat you kneeled in front of him and took his hand in yours,
“This is going to be difficult to understand. But I am a friend of Ashton’s”
“Ashton… I only knew one Ashton in my life and there is no way you could know him.”
“Ashton Irwin. He was your best friend. I know him.”
“Stop it this isn’t funny. It isn’t nice to prank an old man. Youth these days.”
“This isn’t a prank Sam. He is here in this room and he had come to tell you something.” And on queue Ashton picked up a note pad and wrote the simple words on it ‘I forgive you’ Sam gasped and watched the note pad floating in the air. Ashton placed the note pad down and wrapped his arms around his old friend. Sam smiled as he could feel Ashton’s presence.
“Am I dreaming?” Sam asked and you shook your head. Staying for a little while longer Sam told you some stories about Ashton when he was in school. You also told Sam a few things about what ‘Modern’ Ashton was like and how he had actually managed to make friends with other supernatural beings. You also told him about the stalking which made Sam laugh.
“He always had his way with the ladies.” After a while you had to say your goodbyes and leave. You had to walk past the school. Also you would feel guilty about leaving Ashton to walk back there himself. You were thinking about Sam and how at peace he looked after talking to you. Thinking about it so much you weren’t paying attention. You didn’t see the car speeding your way until too late.
“Y/N!” Ashton shouted running to your side. “Somebody help me!” he was shouting over and over in hopes someone would eventually hear him. Of course no one did. It was ten minutes until someone found your passed out damaged body on the side of the road. You were rushed to the hospital.

Michael vampire:

It wasn’t easy tracking down a witch that you didn’t even know the name of but it could have been a lot worse. Even though Michael had been kicked out of his vampire family he still had a tight connection with other supernatural creatures who could help point him in the right direction. While searching he even introduced you to a werewolf named Calum. You were excited to learn werewolves existed. And ghosts but sadly you couldnt meet his ghost friend – apparently he was busy. Eventually you found her. She was in an old log cabin in the woods. You knocked on the door but there was no answer.
“Maybe she isn’t in.” you suggested secretly hoping she wasn’t in. This house was most certainly creepy.
“It was your idea to come here Y/N,” Michael suggested. There was still no answer but Michael went in the house anyway. If witches were anything like you imagined then you should not be going into the house of one uninvited!
“I was wondering when I would see you again Michael.” A creaky voice asked from the corner of the room.
“I wanted to know something. Will I die at the hands of my vampire family?”
“I can’t tell you that.  I am only allowed to tell the future of the living not the dead. If I told you how you died you would be then dead.” Slightly confused by the logic you didn’t argue.
“Well can I ask you something else?” Michael asked
“I think I already know what you are going to ask. But ask away.”
“Is there a way for me to become human?”
“Yes.” She answered.
“Well, what is it?”
“It’s not just your choice to make.” She said turning to you,
“What have I got to do with it?” you questioned confused.
“The only way for a vampire to become human is for a human of the light to give up their blessing and last time I checked. You are the only human of the light that Michael knows.”

Luke Veela:

The veela council took the stone and tried to do some tests to see who was the last to use it before yourself and Luke. Obviously nothing went wrong when Luke’s mother had done it but it had now so someone must have somehow used it in the meantime.
“Luke, since it went wrong does this mean you aren’t marked?” you asked.
“No. you managed to bite me before everything went wrong. Apparently not many manage it while being cursed so well done Y/N,” he praised sending a flush over your cheeks.
“Can I see it?” he nodded. He pulled his shirts neck to the side so you could see the mark you made. Looking down at your own you smiled at the fact they matched. Looking back at Luke’s you reached your hand out and touched his mark. This caused him to moan slightly,
“I am so sorry!” you said quickly retreating your hand. “I did not know.”
“It’s fine Y/N,” he chuckled. His mother came into the room explaining they had found out who had done it. Occasionally when male veelas mates give birth they die in child birth. This causes the Veela to reject the thing that killed their mate. These Veelas become rouge and when they find their own mate they try to find stones they can use to do the mating process. Veelas are easily found by other veelas so when Luke’s family was out one day he probably snuck in to do it as he didn’t have his own stone.
“So what will happen to him?”
“He will be punished for his crimes and we shall be given a new family stone for any future generations.” Luke’s mum replied. Once again your cheeks flushed. You knew you would spend the rest of your life with him but you hadn’t really thought it through. One day Luke and yourself would have a child.  

Calum werewolf:

Life as a Beta imprint was great. Before you were just the imprint of the alphas son. Not really impressive to anyone. But now you were officially the future Luna of the pack. People bowed their heads to you when you walked past. Of course the younger wolves known as pups did not. But you didn’t mind. You wouldn’t mind if the older ones didn’t either. But there was something about this level of respect which made you feel happy.
“Hey Y/N, come here,” Calum called you over. Walking over you saw a very pale boy stood next to Calum. “This is Michael,” Calum introduced. Michael nodded in your direction.
“I’m just passing through Calum. I need to find a witch. I thought I would come see you as we were passing though anyway,”
“We?” Calum asked. Michael turned and you saw a girl stood behind him. “Is that her?” Michael nodded.
“I would explain but we need to be on our way. I’ve tried to contact Ashton and Luke but they are having girl problems.”
“How is Ashton having girl problems? He is a ghost… actually never mind. Being a ghost explains all girl problems.”
Michael departed taking the girl with I’m promising that he would explain everything next time they met. You and Calum started to walk back to the camp before stopping dead in his tracks. He was being communicated though the mind link.
“Calum what’s wrong?” he was never communicated though the mind link while he was in human form unless completely necessary. “Calum?” he shook his head coming back to reality. He wrapped his arms around you tight pulling you as close as possible.
“It’s my dad Y/N, he’s sick. He might not make it.”

AN: I thought I would cross them over a little bit. Just an acknowledgement they are happing in the same ‘AU’ and at the same time. Pretty amazing how closely linked supernatural creatures are isn’t it ;)

Masterlist

Took a photo of me kneeling down and omg my thighs look so hench I think I could snap someone’s neck.
#DontFuckWithMe

Is it just coincidence and happenstance that where we meet Flemeth in the Fade, where we learn some truths, happens to be under a statue/carving of what may be Dirthamen, Keeper of Secrets?

What’s also interesting is that in this distant shot, Flemeth is kneeling with her head bowed. When the cut scene continues and we’re closer to the two, she is looking directly at Kieran, seemingly kneeling so as to have eye contact. But in that brief bit prior - is it reverence? Is it awe, or sorrow? Why would someone carrying the essence of Mythal bow before someone carrying the essence/soul of an Old God?

Which begs questions about the nature of the Old Gods. Were they unique entities, or do they hold some parallel to the Forgotten Ones? Or… what if their manifestation as dragons was somehow the doing of Mythal herself? Seven beings that were supposedly ‘trapped underground’ by the Maker, given wings and the gift of flight by a goddess (depicted with wings of her own) as a means of escaping their imprisonment. But as that was not enough to break their prison, or their slumber, leaving them vulnerable to the darkspawn and the Taint.

So releasing an Old God’s soul from its corrupted form would then be freeing the entity from a different sort of confinement. Perhaps not primarily so that the recipient of the essence could obtain power, but so that a certain justice is met and measured. Thus Flemeth’s plan for the Archdemon, and thus her desire to take Kieran with her - to right the wrong that was done to one of the seven, to give the soul wings again.

(always with the speculating…)

I thought I would post something positive on our blog for once.

I love what I do. I know I trash talk frequently about how costumes, pounds of make up, hours of standing (kneeling, standing, kneeling, sitting, standing, ect), crazy parents, and really this list could go on and on and on. But at the end of the day I’m here for the kids. They love being able to see their favorite characters come to life. It’s an experience they’ll carry with them for a long time.

I had the fortunate pleasure to help promote Akron City Comic Con at the Akron Rubber Ducks game over the weekend. And you promote a con with cosplay of course! My main priority was not to be there as a princess and take pictures with little kids. My priority was to pass out flyers for our November event. But hey, little kids come in second! Mark tried to get some adorable hug pictures but he didn’t have his camera ready. The only shot he got where it was a genuine hug, and not forced for a picture <3

-Mason