Games-Giving - wherein Nanami gives out games to the rest of the sdr2 kids
Somewhere in between the crammed spaces was a logical explanation as to why everyone was packed into Nanami’s already condensed cottage.
Initially, she wanted to bring her stuff with her to the lobby where it’s much more spacious but looking back at her hoards of console she knew that it would take too many trips and by then someone would have walked in and ruined the surprise for the rest. Besides, wasn’t this a surprise in its own way? Granted there’s barely enough room for them to breathe and much less to play but it would have to do. Once everyone had settled in as much as they could possibly have, Nanami started handing out the games and necessary consoles.
“Hanamura, you’re getting Cooking Mama.” She says and before he could be offended at a cheap knock-off of real cooking, she explains her choice. “I know how much you miss your mom… I know that the mama here isn’t exactly like yours, maybe. But I figured it might help with the homesickness hopefully.”
He looks at a loss for words. “This is… a wonderful choice.” And before he could get sappy, old habits kick in. “I’ll have you know that you are an exquisite choice yourself. You don’t need to flatter me with gifts if you want to spend a good time with me.”
She listens quietly, unresponsive. And then stoically turns to her next recipient. “I got you Fat Princess. It reminded me a lot of you while I was playing. It has food and strategy, I thought you’d like it… I guess.”
Twogami chuckles and it is a genuine heartfelt laughter. He’s more than happy to know that he was thought of especially by his one defining character trait. “It’s a worthy recommendation. I shall hold back my judgement until I finish it in all of its glory.”
She takes that as a sign that he likes it so she turns to meet the curious stare of a redhead. “I got you Life is Strange. It’s about this photography student but it’s less about taking photos and more of time travel I think… The protag is a girl with short hair and her freckles reminded me of you coincidentally.”
“Oh, wow that’s some… weirdly specific coincidences.” Koizumi admits it’s not quite the game she was expecting. She expected a typical point and shoot (with a camera) game but definitely not time traveling.
“Her name’s Max so I guess you both have names starting with M.” Nanami adds and then tilts her head in inquiry. “Are you okay with this? I can get you something else.”
“And miss out on time powers? I think not.” Koizumi just shakes her head. Sure, why not? It’d be a nice experience to see in someone else’s viewfinder for a change of perspective. “Besides, where else am I going to find a game that stars a girl and photography?”
She nods in agreement. Before Nanami could move on to whom she had planned for next, Saionji beats her to the punch as she unceremoniously jumps onto her. “Me! What about me? What did big sis Nanami get for me?”
She hands her the game with an excited smile. “I think you’ll like this one… Bully is an open world with the usual freedom of Rockstar games.”
“You had me at bully.” Saionji grins deviously.
Nanami shakes her head. “It’s not exactly that kind of game…”
“But I still get to do the stuff I like, right?” She smirks and breaks into childish cheer. “Yay! Thank you so much for this! I’ll play it to my heart’s content!”
She then turns to the nurse who jumps at the sudden attention. “Mikan, I got you Trauma Center. I know it’s far from the actual thing but I’m not exactly sure how… different it is.” There’s a certain genteleness in the way she hands out the game. And shyly, she asks, “Is it alright if I ask for your feedback on this?”
Mikan is still shocked from the experience of affection that it takes her a beat or two to stammer back, “T-Thank you! I’ll cherish this forever!!” She cries as she holds onto the game tightly to her chest. “You can count on me! I’ll be sure to point out all the inaccuracies.”
“Thank you, too.” Nanami then turns to the more if not the most excited member of the group. She smiles as she gestures to the whole setup behind her. “Ibuki, you get rockband… The full set.”
“Awesome! Ibuki has always wanted to play on these!” Ibuki hollers and she’s already at the drums while holding both the guitar and the bass. She looks just about ready to play all instruments at the same time. “The frets on the guitar are buttons! Kyaaah! How wild is that!”
Nanami can’t help but get carried along with Ibuki’s energy. She’s still smiling when she turns to Pekoyama. “If it’s sword slashing precision then the best I have is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. You’ll probably appreciate the free slicing blade mode rather than the button mashing on most games… I think.”
Pekoyama gratefully accepts the gift with a bow. “This is quite thoughtful of you. Thank you. I will try my best to master the fighting style here.”
“And when you get bored of that, take a break and play this instead…” She hands her a portable console this time and when Pekoyama opens it, the game is already on and it’s absolutely adorable. “It’s Nintendogs. Now those fluffballs won’t run away from you… probably.”
“I…” Pekoyama’s speechless but that’s mostly because she’s distracted by the puppies hounding at her screen. No animal has ever approached her with such zeal that it catches her off-guard. It’s a surprise that she’s more than willing to welcome. She locks eyes with Nanami and her lips tug slightly into a sincere smile. “I will remember to return this goodwill of yours.”
It doesn’t go past Kuzuryuu who watched the whole exchange. When Nanami turned to him, he was caught unaware and so his defenses shot up. “Heh, so you’re giving away games based on what we do? Don’t tell me you got me one of those dumb trying hard yakuza themed games.”
She shook her head. “I don’t think you’ll like Yakuza that much so I suggest Mafia as a better alternative…” She innocently tilts her head. “Then maybe it’s better when you think it’s a different culture?”
“Ha! You got a lot of nerve thinking I’ll play crap like that.” He scoffs at her.
“I’m not. I think you’re more respectable than that… maybe.” She says not quite sure what she wants to mean. She gives him a different game instead. “This is Undertale. I think you’ll like the Fight or Mercy mechanics. You’ll choose well, probably.”
“Hmph, whatever.” He crosses his arms but his expression softens. She got him a game with a pacifist route and he appreciates the gesture. He murmurs, “But thanks anyways. I guess I’ll give it a try when I’ve got nothing else to do.”
“I’m sure you’ll love it… I think.” Nanami crosses the room to the other half of the class and Sonia catches her eyes first. “I was trying to find a game where the protag is a princess but it was hard so… I just went for the game with an… intense female main character. Tomb Raider’s a classic and you’re pretty hardcore like Lara Croft.”
Sonia reads through the summary at the back with sparkling eyes. “Oh, I have always wanted to go on my own expeditions without royal guards hounding me!” She claps her hands in her excitement. “I think this is just a lovely game filled with action and adventure! Thank you!”
“Ah, Gundam.” She moved on to the next person on her list. “I know you don’t like games about breeding animals since you consider them…” She squints as she tries to find the exact words that he used. “An insult to the actual gods?”
“That is correct!” Gundam agrees with a scowl. “Those are outright blasphemy! Why waste time on fakes when there are actual gods among us? If I were not such a forgiving Dark Lord then I would have rained judgement on all of those atrocities!”
“But is it okay as long as it’s not based on actual animals?” She asks with uncertainty. She didn’t want to offend Gundam but she’s not sure how well he’ll take this suggestion of hers. “Monster Rancher is a classic for your type. You get to learn about raising a whole bunch of new species that are literally out of this world… Here, look.”
Gundam inspects the game with a snarl at first but as he goes through the monsters, he finds himself more intrigued rather than disgusted. A whole new world to conquer, huh? He breaks out into raucous laughter. “Feast your eyes on these poor lost souls! The time has come for the Tanaka Kingdom to recruit yet more unearthly races! Cower in fear as our strength increases right before your eyes! Bwahaha!”
“Oi, do your delusions more quietly! Nobody cares!” Souda shouts but it falls onto deaf ears since Gundam is already absorbed in raising his first monster. He doesn’t want to accept being ignored but then he remembers that he hasn’t gotten his game yet and so he turns to Nanami with expectant eyes. “Man, looks like everyone’s getting good picks. So what do I get? Is it cool? It’s definitely cooler than dork lord’s over there, right?”
Nanami’s smile is playful. This one was trickier to find but it was an achievement to finally get it. She pulls out a box and brings out its contents. There’s the game and console and… a mini-robot. “Meet R.O.B., he’s your partner for playing Gyromite.”
“This is…” He gapes over the robot and his hands roam over across the plastic, he’s already picking it apart in his mind and deciphering how it works. He expected a game but he did not expect it to come with its own mini-robot. His eyes are shining and he almost looks in love. “This is fricking sweet.”
Even Nanami thought it was cool and she’s sure that Souda thinks of it a tenfold more. While Souda was busy mooning over his new toy, she sets up Owari’s. “I couldn’t find anything close to your ideal but… Wii Sports is close enough, maybe. As long as you strap on the remote and keep your distance, you can play boxing to your heart’s content.”
“So I basically beat people up by actually beating them up?” She shouts a battle cry and gets fired up on the spot. “Yosh! I’m game for this!”
“Nidai, I got you FIFA Manager among other coaching games… I couldn’t decide which one would be your favorite.” She adds that last part shyly but he takes them with a smile as always.
“I’m the best at managing my players! I’ll even be the best in these games of yours!” Nidai lets out a hearty laugh. “I’d watch out for your highscore if I were you.”
“I’ll take that as a challenge.” She then turns to the last two of her list.
Komaeda is already wearing his trademark lopsided smile and is eager to see what new hope would be born out of this. “I’m grateful that you would even consider giving me a game- the embodiment of your hope- when I’m trash undeserving of such greatness. I feel bad that you bothered thinking about me when I’m worthless.”
Nanami lets out a sigh and her hands are on Komaeda’s face in a heartbeat. “Stop talking like that or you won’t get yours.”
“But I don’t-”
“Stop.” She puffs her cheeks while she pinches his.
“Ow! Okay, okay. I concede.” He chuckles and even raises his hands in a show of defeat. “I’m still new to this whole thing about people thinking I’m worth more than I really am.”
She stares at him for a long time, judgingly, taking his words into careful consideration. She huffs again and releases him. “Close enough.”
“Well you do inspire me to try, you know.” He smiles and there’s laughter dancing on his lips. “The truth is I’ve never been this excited in my life! Oh, aside from that time I received my acceptance letter to Hope’s Peak Academy that is.”
Somehow he always brings back the conversation to hope. She shakes her head and there’s a small smile forming. “Here. Try this.”
He takes the phone in his hand with the camera on and it surprises him slightly when something else appears on the screen. “Uh, Nanami? Is there supposed to be a creature here?”
Her hand quickly swipes the phone out from his grip and her face practically beams. “A Lapras! As expected from Komaeda’s luck!” She flicks her finger a few times and by the fifth pokeball, she catches it with a triumphant smile. “I’ve been looking everywhere for her. Thanks for helping me out.”
“No problem.” He chuckles and then inquires, “So I’m guessing that wasn’t actually my game.”
She smiles shyly and then hands him his true gift. “That’s Legend of Mana and it’s legendary for its unique luck system. Almost the whole game is rigged on luck… I think.”
“I see. Then it is fitting for me.” He smiles broadly. “As expected from the ultimate gamer. Instead of bringing me the usual games, you hand me an excellent rpg. I will not let you down and maximize my luck just as much as your hope inspires me!”
“As long as you have fun.” She giggles and there’s a cough behind her. When she turns around, she sees the only person who has yet received a game from her. She smiles wider. “Hello there, Hinata.”
“Uh, hi.” He flushes and then straightens himself after a shaky breath. He fidgets from being too tense for his own good. He’s nervous even though he has no reason to be. He looks like the only person who’s afraid of what he’s about to get. “I know I don’t have any talent and all… so I’m sure you had a hard time finding a game for me.”
“Oh, not really.” She objects readily and she makes sure that her voice comes out as reassuring as possible. She finds his worries odd especially when there’s no trouble at all. “Actually… I picked out yours first.”
“What?” He shoots her a look of confusion. And when he holds the game in his hands, he feels absolutely lost. “Danganronpa…?”
“I feel like it’s life-and-death important for you to be good at this.” Nanami says in a tone that’s too serious to be talking about just games. And then in the next moment, she’s back to her laidback self. “By the way, it’s a series and I’ve already finished the latest one: New Danganronpa V3 or ndrv3 for short.”
“Um…” He’s still staring at the game and trying hard to read its hidden meaning but he comes up with nothing. He feels that there’s a joke somewhere in there that he’s missing. “Wait, so how did you end up picking this out for me?”
“Just an important feeling… probably.” She casually shrugs. There’s something cryptic underneath her words but he doesn’t have the code to decipher them and so he just loads the game with skepticism and caution. She nods at him approvingly. “When you’re done with that one, I’ll lend you the second one. I’m sure you’ll find the sequel more… interesting, I think.”
Nanami pulls out her own portable console and continues the minigame she left off. Every now and then she looks up to check on her classmates if they needed any help but they’re too engrossed with their own games, some more loudly than others. Playing games with everyone here is different from her usual peaceful solitude but it’s a good kind of different. It’s nice, she thinks.
And in this crammed cottage of Nanami’s where everyone is busy having fun, she thinks that everything is as it should be.
Yuri on Ice BD audio commentary translation - Volume 1
Happy New Year!
I was wondering if I should do something about the bonus audio commentary in the BD/DVD vol.1, and in the end after some thinking I decided to provide a translation for mostly the “new” information. In other words, this is a partial translation of the audio commentary. (Since they speak for almost 30 min, translating every single line would take ages and some things they say are either already talked about in one of the interviews posted/linked in my Tumblr account or are just random chatting, so not really worth the effort…) I think I was still able to cover quite a lot though.
By the way, the audio commentary is only available for episode 1 and it’s by Mitsurou Kubo and Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yuuri’s seiyuu). Episode 2 doesn’t have commentary.
Since the format is different from normal interview translations, you can find my comments too (mostly in brackets).
-Kubo says that in the beginning she was really anxious, because as this is an original anime not based on other existing works no one knows it at first, and you don’t know whether it will be successful or not. It also aired at night (2:20 AM) and, though it was available through a few online streaming services, there weren’t many TV channels broadcasting it. She also says that she checks the online response a lot, so much that she jokes “I’m probably doing more research than the staff responsible for advertising and marketing research”. She was glad to see that the series was very well received right from episode 1. Also, there was actually a preview screening of the first 3 episodes at a cinema before the official airing, and she praises the participants because they only wrote vague opinions on the net (like “it’s fantastic”) and didn’t write any spoilers.
-Regarding Yurio clicking his tongue in the scene where he finds Yuuri crying in the toilet after the Grand Prix Final: Kubo has only been to the recording of episode 1 (and I think maybe 12?), so she was there too, and she comments that when she heard Kouki Uchiyama (Yurio’s seiyuu) clicking his tongue she thought it sounded like a kiss and, since in that moment you only see their feet and not their faces, she was worried that some people might misunderstand what is happening. She actually told this to the sound director, though the seiyuu don’t know because she was in the booth with the sound staff, so seiyuu cannot hear what they are talking about. Of course they didn’t really change anything because there’s no way that scene could be mistaken, and she also acknowledges that she was worried for no reason.
-Announcer Morooka is voiced by Taihei Katou, a real Asahi TV announcer. They comment that they were surprised because, beside the commentary during the matches which of course is perfect, he was also very good at playing Morooka even when he speaks normally.
-The writing used for the episode titles is Kubo’s handwriting. Some text sound effects that are shown in a few instances (mainly comical, for example the audience going “kyaaaa” at Victor) are also Kubo’s handwriting. She mentioned this in an interview too, but here again she says that she and director Yamamoto decided all the titles in a cafe near Tokyo Station after going location hunting somewhere. The main reason they used that amusing style for the titles is that they wanted something catchy that people would remember.
-Regarding the scene where Victor is walking to the arena in Yoyogi (for the World Championship), he winks and we see the audience going “KYAAAH” on him and people with their eyes turning into hearts: Kubo comments that she found it nice that the male cameramen in the audience too had hearts coming out of their eyes. Toyonaga comments that when they recorded the audience background noises someone actually pointed it out like “…oh, there are guys too”.
-Kubo herself is from Kyushu and that’s one of the reasons they set the story in Kyushu (she is from Nagasaki by the way). They chose Karatsu as model location because they thought the castle and general atmosphere would appeal to a foreign tourist. (I’m leaving out some things they said about why they chose Karatsu because she already talked more in detail about it in various interviews) Kubo says she was surprised because they used a few places as models but didn’t really write anywhere which ones they are, yet the day after episode 1 aired someone on the net had already identified the places complete with pictures.
-Ironically enough, when they visited the hot spring resort in Karatsu they couldn’t eat katsudon because the dining room was only open in the evening and they went there during the day. She says the reason they chose katsudon is that she knows of many foreigners who come to Japan and fall in love with katsudon. For example, she says that a friend told her of a French guy that totally loved katsudon, considered it healthy food and ate it all the time. The most shocking thing is that the guy actually lost 5 kgs with this, and both Kubo and Toyonaga are of course appalled because katsudon is very high-calorie food, and she comments “I wonder what he used to eat before if he could lose weight eating katsudon…”. (Totally personal comment: I’ve lived in Japan for many years and I almost never ate katsudon because I find it heavy on the stomach, as in I can barely finish a bowl… Though for some reason I’ve already eaten it twice last month)
-Kubo comments that the character who is drawn cuter than anyone else is Yuuri’s mother. She also says that she was glad Yuuko is popular too, despite being a married woman and not the heroine as the viewers may have thought when she first shows up. She is also happy that she receives lots of comments from people saying they don’t hate any characters. She reveals that actually she is unable to draw villains, as in even if she tries to they just end up being likable. She considers it somewhat of a weak point as a mangaka, but was glad to hear of people being able to watch YOI over and over again without feeling stressed because they don’t hate any characters.
-She extensively praises Toyonaga’s acting as Yuuri, for example the fact that when she heard him for the first time she believed the voice he uses for Yuuri was his natural voice, but actually Toyonaga was “creating” what he pictured would be fitting as Yuuri’s natural voice, so it’s something that requires a lot of effort and she was impressed by it. Toyonaga asks her if her impression of him has changed over the course of the series, and she replies that it hasn’t, and also that he was very good at conveying the way Yuuri “evolves” over time without making him sound like a completely different character. She also comments that other seiyuu, like Junichi Suwabe (Victor) and Kenshou Ono (Phichit) were also using voices they rarely use in other anime. She feels that all members of the cast really made a big effort to try to get as close as possible to the characters, in fact recordings for YOI always took a very long time.
-Regarding “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite”. Kubo wrote the lyrics and had them translated into Italian. She imagined the song as coming from a (fictional) Russian opera. She says she is glad that they didn’t disclose the lyrics early on, because as much as she likes that the series becomes a topic of discussion, she feared someone might misunderstand them as being directly connected to Victor and think that he has an incurable illness or is going to die. She says that actually she did see people worried that this might happen, even though she believes that anyone who has watched the whole series would probably comment “there’s no way something like that could happen!! (LOL)”. She says that they couldn’t possibly fit such a sub-story in only one cour in the first place, and that she doesn’t really like the idea of athletes being injured, let alone dying.
-Regarding the meaning of “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite”. It’s a love song, but it’s about a man who lost a person that was dear to him. The man, who now is alone, hears something in the distance, like the voice of someone crying, and even though he doesn’t know who this person is he sympathizes with them because he thinks maybe they were abandoned too. The song is about the man recovering from loneliness, though even if he says “let’s fight together” he actually doesn’t know whether the other person is alive or not. (By the way, she mentions the line “let’s fight together”, but as I wrote in the Spoon interview actually it doesn’t exist, because the line in the lyrics says “let’s leave together”) In the opera it then turns out that the person was wrongly thought dead and is in fact alive, and the story ends with a happy grand finale. (To be honest I don’t really get whether this person the man is “fighting/leaving together with” is the voice in the distance, and if the person “wrongly thought dead” is this one or the one that was dear to the man…? I’m pretty confident my translation is correct because I wrote down the full text for this part, as it was interesting, but the way she explains it is not really clear… If you know Japanese too, own the BD/DVD and have any ideas feel free to comment. I wish she would talk more in detail about this in some interview, lol)
-When the ED starts Toyonaga comments “and then after staring at Victor’s ass we have the ending (LOL)”, and Kubo very passionately comments about the onsen scenes. She says that it may look like they were just thrown in because they are nice but that actually it’s very difficult to animate them and it took a lot of work and the “latest technology”, so they are definitely not “randomly” there but they were created because they absolutely wanted to show them. She says “Who knows, someone might not be able to sleep if they don’t see this first! Someone having a hard time might find the strength to go on looking at Victor’s ass!”, and she mentions that she received a comment by a person who had an illness making it difficult for them to return to society, but that they were able to cheer up after watching YOI, and she was really happy about this. (EDIT: I see lots of response for Victor’s ass, but to be safe I would like to point out that with “being difficult to animate” she refers to all the scenes set in the onsen, not only his ass, LOL. I guess it’s because of the water/steam etc?)
-Toyonaga says that he has watched all episodes at least 5 times. (By the way, when they recorded this commentary episode 12 had not aired yet).
Tenten glanced down from the treetop where she sat as she watched over their target’s residence that rainy evening.
Twenty feet below her stood her teammate, Hyuuga Neji, who was clad in a dark gray raincoat to ward off the expected overnight chill during his shift. For the next few days, they would be taking turns keeping an eye on a B-class criminal who was assigned to them for capture by the Tsunade-sama.
Rock Lee and their temporary team member for this mission, Uzumaki Naruto, had already taken their respective shifts during the day. She took the early evening to midnight hours, while Neji was slated for the graveyard hours.
(She initially got the overnight shift when they drew lots to decide their assigned hours, but the Hyuuga clandestinely switched hers with his upon learning what she picked.)
the last episode of Naruto Shippuuden and my heart runs is incredibly
difficult, when I think of the feeling when I watch this episode till the End.
My heart is a little bit broken about the End, but I am so happy that it ends
with the Wedding of a great Legend.
But while most of the anime itself say
goodbye, I am doing this mainly by the character that has shaped me most in the
Gaara. The great Story.
series has shown so much to me since I started it in 2002. And my heart mades
an Explosion the first Time I saw Gaara. God, that was … Indescribable.
Yes, this was the first time in
Anime I saw him. And I just thought, Wtf is that? Who is this?
He is great! Is he bad? No matter, he’s so cool! KYAAAH! ♥ It is totally nostalgic to think of it. Since I was still a child and
then, even though I at this time guys still stupid, I was blown away by this
guy and it is 10000% to this day. I really love him so much, I can
really say he is one of the biggest parts of my life. I know,
this is freaky but … Who cares, right? ♥
After I had known his abilities and his
being, I felt compassion. He was alone and lonely and his father was a …
sorry, asshole and guilt that he was that way. I never felt angry, no, I just
thought to myself: I’m sorry and I would have liked to help him. Even
after the fight against Shigure or Lee(Epic
And then came the first, great milestone
for me: the
fight against Naruto Uzumaki. God, I sat with huge eyes in front of
the TV and was so nervous. I was crying and crying, haha. But the end of the
fight was incredible. Naruto
has actually reached him and the moment when Gaara apologized to his siblings
… PRICELESS! ♥
“Temari …? Kankuro …? I am sorry …”
When I saw him the next time in the
anime, when he hurried to help Konoha … I mean, in between, he did not show
up in the anime anymore and I always thought only: Man, when does it finally
show up again? And when it was time … Nyah, my heart exploded xD He
came to help Lee! SO
The next time he finally came back, in the
Classic episode 216, when he was to become a
teacher and the thing with Seimei came. When he managed to suppress Shukaku by
himself and Konoha came to the rescue this time. ♥
Yes … That was in Classic and I watch
these Episodes very often. I have many folders from Gaara (around
… 6000 Pictures or more …) and specifically a folder with all the
episodes in which Gaara occurred and have made of each pose a screenshot. Yes, I
am sick but I love this guy ♥
And then came the beginning of Naruto
Shippuuden and I thought at first: YAY, more Gaara, FINALLY! But what
I was expecting, I did not even know.
The lost battle against Deidara
the loss of his Bijuu ..
and his death.
I cried for many days, when it was not yet
known that he was to be revived. I was so angry and sad and depressed, I wanted
really to die.
And then …
Just want to say: God bless Chiyo Baa-Chan
for saving Gaara.(And
Saving me … and many other Gaara Fans too.)
And then, when he returned to Sunagakure
… I was crying bitterly for joy. The people respected him and missed him and
were glad he was still alive. He had
NOTHING DESERVES MORE THAN THAT. ;W; ♥
Nothing to say, right? Man, I am in tears
again when I think about this. THIS-WAS-AMAZING! ♥
And then one of the most moving moments in
all of Naruto: the handshake.
It was not just a handshake. It wasfriendship. It
and peace of the villages. It
was proof of what a man Gaara really is. Aincredible great person and Ninja AND
He will forever be in my heart. Gaara
forever. And dont forget:
Sasuke sighed as he handed Sakura another box of tissues. Here he is on a rather stormy night, staying in one of his family’s luxurious hotels with his friends for a 5-day vacation. He didn’t want to go, but a certain girl with pink hair used her bright emerald eyes to change his mind. They’ve been friends for years, and all those years he did find a hard time saying no to her.
Sakura and Naruto came with the Uchiha family to this island paradise also owned by the Uchihas, but obviously they cannot see its beauty tonight. A storm came rolling in just as they came that afternoon. After settling in and having dinner indoors, the trio stayed at Sasuke’s room to have their usual movie marathon. They’re done watching Naruto’s pick, and currently the movie in front of them was Sakura’s choice.
The Fault In Our Stars it is.
Sasuke saw Naruto fell asleep, but the only girl in their group didn’t even notice. She was too engrossed in the movie as if it was her first time. They’ve watched it together when it was first released in cinemas since she was such a big fan of the book. After Sakura got her own copy, Sasuke didn’t want to know how many times she cried her heart out over it.
Tonight, she’s doing it again.
When the scene where Gus revealed his condition to Hazel, the waterworks came again. Sasuke knew that from that moment on, tears will continue to fall. It seems to rival the rain pouring outside. He stood up to get a glass of water and gave it to her. Sakura gave her an appreciative glance before turning her attention back to the movie.
Naruto is definitely sleeping on the other side of the couch, and Sasuke sighed – not wanting to just leave him there. The raven haired lad looked towards the other occupant of the room, busy saying the lines of the eulogy. He let a soft, amused chuckle escape from him. Sakura wore her heart on her sleeves, and it was one of her endearing traits. He can read her like a book, and vice versa. He didn’t mind what was going on in the movie, his eyes never leaving the pinkette. She would usually tease him as ‘emotionally constipated’ – a total opposite to the array of emotions that she shows. That’s the thing about Sakura, he mused. She’s real… honest.
As the final word of the film was spoken and the ending credits came, Sakura looked at the man beside him with such sad eyes. “I can’t handle this kind of heartbreak, Sasuke-kun.”
He ruffled her hair and gave her one of his small smiles. “You’ll get over it, Sakura.”
She took another tissue and blew her nose. “Good thing the hotel rooms here are soundproof. If it wasn’t, I think people would assume that someone’s been killed.” She gave a small laugh at her own words. “Well, time for your pick, Sasuke-kun! Hey Naru – oh, he’s asleep.”
Sasuke inserted the DVD of his choice and went back to her side. “Let the dobe be. He didn’t sleep in the plane.”
With a shrug, Sakura reached for the popcorn. Knowing Sasuke, he’ll choose something in the action genre –and she was right. The opening scene of World War Z played on the television. Almost halfway of the movie, Sasuke felt Sakura’s head on his shoulder. When he glanced at her, she joined Naruto in dreamland already. He secured her to his side as he continued watching alone.
As the ending credits rolled, Itachi came to his room. Sasuke just looked at him as he sat on the armchair beside him. “I came to check on you guys.”
“Getting comfortable, aren’t we?”
The younger Uchiha gave his brother a glare. “Shut up, Itachi.”
Sakura moved a little, causing Sasuke to adjust himself so that she’ll be comfortable. She sighed with content which made him smile softly. Itachi just looked at them with amusement. His foolish little brother is obviously head over heels with his childhood friend.
“I’ll take care of Naruto. You take Sakura back to her room, Sasuke.”
“Thanks, nii-san.” He took the girl in his arms, pausing momentarily to let himself bask in her warmth. He could see the stain of the tears left after the movie. Then and there, he made a promise with himself.
I’ll do everything in my power to keep you happy, Sakura.
Alright so I’m getting pretty sick and tired of seeing bbrae shippers trying to make a relationship between Raven and Damian seem like this horrible, awful thing, and then proceed to make up a bunch of bs to try and support their claims on every website I seem to be on, so I’m going to address the common criticisms I see and then point out why bbrae doesn’t work in the animated films
Criticism 1) Damian took her story
I’m sorry, but did any of you bbrae shippers actually watch the movie? The exact opposite happens. The opening act ends with Damian being sent to the Titans in order to be a team player, but that barely happens.
Damian apologizing to Jaime, thanking Raven for healing him, and telling her that she should stand with the Titans to fight her father are all the “team player moments” he gets.
The rest of the movie is about Trigon trying to get to Raven, and then at the very end of the film her standing up to and defeating him.
Criticism 2) She is Damian’s “damsel in distress”
Again, did anyone watch the movie? Where does this happen?
At the fair, where Jaime, Kori, and Garfield also helped defend Raven, or at the tower where the titular fight takes place and everyone defends Raven again? In those two scenes, she’s hiding behind Kori more than she is Damian.
You’d be hard to pressed to say she’s anyone’s damsel when everyone is defending her while she’s also defending herself. The only reason she comes across as “weak” is because she has plot powers, aka she’s can only be as strong as the plot allows her to be.
The only place you might say this applies is at the very end of the film, when the demon breaks the crystal that contained Trigon and pretends to be Damian’s grandfather, forcing Damian into a fight.
But I hate to break it to you, there are two stories going on this scene: Damian shaking off his heritage, and Raven stopping her father.
Damian is busy fighting his “grandfather”, which is a background fight so Raven’s story can go on uninterrupted. Also to note, she doesn’t cite Damian as the reason she wants her father gone, she says friends which implies, more than one person.
I don’t know about you, but Raven stopping her father on her own because she has friends that she cares about makes her seem like a strong character, not some damsel in distress.
Why bbrae doesn’t work in the DCAU
I’ve seen some shippers take the opening training scene, where Beastboy asks if Raven is okay after having a nightmare, as the ultimate, be all end all proof that bbrae is what is going to end up being canon because he “cares”.
But I can deflate this bubble with a few simple questions.
If she was having a nightmare the night before, why wasn’t Beastboy there the night before comforting her then? Did he hear her freaking out and go, “Not my problem!” And put in some headphones, then decide to show some concern in the morning?
This interaction is just dumb, and I can tell you why its stupid, and it actually has nothing to with shipping or anti-shipping.
The writers wanted you to go, “Oooooh Raven might be connected to the demon in the opening act oooooh” I guess this is here for the people who have no knowledge on Raven’s character, and it totally ruins the surprise for anyone whose first exposure to Raven is this film.
And then, there’s the bit where Raven sees Beastboy naked and barely reacts, and all the bbrae shippers are like, “kyaaah she must be attracted to him and they should fuck!”, totally ignoring the fact that she’s fourteen and he’s older than her because he was on Dick’s original team
(I guess it’s okay for her to be with an older guy, but it isn’t okay for her to be attracted to someone the same age as her. Oh wait, that’s a double standard the bbrae shippers came up with, not me!)
In the scene where Raven is explaining her backstory to the others, she says that Trigon kidnapped her and took her to hell, where she was witness to a lot of horrible things before she escaped.
It’s not surprising that after living in actual literal hell, a naked green dude barely gets a reaction out of her.
And then there’s this:
If Beastboy and Raven are actually supposed to have some sort of romance, why hasn’t he made a move on her? They were on the team together before Damian showed up, so why didn’t he try flirting with her then, like he did with Terra? The answer is that maybe he did, but Raven doesn’t like him as a boyfriend, because they don’t get along and don’t make a good couple.
And now we move on to whatever the next film holds in store, where I’ve seen most bbrae shippers claiming that their ship is going to happen.
This is speculation on my part, but I feel like the next film is going to start off very soon after JC, and not have a time skip like there was between JLvTT and JC, and the reason I say this is because of Titus’s appearance at the end of the film. I’m sure the writers are going to want to have some puppy shenanigans or whatever, but there will probably a time skip or two in the next film.
Getting back on track as to why bbrae won’t be in the next film, or if it is how horribly forced it’s going to be, is because Beastboy still cares about Terra. After her betrayal and death, Beastboy still calls her a diamond and the most beautiful person he’s ever seen.
I doubt Garfield is going to get over her in a couple of weeks after spending an entire year trying to win Terra over, and succeeding before losing her.
And if he does drop her like that, he has no business dating Raven. If spending an entire year with someone he was attracted to means nothing to him, then I sincerely hopes he never gets another love interest.
The only reason Beastboy got through to Terra was because she was visibly traumatized by her past, having nightmares and breaking down during training, and even having flashbacks during totally normal moments. It was then OOC for him to go “oh, pressure is what makes a person into a diamond or crushes them”, and the only reason that line is there is for an emotional callback at the end of the film.
Now imagine Garfield, who has known Raven longer than Terra and hasn’t shown any romantic interest in her, suddenly going, “Yeah I didn’t actually care about Terra so let’s go out!”
No. I have more respect for Raven’s character than putting her into the position of “rebound girl”, and it’s incredibly disrespectful to Raven’s character to put her in a relationship with someone she doesn’t get along with in the first place.
Anyway’s, the vibe I get from most bbrae shippers is that they didn’t actually watch the movies, or if they did then they don’t remember them well, and that’s why I keep seeing these comments everywhere I go.
One thing I do want to say is that I’ve seen a handful of bbrae shippers say something like “they [Beastboy and Raven] need more time to develop before a relationship can happen”
And I’m sorry but that’s literally the entire point of the relationship between Raven and Damian. I throw the word “intolerant” around a lot just as a sort of lame insult, but when the writers of a given medium are writing what you want to have happen, and then you refuse to accept it because it isn’t with the characters you want it to happen with, that’s being intolerant.
So those are my thoughts on all the anti stuff, and bbrae in this medium. To be honest, since these two haven’t really interacted much I hadn’t really formed an opinion, but the bbrae fandom is loud and noisy and everywhere I go, so this post was inevitable.