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Why I Like The Signless

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Of Alternia’s many parallels with Earth, perhaps the most blatant and striking is that between the Signless and Jesus Christ. While many of the minor details are absent, the general frame of both stories is the same; a visionary figure, viewed by many as a god (actual divinity, of course, depends on personal interpretation), who was tortured to death and whose primary symbol ended up being the instrument of torture that killed him. However, the story of the Signless has traits absent in that of Jesus that make him, as a literary figure, stand out on his own.

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optimvsprinceps  asked:

Just for clarification, would it upset you if someone wrote sexually explicit fanfiction of your characters, provided that said characters were explicitly stated to be over the legal age of consent when said fanfic occurred?

Keeping this strictly in the abstract: it would probably make me sigh and roll my eyes to know it was happening, even under the suggested circumstances. But (a) theoretically “The Author Is Dead” (or at least was theoretically coughing up blood last night…), and (b) since I don’t look at fanfic, doubtless I’ll never know it’s happening, will I?

(insert wry look here)

kanpekiken-deactivated20150604  asked:

I think that thing about Sai and Baby 5 is very cute and I am okay with it. But what's being done to Baby 5, it's seriously not cute. Maaaaaan, Oda. Jnkxknkxfcsbsd

Anonymous said: Whats your take on Baby 5’s treatment this chapter? Personally I dislike how her backstory was just squished in and pushed to one side, just to then objectofy her as a trophy for Sai or Lao G, dismissing her loyalty to Doffy.

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said: Yo! What do you think about Baby 5 and the new Don in light of Baby 5’s past and the way they interact with each other?

I’m having a hard time sorting out how I feel about this chapter, but the more I think about it the less happy I am with it. First off, suicide is an incredibly serious topic and Oda having Baby 5 point a gun at her head and offer to kill herself while smiling made me uncomfortable. Oda did go on to take some time to illustrate what a difficult childhood Baby 5 had and give her a reason for being so focused on other people needing her, but the uncomfortably still remains. (Especially with the way Mangastream chose to translate Sai shouting at her “Quit it, crazy bitch,” and then slapping her to make her stop.)

I’m really not happy that Baby 5 was made into a character who isn’t even an enemy. She switched sides and is now an ally of the people fighting against Doflamingo all because Sai gave in and said he’d marry her. That’s how Baby 5 is being “saved” this arc. Not by accomplishing anything herself, not by better accepting herself, but because the right man finally said he’d marry her. It also felt so fake what Lao G said to her

When has Baby 5 been shown to be disrespected by the Donquixote Family before this? When has it been indicated that they don’t care about her at all, and just have her around because they can “conveniently” manipulate her by telling her they need her? One of the reasons I care about Doflamingo as a character is because it has been demonstrated that he actually does care about his crew (and no one else), and does view them as a family (which I explained in this post). Baby 5 may not be the strongest member of the Donquixote Family, but neither is Buffalo or Jora and they’ve all been forgiven for their failures by Doflamingo himself. Remember when Baby 5 and Buffalo failed Doflamingo on Punk Hazard? Baby 5 was in tears over it and all Doflamingo had to say to them was, “It’s fine… say no more. You two were just following my orders” (this and this page). Doflamingo has made it clear that even though his officers fail him sometimes, he still wants them around. So why is Baby 5 being singled out here as someone who is not actually cared for and is only there for being easy to manipulate?

Baby 5 has been with the Donquixote Family for over 16 years. She is only 24 years old. She has been with them for over half of her life, yet Oda chose to downplay and ignore this and instead, in just a single page, discredit and disregard her entire history with them (which was shown to be hard but filled with many happy moments in her time with them as a child) so that he could destroy Baby 5’s relationship with them so that Sai could save her by announcing he’ll marry her. (People have pointed out that it is likely just Lao G who feels that Baby 5 is just “convenient,” but nonetheless Oda scrapped her entire relationship with ALL the Donquixote Family through what Lao G said, even the ones she’s been shown to be close to (Buffalo being the main one). Talked about that more here.)

First it turns out that Viola was just a prisoner to Doflamingo and Sanji’s refusal to believe she was actually a villain saved her and got her to finally leave. Then Rebecca, who began the arc as a character who wanted to defend the Toy Soldier just as he has defended her, was reduced to crying and begging to be saved. Then there was everything with Frakny and Senor Pink, with a whole chapter dedicated to how women love it when men forcibly kiss them and talk down to them. Now Baby 5 is being saved, despite never previously being indicated to NEED ANY SAVING, just because a man took pity on her and agreed to marry her. We even have the Tontatta Princess, Mansherry, being locked up and getting saved by Leo. On an individual basis none of these things would be huge problems (except for the stuff with Franky and Senor Pink, which IMO is a big problem), but collectively the Dressrosa arc has been pretty terrible to women. They’ve done almost no fighting for themselves, and instead are being written so that they need to be saved instead, or are simply not given a chance to fight at all. Nami, Robin, Viola, Rebecca, Koala—none of them have gotten actual fights. And Sugar, who is the female character who was the biggest threat this arc, was handled with kid gloves and everyone refused to actually hurt her (talked about this in asks here, here, here, and here). The only female character who has been treated as an actual enemy this arc and fought seriously was Jora. That’s 1. 

So yeah. I’m not thrilled about what Oda has done with Baby 5. It feels to me like another easy way for Oda to avoid someone defeating her and hurting her seriously, instead making her into an unwanted woman who is saved by a man winning her in battle.

(Edit: I’ve answered more asks about this here, herehere, here, here, and here. Don’t send me any asks about this subject unless you’ve read them all, since I’ve already talked this subject to death.)

Why I Like Damara Megido

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Homestuck’s format is a deeply templatized one. In appearance and characteristics, each character has everything distinctive scrubbed down to a base and then given traits in a fashion reminiscent of a classic tabletop RPG character sheet: eye color, message client handle, weapon of choice. Characters are a collection of colors, tropes, and stereotypes stretched around the same blank canvas—and no character illustrates the real effects of those tropes and stereotypes better than Damara Megido.

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Why I Like Gamzee Makara

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The Bard of Rage is among the most divisive characters in Homestuck. Many view him as misunderstood, endlessly apologetic for his actions; others view him as nothing but a villain worthy of the worst kind of perfidy. And yet, much like his capricious class, Gamzee skirts the line between genius and tomfoolery, terror and humor, so effectively that there’s only one way to explore his character for the reasons I love him—to follow in his footsteps.

Let’s McFreakin’ lose it.

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Why I Like Jack Noir

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Homestuck adores resonance. It could be said, with minimal exaggeration, that the entire story of the comic is built on cultural and mythological icons; but, in one particular case, Hussie seems to have decided it wasn’t enough to simply borrow and twist. Instead, with licorice, spice, and most things not nice, he made Jack Noir.

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Why I Like Marquise Spinneret Mindfang

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Warning for casual reference to Mindfang’s various crimes (murder, rape).


The Beta trolls’ ancestors are some of the most compelling characters in Homestuck, rich with cultural nuance, drama, and a mystique their human counterparts lack. Whether this mystique is rooted in their place in ancient history, the reverence they are shown in legend and canon alike, or simply in their incredible deeds, there is no denying that one ancestor in particular has not only had a profound effect on the way the story was shaped, but received characterization so in-depth that it’s astonishing this blog has taken so long to write about her.

At the risk of digging myself into an even deeper pit of her characteristic verbosity, I’ll cut to the chase—this is just a little essay on how much there is to love about the Marquise Spinneret Mindfang.

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Why I Like Sollux Captor

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Brief warning: this essay contains occasional reference to and one image of Sollux’s bloody injuries; protect yourself accordingly.

All the trolls are highly visible characters in the Homestuck fandom, even if some are more or less so than others; Karkat, Gamzee, and Eridan are among the most universally popular in art and fanfiction, but Sollux is certainly up there; as the troll representing my fellows of the Gemini sign, he has a massive symbolic load to carry, and praise be to Troll Jegus, he carries it. 

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Why I Like Kind Abstrata

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With the chaotic maelstrom we fondly refer to as a plot raging ever onward, it’s often easy to forget that SBURB is supposed to be a video game; increasingly, the story has become more about its characters than setting. That said, the richness of that setting is what draws so many fans into Homestuck. Characters and their traits are templatized specifically so that readers can imagine themselves in the world of SBURB, and there’s no trait closer to a hero than the weapon they instinctively reach for. That’s why today, we’re going to talk about kind abstrata.

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Why I Like Jake English

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Jake English is a gigantic dork. Let’s just put that on the table where everybody can see it. He’s the kind of goofy kid who thinks throwing up two finger guns and winking is cool, the kind of guy who owns a cosplay of a hideous ripped demon that consists entirely of functional computers. And, most notably and in some cases defying all reason…

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Why I Like Roxy Lalonde

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The Alpha kids differ from the Betas in a few subtle ways: they’re older, more inclined to emotional entanglements, and relatively lonely. It’s a fact that the Alpha’s group is often a few moments away from breaking apart, usually due to relationship troubles with Jake. But Roxy stands out, a Void leader for a void session, and proves, even to herself, that she is a hero.

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optimvsprinceps  asked:

Lola is Big Mom's daughter y/n? She has the large lips and pink hair present on Big Mom's Jolly Roger, is from the New World, refers to her yet unnamed mother as "Mama" the same way Big Mom's crew members do, and she said her mother was a very famous pirate in the New World when she gave Nami that Vivre Card. I think those all point pretty heavily to Lola being Big Mom's kid.

The idea that Big Mom is Lola’s mother is super popular, and it definitely has enough future plot implications. I think of all the characters we know of so far, Big Mom is the most likely person to be Lola’s mom. Though it’s hard to imagine Lola and her crew would think so highly of her if she really is Big Mom

“Amazing” isn’t quite the word I would use to describe things like this

Yeah, eating your own crew I think is generally considered a substantially less than “amazing” thing to do. Maybe Big Mom loves her daughter a lot and acts differently around her? Or maybe Lola and her crew just have a super inaccurate view of Big Mom? We’ll just have to wait to find out.

So yeah, Big Mom is pretty likely. After all, who else is there? There are only 2 other female pirate captains in the New World that we know of so far, both of whom were Allied captains under Whitebeard

And I doubt it’s either of them. Big Mom is pretty much the only option we have right now, and seems quite likely.

Typical topic of conversation for the Paradox Space Ship
  • Ron: All the BQs are essentially the same person. I doubt the Banished Quasiroyal had any trouble taking up the Snowman persona.
  • Me: Nah. Scratch was like, "Hey, I'm'a make you a member of my boss's gang, also tie your life to that of your universe, s'that cool?"
  • Me: "...do I get to still wear black?"
  • Me: "Oh yes. And also, we want you to antagonize Spades Slick until he's fed up enough to kill you."
  • Me: "I'm in."