let's talk about this scene

On the topic of the Netflix Death Note movie thing, from someone who’s been a fan of the manga for a long time now—

I just wanna say that while I’m not super excited about it, I wouldn’t crucify it for not being 100% loyal to the original story. Death Note already has 3 live action movies (which are really fucking good!), besides the anime and even a musical, so what Netflix did is mostly a…… Re-interpretation? Sort of?

I know people are worried about this being white-washing, but let us remember that Keith Stanfield will be playing L, too! The fact that the cast doesn’t have japanese actors as the main characters is because this movie is set in Seatle– like I said, as in a (sort of) re-interpretation of the story.
I’m not gonna lie and say I didn’t feel suspicious at first, but I’m willing to give it a shot before actually criticizing it, you know. The cast looks good, and the trailer looked really cool too, so… I decided to just wait instead of getting mad ahead of time.

Plus the japanese public actually seems excited about it!

So idk, it’s good to be concerned about stuff like this, but just… Give this one a chance before bashing it.

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A lot of the fandom seems to be freaking out about this so let’s talk about it!

This was actually one of my favourite scenes from the episode. Not because of any kind of impending drama but because this conversation has honestly been a long time coming.

After episode 7, there was no relationship talk. Victor and Yuuri have yet to sit down and tell each other straight up what they want out of their relationship (both personally and professionally). Flash back to episode 4 where Victor was asking what he should be to Yuuri. Now they actually are boyfriends (well, even more than that, fiancés) but same as we’ve never heard them state it, I don’t think they’ve really made it explicitly clear to each other either.

I feel that so far they’ve just been letting things evolve as they go. The Cup of China was actually only a bit over a month ago in-series. Their intimate relationship is still very new and it’s been moving really fast. They’re definitely physically intimate (as you can see by the pushed-together beds) but they haven’t quite connected the same way on the emotional level. They definitely love each other and want to stay with each other, I don’t doubt that for a moment, but they haven’t sat down and said “I want to spend my life with you” to each other. They haven’t told each other what their plans are for their professional relationship either.

We know that Victor has been doing a lot of thinking, and it was very obvious in this episode that he is grieving his career, but it’s also obvious that he doesn’t plan to go back to skating competitively.

Yuuri however, being the anxious person that he is, is reading Victor’s grieving all wrong. Yuuri is thinking that not only is their professional relationship (which he could end simply by retiring) but also their personal relationship is holding Victor back from what he “wants” – to go back to being a competitive skater. And thus we get the line that we did here. This is Yuuri’s attempt to “free” Victor to allow him to chase what Yuuri thinks he actually wants, which turns out could not be any further from the truth.

They aren’t going to break up. I can tell you that right now and with absolute certainty. Rather than this being something that is going to create drama, it is actually going to work to solve it. Yuuri needs to hear from Victor that Victor has no intention of leaving and that he wants to stay with Yuuri more than he wants to continue his skating career. Also very important is that Victor needs to say it out loud. Victor is a thinker, he rarely makes big decisions on a whim. He’s been processing what he wants to do with his life for a year now and he has definitely come to his decision (as was evident in episode 10).

Victor has chosen Yuuri over his skating career and this line from episode 11 is just the gateway to the discussion that will firmly cement their personal relationship in place. And the final bow-tie on the gift that is their relationship will be the duet skate at the end of the episode.

I’m honestly looking forward to seeing it.

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Hey guys, have we cried over episode 9 of Yuri on Ice enough yet?

I think not!

Let’s talk about that airport scene (my precious, beloved airport scene).

It’s beautiful and tear-jerking on its own.

But how about we remember that Yuuri said that he will retire after this year’s Grand Prix Final?

Let’s look at that scene from that angle.

What he’s saying here is basically “Please stay with me, please take care of me for these last few weeks before everything is over.”

And this line, this line especially sounds melancholic. As though Victor is saying “I wish I could stay with you longer but we both know that we can only stay together until the Grand Prix Final. I wish we had more time. If only this didn’t have to end so soon…”

And Yuuri knows that’s exactly what he means. He wishes it would be a promise that they’ll stay together forever, but really, it’s only a reminder that what they have is temporary, that even though they wish it would last longer, it won’t. That everything between them will end, and will end soon.

It’s no wonder there are tears in his eyes.

And of course, we can imagine that Yuuri’s plans can change, that he will compete again next year, or that Victor will stay by his side not as his coach, but as something more.

But they don’t know that yet.

They’re clinging to each other for dear life because, for all they know, this is all the time they’re going to get.

They want to make the most of it while it lasts.

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okay but let’s talk about this scene bc isak notices that the blanket doesn’t cover all of evens back and so at first he tries to pull the blanket down but when that doesn’t work he literally puts himself as a blanket to avoid even getting cold and if that’s not the most precious thing you’ve ever seen then idk what is

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So anyway in case there still are bakushima fans that aren’t reading acceptance and denial by @kisecchinosedai do a thing and go read it I’m in love with that fic

why yuri on ice is deeper than it seems (and why you should watch it)

Everyone loves this anime, it’s taking over the internet, I get it. But from an analytical point of view, it’s actually remarkably rich in content. (There are some spoilers in this, but they are mostly minor, and you’ve probably seen them if you have been on the internet at all.)

  • unreliable narrator, yet still a legitimate perspective
    • Yuuri qualified for the GPF the year before. From an outsider’s point of view, getting that far is already a significant accomplishment. Yet, he takes the mistakes in his performance extremely seriously and is upset enough to quit skating for half a year.
    • He’s not being overdramatic. His dog has died, he’s just lost hold of his dream, he’s embarrassed himself in front of lifelong idol.
  • the story is completely different from another person’s POV (unrevealed until later)
    • Let’s talk about the banquet scene and how it changed every single episode that came before.
  • it’s not fanservice… or at least, the fanservice is justified (see above point)
    • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 
  • it doesn’t start from zero
    • At the beginning of the series, Yuuri has already been practicing skating all his life. Unlike some other stories, he doesn’t learn skating from scratch in 13 episodes and suddenly win major competitions. 
  • lgbt+ relationship!
    • The show doesn’t just hint at one. It’s a justifiable relationship and it is canon.
  • healthy representation of said relationship
    • In episode 4, Viktor asks what Yuuri wants him to be, and Yuuri tells him that he just wants Viktor to be himself. This is not idolization or unrealistic expectations. Viktor is shown to have a reason to be in love with Yuuri, and Yuuri falls for him slowly and beautifully.
  • crying/anxiety isn’t romanticized
    • There is ugly crying + anxiety that actually messes up performances
    • It shows just how harmful a coldhearted approach (like Viktor’s in episode 7) can be to someone with anxiety IRL
    • The pressure to win is actually shown to mess up some people’s performances.
  • every character has identifiable flaws and motives
    • Even Viktor isn’t the perfect idol, and Yuuri isn’t one of those ‘clumsy-protagonists-that-trips-over-their-feet-all-the-time-and-somehow-falls-into-someone’s-heart.’ They are both human, and they make mistakes all the time.
  • none of the side characters lack personalities
    • They’re never bland, and they’re never completely antagonized. All of them have backstories and sources from which they draw their inspiration.
  • character development is constant and noticeable through parallels
  • lots of foreshadowing + symbolism + hidden easter eggs
    • Welcome to Tumblr, posts that point this out are all over the place. I hope you have seen them.
  • ^ …but not enough to make it obvious who will win any round
    • The whole fandom is currently freaking out on who will win the GPF in episode 12. While the results make sense, it’s never super clear how the competitions will go.
  • the real skating routines are shown and they are all unique
    • They’re choreographed by a real skating choreographer.
  • spectacular soundtracks
  • portrayal different cultures and real landmarks
  • there is no annoying ‘love rival’ character getting between Yuuri and Viktor
    • It’s just two dorks who don’t know that they’re in love.
  • the pacing is enjoyable
    • There are no filler episodes that get nowhere. The competitions come quick enough to keep up the pressure, but there are still lighthearted moments that keep things from seeming too rushed.
  • there are actually pets that exist that are not cats
    • Both the main characters have dogs. 
  • dreams and passion are represented nicely
    • It’s clear that Yuuri loves skating. Not just because he likes Viktor, and not just because it’s something that’s accessible to him. The anime portrays the ups and downs of having a dream, losing it, and finding it again, and even through the lighthearted tone of the show, many parts of it are brutally realistic.
  • nothing comes easily
    • None of Yuuri’s wins are undeserved or given just because he’s the protagonist. He makes mistakes and he doesn’t win everything.
    • In episode 11, Yuuri still has doubts. Even though he has a clear future cut out for him, he’s still concerned about Viktor’s happiness.

TL;DR: if you don’t like Yuri on Ice, that’s fine. But it’s not a show that can be merely dismissed as fanservice. It’s a show riddled with hidden symbolism, realistic pacing, and a gay relationship that progresses beautifully. There’s a reason why YOI is this popular, and likewise, there’s a reason why it has been recognized by world class skaters. Not every element of it is 100% true to reality, but the show still depicts the sport well and has unique and likable characters with understandable motives.

YOI doesn’t just mess around with relationships, it goes all the way. And it isn’t in any way predictable. It shows the fall and rise of a dream that breaks stereotypes and inspires viewers.

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“Listen to me, I sound like a Blake Shelton song!”
“Yours is better!”

Meta I’ve had on the back-burner for a couple of weeks now, but let’s talk about the garage scene in episode 7 and the concept of uchi/soto! It’s a really interesting part of Japanese culture, and this has probably been the biggest piece of cultural miscommunication between Victor and Yuuri in the show so far. :D

Uchi/soto translates roughly to inside/outside, and put very simply, it’s how you classify social groupings and social interactions in Japan. It is, among other things, how you know what level of polite language to use with whoever you’re talking to, but it also affects your position in society, and your responsibilities.

Basically, any group you’re a part of, be it your family, your school, your work place, your extra-curricular clubs, etc, that’s uchi. Everyone else is soto. There are various levels, of course, as some groups are “more” uchi than others, so who’s considered uchi vs soto at any given time depends on context. It’s like a Venn diagram from hell or something.

Now, this is probably gonna sound weird to most people from Western cultures, because most Western cultures are highly individualistic and put the individual first, but: In Japan, your every action reflects on the uchi group as a whole, as seen by everyone soto.

If you’ve ever had a job (or school or activity, I guess) where you wear a uniform, you might have been told to act or not act a certain way when in uniform, or maybe even that if a customer yells at you for something, they’re not yelling at you personally, they’re yelling at the uniform. Japanese society is kind of like that, but played on nightmare difficulty, and you cannot take off your uniform.

Keep reading

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# okay let’s talk about this scene # how she was feeling insecure for that brief moment # then her bf mike noticed and gave her validation # BOOM # just like that # without any moment of hesitance # and that’s all she needed # you could see the small smile on her face in the last gif # guys i’m dying # i’m literally dying # this is not healthy for me to experience this feeling # I will drown with this ship

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“give me a broken, self-loathing man who firmly believes no one could ever love him and a strong-willed woman who doesn’t take any of his shit and gradually becomes his light and hope and sun and stars and i assure you i will ship it til my dying breath” (x)

EW: Okay, let’s talk about that huge scene between Rick and Michonne, which marks the first time we’ve heard him openly admit that he knows Judith is not his biological child. Is that something he’s finally admitting to himself, or just voicing aloud for the first time?

Andrew Lincoln: I think voicing it aloud. It’s one of those watershed moments that happens, certainly between the two lovers, between Michonne and Rick, that brings them together.

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Did anyone else notice this?

Let’s talk about Ironwood in this scene.

I have to say that I loved this scene. There was so much to pick up from it. There was Taiyang trying to care for his daughter and help her get back on her feet and into the fight, which she loved, take back the part of herself she lost. There’s Yang just trying to deal with all that she’s lost. And then, Taiyang mentions Ironwood, explaining that he had issued building this arm before Taiyang had even asked. This implies that Ironwood had heard of the casualties at Beacon in detail. He heard that Yang Xiao Long, whom he had disqualified from fighting in the tournament, had lost an arm in the battle. Ironwood then responded to this loss and issued a replacement arm for her. Ironwood has felt responsibility for the fall of Beacon and now he’s doing all he can to make up for it and help make the outcome of this defeat better. Learning about this part of his character made me appreciate Ironwood more and I hope we get to see more of him in this season.