losing island

No One Goes Beyond the Reef

My husband and I have watched Moana about a million times with our kids and he has his own theory about the plot that I’m about to share with you all because it blew my mind…

Shortly after her grandmother dies, Moana takes a boat out beyond the reef and sails for a few days before being capsized by a storm. It is here that she and Hei Hei die. Their spirits awake in purgatory where Maui has been trapped for a thousand years.

Consider that…

- The Ocean chose her, but never promised to keep her safe (“the ocean is straight up cooky dooks”).
When she asks for help, the ocean, knowing where she must go, disposes of her mortal body.

- She and Maui never speak to anyone outside of mythological beings or spirits.

- Mortals don’t usually enter the Realm of Monsters, her survival and presence baffling even Tamatoa. However, being an ethereal being, this qualifies her as non-mortal.

- She is visited by multiple fellow ethereal beings, such as her ancestors, and most notably her grandmother. These are the only “humans” she sees outside of Motunui.

- “You will deliver Maui across The Great Sea”
The Great Sea in many cultures is the divide between the mortal life and the after life. This may also be why Taka cannot cross the ocean, and why Maui can’t swim. The barriers they wish to cross are the barriers between life and death.

- Maui arrives to the island after losing a battle to a greater God; thus he is also possibly “dead” at the time of their meeting.

- Te Fiti has the ability to create life itself once her heart is restored.
She uses this power to restore life back to Moana, and creates a boat that Moana may use to cross The Great Sea back to mortality and her family.

- Maui is never seen interacting with any “mortal” humans. The only time he shares a screen with them is the end as a hawk that Moana recognizes as an old friend.

  • Us pre-hiatus: lol this is gonna produce some weird stuff
  • Beginning of hiatus: OKAY BUT WHAT THE HELL IS HER DOING
  • Early stages: big iSLAND MIKE
  • Mid stages part 2: oh yeah for the big island Mike memes
  • Early late stage: it's the beginning of the end. I can see the light. HER is never gonna release the game. I purchased Miss Clue on Amazon. I hate myself. I hate Mike but I love him. I love Big Island Mike. He's all I have now. I am losing my sense of self. I don't know where to go from here.
Arrow’s storytelling problems

I was originally going to tack this onto a response to an excellent piece by @eilowyn1 but it became SUPER long and I didn’t want to hijack her post. (But you should definitely read her thoughts, as my post is still in direct response to it. It’s also just a great read from the perspective of an aspiring screen writer). 

Now, I’ve never had ambitions to be a screenwriter but the process of constructing a story fascinates me, and I’ve had a lot of thoughts about Arrow’s narrative issues for a while now. I guess today was the day to let them out.

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On Sanji’s Characterization in the Whole Cake Island Arc

Let me just say that, for starters, the Whole Cake Island arc, in my opinion, has been the most enjoyable arc in the series post time skip, and it’s definitely making its way up there with the greats like Water 7/Enies Lobby, Sabaody Archipelago, and Marineford for me.  The setting is fantastic, as are the new abilities, the new forces involved, the uncertainty with who’s on whose side, the vast array of badass females characters (REP-RE-SENT), the stakes, the suspense… every chapter is hard to wait for.  However, I want to address something a lot of people seem to consider a downside to this arc and that is Sanji’s characterization, especially in the recent chapters.  From what I’ve seen, people are not happy with his “lack of faith” in Luffy, his “sad sack” attitude, and his recent acceptance of his fate as a member of Big Mom’s family.  And this kind of unnerves me, because not only is a lot of it based on faulty fan translations, but it is also indicating a misunderstanding of a) the situation he is in and b) how he’s been characterized throughout the entire series.

(WARNING: This will be lengthy.  Brace yourselves).

First of all, I don’t really know where this claim of Sanji “not having faith in Luffy” is coming from.  Faith in Luffy’s what, exactly?  His ability to get out of this alive?  His resolve for getting him back?

For one, I don’t know how one can say that any of the Straw Hats “don’t have faith” in Luffy’s abilities and perseverance, let alone Sanji, who just last arc was expressing his belief that Luffy will become the Pirate King to Capone.  I’m finding it hard to believe that Sanji is suddenly doubting Luffy’s abilities and capability in the face of adversity here and now, especially after that.

And based on past experience, Sanji definitely knows how strong Luffy’s resolve is when it comes to getting crew members back, which is why he:

1) wrote a note on Zou saying he’d be back rather than just leaving suddenly, so they would let him handle the predicament himself until he returned (which he did believe he would do up to a point).

2) lied about his allegiance in 844 to get them to leave, because he knew if he expressed that he was in trouble or doing all this against his will, Luffy would not leave him behind.  Unfortunately, he probably overestimated his lying skills with this, because Luffy saw right through him.

3) broke down crying directly afterwards as Luffy was declaring he’d wait for him, because he knew that since Luffy had seen through his facade, there was no way he was going to leave him behind.  This put the SHs more in danger, and prompted Sanji’s complete submission to the marriage and his pleading with Big Mom to let them out alive in 845/846.

This notion of him understanding of Luffy’s resolve is also furthered by this panel, which, in the official translation (which is what people should be referencing for these kinds of arguments, but unfortunately I was not able to get a picture of it bc I’m an idiot.  If you don’t believe me, there are plenty of other posts that have addressed this) says “Please just get out of here safely, guys!” This is evidence of him knowing his crew’s tendencies so well that he is sitting on a window ledge in agony, silently pleading with them to leave safely and forget about him.  The reason he is so agonized is because he knows that there’s no way they’re going to do this, so he’s scared for them.  

Therefore, because of all this, the “Damn, does Sanji even know his own crew?” comments are ludicrous.  Of course he does.

Another thing I don’t think some people are understanding about this arc is that, while it is similar to Enies Lobby, there are some fundamental differences, one of the biggest ones being that Sanji getting out of this is not a matter of his faith in Luffy’s ability to free him or in his own ability to free himself, but a matter of circumstance.  In Water 7, Robin left to protect the SHs because she thought they would be annihilated if she didn’t.  Usopp told her on the train to “believe in Luffy”, as in to believe in his strength, and this all culminated in the “I want to live” scene, where she finally asked to be saved and put her faith in the SH’s abilities to get her out of there.  This is not the case in the current situation.

Sanji is not going to get out of this by simply telling Luffy he wants to be freed, because there are too many factors out of Luffy’s control at play, most notably the impending death of Zeff, who is out of the reach of protection over in East Blue (Sanji was fighting back until the moment Judge brought out Zeff’s picture in chapter 839 I believe).  At this point, he is of the knowledge that the only thing that can save Zeff is him giving in, so that’s what he’s doing.  And until circumstances change and Zeff’s life is off the line, Sanji is not going to resist the marriage.  This is not him “not having faith in the SHs”, but rather him realizing that, realistically, there is nothing that can get him out of this without resulting in Zeff dying, which, in his mind, would be worse than him leaving the SHs and abandoning his dream.  And because he knows he can’t leave for this reason, he is hoping, begging that his crew will go on without him.

Is it almost too selfless? Yeah. It might even be borderline stupid, and I’m sure if Zeff knew this was happening he would kick the little eggplant upside the head for put Zeff’s life above his own.  After all, Zeff didn’t cut off his foot and save his life so he could throw it away!  But if Sanji’s flashbacks this arc have shown us anything, it’s that his horrible treatment from his family made Zeff much more important of a figure for him than we thought, and that Sanji cares about his “saviors” (Zeff and the SHs) much, much more than himself.  This really has been part of his character since we met him.  He took the lightning for Usopp and Nami on Enel’s ark, offered his life to Kuma on Thriller Bark to save Luffy and Zoro, and sent himself over to a Yonko just to keep his crew safe on Zou.  Really, this is no different than how he’s previously been written to be. The only difference now is that we have some info on why he is this way, and I think that is what Oda meant by the “Year of Sanji” thing.  

In retrospect, him calling it “the Year of Sanji” probably wasn’t the best decision, because a lot of people took it to mean that it was going to be “the Year of Sanji Kicking Ass and Taking Names”, rather than “the Year of Sanji’s Backstory and Character Elaboration”.  Realistically, we all probably should’ve assumed the latter because of the set-up, but I, like many, wanted to believe that finally, Sanji was going to be a 10/10 badass again after being gone for most of Dressrosa.  And while I know he will do that later in the arc (come on, of course he will), I think it’s important to note that, really, he is going to come out of this so much stronger because of how he is acting now during his low point.

I already posted this elsewhere, but think about this for a second.  This whole arc has been Oda going the extra mile when putting everything in the book against Sanji, and given that he is only NOW getting desperate, that truly attests to his strength as a character.  Seriously, he had to have his crew, his father, his hands, his livelihood as a cook, and his freedom on the line (basically everything he cares about), as well as resurfacing of his devastating childhood trauma, physical beatings from his family, a fight with his captain, and the threat of a freaking Yonko’s army against his crew to get him to the point of breaking, and even now he is still doing everything to ensure the safety of the people he loves. Seriously, that is pretty much everything that can possibly be held against him, and he cracked this late in the game. That’s some beastly shit if you ask me, and it says wonders about just how good and strong of a character Oda has made him out to be.

Not to mention that his arc has, IMO, brought Sanji from the cool, quirky character that we knew before to a complex, more durable one because of the fact that he is hitting his low point.  Oda did this with Nami in Arlong Park, Usopp in Water 7, and Luffy himself right after Marineford, and this only made me appreciate and respect these characters more, because it is when a character is at their lowest that they truly can emerge stronger and better than they ever have been.  This is what Sanji’s fans want, right? And this current part of the arc, with him being sad and submissive (which is really a very realistic reaction that probably would’ve occurred for a lot of other characters much earlier on) is the first part of that development. This distressed, hopeless Sanji isn’t the most badass or controlled one, but it’s a human one and I love Oda for that.  Any author that can do this with their characters earns my respect a thousand times over, because it takes guts and really good writing to accomplish it successfully.  Oda has done it three times now, so why should we think he can’t do it a fourth?

^^ The foreshadowing is real, and at this point, it’s the waiting game.  Until then, we should probably let this arc evolve and take the events as they come, because it really is a great one.  And at this point, I’d say instead of doubting Sanji’s faith in everything, have faith in him, because he will definitely pull through and reemerge from this as a more compelling, more well-written, and more beastly character.  Until then, enjoy the ride!

[I am SO sorry for the length.  Holy nuggets.]  

anonymous asked:

do you think zoro will confront sanji about his departure when they meet again? he was rather harsh and seemed kind of hurt once he heard about it and even though it was heavily implied that he was worried for sanji, zoro's gonna want some answers. hopefully it won't turn into a full-blown dispute ;_;

I’ve been wondering about the same question ever since we saw Zoro’s reaction back at Zou. I do think Sanji’s departure is the perfect opportunity to give some major development to the zosan dynamics which is long overdue… but at the same time, I’m not sure if Zoro has a right to say anything about it. Unlike Usopp’s departure which happened pretty much in front of everyone of the crew sans Robin, in Sanji’s case, only the Curlyhats + Luffy have been involved up to this point. That being said, it’d be weird if Zoro accused Sanji after not witnessing anything and not doing anything, even if he’s the de facto first mate.  

On the other hand, Sanji’s initial choice to take the burden all by himself is definitely an issue that mush be dealt with, and I can’t see anyone but Zoro stepping up to actually voice it (perhaps Nami too, but I doubt she’d be as harsh with Sanji after all that he’s been through, being the kind girl she is). I know there are fans who argue that since Zoro didn’t confront Nami or Robin for leaving, he’d be the same with Sanji… but I think his case is different. Nami and Robin hadn’t witnessed a crew member leaving before them, so they had all the reason to believe they could actually quit. But Sanji had witnessed both cases and had fought his hardest to get them back; he should know better than anybody that that kind of stuff doesn’t work to Luffy, and yet he still chose to sacrifice himself… and we all know where that has ended up. Sanji even admitted in the recent chapter that “I thought if I sacrificed myself everything would work out, but that turned out to be wrong” - what if this is the message Oda’s trying to deliver through his arc? That he should learn to share the burden with others? If Zoro becomes the one to give such message to Sanji, as a zosan shipper I would have nothing else to wish for ;_;

This is getting way too long but just one more thing - remember when Zoro said in Water Seven that “leaving the crew is not a simple thing”? I have a feeling that Oda didn’t make him say that kind of stuff for nothing and when those words finally become relevant, they’re going to be relevant to what Sanji has pulled off in this arc. And I don’t think there’s going to be a full-blown dispute between them because the Sanji I know would admit his fault, even before Zoro makes him do it.   

Game On.

Request from @avengersrulez1536Hey I have come up with another idea- it’s a pan x reader where the reader is Tiger Lily and she was born on the island  and now that pan is there they fight for the throne of neverland.

Note: Now I’m not sure how people would see Tiger-Lily as she hasn’t been introduced to the OUAT verse yet; however I know a few people that would see her just as dark and unforgiving as Peter but, unlike him, she truly cares for the girls under her protection - the ones that have found their way to the island. I hope you enjoy this and if you want her written differently for your request then please just let me know <3

Peter Pan x Tiger-Lily!Reader

Words: 1,916

Warnings: Well this is Peter and Tiger-Lily so I guess I should probably put violence here.

Disclaimer: None of the GIFs used are mine. All credit goes to their creators <3

Neverland had never been as glorious as it was during the days of Tiger-Lily. You had been here for as long as the island itself had and over the centuries that have passed whispers have travelled among the girls that ended up on the island….whispers that would suggest that you weren’t born of man and woman but of the very soils of Neverland. It has been so long and there have been countless different stories of your origins fabricated that no one actually knew the real truth and you weren’t one to speak of it to others either.

The girls that came to your island had often lost their way in life or had wished to come here because of the horrors they were experiencing and each one of them grew to quickly admire you. You were connected to the island in a way that you could control each and every plant that grew, use them for whatever advantage you needed, but most important of all you could use your magic to provide healing medicine and food for the ones who relied on you.

If you gave to the island than the island would provide. There was only ever one rule for those under your leadership too: You looked out for one another. No one here would be out for themselves and if they proved to be selfish in their ways they would be banished.

Life couldn’t have been any simpler or any sweeter….

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by s6 miles has come far enough to have dealt with his emotional issues and to actually be nice and huggy to his friends, but he’s still miles-y enough to go grave robbing and to be like “sucks to be you” when ben’s digging his own grave

this wasn’t a terrible cliffhanger because i know felicity, thea and digg are safe (and im pretty sure so are quentin, rene, dinah and curtis tbh). but my biggest scare IS NYSSA GOING TO SURVIVE THIS? I’M GONNA BE SO ANGRY

they can just “lose” her in the island, think she’s dead, but turns out sara showed up there with time travel stuff and saved her. she’s in LoT then. would be my dream

To Lie In Moonshine

I guess the mermaid JuminV AU is a series now

Part 1

Jumin had been so certain when he accepted the man from the sea onto his ship that it was the best idea he had ever had. He had been so fixated on the memory of his beautiful voice that he hadn’t wondered why he was soaked to the bone, or even why he no longer seemed to be able to speak. The longer he spent with him, though, the more obvious it seemed that he was a little… odd.

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anonymous asked:

How would the guys react to the MC "blacking out" when losing a battle

a/n: OKAY so after many answers to what y’all think actually happens i’m gonna do the on where they just start panicking and need to get to the pokemon center (if u waannnt me to do the one where they actually just collapse shoot me an ask.)


  • even though his s/o is freaking out, he’s maintaining a calm front in order to make sure they clear their head before they do anything.
  • he’s bad at consoling them, so he just walks with them silently to the pokemon center.
       + his presence does help his s/o, even if they don’t notice at the moment. afterwards, they’d thank him for being there with them.
  • he’d ask them a million times afterwards if they were okay, just to make sure.


  • he’d make sure they’re thinking straight before they went anywhere. ilima would talk them up, complimenting them and letting them cry if it was a really bad loss.
  • would give them all the potions and revives they needed to heal their pokemon so they wouldn’t have to fly all the way to the pokemon center.
  • is really supporting and will train their weaknesses the next week or so to be able to defeat the person they lost to.


  • he’s just as shocked as you are. his s/o is one of the strongest trainers in his eyes so he just kind of… sits there in shock.
  • after his shock wears off and he sees his s/o start to panic, he rushes over and calls his charizard and takes them straight to the pokemon center.
  • assures them that they’re much better than that one loss. he doesn’t let them leave until they believe it.


  • he will actually fight the trainer that beats his s/o. if he can’t beat them with his own pokemon, he’ll do it with his fists.
  • he really doesn’t know what to do when he sees his s/o panicking. guzma lets them have their own space to breathe and lets them fly off to the pokemon center, himself following soon after.
  • after their pokemon are all healed up and they’re okay, he plans out how his s/o is gonna challenge them again and wreck them, after a little bit of special training with ya boi.


  • he comes over to cheer them up when he realizes that “oh, they’re actually really upset about the loss”. after that, he heals up their pokemon.
  • if it’s a bad loss, hau lets them cry on his shoulder. hau hates it when his s/o is upset, so he figures the best thing to do is let them vent. hau probably ends up crying too because he’s very empathetic towards his s/o.
  • takes them out and buys them all the malsadas they can eat afterwards.


  • he’s bad at consoling his s/o so, like guzma, he gives them space and allows them to go to the pokemon center themselves.
  • he’d meet them there and give them a very short, very inspirational speech about how losing sucks but everyone has to lose sometime.
  • since he’s the island kahuna, he has pretty strong pokemon so he’d train his s/o’s pokemon until they were sure they could beat the trainer that beat them. he’d be there in the front row for the rematch.

anonymous asked:

Dear Melly, you were saying that Zayn may renegotiate his deal with RCA. If that were the case, would he be in an advantaged position (MoM did good despite everything) or a disadvantaged one (MoM didn't do good /enough/). Could he sign with another label or is that out of the realm of reality ? Have a nice day xx


In my own Business Hoepinion, I think he’d totally be coming from a place of advantage. Obvs we don’t know for sure, but I think Zayn’s main goal is to pack up his serums and get away from Syco. 

Zayn is an insanely marketable artist with a lot of brand value that served up two of the biggest hits of 2016 and 2017. Pluuuuus I don’t think RCA (or Sony for that matter) would want to lose Zayn to say, Island/Def Jam or somewhere in the UMG solar system (not to mention how desirable the individual members of the 1D brand are right now as solo acts are to record labels). 

My general hope is that Zayn walks away negotiating a Business Hoe deal for himself similar to Harry, Niall, and Liam’s, where he owns the masters and licenses them out to RCA, which would give him a lot more control (ex. Glorious Hair Game Records under Exclusive License to RCA).  I kind of want Zayn to be a super hard negotiator and be like

He could definitely sign with another label, too - let’s not out of the realm of possibility at all. Depending on what his relationship with Peter Edge & RCA is (and I say RCA and not Syco), there’s a possibility that the label plays dirty and slags him behind the scenes to kind of discourage other labels from taking him on, but that’s also something that can be rectified with individual meetings and Zayn showing he’s ready and willing to work with them. 

 Really the big goal is to get him a deal that gives him a lot more of the control, so I’ve just got fingers and boobs crossed it all works out how he wants.

  • me: it's been a while since I've seen AWE, this'll be fun, I'll just pop it in while I doodle...
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  • me: curled in fetal position on the floor, remembers why I don't watch AWE. Weatherby: Dead. Norrington: Dead. Calpyso: Went from totally cool to crazy bitch sea goddess. Will: Dead AND trapped in eternal servitude. Elizabeth: Alone and preggo on an island. Jack: Loses the girl he loves AND the Pearl.
  • me: FUCK.