About a year ago, I had to read a book for my school’s summer reading assignment called
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster. It’s not a bad book, pretty decent actually, but there was this one chapter about sex scenes in literature. And one of the first sentences was along the lines of “writing sex is boring.”
and I did a double-take. Bc in my experience, that is absolutely not the case, and if you do find yourself bored while writing smut, then you’re not doing it right. See, Thomas’s main argument was that there’s only so many ways you can write sex scenes, because there’s only so many sex acts you can choose from. (My boy Thomas is clearly a vanilla dude, but let’s not hold that against him.)
But one of the most important things to keep in mind while writing smut is that it’s not necessarily just about the act itself. So while Thomas is right that there are limits as to how many ways ppl can have sex, he failed to realize that writing sex is about a LOT more than that. And I’m gonna prove it to you.
In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd recommend my top ten favorite romance anime.
A frank depiction of the love/sex life of a woman in her twenties, this anime follows badass, chain-smoking, aspiring punk rocker Nana, and her clumsy, feminine roommate of the same name as they struggle to find a meaningful connection with someone in the big city, and also find themselves. Features the struggle of love vs. career, the consequences of giving your heart (and body) to the wrong person, the difficulties of long-distance relationships, and the joy and pain of living on your own.
Warning: depicts sex, drinking, smoking, domestic violence, and a male prostitute character. Not a show for kids or anyone uncomfortable with these subjects.
2) Peach Girl
Teenage protagonist Momo takes absolutely zero shit from the characters around her, be it her love interests or her female rivals. That’s one of the reasons I love this series. It’s got an insanely complex and dramatic plot with a million twists and turns that would be impossible to explain concisely here, but the basics are this: Momo’s years on the swim team have bleached her hair and tanned her skin, making her think her crush, Toji, will never be attracted to her and the rest of the school think she’s a Barbie-copycat bimbo. Her “friend”, Sae, bullies her constantly, and her one actual friend, Kairi, is a perverted knucklehead who she can’t quite figure out her feelings for. How can she survive the minefield of rumors, miscommunications, and mean girls that is high school?
This anime is unusual in that it’s a love story (not a harem and/or ecchi series) told from the perspective of a teenage boy. Yamato falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Suzuka when he sees her practicing her high jump, and summarily joins the track team in an attempt to impress her. It….doesn’t work, at least not at first, but Yamato vows to keep trying, because she’s the only one for him. Yamato and Suzuka are also hilariously tsundere to each other and manage to say the exact worst thing at least a dozen times. XD But, there’s also a lot of real drama here that will hit you right in the feels.
4) Uta no Prince-sama
This admittedly cheesy reverse-harem anime follows young Nanami’s quest to write songs worthy of the seven handsome musicians she attends performing arts school with, in hopes that one day they can all debut as idols together. Many of her scenes with these boys are incredibly romantic, despite the fact that not one of them actually kisses her in the entirety of the two currently available seasons. -_- This series is full of awesome J-Pop, beautifully animated bishies, and far more heart than you’d expect.
5) Kamigami no Asobi
Revolving around a mortal woman named Yui who is spirited away to an extradimensional island and commanded by Zeus to teach the value of humanity and love to gods from Greek, Norse, Japanese, and Egyptian mythology, this reverse-harem series starts out cute and fluffy and then heads right into Feels-and-Yandere Land with no goddam warning. It also has copious amounts of manservice. ;) I highly recommend it!
6) B Gata H Kei
An extremely frank depiction of high-school sexuality that’s also over-the-top comedy, this anime tells the story of horny teenager Yamada, whose dreams of having casual, anonymous sex with as many boys as she can get her hands on (a total 180 from the usual blushing, innocent shoujo heroine). But, every sexually liberated woman has to start somewhere, and so Yamada chooses naive, awkward gentleman Kosuda (what a role reversal!) to be her first sexual experience. But, seducing him proves much harder than she initially imagined, because he’s the most oblivious boy on the planet! This series bravely features scenes other anime would consider taboo, like shopping for condoms and visiting a love hotel. It’s also one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever watched.
Warning: contains nudity and arguably “ecchi” scenes.
7) Fruits Basket
A shoujo classic suitable for any age group, this anime tells the heartwarming tale of how unfailingly optimistic orphan Tohru heals the emotional wounds of a beautiful but broken clan of cursed shapeshifters.
You’ll bawl your eyes out over the tragic love between emotionally stunted Jintan and the ghost of his childhood friend, Menma, who he was never able to confess his true feelings for (and the unrequited-ish love of his other friend, Anaru, who still lives, but wonders if she can ever compete with Menma’s memory).
9) Ouran High School Host Club
Another classic, this anime tells an unconventional but unforgettable love story about a blue-collar, arguably non-binary teen and the ultrarich, clueless coterie of boys who she forms a host club with. It’s half parodying comedy, half feelsy drama, and all awesome!
10) Princess Jellyfish
Tsukimi is an agoraphobic, extremely socially anxious, awkward, nerdy NEET girl with a bizzarre obsession with jellyfish. Kuranosuke is a rich, extroverted drag queen. You wouldn’t think they’d fall in love, but they do, and it’s one of those stories you just need to see.
I definitely reccomend all ten of these anime to anyone!! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, followers!!
This is what started the rebellion, the first act of treason from Rose Quartz, but here’s the thing, we’ve already seen the scene directly after the act of poofing pink diamond. (I specified ‘poofing’ and not ‘shattering’ for a reason, bare with me)
This is it. Right here.
If you’ve watched Rose’s Scabbard as many times as I have (so many, too many) then you know how this scene goes.
Rose: “Pearl, I’m going to stay and fight for this planet.”
This dialogue is so, so important. They’ve reached a breaking point (ha) here. Something that Rose just did has pushed them both into needing to make a choice. There’s no going back. Rose chooses to stay.
It’s important to notice her expressions here.
The first thing that strikes me is that for a few frames she’s looking away from Pearl, looking back. What exactly is she looking at? The evidence of what she’s just done? Pink Diamond’s Gem?
But it’s her eyes that really do it for me.
She looks haunted.
Then the urgency of the situation comes in through the dialogue, and here’s why I think this just happened.
Rose: “You don’t have to do this with me.” Pearl: “But I want to!” Rose: “I know you do. Please, please understand, if we lose we’ll be killed, and if we win, we can never go home.”
She’s done something punishable by death, so she gives Pearl the option of leaving. She still has time to give Pearl the option of leaving.
This, if nothing else is proof that Homeworld doesn’t know that Pink Diamond has been poofed yet, that the act of treason has just been committed. They are the only gems who know what has happened, we know this because not only does Eyeball confirm that there were witnesses to Pink Diamond’s shattering but, in the beginning of“The Answer” when Pearl and Rose first attack, the Ruby guards can be heard crying out:
“Who are you?!” “Show yourselves!”
At that point all Homeworld knew was that there was a rebellion, they didn’t know who had rebelled, who attacked Pink Diamond.
Back to Rose’s Scabbard.
If Pearl returns to Homeworld now it’ll be without consequence, she won’t be blamed because nobody knows what just happened, Pearl can lie, claim no involvement, anything. Rose knows this, tries to protect her by offering her a means of escape. (It’s obvious by her body language, her hesitation, and her resignation that she wants Pearl to stay but she would never ask that of her, but that’s another post entirely ;D )
Pearl declines, of course.
(Rose looks so relieved and happy and ajshgjakhgs)
We’ve just witnessed the start of the rebellion and the birth of the Crystal Gems.
Now this. This is where and how Pink Diamond was shattered.
The rebellion is underway, a thousand year war. The Crystal Gems are outnumbered, outgunned, and it all comes to a head in the strawberry battlefield where it seems that White Diamond has been sent in to finish them off once and for all.
This mural has always reminded me of something straight out of Sailor Moon.
And I believe the same scenario played out here. The odds were stacked against them, they were facing total defeat. So Rose, like Usagi, uses her last resort, her strongest weapon.
Problem #1: Can’t write past the first page, or can’t write the first scene.
Solution: Don’t start your novel by the beginning of the story, but a few scenes before the beginning. Later on, you’ll remove those scenes, so you are free to write crap. Your goal is to write, just write.
Problem #2: Not having a story for a novel, not enough ideas, or lack of elements.
Solution: Borrow a range of ideas from movies, games, series, gifs, books, songs, music videos, commercials, even Youtube channels. Merge them together to fit your genre and go for it.
Problem #3: Too many story ideas for a novel, too many ideas syndrome, or unable to choose between two plots or characters.
Solution: Score your options from 0 to 5 in the following categories: how much would you like to read it, how much would you like to write it and how much are you ready to write it. Pick ideas with a higher score.
Problem #4: Editing as you write, or perfectionism.
Solution: Trying to change your editing instinct takes a lot more effort than the actual editing. If you are a perfectionist, if you can’t fool yourself into not editing as you write, just let go. Accept yourself the way you are and edit as you go.
Problem #5: Procrastination.
Solution: Turn off your wi-fi. But, if you keep turning it back on, just set aside your computer and write the novel by hand. Writing longhand boosts creativity.
Problem #6: Can’t think of a plot, plot is not interesting enough, or nothing is happening in my book.
Solution: Explain your story to an imaginary friend, to a muse, or to your spirit animal. Talk to them, out loud or into your mind, it doesn’t matter. Ask questions, hear what they have to say. The more you talk, the more you’ll understand what the story is all about.
Problem #7: Receiving hate, or a bad review
Solution: Don’t read reviews. It’s that simple. Readers are allowed to express themselves. Some will love your style, some won’t. Write for yourself, because that’s your only and best tool.
Problem #8: Can’t find my genre, can’t decide on a subgenre, or can’t find my niche.
Solution: Just answer these questions: When you visit a bookstore or an ebook website, which section do you check first? Which type of book would you love to find? What kind of book cover or synopsis would you pay a lot of money for? The answer will show you the way.
@elliejoys and @noctsluciscaelum would like to invite you all to participate in noctisweek, an upcoming event celebrating the birthday of Noctis Lucis Caelum. The week will be held on August 24 to August 30.Share your love for the character through graphics, gifs, fanfics, fanart etc. and tag it with #noctisweek (within the first 5 tags and without spaces) so we can see and reblog your entries.
Each day has two-three options you can choose from. It’s up to you how many you want to do, and how you interpret them.
So without further ado, here are the prompts:
August 24 || Day 1: Favorite Scene / On the road / To my younger
August 25 || Day 2: Favorite Quote / Dreams / Royal Duties
August 26 || Day 3: Favorite Trait / Growth / Treasured Memories
August 27 || Day 4: Favorite Relationship / Burden / In another
August 28 || Day 5: Favorite Fight / Identity Crisis / Words Left
August 29 || Day 6: Safe Haven / Influence / A year like this
August 30 || Day 7: Free choice / Happy Birthday
Please keep the following rules in mind
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Make sure to tag your entry as #noctisweek in the first five tags
Please wait until the given day before posting your work
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top 5 bokuto moments bc hes my son and i love your account 💕💕
THE TIME HAS COME. I’m overwhelmed because doing a top 5 for my favorite character is possibly the most difficult thing ever. There are so many things, so many moments, everything he does it’s so important to me…but somehow I have to choose. In this case too, I decided to NOT use scenes from the manga that would spoil the non-readers…but we’ll have to update this as soon as Cats vs Owls airs!
1. His speech to Tsukishima. Probably the most famous speech in the whole Haikyuu series, for sure it’s my favorite. This is the essence of who Bokuto is as a person, of how self aware he is, how hard he works, how he sees the world. Bokuto with this single speech changed EVERYTHING for Tsukishima, he gave away a life changing lesson, just for the sake of helping a kid who’s not even his kouhai. He just has the biggest heart of gold ever.
2. When he taught Hinata the feint. Or the moment Bokuto chose Hinata to be his son disciple. This is another example of how Bokuto goes out of his way to make other people improve, no matter that this very person managed to turn this attack against his own team. When it comes to Hinata, Bokuto is always immensely proud, their relationship is honestly one of the purest thing ever happened in Haikyuu history
3. When he recovered from the dejected mode. This spike is frankly breathtaking. This was such a delicate moment from Bokuto, and everything from the set up, to the support of all the Fukurodani members, to the ear-splitting sound it made, to Bokuto’s scream and his expression right after, to Akaashi’s petty smirk…is just…ICONIC.
4. Every time he hits a cross spike my soul just leaves my body and ascends. He’s just so majestic. *cough* chapter 195 of the manga *cough*
5. HEY HEY HEY™ (yes every single one of them)
- bonus: BOKUTO’S GLORIOUS BUM #BLESSED
There are so many things I want to say about him, but I’ll just state the obvious once more: BOKUTO KOUTAROU, I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
Can you show us Star at her lowest and highest point during the show? Based on your opinion, of course.
Hard question to answer to! Do you mean “morally”, or emotionally? If you mean morally… I really don’t know, so many scenes to choose from. Maybe the lowest point could have been the ending of The Banagic Incident: it was nothing big, and we know that Star hates not being trusted, but it was still a bit out of character for her to slap Marco’s food out of his hands like that, especially when he just apologized for not having trusted her all day long.
Highest point, even harder to choose. I think the moment she realizes that she has to rethink her opinions about Monsters in Mewnipendence Day, and that not everything is as simple as it seemed, is a good and important one
As is, even if it’s a very small even in the scopes of things, the complete trust she showed in Marco in Naysaya, when she reassured him about the curse. She never doubted for a moment that her bestie could achieve what he wanted, and never thought any less of him for the embarassing stuff he was forced to reveal earlier.
But also understanding that she had to leave Earth for the sake of her friends (since Toffee could have attacked them) and to help her own kingdom was no small deal.
If you meant emotionally, the lowest moment would probably be the ending of Just Friends. The pain she felt in that moment was probably “lower” than what she felt in Bon Bon The Birthday Clown, when she lost Glossaryck and the Book, or the one at the end of Starcrushed, since the stakes were much lower, but in both those occasions she had people around her, her friends or her mom. After the concert, she was left walking home completely alone, with no one to talk to, since she couldn’t admit her crush to anyone, not even herself.
But really, from Bon Bon The Birthday Clown until Starcrushed Star’s morale has been in a constant drop, feeling like a failure and the worst princess ever, and being increasingly confused about her feelings. She says it explicitly in Collateral Damage:
For the highest moment it’s harder to choose, since Star is a very happy person, so she has tons of “high” moments. I’d go with moments where she managed to fight her self image of being Underestimated and unable to achieve: Raid The Cave, when she talked to the monsters who turned out to be fans of her way to handle things (still, she failed at getting Glossaryck back, and had to call her parents afterward, so the happiness was very short lived);
Baby, when she managed to pass the fairy’s test, maybe getting some confidence back, right when she was feeling like a terrible wand beared and magic princess;
and, probably the best example, the recent Toffee, when Star showed Glossaryck, and the viewers, that she did grow a lot during the past months, learned from her mistakes and managed to limit her tendency to run away from problems: still not the sharpest tool in the shed, but definitely determined enough not to let even death deter her, when the stakes are high.
Like always, I’ll come back after the episode airs and cross out any that came true:
Alex burning dinner. **BONUS POINTS if she burns dinner because she was kissing/flirting/talking to Maggie.
It’s okay Alex, paella is difficult to master.
Kara making a dig at Maggie about Alex not knowing how to cook, or about not knowing Alex as well as she does -regardless of the situation.
Them mentioning that Alex can’t cook. **Bonus Cute Points if Maggie says it doesn’t matter because she can/she’ll cook for Alex.
Alex & Maggie having an argument over Kara that ends badly before Alex is taken. **Bonus points if Maggie tells Kara later that they were fighting and now she’s scared that was the last time she’d see Alex.
A Maggie/J’onn scene, that’s nowhere as awkward as Jeremiah’s speech, because J’onn is Alex’s true space dad.
Not the big scene I wanted, but Im counting that ‘good work Maggie’ and hug. Heaven knows when was the last time Maggie hugged a fatherly figure.
Alex blurting out an ‘I love you’ and spooking Maggie. Plus Maggie beating herself up for not having said it back while they search for her.
Maggie and Kara having a heart to heart about Alex.
I’m still crying over “We both love her”.
Maggie telling Kara she loves Alex/almost telling her that.
Alex saying her last goodbyes over the laptop. **Bonus points if as she’s telling Maggie she loves her, the water covers her. **Extra Bonus Points if she tells Kara and Maggie to look after each other.
This was one of the wishes I was really hoping for. Alex being scared of dying without telling Maggie how much she meant to her was too good to pass up, but what really made the scene was Maggie. She took it away. Floriana knocked it out of the park with the crying and the breaking voice. Alex looking right at the camera but not being able to see Maggie, only hear her heartbroken voice. Gertrude the dog. It was all around one of the best scenes in the episode, hands down.
Alex dies for a moment and she’s brought back. **Bonus points if Kara says that she can’t hear her heartbeat. **BONUS POINTS AND INSTANT DEATH if Maggie gives Alex CPR.
More than 1 heartfelt Sanvers scene.
That laptop scene and that ILY scene. The rescue was much shorter but the forehead kisses really made it. (Flo keeps delivering, damn.)
More than 1 kiss.
I’m counting the three (3) forehead kisses Maggie gives Alex when she’s rescued, and of course that last amazing smooch on the medbay.
A kiss that lasts longer than five (5) seconds. (For reference, their first kiss lasted this.)
Roughly 5 seconds from when Alex goes for it to when they pull apart. I’d say it was on par with their kiss in 2x09 or 2x15 (amazing to have so many kisses to choose from), but Im def not complaining because Alex did almost die an hour ago.
Let’s shoot for the stars kids: A kiss that lasts longer than ten (10) seconds. (For reference, the 2x07 kiss lasted this.)
Maggie asleep next to Alex’s bed in the medbay.
Maggie taking care of Alex after her ordeal.
Rather short, but Maggie’s softest little voice saying “Be careful” and her facial expression. I died.
And Maggie helping walk at the DEO. Granted, she’s not very good at playing nurse if she can’t keep the patient in bed, but I’ll give this one to her.
Forehead touch/kiss/hand-holding while Alex is lying in the hospital bed in the medbay.
I’m crying, I cannot BELIEVE we got all three. I don’t even have anything to add.
There was some serious double triple pretzel hand-holding going on there. I approve.
Maggie chickening out of telling Alex ‘I love you’ at some point.
Maggie and Alex say ‘I love you’.
And I’m still crying about it. Almost as much as Maggie.
Alex/Kara/Maggie group hug. Or Kara/Alex/Maggie sandwich.
Alex and Maggie talking about getting a dog together, can’t forget about that.
I hope Alex said Gertrude as a joke.
Alex and Maggie talking about moving in together.
I’m not crossing this off, because it’s an open to interpretation allusion as opposed to an actual conversation about it. Do couples who don’t live together fight over loading the dishwasher? That seems like a really domestic thing. But I think we can infer Maggie is thinking about it. I bet this item will get crossed off before the season is over.
The crying/trying to smile thing Maggie had going on during the laptop scene effed me up good.
So I’m pretty sure all of us have high expectations for this episode, but I’m hopeful confident a good number of these will get crossed out.
Ahh so many to choose from, but my absolute favorite is Regina teaching Emma magic and Emma floating to Regina on that bridge. They both look stunning and gorgeous and it’s so romantic imo. Aladdin much?
Plus let’s not forget Regina crossing realms to find Emma - what was that about true love transcending realms and “I will always find you?”. Yes, Regina finds Emma and what happens? Regina sees Emma sing and they re-enact Aurora meeting Prince Philip.
but also this - and what I love about this next one is that CSers used it to say that’s how Emma will look at hook and then when we pointed out she looked at Regina like that the person deleted the post. A hidden gem all that eye sex
then there is this one complete with the meet cute trope and aren’t the 2 of them just adorable? Regina didn’t even know Emma is the Saviour until later.
but then there’s this scene from Neverland and the fondness in Emma’s eyes as she looks at Regina and then their eyes meet as they both hug Henry
and then there’s this one from 3b and argh it just has me scream at throw stuff because again romantic much in a stakeout? I mean what’s with the framing and wind blowing and the focus on the lights and all that
As you can see, Anon, I can’t stick to one scene because there’s so many good ones, I just can’t.
I hope we will see some more Disney tropes for SQ in 611.
My story has six main characters, all of equal importance, and so I'm having trouble deciding on what to do with the POV. Any advice for this situation?
Point of View
We rarely get POV questions so thanks anon! I love point of view, so I’m excited to talk about this. Here are some considerations you should make if you’ve got lots of characters and you’re stumped on how to handle their perspectives.
For our other followers: if you’re not familiar with POV and different POV types, read through this article to give you some basic knowledge. Also, here are our two posts on writing multiple perspectives for some additional information.
It might be instinct to think that you can’t use first person perspective when you have more than one POV character, but that’s simply not true! My favorite ones to cite (as I do in one of the previous posts) is Legend by Marie Lu and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
What’s tricky about using many first person POVs (in this case, you’d be using 6) is that the voice of each character may get lost. If each voice has only subtle differences, it’s easy for a reader to lose track of whose POV they’re currently reading. Especially if the switches are happening often. Even if you provide headings that identify the character, you want voices that are distinct. The flip side of that is if you’re attempting to write voices that are too different with that many characters, you might end up writing caricatures or archetypes that are only different to be different, and you lose the authenticity.
Voice is important with first person point of view. If the idea of developing a unique voice for each of the six characters sounds daunting or uninteresting, then third person perspective might be more your speed.
2. Multiple third person POVs
You might think that third person is simple in this case. Because you’re not using I/me/mine pronouns, then you’re really not using one character’s perspective, right? Point of view becomes inconsequential, right?
Actually, no that’s not right at all! When you read a novel that is written from the third person POV, it’s more than likely the limited third person. It can be hard to recognize, but the easiest way to think about limited third is that it’s first person where the I/me/mine pronouns are just replaced with she/her/hers (or whichever gender). You’re still only seeing one character’s perspective, but you’re slightly more distant. Instead of the story being told from the character’s perspective, it’s told from the perspective of someone that’s able to read this character’s mind, and only this character’s mind.
So when it comes to the perspective the story’s told from, third person limited and first person aren’t that far off from each other. Since we’ve determined that you can use more than one first person perspective in a novel, you can also use more than one limited third person perspective.
The advantage of using third person over first person when you’re going to be switching perspectives between many characters, is that you can use the character’s names frequently, so a reader won’t get lost with two many “I” narrators.
No matter how many characters I’m using, this is my personal favorite, but each writer has their own preferences. When you’re choosing between first and third, use the one that appeals to you the most. You can probably make it work either way.
3. Omniscient Third Person
You also might choose to go the third person omniscient route, where you’re able to see into any of your characters’ heads at any one time. With third person limited, it’s common to choose one character’s perspective per scene/chapter, but with third person omniscient, you could move from one character’s head to another in a matter of sentences.
Here’s an example from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
‘…We can’t do much, but we can
make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don’t.’ And Meg shook her head, as she
thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.
‘But I don’t think the little we should spend would do
any good. We’ve each got a dollar, and the army wouldn’t
be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect
anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy
UNDINE AND SINTRAM for myself. I’ve wanted it so
long,’ said Jo, who was a bookworm.
‘I planned to spend mine in new music,’ said Beth,
with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth brush
and kettle holder.
The first bolded sentence shows Meg’s perspective, as she is thinking of all the pretty things she wants, and no one else could know that but her. Then, just a couple paragraphs later in the second bolded sentence, we’re no longer in Meg’s head, since no one (including Meg) heard what Beth said. This is a narrator that clearly is able to perceive all perspectives all the time.
What this means is that you can show what each character is thinking in every scene, rather than addressing only one character per scene or per chapter.
4. Choosing What’s Right
While it’s true that some stories are told more effectively with one perspective than another, it’s also important that you choose something you feel comfortable tackling. A writer that writes from first person as their default might struggle to draft a story using third person omniscient.
It’s good to challenge yourself, especially if you feel your POV choice is important for your story, but there are times when it’s more important to get the story written than to push your limits. Any POV you choose can work, so try it out with whichever POV is natural for you.
Point of view is one of those things that you will be dealing with in just about every sentence you write, so it’s crucial that you feel comfortable with it. Experimentation is good, but if you can’t settle into the perspective you choose, you’ll constantly feel like you’re writing someone else’s novel and not your own.
I appreciated the dialogue in the scene where Magnus walked away from Alec so much. “You once asked me what I was afraid of. It’s this.” It implied so much more than words could have. It meant losing you. It meant walking away from the person I love. It meant having to choose between my people and myself. It meant giving up my happiness for the common good. It meant being heartbroken again, voluntarily. It meant so many unspoken things.
Excerpt from SERVAMP Festival Pamphlet Interview (Greed Pair)
I thought this was a pretty interesting read so I decided to translate and share with everyone! TvT ……I hope I’m not spamming the tags though :’D
Q. In the anime, which scene left the deepest impression on you?
Kimura Ryohei (Lawless) ↓↓
There were many scenes that were pretty impactful so it’s not an easy
pick… But if I had to choose, it would probably be episode 10 where
Licht confronted Lawless in his inner mental world (?). Because it is
Lawless’s inner mental world, Lawless is not “Lawless” but “himself”
–he’s not wearing a mask, he doesn’t have his defenses up
exposed, vulnerable for Licht to see. Despite that, Licht doesn’t go
easy on him. Licht is amazing in that sense
–there’s no one more fitted
for the role than him. Lawless also manages to mature (let go of his
past) because of that.
Licht is a character that believes (holds expectations) in others and I
think it is really great that Lawless is a character that is able to
live up to his expectations.
To begin with, very few people can keep up with Licht’s
straightforwardness. Therefore I feel that their meeting was a quirk of
Q. In the anime, which scene left the deepest impression on you?
Shimazaki Nobunaga (LichtJekylland Todoroki)
It’s episode 10, 「Lawless」. While nothing much changed on Licht’s part,
Lawless went through a lot of character development. Licht doesn’t show
it (you can’t tell from how he is) but he cares for Lawless and greatly
treasures their bond. Therefore, his attitude towards Lawless doesn’t
change even after finding out about his past or his views of the world.
When he finds Lawless noisy, he’ll tell him “you’re noisy, shut up”.
When he finds him annoying, he’ll tell him to “die” –pretty much like
how he always does. Licht’s kind so he won’t kill Lawless for real,
though. Licht probably realized that something was up in Lawless’s past
from the start and got irritated by his half-hearted attitude hence he
says harsh things like that. Even so, with Licht (whom’s attitude
towards him doesn’t change regardless) by his side, –and most
importantly Lawless himself trying his best, he’s able to put his past
behind him and move forward. Licht only supported him by encouraging his
decisions. Because if Lawless becomes too dependent on him, nothing’s
going to change (like in Ophelia’s time) －there’s no meaning unless he
overcomes it by himself.
Q. So that means Lawless finally, truly found his Eve –Licht for real?
I would think so. Since at this point, it would be troublesome if
Lawless’s Eve isn’t Licht. It wouldn’t be right if Licht’s Servamp isn’t
Q. Gaining Licht’s support and finally breaking out of his shell, you would want Lawless to be happy from now on right?
Of course! I definitely want Lawless to get along with Licht even more
from now on and spend happy days together. And also if Lawless can
finally become who he wants to be, I’d be even happier.
“Viktor seems so helpless above him, unable to decide what to do with his
hands and when to pull off. He is waiting, silently pleading for a sign
from Yuuri, a sign that would help him to choose the right answer.
Yuuri swallows at the sight, he has never been good at making decisions,
there are always so many overwhelming variables that could lead the
situation to a disaster. However, one can never achieve the preferred
result if nothing is done to gain it. Silently, he grips the neck of
Viktor’s shirt and tugs him down until their lips touch.”
Commission for my friend @sophiafrederica! This is a scene from her Viktuuri fic A Stranger’s Groom, go read it! Thanks for commissioning me, dear ♥ (looks best in full res)