parallels and connections

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Tony and Peter sharing the same sentiment on why they do what they do, they both blame themselves for not doing enough, and feel the responsibility to do more and better, to protect the people and the world they love and care about
(inspired by @knightinironarmor [x])

Mikasa meets the cruel world: Attack on Titan in a nutshell

More intelligent people than me have probably pointed this out long before me, but it still amazes me how much Mikasa’s upbringing truly is a metaphor for the entire series.

We start of with this carefree, peaceful family living in this isolated cabin in the woods, distanced from the outside. A comfortable existence, but their family is well aware that beyond their warm home lie problems: the Ackerman clan is still thought to be prosecuted, and Asians are sought by traffickers for their rare appearance and blood–they’re a different race, and this is useful to some.

And then one peace is interrupted: three men break in, destroying comfort and killing innocent people, and they’re there solemnly because of the physical aspects of the family, their rare appearance. Through this experience, Mikasa lost her hope and will to live, and also got to understand the cruel nature of the world she lived in. 

And then, a sudden event that changed the course of that day. The young Eren Jaeger barges in, takes out the oppressive intruders, and most importantly, restores hope to her. Just like the kidnappers, Eren came from outside of her world…but instead of bringing her more cruelty, Eren brought Mikasa a way to go against said cruelty–to fight back. The world is cruel and brutal and it crushes the weak–thus, the only way to survive is to fight back against the oppression–and that’s what Mikasa proceeds to do.

This precise event can be translated with total accuracy into the entirety of the story–it’s the exact same thing the walled world went through. The walldians lived in peace and comfort (more or less), isolated from the rest of the world, because the outside meant danger for them. We’ve always known this danger to be the titans–the basement taught us the reality though. The entire outside world has a pre-determined relationship with the walldians–not because of who, but because of what they are. Some see them as danger and want them extinct for safety measures, some see them as useful tools for their own purposes. 

Does this sound familiar? Ackermans are prosecuted because they’re a danger to the kings rule, and Asians are sought after because their origin makes them different. Mikasa’s family is a metaphor for all walldians, for all those wanted dead by the world or used as weapons in Marley’s titan army. Their situation is identical too: they live excluded from the outside world, in a pseudo-peace, which is one day interrupted by the arrival of three outsiders (kidnappers, RBA). Through their actions, those outsiders remind the inhabitants of the cruel, oppressive world they find themselves in (a grim reminder). And then, another outsider appears, restoring hope and teaching the oppressed how to free themselves: to fight. This is Eren when he barges into the cabin, and Grisha, originally from beyond the walls. when he entrusts the founding and attack titans to Eren, who would later become humanities hope and, in some way, inspires them to fight back. Both of these stories are perfect parallels.

It’s also definitely not a coincidence that the Eren-saves-Mikasa flashback was included in Isayama’s first draft of chapter 1, in flashback format. All the dialogue about Mikasa being part of a nearly extinct, different race, and Eren telling her to fight back, were there from day one. In the present time she even says that she believes Eren has the strength to overcome the world’s issues and bring hope to mankind–an even stronger parallel between her situation and all of walldia. 

Heck, it certainly isn’t a coincidence either that, during ch 14, primordial desire, aka humanities first ever victory against oppression and the first climax of the story, Eren flashes back to that very moment

On one hand it sets up other humans, aka Marley as antagonists, who’re oppressing Paradis due to the blood flowing through its inhabitants. At the same time, it redraws all the parallels mentioned beforehand by straight up comparing humanities struggle to that struggle in the woods. 

These two panels really affirm everything I mentioned above–Mikasa’s “origin story” is it’s own microcosm that foretells the entire core struggle of the series: Eldians seeking freedom from oppression. And the fact that such an early scene remains a total metaphor to the story even 90 chapters and a ton of plot twists and revelations later, just goes to show how much of a thought out story attack on titan has been for the longest time. 

The signs as: K-drama cliches

ARIES:  when a character goes into a fit of frustration by kicking their legs in the air repeatedly and thrashing their bodies around until the whole bed/couch/floor is a mess and so is their hair

TAURUS:  when character A watches in adoration as character B stuffs their face with delicious food or drinks/having a whole day filled with them eating street food and going clubbing

GEMINI:  the main character always treating the happy-go-lucky side character like crap for comedic effect, but it’s kinda sad bc they never apologize

CANCER:  the infamous umbrella scene. “I dislike you/don’t know you that well, but I can’t let you get soaked in the rain so I’m gonna hold this umbrella/cape over you bc I’m just a good person and I’m totally not interested in you”

LEO:  having 284 different shots/angles of the main characters’ first kiss/hug. That zoom in slo-mo of character A pulling character B into their arms and embracing them for the first time/locking lips with them

VIRGO:  there’s always that ONE THING that has to destroy the couple’s relationship. Whether it’s bc your bride needs to kill you or she dies, or you somehow went back in time a couple hundred years and can’t tell your prince bf

LIBRA:  the main characters always being bound together by destiny such as outside supernatural forces/parallel universes/connecting timelines from the present to the future or past

SCORPIO:  seeing that happy montage of the main couple after all their ups and downs, and knowing something terrible is going to happen shortly after

SAGITTARIUS:  character A tries to convince themselves that they don’t need character B, and do everything they can to distract themselves by working/drinking/dating someone else, only to finally admit to themselves that they’re in love 

CAPRICORN: the rich, cold, mysterious character always falling for the person who needs help…but they’ve convinced themselves that they totally don’t like this person until they finally admit it on like the last episode

AQUARIUS:  having an idol/famous actor who’s worked alongside one of the actors on another series before appear in almost every kdrama, whether it’s a short cameo or one of the main characters

PISCES:  that scene when they clutch their chest and cry waterfalls for seemingly no reason, only for us to find out that something horrible occurred later on to reveal this character’s sadness and why they’re emo 


They look at each other, their burdens lifted slightly, their pain not gone but mellowing. Words unsaid. - The Prom script | They both smile. Two old soldiers. - The Yoko Factor script | They are both pained and comforted by the powerful bond between them. - Forever script |


5d’s ep 26 vs Arc-V ep 147

Yusei beats Jack for the first time.

Yuya beats Jack for the final time.

anonymous asked:

concept: pike'ildan and rq/sarenrae, but also rq/vax and sarenrae/pike

I’m a big fan of the parallels between divine and mortal relationships (@percyvex mentioned one recently about percy and vex and erathis and pelor which was Super Neat) but mostly in a vague undefined souls-greater-than-our-skin kind of way

also consider: pike/RQ and Vax/Sarenrae

And Bronze to Summon Wicked Power

from the Shadowhunter Nursery Rhyme

The Riders of Mannan are described multiple times as bronze: cloaked in glimmering bronze, bronze riders, bronze hair, masks, horses, shortsword, skin, irises, armor. Almost every physical description includes bronze. There were seven Riders like seven Blackthorn children. Fal was killed with a sword through his heart, then Livvy was killed the same way. The Riders felt it when he died, Ty felt it when Livvy did. Is there more than just symbolism to these parallels? Or is there a connection to what Ty does to allow the wicked powers to become possible?

P.S. Hypatia Vex recognizes Kit’s face as do the Riders: “Her skin was dark as mahogany, her hair like bronze and dressed high on her head. Connection? Thoughts?

Edit Annotating some of 9.06

Ok, so I was looking through Mick’s last scene in 12.17 but I got distracted by the blocking… and Homeward Bound. I also still have to rewatch 12.18 again to finish that post, but @obsessionisaperfume talked about 9.06 and it intrigued me to have a look again since it does heavily remind me of the current arc with Cas. It’s also on Netflix so yay not dealing with ads. I had used this lens before but actually writing it down showed some interesting patterns. Have 3 scenes from 9.06 with Cas and Dean annotated with editing.

As before, bold text doesn’t necessarily mean important, it just means coverage. Not in coverage is a reaction shot. I’ll note inserts of other things but  there really aren’t many. These scenes are all pretty focused.

Some notes about these scenes: There is a lot of OTS (over the shoulder). This shot is often used to show connection and closeness. Having a character in 2D space OTS minimizes the space between the characters in the shot. It also builds a connection and sense of space. Some of these shots could be considered a 2 shot, but they sort of osculate between 2 shot and OTS.

Both denote connection, the 2 shot says that what’s happening from both characters is important.(unless the focus is the environment or space. You can usually tell which is being used when in practice) In western film, if the shot is close, the subject is important, if the subject is far, the environment or space is important. People generally take a more individualistic approach in western cinema, so if someone is in the shot with another character, it probably means something. It could mean that whatever is happening affects both of them, or it could mean that they are the only couple in the crowd. It depends on the narrative.

Scenes below with notes:

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The signs as Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque woodwind instruments

Aries- Cornamuse: a double reed instrument from the renaissance with a wind cap over the reed and cylindrical bore

Taurus- Dulcian: a renaissance predecessor of the bassoon with a folded conical bore

Gemini- Recorder: considered renaissance and baroque. The friend we all know and love from elementary school with whistle mouthpieces and bores changing throughout time.

Cancer- Cromorne: a french, capped, double reed instrument from the baroque period. Do not confuse this with the crumhorn, which has a ‘j” shape

Leo- Chalumeau: a single-reed, baroque instrument that is a predecessor of the modern-day clarinet. It has a cylindrical bore with 8 tone holes.

Virgo- Shawm: a double-reed, renaissance, woodwind instrument with a conical bore 

Libra- Rackett: also known as the Sausage bassoon. Sausage Bassoon. This double reed woodwind is a predecessor to the bassoon, with 9 parallel bores inside, which are connected at the top and bottom.

Scorpio- Rauschpfeife: a capped, double-reed from the renaissance period. it has a conical bore, unlike the Cornamuse.

Sagittarius- Ocarina- A Medieval egg-shaped woodwind instrument with the mouth piece coming out of the body

Capricorn- Gemshorn- an early Medieval recorder made from a cow horn. It has a conical shape that produces a very sweet sound.

Aquarius- Flageolet- a Medieval woodwind that can be described as a small fipple flute. (origins of instrument are Medieval even though picture says 19th century)

Pisces- Crumhorn: a Renaissance woodwind with a double reed mounted inside the long windcap.

probablyspider-manoneday  asked:

In the vein of the question answered today, what are some real life examples/situations that someone can use or visualize to determine whether they use Ni or Ne?

When planning something, do you tend to plan in depth and find it difficult to deviate from that plan when life complicates things (Ni) or do you wing it, changing your mind easily when given new information, even redesigning your entire idea at the last minute (Ne)?

When pondering truth, do you revisit an issue from every internal angle, considering all options and gradually excluding information, ideas, and interpretations until you have a single belief, opinion, or truth (Ni), or do you hold one position for awhile, then change it when given additional information, sometimes changing your mind a dozen times or being uncertain that there is an clear truth on this particular issue (Ne)?

When describing your perceptions, do you find it difficult to put your inner symbols and visualizations into words, instead focusing on a single anticipated outcome (Ni), or can you easily articulate connections, parallels, symbolism, and various possible outcomes for others to read or understand (Ne)?

When thinking about the future, are you typically more comfortable having a single fixed idea of what you intend to accomplish and how, having faith in yourself that your inevitable desired outcome will come to pass, and that life will present you with opportunities to step forward (Ni), or do you tend to change your ideas, ambitions, dreams, and thoughts about the future based on your interests at the time, your feelings in the moment, what possibilities lie before you, or the new people, places, and things you encounter (Ne)?

When problem-solving, does the idea sometimes simply “present itself” to you through subconscious pondering (or “sleeping on it”) (Ni), or do you tend to “think-out-loud” through different ideas and possibilities, first trying and then discarding one after another, until you hit upon the idea that works best (Ne)?

When making predictions, are you fairly confident in reading between the lines and asserting someone’s true motives, intentions, what really happened, or where something is likely to go in the future (Ni), or more inclined to state an opinion while nervously considering that you may not have all the evidence, so your conclusion could be wrong, and being open to or frequently changing your opinion based on new ideas, possibilities, or evidence (Ne)?

When your friends get on your case, is it because they see your idea as too narrow, fixated, or unshakable once you’ve made up your mind on this inevitable outcome or prediction (Ni), or because they see you as inconsistent and flighty, since you can reverse your position 180% in the course of a few weeks of pondering and may even contradict yourself in a single paragraph (Ne)?

Finally, this one is a VITAL difference between Ni/Ne-doms:

When everything goes wrong at the last minute, and your original plan, idea, or visualized outcome becomes impossible, do you short-circuit and find yourself unable to adapt, while beating yourself up for not having “foreseen” a way to avoid this inevitable outcome, perhaps even clinging stubbornly to your predetermined course, hoping you can make it happen through sheer force of will (Ni), or do you easily toss aside your earlier idea and adapt, revise, innovate, and go with whatever possibilities are immediately apparent in the environment (Ne)?

- ENFP Mod

The Avatar and the Firelord: Storyline Parallels

Avatar: The Last Airbender gives us two juxtaposed storylines.

The first storyline, focusing on Aang, tells the story of an Air Nomad monk who, at the age of 12, finds out that he’s the Avatar. Faced with this burden, Aang runs away and accidentally freezes himself, eventually waking up one hundred years later in a world that has been ravished by the Fire Nation. With the coming of Sozin’s Comet less than a year away, Aang goes on an epic adventure as he tries to master all four elements so he can defeat Firelord Ozai. 

Alongside this storyline we have the story of Ozai’s son Zuko who, at the age of 13, is burned and banished for speaking out of turn at a war meeting. Exiled from his home, Zuko is told that he can’t return until he finds the Avatar. When the Avatar finally reveals himself, Zuko begins chasing him, and we see how these two characters interact as the series progresses until Zuko ultimately joins Aang to defeat his father. 

With that said, despite being two very different storylines, the experiences that these two characters go through have parallels and connections that help tie them together. Thus, this post will look at these two characters, as well as multiple Avatar episodes, to demonstrate the parallels between them.

But, before we get started, let me explain how I plan to go about this meta because, let’s be real, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that we have a lot of ground to cover. 

Therefore, I’m going to start by going over some of the general themes, parallels, and contrasts that follow Aang and Zuko through their adventures, as well as going over some of the thematic trends that follow them too. 

With that out of the way, I’ll get into the specifics—talking about the parallels that take place episode-by-episode and season-by-season. I won’t go through everything, since not all the parallels are important plot wise (like this one) but, I’ll go through the really important ones that help establish the storyline of each character. 

So, with that said, let’s begin!

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