Just finished watching the first three series of Black Sails and woah, I am absolutely amazed and intrigued by how the show had brought together the historically infamous pirates like Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny and Benjamin Hornigold, along with the fictional pirates from Treasure Island, Captain Flint and Long John Silver. All of the characters have such depth and they feel so alive, I’ve not felt the significance of pirate personalities since I played Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag!
I completely adore the history of pirates, and pirates in general to be honest. It’s incredibly interesting to hear the stories and to know how real these people were, with the lives they’d lived and things they had done. I know plenty of people who hate learning about any history (to which I am still deeply offended), I’m certain that they’d have enjoyed it a lot more had they studied The Golden Age of Piracy!
Black Sails has really gotten me into pirates again and has reminded me how much I enjoy knowing about their history and what they’d fought for. I’m hoping that in their final series, they introduce other figures such as Mary Read or Stede Bonnet, just to give us more characters to see come to life in a beautifully constructed TV series! That being said, I sure hope that Blackbeard gets his big moment in series 4… I mean, even those who know nothing about pirates know who Blackbeard is, right?
Although my knowledge on the history of pirates may be more then many, I feel it’s still quite limited and that there’s so much more for me to discover. Black Sails has inspired me to pick up where my research left off after playing Assassins Creed IV, but this time not only would I study the history in depth, I also wish to read the old book Treasure Island, just to further see the characterisation of Flint and Silver!
Absolutely ecstatic to further look into all of this. To many others I understand that I’d probably come off as a fanatic (which I won’t deny), it feels amazing that I’m able to express such passion for something - because it does add to my happiness greatly. Though I do enjoy partying and travelling and having casual fun regularly, I feel as though my happiness wouldn’t quite be complete without the “small” things which I obsess over, pirates now being one of them again. I like to think that someone out there would one day join me in sharing passions for the small things I love - the idea itself fills me with such joy! (Man, amazing how a single TV show can fill me with almost as much joy as dancing with an attractive girl).
I think we can all agree that Yuuri’s speech was a central scene this episode, and although I’ve seen a lot of people giving great explanations about Yuuri’s use of 「愛」 in his speech and the difference between 「愛」(ai) and 「恋」(koi) there aren’t many people who go further into his speech than that.
Firstly I’ll just briefly gloss over 「愛」 and 「恋」because what they each connotate in the Japanese language is important to the Yuri!!! on Ice plot
「恋」is kind of like a physical love. It describes one’s longing for someone, but lacks a deeper emotional bond. Used for boyfriend/girlfriend/partner.
「愛」 is a deep love, it encompasses 恋 but also describes emotional love. While it does mean you long for someone, it kind of implies that you’re willing to do, give, or change something to be with them. Used for family/spouse.
***note: on the contrary, while「恋」does imply a physical romance/love, 「恋人」refers to you’re true love, you’d call your fiancé or spouse that, and「愛人」implies someone you’ve had an affair with. So when Victor uses the word 「恋人」…. ;)))
So when Yuuri says
He’s saying his「愛」is not just the physical and emotional love he has for others, his love is literally his relationship with Victor, it is literally his family, and that it is the complicated/abstract feelings he has for others around him (aka Yuuko, Minako, Nishigori). It is a tangible THING such as actions and words as implied by Yuuri’s use of 「物」 instead of 「事」which would describe an idea or a concept.
Another interesting thing to note is when Yuuri says he has “no name for this emotion”
At first I thought Yuuri might have been downplaying his emotions but then I realised it wasn’t that, it was that Yuuri really just doesn’t know exactly what 「愛」is just yet despite describing it briefly before because he’s still exploring what it truly means for him.
Before Victor, we all know Yuuri had a big crush on Yuuko, hell, he was going to confess in the first episode. But that’s all it was, a crush, which would take neither 「愛」nor「恋」, but 「好き」(suki).
Now I’m sure you know the difference between 「愛する」and「好きです」but just in case
「好きです」refers to a wide range of types of “like”. You use it for objects, hobbies, and topics, or people-wise, friends and crushes.
Through Yuuri’s speech, we are witnessing his growth and exploration of what 「愛」is, what it means to him, and who the word applies to. Most prominent are his developing feelings of 「愛」towards Victor. The phrase
Does mean “to hold on to”, but it also means “to fasten” or “to tie”, and this implies that while Yuuri does not want to let go of Victor, neither does he want Victor to let go of him. Yuuri wants to create a mutual bond with Victor, and he has decided to call this bond 「愛」.
As a side note, here’s further meta on Yuuri and Victor’s developing relationship, shown through the episode preview. It’s very short but I do think it’s a cute example of them becoming closer to each other.
It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things. [x]
A nonbinary actor portraying a nonbinary character in a major TV series!
Taylor, they said, is different from other cultural depictions of non-binary and gender non-conforming people in that the character’s storyline didn’t focus on coming out or rejection from their friends and family. Calling the role a “personal breakout,” they said. “Not only is Taylor different from anything we’ve seen on television before, but I am something new, too. I’m here to change the game.”
A: Honestly, after everything that’s happened the past few months, I could use a vacation. K: Let’s do it. Let’s go on a vacation, just the two of us, anywhere you want. A: Really? Okay. I’ve always wanted to see what the Spirit World’s like. K:Sounds perfect.
Happy Two Year Anniversary, Korrasami fandom! (Dec 19th) °˖ ✧◝(○ ヮ ○)◜✧˖ °
Usually this kind of personal journey is explored on the small screen with a younger character, most often with teens in coming-of-age stories. But it was important for the Supergirl producers to be true to life and explore this with an adult character.
“After talking to [executive producer] Greg Berlanti and doing some research on my own, anecdotally it seems like people who come out later in life come out because they’ve met someone,” Kreisberg says. “There’s a specific person for whom they’ve fallen. The idea that Alex who never really had a strong romantic connection with anybody and had come to dismiss it, and then meets Maggie and has her world turned upside down, it seems like interesting territory to us, that it wasn’t about a young teenager coming to grips with it. It was somebody who was an adult and in some ways had more to overcome on an internal level to get to the point where she could recognize that she has these feelings.”(x)