“I know who you are,” Yuuri whispers, huddled into himself as the pirate gazes towards the horizon, hand held over his eyes to look for the King and his hunting party. “With your talents, you can be no other.”
“Is that so, Highness?” The pirate returns his gaze to Yuuri. “And who is it that you think I am?”
Yuuri straightens up, forces his chin up into a challenge. “You are the Dread Pirate Nikiforov, are you not? Your manner and cruelty seem to imply it, sir. You have the countenance of one whose lips have never uttered a kindness.”
Nikiforov bows to him. “I admit it proudly, your Highness. I am the Dread Pirate Nikiforov, at your service.” There is a smirk on his face–it has the same familiar but unplaceable air of all his mannerisms.
Yuuri turns his head away, feeling tears gather at his eyes. At long last, he faces the man responsible for taking his dear Viktor’s life. At long last, he has the chance to avenge his love–and all he is able to do is sit here, and weep. His voice little more than a raw whisper when he says, “That being the case, sir, I wish your inevitable death to be slow and painful.”
Nikiforov comes to him, crouching before his drawn up knees and lifting his face up with finger hooked under his chin. His eyes dart over Yuuri’s face until he says, “Why such cruel words from such pretty lips?”
Yuuri feels two tears fall from his eyes and makes no attempt to clear them. If he is to die here, at this instant or another one soon, at the hands of the same man who stole his Viktor from him–the let it be with tears for his love on his cheeks. He takes in a shaky breath and breaths, “You killed my Viktor. The only man I ever loved, and ever will.”
The Dread Pirate Nikiforov’s eyes would look almost soft, were he anyone else. His thumb traces across Yuuri’s bottom lip. “No love for your kingly fiance, then? For the man who would give you fortune and luxury?”
“I need no fortune,” Yuuri snaps, slapping the pirate’s hand away. “And the luxuries of royalty only stand to mock what I’ve lost!” Once again, Yuuri’s eyes go to the distance as Nikiforov rises and paces somewhere behind him, likely agitated. “Viktor and I would never have had a rich life. He was a poor farm boy, and I have nothing to my name but the Inn I will inherit from my parents on their death. But my Vitya–he was kind, and beautiful, and we would have been happy. I would have slept every night under nothing but the stars, if it were in his arms I laid.”
Nikiforov is silent for a long moment. Yuuri does not turn to look at him, only listens to the hissing of the grass in the wind and the slow and quiet thump of the pirate’s boots on the ground. At last, when he speaks, it is it to say, “I have killed many men, but I believe I remember him–your Vitya.”
“You do not have the right to speak his name,” Yuuri hisses, glaring over his shoulder with tear-stained cheeks and wild hair.
“He died well, you may be pleased to hear.” Nikiforov turns his face to the steep and grassy incline not ten feet from their toes. Beyond it, the forest looms. Nikiforov, Yuuri is sure, intends to take him into those woods and kill him. Anger blooms in his body like a sickness. “Most people beg–scream, cry, shit themselves. He only looked at me and said…Please. I must live. I have promised my love I will return–and promises I do not break. Then he spoke of the beautiful boy with whom he was in love–you, I assume. He told me you were timid, and terribly fragile. That news of his death would surely destroy you. I see none of that in you as you stand before me.” Nikiforov tilts his head over his shoulder, so Yuuri can see smirking blue eyes and an almost-genuine smile. “He underestimated you, I think.”
Yuuri rises to his feet, fists clenched at his sides. “How dare you tell me his dying tale, sir. How shameful, that he asked you for mercy and you gave him none. There is no place in God’s kingdom for you. And I? I was destroyed that day. You killed me as surely as you killed him. The person you see before you now is what remains when a man has nothing remaining to lose.” He yanks Nikiforov’s shoulder to spin him, cranes his neck up to compensate for the inches between them at this proximity. “If I’m to die today, at least do me the courtesy of revealing your face to me. Cease this cowardliness, hiding behind a mask as you steal lives. A person deserves to know his murderer.”
He anticipates refusal, perhaps even swift death, but what comes is a smile. Nikiforov reaches behind his head to untie the mask and, as it and the bandanna covering his hair fall away, he murmurs, “As you wish.”
As moonlight hair and high cheekbones are revealed, Yuuri can only gasp, “Viktor?” as his knees give out from below him.
Look, I know the story is Pure. It’s Disney. Of course it’s pure. So I apologize, because while I know this is pure and innocent G rated fare that I can take a 5 year old to see, when I see clips like this
So I want to get into clipping. but idk how I'd go at it. Is there a certain order I should to the songs in or something you'd recommend?
GOOD ASK!! it really depends on what kind of stuff you’re into, but I think their latest album Splendor & Misery is a good place to start (its my fave album by them so far). Here’s the synopsis:
like…………..i love them
OK SO u should listen to these songs in the order they appear on the album bc its a narrative (u should do that for all of their albums tbh.. im not like a Music Purist but if the band puts their tracks in a certain order they did it for a reason….also use headphones) here is thefull album on youtube, tracklist in the description, which is nice bc it preserves the smooth transitions between the songs unlike spotify or bandcamp
If you like Splendor & Misery they have 3 other albums u can listen to:
Wriggle came out last summer, its.. it sounds like the album cover, basically. like a few of these songs legit fluster me to the point where i get embarrassed listening to them around other people LMAO.. anyway its a great lil EP that gets bonus points in my brain bc Cakes da Killa and Antwon have verses on it and i love them both
CLPPNG is from 2014, its the first album i heard by them & it is very close to my heart. I think Get Up is the song that made me a clipping fan, but tbh i like every track on this album save one. Fun Fact the title doesnt have i’s bc daveed didnt write any of it in first person which is pretty cool
Midcity is their first album its rad as shit and harsher/more ear-bleedy than their other ones and i just remembered as i typed that that THIS is actually the first album i heard by them, i listened to it when it first came out and didnt like it because my music taste in 2013 was like, sad indie men in the woods. anyway, get money
Everybody loves Purist, and I mean everybody! (Except for Necrophos, but that’s for another story)
Everyone just wants to be friends with him, despite his huge and burly appearance. He’s just willing to help anyone in need, especially those bullied by the Magic club. He just loves breaking those wands.
Also, this was done live in my first ever twitch stream! Thanks for watching! :D
Funny thing, Mamoru Oshii and Masamune Shirow both liked the screening of Ghost, and wasn't offended by the use of Johansson as Kusanagi. Shirow even reiterated his statement he made in '96 from an interview that the Major takes on several forms because no one's really seen her real body, and she's forgotten what it might have really looked like, and he had a thing for Betty Page. From his words, this outrage only seems to be coming from the West & the "racial purist" anime fans on the internet.
Yeah I know. Living here now I’ve found people in Japan generally actually get annoyed that Americans keep getting mad for them. Which is a difficult issue as I know it’s actually about greater representation for Asians in America, but Japanese are absolutely allowed to feel offended for what they see as Americans speaking for them if the point isn’t well communicated. Over Ghost in the Shell there were even news reports with the panel absolutely baffled as to why Americans are so mad. And you see a ton of it here, but I simply don’t relay it when I see these debates as I don’t want to speak in place of them either.
As a European I also recognise tumblr is a bit of an Americentric bubble where European and Asian (in terms of nationality) perspectives aren’t really wanted as they muddle their own political conversations. It’s unfortunate, but understandable as you’ll often find you’re talking about exactly the same and yet completely different things. For example in the US I’d probably be considered hispanic, in the UK however we don’t really say that in regards to people with Spanish roots so I’m white (though often asked where I’m from), which again makes those debates for Americans messy as I would muddy the water in a sense. Same with Mamoru Oshii’s comments above.
That said, I still don’t like seeing Johansson in the role, even if Japanese people like the casting. And that isn’t a slight against the creator or the vast majority of people in East Asia that don’t care in the slightest. The film looks to be such a direct recreation of the anime’s aesthetics that I think she looks completely out of place. She looks like a cosplayer in an ‘Asian wig’ for a 1930s Halloween party. It just looks weird. It should be Rinko Kikuchi in the role. They wouldn’t have had to look hard to cast someone like her.