Q for Yoneda Kou: You mentioned before that Yashiro isn't a picky eater. But does he have a particular food that he enjoys regularly? Something more specific than "sweets", if you wouldn't mind. Thank you!
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3. Who (or what) is that in your image?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Favorite food?
6. Favorite hobby?
7. Favorite subject (school, degree, etc.)?
8. Favorite TV series?
9. Favorite animal (fictional and realistic)?
10. Favorite book (or series)?
11. Favorite videogame?
12. What are your life goals?
13. What “grinds your gears”?
14. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
15. If you could go back at any point in time for 5 minutes, what would you do?
16. What is a redeeming quality you have?
17. What is a flaw you have?
18. How do you prefer to dress?
19. How do you sexually identify?
20. What social media platform do you prefer or is easiest to contact you on?
21. Are there any other ways followers can get a hold of you?
22. How do you express your creativity (writing, drawing, voice acting, etc.)?
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24. What do you like to do on rainy days?
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It’s time to take a look at the morning panel from Nashville, my tinhat firmly in place.
This panel was a lot of fun. Jared seemed extra silly and hyper and Jensen appeared to be in good spirits as well. There were some really noteworthy moments - here are a few of them I spotted!
(0:40) Jared suggests he wasn’t present at SNS, although some claimed he was. I wonder what the truth is? And if he was really there, why hide it? Perhaps the fans would be disappointed to know he was around, but hiding from the audience.
(0:55) Okay, I’m awake.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
(4:09) Jared breaks out with the Richard Marx again, playing “Right Here Waiting” while Jensen responds to a question…
(4:23) … and seems to be a little embarrassed by his romantic gesture.
(13:37) Jared didn’t hear the fan’s question due to providing her with background music, so he asks Jensen what she said. Is this a married couple thing? I think it’s a married couple thing.
(20:02) A fan asks which movie Jared and Jensen would like to place their families in (what?) and a fan tries to help Jensen with yelling “Ten Inch Hero.” Jared reacts with “Whoa, take it easy!” Protective, much? ;)
(29:58) Jensen has died and Jared soothingly slaps his… butt? Side? Crotch? I demand a better angle for this!
(29:59) Mm-m, mm-m, mmmm… Ooh la la, Jared! That just got real dirty real fast. Carry on with your wicked ways, sir!
(30:40) Jared has just faced a very emotional fan with a serious question about how to become happy and Jensen is ready with some water. It quickly turns into a joke about Jared not being able to catch bottles, but the sentiment is not lost on me (nor Jared, if I can read him right)
(31:16) Jared tells the fan how he cheers up on a bad day. Do I need to analyze this? You’re seeing this, right?
(31:35) Jensen can’t resist offering comfort to his boy. Of course they make it into a joke, but the sentiment doesn’t go anywhere. Aside the obvious, I think this is Jensen’s subtle way of showing that Jared has a hard time talking about these things. Notice how Jared leans into his hand slightly before putting up the front?
(33:18) Is this an “I’m okay, baby” butt slap? Jensen ends the panel very quickly after Jared has dealt with the question, marching off. If I may guess, he got angry with how once again someone put his boy in a tight spot and used him like a therapist. This has to end, people. Conventions should be fun for Jared as well!
Overall, I thought the panel was extremely enjoyable. The lads seemed to have a good time before the unfortunate anti-climax at the end. Some other interesting points in the panel:
(21:56) Jared praises Jensen’s performance as Dean.
(25:50) Jared jokingly celebrates the moment where he gets to kill his wife in season 4.
(32:15) Jensen corrects that Jared wasn’t listening to Hendrix at his one-man dance party, but Britney. (Were you there, Jensen, or just teasing?)
Summary:You were just a girl who took some odd jobs from
the Min Syndicate to make some extra cash. When Min Yoongi himself sends
a request for you to come to his mansion, any semblance of your normal
life gets thrown out the window. What sort of dangers will face you once
you become associated with one of the biggest mob bosses?
A few days had passed since you moved into Yoongi’s mansion
practically against your will. Even though you put up a bit of a fight against
the idea, Yoongi just steamrolled your thoughts and opinions and had Hoseok
help you pack up anything of importance and move it to his place. As much as
you hated the idea of living with a mafia leader, you were somewhat relieved to
not struggle to pay rent for your cramped apartment anymore.
That is, until you found out just how boring it was at the
Min estate. For one thing, you certainly didn’t feel at home there, after all,
it was the home of a guy you barely knew. Secondly, Yoongi had banned you from
entering most of the rooms claiming that “there’s nothing interesting to see in
those rooms”, which limited you to basically your new room, the library, the
kitchen, and the main hall. You tried to be good, you really did, but there’s
only so much of wandering the same four rooms that a person can take before
they start to go crazy. Worst of all, you couldn’t even leave the mansion to do
as you pleased. These luxurious walls were essentially just an over glorified
prison for you, and you were not happy.
‘At least he didn’t
force me to quit my job,’ You thought to yourself as you got dressed for
another boring day, ‘I really would have
gone crazy then, not having a reason to leave this place.’ You gave
yourself a glace over in the rather large mirror that was set against the wall.
Satisfied with how you looked, you opened the door to your room and stepped out
into the hallway. ‘Still, I’m going to go
insane if he doesn’t let me go out and do shit that doesn’t involve work.’
You began to make your way towards Yoongi’s office to
complain when you bumped into Hoseok in the hallway, “Oh, hey (Y/n)! How are
you?” Hoseok smiled brightly. His pure radiance never failed to stun you, it
was truly incredible that someone could be the literal embodiment of sunshine.
“Oh, uh hey Hoseok,” You stuttered awkwardly. You still
weren’t use to Yoongi’s men speaking to you. It was hard to figure out how
someone was supposed to act around the mafia, “Do you know if Yoongi is in his
office? I need to speak with him.”
He cocked his head questioningly, “Why, what do you need to
speak to him about?” His tone of voice was a little tense, as if he were ready
for you to say something that he would have to do something about.
You huffed, irritated that he wouldn’t just tell you what
you wanted to know, “That’s between me and Yoongi, I just want to know where he
is so I don’t go searching every room in this place. Care to help out?”
Hoseok’s smile faltered a little at your curt voice, “Well,
I’m sorry (Y/n), but you can’t just barge into any room you please, even if you
do live here now. Plus, his office is the worst place to walk in like you’re in
charge, especially while he’s working.”
“So you’re saying Yoongi is in his office now? Thanks,
Hoseok,” You smirked mischievously as you walked past him, proud that you had
tricked him into giving away information.
He stood there gaping at you for a moment before he jogged
to catch up with you, “Wait, wait, wait! I can’t let you do that (Y/n), Yoongi
will have my head if I let you barge in there.” He frowned at you, pleading
with his eyes for you to listen to him, but you weren’t in the mood to be sympathetic
“Sorry, Hoseok, but I really need to give him a piece of my
mind right now,” You stopped at Yoongi’s office doors and put your hand on the
doorknob before turning to Hoseok and winking, “Don’t worry, I’ll say I gave
you the slip so you won’t get in trouble.” Before he could say anything or stop
you, you pushed the door open and walked in, seeing Yoongi sitting at his desk
reading some papers.
1) Not only is this one of my favorite animated movies, it is one of my favorite movies period. I found it while scrolling through Cartoon Network or HBO Family or something and watched it every chance I could get. 12 year old me found it very edgy. The mild swearing, the cigars, the blasphemy, all of it was very enticing and that’s fed my love of the film since.
2) Elton John & Tim Rice, the songwriting duo behind The Lion King, re-teamed for this film and churned out a nice set of songs. But the strange thing is if you listen to the soundtrack most of the songs are recorded differently than how they appear in the film. The one exception I think is “Someday Out of the Blue” which plays during the end credits. Still, they songs add the fun and energetic flavor to the film. The opening song in particular, “El Dorado,” does a nice job of setting up the mythology we need to get the movie started in a very short amount of time.
3) If you’re a fan of voice over work, you’ll recognize Jim Cummings as Cortez.
Cummings is one of the most prolific and talented voice over artists out there. It would be impossible to list everything he’s done, but his most notable work has been as Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh & Tigger too, Hondo on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, Razoul in Aladdin, and Ray the firefly in The Princess and the Frog. It’s fun knowing what he sounds like because not only do you hear him in Cortez, but you also pick up the random nameless characters he plays too with his different voices.
4) The heart of the film, the thing that makes it great: Miguel & Tulio.
The bromance between Miguel & Tulio is what makes this film work as well as it does, it’s what makes it fun! Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline voice the pair respectively, and their chemistry is off the charts. It doesn’t hurt that the pair actually got to record their performances with each other, a rarity in animation (although Pixar has done it with Monsters Inc for John Goodman and Billy Crystal).
Their relationship and roles are clear from the start, they balance each other out. Tulio is mildly selfish with a great hunger for gold and an ability to think things through. Miguel’s heart is bigger than their brain, being the dreamer/softie of the group (wanting the map to El Dorado, saving Altivo the horse when he almost drowns, etc.). And they play off each other beautifully.
5) 12 year old me was very fascinated with the slight profanities this film had.
Tulio [when he’s about to roll his dice]: “Come on baby, papa needs that crappy map.”
I thought crap was a real swear when I was twelve. I didn’t lose my innocence until thirteen.
The fight comes into play later in the film too, but is a showcase mainly for the wonderful banter between Miguel & Tulio and - therefore - the excellent writing of screenwriters of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. These guys were my favorite screenwriters when I was twelve, and can you blame me? Their resume consisted of: Aladdin, The Mask of Zorro, Shrek, The Road to El Dorado, every Pirates of the Caribbean film, Treasure Planet, and both National Treasure films. They have a strong penchant for strong dialogue too. Consider the exchange above, and also this:
Miguel: “You fight like my sister.”
Tulio: “I’ve FOUGHT your sister! That’s a compliment!”
I love that.
7) According to IMDb:
The film shares several attributes of its namesake, the "Road” comedies made famous by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby during the 1940s (which helps explain anachronisms such as shared language, pop culture references and lack of historical accuracy).
I just thought that was a fun share.
8) God, I love the banter between these two.
[Tulio & Miguel jump into barrels of water in a chase scene but can’t escape because the barrels are being loaded onto a ship]
Tulio: “What’s happening here?”
Miguel: “We’re both in barrels. That’s the extent of my knowledge.”
9) Even the bad guys have great dialogue!
Cortes (upon discovering Miguel & Tulio on his ship): “My crew was as carefully chosen as the disciples of Christ.”
10) I’m just going to let you know now, so many of my notes here are just quotes from the film I love.
Miguel [giddily, after Cortes tell the pair they will be enslaved in Cuba for being stow aways]: “Alright! Cuba!”
11) For example, another quote:
Miguel: Yes, that’s it Altivo. Find the pry bar!
Tulio: Yes, “find the pry bar”. He doesn’t understand “pry bar”! He’s a dumb horse, there’s no way he could understand…
[Altivo drops keys into the brig]
Tulio: Well… it’s NOTa pry bar.
12) The Trail We Blaze
Animated films are usually short so as to be not too time consuming. It can take years to make 80 minutes of animation. This film has a nice device of compacting what could be very long scenes into neat little montages with the use of a song. We still get Tulio & Miguel’s fun journey through the jungles to find El Dorado, but it’s done in three and a half minutes to a fun Elton John tune. It keep the energy, the adventure, but doesn’t waste the time of the animators or the audience.
13) Immediately Tulio and Chel have great chemistry as they play “pass the golden idol” together!
Immediately upon entering the city the audience is filled with a sense of wonder, achieved through gorgeous animation and also Hans Zimmer’s subtle music which adds for extra bone tingling. You marvel at it with Tulio and Miguel, and you understand how it is such a mythical place.
15) Edward James Olmos does some great voice over work as Chief Tannabok.
I’ve never seen “Battlestar Galactica” so I am mostly familiar with Olmos from his work in Blade Runner, Stand & Deliver, and even “Agents of SHIELD”. I think he shows off a nice amount of range with this addition to his resume. Chief Tannabok is not an angry man. He is kind, soft, gentle, patient, but also you can tell that he’s kinda sad. You don’t HEAR Olmos, you hear the chief and that makes him an excellent addition to the cast.
16) And of course our big bad, Tzekel-Kan
Tzekel-Kan is the opposite of Chief Tannabok. He is angry, an overlord of sorts. He wants blood because he believes it is what’s needed. He believes people are wicked and evil just for enjoying life and being kind, and it is his righteous duty to smite them. He pisses me off way more now than he did when I was twelve.
17) This whole bit with the volcano! Miguel goes too far and says that the gods should not be questioned or else they will be forced to release their awful wrath…but Tzekel-Kan wants to see that. Only they’re not gods! So he and Tulio turn away to try and figure it out and we get this…
There’s an old addage in writing: “A coincidence to get a character out of trouble is lazy.” However in this case I’m 100% okay with that because it’s just funny as hell.
18) How many of us have used this GIF?
Chel is a nice way of making the duo a trio. Voiced wonderfully by Rosie Perez, she is just as crafty and cunning as Tulio (if not more so) but also understand Miguel’s sense of adventure. The pair balance each other out already, bit if Miguel acts too dreamer-y or Tulio is too gold hungry they throw each other out of whack (as this film shows). Chel helps stabilize them by film’s end and is a lot of fun to watch. Also, bonus points for being an animated female character with a body that is physically possible.
Chel [on why she wants a life of adventure]: “You’ve got your reasons…and I’ve got mine. Let’s not make this personal, okay?”
WHAT ARE HER REASONS!?!? WE NEVER LEARN!!! I MUST KNOW!!!
21) So Chel needs to prove to Tulio and Miguel she’s a good con artist…
[Chel shows the pair the dice she stole from Tulio]
Tulio: “How did you get those?”
Miguel: “Where was she keeping them?”
I’m with Miguel, that’s the more important question.
22) Oh Miguel…
23) It’s Tough to be a God.
The only time this film is a traditional musical (ie: the characters themselves break into song & dance), and considering Kevin Kline’s and Kenneth Branagh’s singing here that might not be the worst thing. The interesting thing is that their version doesn’t even appear on the soundtrack. Instead we get a duet with Elton John and Randy Newman.
24) I need to remember this excuse.
Tulio [trying to convince Tzekel-Kan not to make a human sacrifice to the gods/them]: “The stars are not in position for this tribute.”
Miguel: “Like he said…”
(GIF source unknown [if this is your GIF please let me know].)
25) I don’t identify totally with Miguel or totally with Tulio, but with parts of them. Like I identify with Tulio being kind of the dreamer who thinks things are possible, but this is a very me thing to say:
Tulio [after Miguel tells him he worries too much]: “No, I worry just the right amount! You can never worry too much!”
Same, Tulio. Same.
26) Remember how I said this movie was edgy to 12 year old me. Well it features a scene where Chel tries to seduce Tulio. Like, more than wanting a kiss. But like she shows off her shoulders for a back massage, they’re later found on the ground together all disheveled, it’s not even very subtle when you know what’s going on. Twelve year old me was very innocent.
27) I love their banter.
Miguel [when he and Tulio end up in a big arena to play ball for the locals]: “Well don’t blame me!”
(GIF source unknown [if this is your GIF please let me know].)
28) The ball game is a lot of fun to watch, if for no other reason then Chel on the sidelines.
Chel: “Foul! That was a foul!”
And then it’s her idea to use the armadillo as a ball replacement to cheat.
29) So earlier in the film we got this line from Miguel:
(GIF source unknown [if this is your GIF please let me know].)
And then later in the film Miguel tries to convince Chief Tannabok that the boat they are using to leave isn’t good enough (because Miguel wants to stay) when in fact it’s perfect. When Miguel admits his mistake, we got this line from the chief.
Chief: “Hey, to err is human.”
Miguel goes to get in the boat, but then he looks over his shoulder at the chief and the chief looks at him knowingly. And they don’t say anything else about it.
I love that. I love that the chief isn’t an idiot, but he knows. He knows and he knows it’s good for his people and he knows Miguel is a good guy and…I just love it!
30) I love little things like this.
[A giant stone jaguar, controlled by Tzekel-Kan, attacks the city. It grabs a warrior, ruffs him up A LOT, then lets him fall to the ground.]
Warrior [patting himself down]: “I’m okay!!!”
[Jaguar steps on warrior]
Warrior [from under Jaguar’s foot]: “I’m still okay!”
31) Remember how I talked about Chekov’s Fake Fight?
Tzekel-Kan [when he was Miguel & Tulio cornered]: “I know what you are and I know what you are not. And you are not GODS!”
Tulio [after a beat]: “Y-you’re not a god!?”
The pair then continue to have a very real argument where they say some pretty cold things to each other…
Tulio: “You’re buying your own con!”
Miguel: “At least I’m not DATING mine!”
But it has the same effect. Tzekel-Kan is distracted, enjoying their fighting, and the audience is as surprised as he is when the pair work in sync again and punch the guy out. It’s a nice way of playing the scene out.
32) Friends Never Say Goodbye. A very sad song that plays when it seems like Tulio and Miguel are going to take separate paths in life and are really mad at each other. It actually has some nice truths to it, and again is slightly different on the soundtrack. Elton John is backed up by the Backstreet Boys for the song on the album. I hope that didn’t ruin it for some of you.
33) The film ends with the citizens of El Dorado crashing a pillar into their gate so as to keep Cortes from finding the city, only it is falling too soon. So Chief Tannabok grabs some of the ropes and holds it back for a while. And this is probably REALLY mean of me and I apologize in advance but I just thought of this:
I’m so sorry.
34) According to IMDb:
A series of sequels featuring Miguel, Tulio, Chel, Altivo and even the armadillo going after other legends about gold was planned, similar to the Shrek (2001) series, but following the disappointing box-office results they were immediately canceled.
While that would’ve been interesting I’m kinda glad this film just stands on its own. It’s a nice little gem that way.
I love this film, and think a lot of people out there will too. People don’t really talk about it these days except to talk about how no one talks about it. It’s a nice variation from standard Disney fare, the music is great, freaking Miguel & Tulio are just awesome, and it is just such an enjoyable/adventure filled film. I think you should all watch it now! It’s on Netflix if you have it. So go. Go follow that trail! (Too easy?)
Thanks again to all 231 people who responded! I’ll post the graphs soon, but for now, here’s the text analysis of
Of the people who answered this question, 99.13% of them
said that Shiro has PTSD. The next
two most popular responses are Depression
(38.1%) and Anxiety (35.06%).
Responses for “Other” include DPD, insomnia, survivor’s guilt, and traumatic
73.16% of responders said that Lance has ADHD. Also, 35.06% said he has Anxiety, and 31.60% said he has Depression. Responses for “Other”
include acute stress disorder, bipolar depression, misophonia, and dyslexia.
According to 72.61% of responders, Hunk has Anxiety. 20.87% of responders don’t
have a neurodivergent headcanon for him. 17.39% of them said Hunk has OCD, and 15.65% said he has Autism. Responses for “Other” include acute
stress disorder, an eating disorder, and MCDD.
Autism is the top
neurodivergent headcanon for Pidge, with 39.57% of the responses. Next, with
30.43% of the votes, is the lack of a neurodivergent headcanon. OCD and Anxiety make up 27.83% and 22.61% of responses, respectively, and ADHD makes up 19.13% of the votes.
“Other” responses include misophonia and Asperger’s Syndrome (3 votes).
Regarding neurodivergent headcanons for Keith, 52.40% of responders
said he has Autism. Anxiety and Depression make up 27.07% and 23.14% of responses, respectively.
“Other” responses include misophonia, multiple BFRBs, CPTRD, paranoia, schizophrenia,
Asperger’s Syndrome (two votes), and “Fears of Abandonment due to his father’s
absence at a young age and Shiro ‘dying’.”
46.29% of responders do not have a neurodivergent headcanon
for Allura. In addition, 35.81% of responders said she has PTSD, 20.96% said she has Depression,
and 11.35% say she has Anxiety.
“Other” responses include misophonia, insomnia, MCDD, and bipolar disorder.
Similar to Allura, 51.74% of
responders do not have a neurodivergent headcanon for Coran. 23.68% of
responders said he has PTSD, 17.54%
said he has ADHD, and 12.28% said he
has Depression. “Other” responses
include Survivor’s guilt.
There’s some other stuff, but
I’ll put them under a read-more for brevity’s sake:
Louis, Harry and Niall have all expressed that they like Julia Michaels' Issues. I like it too, but what do you think it is that makes it special?
Thank you for asking this question.
Julia Michaels is 23, and she is going to write some pretty amazing songs in her life– if the industry doesn’t get to her. She knows her theory, has a great ear for melody, knows how to pace the drama in a 3-minute pop song, has rhythm, and knows her folk/blues history. That’s all pretty amazing for a young writer. But then on top of that, she has an expressive and distinctive voice, and ATTITUDE.
She wrote the Selena Gomez song “Bad Liar,” whose bass is taken from the Talking Heads’ classic, “Psycho Killer.” Where “Psycho Killer” is a spacey, art-punk song about — god only knows what? “Bad Liar” turns “Psycho Killer” around– from a minor to a major key, from an on-the-beat to off-the-beat melody, from a chorus of duplets to a chorus of triplets (Fafafafafa fafafafa in PK, I’m tryin’ I’m tryin’ I’m tryin’ I’m try/ in BL). It’s genius. Not to mention nuanced and witty lyrics like,
Just like the Battle of Troy
There’s nothing subtle here
In my room there’s a king-sized space
Bigger than it used to be
If you want you can rent the space
Call me an amenity
Oh you’re taking up a fraction of my mind
Oh every time I watch you
I mean! Who uses references to the Trojan War in pop music? And isn’t the Trojan horse the biggest deception of all time!
In “Bad Liar,” Julia repeats a trick she uses in “Issues.” “Bad Liar” has a repetitive chorus (“I’m tryin’”) to convince the listener that the singer is trying to forget about her lover. In repeating it so many times, however, the effect is the opposite– we know she’s lying to herself, she can’t forget (hence the title of the song).
The same thing happens in “Issues,” where the literal meaning of the lyrics illustrates the dramatic, ironic opposite meaning in the song.
In most of the opening verse of “Issues,” she’s describing her deficits, the problems that make up the title of the song – her ISSUES. When she lists them out, this sounds like a song of grievances– a laundry list of everything wrong with the relationship:
I’m jealous, I’m overzealous
When I’m down, I get real down
When I’m high, I don’t come down
I get angry, baby, believe me
I could love you just like that
And I could leave you just this fast
The listener thinks it’s going to be a break-up song, but then comes the plot twist– the biggest issue is seeded in the prechorus:
I got issues, you got ‘em too,
So give ‘em all to me and I’ll give mine to you
Bask in the glory of all our problems
‘Cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve 'em
Then revealed in the chorus:
Yeah I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you
After the plot twist, we now know that “Issues” is actually a love song! The turning point comes from one word: BASK. One does not bask in a toxic relationship, but in a warm and loving one– no matter what the issues are, the love is stronger, a complete and unbroken circuit, as strong as the ocean waves:
You do shit on purpose
You get mad and you break things
Feel bad, try to fix things
But you’re perfect
Fully wired circuit
Got hands like an ocean
Push you out, pull you back in
The trick of the song is all in the lyrics, like an extended knock-knock joke, or a mini story. Therefore, the lyrics need to be crystal clear.
That’s why the texture of the song is so lean and sparse. The song opens with a kick bass alternating with her voice, which has a strong reverb (the way the voice “echoes”). There’s a lot of silence in the song, a lot of space.
Only a voice that’s capable of telling stories can hold interest in a sparse song like this. It has to be an extraordinarily intimate voice, and Julia has one (or at least, electronically-processed-Julia has it).
One of the things I love most about “Issues” is the way that the voices harmonize in the chorus. Without changing the three essential chords in the song (fwiw IV - V - I), the chorus fleshes out the skeleton of the chords from the verse and pre-chorus with two-part harmony (2:07, “I got issues”), and all the other rhythmic elements are blended in at the end, in a really full, chaotic, lovely way.
Incidentally, and I’m not sure whether there was any direct influence, but BTY has a lot of similarities to “Issues,”– in the lean texture of the song, the opening with a kick bass, the description of a toxic relationship, the mid-tempo pace, the syncopated beats, the colloquial lyrics with iambic scansion. They’re also similar in that the opening has a little harmonic ambiguity. On the lines:
When I’m down, I get real down
When I’m up, I don’t come down
It’s not clear whether the last note is in major or minor key. In other words– you can’t tell if it’s a happy song or a sad/ angry song.
I know you say you know me, know me well
But these days I don’t even know myself, no
I always thought I’d be with someone else
I thought I would own the way I felt, yeah
The end of each line is harmoniously ambiguous; it’s hard to tell whether the key is major or minor, whether it’s going to be sad or happy. The bass doesn’t help, either, as it ends on a seventh chord. Remember how the BTY teaser also looked kind of moody and ambiguous too? I think all this ambiguity fits in with the meaning of the song.
Anyway, that got a bit long, but I hope it gives an idea of why they love “Issues.”
I wish I still lost weight on this shit. Instead I’m over here like
“Let’s do a hot rail”
-ten minutes later I’m like “ok so who’s down for some McDonald’s, I’m starving”
Got the this newbie bitch who hasn’t ate in 96 days, whispering ..is she a cop, did she even do that hot rail, did she fake doing it? You no I’ve read about that. , how is she hungry, there no way she can be hungry?!!OMG did you hear that? What was that? Did you hear that noise? I think someone is watching me. Yep definitely someone watching me.
This bitch done asked 23 questions in a minute and a half.
Hey guys! So obviously as a starting out kpop writing blog I was nervous to post, but y’all just keep showing love and it makes me feel so soft
ANYWAYS, lets get on to the long awaited first chapter of the story. Hope you all enjoy. (Also I dont know if you notice but with the amount of attention the first post got, I’m currently shitting myself with this first chapter heh)
Having people involved in the mafia wasn’t anyones ideal type of people to befriend. But what can you do? You didn’t exactly have a say in what or who you became friends with.
You couldn’t really, not with your father involved with the mafia either. Especially when your father is the head of one of the most powerful mafia gangs in the world and number one in South Korea.
Psh, yeah no say whatsoever. However you did get to befriend one innocent child in the world. Well that’s what you thought anyways. His name, Chan. Otherwise known as Dino.
You and him have been friends throughout your whole lives. So, when your father gave you permission to tell Dino about your involvement in the mafia world, you did not hesitate to do so.
Sure, you were beyond scared at the fact that you might have lost your one and only friend but he deserved it. And to your surprise, he was not fazed. Except he found it beyond fascinating and amazing. When you told him about your fears of losing him, he flicked you on the forehead.
“Ya! Don’t be so stupid. You think I’m going to flush our friendship scratch that our family bond down the drain? For what? You being in a world that, sure, is scary but cool?! Sheesh, have some more faith in me.”
“Dino, it’s not easy as you think, haven’t you ever thought since you do hang out with me, I could put you in danger?!” At this point you were just beyond happy that he still loved you and treated you the same way. “And I don’t care about that. We have a bond that runs thicker than both our blood. And definitely more stronger than the ties with the mafia. We promised each other that no matter what, we would always have each others backs. And we’ve come too far for me to back out on the promise we made. Especially when we were no bigger than 5.” He says this with so much confidence laced with voice. You couldn’t be more happier with who you chose as a friend, a brother. You pulled him into a hug which he gladly returned.
“Aww, hyung look at them.” “Rowoon shut it.” “Sheesh, someone is in a sour mood.” “That includes you too, Donghyuck” “Heh, shame” Unknown to the both you, three pair of eyes seem to watch you closely waiting for any type of sign of danger. But, like the wind they were gone as soon as they came.
“Hyung! Chani won’t give me back my stuff!” “Wooseok, you’re like 23 heads taller” Hey, I am not that short!” “Just a question, why 23?” “Yuta don’t encourage them!” “What? I’m just curious. Such accuracy.” This was the young mafia household on a daily basis. Constant bickering between the members but they wouldn’t have it any other way. It consisted of 3 different groups. SF9, PENTAGON & NCT 127. Funny how they all started out as rivals, and now they have formed a brotherhood, no one else could break.Except themselves.
“Dad I’m home!” You entered the house having not lost your best friend, you couldn’t be happier. Strangely enough you did not get a greeting back. Hmm, that’s weird. You thought. Your dad always greets you back.
Deciding not to dwell on the matter, you make your way to the living room, only to be met with 28 pairs of eyes. “Holy shit!” “Language young lady!” “Rowoon, not everyone younger than you needs your guidance.” “Well excuse you, last time I checked you did not complain when I helped you learn the difference between the fridge and the freezer.” “You - you weren’t supposed to bring that up!”
You just stood there, half shook and half amused.
But seriously who the hell were these people. And what the heck were they doing in your house.
Woo~ For some reason I’m not really confident in this chapter. But I hope you all liked it! And I shall post the next chapter soon~~
More Solavellan Body Language: Full Balcony Kiss Breakdown (I wanted to add this!)
When looking at the balcony scene, there is one moment in particular that has always messed with my brain box and my heart, and I don’t believe I did it enough justice in my last post about Solavellan Body Language (you can read it here:-). The moment I’m talking about is what’s going on in the image below:
This is such an intensely sexual moment to me, and I feel like it fuels a lot of speculation in terms of one key dynamic I see playing out in a lot of Solavellan fanfic, particularly: Solas as having some pretty high forms of sexual dominance, and Lavellan as his willing, beholden submissive. As I discussed in my last post about body language, Solas holds most of the agency in their relationship. He is the dominant partner for many reasons. His intelligence, confidence, guard, and aloofness all fuel Lavellan in her chase. So what is it about this moment on the balcony that stands out so much in terms of defining their sexual dynamic?
I’m too eager to go spend a bunch of time uploading my own video of the scene right now, so here’s a good one that already exists on Youtube. I really love this Lavellan’s eyes! Purdy. Anyway, the moment in question begins at 1:23–
Okay. So let’s get this straight. On the balcony, Solas tells HER that he has not forgotten about the kiss. He brings it up, effectively showing his hand (ugh Fen’Harel). He then moves closer to her, tempted, and she says, “Good.” Ah the power the power. Where is it? Who has it? This courtship in all of its wild exchange of who’s in charge, who gets control and when, is so tantalizing. It’s realistic, unstable, arguably far more complex and impressive than any of the alternative romance options in DA: I. In this moment, Lavellan’s response–”Good.”–is simple but loaded. First, she does smile. She is happy for this. But her succinct response also implies a sort of self-satisfaction, ie: “I knew you’d come around.” So here, she asserts her dominance verbally, and then, physically, she doubles down. The two sort of sway toward each other, with Solas a bit reluctant and Lavellan taking the lead. It is a dance. Can you see them dancing? She then poses toward him and places her hands behind her back in an act of clear sexual presentation. She is offering herself to him. No hands. It is a definitive dare.
But it backfires. When he catches on to what she’s doing, he shakes his head, ie: “I know what this is, and it’s not going to happen.” He turns around to walk away, taking all of the power with him. Lavellan, sensing this, panics. “Don’t go,” she says, grabbing his arm in desperation. His bit of dialogue then is actually quite frightening:
Solas: It would be kinder in the long run…
Like, what? What would be kinder in the long run? What “long run?” What is going to happen in the long run? This is a dangerous line, but Lavellan is so beholden to the chase that she misses it entirely. Solas is winning, and her eyes are on the prize. Solas, in turn, is easily convinced, but only once she relinquishes control. He wants to give in, but he must be in charge. Once he is, all he needs is a reason to stay, and apparently, Lavellan simply asking him to is quite enough. It is in this moment in which Solas makes his choice. Even if only for a little while, he’s giving in to her will, her power over him, on purpose, but it is on his terms. The kiss then, is aggressive. He overpowers her, in the pose and in the frame. So, it seems to be this: Lavellan caught the Dread Wolf’s gaze. He tried to deny it, but she persisted. He found himself ensnared. Now, rather than claw his way back out again, he is choosing to relent. For the time being, at least, he is taking what he wants and giving her what she asked for.
Of course, it’s not that cold and calculating. The Dread Wolf is not just the Dread Wolf. There are all sorts of emotions mixed up in all this. Solas is a man. He has vulnerabilities in addition to mean strengths. And just like everything with Solas, there is a bunch of subtext here. He brought the kiss up in the first place, remember? Now, he attempts to back out. He keeps doing this, too, ie: initiating some sort of romantic exchange, then bailing when it works a little too well. I can’t tell if he just keeps surprising himself with how aggressively effective his game is, or if he’s legitimately, subconsciously searching for a way to fuck up his plans. I think it’s probably a little bit of both. The more I read about and analyze Fen’Harel, the more I realize that he may be a god, but unlike most gods, he has retained a great deal of his humanity. And because of this, he just fucks up constantly. He is so vulnerable to “mortal” faults and states of mind, and it gets him into trouble–pride, wrath, lust. He’s like a poster wolf for the seven deadly sins, and these things overshadow his raw, unmatched intelligence, so he makes mistakes.
I feel the balcony scene is the beginning in terms of where we see a major divergence occur, between the Solas who is romanced, and the Solas who is not. That two versions of the same character currently exist in the canon is a little troublesome, especially for the writers of DA4, but I digress. At this point, we see Solas willingly give in to the power of love and sex, suggesting a key weakness that could potentially be used against him in his plot to tear down the Veil. Without this scene, and without the romance in general, much of this deeply “human” side to Solas is lost. He’s still a very complex character, but obviously, just like in any relationship, sex removes certain barriers, and it has a tendency to bring flaws and uncertainties to the surface. Sex has the power to make us question ourselves and our intentions in ways we did not previously think possible. Solas seems to know this, and yet, he keeps giving in. Solas may be a god, but deep down, I feel he wants to be a man. He wants to feel things, to be ruled by his baser instincts. He is anything but perfect, anything but divine.
The question had lingered the moment you had recalled the messages to the others, an uneasy tension setting it that no one was quite yet ready to confront.
Yet as the car’s engine erupted into life and droned endlessly as you left the farm it lined your lips with an odd desperation for an answer.
“Who do you think 707 was talking about?” You questioned. “Do you think he’s okay?”
“He didn’t seem to think so.” Zen turned to face you, his brow furrowed. “He admitted it in the texts didn’t he?”
“Yeah but…I don’t know 707 doesn’t usually act that way. It would have to be something big to cause that.” You remarked. “So, what is it?”
“Military perhaps.” Jahee chimed in, tightening her grip on the steering wheel. “They may have scouting groups around. And surely if they found Luciel they may attack, especially with his hacking background…”
“But unlike others, the military have attacked, Luciel isn’t looking or searching for help. Surely with that in mind, they wouldn’t attack him.”
“It’s not like it’d bring down their reputation any more than they already will have when this is over,” You said, your stomach wrapping and twisting into fearful knots. “No one would even know really.”
“…Well…” Jumin hesitated, eyes widening with dinner plates as an idea seeped into his head. “He referred to the threat as a singular ‘someone’ didn’t he?”
“Then it can’t be military. And if it were merely one of the undead Luciel’s security would’ve been more than enough. I doubt he’d even care.”
“You think it’s a person then?”
“It should be- at least, more than likely.”
“Maybe it’s V!” Zen lit up at the idea, mustering a small smile. “Maybe he’s alright!”
“…I don’t think so.”
Jumin spoke softly, immediately a hint of sorrow dotting his tone.
You peered forward, reaching out and taking his hand, offering a comforting squeeze to his palm.
“What do you mean?” Zen scoffed, his nose scrunching. “None of us have even talked to V what makes you so sure he’s not going to be there.”
He tightened his hold on your hand, his face contorting to that of misery.
“I just…I don’t think it’s likely.”
“Well, who else could it be then Mr. Trust Fund?”
“Zen!” You snapped, huffing as you looked to him. “Stop. None of us really know what’s going to be there until we get there.”
Zen sighed, and leaned back, nodding lightly.
“…Right, okay. I’m sorry.”
“We just need to try and stay optimistic. Whatever questions we have I’m sure will be answered when he get there.”
“What if it’s not the answer we want?” Jahee tipped her head to you, her gaze crisp in the mirror.
“What do you mean?”
“We’re hoping for something good but…it’s not as though we’ve had much good happening lately. Why would we suddenly hit a stroke of luck now?”
“Why wouldn’t we?”
“I…” She frowned, unable to quite come up with the words. “I don’t know. I guess I just don’t want to get my hopes up.”
You folded your lips, resting against the back of your husband’s seat, an odd bit of knowing dribbling into your chest.
“Hope is all we have left at this point,” Jumin commented. “We should hold onto it as best as we can.”
“Are you afraid?”
“Am I afraid?”
“You don’t seem to be worried in the slightest. I’d think we’d still be at work were it not the others. How are you not frightened?”
Jumin’s gaze switched to you, becoming murky and soft with an unbelievable amount of care.
Yet also worry.
“I am,” He admitted. “I’m terrified in fact.”
He continued, his words lowering earnestly.
“But it’s not those things that scare me.”
“What is it then?”
He rubbed a gentle thumb over your knuckles as he answered, his words delicate and thoughtful.