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Weltanschauung

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“We all die.”

Levi looked up from the book in his hands.

“You just realized?” he asked, raising an eyebrow at Eren who had draped himself dramatically over the couch.

“We all die,” Eren repeated. “Life is so short. It should be enjoyed. Life…should be lived.”

Levi rolled his eyes. He knew what this was about, but he wasn’t about to let Eren get to him. He returned his attention to his book, flipped the page, and continued reading.

“They say time is an illusion. That our perception of time is limited to a singular experience in the confines of one lifetime. But…if I could transcend time would I be able to see myself in a world where I was able to take advantage of my short existence to the fullest, in a world where I did, in fact, live life?  Or am I stuck in an infinite loop of time where meaning and purpose of life are lost to the inevitable decay of minutes, days, years?”

He sighed loudly and Levi snapped his book closed.

That was enough of this philosophical bullshit. He got up from his chair and stomped over to the couch.

“Fine,” Levi said, glaring down at Eren.

“You mean it?”

“Yes. We can go to the Festival of Color this year.”

“Aaand?”

“And I will participate,” Levi said grudgingly.

Eren squealed and pulled Levi down for a kiss. It was messy and enthusiastic, much like this festival was bound to be, much like Eren. When Levi thought about it that way it didn’t seem so bad. Levi pressed into the kiss and climbed onto the couch so he was straddling Eren’s hips.

“That was easier than I thought it’d be,” Eren said once they broke apart, hands running up and down Levi’s sides. “So…about the Polar Plunge in a few weeks…”

“Don’t push your luck.”

Eren sighed. “We all die.

Cheeky shit. Levi leaned down to quiet him with another kiss.

Thoughts on Yurio and Victor’s Relationship after Episode 10

Just as a disclaimer, I am a bit in love absolutely and completely in love with Victor.  This opinion may or may not be affected by that.  I also love Yurio but I think he’s a bit of a brat. 

I keep seeing posts regarding hate on Victor for abandoning Yurio (yes, I know that isn’t his name, but this spelling makes it easier to differentiate between the two Yuris.)  I do not think Victor abandoned Yurio.  

As we know from Victor’s character, he is charismatic and everyone adores his skating.  Now, this anime seems to take each character a bit deeper than the obvious tropes.  Victor is also a deep soul who longs for love and to be loved for himself and not his skating success.  He is compassionate, forgetful, flirty, and a bit clueless at times.  He is also sensitive, I would say, as identified when he cries himself to sleep with Makkachin after being refused by Japanese Yuuri to sleep together.  This was right after he left Russia, his life, and his skating behind.

Yurio is kind of a jerk (honestly, he is a bit worse than that.)  I mean, our first glimpse of him is kicking a private stall of a competitor (Yuuri) who is literally at the lowest of the low, crying and devastated at his own failure (which Yuuri knows is completely his own fault.)  While Yurio does have his gentle side, he often acts out physically violent to others, is rude, and demanding (yes I know this is a trope).  He is selfish and inconsiderate of others.  I mean, let’s reminisce to the moment when Victor tries to give him advice about his performance after the Grand Prix Final in episode 1.  Yurio interrupts him to say something like “who cares, I won anyway so it doesn’t matter.”  I do think Yurio’s character is very complex, but he needs to grow up before he can improve and follow the advice given to him by his coach or mentors.  I mean, Victor isn’t his coach.  He is just offering Yurio insight on how to improve his performance but is blown off.

I think this all boils down to what people think Victor actually owes Yurio.  He isn’t Yurio’s coach and he never was.  Sure, you can blame Victor for not following through with his promise to choreograph Yurio’s debut performance (Agape) until they were all in Japan, but I think this reflects on Victor’s forgetful and hopeless romantic nature.  Victor fell in love with Yuuri from Japan, and after what happened at the banquet and when Yuuri skates Victor’s performance, I think it is kind of hard to doubt that Yuuri loves Victor too.  

I mean, was Victor really supposed to stay in Russia and be unhappy with some brat who doesn’t even respect his guidance and feedback on his performances?  Victor left behind everything in his life for the chance to be Yuuri’s coach and he did this without a plan.  This is pure romance and Victor did not want to lose his chance at love.  

Now, I want to talk about what happened between Yurio and Victor during episode 10.  I find that Victor has put up with a lot of Yurio’s crap for a long time.  Yurio completely takes for granted Victor’s presence in his life UNTIL Victor leaves for Japan.  He constantly bad mouths Yuuri (which in my opinion is due to his own insecurities) and Victor just can’t blow it off anymore.  In the beginning of the series, Victor used to just laugh off Yurio’s abuse and bad manners.  He doesn’t do that this time.  

I think Victor is finally sick and tired of Yurio’s crap.  I know he has excuses for being the way he is, but I don’t think a bad childhood is enough of a reason to treat everyone like crap whenever he feels like it (yeah, I know this is a anime trope but still, all of these characters are deeper than tropes).  I think this is identified in the routine Victor choreographed for Yurio.  Agape: unconditional love.  I think this reflects what Yurio and Victor’s relationship was lacking.  Victor may have been able to love Yurio (not sexual or romantic love), as a friend and a collegue, but Yurio was never able to show Victor that kindness.  

Victor knew when Yurio followed him to Japan, he did so for purely selfish reasons.  Yurio was pissed because he wanted Victor to choreograph a program for him, so he could win.  I know this was promised by Victor previously, but I don’t understand why Yurio didn’t pester Victor about this before now.  You think if it was that important to Yurio, he would have been all like MORON CHOREOGRAPH ME MY ROUTINE YOU PROMISED RIGHT NOW back in Russia, especially if Victor was already choreographing his own routine… sorry I am going on and on about this…

This is important.  I truly think that Victor feels that his decision to coach Yuuri was the best thing for not only himself, but also for Yurio.  Victor knows that Yurio is an amazing skater.  He knew that when he would try to give Yurio tips to improve his skating, but Yurio was never able to realize how resourceful and beneficial it was to have Victor be there for him…until he was gone.  I do think this helped him grow.  I mean, just look at the way he treats his current coach now versus when he was first learning how to be a prima ballerina.  Sure, he still has anger issues and is that Tsundere trope, but he has kindness and compassion as well.

I also think that for all the mean words Yurio has said about Yuuri, he truly think of him as a friend.  I do have questions about this:

I am not sure if Victor is talking about Yurio here, but I think it might be likely.  Especially when we look at this interaction between Yurio and Yuuri in episode 9. 

EDIT:  To clarify, I meant that I am not sure if Victor’s intention is to suggest that Yurio received his “L words” from Yuuri, but it might be likely considering how Yurio treats Yuuri in episode 9.  Thanks so much for all the feedback on this post!

Sorry for this word vomit.  I have no friends who watch this anime and I just want to talk about it with people!!!  


I die alone every Wednesday.  *cries*

Snk chapter 90
  • No Drama ✔
  • Everyone is okay ✔
  • Hanji with a eyepaych ✔
  • Hanji blushing✔
  • Historia is officially queen ✔
  • Levi being cute and hot at the same time ✔
  • Jean stopping Eren from an almost  fight ✔
  • Reaching the ocean ✔
  • Holy Trinity watching the ocean ✔
  • Sasha being fine and Sashas smile ✔
  • Connie Smile ✔
  • Connie and Sasha throwing water onJean✔
  • Mikasa smiling ✔
  • Armin smiling ✔
  • EREN BEING A SEXY MOTHERFUCKER WITH LONG HER ✔
  • Everyone is happy ✔
  • We are happy ✔
  • We are dead ✔
  • It was a good chapter ✔
  • Bonus:
  •  Linked Horizon is back ✔
  • Snk Season 2 Full date is out ✔
  • It is a good day to be alive ✔
  • Did this day change your mood ✔
  • We all should thank Isayama ✔✔✔✔
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Hey ya’ll I just wanna point out that this scene took place before the banquet. Its the same night as the free skate, the same night Yuuri lost, and takes place as everyone is leaving the venue.

You can see everyone is still wearing their Grand Prix ID tags, and the billboard outside still displays the schedule for the nights events. 

Ive seen some discussion around how the banquet gives much more meaning to the look that Viktor gave Yuuri, but honestly, knowing that it took place before the drunk dance battle, I think its more an indication that Yuuri piqued Viktors interest by turning him down. Viktor would be used to people chomping at the bit to get selfies with him, which is probably why he asked, but now this guy didn’t even turn him down, he just walked away really sadly. 

On top of that, there’s no way in hell Viktor wouldn’t have recognised him as a fellow competitor. There’s no way Viktor wouldn’t have known who he was.

I think it was just him not knowing what to think of Yuuri. Which I think is backed up later in this screen shot:

Where Viktor honestly looks interested in Yuuri. He’s super curious about this guy because of what happened at the venue the previous night. Every other skater he would have met would have been friendly and diplomatic at least, I mean, Viktor even talked about the banquet being an opportunity for skaters to learn how to be social with one another, and yet this guy is unabashedly and un-apologetically bummed out and its genuinely interesting to Viktor. 

Of course, that interest pays off a billion fold later on… 

But anyway yeah, the photo scene took place before the banquet. 

Im so mad
  • Isayama a few chapters ago: False alarm, Armin didn't die and now he's a shifter
  • Me: Thank god jesus christ
  • Isayama now: Actually lol the shifters can live only 13 years after their transformation, Eren and Armin are gonna die soon lmao
  • Me: wHaT THE FUcKKK????!!!???
SNK 89 Summary EDITED AGAIN FOR A DIFFERENT, MORE RECENT TRANSLATION
  • Hanji: "The Attack Titan"
  • Eren: Huh?
  • Hanji: That's what you just did. You stared into the middle distance and said "The Attack Titan" without any prompting.
  • Armin: Well I guess he did do that.
  • Levi: Who gives a shit. He's 15. He's an edgelord. Of course he's going to stare into the middle distance and say dramatic shit.
  • Hanji: Also you're free to go. Let's go see the queen.
  • ---------------------------
  • Historia: Hey bitches.
  • Everyone: All hail the queen.
  • Historia: Jesus christ guys it's still me. No need for that. Also Let's go read Ymir's letter.
  • --------Ymir's letter--------
  • Ymir: Sup Historia. Reiner's letting me write this letter, but he's reading everything I write so I figure this is a good time to mention that Reiner will never, EVER get laid.
  • Ymir: Anyways, sorry I left you. I don't know what came over me.
  • Ymir: So basically here's my backstory. I used to be an orphan but this guy gave me the name Ymir. I started calling myself Ymir and everyone started worshipping my ass. But then some guys (read: Marley) came along and told me my ass was whack but I responded "Bitch my ass fine and also I'm a goddess" even though I wasn't.
  • Ymir: Not a goddess, that is. My ass fine.
  • Ymir: Anyways, they sent me to Paradis and made me into a Titan and yadda yadda you know the rest.
  • Ymir: They are probably going to kill me now. It was a good life, though. I'm happy with it.
  • Ymir: I do have one regret, though.
  • Ymir: I never got to marry you.
  • ----------Later that day---------
  • Zackley: Okay guys so we haven't revealed this info to the public yet. Lets go over it real quick and see if we can figure out what to do.
  • Hanji: So basically everyone in the world wants our asses dead.
  • Zackley: Well shit.
  • Hanji: Also, according to Eren's flashback:
  • ----------Eren's Flashback------------
  • OKay Fuck me I'm not sure exactly what this part is saying, but basically the mindless titans were used as military might by Eldians and now are used by Marley. The First King is using the titans to keep the Eldians in "Paradise", but believes that one day all of Eldia should be wiped out, lest it wage war again. One translation says the Marley want to control the titans, another one says they want to kill the titans so they can harvest resources from Paradis. For this goal they need the coordinate. There is a debate in Marley on whether or not to exterminate all Eldians or to use them as weapons. Kruger want Grisha to steal the coordinate so that this debate will open up again... for some reason. I'm waiting for a better translation.:
  • -----------Back to present day-------------
  • Zackley: So pretty much, if I'm understanding this, if a Reiss has the coordinate then we can't use the power, but if a non-Reiss has the coordinate we can't use the power.
  • Hanji: Ya
  • Eren: *Remembers he could use it when he touched smiling titan*
  • Eren: *Remembers smiling titan is Dina, and therefore royalty*
  • Eren: *Realizes if he tells people this they might make him eat Historia to merge with royal blood and unlock coordinate*
  • Eren: *Says nothing because he doesn't want Historia to die and let's be real she probably tastes terrible*
  • -----------Back to Eren's Flashback----------
  • Kruger: Grisha, when you get to the walls, start a family.
  • Grisha: And just betray Dina?
  • Kruger: Yeah boi
  • Kruger: You have to. Otherwise we will continue to repeat the same mistakes and the same history again and again.
  • Kruger: You have to do it if you want to save Mikasa and Armin.
  • Grisha: Who the fuck are Mikasa and Armin?
  • Kruger: I have no fucking clue. Why the fuck did I say that?
  • ----------Chapter End-------------------
  • Fandom: THE ACTUAL FUCK JUST HAPPENED
  • Fandom: NO REALLY WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT ABOUT MIKASA AND ARMIN WHAT THE FUCK