so the quality suffers a bit

What to do when you’re stuck with a lazy group? I’m with two guys and we still haven’t chosen a topic. We have to present in two weeks. Nobody replies to my messages and both left after class this week. I just wanted to choose a topic and leave!!!! So I booked a study room today and they all made excuses. Ugh. I’m gonna be the one who’s doing all the work. This is worth 40% of our grade. Same as the exam. FML

Hi there, thank you for asking, as this is a super common problem in high school, university and the workplace! I’ve never seen this question answered in depth on studyblr, so I’ll give it a go! 

NB. It depends on your personality as to the approach you want to take, so let everyone who’s reading this not pass judgement upon others in such a situation~ Remember in all of this to be polite, understanding and gracious no matter how much you want to flip tables. The following 5 Options go in order of how many bridges you want to burn :’)

Option 0. Wait for a bit longer and try communicating with them again.

I have seen a similar question asked once on tumblr where the studyblr blogger answered “two weeks is plenty of time, you’re probably over-reacting”… Obviously, I’m not going to trivialise your answer by giving you just one option like that - I frankly thought that studyblr was quite rude for answering so shortly to someone who took the time to ask them a question.

How to do it: The way you communicate with them now might not be effective, so make sure that you’re ticking off the following boxes if you choose this option, rather than just letting nothing change: meeting face to face, setting mini-deadlines for each part instead of just allocating once at the beginning, and make sure each member knows what and when they have to complete something.

This option is best suited for people who:

  • really don’t want to create a commotion and would rather wait a little longer and reduce the time available for them to do the project,
  • or people who would answer ‘Strongly Disagree’ to “Being organized is more important to you than being adaptable“ and “In a discussion, truth should be more important than people’s sensitivities.” in a personality quiz (a strong prognostic factor for Option 1 tbh),
  • or people who know they can tackle everything in less than 1 week,
  • or people who just realised/kind of know they’re actually overreacting,
  • or have just realised whilst reading this that maybe they didn’t actually try contacting the other group members all that well (i.e. don’t have enough evidence for Option 3).


  • Nobody gets angry at anyone, and it doesn’t reflect badly on you either (because no one finds out if you don’t say anything - people tend to be judgemental if you pick one of the three options below).
  • Less stressful for some people than confrontation.
  • You might get eventual cooperation.


  • You might not get eventual cooperation, and end up being stuck with all the work anyway (hence resulting in options below).
  • More stressful for other people as you feel time is ticking away and nothing is changing.
  • The time you spend waiting for the others will result in less time for you to tackle all the actual work.

Pro-tip: doing as much individual work as possible sometimes will egg those team members to finally start pulling their weight, or can help you with Option 3 if you do end up going for it.

Option 1. You make all the decisions and do all the work.

Best suited for people who: are academically gifted, like doing work independently, have excellent time management skills.


  • You can ensure the quality of the work will be excellent.
  • You get to choose what topic to do and direct the overall project turnout.
  • No one hates you for anything, but NB. your friends and family relationships that suffer as a result of the time you have to sacrifice might not have anything pleasant to say about it all.


  • You need an extraordinary amount of time.
  • The other people in the group get a free ride and in nastier words, some would say you get taken advantage of for your goodwill.
  • Lack of group opinion may make the quality of your work suffer.
  • Other subjects you’re taking may suffer.

Option 2. Badger the other group members until they do some work.

Best suited for people who: don’t want to be stuck with Option 1, but don’t want to escalate to Option 3. Give them an ultimatum about the work, or just decide the topic by yourself if they don’t step up.


  • Very similar to Option 0 in that you wait a bit longer before taking drastic action, so you might get eventual cooperation, and you don’t bother your professor.


  • You stress yourself out badgering other people.
  • Other group members get annoyed at you, and your classmates that happen to watch you badgering have a not-so-great impression of you.

Option 3. Document a significant amount of evidence that shows your effort to get them to contribute and contact the professor about it.

Best suited for people who: would like to do things independently but just cannot afford the time because of other commitments.


  • Professor can step in and (hopefully) offer some sort of alternative solution.
  • Your other subjects won’t suffer.
  • Sometimes you have a really great professor and they end up taking into account that you’ve done the project by yourself and mark super nicely/give a bonus mark, or even penalise the other students.


  • Professor may snuff you and say “the purpose of this project is also to learn about team cooperation”. Had a prof before who told us straight up at the beginning of the project that “you work it out, not me”
  • Professor may help you out, but in a way that doesn’t really end up helping e.g. he just emails the two members of your group to tell them to start working once and that’s it.
  • Other group members hate you for life (and I know this bothers some people enough not to go through with it, again pls remember no judgement fellow readers)

How to do it: Email should be along the lines of the following:

Dear Professor _______,

I am a current student undertaking [course code]. I am sorry to contact you in unfortunate circumstances, but I have been having severe difficulty convening with the other members for the remainder of the _____ project. While I am aware that group projects have a dual purpose to both educate us on the academic topic as well as to improve our cooperation and communication skills, I have tried [insert whatever means you attempted to contact them by, attaching evidence is up to you]. I have already completed the intro/background research/other individual task, however I cannot complete the ______ by myself/without group input.

I would appreciate any guidance you could offer/I would greatly appreciate your help/If it is possible, could you please [insert action depending on how desperate you are - don’t ask for anything unreasonable!]?

I apologise for having to inconvenience you, and thank you for your understanding on the matter.

Kind regards,

[Name and student number]

Option 4. You do all the work and then leave their names off the work.

Best suited for people who: work independently, don’t mind burning a few bridges. I won’t actually recommend this option, but I’ve seen this happen in real life.


  • Sense of self-satisfaction for some people when the lazy members don’t get a free ride.
  • Again, you make sure the project quality is exactly what you want.


  • Similar to Option 1 minus the free ride bit.
  • Not only do the other group members hate you, but their friends in your cohort will too. At least in Option 3, those guys can’t try and gossip behind your backs because whoever they tell will realise that they didn’t do the right thing either.
  • Do this at your own risk, as it can backfire depending on the professor - if anyone’s watched Cheese in the Trap - the main character does all the work but the professor managed to suss out that the other group members didn’t do anything, and as a result penalised her with a D grade for failing to make it “group” work despite the fact she would’ve gotten an A. Some profs are really… they just don’t see it your way :/

Hopefully things don’t have to escalate to Option 4, but whatever you choose to take, I’ll wish you the best! I’ve given quite detailed instructions and written comprehensively, but feel free to contact me any time if you need any more help :)


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The truth is that waking up can be a disturbing process.

Who really wants to find out that everything they thought was real was nothing but a pocket full of dreams? Who wants to find out that everything they hold onto and cling to is the very reason that they suffer? Who really wants to find out that we’re all addicted to qualities like approval, recognition, control, and power, and that none of these things actually brings an end to suffering? In fact, they’re the cause of suffering! So the truth is that most of us don’t really want to wake up. We don’t really want to end suffering. What we really want to do is manage our suffering, to have a little bit less of it, so that we can just go on with our lives as they are, unchanged, the way we want to live them, maybe feeling a little better about them.

~ Adyashanti

Hey here’s an illustration I had done for an exhibition about the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. Yeah it’s a bit creepy:) I wanted to go for a painterly look with this one, I’ve been inspired by Goya’s wonderful paintings (the image is really big so tumblr messed up the quality).

It comes from a tale called “The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn what Fear Was”. Here’s the part that inspired me: “And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other, and they moved backwards and forwards, he thought to himself: ‘If you shiver below by the fire, how those up above must freeze and suffer!’ And as he felt pity for them, he raised the ladder, and climbed up, unbound one of them after the other, and brought down all seven. Then he stoked the fire, blew it, and set them all round it to warm themselves.”

S. M. I. L. E.

Title: S. M. I. L. E.

Pairing: Pietro Maximoff/F!Reader

Additional characters: Wanda Maximoff, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, mentions of Vision and Laura Barton

AU: No superpowers/superskills; Everyone lives a normal life

Word count: 6,300+ (oops)


Additional tags: Barton!Reader. Athlete/Runner!Pietro. Jealous Pietro. Bucky is a dick – albeit a really helpful one. Wanda (and Steve!) ships you and Pietro REALLY hard.
Summary: Pietro wasn’t jealous. He’s really not. He just didn’t like the fact that you seemed a bit more keen when Bucky flirted with you. Mostly Pietro’s pov.
Prompt: “Stop smiling at me. I can’t stop messing up my words when you look at me like that.”

neurotic a/n: I’m sorry this is so late! Also this is my first time writing xreader story/one-shot (which suffered a lot of rewrites), so I apologize in advance for this tale’s quality. Pietro may be ooc…? I don’t know anymore. *is sweating bullets*
(proper) a/n: This is for @bionic-buckyb​‘s 5k AU Writing Challenge. Hope you like this, Kait!

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a-non-sequitur  asked:

Random question of the day: what types of stories are you drawn to? Has that changed since you've grown older?

This took me a while to answer because I kept stopping and thinking about it, and I still honestly don’t know the answer – I think it depends in part on mood, and also what a “story” is – I want different things from my nonfiction and my fiction, but both are a kind of story, and even within those divisions there are different times I want different things. 

I really struggle with stories of injustice, especially injustice that hasn’t been repaired, or has only partially been repaired. I understand the importance, on the one hand, and I don’t think those stories shouldn’t be told, but they’re very frustrating for me to read and I think generally, for me, don’t necessarily serve the purpose they’re intended for. So I think the flip of that is that I like a story that has a satisfying catharsis. I don’t need it to end tied up neatly with a bow, but I need there to at least be a sense that justice has been or will be done. 

This is probably why I like murder mysteries so much. Almost always the focus is not on the injustice, since it has already happened, but on the serving of justice. Likewise true crime tends to be viewed through the lens of “Either this was resolved or the people suffering are dead” which provides at least some sense of closure. When true crime focuses on the victim it can be doing a service in giving the victim a voice, but it can also be a bit obsessively about the violence committed against the victim, which is fetishistic and creepy. 

I like stories that celebrate the best of human qualities rather than the worst; one reason I avoid postapocalyptic fiction/dystopian fiction/godfuckingdamn zombies is that those stories tend to, if not glorify, then engage on an uncomfortably enthusiastic level with the worst of human instincts. Which it turns out aren’t even what come out during times of disaster (cf Rebecca Solnit’s book A Paradise Built In Hell). I really enjoyed The Stand to a point because it was about counterpoints – one group of people becoming the worst of humanity but another group becoming the best of. And I threw the book across the room and never finished it because of what happened to the Best Of about 2/3 of the way into the book. (Yes, I did go look up how it ends, but I still can’t bear to finish it.) 

I also really like microhistory, the history of a specific thing or of culture as seen through the prism of that thing, like A History Of The World In Six Glasses. It allows us to view history not as a sequence of violent acts, which is what a lot of traditional history education focuses on, but as a continuum of actions, some of which are positive, some creative, some destructive. I think it offers a much more nuanced view of history and helps us to look at solutions to the past’s actions rather than burying us in the mire of them. 

I think these tastes were formed in childhood and adolescence for me and while the maturity level of the books I like has changed (I still read YA books sometimes to relax, but I have to be very careful because YA’s super grimdark right now, and YA is not my preferred challenge reading) the themes I enjoy haven’t really. 

Who really wants to find out that we’re all addicted to qualities like approval, recognition, control, and power, and that none of these things actually brings an end to suffering? In fact, they’re the cause of suffering! So the truth is that most of us don’t really want to wake up. We don’t really want to end suffering. What we really want to do is manage our suffering, to have a little bit less of it, so that we can just go on with our lives as they are, unchanged, the way we want to live them, maybe feeling a little better about them.
—  Adyashanti
Attention all Interstitial Cystitis Sufferers!!!!

I suffer from really really bad IC that wakes me up every morning after 4-6 hrs of sleep to mind melting bladder pain that increases my hot flashes and nausea like you wouldn’t believe (which are already pretty bad bc of fibromyalgia). The IC keeps me from going back to sleep too bc the pain, bladder urgency, and flashes of even WORSE pain are anything but conducive to rest. 

I have, however, finally gotten this nightmare under a bit of control.

“How?” you ask?

By drinking matcha tea for the last month (at least two cups a day), I no longer wake up in the very early morning dying of pain. My bladder does still hurt but it’s sooooooooooooo much better it’s amazing! I’ve gotten some quality of life back and I’m not as worried about going places early in the morning bc my IC isn’t out of control!!! IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!

So if you suffer from IC like me, please please PLEASE try matcha if you can. I know it’s expensive but you’ll save money on medication anyway and if you shop around you can find better deals, especially if you go to asian food stores I’m sure. 

That said, please check out the links I’ve offered here too bc from the shopping around I’ve done this matcha seems to be a great value, brand, and it’s organic. Going as organic as possible is important if you have IC bc it’s important to keep as many unnecessary chemicals out of your body as possible bc they can also irritate your bladder.

Please try matcha if you have IC!!!! 

Some more freckled fluff baby fic. You can read the previous part here. This time a bit fluffier? I wrote this quickly, so I hope the quality doesn’t suffer from it.

1.5k, still Kiwi’s point of view. She already has a better handle on emotions and can speak a bit more.

(Freckled fluff baby tag.)

Kiwi was sulking.

Sure she had accidentally made a shelf topple over and she had maybe broken some things. But she had said sorry and she had been bored. That was no reason for Dean to say “no story time today”. That was just mean.

Mommy was cleaning up while she was trying to squeeze herself under the table just to see if she could. She had already made good progress with her size and she was small enough that she could duck through the entrance of the main hall and go into the library. And that was pretty much when Dean had started protesting. She could hear her parents argue in the other room.

“She was bored, Dean. There aren’t a lot of things for her to do and she can’t watch videos on your ipad all hours of the day. She needs to move around and explore,” mommy said. “She’s just a child. Children break things.”

“Oh, so now you’re an expert on children or what?” Dean returned. “God, Cas. It’s not even about me being angry that she breaks stuff. I know kids break stuff. But there are powerful things in here and things with sharp edges!”

Kiwi gnawed at a table leg because she’d rather have her parents talk to her instead of about her. She still had no teeth so it was okay, she wasn’t doing any damage.

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anonymous asked:

5, bull and inquisitor pleasee

“Wait a minute. Are you jealous?”

Bull knows the Inquisitor heard him, even if he doesn’t answer. Feli is an expert at hiding his emotions, but Bull is a trained fucking Ben-Hassrath (or at least he was– still not fun to think about) and his prissy prince has a peculiar little tell. His posture is already impeccable, back perfectly held in a neat little curve, shoulders back, but relaxed. But when Bull asks the question, that taut curve snaps into position, ramrod straight, bleeding tension and discomfort. Bull’s proud to say he’s one of the few people who notices, not just because he’s trained to notice, but just because he knows his kadan.

The rundown little pub isn’t crowded, hasn’t been for hours now, and Feli’s been nursing his cheap watered-down wine for a good chunk of that time, suffering the piss-poor quality like a champ (meaning he only curled his lip slightly upon the first taste).

But the bartender– a redhead– has been trying to catch Bull’s eye all night, slid him a free drink or two, winked when their eyes met. Bull’s humored the flirtation a little, to be honest, offering a smile, a wink, an occasional flex. He can tell it’s appreciated by the barkeep.

Maybe not so much by the Inquisitor.

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It’s been a while and I forgot how to draw everyone. So … character studies 2.0!

This is just how I personally (try to) draw the Joui 4, but i hope these can useful to other people in some way too

anonymous asked:

Given your ACTUAL medical backround including psychology, how would you classify Luffy's unique intelligence? Emotional? Personal? Intuitive? another kind?

tbh I don’t really enjoy writing about psychology on this blog most of the time. Things are usually more complicated that people seem to assume they are and because I’m a detail oriented person I tend to get really bogged down in trying to describe things super thoroughly. 

Like, the subject of intelligence is complicated. I do believe that there are multiple facets of intelligence that are worth distinguishing from each other. However, the theory that these categories, modules, of intelligence are completely distinct from each other lacks empirical support. Rather, there is more research supporting the idea of there being a “general intelligence factor,” referred to as the “g factor.” As wikipedia describes it, 

“It is a variable that summarizes positive correlations among different cognitive tasks, reflecting the fact that an individual’s performance on one type of cognitive task tends to be comparable to that person’s performance on other kinds of cognitive tasks. The g factor typically accounts for 40 to 50 percent of the between-individual performance differences on a given cognitive test…” 

This suggests that there is a central intelligence in people that influences a person’s intelligence in general, among most of the different categories of intelligence that you can divide intelligence up into. It doesn’t account for everything, but the idea that it doesn’t exist at all hasn’t gotten much empirical support. 

And, to point out something else, you listed emotional intelligence as a category of intelligence. And while it is a useful thing to be able to distinguish how well a person is able to interpret and understand the emotions of themself and others, there are questions in the field as to whether or not it actually deserves to be regarded as a unique category of intelligence. Again, to quote wikipedia, 

Similarly, Locke (2005)[53] claims that the concept of EI [emotional intelligence] is in itself a misinterpretation of the intelligence construct, and he offers an alternative interpretation: it is not another form or type of intelligence, but intelligence—the ability to grasp abstractions—applied to a particular life domain: emotions. He suggests the concept should be re-labeled and referred to as a skill.

This subject is also complicated because Luffy and One Piece are fictional creations. Oda can and does present ideas that aren’t really true, or accurate. For example, one of the things that has been demonstrated about Luffy’s character is that he has great “instinct.” On Little Garden he knew which one of the Mr. 3 statues was the real one 

Oda has often present Luffy as being very much like an animal, including the idea that he is very in tune with his instincts. This, in the way that Oda uses it, can be considered a type of intelligence. However, that’s not what instincts are. Instinct is “is the inherent inclination of a living organism towards a particular complex behavior.” For example, sea turtles crawl towards the ocean when they hatch from their eggs on the beach. They aren’t taught to do it, they just know that’s what they’re supposed to do the moment they hatch. It is programmed into their DNA. But how can “being able to distinguish a living person from wax fakes” be considered something that Luffy was genetically programmed to do? But Oda wasn’t really using “instinct” in its scientific definition, as much as he was using it to mean “knowing something without clearly thinking about it” while also evoking its association with animals. 

And now, retroactively, we can look at this as an early hint at the existence of Observation Haki. I don’t believe that is what Oda intended to do at the time, but in hindsight it is applicable. So Haki. Luffy is very good at it. Is that a form of intelligence? Arguably, but it is one that isn’t real so it can’t really be classified. 

So, as you can see I’m probably a terrible person to ask a question like this because I’m more likely to give you a list of the criticisms of the associated ideas being proposed to me than I am to just answer the question. 

I have written about Luffy a lot tho, including touching on his intelligence. I used to regard Luffy as a genius at fighting, but recently I was asked about it and after thinking about it I decided that he is not. Rather, I believe that Luffy’s abilities in battle are the result of hard work, not of innate ability. (You can read about that here.) And here’s a post about how Luffy was able to connect what Robin was going through on Enies Lobby to what Sabo went through when he was a kid. And here’s one about Luffy’s insight into how to best stop the fighting in Alabasta

The thing is though… I would overall say that Luffy isn’t very intelligent. His IQ, his g factor, would probably be lower than the average person. And he’s probably lower than the average person in most categories of intelligence that you can come up with. I mean, he has no sense of direction. He can’t understand even the most basic of scientific explanations. He has no artistic abilities. He rarely plans ahead. He has a shitty memory. He has a short attention span. He, most of the time, doesn’t get or doesn’t care about the feelings of the people around him if they disagree with him. I could go on but you get the point. Luffy isn’t terribly intelligent in almost any regard. 

But you know what? That’s not meant to be a bad thing. This is something that I believe is deliberate on Oda’s part. Luffy isn’t just meant to be stupid because it’s funny. Luffy is who he is as part of a message that “simple can be good.” Luffy may not be a genius, but that’s not as important as the fact that he’s determined, the fact that he believes in himself, the fact that he believes in his friends, the fact that he loves people and wants to protect them, and so on. 

It is shitty for people to believe that a person needs to be intelligent to accomplish anything, or to deserve respect. Intelligence is a relative quality, so by inherently linking intelligence to worth as a person it automatically means that a hell of a lot of people are inherently worth less than other people. Intelligence isn’t everything. Crocodile and Doflamingo and Kuro and Enel are all damn smart people, but they are also human trash who have made countless people suffer. Luffy, on the other hand, is simple. He doesn’t think about consequences or implications or nuances. He’s morally flawed and a bit of an insensitive jerk. But all the same, he’s a ray of sunshine in the world who is happy to give people a second chance, who never has hidden ulterior motives or tries to take advantage of people. He sees the world in a simple way and has simple wants and the world is a better place because of him. And of course, sometimes Luffy’s simple approach to a subject winds up being the most effective thing to do. 

I don’t think we need to come up with a way of interpreting Luffy as intelligent in order to respect him. Luffy, as a general matter, isn’t terribly intelligent. But it doesn’t matter, because the qualities of his character, and even his simplistic nature, are full of good that can accomplish great things. Like in Impel Down, when he just went and gave Buggy the treasure map without thinking twice about it 

Was this an intelligent thing to do? No, not really. Buggy, despite crying over Luffy’s unfaltering trust in him, immediately tried to ditch Luffy, and then did ditch him later. But that’s just the kind of person Luffy is. He trusts people more than he should because being suspicious of others isn’t in his nature. Does it backfire on him sometimes? Hell yeah it does. But that’s the kind of quality that Luffy has that moves and inspires others, and makes the people close to him care about him all the more. This happened with Law too. Law tried to use the Straw Hats for his own ends by deceiving them, but Luffy never cared. He stuck by Law’s side and did what he believed was right and stuck his neck out for Law and in the end they accomplished great things together. 

Imagine Jungkook sees Jimin at a party but before he can muster up the courage to say hello - Jimin left.
And Jungkook feels eally disappointed so he mentions the cute guy with this really beautiful eyes smile, a body to die for and the cutest voice ever while talking to Taehyung (praying that Tae knows him-but no such luck)
And Taehyung, as the good best friend he is, feels bad as well bc damn falling in love?This was a first for Jungkook. So Taehyung is in a bad mood as well and who has to suffer from it? Yes, Hoseok. Don’t misunderstand Hoseok, he likes Jungkook and he yeah he understands, but the he just wishes for some quality time with his boyfriend but he has to listen to Jungkooks sad life story instead. The dancer tells Namjoon when they meet up bc ‘Bro, I can’t take this anymore. Kookie here, Kookie there. Hell it has been a week!’ And Namjoon just laughs bc Hoseok can be a bit dramatic some times.
The rapper informs Jin about the whole situation after he asks how Hoseok is doing. Namjoon just laughs ‘You should have seen Hoseok. He was thiiiiiis close to crying.’
Jin isn’t really amused about all this bc duh he’s romantic and believes in first love and omg this poor Jungkook boy! And at work Yoongi has to listen to Jins complaints about Namjoons immature behaviour and how sorry he feels for this Jungkook. And after Jin finishes his ranting Yoongi just looks at Jin and says ‘I know the boy who Jungkook fell for.’
= Yoongi is Jimins roommate. 

And this is not only about how fate brought together Jimin and Jungkook but their group of friends as well. Everyone wondered why they all never met up before.

The Replacement Rangers

In the early days of the series for various reasons, cast members of a Sentai  needed to be replaced mid-season.  Sometimes it was for health reasons, scheduling conflicts or contract disagreements.  Fortunately, there is story precedence for this that came even before the Super Sentai series.

In 1971, the original actor for Kamen Rider/Takeshi Honga, Hiroshi Fujioka,  was injured while performing his own stunts.  Needing a replacement, the writers created a second Kamen Rider, Hayato Ichimonji (played by Takeshi Sasaki). When Fujioka had recovered enough, he returned and the show was graced with two Riders.  They have since become known as Kamen Rider Ichigou (or Kamen Rider 1) and Kamen Rider Niigou (or Kamen Rider 2).

With that successful switch under their belts, Toei could use a similar swap when things went badly for a cast member in the Super Sentai Series. The first time this happened was actually during the very first series, Himitsu Sentai GoRanger from 1975.

I am not sure of the real life reasons why it happened but the original KiRanger (played by Baku Hatakeyama)  left for a short time.  The in-story reason was that the character, Daita Oiwa, was promoted to the head of the Kyushu branch of their organization, EAGLE.  He was replaced by Daigora Kumano (played by Jirō Daruma) from episodes 55-67. The original KiRanger is forced to return after Daigoro is killed during a fight with a particularly strong member of the Black Cross Army.

The second time Toei had to replace a hero was in Battle Fever J, where they had to do it TWICE!

Let’s talk about the first member to leave the team.  Diane Martin (played by Diane Martin) was seriously injured in a fight with a Dracula monster and was forced to return to the United States. She was replaced by Maria Nagisa (Naomi Hagi), a fellow FBI agent who had originally been groomed to be Miss America but when EGOS attacked while Diane was in Japan and Maria was away, Diane took the role until her forced retirement.

Again, I do not know the actual reasons for the replacement but I can hazard a guess.  Diane Martin (the actress) did not speak very good Japanese and all of her dialogue had to be dubbed over by Lisa Komaki (who played Peggy Matsuyama/MomoRanger in Himitsu Sentai GoRanger) and voice actress Keiko Yokozawa.  This may have added to production times and the cost of production as the staff would have had to take time to re-record dialogue and pay the dub actresses. It may have just been more economical to replace the on-screen actress with someone who spoke better Japanese.  Again, this is only my guess based on the facts I have.

The second hero to be replaced was the original Battle Cossack.  This one I have absolutely no information on behind the scenes.  In story though, Kensaku Shiraishi (played by Yukio Itou) was killed in episode 33 when out of uniform and trying to defend someone from an EGOS attack.  His friend, who also worked for the Defense Ministry, Makoto Jin (Naoya Ban) took over the role.  He was never much of a team player though and preferred to work alone as an expert marksman.  Never much to chat, Makoto was serious, stern and all action and few words, a stark difference from the rather charming Kensaku.

This brings us to the first time the leader of a team was replaced.  In 1981′s Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan, the original Vul Eagle, Ryusuke Ohwashi (Ryūsuke Kawasaki) left the team in episode 23 to pursue a career as a Space Shuttle pilot with NASA in the United States.

He was replaced by Takayuki Hiba (Takayuki Godai), who was a colleague and a master of Kendo. As such, he brought a traditional katana into his arsenal and used it quite extensively in combat against the forces of Black Magma.

Behind the scenes, Kawasaki left the series to return to his full-time job, which payed better and had more security than working on a children’s TV series that would only last a year.

Fast forward a few years and we come to 1984′s Choudenshi Bioman and one of the more controversial changeovers from one hero to another. When the show began, Yellow Four/Mika Koizumi was played by Yuki Yajima.

However, there was a lot of turmoil behind the scenes involving pay and working conditions.  Yuki left the series and not on good terms, not even staying long enough to be replaced.  That is why when episode 10 comes around and she is killed, we never see the character out of costume for the entire episode.  She is even buried in her Yellow Four outfit.

In the very next episode, we get introduced to her replacement, the Olympic archer Jun Yabuki (played by Sumiko Tanaka). Jun is eager to join the team, a contrast to her predecessor, who initially wanted nothing to do with being a hero. She is at first rejected but when it is discovered that she is descended from the same group bathed in Bioparticles 500 years ago, she is allowed to join.

That was, at the time of this writing, the last time Toei has had to swap out a main character mid-season. Either the contracts have gotten better or the quality of stunt work done by the suit actors and stand-ins has kept the main cast from suffering injuries.  Either way, teams have been a lot more stable since the mid-1980s and continue to be so up until the modern day.

I hope this was fun to read or at least a bit educational.  If you take nothing else from it, I hope you learned that if you have to join a Sentai team, skip Battle Fever J, they have a freakishly high casualty rate!

The truth is that waking up can be a disturbing process. Who really wants to find out that everything they thought was real was nothing but a pocket full of dreams? Who wants to find out that everything they hold onto and cling to is the very reason that they suffer? Who really wants to find out that we’re all addicted to qualities like approval, recognition, control, and power, and that none of these things actually beings an end to suffering? In fact, they’re the cause of suffering! So the truth is that most of us don’t really want to wake up. We don’t really want to end suffering. What we really want to do is manage our suffering, to have a little bit less of it, so that we can just go on with our lives as they are, unchanged, the way we want to live them, maybe feeling a little better about them.
—  Adyashanti
Boy Next Door Pt. 1


Description:  one where Josh moves into your apartment building and he’s new to your town so you show him around and as you two get closer he becomes very flirtatious and a little bit suggestive at times? And then you’re making dinner one night at your apartment (apartment is v small and pretty empty btw) and then he woos you and it’s romantic and it gets a lil spicy

A/N: Okay so this is broken up into two parts because I didn’t want to rush anything and let the quality suffer, so don’t worry, Part 2 will be here soon with plenty of spiciness. I’ll be posting some other shorter imagines in the mean time too ;) 

While at first you had tried to block out the endless string of grunts, slamming, and pounding of feet outside of your apartment, you no longer had the patience for it. You were trying to binge on Y/F/S, but with all the noise you couldn’t concentrate and were missing all the best parts. Reluctantly, you paused the TV, slid out from your cocoon of blankets, and sulked to the door. Looking through the peephole provided no help, so you cracked open the door to investigate. As soon as your eye caught sight of what was outside, all thoughts of getting back to your show flew to the back of your mind. Show? Psh, that man was gorgeous, at least in your eyes. 

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