Ok, I actually do know what my number 1
is, but there are some “honourary mentions” as well that it seems wrong
not to mention. So, I’m gonna cheat slightly and do a top 5 ;p (I mean, I could even have done a top 10 with how much material there is to choose from lol)
The arm grab in Back To The Moon.
Protective Peridot is just so precious. I love the fact that she was so defensive/protective of
Lapis in this scene - putting Lapis’ comfort above all else.
Peridot’s outrageous flirting and gift-giving in Barn Mates.
She wasn’t even subtle, was she?!
Seeing her very clear attraction to Lapis here let me dare
to believe that my beloved OTP just might make it in canon…
The entire first half of Beta.
Just seeing them getting along so perfectly with one another,
and being so domestic and happy and supportive and cute… I spent the first half of this episode
basically hugging myself with joy lol
The dinner table scene in Gem Harvest.
Everything about this was just beautiful. The little looks that they gave one another,
the fact that the table was blatantly split down the middle (clearly showing
the original Crystal Gems as a separate “family” unit to Lapis, Peridot and
Pumpkin), the high five that Peridot didn’t even need to look at Lapis to know
that she’d get, the shared sense of humour, the mirroring of their facial expressions…
And finally, my #1 Lapidot moment…
That scene in Barn Mates.
After months and months of having Lapidot as my OTP based
solely on a very strong gut instinct of it one day becoming canon, here it was:
actual, 100% solid-gold confirmation of the ship, on-screen.
I may or may not have actually cried at this point, as well
as rewatching the scene several times whilst flailing at the screen and proclaiming
“see?! I freaking KNEW it!!” ;p
It’s an incredible scene… the look Peridot gives Lapis is
so typical of someone looking at their crush, the sun comes out as Peridot’s
giving Lapis the biggest smile that she’s ever given to anyone – and then Lapis
deeply blushes and has to look away.
If that’s not setting up a potential romance, then I don’t
know what is.
Imagine: You and bucky develop a close relationship when you join the team, but it’s put to the test when he accidentally hurts you
warnings: smut, choking (tragically not the sexual kind), angsty if thats a warning?
a/n: buckle up y’all this is a long one, like 5.3k words long (yikes i know i got really carried away okay) I’m really sorry if it gets typo-y at the end, i’ve been working on this all day and my head hurts and i want to get it out for you guys so i didn’t proof read please for give me. Enjoy!
When you joined the Avengers, you didn’t expect to fall in love. Save the world? Sure. But falling in love was most definitely not on you radar, at least not until you met a certain boy with a mess of brown hair and striking blue eyes.
Bucky was your first friend when you moved into the compound. You were more on the quiet side, very unlike your other team members, who were a rambunctious bunch. It’s what drew you and Bucky together, staying behind while everyone else went out to a club or party.
I hope requests aren’t piling up and overwhelming you just yet. Haha. Could I request a scenario where Newt and the reader have feelings for each other and everyone can clearly see it, including themselves, but they just never get around to admitting it but they’re still fluffy and adorably couple-like (ex. holding hands, playing with each other’s hair, sneaky kisses)? Thank you very much! :)
A/N: im so horrible at following the prompt sorry :P i did get a bit carried away😂
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Everyone was over at the Goldsteins’ for Thanksgiving. Newt had decided to surprise the sisters by coming back from England, but that wasn’t the only reason he came. Y/N, a beautiful, kind, intelligent girl who he had fancied for quite some time was currently staying at the sisters’ flat- er, apartment. She was the only thing he regretted leaving behind when he left New York. He had decided to surprise her as well, with something a little extra than just showing up at the apartment.
Currently, Newt was walking up the stairs to get to the door of the apartment, carrying nothing but his briefcase and a new pocket watch. He didn’t want to be late for the get-together, especially when he was trying to impress you. Jacob had told him what time they were all meeting, though it was hard for him to keep it from Queenie for obvious reasons. As he reached the 3rd floor, he spotted their door and hurried over. He hesitated before he knocked. What if they didn’t want to see him? What if they would get mad at him for popping in uninvited?
Newt took in a shaky breath and rapped his knuckles on the wooden door. There was a delay between his knock and an answer, presumably because they had all been preparing tonight’s meal. When the door opened, however, he was met with a glorious sight. There you stood, wearing a short coral dress that Queenie had made, looking beautiful as ever. Your eyes lit up as soon as you saw the man, and you ran over to hug him.
“Newty!” You exclaimed, wrapping your arms around his neck.
“S-still keeping the pet names, I-I presume.” Newt stammered, returning the gesture. You pulled away from him to examine his face.
“Crashing Thanksgiving dinner, I see.” You said, raising an eyebrow.
Newt could only divert his gaze to the ground. You laughed and grabbed his hand as you led him inside. The sisters’ attention was currently focused on their cooking, but Jacob smiled as you came in. He noticed the both of you were holding hands, and gave Newt a thumbs’ up in approval. Newt could only blush and look the other way. When the sisters finally did notice the two of you, they had already set the food on the table, waiting for you.
“Mr. Scamander!” Tina greeted, putting her hand on her hip. “How nice of you to join us!”
“Ah, so that’s what Jacob was hiding from me.” Queenie teasingly pouted, looking at Jacob. He could only smile in response.
“W-well yes, ah-I mean I was-er, hoping to.. s-surprise you! Yes, that’s it!“ Newt sputtered, an unconvincing grin on his face.
“You know I can read minds, Mr. Scamander..” Queenie reminded him, only taking a moment to glance at you. Newt looked down at the floor, rocking back and forth on his heels.
“Ah, bugger that.” You said, squeezing Newt’s hand before going to sit down at the table. “There’s an extra chair in the corner for you to pull up at the table.” Newt smiled at you before going to fetch the chair. Neither of you noticed the questioning glances exchanged by the others.
Currently, you were down in Newt’s briefcase after stuffing yourself to your limit. You had intended on feeding Frank, the thunderbird, but you both decided on observing the animals instead. You currently sat together in front of a stunning waterfall, Newt’s head in your lap as you played with his hair. Many exotic birds flew above your head, as you recall Newt naming them tumbaliks. You two were very content in each other’s arms, not wanting to be anyplace else.
“Newty, what’s that one called?” You asked, pointing to a beast that looked like a human, only with a slightly larger nose and limbs.
“That my dear, is a Pukwudgie.” He explained while sitting up, eyes gleaming. “They are very rare creatures. I found this one in New Zealand.”
Ah. New Zealand. You were reminded that his stay wouldn’t be permanent; he had mentioned more than once that he was leaving in a matter of days. Your happy mood was instantly dampened, which was immediately noticeable by Newt. He turned to face you, as you looked down at the ground, a certain glint in your eyes that was all too familiar to him. He sighed, lifting his hand to your face. Lightly grasping your chin with his fingertips, he tilted your chin upwards to face him.
“Hey,” He spoke in a hushed tone, tenderness showing in his glistening eyes. “You’re n-not sad about me leaving, are you?”
“Hm,” you grunted, looking away. “I suppose it’s not impossible.”
Looking back into his eyes, you saw his gaze falter as he reached for something in his pocket. You became curious as to what he had hidden in his jacket. His cheeks became visibly redder as he pulled out an object- some sort of paper. Scratching the back of his neck, he handed you the object as he looked to the side. You gently took it from his hands, the words on it becoming now visible to your eyes.
“Royal Ferry.. admission for on- NEWTON!”
“I-I-uh- well y-you s-see I thought I’d- I mean you’d like it, I-I mean a-after all this rhyme- t-time-”
“No, no.. this is, perfect.” You said, cutting him off. “I’ve always wanted to travel the world, a-and now I get to do it with you!” You said, beaming.
He smiled down at you lovingly, pressing a sweet kiss to the tip of your nose, causing the both of you to blush a bright red. You grinned uncontrollably, bringing the poor man into a bear hug and toppling into the water. Shrieking, you jumped at the sensation of the cold water, only to find yourself completely soaked. You sat up, finding that your eyes had been temporarily blinded by the change in atmosphere. You squinted, trying desperately to find Newt, only to be hauled out of the water and over his shoulder. He carried you under the waterfall as a series of shrieks and exclamations escaped your mouth. As he pulled you out of the water, you started to punch his back, ordering that he put you down, which earned a chuckle from him. He plopped you down in the water as you protested, looking at you as if to say, ‘I did what you told me to do.’
Grinning, you stood up and tackled Newt into the water. You never knew that he had a fun side in him. He playfully pushed you off of his chest and threw off his trench coat, rolling up his white sleeves. You ran up to him, only to start tickling his sides mercilessly. As the two of you engaged in a full on tickle war, it seemed like you had drunken entire bottles of gigglewater. Eventually, Newt got fed up and wrapped his arms around your waist, hoisting you up and out of the water. As you laughed, you wrapped your legs around his waist and threw your head back, grinning like an idiot.
Eventually, the two of you calmed down enough to where you could see the heat of the situation. After Newt awkwardly set you down with a red face, you tried to lighten up the mood by racing him back to the small cabin. You won, of course, getting a head-start after giving Newt a peck on the cheek and effectively stunning him for a few seconds. You and Newt counted that as one of the most hilarious days of your lives as you exited the briefcase, laughing like you two were schoolgirls. Neither you nor Newt dared speak about the embarrassing scene at the waterfall, brushing it off as if everything was fine. The only problem was, both of you knew that you had a mutual attraction, but neither had the courage to say it.
♥ Mari confesses first, proudly and without shame. Dia is taken a back by the suggestion that, yes, the three of them get together (it’s too good to be true), and Kanan laughs, saying that it would have eventually happened.
♥ Cuddling is a must in their relationship - watching movies, hanging out at the beach, and napping are all done piled on top of each other, basking in their warmth and love. (Kanan likes brushing the other girls’ hair. Mari giggles softly and pecks small chaste kisses everywhere. Dia likes being little spoon)
♥ They do normal things together that aren’t necessarily dates - small moments alone on the roof top, walking along the beach, watching the sunset. They love doing nothing with each other.
♥ Mari SPOILS them to pieces - helicopter trips at dusk, cruises in her yacht, taking them out for nice dinners in the city, and throwing all kinds of gifts at them. The other two try to refuse but Mari gives them a devilish glare and they quiet down.
♥ Everything is natural and lovely. They outright love each other and it makes their relationship as effortless as breathing.
i hope you like them !! i love this ship, so it was a lot of fun thinking about them being lovey-dovey with each other (ノ^∇^) ⁺✧ mod Honoka
Bonus ! ♥ Sleepovers occur often. Mari is a sweet tooth and will bring too much candy. Dia usually hosts. Kanan helps cook meals for the three of them. Inevitably, pillow fights will start. Whoever is crowned winner gets to sleep in the middle of the three for the night.
I WASNT THINKING WELL, I WAS BLINDED BY MY OWN PITY AND SADNESS. IM SO SO SO SORRY!!
Well.. if you wonder what happened.. its that i decided like an idiot to drink chlorine and.. i regretted it :’3
I told my father what happened and he helped me, he make me drink a lot of water and told me that in the worse case (if something bad happen after that) he will take me to the hospital.. but nothing bad happened :3
Im so so so sorry for all the bother that i caused for my childish and selfish act, i never wanted to make such amount of beautiful person to suffer..
I regret everything that i had done.. I wish you could forgive me, and if you cant its alright.. i dont deserve it anyway ;w;
The town was incredibly quiet when Doc died that week.
Word about Doc’s death spread fast through the media, and it showed in the small town. Tourists still came to visit the area everyday, but in much smaller numbers. They were quiet and subdued, trying to show as much respect to the townsfolk as they could.
Businesses continued to run, but the owners’s hearts weren’t in it. Shops closed early, and the residents spent most of their free time sitting quietly together outside Flo’s. There was less disagreements between Fillmore and Sarge; Flo and Ramone lost their usual sass; Mater could only be described as looking like a kicked puppy. Sally, as usual, tried her best to keep everyone together, but when she herself was struggling, it wasn’t easy.
The only two who spent more time alone were Sheriff and Lightning.
Sheriff insisted that he needed to continue his rounds; he would spend all day guarding the perimeter of the town and all night stationed behind the sign just outside of town. Whenever he did venture back into town, he could be gruff and impatient, but everyone knew how upset he was - Doc was his closest friend for years, after all.
Lightning spent most of his time at Willy’s Butte, day and night, racing around the track without breaks. Back in town, he was too quiet. He would speak politely when spoken to and nothing more. Whenever he did get an opportunity to speak with his friends, however, he would always get whisked away by a group of reporters, or a group of fans, or a group of fellow racers who had come to share their condolences. McQueen barely gave himself a chance to grieve, which worried his friends greatly - they didn’t know what would happen when he finally slowed down.
There was a particular travesty found within the hours spurring dusk, weathered stone centuries old capturing dozens & hundreds of voices, melodies of conversation and hymns of human insolence, drumming into the skeleton of the castle and enveloping all within it to the strum of noise, consistent and steady like a beating heart. If he could, Nathaniel would choke it into silence, an enfeebled sliver of his mind desperate for it.
The celerity in his steps, heels a light clack atop the stone beneath, was consistent in sparingly short doses, the maintained and sculpted drawl of his pace stabile just so, a mimicry of his floundering irritation. His wand sat within the space of his forearm, a familiar weight & anchor against the current of his thoughts and moving body, the fabric of his uniform settling like a facile breeze upon it. There was just a mere two corridors left to trek before the towering entrance of the Great Hall loomed before him, and a skin of bitterness clung to him as his footfall persisted, daring to burn into unrelenting fire if he were to be halted in his way.
The path was a foreign one, approached out of want for privacy astray from the routine route far too many others partook in, and an itch of blazing regret, blooming uncomfortably hot in his chest, dug root in his mind as what he consciously chose to avoid became an obstacle now he couldn’t, frustration prickling like a vengeful thorn at the sight of a silhouette of another.
It was an age-old arrogance that taunted the words from his mouth, a devastating sense of superiority coating his tongue in words far from saccharine, but rather sickly rotten. “Move. ” An entitled brat making a command, to a face still veiled by the shadows of a thin corridor, perhaps a sure dozen feet of empty space between the two, and an even fewer to their sides. A simple step to either the right or left would have saved his breath, saved him from engaging with the other, saved him from losing a few precious moments of time, but misstepping for the sake of another was not a habit Nathaniel humored, and the lack of change in his pace was tell-tale ⏤⏤
I'm going to ask you a few questions because I'm curious! but you don't have to answer them (or all of them). What's your favourite thing about victuuri? what's your fave headcanon, or your fave moment in the show? and what's on your wishlist for season 2? :)
Fave thing about victuri: Well they are so healthy…like getting a healthy gay couple is just so amazing!! Their relationship develops slowly and it is so clear how much they love and care for one another. And we get to see them learn how to best love, support, and care in their relationship. They love each other so much!! And have you seen how they look at each other??!! There is just so much love! They truly are soulmates and complement each other. (I know that is kind of vague…but they just love each other so much and you really see it.)
I am working on headcanon posts so I will go with fave moment in the show: The airport scene. They were separated for a little more than a day, and then THEY RAN TO EACH OTHER AND VICTOR KNEW HE NEEDED A HUG AND EMBRACED HIM and then we got the “it’s almost like a marriage proposal” and “I hope you never retire” and THE HAND KISS and their soft, loving looks at each other and gOD IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND I AM CRYING. And even before when Victor left he said “I will always be with you” and I just….. Okay but that is also in the realm of their pair skate….like I love it because it is a big “fuck you” because pair skates are usually only a man and a woman (the rules are written like the bible sentence so…). AND THEY SKATE TOGETHER AND SHOW THEIR LOVE AND THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER THAT WAY and it was everything I could have wished for.
Wishlist for season 2: Anything really, as long as they are together? Actually, I want to see some domestic bliss and Victor getting distracted at the rink with Yuri and Yakov sighing in aggravation and fondness because you just can’t pull those two apart for five minutes. And just them happy really.
What’s in a rival? Jean Kirstein in the Attack on Titan manga versus the anime.
Anime critical. These are just my thoughts, and I’m always up for further
discussion, especially if there’s something I’ve missed! :)
Jean considers his options while grounded by
defective equipment, episode 13.
preparation for season 2, I decided to finally sit down and watch the Attack on Titan anime all the way through.
I’ll cop to only having jumped around in the anime before, just watching my favorite scenes from the manga. My initial reason for avoiding the anime was that
it’s hard for me to handle screaming and crying, to be honest. Then I read
about some of the differences—particularly those regarding Annie—and those
departures from the source material were disappointing to me.
However, I love the Clash of the Titans and the Uprising arcs in the manga so I’m eager to see what the animators do with them in season two (I am particularly looking
forward to: Gesumin, the Ackerman showdown in the saloon, YumiHisu, Ymir’s
facial expressions, Jean’s fedora, Connie’s straw hat … and many other such
important things xD).
I’ve dived headfirst into the anime for the first time this weekend. As of right now I’ve
watched the entirety of the Trost arc.
are changes I like and those I don’t. As I predicted, the death of Eren’s mom
was difficult for me to handle with the addition of sound, although it’s incredibly moving and well done. I love when the “camera” pans out to show the beautiful scenery and the size of the walls; it gives a
sense of scale that I think is missing from the manga, while also demonstrating
why the denizens of the walls might think they’re truly in a time of peace. The
character designs are all recognizable and sometimes prettier (particularly compared to the rougher art of the first few chapters), but I wish they
didn’t put lip gloss on all the female characters. The music is awesome. Etc.
many of my biggest critiques have to do with characterization. One that I
haven’t really seen talked about before (although it could be that I just
missed it!) is the anime’s presentation of Jean. I obviously have a soft spot for Jean, so I might be hypersensitive to any changes in his character, but I think the alterations are worth talking about because they speak to an overall attitude shift between the manga and the anime. There
are other character redesigns that also bother me (Annie and Hange, to name the
two biggest ones) but I know others have already looked at those extensively
and I don’t have much else to offer to those conversations.
this piece I will sum up what I think of Jean’s characterization in the Trost
arc in the manga first and then go through what changes in the anime. My thesis is that the anime!Jean is flattened so that his critique of Eren
rings more hollow, making him less of a real challenge to our spirited young
protagonist. While the manga uses Jean to present the merits of survivalist perspective, eventually arguing that Jean’s value for human life is what drives him to become a strong leader and the moral center of the series, the anime transforms Jean into a naive coward for Eren to convert.
Jean in the Manga
Shadis’ assessment of Jean in chapter 18.
there are three important aspects of Jean’s pre-Trost character in the
manga which make him a compelling rival for Eren:
1. Jean is a defeatist who genuinely believes that
the titans will kill everyone eventually. His goal of getting into the interior
is all about making the most of the remaining life he has left.
2. Jean is suspicious about the government’s
motivations for the operation to “retake” Wall Maria and doesn’t like it when
the higher-ups toss around words like “hero” when what they really mean is “bait” and
“fodder.” Jean’s bluntness comes from his distaste for empty rhetoric.
3. Jean is jealous of Eren’s relationship with
Mikasa and Armin. He dislikes Eren’s relationship with Mikasa not just
because he has a crush on Mikasa but also because he thinks Eren will lead her
to an early death.
Obviously, all of
these points are connected. To speak to the first one, when we initially
encounter Jean in chapter three of the manga, he straight up admits that he
thinks humanity doesn’t have a chance.
Jean, the pessimist: chapter 3.
He then uses the operation
to retake Wall Maria to justify his position. As readers we learn this important piece of information about the world from Jean, someone who we’re already beginning to suspect harbors resentment towards the royal government.
Jean lays it all out for Eren in chapter 3.
helps us put Jean’s desire to live in the interior into perspective. He shrugs at Eren’s reminder that five years ago, Wall Rose was part of the interior too.
Jean is fully aware that another titan attack could spell the end of humanity, he’s doubtful about their chances of success if an all out attack is launched, and he’s decided he’s going to enjoy what time he has left. His pragmatism is infuriating to Eren, who can’t comprehend why someone would stop fighting.
Eren’s jibe that prompts Jean’s discussion
of the cull, chapter 3.
introductory scene we also get hints about Jean’s attitude towards the
monarchy which the big flashback in volume four later expands upon. He sneers at using
the phrase “human stronghold” to describe the border-town of Trost when—as the
reader already knows from explanations of the walls in the extra material—such
towns are more accurately titan magnets.
I think the scare quotes say it all, chapter
An explanation of how the border-towns work,
volume 3. Jean seems to be referencing this rhetoric in his speech at the
We learn later
that Jean has pretty much always been suspicious of the government’s posturing and that he’s committed to practicing honesty because he mistrusts people who ask others to lay down their lives for a cause. For Jean, there’s not a significant difference between Eren’s speeches about ending the titan threat and the monarchy attempting to bribe people into settling in bait-towns by calling them “human strongholds.” Something that endeared
Jean to me early on in the series is that he calls Eren “eloquent” when he
first meets him.
Babby Jean is totally willing to admit he wants to live the best life he can manage,
In deeming Eren “eloquent,” Jean suggests that Eren’s boasts are hollow, meant to mask his insecurities. And at this point, he’s correct: Eren doesn’t know much about fighting the titans yet, and he is indeed posturing in front of the other cadets. At this moment, Eren’s not much of a threat to him personally because he’s already resolved to look out for number one, but his attitude will change when perceives (rather possessively, but that’s a separate post I think) that Eren is taking people whom Jean cares about with him to the front-lines. Jean’s wariness of nice, but thoughtless sentiments leads him into most of his conflicts with Eren, even post-Trost, when he often forces Eren to think about the real human cost of his actions. Based on how Jean’s character develops from the Female Titan arc onward, I would say that Jean
sees the value in individual human life and has a hard time surrendering anyone for a cause, no matter how great. After all, is it
really better to sacrifice yourself or others when you could all be making the
most of what you already have? What’s the point in winning if the individual doesn’t matter? Throughout the series Jean puts a human face on all of the conflicts, making him valuable as a voice of critique for both Eren and the Survey Corps more broadly. Of course, this doesn’t mean that he’s always right or that he is incapable of making sacrifices himself, but his priority is maintaining the sanctity of human life as far as he possibly can. Interestingly, it looks like Floch has taken over this role for Jean in recent chapters.
It’s worth noting that Jean is equally
suspicious of Marco’s “It’s an honor to serve the king” rhetoric, chapter 3. All idealists must prove themselves to him, even though he’s an idealist himself. For what it’s worth, I think Marco is actually
just naïve. Jean tries to get Marco to break out of his “honor student” role, with limited success.
I think a lot of
Jean’s concerns are also with who the government, the military, and even sometimes Eren ask to lay down their lives for the service of humanity: it’s usually
refugees, the poor people in border-towns, and lower caliber soldiers. These
are people who are more vulnerable, who routinely must give themselves up for
nothing more than empty praise (i.e. what does it mean to be called “the
bravest of warriors” when you may not have much of a choice about where you live?). Jean thinks human life is valuable just because it’s human life, and doesn’t appreciate others assessing his worth. So he plays the system, proves himself by arbitrary standards in order to survive.
Jean infuriates Eren by admitting he knows training
is a farce but he’s going along with it anyway, chapter 17. Eren actually asks
for Jean’s opinion about the type of training they receive here, suggesting
that Eren worries a bit about Jean’s perspective. They’re both drawn to testing
each other out, worried about how the other can counter their life
lines, Jean thinks Eren is not appreciating what he already has: namely, his
attractive and talented friends. Eren’s reckless actions lead them into danger,
and Jean resents Eren for that.
Jean envies Eren for his friends, chapter
Jean reminds Eren of both his good
fortune and his responsibilities, chapter 3.
is being presumptuous in his assessment of Eren’s relationships. Mikasa can
quite clearly look after herself and has chosen her role as Eren’s protector
while Armin has his own motivations for going outside the wall. However, it
gives us insight into Jean’s world view: if you have something good, like nice
friends or an opportunity for a cushy life, why waste it? Jean’s own love for
his friends eventually trumps his self-preservational instincts and pushes him to
join the Survey Corps to protect them, aligning him with Mikasa, Eren, Armin and even Ymir. His growth lies in looking beyond his own survival, but he already has the predisposition towards this attitude, as the Trost arc demonstrates: he just needs a little shove.
overall picture of pre-Trost Jean I get from the manga is of a person who is
hampered by his own cynicism. He’s aware of his society’s problems but instead of attempting to fix them he’s given himself up to them. While several of the questions Jean asks—why does
the government get to throw us away? What’s the point of fighting a losing
battle?—are reasonable, they lead him to be self-centered and a defeatist. His
method of fighting the system does nothing to dismantle it and is purely about
his own survival, but he matures by looking beyond himself to protect others. Additionally, his conflicts with Eren are presented as more
of an even fight: Jean is not easily cowed by Eren and forces him to consider
how is actions affect his comrades, while Eren–in combination with others–does eventually inspire Jean to take a stand for
something beyond his own life.
Jean in the Anime
Jean and Eren meet in episode 3.
anime, Jean has the same goal of getting into the interior but his reasoning
behind it is much less nuanced. Anime!Jean never expresses the same kind of
defeatism he does in the manga, so it seems that he really does think he’ll be
safe if he makes it into the interior, rather than just safer. He never mentions the cull, a suspicion of the government’s
empty rhetoric, or even his concern for Eren’s friends. Instead he naively
believes that he can find security somewhere in the Walled World. Eren sets him straight while Jean has almost
no meaningful critique to offer his rival, at least during the Trost arc.
the anime presents events chronologically, the first time we meet Jean is also
when Eren meets Jean. Their introduction is quite close to how it’s presented in the manga, except that Jean
does seem really willing to fight Eren and the tension doesn’t defuse quite as
much after Jean apologizes. While Jean does point out that Eren is afraid and
trying to cover it up, he does not, at least in the English dub or the English
sub, call Eren eloquent. The slight connection between Eren’s speech acts and some of the government’s rhetorical maneuvering is lost. This could be a translation problem (indeed, I’m not sure what the
original Japanese manga says either), and it’s a bit of a minor point, but
it irks me that the connection between “honest” and “suspicious of your fine
words” is missing: instead it’s all about Eren being a scaredy-cat. It sets up their conflict to be entirely about bravery–is it better to be an open coward than someone who pretends to be courageous?–instead of being ideological. Eren has to prove to Jean that he’s not actually afraid rather than proving that he can acknowledge the human cost of fighting the titans.
The theme of bravery colors all of Jean and Eren’s future confrontations in the Trost arc. Take, for example, the fight in the mess hall, which the anime combines with their other fight at the graduation party. In the manga their argument begins with Eren asking Jean why they have this farcical system of training for the right to move away from danger, but in the anime he opens by calling Jean stupid. When Eren points out, “Five years ago this was the interior,” instead of
manga!Jean’s infuriating “I know” we get “You got a point to make friend? I’m
right here” (for reference, this is episode five, the English dub; it’s not
significantly different in the sub). Rather than throwing Eren for a bit of a
loop Jean is antagonized by his rival. Over the course of this encounter Jean
never mentions that he thinks everyone is going to die eventually because of
the results of the operation to “retake” Wall Maria. He has very little
critique to offer besides a vague desire to “play the system.”
Eren realizing everyone is watching his fisticuffs with Jean, episode 4.
Without a clear motivation, Jean’s survivalist attitude turns into simple cowardice. When Eren wins the physical fight, he demonstrates that he is a true soldier. In the manga, Jean gets an extra line about this not being the end of things between him and Eren and Eren teases Jean about almost losing his spot in the MP by getting caught brawling (a neat line to point out Jean still has some fight left in him), but in the anime this encounter effectively silences Jean. He no longer has any meaningful critique to offer Eren.
there’s no direct conflict between Eren and Jean at the graduation where Jean
gets to bring up that Eren is responsible for his friends as well as himself.
Instead, Jean sullenly watches while Thomas Wagner tearfully discusses the cull, Eren
responds with an equally tearful rallying speech that borrows some elements of
his conversation with Jean in the manga, and then runs out in a huff. Jean
thinks “Haha, sucks to be you buddy. I’ll be having a great time in his majesty’s
barracks!” Eren’s new test is to prove that bravery has a purpose, that it can lead to great success. Eren needs to put his money where his mouth is and Jean is watching him to see if he’ll do it.
Scared Thomas, episode 4. Everyone in this anime is really shiny.
fair to the anime directors, the decision to substitute Thomas for Jean might
have been to give more import to Thomas’ eventual death in Trost. However,
taking away Jean’s most significant confrontation with Eren also lessens Jean’s
role as a rival and a critic. When Eren attempts to dissuade Armin and Mikasa
from joining the Survey Corps with him after his argument with Thomas, it
doesn’t carry the weight of Jean’s words about Eren being directly responsible for
“dragging” them into danger, even if it is prompted by a concern for their
also an additional confrontation between Eren and Jean right before the battle
of Trost, where Eren—of all people—reminds Jean of his training as a soldier
and that he should be prepared for a battle of this nature. It’s a small
addition, but Jean definitely “loses” this rhetorical fight because he stares
transfixed at Eren and then goes off to tell Daz to get up and face the situation like a man. Eren becomes the source of Jean’s courage in way that he’s not in the
manga, where Jean’s survivalist tendencies actually allow him to be a good
leader, to inspire others to fight for their own continued existence. Whereas manga!Jean
realizes that his attitude has its uses within the military and that he does
want to make a stand and protect his friends, some of anime!Jean’s development
stems from Eren taking him to task before the events of Trost.
Additional fight, episode 6.
this may seem kind of nit-picky, but it serves to undermine Jean’s original
role within the story. In the anime, he doesn’t exist to give a somewhat
reasonable voice to the side of self-preservation, one which Eren must
seriously consider before refuting. He’s not meant to make the viewer think
about the other side of Eren’s arguments, the potential advantages of staying
within the Walls. He doesn’t ask us to consider the government/military’s
vocabulary. Instead, the military is made to seem fully aware of the sacrifices
they ask others to make through the voice of Rico, who reminds Eren that her
comrades are fighting for him: it’s the voice of an insider rather than the
critique of a someone looking in, who has seen others used by this system (even
if we learn later that Pixis does take responsibility for what happened during
the cull and that the monarchy and the military are somewhat at odds about
this). The test that Jean presents to anime!Eren is the test of winning
reluctant hearts and inspiring courage in the cowardly, not of winning an
intelligent ideological opponent to his side.
I find these changes make both Eren and Jean less compelling characters. I
guess I’ll have to see where they go in the next arc, but I’m a bit worried. As
always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my analysis!
ive literally never played FF in my life but ur so enthusiastic about it im like wheres the nearest store im buying this game its gotta be amazing
you know i was typing something like "ASDFGJIKL YES DO YOURSELF A FAVOR GO BUY IT" at first but then I thought "wait why should i tell this person to buy a game that made me cry a river because its emotional impact but also made me incredibly pissed and frustrated because plot holes and lack of character development and incompleteness????????????”
so i started thinking about WHY despite all my rage i love ffxv
and i went straight into an existential crisis because i don’t know
I’ve always set up my main home at Sanctuary in previous playthroughs, so I decided to instead use Red Rocket as my main player home for my full survival playthrough. Canonically speaking, I imagine that Deborah would have had a hard time living at Sanctuary, and instead longed for some privacy. She set up a makeshift bedroom in the back room of the station, and gathered posters and mementos to cover the wall with. Her few belongings were kept close to her bed.
// I went HAM and made these long because I haven’t gotten many male!MC requests, I love writing male mc though. I’ve stated before I have 0 experience or much knowledge about subjects like these so I played it as safe as I could I hope you like it regardless anon! tried to make this very fluffy so it’s mainly the boyos comforting an MC who struggles with this!
I didn’t have enough time or room to add V or Saeran, i’m sorry!!
Jumins is super long though I usually get carried away with him grr
DISCLAIMER this is not meant to romanticize things such as this, I just tried to write what was requested to me the best I could. Trigger-warnings possibly? this is put under the cut because of that.