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Ichimatsu Observations

The purple sextuplet appears to be the most popular,and it’s not wonder. He by far has the “edgiest” personality of the brothers,at least on the outside,and he resembles the lone wolf character of an anime. However, many fans seem to butcher his personality, like all the sextuplets(and even a real person) he is much more complex than he appears to be.

First off, one of the most important things to take not of is his difficulty in social situations. Although I did not watch much of Osomatsu-kun myself, what I do know is that Ichimatsu always had a bit of an awkward, scaredy-cat personality. Although his external shell has diverged from his kun self, he maintains this trait in both.

He is also insecure with himself,which is a bit more clear throughout the show. Although many fans see him as being the Garfield-esque sloth, his bigger flaw(besides self-loathing) is his jealousy. This can be seen clearly in episode 3.5,where Ichimatsu and his brothers are jealous of some picnickers; however, Ichimatsu goes as far to turn into a gerude,symblolic for his envy.

The episode more fans are probably familiar with though is The Ichimatsu Incident,an episode where Ichimatsu clearly shows his envy for his brother Karamatsu. What is interesting about the two is how they foil each other in a way. Ichimatsu lacks confidence in himself,but is overall treated better than Karamatsu. Another interesting thing to not about the episode is that when Ichimatsu has much more enthusiasm internally than externally,which is clear for just about the entire episode. Because of this,the viewer gets to take a look into how Ichimatsu thinks, adding a new level of understanding to his character. When he notices something admirable about Karamatsu specifically, he tends to add “just die” at the end,further showing his jealous and conflicting nature.

Ichimatsu is also easily the most heavily introverted of the brothers,which also gives him charm to the fandom. However, in ESP kitty, Ichimatsu is revealed to desire friends. The direct contradicting of thought and mind show that Ichimatsu struggles in self-expression, tearing at his self-esteem.

One might think that he has given up on making friends, that he’s accepted that he cannot and therefore tells himself that he does not need friends. However, upon re-watching the Christmas special, Ichimatsu attempts to make friends of his own. While many people saw the segment as little more than a gag, it is important to remember that Ichimatsu, the character portrayed as a loner, was trying to make friends. The viewer has to remember that Ichimatsu does not have developed social skills,and he was trying to reach out in his own way. Although he came off creepy to both the viewer and the couple, he made an attempt to connect and reach out. Just like Jyushimatsu,Ichimatsu does not always act socially appropriate,even under good intentions.

Another example of him not acting socially appropriate is his tendency to take off his pants while trying to poop on tables.  This was also probably put in as a gag,but it always occurs when Ichimatsu gets incredibly nervous. What is interesting about when he was on the date simulation with Todomatsu, is that this didn’t occur suddenly. Much sooner, he was already nervously sweating. What both that and his experience at Subataa had in common though, was that Ichimatsu was trying to divert attention. In the former, he desperately wanted the date to end,and his awkward silence was not a big enough clue for his brothers, while in the latter, Ichimatsu was trying to make a scene with the other Matsuno. Ichimatsu is known for his poor skills in expression;perhaps this is how he subtly expresses himself. With 5 other brothers that he probably feels inferior too,this is his cry for help; he gets attention,even if not in a positive way.

Another quirk of Ichimatsu is cat form. This varies in appearance;while he sometimes just spawns some ears, there are other times where he goes full-on cat mode. Ichimatsu often uses his cat form when he would need to be alert and nimble,which are not things he is especially known for(he looked exhausted just chasing after Jyushimatsu in the final episode). One possible explanation for his cat form is that he sees himself as a cat,and as a result has times where he acts like a cat,to the bewilderment of his brothers. Ichimatsu lacks friends,besides the company of his fellow cats, who are the only forms of life that he can relate to. One could argue that because Ichimatsu feels so excluded from human society, he feels like he is cat,at least partially,since his community of cat comrades are the only he can connect to.

Possibly the only human Ichimatsu even is remotely able to connect to is his brother Jyushimatsu. Both of them quickly stood out as the outcasts of the family in the sense that they both have major quirks to their attitude. Ichimatsu and Jyushimatsu were clearly meant to be contrasting characters,though they actually have quite a bit in common. Their main distinction isn’t what their woes are,but rather how they tackle then. Because of that,they are not only able to help each other,but understand each other in a way the other brothers do not(Either I or mod dedJuice will probably get into our theories on Jyushimatsu).

All in all, Ichimatsu is a very conflicting character, with a two-faced personality,like his other brothers. While he pretends he has given up in life, Ichimatsu desperately claws his way through life. Only time will tell if his cries for help are heard.

~Mod Kara

October it's near, we al know what that means.

Hallowen. 

Ok so, you are going to some party as a spooky skeleton, but you have the good idea to dress up as something tha’s not only a skeleton, but a national symblol in another country.

The Catrina or calavera. (Mexico)

So you migth say, well its a costume what’s wrong with it. And i’ll tell you what’s wrong with it.  IT’S NOT A COSTUME. It’s not even spooky in this country, because it’s not used as a halloween prop,even most mexican people dont actually celebrate halloween since it’s close to a very important celebration of our own.

Dia de los inocentes y Dia de los muertos (November 1st and 2nd)

Let’s learn a little of that awsome “costume” you got there. 

Ok, who’s the Catrina?

The Catrina (or calavera) it’s a cartoon that was born in 1910 by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada.

The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time,  She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era.

It was Diego Rivera who show her for the first time  full dressed in his mural Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central, side by side with her creator, Posada. 

It was also Rivera who gave her the name of “CATRINA” and was later popularized among mexicans. 

Why is it so important to Mexicans?

It’s one of our symbols in some of our celebrations, such as november 20th in the Revolucion Mexicana (Mexican Revolution) where the catrina is shown in tipical Mexican dresses, with a carrillera. 

We use her and her partner, the Catrin, to help us celebrate Dia de los muertos, also known as Dia de todos los santos (Or Dia de los inocentes in wich we remember all the little kids who died) in november 1st, and Dia de los Muertos in november 2nd. 

The Catrina and the Catrin are dressed, some in titpical clothes and some in clothes of the love one who is no longer here. Its also common to make a family of calaveras to decorate. 

What does calaveritas and catrinas mean in Dia de los muertos?

In Dia de los Muertos, mexican families put up an altar to honor and remember our loved ones who died. Wich is used to (supossedly) bring their souls back to us so they can have a nice party. In wich we use their favourite food and drinks to decorate it, so the spirits can eat something in the time they’re here. Tipical food is also used in the altar, such as Arroz, mole, tequila, and some seasonal fruit as oranges, tangerines, sugar canes and jicamas.

Dia de los muertos is also celebrated in cementeries and graves. 

And then thre’s the Calaveritas. Calaveritas are commonly made of sugar, and decorated with eatible glitter. And they have the name of our dead relative in their foreheads.  - Fun fact: The calaveritas are not a mexican, theyre spanish. Spanish people were the ones that introduced this tradition to our country, since our dia de los muertos was almost the same day as spanish celebration, Dia de todos los fieles -. 

Catrinas and Catrines are used to help us mock and make fun of death in a respectful way, we take all the sad and creepy meaning of dying and turn it into a big party. 

So now you ask, then when is it okay to dress as a catrina, or catrin or calavera? 

And i say, it’s okay to do it only if you do these  simple things. 

1.- Dont use it to “scare” people, Catrinas are not scary, Catrins are pretty and flirty, they have flowers in their huge hats, and a big smile in their face. 

2.- Please be respectful, a lot of people don’t care to investigate the meaning of our catrinas and catrines, they do not know these guys are not costumes to be used in “spooky” celebrations, but to honour our dead people. 

3.- Dont call it a costume. 

4.- It’s ok to do it even if you dont have mexican roots or traditions, only if you know what it means. 

5.- If you think its pretty and dont make fun of it. 

Please don’t be a poop about our traditions, Also please don go dressed as a ranchero. Mexicans dont ride by donkyes anymore. 

Okay guys, so we have all seen this picture:

Well, I googled some things and happened to find out that daggers are commonly paired with feathers. Here is proof:

So that got me thinking. Does anyone that Louis knows have a feather tattoo?

Well, it just so happens that Liam Payne does. So, I researched the different meanings of feather tattoos and dagger tattoos. Here is what I uncovered.

It says here that dagger tattoos can symbolize a tool by which a person lives.

And here it says the feather tattoo can symblolize the center of existence.

So, what does all this mean, you say? Well, Liam and Louis got obviously matching tattoos on their arms. Liam’s symbolizes his center of existence,while Louis’ symboloizes the tools by which he lives.

Don’t you think they are trying to tell us something here? I mean what are the odds that this kind of thing could happen unintentionally? Absolutely zero percent chance.

By getting these matching tattoos, Liam is trying to tell us that Louis is the center of his existence, and Louis is trying to tell us that Liam is the tool by which he lives.

Thus, the final conclusion:  Lilo is real and completely in love. Elounor and Sophiam are cover-ups for Lilo’s true love. Stop living in denial, people.