Happy Pride Month from NHFC and ANHFC!
I decided to use this special to answer a question I’m legitimately surprised nobody’s ever asked me before:
If Cousin’s androgynous, why do everyone and their Aunt Margaret keep referring to them using male pronouns in the comic?
The answer to that question is, well… They really don’t care WHAT people call them, as long as it’s not derogatory. Don’t get me wrong, Cousin’s still androgynous. Always have been, always will be. They just don’t put a whole lot of stock in pronouns because, for them, it doesn’t matter whether people see them as a boy or a girl or neither. To them, all that really matters is that people see them as, well… Cousin.
At least that’s my interpretation. ; )
So, whether you’re androgynous like Cousin or fall somewhere else on the LGBTQ spectrum, have a wonderful Pride Month, and above all else:
Be true to yourself!
‘Cause in the end, isn’t that what this month is all about? : )
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Kishimoto: Come on Kenji! You can’t still be mad with me. I have enough with my wife complaining about NaruSaku not happening, my bedroom’s a battlefield since chapter 700 was released.
Taira: Talk to the hand… by the way, SasuSaku makes far more sense than NaruSaku; at least you did something right.
Kishimoto: I haven’t revealed who Metal Lee’s mother is, so there’s still a chance TenTen…
Taira: STOP TOYING WITH MY FEELINGS, YOU SCUM!!! You knew LeeTen was my OTP… now let me finish this chapter, I still have to draw 5 panels of Karin drolling and another 8 of Suigetsu calling everybody else an idiot.
Kishimoto: Your Sasuke spin-off is funny.
Kishimoto: I’ve been receiving complains about how the new Boruto manga is doing. Fans wanted you to draw it because your full body art-style looks symilar to mine. How about you start drawing a spin-off with chibi characters?
Taira: Can I make jokes about how silly Sarada’s new outfit is? My daughteru deserves better.
- ONE MONTH LATER - KISHIMOTO’S HOUSE -
Kishimoto: Here we have the preview!
Mrs. Kishimoto: Like I care about that SasuSaku piece of sh&t. I never found his spin-offs funny to begin with.
Kishimoto: Don’t be like that, sweety. Let’s see… it’s going to be settled in the academy and Sarada is shouting at Boruto. Hehe, so Boruto is going to be a clown so Sarada can act as the straight-man; good old comedy we have here.
It kinda reminds me of how he portrayed Lee and TenTen in his first spin-off, don’t you agree?… Masashi? Are you okay? Masashi, your face is completely pale!
Kishimoto: No… please God no! NOT AGAIN!
- MEANWHILE AT KENJI TAIRA’S HOUSE-
Sarada and Boruto sitting in the tree K-i-s-s-i-n-g! First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby Rikudou in the baby carriage, With a rinnengan, he’s shouting rasengan! Doing the hokage, hokage dance! “
Happy Day Before April Fools’ Day from NHFC and ANHFC!
As par for the course, the next update in the current story arc and the next ask response will will be posted next Sunday and Thursday respectively. You know the drill.
Until then, be true to yourselves as you go about your day tomorrow, concocting various antics of magical frivolity and practical japery to your heart’s content!
(NHFC and ANHFC are not legally responsible for any physical/mental injuries sustained from either partaking in or being on the receiving end of any acts of frivolity or japery conducted post-viewing of this comic, magical, practical or otherwise. Seriously, man, keep that shit in check. For real.)
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Cinder, Kaijin, Ash from the Ember, Dust in the Wind, Descendant of the Peiji Though the Peiji clan went to its end after Genpei War, a member from it, Taira no Yorimori didn’t follow. Minamoto no Yoritomo spared his life for saving him before the war, letting him keep his land. In exchange, he and his descendant must send a family member who expert in fighting every 10 years to serve the Shogunate, which was, joining Hazama Gundan. Centuries after, the ruler of Shogunate changed, yet this contract went on. A Yorimori girl, who bear the hatred of her ancestors, now serve Hazama Gundan. She abandoned her real name, giving herself a new one: Kaijin, namely Cinder. "祇園精舎の鐘の聲、諸行無常の響き有り。 沙羅雙樹の花の色、盛者必衰の理を顯す。 驕れる者も久しからず、唯春の夜の夢の如し。 猛き者も遂には滅びぬ、偏に風の前の塵に同じ (The sound of the Gion Shōja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sāla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.) The Tale of the Heike, Story of the Peiji. She didn’t like the idea of dust. Her clan’s houses were destroyed by God-borns, with the power of Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, thus, were burned down, so, Kaijin, or Cinder, she named herself. She mastered archery, in respect of an ancient Chinese archer Hou Yi, who shot down 8 Jin-wus, the Golden Ravens in Chinese, avatars of the Suns, from the sky; she mastered the power of fire, so when she face God-borns, she could send the pain of her long destroyed clan. She’s ready to revenge.
Hazama Gundan: Corps of the Rift The order to setup Gundans(軍団, Corps in Japanese) was issued under Taihō Code, requested by Mikado Monmu, at 703 AD, to levy citizens into defense forces for each kuni(namely Country, actually manors of Lords. Be noted the concept of Daimyo had not appeared yet at the time), including several hundreds to thousands of men. They were disbanded during the 11th century, with one exception. Hazama Gundan, unlike any other normal gundans, it didn’t recruit from normal citizens, but hand-picked from battlefields right after battles, for it was not established to protect kunis, but the Holy Palace, as an extra aid to Royal Guards. It was however destroyed during the Genpei War during the siege of Kyoto. After the war, Minamoto no Yoritomo had foreseen the Mikado might one day unleash the strength from his God lineage to reclaim his power, so, soon after Shogunate established, the new Hazama Gundan followed. The composition and purpose of Hazama Gundan had changed. It no more protect the Mikado, but protect from him. To do so, it involved individuals with supernatural powers or supreme combat skills. Sometimes, it involved more than just human. When the Mikado raise, Hazama Gundan was expected to put him and his followers down.
La bataille navale de Dan-no-ura
sera l’ultime et décisif combat qui marquera la victoire des Minamoto 源 sur les Taira 平 et la fin de la guerre de Genpei
kassen 源平合戦 ou Gempei ou Jishō・Juei no ran 治承・寿永の乱,
Lieu : Nagato-no-kuni 長門国, Dan-no-ura 壇ノ浦, à la barrière
d'Akama-ga-seki 赤間関, dans l'actuelle
ville de Shimo-no-seki-shi 下関市.
Taira-shi 平氏 : Taira no Munemori 平宗盛 (1147-1185) & Taira
no Tomomori 平知盛 (1152-1185),
Minamoto-shi 源氏 : Minamoto no Yoshitsune 源義経 (1159-1189) et sur le
territoire (riku 陸) : Minamoto no Noriyori 源範頼 (1156-1192).
Résultat : victoire militaire des Minamoto et
destruction des Heike.
Au terme d'une demi-journée de combat, les
Minamoto viennent à bout de la flotte du clan Taira au large d'une plage
appelée Dan-no-Ura, dans le détroit de Shimonoseki au large de la pointe sud de
Bien que dépassés en nombre, les Taira avaient
l'avantage de connaître les conditions de marées du détroit grâce à l'expérience
de Taira no Tomomori, de même que les tactiques de combat naval en général. Les
Taira divisèrent leurs forces en trois escadres, pendant que leurs ennemis
arrivaient en masse, navires côte à côte et archers prêts. Le début de la
bataille consista principalement en tirs d'archerie à longue distance, avant
que les Taira prennent l'initiative, profitant de la marée favorable pour
essayer d'encercler les bateaux des Minamoto. À 11 heures du matin, alors que
les deux armées étaient sérieusement engagées en combat à l'arme blanche, le
changement de marée fit graduellement pencher l'avantage en faveur des Minamoto.
Voyant cela, l'un des
généraux Taira du nom de Taguchi Shigeyoshi 田口成能 (?-?) décida de changer de
camp et attaqua les Taira par derrière. Il révéla également aux Minamoto sur
quel bateau était embarqué le jeune empereur Antoku (81) 安徳天皇 (1178-1185 r. 1180 - 1185).
Les archers connaissant
maintenant la bonne cible, concentrèrent leurs tirs sur les rameurs et hommes
de barre du navire impérial, mais également du reste de la flotte, rendant les
vaisseaux Taira incontrôlables.
Réalisant que la bataille était perdue, nombre de Taira
choisirent de se suicider en se jetant par-dessus bord, y compris l'empereur
Antoku, âgé de six ans, dans les bras de sa grand-mère Taira no Tokiko 平時子 (1126-1185), la veuve de Taira
no Kiyomori 平清盛 (1118-1181) l'ancien
chef du clan.
Taira no Munemori n'aura pas cette chance: il sera capturé, et plus tard
Cette bataille décisive mit fin à l'ère Heian 平安時代 (794-1185) ainsi qu'aux espoirs
des Taira de contrôler le Japon. Minamoto no Yoritomo 源頼朝 (1147-1199, le demi-frère aîné
de Minamoto no Yoshitsune, mit en place le Kamakura bakufu 鎌倉幕府 (1185/1192 à 1333), et fut nommé
seiitaishōgun 征夷大将軍 “grand général
pacificateur des barbares” en 1192.
Nombre de navire (fune-sū 船数) :
Taira-shi 平氏 : il a été dit : 1 000艘
Minamoto-shi 源氏 : il a été dit : 3 000艘
You’ve probably read this post by @fuusenchan which breaks down the details of the scenes in Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu opening, say - Mutsunokami and Ryoma’s death, Kane-san/Horikawa and Hijikata’s death, Yagen and the Honnouji Incident, etc.
And we have all probably come to the same conclusion that this opening is already pretty sad as it is.
But wait, what about the ending?
From Wikipedia: Tōrō Nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river. This activity is traditionally performed on the final evening of the Bon Festival in the belief that it will help to guide the souls of the departed to the spirit world.
And what do we have here?
The Shinsengumi - where Izuminokami Kanesada and Horikawa Kunihiro were part of with their former master, the Vice Commander Hijikata Toshizo.
The “Father of the Imperial Japanese Navy” Sakamoto Ryoma, who was the owner of Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. The lady beside him was most likely his spouse, Narasaki Ryo.
Tadakatsu Honda, “The Warrior who Surpassed Death” and the former owner of Tonbokiri. It was said that he had never once suffered any significant wounds/injuries despite having participated in more than 100 battles in his whole life.
Now I might be wrong with this one…
The sword seems to be Tsurumaru Kuninaga. I’ve tried looking up his previous owners and I’m not sure who this guy was. My closest bet is Hojo Sadatoki during the Heizen Gate Incident where he purged Taira Yoritsuna and 90 of his followers.
Now this one’s just a wild guess, but if we were to follow the opening, only Yagen Toushirou is left, so this person could be Oda Nobunaga (sorry if I’m wrong though).
Conclusion: Katsugeki OP features the sword reliving the memories of their late masters. Meanwhile the ED features the masters themselves while they were still alive. Thus, be prepared to say goodbye to your hearts as Ufotable and the gang rip your feelings to pieces throughout the episodes.