I'm so glad Kirishima is getting so much spotlight, he really deserves it!!!! And it looks like hes gonna get more, since hes in the main group along with Deku, Uraraka and Tsuyu. I;m so hyped!!!
Honestly!!!!!!!!!!! That’s one interesting group tbh, Kirishima and Tsuyu’s interactions are always incredibly adorable to watch and seeing Kirishima interact for so long with pure and good people is gonna be hard on my heart (I mean, you know I’m 100% a bakusquad fan but they’re all at least in part assholes and Kiri fits with them just right, he can be just like Sero and Kaminari and I love it, but then his interactions with Amajiki have been so pure can you imagine an arc filled with that I’m already crying)
I just hope my other faves won’t completely disappear through this arc haha sigh
Anon said: So which Kacchan quote do you like best “Die your bacteria fucks, dieee!” or “BRING YOUR DAMN TRASH TO ME”?
I’m seeing a lot of posts lamenting the fact that Varchie was awarded a steamy shower scene and not Bughead, and while I’m Bughead trash, I think a shower sex scene indeed makes more sense for Varchie.
Both Archie and Veronica have extensive sexual experience with other partners and each other . It makes sense that they are express their affection in a more overtly physical way with each other
Archie is going through a really tough deal with his Dad and we’ve all heard Cami say in multiple interviews that Veronica has never had to deal with anything so major in a relationship before.
Case in point:
Veronica is not equipped to deal with Archie’s trauma. She doesn’t know how to comfort him yet, they’ve only just begun. What she does know ? How to please him sexually, how to distract him with her body if only for a little while. Thus stepping into the shower with him.
Bughead,although they definitely have it in them as the Kitchen scene shows, has not crossed over into sex yet and even if they were, being newbies it would probably be at least a little while before they’d feel comfortable being brazen enough to fuck in Betty’s shower especially with how Jughead fear’s Alice’s wrath lol.
TL:DR- Bughead will have their time. It will catch us unaware just like the kitchen scene and we will all die lol. Don’t rush perfection guys 😂
“so i have taken some time to digest my feelings on the new movie but before i dive into spoilers i loved almost all of it. there were definitely some things that disappointing me but overall i thought it was pretty fucking fantastic.
Wow the shift was so beyond real at this point. I mean look how far Posey is sitting away from the rest of the guys he calls friends. He looks as if he just doesn’t care about Tyler and Dylan and their closeness or is just jealous 100%. Plus he’s acting as if he’s so into the interview when it’s obvious that he’s not. He just looks so out of it.
Tyler and Dylan on the other hand are in their own little world looking at that corny ass Wolfie award. But they look happy. And they seem close. Like look how close Dylan is to Hoechlin as opposed to Tyler.
Posey seems to be like distancing himself. Or maybe Hobrien are distancing themselves from him lol. And to me that also shows a lot more of what’s going on behind the scenes as well. Posey has become such an inconsiderate insufferable jerk that Dylan and Hoechlin have distanced themselves from him. Like you can just tell by the posture and how they’re all acting in this particular episode.
It’s just something that I’ve been thinking about. I don’t know if anybody else sees what I see or not. But it just seems like you can tell that things have definitely changed in this moment as well. Granted things have changed way before this, but it’s just 10 times more noticeable in this particular moment. Anyone else have any thoughts on the Hobrien wolf watches?
Yuri on Ice interview translation - Otomedia 2017/02 (p19-20)
I’m thinking that I might just finish off this Otomedia so that I can put it aside… There’s two more interviews in it but I didn’t have much time tonight so I just translated these short comments by the voice actors of JJ, Otabek, Phichit and Chris. They are still cute though. Also, I super agree with what Yasumoto said about Chris… I want to see Chris going all out! He’s supposed to be just below Victor in skills so I’m sure he will do better when Victor is back too..
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Jean-Jacques Leroy Special comment by Mamoru Miyano
Q. What did you pay attention to when playing JJ and what was fun?
JJ made a shocking appearance and caused a sensation among the viewers (LOL). JJ appeared for a short while, but he has the personality of a star and, at the same time, we could see his hesitation, suffering and comeback. It was quite a dramatic development. I did my best to understand all the subtleties of his heart and, together with him, I was able to experience a whole lot of beautiful feelings. There were many instructions I received from the directors which I found impressive, and it would take a long time to mention them all so I’ll refrain from listing them (LOL), but I really had a lot of fun in the scene where everyone sings JJ’s theme! (LOL)
Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?
I’m really happy to have been able to take part in this compelling series. The story was thrilling and exciting, the characters have varied personalities and are all fascinating, during recording I was surrounded by amazing colleagues… I always had a great time. We discussed about our love for the series, we enjoyed it ourselves, we talked about a lot of random stuff, we talked about a lot of random stuff, we talked about a lot of random stuff… (LOL) It was really a wonderful workplace!! Q. What would you like to see about JJ in a possible sequel?
More than JJ doing something… I want to see “JJ!!! on ICE”, a spin-off story with JJ as the protagonist, showing from his childhood onwards. I’m sure JJ wants to see it too (LOL). And I’d really like to see it myself…! (LOL)
Otabek Altin Special comment by Yoshimasa Hosoya
Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?
I was able to see once again how every series and workplace has a different personality, color and way of doing things. It made me think that I want to keep on doing my best and experience lots of different workplaces. Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Otabek?
Since I was going to play Otabek I was curious to see what people from Kazakhstan normally look like, so I searched for pictures and happened upon pictures of a very beautiful athlete. I thought that it was really nice. That was my first impression. I think that at first sight Kazakh and Japanese people look similar, therefore I felt a sense of closeness when I played Otabek.
Q. What was fun about playing Otabek?
His line “Will you become my friend? Or not? Decide” was simply amusing.
Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?
I was struck by the line “Will you get on? Or not? Decide” because it reminded me of Schwarzenegger in “Te*minator” (LOL).
Q. What would you like to see about Otabek in a possible sequel?
As long as the viewers are happy and I have fun playing it, that will be perfect. I can’t think of something concrete right now, but I will do my best to act out any kind of development.
Phichit Chulanont Special comment by Kenshou Ono
Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?
I wanted to do more! It was so much fun that it felt like an instant.
Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Phichit?
I remember clearly that I was told Phichit-kun is a cheerful character until the end.
Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?
I was impressed by the scene of Yuuri and Yurio in the toilet in episode 1. If someone did that to me I’d get depressed (LOL).
Q. What was fun about playing Phichit?
I thought that his monologues while he performs perfectly portray his nice personality. It really impressed me how he skated thinking that he wanted everyone to have fun.
Q. What would you like to see about Phichit in a possible sequel?
I want to see Phichit-kun skate in Thailand and also increase the number of quadruple jumps he can perform and become stronger. I want him to win the Grand Prix Final!! In the end your character is the one you want to cheer on the most.
Christophe Giacometti Special comment by Hiroki Yasumoto
Q. How do you feel after finishing recording?
I had fun. Lots of fun. I really like aggressive workplaces.
Q. What did you pay attention to when playing Chris?
He seems straightforward and he’s not, but he has more passion than anyone else. I guess I paid attention to keep that balance. From the directors I was told… “you can come more” (LOL).
Q. What was fun about playing Chris?
He has a peculiar balance, so he was fun but at the same time difficult to play. However, he has lots of fascinating sides like the “toughness” we could catch a glimpse of in the last episode, so he’s definitely a character I would like to interact with more.
Q. Is there a scene that impressed you?
I guess the scenes with JJ. They were just amusing. And I like how he’s not only amusing but had an important serious development too.
Q. What would you like to see about Chris in a possible sequel?
I want to see him win. This time I had the feeling that there weren’t many scenes showing his strength. I want to see a strong Chris too.
So, yesterday I made a post, meta, what have you about Jon/Dany, and why I personally don’t think they’ll be together. Now, I’m doing Sansa and Jon.
It’s no secret that I’m a Jonsa shipper. As I said in my previous meta before season 6 came out, I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of Jon’s storyline. It had kinda flat-lined for me, for a little bit. Then Hardhome happened, and I grew interested again.
Anyway. Before season 6 I didn’t even give Jon/Sansa a second thought. It was ridiculous. They had never spoken. They had no type of relationship (book and show.)
So, why these two? Well, let’s go over a couple of things. Jon and Sansa compliment each other rather well. Sansa is not a warrior, she’s not Ygritte, she’s no Val. But, in the books, it really dug into Jon’s wishes to what he wanted for his future. And it didn’t include fighting. It included having children that looked like his siblings. He lusts after Val, he does not love her. It’s as if he’s projecting what he wants onto her. But he knows he won’t get it. Sansa, in the books wants to return to Winterfell, as Jon does. She also wants to have children that look like her siblings. Weird? Not only that but their many parallels. Sansa started off as a lady, then a bastard. Jon started off a bastard, then a lord. Now a prince.
Show wise: Their scenes in season 6 are not platonic. The way that they’re shot, the way that they’re acted, (mostly Kit). He looks at her a lot of the time, stares at her really. As if he’s trying to figure out who she is. Because guess what, they never had any kind of relationship with each other. They really don’t know how to act around the other. Like…hmmm…strangers I’d say. Anyway, the scenes. Let’s bullet the scenes here that questionable eye contact, physical contact happened….
1.) Meeting Jon again. (The hug was heart warming, just the point of the fact that two Starks had actually met again brought tears to my eyes.) But Jon, immediately recognizing her bunched up his hand, and moved back. As if he was hit with a force that shoved him backwards. He couldn’t believe it was her! Anyway, this scene itself doesn’t really (to me) have any romantic undertones. Moving on…
2.) After hug scene: Jon and Sansa are sitting in Castle black, sitting in front of a fire. Sansa’s sipping soup and Jon is staring at her. Like, he’s trying to figure her out. Since he has no relationship with Sansa, he doesn’t really know what to say. And he does stare at her, he definitely has a foreign emotions in his features that I can’t quite place in this scene. But then, after, they start to banter back and forth about Winterfell, and Sansa asks him to forgive her. He does, and they laugh. Then, she proceeds to ask for his ale, and he looks at her, in a humorous way. She drinks the ale, then chokes, and he laughs. That is a flirtatious action. See, a brotherly reaction would be…
“Ha. Knew you wouldn’t be able to drink it. This stuff’s terrible.” Or something like that.
3.)Assembling the North scene: Now, this scene confuses me. 100% Jon stares at her a lot of this scene, but he doesn’t do it in a flirtatious way, he does it in a ‘learning her’ way. He’s trying to understand what she means, and what she wants. Then, when Davos is starting to put down her plans, he starts to get almost agitated, not at Sansa, but at Davos. He cuts in when Davos is done talking to her, telling him there’s more then three houses in the North, there’s two dozen more. Then the part where Sansa says that she has the Stark name. Jon looks at her, then Edd looks at him. Jon looked stunned at what she said. Ed looked at Jon in question. The whole scene is very confusing. I didn’t get it.
4.)Cloak scene!: Jon approaches Sansa, asking her about her new dress. Now, I don’t know about you, but my husband told me he NEVER notices what his sister is wearing. Sansa then proceeds to ask if he likes it, blushing slightly, smiling a little bit. Jon proceeds to stammer and say, “I like the wolf bit.” Lol, awkward, and definitely not a brotherly type of reaction. It was more flirting, but in a subtle way.
Pause! Now, I just wanted to note that in every scene with Jon and Sansa, Sansa is always in the frame. Whether it be where Jon is talking to the Wildlings, where Sansa is present, or when they’re speaking to the houses. Sansa is always in frame with him. It could mean nothing, it could mean something. All I know is NOTHING ever means nothing. Let’s take a look at an example: In season 6, Cersei goes to talk to Lady Olenna, being rather…sweet and understanding with her. Well, at this time, we had no idea what her plan with the wildfire was. To us, Cersei was trying to get back in Olenna’s good graces, and giving her hope in having her grandchildren back. Cersei tries to talk her into staying. And she does this because she wanted her to be in the Sept of Baelor when it blew up. Killing Lady Olenna.
A nothing scene is always something.
5.)Wildling scene: There’s not much that happens here. But we do get to see the reactions of Sansa when Jon’s talking to the Wildling lords. She seems rather…okay with the Wildlings. She isn’t turning her nose up. And make note, Sansa is always standing behind Jon. When they’re talking to the wildlings, when they talk to Lyanna, and when they talk to Glover. She only talks when he gives her the “Oh shit, save me,” look. Such as the one he gave her when they met Lyanna. See..that’s another thing. With just a look, Jon can tell Sansa many things. They don’t need words. Which is awesome!
6.)Lyanna scene: They fed off each other’s silence. Jon knew when he needed to step in and Sansa knew when she needed to step in. It’s the unspoken thing they have with each other. It speaks volumes.
7.)Letter scene: Oh, I love this scene! I love it because Sansa really gets under Jon’s skin. And guess who else did that? Ygritte! She challenged him. And Sansa does that for Jon. She’s pushing him to gather more men, and the look of aggravation on his features says many things. One, he might strangle her. Two, oh seven give me strength. Lol, anyway. This scene showed that Sansa does push him, she pushes him to not give up, and to keep trying, keep looking.
8.) Damnit, I forgot a scene. This one is the hand holding scene! Okay, so after the pink letter is read, Jon looks pretty downtrodden. Sansa pushes him to fight, reaching out and grabbing his hand. Now, this scene was panned in on. Which…if it was meant as a manipulative move on Sansa’s part, I don’t think they would have shown it. Then, when she grabs his fingers, he grabs hers as well, squeezing her fingers. I loved this part.
9.)Glover scene: Also not in order. Oops! Now, this one is important in many ways. One, I thinks it’s a little bit of a foreshadow about the ‘foreign whore’ thing Lord Glover said, in reference to Robb, and I think it could also apply to Jon, if he decided to randomly fall in love with Dany after two episodes. Anyway, they’re talking, and Sansa doesn’t step in until Glover is leaving. Well, he lays into her, letting her know that Robb fucked up. Well, if you watch closely, Jon turns his body towards Sansa and Glover as they’re talking. He’s stiff…he’s ready, just encase Glover wants to overstep his bounds. Jon was on alert, but he was also paying attention to what Glover had said about Robb. Good! Hope he takes that to heart.
10.) Ramsay scene: Jons death glare. When Ramsay said he couldn’t wait to have Sansa back in his bed, Jon gave him a withering look. And they panned in on his features. To me, if it wasn’t meant to matter, they would have just expanded the scene to include Jon, and the people behind him. He also, at the beginning, offers a duel to Ramsay. Which, I guess could mean anything…?
11.) Tent scene: They argue, they yell at each other. And the candle lighting made me give it a side-eye. Yes, it’s true that Robb and Cat argued, but when they did, they were not in each others faces. They were sitting down, or standing up, yelling almost across the room at each other. Sansa and Jon closed the space in between them, and proceeded to argue…and PANT, might I add. Then, after the arguing, Jon promises to never let Ramsay touch her again. Also, not a brotherly vow. A brotherly vow would have been…
“I swear Sansa, I won’t let him hurt you again.” But no…the sentence was drug out, giving meaning behind every syllable Jon uttered, and the emotions in his eyes spoken volumes as well.
12.) Jon beating Ramsay: Jon goes crazy, unleashing the beast on Ramsay, beating him to death…then, Sansa’s there. Jon looks up, see’s her, and stops punching Ramsay. Now, we could say that he did this because Ramsay was Sansa’s to finish. But, I also think it’s because Jon did not want Sansa to see him that way. But, it also shows that Sansa brought him back from the darkness, with just her presence. Which…is what Cat did for Ned when he was strangling Littlefinger against the brothel. There is also that pause after they’re stopped. Ned is staring at Cat, Jon is staring at Sansa, then they look at their victims and let them go.
13.) Forehead kiss!!!! it starts off with Sansa showing up, and Jon telling her she should have the Lord’s chambers. Which is a WEIRD thing for the siblings (cousins) to talk about. She proceeds to tell him he’s a Stark to her. And he smiles. Then, she apologizes to him about the KOTV. He stares ahead, then walks over to her, telling her they need to trust each other. Then, he proceeds to lean in and gently touch the side of her head, pulling her head forwards to place a gentle…yet long…kiss on her forehead. After he pulls back, he stares into her eyes for a good 3 seconds, then, stares at her lips before he comes back to himself and pulls away. Now, my thing is…Jon looks uncomfortable after this interaction, he’s walking away from her. And the only reason why he stops is because Sansa tells him Winter is here. After a little bit of flirting with their house words, Jon drops eye contact with her, turning away, and stiffly leaving.
Ugh! Done! Anyway…I loved all of their scenes together, and some did definitely scream fishy. Or, that’s so not how a brother would kiss their sister. It would be weeeeeird.
Arya’s feelings towards this couple: It’s not secret that Arya and Jon are close…but me personally, I think Arya is going to meet her end…and I say this because if you look at the parallels between Arya and Lyanna, it’s really…eerie. To me these are the parallels…
Rickon- No answer to that one.
I definitely think history is repeating itself, it just won’t play out exactly how it did before. Anway, Arya’s storyline isn’t going to end with a marriage and children. To me, she’s going to die completing her list. Ever since Ned died, which was really when the series began, Arya has been going down a dark path. A path of vengeance…and justice, in her eyes. This path is going to be completed when she’s completed…when her list is completed.
“Hates a good enough reason to keep going.” The hound says this to Arya in season 4?
Jon and Sansa would make a compelling couple. To me personally, something really big is going to happen to Bran, and he’s going to be called, or taken away from Winterfell. Maybe the new Knight King? That would explain the Benjen parallel, Benjen was a Knights watch man. He got lost beyond the wall. Which Bran did!
I think the last two standing will be Jon and Sansa. Like Ned and Cat were in rebuilding and restarting the Stark line basically. Not only that but the Ned and Cat parallels are constantly being shoved in our faces.
Example: Jon’s hair. Why did it need to be changed to look like Ned’s? Melisandre could have easily just taken his beard hair, as it showed during his resurrection. Why was that necessary?
Sansa is always being compared to Catelyn, not only in looks but in personality as well. Looks, willfulness, and definitely her hair, are Cat 2.0. Jon’s personality, looks, and his hair are Ned 2.0.
So…I am now done with my little meta/rant/example/break down thing…if you’d like to add anything…go ahead.
The Kiss of Life!!!! This. kiss. was. every. thing. Before I start, I just need to do my happy dance for the millionth time over this perfection. 🙌🏾
I don’t know what’s wrong with me but every single time I see this scene, I react like it’s my first time ever seeing this scene and I literally have the reaction of this gif above 😂…Like every single time, without fail, because this moment is everything and then some.
Like perfection. Like tens across the board. Like mesmerizing and magical and definitely on my nonexistent “Top Ten Richonne moments” list. It’s like they sprinkled something over this scene that makes it where you have to watch it over and over. You can’t not smile and cheer and celebrate every time you see this. (PS: This lengthy post is going to be half analysis, half pure rejoicing lol. I can’t help it! 😁)
Y'all, this kiss was something special and whoever thought to choreograph it this way should receive a medal. It was this moment. It was this exchange that took my love for Richonne to a whole new level, cuz it was the first time Richonne left me completely and utterly shook. Don’t get me wrong, I adored all their other moments, but this one was entrancing like no other.
Basically the low five put me on the ship and then this moment put me in the dumpster lol.
Like, seriously, round of applause to everyone involved. The light crew gets a medal. The stylist gets a medal. The composer gets a medal. The director and cinematographer and writers get a medal. And you already know Andy and Danai get all the medals. (But seriously imma need some Emmys or Golden Globe noms headed TWD’s way before the show ends)
This scene was beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of people excellently dissect this breathtaking moment, and people’s thoughts and insight and celebration of this moment is so good and brings me so much joy to read! So a lot of my analysis is really just me preaching to the choir, but you know I have to join in and give my play by play lol. 😋
So, Rick goes in for that little hug and peck on the cheek I mentioned earlier. It’s a “casual” husband/wife send off and it’s sweet that he just wants some form of physical connection with her before he goes cuz…this is Rick and Michonne! (an epiphany that hits me over and over again cuz it’s just so amazing and crazy to me that these people we’ve been watching for years are now able to express the love they’ve had inside for so long)
Like think of how many times, pre-canon, R&M have gone out to do separate things and maybe wanted to give a hug goodbye and now they can. Think about the “I’m still with you” moment that preciously parallels this one!
You can’t help but be happy for them that they now get to do all the things they’ve been wanting to do. So, again, if all they had done was hug it would have been super sweet.
But instead, honey, we got blessed and spoiled! Cuz as Rick goes in for the hug, Michonne so gracefully and intimately places her hand on his face.
Just to do something as intimate and personal as touch his face, lets you know that R&M feel very very close and connected to one another. I also notice that Michonne immediately puts her hand on his face the second she realizes Rick is going in for this peck on the cheek thing. By putting her hand on his face so quickly it lets me know that she knew from the second he stepped towards her that she wanted to give him a more proper sendoff than the one he was about to do.
Like this kiss wasn’t an after thought or some uncertain thing for her. She doesn’t just let the casual hug happen and then hesitantly think “Oh wait, maybe I should give him his entire life right now” 😂 No, she was confident and knew from the jump that she wanted to do that.
Now, when this first happened it could seem to some like she was about to reject the hug. In fact, Rick looks like he’s thinking that for a second too. It absolutely pains me when you see the quick look of uncertainty on Rick’s face as Michonne redirects him. Like he was already a little hesitant to go in for the peck on the cheek and for a split second it feels like he’s thinking “Dang, she doesn’t even want me to touch her.”.
Rick really thinks he’s about to take yet another L and get rejected. But I love that Michonne doesn’t give Rick much time to linger on the possible thought of rejection before she’s letting him know exactly where they stand and how she feels about him, without even having to say a single word.
Like this kiss was a loud and clear “I love you” from both of them. 😍
I love the way it’s choreographed for her to take his face and sort of lead the way here. It conveys oh so much. Like one; this is Michonne saying “Nah, we don’t do that platonic peck on the cheek stuff. Our love is too strong for that.” 😂
And two; it’s a reminder of how R&M are equals. And three; it’s a reminder that they are so in sync with one another. Like Michonne can see that if they just do a casual sendoff it could cause more disconnect for them so, like the wise strong 👸🏾 she is, she steps in and she closes the distance between them literally and figuratively.
And four; this is Michonne teaching us yet another way to say, “I’m still with you”. Like so far Michonne’s taught us that you can say “I’m still with you” by:
Saying the actual words to him
Being the first one out to aid him in fighting a herd of walkers
Giving a warning pop to a chick that tries him
Pleading his case to a psycho while a gun’s aimed at your head.
Helping him make a bed
And then you can also give him the literal kiss of life. 🙌🏾
I love that now that they’re a couple, Michonne can more intimately let Rick know she’s still with him. And this kiss is so powerful because it feels like a game changer for them. Because it communicated to both of them what they might have not been verbally communicating to each other since Negan’s arrival and that’s that; there is literally no amount of differing opinions, or distance, or tension, or anything at all that’s going to break us up. We’re still with each other and we want to be with each other forever.
I love this moment too cuz, as breathtaking as it was, it felt so authentic and not sappy in the slightest. It just felt like grown healthy love. And yet it was still so magical cuz, y'all, I’m not a sappy person (or so I thought lol) but I could practically hear angels singing when this moment first aired.
Like I promise, when I first saw it, I felt like it was in slow motion or something. 😂 It was that mesmerizing. It just felt like it was straight out of an apocalyptic Disney movie lol. It was True Love’s Kiss! 😍
I love that Michonne’s leading the way at first on the kiss and then it does not take long for Rick to be right there with her. I love that he, of course, pulls her in closer and they literally get lost in each other, as any concern that they are on the rocks quickly disappears. Like you literally see them both radiate equal amounts of intense love and energy.
They are so engulfed by each other that it’s like no one else is there. And it’s funny cuz I remember thinking about how R&M are doing all this with Carl definitely right there in the next room with the door open lol. But I love that for this one moment it was just them two in this world. 😊 And you can tell they never want this moment to end.
And y'all can I just say one more time…that’s Rick and Michonne! That’s “Your face is losing the war” Michonne and “You gonna stay awhile?” Rick. These two have been knowing each other for the longest and now they’re doing this.🙌🏾
I remember even my sister, who’s a more casual viewer, took note of this scene and was like “Well okay then.” 😂 Everyone took note of this moment. 👏🏽
Like if someone watches this scene and still doesn’t buy the deep love between Rick and Michonne it might be time for them to consider if they’re a…
Lol. But Haters are just going to stay mad because this couple isn’t only going to survive but thrive. 👌🏽😊 Their bond is unbreakable and this kiss made that crystal clear. The passion, chemistry, sincerity, unity, desire, respect, longing, support, and just pure love conveyed in that kiss, from both of them, is A1. 👌🏽
I love that Michonne knew that her man needed to be reminded that he’s still the man in this world and so she reminded him of just that. Michonne always be knowing just what to do lol. 👏🏽 Like she wanted to remind Rick just who he is in her eyes. He is still the Rick Grimes to Michonne.
R&M are completely on the same page in this moment and it just reminds you that they are truly made for one another. And I adore how much R&M can say without words. Like, apart from “I’m still with you”, that kiss was Michonne telling Rick “I respect you, I believe in you, I support you, I want you, I love you” and Rick seriously needed that.
You can tell that Rick is overcome by this woman and has just gotten even more proof that he was very right in saying “this is different”. It’s 100% clear that Rick got his entire life from that kiss lol. 😊
And I love that it doesn’t just end with the kisses! Afterwards, R&M both lean in, so beyond close to each other, and they stay in this moment just a little longer. It really is like they melt into each other. And they just visually look like they fit together like puzzle pieces. I love that as they just stay here for a moment it really feels like they are leaning on their rock and their other half. Like as hesitant as the scene started it ends with such strength and unity and power between them. 😍
It’s so evident that they don’t want to pull away from each other as the kiss ends and their foreheads touch. Like they almost seem dizzy from the immense amount of love that has just poured out of them. Their love is so powerful it overwhelms them just as much as us lol.
And then Rick says the only appropriate response…
“Thank you”. 😋 I adore this very sweet and very accurate response. Like I know some people say Rick was technically saying thank you in regards to Michonne saying good luck, but let’s be real y'all, he was thanking her for the greatest kiss of his life. (Plus, when she said “good luck” he said “yeah” so he technically already responded to that. 😁)
To me, the “thank” you has even deeper meaning. This was Rick saying thank you to Michonne for being his ride or die, for never giving up on him, for being there for him and loving him and choosing him every time, no matter what. He was thanking her for being her. (and, again, for giving him his entire life in one kiss 😋)
With this world being more dangerous than ever, it’s a big deal to leave home and you really don’t know if your goodbye is truly your last goodbye so, as R&M head off separate ways, Michonne wanted to make sure they have a proper and fitting farewell, which of course is an epic one for an epic couple.
So, in a way, this kiss was her also saying “Just in case this is the last goodbye you should know exactly how I feel about you”. But the kiss was also very strategic, cuz I know Homegirl was trying to give Rick some serious incentive to get back asap. I’m honestly a little surprised Rick didn’t go tell Aaron their trip’s cancelled lol. Cuz after this kiss, Rick really looked like he was thinking, ‘Negan who?” 😂.
I know with complete certainty that Rick had this moment with Michonne on replay the whole time he was out with Aaron. As Rick walks away, Michonne watches both sad to see him go and also knowing full well she just put that man in a trance. 😂 She knows what she’s done lol. Like Rick’s now beyond whipped. Is there a term stronger than whipped? Cuz that’s what he is now lol.
To date, this is my favorite kiss between them. Hence why I can gush about it forever. It was just so much more than a kiss. It was everything. It was their unbreakable love fully on display. And they’ve come so far since season three, and have had many moments in past seasons that could have led to a kiss, so it just feels so rewarding and wonderful that they’re finally at this point in the relationship. I can imagine for long-time shippers this moment sent you straight up to heaven lol. 🙌🏾 😋
Literally every time I see a gif of this moment I can’t help but get that same overwhelming joy I had the first time watching it. It’s just so good and so magical yet so realistic and organic. Richonne is always so well done cuz it’s always conveyed like grown, healthy, natural, genuine true love.
And this kiss gives you no doubt that R&M’s relationship will not just last, but it will stand the test of time. They are ride or die, they are partners for life, they are one.
This scene was towards the beginning of 7x5, but low key the rest of the episode was kind of a blur cuz, as far as I’m concerned, this one scene stole the whole show. 😋
So, in short (lol), every time I see this moment I can’t help but say, “I’m…
Cuz this scene was, is, and will always be a masterpiece. 🙌🏾👌🏽👏🏽👏
Thought I’d make a quick iwaoi fic rec again bc I’ve been writing down some fics I’ve really enjoyed for the past weeks or so. So yeah, these are more a list of my recent favourites in no particular order.
This is the one I cried to..! ;-; It’s a time traveller au! With lots of pining! I’m not going to spoil anything but yeah. I cried like a baby at the ending hehe. If you’re looking for a long read I recommend this. It’s 35k words!
This isn’t one I have read recently, it’s a bit older! But I have been looking for this fic for so long ;-; Bless this writer tbh…! Iwa-chan has to pretend to be Oikawa’s boyfriend. Very very sweet and fluffy! And funny!
(multi chapter / complete (but it’s the first part of an ongoing series I think?) / Not Rated (but definitely nsfw))
Iwa-chan is a tattoo artist and Oikawa, Kuroo and Bokuto stumbles in to his tattoo parlour. It is really funny, but super sweet and fluffy! It has what is probably the fluffiest sex scene I’ve ever read (and super sweet post-coital cuddling!)
Thank you to all the authors who share their wonderful work!!
And as always. I know there are much more fics out there that are super amazing too! This is just like my personal “recent iwaoi fanfics I really enjoyed” list.
A thing that’s bothered me for ten years, but that I mostly kept quiet about, but for some reason now feel the need to discuss:
People who say that Sora doesn’t care about Kairi in KHII, or that he cares about her less than Riku in that game, drive me insane.
I often wonder if we even played the same game.
The main argument is that Sora asks about Riku more, and I agree that that’s true.
But guys… it’s true because for the first half of the game, Sora knew that Kairi was safe on the islands and it was only Riku he needed to find. So of course he wasn’t looking for her in II exactly like how he was in the first game.
And even his looking for Riku is tied to Kairi. “Well, I’m gonna go look for Riku. Then he and I can go back to the islands together. Kairi’s there waiting for us.”
And there are so times that Sora thinks about Kairi even during the first half of the game, like when he’s blushing and thinking about hugging her when he sees Will and Elizabeth together.
Also, does no one remember his reaction to Kairi apparently being in Twilight Town?
“Oh! Sora! Do you know a girl named Kairi?”
“K… Kairi!? I sure do!”
This moment right here is the turning point. Once Sora learns that Kairi’s in danger, he doesn’t shut upabout her or stop worrying/looking.
And sometimes he even puts her name before Riku’s when asking about her, or sometimes will talk about here without even mentioning Riku at all.
Here are just a few examples of that:
Sora trying to comfort Hayner, Pence, and Olette’s guilt about the whole thing: “Hey, it’s not your fault. C’mon, cheer up! Like I can even say that… I gotta help Kairi!”
He even blames himself for her abduction:
Sora - “The King, Riku–and now I’ve lost Kairi again, too.”
Donald - “Don’t be sad!”
Goofy - “Donald’s right, you know! Why, you’re the key that connects everything!”
Sora - “So it’s all MY fault.”
He also does the Japanese dogezu position towards Saïx
as he literally begs him to let her see her–and puts himself on a silver platter that way–which is such a big deal, that I can’t even-
But back to what I was saying above, about him talking about Kairi a lot after what Axel did to here, here are just some of those examples:
After Maleficent pushes the crew into the Realm of Darkness… Sora - “Kairi! Riku!” (And yes, he actually puts her name first there.) As Sora opens the gate in that place, knowing that he’ll be forced to leave it soon - “Not yet! I gotta look for Kairi!”
Upon entering The Castle That Never Was for the first time - “Kairi… We’re almost there.” And a bit after that: “Kairi! Where are you?”
Also, backtracking a little bit, but there are moments where Sora thinks about Kairi during this part of his journey that don’t even have to deal with her current situation–like when he imagines himself dancing with her in Halloween Town.
But back to The World That Never Was stuff:
Sora barges in on Saïx and demands, “Where’s Kairi?”
Kairi then appears on that one balcony and shouts out to him, and it’s the cutest thing ever. Sora’s completely distracted and forgets what he should be doing, and just smiles widely at her and excitably says her name: “Kairi!”… before being dog piled by Heartless, for not having kept his head in the game.
After that, Sora sees Kairi fighting alongside “Ansem” and is clearly concerned by it as he watches them. “What’s going on!?”
Sora fights Xigbar, who goes out purposefully confusing Sora, and Donald reminds Sora about Kai. Donald - “Sora! It’s Kairi!” Sora - “Kairi, we’re on our way!”
Next up is their reunion. Kairi tells him, “You and Riku never came home, so I came looking for you.”
And Sora is so completely undone by this–because he feels guilty that he promised he’d return to her with Riku, and hasn’t even after a year; guilty, that she had to come looking for him; guilty, that she got freakin’ kidnapped because of him–that he can’t even look at her. He just turns away and mutters a broken, “I’m sorry.”
But Kairi doesn’t care. And she never blamed him even once, so she just shoots across the room and embraces him–eager to see him–and Sora hesitantly hugs her back, because he honestly doesn’t think he deserves her easy forgiveness. And he thinks she deserves more and better than this crummy reunion, in an enemy’s lair: an enemy’s lair that she’d been held hostage at.
Oh, and Sora freakin’ thanks “Ansem”–who he hates, and makes a point of saying that thinking about all the things he did makes him “really mad”–for saving Kairi. “I’ve got to be grateful for that. Thanks.”
We then get the Sora, Riku, and Kairi reunion. And in a lot of ways, this is a moment between all three of them. Because it takes Kairi to show Sora that it’s even Riku.
And after Sora’s collected himself from all the emotions he’s just been forced to feel, after having the weight of the world on his shoulders, it’s all three of them talking to each other:
Kairi - “Does that mean… you can’t change back?”
Riku - “This battle isn’t over. And until it is, I still need the power of darkness.”
Sora - “Then… let’s finish it. You’re still Riku, no matter what!” (Everyone, including Kairi, then nods at this.) “So how ‘bout it? Think we can handle one last rumble together? The King’s waiting!”
Donald - “Yeah! Let’s get going!”
Anyway, after that scene Sora seems to have finally gotten over his regret about the whole Kairi thing, and we get some really cute moments between them, such as:
(After the Luxord fight.) Kairi - “You okay?”
Sora - “Yeah! No worries. Let’s keep moving.”
Sora catching Kairi when Ansem’s Kingdom Hearts encoder is blowing up…
…Kairi aiding Sora as he’s trying to convince Riku “you got friends,,, like us!”
Kairi’s voice being what pulls Sora out of the illusion Xemnas puts him in of Memory’s Skyscraper, etc.
Sora promises Kairi that they’ll “be together every day” Sora - “Uhh… yeah!” (And the only reason he reacts that way is because he’s still freaking out about the whole Roxas thing, but he honestly means this and is joyful about the idea.)
Next, Kairi, Sora, and Riku are all ready to go home together… which makes the fact that they get separated here even sadder.
Kairi - “Hey, let’s go home!”
Sora - “Riku… C’mon.”
Riku - “Yeah.”
(The portal closes before Sora and Riku can get through it.) Kairi - “Sora! Riku!”
(The two of them then gasp at this, and if it wasn’t fish face at the time I imagine both Sora and Riku would be looking really sad.)
Anywho, Sora and Riku defeat Xemnas for the final time (LOL to that, says DDD) and are stranded at the Dark Margin. Since it doesn’t look like they have any way out of there, they begin thinking that maybe their best option would be to just “fade into darkness”, and that maybe it wouldn’t even be so bad. But it’s only knowing that Kairi’s safe that Sora even considers this.
Sora - “Yeah. The other side… The realm of light is safe now. Kairi, the King, and the others are there.”
Kairi’s letter to Sora washes up on the shore–and he loves reading it so much, that the sweetest and most meaningful smile appears on his face; and it leads him to being able to open the Door to Light, and getting Riku and himself the heck out of there.
Next, Sora and Riku are finally back at Destiny Islands. And the moment that he sees Kairi and hears her calling his name, Sora is running to her as fast as his feet can carry him. Tripping, and not even caring. (And tbh, I honestly think he probably would’ve kissed her here, if Donald and Goofy hadn’t ended up tackling him.)
But even after he’s fallen, this is just a really adorable moment–as the two of them smile at each other, and Kairi gives Sora her hand and he finally gives her her lucky charm back (whilst she corrects him that he’s not “back”, he’s “home”).
In the credits, we then see Sora stumble upon Kairi having drawn herself giving him a paopu fruit on the cave drawing. And he just puts his hand over it, smiles like no other, and looks up to the sky.
This game ends with Kairi giving Sora the letter from the King, and him looking it over in a confused manner. And as Blank Points from BbS continues this instance (after Sora, Riku, and Kairi) have had time to think it all over,) we see Sora being heartbroken and guilty again that he’ll have to leave Kairi again (he once again can’t even look at her, after having promised her they’d spend every day together and all).
But Kairi is a selfless human being, who sees Sora off with her best grin and lets him go–thus easing Sora’s burden about the whole thing.
But clearly Sora doesn’t care about Kairi in Kingdom Hearts II at all, guys. <_<
…Tbh, this isn’t a SoKai post that I’m making here.
And it’s definitely not a “Sora cares about Kairi more, whatever that means” thing.
If anything, I think he values the both of them equally.
The only reason I made this lengthy post is because SO MANY PEOPLE WHO PLAY KHII somehow get an “LOL, do Sora and Riku even care about Kairi at all? It doesn’t feel like it to me” feeling from it.
And I, personally, will never understand that. And above is all of the reasons as to why that is.
But to each their own, I guess:)
On a side note, I rewatched ALL of these scenes just now, to make sure that I remembered them correctly and was wording the quotes right… and now I’m exhausted from it.
Tyler Posey- you’ve taught me through Scott to never give up and never run. To always look for your friends during the hard times and always stick together. It’s okay to be afraid but it’s not to let it stop you. Thank you for being the best Scott McCall there could ever be.
Dylan O’Brien- you’ve shown everyone that you can still make people laugh in a horrible situation, which was usually not right at all lmao. But thank you for being the most sarcastic character to ever exist and the character in teen wolf to make me cry the most. Thank you for putting your soul into Stiles Stilinski. I will miss him.
Holland Roden- thank you for playing the most badass banshee ever and showing us and Lydia it is OK to be yourself. Lydia learned to always be there for your friends, no matter what. You made Lydia’s improvement so much more special by really getting into your role and becoming Lydia Martin, the most caring girl in Beacon Hills.
Shelley Hennig (my favorite person in the world)- thank you for basically being yourself as Malia. You are literally her and I’m forever thankful you were the person to play Malia Tate. You were the funniest, most sarcastic, but caring in your ways, girl on teen wolf. You became Lydia’s best friend after Allison and your guys connection made the feelings so much more real. Thank you for being part of Teen Wolf.
Cody Christian- I don’t even know where to start with you. The way you portrayed Theo was amazing and I will never ever forget him. You showed us that the way people act isn’t always their fault. Theo was raised around no love or compassion but you showed us how Theo could change for the better and he isn’t heartless. You made me feel the emotions Theo was experiencing and the way you made Theo go from being selfish and letting people die to being the bait and helping Liam not kill people. You showed us what it’s like for someone who was shown no love or care, to love and care about those around him. I don’t know what else to say but thank you for being Theo Raeken. I learned so much from him.
Dylan Sprayberry- oh Liam Liam Liam. I love you to pieces Dylan but I won’t lie, I didn’t like Liam too much at first and then once Hayden came around I didn’t like Liam at all. But boy have you changed Liam in 6b. You’ve showed us that Liam has changed explicitly and has learned to make the right choices. He has learned and listened to Scott and is trying his best to be a great beta. He isn’t hurting the ones who hurt him, (Nolan and Gabe) and is earning some of Scott’s qualities. Liam has definitely showed us that you can hide your words but you can’t hide your actions. AKA, Thiam. You’ve made us believe Liam really cares about everyone, even the ones other people hate. Liam pretends he doesn’t like Theo but it’s a lie lol. Your and Cody’s connection has made your scenes so much more emotional and believable and we can tell Liam truly cares about Theo. I want to say thank you for making me love Liam and I will miss him to pieces.
My favorite Liam scene lol ^
I’m gonna end with Liam because it’s taken me over 2 hours to write this because I’m so emotional. But I wanna say thanks for being the hilarious Hale family to Ian and Tyler and there’s many more people I want to thank but it will take forever, so.
Thank you for making such a huge impact on my life Teen Wolf cast. I will forever be grateful for this show and all of you and I’ll never forget.
Y'all, we got a Richonne proposal so you know I need to happy dance for this moment right here, right? 🙌
Lol but for real this scene is gold. This was definitely a Richonne proposal and so it’s mandatory to turn up. 😋
When I heard that the title of 7x12 would be called “Say Yes”, I had my fingers crossed for a proposal. I so badly wanted 7x12 to be the episode that Rick would pop the question and they’d more officially be husband and wife, cuz the Beyoncé rule still applies in the apocalypse; if you like it then you should put a ring on it lol. 😂
And now while we didn’t get a formal, get down on one knee, “Will you marry me?” we did in fact get a proposal. 👌 Like my kindred spirit, Yvette Nicole Brown said, “Ya’ll gotta know a marriage when you see one!” and it’s the gospel truth. That’s my girl. 😋
So Michonne has presented the very true sentiment that if the world is going to be reordered post-Negan then there’s going to need to be a leader. Rick just subtly nods and then Michonne adorably tells him “It should be you.” 😍
I love this so much because it once again emphasizes how fiercely Michonne believes in her man. I remember Danai saying that it couldn’t just be any guy that won Michonne’s heart and respect, and Rick has 100% of both her heart and respect. Cuz he’s a real one. 👌🏽
It’s just so sweet that she essentially feels her man can be the leader of the new world. She’s seen a lot of bad leaders from the Governor to Negan and everything in between and she knows her man would be so drastically different and better than them if he led.
Michonne’s basically like, “I already see you as a king so the world should have no problem getting in formation and seeing you as a king too.”
It’s like in a very loving, gentle, supportive wife way she’s saying…
And then Rick laughs and says “Not me.” The way that he smiles tho upon hearing her say it should be him. Too sweet.😊 You know that hearing that made him really aware that she thinks so highly of him and believes in him deeply. I feel like he knows his queen was trying to tell him he’s a king. 👑
But he says “not me” and I thought that was an interesting response. Initially it sort of surprised me but then it made me realize just how human Rick Grimes is.
A lot of “Say Yes” was about Rick being very aware of his mortality, and having watched him lead all these seasons, it’s easy to forget that he stepped up as the leader cuz he was most fit to do it, not necessarily cuz he wanted to do it.
I realized dang Rick has had to go through so much in general but specifically because he’s the leader and he really didn’t ask for that. Like so far everywhere they’ve gone and anyone they’ve encountered has dealt directly with Rick since being the leader puts the target on his back.
Hilltop, Negan, The Kingdom, The Junkyard. In all those places he had to be at the forefront and had to deal with the brunt of things, which probably isn’t the most fun thing to do all the time.
But, because he’s a real one and puts family first, he’s been choosing to sacrifice his own comfort and preferences to be the leader. Just when I thought I couldn’t respect this character more lol.
And because he’s a human first when he’s with Michonne you just become so aware of how normal he is when he says this. Like he’s just a guy. A great guy, but still just a guy who might want a break from this leadership thing cuz he’s had to carry the weight of the world at times, albeit never alone since he’s had Michonne as his ride or die. 👸🏾
And then his ride or die says in the sweetest voice, “Why not? You could do it.” And Rick sighs and I think there’s a part of him that feels he could do it and there’s also a part of him that doubts it, but I think most importantly since he’s been in this relationship with Michonne he’s been thinking about his future and how it’s not promised and how, if he’s lucky enough to have a life after Negan, all he really wants is to just be with her and their kids.
Michonne senses that hesitancy Rick has and she tells him “You’d be good at it. If it’s something you wanted.” I love that she says this and that she says that he’d be good at it with so much conviction.
There’s a lot of shows and movies where you see a woman trying to push her man into power so that they can take advantage of it or whatever, but this is not even remotely what’s happening here. Michonne just sincerely believes in Rick that much. She agrees with what Abraham wrote in season 5 “The world’s gonna need Rick Grimes.” 😊
I love that she wants him to know he’d be good at it cuz think about 7x4 when Rick essentially expressed feeling like it was his fault that Glenn and Abe are no longer with them. Michonne knows Rick’s doubted his leadership before and she wants to lift her man up like she’s so amazing at doing.
But my favorite thing she says is “if it’s something you wanted” cuz she allows it to be his choice. She’s not pushing this on him and as much as she sees his potential to lead she only wants it for him if it’s something he himself wants.
For a leader it’s probably so rare that someone actually stops and considers what you want for yourself so I love that Michonne let’s him know that yes she thinks he would be great as the leader but it’s what he wants that matters most to her.
And you can tell that hearing her allow it to be his choice is what changes Rick’s demeanor. Cuz at first it sort of feels like he’s deflecting but then when she opens it up to be an option for him to take or not take, he becomes more open and responsive. He knows it’s okay to not want to because they can always be 💯 with each other.
And he tells her “Well I don’t think I do. Or I would.” It’s funny cuz on paper this dialogue could almost sound like an argument but they are speaking so sweetly to each other here that it’s really just healthy communication and perfection. 😊
And then next, y'all…Rick proposes. 🙌🏾🎉
Lol pretty much! You can see him really get serious and then he looks at her and tells her, “But the two of us, you and me, reordering things together, I’d want that. If it’s something you wanted."
Can we talk about this!? First; this is Rick telling her that the one thing he knows for sure he wants in the future is for the two of them to stay together. ☺️
One of the many reasons this is significant is because they haven’t been a couple for as long as it seems they have and they might not have talked officially about what their titles are in this relationship, cuz they really didn’t have to. But this is Rick verbally letting Michonne know that if it’s up to him they would be together from here on out.
Like he’s saying that no matter what happens he wants what they have to last and for them to still be a unit. If he’s going to lead, or reorder things, or do anything at all, he wants it to be with her by his side.
Two; this is totally another prime example of them saying each other’s words back to each other. Rick doesn’t just repeat the whole "reordering things” and “if it’s something you wanted” that she just said. He also repeats the “you and me” “me and you” sentiment that Michonne said in 7x8 cuz you know those words meant the world to him when she said that and he wants that most of all.
Like this is his turn to let her know he too wants it to be the Rick-and-Michonne way from here on out. And I adore knowing that when he thinks about what he wants in life post-Negan the words that comes to his mind is “you and me”. 😊
Plus I love that Rick doesn’t have an ego about leading, he’d be happy to co-lead with her and it says a lot that he feels like she could reorder things just as well as him. And saying they could reorder things together means he’s highly aware of the power of Richonne and how they really could change the world together.
For Rick to say all this is a big deal. Like what a character wants is super important and a major motivator in everything else they do and he essentially just told her “The thing I want for my future is the two of us”. Um…all that was missing was a 💍. That’s not a shipper interpretation. That’s just facts lol.
I always say you know it’s real love when you want forever with the person and Rick’s pretty much implied that that’s what he wants with her. And it’s sweet that he opens it up to her by saying “if it’s something you wanted”. I love that they care about what the other wants.
And of course she wants that too. You can literally see that Michonne’s heart has melted hearing this man be so vulnerable with her rn. Like she’s looking at him like he’s her ☀️🌙⭐️.
And she says “Yeah” in a way where you can tell that she’s so honored and touched that he would basically tell her “Just like you see me as a king I see you as a queen and I want it to be the two of us just as much as you do.” They are equals and their love for each other is equal too. 🙌🏾
When she preciously says “yeah”, you know she knows the deeper meaning behind what he’s proposing and it’s like she’s saying of course I would be right by your side cuz she’s with him always. In this scene, she’s clearly realizing all over again that he’s the love of her life. And then it’s Rick’s turn to look at Michonne like the ☀️🌙⭐️.
I mean, I knew Andrew Lincoln can act, but how in the sway did he get a literal twinkle in his eye when she said yeah? 🙉 The man is a revelation lol. 😋
And then they kiss to seal the deal and it’s perfect and passionate and sweet as usual. Like every kiss they have is so meaningful and communicates a deeper shade of love for each other.
And this one? This one felt like a weddingkiss. 🙌🏾 Like this wasn’t a “Yay we agreed to reorder things together” kiss lol this was a “We’re married for real” kiss. Won’t He do it!
I love that Rick and Michonne both just established that what they want both now and in their future is each other. These are two people who put everyone else’s wants before their own and it’s rare for them to talk about what they want for themselves personally. So it’s super sweet that they both personally want each other and are expressing that to one another here.
Like the fact that this is Rick and Michonne from that prison fence now telling each other they want it to be the “two of us”. It gives me my entire life.
Y'all, for real, after this moment all that they needed was Father G to enter and say “I now pronounce you husband and wife." 🙌🏾
Yuri on Ice BD audio commentary translation - Volume 1
Happy New Year!
I was wondering if I should do something about the bonus audio commentary in the BD/DVD vol.1, and in the end after some thinking I decided to provide a translation for mostly the “new” information. In other words, this is a partial translation of the audio commentary. (Since they speak for almost 30 min, translating every single line would take ages and some things they say are either already talked about in one of the interviews posted/linked in my Tumblr account or are just random chatting, so not really worth the effort…) I think I was still able to cover quite a lot though.
By the way, the audio commentary is only available for episode 1 and it’s by Mitsurou Kubo and Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yuuri’s seiyuu). Episode 2 doesn’t have commentary.
Since the format is different from normal interview translations, you can find my comments too (mostly in brackets).
-Kubo says that in the beginning she was really anxious, because as this is an original anime not based on other existing works no one knows it at first, and you don’t know whether it will be successful or not. It also aired at night (2:20 AM) and, though it was available through a few online streaming services, there weren’t many TV channels broadcasting it. She also says that she checks the online response a lot, so much that she jokes “I’m probably doing more research than the staff responsible for advertising and marketing research”. She was glad to see that the series was very well received right from episode 1. Also, there was actually a preview screening of the first 3 episodes at a cinema before the official airing, and she praises the participants because they only wrote vague opinions on the net (like “it’s fantastic”) and didn’t write any spoilers.
-Regarding Yurio clicking his tongue in the scene where he finds Yuuri crying in the toilet after the Grand Prix Final: Kubo has only been to the recording of episode 1 (and I think maybe 12?), so she was there too, and she comments that when she heard Kouki Uchiyama (Yurio’s seiyuu) clicking his tongue she thought it sounded like a kiss and, since in that moment you only see their feet and not their faces, she was worried that some people might misunderstand what is happening. She actually told this to the sound director, though the seiyuu don’t know because she was in the booth with the sound staff, so seiyuu cannot hear what they are talking about. Of course they didn’t really change anything because there’s no way that scene could be mistaken, and she also acknowledges that she was worried for no reason.
-Announcer Morooka is voiced by Taihei Katou, a real Asahi TV announcer. They comment that they were surprised because, beside the commentary during the matches which of course is perfect, he was also very good at playing Morooka even when he speaks normally.
-The writing used for the episode titles is Kubo’s handwriting. Some text sound effects that are shown in a few instances (mainly comical, for example the audience going “kyaaaa” at Victor) are also Kubo’s handwriting. She mentioned this in an interview too, but here again she says that she and director Yamamoto decided all the titles in a cafe near Tokyo Station after going location hunting somewhere. The main reason they used that amusing style for the titles is that they wanted something catchy that people would remember.
-Regarding the scene where Victor is walking to the arena in Yoyogi (for the World Championship), he winks and we see the audience going “KYAAAH” on him and people with their eyes turning into hearts: Kubo comments that she found it nice that the male cameramen in the audience too had hearts coming out of their eyes. Toyonaga comments that when they recorded the audience background noises someone actually pointed it out like “…oh, there are guys too”.
-Kubo herself is from Kyushu and that’s one of the reasons they set the story in Kyushu (she is from Nagasaki by the way). They chose Karatsu as model location because they thought the castle and general atmosphere would appeal to a foreign tourist. (I’m leaving out some things they said about why they chose Karatsu because she already talked more in detail about it in various interviews) Kubo says she was surprised because they used a few places as models but didn’t really write anywhere which ones they are, yet the day after episode 1 aired someone on the net had already identified the places complete with pictures.
-Ironically enough, when they visited the hot spring resort in Karatsu they couldn’t eat katsudon because the dining room was only open in the evening and they went there during the day. She says the reason they chose katsudon is that she knows of many foreigners who come to Japan and fall in love with katsudon. For example, she says that a friend told her of a French guy that totally loved katsudon, considered it healthy food and ate it all the time. The most shocking thing is that the guy actually lost 5 kgs with this, and both Kubo and Toyonaga are of course appalled because katsudon is very high-calorie food, and she comments “I wonder what he used to eat before if he could lose weight eating katsudon…”. (Totally personal comment: I’ve lived in Japan for many years and I almost never ate katsudon because I find it heavy on the stomach, as in I can barely finish a bowl… Though for some reason I’ve already eaten it twice last month)
-Kubo comments that the character who is drawn cuter than anyone else is Yuuri’s mother. She also says that she was glad Yuuko is popular too, despite being a married woman and not the heroine as the viewers may have thought when she first shows up. She is also happy that she receives lots of comments from people saying they don’t hate any characters. She reveals that actually she is unable to draw villains, as in even if she tries to they just end up being likable. She considers it somewhat of a weak point as a mangaka, but was glad to hear of people being able to watch YOI over and over again without feeling stressed because they don’t hate any characters.
-She extensively praises Toyonaga’s acting as Yuuri, for example the fact that when she heard him for the first time she believed the voice he uses for Yuuri was his natural voice, but actually Toyonaga was “creating” what he pictured would be fitting as Yuuri’s natural voice, so it’s something that requires a lot of effort and she was impressed by it. Toyonaga asks her if her impression of him has changed over the course of the series, and she replies that it hasn’t, and also that he was very good at conveying the way Yuuri “evolves” over time without making him sound like a completely different character. She also comments that other seiyuu, like Junichi Suwabe (Victor) and Kenshou Ono (Phichit) were also using voices they rarely use in other anime. She feels that all members of the cast really made a big effort to try to get as close as possible to the characters, in fact recordings for YOI always took a very long time.
-Regarding “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite”. Kubo wrote the lyrics and had them translated into Italian. She imagined the song as coming from a (fictional) Russian opera. She says she is glad that they didn’t disclose the lyrics early on, because as much as she likes that the series becomes a topic of discussion, she feared someone might misunderstand them as being directly connected to Victor and think that he has an incurable illness or is going to die. She says that actually she did see people worried that this might happen, even though she believes that anyone who has watched the whole series would probably comment “there’s no way something like that could happen!! (LOL)”. She says that they couldn’t possibly fit such a sub-story in only one cour in the first place, and that she doesn’t really like the idea of athletes being injured, let alone dying.
-Regarding the meaning of “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite”. It’s a love song, but it’s about a man who lost a person that was dear to him. The man, who now is alone, hears something in the distance, like the voice of someone crying, and even though he doesn’t know who this person is he sympathizes with them because he thinks maybe they were abandoned too. The song is about the man recovering from loneliness, though even if he says “let’s fight together” he actually doesn’t know whether the other person is alive or not. (By the way, she mentions the line “let’s fight together”, but as I wrote in the Spoon interview actually it doesn’t exist, because the line in the lyrics says “let’s leave together”) In the opera it then turns out that the person was wrongly thought dead and is in fact alive, and the story ends with a happy grand finale. (To be honest I don’t really get whether this person the man is “fighting/leaving together with” is the voice in the distance, and if the person “wrongly thought dead” is this one or the one that was dear to the man…? I’m pretty confident my translation is correct because I wrote down the full text for this part, as it was interesting, but the way she explains it is not really clear… If you know Japanese too, own the BD/DVD and have any ideas feel free to comment. I wish she would talk more in detail about this in some interview, lol)
-When the ED starts Toyonaga comments “and then after staring at Victor’s ass we have the ending (LOL)”, and Kubo very passionately comments about the onsen scenes. She says that it may look like they were just thrown in because they are nice but that actually it’s very difficult to animate them and it took a lot of work and the “latest technology”, so they are definitely not “randomly” there but they were created because they absolutely wanted to show them. She says “Who knows, someone might not be able to sleep if they don’t see this first! Someone having a hard time might find the strength to go on looking at Victor’s ass!”, and she mentions that she received a comment by a person who had an illness making it difficult for them to return to society, but that they were able to cheer up after watching YOI, and she was really happy about this. (EDIT: I see lots of response for Victor’s ass, but to be safe I would like to point out that with “being difficult to animate” she refers to all the scenes set in the onsen, not only his ass, LOL. I guess it’s because of the water/steam etc?)
-Toyonaga says that he has watched all episodes at least 5 times. (By the way, when they recorded this commentary episode 12 had not aired yet).
non-shippy review: Keith is my favorite character along with Shiro, so it sucked to have him gone just like Shiro was lol. At least he wasn’t completely gone but still… why do they write off my favorite characters like this why lol. But I still enjoyed the season.
It was heavy on plot, action, and humor and light on any character development aside from maybe some tiny tidbits here and there.
I think it hurt this season to split up s3 and s4, as on its own s4 is weak compared to s3. When s3 happened, it was fun - it introduced new characters, there were so many new theories because of all the things presented, etc. S4 wasn’t like that - I feel like fans won’t be as whipped up into a frenzy about it.
My favorite parts were Matt and Pidge and Coran’s episode! Those were great!
With the Keith’s Blade of Marmora arc, I was disappointed a bit. He leaves for some special secret mission to track down Lotor and it doesn’t really seem to work that great lol? But it was obviously just an excuse to write him out, which I’m still really unsure of why they feel the need to do with these characters from a narrative standpoint.
S4 also makes most of S3 feel kind of pointless. It feels like Keith’s struggles in s3 were just… kind of undone and made less meaningful. But ah well, on its own s3 is still good.
We still don’t know what’s up with Shiro, and something tells me we won’t know for a long time. Whatever is the deal with him, it could be part of a final boss type of thing that we won’t know until near the end of the series. That’s how it kind of makes me feel anyways.
shippy review: So, I think it’s funny that with Keith gone none of the big two ships really got much this season. Honestly? Good. I think Klance shippers and Sheith shippers need a moment to chill the hell out lol (especially Klance shippers). Of course I wanted to see more of Shiro and Keith together, but at least what we got was nice. When they hugged and the others later joined in - definitely reminded me of some similar scenes in other shows where the love interests hug first then the gang joins in haha. But maybe that’s just my shippy-goggles.😎
The ship that stole the show? Allurance. Lance has grown a lot as a person to be mature enough for Allura and I love the moment they had in the finale. They’re hitting on things I like about Sheith where Lance knows just what to say to encourage and inspire Allura. They also had some small tender moments, like Lance helping Allura up when she was faint. I’m starting to ship them hard now haha.
As much as 7x5 became a bit of a blur after the kiss of life lol, I still had just enough vision left to take note of one more Richonne moment in this episode. 😋 And it’s the scene that follows, with Michonne and Carl.
(Side note: I know we’re supposed to assume a lot of conversations between characters are had off camera, but this 7x5 scene is pretty much the first time we’re seeing Michonne and Carl really talk since Richonne became a thing 🙉 Again, I low key feel robbed that we haven’t gotten more scene with them post-canon lol. Here’s to wishfully thinking hoping season 8 will give us some continued development of Carl and Michonne’s relationship. 🙏🏽)
So, Richonne is obviously relationship goals and I love that Michonne is definitely an admirable example of a wife. What her character depiction confirms is that you can be both an independent boss and a loving supportive wife. Like she has her stuff together and she can take care of business while simultaneously respecting her man and his leadership and decisions.
I say all this because this sentiment really comes through in Michonne’s talk with Carl, post-the kiss of life.
Side note: I feel like there’s Richonne “pre-kiss of life” and “post-kiss of life” cuz, for me, that kiss took their relationship to a whole nother level lol.
But anyways, let me stop myself before I get off track and start going on about that kiss again, cuz I need to break this current scene down right quick. 😋
So our homie, Carl has two sides to me. Like he’s either this good kid with a killer instinct, or he’s this wildn kid with a killer instinct. Both are understandable considering the crazy world he’s had to grow up in. But, I must say, what I’ve noticed is that when Carl’s in “wildn kid” mode he has a tendency to disapprove of and try his father. 🙉
So in this scene he’s kind of in “wildn kid” mode and trying to see if Michonne also disagrees with Rick’s “Submit to Negan” approach. I love that the first thing he asks tho is, “Why didn’t you go with my dad?”. Like Rick and Michonne are such a package deal that it feels strange to other people for them to be separate.
Also I love that Michonne and Carl are in this house cuz it reminds me of when they were in that house in “Claimed” and they were just becoming family back then and now it’s pretty official.
Michonne tells him she has to figure out how they can do this or if they can and that lets you know that while yes, she supports RIck and his decision, she is still trying to find some way to fight. Carl says “We can’t” which reminds me of when Michonne tells Rick those very words in 7x4. I’m telling you; like Step Mom, like Son lol. 😋
Carl feels like they can’t win if they do things Rick’s way. And I know Michonne understands where he’s coming from but she tells him, “Your dad thinks differently.” I appreciate this cuz it lets you know that, as much as everything in her says they have to fight back, she’s obviously really taken to heart what Rick thinks about the situation.
Hearing her say “your dad” stood out to me too cuz, what’s so different about this conversation than pre-canon conversations between Carl and Michonne, is that now Rick is not just Carl’s dad but Michonne’s husband lol. Like this just reminds you that they truly are even more of a family than before.
Carl responds to Michonne saying, “And he’s wrong. You know it”. And low key when he said this, I was like…
Carl tried it just a little bit, cuz even if Rick is wrong, that’s still his father so he has to put some respek on his name lol. But I know this was “wildn” Carl talking. 😋
And as Michonne lets this resonate it could appear she’s between a rock and a hard place. Does she voice her agreement with Carl that they shouldn’t just play along with Negan? Or does she pretend like she’s fully on board with Rick’s way of thinking? And just when you think maybe she doesn’t know what to say…she reminds us that, y’all, this is Michonne Grimes, she always be knowing just what to say lol. 👌🏽👸
So she responds with such a great line. She tells him “Even if I think he is…I don’t know.” It’s a very powerful and wise statement. It’s also such a meaningful thing for her to say because, as strong as she feels, she has enough maturity to say she doesn’t know. She’s not blindly agreeing with Rick, nor stubbornly disagreeing. She’s acknowledging both sides and going out to get answers because she’s productive and a real one. 👌🏽👸
She doesn’t feel like Rick’s way is the way to go, but since she doesn’t have the facts to know for sure, she’s choosing to remain open. She loves Rick and trusts his judgement and so she’s willing to consider his side, which is why I love that “even if”. She’s saying “Look, I’m not going to lie and say I think he’s right, but I’m not going to just assume I’m right either.” She’s wise enough to know that she doesn’t know.
To me, that’s real wisdom. Like wisdom isn’t always having the answers, but rather being open to the fact that maybe you don’t have all the answer, and then going and seeking out the answers, as she’ll later do in 7x7.
This line is also such a perfect answer to give Carl because it accomplishes two things. It allows her to be honest and admit to having an inking that Rick’s way may be the wrong way, which is good cuz it allows her to honestly communicate with Carl and keep him in the loop so that it’s not like he’s just some kid. He’s still her friend too.
And Michonne’s answer also sticks up for Rick and says, “I support your father and we do need to be cautious and consider that maybe we don’t know everything”. Something Carl needs to do (and completely does not do, as his “wildn kid” side takes over and gets him singing songs in the Sanctuary 😑🙈).
This line also reminds me of “The Distance” when Michonne tells Rick, “You know what you know and you’re sure of it, but I’m not", in regards to Aaron and ASZ. Like this relationship is so healthy because R&M can have strong opinions while also acknowledging that they don’t always have the answers.
Throughout the series, Michonne has had so many great lines that can be used as real life lessons. And this line to Carl is just such a great example of acknowledging that you’re not all-knowing or always right just cuz you think you are. So Michonne leads Carl by example in this moment and is both friend and mom. That’s some healthy balance right there. 👌
🏽And you know Carl at least lets this resonate momentarily. I love that it’s really only Michonne who can tame Carl’s “wildn kid” side. (If only Michonne knew what Carl’s plan for the day was 😑)
And I adore the last part of this scene, where Michonne’s mommy mode does in fact take over lol. She heads out and reminds Carl to change his bandage and “be nice to Olivia”. It’s such a cute mom/son moment and I was so here for it.
(Side note: I always find it such a funny parallel that Carl has his first low key awkward kiss with Enid in the same episode where Rick and Michonne have the greatest kiss of all time. 😋 )
So this scene is a Richonne scene cuz, even though Rick isn’t in it, this is Michonne putting aside any pride to be a supportive wife and a good mom. And I know Rick would be appreciative of how she handled that situation with Carl. Rick’s got himself a woman that is A1 wifey and mother material! 👌🏽👸
Michonne is only in like two and a half scenes in 7x5 but I love that these scenes are so memorable. It shows us loud and clear why Michonne is both an excellent wife and an excellent mother. 🏾😊
ARE WE TALKING ABOUT SM HOCO NOW I loved it so much and definitely got Jeremy and Michael vibes, just picturing the whole party scene with Christine instead of Liz and maybe Rich instead of Flash. And Michael being the Man in the Chair YES. I didn't feel too passionately about Liz either way but I will strongly defend that she didn't deserve anything that happened to her.
((YEAH!! I don’t even know how this happened lol but yeah I’m so glad you–you guys got those vibes too this is so great
Omg…Rich would be perfect as Flash tbh but it’s also sad too hnghhh And Christine would be a much more interesting and dynamic Liz in my opinion! She’s such a lovable character overall and to see her in Liz’s place would almost be gratifying you know
And omg no of course not! Liz isn’t a bad person at all–she’s just a bland character, is all I’m saying. And maybe she deserved to get ditched at the dance because she indirectly almost got Peter killed by revealing his identity (I know that wasn’t her fault but like. Couldn’t she pick up on Peter’s utterly panic-stricken face and the way he was trying to argue with her and get her to stop talking?) Like. Also when Peter called Ned and was desperately trying to explain the whole bomb situation Liz took his phone and basically yelled at him? Like she didn’t even listen to him and how he was begging her to put Ned on–it was pretty obvious the situation was really important but nope! She was just complaining to him and I’m like. Liz. Please give the phone back to Ned you’re causing Peter to have a mini stroke come on
Just. She has her flaws. And yeah she definitely didn’t deserve what happened with her dad and stuff, and almost dying. But the smaller things? Lol idk…))
Anon: It gave so much bmc vibes for me that I was just dying. And I thought that at first but then who could be the bad guy? And yeah, if Liz was Christine it would have been a hell lot more interesting. Sadly it wasn’t. And yes that scene was like awwww!! And I totally imagined Michael at the end when Ned is caught in the computer lab! I just wished they at least would have shown what happened to Ned afterwards -SA anon
((MHMM!! Yeah that’s true honestly there aren’t enough adult characters in BMC to put into the other roles here;; lol. But the squip could honestly fit any of the adult roles. Imagine him as Aunt May. It would be hilarious lol, him getting flirted with in that restaurant scene //sniggers Or even Karen!! That would make the most sense obviously, having him be the voice inside of Jeremy’s Spider-Man suit and encouraging him to confess his feelings for Michael LOL YEAH that was so funny like? Did he get detention for that?? I wish I could have seen the teacher’s reaction to him saying that “I’m looking up…porn?” Honestly it’s probably the most viable excuse tho pfft))
88wingding said: DUDE NO WAY I JUST WATCHED IT TODAY TOO
((SWEET…I actually went to see it again the day after with my sister I had to get her in on all the great action. We’ve been watching Marvel movies all week since then, we’re in the middle of Age of Ultron (AKA Tony Stark Fucks Up: The Movie) right now :3c))
Anon: Hello I heard ya been getting asks about Spider-Man!Jer ;3c huehuehue and I just came to say, what if the voice in his suit keeps telling him to confess to Michael?? Or like Jeremy likes to brag about Michael to the voice in his suit?? Sorry if you already got this kind of ask but I just wanted to give the queen of bmc au’s a lil’ idea! whoop (and keep up the good work!! I’ll support you for as long as I can!)
((Yup I sure have and I’m having a fantastic time
YEAH FOR SURE!! Like, “I can tell you have deep feelings for this companion of yours. You are well-likeable and a superhero, why not confess? You need to have more of a balance in your life, adding a healthy relationship to that list will ease things.” GET IT ON JEREMY
But yes I can totally imagine Jeremy bragging about Michael like, “So I have this best friend, his name’s Michael and–and gosh, he’s like, perfect? He’s so sweet and nerdy and he always helps me out and gives me encouragement and lets me sneak into his basement when I’m out late and we play video games together and he’s. Really great and funny and cute and I like his glasses and his hoodie and just his face in general? Yeah? Yeah.”
OMG;; You have no idea how flattered I am to be called that I…//wheezes The Queen of BMC AUs…I’m so happy to be called that I know it’s lame but like;; THANK YOU Anyway thank you so so so much!! That means a lot ^^))
Doodling just some of the ACoTaR characters before I start the comic. I’ll definitely doing mini portrait doodles of more characters, but these were the ones I wanted to get out of my head before I started drawing the scenes!
Edit: Lucien, tam, and Alis have masks….just forgot to turn the layer on lol
As per usual….this is MY depiction, so they probably won’t look like how you see them lol.