this arc is my fave because look at them. so happy ; ;

unpopular opinion: there’s no way we can get a great garnet episode at this point

aka why i can understand why garnet stopped having episodes dedicated to her.

this isnt to justify the lack of episodes dedicated to her, but rather my anger and frustrations with the crewniverse for repeatedly stunting any development for her and turning her into a really bland and overly forgiving mom character

garnet transformed from this mysterious mother figure that would do quirky things and have spouts of anger to a faux progressive happy go lucky character (odlaws’ put my issue into words perfectly if you wanna understand it more)

like back in season 1? what were garnet’s flaws:

she was awkward, she would turn violent if you pushed her hard enough, she over estimates steven, she can lose focus easily, her stoic persona made her come off as uncaring and intimidating

after jailbreak, keeping it together and cry for help you would think garnet would face new conflicts such as trust issues, dealing with PTSD, coping with horrific imagery, letting things go, etc

but no. we never get any of that. we’re not ALLOWED to get any of that. instead all that emotion and turmoil is given to ruby and sapphire. really godbless these characters, i still love them to death and despite some of my issues with keystone motel, its still a really solid and enjoyable ep. But this arc was supposed to be about garnet being hurt. pearl was jealous of garnet and pearl hurt garnet. when pearl was insulting sugilite no one went “how rude of pearl to insult amethyst and garnet”. We all understood that sugilite was a separate identity who made her own decisions and garnet and amethyst weren’t influencing it. 

even when ruby and sapphire were angry about how they were hurt, RUBY was in the wrong because she didnt want to forgive pearl right away and sapphire told her that forgiving pearl was the right thing. ignoring the fact that that was a terrible message to send, that you need to just forgive people who hurt you right away just because they’re close friends, we never get a chance to see garnet vent and show her anger. even in Friend Ship, it ended with garnet playing the life coach for pearl DESPITE pearl not giving a proper apology and instead making bad excuses and using guilt tripping tactics (”im not strong enough” “im just useless”). its like the tumblr equivalent of someone going “i know i did something bad i get it im trash i deserve to die”. But garnet can’t shut that down can she? garnet cant receive a good apology can she? no she has to sit down and stroke Pearl’s ego for a goddamn minute.

garnet cant express her feelings because that’s wrong and bad! pearl can scream at a child and smack a wall simply because he tried to be supportive but garnet cant be mad. garnet’s not allowed to express her feelings. Friend Ship and Cry For Help made me realize something awful.

when garnet’s mad its not sympathetic, it’s scary

back in season 1 I forgave it since garnet was an imposing figure. she’s weird and mysterious. when she was mad it was over things like accidentally getting her glasses knocked off and ronaldo kidnapping steven. you could laugh at the situation with her and not really take her anger seriously enough

so you would think given the circumstances, the writers would understand that we should sympathize with garnet since she was violated. which isnt at all funny and nearly made her defuse.

But you’re not supposed to empathize with garnet. you’re not supposed to relate to her. You’re not supposed to go “poor garnet thats so messed up”. you’re instead supposed to react like “Yeah that was messed up but WHY is she mad at pearl :(”

amethyst complains about the house being awkward and taking neither sides despite it clearly being something that she should be supporting garnet in. steven doesnt support garnet either. when pearl snapped at steven in Rose’s Scabbard, steven chases after her and spends some time with her to lift her mood. But steven didn’t care to do anything for garnet. Steven didn’t invite her to come to the motel. Steven didn’t take the time to talk to her. and Steven didn’t make any attempt to relate to her.

and yet guess who did get the good ol’ “get coddled like a baby” treatment.

pearl. someone who was the cause of all this drama. who not only violated a friend several times, but delayed their mission and risked endangering everyone for the sake of feeling good about herself. but ofc the writer’s woobie fave could never do anything wrong :(

an entire arc that should’ve been meant to flesh out both garnet and pearl ended up shelving garnet and treating pearl like the victim in all of this. that SHE’S the one who needs help.

how insulting

a black woman who sang a song about the importance of love and fusion, who nearly fell apart when she saw forced fusions, is not the victim in this. the Cry For Help was about pearl. garnet needed to drop all her feelings for pearl.

And afterwards it just went downhill from there. its like the show completely gave up on garnet.

more focus and screen time was given to ruby and sapphire, who again i love, but get more development than garnet.

and finally we reach “Log Date 7 15 2″ or as i like to call it “the rise of magical negro garnet”

Peridot’s comments don’t piss off Garnet. You don’t see her get visibly angry. She barely musters a response except for mildly bored look. I wasn’t asking for “garnet beats up peridot for being a homophobe”, but I know very well that garnet would not be the type to just allow Peridot to spend several days making off color comments. Garnet looks bored to mildly pleased. 

You could call this character development except… not really? Garnet smiling more does not equal Garnet being way more tolerant of disrespectful behavior. But since this was an arc for peridot i forgave it a bit. 

But then came episodes like Gem Harvest where Garnet would seriously be the last person to just shut up and tolerate Andy’s disrespectful behavior. And in Mindful Education we see garnet using ruby and sapphire to express how they handle trauma rather than Garnet using her own emotions.

Garnet isn’t flawed anymore. Garnet doesn’t make awkward comments or act in ways that are oddly violent. She’s not brash or passionate. She’s just there to offer advice.

Finally there’s Room For Ruby, an episode that made me sit and go “there is no way in hell this is the same garnet before”

  • garnet was already cautious with Steven trying to train a corrupted gem, why would she not even moniter him teaching Navy about earth (i know they think she’s dumb but she’s not an animal and there’s a reason why the diamonds sent out those rubies)
  • garnet saw a future where navy did not care about being a crystal gem and did nothing. excuse me? Garnet says herself her future vision works like a river with various streams connecting to it, and relies on the future thats most common (she when she jumped in front of a spilled coffee pot to protect steven). garnet even understood at the end of the episode that bad futures are possible and risky, and if they’re most common she needs needs to act on it. why on earth would garnet see a future where navy takes the ship and leave and not do anything about it
  • she was waaaaay too laxed about steven failing to stop navy. remember when she said she was terrified of Blue Diamond? Or when she smashed a warp pad just for seeing peridot show up? 

garnet’s cool with everything now. she doesnt care. she became the most assertive member of the team to the most passive. she’s easy to convince and push. she lacks any depth outside of “quiet mom who smiles sometimes”.

i cant believe im saying this but i honestly thing the crew fucked with her personality harder than lapis. because at least in lapis’s case, there was no concrete identity for her.

but there was one for garnet, one we all loved. 

awkward, funny, quirky, sensitive and assertive garnet.

the writers could have developed it more and jailbreak made me believe we were going to see more of her. but instead the writers decided decided “Garnet with layered personalities is a bit too much for us. so we gotta simplify her. make her the walking shoulder to cry on. the friend that enables everything you do, she just loves steven and thats all that matters.”

and that’s all garnet is now. she’s almost like peridot. happy go lucky, overly forgiving and a shell of her former self.

and that makes me mad

p3/p5 family au info thing

first and foremost, i’d just like to reiterate that this is an au so i can do whatever i want with it, don’t go militant on me for having fun pls thanks 

alright so i woke up with like 409386093 asks about the parents dying [niijima parents’ death isn’t a spoiler but there are p3p spoilers in here so watch out :0….]  and i suppose this is needed shdfjfgkhfjal i’m laughing so hard- so the range of questions i got are “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THEM OFF?” “THEY’RE GOING TO DIE” “THIS MEANS THEY’RE DEAD” and

OKAY SO, i originally made this au so i can have them both alive and happy so, it doesn’t really follow p5verse that much. i didn’t really think too deep about this au to ponder about how they’ll die because i just really wanted to have an akiham family to play with LOL (i like to call this branch “please save me from p3p depression”)

however, after some development with friends, it got a little bit more angsty and this is where it starts to follow p5verse more. so back to the original p5 plot: yes, both parents will die like how p5 has told. (i call this branch “Depression Setting In” GKSGLSKG:AL;)

so basically:

  • first branch = lighthearted; “No Angst Allowed, Good Time Only”
  • second branch = angsty, bittersweet; “lms if u love eating shit and dying”

i like both branches tho so i will most likely draw for both sometimes! mostly just the first branch tho bc i wanna run away from depression pls so i apologize in advance if i ever confuse you all with that HAHA so you can interpret my drawings with whichever branch you prefer: if you love being in post-p3p/p5 canon denial bliss or eating shit and dying, it’s up to you my dude

for the second branch, to answer the questions:
1) “how will hamuko die?”

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anonymous asked:

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”?



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The Four Times Spider-Man Wore His Mask and the One Time He Didn’t // Part 3/4

Part ONE / Part TWO / Part FOUR

Summary: After saving your life in a chance encounter, you start to see the Spider-Man everywhere. Fluff. Spider-Man x Reader fic. 

A/N: OKAY so I was NOT expecting the reaction I got for this mini-series and I am sooo happy you all liked it! So this is part three, one of my faves, and part four should be up later today I HOPE YOU LIKE IT???

Warnings: Light swearing

Less than a week later, and the Spider-Man was becoming more popular than ever. It was as if people waited until you were near to start discussing him. Or maybe everyone was just constantly discussing him. You had no idea. But it was getting harder and harder to ignore.

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on Jasper’s death...

The Good: Some may disagree with this, but I didn’t feel like the show vilified Jasper in the end. Which was something that I was really worried about after Luna’s monstering last week. How to put this. As suicide cult leaders go Jasper was a decent one. The DNR group had a clear choice. Monty offered a way for them to escape to the bunker and Jasper offered them a different escape. In a sick way, Jasper looked after his people by ‘saving’ them with a painless death. And to think I’d been hoping to see Jasper Jordan save people with chemistry (not. this. way.) In this sense I was more uncomfortable with Harper’s choice since it felt like she was emotionally blackmailed out of the decision she really wanted to make because Monty threatened that he wouldn’t leave without her. Jasper did not force suicide on anyone else, he just offered one last party and then some pain-relief to those people who’d come to feel the same way as he had. I’ve heard some haters say that Jasper was being selfish with his suicide party because he didn’t have the guts to die alone. But in the end, Jasper did take himself off to die alone. He didn’t even want Monty to find him. I also liked that Jasper wanted to spend his last moments looking out of the window at the beautiful dying world. And when Monty came along and basically ruined Jasper’s chance for a peaceful death, Jasper spent his last moments begging Monty to put his helmet on. Jasper received no comfort when he needed it the most but he spent his final breaths trying to help Monty. 

The Bad: Why did Monty’s “I love you” have to come after Jasper passed out and was no longer able to hear it? That was unnecessarily cruel. Instead Monty let his best friend die with the words “I’ll never forgive you”. And this after Jasper spent a whole season forgiving people and trying to leave this ‘terrible beautiful planet’ with only love in his heart. Jasper has been waving red flags and publicly announcing his suicide for weeks so Monty trying to help Jasper by forcing him to throw up his overdose drugs was just too little too late. I get it. Monty thought he could fix Jasper after he found them a survival solution. That’s why Monty has completely failed to deliver on his S3 promise of “We will be happy again”. Monty thought he’d get the chance to be happy with Jasper later. While I don’t blame Monty for trying to revive Jasper, I wish in the end when it was clearly too late Monty had stopped lecturing and just shown more love. And I wish that Monty’s grief for Jasper hadn’t been instantly erased by his happy ending with Harper. It doesn’t seem like the show is going to dwell on Jasper’s loss at all. I feel like what Jasper said in episode 3x4 was true. Jasper died the day that they pulled the lever in Mount Weather. Monty knew it. Everyone knew it too. Jasper has been a half-finished suicide ever since that day.  

The Ugly: Personally I don’t think that I can forgive ‘The 100′ for the horrible message that it’s sending out to mentally ill teenagers considering suicide. And no, I don’t think that Raven’s counter story this episode does anything to make up for it because as Raven herself says she’s not suicidal, she believed that she had a terminal condition. I don’t think Harper changing her mind (did she really change her mind?) makes up for it either. Jasper’s the character who the writers properly invested in giving a PTSD storyline to and Jasper is the character who they gave up on. If his story was always going to end this way, I honestly don’t know why they didn’t just stick with Jasper shooting himself in the S3 finale or S4 premiere. It’s not like they have allowed Jasper to have any actual story arc, plot contributions or character development in S4. Jasper has been kept around solely to represent the idea that not everybody wants to survive and even that’s not an idea the writers especially care about. I was shocked and appalled at how little screen-time Jasper got in his death episode. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a major character, a regular since day one, get such short-shrift in the episode in which they’re killed off. On either this show or any other. Devon gave The 100 four seasons of his career and in the final one they completely wasted his time and his talents. The only really good thing about Jasper’s death is that Devon is now free to work on other projects, hopefully ones that value him more. I know Ricky Whittle felt screwed by his final season but Devon got it much worse. His death was just so insignificant. Ugh, fuck those writers, Devon. Go on to better things. You deserve it. Can’t wait for ‘Okja’.                     

As for ‘The 100′…guys, I really think I might be done. The show’s mishandling of Luna and Jasper’s deaths has just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know if I’ll finish my meta essays. Don’t know if I’ll even finish S4. Definitely don’t think I’ll still be here for S5. I’m tagging @cylune @jontyaxefive @metastation @the-100-meta-library and @dreamersscape for old times sake. Sorry if I’m forgetting people. Thanks for sharing this fandom with me all. Hope your faves get to live or get better deaths than mine. 

blacksmithgendry  asked:

I miss your AxG headcanons so pls tell me about your favorite moments between the two and why they're important

i miss talking about them in general tbh. like im so happy about the asoiaf fandom being comatose but goddamn! i miss arya and gendry sf much. and it hurts all the more knowing their ACTUAL CANON REUNION is practically within fucking reach but grrm refuses to finish twow. its torture. but whatever. im gonna list like every single arya/gendry scene now to cope™ 

  • with ned: okay not technically a moment between them except it kinda is??? an entire book before they even meet and they have these parallel scenes with ned where we see how stubborn and defiant they are. 
  • love @ first sight: gendry is literally introduced into arya’s story defending her. i love him. 
  • the (fight) proposal: you ever notice how they mirror each other in that scene where arya tries to get gendry to fight her?? cause i have. and how they both lead the other around. which is like their relationship in a nut shell 
  • “Stubbornly, Arya dragged all the harder, pulling the crying girl along. Hot Pie scuttled back inside, abandoning them … but Gendry came back.” nuff said
  • as m’lady commands: obviously iconic. what can i say that i havent before? nothing. but i wanna emphasize the significance of arya confiding her identity in gendry. again. like jfc. he’s the only one. her arc revolves around this being a secret and fragile thing. that could make or break her. and he protects it which protects arya. and when every one else sees arry or weasel or nan gendry sees arya. the power of a name y’all. also kindred spirits. oh and gendrys shameless flirting before he finds out arya is highborn. 
  • The Female Gaze: the language here is my fave. its almost flowery for arya. (the play of muscles~~ the steel music he made~~) just like when she watches him polish his “”beautiful”” helm. even if arya isn’t consciously crushing she admires gendry abilities…….and his smoking hot bod. 
  • that time arya saw gendry naked. grrm wrote that tiny detail in for no reason im sure lmao
  • the first chapter in asos where arya’s all about the determined stubborn look on gendrys face. just some more casual observations that im sure mean nothing. oblig: “"NO!“ Arya and Gendry both said, at the exact same instant.” theres a trope for that. plus mutual teasing of hot pie. the latter two here show how they’re on the same freaking wave length. about most things at least. 
  • “In his chainmail shirt with a sword in his hand, Gendry looked almost a man grown, and dangerous.” here she goes again. 
  • acorn hall: listen im gonna keep it short on this one bc if i Start its gonna get out of control real fast. so i’ll say this: endgame 
  • the most underrated thing about the stoney sept is how arya stands on gendrys shoulders to pour water over those men. imagine his pov. ugh. but like he was there for her to literally stand on when she needed a boost.  
  • and then they have their little lovers quarrel at the peach but i love that shit too. the angst of it all. they have a real difficult time seeing the others perspective sometimes bc they’re from different worlds but i think in the future this will become easier for them. bc the worlds in for a rude awakening. bonus: i love gendry blushing. its important. 
  • Gendry hooted. “Those soft little things?” he called out.” arya’s hands have killed. gendry’s literally seen them covered in blood but then he literally yells this in a room full of people. he doesn’t see her as this killer. he still thinks she’s just a girl with soft little hands.  
  • gendry joining the brotherhood seemingly sucks but they had to be separated so they could meet when they’re older and wiser and ready 2 be together. thats storytelling 101 
  • im gonna call this bullet: god bless ned dayne. his existence is a huge neon sign of romantic subtext lmao. the mental image of gendry in this scene kills me. he was so pressed. 
  • and then gendry chased arya through the trees and the rain before she was kidnapped by the hound. he tried to save her. again. but she needs to be on her own AND I GET THAT AND I RESPECT IT because its important for their relationship and character growth 
  • their reunion. it hasnt happened yet but i already love it 

darienart  asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could make a top 5 post about your favourite haikyuu openings? I don't think I have seen you make one yet. It'd be interesting to hear your opinion about them! My own absolute favourite is Fly High. Thank you if you make the post<3

Hello my petal, I’ve made a similar top 5 that included both opening and endings, but never one dedicated just to the openings, so here we go! (we’re so lucky we actually have 5 opening songs!)

1. I’m A Believer (S2 OP 1). The first half of Haikyuu season 2 is overall my favorite sets of episodes, and hosts my absolute favorite arc: the summer training camp. And I love the OP just as much, it makes me so happy and pumped! Bonus: at 0:43 when the camera turns and you see the match in Yaku’s POV….hoestly, a cinematographic masterpiece. the fact that it’s the only op that features bokuaka has nothing to do with its first place on the rank 

2. Imagination (S1 OP 1). You know what they say, first love - you never get over it. And I’ll never be over my very fist opening, looking at it again now brings back so many heartwarming memories. Even if I’ve never learned the lyrics, I always find myself singing along with incoherent words (like “Itsudatte daredatte soko ni tachitakutte / Machigatte iradatte mogaki tsudzukete!” is my fave part but HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY THIS??? but who cares, let’s just sing!) Plus the level of kageina mirroring here is over the roof and this makes me so alive. 

3. Hikari Are - Let There Be Light (S3 OP). I’m so emotionally attached to this one, because it’s the first series I’ve got to experience as an active blogger in the fandom. It’s not just about how epic the song and the animation is, it’s about all the memories that I shared with you all, all the excitement, all the screaming, all the crying. If I was to judge on the song alone, this one is hands down the best. “Let there be light” is such a strong message and the lyrics are incredible…I’m…really emotional I’m sorry

4. Flight High (S2 OP 2). TOBE FLY HIGH HIGH HIGH!!!! Oh come on, this is another one that’s impossible not to sing along! Also, the first 10 seconds with that slow motion of Hinata worked SO WELL with the music and the lyrics…it gives me chills every time I watch it

5. Ah Yeah! (S1 OP 2) I have to be honest here and say I’ve never particularly liked this one. It’s very cute, with a lot of Kagehina cute moments and one of my favorite shots of Oikawa, but that’s it, it doesn’t make me cry or smile like an idiot like all the others…but I guess this is just natural!

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Aria Montgomery: the rundown

Season 1:

Aria is categorized as the artsy family oriented girl who spent time away from Rosewood for a year while keeping a family secret who transformed into a girl who found love in a seemingly hopeless place with her teacher while her family is falling apart. Might I say that Byron is awful for having his teenage daughter keep his secret, that put her in an impossible position because all she wanted to do was keep her family together. Its a lot for a 16 year old to handle. Cue her and Ezra’s first encounter which was way too quick to my liking. I think they should’ve tried harder to stay away from each other, I wouldn’t want to be in a relationship that I would have to hide from the world—which is what they fought about during the course of this season. She forced herself into a relationship with Noel then they all thought he was A after the whole I See You thing on the car window. I do like how she stuck by her friends. I feel like she was the most skeptical about Alison’s bull than the rest in this season.

Season 2:

Although during this season she was more free to be with Ezra since he wasn’t her teacher at this point but I feel like if she can’t be with him around her family and friends then there’s no point. Ezra should feel gross by dating a kid. Don’t get me wrong, they have their cute moments, are loyal to each other, and have strong feelings for one another I just feel like it should’ve started when she was 18 because if the Rosewood PD was full of competent officers, Ezra would’ve been in some serious trouble. Cue Jason and her little thing where he was semi obsessive with the pictures, idk how I feel about that. Is Rosewood a place where men in their 20s go cruising for high school girls to date. I think this is the season she had that “hey, I have options’’ approach to dating. The thing that I hated about this season was when the parents got the Liars to separate but at the same time I love that it gave them time to trick A(even though it didn’t work out exactly how they planned, I loved it). I thought Dr. Sullivan was full of crap.

Season 3: 

I saw a lot of growth in Aria in the next two seasons but I noticed a lot of her growing moments have to do with her relationship with Ezra. The whole train thing was pretty intense. That whole being in a crate with a dead Garrett Reynolds should’ve been traumatizing for her. I have to say, out of all the times that Ali came to them, when she came to Aria it was my favorite.

Season 4:

When Maggie came to town she had to put things realistically and first started asking herself “can I do this? he has a child”, “can I see this in my future?”, “should I be dating someone my own age?” cue Jake. I enjoyed her relationship with Jake, they were on the same level and I think it had her thinking that she can survive without Ezra, I know their relationship was intense but Jake was a realistic choice considering age, common interests, and clicking quickly. But just like Maggie pushing her away, that led to her being pulled back in when the truth about Malcolm’s paternity was revealed.he went through a lot in season 4 with lashing out at Ezra for his “book” (which I loved) finding out that Alison is alive, etc. 

Season 5:

When Ezra got shot- it gave them more in depth memories and tested them- I was not surprised when they had sex a month later. Her character has such a great dynamic with the whole Shana thing(minus the whole YouTubing her funeral thing but anyways-moving along) I think she should’ve turned to the other girls more instead of trying to check on Jenna because of her guilt. Em went through the same murder-by-self-defense thing, she could’ve turned to her or the others instead of trying to create some distance. The whole dollhouse fiasco was ridiculous but I loved the scene when they found out the verdict was read out, it showed that no matter what happened leading up to that that their friendship was so strong.

Season 6:

I feel like she was the most traumatized post-dollhouse, I love how it was portrayed, gave her more depth. Five years forward I’m glad at Cece’s hearing she told the truth. I find Byron and Ella’s second marriage irrelevant, only thing that would’ve made me perk up would’ve been Mike attending; it was sweet and special that Aria officiated it though. Moving right along, I don’t think Ezria should be engaged because they broke up way before the season 6 time jump making it about 6 years since they’ve been together plus they didn’t see each other during the time jump, they had sex and then in a week or so’s time he was down on one knee, how is that realistic..Over the course of 7 years I think the most impressive thing about her is how much she’s matured, she thinks about things and calculates her moves instead of her younger and impulsive days. Bravo soon to be Mrs. Fitz.

Season 7:

So far I feel like she’s the one who was most determined for normalcy. I think she just wanted to keep her relationship with Ezra solid, I’m glad she kept him from the dark and depressing state he was in in 6A. Other than rekindling Ezria, she hasn’t been doing much in the first half of this season which is probably due to her having a good arc in 7b. 

Fave moments so far:

the emotions she felt watching Ezra find Nicole

accepting the proposal

her fashion sense

being honest at Cece’s hearing

“don’t look at me, I’m ready to hang a sign ’‘bitch can see!”

“she chipped us? she frickin chipped us”

the meltdown after finding out Ezra played her

officiating her parent’s wedding

the night she brought Ali back to Welby

when her and Spencer almost froze to death

What I want from her in the final 10 episodes:

I want her to really be clear about her relationship with ezra before marrying him. if after that she decides she wants to marry him then so be it, get married, have your career, have your man, start a family and be happy. If not draw the line with Ezra, give him back the ring and don’t go back to him.

anonymous asked:

top 5 yuya moments in arc v. whatever you consider a 'yuya' moment.

hoooo boy ho boyyyyy this is the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do i think ugh like i love this entire show? so how do i choose just five???? uggggghhhh but here goes

note: so this list turned out to be top Yuya moments in his duels. I wouldn’t say his Top Duels. That would be some other list. also I wanted this list to be about true Yuya, not him being in berserk mode or possessed, so I avoided that. These are some of my faves, but not all. But even if I ever make another list or modify this one, I know for certain #1 stays #1 so…

5. ep 61 - His duel against Enjoy Chojiro. I feel like this is a moment that gets forgotten for some reason but it’s the exact kind of thing that Yuya lives for? His stubborn attitude and faith in himself and in his Entertainment dueling actually put a smile back on Chojiro’s face and basically ended up giving the guy his life back. Like. c’mon. It may not have been a significant duel but it’s a perfect display of what he’s capable as an Entertainment duelist.

4. ep 122 -  Oh shit. A controversial choice for this list maybe? Since apparently not a lot of people liked the BB arc (tho I actually enjoyed it wow). But anyway, I like this one because basically, despite all the messed up shit BB put them through, Yuya actually finds a way to relate to his enemy and in doing so finds a way to communicate his intentions to him in a way that his enemy can understand. The fact that he’s able to pull off such a nice Entame in such a bleak looking duel too… I really love that. It’s a light of hope in an atmosphere that has lost all of it. *cries* I really loved it.

3. ep 79 - His duel vs Shinji. I mean.

He’s not exactly trying to entertain anyone in this one but that doesn’t stop him from a) surprising the crowd and his opponent and b) teaching everyone a lesson in having a little more faith even in dire situations. Plus I just love that he made Shinji and everyone who called Tuning Magician “useless” eat their own words. Also, Enlightenment Paladin is really fucking rad. And it’s hist first Synchro Summon and he does it pretty much all on his own aaaaa.

Oh right. He also made Jack Atlas smile for the first time. So there’s that too.

2. eps 50/51 - Okay there are so many reasons why I love this moment. First off, the duel was fucking amazing. Like… the duel itself had a plot twist at the end, even after all those close calls Reiji seemed to have had and all those seemingly perfect moves Yuya was pulling. Secondly, the fruitshipping evidence in this is unreal. But lastly, why I’m placing it on this list as one of my favorite moments for Yuya… is because of his conviction.

Not to mention… the foreshadowing.

Just… throughout the show, it seems like he was getting none of this done. He didn’t get Yuzu back or keep his promise to Yuto to make everyone smile until the very end. And the desperation in his eyes and in his voice to not want to lose and to win on top of the irony that he doesn’t want to win to please anyone through violence… it’s just… sadly magnificent knowing what happens later on in the story and who he truly is (Zarc).

Reiji pushes him to the opposite of his entertainment persona, which later on we see develop in a much grander light, but this is basically the point we see clearly how flawed Yuya is and the fact that his character goes through a deconstruction throughout the entire story is honestly so good in a VERY refreshing way. Any other show would usually have the protagonist fulfilling his convictions at a much earlier point with lighter consequences in order to validate his feelings here but I’m glad they didn’t do that with Yuya.

I know my explanation for why I love this moment of his might seem odd but like… he’s far from a perfect protagonist and I absolutely love that so much about him.

1. My absolute favorite moment of his is episodes 31/32 aka his duel vs Shingo during MCS.

This is, of course, the very definition of what an Entertainment Duel is. Everything about it is true entertainment. But there’s a big difference in this duel than all other Entertainment duels Yuya participated in, I think. And that’s

… his own. True. Genuine. Smile.

Born out of his own excitement for the duel. For himself. Not for the crowd. Not for any of his friends.

For himself.

I know very well that it’s not true that to make others smile, you have to smile yourself first… but honestly, happiness translates so much better when you yourself truly are happy. It’s just so much easier to make others happy that way.

For that reason I LOVE this moment to death. This is why, imo, this was the best Entertainment duel he pulled off in the show. He wasn’t dueling to win or to win over the crowd (explicitly, at least). He was mainly dueling to push himself and to have fun with it, and the crowd’s excitement later arising from seeing him like that is incredibly realistic.

I can say so because… well, I was basically a part of that cheering crowd.

I loved all his duels up to this point but damn this one in particular… I was like… Entertainment Dueling. Is. Real.

Yeah believe it or not, I was still not convinced until this duel. My gods. What a life changer.

I love Yuya Sakaki.

I finally watched the Starmyu episode… and I’m just??? very emotional right now??? I love them so much, guys. I love them THE MOST. I have not been this attached to a series for so long, that this anime definitely earns a special place in my heart.

boy, can we please suspend the guy who bumped on the thing that fell and blame him for everything??? Ageha did not do anything wrong!!! He’s a good boy!!!

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prinsesopdepingpongbal  asked:

Hi Steph! I'm new to tumblr but was introduced to the TJLC fandom through the TJLC explained videos (which I still really love). I have some ideas and want to write metas, but have no idea how to do that. Do you have some tips? Aside from sharing my weird ideas about BBC Sherlock, I mostly want to write metas to hopefully meet some new people and talk about TJLC with them. So I guess that would be a second question, on how to make friends on tumblr. Anyways, I love your whole Nonny Q&A thing

Hi Lovely!!

I’m so happy you’ve come into our corner of the hell hole, LOL. For meeting new people and interacting with the fandom, I’ve actually written about that before, so you can check out these posts here and here. Plus, English doesn’t have to be your first language ;)

As for meta writing, some people have a method, like brainstorming it all out on paper in really complicated steps, but for me personally: I just jot down whatever comes to my head (sort of a “thesis” line") and springboard from there. I literally have no direction whenever I write original meta, and it’s mostly lines of shitposts to refine into a cohesive narrative written in a style that will appeal to my audience. That’s honestly it.

My advice: don’t write a meta just because there’s a place for it; write about it because you are PASSIONATE about your view on the topic you are writing, especially if there is some sort of personal experience involved. For instance, I write passionately about Mary’s character because it helped me understand the motives of a person in my real life and helped me come to terms with the fact that I can’t change said person, so cutting them out of my life was the healthy option. I write passionately about Sherlock’s character because I too feel like a lonely outcast who loves too much and tries to hide it. I write passionately about the narrative arc because I hate things not making sense, and in order for me to make sense of it, I thrive on connecting the dots and helping others do the same. Your readers will KNOW how much love and thought you put into your meta if you’re writing it not for the views but FOR YOURSELF. The notes and additions to it are always a lovely bonus to it. One of my fave metas turned into a community discussion about people’s life experiences, and it REALLY was so amazing to me to see people just as passionate about a character and his life as I was.

Also: don’t be discouraged to write just because you think someone has already written about it! No one has written how YOU view the scene or story or character, and adding your two cents always helps to engage the fandom in your meta! As well, especially if you’re starting out, cite other meta or posts that may have inspired you to that conclusion, and DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAG “MORE POPULAR” PEOPLE" who share a similar viewpoint; they’re all just like you (many of them just not even aware they have any pull in the fandom) and are always up for interesting discussion about anything.

What else? OH If you’re going to write your meta directly into Tumblr rather than in a word or textedit doc, THE “SAVE DRAFT” BUTTON IS YOUR FRIEND. Dear lord, after every paragraph or if you leave your browser window for a few minutes to make accompanying gifs or to find links to add to your post, SAVE DRAFT. I cannot tell you how many meta I have lost and said “fuck it” to because I just wrote it all for hours and didn’t save and my browser crashed or I have accidentally closed the tab instead of going back to the tab (which is mostly MY problem, because I literally have 50 tabs open on any given window, so it gets… small)… this happens more when I do asks (which a large portion of my meta are nowadays) because it’s easy to forget to save it as you’re writing.

Pictures as supporting proof is always a great way to break up walls of text as well. Even if the pics are just used as section headers, it just really gives the eyes a break. Sometimes our eyes get tired, and showing with canonical proof often leaves a greater impact. Have a nice ratio of images to text, your readers will thank you for it :) Image width for tumblr is currently 540px for the dashboard. Though all blogs have their own ratios; find out what yours is, and tumblr *should* auto-resize that pic to fit the dash ratio, so long as it’s over 150px, I believe.

Finally, as you write more and more, I recommend keeping an RTF document of EVERYTHING you’ve ever written, especially if you’re gonna post to tumblr. I myself do have an efficient tagging system, but after awhile it gets messy and harder and harder to find some of my posts since tumblr doesn’t have a way to look at the tags at-a-glance, so I have been cataloguing my posts and replies on a document so I can find them later so I can reference them. Referencing your own posts keep you from not only constantly repeating yourself, but also saves your regulars from reading the same thing over and over again – a link will give people the option to read your extended thoughts on a topic if they so choose. Eventually, your blog will become a Wikipedia of meta – as in THERE’S NO WAY OUT LOL…. Seriously though, people appreciate if you tell them what your posts are referencing or if you just keep a succinct liner about your thoughts with a link to additional thoughts.

Other than that… JUST HAVE FUN. Seriously, just enjoy it! And if-when you do write your meta, feel free to DM it to me! (I get tagged on a lot of things so I tend to miss them, LOL)

Happy writing, Lovely!! <3

anonymous asked:

whats your ideal kenny/kota booking??

Hoo boy. Guys. Someone actually asked me this. This is not a self-submit anon. A person actually wanted to know my opinion on this. I kinda can’t believe it. Anon, you’d better be ready to read, reblog, and love this three-volume tome, ok?

I’m splitting this into two parts, since I know everyone cares deeply. 

Part one (this post): all the shit that we need to take into consideration before answering this question (shut up I think this is interesting and it’s my blog)

Part two: Things I think could/should happen. (I’ll update with a link to it when I’ve posted it.)

OKAY HERE WE GO. Some real, original Golden Lovers scholarship from yours truly. I apologize in advance to people reading this on mobile!

Part I: The Whole Fuckin’ Golden Lovers Situation RN:

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Fun with Quality Fanfics!

After the cut, you’ll find stories recced by me in categories I’ve chosen and defined. The fics in each category will be listed alphabetically.

Note: For T7S fic authors reading this: if none of your stories are on this list, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good, that I don’t enjoy them, or they aren’t on my faves list. I always rec my favorite T7S fics on my T7S blogs, and they’re all on my Fanfic Recs page.

And, remember, this list is just one person’s opinion. =)

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fave su moments courtesy of s4

For the season that has gotten the most backlash, I realized that a lot of my favorite moments in the whole entire series have actually come out of season 4, so I just wanna share them (yes this is long, sorry):

  • that part in Kindergarten Kid when Peridot bubbles her gem and asks “so where does it go?” and Steven answers “home.” Confirmation that Peridot finally viewed the barn, and more importantly the earth, as her home, like that was fuckin precious??
  • in Know Your Fusion when Steven and Amethyst fuse and Garnet is just. in the background squealing for like a solid 10 seconds. Also at the end of the ep when Pearl tells Amethyst she’s been such a good influence on Steven, like my girl getting the credit she deserves? Yes bitch!!
  • The entirety of Mindful Education. Here Comes a Thought still makes me cry, that’s not even a joke
  • That part in Future Boy Zoltron when Steven says to Mr. Smiley “You said you were always trying to make him happy. Did he even know he was making you sad?” In all seriousness, I did not expect that quote to resonate with me so much, like people should not sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of someone else’s, that was some deep and relatable shit that hit me real hard, which I did not expect from an ep titled future boy zoltron.
  • The entirety of Last One Out of Beach City. You guys don’t understand when I say this is my favorite episode, I would Actually die for it
  • The dinner scene in Gem Harvest and Lapis making that mirror joke? Iconic.
  • Stevenbomb 5!!!
  • “There is no Amethyst, only Garnet.” Lapis’ bad british accent debuting in The New Crystal Gems, 57/10
  • My boy Steven finally venting at the end of Storm in the Room, god bless
  • That one fucking Pearl face from Rocknaldo, I don’t have the screenshot but you know the one.
  • Steven and Amethyst!!! Killing me softly with their cuteness in Tiger Philanthropist plus my angel Amethyst’s self-confidence arc coming to a close because she finally feels good about herself, I cried real tears
  • The entirety of Room For Ruby. Just all of it. Lapis’ laugh at the end specifically shot that ep into my Top 5. 10000/10

Really though, I love all of these moments dearly, I love that this season gave them to me, and I love that I can look back on them and they just make me happy.

anonymous asked:

i know you've said multiple times that you watch arrow for oliver, olicity and ota, but would you please share your thoughts about the new team? thank you!

Honestly, when the season started off, I’ll admit I was skeptic yet hopeful about the new team.

Quentin was me. I was Quentin.

That was because for me, Team Arrow has always been and will always be, despite whoever comes or goes, this

I love my OTA. Yes, I could work with Roy slowly working his way into the team and then Thea coming in. But this? This was sudden. This was a complete redo of everything we’ve known about Team Arrow for the past seasons, with only Oliver and Felicity (broken up) at the core, and I didn’t think honestly it would work for me this soon.

But, it has. I admit I was skeptical. And I admit I like this. 

So, I’ll start with my absolute favorite so far.

Rory Regan

Oh Rory. Out of all the new vigilantes, Rory is my absolute favorite.

It’s not only because he’s got a beautifully heart-wrenching backstory, because he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders completely alone, or because he has nothing to turn to except scraps other people leave to work with, or because he’s in such constant pain that I can feel it across the screen.

It is because of that, but it’s also because he’s lost everything and everyone and is still going on, doing the right thing, carrying his father’s legacy on to the future because that’s what good people do. It’s because he’s on the path to be a hero, rags or no rags. (And the rags are odd, to be honest).

Remind you of someone else we know? Hint:

I feel like Oliver’s character was split in half and one part put in Rory and the other in Rene, so both are very similar to Oliver in a lot of ways, while being very different.

Rory, especially, god this boy. I see tears in his eyes and I want to wrap him a blankie and feed him ice cream. He has no one. Nothing. He has every single right to be so, so angry with the world. He could’ve taken his rags and become an admirable villain with a vendetta against Felicity, especially after Felicity told him the truth.

And yet, I think his reaction was defining him.

He didn’t lash out at her. Didn’t look at her with hatred. Didn’t even look angry.

What he looked was broken. Like he’d found a new family, only to lose it all over again.

And he left without a word.

He could’ve done so many bad things, with the powers in his possession.

But he didn’t.

He came to talk to Oliver personally and tell him he couldn’t be on the team with complete honesty, like a decent man, 

then holed himself in his workshop taking scraps and making them into something beautiful, creating art out of death and waste.

I think that defines Rory pretty well - he takes death and breathes life into it.

He’s just been in two episodes prominently, always the quiet, observant kid on the sidelines, watching all the other dynamics in the family and taking pleasure in simple human interactions, maybe remembering his own family, friends and loved ones.

He’s thoughtful, compassionate, the quiet soul of a philosopher perhaps.

He came back to the team because he wants to move forward, because despite it being Felicity’s actions, it wasn’t her fault and he knew that. He took a major step forward with her, with his team, with Oliver by doing that, and just like Team Arrow became a family for Oliver, for Felicity, for Digg, for Roy, Rory feels in his heart it’ll be the same for him.

The fact that he could let vengeance for his family go to save the life of a man he did not know surprised me.

But it was the fact that he could even offer the woman who sent a nuke that made him lose everything a coffee and this genuine hand of friendship just amazed me.

 “We can’t let guilt swallow us up. I’ll keep you from doing it, if you promise the same for me.” 

It just sealed the deal for me. Rory, after this moment, was in my heart. I don’t know if he’ll die in the next episode or stay with the team for five seasons. What I do know is I want him happy. I root for him.

I know it’s just been two episodes, but I love Rory. I love him deeply. I realize I can write a lot about him, only from two episodes and that tells me I love him. He’s taken a little space in my heart. I want him to find his own Digg and Felicity, find friends and family. I can’t wait to see his character grow from here, see him interact with my faves, see him have some place to call home again.

Plus his lines?

Yes, I love him.

Rene Ramirez

Wild dog. 

I swear never was a nickname more appropriate. He’s completely wild, and stubborn like a dog with a bone. 

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zeref-the-seraph  asked:

Nalu is my OTP, but people say that if given the choice Lucy would pick either Leo or Gray and Natsu would pick Lisanna. A lot of them say it's because their bond isn't as close and cause Natsu doesn't care about Lucy and/or treats her badly. What are your thoughts? (No spoilers past chapter 353 (p.s. I did read the Christmas special though))

Ex-fucking-cuse me?!?!

Look, Natsu and Lucy’s bond is probably the strongest in Fairy Tail. They’ve been through so much and they’ve been there for each other at every turn. As for Lisanna, I do not hate NaLi or Lisanna, but I don’t think it’s happening since they’re drifting apart and by the time Lisanna came back, Natsu had already become close friends with another girl.

And for Loke and Gray, I do ship LoLu ‘cause it’s adorable, but that probably won’t happen since some people believe that it would be wrong for them to end up together. Not like they’re bad together, they’re actually pretty good together, but Celestial Wizards and their Spirits aren’t allowed to have that sort of relationship. Alas, I still ship it.

And for Gray … well, let’s say that problem’s been taken care of.

If people cannot see this beautiful blossom of a relationship, then I pity them with all my heart. In the beginning, yes, Gruvia was probably only there for comic relief, but ever since the Tenroujima arc, we have seen incredible progression. Juvia wholeheartedly loves Gray; it’s not a shallow love or based off fantasy. She does see him for who he is and her feelings are not exactly unrequited. Gray is slowly growing them for her, too. I can feel it, and so can the rest of the fandom. They’re amazing together, compatible in a team effort, Gray’s said himself. So basically, Graylu is not happening either.

Back to NaLu. In the beginning, yes, NaLu felt just like a friendship, but ever since he caught her from falling to her doom in the Phantom arc, I have felt the connection. She said that she had heard his voice, but the amount of complete trust and faith she had as she flung herself out that window amazed me and Natsu did not fail her and did catch her and that was the moment I shipped it. Now, people say their bond isn’t that strong …

Now, everyone else was there too, but Lucy was the only one who noticed that he was bone tired and she was the one who caught him.

There was this too. Lucy knows how important this scarf is to Natsu; it’s the only thing he has of Igneel. So remember when it was flying away? Lucy was the only one who attempted to catch it. Nearly fell off the ship to get it, too. And when she returns it, Natsu’s delighted. This proves that she’s close to Natsu as she knows what’s important to him.

And this is one of my favorite moments. He actually puts out the effort to thank her and comfort her, because whether or not this is a present or future person, she’s still Lucy. And forehead touching in Japan is known for being very close and personal on a deep level. And now, remember when she died? Remember how furious Natsu looked, ready to kill? That’s not the look you have for just a friend. And then he came back and broke down crying over her body, proving how dear she is to him. Speaking of favorite moments:

This is the one of my best faves. She immediately feels some kind of feeling that touches her heart and makes her want to cry and who’s the first person she runs to? Natsu. Oh, but he’s the only one there. Puh-lease. She could have not run to Natsu but she did. This is because he’s a very important person in her heart. Actually, the most important person in her heart. Of all the people in Fairy Tail – Erza, Gray, Happy, Gray, even Levy, etc. – Natsu is the person she shares the strongest bond with. And that part when she says that she won’t run and leave him all alone because everything’s more fun and better when they’re together? OTP moment. She cares for him, she protects him, she holds him dear, and he’s her best friend. She loves Natsu. No doubt about it.

And as for this ‘he treats her badly’ shit:

This was the part where she was feeling incredibly down and negative about herself since she lost and didn’t gain the team any points. And who was the one to come along and cheer her up? 


Natsu does not treat her badly. He protects her, comforts her, recognizes her, considers her someone very special, dear and important to him. He gets angry whenever she’s hurt and always tries to strike down whoever’s caused her that pain. He’s always there for her, just like the time when she learned her father had died. He gave her space, and remember how he and Happy hissed at those girls who were rattling their mouths off? Lucy is special to him. He does not treat her badly. In fact, he sees Lucy as someone incredible. The way he said that she was amazing out in the match even though she failed in the end? My heart. :’)

Also, that part where Lucy wakes up in the Golden Grasslands and whose voice causes her to turn in shock? Natsu’s. And when she sees him, you can see the tears of joy sparkling in her eyes. The joy to see Natsu, to see her guild, the guild that Natsu brought her to. As for the Tartaros Arc, please read it. There are many NaLu hints.

In short, Natsu and Lucy are soulmates. NaLu is real, people.

Screwball Ninja, Rumbelle Marriage Counselor (Or, Why Belle’s Getting So Much Hate)

My inbox is full of lovely anons wondering what’s up with all the hate coming from within the Rumbelle fandom against everyone’s formerly favorite fictional fairy-tale librarian. I was thrown by it, too, until someone mentioned they felt like S6 Belle reminded them of Milah. After my brain exploded, I put it back together again and realized the following: what we’re dealing with are two drastically different ways of looking at the show:

  1. Canon Sympathy– Your sympathies are with the character the episodes focus on, usually the victims (e.g., Hansel and Gretel, Graham, Rumple and Regina during their origin episodes, Belle, etc.), based on the EVENTS that happen in the episode.
  2. Villain Sympathy– Your sympathies are with the villain and are based on the EMOTIONAL effect the episode has on said villain.

Canon almost always sides with the victim (i.e., the person being hurt during the episode), and never with the villain, unless the villain is also a victim (see: Young!Hook being sold into indentured servitude in the same episode Flashback!Hook kills his dad). Canon is also based on plot– Belle is upset because [Rumple imprisoned her/ Rumple threatened the baby/ Rumple put a tracking device on her/ Rumple threatened to speed up her pregnancy, etc.]. Belle’s emotional state is based on the actions of others, as opposed to things like word choice, tone, facial expressions, etc.

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Gee, why would Belle have a problem with prisons in canon?

Villain sympathy, however, revolves completely around the emotional life of a character regardless of their actions during the episode. You sympathize with the character so much that you take anything against them personally. When Belle calls Rumple “weak” it’s like she’s calling YOU weak; when Belle says she wants to run away it’s like she wants to run away from you; when the show presents Belle’s actions as being reasonable in the context of the episode it’s like the show is saying YOU don’t deserve True Love and a second chance at happiness. That’s a depressing message, and I believe the real reason people are so vicious on turning against Belle this season. Because the only way to get to compare Belle to Milah is if you focus solely on Belle’s actions against Rumple devoid of context: Belle yells at Rumple and leaves him … just like Milah.

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Belle on this comparison

And the Villain Sympathy effect isn’t confined to Rumple. An Anon questioned an Evil Regal about some aspect of Regina’s redemption arc and the Evil Regal replied: “How DARE you imply the Evil Queen is a bad person?” I had to laugh because, you know, the pile of corpses and all– but if you feel deep empathy with Regina and feel that the Anon was questioning YOUR right to overcome a history of abuse and bad parenting and disappointed love, you’d get shirty too. Likewise, back in S2 an OUAT confession read: “Belle should apologize to Hook for saying his heart was rotten because it’s really Rumple who has the rotten heart.” And sure, if Hook is your emotional touchpoint you would feel offended if someone called your heart rotten– but that’s completely ignoring that this is the episode where Hook SHOT BELLE IN THE BACK.

And Regina will feel bad about herself later, so really it’s REGINA we should be sorry for

And that’s the big problem with the Villain Sympathy effect: it diminishes the importance of the villains’ actions to the extent that it ignores canon. Nothing wrong with ignoring canon when you’re kvetching with like-minded people or writing fic– but canon is the lingua franca that allows you to talk to people who aren’t your immediate tumblr family; canon is the list of events that become the SHARED experience for everyone watching the show. Without canon, you cannot have an intelligent conversation with different shippers or people with different interpretations within the ship. Without canon, you cannot talk to ANYONE who doesn’t love your fave like you do.

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I protest!

In the case of Belle in S6, you can feel sympathy and empathy for Rumple and wish him all sorts of good things in the future– but if you want to have a conversation with anyone who isn’t 1000% Rumple or Die you have to recognize that in the S6 episodes so far Rumple is hurting Belle. Rumple is the villain and Belle is the victim, and her actions are a direct result of Rumple being a Bad Husband. So no, Belle will not be apologizing to Rumple for calling him a bad word or shooting him dirty looks while he is trying to hurt their child, yes? Context matters.

So drag canon all you want over tea in your house, but when you get into town bow down; because canon is Queen– she has to be, otherwise there’s no such thing as an objective reality. Love your villain all you want, but please respect who is hurting whom in the context of the episodes and then we can all find a starting point for fic rewrites and head canons. *hugs to everyone*

Some thoughts about Henry, who no one really thinks about

I remarked on this post that Henry as a plot device only serves to bolster my conviction that Swan Queen is the overall story arc of OUAT. Though he sits at the center of this convoluted family and is the emotional core of both Regina and Emma’s worlds, he has only really served as motivation to bring the two women together and move their story along.

It’s evident in what they said was the origin of their story: It was always Emma as Savior comes to Storybrooke and meets Mayor Regina. Henry is notably absent from this synopsis…he was just a beautifully solid way to get Emma there, make her stay, and interact with Regina.

This has stuck in my head all afternoon.

Henry is how Emma comes to Storybrooke and meets Regina (and look how quickly he is disposed of in that initial meeting—off into the house so his moms can share a meet-cute and nightcap in 2 seconds flat). He is why Emma stays in SB, and why she finds her real family (including the issues that come with them and her identity arc). He is why Regina starts on the journey to be better. He is why the women have to learn to live together, then work together, then create magic together. A child is the most compelling reason—the most undeniable motivation—to keep these characters glued together and the audience hoping for a positive relationship (romantic/friend/co-parent) between them at the end of the day.

This is why Henry is so easily forgotten by the writers and audience. When he isn’t pulling emotions from Emma and Regina—motivating them to be better women, to come together, to combine magic and cross worlds—his character has fuck-all to do. We care about Henry because of what he means to his mothers, not because his character is singularly layered or compelling (and sadly, not because Jared is an expert actor either). Which means as his moms embark on a relationship (friends!) that isn’t based on “for Henry,” the kid is shoved into the background and off kicking rocks. As Emma and Regina explore who they are outside of their kid this season (each one grappling with identities they don’t yet know how to navigate) he’s even less useful. The writers don’t know what to do with him.

I think most of us can agree that when the purple mist finally settles on OUAT, the last people standing are probably going to be Emma, Regina, Snow, David, and—more than anyone—Henry. They will end with Charming-Swan-Mills family in some capacity or permutation. That’s the heart of their “family” show, its the original emotional foundation.

So it’s one of the ways they aren’t using Henry that’s actually most telling about the fate of Captain Swan and Outlaw Queen. They have made almost zero attempts to create an emotional connection between Henry and either of his mother’s suitors. Henry is literally at the center of Storybrooke (relations-wise) and the center of the lead characters’ worlds (he is both his mothers’ True Love, tied the rest of the main cast by blood). He’s even one of the last straining ropes that keeps Rumple human and invested in this gaggle of idiots. But Henry glaringly  has no real ties to Robin or Hook outside of how they affect his moms’ moods. He would probably be like “Later H8ers!” if they were gone tomorrow. That’s pretty weird.

Hook has done some (very) off-screen babysitting, sure. Which seems like little more than a quick way to get both he and Henry believably out of the way when not needed for the plot. I can think of two times off the top of my head when Hook was used to babysit so that Emma could go hang out with Regina. I read fanfic. I know when someone needs Henry to be swept into wings so shit can get moving (the fact that that shit is usually his moms making out and doing the dirty is a topic for another day.) There was that one time where Hook tried to awkwardly connect with amnesia!Henry about Bae on Emma’s behalf, waving a navigational tool and ranting like your creepy, crazy uncle…and Henry was kinda just tolerant/confused about it. Then in 4x04 he straight up tells Emma he doesn’t like her asking Hook out on a date. Will Scarlet’s comment—Befriending the son to get in with the mum..Yup, no one will ever see through that— seems like a decent summary for the Hook/Henry relationship.

As for Robin/Henry…Henry met Robin right after regaining his memories and for the life of me I can’t recall them talking ever since. He is invested in OQ insofar as how it affects Regina’s happiness and (if that dumb ass question from him in 4x01 is any indication) as a way to keep her from going evil again. You’d think they’d want to cash in on the feels of Henry and fan-fave Roland playing and being cute together (fanon tells me this is a very real, very ravenous thirst) as well as double down on OQ break up pain. But Henry was never invited to the Hood-Mills family outings and he wasn’t really presented as a part of that unit. So much so that it rang like Regina’s “replacement family” for a lot of people and made swallowing the dry pill of OQ even harder. No ice cream for him I guess!

These dudes already felt like clumsy grafts onto the storylines of our main characters (Hook admittedly more organically, albeit with more vile results). To keep them so completely separate from Henry, especially when Henry has nothing better to do and has been the series’ through line for so long, seems like a conscious choice. He’s an easy way to make both characters more palatable, more likeable, and important to us and his mothers. So why not show some sweet step-dad skillz? Is it so we won’t miss the beards when their usefulness expires? Is it to keep the real core family/characters (Henry, his mothers, his grandparents) in tact? Or is it to reserve that special, undeniable connection (our son/true love) for Emma and Regina alone?

Hmmm…I wonder.

Suffice it to say, I’ve nearly convinced myself that the more you back up, no matter the angle, the clearer the big picture of SQ really is.

I’d also like to add that if Hook (as many people have been positing recently) is about to embark on the Whedon redemption/self-sacrifice/death journey, you can best believe they will work in a Henry bond last minute for maximum feels.

This is what I thought about while doing laundry today, because I’m no longer a person, just a walking OTP-feels-and-folding-machine. Tagging ouathinktank-metacommentary because I probably should have submitted this there, but as usual I didn’t realize my thoughts were so extensive when I started this post.

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Lilo. The most versatile ship there is. Listen, many Liam fans (and many more Louis fans) are not into Lilo. That is really sad because I’m not sure there are many people that those two love more than the other. They went from being completely WTF about each other, to practically living in each other’s pockets, to what it is now: a strong reliable friendship.  In Lilo, you find a lot of pranks and teasing. When they are on, they stay on. No one gets each other as riled up as they do. But there’s also a lot of protectiveness and respect there as well.  Partners in a lot of ways.  Band Parents. Songwriting. Business. The forever taken crew. The Zayn boys. See what I mean? Lilo for your eyes and your soul. Take a look at Lilo’s finest and peek in for some LILO thoughts from some of your faves.



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