this has been a fanservice post

In the last week ALONE, oliciters have:

- Lined up at a con just to ask Katie about the “new” canary so they can laugh about it with their lil twitter friends

- Slutshamed, victim blamed and advocated rape-culture by LITERALLY looking up names/photos of WB/CW execs to place bets on who Katie slept with to get her job back, spreading viscious, slanderous lies by suggesting her re-hiring is the result of blackmail related to her leaked photos, and implying she is benefitting from the fact she was violated.

- Have offered to send people said illegally distributed, sexual content without consent to any mutual who likes the tweet.

- Have @ Katie with insults because of her re-hiring.

- Bodyshamed her.

- Have had the fucking audacity to flock to Stephen and Marc, screaming the victim and whining about how they feel “unsafe” and are being “harassed” (when people are calling them out) and bringing up hate against Emily as an excuse to justify their negativity

- After a year of mocking Laurel fans, celebrating Black Canary’s death, creating a “ByeByeBirdie” hashtag, raising money to send the writers a giftbasket for killing her, kept posting gifs of her death scene at Laurel fans and telling them to “get over it”, they are now having a fullblown meltdown and screaming fanservice and playing the victim over the fact a 5 minute guest appearance, AU version of Felicity got killed on a totally different show???? That’s nothing short of fucking karma, but go off I guess.

All of this over A. Fucking. Ship.

I’ve never come across such petty, disrespectful, self-absorbed, entitled, hateful, misogynistic, childish people in my whole fucking life. And this has all been since Saturday. FIVE FUCKING DAYS.

Anyone who is a part of the fandom and doesn’t call them out is just as bad and can fuck off right now.

Yana’s favorite tropes

Today I feel like adressing one of the most popular topics in the Kuroshitsuji fandom, the BL subtext. The male on male fanservice has always been prominent in the series, has stirred up controversy, attracted many. annoyed some, and even spawned a funny rumor that the manga was supposed to be a yaoi one. The last statement, which has aready been proved false, has it’s roots in the author’s past as a yaoi artist and the shota BL works that she published under her pen name Yanao Rock. For this post I decided to read one of those works, Glamorous Lip, a one-shot consisting in six different short stories, and take note of the similarities with Yana’s current and most prominent work, Kuroshitsuji

First I want to note that with these observations I am not trying to prove a point or encourage any particular view of the manga, I simply thought that getting to know the author’s tastes might help to make future predictions on the current storyline. 

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One thing I love so much about Blue Exorcist is how if you don’t actually watch or read it the whole thing sounds like a huge fucking meme like:

Okay so it’s a Highschool anime except they also kill demons and their teacher is the same age as them and the principle is this weird guy with purple hair who dressed like he’s still in the rennisance but he’s actually a HUGE otaku oh and the pervert guy is secretly a part of the Illuminati and that one girl with the weird eyebrows has actually been experimented on for years and the protagonist is the son of Satan oh and also the mysterious kid in the back who only ever wears long black pants and a black hoodie is actually the fanservice character.

There’s a difference between being critical while acknowledging that this season has been weaker than previous ones and critizising every single thing that doesnt goes as you wanted.

Final say on re: chapter 125 “Please ignore”

Granted that some people may not know this about me and my history with rooting for HideKane, or that I’m an ace that just likes to read/write fluff more than smut, they may not understand why I am being so critical of this chapter.

The chapter felt shallow, aside from very small details, we gained nothing knew other than Kaneki and Touka having sex. I know TouKen shippers are all in a fucking high right now squealing over this fanservice to them, and using it as ammunition to attack other ships that are now “impossible” to become canon.

Tell me all you want about how “beautiful” and “right” it is that they finally fucked. But, I have been reading Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul re:, and their relationship has always came off as a sister/brother one, not a sexually tense one. 

Sure a few characters had suggested they would be a great couple, but fucking people in my home town thought the same with my first cousin and I because we have a close sister/brother type bond. Basically I took any “hints” as misunderstandings and comical moments meant to embarrass them, since adults/people do that whether intentionally or not.

Kaneki has mental issues and a background, Touka doesn’t understand or even know. Kaneki isn’t the best person when it comes to judgement, it has been shown throughout the series that he is usually wrong or easily misguided. Touka is a teenager when she “falls” for Kaneki and never had been in or thought of a possible romantic relationship with anyone else prior to/after meeting him. She is inexperienced and cannot discern “lust” from “love”, or tell the difference from “romantic love” from “strong platonic love”.

I read a lot of poorly written fan fiction “romance/erotica” fluff, it’s funny, it’s entertaining, but it’s still “fantasy” compared to the canon story. Which is okay to move relationships with little to no understanding between both parties. But, in a novel or series running as long as Tokyo Ghoul has and by the original creator no less, I expect that the “canon OTP” of the story would have shared a bit more information/time with each other than simply “in the moment” fucking.

Then it’s not the “fucking” part that has me disappointed, it’s the fact that we had no extra information of what the hell was happening outside of their little “bump & grind”. As I said in a separate post, I’m not a fan of just reading fanservice that could have been skipped over. I’m reading this story for the PLOT not for the shiping, not for Kaneki’s sex life.

Tokyo Ghoul’s protagonist is a “side character” even when we focus on him. He see development though indirectly experiencing things. And these indirect experiences is what I care for the most. Not for what character I hope Kaneki bangs or ends up with.

In closing, I’m disappointed we learned nothing new, not that Kaneki had sex with Touka. Yes, I am a hardcore HideKane shipper, but I am also an adult that understands this work isn’t going to/might not cater to my personal fantasies.

I have been attacked by TouKen trolls over my personal fanfictions, on my blog. and through email. I don’t hate TouKen as a ship or Touka as a character. I just don’t feel they are at a point they are ready to deal with the consequences for in the canon story.

I am disappointed this chapter was just/mostly Touka and Kaneki being naked and humping each other. And not being told the rest of the story.

5000

dunno how to start this but i guess we all know that this is indeed a beautiful number. Because of the 5k I will kinda extend this post so either you bear with me or you can just scroll for your name. 
Anyways tumblr has been an amazing experience so far I met people whom I cannot live without anymore even if they probably don’t know that - but trust me guys your blogs make my days shine you don’t even know. Tumblr has also taught me a lot for example that there is a lot of sexual stuff I’ll never want to do. But Tumblr has allways been a little project of mine-  like I mostly blog my own stuff maybe 4% of my posts are reblogs from other blogs not because I don’t want to share them but because I want to keep going with “my own stuff” and see where it’ll take me.

To get to the point i love to do follower forevers because it enables me to show all bloggers that I appreciate that i love them and respect them and that my “no-reblogging-mentality” is just me being stupid again.

so I have some words to say to some people  (god this post will be so embarrassing and akward later on) to keep this shorter i will only mention multuals this time even if there are still a lot of non multual blogs i love- let’s get started

@simplykasumi Thank you for being my first follower like holy shit I just started my blog and had someone as big as you following me really kept me going thank you very much.

@gaston26 & @grimdark13 you 2 are like following me since forever reblogging and liking everything I post in an endless battle of who is my #1 follower this month - thanks for allways liking even the shitiest of post like i could literally just write “penis” and you would like it holy shit.

@nemesis-of-reason my anime analytics dude I will never get rid of our weeb talk with you i can unleash my nerd power to the fullest.

@more-moe-more-problems thanks for inspiring me to make a blog and allways answering my shitty questions thanks for mio monday and thanks for following me.

@cutegirlsdoingcutethings thanks for loving mmmp even if he’s very tsun sometimes.

@cute-girls-from-vns-anime-manga thanks for noteboosting me a lot thanks for all the vns knowledge and the links to get them myself 8) and thanks for following me very early on supporting me when i was at like 100f.

@tippy-the-rabbit you are a special one, very nice you allways support little blogs  note- and follower-boosting them a lot you keep getting new people on my dash thank you very much for that.

@xdeyuix It’s my boy dewo dude we both know we don’t talk much to each other but boy you are someone I could allways rely on and it’s allways so much fun chatting with you thank you very much for being such a nice person.

@dutch-kun like there is a lot I want to say to you but first and foremost thank you for being a friend. You talk to me everyday, we diss each other, enjoy cancerous memes, snapchat, game, ragequit. I’m having a lot of fun with you. You are the closest friendship I have build on this site and i want us to continue having fun.

@onee-samaaa you know when you start a tumblr blog you have to pick 5 peops to follow? Tumblr recommended you and god tumblr has good taste sommetimes.

@crimsonphase as if twintails and sin isn’t worth anyones time. I know that I’ve been following for nearly 2 years now and I still don’t regret it.

@derp-creeper this grill will never change his icon but who can blame him.

@deadecchi look at anime nowadays - fanservice everwhere - ecchi is more alive than it has ever been. If you haven’t allready check him out I’m enjoying literally everything he posts because he is looking for and i quote “a certain quality in posts”.

@yuubarii I’ll never forget your citrus story. Thanks for sharing your good cosplay and quality anime girls and yuri on my dash.

@hiratzuka we just have a lot of taste in common. If you like my taste in anime girls you’ll like his taste too.

@ipscell do it for Rize. Do everything for the Rize.

@zsaber met you in oppaigamings stream and never regretted following you. Good post but you probably follow him anyway.

@world-of-hikari we haven’t talked in a while still love you though <3</p>

@shinobukaka Kakaka - Kakakakaka.

@hishiron 10/10 taste like how can someone not like tlr and cute anime grills.

@is-the-order-a-destroyer-new It’s basically ordering a loli but this blog delivers cute girls and posts of every kind/age.

@lolisarereligion thats why I am an atheist.

@squidmiku is it a squid? is it a miku? aww shit man it’s both.

@themorganiser doing anime caps like me but probably faster and better. 

@jyoshikausei quality posts everywhere just check the blog out it’s worth your time trust me.

@jacobtheslothone good taste, good posts - has sloth in his name!

@hakujiin talk to us in discord man - jk - Haku is a good one definitely worth your time.

@the-anime-girls-blog the name is what you get and trust me - you want it!

@sprenkx Marion likes Noire too. Thanks for the great moments in the discord chat.

@chilly-ashiteru I wish your stream would start earlier - check chilly out if you want to see a weeb streamin with some bloggers every once in a while.

@milkbeam refined taste in cars and knows where to place your nut. (there I said it)

@hexagon431 this guy seems to like everything you post and i like everything he posts + good taste in music.

@animeswimsuits I swear one day I will fuck ya.

@doujinsforthelols whoever runs this blog must be a fucking genius.

@askthinkharder good questions everyday.

@itasha weeb cars. Will never own but treat em with respect.

@vesperiastar good art - refined taste he can draw like a god. Marion - thank you for Marion.

@jared-rebolledo this  guy started sending Momo art to me - the way to my heart is pretty easy.

@moeitall do it - moe everything!

@prince-toshiro I swear i’m still sorry for that Pandasexual joke.

@anime-scarves scarves are good very good.

@aceserena thanks to your lesson i will never ever trigger a transgender, trap, shemale ever again.

Well thats it sorry to everyone I missed

BTW thanks to everyone in the in the discord chats having a wonderfull time with you love you all.

PS: I’m kinda happy that I don’t have that many multuals xD

My predictions for Digimon Adventure Tri Movie 5 - Symbiosis/Kyōsei This Post is super long

The following are my predictions for Digimon Adventure Tri Movie 5, as it stands.

Okay so we know that Hikari is going to go through some kind of Dark Evolution to cause Ophanimon Fall Down Mode. In another post I commented on what I think will cause this but I’d like to reiterate it as well as expand upon it.

Okay so many people have already pointed out Ophanimon Fall Down Mode’s biography but in case you don’t know here it is, taken from digimon wikia:

“Ophanimon Falldown mode is a Fallen Angel Digimon. It is a form of Ophanimon that was so angry that it suppressed its own emotions and fell into madness. It swelled with anger at the world, where atrocious sins keep mounting no matter how many times they are purged, and it closed off its heart. In order to nip evil in the bud, it hunts whichever opponents it has judged to have become a barrier to justice, and tried to establish a world of what it recognizes as justice.”

Okay so this is great because I think it plays very well into who Hikari has been established to be as a character. Hikari has a very strong sense of justice. She gets upset at any violence and will do anything she can to stop it, like being kidnapped and taken to Vamdemon/Myotismon. In the Machinedramon arc when she sees the numemon being enslaved you see her very upset and she wishes for more power to stop it, which is granted. What I find particularly interesting about this whole episode is the facial expressions they gave Hikari when she is protecting the numemon, she looks like she is full of righteous anger and determination. Her desire to protect people gives her the power to make her digimon evolve and allows others to evolve. Now in this case she was right to attack the way she did but imagine if this was applied while what she was doing wasn’t truly righteous or she  perceived someone to be evil who wasn’t truly evil.

I’m predicting that the next movie is going to have some strong call backs to that episode, Digimon Adventure ep 49, the crest of light. So, it makes sense that Hikari will see something that upsets her, that she feels is truly evil and tries to stop it, but perhaps her feelings are clouded by anger and Tailmon evolves in the wrong way.

For example, Meicrackmon has now reappeared and it looks like she is going to be fucking some people up next movie, it’s obvious that Gennai is going to try to use her against the Chosen Children. So maybe Meicrackmon severely injures Taichi, a sin Hikari will not be able to forgive, and even if Meicoomon returns to normal Hikari still sees her as a threat and decides she needs to be eliminated.

I feel it’s a good time to bring up my Mei and Meicoomon predictions. I actually think that Meiko and Meicoomon will be the heroes of this next movie while Hikari will be a Villain/Anti-hero. Someone has already pointed out that with Meicoomon’s ultimate/mega on the poster her eyes are green instead of red. It’s been established through the past couple movies that when Meicoomon goes evil, such as when she kills Leomon or evolves into Meicrackmon, her eyes turn a shade of red, but when she is good her eyes are green. So, the fact that her eyes are green on the poster implies this is a positive evolution. In addition, take a look at Meiko’s stance in the poster, it is a stance often applied to heroes, standing tall with her hand against her chest as if holding onto hope and a look of determination on her face. I find this stance most often applied to heroes when they are facing a great challenge against a villain and must learn to believe in themselves in order to win. This does go along with Meiko’s development as she is obviously not a confident character and in the last movie she finally learned to confront what was wrong with her digimon, showing that she is gaining strength and learning to not be afraid or sit on the sidelines.

Compare this to Hikari in the poster. First off, we know that her digimon is definitely a negative evolution. Furthermore, look at her stance. She is turned away from us and her face is covered. I don’t think I need to argue that this is ominous.

So, going back to meicrackmon, I think there is a very strong possibility that Meicrackmon will do some harm during the fight with the chosen children at the beginning of the movie, possibly severely injure Taichi (I’m hoping for this like you have no idea) and then Hikari just loses it and even when Meicoomon is successfully turned back to normal (I’m going to throw it out there that Doctor Jyou restores Meiko to health cause that would be awesome, doctor jyou to the rescue!) Hikari is still going after her because she sees her as a threat that needs to be brought back to justice. There will be some kind of clash between Meiko and Hikari and Meiko will have to positively evolve to Mega in order to compete.

Going back to Ophanimon Falldown Mode’s bio, it says that she closed off her heart”, I feel like Hikari is kind of forcing Tailmon to close off hers. We know that Hikari thinks that Tailmon is better off without her memories but by eliminating the sad memories she also eliminates the good memories, she has closed off Tailmon’s heart to her friendship with Wizardmon and all the good that came from it. Hikari herself seems to have difficulty with this, she often sidelines her own emotions for that of others, she doesn’t complain or voice how she’s feeling because she cares more about others as showcased through Adventure 01 (this is something her and Sora share in common so I actually think it makes a ton of sense for Hikari’s storyline to follow Sora’s). I actually think Taichi also suffers from this complex a little but that’s a post for another day. I think this will also contribute to Tailmon’s Negative evolution.

Hikari has been shown to be very powerful, more powerful than any other of the Chosen Children, and she also has a strong connection on a spiritual level to the events going on since she is directly tied to Homeostasis. So imagine if she suddenly decided that she knew what was best for everyone and acted on her own, imagine the damage she could do, absolute power corrupts absolutely and Hikari has got a lot of power. I think Ophanimon falldown Mode will be a representation of what we will see from Hikari, a powerful character who believes with all their heart they know what is truly best and moves forward with little resistance.

Okay so on to Wizardmon. I definitely think he will appear and play a part in the next movie. Tri has been full of fanservice and it would be very weird if they didn’t bring back a fan favourite character like Wizardmon. Now recently I have subscribed to Miss-Doodle’s theory on how this might go down. You can read it here:

http://miss-doodle.tumblr.com/post/158187005669/5-reasons-why-wizardmon-should-team-up-with-daigo

To summarize, she thinks that because Wizardmon does not originate from the digital world, he will not be reborn but instead appear as a ghost the same way he appeared in Adventure 02. This makes sense since to get rid of both Wizardmon and Tailmon’s memories of each other defeats the purpose of his return, what would then be the purpose of them interacting. She also believes that Daigo and Wizardmon should team up considering they both have close bonds to two female characters who have a lot in common. Anyway, read it, it’s really interesting.

I also think that Wizardmon is going to be the one to save Hikari and Tailmon and trigger a positive evolution. Many people think he will be brought back only to die again in order to trigger Falldown Mode but I think that would be such a waste and we’ve already seen that happen in Tri with Leomon. If they go that route I will be very disappointed, missed opportunity. I think we will get both a positive and negative evolution from Hikari in this upcoming film.

Ophanimon vs Holydramon. Okay I think what is going to happen is that when Tailmon is defeated or turned back to normal after her dark evolution I think she will lose her Holy ring as penance for her sins. Because of this she will evolve positively into Holydramon instead of Ophanimon. I believe this because it makes sense that Tri would want to give service to both the fans of Holydramon and Ophanimon, also it’s likely there are fans of both on the writing staff. In addition, I think this because we have seen a lot of Holydramon in the merchandise and that can’t be random.

Okay so going back to Taichi for a second. Like I said before I think he is definitely going to play a part in Hikari’s downfall. I believe this because Tri has often foreshadowed what will happen in the next movie in the movie prior. In this past movie, there was a lot of Hikari calling to her brother, I think this is hinting at their relationship playing a huge part in the next movie. We have seen in the past that she is very dependent on her brother. So, I already mentioned that I theorize that he may be injured to cause her downfall but I have a completely different theory as well, although it doesn’t perfectly line up with some of my other theories.

Taichi has been doubting himself a lot in Tri. In loss alone he doubts their ability to save Meicoomon (and although he says “will we”, I would argue he really means “can I”), he is upset that he can’t evolve Agumon to protect everyone, and then there are plenty of examples from past movies. I think there is a chance they may do a throwback to episode 48 of adventure when Taichi talks about how he fails to take care of Hikari and how he almost got her killed. Although I’m not sure of the details I would argue it is more likely that Taichi will trigger Hikari’s downfall by failing to protect her, or someone she cares about, in the following movie. Again, I’m not sure about the details but I just think it makes sense based on Hikari’s co-dependent relationship with him, his strong need to protect her, and the doubt he has shown in Tri.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and let me know what your predictions are 😊

anonymous asked:

I've been scrolling around the FFVII tag on Tumblr and I noticed that @astoryofalove has posted official quotes from SE stating that Aerith is "Cloud's friend & lover" and not Tifa. I also noticed the immense amount of Clerith fan service popping up recently such as the Brigade wedding event, WoFF, Möbius DLC, & the KH 2.8 romantic montage where Cloud & Aerith is featured alongside Aladdin & Jasmine, Mickey & Minnie, etc. Is there any explicit evidence or fan service that supports CloTi as well?

Yes, that’s an official quote from Case of Lifestream White, I believe - it’s been awhile since I’ve seen that one. The Brigade wedding event never confirmed Cloud’s bride, so it’s however you choose to see it. Tifa and Aerith both got wedding outfits, so see it however you like tbh. Aerith was the first announced, so I was congratulating Clerith fans but then Tifa got her own too which was cool c:

World of FF did have a very Clerith quote in it I will say, but i dont really consider matching outfits as fanservice and the kh credits is how you interpret it I suppose.

But Tifa and Cloud had a promise event. When we look at Case of Tifa, Cloud expresses he wants to start a new life with Tifa. When we look at Kingdom Hearts, Tifa is Cloud’s light (this is debated, but from a Cloti standpoint - our view is that she is his light based on the context and an official quote that literally says Tifa is light). Cloud and Tifa have their own interactions in games like Dissidia. Dissidia opera omnia also has Cloud and Tifa scenes, but im not sure of the translations or if any have been done yet :( I feel like SE has a good balance of fanservice for both fans at the moment, so I’ve never really been bothered by it. 

here’s some fanservice stuff to make you smile:

zack and aerith also had this new year thing:

there were these wallpapers for kh mobile:

here’s some other links on our blog involving fanservice:

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/153892583220/rashelf-cloud-x-tifa-romantic-scene-bonus

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/153002881555/chocobonuggets


http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/159779056975/vow-upon-a-star-what-are-you-blushing-at-rem

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/151140711645/%E5%A3%B1%E7%95%AA%E9%AD%94%E6%99%84%E7%82%89-%E3%81%AE-%E7%88%86%E7%A0%B4-%E3%81%AB-%E6%88%90%E5%8A%9F-%E3%81%97-%E3%81%9F-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A6%E3%83%89-%E3%81%9F%E3%81%A1-%E3%81%AF-%E3%82%A2%E3%83%90%E3%83%A9%E3%83%B3%E3%83%81-%E3%81%AE-%E3%82%A2%E3%82%B8%E3%83%88-%E3%81%B8-%E3%81%A8-%E6%88%BB%E3%81%A3

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/151165616560/stray-arrows-strifelockhart-this-is-all-so


this was an official wallpaper:

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/151176031125/tsubomi-saku-omg-logged-into-ffrk-just-for-the

http://strifelockhart.tumblr.com/post/151174947270/ahhhh-my-heart

Tag! Eight Facts About Me (as a YoI fan)

It’s a silly thing: Write at least 7 facts about yourself as a fan of the show.
Tag your YoI fans in here if you like, and let’s see how many we are.

I was tagged by my girl @yakoucchu, thank you so much!! <3<3

1) My bff started watching YoI from the first episode and she has been absolutely in love with the show since the beginning, but me? I wasn’t really sure, it seemed all fanservice and queerbait (and also I wasn’t at my best back then bc of personal reasons) so I would just listen to her being enthusiastic about YoI and all I could think was “I’m happy she likes it that much!”. That until I saw a post on facebook ranting about how much of a terrible show YoI was, with flat characters, stupid plot and how people who watched it were stupid as well. So, completely out of spite, I decided to watch it and well, here I am!

2) I started watching it after ep7 aired and there was all that discourse going around about “was it a hug or a kiss?” and that was my first (and unfortunately not last) contact with Fandom Discourse™

3) I didn’t like Lilia at first

4) When Michele and Sara Crispino appeared I cried tears of joy and I started sending hc to my bff (for days our whatsapp chat was us going on and on about embarassing family scenarios)

5) I never shipped Yuri P. with anyone before Otabek. It just didn’t felt right (except for one-sided yuurixyuri)

6) I didn’t ship Otayuri at first. Believe it or not I only saw them as friends. I got why everyone was shipping them tho. I started seeing them as more than friends when all the anti discourse arose and it seemed so nonsense to me that I had to ship them after that, so I did it out of spite as well (and now I’m deep in otayuri hell and I’m not planning on leaving anytime soon either so guess it was destiny)

7) I multiship the hell out of everyone. I even lowkey ship MichelexGeorgi bc of this scene in ep9

8) I have just one NOTP and it’s Pliroy. Don’t get me wrong I really have nothing against the ship itself or people who ship it, it’s just it doesn’t feel right to me? I don’t know, I’m not a fan of the “they hate each other so they love each other” and I hope this doesn’t offend anyone. Also know that I’m not going to hate on the ship in any case! As my description says: I firmly believe in free shipping <3

Ha ha I had fun doing this!
Now I tag lovely @clairles @clairelions @aftgonice (tho I’m sure somebody tagged you already) @ladyofink @just-a-moldy-potato @okbeko @silvartales @imyourplaydate and everyone who wants to do this bc it’s fun!!

Analysis of Vampire Knight Part 2: VKM Narration & Subtext

With the response I’ve seen to the latest chapter of Vampire Knight Memories, this post began to feel even more necessary to complete. All the frustration with the manga, with Hino, hell, even the fandom - I’ve been there. I unfollowed most blogs, untracked the tags and for a long time I never looked back. Maybe it helped that I honestly had no expectations, or that I took as long of a vacation from this fandom as I did. Maybe some of you that are feeling disappointed and frustrated need that too. But before you write this new series off as fanservice, or a waste of your time, please read what I am about to write and then decide for yourself because truthfully, VKM is what has helped me to enjoy VK again, and maybe you still can too.

This post is a follow up to Analysis of Vampire Knight Part 1: The Original Chapters. Although it is not strictly necessary to read the first part, it would help in understanding why I interpret the new series the way I do and this does serve as a continuation of my thoughts. For the VK fan who asked for my opinion on the original series as well as the new one - I hope this answers any questions you may have had and if you (or anyone) would like more clarification, my inbox is always open and my chat always on. I also recommend reading VKM: or why flashbacks matter and VKM: the story within a story by @getoffthesoapbox for more insight into the method of storytelling being utilized for Vampire Knight Memories.

Preview:

Yuuki, despite the despair she experienced, despite the self-loathing that made her believe she was undeserving of anything else, found her way out of the deep and dark forest and realized she wanted Kaname to have that same opportunity some day. She wanted him to find love and happiness in the next lifetime in a way she was literally incapable of providing him in theirs. It was her hope that he could finally experience true love and happiness without their bond dragging him down the way it nearly had with her. There was never any intent to try and live out the rest of her life with Kaname, because as Zero said near the end of Life and after the cure had already been created, “I know that someday, when Kuran Kaname’s heart is restored, you’re going to use your life to turn him human.” Yuuki couldn’t be with Zero while Kaname was alive, but she couldn’t be with Kaname while Zero was dead, and I think that is a very important distinction to make. 

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Why I am convinced that CB's relationship is genuine!

Hello, this is anon-dream :) As I have told you already, admin-nim, I had originally planned to make a post about how obvious I think CB have been lately. However, due to the fact that I am a big IDIOT who accidently deleted that post by clicking some random button (T.T) and because of the recent news that Dispatch has released regarding Kai and Krystal and another alleged dating scandal that is going to be revealed soon … I would like to be more careful and thus rather not write a post like that. We all don’t know what will happen in the next months, therefore, I don’t want my assumptions to influence people and make them raise their hopes up while we are in such a critical situation. However, I would like to talk about something else instead: CB’s - which I think - genuine relationship (regardless of it being interpreted as romantic or platonic). I have seen many CB shippers who have become somewhat sad/disappointed because of this post by an alleged insider of SM (People say it’s from 2012) : http://baoliao.tumblr.com/post/90316568632/insider-info-2012-the-inner-workings-of-sm In this post, it says that OTPs, including CB, were planned by SM from the very beginning, that they deliberately make them do lots of fanservice as some kind of marketing strategy (I recommend reading that post if you haven’t already. It’s quite long but the person who wrote it  has kind of foreseen KaiStal and BaekYeon … which is scary :’) ) Plus, I have read this post by our dear @parkbaekssi today, which is dealing with the subject of SM being aware of CB being shipped by fans:  http://parkbaekssi.tumblr.com/post/142178522001/hello-i-have-been-an-avid-shipper-of-chanbaek I wanted to submit this post to her as well, but sadly, I couldn’t find the “submit” button on her blog T.T (I told you, I am a big idiot), therefore, I would wish for her to read this as well if she likes because she asked her followers to share their opinion. Okay, I will get started on the actual post now. In case that this will become a super long post, know that I am deeply sorry for every pair of eyes that are reading this T.T haha!

First of all, I would like to agree with the statement that SM is indeed aware of popular pairings within their company and that they also make use of this knowledge by either pairing two shipped members up (eg. by forming a subunit like they did with EunHae) or by encouraging said members to interact in a certain way in front of the fans. Even though this might sound very strange to some people (it is sounds strange to me as well, tbh), it also makes a lot of sense because, as we know, so called ‘bromances’ are totally loved in Korea (note: bromances, not actual gay couples!). Therefore, what better and easier way is there to additionally promote a group if not through OTPs? It makes sense to me, totally. However, as much as this is true, I strongly disagree with the statement that ChanBaek is purely based on fanservice (note: parkbaekssi didn’t claim this! :) But other people do and it makes me a bit angry) 

As parkbaekssi has mentioned in her post, there are some CB moments that could be deemed as fanservice (e.g Chanyeol giving Baekhyun a rose on stage, the high5 during growl - I myself would like to add the forehead touch thingy they did some years ago - still a beautiful moment though ;D ), meaning that yes, ChanBaek do fanservice as well and yes, they are aware of the fact that they are a popular ship. And SM obviously is, too, as the following post shows: http://94ohsenshine.tumblr.com/post/142164246659/chanbaek (note: There is so much CB in Korea these days, hm.. everyone, let’s go there and have a big party! haha ^^)

HOWEVER, there is one thing about ChanBaek that makes them special compared to other super popular OTPs in my opinion. We all know that Chanyeol and Baekhyun are mostly about stolen glances and subtle touches. Their moments are pretty toned down compared to their moments with other members or other OTPs. Even their most ‘intense’ moments are pretty toned down, don’t you agree? Take the legendary hug in Manila as an example. It lasted for like, what, a few seconds (it still killed us though). If they know that fans love that kind of stuff, why didn’t they make a show about it by pretending to kiss or other things their fellow members have done before? Also, note that this was the first real hug between ChanBaek since ISAC in 2012 - It took these two 4 freaking years (!)  to hug properly and they didn’t even initiate it! It was Sehun who made them hug! (Bless you, Oh Sehun!) Now, some of you might think: “Maybe they are just uncomfortable with the fact that they are being shipped?”  That’s not a stupid thought, actually. Anyone would think like this at first. However, if the thought of being paired up with a guy disgusted you that much, wouldn’t you generally try and not initiate too much skinship with males? You would, wouldn’t you? But ChanBaek both don’t:

1) Baekhyun is all over Sehun (+ other members) most of the time, touches him in a way he would never touch Chanyeol in and is generally a touchy, flirty (and adorable) human being - except with Park Chanyeol!

2) Chanyeol, although he is the one who initiates skinship in CB, also touches his fellow members in a way that he would never touch Baekhyun in. He can hug Yixing, Kyungsoo freely, and grab/pinch Sehun’s butt while he almost freaked out when Sehun brought Baekhyun to him during Peter Pan in Manila …

Now, my aim is not to prove to you that CB are involved with each other in a romantic way - that is something that you have to make your opinion of. However, concluding from the aspects mentioned above, I can draw the conclusion that these two, despite of being aware of the fact that they are being shipped, despite of the fact that fans are dying to see them interacting, do not flaunt their close relationship at all - at least not by doing heavy skinship with each other. Actually, not even on SNS - at least not openly. While their posts are often similiar and posted right after one of them has uploaded something - they rarely post selcas these day despite of having been seen together off-cam. It’s strange, since Chanyeol has posted a lot of pictures with Sehun, since these two have spent a lot of time lately … Anyway, what I am trying to say is that, whatever relationship Chanyeol and Baekhyun have, they don’t flaunt it, they keep it private, thus, hidden from the public’s eye. And anything hidden from the public’s eye cannot be deemed as 'fanservice’ anymore. 

“What if they aren’t close with each other after all? / What if they don’t spend that much time with each other after all?” -> These are also questions you might ask yourself right now - You have every right to! Of course I cannot provide you solid facts about Chanbaek’s relationship, none of us can, as we are only outsiders. However, based on my own experiences regarding human nature, I can tell you this:

Chanyeol and Baekhyun - all romantic, fanfic stuff aside - although they are not phsysically close, are definitely connected to each other, let’s call it mentally connected. This, in my opinion, becomes evident in the most simple interactions these two have, starting from all their inside jokes/  (e.g “Cha-cha-cha Chanyeol!” / “Bae-Bae-Bae Baekhyun!” / “Tomorrow is monday” / that weird dance that both of them did on stage, idk how to describe it but I am sure you know what I mean haha! / their voice imitations during V-app (vroom vroom) / that “I am going to cry” joke Chanyeol pulled during their bed broadcast etc.), the way they keep completing each other’s sentences although they’re 5-6 members apart from each other, the way Chanyeol always seems to lose it whenever Baekhyun makes a joke and just the general chemistry they have between each other! Our dear Parkbaekssi, who  has seen Exo live, has made a wonderful post about Chanbaek’s chemistry live, you can read it here: 

http://parkbaekssi.tumblr.com/post/141869483776/hi-d-dont-know-if-you-remember-me-i-had-sent

(fun fact: the anon who asked about this was actually me *hides*)

Do you see what I mean with “mentally connected” now? All those insiders, the way they pay attention to each other’s utterings and everything else listed above. They might not prove that these two are a couple but they certainly show that they must have spent and probably still spend a lot of time with each other and might even be soulmates. Somehow, these two remind me of me and my clostest friend sometimes. We are never really touchy with each other, never post a lot about ourselves on SNS - but we understand each other, we know each other well, we laugh about the same things, have insiders only we understand, have similiar taste in music and very, very often think  and utter the same thing at the same time. Note that we are not together 24/7, but we have spent enough time with each other to become like this. We have talked about things we never talked to anyone else about, we have done a lot of things together. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean that CB have done the same. Maybe they didn’t. However, there is a possibility. You don’t become like this with just any person. Such a bond is special, precious and very beautiful. Therefore, dear CB shippers (and also dear KaiSoo shippers), whatever might happen in the future, know that this bond won’t and cannot vanish just like that - I can promise you that :) !

Now, let’s come to the last part of this post (You were brave my friend, you made it this far. Your poor eyes T.T) Until now, we have only talked about CB from Chanyeol’s and Baekhyun’s perspective. But what about SM? After all, we did agree that they do take advantage of their OTPs. But what makes CB special regarding this matter? 

Well, the thing is, SM definitely makes use of CB’s chemistry and their talents regarding variety shows! Therefore, I agree with Parkbaekssi. CB are a perfect duo. They are both talkative, funny, hyper, social. The fact that they are also being shipped by fans is like the cherry on top. Like, what could go wrong with a duo like this? HOWEVER: As much as SM seems to be promoting Chanbaek, I still have some questions:

- If CB are so popular, why aren’t they paired up during dance performances (except Growl)? Why does the order in which Exo members usually stand ensure that Baekhyun and Chanyeol are “far away” from each other?

- Why was “Sehun Time” instantly changed to “Chanyeol Time” right after the Chanbaek hug in Manila happened? Doesn’t this mean that another hug is “impossible” because Chanyeol is the one who chooses the members? (Question to Chanyeol: Why did you always choose Baekhyun+ another member during Peter Pan?)

- Why has there never been another CB duet after “Love Song” although it was obviously liked a lot by the fans? We got ChanSoo’s “Boyfriend”  (which was awesome!) but still …

- Why were so many scenes from CB’s Roommate episode cut? (including a duet between them) Same goes to some episodes of Exo Showtime.

Now, these questions were not meant to be written in an accusing tone but rather in a curious tone. I am sure there are answers to these questions. But at the moment, they are just confusing me a bit. Like, SM does make use of CB on the one hand, however, on the other hand they also seem to not promote them very much as a duo. I cannot say much about EunHae since I am not familiar with them at all, but I know other examples from YG artists, namely GTOP (GD & TOP from BB)  and Gri / Nyongtori (GD & Seungri from BB). I am aware of the fact that YG and SM are two totally different companies with different strategies but I must say that YG promoted GTOP a lot (gave them a sub-unit, made them act as a couple in a drama parody in which they even kissed (!) ) whereas Gri promote themselves a lot imo (They are like, super, super touchy on stage, affectionate in public and on SNS). And again, compared to these examples, Chanbaek are, in my opinion, pretty toned down. It’s confusing, right? The idol industry is confusing … haha!

Okay, this was my opinion on this whole topic :) Of course I am in no way guaranteeing that what I am saying is true. These are merely speculations based on what I have read, seen and experienced myself. Basically, all statements above are subjective. Of course you can disagree with me and call me a big idiot! - That’s totally fine! :) Let me just tell you one thing before I finally leave you alone: Idols are human, just like us and although they seem so far away from us and so unreachable and different - they aren’t :) They cannot fake certain emotions, no matter how experienced they are and they deserve as much love, respect and acceptance as all human beings do. Therefore, try not to think of your ships as “ships”. Try thinking of them as “relationships between two human beings” - because that’s what it basically means, right? The word “ship” is automatically associated with delusions, fanfictions and immaturity  these days. And sadly, some shippers are going way too far, thus seemingly proving those assumptions to be true… However, do not let yourself get generalized like that, okay? :) After all, there are plenty normal, friendly and totally down-on-earth shippers out there! 

Okay, I am out now ♥  Omg Admin-nim, I am sorry for this being too long! I hope it was at least an acceptable post T.T Keep up the good work on your blog! We love it! :) 



AHHHH YAS MAN! I was waiting for this submission. Just by reading the title I got excited~

So I also agree with how SM is very very well aware of the OTPish pairings of their groups, they would probably, if that would help raise their groups success. Like they would help feed that ship stuff, like I don’t know making them pose in a picture together, and stuff like that. AND IT’S TRUE KOREANS LOVE THE INTERACTIONS AND STUFF! It doesn’t even have to be a bromance thing but heck they would love it if they kiss! (aham Sexing ahem) Like see fancams in korea and stuff and when oh for example a CB moment, boom they go just and wild as we do. And to the people that say Chanbaek is fan service.

HOW

IS

THIS

FANSERVICE?????

Ok I’m good

And of course they will have fan service. They still need to please the fans, can’t have anything in secret right? And of course these two know they are popular, we see pictures of them looking at the handmade CB signs (I need one) and SM…they probably keep tabs on everything to promote…something.

And yes, the very reason why I love Chanbaek so much is because I can really sense genuine stuff, they don’t have so much skinship where you are like, oop they are just friends and do lotta fan service, but they do enough where we don’t go like “AHHHHH THEY HATE EACH OTHER” but the have skinship where I feel like a pairing that are “just friends” do, but of course that’s just what I think. And I love seeing how they act differently to each other than they act with other members, shows you they are…well…different.

YAS CHANBAEK IS LIKE THE LEGIT SECRET SHIP IN AN UNDER SECRET MISSION WHERE NOONE CAN GAIN THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. AND THAT IS VERY SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE IF THEY WERE JUST FRIENDS THEN THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO HIDE AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!

I can’t understand how anyone could wonder if these two ain’t close and that’s why they don’t have much skinship. Like these two probably have one of the best chemistry and relationship out of the nine, they actually stand and sit by each other a lot, they always make each other laugh, they are compatible with each other, they enjoy each other’s company (they are always happy together) and the two even announced that they were close on tv and radio, even if that was years ago, it’s obviously not changed. Plus have you seen how in sync they are. IT’S SCARY HOW MENTALLY CONNECTED THEY ARE.

I love the personal reference, those are always great for making analysis. But Chanbaek, they have a very very special bond, whether it’s romantic or purely friendship, it’s a bond that I envy and I find so beautiful.

*sigh* anon-dream I absolutely love love your submissions, even though they are long, it’s worth the read ;_; and the last paragraph tho yasssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Thanks as always for your kind words anon-dream ;_; *sigh* I’ll try to make intresting post always for you guys, but anon-dream…yours are probably more credible than mine XD I’ll keep working hard~

Thank you again for the submission anon dream! As always I try to elaborate on your posts but I can’t! You already say all the good things ;_;

PS I’m a fan of @parkbaekssi too~

(shoutout to one of my favs >3<)

Gency is Fanservice?

I saw a post in the Gency tag saying Gency is fanservice by Michael Chu and that it’s bad because it’s him making changes that cater to what he likes rather than what fits the narrative. Does anyone find this criticism odd? It might make sense if we knew everything there is to know about Mercy and Genji and somehow further interactions between them (like those in the update) made no sense. However, Genji and Mercy’s history has been in the game since the beginning, as have interactions between them. Adding on another layer to that in new dialogue doesn’t go against their personalities or contradict the lore. Mercy and Genji being close has never been out of character for either of them. I want to end this post by saying I encourage Michael Chu to continue to engage with fans and to write what he likes. So far, the tidbits of Gency we gleam from his writing isn’t going against the Overwatch narrative so he shouldn’t feel bad about it. I hope he will continue to do his best with all the characters. 

BUT SERIOUSLY MICHAEL CHU YOU ARE GREAT. MORE GENCY PLZ! <3

Listen, this isn’t like Team Jacob vs Team Edward.

At its surface, sure, Clexa vs Bellarke is just another ship war.  But when you actually look into the stuff each side is saying about the other, it is much more than that.  This isn’t one side simply saying that the other side will treat the main girl better. That’s something that can be ignored and brushed off as just a ship war.  But because one side of this is a f/f ship, a lot-to-most of the hate coming from the other side has either an undercurrent of, or even an obvious tinge, of homophobia.

And yes, you can shout “Not All Bellarkers” all day.

But don’t tell me that.  Tell your fellow BL shippers that.  It does absolutely zero good to come into the Clexa fandom and say that the BL ship doesn’t have tinges of homophobia.  Because we’ve seen it.  We’ve seen it a lot.

We’ve seen the posts about how Clarke must have been roofied, because drugging her is the only reason she could have ever fallen for another girl, as if the concept of falling for another girl was so abhorrent, Clarke has to be date-raped into it.

We’ve seen the posts about how their attraction/love for each other is obviously just fanservice or a gimmick, as if our love for our partners can be reduced down to “just a gimmick”. Gay people are not a fucking gimmick.

We’ve seen the posts about how Clarke is just confused, and just needs Bellamy to come along to be her Knight, buying into the horrible stereotype that lesbians and bisexual girls eventually choose men anyway.

We’ve seen the posts just flat out saying that we don’t deserve representation.

And we’ve seen these posts get thousands and thousands and thousands of notes.

It does no good to tell us BL doesn’t have an undercurrent of homophobia.  And, no, you are not inherently homophobic for choosing BL. If that is what you relate to, then great.  And if you want to argue for BL because Clarke met Bellamy first, or because you think they have a stronger bond, then that is perfectly okay.

But when you start listing these horrible things as excuses to dismiss a f/f ship, then yes, there’s a problem.  And maybe you’re not intentionally being homophobic.  But when thousands of queer people tell you that you’re saying something offensive, you should listen (and, by not listening, you are, in irony, being homophobic).

So don’t preach to us about no homophobia.  Talk to the other BL shippers.  They’re the ones that need to hear it.

P.S.

Here, every time you think of an argument against Clexa, replace Lexa with a black person.  So if you end up saying “Clarke is only dating that black guy as a gimmick”, or “The only way Clarke would ever actually date a black guy is if she was drugged” – and if that sounds racist to you, then guess what, it probably sounds homophobic when you flip it to Lexa.

A Clexa analysis from a Bellarke shipper

NOTE FOR CLEXA FANS: I am tagging this with Clexa because it is NOT anti-Clexa, and because I kind of want you guys to see something from our side that is reasonable for a change. That said, I AM a Bellarke shipper and my long term prognosis for Clexa is probably not what you want to hear. Therefore, if you think reading this will piss you off, I urge you to ignore it. 

Okay, so this post is going to be…interesting. I’m not sure if any of you will read it, but I have to try because WOW fandom, you need to calm down.

The Bellarke fandom is angry, for the most part…and I. Do. Not. Get. It.  Not the extent of it, anyway.

I think a big part of the problem is that one person will voice a concern, and then everybody else jumps on it and makes it this HUGE thing. I mean, the debates I have seen over whether or not the nightgown Clexa scene was fanservice or not make me want to bang my head against the wall. ENOUGH.

Another big part of the problem is that fandom is a constant war zone where people seem to believe that their faves are flawless and can never do wrong. Clarke can do wrong! Lexa can do wrong! Bellamy can do wrong! Just because a character does something wrong…doesn’t mean the writers are ruining them – it means they are telling a story.

Of course, people have valid concerns. I have valid concerns myself. But the level of hysteria this week has been out of this world, and so I am writing an analysis of Clexa and where I see that ship going over the next few eps. Everything below is my opinion, but I hope my positive voice can maybe break through and help some people that are feeling negative.

If you are a Bellarke fan – SO AM I. And I 100% believe that Bellarke will happen and that they will be endgame. So I hope that you can read this and maybe sort of see why Clexa right now is NOT the end of the world.

I am also going to tag Clexa, mostly because I want you guys to see that some of us are/can be reasonable. Do be warned though, my long term prediction for your ship is not hopeful. So please don’t read if you think that is going to piss you off.

Note: Obviously, people can have opinions on scenes and characters that are not positive. This post is mostly just meant to be a reasonable assessment of why everything is okay. I’m not saying that people have to agree, but can we at least maybe start to accept that different interpretations exist and then stop flinging shit around?

Second note: I talk about this below, but I really want to emphasise it. We may all interpret things how we want too. If you want to interpret Clexa as romantic and Bellarke as platonic, that’s okay. If you want to interpret Clexa as doomed, and Bellarke as romantic - that is also okay. LIVE AND LET LIVE. Stop hating on other peoples opinions, and just enjoy your own.

Okay, are we set? ONWARDS.

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I’m about to lose my shit. 

She is a child!

Yes, it appears there has been a time skip in the new designs but at most she is 12. I hate to break it to you, but a heavy chest is not common for a kid aged 12 or under.

A post on Facebook showcased the recent designs and these were two of many comments that mentioned the Sakura and Sarada chest comparison. There have been numerous remarks made on here about Sarada’s chest size too. Arguably, these posts are supposed to be considered humorous… 😒

But seriously, the “Sakura chest” argument is tired.

Fact is, Sakura has pretty decent sized breasts now too… I mean, that’s how bodies work; they tend to grow until you reach adulthood. So the statements made aren’t even making sense.

I don’t get it, because Sakura actually had a reasonable chest size in part one, she just didn’t develop rapidly (or as rapidly as fanservice characters) in part two. Keeping in mind that she was only around 15 when Shippuden began… Studio Pierrot always made her look flat and board-like in comparison to the manga, we know that. Her chest size was average on panel and her body/hips/butt were shown to be the best of the girls. Yet the anime butchered that design.

Still, why are people imposing these exhausting and unnecessary comments onto Sarada? Also, in response to Cesar (comment above):
The theory is that Sarada is Karin’s daughter… And correct me if I’m wrong, but Karin had just as “flat” a chest as Sakura, so again that statement is invalid?

It’s been proven that Sakura is Sarada’s mother… There doesn’t need to be justifications of chest size (of all things) beyond her calling Sakura “mama” and saying “shannaro”.

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I’m going to make this clear,

You can hate on Laurel Lance and Black Canary all you want. But don’t ever make fun of real life people. That just makes you childish and immature. They have nothing to do with the show, Katie Cassidy especially. She’s an amazing actress that loved her character, why hate on that?

The people that love Laurel Lance are frustrated since our Black Canary fanbase has been in the making of 70 years. They are disrespectful to the fans of BC. Stop undermining the silent majority to your vocal minority (reference to the gif).

By the way, with the first post, judging another female’s appearance is utterly disgusting and an example of an anti-feminist post. Katie Cassidy is beautiful, don’t be jealous. @OverLordSmoak

“Laurel Lance fans are disgusting”
“Vocal Minority”
“Fanservice”

These words make me laugh, but instead of making a full blown respond to these comments, I’m just gonna sum it up in a quote and some commentary.

“What you see in others, exist in you.”

Laurel Lance fans are grieving over the death of an iconic 70 year cultural feminist icon. Some of us may cross the line, but most of us know the difference between real life people and characters. This is unlike majority of the Olicity fandom that make up rumors about Katie Cassidy being an addict & discriminating her for loving her own character. Like the only reason they hate her is of Olicity. If she didn’t pose a threat to their precious ship, she would still be alive. But Marc and Wendy don’t know what a comicbook and writing is. The haters think we are out to get Emily Bett, when in reality, she gets little to no hate. HECK I LOVE EMILY BETT. They think we are hypocritical… bitch where? Besides a few hate pages, most of us are loving towards the actors on Arrow and just wanted Laurel to have more screen time. We take our complaints to the writers rather than most of Olicity Fandom who take it out on the actors.

Going into the comments talking shit about Laurel fans and the fabulous cosplay woman that campaigned #NoLaurelNoArrow on Free Comicbook day.

She is promoting her opinion and thoughts. Stop hating on her because of it. Stop making up false information about what she did. She even explained everyone in that picture was voluntary. They wanted to help her and they are a part of #NoLaurelNoArrow. These haters are disgusting and retarded. Don’t knock anyone down for what they believe in. Don’t put someone down THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DOWN. These are examples of how terrible their fandom is. They keep telling us how terrible our fandom is, but they have little to zero proof since basically all we do is defend Katie Cassidy and Laurel Lance.

I really am astonished by the level of IQ points most of the Olicity Fandom has. Now I’ll be watching Arrow fall in ratings and viewership, Wendy and Marc don’t know what hit them. Karma is a bitch.

(By the way, I had trouble picking a Blair Waldorf gif, so I did two instead. That’s how bad this is.)

Why IchiHime will not happen.

Mkay, I may lose followers for this but I don’t care because I like getting my thoughts out into type. If you are an IH fan, feel free to continue reading. I’m not going to spew hate because I don’t actually hate IH at all, I’m simply giving concrete reasons why it is definite that the pairing will not happen.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I do not senselessly hate the IchiHime pairing and I have taken care to understand their moments as carefully as I have observed the IchiRuki moments. In my bio, it says I ship IchiHime. I honestly put that there because sometimes I reblog IH fanart and edits, simply because I like the look of them. Is it so wrong to like a pairing because of how they look? But I don’t ship the pairing in the hope that it will become canon, because I know it won’t. So now that you know I’m writing this as both an IchiRuki AND IchiHime fan, let’s continue.

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C3HK 2016 Ace of the Diamond SPECIAL STAGE - Okamoto Nobuhiko and Hanae Natsuki

Aaah. Where do I even start. This was the final seiyuu talk I went to and it waaaay surpassed my already-high expectations… For one thing, I really did NOT expect there to be so much fanservice - it has to be said that Hanae really knows how to get a crowd going… there I was, standing with my creeper notebook (legit paper and pen since electronic recording is forbidden; I hope none of the guests noticed/were creeped out) and I could barely write straight because I was so caught up in what was happening (a good thing). I will admit that I am 100% biased for him and anything I say in this report that sounds like a criticism is not a criticism - he could do anything short of committing a crime and I will think it’s awesome. (GOD IT’S EMBARRASSING TO ADMIT THAT THOUGH). I’m so sorry for any bias I may have unintentionally shown ;_; Some of the unbalance in this summary isn’t my fault though, it’s the sheer number of things Hanae had to say.

Also, Ohsaka Ryota was supposed to come, but he caught the flu (more on that later).

(Go here for my summary of KIRAMUNE Special stage with Kakihara Tetsuya and Okamoto Nobuhiko, and here for Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans with Kawanishi Kengo and Hosoya Yoshimasa.)

Again, there might be a few inaccuracies since it was all in Cantonese and Japanese (my Cantonese is okay but not totally native, and I can understand bits of Japanese), as well as me freaking out. I’ll try to tone it down~ So, without further ado:

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Is Japan Ready for Yuri on Ice?

I’ve been seeing quite a few very interesting responses to my post that has gained much more attention that I anticipated. Besides a few rude, snide people who decided to articulate their words with intention to try and offend me (it didn’t work), there were some responses that were respectful and understandable.

I find it interesting to question if Japan is ready for a progressive, queer-representative series like Yuri on Ice.

By that, I mean, is the series actually going to be representation, or is it just more fanservice than ever before seen? Are Victor and Yuuri’s intimate moments focused on because they’re important, or because they know that the fanservice will sell well, and so they budget their time making sure those shots look flawless, while the actual ice-skating routines in episode 3 had some embarrassing frames?

It can be seen either way, in my opinion.

Some believe that Japan is still so terribly conservative, so against moving on from their traditional ways of fetishization and sexualization that there’s no way a show like Yuri on Ice can change things. Not when a show like Super Lovers came out in the same year.

And of course, it is important to understand that people like me and a lot of the viewers are watching this series through a Western perspective with hopes of change and equality. But is Japan thinking the same thing that we are?

It’s tricky to think about this. Some queer people are not convinced until they see the entire series through, and that makes complete sense. Many do not want to get their hopes up, just to be let down. And as a queer person looking for representation in media, I understand that.

But let’s look at this with a wider perspective.

Japan is not a Haven for the Gays in any way, shape or form. Of course not. But neither is the USA. Think about it this way. Japan, and most other countries, have been influenced by the USA in many ways, but the most influence can be traced from media. Of all of the things to affect the world, films and TV shows produced from the USA have been worldwide successes. Japan especially loves these things.

So consider that they are influenced and interested in American film media to begin with.

Now, look at America. One of the easiest examples to use is that same-sex marriage was only just legalized in 2015. There’s still a long way to go for ‘total equality’ in terms of LGBT+ rights in the US, and the same applies to Japan. There are more legal rights to be granted to LGBT people in Japan than in the USA, that much is true.

But look at the USA in 2000, when the show ‘Queer as Folk’ was first produced. The USA was not like it was today, but that show existed for 5 years regardless and gave queer representation. Even Rocky Horror Picture Show existed in the 70’s.

My point is, queer representation can exist in media even when actual queer life in said country isn’t easy, accepted, or glorified.

It is important to consider the true culture of Japan, and to understand our Western perspective. It is important to know that maybe, this isn’t the series we are thinking it will be.

But let us have faith. Some of us want to believe and hope for a representative series. Some of us want to see it as representation. The point of my original post was to explain why the show was getting as much hype as it is. Of course, I do not know exactly what will happen, but I’d like to think it is most definitely gay and not a joke, like other anime have been.

For now, all we can do is sit back and wait as episodes are released. And most importantly, lets not forget to enjoy the series for what it is already- a moving plot, with a focus on ice skating, a fascinating story of sexual awakening, and one with interesting, fresh characters that we all have already fallen in love with.