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VIVEC; the warrior-poet

→ “Vivec, or Vehk, Warrior-Poet deity of the Dunmer and “vi” in the Almsivi, was the Guardian God-King of the holy land of Vvardenfell, and ever-vigilant protector from the dark gods of the Red Mountain, the gate to hell. Though some aspects of his past are blurred by time and questions surround some of his more controversial choices, Vivec has always represented the spirit and duality of the Dunmer people, which is reflected in his half-Dunmer, half-Chimer appearance. For hundreds if not thousands of years, he mostly resided at the pinnacle of his Palace in Vivec, his capital, which was visited by hundreds of pilgrims and tourists daily.”


Ben Carson “happy” to learn how uncomfortable low-income housing in Ohio is, per report

  • Areport from the New York Times published Wednesday follows United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson as he tours low-income housing units in Ohio. 
  • During one stop at a homeless shelter in Columbus, reporter Yamiche Alcindor describes Carson as “plainly happy” to learn that the facility has no TVs, and that the proprietors have stacked “dozens of bunk beds” inside.
  • Compassion for these people, Carson reportedly said, means not giving them “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
  • At one point, Carson acknowledges that elderly people and people with disabilities should receive housing assistance from the government. But others should be asked to fend for themselves more.
  • “There is another group of people who are able-bodied individuals, and I think we do those people a great disservice when we simply maintain them,” Carson said, according to the Times.
  • These anecdotes from Carson’s trip — which included stops in Detroit, Dallas and Miami— highlight his austere views on government assistance for the poor. Carson, who grew up in “dire poverty,” has stoked controversy in the past by claiming poverty is a choice. Read more (5/4/17)

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A Thought on Controversy

I’m going to stop reblogging content about “minor controversy of the day” when it comes to social issues because I think we’ve failed to realise that by doing so, we derail our own movement.

It is much easier for a journalist to write an article called “Activists Criticise Snapchat Filter as"Racist”“ than it is for them to cover "Minorities Still Face Horrific Inequalities”.

If instead of wasting our time on minor stuff, we got back to trying to create real change, we would stop alienating natural allies on the left (minority and majority) and we could draw attention to the issues that matter.

I want to see more headlines like ‘Activists Overturn Local Government Policy that Disproportionately Targets Ethnic Minorities’ than the minor mountains-out-of-molehills controversies because real change is happening and we can only get more people on our side by focusing on the real good that we are causing.

Stand up for the changes you’ve caused!

thisloveisastateofgrace  asked:

Hi Katie! I have a question for you. Are you still anti-abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger? You've probably already answered these, so I'm sorry! But I was just curious as to what your opinion is. 😊

Hi! Thanks for asking! I’m always happy to re-explain my positions, especially on hard cases, because it gives me a chance to practice and to clarify.

Let’s take these one at a time, because they are all very complex.

Rape/Sexual Assault

Rape is wrong. Rape is horrible, evil, despicable…and any other words I can come up with. Rapists should be caught, put on trial, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Survivors of rape should be protected. They should be supported, loved, and cared for. They should have access to health care that they need, counseling, and support groups. They should have friends and family around them who love and care for them. If that isn’t the case, communities need to step up and fill those gaps.

We can all generally agree on these things. They aren’t controversial. Pro-life people, pro-choice people, conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians…just about everyone. If someone doesn’t agree with those things, we stare at them like they’ve just grown a second head.

But what about the children of survivors of rape?

This is my friend Patti. We met doing pro-life work while I was in college out in California. She was conceived in rape. Her birth mother chose to place her for adoption, and she grew up loved and cared for. She says:

“I want to say that even though the circumstances of my conception were in violence and hatred, I am not my father, nor am I my mother. I am unique. I was created by a loving God and my life is so valuable. And so is the life of every baby conceived — valuable and a gift from God.“

This is Travon. She was conceived in rape. Her mother raised her instead of choosing adoption, and told her about who her father was after her 18th birthday. Today, she is a speaker, wife, and mother. She travels telling her story and advocating for children like her to be protected under the law.

This is Mary. Her mother had paranoid schizophrenia and was married to a man who also had a mental disability. When her mother was raped, the husband went to the police, but ultimately claimed Mary as his own to protect his wife’s reputation. Because of her mother’s schizophrenia, Mary was cared for by another couple, visiting her birth parents periodically. Eventually, when she was five years old, that couple adopted her.

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Do any of these people look like they were conceived in rape? What would that look like? My friend Patti told me that she has heard people refer to those conceived in rape as “devil spawn.” Should they have horns and tails? Should they carry pitchforks?

Or are they children? Teenagers? Adults? Mothers and fathers? Husbands and wives? People?

The circumstances of conception, no matter how violent, how terrible, do not reduce the value of the child conceived. If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is wrong no matter who that human being’s father is.

What about the mother? Like I said above, I am all in favor of resources and support for survivors of rape. I am all for counseling to help them process and heal. Abortion will not solve their problems. It will not take away their nightmares. It will not take away their fear, their pain. It will only take away the life of their child, who has no guilt in how he or she was conceived.

Meet Darlene. She was not only conceived in rape, but as a teenager she became a victim of child trafficking and became pregnant from rape herself. She says that in order to escape from her captor, she pretended to have an abortion. Now she is married with five children and two grandchildren.

Darlene, despite her own difficult childhood and the way she was forced into motherhood at a young age, has made it her life’s mission to protect the lives of children like her and her oldest child.

She says:

“I am so passionate about the value of every life; whether one is conceived with wine and roses, in a test tube or as a result of violence. I absolutely reject the utilitarian view that people are valuable only if they can contribute to society in arbitrarily contrived ways. We should all hold to the Declaration of Independence’s admonition that each of us is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights: the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These God given rights are consecutive, not concurrent. Without the right to life, nothing else matters.“

I have included all of these stories here not because they prove my point. I include them because these are the real human beings we’re talking about when we talk about abortion in the case of rape. We need to remember these faces, these names, every time someone says “cases of rape are only 1% of abortions, we shouldn’t be a stickler over 1%.” Every time someone says “a pregnancy from rape is only a terrible reminder for the mother.” Every time someone says “abortion is okay for the same reason that rape is wrong, because of bodily autonomy.”

These are the people we’re talking about killing.

Pro-lifers know that abortion kills children and hurts women. So why should we abandon those women and children who have also been hurt by rape to the additional pain and death of abortion?


This is very similar to the case of rape, and many people put these two together. However, I gave incest its own section so I could deal with what does make it different.

In the case of incest, we have an extra layer of complexity that makes these cases exceptionally painful. In the case of incest, we usually have a young girl who is raped by a close family member, often her own father. She has been scarred in ways that someone who didn’t experience that can never understand. And now she’s pregnant, probably at a very young age.

What do we do?

First, we get her out of that situation as quickly as we can. We get her to a safe place, and we do everything we can to make her feel safe. We don’t want her to be worried about her rapist coming back for her, at least no more than she has to be.

We put her rapist in jail. We make sure that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps we even find comfort in knowing that in prison, he will be rejected even by other criminals for the nature of his crime.

But she’s still pregnant. And she’s still a child. What do we do?

We love and care for her and her child. We find a permanent home for her, through adoption or through other family members if possible. We give her power over the process as much as we can so she feels like she has some control. We talk to her about adoption and parenting, and we let her make the decision. If she chooses parenting, we work with her new guardians to make a plan for her welfare and the child’s. If she chooses adoption, we give her the opportunity to meet potential adoptive parents and choose the family that she wants her child to have. We give her the choice between open and closed adoption, so that she doesn’t feel like her child was taken from her.

We don’t kill her child.

Just like those conceived in rape, people conceived in incest are still people. They are human beings with the same right to life as any other human being. We cannot abandon them either.

If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is always wrong.

Health/Life of the Mother

This case is almost more complex, because here we get into the definition of abortion. For our purposes, I am defining abortion as a procedure that intentionally takes the life of the preborn child.

There is one case that comes the closest to abortion being necessary, and that is a tubal pregnancy. In these cases, the embryo implants in the fallopian tube. With current medical technology, we have no way to save the child. If we do not intervene, the child will grow, the tube will rupture, and the mother can die from hemorrhaging. So we have to intervene and remove the child from the fallopian tube.

I do not consider this an abortion. Our goal is not to kill the child, but to save the mother. If, someday, we found a way to save the child and the mother, we would do it. But currently, we can’t. A doctor’s job is to save as many patients as possible, but the loss of a patient does not mean the doctor is a murderer. He or she is only guilty of murder if the patient is intentionally killed.

This same reasoning applies to every other case. It is wrong to intentionally kill the child. However, if the child needs to be removed to save the mother’s life, we can do so. We just need to be sure that we are also concerned for the life of the child, and doing everything we can to save that child’s life as well.

Some will argue that late-term abortion is necessary to save mothers, but this makes no sense. Sure, and early delivery might save the life of the mother. But why should dismembering, poisoning, or beheading that child in the process do anything to improve the mother’s health?

For more on this from an actual doctor (which I am not), watch this video of an interview with Dr. Anthony Levatino. Dr. Levatino was an abortionist and is still an OB/GYN. He worked out of a regular practice rather than an abortion clinic, and so he would routinely do an abortion in one room and then talk to a mother who was keeping her child in the other. He saw patients with complicated and high-risk pregnancies. He knew, even then, that abortion was not necessary. In fact, as he says in the video, for late-term patients an abortion is more dangerous than an early delivery. A late-term abortion might take up to three days, while a c-section delivery could take an hour. If the mother’s life is truly in that much danger, which would you choose?

Every case is different when we’re talking about high-risk pregnancies, but we can tackle each of them in a pro-life way by following a simple rule: treat both mother and child as patients. If we are doing that, we will find the best approach that saves the most lives.

I hope this helps! Feel free to ask for any clarification on anything I’ve said here.

EP 33: The Hunters

Synopsis and staff for episode 33 wir sind die Jäger “The Hunters” have been revealed, lets take a look.

Storyboards this time around are drawn by Ryoutarou Makihara, who also storyboarded ep 28, and did key animation work on ep 17, 18 and 24. Storyboard vise, episode 28 felt very close to the manga, going as far as recreating many of Isayama’s panels, which, in my opinion, is a nice thing, but since this is a more dialogue heavy episode, maybe not quintessential either (just my personal opinion though).

The director however appears to be a more controversial choice. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to entirely confirm this, but the episode is directed by  河井ゆう美, who appears to be Yuumi Kawai, who, on ANN, is only credited for key animation and production advancement for the 2nd SnK ED, as well as production advancement on the empire of corpses movie. Unfortunately their name isn’t spelled out in Katakana there, so I can’t fully confirm whether or not this person really is directing ep 33, but there doesn’t seem to be any alternative either. IF this is true, I personally find it to be questionable to go with someone with this little experience in the required field. But so far, all of the elected episode directors more or or less did a great job, so if Araki chose this persona for the job, there probably is a reason for it. And, I’m saying this again, I can’t fully confirm whether the Yuumi Kawai listed above is the one doing the job, so don’t take this at complete face value.

We got three animation directors, which seems appropriate. Since there won’t be an overabundance of movement, and primarily dialogue focused scenes take the cake in the next two chapters, this should work out just fine. 

The synopsis more or less covers what the preview already did: AT and CT defeat Eren, take him away, Mikasa wakes up 5 hours later, injured, and Hannes comes to her and Armin’s side. The preview also showcased two panels from what appears to be a full new flashback sequence, focused on the EMA and Hannes (possibly in relation to this panel brought up in the chapter) 

Besides that, ep 32 already covered Hannes noticing CT in the beginning of 45, but we have yet to see any material from the re-introduction to Erwin and Jean in Trost district. My personal hope is that ep 33 will cover all of that: A possibly extended version of said re-introduction, the extended shiganshina flashback, and then the remaining material–Mikasa waking up to the SC departing to recover Eren. WIT managed to turn ch 42 into one single episode without adding any content; ch 45 is equally dialogue centered and is confirmed to have filler, so ending it on the SC departure (hopefully with a grander presentation similar to ep 28 this time around) seems appropriate. We’ve had intensity and cliffhangers non-stop for the past weeks, catching a little breather at this point in the story doesn’t hurt. Then next week we can entirely focus on the confrontation between Ymir, RB and Eren, an important and awaited event that shouldn’t be damaged by having a minor part of it attached to this weeks episode already. (forgot to mention this but yes, I’m also still hoping we get just the shot of Eren waking up that was still in 45…just not th whole thing obviously, acting more like a teaser just like in the manga)

  • woman: has period

Men, please explain to me why you think that it’s okay for you to dictate what happens to a woman’s body? What makes you think that you get a say in what happens to MY body? Why do you believe you know what’s best for me and my body if you are not me but not even a woman? Who are you to judge whether I can or can’t get an abortion? Unless you have a uterus and vagina, unless you are physically able to give birth, I don’t want you to ever dictate for me and other women what we can do with our bodies. It’s my right to choose, it’s a women’s right what happens to her body. The fact that some of you think it’s up to you, and not to the woman herself is despicable. If a women is pregnant, let her decide what she wants to do with it, it’s her body and her choice.

anonymous asked:

I wish you would write a fic where Jack, casually and with consent, refers to Kent as his ex-boyfriend and THE MEDIA GOES WILD also acceptable if Jack and Kent are reversed in this scenario Thank you i love you your fic makes me screm real loud byeeeeeeeee

Media person: So, Jack, what’s it like staring down an old teammate like Kent Parson across the face-off dot?

Jack: Yeah, no, it’s always a little weird to get out on the ice and face off against your ex-boyfriend, but I just gotta keep my head in the game and get pucks to the back of the net like usual.

Media person: Say what now?

Focusing on Original Art

I started reflecting a lot for the last couple of months and realising that I’ve been producing much less art than I used to as well as how much of an art block I’ve been stuck in and still pretty much am. There is also the matter of a growing handful of controversies I’ve had the unfortunate experience of dealing with due to political subject matters such as POC or unjustified representation. Don’t get me wrong, I stand by my works firmly and I won’t let the words of SJWs sway me to hinder me from further drawing. But at the same time I think I want to take a step back and start working on original content rather than fanart. 

Fanart has been great for me. It’s always been there as a source of inspiration and a way to also express my love for the show/series/game, but I also feel most of my fandoms are all going through a dry spell when new content is low and nothing exciting is coming out of it at the moment.

I want to start working on my own projects, stories and characters that’ll also give me the freedom from being criticised for incorrect representation. Being able to create my own content allows me to dictate how I want the characters to look without coming under scrutiny because of it. I love constructive criticism and feedback but downright witch hunting me for a political belief does turn me off quite a lot. I think about the controversy of the SW tarot cards how many disagree with my choices and interpretations. I thought to myself, ‘had I drew these with original characters, would it come under the same kind of harsh judgment’? Again, I stand by them. I love my tarots and I’ll never regret doing them, ever. It’s just right now, I think I’d like to breathe and have a little more creative freedom.

That being said, I’m excited to share a project I’ve just started and I hope they’ll become the muses of my artist identity. I do hope that they’ll be around long enough for everyone to distinctly tie these characters to me. I’ll definitely be posting more about it soon!

anonymous asked:

eumm what video did shane make?? whats the drama?

shane uploaded a youtuber conspiracy video back in march ( where he talked about the theory of dan and phil being in a romantic relationship, basically. there was a lot of controversy over his word choice and the question of whether or not it was even okay for him to include it in a conspiracy theory video since phan seems to be a very taboo topic in regards to other bigger youtubers. and now people have noticed that dan has broken the mutual with shane on twitter and are speculating whether there’s any correlation to the video

OK HERE THEY ARE!!! vivid dark sapphire (aka lady sapphire) and bluegreen pearl (aka seeing eye pearl)

lady sapphire came out with an eye gem, which rendered her effectively blind to everything immediately around her, but still with her future vision. since she couldnt navigate the blue court, a controversial choice was made to give her a pearl. a lot of soldiers who had done more than enough to earn a pearl were peeved about this choice since  lady sapphire hadnt done anything to earn her pearl

despite the backlash, lady sapphire is considered a bit eccentric for wanting to be friends with all the quartz soldiers (which higher ups in the court think is a crazy mindset since the quartz soldiers are “below her”) but even so most pilots, soldiers, and other lower ranking gems adore her because she genuinely wants to know how their day went

bluegreen pearl is pushed around a lot by other higher up gems since hey, shes just a pearl, right?

well lady sapphire caught on eventually that bluegreen pearl was considered her property and a lesser being than her, so she escaped away to earth because she has a future vision of the crystal gems pearl being free and her own pesron and she wants that for  bluegreen pearl, lady sapphire wants bluegreen pearl not to be her pearl but her friend or girlfriend coughs

they dont have that “my pearl” romance thing bc that was sorta creepy, lady sapphire and pearl learn to be indiviuals then over that process fall in love

anonymous asked:

10 ugly bionicles go

These are in no particular order. 

To begin, we have the promotional sets. Bad Guy is just that- bad. His clashing colors, maskless piraka head, poorly-designed legs- there’s nothing to like other than his meme potential.

Speaking of memes, here’s Good Guy. An improvement from Bad Guy albeit not by much. His colors don’t clash nearly as much as his evil counterpart, and he has more than one point of articulation in his legs. In the case of promotional sets, good triumphs.

Of course, there isn’t only one Bad Guy. Introducing QUICK Bad Guy, perhaps the ugliest set I’ve ever seen. I understand these are promotional sets, but this… thing… is proof little effort was put into their design.

Just no…

Perhaps this is cheating, for this is a combiner build. Nevertheless, this was released as an individual set, so I believe it should count. Ultimate Dume, from your inconsistent design to your wonky proportions and chompers which give Mileena something to gnash her teeth at, you miss nearly every mark. At least you provide a plethora of good parts and a fantastic mask.  

Umbra is, in my opinion, one of the less offensive sets on this list. While his color scheme is all over the place, and his general construction is nothing to write home about, this set does possess some interesting aspects- that being his dualblade with the built-in rhotuka spinner and his wheeled feet.

Tarduk, plain and silly-looking.

Does this set need an explanation?

They really missed the mark with scorpions in G2.

Perhaps my most controversial choice. Mata Nui is a set I both love and hate. I love the torso design and how it implements pistons in a manner similar to that of the Great Spirit Robot and the toa mata; however, everything else about the set rubs me the wrong way. His arms are rather spindly given how bulky his torso and legs are. In addition, this set is dreadfully gappy. My greatest gripe is his color scheme; keetorange, yellow, pearl gold, and pearl light grey do not mix well. Nevertheless, despite this set’s faults, it’s a far-better sendoff to Bionicle G1 than Stars.

Top Shuri-Related Stories, #1: New Avengers + Time Runs Out

In this series of posts, I give a more in-depth review of my top four Shuri-related stories. My top four Shuri-related stories list can be found here.

I’ve ranked the stories not according to my overall feelings on the stories themselves, but rather how well Shuri was portrayed.

**Warning: spoilers abound!**


Soon after events of Avengers Vs. X-Men, T’Challa discovers an incursion, a phenomenon that results in two earths colliding, resulting in their destruction. Against his own instincts, he gathers the Illuminati to solve the problem. He and the Illuminati make a pact: solve the problem secretly and not reveal any details on the issue to others.

Wakanda finally recovered from Namor’s attack in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Every sector of Wakandan society wants revenge, from the Wakandan people, to the Wakandan government, to Queen Shuri herself.

Meanwhile, Thanos finally discovers that the infinity gems are on earth and that the Illuminati possess them. Thanos, his Black Order, and his army head towards earth to retrieve them. Wakanda is part of their itinerary.


Folks, I have to be very honest….I had a lot of issues with this story line for a very long time. My stance has softened a bit as of late, but I can’t say that I “like” this story.

That said, I definitely acknowledge and understand what Jonathan Hickman was trying to do with this huge story arc. This story is extremely ambitious, placing the characters in a grandiose no-win scenario (with a well-needed payoff in Secret Wars). Hickman’s story was very well executed. It just so happens that I vehemently disagreed with several decisions that the characters made, especially as far as T’Challa is concerned.

The source of my beef is T’Challa agreeing with the Illuminati’s plan to keep the incursions secret and not consult anyone about them. This decision snowballed into him committing extremely controversial choices throughout the story arc. All this was somewhat deliberate, however, as Hickman slowly placed T’Challa and others in a corner, resulting in the characters committing one crazy action after the other. As a result, T’Challa got put though the ringer for almost three years.

Speaking for myself, it was very tough to see T’Challa go through one possibly traumatic situation after the other. Add that to me strongly disagreeing with several of his actions in the book and this story invoked strong reactions on my end.

In fairness, a lot of people did like this story and many BP fans, new and old, did like Hickman’s portrayal of T’Challa a lot. Objectively, the story is very good and well done. The scope of this story was huge with humongous implications to the Marvel Universe. Those that wanted T’Challa and the BP-verse to be involved in such an event got exactly that.

Many also liked the moral dilemma that all the characters, T’Challa included, had to face, forcing them to make very tough choices. There’s a lot of moving parts in this story and, overall, Hickman managed to make it work. Exceptions aside, the art was great, showcasing clearly both the emotions T’Challa and other characters were going through and how huge of a story this story really was.

Hickman did a very good job showcasing the conflict between Wakanda and Atlantis. The tension between T’Challa and Namor was a key subplot throughout the story, one that slowly grew and grew, until it finally came to a head.

This brings me to one of the highlights of this story…

Shuri Portrayal:

This story contains the best portrayal of Shuri in comics. Hands down.

This story made me go from liking Shuri a lot to me becoming a huge fan. Queen Shuri of Wakanda is in full effect here. She didn’t have much panel time compared to other characters, but when she was there, she was there.

Gone is the boisterous young adult who displayed occasional marks of immaturity here and there. This Shuri is a monarch through and through, handling one of the craziest situations Wakanda has to deal with the best she can with the information she has. She’s focused, has a commanding presence, has the respect of her people, fights in the frontlines with her troops, puts Wakandan interests at the top of her priority list, and rules Wakanda her way.

This is also were we see her making major decisions that were her own. She recalls the Hatute Zeraze—who were exiled by T’Challa during his reign—while making preparing for war with Atlantis. She stood firm in her decision to go to war with Atlantis (a decision I absolutely agreed with, especially considering the intel provided to her and the political situation in Wakanda). Throughout the story, it was evident with whom the buck stopped with in Wakanda.

This Shuri, however, isn’t one-note. Just like almost every other character, she had a roller coaster journey of her own. Savoring victory; dealing with defeat; facing apparent betrayal; witnessing a worst case scenario; expressing her love to her loved ones. We see all sides of her: stoic, braggadocios, confident, vulnerable, loving, loyal, saddened and much more.

Shuri’s relationship with T’Challa is perhaps the biggest roller coaster of all. Their relationship, which has remained strong throughout the years, is greatly put to the test. As a big fan of both, this particular subplot was a very tough journey to read.

I have many issues with Hickman’s story, but he not only nailed Shuri, he managed to continue her evolution process almost seamlessly along the way. Major kudos to Hickman for achieving this.

It’s very rare that we see a female character as a ruler of a nation in comics, let alone a black female character. Shuri not only had that position, but was also portrayed very well in terms of handling such a huge responsibility.

All in all, I consider Hickman’s run mandatory reading for Shuri fans out there.

Final Verdict:

Despite my misgivings, I strongly recommend this story arc, for a few reasons:

1. The story itself is actually very good. A lot of characters are involved in this so there is bound to be something for someone out there. I also recommend Secret Wars, the follow up to New Avengers and Time Runs Out.

2. Major MCU implications. Infinity War will pull from this story a lot. Read this story to be prepared on what may occur in the film.

In the comics, Thanos and his army attack Wakanda. The BP film is set to tie-in directly to Infinity War. Put two and two together.

3. Highly important events in T’Challa and Shuri’s publication history occur in this story, especially as far as Shuri is concerned. Again, major MCU implications here as well.

4. The best portrayal of Shuri in comics.

 That’s It!

Hope you all enjoyed my reviews! Also hope that you guys read the stories. They will give you a lot of insight on Shuri as a character and what may show up in the films.

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.

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The 100 One Shot

Characters: [GENDER NEUTRAL] Reader x Octavia Blake + Bellamy Blake

Warnings: fighting and some sexual implications (but lmao the title is about as much as it gets)

Request: “I requested a Bellamy Blake/Octavie Blake gif imagine yesterday (about the reader being best friends with Octavia and falling for Bellamy). Since oneshots are now open, could you also make a oneshot for that as well?” - anonymous

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A/N: The related gif imagine is here [x], hope you like it !! and this is the first The 100 one shot !!

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