Bolland envisaged the flashback sequences in black and white, and instructed Watchmen-colorist John Higgins to use “muted November colors”. He was upset when he saw the finished comic had “garish … hideous glowing purples and pinks … and my precious Eraserhead-esque flashback sequences swamped in orange.”
In 2008 DC Comics released a 20th anniversary edition of The Killing Joke featuring a complete recoloring by Bolland. Bolland made various alterations to restore his artistic intent, including replacing Higgins’ bright flashback panels with muted tones (save for items colored for emphasis, such as the Red Hood and Joker’s green hair) and removing the yellow oval from the Batsuit.
there’s an 8 foot tall talking singing skeleton with an afro who makes bad puns all the time what’s there not to love
there’s a 7 foot tall cyborg who hates pants and says super a lot and he’s powered by cola
at one point someone turns into a giraffe and it’s hilarious but then the giraffe guy actually cuts a building in half because he got pissed at everyone (including his own partner) for not taking his giraffe form seriously. one of his attacks was called “pasta machine”
the main character is canonically asexual/aromantic. one time he saw the world’s most beautiful woman half naked and his response was “Huh? Why are you naked? Where’s the food?”
this series will make you cry over boats and whales. and dogs. and reindeer. and hats
none of the main characters have a real romance or romantic relationship with anyone
USOPP his whole introduction arc is about him lying to a girl to make her feel better because she had depression, and it was working. (his “lies“ are larger than life stories about him as a kid pirate)
THERE’S A HALLOWEEN ARC I REPEAT THERE’S A HALLOWEEN ARC CALLED THRILLER BARK COMPLETE WITH ZOMBIES AND CERBERUS AND MONSTERS AND THERE’S ACTUALLY A LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR IT ALL
AT ONE POINT THE ZOMBIES DO A DISCO DANCE
there’s a guy named Buggy the Clown and he actually looks like a clown but not out of choice he was born with a big red nose and he gets pissed whenever people mention it (or sound like they mention it)
evil ventriloquist puppet pigeons that may or may not actually be evil
one guy’s devil fruit power is to eat anything and then turn into what he eats and it’s actually a pretty dangerous power
all the emphasis is on familial love and friendship
did i mention that one character is a tiny cute reindeer who’s also a very, very good doctor
ANCIENT CONSPIRACY THEORIES like there’s this whole century of history that’s been erased by the World Government and its forbidden to study it
there are also these things called Poneglyphs that are indestructible stones with ancient language written on them and they come from that blank century and no one is allowed to study them. the World Government says b/c of the Ancient Weapons that the Poneglyphs talk about (which are real) but in reality they don’t want the information on the people and country the stones originated from to become known knowledge. the world government literally burned down an entire island and wiped it from the map for doing this
BUBBLES BUBBLE BIKES AND BUBBLE CAR THINGS
devil fruit powers okay some of them are really cool like turning into fire or magma or causing earthquakes, but then there’s stuff like turning into a giraffe, slowing things down, being rubber, returning from the dead, controlling/becoming a ghost, controlling shadows, SPROUTING LIMBS FROM ANY SURFACE, secreting poison, being able to cut people up without killing them and switching their body parts around and switching their personalities. one character can control hormones and another can turn his hands into giant scissors. and the thing is, ALL THESE POWERS ARE STILL REALLY DANGEROUS
Water Luffy. Luffy is impaled by a giant hook at one point and almost dies and then like literally a day later he shows up with a giant barrel of water b/c the villain’s weakness is water. but the villain can also absorb water, so Luffy does the logical thing and CHUGS THE WHOLE BARREL OF WATER UNTIL HE LOOKS LIKE A HUMAN WATER BALLOON AND THEN HE STARTS LEAKING FROM THE VERY SERIOUS WOUND THAT NEARLY KILLED HIM AND SAYS “AHH!! I SPRUNG A LEAK!!”
this quote: “When does a man die? When he’s struck by a deadly disease? No. When he’s shot through the heart with a pistol? No. when eh eats soup made from a poisonous mushroom? No!! A Man dies… when people forget him.”
you’ll cry over that mushroom
Luffy’s idea of an insult is calling a guy who uses three-sword style “four -sword style”
also one guy holds a sword in each hand and one in his mouth and it’s badass as fuck i kid you not
literally no plot device is forgotten like everything mentioned at one point WILL COME BACK. one time a character was shown in a tiny panel in a super short flashback in chapter 13 or so, and then like 400-500 chapters later TURNS OUT THAT RANDOM BACKGROUND CHARACTER IS ACTUALLY A MAJOR CHARACTER
Angels!! Giants!! Dwarfs!! Long armed people!! Long legged people!! Minks!! Fishman!! there’s so many different species it’s great
So looks like “FT memories” is going to be a running theme of covers. On the one hand, I kinda like since the series is ending. On the other hand, you probably should remind people “Hey remember back this was really good”
So picking up from last chapter, we have tons of fighting.
Little side note, the spell Gildarts is using is called “All-Crush” which is also the name of the dark bring from Rave Master which was the inspiration for Gildarts’ powers
August impales Gildarts on his staff (that I didn’t know had such a sharp edge) and talks about love between parent and child (again)
Okay. I get this whole importance of parent and child, and it’s an okay message. The problem is when you put it on infinite repeat. All the dialogue is just prose on this theme and it’s so annoying. I mean, isn’t the theme of fairy tail family as in family that isn’t blood related to you?
So Gildarts rushes forward at August. then we cut away.
Yeah Zeref keep making that hole bigger why don’t you.
And bomb shell, Larcade is a demon. Honestly I’m not surprised but I’m impressed with how he said that he was the best experimental boy for Natsu because when we saw END for the first time people referenced that there were these destroyed containers meaning there was possibly of failed ENDs. But I guess that Larcade had the demon programing like all of Zeref’s demons to want zeref so maybe Larcade’s manifested as, “he’s my father”.
“Look failure Natsu, I have real Natsu to pay attention to so piss off”
Umm before I go into this, no Hades she’s not a grown woman, she’s in her mid teens at best. Mentally fine she’s an adult but she’s not fully grown. Also how did you deliver the baby?
So Hades doesn’t know what to do with the child and I really like the call back to Hades arguing over light and dark because his whole thing was on the true nature and origin of magic. That was what his philosophy was.
Okay let’s go through this panel by panel, first, WOW Hades you are crappy elder. I mean you were guildmaster, you basically were in charge of being the father figure of the guild, good to know you improved.
Next, So wait your magic involves memories, how?
And finally, looks like Zeref is randomly wandering, again.
That’s… Really clever. Like when August ot shot with Crash he made a comment on Gildarts having “an interesting magic”. Meaning he didn’t have knowledge of it before.
Again really clever idea and way of beating him. I just have a few questions, what about the heat pillar he used on Natsu, or the sleep magic on brandish, or the bullet magic on Mirajane? Do you naturally know that magic because no one who knows those magic were in the area.
okay I don’t like this joke of Cana being tsundere-like about her dad it’s really not funny for me.
I’ll break this down panel by panel. So this flashback is interspersed through the action. Again just talking about Zeref.
Also, Gildarts I get what your saying, I just didn’t think that the prosthetic was a magic item I assumed you just could use crash without it breaking.
Oh I so hope August isn’t beaten by this. Mainly because the faces they are making is not the face of the final blow being struck.
Dun Dun Dah, August is Mavis and Zeref’s kid! Oh boy how do I feel about this well I wanted to say this was a stupid twist because it faked us out but the whole point of a twist is to fake you out. Thinking about how the clues have been laid out: August when talking to Jellal never said Larcade he just said “his majesty’s child, also he says how Mavis was the only one who can beat the child and we saw Sting beat Larcade so that would make what august said pointless, August is an old man meaning he’s probably lived those hundred years that pass from the flash backs to the present, also the why didn’t his majesty not love his child at first seemed rhetorical but then became literal possibly due to his memory and living this long. So all the the things laid out was this a good twist I would objectively say yes. My problem kinda comes from Larcade having the color scheme that makes him look like Mavis which if he was a clone of Natsu, why didn’t he look like him? So yeah, the twist is good, however, what will come from it is what needs to be good as well.
Post Chapter follow up: This was a mixed bag. For the cons the repetitive dialogue is annoying. I’m sorry but this parent child thing is just so droning. Also a lot of the facial expressions do not match of the fight they seem reallt cartoonish.
On the plus side, Very good idea with the copy magic. It’s like a magic version of perfect copy from Kuroko no Basket. Really the solution of using only an item type of magic is also clever. I gotta give props to Hiro on that.
The stuff with Larcade does need a little more explanation but I do like that he was the closest to Natsu that Zeref created before END.
The twist may be hit or miss for some people but I guess I have to say I think it’s good I just don’t know how much I like it. Hopefully what comes from it is good.
I’m kind of obsessed with the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga (or Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon for those who prefer the Japanese title) and Naoko Takeuchi is ace at drawing kisses. I wanted to see all of the kisses in one place, so I decided to make a master post. I’ll be listing them all from beginning to end, with what Act and story arc they belong in. So… enjoy! (This is a REALLY long post, so I’m putting it under a “read more”)
Ishida really likes this butterfly trapped in a spider web symbolism? We saw it several times with mutsuki and suzuya, the chapter were saiko saved urie was also called 'saved from the web'. And this chapter again uta looked like a spider luring mutsuki (butterfly).
So true! He likes butterfly/moth symbolism in general, really
Trapped in a web
crushed in the palm of a hand
landing gently on an outstretched hand
and fluttering into the sky
I’m really interested to see if Uta’s disgusting spider appearance will have any more significance considering he’s fought Juuzuo, whose one-panel-flashback to his time as a Scrapper a few chapters back had the butterfly caught in a spider web, and now Mutsuki, who has also been associated with that pattern. I feel like Uta put very little effort into fighting seriously… it really does feel like he’s got Mutsuki right where he wants him. Uta came out to attack and he’s honestly having such a good time right now.
See a lot of people using “Kagura sees Gintoki as her father” as an excuse to “why you should not ship GinKagu” and used the left picture from the panel above as an evidence.
Because back then I was far from catching up so I decided to keep reading before I made a reply and I finally reached this chapter…
If I were to be honest, I would not deny that Gin and Kagura have times when they act like father and daughter, but then there are times when they acted all married couples to me (read the manga again before you deny that), they do refer each other as husband/wife at times). And the right side of the panel above frankly tell you that saying Gin is a parental figure to her is not backed up because: “I don’t really understand the difference between romantic love and parental figure just yet.” and “I’m fine with just these guys as my boyfriends.”
The girl is just 14, never has any experience with love. It is normal for her to be confused within all kinds of love. Assuming she really thinks of him as a parental figure, you can’t assure that all the years after her feeling won’t change.
Another thing is age difference (frankly though, I do not even want to start with this one because it’s too ridiculous). Couples with huger age gap exists in real life, many of them. And laws approve. When Kagura is of legal age she can marry Gin if that’s what they want. You become so judging because of some age gap while frankly, I ship a 150 year-old shinigami with a 17 year-old high school student, at least my notp shippers haven’t come at me about those age difference yet. Do not make me start with “Till death do us apart”, basically a romance manga, the girl is about 16 and the guy is maybe in his thirties or so. My uncle is 12 years older than my aunt, are you guys gonna coming at me and shit on them too? Ask those people who have sent me anon before how I deal with anon hates first.
Okay, I should post more about Nora because she is one of my favourite characters in the manga.
And something I should point out before I start rambling is that despite the fandom hate towards Nora, within the manga Adachitoka treats with more sympathy.
And by this I don’t mean the other characters (oh God no)- Yato sees Nora as a substitute for their father to hate and hurt (and I’m not blaming him for this but this is just what he does to her), Yukine is consistently jealous of her and generally her status as Nora makes her a target of dehumanization by practically every shinki in the manga. (And 100% credit of this bit of analysis goes to @echodrops)
I mean that Adachitoka angles Nora’s character in such a way that the readers (should) feel sympathetic towards her. Her victimization from Yato’s childhood flashbacks, her occasional panels alone where we get a glimpse into her inner dialogue, her odd but seemingly genuine care and concern for Yato, her calling Yato Yato as opposed to Yaboku (again, kudos to @echodrops for pointing that out). So while Nora is clearly an antagonist in the narrative, Adachitoka treats Nora with a noticeable amount of sympathy.
And I point out the author’s intent because had Nora been completely stripped of her humanity (as Father currently is) I wouldn’t be hoping for a Nora redemption arc. But Nora isn’t. Regardless of what you think of her personally, Adachitoka makes it pretty clear Nora is a tragic character, and she is worthy of pity.
Noragami is Yato’s story ultimately about overcoming his abusive past and striving to be a God of Fortune (I think it’s safe to say that’s his current main goal). Which is what leads me to think that it would be odd to leave Nora completely behind this trajectory.
(I’ll say this again for the people who still haven’t got the memo it is made clear multiple times that Nora too is a victim of abuse, trauma and dehumanization just as much if not moreso than Yato. This is regardless of your personal opinion on Nora.)
Putting this into perspective of the events of C74, (I’m talking about the Nora/Yukine kiss here), it makes me kind of wonder what role Nora will specifically play in the upcoming arcs since they get closer and closer to revealing Father’s identity and by extension, Nora’s identity.
I hope we get to see more of Nora independent of Father in the upcoming arc- and a little bit more detail about how she really feels about Yukine (and just more about her generally) because I really do think she is getting a redemption arc or at the very least some sort of narrative to her because at the moment she’s a victim and a shinki of Father, the Nora that the characters in the manga and the fandom alike despise. But I think (and I would also like to think) Adachitoka has bigger plans for her. And she deserves bigger narratives than simply ending as the “bad sister”.
I’ve heard some criticism of Levi allowing Erwin to die, and Erwin choosing to die, in Chapter 84. They claim that it was a plot device to allow main-character Armin to survive that went against their characters. To them, I would advise them to reread the manga the chapter and really take in what’s going on.
Specifically, the flashback sequence.
Isayama didn’t include those to fill up pages, you know. Each one is a crucial memory in Levi’s development which results in the decision he made. The salvation of Armin was very much a character-driven decision, not a plot one - it was made to be Levi’s choice for a reason, and his decision resulted in the perfect resolution to Erwin’s arc and extensive growth to Levi’s.
The first of these flashbacks displays Armin’s motivation. Again, this is by no means an ass-pull; Isayama planned for this all these chapters ago by having Levi listen in on this conversation because it his decision to save Armin is crucial to his development. It’s Armin’s dream which is crucial here. Look at the genuine joy and excitement in his eyes. He really, truly wants to see the ocean for the beauty of it all. But in the next flashback…
…Erwin’s words don’t match his actions. He expresses the same determination as Armin did, but without any of Armin’s fire. Even as Erwin speaks these words his head is downcast, and he even admits that he has no idea what he will do afterwards, whereas for Armin, the idea of seeing the ocean is more of a symbolic gesture for appreciating the freedom outside the walls - one of hope for the future itself.
As an appreciative side note, the parallels between Armin and Erwin continue to be strong, and the fact that both of their fates rely on Bertholdt, their third parallel, ties in the three interconnected worlds of the Warriors, the Survey Corps, and the 104th. It is a decision to save one of three halves of the same self. For Armin, the dream that drives all his actions is to see the ocean; for Erwin, the basement; for Bertholdt, his hometown. Levi doesn’t consider the worth of Bertl’s life in this equation, given his lack of a personal connection to him and Bertl being an enemy, but panels of Bertholdt between flashbacks do, I think, imply his connection to the two.
Anyway getting back on track, Levi hasn’t realised this crucial difference between Armin and Erwin yet. It takes a very important memory to trigger that recognition…
The death of Kenny Ackerman in Chapter 69 is perhaps the definitive moment for Levi’s character development, as well as for the vital theme of Intoxication throughout SNK. In probably my favourite scene of the series, Kenny explains how in this cold, brutal, bloody world, dreams and aspirations are existential drugs to keep the trauma and the pain at bay, and give meaning to the endless slaughter.
But there comes a point where one experiences so much pain, so much loss, that the drug enslaves you. Just like how drug addicts eventually cease to take any pleasure from its consumption yet can’t stop because now they’re addicted, Kenny no longer feels any real longing for power; but after Uri’s death, that’s all he has left. He sets himself a goal to distract himself from the emptiness inside.
If he had still truly desired power, he would have taken the titan serum himself. But he doesn’t. His dream was simply the strings animating his lifeless body.
And the same is true of Erwin.
Kenny’s words about Uri echo back to Levi to refer to Erwin. As it should, as Uri and Erwin are the respective receivers of the infamous Ackerbond. He, like Uri, like Kenny, is enslaved by this dream. Erwin practically says it himself in Chapter 80:
The answers are the only thing that drive Erwin. Aside from that, his life is empty, thus his longing to die…but he can’t. Because the addiction still enslaves him.
This is, of course, the long-awaited revelation of the question Erwin asked his father in his flashback in Chapter 55, all those years ago.
“What doesn’t exist” in this scenario specifically refers to the lost records of humanity. revealing that dream at the core of Erwin’s character - to challenge convention and find the truth of what lies beyond. This is the dream. This is the memory that reappears in Erwin’s dying moments because it is the base essence of who he is - it is what plays inside his head with every decision he makes. This question is all he is now.
And here it is, the explicit connection between Erwin and Kenny - the two most important people in Levi’s life. You can see the shock and pain in his eyes as he makes the connection and knows that Erwin was about to make the same choice Kenny had…
…to reject the serum and die. To be free from their intoxication at last. He doesn’t know about Armin’s situation. He’s making this decision because he does not truly want to see the basement anymore. Remember that Erwin is still in a delirious state - the recollection of Levi’s words to Erwin were included to show that here Erwin is not thanking Levi for offering him the serum; he is thanking him for his actions in chapter 80 - what he wanted to say behind his sad smile. By making the decision for him, Levi liberated him from his intoxication at long last.
At this point, Levi knows that the cruellest thing to do to Erwin right now would be to return him to its grasp. The panel showing Armin’s eyes, free from the sadness of Erwin’s, shows that he still posseses the younger dream - the innocent dream of a younger version of Erwin’s self, before it escalates into a life-dominating intoxication. Levi knows that the younger dream is the one that must be preserved.
“Hell” is his addiction, the compulsion that swallowed up his life and caused him so much pain and grief. This is what people who insist that Erwin should have seen the basement before he died don’t understand. Seeing the basement could never be a positivething for Erwin’s character, because once he saw it, he would have been overcome with despair because it could never have possibly lived up to his expectations. His goal would be complete, but he would still be a broken man, and upon discovering the secrets of the basement he will have no choice but to see those ghosts all the time.
Seeing the basement would not have been the fulfilment of a dream. It would have shattered it. It would have been the fruition of a toxic addiction which had ruined Erwin’s life, and by allowing Erwin to die, Levi gave him the agency to wrest back control of his life from its grasp.
And Erwin, by dying, fulfilled what the dream was back when he was a child, back when it was chaste, before it was the basement and when it was a simple question. With that question, he saw beyond the illusion and defied the powers that be. In accepting death, he in turn saw beyond the drunken haze of the dream and broke free of its control on him.
Did you read the new chapter?? Little luffy army bursting out of cake lmao his entrance shooked katakuri xD. What do u think about pudding is she actually repenting/guilty or just acting like a victem?
(i appreciate the enthusiasm, but in the future please don’t message me about info from the chapter until it’s actually been fully released!! i hate seeing spoilers)
i do love how, like, 2 seconds into this katakuri’s already like “what the hell is going on, we’re fucked” lol that’s the effect luffy has on people
i’m not really….surprised by the whole pudding thing since it’s pretty typical of oda, and i do think her reaction was real- i don’t think it necessarily means she’s no longer a villain tho.(i hope not) also: i love the flashback panel of her stabbing the kid tbh Get Em Pudding