this is an accurate depiction of the interactions between him and i

Haikyuu!! Chapter 258: Exp Points

The first time I saw the cover/title page I couldn’t help snickering.

It’s meant to be a metaphor, a comparison of Hinata and Osamu’s experience, but… Hinata fits a bit too well as a child, if not very well, as a child, considering his stature and mentality. Honestly, dress Hinata just like that, he can pass as an elementary student. (he was mistaken as one along with Noya)

And Osamu as a salaryman… Pfft, considering how salaryman, esp salesman often depicted in anime/manga, that’s either an unfortunate or an accurate comparison to Osamu whose personality is tired and sucked out of life (no thanks to Atsumu) and relatively boring (which is the unfortunate fate to the twin of Atsumu). It might be just me though.

Anyway, I’m really happy with this chapter. There’s so much to love.

First, Daichi!!

Seriously. Captain really stands out in this match. I’ve got Iwaizumi vibes from him, being completely reliable and skilled all around in spiking and receiving. Maybe because of his reliability, Kageyama chooses to leave scoring to Daichi since the opponent unconsciously doesn’t consider the ones doing receiving will be involved in the counterattack. Regardless, yay for more screentime for Daichi. (having fingers crossed that it’ll be the same for Nekoma, I wanna see more of the captains coughKuroocough)

But certainly, the best part of this chapter is


In the previous chapter, and in the start of this chapter, Hinata’s inexperience, particularly as a blocker has been highlighted. He is fully aware of it, and it makes him lose his cool and forget the strategy Ukai told him.

However, once he regains his cool, he manages to actually use his head, most importantly, his own experience… as a spiker.

Which is nothing short of brilliant. Hinata doesn’t attempt the impossible, to draw his little to no experience in blocking or even draw from Tsukishima’s, who’s certainly a different type of blocker and player from him.

He draws from the experience he has no shortage of!! In a short time, he manages to go through every single blocker he has faced off and picked the one most fitting for the situation and his ability, despite his simple reasoning (the block he hates the most). He doesn’t have Tsukishima’s logical and strategical mind fitting for defensive MB to go as far as thinking choking off the cross and narrowing the course for Noya, but it’s enough for him, because if there’s anyone on the team who understands better a spiker’s mindset, it’d be him.

Bless you, Mattsun.

Which leads to this beautiful synchronized attack. 

It really gives me flashback to that final score in the finals against Shiratorizawa. Hinata truly has grown. To think and regard him as a mere child will be a mistake and disrespect to everything he has gone through and learned. Before the training camp, he hasn’t had the right mindset to gain knowledge and take advantage of his experience, but now, Hinata has shaped his mind and himself to finally do. It’s not an immediate change, but a gradual one, and I am, for sure, looking forward to see it very much.

That said, Tsukihina!!

Honestly, how come people don’t see how much potential in these two??? It might be difficult to see in the beginning, but after training camp, their relationship has certainly improved. The above exchange shows how well Tsukishima understands Hinata to the point that Hinata has nothing to say to defend himself because Tsukishima pretty much lays it all out. For Tsukishima, this is very significant because he doesn’t do unnecessary things, unless it’s worth the effort. Getting along and understanding Hinata take effort, yet he does it anyway. He might reason it’s simply logical or habitual of him, but it doesn’t change the fact that he does understand Hinata and he respects him enough not to underestimate him. He observes Hinata closely as he would an opponent. Look how he notices the change in Hinata’s movement and how thoughtful he is after.

These precious, precious first year Middle Blockers. (Kunimi’s adorable too.  I hope we’ll see more of their interactions in the future)

Other things I pick up in this chapter:

Tanaka keeps scoring by accident, by the stroke of luck, by the skin of his teeth, you name it. I don’t know whether it’s a good sign or a bad sign. He has always been exceptionally strong mentally among Karasuno players, so while he undeniably still scores, the way he scores it’s pretty worrisome. Is it his version of nerves? Come on Tanaka, get some spikes in.

The exchange between Atsumu and Osamu really reminds me of Kageyama and Hinata, with unimpressed senior/teammates in the sidelines. Look at the expressions on Kita and Suna. Pfft. How often are these exchanges between the twins?

jujubanana  asked:

What are ur arguments against the *usuk is incest* question? I need to win from my sister, but I can't think of something to prove that it's not incest


here come the can-o-worms, //clears throat:

  • they are fictional characters of personified countries
  • besides the fact that they are fictional; they are personified countries
  • that means they have their own set of rules when it comes to “human” things, which include:
  • no one is related. they choose how they are “related” to one another.
  • example 1: russia and his sisters are very close, but belarus (in the old times) has tried to marry him and stuff. i don’t see anyone pointing fingers at that.
  • example 2: even though it is depicted multiple times that america and canada are seen as “twins” or at least “brothers”, they have also said multiple times (especially in the recent comics) that they “aren’t technically related” but “if they were..” and etc.
  • example 3: france (and many other countries) has claimed he’s “everyone’s big brother”. no one is pointing out that and saying he’s basically in every incestous ship, because we know he’s saying so metaphorically. and they know that countries cant actually be related by blood.
  • i could go on, but i’ll move on for now
  • going back to the “related by blood” thing, let’s think about how countries are born, shall we?
  • how are they born?
  • a lot of micronations (in this case, sealand specifically) just pop up and become a personification of a country. even though sealand is seen to be england’s “child” or w/e, doesn’t that seem a little off? how is england able to produce a “child” by himself??? mitosis?????
  • literally the thing everyone freakin’ looks over is that COUNTRIES POP UP FROM NOWHERE. in this case; america and canada. canada takes on characteristics from france and some other countries because of historical events. from that, we know that multiple countries can contribute to how the personification would look like.
  • in canada’s situation, he has multiple “parents”, and is now technically england’s “child” now. let’s take a moment for that to sink in.
  • i know this is such a meme, but literally england found america in the middle of the freakin’ grass and said “imma be your older brother now lol”. HOW DOES THAT SOLIDIFY ANYTHING besides saying “imma raise you like an older brother”
  • yes, a lot of relationships in this universe are “family” related, but that’s probably because it’s referring how historically they interacted. it’s the “human" version of how they are related.
  • NO ONE TALKS ABOUT HOW COUNTRIES AGE. literally america caught up with everyone else in 0.3 seconds. even though he’s treated and seen as a “kid” by all the old nations, i feel like that’s just because he’s a new country compared to them. (also wtf even is their “canon age”, aren’t they all 20 or some shit– that’s weird even in itself)
  • it looks like the ageing cap is around 20-30, so that’s why they all look around the same age. (besides all the micronations, because ofc they are smaller nations. so they are physically smaller, which makes sense. but even some micronations are older than some “fully grown” nations, so wtf??)
  • if that’s the case, then WHY are people insisting that “this country is a big brother to this country” if they are now/can be all the same “age”
  •  i will say this again for the people in the back: COUNTRIES AGE DIFFERENTLY THAN HUMANS.
  • because, y’know… they aren’t human.
  • “but england is like family to america, so that’s weird ;((” i hear you cry. then target out Spamano, NorIce, ChinaxJapan, ItalyxRomano (lol i dunno what those ship names are), Franada, AmeCan, etc. why just target out USUK? is it because it’s the biggest ship in the fandom???
  • also, if USUK is the biggest ship in the fandom, and everyone who ships it see’s it as “not incest”, then maybe OPEN UP YOUR EYES a little bit???????
  • if you have a whole headcanon chart of who you think “is technically related to who”, then your chart is possibly aaaaall covered up with pen. practically dripping in ink, because “technically” everyone is related according to your logic. if you are going the historically accurate route with that, your ships are probably “technically related”.
  • unless someone creates a human AU where they decide who’s blood related to whoever, then yes, in their AU, incest can potentially happen if the creator decides to go down that route.
  • if you think that england’s bond between america is “too family oriented” to you, then you do you. you don’t have to ship them romantically.
  • but don’t you DARE attack others for seeing that relationship as otherwise.
  • don’t you DARE force other people to take on what you believe in.
  • don’t you DARE isolate an entire sub-fandom because of your headcanons
  • don’t you DARE call out USUK shippers, when you are shipping Franada.
  • don’t you DARE tell others what they can or cannot ship. especially in a fictional series that has no canon family relationships.

**all that being said, i DON’T WANT this to be an argument. please do NOT reblog or reply to this is saying you disagree, make your own dang post about it. please do NOT send me any asks or submissions telling me your negative opinion on the matter. i’m not turning a blind-eye towards other’s opinions, i just don’t want to feel bad about my OTP after 6 years of taking that shit. chances are i know what you are going to say to me. so please spare this oldie who just wants two fictional blonde guys to hold hands and stuff**

thank you for those who are open minded, and please pray for those usuk shippers who frequently get attacked with the age-old argument that “usuk is incest”.

Teen Spirit

Here is some Delinquent Terumob AU for @was-dft (who commissioned it) and @florbe-triz (who came up with the AU if I’m not mistaken), as well as anyone else who finds this. Writing delinquent!Mob is some tough shit, since I’m not used to writing angry, antisocial teen perspective. But I tried my best, so please enjoy!

Shigeo was sitting on the top of the school roof.

It wasn’t his school, actually, but that suited him fine; he didn’t want to be at Salt Middle School right now. His sudden rise to fame has brought countless new and old members of the Salt Middle Gang flocking towards him like sheep, and while the admiration felt a lot nicer than the distain he got from his parents and younger brother, it could get extremely annoying at times.

Compliments didn’t change the fact that Shigeo disliked people in general, and especially dealing with said people. His followers always assumed that the favorite thing to do for Shiro T Poison was beating the shit out of others, but in all honesty, that was only in third place. His favorite thing to do was to sit in the middle of nowhere and enjoy some rarefound peace and quiet.

His second favorite thing was hanging out with the urabanchou of Black Vinegar Middle School, Hanazawa Teruki.

After their big fight, Shigeo had been sure that Teruki would come looking for revenge, or at least a rematch. The proud types usually did, in his experience; they just couldn’t accept that there was someone stronger than them, plus they felt humiliated. So he hadn’t been surprised when Teruki had walked into Salt Middle School a week later and demanded to see Shiro T Poison.

He had been very surprised, however, when Teru had knelt down in front of him and pledged his fealty. Honestly, he hadn’t known what to do; nothing like this had ever happened to him before. After all, this meant that he now had the whole of Black Vinegar at his command… After several minutes of silent pondering he’d voiced his decision: he’d leave the leadership of Black Vinegar’s delinquents to Teruki, but the command over Teruki to himself - meaning that Shigeo could now call on the whole force of the other school if necessary, but wouldn’t be bothered with anything that actually happened at Black Vinegar.

Teruki had looked kind of relieved. No wonder, really; power was addictive, as Mob knew well.

Teruki knew too. Teruki knew a lot of things that Shigeo had previously thougth only he himself knew, and Teru understood a lot of things that Shigeo felt but nobody else did. Even though Shigeo was a lot more powerful than Teruki, they were both espers stranded in a world too weak for them, and they’d had a lot of similar experiences. It was no wonder the two started to hang out regularly, talking, drinking or vandalizing random buildings.

I guess it’s just a lot more fun to be dissapointed in the world together, Shigeo mused. He’d never had any friends before, but he thought Teruki counted as one. A subservient one, sure, but still a friend.

Well, actually a bit more than that. Slow as Shigeo could be in the fields of social interaction, he had realized by now that his feelings for Teruki extended a bit over the friendship line. The first clue had arrived three weeks ago, when they’d defeated the local claw branch together and Teruki got badly hurt. Shigeo’s emotions had shot straight past the 100% limit, surprising even himself.

(The only thing left of the former base now was a pile of rubble.)

The second clue came directly after the fight, when Shigeo had helped Teruki patch himself up. Not that Shigeo had much experience in the matter, but he was pretty sure the usual reaction to seeing a friend’s blood-covered torso exposed was not a sudden urge to lick the blood off until the other person moaned from something else than pain.

Shigeo didn’t act on that urge, of course. Back then he’d still been too cautious about this sudden development.

But if another opportunity presented itself, he might.

He already knew Teruki liked him back. He’d known even before he’d become aware of his own feelings, since the blond esper didn’t exactly hide his adoration of Shigeo. In his usual listless way, Shigeo had decided not to do anything about it, since it was convenient to have someone utterly devoted around. Now that he felt the same way, he was less sure what to do, torn between the desire to stop beating around the bush and the fun of watching Teruki being oblivious to the mutuality of the emotion.

Plus, part of him was still afraid. Shigeo had never trusted anyone, and for good reason; letting someone into your heart was a big risk.

Then again, Shigeo had always loved a little risk.


Shigeo lazily turned his head. Teruki was standing at the door of the roof, looking over at him with a grin. Shigeo allowed himself a smirk. “Shouldn’t you be in class?”

“Shouldn’t you be in your school?”, Teruki countered, walking over.

Shigeo shrugged. “Like they can teach me anything important. I already know everything I need to about this world.” Teruki tilted his head. “True.”

He sat down next to Shigeo, glancing over the edge of the roof. “Why’d you come here though? Not that I’m complaining, but Black Vinegar seems a bit out of the way.”

Shigeo shrugged again, unable to meet Teruki’s eyes. “Dunno. I felt like it.” Teruki looked at him but didn’t reply, instead gazing out over the roof.

They spent the next few minutes in silence, just looking at the clouds above and enjoying each other’s company. However, Shigeo was startled to find an emotion other than tranquility invade his heart - one he hadn’t felt in ages.

He was nervous. Not even for a reason, simply being alone with the guy he had a crush on was making Shigeo nervous. And that in turn made him feel humiliated. Shigeo prided himself on his strength, so such an obvious sign of his infatiuation, of a newfound inferiority was clawing at his ego. He felt restless; he wanted to punch Teruki to show him that he didn’t have a hold over Shigeo, but at the same time he wanted Teruki to press him down on the roof and do whatever the hell he wanted, no holds barred.

Being in love was confusing, and it was eating at Shigeo’s nerves.

He pulled a small packet of cigarettes out of his pocket and asked, “Hey, d’you have a light?”

Teru started to shake his head, but then he paused, and grinned. “Kinda. Check it out.” He snapped his fingers and suddenly, his right pointer was engulfed in flames.

Shigeo tilted his head, slightly impressed despite himself. “Where’d you learn that?”

“At that Claw place,” Teruki answered smugly. “Remember the fire guy? He was a total loser, but the technique was nice, so I tried to copy it. It’s actually pretty simple; you just kinda twist your energy to a point and flick it and boom! Instant flamethrower.”

Shigeo frowned at Teruki’s description, twist and flick wasn’t exactly the most accurate or helpful advice - allthough it wasn’t really Teruki’s fault; psychic powers were something intuitive and emotional, and that was usually pretty difficult to depict.

Nevertheless, Shigeo clicked his fingers, focusing his energy like Teruki had described.

Nothing happened.

Teruki winced, the flame on his finger dissapearing with a ring of smoke. “Uh, well, I was in touch with his energy during the fight, so maybe that helped? And I had to try a few times as well, so - ah!”

He flinched as Shigeo carelessly, almost crudely pulled at his spirit energy in an effort to discover the new technique. However, it wasn’t giving Shigeo the results he was hoping for. “In touch with his energy isn’t working, Teruki”, Shigeo scowled - then he suddenly felt it. It was like a surprise opening, a strange pull that was dragging his powers in a new direction. Curious, Shigeo followed, feeling his energy swell up. On instinct, he twisted his fingers and suddenly Shigeo and Teruki were connected, their energy merging violently, pulling their souls together in a way that felt so intimate it made both of them gasp.

Shigeo cut the connection quickly, adrenaline hammering through his body and his blood roaring in his ears. He definitely hadn’t expected that to happen - though perhaps it was worth it. Teruki breathless and shaken was definitely a sight to behold, a sight that stoked the flames that had been awakened inside Shigeo by the intimacy of the energy connection.

Shigeo’s careless smirk was a bit forced as he clicked his fingers, a flame curling up in the palm of his hand. “That was fun,” he said, lighting a cigarette and taking a deep pull to calm himself. Teruki swallowed, trying to get his composition back. “I didn’t know you could do that.”

Shigeo shrugged, hoping he looked more relaxed than he felt as he released the smoke back into the air. “Me neither. I guess we both learned something.”

Teruki stared at him wordlessly, his breathing still uneven. “You know, I think I need a cigarette too.” Shigeo chuckled and wordlessly handed over the packet, placing his cigarette between his lips again in an effort to get his own heartrate to calm down.

However, Teruki seemed to have other plans. With nimble fingers he fished a cigarette from the packet and stuck it between his lips, then he leaned forwards until their faces were so close Shigeo could feel the blond esper’s breath on his cheeks. Teruki pushed the end of his unlit cigarette to Shigeo’s lit one, smirking as the sparks transferred.

In appearances, he was only lighting his cigarette with the help of Shigeo’s, but even the socially inept esper could sense the coals of anger at the sudden humiliation still smouldering inside of Teruki; fueling the desire now clearly visible in the blond esper’s eyes.

Well, thought Shigeo, stomach swirling with a mixture of nerves and want, they say anger is just another form of passion…

Teruki pulled back, eyes never leaving Shigeo’s, and took a long, slow drag at his cigarette, lips curling around the small roll in a way that made Shigeo’s insides grow hot.

Then the blond esper tilted his head back to blow the smoke into the sky, and Shigeo’s eyes caught on his pale neck, adam’s apple bobbing as Teruki expelled the smoke from his lungs. Shigeo found himself mesmerised, which resulted in Teruki catching his stare - and smirking.

And that was the last straw that made Mob boil over.

Barely a second later he was pushing Teruki to the ground, energy fizzling violently as his emotions went haywire. Teruki’s eyes went wide at Shigeo’s outburst, energy automatically rising to respond to the push that would have crushed anyone else straight through the school roof.

For a second, they stared at each other, caught in a stalemate.

Then Shigeo surged down and kissed him.

Back in second grade, when Shigeo had still had that ridiculous infatuation with Tsubomi-chan, he’d sometimes imagine what his first kiss would feel like. Gentle, he’d thought. Gentle, and sweet, and soft. It would be a pretty kiss.

Well, this kiss wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t soft either, or sweet or gentle - it was angry, and demanding, and sloppy, their lips clashing and moulding against each other in what almost seemed like a battle of wills.

And fuck, it felt so good. When their tongues touched for the first time, a small whimper of pleasure escaped Shigeo, immediately followed by a throaty moan from Teruki that sent a shiver down Shigeo’s back. Screw holding back, why had he ever wanted to wait in the first place?

He grabbed the edges of Teruki’s face, trying to pull him even closer, and Teruki started tugging at Shigeo’s hair, sending pinpricks of pain shooting over Shigeo’s scalp. Shigeo gasped in response, breaking away from the kiss for a second to try and regain his sense of superiority - but suddenly he was rolling and Teruki was on top of him and they were kissing again like they’d never stopped in the first place, only that now Teruki was in control and Shigeo was liking it a lot more than he’d care to admit.

The roof around them was starting to crack, and both of them - especially Shigeo with his bad stamina - were running out of breath, but neither of them felt inclined to stop making out until suddenly there was an ominous rumbling sound and the nearest chimney blew apart, scattering bricks everywhere.

Teruki rolled off of Shigeo and stared at the mess, pupils dilated and lips puffy. “Huh,” he said slowly. “I guess you could say that idea blew up in our faces.”

Shigeo stared at Teruki, trying to get his breath back. He’d forgotten about Teruki’s adorable obnoxious habit of breaking out in puns when he was excited. “You’re terrible,” he finally managed, sitting up and dusting himself off to keep his hands from straying back to the blonde esper’s face.

Teruki grinned. “More like Teru-ble… but I’m a great kisser, right?”

Shigeo turned away and pinched his nose, hoping his cheeks weren’t as red as they felt. “One more pun like that and I’m gonna stop our make-out session.”

Teruki’s eyes grew round. “There’s more? But the chimney -”

“Salt Mid’s roof is a lot more stable than Black Vinegar’s,” Shigeo suggested with a small smile.

Teruki opened his mouth, and shut it again wordlessly, eyes brimming with anticipation, lust - and unbridled adoration. “You’re amazing, Shigeo.”

Shigeo felt his insides swell with warmth, his head swimming with emotions he’d forgotten about, locked away as they’d been in his unfeeling heart. There were some new emotions which he’d not felt before, too - but that was just a reason to explore them even further, right?

“So are you, Teruki. Now let’s go, before I forget myself and break Black Vinegar’s walls again.”

thani-bomb  asked:

Camilla and Xander for the writing meme?

Pick a character I’ve written and I will explain the top ~three to five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.


  1. Mother/Nurturer. Maybe because she didn’t have a great childhood herself, Camilla is Team Mom – not just to her sibs, but to basically everyone she meets with some kind of trouble going on, not to mention the many orphans she adopts in her solo ending. Her interactions with Elise on womanhood and growing are so wholesome and pure (and perhaps not things Camilla invests in, herself, but things she at least hopes are possible for Elise). Is it always a great thing? No way. She infantilizes her siblings to try and keep them young and protected, and anyone who gets between Mother Bear and her cubs is getting an axe through the skull with relish. She’s very smothering. But this is my favourite aspect of Camilla’s characterization, bar none.
  2. She’s dangerous and a little nuts. She didn’t have the greatest upbringing. She gets a little too delighted about the chase, the victory, and the kill. Even in times of safety, she can’t quite shut off her predatory instincts. I think a successful Camilla balances that backed-into-a-corner sharpness along with the nurturing aspects above, and that’s….really, really hard, haha. I’ve only written a younger Camilla who is less honed, so to speak, in every aspect. Idk if I could write a good in-game Camilla.
  3. Weaponized sexuality. I know she was designed to be the Ultimate Nohr Waifu but I like the iteration of Camilla who knows that she’s sexy, grew up in the dangerous and highly sexualized environment of the concubine wars, and survived (and continues to survive) by using her charms to her advantage. She’s seen other women do it, including her mother, time and again, so it seems like a safe and foolproof option for her, and one that takes a lot of skill and social manipulation, which she takes pride in. She didn’t ask for the horror and abuse of being Garon’s daughter, but she also didn’t ask to be gorgeous, so. You take what you’ve got and you work with it. 
  4. Withdrawal. I see a lot of Sexy Femme Fatales being written as aggressively sexy and in-your-face, and Camilla is no exception, but…honestly, she’s not in anybody’s face at all. She’s the most reluctant out of Garon’s kid-generals (Xander, Leo, and herself) to follow his orders and the first to defect if possible. When Corrin leaves in Birthright, she shuts herself up in her rooms. If Xander dies, she refuses to take the throne and leaves Windmire entirely. Abused kids are roughly classified into “fighters” and “hiders”, and Camilla is a hider. I think it’s important to remember that even despite her cruelty, she chooses flight more often than fight, and she’s much more comfortable in the shadows. (Having her hair always covering an eye adds a lot to this, imo.) 


tbh tokyo said it better than i ever could.

I would actually add though: I agree that a case could be made for Depression, as the last note, but I personally write Xander as someone with more of an anxiety disorder than Depression (though they can both work in tandem anyway, and the line between them is sometimes pretty hazy.) That’s how I read the awkwardness of his interactions. Tbh I see him as a walking Stern Front for a big skittish rabbit who has been compelled his whole life to do terrible things and wants to keep a good distance between himself and his loved ones in case they get pulled into his very awful world. 

merlinobsessionist  asked:

NOTHER COLDFLASHWAVE THING SORRY okay so barry can clearly draw cause he drew Savage NOW imagine (in neighbors au) Mick finds Barry's sketchbook that he dropped and he looks through it of course and he finds a bunch of doodles of Len and Mick is just like ugh ofc he has a crush on Len cause he is his nemesis and they've interacted the most and Mick continues flipping cause damn the kid really knows how to draw but THEN Mick comes across a drawing unlike all of the doodles of Len and it's of (1)

himself. It’s super detailed and accurate and it depicts his scars and it even put a tiny-can-barely-even-see-it smile/smirk on his face and he just kinda stops. He gets that feeling he gets when he stares at fire and he kinda strokes the page. maybe he signs it. maybe he leaves a note on the other side. he leaves it in front of Barry’s door(cause of course he and Len figured out where he lived) and he leaves to set something on fire cause he’s feeling things and he needs an outlet (2)

Okay, this headcanon is already so perfect that I honestly don’t think there’s much more I can add, but I will try!

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Narcisse and Lola Analysis in 2x15 “Forbidden”

You guys know I’m partial to Narcisse and Lola on Reign. But this latest episode with them…


Accurate depiction of me during that Narcisse and Lola scene.

It was really the cutest thing I’ve ever seen the writers do with Lola. Getting her doped up and letting her inhibitions FLYYY!

I have some thoughts to share on Narcisse and Lola’s interaction and Lola in general, because honestly getting her drugged and letting her loose really helps depict (to some degree) all of what Lola keeps bottled up inside of her. The truth bombs that came pouring out of her mouth were absolutely hysterical.  
Now that Lola is more “relaxed” with no restraints, I find we get some confirmation on a few things:

Her and Francis’s scene together was really cute but she harbors no deep romantic attachment to him other then familial feels (which of course being a Narcisse x Lola fan, I’m super glad to hear) They could’ve went either way since there was no stopping what she says, but even drunk Lola still refers to Francis as her friend. “And a marvelous kisser. I’ve always wanted to tell you that. Objectively, as you friend.” LOL Not sure if Francis feels the same way about it though, since we see him eying Lola out the window later on. But I’d like to think he seeks Lola more for comfort then romance. And that’s ok with me. 

Now with Narcisse:

The first thing that comes out of Lola’s mouth when she runs towards Narcisse… “Can sex with you be simple? Not scary?Just two people. Or is there something unimaginably dirty or odd involved?” 

Let’s face it we all know Lola’s been quietly pondering about that ever since her discovery of him linked to the notorious sex journal in episode 2x05 and now Narcisse KNOWS it. I can’t help suppressing my smile watching her say that. It also helps reconfirm Lola’s secret desire for him “Maybe, I’m ready to find out.”

And the way Narcisse was a total gentlemen towards her really helps confirm (probably once and for all) that he was telling the truth and that he has no ulterior motives towards her. He could’ve taken advantage of the situation like he did with Claude but he chose not to. (Which was a relief!)

Narcisse really showed he has a more tender side (at least when it comes to Lola) and I appreciate that he didn’t touch her, even when she kissed him, since he knows she wasn’t in her right mind. He didn’t even tease or poke fun at Lola for being so drunk but instead quietly sent her to her room with her servant, to be looked after by a physician. And I noticed the way he says “Watch over her.” so strongly, as if he’ll rip someone in half if anything happens to Lola. It really pulls at my heartstrings for these two. It kinda gives you that feeling that he really would protect her if something happens. Though I can’t imagine him not teasing her about it after she sobers up later. Lola claims that she remembers every detail, which means she’ll definitely remember her KISS with Narcisse and perhaps a hint of more delicious scenes between them in the future.

This was also probably the first “cute” moment between Narcisse and Lola. No seduction, or mystery, or political ruse, but pure sweetness and innocence. The way Lola smiled and looked at him. The way she cupped his face and buried her face on his shoulder. The way he just smiles at her and nods along with her ramblings. It was all so adorable! And it let us have a glimpse of what it could really be if they both leave all the tense flirting and politics surrounding them behind and just become more honest and open with each other. It was fun seeing Narcisse be the one taken aback by Lola’s aggressiveness this time, with the way she pulled him into a kiss, bit his lip and him saying “ouch” with a look of genuine surprise at her.

Ok…so it wasn’t Lola’s best moment of being a sex goddess, with her so drunk on opiates, but it’s a start!

I like how they juxtaposed Narcisse’s aggressive kiss in episode 2x07 and Lola holding back with Lola being the aggressive one this time in 2x15 and Narcisse holding back. You can see the right amount of push and pull between these two.  I think after this scene they’re both teed up at an equal level now, and ready to take that next step. Narcisse declares if they were to get together he wants to be with the REAL her, not her drugged self. Which shows how he doesn’t think of Lola as a one-time fling girl, but someone he holds with mutual respect.

Cue me crashing on the ground when he said that. (Hopefully Lola didn’t forget that part as well!)

Both of them know that Narcisse definitely has a soft spot for her. But this is really confirmation for Narcisse that behind all her eye rolls at him, she really does have a secret desire for him as well. And I’m glad this was an opportunity for him to take a peek behind Lola’s reserved thoughts.

And the final kicker line from Lola. “He didn’t even offer me a bath, he ALWAYS offers a bath.” OMG LOLA! XD 

All I have to say to the writers about Lola x Narcisse…

More please!!!

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So something that I found particularly interesting about the recent episode: the early introduction of Sergei

I think anime!Sergei has the potential to do what game!Sergei couldn’t - serve as a parallel to Alisha and this makes me pretty excited in theory. Contains spoilers since this takes bits from the game and brings up the ending

I’m actually just writing this bc I was super in love with Sergei as an Alisha parallel but the game failed miserably and I’m forever bitter

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So I just watched "I'm Not Ashamed"

Sorry if you’re extremely hypersensitive over spoilers but I’m going to lay this shit down on you anyway.

Firstly, Rachel’s story, for the most part, was told moderately accurate. They had her outfits to a tee and even had her real car which was pretty lit (it was still intact after all these years and was shown in an overly cheesy, sentimental scene at the end of the film). They had her faith down (obvs as it was the whole point of this film even being made) as well as her portrayal of character. However, as a result of this “holy af” reputation, they COMPLETELY stripped Rachel of her typical teenage antics by showcasing her as NOT being a smoker at a point in her life (hinting as if she was anti-smoking) and by also being anti-liquor. They also got the whole prom scene wrong as they made her attend it with an Asian guy and not Nick Baumgart. Furthermore, in this scene, they made Dylan look at her bitter sweetly as he was dancing with Robyn, giving a sense of him “wishing it was her” rather than Robyn, who they also made to appear as disinterested and not wanting to be there with him (which was totally false as we all know- Robyn was the one that urged HIM to go).

Secondly, there were a shitload of inaccuracies with Eric and Dylan (shock). Eric was a steroid abusing, middle-aged, hairy motherfucker in high school apparently who recited all the lines from his journal as he walked through the halls. Eric and Dylan apparently also wore their natural selection/wrath shirts to school every day without fail (probably for symbolism though). However, they weren’t in it as much as I would’ve liked tbh haha, like they legit only had a few lines. Anyways, at the beginning of the film (ish) Eric, Dylan and “Sean” (who really was Brooks Brown) walk through the halls and bag out a disabled kid called “Austin” who Rachel was VERY fond of. Then, a wild herd of jocks decide to rain on their parade as they reach for a bottle of baby oil, grab Eric Harris randomly and throw him through the halls whilst cackling loudly saying “now that’s what I call dork bowling he he he” or some shit. Then, Eric gets up and says “ I’ll kill you!” And the main jock is like “oooOooOooooO so scared” which leaves Dylan to mutter to “Sean” (Brooks) I’m going to make them pay (he has his boy’s back) with “Sean” (Brooks) replying with “ well that’s Columbine”. Then, Eric and Rachel have an interaction as she’s looking at him with pity to which Eric proceeds to shout at her “WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT???!!!!?!!!l” to further exemplify his built up, all consuming, homicide inducing RAGE. Also, at the end of the film they try to attempt to “redeem” the jocks of their unscrupulous behaviour by having the jocks accept the disabled kid “Austin”.

To go on further about Eric and Dylan’s inconsistencies (because that’s why you’re on a Columbine blog ma dudes), they pretty much just make Eric this Hitler fanboying Neo-Nazi as he pays attention to Hitler’s ideologies in class and later on in another scene he’s depicted reading a book -wait for it- covered in swastikas. Also, there’s a cafeteria scene which most of y'all have probably already seen. Dylan is apparently obsessed with Rachel: he can’t take his eyes off the glorious, Christian temptress and they share a moment amidst Eric spewing his journal shit whilst wearing his natural selection shirt yet again. This scene also just pretty much makes Eric to be the “ring leader” and Dylan the “follower” who just fuels Eric’s ego by agreeing with him.

Furthermore, the film also aims to depict the deterioration of Eric and “Sean’s” (Brooks) relationship, mainly by picking up a recounted argument that Brooks wrote about in “No Easy Answers” (they also plugged his book at the end of the film I swear but maybe it was just coincidence. Rachel says it while talking to “David” (Richard Castaldo) in conjunction to how there’s no easy way to say that a divorce between parents doesn’t get better). “Sean” (Brooks) was oversleeping and Eric calls him FUMING, demanding him to hurry up and take him to school. They get in a fight and to sum it up, Eric says to “Sean” (Brooks) “I’LL KILL YOU” (edgy) and then hangs up the phone (fuck the natural selection shirt, Reb should just be seen wearing Regina George’s “a little bit dramatic” one).

Another inconsistency with Eric and Dylan (surprise) is where they’re playing video games in Eric’s basement. Dylan pretty much is depicted as kissing Eric’s ass as he says “oh man!!!! Imagine if this were Columbine???!!!” And Eric says really REALLY seriously “why shouldn’t it be?” To this Dylan replies, “oh no way man that’s sick.” This just further propagates that Eric came up with the idea and shared it with Dylan (totally false) and further reinforces that Eric is the “leader”.

The next big inconsistency was Rachel’s speech on causing a chain reaction with kindness. First off, Eric and Dylan weren’t even in that class and secondly, they never even heard that recital but they were depicted to have. Rachel goes on and on about how much of a Christian she is and the camera pans showing Eric and Dylan looking affected. Then, the teacher proceeds to play the iconic “Hitmen for Hire” short film (which tbh had better editing skills than Eric and Dyl’s original one did but it was the 90s when they did it so we can cut them some slack). As she introduces it, the bitch is like, “and NEXT we have Eric and Dylan’s PIECE on how they would change the WORLD”. She legit only goes through it for like a second and Rachel is all squeamish like “oh do we really have to watch this?” To which the teacher states “no we DO NOT HNNNNGGGGH”. Then Dylan pretty much shouts with his “boisterous” personality “and that right there is the BESTTTT WAY TO CHANGE THE WORLD HAHAHAHA PEW PEW PEW” *makes gun motions with fingers*.

Now the funniest thing ever is the scene that follows the “pew pew pew” one and its this fictitious, add-on scene. Pretty much, Eric and Dyl are having this super secret meet up (ooooOoooO perfect for those chicks that ship them. The directors really provided for ALL of their target audiences) on this stairwell. Then, Rachel proceeds to walk up this stairwell and encounters them. Eric gets all mad and gangs up on her “so what’s with this Jesus crap?” to which Dylan intervenes, “yeah think you’re better than us???¿¿?” And Rachel’s all like, “no I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I have to get to class.” Then Eric full on staunches and shouts out “yeah compassion????!!! That’ll work!!!” (Major foreshadowing here kids).

Lastly, we have the scene you’ve all been waiting for: The Massacre Sce- oh wait it’s just total and unequivocal blackness after Rachel gets shot. Realllllly riveting and reallllllly climactic. It literally made me go all Reb after watching it because that’s what I was waiting for! That’s what it was building up to!!!! But it totally and utterly disappointed. In this scene, we have the infamous propaganda painted all over it that has been circling the Columbine archives for far too long now and that is the most overused, shouldn’t-be-recognised-as-fact quote… The question that was “supposedly” always stated by the boys: “DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD????” I didn’t think they would have it in those specific words (tried to have hope) because of what was depicted in the trailer but they fucking were. The scene starts off with Rachel and “David” (Richard Castaldo) talking about “David’s” parents getting a divorce. He confides in Rachel because she’s gone through it but she has “no easy answers”. Then, “David” sees Eric and Dylan approaching and says, “woah what is this, like a prank?” to which he is replied with by gunshots. Rachel is slain and is gasping in pain and Eric states mockingly, “where’s your God now?” At this point, he grabs her by the hair and says “ do you believe in God, Rachel?” She then says simply “yes” and at this stage of their supposed interaction, Eric puts his gun to her temple and says maliciously, “well, go be with your God now.” After this, the screen goes blank and shows real footage of the massacre’s events and this is then followed by a dramatisation of the flowers being put on her car by friends, family (grieving Craig Scott) and foe alike and also a simulated funeral.

Well, this was longer than I thought it would be but I surely fucking hope it gave someone an insight of what the movie is like without spending a dime; someone who didn’t want to see the film for obvious, understandable reasons. I love you fellow Columbine-infatuated kids. Stay murderous 😉😘❤️

alainamarieskeys  asked:

Differences between ESTJs and ENTJs?

I thought I had contrasted these two types, but I can’t seem to find them in the archive. Oh, well. I’ll give it another go.

Someone once told me that Olenna Tyrell and Tywin Lannister’s interactions on Game of Thrones is a pretty accurate depiction of an ESTJ vs. ENTJ approach to life and …. he has a point. And it’s the example I’m going to use.

Both are assertive, convinced that they are in the right, and confident in one another’s presence. Each enjoys having a certain measure of control and goes about obtaining what they want in the same way — but Olenna respects the way things have always been done while Tywin disdains it. Olenna respects the system and works within it; she is attentive to its details while having an open-mindedness toward alternative lifestyles and choices by her children provided they do nothing to derail her plans, which is classic low-order Ne in a Te-dom.

Who cares if my grandson is gay? Most boys mess around with that stuff for awhile before they settle down and get married and do their duty. Establishing precedence (oh, it’s normal … I have seen it many times) … and shifting into Ne (he can do as he likes for awhile) … before eventually winding up back with Te-Si: he will do what he’s meant to do, because that is how it is done, and how others have done it before him. IE, my grandson will get married and form the alliance we want with your daughter.

(By extension, this is why Margaery is also a Si-user, and why Ned Stark is one. Margaery shows the same high Si-Ne in her interactions with her husband — yes, you’re gay and I know that and it’s fine [Fe] but now we really do need to get down to the business of impregnating me, because that’s what is done and how this works — Si. Ned has the same attitude toward Arya: of course you can learn to fight and run about all you like, I will indulge you for the present [Ne] but then you will settle down, get married, and do your duty — back to Si-Te.)

Meanwhile, Tywin has strong Te-Ni going on. He sees his family in terms of unquestionable, powerful absolute symbols — as lions, as abstract concepts and ideals (“A Lannister always pays his debts”). He has very narrow, specific goals for his children, which makes him more rigid in his dealings with them. He has a tighter hold on his intuition, and he takes it seriously — where Olenna is broad-minded as a default, and sees such things as “play” for her grandchildren, Twyin believes the future is not to be meddled with and he has a very specific way in which he sees the world and expects things to be done.

His focus is much more fixed, and oriented toward success. He rarely shares these intuitive leaps except in his tactics in battle and forming of future alliances, but the very absence of Ne (no seeking of novelty, or playfully engaging of alternative ideas) is what proves his Ni. For him, playful departures exist in the realm of Se — in indulgence in sensory pleasures, in taking a whore to one’s bed now and again or in seeking the best and the most expensive atmosphere money can purchase. He chooses what he wants to believe and has a narrow focus — so narrow, in fact, that he is unwilling to acknowledge the truth about his children. He sees them as symbols … abstracts… and that is why Tyrion wears on him so much. Not only is his son an ideas-and-experiences seeking child with what appears to be no greater purpose or goals in life, but he is a dwarf … living proof that the Lannisters are not perfect, not ideal.

Granted, these are bad examples — Tywin is unhealthy and in denial, but it proves my point rather well, I hope: in extroverts you are most often likely to see extroverted functions on display. You will not see Ni in an ENTJ; you will see Te and Se, with occasional hints of Ni in terms of predictions and/or a futuristic emphasis. You will see strong opinions with a narrow, focused scope, which is in the realm of Ni, but rarely Ni itself. Something I’ve noticed with Ni users is they will shut down an idea until they have had time to process it. They must do this — it’s an introverted function. They need to test an idea before determining whether or not to absorb it into their worldview.

Ne is not like this. Ne is, for the lack of a better term, promiscuous — seeking ideas wherever it can find them and taking them into itself, indulging them, toying with them, and throwing them onto the pile of ideas. Ne wants to debate ideas, to engage, to share, to consider multiple perspectives on an issue. In an ESTJ, you will SEE Ne. Broad in its perspective. Playful. Indulgent. An instigator of idealistic change, a pursuer of novelty … and then it all comes back to earth, to routine, to what is proven, to duty.

anonymous asked:

Sorry! Pre-Crisis, before the new 52 and the new52? How does one know what is canon and not?

Alrighty, time for a crash course in DC continuities as related to Jason Todd! Don’t get caught up in the events themselves–they’re just landmarks for the “resets” of the DC universe. 

Before I get into this, I’d like to point out that comics often change their canon as time goes on, either to modernize it or re-envision existing characters/plots. These changes are referred to as “retcons” and make comics pretty damn confusing sometimes, especially when some writers ignore retcons while others adopt them. It’s kinda messy, but as far as Jason is concerned, I think I’ve figured it out. 

Pre-Crisis: The original DC timeline, before the Crisis on Infinite Earths event that took place in 1985-1986.

This one’s a bit tricky when it comes to Jason. I refer to Pre-Crisis Jason as the one depicted from Batman v1 #357-400 for simplicity’s sake, but technically, the Crisis ended before #400. Legends, which took place specifically in Post-Crisis, occurred in #401-403, and Year One, a retcon for Post-Crisis Batman, occurred in #404-407. We finally meet what most consider to be Post-Crisis Jason Todd in #408. 

Pre-Crisis Jason Todd served as a replacement for Dick Grayson once he became Nightwing. This Jason was a naturally blond (a clear differentiation from Dick) former acrobat whose parents were killed in front of Bruce (pretty much identical to Dick). Some key plots for him were a woman named Nocturna trying to adopt him, joining the Teen Titans (New Teen Titans v2 #18-21, 24-31), having a crush on a classmate named Rena who wanted to experiment with drugs, and wearing a weird outfit

Basically, if you read a comic that takes place before June 1987 that features Jason, then it’s what most would consider “Pre-Crisis.” I don’t really talk about this Jason much because he’s not my true sonthe Jason that I’m a fan of. If you like him, then you can include all his appearances as canon for Pre-Crisis Jason. As far as I’m aware, they’re consistent and don’t openly contradict each other. 

I don’t consider any of this canon to carry into Post-Crisis canon, simply because I find it impractical to reconcile how different their respective origin stories and personalities are. For example, while Jason flirted with Rena in Pre-Crisis, he had no real friends whatsoever (Batman Annual #12) in Post-Crisis, because he’d grown up very differently and thus had a different personality. They’re…basically different people who share the same name/role, as far as I’m concerned. 

Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint-Pre52: The second DC timeline, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, and before the Flashpoint event that created the New52. Covers 1986-2011. This is the Jason that I’m talking about most of the time. 

This one’s…also tricky when it comes to Jason, actually. He’s one of the most inconsistently written characters in comics, so in order to make sense of him, you often need to ignore several arcs. 

Jason debuted in Batman #408 in June 1987. In the Batman title itself, Jason was depicted in a fairly consistent manner. After he initially lashed out at Two-Face in #411, he calmed down for a bit, up until Starlin took over in #414 (in which Jason didn’t actually appear). 

Running alongside Batman was Detective Comics (#568-582), which I don’t consider canon for him. It was essentially written as if Robin was still Pre-Crisis Jason, to the point that he didn’t know what a prostitute was (Detective Comics #570) and ordered milk at the bar, despite having lived in Crime Alley, where prostitutes worked in broad daylight (Batman #409). To make matters worse, his death wasn’t even acknowledged until Detective Comics #606, which took place ten months after he’d died in the main Batman title, in Batman #428. 

For Pre-Resurrection Jason, I consider the following issues to be canon: 

  • Batman #408-429, Annual #12, #13: Jason’s main storyline. He doesn’t appear in every issue, but he is portrayed consistently and his behavior changes over time rather than abruptly. Jason dies in #428, but the arc ends in #429. Annual #13 takes place after his death and includes a story involving him and Babs (as Batgirl) teaming up. 
  • Batman: The Cult: A side story to Starlin’s run on Batman. 
  • DC Retroactive: The 80s: It’s just a cute little story written well after the 80s, but which depicts Jason fairly well. Definitely worth a read! 
  • Gotham Knights #34: The Delusions of Alfred Pennyworth is featured at the end of the issue, taking place a bit after Jason’s death. 
  • Gotham Knights #43: A retcon introduced in 2003 that includes another team-up between Jason and Babs (as Batgirl), which takes place shortly after Batman #424, in which Felipe dies and Bruce doesn’t know whether or not Jason killed him. 

Some people (including myself, once upon a time) thought that New Teen Titans v2 #18-21 and 24-31 was canon for Post-Crisis, but it technically isn’t, and it isn’t referenced anywhere afterward. It’s still a fun read though! 

After Jason’s death in Batman #428, he was mentioned by countless writers as the “bad Robin” who was responsible for his own brutal murder. The narrative essentially blamed a teenager for “getting himself killed.” The writers and characters neglected to mention that Jason died while trying to save his mother, and his disobedience was based on his love for her. I explained the whole shitshow here, if you’re curious. One such retcon was written by Chuck Dixon in Nightwing #104-106, which I heavily criticized here. I suggest avoiding it, because Winick ignores this retcon anyway. 

If you’d like to read some extra material before Jason is resurrected, you can also read Gotham Knights #43-45. While this was technically a retcon and written decades after his death, I consider it mostly IC. Hindsight allows it to make some keen insights, particularly about Jason and Babs. 

After Jason is resurrected by Judd Winick (writer), things get…messy, again. My general advice is to follow Winick’s writing. If you try to reconcile all of Jason’s appearances post-resurrection, then the only reasonable conclusion is that Jason has multiple personalities. If you simply include Winick’s writing, then Jason has a comprehensible character arc and personality. 

For Post-Resurrection Jason, I consider the following issues to be canon:

  • Red Hood: Lost Days #1-6: Written well after Under the Hood, but takes place before it. Written by Winick. 
  • Batman: Under the Hood (#635-641, 645-650 & Annual #25): The main arc of Jason’s return. A movie, Under the Red Hood, was created based on this arc. It’s mostly accurate, but I do have some complaints. Written by Winick. Annual #25 is partially retconned by Lost Days. Since both were written by Winick, I consider his retcon in Lost Days to be the canon version. 
  • Teen Titans v3 #29, #47: Neither are written by Winick, but they’re mostly consistent with his characterization. #29 is pretty essential to understanding the dynamic between Jason and Tim. #47 is skippable but shows an interesting scene between Donna and Jason. 
  • Green Arrow v3 #69-72: Continuation of Jason’s canon from Under the Hood. Features interactions between Jason and Mia Dearden. Written by Winick. 
  • Outsiders v3 #44-46: See above. Features interactions with Dick Grayson. Written by Winick. 
  • Batman and Robin v1 #23-25: It’s important to note that this was written after arcs such as Robin v2 and Battle for the Cowl, in which Jason is depicted as incompetent and amoral. It seems apparent that Winick tried to overcompensate for that. Jason easily outsmarts Dick and Damian, but I consider that victory the least he deserves after how Tony Daniel and FabNic wrote him. Written by Winick. 
  • Li’l Gotham #2, 10, 12, 17, 20, 21, 24: This isn’t technically canon, but who doesn’t want to read some fun all-ages comics involving the Batfam? 

Batman: Hush was written before Winick officially decided to bring Jason back, but is part of that plot. It’s explained by simply reading Lost Days and Under the Hood, so you don’t really need to read it. 

His numerous appearances in Countdown to Infinite Crisis are technically canon, but his characterization was so inconsistent and the plot was so confusing that I personally ignore it for my own sanity. However, this is where Tim Drake gets the idea for his Red Robin costume–it was Jason’s costume that an AU Batman gave him, which he ditched after the crisis ended.

We do not speak of Nightwing: Brothers in Blood here. This is where references about Jason “stealing” Dick’s identities and being a “tentacle monster” come from.

Robin v2 #177, 182-183 is absolute garbage and I loathe it more than any other Jason appearance, for reasons which I elaborated upon here. However, this is where references about Jason wanting to work with Tim and using children as gun fodder come from.

Batman and Robin v1 #1-5 is Morrison being Morrison, writing Jason as the red-headed stepchild despite him never actually having red hair (he was blond, Morrison). This is where Sasha comes in. The whole arc makes me uncomfortable regarding Sasha’s recruitment and seems wildly OOC, but again, it’s technically canon. 

Battle for the Cowl is universally known as incredibly OOC for nearly every member of the Batfam. The majority of the fandom pretends that it doesn’t exist. This is where references about Jason shooting Damian in the chest and becoming death metal Batman come from.  

Post-Flashpoint/New52: The most current DC timeline, after the Flashpoint event. Covers from 2011-now. 

Following the Flashpoint event, Red Hood and the Outlaws came into existence, featuring a team-up between Jason Todd, Koriand’r, and Roy Harper. Each character’s background was heavily altered from their Pre-Flashpoint counterparts. Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 retcons #1′s portrayal of Jason and Kori’s relationship. 

Following RHATO’s cancellation, Red Hood/Arsenal came into existence and Kori left for her own solo title, Starfire.

Jason was a major part in the Death of the Family event, often showed up in Batman Eternal, and is currently a main character in Batman and Robin Eternal. As is evident by those titles, Jason is much closer to the Batfam in New52 continuity. 

It’s notoriously unclear in the New52 as to what is and isn’t canon from Pre-Flashpoint, and sometimes DC changes their mind as to what’s what. 

What I can say is that Jason’s origin story and characterization is very different–the way he met Bruce (jacking the Batmobile’s tires vs. stealing drugs from a clinic), why he was hired as Robin (he helped Batman on a case vs. Leslie Thompkins told Batman to take him in), his personality as Robin (somewhat similar, but New52 Jason was more aggressive from the start), the circumstances surrounding his death (his biological mother tricking him vs. the Joker tricking him in a long game that had started when Jason’s dad was arrested), where he went after being resurrected (a hospital–>the streets–>Talia’s vs. with the All-Caste), Talia’s role in his resurrection (finding him because she wanted Bruce to be happy vs. stumbling across him while trying to learn Ducra’s teachings), his relationship with Tim Drake (hating him more than anyone else vs. being closest to him within the Batfam), choice of weaponry (his kris given to him by Talia and guns vs. guns and his Blade of All from his own blood)–okay, I’m going to stop there. Basically, consider Pre52 canon to be out of continuity for the most part in New52. 

Any questions? Anything that I missed? Any errors? 

Kris Wu as Yin Chen (L.O.R.D movie book excerpts)

Yin Chen (“Silver Dust”)
Seventh Degree Lord
Spiritual weapons: Slender Thorn Sword, Illuminating Mirror, Goddess’ Skirt, various etc
Mystical beast: Xue Ci (“Snow Thorn”)

Although Yin Chen would constantly see his past self in Qi Ling, when he was younger, he was a completely different disciple from Qi Ling. He was more calm and subdued,  and because he was too beautiful, he was teased by Ge Lan Shi, “Why do you look like a girl”, and because of a dark period of time in his youth, he always has upon himself ten thousand years’ worth of austerity. Yin Chen is a person who has “died” once before, falling from the skies at a great height, watching others plunder between life and death, his kind and hot-blooded side hidden. Like Director himself said: “Yin Chen is a very kind person, the Lords are very loyal towards him. Because he is always thinking of his Lord, so at times he will neglect some of his disciple Qi Ling’s feelings, this is him being selfish, but it doesn’t mean that he is a bad person.

Have you ever read Director Guo Jingming’s books before?
I’ve read many of Director Guo’s works, <Tiny Times>, <L.O.R.D>, <Cry Me A Sad River> etc, I’m a fan of his books, I feel that he is especially talented.

How did you end up participating in the shooting for L.O.R.D?
At that time it was Guo Jingming who approached me, he asked me if I had any interest in joining, and said I could read the book first. Following which, I read the entire novel in one shot. I felt that it was extremely engaging, and it would fulfil a young boy’s fantasy. Because I love those kind of really cool stuff. When I was young, when it came to playing games and such, I would also interact with characters like this. Therefore I feel that I will be able to really film this well, and that if I were to be able to participate in the filming, it would be incredibly meaningful.

As an actor, what impression do you have of Director Guo?
Director is even funner that what I had thought he would be. He is an extremely easygoing person, when he’s on set he is a mood-maker, and we would constantly end up in laughter because of him. I started reading his books since young, so I had always thought that he was was a person with great depth, who had a rich imagination, and was very cultured. However this time after meeting him in person, I discovered that Director was someone who had a very rich inward and outward personality, and was extremely approachable as well, it’s amazing.

What do you think Yin Chen’s personality is like?
Extremely aloof and cold, actually I am not that aloof and cold myself. I’m someone who is cold on the outside but warm on the inside, and I guess Yin Chen is like that as well. He treats his disciple really well, and is extremely loyal and faithful to his Lord as well. He is an very kind person. It’s just that because he was so loyal towards his Lord, he keeps on thinking about him, at times he will show slight neglect towards some of his disciple’s feelings. This is him being selfish, but it doesn’t mean that he is a bad person.

Then do you think that this role is challenging for you?
It is challenging, because he is not a character who exists in reality. The story of L.O.R.D does not happen in this era, so the lines and stuff in the movie all have to depend on my own imagination, and there is certainly a level of difficulty. Also, Yin Chen has to explain some things, explain to his disciple, which have to be depicted according to the story’s set up, and bring out the development of the story. As such, there are many things which I have to commit to memory, which are phrases that are not used regularly, and that is a considerably bigger challenge.

Which aspects of the character were you drawn to? What kind of evaluation do you have for this character?
I was drawn to him because he was extremely handsome, very cultured, had affection and faith, and was an incredibly charismatic character. However after reading the book, I felt that each and every character had their own unique points. Every character had a cute side, a powerful side, or a very affectionate side. But they are all different, the area in which others are drawn to Yin Chen was what made me drawn to him as well, and I felt that I would be very glad and honoured to be able to act in this film. I also hoped that I would be able to genuinely play the role well, and hoped that fans of the book would be able to feel his character upon watching the film. This would be what I feel would show that it is most successful.

Between the Lord and the disciple, although they are very different, they help each other out in times of trouble. While acting, how did you portray the feelings of such a relationship accurately?
Actually it was hard to portray, because there isn’t such an existing relationship, and it is hard to imagine such a relationship. I feel that for me, I listened to some pointers given to me by the Director. It was because in this aspect, the Director had a clear idea on what he wants, and he best knows how the two characters will be. So at that time, I felt that the best option was to read the script, read the book, feel the characters, and listen to pointers given by the Director, this way it would help in thinking up the scenario, and be able to realistically portray this relationship.

Are there any interesting things which happened during the course of the movie filming which you can share?
I really like to make my character dance, because with the motion detection, whenever I do something, he will do it too. So I will frequently dance, and see him subsequently follow my actions, while dressed in long robes. I think it’s rather interesting. <L.O.R.D> is a very happy movie crew, everyone is all like friends, we all get along very well, and I was able to make many new friends while filming. I especially love those who played basketball. It just so happened that William Chan and Aarif Rahman joined the movie crew that day, and both of them really loved sports. So all of us together, along with Wang Duo, went to play basketball. We were soaked in sweat and were really happy.

While filming <L.O.R.D>, what was it that you felt was the toughest? 
The character that I am with, Qi Ling, is a very funny character, but my character is a very cold and aloof guy. So I couldn’t laugh, and holding in my laughter was incredibly tough. Actually even when I did want to laugh, I had no choice, but for the sake of acting, I had to continue playing the role of a cold and aloof character.

When <L.O.R.D> wrapped up, what did you want to say the most?
What I wanted to say the most was “looking forward”. Because this movie is really different from many other movies now, right now you will not be able to see how you look like in the final version of the film, so I am really looking forward to it, looking forward to see how I look like, looking forward to see how the movie is like.

The character Yin Chen has a braid, and in order to make it more realistic, the movie crew gave one to Kris Wu on set. While wearing the braid, Kris Wu walked around on set, appearing indescribably funny. At this point in time there were many people online who knew of the filming location, and at the building entrance there were numerous fans. This led to the staff exposing to them: “Yin Chen’s talent isn’t unlimited spiritual weapons, but instead is unlimited girliness!
Whenever there were scenes that Yin Chen had to roll his eyes, Kris Wu would involuntarily puff up his cheeks and blow out, and in this manner, the Lord’s cold and aloof image would dissolve into that of a boy-next-door’s. After everyone discovered this embarrassing habit of his, they displayed their "considerate and gentle” reactions, which was bursting into unrestrained guffaws.

Although the actors are very important in the eyes of their fans, but for the logistics crew, their most concerned is the Faceware. Every time an actor falls, the staff who rush up to them would first check whether the device got unhooked off, and this is because the equipment is too fragile. Other than the device which are attached to the actors, there are numerous other devices in storage which have to be taken care of. In scenes where a group of them are sprinting forth, in order to prevent accidents from happening to the actors, such as an impactful halt at the end of the route which would cause damage to the machinery, the props team would prepare numerous foam mats in front of everyone. This way, the Lords and disciples could freely run and not have to worry about hitting the gear, causing damage to the Faceware or device. Behind the foam mats, stood the many muscular men of the stunt team. They were in charge of holding up the final line of defence. After filming this set of scenes, Yin Chen had an uncomfortable expression on his face, and was worried that he had charged too furiously. Director kindly consoled him: “Don’t worry, this set was done rather well, at the back there was just quite a number of people who died, don’t worry.” Also, when he was filming fighting scenes, Director would thoughtfully remind him to put safety first: “Be careful, don’t fall, if you fall what will happen to my Faceware.”

Ever since Aarif Rahman, who was acting as Ni Hong, arrived on set, Yin Chen who usually did not speak much, became much more lively. Although in the movie Ni Hong is a quiet and feral guy, in real life, Aarif is an unusually lively guy, looking at the virtual Ni Hong on the computer screen in various strange postures, you would never think that he is the noble and reserved Aarif Rahman who acted in <The Empress of China>. Indeed, there are many sides to him on-screen and off-screen. Yin Chen and Ni Hong had many interactions, the both of them were like high school kids, bouncing about and playing around.

A day in the life of sharp-tongued Randy

Yin Chen: Are there fighting scenes tomorrow?
Director: Yes
Yin Chen: Does he (fighting body double) fight very aggressively?
Director: Very
Randy: Do you wish to go through the original moves once
Everyone on set: Hahahahaha
Yin Chen: ==||

translation: @wu_yi_fan


[E3 Ambassador Blog] Concept Art & Direction in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Author: Maxime Turpin – Tombeau Croft, France

Behind the game we all love, there is a team of passionate people. They are deeply devoted to the fans and inspired by a powerful desire to revamp an icon through a modern-looking game, while staying close to the roots of the franchise as invented by Core Design 20 years ago. These people strive to put Lara back to the place where she used to be during the nineties, to the place where she belongs, in the front line. It was my recent pleasure to act as a community ambassadors for the French-speaking countries throughout the world and represent them at E3 this year. Thanks to Crystal Dynamics and Xbox, I’ve lived an almost life-changing experience that inspired me and taught me a lot.

From what I’ve seen, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a compelling game full of promise. While it remains mainly based on the previous title, you’ll quickly notice that the developers did a great job in bringing back that “tombraider-ish” feeling. It’s time for us to welcome back our beloved tombs and venture through an incredibly vivid wilderness in the good company of Lara Croft, as she lives the middle chapter of her evolution as a Tomb Raider. She’s more confident, she’s wiser, and she’s stronger, but she’s not quite there yet.

The work of the artistic team has been primarily to deliver a realistic experience to the player in terms of character evolution. Additionally they played a key role in making sure that Lara Croft advances and evolves in an environment that will still challenge her. To write this article and take you behind the scenes, from the inception of the project to what you have seen at E3, I have had the immense pleasure to interview both Brian Horton and Brenoch Adams, respectively Game Director and Art Director at Crystal Dynamics.

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Haruki Murakami Stickers

Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will be published in the UK this August.

Our Creative Director had the following to say about designing the cover:

This was one of those rare books where the initial idea for the cover seemed so right. The pieces fell into place and it was as if it was just meant to be. I had a strong cover idea based on the idea of a linked group around a series of different-coloured circles, representing the five main characters and close childhood friends Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki.

I cut out the five circles and played with the position of each of them as physical elements away from the confines of a computer. I experimented with overlapping the circles to represent the interactions within the close friendships of the main characters. Gradually the design came together in a congruent and meaningful form.

I then transferred this to photoshop, where I could refine the colour interactions within the intersections of each of the overlapping circles. This process all happened very quickly and an elegant abstract design fell into place. However, there is a second part to the design.

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pipers-art  asked:

Ok so the theory that lapis is blue diamond is debunked, right? Like firstly the sky arena with what I assume are the four diamond minus rose, none of them look like lapis, and secondly if she was a diamond then someone would remember her and hold her to some degree of respect, but if she was a high ranking person (like jasper) it would make sense for people to not really know about her

Thank you, friend, I’ve been meaning to theorypost about this but hadn’t gotten off my butt to do so! Spoilers below the cut, up to Friend Ship.

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The Case for Closet Symmetry

If we think of BBC Sherlock as having period-accurate homophobia then why do we see John as deeply repressed and closeted and Sherlock as not at all closeted or repressed?  

If we think of BBC Sherlock as not depicting period-accurate homophobia then, again, why this enormous discrepancy between the perceived closetedness of our leads?

Now, this post is not about headcanons or fan fiction: I think that both closeted John and not-closeted Sherlock both play important roles for people.  One tells a story shared by many and the other shows how things can be and ought to be.

From a meta point of view, I don’t see significant evidence of a deeply-closeted, tortured John, nor for a non-closeted Sherlock.  I see them both as doing a back and forth little love dance since the very beginning.  It’s like a waltz, they step forward, they step back.  

I see this rhythm, in part, as a testament of how very well matched they are in this denial game.  They both feel they have something to lose if they are the first to admit what’s going on.  They both dance at getting closer only to ask the other to meet them halfway, too.  The other then feigns confusion or angrily stalks out (you know which is which, I think).

I see them equally matched in the powers of flirting and in getting close and then pulling away.  I mean Sherlock comes on really strong when he first meets John, John is practically drooling by the end of his first deduction (the one about himself being back from the war, etc, at the end of the lab scene when they first meet).  Then John decides to hit back equally hard but in a more direct way.  He’s less sexually suggestive and more practical.  Sherlock’s been coming on strong and John wants to actually discuss if a relationship/hook-up is going to happen.  He asks flat out about his availability and licks his lips and smiles all the while.  I see these interactions are showing their mutual attraction not just because well, they seem mutually attracted, but because they both seemed matched in their efforts at flirting/hitting on the other.  

In ASiP, if Sherlock weren’t closeted maybe he’d ask him out, more like how John does it at Angelo’s or even more directly.  If John were more closeted maybe he’d try to forget all that flirting at the lab and just try to keep things professional (even more so) at Angelo’s.  He could further inquire about Sherlock’s work, schooling, his relationship with Scotland Yard, etc.   

For me, on the show, the tension between them is built on the dynamism of their various moves to get closer and then farther away from the other.  It’s a constant dance of risk and retreat.  I feel like the idea of them being very different in their relative degree of closetedness would stifle this dance.  

The symmetry is part of what creates the tension.  That waltz, that back and forth.

Here we see Magnussen talking about blackmailing them.  The visual tells us that this blackmail keeps both Sherlock and John in the closet.  He knows their secret, their secret is their love.

An Analysis of Gao Mikado: The Mighty Sun Fighter

Recently I submitted a defence post regarding Gao Mikado regarding the fandom’s vast amount of hate towards the protagonist. I’ve gotten into quite a few debates regarding this subject matter as most of the hate is pointing towards Gao’s win streaks and I’m rather appalled that not many people are seeing the importance of his character. So I’m writing this analysis to explain Gao’s character and there is much more to him than meets the eye. He is not boring and he is not bland. You’re very welcome to agree or disagree with me on this since our opinions on character development may be different. But what I’m trying to prove here is that I’m hoping you’ll be able to see a different perspective towards his character.

So before I start, I would like to point out again that WINNING or wanting a character to lose because you think it’s boring and predictable is a horrible way for you to hate a character. Anyways, if you do hate Gao’s win streak, hate his matches not his character. They are two completely different things.

The most common argument I’ve heard in this fandom is that losing gives character development. To an extent I completely agree. Usually we’d want to see a character grow and become a stronger person but when you bring in a character who is Gao for example, he’s not going to be well liked. You know from the fandom I heard quite a bit of hate towards Aichi in Vanguard because he’s characterized as shy and weak and he also lost quite a number a times too in season 1. But he got character development and people like him much more now. So what makes Gao different? I believe that Bushiroad was trying to do something different by bringing a character that is the exact opposite of Aichi; naturally talented and confident. He isn’t someone who wins by luck nor does Gao have it easy trying to prove this in the anime. Gao has shown time and time again that he is smart and thinks strategically this is why he wins his matches. It’s exactly why Drum chose him to be his partner because has an unconventional thought process. Why must we define losses as character development? From what I can see Gao has character development as well just not in a way some would expect.

Another common argument is that Gao didn’t get any character development. I’d like to argue that he did get character development just not in the same way you’d see other protagonists develop. Gao first got development when he changed his play style in the first few episodes, he didn’t like the idea of his monsters dying to protect him but he later accepted it. He got further character development during his fight with Rouga in Episode 6 where he was caught up in trying to prove Rouga wrong that he ended up regressing into his old self who was obsessed with winning. And let’s not forget about his old self too, he was someone who was cocky, aggressive and power hungry; a parallel of Rouga. For him to change and become who he is now is quite amazing. He now acknowledges other people’s skills and even admits to having some of his wins as being lucky. He’s now humble, kind and helpful. And lastly, let’s not forget about the development between Gao and Drum’s relationship. Gao and drum would be at odds with each other because they both fighting over trivial things. But in episode 31 Gao had managed to reach out to Drum and that caused him to activate his buddy skill which is what Gao had been trying to get him to do for quite some time now. So yes, I’d like to say that Gao did have character development but because it doesn’t take him more than an episode for him to develop it’s not the same as others.

One thing I find really ironic amongst Gao haters is that they believe that the supporting cast is better developed and overshadows Gao because of this. I’d like to point out that if it wasn’t for Gao NONE of the characters would have gotten character development. I’ve mentioned this before in my defence post but I feel like I need to address this again. Noboru would still be indifferent towards himself and Gao and would try to handle things on his own without the help of his friends. Jin would still keep throwing his matches, Genma would never learn the truth about the Mighty Sun Fighter, Tasuku wouldn’t have a friend or a rival, Zanya started to become less of a lone wolf. Even Rouga is having character development again thanks to Gao’s influence. Rouga has finally acknowledged Gao to be his rival even having fun during his match with him and wasn’t as obsessed about winning his matches. The only people who Gao had a negative influence on were Rouga and Kiri. The dilemma with Rouga has been slightly solved but Kiri’s development is still happening. What I’m interested in seeing in this show isn’t seeing an end for Gao’s win streak. It’s to see how Gao is going to reach out and help Kiri so he won’t feel so inadequate and inferior towards Gao. Even Drum, Drum had one of the best character developments on this show again thanks to Gao. Drum acknowledged that he couldn’t be a partner to Gao with his current self so he went on an expedition to train and become stronger for him. The list could go on. Regardless of this, Gao’s win streak needed to happen in order for Kiri to get his development.

And people have the nerve to ask “What is the purpose of Buddyfight if the protagonist keeps winning?” I cannot stress how frustrating it is to read this sometimes because the answer has been stated many times in the entire duration of the series. Gao is an allusion to the Mighty Sun Fighter which is a key theme reoccurring in the plot. So what is the purpose of the Mighty Sun Fighter? To protect and help people in need. That is what Gao has been doing and I fail to see how this needs to be anymore clear.

I’d like to address that Yusei Fudo in 5D’s technically never had a loss. Excluding his flashback loss, he currently had no losses in the main timelines in Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s. So no, Gao is not overstating his win-streak. And secondly, no one gives a crap when it comes to Yusei but when it comes to Gao everyone hates his guts because of it. This is just not fair.

I once mentioned to someone in a debate that Gao can be depicted as character device because he’s able to give character development to the supporting cast. They asked “Then why have Gao as a main character if he’s just plot device?” Well the answer to that is why not? There is no accurate depiction of what characteristics and qualities need to be in a main character.


I fail to see how losing for the sake of losing is anyway essential to the plot. I’ve seen people tell me that Gao losing would make the show better. But the real question is how would it make it better? It just seems more satisfying for the audience because he wins too much so now he must lose or he’ll be too perfect and unrealistic. Is the purpose for watching anime to find characters we can relate to? What about trying to find a role model? I think that’s a better category for Gao to fit into, after all he is the Mighty Sun Fighter. Losing an unofficial match would seem pointless because Gao already explained that he didn’t care if he wins or loses, all that matters is that you should be happy when playing.

I honestly feel that some people just want to see a poor 12-year old boy lose just so they can see him cry. But in no way do I feel that hating a character because of a win streak is a good reason for you to hate them.  Gao isn’t bland nor is he boring, I personally find him rather refreshing as a character because I enjoy seeing his interactions with other characters. If you want to categorize his win streaks as boring then go ahead, but his character is anything but boring.