this is becoming quite a theme

Cat Town, Japan.

Listen up, y’all. I’m about to tell you guys about the #1 cat lady destination in Japan: Yanaka.

Yanaka is a neighborhood in Taitō Ward, Tokyo. It’s a super traditional part of town filled with winding alleys, shrines and meticulously maintained temples. It’s a lovely place, but today we’re here to focus on the thing that makes Yanaka a magnet for nerds like me: good good kitties.

You see, Yanaka is a neighborhood with a butt-ton of stray cats. This makes sense, since it’s basically cat heaven. The streets and alleys of Yanaka are essentially just a series of hidey holes and ideal sunning spots that happen to have humans running around. Thankfully these humans are quite appreciative of their feline overlords, which is why part of Yanaka has essentially just become cat themed. It’s honestly like the neighborhood has just agreed that this is their thing now.

The first cat-themed establishment we visited in Yanaka was Nekoemon, a café with a scant 13 seats that’s covered in cat decor. The special thing about this place is that they offer a set (for roughly $15USD) that includes a cat-shaped cookie, a coffee drink of your choice and a little unfinished maneki neko figurine. Why the figurine? ‘Cause you’re about to customize yourself a neko, my friend.

The owner asked customers to choose between figurines to attract either luck or money. We picked luck and got our maneki neko along with a full assortment of markers. The owner even set out a few already painted figurines to provide inspiration.

Aside from the novel figurine offer, the café also had genuinely delicious lunch sets. They weren’t cat themed (though they had plenty of dessert options that were), but it was healthy and extremely tasty. I honestly recommend Nekoemon on all fronts. 

Here’s my finished maneki neko. Followers of the blog may recognize him.

Nekoemon is great, but it isn’t even at the center of the cat madness. No, for that we’re headed to the shopping area: Yanaka Ginza.

Even if you don’t care about cats (in which case I’ve got to ask… why did you read this far?) this street is lovely. There are shops for handcrafted items, souveniers, sweets, savory foods and a lot more.

If you aren’t all sugared up from Nekoemon, you can always stop by Yanaka Shippoya, a shop that sells cat tail donuts. The donuts are named as cats would be rather than for their flavors, and they’re honestly very nice. We had a sesame camembert one that was lovely and not too sweet.

Donuts not your bag? You can always satisfy your sweet tooth with some maneki neko shaped taiyaki from Maneki-ya. Fluffy outside, rich and creamy inside. We got the matcha custard and red bean flavor and it did not disappoint.

Okay, so you’ve had enough sugar to last you a lifetime. Know what has no calories? Cat accessories. Yanaka Ginza has a bunch of shops that specialize in just… cat stuff. Cat jewelry? Check. Cat kitchenware? Check. Cat bento? Check. Cat bags? Dear heavenly lord, check. There’s even a store that specializes in making custom cat stamps. Seriously.

That’s just one tiny corner of just one shop. We visited 3, but saw more. Most of the shops had signs asking visitors to refrain from taking photos, so we kept the camera packed away. Honestly, I get it. These are shops best explored in person. It’s fun to see how the owner of each shop has a unique aesthetic and stocks totally different items (though there is certainly some overlap). You can tell these stores are curated by cat lovers.

Oh, and of course we can’t forget the feline residents themselves. When we first hit the area we saw zero cats. None. I was honestly really disappointed, but it turns out they were all hiding from the rain that started shortly after. Those kitty instincts served them well and kept them dry, and once the rain passed we suddenly saw little cat faces poking out all over.

This sweet girl roamed the cemetery and was the first kitty we met.

Shortly after we met a pair of housecats that chirped at us quite enthusiastically.

This orange boy said goodbye to us just before we left the area. 

In conclusion: if you love fluffbutts and toe beans and are near Tokyo, get thee to Yanaka. It’s a fantastic weekend day trip that isn’t crowded to the brim with tourists, the whole neighborhood has a relaxed and peaceful vibe, and you can come home decked out in cat stuff and filled with sugar. What more could you even want? 

xNTx Friends


ENTJ:

  • Crazy schedule, still manages to hang around with friends.
  • Insanely driven. Vital necessity of being The Best™.
  • Doesn’t have time for bullshit, ever.
  • Generally sweet, scary when mad (emphasize ‘scary’).
  • Highly motivated and ambitious.
  • No drama, thank you.
  • Flawless facial control (low-key scary as well).
  • INTP’s recklessness makes her have a mini heart attack every now and again.
  • Manners matter.
  • Has been super busy lately.
  • And by ‘lately’ we mean since always until forever.

Common phrases include:

– “You might find this of some help”.
– “This is so interesting”.
– “Yes, I’ve read about it”.
– “Sorry, I already have plans”.
– “I’d actually prefer to do it myself”.
– “Really, just let /me/ do it :)”.


ENTP:

  • Sharp tongue.
  • Comeback generator.
  • Laid back attractiveness and incredible charisma.
  • Bulldozer mode when mad.
  • Put-together and confident.
  • Has a fame for being flirty.
  • Hasn’t had that many partners at all.
  • “wrecking ball” (- mother mother) is his life theme song.
  • Is actually quite delicate.
  • Almost all his facial expressions are masks.
  • Hiding his real emotions seems to have become a life purpose.
  • His deep interests surprise most people.
  • “Is very intelligent, but way too lazy at school” squad with INTP.
  • Is seen as a bad influence.
  • Actually has a pretty solid moral code.
  • Fashion style score: BADASS. (the aesthetics are real).

Common phrases include:

– “Think about it this way”.
– “Why, am I bothering you?” + smirk.
– “Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to your bullshit”.
– “Why does everyone believe I’m lying?”


INTJ

  • Works silently because success speaks for itself.
  • The library is his natural habitat.
  • Very specific fields of interest.
  • Seems very polite, and he is.
  • (Doesn’t actually believe in politeness itself, has only learned to follow formalities in order to make his life easier). 
  • Efficient™.
  • Crisis over personal traits of which the analysis were thought to be concluded. 
  • Really brain, why this again. Why.
  • Has learned to master several skills that he doesn’t even enjoy.

Common phrases include:

– “No”. (Default reply to INTP’s proposes).
– “That is /such/ a bad idea”.
– “Actually…” (*insert unasked correction*).
– “I’m still considering it”.
– “What do you mean it’s not polite to tell them how wrong they are?”
– “Of course I cannot change my schedule” (to ENTP).


INTP

  • Has strong opinions on matters that she has given a lot of thought (and we mean a lot).
  • Gets overwhelmed by being the center of attention.
  • Became an Ancient Rome expert overnight.
  • Comfy discrete clothes.
  • Deadlines are a very flexible concept.
  • Actually, every concept should be prone to constant revision.
  • Study time is the perfect time for introspection and/or new ideas development.
  • Either absolutely hyped or completely indolent.

Common phrases include:

– “My nights are a mix of insomnia and belated lunch”.
– “What if we…” (Proposes crazily awesome plan to INTJ).
– “There are pubs in which you can hear a much more refined language than in the Congress”.
– “Because apathy is the foundation of my being” (as a response to ENTJ asking her why she doesn’t just /do/ the stuff).


Shared traits

  • Difficulty to compute feelings (we know, we know, ‘such a cliché’. Still true).
  • Allergies: stupidity, ignorance, illogical social rules.
  • “WHY do people refuse to THINK”.
  • Rich lexicon (xNTJs’ default mode, xNTPs’ show it when the situation is worth it).
  • Best debates between them, NFs are sometimes invited.
  • Would always choose knowledge over ignorance, even if it implies unhappiness.
  • “What do you mean it was offensive? It’s the truth!” (As a response to ENFJ).

———————

IxxJ squad

xNFx squad

8

ACT. 5: “Star and Moon”

Yes, this is Yams, I kinda changed his hairstyle a bit (and he looks like a different person orz fails). Thinking I should play around with the others’ hair since they are performers…. wouldn’t it be plausible for them to change hair too accordingly to their outfit/themed shows? Hum hum. ( °٢° )

Anyhow, need to point it out for the sake of clearing things up, TsukkiYama is not established (yet), though it’s kinda quite obvious to everyone else that they hold special affections towards each other. They are childhood friends, thus retaining their history, it becomes both a blessing and a curse in a way. 

Opening Act I Act. 1 I Act. 2 I Act. 3 I Act. 4 I Act. 5 I Act. 6 I Act. 7Act. 8 I

STELLIA.

It’s called a stellium when you have several planets in a single house or sign. Whether three or four planets should be the minimum is debatable; personally, I believe three or more is a comfortable standard. Stellia, when present, are vital factors in the natal chart. They indicate a considerable cluster of energies that demands attention & development, and paints a vivid picture of the native’s patterns, motives, lessons to learn, and potential.

If you believe in karma, a stellium may suggest that the native has dues to pay, so to speak – the opposing house or sign could’ve been overdeveloped in their past life and now it is time to restore balance. If they have a “heavy” stellium (with many volatile energies involved), it may be considered a punishment. Even if you don’t believe in karma, however, there is still something karmic about the stellium, if only in the sense of personal growth. The more planets there are in a house or sign, the more that house’s theme or sign’s energy will either (a) come naturally to you, or (b) call for advancement. It is likely that sign stellia imply an abundance of that particular archetype’s energy in the native’s psyche, and the house stellia are what require healing, expansion, and awareness. There are many ways to interpret stellia; below, I’ve tried to break down my method of doing so as simply as possible.

The sun’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a fundamental & innate part of the native’s identity. It may also mean that the sign or house must be accepted or grown into.
The moon’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme lies at the native’s core, there are habits formed around it, and emotions are filtered through it. Pain or comfort may be attached to it.
Mercury’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a learning process that the native will likely share with others. Teaching their findings or forming a way of life around them is probable.
Venus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is softened and modified (by either the native or the person/group of people associated with the sign or house) to be more pleasant & “beautiful” in whatever sense. It may be ideally expressed through art or in relationships. It is very likely that there will be an amount of romanticization involved with it.
Mars’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a part of what drives & inspires the native. It may have a violent or otherwise volatile inclination, and will probably produce intensity or conflict.
Jupiter’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme produces a fruitful journey throughout the native’s life. It may or may not be very fun (depending on other planets involved), but it promises a positive result, as it is cultivating & expanding the qualities of that area of life (or self).
Saturn’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme has detrimental tendencies that will, at some point, be painfully abolished & replaced with a more mature and/or healthy method of approach. Much struggle and unhappiness will take place there, but you’ll learn from it.
Uranus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is dynamic and may have a strange or “urgent” feeling to it; the former is caused by unconventionality and the latter is caused by the inevitability of change taking place in that area of life or self. It may also be a crucial part of a bigger picture, a revolutionary bloom that’ll take place outside of the native.
Neptune’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a buried or neglected part of the native’s psyche that affects them on a subconscious & often uncontrollable or invisible level. This is usually detrimental, but sometimes it is similar to the moon’s presence in a stellium.
Pluto’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a chaotic & powerful force that causes immense pain, turmoil, conflict, disturbance, and, most importantly, profound transformation. The troubles will be destructive and recurrent, but with each cycle the native is further refined.

Aries stellium: the native’s sense of self is prominent & innate. They know how to assert & fight for themselves, sometimes to excess.
Taurus stellium: the native’s sense of security is prominent & innate. They know how to establish themselves in life, sometimes to excess.
Gemini stellium: the native’s ability to communicate is prominent & innate. They know how to share themselves, sometimes to excess.
Cancer stellium: the native’s ability to nurture is prominent & innate. They know how to protect themselves, sometimes to excess.
Leo stellium: the native’s sense of worth is prominent & innate. They know how to project themselves, sometimes to excess.
Virgo stellium: the native’s sense of imperfection is prominent & innate. They know how to improve themselves (or think they do), sometimes to excess.
Libra stellium: the native’s ability to create peace is prominent & innate. They know how to balance (or unbalance) themselves, sometimes to excess.
Scorpio stellium: the native’s ability to transform is prominent & innate. They know how to repair (or destroy) themselves, sometimes to excess.
Sagittarius stellium: the native’s sense of expansion is prominent & innate. They know how to develop themselves (their minds), sometimes to excess.
Capricorn stellium: the native’s sense of duty is prominent & innate. They know how to build themselves and their lives, sometimes to excess.
Aquarius stellium: the native’s ability to reinvent is prominent & innate. They know how to change themselves and others, sometimes to excess.
Pisces stellium: the native’s ability to imagine is prominent & innate. They know how to elevate themselves and others, sometimes to excess.
(The signs & their ruling planets may have similar affects on a stellium, depending on the overall nature of the chart.)

1st house stellium: the native easily establishes and expresses their identity. They know & understand themselves, or assume or claim personalities that may not be entirely accurate because they know who they aspire to be. Their life is majorly composed of self-expression or self-discovery. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover, accept, and share themselves fully.
2nd house stellium: the native easily takes care of themselves; they know what they like & what they want, & they work toward achieving it. They desire pleasure, comfort, & stability, & their life is majorly composed of those pursuits. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to become a part of the physical realm, and to enjoy & savor it, to stop taking it for granted.
3rd house stellium: the native easily incorporates their active consciousness into daily life through exchanges, be they verbal or literal. To learn & to understand are what they passively yearn for – they aren’t inclined to seek it because they are generally satisfied with what they intellectually receive on an everyday basis. If this does not come naturally, the object is to cultivate that receptivity to & appreciation for the great things that pass them by regularly.
4th house stellium: the native easily finds or creates a home for themselves when they need it. They feel secure within themselves, they are a safe space for themselves and for others, and they are capable of drawing inspiration & growing from their past in a healthy, mature way. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover a sense of internal stability, to let go of issues of the past and grow from them, and to discover the true meaning of home.
5th house stellium: the native easily attains emotional & creative pleasure through their expressive endeavors. They can demonstrate who they are through art and relationships, and prosper in their satisfactory establishment of self. They feel free. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to let go of fear and restrictions while respecting moderation, and to acquire a skillful method of releasing or satisfying their feelings, ideas, and desires.
6th house stellium: the native easily comprehends their own imperfections and is devoted to the pursuit of improving themselves. There is a strong theme of seeking a better life experience with them; they strive for optimal health and physical/mental functioning, so much so that they may disregard comfort & relaxation or may become very fearful individuals. The object, no matter whether these traits come naturally, is to discover what it truly means to be human and to balance acceptance with perseverance rather than allowing one to outweigh the other, in turn scattering & wasting the human condition.
7th house stellium: the native easily connects to other people & assimilates well to most social dynamics. They are usually quite empathetic individuals, but it comes from a place of interpersonal intellect rather than heart (unless other placements suggest that). Love is very important to them in any form, and they tend to define themselves by it. The object is generally to learn to differentiate themselves & their identities from other people’s, to establish themselves singularly, and to rearrange their innate priorities to put themselves first. Alternatively, they may need to learn how to be more receptive.
8th house stellium: the native easily comprehends dark, buried subjects. They are extremely intuitive (often psychic), investigative, and usually secretive. They seek to know and understand everything most people refuse to look at, as they are only fulfilled by deep, profound experiences & knowledge. If this does not come naturally, they likely have an aversion to controversy; the object is to learn to allow their penetrative, transformative nature to flourish.
9th house stellium: the native easily lends themselves to the process of intellectual expansion, and define themselves by the search of knowledge and experience. They tend to be grandiose & adventurous people with very big imaginations and a yearning for all things unknown & interesting to them. If this does not come naturally, the object is to detach from their roots, to cultivate a more open mind, and to discover a personal appeal to discovery.
10th house stellium: the native easily achieves what they set their mind to. They thrive in the spotlight and revel in recognition, as long as it is well-deserved. They strive to be exactly the person they want to be, and can thus confine themselves to an unattainable or caricatured ideal. Reward motivates them, and they’re remarkably hardworking. If this does not come naturally, the object is to develop & elevate a sense of duty to their own self-respect, to abolish their lazy habits, and to realize their true purpose in life.
11th house stellium: the native easily fabricates vivid dreams and aspirations. They are creative, innovative, logical thinkers with immense potential. They apply their ideas to a desire for worth; they may measure their value by their contributions to society. They are highly concerned with the greater good, and are usually capable of creating great benefit for humanity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to become more progressive & open-minded, to find their altruism, & to create the good they want to see.
12th house stellium: the native easily tunes into their meditative, subconscious state, but are rarely capable of bringing that rich spiritual realm into contact with reality. They tend to have a lot of unlocked potential. They may feel that they are instruments in a “divine plan” or that they have a special connection to whatever they perceive to be divine. They repress much of their personality and usually do not know exactly who they are or how they operate. They’re deeply introverted, and pain is a significant factor in their identity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to come to understand that there is something sacred about them, that they can discover their true selves if they dig deep enough, that their sacrifices are appreciated, and that they mustn’t suppress themselves any more than they naturally do.

i feel like the reason Cheritz wrote V’s route the way they did… was to emphasize that you can’t save everyone.

And it’s true, you know? A major theme in this route is saving people. Saving someone. Saving V. Rika “saving” everyone.

But you can always only save one of them. In Yoosung’s route, you help him move on but you have no choice but to watch Seven crash and burn. Same with Jumin’s route. Only in Jumin’s route do you *sort of* help Jaehee by helping Jumin. In none of the other routes but his own does Yoosung confront his grief and quit LOLOL.

This theme is especially prevalent in V’s route. You have so many characters you want to help, so many that you want to save, but you can really only save one. Because it’s just not possible to save everyone, not without the risk of becoming like Rika.

Anyway, I feel like that’s why what happened to Saeran on day 10 happened. MC can’t save both V and Saeran, or even Rika. She couldn’t be there for Saeran the way she needed to be, because she had to be there for V. And poor Seven….

oh man i’m just caught up in feels.

Giddy

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Request: Hi love! Can you do a Edward Cullen imagine reader is his blood singer and has the power to mirror powers and can you include the covens to.😊
For: @tangled-lust
Words: 1,147

Edward Cullen x Read

Gonna do the Readers powers kinda like Rogue from X-men


Patience might be a virtue but it was definitely not your thing.
Sat on the hood of Edward’s car, you clicked your feet together and waited with your boyfriend who was reading his book.
“I don’t see why I can’t go in there.” You pouted.
Edward didn’t look up from his book, “Yes you do. If and your brother hadn’t dared each other to try to jump off of the shed then you wouldn’t have cut your leg and you wouldn’t have to wait out here.”
You leaned back against the windscreen with a groan, why was he so eager to remind you of your misadventures? It hadn’t been a bad cut by human standards, Carlisle had cleaned it up in two minutes but it was enough to keep Edward away for a few days while it was healing. You’d also had to stay away from the rest of the Cullen’s, just in case it started bleeding again. That’s why you were sat waiting, Edward was waiting until he knew everyone in the house would be okay with the ever so slight scent before he risked taking you in there.

And by everyone, you knew that he meant Jasper. Having read your mind Edward put his book down, “You’re practically healed, blood in a bandage does not smell nice so that’s not tempting to me. But Jasper’s very sensitive.”
You accepted the answer and Edward went back to his book, after a moment you inched your hand towards his.
“Don’t even try it.” Edward warned not looking up.
You pouted, “You promised not to keep reading my mind.”

“It’s not my fault that you can’t be sneaky.” He countered amused. You inched your hand closer to him again.
“Y/N.” He warned, not looking away from his book again but you could see the amusement on his face. He knew what you were planning, if you could just get a good grip on any of his skin you’d momentarily be able to hitch a ride with his powers and be able to read everyone’s mind in the house and get in there quicker. It would have been nice to have a super awesome backstory about your powers, a classic like an experiment gone wrong or a radioactive spider.

But alas, it seemed you were just born with them.
You didn’t even know that you had your powers until you’d met Edward and accidently brushed his hand with yours in class, suddenly there were nearly thirty hormone fuelled voices rushing through your mind. You’d collapsed under the stress of it all the first time and been taken into hospital where Carlisle had treated you and Edward spilled the beans about his mind reading powers, his clan and you being his blood singer. An ill-advised move but hey, they needed to help you with your powers. It had taken a long time to come around to the idea and even longer for Rosalie to become your friend, she thought Edward was making the same mistakes with you as he made with Bella, they’d had a bad breakup and now Bella ran with the Mutts.
She was pleasantly surprised though when she got to know you and you became good friends with all of them. Jasper’s powers were quite overwhelming, the onetime you’d both been comfortable enough at the closeness to try it but he was incredibly helpful at guiding you in using them.  Emmett’s favourite thing that you’d ever done was singing the That’s so Raven! Theme song before taking Alice’s hand, as luck would have it she was getting a vision at the same time and the power of it knocked you clean out and you dropped to the floor.

The more that you used your powers the less they wore you out or knocked you unconscious, Carlisle had a theory that if you were to become a Vampire that instead of just experiencing another’s powers you may actually be able to hijack them and ‘borrow’ them for a small time.

Edward tucked his book inside his jacket and slid off of the hood just as you’d nearly got close enough to touch him, he stepped around to where you were sat and put his hands on your hips to help you down off of the car, “Jasper’s fine, we can go in.”
You leaned into him and let him meet you the rest of the way to give you a soft kiss, he was often awkward about these things so you never tried to push it too far.
A wolf whistle made you both separate and Edward shot Emmett a glare whilst you gave him a cheeky grin.
“Come on Eddie, stop hoarding her all to yourself.” Emmett called and within a blink he was beside you, he took you from Edwards arms and ran with you back into the house, laughing the whole time as Edward chased him telling him to be careful. Howling with laughter Emmett dropped you down on the sofa beside Jasper who gave you a tight nod in greeting.

You settled down together for a while, you and Jasper on one sofa and Emmett and Edward playing video games on the other sofa when you nudged Jasper with your elbow. He gave you a look but when you smirked he returned it and held his hand out for you.

You took his hand and watched the room change, Jasper’s powers were your favourite to experience. The world sank back slightly and was replaced with blurs of swirling colours. It was so beautiful. You could only help move the colours; you reached out for vibrant pink watercolour floating in your peripheral and with Jasper’s help you pulled it over to your boyfriend.
Edward looked up at you both and gave you a charming smile, “Stop it you two.”
“We’re not doing anything.” Jasper lied and you grinned.
Emmett gave you both a cheeky grin, “What’re you doing?”
“Jasper’s letting Y/N use his powers.” Edward explained and tried to refocus on his book but his blinding smile never left.
“What have you given him?” Emmett asked with a grin.
“Excitement and giddiness.” You laughed.
Edward shook his head at your antics before moving to you at vampire speed and brushing his lips over yours, you could feel his grin against your lips.
You could hear Jasper talking to Emmett, “I’m not even using my powers on him anymore.”
“Aww look at them, how adorable.” Emmett cooed and you urged Edward to sit down with you so that you could cuddle up to him and gave Emmett the finger.

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'Supergirl' boss teases struggle for humanity in season 3


Kara Danvers no more! In the wake of being forced to effectively banish her boyfriend from Earth in the Supergirl finale, the Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) has pushed aside her humanity and dedicated herself to being Supergirl.

The theme of what it means to be human will resonate with everyone, particularly with J’onn (David Harewood) in discovering he’s not the last Green Martian — we’ll meet his father, M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly), this season; with Alex (Chyler Leigh) in finding what she needs to have a full life in her relationship with Maggie (Floriana Lima); and with new villain Reign (Odette Annable), who’s initially clueless as to her origin as a bio-engineered creation of Krypton.

“We’ve never really seen the big bad become the big bad,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “The journey that Reign takes this season is watching her realize her heritage and see how it manifests.” Considering she’s a Worldkiller, she probably won’t take it well! Read our full interview with Kreisberg below.


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you talk about how Kara has really pushed aside her humanity this season?
ANDREW KREISBERG: The thing that everybody is struggling with on Supergirlthis season is, what does it mean to be human? And it’s something that Kara is going through, it’s something that J’onn is going through, it’s something that Alex is going through, and it’s also something that Reign is going through, so it’s a really strong emotional through-line that’s affecting both our heroes and our villain. When we pick Kara up, she’s feeling like being Kara Danvers was a mistake, that pretending that she was human, and having human goals, and trying to have a boyfriend, that those are all human things and all it’s done is break her heart. So the one thing that she’s great at is being Supergirl. She just saved the world in the finale last year, and when we pick her up in the premiere, she is kicking ass and taking names. It’s a little bit of a metaphor for any one of us — when our personal lives are going to hell, we throw ourselves into work. But that’s not the Kara that Alex knows, that Lena knows, that James knows, that J’onn knows. The first episode is a little bit of Kara finding her way back to Kara Danvers, not just Kara Zor-El.

What can you tease of the Mon-El story line? And will that tie in at all to the four-way crossover?
I can tease nothing about the Mon-El story line, because how-when-why Mon-El comes back is one of the big mysteries of the season, so I don’t want to give too much away, other than to say that he will be back.

Can you say anything about his particular mindset when we see him again?
I really can’t.

Let’s move on to Reign. What can you tell us about her trajectory this season?
I’m not only competing with myself on Supergirl, but I’m competing with myself on all the other shows that I’ve done, and by that, I mean I don’t want to repeat what I’ve done on Supergirl, nor do I want to repeat what I’ve done on Arrow and Flash, so when we were figuring out Reign, one thing we’ve never really seen on any of these shows is we’ve never seen the big bad become the big bad. Usually on these shows, you either meet the big bad at the end of episode 1 or you meet them at episode 7 or 9, and you realize that they’ve been pulling the strings the whole time and were out there working with their multi-year plan to take down the heroes or destroy the city. When we meet Reign, she’s just a woman. Her name is Samantha Arias and she’s a single mom, and she has no idea that she is Reign. She has no idea that she was the baby in the pod at the end of last season, so the journey that she takes this season is watching her realize her heritage and see how it manifests.

What can you tell us about the Maggie and Alex story line for this season?What’s your goal in expanding or pushing forward this relationship?
With Sanvers?

Yeah, with Sanvers.
Well, unfortunately, Floriana decided to move on, which left us with, how do we write her out as a regular while still honoring these two women who were deeply in love with each other? Taking a page out of some of our own personal dating history, we’ve come up with a story that we really feel like honors what’s come before them, and honors how much they love each other, and how much they mean to each other, and how much they’ve changed each other’s lives. It’s some of the most emotional stuff we’ve ever done, and Floriana has been so good in these first five episodes. Episode 3 is all about Maggie and her dad, played by Carlos Bernard, and it’s some of the most heartbreaking stuff I’ve ever done on anything I’ve ever done. Maggie does not die. I’m sure a lot of people are afraid of that. Maggie will continue to exist in the world and if the opportunity presents itself for her, she’ll come back.

What does Morgan Edge bring to the table that’s different from Maxwell Lord?
Adrian Pasdar is so good. He is so good. We loved Peter [Facinelli] and he’s such a good guy. With Peter, what we were going for was, you’re not quite sure if he’s good and you’re not quite sure if he’s bad. Morgan Edge is just bad, and Adrian is crushing it. Based on episode 1, we’re actually having him for more episodes because we’re so in love with him and his performance. A lot of his scenes are with Katie McGrath and just watching the two of them go toe to toe as titans of industry is really exciting.

How will Lena come more into the fold of the core Supergirl team this season as, presumably, we inch toward her finding out the truth?
Well, again, I don’t want to give too much of this away, because some of this is the surprise, but Lena and Kara’s friendship will continue to grow. There’s a lot of Lena-Kara adventures early on in this season. The most interesting thing about Lena is that she is so good, and so moral, and believes in second chances, but she comes from this family of truly evil people. As people are going to realize over the course of this season, it doesn’t take much to make you bad. That’s what’s always interesting about Lena and any scenes she’s in, or any of the adventures that she and Kara go on: People don’t just turn evil; they do one small bad thing and then that leads to another, and then to another, and so any time you’re watching Lena, you’re always wondering, is this the moment when she does the one small thing?

Anything you can tease on the four-way crossover? Will we get to see more of the Supergirl characters involved?
Yeah, well, it is a true four-way crossover. One of the things that we worked out is a four-hour story, and Kara and Alex are at the center of it through all four hours. One of the things we’ve been doing a lot this season is getting back a little bit to season 1 and really making it Danvers sisters-centric, so a lot of what’s going on this season is Kara and Alex doing things in tandem, and the crossover won’t be any different.

You mentioned each of the characters dealing with their humanity this season. Can you expand on that for J’onn?
Carl Lumbly will be joining as J’onn’s father. First of all, he’s so amazing. J’onn has always felt like an alien. He spent 300 years on Earth and he’s always felt different, and other, and felt people were afraid of him, and has always had to hide who he really was. The irony is he becomes reconnected with his father and his father thinks, “Oh my God, you’ve gone so Earth-man.” So for J’onn, it’s this realization that he’s not quite the alien that he thought he was, and what that means to him, and if we’re reconnecting with his Martian heritage, how important is that to him?

What about for Alex?
For Alex, it’s tied part and parcel with her story with Maggie about what she’s looking for in life, and what she needs, and what she needs to have a full life.

For James or Winn?
For James and Winn, the overall theme isn’t as much going on with them. The four people really dealing with that theme are Kara, Alex, J’onn, and Sam.

Is there anything you can say for James and Winn though for this season?
I am as proud of Supergirl season 1 as anything I have ever done. What we were able to achieve, and the fun, and the scope and spectacle, I am blown away by, but there were some things that we felt got lost along the way. One of the things we really wanted to do was to get back a little bit to the Super Friends — the James, Winn, Kara investigative trifecta. There’s a lot more of Kara, James, and Winn teaming up as Kara, James, and Winn. James delivers a monologue about how he met Superman in episode 4 that’s one of the favorite things I’ve ever read on this show.

Supergirl returns Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Yuri on Ice interview translation - Otomedia 2016/12 (p35)

Wow, translation post! You might wonder “why did you translate this interview now??”. The answer is “because I hadn’t translated it yet!”, so for the sake of completeness. It was published when the anime only aired up to episode 6, but I’m going to post another interview after this one which was published later so I thought it was better to post this first anyway. The last question is SO random, lol…

(By the way, Otsuka is the producer but didn’t really have a big role in the creation of the story. He mainly manages MAPPA since he’s also the current representative director and I guess he’s busy enough with that)

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What troubles the man that is considered a genius?
Producer Manabu Otsuka interview

—What was your impression when you heard about this project?

First of all, I thought Mitsurou Kubo-san’s pictures were powerful. It was convincing enough to make me believe that it would be interesting to see these characters animated. At the same time, I also thought that it would be extremely difficult to animate figure skating (wry smile).

—At that time had you already decided how to animate the figure skating scenes?

Director Sayo Yamamoto had previously created a short anime about figure skating, and we had talked about the fact that we could use that know-how. We also had experience turning real life scenes of people playing music into animation in “Sakamichi no Apollon”, so we reckoned that we could both put our knowledge to good use.

—They both involve turning real life footage into animation, but what was most different between people playing instruments and figure skating?

In musical performances the camera was fixed, so there was no difficult camerawork. However, skating was filmed with a camera that followed Kenji Miyamoto-sensei during his performance, therefore it involved a lot of complex camerawork which was a pain for the digital staff to handle (wry smile).

—You also used a lot of camera angles that are not normally seen in regular live coverages.

Adding those kinds of camera angles and other elements had an interesting effect, because they emphasized the most exciting parts of the skaters’ performances and the songs. Seeing how the scenes were structured made me realize once again how much the director loves figure skating.

—How do you feel looking back on the anime up to episode 6?

I feel that the presence of Kubo-san in the anime production process made it possible to keep a steady characterization and development of the characters. It’s quite rare to use a manga storyboard as the scenario for an anime, and it makes many things more difficult, but I’m pretty satisfied because I think by now you are all able to appreciate its drawing power.

—Could you tell us what you think is especially interesting about the main three characters?

Regarding Yuuri, it’s interesting how he is influenced by Victor and gradually changes. Unlike the flow of normal hot-blooded anime, in episode 6 it looks like he gave his best performance, and then he suddenly gets anxious afterwards. He’s not constant. In response to Yuuri’s fluctuations, Victor, who is inexperienced as a coach, tries to do various things, some of which work and some don’t. I think that their relationship feels original because it’s not typical. Yurio is only 15 but fights to overcome lots of obstacles. I liked how even though he looks like an elite Kubo-san chose not to have him walk an easy path.

—What about Victor?

He’s difficult. I can never imagine what he will say next. He’s an alien, I tell you (LOL). However, the reason he chose Yuuri, the issues that trouble him because he’s a genius, the distress of always looking for something new not to disappoint his fans… I don’t know if the story will delve into these things (wry smile), but I believe they are connected to the reason he became Yuuri’s coach. I think what troubles a man that is considered a genius is something that will eventually be explained.

—What will be of the coach & student relationship between Yuuri and Victor?

In the anime it might look like Yuuri has stolen Victor from the world, but that’s actually Yuuri’s own idea. Why it was necessary for Victor to become Yuuri’s coach is something that will be depicted. They are a coach and a student, and also buddies. At first glance, sometimes it might look like Yuuri and Victor are flirting as they compete in tournaments, but I have my own idea that Yurio is the one passionately showing them that “this is a serious fight, you idiots!”.

—Lastly, the theme of this issue is “Christmas”. Until what age do you think Yuuri, Victor and Yuri used to believe in Santa Claus?

I think Yuuri might have realized quite early that his parents were Santa Claus. His father is a bit of an airhead and might have not been good at hiding it (LOL). In Yurio’s case, it looks like his family environment might have been a little peculiar… Maybe Santa Claus never came to his house, so he told his grandpa “Doesn’t Santa Claus come to my place?” and his grandpa said “I’ll buy you a present”. I can picture them having a discussion like this. Victor might begin to say that he himself is Santa Claus (LOL). Or maybe he still believes in his existence. He’d say “Yuuri, have you never seen Santa Claus?” and Yuuri would look at him like “what is this guy saying?” (LOL).


anonymous asked:

hoot hoot bokuto ~ you seem to go to the strip club quite often (i may be wrong ><) aren't you worried that it'll affect your studies??

Due to the mature theme of the Strip Club AU, some of the characters are aged up significantly. For example, Bokuto, Kuroo, Asahi, Iwaizumi, Sawamura and Oikawa are in their late twenties. Akaashi and Sugawara are around the mid-twenties, while the rest of the characters are below 25 years old. 

Additionally. Bokuto used to work at the Gold Diggers’ Club as a bouncer, but now he’s become a gym instructor. Thus he knows some of the long-time dancers of the club.

7 Web Series for the Literary Lover

It'a National Book Lover’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a few literary web series? While there are a ton of amazing web series out there both literary and non-literary, we’ve selected some fan favorites and some you may not have heard of!

1. All For One - If the original musketeers were queer and female, All For One is what you’d get. Set in modern day unversity, this adaptation of The Three Musketeers features a fierce cast and mind blowing story to tell.


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2. Carmilla - Perhaps the original Le Fanu novella is less well known but the web series sure as hell isn’t! Carmilla features a broody lesbian vampire, a non-binary character (LaFhooray!), lots of mysteries to solve, a determined detective far too curious for her own good and more!


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3. In Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest comes to life in this modern day web series featuring a similar storytelling style that Wilde often used. The series takes old Victorian values and fits them into today’s modern culture. It features themes of romance, friendships and all that good stuff.


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4. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Quite possibly the catalyst in the literary web series space, this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice really took the internet by storm earning them global recognition and becoming the first digital series to win an Emmy!


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5. The March Family Letters - Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women comes to life in this modern day web series following the March sisters as they capture their days via video to send to their beloved Marmie who’s away on deployment. There’s lots of laughs and cries to be had with the series that you won’t want to miss.


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6. The Misselthwaite Archives - This modern adaptation of The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox who moves to her uncle’s large and lonely estate after the death of her parents. She hates everything about her new home but after discovering the hidden glade where her aunt passed away years ago things start to get interesting!


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7. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy - With season three of this epic web series, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is perfect for any lost boy (or girl!) who loved Peter Pan as a child. We get to follow pretty immature Peter as he sets off to finally becoming an adult and dealing with all the drama that comes with it, including getting his best friend Wendy to fall in love with him.


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Have other literary web series to share with us? Sends us a tweet @netTVnow and share some of your favorites with us!

And as an added bonus…The Slutty Book Club! Check out their no-filter reviews on books in an array of literary sections from fiction to Kim Kardashian’s selfie book you’ll give yourself all the laughs!

Homestuck Meta Theory: 1.5 Years After

When the comic came to an end, I made this huge post about why I felt it was a good ending and how it changed my entire perception of the story, and while I still stand by it- Actually, no, while I stand by the better and more detailed theory by @revolutionaryduelist​, there are a few things that I feel I didn’t quite explain back in the day. I’ve seen the theory circulate a few times, and I’ve seen both fair amounts of criticism and appraisal, and now that I’ve done a little re-read of some of the story with a pal, I wanted to clear a few things up about it.

First of all, when I saw the Ending for the first time, I was happy. The point of the entire theory was not to invalidate people’s own thoughts about the ending or to find a way through which I would enjoy an ending like that. I hadn’t thought about any of the Meta Stuff at that point, but I enjoyed the ending, and I saw so, so many people through the tag complaining and bashing the finale. I wanted to put my opinion out there, in a sea of people that seemed angry at the ending, to see who else actually enjoyed it, to find why I actually enjoyed it. It was only then than I started to think deeply about the story and began to find a common thread through everything.

Second, as I said, my intention wasn’t to invalidate people’s opinions or start a discourse about why the ending was objectively good and anyone trash talking it is bad. You can be disappointed by the Ending. You can not like Open Ends. That’s fair. However, while I do agree that the story and the characters are every bit as important as anything else the comic showcases, saying that making the narrative intent, moral lessons and bending of the medium and the meta of the story important undermines the enjoyment of anyone who enjoyed the comic for the story is ridiculous. I’ve heard how authorial intent shouldn’t influence a story that’s a grounded narrative, and that doing so towards the end just shits on everything that’s happened before and makes the story ‘pretend to be something it wasn’t until the end’, but…

The thing is, one of Hussie’s earliest talks about Homestuck described it as a Creation Myth. Furthermore, given Jade’s very handle introduced in Act 1, gardenGnostic, the Gnostic and Philosophical themes of the story are actually, not part of any theory, but grounded firmly in the author’s view of what the story is or should have been. It’s fair for people to not enjoy thinking too hard about these things. It’s fair for people to dislike authors putting more personal opinions or views on things in their work. But Homestuck was never something that shied away or hid its intent. If anything, it was just obscured by the fact Hussie’s style tends to be complex and intertwining, and the sprinkled humor through sections doesn’t make it any easier to decipher it. I personally like overthinking this kind of stuff. I know other people don’t.

What I’m trying to say is that, not enjoying the ending is totally valid, and not accepting a theory about its more meta aspects and the philosophy within the comic doesn’t have to make anyone like it any better. But these themes do exist there, and are put out early and through the entire Comic. And in the same way focusing only on the Meta Aspects undermines the narrative itself, ignoring and refusing to accept the existence of something deeper in the story is also a detriment to it.

Last of all, I would like to add that, a year and a half later, I still love the Ending. But furthermore, I still love the story itself in its entirety. As I said, when I got to the end, I was surprised to see how many people disliked how it all ended. Maybe it was the wait, maybe it was the expectations. Whichever the case? Reading beginning to end with someone who hadn’t read it before was amazing. Seeing their reactions to events and new characters, to deaths and shocking bits, going from beginning to end without having to wait for an update. Remembering the good times, noticing things you missed the first time through.

Homestuck isn’t perfect, nothing in life is. Everything has its flaws, and yes, the pacing towards the end isn’t the best, yes, it has an open end and a lot of things you can’t quite know if they were intentional or if you’re reading too much into it and any more casual reader won’t pick up on it and become confused. It’s not for everyone. But with the themes it presents and how it delivers? The way it’s changed my life and my way of thinking? The enjoyment I have gotten out of it and out of this Fandom, and I still get on the daily basis as I wait for the game to come out?

Whether the theories I believe are right or not, whether people love or hate the ending, as far as I am concerned, Homestuck is a Masterpiece, and I will cherish this dumb, long-ass, crazily intricate Webcomic and Fandom for the rest of my life, and keep on sharing the joy it’s brought me with anyone and everyone that’s willing to give it a try.

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12x11 “Regarding Dean”

On the “Alice in Wonderland” & “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in “Regarding Dean”

”…cause all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put him back together again…”

-The “Humpty Dumpty” Riddle

I talked about this topic a little bit yesterday already in this post, but was too tired to expand and talk more about all of the references to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” as well as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that were inserted in this week’s episode. It was in 10x05 “Fan Fiction” that Maeve, the stage manager described the moment when Calliope started influencing their play with the words “we’re past the looking glass, people” and it couldn’t be a more fitting and more impoortant line in relation to 12x11 “Regarding Dean”, because as much as the 200th episode was about a fictional story and with it it’s characters becoming real, so one major theme of this week’s episode also dealt with the question of reality. And the uncertainty of reality, perception and truth aren’t just topics extremely heavily tackled in Lewis Carroll’s stories, these things also play a heavy and important role in our current reality/society where we are met with “alternative facts” and “fake news” every single day and which it seems Supernatural even if only very slightly is making a comment on. But don’t worry, this is all I am going to allude to here in relation to RL.

What excited and still excites me about this week’s episode is how cleverly and detailed it worked with “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” references all throughout the episode. And I refuse to believe all of these are accidental - especially when taking into account how the show made a great effort in making known that Sam and Dean work in Arkansas, which is described as the “Carroll County” (see the 4th gif)

Lewis Carroll, the creator of these stories, in scientific discussion is analyzed as someone who used these stories not only as an homage to childhood, childhood innocence and the sadness about the inevitability of growing up, but he is also understood to have been a writer who tackled a whole lot of philosophical questions on semantics, language and logic in his works. In literature his two probably most famous stories surrounding Alice are described as “non-sense literature”, but if you dig deep you can find a whole lot of sense in it and also a great deal of thoughts about aspects of identity building. And that: growing up and identity shaping have been integral parts of Supernatural during these past few seasons.

Down the Rabbit Hole

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm really interested in seeing Human Cas as the end of his arc, and I've seen that you have one or two opinions really cool about that too so I was wondering if you would elaborate what you think of it?

Hi! Man, that is one complicated question! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about it - this is going to be a bit long and quite possibly overly nerdy, so I apologize in advance. 

First of all - as @thejabberwock said last week, the idea that Cas needs to become human in order to complete some kind of character development or be worthy of a human’s love or whatever else is slightly horrifying. 

Interestingly, this whole theme - supernatural creatures giving up their identity to find love - is not some old mythology trope, because in Western mythology and folklore, love between a human and a supernatural creature simply doesn’t work, and there’s no way around it. On the one end of the spectrum, you’ve got your god/human relationships, and there what happens is generally a) human spies on god’s true form, dies horribly, b) god tries to do something nice for human, kills him horribly in freak accident, c) god’s friend gets jealous, human dies horribly, d) human gets pregnant, dies horribly, e) human has a lick of sense, turns down god, is raped or turns into a tree, or f) love story is disregarded because the important bit is that a hero is born, and behold. On the other end of the spectrum, you get your selkie/fae storylines, and I keep seeing posts on tumblr like Don’t hide your selkie’s pelt, #trust and #respect, and I’m sure OP means well, but that’s plain bullshit. The whole point of those stories is that you can’t change your fundamental nature, and those creatures may love a human for a time, but ultimately they belong in their own realm and that’s sad and heartbreaking, but also how the world works. So, if a selkie finds her pelt, she will desert her family even if she truly loves her human husband (and often she does: that’s the tragedy); if you sleep with a sidhe, she’ll probably come back as a pregnant doe and deliver a human baby for you and then fuck off, because she can’t help it; and in the rare cases (I know only of one) where a fae is actively trying to deny the call of the wild to be with you, well, you’ll fuck it up, because that’s what humans do (and plese, do ask me about it - that story is too long for this post but is also the best story EVER). So, well - traditionally, this stuff doesn’t work, but I’m not sure it has to do with racism and cautionary tales - after all, there are plenty of stories about men marrying princess ‘from beyond the sea’ and whatever - I think we simply know in our bones that when it comes to the divine, we’re outgunned and we should be very careful - and sticking your dick into something that’s been alive for five centuries is not a good way of being careful.

So, long and winding introduction aside - if a supernatural creature giving up their immortality to be with their human lover is not a mythology trope, where the hell does it come from? 

Well - in part, it comes from the other part of our humanity: fairy tales. Now, unlike myths, fairy tales are more about teaching good behaviour than God and the afterlife, and what tends to happen there is that men are pushed to become more of what they are, while women are invited to become less of what they are (just as it happens in real life). In fairy tales, men leave their houses and their countries, pretend to be noblemen, make use of magical objects, lie through their teeth, fight outsized opponents and ultimately end up with a title and a bride. Women, on the other hand, generally keep their eyes down, accept shitty gifts gratefully, clean when they’re told to, and put others first. Giving up a piece of yourself in order to belong - that’s not what gods do; it’s what women do, and this propaganda has been so successful that we all live like that, mostly without even realizing it - we accept that our life is ours (sort of) only until we become mothers or wives; and then we put aside our own ambitions and focus on our husband’s and kids’. In this sense, it is telling that a selkie - a creature of folklore and myth - will go back to the sea and fuck you very much, but the girl who lived in an apple (an old fairy tale from Bologna), like many of her fruity friends, is freed from the enchantment when she’s eighteen - and she promptly marries the prince who’d been obsessing over the mysterious hottie who came out of his fruit bowl every night. 

It’s also important to stress, however, that traditional fairy tales are only partly at fault for our selfish asses wanting angels and selkies to drop everything and cook us dinner every night: much of the blame (if not all, let’s be honest) is on Andersen’s The Little Mermaid - where, let’s not forget about it, what the mermaid wants is not only love, but also an immortal soul and access to the Christian Heaven - stuff monsters like her don’t have. And, well - I think in time Andersen’s tales came to be seen as some universal thing, when in reality they were very personal nightmares of Andersen himself - a tortured, unhappy, repressed bisexual man who’d been abused in his childhood and presumably tried to get past his own inability to have a fulfilling emotional and sexual life by writing overly grotesque and decidely anti-women stories.

(We all know about The Little Mermaid, but another highlight would be Red Shoes, in which a selfish girl who has the nerve to go to Mass wearing red shoes finds they are enchanted and can’t stop dancing until her feet are chopped off with an axe; charmingly, the heroine is named after Andersen’s half-sister.) 

If we consider this precedent, I think what @thejabberwock said is spot-on: for Cas, becoming human includes some element of self-mutilation: just like the little mermaid had to give up her voice and her family, Cas would lose something irreplaceable by choosing to leave Heaven behind. And also - narratively, that choice would frame him as ‘the woman in the relationship’ once and for all, because male heroes just don’t do this stuff; and that, in my opinion, would be a huge loss. What I find so fascinating about Dean and Cas slowly falling for each other is the careful balance of traditional gender roles and how neither character is boxed in; how Dean, our muscle car and hard rock hero, is often pushed into what would be the woman’s role - only he’s not pushed at all, but walks there willingy, and that’s plain spectacular.

That said, the SPN universe chose to frame the opposition between humans and non humans has been framed in a slightly different way from traditional storytelling - even if the narrative isn’t always coherent. 

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JON SNOW X READER|MEMORIES| ONE SHOT PART 1/x]

Plot: In this fanfiction Y/N (daughter of a maid)  thinks about the different memories she had with Jon Snow. 

Summary: Jon Snow left you behind to join the NW after he turned 16. Did he become a memory to you then or will there be more memories of him and you together to come? 

Theme: (part 1 is angst and fluff, other parts could be angst, fluff and/or smut)

Fandom: Game of Thrones

Ships: Jon x reader

Side characters: Lady Catelyn, Sansa, Robb, Ramsey 

Word count: 900 

MEMORY ONE

Being the daughter of a low-born handmaiden was something you couldn’t change. And the same faith awaited you once you turned of age. But your mother often tried to remind you that her job was very valuable. She would tell you that Lady Catelyn had grown quite fond of you and your family, despite your lower status. She’d explain that that was the reason why you were able to talk to the Stark kids without getting in trouble. You knew that the true reasoning behind Lady Catelyn’s  kindness was because she wanted nothing more than for Jon to play with you instead of her own children. Lady Catelyn knew that none of her kids would show true interest in you except for Jon. After all, he was the only one that was constantly left behind. 

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Rainy Days and Mondays

Hello there! I’m back with another headcanon after a while :3 This one was requested by the fabulous @itshaejinju. Thanks for the request (and sorry it’s so late!) <3

“Hmm how about comfort foods and comfort activities for the bros and whoever else that you are comfortable with writing.*”

Note: I included a few songs that the bros might listen to if they’re feeling down. Just click on the letters at the end :3 I didn’t put the titles because I wanted it to be a surprise ^^ (don’t worry, no jump-scares XD)

The letters at the end of the bonus content contain a song as well, so check those out too ^^

Tagging: @themissimmortal @ohgodsnowwhat (thanks for helping me bounce around ideas for this!) @blindbae @stunninglyignis @chocobro-hijinks @crown-city-moogle @insomniacapples @gyrogearlooser​ (since you liked reading my other stuff XD)


Noctis Lucis Caelum

- That the Prince of Insomnia is quite the avid sleeper himself has become a running joke among his closest friends. He sleeps wherever and whenever long he damn pleases on normal days, but even more so when he’s feeling particularly depressed. His philosophy on these days is to just sleep it off until it goes away.

- Cats are also a great source of happiness and comfort for the Chosen King. Whether it’s a cat video or cat-themed items (and especially if it’s an actual feline!), any of these will instantly put a smile on his normally sulky visage. He has a cat-eared hoodie (a gift from Prompto the first Christmas they spent as a group) that he uses as pajamas when feeling blue. He wore them more often when Regis died (and even more so after Altissia).

- Unhealthy food is the way to go with him. Expect all-meat pizzas, potato chips, and plenty of junk food in general. If he is craving something sweet, he’ll ask Ignis to “help him” make some (AKA Noct will stir, cut or taste test while Iggy does everything else). Back when they would do this in the Citadel, the two would call over Gladio (and later on, Prompto) to have an impromptu dessert party. There would always be a batch set aside as well for Ignis to take back to Regis.

- Video games are also a good way to work out any frustrating or confusing feelings. Expect full-day marathons of King’s Knight and RPGs galore if he’s in a bad mood. If he wants to calm down and not really think while playing, Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon are his go-to games (farming and fishing erryday).

- Fishing is by far the most effective method to get his spirits back up. The calm of the environment alone helps clear his mind and make his troubles melt away. Getting a major haul will have him on Cloud Nine for days on end. Fair bit of warning first, though: Don’t do any backseat fishing if he’s feeling particularly testy. He will threaten to shove his fishing rod up your ass many times over.

- Bad Day Playlist: A | B | C | D | E


Prompto Argentum

- Our resident sunshine boy is on the prowl for hugs and fluffy animals (both, if he can find them) when he’s feeling blue. Back in Insomnia, he would hit up most, if not all, of the animal cafes the city had to offer. During the trek around Lucis, these are replaced by constant trips to Wiz’s Chocobo Post. Hugs he’ll either get from the residents of these particular places or from some plushies he collected over their travels. He has a pair of black and white dogs that look similar to Umbra and Pryna, plus a set of four chocobos that look eerily similar to each of the bros (the light brown one even came with a small pair of glasses, while the chocolate-colored one has scars similar to a certain Shield’s). He loves hugging the black chocobo the most, but has hugged the glasses-wearing one more often since Altissia.

- Prompto’s hands tend to get twitchy when he’s sad, and constantly fidgets with either his phone or one of his automatic weapons. During one of their visits to Hammerhead when he was in a funk, Cindy gave him a small pouch filled with a couple of spare parts lying around the garage (cleaned, of course!). Since then, he’d fiddle around with them and see what he could create. One time, he was able to create a customized fidget cube.

- When he was a kid, his go-to comfort food diet was similar to Noct’s, but spicier. But since losing and becoming conscious of his weight, he’d been avoiding junk food for the most part. His love for spicy food, however, hasn’t changed. Curries, stews, skewers…he’ll take it as long as it’s packing the heat he craves. The spicier, the better!

- Of course, video game sessions with his buddy Noctis always cheers him up. He usually prefers King’s Knight or a game like Nintendogs when he’s sad, but when he’s the angry kind of upset? He becomes the most aggressive gamer you’ll ever meet. Prompto becomes the King of any FPS and GTA-type games, and will wipe the floor with any poor soul who dares to challenge him right then and there.

- As he likes to say so himself, he never misses…a photo op! The group’s resident photographer will be moving around more than usual to grab tons of shots, mostly of the other bros. This may not seem very different from what he normally does, but the other three can always tell when the pictures are taken when he’s in a gloomy mood: (a) Prompto will only use the Journey, Time or Dawn filters and (b) there are never any selfies, even when Noct asks him to.

- Bad Day Playlist: F | G | H | I | J


Gladiolus Amicitia

- He’s the kind of person who feels like he has no time to feel sorry for himself, so he basically throws himself even more into physical activity when upset. Whether it’s fighting monsters or going on seemingly endless hunts (or going through the Trial of Gilgamesh)…Gladio will do all this and more, almost always pushing himself to the brink of passing out, much to Iris’ chagrin.

- If it can’t really be helped, the Shield turns to writing about his thoughts and feelings. From poetry to fan fiction, this guy will spin sultry sonnets that will make even Shakespeare’s head spin (or stories that will make even the most straight-laced reader melt into a puddle of goo at the intensity of the smut he writes). He has quite the large following on Tumblr and Fanfiction.net as a result, entire communities of blogs being dedicated to all his writings.

- Three words can accurately describe Gladio’s entire comfort food list: meat, noodles, and booze. He’ll crave burgers, steaks…pretty much any thick cut of meat. Noodles are a given when it comes to him, chugging down at least three large servings of his beloved Cup Noodles at a time. No matter which he chooses to eat, this will always be accompanied by an ice-cold beer or six, depending on the intensity of his mood.

- When depressed and hit with massive writer’s block, Gladio will do one of three things. His first option is reading, immersing himself mostly in historical novels with the occasional erotic piece. If he isn’t in the mood to read, he will park himself in front of the television and binge-watch until he either falls asleep or gets inspired to write (he’s a low-key fan of K-dramas and soap operas thanks to Iris). The third option involves clubbing, drinking and…well, let’s just not disturb him.  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

-  In line with the Shield’s desire for physical activity, expect him to disappear for a few hours. He’ll be trekking around the area near the haven/outpost, going for a jog all over the place to clear his head. Looking around helps ground him and remind him of what else he’s fighting to protect. During the time that Noctis disappeared into the Crystal, Gladio went away for close to a month after completing a daemon hunt by Longwythe. When he came back, he passed out from exhaustion, bruises and new scars littering his person. As it turned out, he’d walked all over Lucis, only stopping to slay daemons, eat/drink, and relieve himself.

- Bad Day Playlist: K | L | M | N | O


Ignis Stupeo Scientia

- If Gladiolus is the one who feels like he has no time to feel sorry for himself, Specs literally has no time to do so. On bad days, music becomes his constant companion. Expect him to either have a set of Bluetooth earbuds plugged in or, in case he doesn’t have them on him, for Ignis to be humming to himself when he works. You know he’s having a particularly rough day when you can hear him singing (and damn, he’s got a hell of a voice on him), especially since he doesn’t normally sing in the presence of others.

- Theatre in general is something that can put Ignis in a good mood, whether from laughing at a particularly funny play or shedding a few tears during an emotional scene thanks to quality acting. When he was younger and there happened to be a show in Insomnia when he wasn’t particularly busy, his uncle would surprise him with premium tickets and they’d watch together. During the road trip, he’d content himself with watching the anniversary performances stored on his phone whenever they’d stop to rest.

- For Ignis, cooking is always a good way to take one’s mind off things. When he is in a funk, expect a seafood feast fit for the Astrals. Shellfish, trout, trevally…you name it, it’s there. For dessert, fluffy chiffon cake, chocolate-covered fruit and wine or cocktails.

- The comfort activity that never fails to surprise the other bros no matter how many times they’ve seen it is Ignis watching anime or reading manga. He’s actually a low-key fan of Studio Ghibli, together with the occasional josei and shoujo anime. Apart from the theatre performances stored in his phone, he has a few volumes of manga stored at a time, updating them whenever they stop by an outpost. He’s currently watching Koe no Katachi and reading Orange.

- If Ignis is having a bad day and isn’t in the mood to sit around, he will either do yoga or dance (usually contemporary or ballroom). How do you think he got so flexible? Specs will often find himself getting lost in the motions, whether he’s performing a particularly difficult set of poses or being drawn into the world of the song he’s dancing to.

- Bad Day Playlist: P | Q | R | S | T


BONUS!

- Cor is someone who draws or paints when he’s upset. His work revolves mainly around two themes: the scenery of Lucis and his past experiences (his trip to Accordo with Regis and the Trial of Gilgamesh, in particular). His skill has considerably grown over the years, the drawings and paintings now indistinguishable from photographs. ( U )

- Ravus is a writer like Gladio, but of music. The High Commander played the piano and violin as a child, much to Queen Sylva’s delight. He rarely touches the violin ever since he got his new arm, much to his chagrin. Ravus usually composes with his mother and sister in mind, the resulting songs being beautifully haunting and filled with a sense of longing. ( V )

- Lunafreya is one who wishes to be one with nature when feeling down. The sylleblossoms outside of Fenestala Manor have only grown more beautiful and numerous over the years thanks to her care. She also keeps a small garden at the balcony of her room in case she’s too unwell to go outside, the planters filled with more sylleblossoms, lilies, and orchids. ( W )


Thanks for reading through this! Hope you enjoyed it <3

EDIT: For some reason, the post didn’t tag properly. Fixed now!

The Vertex in Synastry and Transits (Part 2)

Jupiter/Vertex
Here the Jupiter person brings a lesson of expansion, luck, optimism, faith, spiritual and perhaps travel life lessons to the Vertex person. Upon first meeting the vertex person may find the Jupiter person quite jovial and very fun to be around. There may be an instant connection revolving around spirituality and philosophy. The relationship can also experience a rapid growth and expansion together not long after meeting. The Jupiter person may present themselves as a spiritual teacher to the Vertex person, teaching and showing them things that expands their perception of the world around them. The Vertex person may meet the Jupiter person overseas or may have to travel long distances to interact with them in person. The Vertex person may see the Jupiter person as a ‘stroke of luck’ by where they didn’t ever expect to meet someone like the Jupiter person, so the Vertex person holds them in very high regard. The Jupiter person may introduce something that feels 'foreign’ to the Vertex person, then altering their perspective and opening their mind to what else they can experience in the world. The Vertex person may find themselves traveling great distances with or for the Jupiter person. There is a mutual feeling of fun and optimism though other connections in the chart will be needed to show a romantic connection.

Transit: Jupiter conjunct or opposing may bring karmic lessons as the ones mentioned above. You may be confronted by a spiritual teacher or guru who opens up your perception to a spiritual practice and/or philosophy that changes your life course. You may suddenly take an overseas trip that expands your perception of life and what you can experience in the world. You may come into contact with someone from overseas that changes your life course. You may unexpectedly come into good fortune or have a sudden stroke of luck. Something may occur that enhances your faith and optimism.

Example: Vertex conjunct Jupiter in cancer. This may bring lessons of expansion and growth in the home and family life. You may unexpectedly buy a house overseas or move location. You may find out a family member is pregnant. You may have a new baby, expanding your family which certainly changes your life course. How does your beliefs resonate with the family? How does your families spiritual beliefs affect you? What can you learn from families overseas? What would it be like to live overseas and how would that change who you are?

Saturn/Vertex
Here we have the heavy karmic energies of Saturn fused with the life changing lessons of the Vertex. Here the Vertex has drawn a person that may make you mature at a rapid rate. Upon first meeting you may have felt like you needed to be an authority figure around this person, guide them and help them achieve their goals (and vice-versa). You may find that Saturn person rather intimidating or even fear them. They may make you feel restricted and/or try to control you and what you do. They may make you feel suppressed and like their word is the only word. They may on the other hand, guide you towards your goals and ambitions and show you how to build and structure things in a way that’s it’s built to last. You may feel restricted around them, but their stern guidance may feel beneficial if you to follow and proceed in your course of action. They could also feel like a natural authority figure over you and you may feel as you have no choice but to work under them. The Saturn person may come into your life completely blocking your life path, so much so you are forced to take a new direction. You may feel determined to evict the Saturn person from your life if you feel like they are holding you down, and their presence is stopping you from doing what you most desire. You may make a life long commitment to them in which completely paves you a new spiritual life path. People who’s Saturn conjuncts your Vertex brings huge karmic lessons that will completely block and/or redirect your life course for better or for worse. Their lessons may not be the most enjoyable but will definitely provoke you to mature and advance quite quickly.

Transit: Heavy karmic lessons for a rather long period of time is indicated with this transit, in the themes mentioned above. If Saturn turns Retrograde over the Vertex, the lessons will be much like the Saturn return, though the lessons will involve other people and will be more focused on redirecting the life path in what you are going to do and where to go in life. You original life plan may become completely blocked, forcing you to change what you are doing and where you are going. These lessons may make you become mature quite quickly. You may be forced to face your fears of something, and if you overdone it, the fear no longer blocks you, allowing you to advanced on your life path. You may be set a long term goal where your entire life is changed and set to work towards achieving this goal.

Example: Saturn Conjunct Vertex in the 7th house in synastry will bring karmic lessons around building a long lasting and stable relationship together. The Saturn person may establish them selves as a type of authority figure in the relationship. The Vertex person will feel strongly committed to the Vertex person and feel that they are who they wish to establish a long life relationship with through marriage. The Saturn person may also take authoritative role as a business leader in a partnership for work. What kind of long term goals does the Saturn person bring in a relationship with them? How solid is your relationship structure with them? Does this feel like a long lasting relationship? How does this person act as an older and wiser guide in the relationship for you?

* For the generational planets, please look at the natal connections in the chart of you have this aspect since all of those born in your generation will have this connection, neutralising the conjunction in synastry.

Uranus/Vertex (+ Transit)
Upon first meeting with the Uranus person, they may feel a sudden uneasiness around them. The Uranus person may seem quite eccentric and different to the Vertex person. They may suddenly arrive into the Vertex persons life, flipping it upside down and turning it inside out. Their suddenly encounter may destabilise the Vertex persons course in life.
In regards to transit, Uranus’ progression over the Vertex will be far more significant, as it will last for several years. The nature of Vertex events and manifestations themselves often feel like a Uranian encounter or transit, so Uranus to the Vertex may bring sudden and unexpected turns on the life path on a grand scale. Depending on the house location, the Vertex person may experience much switching and changing in the life path, which may very well be liberating, bringing new and innovative changes to the Vertex person’s life. Sudden insights of genius concepts and ideas may come rapidly, which may impulsively direct you and your course of action in life. Since Uranus and Vertex energies feel similar in their suddenness, you can expect sudden comings and outgoings faster than you can count or even be impossible to predict.

Neptune/Vertex (+Transit)
This connection in synastry can either cause an overriding sense of romantic connection and infatuation to the Vertex person OR it’s possible that the Neptune person may fly under the radar, not even being noticed by the Vertex person. The Neptune person may project chameleon like energies that allows them to blend into the background of others until they prominently make themselves known to the Vertex person.
The Vertex person may have a difficult time seeing the Neptune person as they truly are, idealising them on first interaction and compromising a fantasy of the two, and it may feel all too easy to lose themselves in the Neptune person. The Neptune person will bring lessons of empathy, spirituality, compassion, unconditional love, ecstasy and possibly addiction to them.
In transit, Neptune brings sudden life changing lessons that can bring great psychic insights and dreams, visions and strange psychic phenomena. It’s possible to reach high forms of enlightenment during this transit as long as the Vertex person doesn’t allow feelings of becoming a victim or martyr if things become difficult or challenging along the way. Themes of addiction and drug/alcohol use and abuse may arise, teaching the Vertex person the need to overcome self sabotaging tendencies and facing reality without fear.

Pluto/Vertex
Here the conjunction if not in the natal chart of the Vertex person will only manifest in large age gaps between the Pluto and the Vertex person. The Pluto person first interaction with the Vertex person may feel instantly transformative and eye opening or it could feel obsessive, possessive and all consuming. The Pluto person may bring drastic changes in the life of the Vertex person, destroying their foundations, forcing them to forge a new path. Lessons of intensity, merging, psychology and possible violence, extremes, abuse and power may manifest to change the Vertex person for better or for worse. The Pluto persons presence may affect the deep subconscious mind of the Vertex person, bringing to the surface self destructive tendencies and fears to be faced and eliminated. Themes of death and rebirth may also change the way the Vertex person feels and sees the manner of death, ether enhancing or eliminating their fears. The Pluto person may also teach the Vertex person about power struggles and dominance. This conjunction can also bring tremendous transformative healing.
(Personal story: My grandfathers Pluto conjunct my Anti-Vertex. He passed away when I was 9. I saw him have power struggles in his relationship with my grandmother and mother where he was always the dominant man. I always had a subtle underlying fear of him, however I was empathetic towards him and a month before his death, we bonded and our friendship managed to transform his hard interiors and allowed him to be more gentle towards my mother and grandmother. His death allowed me to be fearless for I saw his passing as a sense of relief once he had completed his lesson showing me that kindness and compassion can be transformative for both people involved.)
With the transit, all lesson above is a possible manifestation of the Pluto conjunct Vertex. Themes of elimination, transformation, destruction and reconstruction as well as healing, the occult and blind passion can suddenly come into the Vertex persons life to deeply regenerate their path in life.

(Link to Vertex conjunct the nodes and Anti-Vertex)

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Moon Aspects

The moon is the fastest celestial body used in astrology, moving about 13° per day and spending approximately 2.5 days in each sign. This means that the aspects it makes are more unique & special to an individual’s natal chart. The moon is also the luminary of emotion & instinct, and fittingly, it is very physically sensitive to the energies impressed upon it; because of this, any aspects the moon forms with the other planets will be crucial to understanding how the native’s moon sign manifests in their psyche. If you don’t particularly identify with general descriptions of your moon sign, this post is for you.

First, you should acquaint yourself with the meanings of the aspects (if you haven’t already). This post provides basic information on them. I won’t be going into the specifics of each aspect in this post, so knowing how to further interpret them yourself will be useful. You know the drill: harmonious aspects generally imply qualities & good traits, and discordant aspects generally imply flaws & negative traits. Not always, but generally.

*Note: I included the traditional and modern planetary rulers because I use both of them, but you can use whichever better suits your aspect or practice.


Moon in aspect to the Sun (adds Leo energy)
When the moon comes into contact with the sun, the ego meets receptivity & the feelings meet identity. The sun is nearly as affected by this aspect as the moon is, so the native will likely become more sensitive, intuitive, and in-tune to their emotions. Their emotions will probably define them to a degree. They will also feel more confident and secure within themselves. If it is a discordant aspect, arrogance, over-emotional behavior, and extreme selfishness are strongly implied. Attention-seeking is also a prominent theme here.

Moon in aspect to Mercury (adds Gemini or Virgo energy)
This is a relationship in which the emotions become mentalized. The native studies their feelings (either harshly or with curiosity, depending on whether the aspect is discordant or harmonious) and they seek to understand themselves as much as possible. They can become mechanical individuals who stifle feelings and replace them with logic, or they can be know-it-alls (who may not know much at all). They can also be immensely intuitive, creative, and compassionate people who are very in touch with their depth.

Moon in aspect to Venus (adds Libra or Taurus energy)
Venus “beautifies” what it touches. The native will end up dramatizing their emotions and romanticizing them. They will be more flirtatious, charming, polite, affectionate, and appearance-concerned. They can be superficial, vain, over-dramatic, passive, and two-faced. Generally, they will be more artistic people with an eye for aesthetics. They have many desires and are focused on gratifying them, and can be quite selfish & lazy because of it. They are also infatuated with romance and can “fall in love” at the drop of a hat.

Moon in aspect to Mars (adds Aries [or Scorpio] energy)
Emotions are more volatile with this aspect; Mars brings impulsivity, self-assertion, force, drive, and a competitive nature to the core functions and instincts of the native, causing this person to be the source of most of their own conflicts and struggles in life, even if the aspect is considered harmonious. They are determined and independent, and their strong will is their saving grace. They are usually incredibly passionate, ambitious, and creative, but they can be frustratingly selfish, stubborn, and immature as well. Lust is often a fundamental motivator in their behavior, as they usually have a high libido.

Moon in aspect to Jupiter (adds Sagittarius [or Pisces] energy)
Anything that meets Jupiter inflates and expands; in this case, it is the sensitivity and receptivity of the individual. They may be very imaginative, creative, compassionate, nurturing, and healing people, or they may be over-emotional, dramatic, prone to exaggeration, over-sensitive, and self-pitying. Either way, they likely have a kind and generous disposition and a feeling of being favored by luck. Consequences might appear to go right around them. They enjoy learning and travelling, but may become bigoted & intolerant.

Moon in aspect to Saturn (adds Capricorn [or Aquarius] energy)
Whenever I think of the moon coming into contact with Saturn, I always visualize Saturn (constrictive energy) bottling the moon (fluid energy). Natives of this aspect can be painfully out of touch with their emotions; they tend to repress and ignore their feelings out of a misunderstanding of them, and can become cold and detached as a result. Saturn is never easy to handle, so his influence on the moon may manifest in positive ways (productivity, wisdom, a careful nature) but he is always a burden, and individuals who feel his affects are often quite internally frustrated and confused. They try their best to be constructive people, but they endure a lot of difficulty – fear, inhibition, restriction, control, and suppression are Saturn’s themes. He imposes karmic suffering upon the native to refine them and restore their balance.

Moon in aspect to Uranus (adds Aquarius energy)
Uranus revolutionizes & stirs what it touches. It dominates the relationship and causes the moon to take on many Uranus traits, more so than the other planets when they form an aspect with the moon (mainly the other planets interact with the moon, whereas Uranus puts it in a costume). The native will have a very unconventional way of thinking and reacting; they will have a plethora of quirks, odd mannerisms, and idiosyncrasies which may end up defining them as an individual. They are highly unique, which is something they strive to be. Their originality is their most treasured quality. They are inventive, creative, and brilliant – full of ideas and opinions. They can be shocking for the sake of being shocking; they tend to be edgy just to get a rise out of people. They embodied the hipster stereotype before it was cool.

Moon in aspect to Neptune (adds Pisces energy)
The moon becomes shrouded in a heavy fog when Neptune forms an aspect to it. Neptune disorients; the relationship causes much confusion, a lack of awareness, and misunderstanding in the native – they will be overwhelmed by their feelings, they’ll avoid them, they’ll miscommunicate them, and they will usually have a hard time figuring out who they are as a person. On the other hand, they may have psychic talents, great compassion and sensitivity, a gentle kindness about them, and a lot of creative energy.

Moon in aspect to Pluto (adds Scorpio energy)
This is probably the most detrimental aspect that the moon can find itself in; Pluto’s energy is the darkest and most powerful of all the planets, and as I mentioned, the moon is the most sensitive. Whether the aspect is considered harmonious or not is rather irrelevant, because either way, it indicates immense pain and difficulty – the softer angles may lessen the chaos and promote more of the positive traits (whereas the harder aspects promote the negative ones), but that’s essentially the only observable difference, and they each generally create a similar result. The native will have self-destructive habits, a profoundly transformative nature, a terrifying depth and power within them, a secretive disposition, and an inclination to periodically purge themselves when they get hurt or feel afraid. They can be psychic, very wise, strong-willed, intelligent people amidst all the damage, and they live in perpetual cycles of rebirth. They possess incredible healing capacities.

Harry Potter and Children’s Psychology: A Character Analysis

I can’t believe I’m writing this almost ten years after the final book has come out, but recently I came across something which denounced Harry as a generic character made for marketing purposes and honestly, I was rather shocked to see that there have been no real essays written about this. Certainly I may have missed something - if so, forgive yet another post about this subject.

This isn’t an argumentative defence, but rather that I hope to make a better reading experience after making certain things clear about the main character in the world’s most beloved series. I do not have a ph.D in the subject, but I am familiar with children’s psychology, and I wish to make some broad sketches related to this and Harry Potter.  

Harry Potter, without a doubt, is someone who has grown up in an abusive family. It’s not touched upon much in the films/books, but it’s very clear that he’s a victim of neglect and emotional abuse. The stigma placed on abuse in society would have you believe emotional abuse isn’t ‘real abuse’, and while I have opinions on this, neither is that the focus today, so I will move on. What is important here is that growing up in that kind of environment does leave heavy marks on the child. Victims of emotional abuse tend to 1) not be trusting towards authority figures 2) not try that hard in school 3) make few friends but be extremely loyal to the ones they do make and 4) have no sense of self preservation. Does any of this sound familiar?

There are of course more symptoms of emotional abuse, but these are the more obvious and more easily observable ones, so these are the four I will briefly explain and leave the rest for you to find if you come to be interested. I am not saying that every single emotionally abused child will have these exact symptoms, but these are the basic trends.

First, abused children tend not to trust authority figures. Why would they? Authority figures have either not noticed or not helped the child get out of a hostile environment, which either makes them incompetent or malicious. The authority figures at home are either outright incompetent or malicious to be neglecting a child.

Second is that abused children tend not to try very hard in school. For one, it is hard to keep up any kind of energy for academics when your home life is so awful. For another, children do rely on positive reinforcement to identify what is important to succeed in, and children from a neglect ridden family would receive none of that.

Third, emotionally abused children tend to have very few friends, because typically they will lack the confidence needed for a wide and meaningful social circle. Neglected children are often made to believe that they are not loved because of something that they did, and thus low self esteem is born. With low self esteem comes the question of why anyone would want to be friends with them. Thus, the first person who does offer friendship is someone the child will want to cling to, partially because it’s easy to believe no one else would like them, and partially out of gratefulness for the first person who chased away their loneliness.

Finally, neglected children tend to not view their lives as important as the lives of others. At home they are repeatedly told how worthless they are, and it is also shown in their interactions with their guardians. Children /are/ very impressionable. As a result, even if they are not exactly suicidal, emotionally abused children will often believe that if they died, it wouldn’t be a big loss.

And quite suddenly, a lot of Harry Potter’s characteristics make sense.

He is reckless and independent because he has learned that he can only trust himself. In Privet Drive, the total number of dependable adult figures for Harry has been zero (or else they would have been mentioned), which is not conductive to nurturing a sense of trust for adults. This is made worse in Hogwarts, when every time Harry attempts to go to an adult to solve a serious problem, he’s not taken seriously. Don’t forget that in the Philosopher’s Stone, the children did try to tell McGonagall about the theft first before going after it themselves.

He is average in academia because he has never been given a reason to try hard. In fact his best friend Ron is average naturally and gets jealous easily, and commonly ridiculed Hermione for being too smart in the first months of their friendship. The sole exception is Defence, which surprise surprise, had a friend of his father’s teaching it when Harry suddenly became very good at it. Added to that, there was a very real, very applicable reason for Harry to try hard with Defence - namely, that he’s had experience of needing it and likely realizes he’ll need it in the future.

He is loyal to his friends because he wants love and is afraid of abandonment. Harry readily admits in the first book that all he wanted was for the Dursleys to love him, and he only gave up on them after they made it very very very clear it wasn’t going to happen. However, this does not mean he gave up on love entirely, and children cannot help but want love and acknowledgement. Ron was the first to give that to him, and Hermione was the one who made the effort in their first year to become friends with them. Thus the ‘Golden Trio’ is born and not expanded upon, because Harry is not actually good at making new best friends.

He is selfless because he does not know how to love himself. Reading the novels carefully, while Harry does care about his life, he never even /thinks/ about the danger to himself when another is in danger. Yes, it is the sign of a hero. It is also the sign of someone who has been brought up to believe that their life is not as important as another’s, and hence they cannot even compare saving their own life vs saving another person’s life. Much of Harry’s acts of bravery stems from this too.

Now all of this seems very dark, but in fact I think it’s quite hopeful. Considering all of this, it means that Harry Potter the series is in part about how a victim of abuse can conquer their childhood and live well in spite of it. I could go on about this theme and its place in society, but since that isn’t the focus of this exploration, I’ll bring it back to Harry.

Is Harry a brave, independent hero with loyal friends? Yes, undoubtedly. What he’s experienced does not detract from what he has become. But knowing the subtler reasons for his actions suddenly add a whole layer of complexity to a character that might have seemed generic before, and I think that is also valuable.

You’re welcome to find Harry boring. I don’t deny that Harry’s point of view is very mundane compared to characters like Artemis Fowl or Ender. However, to call him generic is a disservice, to both his complex psychology and to JK’s writing.

In any case, thank you for your time.

11 things I liked about The Eaters of Light

1. The idea that cowardice is not final, failure is not fatal, we can all be brave when it counts.

2. I’m no historian, but I’m pretty sure that was an accurate representation of Roman sexuality. 

3. Bill is gay, and we’re going to mention it as many times as we damn well like. Which is A Lot. :)  

4. Great scenery.

5.Arthur Dent Nardole in a dressing gown. 

6. Black birds. Ravens crows remember? Nice visual link to Clara’s arc. I’m sure that wasn’t coincidental.

7. Songs are like that. Yes, some stories become songs. Sob, still thinking of Clara when he said that.

8. Linking of the two story worlds (modern and ancient) with the crows having a conversations across time,  and also the music. These themes intertwined beautifully.

9. I think there was a snippet of foreshadowing a big idea to come next week, helping us understand the concept that time can flow at different rates in different places. 

10.  Helpful reminder to the audience that the Doctor can regenerate. Because that happens, you know, and it’s going to quite soon.  :(  

11. Missy looking like she genuinely cares about something. And Twelves heart breaking moment when he wants to believe her so badly, but he knows, he just knows how dangerous that really is. 

Character Development Breakdown: Inuyasha

Introduction

Inuyasha is the only character that goes from Point A to Point Z, so naturally when he gets development, it’s not only because he needs it, it’s because he really NEEDS it, it’s more crucial to his character in the series because he has the furthest path to travel.

Now before I jump into his development, we really have to cover an important subject, because honestly I wouldn’t be doing his character justice if I didn’t, that thing is of course, Kagome. As mentioned previously, Kagome’s influence reaches pretty much throughout the series, and this is a very primary case. Largely because without Kagome, we wouldn’t have the Inuyasha we do at the end of the series, or the middle of the series, or not far after the beginning of the series. It’s her that is either the reason he develops, or the causes of his development.

Everything from his growing/changing/exposing feelings, his rise in power, his acceptance in himself (and his desire to remain who/what his is), trust in others, his skill as a swordsman, and so much more, lead to Kagome in some shape/form/way. Inuyasha does summarize that pretty strongly at the end of the series and fittingly so, her influence in making him a warrior and man, shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s with that said, we’ll now cover Inuyasha’s development.

The Breakdown

Expressing Himself: This is a very odd one, because it’s sort of a half-and-half, we have many moments throughout the series where Inuyasha is very capable of expressing what he’s feeling, but those moments are either more natural moments where he feels very comfortable, or when he has to absolutely do so. We have moments where he clams up, and a lot of this deals with his past, his parents, his upbringing after he lost his mother, often being subjects that he’ll try to ignore or completely avoid. The biggest of course that would come to mind would be expressing his feelings, which he struggles to find himself able to do, but becomes more comfortable with it throughout the series. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the moments where Inuyasha is at his most open comes when he’s drunk when encountering the potion master towards the end of the series. Naturally he’s far more capable around the right person or the right setting, with Kagome he’s naturally more open and at ease, so he lets his guard down more freely, the same is said for her time and in her home/room, but like many, there are just some things he’d rather not talk about, one of the biggest themes for Inuyasha is keeping his eyes focused on the future, he wants to forget a lot of the darker times, because he both realizes and wants the brighter times that Kagome provides.

Swordsmanship: While Inuyasha never quite ‘loses’ the hot-head, rush into the battle and swing your sword around like a lunatic kind of approach, he does become a better fighter, and again a lot of that is usually how he approaches battle with Kagome around. Whether she’s around him or he’s backing her up, he’s naturally stronger, faster and more precise with his approach to things. Things like slicing through The Noh Mask when it is just inches from Kagome’s face in the manga, especially in the earlier parts of the series, aren’t simple things to do, especially for someone just starting out, that only comes from trust in your ability and the person that you’re attempting to try and save without hurting them. His pursuit and want to become stronger and better with it, comes from his desire to keep Kagome safe, both from others, but from himself as well, his desire to grow in power isn’t selfish one like it starts out as, and because of this, he comes to rely on the Tessaiga, and with his reliance on the sword he continuously improves.

Accepting Himself: Oddly, you’d likely believe this was the one that would get the most development, but it actually barely makes it past the beginning of the series. Sure at the beginning of the series, it’s a really big deal, but that’s an Inuyasha scrambling for acceptance from others, and willing to go about it by whatever means, even if it meant tarnishing his own heritage a little bit. It’s not his fault, having heard that being what he was, was wrong, so many, naturally had him searching for a way to make himself “right”. Of course, after a little experience with both sides, he became more and more willing to see Kagome’s side of the situation, because she accepted him as the half-demon he was. Experiencing his human side at it’s very worst, immediately turned his attention solely to becoming a demon, a fore-warning from Miroku made him stop, the very idea of him turning on Kagome made him fearful, but he was able to quickly push that aside, assuming he’d have no trouble handling it… until the attack on the bandits took place, immediately turning his focus away from it, especially when he realized the danger it would bring to Kagome. This turns his focus onto becoming stronger.

Trust: Inuyasha says it pretty early in the series, he survived as long as he had up to that point because he trusted nobody, that included Kikyo, with their trust issues highlighted throughout the series, both in their interaction and their eventual turn on one another. This statement turns out to be a pretty ironic one, because right after this, he has to put his trust in Kagome to save him and keep him safe. This became the real turning point for him, because he naturally comes to trust Kagome’s ability to pull him out of sticky situations or back him up, she’d done it on a few occasions before this, but this was the moment where Inuyasha was at his very weakest, and found someone that didn’t take advantage of it, talk down to him for it, and actually worried about his safety. Trust is one of the strongest elements to Inuyasha’s character, so it’s always a big deal throughout the series, and that trust grows and becomes stronger through interaction with Kagome and his group of friends. That translates to a real understanding of what companionship and love is, and yes, Inuyasha learns both of these pretty well, he has a very basic view of these two at the beginning of the series, but over the course of the series, he not only understands them, but realizes what they are, both come from his interaction with Kagome, which opens more worlds for him, and in many cases, causes him to do things he wouldn’t have done in the past.

Behavior: Kaede stated it best at the beginning of the series when she speculated that Inuyasha may in fact be more like his father than Sesshomaru was. Well, if Inuyasha at the beginning of the series is the wild bandit 'raised’ Inuyasha, the one at the end of the series, has to very similar to his father. Elements of his later character are there, in reality he’s just a nice boy that wants to be accepted, wants to be depended and cared about, the facade at the beginning of the series, is just a facade. Without much of a proper upbringing, he does have some elements to his character that even if he doesn’t mean to, pushes people away, some of these things he does intentionally, but the things he doesn’t realize or quite understand become pieces that Kagome tries to guide him through, she’s trying to turn the boy into a man, and over the course of the series we watch Inuyasha become a man, as he moves way from the more childish antics we see at the beginning of the series. He doesn’t lose everything about him, it’s not a complete change, but his approach to things goes through a drastic change, which makes him more accepting to people around him, among the many things that Kagome taught him, she taught him how to survive in society, to approach people and things around him. This also covers selfishness, which is something Inuyasha personified at the beginning of the series, living around bandits (or being around them, not so much “living with them”), he’d come to connect with their “I want this now” attitude, and often his goal for the jewel was driven by his want to get the jewel as quickly as possible, often putting the jewel ahead of everything, even Kagome and Kagome’s life, however that quickly turns around, with not only Kagome confronting him on the situation, but her near death against The Thunder Brothers.

Power: Technically this should go under Swordsmanship, because their very similar, and the Tessaiga plays a role in both situations, but that wouldn’t do Inuyasha’s development justice. Inuyasha’s growth in confidence naturally comes from the Tessaiga’s heritage, it was created to protect Inuyasha’s mother, so when he’s using it to keep Kagome safe, he’s naturally more powerful, faster, stronger, etc. so the sword fits perfectly with his personality, especially within those key moments. But really most of his power comes from his confidence in himself and who he is, confidence in yourself can of course be a double-edge sword, some characters like Naraku become overconfident which often causes them to crash and burn, but Inuyasha, Kagome and Sesshomaru, each over the course of the series, grow in confidence in themselves, Kagome and Inuyasha growing in confidence, while Sesshomaru over the course of the series, sheds his overconfidence that found him in so many troubling situations through the series. The more Inuyasha accepts himself, with the more trust he places into himself and others, allows for his rise in power.

Conclusion

Inuyasha’s development from Point A to Point Z, is summed up pretty well at the end of the series, and he uses a very fitting word to describe it: “taught”. In order to learn we need a person to provide guidance, be it a mentor, teacher, parent, we don’t learn without being taught or even trying something, that is something that Inuyasha was never quite allowed to do, he lost his mother at a young age, and learned most of his habits through his time in the wild, even when he met Kikyo, we never saw him 'learn’.  He tried to fit in, he tried to find a place to accept him, when he couldn’t find one, he turned his back on the world and made a place for himself. Kagome doesn’t just play the role of a girl he likes, she’s a guide.

The best example can actually come right from canon, their meeting at the Well, when a Inuyasha whose in rather dark moment at the time, tells her that he cannot be happy and doesn’t deserve to be, only for Kagome to grab his hand and walk with him, her intentions to lead him towards a happier life clear in mind. That scene is her guiding him towards a 'light’ in his moment of darkness,, and multiple moments have Inuyasha reaching his lowest point, only to pull free from them the moment Kagome’s voice and appearance are involved.

So throughout the series we watch as Kagome guides Inuyasha towards a place where he is both happy, and into a person that his mother and father would have raised him to be, teaching him all of the things that he would have learned with a more stable upbringing, she’s essentially playing the role of both his guide and girlfriend through the series.