What I love about this scene is that it means Natsume is, like, ridiculously OP. Because Matoba’s eyes are really, really good. In special chapter 15,* Matoba tests Natori’s vision by asking him about the color of a kimono that acts as a sort of litmus test for spiritual sensitivity. Natori sees it as red, which is “very powerful.” But it’s still less than what Matoba can see:
Part of me wants to laugh at the fact that this makes Natsume more or less a ludicrously overpowered shonen protagonist with the wrong temperament and stuck in the wrong genre, and part of me wants to wax philosophical about how much this says about his character and the series in general — he has no interest in joining a world where the amount of power he has is worthwhile, only in using that power to help others.
*and I flip the sign back to “0 days since akitania last ranted about special chapter 15″
@blade-rootes I am so sorry I still haven’t finished that one shot for you, I’ve literally rewritten it like 3 times and I still don’t like it but I’m slowly but surely making progress. As a bit of compensation for this ridiculous wait here’s a quick drawing of a scene from it that I’ve actually been wanting to draw for a while. Again I’m soooooo so sorry this is taking so long＼(_ _ ;)
Blue is seen as a color of knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, trust, truth, loyalty, and intuition among its many other meanings, but for the purpose of this meta, I’m going to stick with these.
Throughout the episode, the frequency at which the characters wear the color blue is actually quite ridiculous. Within the first 21:38 of the episode, I counted 29 times that a character is wearing blue––for God’s sake, even Margaret Thatcher, in the photo on the Wellsbury’s shrine to her, was wearing blue!
Then, you look at how many times the scene is colored blue. How many times the lighting on Sherlock’s face turns blue and shimmery, as if underwater. His head is underwater, yet blue is meant to be the color of, well, being in the know. Each time he’s “underwater,” however, he’s missing something, he’s missing a key element, or there’s something missing, and he cannot figure it out, thus contradicting the traditional meaning of blue.
Blue is, as aforementioned, the color of loyalty. Yet, John, wearing a blue-grey shirt beneath his black jacket in the bus scene with the lady (sorry I couldn’t phrase this more eloquently), is acting disloyal to Mary with her, by taking her number, not refusing it.
And why is Mary wearing blue in a number of the scenes, namely the ones where they are following Toby? Mary isn’t a loyal character, she’s a psychopath who is self-centered with only her best interests in mind.
Her wearing blue deeply contrasts the black-clad John and Sherlock.
Now, going back earlier in the episode, we see that the baby’s nursery is painted an aquamarine, with coral motif in the background, symbolizing “underwaterness.”
This then, lends the question: is the baby even real?
Now, in the scene where Mary is shot, unrealistically and most likely a result of an unreliable narrator/ties into alibi theory (for more reading on the scene, here’s my meta on gun recoil, and the Surprise! meta), it takes place in an aquarium, thus all the lighting is blue. But why did the writers have to make it so that Vivian Norbury had all of her meetings in the London Aquarium? They could’ve easily just chosen a different location and tied different meanings to it. But with this choice, they have discarded the traditional meanings of blue. No more loyalty. No more knowledge. Sherlock is going in partially blind.
Then, Mary gets shot. I’m reiterating what is said in the aforementioned Surprise! meta, but Vivian is not the one who shoots Mary. The blood splatter comes outwards from her abdomen, seeming like an exit wound rather than an entrance wound. The show has put so much emphasis on realistic shooting that the audience now knows that how Mary is shot is unrealistic.
Throughout this analysis of the color blue in the episode, and in comparing it to the traditional meanings of blue, I’ve come to realize this:
Blue is the color of deceit. Thus, the events of this episode are most likely unreal, tying into alibi theory.
There’s something I kinda want to point out regarding Tangled The Series: the animation. And it’s not the only one that used it.
This involves a mix of cut out, vector puppet tweening of shapes and fluidity of the movement to look as good and maybe closer to the hand-drawn movement than just cheap tweening and use of less shapes like how early Flash based shows tend to be ridiculed on. Though sometimes it had its “Cheap tweening” moment of being a little lazy in the animation cycle but in certain scenes, it looked much professionally executed when it needs to be.
Of course this is done in Toon Boom Harmony, the same software used for recent animated shows that replicates what the Flash software can do on vector shape puppet animation, and even hand-drawn based projects when using the scanned drawings or drawing digitally over the frames before adding in color (as evident in The Princess and the Frog).
Most of these kinds of animation are done in Canada.
This isn’t the first time Tangled the Series used this kind of animation. Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, An original animated show by Sam Levine and Zootopia co-writer Jared Bush used the same animation style that may have been the first to test it out. It has some stylized designs and backgrounds that it holds similarities to Tangled The Series.
Then The Lion Guard used it, but went for the same aesthetics as the animated film.
Other ones like Niko and the Sword of Light for Amazon Studios has a little of the animation style by Titmouse.
There have been past animation styles for TV that range from hand-drawn to vector tweening (or Flash). But this kind of animation that is similar to vector tweening, but more vector puppet fluid animation is something new that no one has taken notice of it until Tangled The Series.
modern monster crew au. tiny swole werewolf jeremy whose wolf form has a fluff of colorful fur. vampire geoff who mixes blood and booze in ridiculous cocktails. faerie gavin who is more in the crime scene for the lulz and the shiny things he can collect than any other reason and loves leaving weird faerie circles all over the city for random people to stumble into. shapeshifting dragon ryan who hoards weapons and books, breathes smoke when he’s flustered, likes it when he gets scratches between his wings because he can’t reach very well himself. forest nymph jack who wears floral patterns as a silly reference and has a tiny houseplant version of their huge old tree hidden somewhere. witch michael who harnesses fire in his very soul and can manipulate the minds of mortal men to his will. phoenix lindsay who keeps a humanoid form through a magic charm but burns forever, a dangerous duo with michael.
Yes, I would love to sketch out/animate these two doing this scene eventually. But I also suspect it’s more than I can handle… I’m also not wholly satisfied with this one either so it may get redone before color.
But yes, Daring finally got a little… fed up with the secrecy/just couldn’t keep quiet about how much he loves Lizzie. So at the end of a bookball game, he totally grabs a microphone and breaks out into song about how head over heels he is for her. (For Rotten! Apple White, this would be the start of her slide into evil.) Lizzie is flattered and embarrassed, but she and Daring totally go make out under the bleachers later.
I’ve just been attacked by a girl for shipping Reylo and I have to say that’s the first time someone send that much BS in my inbox. I’m quite shocked.
For her, if you ship Reylo :
1) you’re supporting abuse
2) you’re supporting incest
3) you’re automatically a white hetero bitch
I’ve heard some of the dumbest shit ever since I started shipping Kylo & Rey but NEVER in my life was I accused of shipping one thing because of my color of skin or my sexuality.
1) seriously, the abuse argument from #antireylo is becoming very odd. Not only is it not making any sense but it seems that people making the accusations did NOT watch the movie. When did Kylo abused Rey? And don’t tell me that it was during the interrogation room scene cause that’s utter bullshit. He used the force on her, she used the force on him. Voilà! Nothing about being abused. That’s ridiculous.
2) Incest? Was it ever confirmed during the movie that Rey was Han and Leia’s daughter? That she is Kylo’s sister? Or even Luke’s child? I must have missed it! Damn you popcorn!
Let’s be serious, if there’s one thing that the movie made pretty clear is that Rey is not a Solo. Making her anything BUT Kylo’s sister. Plus, the chances of her turning to be Luke’s are as high as her being a no one or a Kenobi.
Take your incest away and MOVE OVER!
3) This argument made by a crazy free hater named @reitakishima (please my fellows Reylo shippers, avoid her like the plague…she will LEGIT persecute you in your inbox) has to be the FUNNIEST and the DUMBEST I’ve heard so far. What does the color of my skin or my sexuality has to do with anything? I get that we can dislike a ship, we’re all free to do what we want but that NONSENSE? Hell no! She came to me saying that it basically made sense for a white hetero bitch to support “incest”. WTF? Thankfully not all haters are crazy like that one. Apparently because she’s a brown lesbian girl, she’s more sensitive and it legitimize her hate for Kylo & Rey. I usually wouldn’t justify myself, mostly because I don’t give a flying fuck about crazy people like that BUT I’m a bisexual, white girl, shipping the villain with the heroine and the black stormtrooper with the latino pilot. So please, don’t come to me with filthy arguments which not only makes you look pathetic but DISTURBING AS FUCK!
More often than not, they will have loony-toons style run-ins with a ridiculous, Hynkel-like villain (named Lord Hater !) who conquers innocent planets for no other reason than that he is just so gosh-dang mean.
Except, as the series goes on, we are slowly learning more about the historical context of this setting.
In the episode ‘The Axe’, there was a short scene with an immigrant taxi driver that was set up as a one-of joke but gave us an important clue about what is going on in this galaxy.
First of all, IMMIGRANT TAXI DRIVER? We are talking about a galaxy filled with countless species and civilizations, yet somehow this particular guy manages to be an immigrant. We quickly learn why that is: he says that he’s from another galaxy. Two, he talks about this other galaxy like you or me would about our country of origin. The implication: In this universe, galaxies are countries, like The Republic/The Empire in ‘Star Wars’. This means that every planet is merely a more or less autonomous province. Three, he mentions that he too used to be a 'villain’ back “in old galaxy”.
Which brings us to the galactic Leaderboard.
As it turns, out, it’s not just Lord Hater trying to absorb planets into an ever-larger dominion - there is a whole set of “villains”, including Ted From Accounting, trying to capture as much of the galaxy as they can.
We are in the middle of a galactic civil war, a monstrous free-for-all that might have been going on for millenia (then again, a thousand years probably means very little to a nation that spans an entire galaxy). Central government has broken down, and different warlords are attempting to reunify the country under their own rule. The victimized planets are civilians and their militias trying to fend off the hordes of various would-be dictators. Some of the figures involved in this struggle could very well be remnants of the original galatic military.
Some planets are surprisingly chill about being conquered and passing from one warlord to the next… as if they were fully expecting central rule to retrun one day, one way or another. In one episode, Lord Hater’s right hand man (Commander Peepers) rants about the importance of setting up infrastructure and transitioning from a mere rule of violence to building permanent institutions. This is about rebuilding central government, be it by the least desirable candidates.
Here’s another thing.
In ‘The Wanders’, we learn about the part of the titular character’s personality that is making him put such a high value on empathy and compassion, even towards “villains”.
Notice that it takes the shape of a small, traumatized child yearning for “home”.
At the end of the episode, he says that he wouldn’t want “anyone else to go through what I’ve been through”. I don’t think he is just talking about the events of this episode.
We can only imagine how this civil war has shaped Wander’s own early life, why he is so obsessed with helping (really: damage control) wherever he goes. Why a part of him wants to rehabilitate even entities like Hater and his minions, instead of exterminating them in that horrid “hero blows up evil aliens” fashion.
He might very well be the last member of his entire species.