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The reveal this week that the volume cover for volume 12 will be Saiko was surprising, as she hasn’t really featured at all in any of the chapters slated to be included in this volume so far. 

But lined up with the last two Volume covers a clear pattern emerges. Now with Saiko covering her ears, we have the line up of the Three Wise Monkeys.

The Wise Monkey’s come from word play on the Japanese phrases Speak Not, See Not, and Hear Not, the negative conjunction “zaru” sounding like the word for monkey, “saru”, resulting in the iconic image.

While in western context, they are often used to indicate turning a blind eye (or mouth or ear) to evil, their original meaning in Japan was about how to not dwell on evil thoughts and live a good life. However, given the Quinx associated with each, it does suggest a turning away from or ignoring of something important.

This meta took me a while to get out, so I’m sure you’ve all already seen people pointing out this motif, but I wanted to go more into depth on the connection between the Wise Monkey’s and the Quinx associated with them. 

The result is quite long, but I hope the points at the end are worth the read. Thanks for bearing with me, and thanks to everyone who pointed out this connection, as well as to @linkspooky​ for helping me untangle and flesh out some of the connections.

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To whom it may interest,

I mentioned in a previous post that I recently had my life ruined by an amazing FMA fanfiction called Three Wise Monkeys by pale-blue11. You would think that since it is a Horror/Tragedy fic, I would have been adequately warned and prepared for it to have a very sad ending.  I was not.  I loved pale-blue11′s fic and I loved her Ed, and I was very sad with the ending he got.  So I’ve decided to fix it!  I’m writing a sequel to Three Wise Monkeys, and I’m really excited about it :-)

I’ve got pale-blue11′s enthusiastic permission, some truly lovely betas, and the first few chapters all written and ready to go.  I want to get a bit more written before I start posting, but I wanted to give you all an early heads up!  Please take this chance to go read Three Wise Monkeys.  It is rated M and contains torture and violence, but nothing sexual if that is a concern to you.  Make sure you leave pale-blue11 a nice review if you enjoy her story!

My fic is called Overheard.  My main characters are The Smol Anger, Cats 4Eva, Fear The Wrench, and Useless When Wet. Featuring Hawkeye, the rest of Team Mustard, Pinako, and more! It’s not a romance-focus, but there will be some light Anger/Wrench.

Like I said, I’m REALLY excited about this!  I think it’s going to be great and so much fun.  I hope you are excited too.  If you read Three Wise Monkeys and enjoy it, let me know and I will happily let you have a sneak-peak at the first chapter of Overheard.

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Furuta and the three wise monkeys

Ok so on my Fourth time reading through the latest chapter I noticed something strange about Furuta’s gestures other than him just being his natural Furuta self, the gestures had reminded me of something I had seen before. And I’m sure many others have seen,

the three wise monkeys


See no evil

Speak no evil

Hear no evil

In the latest chapter Furuta actually does all three gestures to see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. I understood that the origin of the three wise monkeys is Japan so I was sure it wasn’t a coincidence. At first I had a hard time determining what it could all mean outside of it’s literally meaning so I had a talk with @therabbitoracle and @smol-kitten-furuta to discuss in hopes of getting a better understanding.

@therabbitoracle said this:

Just as there is disagreement about the origin of the phrase, there are differing explanations of the meaning of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts.

In the Western world both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance.

It may also signify a code of silence in gangs, or organized crime.

I believe this was a good explaination for why Ishida would make Furuta make these gestures especially the part about lack of moral responsibility, refuses to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way and feigning ignorance. This is something we see Furuta do A LOT. You could say it’s a major part of his characterization but he displays all these traits in the latest chapter back to back.

lack of moral responsibility.

(Setting back and letting Eto kill off all the V members)


Refuses to acknowledge impropriety.

(The last remaining V member begs him to fight he choices to run away instead)


Looking the other way and feigning ignorance (need I explain).


And another interesting part is the Buddhist traditional meaning of it not dwelling on bad thoughts.

(And yet is seems Furuta struggles with that this chapter with some of his strange lines.)

(When he thinks why am I always alone while running.)

When he complains about having to fight.

It is strange but those scenes did not feel like the Furuta we are use to. Through all his acting and clowning these parts felt somewhat genuine (which made me feel a little uneasy.He sounds like a small child or something.)

And then lastly his word to Eto vs his actual thoughts “let’s solve this peacefully.”

vs. “let’s slaughter them like animals”

Everything he’s doing strongly resonates with the three wise monkeys. He fits the western definition perfectly but when it comes to the Buddhist teaching Furuta tries to have this mindset with his “Shake off the past and dash.” gimmick. But can not help but to dwell on it every now and again. I think the fight with Eto might’ve made some things re-emerge especially being told to fight by members of V. 

Still it was a nice reference for Ishida to throw in since everything the three wise monkeys stands for connects well with Furuta actions this chapter.

“See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” 


Watch me join the crowd who believes pearls (only the Diamond’s pearls?) are conditioned to be unable to reveal delicate information about and from their owners. Honestly, is most likely the other pearls suffer the same reflex to cover their mouths, but I saw this post where someone was theorizing these three pearls, with the eyes, ears and mouth-covering are meant to represent the three wise monkeys. I just thought that was such a cool ideal that I decided to draw something for it. 

It happens October 3rd...

Friendly reminder that Overheard starts on Tuesday, aka FMA DAY!!! Please go read Three Wise Monkeys ASAP! Overheard is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to start publishing.  Seriously, I promise it’ll be worth it!

Also here’s a pic of Envy being creepy, for no reason. 

Who Stabbed Urie?

Poor cookie. Someone help him. 

But really, who did stab him? I think there are four main possibilities (knowing Ishida it’ll be a fifth that I haven’t even thought of but whatever):

1) Roma. The most obvious practical one. She seems to be indestructible. Every time I think she’s gone she somehow survives to laugh another day and I would like to transfer that indestructibility to a few other characters. We’ve also seem other ghouls (like Karren) sustain heavy damage to their heads and survive, so maybe this is her kagune. However, while practically I think she’s quite likely, for thematic reasons I think she’s actually the least likely possibility (though Urie did ‘kill’ her, so maybe?)

2) @kingkishou mentioned the possibility that this is Uta shapeshifting as Mutsuki. That would definitely mess with Urie’s mind as well as with him physically, and my guess is that since Furuta’s trying to provoke a frame out, he’s going to try to play with Urie’s emotions, and what better way to do it than to pull the same dirty trick Uta pulled on Mutsuki earlier and shapeshift as the person Urie probably loves? Then again, we have no indication Uta is there, but other clowns are, so. 

3) Shikorae/Rio. He definitely looked pretty done after Kuroiwa strangled him, and it’s an obvious callback to the time when Bujin strangled a ghoul, but I’m not sure he’s really dead (I’ll fully admit that I have a soft spot for Rio/Shikorae and thereby really don’t want him to be dead, so I’m biased). The kagune definitely looks like a rinkaku to me, and we haven’t seen Shikorae’s rinkaku kagune yet–if indeed he has one, and the confirmation that he’s Rio and the fact that we know he has the other three types of kagune make it likely he has a rinkaku, and I think it’d be odd for him to die before we’ve seen him use all four types of kagune.

4) A revived Shirazu. Since the chapter title is pronounced “iza shirazu” and due to the symbolism of the three wise monkeys we’ve received on the recent volume covers of the other three Quinx and the name of the occasional fourth wise monkey, it seems highly likely that Shirazu is going to be on the cover of the next volume and therefore would presumably show up in the coming chapters. The chapter title could just be foreshadowing what’s to come, but it would also make sense for Shirazu to appear this chapter… and it would definitely mess with Urie’s mind. Of course, Shirazu was an ukaku, but it’s not unthinkable that a revived Shirazu could have an altered kagune. But would a revived Shirazu really attack Urie? Granted we haven’t seen much of the revived characters like Noro and Okahira, but Okahira in his talk with Ui in 126 seemed to maintain his memories and did not seem entirely like a mindless monster… though he did seem to warn Ui that this kind of life isn’t one worth having. 

Of course, maybe Kanou changed the process since resurrecting Okahira, and the few scenes we’ve had with Okahira really can’t make a definitive statement on what level of control the revived have over their minds. It seems likely to be minimal.

So really? I have no idea, but I think the latter two are the most likely possibilities. In the meantime you can find me biting my nails acting like a productive human until we find out next week.

mitcuki  asked:

Hey, I have an idea about the Furuta's dragon. What if the dragon is a halfghoul with two (+) kakuhous ? One with Rize's kakuhou (rinkaku) and the other with Eto's kakuhou (ukaku). That thing would defintely beat Arima and Eto. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

There are a couple of hints that Furuta’s dragon itself might be one of Kanou’s first chimera quinxes. 

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The 100 season 5 thought #3:

On one of the first BTS pics for season 5, we saw Chris (Monty), Bob (Bellamy) and Richard (Murphy) imitating the infamous three wise monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

In the 4x12 script, it becomes evident that the running gag ‘Shut up, Murphy’ is still going, even though it is more amicable now (”Quiet, Murphy.”).

What if Murphy is no longer as impertinent or snarky and sarcastic as we know him, him !shutting up! so to speak, indicated by the gesture? It’s likely that all of them will have become more mature.

And Bob/Bellamy not being able to hear Clarke over the radio as well as the approach of Eligius (considering that they will be the evil ones)?

What if Monty turns a blind eye on things or is oblivious about something that is happening on the Ark ring or among the space delinquents? Or he maybe doesn’t see the evil, again meaning Eligius?

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Howie: The group is based out of Orlando, Florida. The way the group got together, actually AJ, Nick, and myself, we met a little over 5 years ago back in Orlando through acting auditions and talent competitions. We formed a little trio, and at that time we decided to take it to an up-and-coming independent label in Orlando called Trans Continental Records.  [x]

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三҉̠͇͙ 猿 :  見҉̬̹̫ 猿҉̜͓ 、言҉̠̘͉͙ わ͏̠̼猿҉̳ 、聞か̘̥̼ 猿҉̬͍̳̞͇

Happy New Years! Not only is 2016 a new year of endless opportunities, it’s alsooooooo the year of the monkey! Which is my zodiac. I was in middle school the last time it was the year of the monkey! So being my zodiac year, I felt obligated to draw something to celebrate it. Thus I did this personal take on the three wise monkeys. Juxtapositioning something natural with something glitchy is one of my favorite things to do. Though, the glitchy animations took quite a long time to do…

I hope everyone has a great 2016 and year of the monkey! Hopefully, since it’s my zodiac year, I’ll have more good luck this time around!