time to finally post that idea of that post i had back when the anime was still airing

Yuri on Ice interview translation - PASH! 2017/05 (p24-25)

I am pleased to bring you the very first interview with director Sayo Yamamoto!!! You don’t know how much I’ve been waiting for this… This one is pretty general because of course she has never been interviewed before so they are asking her the basics, but it’s very interesting to finally hear things from her perspective too, since she’s the one who started it all. More interviews with her will be appearing in other magazines in the near future, I’m looking forward to those ones too.

Also, I believe a bright future is to be expected for Yuri on Ice, since she seems to have lots of plans…!! (I was shivering typing out the translation, lol)

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Interview (first appearance in media!)
The world of “Yuri on Ice” that director Yamamoto wanted to create
With 8 notebooks full of notes in one hand, director Sayo Yamamoto has answered our interview for the first time. We have asked her how this new animation that no one had ever seen before was born.

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MIKASA WILL SAVE THE DAY. SHE WILL SUMMON THE DEVIL OF THE EARTH AND GIVE EREN AND ARMIN’S LIFE BACK.

Alright Guys so you see this? This is the lightning that came from the Colossal Titan right before he appeared. I think this might have something to do with the paths that was made in Chapter 88, that the lightning is a literal titan path that comes directly from the ‘Devil of the Earth’ creature we saw in Chapter 86. 

Notice how the trees in the background bend in weird directions and encircle both Ymir and the Devil. Now the one thing I’m not so sure of is that this creature is described as the ‘Devil of the Earth’ and we can clearly see that the lightning strikes down from the sky like normal lightning does. I’m not sure if that breaks this theory or not but moving on. We also see that Eren calls upon his Titan power the same way.

He bites his hand and greenish-orange lightning emerges before his Titan form physically appears. Now what’s interesting is that we’ve seen this type of lightning before. When Mikasa had her awakening. 

It encircles her and then gives her immense strength, way more than a nine year old child should be able to posses. 

In the above panels we see a spark next to her brain. Then a shot of the paths making up the inside of her brain and then strength flowing to her hand. Isayama doesn’t put in unnecessary manga panels. This panel of her brains path I think relates to the ‘path of titans’ and the fact that in the anime they use the same colored lightning for both Mikasa’s awakening and titan transformations. One small caveat as that the manga doesn’t show her surrounded by lighting like the anime does but it’s been stated on record that Isayama asked the anime team to add things to certain scenes that he wished he added in the manga. I think its entirely possible that this was one of those requested features. Why? Mikasa has titan blood in her body.  

Look at this lingering shot of the floorboard after the whole ordeal. The thing is wrecked. I think Isayama is trying to emphasize how unnatural the events that just occurred are. They are supernatural.

So at least 1 of the 9 founding titans is unaccounted for and there’s this theory going around that the Ackerman bloodline is a the last titan. That that titan split itself amongst the Ackermans, much in the same way Ymir split herself into the 9 founding titans and that the Ackermans have a more concentrated titan blood giving them immense strength without the need to transform. But this doesn’t happen at birth. Much like how Eren had his Titan powers for 5 year but awakened at the battle of Trost (which indicates to me that he has 13 not 8 years to live as he wasn’t using his regenerative abilities yet so they weren’t doing damage to his body but I digress). I also think this idea is supported by the fact that the if a titan dies it’s power will go to a random baby. So that baby dies when it’s 13? Nah son that just not viable. It’s 13 years after the first transformation

ANYWAY.

Mikasa awakened her titan like strength at the age of 9. Kenny and Levi both confirm they had similar awakening experiences. 

Each titan has a special ability. And as we established in chapter 88 they all have specific names. ‘Armored Titan’ ‘Colossal Titan’ ‘Attack (on) Titan’ (i still don’t think ‘Female Titan’ would be an official name seeing as Titans can go to babies at random which to me also indicates random sex, I think Annie’s titan might be named ‘Screaming Titan’ or “Crystal Titan or something like that). What if the ability of the (for lack of a better word) ‘Ackerman Titan’ was somehow being able to block its path from the other titans? Aka to be the real ‘Rouge Titan’ and could ignore the orders of the coordinate? If the Ackermans were meant to be the king’s sword and shield then to me that indicates that Ackerman Titan split itself into the clan before the walls fell. But still fought by the side of the king against the Marley until the forming of the walls were their free will than became a liability and they were persecuted. Or maybe the Ackerman Titan and the king had tension during the war and it could sense that the king might turn on it so it split itself into its people so that king couldn’t kill it and have it be eaten by a more loyal subject. 

I’ll admit this is the part where we get into some wilder speculation.

BUT ANYWAY. The point of this whole thing is that there is more to Mikasa than meets the eye. She has just heard some terrible news that her two closest friends, her family practically will leave her soon. She’ll be alone again so I think she’s going to do something about it.  

There’s this interesting hand gesture Mikasa keeps doing whenever she loses family. 

She has just lost Carla and touches her head in pain. She says ‘That again’ like its familiar. She is most likely referring to a similar pain she felt when her parents died. 

And again here she has just lost Eren. She says ‘this again’. Also narrative writing 101 tells me that whenever a character says ‘No it’s nothing’ means it’s ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING. 

And then finally she is seen here holding her head looking at Armin’s dying body. 

So here’s what I think. I think Mikasa has the ability to physically feel the paths that connect all of Ymir’s people. Again that panel of the inside of her brain during her awakening feels pretty significant to me. When someone she is close with leaves her she can feel their path being ripped away and it causes her to have a headache. But I think this is just the passive part of her ability I think she can do more with that and here is where we go REALLY OFF THE RAILS.

So latest manga chapter Mikasa hears that her two closest family are on borrowed time and will die in 13 years. So do you think Mikasa is going to take that lying down?

HELL NO. 

Full credit to falcon94ssy’s post ‘SNK 88 thoughts Eldian Tree’ and it’s commentary about Mikasa in the 5 stages of grief. This is blatant copying and expanding that theory. 

Right now she is in denail. But something is going to happen soon where Mikasa will fully understand the extent of her powers and use it to call back the Devil of the Earth and demand to take back the titan powers. The coordinate might be able to send messages through the paths but what if Ackertitans are the only ones who can talk back to the original titan? 

Like I’m totally picturing Mikasa  shooting her arm in the air, summoning the Titan lightning having it shoot into the ground in front of her and then having the Devil of the Earth emerge from that spot and starring her down. Then having Mikasa give some epic speech essentially boiling down to ‘take it back we don’t need it it doesn’t make us human’. And then I have no idea after that nor how that would tie into this. 

Ugh that page keeps me up at night I swear to god. But anyway this is my crackpot theory. I just basically want Mikasa to end up being the most relevant character in the manga. 

Full credit to http://falcon94ssy.tumblr.com/post/154488206864/possible-ending-mystery-solved for that theory. You should check them out they’re pretty bomb at snk meta.

anonymous asked:

Have you seen the head cannon where Kiri is the dragon Blasty has in the new bnha ending? (Love your work btw)

That’s kinda hard to miss, is it? Everyone and their grandmothers are making fanworks for it haha which I’ll be forever grateful for, actually, dragons are my #1 weakness and the more dragon!Kiri I have the happier I am (best version of it I’ve seen yet is syb’s but lbr she’s my fav artist and I’m weak) (also requirings has an ongoing comic series with those premises!!!! I’m living for it)

Anon said: Hey I loveeeeeeee your bnha fusion au and I was wondering if bakugou and midoriya’s fusion is so unstable why do they even fuse in the first place? Sorry for bothering and thank you for being so great!!!

I mentioned this in the tags under that specific post already, but I guess repeating it won’t hurt, so! It happened during the End of Term Exam! (this is gonna be spoiler if you’re only watching the anime) All Might put them in the position where they ended up being forced to try, but it lasted less than 30 seconds before they broke apart - to set in somewhere in the canon exam… after Deku pulled Bakugou away but before their combined attack. Like, when they were coming up with a strategy to take All Might out they first tried fusing, but it just didn’t work and their time was too limited to try and force it.

Anyway if they were to try again now they’d probably last way longer, but at this point neither of them has felt the need to give it a try just yet haha 

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Pointless Zestiria X post (you can skip it) Talk about sormik, other canons and silly dreams

You know I had dream tonight about last episode of anime. It’s coming close so idea of going through sea of salt once more  (after almost month of curing my wounded soul) started to stress out my brain once more. Not mention reading yesterday post about salty comment about possible Sorali ending.

I don’t think that it’s a case. It would be like Namco shooting themselves into heads. They already posted article in „Romance” newspaper in japan featuring Sorey and Mikleo. They probably see that posts saying about sormik on unfotable tweeter have more like 600+ favs when normal Zestiria X and Alisha things have like 50-/+. They wouldn’t bring the wave of hate on themselves if they are sane.


Yet, I’m not looking forward to read about last episode of anime.

So, back to my dream. I dream story for last episode of anime where Ufotable made Heldalf disappear in first seconds of episode like Smaug dies in first 10 minutes of 3rd Hobbit. So after that Sorey is possessed by new bad guy jumping from nowhere. Team fights him and after beating Sorey to the ground team doesn’t know how to return Sorey back to normal. Then Mikleo leaned down to kiss him. Camera doesn’t show it clearly but you know Mikleo is kissing Sorey (as to not cross line to showing their lips together in anime, airing in japan since they aren’t open to things like that).

Sorey is returned to normal. There is skip after all that to inn room where Sorey and Mikleo is talking about last battle and what to do next. Mikleo is still shaken by last battle and fact someone possessed Sorey. They sitting around 15 centimeters away from each other but Sorey rises his arm above Mikleo’s shoulder and says sorry for worrying him and giving him his support ( whole anime didn’t do even single scene like this, when Sorey is grateful for Mikleo’s feelings, like he was in game and seeing this made me really happy in my dream). Anyway Mikleo is moved and he falls with his head on Sorey’s lap and cries.


There is where my dream ended and I was sad that it wasn’t real. It was damn stupid, it was cliche, it was cheesy, it was silly for Mikleo to act like this. And yet I can feel that real last episode of anime is going to be worst than this. Worst than silly dream just like rest of episodes were.


I’m not saying that Sorey and Mikleo romance was perfect in game. If you watch scenes and skits clearly you can see how much they take care of each other. We have famous Sauna skit. But they aren’t labeled as romance and that’s Sormik main problem. Namco made them always stood beside each other but always with some space between them. Many scenes just scream that this is the right moment for them to hold hands or just put hand on other’s shoulder. I’m not talking about kissing, none tales story had it, but since one putting of Mikleo’s hand on Sorey’s shoulder we didn’t get anything like this later. I read somewhere that while making game they have „toned down” their relationship, yet I don’t know if that’s true/real. I didn’t saw note talking about it myself. The other question if it’s real is what they „toned down”? Did Sorey and Mikleo hugged? Did they held hands on some point? We will never know.


We have words of „One and only” but that all we got and it would never let some people stop screaming that Sormik isn’t canon. We have „unfinished” confession from Mikleo. Because I think it’s main problem that made anime look like this. That made sormik fandom die faster than you can say Xenosaga.

There is no clear announcement that Sormik was suppose to be canon. Not in game. Not in anime. The words of „one and only” aren’t enough for some people. No amount of explain behind Alisha leaving party, Mikleo being Sorey’s one and only, that Sorey and any girl would work out going to change people minds.

I don’t think fans who support Sormik need any more prof of them being canon. It would be nice but not necessary. We want it so others could stop hurt Mikleo, so both Sorey and Mikleo could be happy and other characters could be themselves.


When I thought about romances in tales games, and yes I played them for 10 years right now, many romances weren’t greatly done. But since it’s boyxgirl it’s easier to find simple looking in eyes with affection, grab hands or supporting each other as romance affection.

Sormik as it is now it’s hard to clearly label as romantic for everyone. Some may think it more or less or just simply brothers relationship.

Let’s look at other Tales games. At beginning I want to say that I support those couples too just like Sormik.


I think most unclear romance is YurixEstelle. After watching gameplay I asked myself question, was that love? Or simply friendship? Really, compare to those two Sormik is already romance. Someone can say but Yuri tried save Estelle so many times! They had alone talk with each other before final battle.

Sorey and Mikleo had moments alike this a lot with other ones and I don’t think Yuri even once said Estelle looks sexy after sauna. If YurixEstelle are canon then Sormik too in Tales of games style.


LloydxCollete was nice done, we clearly see Lloyd care for Collette and it’s not only because she’s his childhood friend. Symphonia anime, also made by Ufotable was heaven compare to Zestiria. It followed main plot, didn’t change characters personalities and the most important thing, it cherished LloydxCollette canon. So don’t get me wrong over hating Zestiria X. I wanted simply repeat from Symphonia, to see Zestiria story/moments as anime and I got something that trashed plot and characters.


Xillia, as much as it’s clear that canon pair is JudexMilla they doesn’t touch or kiss to feel that they are canon. They only hold hands at the end before… they simply parting ways. I remember loving those two, Jude’s love for Milla was so sweet and ending broke me. I never played Xillia 2 because I was afraid it would ruin my beloved canon. Did someone said that Milla didn’t start to romantically care for Jude, or Jude for Milla? No. Even the reality when he was human (ehem Sorey) and she spirit (ehem Mikleo) didn’t make canon less possible. Milla may over live Jude, but that’s another story.


From all clearly romance canon couples from Tales games I can say are: ShingxKohaku (he clearly says in game at least twice that he loves Kohaku), KylexReala (this whole game goes around their romance and later when Reala’s going to disappear Kyle don’t want for that to happen. They hug a lot too.


Tales of games have a lot cuples that comes from childhood friends: ReidxFarah, VeiguexClaire, LloydxCollette, AsbelxCheria, SenelxShirley (if in the end they are canon… Well, their relationship is complicated too, first Senel loves Shirley’s sister, but she died, then some people ship him hard with Chloe (ehem… she tried to kill him)) and SoreyxMikleo are just as another one of those couples.


So, to end this post, anime isn’t going to help Sormik matter, it made it only worse. I don’t think we ever get side story in any crossover game that would say „Sormik are romantic canon.” There is no way, even other canon couples rarely get their relationship on romance level in those games (usually they are at beginning level when they just know each other for some time example: LukexTear, LloydxCollette are mostly childhood friends usualy). We won’t be able to hear anything beyond „Sorey wants to spend rest of his life with his CHILDHOOD friend Mikleo” (Asteria’s radio audition) or Sorey knew Mikleo’s true name but oh well they are boys, it doesn’t mean Mikleo told it as romantic confession (Berseria, Berseria guide that says it’s different when boy telling another boy his true name). Even Zelos joking about Sorey and Mikleo being on date (Asteria) isn’t going to help everyone view Sormik as canon or let tell sormik supporters that we have nothing to worry about and just enjoy canonical Sormik.         


First episodes of anime gave hope about Sormik being something even more big than in game, but it was quickly destroyed. It was treated even worse from episode to episode. What comes from Ufotable sketch of Sorey and Mikleo sleeping on eachother shoulder, close and happy if it wasn’t in anime?


As for myself I’m sad about anime waste as whole Zestiria, not only Sormik. I don’t care how Zestiria X looks like, I don’t need to watch it. But each time I think that we never going to get because of Zestiria X a GOOD adaptation of game like Abyss or Symphonia had (gosh, even eternia was better, at least characters wasn’t so ooc even if it plot was awful, graphic too, but it was in the end only filler to main story. No one tried to change main plot). Chances for reboot of anime is 0%. That’s it. We never see tickle fight, fake marriage scene, Sorey losing his resonance, Rose hitting him, Dezel death (no, no kamikaze kill without real reason), fight with Tiamat, night at Lastonbell, EVERYONE seeing Sorey and Mikleo’s past, the ending of story… The only nice scene from game we got was Sorey holding his breath to let Alisha communicate with Lailah. That’s all.  

I love Zestiria OVA. It has perfect pacing and it was close as possible to game. I just simply wish we got something like this instead of Zestiria X.

Yuri on Ice interview translation - Spoon 2Di vol.21 (p22-27)

Here you have the loooong interview with Mitsurou Kubo that was featured on Spoon 2Di vol.21 (released at the end of December). It was 6 pages on the magazine… I know that some bits have already spread around, but it’s a very interesting one so I really wanted everyone to read it in full and not just tidbits, hence I translated it first even though I still haven’t finished the previously released magazines (sorry again Georgi..). It’s also the first interview with her published after the end of the series, so with comments covering up to the very end and the “future” too!

EDIT: I originally referred to the manga storyboard drawn by Kubo as “name”, which is how it’s technically called in Japanese, but it seems that it was a little confusing, therefore I changed it back to “storyboard”.

Obviously this will be the last interview of the year. In Japanese “happy new year” (before the old year has ended) is said “yoi otoshi wo” (よいお年を), therefore I necessarily need to make a stupid pun and say to you all “YOI otoshi wo!”. Let’s hope that the next year is a “yoi” (=good) not to mention “YOI” one too! I’ll be back with more translations whenever I have time of course.

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