upwards!

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Warning! Major spoilers shown and discussed in this post!

Something I found very interesting about the new pan-upward images of Marinette and her classmates in Season 2′s opening is the sticker details.

The bottom image includes two cute but notable stickers on the image with Marinette, Alya, Adrien, and Nino. On the left side is a sea turtle sticker, and on the right side is a fox sticker. Considering what we know for this season, I think those are cute details that foreshadow Nino and Alya’s futures.

However, what I really want to look at is the image with Marinette, Alya, and other girls in the class. All of them have animal-themed stickers, but most of them are hugely notable based on other huge spoilers that leaked out. Marinette has panda ears and panda nose stickers, which reflect her Chinese heritage, and Alya appears to have fox ear stickers, referencing her future promotion to Rena Rouge. Meanwhile, Rose has a pig ears and a pig snout (I failed at catching a screenshot of the snout, but you can see it there if you pause it at the right post), Mylène has mouse ears, and Alix has has rabbit ears and a rabbit mouth. Juleka is harder to tell, but she has an orange tail with a brown stripe, orange ears with stripes, a sharp tooth, and the text “GRRR” over her, so I think her stickers are based on a tiger.

The reason why I find the four girls’ animal stickers interesting is that they are animals of the Chinese zodiac. From the TFOU video in late August, we also learned that there are kwamis based off the Chinse zodiac animals, the rabbit being the only animal not represented with the other animals’ kwamis but probably existing if the other eleven do. Here is a comparison I did:

Even without the stickers there are some similarities that can be argued. Rose is pink like the pig kwami. Even the wing design on her back makes me think of the phrase “when pigs fly” in relation the kwami. Rose doesn’t really have tiger-based colors, but at least in concept art, neither does the tiger kwami. Both have darker purplish colors, and both have orange eyes. The rat kwami’s pink eyes remind me of Mylène’s design’s use of pink, like her bandana and some of her locks. Alix is a different one for sure, as we don’t have any images of a rabbit kwami yet. However, considering how rabbits are symbols of speed, I could see how this matches up with Alix.

Of course, if Carapace proved anything, it’s that there isn’t always that huge a connection between designs, but as it has been the case for a few others, it might be possible for some similarities to exist with other pairs of humans and kwamis.

I think this could mean a few things. First of all, it could just be a fun reference. We weren’t supposed to know about the Chinese zodiac kwamis yet (I’m sorry, Thomas and crew), so for those who caught, it’s a sweet hint of things to come.

The second meaning is the one I’m not eager for, but it could be possible as far as I know right now. These pair-ups indicate that in the future, these characters will be matched up with these Miraculouses for an unknown reason. It could mean that other people related to them somehow have these Miraculouses, but from what little we know right now, it seems to mean more by speculation that these characters will get the Miraculouses, like Rose getting the Pig Miraculous and Mylène getting the Rat Miraculous.

By extension of this, this could mean at the most the entire class will get Miraculouses. Subtracting the main five from the class group from the majority of Season 1, we have nine students. However, if they are in the same class, Lila, Kagami, and Luka would push that number up the twelve, or there could be other students meant in those slots. A lot of them could arguably line up with them. For example, considering Ivan’s supportive yet tough nature, his crush on Mylène, and how the Chinese story connects the rat and the ox, he could get the Ox Miraculous. Honestly, once Kagami and Luka are revealed, it would be fun to try to connect them and the CZ Miraculouses based on what info we have.

Do I want this to happen? Well, if the show pulls it off with excellent writing, absolutely, but as it stands, not really. One huge event where all the students are required to help as Miraculous holders would be awesome, but then they’re just back to normal, which is kind of disappointing. Two superheroes appear to be more than enough for Paris, and if the three upcoming superheroes for Season 2 are only part-timers, it seems especially insane to add a lot more part-time superheroes on top of that. And, of course, there’s the common joke of the entire class suddenly excusing themselves to go fight a villain – it’s totally not suspicious at all. If we get more Miraculous holder superheroes, I would want them to be from around the world and only guest-appearing, maybe all of them coming together to help the Parisian heroes stop the bad guys in the Season 3 finale. While I love all of the students, no matter how good or bad they lie on the moral spectrum, all or most of them being superheroes sounds like overkill.

Once again, though, I’m not entirely against the idea. In-show, it just needs a lot of talent by the crew to make this kind of thing feel right for the series. Honestly, though, as an AU of sorts outside the show, I’m all for it. I’m already wishing I could draw up art of these girls in superhero forms based on these stickers in the Season 2 opening, along with assigning other CZ Miraculouses to others (I need Rat!Mylène and Ox!Ivan being cute and fantastic superheroes together). The students are fun characters, so giving any of them Miraculouses and seeing what they would do with them is great, whether they use them wisely, irresponsibly, for good, or for evil.

In conclusion, who knows what any of this means, but no matter what it turns out as, I appreciate the fun Easter egg details of the Chinese zodiac animal stickers in the opening. Nothing or anything can come from it, but for the time being, I just think it’s cool to have those details in there, and I’m very curious to see how the Chinese zodiac-themed Miraculouses come into play, with a lot or very little importance, in the series’ future.

Supine

Adjective

[adjective soo-pahyn; noun soo-pahyn] 

1. lying on the back, face or front upward.

2. inactive, passive, or inert, especially from indolence or indifference.

3. (of the hand) having the palm upward.

Noun

4. (in Latin) a noun form derived from verbs, appearing only in the accusative and the dative-ablative, as dictū in mirābile dictū, “wonderful to say.”.

5. (in English) the simple infinitive of a verb preceded by to.

6. an analogous form in some other language.

Origin:
Supine derives from Latin supinus, “lying on the back.”

“On the edge of sleep, I urged my thoughts backward, back to my own back yard, where I lay supine, looking at the stars on a summer night, looking back in time as far as starlight could take me–and a drop of water fell on my forehead.”
- Eric Kraft, Leaving Small’s Hotel

anonymous asked:

Okay but the airbed thing, imagine it the other way round. Dazai flings Chuuya upwards and he splats against the ceiling but he just sort of,, stays there. and dazai can’t coax him down for like an hour bc he’s still mad

XD i just imagined Dazai saying, “c’mon chibi, i can’t reach you, you’re too small!” and Chuuya just hisses 

October 22

“Born Again” details Daredevil’s descent into insanity and destitution at the hands of the Kingpin, as well as his subsequent struggle to build a new life for himself. The arc begins in Daredevil #227 (October 22, 1985). Karen Page, the former secretary of the Nelson & Murdock law offices and girlfriend of Matt Murdock, had left years earlier to pursue an acting career. After a brief period of success, she became a heroin addict and was reduced to starring in pornographic films in Mexico. Strapped for cash, she sells the information that Matt Murdock is Daredevil for a shot of heroin. This information is sold upward to the Kingpin. Over the next six months, he uses his influence to have the IRS freeze Murdock’s accounts, the bank foreclose on his apartment, and police lieutenant Nicholas Manolis testify that he saw Murdock pay a witness to perjure himself. By coincidence, Murdock’s girlfriend Glorianna breaks up with him and turns to dating his law partner and best friend Foggy Nelson on the rebound. Now homeless, Murdock begins suffering from paranoia and has become extremely aggressive. He is continuously followed by the Kingpin’s subordinates, who provide the Kingpin with frequent updates on his mental state, as he has become obsessed with the fruits of his scheme to destroy Murdock. Driven by thoughts of revenge, Murdock confronts the Kingpin in his office, and is brutally beaten by the crime lord.

The opening begins with a black bird flying towards Mistral. Qrow? or Raven, perhaps? I can’t say. Well, because Qrow just entered Mistral and Raven has no reason to come here, I guess the metaphor is meant to represent Qrow.

From there, shots of good ol’ Team RWBY adopting various expressions to reflect their current story, leading in to the title.

Ruby turns her gaze upwards, eyes squinting a little, almost like she’s trying to see what comes next. Weiss, at first despondent, clenches her fist and raises her head into a determined glare. Blake is slumped over in an exhausted pose, then hangs her head in a painful grimace (yikes!), and Yang looks up to stare off at the horizon, conviction in her face.

Something tells me that things aren’t going to go well for Blake this season.

What I imagine the nations are like at the club
  • Canada: Claims he’s drunk after just one drink. Hides in the corner for most of the night and wonders how America manipulated him into leaving the comfort of his quiet home. Avoids human contact for the following two days to mentally recover from the trauma.
  • America: Two possibilities -- he’s either the designated driver for the night so he just spends the night dancing and drinking soda, or he has upwards of ten drinks but you would never be able to tell because he’s great at holding his liquor. You have to wonder how the hell he hasn’t blacked out yet. Super peppy and charismatic so everyone tries to talk to him. Great dancer.
  • France: Gets tipsy drinking fancy-sounding cocktails. Tries to dance with everyone and gets really clingy. Insists he has met the love of his life every time he sees someone he finds attractive, and Spain or Prussia have to control him so he doesn’t throw himself at everyone that walks his way.
  • Prussia: Is probably playing some kind of drinking game with a group of people. Complains that the music isn’t awesome enough for his tastes and the beer sucks. Great at twerking.
  • Spain: Teaches everyone who doesn’t know how to dance how to not embarrass themselves. Doesn’t usually get drunk -- just buzzed enough to have enough confidence to approach someone he’s got his eyes on. Spends most of the night making sure France doesn’t get too rowdy.
  • Germany: All uppity and tense at first, but loosens up after Prussia makes him drink a few beers. Smiles a lot and gets giddy when he’s tipsy. Gets convinced to dance for a little bit.
  • Italy: The annoying kind of drunk. Can’t stop talking. Dances poorly but you can tell he’s having a good time, so you’re happy for him. Needs Germany to calm him down. Wants to hug everyone, for some reason.
  • Japan: Timid. Stays close to Germany and Italy throughout the night. Tries to fit in by having a few drinks but is terrible at holding his liquor and just gives himself a stomach ache. Goes home early.
  • Russia: Is just his usual self. Doesn’t understand the concept of getting drunk or dancing. Wishes someone would come and talk to him.
  • China: Just laughs at how stupid and irresponsible everyone else is being. Takes pictures and videos of the others in their drunken stupors to use as blackmail in the future.
  • England: Gets completely hammered. Rants about politics but no one is listening. Occasionally dances on top of tables and thinks he’s an empire again. He’s fun for the first few hours, but then he starts swearing like a sailor and gets semi-violent. Nearly starts a fight. Gets sick at some point during the night and needs to be taken home by Canada or America.

The other night my roommate and I went outside to see some meteors, and obviously the talk turned to me pointing out all the constellations and objects and satellites you could see because he isn’t very familiar with the stars, and as I’m looking around I’m like, “These stars are so low and put of place. What’s going on???”

Then I remembered. I moved 670 miles south, from 40 degs North, to 32 degs North.

The entire northern sky shifted downward, and the entire southern sky shifted upward.

It was SO disorienting.

I’m trying to forget all the things that’s between us. I know this will be the most hardest thing ever. In my life, since we’re together, my world turned upside down, as though the petals of every maple tree fell upwards.
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If you could still remember, when we went out one night, you saw me staring at you; you told me, “I was trapped in your lashes”. And so I replied and gave a hesitant smile.
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I felt different that night, as if my body was frozen, and the only thing I would do was to smile. It was the night, the night my love for you escaped from my heart.
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I didn’t chase it nor I beg for it to stay. Sometimes, love just needed to go. Love has its own mind, way of feeling, way of liking, and way of keeping itself to its master.
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I wished to stay beside you, telling the stars not to keep apart from each other. But when I saw the stars tonight, I’m very sad, because they can’t be together. I don’t want to linger on those thoughts.
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My heart missed you. But my mind just wanted to drift away. As if, I forgot to love someone. And it hurts me to say this. Knowing that we’re for each other.
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Even the seasons loved us. Flowers blossomed for us. Birds sang along when we walked on street parks. And it was so funny when a robin landed in the bench where we used to sit. And we didn’t move.
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After the robin flew away you looked at me once more and said, “The robin said hello.” I loved those memories.
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But unlike love, even if it wanted to go, part of you wanted to stay. And if you wanted to stay, it breaks you apart.
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Forgive me, I just needed to be alone for now. I’m breaking apart gently, as I leave, your memory will stalk on me, buried within the moment.

-Chuck Akot

The Goddess Behind the Veil

I swear by the Five that she was there.”
Who? Who was there?..”
Lyssa.”
The Goddess?! How could you be so sure?!”
It was her eyes…”

Allister slowly sat back in his chair as though his world begun to spin.
His lips played at the side of his own thumb, smoke trailing upwards from his lit cigarette. 
I tried to save her, but she didn’t want to be saved.”
He would have given his life for her in that moment.
All she had to do was whisper the words yet she did not speak.

@nezamgw2

If Kleet was facing the crowd,

then how the heck did no one notice Spencer floating upwards behind him?

Only Shanilla and Rajeev would see Billy carrying him, while anyone else would just see a supposedly flying 14-year old.

nyti.ms
To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now
Focusing on core competence and outsourcing the rest has made U.S. companies lean, nimble and productive. It has also left lots of people worse off.
By Neil Irwin

By Neil Irwin

Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.

For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the early 1980s. For Ms. Ramos, that means cleaning at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in the present day.

In the 35 years between their jobs as janitors, corporations across America have flocked to a new management theory: Focus on core competence and outsource the rest. The approach has made companies more nimble and more productive, and delivered huge profits for shareholders. It has also fueled inequality and helps explain why many working-class Americans are struggling even in an ostensibly healthy economy.

The $16.60 per hour Ms. Ramos earns as a janitor at Apple works out to about the same in inflation-adjusted terms as what Ms. Evans earned 35 years ago. But that’s where the similarities end.

Ms. Evans was a full-time employee of Kodak. She received more than four weeks of paid vacation per year, reimbursement of some tuition costs to go to college part time, and a bonus payment every March. When the facility she cleaned was shut down, the company found another job for her: cutting film.

Ms. Ramos is an employee of a contractor that Apple uses to keep its facilities clean. She hasn’t taken a vacation in years, because she can’t afford the lost wages. Going back to school is similarly out of reach. There are certainly no bonuses, nor even a remote possibility of being transferred to some other role at Apple.

Yet the biggest difference between their two experiences is in the opportunities they created. A manager learned that Ms. Evans was taking computer classes while she was working as a janitor and asked her to teach some other employees how to use spreadsheet software to track inventory. When she eventually finished her college degree in 1987, she was promoted to a professional-track job in information technology.

Less than a decade later, Ms. Evans was chief technology officer of the whole company, and she has had a long career since as a senior executive at other top companies. Ms. Ramos sees the only advancement possibility as becoming a team leader keeping tabs on a few other janitors, which pays an extra 50 cents an hour.

They both spent a lot of time cleaning floors. The difference is, for Ms. Ramos, that work is also a ceiling.

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Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyuu - Karasuno, Revival!

Suga: We finally got our revenge! …I just wish we could’ve won with my toss is all.
Asahi: -spits water everywhere-
Daichi: I’m glad you haven’t given up and still plan on playing.

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