Wow, it took a while for this chapter to come out. Well, lets see if it was worth it…
Our cover page is the Tartaros arc, the last arc of Fairy Tail many can say was overall good. But y’know, given a certain development this chapter, this is a very fitting cover page.
We open on the DS in the space between time, and they’re ready to take Acnologia. I joked on another post that Wendy’s spell, “Deus Eques”, sounded like deus ex and that it was just a matter of time before we an enchantment called that. But honestly I saw the fight going this way, with Wendy just enchanting them and it’s not a bad strategy. So we’ve got Sting, Rogue and Gajeel charging Acnologia…
And Acnologia knocks them on their ass… Hey there’s still Cobra and Laxus!
And Acnologia knocks them on their ass…
Yes Acnologia you’re the strongest. We’ve had so many chapter of just posturing can we actually have a fight here?
We cut back to Magnolia and we see everyone trying to discuss how to beat Acnologia and…
The best thing in the chapter happens…
Yep Lucy has taken charge of the guild and given an actual strategy. You don’t know how happy I was to see this, because this is finally rectifying a problem I’ve had with this arc and that’s the major misuse of all the main characters. Lucy this arc has gotten nothing, either related to her character development or progression. She has been sitting on the sidelines majority this arc either being used as a tool for other character’s development or just made to stand there and look sad. But this, this right here is something that is relative t her own character development. She’s always been the “heart” of the guild, the person who embodies the ideas of fairy tail and will never lose it, so it makes sense for in the time of need she is able to finally take control of the guild and lead them in the direction they need. Also this plan, well already Lucy is a better fairy tactician than Mavis because Lucy’s actually using established things from the series to come up with her plan, unlike Mavis who seems to just pull it out of her ass.
If I had one complaint, and it’s minor, it really seems like Lucy should be leading but what undercuts all this is she doesn’t. She ends just leaving with Levy and Freed to look for the fairy sphere, but what we’ll see is she it not really needed for it. It feels like with this being her plan she should probably oversee it. I guess what I’m to say is, you have really cool moment for Lucy, go all the way with it. Have her have total control, what we get is good I’m not denying it, but it feel like there could be more extension with this scene. Or if she is going to leave, have like a line of dialogue saying she wants Erza or Gray or whoever to take the reigns. I know this sound minor but it’s only because there could be more of this moment with Lucy.
So we go back to the Space between time.
We see that Acnologia is solely motivated by destruction…. Hmm… Look some people would be okay with this as all Acnologia has been is a giant force of destruction since his intro, so this is really just keeping to character. But then there are others who would hate this saying that if you bother giving human shape and personality to this character you want to have more dimension than solely craving destruction. So is something that comes down preference on how you stand with this reveal.
But I do know something I’m going to get angry at.
Natsu… Shut up… No! I refuse to here “the world is stronger than that” speech from you of all people, why? Because your own damn creator said the difference between you and Haru is, Haru fought for the world since the begining, Natsu only cares about his guild not the world. When your own creator says that, then I’m not in the mood for you to act like Haru.
So we cut to Hargeon
This page pisses me off… Oh not the Gray and Juvia stuff, though I find it funny how see’s going gaga over teleporting with Gray (and Mest) like it’s so romantic when back in tartaros, the two rode on the back of a tiger beast together (with no Mest) while clutching hands. I don’t know, that seems a little more romantic to me.
But what pisses me off is Lamia scale right here. “I thought the fighting was over” first, where did you here that? Did Warren send a signal out? Second, are you so oblivious that you pissed the eternal flare coming down and laying waste? Magnoia and Hargeon aren’t that far away so if people were noticing destruction from there why aren’t you noticing it? Third, why didn’t you go to Magnolia? All the guilds went there. It couldn’t be to hold down the fort after the liberation of hargeon because universe one scrambled all of you, and even being fair, saying that everyone went back to where they were before universe one was activated, Mermaid Heel was in that fight in Hargeon, if all of them went back to hargeon after universe one wore off and went to magnolia, why didn’t Lamia follow? There’s no reason for this
so we cut to team Minerva ready to lead Acnologia to Hargeon…
Well let’s see how can you lead him there? Well, you have territory which if you open a big enough space bubble you could just keep teleporting him. Use Orga’s pinpoint blasts to get Acnologia’s attention, then use Racer has slowing magic to mess with his perception of time. Midnight could just keep reflecting his blasts getting him to just get angry and keep trying. This doesn’t seem to hard.
We cut to the guild library…
Oh boy… See I said Lucy really doesn’t have to be here, and see really doesn’t. Freed and Levy make sense as letter pages, magic books stand in their profession. Whereas, I know Lucy likes books, and she had that moment way back in daybreak figuring out the letter magic spell, but that hasn’t really been apart of her character outside of wanting to write a book (All that crap with END not withstanding). So I think Freed and Levy could manage with out her, and she could still be actively leading.
Also this goddamn book. I like Lucy’s plan, especially since it actually uses established things from the series, but to fully execute the fairy sphere she needs this book that has never been mentioned till now. Whereas they are actually 2 great solutions to this, to make this scene make sense…
The first is, Hiro should’ve introduced the book before this point. Because it’s not crazy to believe that a book exists containing 3 magic that were pioneered by this guild. But maybe you could’ve introduced when Mavis wanted out of the crystal. Instead of Mavis just loaning Cana the power of fairy glitter, break out the spell book and give Cana the power permanently. We saw she used Fairy glitter against August, so she had not just for breaking the sealing lacrima.
And the second, Mavis knows all the 3 fairy magic, and we’ve seen with Cana that she can transfer the magic, how about having the reason Makarov came back, is Mavis’s magic flowed through him giving him all the three magic to carry it on to the next generation and not have them be lost.
It just seems like this could’ve been fixed so easily.
Post Chapter Follow Up: As you could probably guess I thought this was a good chapter. But first I want to talk about the negatives. First off is scenes like the Acmnologia posturing, the lamia scale in hargeon, and the book of spells are these moments that weigh down the story. It’s over all solid but these scenes feel very disconnected from what’s really going on and don’t make sense in context.
Another thing, is something that I didn’t get into but it is a problem, Acnologia is still unbeatable! Hiro has this great setup where he can have his cake and eat it too, you have Acnologia in the real world who we know on physical terms the guilds are not going to stand a chance, but we also have spirit Acnologia, and while i’m not saying he should be weak, but you have him in a position where he has to exert extra power to help control the magic for his real body, use that as a way for the DS to get equal footing with him. I seems like you have this great opportunity to have unbeatable Acnologia and vulnerable acnologia.
But on to the positives, Tartaros was a fitting cover because, god damn, like in Tartaros, Lucy gets this badass character moment. Even the minor problem I had with it is still minor and that clearly many were satisfied with what they got. I know there are those who don’t like Lucy and that’s understandable but what I will give her, is she one of the few characters to progress in terms of character. She’s different now from when she started.
Also the fight with Acnologia from what we get is honestly what I expected so I can’t really fault it for that. Wish there was more equal footing but hey we still have 5 chapters to go.
This is a chapter I thought should be really good, and for the most part, it is. But it’s just weighed down by these stupid, disjointed moments, and minor fumbles.
hey!! could you do a seungkwan soulmate au? thank uuu
hey!! could you do a seungkwan soulmate au? thank uuu
• so in this one you can hear your soulmate’s voice but only when they sing which is very fitting for seungkwan if i may say so myself
• so of course as a child you had heard your soulmate sing the basic preschool nursery rhymes and he respectively had heard you as well but you know at the time you probably didn’t understand the importance of it all at the moment you know
• and for a while it was peaceful apart from the occasional humming or light singing that seemed to just come abruptly late at night
• you had figured out that your soulmate couldn’t sleep well unless he kind of hummed or sang himself to sleep which kind of doubled in your favor because his voice was so silky and soft that it lured you right to sleep as well on sleepless nights which you were grateful for
• soon were able to figure out that singing was a BIG part of your soulmate’s life and that he just had to be an aspiring singer because at times you would be studying or with your friends before jolting up at the surprise of his voice that kept repeating the same part over and over until he got it just perfect
• you were honestly surprised he hadn’t lost his voice due to all the times he was practicing or singing and sure maybe it inconvenienced you a bit during a test where the teacher was reading instructions but your soulmate’s voice was flooding over it just because it was that powerful and commanding
• his voice was just so unique to you and you told yourself that if you ever heard his voice in public you’d be able to pick it out within two seconds because you tell people that you’ve never heard a voice like his in your life
• and you would just dream about hearing his voice and following it to see him in front of you
• that made your heartbeat flutter so fast that it would always wake you up right before you could place your hand gently upon his shoulder and turn him around to see his face
* your friends knew that you were constantly on the search for your soulmate so secretly they had purchased tickets to a guy named seungkwans show because according to google and his fans he had one of the most unique and breathtaking voices they’ve ever heard and that kind of aligned up with how you described it
* and they also didn’t tell you that they had intentionally taken you to karaoke the night before so that seungkwan would be able to recognize your voice singing along to his songs because of course you’d memorized them and hummed them from here to there and it made seungkwans heart flutter because yes his soulmate liked his music and it was catchy enough for them to remember and he really thought that was all the confirmation he really would need
* so your good old pal jeonghan shows up at your door one day with a pair of tickets placed in his hands and he really doesn’t let you finish because he’s dragging you to the venue and yes you’re complaining and hitting him asking him where youd possibly be going at 10 on a thursday night and this concert is ending at 10:15 but when you hear your soulmate’s voice flood through your ears you kind of just stop
* and wow is it getting louder and louder and you don’t even realize as you’ve pushed through the doors of the venue to see him on stage and you kind of just stop because wow this is him this has to be him and you can’t help the lyrics from tumbling from your lips and seungkwan swears that your voice sounds closer than usual and he kind of stops and stutters in the song
• but you keep singing it quietly and he can just see you and he knows and his heart is racing a thousand miles a minute as he pushes through the crowd to reach you before enveloping your face in his hands and wow he’s staring at you and you swear his eyes are shining right now and wow he’s really breathtaking and he can’t muster any words out for once until you tell him
• that he has a really lovely voice
• and you two both can’t help but smile as he does the most cliche thing ever of twirling you around and he just kinda quirks an eyebrow and suggests that you two should get out of there
• and hey that idea sounds pretty good for you
Can you explain why ppl want more sterek (or other ships) with one of them being asexual, but in a romantic relationship? I see this trope a lot, but often one of them are just not happy at all. I like asexual!/character study more than fics with pairings, because it's just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
ya know, i’m not 100% sure why so many people (myself included) have gravitated toward ace!Sterek. specifically ace!Derek really, i think that’s much much more common than ace!Stiles in my experience.
i think it has to do with how he’s never really had a dedicated love interest, and with how that’s never seemed to bother him. Scott and Stiles and the rest seem so fixated on their relationships and getting laid, but Derek always seems to have bigger things on his mind. his past “relationship” with Kate was clearly traumatic and manipulative (which can fit very very well with a teen ace boy struggling to fit in, trying to perform masculinity by ignoring his own reservations and pushing himself into sex whether he wants it or not as a way of proving that he’s normal), and his “relationship” with Jennifer was essentially him being magically roofied and was not of his own will at all.
the only person we ever see him being consensually sexual with is Braeden, and it was kind of blink-and-you-miss-it. but asexuality deals with attraction not action, and we are never shown Derek looking at someone else, you know? Scott and Stiles are both shown lusting after the girls they’re crushing on, but we never see Derek do that. he’s much more often portrayed as an unwilling sexual object than he is anything else.
so really it’s more of a vibe that we ace people can relate to. it’s the lack of blatant sexual energy we get from people like Scott and Stiles, who are shown actively having or hoping to have sex.
i’m not sure i understand that last sentence right. do you mean you don’t understand asexual characters being in romantic relationships at all?
unfortunately i know in a lot of ace!relationship fics, one character’s asexuality is a source (usually the main source) of conflict in the story, and i can honestly say that that’s not my favorite kind of fic either because aceness doesn’t need to be a source of conflict. i know irl a lot of times it is, but also oftentimes it isn’t. so i definitely want more fics where neither of them are unhappy at all because the aceness is a nonissue, or has already been resolved to both partners’ satisfaction and comfort.
it’s perfectly possible for ace people to be in happy, healthy, committed romantic relationships. (and also i think where Derek is concerned, we all just really want to see him in a relationship where his worth isn’t based on him being a sexual object for once.)
todays premiere of our les mis school production was just,….,, incredible….
like I got to play my favorite character, Grantaire, got a lapdance by the student who plays Enjolras but also a lovely lady, our whole class was shouting do you hear the people sing while dressing up for the show, I got a lapdance by Enjolras, we died holding hands, I got a lapdance by Enjolras
I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 again today and noticed a bunch more things on the rewatch.
First of all I was expecting to be bored at least some of the time (I mean, I just saw it a little over a week ago), but I never, ever was, not even once. This movie uses every minute so well. (Unlike the first one, where most of the Ronon and Thanos scenes dragged horribly even the first time, and were completely skippable on a rewatch.)
I love how the end of the movie recontextualizes some of the earlier scenes. For example, Mantis’s misery and fear is so obvious when she first meets the gang, and in most of her scenes afterwards. The first time you watch it, her anxiety is easily read as nervousness around strangers. The second time, though, it’s such a gut-punch to see her standing behind Ego, wringing her hands, and knowing why.
Drax mistaking Yondu for Peter’s actual father is another of those fantastically recontextualized scenes. The first time, it’s funny, just a tossed-off joke. The second time, though … right in the feels. Because Drax, for the most part, doesn’t get the whole concept of people pretending to be something other than what they are. He watches Yondu and Peter interact with each other and he totally gets the actual relationship in a way even they don’t.
Speaking of which, there is some really brilliant editing in this movie. This time around, I noticed how it cut from Ego’s “I’m your dad, Peter” right to the first installment of Yondu’s storyline (which also involved interacting with his parental stand-in, Stakar). And none of the significance of this is clear if you don’t know the characters’ emotional context! You basically can only pick it up after having seen the movie once.
The pacing on all the emotional arcs is so, so good. I didn’t even really notice, the first time around, how strong the Peter-Rocket arc is, from their fighting in the beginning, through Rocket not wanting to leave him on the planet, to their little moment of connection at the end.
I still can’t get over how this movie has eight major characters (not counting Ego; let’s not count Ego) and every single one of them has a) an emotional arc of their own, b) at least one strong platonic relationship arc with a beginning, middle, and end, and c) at least one scene in which they get to be awesome and do something important. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Even the noncombatants. Even the baby!
The first time around, I didn’t really notice how brutal Gamora and Nebula’s fight is. @sheronm pointed out how incredibly OTT Gamora picking up the ship cannon is (in a way female characters rarely get to be) but the whole fight is like that: brutal, dirty, vicious, and not sexualized in the slightest. Speaking of which …
The only shirtless scenes in the whole movie are guys (Peter on the ship, and Yondu at the brothel). The closest the movie comes to a romance arc is Peter and Gamora flirting and dancing. I still adore how Mantis and Drax make it explicitly clear that they aren’t into each other in a sexual/romantic way, and yet the most important relationship either of them has in the movie is with each other, and he’s willing to die to save her in the end. The movie doesn’t completely ignore romantic love (the Peter/Gamora relationship is still important), and it is true that there are a few sexist jokes (like Peter hitting on the Sovereign queen – though he apologizes for it, which is a rare thing). But overwhelmingly, this is a movie that never dismisses its female characters to “love interest” or sexualizes them any more than the male characters are.
When I saw this movie the first time, I thought the soundtrack and use of music was better in the first movie, but now that I’ve seen them both back to back, I was so, so wrong. They both have great music, they both have some great musical scenes, but I think it’s mostly that the first movie has a faster, more actiony soundtrack, while the second movie has a slower, gentler, more emotional soundtrack that I didn’t fully appreciate at first. But in the first movie, the music is mostly a (well-done!) melodic accompaniment to the action, while in the second movie, the songs are very carefully fit to the scenes in which they occur – whether the important thing is the peppy/awful contrast (“Come a Little Bit Closer” over the murder montage), or the whole point is that the song is so terribly, cheesily on point (“Brandy”), or sometimes because the song fits the emotional tone of the scene in the best fanvid kind of way (“Father & Son”, or the repeated use of “The Chain” for the characters being separated and then coming all back together in Peter’s love-epiphany/Power of Friendship™ moment at the end).
It’s just sooo goooood. I really didn’t expect a bombastic, ridiculous musical comedy in space to genuinely be one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages.