aries: passionate verging on obsessive. defensive of both themselves and the people they love. few layers; what you see is more or less what you get. good-hearted, intelligent. always up for a challenge, but becomes stressed out very easily and handles stress very poorly. even when they’re tired, they somehow seem so alert and two steps ahead of you. responsible. they prefer to lead and lead very well. interesting, competitive, loyal. although they like to be correct and love to prove people wrong, more than anything they just want someone to listen and expand on their point, not disagree with it. romantic but they like to pretend that they aren’t. they seek instant gratification and hate doing things that they’re not naturally great at (but they’re naturally great at a lot). can be very self-absorbed, but it’s not conscious. so loving and so lovely. the yang to my yin, the storm to my calm. a friend who completes me.
taurus: extremely nice, and they never want to hurt anybody’s feelings, so they tend to skirt around the truth or omit their opinion. truly, genuinely kind, the sort of person you hope will always stay in your life, the sort of person you feel like you really need. dependable, hardworking, stable. they have been through a lot, but looking at them, you wouldn’t know it. will ultimately put themselves before you (which is a good thing), but is always there for you when they can be. very realistic; they know what they can achieve and expect themselves to do so. private to a fault, and doesn’t usually express their feelings. there is something about their soul that makes me smile whenever i think of them. one of the people i love most in this world. my equal, the friend who i hope knows how much i love them.
gemini: endlessly charming, supportive, and brave. always wants to make everyone happy, often at the expense of their own desires, so they’ll do things they don’t want to do but be kind of grouchy about it, leading others to believe that they are picky and that they change their mind too much. frequently changes the details of a story to either make it more interesting or get out of trouble. wants more than anything to see and experience the good in the world but is very often a victim of the bad. overly-trusting. they can make any experience memorable, and they are the most fun you’ll ever have. quite self-critical but they also know that they have a certain power over people. forgetful, tolerant, warm. often feels quite overwhelmed and may not handle this feeling wisely. crazy but kind. the one whom words fail to describe. the biggest piece of my heart, my mother.
cancer: both friendly and intimidating. difficult to read. patient and cooperative but more often than not, they think their idea/opinion is better than yours. very, very smart. super dependable, so sensitive, hold grudges like it’s their life’s calling. courageous. behave very differently around authority figures, likes being seen as innocent and cute. they will keep your secrets but they will kind of hold them over you, and they tend to taunt others by saying, “i know [x] about [y] and you don’t.” very funny, dark, and sarcastic once you get to know them, but initially sweet and sugary. survivalists; they protect themselves first and their loved ones second and don’t really care about everyone else. friendly. once they’re in a relationship, they become rather absorbed by it and neglect the other parts of their life. dramatic, obsessive. rather strong-willed. when they’re having an off day, get out of their way. they will never forget anything you tell them. they see life as an inside joke. my figurative fraternal twin. the friend who is just like me but whom i’ll never understand.
leo: impressively loving, astonishingly generous, the whole universe in one person. soft and loud, wild and cautious. they are full of power, grace, and energy, and they awaken within you the sense that you are good and that you can do whatever you want to do. even when they’re quiet, their presence is felt. very self-critical, constantly questioning their worth. always in need of validation, which is why they like to be the center of attention; in order to know that they’re a star, they require a standing ovation. they want to love themselves, they need to love themselves. such a romantic, wants to be wooed and adored, and they’ll gladly return the favor. soothing. they are so easy to trust, but they are more careful with their own secrets than they seem. they love with every bone in their body. they want, more than anything, a best friend. loyal, inventive, go-getters. great listeners. can somehow empathize with every situation, but are mildly obsessed with themselves. love winning. my idol, the part of myself i hope i grow into, my aunt.
virgo: hilarious, dependable, treats you like their kid. trustworthy, sympathetic. they are fascinating and unique, but they are too attached to their own magic. more obsessive than they like to think they are. they take criticism very well, perhaps because they dish it out even better. level-headed but aspirational. they prefer to be the less loving one in all of their relationships. feels guilty for feeling sad or emotional. curious and interested. can talk for hours if you let them. kind and smart, wants to be special and different from everyone else. treats the people closest to them the worst. believes in tough love. loves to joke and be sarcastic but usually takes it a few steps too far. perfectionistic, which leads them to put little effort into things that they feel they can’t do flawlessly. the one i protect who thinks they’re protecting me. the friend whom i loved right away.
libra: angelic, enchanting, sweet. picky. they are so afraid of offending someone that they have to know someone really likes them before they’ll be honest with them. so many layers. funny and diligent. treats everyone like their best friend, but when you are their best friend, there is just something so slightly different about how they treat you, something that makes you feel amazing. good at everything. completely unable to make decisions. gossipers. they want to like everyone, but they just don’t. absolutely hates saying no, but will do it if it’s 100% necessary. sleepy and goofy around people they love. works hard to look good, trendy. smart, fair. nervous around authority figures. fearful of loss and of growing up. secret control freaks. they are at once youthful and wise. crazy patient on the outside, just crazy on the inside. always somewhere on my mind, the one who i was always meant to know. my very best friend, my soul’s sister.
scorpio: the best listener. truly wants to know everything about you. extremely devoted, passionate. knows you very, very well. so funny, so kind. will stick with you through thick and thin, always on your side. gives great advice. the person across the room who you can’t stop staring at. secretive, fearful, romantic. both observant and judgmental. will hate you for judging them while they judge you. their heart is bigger than anyone else’s, and all they really want is to fill it to its brim with love. very often the sidekick, but they stand out to me. they are quite obsessive and they rarely wait for explanations. they want to own the people they love. intuitive. loves you soooo much. impossible to know fully. deep, powerful. the ocean flows inside them, yet all too often that ocean is stormy. the person many people think i am, the person i sometimes i wish i was. my confidante, my partner in crime, my heart, my friend.
sagittarius: the most supportive and dependable person on the planet. an amazing friend, the best person to have in your corner. honest and disorganized, friendly and capable. very quick to anger and has a hard time admitting they’re wrong. devotes themselves wholly and completely to their partner and puts them on a pedestal, but once they’ve moved on, they’ve really moved on. tends to succeed, lucky. has a hard time seeing the truth of a situation and often must be told what’s really going on. charismatic and caring, overly generous. can spread themselves thin. guided chiefly by morals which they never abandon. has a strong sense of right and wrong (specifically, they’re right, you’re wrong). my backbone, my other mother.
capricorn: pensive and stoic. has a brain that never stops going. they wake up every morning in the climax of a novel they’ve written in their sleep. loyal, just, intimidating. cold and private. mean to people who are mean to them. shuts down entirely for seemingly no reason. the wisest of all. mature. silently romantic. victim of their thoughts. intense, original. they want someone to fall really deeply in love with them, but they close themselves off to everyone. admires the beauty of the world, moved by small details that many people miss. always thinking of the future, no matter how good the present is. judgmental. wants to be better than everyone else. exceptionally smart. often falling apart on the inside. can think themselves into sickness, into joy, into anything. loves to be alone, hates more than anything to be lonely. soft on the inside. the best leaders but they don’t like to lead. kind-hearted and always doubting it. immensely fatalistic. the dreamy head behind my eyes. myself.
aquarius: very patient. analytical, detached. they have favorite people and things and they will be honest about who and what these favorites are. they love you, they just can’t tell you. wants to be cared for without caring in return. easy to talk to, somehow always makes you feel safe. impressive intellect. generous with the people they love. genuinely good, inspiring. easily overwhelmed. resorts to humor when offended. doesn’t try very hard to act like they like someone they hate. wants to be special. artificially nice to authority figures. can be surprisingly mean without intending to. very good liars. super funny. compliments mean a lot coming from them. the person i forget i am, the friend i should talk to more.
pisces: kind-hearted, funny. to really know them, you kind of have to know them forever. so easy to love. hates to think about the difficulties of the world and prefers to just have fun. very much in the present and tries not to think about the future. as such, they sometimes behave without thinking and wind up messing things up for themselves. they tend to be kind of lazy in regards to some things and extremely passionate in regards to others; there isn’t a lot of balance. can be very mean and very angry. won’t apologize first when you’ve made them mad. must express themselves in some way. no matter how much they say that they love you, they always love you more than that. quite sensitive, hates few things more than being called annoying. super generous, always wants to be there for you but hates not being able to make you happier. truly the sweetest. my favorite person, my brother.
-The Paladins find themselves in a planet that resembles earth
- It’s winter so they go to the closest spot where it hasn’t snowed
-Lance keeps bitching that his Hispanic ass wasn’t made for these conditions which prompts Keith to state that if anyone should complain it’s him who spent time living in A LITERAL DESERT LANCE
-Meanwhile Allura starts asking what snow is because????
- So Pidge and Hunk go on to explain snow
-Pidge being very technical while Hunk states “its beautiful, white, and cold” and then keeps interrupting Pidge (he doesn’t mean to be rude but Pidge is just being oh so technical) and brings up snow angels, snowmen, SNOW BALL FIGHTS, etc.
-So now Allura’s like I need to see this snow you speak of to determine if it’s a threat or not
-Shiro smiles and complies by telling the others to be prepared to travel again
-After every paladin tells their stories with snow(yes even Keith and Lance, especially the big snowball fight, the one where Keith knew who Lance was for .2 seconds and then forgot again) they decide to camp for the night
-Because of how distant the castle is Allura gets to sleep in one of the lions and Shiro tells the others that wherever she decides is hers, you evacuate and give her the space she deserves with a look
-For some reason she’s been bonding with red lately, forcing Keith to sleep somewhere else
-He automatically disqualified Pidge because they aren’t that close, Hunk is out because he would probably force Keith to take the cot and then proceed to sleep on the floor, and Shiro is just a big giant nope, the man either goes to sleep at 9pm sharp or doesn’t sleep at all
-So that only leaves Lance, who sure, will give him grief but in the end won’t really mind
-Once he reaches Lance, he finds him trying to hide his tears and sniffles
-After some time of awkward comforting Lance tells him how the last time he saw snow it was with his family and he’s just homesick
-Keith then proceeds to tell Lance that it’s okay, that if it weren’t because he’s an orphan he would also be homesick… it takes him a while to realize how that came across, and then starts trying to backtrack and just becomes a stuttering mess, all red in the face
-Lance the starts to laugh which stops Keith in his tracks
-Lance goes on to explain that he can count in one hand the amount of times Keith has lost his cool
-They fall asleep cuddling with identical goofy smiles on their faces
-They both wake up with a start when they hear a roar and when they finally scramble outside they find that it had snowed during the night
-Pidge screamed (read as squealed) that there had to be at least 8 inches of snow
-When Allura came out she squealed in delight and proceeded to run out into the snow only to yelp and run back to the lion
-She had made the mistake of going into the snow without shoes
-After everyone woke up and put on the proper clothes they began to play in the snow
-It then escalated to a huge snow ball fight that included captains, strategies, and bases
-By the end of the fight (which Allura was wining tbh) they found that no one knew where Keith and Lance were, only to later find them kissing under blue
-And that is the story of the first Snow day they had as a team
Lance: *recognizes the rover-copy is fake almost immediately and saves Coran’s life, stops Keith from being reckless and hurting the Balmorra and comes up with a better plan, is the one the Blue lion chose despite four other future Paladins being right there for the taking, is ‘officially’ more intelligent than both Keith and Hunk, is an incredibly skilled marksman*
Also Lance: you guys wanna watch me fit my whole bayard in my mouth
Ultimately there is light and love and intelligence in this universe. And we are it, we carry that within us, it’s not just something out there, it is within us and this is what we are trying to re-connect with, our original light and love and intelligence, which is who we are, so do not get so distracted by all this other stuff; remember what we are here on this planet for.
To preface - I just got all of the Attack on Titan volumes up to the current one and DAMN it’s nice to not have to be online to read them. :)
During my rereading of the official translation, I noticed something interesting that I think indicates something important about Levi’s character that I don’t think I’ve read yet from anyone else. Remember this in Chapter 51?
In case you don’t remember, it’s when Levi finds out from Hange that Titans were previously human. Cue guilt and Erwin creepy smile (man, him and Armin have the creepy smile game on LOCK, BTW).
However, in every chapter since, Levi’s been missing something that we all associate with his character, his visual cue, if you will -
His cravat. Yeah, I understand that at this point in the story, they’re on the run and haven’t worn their uniforms and such, but I feel like this little detail is actually pretty important. As momtaku has mentioned in previous posts and her readthroughs (which are great, btw), Levi is fairly horrified that what he’s been doing up until now (to paint in broad strokes) is killing humans, and is starting to lose it. From what we’ve learned in later chapters with the appearance of Kenny and learning more about his past with the underground, this is what I’m thinking -
Levi and Kenny clearly don’t get along, and they lived together for a while. Kenny raised him, to an extent, and Levi’s accustomed to squalor.
Once Levi joined up with the Survey Corps, he found a way out. Keeping in consideration some of the information we’ve gleaned from character interviews and tidbits (like why he holds his teacups in his particular way), I think Levi’s preference for his cravat is another way for him to give an appearance of being more well off than what he actually is/was AND a way to signify a new beginning for him, where he isn’t learning how to stalk and kill people - in essence, “using his powers for good”.
Once he realizes Titans were/are humans, I think he realized at that point he’s no better than Kenny, and everything he’s done to change things for himself have been for nothing - to paraphrase Kill Bill, he’s not a worker bee, he’s “a renegade killer bee”, and everything he’s done to “disguise” himself is pointless, because nothing in the world can change his Ackerman heritage. As he tells the 104th -
He’s pretty uniquely qualified to deal with Titans and killers. Like Erwin and Armin, because of what he knows now, he (and Mikasa, once he tells her about their shared heritage) knows what he has to do now and has “discarded” that part of himself to fight monsters. Hell -
In summation, I think at this point, Levi is probably being the most honest with himself that he’s been in a long while. Whether or not he puts it back on once everyone starts donning their uniforms again remains to be seen, and if he does, that raises interesting questions, as well. Either way, I love Levi, and I get why people don’t understand certain aspects of his character, or broadly characterize him in broad strokes for fanfic purposes and such (I ONLY LOVE CRAVATS AND CLEANING kind of stuff), but I think that’s probably because I’m also “abnormal…probably because I’ve seen far too many abnormal things”. I feel like that makes it easier for me to understand his headspace and some of his decisions (like his behavior towards Historia or using odd, long winded non sequiturs to explain himself).
Let’s all appreciate how INTELLIGENTLY ‘What’s the use of feeling blue’ is crafted as a sequence
- derived from the Diamond lifemotif & therefore recontextualizes it; Especially clever as it was worked into the creepy ending theme leading up to this.
It adds a bit of a dark funerary quality to the previous moments it showed up in.
- It is worth noting that the diamond theme was deliberately designed to be alian and non-musical, so they esentially set a challenge for themselves
- And the song actually stays very faithful to the creepy jingly ambient sounds, though they somehow craft them into a melody and lets YD’s va do the rest as she conveniently has a very strong dramatic voice.
- subverts the expectation of a villain song while still fulfilling all of it’s functions both musically and narratively - low notes, contralto, minions singing backup, swingy sort of melody, expositioning the antagonists and setting both the physical and ideological/thematic confrontation… (They represent, or are the leaders of a society where everyone - even the local God-empresses! - has to shut out your feelings to ‘function’, which is the logical opposite/antithesis/anathema to Steven) but at the same time it’s not a bragadocious declaration but a look beneath the queenly masks/ into their private lives, though they’re not quite ‘out shopping’ as this does inform why/how they act in their day jobs as evil overlords. As usual SU distinguishes itself by clever use & tweaking of the tools
- electro meets jazz, which is in itself creative, though if you wanted you could probably read further things into that. The Diamonds are basically electro outside, Jazz inside. It’s also a further pun (eve heard of ‘blue notes’?)
- Conveys both character, style/aesthetic and other information with astounding density basically.
- As cool as the music is lets not forget the roles the visuals play - Their surroundings are quite ‘emphatic’ in the ways all that pink light drowns out their color palettes like a domineering shadow, how Yellow Diamond keeps moving around the bubbles for emphasis, and last bt not least the use of body language to establish both their individual characters and their relationship. BD is relatively static & phlegmatic and waterlike in her motions, sort of recoiling away from both YD and her responsibilities at the beginning, and hugging that pillar for comfort. YD, by contrast, does plenty
Both have a distinct aristocratic tinge in words and gestures though BD goes more in the ethereal/mystically direction while Yellow is a lot more abrupt and stiff there (including when she’s briefly overwhelmed and ends up as the comfortee)
This scene would flat out not work if not for the very unambiguous comforting/ sister-like body language at work there, how the bond is conferred through both word choice (’we still love her’) and physical touch/ gestures.
Particular mention to that one shot where we see them holding hands with both their gemstones shown in the background (and their similar placement highlighted), more or less at the exact point when we realize that they’re both equally affected despite their somewhat different reactions.
- Speaking of the environment though: Éven if they’re having this very private, very un-pharaonic moment, they don’t allow us to foget that they’re villains - most of those Rose Quartzes were probably innocent, the “silly quirk” they’re discussing involves keeping sentient/intelligent beings as pets, and we keep seeing how much Ruby and Saphire are still terrified of BD; Also, Greg’s and Steven’s escape attempts lampshades their titanic sizes. Not to mention that they go right back to cold bitch mode/’command voice’ when the door opens and their underlings show up. They also showing off their fancy singing slaves.
The ‘props’ are as creepy as if they were sitting in a cavern lined with human skulls and bones, but in a clever sci-fi way that makes it even more insidious.
- Though it is also worth noting that it’s greg and steven - almost complete outsiders! - who get to see this scene, rather than their former subjects such as Peridot, Garnet or Pearl. If they did see they’d hardly be compassionate with their former overlords, (not could they in any way be expected to be) but thing are different for Steven who’s probably able to have a wider perspective on this and recognize that they’re still people, even if they are evil overlords.
If you’re dating an INTJ, you’re dating someone with a very quirky, but intriguing personality. You’re not dating an INTJ for their body, you’re dating them for their mind. It’s a packaged deal–snarky comments, the nerdiest nerd of nerds, real marriage material, tough love, downright weirdness, all sorts of forms of intelligence and knowledge, with the bonus of a really hot body if there is one. You get what you pay for–a beautiful mind. If you don’t want that, then dismiss yourself. If an INTJ actually bothered to try for your dumb ass and you rejected them, no worries. We were probably too good for you anyway and you just couldn’t handle us.
If an asteroid wiped out humanity, burying our bodies far beneath the surface, under huge pressure and heat for milllions of years, turning us into oil. What are the chances of intelligent species coming to life, extracting us, molding us into colorful shafts that pleasure their genitals?
Summary: Bucky and Reader are best friends, they live together. Reader is totally oblivious that Bucky is in love with her Warning: cursing
dark outside when you came home. Stepping into the apartment you noticed the
light coming from Bucky’s room. You curiously step inside and saw Bucky sitting
on the bed watching TV. You jumped on his bed and lie on his pillow looking at
his face. He came closer to you.