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one of the best things about being visibly gay is the looks of recognition - trust, happiness, comfort, relief - you get from lgbt+ strangers 

anonymous asked:

You and @ichinoue are truly savages. Always telling it like it is. What's funny is that you guys don't need to perform all sorts of mental gymnastics to try and justify IH. The proof of your arguments are LITERALLY right there in the manga panels you provide. Like it literally shows what you say it shows. Nothing is twisted or manipulated to make it fit your narrative. IR fans on the contrary, have to change, twist and/or erase parts of the canon story to make sense of a romantic IR

I’m tagging @ichinoue so she can see the compliment as well ! 

Thank you anon ! But we do not deserve a lot of credit here , the manga itself showed us ichihime , so we just analyze it and point out the character growth and the symbolism but we work on what the manga tells us first and foremost. 

The ichiruki fanbase on the contrary begins by what they want to see ( romantic ichiruki ) and then try to twist the manga into what they want it to be . They were so very much convinced that ichiruki would happen they never stopped and asked themselves ‘ But what is the manga telling me ? ‘ they just expected the manga to have romantic ichiruki and so every single scene ichigo and rukia shared had to be romantic just because.  But when they tried to put it into words it didn’t work because the manga wasn’t romantic ichiruki so trying to say it was was ridiculous. 

On the other hand the manga had plenty of romantic ichihime so you just had to read it and explain it for your analyses to be pertinent. 

On tumblr there is this idea that all interpretations are equals. I thoroughly disagree with this ! The only correct interpretation of the work is what the author intended . I know fandom is mostly about reinventing a book , a manga … but I could never see the fun in it . You might as well invent your own stuff if you want to stray away from canon that much. 

No , different interpretations are not all equals , the ones revealing what the author intended are the most pertinent ones . It’s the same for shipping in Bleach. Our interpretation of the manga is pertinent because Kubo did write the whole manga with romantic ichihime and intended to have it canon , ichiruki’s interpretation of it isn’t because it’s more wishful thinking than analyze . 

                   “I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that it being a weeknight meant that margaritas were completely off the table. What are we, fucking sixty five years old and collecting social security? Haven’t you ever heard of Thirsty Thursday? Whatever, I’ll get wasted on my own.” 

I am still writing ageswap au, hopefully now with more bonding with Anakin and Obi-Wan, but

this morning I was thinking of the similar-age au, where Dooku trains Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon trains Anakin, and slowly coming to realize that given Dooku’s motivations in training Obi-Wan and how that would effect Qui-Gon’s training of Anakin -

this Obi-Wan is going to an anxious, high-strung mess. It’s kind of like Obi!whump, especially given the current direction for it, which is Anakin recklessly moving to rescue their parallel selves and necessitating Anakin and Obi-Wan fucking off from the Order. Because Anakin is basically the only positive attachment Obi-Wan has in this fic, so naturally if Anakin fucks off then Obi-Wan is fucking off with him. Cue fights between the padawans and Obi-Wan having various panic and anxiety attacks.

(Ever since JA #7, The Captive Temple, I can’t unsee Obi-Wan having panic attacks. It’s one of the few things I approved of tbh, given that Obi-Wan by all rights should be a wreck after Melida/Daan.)

I had thoughts that it would escalate to the point that Dooku comes to hunt them down, unforgiving as always, and Obi-Wan would try to tell the others to escape and that he would face/stop his Master (chanting the Code to stave off yet another panic attack) only for the alternate universe selves to be like “wow no, we’re adults/a master and a knight??? Give us your lightsabers and we’ll fight Dooku” which is … literally almost the first time that anyone has ever stepped forward to protect Obi-Wan. 

(could hilariously be a situation where knight!Anakin becomes Super Over Protective over P!Obi [much to his former master’s amusement but overall approval given what a fucking wreck this kid is] and starts coaching P!Anakin on the Care and Feeding of Obi-Wans [P!Ani gives him a look like “u think im a fukken amateur or wot m8″])

At this point, basically Obi-Wan and Anakin would have to Leave The Order Forever, even after getting their alternate selves back home. Qui-Gon might (successfully) hunt them down and grudgingly in his own way make sure they’re taken care of, given that this is his Chosen One who is loudly refusing to go anywhere without Obi-Wan. Possibly he directs them toward someone he knows that will help get them on their feet.

Anakin is a bit taken aback because his master is being weirdly supportive??? but Qui-Gon fucking remembers what it’s like training under Dooku. He can’t approve of what Obi-Wan and Anakin have done, but he understands it.

Besides, the two of them might some day turn out to be gr8 contacts or something, no point in completely burning bridges.

this au was actually supposed to have a well-adjusted Obi-Wan, who was perhaps even less emotionally available than canon Obi, but was pretty good at lawyering himself into doing the Right Thing and Loopholing it so that the Right Thing was the Rational/Jedi Thing to do. Then I gave Dooku’s motivations for taking him on too much thought and made myself sad :(

i just wanted to say that i think telling people they can’t be sapphic/achillean if they’re even partially the opposite binary gender is really not great not only for multigender nb people but also for binary trans people who may still feel a faint connection to their assigned gender? like it stops them from being able to have complex personal narratives which is not cool. maybe we can stop doing that

like the way it’s always framed is that even if you identify 80% more with men than women, if you’ve got that partial-woman id, you can’t be an mlm. and vice versa. 

1. Your suicide attempt will be ugly and shameful. No one will bring it up at dinner, but ever since, everyone’s really cautious when they hand you things. 
2. The nurse will ask you if you have any intentions of killing yourself. You look at her in disbelief, and back down to your hospital gown. No one who wants to live is rushed to the emergency room on a Sunday.
3. They’ll ask if your home is safe and if you’ve ever tried to harm yourself before they even ask for your name. They check your vitals.
4. You’ll never talk about the ambulance ride, or the blonde lady who took down your social security and how she smiled so kindly and made you feel safe, even though you were bleeding out of your hands from scratching so hard. Instead, you correct movie scenes and laugh at television shows. 
5. Suicide isn’t something you bring up to your friends. Especially when you’ve survived it.
—  exam rooms always have a way of looking like a morgue
But tell me: what do you mean by they?’
‘The messengers who are sent with the Ring.’
‘Exactly! And who are they to be? That seems to me what this Council has to decide, and all that it has to decide. Elves may thrive on speech alone, and Dwarves endure great weariness; but I am only an old hobbit, and I miss my meal at noon. Can’t we think of some names now? Or put it off till after dinner?’
No one answered. The noon-bell rang. Still no one spoke. Frodo glanced at all the faces, but they were not turned to him. All the Council sat with downcast eyes, as if in deep thought. A great dread fell on him, as if he was awaiting the pronouncement of some doom that he had long foreseen and vainly hoped might after all never be spoken. An overwhelming longing to rest and remain at peace by Bilbo’s side in
Rivendell filled all his heart. At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice. ‘I will take the Ring,’ he said, ‘though I do not know the

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I was talking to @allieinarden about Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and Gerda’s choices. We were swapping details of the story that struck us, and both noted how wonderful it is that Gerda’s love for Kay is self-sacrificial. It can also become romantic, sure, but it doesn’t matter one bit, because it is primarily self-sacrificial. Gerda shows this love by choosing to start the quest for Kay herself. However, when she makes that decision to proceed alone into the world, that is paradoxically when she receives help from both the natural and the supernatural world. That duality of sorts reminded me of one of the saddest moments of The Fellowship of the Ring: the above quote when Frodo chooses to take the Ring. He is so tired, but he chooses anyway. And at the very moment he does: 

Elrond raised his eyes and looked at him, and Frodo felt his heart pierced by the sudden keenness of the glance. ‘If I understand aright all that I have heard,’ he said, ‘I think that this task is appointed for you, Frodo; and that if you do not find a way, no one will. This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck? ‘But it is a heavy burden. So heavy that none could lay it on another. I do not lay it on you. But if you take it freely, I will say that your choice is right; and though all the mighty Elf-friends of old, Hador, and Hurin, and Turin, and Beren himself were assembled together, your seat should be among them.’

‘But you won’t send him off alone surely, Master?’ cried Sam, unable to contain himself any longer, and jumping up from the corner where he had been quietly sitting on the floor.

‘No indeed!’ said Elrond, turning towards him with a smile. ‘You at least shall go with him. It is hardly possible to separate you from him, even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.’

Sam sat down, blushing and muttering. ‘A nice pickle we have landed ourselves in, Mr. Frodo!’ he said, shaking his head.

On their own, I think Frodo and Gerda would have found their quests ultimately impossible. However, they still choose to take on that path. Both Frodo and Gerda (and each one of us) have to make a specific, individual, conscious choice to start a quest or carry a cross. However, the moment we freely choose that, we are surrounded with help.

When I think about the ending of Until Dawn, regardless of who survives and who doesn’t, it’s such an out of experience feeling, y’know?

It starts with everybody coming back after a year for a fun getaway. There’s tension, yeah, and it’s not all that pleasant, but you can see some of the characters goofing around. Making silly comments like Chris thinking gym was “climbing class”. It’s late. Everyone just arrived, most probably wants to chill out or go to sleep. Sam already left to go start up a bath ‘cause it’s been a LONG bus ride here. It’s pretty casual. Nothing too major aside from the cat fight and Mike / Emily / Matt drama but what can you do? Just make the best of it. The gang’s all back. Most of ‘em anyways.

Then at the end of the game, you look at these same characters, and you can tell pieces of them are lost. Jess looks so broken and confused, that the only thing she can smile about is, “Mike tried to save me.” Both Matt and Chris felt crushed ‘cause they could’ve DONE something but it wasn’t good enough, and the detective doesn’t seem to GET IT. Emily is rightfully pissed off ‘cause she nearly DIED trying to escape from a wendigo only for Mike, her ex-boyfriend, the person she sneaked off with in the beginning to hug, points a gun at HER. Ashley says she heard Jessica and it confuses the hell out of her, and I can imagine she feels guilt ‘cause part of her probably wants to save her but she had to continue on. Mike looks dead like there’s nothing inside, he’s a hollow shell that witness so much and he made some pretty awful decisions. Sam had a sharp, cold tone to her, saying she’s “fine” and it’s not about her right now, it’s about Josh. Go find him.

Except… when the rescuers DOES find Josh, he’s not the same Josh in the beginning. He’s changed.

It all started with a stupid prank. In the “best” scenario possible, eight people are mentally scarred and the Washington lost another child.

End of Season Wrap-Up

We’ve made it, fandom.  We’re finally at the end of season three.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like this whole year has flown by. It wasn’t that long ago I was freaking out about the s2 finale!  All this to say that doesn’t mean it’s been any easy year.  It hasn’t.  So here’s my obligatory End of Season Wrap-up.  Ready?  Okay, let’s go.

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