It is interesting you say that because I saw the first thirty seconds because Netflix does that automatically and I did feel like that man was riding across the moors and I thought that was weird because Matthew isn’t like that. And Marilla looked kind of scary and sooo severe like the lady you would expect to be the housekeeper if you’re visiting a haunted manor in england, and the whole thing had a different vibe or something.
Tonally, Anne With An E is markedly different from the 80′s adaptation. But I find that I like it for that exact reason? (I’d argue that it’s a loose interpretation because it takes quite a few liberties for dramatic effect.)
The 80′s adaptation, the one with Megan Follows, Jonathan Crombie, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth, presents a more idyllic setting and representation of “kindred spirits” and imagination; whereas the new series on Netflix is more grounded in the presenting the harsh underbelly of life. It focuses more on the cruelty and prejudices/stigma that Anne would have faced as an orphan; and how, in order to survive–to escape from her young sufferings–she clings to imagination. She envisions a better, more beautiful world for herself in order to prevent life’s tribulations from burying her (especially prior to arriving at Green Gables). In the 2 episodes I’ve seen so far, I’d liken Anne’s imaginative rants to that of escapism.
As far as the Cuthberts are concerned, Marilla is undeniably rougher around the edges and more cold. She has strong emotional walls, but you see sparks of feeling from her early on. Matthew’s still tender-hearted as ever and he and Anne have some genuinely touching moments. Meaning I totally cried. Neither one of them feel out-of-character to me, though.
The show’s definitely different than what you’d probably expect from an Anne of Green Gables remake, but not in a bad way. At least not in my opinion. I think there’s a good balance between humor and angst. Feels true to life. I’d suggest giving it a watch just to see if it interests you. I’m enjoying it so far! ;)
“riza and you cant say nothing for the second point” - nug just now
Why I like them: Oh boy. Try to keep this short and sweet. In essence, Fullmetal Alchemist came into my life during a moment where I really needed it. And Riza Hawkeye’s story, remorse, horrible past, and ardent desire to rectify all of that resonated with me on a level that no other work of fiction has ever been able to before. I’ve found so much strength and love and comfort in her existence. Her writing fascinates the absolute hell out of me. I’ve gotten through some of the hardest moments of my life by thinking of her and being inspired by her. Riza is just so, so, so, so important to me and I owe so much to her and Hiromu Arakawa and I could write a novel about this but this is already looking kind of long so I’ll stop. Also she’s pretty.
Why I don’t: A lot of the parts of Riza I criticize the most, are things I recognize in my own behavior and personality. She’s done unspeakably horrible things and those decisions presently have an unhealthy level of power over her. It’s completely understandable, given everything she’s done and gone through, but it’s a huge flaw in her personality and has driven her to be a very all-or-nothing type of person in certain situations. (i.e, episode 19) Excellent writing, but devastating to watch/read!
Favorite season/movie: I love her in the entire Promised Day arc. She undergoes such development in that short amount of time.
Favorite line: Holy cow, I have a lot. “The heroes during times of war are nothing but mass murderers during times of peace,” is one. “If the ways of this world are based on equivalent exchange, as alchemy says, then in order to allow for a new generation to enjoy good fortune, the price that we must pay is to carry the bodies of the dead across a river of blood.” is another. And also the iconic, “I’ll follow you into hell.”
Favorite outfit: Her purple shirt and slitted skirt and boots because I’m so in love with her and skjghkjsdahgkjsahdgj that thigh holster. Hot damn.
OTP: i like her with the fire guy
Favorite Friendship: Okay, I know it’s barely touched on in canon, but I want to know more about Riza’s relationship with Rebecca. Because she seems so COMFORTABLE and AT EASE every time the two are in the same scene. AND I WANNA KNOW. Pistols by Janieshi is one of the best fanfics I’ve ever read. It delves into that a lot!
Headcanon: She’s madly in love with me.
Unpopular opinion: As much as I ADORE young!royai headcanons and fics, I don’t actually think they had a super close bond before Riza joined the military. Like, I know they have a history and Riza trusted him enough to give him Berthold’s research, but their conversation at her father’s grave alludes to them not really knowing too much about each other. BUT!!!! I’D BE SO HAPPY TO BE WRONG! Like, the game info that recently got translated to say Riza used to regularly cook for him was so cute
A wish:that she and roy profess their love to each other and ride off into the sunset That when she dies, it’s in peace and with satisfaction that she’s done all she could to make the world a better place for the next generation.
An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen: She’s executed for war crimes. *shoves my execution fic under the rug*
5 words to best describe them: tenacious, loyal, hardworking, nurturing, badass