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BOOKS READ IN 2017: THE SUMMER PALACE (C.S. PACAT)

Laurent plucked a white flower from the low-hanging branches, and lifted his hand to tuck it into Damen’s hair, as if Damen were a youth from the village.

‘Are you courting me?’ said Damen.

He felt foolish with happiness. He knew courtship was new to Laurent, didn’t know why it felt so new to himself.

‘I haven’t done this before,’ said Laurent.

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An Intimate Look Inside The Lithuanian Disco Scene

From 2000–2010 Andrew Miksys photographed youth in village clubs along the back roads of Lithuania. Most of the venues Miksys explored are located in Soviet-era Houses of Culture where he sometimes found gas masks, Lenin paintings and other discarded remnants of the Soviet Union. As a Lithuanian-American from Seattle, he was intrigued by the history of the discos and the teenage culture in these European post-war communities. The images portray a new hopeful generation in a swirl of uncertainty, fog, and disco lights.

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Princess and Peasant: Azula and Katara are Perfect Literary Foils

I couldn’t decide if I should open with the quote “you rise with the moon, I rise with the sun,” or “I’m blue da ba dee da ba die,” so just keep both those concepts in the back of your head for this.

When discussing Azula, we are usually tempted to contrast her to Zuko. By her own assertion, their fight in the series finale was “the showdown that was always meant to be.” For that reason, there are some who felta bit let down that it wasn’t Zuko who delivered the “final blow” to his sister, but instead Katara, our story’s narrator. However, in my view, Katara taking down Azula was quite fulfilling for the very good reason that these two girls are absolutely perfect literary foils.

Both Katara and Azula were born in the same year, second siblings to an older brother. These older brothers came into a position of “authority” well into childhood: for Sokka it was when Hakota left the village and told his son to protect it, similar to how Zuko wasn’t the heir apparent until Lu Ten died and Ozai supplanted Iroh in succession. However, it’s Katara and Azula who were the “gifted” ones with their respective prodigious bending. As a result, Zuko and Azula have a largely competitive relationship.

You’ll never catch up!

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What exactly is a gutterhob? Gutterhobs are one of the most numerous animals on this world. Their ancestors were earth apes that were brought over with your own ancestors thousands of years ago. You believe that they were once called gibbons. Your two species have been evolving together for all these thousands of years since humanity came to this world. You are absolutely fascinated with apes because of this. You sometime dream to visit Earth and visit all the beautiful apes that your loyal companions are descended from.

They’re used for all kinds of purposes. They’re most often used as lithe hands in the mines. When your species goes through their 40 year metamorphosis, you become a lot less dexterous, and the thin and quick hands of a gutterhob are essential for the more intricate duties around your village. Youth in your village don’t start working far into their adulthood so they have time to find themselves before they get to working in the mine. The empire doesn’t know about this practice, and if they did, it would be likely that they would destroy your village for it. But without the gutterhobs, this practice would not even be possible in the first place.

Your gutterhob is named Jahryk. He’s mostly just a pet. You don’t like to make him do anything. Besides, he’s somewhat lazy. He sometimes just follows you around and affectionately rubs his head against your thighs until you throw him a treat, or throw him an object for him to fetch and bring back to you. He really enjoys that game. You think you’ve been spoiling him ever since he was a puppy. But you don’t care. You love him and he deserves to be spoiled. 

Shiki: An Existentialist Reading

     Shiki is an interesting beast of an anime. Like its monstrous characters, it simultaneously confounds and challenges its viewers: to think more deeply about their position in the world, to reevaluate their concept of right and wrong, and to put up with some of the oddest character design choices in an otherwise gorgeously animated show.

     Perhaps the most important thing it does, and what the best horror stories do, is make viewers consider the choices they would make in these situations, and do make in their lives.

      Shiki tells the story of a small, rural Japanese town, and how its inhabitants respond when a new group of outsiders moves into a “Western style” castle on the outskirts of the village. This hardly counts as a spoiler, since their existence is so heavily foreshadowed and implied that it would have been harder to create a plot twist exonerating them than allow them to be the stereotypical culprits, but the outsiders are vampire-esque beings that call themselves shiki, or “corpse demons.”

(Beyond this point lie not insignificant spoilers. Be warned)

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Additional information about Blessed Messiah and the Tower of AI

So in the original video upload in the Youtube (and probably Nico), there’s a sort of back story for the song written in the description, besides the English translation of the song itself. Along with that, Hitoshizuku also wrote some information about the characters in her twitter. I try to translate and compile them in this post (I wrote it in the YT comment, but I believe it’ll easily get lost there). 

My theory might also go along the way at the bottom of the post. 

Description from the video post

人智を越えた力を求め神を愚弄した文明が、神の怒りを買った。神が、世界を形作る9つの要素を1つの塔の中に封じ込めると、世界は緩やかに終焉に向かい始めた。
 そんな中、神の許しを乞おうと1人のメシアとその仲間たちが塔を登った。メシアは神の許しを得て、9つの要素から祝福の灯をもらい、祭壇に世界の寿命を灯す。それから――世界の寿命は、15年ごとに生まれるメシアの灯で繋がれていった。

The “humans” were seeking power beyond their knowledge to ridicule the god, and god was angered by the actions of these humans. They sealed the powers which formed the world into 9 components in a tower. As this happens, the world slowly heads towards its destruction.

Among the people of that world, a messiah was appointed to climb this tower to ask for the god’s forgiveness, with her friends/comrade accompany her. Her task is to ask for the god’s forgiveness and accept these 9 components of blessings, so on the altar of the tower, she can lit the flame that will extend the world’s life span.

And since then, the world’s life span shall be transferred/connected by a flame from messiah who was born in every 15 years.

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The Priest of Cathar Village and his older brother, Chief of Jumbo village! The Jumbo Chief was to gain high responsibilities, but developed wanderlust– gave the position to his younger brother and left Cathar. Apparently when the both of them were young, they encountered a mysterious monster up in the Heavenly mountains but barely managed to escape!
Thank for the MH lore info - RinOkami!

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translation + subs - the blessed messiah and the tower of「ai」
(祝福のメシアとアイの塔)

[ official mv ]
music hitoshizuku × yama△
art suzunosuke
movie TSO & VAVA

made an attempt at subbing a video!!!! pls watch this if you haven’t yet;v;;; it hurts me so much but it’s so pretty………

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My favorite characters by far!
Smiling Youth - MH4U
Jumbo Village Chief - MH2

These pure Wyverian brothers were born at the isolated Wyverian village of Cathar. The eldest brother was to inherit the position of Priesthood at his village, however, he developed wanderlust and left the position to his younger brother (Smiling Youth) and left his home-village to explore the wide world. While the younger brother tended the farms and followed his duties back home, the eldest brother, now under the Hunter’s Guild’s employment, took the broken Jumbo Village under his wing and recruited hunters to build it back up. Eventually, still burning for adventure, eldest brother passed Jumbo village to a friend and set out for the wild world again.

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They stopped at one of them. Laurent plucked a white flower from the low-hanging branches, and lifted his hand to tuck it into Damen’s hair, as if Damen were a youth from the village.
‘Are you courting me?’ said Damen.
He felt foolish with happiness. He knew courtship was new to Laurent, didn’t know why it felt so new to himself.
‘I haven’t done this before,’ said Laurent.
Damen took a flower of his own. His pulse sped up, his fingers felt clumsy as he tucked it behind Laurent’s ear. ‘You had suitors in Arles.
—  C.S. Pacat’s The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2)

When I first moved into my hut in a village on the East Coast of Madagascar, my neighbor Mino, the little guy in this photo, was completely terrified of me and my strange-colored skin. He would run and cry every time I smiled at him. (His facial expressions were sad but hilarious). Slowly after time, I noticed his sister, Osina would call my name every time I passed by. Now Mino is no longer afraid and these two chickens run after me every time they see me. Hanging out with them is the best (and dirtiest) part of my day!

Larry Fic Rec: Fantasy

Since it’s the long break and Drama is in the air I’m splitting up my Master Fic Rec because it’s getting crazy long! (If you have any fic recs for me or have a fic rec request let me know!)

01/29/16 New additions marked with *s. Roughly organized by publication date.

You Smell Like - mystic_believexx
Ever since Harry left town, Louis’ found himself with the role of pack Alpha, despite being human.

Glow - dolce_piccante
A summer barbecue at the Tomlinson’s is interrupted by a naked visitor from a peaceful planet far, far away.

read you for some kind of poem - mentalistecbm
Louis is human, and Harry is lucky enough to be his vampire boyfriend.

Horizon’s Curve - rhymeswithmonth
At sixteen every youth in the village must go into the Hive and have his soul judged by the dragon queen. Those purest of heart receive a gift; they leave the hive with a companion, and from then on they are a Rider. It is Harry Styles’ sixteenth birthday.

nocturne in silver and blue - tinyweirdloves
louis is a fallen star and harry brings him home.

Route 50 - rhymeswithmonth
A modern vampire AU set in LA.

domestic monsters - g_uttertrash
Harry is a witch who carries around a stuffed pumpkin, Louis is a vampire with too much time on his hands, and their best mates Zayn & Niall aren’t exactly what they seem… 

amaryllis - hattalove
The one where harry gets bitten by a werewolf. louis is the mysterious not-quite alpha, liam and zayn have Things going on, niall is their token human, and together, they watch a lot of TV.

Purer Than The Water (like we were) - FeelsForBreakfast
Louis is a merman and Harry is a boy. The lake is a good place to fall in love.

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The Lithuanian Disco Scene  

From 2000–2010 Andrew Miksys photographed youth in village clubs along the back roads of Lithuania. Most of the venues Miksys explored are located in Soviet-era Houses of Culture where he sometimes found gas masks, Lenin paintings and other discarded remnants of the Soviet Union. As a Lithuanian-American from Seattle, he was intrigued by the history of the discos and the teenage culture in these European post-war communities. The images portray a new hopeful generation in a swirl of uncertainty, fog, and disco lights.

لقد احتجت إلى عشر سنوات كبيرة جائعة كي تصدق أنكَ فقدت شجراتك وبيتك وشبابك وقريتك كلها

You needed ten big hungry years to finally believe that you have lost your trees, your house, your youth, and your whole village

—  Ghassan Kanafani ( 1936 – 1972 ) was a Palestinian writer and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was assassinated at age 36 by car bomb in Beirut by the Mossad.