Feet don’t fail me now
Take me to the finish line
All my heart, it breaks every step that I take
But I’m hoping that the gates,
They’ll tell me that you’re mine
Feelings for Makoto Tachibana as a fanfic writer, because I was sad for the whole of today. (As a general warning, this is speculative, and also involves discussion of religion, which might be sensitive to some)
fukuoka prefectural international hall
This is very true! And also ties closely to why the finale did not really feel much different from any other episode during the season, because it lacked an element of surprise. It lacked any real suspense. Because while I appreciate the sentiment of doing a throwback on the relay of S1 and giving the Iwatobi kids one final chance of experiencing a moment of team unity before third year graduation, it’s but another concept that relied far too much on the bonds crafted in S1 to provide a true sense of closure for everything that occurred in S2.
It’s actually quite fitting to refer to this as a change in thematic, because this choice to take zero risks closely aligns with the overall arc of the season. I’m not unhappy with the outcome, because it was so clearly crafted to please everyone, but in doing so it missed the opportunity to provide another, entirely unexpected chance at emotional fulfillment. It’s easy to blame others for being salty that they didn’t get what they wanted – but what about those of us, who wanted to experience something we didn’t even know we wanted, before it was there? Because that’s what S1 did for me, literally throwing me in the deep end before flipping the tables in a couple of ridiculous but incredibly rewarding scenes, which is why it holds such a special place in my heart.
But I digress. I think, for me, the closest thing to such blindsided surprise was Makoto telling Haruka he had already made the choice to leave; while their subsequent decision to move to Tokyo together has admittedly lessened some of the impact of that scene, it doesn’t take away from how stunned and impressed I felt then – because Makoto wouldn’t have known that any more than I did, meaning his courage to risk the most important thing in his life can in some ways be aligned with Rei’s decision in S1. It’s “risks” like this I would have wanted to see more of, of giving these kids the chance to expand beyond their comfort zones, and prove their commitment to their futures by confronting the fear of growing up head-on.
I was actually referring how much the competition aspect of the sport was sidelined in the s1 finale. The competition/race meant far less than swimming together, vs s2 finale where… I’m not sure actually. The Sousuke/Samezuka plot kind of parallels S1, with Sousuke deciding to swim the relay despite shoulder problems (and Nitori working hard for the sake of swimming with sempai). The Iwatobi race focused on the friendship, but the actual scripted plot was about Haru swimming competitively, so I’m not sure what the take away was supposed to be there.
So, I wish the Iwatobi plot had kept in better with the emotional friendship stay-true-to-yourself-themes of the rest of the story. The decision to have Haru go pro didn’t sit well for me to begin with. I want to say it contradicted what we already knew about Haru, but maybe I can’t. I used to swim competitively (loved the training, hated the competition) and the decision to have Haru go for the competitive route alienated his character for me, so I am very biased.
The Haru and Makoto fight was really the highlight of the season! Surprising, yet foreshadowed to a tee, both with Makoto’s teacher meetings/job with the kids, and with the preexisting tension in Haru and Makoto’s friendship, which started since before last season. It was a great moment, which was why I was so disappointed with Makoto helping Haru out of the bath at the end. It was like the fight effectively didn’t change their relationship at all. idk, maybe Haru did come to appreciate Makoto more, and Makoto became more his own person at the end of the series. But I wonder how differently I would have felt if motivated!Haru had come to fetch Makoto for uni (with a lunchbox full of mackerel and wearing only his swim jammers, in true Haru style), because he’d be late for morning practice otherwise.
Okay I’m sorry because tl;dr and I got far away from airin’s/icecreambat’s points here ;_; But it’s only because I think everything she says here is perfect and beautiful and succinct without my added blah, blah, blah-ing!
So agreed. More risk and more surprise! We saw you do it once free!
I think it’s Rima Ueno who did the DK remixes, there’s also Mikuri Hayashi who did a Rath/Rune doujin that my download says Reverein Scanlations made the raw available, but I can’t find the download link. Dragon-of-eternal kindly scanned the doujin Mousou Kishidan by Mikaga Mikan. There are actually quite a few other doujin, but those are the ones I actually have scans of.
There are scans for the Thatz Confession gaiden (and other things) here on my website.
Finally on Bierrez/Rath/Cesia OT3—I can easily picture those three in a love triangle, the two of them fighting over Cesia, and I can also imagine Rath and Bierrez coming to a grudging truce in order to make Cesia happy, but I can’t see Rath and Bierrez ever actually getting along on their own, so personally I can’t call them my OT3, but I’m sure there are some other fans out there who might?
Thanks for all the info, and the scans!
Yeah, I guess love triangle is more natural for them. *writes the three of them anyway*
So I had this idea for a drawing and went to the Allegory of Whatever website to look up some canon backup and— it turns out everything was actually canon!
Apparently when Jun entered Kasugayama, rumors quickly spread about this scary transfer student who would seriously maim you if you picked a fight with him. Eikichi, as the self-appointed leader of the students, went to check out the new kid, decided that he was “harmless”, and promised to “protect him”. Hee!
…With a few differences. This is how I imagined the whole thing:
and then Eikichi is all
you know who this is
It’s Donald Duck as Dr Cox from Scrubs.
It took me a moment.
There is a giant rubber duck floating in the Thames.
Happy fucking Tuesday everyone
LONDON WHY AM I NOT LIVING IN YOU YET
casual wardrobe must-have for summer
Luke fon Fabre fighting a tsunami bear. Fuck tsunami bears, nobody likes them, do they even go here??
Okay, I should not be on the internet now… seeing as I have work to do and feel physically ill.
But I should be home in a week. I look forward to seeing you guys!
あらしのよるに ”Arashi no Yoru Ni”
One Stormy Night
What am I doing I watched this today but finals ugh.
It was good but strange. It’s like Romeo and Juliet if Romeo was a cannibal and Juliet was a dude and it had a happy ending. With wolves and goats.
Okay resemblance to Romeo and Juliet not as striking as I first thought.
As much as I love musicals and amazing cinematography, I don’t want to watch “Les Miserables” because I am sick of seeing that one blonde actress and that one brunette actress everywhere and I don’t want to contribute anything to their inflated popularity and success.
Give some talented unknowns a fucking chance.
Let’s watch “Life of Pi” instead, friends.
I want to see Les Mis, but I like Life of Pi too.
Big Bird — if he were made of breakfast cereal and holding an American flag.
The Artist’s Uggie didn’t get a Best Dog nomination, but he still got an Oscar!
THE ARTIST AND SESAME STREET TOGETHER!!!!!
THIS IS TOO MUCH AWESOME FOR ONE POST!!!!