#and i wanted to believe every time
i need some of you to realize that call out culture, by design, rewards people who make the most outrageous & aggressive accusations, without regards to truth or context. it encourages people to misconstrue, to erase context, to outright lie. it feeds the instinct to attack, with or without cause.
and that naturally enables certain types of people (terfs, exclusionists, bigots) who already have a vitriolic bandwagon behind them, to target & harass minority bloggers whose inclusive platforms they do not like to see becoming popular.
this has happened time and again, it has driven good people off this site, it is traumatic and unhealthy to everyone involved. purity culture creates an atmosphere of fear & paranoia, i am begging you to reexamine this attitude of mob violence in online spaces
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Don’t mind me, I’m just going to cry about this forever.
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The birth of an iconic name
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hey it's cringey white dad music comic time <3
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talking to my therapist is like one of the most healthy things i do in my week and i know that sounds like a “yeah duh” moment but i just realized how refreshing it was to say “yeah even though someone acts carelessly and stupidly it doesnt mean they deserve to die” and she was like “yeah, we all do that sometimes so we have to look after eachother” and it was just. one of those times where i was like Oh. oh youre a normal and nice person there are people like you out there
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ok NOW I have time to talk about the v3 ending for a second and why the popular belief that the audition tapes were real is one of the most baffling things to me. don’t get me wrong, ‘pregame’ has the capacity to be an interesting au if done correctly, and there’s fun to be had with it, but the writing in the game does not actually encourage you to believe in its existence and it’s so odd to me that it’s taken as hard fast canon.
I mean, actually, you technically can check. I think this is the writing deliberately encouraging the player to revisit the prologue and see that the way tsumugi described it happening in the trial is not actually what happened.
number two, they claim that the prologue of the story began after they got their costume changes, which is also obviously not true. it started when they came out of the lockers in their ordinary school uniforms. (seems like tsumugi is indirectly trying to divert attention away from that point that the player has access to, claiming that it is not part of the story.)
shuichi specifically flashbacks to this moment. they go on for like three minutes talking about how everything tsumugi said could’ve been bs.
they literally end on that note of shuichi refusing to believe they auditioned, and very ambiguously too. they didn’t actually give anyone any incentive to believe what happened during the trial–in fact, they encouraged otherwise.
amidst all the ambiguity, the only lead the game really gives you is the one that tells you to replay the prologue to confirm where the characters can’t. the attention drawn to this particular inconsistency between the prologue and the final trial feels very purposeful, not to mention shuichi’s lack of belief towards it. the difference is glaringly apparent. like I said, it draws attention.
of course, they don’t resolve it at all and the whole game ends on a big maybe, but again, the only lead they give the player is revisiting the prologue. they want you to see how it’s inconsistent. the truth is not supposed to be set in stone.
there were a couple other things I wanted to mention.
one, prior to being refitted as ultimates in the prologue, all of the characters remembered being kidnapped. if they had willingly signed up for the killing game, why in the world would they need to be kidnapped? why would all of them seem so confused about what’s happening if they had knowingly auditioned for danganronpa? if they’d already had their memories wiped at that point to prepare them for new memories, why let them remember that they were kidnapped? it seems very convenient for tsumugi that nobody remembers anything from before they transformed into ultimates… but the player does.
even tsumugi’s explanation of the prologue flashback makes very little logical sense. if all of them really were fans of danganronpa in some regard, they would probably know right away that they were going to appear on the show; there wouldn’t be any room for confusion. if tsumugi’s account was even accurate in the slightest, and there was somehow some dialogue that was obstructed from the player during the prologue, it seems infeasible that it would take them so long to realize what was happening because they would have suspected it the moment they woke up in a dark, mysterious school and were asked to gather at the gym.
not to mention, why the heck would they show kaede and kaito’s audition tapes and not maki and himiko’s–y’know–the two other people that were actually there? it’s like this “evidence” was handpicked for the protagonist… oh wait.
two, ever since I noticed the implication that maki is not affected by flashback lights, it puts a whole new perspective on every story she tells in the game and even her placement and purpose in the killing game itself. I feel like this theory speaks for itself, especially when you take into account maki’s story about going to a convention (tsumugi in her natural habitat) to kill a target, and failing.
all three of their school uniforms in their audition tapes are distinctly inconsistent with their sprites.
after I noticed shuichi’s, I was about to pass this off as another dumb artistic mistake, but then I checked kaede’s and kaito’s and found the same exact thing.
let me point them out if you can’t see them very well: shuichi has 3 buttons on his uniform, not 2, kaede has 1 stripe on her uniform and not 2, and kaito’s buttons are black on his shirt in his sprite and rather ordinary in the audition tape. also, shuichi’s shoes look light brown, even though they kinda match his hair on the sprite. the inside of kaito’s jacket collar is also white on the sprite, while it isn’t in the tape.
… I really wish I could say this is a striking observation and all, and possibly even intended to be proof that the tapes were fake, but also… I’ve made a post about the art inconsistencies in this game before. I failed to notice this one at the time, but v3 is not known for the quality and consistency of its art. a couple of kaede’s prologue cgs show her with two stripes as well. heck, the one of her being kidnapped up there is one of them. when I realized that all three of the audition tapes had inconsistencies with the official character designs, I got my hopes up a little… but we can’t win ‘em all, huh.
anyway, long story short, the epilogue implies one thing: it’s that 1) the prologue is different from how tsumugi explained it, 2) the player has the power to revisit it to confirm this, and 3) the game wants you to revisit it to confirm this, deliberately drawing attention to the incongruity of the two tales. the version of the prologue that the players see is not part of tsumugi’s grand story. last of all… it’s just my own theory about the game itself, but I think tsumugi was full of shit and the players were never supposed to take what she said as the simple truth to begin with, especially due to the narrative encouragement to distrust it.
it’s clear that the game planned for ambiguity and multiple interpretations and reception, thanks to all the ‘maybes’ it ends on… but isn’t it so strange that fans seem more willing to trust tsumugi’s contradictory account rather than the distrust of the main characters that has so much attention drawn to it? nobody knows what’s in the outside world… and that’s the point.
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I still think it would have been so fucking narratively interesting, and would have made so much more sense if Arthur had used the horn to call Ygraine instead of Uther. Like the whole series she is the one person who he has always wanted to know more about but never got the chance to. Uther never talked about her, the one time he got the chance to see her and hear her speak her story, hear her say she didn't blame him for her death and that she loved him it seemed to have been a lie (to his knowledge). Ygraine deserved to have more of her story told, to be more than just Uther's dead wife and Arthur's dead mother. She should have had the opportunity to be angry about no one remembering who she really was and that the love she had for her people, her beliefs and ideals, all of that was erased by the man she married. He killed innocent people, their people, people who it was their duty to protect, and he had the audacity to do it in her name, as if she would ever want that. He put that blood on her hands after she had no say in it. He turned her name from that of a respected and beloved Queen of all to one that is now only associated with blood, death and terror.
I want to hear her anger over how Uther was more of a king raising an heir than a father raising his son. She died to give her son life, and the man she left him in the hands of didn't have the decency to comfort him when he cried? to show him he is loved? He dares allow Arthur to blame himself for her death and feel guilty for it, and to make arthur feel he must work to deserve his father's love and support, to shout at him and shut him down every time he voices his own opinions and desires?
Then the part of the episode where Uther was raging over what Arthur had done to his kingdom, she tells him how proud she is of him. That she is proud that now he is her legacy instead of all the death and fear. She meets merlin and asks him if he is related to Balinor because he looks like him. She tells him that she was friends with him. She is ecstatic that despite everything, their sons somehow still met and became friends. She thanks him for protecting Arthur and showing him love and care (... and for also helping him not be so much of an arrogant ass).
I really just want Arthur to be a mama's boy. to have wanted to be known as the Son of Ygraine, instead of the Son of Uther, to have the veil lifted and then struggle with the realization that he now despises the man he looked up to and revered all his life. That his father manipulated and lied to him, and was a flawed man. I wish they would have given Ygraine her own identity and opinions separate from Uther and Arthur.
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the gold song - the bouncing souls ♫
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i think fandom missed a big change with not analyzing and looking at mobius and loki's dynamic as a father-son kind of relationship instead of romatically shipping them me thinks
i like the father-son dynamic way more even with the grandmaster because. just imagine you're living your life doing your thing in your unchanging timeless realm of existence and everything is great and then this guy shows up and he's very clearly got no clues on what's going on and looks dodgy so you decide he needs to have an eye kept on but it's a trap because now you're emotionally attached to this flamboyant thousand-year-old who clearly lacked a childhood and has issues he refuses to talk about on purpose and who lights up far too much when you tell him you'd love to hear what he thinks the secret to the drink in his hand is
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I do like how so far with every positive relationship Luz has had with everyone, she's kind, playful and in a good mood usually! She coddles King, is super supportive with Gus, extremely kind with Willow, an immense amount of caring with Eda, and I don't even need to explain how she was with Amity after THAT scene in Convention.
And then there's Hunter, who will no doubt be an ally in due time, who her first interaction upon him losing his mask was
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Saint-14 idle dialogue
EDIT: CHECK THE NOTES! there are more in there
“This space the people have made for me is more than enough. Thank you.”
“The Lighthouse stands as a symbol: guidance for dark times, a shining height to aspire to. The things we chase better us.”
[singing to himself] “-Huh? Guardian?”
“Guardian! The Deep Stone Crypt, it is truly on icy Europa? But what of the golden fields in my dreams?”
“The Deep Stone Crypt... to enter in the dream is bad enough, but to do so in reality... What you must feel... If you wish to talk, I am here.”
“It is too bad the Sundial has been decommissioned, so many others could be saved... no, Osiris must have good reason.”
“Commander Zavala is right to be worried about Europa, but forbidding guardians from exploring? To say this will not work is an understatement.”
“Tell the small shipwright my bird does not need tune-up. Do not touch my bird.”
“If only YOU were with us at Twilight Gap, the problem of Eramis would have been solved long ago.”
“I have seen this Suraya. I like her bird. Tell her Saint-14 says hallo.”
“Miss Everis. I remember her as a little baby. It has been a long time.”
“Food reserves are dwindling. New land must be ploughed. I can do this!”
“I am so pleased an exo is the one to defeat Eramis. How enraged she must have been, to be taken down by a true machine warrior.”
“Father. I am sorry.”
“Everyone is so accommodating, I- I will think of ways to give back to them.”
“Evil can be found in many forms and many places, but so can good. This I believe. Even of a place like Europa, and a [long considered pause] person[?], like Variks.”
“I visited his quarters. I swear, I could still hear his voice.”
“To defeat the Shipstealer must have been no easy task. one day you will share all the details, hmm?”
“One of these days I will have to introduce you to Geppetto!”
“I believed you would find me, and here we are. Hope is a powerful tool.”
“Shaxx, ugh. Glory is for the selfish. We fight to end the fighting.”
“Shaxx is... louder, than I remember.”
“I am here when you need me. It is... easier to find me now!”
“I have seen what warlocks can do. I am glad you are my friend.”
“Welcome friend! What news do you bring from the front?”
“To hear the children laughing. This is the peace we fight for.”
“What other scraps can I give you to improve?”
“Listen to your ghost! It is a smart ghost.”
“Your light is strong. Perhaps one day you will teach me some of these new tricks. Perhaps one day I will teach you some of my old ones.” [laughs]
“Stay a while friend. Listen to the hum of the city.”
“Remember the city looks to you. Be the example they need.”
“We must remember how far we have come. It was not long ago our people starved in the wild.”
“Good health, friend!”
“The city breathes, ships flow through its veins. There is life here, and it is thriving.”
“Listen friend, when you hold a bird, you must be very soft, very gentle. Bird is not like gun, you do not squeeze. We will practice later, on sack of grain.”
“The Vex showed me many empty futures, but none will come to pass.”
“The people speak your name, friend. Honour their words.”
“Yesterday, a child came to me. He carried a painted shield of paper. I turned to him and he threw the shield at my head! A young Titan, I love it!” [laughing]
[pretty impressive pigeon cooing noises]
[slightly higher pitched pigeon cooing noises]
“When I first stood, I was told that I would be an example. I believe that the same is true of you.”
“I wonder what it would have been, if it had not been this. Don’t you?”
[whispering, about as much as Saint can] “Come close, I am planning prank on Shaxx! Do not tell him!!”
“There are oceans in the Forest, vast and deep. They ripple through you, and if you listen, speak.”
[shouting] “WARLOCK, HELLO! …How is it you float?”
“You give me gun, I give you gun. I like this trade!”
“I walked the City walls, plugged holes. Every small act brings us closer to peace.”
“I have received little sparrow from Miss Holliday. It is a fast bird. I approve!”
“I spoke with the raggedy man. His heart is heavy with loss, but he is not lost yet.”
“Guardian! The food here, it is grand improvement since my time.”
“As long as we have the will to fight, the City will never be broken.”
“Walk with purpose, Guardian, and cast no shadows.”
“Carry your new armament well. May it serve you as it did me.”
“I remember the Dark Ages. I remember them... all too well.”
“It is good to see the stars again.”
“Some say the Dark is rising. I ask how they have not seen the Light.”
[sighs] “These eyes saw the rise of the first wall. It was truly a sight to behold, but nothing compared with what stands before us now.”
“Is there something I can help you with, guardian?”
[to himself] “I am here. This is real. This is real.”
“What burdens can I take from your shoulders?”
“There is a stillness in the air. Do you feel it? It is a... new feeling for me.”
“What are these... Taken? I wish to know more. I will ask the raggedy man to show me.”
“I listened as the Vanguard met last night. Ikora has grown wise beyond her years.”
“Guardian!! Birds have nested in the walls again! These are exciting times.” [audible, adorable :D]
“I hear stories. The way you crushed the Red Legion! I could not have done it better.”
[yet another set of pigeon coos]
“The Traveller is wounded but it will heal. We must be patient.”
“The Red Legion tried to control the Light... and they burned for it.”
“The Trials of Osiris awaits your entry, friend. Try it yourself, and see how high you can climb.” [this one is a little bit off i think, but he’s not repeated it]
“The Fallen fear me, but the Scorn fear you! [chuckles] Good.”
[more gentle cooing] Come, my bird.”
“Ikora serves as Vanguard! It truly is a new age.”
“The Traveller teaches us in these quiet moments. We are not defined by our scars.”
“The Light does not make us heroes, friend. Power is only good when it is used for good.”
“Gossip is always buzzing about this Tower. Normally I pay it no mind, but what I hear about untamed Europa... it troubles me.”
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Hey mod, how is the reading so far
We managed to get through four issues before I threw up!
(...wish I was joking about that...)
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@zukkaweek day 7: free space -> travel
Seeing the world together with the one you love is something that can be so personal 🌍🌎🌏
[Image ID: a series of pictures of two turtleduck plushies. One is lighter toned and has Zuko's golden eyes and signature scar, the othe is made of darker fabric and has Sokka's blue eyes and a tiny bit of fluff sticking up similar to his human counterpart's wolf tail. The pictures all show different sceneries from around the world in the background but the turtleducks mostly just have eye for each other.]
Day 1: swords - Day 2: soulmates - Day 3: teashop - Day 4: southern water tribe - Day 5: college - Day 6: hurt/comfort
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Discussed syl/ki with friends today, me saying I don’t like them as romantic couple
One of them said “I wouldn’t mind if they got together”
And I got like... yeah... bc they’re an f/m ship
Watch loki fall in love with a MALE version of himself and everyone will riot
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ok but if both dean and cas were drunk and dean would ask cas to rail him against the kitchen counter i don't think he'd hesitate. like, yes he has "morals" or whatevever but having waited and having been blueballed for so long I feel like he would just grab and lift dean up on the counter and take him until the bisexual disaster couldn't walk in the morning and i love that for them.
bold of you to assume he never did ask. bold of you to assume Cas never had gave it to him. bold of you to assume it didn’t happen repeatedly, resulting in another panicked memory erasure in the morning, when Dean dropped “I think we need to talk about what happened”
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Third time’s the charm (1 | 2)
Upside-down Edgar lol. I actually did draw him upside down, like that art exercise, I was surprised by how good he turned out! Floof
Couple’a yellow Jakes!
So for the end of Wish Fulfillment, I actually pictured their clothes in stages :0 At least once they were back to being represented physically rather than an emotional energy haha. Starting off as raw and exposed and reflecting Edgar’s physical state, and then as they calmed down gaining clothes but still not quite back up to full - I always think Scriabin looks very small without his coat and considering how vulnerable he was there, it just seemed to fit. By the time he pushed Edgar away, I saw him with his coat again. It wasn’t described that way but I thought it was interesting that my brain supplied it anyway lol
Hug time. Scriabin’s hesitant, too bad it’s so hard to resist affection
One of a few Scriabin temps of him holding his head, I’m glad I finally got to use this pose haha
Another doodle off the heels of Omori. Black lightbulbs symbolize a repressed thought, hmm
A bit of ominous posing, neither of them look particularly happy about it tho
I forget which one I was rereading but it made me cry, so I’m gonna guess it was You Can’t Live Like This ♥ Ohp, wait, upon reviewing my notes, it was Parent-Teacher Night. There’s just so many to choose from!
When Coco took over my brain for about a week lol, skeletons are a good look. Those scars probably wouldn’t be down to his bones, maybe they’re detailing? I also liked the idea of Edgar having rather modest accents, and of them having similar designs ♪
I really liked the little split @happyfunballxd drew in Scriabin’s coat, little tails :D Super cute!
Couple Scriabins from behind, I wanted something sleepy-looking that showed his shoulder but the first one was a bit stiff, much better with a proper action line. He’s really so pretty ♪
I had a brief idea for a popular AU trope but I backtracked on it pretty quickly; I did still end up making a couple doodles that I thought were fun. Case in point, Scriabin feeding Edgar ice cream lol
Antagonistic yarn accessorizing. It’s just tied in place but it’s hard to remove! He probably knots it into his hair so it won’t just slip out just to be mean lol
Got into a bit of a steampunk mood and the return of the low ponytail. Goggles seem a bit redundant but they’re so fun! Plus I’ve drawn him in suspenders and a waistcoat, but not just a vest, he looks nice :D
Always holding each other closely. I think I just wanted them touching each other’s faces, they turned out quite cute, quite soft
I was watching some religion-and-mental-health type videos and the line “Self-loathing is a sin” came up and well. We’ve all seen those church marquees right lol
Digital redraw of the first of this set since I like it so much ♪ The shading was what I wanted to focus on the most, I’m quite happy with his lapels and the creases at the upper edges of his sleeves but I do miss the detail the doodle version had in his hair ahh
Chocolate! Tiny nibbles
Very small doodle of Scriabin leaning over the couch to watch Edgar play something. I guess it’d be on a Gameboy, looks more like an SP here lol
I thought of these for an April Fools Day comic where things are cute and fluffy and domestic, but I didn’t have the energy for it unfortunately :’) It wasn’t exactly how I wrote it down, so maybe I can rework it yet
Scriabin bein’ nasty, repression’s a must-be-mean topic haha, there is a lot of it
Just a little possessive, only a little bit. I really like the arm posing especially
I ended up really liking this one, impatient Scriabin with his arms thrown everywhere plush haha
I’ll be here all week
I tend to draw Edgar’s sleeves folded against his arms rather than loose and free, so I gave it a go and thought it looked a little silly haha. I’m all for silly tho!
He has never in his life had any amount of street smarts
More YGOTAS lol
I’ve drawn Scriabin carrying Edgar around bridal style a few times and the sizing was always off but I keep returning to it ‘cause symbolism and closeness. Exhausting work, carrying all that baggage!
More carrying around, where’s Edgar’s head even if Scriabin’s still here? Wake up!
Felt like revisiting one of my earlier facial hair styles, looks so strange now that I’ve moved away from it
Original sketches for Carry you here, I’m happy with how both versions turned out but I am a little sad the cheek touch turned into more of a forehead touch in the digital version, I feel like this one’s just a bit sweeter. I wanted the glow to be a bit more obvious too but couldn’t quite figure out the shading
And trying to figure out what hand expression I wanted, thumb touch was very important
Oh-so-subtly mixing sweetness and dropping hints, not that Edgar will ever pick up on them
He’s real happy they’re there in the first place lol
No body to hug with :(
I was doing some proportion practice and him sitting on the couch was funny at the time
He has fallen, goodness gracious. So dramatic haha
Spook poofs. How could you Edgar!
Put a shirt on
Scriabin taking apart Edgar’s “guiltless” self-image. “It was never yours to begin with,” reminding him of everything he’s done
Pretty sure I was inspired by a cat video for this one lol. “I didn’t ask for this!” “Okay I’ll stop” “I didn’t ask for that either!”
Something-something Edgar’s yarn is somewhat loose but Scriabin’s is tied to Edgar’s hand. I actually have a good several Vargas hand expressions but these are probably the most obvious
Cryingggg 🌸 Three apiece, gotta keep it fair haha. Although Edgar’s not crying for the first one, he’s not quite hit that overwhelm just yet, Scriabin’s not so lucky
That’s February through the end of May! Still so many ideas lol
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Im not even going to be upset over the underdevelopment of Soohyun as a character anymore. I'm just going to assume that the writers/director had to do the bare minimum with the het plot in order to make the story mainstream enough for Korean TV so out of spite they made it as lack luster and lacking lust as possible
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Literally all I want in life is for Hunter to info dump without being interrupted
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I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see that
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It’s my comfort character I get to decide the bestie
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