all i know is class 1A bout to be at AFO’s throat after seeing what he put deku through like
AFO: *breathes* *through that raggedy ass oxygen tube*
bakugou: “AND SEE I BEEN MEANING TO BEAT YOUR MF ASS CUS YOU BEEN GETTING ON MY NERVES FOR A MF MINUTE AND-”
ochako: “noooo hes just playing just take off the oxygen and come outside! aint nobody bout to jump you omg we all just wanna talk 🙃”
shoto: “nah we bout to jump you.” *camera pans to bakugou lacing up black air force ones in the background*
– deku protection squad vs AFO, colourized
ok but imagine them gaslighting afo to meet them outside without his respirator mask HSLWOSLW
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A look into what's going on with the situation of Immortality
What i am about to say is my opinion based on my own findings and interpretation. please read for information but dont take it as facts. This is Chinese dramaland. Things can change tomorrow
As we all know there are a lot of rumors of Immortality airing on the 8th and then the 15th of April, such as printed articles from magazines, douban and imdb updates of airing dates. None of this came from the official weibo account of Immortality but on the 8th of April the cat Caibao aka Immortality PR account announced the delay in a very cryptic manner that goes along the line of "Spring is when we say it is" (in refer to the spring promises in their previous posts)
The speculation i have for this delay is due to Tencent problem of advertising Immortality on their streaming platform.
If a platform wants to put a particular drama on their front page and banner position to advertise, that drama will have to go through an extra round of censorship on top of the existing ones for airing license. This round is rumored to be a lot stricter.
Why is front page/banner position so important to premier dramas? It is the position that will give the potential to generate the most clicks and highest viewership. It is a crucial step to draw in the general users of the streaming app who are not a fan of any particular drama or actor. Big projects with expensive investment cost, like the S+ level drama which Immortality is, would want to seize every advertising opportunity to draw in viewers and satisfy their sponsor labels.
Below is the picture of The Long Ballad on the banner of Tencent streaming platform.
However, there are dramas which dont want to risk their content from being cut and avoid this round, even if it means sacrificing their advertisements opportunity on the front page of their platform. Word of Honor chose this option. If you want to look for Word of Honor on youku streaming platform you have to go to the search bar to look for it, pictured as below
This excerpt from "review of Word of Honor - part 1" from the website Dramapotato explained the decision of Youku sacrificing the front page position of Word of Honor upon its premier
Immortality not airing while already passed the censorship for an airing license lent more weight to the possibility they were having trouble putting the drama on the front page of their platform, of which regulations might get even tighter this year due to the celebration of China 100th anniversary of the Communist Party. Below is screenshots from the video "April 10 drama review" from Avenuex channel from YouTube. She said all period dramas have this problem, however, i think period dramas still have the opportunity to go on front page of their platform if they pass the final round of censorship.
Tencent now have the option to either re edit the drama to the version that would pass censorship or accepting the lost opportunity for clicks rate maximization and air the drama without putting on the front page of the platform.
Moreover, these decisions need to be made in a timely manner because the latter half of the 2nd and 3rd quarters of this year is rumored to be the period where only politically friendly and controlled theme dramas are allowed to air. If Tencent is not able to resolve the issue surrounding sponsorship and airing position of Immortality by then, the next airing window would likely be the 4th quarter of this year as the earliest.
Below are screenshots from account "NanabeingNana" on Twitter regarding the current situation of Immortality. Based on my own observations, this account has been right about several predictions regarding BL adaptations so i value their opinion. They also share the same thoughts as I do in this case.
Again, this is a speculation, Immortality may air tomorrow for we know. However, it it doesn't and there is indeed a delay then this is the explanation i find most logical in the sea of rumors and panic.
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