So, I’m working on Chapter 7 of The Blood We Share and writing AU Midoriya and Bakugou where they continued to be friends. It’s a lot of fun playing with their changed dynamic, though a nuisance trying to keep the changes without losing all of the traits that make them well them.
When writing them, I try to keep in mind that one of Midoriya’s biggest traits is his desire to help anyone, while Bakugou is horrible when it comes to backing down. Putting those traits in close proximity to each other… is not necessarily a good thing.
You guys are dangerously close to realizing specifically what kinds of people they keep from voting and why.
I want to drill this into everybody’s head:
The United States of America has the highest prison population in the world
Black Americans and Latin people make up the majority of this population (many of whom are non-violent offenders)
Federal Prisons in America require that their state keeps their prisons at a maximum occupancy at all times.
The 13th amendment did not entirely abolish slavery…just one form of it. It remains legal through industrial prison system
Oh and we have privatized prisons which allow companies to actually make money off of keeping people incarcerated
Here’s what’s really perverse: prisoners, who cannot vote, still get counted in the U.S. Census. The more prisoners a county has, the more representation it gets, even though the prisoners cannot vote. See how that works? The more black and brown people they lock up, the more government resources and political representation they get. Even though those prisoners have no say and cannot vote.
If county-A has a population of 50 voters but no prisons, and county-B has a population of 50 voters and 50 prisoners, the county with the prisoners gets more government funding and more political represention. This is sometimes called “prison gerrymandering” and it is used in redistrictring.
Not so fun Fact: Southern states that reliably vote for Republicans also have the highest prison population in the United States. (source). So mass incarceration is a double whammy. It’s both a form of voter suppression and a tool to strengthen white people’s political power.
So there’s a little scene in episode 24
of Boku no Hero Academia that sort of hits home something it took me
a while to notice: Bakugou is really, really clever.
He masks it with explosions and the
worst pubescent attitude this side of a /RedPill commentator, but the
boy is a strategist. He’s perceptive and his moves are extremely
premeditated. The show and the manga love to throw this in our
faces by the way. Anyone with half a brain (sadly this excludes my son
Kaminari) who has been in a room with him, is aware of this.
certainly is, in that wonderful scene from the Bakugou x Uraraka fight, as are several of his classmates. In fact, the show LOVES slapping us in
the face with this little tidbit of knowledge. Here’s one from
And then there’s that fight scene near the
end of season 1. This one is probably the most impressive, because
please note that Bakugou, who ostensibly hates the living shit out of Deku, is absolutely saving his life here, in a
split second decision, in a very chaotic battle. In a scene, I might add,
where Deku is nearly getting himself killed in a pretty stupid way.
In the scene, All Might is caught by
Kurogiri and when running to rescue him, Izuku is on the verge of
A split second later, this happens.
I love that scene, because it is Very
Insightful and for me, it puts Bakugou right up there as one of the
better antagonists in the anime I watch. You see, he’s an obvious
foil for our hero. But what makes him special, is that he’s a foil on
so many facets. I mean, several characters mirror Deku in some
way or another, but Bakugou is by far the most complex. He’s a
character whose depth goes a mile underground and then explodes into
a warren of underground caverns. What this scene shows, in
particular, is that Bakugou is way better at keeping a cool head,
making him, at this point in the series, a much stronger hero than
Izuku. He has him beat on TWO of his three strong points. It goes
like this. If you want to put it in symbolic terms, what Deku has
going for him, is Brain, Strength and Heart. Strength is One for
All. Izuku is given literal superstrength, but at this point, he has
yet to master it. See: all the broken bones. All of them. On the
other hand, we’ve been introduced to Kacchan as someone with a
powerful quirk. As a result of being coddled his entire life, he’s a
complete emotional mess, a sack of raging hormones (and just… so
many explosions), but as a hero and a fighter, he’s incredibly
strong. He has a very good grip on his quirk. He even knows his own
limits, creating a costume that lets him go over them.
Which takes us right towards the Brain. From the
start, this has been shown to us as Izuku’s advantage. He has all
those notebooks, he’s constantly muttering under his breath, thinking
up strategies. His intelligence, his perceptiveness is what makes Izuku special, or so we’re
told. But here’s the thing: Kacchan is as clever as he is. He is,
at the very least, as perceptive and good at creating or
recognizing, strategies as Deku. Even in the official stats you see
this. Kacchan has 4/5 intelligence, the same as Izuku. For
comparison: someone like Yaoyozoru has 6/5, whereas dum dum Denki has
1/5 (poor thing, I still love you). More importantly, for someone
who loses it at the most minor of social interactions, Bakugou does
keep his head cool in a fight. He stays cautious in his duel against
Uraraka, he recognizes that plan in the OVA and he reacts quickly and
precisely in the villain fight. In this regard, he has Deku beat. Remember that every time Deku (nearly) fails,
it’s because he lets his emotions take over. You see it in his duel
with Shinsou, you see it with his willingness to save All Might and
nearly get killed. That shit with the portal dude happens twice in
the same friggin fight. And it nearly kills Deku twice also. But this is All Might and Izuku loses his
shit when it comes to saving his loved ones. Now, later chapters reveal that Kacchan is At Least as much of an All Might fanboy as
Deku, but in that particular fight, he manages to keep his cool.
Because Bakugou is most at ease in a fight. He’s most concentrated in
a battle. He’s in his element there.
Which brings us to the Heart, where
Izuku is still on top and where Kacchan has so, so much growing to
do. I could (and probably will) write an entire rant about Kacchan’s
emotional journey throughout the manga, but for now, let’s just say
that he has some Inner Turmoil™ and it’s causing him to act in ways
that would get him kicked out of friggin 4chan for being an ass.
Meanwhile, Izuku wins at empathy. This is one of his strongest suits.
He wants to help people. He’s so
preoccupied with saving people that it sometimes turns out to be his
downfall. He very nearly dies in that All Might fight. He loses that
Todoroki fight, but in the end, he does save Todoroki. So while he
has to work on his Strength, and has to find a better balance between
his Heart and his Brain. Kacchan main goal towards becoming a hero is to grow emotionally (even if he doesn’t realize it yet), but no one in their right mind has any doubts about his Strength and is Brain.
yall, please reblog and share this post because i am seeing more and more people taking road trips instead of flying. which i understand cause it’s cheaper and and safer cause of rona but i want you guys to stay safe.
IF YOU ARE A PERSON OF COLOR AND/OR LGBTQ DRIVING THROUGHT GEORGIA, DO NOT STOP IN CUMMING, GA. DO NOT STOP IN FORSYTH COUNTY, GA PERIOD.
yes it’s a sundown town but don’t even stop there during the day. that place is full of hate and white supremacy. there are numerous stories in the news about this place with black people going missing, beaten, and murdered. this town has been like this since the early 1900s and nothing has changed. please avoid it if you can.
DO NOT STOP IN BYRON, GA
DO NOT STOP IN BISBEE (yes it’s pretty and cute looking but the locals are scary racist!)
DO NOT STOP IN CHANDLER
DO NOT STOP IN SCOTTSDALE
Literally there are white power signs all over az and lot of scary shit going
To keep followers safe I’m sharing the state I live in cause I don’t want you to get hurt please
do NOT stop in HARRISON, ARKANSAS (literally where the headquarters of the KKK are)
do NOT stop in VIDOR, TEXAS
here is a site cataloguing every known sundown town, as well as suspected sundown towns
Sundown towns in MD- the mere existence of these towns in my state repulses me.
oh yeah ok this is completely unrelated to other todoroki crack stuff, and other documents i have open, but, i think one day i’m gonna try and see how many people i can make related to the todorokis in a single au
Well, AFO is 200 years old. If he got busy a whole lot of times, he could be a lot of people’s father/grandfather/etc. Heck, if there’s a gender bending Quirk, he might be some people’s mother/grandmother/etc. (Though, I can’t see him doing *that* more than once.)
the most fucked up fictional universe is all those mouse movies where mice have a secret society underneath human society where they’re fighting mouse versions of the same wars and have the same religious oppression and each have a human version of themselves
Why does Mouse Victorian London have a military campaign in Mouse Afghanistan in The Great Mouse Detective?
What does Mouse England gain from the continued occupation of Mouse Afghanistan
So the first time I saw this, I thought the moose was really short with a weirdly big head, because it was the height of the mailbox. I’ve now realized it’s kneeling and am once again afraid of just how /big/ moose are.
I’m reminded of that one time in driving school, when they explained to us that collisions with moose are so dangerous because a moose is so tall that a car crashing into it will take out its legs and then the (very big, very heavy) body falls down, crushing you.
People in countries with no naturally occurring moose: YES, THEY REALLY ARE THAT BIG.
Speaking as a Canadian, after swarms of insects (by far the scariest), moose are super scary to deal with when they’re pissed. You might stand a chance against a cougar and most bears aren’t especially interested in us, but if a moose thinks you’re a threat… Nice knowing you.
Tell us about your current project(s)
what’s it about, how’s progress, what do you love most about it?
Tell us about what you’re most looking forward to writing – in your current project, or a future project
What is that one scene that you’ve always wanted to write but can’t be arsed to write all of the set-up and context it would need? (consider this permission to write it and/or share it anyway)
Share a sentence or paragraph from your writing that you’re really proud of (explain why, if you like)
What character that you’re writing do you most identify with?
What character do you have the most fun writing?
What do you think are the characteristics of your personal writing style? Would others agree?
Is what you like to write the same as what you like to read?
Are you more of a drabble or a longfic kind of writer? Pantser or plotter? Do you wish you were the other?
How would you describe your writing process?
What do you envy in other writers?
Do you want your writing to be famous?
Do you share your writing online? (Drop a link!) Do you have projects you’ve kept just for yourself?
At what point in writing do you come up with a title?
Which is harder: titles or summaries (or tags)?
Tried anything new with your writing lately? (style, POV, genre, fandom?)
Do you think readers perceive your work - or you - differently to you? What do you think would surprise your readers about your writing or your motivations?
Do any of your stories have alternative versions? (plotlines that you abandoned, AUs of your own work, different characterisations?) Tell us about them.
Is there something you always find yourself repeating in your writing? (favourite verb, something you describe ‘too often’, trope you can’t get enough of?)
Tell us the meta about your writing that you really want to ramble to people about (symbolism you’ve included, character or relationship development that you love, hidden references, callbacks or clues for future scenes?)
What other medium do you think your story would work well as? (film, webcomic, animated series?)
Do you reread your old works? How do you feel about them?
What’s the story idea you’ve had in your head for the longest?
And this is why we used to make cars out of STEEL instead of FIBERGLASS! Sure, fiberglass is a lot lighter in weight and hence a hell of a lot better for gas mileage. But you hit anything at more than 20 mph and the entire body explodes off the fucking thing, and now you’re spending more to repair the car than it’s worth because you need a entire front end, read end, or side panel. They can’t just take the damaged section off, beat it out with a hammer, sand it, and repaint it.
Everything is made with the idea of it being easier to replace than to maintain, aka planned obsolescence. Thanks, capitalism
You guys are obscenely, dangerously wrong.
It’s not planned obsolescence, it’s physics.
Modern cars crumple to absorb and distribute the forces of impact in an accident in an effort to protect the occupants. When cars didn’t have those crumple zones, the occupants, being the soft, squishy things they were, took those forces and were mangled or killed in horrible ways. Also, those older cars took hidden damage that often went unnoticed and made them very dangerous to drive. IT’s really easy to hide a twisted frame when all you need to do to make the car look okay is a bit of sanding and paint.
I recently watched a TV show where a small sedan was run over by the trailer of an eighteen-wheeler. Run. Over. They had to unwrap the crumpled ball of a car from the undercarriage of that trailer. Guess what? The driver suffered only minor injuries because the car collapsed in exactly the way it was designed to so that she, in the very strong frame surrounding the passenger compartment, was protected.
And no, don’t thank capitalism for these modern cars. Thank Ralph Nader and countless other safety activists who worked tirelessly to make car manufacturers accountable for the safety of the people who drove their cars.
I’m an estimator for a major insurance company which means I spend all day, every day, around wrecked cars. I’ve been to the NHTSA, I’ve attended a crash test. I have actually seen and put hands on both the vehicles in the .gif above. The idea that old cars are somehow built better or are “tanks” or whatever is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. New cars are built to “crunch” so you don’t have to.
This is the 59 Bel Aire post crash - notice that the area where the driver sits is significantly compromised. The person driving this car would have died in this 35mph crash.
This is the Malibu - crunched? Yes! But the area where the driver sits is not crushed.
I have seen modern cars keep people alive in horrifying accidents. Cars are objectively better and safer in every single way than they were 10, 20, 30 years ago. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Period.
Also modern passenger cars are definitely not made of fiberglass. What even?
^^^^ I will ALWAYS reblog for this analysis of Physics & car safety!!!!!
After reading chapter 287. I can imagine all the ghost of the people who AFO stole their quirks from bugging the hell out of him that he is just randomly giving away quirks just to get rid of the most annoying ones.