posted 1 hour agoApr 21, 2014, 6:14 am with 1 note

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♕ = You inspire me.
♔ = I wish we talked.

I’ve recently started following you and I’ve been loving your blog. And now you’re saying I inspire you??? It makes me so happy!

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And YES! We should talk more!

posted 2 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 6:12 am with 6,672 notes

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posted 2 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 6:09 am with 11 notes
I know you've seen the entirety of the GX anime (I haven't yet sadly) and I figured you'd know this, but does Johan ever get any back story? All of the other transfer students get one in season 3, but Johan doesn't. He's just blank, aside from everything that has to do with the Gem Beasts and the Jelly Bean Man incident.

semageon:

se-to-oh:

semageon:

se-to-oh:

Nope, this is actually one of my ‘problems’ with Johan

Outside the Jelly Bean man and the fact he was a pro duelist at a young age (like Edo), nothing. Pegasus was watching one of the tournaments, when the Gem Beasts inside his briefcase started reacting to Johan, so he decided to give the deck to the young duelist.

I particularly like this doujin, but it’s not canon and there’s no translation, sadly. But hey, not all cool shonen protagonists need a tragic backstory, right?

I guess, but there are parts of me that feel kind of cheated that Johan’s life before the Gem Beasts was never really touched on. Like, what kind of deck did he use, or at least, what happened to it? Johan didn’t seem like a character to simple abandon a deck.

Yeah, I have always kind of had this headcanon that his parents are gone and either his adopted/remaining family neglected him or he was in an orphanage. He always said the Gem Beasts were his family, as that created an opening for some kind of point to develop Johan’s character. But, I feel like they missed a big opportunity to take his character to the next level and make him more than just ‘a more collected version of Judai’, which is what I felt like I got.

If the GX anime had a subtitle besides ‘duel monsters’ it would be ‘missed opportunities’

Well, I did shared some thoughts on that here. But in short: no, Johan isn’t a ‘more collected version of Judai’, but rather how a real protagonist should be. He exists as an expository to show us how terribly flawed and broken Judai is and how we have been so horribly misguided so far.

But as a stand-alone character, Johan could have been so much more in my opinion. He was interesting and did had a lot of potential

A missed opportunity indeed

My summarized explanation of Johan is definitely over simplified. He could have very easily become a fantastic stand-alone character, but he was too overly attached to Judai. No putting their friendship down at all, but their connection was so quick that, well, something just wasn’t right. There, of course, was the big plot hole when they first met when they both mentioned that they thought they had met before that could have helped make their relationship more understandable.

There were several points where their attachment to each other seemed forced, like in the Dark World arc when Judai was looking for Johan and continually said that they were looking for someone who ‘looked like me’. In all honesty, they don’t look alike, at all. It bugged me that they all thought they did.

They can have similar personalities at points, but like you said, Johan provided a strong contrast to the flaws and broken attributes of Judai. That massive one you mentioned about their contrasts in what they each would sacrifice is one of my favorite examples. It’s probably not a bad guess to think that Johan was created for the purpose of showing Judai’s flaws in character, taking into consideration that the latter part of season 3 and 4 were focused more on Judai trying to grow and learn from his mistakes.

But Johan could have been so much more than a foil character, aside from what he has become in the fandom.

As pointed, sometimes you just click with a friendship. There were also periods of time that aren’t shown in the anime (for example, the everyday life of the cast attending regular classes when nobody is trying to kill them) so they had interacted much more than the limited screen time permitted. Also, dueling is very intense in an emotional sense in this world, so yeah. But even so it feels forced to me.

Johan was one of the few people who didn’t put Judai on a pedestal right away like Sho and Rei, nor he had put him down like Manjoume and Edo. Even Kenzan had put Judai down before putting him on a pedestal. For Johan, Judai was just human, a guy like him. Not distanced. And considering Judai’s loneliness, that was vital. But! Misawa saw Judai as a friendly rival from the let go but wasn’t interesting enough for some reason and was dropped, and Asuka also saw Judai on equal terms but she was…well…maybe because she’s a girl? idk. That’s the only reason I can think of why Judai bonded a immediate brotp with Johan.

And then there was the guilty part: Johan sacrificed himself to save everybody from a mistake that was Judai’s responsibility to fix. Johan wasn’t only a innocent bystander, but a hero, a victim. And it was Judai’s fault. So obviously he kept on blaming himself, the guy probably had some sort of psychotic break - I’m not an specialist so I can’t diagnose anything so maybe I shouldn’t be dropping this term but that’s the impression that I got.

STILL I feel that a character existing merely to be a foil to something is…bad for character. Johan was basically a sacrificial lamb and this makes me very sad. So many themes that could been explored: what is a hero? What does means being a true hero and what makes somebody one of them? Johan was so selfless and brave, calling on people’s bullshit and telling the grown-ups to act as such, he had a lot of personality and potential but his development as a character on his own was cut short.

The only glimpse he have further on is that when Fujiwara tried to see Johan’s darkness the only thing he saw is that the ‘most evil’ thing he held was ‘dude! it would be awesome to face Judai again and win this time!’. No hard feelings, no malice, no nothing, just genuine enthusiasm as duelist (and this is why I get irked whenever I see people treating Jehu as the evil in Johan’s heart instead of what he really is: Yubel wearing Johan’s body, possessing him. I saw some good OCs ideas, but I think it’s a great disservice to Johan to have Jehu as his darkness. But that’s just me)

A pure-hearted hero, like a true shonen protag, as opposed to the broken, maskered hero keeping a farce for as long as he could. So interesting and yet…Interrupted.

posted 2 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 5:39 am with 118 notes

rinniiskattobingu:

Action duels are not for kids. If they where made for kids than I don’t know in which future we are living. This is fucking dangrous.

posted 3 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 5:13 am with 11 notes
I know you've seen the entirety of the GX anime (I haven't yet sadly) and I figured you'd know this, but does Johan ever get any back story? All of the other transfer students get one in season 3, but Johan doesn't. He's just blank, aside from everything that has to do with the Gem Beasts and the Jelly Bean Man incident.

semageon:

se-to-oh:

Nope, this is actually one of my ‘problems’ with Johan

Outside the Jelly Bean man and the fact he was a pro duelist at a young age (like Edo), nothing. Pegasus was watching one of the tournaments, when the Gem Beasts inside his briefcase started reacting to Johan, so he decided to give the deck to the young duelist.

I particularly like this doujin, but it’s not canon and there’s no translation, sadly. But hey, not all cool shonen protagonists need a tragic backstory, right?

I guess, but there are parts of me that feel kind of cheated that Johan’s life before the Gem Beasts was never really touched on. Like, what kind of deck did he use, or at least, what happened to it? Johan didn’t seem like a character to simple abandon a deck.

Yeah, I have always kind of had this headcanon that his parents are gone and either his adopted/remaining family neglected him or he was in an orphanage. He always said the Gem Beasts were his family, as that created an opening for some kind of point to develop Johan’s character. But, I feel like they missed a big opportunity to take his character to the next level and make him more than just ‘a more collected version of Judai’, which is what I felt like I got.

If the GX anime had a subtitle besides ‘duel monsters’ it would be ‘missed opportunities’

Well, I did shared some thoughts on that here. But in short: no, Johan isn’t a ‘more collected version of Judai’, but rather how a real protagonist should be. He exists as an expository to show us how terribly flawed and broken Judai is and how we have been so horribly misguided so far.

But as a stand-alone character, Johan could have been so much more in my opinion. He was interesting and did had a lot of potential

A missed opportunity indeed

posted 3 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 5:04 am with 7 notes
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posted 3 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 4:26 am with 6 notes

Oh whoa, it seems that more people connected to Sho than I imagined. 

I wonder if the 4kids had been more careful in handling the dub, been less satirical and comical in some instances, if maybe Sho would have been even more popular among the GX fans

posted 4 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 4:11 am with 4 notes
posted 4 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 4:05 am with 11 notes
I know you've seen the entirety of the GX anime (I haven't yet sadly) and I figured you'd know this, but does Johan ever get any back story? All of the other transfer students get one in season 3, but Johan doesn't. He's just blank, aside from everything that has to do with the Gem Beasts and the Jelly Bean Man incident.

Nope, this is actually one of my ‘problems’ with Johan

Outside the Jelly Bean man and the fact he was a pro duelist at a young age (like Edo), nothing. Pegasus was watching one of the tournaments, when the Gem Beasts inside his briefcase started reacting to Johan, so he decided to give the deck to the young duelist.

I particularly like this doujin, but it’s not canon and there’s no translation, sadly. But hey, not all cool shonen protagonists need a tragic backstory, right?

posted 4 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 3:56 am with 7 notes
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My thoughts on Sho Marufuji
Judai isn’t a reliable friend
Judai and friendship on GX
Some assorted head canons
Elaborating on how does Pot of Greed works
A visual guide to how to ship in GX 
Elemental HERO Avian
Elemental HERO Bladedge
Elemental HERO Bubbleman
Elemental HERO Burstinatrix
Elemental HERO Clayman
Elemental HERO Flame Wingman
Elemental HERO Mariner
Elemental HERO Necroshade
Elemental HERO Neo Bubbleman
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The Boy Behind the HERO Mask: My Thoughts on Judai Yuki
A Not-So-Short Analysis on Yubel's Gender and What it Means
An Analysis on Yubel as a Dragon
A Long Rambling/Analysis on Banner / Daitokuji-sensei
FYCC : In Defense of Asuka Tenjoin
FYCC : In Defense of the Kaiser Ryo Marufuji
My thoughs on Daichi Misawa
My thoughts on Rei Saotome
My thoughts on Sho Marufuji
My thoughts on Amon Garam
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GX EP08 - My thoughts on how Asuka and Ryo became friends | Complement
GX EP27 - Judai isn’t as naive as they think
GX EP85 -  Judai and The Divine Winged Dragon of Ra
GX EP161 - Judai got a little taller  | Side-to-side with EP07
GX Wishlist
GX Story Arcs in a Nutshell
GX Season 1 Analysis
Holy Roman Empire theory
Yubel’s love for Judai
A brief comment on Judai and Asuka’s friendship
Edo Phoenix as a possible host for the Light of Destruction
A parallel between Amon Garam and the Supreme King Judai
What Yugi Mutou have been up to during GX
How to RP Duel
Some assorted head canons
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Philosopher’ Stone - Sabatiel
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Asuka’s potential as a professional duelist
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Judai isn’t a reliable friend
Judai and friendship on GX
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posted 4 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 3:41 am with 29 notes

sapphire-ring:

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 129 - The Threat of the Three Mythic Demons! Judai VS Martin

posted 4 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 3:40 am with 35 notes
blackthunder-chan:

My dash made me giggle today. :3

blackthunder-chan:

My dash made me giggle today. :3

posted 6 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 2:10 am with 2,375 notes

caughtinanocean:

I’m going to have to talk about Natasha first, because apparently all of my meta is about being Russian.

I’ve seen people complaining about it, but Natasha being from the post-Soviet era is fucking brilliant. I don’t care that it’s different from the comics. Obviously, part of the reasoning for this comes from my own lived experience as a Ukrainian immigrant in the United States — I can’t tell you how weary I am of how many Russian women in American media are Cold War-spy eye-candy, and Natasha being removed from that is incredibly important. But it’s not just that. The post-Soviet origin story fits Natasha’s MCU characterization so much better. 

This Natasha watched an empire crumble when she was a child. She was born into a time of decline and economic scarcity — stores with empty shelves and a government struggling to keep it all together, watching republics slip through their fingers. There were endless waiting lists for everything useful — it was a normal part of my childhood that I was not able to call my best friend unless she was at her grandmother’s place. Her building had not yet had phone lines installed. When I’d ask my parents when her apartment was going have a phone, my parents would scoff, “They’re on a list.” 

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posted 6 hours agoApr 21, 2014, 1:50 am with 258 notes

londonsan:

My wrist is on fire but it’s finished!!!

There’s something so cool about seeing Sailor Moon and Sailor V together.

Original art by Naoko Takeuchi

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