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Star Trek Medley - Donnie Rankin
Wow… just… WOW
Obligatory new glasses selfie.
What I mean when I say “I can’t do that”- Anxiety Version:
- I am unable to do that
- I am too stressed out to do that
- I cannot face the humiliation of attempting to do that
- My body will physically not allow me to do that
- I am on the verge of a panic attack
- I cannot do that
What people hear:
- I am unwilling to do that
- I am just shy
- I am overreacting
- I am lazy
- I need to get more experience in social situation to help my anxiety
- I need a push
- I don’t want to do that
Inspired by X
Can I just say that I think this is the way Mulan should appear int the parks. In the beginning of the movie they make it very clear that the dress she wears to meet the matchmaker is not comfortable nor does it represent her personality. She spends the whole of the film proving that she is not a prize to be won or just a pawn to be married off at earliest convenience. She proves her worth in this outfit. She saves China in this outfit. She falls in love in this outfit. She risks her life, makes her strongest friendships, and changes the entire country IN THIS OUTFIT. Then they have her walk around the park in the same outfit she wore in the first scene of the movie and I think it is really negative toward her character. That is not who she is.
I’ve seen this post pop up on my dash time and time again, and it’s never quite sat right with me. I agree 120% with the idea that the pink “matchmaker dress” is a poor way to represent Mulan in the theme parks, but… so is her soldier armor. It’s just as much not who she is as the pink dress. It represents her pretending to be Ping, and her deceiving everyone around her. It is her pretending to be a man, to be someone else entirely. Honestly, if you want to talk about the outfit that best represents her, I’d suggest this one:
The outfit she wore when she defeated Shan Yu. That is who Mulan is; a warrior, but still a woman. It displays all of the strength that she truly has, yet still manages to be true to who she truly is. This it the outfit that she changed the entire country in; would anything have changed if she was still pretending to be a man? I doubt it. This proves that a woman can be strong, but still be feminine. Given that many people tend to equate being feminine with weakness, I think portraying that the two are not mutually exclusive is a damn powerful message to be portraying to kids in theme parks.
Just my two cents.
Yes, thank you.
Either way, can we just appreciate how raw this cosplay is?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Haruhi values loyalty, and Kyoya is unfailingly loyal. She sees what he does for the club (for Tamaki, tbh), and I get the feeling that she’s very confused as to why no one else appreciates his efforts. I think she very quickly figures out that Kyoya being upset about Tamaki’s spending problem has less to do with greed and more to do with keeping Tamaki’s dream alive. Kyoya finally found a real friend when he met Tamaki, and now he’ll do pretty much anything to help his friend out. That kind of unyielding loyalty is exactly the sort of thing that would attract Haruhi.
However— there’s a lot of other great examples of loyalty among the host club members, so what is it that sets Kyoya apart? I think, honestly, that she could be happy with any of the host club members (although I’m not a huge fan of tamaharu), but which of them could win her heart?
Here’s the thing: romance can happen pretty much to anyone under the right circumstances. I think in the cannon universe (as far as the anime), any one of them had a chance. What moves kyoharu from a ship to an otp for me is that I cannot see a universe in which they could not be happy. Any AU where they meet, I can see them getting together. They meet as childhood friends? Adorable. They are assassins from opposite sides of a war? One or both of them is going to have to reassess their loyalties. LITERALLY ANY TIME THEY COULD BE IN COMPETITION (say they are in sales and they are fighting over the same client or even hey they are suddenly Olympic athletes competing for the same medal)?? There’s no way this doesn’t end with a wedding. Seriously.
I feel like I sound like I’m ranting, but this has a point. What is it that makes them such a good idea? What is it that means their relationship would hold the same value no matter what the crazy AU situation? I believe that (from both sides, tbh, even though you only asked about Haruhi), the unifying principal in their relationship is comfort. Against all odds, Haruhi has always been comfortable with Kyoya, from day one. When she has a question, she asks Kyoya. When she needs something, she asks Kyoya. She’s the one who calls him the shadow king, after figuring out where the real power came from. (I am continually frustrated by people assuming that “shadow” is a bad thing, where, in context, it has to do with attention. She wasn’t saying, “Oh, the king is only a puppet!!” she’s saying, “Oh, so you’re the one who’s making all the plans and letting Tamaki take credit. So, obviously, you’re the one who I need to come to when I have an issue—and you’re the one whose good side I need to be on.” If anything, she’s blaming him for coming up with an idea that would give the king any ideas about her modesty.) . I legitimately believe that Haruhi is very confused as to why the others are so scared of him. He does a lot to keep people at arms length, but Haruhi has never been one to pay attention to what she knows isn’t true. As much as he deflects to Tamaki, she still sees that he’s an intelligent, loyal, passionate guy. And as time goes on, it’s obvious that he has no interest in making her into someone she isn’t.
I guess what I mean to say is that she’s comfortable with him. Like, I know that sounds stupid, but hey, hear me out. As Haruhi grows up and becomes the great lawyer she was destined to be, she’s going to want someone by her side who doesn’t just approve of her choice, but who approves of her ability to make a choice. Kyoya is just the kind of guy who would watch every trial she was in with a slightly awestruck, proud look on his face—but he’s also the kind of guy who, when she decides she’s had enough of the legal system and that she’s going straight to the root of the problem, would help her get there and be just as proud of her while she serves soup to the homeless as he was while she served up justice in the courtroom. What attracts her to him is that he will always accept her changable, human self, and that he would never ask her to be anyone else.
Happy Independence Day paisanos!! Unfortunately, living stateside means I didn’t even get to participate in el grito, but that didn’t stop my family from getting together and shouting “viva!!!” randomly while watching Star Trek Voyager.
So anyhow,VIVA MEXICO