Happy Meme Monday, everyone!
After reshki wrote a beautiful post analyzing the miscommunication between Fai and Kurogane in Acid Tokyo, I decided to hilariously misinterpret the nature of Fai’s misinterpretation of Kurogane’s attempts to communicate that he cares about him (etc.).
If you want to create your own meme like this, see s3lene’s post.

Happy Meme Monday, everyone!

After reshki wrote a beautiful post analyzing the miscommunication between Fai and Kurogane in Acid Tokyo, I decided to hilariously misinterpret the nature of Fai’s misinterpretation of Kurogane’s attempts to communicate that he cares about him (etc.).

If you want to create your own meme like this, see s3lene’s post.

zelinxia:

helhathnofury:

clampisms:

im emotionally compromised ayyyy lmaooo

#fay’s automatic reaction to kurogane saying ”that has nothing to do with me” is to be all ”well obviously!! no one cares about mE”#”im garbage and bad luck!!!”#but OOPS#he went and fell for a dude who cares about him a lot. like so much.#and the reason that kurogane’s all ”that has nothing to do with me”#is because he is so bothered by fay using his past a reason not to get close to people#like ”I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR PAST HOW ABOUT YOU COME TO THE PRESENT AND BE HERE WITH ME”#hashtag clamp soulmates 
(via clampisms)

#what’s awful is that in fay’s mind his present is one in the same with his past #because bad luck doesn’t just go away and he’s also working for the big bad #so focusing on the present doesn’t help him at all #but kurogane doesn’t know any of that and thinks he’s helping and oh god my heart
(via helhathnofury)
zelinxia:

helhathnofury:

clampisms:

im emotionally compromised ayyyy lmaooo

#fay’s automatic reaction to kurogane saying ”that has nothing to do with me” is to be all ”well obviously!! no one cares about mE”#”im garbage and bad luck!!!”#but OOPS#he went and fell for a dude who cares about him a lot. like so much.#and the reason that kurogane’s all ”that has nothing to do with me”#is because he is so bothered by fay using his past a reason not to get close to people#like ”I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR PAST HOW ABOUT YOU COME TO THE PRESENT AND BE HERE WITH ME”#hashtag clamp soulmates 
(via clampisms)

#what’s awful is that in fay’s mind his present is one in the same with his past #because bad luck doesn’t just go away and he’s also working for the big bad #so focusing on the present doesn’t help him at all #but kurogane doesn’t know any of that and thinks he’s helping and oh god my heart
(via helhathnofury)

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The Tsubasa reread is heading into very spoilery territory. If you don’t want to be spoiled for Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, please block these tags:

  • Tsubasa spoilers
  • trcreread
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I will be consistently using all three of these tags during the reread from here on out (and have been doing so for a while). Even after the reread ends, I highly recommend blocking #Tsubasa spoilers and/or #clamp spoilers if you’re avoiding spoilers for this series.

I am in the process of adding #Tsubasa spoilers and #clamp spoilers tags for past posts, and am almost finished doing so. Even so, please be careful, as I used to tag things as #Tsubasa spoilers but not #clamp spoilers. This should be all fixed soon (I don’t know if tag-blockers block tags if you’re browsing through my blog, though).

If you want to avoid Tsubasa spoilers but are unable to block tags (if Tumblr Savior etc. don’t work for you), please tell me. I’ll see if I can keep the spoilery posts under a cut/behind a link.

reshki-rereads-clamp:

also I wasn’t going to venture into the 112 confrontation because I’ve been trying to talk about things other than kurofai (FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE HAHAHAHA /rolls under the shame table) but. let me just cry a moment.

during infinity, we see kurogane starting to express the fact that he’s genuinely pissed off about fai’s emotional reticence and attempts to act on his own (and, by extension, at sakura’s similar behaviour, because cool more explicit fai and sakura parallels). kurogane is that guy who watches romcoms and yells “TALK TO EACH OTHER FFS YOU COULD SAVE YOURSELVES FORTY MINUTES OF ANGST IF YOU JUST SAT DOWN AND HAD AN HONEST CONVERSATION”. he dislikes the idea of being locked out of the loop, and he hates the idea that fai is hiding things from him and trying to operate on his own.

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS that for kurogane, the confrontation pictured above is communication? he struggles with subtlety and with sincere expression. instead of saying “I want to trust you and I want to keep us all safe and I don’t care what you’ve done in the past so please just go sing the Frozen soundtrack in the shower twelve times or whatever it takes for you to let it go”, he uses physical force and yells “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER”. I honestly think it’s directly tied to his arc of understanding that strength alone isn’t always the answer - he needs to understand that sometimes, anger and brashness actually just cannot get you anywhere? he’s trying to communicate with fai, but he’s still approaching that communication from entirely the wrong angle.

and we know that his approach doesn’t work with fai because almost directly after this confrontation (srsly it’s their next scene together), fai and kurogane come to the joint realisation that something is going terribly terribly wrong with syaoran. fai’s course of action? the standard ff.net diversionary tactic of hiding the pain in his tortured cerulean orbs behind a mask of icy smiles or whatever, and then his attempt to get syaoran as far away from the building as he can. fai knows exactly what is going to happen, but he cannot tell kurogane for fear of compromising his position, so he tries to deal with the problem on his own.

kurogane is left alone with sakura, darkly muttering about fai, partially because yeah, he wanted in on the mutant worm-hunt, but also because he doesn’t understand fai’s reasons for locking him out of the loop - and fai, in addition to being committed to his primary goal of resurrecting his brother, similarly doesn’t understand that kurogane is genuinely concerned about him, and continues to operate alone? which is why, surprise surprise, arm-grabbing and irritable capslock, despite being a sincere attempt at communication, do not work.

I do find it interesting that a lot of their most significant moments of genuine communication that happen later do actually involve physical violence - fai picks up kurogane’s habit of head-bops in nihon and in clow loop and uses them as a means of emotional expression, which to me is what shows that he’s figured out kurogane’s particular method of communication and has realised that kurogane cares about him. so there’s that too.

So what you are basically saying is that after 6 months in Yama, Fai managed to not pick up even the basics of Kurogane’s language.

(source; source page has lots of anger/negativity)

To help rereaders recover from the latest Tsubasa events, as well as to help anyone recover from any trauma they’ve had. This song is called “Place of Eternity”, and the composer and singer are both Yuki Kajiura.

ghostiem:

Tomoyo and Hokuto as dreamseeing girlfriends who swap fashion ideas and stories about cute girls while planning how they can meet up while awake. 
ghostiem:

Tomoyo and Hokuto as dreamseeing girlfriends who swap fashion ideas and stories about cute girls while planning how they can meet up while awake. 
ghostiem:

Tomoyo and Hokuto as dreamseeing girlfriends who swap fashion ideas and stories about cute girls while planning how they can meet up while awake. 
ghostiem:

Tomoyo and Hokuto as dreamseeing girlfriends who swap fashion ideas and stories about cute girls while planning how they can meet up while awake. 

ghostiem:

Tomoyo and Hokuto as dreamseeing girlfriends who swap fashion ideas and stories about cute girls while planning how they can meet up while awake. 

(via kazahayakudo)

kitten-kin:

A two inch tall, Horitsuba-verse, supremely silly scribble summary of Mikkeneko’s fabulous fanfiction “Crucible” and the fandom’s inability to let a thing go.

Hopefully you can understand what’s going on within my microscopic scribbles and read my chicken scratch. ^^’

*bastardizes Alicia Keys song* This mage is on fiiiiire~ ♪

So last night I was automatically logged out of Tumblr, and this is what greeted me when I tried to log back in.

So last night I was automatically logged out of Tumblr, and this is what greeted me when I tried to log back in.

farfigneutroblaster:

zelinxia:

johnnytruants:

i have a question

why does nobody drown in the tokyo arc

they’re underwater for like ten minutes what’s up with that

Sakura and Subaru are protected by the feathers and that cocoon.

Maybe the feathers extend air to everyone? Vampires are awesome at breathing underwater? Main characters, too? They all got ridiculous lung capacities? I mean Syaoran was able to DIVE down to the bottom of the lake and look at that underwater city for a good chunk.

/random person jumps in

I always assumed that they all had certain characteristics that nullified the need for oxygen or something.

Fai, for example, didn’t die of hunger or hypothermia in Valeria, so maybe the magic in him naturally protects him from conditions where he’s deprived of fundamental needs or maybe even fulfills them?

Syaoran is a creation specifically designed to collect feathers, so maybe Fei Wang Reed modified him so that certain conditions wouldn’t phase him in carrying this out? But Sakura was there too, so maybe all of his clones work like that?

CLAMP has its own set of rules for vampires, and these rules were never fully explored anyway, so the twins could probably get away with it based on what they are.

I dunno don’t mind me

/waves and jumps out a window

I agree that Sakura and Subaru didn’t drown for the reasons Xia gave, but I also agree with what Pacho said about the others. I’ve actually been thinking about Fai’s not dying in the valley recently, and your explanation makes a lot of sense. I think that the valley’s sterilizing/corpse-preserving qualities had something to do with it, too (expect discussions about this when we get to that arc), but the magic could definitely play a part, since Acid Tokyo presumably doesn’t have those valley-like qualities. But then, maybe it does have some such qualities, or rather, Tochou and the Tower do. The feather has been protecting Subaru and Sakura, but maybe it has some effect on other people in the reservoir, too. The feather’s powers of protection are presumable concentrated most where the feather itself is, so it doesn’t cocoon everyone in the room (volume 16 would’ve been very different if this were the case, ha ha), but it does keep them from drowning (at the very least, from drowning as quickly).

reshki-rereads-clamp:

right so trc like its shoujo counterpart ccs is a two-act manga? it spends the first act maxing out its crossover potential by jumping cheerfully from genre to genre with a lot of tongue-in-cheek self-awareness, and then the second act questioning and re-establishing a whole lot of things things like character motive and identity through sudden twists and enough angst to fill a reservoir (/fingerguns). located almost exactly at the halfway mark (chapters 108 - 135 out of 232), the acid tokyo arc is for want of a better word the hinge of these two acts? which is why it’s appropriate that we get AU characters from the emopocalypse, and which is also why I’m talking about this at this point of the reread.

one of the big criticisms of TRC has always been that it got so very angsty so very fast, and that the tone of the second act is jarringly incompatible with the first. I’m not like. trying to disagree with the fact that yeah coming into the fandom as a little fifteen-year-old in late 2006 after I’d been religiously saving up to buy a new tankoubon every two weeks and getting super super excited about this fun cute happy manga and then seeing everyone on LJ crying about VAMPIRE FAI and CLONE SYAORAN and BLOOD was a bit. confusing BUT my point is that the two-act structure is actually almost mimetic of some of the manga’s most significant themes which to me are a) the resolution of duality and b) intergenerational parallels.

so on a really, really simplistic level, angst happens because clones happen.

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