My mom and I just finished watching a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where a chemistry teacher dies and I couldn’t help but think of Fai-sensei from Horitsuba, and now I’m drowning in feels somebody please send help I need to be reminded that Fai-sensei will not die like that and he will not die unceremoniously

I am dying over here I need fluff

(no World Chronicle spoilers though plz)

reshki:

pokethetriforce:

reshki:

it is a source of perpetual sorrow to fai that kurogane refuses to tell dad jokes so he takes it upon himself to provide them instead

"how do you greet a tropical flower?" he asks, poking at kurogane’s headband. "hi biscus!"

okay okay but Kurogane doesn’t make dad jokes because for the most part he doesn’t really get them. “You pronounced that wrong. Stop it it’s not funny! None of these jokes make sense!”

Syaoran, meanwhile, is torn between laughing because some of the jokes are actually funny, and shaking his head and hiding in embarrassment because dads you’re both ridiculous why even are you?

fai once said “be alert! the world needs lerts!” and syaoran laughed so hard he nearly walked into a palm tree so fai just kept going with “when is a door not a door? when it’s ajar!” and of course the classic “why is camping so much fun? because it’s intense! get it? in tents!”

kurogane has no idea why this is so funny and desperately tugs his hibiscus headband down over his ears after a point but hey at least the kid is similing

#yuuko’s greatest achievement is mokona’s pun-compliant translation matrix #it breaks several laws of linguistics (reshki)

reshki:

so I hear that Tsubasa anime I liked when I was fifteen has a new manga series coming out?

this is true. we are all CLAMP trash. welcome to hell.

does it still cross over with that one anime with the weird proportions and the unpronounceable name?

yes it does

didn’t the anime with the weird…

clampyuujinchou:

Thank you for the 1st page of the First Chapter - kalei1412

#PLEASE WILL SOMEONE TALK TO ME ABOUT KUROGANE’S HEADBAND 
(reshki)
I hereby rise to the challenge.
Off the top of my head:
looks like a hibiscus to me
according to some quick google searching, red hibiscus flowers are one of the things commonly offered to the Hindu goddess Kali. As hinduism.about.com put it, “Kali is the fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess.” She’s known for her bloodlust, as well as her wrath, especially towards the wicked. According to this site, Kali killed a fearsome Asura when no one else could (seriously read it, there’s Tsubasa parallels)
the country obvs has access to purple dye, probably easy access unless the travellers are very honored guests, bc that’s a lot of purple (see also: Kurogane’s shawl deal, Fai’s sashy belt thing)
also red dye
and golden yellow (I’m going with tumeric, bc I think it’s brilliant that people dye things with tumeric, and hey tumeric and tropical flowers both grow in tropical places so you never know)
The dyeing method is maybe yuzen? (I don’t know about many dyeing techniques) I think there might be some sort of resist-dyeing going on, because of the colors, plus the sharp contrast between the stamen and the flower & background, and then there’s the gradient coloring of the flower which you see that a lot in yuzen dyeing I think
Kurogane really likes these headbands doesn’t he
Wow, I did not expect to learn about Tsubasa parallels with Hindu mythology when researching flowers on Kurogane’s headband.

clampyuujinchou:

Thank you for the 1st page of the First Chapter -

#PLEASE WILL SOMEONE TALK TO ME ABOUT KUROGANE’S HEADBAND

(reshki)

I hereby rise to the challenge.

Off the top of my head:

  • looks like a hibiscus to me
  • according to some quick google searching, red hibiscus flowers are one of the things commonly offered to the Hindu goddess Kali. As hinduism.about.com put it, “Kali is the fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess.” She’s known for her bloodlust, as well as her wrath, especially towards the wicked. According to this site, Kali killed a fearsome Asura when no one else could (seriously read it, there’s Tsubasa parallels)
  • the country obvs has access to purple dye, probably easy access unless the travellers are very honored guests, bc that’s a lot of purple (see also: Kurogane’s shawl deal, Fai’s sashy belt thing)
  • also red dye
  • and golden yellow (I’m going with tumeric, bc I think it’s brilliant that people dye things with tumeric, and hey tumeric and tropical flowers both grow in tropical places so you never know)
  • The dyeing method is maybe yuzen? (I don’t know about many dyeing techniques) I think there might be some sort of resist-dyeing going on, because of the colors, plus the sharp contrast between the stamen and the flower & background, and then there’s the gradient coloring of the flower which you see that a lot in yuzen dyeing I think
  • Kurogane really likes these headbands doesn’t he

Wow, I did not expect to learn about Tsubasa parallels with Hindu mythology when researching flowers on Kurogane’s headband.

Some Madoka Magica fans did an amazing job covering “Kimi No Gin No Niwa” on the video game Starbound.

Firefly Characters and Tsubasa Characters

This is my masterpost of my headcanons for which TRC characters are like which Firefly characters. I’m including characters from Serenity, but not from the Firefly comics, as I have yet to read the comics.

Needless to say, expect major spoilers for Firefly, Serenity, and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.

Enjoy~

pokethetriforce:

funnygeekpics:

pokethetriforce:

Thoughts about Fai and Yuui.

When we see the pair of them in the valley it’s r!Fai who wishes to die. Fai is the one sitting up in the tower wishing for death while below Yuui is pretty much fighting tooth and nail in all the ways he can. Yuui is determined to rescue Fai and gtfo. 

Where did that determination go? (don’t answer that I know exactly where it went) Yuui doesn’t only adopt Fai’s name, knowingly or not, he takes on Fai’s attitude and death wish pretty much up until Nihon. I could be reading too much into this but Yuui was a fighter and after Fai dies he kinda stops fighting until hes facing down Fei Wang.

The final battle is the first time we see Yuui outside of a flashback imo. 

Perhaps this ties in with Yuuko talking about how names have power, in xxxHolic. At one point in vol. 1, she names a bat after a famous sword, and she’s able to use the bat in a way more fitting for a sword than a bat (namely, slicing a computer in half).

Yuui didn’t just name himself “Fai”. Unbeknownst to him, he named himself after someone severely suicidal. He doesn’t just take on the attributes that any of Fai’s counterparts would have (like introverted-ness). He named himself after a Fai who had been miserable, who saw himself specifically to be the cause of everyone’s woes, and who had a deathwish. And so Yuui’s will to live was severely compromised, not only because of his brother’s death, but because he took on his brother’s name. (He also became introverted and shy, although that’s less obvious once he starts to Stepford Smile. I also wonder if this is part of the reason he loves to cook so much, a la Yuui-sensei…)

This isn’t to say that Yuui’s old personality ceased to exist, however. Rather, it was buried. And even before Nihon — even, I would argue, before he left Celes — his real/original personality was slowly uncovering itself. The Stepford Smiles and such were fake reflections of real Yuui-ish behaviors (I point to his prank in the epilogue, along with Fai-sensei in Horitsuba, as evidence of this). And even though he was passively suicidal, he still found himself fighting for survival. Part of that was probably because of an internal conflict between sucidal!Fai and Yuui. (At the same time, this internal conflict can happen with real-life suicidal people, much to their frustration. So it’s not COMPLETELY from the name.)

Now I’m thinking about just which qualities Yuui got from Fai. I’m thinking that the “purely Fai” traits are still there (especially since he still calls himself “Fai”), but the “traumatized Fai” traits have been healing, just as the “traumatized Yuui” traits have been healing.

Here’s what I theorize Yuui got from Fai:

  • relative introversion and shyness (seems to have become balanced with Yuui’s more outgoing nature)
  • suicidal depression (which is gone for now; could probably happen again in the right circumstances, but unlikely at this point)
  • decision to grow his hair long, once he has no need to keep it with his brother (or at least, decision to keep it long once it grew out)
  • love of cooking (probably an exacerbation, as opposed to getting all of it from Fai)
  • relative level of serenity/calmness (once the trauma healed sufficiently)
  • guilt for being born (in addition to Yuui’s own guilt, he also got Fai’s guilt; all of the guilt has been healing, and seems to be just about gone at this point)
  • Edit: archery skill (although this might just be something the twins share)

Tl;dr: Yuui’s name-change had a huge impact on him, as it gave him Fai-like personality traits, both good and bad. But his real self didn’t exactly disappear, and he has been getting Yuui-er and Yuui-er ever since.

This has been an essay post.

All good points!! It’s just thoughts like these make me wish that we’d gotten a little more of TRC!r!Fai because what we did get told us quite a bit but I still feel like we don’t really know him. And by extension we’re missing a huge piece of Yuui!Fai  imo. I have so many questions/headcanons about the twins and I’d just REALLY LOVE SOME ANSWERS!! Since Yuui couldn’t use healing magic but had a lot of skill with destructive magic was Fai the opposite? Could he use healing magic but not attack spells? It’s a personal headcanon of mine that r!Fai was a dreamseer of a small caliber but WHAT ELSE COULD HE DO? What kind of person was he? Yuui-sensei (who iirc is the parallel to r!Fai in Horitsuba) is quieter than Fai-sensei and enjoys cooking more but I need moooooore!!

AMEN! I do have some hope for a r!Fai in TWC (omg we’re abbreviating it now eeeee!!!) *ahem*, anyway I have hope for us seeing a r!Fai in TWC, because of Yuui-sensei and because, like you said, the things we do know about r!Fai tell us a lot about him (although still not enough >:( ). That shows that CLAMP has taken the time to develop his character. And when an author develops a character enough, they generally don’t like to “waste” that character by having them be a minor side character. I also noticed that Yuui-san showed up in the Shigatsu Tsuitachi Corporation, even getting some lines of his own. CLAMP bothered to put him in that universe and decide which department he would work in.

I might just be giving myself false hope here and seeing evidence where there isn’t any, but I don’t think they’re done with him yet.

pokethetriforce:

Thoughts about Fai and Yuui.

When we see the pair of them in the valley it’s r!Fai who wishes to die. Fai is the one sitting up in the tower wishing for death while below Yuui is pretty much fighting tooth and nail in all the ways he can. Yuui is determined to rescue Fai and gtfo. 

Where did that determination go? (don’t answer that I know exactly where it went) Yuui doesn’t only adopt Fai’s name, knowingly or not, he takes on Fai’s attitude and death wish pretty much up until Nihon. I could be reading too much into this but Yuui was a fighter and after Fai dies he kinda stops fighting until hes facing down Fei Wang.

The final battle is the first time we see Yuui outside of a flashback imo. 

Perhaps this ties in with Yuuko talking about how names have power, in xxxHolic. At one point in vol. 1, she names a bat after a famous sword, and she’s able to use the bat in a way more fitting for a sword than a bat (namely, slicing a computer in half).

Yuui didn’t just name himself “Fai”. Unbeknownst to him, he named himself after someone severely suicidal. He doesn’t just take on the attributes that any of Fai’s counterparts would have (like introverted-ness). He named himself after a Fai who had been miserable, who saw himself specifically to be the cause of everyone’s woes, and who had a deathwish. And so Yuui’s will to live was severely compromised, not only because of his brother’s death, but because he took on his brother’s name. (He also became introverted and shy, although that’s less obvious once he starts to Stepford Smile. I also wonder if this is part of the reason he loves to cook so much, a la Yuui-sensei…)

This isn’t to say that Yuui’s old personality ceased to exist, however. Rather, it was buried. And even before Nihon — even, I would argue, before he left Celes — his real/original personality was slowly uncovering itself. The Stepford Smiles and such were fake reflections of real Yuui-ish behaviors (I point to his prank in the epilogue, along with Fai-sensei in Horitsuba, as evidence of this). And even though he was passively suicidal, he still found himself fighting for survival. Part of that was probably because of an internal conflict between sucidal!Fai and Yuui. (At the same time, this internal conflict can happen with real-life suicidal people, much to their frustration. So it’s not COMPLETELY from the name.)

Now I’m thinking about just which qualities Yuui got from Fai. I’m thinking that the “purely Fai” traits are still there (especially since he still calls himself “Fai”), but the “traumatized Fai” traits have been healing, just as the “traumatized Yuui” traits have been healing.

Here’s what I theorize Yuui got from Fai:

  • relative introversion and shyness (seems to have become balanced with Yuui’s more outgoing nature)
  • suicidal depression (which is gone for now; could probably happen again in the right circumstances, but unlikely at this point)
  • decision to grow his hair long, once he has no need to keep it with his brother (or at least, decision to keep it long once it grew out)
  • love of cooking (probably an exacerbation, as opposed to getting all of it from Fai)
  • relative level of serenity/calmness (once the trauma healed sufficiently)
  • guilt for being born (in addition to Yuui’s own guilt, he also got Fai’s guilt; all of the guilt has been healing, and seems to be just about gone at this point)
  • Edit: archery skill (although this might just be something the twins share)

Tl;dr: Yuui’s name-change had a huge impact on him, as it gave him Fai-like personality traits, both good and bad. But his real self didn’t exactly disappear, and he has been getting Yuui-er and Yuui-er ever since.

This has been an essay post.

yuuimi:

Twitcasting

Can any bilingual fans please summarize what they are talking about? I caught bits and pieces (notably “Horitsuba” and “Drama CD”), but not enough to know what they were saying about them (something about an organization??? as in the word 組織??? if I am hearing correctly???). What is going on.

(via hellyeahhoritsuba)

kalei1412:

New Tsubasa preview.

TRIFORCES ON FAI’S SHIRT (well scales probably referencing Tomoyo’s crest like on his obi belt in Japan but) and a high ponytail and wow syaoran is really short is fai seriously that much taller than him or is syaoran sitting or are they standing on stairs or

WAIT WHAT HOW DID I MISS THIS FOR THIS LONG

I mean it makes sense but really how did I not see this before??? I have been in the TRC fandom for 6 years I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read the manga and watched the anime and read Horitsuba and seen official art (not to mention fan art) and.

Also Mokona has what is either a cool and over-the-top hat or a present or birthday cake or floating ring of doom or something.

One more note: Kurogane isn’t smiling anymore, and Fai and Syaoran’s smiles are closed this time (albeit still genuine). The smiles for everyone except Mokona are smaller than they were in the first promo. Probably nothing, but….

(via zelinxia)