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Okay since we're on it nowbabushka
Serial killers shouldn't have "fan-clubs".
"But i don't condone everything they did, i just think they're hot and cute and misunderstood and" -
The only reason they're famous is because they've killed people. The only reason you know about that them is that they've killed people. And yet, you knew that and made a consious decision to start or join their "fan club". This is sending a message. "Want a fan-club but don't wanna try to be a good person?! Just kill people for no reason! The more, the better! That's the only thing you need to do!"
Serial killer fan-clubs should not exist. Serial killer merch should not exist. This is disrespectful to the victims and their families. This is disgusting to humanity as a whole. This can directly corellate to the case where some other teenager decides to take out a gun, thinking "i'm gonna be famous and have so many fans, just like all those serial killers".
NieR: Automata - Arranged & Unreleased Tracks
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Okay, having taken the time to calm down from…. *that*… (Okay, fine, I’m not calm, but I can pretend it?), and having sourced from other fans who are just as upset, here’s my opinion on S3.
It was filler.
(I will never stop being pissed off about that, even after yeeting that canon into the sun and Making It Better on my own.)
Like… if Ellis had picked a thread. MAYBE two. It could have been better.
With season 2 we had The Vampire Court Intrigues, and Belmont Hold Discoveries. Both felt thin and rushed because there were only eight episodes, and a lot of the things cut together in the pilot episode of S2 directly clashed with later events, but they were arguably *better stories* because they had more focus on the character growth and development. (They also did not do well at portraying how much time was passing between events, which… don’t like that.)
Much as I adore Alucard, I would have sacrificed seeing him in this season to get more depth on Plot A (Sypha and Trevor/Saint Germain and the Infinite Corridor), Plot B (Carmilla’s vampire coven), or Plot C (Isaac’s journey). Personally, I would have kicked Plot B out the window, because I rather like Issac, and am much more invested/interested in his story. (Also, I really didn’t need to see Hector being manipulated *a second time*, and dehumanized severely along the way. We get it, Ellis, vampires are bad, and vampire women are worse. 8/)
Instead, we have Plot A which introduces us to Saint Germain. Which…. is apparently someone we should care about? He has his moments, he makes me a bit curious, but for the most part, I was calling him Sheogorath and wondering when the madness would hit. No, I am not joking. We didn’t get enough information on his motives, or even a clear understanding of who he is, and why he thinks Trevor should be a lot more helpful than he was.
We also had The Judge which…. was he really necessary? Was his bullshit *really needful* to the story? It advanced nothing, and while he has some *excellent* one liners (”What the fuck is toilet paper?!” cracks me up), the clearly murderous nature of The Judge only served the ending, not the actual *plot*.
Plot A also informs us in no uncertain terms that Trevor and Sypha are currently sexual partners. Which…. Yeah, I don’t like that? The end of S2 has Trevor admitting she’s his *friend*, and then boom, S3 they’re lovers? Sypha’s more careful than that, and Trevor’s more damaged.
It’s been a month, sure, but I would have preferred to see that development *on screen* instead of “Oh, hey, we share a bed now! 8D” (That said, I will commemorate the fact that we never actually see Sypha’s boobs, and in fact Word of God (Re; Sam Deats) indicates that we never will. I can get behind that XD) I like how the teasing relationship has *grown*, but if we could cut out the ‘brain damaged’ jokes? That’d be grand, thanks.
I just wanted them to be clear friends for longer. Sypha as his partner doesn’t mean she has to do all the emotional labor to help him get more mentally healthy, but I would have liked to *see indications of that*.
I also would have liked more on Saint Germain in general. He’s a shady bastard all the way up to the end; there’s a *reason* I was calling him Sheogorath, y’all.
Also, a thought; if y’all knew the sign of Saturn was a Bad Thing why didn’t you just…. scratch it out? Alter it in some way to make it a non-viable sign? That was literally the first thing I thought of when Sypha started explaining what it meant. Change it, change the meaning, or just fucking get *rid of it*.
I will say that Isaac’s DayGlo night creature is probably one of the prettiest I’ve seen, even if the actual purpose of the damn thing was just… what the fuck was it again? Peering into the Infinite Corridor?
(No lie, Saint Gremain’s exasperated “All this to bring back Vlad bloody Tepes?!” is perfect.)
And at the end of it, what was done is the tarnishing/shattering of Sypha’s innocence, and painfully reminding Trevor that the life he lives doesn’t lend itself to *good* resolutions all the time. Also, Saint Germain apparently finding this library in the Infinite Corridor where his lost loved one was?
Also, why all the story references? There was a plot thread there, but it seemed to not go anywhere….
OH ALSO! Someone address why Lisa was also in Hell, please? I’m glad they were together after all that bullshit, but *fucking why?!*
Plot B is the Vampire Coven plot. While I appreciate that it gave us Vampire Lesbians (Striga and Morana are precious), it didn’t actually… *go anywhere*. They discussed the implications and issues of Carmilla’s plan (which, frankly, is an utter disaster of a plan), Lenore showed that Diplomat =/= fragile, and…. well, dehumanized the fuck out of Hector.
Also, can we stop making Hector easily manipulated? It’s one thing for Dracula to do it; Dracula was an imposing, impressive figure that Hector respected enough to not question. Carmilla, Lenore…? Not seeing a reason to respect or trust either of them.
This again would have been helped by a clearer indication of the passage of time. How *long* was Lenore working on him? How much time and *effort* did she put into actually trying to gain his trust? Also, why, after what he went through with Carmilla, did he even *think* he could trust someone who called her *sister*? He’s observant enough to notice the ring when Lenore suddenly wears it, how is he not observant enough to realize that she is Blatantly Lying To His Face about it?
It’s exasperating and does him a huge disservice.
And in the end, the Coven doesn’t actually…. *do* anything? They talked. They planned. Absolutely *nothing* actually was done, except turning Hector into a slave.
…also, Hector doesn’t have his Foremaster’s hammer. How *is* he supposed to create this Night Creature horde, exactly?
Plot C is Isaac’s plot. Which I was wary about when I first heard it because I couldn’t think of a reason Isaac would look for Hector. It honestly made me relax to realize that yes, he was looking to murder his fellow Forgemaster, because that’s absolutely in character for Isaac.
We meet more incidentals in Isaac’s story that I’d like to see again. The Captain, the old lady Forgemaster…. Bit parts that, with some expanding, could really have fleshed out more of Isaac’s story. And they did try! We learn about Isaac’s relationship to his religion (and I think the Captain made fun of it, a bit? Iunno, I’m agnostic, religion generally annoys me.), and then there was that interesting conversation with FlyEyes. (who was surprisingly articulate for a creature without lips. How the hell?)
But… again the story suffers through not enough build up. Isaac needs a distance mirror. A mage who has Too Much Power For His Own Good has one. And take all the bodies too, to make your army! 8D
Logically speaking, if Issac kills the mage, the slave spell on all the poor bastards needed to build his tower falls down (Also, I see that plotline ripped straight from Skyrim, Ellis.). And while quite literally it rains human bodies, *some of them* should have survived. Either because they went limp when the spell broke, or they landed on their fellows. (That human ball of bodies was *creepy as fuck*, well done y’all).
And also, he doesn’t get a resolution either, not really. He knows how to bring the mirror together. But can he actually figure out how to *pass through it*? If he does, how well will his horde fight through the vampire soldiers at Carmilla’s castle? His was the *happier* ending at the end of the night, but it still wasn’t much of one.
Plot D is the worst of all, in my personal opinion. Like, I get that they didn’t want to leave Alucard out; he’s a huge fan favorite, and leaving him crying alone in the castle at the end of S2? No one liked that. But this? Specifically this plot is what you went with?
NO ONE ASKED FOR THAT BULLSHIT. We all wanted Alucard to be *happy* ffs, not more traumatized and broken fruther!
Now, Sumi and Taka started out okay. I won’t lie, them breaking themselves out of Cho’s court and freeing their people? Baller, a fucking *power move*. But… then they abandon Japan in favor of searching out the Castle and Alucard…? Why? How did they hear about Alucard, how did they hear about the castle? Why are they *so fucking convinced* that the castle is their answer to everything?
I get that it illustrates how sometimes humans are so badly broken they cannot be healed. And it also illustrated that Alucard was trying to be like his *mother*. Believing in the good of humans, trusting them and taking them in, teaching them, and *showing them everything*.
Like, ffs, he *showed them* The Melted Room. Anyone with sense would look at The Melted Room and go “Oh. Well. Fuck.” and realize there’s no good goddamn way this castle will be moving ever again. *Even if* Alucard wanted to repair it, he would need the buleprints, and a fuckton of metal, not to mention the knowledge of how to put it all together.
AND THEN he’d also need to know how the initial spell powering the castle’s movement worked. Which all the way back in S2 is implied that *he does not*. Between “The castle moves as if… well, as if by magic.” and “He uses an engine to move the castle, *that’s* what’s acting against you!” it’s fairly clear that Alucard doesn’t know how it works.
And most importantly, that he doesn’t *need* it to work. The castle is where it is, and to him it’s poetic that it’s over the Belmont Hold. He doesn’t need it to go anywhere.
But he never lied to them, never withheld the truth from them. The Melted Room is completely useless, and why would they even *need* the castle? What were they hoping to get from it being able to move?!
Also and again, this is where the lack of sense of time passage kicks the arc in the ass. Alucard is a good person. But he’s not stupid. *How long* did he train them to where he trusted them enough to enter his room? To where them putting the moves on him was *welcome* instead of something to be cautious about?
And in the end, what did it do for his character? It *trashed* it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never played Castlevania, not the main games, at least (I have a copy of Lord of Shadows: Mirror of Fate that is just…. That’s a *weird* game, okay?) But even without playing, I know that Alucard *wouldn’t stake them*. His character arc is defined as being *not like Dracula*, damnit.
The way the last two episodes were all intercut was heavily discomforting as well. Violence sex, sex violence…. Like, pick one? Please? So people can skip what they don’t want to see? But the weird ways they’re all cut together, it’s either you watch all of it, or you watch none of it, and good luck if you want to skip around. >.>
I maintain that up until those last two episodes, it was honestly very good. The Judge was shady, the monks were bizarre, Saint Germain was intriguing. Isaac was making his way towards Styria with revenge in mind. Hector was…. well, being *clearly* manipulated, which was annoying, but sufferable, and FFS Alucard *was* happy!
And then those last episodes ruined it all. Iunno about you guys, but even grimdark stuff can stand to end on a much more uplifting note than *that*.
It's rare I'm invested in a show and it fails me so completely. (mainly because I so rarely get *this* invested.)
Castlevania's third season on Netflix did exactly that.
Sex is used as a weapon (it's very much sexual assault at the end of both scenes), and it is *unnecessarily dark*.
I am *furious* about what the did to Alucard.
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“Castlevania Season 3 is coming back March 5th!! We've been working our butts off on it and I can't wait for y'all to check it out!!
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MARCH 5TH MARCH 5TH!
NOT A DRILL!
Hit 41k and had the planned scene derailed because my character is a *squish*. Next up is trying to figure out what sets her off to the point of actually hitting someone because her sqooshness makes her actually a very chill, non-confrontational character.
Should hit 50k within the next couple of day, tho. Woo~
My Castlevania S2 dvd has arrived, and I am barely resisting the urge to sit and watch it over and over and over.
NaNo wordcount and adulting comes first *but it's right there*...
NaNo wordcount update
15k, my nameless character has been given a name, and they've all been a group for all of a day. I am having entirely too much fun with the former mermaid just being all "What's this; what's this?" about everything.
NaNo has always been a bit fun. I've taken to it more for fanfic than for original these past few years, but there's something about slamming out a story in thirty days that's just... Iunno, it can be stressful, but it's also *fun*
I'm up to 7k at this point, which is slower than usual because I'm having to do more research than I used to. For fanfic, yes. It's kind of hilarious, and I am having a ball.
Figured out my Inktober stuff at the last second. As you do.
I'm going to start off the month by working with my mouse and practicing digital colors (so technically I'm participating in Drawtober more than Inktober, but feh, I do that anyways), but hopefully by the second week I'll be in posession of an art tablet and stylus.
I'm hoping that'll make it easier on me, both in terms of drawing and coloring. Not that I mean to quit being mainly a traditional artist, but still. I'd like to not have to continue to buy a million pencils as mine wear down. 8p
So i’ve watched Castlevania
AND I’D WATCH IT MUCH EARLIER IF ANYONE TOLD ME THERE IS A GOOD POLYAMO SHIP THERElaina-inverse
Favorite idiot brigade, right here. <3
Something that really bothered me on tumblr that I'm already seeing here is stealing photos just to have an aesthetic blog. Just credit the people who's photos you're using, or use one of the many stock photo/free photo websites. It sucks to see something you put work into on someone else's blog and knowing no one who saw it or reblogged it will know you're the person it came from
It's actually a comfortable temperature today. Thank the gods, but also, give us rain too plz.
Seriously, Alaska is not supposed to be at 80+ for over a month. My state is on FIRE, and not in a good way
Wait, what do you mean Camp NaNo starts tomorrow...?