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Respect Agent Jack Decker and Agent Jonathan Kington (Decker)
2020.09.22 22:27 ya-boi-bennyRespect Agent Jack Decker and Agent Jonathan Kington (Decker)
Special Agent Jack Decker is a true American hero. When the country is in peril, Jack leaps into action guns blazing, eliminating all enemies foreign or domestic. Whether they be Taliban terrorists, limousine liberals, aliens from outer space or even Count Dracula, Decker never lets America down. Theme Song: Our Values are Under Attack Key: Decker: Classified- D1 Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii- PoC Gregg Turkington's Decker vs Dracula- DVD Decker: Unclassified- Unclassified Decker: Unsealed- Unsealed Decker: Mindwipe- MW The Animated Adventures of Jack Decker- AA The events of Decker vs Dracula are of dubious canon. The creative director of Decker parts 1 and 2 says DVD is not canon, while the creative director of Decker vs Dracula maintains that his creation is canon. Here's Tim's story and here's Gregg's story. Take the handful of feats from DVD with a grain of salt.
Special Agent Johnathan Kington is the Master Codebreaker for the CIA and close ally to Jack Decker. Rather than fight out in the shit like Decker, Klington would rather break enemy codes behind a screen or telephone. Despite having enough feats for his own respect thread, I figured I'd just add his feats to Decker's own thread, seeing how Kingston is pretty strictly a supporting operative/hacker. The above key is applied to Kington as well.
Special Agent Jack Decker is a true American hero. When the country is in peril, Jack leaps into action guns blazing, eliminating all enemies foreign or domestic. Whether they be Taliban terrorists, limousine liberals, aliens from outer space or even Count Dracula, Decker never let's America down. Theme Song: Our Values are Under Attack Key: Decker: Classified- D1 Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii- PoC Gregg Turkington's Decker vs Dracula- DVD Decker: Unclassified- Unclassified Decker: Unsealed- Unsealed Decker: Mindwipe- MW The Animated Adventures of Jack Decker- AA The events of Decker vs Dracula are of dubious canon. The creative director of Decker parts 1 and 2 says DVD is not canon, while the creative director of Decker vs Dracula maintains that his creation is canon. Here's Tim's story and here's Gregg's story. Take the handful of feats from DVD with a grain of salt.
Special Agent Johnathan Kington is the Master Codebreaker for the CIA and close ally to Jack Decker. Rather than fight out in the shit like Decker, Klington would rather break enemy codes behind a screen or telephone. Despite having enough feats for his own respect thread, I figured I'd just add his feats to Decker's own thread, seeing how Kingston is pretty strictly a supporting operative/hacker. The above key is applied to Kington as well.
Special Agent Jack Decker is a true American hero. When the country is in peril, Jack leaps into action guns blazing, eliminating all enemies foreign or domestic. Whether they be Taliban terrorists, limousine liberals, aliens from outer space or even Count Dracula, Decker never let's America down. Theme Song: Our Values are Under Attack Key: Decker: Classified- D1 Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii- PoC Gregg Turkington's Decker vs Dracula- DVD Decker: Unclassified- Unclassified Decker: Unsealed- Unsealed Decker: Mindwipe- MW The Animated Adventures of Jack Decker- AA The events of Decker vs Dracula are of dubious canon. The creative director of Decker parts 1 and 2 says DVD is not canon, while the creative director of Decker vs Dracula maintains that his creation is canon. Here's Tim's story and here's Gregg's story. Take the handful of feats from DVD with a grain of salt.
[Terrorists celebrate when Decker dies]() of natural causes
He's the leader of a rock band named Dekkar that [won a platinum record]()
[Once interrogated a guy with a pool of lava]()
[Tortures his clone with a medieval stretching rack]()
[Got an Oscar for Best Actor]()
[Briefly returned to life as a zombie before being killed again]()
Was once [revived from a death like trance with Chinese holistic alternative medicine]()
Special Agent Johnathan Kington is the Master Codebreaker for the CIA and close ally to Jack Decker. Rather than fight out in the shit like Decker, Klington would rather break enemy codes behind a screen or telephone. Despite having enough feats for his own respect thread, I figured I'd just add his feats to Decker's own thread, seeing how Kingston is pretty strictly a supporting operative. The above key is applied to Kington as well.
2020.09.10 01:56 Lelouch_19ACHIEVEMENTS GUIDE WITH ROYALTY UPDATE
[REPOST of this.] LAST UPDATED: 09/13/2020 ~ Lion Tamer achievement has link to a new post I created with notes and how-to guide.
Monarch: become a king or queen.
Optional: in god mode, you can select the royalty status of a new life. Select prince/princess, and kill your parents later in life or wait until they die until you inherit the throne. If you happen to have older siblings, kill them off.
Executioner: execute 20 people. It can only be done as king or queen. Edit: this can be done multiple times in one year. Depending on the country, people may revolt against you which can lead to exile. If you want to avoid this, be a king/queen in Saudi Arabia. Thank youu/Scarlet_Hare.
Napoleon: get exiled by repeatedly executing people or selecting public disservice. Do this until your respect is at 0%. The people will revolt against you, and you will be exiled.
Reign Over Us: reign as a monarch (king/queen) for 100 years. To do this, become king/queen. Have a child, and kill your spouse immediately. Then surrender. The child will automatically become the king/queen. Live for 100 years by keeping your health up by following the steps under the Longevity section. Make sure to keep your respect high by doing public services.
Markle: be a female, live in the UK, have high looks to become a famous (edit: you can become a famous actress but it's not required. Thank youu/notoriousbaby), and use the dating app REGULAR dating tab, NOT dating app, to date and marry into the royal family.
Keep your health up by going to the gym, meditating, taking walks, and going to the doctor when you're sick.
The fastest way to become wealthy is to become a famous actor or famous writer. I also recommend living in countries that don't have estate tax such as Germany, Sweden, Monaco, & Norway. Start off with high looks for actor or high smarts for writer. Join social media & post every year. When you become famous, do a commercial every year. While there are other high paying jobs such as porn star, model, and music composer, I do not recommend these because you won't be able to make much extra money on the side. For porn star and model, you can do photo shoots, but they don't pay nearly as much as commercials do.
Become wealthy using the advice for wealthy achievements. For flipping houses, buy equestrian properties & keep renovating them when necessary. If you buy an equestrian property in your 20s, by the time you're in your 70s-80s, the net worth of the property will increase by a few millions.
Become famous and post every year. When your fame bar is at 75%, request verification.
Animal rescue: take an animal to a shelter.
Deaf leopard: buy a leopard from the exotic pet dealer & yell at it when it misbehaves.
Jack of all trades: have 10 different jobs in one life. Apply for jobs that don't require a degree and stay for a few years (I stayed for 2 years).
Candy-writer: be born in MIAMI (NOT Tuscon) with high smarts. Major in computer science and get a job as an app tester with BITLIFE. DO NOT GET A JOB WITH CANDY-WRITER. THE COMPANY SHOULD SAY BITLIFE.
Last resort: have high looks. Use god mode to edit your boss to have 0% professionalism, 0% strictness, 0% willpower, and 100% coolness.
While you have good performance at work, seduce your boss.
If done successfully, lower your performance percentage bar by insulting and pulling pranks on coworkers.
When a pop up shows up saying you've been fired, beg your boss for another chance, & try to seduce them again.
People person: if you have trouble befriending your coworkers, use god mode to set their craziness to 0%, coolness to 100%, willpower to 0%, and low professionalism.
Medieval weapon: insult people until someone attacks you with a medieval weapon.
Armed & Dangerous: Tiger Claw Strike (Kung-Fu) seems to be the most deadly. Aim at the person's skull or throat.
Bubonic plague: random.
Rabies: pet stray animals that you come across. One will eventually bite you & give you rabies.
Witchcraft: avoid taking raw egg, venom, & green bubbling liquid as these are the deadliest things you can consume.
Addicted: accept all substances offered to you. Go clubbing (with high looks & low smarts) to get more access to substances.
Sickly: Get sick with 10 diseases in 1 life.
Do this by going clubbing as soon as you turn 18. Accept substances that are offered to you & hook up with random people.
Try to get as many STDs as you can including but not limited to: chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and genital herpes.
Go to the gym every year to get other illnesses such as: ringworm, staph infection, athletes foot, etc.
Note: you can also get HIV and Hep B from hook ups, but make sure to keep your health up so that you don't die from complications.
BitBoi: watch YouTube with friends until Bijuu Mike pops up.
BTS ARMY: go to a concert with a friend every year until BTS shows up.
Brightest Star: get max fame by having high looks, posting on social media, & doing commercials or photo shoots.
Centerfold: do photo shoots every year until you do one for Wank magazine.
Endorser: become a famous actor & do a commercial. These typically pay about $4,000,000
K-Pop: be born in South Korea. Have high looks, & get a job as a background singer. Work hard every year & get promoted to lead singer. Post on social media. You'll eventually become a famous pop star.
DNA donor: have high looks &/or high smarts to be allowed to donate your sperm.
Fertile myrtle: be born a female. Get pregnant as soon as you turn 18 by artificial insemination or unprotected sex. Do this every year until you have 25 children.
Smart seed: Be a female, graduate high school, and have a decent amount of money ($45k). Check the artificial insemination option. If a lawyer doesn't show up, close out of the app and restart it until a lawyer (NOT judge or paralegal) pops up.
Triplets: increase your chances by using artificial insemination.
Fake it: use god mode to lower your fiance's smarts to 0%, then propose.
Bejeweled: marry someone rich or use god mode to adjust your SO's money bar. Keep your relationship bar full.
Black widow: use a dating app to marry men 80+.
Optional: use god mode to set their health to 0%.
Diamond Anniversary: marry young & keep your health bar up. Use god mode to set your SO's health to 100% so they won't die quickly.
Family planner: set your SO's smarts & willpower to 0% & convince them to go off birth control.
Wedding planner: be born in an African country such as DR Congo. Wait until your parents arrange a marriage for you & accept. Gender doesn't matter.
Career military: serve a full career in the military. Avoid deployments by closing the app & restarting.
General: enlist as an air force, army, or marines officer. Work hard every year until you become general.
Admiral: enlist as a navy or coast guard officer. Work hard every year until you get promoted to admiral.
AWOL: get addicted to alcohol by going clubbing. Once you get addicted, go to rehab.
Excavator: to clear 10 minefields, it's best to practice minesweeper until you're good at it. This DOES NOT need to be done in one life. You can do this over multiple lives.
Escape from prison: get arrested for a petty crime & get sent to minimum or medium security prison. Use this guide to escape.
Justice: be wealthy & apply for an appeal.
Aftermath: riot every year. Each year, the number of prisoners you need increases by 5. The max is 25. Once you hit 25, keep rioting every year until you can escape.
Rioting will lower your health. Keep your health bar green by bribing the guards, going to the infirmary,working out, & meditating.
You can only escape when your health is green.
In-mating: get arrested in a minimum or medium security prison. Arrange a conjugal visit. Make sure your spouse has a high crazy level.
Mercy Me: follow the steps in the wealth achievement section. Get arrested with a long sentence. Be on good behavior by meditating every year, ignoring prisoners, & being respectful to the warden. Appeal your sentence. Note: while in prison, DO NOT join gangs, incite riots, or bribe guards.
Theseus: the easiest way to escape is by following the instructions to the aftermath achievement. Otherwise, you can check out this guide.
Naughty child: easiest way to get expelled is to enroll in college & get bad grades by not studying & skipping class.
Brothers Forever: join a frat in college by having high looks. When you graduate & look for a job, you'll be hired by a frat brother.
Earning that A: seduce your teacher by having high looks. Use god mode to change the teacher's professionalism & willpower to 0%.
Swimming Star: have high health & join the swim team in high school or college. Practice hard every year to become captain.
Get rich using the steps in the wealth section above. Obtain your pilot & boating license to complete these achievements.
Antiqued: buy a car. Get maintenance done every year. Do repairs when needed.
Cliff diving: spend time with family & friends every year until you go cliff diving.
Hero: save someone from choking.
Skeezy: insult people until someone calls you skeezy.
Snake snack: go to the witch doctor every year until she offers a snake.
Emigrate to Canada/Visit Winnipeg: check the emigrate/vacation list every year until they show up.
Zap: this one is random.
All Along: change a parent's sexuality to gay using god mode & hope they come out.
Begone: become an exorcist & buy a haunted house. Age up one year & exorcise the ghost(s).
Dignified Donor: find a $1m heirloom (random) & donate it.
Flamin' hot: sign up for the hot Cheetos diet. Keep your health up by going to the gym, meditating, & walking every year.
Flee the country: escape from a minimum or medium security prison using this & emigrate.
Frankenstein: go to a low-rated plastic surgeon and get a botched penis enlargement surgery or breast augmentation.
Note: DO NOT GO FOR A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT. A BOTCHED ONE CAN KILL YOU!
Human Dictionary: select the book option under mind & body until Merriam Webster Dictionary shows up, then read it.
Low-roller: lose money at the casino until you have a negative bank balance. Run from the guards. You may serve time in prison or successfully evade the guards. Try returning to the casino. You will be denied.
Nightmare: be wealthy by following the steps in the wealth section. Buy an airplane, jet, or helicopter and fly every year. Eventually a bad situation will come up and you need to pick an option. Sometimes it will turn out that the situation was just nightmare. Credit to this post. MAKE SURE TO BY A USED PLANE IN BAD CONDITION. WHEN A POP UP COMES UP, SELECT SIT BACK AND ACCEPT FATE.
Para-nightmare: live in a haunted house. When encountering a ghost/paranormal event, scream. Make sure your health is very low. You can do this by going on unhealthy diets such as Hot Cheetos or High Calorie. You can also drink alcohol. Avoid drugs so that you don't accidentally overdose.
Player perks: [will update]
Resourceful: marry a rich person that's 80+ & wait until they die OR have a low net worth & divorce them.
Rich justice: be wealthy by following the steps above in the wealth section. Sue a plastic surgeon who botched your surgery or an ex-spouse (both tend to have a decent amount of money). Sue for $1 mil and pick the most expensive law firm to represent you.
Roswell: Be wealthy by following the steps in the wealth section. Buy an airplane or jet. Fly every year OR if a prompt does not show up, close the app and restart the game until an alien encounter pops up when flying. Credit goes to this post and this comment.
Run Bitizen: go to a horse race & bet on Bitizen the horse & hope it wins.
For burglary achievements: have high smarts to increase your chances of stealing successfully.
For murder achievements: if a pop up comes up saying you've been arrested/taken to court, close out of the game & restart, then try killing again.
Adopt don't shop: follow the steps in the wealth achievements section & buy a large property (equestrian/ranch/farm). Then adopt all the pets at the shelter. There is not a limit to how many pets you can adopt if you have a large property.
Note: you will not be able to adopt if you have a criminal record.
Horsing around: buy an equestrian property so you can buy horses. Buy 50 horses in 1 life.
Just keep swimming: get a gold fish from the pet store & release it.
2020.08.31 20:27 DiireTMS 1981: Swedish Meatdesk -August 31, 2020 at 06:26PM - Discussion Thread
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I’m cutting the character I’ve been complaining about no one else cutting for the entire round, who could have seen that coming? I like Huang. Low B tier, I guess. Very low B tier. Scraping the top 50 is much more than far enough.
Turnabout Target is an excellent case. It’s fantastically paced with big reveals happening snappily one after the other, flying forward through its mystery like a bullet from a gun. It’s more densely packed than any first case has any right to be, and contains more hooks to keep you interested in the rest of the game than was even necessary. Near the centre of this whirlwind is the titular character of this cut, Di-Jun Huang, the supposedly nearly assassinated president of Zheng-Fa. Isn’t this exciting! Kicking off the game with the attempted murder of the previous game’s rival’s country! And the assassin is the same fucking guy from 2-4? We get to finally take that guy down now, 4 games later, and in the first case no less?? That was enough. That’s all the case needed to be and I would have been satisfied with simply nabbing De Killer and having that be the end of it. But instead we get a great twist midway through the case where not only is Shelly not de killer, but he’s even meddling in the case’s investigation for the specific purpose of allowing Edgeworth to uncover the truth. I love it, and this is barely the halfway point. The next section of the case finally concerns the man, the myth, the legend himself, the character who is ranked higher than Maya Fey, Di-Jun Huang. Huang has been this commanding and authoritative presence throughout the entire case, he’s enormous and comically ripped in his stupidly tight suit, and never once lets up from his bravado. An overwhelming, powerful man who is a total fraud. The assassination plot being a fake is just so fun? It’s fun. What a convolutedly dumb thing to do. The whole thing being an “asinine publicity stunt”, as Edgeworth puts it, isn’t a twist going for gasps so much as it’s going for laughs. Look at this chubby chump. Pathetic. It’s an ordeal entirely too entertaining to not captivate, which is great since the whole point of this portion of the case was to be a distraction so Knightley can do his Good Culprit Stuff behind your back. Or his back, technically. And that’s about the extent of all there is to say about Di-Jun Huang, really. At first he looks like a tough guy. Then it turns out he’s not a tough guy. Pretty funny stuff. I2-1 then proceeds to chug along without Huang since he’s outlived his purpose, but that’s whatever. He had his little thing, and then we move on from his little thing. Minor character doing minor character stuff. But ending the cut here would be negligent of me, because there’s more to this president than meets the eye.
I lied his story does end there the next thing he does is die.
Di-Jun Huang is not alive any more. Shock and awe! A victim who we’ve already met when they were alive in a previous case? That’s kinda crazy. Sorta. The game literally just did this with Knightley but whatever, two people can share the spotlight, it’s fine. In I2-5 we learn about Di-Jun Huang’s sordid past. Namely that the Di-Jun Huang we met in I2-1 wasn’t Di-Jun Huang at all, but a fake who’d stolen his identity. Fake-Huang had served as Real-Huang’s body double for a long time, and began to grow resentful. Why should the Real-Huang get all the glory of being the president when he’s not even the one putting himself in danger most of the time? Fake-Huang’s the real hero for always putting himself in danger’s way, until one day his grudge and envy became too much to bear. He has the real president killed, and then assumes his identity. In an attempt to cover his tracks, Fake-Huang attempts to kill the very same assassin he hired to kill the Real-Huang, only to fail in his attempt to assassinate the assassin due to the intervention of a young clown looking boy from the nearby orphanage. This clown boy would in turn bare a terrible grudge against Huang, leading to his murder a decade or so later. All of this is to say, when I played I2-5 I said to myself “wow this lifeless corpse sure does have a shockingly convoluted backstory.” Cool stuff. I2’s plot is a big step above basically every other Ace Attorney game’s plot because of how interconnected each case truly feels. The murders of four out of five cases were orchestrated all by the same man for the same reason, and everything clicking together in the end is rather satisfying. I2-3 is the only case that wasn’t set up by our favourite animal tamer, but no one even died in I2-3, it’s a cold case. All in all, the interconnectedness of the whole thing makes for a rather gratifying experience, and Huang being greatly involved in the backstory and motivations of our main villain only adds to that fun “everything is connected!” feeling. I will say that in writing this writeup that I’ve realised that Huang/Roland/Blaise’s plan is a little bit contrived now that I’ve thought about it for more than a minute. Not only was there no need to try and kill off Dogen to buy his silence, but if we assume that is was actually necessary for them to be so overly cautious couldn’t Fake-Huang just fucking. Kill Real-Huang himself? He 100% had the opportunity to do that himself, all things considered, and it saves them the trouble of having to kill Dogen. Saying Fake-Huang wouldn’t do it because he’s too cowardly to do the deed himself is likely untrue since he also murdered the journalist dude by beating him over the head, and was also planning on killing Courtney because he was afraid she would uncover his secret (if Lang’s speculation is to be believed). But I’m not cutting Huang because of this dumb nitpick that probably has an in-game explanation that I missed. That doesn’t really matter. The point of all this backstory they give Huang is to make him feel like an unexpectedly crucial element of the plot because, again, that “everything is connected” feeling is very fun! It achieves what it set out to try and do and I’m sure no one cares enough about Huang enough to put the finer details of his actions under scrutiny. The only thing that really matters about the summation of events I’ve provided for you is that Simon Keyes has a reason to want Huang dead. That’s the only crucial detail since Simon Keyes is the character who actually matters and does cool character things. Di-Jun Huang aids Simon Keyes in doing cool character things by being dead. Very considerate of him. And that’s all, really. Huang’s a gag character in the first case, which is fine, it’s a funny gag. He’s a corpse in the last case, that’s fine, he’s a good corpse. I could leave things at that, but I feel committed to crafting the best Huang writeup I possibly can. There must be more to delve into.
I think it would be prudent to compare and contrast Huang with characters of a similar archetype. As far as Ace Attorney is concerned, I think Furio Tigre would be a good candidate, especially considering the fact that Furio was another option for me to cut this round. What makes Furio work as a character is the offensive, unashamed implausibility of everything about him. This guy who looks nearly nothing like Phoenix. He puts on a shitty cheap suit complete with a cardboard cut-out lawyer badge and proceeds to fool the entire courtroom through sheer force of will which is, quite frankly, delightful. Furio is a character that bakes himself into the tone of Ace Attorney, he’s a character that couldn’t work in basically any other murder mystery visual novel except Ace Attorney because Ace Attorney is extremely stupid. Ace Attorney is a dumb series where silly things happen and I need to emphasise that I say this with love. And Furio roars onto the scene (sort of like a furious tiger, if you will) and embraces that tone wholeheartedly. He looks you, the player, dead in the eyes and asks you if you’re man enough to actually be angry about how purposefully contrived this entire situation is. We all know the answer to that question. Huang carries surface level similarities to Furio: they both barely look like the person they’re impersonating, they act nothing like the person they’re impersonating, and they’re able to completely fool everyone into thinking they are, indeed, the person they’re impersonating. They’re also similar in that the “reveal” of how they’re nothing like the person they’re impersonating is played as a joke. But where I think Huang fails whereas Furio succeeds is in that special Ace Attorney quality that Furio has that I already went over. While the reveal that Huang maintains his appearance of strength by constantly sucking in his gut is pretty funny, it’s pretty easy to imagine this kind of bit character existing in another series. The impossibility of Furio’s existence is what makes him work, whereas Huang just doesn’t have that extra unique factor that his contemporary has. You could argue that Huang is a slightly better character because they gave him a tiny bit of depth with the whole thing about him feeling intensely envious of the real president. However, this is a throw away piece of information that barely impacts the game in any form, and only serves to give Huang any old motivation to justify his actions. This (admittedly human) side of Huang simply doesn’t get explored by the game at all, because the game has no interest in exploring it. I don’t think that’s a fault with the game, in truth. I2-5 is long enough without also adding in a few scenes where we lament the tragic twisted life of the fat guy pretending he was fit. We don’t need to explore Huang’s depths, he’s better left alone as the more or less bit character that he is. And besides, Furio Tigre himself arguably does get a sprinkle of depth on top of the comedy in the same way Huang does. Often overlooked by people is the fact that Furio’s actions were primarily motivated by self-defense. He was under threat from the Cadeverini crime family to pay up an extraordinary amount of money or else he’ll find himself sleeping with the fishies, as they say. It’s an interesting spin on the killing in self-defense motive, since the man Furio killed, Glen Elg (may his soul find peace), didn’t pose any kind of threat to Furio at all, yet he still felt the need to kill Mr Elg to save his own skin. This extra dimension of his character, unlike Huang, is actually featured more prominently in the case. All in all, I brand Furio Tigre the superior imposter character, which is why I’ve chosen to cut Huang over Furio here. However, I don’t want to get too sidetracked. I realise I’ve slightly wandered away from the point by going on about Furio, so let’s circle back to reflecting on Huang’s character a little more by comparing him to another character. Fair warning: the character I want to draw comparisons to now isn’t an Ace Attorney character. They’re a Danganronpa character. I know that both fandoms tend to have a lot of overlap, however I think it would be prudent for me to at least provide a spoiler warning for Danganronpa before we proceed. Oddly enough, I think the Ultimate ImposteTwogami shares more similarities with Huang than even Furio does. Coincidentally, Investigations 2 and Danganronpa 2 happened to release one year after the other, so is it possible that Twogami maybe took some inspiration from Di-Jun Huang? It’s not a secret that Danganronpa draws heavily from Ace Attorney in terms of gameplay/concept, so I don’t think it’s impossible that this is true… It’s just extremely improbable. Imposter is a character who feels a kind of envy toward the real Byakuya. He laments how he wishes he had been born with an identity as grand and full of opportunities as a Togami, so he simply pretends to be Byakuya. What Imposter comes to understand during his FTEs with Hajime is that all of Imposter’s friends like him for Imposter: they don’t know or understand what the real Byakuya is like (which is nothing like Imposter) and that everyone likes him because of who he is, not as who he pretends to be. Huang is similar in that he also takes on the identity of someone with much more renown than himself because he believes he could never acquire it on his own. The clear distinction being that Huang is right in sussing that he will never be as great a man as the real president. Another funny coincidence is that both of these characters are basically the fatter version of their doppleganger, but I think it’s interesting to contrast how each of these characters feel about their fatness. Imposter has an interesting sense of pride in the fact that he’s overweight, always going on about how hard he works to maintain his ideal perfect weight. There’s a moment I quite like where another character tries to mock him for being fat, but Imposter just smiles and says he’s happy for people to acknowledge the truth about himself: the truth being that he’s fat. Imposter’s weight is the only distinguishing physical feature he has from the real Byakuya, therefore he gets an odd sense of comfort whenever people make reference to his “true self”. This stands in stark contrast to Di-Jun Huang, whose weight is treated like a source of shame or mockery. Huang feels no sense of empowerment in the occasions that he shows his true body, and instead seems rather embarrassed that he isn’t as physically fit as the real president. I think that’s the heart of what the difference between those two characters’ identity issues are: Imposter wants to take pride in who he really is without having to take on the guise of another, yet he feels like he has to impersonate another person out of fear that his true self isn’t good enough. But he’s wrong, his true self is good enough, and that’s what he needs to learn. Huang stands in stark contrast because his true self is portrayed as most definitely not good enough. He has no positive qualities, and must leech off of another person’s good image so he can feel like a good person himself. But he will never get out of his identity issues rut because his deepest insecurities are true: he is nothing without the name Di-Jun Huang. Without that name he would be nothing bat a lazy, incompetent coward. One of these characters needs to realise that he’s a good person who doesn’t need to transform into someone else. The other is terrified of the knowledge that transforming into someone else is the only way he’ll feel fulfilled. (Notice how both of these characters draw attention to how they are overweight as a form of comedy. Funny coincidence.) I’ve gone on two tangents now about two characters that aren’t Huang, but that’s because I don’t think I’m capable of making any interesting analysis of Huang when looking at him in isolation. By standing Huang up against at least two other characters who are similar to him, I hope I’ve been able to squeeze out enough critical analysis to satisfy you.
One notable thing about Di-Jun Huang that I would be remiss not to mention is the fact that he serves as our introduction to the Logic Chess minigame. (Logic Chess also happens to be the most useless skill in aarankdown) The bread and butter of Ace Attorney gameplay has always been the cross examinations. It’s by far the most fun part of the games and the reason I wanted to play through this entire series at all. Rifling through bits of evidence to find the lie in someone’s story is a fun and satisfying little puzzle (almost) all of the time. That said, this series has never felt the need to leave well enough alone and likes to introduce little side mechanics that can be hit (therapy session, divination seance) or miss (magatama, perceive). Logic Chess happens to be one such minigame that I think is pretty fun. There are many instances in the Ace Attorney story where the protagonist coaxes out information from another character in some way, and Logic Chess is a way of putting that process in the players’ hands instead of it just being a part of the story. Admittedly, it’s a rather easy minigame. The options are always a) I respectfully disagree with what you have to say; b) I disrespectfully disagree with what you have to say you stupid git; or c) Wait and see. In spite of this, the game still feels rather engaging simply with the addition of a time limit that depletes faster everything time you select the wrong answer. That little bit of pressure not to fuck up turns Logic Chess from what would have been a bit of a tedious slog to something that actually feels rather engaging. Our chess battle with Huang is no exception, and a great first exposure to the mechanic. Chess is a running motif throughout Investigations 2. It’s brought up how Edgeworth really enjoys the game, and we can even graph many of the characters we see in the game onto each of the chess pieces. Rooke is the rook, Knightley is the knight, and Huang is the King. On the Ace Attorney wiki page for Di-Jun Huang it says that Roland is supposed to be the queen and Blaise is the bishop. Personally, I don’t see the resemblance, but for the sake of keeping up the metaphor I’ll just sagely nod my head and agree. If we were to then consider I2 a game of metaphorical chess between Edgeworth and The Mastermind, then I feel like the whole chess analogy begins to fall apart. Chess ends when one side captures the other side’s king, and if Huang represents the king then Keyes sure captured him. Perhaps it’s best that we don’t look into this chess imagery too hard, since it’s really just a surface level aesthetic rather than anything meaningful. I’ve never personally been too great at chess. I know how to play chess, however the problem comes from the fact that I don’t know how to play chess well. I still really enjoy the game though, I find it fun to read up on the tactics involved with different openers and whatnot even though I don’t think I’m personally capable of utilising them well in a real game. That’s probably why I degrade myself by playing Fire Emblem so much. Strategy games that emulate the feel of chess in the sense that you’re moving pieces along a grid to capture/kill the other team’s pieces. I don’t think the rudimentary similarities are lost on the Fire Emblem games, since there are multiple characters who invent games akin to chess to practise their war tactics on. For example, the main character in Awakening is this tactician using chess to hone his tactical skills, and then this other guy called Virion comes along and offers to play him since it’s hard for the MC, Robin, to practise by himself. However Virion keeps whooping Robin’s ass in chess, and he begins to feel like he shouldn’t be the army’s tactician if he can’t even win at chess. Virion then points out that he only wins because he makes tons of sacrifices out of his pieces, and such strategies would be cruel to employ in real life and it’s Robin’s strong desire to never lose one single piece that should be valued over Virion’s more ruthless tactics. I always really liked that support thread, I like how it knows that the player is always desperate to keep every unit alive and uses that to draw the distinction between the best way to play chess vs the best way to play Fire Emblem, plus Virion’s a very cool character. Just a shame he’s not that good of a unit. I think I find strategy RPGs much more appealing than normal RPGS because with the ordinary RPG the enemies stats are always hidden from the player and everything feels like a shot in the dark. I like how Fire Emblem allows you to calculate exactly how much damage you will deal and take, it really makes me feel like the outcome of a fight is in my hands. The only problem with Fire Emblem when it comes to feeling like you’re always in control of the outcome is when they use same turn reinforcements, or STR for short. Basically, STR are when extra enemies show up on the map that weren’t previously visible and attack you before the game lets you do anything (they attack on the same turn they appear). There’s never any way to plan around it, and for a game that’s supposed to be strategy oriented, losing because of something you literally cannot plan around saps the fun out of the whole experience. What’s worse is that in the most recent FE game, they made it so that STR only exist in the hardest difficulty, so the developers 100% know that they are frustratingly annoying to deal with and utilise them to artificially inflate the difficulty without having to design the enemy layout in such a way that the player is decently challenged without feeling cheated. It’s a shame how FE can be such an old series with so many installments and yet it can’t get mechanics that everyone hates removed after so many years. It seems like it’d be easy to do. I think that if Di-Jun Huang played Fire Emblem his favourite character would be Caspar von Bergliez. Caspar is a really small guy who wants to be a big tough strong guy one day, and I think Huang would identify with his wish to one day become a big muscular manly man. I like to imagine that even though Huang and Caspar appear quite different on the surface Huang would still relate to him because of how badly he wants to be buff like the real Di-Jun Huang.
Getting Buff Like President Di-Jun Huang
Well, maybe not buff, but at least as big as Di-Jun Huang. People can dismiss Huang as a useless bit character if they like, but even if he is a bit character I think we should look into his bit just a little bit more! Just by eyeballing Huang, I’d say he weighs about 220 pounds. The Wiki says he’s 6 feet tall, and if we estimate his age as about 50 years old, then in order to maintain his weight he would need to eat roughly 2700 calories every day, which is a pretty respectable caloric intake. When it comes to weight gain/loss, people tend to overestimate just how important exercise is compared to how important your diet is. Always remember, your muscles are made in the gym, your weight is lost in the kitchen. That is to say that your diet should be your first priority when managing your weight (not that exercise isn’t important too, of course!) When calculating Huang’s required caloric intake I assumed that he would have a very light exercise routine, however not quite sedentary. As I already mentioned, if you want to impersonate the Fake-Huang and look like him, the required amount of daily calories you must consume is 2700. To put that into perspective, that’s 450 shrimp every single day, assuming you eat nothing else. I pick shrimp because shrimp is the kind of food that you can eat forever and never feel like you’re getting full. I always thought I loved shrimp when I was younger, but eventually I realised I just like Old Bay. You see, my family’s from the US, but I don’t live in the US, and every summer when I was a kid we’d go to visit, and every summer we’d eat at this restaurant that served seafood and holy shit I fucking loved devouring those shrimp. But then back home whenever I had shrimp they tasted boring as hell? As I grew out of adolescence I came to understand that the reason that American shrimp that I loved so much was so good was because they were burying those fuckers in Old Bay seasoning. What sucks is that Old Bay’s not available in stores back home, which means if I want shrimp that doesn’t taste like ass then I have to find my own substitute.
How to make homemade Old Bay Seasoning
You will need:
2-3 Bay Leaves (dry, no stems)
1/4 tsp of Ground Mustard Seed
1/2 tsp of Celery salt
1/8 tsp of Thyme
1 pinch of Nutmeg
1 pinch of Cinnamon
1 pinch of Ground Cloves
1 pinch of Ground Ginger
1 pinch of Ground Cardamom
1/8 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
2 pinches of Allspice
1/2 tsp of Paprika
1 pinches of Black Pepper
1/8 tsp of Fennel Seed
The only tricky part of this recipe is making sure you have all of this crap somewhere in your kitchen, but if not then one trip to the grocer ought to have you sorted. Once you have everything, it’s not hard to make that sweet, sweet Old Bay with no hassle at all: all you have to do is toss everything together and mix well! It’s important to note that these ingredients have been sussed out by folks trying to recreate Old Bay, and it may not actually be the real recipe. But I’ve tried this myself and I can attest to the fact that it comes pretty damn close to the real thing. Also, since this isn’t the exact recipe, don’t get too hung up on the exact measurements: feel free to measure how much of each spice with your heart rather than a tablespoon! If there are any extremely novice cooks out there, just a word of advice from someone who's made very dim cooking mistakes before: when a recipe asks you to put thyme in something, you’re supposed to just add the leaves, not the stem. When I was first learning to cook I would mindlessly do exactly what the recipe said, so when a recipe said to use a sprig of thyme I’d toss the whole fuckin sprig in there because that’s what the recipe told me to. My sister caught me cooking by tossing the whole sprig in and had to explain how you’re actually supposed to do it and that was embarrassing finding out I’d been doing it wrong for so long but like. Is it my fault I had gone through my life so long never being taught how to properly use thyme? Everyone is born without knowing anything, and we grow and learn by our experiences, so really it’s everyone else in the world’s fault for not cluing me in earlier on how thyme works. Some people may want to blame me for my lack of culinary knowledge. I, however, prefer to blame God.
The Answer To Job
The story of Job (pronounced Jobe) is one that teaches that God should not be blamed for the misfortune of man. For those unfamiliar, the story goes like this: Satan tells God that he thinks that his most devout followers only follow God because God rewards their faith. However, if God were to take away a good person’s happiness, then that person would turn against God and no longer be faithful. God sets out to prove Satan wrong. Job is their test subject. Job is a holy and faithful man, who is happy with his life. He has a wife, many children, and a luscious farmland to live on. God decides to murder all of his children and livestock, leaving him destitute and grief stricken. His wife then leaves Job because he can no longer provide for her. Some of Job’s mates then come round to Job’s place and are like “buddy, what grave unforgivable sin have you committed? We all know you’re being punished for something so fess up.” The catch, of course, is that Job has done absolutely nothing wrong: his misery is not a punishment. Job argues with his friends, but they simply don’t believe him. Frustrated and angry, Job yells out to God and demands God explain why he’s torturing Job so much. And God answers by showing Job all of the universe: he takes Job to places that have monstrous behemoths and leviathans, to the farthest reaches of the stars, to all the little quiet places on earth. God says that he maintains all of it at once, and all of it is connected. Job realises that he could never maintain the entire universe the way God does, and so he learns his place in the world. I think this story’s a load of bullshit. God hand waves away Job’s suffering by telling him it’s part of some grand cosmic scheme that he couldn’t possibly comprehend but. We know God’s fucking lying! God was just fucking with Job for the sake of it! The fable doesn’t teach us anything about why good people experience misery, it seems to imply, to me at least, that God does it for fun? To score points against the devil? So this bloke called Carl Jung from a wee while ago decided this story was bullshit too. Fun fact, Carl was such a big fan of Dual Destinies and Athena Cykes that he invented analytical psychology in real life. Anyway, he looked at all the misery in the world caused by war and the like that he was like God what the fuck? Same way Job was that one time, and he writes a whole book about trying to figure out why God is such an asshole. The problem with god, he says, is that he contains many contradicting traits. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all loving. If God is good, and God is all powerful, then the reason that misery exists must be because God is not omniscient. Or we could say that god is all knowing and all good, and in that case the reason that God does not prevent misery is because he is powerless to do so, ergo he is not omnipotent. The final combo is God is all powerful and all knowing, which is the most sinister scenario, because this means God has the means to prevent suffering and chooses not to do so. How can our hero Carl reconcile this conundrum? His answer for Job’s question is Jesus. Job’s story was set in BC, before God had taken human form as Jesus so he could truly learn what it is like to suffer as a human being. When God realizes that being a person is actually very hard and painful, he chills out and stops being so needlessly cruel. What Carl is positing here, basically, is that God went through character development during the bible and he’s like, a top tier character. Now, after God has come to understand the human condition first hand, he would never inflict suffering on people like Job again. Now all suffering is truly a result of God’s master plan for the universe, and none of it is out of place. Everything is part of God’s plan, which is why it’s his fault I put the stems of my thyme in my egg stir fry that one time.
My Mandarin Teacher in Senior School was named Mr Huang
At my senior school everyone had to take a foreign language class. Most people there took Spanish or French, but I took Mandarin because. Well. Not sure why. Guess I was curious about how on earth those symbols work to make words. Plus I’ve spoken English my whole life, you think I want to learn to speak another romance language? Fuck off. If your language evolved from a bunch of latin tossers you can suck me. Anyway, so my Mandarin class only had 5 kids in it including myself which was a bit of a laugh. Lessons were always very casual with barely anyone present and I enjoyed myself. Was in that class from S3 to S6, that’s four years, and I currently don’t know a lick of Mandarin at all. I tried to be a good student in that class since Mr Huang was an extremely cool teacher, plus it was important to not fall behind since every lesson felt like a competition against my few other classmates. Despite this, every word of Mandarin I used to know has seemingly fallen out of my head since the last time I used it, which was during my final exam for the subject which was three years ago now. Take this as a warning, if you’re learning a second language you gotta keep practising it or it will fade away over time. I also got a C on that exam, which was bullshit by the way, pretty sure I am amazing at everything and never get anything less than 100% on every test I take? Rigged. So the thing is with Mr Huang, right, is one day we were learning about colours, and can you guess what yellow in Mandarin is? It’s Huang. Like his name. It wasn’t a homonym, it was literally the same character. (The character is 黄 for those curious) That’s at least one bit of chinese that stuck with me over the years, so I guess I didn’t totally waste my time trying to learn it. Immature 14 year old donuter and his classmates had a bit of a giggle at the fact that our Chinese teacher was literally named Mr Yellow, but Mr Huang was chill and thought it was funny too so no one got in trouble for being edgy and a teenager and mildly racist. However, what isn’t chill is the fact that the I2 fan localisation team would use such a clearly inflammatory name for what is clearly supposed to be a Chinese character (we all know Zheng Fa is very obviously derivative of China). The characters who were localised to become American aren’t named Gunjamin Hamburger, so what gives? Racism is what gives. They saw an asian character and thought they would be clever and call him Yellow, very edgy, I applaud you fan localisers (I am being sarcastic). They literally renamed this character so he would be President Yellow, amazing. What is even more sickening is that the Ace Attorney Wiki is complicit in their casual bigotry, electing not to divulge the fact that Huang is a common Mandarin surname meaning yellow. They try to hand wave away this discrepancy between the badass original name meaning KING by saying they “changed the pronunciation”. Yeah, they changed the pronunciation into a completely different word, you bellends. But perhaps… my outrage may be unjustified. For you see, yellow can also be slang for cowardly, and Huang is for sure cowardly, resembling a cowardly lion in his deflated form. It is possible that the localisation team was only intending to make reference to this facet of his character, and provide particularly perceptive players with a hint about his true nature just by his name. This misunderstanding is not too uncommon. So in the end, maybe it’s for the best that I chalk this one up to an unfortunate coincidence. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that if my high school Mandarin teacher Mr Huang had come into class one day and exhaled with superhuman vigour and revealed himself to be secretly very fat all along then I think that would have been quite funny of him.
You know what I did last round? I wrote a cut about a character that just doesn’t matter. I wrote a short cut. But I realised that’s just not acceptable from this point on. Series defining characters are leaving the rankdown now, prosecutors whose characters cemented me as being a fan of the series, characters who have arcs spanning multiple games or who are so quintessential to Ace Attorney as a product it wouldn’t be Ace Attorney without them. Such characters deserve respect when they’re cut, and should be given a rigorous analysis when they leave, just as all my fellow rankers always do. And I realised that, if a character like Huang can outlast multiple franchise icons, as well as some genuinely richly written/multifaceted characters then, he too, surely, by the law of transitivity, must also be a series defining icon, a rich and compelling character with true depth, and thus deserves the same amount of rigorous analysis we would afford to them. I don’t see how anyone could argue with Di Jun Huang in the top 50. He objectively deserves it. He’s that good. I can anticipate the ugly comments that I will receive on this post from mouth breathers with no respect for the infallible opinions of us ten ordained-by-god rankers. They’ll say:
“Donuter, I don’t think you really believe that Di-Jun Huang is a masterclass of character writing. This cut reads as uncaring and dismissive, almost as if you believe that there’s some sort of problem with Di-Jun Huang outlasting Pearl Fey, Mia Fey, Trucy Wright, Ema Skye, Maya Fey, Franziska von Karma, and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, when characters like Larry Butz are still available. I think that while you appear to sometimes approach Huang’s character with earnestness you still make enormous stretches in your analysis as if you’re trying to mock the idea that Huang could be seriously analysed. I also think the long meandering asides you delve into are meant to emphasise how little there is to say about Di-Jun Huang, and how one would expect that we ought to only be covering good or interesting characters by now if so many key character have gone out already (or at the very least if not good characters, characters that can spark any kind of edifying discussion at all, even if a ranker happens to dislike them). But I don’t think you have considered the fact that there are many huge Di-Jun Huang stans out there who will be saddened that his character has been reduced to an excuse for you to soapbox about your opinion about the state of the rankdown. It’s insulting to all of us who genuinely love Di-Jun Huang, and it’s disrespectful to the rankers who have worked very hard on cuts for major characters that truly believe they are inferior to Di-Jun Huang. I dislike how it feels as if you’ve been irony poisoned, incapable of truly appreciating the depths of Di-Jun Huang, and are unequipped, or worse, unwilling, to analyse those depths with a sincere and unbiased critical eye.”
To these people I say: sod off? You can suck my nads too if you like. How dare you, how dare you insinuate that I’m not taking Di-Jun Huang’s cut completely seriously? I have never in my rankdown career received such unfounded criticism, such- such biased critical opprobrium that I can hardly contain my anger at the unjustness of the accusation. Di-Jun Huang is fantastic. Amazing. I truly believe that with all my heart. So save your toxic, mean-spirited and conspiracy riddled comments to yourself, because I won’t read them. I always turn notifications off on all my posts. I have too much self-respect to engage with those who hate me blindly for no reason. I think Di-Jun Huang is so good, in fact, that I only cut him as a form of self-hatred, because I was afraid that the rankdown was reaching levels of quality that’s entirely intimidating to spectators. When I said Huang was B tier at the start of this writeup I was lying, you gullible fuckin rubes! He’s S+ tier at the bare minimum. This should be a lesson to you all: quality of character is never rewarded. If it were, my face would be on the stirling coins instead of the queen’s. Ahem. Uh. What I’m trying to say is. Next ranker to cut a major character is having the top of their tier list scrapped off like shit off my shoe. At least two other rankers have agreed to cooperate with me on this so your revive will be pointless. Di-Jun Huang is a character in Gyakuten Kenji 2. I like the part where he exhales and find out he has a gut.
2020.08.16 19:53 MentallyUnchallenged[TOMT][SONG][2005-2015] Indie Piano Duet Guy (Long Curly Hair) and Girl
There was a song I found on YouTube 5-10 years ago. The name (song or band name) I keep thinking of is radio/stereo/boombox/love but I wouldn't be surprised if it was completely unrelated. The gym class heroes song is definitely not it. The song was not very mainstream as far as I know. It was upbeat and happy sounding. It had a (white) guy and girl singing and at least the guy was playing piano, possibly both. The guy had a curly fro. I've tried every search combination I could think of with guy girl piano duets but can't find it. Any ideas?
2020.08.02 09:36 theflyinglizard[TOMT][MUSIC] Modern song with lyrics "Everything is gotta funk some day"
I heard this song in a store and wrote down the lyrics that I could hear, but I don't they are correct because google comes up with nothing. It sounded modern (maybe 2010's), male voice. The verse part kinda reminded me of Gym Class Heroes "Cupid's Chokehold" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiiU-Fky18s Some of the lines I heard: "for the future", "everything is got to come closer", "everything is got to funk some day"
2020.07.27 05:19 Busy-PointWhy I subscribe to Markiplier!!!❤️
I sub 2 Mark because he helped me when I needed it. He helped me when my grandma passed away because of cancer on the 26th of December in 2014. She was very ill and wouldn’t stop throwing up. They removed a lot of tissues inside her and I couldn’t take it (explain more on my subreddit at u/Busy-Point on the 30th of July) anymore and cried a lot. Anyways Mark has saved me when others didn’t save me. When I was younger I had depression and anxiety and it wasn’t that bad. All the kids at my school told me I would never make friends and that I am useless and don’t belong in this world so I played by myself everyday on the swings waiting for someone to play with me but no one came and asked if I was okay they just left me alone. I went to a real school when I was three and that’s how I got bullied. I got hit in the eye by a wooded door and had a black eye for about a month. People would call me mean names and push me around. So I started playing by myself and had fake friends that weren’t even real. They were Imaginary people. I still have them to this day. I have been able to see ghost since I was 3. My great great grandparents died when I was 5 years old and I never really got to know them. I got glasses in second grade and people made fun of me even more. People would call me four eyes and still push me around. Any time I would walk up to the girls in my grade they would always either walk away or tell me that I will never make friends. I only had two friends in my school and they were boys and they were just like me. I’m a special ed student and if you don’t know what that is, it is where you have to have extra help in learning. I would pick up glass outside and see if I would cut myself with the glass but I never did. Then my grandma passed away when I was 8 and I never will see her again until I die. When I was younger my mom used to date a lot of guys and I never really trusted them. One night I walked out of my room to go sleep with my mom since I had bad dreams and never slept ever well I walked out of my room and saw a guy my mom dated and he said and this is what I heated but he said that he would cut my mom and I freaked out and they told me to go back to my room and go to sleep. Another time and this is the same guy he told me to shut up right in my face and I told my mom but he said he didn’t I got so mad at him. But now my mom found someone she loves and I like this guy and I trust him. We moved to Florida and that is when I found Mark on YouTube. I was at P.E. (That is what I call it don’t judge me) and it was the end of the day and I could hear people whispering and talking about me behind my back so I ran out of the gym and tried to run away from everyone but the teacher caught me and tried to calm me down but nothing was working so I had to go to my special ed class and try and calm down. I made five friends at that school and three of them was in fourth grade and two of them were in fifth grade( I was in fifth grade when I moved to Florida but they Taught me fourth grade stuff instead) and one fifth grade made fun of me. I found Mark’s channel on my birthday and thought I should watch a couple of his videos and I soon feel in love with this man. Two weeks later I found Seán and Felix and subscribe to all three of them. I then moved to Missouri and I made at least 10 to 20 friends this time but I got bullied again by eighth graders they called me a cry baby and so much more but when I was feeling down I would watch Mark on YouTube and the pain would go way. I then moved back to Olathe in KS and I started a new school again. (I’ve been to six schools my whole life and get bullied at every school). I made three friends at my school in Olathe and got bullied again. I then moved to Gardner KS and let me just tell you I made so many friends. I still get bullied by people but I just get onto YouTube and watch my amazing people on them. Mark has helped me through all of this and I couldn’t thank him anymore then what he has done for me. He changed my life and I just couldn’t be anymore happy. My depression and anxiety gotten stronger when my grandma passed away but Mark helped me and I just don’t know what to say. I love Mark with everything I got and I just can’t be anymore happy than I am now and I just don’t what my life would be right now without him. I probably wouldn’t even be here right now without this man in my life. I watch is Try Not To Laugh videos all the ( Pardon my language) damn time and he is just to amazing his laugh gets me going and makes me happy and laugh to. Mark will always be my number one hero and I couldn’t have asked for more. (I also Love Seán Felix and Ethan too don’t worry but Mark was my hero and my first hero and I couldn’t be more happy). So thank you Mark for helping me through these tough times in my life and I just hope my wish will come true when I do met you. So thank you Mark and I love you so very much to the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Mariah Grabast (Grey-bass but add a “t” the end)
2020.07.25 17:36 IntelligentTiger9Volume 1 Full review
The post is gonna be long, so before you go to it I would like to make a few points. -Well, originally, I was planning to make one single review of the whole series, but then I see that the limit of characters for a post in Reddit is 40000, so decided to make one review for season, then I perceived that 40000 characters wouldn't be enough, so the first review is just gonna be of Volume 1. I guess that for the other Volumes I'm not gonna need to spend that amount of words, so the next reviews probably will be about more than one volume. -That's not my first post, a few weeks ago I posted one demo of this review and said that I'll post the full one three days later, but I didn't expect that do this review would take so much time. If you waited, I'm sorry. -English is not my first language, so there's probably gonna be a few mistakes in the post, if anything I write sounds confusing, please comment, and I'll try my best to answer. -My analysis is probably biased to Yukino's side and I don't really like Yuigahama. I'm gonna explain why, but it maybe doesn't sound really clear because some of my reasons are ahead in the story. If you disagree with me, I'd be glad to know why, so make sure to comment on your reasons. Anyway, that's it, I hope you enjoy the review. My first impression of Hachiman is that he is socially maladjusted. A person who wasn't properly socialized, which can be seen by his writings at the beginning of the series where he basically subverts what is considered normal to normalize himself. In my opinion, that kinda shows the direction of development of oregairu, usually, a truly eccentric person would be okay with it and would not even try to be normal. By this, I'm able to infer one thing about Hachiman, he wants to be "normal". Actually, it's more than that, he regards his own values as right instead of the common sense, he is normal is the world that is strange. Yukino is really similar to Hachiman, but with some differences. Hachiman, at this point, totally disregards other's opinions and is completely unwilling to change. Yukino is different, cause as prideful as she might be, she is willing to change, and to this extend Hachiman is even more arrogant than her, that's his * loner's pride*. And also, Hachiman totally disregards the world, where she wants to change it. Their first interactions are quite interesting, but before I talk about it, I want to talk about Hiratsuka's objectives in putting these two together. So let's observe what she was doing in the moments before she comes with her decision. At the beginning of the story, she is unsuccessfully trying to make him aware of his problems, but in the first place, he doesn't even take those as problems. There's a communication barrier between them that she is completely unable to cross. And so, she comes to the brilliant conclusion of using Yukino Yukinoshida to complete the mission. Let's properly describe what exactly is she doing. She is asking for a girl, with her own problems, and even less capable than her to change the personality of a boy whose she is completely unable to change. And that gets me thinking, what does Yukino have that makes her able to change Hachiman in an instance that even Hiratsuka couldn't and properly socialize him? The answer is pretty much obvious, Yukino is able to talk with him as a person that passed by the same situation while holding a completely different ideal. And on top of that, there's no force in the world more cabaple of changing a man than love. Just as a side note, love also changes woman, but the way they are affected is different. I'll dig a little bit in this later. ____________________________________ Hiratsuka's words to Hachiman: "...What about a girlfriend or something?" What's with the 'something'? What would happen if I said I had a boyfriend? "Well, I don't have one right now…" Considering my hopes for the future, I emphasized "now", just in case. "I see……." This time she gazed at me intensely, with misty eyes. I really hoped it was because of the cigarette smoke irritating her eyes. "As I expected, you are- the both of you are quite contrary. That's worrying. Neither of you seems like you'll be able to adapt to society well, so I want to bring you both in the same place." "Would that be an isolation ward…?" "Yeah, probably. It's fun to watch students like you two. Maybe I just want both of you to be close by." She laughed cheerfully. Now, towards the first interactions between Hachiman and Yukino... Hachiman literally freezes seeing Yukino for the first time. He is completely astonished by her appearance while reading a book in the sunset, his description of her being extremely poetic. At first sight, he couldn't help, but fall in love with her… I'm not looking at that extremely modest chest of yours… Wait, am I? No, no, I'm not, I'm really not looking. It just entered my line of sight for a bit and I was momentarily distracted. But Hachiman, as conscious as he might be, perceives that there is something wrong with the way he was looking at her. He was determined to do not to let any kind of felling of him be created towards her. Because of that, he tries to create an intimidating gaze to scare her away. But in response to that, she answers with her own fierce glare, at this moment it becomes clear that none of them were looking for any relationship and in fact, wanted to scare anyone who approached them. Just this glare was more than enough proof of their similarities, they passed by the same experiences. A few moments before, Hiratsuka just asked Yukino's help to change Hachiman's twisted personality, which she accepts. And then their first interactions start, and in just a few moments I'm completely amazed. In a question of instants, a certain kind of bond starts to be built by them. They both, mainly Yukino, even with her cold exterior, totally open up to him. After all she had gone trough she finally found someone who is able to understand her. And so, she instantly starts to pass a lot of really personal information of herself to him, such as events of her past. On the opposite side, Hachiman is even more affected than her. He tries to block any felling he might develop for her, but as she pours her past to him, her ideals, her wishes to change the world. Yukino becomes a judgmental figure to him, she becomes a personification of his ideal, and he completely falls for her. Making a short explanation, at first when a man falls in love with a woman, they put their ideals into her, making the woman a living deity, the representation of perfection, that would be the reason why people are capable of falling in love extremely fast sometimes, these feelings originate in the person's values. Hachiman somewhat detects what's happening to him, and so, he suppresses it because of his past bad experiences with love. But Yukino is simply way to harmonic with him and his ideals, because of that, he finds himself incapable of destroying that connection between them. In a short time span, Hachiman and Yukino create a really special connection. They are simply way to compatible and similar. They are both able to deal with loneliness, and yet long for something more. But are simply incapable of dealing with these feelings. They are incapable of trusting other people, they saw in first hand how ugly humans can be. But when they met each other, they finally find someone who passed by the same experiences. They find someone they are able to trust. It's beautiful to see these first interactions between them. It's like they are parts of a puzzle who finally found their counterpart. Anyways, one of the cool things about the ideal projection in the female when a man falls in love, is that it gives a really big judgemental power for the woman. And so, they are able to make the man self-conscious, and when they realize how pathetic they are, they start to change in the direction showed by this ideal. And so, over time, Yukino would change Hachiman and he would become even more adequate to her. The biggest suggestion of the connection between Hachiman and Yukino is how meaningful the messages they exchanges are, you can see that their conversations can make them grow. Mainly looking at Hachiman further, in the series he starts to use the same philosophy of Yukino about change the world and save people. Yukino looks cold, but she creates a club to help people and talks about changing the world. I guess that she wants a savior to herself, and this is her way to express it. Hachiman probably will be her savior as he is infected by her philosophy. Because of her past experience with other men, Hachiman is probably gonna have problems in entering her heart even after she fell in love with him, but at the same time, she will probably experience even stronger feelings, and if she accepts him in her heart but finds herself incapable of being at his side… she will probably break, and I will find Watari…and kill him, just kidding… but looking at the path Oregairu is following, every ending without Yukino and Hachiman together, for all sakes and purposes, would probably be not a happy end.
Moments later Yuigahama appears for the first time, but before, I want to talk about a moment that wasn't brought to the anime version either the manga version. The true reason behind Yuigahama's appearance. Hachiman skipped the cooking class and is inquired by Hiratsuka sensei, while he is questioned by her, she discovers that he wants to find a beautiful and rich woman to marry and become a full-time househusband. When she discovered it, she said: "If a girl treated you to her home cooking at least once, I'm sure you would change your corrupt way of thinking…" So, for Yui's appearance, I can come up with one theory. Hiratsuka was planning to make Yukino cooks for Hachiman, you can also say that it happened because she wanted Yuigahama, but Yuigahama doesn't know how to cook, Yuigahama was more of a sorry. By this, Hiratsuka wanting Yukino to cook for Hachiman would actually change him, one more proof of her objectives. Now, about the appearance of Yuigahama, the first thing I notice is the contrast it creates between Hachiman/Yukino and her. Not just about their personality, that by the way is really different, but mainly about the way Hachiman and Yukino behave towards each other and the way they behave towards her. It kinda shows the connection between those two, even though they just met for a small amount of time, and you can fell a certain distance between them, you can also fell how well they match each other. Some really small things like Yui makes a question to Yukino and Hachiman answer instead of her, while Hachiman is going to take a drink she orders him to buy one for her, she also directly take the drink Hachiman bought for her from his hands and didn't pay him-(funny enough, further in the series, she says to Yuigahama that she can get her food by her own, suggesting that there's something different in the nature of their relationship, probably an unconscious response of Yukino to the way she sees Hachiman), she talks with Hachiman through glances, you can also perhaps that the way she speaks to Hachiman and Yuigahama is different and many other things* if you don't understand from where I take some of these things, try reading the light novel. Yui also perhaps that there is a difference between the Hachiman she knew in the class and the one she met in the club with Yukino, particularly about Yukino, we don't know much about the way she is towards others, but I'm pretty much sure that if anyone from her class saw the way she behaves towards Hachiman, they would have a similar reaction to Yuigahama's towards Hachiman.
Moving on, Yui tries to make cookies, yet she fails and make some almost inedible cookies. Creating one of the cutest moments in the series: "Hey, am I seriously going to eat this? This is exactly like the charcoal they sell at Joyful Honda." "You should be fine since we haven't used any inedible ingredients. Well, mostly. And-" Yukinoshida paused before whispering, " I'll also be eating it so it's okay." " For real? Are you, perchance, actually a nice person? Or do you like me?" "... On second thought, please it all and go kill yourself." … Yukinoshida looked at me after she had picked some of the blackened abomination, which could be evenly mistaken with an Iron Ore. Her eyes seemed to be a little teary. "We won't die, right?" Yukino in her most tsundere form. Yuigahama receives a Harsh judgment of Yukino because she was thinking in give up because she doesn't have "talent". But, unexpectedly, she receives the critique really well, amazing Yukino and Hachiman:
" Huh?!" Yukinoshida and I chorused. What the heck was this girl saying? We inadvertently exchange looks." The synchronized reaction between Hachiman and Yukino is really beautiful. In this way, Yuigahama is recognized by Hachiman and Yukino. Hiratsuka, to some degree, also achieves her goal, just look at Hachiman's reaction eating Yukino's cookies.
My impressions in general about Yuigahama's appearance, she is definitely a necessary character to the proper development of the book, even though, I don't think she is a very likely one. Let me explain, adding Yuigahama is like to add common sense in the book, her appearance makes the reader conscious about how "strange" Yukino and Hachiman are, and at the same time, the connection between them. Until here, all good. But, as I was saying, Yuigahama is "common", and besides it, she is also the third party. It's pretty much likely that she is gonna enter in the path between Hachiman and Yukino, and from her first appearance, she is wishing what Hachiman and Yukino have -be their relationship, be something of their personalities-, but she doesn't. Her "common sense", at least in comparison with Hachiman and Yukino, can be really good to their proper development, but just as Yukino said before, " Nobody is perfect. They are weak, they have ugly minds, they get jealous easily and try to bring others down…" You can also interpret Hachiman as a representation of an individual who enters in contact within the dark side of the world, and Yukino and Yuigahama as paths to reconstruct his own self. The difference here is that: If Hachiman chooses Yukino, he'd be choosing to accept the dark side of the world and from a Jungian perspective integrating with his shadow, putting it over his control, to actually use his danger towards the good, exactly what Yukino proposes, she knows the world is a bad place, because of it she wants to change it, yet to be capable of doing so, you need to contemplate the worst side of the world. If he chooses Yuigahama, he'd be choosing to ignore that side of the world and changing his self to be a properly socialized, and still weak man, ignoring the truth that someday he contemplated, and living as a puppet of society. Yuigahama's path is tempting, it's easier to ignore what you don't like to see and live a fake life of happiness than properly confront suffering. Note that in this interpretation I'm disregarding Yuigahama and Yukino as characters and just analyzing them as what they can represent by the way they live and the choices they make. In the next scene, we are finally introduced to the dynamics of the social hierarchy in Hachiman's class. Until now, we just met Hachiman's personality and don't really know much about his position in society, apart from his thoughts about the subject. You could say that Hachiman is at the bottom of the hierarchy in his class, but it would be imprecise, mainly because it's a social hierarchy, and fundamentally, while Hachiman is obliged to take part, he is not social, so you can say that he is out of the hierarchy and at the same time at the bottom of it, but he holds the potential to be beyond it. Yuigahama, on the other hand, is at the peak of the social hierarchy. But at the same time, she pays a price for it, she becomes subject to the judgment of others and throws away her individuality to become what she is required to be. It's not the first time Hachiman sees it, and he answers with despise. For him, if be accepted means throwing away his own self, he prefers to be not accepted. That's his answer, but as Yukino said before, that's not a good answer because it doesn't change anything. Then, Hachiman tries to intervene and even though he doesn't succeed, his behavior suggests that from the beginning of the series, from his first answer, something changed. Yukino appears, and she does exactly what Hachiman was unable to do. She is not willing to change her own self to be accepted, just like Hachiman, but she is willing to change the world. And that's what changes Hachiman, he fell in love with Yukino, and she made him conscious about how pathetic he was. So, he starts to build himself towards Yukino's ideal. When you struggle, you will choose to keep being yourself, regardless of the consequences, you will throw away your own self to be accepted and become a puppet of society, or you will stand up to change the world and face the pressure of holding the heaven and earth in your shoulders while exposing yourself to the danger of breaking at any moment. Write these words made me remember of a phrase I read in a book a long time ago, What I'm gonna talk next can be considered kinda a spoiler, read in your own risks "When the heavens fall, don't worry, someone will hold it for you". Now, the question would be, when the heavens fall, who in the series would hold it for who. I'm gonna let you guess. Now out of the class, Hachiman and Yukino have a talk, while they are hearing Yuigahama's discussion inside of the class, Yuigahama said that his laugh is strange, making Hachiman gets embarrassed, Yukino says that she thought that he just do it in the clubroom and should change it. Hachiman says that she should sad it to him earlier. My thoughts about the situation are probably biased, but what I like to think is that she thinks that it's okay to him laugh in this way when they are alone, even though it is not suitable to him laugh in this way around other people. I also think that the reason why Hachiman said that she should've told him before could be interpreted as him accepting her position as a judgmental one, something quite common among couples, and here I mean couples with good relationships*A good relationship doesn't mean any fights, in a good relationship you will find problems in your partner, discuss and eventually resolve It. Thus, becoming a better person than the one you were before. Hachiman and Yukino finish their talk, Yukino goes to the club and Hachiman stay there thinking, Yuigahama exits the class and start thinking that the reason why Hachiman stayed there was because of her, something that is gonna happen really often in the series, Yuigahama confuses Hachiman's intentions towards Yukino as towards her. In the next moment, Zaimokuza appears… I find Zaimokuza's appearance really interesting, so if you don't know what am I talking about and want to get it on your own, and I really recommend you do it, here's the link to the manga version, even though the light novel is even better. https://oregairumanga.com/manga/yahari-ore-no-seishun-oregairu-chapter-4/ Now, going to the analysis. The monologue of zaimokuza is unrealistic and fanciful, but not just because he lives in a fantasy, all he says is stupid and false, in fact, just because it's a fantasy he can freely say the deep matters of his heart. Still, he ends up being confronted by Yukino, who takes him off of his fantasy world. However, pay attention to these words: " The custom of pairing is nothing but hell itself" " 'Pair up with someone you like'? Kuh Kuh Kuh" " Is impossible to one such as me to desire any other person" And now look at these words: "I have no friends" "I'm really lonely" Also, repair that Zaimokuza, in the most chuunibyou mode, is incapable of talking with Yukino. While this, Yuigahama doesn't do anything, she stays in the back, hiding before those she knows, and a few seconds before even called him suspicious. She clearly thinks that he is strange, and in fact, during the whole novel, she doesn't understand or get along with him. Yukino confronts him, thinking that she should help fix his psych, she makes him get out of his fantasies, making him "normal". Then, for the first time, Yuigahama has some kind of interaction with him, with this version of himself that was changed by Yukino. The truth is that he has a wish, and because of the fact that he fears being judged, and yet knows that it needs to be judged, he displays his wish only to those he can trust. Yukino genuinely does her best, Yuigahama doesn't understand it, doesn't try to, and yet, pretends that she did. Now, tell me. Who is "him"? He is Hachiman, in a more precise way, he is the first Hachiman that appeared in the story, the Hachiman that talks with Yukino for the first time, the Hachiman that Yuigahama never understood, the inner Hachiman who judged the whole world and yet was afraid of being judged by him, lying for his own self in a despicable try to comfort a broken soul. The part I most like in it, is that after Zaimokuza receives Hachiman and Yukino critiques -he realizes that Yuigahama didn't read-, he looks at Hachiman and Yukino and asks them to read his novel again, he creates a certain trust for them. In the novel, Hachiman also points out that his relationship with Zaimokuza improves and the gym class was no longer an unpleasant time. In this scene, in the novel, Yukino hides behind Hachiman while whispering about the identity of Zaimokuza with him, it's really cute, and in the scene that she pulls his sleeve, and whisper right to his ear, Hachiman just stays looking at her while thinking how cute she is, but neither in the manga or the anime, they show it, and that's just one of a significative amount of moments between Hachiman and Yukino that are suppressed, I guess you can imagine why… Another thing I forgot pointing when Hachiman is going to the club, he opens the door and sees Yukino sleeping, he literally paralyzes and, in the anime, it's not so obvious, but his pulse quicken, a biological sign of love, you may disagree with my review, but you can not disagree with it. Just note that it can also mean excitement but in this case, he was looking at her beauty, not her body. There's a reference in episode 2 of the place where Hachiman usually eats. At the beginning of episode 3, we are presented to that place. " killing time alone, while feeling the breeze brush against my skin, is actually pretty nice" That's a rare moment in the series, usually, even though Hachiman is alone there's always a feeling of something missing, I guess that's the reason why Hachiman and Yukino feel so great together, they complement each other just in the right spots, they are still the same, yet the feeling of something missing disappears. Then, Yuigahama appears. She doesn't understand why Hachiman is there. I find it really funny, mainly when I think about what would happen if Yukino was there instead. I guess she would probably make a joke comparing him with some kind of animal that hides itself to avoid predators. It's in this kind of moment that the difference between Yuigahama and Yukino gets clear. In the anime, at this moment, she evens show some envy of the fact that Hachiman and Yukino are always making "in-jokes". A few moments later, Totsuka appears. And Yuigahama introduces him to Hachiman. Totsuka has some kind of attraction towards Hachiman, but he is a male. They play tennis together and Totsuka invites him to the tennis club, Hachiman planes to use the tennis club to get out of the service club and eventually the tennis turning back in what he was, a loner. Now the analysis began… Let's see it from the beginning, Yuigahama introduces someone to Hachiman, and more than just someone, it's actually something that attracts Hachiman, even though it shouldn't. There isn't this part in the manga and anime " I watch them from behind and suddenly felt a bit strange. I see… They were in the same class, so it's natural for them to leave together… For some reason, I felt moved by that. 'Hikki, what are you doing?' Yuigahama turned back towards me, seeming puzzled. Totsuka also stopped walking and faced me. I could go together with them? I was about to ask, but I stopped. Instead, I said the following: 'What happened to that juice you were supposed to buy?'" A path is introduced by Yuigahama for him, there's something in this path that attracts him, but it's not his path, so he chooses to not walk it. There's something in this path that puts Hachiman and Yukino away -Totsuka invites him to his club, and Hachiman plans to use it to become what he was before-, something that would make Hachiman and Yui near, but would end with Hachiman becoming the first Hachiman that we met, the Hachiman before Yukino, the one who wasn't self-conscious, and was unwilling to change. And Yukino's answer is… not no, but IMPOSSIBLE, she doesn't even cogitate Hachiman getting out of the club. And she also explains what would happen if Hachiman left her to "REALLY" join the path introduced by Yuigahama. "They'd never accept a creature like yourself" Just to make things clear, in the first moment, Hachiman refuses to walk the path introduced by Yuigahama, in the second moment, he falsely accepts it, and the consequences would be him becoming what he was before because he would never be like them unless he fakes it, but Hachiman wouldn't want something fake, even though he lies to himself that he wouldn't like any connection, what he really wants is true connections, that is why Yukino attracts him. However, he suppresses that side of him, he is afraid of being hurt, from a Freudian perspective, his love by Yukino is his subconscious acting, that would be why in a conscious level he kinda rejects her and yet he doesn't behave in that way To prove her point, she also makes a comparison with a situation that she experienced herself, suggesting that she and Hachiman are equal. There isn't this part in the animeHachiman also calls her cute, making Yukino nervous and not knowing how to react. It's a really sweet moment. https://cdn.readkakegurui.com/file/mangaifenzi22/yahari-ore-no-seishun-oregairu-chapter-5-fixed-23.jpg In the anime, Hachiman also says that he could be doing it for Totsuka and she replies saying that he is not the kinda person that would get out of his path to help others and he doesn't need to help everybody, she clearly does not want him to get out and also notices that he probably have second intentions. Totsuka represents the kind of connection that Yuigahama has, and that Hachiman misses, that's the reason why he finds him attractive, but at the same time, these connections are weak, and would not be capable of holding him. That's the difference between the path Yukino shows and the one Yuigahama shows, Yuigahama's path looks attractive but in the end, is fake. It's not what Hachiman's needs to hear, but what he wants to. That's why Totsuka looks attractive even being a male and Hachiman accepts it and why he is completely lost in love with Yukino and still runs away from his feelings. It's like the difference between a gentle lie, and the hurtful truth. Even though the lie is gentle and the truth hurts if you really wanna grow as a person you cannot live in lies. Another thing that is not really clear in the anime, Totsuka is also afraid of Yukino.
In the end, Totsuka gets help from the service club and Yukino makes a training plan to help him. While this some interesting things happen, Hachiman stares at Yuigahama while she does push-ups, and receives a complaint from Yukino. Link it to anything would be too much, I get it. But, a few moments later, Hachiman looking at Yukino's training methods, think that "Yukinoshida really is blood evil" and receives a stare from her. In my opinion, it's really clear that she is paying a lot of attention to him, it may be not that obvious, but Yukino clearly, just as Hachiman, put a lot of value in their relationship, the words Hachiman said at the beginning of the series, "even this silence starts to get comfortable around her", is not true just for him. The feeling they receive when around each other is reciprocal. The next scene has a pretty obvious message, but at the same time, it can be harsh to understand the details. Yuigahama's group wants to play tennis but to them do it, Hachiman's group would need to get out. Take a look at Hachiman and Zaimokuza's reaction, and remember what I said about Zaimokuza a few moments ago. So, the first team is Yuigahama and Hachiman vs Hayama and Miura. And the combination doesn't stand, Yuigahama hurts herself and still is incapable of bringing Hachiman out. At her side, the only Hachiman is the incapable one, and further in the series, it gets even more pronounceable. But then Yukino comes, it will be Hachiman and Yukino vs Hayama and Miura. In the first moments, it's just Yukino winning the game on her own, but still, she is fragile and cannot hold them both alone, she struggles, but when she struggles, she pins her hopes on Hachiman. And then, Hachiman is brought out, they win the game. What is even funnier, is that until now, you can see the same Jungian Archetypes of the beauty and the beast here. Making a really brief explanation, Jungian archetypes are defined as universal, archaic symbols and images that derive from the collective unconscious, as proposed by Carl Jung. The archetype here is the Female hero story, the female hero story is about the woman that met a dangerous man and civilizes him, trough love. The point here is that a dangerous man would be desirable for a woman because he is capable of using his dangers towards the good. Further in the series, you can see this archetype in an even stronger way. I guess you could already understand what am I talking about. *All I know about Jung is of second parts, I've never properly read his books, so take my words with a grain of salt. When the tennis game ends, Hachiman goes to the club room and find Yukino and Yuigahama changing, and I'll finish wit it: " I headed over the club room, thinking that at least I would thank them. "Yukinoshi… Ah" She was completely in the middle of changing. The front of her blouse was open and I could catch brief glimpses of her light-lime green bra. She still had her skirt on, but that sense of unbalance just served to further accentuate her well-proportioned slender body. "W… Wha Wha Wha-" Ugh, you are being so noisy when I'm trying to concentrate and carve this into my memory? Oh, Yuigahama, you were here too?"
*The part I'm gonna talk about now wasn't shown in the anime. It's the final chapter of volume 1 of Oregairu. Hachiman is alone in his classroom, rewriting the essay we've seen at the beginning of the series. Particularly, I find the changes he makes into the text really interesting. On his first day of high school, he was hit by a car and his hopes for "youth" were destroyed, and his high-school life became gloomy. However, Hachiman doesn't regret it, instead, he was proud of it. All the moments he passed in solitude, he is grateful for it. Still, he is not gonna reject the way of life of everyone else. And perhaps, someday he will also see light in his gloomy world. He feels it, something growing inside him that allows him to at least hope for it.
Hachiman left the classroom and goes to the clubroom. In both places, he is just gonna write but for some reason, instead of staying in the classroom, he prefers to go to the service club. Remember that at the beginning of oregairu he says that: "when he is at Yukino's side, even the silence starts to get comfortable." At the same time, in his essay, that's were he stopped: "Indeed, there was one thing I learned in the days I have spent in the service club My conclusion is this: " Hachiman stands up and decides to go to the clubroom. Pay attention to his next thoughts. "he knows that there, Yukino is just reading and… he isn't gonna be bothered by anyone." Once he arrives, Yukino closes her book and starts talking with him. "Compared to my first days here, when she would just completely ignore me and keep reading, we'd make quite a bit of progress." If you didn't get it, Hachiman said that something is growing inside of him, something that makes him hope to see light in the world again. He also said that he learned one thing in the service club. But he gets stuck and is incapable of write what he learned in his essay. Then, he decides to go to the service club, he knows that Yukino is probably gonna be there reading, and he can keep writing the essay there. If you don't remember, at the begging of the series, in his first essay, he just says that Youth is a lie and nothing but evil, Hiratsuka tries to change his distorted vision of the world and when she perceives that she is not capable of doing it, she decides to use Yukino for change Hachiman. By this, we can say that is at this point where something starts to grow inside Hachiman, and Yukino is the source of it. She is the one which makes Hachiman learn something and the one that makes him hope to see light in the world again. Hachiman, on an unconscious level, knows it, so when he stuck with his thoughts, he answers with his actions. That's why at the moment he'd write what changed in him and what he learned, he goes to the service club, and that's why while it, he is thinking about Yukino, even though Yuigahama might also be there. In the next moments, it becomes clear how Hachiman and Yukino's relationship has changed over time: Hiratsuka comes in the clubroom "Hiratsuka-sensei… Please knock when you want to come in." "Hm? Isn't that usually Yukinoshita's line?" If you don't remember, at the beginning of the series, Hiratsuka always comes in the clubroom without knocking and Yukino always said that she should knock before. Hiratsuka also makes a certain comment and receives an instantaneous reaction from Yukino and Hachiman, ending up commenting that they are just like old friends or something. Which they refuse. The scene, in general, shows how closer Hachiman and Yukino are, and yet their difficulty in accepting their feelings. In the end, Hachiman looks at Yukino and write in his essay: "As expected, my youth romantic comedy is screwed up." Edit: Some of the links I inserted didn't work, so I'm gonna need to edit the post... Edit 2: changed the first 1/4 of the post, shall continue tomorrow.
2020.06.26 18:13 youto2House Party 6/22/2020 - Part One
The scene opens with a tracksuit-wearing Santiago Martínez, making his way to the venue with a gym bag over his shoulder. He waves at someone standing by the backstage door, revealed by a camera pan to be his partner, Hugo Ironblood. Ironblood: Are you always this late? The show's about to start! Martínez: Kinda, to be honest. How's it going? After a quick dap, Hugo opens the door and out comes Chad Hammocks, looking more disheveled than usual. Hammocks: Oh, there you are! Ladies and gentlemen, my guests tonight are- Martínez: Hey hey hey, I thought we were teammates! What's up with this serious interviewer B.S.? Ironblood: You could've said "Hello", you know. Hammocks: I'm sorry you guys, but I didn't have a segment last week and I think I might be having serious content withdrawals! Martínez: Oh, shit. I know what you mean by that! Go ahead, go ahead. Hammocks: Well, I'm glad to see you. So are you ready for tonight's match? Ironblood: OOOOOOHHHHHHH HELL YEAH WE ARE! Trust me, Chad, we're not just ready, we're gonna dominate the competition! Martínez: You're damn right, Hugo! Just 'cause we aren't acting like we're the next champs after beating a team with a 70 year old in it doesn't mean that we aren't the most powerful, innovative and the most united team in WiR right now! Hammocks: Where's Cam'ron, though? Martínez: I don't have a clue. But that's past the point. What you need to know is that we have a carefully prepared strategy to win tonight and bring home not just a dub, but a dub and a doink. Hammocks: Oh, really? Martínez: Don't even doubt it for a second. Here's the game plan, Hugo starts things off with a Bang, a couple of slams here and there, Bing Bang Boom, he lets a tag happen, Bing Bang Boom, he continues to put pressure on those fuckers, Bing Bang Boom, and then I get tagged in to double down! Chad turns towards Sparky, who rolls his eyes. Martínez: Bing bang boom, whatever. Chad smiles. Hammocks: Well, I'm glad to hear you have a plan set up already. So, whether you win or lose tonight, what's next for you guys? Ironblood: We're still figuring out some things, but I feel like everyone watching will be pleasantly surprised. Hammocks: Oh, yes! That's great! Have you finally chosen a name? Ironblood: No. He looks down in disappointment. Hammocks: Ohhh. What about you, Santiago? I know you were interested in the GiGi $1500 Patreon Match! Martínez: I was, and I still am, but I haven't heard anything from those folks. I made a counter offer and all that, but it's been nothing but crickets so far. Maybe I still have a shot! Ironblood: That match's in like 10 minutes, Santi. Martínez: Alright, don't get your hopes up. It is what it is, I would've taken that W anyways, so at least it's a bit more mysterious now. It sucks, it would've made some killer content, but what else can you do? Ironblood: I guess. Hammocks: Now do you feel threatened about someone else now going for the title of WiR's #1 content creator? Martínez: What? No! There's no competition, Chadderino! As the 77th largest Just Chatting streamer in the entire world, I am beyond pleased when I see others succeed in their platforms. So there's no real competition, there's a lot of variety, and that's pretty poggers if you ask me... Hammocks: Hey, that's a very good take. Martínez: I mean: There are certain streamers who aren't very talented or innovative, and basically just survive out of the goodwill of some disgustingly obsessive simps... And then there's GiGi, whose content I'm not familiar with. Hammocks: Oh, of course. But I wasn't talking about her, I was talking about someone who's just getting started: WiR's own Stephen Romero! Martínez: Romero? Really? Romero. Romero! Hahahaha… Hugo looks a bit confused by the weird laughter. Hammocks: Yes, why are you laughing? I think he could do a good job! Martinez: Romero, parcero, Coursera, dinero, elotero. Who cares, Chad? #WhoCare. Do you care, Chad? Well, you shouldn't care about that prick. This ain't about how good will he do, this is about who he really is: I offered to take some time, some of my time to help him out with his e-boy nonsense feud and he blew me off! I was ready to take time off my streams, the thing that gets me the big ones, to teach someone who clearly needs help, yet he tossed me aside like I was the second coming of Scotty Apocalypse. Well, fuck him. Hammocks: Woaaahhh... Let's not go there, shall we? Martínez: Nah, that's precisely where we need to go, OK? If he wants to do things on his own and crash and burn, that's one thing, he can fuck himself up. But going out there saying that I'm not trustworthy and that he wouldn't want to "be associated" with me, that's a completely different story. That's fucking with my career, with my friends and with the people who've supported me! Hammocks: I don't think he meant it like that, Sparky... Chad tries to pivot to something else, but Sparky cuts him short. Martínez: So, if he wants to start some shit, well, I'm ready to go. If anyone out here wants the smoke, I'll be ready. I am a fighter, Chad, I was born to do this, and with Gayniversary just around the corner, you'll see what I can do. Tonight's just CAS, on Sunday, I don't give a shit who it'll be, the result will be the same. Goodbye. Sparky storms out of the scene. Hugo just stands there awkwardly. Ironblood: Sorry it went a bit out of control there. I don't know if it's a good segue to the rest of the show... Hammocks: Technically it's still better content than that Zoom call, although that's not a very high bar if I'm being honest. We then cut right into the ring, coming to you live from Veterans Memorial Colliseum in Evansville, Indiana, as we have a raucous, excited crowd on hand tonight, before we cut to our commentary team! Paisner: Hello everyone, and welcome to the final show before Gayniversary! I’m Allen Paisner- Woodbridge: And i’m Mark Woodbridge. Paisner: And what a show we have tonight! We have Coup d’Etat in action facing their toughest challenge yet in SPECIALIST, in a match with potential tag title scene implications! We will also see Santiago’s stable in action together for the first time as he and Ironblood team with one another, and in our main event, we have old v new as Dover seeks to prove his efficiencies in the match-up! But first, we have our opener coming up, where we send it to Javier in the ring to cover! Babaganoush: The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL with a 30-minute time limit and is GIGI’S TOP TIER PATRON MATCH! Refereeing is Mia So Hung! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! GiGi walks up to the ring in cosplay as Popuko, and now the crowd’s mood gets less pleasant. Babaganoush: Please welcome your guest ring announcer… GIGI! Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Paisner: Bit of a split over this one. Woodbridge: Right - every fan wants to see this action… but it’s still sponsored by GiGi. Paisner: We technically don’t know who won the drawing for this match, you know. We’ll just be finding out the participants now. GiGi: Hello to all of my fans and subscribers, and to the lovely people at my sponsor Hobbylink Japan! Introducing first… “Mirror, Mirror” plays and out walks a debuting Ayane Nobunaga, backed up and holding hands with her tag team partner, Mina Auralere. They hug on the ramp and Ayane continues up to the ring, face determined even though her body language is unsure. The crowd gives her a warm reception. Paisner: Well, that’s unexpected! Woodbridge: Yeah! That’s one of your new signings, right? Paisner: Right, that’s Ayane Nobunaga of Moonlight & Magma, a great young female tag team out of Canada… didn’t really take her for a GiGi fan though! GiGi: ...From Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, weighing in at 135 INSPIRING pounds, she is representing Moonlight & Magma… AYANE! NOBUNAGA! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! GiGi: And her opponent… Now “GFY” hits the stereo and it’s Kaitlyn Casey Jones who bursts from behind the curtain! The fans cheer loudly as she gladhands and runs up to the ring, doing her blown mind taunt on the steps before hopping in, full of confidence, sidling up close to GiGi. Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! KCJ! KCJ! KCJ! Paisner: That, though - less unexpected. Woodbridge: Too true! Kait’s been making her affection for GiGi clear lately. It’s well known she likes girls, and one might say she’s been si-- Paisner: None of that, that’s slanderous, Mark. GiGi: ...from Cardiff, Wales, weighing in at 200 LUSCIOUS pounds… KAITLYN! CASEY! JONES! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! The two stare down, Ayane struggling to not avert her eyes, as Mia checks them both over, and, with the ref satisfied, the bell rings! DING DING DING! They go right in for the collar-and-elbow tie-up and Ayane has little chance against the much greater size and strength of Kait, who immediately forces her into a corner. Kait rears back to strike - Ayane drops down and rolls forward, aiming for Kait’s legs - Kait leapfrogs to avoid the takedown - Ayane reaches up and gives her a deep sunset flip and pins! Crowd: WHOAAAAAAAAAAA! Woodbridge: SUNSET ROLLUP THROUGH THE LEGS! Paisner: An immediate flash pin and Kait HAS to be off-guard! 1! 2! NO! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Woodbridge: Definitely a joshi-inspired technique there and it ALMOST paid off… Kait kicks out and springs to her feet, whipping Ayane into the corner and charging in with a clothesline, which stuns Ayane, but she blocks the followup punch. Ayane shakes off and begins to give Kait a flurry of jabs to the chest and head, but Kait is able to shake most of the peppering punches off. Undeterred, Ayane begins to apply a headlock to her larger opponent - but Kait rolls her out of the corner and onto the mat with a crisp kneeling arm drag! Rolling through, Kait follows up with a pickup and then a front powerslam and covers… 1! NO! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Paisner: KCJ taking the initiative early on here, and if she can rely on her power for this whole contest, she’ll have the match in the bag. Woodbridge: Damn right, it just doesn’t look like Ayane has the build to go muscle for muscle with Kait! She’ll have to change up the match in order to win. Recovering, Ayane dusts off and Kait motions her in for the lockup again. It looks like it’ll go the same way again, with Kait easily overpowering Ayane - but Ayane shows her hand speed by immediately pulling Kait in for a crisp headlock! She transitions behind Kait, and begins to wrap her throat and shoulder with her arms… Woodbridge: Early sleeper attempt - Kait struggles out and turns around, trying to throw a clothesline - Ayane immediately locks her wrist! She tries to duck behind Kait again with the arm trapped but Kait, sensing something is coming, wrenches her own arm away with a wince. She blasts Ayane with a quick kick to the gut and as she doubles over Kait front facelocks her and hooks her leg, looking for a fisherman suplex - she won’t let her have it so Kait keeps the leg hooked and drives her back for a cradle DDT! Crowd: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! / YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! She pins and Mia counts… 1! 2! NO! Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOO! Paisner: And Kait’s finally truly where she prefers to be - hitting big power moves! Woodbridge: I remember getting hit with a cradle DDT just like that one 20 years ago. It was by Hank “Not That One” Williams and… Paisner: Tell me later, because look at what Kait’s setting up after that kickout! Kait has gotten back to her feet and crouches down, rocking her weight from side to side as Ayane rolls to her hands and knees and prepares to stand up - then she blasts Ayane on the neck with a scissors kick! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Woodbridge: UNDER THE KNIFE! Paisner: KCJ just UNLOADING on the rookie Ayane! This match could be over very soon at this pace! Another cover… 1! 2! NO! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Paisner: BUT AYANE KICKS OUT! Woodbridge: You wanna know what fighting spirit is? This is a pretty good example, right here. Ayane gets her shoulder up in time, wincing and rubbing her neck, but gritting her teeth to get through it - she stands up unsteadily and Kait is ready and throws a clothesline - Ayane blocks with both hands! Kait pulls her hand back to throw a right cross - Ayane catches the wrist - Kait breaks the hold again and steps back, giving Ayane enough space to nail Kait with a dropkick that floors her! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Woodbridge: Beautiful counters! BEAUTIFUL DROPKICK! Paisner: Ayane may be able to turn this thing around after all! She falls to the mat and hooks Kait’s leg - 1! NO! Crowd: AWWWWWWWWWWWWW… Paisner: Only a one-count, Kait much tougher than that… But the momentum is on Ayane’s side now! She batters the now-kneeling Kait with shoot kicks to the chest - then she makes a break for the ropes and comes off with a running roundhouse - she absolutely nails it, but collapses to the ground! With Ayane unable to cover right away, she just focuses on getting her wind back while Kait rolls around on the mat trying to recover - after a few more seconds Ayane wills herself to throw a bicycle kick at the rising Kait, but Kait parries it aside and grabs and lifts Ayane. However, the only throw she can manage is a quick front powerslam, and, knowing that won’t be enough, takes a deep breath, jumps up, and goes for an elbow drop - AYANE SPRINGS TO HER FEET! She catches Kait and PLANTS her with a belly-to-back suplex, and bridges! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AYANE! AYANE! AYANE! Paisner and Woodbridge: Holy SHIT! Woodbridge: And that’s a valid pin! 1! 2! NO! Crowd: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW… Paisner: Ayane surprised Kait there once again and that bridge was textbook-perfect. Nothing against KCJ but I would have loved to see Ayane win her debut like that. Woodbridge: Right? It woulda been earned. Both women sit straight up, obviously coursing with adrenaline, and scramble to their feet, going in for a lockup one last time - Ayane tries to duck around KCJ for a sleeper again but Kait is ready and blasts her with a back elbow! She turns around and slaps a front facelock on Ayane with practiced ease, and Kait hits her with a snap DDT in no time… she doesn’t cover, though, and makes a run for it… Crowd: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH… Paisner: I think I know what’s coming… ...Kait comes off the ropes and smashes into the kneeling Ayane with a running knee strike! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Woodbridge: KNEE HAO! THAT’LL DO IT! 1! 2! 3! DING DING DING! Crowd: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Babaganoush: Here is your winner, by pinfall - GiGi his the ring and snatches Javier’s mic away. GiGi: - at a time of 5 minutes 22 seconds, and the winner of the Top Tier Patron Challenge… one of WiR’s two greatest feminist icons, KAITLYN! CASEY! JONES! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! “GFY” plays again as Kait looks sweaty but triumphant and Ayane tries to put on a brave face but buries her head in her hands - but nobody’s leaving the ring. Now Kait takes the microphone… Kaitlyn: GiGi… I just have to say… first, thank you so absolutely much for the opportunity, but second… I don’t want the money. Crowd:murmurs Paisner: What’s this about? I’m not sure I understand why she’s-- Woodbridge: Well, there was another prize. One that would appeal more to a si-- Kaitlyn: I think you should give that back to Ayane instead. In fact, you should refund whatever she paid in full… she gave her everything today, and she earned it back. Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Paisner: See, Mark? She’s just being noble about this. You should have bit your tongue when you were about to call her a… Kaitlyn: Because more than anyone else possibly could, I understand that $1500 a month is a bargain for the chance to be at your side. Paisner: … Woodbridge: … GiGi: It’s a deal. I’ll be hiring Ayane… but also keeping you, my number 1 VIP patron and bodyguard for life. The two embrace passionately with Ayane, standing in the corner, looking alternately relieved and like she’d rather be anywhere else. She turns to the back, wistfully, as though she really wants Mina’s guidance. Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Woodbridge: I KNEW I SMELLED A SIMP! Kait is selling out everything she stood for, and for what? A few feet pics and a vial of bathwater?! Paisner: I can already tell this is a dark moment for WiR, Woodbridge. Under the rain of boos, GiGi and Kait leave the ring together, but Ayane, left alone, manages a determined stance and a fist in the air for the people, which garners her cheers as she goes to the back. We open to see two huge industrial doors guarded by unknown, black clad men, seemingly unfazed by the Evansville heat. The camera pans around and we see Kyle Scott, shouting, as the audio fades in. Kyle: -is ours now! Security Guard: Sir this property belongs to Mr. Malcolm White and we're gonna have to ask you, for the sixth time, please leave. Kyle: Who the hell is Malcolm White! Just as Kyle turns to leave through the doors he sees a familiar face, but one that doesn't belong in a place like this, as ginger curls enter the frame the doors slam shut and Kyle walks back to the car park. He begins to unlock the doors of his van as a voice rings out from the back of it. ???: Must be pretty annoying huh? Kyle: What? Kyle moves to the back of the van, only to find a tape recorder playing. ???: New faces, old faces, really old faces. Feeling like you're the only person who can see what's going on? Don't worry, you're not. You're right, in fact, always have been. The guy you saw in there? That was "Brother Senior Deacon", Paisner was with him too. It's a sick game they play, they want you to think they're hiding from you, but they're not. You know what you saw, and they know you know what you saw. It's gaslighting, plain and simple. Thing is, you already have the sol- The tape cuts off, Kyle fumbles with the machine to turn it over, only to be met with the chorus of 5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O by The Coup playing on repeat. Kyle finally heads back to his van door, he sits down and turns on the ignition. Gonzo the pony rears his head at the sound of the engine starting, so to does Kyle, and there he sees a note attached to his windscreen. 1437 VINE STREET, CINCINATTI - JUNE 27TH, 7PM We open our next scene, as we see Stephen Romero backstage, walking up to the locker room. Opening the door, as Romero walks in. As he calls out in the room- Romero: Hello? I heard you were here. As Romero calls out to this person, we see someone sitting alone, seemingly lost in thought until they hear Romero. The person then turns their head to look at Romero, as we now see they are none other than Brendan Byrne. Byrne looks up at Romero, as Romero continues to speak. Romero: Do you have time? I have something i’d like to discuss. Byrne: Sure, what is it? Romero: I’ve got a proposition for you, I think you’ll want to hear me out. Romero then grabs a chair, and sits in front of Byrne, Byrne waiting to hear Romero out. Romero: So, we have all these partnerships going up around us yes? The man who took your title in Kyle Scott leading his Vanguard, the men who helped cost you that in Maverick and Krieger part of CMC, not to mention Balandran’s crew who i’ve had my own issues with. There’s a lot of bad men coming together, bad men who may have you in their sights. Byrne: Indeed, I figure I don’t need to make a wild guess to know what you’re getting at here? Romero: Indeed, right now, all these people with devious intentions are collectives, they work together as one, and someone like you who’s on their lonesome, no matter who good you are, you’ll be fodder when you keep facing five on one assaults. So if they have numbers, then we need our own numbers to protect ourselves, to mold this place into our own, better image. We need to work together as one as well. Because without each other, there’s nothing but mayhem awaiting us. So, I already have Specialist on board with me, I already have Rizwan on board with me, what say you make it another. Byrne looks at Romero, seeming to contemplate for a moment, taking a deep breath, before- Byrne: Stephen, I understand what you’re saying, and I trust your intentions. But we’ve done this before, haven’t we? When we were HERO to try and fight off The Strays? What I need you to understand is, last time we did this together, that was one of the lowest points of my life. I nearly gave up my career and left it all behind because of that. I wish you the best of luck, but last time I went another person’s way, that didn’t end well for me. This time, my path needs to be my own. Romero: Really?! Are you sure of this?! I hope you realize the risk you’re taking- Byrne: I do, trust me. I just can’t throw it all way again, if I need to take some bruises to keep going, then that’s how it is. And I need to keep going above all else, that’s what I learned when I finally recovered from all the strays and hero stuff. I can’t do that when i’m not the one choosing my path, not again. Romero: Alright…..I know you’re a smart man, so I trust you’ll find the road you want to take, but even in my own collective I have a rough road ahead of me, so I worry your road won’t even traversible at all. Byrne: I’ve been through a lot, i’ll make it out the other end one way or another. Romero: Okay then….get in touch if you ever re-consider, these are hard times to be alone. Byrne: To be honest, I almost certainly won’t. Romero: Alright, just stay safe as you can then I guess. Byrne: Can’t exactly promise that either, but i’ll do everything I can to get where I want. Romero: Well, I wish you the best of luck, i’ll see myself out. Romero then stands up, and walks out of the locker room, Byrne watching Romero leave for a moment, as he takes out a pair of earbuds, and before putting them in, calls out- Byrne: Stay safe out there Stephen! Romero turns his head back towards Byrne, and nods his head, before heading out. As Byrne then puts in his earbuds, and gets back in his own world to prepare for his statement later tonight. We then cut back to Paisner and Woodbridge ringside. Paisner: Welcome back. As you'll be able to see with your own eyes, things are not going great. Woodbridge: I don't know what you're talking about, Allen, I'm enjoying the content! The camera pans to the ring, where we find The Superstar and AKI Man, both holding mics in their hands. Javier and senior referee Tai Ni Wong are both in the ring, not doing much if we're being honest. Superstar: ...Enough is enough, Paisner! You can't keep on putting established, world-renowned teams such as Create-A-Stable against random, low quality teams who've just formed! Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Woodbridge: The man has a point, Allen. AKI Man: We have been here FOREVER! We deserve better than what we've been given! Superstar: So bring out those nameless fools, maybe we can show 'em how a real team does it! I understand it, you've given up already, that's exactly what you need to do! [Run the Jewels] starts playing and Santiago Martínez steps through the curtains, followed by his tag team partner, Hugo Ironblood. Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Superstar: Fuck you, Santiago, I still had two more lines! The two men seem relaxed but focused, talking to each other on top of the ramp... Until they realize that they are not alone. Javier: And their opponents, with a combined weight of 569 pounds... Paisner: Nice... Javier: The team of HUGO IRONBLOOD and SANTIAGO MARTÍNEZ! Martínez: Dude, what the hell? Joining them up there, Cam'ron West, a man with no fear and no understanding of life itself, steps out. The three men walk down the ramp, Hugo and Sparky looking at each other, clearly confused about what's just happened. Woodbridge: Welp, this is a little awkward. Ironblood: Uhhh, what do we do now? Martínez: I don't know, dude! And he doesn't know either! Just improvise a little, shit! Hugo shrugs and acts surprised at his stablemate's awkward presence. Ironblood: Heeey, it's Cam'ron-chan, MY FRIEND! How are you doing? Martínez: Hey! Uhhhh... Cam, do you know who's in this... Eugh, fuck it, you're in. It's probably easier to explain. Ironblood: Yeah, that seems like a good plan. Cam'ron doesn't understand what's happened, but he smiles out of politeness. As they make their way to the apron, Hugo climbs the stairs and enters the ring, with Cam'ron right behind him. Santiago stays outside, shooting the shit with some fans. Woodbridge: I've seen a lot of weird shit in my life, one time I saw a trained chimp make a hot tag in Juarez, but I don't think I've ever seen a switcheroo like this one! Is that even WiR legal, Pais? Paisner: I... Think it is? And even if it isn't for some technicality, I have no intention in having a discussion with Sparky any time soon! Referee Wong is a tad befuddled by what has happened, but that doesn't stop him from checking on both teams. On the other hand, the members Create-A-Stable are beyond pissed. AKI Man: What is going on? You're trying to trick us, huh? Superstar: Hey, Martínez, you paper champ! You liar! You damn chicken! Guess what? It seems like you need your little goons to cover your cowardly ass! Hahahaha! Paisner: That was a bit too wordy for a CAW, dare I say. The Independent Champion ignores the completely absurd allegations, and moves back to his corner, giving Hugo some instructions. Cam'ron and AKI Man move to their respective corners. Martínez: Alright, Hugo. You lead the way, focus on your FOV, don't run behind them, don't press and save energy for the tag, OK? Superstar: Hey, Sparky, guess what else? I saw your stream once, AND IT FUCKING SUCKS! Crowd: OHHHHHHHHHHH! Woodbridge: Oh, no no no... Martínez: You know what, Hugo? Fuck it, forget what I told you, it's speedrun time! Superstar: Wait, what? Ironblood:HELL YEAH! DING DING DING Woodbridge: And here we go! Wong calls for the bell and Superstar looks in all directions, but he has nowhere to go. He foolishly charges at Ironblood, who dodges his weak strike attempt and grabs him by the throat. Paisner: Oh, no... Hugo gets a hold of the massive CAW and yeets him back to his corner. Superstar crashes directly with AKI Man, who loses his balance and falls hard on the floor. Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAY!!! Paisner: Rough landing for The Superstar, back first on those turnbuckles! Woodbridge: Sending poor AKI Man down to the-OHHH... OHHHHHHH!!! The Superstar stumbles out of the corner straight into Hugo's arms. The larger man grabs him by the legs and slams him back first on his knee. Superstar twists and turns, squirming in pain, but Hugo covers him and hooks his leg. Woodbridge: The intros were way longer than the match. 1! 2! 3! DING DING DING Javier: The winners of the match, at a time of 34 seconds, the team of Cam'ron West and Hugo Ironblood!!! Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Paisner: And that's how it all ends! A brutal Spinebuster from Hugo Ironblood! Woodbridge: That man is a freak of nature, Allen. You combine that with Cam'ron's raw talent and the mighty spirit of CoolSkorpion84, and you have a team that can accomplish a lot! Hugo quickly gets up and both Cameron and Santiago raise his arms, while the camera pans to a WiR doctor checking on AKI Man, still laid out on the floor. Crowd: YAAAAAAAY!!! The three men exit the ring and we cut back to Paisner and Woodbridge on the commentary table. Paisner: Remind me to never make fun of Santiago's channel, by the way. Woodbridge: Don't worry, I'll make sure you won't. My nephews are huge fans of his! Paisner: Oh, really? Woodbridge: Yeah. Wade's kids: Trendon and Loryn! I even got Sparky to sign some stuff for 'em! Paisner: Awwww, that's so sweet, Mark! And so... unexpectedly nice of you! How old are the little fellas? Woodbridge: They're 23 and 19. Paisner: We'll be back after a message from our sponsors. [COMMERCIAL] We come back from commercial, where we see Stephen Romero standing in front of a mirror backstage in his wrestling tights and gear, a phone in hand as he scrolls through the TikTok page of fellow WiR wrestler and content creator GiGi. He tries to emulate a pose she does while watching himself in the mirror, bucking out his hip with his hands on one knee. Suddenly a door swings open to reveal Buster Braggadocio, who has stumbled across the dancing Romero and puts an ashamed hand over his head in disapproval. Buster: I KNOW you are not dancing on fucking TikTok…. Romero: Hey, listen, content creation requires trying something n- Buster points at the wrestling gear on Romero. Buster: In your TIGHTS!!! Come on, brotha, have some Class!! Let’s get you in something fashionable so the gays on twitter don’t roast you. Romero: Buster, i am a gay on twitter. Buster: And if you want to keep it that way, you got to stay drippin! Romero looks shocked but pleased as we now cut to a Tik Tok montage, set to music, in which Romero is in a changing room and does a model walk out to reveal to Buster a bomber jacket with jeans and a white undershirt, but Buster shakes his head disapprovingly. Romero reluctantly walks back to the changing room, and now finds himself changed into a big denim jacket with shorts and sandals, but Buster gives an instant and stern shake of the head as Romero heads back dejected yet again. This time, Romero emerges in a buttoned down striped shirt with black pants. Buster seems to stare for a moment in contemplation, before shaking his head yet again and sending Romero back to the changing room. Finally, Romero walks out in a kente cloth top and skirt, the top tastefully covering his nipples, as Buster simply nods and gives a thumbs up. Romero seems unconfident in the idea at first, but looks in the mirror and does a twirl, giving an approving nod at his own figure. Romero: I guess I have to admit, it shows off some skin and I like it, that’s gotta count for something in getting me some exposure, no pun intended. Buster: We aren’t done yet, my melanin-blessed friend. As a matter fact, we have just begun. We now cut to Romero in the weight room, with Buster in a headband, gym shorts and a whistle as he barks orders at the larger of the two. Buster: 10 PUSHUPS! Romero knocks out ten consecutive pushups like it’s nothing. Buster: NOW 10 FLOSSES! Romero hops to his feet and hits the dance move with agility, ease, and fluidity. Buster: 10 MORE PUSHUPS, NOW! Romero drops to his feet and hits another 10 pushups. Buster: NOW HIT THAT WOAH! Romero pops up to his feet and hits it. Buster:Yes. We now cut to Romero leaning against a wall exhausted, as he goes to a nearby water fountain and leans down, still not reaching the low hanging fountain before just getting on his knees to reach the height needed to sip from it. Suddenly the stream of water is interrupted as Buster drops a massive stack of papers in a laminated binder onto the fountain in front of Romero’s face. Buster: Here’s a list of tik tokkers to study. I’m gonna need you to write a 12 page report on this and have it back to me by sundown, capiche? Romero: Buster, you just put that in the water. Buster looks down and squeals as he lifts the binder out of the water stream but the water has already bled thru and soiled the many many pages. Buster: I worked for weeks compiling the hottest trendiest dances, challenges, and personalities in a multifaceted report! For what?!? Romero: It’s probably out of date information anyways if it took you that long to compile it, sorry to say. Buster: I miss Vine. We cut back to the arena, where the crowd is buzzing. There's a moment of anticipation, before Brendan Byrne walks out, to no music, in jeans and a t-shirt with his microphone in his hand. Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Paisner: We haven't seen more than brief flashes of Byrne since the world title was stolen from him by Kyle Scott. Woodbridge: And it's great to see him back and at 100%, but why is he here to call out Maverick, out of everyone involved? Byrne seems to be on a mission, acknowledging the crowd but barely interacting with them as he walks up the stairs and steps into the ring. Byrne: Alright, let's make this quick. I know you have places to be, superheroes to assault, and money to lose. Get out here, Mav. There's a pause. Byrne shifts from foot to foot, waiting for a response. There is none. Byrne: No, Mav, I don't think you get it. There's no option here - either you come out here like a man or I drag you out here kicking and screaming by your dollar bill - Maverick's theme hits, cutting Byrne off. Byrne leans over the ropes as Maverick steps out, baseball bat in hand. Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOO! Paisner: Maverick still holding that bat he used to beat down Dutch earlier, and he looks ready for another fight! Maverick starts booking it towards the ring, holding the bat threateningly. Byrne: Hold up, pardner. I'm not here to fight you - not yet, anyway. If we were going to do that you’d already have a lead pipe bent around your skull. So, that in mind, you can come in here with a bat like some bloody axe murderer and get your head kicked off your shoulders, or you can listen to me. Your choice, cowboy. Maverick weighs his options for a moment, before conceding that Byrne does in fact have the high ground, and cautiously moving around the ring, never taking his eyes off Byrne. Byrne: You see, Mav, I get everything else. Kyle took advantage of a situation Charlie Krieger created. Charlie - well, I thought we could change him, but he's always been drawn to power above all else. There's a brief pause, as Maverick grabs a mic off the timekeepers table. Byrne: You? I respected you, Maverick. You did what was right for yourself, not because you were afraid of becoming some sort of monster. Why throw that all away? Maverick: Me? Throw everything away? I couldn't even buy myself a goddamn cheeseburger when Paisner called me back! I was flat fucking broke because of the company you let die, Brendan. When I saw Charlie's bounty, I realized I got to hurt you, and I got to solve my money issues. And now? Now Roscoe and I will never be poor again. Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOO! Byrne seems a little bit rattled, but does his best to compose himself. Byrne: I let this company die? I poured my heart and soul into it until the last moment, even when you were fighting Ryan Sunshine and pretending you were still the bloody man to beat. As for everything else... Nobody knew, Mav. You went off the grid. All you ever had to do was ask. But, well - that answers my question. Byrne rolls out of the ring, and starts walking backstage, somewhat deflated. Maverick is confused for a moment, then responds. Maverick: I - What question? Byrne turns, still walking to the curtain, and responds. Byrne: I wanted to know what kind of man would turn his back on everything he believed in. Now I do. Byrne disappears behind the curtain, and Maverick seems struck for a moment, before grabbing his bat, throwing the mic on the ground angrily, and storming backstage as well. Paisner: Byrne seemingly piercing Maverick’s self-righteous armor with that remark a little bit. Maybe it’ll be enough to bring back the guy we knew?
2020.06.10 07:19 Reddit_ItSuckedYou seem busy, I have a few questions to ask you.
1) Whats your (full) name? 2) How old are you? 3) Whats your Birthday? 4) What starsign does that make it? 5) Whats your favourite colour? 6) Whats your lucky number? 7) Do you have any pets? 8) Where are you from? 9) How tall are you? 10) What shoe size are you? 11) How many pairs of shoes do you own? 12) If you were prime miniseruler of the world what laws would you make? 13) If you were a super hero what powers would you have? 14) and what would your hero name be? 15) and what outfit would you wear? 16) What was your last dream about? 17) What would you do if you won the lottery? 18) Would you like to build/design your own house? 19) Which form of public transport do you prefer? 20) What talents do you have? 21) Can you juggle? 22) Can you solve a rubix cube? 23) Do you have a cherished childhood teddybear? 24) Are you psychic in any way? 25) Are you a good dancer? 26) Are you a good singer? 27) Are you a good cook? 28) Are you a good artist? 29) Are you a good listener? 30) Are you a good public speaker? 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112) What was the last film you saw? 113) What football team do you support? 114) Whats the longest you've gone without sleep? 115) Whats the tallest building you've ever been up? 116) Do you have any scars? 117) Do you like marmite? 118) Did you ever win any sportsday events? 119) What did you want to be when you grew up? 120) If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? 121) Whats the longest you've ever grown your hair? 123) Are you scared of flying? 124) Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence? 125) Have you ever tie-dyed your own clothes? 126) How often do you buy new clothes? 127) Are you reliable? 128) Are you proud of yourself? 129) Have you ever had a secret admirer 130) If you could ask your future self one question what would it be? 131) Do you hold grudges? 132) If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create? 133) Do you decorate the outside of your house for christmas? 134) Can you solve sudoko puzzles? 135) Have you ever played conkers? 136) Whats the most unusual conversation you've ever had? 137) Are you much of a gambler? 138) Are you much of a daredevil? 139) Are you a good liar? 140) Are you a good judge of character? 141) Are you any good at charades? 142) How long could you go without talking? 143) What has been your worst haircut/style? 144) Can you iceskate? 145) Can you summersault? 146) Whats your favourite joke? 147) Whats been your best present? 148) Whats been your worst present? 149) Have you ever sleepwalked? 150) Can you build a house of cards? 151) Whats your favourite TV advert? 152) Can you play poker? 153) If your parents hated your partner you currently loved would you ditch him or carry on with him despite the protests? 154) Have you ever been professionally photographed? 155) Have you ever baked your own cake? 156) Whats your favourite fruit pastel colour? 157) What traditionally adorns the top of your christmas tree? 158) What would be your dream sandwich? 159) Can you inpersonate anyone famous? 160) Can you do any accents other than your own? 161) Do you have a strong local accent? 162) Whats your favourite accent? 163) In O's and X's which do you normally pick? 164) Do you prefer blue or black inked pens? 165) What was the last thing you recorded off TV? 166) What was the last thing you dressed up as for fancy dress? 167) Do you prefer green or red grapes? 168) What do you like on your toast? 169) Do you prefer liquid soap or bars of soap? 170) How do you have your eggs? 171) Whats your favourite saying? 172) Have you ever been in a tug of war? 173) and did you win? 174) Can you stand on your hands unassisted? 175) What do you have on your fridge door? 176) Do you love or hate myspace? 177) Who was the last person to knock/ring at your door? 178) How old were you when you last went trick or treating? 179) Have you ever been bobbing for apples? 180) Whats your most expensive piece of clothing? 181) Whats the last thing you took a picture of? 182) Whats the last thing you drew a picture of? 183) Have you ever bought anything from ebay? 184) Whats your favourite smell/scent? 185) Can you blow bubbles with bubblegum? 186) What was your favourite birthday? 187) Can you curl your tounge? 188) Is your bellybutton an innie or outie? 189) What would be your dream car? 190) Are you left or right handed? 191) What was the last book you read? 192) What was the last song you danced to? 193) Have you ever owned a yo-yo? 194) Have you ever been on a pogo stick? 195) Have you ever been on a space hopper? 196) Who was the last person to send you a text message? 197) Have you ever accidentally injured anyone? 198) Are you scared of spiders? 199) Can you down a pint (of anything) in one? 200) Have you ever been banned from a public place? 201) How much spam email do you tend to get a week? 202) If you could learn any language fluently what would it be? 203) What historical Figure would you love to see in 21st centuary life? 204) As a kid were you ever frighted of a monster under the bed or in the cupboard? 205) Do you like clowns? 206) Do you prefer BBC or ITV? 207) Have you ever been surfing? 208) Have you ever been snowboarding? 209) Who was better, the Beatles or Elvis Presley? 210) Whats your favourite type of foreign food? 211) Which Foreign country do you dislike the most? 212) Do you like your music loud or easy listening? 213) Whats your favourite animated or cartoon program? 214) Do you sing in the shower? 215) Are you a clean or messy person? 216) Whats your prefered playing piece in monopoly? 217) Can or Do you still play twister? 218) Can you play chess? 219) Do you know the dance steps to an annoying cheesey pop song? 220) Do you prefer straight or bendy straws? 221) Have you ever entered a talent contest? 222) and did you win? 223) Do you like poetry? 224) Are you a bad loser? 225) Which would you choose? Jelly or Ice Cream? 226) Whats your favourite type of Pie? 227) Whats your most used phrase? 228) Whats your most used word? 229) Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 230) What would your dream job be? 231) Which song do you hate the most? 232) How long does it take you to get ready? 233) What do you think the greatest invention has been? 234) Whats your favourite feature on the opposite sex? 235) Whats your least favourite feature on the opposite sex? 236) Who's your favourite Comedian? 237) What's your favourite board game? 238) Do you have any lucky items, objects or traditions? 239) Do you have any superstitions? 240) Whats your favourite Movie quote? 241) Who would win in a fight? Chuck Norris or Jack Bauer? 242) Do you have much of an ego? 243) Do you wear sunglasses indoors to look cool or stylish? 244) Are you a hat person? 245) Whats your favourite supermarket chain? 246) Whats your favourite fastfood chain? 247) Whats your first thought upon waking up? 248) What animal would you most like to have as a pet? 249) Whats your favourite type of tree? 250) If you could bankrupt one person or company who would it be? 251) If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be? 252) Who's your favourite celeb with the same first name or surname as you? 253) If evil-doers invaded your country would you rush to the battlelines to defend the motherland or hide in a box? 254) Whats your favourite flower? 255) Do you believe in ghosts? 256) Do you believe in the loch ness monster? 257) Do you believe in Aliens? 258) Do you believe the Governments hide technology and information from the public? 259) Which is your favourite pokemon? 260) What horror fiction character scares you the most? 261) Can you do 10 revolutions of a hula hoop? 262) Do you think Great Britain should have a National Day? 263) Do you think Great Britain should be part of a United Europe? 264) Would you want the Euro or keep the British Pound? 265) Were you part of the Brownies/Cubs/Scouts/Guides etc 266) Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink? 267) Do you have any secret family recipes? 268) Do you have any family secrets? :o 269) Are you good at keeping secrets? 270) Have you ever been up in a hot air balloon? 271) Whats your favourite Sci-fi film/program etc? 272) When playing checkers or chess do you prefer to be black or white? 273) Which is better, a Pastie or Sausage Roll? 274) Do you prefer shopping on the high street or online? 275) Would you ever want to learn to fly? 276) Do you often read your horoscope? 277) Have you ever had a proper Tarot reading? 278) Whats your favourite brand of newspaper? 279) Have you ever milked a cow? 280) Have you ever used the phrase "back in my time" to someone younger than you? 281) Do you love or hate rollercoasters? 282) Which was the greatest Empire? 283) Whats the cleverest word you know? 284) Whats your favourite sportsware brand? 285) Do you buy any weekly/monthly magazines? 286) Who's your favourite Superhero? 287) Who's your favourite Villain/Baddie? 288) What was the last Album you purchased? 289) What was the last DVD you purchased? 290) What was the last piece of clothing you purchased? 291) When pulling crackers does everyone get one each regardless or whoever gets the big ends keeps all the prizes 292) Do you ever make your own greetings cards 293) Do you have a swiss army knife? 294) At what age did you twig onto the fact Santa wasnt real? 295) Whats your favourite fruit? 296) Have you ever done something really unbelivable, only to have no one around to see it? 297) Do you buy from charity shops? 298) Have you ever sold your services? 299) Have you ever raised money for charity? 300) Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair? 301) Is the glass half full or half empty? 302) Is the grass greener on the other side? 303) If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one around to hear it does it make a noise? 304) Why does it always rain on me? 305) Have you ever sailed a boat? 306) Do you love or loathe Harry Potter? 307) Do you do your utmost for the environment? 308) Do you love or loather Eurovison? 309) Have you ever weilded a sword? 310) If you were famous would you want a statue or a building names after you? 311) Whats your favourite type of fish? 312) Which do you prefer pony tails or pig tails? 313) Whats the ultimate cake topping? 314) Do you like marzipan? 315) Whats better? Center Parks or Butlins? 316) If you were in a band, what instrument/role would you play? 317) Can you erect a tent? 318) Do you suck or bite lollipops? 319) Have you ever used the yellow pages? 320) If you have an mp3 player what size is it? 321) Do you still have any music on vinyl or casettes? 322) Do you still have a camera that uses conventional film? 323) Approximately how many DVD's do you have? 323) Approximately how many Albums do you have? 324) Do you talk to yourself? 325) Do you sing to yourself? 326) Do you know any identical twins? 327) Have you ever given blood? 328) Could you ever be a medical guineapig? 329) Whats your favourite radio station? 330) Whats your favourite letter of the Alphabet? 331) Which is better? rollerblade or rollerskates? 332) Have you ever written a love letter? 333) How many valentines cards did you recieve this/last year? 334) What are cooler? Dinosaurs or Dragons? 335) Have you ever made your own ice lollies? 336) Have you ever made your own Ice cream? 337) Which forgeign language did you have to learn at school? 338) and do you still remember enough to hold a conversation in that language? 339) Do you know CPR? 340) Do you have any swimming badges? 341) Do you prefer digital or rotary/analogue clocks? 342) How tall is the tallest person you know? 343) Have you ever got lost in a maze? 344) Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal? 345) Have you ever ridden a camel? 346) Whats your opinion on rats? 347) Have you ever been to a gym? 348) Have you ever been in a helicopter? 349) Have you ever cheated at a test? 350) Have you ever ridden a tractor? 351) Are you a gossip? 352) Have you ever cried at a film? 353) When you're ill do you struggle on regardless or just curl up in bed as much as possible? 354) Do you need to write down things to remember them? 355) Do you keep a diary/journal? 356) Are you scared of thunderstorms? 357) Do you have any unusual fears or phobias? 358) Whats your favourite disney movie? 359) Have you ever slept in a caravan? 360) Have you ever painted a house? 361) Have you got green fingers? 362) Whats the tallest tree you've ever climbed? 363) Have you ever dialed the talking clock? 364) Do you always wear identical socks? 365) Do you live by any motto or philosophy? 366) Do you lick the yoghurt or desert lid? 367) Do you lick the spoon clean after making something sweet? 368) Do you like the sound of music? (the musical/film) 369) Have you ever made your own orangejuice? 370) Have you ever sucked on a lemon? 371) Have you ever licked a battery? 372) Are you a good aim with a rubber band? 373) Have you ever played golf? 374) Whats the most unusual name you've ever come across? 375) Do you prefer to wash in the mornings or evenings? 376) Have you ever danced in the rain? 377) Do you like long or short hair? 378) Have you ever sworn at an authority figure? 379) Have you ever walked into a wall? 380) Whats your favourite precious metal? 381) Whats your favourite precious stone? 382) Could you ever hunt your own meal? 383) Have you ever read any comics? 384) Where do you like to go to on a first date? 385) Do you prefer vertical or horizontal stripes? 386) Have you ever baked your own bread? 387) Can you believe I can't believe its not butter is in fact not actually butter? 388) Can you name all 50 American states? 389) Have you ever owned a goldfish? 390) What was your favourite school subject? 391) What was your least favourite school subject? 392) Have you ever passed wind in an embarassing situation? 393) Have you ever played the bongos? 394) Have you ever handled a snake? 395) Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself? 396) When did you last go to the beach? 397) When if ever did you last go to london? 398) What do you do to cool down when its hot? 399) Whats the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? 400) Do you have a favourite mug? 401) Do you know any self defence or martial arts? 402) Who's your favourite movie action hero? 403) Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? 404) Do you collect anything? 405) Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? 406) Do you stick to conventional fashions or like to try and be original? 407) Have you ever given someone a handmade present? 408) Are you introvert or extrovert? 409) If you could have any feature from an animal what would you want? 410) Whats your prefered swimming stroke? 411) Have you ever been scuba diving? 412) Have you ever had a disasterous interview? 413) What makes you nervous? 414) Which of the 5 senses would you say is your strongest? 415) What colour are your eyes? 416) Have you ever been to an Art gallery? 417) Do you shout out the answers at the TV whilst watching quiz shows? 418) Are you a valuable asset on a Pub Quiz team? 419) Have you ever won any kind of quiz yourself? 420) Do you get over-involved with TV or movie plots at times? 421) Do you own any inflatable furniture? 422) Whats the highest hill or mountain you've ever climbed? 423) Do you have a piggy bank? 424) Whats the fastest you've ever travelled in a car? 425) Could you ever hand milk a cow? 426) Do you have popcorn with a movie? 427) Whats the futhest you've ever got a paper airplane to fly? 428) Have you ever built an igloo? 429) Can you play the harmonica? 430) Have you ever made a ball of twine or rubberbands? 431) If given the option of having a flake in your ice cream do you always take it? 432) Could you ever be a living organ donor? 433) Which was your favourite science? Biology, Physics or Chemistry? 434) Could you ever go out with someone just cause they're rich? 435) Have you ever contemplated sueing someone? 436) Are you pretty devious? 437) Have you ever had a surprise party? (that was an actual surprise) 438) Are you any good at giving massages? 439) Whats been your worst date ever? 440) Have you ever slapped somoene in public? 441) Have you ever drawn on a sleeping or inebriated person? 442) Have you ever warn clothing with the labels/tags still attached? 443) Have you ever slipped on a banana skin? 444) Are you scared of the dark? 445) Do you have a lawyer? 446) Have you ever been wolf whistled in public? 447) Whats the worst chatup line you've heard? 448) Have you ever been water skiing? 449) Have you ever hopelessly failed a test? 450) If you had a year off, what would you want to do? 451) How many sms/txt messages do you recieve on average a day? 452) How long did you last phone call last? 453) Do you go to car boot sales? 454) If you saw someone drop a £10 note, would you claim it for your own or try to return it to them? 455) Have you ever helped someone across the road? 456) Have you ever been horseriding? 457) Have you ever walked a tightrope? 458) Have you ever demolished a wall or building? 459) If you and a friend both wanted the same thing would you let the friend get it first? 460) Have you ever argued over who should pay for something? 461) Do you have any family heirlooms? 462) Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? 463) Whats your favourite ocean? 464) Do you correct peoples mistakes? 465) Have you ever helped out an injured animal? 466) Do you throw bread for the ducks? 467) Do you think babies are little bundles of joy or smelly noisey things? 468) Do you give money to buskers? 469) Have you ever tossed your own pancake? 470) Are you any good at egg and spoon races? 471) Are you allergic to anything? 472) Are you ticklish? 473) Do you prefer tea,coffee or cocoa? 474) Do you like Turkish Delight? 475) Do you buy people presents to bring back when you go on holiday? 476) Are you tired of answering questions yet? 477) Have you ever been wheelbarrow racing? 478) Do you ever forward or reply to chain mails? 479) Do you often have a tune in your head you can't name? 480) Has anyone ever approached you thinking you were someone else? 481) Have you ever been approached by someone who knew you but you couldn't remember them for the life of you? 482) What do you do to keep fit? 483) Are you the sort to step in and try to break up a fight? 484) Have you ever been in a fight? 485) Have you ever started a rumour? 486) Have you ever heard any outstanding rumours about yourself? 487) Have you ever been in or had a food fight? 488) When its your birthday do you always wear an age badge? 489) Have you ever starred in an amateur or professional video? 490) If you were comfortbly rich would you work hard for more or rest on your laurels? 491) Have you ever been in a position of authority? 492) Have you ever been caught in a comprimising position? even despite a valid explanation? 493) Have you ever tried to make your own alcohol? 494) If you were ruler of your own country what would you call it? 495) And what title would you give yourself? 496) If you invented a monster what would you call it? 497) And what features would it have? 498) Have you ever had a dream you chased only to be let down when you achived it? 499) Is there anything about the opposite sex you just don't understand or comprehend? 500) Who was your favourite teacher at school and why? 501) Whats your favourite party game? 502) Is it acceptable or unacceptable to smack a child as form of disapline? 503) Can a hetrosexual male ever wear pink? 504) Is it criminal to wear socks with sandals? 505) If you were captain of a ship, what would you call it? 506) If you were to join an emergency service which would it be? 507) If you were to join one of the armed forced which would it be? 508) Whats the worst thing about being your gender? 509) Whats the best thing about being your gender? 510) If you swapped genders for a day how would you spend it? 511) If you were exiled what country would you choose as your new home? 512) Have you ever made someone cry? 513) Have you ever starred in a school play? 514) Were you a member of any celebrity fanclub? 515) Have you ever been a member of any other club? 516) If you could have a full scholarship to any university what would you choose to study? 517) Whats been your greatest ever day? 518) What historical period would you like to live in if you could go back in time? 519) What would you bring along to an idillic picnic? 520) Whats your favourite childrens story? 521) What movie ending really frustrated you? And how would you change it? 522) What three things do you think of most each day? 523) What do you call your evening meal? Dinner Tea or Supper? 524) What do you call your after meal sweet? Pudding or Dessert? 525) If you had a warning label, what would yours say? 526) Have you ever got sweet revenge on anyone? 527) Have you ever been to a live concert? 528) Have you ever been to see stand up comedy? 529) Have you ever needed stitches? 530) If you could invent brand new baby names what would they be? 531) Do your dreams ever tell you to do anything? 532) Who's your favourite radio 1 DJ? 533) Whats the best way to your heart? 534) Do you know your own mobile phone number off by heart? 535) If you were a fashion designer, what style of clothing or accessories would you design? 536) Do you ever laugh at things you shouldn't? 537) Have you ever been in a submarine? 538) Have you ever walked out of a cinema before the film was done? 539) What song would you say best sums you up? 540) Do you have any old friends wou wish you could meet up with again? 541) Whats your favourite Nursury Rhyme? 542) Do you prefer metric or imperial measurements? 543) Who's your favourite monarch of all time? 544) What was the last thing you ate? 545) Whats your favourite farmyard animal? 546) If you could choose one celebrity to be the fathemother of your child who would it be? 547) What would you do if someone proposed to you tomorrow? 548) What are your 3 favourite internet sites? 549) How high can you jump? 550) Which fictional character do you wish was real? 551) Who was your first crush? 552) Whats the greatest thing about being your nationality? 553) Whats the least greatest thing about being your nationality? 554) Do you believe in destiny, fate or free will? 555) If you could talk to one species of animal which would it be? 556) If you had friends round what DVD's would you have to watch? 557) Do you like vanilla or chocolate? 558) Are you a giver or a receiver? 559) Do you have any enemies? 560) Are you scared of needles? 561) How many piercings do you have? if any 562) Have you ever got majorly lost trying to get somewhere? 563) How fast can you say the alphabet? 564) Do you say "Zee" or "Zed" to describe the letter Z? 565) What was the last thing to make you feel happy? 566) What was the last thing to make you feel angry? 567) You are walking to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss told you if you are late one more time you're fired. Do you save the dog? 568) Are you the kind of friend you'd want to have as a friend yourself? 569) Do you have any questions or queries about things you're just to scared or embarassed to ask anyone about? 570) If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be? 571) and what would your special move be called? 572) Whats the most interesting thing you can see out of your nearest window? 573) Do you think Barbie is a negative role model for young girls? 574) Have you ever needed an eye test? 575) Do you find yourself attractive? 576) Can you roll your R's? 577) What social class do you consider yourself or your family background to be in? 578) Do you know any magic tricks? 579) Whats the largest amount of money you've ever won? 580) Whats the largest amount of money you've spent in one spree? 581) Whats the largest amount of money you've had to borrow off of a friend or family member 582) Have you ever been on a cable car? 583) Do you prefer Honey or Jam? 584) Do you prefer the French or Germans? 585) How fast can you get changed? 586) How fast do you type? 587) How fast can you run? 588) Which is better, Mario or Sonic? 589) Whats your favourite biscuit to dunk? 590) Which would you rather have if you had to, a broken leg or a broken arm? 591) Do you read a daily newspaper? 592) Do you watch the news on TV? 593) Have you ever had anything published? 594) Do you believe in love at first sight? 595) How many remote controls do you have in your house? 596) Have you ever been in a hot tub or sauna? 597) Have you ever had chicken pox? 598) Do you own a lava lamp? 599) Are you glad these are almost over? 600) On a scale of 1-10 how random would you say these are? 601) What is your one major weekness? 602) Whats been the best descision you've made in your life so far? 603) Whats been the worst descision you've made in your life so far? 604) What words do you always struggle to spell correctly? 605) On a scale of 1-10 how happy would you say you are? 606) On a scale of 1-10 how smart would you say you are? 607) On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? 608) On a scale of 1-10 how devious would you say you are? 609) On a scale of 1-10 how awesome would you say you are? 610) On a scale of 1-10 how devilsh would you say you are? 611) On a scale of 1-10 how nice/caring would you say you are? 612) On a scale of 1-10 how bitchy would you say you are? 613) On a scale of 1-10 how polite would you say you are? 614) On a scale of 1-10 how attractive would you say you are? 615) If you could be any famous person who would you be and why? 616) Whats your favourite animal beginning with the letter A? 617) Whats your favourite item of clothing beginning with the letter B? 618) Whats your favourite expleitive beginning with the letter C? 619) Whats your favourite boys name beginning with the letter D? 620) Whats your favourite girls name beginning with the letter E? 621) Whats your favourite book beginning with the letter F? 622) Whats your favourite bodypart beginning with the letter G? 623) Whats your favourite musical instrument beginning with the letter H? 624) Whats your favourite song beginning with the letter I? 625) Whats your favourite actress beginning with the letter J? 626) Whats your favourite actor beginning with the letter K? 627) Whats your favourite film beginning with the letter L? 628) Whats your favourite tv show beginning with the letter M? 629) Whats your favourite game beginning with the letter N? 630) Whats your favourite non alcoholic drink beginning with the letter O? 631) Whats your favourite food beginning with the letter P? 632) Whats your favourite band beginning with the letter Q? 633) Whats your favourite author beginning with the letter R? 634) Whats your favourite sport beginning with the letter S? 635) Whats your favourite job beginning with the letter T? 636) Whats your favourite mythical creature beginning with the letter U? 637) Whats your favourite alcoholic drink beginning with the letter V? 638) Whats your favourite cartoon character beginning with the letter W? 639) Whats your favourite word beginning with the letter X? 640) Whats your favourite city beginning with the letter Y? 641) Whats your favourite country beginning with the letter Z? 642) Do you get seasick? 643) If you discovered a new species of dinosaur what would you call it? 644) Do you own a paddling pool? 645) What do you consider is the most important piece of furniture in a house? 646) What do you consider is the most important appliance in a house? 647) If you could have any celebritys hair whos would it be? 648) Which Celebrity do you find the most annoying? 649) What potential talents do you think you might have if you worked at them? 650) Who was better, Flipper, Lassie or Skippy? 651) If you could be trained up in any profession of your choice by top professionals what profession would you choose? 652) If someone elses child was being an annoying little runt would you go tell them off or do something about it? 653) Do you believe in kharma? 654) Do you believe in revenge? 655) Do you believe in fairies? 656) Do you believe in a god? 657) Do you believe there used to be dragons? 658) Who would you want to be with on a desert island? 659) What's the worst show on television? 660) Who's your favourite god from ancient history? 661) What one device would you want to see added to a mobile phone? 662) Where do you see yourself in 1 months time? 663) Where do you see yourself in 1 years time? 664) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 665) What was the best thing about your old school? 666) What was the worst thing about your old school? 667) If you could change your name to anything what would your new name be? 668) Do you watch too much tv? 669) Have you ever planted a tree? 670) Whats the heaviest thing you can lift? 671) What was the last present you recieved? 672) Are your ears lobed or attached? 673) How often do you wash your ears? 674) Could you go out with someone who had a child from a previous relationship? 675) What was your first alcoholic drink? 676) What was your first job? 677) What was your first car? (or what would you like it to be?) 678) What was your first mobile phone? 679) What is your first proper memory? 680) Who was your first teacher? 681) Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? 682) Who was your first best friend? 683) What was your first detention for? 684) Whats your strongest voluntary muscle? 685) Who was your first kiss? 686) What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema? 687) What thing that you've made are you most proud of? 688) Could you ever be someones bodygaurd? 689) Michelangelo's David... Masterpiece or filth? 690) Do you like other people buying you clothes? 691) Have you ever brought a present for someone that they hated/disliked? 692) What nicknames do you have/have had? 693) Did you have any pretend or imaginary friends? 694) Have you ever seen a therapist/shrink? 695) Have you ever carved a pumpkin? 696) Would you say you are a good or bad influence to others? 697) Do you prefer giving or recieving gifts/help etc 698) If you were a member of the spice girls, what would your spice handle be? 699) If you were to become a famous singer, what would your debut album be called? 700) If you could join any music group which would you want to join? 701) What do your parents do? 702) If you were a giant mega monster what city would you rampage? 703) Did you ever have a treehouse as a kid? 704) Is your dad an embarassing dancer? 705) Do you plan to vote in the next election? 706) If you could replace one bodypart with a super bionic replacement what bodypart and what features would the new bionic replacement have? 707) What if any unusual objects have you swallowed? 708) When you buy something new do you get a desire to use/play with it even when they dont have any physical application yet? 709) Did you understand the Matrix Trilogy? 710) Would you rather be the fella in a movie who gets the girl or the baddie with all the good lines? 711) If you were stinking rich, would you only go to places other rich people went? 712) Would you rather have a mans top half and a womens bottom half or visa versa? 713) Rebound relationships, good or bad? 714) Have you ever owned a slinky? 715) Teenage parents, good bad or indifferent? 716) Whats the most expensive thing you've ever broken? 717) Pirate downloads, good or bad? 718) Democracy, good or bad? 719) Communism, good or bad? 720) Have you ever been electrocuted? 721) Have you ever been attacked with a creamy bakery product? 722) Have you ever shawn a sheep? 723) Have you ever accidentally set fire to yourself? 724) Have you ever eaten a whole tube of pringles by yourself? 725) Have you ever been hit on by someone of the same gender? 726) The war in Iraq, good or bad? 727) The war in Afganistan, good or bad? 728) Have you ever appeared on youtube? 729) Have you ever performed in front of a large audience? 730) Have you ever eaten anything prepared by a celebrity chef? 731) Have you ever been on radio? 732) Did your school make a teatowel that everyone submitted to? 733) What coloustyle was your school tie? 734) Do you have to wear glasses? 735) Do you bite your nails? 736) Do you prefer male or female singers voices? 737) Would you rather be the worlds greatest football player or lover? 738) Do you get hayfever? 739) Do you have a list of things to do before your 'x' years old? 740) Do you like your age? 741) Whats your favourite physical thing you like about yourself? 742) Whats your least favourite physical thing you like about yourself? 743) Are you proud, comfortable or ashamed of your body? 744) Whats your favourite personality trait you like about yourself? 745) Whats your least favourite personality trait you like about yourself? 746) Do you know html? 747) Have you ever flown first class? 748) How many languages do you speak? 749) What are better, violins or pianos? 750) Whats the fastest you've ever driven? (as driver or passenger) 751) What compulsions do you have? 752) What makes you angry? 753) If you could see any band, which would you like to see? 754) Who would you say are more attractive, English or Europeans? 755) What would you say is your favourite album of all time? 756) Do you dislike hairy people? 757) Are you much of an adventurer? 758) Do you like your own name? 759) Would you ever sign a Prenuptial agreement? 760) How long has your longest ever phone call been? 761) Have you ever stolen anything? 762) Could you ever have an affair with a married person? 763) Could you ever split up a couple for one reason or another? 764) What is your family christmases like? 765) Do you prefer sporty or academic members of the opposite sex? 766) How much would it cost to buy your love? 767) Who was your least favourite teacher at school and why? 768) If you met a Genie who offered you three wishes, what would you wish for? (more wishes does not count) 769) Whats your current Mobile phone model and do you like it?
2020.05.13 19:15 macaroon92Want a smile? Go and watch some Gym Class Hero’s music videos
I tried to post the link but it won’t let me due to YouTube spam. I always find it soeasy to bring a smile to peoples faces by reminding them to fall back in love with Gym Class Hero’s. Cookie Jar is probably the most forgotten song that literally everyone remembers once it starts up - Gyyyyyym Clllllaass Herooooos. Thank me later for bringing back the early 2000s! ❤️
2020.05.13 10:14 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: The Great Kaine Robbery by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (05/12/20)
"I think it's a little bit classless." - Trump's legislative lieutenant Mitch McConnell, on presidential etiquette
And The Rand Played On
Top health experts warned senators today that the U.S. still lacks the capacity to contain spikes in coronavirus infections, and that states that reopen too soon could face dire consequences. Just yesterday, President Trump said, “We have met the moment, and we have prevailed,” before running away from two female reporters. A strong point-counterpoint, no way to know whom to trust, really.
In remote testimony before the Senate’s (mostly remote) health committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that states and cities that skip past federal guidelines and reopen prematurely could trigger uncontrollable outbreaks. He emphasized that those states would not only invite avoidable suffering and death, but set back states further along the road to recovery. Fauci said the official death toll almost certainly represents an undercount, debunked the idea (which Trump promotes frequently) that the virus will simply “disappear,” and pushed back on a suggestion from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that schools should start reopening because the mortality rate in children is low.
Over in the (also remote) House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has unveiled Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus relief package, dubbed the HEROES Act, which is expected to come to a vote on Friday. It includes nearly $1 trillion for state and local governments, a second round of direct $1,200 payments, an extension of enhanced unemployment insurance through January, hazard pay for essential workers, $75 billion to ramp up testing and contact tracing, rent and mortgage relief, $25 billion for the Postal Service, and $3.6 billion to ensure safe elections. It does not include one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s top priorities, a “Paycheck Guarantee” program that would provide federal funding to cover payrolls for businesses, though it does propose a tax credit that encourages employers to keep workers on payroll.
Somewhat under the radar, last month the Trump administration cut NIH funding to a research team pursuing a coronavirus cure, after it got tangled in one of Trump’s own baseless conspiracy theories.
EcoHealth Alliance is an American nonprofit that’s spent the last 15 years cataloguing hundreds of bat-related viruses, for research that is now critical: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill even used it to test the effectiveness of the antiviral drug remdesivir. EcoHealth abruptly lost a $3.4 million grant because it conducted that work alongside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is at the center of the Trump administration’s baseless allegation that the coronavirus was either manufactured in, or released from, a lab.
As in so many astonishingly dumb moments Trump has presided over, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) played a role here. The administration pulled EcoHealth’s funding 10 days after Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and, with no evidence, connected EcoHealth’s NIH grant to China “birth[ing] a monster” virus. To summarize, Trump unleashed a conspiracy theory into the Fox News echo chamber to deflect blame for his failures onto China, then listened to the resulting echoes for advice on scientific grants, and now a critical research team has lost the funding it needs to continue its work.
Health experts offered testimony directly at odds with Trump’s urgent calls to relax public-health restrictions. Trump’s claim just yesterday that “all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly” has been refuted by an unreleased report from his own task force. A new poll shows that while many governors now enjoy bipartisan approval, some Republican governors face blowback for their efforts to reopen too quickly. Americans aren’t buying the line that the health crisis is over, and they’re not looking kindly on leaders who espouse it.
Look No Further Than The Crooked Media
This week on Hysteria Movie Club, the crew brings a 2020 perspective on the 1985 classic Back to the Future. Erin Ryan, Alyssa Mastromonaco, and Naomi Ekperigin go through the characters to determine who is the worst. Is it the hateful school principal, the helpless George McFly, or the Trumpian bully? Check it out and subscribe to the channel →
Under The Radar
The Trump administration has continued deporting migrants during the pandemic, effectively exporting coronavirus to Central America. While important components of the U.S. immigration system have been put on hold in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the government has continued to charter deportation flights. Until recently, the U.S. wasn’t testing deportees without coronavirus symptoms, and has sent hundreds of immigrants with the virus into countries with fragile health care systems and minimal social safety nets. In Guatemala, deportees account for roughly 19 percent of the country’s known coronavirus cases. It’s revealing, if completely unsurprising, that while Trump halted asylum processing at the southern border for the stated purpose of limiting the spread of coronavirus, he hasn’t deemed it necessary to stop deportations for the same reason.
Trump’s failure to mandate safety rules for farmworkers not only threatens those workers’ lives, but puts the food supply at risk. The Trump administration has deemed millions of people working in fields and packinghouses “essential workers,” but isn’t doing much to protect them from the coronavirus, leaving state and industry leaders scrambling to provide protections. Labor conditions on farms are less actively regulated than in meat plants, where coronavirus outbreaks have already proven disastrous. The CDC’s guidelines for farmworkers aren’t mandatory, states and farmers have been inconsistent in providing resources, and advocates are worried that farms could see major outbreaks among a vulnerable workforce. As we’ve seen with meat plant closures, that could have serious consequences for the food supply. It’s another microcosm and indictment of Trump’s plan to send Americans to work without the capabilities to do so safely.
2020.04.22 22:30 Kaius117My Destiny Experience Vanilla-Guardian Games. Long Text
TLDR: Since the quarantine has been in place I’ve become a bit introspective, and bored. So I decided to write my journey from start to today in the world Of Destiny. It’s simply a read if you’re bored. If anyone wants to share there journey/ adventures, or happiest memories from the game, I’d give it a read. My Destiny experience: I first saw the live action commercial when dinkle bot was still around. The guardians led a assault on the moon against the hive. Being a huge Star Wars fan boy, once I saw the female warlock reach out with her hand using void light to push back the huge Minotaur, I was in. I played through vanilla Destiny with enthusiasm. The universe bungie created was awesome, furthermore the chance to create a personal hero of my liking was epic. Unfortunately there wasn’t much content at that time, and the best source of loot, was a cave. I soon lost interest and continued playing SWTOR at that time. One afternoon a few months later while at my gym, a commercial came on all the monitors.... it was the Taken King Expansion. Watching the guardians square up with new powers against whom I would come to learn as known as Oryx, Taken King. I had missed the VOG and Dark Below expansions but that evening I bought theTK expansion. I didn’t know at the time but this was going to be a decision that would lead to ...MANY hours of fun gameplay and a few first experience’s for me. The best thing that came from that purchase was the few amazing friends that I would meet. My First Fireteam.
After my play through of TTK campaign I came upon the endgame, It was time to see what a raid was all about. While making dinner one evening I stumbled upon Datto’s YouTube channel. I watched with excitement, his guide to each encounter and possible rewards. I’m the type of player that likes to know what I’m expected to do and how to achieve it.
The next day I put a “Looking For Clan” post and got a hit fairly quickly. I downloaded the discord app, you know, the usual, and made a post about the raid. Our group filled up fast to my surprise and this is where I met a Hunter named Key. Now Key was also new to both the game and this particular raid, and key had a friend named killorder-(kill) a titan with the most southern twang I’ve ever heard XD. Key, Kill,Myself we’re paired together for the first part of the raid. We were charged with grabbing orbs, killing adds, and shooting down force fields on the right hand side. I didn’t know at the time, but I had just found my fire team. We beat the raid and I now and a few people I was interested in building friendship with. Key, Kill, myself went on to do other activities within the universe. We took on missions from Zavala, and Shaxx and I discovered my love for the crucible. It was around this time that I got a random Exotic gun to drop for me- “The Red Death Pulse”. Wow this gun, in the meta at the time was freaking epic. I felt Like a god with that gun haha. The three of us fought shoulder to shoulder for weeks including the Iron Banner event. Now Key and Kill are from Tyler Texas, and home for me is Orange County CA. Kill had a job as a “roadie” for various bands and that meant he traveled a lot. So one day while we are searching for a ghost in the VOG ( I think it’s kabar’s) it was a side mission that had you fight vex and I think the no time to explain quest. Kill says the band he is working for is Slipknot, and that the gig would land him in LA for three days. Since I’m about 40 mins from LA I see this as a great opportunity to hang out in person, we convinced key to also take a road trip over ca too. A month later it came to pass and I was in LA with two of my now, good friends that I met in a online video game. We skateboarded around downtown, went to a few bars. Kill was driving one of the band members RV throughout the tour. After the show kill got us backstage and we met sid, the dj of the group. The next day the three of us went to a local Amusement park (Knotts Berry Farm), it’s like a smaller six flags. I had bought tickets for us three weeks previously. We had the best time talking about our adventures in Destiny and how awesome it was that it brought us together. Later that day we said goodbye and went back to our respective homes. I still to this day talk to both every few months , and even see kill when he has a gig down here. I love those guys. Now unfortunately after Rise Of Iron, running the WOTM raid a few times, both Key and Kill lost Interest is Destiny. For one reason or another I can’t really remember what or why. Both moved on to other games and had more important real life things going on, understandable. It was at this time I found myself fighting both the forces of darkness and other guardians alone. During a match of control crucible, I’m trading blows with a sunsinger warlock. I put two shots is him with my hand-cannon and retreat behind cover to reload. I step back out in the open, take a deep breath, ready to put the final bullet when this warlock reveals himself and deletes me with a auto rifle in the blink of an eye. I inspect the warlock and see in his primary slot......Doctrine Of Passing..... I need it. A fire has been ignited in me. I’m starting to see Egyptian type of gear floating around ( which is still today my favorite) and I have to have it. Around this time I find twitch and now have settled into a weekly routine of watching ms5000watts and holtzman play this game mode called trials of Osiris. I loved watching the matches, learning the angles of the map. Every Saturday after watching twitch I lfg with randoms in an attempt to get weapons and gear. Through the bounty system, and getting some wins I was rewarded a helmet ) the really cool Anubis one ❤️, and the doctrine of passing AR, which I fell in love with but it wasn’t the god roll. No. That was reserved for the adept version... I think. This one particular week of trials, if you can manage 5 wins, the chest piece is a guaranteed drop. I decide I need it, and have to at least attempt the challenge. It’s about 8pm pst and I put out a lfg, just asking for laid back players , trying for 5 wins. A few minuets later I get a response form none other than.......DR LUPO. Now at this time, I had NO idea who he was..at all. I didn’t know that he did “ Secret Trials Runs” for people in the community. Our first few matches I’m amazed at the speed of this guardian. He’s able to snipe and pick people off so fast. His shade step dodge is incredible and timed perfectly. Before I know it I’m at 5 wins and the chest piece is mine, I even managed a few nice plays of my own. We end the night at the light house and I know have a adept Doctrine Of Passing. Dr Lupo let’s me in on everything, he’s a streamer that helps people, I’m shocked and so thankfully and appreciative that someone would use their talent/ skill to help others. Playing With Dr Lupo inspired me to further develop my pvp skills. At this time I decide to also remove my warlock bond, and adorn my first hunter cloak. I fall in love with the class, specifically nightstalker, I learned the ways of wombo combo, and shade-step ) two dodges are this point in time.) I loved the shade step animation, it was freaking so badass, way better than the lame dodge we have now. Back when Nightstalker arrows killed in one shot I found myself yearning for camaraderie. I was missing my fireteam, I had watched True Vanguard, Mtashed, Put myself through “crucible school”. I needed a clan and I found exactly what I wanted... sort of. I put some effort into my post the the forums, of exactly what I was searching for- a new home. Anth of clan probable cause answered my ad and welcomed me. The clan was a good size and had people from the UK and the states. The first thing I remember doing was playing a clan private match in pvp on fire base delphi . I was rocking arc blade at this time, I think skips were super meta and overpowered, I think it was a side arm meta too. During this match we split into teams, and we fought our hearts out. This is when I met Rodi, Greg, Ando, Maston, Mastons’s Wife ( sorry I forgot your name) :/, Skitz, Dez, joosh. I finally had a destiny family again, these guys had it going on. Weekly raids, pvp events, you name. We used discord I think. It wasn’t long that I started paying attention to clan general chat. Politics over clan admins, who’s been around longer, clan leader wanted to bounce but then changed his mind. Common things I guess. Well there was some sort of discussion that happened I don’t remember but rodi left the clan, and discord. Now Rodi was who I grew super close to so I quickly msgd him on psn and asked him to please leave me On his friends list, he was also pst, and in northern Ca so not too far away from me. He ended up creating a new clan that I was eager to join. After thanking Anth for the original invite I made the move. In the beginning it was Rodi, myself and Greg. The three of us got on really well. Not soon after Maston, his wife, skitz, joosh,dez, ando. We had a awesome line up. Every now and then you meet someone that you simply click or mesh well with. That’s the only way I can explain it, you just get along so well so quickly. That’s how it felt with Rodi. We played destiny all the time into the late evening laughing and trading stories. You know, we all have a life outside of gaming, and it’s a incredible thing to learn and listen to someone’s story. I enjoyed going through hardships and success with him. He became a brother to me. He was also my greatest rival. A true titan to his core. Titans in pvp always frustrated me ( shoulder charge) being the main thing that triggered me XD. However I always loved a good fight. When Rodi and I fought, in my mind... it was something out of a anime haha. We dodged, slid, jumped, shade -step, twilight garrisoned, trading blow for blow. He was always a bit better than me... but I feel like I made him earn it haha. We ended up deciding to hang out and planned for a weekend in the future. When the day came we both were super stoked . We ended up going bowling, I took him to get authentic ramen ( I’m a huge anime nerd), we went to this pc gaming arcade called howies for a bit. The following day went to sixflags magic mountain, ate at Chick-fill-a , then said goodbye. Thanks to destiny I had a strong clan/ family/friends. Eventually age of Triumph dropped... man was it amazing!! I was on a road trip from CA to Arkansas- for two weeks, so I asked Rodi to stream on twitch in the evenings so I could watch the raids and somewhat participate. The D2 trailer also dropped and we all got super charged with excitement. The clan knocked out the majority of raids, we all got a bunch of new gear with awesome ornaments, it’s was a great time for Destiny and my friends. The D2 beta dropped. Greg, Rodi and myself checked it out. There was a exploit that could let you stay in your super by hitting the super buttons, then Jumping on a sparrow. So we had fun running around in that state. The D2 launch happened we were stoked. Rodi and I played through the camping together, for the most part, linking up with other friends for actually activities . We all know the launch wasn’t the best. Interest took a dive until the leviathan raid launched. I went in blind for the first time, we made it to dogs as far as a blind raid goes haha. That was the first time I saw Rodi get frustrated. Those damn dogs hahah. The encounter is so easy now. We tackled EOW together and finally achieved flawless in trials of the nine as a clan ( I wish it was trials of Osiris). Regrettably these would be some of the last achievements we accomplished together. You see a few people started to play “offline” or incognito. Clicks started to form, some felt if we wanted to achieve more prestigious accomplishments such as raid challenges or hard mode etc, we had to exclude others. Maston and his wife left one day and Dez followed shortly after (I was fine with that one). I found myself sitting in orbit wondering if my best friend was online but “offline” and a few times I was right. I’d get a invite to a chat that had been time stamped for a long duration. For Instance I’d be playing with one of our friends that wasn’t as good and I’d get a msg like.... “ ahh man you had to go ahead and party up with so and so. I myself was guilty of this too in the beginning. I found myself sitting in orbit more and more Often wondering what had happened. I posted for a raid in our band app and got no response... no rsvp, no I can’t make it, just nothing. I was alone or at Least felt so. So I made the decision to leave. I played solo for awhile jumped clans a bit trying to find a fit and nothing. Met back up with Anth and probable cause 2.0 played with him for a bit. I actually reached out to Rodi a few times told him I missed our friendship and clan. I was hopeful that things could be as they were and I’d have my brothers back, it simply wasn’t the same. The energy was different I felt replaced by another person entirely. Fast forward to today. Ive soloed my pinnacle weapons except not forgotten, still have lunas. I still log on but for very short spurts. The game has changed so, so much. Change in life and gaming is constant, I understand that. I can honestly look back and say I had the best time, I’ve met some truly amazing people. Destiny gave me some great experiences that I’ll treasure. I can’t go back in time but I hope to feel as happy as I once was.... shoulder to shoulder with friends shooting bad guys. Eyes up guardian.
Inspiration: Radio Hearts by Gym Class Heroes Localized Name: Heart's Beats Type: Close-Range Stand Appearance: Radio Hearts appears as a black and white composition notebook. The front cover has a faded heart-shaped sticker where one's information would usually be written, and the words "Sing Along" written in black over it. Abilities: [Sing Along to my Stereo] If three conditions are met within 24 hours, Radio Heart's user is able to create a copy of someone else's stand and summon it at will. There can be 1 stand stored on each of Radio Hearts 50 pages, but only one can be summoned at a time and the copy only has 3/4 of the original's power. The three conditions necessary for this to happen are: The targeted stand user reveals their full name, the name of their stand and at least one of its abilities, and the target's stand touches Radio Hearts. [It Beats for You] When the stand user whose stand is copied into Radio Hearts dies, The copied stand gains the missing 1/4 of its power and continues to exist inside Radio Hearts. Tearing pages out does not remove any stands from Radio Hearts. Any page removed regenerates within the day, meaning once a page is taken up it is filled forever. Stats Destructive Power: N/A Speed: N/A Range: A (m/ft) Durability: A Percision: A Potential: B If i win i want the next contest to be "songs written by youtubers" and for my flair to change.
2020.04.10 01:36 GenMarriottSuitesLines Spoken Before the Modern Family Opening Credits (Part 1, S1-6)
Episode 1: The Pilot “We would like to pay for everyone’s headsets.” -Cameron Episode 2: The Bicycle Thief “…Still thinking.” -Jay Episode 3: Come Fly With Me JAY: You – you wanna just hang out? PHIL: Brought 6 friends so that just…haha. Let’s… Episode 4: The Incident MITCH: It’s my mom. CAM: Oh yeah, right, ‘cause the last time she was here, the refrigerator magnets rearranged themselves into a pentag – grandma! Episode 5: Coal Digger MITCH: No, stop. Don’t do the “double question to prove a point thing.” I hate it when people do that. CAM: [as Lily] Do you, Mitchell? Do you? MITCH: Stop—Lily? Episode 6: Run for Your Wife MITCH: Yeah, there are days when Lily has more costume changes than Cher. CAM: Cher! How could I forget Cher? That’s embarrassing. MITCH: That’s embarrassing? Episode 7: En Garde PHIL: And then uh, I guess that leaves Luke. [They think] PHIL: …We dropped the ball a little bit on that one. CLAIRE: Yeah, a little bit. Episode 8: Great Expectations “Umm, things I want: robot dog, night vision goggles, bug vacuum, GPS watch, speakers that look like rocks. I love my wife but she sucks at giving gifts. I’m sorry for the pay channel language but --- oh! Yogurt maker! I can’t not think of things I want.” -Phil Episode 9: Fizbo CLAIRE: A crafts table! You know, where everybody gathers around and they make stuff and bam! They get their own party favor. PHIL: [snores] Sorry, I fell asleep while you were describing the most boring party ever. [Claire hits him] PHIL: Ow! Episode 10: Undeck the Halls FRANK: Hello? CLAIRE: Haley, keep that ugly sweater on. PHIL: Anyway…Merry Christmas! Episode 11: Up All Night “I don’t like the guy. Do I have reasons? Yeah. Good reasons? Yeah. How many reasons do I need? None. I don’t like the guy.” -Jay, about Javier Episode 12: Not in My House “Stupid dog.” -Gloria, hiding Barkley Episode 13: Fifteen Percent “Hi! I’m Whitney. I’m here for Manny.” -Manny’s blind date Episode 14: Moon Landing “I have been avoiding this day like the plague. I mean, part of going to the gym is the locker room atmosphere. And if I’m there with a gay guy, it’s just not gonna be the same. I mean, for me it’s a locker room. For him, it’s a show room… She doesn’t get it.” -Jay, about Cameron Episode 15: My Funky Valentine “Did he trump me? You tell me. He made a painting out of a photograph one time. I have hand-picked a card, drawn a heart in the steam on the medicine cabinet, and taken Claire to Fratelli’s, a family-style Italian restaurant, for 17 years in a row—yeah, he got me. He got me.” -Phil, comparing Dylan’s gift Episode 16: Fears PHIL: What if there’s ancient Indian arrow heads under there? LUKE: What if it’s gold bars? PHIL: Oh, you think? CLAIRE: For God sakes, why don’t you go under the house and look? Episode 17: Truth Be Told GLORIA: It’s just not a good poster, Jay. JAY: You’re only making me stronger! Episode 18: Starry Night “Wah. Wah. No one can hear me now. Wooo! Everybody is stupid except me. Ha ha ha. I am funny.” -Luke, wearing noise-canceling headphones Episode 19: Game Changer “Boy, if a spider would’ve broken in here, he would’ve been in tro-u-ble.” -Cameron Episode 20: Benched “One day I’m gonna be a grandfather and then everybody better hide their meat.” -Phil Episode 21: Travels with Scout PHIL: We will all help. This is a great chance to teach the kids responsibility. CLAIRE: That is exactly what you said about Luke’s paper route. Episode 22: Airport 2010 JAY: Thank you, Honey. Are they uh, all gonna be up with us in first class? GLORIA: Ay, no, Silly. Coach. You think I’m made of money? JAY: [chuckles] Of course not. Episode 23: Hawaii “I’m home.” -Manny Episode 24: Family Portrait “Hey mom! I think my diet’s working! My underwear won’t stay up!” Manny
Episode 1: The Old Wagon “You know what? You can insult a lot of things about me; my hair, my voice, my balance board exercises. But don’t insult my selling. That crosses a line. What line? Oh, you don’t see it? That’s ‘cause I just sold it.” -Phil Episode 2: The Kiss “He blew his lid when she tried to contain him.” -Phil with tupperware Episode 3: Earthquake PLUMBER: It could be a washer. Cracked valve. Stripped pipe. PHIL: Well, I guess I’m not a professional plumber but I have spent a huge amount of time in that tub. I can tell you from experience or at least what it feels like in there— Episode 4: Strangers on a Treadmill [Cam grabs an apple, Mitch looks on] MITCH: I didn’t say anything! [Cam spills the fruit tray] Episode 5: Unplugged CLAIRE: Phil? [Luke slurps milk from his bowl] PHIL: That’s awesome. Episode 6: Halloween CLAIRE: Ever since I was a kid, I loved scary things. If there was a new horror movie in town, I was the first in line. “One please!” Then I met Phil. PHIL: “Two please!” Episode 7: Chirp JAY: Wait a minute, is that Manny driving? GLORIA: Is it? [Manny crashes through a wall] JAY: Yeah, it’s him. Episode 8: Manny Get Your Gun “Ay! Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t find my earring. So what were we talking about, huh?” -Gloria Episode 9: Mother Tucker CAM: She raised 4 kids, 2 barns, and a whole lot of Hell. MITCH: That sounds like a country song. CAM: And that song would be called “The Greatest Woman That Ever Lived.” MITCH: …Cam loves his mom. Episode 10: Dance Dance Revelation “Let’s go, Incredible Hulk.” -Phil Episode 11: Slow Down Your Neighbors [The stranger in the hot tub has abs] MITCH: We should at least say hello. CAM: It’s only polite. Episode 12: Our Children, Ourselves CAM: [to Lily] You naughty little girl. MITCH: Well, you know, that’s what happens when you give me kahlua. Episode 13: Caught in the Act “It sended! Please come back.” -Gloria Episode 14: Bixby’s Back “But I am aware when someone has a crush on me and he does not have a crush on me.” -Mitch, nodding Episode 15: Princess Party LUKE: I’ve got some stuff prepared. ‘Hey mom, I’m firtsy.’ Eh? Adorable, right? PHIL: Yeah. That’s…that’s good. LUKE: Don’t worry. It works better in my jammies. Episode 16: Regrets Only GLORIA: [singing karaoke] Just call me angel of the morning, angel, touch my cheek before you leave me… [Jay tosses silverware into the garbage disposal] Episode 17: Two Monkeys and a Panda “Adopting! Yay!” -Cam Episode 18: Boys’ Night JAY: I ever tell you the story about me and crab cakes? Thought I didn’t like them, tried them, loved them. MANNY: Wow. Are the movie rights available for that one? Episode 19: The Musical Man CLAIRE: You are gonna have your choice of some pretty good colleges when the time comes. HALEY: If I go to college. CLAIRE: What? HALEY: I’ve been thinking about it lately and I might…not. Later! ALEX: Well, we took the scenic route but we ended up in the same place! Episode 20: Someone to Watch Over Lily [Dunphy house in chaos] MITCH: Did we come at a bad time? CLAIRE: Come back in 7 years and 5 months when they’re all GOOOOOONE! Episode 21: Mother’s Day “Okay, scratch the balloons. She is in a mood.” -Mitch Episode 22: Good Cop, Bad Dog “Why me? We had amazing seats for Lady Gaga and he gets sick. I’ve been looking forward to that concert for months. It’s the one gay cliché I allow myself.” -Mitch, uncrossing his legs Episode 23: See You Next Fall “Really, Mitchell? I could’ve just died.” -Cam Episode 24: The One That Got Away CLAIRE: It’s your grandfather’s birthday! We gotta start taking this seriously. MITCH: [as a sailor] Permission to come aboard!
Episode 1: Dude Ranch CAM: I don’t think it needs balancing out. MITCH: Really? [Photobook is a pop-up with music] CAM: It’s called production value. Episode 2: When Good Kids Go Bad LILY: [shoves the baby] MY daddy! [The baby cries] MITCH: Okay, well, that’s one problem solved. Episode 3: Phil on Wire “Seeing that weird, wonderful little man pursuing his dream of walking on a tightrope made me think: maybe I could pursue my dream…of walking on a tight rope.” -Phil Episode 4: Door-to-Door HALEY: [with smeared lipstick] How’s my face? ALEX: Still good. HALEY: Okay, good. Episode 5: Hit & Run CAM: Enjoy the show. I was always a fan of The Muppets. Especially the two guys in the theatre who wouldn’t shut up. DAD: Just leave! Episode 6: Go Bullfrogs! “Go Bulldogs!” -Phil Episode 7: Treehouse SHORTY: Shame. There’s an expression in Italian, Jay. Dammi la tua mano e correremo unito per tutta la vita. Give me your hand and we will run together our whole lives. GLORIA: Jay also hates running. Episode 8: After the Fire JAY: No, I got it. Ahh, my back! [doubles over] CLAIRE: Dad! PHIL: [walking in] No, Jay, that’s not quite it. Remember, you got air blowing through you so it’s more like, and then up, and then up. Episode 9: Punkin Chunkin “Roll up the curtain! Bing!” -Phil and Buddy, “man-shaking” Episode 10: Express Christmas PHIL: Everyone in the house! We’ll make a plan! Time is of the – hot! Hot! It’s just too hot! [jumps in the pool] CLAIRE: Phil! Episode 11: Lifetime Supply JAY: But I was looking forward to – GLORIA: You’re going! JAVIER: That, I don’t miss. Episode 12: Egg Drop LUKE: I’ve got it. What if I’m the container? CLAIRE: There’s a thought. You could be—No! Luke! Luke! Episode 13: Little Bo Bleep PHIL: Yeah and we can point out all the little things she does that turn people off. [Claire glares] PHIL: Like that look. I would lose that look. [Claire changes her face] PHIL: Spooky but better. Episode 14: Me? Jealouse? JAY: It’s noisier than usual around here. [Cam and Gloria laugh] Episode 15: Aunt Mommy LUKE: How much electricity do we need to bring this back? LEON: It’s not rocket science. We’re only reanimating a squirrel. CLAIRE: Phil! Now! Episode 16: Virgin Territory LILY: Great, daddy, you ruined brunch. [Everyone awws and laughs] MANNY: This ends today. Episode 17: Leap Day MITCH: Okay birthday boy, what’s it gonna be? Rom-com or horror? Or we could do both and watch Maid in Manhattan. What are you doing? CAMERON: Canceling our baby. Episode 18: Send Out the Clowns [Clown throws a pie in with the coffin.] Episode 19: Election Day CAM: [innocently] Can you tell me how this machine works again, Chad? CHAD: Oh sure, no problem. Episode 20: The Last Walt PHIL: Death is a profound thing to deal with at any age. We all manage it differently. Some people lock up their feelings, others reach out for comfort finding some way to reaffirm their connection to life... CLAIRE: You’re joking. Episode 21: Planes, Trains, and Cars CAR DEALER: So, wanna take it for a spin? PHIL: [points toward the cawoman] You know what? I’d rather take her for a spin. Let’s get her top down, see what she can do – no. I meant the convertible. Episode 22: Disneyland ALEX: Hi, I’m Al– HALEY: [pushing her] My 14-year-old sister. Ethan, was it? ETHAN: Yeah. Episode 23: Tableau Vivant “Wait a second, you’re carrying your shoes. How am I supposed to judge the whole outfit? Put ‘em on.” -Phil Episode 24: Baby on Board CLAIRE: You are driving to some California border town to adopt a baby and I have to hear it from Gloria? MITCH: I was outside for 2 minutes. CAM: I kept it in as long as I could. WE’RE HAVING A BABYYYYYY!
Episode 1: Bringing Up Baby SHORTY: Don’t worry, Gloria, we’ll have him back in time for dinner. MANNY: Which for him is at 4 in the afternoon. PHIL: ‘Cause he’s old! I love it! Episode 2: Schooled JAY: I don’t know why I have to go to this thing. In case you’ve forgotten, I raised 2 kids. CLAIRE: Stop pulling my hair! MITCH: Stop twisting my nipple! CLAIRE: Shut up, shut up! JAY: Why look at me? It was their mother’s fault. I was barely around. MITCH: Ow! Episode 3: Snip [The kids argue] PHIL: Five more years… CLAIRE: Okay. Episode 4: The Butler’s Escape CAM: This is how we learn to siiing. [Lily unplugs the keyboard] Episode 5: Open House of Horrors CLAIRE: I was plenty scary. I used professional-grade makeup. PHIL: That’s the point, Claire. It was overkill. You’re the kind of person who could be twice as scary without wearing any makeup! Bye. Episode 6: Yard Sale PHIL: [on his StreetStrider] Does it matter to any of you that this is actually an extremely efficient cardio vascular workout that could prolong my life? CLAIRE: Yeah but what kind of life and with whom? Episode 7: Arrested MANNY: I heard the phone. Who died? GLORIA: Jay’s friend. MANNY: Oh, Jay, I’m so sorry. CLAIRE: [hanging up] Okay, I can’t do this again. Episode 8: Mistery Date “Phil Dunphy, this is the year 2025. Welcome. You’re the first one here.” -Phil Episode 9: When a Tree Falls “They’re gonna eat you alive, Suburbia.” -Luke Episode 10: Diamond in the Rough LUKE: I found a dead snake! CLAIRE: It’s perfect. LUKE: [runs away] Not dead, not dead! CLAIRE: I’m gonna be mother of the year. Episode 11: New Years Eve CAM: Did we miss it? MITCH: It’s only 10 o’clock. CAM: What? MITCH: It’s only 10 o’clock. CAM: What? MITCH: It’s only 10 o’clock! Episode 12: Party Crasher [Cam throws rice] LILY: Ow! CAM: Oh, are you okay, sweetie? LILY: What do you think?! Episode 13: Fulgencio “Fulgencio Umberto. The initials are F.U. Pritchett, which is exactly the way it feels right now.” -Jay Episode 14: A Slight at the Opera CLAIRE: You guys have fun! Go on, nothing to worry about. I got it handled here. LILY: Be careful! LUKE: [putting] Don’t worry, just keep your mouth open. CLAIRE: We’re fine, it’s fine. Episode 15: Heart Broken PHIL: Can’t shock Clive. Just tell me what you want. [Claire faints.] PHIL: Juliana? Claire? One of you needs to answer me. Episode 16: Bad Hair Day “One second, buddy. Salesman said when you’re breaking these shoes in, it’s easier to move side-to-side… Son of a gun! He was right! What do we got here – oh!” -Phil, falling Episode 17: Best Man SAL: We’re getting married! Let’s have a drink! MITCH: We’re out of vodka. SAL: …I will see you on Friday. Episode 18: The Wow Factor “Yesterday, I accidentally said ‘eleventy-five.’” -Claire Episode 19: The Future Dunphys PHIL: …And Luke, Coffee Bot is a non-starter, but I do like the idea of popcorn kernels in the pancake batter so they self-flip! CLAIRE: Stop talking! Step away from the children. Episode 20: Flip Flop “Seriously, it’s bad luck to toast with an empty glass.” -Haley Episode 21: Career Day “I’ve got nowhere to be.” -Lily, waiting for the Tooth Fairy Episode 22: My Hero LILY: Daddy loves Pepper! MITCH: I taught her that! Episode 23: Games People Play “Fortunately this time, I don’t have to be the wet blanket because even on just a short spin up the coast, Phil will see what I see every day; the transformation that happens when our kids are locked in a moving metal box. The Kraken that is unleashed. I love my kids very, very much.” -Claire Episode 24: Goodnight, Gracie MITCH: Does Gloria really look like the kind of woman who would run a brothel? [They look at her] MITCH: Yeah, I better go with her. CAM: You should go. MITCH: Yeah.
Episode 1: Suddenly, Last Summer MANNY: Hey Cam, congratulations! Go, gay marriage! [Joe throws up] LILY: He did it again. GLORIA: Ay, sí. CAM: Okay, well… Episode 2: First Days LILY: Hey, I’ve been dressed for an hour. Come on, I can’t be late. I’ll fall behind. MITCH: Sometimes I forget to factor in the ‘Asian.’ Episode 3: Larry’s Wife CLAIRE: I’ll leave you a message. PHIL: Okay. [she calls] PHIL: Hello! CLAIRE: Phil. PHIL: Sorry! Call back! Episode 4: Farm Strong PHIL: You know, if we’re not going, we could stay in bed a little longer. CLAIRE: No thank you. Don’t wanna have this conversation again in 15 years. Episode 5: The Late Show PHIL: Claire, he’s not a little boy anymore. [Luke falls back] LUKE: I’m fine! PHIL: See how deep his voice is? …Are you okay?! Episode 6: The Help PEPPER: Now, let’s lose this couch. MITCH: Wow, you need that much space, huh? PEPPER: No, it’s hideous. This can’t be news to you. Ohh… Episode 7: A Fair to Remember PHIL: [sings] She’s such a pretty sight, wise as a Buddha, but brother watch that bite, ‘cause she’s a Claire-acuda! CAM: …Or an existing song! LILY: Thank you. Episode 8: ClosetCon ‘13 CAM: SOOOOO-EY! MITCH: Wow, there’s actually an animal that runs toward that sound, huh? Episode 9: The Big Game MANNY: I can see that bothers you. JAY: Well, yeah, your own kid embarrassed to be seen with you. Ya know, I mean, you spend your whole life— MANNY: Here’s fine! Episode 10: The Old Man and the Tree HALEY: When I wake up in my own room tomorrow, I’m gonna be giving thanks for my independence. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? CLAIRE: Seriously, nothing? [Alex smiles and shrugs] Episode 11: And One to Grow On [Alex honks] CLAIRE: She’s in a hurry today. HALEY: Oh, that’s just step one of her 9-point safety test. Step 2 is checking the horn to make sure checking the horn didn’t break the horn. [Alex honks again] CLAIRE: She should never drive. Episode 12: Under Pressure “There is a 16-year-old science prodigy studying cancer research at Johns Hopkins! 16! What am I doing, I’m eating cake! Cake! Cake! Caaaaaake!” -Alex Episode 13: Three Dinners “I get it, okay? I’m lazy! GOD!” -Haley Episode 14: iSpy “Claire, you’re a tough one to figure out. You don’t trust bad boys and yet, you married one.” -Phil Episode 15: The Feud GIL: Well, don’t worry. It’s gonna get a good buffing tonight when it’s swinging against the back of my wife’s head. Oh! PHIL: That is NOT respecting the medallion! Episode 16: Spring-A-Ding Fling HALEY: But you’re not gonna have those cookies without milk, right? PHIL: Right. Come on, Phil. [Haley sneaks her friends in] Episode 17: Other People’s Children “And we also asked Claire to go because we thought her sensible style nicely compliments Gloria’s flair. That way, Lily doesn’t end up looking too [“La Cucaracha”] or too ‘wah-waaaah.’” – Cam Episode 18: Las Vegas [Kilty Pleasures poster] CAM: I mean, come on, have you ever seen a Scottish person this tan? I’m embarrassed even looking at it. CLAIRE: Then stop. Episode 19: A Hard Jay’s Night CAM: He found us in soap. Today, Mitchell, I know love. MITCH: I no love either. Episode 20: Australia GLORIA: Your lips are huge! I think you’re allergic to the ve-he-mi-te. PHIL: No worries. JAY: I’d be a little worried. Episode 21: Sleeper “There were a couple of snags but I think I covered my tracks pretty well.” -Phil, leaving a handprint Episode 22: Message Received JAY: Well, you’re gonna sit there until you at least try a pickle. MANNY: You’re drunk with power. JAY: You got that right. Episode 23: The Wedding Pt. 1 SAL: Yes! I will totally officiate your wedding! Oh my drinks! Ha! CAM: [confessional] It was supposed to be an intervention. Episode 24: The Wedding Pt. 2 PEPPER: To the shuttles! MITCH: But we don’t know a thing about this place. PEPPER: Oh, my mistake. Let’s go over it. It’s a quaint, rustic spot, though its chief selling-point is it’s not about to become a kiln! MITCH: To the shuttles!
Episode 1: The Long Honeymoon “Sure was nice when this house wasn’t full of bees!” -Lily Episode 2: Do Not Push MITCH: Why is she doing that with her face? CAM: I don’t know, I’ve never seen such a weird, forced smile. LILY: How do I look? CAM: [forced smile] Beautiful. MITCH: [forced smile] Perfect. Episode 3: The Cold CLAIRE: Oh no, I’m not getting you sick. This cold stops with me. Why do you think I swapped beds with Luke last night? PHIL: You did? LUKE: Appreciate the backrub. Not sure I love being called “Miss Thang.” PHIL: Nooo. Episode 4: Marco Polo [Haley flushes and the dogs bark] CLAIRE: Ahh! AGHH! Episode 5: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor CLAIRE: [licked Luke’s face] It’s peanut butter, by the way. HALEY: We ran out of peanut butter 2 days ago. Episode 6: Halloween 3: AwesomeLand CAM: [trying to find Waldo] Where is the little guy? MITCH: He’s right there. CAM: How do you find it so – MITCH: [gives him Groucho glasses] Let’s try these. Episode 7: Queer Eyes, Full Hearts CAM: I don’t think I’m interesting enough to do a news segment on. I mean, what would a reporter even say about me? That I’m a high school football coach with an undefeated record, who’s tackling stereotypes? That, on my team, prejudice is considered out of bounds? That we’re blitzing bigotry, kicking intolerance and beating – MITCH: Metaphors to death? Episode 8: Three Turkeys “They call her ‘La Tranquila.” -Jay, about Gloria Episode 9: Strangers in the Night CLAIRE: [to Alex] You have a boyfriend? LUKE: And you thought my thing was crazy. Episode 10: Haley’s 21st Birthday “Ooh, it burns?” -Haley, taking a shot Episode 11: The Day We Almost Died [The family avoids a crash] “Why are we stopping?” -Luke Episode 12: The Big Guns HALEY: Uh, no, a terrible idea is a movie about a guy who can fax himself places. LUKE: ‘Cause you haven’t heard the title: Just the Fax Man. HALEY: [gasps] Yeah! ALEX: That water can’t hit us soon enough. Episode 13: Rash Decisions “You were stuffy long before Stella. Do you not remember scolding that waiter at Chuck E. Cheese for serving you from the right?” -Jay Episode 14: Valentine’s Day 4: Twisted Sister CLAIRE: …And come straight home, put on our jammies, and fall asleep in front of the TV. PHIL: Perfect. Looking forward to it already. CLAIRE: Ew, but not those ones I hate. Those red satin pajamas. PHIL: [hides the red pajamas] I don’t even know where those are! Episode 15: Fight or Flight “I have to admit I was a little miffed that Claire grabbed the good seat especially after I gave her such a magical weekend, but I was determined to stay positive. And then it hit me.” -Phil Episode 16: Connection Lost “I waited in line for 2 hours but I got it! Ooh, we making a home movie?” -Phil Episode 17: Closet? You’ll Love It! CAM: [singing] I’m never sharp, I’m pitch-perfect. MITCH: [singing] I’m talking about your tone toward our daughter. LILY: [singing] I can understand you, even when you’re singiiiiing. Episode 18: Spring Break “Wait, does that mean you also didn’t like my bagpiping? Is that why we have Luke? [to Luke] It’s not. [to Claire] Is it?!” -Phil Episode 19: Grill, Interrupted CLAIRE: I know. You’re upset because I said you were a born – PHIL: There’s no such thing as a born cheerleader. It takes hard work and sacrifice. You know what a human pyramid is without hours of training? 10 obituaries! Episode 20: Knock ‘Em Down CAM: Yes, you’re very hip. That’s the theme song to the Antiques Roadshow. MITCH: He’s right. That’s embarrassing. Episode 21: Integrity “I wanted 2 rough-and-tumble boys. I got a Manny and a pedi.” -Jay Episode 22: Patriot Games MITCH: Oh my God, can you believe that? CAM: Yeah, he’s a little hippy for somebody that doesn’t eat potatoes. Episode 23: Crying Out Loud PHIL/HALEY/LUKE: Ditch Day! Ditch Day! Ditch Day! ALEX: Is this a high holiday for you people? Episode 24: American Skyper “It’s like I’m right there in the room with you guys! Hello? Hello?” -Robot Phil on wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DovR2wLCSoM
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE: The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
Dave’s been following wrestling for 17 years at this point, and sometimes it’s easy to think you’ve seen it all with that kind of experience. But after seeing All Japan Women live, he realized he’d seen nothing. The shows he saw during his trip to Japan had the best wrestling he’s ever seen, so much so that nothing before comes even close. The atmosphere and the action have Dave struggling to find words, and he’s just as dumbfounded by how good Chigusa Nagayo and Dump Matsumoto are at their jobs. 90% of AJW's audience is teenage girls, a demographic you don’t really see as a focal demographic over here, but to these girls the wrestlers are so over an American fan has to see it live to really get it. Dump’s the best heel in the world by a distance and as for Chigusa Nagayo: “the reaction she gets not only can’t be duplicated by any wrestler in this country (Hulk Hogan certainly comes the closest and at best his isn’t half as good) but you’d probably have to use Madonna or Bruce Springsteen at their peak for comparison. The crowd literally lives and dies with every move she makes.” At one show, the crowd were all crying, and then the main event of the 3-hour show was a fast-paced 50 minute match where every move was a high spot and the crowd never let up for the whole match.
Dave’s therefore changing his vote for Wrestler of the Year to Chigusa Nagayo. He’ll still vote for Hogan for best babyface, since Hogan has broader appeal and is a bigger draw, but Chigusa's sheer level of overness with AJW fans and her skill are huge. Strictly in terms of business and drawing power Hogan should win Wrestler of the Year, and should have won 1985-1986 as well (Ric Flair won those years in landslides). Dave personally figures ring-work for 60% of the equation, with impact at the box office to be 40%. Dave will not be putting Flair in his top three for Wrestler of the Year, even though his promos and ring-work merit it. Allowing his drawing power to be cut so hard and the destruction of his perception among the marks when he has the ability to call the shots about his presentation means he doesn’t deserve to be considered for Wrestler of the year at all this year (Riki Choshu winds up winning for 1987, breaking Ric Flair's 5 year streak).
A lot has changed during the week Dave was in Japan. Fritz Von Erich sold WCCW. Ken Mantell and a group with him have bought the company, and there are conflicting stories about the exact breakdown of the ownership (Dave keeps hearing either 30% or 51% of the stake is owned by Mantell), but Texas newspapers are reporting Fritz is out entirely and Mantell now signs the checks. Kevin and Kerry still own a lot of the company, so they’ll still get big pushes. Mantell still owns Wild West Wrestling, and the plan for now seems to be to run both promotions. That’s not going to be good for them in the long run, since they’re competing in the same area of Texas. Expect a merger when they figure that out. A lot of guys are returning to World Class now that Mantell’s in charge, like Missing Link, Bill Irwin, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts. Looks like Fritz finally wanted out of the business, because everything suggests he contacted Mantell. Mantell was the booker for World Class during their heyday in 1983-84, so there’s obviously the hope he can rescue things, but his time in UWF in 86-87 saw him repeat the World Class booking from in UWF and it didn’t work and killed business enough that Bill Watts had to sell to Crockett. If he tries to relive 1983 in 1988, it’s not going to work. If he can build new stars and remove the focus on the Von Erichs, there’s a chance of World Class becoming a major power again.
The February 1988 issue of Penthouse will do a story on the Von Erichs. Dave doesn’t know what’ll be in the story, but Fritz is apparently worried about it and how it will portray him.
Kazuharu Sonoda, who teamed with Great Kabuki in World Class and would sometimes play the Great Kabuki character when the real Great Kabuki was double booked, died in an airplane crash on November 29. He was 31 years old and had been in the business since just after he turned 18. The airplane had a fire in the cargo hold that caused it to break up in mid air and killed all 159 on board. Sonoda’s trip to South Africa was to be a working honeymoon as a gift from the Great Kabuki - Kabuki was sending him in his stead to do a tour under the Great Kabuki name and gimmick and enjoy a vacation at the same time. Raja Lion, the 7’2” supposed martial arts champion working for Baba, was also supposed to be on the same plane, but canceled at the last minute and avoided disaster himself.
No numbers yet for Starrcade and Survivor Series. Starrcade did sell out in Chicago and drew well on closed-circuit on the East coast, but the Crocketts seem disappointed by the final gate. Dave speculates slightly more than $1 million for the final gate. While he was in Japan, Dave heard Survivor Series did $4 million, which sounds reasonable but he can’t vouch for the accuracy of it. What Dave can say is that Survivor Series was definitely a financial success in addition to being good. In terms of impressions of the shows, Dave’s heard from hundreds about Starrcade and the reaction has been mixed. Many thought it was great. There was near universal dissatisfaction with the UWF Title match. And the TV title unification was largely unpopular, which Dave blames on the build up ruining the match. Dave has heard that the UWF Title match was different from what it was supposed to be, which restores a little of Dave’s faith in Dusty as a booker. The majority was disappointed, and about 20-25% of responses said the show was terrible. Dave falls in the disappointment camp. If it hadn’t been Starrcade, it would have been fine. But Crockett needed a great Starrcade, or at the very least to outperform WWF’s show in quality, and that did not happen.
Business is still not good coming out of Thanksgiving. Ted DiBiase and Hogan’s matches just aren’t drawing as much as they should. The Bunkhouse Stampedes have so far been disappointments at the gate, enough that Crockett needs to reevaluate their entire model or they’ll cease to be a major promotion entirely. The November 28 Saturday Night’s Main Event is the best life sign in these times: an 11.3 rating and a 30 share are what Dave has heard (not official), which would be the second highest rating the show has ever gotten and third highest rating for that time slot in tv history. TV ratings are the biggest indicator of public interest right now, so even if live crowds are down, this shows that WWF is still very interesting. They’re just not turning that into a rabid desire to be at the show. Crockett’s ratings are dropping, though, and they need to get fans watching tv again before they can worry about getting live attendance back up. In syndicated ratings, WWF gained viewers leading toward Survivor Series, while Crockett remains out of the top 15 and has a below 5.0 combined rating, putting them behind the AWA and Pro Wrestling This Week, which combined have a rating in the low 5s.
Dusty is throwing everything he can at the booking to break out of the fall, and that includes turning Lex Luger. Luger turned on December 2 at a Miami Beach Bunkhouse Stampede. The match came down to Luger, Arn, Tully, and J.J. Dillon. Dillon asked the others to let him win so he could go down in the record books as a stampede winner, and Arn and Tully eliminated themselves. Luger then threw Dillon over the top to win. Turning Lex is a good move, but Dave figures it’s the second best move they could have done and that’s the difference between Crockett and WWF - WWF generally goes with the best thing they can do, not the second best. Another year as a heel might have been good for Luger and helped him shore up his skillset, but Crockett is in desperation mode and needed to make a major move. And Luger has the potential to be a great face, and could make a lot of money for Crockett with Flair if they handle things right. But if nobody’s watching tv, it won’t matter how hot he gets as a face. Other major things happening to try and get things righted: Kevin Sullivan’s group with Rick Steiner, Mike Rotunda, and Steve Williams is one; another major turn is coming soon; lots of new angles that aren’t being spelled out yet. They’re going to change up their tv as well, but if the shows all remain basically duplicates that might keep ratings down and make them worse. And the plan is currently for every hour they tape to go to two different shows, with a different commentary team depending on which show. Nikita might do an interview with Gregory for the Florida show and then immediately do a simiar interview with JR for UWF. Dave thinks basically duplicating tv shows with only interviewer and announce team differences is going to tank ratings when fans figure it out. On the pus side, the shows have improved.
Paul Boesch has come out of retirement and is trying to rebuild the Houston market with Crockett.
New Japan and All Japan have concluded their tag tournaments. New Japan’s was in Osaka on December 7 in front of a crowd of 6,120 and shown live on tv. Fijunami & Kimura were tied for second with Masa Saito & Fujiwara and had to face them in a battle to determine who would face Inoki & Dick Murdoch in the final. The final was a bloody and excellent match, and Kimura bled a lot before he and Fujinami won. With Choshu and Maeda not involved, the tournament lacked interest.
The biggest story of the New Japan tournament happened on November 19 during a match between Choshu/Masa Saito/Hiro Saito vs. Maeda/Takada/Kido. Japanese Wrestling Journal reports that Maeda wouldn’t sell for Choshu at all and Maeda shot on Choshu. Choshu eventually figured out what was happening, and at one point Choshu had Kido in the Scorpion Deathlock when Maeda kicked him in the eye legit. Choshu went after Maeda, and the rest of the teams had to break it up. Eventually the match ended with Choshu pinning Takada with a lariat, and nobody knows why Maeda did it. The crowd was mostly UWF Japan fans, and they cheered Maeda on the whole time because they wanted to see a shoot. This took both out of the tournament, and the Journal reports it destroyed the tournament and left Choshu with two broken bones under the eye.
The match was taped, but it’s understood that it will never air on tv and has caused a major PR shitstorm for New Japan. How do you explain suspending someone for a kick to the face to the public when that happens in every match? You can’t do it without going into the distinction between shooting and working and toward no semblance of kayfabe at all. Maeda has only kept his job because New Japan decided to spin an angle out of it. He’ll be punished and knocked down a few pegs and do a lot of jobs to keep his job, no doubt there. Seiki Sakaguchi believes Maeda’s style is hard for fans to understand and may be why ratings are so low, so they’ll be phasing down on Maeda’s shoot style. Dave believes Choshu and Saito was supoosed to be the winning team.
All Japan’s tournament final took place on December 11 before a crowd of 13,200. Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Brody and Snuka in the final, with Yatsu pinning Snuka after pulling a midair reversal of a dragon suplex.
Dusty Rhodes is “thinking” about retiring. For a long time, it’s been said Dusty was going to retire after Starrcade 1988, so this may be legit. Then again, Dusty saw how over Terry Funk got when he announced his retirement, and Dusty never misses a trick.
The winners of all the Bunkhouse Stampedes will participate in the big one on Januay 24 on ppv. Dave wishes them good luck on their first national ppv attempt, because they need it.
JCP ends too many tv shows with main events in progress. Dave’s not opposed to the idea in theory, since leaving your audience wanting is proven to work. But with where they are, they need to satiate their fans’ want for a little while.
Steve Williams hasn’t made his heel turn yet, but expect it before year’s end. Williams does introduce some problems, like contacting New Japan to add four weeks per year to his schedule, which now is up to 16 weeks. He’s been threatening to quit the NWA on and off for the past year but never goes through with it. So until something concrete happens, Dave’s not going to take it too serious. 16 weeks in Japan at the rate Williams gets paid is about $92,000, which isn’t bad for someone with 36 weeks of leisure time outside that.
JCP is full of injuries now. Rick Steiner has a separated shoulder. Barry Windham’s collarbone is broken, and Ricky Morton’s got a bum back.
The UWF Tag Belts have been forgotten. No idea what the status of the Sheepherders is, but they aren’t the champions anymore and the belts (along with the Florida tag belts) will simply no longer be referenced. Steve Keirn also quit the promotion, apparently to go to either Memphis or Global.
[Stampede] Jason the Terrible turned face and things are heating up and they’re selling out more often than not right now. Jason beat Zodiak in a mask match and unmasked Orton, who then left the territory. The Badnews Allen attacked Jason and sprayed paint through his mask into his eyes, before unmasking him.
Stampede are kayfabing Hiroshi Hase’s return to Japan as forced retirement due to injuries inflicted by Jason.
The Iran-Iraq war isn’t enough to stop pro wrestling in the Middle East. Foreign wrestlers are being kept out right now, though.
Curt Hennig had to be hospitalized after AWA’s show on November 28. He was wrestling Wahoo McDaniel in an Indian Strap Match for the title when Adrian Adonis interfered and used a knife to cut the strap, but wound up cutting Curt’s finger. Somehow this wound up with Curt getting disqualified over the interference (I guess since Adonis was attempting to act on his behalf), and it was thought for a bit that he might lose some of the finger.
AWA was supposed to do the tournament for their women’s title on November 28, but have delayed it. Instead, Madusa pinned Bambi in a shitty match and the tournament final is scheduled for December 27 in Vegas. Madusa vs. Candi Divine.
Verne Gagne and Larry Hennig will not be wrestling on the Christmas show for AWA. It’ll be Greg vs. Curt with Verne handcuffed to Larry at ringside.
WCCW’s Christmas card is shaping up. Al Perez vs. Kerry Von Erich for the world title will headline. No second guesses who wins there. The Six-man tag titles will return as well.
The big question for WCCW is how they handle the return of Lance. He’s under contract with David Manning to work independents and eventually Manning’s promotion if he can get it off the ground, but in the meantime he was working for Wild West. No idea what Manning’s relationship with the new WCCW will be like, so who knows what Lance will wind up at.
WCCW’s Thanksgiving show drew 6,000 at Reunion Arena in Dallas. It’s less than Dave had anticipated (ticket prices were way down - general admission was $5 for adults and $3 for kids). Kerry’s comeback match (he’d been back for several weeks, but don’t expect honesty from Von Erich promotion) was 57 seconds against Thing, then Brian Adias, and finally a non-title match against Perez. He won all three matches. Perez then lost another non-title Texas Death Match against Kevin.
Memphis unified all their singles titles in a tournament on December 7. They had Lawler (Southern Champion), Jeff Jarrett (Mid American Champion), and Manny Fernndez (International Champion) in, and the goal was to get rid of all the titles and declare a Continental Wrestling Association Champion. They’re still recognizing Curt Hennig as World champion, so this isn’t a world title. Lawler beat Jarrett then beat Fernandez by DQ to win the tournament.
The Rockers are the Southern tag champs in Memphis and have turned heel. Their reputation for being great workers is clashing with the reports of them in Memphis as basically doing almost nothing in Memphis. After seeing their work in Alabama, Dave thought they just had an ego and thought they were too good for the area. Folks in Memphis are blaming it on their wild partying. Fans weren’t going for them as faces anymore due to their cocky interviews and because they see the Rockers as ripoffs of the Fabulous Ones (a comparison Dave does not get in the slightest), so they needed to be turned.
World Organization Wrestling in Florida are talking about running shows in direct competition with Memphis wrestling. One of the guys they’ve got is a muscular guy managed by Don Fargo by the name of Bob Holly.
Former Kansas State footballer and wrestler Curtis Hughes (the future Mr. Hughes of WCW/WWF) has been refereeing in Alabama and is training to start wrestling.
Shunji Takano (Ninja in Oregon) was on trial in mid November for allegedly hitting a fan with his nunchucks in Eugene, Oregon back in July. He was found guilty and fined $250. His jail sentence was suspended and he has been instead sentenced to community service.
Dave doesn’t know what’s aired and what hasn’t, so here’s what he knows about the DiBiase/Hogan program. DiBiase offers Hogan “7 figures” for the World Title, and Hogan considers it and says he could help his family with the money, but he turns down the offer because he can’t let down the Hulkamaniacs. Then DiBiase makes an agreement with Heenan and Andre that if Andre wins the title, he’ll sell it to DiBiase and get the deal Hogan turned down. Dave thinks the idea of buying/selling the belt is stupid, but it’s less stupid with WWF since they don’t pretend to be a sport. This would be worse in NWA. Anyway, this should all be building toward Wrestlemania and Hogan’s scheduled to leave for a few months to film a movie after Wrestlemania, so rumors will fly that Andre will beat Hogan and sell out to DiBiase. It’d be the first time in WWF history the belt was around the waist of a great wrestler, at least.
WWF taped the Saturday Night’s Main Event for January 2 in front of 11,000 fans. The attendance has to be a disappointment considering the hype. Hogan beat Bundy again, which led to Andre attacking and stealing the belt before beating up several other faces and even no-selling Duggan’s 2x4. Strike Force beat the Bolsheviks in two straight falls to keep the tag titles, Jake Roberts beat Sika (who’s back because Killer Khan disappeared and they needed a foreign guy, and whatever got Sika fired was apparently not major enough to make them forget about him), and Greg Valentine beat Koko B. Ware.
A source at the last MSG show said the Jumping Bomb Angels got twice the reaction for their match as Savage did for his. Dave isn’t sure WWF will ever get a number 2 face over enough he can draw gates on his own. Aside from Rock/Austin falling in their lap and doing just that through sheer force of will, I think this is something they never did figure out.
That’s the length of a regular issue, but this is a double and Dave is going to tell us about his trip to Japan for the next ten pages. It’s a fascinating place. Nobody knows who Joe Montana is, but everyone knows Abdullah the Butcher. Wrestling is big business in Japan, and they tend to set the trends that come to the U.S. several years later. Toys, action figures, records, even Hulkamania were a big deal in Japan well before anyone in the U.S. envisioned it. Vince McMahon gets a lot of credit as a genius in marketing pro wrestling, but he toured Japan several times before 1984 and recreated what they had there. Hogan as an American hero is just the American version of Inoki, with just as big an ego. The albums, t-shirts, action figures, and the rest are all extensions of what Japan had from the 70s on. Vince’s failed attempts to push women’s wrestling came as a result of seeing that they could do big business in Japan. The only thing Vince hasn’t copied from Japan is the work ethic of the wrestlers.
While wrestlers in Japan are on tv commercials and talk shows all the time, that doesn’t make the industry stable. Dave’s first trip to Japan was in December 1984, and a lot has changed since then. All Japan was on top and clearly outclassed everything else, and while New Japan was suffering from its arrangement with WWF it still had a big audience on tv. The Crush Gals were the rock & wrestling idols of Japan for the teen set, and their posters were all over record stores and merch available everywhere. Dave didn’t go to an All Japan Women show in 1984 and regrets that deeply, but in every record or book store he went to, the Crush Gals’ popularity was inescapable.
Compared to UWF and Crockett in 1987, it’s hard to look at Japan as in a bad way, but this year’s trip was different. In Tokyo there were ten stores that catered specifically to wrestling fans back in 1984, compared to five now. Only three weekly magazines are left standing and one monthly, and the monthly is strictly joshi. The Chigusa Nagayo and Riki Choshu calendars are around, but gone are the Crush Gals, Tiger Mask, Stan Hansen, and Choshu records and the posters of the joshi. The most they found was a new 45 by Fujiwara. The lack of the joshi posters is probably due to idol culture in Japan, where they can take a teen, turn her into a rock star, and spit her out in two years. Nearly every teen idol name Dave remembers from his trip three years ago has disappeared from the stores and replaced with new 17-year-olds. The fact that Chigusa Nagayo has managed to increase in popularity and maintain a hold in the mainstream now that she’s 23 has to do with, in Dave’s mind, her improvement of her wrestling to become the best there is in the entire business.
If wrestling has declined over the past few years in Japan, that doesn't mean it’s not still the ultimate experience for a fan. The sheer volume of wrestling coverage is unfathomable to an American. The daily newspaper had a full page devoted to Starrcade and Survivor Series, while American newspapers ignored the results. The death of Kazuhau Sonoda was the lead story in several newspapers, and even though he was just a mid-card guy his death was covered more than American newspapers would cover the hypothetical of Hogan going down in a plane crash. Dave spends a lot of time going over the Japanese wrestling magazine landscape. He managed to work out a deal on getting a lot of magazines to bring back to America for people to be able to buy cheaper than by import subscription.
Dave talks at length about the presentation of wrestling and the fan demographics in Japan. It’s much more sports-like in presentation, and lack the surreal characters, skits, promos, etc. that attract audiences in the U.S. Ticket prices are higher in Japan with the cheap seats as low as $16 (the bigger shows cost $75 for ringside). So the audience is wealthier and more white collar than in the U.S. In the major cities, the fans are almost entirely boys and men between the ages of 15-30. The audience grows older in smaller towns, accounting for the continuing popularity of guys like Baba and Inoki.
He next explains the basics of men’s wrestling in Japan: what New Japan and All Japan are, who their big stars are, etc.. All Japan is more reliant on foreign stars and New Japan relies more heavily on feuds between Japanese wrestlers. He compares Inoki to Dusty, in that he’s popular and pushes himself high on the card, and hardcore fans don’t like him much but unlike Dusty he’s really considered a legend by everyon in Japan. That is one of four reasons people in Japan gave Dave for why New Japan has been suffering in the ratings. The other big reasons are that Japanese culture is still interested in seeing the Japanese prevail over the big, monstrous Americans and New Japan has almost none of those. There’s also a feeling that New Japan’s style is perhaps too esoteric and too heavy on submissions for the casual fan to catch on to. Lastly, they aren’t fans of people changing jobs and bouncing between promotions. Nobody minded when Choshu jumped to All Japan in 1984 because he said a lot of things about Inoki that fans took as true. Jumping back to Inoki purely because he wanted more money and thus breaching contract and making a whole legal thing of it has not been received well in Japan, though, and the jump is popularly felt to have almost killed wrestling in Japan.
The five New Japan shows Dave went to while in Japan made good money at the gate, but the big issue is tv. TV-Asahi has lost interest due to bad ratings and have turned down the request to host the Crockett Cup in April, and New Japan’s tv is in danger of being moved to midnight Mondays or off the air entirely. Landing an afternoon slot on the weekend would be the best goal.
The tv ratings issue is pushing Inoki to try some wild things, the most controversial of which is currently an angle involving a comedian named Mr. Takeshi. Takeshi was once the most famous comedian in the country and is analogous to a Don Rickles or Johnny Carson now, and he’s doing a Cyndi LaupeAndy Kaufman type of angle with Inoki, saying he’s putting together a group to beat Inoki, with a probable end point of a Tokyo Dome show in April. New Japan’s fanbase hate this angle. But New Japan needs to hope the fans stick around and they can get new eyes on the promotion and convert them to fans. It’s the same gamble Vince made with Cyndi Lauper and Mr. T, and it helped cement Hogan. Masa Saito is involved with Takeshi in the storyline and the first involvement of Takeshi will be at the December 27 show, with Takeshi being given the role of bringing over a massive guy named Leon White in as Saito’s partner against Fujinami and Kimura.
All Japan is more stable than New Japan right now. Choshu leaving certainly hurt them, but they’ve recovered and are doing steady business now that Tenryu is hitting his stride as a heel. Bruiser Brody and Abdullah the Butcher returning has been a big boon. Tv ratings arent spectacular, but they’re safe and doing better than New Japan (New Japan’s range from 6-9, All Japan sits in a consistent 11-12 range).
The last promotion Dave covers is All Japan Women, and he finds it hard to explain. The best explanation he can give is this description of an event on December 6 at Korauken Hall:
about 2,400 teenage girls log-jammed in an 1,800 seat building breaking every fire law known to mankind. It was the best live card I’ve seen in at least three years and the main event was by far the greatest match I’ve ever seen live. In fact I’d say without question it was better than any match ever held in the United States in the history of this business. It was a 12-girl tag team match with the most falls before curfew deciding the winner, and he rates it 5 stars. The match went 50 minutes of nothing but high spots and the crowd was screaming at about double the level of a Hulk Hogan posing routine for the entire time. When Chigusa Nagayo was squaring off against Lioness Asuka, the roar was louder than you’d here [sic] in the seventh game of an NBA championship series with 18 seconds left and the home team down by one. I’ve never experienced anything like the energy that comes out of the crowd, and the girls in the ring worked every bit as hard as the crowd. The girls are on TV on the Fuji network and while they consistently draw 7s plus on Saturday afternoons, the week we were there they drew an 11.3 rating. To give you an example of the popularity of this group in Japan--that rating for one show is higher than the rating of all McMahon’s syndicated shows in the United States put together. In fact, it’s roughly the same as the rating that McMahon’s best Saturday Night Main Event NBC special drew, so when I compare the importance of Chigusa with Hulk Hogan it is not an outlandish statement at all.
Despite putting on the best wrestling in the world, AJW’s audience is almost 100% teenage girls. They live and breathe Chigusa Nagayo. The fans who go to men’s cards don’t go to women’s cards in Japan, and the fans and reporters Dave met could not understand why he and his group were so interested in an AJW card. There’s a negative stigma about women’s wrestling in Japan among the fans, probably because the show is designed to appeal to a teen girl’s interests. But it wouldn’t surprise Dave if AJW was as profitable as any other major promotion. They have the ratings (Japanese promotions are paid by their networks, rather than the other way around like in the U.S.) and more importantly, they have major merch - about 15 minutes before the show mentioned above, only 150 people were seated. But then one of the guys Dave was with pointed him to the lobby, and about 1,500 girls were buying all of the merch. Videos, cassettes, posters, keychains, purses, wallets, Dump Matsumoto gym shorts, shopping bags, books, programs, streamers - you name it, they were buying it. Given ticket prices, Dave estimates the gate at about $75,000, and they probably more than doubled that with merch and concessions. There were also other Americans at the AJW show, which you don’t see as much at men’s cards. Based on American reactions to Dump Matsumoto, Dave believes if she were given quality opponents and allowed to work without restriction, she’d make women’s wrestling huge in the U.S. She and Chigusa have drawn several times gates of more than $200,000 (Crockett only did that twice this year - the WarGames matches in Atlanta and Miami, and Hogan did it about a dozen times this year).
The main attraction of the show was that it was Devil Masami’s retirement show. AJW has a mandatory retirement age of 26 (only Dump Matsumoto has been granted an exception by the promotion), and Masami turns 26 on January 7. Dave’s not clear on the reasons, but he figures it probably goes back to the idol culture thing - promote them young, wring out every drop of marketability, spit them out and bring the next fresh crop in. It keeps the stars relatable to the audience, Dave supposes. Some argue that they like their female stars young and cute, but Dave doesn’t see that as a major reason if there’s no men in the audience. Masami’s final match was a five minute exhibition with Chigusa, and the crowd went silent for it out of respect. Chigusa bumped for Masami for the most part, and in the final 45 seconds or so of the match, when Dave thought they’d turn on the intensity, both women broke down in tears together, and the crowd broke down with them. Masami is expected not to stay retired, but to leave Japan to continue her career.
Dave does note some positive things that come out of the age rule AJW has. For one thing, pro wrestling is part of pop culture, but pro wrestling promoters have a really bad understanding of pop culture. Some musical groups have long runs, but most groups that get hot don’t last long and the fizzle quick. The average run for any kind of teen heartthrob to last in pop culture is about two years. Hogan cannot simply sell out a building by showing up. The Rock & Roll Express and Road Warriors can’t draw big numbers by themselves anymore. By having the age rule, AJW forces the constant development and pushing of new talent to the top, which keeps things from getting stale. It keeps you from having a Dusty Rhodes who is still popular and somewhat legendary, but turns other people off. Dave isn’t in favor of the rule at all or any kind of mandatory retirement - he’d still love to watch Bockwinkel or Masa Saito five days a week, but it’s undeniable that the business has been hurt by guys staying long past their prime and using what political power they have to stay on top. It’s hurt by promotions who don’t build stars and only think about the upcoming card, never realizing you need to sometimes tear the whole business down and rebuild and freshen things up to keep alive in the long run.
Anyways, Dave runs down some of the key wrestlers in AJW and talks about them. You’ve got Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo, Dump Matsumoto, the Jumping Bomb Angels, Yukari Omori (nearing retirement age), Yumi Ogura and Kazue Nagahori (both very young and coming up as a top babyface team), Bull Nakano (19 years old and already a top tier worker), and Condor Saito.
Dave then gives complete results and ratings for every card he saw during his trip. I’ll stick to negative stars and 4+ star matches for matches of note. December 11 All Japan had Tenryu/Hara vs. Hansen/Gordy go to a double count out in the tag tournament. 4.5 stars. December 6 AJW had Dump Matsumoto vs. Yukari Omori go to a double count out. 4.5 stars of an absolutely bloody match that went all around the arena and included a fork (American fans started cheering Dump after she got out the fork, and she blew them kisses in response, though Dave makes a shitty joke about Americans cheering for a fork after having to use chopsticks). The 12-woman tag match mentioned above gets 5 stars and is the best thing Dave’s ever seen live. December 3 New Japan has Shiro Koshinaka & Kazuo Yamazaki & Keiichi Yamada beat Hiro Saito & Norio Honaga & Kensuke Sasaki in a six man match. 4.5 stars. They had another 6 man the next night where Yamazaki & Nobuhiko Takada & Yamada beat Hiro Saito & Honaga & Dynamite Chris. 4.5 stars. Antonio Inoki & Dick Murdoch vs. Masa Saito & Fujiwara went to a 30 minute draw on the same show. 4 stars. Lastly, New Japan saw Fujinami & Kimura beat Masa Saito & Fujiwara in the tournament semi-final on December 7. 4 stars.
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