Aside from fangirling talking about a certain political space opera and a fictional fifteen-year-old boy who looks ridiculously good in any kind of military uniform *coughTrowaBartoncough*, I and Bianca ended up chatting about EVERYTHING when we met up, because fandom-wise, we’re basically halves of the same fruit. Same music, same books, same interests! We’ve even been in two events (one a concert and the other a festival) at the same time and just didn’t know it.
MOST IMPORTANTLY WE’RE OF THE SAME HEIGHT (or so I think), and people in our own offices mistake us as interns since the Internship Season has started. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT WE’RE STUCK IN TEENAGE-SIZED BODIES, OKAY?
Oh, but seriously, it’s always nice to meet someone whom you can share your little fandom weirdness with. I mean, not everybody understands that 22-year-old girl who always wears skirts and dresses and headbands BUT LIKES ROBOTS FIGHTING IN SPACE. So yeah. :p

Aside from fangirling talking about a certain political space opera and a fictional fifteen-year-old boy who looks ridiculously good in any kind of military uniform *coughTrowaBartoncough*, I and Bianca ended up chatting about EVERYTHING when we met up, because fandom-wise, we’re basically halves of the same fruit. Same music, same books, same interests! We’ve even been in two events (one a concert and the other a festival) at the same time and just didn’t know it.

MOST IMPORTANTLY WE’RE OF THE SAME HEIGHT (or so I think), and people in our own offices mistake us as interns since the Internship Season has started. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT WE’RE STUCK IN TEENAGE-SIZED BODIES, OKAY?

Oh, but seriously, it’s always nice to meet someone whom you can share your little fandom weirdness with. I mean, not everybody understands that 22-year-old girl who always wears skirts and dresses and headbands BUT LIKES ROBOTS FIGHTING IN SPACE. So yeah. :p

A Soldier of Peace: Lucrezia Noin
Episode 04: The Victoria Nightmare

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After watching episodes 01-03, the depth of what we know about the gundam pilots stop at the handful of inklings about their personalities that we get from their individual appearances. We know that it’s Operation Meteor and that they’re accepting missions from—at this point—a still faceless group of colony rebels. But we still haven’t gotten a peek at what the boys really think about peace and war. 

When Lucrezia Noin appears for the first time, we know right away what she thinks about wars from her conversation with Zechs Merquise. Noin playfully asks Zechs what kind of “rumors” he has heard about her; he answers something about her excellent career as an Instructor at the Lake Victoria Academy and how she has become a “superior all-around soldier”. Then he follows it with a, “But Noin, you used to hate wars, what’s with all the effort you’re making?”

Noin silently laughs and says it’s all for her love of outer space.

This is where the line between the Good Guy and the Bad Guy pigeonholes starts to blur,when someone in an organization that is supposed to be the “enemy” doesn’t fit the antagonist’s caricature mold and have a cause as noble as this. She doesn’t mean she merely wants to go to outer space. Noin is a true dignified soldier—she’s not interested in fighting battles but she will fight if it’s for love, for peace, to keep the peace in the place she loves and at the same time in the place where she came from: the Earth. Why is she fond of outer space anyway? The stars, probably? Perhaps something to do with the lives that it gets to shelter with the establishment of the colonies? No concrete explanation or back story has ever been shown, but from the get-go we see Noin’s unshakable passion to protect it.

And then we see more of her views: “The value of life versus war is something I can’t even compare.”  She treasures life. She provides a place for the trainees to unwind, teaches them to not overdo things, and thinks it’s unfair to launch operations that put soldiers’ lives at risk (you’re a top military school alumna, Noin, but about the last bit Zechs thinks you forgot to read the Warrior’s Manual).

Take note: we’re first introduced to these philosophies using Noin, an OZ soldier, not any of the five pilots or the main female lead. We’re slowly being eased into the Fields of Grays by giving us a remarkable example. An example, of course, that is as human as a human can be.

Noin’s sense of right and wrong has always guided her and has probably never failed her…that is, until the ‘Nightmare at Lake Victoria.’ When a cadet dies in her arms following Chang Wufei’s attack on the base, she’s enraged. She’s probably thinking, what kind of respectable warrior would kill would-be-soldiers in their sleep? She hops into a mobile suit and is able to corner Wufei. She knows he is the reason her trainees died, but what does she do when she sees that “he’s just a baby?” She tells her soldiers to hold their fire because NO, YOU CAN’T SHOOT A KID. HE’S JUST A LITTLE BOY. IT’S WRONG TO SHOOT A LITTLE BOY. And it’s a pretty bad decision, because it just leads to more death. 

In the end, even if she’s still able to crack a joke, she is emotionally torn. In her beat-up Aries and with her damaged pride, she convinces Zechs to let her fight with him against the gundams because she wants “to get stronger”.

She has been in the field before, but not enough. This is how she learns that outside the training grounds of Lake Victoria, sometimes a soldier’s sense of right and wrong doesn’t overlap with the rules of a battle—that sometimes there are no rules at all, making wars the humankind’s worst and dirtiest ‘game’ in history.

So I thought I’d be able to write a meta about Chang Wufei in this episode…

…but he hasn’t called his gundam “Nataku” yet. That’s kind of the springboard I needed (mind, I’m not trying to find excuses for his overall behavior, I just don’t want to jot down a judgmental enumeration of the reasons why he is a big arsehole. Besides, don’t we all love context? :p)

When’s the first time he called it Nataku, anyway? When he lost to Treize? UGH itching to write it right now. I think that Treize episode is like four eps away. But yeah I’ll wait.

queercred:

It has no real relevance to the real Spanish Sahara, which none of us have been to. It’s kind of an imaginary place - somewhere that’s quite nightmarish and ravaged. It’s like a desolate landscape and the whole song is like, getting over a trauma, but the trauma doesn’t go away and it multiplies from one into a bunch of furies, which was kinda to do with the Greek myths of the furies, who would haunt families and generations.  |  Yannis Philippakis

sodiuhm:

babyyy

sodiuhm:

babyyy

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2010)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2010)

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Sansa could sew and dance and sing. She wrote poetry. She knew how to dress. She played the high harp and the bells. Worse, she was beautiful. Sansa had gotten their mother’s fine high cheekbones and the thick auburn hair of the Tullys.

(Source: sansaspark)

fuckyeahtrowaxquatre:

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cinderellaincombatboots:

Episode 03: Five Gundams Confirmed. Trowa Barton and Quatre Raberba Winner meet for the first time at the Corsica Base.

A Little Bit of Naivety: Quatre Raberba Winner
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Let’s be honest: you’ll have to be a little unhinged to scramble out of your machine’s cockpit in the middle of a battle and holler some form of friendly ceasefire to someone who can squish you with a giant robot hand. It’s downright mad, especially when you did this just because it suddenly didn’t feel right to continue fighting.

Hunches could be wrong, even if you have some kind of ESP-like ability. A quick calculation that goes, “This guy doesn’t seem to be on the OZ’s or the Alliance’s side, his mobile suit is identical to mine, and it looks like we have the same mission too” may seem logical, but it’s not 100% reliable.

So yes, you’ll have to be a little bit unhinged…or, you know, a little bit naive.

Quatre Raberba Winner is a kind person. From the first episode we know he is the only one who doesn’t strictly stick to the “Don’t let anyone who sees your Gundam live” rule that the pilots are following. He gives the enemies a chance to live, and if they don’t grab it, he says sorry before killing them. Take note, they’re the enemies. Now faced with a mysterious suit that is likely not an enemy, he cautiously works out his next steps, telling the Maguanacs he doesn’t need any help. And then out of the blue he senses that this little brawl is wrong, so he ‘surrenders’ and yells, “You and I shouldn’t be fighting each other!”

(I can imagine a very baffled Trowa. Guy’s raised as a mercenary as early as he could properly walk, and a situation like this has never been filed in his memory bank. He probably will just go on and crush Quatre then and there...if he hasn’t ran out of ammo and if there isn’t a forty-men backup troop ready to blow him to smithereens once he lifts a Gundanium finger to hurt their Master. It’s clear that throwing in the towel is the only option left for him, so that’s what he does. Uh, yeah, going off on a tangent…)

A little peek at Quatre’s history will give you that unlike the other pilots, he didn’t experience a huge tragedy when he was younger. His Episode Zero is more about his identity, his pursuit of individuality, than having a beginning of a war-marred childhood. Instead of tears and death, there’s enlightenment at the end of his back story. There hasn’t been any dark cloud to taint his kindness so he goes out there as the most positive, the most hopeful, and the least judgmental of all the pilots.

Remember the "Good Guy, Bad Guy" ping-pong embedded in the show’s plot? Quatre plays this with rose-colored spectacles…at least in the beginning. It’s extremely dangerous, but he’s willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt, even in the battlefield. Oh, he does his job and accomplish his missions, but the boy just doesn’t have the ability to readily believe a person is bad or evil. This will be further backed in the next episodes, where he thinks the other pilots may be “violent but they’re all really nice guys.”

I like that Quatre’s naive because it plays a major role in some of the decisions he’ll make that will leave significant marks on the AC 195 history. I like it because it doesn’t only say so much about how he’s just a sheltered kid that’s basically Hope on Two Legs, it’s also proved to be very essential to his growth.

Quatre’s naivety and kindness are some of the traits that often make people categorize him as weak—which he is anything but. I’d love to expand on this more, but I think I’d rather wait ‘til I reach the episodes that prove he’s no “fragile desert flower”. :p

#my love for this boy can power a nation

So do ours, man, so do ours. Well, it won’t take long till we get to more badass Quatre episodes! We hate it when he’s portrayed or interpreted as WEAK, SUBMISSIVE, or USELESS because those are the exact opposite of what he is. And we agree on the naivety part. We think all the pilots possess a degree of naivety, but it is Quatre’s that shone the most and it proved to be an important trait of him character-wise throughout the series.

Ooooh, look at this beautiful meta! I completely agree with all of this.

also i read the following sentence as:

"He probably will just go on and crush on Quatre then and there...”

which I also completely agree with so.

Oh god haha! Yes, yes he will. :’)

And thanks. :)

Episode 03: Five Gundams Confirmed. Trowa Barton and Quatre Raberba Winner meet for the first time at the Corsica Base.

A Little Bit of Naivety: Quatre Raberba Winner
_____

Let’s be honest: you’ll have to be a little unhinged to scramble out of your machine’s cockpit in the middle of a battle and holler some form of friendly ceasefire to someone who can squish you with a giant robot hand. It’s downright mad, especially when you did this just because it suddenly didn’t feel right to continue fighting.

Hunches could be wrong, even if you have some kind of ESP-like ability. A quick calculation that goes, “This guy doesn’t seem to be on the OZ’s or the Alliance’s side, his mobile suit is identical to mine, and it looks like we have the same mission too” may seem logical, but it’s not 100% reliable.

So yes, you’ll have to be a little bit unhinged…or, you know, a little bit naive.

Quatre Raberba Winner is a kind person. From the first episode we know he is the only one who doesn’t strictly stick to the “Don’t let anyone who sees your Gundam live” rule that the pilots are following. He gives the enemies a chance to live, and if they don’t grab it, he says sorry before killing them. Take note, they’re the enemies. Now faced with a mysterious suit that is likely not an enemy, he cautiously works out his next steps, telling the Maguanacs he doesn’t need any help. And then out of the blue he senses that this little brawl is wrong, so he ‘surrenders’ and yells, “You and I shouldn’t be fighting each other!”

(I can imagine a very baffled Trowa. Guy’s raised as a mercenary as early as he could properly walk, and a situation like this has never been filed in his memory bank. He probably will just go on and crush Quatre then and there...if he hasn’t ran out of ammo and if there isn’t a forty-men backup troop ready to blow him to smithereens once he lifts a Gundanium finger to hurt their Master. It’s clear that throwing in the towel is the only option left for him, so that’s what he does. Uh, yeah, going off on a tangent…)

A little peek at Quatre’s history will give you that unlike the other pilots, he didn’t experience a huge tragedy when he was younger. His Episode Zero is more about his identity, his pursuit of individuality, than having a beginning of a war-marred childhood. Instead of tears and death, there’s enlightenment at the end of his back story. There hasn’t been any dark cloud to taint his kindness so he goes out there as the most positive, the most hopeful, and the least judgmental of all the pilots.

Remember the "Good Guy, Bad Guy" ping-pong embedded in the show’s plot? Quatre plays this with rose-colored spectacles…at least in the beginning. It’s extremely dangerous, but he’s willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt, even in the battlefield. Oh, he does his job and accomplish his missions, but the boy just doesn’t have the ability to readily believe a person is bad or evil. This will be further backed in the next episodes, where he thinks the other pilots may be “violent but they’re all really nice guys.”

I like that Quatre’s naive because it plays a major role in some of the decisions he’ll make that will leave significant marks on the AC 195 history. I like it because it doesn’t only say so much about how he’s just a sheltered kid that’s basically Hope on Two Legs, it’s also proved to be very essential to his growth.

Quatre’s naivety and kindness are some of the traits that often make people categorize him as weak—which he is anything but. I’d love to expand on this more, but I think I’d rather wait ‘til I reach the episodes that prove he’s no “fragile desert flower”. :p