IVE BEEN LAUGHING AT THIS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS
You guys. You guys. Holy shit.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS ABOUT EPISODE 5 I’D LIKE TO SAY.
So stick with me.
Now, before anything goes down, I’d like to point something out. Even though this episode was about completely tearing our penguin angel down, it made me realize that, emotionally, he may be the strongest character on the show.
Sure, he’s boisterous and childish and loud. He’s not very good with his emotions, as we see above. But he is trying so hard to hide this from his friends. First off, in the picture above, we kick-start things quickly with Rei noticing what’s wrong.
The other boys do not hesitate to jump onto the case, either.
Without telling them what’s wrong, Nagisa tries to cover up his emotions (Although he becomes a mess, kind of fails at that) and keep acting as if everything is normal. He gives no explanation, and although he’s worrying his friends, this boy will not give up why.
And, already, we see Haru, Makoto, and Rei becoming protective. For Nagisa to suddenly erupt like this is beyond strange, and they don’t hesitate in contacting each-other to help him out. They tried so hard to make him comfortable, to let him know they were there.
May I talk about these two
boyfriendstho? I MEAN HOLY GOD. THEY’RE LITERALLY CANON. Rei, the usually formal and put-together guy, loses his shit over the fact that Nagisa is even remotely upset. It just shows how much all of them care for each-other; their love for their friends and the team knows no bounds.
We see, throughout the episode, Rei dealing with Nagisa differently than Haru and Makoto. AND THAT IS AWESOME. Why? Because cHaRaCtErS
Makoto will do anything to protect Nagi, Haru just wants to understand and console him, and goddamn Rei is losing his shit trying to help this child.
When Nagisa deals with stress, he tends to hold it in. He’s upset and wears his emotions on his sleeve- and when he thought of Rei leaving he really broke down. He needed to show Rei how much he cared and how valuable he was. This beautiful relationship, romantic or whatever, is perfect. They care SO IMMENSELY for each-other.
Can we talk about how, any time Nagisa gets really upset in this episode, Rei jumps up to give suggestions? Part of him doesn’t know why Nagi won’t confront his fears, but he’s patient and shows he’s with him the whole time. He’s a rock, something for Nagi to hold on to, even if he’s angry and lashing out. Rei never backs down on showing Nagisa how much he means to the team and him.
speAKING OF HIM MEANING A LOT TO THE TEAM JUST LOOK AT THIS. These guys go hella out of their way to protect him- hiding Nagisa from his parents and letting him lash out until they can help him and the time is ready.
And from Nagisa’s reaction, I think we’re all safe to say these dorks really proved his worth to them and the team.
WHICH IS A HUGE PROBLEM TO NAGISA- THINK ABOUT THIS SCENE. This little guy has, as we saw in his school experience, never stopped trying. All he wants to do is please others, and make them feel better above himself.
The reason he doesn’t tell his parents he’s unhappy? Not only does he feel this horrible depression, but he doesn’t want them to disapprove. Won’t tell his friends why he’s upset and tired? Doesn’t want them to worry.
And, in this scene, we see how it hurts him. Not only does Nagisa put others above himself- but he puts himself down. When Haru suggest that he can be anything he wants to be, Nagisa turns it around and denies it- and tries to make his friend feel better about himself.
This boy, who is always enthusiastic and compassionate and hard-working and an absolute angel, has broke. He’s been holding in his own worries, insecurities, the problems of his friends, the disappointment of himself, and hatred for how he is treated and studying for years.
And, as he said, even he gets tired sometimes. When everything came crashing down he couldn’t hold it in- he didn’t know how to deal with it. Nagisa Hazuki is the strongest character on this show, because throughout BOTH seasons we’ve never seen him cry until now- he’s put EVERYBODY before himself and omfg I can’t. And for him to hold it in for so long, to recover, and try to keep it a secret- of course this is going to happen.
Like Rei said,
SO CHEERS, NAGISA! Congratulations on being a developed, realistic character with beautiful complexities and feelings. You can face your fears- don’t give up. You can do anything.
This episode speaks to me, and I’m sure others, in many more ways than ever imaginable. Free! is gorgeously written and executed, and I will never forget this episode.
THE ONLY THING IM UPSET ABOUT
is that nobody in the whole show hugged this poor little boy, not even Rei or Mamakoto or Haru or anyone like wtf i think we’re past this point of weird hugging like this boy bawled his eyes out and lashed out on multiple occassions he deserves a motherfucking hug im sorry omg
P L U S
reigisa will kill me
Such a pretty boy (✿´‿`)
some MLP spoilers because I was dumb enough to go to the fan wiki, not exactly a happy camper r/n
it also doesn’t help that one of the new writers they’re bringing on for season 5 had also worked on Fish Hooks and flippin’ Johnny Test and not much else. :/
some MLP spoilers because I was dumb enough to go to the fan wiki, not exactly a happy camper r/n
Legends of Equestria showing at Bronycon! There’s gonna be an open server week next week, so let’s have a go at it! C:
Tena’s last few whiny posts about “YOU HATE BRONIES, YOU ARE EVUL” directed at comfemgem (and others) seem to repeatedly bring up Michael Morones and the other bullied male minor who attempted suicide/were bullied for being Bronies, and uses them as gross emotionally-manipulative tools to win her argument. Her argument is “you’re the kind of person who drives these children to suicide! How dare you! How can you live with yourself?”, thereby turning a minor child’s suicide attempt into something to make her argument look moire “legit” and shame people into silence.
… but when the minor in question was Pinkiepony, she went out of her way to discredit her, to claim that her suicide attempt was fake, and repeatedly harassed/stalked her. Which, in fact, may have increased the likelihood that Pinkiepony would attempt suicide in the first place.
I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that in Tena’s eyes, Michael Morones was male and a “good” suicidal minor, and Pinkiepony was a teenage girl and therefore “bad”. Because when Michael attempted suicide, it was a ‘tragedy’ that Tena uses as a tool to shame people who legitimately criticize Bronies; when it was Pinkie, it was “attention whoring” and a “lie” that she continuously brings up to humiliate her, months and months later.
Tenaflyv1per only seems to take suicide attempts seriously when they can be used to benefit her.
I see you Tena, your misogyny is transparent as fuck.
Don’t forget that time when there was a brony artist who created a rape joke animation and planned to make a rape animation of a teen survivor’s OC to mock her. He was (rightfully) called on his behaviour and told how reprehensible it was. As soon as people became aware that he was a teen boy, suddenly Tena started using it as an example of “meanie tumblr feminists harassing minors!!" Despite, you know, her history of stalking a teen girl around the internet to insult her and call her a cunt, and trying to ‘prove’ her suicide attempt false. Harassing minors is only bad if they’re not bronies, I guess. Pppbbbt.
A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”
i have yet to see a feminist/sjw make a decent rebuttal against this argument.
#feminist bullshit #not all men #yes all women #social justice #sjws #stupid sjws #feminism #i will sit here and share horror stories that are only applicable to individual instances of misfortune that demonize a particular group #and when they try to defend themselves #because they dont want to be held accountable for the actions of others #that also fit into their group #i am going to scream and shout and further villainize them #because THATS WHAT ACTIVISM IS #THATS WHAT FEMINISTS DO!!!! #/end moriarty voice
i’m sure someone has already replied to this but wow what a great way to start my day.
#yesallwomen isn’t about being the victim, it’s a response to #notallmen because for SOME reason when women/feminists/anyone states “all men are rapists” “all men are pigs” “all men are trash” all men are like that”, etc. the first thing people responded to are how men are being insulted? you’re more worried that people are talking shit that MIGHT refer to you but you’re not disgusted that there ARE men that rape women? harass women? KILL women? or all of the above to anyone in the LGBT+ community?
are you so self-absorbed that you’re first reaction is to defend men that arent criminals instead of being outraged that there ARE men HURTING WOMEN? because you wouldn’t be alone apparently.
#yesallwomen tells us that there ARE dangers. that men HAVE hurt them, raped them, killed others. it’s proof that the way we objectify women is harmful and sometimes deadly. its about women/lgbt+ people coming together and saying “i was hurt, my friends have been hurt, my family has been hurt, things have to change”
also why are people so desperate to debunk the whole #notallmen bullshit? of course we know that not all men are like that. but what are you going to do about the men that are like that? what will you tell your friends that brag about gangraping a girl at a party? what do you say to your sons that brag about how they harass women on the street? what will you do when another man has hurt you in any way ive stated above?
also also, men that sexually harass women aren’t a small percentage. the whole point of the #yesallwomen tag is to show that people have be sexually harassed or harmed at some point in their life. looks like someone never read it lol
i also reblogged the tags because shit like this makes me severely disappointed.
people seem to think that #yesallwomen and #notallmen is about women vs. men, but its not
its about people that sexually harass and harm others vs people that want to change our society and culture and stop them
im not good at writing essays, but i hope ive changed some minds or at least helped people understand what feminism wants to achieve… i guess..
not all men are rapists, but what are you going to do about the ones that are?
lots of big righteous reblogs today soz (but not)
THANK YOU LIZ i didn’t really know how to express how i felt about this dumbass comic. i saw it earlier, grit my teeth and moved on because i didn’t have the right words.
y’know it’s unfortunate. i’m sure a lot of guys out there are just waiting to understand, and have the ability to understand this argument. but they’re scared that, because they’re a man, that means they’re being pre-judged. “no! i’m not like those guys who hurt and steal and kill! i want to love and be loved!” i felt like that when i first started seeing the #notallmen vs #yesallwomen debates, because i didn’t know what it meant and felt like i was in danger of being stigmatized.
i was also one of those guys who didn’t understand feminism AT ALL and bought into the stereotypes. but i sat and i read and i listened and it made so much sense.
waaay more guys need to realize this shit applies to them. especially cis dudes (i honestly think feminism amongst transmen is alive and well, i’ve seen nothing to the contrary). i don’t have anything to really add to all this, only that i hope good honest men can let go of their insecurities and realize the rest of the world isn’t bearing down on them. nothing else will better help them realize how important erasing gender discrimination is.
also, the hook-line-and-sinker in this comic is SO GOD DAMN STUPID jfc the worst way to “win” an argument is to change the subject
bringing to light the sheer massive amount of harassment and abuse women suffer daily at the hands of a clear majority of men is “perpetuating a state of victimhood” and the same as racist stereotyping. Once again plebcomics attempts to knock it out of the park and twats themselves in the face with the bat.
when your teacher assigns an art project and everybody knows you’re an artist
When the trailer comes out I’ll change the colors of his outfit accordingly.
Close ups because Tumblr’s resizing system sucks.