Ginger Animal of the Week
Caracal / Desert Lynx (Caracal caracal)
As a fan of this couple, I enjoy these scenes just for their existence, I love this romantic stuff, I watch all of it with stars in my eyes!
But the thing that I don’t see talked about all that often (and I don’t mention it often enough myself, either!) is that it’s not just there for the audience to enjoy (aside from everything that ever happens in any story is for the audience to enjoy) but that it’s there because USAGI EATS THIS KIND OF THING UP WITH A SPOON LIKE IT’S FUCKING ICE CREAM.
She loves this kind of thing! She loves the formal gowns and tuxedos, she loves pretty jewelry, she loves fancy parties and dancing, she loves the cool and reserved prince type, she loves that he’s actually entirely warm-hearted underneath, she loves being treated like a princess, she fucking LOVES THE COOL PRINCE TYPE.
This right here is what gets Usagi’s gears going!
When you look at the people she’s most attracted to (though, you can make cases for her Sailor Senshi, but they tend not to be as consistent, except maybe Minako), you have… Mamoru, Haruka, and maybe Seiya in the manga. And all three of these people are very “cool prince” types of characters, who make these sort of sweeping gestures, who pull her close and physically shelter her (which is more about emotional support than actual physical protection), who treat her like a princess. Usagi has attractions outside this type of character, but I’ve always seen her as very definitely being the most weak to this kind of person.
So, this romantic formal ballroom type of party isn’t just for the audience reading/watching this story, it’s for Usagi herself as well, because this is what she goes for, this is the kind of thing she loves, this is why she’s so attracted to Mamoru, because this is the kind of person he is much of the time. This isn’t all that’s there to EITHER of them, but it’s definitely one of those things that Usagi loves, much like some people are attracted to a person with a sense of humor or who is really patient or what have you. This is Usagi’s thing.
The thing about the manga is that it just did not have the room to really give the Sailor Senshi a lot of other stuff to do, which is the one thing the first anime had in much bigger quantities. And that’s one of the reasons I do still appreciate the first anime, because it was able to explore the girls more in depth and simply give the audience the time with them to become emotionally invested in them! I wish it could have been used better, but it still definitely lent the girls a depth that the manga didn’t have the room for.
Which is part of the fast pace of the manga, it’s definitely a lot more condensed and the first arc was never meant to put all that much time into them, because Naoko originally planned for it to only be one arc long, so she focused more on plot plus Mamoru/Usagi. You see a shift in the later arcs, where she gets WAY BETTER about giving focus to the girls and you see more of their personalities coming out and gaining greater depth, so I’m really hoping that Crystal gets another season just for that!
What reminded me of that is how I am really enjoying that Ami and Rei are off doing stuff separate from Usagi more in Crystal, they’re getting scenes added in that weren’t in the manga and maybe they’re not super rich in terms of characterization, but you can see that it’s there when the story is given more room for it.
The manga’s first arc just doesn’t have any room left for moments like this, so that’s another thing that I’m so glad about Crystal—they are taking these chances to give more focus on the girls doing stuff, going around and investigating and having moments of bonding in the arcade (THAT WAS SUCH A GOLDMINE OH MY GOD) and I cannot W A I T to see what else will come up for these characters, now that the story simply has the room to breathe a bit more!
(I actually really love that the manga is so fast-paced, because there’s pretty much NO WASTED SPACE THERE, everything is packed densely in and that makes even reading just any single chapter give me loads of thoughts and feelings! I’M GETTING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS HERE. ♥)
A Sea of 4.5 Million Baby Blue Eye Flowers in Japan’s Hitachi Seaside Park
Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.
Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!
I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“
- Autumn In The White Carpathians
- Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
- Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
- Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Autumn Path
- Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
- Dark Hedges In Ireland
- Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
- Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring