im pretty sure sora should be dead from getting hit with an iron ball that many times
I realize a lot of my followers are probably here for like, fma or sailor moon or anime liveblogging in general and might not know the comics I’ve been nostagia-ing about recently so here’s a rundown for the Batfamily pre-reboot
Bruce Wayne- is Batman. Claims to be a loner while adopting children on a regular basis
Dick Grayson- first Robin, child trapeze artist taken in by Bruce after his parents died. As an adult, became him own independent hero named Nightwing. Likes puns.
Jason Todd- Second Robin, was a homeless street kid who tried to jack the Batmobile’s tires, visually identical to Grayson, killed by the Joker.
Everyone says it was because he was irresponsible and a bad seed but if you read actually the story it was because he was tricked by his bio Mom into a trap because he didn’t realize she was working for the Joker. Clearly his death was all his fault, only a demon child wants to help his Mom
(DC did a poll asking fans whether he should die or not because i guess they wanted to encourage a creepy desire to see child characters beaten to death and Jason lost the poll since some fans who really hated him called in multiple times)
Eventually came back from the dead, extremely bitter that Batman like…was still training children and hadn’t done anything about the Joker (kind of has a point there) and decided to kill criminals.
Tim Drake- Third Robin! Rich kid, saw the circus show where Dick Grayson’s parents died. As a major Grayson fanboy, recognized his moves as Robin when he saw it on the news. Devoted his life to stalking and fanboying both of them. Noticed Batman was sad without a Robin, so eventually decided to be Robin.
BUT HE HAS HARD EVIDENCE BRUCE. HARD EVIDENCE GAINED FROM DEDICATED STALKING.
However, being Robin was a mistake, since it eventually led to his life becoming an unending cycle of tragedy. Visually identical to Jason and Dick (except his costume has pants) making it look like Bruce has a hella creepy collection. Was Red Robin for a while before the universe rebooted (yes that’s a really bad name for a superhero and also a burger chain)
Barbara Gordon- Batgirl then Oracle. Comissioner Gordon’s daughter. Became Batgirl of her own volition. Was eventually shot and paralyzed by the Joker to give Bruce some manpain. Some writers thought that was bullshit and put her back n the game as the wheelchair-using, asskickIng master superhacker and information broker Oracle, who ended up leading her own all-lady super team, the Birds of Prey. Mentored the next ladies that became Batgirl.
Had her disability “fixed” and was regressed to Batgirl again in the DC Comics reboot.
Cassandra Cain- Second Batgirl. Raised from birth to be a killer by her dad, who was one of the world’s greatest assassins. She was taught to only communicate through martial arts and body language. can read people’s body language ridiculously well to the point she can predict how someone will move before they do it. Ran away after her dad had her kill someone when she was eight (she didn’t know what was going to happen). Wandered until Barbara came across her, she was given the mantle of Batgirl.
(DC eventually decided it would be a keen idea to have Cass turn evil for no reason but took it back when fans were upset. Howeve they still didn’t give her respect and proper writing. She was eventually written as handing the Batgirl mantle to Steph, and just when she was finally appearing in comics again under another identity (Black Bat), the universe rebooted and her existence was erased completely.
Stephanie Brown- Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl. Her father was a smalltime Batman villain named the Cluemaster- while he may not have been big on Batman’s list of rogues, he made Stephanie and her Mom’s life a living hell, so Stephanie was determined to put him back in jail. Using her basic gymnastics skillls and cobbling together her own costume, she became to superhero “Spoiler” to foil his plans, Batman would generally yell at her to go home for whatever reason, train her for five minutes and then come up with some ridiculous reason to fire her, but she was never intimidated by him and never gave up. She was Tim’s on-and-off again girlfriend and Cassandra’s best friend.
When it came time for another crossover and they needed a character to trigger a gang war and then get killed off so Batman could have an excuse to push everyone away and be a “loner” for the fiftieth time, Stephanie was chosen. They decided to give her five seconds of happiness before she died, so Tim quit being Robin and Stephanie became to first female Robin. DC gave her three issues before she was fired, then tortured and killed.
In response to fan outrage over her treatment, she was bought back with the explanation her death had been faked by her doctor, they had Cassandra quit being Batgirl and Steph took over as the third Batgirl.
Her connections to all the other characters and her time as Robin and Batgirl were erased when the universe rebooted. She was recently reintroduced, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for her getting better treatment in the new universe than she did in the old.
Damian Wayne was the fifth Robin, biological son of Bruce and villan Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter Talia . Like Cass, was trained to be an assassin from birth- unlike Cass, was pretty much fine with killing people because of it. Bruce was not made aware of his existence until he was ten.
Unlike all of the other characters listed, Damian took a while to grow on me, but he did eventually. He managed to still exist in the reboot, but was then killed in action. At ten. Yeah, that’s a “Robin life expectancy” shorter than Jason’s, FANTASTIC PARENTING BRUCE.
yeah so THAT’S THE RUN DOWN of Batman and his kidlets, before the purge.
Edit- if you need the situation with the Robins laid out visually, i find this shortpacked comic does the trick:
silver-hare asked: Hi, sorry for the intrusion, but I've greatly enjoyed your posts and reblogs about Cassandra as Batgirl and I wanted to ask you where should I start to read about her and what is the good stuff :-) I have very little knowledge of American comics, so things that don't rely much on knowledge of the whole continuity would be be better. Thank you!
I’d suggest Cassandra’s entire series as Batgirl (2000-2006). It’s all available digitally on comixology-
If you want print, her series also collected in graphic novels titled Silent Running, Death Wish, Fists of Fury, A Knight Alone, Kicking Assassins and Destruction’s Daughter, I’d look around on Amazon for them.
Unfortunately with comics there’s always going to be continuity stuff. It’s pretty easy to understand Cass’s series through, I mean, it was one of the first I ever read.
Though if you’re interested in her first appearance, it was actually in the Batman No Man’s Land mega event (Basic premise: Gotham experiences a series of terrible disasters and the rest of America decides it’s tired of Gotham so fuck it, seal it off from the rest of the country and let it die. I’m serious. Batman acts like a dick to his family and friends and pushes them away but then learns that isn’t a nice thing to do (this is the basic descripton of every single big event in the Batman books actually)
Despite my flippant description of it it’s a pretty interesting story that gives the Batladies a lot of screentime in addition to introducing Cassandra, so you can pick up the graphic novels collecting it here.
or you can just pick up the novelization of the whole shebang, which was written by Greg Rucka (he’s a good)
For other comics recs, see this post: http://adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumblr.com/post/54237480308/im-getting-into-comics-for-the-first-time-as-an-adult
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that."
Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)
I LOVE that Hermione is insecure and frazzled and haunted by a fear of failure in the books, because god, so am I? So are a lot of people? She really helped me. She showed people you can get through it.
It’s amazing to see her grow. Hermione freaks out about the Devil’s Snare in the first book because she sometimes cracks under pressure- but by the time we get to the seventh book she’s grown, she’s gotten herself used to these situations and she’s able to repeat Ron’s line to her (“Are you a witch/wizard or what?”) in a high stress situation.
Hermione grows, and she stuggles and she needs support like a human being, but her growth is wonderful. It makes all the amazing, heroic moments she has shine brighter because she had to work through her own issues to get there.
You know, even though it seemed REALLY SUDDEN that Yuri went from ~dashing bishounen savior~ to main antagonist of this series, antagonists are way more interesting than bishounen saviors so it makes his existence worthwhile.
and i was thinking there was very little foreshadowing of it, but then I’m realizing the two times Yuri did play dashing savior to Sora (which is now Laya’s official job btw i’m glad, she does it better) Sora only needed saving because she was being pressured into doing stunts she was in no way ready for and would have died
…which is Yuri’s entire issue with Kaleido Stage. That his dad died and Yuri thinks it was because he was pressured into a stunt.
so it actually was probably supposed to be foreshadowing that Yuri was so quick to react when he saw people about to die from dangerous stunts
UNFORTUNATELY THIS MAKES IT LOOK LIKE YURI DEFINITELY HAS A POINT
like he’s supposed to be the bad guy here and ~oh no his dad totally wasn’t pressured he chose to do it~ but here Yuri had SEEN this show make a young person to do stunts she is in no way ready for while giving her zero preparation time and Sora would have died if Yuri hadn’t been specifically looking out for that sort of stuff so he could step in.
Yuri’s right, this show doesn’t give a shit about it’s performers and they could die at any second doing dangerous stunts because no one bothers to prepare them
I know I’m thinking way harder about this than the anime wants me to but wow major case of “this asshole is actually completely right”.