If ur feeling small today I dare you to sit up straighter, look someone who scares u directly in the eye, take up room at the dinner table, make yourself bigger, when ‘sorry’ laps at the back of your tongue, tries to pick up after you, remind yourself that your existence doesn’t demand an apology, that you are allowed to make mess and take up space, do not be afraid to expand. Every single goddamn minute. Expand, expand, expand
what she says: i’m fine
what she means: i will never achieve true closure and happiness until i know for a fact that chihiro and haku found each other again after the events of spirited away
what if chihiro grows up and forgets most of what happened, but starts to work in a city design field and ends up getting the kohaku river restored because she feels like it needs to be done, for some reason, some desperate feelings in her chest
and the day after the construction is complete she goes there alone in the early morning and stands on the bank looking at it and feels a sort of peace that she hasn’t felt since she was a child
and then NAKED HAKU comes out of the water all OMG CHIHIRO and she’s like FUCK STRANGE MAN STRANGE MAN and kicks him back in the water
but then she remembers and puts him in her hoodie and sneaks him back to her apartment and the rest is just DOMESTIC HIJINKS of haku being like HUMANS ARE AMAZING and taking two hour baths and chihiro’s neighbors are like dear… you can do better than that weirdo… but chihiro is SO HAPPY and so is haku
crunchyroll got the subs right!!!
Jean said ダメだ…先にアイツを何とかしねえと！！which is like “It’s no use; we have to take care of her first”
no dumb skank/whore/bitch-calling yes good jobs subs
saying “id die without you” or “youre the only thing keeping me from hurting myself” isnt romantic its just freaky and manipulative
kids these days know what records are
we know what floppy disks are
we know what VHSs are
why would the population just collectively forget an important piece of technology just because no one uses them anymore
people nowadays still know what a telegraph is and those haven’t been in popular use since the 19th century
THIS IS NOT WHAT CLINGY IS IM SO MAD. ALL OF THAT IS CALLED “HAVING FRIENDS”
BEING CLINGY IS LITERALLY LIKE INVADING SOMEONES PERSONAL SPACE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY FEEL EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE. IDK ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT HAVING PEOPLE CONSTANTLY STALK ME IS PRETTY FUCKIN AWFUL
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DONT GLORIFY THIS SHIT
We’ve all seen the theories, repeated and twisted ad nauseum to fit nearly every children’s show. Angelica dreamed up the other Rugrats. Even the humans at Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends were imaginary. The events that took place in Codename: Kids Next Door were just kids playing make believe. Phineas and Ferb exist only in Candace’s head. Ash Ketchum was just in a coma. Harry Potter dreamed Hogwarts because he couldn’t handle his abuse by the Dursleys. And on and on and on.
There seems to be a compulsion among young teens and adults to reclaim these shows for themselves, and for them, that means placing these stories within a tragic context that better fits their worldview, a paradigm in which optimistic stories centered around children could not possibly, believably exist in the real world. When these theories crop up, they go viral, usually with accompanying comments uttered in reverent tones along the lines of “I can never look at this show the same way again,” as if the theory has pulled back the curtain and revealed The Truth about an innocent show that many internet users enjoyed as children. In other words, the theory becomes more valid than the text or the show itself. We substitute the humor, the hope, and the ideology of children’s fiction with run-of-the-mill “it was all a dream” psychological horror, and by doing so, we throw a giant middle finger to the critically important messages these shows convey.
The whimsical tone of Rugrats centered around kids who never quite understood the adult world; they misconstrued words and events and spun their own ideas out of them, and it was a better world, simply because we as the audience were allowed to look at mundane adult things like taxes and car washes in fresh, ultrapositive ways. Phineas and Ferb is a joyously optimistic show about the power of invention and creativity, a world in which children are never asked to hold themselves back and are never cruel to one another. So many fantasy series allow us to find an essential truth of human experience, that hope and friendship and good will can overcome darkness, by showing us a world we can’t always see but is always there, just as Hogwarts is hidden from our Muggle eyes. These stories are equally as valid, if not more so, than our “adult” stories that show the world as a more brutal place. They can both be true, but stories only have the power that we assign to them. If we continue to insist that positive, hopeful stories are unbelievable, then we create a world in which those stories lose their power, and our world reflects that change.
The stories we tell children shape our future. There’s a reason we need those happy endings, and it’s not because children are too weak to handle the “truth” about the world. It’s because we as a society need to be reminded that kindness and hope have power. Children need stories that allow them to be heroes, that value their insight, their ideas, and their narratives. We need stories that empower, not stories that dwindle away into hopeless cynicism. We do not need to insist that fictional stories cannot exist on their own terms, that even fantasy worlds must be fantasies within their own story. It’s backwards, it’s hopeless, it’s wrong-headed. These stories aren’t yours to claim. They aren’t yours to “correct.” These stories belong to children, and thankfully, they’re stories full of more hope and power than anything the internet could ever come up with. Why would you ever try to tear them down?
In the Avatar State, you are at your most powerful.