i dont understand people who only sleep with one pillow
So I guess this thing I made is officially out in the world now! Or will be in a little while. Anyways - I had the great pleasure of getting to do a variant cover for Bravest Warriors #24 which according to this will be out in September :) Also the incomparable jellydraws did one of the other variants!!
I love this cover.
He’s still a hiccup
I FREAKING NEEDED THIS GIF FROM THE MOMENT I SAW THE MOVIE I MEAN VALKA IS JUST LIKE RUNNING EFFORTLESSLY OVER THE ROCKS AND HICCUP IS FALLING DOWN THEM AND SCRAMBLING UP TO KEEP PACE WITH HER JUST WHAT A DORK
I like how Toothless is there to stop Hiccup from falling on more than one occasion (ending of HTTYD, GOTNF) and here he’s just like “up you go my silly uncoordinated human we don’t have all day for this, damn your booty’s getting heavy man”
I’ve said this again and again,and I would never get tired of reiterating: Haikyuu brings something new and something extremely important to the world of sports anime.
That is advancing the perspective of the defeated, the characters in the periphery, the characters that we often forget and bypass when we watch sports series.
We’ve had a lot of sports series in the past years—series that emphasize the value of determination, teamwork, patience, and talent—the key to catching that win. But is that all there to is? Is competition just about winning, or more importantly—
Is it just about WINNERS?
I must say, this has been the most emotional episode of Haikyuu for me. Why? Cause we get to see that losing is something unnatural. Okay. Yeah. Losing is inevitable, but the way we focus on the story of the winners makes us forget how the other teams have felt. In this case, Furudate-sensei has achieved something I haven’t ever seen from the other sports anime that I’ve watched. He knows that these other teams also have their stories. It makes me glad that this episode was told from the perspective of the losing team. If this was the conventional sports anime, we would’ve shrugged our shoulders over this other team, went full force on supporting the protagonists. But no. It made you feel like, “Hey, it doesn’t really matter who wins. Everyone is doing their best, aren’t they?”
Another point of contention is the fact that the rival teams have always been presented in an antagonistic way—arrogant players who just wanted to bring down those who get in their way, athletes who only think of winning, blah, blah, blah. In the Nekoma vs. Karasuno match, I did not see any antagonist in Nekoma. They were supporting each other. To quote the Nekoma Coach, “they bring out the best in each other, that’s why they are called ‘rivals’.”
Watching this episode only made me realize again that in essence, their is no useless team. Every single player, every single team—all of them has their own story, their own purpose. Their relationships might rest on rivalry or friendship—but these two things all boil down to the fact that they are “bonds”, reactions that make the competing teams better and improve themselves. After all, this is the essence of sports—continuing to challenge yourself and come out as a better, stronger, and serious player.
I do hope, and sincerely so, that Haikyuu continues to be like this. :)