I’ve been browsing the Fairy Tail tag on and off again during the last 12 hours or so and each time I go into the tag, I get angrier.
I know I’ve said something earlier, but now I’m really pissed the fuck off.
Let me start this off by saying that I have accepted Fairy Tail’s high level of fanservice right from the beginning. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I groan, sometimes I roll my eyes - as Lucy’s clothing gets shredded into revealing little strips of cloth for the thousandth time - but I don’t actually mind it. And let me also say I’m definitely not here to jump in your face and say “NO YOU’RE WRONG AND HERE’S WHY”.
But this chapter did not sit well in my stomach at all, and maybe describing why will at least give you a little insight as to how some of us are feeling.
It’s not WHAT the author did with Erza that is the real problem. The biggest stomach-turner for me lies in how he chose to present this piece of story visually.
It is not a question of whether there is nudity, it is the way the nudity is portrayed to the viewer. Because, absolutely, as you said, this is an incredibly intense chapter. Erza goes through a tremendous amount of physical and emotional suffering, and is left in a lose-lose situation. I’m not arguing against the severity of the situation - nor am I saying the author was purposely trying to make the whole thing cheap and fanservicey.
But whether he did so on purpose or whether just out of habit, the way each panel showed Erza throughout the entire chapter followed the fanservice formula - her breasts, her butt, and her groin are shown off at every. single. opportunity. with the most sparing censoring possible used to hide just where her nipples would be and where her actual ladybits would be - whether barely obscured by a strand of hair, Kyouka’s hand, or the flame of a candle in the corner.
You do not need a full-out, blatantly sexual view of Erza’s naked body to be able to portray the fact that she is being whipped and tortured by Kyouka. Let alone panel after panel after panel.
So it feels sickening to us, because here she is, stripped completely of her magic, and of her clothing and armor - and despite the fact that she was able to overcome her fear of not having her armor on, we know what a huge deal this has been to her in the past. Her sensitivity to pain has been modified beyond compare, reducing Erza - ERZA - to actual tears from the physical pain at the hands of an utterly sadistic villain, watching her friend slowly being turned into a demon unless she gives them information about her love… and yet somehow the panels look as though they’re straight out of a hentai because of how they’re drawn and revealed.
I’m totally okay if you still disagree; again, I’m not trying to preach at you or tell you your opinion is wrong or anything like that. I just wanted to try and explain from my point of view why this chapter just was really upsetting to me, and why I feel it could have been drawn differently to still show the same story happening.
Do me a favor.
Go to a part in the game where Bobby Fulbright’s theme music is playing and then make him pout. (I used the first time you get to stop and chat with him during the extra downloadable case, and presented Phoenix’s badge to him)
Then sit and watch his fingers.
So am I the only one that completely freaked out at the end of ep8 when my dreams for skyeward were dashed by a cliché look from May and a man that ultimately thinks with his penis?!! Did we not all see the same episode?!!
Yeah, I’m wondering too… did we see the same episode?
Or the same series?
You got the impression that Ward thinks with his penis… where, exactly??? The man does not even appear to know how to FLIRT! He doesn’t even treat his female team mates like girls because he is generally being professional!
Now, let’s stop for a moment and pretend that yes, you are correct and Melinda May and Grant Ward did indeed sleep together as you are presuming (even though the TV show has not told us one way or the other yet). Even if this is the case… why on earth do you jump to the conclusion that it was because he was horny? Where on earth in any of the episodes has Grant come off as a man who is directed by his genitals?
Human beings use sex for things other than pure sexual gratification, shocking as that may be. They use it as a means to emotional connection, or stress relief, or - GASP - distraction! You know, a kind of physical indulgence that lets you forget about the awful or painful or frustrating things that are going on in your life that you can’t get away from?
And let’s not forget that (while everyone is flipping their lids because they think the expression May gave Ward was “seduction,” and they showed the bed and all that) the camera focused ON THE BOTTLE OF LIQUOR IN HER HAND.
Therefore, while we do not know for certain one way or the other, there is the distinct possibility that they are going to use ALCOHOL and DRINK their worries away instead of banging!
But either way… a man that thinks with his penis? Really? REALLY?
Ward certainly isn’t my favorite character, and I’m not going to say that Agents of SHIELD is some jaw-dropping amazing piece of writing, but I think a lot higher of him as a character than you are giving him credit for.
Is it possible to ship something out of pure spite? Because I may have achieved the thing.
First actual tumblr post in FOREVER because yay retail holiday working all the time, but uh…
1. You guys realize that Joss Whedon himself is only credited in the writing and direction for the pilotepisode of Agents of SHIELD, right? Thus far, he has neither directed nor written any of the subsequent episodes.
2. Everyone freaking out about May and Ward with the whole drinks/May’s room and whatever… holy mother of flying monkeys, could you guys overreact any more dramatically? Do you really think, knowing May’s character as well as we all do by this point, that she brought him in there to shag him? Can you even picture her allowing herself to get inebriated enough in his company that she loses control of herself in any form or fashion, let alone decide to sleep with him while mostly sober? May? Really? Because as far as I can tell, no, no that would not make a lick of sense. And in the event that she DOES happen to sleep with him - because hey, maybe that’s a form of stress relief she chooses to use after all - can you seriously picture that meaning anything more between them other than potential future social awkwardness around her for Ward?
In addition to which, unless this show is going to deviate from the Hollywood romance formulas (which I don’t foresee happening), there’s no way Skye/Ward is not going to be a thing. I’d certainly be happier myself if they went with something less predictable, like Ward/Simmons or Ward/Fitz, for example, but again, I just don’t see the show taking that kind of chance. Signs point to predictability.
So please, everyone who is in SCREAMING PARANOID PANIC MODE because DEAR GOD MAY/COULSON AND SKYE/WARD ARE SOULMATES HOW DARE YOU THREATEN MY SHIPS…
It’s going to be okay. Really.
Okay, one thing I do have to say about the INFJ tag - good gosh the number of people that just copy/paste the personality descriptions and post them is… kind of ridiculous. There must now be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of posts on tumblr that are all literally just copy/pasted INFJ personality profile. Oi vey.
I mean, don’t get me wrong - I completely understand the joyous “IT DESCRIBES ME” reaction, I have felt this joy myself! It’s just… frustrating when you don’t want to scroll past the same material again and again. Good gracious.