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tnecniv55:

I did a parody thing. Enjoy?

Redemptive reading of Gaim's ending: What if it was all intentional?

cannibal-sarracenian:

Now, think back to the interviews made by Gen Urobuchi.

In those interviews, he does showcase a clear knowledge and understanding on Kamen Rider, more so than many other writers in fact. He understands the horror, monstrous side of Kamen Rider. From the setup of the…

Damn.  This is a very interesting and compelling thematic analysis of Gaim.

But There’s also the component of Self-Sacrifice that all the protagonist rider’s have which seems to have been left out.  While yes, Kouta’s taking what seems like the easy or most direct path at times…well, the ‘easy’ path would have been to stop fighting entirely.  Leave it up to others.  Stay out of it.  Make it not his problem.  But he can’t do that, instead seeking the self-destructive path; sacrificing bits of himself and seeking redemption for his past acts by protecting and saving everyone he possibly can.
The easy path would have been killing Mitsuzane or simply letting him die, giving up on him like everyone (including the audience) wanted him to do.
He only seems to ‘align’ with what Sagara says and takes his bait after he realizes what acting without thought or direction can do…though with how Sagara acts to the others it can seem like simply telling him what he wants to hear to best keep all the pieces in his 
competition in the running.  He gives them information, makes a speech, and let’s them have-at after letting them draw their own conclusions.  Kouta—like the others—acts on the best information he has.

And he doesn’t agree with Kaito’s Philosophy, or Yggdrasil’s contingencies, which he also comes into conflict with.  Both of which can be viewed as Social Darwinism and Elitism, which we Also see from The Femshinmu.  As submitting to their views of the world would also, again, be an easy path, versus striking out on his own, flawed one to try and find another solution that (admitedly) sagara directs him towards.

You know who else took those same views of Social Darwism and Elitism, on top of establishing a racial hierarchy?
Pretty much every Showa Evil Organization, Especially ones led or backed by the Great Leader; which is every one but Dogma, Gorgom, and potentially Crisis.  But those three held those same views in their conquests as well.

So It’s hard to agree that Kouta became everything The Kamen Riders Fought against, when he is also fighting against those same things to the end.

 As Yoko presents, he doesn’t have the character of a Leader, conqueror or ruler.  He’s a Kind Person.  Many Riders are kind people, and many riders have sacrificed their physical humanity or Kindness to stop a greater threat; and there’s never shown any other way to just get rid of the Helheim.  So the ending is probably, like many of Urobuchi’s works present in their themes, making the best of a bad situation.

The ‘easy route’ thing, while it can apply to several moments, doesn’t apply to Kouta’s final decision, to take the helheim elsewhere.  The forest is presented to always build itself on the ruins of another civilization, which he refuses to do.  That isn’t the easy path, and something Sagara is baffled by. After all, who would want a barren, lifeless rock, when you can take the creature comforts of your home for yourself?  If you can’t destroy it, might as well make it so while he holds dominion over it, he can limit the damage.
I mean, it’s not like He could have just said ‘no’ repeatedly to Sagara until he changed into a monster form he can destroy.  That doesn’t work with the story presented.

I disagree with parts of this analysis, but it’s still a VERY good one, and brings  up some interesting points; especially in context to Urobuchi’s original intents with the run.

I would agree the intent was to ‘destroy what it means to be a Kamen Rider’—which has admittedly been done before, they tried it with Kuuga, and Kouta comes off VERY similar in character to Yuusuke Godai.

But yes; The best way to Destroy a Kamen Rider is to turn him into what he fights against, but for all the right reasons.

Hell, factoring in the self-sacrifice element I believe makes a stronger case towards that presented end.  That he doesn’t even realize he did it to himself.  Not by being naive, but ignoring himself for others.

…which, come to think of it, seems similar Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica, and Psycho-pass, to certain extents.

animedavidbowie:

unrecognizedpotential:

forgottenawesome:

Do You Love Someone With Depression?
If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.
Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.
1. Help them keep clutter at bay.
When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)
2. Fix them a healthy meal.
Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.
3.Get them outside.
 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.
4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.
If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.
5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.
Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.
6. Hug them.
Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.
7. Laugh with them.
Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.
8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.
Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.
9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.
A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”
10.Remind them why you love them.
Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.
(via The Darling Bakers)

More people need to know this.

This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.

animedavidbowie:

unrecognizedpotential:

forgottenawesome:

Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

3.Get them outside.

 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.

4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.

If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.

5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.

Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.

6. Hug them.

Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.

7. Laugh with them.

Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.

Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.

9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.

A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”

10.Remind them why you love them.

Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.

(via The Darling Bakers)

More people need to know this.

This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.

xmanrcj:

another-concrete-r0se:

themindsetofimperfection:

afrogirlwonder:

Relevant

I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif

damn near 30 years ago and still relevant

Yep.

(Source: matildaswormwood)

mgx0:

I still can’t believe she’s 11.

arkadot:

Rider Fun Factz: Mashin Chaser is almost definitely a reference to Armored Captain Gatezone, a recurring enemy in Black RX. He is a motorcycle-riding, blaster-wielding, one-eyed rival.

This combined with Tridoron being a tribute to Ridoron from Black RX just makes you think.

yourspookyknightofbreath:

all the retail stores right now

(Source: heartscatcher)

[x]

I really, really want to know more about this noodle incident.

(Source: expelliarmus)

wilwheaton:

mrpicard:

rashaka:

You don’t really understand Star Trek until you’ve seen Galaxy Quest.

Galaxy Quest is the best of all the Star Trek movies.

personalsilly:

sarcasticsagittarius:

richardcreech:

MY FRIEND JUST WENT OUT FOR DINNER AND THIS MOTHERFUCKER TURNED UP AT THE WINDOW LIKE HE HAD A FRICKING RESERVATION
GOD DAMMIT AUSTRALIA

five nights at australia 

FIVE NIGHTS AT AUSTRALIA

personalsilly:

sarcasticsagittarius:

richardcreech:

MY FRIEND JUST WENT OUT FOR DINNER AND THIS MOTHERFUCKER TURNED UP AT THE WINDOW LIKE HE HAD A FRICKING RESERVATION

GOD DAMMIT AUSTRALIA

five nights at australia 

FIVE NIGHTS AT AUSTRALIA