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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (巌窟王) original storyboard art excerpts illustrated by director and original character designer Mahiro Maeda (前田真宏). The boards shown here were drawn for the promotional trailer introducing the anime series and were included in the Gankutsuou Production Book Curtain Call.


Added Bonus: Getting health tips from 97 year old Spitfire pilots who don’t look a day over 70.

The secret? Walk for an hour at least five days a week.

 This bodes well for me. Although I usually walk for an hour 7 days a week. So like… maybe I’ll reach 100-bajillion years old.

The more we give these Tyrells, the more they demand of us.

(Source: theillusivewoman)

 Why is it that whenever people talk about character’s relationships with Loras it’s always within the context of the other character and what the other character wants, not what Loras wants?

 Particularly with the Sansa deal. “Why couldn’t Sansa be friends with Loras?! It’d make her so happy!” or “Why couldn’t they marry! It’s make Sansa so happy!”


 Because I’m pretty sure marrying a woman whom he doesn’t even remember would not make him happy. Pretty sure marrying in general would not make him happy. Pretty sure being in the Kingsguard is what makes him kinda sorta happy. Being in the Kingsguard, speaking to Jaime about his struggles, and not having to marry, is currently the best thing for him right now, and I’m glad book!Tyrells know this.

 I just wish more people (and the show) would consider Loras’ feelings and Loras’ mental state.

— Anonymous: Hi! I don't know if you listen to Bastille, but Dan Smith wrote a song named Icarus and i was wondering if you can do a quick summary of the story. One line in the song also states "you leave because you're certain of who you want to be" and i was wondering in the context of Icarus, what do you interpret it as its meaning and is it a positive or negative statement towards Icarus' character? thanks!

 I do not listen to Bastille, nor do I know the song, but I do know the story of Icarus.

 Basically, Icarus was the son of Daedalus, who befriended the king of Crete (King Minos). Daedalus was a craftsman and an artist, and he was hired by Minos to build the labyrinth that would hold the minotaur. Daedalus did as he was told, but because he ‘knew too much’, he was imprisoned. Released by Pasiphaë (the daughter of Helios), he and his son, Icarus, made a break for it, only to find that all of the boats had been taken away and hidden (Crete is a large island underneath the mainland).

 Stranded and unable to go anywhere, Daedalus decided to construct wings that he and his son could use to escape. He made the wings out of feathers, wood, and wax, and instructed Icarus to not fly too close to the sun, for the wax would melt. Icarus didn’t listen, and, wanting to go higher, flew up into the sky and came close to the sun. His wings melted, and he fell into the sea where he died.

 Other versions of the story have it so Pasiphaë was able to get them a boat, and they sailed away, but Icarus drowned in a hasty attempt to get to land. Daedalus went on to cause more wacky hijinks and invent a bunch of important stuff.

 In our modern world, we’ve kinda started to read Icarus’ myth as ‘someone who reached too far and crumbled’ or ‘someone who dared to reach for the sun but fell’. Kinda a story of someone who didn’t quite reach their goals. Also mixes in a bit of hubris and high ambition. To be fair, Icarus wasn’t much of a hugely popular story in Greek and Roman times— his father was the main story. In our modern world we’ve kinda latched on to him and not so many people know about his father.


Get to know me meme — [4/5] favorite male characters: Ichabod Crane

“How fortuitous. An officer of the law with a criminal past. Imagine the delinquency we could perpetuate if we really put our minds to it.”

(via leontina)