Let’s all follow our dreams.
We’ve got hot takes about cool foods that cut a wide swath of words in today’s video.
It would appear these quests will run for different lengths of time.
I never remember when we started, Sometime in the 1700s, I think.
WAIT JUST A GODDAMNED MINUTE
DON’T JUST STAND THERE MAN
HELP ME FIND WHAT IS CAUSING TIME TO GO IN REVERSE
IT MIGHT BE UNDER THESE LEAVES
THE SNOW IS FALLING UP
WE’RE ALL GONNA GET UNBORN
gotta keep him calm, don’t freak him out, talk about something simple, figure out what happened
oh shit oh shit oh shit I HAVEN’T MADE THEM FOR YOU YET KONDOU YOU ARE REMEMBERING THE FUTURE
Are we sure he wasn’t already the new shogun the day after yesterday hadn’t come?????
OH NO IT’S IEYASU TOKUGAWA
NOW THAT TIME FLOWS IN REVERSE THE DEAD WALK AMONG US
AND APPARENTLY HAVE GOVERNMENT JOBS
Maybe it was a magic spell, we’ve got vampires and weird alchemy maybe it’s a magic spell, I’ve heard magic spells before, fuck, what was it
Flower gleam and glow
Let your power shine
Snow is falling from the sky
In the middle of July
If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
If I could turn back time
None of it’s workiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing
See y’all in the Jomon period for Chapter 4, I guess
Since arriving in Kyoto some two, four, eight hundred years ago, out of necessity I’d been living as a man. Not a very good man, mind you, but a man nonetheless. And even under the best of circumstances, there is a limit to the benefit of being one of the guys, right? I don’t think we want to be constantly reduced only to our gender, especially in a dismissive or judgmental sense, but we don’t want our gender to be ignored or disregarded. And I’d been living as a woman up until that point! Not a very good woman, mind you, but a woman nonetheless. I had friends! I wore things that ladies wore, like kimonos and hair ornaments and exhausted expressions. ! I talked about things that ladies talked about, like systemic inequality and the date of the coming revolution! I did nice things for myself! But since arriving in Kyoto, I’d only interacted with two women at all — Nagumo, who looked eerily like me and not in a fun way, and Sen, who saw through my disguise but did not shame me for it, and who said that we ladies had to stick together, and that we should be friends.
I hadn’t had a girlfriend in so, so long.
And some of the Shinsengumi, they’re very nice — Sano and Tails especially — but it’s not the same thing, you know? They’re not going to understand everything the same way.
It was hard not to get depressed about it, honestly. Hard not to look at myself every day and wonder if this was just what my life was now, pretending to be something I’m not surrounded by people who didn’t know who I was before I had to pretend to be who I had to be now. Hard not to look at myself every day and think about what I could do if I could just be me again.
WHY IS MY REFLECTION SOMEONE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII DON’T KNOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Yes, I was listening
you weren’t, though, right
Funky, like, with a slap bass, or
Before I can figure out if we’ve gone off Broadway to something a little more interesting, though, he continues.
In the early days of the Shinsengumi, the Shinsengumi were a bunch of guys who supported the shogunate. Like, really supported, with stabbings and arson and other fine Friday night activities. But lately, it felt like Kondou was rushing things. Itou was an Imperialist for goodness’ sake, but here he was cockin’ the walk or however that phrase goes, sorry, my mind wanders when Nagakura’s talking and even more when he’s not, and he’s rambling, but let’s not talk about what I’M doing over here, and Kondou should just show more respect, yeah?
I mean, if Kondou relaxed, we could both go hunt for girls, me for fashion tips, you for, uh, I’ll just lie and also say fashion tips
THE BUTTERFLY HAS LANDED ON THE MOON KISS THE GIRL
uh, shit, say something profound, he’s looking at you you might be thinking out loud again
what the fuck was that
there were capital letters and periods but those weren’t fucking sentences
he’s gonna ask “what do you mean by that” and all of your teeth are going to fall out
well, he doesn’t have a brain, you clearly won’t be needing yours anymore, I’m outta here
but first I’m gonna rearrange all the words in that sentence to short out your nervous system
Don’t worry, Chief, I’ll be sure the recipe dies with me.
Fortunately, no one cares. What else is happening?
Oh right, someone’s throwing a sign in the water repeatedly. That’s weird. Petty! But weird.
THAT FEELS LIKE AN ESCALATION
Seizing the brass ring (to club someone to death with).
After Hijikata goes through more and more examples of the Fury Corps playin’ the ol’ roadkill xylophone, Kondou just says…
Starting to think that you might be a little distracted, Chief.
It’s always best to exit any conversation Matt Yglesias might try to join.
I had something else I need to think about instead.
god, give me strength
I have been so destabilized by the chance to get busy with Richter Scale Romeo that I keep forgetting that there are other people around here that I’ve never seen before, like this guy, who has an entire flock of birds nesting on top of his head.
I tell him that the tea might be better lukewarm, due to the heat wave.
As you can see, he’s basically me.
Kazue Souma signed on with Murderer’s Row right before the summer began. My brain tells me he’s “very serious and respectful,” but my heart just wrote NERRRRRRRRRRD down and then tried to dunk him in a toilet. He ran into the Shinsengumi around the time that I did, apparently in one of those offscreen adventures, and Kondou offered him a position during the chief’s time in Choshu lands with the envoy.
the fuck are you
My memory hands my brain an urgent bulletin and then returns to replaying the moment Nagakura touched my hand on repeat. This is Risaburo Nomura, and while he doesn’t have a passionate love of belts like his namesake, he does make up for it in other ways by being King Nerd of Dork Mountain. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s how he takes me telling him that there are degrees between “room temperature” and “the surface of the sun.”
Kid, I’m gonna invent lockers just so I can shove you in one.
why are you like this
Even POLITE ME doesn’t know about these two!
Unfortunately, since Souma is Kondou’s page, and Nomura is Kondou’s page-in-training, that means they need to learn what being a page is, and that means they have to come talk to me since I’m (apparently) Hijikata’s page, though I think I’m more a page he tore out of a book and then put back on the shelf.
bullying is wrong bullying is wrong bullying is wrong
Well bully for me, Nagakura has showed up to rescue me from the Chess Club.
I adore everything about their change in expressions.
Let’s solve all the problems we created at once!
We are picking up speed as we move through the order!
We’ve found Razmi’s soulmate and I’ve never been more jealous.