30 Day Anime Challenge
Day 4: Favorite Female Character Ever
Casca - COMMANDER Casca - from Berserk. Yes, indeed.
Now, I know that certain people hate hearing this from other certain demographics (because it makes the former feel uncomfortable for some reason), but one of the reasons I like Casca so much is because she’s dark-skinned - we can even call her “black.” Before you start twisting your asses in knot, Casca could very well be Kushan (the south Asian people)… but she could be one of Pippin’s African looking folk too. You know how Japanese animate black African women (they’ll either have flamboyant afros or straight hair, just because). The term “black” in the real world context has been applied to people other than those from Africa, including the Indian subcontinent and Melanesia, so it’s quite ambiguous. And, we know that Silat is Kushan, and we know that Pippin is whatever African group Miura based him on… but seriously, what the fuck is Casca?! It’s never stated!! In short, she is the epitome of the ambiguously brown anime character. :P
Anyway, what I was trying to get at that no matter what shade of brown she is (I know there was a big ass debate about Casca getting lighter in the new movies), it’s really cool to see a black female character in a friggin medieval dark fantasy series who is a primary character who also kicks ass. It’s like damn: this series has everything!
And then there is Casca’s character and story. What the hell is not relatable about her?! Yes, Guts and Griffith are sympathetic too… but, the former guy is ridiculously strong for a “normal” human and the latter guy is basically a demon. Casca is Casca. She’s not super-powerful either demonically or epically, but she knew her limitations so she never really tried to exceed them. No, she’s not perfect, as she grows more morally conflicted as the Golden Age proceeds, but that’s what makes Casca so relatable: she’s a sympathetic three-dimensional woman. And she is not boring in the least.
And the constant shit that she goes through too.
That’s pretty much the extreme length of how much we can relate to Casca. And you can’t help but be very pissed off that 1) something so horrible could happen to such a character and 2) something so horrible was allowed to happen to such a character because her fate is such a plot device - but an important one nonetheless. But I think in the fanbase, no matter what side of the moral spectrum you are on (concerning Griffith’s face heel turn, because seriously: it DOES define how you view the series in some way or another, and Griffith is the base breaker of the entire fandom), Casca is the one character that nearly* everyone agrees DESERVES A HAPPY ENDING.
So hang in there, girlfriend: we’re rooting for you!
*”Nearly” because there is this radical minority who just constantly pulls shit on this woman. STAHP IT.
→ Penelope Garcia
"here goes. and this is the part i always leave out. i had missed my curfew the second time that week, and when i got home it was crazy late. it was like three in the morning and my parents weren’t home. and the phone rang, and my life stopped. my parents were killed by a drunk driver when they were out looking for me. and if they hadn’t been out looking for me, then… we all have wounds that we want to heal, that’s why we come here every week, right? and i have to believe that, as we keep coming here and talking and revealing, that eventually, in time, even the deepest wounds we carry will begin to heal."
- A number of government and world history textbooks exaggerate Judeo-Christian influence on the nation’s founding and Western political tradition.
- Two government textbooks include misleading information that undermines the Constitutional concept of the separation of church and state.
- Several world history and world geography textbooks include biased statements that inappropriately portray Islam and Muslims negatively.
- All of the world geography textbooks inaccurately downplay the role that conquest played in the spread of Christianity.
- Several world geography and history textbooks suffer from an incomplete – and often inaccurate – account of religions other than Christianity.
- Coverage of key Christian concepts and historical events are lacking in a few textbooks, often due to the assumption that all students are Christians and already familiar with Christian events and doctrine.
- A few government and U.S. history textbooks suffer from an uncritical celebration of the free enterprise system, both by ignoring legitimate problems that exist in capitalism and failing to include coverage of government’s role in the U.S. economic system.
- One government textbook flirts with contemporary Tea Party ideology, particularly regarding the inclusion of anti-taxation and anti-regulation arguments.
- One world history textbook includes outdated – and possibly offensive – anthropological categories and racial terminology in describing African civilization.
- A number of U.S. history textbooks evidence a general lack of attention to Native American peoples and culture and occasionally include biased or misleading information.
- One government textbook … includes a biased – verging on offensive – treatment of affirmative action.
- Most U.S. history textbooks do a poor job of covering the history of LGBT citizens in discussions of efforts to achieve civil rights in this country.
- Elements of the Texas curriculum standards give undue legitimacy to neo-Confederate arguments about “states’ rights” and the legacy of slavery in the South. While most publishers avoid problems with these issues, passages in a few U.S. history and government textbooks give a nod to these misleading arguments.
as a texan I can confirm that yes, our educational authorities are garbage
please destroy our state government at your earliest convenience
When I was a kid I thought your 20s were supposed to be fun, not filled with perpetual anxiety about financial stability and constantly feeling like an unaccomplished piece of shit.
That’s because it was fun for baby boomers and they basically gave us this impression it would always be like that, but then they ruined the economy.
AU where Bann Teagan raises Alistair instead of Arl Eamon.
- Alistair gets a nice warm bed in his own room to sleep in, decorated the way he wants, instead of sleeping in the kennels with the dogs.
- Alistair is doted on and lavished with attention by Teagan. Who regularly takes time out of his busy schedule to play with him. They play with Alistair’s Grey Warden dolls a lot together.
- When he has nightmares, or gets scared of the thunder outside, or is sick, Teagan comforts him and reads him stories, and dotes on him and tries his hardest to make sure Alistair is happy.
- Alistair is still not told about his elven heritage, because Maric promised Fiona not to tell him, but despite this, Teagan ensures, as much as possible, elves like Shartan, Garahel, the members of the Night Elves, and other elven historical figures, receive attention during history classes
- Alistair frequently gets to have playdates with his half brother and the two are able to bond.
- Maric visits his son frequently, because Teagan insists it’s good for him to.
- Teagan takes time every month to write Fiona and inform her about her son’s life.
- Fiona and Duncan are frequent guests at his home in Rainesfere, both as ‘Grey Wardens looking for new recruits’ and ‘friends of the king.’ They’re able to spend time with Alistair and do stuff with him if they wish. Fiona, despite still feeling odd about it, and worried her son might realise she’s his mother, often does so. And usually comes to the castle with gifts she thought Alistair might like.
- Alistair is never sent to a monastery ever. Instead, he undertakes martial training under Teagan and gets to specialize as a Champion, rather than as a templar.