Question, may I ask why you tagged a dbh fanart with just Connor in it with a ship tag? Cause I'm not really into any ships in this fandom, but I know some people don't want their stuff reblogged by other people who aren't into a tagged ship or are into a ship that Isn't tagged and so on, and I'd like to reblog, but I don't want to step on any toes. The fanart doesn't seem to have anything related to the tagged ship in it which is why I'm curious.
Oh, I just didn't think about it. I used the tags I saw recommended, and I like the ship (had it in mind while sketching, I'm just intimidated about drawing Hank tbh) soo I picked on it. Didn't know it was an issue. I removed it, as I now see it doesn't make a lot of sense to other people.
Feel free to reblog, comment or whatever of my drawings, for whatever purpose. They are public for a reason. You can also debate why you dont like it-politics of the game-or something completely not related. Basically you do you.
If I feel like it's not appropriate, I'll let you or the person know. Thank you for asking, tho.
I also like and share art of fandoms or ships I'm not part to or that I don't really like. As long as I'm not creeped out by something seriously wrong- art is art. I like to see pretty drawings :).
Do you ever just marvel at the extent to which Saitama is just… Saitama?
This is objectively Not A Great Thing To Say. But revisiting this panel, I can’t help but think of Garou’s latest appearance in the webcomic: Suiryu picks a fight with him, and Garou walks away.
To start his life over again, Garou needs to be able to walk away from a fight. In light of that, “are you chicken?” isn’t necessarily a bad Litmus test for how much control Garou has over his actions right now. Saitama has already demonstrated (and then states aloud, to Tareo) that he has no killing intent. He wants to fight (for fun) a guy who explicitly runs around fighting heroes. At least time time it’s consensual. Of course, neither Garou not Saitama exemplifies rational decision-making, but then again, who does — especially in this universe?
Garou will almost certainly encounter more heroes. If not now, then in the future. They will call him worse things and fight to the death (and not for fun). In this moment, Garou’s body is literally mutating with rage. We see him consider Tareo’s words but we don’t see him beginning to change back into his human self. Being a monster is Garou’s entire identity right now — that’s not something people so readily abandon; it is the thing that anchors their world view.
… that’s assuming that Saitama’s goals are noble, and that’s a big “if.” But that’s ONE’s whole deal: imperfect people trying very hard, and flawed mentor figures who tend to get things right accidentally. Saitama consistently spurs positive change in people, but not always on purpose and sometimes for selfish reasons. In the WC, the Saitama vs Garou battle is interrupted by like five panels of Saitama picking his nose. What did you expect from this guy?
Also, thinking about the big picture for a moment, Tareo is in danger right now. It’s very sweet that Tareo is concerned for his Oji-san but he’s also planted himself in a disaster area and shows no willingness to evacuate. While I’m sure that Garou can and will keep Tareo safe from harm, this isn’t a safe place for them to talk (which is unfortunate because it seems to be helping). It’s entirely possible that if the rescue crews spot a monster standing alongside a kid, they’re going to shoot first and ask questions later. Even with Tareo clinging to Garou’s leg, least one person at the Hero Association has no qualms about nuking the baddies (and their hostages) if the number of civilians is low enough.
Also Saitama has stated aloud: “I’m not going to kill/beat him, and he’s not going to hurt me” — which (again) is not the ideal thing to be saying, but it is an important piece of information for Tareo to relay to the adults in the room. And it’s not just a platitude — Tareo’s witnessed Saitama’s thick-headedness superhuman durability. I also suspect that Saitama, upon realizing that Garou won’t listen to him but will watch Tareo like a goddamn hawk, chooses to address Tareo because he knows Garou will pay more attention this way.
It’s also a way to sidestep somebody’s defenses, although honestly this is Advanced Human Behavior stuff. I used to use that tactic when I was working with folks who were resistant/reluctant to receive care: address a friend or family member that seems a bit more receptive and the more standoffish party will usually soften a bit (sometimes subconsciously).
“You want me to stop him?” is quite similar to “I want you to stop” (same outcome/sentiment). It’s still far from the ideal, which is “we both agree that life is better if you Do Not Do The Thing” but that requires your goals to be aligned first. “You’ll stop because I make you” is always a last resort, but if it’s a matter of minimizing harm to self and others (which Garou has expressed) it’s generally considered best practice to act rapidly, and more drastically.
… again, not saying that’s Saitama’s necessarily thinking about this correctly or perhaps even compassionately but it might be a case of “imperfect human does something right accidentally by simply showing up.”
Ah, that delicate dance of logic and empathy and all the humanity that lies in the space between it.
I love, love, love that there are so many varied reactions to Saitama & Garou’s interactions. To me, that’s excellent characterization — because that’s what people are like: as you examine them, they change in different lights. Dig into your heroes enough, and you’ll find out things you never wanted to know like all the weird sex things your favorite author did. If you want to start a conversation, you will generally get more mileage out of questionable/unlikable characters — because your audience gets to debate this, and you, as creator, can guide them in more opportunities to grow.
Art lives on in the dialogue it spurs, and I just think that’s neat.
Edited to add: also, sometimes slipping the audience a little “hey, wtf?” moment is narratively strategic. It’s a way to get them to slow down, pay attention, and possibly reread/rewind to consider why their interpretation of events doesn’t add up. It’s a subtle way of saying “pay attention to this!” without directly stating as much, and it allows you to bypass the usual foreshadowing techniques.