// NO RAGRETS
Here it is, everything I haven’t already done.
9, 13, 20
9. Does your character dream or are their nights filled with an empty blackness? Describe a dream they’ve had or a night they couldn’t sleep and what they did to preoccupy their time.
He’s usually the type to not dream, or at least not remember in the morning — most of his dreams are music-only. Bits of songs he heard that day or last week or fifteen years ago or not at all. Of course, if he recognizes them and they’re not exactly happy, those can count as nightmares. There’s one song in particular. Sometimes there’s imagery — and when there is, it’s vivid as hell. Beyond real, reality (and unreality) as unfiltered by logic and headphones and sunglasses and wilful ignorance and suppressed emotions. Needless to say, depending on the content of said dreams they can be either better or far, far worse.
Also sometimes they’re musicals.
I’m too tired to continue being evil tonight so I won’t write a horrible drabble. I’ll just describe it, last NaNoWriMo while rushing for a wordcount in the middle of the night I wrote a rare vivid dream sequence in which Bansai is fighting some mysterious figure who seems to be able to read his mind, and then he finally turns the fight around and is about to kill them when they turn out to be another Bansai. And other Bansai gives an awful speech like Bansais are prone to do and asks him if he could kill him, and says that that’s not who he is, only to kill the “real” Bansai when he’s in the middle of trying to respond to that.
…. And I thought it was crappy at the time but you’re going to have to remind me to re-write and post it. Like, soon.
13. Have they ever been so overwhelmed they had to stop and take a break from something?
More often than one would think. And less often than we, knowing so much about what is really going on, would think. When he was younger it happened all the time, but he’s grown to work very well in stressful, chaotic situations. Also he doesn’t take breaks anymore, he just keeps going and gets progressively more out-of-control. If he’s doing the crazy and it’s not just a show to intimidate people, chances are it’s because of a song being too much.
20. If your character was allowed to murder one person without any consequences, who would that person be and why?
This is kind of a useless question. He doesn’t hold specific grudges, and he hasn’t heeded consequences so far. No one comes to mind.
17. Is your character an introvert or an extrovert? How do they handle big crowds of people?
He comes off as an introvert because he’s more reserved, lacks social skills in informal situations, doesn’t like people much, and doesn’t really go out without some other motive. In terms of mental functioning though, he’s an extrovert. Gets energy from interacting with (or, really, just listening to) other people, is fine with crowds as long as he keeps moving, really needs social interaction a lot more than he thinks he does. Though I can’t say he’s entirely fine with crowds all the time. Most days he can block it out, but that is a lot of songs all at once. If it’s just a busy street and they’re all moving, that’s better than a big group gathered around something. But either way, if he’s around them too long and in a bad mood to begin with, things might happen.
27. If your character had one thing to say to their parents before they died, what would it be?
(read: hypothetical ic response)
"To think, I was once your precious little boy. That was a long time ago now, wasn’t it? Look at how far I have come since then. How far I have gone. Aren’t you proud?”
He doesn’t kill them, but he may well have, the way he lets them go. Some twenty minutes later, with no warning or reason he can explain, he is sick.
Reblog with the mun’s face right before they turn a nice happy thread into HARDCORE ANGST.
Oh yes, I am the one who went through your blog. I guess I left the message I sent previously up too long and it didn't send when I thought it did. Anyways, 'Bansai u lil shit' definitely popped up in my head a lot when I was reading, I think most often with Alexei and Vlad. Thanks to you I now ship BanMatsu, and I've gone from being kind of ambivalent/he's cool about Bansai to really liking him and being sad there isn't more of him. And I think you've done a really good job developing him.
// So the mystery of the mysterious mystery admirer comes to a close. I’m, uh, saying that instead of what should really be said because it is exceedingly difficult to put into words how I feel that someone spent a long time reading my blog and is still sticking around. And like, supporting my ideas and stuff. Being a fan. Whoa. Thank you. Bless you. May all your… whatever it is you do be prosperous.
Gets annoyed that his ignoring is being ignored. Accidentally throws said rubix cube at his head.
Is hit by said rubix cube, does not flinch. Accidentally cuts it in half before it hits the ground. Starts walking away.
Promptly decides the stranger isn’t worth his time and to ignore him for a rubix cube.
Doesn’t waste time being offended by this display. Just as promptly returns to his business as though nothing happened.
Black manuscripts - actually on parchment that was painted black - are amongst the rarest manuscripts we have. At the end of the fifteenth century at the court of Burgundy they were popular for a while. Well known is the black hours in the Morgan Library, but barely known is the black manuscript in Brussels (KB 9085) with dance melodies. On a black ground the notes were drawn in silver while the text was written in gold. Underneath the golden text, silvery letters indicate the dance steps.
"I asked you first, actually - though as I don’t seem to be as ill-mannered as you, I’ll inform you I’m waiting for the bus."
"What a coincidence, I’ve just come off a bus. We’ve so much in common." Ill-mannered, his foot. He’s offering a perfectly appropriate amount of respect, for sure. "And I am on my way to find a meal."
1, 7, 11, 30
1. What position does your character sleep in? ( i.e; stomach, side, back, etc. ) Describe why they do this — optional.
Sometimes he sleeps sitting like normal and you’d never know because you can’t see his eyes Usually on his side, but it varies. If he’s injured somewhere or not sleeping in his own bed (or still wearing headphones, you kinda have to be on your back for that) he’ll adjust to be more comfortable. There isn’t really any reason for it, it’s just what he does. Well, also he can roll over either way easily, or face away from the door so anyone entering the room is less likely to realize he’s listening to them. Dangerous.
7. How does your character perceive themselves? Positive? Negative? Neutral?
Just answered, but I can add something — he’s “sessha”. There’s really no English equivalent for that, but it literally means something like clumsy or unskilled. Only in first-person pronoun form. And at the same time implying the person they’re talking to is greater. Japanese is so weird. Of course it is 1. a samurai trope, 2. a blatant Rurouni Kenshin reference and 3. a way of sucking up, but he still uses it when he isn’t acting. Like, even in internal monologue. And this probably means something.
11. What do they think of creation? Do they believe in evolution or do they believe in God? What is their religion like?
He’d be closest to a Buddhist, cultural background-wise. Or Shinto, but that’s kinda different?? I’ll admit I have no idea how religion in Japan works?? And the yin-yang (man I still need to go over how that symbolism applies) is a Taoist symbol but I doubt that means anything. It’s just a symbol. Anyway, he doesn’t follow any sort of religious values, they just are sort of… there in his world. And he won’t judge people for following them, though he may mock them if they’re held back by it. Same as any morals. Also, he attends festivals and such
because Takasugi goes too only for fun.
In terms of creationism… he doesn’t know much about evolution, but he doesn’t believe in God, or any deity, on the logical basis that if something like that was around, wouldn’t he hear it? Everyone is kind of their own god, is how he feels.
Another note, if/when he mentions “Hell”, he means (as all Gintama characters do) something vastly different from what westerners picture — it’s just where everyone goes when they die. And it’s somewhat metaphorical at that, considering he may not even believe it’s a place.
30. Finally; if your character was forced to eat one thing for the rest of their life, what would they choose and why?
This is the most ridiculous question. If you asked him, he would name some sort of dish with a lot of different things in it, so there’s still some attempt at variety and nutritional value. Like a katsudon, or sukiyaki. Or ramen. Probably sukiyaki though. Like, in the biggest, most varied hot pot imaginable. Bansai is not playing your games. He is the Nabeleon!!!!!
"For you, perhaps." Decides to take a step back and remove his neck from the blade. "Where are you going with that weapon?"
"For everyone involved, I can assure you." Casually puts the sword away. "Where are you going with that face?”
Green Day — F.O.D. (Fuck Off and Die)
Oh, and also at one point you and shaman-alexei were trying to think of good hate songs to describe Bansai and Alexei's relationship, and I think F.O.D. by Green Day could be a good one if Alexei is pissed off enough.
Wait, that was a really long time ago. You are who I think you are, aren’t you. The “also” makes it seem like you’ve sent other messages than this, I haven’t got any of them if you did.