Q:Thank you for doing this. You guys have an awesome female lead (Katsuko is the shiniest star in my 'Favorite Character-List of Everything') and you actually write about social issues as well (big yay for no slut-shaming and openness about bisexuality). I know I might be misinterpreting Kakashi's character when I say that he could be ace - I just wanted to let you know it really speaks to me personally. Your writings made me feel like I'm not weird for feeling the way I do. Thank you, sincerely.
That’s the best description for Katsuko. She’s totally one of my shiniest stars, too. :D
Social issues — that was a big part of our manifesto going into Legacy. We wanted to make a determined effort to be inclusive, thoughtful, and socially conscious. We’re still learning, but I’m really glad to hear we’re hitting some of the marks.
As for Kakashi—
Well, first I should start by saying that you’re absolutely not weird for being ace, and I’m really touched that part of his characterization resonated with you. Giant platonic hugs for you, anon. *squishes*
Right now, I’d best describe Kakashi as having Schrodinger’s sexuality: boxed, possibly alive, and hard to observe without getting clawed.
(That’s a terrible joke. I’m ridiculously proud of it.)
I’ve had long conversations with the other writers about where I should take his potential romantic arc, and whether I’m doing him a disservice by including romance or sex in his future at all. I have strongly considered whether to portray him as asexual, and if I should explore that in Legacy. (And I certainly think you can find solid arguments for an asexual interpretation of his canon character.)
Ultimately, I think Legacy!Kakashi is some shade of grey-A.
There’s a couple reasons for this. Firstly, true ace is outside of my personal experience, and I’m leery of portraying it from a tight third-person POV when I don’t actually know what I’m talking about. Representation is fantastically important, but I also don’t want to get it wrong.
Secondly, and more selfishly, I’m a romantic sap, so I want to leave that avenue open for Kakashi, because it’s something I enjoy writing. That said, any sexual or romantic entanglements he (possibly, eventually) finds himself in are going to be handled carefully. I have no intention of throwing him into a relationship just for the sake of pairing him up with someone.
Which brings me back around to grey-A. There’s been a few teases for this in Legacy already, with Kakashi expressing muted or minimal interest in other people outside of their skillsets/ninja-y-ness/etc. But he does have one specific mention in Breakfast of Champions, with regards to Minato:
Minato made an attempt to rouse himself. “You’re adorable when you get bossy, Kakashi-kun,” he said fondly, levering himself up against the side. Water cascaded down his bare shoulders—and further down, as he stood up.
Kakashi glanced aside. “I’ll remember you said that.”
His crush was old, well-worn, and mostly burned out, but every now and then it rekindled to bite him—especially when the rest of him was stirred up. Crush was the wrong word, really. It was love, and sometimes it wanted to rip out throats. He took a slow breath and a half-second reality check. Minato was his Hokage, his former teacher, still grieving a marriage that had ended in blood and fire, and most importantly, not interested. Never would be. Which was how it was supposed to work. Kakashi could guard him, kill for him, and learn from him—and that was where the line ended.
So you can see, he does have some history of non-platonic interest. That said, Minato possesses a particular talent for inspiring love in everyone around him. (He had a pretty interesting answer here when someone asked if he’d ever consider playing matchmaker for Kakashi. Technically non-canon, but it’s still accurate to where my current headspace is.)
There’s also some history between Kakashi and Rin, which will eventually get explored on screen. (Y’know, in between all the other disasters that’re currently happening.)
I hope he still speaks to you, anon, even with all that. Thank you so much for your comment. <3
Q:oh god the return of 'mother-medic' and raidou's moms (ume sending minato a note made me snort through my tears) and RAIDOU why not just rip my heart out with a stick, writers, it might hurt less
My exact reaction to getting this was *AIR PUNCH*. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I debated over returning “mother-medic”, since it was such a fixture of Leaves. For a while, Raidou just said “yes, mom”, but Nezu persuaded me to bring it back, and I’m glad we did.
Everything about Raidou’s moms was so much awesome to write. I’m really delighted they finally get to show up on-screen.
Lastly, if we yanked your heart out with a stick, you wouldn’t be able to cry over the next thread. (Also, per Nezu: Sticks are unsanitary. Mother-medic Genma would not approve.)
Q:I was wondering if you guys have ever watched Orange Is The New Black? Its a fantastic show in my opinion, just wondering if you guys think the same.
Nezu: DK and I watched all of season one and about half of season two. Definitely enjoyed it, and really only stalled out because I was sick and feeling a little blue, DK was dealing with work stress, and we wanted to watch fluffy anime for a while. I intend to go back to it, and I think he does, too. We’ll probably watch it together.
I find I enjoy the ensemble characters more than Piper, and find them really compelling. The storytelling is well-crafted, the drama is gripping, and the humor is there in dark little packets that explode like pop rocks. The acting, too, is generally superb. Again, especially amongst the ensemble cast.
Plus, it’s awesome to see a show about women being magnificent and villainous and heroic and superb and compassionate and smart and complete as human beings. Wish there were a lot more shows like that out there.
So yeah, we like it!
DK: though Larry can go fall down a manhole, honestly.
Q:You have been teasing us with vague references about Kakashi's mother. She would be an awesome addition to the threads.
Rest assured, anon, the teasing is leading up to actual plot. I have plans for Kakashi’s mother, and it will be excellent. Stay tuned!
Tell You My Sins (So You Can Sharpen Your Knife) (Raidou, Sagara, Kurenai, Genma, Ume, Shun) — With Intel’s report collected and filed, Raidou reports to Sagara-sama, ANBU’s commander, for her verdict on the mission.
So I made donuts tonight and I accidentally blogged them to this tumblr instead of my personal account, and then immediately took them down because I had violated GM’s faith in me and I am not worthy to have access to this tumblr.
But then altiloquenta redeemed me and made donuts relevant to a blog about ninja. We are so lucky to have artist friends.
In the winter months, hirezake (ひれ酒) is a popular alcoholic drink. It consists of hot shochu (焼酎) or nihonshu (日本酒), into which the smoked fin of fugu (フグ) is placed like a teabag. This gives the drink an earthy, rich flavor. On occasion, as depicted in the photograph above, the alcohol is set alight once the fin has been placed in the cup. It is left to burn for a few seconds before quickly covering with a cap. This preserves the smoke and further enhances the flavor.