That feeling when you make other people ship the things you ship
On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
Why didn’t I learn more about incredible ladies like her in school.
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It’s all because of his strict loyalty.
Hmmm, I think Kubo is saying something here…
Yeah, ya think? Especially since the line right before that explains Renji’s MASSIVE GROUCHY FACE, because Byakuya-the-Brilliant says, “Oh, you know we can’t possibly understand the kind of guy who WOULD STAY A LIEUTENANT WHEN HE HAS BANKAI and then LAY DOWN HIS LIFE TO A CAPTAIN HE WAS MORONICALLY DEVOTED TO.” Renji is clearly thinking, “The fuck, Taicho? THAT’S MY GODDAMN LIFE, and now we’re standing by this guy’s funeral pyre and you don’t think I can _relate_????”
/rantAlthough my interpretation of Renji’s expression is slightly different, I see where you’re coming from. Kubo is definitely showing us parallels and i think Renji will remain with Byakuya even if he is blind to Renji’s loyalty.
I think the reason I go on a rant about this is because Byakuya actually appears to wonder out loud how strange Sasakibe’s loyalty is (to RENJI!!) and uses the bankai as his argument point. Like, isn’t it WEIRD, Renji? Who would be stupid enough to stay when you get offered a captaincy a dozen times?
I mean, I must have read these panels fifteen times trying to grasp the subtext. I can’t figure out Byakuya motivation for even SAYING this. I would love to know what other people think is going on here. I can only read Renji’s face as, “Are you fucking kidding me?” Though, I can maybe see, “This will never be me, damn it.”
I just don’t know.
I’ve never read a point of view like yours and now that you’ve brought it to my attention I’m totally seeing it in his face. I don’t know either. =[
I see this scene very, very differently. Let’s remember they’re at the funeral of a great man many centuries their senior, and it would honestly be a little self-centred for them to be fretting over their own relationship in the face of a tragedy like Sasakibe’s death. It’s appropriate at a time like this for them to humble themselves and their achievements in order to honour a fallen man whose sheer level of devotion honestly does far outstrip anything Renji has ever exhibited - because aside from anything else, Renji hasn’t had the time Sasakibe had.
I see Renji’s expression here as grief, as an acknowledgement of the tragedy they’re looking at, as profound but impotent sympathy for what the Captain-Commander is going through. He’s on the same page as Byakuya - both of them realise just how small they are, just how petty their own struggles and ambitions are, in the face of what’s happened to Sasakibe. Standing together here they’re united in their grief and humility, and the very last thing on either of their minds is resentment over a perceived lack of acknowledgement.
Good point. It’s very likely they weren’t thinking of this about themselves, but I believe Kubo was showing a parallel between the pair of Captains and VC’s, which was the main focus of my initial interpretation. Byakuya and Renji are both young and have yet gone through the trying season’s that the elder ones have, but I think Kubo was giving hints that this may be the case with them in centuries to come. Like Sasakibe, I feel that Renji will remain in the 6th.
Oh, absolutely. Kubo could have chosen anybody to narrate Sasakibe’s life history, and he decided to give the conversation to Byakuya and Renji - two characters with a very complex history concerning loyalty and devotion. I won’t argue for one second against the parallels drawn between their relationship and that of Yamamoto and Sasakibe - my issue is if we start thinking that Renji is competing with Sasakibe in some way, or resenting that Byakuya’s talking about the dead man at the dead man’s own funeral instead of attending to Renji’s ego.
I agree with you that this scene suggests Renji will follow a similar path to Sasakibe. I think that his lifelong, selfless devotion is being very clearly praised as a truly worthy way to live, something to be admired and aspired to. The level of respect Byakuya has for Sasakibe is as telling as anything in Renji’s reaction - he shows clearly here that he understands the value of loyalty, and has a deep and genuine respect for someone who can commit their life to someone else’s service in that way. It’s the exact OPPOSITE of taking Renji’s loyalty for granted, because he’s showing just how much he admires people who show that level of loyalty. He’s acknowledging that there’s more to a person’s worth than rank, and that choosing to stay at a lower rank can be just as great and glorious a choice as accepting a position at the top.
Coming from him, that’s a staggering concession. If Renji does choose to reject career advancement in favour of staying with the Sixth - as I believe he will - Byakuya is saying that that choice will not hold him back from earning Byakuya’s esteem as an equal.
Kevan Lannister is the king of epic burns.
“Your sister knows my terms. They have not changed. Tell her that, the next time you are in her bedchamber.”