zhuzhka asked: Re: shipping. For me, the word "ship" doesn't have any non-canonical connotations, it just means "fictional couple" or "the act of engaging in a fictional couple's relationship".
Yeah, but why would you ship something that is already a couple?
It’s like trying to knead a dough that already has been baked into a bread.
Well, I guess, since people usually ship because they like seeing these people together, even if the couple already exists in canon, there’s still enjoyment to be found in observing or speculating about the relationship of said couple.
To keep the theme of food analogies going, to me it’s like adding another patty or a list of salad and whatnot on a hamburger: it was already good, but you want more.
Bottom line: as I said, for me the term “ship” has a broader definition, that’s all.
Time to muse about Manny:
It’s stated at the beginning that Manny doesn’t know what he’s done to get himself trapped in limbo. All he knows is that he can either walk to the end of the world, or stick around the DOD to work off his time and earn a ticket on a better mode of transit, but what did Manny do? It’s never revealed and it’s not a plot point at all, in the end the service he performs to the Eighth Underworld is profound enough to score him a ticket on the #9.
I have a theory that Manny doesn’t know what he’s done, not because he’s had the wool pulled over his eyes, but because he doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong — I think he did in life what he did in death, lie, cheat, manipulate, and play the system. Manny is an excellent liar, he can talk anyone into anything and maintain that rouse even when he’s in over his head. On two (perhaps three counting the DOD) separate occasions, his deep-seeded competitive nature has taken him from the very bottom of an industry to the very top of it. The difference between him and Hector Lemans, for example, is that he’s not doing it malicioiusly — selfishly, sure, he’s in it for pride and accomplishment, but he never hurts innocents if he can help it, so he doesn’t really see the wrong in blurring the lines of corruption and good citizenship.
And in the end, he still hasn’t learned his lesson. It’s who he is and what he does, and it’s those skills that save Meche and topple Hector. He’s not a perfect person, but he’s exactly what the Eighth Underworld needed!
Here’s a tidbit: if you examine the Bone Wagon, while it’s hidden in the sewers during year 4, Manny will say something along the lines of: “If I had a car like this when I was alive, my life would’ve been different”. (I don’t remember the exact quote).
This may suggest that he spent his life trying to achieve higher social status (and its attributes, a cool car for example) by not entirely legal means.
Does anyone know there to find full videos of Halloween concerts from 1993 (the one, where this performance of “Skin” is from) and 1994 (the one, where all band members wore tutus)?
They used to be on youtube, but the person, who posted them, got their account deleted.